- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan, sent out a somewhat ominous message to Republican Party operatives to treat Rep. Steve Scalise fairly, or he’ll start naming names of others in the political arena with whom he’s met and maintained ties.

“If Scalise is going to be crucified — if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders,” Mr. Duke said, Fusion reported.

He intimated that he’s huddled with politicos in both Republican and Democratic parties, and the current atmosphere swirling about Mr. Scalise — the incoming majority whip who once spoke before Mr. Duke’s controversial European-American Unity and Rights Organization — is “all bull [expletive],” and “insane,” he said, Raw Story reported.

“Why is Scalise being singled out? I don’t know,” he said, Raw Story reported. “He was just going [to the EURO conference in 2002], obviously, to tell voters about some of his initiatives on tax matters. That’s what it’s all about. And I think it’s insane, this whole process.”

Mr. Scalise, meanwhile, has called EURO, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, an “abhorrent organization” and he was not aware of its white nationalist bent when he appeared to speak in 2002.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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