Washington, D.C. – Jan. 20, 2017
You know what they say about men with small crowds. They’ve probably got small levels of support from the country.
Donald Trump’s inaugural “celebrations” are off to about as good a start as his transition, with only 10,000 people estimated to have attended last night’s concert. Compare this with the 400,000 that attended Barack Obama’s concert in 2009. That’s quite a difference. One which will likely drive Trump crazy and lead to him lying about the attendance.
Already he falsely claimed that he’s the first President-Elect to have a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, saying that the event was “unprecedented” (and thankfully getting the word right this time).
“This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we’ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I don’t know if it’s ever been done before,” he bragged to the crowd.
It has of course, as both Obama and Bush 43 held concerts there. Both of which drew more people.
Here’s video of his full remarks.
Here are some side by side pictures of Obama’s and Trump’s crowds for comparison. It’s quite a stark visual difference.
Here are two pictures from last night’s “crowd”. Note the vast swaths of empty land. It almost looks like the mall was evacuated.
Now here are two pictures from Obama’s packed concert in 2009.
It almost looks like one President-Elect was widely adored, winning a large majority of the popular vote and the electoral college, while the other one was loathed and lost the popular vote by 3 million.
However the sparse attendance can’t be completely attributed to Trump’s record-low approval ratings. Some of the blame lands on the lack of star power in the line-up for the concert. Unfortunately for the President-Elect most of the performers his team reached out to turned them down – eschewing both a big paycheck and the chance to perform on live TV if it meant being in any way associated with Trump and his hateful rhetoric.
In the end the only acts the Trump team were able to book were D-listers such as 3 Doors Down, “internet sensation” the Piano Guys, and Toby Keith who actually performed at a different location than the National Mall and has said for the record he’s not a Trump supporter.
Compare that to the star-studded affair the Obama’s held in 2009 which had performances from Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, U2, James Taylor, John Legend, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks and Sheryl Crow among others.
Twitter didn’t fail to notice Trump’s embarrassing failure. It was blowing up all night with thousands of tweeters piling on.
— Mark Sundstrom (@106th) January 19, 2017
I’ve seen more people on the National Mall on a random summer Wednesday
— tc (@chillmage) January 19, 2017
National Mall looks pretty empty for the Inaugural concert.
— Scott Goss (@scottwgoss) January 19, 2017
“I don’t know if it’s ever been done before,” Trump says of inauguration concert at Lincoln Memorial. Here’s Obama doing it in 2009. pic.twitter.com/Ni7d7M0HD5
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 19, 2017
10,000 are in attendance for Trump's free inauguration concert
80,000 people paid to attend WrestleMania to see Trump shave Vince McMahon
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) January 20, 2017
One can only assume Trump will blame the media for his paltry turn-out, the same way he did during the campaign.
Trump does his totally false they-don't-show-the-crowds riff again as — you guessed it — the cameras are showing his crowds.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) November 4, 2016