On his 100th days in office, President Trump skips out on a White House tradition to do his own thing. Trump’s move makes him the first President in decades to snub the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Instead of attending the black-tie event, Trump held a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania, one of the many states he wasn’t expected to win in back in November 2016. And in normal Trump fashion, he threw some major shade, using his event to rate the media’s first 100 days covering his presidency saying:
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now. If the media’s job is to be honest and tell the truth, then I think we would all agree the media deserves a very, very big, fat failing grade.”
Back at the Capitol, the media, celebrities, and dignitaries walked the red carpet for the dinner hosted by Daily Show Senior Correspondent Hasan Minhaj. Obviously, Trump was a topic of conversation with Minhaj saying some punchlines:
“The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow.”
“As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”
“You guys have to be more perfect now than ever because you are how the president gets his news.”
Although the correspondent’s dinner is known to be somewhat of a roast of the President, Minhaj happened to call out every single mainstream media channel: MSNBC, NBC, CNN and FOX News. Minhaj went through each news outlet, calling out the liberal media for their reaction to Hillary Clinton’s loss, and explaining why each mainstream media channel is untrustworthy saying:
“We’re living in this strange time where trust is more important than truth.”
The last time Trump attended the White House Correspondents Dinner was in 2011 when he was the butt of jokes by comedian Seth Meyers and President Obama. Some argue that 2011 ribbing spurred Trump to run for President.
Saturday, protesters backing action on climate change used the milestone day to march in Washington. Other protesters gathered at Trump Tower in New York to mark what they call “100 days of failure.”
Trump used his weekly address to hail his first 100 days saying:
“I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history.”
In case you were wondering, this was the first time in 36 years that a sitting President has not attended and spoken at the White House Correspondents Dinner. President Ronald Reagan missed the dinner while recovering in the hospital from an assassination attempt, but he still made remarks by phone. Richard Nixon was the last President to skip the dinner completely.