Elie Mystal Doubles Down Against 'Haters' After Calling Constitution 'Trash'

Elie Mystal, a legal editor and recently published book author, has spent his day responding to online "haters" like Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) who are angry that he called the Constitution "trash" that was written by wealthy slavers and racist misogynists.

Mystal appeared on the Friday installment of the daytime talk show The View, where he discussed his new book, "Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution."

His book basically argues that the Constitution was written by rich bigots, and its laws have since been mostly interpreted by wealthy white legislators to take away the rights of minorities, women and the LGBTQ community.

Mystal's book includes chapter titles such as "Canceling Trash People Is Not a Constitutional Crisis" and "Bigotry is Illegal Even If You've Been Ordered to by Jesus."

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Elie Mystal, a legal writer and book author, has doubled down on comments he made Friday referring to the U.S. Constitution as "trash." Above, Mystal attends Politicon 2019 at Music City Center on October 27, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Ed Rode/Getty Images for Politicon

During his appearance on The 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?"

He replied, "It's certainly not sacred. All right, let's start there. The Constitution is kind of trash."

He later told the co-hosts that he would advocate changing the document to elect the president through popular vote rather than the Electoral College, to place term limits on Supreme Court justices and eliminate states' rights on "health care, elections, policing and guns."

His comments on The View upset political conservatives, who went on Twitter to voice their anger and disagreement. One of them, Boebert, published a tweet containing a video of Mistal calling the Constitution "trash."

Boebert's tweet included the opening of the oath of office taken by Congress members: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC ... "

Newsweek contacted Boebert's office for comment.

While Mystal didn't respond directly to Boebert's tweet, he did respond to other Twitter critics with sharp retorts.

One Twitter user, @L3G10NAN0N, told Mystal, "You're nothing but a racist and a clown. The Constitution works for ALL people. Even race baiting treasonous clowns like yourself that seek to attack and destroy it. The American people will not tolerate these attacks for much longer."

Mystal responded, "'the constitution works for all people' says man threatening me because of something I wrote."

Conservative pundit Stephen L. Miller commented on a picture of Mystal wearing a mask and asked him why he didn't wear a mask on The View.

Mystal replied, "Cause everybody had to be vaccinated and, like every other guest, I had to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test to get in the building? Are you done asking me dumb ass questions or would you like me to embarrass you more today?"

Responding to Twitter commenters who mocked him for his weight and large white afro hairstyle, Mystal wrote, "Welcome, new white wing folks, with your oh so original Don King and Professor Klump jokes. Your spicy creativity is, as always, notable. Please stay awhile, your mayonnaise sandwiches are in the back and the lessons will resume shortly."

Twitter user @Roomtofit replied, "I'm guessing you don't reply to comments, but only opine upon the soapbox you've built for yourself. Very inclusive."

Mystal replied, "I know dudes walking through the desert who ain't this thirsty."

"Thirsty" is a slang term meaning "desperate for attention."

One of his final tweets addressing his critics said, "All right haters, it's been fun playing with you but I have go to work."