Donald Trump is apparently planning to try and make amends with the press after more than a year as president using his platform on Twitter to rail against them constantly. It seems especially surprising right now, considering his last tweet using the phrase “Fake News” was, at the time of this writing, only about four hours ago.
Bad ratings @CNN & @MSNBC got scammed when they covered the anti-Trump Russia rally wall-to-wall. They probably knew it was Fake News but, because it was a rally against me, they pushed it hard anyway. Two really dishonest newscasters, but the public is wise!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2018
For the record, even that tweet is incorrect.
But the big news is that Trump is planning to attend the Gridiron Club dinner next month, an annual event hosted by the venerable journalists’ association. Like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the gala generally features the president and a few members of each political party getting on stage, making a few jokes at their own expense, and essentially rubbing elbows with newspaper and media bigwigs and reporters.
But even that presents another unique angle from which to be surprised about Trump’s attendance: The event is not in his honor, and I’m fairly certain he’s not capable of making a self-deprecating joke, or even standing idly by as someone else makes a joke about him.
David Lightman, the current president of the Gridiron Club, took the news as though it were completely expected:
He’s the president of the United States, and we always invite the president.”
All of this comes on the heels of Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, mistakenly saying that Trump would be attending the WHCD, which he notoriously avoided last year, prompting some extending joking from late-night comedians about what a “snowflake” the president must be. The White House hasn’t ruled out attending that event, but only confirmed that he would be at the Gridiron Club dinner.
I’m secretly hoping that one of the industrious journalists in the Club will print out all of Trump’s self-contradictory tweets over the last year and serve them to him, so he can dine on his own words.
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