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Michelle Wolf pushes back on criticism of Sarah Sanders jokes

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Comedian Michelle Wolf early Sunday defended her jokes about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, saying they “were about her despicable behavior.”

Wolf responded to a tweet by Maggie Haberman, a White House reporter for The New York Times, who praised Sanders for absorbing “intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth” instead of walking out of the dinner.

“All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?” Wolf replied.




The former “Daily Show” writer took direct aim at the Trump administration, including Sanders, throughout her routine at the dinner Saturday evening. The press secretary represented President Trump at the dinner, who chose to skip the event for a second year and held a campaign-style rally in Michigan instead.

“I have to say I’m a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ” Wolf said of Sanders, referring to the character in the popular dystopian Hulu series who oversees the indoctrination of women and orders harsh punishments for them.

“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited. I’m not really sure what we’re going to get, you know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta,” Wolf said.

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf continued. “But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

Wolf also commented on Sanders’s name, saying she’s “never really sure” how to refer to the press secretary.

“Is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women?” the comedian said.

Wolf also responded to a tweet from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who called the dinner a “disgrace.”

“Thank you!” she replied.

— This report was updated at 7:52 a.m.

Tags Donald Trump Michelle Wolf; Sarah Huckabee Sanders; White House Correspondents' Association dinner Sean Spicer

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