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Trump Declares WH Correspondents’ Dinner ‘Dead as We Know it’

President Trump departs the White House for a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2018. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

President Trump again ripped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Monday, declaring it “dead as we know it.”

The president a day earlier called the dinner an “embarrassment to everyone associated with it,” adding that the “filthy ‘comedian’ totally bombed.”


“This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for,” Trump said.

Saturday night’s dinner had taken a quiet turn until comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance, which shocked both liberals and conservatives, some in attendance  even walking out of the dinner.

Her jokes included making light of abortion, gay jokes, and several vulgar anatomical references, peppered with plenty of obscenities.

The quips that cost Wolf the most, however, were her shots at White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whom she attacked on her appearance and called a liar. The mom of three sat just feet away from the performer and absorbed the insults.

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf said. “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

Some did not see anything wrong with the performance, remarking that the purpose of the comedian’s performance at the dinner is to roast the current administration.

However, journalists of all stripes took to Twitter to condemn the personal attacks.

Wolf defended her jokes about Sanders, claiming she was not targeting the press secretary’s appearance.

The White House Correspondents’ Association backed away from the comedian and denounced her jokes only 24 hours later.

“Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of [the WHCA’s] mission,” said WHCA president Margaret Talev.


As he did last year, Trump snubbed the dinner, choosing instead to appear at a campaign-style rally in Michigan, where he slammed the Russia investigation to cheers from the crowd.

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