Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly claimed on his show on Wednesday that 'no Republicans and no conservatives were invited' to participate in or attend the anniversary of the March on Washington.
Speaking later that evening on The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly grilled Democratic strategist James Carville about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
During the discussion, O'Reilly complained that President George W. Bush was not invited to speak.
'No Republicans and no conservatives were invited,' O'Reilly claimed, scoffing at Democratic Congressman (and Civil Rights March luminary) John Lewis' statement that 'we're all in the same boat.'
'Where's the conservative side to that boat?' O'Reilly asked.
'Today’s event excluded black Republicans and conservatives,' O’Reilly said. 'All the speakers were Democrats. That was a glaring error and does not indicate a desire for inclusion.'
But sources say that several prominent Republicans were invited, but chose not to attend the event, including both President George W. Bush and President George H. W. Bush. Both declined due to health concerns.
According to ABC News, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Whip Eric Cantor were also invited to attend but did not do so with their offices citing scheduling conflicts.