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Indian-American comedian mocks US Prez at dinner

Indian-American comedian mocks US Prez at dinner
Hasan Minhaj of Comedy Central performs at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington. REUTERS

Washington, April 30

As he made fun of President Donald Trump, Indian-American stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj said one has such a freedom only in a country like the US because of its commitment to freedom of speech enshrined in its Constitution.

Minhaj, 31, whose parents hail from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, delivered a memorable entertaining speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The young comedian made fun of Trump for his perceived proximity with the Russians, his attack on the media and several of his campaign rhetoric.

Minhaj also made fun of several top officials of the Trump administration. “Jeff Sessions couldn’t be here tonight, he was busy doing a pre-Civil War re-enactment. On his RSVP, he just wrote ‘NO’. Just ‘no’, which happens to be his second favourite n- word,” he said.

“Is Steve Bannon here? I do not see Steve Bannon. I do NOT see Steve Bannon. Not see Steve Bannon. Not-see Steve Bannon,” he said. He said Betsy DeVos couldn’t be here, she’s busy curating her collection of children’s tears.

“Mike Pence wanted to be here tonight, but his wife would not let him because apparently one of you ladies is ovulating. So good job, ladies. Because of you we couldn’t hang out with Mike Pence,” he added.

“Donald Trump is liar-in-chief. Remember, you guys are public enemy number one. You are his biggest enemy. Journalists, ISIS, normal-length ties,” Minhaj said as he went on to make fun of the media.

“It is amazing to be among the greatest journalists in the world, and yet, when we all checked into the Hilton on Friday we all got a USA Today. Every time a USA Today slides underneath my door, it’s like they’re saying, ‘Hey, you’re not that smart, right?’ USA Today is what happens when the coupon section takes over the newspaper. Is this an article about global warming or 50 cents off Tide? Either way, the pictures are so pretty!” he said.

As he mocked Trump several times, he said that the president would be tweeting about him at 3 am.

“It’s 11 pm in four hours, Donald Trump will be tweeting about how badly Nikki Minaj did at this dinner. And he’ll be doing it completely sober. And that’s his right. And I’m proud that all of us are here to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would,” Minhaj said. — PTI 


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