December 1, 2022

Critics just slammed Michelle Wolf over Sarah Huckabee Sanders roast. Wolf’s response is epic

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Comedian Michelle Wolf of The Daily Show has been facing heavy criticism from some journalists over her jokes about Trump administration Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.


With the president busy rallying his deplorable supporters in Michigan, Sanders was the most prominent member of Trump’s inner circle to attend the dinner which, until the Trump era, was almost unfailingly attended by every president during the past few decades, despite their having to sit through a hilariously vicious lambasting by whichever comedian was invited to host the event in a given year.

The White House Press Secretary must have known that she was going to be in for an epic roast when she decided to accept the invitation to attend the notoriously unsparing event, and Wolfe did not spare Sanders in the least with her comments on the Trump mouthpiece’s job performance.

It was when the comedian’s jokes strayed into commenting on Sanders’ appearance that hackles were raised by female journalists in particular, even though Wolfe’s punchlines were as much of an attack on Sanders’ daily ritual of misleading the press corps as they were insults about her looks.

Wolfe began her Sander’s routine with an admission that she was “a little starstruck” being in the presence of “Aunt Lydia,” referring to the dour and vengeful character who plays the enforcer on the recently returned Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” before saying:

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf said. “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

“I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” wolf continued. “Is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women?”

To her credit, Sanders gamely took the jokes with a strained smile on her face and didn’t storm out of the ballroom in a huff.

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While the comparisons to Aunt Lydia and the smoky eye makeup reference could conceivably be seen as jokes about Sanders’ appearance, at their heart they are more about the Press Secretary’s behavior than her looks, but many reporters didn’t see it that way.

They took to Twitter after the event to defend the woman who they nevertheless have to work with every day.

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Maggie Haberman, the White House correspondent for The New York Times, defended Sanders for doing what every president who has ever attended the dinner has done without being singled out as especially brave.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, having endured her own attacks from President Trump about her looks, seems to feel that women should be treated differently than men when it comes to comments about their physical appearance and called for an apology to Sanders from the journalist organization that sponsored the dinner.

Andrea Mitchell, the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent also called for an apology and called Wolf’s performance the worst since Don Imus roasted the Clintons to their faces.

Even male reporters like Politico’s Jake Sherman felt that Wolf’s set was less comedic than offensive.

Wolf did not take the accusations of low blows from the noted reporters lying down. She defended herself with a tweeted reply to Haberman, woman-splaining the true nature of her jokes to the writer.

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Other attendees at the dinner defended the Daily Show writer with calls for her critics to examine their priorities, as in this tweet from former Hillary Clinton spokesperson Jesse Ferguson:

The executive editor of Teen Vogue, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, also came to Wolf’s defense.

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Other comedians also sided with Wolf in this Twitter battle, including Kathy Griffin, who knows quite a bit about what it’s like to be attacked for pointed comedic efforts at the Trump administration’s expense, and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani.

Given the history of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Sanders surely knew what she was in for when she agreed to attend the event. She was certainly braver than her boss who knows that when you can’t take the heat, you stay out of the kitchen.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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