Despite receiving an abundance of fanfare from the demonstrably left-wing media, the Clintons’ much-publicized 13-day North American speaking tour appears to be a flop.
During the duos first stop in Toronto this Tuesday, they only sold only 3,330 tickets at an arena designed to seat nearly 20,000.
So few people were purchasing tickets that former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forced to drop ticket prices to as low as $6.55 CAD.
According to National Review contributor Jonathon Van Maren, who attended the Toronto event, the arena was “nearly half empty.”
“When I showed up at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena at 7 p.m. sharp for ‘An Evening with the Clintons,’ there were still hundreds of vacant seats,” he reported Thursday.
“A half hour later when the 42nd president of the United States stepped out onto the stage with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the arena was still nearly half empty. And many (including me) were there only because the ticket prices had been slashed from their original $150 (U.S.) down to a mere $17 on some ticket sites by Tuesday morning.”
While it remains unclear why their tour appears to be flopping, some suspect it may be because of the anti-American nature of it. While in Toronto, for instance, the pair trashed America’s president, Donald Trump, again.
A day later in Montreal, the Clintons escalated their attacks, this time aiming their ire at all of the United States:
“Canada has done such a good job of both managing its contemporary diversity and it has a very interesting immigration system,” Bill said during their stop Wednesday in Montreal, according to the Montreal Gazette. “And yet it’s still Canada.”
“And I just think that you can model the idea that you can become more diverse and still keep your culture and your values. It’s really very good for a modern economy. The United States will have to return to that if it expects to play a positive role in the future,” he added.
“It’s going to be very bleak indeed if we all become more authoritarian and more homogenized and hunkered down on ourselves. It would be a big mistake. We shouldn’t do it.”
Hillary chimed in as well to tell their Canadian audience that she needs them “to bring us [the American people] back to our senses.”
It doesn’t help that the duo launched their tour from a Canadian city instead of an American one. The tour had originally been slated to begin in Las Vegas, but for some unexplained reason the couple later rescheduled the Vegas event for May
Ironically enough, the Canadian media have been far more critical of the Clintons than their American counterparts.
Writing for the Toronto Star this week, columnist Rosie Dimanno lamented that “Hillary and Bill Clinton just won’t go away.”
Even one of the couple’s former aides has taken issue with their tour.
“I just think the optics of going to an event where people are paying to see them, and they are financially gaining from this, I am not sure that is the right way to re-ingratiate them back into the public sphere,” one aide said.
“They haven’t gone away, and I don’t want them to go away, but I am not sure this is the right venue from an optics standpoint.”