Talk about damning with praise. Usually you hear about ‘damning with faint praise’ but in this case this is praise period is damning and the more praise the more damning.
Here’s an endorsement House Majority Whip Steve Scalise probably wasn’t looking for and doesn’t want. In a comment to The Huffington Post, white nationalist and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke called the Republican congressman “a fine family man and a good person.”
Duke was responding to a recently unearthed story
that revealed Scalise had given a keynote address at a 2002 event hosted by the neo-Nazi’s white supremacist group.
Scalise is trying to claim that he just didn’t realize he was speaking at a David Duke bash back in 2002-even though the hotel for the bash basically censured the party as it didn’t want any association with it. Yet Scalise just didn’t know who he was talking to.
Still while he effects to not know who Duke is the Grandmaster of the KKK endorses him.
“But even as Scalise is working hard to distance himself from the neo-Nazis, Duke apparently has no problem endorsing him.”
Duke says that it was nothing unusual for Scalise to be there as Duke had a ‘ton of Republican support’ in Lousiana. Why is that? Is it that all those Republicans just mixed David Duke up with the Chamber of Commerce as Scalise did? Reading Huff Po, it gets better:
“For his part, Scalise’s office has said he was unaware
of the white supremacist group’s views when as a state lawmaker, he spoke at the 2002 conference. But in 1999, then-state Rep. Scalise told a Washington newspaper that he agreed with many of Duke’s “conservative” views.
Duke told The Huffington Post that he doesn’t remember speaking with Scalise before the conference. (He later told The Washington Post
that Scalise was invited to the event by two of his longtime associates, Howie Farrell and Kenny Knight.) But it would have been nothing out of the ordinary for a Louisiana Republican at the time, Duke claimed.
“I literally defeated the Republican sitting governor of that state,” said Duke, referring to the 1991 race in which he forced a runoff against Democratic candidate Edwin Edwards. “I had a huge amount of Republican support.”
Scalise was no different than all those other Repulicans in the state at that time. Seeing that they asked Allison Grimes who she voted for maybe they ought to ask who Scalise voted for back in 1990.