So Trump flew to Florida for 24 hours and is back in Washington tonight? That’s an expensive round of golf.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 3, 2018
Not just golf — he also did a GOP fundraiser: money for him and his cronies, expenses billed to the rest of us schmucks! At heart, in his revanchist daydreams of a vanished America where men were men, women were body parts, ‘colored people’ knew their place, and foreigners were comic props, he’s just the World’s Greatest Tummler…
"He's now president for life. President for life. And he's great," Trump said. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot some day." https://t.co/7c9ZqKx0kZ
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) March 4, 2018
Just stitch him some f***ing epaulets already. https://t.co/oVD6tdhqSJ
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 4, 2018
"Is Hillary a happy person? Do you think she's happy?" he said. "When she goes home at night, does she say, 'What a great life?' I don't think so. You never know. I hope she's happy." https://t.co/fzPGckOVPL
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) March 4, 2018
Happier than you, putz. Sure, there’s the neverending GOP tsuris about imaginary violations for her to bear, but she’s not the one in Robert Mueller’s cross-hairs.
Then it was on to the Gridiron Dinner in DC, where “journalists” traditionally
suck up to “poke gentle fun” at the sitting president:
Trump says he offered Sessions ride to Gridiron but he "recused himself." He says Bannon "leaked more than the Titanic." He adds that "I like turnover. I like chaos." He expresses frustration with Omarosa. "Omarosa you're the worst!" Also calls Pelosi "crazy" but a "fine woman."
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 4, 2018
So he’s just up there talking like it’s a press conference. https://t.co/26yA0b0qYo
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 4, 2018
… Nothing about Trump’s attendance at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an elite group of 65 top Washington journalists, made a lot of sense. But there he was at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, accompanied by the first lady, for the club’s 133rd annual gathering doing something he almost never does: observing the traditions that come along with the presidency, particularly the ones that involve performing social rituals.
Presidents since William McKinley, after all, have dutifully shown up at the Gridiron’s formal clambake, which has evolved into an evening of goofy entertainment by the journalists and jokey monologues by a prominent Republican and Democrat, and a mildly roast-y speech by the president…
But Trump found himself on the other end of the ribbing, too. Skits by Gridiron members included Fox News host Bret Baier making cracks about the Russia probe, singing to the tune of “You Can’t Hurry Love” with lyrics that included, “But how many Russians did the campaign meet?/Don Jr. in Trump Tower, about ‘adoption’ – sure.”
Trump, unsurprisingly, seemed to particularly enjoy the skits that took aim at his enemies. A dinner guest noted that the president got a good chuckle out of a song performed by CBS News’ John Dickerson about President Barack Obama’s luxurious post-White House life (set to the tune of “King of the Road”)…
(Yep, the DC press corps(e) will never get over President Obama treating them with the contempt they’d done so much to earn.)
Maybe the most controversial joke by @realDonaldTrump tonight:
"I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?”
He did turn to his wife, who was in the audience, and ask if she still loved him.
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) March 4, 2018
I swear for all his mugging & catchphrase prop comic edgelord bullshit he's never told nor understood an actual joke https://t.co/LrCmV5gILU
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 4, 2018
… Trump said he calls Pence “the apprentice,” joking that the vice president “wakes up every morning and asks, has he been impeached yet.”
Of his time as host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” versus the White House, he said: “In one job I had to manage a cutthroat cast of characters, desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their roles and their jobs and each week afraid of having their asses fired, and the other job I was the host of a smash television hit.”…
Addressing his ongoing feud with California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff: “Leakin’ Adam, that guy leaks more than anyone. He’s on the phone so much he doesn’t have any time. He’s, hey, let’s call these guys at Jeff Zucker’s network.”
On how to reduce global warming: “We’re going to reduce the carbon footprint when we travel by shrinking the press pool so we only have room for Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Judge Jeanine.”…
Earlier Saturday, the president had tweeted: “Mainstream Media in U.S. is being mocked all over the world. They’ve gone CRAZY!”
He later jabbed at the media once more in his address before making his exit, to return to the White House. “This might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night.”…
POTUS in his speech at the Gridiron Club tonight said North Korea had “called up” and asked to begin talks but that he responded with “you have to denuke” first. Asking for more information as to what he meant —
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 4, 2018