Jackie Evancho, Trump’s Inauguration and the Politics of Childhood

In Evancho’s first “America’s Got Talent” appearance, on the show’s quarter-finals, she sang a Puccini aria called “O mio babbino caro.” The footage is deeply strange, even without the knowledge that, six years later, Donald Trump would start playing Puccini, a Mussolini favorite, at his rallies—and then tap the still young and thus difficult-to-criticize Evancho to sing the national anthem at his Inauguration.

.. At least four of the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five were younger than Evancho is now when Trump took out a full-page ad in 1989 calling for their execution.