Watching live feeds of the National Mall during our 45th president’s inauguration, you can’t help but wonder: Where the hell are all the people?
Donald Trump took to Twitter just hours before Thursday night’s inaugural concert to issue a last call for people to come. Sure, the president isn’t the most popular politician, but you can’t help but compare his cries for guests to an unpopular kid begging classmates to come to his birthday party. You almost start to feel bad for the guy. (Nah, we’re just kidding.)
Buzzfeed estimates Trump’s concert brought in 10,000 guests while President Obama’s concert in 2009 brought in about 400,000. Of course, late-night hosts and social media poked fun at President Trump for his low turnout rate. Some consider it a reflection of his low approval ratings, while others blame the lack of A-list celebrities performing.
It’s too early to tell how many people are attending the actual inauguration, but current numbers show crowds will not reach the same record-breaking volume as President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.