“You’re Making It Weird”: Washington Baffled By Trump’s Correspondents’ Dinner Shenanigans

So late last month, we learned what George W. Bush thought of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

According to three people who spoke to NY Magazine, Bush offered the following assessment after listening to Trump portray America as something akin to the opening scene in Terminator 2:

That was some weird shit.

Yes, George, it sure as hell was and we’ve seen a lot of “weird shit” since then.

Well according to The Hill, the “weird” factor has been taken up a notch by Trump’s decision not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Here’s more:

If one asked a Magic 8-Ball to describe the mood in Washington just ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, it might read: outlook hazy.

With just days to go before the annual dinner, D.C. is usually dusting off the red carpets for a flood of VIPs about to descend on the nation’s capital. But with President Trump declining to attend this year’s 103rd installment, the star power largely MIA and several news outlets nixing their usual bashes, regulars say the “weirdness” factor surrounding the black-tie dinner is high.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty” about the Saturday event at the Washington Hilton, says Julie Mason. The SiriusXM’s “The Press Pool” host and former WHCA board member calls the feeling in the District before the dinner “way more subdued.”

“I don’t honestly think anybody knows what to think of it,” CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman says when asked about the vibe in D.C. Liesman, who will take the stage at the third annual Jam with his band, The Mooncussers, and “Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary, says he’s not sure Trump’s decision to break with tradition and skip the dinner is “the smartest move.”

“I think the president should go,” Liesman says. “I think that there’s historically been one night of the year of detente, and that’s a good and healthy thing for both sides.” 

Trump, who has an often toxic relationship with the press and has called “fake news” the “enemy of the American people,” announced in February that he’d be forgoing the correspondents’ dinner. “Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!” Trump tweeted last week.

“I feel bad, because a lot of White House reporters are going to have to go and cover that and not come to our own dinner,” Mason says. “It’s one thing for him to stay home, and that was fine. And he can just tweet about us and be mean, and that would be kind of funny, and it would feel right. But for him to stage a competing event – we just can’t even have our dinner? We just can’t even do that?”

No, you sure as hell can’t.

Because for the thousandth time, Donald Trump is trying to #MAGA and you people apparently aren’t on board.


So you can either get with the program, or have yourself a lonely ass dinner.

Summed up visually…


Of course we can’t really blame Trump for not attending.

After all, it’s usually an embarrassing affair for “the Donald”…

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2 thoughts on ““You’re Making It Weird”: Washington Baffled By Trump’s Correspondents’ Dinner Shenanigans

  1. Personally I think it would be GREAT if no one covered “the event” in Pennsylvania …… just imagine his reaction if there was NO PRESS at his stupid rally? He would be distraught! I like it. Please, DON’T GO!

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