The prevailing theory is that no Republicans were in Selma this weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma march that provided a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement.
One quick look at various GOP leaders’ Twitter streams and that notion is fairly easily dispelled. Sens. Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions, and Susan Collins were all there, as well as Rep. Kevin McCarthy, RNC chair Reince Priebus, and a number of others, including former President George W. Bush, who walked on the front lines and was given a place of honor on stage during the speeches.
Of course, George W. Bush doesn’t have the kind of over-active Twitter feed to demonstrate his commitment to civil rights on, and if you were paying attention to basically any dispatch from the Selma event, you’d never even know he was there. The New York Times, for starters, cropped him and his wife Laura right out of the photo they put on their front page.
You could, of course, claim that the NYT was just trying to focus in on the President, and that GWB cropped himself out of the photo by standing so far off to the left that any focus placed on currently sitting world leaders naturally had to sacrifice about 30% of the photo. The best perspective in the photo, of course, is the forced perspective created by the street and buildings, fading off into a central point.
But then, you have the White House, which is using the march photo as its background image, and whose current resident preached about “we the people” from the event’s pulpit, Tweeting a similar march photo to the one used in the NYT. This photo, of course, shows what appears to be a more complete look at the marchers and is much wider, giving the viewer a strong understanding of exactly how many people recreated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous walk across the Edmund Pettus bridge. But still noticeably absent? George W. Bush.
And then, there’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratess Extraordinare, who, instead of showing the march on her Twitter feed, opted to showcase the VIPs on stage at the event. A group which included George W. Bush. You can probably guess who got cropped out.