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Former Duke Aide Says Scalise Spoke to Neighbors, Not White Supremacists

Kenny Knight chalks up the flap to “crossover in the hospitality room.”

As Republicans rallied around House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Tuesday over his apparently unwitting attendance at a white nationalist event in 2002, a Louisiana political operative offered a different version of the story: that Scalise did not speak to the group but rather to a civic group that gathered at the same venue that day.

In a statement on Tuesday, Scalise acknowledged attending the white nationalists' gathering, calling it “a mistake I regret.” His office did not immediately respond to questions about the contradiction.