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.
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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
Right you are. In this environment, with the stakes so high, the GOP needs to be both clever and nimble. The GOP is neither.
The lib's certainly did not want any Republicans at the MLK event. The Republicans obliged them. You cannot win a war, political or otherwise, by doing what your enemy wants you to do.
It was a democrat event. It was designed to crown 0bama as the successor to Martin Luther King.
While MLK was not perfect (nobody is) he was a force for calling people to their consciences. Blacks did get a raw deal in the USA.
0bama is not a worthy successor to MLK.
The line-up of speakers made it clear it was a political rally for the Democrat Party - reminiscent of the Wellstone Funeral. The Republicans recognized the nature of the event and wisely stayed way and took away an opportunity of being called names and the left trying to ridicule them, IMO.
Obama is a perfectly worthy successor to MLK Jr., who was a COMMUNIST, plagerizer, and womanizer.
It’s not an MLK celebration as much as an attempt to make King Zero MLK’s heir apparent. Anyone participating will be assumed to be endorsing that.
Nice try, Mediaite...but NONE of those invited GOP’ers were BLACK!
McCain turned down a chance to be in front of the media/people? I have a hard time believing that.
John Fitzegerald Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy chose not to attend the 1963 March on Washington either. They tried to have the event canceled, then treated the whole thing like a siege while they managed it from the Justice Department.
If I recall, MLK’s conservative niece was not invited to speak either. She is a prominent critic of abortion.
Republicans were scheduled to attend then UNINVITED from the Wellstone Memorial Rally.
Al Sharpton is a known antisemite (”Jew them down”). Al Sharpton is a know liar. He was busted in court for slander in a fraudulent “hate crime” case.
That Al and other bigots should be permitted face time at this event reveals it to be phony.
RE: NONE of those invited GOPers were BLACK!
Sen. Tim Scott was invited.
There were an estimated 20,000 people at the event, so I guess about 60 million Democrats didn’t show up either.
They were invited at the last minute to stand around, but not to say anything.
We had a very concerted effort, because this is not a political moment.”
Pantalones en fuego!
Boehner, Cantor, McCain??
The headline claimed that they invited REPUBLICANS.
MLK was surrounded by Black Muslims in 1963, FWIW, so it would have been appropriate.
No matter what the GOP did, it would have been painted as the bad guy. In a way, their not going made it all the more apparent what it was - a DNC rally.
No american should honor that dead communist!!
"Pantalones en fuego!"
For the language-challenged, this means "pants on fire, as in "Liar, Liar."
LOL, spot on.
This was in no small part spurred by King and four others attending a May 1, 1957 meeting at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. The institution, founded in 1932 and still operating today, is billed as having facilitated the great change in our society of racial integration on its website.During the 1950s and 60s it trained civil rights workers in law, nonviolence, community organizing and other techniques of social change, its website says.
MLK speaking at the Highlander Folk School in 1957 However, the FBI correctly identified it as a Communist front which sought to bring about a Marxist revolution in America, having been founded by Myles Horton (Communist Party organizer for Tennessee) and Don West (Communist Party organizer for North Carolina). In speaking at the Highlander Folk School, King praised the school for its noble purpose and creative work and for having given the South some of its most responsible leaders in this great period of transition. He then predicted that, through concerted nonviolent action, the future is filled with vast and marvelous possibilities and concluded, this is a great time to be alive.
King was accompanied to the Highlander Folk School by Myles Horton, Aubrey Williams, Abner Berry and James Dumbrowski, all open and acknowledged members of the Communist Party, USA. Their meeting laid the groundwork for initiating demonstrations and riots across the Southern states.
