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11 ‘Jokes’ From Liberal, Mean Girl Comedian at DC Journalists Dinner

At the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday, comedian Michelle Wolf took aim over and over again at conservatives, including singling out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated one person away from Wolf’s podium.

Look: I’m not hugely familiar with past comedic performances at the dinner, but part of the point is that it should be a roast of those in power.

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But as I sat listening to Wolf’s remarks, I kept thinking what a “mean girl” routine it was—and one that was rarely pointed toward the left, but frequently so to those on the right.

But judge for yourself. Here are 11 of Wolf’s jokes.

1. “And, of course, we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders. We’re graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I have to say I’m a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’

“Mike Pence, if you haven’t seen it, you would love it,” Wolf added.

Not familiar with who Aunt Lydia is? Well, here’s how Vanity Fair describes her in one article: “Lydia forces women into sexual servitude, tagging and herding them with an electric cattle prod, and mutilating those who step out of line.”

2. That wasn’t all Wolf had to say about Sanders. “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” she continued. “Like, she burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies.

“It’s probably lies.”

3. Thought that was it for targeting Sanders? Joke’s on you. As Sanders continued to sit in full view right by Wolf, Wolf went on to say:

I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know, 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: Aunt Coulter.

And Sanders just sat there through all of this.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted: “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.” […]


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