President Donald Trump skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the second year in a row this weekend, instead choosing to host a massive rally for his supporters in Michigan. On Sunday, he tweeted about the event, saying he was confident that he made the right decision.
“While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington D.C. just didn’t work,” he wrote. “Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really ‘bombed.’”
Trump suggested that they have Fox News personality (and someone with more comedic sensibility in his right thumbnail than Michelle Wolf has in her entire body) Greg Gutfeld host the show next year. Perhaps then the president would have a reason to come by the show.
As it stands, he was perfectly justified in skipping the ceremony. And next year, we’d advise Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and any other Republican supportive or involved in this administration to do the same. This event was an absolute disgrace, and Wolf’s monologue was perhaps the lowest point in WHCA history.
“President Trump isn’t here, if you haven’t noticed,” Wolf said. “I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the president of the United States is the one p—- you’re not allowed to grab.”
Okay. That’s one thing to say on The Daily Show or in your stand-up comedy routine. Is it really necessary or appropriate at an event like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? We get that this is supposed to be a “roast” type of situation, but isn’t there supposed to be some level of respect and decorum? Well, if so, Wolf didn’t get the memo.
To be fair, Wolf told a few jokes that we thought were both critical of Trump/Republicans and also just fine from the perspective of what she was there to do. “Just a reminder to everyone, I’m here to make jokes. I have no agenda, I’m not trying to get anything accomplished, so everyone that’s here from Congress – you should feel right at home.”
See, that’s an example of a good joke, appropriate for the venue.
“It is kinda crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”
Another one that’s perfect.
But most of her monologue was far, far too mean-spirited and foul, resembling the kind of thing that fits into those Comedy Central roasts but not even near the mark you should be striving toward for the WHCA. We’re not even going to reproduce them here because you’ve probably heard them enough already. Suffice to say, this was not a show that you could watch with your kids, even if they had the slightest interest in watching it to begin with.
Clueless media partisans are out there telling us that Trump skipping the WHCA amounts to yet another attack on the First Amendment. Nonsense. Trump’s absence was an attack on bad taste, bottomless pits of immorality, and the unethical swing of the mainstream press. As such, it was exactly what we expect from the President of the United States.