When White House Correspondents’ Association President Olivier Knox announced in November that the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner would not feature a comedian, as it has done for many years, Trump praised the move on Twitter as a “good first step” and added, “Maybe I will go?”
But Trump ended up skipping the annual event for the third year in a row and instead attended a rally in Wisconsin. And, to be honest, Trump made the right choice.
I say that because presidential historian Ron Chernow, who gave a speech in lieu of a comedian, not only served up some stinging comedic jabs at the President, but he was also funnier than Trump could ever be. And both would’ve been too much for Trump to handle.
As a reminder, after last year’s WHCD, where comedian Michelle Wolf tore into Trump and his press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump took to Twitter to whine that Wolf was “filthy” and “bombed.” But in that tweet, Trump revealed something much more about how deeply it hurts him to be laughed at. The President tweeted that Wolf “couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance.”
If you are asking why Trump is bringing up NBC’s Seth Meyers, it’s because when Trump attended the WHCD in 2011, Meyers comically fileted him with jokes like, “Donald Trump said recently that he has a great relationship with ‘the blacks.’ Although unless ‘the blacks’ are a family of white people, I bet he is mistaken.” These many years later, Trump still feels the sting of that comedic takedown.