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The White House Correspondents Dinner took place last night, with an emphasis on the First Amendment and a celebration of free speech. However, some of the sentiments that were expressed last night have been in news headlines this morning for their controversial content. Comedian Michelle Wolf, whose jokes ranged from attacks on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to abortion, made comments that many claim went over-the-line.
Michelle Wolf took to the microphone to deliver a scathing succession of remarks against Sarah Huckabee Sanders – ones that were highly personal and, subsequently, demeaning. She criticized Sanders’ manner of speech and her appearance, with comments about her makeup, in particular. She then insinuated that Sanders was a disappointment to white women everywhere, asserting that she was an “Uncle Tom” figure for white women.
This is not the first time the left has demonstrated their utter disdain for Sanders, as Chelsea Handler came under fire for promoting a video earlier this year that also mocked the Press Secretary’s appearance. However, Wolf’s attack was incredibly inappropriate and uncalled for, as Sanders was sitting just feet away as the comedian delivered these remarks. Many disagree with Sanders, and that is not something to be condemned, but speech which bullies and degrades a woman is absolutely condemnable. Hailing Sanders as an “Uncle Tom” and railing against her physical appearance is far beyond the bounds of criticism, and it far exceeds the realm of “funny”. People can disagree without seeking to bury another under verbal assaults.
In addition to her comments about the Press Secretary, Wolf made incredibly distasteful remarks about abortion. Flippantly addressing the topic, she suggested that Vice President Mike Pence not “knock [abortion] until you try it.” And no, she did not stop there. The vulgarity continued when she noted, “And when you do try it, really knock it, you know, you gotta get that baby out of there.”