“If the #WHCD dinner did anything tonight, it made the chasm between journalists and those who don’t trust us, even wider”
Michelle Wolf’s performance at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) has created quite a stir. President Trump, for the second year in a row, held a rally rather than attend.
Wolf, apparently a correspondent on the Late Show with that new guy, blasted President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as well as making some pointed remarks about the state of today’s journalism.
Some of her comments, however, are seen as crossing a line, particularly points about Sanders.
Members of the Trump administration walked out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf ripped into White House staffers, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the absence of the president himself.
A year after the White House boycotted the annual dinner — and with President Donald Trump holding a competing campaign-style rally in Michigan — director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp and her husband, conservative activist Matt Schlapp, were among those who marched out of the ballroom at the Washington Hilton long before Wolf’s keynote routine was over.
Footage broadcast live on cable TV networks showed Sanders sitting at the head table on stage stone-faced, wincing and at times raising her eyebrows as Wolf compared her to a character on the dystopian TV series “The Handsmaid’s Tale” and to an “Uncle Tom” for white women.
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye,” Wolf joked about Sanders. “Like maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
The reaction to Wolf’s routine was immediate.
If the #WHCD dinner did anything tonight, it made the chasm between journalists and those who don't trust us, even wider. And those of us based in the red states who work hard every day to prove our objectivity will have to deal with it.
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) April 29, 2018
As a former WHCA board member, I have to agree. https://t.co/juUcSAidGw
— Ken Herman (@kherman) April 29, 2018
Couldn’t agree more. So much important and amazing journalism this year — that should be the focus, when truth matters and is needed more than ever. It was an embarrassment in the room and surely to the audience at home. https://t.co/vhbnG6tn55
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 29, 2018
Are these journalists really outraged that Sanders was attacked on a personal level? Or are they concerned with the perception that they are out of touch and untrustworthy?
Republicans are seeing the vile, personal commentary in the context of the WHCD a win for President Trump and his administration.
Sanders is being lauded from the right and left for her dignified response to the personal attacks levied against her by Wolf.
An R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon. Another victory for @realDonaldTrump for not attending and proving his point once again. The room was uncomfortable. Trump lovers and even a large number of Trump haters were pretty miserable.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 29, 2018
That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2018
Watching a wife and mother be humiliated on national television for her looks is deplorable. I have experienced insults about my appearance from the president. All women have a duty to unite when these attacks happen and the WHCA owes Sarah an apology.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 29, 2018
Apology is owed to @PressSec and others grossly insulted ny Michelle Wolf at White House Correspondents Assoc dinner which started with uplifting heartfelt speech by @margarettalev – comedian was worst since Imus insulted Clinton’s
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 29, 2018
It was uncomfortable sitting through the comedian’s attacks.
But I can’t imagine how it must’ve felt to be on the receiving end of those attacks (not jokes).
Highlight for me last night? Hearing about the incredible scholarship winners and the courageous war journalists. #WHCD
— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) April 29, 2018
It’s why America hates the out of touch leftist media elite https://t.co/IaLcH5n6RF
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) April 29, 2018
Michelle Wolf attacking @PressSec last night was wrong. Full stop.
Being a comedian is one thing, being a bully is something completely different.
As a member of the WHCA, I join many of my colleagues in saying that Sarah deserves an apology.
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) April 29, 2018
Watch the full routine:
Wolf is pushing back and claims that her attacks on Sanders were not related to her appearance.
Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though? ? https://t.co/JRzzvhBuey
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 29, 2018
Why are you guys making this about Sarah’s looks? I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials. https://t.co/slII9TYdYx
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 29, 2018
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