President Trump on Monday continued to slam Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner — calling it a “total disaster” that is “DEAD as we know it.”
“This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for. FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented on Saturday night!” Trump tweeted.
His latest attack on the yearly gala followed a tweet he fired off Sunday night in which he said: “Put Dinner to rest, or start over!”
During the 2011 dinner, which Trump – a leader of the birther movement – attended as a guest of The Washington Post, he was roasted by the “Saturday Night Live” comedian and mocked by then-President Obama.
The humiliating experience is widely believed to have sparked Trump’s 2016 quest for the White House.
For the second year in a row, the president skipped the gala event, choosing to hold a campaign rally in Washington, Mich., where he slammed the “fake news” media, aired his grievances and touted his accomplishments.
Meanwhile, Wolf delivered a 20-minute monologue in which she targeted Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated inches away.
“While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really ‘bombed,’” Trump tweeted after the event.
Many journalists and others have assailed Wolf for her scathing, raunchy performance.
WHCA President Margaret Talev said the monologue “was not in the spirit” of the organization’s mission of promoting journalism and a free press.
“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” Talev said in a statement.
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