Report Threatens to Revive Scalise's Headaches
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was one of two Louisiana state lawmakers who voted against a formal apology for slavery in 1996, the Hill newspaper reported Tuesday.
The report comes after Scalise apologized last month for addressing a white nationalist group in 2002. He denounced the group's views and had appeared to weather the controversy, retaining the support of House Speaker John Boehner.
Now, the Hill report could revive Scalise's troubles. A group calling itself the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice says it plans to stage a protest outside the lawmaker's donor event in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.
A 1996 article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Scalise did not think an apology was necessary, as the practice had ended more than 100 years prior, according to the Hill.
“Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn't do and had no part of?” Scalise reportedly said in the 1996 article. “I am not going to apologize for what somebody else did.”
He eventually supported a “watered-down” measure expressing “regret” for slavery, according to the Hill.
Scalise's spokeswoman did not respond to an immediate request for comment.