Singer Jackie Evancho, who sang the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration, wants the president to meet with her and her transgender sister after his decision to roll back protection for transgender students granted under the Obama administration. Linda So reports.
She sang the national anthem at President Trump's inauguration. Now Jackie Evancho wants Trump to hear her voice on another issue, transgender rights. The singer, who has a transgender sister, tweeted the President, saying, "You gave me the honor to sing at your inauguration. Please give me and my sister the honor to meet with you to talk transgender rights." She also tweeted her disappointment in the president's decision to rescind former President Barack Obama's guidelines which instructed public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Trump's roll back now gives states and public schools the authority to decide. SOUNDBITE: JACKIE EVANCHO, SINGER, SAYING: "When I heard the news, I was kind of thinking about my sister, and all the things she's gone through and me watching her suffer like that was really hard to do." SOUNDBITE: JULIET EVANCHO, SISTER, SAYING: "In order to make a huge decision like that you need people who have lived it everyday. I think there wasn't a lot of planning that went into it, and not of lot of thought went into it." Trump's decision sparked protests in front of the White House where hundreds gathered to demand equal rights for transgender students.