Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj roasts Donald Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj roasts Donald Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

"The president didn't show up, because Donald Trump doesn't care about free speech."
Updated 01 May, 2017

"Who would’ve thought with everything going on in the country right now, that a Muslim would be standing on this stage, for the ninth year in a row," said Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj.

Minhaj was asked to host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday night — an event which President Donald Trump chose to skip.

"We gotta address the elephant that's not in the room: The leader of our country is not here," Minhaj said. "And that's because he lives in Moscow. It is a very long flight, it'd be hard for Vlad to make it. As for the other guy, I believe he's in Pennsylvania because he can't take a joke."

About hosting the event Minhaj quickly pointed out: "I would say it is an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact. It is not. No one wanted to do this. So of course, it lands in the hands of an immigrant. That’s how it always goes down."

The comedian then addressed that the biggest friction is between the press and the US President, and how that plays out much like his situation; a Muslim living in a minority in America.

"We are in a very strange situation where there's a very combative relationship between the press and the president, but now that you guys are minorities – just for this moment – you might understand the position I was in, and it's the same position a lot of minority kids feel in this country."

"You gotta be twice as good. You can’t make any mistakes. Because when one of you messes up, he blames your entire group. And now you know what it feels like to be a minority."

Minhaj also took the opportunity to mention the purpose of the dinner; to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech, for which the president was absent.

"Only in America can a first-generation Indian American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president."


Naveed May 01, 2017 01:30pm
Somehow Muslims residing in America, make better comedians than other Desis.
Adonis May 01, 2017 01:31pm
Trump gets up in the middle of the night to take out his frustration with Melania, by tweeting.
Mohammed May 01, 2017 01:43pm
Creative Indians
Jinnah May 01, 2017 01:54pm
Why call him Muslim comedian not Indian-American comedian?
Maria May 01, 2017 02:05pm
Awesome! Very well delivered.
ripan May 01, 2017 02:17pm
only Indians have these kind of guts,great Indian community in the US and other countries,India's soft power is unparalleled
sachin May 01, 2017 02:22pm
The headline says it! In Pakistan its Muslim first. In India it Indian first.
Daud May 01, 2017 02:28pm
Brilliant !!!
AHA May 01, 2017 04:22pm
This was awesome.
Rajesh May 01, 2017 04:53pm
@sachin , very well said
Rational May 01, 2017 05:49pm
@Naveed I know they also have good name with other activities
Malamal May 01, 2017 06:06pm
Wow fantastic brilliant , standing ovation, really love it
mohammed daud May 01, 2017 10:11pm
Great job: Dear Hasan Minhaj:
kadwa sach May 02, 2017 04:06am
@Naveed Yes, because everything is funny about them. Others don't look so funny because they are serious about other things in life (such as education, profession, good job, business, arts, sciences, films, respecting local laws, etc.).
IMTIAZ ALI KHAN May 02, 2017 05:00am
Thank you Hasan Minhaj, beautiful job, I'm proud of you yaar. Yes America is beautiful because of the freedom of speech and diversity. Love you USA.
El Cid May 02, 2017 06:26am
Donald Trump has a bloated fragile ego, a thin skin, keeps a grudge forever!
Mahen May 02, 2017 06:46am
He is an Indian American. Why bring his religion?
Pravin May 02, 2017 08:25am
If the talk was about free speech, why bring religion in between??? some people just cannot think beyond their small boundaries.
MMKhan May 02, 2017 10:06am
@sachin: It's not about Pakistan or India but more like Trump vs Muslim. So, the headline is appropriate!
Fayzee May 02, 2017 10:25am
Wow! what a performance. Great job. Just excellent.
kuNAL MAJUMDAR May 02, 2017 12:39pm
The headline is correct, as we all know how Trump loves the Muslims. A brilliant show. A gutsy show.
ikdasid9 May 03, 2017 12:16am
@Naveed You've never heard of Russel Peters, yes he's a Gujrati and an Indian. We don't talk religion in our country
apakmuslim May 03, 2017 11:19am
What was achieved here ?