He opened up the final day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, and he made darn sure everyone knew that’s what he was: conservative.
“We are here not because we’re Republicans,” radio titan Mark Levin told the CPAC crowd on Saturday. “In fact many of us are here in spite of that fact.”
Then Levin went after the “Republican establishment” and called out presidential contender Jeb Bush by name.
“It’s time for a new Republican Party,” Levin said, appealing to the memory of Ronald Reagan as he called for conservatives to reject “crony capitalism” and pre-selected candidates.
“Reagan was an outsider,” Levin said. “In fact, Reagan was opposed by a prominent family that seeks to occupy the White House for a third time.”
Continuing the not-so-veiled references to the Bush family as the audience booed, Levin said, “The only dynasty I like is the Duck Dynasty.”
When he hit the topic of “uninterrupted waves” of immigration, Levin called out the former governor of Florida by name.
“This has never been the American experience. Immigration is to be managed, limited, gradual to allow for assimilation and Americanization,” Levin said. “You see, Mr. Bush, we love our country, too.”
Levin’s jabs came at the tail end of a conference that included Laura Ingraham tearing into the Bush family, Bush’s name being booed by attendees and Bush’s appearance being marred by a walkout and rumors that he’d bussed in supporters to fill seats.
Watch Levin’s full speech below:
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