Recently the story broke about Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and a speech he gave at an event for white supremacists back in 2002. Just the facts about the story itself don’t leave a whole lot of wiggle room for excuses. This was an event organized by a Neo-Nazi for blatantly racist individuals supporting white supremacy.
It’s like I said at the time the story first started making headlines, if the message you’re trying to spread is causing white supremacists to invite you to be their featured speaker, you might want to reassess that message.
At first I thought this would be like any other story such as this. There would be some initial resistance, but being that the facts are so damning and indisputable, after a couple of days the GOP would come to its senses and Scalise would announce that he was resigning.
Except, that’s not what’s happened.
Speaker of the House John Boehner actually came out in support of Scalise and conservatives like Newt Gingrich have laughably tried to say that President Obama “got a pass” with Reverend Wright. Yes, because going to a church service is exactly like going to a white supremacist event organized by a Neo-Nazi.
Then to make things worse, one of the most infamous racists in this country, David Duke, has come out in defense of Scalise and threatened to expose other politicians if they turn their back on him.
So, not only do we have Scalise speaking at an event for white supremacists, we have a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan defending him.
And despite all of that, it doesn’t seem as if Scalise is going to step down or be forced from office. Which really makes me wonder, how much information could David Duke tell us about exactly who in the GOP has white supremacist ties of which we aren’t even aware?
What all of this has done is flat-out exposed the true Confederate colors that still run deep within the Republican party.
Republicans try to paint President Obama as a racist even when he doesn’t do anything racist at all. Could you imagine if Republicans found out President Obama was a featured guest at a Black Panthers event? They would be losing their minds. It would be the leading story on every segment of Fox News for weeks, probably months.
But when it comes to someone within their own party having public and blatant ties to a white supremacist event, with a former Grand Wizard of the KKK defending him, that’s apparently “not that big of a deal.” You know, because “he’s sorry.”
Spare me. He’s sorry that he got caught, that’s all.
Though what this whole ordeal has done is it’s exposed the Republican party for what many of us already knew they were – a party built and driven largely on racism. Because when the party’s leadership decided to stand behind Scalise, that told us everything we needed to know.
As the saying goes, not all Republicans are racists, but almost all racists are Republicans.