The 2020 Trump campaign had a message for journalists, the media, pundits, and many others on Tuesday morning.
On April 27 — the night of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C. — the president will hold a Make America Great Again rally in the state of Wisconsin.
The rally will occur in Green Bay.
It will be the Trump campaign’s 18th rally in Wisconsin since last June 15, as Fox News noted Tuesday morning.
“President Trump looks forward to sharing the successes of his administration with the great people of Wisconsin,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer at Donald J. Trump for President Inc., in a Tuesday statement.
“Under President Trump’s leadership, paychecks are now growing twice as fast for those in the bottom half of the income spectrum. Unemployment has hit generational lows, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will open Canadian dairy markets to farmers all across Wisconsin,” Glassner added.
Trump had suggested several weeks ago that — as he has done every year since entering the White House — he would not be attending the 2019 media event and would instead spend time with the American people.
“The [correspondents] dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” Trump said.
In a pool spray outside the White House a few weeks ago ahead of his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, the president shared his plans to hold a MAGA rally.
“I’m going to hold a rally,” Trump said. “The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally.”
At that time, he hadn’t decided on or announced the location of the MAGA rally — but now it’s confirmed for Wisconsin.
“Everybody wants it [the rally],” the president said then. “It’ll be a big one. But the correspondents dinner is too negative. I like positive things.”
At last year’s correspondents dinner, comedian Michele Wolf insulted Sarah Sanders’ physical appearance — as Sanders herself sat just a few feet away on the dais.
Though Wolf was not speaking for the media, it “[did reflect] on the press corps,” White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) President Margaret Talev admitted after the 2018 event during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“The correspondents dinner is too negative,” said the president. “I like positive things.”
Wolf spoke for nearly 20 minutes at last year’s dinner and received intense backlash for her comments about Sanders. Trump, rather than attend that event, held a rally in Michigan.
The comedian mocked Sanders during her remarks, saying that Sanders “burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
Wolf also called Sanders an “Uncle Tom, but for white women who disappoint other white women.”
Fox News’ Ed Henry, a past WHCA president, rebuked Wolf and the press corps at large for the comedian’s “mean, hateful” and “vile” insults to Sanders.
”I was there for it,” Henry said last year in April on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” after the 2018 dinner. “It was disgusting, despicable. Sarah Sanders should get an apology from the White House Correspondents Association.”
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