The construction continues on the First platform in the preparation for the Inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect, Donald Trump, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, on the Capitol steps in Washington. The trumpet will be sworn in a chairman, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(Associated Press WashDC)
SALT LAKE CITY – The announcement of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at President-elect ‘Donald Trump’ s inauguration ceremony has not yet been met with universal applause.
Former member of John Bonner, for one, said he was shocked and angry when he heard the news.
“I expect the church to stand on their moral high ground,” Bonner told KUTV in Salt Lake City.
An online petition on the group to reconsider has thousands of signatures.
Erika Munson, co-founder of the pro-LGBT rights group Mormons Building Bridges, said the performance will be seen as the faith of the official stamp of approval for Trump.
She told KUER-FM that she and other Mormons for a feeling of great disappointment, sadness and anger about this.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been recognized, that the reaction to the announcement is mixed, although church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement that the appearance is a demonstration of the support of the office instead of party affiliation or politics.
Two Mormon visitors to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, Gary Hutchings and Brad Holland, told the radio station that they were excited to hear that the choir will be a high-profile platform to help the country pull together.
The choir has performed at other inaugurals for presidents, including George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. The choir president said that the group has been honored to appear on the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony for Trump.
But many voters in majority-Mormon Utah hair in the Trump’s brash behavior and his comments about women, minorities, and Muslims during his campaign.
Many of Utah’s leaders and prominent Mormon elected officials refused to back Trump, such as Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mia Love, while others are flipped between the support and the challenge of the brash billionaire.
He ended up winning the largely Republican state, but with a lower margin than previous GOP candidates.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is not the only group faced with a backlash after the announcement of a gig at Trump’s inauguration.
One of the Radio City Rockettes took to Instagram to say, she was embarrassed about the gig, and online critics are urging a boycott.