Donald Trump's Inauguration
By: Bill O'ReillyJanuary 3, 2017

There are wide reports that many entertainers are frightened to perform in the Inaugural festivities on January 20.

It's hard to pin this down, but the roster of performers today is scant.

Some of the Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall will be there.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir out of Utah is scheduled to perform.

And Jackie Evancho of America's Got Talent is also set to sing.

We hear the Beach Boys and the country-group Alabama may be appearing but that has not been confirmed.

Also not confirmed are some entertainers who reportedly believe if they show up at the Inauguration, it will hurt their careers.

The tenor Andrea Bocelli has been mentioned along with Garth Brooks - but again, we cannot confirm that.

However, it is obvious that there is a problem.  And there should not be.

The Inauguration of a president celebrates a peaceful transition of power engineered by American voters.

That's what the ceremony is - not a political gesture.

So all Americans should respect the process even if you don't like the incoming president.

There should never be intimidation about attending or performing at an Inauguration.

That is un-American.

The election of George W. Bush in 2000 was perhaps the most controversial vote in the nation's history - decided by the Supreme Court.

Yet a variety of entertainers showed up at the Inauguration, including Ricky Martin, Wayne Newton, Jessica Simpson, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Rockettes.

Even Beyonce showed up, performing with Destiny's Child at an Inaugural concert for America's youth.

So even though there was bitterness over the Bush-Gore race, the nation came together at the Inauguration.

But now that cohesive spirit seems to have changed.

The harsh truth is that there is reverse McCarthyism going on in the entertainment industry.

You'll remember that in the 1950s, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy started accusing people in Hollywood of being Communists.

That led to a blacklist where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them.

Today it seems anti-Trump zealots may be doing the same thing -- if you are a Trump supporter, you are a bad person.  

And a number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed should they associate with the new Trump administration.

Again, that is terrible, an awful state of affairs.

Talking Points believes that enough is enough with the anti-Trump movement.

The man won the election.  Give him a chance.  Respect the process.  Let's stop the nonsense.

And that's the memo.

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