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The fallout from Michelle Wolf’s speech shows America has adopted the politics of the playground

The reaction to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner wasn’t simply hypocritical. It also highlighted the latest line of attack in Washington: crying Wolf

By Adam Aiken  

Comedian Michelle Wolf entertains guests at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner. Photo: PA

The hoo-ha that resulted from Michelle Wolf’s performance at the weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner did not only encapsulate the hatred that has become all-consuming in US politics. It also shone the spotlight on the latest weapon in the battle between left and right: accusation of distastefulness.

That Wolf’s speech should have provoked the ire of some on the right was no surprise. But alongside those who were genuinely upset at what they saw…

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