President Donald Trump and the first family attended their first National Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington on Thursday.
ABC7’s Steve Rudin, who was covering the event, noted the event was “beautiful” but attendance seemed to be far below what had been expected.
“The National Tree Lighting ceremony was beautiful this evening – but hard not to notice the empty seats,” Rudin tweeted alongside a photo of the sea of empty chairs.
— Steve Rudin ABC7 (@SteveRudinABC7) November 30, 2017
Twitter users noted the differences between Obama’s Christmas tree lighting crowds and Trump’s:
President Obama 2016 Natl Christmas Tree lighting ceremony pic.twitter.com/XtSyaOE5hB
— Eliza (@CatandCakeLover) November 30, 2017
President Obama’s crowd. pic.twitter.com/8NyVsssY3C
— Sue (@myantebellum) December 1, 2017
Trumps looks a little lonely compared to last years. pic.twitter.com/H1h95DyxH0
— erin (@wingsredhot) December 1, 2017
The parallels to the 2016 Inauguration crowds were obvious to many Twitter users:
This is the largest crowd that has ever attended a National Tree Lighting in history. Period! https://t.co/vfo1UjcgGP
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 1, 2017
It’s a warm and pleasant night in DC https://t.co/KA2WdWiztB
— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 1, 2017
Looks like Trump’s inauguration. https://t.co/Zl0Xqj325z
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 30, 2017
So much for putting the Merry in Christmas, eh @realDonaldTrump? At least you’re being consistent. Your Inauguration numbers compared to President Obama’s were also anemic. Sad! https://t.co/pkGM86Sqxz
— April (@ReignOfApril) November 30, 2017
The National Tree Lighting ceremony in D.C. tonight.
Reminds me of some other events Trump has hosted.
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 30, 2017
It’s the Trump Inauguration of Christmas tree lightings.
Went to a fun lighting ceremony at 8th & O NW last weekend. https://t.co/tXbywrIjMw
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 1, 2017
A lot of empty seats at WH tree lighting ceremony 😳 https://t.co/epT2gwxBoD
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 30, 2017
The crowd for the National Christmas Tree lighting by Trump looks about the same size as for his inauguration. pic.twitter.com/HYBkKD9piX
— Terry J. Richard (@trichardpdx) December 1, 2017
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) November 30, 2017
I’m starting to think people really don’t like @realDonaldTrump
1. Xmas tree lighting. No one showed up.
2. Inaugural parade, bleachers completely empty.
3. Swearing in, mall 2/3 empty. https://t.co/cVaFC4wRz0 pic.twitter.com/THWwVSUBIR
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) December 1, 2017
Based on all the empty seats at the National Tree Lighting, it seems Trump tried to make good on his promise to bring Christmas back to Washington and Christmas said “no thanks”.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 1, 2017
Hard not to see this–and whatever lie Trump tells about the size of the crowd–as an emblem of America now. https://t.co/k1xvPnzTqo
— tad friend (@tadfriend) December 1, 2017