US President Donald Trump attended the National Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington on Thursday before a crowd, but for many on social media the scant number of people attending the ceremony seemed to leave much to be desired.
The poor attendance at the event has triggered a flood of comments on social media.
ABS News journalist Steve Rudin, who attended the ceremony, remarked that it was "hard not to notice the empty seats."
Many others also took to Twitter, mostly mocking the president.
This is the largest crowd that has ever attended a National Tree Lighting in history. Period! https://t.co/vfo1UjcgGP— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) 1 декабря 2017 г.
It’s a warm and pleasant night in DC https://t.co/KA2WdWiztB— David Frum (@davidfrum) 1 декабря 2017 г.
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) 1 декабря 2017 г.
There was a bigger crowd at my son’s 4th grade chorus.— Red 🌊 (@Redpainter1) 1 декабря 2017 г.
I am dead serious.
More people came to watch a room full of nine-year-olds singing off key holiday songs than came to watch Donald Trump at the #ChristmasTreeLighting #WashingtonDC pic.twitter.com/ZYZtZQpE9i
For some, parallels with Trump’s inauguration ceremony could not go unnoticed.
The National Tree Lighting ceremony in D.C. tonight.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) 30 ноября 2017 г.
Reminds me of some other events Trump has hosted.
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) 1 декабря 2017 г.
It’s the Trump Inauguration of Christmas tree lightings.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) 1 декабря 2017 г.
Went to a fun lighting ceremony at 8th & O NW last weekend. https://t.co/tXbywrIjMw
Others compared this year’s ceremony with last year’s event when Barack Obama was president.
Despite the poor attendance, Trump continued with the ceremony.
The president counted down from ten and then his wife, Melania, pushed a button to light up the tree.
"Today is a day that I’ve been looking very much forward to ALL YEAR LONG. It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before. Now, as President of the United States, it is my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 декабря 2017 г.
Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life… pic.twitter.com/P94C3LjWlx