President Trump snubs White House Correspondents' dinner, Wolf rips Sanders, administration

Trump walks toward the podium to speak at the rally at Total Sports Park on Saturday night in Washington Mich. AP

"Good evening. Here we are, the White House Correspondents' Dinner", comedian Michelle Wolf said as she opened her gig as this year's event host in Washington D.C. In May 2017, amid rumors that Sanders would take over for then-press secretary Sean Spicer, "Saturday Night Live" focused took on the subject with comedian Aidy Bryant portraying Sanders. Here's an example of one of Wolf's barbs about Sanders: "I actually really like Sarah. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a ideal smokey eye", she continued later in the set.

Her attack on Conway continued with a request to the media to "stop putting Kellyanne" on their shows because "all she does is lie" and what they're doing is giving her a "platform" to do so. Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them?

White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types are set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom.

Peter Baker of the New York Times (which does not participate in the dinner) wrote, "Unfortunately, I don't think we advanced the cause of journalism tonight". "I pray more they never bully another person like that". Conservative commentator Mercedes Schlapp called Wolf "twisted" in a tweet and said she was "appalled" by the the attacks on Sanders. All these jokes were about her despicable behaviour.

Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN. "She is a role model for handling nonsense and snark".

For reasons that surely have nothing to do with him being a thin-skinned narcissist who can't handle criticism, Donald Trump once again broke with tradition by choosing not to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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In his rally remarks, Trump railed against the allegations Tester aired against Jackson and suggested that he could take a similar tack against the senator.

Sarah Sanders Huckabee was stony-faced as she was mocked by comedian Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents' dinner.

But others on social media and high-profile attendees praised Wolf's delivery, arguing that she called out the administration for disregarding the truth. In April 2017, Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania instead of attending the dinner.

- Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2018 Also, how self-regarding do you have to be to invite a comedian & then get upset that she makes jokes about the rich, famous, powerful people in the room?

Gun control advocate Shannon Watts likened the tough comedic approach to the pending Midterm Elections.

Wolf managed Saturday night to scandalize the majority of Washington's tuxedo-clad intelligentsia with a barrage of bon mots that, in the eyes of much of the press and political establishment, weren't really so bon at all.

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