The latest lame statements from Scalise's office is that he didn't know the nature of the white supremacist group he was addressing, because he addresses so many different groups each year.
Yeah, right. Group organizer, and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, the convicted felon who invited Scalise to speak, was Louisiana's most infamous white supremacist at that time, known nationally for his racial bigotry. And Scalise himself knew Duke from Louisiana Republican politics, even made public pronouncements about him.
(And BTW, I met Duke himself in 1991, but not Scalise I don't think, at lunch in the private legislative dining room of the Louisiana State House when Duke was a State Representative, myself being allowed admittance as a personal guest of the House Speaker at the time. Who also gave me a tour of their impressive capitol building, showing me the bullet holes in the hallway where former Governor and Louisiana's incumbent US Senator Huey Long was assassinated in 1935, the damage still preserved in his memory)
Scalise said he & Duke shared many of the same "conservative" values, his only criticism of Duke being that he lacked "electability". Evidently had no problem with Duke being a KKK Grand Wizard.
So when Scalise accepted an invite to speak at a Duke-organized event, he knew full well who Duke was, and what any Duke group was likely to be. It sure wasn't gonna be a gathering of the Women Voters League!
But Scalise's spokeperson is now saying he could never knowingly attend such a hateful group, because he's a good father and a Catholic. HUH??? Well, David Duke is also a "good" father and a strong Christian. So Christian in fact that his personal web site is crammed with anti-Jewish attacks and rants.
Until I read Duke's site I didn't realize there's an organized Jewish plot in the US to tear down Christmas trees and Christian symbols displayed on public property and replace them with Menorahs, as part of the "Jewish Takeover of America". Who woulda suspected? http://davidduke.com
And so Duke is the guy from whom incoming Republican House Minority Whip Scalise accepted a speaking invitation. But didn't realize the kind of group it might be. Funny, all the rest of America knew. I'm reminded of an old adage: "You're known by the company you keep".
And if the GOP House keeps Scalise as their Whip, that's the company by which they'll also be known.