Garth Brooks is a man with an open mind when it comes to possibly performing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“It’s always about serving, you know, it’s what you do,” the CMAs’ 2016 entertainer of the year told TMZ while signing autographs before the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday in New York City.
He and wife Trisha Yearwood sang “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” at the annual event.
Brooks, who didn’t endorse a candidate in the recent election, has a track record of red-versus-blue color-blindness. In 2010, he said about President Obama, “I love him to death and I fully support him and I just wish him well because it’s got to be hell being in that office.”
The next year, before performing at a Kennedy Center event in honor of former President George W. Bush, he expressed a broader philosophy.
“The whole political system kind of has me concerned right now, to tell you the truth,” Brooks told CNS. “Two hundred years old and we might think about kind of kicking it in the ass a little bit.
“I just seems like we vote for things because they’re Republican or Democratic. I think we should vote for them because they’re right or wrong.”
He also suggested at the time that it made no sense for people on either side of the aisle to drag their heels just because their candidate hadn’t won a particular election.
“Once we get there,” Brooks said, “let’s try and be four years down the road further than we were, and let’s see what happens. Let’s all work together.”
Still, however open-minded he might be, don’t add Garth to that Trump commemorative program just yet. He told TMZ that he really didn’t know whether he’d play the gig.
“I haven’t been asked,” he said.
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