The long list of A-list celebrities unwilling to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration is a thorn in the president-elect team’s side.
But Boris Epshteyn, the director of communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, dropped by CNN’s New Day on Tuesday morning to assure hosts Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow that Donald Trump doesn’t care about celebrities, he only cares about “the people.”
With less than a month to go until the president-elect’s big day on Jan. 20, Team Trump has only been able to line up the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, some members of the Rockettes, one member of the Beach Boys, and Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old prodigy singer from America’s Got Talent. Heck, Donald Trump is so widely loathed, even Washington D.C.’s public school marching bands refuse to participate.
Meanwhile, stars like Beyoncé, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and others flocked to Hillary Clinton… And Mark Ross, a top concert promoter, is in the process of lining music acts for a massive “We the People” concert to rival the inauguration.
After they discussed the women’s rights protesters who plan to converge on Washington D.C. for Donald Trump’s inauguration, Don Lemon asked Boris Epshteyn:
‘I’ve got to ask you this. As someone who’s the head of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Donald Trump loves celebrities … are you guys having trouble finding celebrities to participate in the inauguration as has been reported?’
Like Kellyanne Conway, Boris Epshteyn staunchly denied that Donald Trump’s team was having any problems booking A-list acts for the inauguration. “Not at all, Don,” Epshteyn responded with strained cheerfulness.
‘You know, this is not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert, it’s not about the celebrities. As Donald Trump, president-elect, himself tweeted, it’s about the people. And that’s what we are concentrating on. The Rockettes represent the American people. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir represents the American people.’
He then assures the audience, “We’ll absolutely be rolling more out.” And as for the Women’s March on Washington — which claims thousands of women will come to protest the inauguration and “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights.” — Boris Epshteyn refuses to believe American women oppose his boss.
‘Women in overwhelming numbers voted for Donald Trump — not the majority of women, but we received a great amount of support from women in this election.’
‘We very much respect the First Amendment. And we understand that people choose to protest. As long as they do so within all laws, rules, and regulations, they are welcome to do so.
Boris Epshteyn then gushed that he hopes the feminist marchers will see how great Donald Trump is and change their minds about wanting equal rights.
‘We hope some of those will come to D.C., change their mind. Instead of protesting, come celebrate with us.’
Watch: CNN’s Don Lemon grills Boris Epshteyn on lack of celebrities for Trump inauguration.
Featured image via video screen grab from CNN.