Michelle Wolf took a beating in the media today, with an onslaught of attacks from Trump staffers, members of the media, and supporters of the current administration, calling her mean, hateful, vile, horrid, disgusting, and a long list of other expletives and insults.
The President didn’t spend too much time reacting, simply saying on Twitter that Wolf “bombed” in her performance. Others were more detailed in their criticism. Like The Hollywood Reporter taking brutal shots at Wolf- calling her speech “profane, mostly unfunny writing” that was “needlessly vulgar” and said that Wolf made Donald Trump look classy. Soon after the pile on began.
The crux of the criticism seemed to be centered on Wolf’s jokes about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which for some reason, got misread as appearance shaming, even though there were no jokes that specifically attacked the Press Secretary’s appearance. Wolf compared her to Aunt Lydia, a character in the Handmaid’s Tale, but the joke was not a comment on physical appearance, but rather the role Aunt Lydia has on the Hulu series.
Criticism on Sunday came from many sources, here is a summary of some of them:
Fox News correspondent Ed Henry said Sanders deserves an apology, and called wolf mean, hateful and vile, adding that he thought what happened to Sarah Sanders was disgusting. Henry was a former president of the White House Correspondents Association.
Mika Brzezinski said Sarah Huckabee Sanders was humiliated on national television for her look, and called the jokes deplorable. “All women have a duty to unite when these attacks happen and the WHCA owes Sarah an apology. Women who use their government positions to spread lies and misinformation deserve to face the same withering criticism as men. But leave our looks out of it. Watching from home, I hurt for Sarah, her husband and her children,” she tweeted, also calling for an end to the practice of inviting comedians to the WHCD.
New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker tweeted echoing the sentiment that perhaps comedians should no longer be a part of the annual dinner.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell tweeted at an “Apology is owed to @PressSec and others grossly insulted by Michelle Wolf at White House Correspondents Assoc dinner” and called Wolf the worst since Imus insulted Clinton’s
Anthony Scaramucci called Wolf’s performance an “atrocity” and made his own joke that “it was like literally watching Michael Wolff with a wig on. I thought Michelle Wolf was Michael Wolff, actually.”
Sean Spicer piled on simply calling the WHCD a disgrace.
National Security Advisor John Bolton called it “reprehensible” on “Fox News Sunday.”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman also criticized Wolf’s jokes about Sanders and praised her for not walking out. “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,” she wrote.
Mike Huckabee said in a tweet that the WHCD “celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate. They got all dressed up so they would look nicer when they had a hired gun savagely attack their guests. Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them? Sad!”
Michael Loftus, comedy writer for Kevin Can Wait called the personal attacks “vicious” and said he can’t blame Trump for sitting out. “It’s like being invited to a restaurant where you know you’re going to get food poisoning.”
Chris Christie also said Wolf unfairly attacked Sarah Huckabee Sanders appearance and added “This female comedian spent more time beating up on women last night than she did on men” in an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Dennis Miller What a horrid human being Michelle Wolf is. I’m going to read up on her over the next couple of days and I will have a few brutally mean jokes about her by Wednesday.
What a horrid human being Michelle Wolf is. I’m going to read up on her over the next couple of days and I will have a few brutally mean jokes about her by Wednesday.
— Dennis Miller (@DennisDMZ) April 29, 2018
There were also complaints about her use of the Word pussy, her jokes about abortion, and her use of the word Nazi, but the barrage of complaints mostly centered on the Press Secretary. The last time the White House Correspondents Dinner generated this much outrage, Stephen Colbert was the focus of the animosity. He seems to be doing okay.