Katy Tur Questions Whether The Constitution Should Be Interpreted As Is

Julia Nista | General Assignment Reporter

MSNBC host Katy Tur questioned whether or not the Constitution is an out-of-date document “given it’s 2018 and not 1776” Wednesday.

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“Americans have really moved in a progressive direction over the years,” Tur said. “Do you think it’s appropriate to take such a strict, originalist view of the Constitution given it’s 2018 and not 1776?”

“I don’t know if Americans have become progressive on everything, certainly the times have changed since 1776. But, how you interpret the the Constitution is ultimately different from what policy preferences you want. This is a point that conservatives make pretty often about the Supreme Court, that whether you want to laws to move in a progressive or a conservative direction, the Supreme Court is a separate institution with a separate mandate under our Constitutional structure,” said J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy.

Democrats and progressives have been up in arms following President Trump’s announcement that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his nominee to replace Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. (RELATED: Bernie Riles Up Crowd Following Trump’s Announcement For His SCOTUS Pick)

While Tur mentioned the year 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was written, the Constitution was actually written in 1787.

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