The White House Correspondents Dinner is a tradition that has been around since the early 1900’s. The event is supposed to be a fun get-together where journalists and politicians socialize and poke fun at one another. In a political climate where reporters and elected officials are so often at odds, it is a refreshing change to see them enjoying a night of laughs together.
Needless to say, President Trump will not be attending. Setting aside differences? Mingling with the media? Being forced to actually laugh at himself? This sounds like Trump’s worst nightmare.
For the second year in a row, he plans to skip the Correspondents Dinner (presumably to spend more time on the golf course). Instead, he is making his employees go in his place to absorb the comedic blows.
Last year, Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to skip the dinner (Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt at the time) and said at the time that he “would go next year, absolutely”. Add that to the list of promises he has not kept.
Regardless of the bogus reason he gives for not showing up, the truth of the matter is that Trump is afraid. This is a man who constantly rails against the press, knowing that most media organizations will not hit back as to maintain their professionalism and objectivity. The one day of the year they are allowed to sit in a room and laugh at the president, Trump is too scared to show his face. He is much more comfortable when the fight is one-sided.
It is the same reason he mainly interviews with Fox News, where he knows he will encounter little to no resistance or opposition to his many lies. It is the same reason he refused to participate in a debate when Megyn Kelly was one of the moderators because he was terrified that she would actually ask him another tough question. It is the same reason he hides behind a screen to attack those who speak out against him.
Donald Trump is a coward. He is infuriated by criticism and petrified of being laughed at. He has shown time and time again his fear of facing any kind of pushback. This is why he will be once again sitting out the White House Correspondents Dinner, where Michelle Wolf will surely be holding no punches.
And yet, this gutless no-show expands far behind a simple dinner. If this president is so fearful of comedians and the press, how on earth does America expect him to face off with merciless madman Kim Jong-un next month?