Jackie Evancho was one of the few people who agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration back in 2017. Many people were surprised to learn that the singer, 16 years old at the time, has a transgender sister. We had the opportunity to catch up with Jackie and her sister, Juliet, at GLAAD’s Rising Stars luncheon in New York City today. We asked the pair where they are right now in their experience of reconciling Jackie’s somewhat controversial decision to perform at Trump’s swearing in.
“Right now I am a little disappointed with the way things are going,” Jackie tells Hornet. “I was hoping that because I had sung for him at the inauguration I was going to be able to have an inside hand — I could maybe get a meeting — and that has not happened so I am a little disappointed, but I am still staying hopeful.”
The pair say they have tried many times to get a meeting with Trump, both via social media and through the contact who booked Jackie at the inauguration. But they’ve heard nothing.
“Actually, when she was at the inauguration I was getting my SRS surgery,” Juliet says. “It was this big thing, and we both went onto social media and asked him because we know Trump likes Twitter, right? We went on there and asked, ‘Hey. My sister sang for you at your inauguration when no one else would. Can we please have a meeting and talk about something super important?’ And we heard absolutely nothing.”
When asked if they tried getting a meeting with Trump other than via social media, the pair answer, “Yes, absolutely.”
Jackie shares, “We tried following-up with [the person who booked Jackie at the inauguration], and nothing.”
Regardless, Jackie Evancho doesn’t regret her decision to perform: “I don’t regret singing at the inauguration because the reason why I did it was not for politics; it was because it was a ‘dream come true’ experience for me, this little singer from Pittsburgh. That was on my bucket list, to be able to sing at the inauguration. And now I have that opportunity to sing for my country? I don’t regret that.”
When asked if she regrets her sister’s decision to sing, Juliet doesn’t at all. “I support Jackie 100%,” she says. “Unfortunately the way the cards have been dealt, we have a tough situation. But we are going to buckle down and get through it together.”
What do you think of Jackie Evancho and her attempts to get a meeting with Trump? Sound off in the comments.
We’ve updated this post with the correct age of Jackie Evancho.