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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  • Jim Bean

    [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.]

    Allen, if I were to say “You don’t sit and listen to the white-hating, America hating, sermons of Rev. Wright for 20 years unless you subscribe to his philosophies” would you agree with me?

    • Jordan

      And now you’re defending this as well. Is there anything a Republican can do that you wouldn’t agree with and defend?

      • Jim Bean

        Jim Bean charges that, ‘Obama embraced Wright’s racist vitriol for 20 years’ and Jordan thinks, “Hmmmmm, Jim Bean must embrace racist vitriol.’

        Jordan think peculiarly.

      • Jordan

        Let’s stick to things either of us has actually said.

      • Jim Bean

        Yes, lets.

    • FD Brian

      I can’t say that Scalise is racists because I don’t know much about him, but I can say he is stupid, and if you want stupid people representing you then, keep voting for stupid.

      • Jim Bean

        “. . . . . .joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young’un by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when he refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter he wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II.

        That would be Robert C. Byrd – longest serving Senator in U.S. history. An icon of the Left. A Democrat.

        You’re outrage is transparent as glass.

      • FD Brian

        he’s a piece of shit to. Stop making excuses for racism in your party James, you’re part of the problem.

      • Jim Bean

        Oh, I wasn’t making excuses for him. I was merely observing how flexible the unwavering virtues of Liberals are. You’ll tolerate a KKK member if it serves your political purpose and excoriate a political opponent for any hint of prejudice.

      • FD Brian

        If that helps you worship at the altar of racism and feel good about, go ahead and believe your drivel.

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t worship anything. It merely helps me decide which compartment liberals belong in in the overall scheme of things.

      • strayaway

        Or Obama speaking at La Raza rallies or Obama praising a Muslim leader, Sheikh bin Bayyah, who called for the death of Jews and resistance to “occupation forces” in the middle east.

    • Greatergreeter

      Rev Wright is extremly critical of the US and its policies (and the rest of the world just happens to be so as well). But anti-white ?

      • Jim Bean

        The rest of the world (free world, anyway) has devoted itself to emulating us. People from all over the world wish they could live here. There are just few crackpots who think they’re so smart they can detect (after the fact) how it could have all been done so much better. Wright is one. Obama is another.

  • Nancy B

    Other than his voting down MLK Day (Heck, I was against adding another holiday, without removing one), has his voting history supported white supremacists? Does he routinely speak to groups like this? I went to a David Duke speech and presentation years back. Does that make me a white supremacist? It’s the pattern, not a specific incident or two, that shows a person’s true character.

  • Russy Rich

    I live in Louisiana and I remember this story. I have voted for Scalise and I dont believe he is a racist. However the group that put on this conference is a white supremist group. They at the time were led by none other than David Duke,in fact Duke himself would teleconference into this event daily. I dont think anyone thinks Scalise is a racist,but this doesn’t look good at all

  • Marcus Kenney

    Even so, ones lack of consideration and failure to establish any propinquity with black ppl Doesn’t excuse the limited understandings thats been tought in such congregations that in which he allowed himself to be known to affiliate with. it’s like saying he’s in a bad crowd (regarding political careers) a few years too late.

  • pianoman

    There are only two possibilities here: 1. He agrees with the Nazi scum, or 2. He is a total idiot. Either way he needs to go.

  • Eg Kbbs

    If it had been just this one person, I’d say he is just another example of a closet-racist.

    But the real story is that the Congress repubs vetted him and placed Scalise in one of the highest positions of power and authority available to them. So it isn’t just Scalise, but apparently it is just A-OK fine with all the other repubs.

  • Jeff Trinkaus

    And Robert Byrd was a grand wizard in the KKK but dont let facts blindside you.Fucking hypocrites