Michelle Wolf of The Daily Show hosted the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner on Saturday, an event which honors the press and the right to free speech. Often referred to as "nerd prom," the WHCD usually involves roasting politicians and members of the press. Wolf's jabs at President Donald Trump and his staff were deep, and reactions have been mixed.
For the second consecutive year, Trump skipped the event, which critics say is a sign of his thin skin and inability to laugh at himself... the president certainly excels at lobbing insults at his adversaries on Twitter.
Reminder: The last president to miss the correspondents' dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981 -- because he was recover… https://t.co/6GWDMMMdd2— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1524960180.0
When Wolf harshly roasted Trump and his staff, however, conservatives and even some liberals think the comedian went too far.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump “encouraged his staff and all of us to attend” this… https://t.co/ePMLeNvKOj— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics) 1524956971.0
Michelle Wolf: "We're at a Hilton, it's not nice. This is on C-SPAN, no one watches that. Trump is president, it's… https://t.co/yho2tEIgwm— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1524969069.0
Michelle Wolf at #WHCD: “I know there's a lot of people that want me to talk about Russia and Putin and collusion, … https://t.co/0NX0lR43Td— Washington Examiner (@Washington Examiner) 1524969061.0
Michelle Wolf: "I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up. Unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000. Michael, you… https://t.co/s1ZWfuDI7f— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1524969321.0
Michelle Wolf, the #whcd featured comedian: “I’m 32, which is a weird age — 10 years too young to host this event,… https://t.co/bzgjEvFgeC— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond) 1524968782.0
Her digs cut pretty deeply, and some people weren't happy about it. Some people said that Wolf's remarks "played right into Trump's hands," and that CNN "should be ashamed for airing the vulgar, raunchy and curse ladened "performance" at the White House Correspondence Dinner."
Michelle Wolf — and the WHCD — really played into Trump’s hand tonight. Trump is vulgar and mean-spirited, but that… https://t.co/bOq7vnJuI9— Stuart Rothenberg (@Stuart Rothenberg) 1524971911.0
CNN should be ashamed for airing the vulgar, raunchy and curse ladened "performance" at the White House Corresponde… https://t.co/okD6ZafxDJ— X Strategies (@X Strategies) 1524970160.0
Others, however, thought Wolf's jokes were entirely appropriate, considering some of the vitriolic rhetoric that comes directly from our Commander In Chief.
Ya’ll can say Michelle Wolf is vulgar but she’s not the one threatening a Senator, assaulting 19 women, or palling… https://t.co/EpcsahkQUN— Mandy Slutsker (@Mandy Slutsker) 1524970238.0
Michelle Wolf was an equal opportunist, went in on both sides #LOVEDIT #WHCD— Joseph (@Joseph) 1524969818.0
Michelle Wolf's humor at #WHCD was funny, smart and biting. It was uncomfortable to watch her destroy Sarah Sanders… https://t.co/TIt5FPYdnM— Dianne Sherman (@Dianne Sherman) 1524970562.0
The irony of Trump supporters, who claim to hate political correctness, getting upset over disparaging jokes about Trump wasn't lost.
Look at all the people who “hate political correctness” clutching their pearls over Michelle Wolf. #WHCD— Julie S. (@Julie S.) 1524970044.0
Others, however, noted that Wolf's entire point was that none of today's nasty political discourse is normal.
Michelle Wolf will get "mixed" reviews tomorrow from people who expected her to engage in a collegial banter. Miche… https://t.co/2cfIS6ZIBu— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈) 1524970532.0