The Daily Beast gave Kathy Griffin a platform to brag about all the insults she hurled at members of the Trump administration who attended the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday — and then hailed her for it.
“It took everything within Griffin to not escalate the situation further,” wrote Marlow Stern of Daily Beast under the headline “Kathy Griffin Almost Threw Down With Mercedes Schlapp at the WHCD … The controversial comedian opens up about the various Trumpsters she confronted at this year’s much-talked-about White House Correspondents Dinner.”
Schlapp, who serves White House director of strategic communications, gained attention for walking out of the dinner on Saturday night, after which her husband Matt Schlapp (head of the American Conservative Union) tweeted: “Enough of elites mocking all of us.”
The Daily Beast went all in on the Schlapps.
“On Saturday night, Matt and Mercedes Schlapp were shocked – shocked – to find jokes at a comedy roast. After host/comedian Michelle Wolf directed a few tame jokes at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the conservative power couple … left the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in a huff.”
The New York Times reported later that the Schlapps, “who recently closed on a $3 million home in Virginia, fired off those missives “from a limousine en route to an exclusive after-party organized by NBC/MSNBC.”
Griffin told the Times Mercedes Schlapp confronted her at the NBC/MSNBC party.
“I guess because I’m me and a comic, she just comes up to me and starts giving me notes about how ‘appalling’ Michelle Wolf’s set was and telling me why she left,” Griffin said. “And I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, who are you? What do you do? And then I saw her with her husband, and I was like, ‘Oh …’”
Then Griffin demonstrated her restraint.
“So she comes at me about Michelle’s set and I thought, all right, let’s go, and I told her: ‘Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a bully who bullies America every single day. She stands at the podium, she lies, she chips away at human rights and the First Amendment, and you know it.’ She wasn’t having any of that. She was like, ‘She’s not the bully; you’re the bully.’”
Rather than escalate the situation, Griffin moved on, according to the story.
“I did want to take off my earrings and my heels – like I’m on Maury and all ‘hold my heels’ – but I said, “You are a horrible person. You are horr-i-ble. She may have said something to me on her way out. I don’t remember.”
Griffin spent the earlier part of the evening reveling in attacks on Trump administration officials, including Jason Miller, who withdrew from becoming press secretary amid scandal.
“’The guy who knocked up A.J. Delgado and she of course got fired, and then he got re-hired [by CNN],’” said Griffin, who was fired by CNN after a photo emerged of her with a bloody severed head made to look like President Trump. “So I’m confronting Jason Miller about the love child – and also just being a piece of s—t a—hole, and asking him basic questions like, ‘How can you sleep at night?’ ‘What’s it like being a propagandist?’
She then went after Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary.
“He walked past he table … and I just couldn’t resist,” she said. “I said, ‘Hey, how do you sleep at night?’ And he goes, ‘Oh, I sleep like a baby.’ I go, ‘I doubt it. But why don’t you blow me, right now?’”
“I do not have a f— left to give,” Griffin said.
Finally, she turned to Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, and repeated the phrase “Mueller time” several times.