Scalise’s office reiterated that he does not share the organization’s views and finds that the group demonstrates “hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance.”
No one is suggesting Scalise is a racist. But his actions then reflect appalling judgment, and his reaction to the controversy is not helping matters. Scalise may want to wait this out, see if other incidents surface and whether this becomes a major to-do. Alternatively, he may spare his party from an outpouring of feigned indignation and mock outrage by stepping down from a leadership post. His appearance before that group was inexcusable, but his rather uncompelling reaction is more concerning. He holds a position of leadership and should be a model of good judgment and conduct. (Are there other appearances before other hate groups?) This is no way to start off the new Congress.