Donald Trump likes to go big or go home. And it looks like he will be disappointed in his inaugural crowd.
Trump always plans big, but in order to break a record, he’ll need to think really big. As it stands, officials are estimating about 800,000 people will fill the National Mall for the inauguration, McClatchyDC reports. But that won’t break any records.
Well, we all did it, together! I hope the "MOVEMENT" fans will go to D.C. on Jan 20th for the swearing in. Let's set the all time record!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2016
“It’s not even close to a record,” said Jim Bendat, a California expert on presidential inauguration history, who wrote a book on the subject. “It’s a far cry.”
Indeed. At Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, about 1.8 million people attended. That’s the record so far and it surpassed LBJ’s inauguration in 1963 of 1.2 million.
Trump is now saying he is more concerned with the average American than the list of celebrities who are backing out from performing, or just saying no to begin with. Reports are that Elton John, the Beach Boys and James Taylor have declined. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli first agreed to sing, but backed out after his fans complained on social media.
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
So far, the acts who have agreed to perform are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jackie Evancho and the Radio City Rockettes. Word is that Trump supporters Ted Nugent and Kid Rock might also consider performing.