GOP Nominee for Wisconsin AG Says He Would Defend Interracial Marriage Ban
It’s Wisconsin, where the headquarters of the John Birch Society resides, so don’t be surprised if this yo yo gets elected.
The Republican nominee for Wisconsin’s attorney general post said he would have defended an interracial marriage ban if he were attorney general in a state with such a law during the 1950s.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that Wisconsin Democrats were blasting Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel over comments he made last month on the cable access program “Eye On Oshkosh.”
Schimel was asked about interracial marriage bans in the context of his position on Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, which he said he would defend in court. Here’s the exchange:
HOST: “But if you had been attorney general in, say, the 1950s, in a state that did not allow interracial marriage, do you think the proper role of an attorney general then was to not put himself or herself into the mix and say this is wrong?”
SCHIMEL: “Yeah, it is.”
HOST: “Your job is to uphold the law, even if it’s something that we might look back in the future and say that’s absurd?”
SCHIMEL: “It might be distasteful to me. I’ve got to stay consistent with that. As the state’s lawyer, it’s not my job to pick and choose.”