White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was castigated at the White House Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend when liberal comedian Michelle Wolf attacked her appearance.
Now, Sanders’ grace-filled response to the widely condemned “jokes” is going viral.
What did she say?
Sanders sat just feet away from Wolf as the liberal comedian attacked her appearance, implying she was ugly and fat. However, despite the public humiliation, Sanders wasn’t angry over the jokes. Instead, she told a reporter she was “praying” for Wolf.
Benny Johnson, a reporter for the Daily Caller, caught up with Sanders and some of her staff at an NBC/MSNBC afterparty. The staffers told Johnson that Sanders was committed to leaving the dinner if the attacks became too personal, so they were surprised when they saw Sanders take the punches.
“I don’t know how she does it. She kills them with kindness — she puts up with it. Good-hearted American people see that — and then she wins,” a Sanders staffer told Johnson.
After speaking with her staffers, Johnson wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that he discussed the incident with Sanders herself.
"Then, Sarah Sanders walks into the party. The MSNBC party. A network that lives to savage and promote the godless vitriol that just attacked her. Guess what? Sarah Sanders was smiling. She owned it,” Johnson wrote. "I asked her about the attack and she shrugged with a smile and just said the attacks didn’t bother her and that she’s praying for the comedian."
"That is the kind of woman she is,” he said.
Johnson’s story, which he posted to Facebook Sunday afternoon, has received hundreds of thousands of likes and nearly 70,000 shares as of Tuesday.
According to Johnson, the White House Correspondents' Association, which throws the annual dinner to celebrate the First Amendment and journalism and to raise money for scholarships, said they felt so bad over Wolf's scorning that they planned to send Sanders a flower basket.
However, despite all of the outrage being thrown her way, Wolf has not backed down from her very controversial performance at the dinner.
"I wouldn’t change a single word that I said. I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns," Wolf said Monday.