Still reeling from last week’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which comedian Michelle Wolf said of Sanders, “I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale.” She then added:
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
Republicans and a few concern-trolling Democrats were clutching pearls over the smoky eye comment, which only led me to believe that none of them had ever read or watched The Handmaid’s Tale.
Cooler heads immediately dismissed the criticism Wolf received about the makeup comment because, you know, smoky eye makeup shaming isn’t a thing. Additionally, she did not infer that Sanders was unattractive — rather that she is a liar. That was the entire point of that joke.
Then Rudy Giuliani felt compelled to give Sean Hannity a far different framing of the Trump/Cohen/Daniels scandal than that which Sarah Huckabee Sanders had repeatedly given.
As a result, Sanders found herself faced with a litany of questions about whether she purposely misled the American people. The implication being that the other scenario would involve the president lying to her and her simply passing the lies along.
One reporter asked the press secretary, “Were you lying to us at the time? Or were you in the dark?”
“Again, I gave you the best information that I had,” Sanders repeatedly said Thursday in response to questions about why the White House did not disclose that Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer, for the $130,000 payment to keep Stormy Daniels quiet.
To say the exchange was awkward for Sanders would be an understatement.