DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Steve Scalise

Debbie Wasserman SchultzDNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on House Republicans’ decision to stand by Steve Scalise:

“As the new Congress begins, nothing discredits Republican claims of ‘outreach’ and bringing people together more than their decision to keep Steve Scalise at the top tier of the elected leadership of their caucus. The continued defense of Scalise by Speaker Boehner and other members of the House GOP shows they are as divisive as ever.

“Anyone living in this century should have known better than to attend and speak at a white supremacist event, particularly one founded and led by David Duke, and Scalise’s explanation that he wasn’t aware isn’t credible by a long shot.  But when House Republicans stand by him years later, and GOP White House hopefuls defend or refuse to speak out, they legitimize his actions.  Republicans throughout the GOP, from members of Congress and state leaders to Reince Priebus and the burgeoning field of presidential candidates, should publicly condemn Scalise. Those who haven’t spoken out should be ashamed of their silence.

“So long as Republicans pander to those who peddle hate instead of unity, and tolerate bigotry instead of promoting tolerance – they will continue to perpetuate the divisiveness that we’ve all come to sadly expect.”