Republican Senator Mike Braun criticized the 1967 Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage nationwide – then quickly backtracked on his comments.
Braun (R-Ind.) made the inflammatory comments during a press conference Tuesday with reporters from his home country. Braun began by first criticizing Roe v. Wade of 1973, which he called “judicial activism”.
Braun said the overturning of Roe v. Wade would bring the country “to a neutral point”.
“It should be something where the voice of individual states can weigh in on these issues, through their own legislation, through their own legal systems,” he told reporters on the conference call. .
Braun said he would similarly support overturning the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia – a court decision from the same era that rendered interracial marriage laws unconstitutional.
Braun immediately replied, “When it comes to trouble, you can’t have it both ways.”
“When you want that diversity to shine within our federal system, there will be rules and procedures. They’re going to be out of step with maybe what other states would be doing,” said Braun, who was elected to the Senate in 2018. “That’s the beauty of the system.
Braun, 67, said he would support the Supreme Court in leaving the issue of interracial marriage to the states.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it too. I think that’s hypocritical.
After receiving criticism for his statements regarding interracial marriage, Braun released a clarifying statement to The Hill, saying he “misunderstood the question” and seemingly backing off the criticism.
“Let me be clear on this issue – there is no doubt that the Constitution prohibits any form of discrimination based on race, it’s not even something up for debate, and I condemns racism in all its forms, at all levels and by all states, entities or individuals,” Braun said.
A spokesperson for Braun also confirmed to The Hill that the senator does not believe Loving v. Virginia should be canceled.
New York Post