He’s been treated with savagery and ridicule since the day he was elected. Why would he go someplace to be mocked and insulted? He has better things to do.
President Trump to Skip Kennedy Center Honors for 2nd Straight Year
A former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, which oversees the nominating process for the arts medal, said he was dismayed.
“The current administration’s disregard for culture and scholarship, as well as presidential tradition, is an embarrassment,” Dana Gioia, chairman of the NEA from 2003 to 2009, told the AP.
Trump is expected to attend the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month. Had he gone to the Kennedy Center, it’s unlikely he would have been warmly welcomed by at least some of the honorees, who include Cher and “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, both sharp critics of the president.
Last year, honoree Norman Lear said he would boycott the event if Trump was there. The White House then announced the president and first lady would not be going “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”