Got hypocrisy? Mike Huckabee’s is on full display on Twitter for anyone interested.
The news media and social media are ablaze in the wake of comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance as the headliner at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner last weekend.
As ABC News reported: “Trump may have skipped out on the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night for the second year in a row, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t escape a scathing roasting from comedian Michelle Wolf, the headliner of the evening.”
Conservative snowflakes became unhinged at the idea that the White House Press Secretary found herself under fire; however, as Slate reported, Huckabee Sanders is “fair game.”
In a statement that referred to Wolf only as “the entertainer,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev said Wolf’s monologue “was not in the spirit of [the dinner’s] mission … to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners.”
For anyone who has ever watched a WHCD monologue, this stated mission may come as a surprise. The WHCA invites comedians to its annual black-tie dinner to make fun of the president, other politicians, and the press, not to champion civil discourse or fete a teen who won a scholarship. At last year’s event, headliner Hasan Minhaj joked that Jeff Sessions loves the n-word, that Betsy DeVos collects the tears of children, and that Steve Bannon is a literal Nazi. If the WHCA was unhappy in 2017 to receive the plaudits of viewers who were pleased to see someone express all the things self-serious journalists won’t say, there was no statement issued to that effect.
Similarly, Vox News reported that: “The real reason Michelle Wolf is under attack is because her Sarah Sanders jokes are true,” adding that “Sarah Huckabee Sanders can dish it, but Republicans can’t take it.”
“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium,” Wolf started, “I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get — you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams.”
This isn’t exactly a controversial joke. Huckabee Sanders lies all the time. It’s not spin. It’s not an ideological narrative wrapped around shared facts. She states and defends stacks of untruths — from the motivations of Donald Trump accusers to the state of health care negotiations. Many of her most measurably false claims indict the character of entire groups of people, notably brown people. Mexican men are rapists. Immigrants vote illegally en masse.
Continuing, Vox noted that “Republicans, who’ve never called out Huckabee Sanders for any of her comments, had a lot to say Saturday night,” regarding Wolf’s roast.
Huckabee Sanders’ father and former governor of Arkansas took to his Twitter account to express his disdain regarding the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD).
He began Saturday night taking a shot at what he called “the insufferable WHINE House Correspondent’s Dinner,” adding: “Poor @PressSec had to go and pretend she was enjoying having her boss and co-workers insulted by elitists.”
ICYMI @realDonaldTrump didn't miss it by gosh! He was watching me instead of the insufferable WHINE House Correspondent's Dinner. Poor @PressSec had to go and pretend she was enjoying having her boss and co-workers insulted by elitists. https://t.co/r1TlSBMi1p
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 29, 2018
Shortly thereafter, he retweeted a post by Fox News bearing a direct quote from an earlier interview with him about the dinner: “There’s more authenticity at a wax museum than there is at one of these dinners.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 29, 2018
His next – and most damning tweet occurred at the crack of dawn, Sunday morning, when he tweeted: “The WHCD was supposed to celebrate the 1st Amendment. Instead they celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate. They got all dressed up so they would look nicer when they had a hired gun savagely attack their guests. Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them? Sad!”
The WHCD was supposed to celebrate the 1st Amendment. Instead they celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate. They got all dressed up so they would look nicer when they had a hired gun savagely attack their guests. Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them? Sad!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 29, 2018
The hypocrisy of his statement is evident on its face considering the consistent message of hate coming out of the White House since Trump started occupying the Oval Office. However, for any doubters, the real kicker occurred earlier Saturday when he posted a tweet warning that his Saturday night show on TBN was sure to offend.
“If you lack sense of humor, get ‘offended’ by slights you create, or just can’t bring yourself to tolerate those you disagree with the DO NOT watch my show 2nite! You will be triggered and will need a pony, popsicle, and Playdough to cope!” he tweeted.
If you lack sense of humor, get “offended” by slights you create, or just can’t bring yourself to tolerate those you disagree with the DO NOT watch my show 2nite! You will be triggered and will need a pony, popsicle, and Playdough to cope! pic.twitter.com/IYht2EMM2p
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 28, 2018
Twitter user Jeremy was kind enough to put the two tweets next to each other for easy comparison:
— Jeremy (@DSky3) April 29, 2018
Tiffany Cross, co-founder of The Beat DC, talked about the hypocrisy of the criticism aimed at Wolf during a Sunday appearance on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joy.”
“A lot of journalists felt it was really unfair, particularly to Sarah Huckabee Sanders with whom they work,” host Joy Reid said.
“It’s a lot of unfairness to the American people when Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands at that podium every day and spits out lies,” Cross responded.
“I’ll say to the people who were uncomfortable in the room and people watching at home and they were uncomfortable: If you were made to feel uncomfortable by Michelle Wolf making fun of the actual words that the president had said and actual things that people in this administration have done, but you weren’t uncomfortable by the president calling Nazis good people, you weren’t uncomfortable by the president talking about grabbing women by their private parts, you weren’t uncomfortable by the president putting our very democracy in danger, then you need to check your hypocrisy and your privilege.”
“Michelle Wolf was bit crass in her delivery,” she continued, adding that Trump “is very crass in what he tweets out on a daily basis.”
“The language and what Michelle Wolf said is reflective of the times we live in and I find it laughable that we’re sitting here dissecting what she said and pointing to her as though she’s the problem and not the administration itself, and certainly not this president who, if you look at his twitter feed and don’t clutch your pearls but hear what she said and you’re having this gasp and this shock at her language, it just seems very ridiculous and hypocritical to me,” she concluded.