The Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj roasts Trump, who skipped the event.
WASHINGTON, DC: Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj set the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night ablaze with some sharp and witty remarks on President Trump, who was notably absent.
Minhaj, the first South Asian American to headline the traditional Dinner, which dates back to 1921, mocked the president, chose to attend a political rally in Pennsylvania rather than being at the first WHCA Dinner during his tenure.
“…I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke,” the Daily Show correspondent explained Trump’s absence.
That was somewhat mild compared to some of Minhaj’s other jokes.
His lines on Trump’s alleged connections to Russia and its interference in the 2016 elections were brutal.
Minhaj joked: “We gotta address the elephant that’s not the in room. The leader of our country is not here…. that’s because he’s all the way in Moscow.”
He also joked about Trump’s tweets: “He tweets at 3 AM… sober. Who is tweeting at 3 AM sober? Donald Trump, because it’s 10 AM in Russia. Those are business hours!”
Minhaj didn’t stop there. He took shots at the president’s kin, members of his administration and the media as well.
“There was also another elephant in the room, but Donald Trump Jr. shot it and cut off its tail,” he joked about Trump Jr., who is a hunter.
About Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, he said: “If she was here, I would ask the question we’re all thinking. Why? Why do you support this man? We all love our parents, but we wouldn’t endorse them for president. My dad? The guy who tries to return underwear to Costco? No!”
Overall, Minhaj showed absolutely no mercy to anyone. Here are some of Minaj’s most foul roasts.
“CNN is here, baby. Now you guys got some really weird trust issues going on with the public. I’m not going to call you fake news, but everything isn’t breaking news. You can’t go to DEFCON 1 just because Sanjay Gupta found a new moisturizer.
“Mike Pence wanted to be here tonight, but his wife wouldn’t let him because apparently one of you ladies is ovulating.”
“Jeff Sessions couldn’t be here tonight, he was busy doing a pre-Civil War re-enactment. On his RSVP, he just wrote ‘NO.’ Just ‘no,’ which happens to be his second favorite n-word.”
“Fox News is here. I’m amazed you guys even showed up. How are you here in public? It’s hard to trust you guys when you backed a man like Bill O’Reilly for years, but it finally happened: Bill O’Reilly has been fired. But then, you gave him a $25 million severance package—making it the only package he won’t force a woman to touch. Now, in O’Reilly’s defense, he was told by a close friend: ‘When you’re a star, they let you do it.’”
The annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner has been a Washington tradition since 1921. Fifteen presidents have attended the dinner throughout its nearly century long span.