Comedian Michelle Wolf was the entertainer at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and she skewered Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Those jokes are what everybody is talking about today, as some are saying she went too far with her jabs on the White House press secretary.
“And of course we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders . I’m a little starstruck,” Wolf began. “I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. Mike Pence if you haven’t seen it you will love it.”
She continued: “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium I get excited, because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get. You know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams.”
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf said, setting up her next dig. “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
“I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Wolf continued. “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? Oh, I know… Ann Coulter.”
Of course, Wolf has upset many conservatives with her jokes. One person wrote: “Women attacking conservative women for their looks and their jobs It’s shameful. #WHCA.”
Maggie Habberman from the NY Times added:” That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.”
But there are a lot of people rising to Wolf’s defense, too. Kumail Nanjani made a great point with his tweet, “They call you liars. They call Mexicans rapists. They call Muslims murderers. They support white supremacists. But someone calls them out on what they do, & suddenly they’re heroes for not walking out.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasn’t the only target of Wolf’s act. There were also plenty of Trump jokes, too.
Here are a few of Michelle Wolf’s most biting Trump jokes:
“Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump, ‘Let’s get this over with.’ “
“Tonight, I’m going to try to make fun of the president in a new way, in a way that I really think will get him. Mr. President, I don’t think you’re very rich. Like, I think you might be rich in Idaho, but in New York you’re doing fine.”
“(Trump) wants to give teachers guns, and I support that, because then they can sell them for things they need, like (school) supplies.”
“I know as much as some of you might want me to, it’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up — unless you have Michel Cohen wire me $130,000.”
“I did have a lot of jokes about cabinet members, but I had to scrap all of those because everyone has been fired. You guys have gone through cabinet members quicker than Starbucks throws out black people.”
We think that Wolf did her job, which was to entertain. Sure, the jabs at Huckabee Sanders were intense, but she wasn’t the only one in the crosshairs of Wolf’s biting humor all night long.