Twitter Bullies Opera Prodigy After She Agrees to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

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By Emily Zanotti | 2:56 pm, December 14, 2016

Jackie Evancho, the teenage opera prodigy who wowed audiences on America’s Got Talent, will sing the National Anthem as a duet with Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli at Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

Trump’s Inaugural committee announced the lineup this morning on Twitter, calling Evancho an “inspiration.”

The 16-year-old, who was the first runner-up on America’s Got Talent in 2010, told the TODAY Show that she was “so excited” to be able to perform at such a huge event, and called it a “great honor.”

“I am so excited. It’s going to be awesome,” the soprano said. “I felt really honored to be able to sing for the office.”

But social media trolls were quick to do everything they could to rain on the teen’s parade. Almost immediately, Evancho’s Twitter feed was full of bullying and harassing messages, profanity and claims that Evancho was “supporting bigotry” by performing for “Mango Mussolini.”

Evancho is, of course, non-partisan, and not just because she has yet to cast her first vote. After her performance on AGT in 2010, she helped President Barack Obama light the national Christmas tree. She performed “God Bless America” at this year’s “Capitol Fourth” celebration on the National Mall in DC.

 

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