Speaking to "The View," Elie Mystal claimed that "the Constitution is kind of trash." He was speaking to "The View" hosts about his new book, called Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution.
"The constitution is kind of trash," Mystal said. "It was it was made by slavers and colonists and white people who are willing to make deals with slavers and colonists."
"So what I'm trying to do with this book is explain in layman's terms, what Republicans are doing to the law. Because I honestly believe that if everybody understood it, they'd be as outraged as I am about it, and they'd be willing to do something about it," Mystal told the complacent ladies of "The View."
"Look folks, the law is complicated. I'm not gonna lie about that. But it's not beyond the reach of most literate people, alright? It's not sending a rocket to Mars and making it land just so— you can read a lot that govern the country and you can understand how Republicans are all obviously trying to manipulate those laws. To take away the rights of minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, you can see it all and I try to explain it in ways that people can understand so that we can fight them," Mystal said.
Sunny Hostin "loved the book so much," she said. "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," she said.
Ana Navarro was also a big fan of the book proclaiming the United States Constitution to be "trash," saying that as a Floridian, "I'm like on ground zero of where all of this is happening."
"I'm out of my mind about the bills banning conversations about race and ethnicity and LGBTQ," she said, "just even mentioning gender identity in primary schools, but some will say 'Okay, so are you arguing for throwing out the Constitution? Should the constitution be thrown out? What do we do? Is it a living document? Is it A, or is it a sacred document?'" Navarro asked.
"It's certainly not sacred," Mystal said of our founding document from which all other law in the United States stems.
"The constitution is kind of trash," Mystal said. "And let's just again, let's just talk as adults for a second—"
"What did you say?" Joy Behar asked, "it's what?"
"It's kind of trash," Mystal said confidently. "It was it was made by slavers and colonists and white people who are willing to make deals with slavers and colonists."
"They didn't ask anyone who looked like me what they thought about the Constitution and say, 'Oh, Jim, come over here. What do you think about this whole Constitution?' "
Mystal then made fun of enslaved people from the 1700s. "'Well, massa,'" he imitated in pigeon, "'I sure don't like how you sell my children. This King George, he needs to be stopped.'"
The ladies of "The View" giggled.
"'Yeah, my grand pappy used to say,'" Myustal went on with his imitation, "'ain't no taxation without representation from massa.'"
"But that's not what happened," Mystal continued. "This document was written without the consent of black and brown people in this country and without the consent of women in this country.
"And I say if that that is the starting point, the very least we can do is ignore what those slavers and colonists and misogynists thought and interpret the Constitution in a way that makes sense for our modern world. That's the starting line," Mystal said.
"Do you want to rewrite it?" Behar asked.
"I could!" Mystal said. "I could rewrite parts of it in a tweet, right? Like how about popular election for the President, people vote, not land, term limits for Supreme Court justice. And how about no state's rights when it comes to health care, elections, policing and guns. That's better. That's just better, and you can do that in a tweet."
"Can't amendments help some of that?" Behar said, entertaining Mystal's ideas.
"Here's the problem with the amendment process," Mystal complained. "For American history, there have been 115 people allowed to interpret what the amendments mean. 108 of them have been whites. That's a problem." That they were white is all the evidence Mystal needed to say that the amendment process to the Constitution is bogus
"Well you are certainly a compelling guest," Behar said, pumping his book again. "Fantastic."
Mystal has had other odd opinions as well, such as saying that Republican congressmen should be arrested because of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2020, and calling for the Department of Justice to prosecute them as "kingpins of the insurrection." He said they were "organizing white domestic terrorists."
He was horrified by the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, charges against whom were dismissed when it was found that he acted in self-defense in shooting three white men, killing two, during riots in Kenosha, Wisc. on August 25, 2020. Mystal called Rittenhouse a "little murderous white supremacist," despite the acquittal.