President Obama has warned the nation several times that if the Republican-controlled House does not raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 then the U.S. will default on its debt, which could have serious consequences.
Last week, Obama stated, "As reckless as a government shutdown is, the economic shutdown caused by America defaulting would be dramatically worse," reported McClatchyDC.com.
Obama said that a default would add "significant risk of a very deep recession at a time when we're still climbing our way out of the worst recession in our lifetimes."
However, conservative radio host Mark Levin recently claimed that the president's warnings about the debt ceiling were actually a threat to "violate the 14th Amendment" by not serving the nation's debt, notes MediaMatters.org (audio below).
"This now more about a continuing resolution, shutting down part of the government or even the debt ceiling," said Levin. "This President of the United States is threatening to violate the 14th Amendment, if not Article One, to drive this nation into intentional default. This is why I've played clip after clip of him and his supporters talking about default. He is prepared to do it. What could be better to fundamentally transform America?"
Levin then went into a rant because Obama opposes the House defunding Obamacare, which has been U.S. law for three years.
"It is Obama who rejects the Republican majority in the House, it is Obama who seeks to destroy the House's core Constitutional power, it is Obama who does not accept the fact there is divided government and it is Obama who is holding the nation ransom if his demands are not met and met absolutely," claimed Levin.
"If this is not a coup, if this is not an effort to eviscerate what is left of the Constitution, then what the hell is?" yelled Levin.
Actually, a coup would involve complete control of the U.S. government being taken by the president, which has not happened.