Keith Bardwell's comments to reporters follows calls for his ouster by Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
"Everybody hates me," he tells reporters. "Really. I don't know why. I treat people, I figure, equal. I have one problem with mixed marriages and that is the offspring."
Asked if he is "racist," Bardwell replies: "Absolutely not.
"My definition of a racist is to hate black people, or treat black people different that anybody else," he says.
Like maybe refusing to give black people marriage licenses if they want to marry white people? You mean "treat black people differently" in that way?
This sort of thinking is way too common in America; it's the ability to ignore all evidence -- including things you've just said -- in order to come to a conclusion you want to come to. Don't like evolution? Hey, just deny it... The only thing that matters is what you believe with all your little heart.
Don't want the label "racist," even though it's clear you're the very definition of a racist? Just deny it applies to you, even as you all but admit it does.
This is America and it's a free country -- which means you're free to be just as ignorant and stupid and illogical as you want to.
In related news, Lousiana Sen. David Vitter, a Republican up for re-election, has been silent on the issue. Guess he knows his base pretty well.