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GOP Senator Flops While Trying to Walk Back Gross Comments About Interracial Marriage

GOP Senator Flops While Trying to Walk Back Gross Comments About Interracial Marriage

Republicans have taken advantage of their chance to grandstand during the  Ketanji Brown Jackson hearing. And they sure are mad about a lot of things. They’re made about Rowe v. Wade. They are mad about Obergefell v. Hodges, which opened the door for gay marriage. And at least one Republican took aim at Loving v. Virginia which prevented states from banning interracial marriage.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) speaks at a press conference for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) FDA Modernization Act on Capitol Hill on October 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul is introducing legislation that would end the FDA’s mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals before they are used on humans in clinical trials. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

A reporter from the Times of Northwest Indiana asked Mike Braun on Tuesday, “So, would you be OK with the Supreme Court leaving the question of interracial marriage up to the states?”

The Indiana senator answered, “Yes. I think that that’s something if you’re not wanting the Supreme Court to weigh in on issues like that, you’re not going to be able to have your cake and eat it too. I think that’s hypocritical.”

Despite the confident way in which he answered, Braun later claimed that he has misunderstood the question. “There is no question the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, that is not something that is even up for debate, and I condemn racism in any form.”

 

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