Former Daily Show correspondent and one-time Netflix host Michelle Wolf snapped back at President Donald Trump after the president blasted her over her performance months ago at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Following the announcement by the White House Correspondents’ Association that next year’s dinner would buck tradition and not invite a comedian as the featured speaker, instead giving the slot to respected historian Ron Chernow, Trump took shots at Wolf while hinting that he may decide to attend the event. (He’s skipped the last two years.)
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
“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!” Trump tweeted. “Maybe I will go?”
Wolf, who slammed the WHCA as “cowards” and being “complicit” with Trump, clapped back by referencing the president’s recent decision to side with Saudi Arabia despite Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018
“I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest,” she wrote.
Wolf’s no-holds-barred set at April’s WHCD that featured her taking pointed shots at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway was immediately met with outrage from the administration, conservatives and many members of the media. Following the controversy and hand-wringing, Wolf was unapologetic, saying she wouldn’t change a single word.