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Trump's Inaugural Concert Didn't Fill The National Mall

This year, Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down were the headliners.

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Trump thanked people for coming by the "thousands and thousands" and added that he didn't know if a concert outside the Lincoln Memorial had ever been done.

Trump on Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert "I don't know if it's ever been done before"

"This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we'll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I don't know if it's ever been done before," Trump said. "But if it has, very seldom. And the people came by the thousands and thousands, and here we are tonight, all the way back. All the way back."

At a dinner for campaign donors later on Thursday, Trump doubled down on his claim that the concert was unprecedented.

"We thought it would be a small concert and tens of thousands of people were there," Trump said. "It went all the way to the back. They never had so many people. And very few people ever had a concert at the Lincoln Memorial."

Some people noticed the difference.

I’ve seen more people on the National Mall on a random summer Wednesday

LOL #Obama's inaugural concert in 2009 (first two photos) vs. #Trump's #InauguralConcert today. TRAGIC.

The National Mall was sort of surreal today – a dappling of folks in red ball caps taking selfies at the Capitol but otherwise pretty empty.

National Mall looks pretty empty for the Inaugural concert.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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