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It may seem juvenile to talk about your absence at the White House Correspondents Dinner, but then you tend to lean towards playground insults whenever it suits you. First let me give some facts about the White House Correspondents Dinner. The intended purpose of the dinner, is to “acknowledge award-winners, present scholarships, and give the press and the president an evening of friendly appreciation.” The dinners began in 1921 and 15 presidents have attended. Not you. Your war on the media and your inability to take a joke were on full display with your absence.
The White House Correspondents Dinner has been an event for both side of the aisle to laugh with one another and celebrate the free press as the backbone of our democracy. Yet, for two years in a row you have refused to attend. You have repeatedly attacked the media and even went so far as to say that the media is the enemy of the people. You claim fake and phony news when things are not written favorably about you.
Past presidents have joked about themselves and the press, laughed at what was said about them and realized that it was a just entertainment. Not you.
You and your supporters were not happy with the jokes from the evening, calling them sick and in poor taste. I’d like to remind the country that you have been quoted saying things like, “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pu**y. You can do anything.” Also, defending the white nationalists who protested in Charlottesville, saying they included “some very fine people.” You have publicly mocked disabled journalists, called Mexicans “rapists,” and referred to Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as “s***hole countries.” You have used your pulpit to spew hate and divisiveness, yet you crumble when the joke is on you. I will leave “golden showers” out of this letter, but would just like to issue a reminder that people in glass houses should not throw stones.