Michelle Wolf on correspondents' dinner: 'I wouldn't change a single word that I said'
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Comedian Michelle Wolf on Monday stood by her performance at this year's White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner, despite criticism from conservatives and some journalists that she went too far.

"I wouldn't change a single word that I said. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns," Wolf said on NPR's "Fresh Air."

"I don't pull punches," she added. "I'm not afraid to talk about things. And I don't think they expected that from me."

Wolf caused a furor in Washington, D.C., on Saturday after she delivered a searing 19-minute set that took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE, Vice President Pence, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpManufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Rally crowd chants '46' for Donald Trump Jr. MORE, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the media, several Democratic politicians and others.

Several reporters, ex-Trump administration members and conservative commentators argued Wolf crossed a line, particularly in her comments about Sanders.


"I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful," Wolf said at the WHCA dinner. "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."

She added, “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?"

Trump, who did not attend for a second straight year, called Wolf's performance "filthy," and declared the annual gala "dead as we know it." 

Celebrities, fellow comedians and a number of journalists have defended Wolf, explaining that she did what she was hired to do in roasting the current administration.

Wolf said she wasn't expecting her performance to rise to the level of controversy it has, but added that she isn't disappointed by the response.

"I knew what I was doing going in," she told NPR. "I wanted to do something different. I didn't want to cater to the room. I wanted to cater to the outside audience, and not betray my brand of comedy."

"I actually, a friend of mine who helped me write, he gave me a note before I went on which I kept with me which was, 'Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground,' " she added.

The WHCA said in a statement that Wolf's routine "was not in the spirit" of the organization's mission. Its incoming president, Olivier Knox, said Monday he's open to suggestions about the future format of the event.