Trump announced that he is skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the first American President to do so in 36 years. Instead, he will be holding yet another rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Trump – never one to miss an opportunity to comment on crowd size – promised a “BIG rally in Pennsylvania” on Twitter.
Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
The reason for the rally is, as always, unknown. Trump already won the Presidency in November 2016. The next Presidential election is not until 2020. This would, perhaps, be the time for Trump to govern instead of holding yet another self-congratulatory tour.
Trump would have certainly faced criticism had he chosen to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He is well-known, however, to avoid situations that may be more hostile to the deeply unpopular President. He recently declined the Nationals’ offer to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day in what many believed would be an unfriendly crowd to Trump.
Trump has been plagued by failures during his first 100 days in office, including his inability to repeal and replace Obamacare, on which he campaigned heavily. As special elections spring up throughout the country, Democratic candidates are capitalizing on strong anti-Trump sentiment and turning deeply conservative districts purple or even blue.
Trump has proven time and time again that he is too thin-skinned to handle the presidency, going so far as to say that protestors have “no right” to voice dissenting opinions at his rallies. Hopefully the people of Harrisburg are willing to send a message to Trump that they’d rather see him govern the country in Washington, D.C. than spew empty rhetoric to an auditorium in Pennsylvania.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.