Michelle Wolf: I learned vulgarity from Trump

Comedian Michelle Wolf says in her new Netflix special that she learned her vulgarity from President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE.

She also discusses her performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner, which was criticized by the then-president of the correspondents' association as "not in the spirit" of the event, according to USA Today

"It was a job. It didn't pay well," Wolf reportedly said in the special, called "Joke Show,"  


"Then, afterward, all of these people were like, 'You ruined the dinner,' " she added, "and I was like, 'I ruin every dinner. Did you do no research?'"

The comic also said that before she went onstage, a nearby reporter described her humor as "pretty vulgar," to which Wolf responded that he should look at men in the field, according to USA Today.

"I know all the stuff I talk about... but men talk about almost all the same stuff," she said. "And as soon as men do it, people are like, 'Yeah, but they're men. Men are gross.' Which is crazy 'cause women are so much grosser than men! We're disgusting! This is why we gotta stop being cute!"

"If you want to call me vulgar, go ahead. I'm a vulgar, disgusting [expletive]." the comedian added. "It took me a little bit to get" comfortable being described that way. I needed to see someone else be vulgar that's not supposed to be, to know it was really OK. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I learned it from the president."

Wolf also reportedly talked about getting an abortion, calling it "not a big deal for me."

"A lot of people think that even if you're allowed to get abortions, it should only be for a very few, specific reasons," the comedian said. "Well, I think you should be able to get an abortion for any reason you want."


"If it's a big deal for you, it's a big deal. If it's not, it's not. Both are correct," she added. "My abortion, not a big deal for me. I left work, I got an abortion, I drank half a LaCroix, and then I went back to work. Not a big deal, and I also think a pretty good advertisement for LaCroix."

During her appearance at the 2018 dinner, Wolf made jokes about Trump, his 2016 rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE and then-White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersAndrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event Trump likely to form new super PAC MORE Sanders, among others. 

In 2019, historian Ron Chernow spoke in place of the traditional comedian after mixed reactions to Wolf's appearance.