Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee doesn’t know that the infamous Dred Scott decision denying citizenship to black Americans is not, in fact, currently “the law of the land.”

“I’ve been just drilled by TV hosts over the past week, ‘How dare you say that, uh, [marriage equality is] not the law of the land?’” Huckabee said. “Because that’s their phrase, ‘it’s the law of the land. Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people aren’t fully human. Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?”

It took radio host Michael Medved to gently point out to Mike Huckabee that Dred Scott was overturned by constitutional amendment a short time later after certain … unpleasantries. It was a bit of a big deal, and was definitely in all the papers. So no, Dred Scott is most certainly not “to this day the law of the land,” not by any possible interpretation, and we must add this to the pile of things about the Supreme Court over which Mike Huckabee is still deeply and inexplicably confused.

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