‘He was lying’: Trevor Noah implies DeSantis was at WHCA dinner, but spox declares ‘not his scene’

As corporate media elites gathered with their sycophants at the White House Correspondent’s Association (WHCA) dinner, basking in their self-righteousness as arbiters of truth and information while poking fun at themselves and the right, in particular, nothing could be more on-brand than to find out one of the biggest laughs of the night was built entirely upon fake news.

That, it would seem, is exactly what happened Saturday night when Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah took the stage and attempted to roast Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

“The Daily Show” host worked at presenting former President Donald Trump and the executive of the Sunshine State as rivals while critiquing both men during the event.

As previously reported, Noah accused DeSantis of “blaming Trump for the lockdowns” as he furthered the negative propaganda about the Florida Parental Rights in Education law.

“There’s many big names here tonight. Yeah, one of my favorites, Ron DeSantis is here,” Noah stated, pointing out into the crowd. “Yeah, yeah. Oh man, I’m actually surprised that found the time. You know, he’s been so busy trying to outmaneuver Trump for 2024. I see you, Ron. I see you, player.”

Who Noah was pointing at is anyone’s guess because, as the governor’s spokeswoman Christina Pushaw explained late Saturday night, DeSantis wasn’t even there.

“Why are people saying Governor DeSantis is at the White House Correspondents Dinner!?” she posted rhetorically. “Because DC Democrats and media (but I repeat myself) can’t stop talking about him even during their nerd prom?”

One might think that with a room full of journalists, someone would have set the record straight. Noah’s joke didn’t rely on DeSantis actually being in the room unless you happened to be one of those in attendance who would have likely paid for the opportunity to gleefully sneer in the general direction of the governor.

However, as is too typical with stories related to the media these days, the average American can easily see through the facade being presented.

“Without even checking with @Christina Pushaw I am ENTIRELY sure DeSantis is not at the WH Correspondent’s dinner,” one mother of three posted to Twitter adding, “it amounts to a weird cringy prom the media puts on for themselves to a hostage audience because they lost the prom king/queen vote and THEY ARE COOLER THAN YOU..duh.”

Pushaw happily confirmed of the governor, “He is not at the WHCA. Not his scene.”

After an editor for the Miami Herald offered up a still shot of the program from the dinner that included DeSantis’ name as one of those in attendance, Pushaw shot that down as well writing, “He was not there and never planned to be there. This is wishful thinking/obsession.”

DeSantis himself addressed the fake news in no uncertain terms when asked by a reporter, setting the record straight a few days later with a blistering response to “that cabal of people in D.C., New York.”

“I would never attend that. I have no interest in that.  I do not watch it. I don’t care what they do,” the GOP governor said, annoyed that “they would advertise me” when his office had rejected the invitation to attend.

“That is a lie. 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.

“It just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C., New York are so reviled by so many Americans,” DeSantis added.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include Gov. Ron DeSantis’ response.


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