Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs received the National Medal of Arts on Wednesday from President Donald Trump, at the same time he was impeached for the second time by the House of Representatives.
The awards were presented by Trump during a closed press conference, the White House press office confirmed on Thursday.
A Keith spokesman told Fox News: “I have no comment at this time.” A Skaggs spokesman told Fox News: “There will be no official statement other than what the White House is serving.”
In a press release, the White House said Keith was chosen “for his extraordinary contributions to American music. Emerging from a humble background in the Oklahoma oil fields, Toby Keith became one of the most outstanding songwriters of his generation.”
SIGNIFICANT RESPOND TO TRUMP’S SECOND DIRECTION
Skaggs was honored, according to the publication, “for his contribution to the American music industry.”
“A virtuoso of the mandolin and violins, Ricky Skaggs creates and produces music from blue grass, which preserves the musical heritage of the most talented performers of his generation.”
Meanwhile, when news of the event surfaced, Twitter users were not happy.
“Good to know. Toby Keith and Ricky Skags are already off my playlist [sic]. The fact that they accepted this means that they also accepted 1/6. They can just go sing in their showers, “a user said, referring to the January 6 riots in the Capitol.
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“While we were busy impeachment with Trump yesterday, two artists from the country, Toby Keith and Ricky Skags, thought it was worth getting presidential medals from him. I will be ashamed,” wrote another.
“If I were Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith, I wouldn’t accept medals,” said someone else.
“Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs have been ashamed of all time! They are now a failure of country music!” repeated another.
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The chamber voted 232-197 to impeach the president for “inciting an uprising” after a crowd of his supporters besieged the Capitol on January 6 in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Election College victory.
Ten Republicans joined the Democrats.
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Trump is the only president of the United States who has been twice imputed. He was first imposed by the Chamber in 2019 for his relations with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to justify
Marisa Schultz of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report