Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Michelle Wolf to host an alternative to the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner next year.
“Sorry haters, but Michelle Wolf was just speaking the truth — and she was hilarious,” says the petition, posted on Care2 this week. “That's why after learning that the WHCD wouldn't even let a comedian host this year, I decided to ask Michelle Wolf to host a separate event.”
The petition on Wednesday had more than 12,000 signatures.
A Care2 spokesman says it was started by its senior director of engagement as part of the company’s advocacy arm.
“It's no secret that Trump has it out for the press — a fact that should really scare all of us — so why indulge him by attending the traditional dinner?” states the petition, referring to President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s often toxic relationship with journalists. Trump has referred to the "fake news media" as the "enemy of the people."
“Instead, reporters and comedians should do a separate event like [Samantha] Bee's Not the White House Correspondent's Dinner — and Michelle Wolf should host!”
In 2017, TBS “Full Frontal” host Bee held a mock correspondents’ dinner in Washington as part of a TV special, which she said at the time served as a way to “ensure that we get to properly roast the president.” The alternative event wasn’t held again this year.
On Monday, the WHCA announced it was forgoing a traditional comedian at its 2019 dinner in April, and opting instead to have presidential biographer Ron Chernow speak. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author said he’d been asked by the organization to defend the First Amendment.
The move came months after comedian Wolf ignited a media firestorm when headlining the annual correspondents’ dinner earlier this year.
In a monologue that she delivered to the lawmaker- and journalist-filled crowd, the former Netflix host railed against Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other Trump administration officials, likening the White House press secretary to a character from “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Trump — who broke with the tradition of having the sitting commander in chief attend and deliver remarks at the dinner — opted to skip the VIP event two years in a row.
In a Tuesday tweet, Trump slammed Wolf, calling her a “so-called comedian.” The 33-year-old former “Daily Show” correspondent “bombed so badly last year,” Trump said, “that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”
Wolf, who called the WHCA’s decision to cut a comedian from the 2019 dinner a cowardly move, fired back at Trump in a Wednesday tweet, writing: "I bet you'd be on my side if I had killed a journalist."
The tweet is a jab at Trump's relationship with Saudi Arabia.