Is David Duke Now Calling The Shots In The Republican Party?

Steve ScaliseThis is the new low that the Republican Party has found itself at, taking the word of a known white supremacist leader over the word of the House Majority Whip, who admitted to speaking to a Klan/white power conference back in 2002.


A little over a week ago, my friend Lamar White Jr released his findings which included posts by a longtime, respected member of the Neo-Nazi website Stormfront that praised Steve Scalise, who was a member of the Louisiana state legislature back in 2002 when he addressed a white power group named EURO led by none other than David Duke. One of the leaders of that organization is Kenny Knight, who now says that he invited Scalise to speak to another group, not the actual racist conference.

In defense of Steve Scalise, many conservatives have done everything possible to make counter accusations against his detractors, although I have to give props to Redstate.com for actually running a piece saying that it was important for him to step down. Even She Who Shall Not Be Named (AKA Caribou Barbie) jumped into the fray for a chance to remain relevant in conservative circles, along with James O’Keefe, the one-hit-wonder behind the doctored ACORN videos some years back.

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Anyhow, so this is where the people supporting Steve Scalise are at, making excuses for Scalise and using the words of an admitted, documented member of a hate group as proof that Scalise really wasn’t at a racist conference – because the racist who invited him says he wasn’t. Seriously.

Kenny Knight, an organizer for the group and a close associate of Mr. Duke’s, said that he invited Mr. Scalise to speak that day, but to a local group, not the full conference.

But Corey Ortis, who was a Louisiana representative for the organization from 2000 to 2004, said he attended the 2002 conference to hear from leaders of their movement, not Mr. Scalise. Still, from what he recalls of the event, Mr. Scalise gave a 10-to-15-minute presentation that was “the typical mainstream Republican thing” and not “too far right.”

“He touched on how America was founded on Christian principles, Christian men who founded this country, and how it was believed it would go forward as a Christian nation and how we’re getting away from that,” Mr. Ortis said. (Source)

What’s more, some have gone to David Duke who posts angry rants about the “Zio-Media” (hey, that’s me!) to defend Steve Scalise, who stated to Roll Call in 1999 that he embraced many of the same “conservative values” as Duke who had unsuccessfully run both for governor and for Congress. Duke appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night and also claimed at the end of the segment that Scalise wasn’t at the conference after hemming and hawing as to whether or not the scheduled appearance had actually occurred.


David Duke is basically telling the Republican Party that if they force Steve Scalise to resign his leadership position, he’s going to expose other politicians who allegedly share the same views on race. David Duke and people who share some of his beliefs are also apparently currently calling the shots in the Republican Party, and conservatives are defending Scalise based on the words of Duke’s associate and fellow racist, Kenny Knight. Yes, let’s let that sink in.

Does it really matter whether or not Steve Scalise admitted to speaking to a white supremacy group in 2002? To some degree it does, but at the same time, that’s an unfortunate part of Deep South conservative politics. If he had simply said that he did it, he regretted it and the conservative media hadn’t tried to make false comparisons to Al Sharpton or Rev. Jeremiah Wright, we’d probably be talking about some other news item by now. The mistake that Scalise and his supporters made was to try to discredit the story, which has made the whole scandal far worse than Lamar could have possibly dreamed of.



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  • Jim Bean

    How is this any different than a Democratic Party politician speaking to the NAACP?

    • Cemetery Girl

      Seriously???

      • crabjack

        You have to realize, Cemetery Girl, that JimBob here is a troll for the tea-baggers. He comes here only to contradict everything said that has even the slightest progressive lean. He is perhaps the most vocal of the political and religious right’s mouthpieces on this blog, expertly regurgitating what his handlers on the extreme right tell him to say. You get used to it, and it’s kind of fun seeing him make an ass of himself time after time. No one with even half a brain takes him seriously.

      • sherry06053

        This is true. He’s a real piece of work. I have even fallen for his absurdity a couple of times. What I want to know is, Jim, do you get paid for this? Because I really would like a tip on how and who would I contact. Don’t worry – I wouldn’t be as good as it as you are, and I don’t even care which side would be cutting the check, although my heart would be more into it if I could post as a liberal. It’s a side that is much easier to defend.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Oh no, I have had many exchanges with Jim. I actually appreciate that in all of our exchanges he has not (at least towards me, can’t say about others) taken to name calling or any of that other childish crap. I may vastly disagree with him, he may be here just for the sake of disagreeing, but I do give him a tip of the hat for not resorting to foul language, name calling, and such (at least towards me.)

      • Alphonso Dunbar

        I BELIEVE THEY SAID SIMILAR THINGS ABOUT HITLER WHEN HE CAME TO POWER!

      • TheGenderAvenger

        Hey douche bag. Turn off the caps you illiterate fool

      • regressive white trash reli

        TROLL^^^PROFILE^^^,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ,,,,,,,,,voted for bush and palin and Bachmann,,
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      • regressive white trash reli

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,jimbo is not a troll profile

      • Jim Bean

        One group advances the interests of blacks. One the interests of whites? Unless you are a racist who thinks one race deserves special consideration or lesser consideration, then they are the same.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Since there are a variety of white supremacy groups and Duke is the topic here I’ll just refer to the KKK. How exactly is the KKK and NAACP the same? The KKK is a “secret” group. Openly existing (at times there was denial), membership is often acknowledged, but inner workings are supposed to be kept secret. The existance of the KKK was to use force to maintain the supremacy of the white males. The NAACP arose from the desire for equal treatment. They continue to help provide opportunities for minorities, to help provide equal opportunities (and do this openly). White supremacy continues to rant and rave that the white men are better than everyone else and being denied their rightful place over their inferiors. Absolutely no comparison.

