The Washington Post Has a Donald Trump ProblemS

Washington D.C. will be in full "why the country hates us" mode this weekend, as reporters and pundits gather to mingle inappropriately with the politicians and operatives they cover at tomorrow's annual White House Correspondents Dinner. The black-tie affair seems to attract more Hollywood celebrities with each passing year, usually in the form of guests for major D.C. publications. And who has the Washington Post, our capital's mightiest fishwrapper, invited this year? America's cartoon slime monster, Donald Trump.

The Post invited Trump before he became completely toxic earlier this week — back when we were still in the "It's just Donald being Donald" phase of his fake presidential run that preceded the current "It's just Donald being George Wallace" reality.

But as of two days ago, the Post's gossip columnists were still reporting Trump as their own celebrity guest. Here's Trump's blurb:

Guest: Donald Trump

Host: The Washington Post

Why invited: "Donald Trump is a fascinating figure to Washington," said spokeswoman Kris Coratti.

Also at the table: House Speaker John Boehner.

John Boehner at the same table with Donald Trump? We have a feeling that this ain't gonna happen. It is not a tenable situation. Boehner will likely request a move to his usual seat on Justin Bieber's lap.

At least some Post employees are annoyed with this. Blogger Ezra Klein called the invitation "embarrassing." And here's how columnist Dana Milbank opened his piece today:

On Thursday, the Washington Post editorializes that Donald Trump has been campaigning on "bogus" issues and that he should "cease and desist." An article in the news pages the same day reports that the great orange charlatan's "simply wild speculation" has "almost no basis in fact."

Then, on Saturday night, Post reporters and editors, in black-tie finest, go to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner to host their invited guests, including. . . Donald Trump.

We contacted the Post this afternoon to ask if Trump would still be their guest. "As far as I know, yes," spokesperson Kris Coratti replied.

George Will must be rolling in his grave.

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