Former President Obama’s political team repeatedly attacked House Republican Whip Steve Scalise as proof that the Republican party was racist, making him a target for leftist hate during their time in office.
“You’ll recall that one Republican congressman told a reporter that he was ‘David Duke without the baggage,’” former White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in September 2015, using Scalise to attack Donald Trump. “Mr. Trump isn’t the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes.”
Scalise reportedly made the comment about Duke nearly 20 years ago, which a reporterremembered and published in January 2015. In 2002, Scalise gave a speech the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) — a group tied to Duke, a former KKK leader. Scalise apologized for the decision, calling it “a mistake I regret,” after it became public in 2014.
But the White House used Scalise as a punching bag, frequently reminding reporters that Republicans blocked both immigration reform and the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, and supported allowing the Confederate flag to be placed in military cemeteries, suggesting they were racist.