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Gutfeld: It's not Trump trampling free speech in America

Comedian Hasan Minhaj missed the obvious target at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner

 

Saturday, it was the White House Correspondents' Dinner vs. Donald Trump's rally. It was like King Kong vs. Godzilla. Actually, it was more like Sominex vs. Red Bull.

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JEFF MASON, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION: Tonight we must recognize that there are threats to press freedoms here in the United States. We must remain vigilant. The world is watching.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people. Right?

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What a juxtaposition, tuxedos vs. truckers, people who take selfies vs. people who install shelfies.

Now, the media said there were no winners, meaning they lost. True, Trump's rally wasn't anything new except for one key line:

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TRUMP: A large group of Hollywood actors --

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And Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now.

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And then the media proved them right by consoling themselves in a hotel ballroom right now.

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MASON: We cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do. Freedom of the press is a building block of our democracy.

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Oh, the applause.

Afterward, the night's comic Hasan Minhaj mocked Donald Trump for not showing up. But you know he'd mock him if he did show up. You want proof? He ripped Fox News for showing up. But what if we hadn't. Here is him speaking truth the power.

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HASAN MINHAJ, COMEDIAN: We have to address the elephant that is not in the room. The leader of our country is not here. And that is because he lives in Moscow. It is a very long flight. As for the other guy I think he is in Pennsylvania because he can't think a joke.

Now, you guys have to be more perfect now, more than ever. Because you are how the president gets his news.

This event is about celebrating the First Amendment and free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the Amendment that allows him to do it. In four hours, Donald Trump will be tweeting about how bad Nicki Minaj bombed at his dinner.

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And he will be doing it completely sober.

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Now, mocking President Trump for not showing up is like a hunter complaining there aren't any ducks when you're surrounded by them. You just choose not to shoot those ducks. As Hasan defends freedom of speech against Trump, someone should tell him it's not Trump canceling campus speeches or local parades, it's the regressive left.

So, a comedian calls Trump out for making other plans, when he should train their sights on the true oppressors. Seriously enough about Trump threatening speech, those applause penguins around those dinner tables haven't shut up since Trump won.

So, while you avoid those in your midst who wish to silence all opposition, you rag on President Trump. That sad contradiction might be the biggest joke of the night.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld