House GOP whip Steve Scalise reportedly spoke to a racist group in 2002

A spokesperson for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) acknowledged that Scalise likely spoke at a 2002 gathering of white nationalist leaders, in a statement to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa on Monday. The organization in question is called EURO, which stands for European-American Unity and Rights Organization, and it was originally founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana politician David Duke. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists it as a hate group. Scalise’s apparent attendance at a May 2002 EURO “workshop on civil rights” in Metairie, Louisiana was first reported by blogger Lamar White, Jr. White uncovered posts on the racist website Stormfront from a conference attendee who mentioned that Scalise attended and spoke. At the time of the conference, Scalise was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in 2008, and was elected House Majority Whip in August 2014. Scalise’s spokesperson told the Post’s Robert Costa that Scalise did not then know about EURO’s “hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance.” It is not yet known whether the House Republican leadership will respond. Head over to the Washington Post for more.


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