Only Black Senator Tim Scott Not Invited To MLK Event ... Or Was He?

Patrick Frye

The only black senator named Tim Scott is a Republican and claimed to be not invited to the MLK event, but did he actually turn down the invite?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Bill O'Reilly claimed it wasn't the only black senator who wasn't invited to the MLK event. Bill O'Reilly claimed no Republican was invited to the MLK event during a discussion but then admitted he was mistaken in a later show.

As it turns out various conservatives and Republicans were in fact invited to speak at the MLK event commemorating the I Have A Dream speech. But they declined the invitation, something Bill O'Reilly says was a very bad mistake.

Tim Scott is the only black senator currently serving in Congress. So it would seem obvious to invite him to the MLK event. But a spokesperson for Tim Scott claims he wasn't invited:

"Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event. 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."

But other sources are claiming the Senate's only black senator was not invited to speak since Tim Scott supposedly turned down a previous invitation to be a spectator in the crowd. Tim Scott's invitation was sent August 8 as a Congress-wide invite from the Coalition for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. But a staff assistant to Tim Scott shot down the invite with this email:

"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."

Instead, Tim Scott spoke at a MLK commemoration at a church in North Charleston where his cousin is a pastor. Tim Scott's staffers insist "there was no effort to get the senator to speak" but they haven't said whether this played a part in his decision to not attend the Washington DC MLK event at all.

Why do you think the only black senator Tim Scott was not specifically invited to speak at the Washington DC MLK event commemorating the I Have A Dream speech?