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Donald J Trump is unworthy of the office of the presidency. He is a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-semitic, convicted sexual predator who has already had one shot at the Presidency of the United States and who treated it as a personal enterprise and opportunity. Many of the jokes made at his expense at that dinner reflected his personal failings, and of all the things that he is not, Trump is REALLY not capable of self-reflection. Please don’t vote for him, or for any Republican, in November 2024.

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I think the dinner added fuel to the fire , but it was already burning. He was in the crosshairs because of his Birther crusade, which was key to his nascent political movement. People look for targets to blame, but I blame our fellow citizens. Trump’s malignant narcissism and history of fraud were well known from the start. Shame on all who supported him

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Trump has always been a joke. Everyone knows that the real movers and shakers in Manhattan consider him a buffoonish clown....which he is and always has been. If not for daddy's money he would be a complete and utter failure.

Now, he is a criminal buffoonish clown who is widely recognized as the worst U.S. president in history, who could have been impeached many more than just two times.

Anyone with a shred of integrity considers him anything more than a clownish, thug, bully and wanna-be Mafia Boss.

Which is why the whole Republican Party has shown themselves to be totally lacking in integrity.

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And if he had left Daddy's money in a mutual fund, he really would be a multi-billionaire, rather than the "dumbest fucking student who ever walked in my classroom" as he is remembered by a Wharton professor (where he was allowed to AUDIT classes, since he was too fucking dumb to qualify for entrance even back when their requirements were low).

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Tonight’s dinner should be Biden in the spotlight NOT TRUMP. Trump haters talk about him all the time. Trump lovers talk about him all the time. He is always at the top of the air time count. If we want Biden to win, and I most sincerely do, we need to talk about him. What his administration has accomplished, where he wants us to go as a nation, and the fact that he is deeply human. Give him the air time POTUS deserves.

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That's exactly my point Lucy Parroti

THANKS!!

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I remember that evening, not thinking DJT would eventually become president. Growing up in the NJ “burbs of NYC, he was in the news a lot, never liked him and then The Apprentice came, ugh, the rest is history as they say. However, I loved Obama giving Trump those digs. Trump has no sense of humor and no self reflection. Trump can go after everyone, albeit nastily, yet go after him??? If you can dish it out, be able to take it. We all know DJT is a small, weak man.

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Or, as some see it, the almost Messiah. We should always be mindful of the law of unintended consequences, especially when dealing with the mentally unstable and the propensity of many Americans for celebrity idolatry.

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It's like watching the worst super villain origin story ever...little baby Donnie can dish it out but he can't take it, so he runs for president to get his revenge, and the whole world winds up paying the price for his fragile ego.

But seriously, Trump's birther crap was beyond the pale and he definitely deserved the beat down. I thought the funniest part of Obama's speech, though, was when he clarified for the Fox News table that his Lion King 'birth video' was just a joke.

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This is spot on.

I’ve argued this exact point to friends over the years... taking the cheap shots at Trump and mocking him like that might have got some laughs ... but it wasn’t worth it, if you’re a Dem. I’ve got no doubt if that night doesn’t happen, he never becomes President.

Unfortunately there are still echos of this attitude that extends to his supporters. And just like it fuelled Trump then, it fuels his voters now. I often wonder what would have happened if the left spent the last 8 years trying to understand Trump voters - rather than mock them or assume they’re stupid - would the country be in a better place politically?

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I feel like I have tried to understand them, but when they continue to believe that Biden stole the election without any evidence to back up their claims and think that he will try to do it again (even though he's supposedly Sleepy Joe at the same time), I just can't deal with them. Facts do not matter to many of his supporters...only what he tells them to believe.

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Who knows what they “believe” in any deep sense . Perhaps it’s just a shibboleth they recite to maintain good standing in the cult. There is a intersecting set of people who parrot Trump’s nonsense and people who talk confidently about relatives meeting in a happy reunion in an afterlife

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I am not down with blaming those who reject Trump for those who support him. It’s patently obvious he ran and runs on a platform founded on hate of the “other” and fear of social and demographic change. There’s no positive agenda. He doesn’t seriously pretend to have a program to help his followers. No, it’s not the fault of the sane. And we need a coalition of the sane to prevail

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No, the Country would have been in a better political place now if there was no Trump's Presidency, or Trump denying that Biden defeated him in 2020, or January 6th insurrection etc etc. Why should the always be blamed for everything. You remember McConnell's cheap political machinations that allow Trump to appoint 3 Supreme Court Judges

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If only John Wilkes Booth had gotten that part in "Our American Cousin"!

