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Steve Scalise is a victim of political violence but that does nothing to excuse his hateful politics – Salon

The universe has a logic all its own.

Last Wednesday in an act of politically motivated violence, James Hodgkinson targeted a group of Republican politicians at baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, using a high-powered rifle.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, was severely injured by Hodgkinsons bullets. He was in critical condition for several days in a Washington-area hospital, buthe is nowinfair condition. It appears that he will recover. Two U.S. Capitol police officers on special detail to protect Scalise were also struck by Hodgkinsons fusillade. Undeterred, David Bailey and Crystal Grinerreturned fire and killed the gunman. They likely saved Scalises life, as well as those of other people present there that day.

David Bailey is a black man.

Crystal Griner is a black lesbian.

Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes.As reported bySalon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke. Scalise reportedly went so far as to describe himself as being like David Duke, without the baggage. He eventually offered a tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference.

Steve Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recentlyreported, Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker. The Bladefurther detailed:

Earning a 0 on the Human Rights Campaigns congressional scorecard, Scalise voted against Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and hate crimes protection legislation. In the last Congress, Scalise was among the 130 co-sponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act, a federal religious freedom bill seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

As a member of House Republican leadership, hes responsible for the lack of votes on pro-LGBT legislation on the House floor. When Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced an amendment upholding President Obamas 2014 executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination, Scalise was reportedly among House leaders who convinced seven Republicans to switch their votes to ensure the measure would fail.

When a federal judge upheld Louisianas ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional in 2014, Scalisehailed the decisionduring an appearance on the anti-LGBT Family Research Councils radio program as an important win for marriage.

Some observers have argued that highlighting such facts is inappropriate, mean, untoward or overly insensitive behavior toward a man who is lying in a hospital bed, trying to recover from life-threatening injuries. Others say that Scalises voting record is irrelevant and the focus should instead be on healing the countrys rancorous political atmosphere. Many of these same voices, I would suggest, ignore how this situation has beencaused almost exclusively by Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the right-wing media. And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalises personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution.

These objections are misguided.

In a democracy, questions about how elected officials view the public and their obligations as well as relationship to them are always relevant. Policymakers do not operate in a vacuum; their actions and decisions have real-life implications. Values such as empathy, sympathy and respect for human dignity ought to be central to proper governance and its goal of crafting a more just and good society. In the aftermath of a crisis or another challenge, these questions become more important, not less so.

As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities?

Will the Republican Party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their partys agenda?

The answer to both these questions is most likely no.

Conservatives do not practice systems-level thinking. Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, todays version of American conservatism as well as the Republican Party isdivorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs. This nurtures a willful blindness to how macro-level political decisions about public policy actuallyaffect individual people on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, todays Republican Party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, its followers have little if any sense of linked fate and empathy with those they consider the other, including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims.

Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both black people and gay peoplecollectively.

After the shooting in Alexandria, President Donald Trump issued a statement where he proclaimed, We are strongest when we are unified. Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth.

Given the politics of Trump and the Republican Party, that we cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trumps comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

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UVa Basketball Recruit David Duke Playing at Top 100 Camp – NBC 29 News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) –

The 24th annual NBPA Top 100 Camp wrapped up at John Paul Jones Arena Saturday.

It’s the 10th summer in a row the camp featuring the best high school basketball players in the nation was held in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers had a number of recruits at this years camp.

David Duke was a late-bloomer on the basketball court.

The senior from Massachusetts has close to twenty college scholarship offers, and all of them have come in the last 18-months.

Duke has offers from schools like Providence, Florida, Kansas, and Virginia.

“I came on an unofficial visit last year, and ever since then I think I’ve been on Tony Bennett’s radar,” says Duke. “He’s a good coach. I talk to him and coach (Ron) Sanchez a lot.”

The 6-foot-3 guard also has an offer from Virginia Tech and head coach Buzz Williams.

Duke says, “He only recruits tough players. I think I can do that too, I feel like I’m a tough player. If I was to go there, I don’t think I’d have a problem, and he’s a great guy.”

Duke is now ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, and he says he was excited to be playing against the best of the best at the Top 100 Camp.

“I wasn’t listening to all the other stuff, the rankings and stuff,” says Duke. “I was just coming in here trying to show my game, and what I can do, and see how I measure out against the top players in the country.”

The camp has also given Duke a better look at the UVa program.

“The facilities are great,” says the rising high school senior. “I’ve been able to see a lot more of it than I saw last time within the past couple of days, and it’s just been great.”

