Donald Trump is already on Twitter, bragging about the size of his Fourth of July political rally’s attendance. The problem, however, is that it hasn’t even started and already the White House is concerned that very few people will actually attend.
VIP tickets were given to the Republican National Committee with orders to hand them out to whomever might want them, but it doesn’t seem as if anyone really does. The event, they fear, was put together too late, long after most people had already made their plans for the holiday. Additionally, the weather is expected to be sweltering hot followed by thunderstorms, keeping most people in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from having any desire to be outdoors at the National Mall.
Of course, there’s also the fact that Trump doesn’t have nearly as many devoted followers as he pretends that he does and almost no one cares to be associated with him or his worshippers.
POLITICO reports that:
‘The White House and Republican National Committee have spent the past week scrambling to distribute VIP tickets to President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
‘Now, White House officials and allies are wringing their hands over the risk of the hastily arranged event morphing into Trump’s Inauguration 2.0, in which the size of the crowd and the ensuing media coverage do not meet the president’s own outsized expectations for the event.’
Following Trump’s January 2017 inauguration ceremony, the new president sent out his White House press secretary of the moment, Sean Spicer, to declare the attendance the biggest crowd ever…period! It’s become a long-running joke that will only be trumped, all puns intended, by his braggadocious claims following tonight’s military parade. No matter how many people attend, Trump will claim that everyone who is anyone was there, regardless of the truth. After all, he’s already started with that claim.
‘“They started this too late and everyone has plans already,” said Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and CEO of the drilling services company Canary, LLC. “Everyone will be there in spirit, but in reality, people planned their July 4th activities weeks ago.”’
“They started this too late and everyone has plans already,” R Dan Eberhart told Politico. “Everyone will be there in spirit, but in reality, people planned their July 4th activities weeks ago.” If Dan is correct the low attendance would negate festivitie https://t.co/IizgLcSNDD
— Evan Tryon (@Frombeyond22) July 4, 2019
The attendees who are required to be at the event, which includes members of the military and members of the Trump administration, may find themselves part of a show with very little audience. After all, Trump’s rally speeches air on YouTube and this speech will air on Fox News, so attending the actual celebration in the rain and heat is unnecessary. And Trump turning the national holiday into a political rally has turned many people off to the event, drawing criticism and comparisons to dictators like Kim Jong Un and Joseph Stalin.
‘“They are creating this thing from scratch, and I do not know if anyone knows how it will go off,” said another White House aide. “There are questions about the ticket distribution and who will show up. The weather might be bad. Heads are spinning.”’
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