In an effort to garner enthusiasm for his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump expressed his desire to set the all-time record for an inauguration, encouraging his most dedicated supporters to travel to D.C. and watch him get sworn in.
Trump tweeted last week:
Well, we all did it, together! I hope the "MOVEMENT" fans will go to D.C. on Jan 20th for the swearing in. Let's set the all time record!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2016
But as he feuds with Hollywood A-listers on social media and stirs up negative publicity for performers offered a spot at his inauguration, planners of the event say Trump's inauguration attendance is severely lacking.
About 800,000 people are estimated to attend, which is less than half the attendance of President Barack Obama's 1.8 million supporters at his 2009 inauguration.
Presidential inauguration history expert Jim Bendat told McClatchyDC, "It's not even close to a record."
Luke Wiscombe, marketing director for an Arizona company who plans trips for bands and has experience with organizing inauguration performers said, "“Excitement and enthusiasm levels are down this year."
"With President Obama’s inauguration, there was a lot of interest,” he told reporters.
Construction on the 10,000 square foot 2017 Inaugural Platform began on Sept. 21, 2016 and will hold more than 1,600 people on January 20.