Outgoing Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards didn’t go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend, but she still couldn’t escape Michelle Wolf’s much-discussed performance.
In an interview with CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday, Richards chided Wolf’s abortion gag at the dinner, saying it wasn’t something she would personally make light of.
“This isn’t a topic that I make jokes about because, of course, I see what women face in this country just to access care and how much stigma and shame there already is in America,” said a stone-faced Richards after watching footage of Wolf joking about the procedure at the dinner.
“She’s a comedian that was her job,” Richards added, also suggesting that Wolf was making fun of make abortion opponents who are against it until they find it useful for taking care of their own transgressions.
Richards is the latest high profile figure to weigh in on Wolf’s performance which has dominated the news cycle since Saturday evening. In her White House Correspondents’ dinner monologue, the “Daily Show” veteran raised eyebrows for a series of raunchy barbs and for highly personal shots against Sarah Sanders and her appearance.
The performance was widely condemned by the Washington press corps and dinner attendees but received a more mixed reaction from the wider public. In an interview yesterday, Wolf remained defiant saying she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I wouldn’t change a single word that I said. I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns,” she told WHYY’s host Terry Gross on her program “Fresh Air” Monday.