Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner host Michelle Wolf threw some comedic punches at Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and others during the event, and now she’s faced with taking the resulting backlash on the chin.
One of the first to denounce the derision, which was partly evoked by comments on everything from Sanders’ eye makeup to the sound of her name, was the man she replaced, ex-Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Appearing unfazed, Wolf responded to the short remark with an even shorter “Thank you!”
The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman, a recent Pulitzer winner known for in-depth coverage of the White House, also called out the jokes, adding that seeing Sanders remain in the room “was impressive.”
But Wolf defended the jabs, saying they were only about Sanders’ “despicable behavior,” despite having directly commented on her looks. “Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?” she asked.
Even MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, who co-hosts the network’s Morning Joe program, fired back at Wolf’s routine, saying it was deplorable. But again, Wolf made light of the matter, brushing it off with another pun.
However, Saturday night’s tweets were only the start of the flood of angered reactions to come, raising a debate over whether some of Wolf’s remarks went too far. While certain critics say the comedian’s routine was over-the-top, others have noted the president’s treatment of his adversaries, a list which has included women, minorities, journalists and other politicians, has been just as offensive if not more so.
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