Back in 2011, then-Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump was thoroughly embarrassed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by host Seth Meyers and President Barack Obama over his racist birther crusade.
And now that Trump is president, he has refused to attend the event. This year is no exception, as the White House Correspondents’ Association announced that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be attending in Trump’s place: “The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment. In keeping with tradition, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also will represent the administration at the head table. The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy.”
Michelle Wolf, the Daily Show correspondent turned Netflix talk-show host—whom The Daily Beast recently named “the future of stand-up comedy”—will be emceeing the Washington, D.C. event, and recently said of the Huckabee Sanders news: “I’m just excited Sarah finally gets to go to prom.”