Trump’s Inauguration Welcome Concert Was a Disaster

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Credit: Mike Lynaugh

Yikes.

Trump tried to throw a concert to welcome people to Washington D.C. on inauguration weekend, and… Oh boy. It did not go great.

The concert began 15 minutes late, and the headliners were people no one seemed to have really ever heard of before – from Lee Greenwood to the Piano Guys.

Trump then made everyone awkwardly wait around before he showed up. Apparently, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” played while people waited.

The Daily Beast took some key descriptions of the event:

“From beginning to end, the somber cloud hovering over the incoming administration, this impossible to book concert, and, really, America, stifled the music. Hardly the pomp and circumstance you’d expect from such an occasion. Certainly, it was hardly the spectacle that a man who fancies himself the Greatest Showman on Earth would be proud to produce.

  • “Mr. Ravidrums, mohawked and working it, played a new-age Dick Van Dyke-in-Mary-Poppins-style drum set to the electro-bastardized tune of “God Bless America” while the names of all 50 states flashed on screens in the background.”
  • “In a statement before the concert in response to the backlash any performer rumored to be involved in the event received, the group said they weren’t endorsing Trump but instead wished to spread “love, joy and hope” and hoped “understanding” and “goodwill” would prevail over political divisiveness.”
  • “He performed his Toby Keith-y songs and he did that very Toby Keith-y thing well, saying stuff like “we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way” while cheers-ing a red solo cup in the air—which is certainly a message.”

Yeah, it sounds like… certainly something.

It’s sure too bad Trump isn’t getting the glamorous welcome to the White House he wanted!

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.

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