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September 20, 2014

Tim Scott Declined Invite to Attend MLK March as Spectator

The Senate’s only black lawmaker wasn’t invited to speak at Wednesday’s 50th anniversary March on Washington, because Tim Scott’s office declined an invitation to attend the ceremony as a spectator, according to a source connected to the event.

“Much of the speaking program was created based on those who were able to confirm availability to attend the event, and thus were able to speak at the event,” the source explained.

And based on an email exchange obtained by CQ Roll Call, the South Carolina Republican did receive an invitation to attend the festivities commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s delivery of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

The invitation, sent Aug. 8 from the Coalition for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, appears to have been a form letter to all members of Congress, with invitees listed as “Representative” rather than by name.

Within a day, Rachel Shelbourne, a staff assistant to Scott, had replied to the email with the following message:

“Thank you for extending to Senator Tim Scott the invitation to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28th. Unfortunately, the Senator will be in South Carolina during this time, so he will be unable to attend the event. Please do, however, keep him in mind for future events you may be hosting.”

There were no Republicans on hand to speak at the event, which took place Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial and featured a roster of high-profile Democrats that included President Barack Obama. Scott’s colleague, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, also delivered remarks.

The GOP’s absence was lambasted in an MSNBC interview by the prominent civil rights activist Julian Bond, who said that organizers “asked a long list of Republicans to come, and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’

“That they would turn their backs on this event was telling of them, and the fact that they seem to want to get black votes, they’re not gonna get ‘em this way,” Bond continued.

Those who turned down speaking invitations included the House’s two top Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

The source connected with the event’s organizers told CQ Roll Call that invitations to attend were sent to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., but went unanswered, as did follow-up phone calls to their offices. McConnell was at the Capitol the day of the March on Washington in 1963, and Sensenbrenner has been a champion of reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act.

But Scott, perhaps, would have been the most obvious choice to speak at the event on Wednesday as the only sitting black senator and also someone who was willing to share his thoughts on King’s legacy in the public sphere.

He submitted an op-ed to the South Carolina newspaper The State on how “50 years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the determination and courage shown by a generation of black leaders have provided me and countless others with one incredibly important thing: opportunity.”

On Wednesday evening, Scott spoke at a special service in commemoration of the occasion at a church in North Charleston, S.C., where his cousin is a pastor, according to Scott’s spokesman, Greg Blair.

“Humbling to speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at services in North Charleston tonight,” Scott tweeted, including a link to an Instagram photo of himself in action.

Blair would not comment specifically about whether Scott was disappointed that he had not been asked to actively participate, which was first reported by CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. He also didn’t say whether Scott would have accepted the invitation to attend the march had that invitation explicitly asked him to play an integral part.

“There was no effort to get the senator to speak,” added an aide with Scott’s office.

  • sfcmac

    Since Tim Scott is a black Republican, they relegated him to the equivalent of the back of the bus. Stay classy, Dems.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      black bigots obey their white democRAT masters.

    • anthony002

      Sen. Scott received the same invitation as every other member of Congress. but keep lying right wingers…

      • Donald Wade

        Except for those DEMOCRAT members of Congress that were invited to SPEAK. So keep lying, Kool-Aid drinker

        • The Irish Atheist

          Every single invitation was sent out weeks before hand. The speakers were then chosen based on who had indicated they would be able to ATTEND. Scott couldn’t attend? He wasn’t invited to speak.

          Know who else was invited to attend but not speak? MLK’s own family. 3 former presidents. Were they ‘back of the bus’ too?

          • Neomom99

            Bull-pucky. If you have ever planned an event, you would know you line up your speakers months in advance, not days.

          • anthony002

            Sen. Scott was treated the same as every other member of Congress, Republican or Democrat. I know facts don’t matter to you right wingers, but this is ridiculous.

          • rusty shackleford

            cite YOUR source….see how that works?

      • Iam_Spartacus

        The Republican invitations were sent out at the last minute well after the speaker invitations were sent, ALL Democrats.

        • The Irish Atheist

          Cite your source.

          • Neomom99

            Huckabee stated he was only invited to speak the week before the event. Cantor 12 days before. Boehner 2 weeks.

        • P Cullen

          You were privy to the timeline of their mailings?

