Trump Announces Rally to Distract from Embarrassing White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally on April 28 — the very same night as the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, which has traditionally included the president in a show of goodwill between the media and the administration.


But Trump has no goodwill toward the press, and he's likely not comfortable with the idea of spending an evening as the target of jokes and ridicule. So instead he's holding a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan, which will serve to distract some from the typically highly covered dinner.

"While the fake news media will be celebrating themselves with the denizens of Washington society in the swamp that evening, President Trump will be in a completely different Washington, celebrating our national economic revival with patriotic Americans," the campaign said in a press release.

Last year, Trump was the first president to skip the dinner in 36 years. The previous president to miss it was Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was recovering from an assassination attempt at the time.

Trump was also famously roasted by both then-President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. At the time, Trump had been promoting conspiracy theories about Obama's birth certificate and national origin. Some have speculated that it was that night, and the humiliation he felt, that inspired Trump to eventually run for office.

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