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Comedian elicits boos and walk outs at White House reporters' dinner

30 April 2018

And Trump is embracing Wolf as a foil - a symbol of liberal Hollywood elitism.

"It is kind of insane that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian Federation when the Hillary campaign wasn't even in contact with Michigan", Wolf said early in her routine.

Wolf stunned the crowd at Saturday night's dinner with biting jokes about President Trump and his White House, including top aides like counselor Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sarah Sanders, who attended the dinner in his stead.

In a speech in 1919, McGuire said, the Uncle Tom n-r has got to go, and his place must be taken by the new leader of the Negro race. Mr. President: I don't think you're very rich.

The most vocal disapproval of Wolf's speech stems from her remarks that make reference to Sanders' looks.

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Wolf faced particular criticism for (besides all that sex stuff) her satire of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who apparently was a profile in courage for sitting still with pursed lips while someone told jokes about her - "to her face!"

Historically, the annual dinner is a night where the white house press corps and the administration come together to roast the president and to acknowledge the important relationship between the White House and the Fourth Estate.

"A lot of journalists felt it was really unfair, particularly to Sarah Huckabee Sanders with whom they work", host Joy Reid said. "She continued to call out Sanders for continually lying to the press, quipping "[Sanders] burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a flawless smoky eye.

Some said the dinner justified Trump's dislike of the press, while some members of the press said it made their battle for respect of the public even more hard in an already unfriendly atmosphere.

If the dinner "did anything tonight, it made the chasm between journalists and those who don't trust us, even wider".

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Democrat Barack Obama won the county twice in his White House runs, then Trump carried it by more than 11 percentage points. After one crass joke drew groans in the Washington Hilton ballroom, she said, "Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this".

"These people, they hate your guts", he continued, referring to the press. Then, the people who are supposed to care most about holding autocrats to account called her out in turn for, essentially, not being chummy enough. "And you know, you've got to smile".

Present and past members of his administration say they were offended.

For the second year in a row, the dinner was absent major Hollywood wattage as numerous celebrities who had journeyed to the event during the Obama years sat out.

Wolf went on to criticize the media for having too narrow a focus. I'm not really sure what we're going to get, you know? "You helped create this monster and now you're profiting off of him".

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While Trump skipped the event for the second straight year (the first president to do since Ronald Reagen in 1981) Sarah Huckabee Sanders was in attendance and was the subject of quite a few barbs.

Comedian elicits boos and walk outs at White House reporters' dinner