A children’s choir from South Carolina, the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir, which was abruptly interrupted while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Capitol last month by Capitol Police, has received an invitation from former President Donald Trump to perform at a campaign rally in the Palmetto State.
Trump extended the invitation in a video message posted on Truth Social, expressing his dismay at the interruption and emphasizing the importance of such events in the lives of the children. He assured them that they would have the opportunity to perform in South Carolina in front of a large crowd and that it would be a memorable experience for all.
The choir’s director, David Rasbach, regarded Trump’s invitation as an honor and stated that he would not even consider turning it down. The incident, captured on video, garnered significant attention and sparked outrage on social media platforms. The Capitol Police initially claimed it was a result of a “miscommunication,” but witnesses contested the assertion that the children were allowed to finish the anthem.
Speaker McCarthy and Republican South Carolina Representatives Joe Wilson, Russell Fry, and William Timmons issued a joint statement expressing disappointment that the children’s celebration was cut short and emphasizing their support for welcoming Americans back to the halls of Congress. Timmons further announced that the South Carolina delegation would cover the costs for the choir to return to the Capitol.
In response to the incident, Representative Wilson revealed his intention to introduce a bill allowing the national anthem to be performed on all federal property, highlighting the significance of celebrating one’s love for the country.
The Rushingbrook Children’s Choir has not only received Trump’s invitation but also invitations from various news outlets, including Newsmax and Fox News. The choir’s director expressed astonishment at the sudden attention and recognition, considering their humble origins as a small choir in Greenville.
An exact date for the South Carolina Trump rally featuring the choir has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be a momentous occasion for the young singers, providing them with a platform to showcase their talent on a national stage.