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Trump spars with comedian Michelle Wolf on social media

By Peter Sblendorio • Nov 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The acrimony between President Donald Trump and comedian Michelle Wolf is back at the center of attention.

Trump and the comic traded barbs over social media after it was announced the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’s featured speaker will be a presidential biographer next year rather than a comedian — months after Wolf’s critical jokes about the Trump administration at the event inspired controversy.

“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”

Wolf, who recently condemned the White House Correspondents’ Association for ending its tradition of enlisting a comedian to speak, then responded with a shot at Trump.

“I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist,” Wolf tweeted.

The comic ended her post with the hashtag #BeBest, the name of first lady Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign.

Trump has not attended the dinner in either of his first two years in office.

Ron Chernow, who has written books on multiple presidents, was named on Monday as the speaker at the 2019 dinner, marking the first time since 1999 that a comedian won’t be filling that role. Next year’s dinner is scheduled for April 27.

Wolf was quick to express her disappointment with the selection.

“The @whca are cowards,” she tweeted. “The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”

Wolf’s polarizing set at this April’s dinner was met with a wide range of responses, with some — including members of Trump’s circle — saying her jokes were in poor taste, while others defended her.

WHCA President Margaret Talev released a statement after the dinner saying Wolf’s jokes did not align with their mission to send a “unifying message.”

“Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust … the so-called comedian really ‘bombed,’” Trump tweeted at the time.

Wolf, meanwhile, stood by her jokes.

“I wouldn’t change a single word,” she told NPR shortly after the backlash. “I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns.”


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