Dolly Parton Turned Down Trump’s Medal Of Freedom Offer


“I’m not sure that I even deserve it.”

Everyone loves Dolly Parton. That’s just a fact.

In an interview with TODAY, Parton revealed that she was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom not once, but TWICE by former President Donald J. Trump — and both times she had to turn it down.


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“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill,” she explained, “and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID.”


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Parton also claimed that President Joe Biden has since reached out about giving her the award, but she’s unsure whether she’ll ultimately accept it: “Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure.”

“But I don’t work for those awards. It’d be nice but I’m not sure that I even deserve it. But it’s a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it.”

This isn’t the first time a Presidential Medal of Freedom has been brought up with Dolly’s name attached. Last fall, Stephen Colbert asked former President Barack Obama why Parton had never been offered the award.

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“That’s a mistake. I’m shocked,” the former president replied. “Actually, that was a screwup, I’m surprised. I think I assumed that she’d already got one and that was incorrect. I’m surprised, she deserves one.”

We agree! You deserve it, Dolly!

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