Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was total victory for President Donald Trump, MSNBC’s Morning Joe declared.
‘This was a win for Trump,” Mika Brzezinski insisted today on the MSNBC morning show.
“If you didn’t want this to be a win for Trump, you gave him one in a big way,” Brzezinski added, continuing criticism she began Saturday night, shortly after Wolf’s routine began to blow up Twitter.
Co-host Joe Scarborough, meanwhile, called for killing the comedian participation segment of the dinner. “Let the great comedians perform on Netflix, where we watch Dave Chappelle,” he suggested.
“If you invite a comedian to it you are putting the entire press corps on the hook for whatever that comedian says,” added Morning Joe panelists/New York Times political writer Nicholas Confessore, putting him in Scarborough’s camp.
Confessore in particular blasted the bit in which journalists attending the dinner participated in Wolf’s “how poor is he” bit about Trump. It went like this: Wolf came up with various ways to say Trump is really poor, the audience shouted back “How poor is he?” and Wolf then landed a zinger.
The image going out to the country, Confessore said, was that White House correspondents “were taking part in a bit intended primarily to humiliate Donald Trump. Journalists should never “put themselves in that position,” he blasted.
Brzezinski chided the association for trying to “have it both ways, to have this woman at the dinner and then apologize for it.”
“You own it, White House Correspondents Association,” Brzezinski scolded.
Brzezinski is referring to WHCA president Margaret Talev issuing a statement the day after the clambake, saying Wolf’s routine was “not in the spirit” of the org’s mission, but stopping short of an apology.
Saying she was responding to member complaints about Wolf’s gig, Talev said in a statement, “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.”
“Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission,” Talev added.