Inauguration Day: Trump’s A-list snub
Remember the days when Donald Trump “was an air-kiss friend to the celebrity set”? said Elliott Hannon in Slate.com. Back when he was just a real estate mogul and reality TV star, Trump regularly mingled with P Diddy, Billy Joel, and other celebs. Now that he’s about to become the leader of the free world, though, “nobody Trump used to rub shoulders with wants to hang out anymore.” In a humiliating blow for the president-elect, Trump has failed to secure a single A-lister to perform at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Céline Dion, Elton John, Garth Brooks, and Kiss have all said no, while Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli pulled out after his fans protested. Just two weeks before the big event, only 16-year-old America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Radio City Rockettes are confirmed attendees. How tragic. Donald just “can’t get any of the cool kids to perform.”
Who cares? said Christian Toto in National Review.com. Trump didn’t need celebrities during the campaign, “and he doesn’t need them now.” He secured victory not through big-name endorsements from celebrities who look down their noses at flyover country—they all backed Democratic loser Hillary Clinton—but “by connecting with everyday Americans.” Our presidents have become too obsessed with celebrities anyway, said Carrie Sheffield in Salon.com. The worst culprit was the Left Coast glitterati’s beloved Barack Obama, who through his nauseating glad-handing with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lena Dunham, and other performers demeaned the presidency. The inauguration should be a solemn event, not a circus.
Nice try—but Trump’s A-list snub “hits him where it hurts,” said Joy-Ann Reid in TheDaily Beast.com. The rich kid from Queens has always desperately coveted “the respect of the Manhattan and Palm Beach elite, and is being denied it, publicly and in humiliating fashion.” Trump now claims he’d rather be surrounded by “the people” on his big day. Sure. The truth is that “the germophobic pouter who lives in an all-gold penthouse” wouldn’t “wipe his nose on his core supporters.” Don’t underestimate the power of the message the creative community is sending by refusing to perform for Trump, who won the election by exploiting fear and loathing of Mexicans, Muslims, blacks, wom en, and big cities: “Trumpism may have a hold on our politics, but it doesn’t have a hold on us.”