White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded on "Fox and Friends" on Thursday to the offensive comments hurled against her by "comedian" Michelle Wolf.
Rather than stooping to the indecently low level of Wolf, Sanders wished the comedian a happy life.
“Look, I think that evening says a whole lot more about her than it does about me,” Sanders said of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, according to the Daily Caller.
“The people that were my friends before that evening are my friends today and I’m going to continue doing the job that I came here to do every single day,” she said. “I’m very proud of the fact that I work in this administration for this president and we’re going to keep pushing forward and doing everything we can to make America better.”
“I think we’ve had a great first year and a half at doing that. A huge success story that we’re proud of,” Sanders continued. “I hope that she can find some of the same happiness that we all have, because I think she may need a little bit more of that in her life, because the rest of us here are doing great.”
In her performance, Wolf's most offensive joke was about abortion. To those who believe that abortion is murder, Wolf said "don't knock it till you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you got to get that baby out of there."
Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron responded to Wolf's comments by reminding observers precisely what Wolf was joking about.
"It might be helpful to remind ourselves what Ms. Wolf is referencing when she speaks of 'knocking that baby out of there.' She means the evisceration, dismemberment, and vivisection of a child. And lest one think that we are just talking about 'bundles of cells,' it is strict liberal orthodoxy that a baby can be aborted at any stage of its prenatal development, even while it rests in the birth canal moments before birth," wrote the bishop. "Indeed, a child, who somehow miraculously survives the butchery of an abortion, should, according to that same orthodoxy, be left to die or actively killed. Sure sounds like fun to me; hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it."
Wolf also joked about performing indecent sexual acts in front of the crowd and criticized the physical appearance of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, suggesting that she lacks femininity and is comparable to a macho athlete. Indeed, many have agreed that the great bulk of Wolf's jokes were either distasteful or outright offensive.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the performance a "disgrace." Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt has called it something that "mocked the values of civil society."
The Huffington Post writes that Wolf's remarks about Sanders seemed to "strike a nerve" with many viewers. On Sunday morning, Fox News reporter Ed Henry called on the White House Correspondents' Association to issue a public apology to the press secretary.
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