Trump gets roasted at White House correspondents’ dinner, as pro-Palestinian protesters take aim at Biden. Here’s what to know.

From Biden's age to Trump's legal woes, nothing was off limits.

President Biden, right, and Colin Jost
President Biden and comedian Colin Jost took aim at Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

It seems there were two standup comedians at the 2024 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Sunday: Saturday Night Live writer Colin Jost and President Biden.

Since 1921, the dinner celebrating freedom of the press brings together journalists and politicians for a night of friendly jabs and to raise money for scholarships. Roughly 2,600 people attended the annual event this year at the Washington Hilton Hotel, while outside protesters against Israel’s war in Gaza chanted “Shame on you!” and "Free, free Palestine!"

Inside, though, all eyes were on Biden and Jost, who largely took aim at former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event.

In a speech lasting roughly 10 minutes, Biden, 81, acknowledged the frequent criticisms about his advanced age while poking fun at his opponent.

“The 2024 election’s in full swing and yes, age is an issue. I’m a grown man running against a 6-year-old,” Biden joked. Of Trump, 77, he said, “Age is the only thing we have in common. My vice president actually endorses me.”

The president also referenced Trump’s ongoing trial in New York City involving alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It was notable given that he’s forbidden his aides to publicly speak about Trump’s legal battles, according to an article in the New York Times.

“Trump is so desperate he started reading those Bibles he’s selling,” he said. “He got to the first commandment: You shall have no other God before me. That’s when he put it down and said, ‘This book is not for me.’”

Trump wasn’t Biden’s only target. The president also mocked Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who was escorted out of a theater for unruly behavior last year. “If Congress were theater, they would have thrown out Lauren Boebert a long time ago,” he said.

Host Colin Jost speaks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton, Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Host Colin Jost speaks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

As the emcee for the night, Jost highlighted the differences between Biden and Trump, saying that nothing about the 2024 presidential election “makes sense anymore.”

“The candidate who’s a famous New York City playboy took abortion rights away, and the guy who is trying to get your abortion rights back is an 80-year-old Catholic,” Jost said.

In the end, the SNL star offered a heartfelt endorsement of the current president with a tribute to his late grandfather, who supported Biden in 2020.

“The reason that he voted for you is because you’re a decent man,” Jost said. “My grandpa voted for decency, and decency is why we’re all here tonight.”

Outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, hundreds of protesters condemned Biden for his support of Israel; they also criticized members of the press for what they believe to be misleading coverage about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A White House Correspondents' Association Dinner attendee, left, is confronted by a demonstrator during a pro-Palestinian protest over the Israel-Hamas war
A White House Correspondents' Association Dinner attendee is confronted by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator on Saturday. (Terrance Williams/AP)

They also aimed to bring attention to the dozens of Arab journalists killed in Gaza since the latest conflict began on October 7, 2023.

According to the Associated Press, someone inside the hotel at some point unfurled a Palestinian flag from a top-floor window. Also, some protesters reportedly chased guests as they hurried inside for the event.

The audience comprised a who’s who of media, Hollywood and political luminaries, including Caitlyn Jenner, Jon Hamm, Questlove, Chris Pine, Molly Ringwald, Rosario Dawson and Lorne Michaels.

Also in attendance were recent Academy Award winner Da’Vine Joy Randolph, comic actress and SAG president Fran Drescher and Jost’s wife, Scarlett Johansson.

Top journalists were also in the mix, such as The View co-hosts Alyssa Farah Griffin and Sunny Hostin as well as Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Gayle King.

Trump didn’t attend Saturday’s dinner, continuing a tradition that began during his presidency. The last time he was at the dinner was in 2011, when then-President Barack Obama made a joke about his reality TV celebrity status. Some reports claim that this was the moment that spurred Trump’s decision to run for president in 2016.

The former president did weigh in, however, posting on Truth Social that “The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was really bad.”

“Colin Jost BOMBED, and Crooked Joe was an absolute disaster!” he wrote. “Doesn’t get much worse than this!”

Trump took his opinions about Saturday's event to Truth Social
Trump took his opinions about Saturday's event to his social media platform, Truth Social. (Truth Social)