‘SO BORING’: Trump Will Skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner For Third Year In Row
That’s how President Trump views the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner held each Spring inside the massive Washington Hilton ballroom.
The annual soiree, which now includes a full week of pre-dinner cocktails parties and garden gatherings, brings together some 2,500 of Washington’s elites, along with politically active celebrities. And each year — at least when a Republican is in the White House — a comedian delivers a vicious attack against America’s leader.
Trump has skipped the dinner every year’s he’s been in the White House. On Friday, shortly before heading off to California to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump explained why.
“Because the dinner is so boring and so negative, that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn.
Trump said his team has narrowed the rally sites to three possibilities. “Everybody wants it,” he said. “It will be a big one.”
“But the correspondents’ dinner is too negative. I like positive things,” the president added.
On that score, he’s exactly right. Last year, the WHCA board picked comedian Michelle Wolf, who delivered a diatribe against Trump.
“Here we are at the White House Correspondents’ dinner,” Wolf said at the 2018 dinner. ” Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump, ‘Let’s get this over with.'” Laughter filled the ballroom. “Yup, kiddos, this is who you’re getting tonight. I’m going to skip a lot of the normal pleasantries.”
She criticized Trump for not attending the dinner. “I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the President of the United States is the one [p***y] you’re not allowed to grab. He said it first. Yeah, he did.”
She made an abortion joke (“… first of all, don’t knock it ’til you try it — and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you’ve got to get that baby out of there”), a joke about a tree falling on a top White House adviser, and joked about the orgasm of CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
Then Wolf slammed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get, you know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta,” Wolf said.
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf continued. “But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
She went on: “And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? What’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter.”
The vicious attacks occurred throughout President George W. Bush’s two terms, but not during Barack Obama’s tenure. Then, the dinner’s entertainment — usually little known comedians from Comedy Central — simply bashed congressional Republicans.
This year, for the first time in ages, the WHCA board decided not to go with a comedian. Instead, Ron Chernow, a biographer of American presidents and statesmen, will be the featured speaker at the dinner, which happens April 27.
Last year, when Trump skipped the dinner, he held a rally in Michigan, and in 2017, he delivered a speech to supporters in Pennsylvania. There, he ripped the press — to the delight of his supporters — and said he was enjoying spending his time “with much, much better people” at the rally.
But Trump owes the dinner for getting him into politics. He attended in 2011, and even though he wasn’t a candidate then, he was “the butt of jokes by President Obama and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ comedian Seth Meyers,” the Washington Post reported.
Trump was so humiliated by the experience, they say, that it triggered some deep, previously hidden yearning for revenge. “That evening of public abasement, rather than sending Mr. Trump away, accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature in the political world,” wrote the New York Times last month.