CNN host Christ Cuomo berated conservative leader Matt Schlapp for his actions during Michelle Wolf's routine during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner and his subsequent criticism of her jokes on Saturday.
The CNN host slammed Schlapp for his “obvious hypocrisy” and failure to treat President Trump with a similar degree of scrutiny.
Schlapp, who organizes the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), attended the correspondent's dinner briefly only to walk out as a response to Wolf's comedy. After receiving criticism for his departure, the conservative leader defended himself by claiming that he and his wife made a personal decision to walk out.
“Enough of elites mocking all of us,” he posted on Twitter after the dinner.
My wife @mercedesschlapp and I walked out early from the wh correspondents dinner. Enough of elites mocking all of us
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) April 29, 2018
Cuomo joined the critics in opposing Schlapp's actions, arguing that he showed a strong hypocrisy due to the fact that he had given the president a pass for his serious, divisive, and heinous words.
While the conservative guest argued that left-leaning political actors pick apart and claim that President Trump often crosses the line, Cuomo responded with: “You don't have to make the case when he openly mocks someone with disabilities […] there's no question.”
Cuomo was clearly referring to an incident where the president had mocked a disabled reporter during a 2015 campaign rally.
“You are not upset about what the president says on a regular basis and he is not joking,” Cuomo continued, emphasizing the fact that Wolf's words were a part of a comedy act while Trump's are not. “So You are going to care about a comedian and be so offended by jokes that you may think failed or didn't fail […] but where is it there?”
“You do not match that in any way when it comes to the president and his actions,” the CNN host pointed out.
Cuomo had also stated that there was clear hypocrisy at play.
“How Matt Schlapp or any of these people can defend what the president did with his mannerisms — and this is just one example I could give you dozens,” he said.
“If you’re going to mitigate what the most powerful man in the world says — and he’s being dead serious, he’s trying to divide people when he says the things. He’s trying to play the base that Schlapp so desperately covets, and then you’re going to get this upset over a comedian. I mean come on,” the host added.
The comedian, who is best known for her role on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and her HBO stand-up special, presented jokes that tore the Trump administration, the media, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and the president, who chose to skip the dinner once again.
Her jokes received both criticism and praise, but the WHCA said in a statement on Sunday that Wolf's act was “not in the spirit” of the event.
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H/T: The Hill