      • crabjack

        And don’t forget the lynchings and other murders committed by David Duke’s KKK in the name of white supremacy, or as JimBoy would have us believe, advancing the interest of whites…

      • Cemetery Girl

        That would be use of force, but I don’t think that a white supremacist can be as confident in their acts as violence as they could be in the past. They system was supportive or at least passive. Now a group might applaud an act when amoung themselves, but publicly consider it an independent act.

      • Jim Bean

        You are lost in the weeds. They are both focused on a race-specific agenda. Whether you agree or disagree with one’s particular agenda or the other, neither, or both, is just matter of semantics and opinion. Neither agenda is above reproach. (Granted, there are people on both sides who are equally sure their opinion is the only valid one.)

      • Cemetery Girl

        Actually, last I saw the NAACP has moved on from just a race to minorities. They try to give minorities a level playing field. They don’t require that someone be pure-minority. Females are helped as well as males by programs for the NAACP. White supremacists, like the Klan, accept members that are not of “inferior” heritage. They do not want the mixing of races and support nothing but keeping the “inferior races” beneath the white males. The KKK has historically been a men’s group, and females play a supportive role in their demand for dominance. Considering that supremacy groups can vary on what groups are inferior, you can’t even argue they want to provide an advantage to all white people. Ethnic background and religion play a part in who is acceptable. I’m not in the weeds; I can see the difference between wanting a level playing field and being mad at the world because it doesn’t assume you’re better than other people based on physical characteristics.

      • greenpatches

        That is such faulty and reductive logic I hardly know where to begin. The NAACP’s “racial agenda” is the elevation of black people from oppression to an equal status in America, white supremacy seeks to maintain the oppression of status quo. Their goals couldn’t be more opposite each other. Your implication seems to be that an agenda focusing on race must necesarily be bad, which is simply not true. It’s the old “you’re a racist if you notice/talk about/approach society as if there is racial inequality.” You know, bullshit.

      • Jim Bean

        But my point is, that’s just your opinion. You BELIEVE your opinion is the valid one just as fervently as those with an opposing opinion believe theirs is. You’re sure you’re right. They’re sure you are not. You believe you command the moral high ground because it makes you feel good. They do the same thing for the same reason. They’re full of themselves and you are full of yourself. Both of you are intolerant.

      • greenpatches

        “Boooohooo tolerate my intolerance, you think you’re so smart but you’re noooottttt”

        Cry more?

    • Alphonso Dunbar

      OH, I DON’T KNOW, LET ME SEE! THE NAACP IS NOT ANTI WHITE THEY ARE PRO MINORITY RIGHTS! WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS HATE PEOPLE OF THE NON WHITE RACES!

      THE NAACP PRIDES ITS SELF ON NON VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE! WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS HAVE A HISTORY OF LYNCHINGS, BURNING CROSSES AND JUST PLAIN MURDER OF ON WHITE CITIZENS!

      THE NAACP CONDEMNS RIOTING! WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS NOT ONLY CONDONE RIOTING, BUT RIOTING AIMED AT THE DESTRUCTION OR DEATH OF HIS FELLOW MAN!

      DOES THAT ABOUT SUM THINGS UP?!!?

      • Jim Bean

        The black people that were murdered yesterday and today were murdered by other black people. So will the black people murdered tomorrow. Not so much as a peep from the NAACP – except for calls for more restrictions on the police officers trying to prevent those deaths.

        13% of the population is black but, due to affirmative action, they now have 18% of the Federal Jobs. Is the NAACP saying, “Whoa! This isn’t fair. We need to get the ratio of blacks in line.” (?) Of course they’re not. They are an organization dedicated to exploiting race to get all from it that they can get. Just like the KKK (who aren’t doing much murdering these days.)

    • Patricia Colbert

      The NAACP is not a racist organization. There are white members as well as black and they don’t teach that one race is better than another. I invite U to read exactly what the NAACP stands for because U obvious have no idea.

      • Jim Bean

        They teach that the white race mistreats the black race. Therefore they are most certainly teaching that the white race is inferior.

      • Patricia Colbert

        When U say they teach that the white race mistreated the black race are U trying to say that’s a lie. Mr. Bean U are one confused individual. I cannot communicate with U until U come to your senses. Have a good year.

      • Jim Bean

        Did you see me say it was a lie? And after you’ve answered that question to your own satisfaction, reconsider which one of us it is that is a confused individual and tell me what you come up with.

  • Eg Kbbs

    You say “Now calling the shots” like he wasn’t calling the shots in the past!

    Coming from the deep South, I’ll promise you that a lot of southern politicos are still stuck in the Civil War.

  • Alphonso Dunbar

    LITTLE HITLER IS NOW THE PUPPET MASTER?!!? I GUESS WE SHOULD HAVE SAW THAT COMING!

  • Patricia Colbert

    This is exactly what is going on. The Republican Party is just a throwback of the KKK. They may word a comment differently but it is very obvious what they mean.