Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft announced at Saturday’s Spirit of America Rally that he plans to start an event to rival the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Hoft is dubbing his event “The Real News Correspondents’ Dinner” and said it will be held at the end of April across town from the traditional mainstream event in Washington, D.C. Hoft’s announcement was greeted with hearty applause by pro-Trump supporters attending the Nashville rally.
Because of his tense relationship with the media which he says has been unfair to him, President Trump has declined to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Hoft, who began his well-known grassroots conservative blog 12 years ago and was a friend of Andrew Breitbart, recently was granted a White House press pass for Gateway Pundit, a move that angered leftists. He said in his speech at Saturday’s rally that his White House correspondent has already had his speeches canceled at college campuses and had a reservation canceled with Airbnb because of his association with Gateway Pundit. “That’s what we’re dealing with folks,” Hoft said. “That’s the fascism.” He said such actions should alarm all fair-minded Americans, Republican and Democrat alike.
In addition to speaking of his frustrations with leftists, Hoft singled out Never Trumpers in his speech at Saturday’s rally for trying to stop Trump from obtaining the presidency. He specifically mentioned last year’s “Against Trump” edition of National Review that featured numerous essays from elite conservative thinkers protesting Trump. “I looked at it and then threw it in the trash,” he said. Hoft said Trump still new in his term has already done more for conservatism than other presidents in recent decades.
Hoft also spoke of the hostility faced by gay conservatives. Hoft himself came out as gay last year after an Islamic extremist killed 53 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.