A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has quit in protest over the organization’s decision to perform at the inauguration for Donald Trump.
Jan Chamberlin wrote on Facebook about her decision an noted, “Tyranny is now on our doorstep; it has been sneaking its way into our lives through stealth.” She added, “Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony…I’ve tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in choir for all the other good reasons. I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man. But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.”
She concluded by writing, “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
Trump has faced extreme difficulty in finding celebrities to perform at the event. His campaign, which was based on demonizing immigrants, Latinos, and Muslims as well as his history of bigotry towards women and blacks, has created a moral distance between Trump and the electorate that may be unprecedented in modern American history.
He enters the White House as the most disliked incoming president since public sentiment on the issue has been polled.