Did He or Didn’t He Speak to White Supremacists?

Steve Scalise

Did Representative Steve Scalise (R) speak to a gathering of white supremacists?

Just the fact that the question is being asked seems like bad news for Steve Scalise and the Republican party.

Slate reported that he didn’t but, as ThinkProgress points out, his supposed alibi has fallen apart.

Two days ago, Slate ran a piece quoting Kenny Knight, a close associate of David Duke, who booked the room for the white supremacist group, known as EURO. Knight claimed that he invited Scalise to speak to the “Jefferson Heights Civic Association, which was largely comprised of elderly people who lived in his and Scalise’s neighborhood.” The meeting of the civic association, Knight said, just happened to be held in the same room as the EURO conference held later that day.

Right. It was just a coincidence. Of course.

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans uncovered documents showing that Knight was the treasurer of EURO, the group Steve Scalise spoke to, and that he issued a press release about the event in question.

So did Scalise speak to them? Yes.

It doesn’t seem to matter, however. It may matter to voters and constituents, but it doesn’t matter to House Republican leadership who have chosen to stand by Scalise as the Majority Whip.

I can’t think of a more awkward and unfortunate, and appropriate, title for Scalise.

  • muselet

    There’s no way Steve Scalise didn’t know who David Duke was or what he believed, full stop. For him to claim otherwise now is, erm, dishonest at best.

    For John Boehner to pretend to believe Scalise’s desperate backing and filling is, erm, unconvincing at best.

    Scalise must know where the bodies are buried.


  • Democratic Representative in the House sends pictures of his junk to a woman (consensual), he’s lambasted by the Democratic leadership and resigns from Congress.

    Republican Congressmen address White Supremacist organization or get indicted for employing prostitutes, Republican leadership stands behind them and they stay in Congress.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    • Victor the Crab

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the Chuckie Todds of the dumbass media are too lazy and/or stupid to let the American public know what the fuck is the problem.

      • j hentai

        also there’s no way for them to point to a democrat and say “both sides do it”.