President Trump tweeted on Saturday that celebrities and journalists cannot count on his presence at the annual roast at the White House Correspondents’ Association. He wrote: “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"
Zach Braff, an actor who plays “J.D.” on the “Scrubs” comedy series, along with fans of “Saturday Night Live,” are calling on actor Alec Baldwin to do a reprise of his serial role as President Trump at the coming Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Baldwin has appeared a number of times on the weekly “SNL” broadcast, while regulars on the show have portrayed members of the Trump administration, including Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.
Soon after Trump tweeted his regrets, Braff tweeted, “Alec Baldwin, time to suit up." There were other Twitter users who were egging them on. For example, viewer Brian Stelter tweeted, "Please, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going..."
Appearing on Fox television, author Ann Coulter told Judge Jeanine Pirro that the White House Correspondents' Dinner could be "dangerous" for Trump. She said, "I’m so relieved he’s not going. I want him working and not hanging around the enemy. He could be in danger at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. But seriously, he has everyone against him…"
Trump will be the first Chief Executive to skip the event in more than 30 years. The last president to miss it was Ronald Reagan, who had only recently survived an assassination attempt. The loss of Trump as a guest at the dinner has already had an effect. The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Bloomberg have canceled their event parties. CNN may not attend the dinner itself. In addition, Samantha Bee -- a comedian -- announced that she will host a separate event entitled “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” The White House Correspondents Association dinner, which features journalists based in Washington, along with celebrities and newsmakers, started in 1921.