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Twitter loved the comeback.
Comedian Michelle Wolf pushed back against President Donald Trump after he criticized her performance at the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) last year, in a tweet where he said he may attend the function after skipping it repeatedly.
On Tuesday evening Trump tweeted about the WHCA dinner, commenting on how the organization decided to have a biographer be the keynote speaker instead of a comedian.
The change away from a comedian seemed to intrigue the president.
“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?” Trump wrote on Twitter.
So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
Meanwhile, Wolf decided to tweet back at Trump—who has criticized the comedian in the past for her WHCA jokes.
“I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest,” she wrote on Twitter.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018
The dunk by Wolf also poked fun at First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign that, in part, focuses on cyberbullying–an irony many have frequently pointed out given the president’s Twitter habits.
People online were all about Wolf’s ripping of the president.
1. The darkest joke
2. The truest joke
3. The sickest burn
4. Written by my friend Michelle
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) November 21, 2018
She’s running. https://t.co/wTgUaYJaEY
— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) November 21, 2018
— Raúl Góngora (@raulgongora) November 21, 2018
— distantThunder (@bolts6629) November 21, 2018
When you hit the ball so hard you break the bat. https://t.co/Oh5rz7nXD3
— Octavio (@OctaveFilms) November 21, 2018
Oooof… Gonna need to see a doctor for that burn. https://t.co/yELw4p9tX7
— Rev. Robert R. Ballecer, SJ (@padresj) November 21, 2018
To be fair, the president should have expected a comeback like this.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).