Donald Trump has tweeted that he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Trump has not fared very well at past events, becoming the butt of too many jokes for his ego to tolerate.
The last time a president skipped this dinner was back in 1981, when Ronald Reagan didn’t show up because he was recovering from being shot. But he called in anyway. Indeed, every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended at least one of the dinners.
What makes this ironic is that now that the president won’t be there, the speakers will make fun of him even more.
Even his tweet is encouraging hilarious responses. One response suggests that Alec Baldwin should replace Trump at the dinner. Baldwin does a mean imitation of Trump on Saturday Night Live.
UPDATE: More and more people are calling for Alec Baldwin to attend the WHCD as Trump.
In the same way that Stephen Colbert skewered conservatives by acting like one, I think the best way to play this would be to have everyone make the dinner be Donald Trump’s wet dream, praising him and fawning over him and his alternative facts the way Stephen Colbert (in his conservative persona) would.
And finally, I pray there is a chance we could talk Jon Stewart into being host of the event. That would be my wet dream.
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