President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRepublicans must keep their promise on Medicare funding Trump dumps inaugural parade announcer of past 60 years Mark Hamill channels the Joker reading Trump tweet MORE's team decided not to call upon the services of the inauguration announcer who has worked every parade for the past 60 years, according to a local Washington station.
In a surprising turn of events, Donald Trump has fired Charles Brotman, the legendary voice of the inaugural parade since Eisenhower, in favor of a Trump campaign volunteer.
Charles Brotman, 89, had already been preparing for the job when he learned by email Thursday he'd be benched for the inaugural parade he's announced since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"I have never been asked my affiliation, whether I am a Republican, a Democrat or an independent", Brotman said in an interview with McClatchy.
Brotman told BuzzFeed News that he received an email from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, or PIC, which read, "You're terrific, you're wonderful, but you're not gonna be the announcer this year", he said, paraphrasing the email.
Trump dumps the long-time announcer of presidential inaugurations
Presidential Inaugural Committee Director of Communications Boris Epshteyn said in a statement: 'Since 1957, millions of Americans and countless entertainers have come to recognize Charlie Brotman as the voice of the inaugural parade.
Brotman told WJLA he is weighing whether to take the offer of the emeritus position or accept one of the several offers from media outlets. The Trump transition team said Brotman will be recognized as "Announcer Chairman Emeritus". "I'm on top of the world".
At the same time, Brotman believes this could have been his last chance to be an inauguration announcer because in another four years he will be 93. "As opposed to, boy, I hope he fouls up so they say, 'We want Charlie back.' No". "I'm really just the guy who's next because Charlie is irreplaceable". Good luck, young man. "I don't want that at all", he said.
"But", he added, "I'm hoping to get older and older".
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