Did President Trump make the right decision by not showing up at the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) dinner last night?
Well, let me show you part of what its President, Olivier Knox, got in front of the microphone and said – in rust, with my comments in blue:
“I don’t want to dwell on the president. This is not his dinner. It’s ours, and it should stay ours. Good. That means you’re moving on, right? Uh….no. But I do want to say this. In nearly 23 years as a reporter I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. I’ve been told I will never work in Washington again by both major parties.” OK, so now we know that, assuming you’re telling the truth, being a reporter means getting the business from both sides. Again, a good place to stop…and, again, you’re not going to, are you?
“And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after. And February 2017 is when the president called us the enemy of the people. Wait a minute. You just finished telling us you have a 23 year history of being mistreated by both parties. Do you think this happened because the Republicans and Democrats who did so liked what you wrote? Thought it was accurate? All you’re telling us is that President Trump said exactly what other people have said about you for nearly a quarter-century. A few days later my son asked me, ‘Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?” At the end of a family trip to Mexico he mused if the president tried to keep me out of the country, at least Uncle Josh is a good lawyer and will get you home.” Ooohhhh, your son made a couple of cutesy, snarky comments and we’re all supposed to commiserate with your agony? Holy excrement.
“I’ve had to tell my family not to touch packages on our stoop. My name is on a statement criticizing the president for celebrating a congressman’s criminal assault on a reporter. I’ve had death threats, including one this week. Too many of us have. It shouldn’t need to be said in a room full of people who understand the power of words but fake news and enemies of the people are not punch lines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account.” Another reminder: you started this screed by telling us you were verbally and physically threatened throughout your career as a reporter. You have shown exactly nothing that indicates President Trump’s “fake news” comments exacerbated this in any way. But, dammit, you’re going to bring it up as though those two words changed your life. Pathetic.
I have a couple of questions for you, Mr. Knox:
-Do you think that the reporting by White House correspondents since Donald Trump became President had anything to do with the countless assaults on everyday citizens around the country for daring to wear “Make America Great Again” hats and shirts? Or the onslaughts members of the Trump administration have had to endure in restaurants, airports, on the street, etc?
-Do you think the featured speaker at last year’s WHCA dinner, michelle wolf, worried about the safety of Press Secretary Sarah Huckablee Sanders or senior adviser Kellyanne Conway when she personally, viciously insulted Ms. Sanders and suggested a tree should fall on Ms. Conway?
I’ll wait for your responses, Mr. Knox….after you finish whining about your poor, poor, Trump-induced terror-stricken life.
I have a feeling the wait will be a long one.