5 of Michelle Wolf's most controversial jokes at the White House correspondents' dinner

PHOTO: Comedian Michelle Wolf performs at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018.PlayAaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
WATCH Michelle Wolf performs stand-up routine at White House Correspondent's dinner

Comedian Michelle Wolf's routine at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association has sparked controversy.

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This was the second year that President Donald Trump skipped the event, but he encouraged members of his team to attend, and several did.

Two who were in attendance -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway -- were the subjects of some of the more pointed jokes.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was not in attendance, was also the butt of some controversial barbs.

Here is a rundown of five of the most talked-about moments which some felt went too far.

1. Likening Sanders to much-hated characters

PHOTO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. asos Katopodis/Getty Images
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The first insulting comparison that Wolf made of Sanders, who was seated two spots away during the set, was to a character from the dystopian book-turned-television series, "The Handmaid's Tale."

"Of course, we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders. We're graced with Sarah's presence tonight. I have to say I'm a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in 'The Handmaid's Tale.' Mike Pence, if you haven't seen it, you would love it," Wolf said.

In the book and show, Aunt Lydia is a character who is an enabler of a regime that treats women horribly, torturing and brainwashing the women under her command.

Wolf also drew a comparison to the title character in the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The term "Uncle Tom" has been used as an insult against African-American people seen as subservient to whites who oppress blacks.

"I'm never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know, is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what's "Uncle Tom" but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know: Aunt Coulter," Wolf said.

2. Calling Sanders a liar

"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.

3. Talking about Sanders' makeup

PHOTO: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders arrives on stage at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018. Aaron P, Bernstein/Reuters
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders arrives on stage at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018.

Another joke that Wolf directed at Sanders has come under scrutiny as well.

"I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she's born with it; maybe it's lies. It's probably lies," Wolf said.

In the wake of the dinner, some people on Twitter, including journalists such as "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said Wolf's monologue unfairly criticized Sanders for her appearance.

Wolf responded to both on Twitter on Sunday, the day after the dinner, telling Brzezinski, "I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials."

4. Calling Conway a liar

PHOTO: Kellyanne Conway at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2018. ABC News
Kellyanne Conway at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2018.

Wolf said Conway "has the perfect last name for what she does: Con-way," and also directly called her a liar.

"You guys have got to stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don't give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It's like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I'm not suggesting she gets hurt; just stuck. Stuck under a tree," Wolf said.

5. Insulting Pence

PHOTO: Comedian Michelle Wolf performs at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
Comedian Michelle Wolf performs at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018.

"A lot of people want Trump to be impeached. I do not. Because just when you think Trump is awful, you remember Mike Pence," Wolf said.

She went on to call the vice president "a weirdo... a weird little guy."

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