It takes a gay former Congressman to throw serious political shade, and Barney Frank did just that during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, directed at the now-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The pair were discussing Donald Trump’s recent tweets about flag burning, in which Trump tweeted out, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
For the record, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1989 (with a 5-4 vote) that flag-burning is most definitely protected by the First Amendment, and even Scalia—the court’s famously conservative justice—supported that decision.
Referencing Scalia’s determination that flag-burning should be a protected right, what Frank said was little more than a quip concerning the late justice’s stance on the LGBT community:
Scalia wrote the opinion. He was very strongly on the other side of [flag burning], and [Donald Trump] 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.
To which Matthews replies, “That’s not funny”—while laughing. (It was funny.) Meanwhile, the rest of Matthews’ panel seemed shell-shocked.
Watch the clip below: