Real obscenities hurled by Trump in Michigan, not at D.C. media dinner

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Michelle Wolf at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner at Washington Hilton on April 28, 2018 in Washington, D. C. | Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has called for an end to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, tweeting that it was an “embarrassment” and “fake news.” He was referring, of course, to comedian Michelle Wolf’s 20-minute monologue skewering politics and its journalists, with a focus on the Trump administration.

Wolf played the court jester to perfection, using graphic language and word pictures to present the unvarnished truth about an obscene huckster who used the vilest of obscenities against blacks, immigrants, progressives, the poor and the marginalized to entice 63 million folks to entrust him with the our future.

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Listening to Wolf’s monologue, I didn’t hear one naughty word I don’t hear everyday, including from my own lips. I didn’t hear one word picture that didn’t sizzle with truth about a corrupt narcissist who puts my children and grandchildren at great risk of inheriting a degraded world.

The real obscenities were hurled in Michigan on Saturday night, where Trump trotted out his grotesque and vile stump speech to the masses of folks who hate the same people he does. Michelle Wolf is not my new favorite comedian. She’s my new favorite social critic.

Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn

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