The Kennedy Center recently honored 73-year-old singer Linda Ronstadt with a rainbow-ribboned medal, marking her as a "voice of her generation" alongside other performing artists like Earth, Wind, and Fire and Sesame Street.
Though the Trump family skipped the ceremony for the third year in a row, Ronstadt didn't miss the opportunity to take a swing at the White House through Mike Pompeo, who stepped in to give out medals.
While introducing Ronstadt, Pompeo, who said he was a "big fan," referenced her 1975 hit "When Will I Be Loved," saying:
"As I travel the world, I wonder when will I be loved."
When Ronstadt took the stage, she had only one thing to say before quickly sitting back down.
"I'd like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he'll be loved, it's when he stops enabling Donald Trump."
Sam Greisman, the son of actress Sally Field, posted about what went down on Twitter.
Ronstadt, who received cheers at the event, was also lauded on Twitter for speaking up to Pompeo face to face.
Speak truth to power. Never stop. Look 'em in the eye. Thank you, #LindaRonstadt. https://t.co/BDPH4E7EJr— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown)1575830265.0
Many were reminded of another Ronstadt classic...
@SAMGREIS Pompeo...you're no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby you're no good.🎶🎼🎵🎶🎼— Bruno Amato (@Bruno Amato)1575793026.0
I have legit always loved Linda Rondstadt since I was a teenager, but I love her even more! 😍 🙌🏻 #LindaRonstadt is… https://t.co/aw8zOfZzA7— 🍂 Äиαstαsíα 🍂 (@🍂 Äиαstαsíα 🍂)1575784412.0
It takes bravery to do what's right even when it isn't easy.
Linda Ronstadt proves that you don’t need balls to stand up to a tyrant, you need a conscience and a spine. https://t.co/Tz1g8o3yVy— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1575800774.0
I wish more actors and musicians spoke out against Trump but they're obviously too scared of the consequences to th… https://t.co/12oCuezEjs— Michael Malice (@Michael Malice)1575822802.0
Ronstadt has a long history of speaking her mind even when it's uncomfortable for the status quo.
Linda Ronstadt is trending under politics so I’m bringing up this Iconic moment https://t.co/uwSmvQpaIC— ☾ cass (@☾ cass)1575817387.0
Leaving some more iconic Linda Ronstadt moments involving politics https://t.co/ITob4UBxxR— ☾ cass (@☾ cass)1575822416.0
Linda Ronstadt showing us what artistic freedom is all about. 👑 https://t.co/vaSBtXtYGL— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi)1575816774.0
Many people would have paid good money to see the look on Pompeo's face as Ronstadt burned him.
Wow- brave shade!!! Brava Linda Ronstadt!!!! https://t.co/cu5njSMBQe— Martina Navratilova (@Martina Navratilova)1575810784.0
Holy moly Linda Ronstadt is a goddess https://t.co/BlmrEDJjAE— Darla Haney (@Darla Haney)1575774242.0
30 albums, 21 top 40 hits, 10 Grammy’s, the first woman to sell out a stadium, also inducted in the Rock n Roll Hal… https://t.co/CuM1kH3vlF— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet)1575824890.0
It's time people gave it up for musical royalty.
Linda Ronstadt has been CRIMINALLY under appreciated FOR YEARS. https://t.co/DyUvNJPjcq— Kate Bent (@Kate Bent)1575777558.0
Linda Ronstadt: 1 Mike Pompeo: 0 https://t.co/AKDUnitIGw— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast)1575776360.0
I ❤️ Linda Ronstadt She can belt it out! https://t.co/Rjb6AGQRmz— Winter Storm (@Winter Storm)1575776923.0
200 people bore witnesses to Ronstadt's epic shade.
Variety: “Linda Ronstadt to Mike Pompeo: Stop ‘Enabling’ Donald Trump.” She said this to his face in front of 200… https://t.co/v9riGjHyeP— Philippe Reines (@Philippe Reines)1575900423.0
Mike Pompeo after Linda Ronstadt torched him at the Kennedy Center dinner @SAMGREIS https://t.co/Nl7O3g0cEA— erik forrest jackson (@erik forrest jackson)1575819865.0
One can only hope Ronstadt gets the chance to call out Trump himself before he leaves office.
What's great about Linda Ronstadt is that, if Trump had been there, she would've called him out right to his face.… https://t.co/NLBIPMccxn— Jim Renehan (@Jim Renehan)1575807211.0
Good for you, Ms. Ronstadt!
Keep speaking truth to power!