Comedienne Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner routine may have been right on the money.
Wolf had them rolling and groaning on both sides of the aisle during her no-holds-barred on Saturday, which got the President’s attention. But his sudden objection to coarse language is laughable.
“This year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it,” Trump tweeted of the event, which he skipped for the second consecutive year. “The filthy ‘comedian’ totally bombed.”
But do you know who, up until now, enjoyed a raunchy roast as much as anyone? Donald Trump.
In 2004, the Donald was the guest of honor at a Friars Club Roast at the New York Hilton. No one laughed harder than Trump when ultra-raunchy comic Susie Essman let loose with a profanity laced tirade that included jokes about Melania Trump probably not wanting to give the Donald fellatio and even suggesting a Trump line of condoms with his face on them.
Stars at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Trump could hardly contain himself when Essman said she found him so unattractive that she wouldn’t even have oral sex with him if she could use journalist Katie Couric’s mouth. “What’s with the ‘oos?’” she barked when the crowd met one crass joke with surprise. “It’s a f—ing roast, okay?”
The one line Essman didn’t cross, and Wolf did, was joking about Trump’s wealth — or lack thereof.
In 2011, when Comedy Central roasted Trump, there was one ground rule, according to Aaron Lee, one of the show’s writers.
“Any joke that suggests Trump is not actually as wealthy as he claims to be” was off-limits,” Lee wrote. Not only did Wolf go there on Saturday — she led the crowd in a which she would call out “Trump is so broke” and the audience would be rewarded with a joke when they hollered back “How broke is he?”
One of the punchlines was “Trump is so broke he has to fly failed business class.”
It’s understandable why that joke may have struck a nerve. Last month, the worth of the President, who refuses to show his tax forms, dropped $ 400 million from the previous year, according to Forbes.
With Brian Niemietz