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Tue Nov 13, 2018, 07:41 PM Nov 2018

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors again rather than face very vocal critics [View all]

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors again rather than face very vocal critics
Lin-Manuel Miranda said Trump was "going straight to hell." Cher compared him to Hitler. Any surprise that Trump isn't planning to cheer them on in December?
Jessica M. Goldstein
Nov 13, 2018, 4:37 pm

Since descending that escalator and ascending to the Oval Office, President Trump has broken with traditions literally more times than the average citizen can say, “wait, what?” For this and so many reasons, it is not all that surprising that Donald and Melania Trump are skipping the Kennedy Center Honors for the second year in a row.

Though the president and first lady typically attend the Honors, they are only hosts of a ceremonial sort: They do not have a hand in selecting the year’s five honorees. But they’re almost always there, barring some international catastrophe — the hostage crisis kept Jimmy Carter from attending in 1979 — or travel (George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton missed due to European trips in 1989 and 1994, respectively). Save for these absences, plus a late arrival by Obama in 2015, “every president has attended since 1978,” the Washington Post reports.

But not the Trumps. Per the Post:

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that “at this time” the couple are not planning to attend the annual fundraiser. The 2018 Honors will salute the lifetime achievements of four artists — composer Philip Glass, singer-actresses Cher and Reba McEntire, and jazz musician Wayne Shorter — as well as the creative team behind the groundbreaking musical Hamilton.

The 2018 honorees, who will be feted on December 2, were announced back in July. As soon as the names came out, speculation began about how exactly President Trump would clap politely while sitting beside a phalanx of performers who have expressed their disgust with him in caps-locked clarity.

After Trump reamed out San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for accurately describing the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico and imploring the president to send much-needed federal assistance, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that Trump was “going straight to hell.”


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Sigh. Will we ever forget Aretha singing "Natural Woman" to Carole King- dawg day Nov 2018 #1
And Obama wiping a tear away, and Michelle in the best blue gown.... dawg day Nov 2018 #6
That is one fantastic clip The Genealogist Nov 2018 #11
Made me cry - thanks for posting central scrutinizer Nov 2018 #13
Oh, that was so lovely. And yes, I will never forget it. But back to the Trumps-they have never riversedge Nov 2018 #28
They are such uncultivated boors. smirkymonkey Nov 2018 #33
Thanks for posting this. panader0 Nov 2018 #30
Trump is a coward. He is not a leader. nt SunSeeker Nov 2018 #2
the best gift that the Trump's can give the awardees... n/t hlthe2b Nov 2018 #3
Exactly! Their absence is the best thing anyone could ask for! /nt sdfernando Nov 2018 #9
I wish they'd invite Presidents Carter, both Bushes, President Clinton and President Obama Siwsan Nov 2018 #4
The Orange Menace is ready to resign. nt NCjack Nov 2018 #5
Y'all stop bullying the prez! oasis Nov 2018 #7
RUN & HIDE.. you Stupid Pieces Cha Nov 2018 #8
He is incapable of honoring anyone.If he isn't the one being honored he won't bother. SummerSnow Nov 2018 #10
So is he going to hide under his bed for the rest of his life? milestogo Nov 2018 #12
I rarely miss watching it... llmart Nov 2018 #14
And I bet this eats at him and Melania TlalocW Nov 2018 #15
Yeah I read that about him during the campaign underpants Nov 2018 #19
And he's not going to be able to return to that life TlalocW Nov 2018 #21
Great observation - fall in love v. fall in line underpants Nov 2018 #24
Wish I had come up with it TlalocW Nov 2018 #25
Good to know he isn't attending this year again ! FloridaBlues Nov 2018 #16
He'd probably be bored out of his tiny little mind and... 3catwoman3 Nov 2018 #17
Maybe the could hire a Putin impersonator to cheer him up. dem4decades Nov 2018 #29
I'm glad they're not attending. Their vile has not tainted these honors. onecaliberal Nov 2018 #18
Does he show up for anything anymore? Just a few steps from Howard Hughes territory underpants Nov 2018 #20
He ain't right, at all. When does the gop admit that wholeheartedly? babylonsister Nov 2018 #22
the moron is not a part-time president, he is a half-assed president. pansypoo53219 Nov 2018 #23
This same ultra-brave hero Trump who would run into an active shooting scenario even when unarmed? RockRaven Nov 2018 #26
He doesn't have the attention span to sit for it. LisaM Nov 2018 #27
Money don't buy class vlyons Nov 2018 #31
the trumps have no interest in the arts. zero spanone Nov 2018 #32
A president who can't perform routine duties, can't show his face UTUSN Nov 2018 #34
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