For the second year in a row, Donald Trump skipped the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (ordinarily, the current occupant of the White House, and his Vice President, attend).
Instead, he went to Michigan to throw red meat to his base.
The annual Dinner is meant to celebrate the White House Press Corps. But because Trump loves to attack the media (with a couple of notable exceptions), and because he simply can’t take a joke, instead of attending, he left town to do what he loves best, that is, to receive the adulation of his base.
We should also remember that on one occasion at the WHCA Dinner, with Trump in attendance in his capacity as a celebrity, President Obama made fun of him, and the filthy rich Manhattan real estate mogul seethed with rage, and vowed to run for president just to get even.
This year, the comedian brought in to entertain the attendees, and the television audience, was Michelle Wolf.
She ripped into Trump bigtime, and immediately, her comedic monologue was criticized for its tone, and soon, Margaret Talev, the president of the WHCA, apologized.
Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee, was sitting only a few feet away from Wolf.
It is Huckabee who, at the daily briefing at the White House, has the job of defending Trump — obviously an impossible job unless the Press Secretary lies.
Because Wolf’s jokes against Trump and Huckabee were so pointed, numerous members of the Trump Administration walked out, but Huckabee sat there, more or less unphased.
From Michigan, Trump immediately whined about Wolf, calling her comedic routine “filthy” (https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/29/politics/white-house-correspondents-association-michelle-wolf-statement/index.html).
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones has more intimate access to Trump than any other White House correspondent, so she was in the audience at the Dinner.
As soon she became aware that Trump had referred to Wolf and her routine as “filthy,” and as the correspondents were leaving, the petite Jones stood up on a table and commanded the attention of everybody in the room.
“Isn’t this so ironic,” she said, as the room fell silent. “The shoe is completely on the other foot, because Donald Trump is the filthiest man ever to swagger himself into the White House.”
Once again (it’s getting to be a routine), the Secret Service took Jones into custody.