President Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year, becoming the first president to skip the event since Reagan had to sit out thanks to being shot in the lung. It’s probably a good thing the thin-skinned leader wasn’t there, because The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj had some harsh jokes for the administration.
“I would say it is an honor to do this, but that would be an alternative fact. It is not. No one one wanted to do this so of course it falls in the hands of an immigrant. That’s how it always goes down,” Minhaj began.
“I get why Donald Trump didn’t want to be roasted tonight. By the looks of him, he’s been roasting non-stop for the last 70 years,” he joked.
“Historically, the president usually performs at the Correspondents’ Dinner. But I think I speak for all of us when I say: he’s done far too much bombing this month.”
One of the jokes that landed well among the stiff crowd was about Trump’s lack of alcohol consumption. “You know Donald Trump doesn’t drink, right? Does not touch alcohol. Which is oddly respectable. But think about that. That means every statement, every interview, every tweet: completely sober. How is that possible? He tweets at 3 a.m. sober! Who is tweeting at 3 a.m. sober?! Donald Trump, because it’s 10 a.m. in Russia. Those are business hours.”
Minhaj also went after other members of the administration. “Now, a lot of people think Steve Bannon is the reason Donald Trump dog-whistles to racists. And that is just not true,” he remarked. “Ask Steve Bannon. Is Steve Bannon here? I do not see Steve Bannon. I do not-see Steve Bannon. Notzee Steve Bannon. Nazi Steve Bannon. Nazi Steve Bannon.”
Of course, he also had some words for the press, remarking that they have to do their best to present the facts honestly, because if one journalist makes a mistake, Trump will denounce them all. “That’s why you gotta be on your ‘A’ game,” Minhaj said to the crowd of journalists. “You gotta be twice as good. You can’t make any mistakes, because when one of you messes up he blames your entire group. … And now you know what it feels like to be a minority.”
Watch the clip for more of Minhaj’s act, which was solid throughout, but fell on an audience often too self-important to enjoy.