So, House Majority Whip Scalise Spoke at a White Supremacist Gathering in 2002.

On Monday, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) confirmed reports that, yes, he presented at a gathering hosted by white supremacist leaders in 2002. The rumors first started swirling when Stormfront—a Neo-Nazi site we don’t care to post a link to—mentioned Scalise had spoken at the conference, hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO). Scalise, who became House majority whip earlier this year, has confirmed those rumors, but insists he was unaware of the group’s racist and Neo-Nazi ties, or that it was founded by KKK golden boy, David Duke. There is no recording or transcript of the speech (yet), but Scalise’s spokeswoman insists that he “has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question.”

Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) told reporters he stands by Scalise, noting that “Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners.” On the other hand, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told The Washington Post that “I think it’s a real test for Speaker Boehner as to whether Congressman Scalise should remain in Republican leadership” …

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