Duke says he can play point guard or shooting guard, and he’s ready to play Tony Bennett’s style on the court.

“I take pride in defense, of course,” says Duke, “and he does too. I think that goes hand in hand. I think I’d be a good fit in his style.”

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The Ironic Thing About the Two Black Congressional Baseball Shooting Heroes – ATTN:

The two Capitol Hill Police officers recovering from the Congressional baseball shooting are receiving national praise.

Just met with Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey at the hospital. Thanked them for saving my life.

AsRep. Joseph Scalise(R- La.) lay shot on the baseball field on Wednesday, Special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey rushed in to help, also taking bullets from shooter James T. Hodgkinson. Although they were already shot, they reportedlyrushed the shooter anyway.

“Crystal is one of the two Capitol Police officers who saved so many lives through her heroism, along with Special Agent David Bailey. They ran right into the fire,” President Donald Trump said to the media on Wednesday. “They ran right into those guns and the bullets, and they saved a lot of lives. America salutes both of their courage. They have great, great courage.”

However, people on Twitter pointed out something ironic about the heroes. Both Griner and Bailey are black and Griner is reportedly married to a woman. Scalisehas been accused of attending a white nationalist meeting; he alsowrote Louisiana’s ban on gay marriageand voted against LGBTrights in Congress. Scalise earned a score of “0” on the Human Right’s Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for LGBT legislation.

A queer Black woman saved Steve Scalise’s life, so let’s send her & him our best wishes & hope his voting record changes from here on out.

Bravery/Irony. Agents David Bailey & Crystal Griner wounded protecting Rep. Scalise who once called himself “David Duke w/out the baggage.” pic.twitter.com/DHQXftTLKc

Our prayers to Steve Scalise & family. The media poured vicious hatred on Steve for simply being at my meeting defending White civil rights. pic.twitter.com/rvMDyhDf2N

Duke’s tweet referenced a 2002European Unity and Rights Organization event. The New York Times reportedthat Scaliseaccepted a speaking engagement at the event, but when questioned about it in December of 2014 he distancedhimself from Duke, saying he barely remembered the speech and that he didn’t know it was a white nationalist meeting.

After the story received media attention, Scalise apologized for speaking at the event.

“It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold,” said Scalisein a statement. However, he also said he didn’t remember speaking at it.

David Duke’s political advisor in 2014, said that Scalisedid speak but may not have knownthe event was hosting white nationalists.

This all came about because I organized the EURO meeting for David Duke as a courtesy after he had moved to Russia. Ive known David for 40 years so I did him a favor. As part of that, I decided to ask Steve, our local representative, to come by and say a few words before the conference started, Knight told The Washington Post in 2014. He agreed, believing it was going to be neighbors, friends, and family. He saw me not as David Dukes guy, but as the president of our civic association.

In the same2014 New YorkTimes article, Stephanie Grace, a Louisiana reporter said that Scalise had previously compared himself to Duke.

He was explaining his politics and we were in this getting-to-know-each-other stage,Grace told the Times in 2014. He told me he was like David Duke without the baggage. I think he meant he supported the same policy ideas as David Duke, but he wasnt David Duke, that he didnt have the same feelings about certain people as David Duke did.

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CNN’s Kaye Repeats Debunked Claim Scalise Spoke to David Duke … – NewsBusters (blog)


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Four-star David Duke talks his recruiting process – Scout

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Four-star combo guard David Duke continues to be one of the more intriguing guards on the East Coast, and remains active in the recruiting process.

Four-star combo guardDavid Dukehas seen his stock explode over the last nine months. Duke, who starred for the Mass Rivals in the spring, has picked up numerous offers, and is just now beginning to take a long look at the schools high on his list.

About his spring, Duke said, “I think I played well this spring. We didnt lose any games in the Gauntlet. I have definitely worked hard on my shooting and my ball handling, and just getting my teammates involved and communicating more.”

On the recruiting trail schools such asVillanova,Providence, Indiana,Kansas,Florida,Virginia,Syracuse, andVirginia Techhave all made Duke a top target.

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Locally the Friars have been extremely active recruiting Duke, and continue to try and land him as well as AAU teammateA.J. Reeves.

“They definitely think that we could win together and that itd be a great thing to keep the local guys home, so that is basically what they say,” said Duke of Providence.

Another school that has been extremely active recruiting Duke is Villanova. The Wildcats are looking to add a guard or two to this class, and Duke is one of their top targets.

