After 60-Years Of Service, Inauguration Announcer Said He Thought About Suicide When Trump Fired Him Via Email

After 60-Years Of Service, Inauguration Announcer Said He Thought About Suicide When Trump Fired Him Via Email
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We all know Trump is going to be nothing like a traditional President, but some of the changes he’s making are positively heartbreaking for the individuals affected.

Take Charles Brotman. For nearly 60 years, he’s been the announcer for every Presidential inauguration parade, going all the way back to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.

That streak will end in 2017, because the Trump Administration fired him—via email! 

“I looked at my email, then I got the shock of my life,” Brotman told CNN. “I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach.”

Brotman was formerly the announcer for the Washington Senators baseball team. Of late, however, the 89-year old rarely works outside of the inauguration every four years. Now even that role’s been taken from him.

When he first read the email, Brotman admits he was “heartbroken” and “destroyed”, and that he thought he, “was going to commit suicide.” 

His replacement will be Steve Ray, who’s previously worked with the Washington Nationals and local radio stations in the D.C. area. Ray’s handling the rough transition as gracefully as possible, saying, “All of us think of Charlie as as much of the Washington landscape as any building. I'm on top of the world. From my point of view, I am not filling his shoes, I'm not taking his place, I just happen to be the guy who's next."

Brotman won’t be cut entirely out of the ceremony. He’ll be honored by the Trump team as an “announcer chairman emeritus” on the 20th. And since the initial shock has worn off, Brotman is wishing his replacement well.

“As opposed to -- boy, I hope he fouls up so they say, 'We want Charlie back.' No. I don't want that at all."

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