However, the White House denounced the statement, Krebs said he would consider legal action – and the 135-year-old club Gridyron asked diGenova to resign.
“We were horrified by his comments and we felt that they were, on top of that, just the opposite of what the club was talking about,” said club president Craig Gilbert, head of Washington’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This is a social club – it’s all about friendship and goodwill.”
The Gridiron Club is primarily a Washington-based organization for journalists, but is best known for its annual official dinner, which also ropes in political lights, and a boisterous musical-comedy performance of satirical songs and sketches. DiGenova, who was an American lawyer in the District of Columbia in the 1
Digenova confirmed the sequence of events and said “I have no bad will towards” the club and its council.
“I was happy to be a member,” he said. “This is their club and we are in a strange time in American history and, I guess, I was canceled.”
In a statement Tuesday, he explained that his comments about Krebs “are sarcastic and made for fun. Of course, I do not wish Mr Krebs any harm. This was a hyperbole in political discourse. “He told The Washington Post on Wednesday that his comments had sparked a wave of threatening phone calls and that his law firm was hiring private security guards for him, his wife and their staff.
Founded in 1885, the Gridiron Club is a well-known bipartisan. Trump remarked over dinner, and in 2019, Ivanka Trump joked that “being Donald Trump’s daughter” is the hardest job in the world.
Although not officially recorded, the production is not broadcast on television, which gives them a different mood than some of the other media and political gala in the city and far less lightning than the dinner of the White House Correspondents Association, where caustic combinations of professional comics have raised allegations of bias.
Digenova said she did not agree with these considerations and called her removal this week “the full circle of history”.
“It’s a wonderful club and I really enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of wonderful people in the press, “he said. “Again, this is their club, and I’m just a wandering minstrel.”
The club eventually canceled its March dinner due to the pandemic and plans to host its next event on September 18, 2021.
“We think there’s still room for an event like this where people can mix and eat together and hang out with each other among their differences,” Gilbert said. “It’s a tradition and obviously in some ways today it can is more challenging, but perhaps more important. “