This time, no one stopped the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir from Greenville, South Carolina, from singing a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” that brought thousands to their feet in cheers.
In May, Capitol Police intervened to prevent the choir from finishing the anthem. Amid revulsion over the incident, former President Donald Trump invited the choir to sing at his Friday night rally in Pickens, South Carolina.
And sing they did
David Rasbach, who led the choir during the Capitol incident, said that during the incident he witnessed the female officer talking to a congressional staffer and directing him to “go shut them down.” When they stopped singing, he spoke with the officer and was told that their “demonstration
Rasbach then reportedly asked the officer: “How do you think this is going to affect these children? Their first time visiting their Capitol and then they have this disappointment.”
“She shrugged her shoulders, saying, ‘They sounded beautiful, but … They can go outside and sing,” he recounted.
According to Rasbach, the female officer went on to claim that multiple people had complained about the offensiveness of the anthem.
Rasbach explained to The Daily Signal that the choir was given permission to sing in the Capitol by Reps. William Timmons and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, as well as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.