Elton John Refutes Trump Team Member’s Claim That He’ll Be Playing the Inauguration
A member of president-elect Donald Trump's team has announced Elton John will perform at the inauguration in January — something John adamantly denies.
The New York Post reports that a representative for John has responded to Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci's claim with a brief rebuttal, simply stating, "Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration."
Scaramucci had previously told the BBC that John's participation in the inauguration concert would serve as proof of the Trump administration's "commitment to gay rights" — even claiming that "This will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance." John, who was an outspoken supporter of Trump's opponent in the presidential race, appears unconvinced.
"We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian," John said at an October fundraising event for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "She is, without a doubt, the only candidate supremely qualified to lead this great nation in these challenging times. I’ve dedicated the past quarter century of my life to the fight against AIDS — to advocating for the human rights of all people … no matter who they are, who they love, or where they live,” he added. “And Hillary has been doing this important work — fighting for equality, for the rights of all people — long before I was."
John's refusal to perform marks the second time there's been a public kerfuffle over the inauguration's lineup. Former Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil previously announced he'd be performing at the event, only to later reveal he'd been "uninvited."
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