Singer Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political'
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Taylor Dayne defended herself in a since-deleted tweet after facing backlash for performing at a New Year’s Eve event at President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE's Mar-a-Lago resort, saying she tries to stay “non-political and non-judgmental.”

“I’m saddened by all this. I have a 30 (year) career that many diverse friendships and  I try to stay non-political and non-judgmental and not preach,” the 58-year-old Dayne said tweet, which was captured in screenshots. “I sing from my heart purely and from Source. I wish for all to be who they need to be ... and find their way.”


Pictures surfaced showing “The Masked Singer” contestant at the event in a floor-length gown without a face mask. 


The Hill has reached out to representatives of the “Love Will Lead You Back” singer for comment. 

The president had originally been slated to attend the Florida event, though he returned to Washington early with no official explanation.

His two adult songs, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE and Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident Trump sends well wishes to Tiger Woods after crash Scottish lawmakers want to investigate Trump purchase of golf courses MORE, were among the highest-profile attendees. The president’s personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims Sacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug MORE, as well as Fox News host Jeanine Pirro were also reportedly at the event.

Other performers included Berlin and Vanilla Ice.

Video surfaced that showed only a few partygoers wearing face masks, despite local regulations aimed at stemmed the spread of coronavirus.

Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy (D) called for shuttering Mar-a-Lago, sharing video of Trump Jr. and Trump campaign advisor Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans Noem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE without face coverings.

“My constituents are not snowbirds like @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle. My constituents live here,” Hardy wrote in a Twitter post Saturday. “This is their home, and they're going to have to deal w/ the consequences of a potential super-spreader party at Mar-a-Lago long after Junior & wife leave here on their private jet.”

Hardy sent an email to Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron asking that the club be fined and shut down for violating a county mask mandate with a potentially “super-spreader event.”

"I recognize that the President is a powerful person and that his business, Mar-a-Lago, is a daunting target for enforcement, but the law is the law,” Hardy wrote.

“The County's mask mandate applies to all businesses in Palm Beach County. The presidency does not confer to the President and his friends a special privilege to endanger the health and welfare of Palm Beach County’s residents."