Donald Trump announced in February that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner being held on April 29th. Now frequent Trump critic/comedian Hasan Minhaj has been named as the host of the annual event.
Minhaj is known best for his appearances on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and Trump is a frequent target of his jokes. One of the more infamous segments occurred during the primary season where Minhaj likened Trump to being ‘White ISIS’ (see video below).
In his released statement thanking the WHCA, Minhaj took a jab at the president. “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD!” said Minhaj. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 6, 2017
WHCA president Jeff Mason defended the decision on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday by saying, “I was not looking for somebody who was going to roast the president in absentia. That’s not fair, and that’s not the message that we want to get across. I was looking for somebody who is funny and who is entertaining, because I want the dinner to be entertaining, but who can also speak to the message that the whole dinner is going to speak to … the importance of a free press.”
Guess who's coming to The White House Correspondents' Dinner? pic.twitter.com/BlYuE9hvLb
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 11, 2017
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