President + First Lady Drumpf Will Not Attend The Kennedy Center Honors
The first family will not participate at the annual Kennedy Center Honors event in December “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”
President Donald Drumpf and his wife, First Lady Melania Drumpf have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event. As we reported last month, honorees Norman Lear, Lionel Richie and Carmen de Lavallade have said they would be boycotting the traditional White House reception, while rapper LL Cool J has not said whether he would attend, and Gloria Estefan said she would try to influence the president’s thoughts on immigration.
Traditionally, the president and first lady attend the Kennedy Center program each year. But as more and more Americans lash out against Trump, it seems that his stock and need of not being embarassed trumps the need to celebrate creative genius. This heightened animosity stems from Drumpf’s handling of the white terrorist rally in Charlottesville last weekend, which ended with the death of counter-protester, Heather Heyer. The president doubled-down on saying “both sides” were to blame, while belatedly condemning the hate groups that planned the event.
In a statement released by the White House statement, the Drumpfs “extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
The awards program will take place Dec. 3 and will be broadcast Dec. 26.
Source: Washington Post