Linda Ronstadt drew applause for her rebuke of Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday night (December 7th) in Washington, D.C. The incident took place during the State Department reception for Ronstadt and her fellow 2019 Kennedy Center honorees, which proceeded last night's official gala, and where the recipients are actually awarded the medals. Pompeo, in his opening address, spoke of Ronstadt and quoted her 1975 hit cover of the Everly Brothers' “When Will I Be Loved,” asking, “As I travel the world, I wonder when will I be loved?” Ronstadt, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has limited her public outings over the past few years.
Variety reported: “Ronstadt has been an outspoken critic of (President) Trump. When it came her turn following dinner to receive the honor and make optional remarks, Ronstadt rose to the microphone a few feet away from the host’s table and looked straight ahead. 'I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump.' Then she sat down. The line drew immediate gasps from the audience, followed by slowly building applause, and then cheers.”
Among the other 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees were Sally Field, Earth, Wind, And Fire, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sesame Street.
The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast on CBS on December 15th.