A lot has changed since last year’s White House Correspondents Dinner that featured Hasan Minhaj skewering Steve Bannon. Trump, of course, didn’t attend. So that was the same. But for the most part, Trump’s senior staff and press secretary have been overturned multiple times in the last 12 months, so there was plenty of fresh fodder for satire. This led to the one constant through the last few Presidential administrations, The Daily Show, sending Michelle Wolf to the podium in 2018 to burn down everything around her. It’s as if roasting White House officials was her mutant power.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders absolutely roasted.
“We are graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I have to say, I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited, because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get. you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams: ‘It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little b*tch, Jim Acosta!’”
It gets worse than that:
Wolf then turned her ire towards Kellyanne Conway, saying: “You guys gotta stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It’s like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I’m not suggesting she gets hurt, just stuck. Stuck under a tree.”
Wolf’s scathing takedown of everyone in the near vicinity of the White House included an extended burn on Ivanka Trump, who has been quiet of late, but The Daily Show never forgets.
“She was supposed to be an advocate for women, but it turns out, she’s about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons,” said Wolf. “She’s done nothing to satisfy women, so I guess, like father like daughter. Oh, you don’t think he’s good in bed, come on! She does clean up nice though, Ivanka cleans up nice. She’s the Diaper Genie of the administration. On the outside, she looks sleek but the inside, it’s still full of sh*t.”
Wolf’s whole Correspondents speech lasts just under 20, brutal minutes. But if you’re strapped for time, you can always just watch this condensed highlight reel of sorts. It clocks in at just over 210 seconds.