“They tell me that I fit their playing style and that I can come in and play right away,” noted Duke. “Also they like that I play both offense and defense, and things like that.”

A school that could get a visit from Duke in August is Florida, and the Gators remain in very close contact with him.

“I definitely like Florida,” noted Duke. “I am in contact with Coach (Darris) Nichols and Mike White a lot. They are as involved in my recruitment as any school.”

Also the Indiana Hoosiers have started to really pick up the interest in Duke, and he has been in consistent contact with the new coaching staff in Bloomington.

“They just talked to me recently,” said Duke. “Coach (Bruiser) Flint and Coach (Archie) Miller are talking to me, and remain very interested. They want to be in that final category with all of those schools.”

For now Duke says he is in no hurry to make a commitment, and that he remains open in the process.

“Im just completely open right now,” said Duke. “Probably by the end of the summer I will be cutting down my list and putting it out.”

He continued, “I am looking at playing style and if it fits me, and also relationship with the coaches and how my parents feel about them. Just basically it is wherever fits me the best.”

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Steve Scalise was once linked to David Duke – New York Post

Steve Scalise, the congressman who was shot Wednesday morning during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia, is a long-serving lawmaker who once was linked to the leader of the Ku Klux Klan a claim he blasted as ludicrous.

Scalise spoke at an event hosted by KKK leader David Duke in 2002, he admitted in 2014.

At the time, Scalise said he didnt remember appearing at the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) conference and denied supporting the group, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

I didnt know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group. For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous, Scalise had said.

Scalise, 51, the House majority whip, has served as the No. 3 Republican in the House for about three years and represents the 1st District of Louisiana.

He was first elected to Congress in 2008 after serving in the Louisiana Senate for four months and 12 years in the state House of Representatives.

As whip, hes tasked with making sure there are enough votes to enact Republican-backed legislation and was a key player in the repeal of ObamaCare.

An avid baseball fan, Scalise has played on the congressional team since he started in Congress, CNN reported. His office features pictures from previous years games.

Scalise and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. He was a computer systems engineer before making the move to politics.

Scalise was shot in the hip and was undergoing surgery Wednesday at a DC area hospital, according to a statement from his office.

He was said to be in good spirits.

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Some Background on Steve Scalise, the Republican Congressman Who Was Shot This Morning – Esquire.com

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two security agents, and an aide were shot this morning in Alexandria, Virginia, during a morning practice for the annual Congressional baseball game. While the suspect is in custody, the story is still very much developing, with details trickling in from the scene about how this happened and who was involved. Here’s some information about the man behind the headline.

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Since 2008, Scalise has presided over this district, which includes the New Orleans suburbs down through the Mississippi delta. He is a career politician, first winning a spot in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1995 while still in his twenties.

Scalise serves in the House Pro-Life Caucus, Second Amendment Task Force, and Tea Party Caucus. He co-sponsored legislation for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as the Birthright Citizenship Act, H.R. 140, which would end birthright citizenship. He strongly supports the repeal and replace of Obamacare.

While Scalise offered a lukewarm endorsement of Trump in 2016, he has made up for it by voting completely in line with President Trump’s policies so far. After Trump’s every move, Scalise tends to release a statement supporting it, as he did days ago with the president’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris accords. “While the previous administration expressed open hostility to American manufacturing, it’s refreshing that President Trump is focused on putting America first by negotiating sound deals that protect and create American jobsincluding the energy jobs that are so critical to our economy in Louisiana,” he said.

In 2002, Scalise spoke to the European Unity and Rights Organization, a group led by Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK. “He told me he was like David Duke without the baggage,” Stephanie Grace, a long-time political reporter, told The New York Times in 2014 of her first meeting with Scalise. “I think he meant he supported the same policy ideas as David Duke, but he wasn’t David Duke, that he didn’t have the same feelings about certain people as David Duke did.” While Scalise admitted to the speech, he later claimed he didn’t know their cause was white supremacy.

The CHOICE Act passed the House last week, legislation that would gut most of the financial regulations passed during the financial crisis in 2008 and largely eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The extreme bill is not expected to pass the Senate in its current form.

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The Alt-Right are complaining about Nazis being killed in video games – New Statesman

The use of minorities as stock villains is something that has plagued entertainment media for years. Now that political correctness has gone thankfully mad, it has become less acceptable to lean on generic brown terrorists, effeminate criminal masterminds or scheming mandarins when finding adversaries for an action hero to plow through. Video games may have lagged behind somewhat but many developers do at least make some effort to to avoid stereotyping.

