Much ado has been made about the Donald Trump Inauguration and the celebrities who will or won’t be attending.
On Tuesday morning, CNN’s Don Lemon spoke to Boris Epshteyn, senior advisor to the Trump-Pence transition team, about the upcoming inaugural. He appeared to be amused when he asked about the scheduled celebrity performers — or lack thereof:
“As someone who is the head of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Donald Trump loves celebrity. Are you guys having trouble finding celebrities to perform at the Inauguration as has been reported?”
Epshteyn quickly put Lemon in his place, saying that the Inauguration was never supposed to be about the celebrities:
“This is not ‘Woodstock,’ this is not ‘Summer Jam,’ this is not a concert. This is not about the celebrities. As Donald Trump, the president-elect, tweeted himself: this is not about the celebrities, it’s about the people.”
Trump’s tweet from just before Christmas:
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
Lemon doubled down, asking Epshteyn if he had a list beyond the three confirmed performers — the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Jackie Evancho.
And Epshteyn dropped the hammer one more time [emphasis added]: “It’s not about the celebrities. It’s not about any one entertainer. It’s all about the American people.”