If your invitation to the White House Correspondents Dinner was lost in snail mail — not that you were actually sent one — no problem. You can watch the festivities tonight steaming live.
The White House Correspondents Dinner, or “Nerd Prom” as some fondly call it, will be hosted by Michelle Wolf, a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. for those on the west coast or 9:30 eastern time.
For the second year in a row, President Trump will skip the event, instead attending a rally in Michigan. The dinner would have placed the president in the same room as many of the journalists he has spent the past few years deriding as “fake news.” The annual gala where the press corps and other media mingle with politicians typically features a comedian whose job it is to roast the sitting occupant of the Oval Office to their face — an annual tradition the famously thin-skinned Trump was always unlikely to go for.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Oh thank God, I don’t have to hear Trump eat,'” Wolf said on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” when she learned that the POTUS wasn’t going to attend. “You know he doesn’t chew with his mouth closed! He’s probably like a real smacky eater and a mouth-breather at the same time.”
The event which celebrates “award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy,” has been regularly attended by presidents of both parties for decades. Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to decline the WHCA’s invite to swing by the dinner. Reagan didn’t attend the 1981 event because he was recovering from an assassination attempt earlier that year.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be attending in President Trump’s place.
Watch the White House Correspondents Dinner live above at 6:30 PT/9:30 ET or on C-Span by clicking here.