There is one notable exception, however. One beleaguered minority that seemingly has no voice in wider society. Nobody to stand up and say, “Enough. Leave these poor people alone, you MONSTERS.”

I’m talking, of course, about Nazis.

Yes, the proud Aryans (and affiliates) of the Alt-Right are sick of being the go-to target for self-righteous good-guys. Why should they be treated as scum, fit only for vigorous fragging and expertly chained combos? Where is the respect? The simple human decency?

And what has triggered these snowflake stormtroopers? A vicious piece of anti-Nazi propaganda in the form of a trailer for Bethesda’s latest game – Wolfenstein: The New Colossus.

A brief history of shooting Nazis in the face

There are many, many games that involve the punching, stabbing, shooting and general doing-in of members of the National Socialist party. From the Indiana Jones point-and-click adventures to the full-on assault of Medal of Honour, with plenty of oddities like the superhero antics of Freedom Force vs the Third Reich in between. The gold standard of Nazi-harm, however, is the Wolfenstein series.

Starting in 1981, with the 2D Castle Wolfenstein, the series put you in the shoes of all-American bruiser BJ Blazkowicz, deep behind enemy lines and on a largely stealth-based mission to infiltrate the titular, Nazi-occupied castle. By 1992, the series found its groove with Wolfenstein 3d – one of the earliest first-person shooters and the template for pretty much every game in that genre to this day.

After shooting your way through the primitively-rendered 3D castle, you would finally do battle with a cybernetically-enhanced MECHA-HITLER, thus cementing the franchise’s reputation for cold-edged realism.

Later reboots gave us Return To Castle Wolfenstein and simply ‘Wolfenstein’, both of which featured multiplayer Nazi-duffing as well as a load of occult bits and bobs, because the Nazis were definitely into that, no matter what David Duke says. There was even a Wolfenstein role-playing game for (non-smart)phones, allowing turn-based Nazi foiling you could carry around in your pocket.

Which brings us to the most recent iterations of the Wolfenstein experience. 2014s Wolfenstein: The New Order and this years entrant, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. These games take place in an alternate reality, a 1960s in which the Nazis defeated the Allies and took over the world. Only you, a revived BJ Blazkowitz, can lead the fightback and kick the ascendant fascists right in the crease of their impeccable uniforms.

Why now?

Im not here to debate the ethics of video game violence. You can see first-person shooters as a malign influence on our Pop Kids or as a harmless exhaust pipe for pent-up frustrations or as anything else you like. Im easy. The recent outpouring of Alt-Right anger does raise one important question, though. Given the fact that we are now well into the fourth decade of digital Nazi slaughter, why is it only now that games like this have put the far right on the defensive?

Reactions to the New Colossus trailer have been mainly positive, with fans of The New Order relishing the chance to get back to that games formula of fast-paced action and light puzzle solving. The game resembles a glossier, Nazi-themed Half Life 2 sequel as much as anything.

Among the criticisms from the Alt-Right are accusations that the game is racist to white people. The evidence for this seems to lie in a black woman character who at one point refers to our man BJ as white boy.

As YouTuber Bob Ross comments, That black Afro whore calling that white man a white boy… More racist agenda against white people.

An anonymous commenter to 4Chan has seen through the real agenda behind the game. Bethesda jews are trying to destroy gaming industry with political correctness fagottry.

Ultimately, as YouTube commenter Bobby Johnson puts it, Why are people hating nazis? You should be hating muslims who are terrorizing, murduring, and raping europeans. And the jews

Wise, if poorly spelled, words, Im sure you will agree.

No, the real issue with Wolfenstein: The New Colossus isnt that it strikes a markedly more critical tone against the would-be Master race. The explosions may get bigger and the guns louder with every new game but the Wolfenstein formula is the same as it ever was.

The problem is Trumps brand of populist, easily consumed, fascism-lite. The problem is the dark corners of the net that put the Alt in Alt-Right . The problem is simply that, more than ever, there are now self-identifying Nazis who are willing to peer out from under their stones, hold up their hands at about 45 degrees and cry foul.