Stanley Levison (Lower Left) at a 1966 SCLC meeting with MLK In 1962, FBI investigators learned that one of Kings most trusted advisers was New York City lawyer Stanley Levison. The FBI found Levison had been involved with the Communist Party, USA. The FBI had observed his alienation from the Party leadership, but it feared he had taken a low profile in order to work as an agent of influence in order to manipulate King, a view it continued to hold despite its own reports in 1963 that Levison had left the Party. Another King lieutenant, Hunter Pitts ODell, was also linked to the Communist Party by sworn testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
The Bureau received authorization to proceed with wiretapping from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the fall of 1963 and informed President John F. Kennedy, both of whom unsuccessfully tried to persuade King to dissociate himself from Levison. Although Robert Kennedy only gave written approval for limited wiretapping of Kings phones on a trial basis, for a month or so, Hoover extended the clearance so his men were unshackled to look for evidence in any areas of Kings life they deemed worthy. The Bureau placed wiretaps on Levisons and Kings homes and office phones, and bugged Kings rooms in hotels and motels as he traveled across the country.
For his part, King adamantly denied having any connections to Communism, stating in a 1965 Playboy interview that, there are as many Communists in this freedom movement as there are Eskimos in Florida and claiming that Hoover was following the path of appeasement of political powers in the South. Hoovers concern about communist infiltration of the civil rights movement was meant to aid and abet the salacious claims of southern racists and the extreme right-wing elements. In that same interview, however, King advocated that Blacks and other disadvantaged Americans be financially compensated for historical wrongs. According to Wikipedia, King set the bill at US$50 billion in 1965 dollars, and the amount be doled out to all people who have been disadvantaged, not only African-Americans.
Hoover did not believe Kings pledge of innocence and replied by saying the civil rights leader was the most notorious liar in the country.
After giving his I Have A Dream speech during the August 28, 1963 March on Washington, the FBI described King as the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country. In December 1963, the FBI stated King was knowingly, willingly and regularly cooperating with and taking guidance from communists whose long-term strategy was to create a Negro-labor coalition detrimental to American security. Levison did have ties with the Communist Party in the past in various business dealings, but the FBI refused to believe its own intelligence bureau reports that Levison was no longer associated in that capacity.
Bayard Rustin, an African-American Quaker and avowed homosexual and advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes, was a member of Kings circle and was a member of the Young Communist League, joining in 1936. In 1941, he became disillusioned with the CPUSA because it abandoned civil rights work in favor of trying to get the American government to aid the Soviet Union from German Nazi invasion. While Rustin began working with anti-Communist Socialists (an oxymoron) such as A. Philip Randolph, the head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, he later attended the 16th annual convention of SCLC in February 1957 and founded the SCLC with King a month later.
The SCLC was front-loaded with Communists as well. Its vice-president the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, who was also the president of an identified Communist front known as the Southern Conference Educational Fund. That groups field director, Carl Braden, was simultaneously a national sponsor of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. The program director of the SCLC was the Reverend Andrew Young, who went on to become Jimmy Carters ambassador to the UN and mayor of Atlanta. Young was trained at the Highlander Folk School. - See more at: http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/01/11/the-dark-side-of-martin-luther-king-jr/#sthash.wSx4ZWco.dpuf
From the very first sentence of the excerpt:
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 yesterdays March on Washington 50th Anniversary celebration.
They thought John McCain was a “top Republican”.
I’ve heard people say those things, but I do not know if they are true, outside of the womanizing that is.
King was an honorable man because he meant what he said. You can hear it in his voice still to this day.
I respect him for that.
The people who spoke at those rallies are stinking liars who don’t mean a word they say, and neither do I.
They are disgusting.
When one lays down with hogs one ends up smelling like them.
It looks like the 20 thousand or so believers managed to trash the place anyway. So I don’t blame anyone with conservative stripes from getting that mess rubbed off on themselves.
Yes, he received a form letter, just like every other member of Congress and the Senate did.
In fact, an article that I read earlier today said that his "invitation" to attend, not to speak, incorrectly addressed him as "Representative Scott", rather than "Senator Scott".
Look at post 42 and then get back to me.
RE: In fact, an article that I read earlier today said that his “invitation” to attend, not to speak, incorrectly addressed him as “Representative Scott”, rather than “Senator Scott”.
That obviously was a half-hearted invitation...