The President's recent rally at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, was widely criticized for its attempts to gather people together during the pandemic and for the racially charged rhetoric President Trump chose to use during his speech.
Back home in Washington DC for his Saturday "Salute to America" celebration, feedback wasn't much better. But for different reasons.
Footage of military personnel performing the Bruno Mars hit "Uptown Funk" to an almost empty crowd went viral.
The White House 4th of July entertainment is a white guy singing Bruno Mars https://t.co/fuHkAtgaZx— Scott Gairdner (@Scott Gairdner) 1593909070.0
Many online quickly pointed out that President Barack Obama had the actual Bruno Mars perform at a prior Fourth of July celebration to much less embarrassing results.
@scottgairdner Reminds me of the time Obama booked Bruno Mars to sing Bruno Mars at the same event in 2015 https://t.co/c9CnVNO15e— Richard Barney (@Richard Barney) 1593911427.0
lmaoooooooo at Obama having the actual Bruno Mars at his 4th of July party in 2015 https://t.co/OAdkKeAOnD https://t.co/kfrRPZal4w— tyler oakley (@tyler oakley) 1593913359.0
The "devastating" cut to an empty crowd ensured the clip would be immortalized as a meme on Twitter.
(FOR COMICS) When you’re doing a corporate gig https://t.co/1jDssEGyeZ— Francisco Ramos (@Francisco Ramos) 1593912098.0
the amount of times I've watched the camera cut here -- give the editor an Emmy or an Oscar or whatever https://t.co/q2V0CcioM0— Hanif Abdurraqib (@Hanif Abdurraqib) 1593972723.0
And the crowd goes wild...wait.... https://t.co/l5bzeHr4aN— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1593956739.0
We've all felt like this singer at some point in our lives.
me when i tweet about football https://t.co/qP8035qM6V— Alex Elmslie (@Alex Elmslie) 1593936954.0
me doing standup comedy after the vaccine https://t.co/qKWfIimCxW— Luke Mones (@Luke Mones) 1593910529.0
“hey brandon what’s it like when you play those big outdoor euro festivals?” https://t.co/YiKin4Jfju— brendan murphy (@brendan murphy) 1593962095.0
Many believed the person responsible for the brutal reverse shot should be recognized for their brilliance.
The edit to the audience shot here should be taught in comedy classes. https://t.co/u43dCdnuYb— Simon Barrett (@Simon Barrett) 1593968063.0
You couldn’t script this more perfectly. https://t.co/a7Kawu7fJb— GET VACCINATED (((Jennifer Mendelsohn))) (@GET VACCINATED (((Jennifer Mendelsohn)))) 1593955326.0
It definitely wasn't a high point for the Trump campaign that they couldn't fill their not socially distant seats with people who agree with the Trump administration rhetoric about masks and the pandemic being all but over.
Hate to say it but Bruno Mars has really let himself go. https://t.co/DBBENtknyU— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine) 1593945332.0
@MadisonKittay @scottgairdner White Dollar Store Bruno Mars: “A LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW!!!!” Chairs:🤷🏼 https://t.co/CtfP0uCsrg— (((anti-antisemite))) (@(((anti-antisemite)))) 1593925601.0
This was far from the band's only cringe-worthy performance choice.
I don’t have the video but he changed the words to “Grab my cup, put some WATER in it”— Scott Gairdner (@Scott Gairdner) 1593909116.0
@scottgairdner maybe the most brutal crowd shot i've ever seen— ZacOyama (@ZacOyama) 1593909259.0
This was another circus the United States military got dragged into thanks to their Commander in Chief. Hopefully July 2021 will see a much better reception and level of respect.