By, Kinza Tahir, Hamna Iqbal and Zoha Liaquat
Donald Trump decided to skip the Correspondent’s dinner but that didn’t stop ‘The Daily Show’ host Hasan Minhaj from roasting the ‘president in absentia.’
The annual White House Correspondent’s dinner saw a range of guests in attendance but Trump was a no-show, becoming the first President since Reagan to give the annual dinner a miss.
Mihnaj’s roast of the president made headlines as he took the stage to hammer the president and his administration like never before. His comments on Trump’s immigration policy struck a chord with Twitter users and were reminiscent of previous comments made by other 2nd generation immigrant comedians.
Speaking to the attendees Minhaj said, “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,”
“I would say it is an honor to do this, but that would be an alternative fact. It is not. No one wanted to do this so of course it falls in the hands of an immigrant. That’s how it always goes down,” added a serious looking Minhaj as his speech took on a more serious tone.
Standup comedian Kumail Nanjiani often makes uses of his twitter handle to comment on the increasing anti-immigrant sentiment in America.
To anti-immigration people: Immigrants fought to come here. Immigrants had to prove that they belong here. You were just born here.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 29, 2017
Minday Kaling of ‘The Office’ and ‘The Mindy Project’ fame recently took twitter to share a picture with Minhaj post his WHCD stint.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 2, 2017
Comedian Aziz Ansari had shared his sentiments on Trump’s Muslim ban in an op-ed piece for the New York Times, openly calling the president out on his policies.
“Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.”
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) June 24, 2016