    • http://www.facebook.com/altacann Alta Cannaday

      http://www.mediaite.com/online/senator-tim-scott-turned-down-invitation-to-50th-anniversary-of-mlk-speech/

      One prominent Republican, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), told Roll Call through a spokesperson that he had not been invited, but the paper reported, Thursday afternoon, that an email confirms that Sen. Scott’s office declined an invitation to the event earlier this month. More interesting is that not a single republican was available. Not a one

  • patrick mcmeen

    Would they have invited Dr. King, a black republican, to speak at this rally? I’m thinking not.

    • Steve Rudy

      From chapter 23 of King’s autobiography:

      “The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism,
      reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and
      concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the
      radical right.”

      Please stop spreading – or worse – believing your lie. You look foolish.

      • ldsmom02

        Look at my post below. King knew both parties were shady and he never politically endorsed any candidate for office. He may have leaned left, but he tried to endorse those who wanted to do what was right.

        • P Cullen

          he did endorse JFK

      • Brittany Moreno

        The KKK was founded by the Democrats as an anti republican/black organization. But you knew that. Democrats have always been the party of racists.

        • MrUniteUs1

          Many Southern Democrats become Southern Republicans during the 1960′s They were opposed to exending the Constitutional Right to vote and Civil Rights to all Americans.

          • Neomom99

            BS. The Civil Rights Act was filibustered by Democrats led by Al Gore Sr and Robert Byrd. Republicans voted for it.

        • Ellis8118

          Brittany…honey…stop listening to your bigoted daddy and try boning up on current events. Here’s a hint: It’s 2013 and the republican conservative right are the representing party of intolerance and hate. That is absolutely indisputable.

          • Neomom99

            Really? Prove it, you know, with facts, not emotion.

        • ShunkW

          Are you really so ignorant of history Brittany to not know about how the parties changed in the 60′s? PLEASE educate yourself before saying such silly things.

        • jrasicmark

          I challenge you to find even ONE KKK member who identifies himself as a Democrat today. I’ll wait.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      In today’s America, black bigots would call Rev. King an Uncle Tom.

    • RJC

      King was a socialist, genius

    • Robert Ivey

      You might want to actually learn something, because MLK was never a Republican. He also wasn’t a Democrat either. You should how ever check out his memoirs to find out what he thought of Goldwater and Reagan…

    • http://www.facebook.com/altacann Alta Cannaday

      King was not a Republican nor a Democrat. Even had a been a Republican, it certainly was not the bigoted party that is is today. My family for generations were proud Republicans until the likes of bigots like Strum Thurmond, George Wallace and Dixiecrats flipped the script and formed the useless party that we have today. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/08/28/2540251/martin-luther-king-republican/

    • http://www.facebook.com/altacann Alta Cannaday

      King was not a Republican nor a Democrat. Even had he been a Republican, it certainly was not the bigoted party that is today. My family for generations were proud Republicans until the likes of bigots like Strom Thurmond, George Wallace and Dixiecrats flipped the script and formed the useless party that we have today.http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/08/28/2540251/martin-luther-king-republican/

      • Shayn Roby

        Ummm, George Wallace was never a Republican. He was a Democrat, and later helped form the American Independent Party. Guess you need to study a little more.

        • Filbert Brazil

          ummm, nowhere in the post does alta say George was an repub. sounds to me you need to understand writing style, read for comprehension a lot better and stop passing judgements on others when you are the one that is wrong. capiche?

  • Greg Bayes

    Blacks in the U.S. will be relegated to 2nd class residents as long as they choose to focus on white people’s actions instead of their own.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      3rd class as illegal aliens are taking over the 2nd class role push blacks further down the economic ladder……..and these blacks support oBozo’s plan to give their jobs to illegal aliens.

  • Jeffrey Davis

    Hate pigs/bigots/racists rule an org that supposedly celebrates the life of the 20th Century’s Man of Peace.

  • ldsmom02

    This is what Martin Luther King had to say about both parties –

    Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights. (From the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

    • http://www.flickr.com/phd9 Paul Dirks

      Of course since ‘Dixiecrats” no longer exist, your observation serves as an interesting historical footnote.

      • lawboy87

        The “dixiecrats” have long been absorbed into the Republican party as part of the “southern strategy.” Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms are perfect examples of that fact.

        • Neomom99

          Lest not we forget that the Civil Rights Act itself was filibustered by Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr. They and their offspring being lifelong Democrats. And JFK hated MLK, so it was some nice revisionist history that Caroline spewed.

    • James Adams

      All well and good, but MLK died a long time ago. What his views were at that time should have no bearing on how things should be done now. We can celebrate the past. but holding onto old ideas and old thoughts are like anchors to the Black people. Which is being used by the elitist to keep the majority of us in a box as they prosper off the “guilt” of White people.

