White House spokesman Josh Earnest Monday tried to portray the Republican Party as allied to a Louisiana white racist group.
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His aggressive statement helps keep the president on the offensive in the media, following his historic defeat in the November election.
“It is is the responsibility of the House Republican conference to choose their leaders,” Earnest told reporters after he was asked about claims that Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise met with pro-white racists in 2002.
But, Earnest added, “Mr Scalise reportedly described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage.’”