Carole King says that while she’ll be appearing at a Fourth of July fireworks event in Washington, she has nothing to do with the “political rally” from President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE scheduled on the same night.
The “Beautiful” singer and songwriter tweeted Friday an illustration of herself playing the piano, with a message: “Just to be clear — I am appearing in ‘A Capitol Fourth,’ the traditional event held annually on the lawn at the Capitol.”
“I am not participating in t’s political rally,” King, 77, said in the Twitter post to her more than 100,000 followers.
The Interior Department announced Friday that Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” on the National Mall would include a “phenomenal fireworks display.” The president is also expected to deliver remarks from the Lincoln Memorial as part of the event, along with a flyover from military jets. Critics of the Independence Day shindig say Trump is politicizing the annual fireworks display and driving up the cost of the celebration.
King is a longtime environmental activist and has lent her name to several fundraising pitches for Democrats over the years. In a Thursday email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, King asked supporters who are “weary” of Trump’s actions to donate to “defeat Republicans and expand our Democratic majority.”
King is performing as part of PBS’s annual “A Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Other entertainers slated to take the stage include Vanessa Carlton, Colbie Caillat, Yolanda Adams, The O’Jays and Vanessa Williams.