Reality TV star-turned-president elect Donald Trump is not going to have the Inauguration Day that he wanted, and now it looks like the audience will be even smaller than previously expected.
In December, McClatchy DC reported that hotel bookings and other data indicated a crowd no larger than 800,000 people — still a huge gathering, but far smaller than Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, which drew 1.8 million onlookers.
Now a Washington, DC television station is reporting that more bus parking permits have been issued for the day after the inauguration than for Friday’s oath of office.
Councilmember Charles Allen told News4 on Wednesday that about 200 permits were requested for the inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20. The city has received about 1,800 permits for the following day, Jan. 21, when thousands are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.
As of Thursday afternoon, 393 permits were issued for Inauguration Day and more than 1,200 for the march.
Of the permits issued for Inauguration Day buses, it’s not even clear how many will transport Trump supporters versus protesters. But we do know that Obama’s 2009 inaugural required the city to issue more than 3000 bus parking permits, hinting at a very small turnout for Trump.
People who are coming to see Trump inaugurated should not expect a big show. Despite raising $75 million for a lavish spectacle, Trump has been unable to sign up a single A-list celebrity to perform.
Radar Online reported yesterday that 75 year-old singer Paul Anka, a longtime friend of Trump, will sing a revised version of his hit, “My Way,” which was made famous by Frank Sinatra. That’s nice, but it’s hardly enough to inspire the kind of enthusiasm Trump wants to see.
Having tweeted about his desire to set an “all-time record” for an inaugural crowd, the new president is likely to be very disappointed. But for organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who began with a single Facebook event page and have since signed up more than 180,000 participants, expectations are only rising.
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