    • Gregory Peterson

      I can’t double check this, but it’s suppose to be from Chapter 23 of Dr, KIng’s autobiography. This is from Think Progress. I broke up the paragraphs for easier web reading…at least for my aging eyes.

      “The Republican Party (convention of 1964) geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right.

      The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record,
      philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.

      It was both unfortunate and disastrous that the Republican Party
      nominated Barry Goldwater as its candidate for President of the United
      States. In foreign policy Mr. Goldwater advocated a narrow nationalism, a crippling isolationism, and a trigger-happy attitude that could plunge
      the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation.

      On social and economic issues, Mr. Goldwater represented an unrealistic conservatism that was totally out of touch with the realities of the twentieth century. The issue of poverty compelled the attention of all citizens of our country. Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated.

      On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to theracist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand.

      In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.

      While I had followed a policy of not endorsing political candidates, I
      felt that the prospect of Senator Goldwater being President of the
      United States so threatened the health, morality, and survival of our
      nation, that I could not in good conscience fail to take a stand against
      what he represented.”

      Of course, Dr. King later harshly criticized Pres. Johnson about the Vietnam War.

    • blessed56

      Second, Martin Luther King Jr. was not a Republican. Or a Democrat.
      King was not a partisan and never endorsed any political candidate. In a 1958 interview, King said “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … AndI’m not inextricably bound to either party.”
      King did, however, weigh in on the Republican party during his lifetime. In Chapter 23 of his autobiography, King writes this about the 1964 Republican National Convention:
      The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.
      Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.
      King barnstormed the country on behalf on Johnson in 1964, “maintaining only a thin veneer of nonpartisanship,” according to biographer Nick Kotz. King called Johnson’s win a “great victory for the forces of progress and a defeat for the forces of retrogress.”
      Here is what King had to say about Ronald Reagan, the hero of modern Republicans:
      When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.
      David Garrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of King, stated “It’s simply incorrect to call Dr. King a Republican.”
      King, according to Garrow, did hold some Republicans — including Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller — in high regard. He also was harshly critical of Lyndon Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War.
      In 2008, King’s son Martin Luther King III said “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican.” Garrow claimed there is little doubt King voted for Kennedy in 1960 and Johnson in 1964.

  • MARTYB

    As long as the progressives run the show; the “plantation” is open for business.

  • ldsmom02

    Tim Scott never would have been asked to speak because, as a Republican, he doesn’t conform to their particular point of view. When speaking for racial equality, and using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington as their backdrop, it is unfortunate that the only speakers present were Democrats, which indicates that they are not interested in equality at all, but only in being Democrats.

    • jacob221

      trying to make any excuse to backtrack the right’s statement and accusations that he wasn’t invited

      He was invited

      He just didn’t want to go

      Were they supposed to beg on bended knee

      • FlotsamSam

        He was invited…. and declined. Why stand there and listen to the likes of Jamie Foxx? A complete joke.

    • James Adams

      This is why the Republican leadership should be summarily removed. Under Boehner’s leadership the Republicans have shown nothing but weakness and confusion.

    • tpartynitwit

      I was disappointed at the lack of diversity at the CPAC. It would have been nice to extend invitations to Democratic politicians and academics such as John Lewis, Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken Bernadine Dohrn, Angela Davis Andrew Bacevich, Cornell West and others to broaden the discussion, wouldn’t you agree? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm?

      • Chris Sexton

        Since when is MLK Day the exclusive domain of the left? Contrary to what you may have heard, it is the Conservative Right that is for freedom and equality for all while it is the left who champions special treatment for certain groups. My claim about the left can be verified simply by reading the D’s convention platform or listening to the constant spew of who should get what.

        • tpartynitwit

          Since the left staged the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice in 1963. MLK Day itself was passed over the fierce objection of the right.

        • Gregory Peterson

          Well, the original March on Washington was organized by a Humanist labor union president and a singing Gay Quaker…A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin.

  • micurmudgeon

    The slave traders who ran the event did not want a Free Black Man to speak.

    • midway5012

      dumbass..you probably believe that.

      • Donald Wade

        Because it is true?

  • dhd8546

    That was mighty white of them.

  • ImJustAGuy

    The first sentence says it all: The race-baiters won’t let Tim Scott speak BECAUSE he declined their invitation to watch other’s speak.

    That would ONLY make sense to a Democrat and/or an imbecile.

