by Matt Vespa at Townhall
I saw the video but thought it would be wise to wait a bit in case this was a misunderstanding or someone jumping to conclusions. It was a little bit of both for the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir. The acoustics were terrific for this rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. The members of this troupe were inside the Capitol Rotunda but were interrupted by police officers who briefly shut down the performance. Yes, you read that right: the Capitol Police intervened.
Initial reports were that police told the choir the song might be offensive. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) described the event as “unacceptable” and hopes to see them again performing the national anthem inside the Capitol soon. Capitol Police said the incident was due to a “miscommunication” (via NY Post):
The incident involving the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir and Capitol Police occurred on May 26 in the Capitol Building’s National Statuary Hall, as members of the Greenville, South Carolina-based chorus sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Video footage of the event shows the conductor of the group,…Continue Reading