For the second year in a row, President Trump opted to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
The annual event — which celebrates the First Amendment and freedom of the press — has traditionally provided journalists and the sitting president with the chance to roast one another on live television, but considering Trump’s contentious relationship with the press, it was no surprise that he decided to hold a rally in Washington Township, Mich., instead.
While the president wasn’t in attendance, his presence was felt at the Washington Hilton. The show began with a satirical cartoon of Trump by Stephen Colbert, before comedian Michelle Wolf took the stage as the evening’s host.
Making Washington laugh is a tough gig, and former Daily Show With Trevor Noah correspondent’s raunchy set received plenty of chuckles (and a fair amount of groans). Wolf kicked things off by noting how long the evening had already been — and taking aim at Trump: “Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump, let’s get this over with.”
That wasn’t the only zinger Wolf got in at the president’s expense. “I know as much as some of you might want me to, it’s 2018 and I’m a woman so you cannot