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GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a white supremacist convention…”on accident”

Accidentally.

Ok.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was forced to confirm reports that he was once the keynote speaker at an international white supremacist convention. But it was totally by accident, he claims.

According to an extensive report from Louisiana political blogger Lamar White Jr., Scalise, then a Louisiana State Representative, gave a well-received keynote address at the 2002 meeting of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO). The organization isclassified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and to prove that it’s a hate group, let’s just say it was founded by KKK Grand Wizard and neo-Nazi David Duke.

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A “well received” keynote address….well received by white supremacists….in a classified hate group.

But it was on accident?

During this conference, which Duke could not attend because he was in prison, Scalise gave a speech on tax policy that attendees called the “highlight” of the convention. “Representative Scalise brought into sharp focus the dire circumstances pervasive in many important, under-funded needs of the community at the expense of graft within the Housing and Urban Development Fund, an apparent give-away to a selective group based on race,” wrote one attendee on Stormfront.org.

Upon learning that Scalise would run for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional district in 2004 (which he didn’t win), that same attendee said that Scalise would “be a good alternative” to Duke. “Those that attended the EURO conference in New Orleans will recall that Scalise was a speaker, offering his support for issues that are of concern to us,” he reminded the forum.

Again. A well received (by a hate group) speech on issues dealing with race.

Ok.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Scalise acknowledged that he attended the convention, but had no idea that he was speaking to a group of white supremacists. “He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question,” said spokeswoman Moira Bagley, adding that at the time, Scalise was stumping across the state to push budget reform. “The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.” Other Scalise allies claim that he was “poorly staffed” during the time, which, frankly, isn’t impossible.

A Google search.

That is all it would take. A simple Google search. But…staffing was poor? LOL.

K.

The article goes on to say that the fact the group was named, “EURO,” could’ve “tricked” Scalise.

K.

 

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