President Donald Trump’s campaign revealed on Tuesday that he will be hosting a rally in Wisconsin instead of attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
According to a campaign announcement, the president chose Wisconsin to celebrate “the successes of his administration with the people” of the state and the revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement helping dairy farmers:
“President Trump looks forward to sharing the successes of his administration with the great people of Wisconsin. Under President Trump’s leadership, paychecks are now growing twice as fast for those in the bottom half of the income spectrum. Unemployment has hit generational lows, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will open Canadian dairy markets to farmers all across Wisconsin.”
As IJR Blue previously reported, the president announced he’d be skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the third year in a row earlier this month, sharing that part of his reason is that he wants to avoid negativity.
“I’m gonna hold a rally,” Trump said to reporters at the time. “Because the dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re gonna hold a very positive rally instead.”
Watch his comments below:
When asked whether he will attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner or hold a rally, Pres. Trump says "I'm gonna hold a rally," calling the dinner "so boring and so negative."
— ABC News (@ABC) April 5, 2019
“Everybody wants it, it will be a big one but the Correspondents’ Dinner is too negative, I like positive things,” said Trump.
Last year, the dinner also faced harsh backlash after comedienne Michelle Wolf targeted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a joke that many felt attacked her looks.
Take a look back:
Michelle Wolf didn't hold back in her White House Correspondents' Dinner routine — and not everyone is happy about it 😶
— The Tylt (@TheTylt) May 6, 2018
Trump defended Sanders after the event, pointing out that Wolf’s routine was so unacceptable the association invited a historian to host instead of a comedian this year.
“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian,” Trump tweeted. “Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”
So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
His rally in Wisconsin may be a sign that the president is ready to fight for the Rust Belt states that helped decide the 2016 election.
While the Democratic party has renewed its commitment to fight for the state that Hillary Clinton failed to visit after she became the party’s presidential nominee, it remains to be seen if they will be able to win against Trump in the 2020 election.