Ari Fleischer, the first White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, called on White House staff to stop attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner following the ‘nasty’ personal attacks by comedian Michelle Wolf on Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
(UPDATE AT END: Some Trump staff did walk out.)
Sanders was seated near the center of the dais at the dinner, mere feet away from Wolf. Sanders remained stoic as the comedian savaged her.
Fleischer wrote on Twitter over a tweet with video of Wolf’s attacks on Sanders, “This is foul. It’s uncalled for. It’s nasty. And not funny. The WH staff should stop attending this dinner.”
This is foul. It’s uncalled for. It’s nasty. And not funny. The WH staff should stop attending this dinner. https://t.co/yO0vFYtXdT
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 29, 2018
Michelle Wolf mocked Sanders as Aunt Lydia in the Handmaiden’s Tale, a bull-dyke gym teacher and attacked Sanders over her ‘smoky eye’ look. Wolf concluded with the racist, sexist attack in which she called Sanders a traitor to ‘white women’ and asked what the equivalent is for an “Uncle Tom’: “Aunt Coulter,” she said.
Aunt Lydia from Handmaiden’s Tale
The video clip that Fleischer commented about:
Here's Michelle Wolf's take on White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. https://t.co/9Hn6dbt9Mw
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) April 29, 2018
Sean Spicer, Trump’s first White House Press Secretary who was succeeded by Sanders, attended the dinner and wrote afterward, “Tonight’s #WHCD was a disgrace”
Tonight’s #WHCD was a disgrace
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) April 29, 2018
Matt Drudge and the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman both marveled at Sanders not walking out over the vile personal insults.
“Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway sit there as the potty mouth comedienne trashes their life… why didn’t they walk out?!”
“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.”
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.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2018
UPDATE: Politico reported several Trump officials walked out during Wolf’s routine, but only named one official, Director of Communications Mercedes Schlapp.
Members of the Trump administration walked out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf ripped into White House staffers including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the absence of the president himself.
A year after the White House boycotted the annual dinner — and with President Donald Trump holding a competing campaign-style rally in Michigan — director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp and her husband, conservative activist Matt Schlapp, marched out of the ballroom at the Washington Hilton long before Wolff’s keynote routine was over…”