Donald Trump is many things, and grim, humorless bastard is one of them. Like other people utterly lacking in humility, he is constitutionally unable to laugh at himself. That makes hosting the annual White House Press Correspondents Dinner an impossibility, because that’s the idea of the event. It’s supposed to be a good natured roast, where everybody lets their hair down and pokes fun at one another, with the idea being that all the parties bond a bit closer that evening — another concept of which Trump is clueless. He doesn’t bond with anybody. His interactions with other beings is to decide if he wants to: eat, fight with, kill, or fornicate with the party in question. Trump’s a caveman, and they’re not noted for their fine tuned wit, either. Of course, Trump’s excuse for not hosting the dinner, and holding a rally in Wisconsin, instead, is because the Correspondent’s Dinner is so “so boring and so negative.” In Trump’s lexicon, “boring and negative” translates as “less than 100% praise and adulation of me at all times.” It’s no secret that Trump conceived of the presidency as largely ceremonial in nature and that he figured he would participate in ribbon-cuttings, dedications of buildings, and other innocuous trappings of high office, while he sent Marine One on a run for more Big Macs and autographed executive orders, while chatting on the phone to Sean Hannity. Trump did a marathon tweet storm yesterday and today, even by his standards, over 50 in the last 24 hours, and one common theme that kept coming up, is how unfairly he is treated by the press. Trump’s belief is that the economy is an all-out panacea, if it is good, then nothing bad can happen to him. Wrong. Politico: He asserted, falsely, in yet another tweet that he was entitled to more positive coverage based on the strength of the economy, claiming that “in the ‘old days’ if you were President and you had a good economy, you were basically immune from criticism.” He went on: “Today I have, as President, perhaps the greatest economy in history…and to the Mainstream Media, it means NOTHING. But it will!” He complained that the economy’s strength under his administration should inoculate him against criticism that he has nonetheless been the subject of. To bolster his argument, Trump also invoked a catchphrase coined by former President Bill Clinton — “it’s the economy, stupid” — while ignoring that Clinton was impeached by the House despite overseeing a thriving economy in the ’90s. Ironically, Trump’s tweet storm was itself a form of the humor that is traditionally included in the Correspondent’s Dinner — although inadvertently. Here’s what Trump said about Fox & Friends: Sorry to say but @foxandfriends is by far the best of the morning political shows on television. It rightfully has BY FAR the highest ratings, not even close. Morning Psycho (Joe), who helped get me elected in 2016 by having me on (free) all the time, has nosedived, too Angry… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019 Saying Fox & Friends is the best political show on television is something you would expect in an SNL skit. “By far the best” means that they do Trump-speak sandwiched with praise, or praise heaped high and garnished with Trump-speak, take your […]
I have been debating for hours now whether to say anything about how last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner was a watershed moment in our national discourse — and not a good one. Comedienne Michelle Wolf’s scathing denunciation of Sarah Huckabee Sanders embarrassingly pushed the envelope for good taste in a Comedy Central-type roast format […]
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