For the second year in a row, Donald Trump bowed out of the White House Correspondents Dinner to hold a rally, where he took his usual inane swipes at the media. But at least there was one person he praised: Kanye West, who recently expressed support for the president in a Twitter rant declaring that they both have "dragon energy."
Instead of attending the annual press event in Washington, DC on Saturday evening, Trump took the podium in Washington, Michigan for an extremely predictable speech. A large chunk of it was spent blasting the people he'd chosen not to dine with.
"Is this better than that phony Washington White House correspondents thing? Is this more fun?" he said, according to CBS News. "I could be up there tonight smiling like I love when they're hitting you, shot after shot. ... These people, they hate your guts. ... And you know, you got to smile. And if you don't smile, they say, 'He was terrible. He couldn't take it.' And if you do smile, they'll say, 'What was he smiling about?' You know, there's no win."
The president also reiterated comments he made on Fox & Friends regarding Kanye's support, telling the audience at the rally, "In all fairness, Kanye West gets it—he gots it. ... When he sees that African-American unemployment is the lowest in history. ... You know, people are watching. That's a very important thing he's done for his legacy."
Meanwhile, Kanye's moved on to dropping troll music and tweeting his support for other public figures like Parkland survivor Emma González, so Trump may have to step up his dragon energy to keep his attention.