Because Donald Trump isn’t much for being roasted by the press, the president has chosen to sit out the White House Correspondents’ Dinner the last two years. In his place in 2018, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attended, and she took an verbal beating from comedian Michelle Wolf. The monologue was panned by many, including several in the media, and has split entertainers and politicians.
Wolf was “fired” The Daily Show shortly after, in a tongue-in-cheek reaction from her employer regarding her comments about Sanders. But this isn’t the first time a comedian has gone right at the press secretary. Let’s take a look at 10 times savage comedians have taken aim at Sanders.
1. Sarah Drunkabee Sanders
This one is hard to watch with a straight face. Jimmy Kimmel, who has been notoriously critical of President Trump and his entire administration, didn’t really make a big joke about Sanders in this segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
All he did was take some video from her press briefing, slow down the video, and call it “Sarah Drunkabee Sanders.” Simple, but entertaining.
Next: A compliment from Trevor Noah
2. Let it Huckabee
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the same show that had previously employed Wolf, has a little experience taking shots at Sanders. In March 2018, Noah sarcastically marveled at Sanders’ amazing ability to squash serious questions with diversions.
The Daily Show even put together a sketch of a woman taking cues from the press secretary, refusing to get pushed around by strangers and fighting back “for the American people.”
Next: A few good questions
3. Late Night White House Press Briefing
Late Night with Seth Meyers took an interesting approach to ripping on Sanders. In one sketch on the show, they cut fake shots of Meyers and others asking questions with real answers Sanders gave at a White House press briefing.
The result is hilarious, of course, including Sanders describing the Trump presidency as “Russia’s unfortunate decision” and that Trump needed to learn “eighth grade civics” in order to get better at his job.
Next: An apt description
4. ‘Vice Principal reassessing her life choices’
In a segment of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host began to speak on the topic of President Trump making derogatory comments about Haitian and African countries. When getting to Sanders’ response to the alleged potty-word that the president used, The Late Show put up an unflattering image of the press secretary.
In the picture, Colbert described Sanders as a “Vice Principal reassessing her life choices.” While the description is pretty spot on, it’s also vicious.
Next: Even Chris Hardwick gets in on it
5. I Shart Huckabees
On the Comedy Central talk show @midnight, which was hosted by Chris Hardwick during its glorious run, Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee was the subject of some fun during a segment titled “I Shart Huckabees.” Not wanting to leave Sarah out of the conversation, Hardwick brought up a curious, emoji-laden tweet that had been sent out on her Twitter account.
Although she claims it was her 3-year-old playing with her phone, the comedians didn’t waste any time guessing at what the secret code may mean.
Next: She really has no poker face.
6. Reading between the lines
The Young Turks, which is an online news network, had their fun with Sanders after the press secretary read a book to some children on Easter. It was all done in the name of good public relations, and that was pretty obvious. As the hosts pointed out after viewing the video, Sanders was struggling to hide just how badly she did not want to be reading that book.
It’s understandable that some may not like them laughing about Sanders reading a Christian book on Easter, but check out her look of pure disdain.
Next: Colbert with the insult
7. ‘You dumb-dumb’
When President Trump decided to end DACA, Sanders was prepared with a statement putting the blame squarely on Congress, which she claimed should “want to do the job they were elected to do.” Colbert was ready on The Late Show with his retort, and he did not hold back on Sanders and her assertion that someone needed to get it together and do their job.
“Yeah, maybe a president with an executive order, you dumb-dumb,” replied Colbert.
Next: Conan O’Brien with a history lesson
8. They definitely are anti-slavery
Conan O’Brien has often stayed away from being too partisan in politics on his late-night TBS show, Conan. Sure, he makes political jokes and pop culture references. But this isn’t Colbert or Samantha Bee we’re talking about. Even still, he got in a job at Sanders’ expense in November of 2017 after she calmly clarified that no one in Trump’s administration supports slavery.
“To put that into perspective,” O’Brien joked, “the last press secretary who had to make that claim worked for Ulysses S. Grant.”
Next: An unflattering image
9. Jim Carrey’s painting
Probably the most controversial scathing of Sanders prior to Wolf’s WHCD monologue was actor and comedian Jim Carrey’s portrait. Carrey has become quite the artist in recent years, and has turned his love of painting into a public commentary at times.
Although he never specifically stated that the painting was of Sanders, his tweet (and the likeness) make it pretty obvious. “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!”
Next: That’s not really Sarah
10. The interview
Chelsea Handler went right at Sanders, bringing out Fortune Feimster in a long, dark-haired wig and a purple sweater on an episode of Chelsea. The Sanders-impersonator first read a “totally real” letter from a little boy that loves President Trump, and even had a Trump-themed birthday party — the most well-attended birthday party ever.
The back and forth between Feimster and Handler is outstanding, mostly based on complimenting Sanders’ ability to say a whole lot of nothing.
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