We Officially Know What Trump Will Be Doing Instead of Attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner and It's an Insult to Reporters
Donald Trump is taking a shot at the press again, this time by scheduling a MAGA rally the same night as the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the third year in a row.
The White House Correspondents' Dinner honors members of the White House Correspondents' Association, an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. It's been a tradition since 1921, and—until Trump's presidency—was usually attended by the President and the Vice President.
Trump vowed earlier this month to skip the dinner and hold a rally.
"We're going to hold a very positive rally," Trump said, describing the Correspondents' Dinner as "boring and negative."
"Everybody wants it. It’ll be a big one, but the Correspondents’ Dinner is too negative. I like positive things. Okay?"
President Trump: "I'm going to hold a rally yeah because the dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going t… https://t.co/g6uhf2MvzT— The Hill (@The Hill)1554582780.0
Now, Trump's reelection campaign has announced that the rally will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Trump counter programming the White House Correspondents Dinner again with a rally. Therefore, a number of journal… https://t.co/b2eqmefW9W— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell)1555430798.0
Holding the rally the same day as the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a two-part snub: not only is Trump openly bucking a decades-old tradition, he's creating a situation in which many members of the press corps being honored at the dinner will have to skip it in order to cover the rally.
@MrsCavsFan All his public events are covered by WH press corps therefore some will be there. That’s how it works.— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell)1555432543.0
This is the third year in a row Trump has skipped the dinner, which often features a "roast" of the president and his administration. Last year's dinner included comedian Michelle Wolf, whose jokes pointedly mocked Trump and his administration, including attendee Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Wolf also took shots at the White House press corps themselves, calling them out for profiting from their obsessive coverage of the President. "He has helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV," Wolf said. "You helped create this monster and now you are profiting from him."
@realDonaldTrump You forgot to mention that you planned the usual rally because are too chicken to attend the WH correspondent’s dinner! 😃😃😃— smagnolia (@smagnolia)1555438725.0
The little man with the little brain and little hands in the White House will never forget or get over the humiliat… https://t.co/awU8Ucv30Q— Jerry Anderson (@Jerry Anderson)1555371866.0
@realDonaldTrump it is sad you are too much of a coward to attend the correspondent’s dinner. Such a small little m… https://t.co/PlgWGoVokm— Russ Smith (@Russ Smith)1555387500.0
Trump suggested last year that he might attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner if it doesn't include a comedian.
This year's dinner is bucking tradition by featuring a historian rather than a comedian, but Trump's still going to skip it. Instead, he'll be holding his rally in Green Bay, WI - one of the key states Trump credits with his election results.
In 2018, Trump threatened to revoke the credentials of White House reporters if they didn't "treat the White House with respect."
This is a DIRECT ATTACK on the Free Press. Comparatively, Sean Hannity & Jeanine Pirro (Fox News) campaigned onsta… https://t.co/wUvE3LRwfz— A Jen, Duh (@A Jen, Duh)1541646526.0
At another rally, earlier that same year, Trump praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) for assaulting a reporter, saying "Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of — he’s my guy."
Trump is now openly condoning violence against journalists: At Thursday night’s rally in Montana, he explicitly pra… https://t.co/eC95uoSTdI— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1539917093.0
WATCH: During Montana rally, President Trump references Rep. Greg Gianforte's assault of reporter Ben Jacobs: "Any… https://t.co/CZ2LzqxgTH— NBC News (@NBC News)1539913684.0
And at a Texas rally in February of this year, a BBC cameraman was shoved by a Trump supporter shouting "f--- the media."
This attack on the press at a Trump rally was completely despicable and utterly predictable. https://t.co/RxmHP5Nxs9— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1549990173.0
@TrinaWi58986361 @openotherdoor @GetchCooks @DavidomeBadinga @TRUMPkittyMommy @TomFitton @realDonaldTrump @IlhanMN… https://t.co/jQ9UWuOtyE— Chris (@Chris)1555142352.0
"President Trump looks forward to sharing the successes of his administration with the great people of Wisconsin," said Trump campaign CEO Michael Glassner.
Sharing the successes of the press corps is apparently too much to ask.