During a State Department dinner held on Saturday for Kennedy Center Honorees, legendary singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for “enabling Donald Trump.”
At the beginning of the reception, Pompeo referenced Ronstadt’s 1975 hit “When Will I Be Loved.”
“As I travel the world, I wonder when will I be loved,” Pompeo stated during his welcome address.
When Ronstadt took the stage, she revisited Pompeo’s comments after she was given the opportunity to say a few words after receiving her honor, attendees of the event shared.
Ronstadt then reportedly said, “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump.”
Ronstadt’s comments were met with cheers from the audience.
At the State Dept. dinner for the Kennedy Center honorees Mike Pompeo wondered aloud when he would be “loved”. Then Linda Ronstadt got up to get laurels, looked the fucker right in the eye and said “maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump”. Icon.
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) December 8, 2019
Ronstadt’s swipe at Pompeo comes just a few months after she blasted Trump after learning that she would be among the performers honored by the Kennedy Center this year.
The Washington Post reported that Ronstadt didn’t “want to be in the same room with him.”
“I don’t think he would dare show his face. He doesn’t know anything about art. He knows about money,” Ronstadt stated.
Former President Obama honored Ronstadt in 2014 with the National Medal of Arts. She is one of five performers and groups that will be honored this year. Others receiving awards include Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Sesame Street, and Michael Tilson Thomas.