We certainly don’t want to have the first black senator since Barack Obama on the stage that are Conservative Republicans from South Carolina! Especially when they want to paint the Tea Party, (which Scott is) Republicans, (which Scott is) and conservatives (which Scott is) as the party of racists.
Like we say in Political PR, “It’s bad optics.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., the only African American serving in the United States Senate, wasn’t invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The senator believes today is a day to remember the extraordinary accomplishments and sacrifices of Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and an entire generation of black leaders. Today’s anniversary should simply serve as an opportunity to reflect upon how their actions moved our country forward in a remarkable way.”
The event organizers didn’t completely exclude Republicans from the event — former President George W. Bush, for instance, received an invitation, but he couldn’t attend as he is recovering from surgery — but the slate of speakers was filled with names such as former President Clinton, Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and others.
Twitter Responds to Senator Tim Scott not being invited:
1963: you can't have that job because you're black. 2013: you can't be black because you have that job. #SenatorTimScott
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 28, 2013
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 28, 2013
The fact that @REALStaceyDash was attacked for tweeting MLK's own words is proof that the modern Democrat party would despise MLK today.
— Yes, Nick Searcy! (@yesnicksearcy) August 29, 2013
Someone actually asked the President
Hi @BarackObama Why was Tim Scott, the nation's only black senator not invited to this historic occasion?
— S.M (@redsteeze) August 28, 2013
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