The Al Smith dinner is an annual Manhattan fall fundraiser that supports Catholic charities. Since it’s traditionally the final time the two presidential candidates come together before the election, the white tie affair is usually bipartisan.
But this is the 2016 election and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tore strips out of each other.
Trump drew a smattering of boos when he said: “We’ve learned so much from WikiLeaks. For example, Hillary believes that it is vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private. ”
Responding to the reaction, Trump said: “That’s OK. I don’t know who they’re angry at, Hillary, you or I. For example, here she is tonight, in public pretending not to hate Catholics.”
Trump brought the house down when he made fun of the row involving his wife Melania’s speech to the RNC. He quipped: “You know Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great.
“My wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case, and I don’t get it! I don’t know why. And it wasn’t her fault.”
Trump also joked that Clinton had bumped into him backstage and said ‘Pardon me.’
Clinton got personal as well. She said: “People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a “four.” Maybe a “five” if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”
Hillary also said: “You notice there is no teleprompter here tonight, which is probably smart, because maybe you saw Donald dismantle his prompter the other day. And I get that. They’re hard to keep up with, and I’m sure it’s even harder when you’re translating from the original Russian.
“But every year, this dinner brings together a collection of sensible, committed, mainstream Republicans—or, as we now like to call them—Hillary supporters.”
Not very bipartisan.