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Trump Blames Media For Correspondents’ Dinner No-Show: ‘I Would Have Had a Great Time!’

After the famous (or infamous?) 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner where President Barack Obama took aim at then-reality TV star Donald Trump in humiliating fashion, many had hoped that the real estate titan would have made an appearance Saturday night. After all, it marked President Obama’s final such event for his administration, and while the jokes were still flying at Trump’s expense, the controversial frontrunner was nowhere to be seen to the disappointment of many.

President Obama even joked at the dinner, “I am a little hurt [Trump’s] not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time,” he said, referencing the year that Trump’s stint on Celebrity Apprentice made for prime satire red meat. The President continued, “It is surprising. You’ve got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says, ‘no’. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?”

On Monday morning, Trump spoke with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and offered up his rationale for skipping the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner altogether. Trump said of the President, “I think he’s having fun and joking and I think it’s fine. I thought it was fine. Tell you the reason I didn’t go, if you have a second. I never really expressed this. The time I went, [the President] went after me and then [Seth Meyers] went after me. Honestly, I had a great time.” The mockery that Trump suffered at the 2011 event is widely cited as a underlying reason that he mounted his oh-shit-this-is-no-longer-a-joke Presidential campaign, but Trump has since said otherwise.

He continued, telling Cuomo, “I had a great time [in 2011]. The press is very dishonest and therefore it’s easiest not to go.”

“That’s why you didn’t go? You felt it wouldn’t be reported accurately?” asked Cuomo.

The real estate titan — who is heading for another big win in Indiana tomorrow en route to presumably locking up the Republican nomination in the coming weeks — responded:

“No. I felt I would have a great time. I would have loved to have gone. I felt I would have a great time if I go, but no matter how great a time, I knew they obviously would be talking about me. No matter how great a time I would have, wouldn’t matter. They would say, ‘Donald Trump was humiliated. Donald Trump had a miserable time.’ You know? That’s what they did last time. I had really a great time.”

The likely GOP nominee even went as far as to invoke his next closest competitor in the race, noting, “The one group that lies more than Lyin’ Ted Cruz is the press.”

One thing is for certain: he may have missed this year’s event, but Donald Trump certainly hopes that he can be there front and center for next year’s. If his momentum carries him through the Hoosier state tomorrow and past states like California on his way to a general election upset, it’s likely that the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner will never be the same.


J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is a columnist at Mediaite
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