“Listen, I was there,” Carson, D-Ind., said in an interview. “In
many regards I think (the challenges are) a veiled attempt to justify
actions that are simply unjustifiable. I think we need to move toward a
dialogue that explores why this kind of divisive and reprehensible
language is still making it into our political debate.”
A fourth Democrat, Rep. Heath Shuler ofNorth Carolina, who is white, backed up his colleagues, telling the Henderson (N.C.)Times-News that he heard the slurs.
reconstruction of the events shows that the conservative challenges
largely sprang from a mislabeled video that was shot later in the day.
posted two columns on his Web site saying the claims were fabricated.
Both led with a 48-second YouTube video showing Lewis, Carson, otherCongressional Black Caucus members and staffers leaving the Capitol. Some of the group were videotaping the booing crowd.
asked why the epithet was not captured by the black lawmakers’ cameras,
and why nobody reacted as if they had heard the slur. He also
questioned whether the epithets could have been shouted by liberals
planted in the crowd.
But the 48-second video
was shot as the group was leaving the Capitol — at least one hour after
Lewis, D-Ga., and Carson walked to the Capitol, which is when they said
the slurs were used.
Questioned about using a
video on his Web site from the wrong moment, Breitbart stood by his
claim that the lawmakers were lying.
“I’m not saying the video wasconclusive proof,” he said.