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Did Trump’s People Try to Bribe Talent Bookers into Providing Entertainment for the Inauguration?

Donald Trump has been having a very tough time finding anyone to perform at his inauguration. So far, he’s got a 16-year-old America’s Got Talent runner-up to sing the national anthem and Andrea Bocelli to sing “one or two songs.” No one else seems to be interesting.

Now there’s this from The Wrap, which reports on show business.

President-elect Donald Trump’s team is struggling so hard to book A-list performers for his inaugural festivities that it offered ambassadorships to at least two talent bookers if they could deliver marquee names, the bookers told TheWrap.

The bookers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they were approached by members of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee in recent weeks with offers of cash or even plush diplomatic posts in exchange for locking in singers.
Trump people deny everything, of course. Who’s telling the truth?

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2 thoughts on “Did Trump’s People Try to Bribe Talent Bookers into Providing Entertainment for the Inauguration?

  • Maybe he should just book his two biggest fans, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, and I’m sure there are some redneck bands who would be more than happy to play!

  • Andrea Bocelli? What happened there?!! I wonder if Liberace or Tiny Tim would have taken the gig if they weren’t dead? Surely we can crowd-source some alternatives people…


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