Barney Frank on Scalia: Most ‘Highly Placed Militant Homophobe’ in U.S. History

By Lauretta Brown | July 26, 2016 | 4:24pm EDT

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)


( - Philadelphia, Pa.) – Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) spoke at the Democratic National Convention’s LGBT Caucus meeting on Tuesday where he harshly criticized GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s promise to appoint a Supreme Court Justice like the late Antonin Scalia.

“There has never been a more highly placed militant homophobe in the history of the United States,” Frank said of Scalia. “He was a bigot.”

“He [Trump] has one specific: he will appoint a justice like Antonin Scalia,” Frank told those gathered, who booed at Scalia’s name. Frank is a “married” homosexual.

“There has never been a more highly placed militant homophobe in the history of the United States and citing him [Scalia] as a model is as direct a strike to us as can be,” Frank said.

This is not the first time Frank has called Justice Scalia a homophobe. He most recently told Slate following Scalia’s death that he “was troubled that his homophobia never got mentioned when he died.”

“If he had been as comfortably prejudiced against African Americans, or women, or a lot of other groups, he would not have been considered such a wonderful person,” Frank claimed. “He was a bigot. He expressed prejudice in his opinions.”

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