Skip to comments.Every Top Republican Invited to MLK Anniversary Event Said No
Posted on 08/30/2013 6:55:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Conservative commentators have had a lot to say over the last 24 hours about the fact that Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American in the Senate, was not invited to yesterday’s March on Washington 50th Anniversary celebration. According to Bill O’Reilly, it was strange that no Republicans and no conservatives were invited” to the event. As it turns out, that’s just not true.
As the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported today, “not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.” But it’s not because they weren’t invited. While Scott’s office has confirmed that the senator was not invited, many of his senior colleagues were.
Here’s a run-down of the top Republicans who were invited to the March on Washington anniversary event, and why they reportedly decided not to show.
The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, who served as executive producer of the commemoration, told the Washington Post’s O’Keefe that her committee began inviting members of Congress to attend four or five weeks before the event.
We had a very concerted effort, because this is not a political moment. This was about us coming together as a community, so we wanted to be sure that we had all political representations, Daughtry said. We attempted very vigorously to have someone from the GOP participate and unfortunately they were unable to find someone who was able to participate.
[photos via House.gov, Senate.gov]
They were invited at the last second.
Truth be known, they all had better things to do.
That sock drawer ain’t just gonna organize itself, now is it.
I bet the dems got a save-the-date way ahead of time.
All their presence would have done is provided targets for Obama and the rest of the rabid left to ridicule, lecture, and reprimand.
I wouldn’t have gone either, evenif invited a year in advance.
Why would I want to watch dishonorable people dishonor an honorable man?
Not that the republicans are honorable, because they are not.
wow. More than 9 out of 10 blacks will surely vote for a Democrat now.
RE: They were invited at the last second.
Really? Someone should tell Bill O’ Reilly that then because he apologized for his mistake yesterday when he said that Republicans were not invited.
If what you say is true, then this is almost the same as not being invited. He ought to un-apologize.
Exactly. Exhibit A Coretta King’s funeral was attended by then President Bush and the First Lady. They got an earful of criticism over the Iraq war etc at a funeral no less.
Not only that, they were invited only to watch, not to speak.
Another media hit piece.
This had to be a concerted effort by the pubbies - maybe they heard about some sort of plan to sabotage or attack them (politically) and wanted no part of it? I know, I know - these are eGOP we’re talking about here. So what’s the real reason?
Alveda King is openly upset and angry that this was nothing more than a pure political rally for the democrats. She and some of the other family members were basically told to shut up and let the “organizers” run things.
It is fine to "have a dream" but it is not fine to use government to force that dream on me. I do not have the right to interfere with another's life, freedom, and peaceable pursuits but I DO have the God-given right to discriminate and choose who I will and won't associate with, do business with, etc.
I would have gone. My speech would be short.
They would not have liked it.
I think you mean “watch dishonorable people honor an DIShonorable man,” since MLK Jr. was a communist, plagerizer, and womanizer.
Granted that Blacks vote Democrats by a huge margin, but by not going, the Republicans might be re-enforcing the message already ingrained in the heads of many Americans — THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.
They needed props and warm bodies to pump up the numbers.
Are you kidding me, Reverend?
What they fail to mention is, they were invited to attend, not speak
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