Kennedy Center Honors Impacted By President Trump’s Overt Racism

The growing backlash against President Trump and his views about Nazis and white nationalists grows.  And has an impact!

President Trump has elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December due to the political backlash from the nation.  Among those who created the stir are some of those slated to be feted at the glamorous event.

The announcement comes as three of the five honorees — television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade — said they would boycott the traditional White House reception related to the celebration. As for the other two, rapper LL Cool J has not said whether he would attend, and Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan said she would go to try to influence the president on immigration issues.

Presidents and first ladies traditionally attend the Kennedy Center program each year. But the backlash against Trump was prompted by his handling of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend, which ended in the death of a counter-protester.