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Steve Scalise is a victim of political violence but that does nothing to excuse his hateful politics – Salon

The universe has a logic all its own. Last Wednesday in an act of politically motivated violence, James Hodgkinson targeted a group of Republican politicians at baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, using a high-powered rifle. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, was severely injured by Hodgkinsons bullets. He was in critical condition for several days in a Washington-area hospital, buthe is nowinfair condition. It appears that he will recover. Two U.S. Capitol police officers on special detail to protect Scalise were also struck by Hodgkinsons fusillade. Undeterred, David Bailey and Crystal Grinerreturned fire and killed the gunman. They likely saved Scalises life, as well as those of other people present there that day. David Bailey is a black man. Crystal Griner is a black lesbian. Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes.As reported bySalon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke. Scalise reportedly went so far as to describe himself as being like David Duke, without the baggage. He eventually offered a tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference. Steve Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recentlyreported, Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker. The Bladefurther detailed: Earning a 0 on the Human Rights Campaigns congressional scorecard, Scalise voted against Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and hate crimes protection legislation. In the last Congress, Scalise was among the 130 co-sponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act, a federal religious freedom bill seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. As a member of House Republican leadership, hes responsible for the lack of votes on pro-LGBT legislation on the House floor. When Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced an amendment upholding President Obamas 2014 executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination, Scalise was reportedly among House leaders who convinced seven Republicans to switch their votes to ensure the measure would fail. When a federal judge upheld Louisianas ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional in 2014, Scalisehailed the decisionduring an appearance on the anti-LGBT Family Research Councils radio program as an important win for marriage. Some observers have argued that highlighting such facts is inappropriate, mean, untoward or overly insensitive behavior toward a man who is lying in a hospital bed, trying to recover from life-threatening injuries. Others say that Scalises voting record is irrelevant and the focus should instead be on healing the countrys rancorous political atmosphere. Many of these same voices, I would suggest, ignore how this situation has beencaused almost exclusively by Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the right-wing media. And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalises personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution. These objections are misguided. In a democracy, questions about how elected officials view the public and their obligations as well as relationship to them are always relevant. Policymakers do not operate in a vacuum; their actions and decisions have real-life implications. Values such as empathy, sympathy and respect for human dignity ought to be central to proper governance and its goal of crafting a more just and good society. In the aftermath of a crisis or another challenge, these questions become more important, not less so. As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities? Will the Republican Party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their partys agenda? The answer to both these questions is most likely no. Conservatives do not practice systems-level thinking. Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, todays version of American conservatism as well as the Republican Party isdivorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs. This nurtures a willful blindness to how macro-level political decisions about public policy actuallyaffect individual people on a day-to-day basis. In addition, todays Republican Party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, its followers have little if any sense of linked fate and empathy with those they consider the other, including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims. Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both black people and gay peoplecollectively. After the shooting in Alexandria, President Donald Trump issued a statement where he proclaimed, We are strongest when we are unified. Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth. Given the politics of Trump and the Republican Party, that we cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trumps comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

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UVa Basketball Recruit David Duke Playing at Top 100 Camp – NBC 29 News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The 24th annual NBPA Top 100 Camp wrapped up at John Paul Jones Arena Saturday. It’s the 10th summer in a row the camp featuring the best high school basketball players in the nation was held in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers had a number of recruits at this years camp. David Duke was a late-bloomer on the basketball court. The senior from Massachusetts has close to twenty college scholarship offers, and all of them have come in the last 18-months. Duke has offers from schools like Providence, Florida, Kansas, and Virginia. “I came on an unofficial visit last year, and ever since then I think I’ve been on Tony Bennett’s radar,” says Duke. “He’s a good coach. I talk to him and coach (Ron) Sanchez a lot.” The 6-foot-3 guard also has an offer from Virginia Tech and head coach Buzz Williams. Duke says, “He only recruits tough players. I think I can do that too, I feel like I’m a tough player. If I was to go there, I don’t think I’d have a problem, and he’s a great guy.” Duke is now ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, and he says he was excited to be playing against the best of the best at the Top 100 Camp. “I wasn’t listening to all the other stuff, the rankings and stuff,” says Duke. “I was just coming in here trying to show my game, and what I can do, and see how I measure out against the top players in the country.” The camp has also given Duke a better look at the UVa program. “The facilities are great,” says the rising high school senior. “I’ve been able to see a lot more of it than I saw last time within the past couple of days, and it’s just been great.” Duke says he can play point guard or shooting guard, and he’s ready to play Tony Bennett’s style on the court. “I take pride in defense, of course,” says Duke, “and he does too. I think that goes hand in hand. I think I’d be a good fit in his style.”

