Reverend Jeremiah Wright was worse than Scalise

Reverend Jeremiah Wright was worse than Scalise

One of the great joys from having been out of the country the past week is that I haven’t been subjected to the suffocating din of the 24/7-cable news cycle.  No ‘Breaking News’ alerts have disturbed me over the course of the holidays until I happened to hear that there was a brewing race scandal in America regarding the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Naturally, my interest got the better of me and I discovered that some 12 years ago, Scalise spoke before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization run by renowned racist David Duke (R-LA).  I do not know the Whip personally but he has a solid reputation within the House Republican Caucus for his integrity, intelligence and wisdom.  If Scalise says that he had no idea he was speaking before a group of white supremacists, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

In fairness, my alarm bells would have been ringing off the hook if I received an invitation to speak before an organization run by Duke. Again, Scalise has expressed his regret for a “mistake” and that he had no idea of the group’s leadership.  For his part, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his “full confidence” in Representative Scalise.

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