The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is set to take place soon, and for the third year in a row, President Donald Trump will not be attending.
Instead, the president plans to hold a rally with supporters at the same time in order to focus on more “positive” things, rather than the increasing negativity of the media-celebrated dinner.
The announcement from Trump came as he took questions from reporters Friday morning on the South Lawn prior to boarding Marine One for a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
Asked if he intended to go to the Correspondents’ Dinner or hold a rally instead, Trump replied: “I’m going to hold a rally.”
“Yeah, because the dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” he added.
Asked where the rally would be held, Trump replied: “We haven’t determined. We have about three sites. Everybody wants it. It’ll be a big one, but the Correspondents’ Dinner is too negative. I like positive things. Okay?”
Take a look at the president’s remarks:
NEW: Pres. Trump says he will hold a rally at an undetermined location rather than attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which he called “so boring and so negative.”
— ABC News (@ABC) April 5, 2019
Trump actually attended the once-prestigious media event prior to becoming president.
However, given the overwhelming hostility of the media toward him and his administration, he has yet to attend the event since taking office.
The president was absolutely correct to point out how “negative” the Correspondents’ Dinner has become in recent years, none more so than last year’s dinner that featured an incredibly mean-spirited and unfunny “comedian” named Michelle Wolf as host.
Wolf used every opportunity available to lash out against Trump and a number of other individuals in his administration, including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
The organizers of the event ultimately denounced Wolf’s performance and decided to eschew having a comedian as host this year, but the event will still likely have a rather negative tone toward the president — and an overwrought, self-righteous pretentiousness by the media that will glorify themselves as the greatest thing ever in the history of the world.
But, once again, while the media lavish undeserved praise upon themselves and bash the president they so viscerally despise, Trump will be elsewhere, surrounded by thousands of supporters in the incredibly positive atmosphere of a campaign rally.
There’s nowhere he’d rather be.