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Hasan Minhaj’s Powerful Point About Free Speech Has Internet Cheering

Hasan Minhaj hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, and he completely roasted the Trump administration.

There were definitely some awkward moments in which he took jabs at the press, and Hillary Clintonat one point, as well.

Toward the end of his remarks, Minhaj took a slightly more serious tone when discussing the overall theme of the night and what it truly means in the era of Trump.

Most seem to agree one of Minhajs final points a passionate defense of free speech was exactly what needed to be said.

Minhaj said,

This event is about celebrating the First Amendment and free speech.

Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy, from college campuses to the White House.

Only in America can a first-generation Indian-American Muslim kid come on stage and make fun of the president.

The entire room applauded.

He added, The orange man behind the Muslim ban, which generated laughter.

Minhaj said Trump didnt attend the WHCD because he doesnt care about free speech, and the man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it.

The comedian then joked Trump would tweet about how Nicki Minaj bombed at the WHCD in a few hours.

Minhajs statements aboutfree speech, and Trumps lack of appreciation for it, had the internet cheering.

He killed it, and the internet agrees.

In lieu of attending the WHCD, Trump held a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he marked his 100th day in office.

Trump used the event as an opportunity to attack the media and Hillary Clinton.

Hes the first president to skip the WHCD since Ronald Reagan in 1981.

At the time, Reagan was recovering from being shot in an assassination attempt, which is a fair excuse.

Many feel Trump didnt attend the WHCD because he cant take a joke.

On that note, its safe to say he definitely would not have appreciated much of what Minhaj had to say.

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