Joe Biden Targets Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

President addresses global issues at annual media gathering.

by Nouman Rasool
Joe Biden Targets Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner
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Incumbent President Joe Biden made a major political attack on his opponent, former President Donald Trump, on the night before the polls in a White House Correspondents' Dinner riddled by global political crises. Biden simply derided his opponent, saying he was running "against a six-year-old." The two agreed on only one thing—that they are of the same age.

In one of the most poignantly important parts of his speech, Biden said that the presidential election in November was an absolute critical necessity for American democracy. He appealed to the media for their responsible behavior in such a time of turbulence when sensationalism, he said, overshadowed the real stakes involved.

Biden Defends Detained Americans

The evening also shined a light on serious human rights issues, notably the inappropriate detentions overseas. Biden called for the immediate release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was detained in Russia on what the U.S.

has called spurious charges of espionage. The President once again affirmed his commitment to getting other detained Americans out, such as journalist Austin Tice and businessman Paul Whelan, taking a strong position in the protection of American citizens abroad.

The guest list for the Washington Hilton was a who's who from political, entertainment, and media circles. It included such big names as Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Brosnahan, and Quavo; that brought the number of celebrities equal with the number of political dignitaries who turned out for the dinner.

Amid the glittering indoor ceremony, the protest vibrated outside. Hundreds came to denounce US attitudes on the Israel-Hamas conflict and to criticize both the administration and the media for their role in that geopolitical narrative.

Protesters chanting "Shame on you!" and signs bemoaning media complicity in global issues provide a cue to a trip with a very divisive, contentious foreign policy. Security was very tight, with the U.S. Secret Service working hand in hand with local law enforcement to ensure safety amidst the protests—an indication of the heightened tensions around the event.

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