Earlier this year, the White House Correspondents’ Association held their annual dinner in Washington, D.C., and for the second year in a row, President Donald Trump did not attend. Past presidents have made a habit of attending the dinner, but it’s not as though Trump is on generally good terms with the press to begin with.
That set-up did not, however, keep the president from weighing in on the gathering on Twitter. In familiar Trump-ian fashion, he suggested that the dinner should perhaps be ended altogether going forward.
One of the points of contention that many people raised with the gathering was over the content of host Michelle Wolf’s remarks. Her comic routine included a jab at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that incorporated her looks, and although she didn’t directly go after Sanders for her appearance, many were furious at the incorporation.
Wolf appeared this week on The View, and while on the show the topic of her recent routine delivered at the annual WHCD inevitably came up.
Co-host Meghan McCain brought up her own personal past comments about Wolf’s routine, having suggested it was a “gift to the Trump administration” because among Wolf’s detractors were liberals, as well as conservatives. In line with that, the White House Correspondents’ Association itself has suggested it might not have comedians host the dinner at all in the future, and McCain asked Wolf:
‘How would you feel if you killed another comedian’s job?’
Wolf replied by explaining:
‘I mean, I don’t care. It’s not, like, a great job. I mean, I think everyone that has ever done it has been, like, “Great, now I don’t have to do it again.” The whole time I called it a homework assignment. But it being, like, a gift to Trump, I don’t think it was a gift to Trump any more than every single news show, and I put that in quotes, “news,” is a gift to Trump.’
As many have pointed out, it’s ironic for McCain and others to go after Wolf when the current president remains in office after having peddled toxicity of a far greater magnitude than that included in the recent WHCD routine — although, to be clear, the McCains are no big fans of the president to begin with. Still, what Trump and even the WHCD itself think about Wolf having taken on the administration’s corruption in her routine isn’t exactly the most important issue here.
Check out video of Wolf’s appearance on The View below.
Although McCain did go after Wolf, other co-hosts on The View — like Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin — did express support for Wolf. Hostin even commented that while at the dinner, she saw plenty of the people in the room laughing, which is an of course ironic observation considering the backlash Wolf has faced.
Backlash has come at Wolf from sources including, besides the president, prominent journalists like Mika Brzezinski and Maggie Haberman, neither of whom are particularly fond of the president. Both of the journalists made Wolf having quipped that Sanders “burns facts” to use for a “perfect smoky eye” into an attack on the press secretary’s appearance.
While Wolf continues to face backlash for having made that joke, a president remains in the White House who is guilty of far worse.
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