Jackie Evancho may be singing at Donald Trump‘s inauguration, but that doesn’t mean she’s here for the politics!
In fact, the America’s Got Talent alum wants her critics to know that despite performing at the polarizing politician’s upcoming swear-in ceremony, she doesn’t agree with his incoming administration’s anti-LGBT platform!
While the 16-year-old’s appearance at the inauguration has sparked much criticism, she insists her motives transcend politics and is merely in support of America as a whole!
In an interview with the New York Times, she explained:
“I just kind of thought that this is for my country. So if people are going to hate on me it’s for the wrong reason.”
Jackie’s scheduled performance has raised questions because of her transgender sister Juilet Evancho and her lawsuit against their local Pennsylvania school district over her right to use women’s bathrooms.
But just like performing at a racist Republican’s inaugural ceremony, Jackie finds her sister’s bathroom lawsuit “non political,” explaining:
“For me it’s not political. It’s just accepting people for who they are.”
That’s a nice sentiment — but at this volatile point in time, the issue is still very much involved in our political system!
Although Juliet is supportive of her sister’s upcoming performance, she won’t be joining the family to Washington, D.C. for the inaugurations because of “prior engagements.”
While it’s unknown whether the 18-year-old received an invitation, Juliet said she will be there “in spirit.” Hmmm…
The girls’ father Mike Evancho said that the bipartisan family would still support each other, no matter what political party was overtaking the White House. He added:
“We’re fighting [Juliet’s trans] discrimination at the high school. It doesn’t matter who’s going into the office, we would still fight that fight.”
As for Jackie, she still thinks she can “100 percent” support her sister while performing at Trump’s inauguration.
It’s nice this supportive family doesn’t care about politics, but to say the fight for trans right’s isn’t “political” is just downright delusional!
Do YOU agree with the singer?
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