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President-elect Donald Trump is replacing the announcer who’s been behind every presidential inaugural parade since Dwight Eisenhower’s second term in 1957.
And the announcer is not happy about it.
Charlie Brotman, 89, talked to CNN on Monday about the snub.
“I believe the word is probably ‘traumatized,'” Brotman said. “I was in shock. And I really felt terrible.”
Brotman told CNN in an earlier interview that he was informed via email that he wouldn’t be announcing Trump’s inauguration.
“I got the shock of my life,” he said. “I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach.”
Brotman said he was disappointed because he thought he would be the announcer.
“Then when I read the email I thought I was going to commit suicide,” he said. “It was really terrible. I know that I’ve been doing it for 60 years and nobody has ever asked whether I’m a Democrat, Republican, independent.”
Steve Ray, a freelance announcer based in Washington, DC, will announce Trump’s inaugural parade in Brotman’s place. Brotman told CNN that he believed Trump owed Ray a favor and that’s why Ray was picked. Ray volunteered for the Trump campaign.
Brotman will still be a part of the inauguration – Trump’s team has named Brotman “announcer chairman emeritus” – and he has been offered a prime seat at the parade, according to The Washington Post.
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