The blogosphere is all aTwitter—pun intended—over the admission by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that he once addressed a group of supposed white supremacists during his time as a Louisiana state legislator. Twelve years ago. The group, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, was founded by the now-infamous former Louisiana legislator, David Duke—yes, that David Duke—best known for his stint as Grand Wizard of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, founded coincidentally while he was a registered Democrat. Scalise insists that he has no relationship with the group, and that his reportedly brief interaction with the organization was only in connection with forwarding conservative policies, like cutting spending in his state.
“Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints,” Smith wrote. “In every case, he was building support for his policies, not the other way around. In 2002, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his” legislative agenda.
“He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question,” the statement continued. “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.”
The statement did not answer explicitly whether Scalise was aware of the group’s motives at the time he attended the convention.
Which is probably something a state legislator might want to check out before he heads on over to the Hate Club meetin’.
Now, I’m not pointing out bad behavior to somehow justify questionable judgement. It’s just that Leftists are very good at projection. So, right on cue, The Usual Suspects, hypocrisy dripping from their keyboards like warm andouille gravy, are out in force, working hard to project The Racist Label onto Whip Scalise and, by extension, the entirety of the GOP who, by the way, will soon take over both houses of Congress. Coincidence? Here’s just a sample:
Jen Rubin: Steve Scalise’s lame excuse http://t.co/EqjNvOQCmG
— Encourager (@KnowWeCan) December 29, 2014
— SLD (@DITUPAC3361) December 30, 2014