The annual media so-called “nerdprom” a.k.a. the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was held Saturday night for the first time “in person” since 2019. As per the norm, it was a who’s who of cocktail circuit dwellers and other mover and shaker wannabes lined up to press the flesh and hobnob with self-important reporters, politicos, and Hollywood stars alike in hopes of advancing their careers in one way or another.
As we previously reported, President Joe Biden was at the cringefest along with – among others – The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, the host of the event who we’ve been reliably told is a “comedian” though actual comedy was in short supply among both Biden and Noah during the evening’s festivities.
At one point during Noah’s speech, he took aim at Ron DeSantis as though DeSantis was in the room, taking cheap shots at the popular Florida governor and presenting him as The New Trump and alleging (wrongly) that DeSantis was trying to “distance” himself from the former President whenever convenient. As indicated by the tweet below from Miami Herald editor David Smiley, DeSantis was listed in the official program as being in attendance:
Trevor Noah riffing on Ron DeSantis during WHCA dinner. Program lists Florida’s Governor as being in attendance pic.twitter.com/hglgTupqqy
— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) May 1, 2022
The problem, however, is that DeSantis wasn’t anywhere near the goings-on in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, which anyone who had even the merest passing of familiarity with his intense dislike for the corporate media industrial complex would have understood.
DeSantis was asked during a public appearance on Monday about the “mistake” the WHCA made in listing him as being among those in the room, and he ripped then a new one with his customary flair, pointing to how he’d “never attend that” and also noting that the invitation his office received to attend the function was “rejected.”
Further, he correctly suggested the “lie” the WHCA perpetrated about him being there “just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C., New York” who he says view themselves as “paragons of truth” … “are so reviled by so many Americans,” a reputation DeSantis said was “well deserved.”
DeSantis on the #WHCD🔥: “I would never attend that….I don’t care what they do, but for them to advertise me when that invitation was rejected…that is a lie…It just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C., New York are so reviled[.]” pic.twitter.com/OOSOFsiOqB
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 2, 2022
The Daily Show’s response was, to put it mildly, weaksauce:
Ron DeSantis is whining about jokes at the Correspondents’ Dinner? This guy really is presidential material https://t.co/wkOxlz61i4
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 2, 2022
I think what was unintentionally funny about what DeSantis said was that he didn’t even focus on the stuff Noah claimed about how he was supposedly a mini-Trump rather being his own man. What really incensed DeSantis is anyone thinking he’d actually step foot anywhere near a dinner that was created to shower praise on elitist, egotistical media figures. I gotta admit, that would upset me a lot, too.