During the presidential campaign, President-elect Trump loved to brag about his polling numbers — and how much the people respect and admire him. Now that he has won the election, his rhetoric is being disproven as he has been unable to find a single high-profile entertainer to perform at his inauguration. Trump thought he had locked down the services of his friend and opera singer Andrea Bocelli, but that too is now not coming to pass.
Bocelli and Trump have known each other for years. Reports stated, “Trump has a long-standing relationship with Bocelli, and wants to ask him in person to perform. The plan is to have acts at the inauguration that are meaningful for Trump, and he’s a huge fan of Bocelli.” Trump listening to opera music harkens an image to that of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. However, when news broke of Bocelli’s performance a backlash on social media immediately took hold.
Fans of the famed opera singer warned, “You will lose millions of fans.” Some floated the idea of a “Boycott Bocelli” movement too. After receiving nearly all negative feedback from the possibility of performing at the inauguration a source close to the singer relayed, “Bocelli said there was no way he’d take the gig . . . he was ‘getting too much heat’ and he said no.”
It seems Trump is running out of options, as numerous artists including John Legend, Adam Lambert, and Elton John have all rejected Trump’s offer. Trump is so disliked even a Washington D.C. marching band told him no. The probability of Trump getting someone to perform has become so close to zero that he was even found to have been offering U.S. ambassadorships to talent agents if they could twist the arms of one of their clients, but they too declined. His last option may be Kanye West who he met last week under the guise of West being an entrepreneurial “ambassador of sorts.” Trump is akin to the most disliked child on the playground, and he has been forced to pay for the other children to play with him.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.