After claiming in a media appeal that the Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage and that the decision should have been left to the states, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun issued a statement backtracking on his remarks on Tuesday.
Many people took to social media and other platforms to condemn his initial statement during the media call, as well as Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Mike Schmuhl.
Schmuhl criticized Braun’s comments in a written statement saying Braun does not represent Hoosiers and asking if they really want to be associated with him.
“Mike Braun’s words and opinions are not only un-American, but inferior to any respectable person wishing to hold public office,” Schmuhl said in a written statement.
Braun’s responses were prompted by a reporter’s question about the Supreme Court’s review of the removal of abortion rights.
Braun said Supreme Court justices should never legislate from the bench and considered the landmark case Roe v. Wade, who legalized the right to abortion, as legal activism.
He said trying to codify these kinds of issues into federal law is a problem, however, this new case regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban brings the issue back to supposedly neutral status.
“I think that would bring it back to a neutral point where this issue should never have been federalized out of sync, I think, with the outline of America at the time,” Braun said.
A reporter went on to ask about the landmark case Loving v. Virginia, who struck down laws banning interracial marriage in the United States, and whether her thinking should be applied to this case.
“When you want that diversity to shine within our federal system, there will be rules and procedures, they may not be in sync with what other states would be doing,” Braun said. “That’s the beauty of the system, and that’s where the differences in perspective in our 50 states should come out.”
The reporter asked Braun to clarify that he was actually saying that the decision of whether or not to legalize interracial marriage should have been left to the states in 1967.
“Yes,” Braun said. “I think it’s something that if you don’t want the Supreme Court to rule on issues like that, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.”
Later that day, Braun sent out a statement backtracking on its original request.
“Earlier during a virtual press conference, I misunderstood a series of questions that ended up being about interracial marriage,” Braun said in the statement. race is not even a subject of debate, and I condemn racism in all its forms, at all levels and by all states, entities or individuals.