Michelle Wolf is calling out the White House Correspondents’ Association, the group in charge of planning the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, after news emerged that the organization is breaking with tradition by bringing in a historian instead of a comedian.
In a tweet, the 33-year-old host of cancelled Netflix comedy series “The Break” slammed the association, calling them “cowards,” after hearing the announcement that Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow would be the featured speaker at next April’s dinner.
The choice of having an non-comedian speak ends decades of tradition, with comedians including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah among those to have headlined the event.
Last year, Wolf’s monologue during the event made headlines when she made a joke about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that some felt went over the line.
“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 smoky eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies,” Wolf quipped.
She went on to ask, “Like, what’s an Uncle Tom, but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know, Ann Coulter.”
Wolf’s comments left some questioning the appropriateness of her jokes — particularly President Donald Trump, who was the first president to miss the event since Ronald Reagan was forced to sit it out after being wounded by would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. in 1981.
Trump wasn’t impressed with Wolf’s speech, calling it an “embarrassment.” He also called Wolf “filthy” and said she “totally bombed.”