This year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner on April 29, at the Washington Hilton, was definitely different from those in the past.
Without President Trump and his administration there, the dinner seemed to be going very well. Hasan Minhaj, “The Daily Show” comedian, entertained everyone while hosting the event, acquiring lots of laughs and attention for his humorous jokes and statements.
Minhaj made remarks about the president and the overall political and social climate that has developed from our most recent presidential campaign.
He also targeted some of his jokes towards the media.
When referring to NBC’s show, Lock Up, Minhaj expressed that, “you can’t be mad at corporations profiting off minorities in prison when you’re a corporation profiting off minorities in prison,” reported the Washington Post
The night started out with lively comments that engaged everyone there, yet towards the end the tone shifted to a more serious note.
According to The Washington Post, Minhaj mentioned President Trump and the First Amendment when saying, “Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment. But the president didn’t show up because Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it.”
Before the actual dinner, the White House Correspondent’s Association discussed the decision to have Hasan Minhaj as the entertainment for the evening on their website.
Jeff Mason, WHCA President stated “Hasan’s smarts, big heart, and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media.”
Although the night was mostly humorous, Minhaj also discussed the importance of this event.
According to CNN, which he later mocked, he commented that “this event is about celebrating the First Amendment and free speech. Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy from college campuses to the White House. Only in America can a first generation Indian American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president.”