House Republican Leader Spoke at White Supremacist Event Organized by a Neo-Nazi

steve-scaliseI’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of writing articles concerning racism. Not because I don’t believe that the subject is worth talking about, but because the discussion rarely gets us anywhere. Typically, any debate over racism turns into a partisan bickering match where each “side” cares more about “winning” rather than coming together to actually make any sort of meaningful ground to tackle racism.

That being said, some stories concerning racism are fairly cut and dry – like this one involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise where he was a featured speaker at a white supremacy event that was organized by a Neo-Nazi back in 2002, as first reported by Lamar White, Jr. of

There’s not a whole lot of “wiggle room” there. Unless you’re an advocate for white supremacy or Neo-Nazi beliefs – you don’t agree to speak at an event hosted by either of those groups. 

End of story. 

But apparently Scalise doesn’t think so as his office has released a “perfectly good explanation” through a spokesman as to why he spoke at this event:

“Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints. 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 proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families.”

That might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. His office is literally trying to excuse him being featured at an event for white supremacists under the guise of Mr. Scalise trying to build “support for his policies.”

Here’s a crazy idea: How about you not try to “build support” for your policies via white supremacists?

Besides, the last thing any politician should want is for someone in their office to come in and say, “Good news! Your policies have gained quite the following from Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists!” Because if the policies you’re supporting are attracting white supremacists and Neo-Nazis, you might want to rethink your stances and strategies.

And I think it should be noted that Scalise was one of only a handful of Louisiana lawmakers who voted against creating Martin Luther King Day.

So here we have the House Majority Whip being the featured speaker at a 2002 white supremacists event and being one of only a few politicians in Louisiana to vote against the creation of a holiday to honor arguably the face of the civil rights movement.

And I’m sure neither of those two things are at all related, right? It’s just a huge coincidence that someone who was a featured speaker at a 2002 white supremacist event created by a Neo-Nazi is also one of the few individuals who opposed a holiday to honor an African American leader.

It’s like I’ve said to Republicans before, if you want to stop being known as the “party of racists” you really need to stop having members of your party busted for being racists.

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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