The US Capitol Police on Friday said it silenced a childrenâs choir performing the national anthem inside the Capitol Building last week because of a âmiscommunication,â which House Speaker Kevin McCarthy derided as âunacceptable.â
The incident involving the Rushingbrook Childrenâs Choir and Capitol Police occurred on May 26 in the Capitol Buildingâs National Statuary Hall, as members of the Greenville, South Carolina-based chorus sang âThe Star-Spangled Banner.â
Video footage of the event shows the conductor of the group, David Rasbach, cutting the young singers off before they could finish singing the patriotic tune.
Rasbach told The Daily Signal on Friday that a female Capitol Police officer had directed a congressional staffer to immediately put an end to the childrenâs performance despite having obtained permission from South Carolina Republican Reps. William Timmons, Joe Wilson and the office of the House speaker.
McCarthy on Friday tweeted his outrage over the incident and said he looked forward to having the singers return âto perform in the halls of Congress.â
âJust learned kids were interrupted while singing our National Anthem at the Capitol. Unacceptable. These children were welcomed by my office because your Capitol is back open, particularly for school groups,â the California Republican wrote on Twitter.
Capitol Police told The Post on Friday that singing is not usually allowed in the building and that officers were not aware McCarthy had approved the performance.Â
âAlthough popup demonstrations and musical performances are not allowed in the U.S. Capitol without the proper approval, due to a miscommunication, the U.S Capitol Police were not aware that the Speakerâs Office had approved this performance,â the agency said. âWe apologize to the choir for this miscommunication that impacted their beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and their visit to Capitol Hill.â
Rasbach told The Daily Signal that the female officer insisted the singing was a demonstration and later alleged that âsome people were offendedâ by the performance.
Along the same lines, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted Friday that the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir were told the singing “might offend someone/cause issues.”
Rushingbrook Children’s Choir were singing the National Anthem in the Capitol and were stopped by Capitol police.They were told that “certain Capitol police said it might offend someone/cause issues.”The National Anthem sung by children is not offensive, itâs needed more. pic.twitter.com/PvSMJdw5EZ
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greeneðºð¸ (@RepMTG) June 2, 2023
âThe National Anthem sung by children is not offensive, itâs needed more,â Greene wrote.
Capitol Police on Friday denied the allegation by Greene and Rasbach, telling The Post: âIt is not true that the Capitol Police said it might âoffend someone.ââ
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