    • not_Bridget

      He indicated he was not available to attend. Therefore, he was not available to speak.

      All the Republicans turned down their invitations. They decided years ago to abandon that “Party of Lincoln” thing. Alas, the aging white racist demographic isn’t growing.

      • Daveevad1

        The protocols of Washington-speak allow for a group to issue an invitation that it has not wish to have accepted, and for polite replies that acknowledge that fact.

      • Neomom99

        Speakers are lined up in advance, not at the last minute. The decline was to a broadcast email to “Representative”. It wasn’t even specifically to Senator Scott

  • kita123

    There is no pleasing you people on the Right. Tim Scott was not there because he elected, much like all the others, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and others declined to attend. You people who get your news from Fox News are being lead down the road of stupid. Both former Pres Bush’s were invited too, but they too declined due to health reasons. Now let’s see if Bill O’Reilly, The Five, and others will make the correction today. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Shayn Roby

      “You people who get your news from Fox News are being led down the road of stupid”. If you get your news from MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, or NBC, you are not being led down the road of stupid. You arrived at stupid by yourself a long time ago.

  • byeGeorge

    I have often wondered why the Black Congressional Caucus is not a racist organization…and do taxpayers help fund this outfit…

    • tpartynitwit

      Would you prefer it if the CBC were racist?

      • Donald Wade

        But it is. Where have YOU been?

        • tpartynitwit

          Surely you must have evidence.

          • Daveevad1

            Their exclusion of Allen West speaks volumes.

          • tpartynitwit

            How does a group of black lawmakers excluding a fellow black lawmaker who is arguably insane make them racist? Prejudiced against soldiers forced out of the military for dishonorable reasons, perhaps, but not racist.

      • byeGeorge

        Why is it called the BLACK Congressional Caucus…isn’t that racist enough…remember…this group…was always supporter of KKK Sen Bob Byrd…why…he was the world’s number 1 segregationist…tried blocking the CRA…early on Byrd outlined his opposition to integrating the Armed Forces in the late 1940s. In that missive, the future Senate leader was quoted describing blacks as “race mongrels” and vowing that he would rather “die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again” than fight “with a Negro by my side.”

        • ShunkW

          Funny how you guys take out moments in history and try to pretend those people did the same thing for the rest of their lives. At least read the history of Senator Byrd after he realized that segregation was wrong before you claim his whole live was lived in the ’40s.

  • exboyracer

    Cantor had a good excuse — he was meeting with an North Dakota Oil and Gas lobby

  • NathanExplosion

    Tea Party supporters… why didn’t you attend the event? It was open to the public.

    • Iam_Spartacus

      Because all they would hear is a bunch of liberal claptrap.

    • Tbone

      Uh, because they’re a bunch of racist fools?

      SATSQ.

      • NathanExplosion

        Thanks for the response. And going forward, I shall send all questions to you so you can approve them before I ask them openly.

  • rusty shackleford

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.
    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer, as a nation.
    Presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Gary Ind., Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis Tn, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let’s not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gregory Peterson

      Ah, that smarm and sour smell of the politics of privilege and resentment, It just never gets old for some people, does it?

      • cocodrie

        Perfect description of Jesse and Al, leaders of the Race Baiting Gang.

        Jesus loves you so much He died for you

      • rusty shackleford

        AWWWW whats the matter, bitter cause your stuck raising your pig daughters half black kid?…sound about right pappy?

        • Gregory Peterson

          I doubt that you grandchildren are going to grad school, so I’m not worried about mine.

          • rusty shackleford

            thats the best you got?…correcting my verbage? why didnt you point out all the black infested neighborhoods that whites , asians or anyone else for that matter is breaking down the gate to get into?…why didnt you point out some examples of their fine parenting skills, or stellar work ethic….no, you cant, …it sounds to me like your one of those bitter types that got stuck raising your pig daughter half black baby….sucks to be you

          • Gregory Peterson

            I was being condescending…which is more than you deserve.

          • rusty shackleford

            white guys stuck raising their daughters half black kid lost the right to be condescending and dismissive…you should of put more effort into teaching your daughter right from wrong

          • Gregory Peterson

            Have you ever seen the Norwegian TV series, Troll Hunter?

          • rusty shackleford

            have you ever seen the Slavic TV series, Defending your daughters bad decisions?

    • Gregory Peterson
  • P Cullen

    Typical behavior for Republicans!! “There was no effort to get the senator to speak,” added an aide with Scott’s office. Get down on your knees and beg us, we want everything done our way!!

