President Donald Trump is reportedly livid that more celebrities are willing to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration than went to his own, The Washington Post reports.
WaPo’s writer Mary Jordan cited a person close to the president saying that “Trump was particularly upset that Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and other stars agreed to perform as part of Biden’s inaugural celebrations.”
The report notes that “President Trump, in his days as the star of ‘The Apprentice’ reality-TV show, often attended star-studded events. A believer in the power of being associated with marquee names, he hired Elton John and Billy Joel to sing at his and Melania’s wedding in 2005. But his harsh rhetoric, hard-line immigration policy and other stances during the 2016 campaign led Hollywood to largely boycott his inauguration. Now as Trump rages about what he describes as unfair treatment from all sides — from people he hired, from businesses he helped with his policies, from members of his own party and even from celebrities — his wife just shrugs and moves on.”
Trump was so sensitive about the low turnout for his inauguration, that he started his presidency by lying about the size of the crowd, falsely claiming that he got record attendance.