Former congressman Barney Frank Monday shocked his fellow MSNBC panel members, quipping that the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “was actually the leading advocate of fag burning, not flag burning.”
Discussing Donald Trump’s penchant for late-night tweetstorms, Frank warned Chris Matthews against “underestimating this man’s shrewd tactical sense.”
“[Trump] has a great ability to find out what might really angry people, and he’s clearly got problems,” Frank said, noting the “preposterous” claim the president-elect made about millions of people voting illegally in this election. The former congressman suggested Trump’s tweets are part of a “calculated strategy” to manipulate the media narrative.
Commenting on Trump’s suggestion that flag burners should be jailed and potentially lose citizenship, Frank said:
“Scalia wrote the opinion, he was very strongly on the other side of [flag burning], and he cited Scalia as his favorite justice. I think there was a pronunciation problem there. You know, Scalia was actually the leading advocate of fag burning, not flag burning.”
“That’s not funny,” Chris Matthews said, laughing.
Scalia once said if he were king, he “would not allow people to go around burning the American flag.”
“However,” the late Supreme Court Justice noted, “We have a First Amendment, which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged — and it is addressed in particular to speech critical of the government.”
“That was the main kind of speech that tyrants would seek to suppress,” he added.
Likewise, Scalia was incredibly outspoken in his disapproval of homosexuals, even suggesting if the Supreme Court protects gay people as a minority group, “what about child abusers?
Watch the video below, via MSNBC: