Jackie Evancho Says Decision to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration Is “Not Political”

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Jackie Evancho is the only solo act currently confirmed to be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration next week. And while her appearance has drawn criticism, she says her decision to accept the president-elect’s invitation is “not political.”

“I just kind of thought that this is for my country,” the 16-year-old told The New York Times. “So if people are going to hate on me it’s for the wrong reason.”

While many musicians have publicly declined invitations to perform at the event, Jackie’s position has raised eyebrows because of her 18-year-old transgender sister Juliet Evancho and…