(SNews) – Former President Donald Trump invited the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir to sing at his upcoming South Carolina rally after the Greenville choir was stopped from singing the national anthem at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. the other day.
Trump said he made the invitation to pay his respects to “a very talented group of people” and to give them the opportunity to share those talents with “tens of thousands of people.”
Choir director David Rasbach said it was “quite an honor” to get the invite from Trump. “I wouldn’t even think of turning him down.” (See Trump’s video below)
Rasback said of the incident: “I was shocked, I was dismayed, I was stunned.
“I couldn’t believe that was happening, that they would stop the national anthem of all songs.”
The children traveled to Washington, D.C. last Friday, May 26th, for a scheduled Capitol tour and had received approval to sing a short set of patriotic songs inside the historic Statuary Hall.
As they sang The Star-Spangled Banner, Capitol Police stopped the show and did not allow the kids to finish the song. They told the choir director that singing the national anthem at the nation’s Capitol is considered a form of protest and it may offend someone.
A Twitter user said: “The moment a children’s choir singing at the #uscapitol was told to stop singing the U.S. National Anthem during the second verse.
“They had been given permission to sing prior to a higher-up deciding our nation’s anthem in our nation’s capitol was offensive.
“No, seriously, when asked why, they were apparently told that the song might “offend someone.”
“We’ve been stopped in the middle of the Star Spangled Banner while here in the Capitol even though we were approved for this concert,” said Christina Chapman Heffernan.
“Certain Capitol police said it might offend someone/cause issues.
“We respect authority but we should have been allowed to sing because of the multi-level approval we already got from 3 representatives involved: Russell Fry, Joe Wilson, and William Timmons.”
Matthew Leys said:
“The visit and Choir performance was all planned and approved, but it’s possible that there was some type of “permit” or communication mixup.
“Either way the kids sang brilliantly.
Capitol Police not even letting them complete the song and trying to explain that singing the Anthem could be considered a form of protest is telling and embarrassing.
“When you need a permit to sing your National Anthem in your nation’s Capitol, something’s gone wrong.”