Elton John’s publicist says that the singer will not perform a concert for Donald Trump’s inauguration, despite the claim from one of the president-elect’s transition team members that he would stage an event on the National Mall.
“Elton will not be performing at the Trump inauguration,” Fran Curtis, a spokeswoman for John, said.
Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team and vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, told BBC’s “Hardtalk” that John would be doing a concert on the mall for the inauguration. Scaramucci, the founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital and a contributor to Fox News Channel, had been making the point that Trump was in favor of gay rights and that John’s appearance was a reflection of that.
But John was an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton’s and performed for her at a fundraiser in October. At the event at the home of Casey and Laura Wasserman, he said of Trump, “We cannot let this barbarian in office.”
Trump recently told “60 Minutes” that the same-sex marriage issue was “settled” by the Supreme Court and that he was “fine” with it. But during the primary campaign, Trump said that he would “strongly consider” appointing judges who would overturn the high court’s 2015 decision. The country’s largest LGBT rights organization, Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Clinton.
Trump’s inaugural committee is led by Thomas Barrack, the founder of Colony Capital, which until earlier this year held a major stake in Miramax. Given that Clinton enjoyed lopsided support from the entertainment industry, there is a question as to just who will perform at inaugural events.
Barack Obama’s inauguration included a Lincoln Memorial concert that featured Beyonce, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, U2, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Many of those who performed at that event for Obama went on to support Clinton this year.