Conservative radio host Mark Levin announced Wednesday night that he has banned Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus from appearing on his radio show, labeling him as Donald Trump and the alt-right's "new friend."
After telling his audience that he is setting up times for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and radio host Glenn Beck to appear on the program, he said that a representative from the RNC had reached out on Priebus' behalf. Levin went on to say that Priebus is banned after playing too many "games" with him, adding that he doesn't trust him.
"Reince Priebus has made contact through, what, his latest spokes-idiot, er, man. And Reince would like to talk tomorrow, how can we set that — Reince Priebus, you are banned from the Mark Levin Show," Levin said. "Your games don't cut it anymore. I told you if you wanted to talk to me through your phalanx of your lackeys, you have to do it on the air. You have to do it on LevinTV. None of these private meetings. I don't trust you."
"First it was before the convention, during the convention, let's wait until the convention is over. I have no use for this guy," Levin said. "I think he's contributed to dragging down the Republican Party. He's Donald Trump's new friend. He's the alt-right, nationalist, populists' new friend. They conspired with him to screw conservatives and the grassroots, so let them live with him. I want nothing to do with him."
"So Priebus, you are banned from the Levin Show. You can go on all the other shows, you don't need to go on my show," he added.
Levin went on to say that he doesn't particularly like having guests on the show, adding that he doesn't "need a conga line going through this program."
The ban comes a day after he announced that he will begrudgingly vote for Trump in November in an effort to stop former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from reaching the White House. Levin had been one of the highest profile members of the Never Trump movement before announcing his decision.
In a statement, the RNC touted Priebus' work to "foster" relationships with those in the media, adding that they respect Levin's decision.
"The chairman has worked hard over the last several years to foster relationships with members of the media," RNC spokesman Steve Guest told the Washington Examiner. "If he doesn't want to meet, we respect his decision."
The news also shows a renewed fault line between the RNC and the conservative radio community, a group the RNC has worked to bring on board to buoy Trump.
Throughout the campaign, the RNC has tried reaching out to prominent conservative radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, as well as Levin and Beck. Levin and RNC representatives met at a radio convention in New York earlier this year, but nothing ever came of it. At the time, Richard Sementa, Levin's producer, said that he wasn't sure if the radio host would meet with Priebus on or off the air.