Last night was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Much was made about how Donald Trump was the first president since Reagan to not attend. And as bad as Reagan was, we gotta admit, he had a pretty good excuse: He’d just been shot by John Hinckley.
Thankfully, the WHCD still went on, hosted by The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj — and he killed.
Though he made an early reference to being asked to not make jokes about the Administration, he tore into the President. One of our favorites of Minhaj’s jokes is when points out that Trump doesn’t drink — which means all of his statements and tweets were made sober.
As it turned out, Trump wasn’t the only person who begged off — the entire Administration refused to attend. He riffed on Steve Bannon, Betsy DeVos and Mike Pence (just to name a few).
While the WHCD is always a roast, Minhaj went a little harder that he might otherwise if they were there. And we’re living for it!
Perhaps our favorite non-Trump joke of the night was at Sean Spicer’s expense. Minhaj said:
Realize Sean Spicer’s been doing PR since 1999. He’s been doing this job for 18 years. And somehow, after 18 years, his go-to move when you ask him a tough question is denying the Holocaust. That is insane — how many people do you know who can turn a press briefing into a full-on Mel Gibson traffic stop. Only the Spice-man.
However, it wasn’t just the Adminstration that got the brunt of Minhaj’s wit. He called out the media for dropping the ball — he even compared the election night coverage to a “Steve Harvey Miss America moment.”
He also expressed faux-shock that Fox News showed up given the Bill O’Reilly sexual harassment scandal — and that Fox let him go with a $26 million parachute.
Minhaj wasn’t playing favorites, though — he also mentioned MSNBC’s hypocrisy. He said:
It’s hard to trust you guys when you send us so many mixed messages. On one hand, you tell us the prison-industrial complex is the problem — and then you air five straight hours of Lockup. You can’t be mad at corporations profiting off minorities in prison when you’re a corporation profiting off minorities in prison!
Near the end, he reiterates that he was asked to not roast Trump or his Administration in absentia. We’re glad he decided to ignore that request. Minhaj might not be asked back, but we’re certainly glad he got to do it in 2017, “the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”