The White House Correspondents Association has tabled its annual dinner event for 2021, citing pandemic conditions and the inability to host a large indoor event. The WHCA dinner, traditionally held in April, has become an annual media event that typically includes a performance by a top comedian and a good-humored address from the sitting U.S. President. The event struggled during the Trump years given President Donald Trump’s hostility to journalists and his refusal to attend.
Ron Chernow reminds the crowd at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that even Washington fumed about journalists. In choosing a scholar over a satirist, the Correspondents’ Association had sought to solemnize a dinner known for its comedic puncturing of the Washington bubble.
Trump said Friday he’ll hold one of his signature political rallies as counter-programming to the glitzy April 27 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, skipping the event for the third year in a row. “The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” he said.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”