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The president wasn’t there.
In physique, at the least.
“Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Minhaj started.
An Indian-American Muslim, Minhaj could not assist however level out that he is not from round right here. “No one wanted to do this,” he stated. “So of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant.”
His targets ranged from USA Today to, nicely, the media usually.
Minhaj stated he was requested to not make jokes concerning the president, although which will itself have been a joke. Sadly, he could not handle it both method.
“The leader of our country is not here,” he stated. “And that’s because he lives in Moscow. It is a very long flight.”
He added: “As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.” That was a reference to President Donald Trump’s determination to steer a rally in Pennsylvania throughout the dinner, which presidents have lengthy attended, whether or not they appreciated it or not.
Video of Minhaj’s 25-minute efficiency is at the moment the No. 1 trending subject on YouTube, racking up greater than 649,000 views in a handful of hours, with six instances as many individuals giving it a thumbs-up than a thumbs-down.
Minhaj not solely focused Trump however members of the administration as nicely. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, chief strategist Steve Bannon and Vice President Mike Pence had been among the many butts of his humor.
Minhaj even managed a tweak of Hillary Clinton, suggesting she wasn’t in attendance as a result of she thought the dinner was in Michigan and Wisconsin.
He paused to be critical, claiming that in our instances, belief is extra vital than fact. He lambasted the media for its myopia.
“Remember election night?” he stated. “That was your Steve Harvey-Miss Universe moment. The look on your faces at 11 p.m. on election night, it was like walking into a Panera Bread and finding out your sixth-grade teacher has a part-time job there.”
He likened the media to a “bunch of stripper-cops trying to solve a real-life murder.”
Media of all hues — Fox News, MSNBC, CNN — had been handled with equal contempt.
“If you have nine experts on a panel, what is your barrier of entry?” he requested of CNN.
Minhaj continued to impress each laughter and embarrassment.
“You guys have to be more perfect than ever,” he stated to the assembled press. “Because you are how the president gets his news: not from advisers, not from experts, not from intelligence agencies. You guys.”
Perhaps his most completely reducing second was when he informed the press: “When one of you messes up, he blames the entire group. And now you know what it feels like to be a minority.”
He added that the administration has “looked at” altering libel legal guidelines.
And that is the place the laughter stops.
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