An Indiana lawmaker drew gasps during a debate on the state’s controversial “religious freedom” bill when she accused a colleague’s 18-month old son of being racist.
Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers made the comment during a debate on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the House on Monday, referencing Republican Rep. Jud McMillin’s child.
“I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scare of me because of my color,” Ms. Summers said to Mr. McMmillin, who is white, during the debate, the Indy Star reported March 24.
Ms. Summers later defended her comment, recalling the meeting with McMillin’s son earlier in the session.
“He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried,” Ms. Summer said, the newspaper reported. “And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared.”