Trump calls for the White House Correspondents' Dinner to be put to 'rest'

President Donald Trump called for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner to be put to “rest” after a controversial roast by comedian Michelle Wolf on Saturday night.

“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a failure last year, but this year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it,” Trump tweeted late Sunday. “The filthy ‘comedian’ totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance).”

“Put Dinner to rest, or start over!” he concluded.

Trump did not attend the event but sent White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in his stead. He boycotted the dinner last year.

Wolf has drawn both condemnation and admiration for her brunt, brutal jokes about Sanders and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway.

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Comedian Michelle Wolf performs at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
(L-R) CNN's Jake Tapper, Evan Perez and Jim Sciutto accept the Merriman Smith Award from ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is seen at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Lou Wallach, Michelle Wolf and Brandon Riegg attend the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix)
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Stewart Scott, Margret Talev and Ted Johnson attend the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix)
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“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get: you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams,” Wolf said of Sanders.

At another point she said she mused about a tree falling on Conway, “not suggesting she get hurt, just stuck.”

Many media figures at the dinner promptly took to their keyboards to say Wolf had taken things too far, instead praising the Trump officials in the room who faced the onslaught of criticism. Others have defended Wolf’s set, saying she equally targeted others in the room, including Democrats and the media.

Regardless, the president of the WHCA distanced the group from Wolf amid the furor.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” Margaret Talev, the WHCA president, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

Wolf has defended her set against some of the critiques on social media.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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