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Steve Scalise, Republicans, and White Supremacy

By Chidike Okeem

The political scandal du jour is that, in 2002, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke at a conference held by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white supremacist organization created by the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated David Duke. Scalise is also on the record saying that he agrees with Duke’s “conservative views,” and Duke has referred to Scalise as a “good family man.” Scalise’s main concern about Duke was his lack of electability—not his vile racism. The entire situation is not only a terrible scandal for Scalise, but it is an even more horrific catastrophe for the Republican Party—a party that desperately needs to rebrand in order to remain a viable national movement capable of winning important presidential elections.