Two events took place, this past weekend, neither of which caused me regret in my failure to secure an invitation—
- The White House Correspondence dinner, which Trump avoided,
- and a MAGA Rally in Michigan, which Trump’s team appears to have put together to give Trump an excuse to avoid the afore mentioned dinner.
A brief history of the White House Correspondence Dinner—
In 1921 the White House Correspondents’ Association held a dinner which was attended by President Warren G Harding, who happened to have been a publisher prior to his potus gig, and the dinner has since become an annual event. In the almost 100 years that have since passed, the number of presidents who have not attended can be counted on one hand, if you have at least five fingers—
Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan… and now Donald J Trump. (The little finger.)
To be fair, Ronald Regan was recovering from an assassination attempt when he failed to attend.
There also was an occasion, in 1962, when a president threatened to snub the affair. As a show of solidarity for a female reporter, John F Kennedy said he would not attend unless the event was opened to women. Thanks to JFK, 1962 was the first year women were included in the event.
The dinner has been cancelled twice—
- 1930, because rather than attend the dinner, William Taft died.
- 1942, when the United States entered World War II.
So fine, Donald J Trump didn’t go because, rather than be roasted, the thin skinned orange one chose to feed his ego with applause from his supporters.
The campaign style Michigan rally opened in typical Trump style, with lies.
Trump inaccurately claimed the crowd size was 32,000, rather than the 4,200 which is maximum capacity for the room the rally was held in. Those of you who are gifted with superior math skills know, that is an exaggeration of almost x8.
Trump also bragged, again, about his victory over Clinton in Michigan… which happened over 500 days prior.
Trump ranted, incoherently at times, making reference to Putin and the Trump Tower meeting with the lawyer/Russian spy.
He also said republicans must not lose the House because, if the democrats take the majority, they will impeach him.
So, blah blah blah, the rally.
Meanwhile the WHCC was underway with the headline act comedian Michelle Wolf.
She was not kind. Her job was not to be kind. Roasts are never kind. Many were outraged at her humor and, in particular, her jokes aimed at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
So did Sarah understand that Wolf was joking?
That was the weekend that passed.
An event scheduled for the weekend ahead is not getting the attention it should.
Mike Pence, who was championed to be Vice President by Mr 32 Indictments— Paul Manafort, will speak at the NRA convention.
Mike Pence, who was warned that Mike Flynn had ties to Russia, but appointed him as National Security Advisor anyway, will speak to the NRA.
Mike Pence appointed Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and is now cooperating with Bob Mueller’s investigation.
Yes, that Mike Pence is speaking at Friday’s NRA Convention, the same NRA that admits it’s ties to Russian money, and is said to have been the back channel communication for Trump and Russia. The NRA who laundered Russian money to feed $30 million into Trump’s campaign funds.
By the way, Mike Pence has an A+ rating from the NRA. Mike Pence is a fraud.
But, hypocritically speaking, the biggest shake of my head occurred with the following revelation—
Due to Pence’s scheduled speech, guns will not be allowed in the NRA Convention Hall.
The “nice guys with guns” will have to leave their manhood at home, because Mike Pence wants to be safer than the rest of us.