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The Ironic Thing About the Two Black Congressional Baseball Shooting Heroes – ATTN:

The two Capitol Hill Police officers recovering from the Congressional baseball shooting are receiving national praise. Just met with Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey at the hospital. Thanked them for saving my life. AsRep. Joseph Scalise(R- La.) lay shot on the baseball field on Wednesday, Special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey rushed in to help, also taking bullets from shooter James T. Hodgkinson. Although they were already shot, they reportedlyrushed the shooter anyway. “Crystal is one of the two Capitol Police officers who saved so many lives through her heroism, along with Special Agent David Bailey. They ran right into the fire,” President Donald Trump said to the media on Wednesday. “They ran right into those guns and the bullets, and they saved a lot of lives. America salutes both of their courage. They have great, great courage.” However, people on Twitter pointed out something ironic about the heroes. Both Griner and Bailey are black and Griner is reportedly married to a woman. Scalisehas been accused of attending a white nationalist meeting; he alsowrote Louisiana’s ban on gay marriageand voted against LGBTrights in Congress. Scalise earned a score of “0” on the Human Right’s Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for LGBT legislation. A queer Black woman saved Steve Scalise’s life, so let’s send her & him our best wishes & hope his voting record changes from here on out. Bravery/Irony. Agents David Bailey & Crystal Griner wounded protecting Rep. Scalise who once called himself “David Duke w/out the baggage.” pic.twitter.com/DHQXftTLKc Our prayers to Steve Scalise & family. The media poured vicious hatred on Steve for simply being at my meeting defending White civil rights. pic.twitter.com/rvMDyhDf2N Duke’s tweet referenced a 2002European Unity and Rights Organization event. The New York Times reportedthat Scaliseaccepted a speaking engagement at the event, but when questioned about it in December of 2014 he distancedhimself from Duke, saying he barely remembered the speech and that he didn’t know it was a white nationalist meeting. After the story received media attention, Scalise apologized for speaking at the event. “It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold,” said Scalisein a statement. However, he also said he didn’t remember speaking at it. David Duke’s political advisor in 2014, said that Scalisedid speak but may not have knownthe event was hosting white nationalists. This all came about because I organized the EURO meeting for David Duke as a courtesy after he had moved to Russia. Ive known David for 40 years so I did him a favor. As part of that, I decided to ask Steve, our local representative, to come by and say a few words before the conference started, Knight told The Washington Post in 2014. He agreed, believing it was going to be neighbors, friends, and family. He saw me not as David Dukes guy, but as the president of our civic association. In the same2014 New YorkTimes article, Stephanie Grace, a Louisiana reporter said that Scalise had previously compared himself to Duke. He was explaining his politics and we were in this getting-to-know-each-other stage,Grace told the Times in 2014. He told me he was like David Duke without the baggage. I think he meant he supported the same policy ideas as David Duke, but he wasnt David Duke, that he didnt have the same feelings about certain people as David Duke did.

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June 17, 2017   Posted in: David Duke  Comments Closed

CNN’s Kaye Repeats Debunked Claim Scalise Spoke to David Duke … – NewsBusters (blog)

NewsBusters (blog) CNN's Kaye Repeats Debunked Claim Scalise Spoke to David Duke … NewsBusters (blog) In a pre-recorded report on Thursday's New Day, CNN correspondent Randi Kaye repeated a discredited claim that Republican Rep. Steve Scalise 15 years … David Duke wishes Steve Scalise a speedy recovery Death and Taxes Obama White House Repeatedly Tried to Link Steve Scalise to … Breitbart News all 3 news articles »

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June 15, 2017   Posted in: David Duke  Comments Closed

Four-star David Duke talks his recruiting process – Scout

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Four-star combo guard David Duke continues to be one of the more intriguing guards on the East Coast, and remains active in the recruiting process. Four-star combo guardDavid Dukehas seen his stock explode over the last nine months. Duke, who starred for the Mass Rivals in the spring, has picked up numerous offers, and is just now beginning to take a long look at the schools high on his list. About his spring, Duke said, “I think I played well this spring. We didnt lose any games in the Gauntlet. I have definitely worked hard on my shooting and my ball handling, and just getting my teammates involved and communicating more.” On the recruiting trail schools such asVillanova,Providence, Indiana,Kansas,Florida,Virginia,Syracuse, andVirginia Techhave all made Duke a top target. http://www.scout.com/player/215508-david-duke?s=75 Locally the Friars have been extremely active recruiting Duke, and continue to try and land him as well as AAU teammateA.J. Reeves. “They definitely think that we could win together and that itd be a great thing to keep the local guys home, so that is basically what they say,” said Duke of Providence. Another school that has been extremely active recruiting Duke is Villanova. The Wildcats are looking to add a guard or two to this class, and Duke is one of their top targets. “They tell me that I fit their playing style and that I can come in and play right away,” noted Duke. “Also they like that I play both offense and defense, and things like that.” A school that could get a visit from Duke in August is Florida, and the Gators remain in very close contact with him. “I definitely like Florida,” noted Duke. “I am in contact with Coach (Darris) Nichols and Mike White a lot. They are as involved in my recruitment as any school.” Also the Indiana Hoosiers have started to really pick up the interest in Duke, and he has been in consistent contact with the new coaching staff in Bloomington. “They just talked to me recently,” said Duke. “Coach (Bruiser) Flint and Coach (Archie) Miller are talking to me, and remain very interested. They want to be in that final category with all of those schools.” For now Duke says he is in no hurry to make a commitment, and that he remains open in the process. “Im just completely open right now,” said Duke. “Probably by the end of the summer I will be cutting down my list and putting it out.” He continued, “I am looking at playing style and if it fits me, and also relationship with the coaches and how my parents feel about them. Just basically it is wherever fits me the best.”

