Earlier this week, Anthony Scaramucci, an investment banker and a member of Donald Trump’s transition team, appeared on the BBC show HardTALK and claimed that Elton John would be performing at Trump’s inauguration in January. He was wrong. Here, via Noisey, is video of Scaramucci making his erroneous claim:
— BBC HARDtalk (@BBCHARDtalk) November 22, 2016
That seems like a pretty cut-and-dried statement with no room for misinterpretation. But John’s publicist has denied that he will be a part of the inauguration in a statement to The New York Times: “Incorrect. He will NOT be performing.”
Elton John’s non-participation is not much of a surprise, considering that, as the Times points out, he performed at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last month and that he told the website Mic that the prospect of a Trump presidency makes him “fear for the world.” And as The Guardian reports, John also asked Trump, a big fan of his, to stop using his music at rallies: “I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign. I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years. Why not ask Ted fucking Nugent? Or one of those fucking country stars? They’ll do it for you.”
Get your shit together, Trump transition team.