Michelle Wolf doubles down on controversial performance

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Trump, noting how Wolf's routine played, observed in a tweet Sunday: "While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn't work".

Comedian Michelle Wolf from Comedy Central's Daily Show with Trevor Noah emceed the 2018 event, which is hosted annually by the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA).

"I love you as Aunt Lydia in the Handmaid's Tale", she said as the cameras cut to a stony-faced Sanders. As an example, she pointed to former President Barack Obama: "There's plenty [of moments] where you could look back and the camera was on Obama when people were making pretty aggressive jokes about Obama and he was laughing". Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies.

Wolf's jokes about press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have prompted the most debate. Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? ("The White House denied that H.R. McMaster would be leaving, but it has made similar statements regarding other officials who were then promptly fired.") However, this does not require a televised event in which the press secretary shows sullen contempt for the media as an institution and evidences no shame in dissembling.

"I knew what I was doing going in", she told NPR.

Eric Trump sent mixed messages during his likestorm, liking a tweet that called Sanders "a class act". "I'd walk around and look at little white children and I'd shake my head and I'd say, 'If this doesn't stop, these children will be slaves in their own nation'". Henry also called on Wolf to apologize.

"It is kinda insane that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian Federation when the Hillary campaign wasn't even in contact with MI", she said. I didn't want to cater to the room.

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Sanders, sitting a few feet from Wolf at the podium, kept a dour face. "I do not. Because just when you think Trump is terrible, you remember Mike Pence", Wolf said.

But Wolf said on Twitter that her jokes were about Sanders' "despicable behavior", not her physical appearance.

"(Trump) wants to give teachers guns, and I support that, because then they can sell them for things they need, like (school) supplies".

Comedian Michelle Wolf's racy monologue at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Saturday night has elicited mixed reactions across media and politics.

-"Just a reminder to everyone, I'm here to make jokes, I have no agenda, I'm not trying to get anything accomplished, so everyone that's here from Congress you should feel right at home".

Wolf said she wasn't expecting her performance to rise to the level of controversy it has, but added that she isn't disappointed by the response. "Stuck under a tree", Wolf said.