“America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, 16, has faced widespread backlash for agreeing to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The teenager innocently announced that she would be performing for the president-elect on the “Today” show in December—and was soon thrown into a political frenzy.
Many took to social media to slam the singer, while others rushed to buy her latest album “Someday at Christmas,” shooting her to number one on the Billboard’s Classical Albums charts.
The president-elect himself even tweeted about the record sales:
Jackie Evancho's album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance.Some people just don't understand the "Movement"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
It’s been a roller coaster ride for Jackie.
And the fall-out has affected her personal life on many levels, according to The New York Times.
Bullies whisper about her at school, and people call her “traitor” online.
Her transgender sister, Juliet, has received severe criticism just for being linked to Jackie.
Juliet said she would do “literally anything” to stop the backlash towards her family, according to The New York Times. She will only be attending the Inauguration “in spirit.”
But despite the criticism, Jackie says politics have nothing to do with her decision.
She just wanted to do what any good American would.
She told The New York Times:
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“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.”
Boris Epshteyn, a spokesman for the Trump’s inaugural committee, told NYT he is disappointed with the way Jackie has been treated:
“It is deeply saddening that we are at a place in our discourse where those eager to honor America at the inauguration of a president are subjected to hatred and ridicule.”
Haters might do well to remember that this isn’t the first time Jackie has performed for a president.
According to earlier reports, Jackie performed for President Barack Obama a number of times, most notably at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.Image Credit: Jewel Samad/Getty Images
So it might be time for people to stop jumping to conclusions about her political motives.
For now, Jackie is trying to ignore the hate and keep herself distracted by working on her upcoming album.