Comedian Michelle Wolf performed at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington — but not all members of the audience stayed for the entire act.
Apparently offended by many of the comedian’s jabs at President Donald Trump and members of his administration, many attendees sat in silence, or simply got up and walked out, Politico reported.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Washington Township, Mich., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign-style rally in Washington, Mich., April 28, 2018. (Associated Press)
“President Trump isn’t here, if you haven’t noticed,” Wolf, 32, a writer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” told the gathering. “I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the president of the United States is the one p—- you’re not allowed to grab.”
Wolf’s reference to the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005, which went public prior to the 2016 presidential election, was just one wisecrack that many in attendance did not appreciate.
Trump opted to skip Saturday night’s event — choosing instead to hold his own campaign-style rally in Michigan, one of the states that were key to Trump’s 2016 election victory.
“Is this better than that phony Washington White House Correspondents’ dinner?” Trump asked Saturday night, drawing cheers from the crowd in Washington, Mich., about 39 miles north of Detroit.
It marked the second year in a row that Trump declined to attend the event where politicians have long hobnobbed with members of the media, as the president continues to blast “fake news” and “dishonest” reporters.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, however, attended as a representative of the Trump administration — and suffered through Wolf’s blistering critiques of her job performance, her appearance and even her Southern roots.
Wolf took to Twitter to defend her jokes against Sanders. New York Times’ Maggie Haberman commended the White House press secretary for remaining at the Correspondents’ Dinner despite absorbing “intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth.”
“Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?” Wolf tweeted.
Among Wolf’s less offensive one-liners:
— “Just a reminder to everyone, I’m here to make jokes, I have no agenda, I’m not trying to get anything accomplished, so everyone that’s here from Congress you should feel right at home.”
— “It is kinda crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”
— “He wants to give teachers guns, and I support that because then they can sell them for things they need like supplies.”
Donald J. Trump responed on Twitter of course:
While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really “bombed.” @greggutfeld should host next year! @PeteHegseth