Donald Trump criticized Michelle Wolf’s performance at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner and called for an end to the annual event.
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a failure last year, but this year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it,” the president tweeted.
“The filthy ‘comedian’ totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance). Put Dinner to rest, or start over!” Trump added, referencing Meyers’ 2011 headlining performance in which he roasted Trump.
Trump did not attend Saturday night’s gala. Instead, he held a campaign rally outside the nation’s capital that coincided with the event.
In his absence, the comedian gave a 20-minute monologue that took aim at President Trump, Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the media, and others.
Conservative commentators and journalists expressed disapproval with Wolf’s remarks, saying she had gone too far, particularly in her jokes aimed at Sanders.
White House Correspondents Dinner president Margaret Talev said in a statement Sunday night that Wolf’s monologue “was not in the spirit” of the organization’s mission of promoting journalism and a free press.
Numerous celebrities have defended Wolf, arguing that she did what she was hired to do in roasting the current administration.