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Too Good to Check: The Racist Republican

Jan. 2, 2015

Republicans haven’t even officially taken control of both houses of Congress yet and they’re already embroiled in a drummed-up scandal. Specifically, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is a “racist” – like all other Republicans. Why? Because in 2002 he allegedly spoke to a Louisiana white supremacist group affiliated with infamous racist and anti-Semite David Duke, a former KKK leader who ran for multiple elected offices in Louisiana. Reactionary head hunting aside, Scalise didn’t actually speak to the supremacist group in question but to a civic-association meeting before the racist conference began. The two happened to be in the same venue, but at different times. As National Review’s Quin Hillyer, who knows Scalise personally, sums up, “In short, the more we find out about that event, and about Scalise, the more this whole ‘scandal’ looks like a case of guilt not just by association, but by unintentional, second-degree association – a guilt wrongly assessed against a man with a long record of working not to divide the races but to bridge the differences between them.” Even Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans said Scalise “does not have a racist bone in his body.” But never mind the facts when the Leftmedia can claim a Republican scalp. Still, Scalise took the high road and apologized, while condemning the supremacist group. Perhaps now the media could look into Democrat Sen. Cory Booker, whose website featured David Duke propaganda.

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