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Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and Wesley Hunt, a congressional candidate in Texas – both black Republicans – tore into Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) Tuesday evening for claiming that Republicans want to ban interracial marriage.

On Monday, following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion that could reverse Roe v. Wade, Swalwell tweeted, “The Republicans won’t stop with banning abortion. They want to ban interracial marriage. Do  you want to save that? Well, then you should probably vote.”

On Tuesday, Hunt responded, “Hi Eric, my name is Wesley Hunt, I’m a Republican nominee in a Congressional District that is 70% white. 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.”

Hunt will likely be elected to Congress in November. He is running in a solidly red district.

Rep. Donalds, a freshman member, similarly dismissed Swalwell’s position, writing “You are such a fool. What is wrong with you! More gaslighting from the radical left!”

Some have, in an effort to undermine the absurdity of Swalwell’s words, pointed out that Justice Clarence Thomas is himself in an interracial marriage.

Swalwell’s claim arrived as Democrats began a rhetorical barrage in response to the leaked draft. According to a Gallup survey conducted in 2021, 94% of Americans approve of interracial marriage.

The draft’s legitimacy was confirmed Tuesday, but Chief Justice John Roberts underscored that “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”

In the draft, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”


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