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Comedian Michelle Wolf on Saturday took many fiery shots at President Donald Trump and the media that covers him during her appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“All right, this has been long,” Wolf said to start her speech after the annual journalism awards were handed out. “Here we are at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Like a porn star says with a Trump, ‘Let’s get this over with.’
“This is on C-SPAN, no one watches that, Trump is president, that’s not ideal,” she told the crowd. “Just a reminder to everyone, I’m here to make jokes, I have no agenda, I’m trying to get nothing accomplished, so Congress, you should feel right at home.”
Wolf told the crowd she was 32, or “20 years too old for Roy Moore. That’s right, he almost got elected.”
She then added, “It’s 2018 and I am a woman, so you cannot shut me up. Unless you’re Michael Cohen and you want to wire me $130,000,” referring to the reported figure that Trump’s personal lawyer paid adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to remain silent about an alleged affair with the president. Wolf added that her Venmo name was “Reince Priebus.”
For the first time during Trump’s administration, White House figures including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway showed up at the dinner; the administration skipped the dinner altogether last year.
Wolf took the opportunity to criticize those who attended, asking the press why it gave airtime to Conway, who she said “lies” every time she gets on television. “It’s like that old saying, ‘If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree?'” Wolf then added that she didn’t want Conway to get hurt, just to get “stuck.”
Wolf also compared Sanders to Anne Dowd’s character on the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as a softball coach, but one who would chastise CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
Trump was not present: The president held a rally in Michigan on Saturday, where he took credit for improved relations between North and South Korea. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, Wolf lamented that Trump had vowed not to attend, saying, “I think it’s more fun when people are there, only because I like making fun of people to their face.”
Wolf did not hesitate to take to task the media members present at the dinner for covering Trump extensively during the 2016 presidential campaign and then criticizing him during his presidency: “You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? You act like you hate him, but I think you really love him.” She added, “You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him.”
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