Stop me if you heard this one before. Partisan pundit who snagged senior White House job suddenly okay with tasteless and vile jokes when member of her team is the one saying it.
According to Axios, White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp offered up her support for White House aide Kelly Sadler following the report that Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain’s health, saying McCain’s opposition to CIA director nominee Gina Haspel didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.”
“You can put this on the record… I stand with Kelly Sadler,” Axios reported Schlapp saying during a Friday White House meeting.
Of course, you may remember just a couple weeks ago Schlapp and her husband Matt Schlapp made a big stink over Michelle Wolf’s jokes about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Matt tweeted that the couple left the White House Correspondents’ Dinner early because they had “enough of elites mocking all of us.” (The two would show up at an NBC after-party shortly after leaving the WHCD.)
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
Meanwhile, Mercedes noted that Wolf’s set was the reason “America hates the out of touch leftist media elite.”
It’s why America hates the out of touch leftist media elite https://t.co/IaLcH5n6RF
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) April 29, 2018
Needless to say, after Schlapp’s comments about Sadler made the rounds, folks were quick to point out the hypocrisy of her standing with Sadler.
Mercedes Schlapp, who was so offended at Michelle Wolf’s WHCD routine she left early with her husband (but still went to the NBC after-party) https://t.co/sei5uh8WjU
— Brian Kosciesza (@BrianKosh) May 12, 2018
Mercedes Schlapp stands with anyone who serves her ambition in that rare period in which a thought actually crosses her tiny little brain.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 12, 2018
Didn’t Mercedes Schlapp among with Matt Schlapp claim walk out of the White House Correspondent Dinner since they were offended by jokes – but she’s ok with Kelly Sadlers comments ? https://t.co/OzZWezAD1c
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 12, 2018
The same Mercedes Schlapp who was so offended by the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that she left early in a righteous huff. “So incredibly disrespectful, shameful” was how she described the comedy set. But she stands with the person who mocked a dying senator. Got it. https://t.co/VDU9h3XO9x
— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) May 12, 2018
Another thing to note about that Axios report — it was about a White House meeting Sanders called in which she slammed leaks coming from the White House communications team. The story was leaked to Axios by “five sources in the room.”