Wesley Hunt, a Republican running for Congress, shut down Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on Friday for claiming the Republican Party will try to outlaw interracial marriage.
What is the background?
After a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft showed the court had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, liberal hysteria went into overdrive.
Progressives began claiming without evidence that Republicans would not stop at overturning abortion rights, but would seek to overturn a plethora of other rights. Swalwell, for example, claimed that Republicans “want to ban interracial marriage.”
Other Democrats similarly argued that Republicans want Loving v. Virginia overturned. The 1967 landmark Supreme Court decision struck down a Virginia law that banned interracial marriage.
What did Hunt say?
The issue of interracial marriage is particularly important to Hunt because he is a black man who is in an interracial marriage, which has produced two biracial daughters.
Hunt responded to Swalwell’s initial comments by observing how Democrats like him are using race as a political weapon.
“Hi Eric, my name is Wesley Hunt, I’m a Republican nominee in a Congressional District that is 70% white,” Hunt said. “I’m black, I’m in an interracial marriage, and my wife and I have two biracial daughters. Republicans are celebrating diversity while white liberals like yourself race-bait.”
— Wesley Hunt (@Wesley Hunt)
Instead of engaging in productive dialogue, Swalwell hit back and reaffirmed his charge that Republicans support outlawing interracial marriage by pointing directly at Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.).
“Hey Wesley, your problem isn’t with me. It’s with @SenatorBraun who said states should be able to ban interracial marriages like yours. He’s a senator in YOUR party,” Swalwell said. “Looks like you’re just another Republican who is in denial of what your colleagues say. Party over country, right?”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@Rep. Eric Swalwell)
Braun incited brief controversy in March after he appeared to endorse leaving the issue of interracial marriage up to individual states to decide, thus reversing Loving v. Virginia. However, Braun quickly clarified that he believes “there is no question the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, that is not something that is even up for debate.”
Hunt, however, was not deterred, and issued the decisive blow of the debate.
“Eric, here we go again. My problem is with you. You’ve never been black a day in your life, and yet the white ‘intellectual’ Democrat from California is lecturing me on racism,” Hunt hit back. “And for the record, don’t lecture me on country over party either, I served in combat, did you?”
— Wesley Hunt (@Wesley Hunt)
Hunt is the Republican candidate running for Texas’ 38th congressional district, which is situated in the Houston area. The district was established after the 2020 census. His Democratic opponent will be determined after a runoff election later this month.