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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