Steve Scalise Receives The Backing Of John Boehner Over White Supremacist Controversy

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Supporting Steve ScaliseAs Well

Recently, a storm has been brewing both inside and outside congress over a 2002 indiscretion by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R). The congressman from Louisiana is under fire for addressing and giving a speech to a group of white supremacists – European-American Unity and Rights Organization (or EURO), which was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. However, he received words of support and encouragement from House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. As the former said, “More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate.”

Scalise Denies Supporting Views Of EURO

The spontaneous support from his colleagues has come as a relief for Scalise, who has been crying himself hoarse that he knew nothing about the affiliations of the group. He said that at that time he was making himself available to different groups who wanted to hear him talk over his views on cutting wasteful state spending, eliminating government corruption, and stopping tax hikes. He expressed regret that he had addressed them.

David Duke Supports Scalise As Well

Scalise described himself as a devout catholic, and said that the views of the group were radically different from his personal views which believed in including everyone. Scalise received support from an unlikely place, when David Duke spoke up in his defense. The latter called him a “nice guy” and “a family man.” However, he also said that Scalise was friendly with Duke’s campaign manager Kenny Knight, EURO event’s organizer and it was surprising that he made claims that he did not know what the message of the group was.

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