Donald Trump portended the death of the White House Correspondents’ association’s dinner in a tweet on Monday — his third post blasting the annual celebration after controversy erupted over comedian Michelle Wolf's much-criticized routine.
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is DEAD as we know it,” Trump wrote online. “This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for. FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented on Saturday night!”
The president, as well as many members of the Washington media, denounced Wolf's jokes as too mean-spirited.
The president on Sunday knocked her performance and wrote that Fox News host Greg Gutfeld should be the featured entertainer at the 2019 dinner. “The so-called comedian really ‘bombed.’” Trump posted.
In another tweet on Sunday, Trump again wrote that “filthy ‘comedian’” Wolf “totally bombed,” and stepped up his condemnation of the dinner, deeming the event “an embarrassment to everyone associated with it.”
He called upon the WHCA to “Put Dinner to rest, or start over!”
For the second consecutive year, Trump snubbed the ceremony to headline a campaign-style rally in Middle America where he attacked the Fourth Estate.
At an event in Washington, Mich. on Saturday evening, the president admonished journalists as “very, very dishonest people,” and accused them of making up their sources.
“I could be up there tonight smiling like I love when they’re hitting you, shot after shot. These people, they hate your guts,” Trump said on Saturday. “And you know, you got to smile. And if you don't smile, they say, ‘He was terrible. He couldn’t take it.’ And if you do smile, they'll say, ‘What was he smiling about?’ You know, there’s no win.”
The next morning, Trump tweeted that his Michigan rally “was a big success,” while the concurrent dinner taking place more than 400 miles away in a Washington Hilton ballroom “just didn’t work” and “was a very big, boring bust.”
Trump last year became the first sitting president to skip the black-tie affair in nearly four decades. Ronald Reagan wasn’t able to attend the 1981 dinner after being shot weeks earlier in a failed assassination attempt.