Inauguration planner says event features 1 celebrity: Trump
NEW YORK – President-elect Donald Trump will take the traditional ride from the White House to the Capitol with his predecessor before his inauguration next week, but he will break from some of the day’s other customs, trading traditional celebrity appearances for the “soft sensuality” of the historic event.
Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump friend serving as his top inauguration planner, told reporters Tuesday at Trump Tower that the president-elect instructed him to make the swearing-in “about the people, not about him.”
“So what we’ve done, instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers, is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place,” Barrack said. “It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation. It will be beautiful. The cadence of it is going to be, ‘Let me get back to work.'”
Inauguration organizers have been rebuffed by several celebrities, among them British singers Charlotte Church, who wrote Tuesday on Twitter that while Trump’s “staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.”
Rebecca Ferguson, a runner-up on “The X Factor” in the U.K., wrote on her website Tuesday that she, too, had declined to take part. She wrote that she would have only performed at the Jan. 20 inauguration…