Trump's Destruction of the White House Correspondents' Dinner Is Complete

In this Aug. 21, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Can you believe it’s only been a year since alleged comedian Michelle Wolf killed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? And I don’t mean “killed” as in “performed really well, in a stand-up comedy sense.” I mean “killed” as in “destroyed a decades-old tradition.” Wolf stunk up the place so bad in 2018 that the White House Correspondents’ Association decided not to have comedians host the event anymore. This year it was hosted by a guy named Ron Chernow, who is some sort of historian, apparently. Not even Jay Leno botched the job that badly. Take a bow, Michelle!*


And yet this year’s event contained the only WHCD moment that has ever made me laugh. Nothing Wolf said last year can compare to this, from WHCA president Oliver Knox:

LOL! No, Oliver, Trump isn’t going to put journalists in jail. We couldn’t be so lucky.

For all my problems with the Trump administration, I’m grateful that he has crippled this institution. First he refused to have anything to do with it, and now he’s driven them so crazy that they can’t even enjoy their own “nerd prom.” The WHCD has been utterly insufferable for as long as I can remember, and if Trump can’t make it go away, at least he’s relegated it to an afterthought.

Only Nixon could go to China, and only Trump could stay away from the WHCD.

*I’m not sure what Michelle Wolf is doing now, but she had a really crappy 2018. A few months after her disastrous WHCD appearance, her Netflix show got canceled after just 10 episodes. When it comes to streaming video services making decisions about their own bandwidth, I’m strictly pro-choice.



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