In an interview with Fusion.net explaining his connection to current House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Duke said that he is exceptionally well-connected within the U.S. political class and that charges of racism against him are a product of the media’s “zionist” and “tribalist” mentality.
Incoming Majority Whip Scalise has come under fire over a speaking engagement with Duke’s pro-white EURO (European-American Unity and Rights Organization) foundation in 2002.
According to Duke, the rush to repudiate Scalise and his possible white-nationalist sympathies is “all bullshit.”
“I’ve grown up” since his days as a Grand Wizard of the Klan, Duke told Fusion’s Brett Logiurato via phone. “And I know who the real racists are.”
Then, in a classic case of role reversal, David Duke threatens to use his own tarnished reputation as a racist to ruin the reputation of any politician who attacks Scalise by revealing the attacker’s ties to Duke! Ha!:
“Why is Scalise being singled out? I don’t know,” he said. “He was just going [to the EURO conference], obviously, to tell voters about some of his initiatives on some tax matters. That’s what it’s all about. And I think it’s insane, this whole process.”
He issued a warning to Democrats and Republicans who might try to ruin his friend’s career.
“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,” Duke warned, intimating that he would reveal his ties to any politicians who attack Scalise.
Let that be a lesson to character assassins everywhere. Careful who you try to ruin through guilt by association. He who tries to smear today, may well find himself smeared tomorrow.