Ticket touts struggling to find buyers for Trump inauguration

“It looks like I’m stuck with them, I might even have to go.”

Ticket touts struggling to find buyers for Trump inauguration

Buttons for sale are posted as preparations continue for Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington [AP Photo/Matt Rourke]

When Donald Trump takes is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States tomorrow, he will do so as one of the most unpopular Presidents-elect in the country’s history. Plummeting in approval polls, struggling to find performers willing to go on stage, he has now also annoyed scalpers, whose plans to flog tickets have backfired spectacularly.

A growing number of ticket scalpers, who purchased tickets to Trump’s inauguration ceremony with the intent of flipping them for a higher price on the secondary market, now say they cannot find anyone to purchase the tickets and expect to incur losses on their investment.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, scalper Yossi Rosenberg said that he bought a pair of tickets to the inauguration in Washington DC from a woman in upstate New York for $700 (€656), believing he could sell them on for double the price.

"I might even have to go"

An occasional scalper, Rosenberg, a Democrat, says he thought that given the wealth of some of Trump’s most prominent Republican supporters he would have had no problem finding a buyer.

“Nobody wants to buy them,” Rosenberg said. “It looks like I’m stuck with them, I might even have to go.”

“Someone offered me $200 for the pair. I guess his approval ratings aren’t that high, right?”

The new president has said that he will pay homage to his British heritage at the swearing in ceremony by reading a new poem inspired by Scotland; Trump’s mother, Mary Anne Macleod, grew up on Lewis Island in the Scottish Hebrides.

The piece of poetry, which refers to grabbing power from “a tyrant” was written by Joseph Charles McKenzie. The poem was previously published in The Scotsman, with references to the President-elect, referred to throughout as Domhnall, grabbing back the “ill-gotten power” of the previous administration.

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