By now, everyone who follows politics in any way, shape, or form has seen Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner from Saturday, April 28. Her epic takedown of the lies in the Trump administration, as well as the media’s complicity in ignoring or even forwarding those lies, is at this point legendary.
The fact is, there was so much pearl-clutching and hand-wringing over jokes that weren’t even told (no, she never said the words “gym teacher,” nor said anything about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ looks) that people — especially on the right — never stopped to think how famous they were making her.
There was a pretty common narrative at the beginning of the story about Wolf’s sometimes vulgar, often raunchy, but never wrong performance: That it was going to “cost” Democrats in the long run, that somehow the “they go low, we go high” theme was more important than the truths Wolf was telling.
But if you look at the numbers, they tell a different story, and it’s not a comforting tale for the pundits who have attempted to demonize Wolf or derail her message with false attributions, incorrect interpretations, and projected bigotry.
This year’s WHCD is now the most-watched in history.
In fact, it’s not even close, if you consider how long it’s been since the performance. The previous most-watched comedian at the WHCD, Seth Meyers, has had his routine played 4.3 million times in the seven years since it was posted on C-SPAN’s YouTube channel. Michelle Wolf’s performance, by contrast, has now been watched on the same channel 5.1 million times in just three days.
That’s a lot of people watching a female comic taking down the liars in the Trump administration.
I think the thing that makes me the happiest is that I know Trump himself has either seen all of it, the most important parts of it, or at least the bits about him, and it drives him crazy that Michelle Wolf was actually funny — and right.
If you don’t have time to watch the entire 20-minute piece, here’s a montage of some of the best jokes from the Dinner:
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