Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the corporate media on Monday, following reports that he attended the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C., Saturday night. The event included many of the big names in politics and the media, and was hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), an organization of journalists who cover the White House.
“I would never attend that. I have no interest in that,” he said when asked about the event during an unrelated news conference in Jacksonville. “I did not watch it. I don’t care what they do. But for them to advertise me when that invitation was rejected by my office. That is a lie,” DeSantis said, adding later that the reason the corporate media is “so reviled” is because of its habit of perpetuating provable lies.
The confusion came after the host of the event, comedian Trevor Noah, falsely claimed during his routine that DeSantis was in the audience, pointing and waving at someone in the audience as if he were the governor.
“One of my favorites, Ron DeSantis is here. Oh man, I’m actually surprised that he found the time,” Noah said. “You know he has been so busy trying to outmaneuver Trump for 2024. I see you, Ron. I see you, player. I see what you been doing!” the comedian added, pointing toward someone in the audience.
DeSantis has been unclear about his intentions in 2024, though it’s widely believed he will throw his hat into the ring and challenge Trump in the presidential race.
Noah continued to address DeSantis as if he were in the room, saying: “Yeah, I’ve seen what you’ve been doing, blaming Trump for the lockdowns, distancing yourself from the vaccines that Trump created with his own two hands.”
The comedian then cracked a joke about the governor’s vaccine status, and implied again that he was in the audience.
“He won’t even tell people if he got the booster,” Noah said. “Or as they say in Florida, don’t ask, don’t tell, am I right? I see you, Ron!”
Trevor Noah on FL Gov. DeSantis eyeing a 2024 presidential run: ‘Ron DeSantis is one step ahead [of Trump]. First you ban the math textbooks, then nobody knows how to count the votes’ pic.twitter.com/Ris8Yzovm4
— INDEPENDENT PRESS (@IpIndependent) May 1, 2022
“Why are people saying Governor DeSantis is at the White House Correspondents Dinner!? Because DC Democrats and media (but I repeat myself) can’t stop talking about him even during their nerd prom?” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw tweeted on Sunday. “This is wishful thinking/obsession.”
After Miami Herald reporter David Smiley tweeted out the WHCD program listing DeSantis as being in attendance, Pushaw again corrected the record.
He was not there and never planned to be there. This is wishful thinking / obsession. https://t.co/bktqB93FYq
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) May 1, 2022
DeSantis expressed his disgust with the media on Monday for getting yet another story wrong while pretending to be “paragons of truth.”
“And so here they are saying how important they are that they’re somehow these paragons of truth, and yet there they are lying about something that is readily verifiable,” he said. “And so the idea that I was there is false the idea that I would have ever gone is false, and why they would want to try to perpetuate a lie about that I don’t know. But I think it just shows you why that cabal of people in DC [and] New York, are so reviled by so many Americans. I think it’s a reputation that’s been well deserved.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) responds to Trevor Noah cracking jokes about him at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:
“I did not watch it. I don’t care what they do … It just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C., New York are so reviled by so many Americans.” pic.twitter.com/8bGlCKMiCg
— The Recount (@therecount) May 2, 2022