Donald Trump will be sworn in as the president of the United States in less than two weeks and his people still have yet to book an A-list celebrity to perform at the inauguration. This underscores the divide his administration will have with the entertainment industry. not that you need celebrities on your side to run the country, of course
This isn’t to say you need celebrities on your side to run the country, of course. But it does (a) the kind of culture divide that’s building across America; and (b) annoy The Donald.
If there’s one thing that Trump has chased all his life is fame and acceptance. This shunning by A, B and even C-listers has got to piss him off.
The Daily Beast examines point (b).
If there’s one thing Trump has ever wanted—other than Billy Bush’s attention—it’s fame. Donald Trump has spent his entire life chasing after the A-list, consoling himself with the coterie of C-listers he keeps by his side. In 2015, The New York Times wrote an article entitled, “Rise of Donald Trump Divides Black Celebrities He Calls His Friends.” It emphasized the fact that, much like Leonardo DiCaprio or Taylor Swift, Trump is fixated on assembling a famous posse. According to the article, Trump often bragged about his friendships with celebrities. He once said of Michael Jackson, who had a place in one of Manhattan’s Trump buildings, “He follows me around, in the sense that he likes what I have.” If that outrageous anecdote sounds false, it wouldn’t be the first time Trump has lied to associate himself with A-listers. Occasionally, Donald Trump would reportedly disguise himself as his own publicist to plant self-aggrandizing stories in the press.
In 1991, a People reporter called Trump’s office looking for a comment about the demise of Trump and Ivana’s 12-year marriage. That reporter got more than she bargained for courtesy of a return call from John Miller, one of Trump’s many alter-egos. Miller, who identified himself as Trump’s publicist, claimed that Trump had dumped Maples for the Italian model Carla Bruni. “He really didn’t want to make a commitment,” Miller said. “He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.” Miller, like his boss, was incredibly loquacious. “Actresses,” Miller continued, “just call to see if they can go out with him and things.” Madonna “wanted to go out with him.” According to the publicist, Trump had “three other girlfriends” in addition to living with Maples. He also claimed that Kim Basinger had been trying to date Trump. These bald-faced lies are even more ridiculous when you consider the fact that they were being spread by Donald Trump posing as a made-up publicist. Editors at New York tabloids told The Washington Post that calls from Trump’s fake personas were so common they became a recurring joke.
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