Comedian Michelle Wolf took a moment Sunday to remind critics that her comments about Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday night were focused on the White House press secretary’s professional conduct, not her physical appearance.
While performing at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Wolf roasted Sanders ― among many others ― in brutal takedowns that both won praise from fans and prompted criticism among several high-profile media voices.
“All these jokes were about her despicable behavior,” Wolf tweeted in response to New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, who complimented Sanders for sitting through a routine that attacked her physical appearance and job performance.
“Why are you guys making this about Sarah’s looks?” Wolf also said, responding to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, who tweeted multiple messages about how “deplorable” it was for Sanders to be “humiliated on national television for her looks.”
Wolf’s remarks about Sanders seemed to strike a nerve with conservatives in particular. On Sunday morning, Fox News reporter Ed Henry called on the White House Correspondents’ Association to issue a public apology to the press secretary.
But Wolf’s jokes about Sanders, which took up a mere fraction of her set, had little to do with the press secretary’s appearance. She joked that Sanders “burned facts” to create the “perfect smokey eye.” She also likened the press secretary to a macho softball coach, mocking her confrontations with reporters including CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Check out Wolf’s comments about Sanders in the video below.