Michelle Wolf — who made headlines earlier this year by tossing vile insults at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — isn't too happy that the organization chose author Ron Chernow to host next year's event.
"The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn't be prouder," Wolf tweeted Monday, linking to the organization's announcement.
Comedians typically host the WHCA dinner, and the move toward Chernow — who's slated to speak about the First Amendment — marks the first time since 2003 when musician Ray Charles performed at the event that the host isn't a comedian, Newsweek reported.
President Donald Trump was a no-show at the 2017 and 2018 dinners, which drew a ton of criticism from the media and the left. But Wolf made up for that by infamously digging her claws into Sanders at the 2018 event, as the press secretary sat just feet away.
What did Wolf say about Sanders?
“I have to say, I’m a little starstruck,” Wolf told the crowd about Sanders. “I loved you as Aunt Lydia in the ‘Handmaid’s Tale.'”
Wolf continued: “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get ... A press briefing? A bunch of lies? Or divided into softball teams?”
Wolf then went into a deep growling voice to mock Sanders, saying, "It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little b***h, Jim Acosta.”
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. Like she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies,” Wolf added. “It’s probably lies.”
“And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know?” Wolf also said. “Is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what's Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter.”
What was the reaction to Wolf's barbs toward Sanders?
CNN reporters said live on air that Wolf’s “jokes” about Sanders were “cringeworthy … at best.”
New York Times' White House correspondent Maggie Haberman praised Sanders for sitting through Wolf's diatribe with dignity:
That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, in… https://t.co/i3HQ7Vshsl— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1524971647.0
Author Brad Thor also gave kudos to Sanders:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — Sanders' father — blasted Wolf's words, calling them full of “bullying,” “vulgarity,” and “hate.”
Responding to the outrage, Wolf doubled down and noted, “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.”
How did Sanders react?
When asked about Wolf's insults after the dinner, Sanders reportedly "shrugged with a smile and just said the attacks didn’t bother her and that she’s praying for the comedian."
What did Wolf do next?
“Abortion — I salute you! Women, if you need an abortion, get one. If you want an abortion, get one,” Wolf declared. “It’s up to you and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. It’s actually a great deal. It’s about $300. That’s like six movie tickets.”
“And women, don’t forget, you have the power to give life and men will try to control that. Don’t let them,” Wolf concluded. “God bless abortions!”
By August, Wolf's show was canceled.