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Fact Check: Distortions and Fake News in Virginia Shooting – New York Times

New York Times Fact Check: Distortions and Fake News in Virginia Shooting New York Times Stephanie Grace, a political reporter in Louisiana, told The New York Times in late 2014 that Mr. Scalise once said he was like David Duke without the baggage, referring to the white supremacist and former Klansman. The Times also reported that Mr. and more »

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Steve Scalise was once linked to David Duke – New York Post

Steve Scalise, the congressman who was shot Wednesday morning during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia, is a long-serving lawmaker who once was linked to the leader of the Ku Klux Klan a claim he blasted as ludicrous. Scalise spoke at an event hosted by KKK leader David Duke in 2002, he admitted in 2014. At the time, Scalise said he didnt remember appearing at the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) conference and denied supporting the group, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I didnt know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group. For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous, Scalise had said. Scalise, 51, the House majority whip, has served as the No. 3 Republican in the House for about three years and represents the 1st District of Louisiana. He was first elected to Congress in 2008 after serving in the Louisiana Senate for four months and 12 years in the state House of Representatives. As whip, hes tasked with making sure there are enough votes to enact Republican-backed legislation and was a key player in the repeal of ObamaCare. An avid baseball fan, Scalise has played on the congressional team since he started in Congress, CNN reported. His office features pictures from previous years games. Scalise and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. He was a computer systems engineer before making the move to politics. Scalise was shot in the hip and was undergoing surgery Wednesday at a DC area hospital, according to a statement from his office. He was said to be in good spirits.

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June 14, 2017   Posted in: David Duke  Comments Closed

Some Background on Steve Scalise, the Republican Congressman Who Was Shot This Morning – Esquire.com

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two security agents, and an aide were shot this morning in Alexandria, Virginia, during a morning practice for the annual Congressional baseball game. While the suspect is in custody, the story is still very much developing, with details trickling in from the scene about how this happened and who was involved. Here’s some information about the man behind the headline. The Very Latest on the Steve Scalisse Shooting Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Since 2008, Scalise has presided over this district, which includes the New Orleans suburbs down through the Mississippi delta. He is a career politician, first winning a spot in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1995 while still in his twenties. Scalise serves in the House Pro-Life Caucus, Second Amendment Task Force, and Tea Party Caucus. He co-sponsored legislation for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as the Birthright Citizenship Act, H.R. 140, which would end birthright citizenship. He strongly supports the repeal and replace of Obamacare. While Scalise offered a lukewarm endorsement of Trump in 2016, he has made up for it by voting completely in line with President Trump’s policies so far. After Trump’s every move, Scalise tends to release a statement supporting it, as he did days ago with the president’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris accords. “While the previous administration expressed open hostility to American manufacturing, it’s refreshing that President Trump is focused on putting America first by negotiating sound deals that protect and create American jobsincluding the energy jobs that are so critical to our economy in Louisiana,” he said. In 2002, Scalise spoke to the European Unity and Rights Organization, a group led by Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK. “He told me he was like David Duke without the baggage,” Stephanie Grace, a long-time political reporter, told The New York Times in 2014 of her first meeting with Scalise. “I think he meant he supported the same policy ideas as David Duke, but he wasn’t David Duke, that he didn’t have the same feelings about certain people as David Duke did.” While Scalise admitted to the speech, he later claimed he didn’t know their cause was white supremacy. The CHOICE Act passed the House last week, legislation that would gut most of the financial regulations passed during the financial crisis in 2008 and largely eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The extreme bill is not expected to pass the Senate in its current form.

