Since no member of the White House press corps deigned to ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her reaction to comedian Michelle Wolf’s “controversial” jokes about her at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past week, Fox & Friends decided to assume the journalistic duty. And began with an apology.
“We’re so sorry that that happened,” Ainsley Earhardt told her. “There’s no excuse for that. Women should support other women. I just wanted to get your reaction because I thought you handled it with grace and with class.”
The Fox host was referring to jokes Wolf made about Sanders’ character, which many prominent members of the media misconstrued to be about her appearance. Among the jokes that got the most attention was when Wolf said of Trump’s White House press secretary, “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies.”
“Look, I think that that evening says a whole lot more about her than it does about me,” Sanders said on Fox & Friends, declining to use Wolf’s name.
“The people that were my friends before that evening are my friends today,” she continued. “And I’m going to continue doing the job that I came here to do.” Sanders went on to say that she remains “very proud” to work in the Trump administration.
“I hope that she can find some of the same happiness that we all have,” she added of Wolf. “Because I think she might need a little bit more of that in her life.”
Earlier in the week, the hosts of Fox & Friends condemned Wolf’s jokes as “x-rated” and “filthy.” Earhardt seemed to take particular offense to the comparison Wolf drew between Sanders and the Aunt Lydia character on The Handmaid’s Tale. “If you Google that image, it’s not complimentary,” she said, insulting the looks of the actress Ann Dowd who plays Aunt Lydia on that show.