President Trump is probably the worst person in the world when it comes to hearing criticism of himself. Once (pre-presidency), when he didn’t like an article she’d written about him for Vanity Fair, he poured a bottle of wine down a woman’s back. That’s the kind of stuff only the pettiest of the Real Housewives would ever dream of.
The WHCA announced yesterday that next year’s Correspondents’ Dinner would break the tradition of having a comedian host, opting for an author instead. That’s probably a reaction to the fact that Trump and the White House (and some of the correspondents) seriously can’t take jokes about themselves, and the dinner has long been a roast of the current administration.
Last year, comedian Michelle Wolf delivered a scorching set of spot-on jokes, including one about Sarah Sanders lying, and everyone freaked out. The right feigned outrage, as they’re wont to do, and everyone acted as though Wolf had gone too far just by joking about the truth.
When the WHCA announced their decision that they were having biographer Ron Chernow host instead of the customary comedian, Wolf called them “cowards.”
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 19, 2018
Trump himself hasn’t been in attendance at either of the dinners that have been held while he’s been in office (2017 was hosted by Larry Wilmore). But he was in attendance at dinner in 2011, when President Obama was still in office. Seth Meyers hosted, and he eviscerated Trump, who was in the audience, with lines like, “Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
All of which is to say, it wasn’t a shock when Trump attacked Wolf on Twitter, calling her a “so-called comedian.”
So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
[This isn’t the first time he’s attacked Wolf on Twitter, either, because of course, he had to say something after the dinner last year. He didn’t mention her by name, but he did call her “filthy.” And note how he still couldn’t let go of the Seth Meyers dinner, where he sat in complete silence while he and his character (or lack thereof) were dragged up and down creation.]
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a failure last year, but this year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it. The filthy “comedian” totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance). Put Dinner to rest, or start over!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
But Wolf, being the talented comedian she is, decimated Trump in her response to his direct attack.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018
That has to be, without a doubt, one of the sickest burns that Twitter’s ever seen.
1. The darkest joke
2. The truest joke
3. The sickest burn
4. Written by my friend Michelle
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) November 21, 2018
“Sir, Michelle Wolf is here.” pic.twitter.com/RUqJSJp88s
— This ain’t Funny Anymore (@mayday20201) November 21, 2018
— Ira (@ira) November 21, 2018
I’d like to report a murder… https://t.co/C0iRqSfeSt
— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) November 21, 2018
— Chicago Mike 2.0 🍩 (@ChicagoMGD_SD) November 21, 2018
This joke deserves a movie deal stat
— EdnagonMC (@ednagonmc) November 21, 2018
Straight up no way to recover from this. Wolf will now loom larger in Trump’s rat-infested warehouse of a psyche than his own father. The tweet itself is a double-tap to the chest & the use of his *wife’s* rotten hashtag is the headshot. Michelle Wolf is my boss & I respect her. https://t.co/SSxqLCkBZF
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) November 21, 2018
The official Twitter account should pin this tweet. https://t.co/Yc9ILYNssH
— Sean O’Connor (@seanoconnz) November 21, 2018