Donald Trump’s inauguration is in less than two weeks. And he has had a little, um, trouble, getting all the details squared away. One of the biggest issues has involved celebrities to headline the inaugural festivities. Many performers didn’t want to be associated with King Orange I and politely (or impolitely) said “thanks but no thanks” to inaugural invites.
Right now it looks like the main talent for the celebration consists of some subset of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a handful of “celebrities” most people have never heard of. (Where’s Lee Greenwood? Seems this would be right up the alley of that one-hit wonder.) But Trump can’t admit that nobody who is anybody wants to come to his YUGE party. So he’s lying through his teeth about what a tremendous affair it’s going to be.
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On Monday morning our incoming advertisement for bad tans told The New York Times that despite what the media is saying, all of the best people will be coming to the party. And as proof of that he told the interviewer,
We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.
Taking up Trump’s statement as a sort of challenge, The Washington Post decided to have a look at women’s wear shops in and around Washington. And what they found were racks literally filled with gowns and other formal apparel fitting for an inauguration.
When you think of a place where celebrity-types shop, one name that certainly comes to mind is Neiman Marcus. Martha Slagle, the vice president and general manager of the Neiman Marcus store in Friendship Heights, a neighborhood in northwest D.C., says she has thousands of dresses for women to choose from. “I’m stuffed with beautiful gowns,” she told the Post.
And smaller stores have inauguration-goers well covered, too. Krista Johnson owns a designer consignment shop called “Ella Rue.” She said,
We always have dresses. Unless a thousand people came in today, we’d still have choices.
Lena Farouki, another shop owner, told the Post she simply can’t imagine Washington’s shops ever running out of formal wear for women. “We’re a bigger city than people think,” she said.
Emily Heil, who wrote the story for the WaPo, wonders how Trump came to his conclusion that there were no dresses available for the January 20 festivities. It’s really not that difficult to figure out. In order to make himself look good, Trump will lie to anybody, at any time, about anything.