Jackie Evancho has an impressive resume for only being 16 years old. Now, the teen singing phenom famous for being runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” has accepted an invitation to sing for President-elect Donald Trump.
The announcement came on Wednesday morning while she was on the “Today” show. She told the co-hosts:
“I feel really honored. To be able to sing for the office – it’s a great honor for me.”
While Jackie may feel it’s an “honor,” not everyone seems to agree with her.
After the announcement of her upcoming performance, she became the target of political attacks.
Nothing says #careersuicide like Jackie Evancho performing at the Inauguration. Her career is failing already. She'll never live this down.
— Liat Herrnstein (@kristy082699) December 14, 2016
Jackie Evancho, 16, will sing at Trump's inauguration. Miss Teen USA contestants have advised her to keep the dressing room locked.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 14, 2016
In an interview with People Now, the young singer described another reason her family has seen a lot of hate. She said:
“My family is kind of a big target. I have a transgender sister and so a lot of hate goes towards us.”
Last year, her sister, Juliet came out as transgender at the Global Lyme Alliance’s inaugural gala in New York.
Fortunately, the family has learned to deal with the negativity that comes from being in the public eye. She said they “pay most attention” to the love they receive.
oh Jackie! What an amazing honor! Great job team. She is an angel!
— ❤USA❤ (@kfulton6233) December 14, 2016
— TRUMPENCESAMERICA (@SoleePatriot) December 14, 2016
But there’s another reason why the anger being directed at Evancho is misguided: After coming in second on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, she was invited to sing for President Barack Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting.
She performed for the Obama Administration at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012, as well.
Boris Epshteyn, Director of Communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told Independent Journal Review in a statement:
“We’re delighted to have Jackie Evancho performing the National Anthem at the 58th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony. As the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum, she is a true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe. Jackie represents the best and the brightest of America.”
When Jackie performed for President Obama she remembered everyone was really impressed, and she got a lot of applause.
She hopes the same thing happens again at Trump’s inauguration.