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Veteran Rockette has no empathy for dancers protesting inaugural performance

Radio City "Rockettes" perform before the White House during the "Celebration of Freedom" inaugural event 19 January 2005 in Washington, DC. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

A veteran Radio City Rockette performer has a message for one former member of the world-famous dancing crew.

The group of female leg-kickers are scheduled to perform at the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

More than 1 million people are expected to crowd the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 20, where Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president. Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old former "America's Got Talent" contestant and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are also among those scheduled to perform at the festivities.

However, one former Rockette, Autumn Withers, who was a Rockette from 2005-2007,  has objected to the group having the dancers perform.

“To perform for someone that represents everything that we, as women, have ever had to overcome is contrary to everything we know to be right and true,” Withers said, according to TheWrap. But another veteran Rockette is now firing back, telling Withers and others to get over it.

“We are all aware how contentious this election has been for our country," Patty DeCarlo Grantham, president of the Rockette Alumnae Association, said, the New York Post reported.

But, she added, "the only thing the Rockettes should be focused on is performing for our nation and helping unite us all with the joy, love, beauty and strength for which they are famous."

Writing to the 552-member association, Grantham added: “I know most of you...would consider it a great honor to be invited to perform for our country’s most prestigious celebration of democracy. Like the millions of people who are true Rockette fans, we cannot wait to see the Rockettes proudly ‘strut their stuff’ for the upcoming inauguration of the President of the United States of America.”

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