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Friday, April 17, 2020
Levin RIPS Governors Over Coronavirus 'DICTATES & FIATS', Says States Practicing 'One-Way FEDERALISM'
Conservative radio host Mark Levin fired back on "Hannity" Thursday at governors who claim they have the sole power to decide what businesses they can close and what restrictions they can put on their populations.
"The governors have shut down the economy, not the president -- the governors have put people out of work, not the president," Levin said. "The governors have shut businesses, not the president, and several of them are dragging their feet. ... These states do not have plenary police power when they affect interstate commerce -- $2.2 trillion in federal spending to deal with what they've done. 22 million people filing for unemployment compensation: This has a national 'interstate' effect."
The "Life, Liberty & Levin" host explained that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives Congress the power to "regulate commerce ... among the several States" and added that the New Deal era saw Supreme Court rulings that further strengthened the federal executive's authority over the states.
"The debate about federalism was a fake debate and I've given this a lot of thought," Levin said. "This has nothing to do with federalism. The president has more power to order governors, if he chooses, to open up their economies than people think.