On Saturday evening, President Donald Trump held a large rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, instead of attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual event that celebrates the relationship between politicians and the media. Presidents have historically attended the event, but Trump chose not to, citing extreme bias in the media.
Liberals across the country attacked Trump for his decision not to attend the event. Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj, who hosted the dinner, said Trump “can’t take a joke.”
Among Minhaj’s many jokes was this jab: “We have to address the elephant not in the room. The leader of our country is not here. But that's because he's in Moscow."
Another suggested it’s a good thing Trump spends a lot of time golfing, a frequent claim made by liberals: “Every time Trump goes golfing, the headline should read, 'Trump Golfing. Apocalypse Delayed. Take the W.'”
Conservative Michelle Malkin isn’t laughing. In a Sunday morning interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” Malkin said the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is nothing more than an “annual narcissism fest.”
"I thought that what Trump did, in leaving the swamp and doing that rally last night, was absolutely brilliant," said Malkin, who also said many of the jokes were “vile.”
Malkin said by ignoring the event, Trump has contributed to making the dinner more irrelevant.
“This is an annual gathering of 'news-fakers' and Hollywood America-haters and Trump-bashers, who get together to convince themselves that they are absolutely indispensable to American democracy and our constitutional republic," Malkin said. "And they've become more diminished and more irrelevant and more exposed than ever thanks to the Trump White House and the Trump administration and Trump campaign."
Malkin also said Trump’s Harrisburg event was a big success and represented “vintage Trump.”
“I wish he’d do this every weekend,” Malkin said. “I think it would be fabulous.”
You can watch Trump’s full Harrisburg speech below: