Morning Joe opened up a particularly whimsical Friday-in-December show by covering President Donald Trump’s Christmas Tree lighting at the White House — and ruthlessly mocked him for his lackluster crowd at the typically busy event.
“So a beautiful, balmy evening in D.C., no excuse to get outside,” MSNBC’s Katty Kay started, describing the night. “And you go to the Christmas tree lighting — except not many people show up.”
“I’ve never seen it this empty before, never seen it this empty,” Kay added, before a photo of empty seats at the lighting was shown, eliciting audible shock from the Morning Joe panel. “Oh my God!” Mika Brzezinski exclaimed. “Holy moly!” added John Heilemann, before quipping: “That is the biggest turnout at a Christmas tree lighting in history.”
The biggest in history, period!
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) December 1, 2017
Tale of two White House Christmas tree lighting ceremonies: Obama in 2016 (left) and Trump in 2017. pic.twitter.com/gYNHFbOWkk
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) December 1, 2017
If Trump had wanted more of his supporters to come out, he should’ve advertised it as a tiki torch lighting, instead of a Christmas tree lighting. pic.twitter.com/R4Q6OdUs2F
— Notorious D.A.B. (@DabAggin) December 1, 2017