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And while this has much to do with Trump's ever-worsening battle with the press and his constant struggle to book talent, it's also worth remembering that, to be frank, Trump probably has another reason for ditching:
He usually gets clobbered at these things.
So, in the interest of, uh, elucidation, please enjoy these videos of Trump getting roasted at the 2011 and 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Better yet, enjoy Trump's mirthless reactions. They're uncomfortable to watch, but extremely worth it.
First, here's President Obama clapping back at Trump's relentless "birther" conspiracy-mongering. The Lion King is involved.
Next, observe Seth Meyers insisting that Trump must be running for president as a "joke." Trump does not smile.
And here's Obama ripping on The Apprentice.
Finally, here's a delightful compilation of all the best Trump burns from the 2016 dinner.
A Larry Wilmore highlight: "Yeah, Trump's campaign is inspiring ... mass violence."
(Trump did not attend that one, BTW.)
So, there you have it. While we're not sure about the future of this year's event, we'll always have those stunners to fall back on.
And you can always zoom in on this cursed image while listening to "Sound of Silence."