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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Member Resigns Rather Than Sing For Trump

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(Reuters) – A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned over its plan to sing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and more than 22,000 people have signed a petition opposing the choir’s participation.

Jan Chamberlin resigned after five years with the choir, which originates from Utah, over the Jan. 20 ceremony, saying it “will appear that (the) Choir is endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man.”

With three weeks to go before Trump is sworn in, teen classical singer Jackie Evancho is the only celebrity to have unequivocally embraced her role in an inauguration ceremony marked by soul-searching by larger invited groups, and fan backlash.

The 1960s pop group, The Beach Boys, is considering an invitation to perform but has yet to make a final decision, a spokesman for the band said on Friday.

“I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the face again,” Chamberlin wrote in a resignation letter that she posted on Facebook on Thursday.

A separate petition on change.org started by Randall Thacker, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had gathered more than 22,000 signatures on Friday.

The petition says the participation of the Tabernacle Choir in Trump’s inauguration does not reflect the Church’s values and would harm its worldwide image.

The Church says taking part in the inauguration is voluntary, and notes that the Tabernacle Choir, which hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, has sung at such celebrations for five previous Republican presidents.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said on Friday public response to the inauguration plans “has been mixed, with people expressing both opposition and support. The Choir’s participation… is not an implied support of party affiliations or politics. It is a demonstration of our support for freedom, civility and the peaceful transition of power.”

Some dancers in the Radio City Rockettes were also unhappy at performing.

“We do a lot of events, but there have been no events that could cause trauma. And doing this would cause trauma for some people,” one Rockettes dancer said this week, speaking anonymously with Marie Claire magazine.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli suffered a fan backlash on social media after reports that he was planning to sing for Trump. Bocelli and country singer Garth Brooks both backed out of performing at the inauguration.

Organizers have denied they are struggling to recruit big names for the ceremony.

“This is not Woodstock,” Trump aide Boris Epshteyn told CNN this week. “It’s not about celebrities. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people.”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 30, 2016

    “This is not Woodstock,” Trump aide Boris Epshteyn told CNN this week. “It’s not about celebrities. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people.”

    No, Trump—With you, it’s about the billionaires and their poor cousins, the millionaires.
    Trump has never been about the people, except when he can use them. It appears that more people are beginning to understand this.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 30, 2016

    “This is not Woodstock,” Trump aide Boris Epshteyn told CNN this week. “It’s not about celebrities. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people.”

    With Trump, it is, and always has been, about the billionaires, and their poorer cousins, the millionaires.

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  3. Godzilla December 31, 2016

    In a sign of solidarity, every Liberal snowflake should just quit their jobs and go on welfare to avoid paying taxes that will pay Trumps salary and the salary of his administration. After all, your stupidity and ignorance shows no bounds.

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    1. itsfun December 31, 2016

      President-elect Trump has stated he will only accept $1.00 a years as his salary. I don’t know about the rest of the new administration.

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      1. The lucky one December 31, 2016

        He and his cabal figure they’ll make enough from the leverage and inside info to make any salary expendable though I expect most if not all will take the money.

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    2. The lucky one December 31, 2016

      Ill informed as always. Trump says he won’t draw a salary. He figures he’ll make enough from the leverage and inside info he gets as prez to make up for what I’m sure he views as a pittance far below what he deserves.

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  4. itsfun December 31, 2016

    I couldn’t care less if these elite jerks don’t perform. Who needs them? My biggest complaint is the elite that didn’t leave the country after they said they would. They are proving their words mean nothing.

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    1. The lucky one December 31, 2016

      “They are proving their words mean nothing.” I see your point. Maybe you can also see that Trump’s appointments thus far show that his words mean nothing.

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      1. itsfun December 31, 2016

        We will disagree on the President-elect appointments. He is hiring those with practical experience and those that have been very successful in business. He is not hiring those with just ideas and theories, but those that have been there and done that. He is not hiring a bunch of career politicians that have done nothing in the real world.

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        1. The lucky one December 31, 2016

          Really what has Betsy DeVos done but been born into money and married into more. Elaine Chao is not a creer politico, true she’s never been elected but her husband is a carreer politician and she is a career lobbyist.

          Yes the others have been successful in business though meanwhile Goldman-Sachs played a yuuge role in crashing the economy and has been guilty of money laundering and Wells Fargo is guilty of fraud. ExxonMobil has destroyed large swaths of the environment because they refused to reduce their profits by following mandated safety procedures. So yes they do have experience in the “real world”.

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