MSNBC analyst Elie Mystal is doubling down on his claim that the U.S. Constitution is “not good” and “actually trash.” During a Wednesday appearance on a talk show, Mystal said the Constitution was drafted by “a bunch of rich, white politicians making deals with each other.”
He continued: “The veneration that this country has for the Constitution is simply weird. It’s crazy. It’s not what other countries do for their written documents. We act like this thing was etched in stone by the finger of God, when actually it was hotly contested and debated, scrawled out over a couple of weeks in the summer in Philadelphia in 1787, with a bunch of rich, white politicians making deals with each other.
“The thought that this document, made by one class of people, represents the best we can do in America is just ludicrous. Of course it’s not very good. You only let one kind of person write it.
“The second aspect of this, and how we go from ‘not good’ to ‘trash,’ is that structurally there are a lot of stupid things in the document.
“There are a lot of things that you just wouldn’t think we should do if you were starting again from first principles. Like the idea that we don’t elect our own president; that’s pretty dumb,” he said.
Earlier he said on The View:
“I loved this book so very much,” said View co-host Sunny Hostin. “The first chapter, ‘Canceling Trash People is Not a Constitutional Crisis.’ Chapter Nine, ‘The Taking of Black Land’ was another favorite of mine, and ‘Reverse Racism is Not a Thing.’ I just think it’s fantastic.”
View co-host Ana Navarro asked Mystal, “Some will say, are you arguing for throwing out the Constitution?
“Should the Constitution be thrown out? What do we do? Is it a living document or a sacred document?”
Mystal said: “It’s certainly not sacred. Alright, let’s start there. The Constitution is kind of trash.
“Again, let’s just talk as adults for a second.”
Joy Behar said incredulously, “What?”
Mystal doubled down saying the Constitution is “kind of trash” before explaining why he believes this.
“It was written by slavers and colonists and White people willing to make deals with slavers and colonists.
“They didn’t ask anybody who looked like me what they thought about the Constitution.
“It was written without the consent of Black and Brown people in this country.
“And without the consent of women in this country.”
Behar then asked Mystal if he wants “to rewrite” the Constitution.
“I could, right?” said Mystal. “I could rewrite parts of it in a tweet.”