Lemon to Trump Advisor: Are You Having a Hard Time Booking Celebrities For the Inauguration?

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Director of Communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee Boris Epshteyn stopped by CNN on Tuesday morning to provide the latest updates about next month’s big event, but eschewed any suggestion that the transition team was having difficulty booking big names.

By now, it is well documented that there will be performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes, and 16-year-old Jackie Evancho singing the national anthem; unfortunately, outside of that trio of performances, there is no one else confirmed for the event that has historically drawn the likes of Frank Sinatra, Beyonce, and Aretha Franklin.

Don Lemon asked Epshteyn directly about the controversy to book big names with just weeks to go until President-elect Donald Trump puts his hand on that Bible. “Are you guys having trouble finding celebrities to participate in the Inauguration as has been reported?” asked Lemon.

“Not at all, Don,” Epshteyn responded, though he then pivoted to the popular Kellyanne Conway response indicating that the Inauguration is for the people, not the big names on stage. “It’s not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert, it’s not about the celebrities,” he continued.

Lemon pressed to see if there would be any additional names added to the dais between now and January 20th. “We’ll absolutely be rolling more out. No question,” Epshteyn asserted confidently, noting that the swearing-in will be a “wonderful, uniting event.”

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