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Scalise story was a giant hoax. Never spoke at David Duke meeting.

The claim that US Representative Steve Scalise spoke at a 2002 conference organized by David Duke, is a hoax.

The fake story was originally reported on a left-wing blog. It was then picked up by media all over the world, and reported as a factual story.

The debunking of the fake story, however, is a much smaller news story. The media always gives left-wing hoaxes the front page, and then posts the retraction in the back of the paper. Many media outlets even reported that Scalise had admitted to speaking at the David Duke conference.

The SPLC, which has a history of promoting hoaxes, told media outlets that Scalise “gave a speech to a well-known group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.” SPLC writers falsely accused Scalise of lying about the event, and demanded that he resign from his post. The SPLC has yet to make an apology or retraction.

The media reported the false claim with such fury that both “Scalise” and “David Duke” became trending topics on twitter all over the United States.

Steve Scalise spoke to the Jefferson Heights Civic Association at a hotel in Metairie, LA in 2002. The subject of the meeting was establishing neighborhood watches. A representative of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department spoke. A representative from the Red Cross gave a CPR demonstration.

A couple hours after that meeting was over, a conference organized by David Duke started at the same hotel. Scalise did not speak at, or attend, the David Duke conference. Other people at the conference, have stated that they never saw Steve Scalise, and had no idea he had even been at the same hotel.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune admitted the story was a hoax on December 31st. However, many left-wing pundits and left-wing websites were still hyping the false claim on January 2nd.

In fact, even as we publish this media, outlets and websites are issuing fresh calls for Scalise to resign from his post as Majority Whip, or for the GOP to strip him of his position. Even many so-called “conservatives” are grovelling to the left and calling on Scalise to resign from his post.

The entire story is a hoax.