“I Thought I Was Going to Commit Suicide”: Trump Cruelly Disrespects 89-Year-Old Man


At 89 years old, Charles Brotman – who’s announced every single inauguration parade since 1957 – doesn’t handle shocks like he used to.

But Trump gave him the shock of his life the other day, and sent him into a state of dismay, when he told Brotman he was fired.

“I was disappointed because I thought I would be the announcer,” Brotman said. “Then when I read the email, I thought I was going to commit suicide. It was really terrible.”

Reading about his dismissal, the compliments in the severance e-mail didn’t help him feel any better.

“I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach.”

He told CNN he was left “feeling shaken up” – especially after the recent loss of his wife.

Performers right and left refused to attend inauguration due to Trump’s hateful campaign rhetoric. Those who have been interested have faced intense backlash online, and many have backed down.

The story has a happy ending, though! After being dismissed by Trump, Brotman was brought on to announce inauguration for NBC.

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Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor's Health Task Force. She acts and models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.


  1. Mr. Brotman, I’m sorry that you won’t be the announcer for the Inauguration Day parade, but he is truly, not worth it!!! Don’t waste your time brooding over this!! I’m hoping that they arrest him for treason, or conflict of interest, before his gets inaugurated!

  2. Sorry for you, but Trump only cares about himself. He would know your history, or certainly should have, just doesn’t care. Trump is for Trump and that’s it. Again, I’m sorry.


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