Well, during Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner, sort of a low-key Correspondents’ Dinner, in which the President speaks to members of the press without TV cameras around, Trump actually did poke fun at himself!
“My staff was concerned that I couldn’t do self-deprecating humor. And I told them not to worry, nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do.”
As a joke about the fact he’s so self-aggrandizing, that’s actually not bad. (Though it’s possible he wasn’t joking!) He mostly jabbed everyone around him though, saying:
“Before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late. You know, we’re late tonight because Jared could not get through the security. I will tell you he is a good guy. And he has suffered. He is a great guy.”
Something tells us an aide wrote the joke, then he added in the “jk he’s great” part.
The real surprise gag was about the loss of longtime confidant Hope Hicks and rumors of his failing marriage:
“So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Now the question everyone keeps asking is, ‘Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?'”
Someone needs to explain to that joke writer they’re supposed to exaggerate the truth for comic effect. People do legitimately think Melania is going to leave.
But Trump’s worst “joke” was something he said earlier in the day.
CNN got hold of an audio recording of a speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday in which he said of Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s consolidation of power:
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
What the everlovin’ fuck??
As usual, conservatives came out of the woodwork to tell us he’s obviously joking. And yes, we understand Trump was being flippant in this speech.
But we also know that *is* the type of thing Trump admires. His praise of the tactics of Jinping, and The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, and of course Russia’s Vladimir Putin is well-documented.
Trump likes authoritarianism.
Trump admires dictators.
The President of the United States admires dictators.
So excuse us if we’re not busting a gut over here.
[Image via Olivier Douliery/Pool via CNP/Media Punch.]