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Outrageous: 'Spokesman for Press' Used Black Racial Slur to Describe Sarah

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If you didn’t know who Michelle Wolf was before Saturday, you certainly do now.

As to whether that’s a good thing for Michelle Wolf, probably not. The latest B-teamer on “The Daily Show” to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Wolf managed to alienate pretty much everyone in the room with her bullying of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the administration’s representative to the annual debacle.

However, while most of the criticism focused on the fact that Wolf decided it was cute to mock Sanders’ looks, few seemed to focus on the fact she decided to use a racial slur in her act.

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf said. “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

“I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know?” she continued.

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“Is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sander? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what is Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? I know — Aunt Coulter.”

Again, most of the focus and outrage was on the comment about the looks, but Wolf decided to use a phrase that should be unacceptable to everyone, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.

Wolf’s performance got panned by pretty much everybody from the president to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman — only one of which doesn’t actively loathe the president.

The White House Correspondents’ Association also seemed to quickly distance themselves from the representative of the press.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” a statement from Margaret Taley, the WHCA president, read.

“Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

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Some people didn’t think that, however — although you may not be surprised to find out who they were.

Surprise, surprise.

The sad thing is that, as The Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian pointed out, the press may try to distance themselves from Wolf but her comments were essentially issued under their banner.

“She’s effectively speaking for the press at a very tense moment,” she said. “If you are someone who’s already skeptical of whether the media is unbiased or not it’s difficult to have the disclaimer ‘this is just an outtake, this isn’t really us.’”

It definitely was them, and in a very inconvenient nutshell.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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