By: Brandon Davis, PoliticKING with Larry King
Antonin Scalia’s body will lie in rest today in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall, giving opportunity to thousands of dignitaries, friends, local residents, and even tourists to pay their respects. But not everyone was a fan of the deceased Supreme Court Justice. Hustler founder and free speech activist, Larry Flynt, might have scored a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court in 1988 with Hustler v. Falwell, but the decision didn’t make him like late Justice Scalia any better. In an interview with Larry King this week, the Hustler founder said, "I don’t like to speak ill of someone that passed on, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” Flynt went on to say that, “He’s done more damage to that court than any other human being in 250 years. He moved it to the right. This goes to the right of Attila the Hun. A lot of bad legislation come out of there that he was guiding. He was often the fifth vote and anyone will tell you that 5-4 decisions make bad law because you have four votes and then you got five votes to make the deciding factor just like Gore v. Bush it pushed the election in the 2000 campaign.”
Flynt went on to say that whenever a replacement is appointed, he’d like it to be someone more “centrist” because, it’s more reflective of America as a whole. “I don’t believe that this country is to the left or to that it’s to the right. And when it comes to the Supreme Court, they want fairness. They want somebody that is right down the middle. And I don’t know if we’ll get that but when Ronald Reagan was president at the end of his term, he nominated Kennedy with a democratic senate and they approved him.”
Flynt continued the discussion by talking about the threats the GOP has been making to hold up the nomination – regardless of who it is: “I think they need to get someone in there they can all agree on and get him confirmed,” Flynt said. “I think it could have ramifications that will really backfire if the Senate tries to hold that over.”
|President Obama will be at the viewing today, but he will not attend the funeral on Saturday. Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will attend in his stead. The President’s nomination of a justice, if approved by the Senate, could create a liberal majority affecting many aspects of American life.|
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