Back in 2002, Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond at his party. Notice how proud he is of his feelings.
Lott: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.
Minority whip--is a rather weird title for him.