What if they gave a high-priced celebrity show and nobody came? That’s exactly what just happened to former U.S. President Bill Clinton and failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The power couple just canceled a 13-city speaking tour due to insufficient audience interest.
Little over a month before that surprising news came to light, on October 8, 2018, CNN covered the tour story. The series of live events was called “An Evening with the Clintons.”
Tour promoter Live Nation tried to coax the public to pay $70 to $699 for a “one-of-a-kind conversation with two individuals who have helped shape our world and had a front seat to some of the most important moments in modern history.”
Performances were lined up in Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Montreal, Texas; New York; Michigan; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; the District of Columbia; British Columbia; Washington; and California.
The promoter’s website promised ticket-buyers the night of a lifetime:
“From the American presidency to the halls of the Senate and State Department to one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections, they provide a unique perspective on the past and remarkable insight into where we go from here.”
Evidently, not very many people are impressed by the Clintons’ perspective and insight.
Take a look at the number of seats sold for the November 27 appearance in Toronto, Ontario. The blue dots are available seats and the gray dots were purchased:
We can understand that the Canadians have other things on their mind than the ramblings of a former U.S. President and his First Lady. They just legalized recreational marijuana, for example.
But ticket sales for the December 4 show in Sugar Land, Texas were equally sparse, with only the up-close-and-personal seats sold:
The American Mirror article wondered if audience share was down in Texas because “a documentary movie featuring Juanita Broaddrick, who says Bill Clinton raped her in 1978, was scheduled to be screened in each city on the very same night the Clintons would appear.”
Although that theory is purely speculative, it certainly does appear that the Clintons are out to shatter the old saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Another theory as to why Clinton tour sales slumped is that people are wising up to just how deplorable these two politicians are. A YouTube documentary called “The New Clinton Chronicles Extended Edition” was filmed in Mena, Arkansas (where the Clintons got their start while Bill was governor and Hillary’s attorney fees supported them) and exposes “corruption, murder, and drug running and fingers all pointing to the Clinton clan.”
Once the darlings of the Democratic Party, has the political wind shifted away from the Clintons’ incessant message of socialist control and preferential above-the-law treatment?
On October 14, 2018, Mrs. Clinton was interviewed on the CBS “Sunday Morning” show. After slinging general accusations of sexism in politics, the loyal wife and lawyer then defended the unconstitutionality of her husband’s admission that he did, in fact, “have sex with that woman” (Monica Lewinsky) after lying under congressional oath about it, leading to his unsuccessful impeachment.
When asked if she thought her husband should have resigned after his bald-faced lie was exposed, she replied:
When pressed with, “It wasn’t an abuse of power?” the former FLOTUS said through clenched teeth while shaking her head side to side:
Mrs. Clinton then pivoted the question to her favorite target, President Donald Trump (who, as you may recall, bested her in the 2016 election despite the withdrawal of close contender Bernie Sanders and the Clintons’ pricey purchase of the Democratic National Committee, plus an FBI cover-up of Hillary’s private email server negligence and/or abuse of power) and asked, almost snarling:
“Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made?”
Frankly, Mrs. Clinton, many of us patriotic Americans are much more interested in you and your husband, Bill. The president seems to be doing fine on his own, but the two of you certainly give us observers plenty of material to cover.