Last night Donald Trump kicked off his “Neener Neener, I’m Going to be the President” tour with an appearance in Cincinnati in which the popular-vote-losing president-elect regaled a crowd of almost-exclusively white supporters with a play-by-play recounting of what he insisted on calling his “landslide victory.”
What wasn’t apparent to television viewers of this strange spectacle was how sparse this crowd really was. Photos of the event reveal that the auditorium was half-filled, if that. It’s not clear if this was due to traffic snarls that kept his fans from the arena, or to the public’s lack of interest in attending an event that had no purpose other than burnishing Trump’s ego.
— Ruth Sherlock (@Rsherlock) December 2, 2016
— Chris Sheridan (@safarimedia) December 1, 2016
Looking at these pics of the half-empty arena, I couldn’t help but think of the sequence in This is Spinal Tap after Nigel Tufnel quits the band mid-tour, forcing the rest of the band to rename themselves Spinal Tap Mach II.
If the crowds continue to shrink, Trump may end up having to resort to doing dinner theater.
Or maybe Trump’s crowds will start growing again. Who the hell knows? Who the hell knows about anything any more?