Fact-check­ing claims about Scalise’s alleged ties to David Duke and white suprema­cist events

Rep. Steve Scalise (R‑LA) is being haunt­ed by decades-old accu­sa­tions of links with for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke as the No. 2 Repub­li­can in the low­er cham­ber of Con­gress makes his case to lead the House as speak­er.
Claims that went viral on social media and that were repeat­ed by some mem­bers of Con­gress, includ­ing Rep. Nan­cy Mace (R‑NC), claim Scalise spoke at a ral­ly of white suprema­cists with Duke and even described him­self as “David Duke with­out the bag­gage.” Scalise has bat­tled the accu­sa­tions for years, and it appears that sev­er­al of the claims break down when put under the micro­scope.
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