Linda Ronstadt Shuts Down Pompeo After He Wonders ‘When Will I Be Loved’

LISBON, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 05: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva (not seen) during a joint press conference at the en of their meeitng in Palacio das Necessidades... LISBON, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 05: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva (not seen) during a joint press conference at the en of their meeitng in Palacio das Necessidades on December 05, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The working meeting is held to discuss with the Foreign Minister and the Minister of National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho (not seen), bilateral relations, with emphasis on the 42nd Permanent Bilateral Commission, which will take place on December 17, and multilateral and regional issues such as NATO and the situation in Venezuela. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 9, 2019 10:52 a.m.

Tough love, indeed.

Singer Linda Ronstadt didn’t hesitate to rip into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a State Department reception at the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on Saturday night, according to a Variety report Sunday.

During his first turn as the official host of the event, where honorees receive their Kennedy Center rainbow ribbons, Pompeo wondered aloud: “As I travel the world, I wonder when I will be loved,” referring to lyrics in Ronstadt’s 1975 hit “When Will I Be Loved,” according to Variety.

When Ronstadt, who is known as an ardent critic of President Trump, took the microphone to receive the honor, she took aim at Pompeo.

“I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” Ronstadt said, according to Variety.

Variety reported that Ronstadt immediately sat down after her remark, which drew gasps, slow-building applause and cheers from the audience.

Last month, Pompeo signaled that that he would be open to investigating Trump’s debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections.

Read Variety’s report here.

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