Michelle Wolf Denies Attacking Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Looks at White House Correspondents' Dinner
Many have accused the 32-year-old comedian of going too far with some of her jokes.
The backlash has been swift over comedian Michelle Wolf’s razor-sharp zingers at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents' Dinner.
On Monday, President Trump took to Twitter to call her performance "filthy," "disgusting" and "a total disaster.”
One of Trump's biggest critics, "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski, agreed.
She panned Wolf’s performance Sunday in a series of tweets.
The criticism continued into the next day on "Morning Joe" as she again panned Wolf’s performance.
"This was a disaster," Brzezinski said. "You can't apologize now. Shouldn't have done it."
Some believe Wolf was criticizing the physical appearance of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
"She burns facts and uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye," Wolf said. "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies."
Some viewers apparently believed Wolf had said "fat" instead of "facts."
Wolf also compared the press secretary to the cruel character in the award winning Hulu series, "The Handmaid’s Tale."
"I love you as Aunt Lydia in 'The Handmaid’s Tale,'" Wolf said.
Huckabee Sanders, who was sitting just a few seats away, clearly did not find her jokes funny.
Neither did Kellyanne Conway, who sat stone-faced as Wolf turned her attention toward one of the president's top aides.
"If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree," Wolf said. "I'm not suggesting she get hurt, just stuck."
Conservatives were quick to direct rebukes at Wolf and the event as a whole.
“What happened last night was an atrocity," former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN Sunday.
He added that Sanders should have been given an apology.
Michelle Malkin slammed Correspondents' Dinner attendees during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday.
“It's a disgrace that there wasn't a single person that didn’t interrupt that woman as filth was coming out of her mouth," she said.
On Sunday, Wolf took to Twitter to defend herself.
"Why are you guys making this about Sarah's looks? I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials," she wrote.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the event a disgrace on Twitter, which prompted Wolf to thank him.
Wolf has some support among fellow comedians.
Jimmy Kimmel tweeted that the 32-year-old was funny.
Comedian W. Kamau Bell also defended Wolf on Twitter.
Some news outlets also came to the "The Daily Show" correspondent's defense.
“Michelle Wolf's Honesty Is What America Needs Right Now," read a Daily Beast headline.
"Shut Up About Michelle Wolf If You've Been Silent On Trump's Offenses," The Washington Post said.
“I am drowning in the hypocrisy around this story,” Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s "Reliable Sources," told Inside Edition. "A lot of people offended by the jokes look the other way when it comes to the president's vulgarity. What I would like to see is a little good old fashioned consistency.”
Her performance should not have come as a surprise as she pointed out at the event, telling the White House Correspondents' Association, “Shoulda done your research.”
Could the backlash spell the end of the annual gathering? President Trump has declared the event "dead.”
The president of The White House Correspondents' Association is also speaking out, saying Wolf's performance was "not in the spirit" of their mission.
"I spoke to the head of the association," Stelter told Inside Edition. "She has regrets that it overshadowed the rest of the evening. She's not apologizing but there are some regrets."
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