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Great column!

So, one thing you didn't mention Chris was that the 2011 WHCD dinner took place the same weekend as the raid to kill Bin Laden and Obama had to give that speech knowing something the rest of the world didn't.

And what did NBC News pre-empt to announce Bin Laden's death? You guessed it: the Celebrity Apprentice.

I'm a huge Seth Meyers fan and Late Night With Seth Meyers is essential viewing, but I've always wondered how much that weighs on his conscience. Obviously, it's not his fault and I know he's talked about it before, but that would be something that would always weigh on me.

That 2011 WHCD and the whole week with Bin Laden has to be one of the most fascinating What Ifs of all time.

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Exactly. We found out about it the next day.

Also, I recall that at the 2012 WHCD, Obama made a reference to how he took down someone notorious at the previous year's WHCD, and while everyone thought he was referring to the OBL raid & killing, he actually meant his take-down of DJT !!

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Oh common Chris Cilliza, do you dislike Biden so much and love this your Trump so much that you can't even acknowledge that today's Dinner is President Biden's and not Donald Trump. You just want a way to bring in Trump into today's Dinner being hosted by the sitting President in Joe Biden. You did the same during the last Thanksgiving . I know you like talking and writing about Trump a lot, but consider your subscribers too. Write and talk about the sitting President too especially when it's his day like today. Please get used to Biden being the President because he's going to be the President for the next five years

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This is really weird criticism. That's all I can say

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Beyond weird

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Please you tell me what is weird about the honest and constructive criticism

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What’s weird is your statement: “… do you dislike Biden so much and love this your Trump ..”. If you really believe Chris “loves” Trump, you have not read a word he has said about the man.

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Mr. JimB, my point is that today is President Biden's night. I don't see why we should be talking about Trump , good or bad today.

That is the point I was making in that statement. Let's talk about President Biden for a change, good or bad.

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Dr, If Chris had made his post AFTER Biden’s night the. You have a valid point, but it was made BEFORE his night. Dr JimB

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If I could guess, your comment was misunderstood by the readers, not weird, and the point of the column was by you as well. To me the point of the column was to highlight that the Correspondent’s dinner of 2011 may have given birth to the nonsense that is Politician Donald Trump. It wasn’t to make tonight’s dinner about Trump, rather to say, this is how we got here. I see your intention in your comment to mean, let President Biden have his day. In my view, this column does what was intended without harm to or diminishing President Biden.

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Yes Mark, that's my point. Why talking and writing about Trump again today when it's President Biden who is attending the WHCD and not Trump.

I appreciate your comment Mark

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I often like your responses, sir. But this one makes no sense whatsoever. There is nothing in this post that would lead anyone with the ability to perform "reading comprehension" to think that Chris has an "anti-Biden bias."

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I honestly can’t say that the Dr.’s comments *ever* truly add to the conversation. He continually harps on Chris when he discusses Trump or the challenges that Biden faces, and while there is a *lot* that Chris writes that I don’t agree with and am frustrated by, that’s not the sole focus of my comments.

The Dr. seems to want nothing but “feel good” Biden content. For that, I would suggest Simon Rosenberg’s Hopium Chronicles. He’s a Democratic strategist and it outrageously positive about Biden and his chances in 2024…

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On the day he dies (may it come soon!), Trump will still have his nose pressed against the glass door, desperate to be invited inside by the people he knows are his betters, all while also knowing that will never happen, since he knows in his heart he is the world's worst piece of shit ever.

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The best Trump insult comes from Gilbert Gottfried at the Comedy Central Roast:

Donald Trump has done so much damage to the New York Skyline, that instead of calling him the Donald, they should call him the 20th hijacker.

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If there is anything that goaded Trump into running for the presidency, it was the 2011 Correspondents Dinner. I wish that dinner had never happened...nobody's laughing now.

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The Trump material starts at 12 minutes FYI, if you want to FF.

Seth: “Joe Biden. What can be said about Joe Biden that hasn’t already been incorrectly said by Joe Biden?”

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I'm pissed now. Why? Because one of my favorite journalists won't be at the dinner. This post reminds me of my tuxedo hanging in the back of my closet. I last wore it 18 years ago when I got married in Las Vegas, but before that, I usually wore it 3 to 4 times a year. I miss those events only slightly

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Nice Biden content too in Obama’s bit 😂

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