On Saturday, President Trump took to Twitter to issue a notice about the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner, which has come to be known informally as Nerd Prom: it’s his party, and he can cancel it if he wants to.
Here’s what Trump tweeted:
Good for him.
The White House Correspondents Dinner has been a blight on the republic in recent years. It began in 1924, and every president has attended at least once – but it’s become a Democratic Party worship society, with Republican presidents like George W. Bush mocked in brutal fashion from the dais while Democrats like President Obama are soothed and patted by comedians. Normally the president himself does a comedy routine.
There’s no reason for Trump to go. Networks have already declared that they might not show up as a way to protest what they perceive as Trump’s attacks on them. Why should he show up to be ripped to shreds by some hack like Stephen Colbert, the way W. was?
The oligarchic spectacle of the Fourth Estate dressing up in white tie in order to celebrate themselves, accompanied by various Hollywood celebrities, all hobnobbing with Washington elitists, should go. It’s passé, it’s boring, and it’s invariably partisan.
Whether or not Trump cancelled on the dinner as a way of avoiding blowback is irrelevant. He did the right thing here. We can only hope he does it for the rest of his presidency.