One question was on everyone's mind this weekend: How would President Donald Trump react to the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Even though he skipped the event in favor of a rally in Pennsylvania, all eyes were on him, waiting to see how he's handle an event that consistently is used as a sort of roast for the president. Never one to keep his thoughts to himself, Trump responded to the White House Correspondents' Dinner before the festivities really got started, mocking the attendees while elevating himself.
First, Trump described as the event as a "another big gathering" happening in Washington, D.C. where "a large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other," eliciting laughs from the audience of his 100 Days speech. Of course, that wasn't even a very accurate statement, as barely any celebrities attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which, again, hadn't really started when Trump gave his speech. The bulk of the night's events would begin at 9:30 p.m., and Trump's remarks were delivered over an hour prior.
Still, the president continued to rail against the event, saying mockingly:
They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents' Dinner, without the president, and I could not possibly be more thrilled to be more than 100 miles away from Washington swamp spending my evening with all of you and a much, much larger crowd, and much better people.
Trump then went on to attack media outlets like CNN and MSNBC, calling them "fake news," and claiming that they would rather be at the rally than the WHCD.
If WHCD host and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj wasn't already planning on roasting the president in his own big speech, Trump's comments about the dinner being "very, very boring" should have been convincing enough. Even though the annual dinner wasn't as highly attended as usual, the people who attended seemed happy to be there, and once the Trump burns start coming, I'm sure they'll be even happier.
Of course, the more Minhaj makes fun of Trump, the more angry tweets we're bound to see from the president, which will surely put this already insulting speech to shame.