The annual White House Association Correspondents’ Dinner was held in Washington, DC last night. President Trump opted to skip the event for the second year in a row. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and several other White House officials represented him in his place. While humor was expected from the speakers at the dinner, some viewers felt that comedian Michelle Wolf’s jokes targeting Huckabee Sanders went too far. Conservatives and liberals alike lambasted Wolf for her attempts at be being funny. Perhaps the strongest condemnation of all came from MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
Brzezinski, who is no fan of the administration, thought Wolf’s jokes making fun of Huckabee Sanders appearance were mean spirited and “deplorable.” She called on the White House Correspondents' Association to issue an apology.
Watching a wife and mother be humiliated on national television for her looks is deplorable. I have experienced insults about my appearance from the president. All women have a duty to unite when these attacks happen and the WHCA owes Sarah an apology.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 29, 2018
The WHCD should be about honoring the best in journalism. Enough with the comedians, enough with the late-night parties. These are serious times for both the free press and the public they serve.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 29, 2018
Women who use their government positions to spread lies and misinformation deserve to face the same withering criticism as men. But leave our looks out of it. Watching from home, I hurt for Sarah, her husband and her children.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 29, 2018
Brzezinski is referencing President Trump's comments from last July when he said that she had shown up to his Mar-a-Lago estate on New Year's Eve and was bleeding badly from the face.
...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
American Conservative union president Matt Schlapp and his wife walked out of the event over Wolf's jokes.
My wife @mercedesschlapp and I walked out early from the wh correspondents dinner. Enough of elites mocking all of us— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) April 29, 2018
Of course critics could argue that for years on end conservatives have been saying that society is too concerned with political correctness. Therefore, they might say, people should not take offense to the comments. However, many would respond that there is a difference between being funny and being rude.
Wolf's jokes can be watched below.