    More

    • Daveevad1

      The Alinskyites who put together this shameful exercise didn’t WANT him, and Scott had no interest in begging the Alinskyites to participate in this has embarrassing demonstration of what the Civil Rights movement has become.

    • Ellis8118

      In time, he will be absolutely ashamed of himself for missing out on this milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. 50th anniversaries only happen once and Mr. Scott blew it.

      • Neomom99

        Southern gentlemen do not impose themselves into an invitation.

        • nnyl

          That is a myth. I have a family full of southern men. They go to community events without invitations.

          • P Cullen

            And the best picture of the day was seeing two old, Southern gentlemen, Clinton and Carter. standing with our first black President!! Hisotry, indeed!!!

          • Neomom99

            Yet I doubt they invite themselves up on stage to speak. (eye roll)

          • nnyl

            Did you read the part about first finding out who can attend and then asking people who can attend to speak? That is the process they always use.

  • Neomom99

    So this event was so disorganized that they were waiting for RSVPs from a form letter sent 20 days before the event to see who was available to speak? Bull-pucky! Those Democrat speakers were lined up months in advance, the Republicans all got “Unvitations” just so the organizers could CYA.

    • sandrajeanford

      You mean republicans never knew about the 50 year anniversary until they received the invitations? They never bothered to check to see what would be going on that day? Is there some kind of rule I don’t know about that states they can take no initiative on their own and must wait to be asked to participate by a democrat?

      • Neomom99

        Polite people wait to be invited, they don’t invite themselves. You obviously aren’t Southern. Mr. Scott is.

        • nnyl

          Really? You would think it was an event they would want to attend even without a formal invitation. Everyone in the crowd didn’t get an invite.

  • Brittany Moreno

    Democrats always were and always will be the party of racism. These days they rent their slaves instead of own them, but they still despise and fear them the same.

    • Gregory Peterson

      Right…the party that’s headed by a Black man is “renting their slaves.” It’s a racist thing, of course, to think that Black people are incapable of actually running anything without a white conspiracy doing the actual work for them.

      The white Citizen’s Council Newsletter editorial cartoons had a white thug representing the NAACP menacing white women and children, using black children as fronts for their nefarious plans, or pulling the strings of the Supreme Court. Way to keep the Citizen’s Council’s racist fantasy alive…

    • fairmont66

      yes with all the democratic congressman that are black and wait for it the first Black President is a Democrat. Do you practice to be stupid or are just born that way?

  • Kelsonus
    • Steve Rudy

      Impressive. Of the 37 million African Americans, you found all twenty that are right-wingers.

      • Kelsonus

        So by showing 20, you assume that’s all?
        Reductio ad absurdum

      • Stryker

        Hey Steve Rudy, I bet you can’t find 20 progressive, liberals who are also black and successful too.

    • Stryker

      You want to know what else these people all have in common besides being Conservatives? They’re also each very successful in their private lives as well. Must be a correlation between conservatism, success.

  • http://www.intoxination.net intoxination

    What’s most interesting is that the RNC is saying one of the people they wanted to speak was JC Watts. Watts has been very hard on the party lately, mostly over their lack of diversity. Even the rumors of Watts running for RNC chair last winter were actually met with laughs by the RNC. Yeah, I’m sure they really wanted him to speak yesterday. I could just hear it now. Watts would get up there and speak the truth about today’s RNC and the right would instantly frame him as a liberal plant.

  • The Irish Atheist

    Oh for the love of the god that I don’t believe in….
    Timeline of events for any sort of event like this: Invitations are issued to all of Congress. Congress members RSVP. Speakers are chosen from those who indicate they will attend. Guess what happens when no Republicans indicate that they will attend? Only Democrats end up speaking.
    Tim Scott had a perfectly valid reason to not attend. He had a prior commitment in SC. What was not proper was his office indicating that he had never received an invitation.

  • Ellis8118

    One would think that the conservatives would go out of their way to show up to this monumental event not just for it’s historical importance, but to even at the very very least, just to feign interest and tolerance toward African Americans and minorities in general. ONCE AGAIN the republicans ***t the bed in front of the entire country. ONCE AGAIN history will not be kind to these people. Not kind at all.

    Way to change your brand guys!

  • nnyl

    I take from this that Scott and the rest of the GOP didn’t think this anniversary was important enough to bother attending.

  • bob werler

    They most likely spending their time trying to save the country from the idiot mulatto occupying the oval office.

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