A new petition has been making its way across the internet in response to the White House Correspondents’ Association’s decision to forgo the tradition of allowing a comedian to roast the sitting president at the dinner in order to bring in Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Ron Chernow who is expected to give a sobering assessment of President Donald Trump and defend the First Amendment on the big night in April.
The petition was posted to Care2, a social petition tool focused on making positive change. The request for Michelle Wolf to create an alternative to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was created by Care2’s senior director of engagement Rebecca Gerber, calls on comedian Michelle Wolf, who provided last year’s stand up routine, to host her own rival Correspondents’ Dinner, comedy included.
The petitioner writes, “Sorry haters, but Michelle Wolf was just speaking the truth—and she was hilarious. That’s why after learning that the WHCD wouldn’t even let a comedian host this year, I decided to ask Michelle Wolf to host a separate event. So, if Trump can’t take a joke at this formal event and the event is going to bend to his will, let’s ditch it all together for a more powerful and more helpful event.”
As of Tuesday, November 27th the petition has gathered over 16,000 signatures. You can sign it here.