Fox News host Bill O’Reilly scoffed at former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s argument on Monday that he was not part of a white supremacist group.
“Don’t sit there and tell me you’re not a white –” O’Reilly started to say at one point. When Duke asked, “Supremacist?”, O’Reilly resumed his thought.
“Your organization isn’t looking out for the white Europeans,” O’Reilly said. “That’s who you’re looking out for.”
“I’m looking out for the rights of all Americans,” Duke insisted. “I also believe that European-Americans shouldn’t be discriminated against in jobs or scholarships, or any other way. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Duke and O’Reilly briefly discussed the allegations surrounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) appearance at a conference hosted by Duke’s group, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, in 2002.
“I can’t be sure he was there,” Duke said, seemingly backing away from his threat last week to reveal more politicians who have met with him. “I know he was scheduled to speak, but I don’t know if he spoke.”
Duke then complained that his own past with the Klan is mentioned more than that of former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), who was in the Klan before he was elected. O’Reilly replied that Byrd repudiated his past before his death in 2010, while Duke was still promoting white American interests.
“I love my people, my heritage,” Duke explained. “I’m going to preserve my heritage like every people does.”
“Preserve your heritage — what does that mean?” O’Reilly asked.
“How about European heritage,” Duke responded, prompting O’Reilly to repeat his question.
“You don’t know what European heritage is?” Duke asked a visibly annoyed O’Reilly. “You don’t know what Mozart is, and Bach, and Beethoven?”
“They’re people,” O’Reilly shot back. “They come from different countries. Look, the problem with this garbage — on both sides — is that we’re all in it together, and skin color shouldn’t matter.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Monday, below.