Chaos Ensues as Bill O’Reilly Brings David Duke on Fox News (Video)

david-duke-oreillyBy now, most people who follow politics have heard about the scandal involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a speech he gave at an event sponsored by white supremacists in 2002. Now, you would think that the third most powerful person in the House being busted speaking at an event promoting white supremacy would, at the very least, lead to his removal as House Majority Whip. And one would also think that such a revelation would most likely cost someone their job in Congress.

Though, sadly, neither seems to be happening. Then again, that shouldn’t really surprise anyone. After all, this is a southern Republican we’re talking about. He’s from the party, and an area of the country, where being a white supremacist really isn’t an issue for many conservative voters.

This story apparently prompted Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to have one of Scalise’s supporters on his show to discuss the controversy. That supporter just happened to be former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, and let’s just say it didn’t turn out very well.

In fact, it was utter chaos nearly from the start. If you look closely about one-third of the way through the segment, you can see absolute regret on O’Reilly’s face as he realized what an epic disaster bringing Duke on was turning out to be.

Usually I would try to transcribe some of the dialogue from the clip, but it quickly escalated into a fairly heated back and forth with each trying to talk over the other.

Duke had clearly planned to use this segment as nothing more than an opportunity to push his white supremacist propaganda – correction, his “European American” propaganda. Yes, that’s how Duke’s masking his racism. He’s not anti-black, he’s pro-European American.

But to O’Reilly’s credit, he didn’t let Duke get away with trying to claim that he wasn’t a white supremacist. O’Reilly continually pushed back against the ridiculous notion Duke was trying to perpetuate that he supported equal rights for all Americans. When Duke tried to claim that he was simply “proud” of his “European heritage,” O’Reilly called him out for being nothing more than an advocate for white supremacy.

Though the issue here is that O’Reilly should have never had him on his show in the first place. That’s just idiotic. What did he really expect, cordial and rational discourse? When you give someone as vile as David Duke a national platform the size of O’Reilly’s show to promote his brand of hate, you have to know he’s going to try to use that time to do just that.

Don’t you love how these kinds of people try to mask racism? It’s not “white supremacy,” it’s “European pride.”

I guess you can take the hood off the klansman, but you can’t take the klan out of David Duke – or the Republican party.

Watch the video below via Fox News by way of Media Matters:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Brian

    so now David Duke an admitted KKK member, believer, and spokesman, is saying the Iraq war was a bogus war, The republicans had it wrong the entire time, ( even while the majority of republicans were defending the war as early as a few weeks ago during the fall out of the republican torture programs) he is NOT a white supremacist, he isn’t a racist, and the ” European Pride ” hate fest is not actually the white supremacist movement in new packaging? who actually believes this rubbish? just over the course of the last week we have heard many republicans making racist remarks about our president, minorities, the poor, and the hungry. Its a very sad and infuriating right wing agenda that they just keep repackaging as minority friendly, middle class friendly, education friendly, jobs friendly, that the majority of Americans know is total bull shit.

  • Jim Bean

    “But to O’Reilly’s credit.” Would love to hear a Progressive say that when O’Reilly is being equally objective about some Left wing farcical narrative.

    • crabjack

      You’re off point, JimBob, as usual…

    • FD Brian

      Man, you’re a broken record.

    • Thack

      I have to laugh at people who use the word Progressive as an epithet. The opposite are “regressives” which, if they bother to look up the words, they wouldn’t want to be. Here are the dictionary definitions…

      Progressive: adjective

      1.favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: “a progressive mayor.”

      2.making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: “a progressive community.”

      3.characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.

      4.(initial capital letter) of or relating to any of the Progressive parties in politics.

      5.going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.

      Regressive: adverb

      1.returning to a former or less developed state.

      “science understanding has been regressive for more than a generation now”

      synonyms:reverting, retrogressing, relapsing, lapsing, backsliding, slipping back

      2. to return mentally to a former stage of life or a supposed previous life, especially through hypnosis or mental illness.

      “she claims to have a regressive ability that allows her to return to the Roman era”

      3. in philosophy: a series of statements in which a logical procedure is continually reapplied to its own result without approaching a useful conclusion (e.g., defining something in terms of itself).

  • Pipercat

    Nice book plug!

  • Thack

    Bill looked like he was interviewing his clone.

  • Twila Cearley

    My family came from Europe, in the 1700’s, mostly German, French, and Swiss, run in my blood. But, as far as I’m concerned, as a 12th Generation American, I am not, by any means a European-American. I AM AN AMERICAN!

    • Margaret Main

      Well done, I keep saying this over and over again, if you are born in the US you are American, nothing else, in the UK you don’t find English/American, English/African, if you are born in England you are English same rules should apply in US

  • mister_g43

    Gotta love the picture DD threw up on the screen, calling Obama a “Communist Terrorist Murderer”. Way to keep it classy, Billo…

  • EdEKit

    If the great stories of European Settlement in America are to be taken at face value, most of our immigrant forebears were running from the oppression rampant in European culture. Honoring the traditions of Monarchs and Aristocrats is as Un-American as you can get.