The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee condemned Republican Whip Steve Scalise for choosing to speak to a white supremacist rally organized by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, and Republican leaders who have remained silent about it since news reports yesterday. Conservative leader Erik Erickson raised concerns last night about Scalise’s judgment for the rally and debunked Scalise’s bizarre claim that he didn’t know what he was doing.
“Steve Scalise chose to cheerlead for a group of KKK members and neo-Nazis at a white supremacist rally and now his fellow House Republican Leaders can’t even speak up and say he was wrong,” said DCCC National Press Secretary Josh Schwerin. “While David Duke defends Scalise, Speaker Boehner and Leader McCarthy are refusing to condemn Scalise’s choice of allies. Republicans in Congress might talk about improving their terrible standing with non-white voters, but it’s clear their leadership has a history of embracing anti-Semitic, racist hate groups. Republicans are off to a banner start for their new Congress – on the path to break their own record for least popular Congress in history.”