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The Alt-Right are complaining about Nazis being killed in video games – New Statesman

The use of minorities as stock villains is something that has plagued entertainment media for years. Now that political correctness has gone thankfully mad, it has become less acceptable to lean on generic brown terrorists, effeminate criminal masterminds or scheming mandarins when finding adversaries for an action hero to plow through. Video games may have lagged behind somewhat but many developers do at least make some effort to to avoid stereotyping. There is one notable exception, however. One beleaguered minority that seemingly has no voice in wider society. Nobody to stand up and say, “Enough. Leave these poor people alone, you MONSTERS.” I’m talking, of course, about Nazis. Yes, the proud Aryans (and affiliates) of the Alt-Right are sick of being the go-to target for self-righteous good-guys. Why should they be treated as scum, fit only for vigorous fragging and expertly chained combos? Where is the respect? The simple human decency? And what has triggered these snowflake stormtroopers? A vicious piece of anti-Nazi propaganda in the form of a trailer for Bethesda’s latest game – Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. A brief history of shooting Nazis in the face There are many, many games that involve the punching, stabbing, shooting and general doing-in of members of the National Socialist party. From the Indiana Jones point-and-click adventures to the full-on assault of Medal of Honour, with plenty of oddities like the superhero antics of Freedom Force vs the Third Reich in between. The gold standard of Nazi-harm, however, is the Wolfenstein series. Starting in 1981, with the 2D Castle Wolfenstein, the series put you in the shoes of all-American bruiser BJ Blazkowicz, deep behind enemy lines and on a largely stealth-based mission to infiltrate the titular, Nazi-occupied castle. By 1992, the series found its groove with Wolfenstein 3d – one of the earliest first-person shooters and the template for pretty much every game in that genre to this day. After shooting your way through the primitively-rendered 3D castle, you would finally do battle with a cybernetically-enhanced MECHA-HITLER, thus cementing the franchise’s reputation for cold-edged realism. Later reboots gave us Return To Castle Wolfenstein and simply ‘Wolfenstein’, both of which featured multiplayer Nazi-duffing as well as a load of occult bits and bobs, because the Nazis were definitely into that, no matter what David Duke says. There was even a Wolfenstein role-playing game for (non-smart)phones, allowing turn-based Nazi foiling you could carry around in your pocket. Which brings us to the most recent iterations of the Wolfenstein experience. 2014s Wolfenstein: The New Order and this years entrant, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. These games take place in an alternate reality, a 1960s in which the Nazis defeated the Allies and took over the world. Only you, a revived BJ Blazkowitz, can lead the fightback and kick the ascendant fascists right in the crease of their impeccable uniforms. Why now? Im not here to debate the ethics of video game violence. You can see first-person shooters as a malign influence on our Pop Kids or as a harmless exhaust pipe for pent-up frustrations or as anything else you like. Im easy. The recent outpouring of Alt-Right anger does raise one important question, though. Given the fact that we are now well into the fourth decade of digital Nazi slaughter, why is it only now that games like this have put the far right on the defensive? Reactions to the New Colossus trailer have been mainly positive, with fans of The New Order relishing the chance to get back to that games formula of fast-paced action and light puzzle solving. The game resembles a glossier, Nazi-themed Half Life 2 sequel as much as anything. Among the criticisms from the Alt-Right are accusations that the game is racist to white people. The evidence for this seems to lie in a black woman character who at one point refers to our man BJ as white boy. As YouTuber Bob Ross comments, That black Afro whore calling that white man a white boy… More racist agenda against white people. An anonymous commenter to 4Chan has seen through the real agenda behind the game. Bethesda jews are trying to destroy gaming industry with political correctness fagottry. Ultimately, as YouTube commenter Bobby Johnson puts it, Why are people hating nazis? You should be hating muslims who are terrorizing, murduring, and raping europeans. And the jews Wise, if poorly spelled, words, Im sure you will agree. No, the real issue with Wolfenstein: The New Colossus isnt that it strikes a markedly more critical tone against the would-be Master race. The explosions may get bigger and the guns louder with every new game but the Wolfenstein formula is the same as it ever was. The problem is Trumps brand of populist, easily consumed, fascism-lite. The problem is the dark corners of the net that put the Alt in Alt-Right . The problem is simply that, more than ever, there are now self-identifying Nazis who are willing to peer out from under their stones, hold up their hands at about 45 degrees and cry foul.

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