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From left, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his wife Melania Trump, stand for the invocation at the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside.Not this year.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded sharp barbs and brutal takedowns Thursday, the night after their final debate, with many in the well-heeled crowd turning on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and showering him with jeers.

Trump, who had drawn big laughs earlier in the speech, appeared to lose the room as he repeatedly dug in with caustic swipes at Clinton, drawing rare boos at a charity event meant to raise money for impoverished children throughout New York.

He appeared to straddle the line when he talked about how “listening to Hillary rattle on and rattle on” has made him better appreciate his former nemesis Rosie O’Donnell. But he then seemed to cross it when he referred to her as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

“Hillary is so corrupt she got kicked off the Watergate Commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate Commission? Pretty corrupt,” he said to loud boos and at least one call demanding he get off the stage.

He then almost appeared to segue into the standard attack lines of his rally speeches, setting aside jokes to bring up material contained in hacked Clinton campaign emails.

“Hillary believes that it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private,” he said to growing jeers. “Here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”

Clinton also veered into personal digs, making one joke in which she said the Statue of Liberty, for most Americans, represents a symbol of hope for immigrants.

“Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a ‘4,’” Clinton joked. “Maybe a ‘5’ if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”

Trump and Clinton sat one seat apart for the evening, with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan acting as the only buffer. And when they entered and took their seats, they did not greet each other or make eye contact, though they did shake hands at the conclusion of the roast.

Dolan later called his seat “the iciest place on the planet.”

Most eyes were on Trump, who infamously glowered through Obama’s jokes at his expense during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner and is not known for being self-deprecating.

Some of his jokes landed well, drawing laughs from both the crowd and Clinton.

His biggest laughs came as he talked about Michelle Obama getting rave reviews for a recent speech. “They think she’s absolutely great. My wife Melania gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case,” he said to whoops and laughs.

And some of his attack lines flashed a sense of humor that has been mostly absent from the grueling campaign. Clinton was the first one to laugh when Trump joked that she had bumped into him earlier in the night “and she very simply said ‘Pardon me'” — an unsubtle reference to the Republican nominee’s frequent declarations that his opponent should go to jail.

Clinton, meanwhile, was more self-deprecating than Trump, joking that she’s taken a break from her “usual nap schedule” to attend and suggesting that the audience should be pleased she’s not charging her usual fee for speaking in front of potential donors.

But she also got in some digs at Trump, a few of which drew scattered jeers. Clinton said she understood why Trump was leery of teleprompters because they can be difficult to follow and “I’m sure it’s even harder when you’re translating from the original Russian.”

The dinner is named after the former New York governor, who was the first Catholic to receive a major party nomination for president when he unsuccessfully ran in 1928. And fittingly for an event named after a man nicknamed “The Happy Warrior,” the occasion has produced dozens of memorable presidential jokes — and sincere moments of goodwill that have remained largely absent from the 2016 campaign.

“I can’t wish my opponent luck,” John McCain said in 2008, turning toward Obama, “but I do wish him well.”


Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey contributed reporting.

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4 thoughts on “Clinton, Trump Trade Barbs At New York Roast

  1. When are the candidates going to tackle………
    Institutionalized Discrimination:
    You know the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments, corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities.
    Our government is still awarding (bid & no-bid) contracts annually in the $$Billions.
    [**federal agencies awarded $115.2 billion in no-bid contracts in fiscal year 2012, an 8.9 increase from $105.8 billion from 2009, according to government data. In 2009, contracts awarded without competition made up about 20 percent of total dollars awarded, compared with about 23 percent in fiscal 2012]. American’s can’t see the forest for the trees, but everybody else can:
    Our gov’t is utilizing every citizens tax dollars, & awarding these tax dollars to companies, contractors, sub-contractors, and corporations who purposely neglect to hire minorities in proportion to the area(s), where the work is being performed (ie city projects, county projects, state projects, and most importantly, federal projects).
    Those are our tax dollars putting food on everybody’s table but our own.
    Decrease minority unemployment, and the rest will take care of itself.
    Stop making bigots & racists rich with our tax dollars!!
    I may not be an attorney, but I know there is a law somewhere, if not, there should be, for this form of “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”, in the work force, and “ IT IS NOT Affirmative Action. Those dollars are our dollars and we are not being represented in the work force one iota.

  2. Alberta, please explain why you would think Carson would make a good president. You can’t possibly be serious. He made a great surgeon, Lord only knows how. You’d think someone with that kind of intelligence would be knowledgeable on much more. He was just as lost and ignorant to anything dealing with anything going on today. One of the most idiotic things I heard him say was that men who go to prison turn gay because they have sex with other men in lock up. And that’s his views on the whole gay subject. And when he went into a Popeye’s ESTABLISHMENT, he was about to be robbed but told the robber he got the wrong guy, you want the one behind the counter. Can you believe that? If you do, I better understand your thought process.
    If you don’t like the presidential candidates running on Nov 8, 2016, I suggest you deal with whoever wins and for the next 3 to 4 years you and your party, groom or prepare a candidate of your choosing. But please leave poor misguided and misinformed Carson at home with his non-singing wife.
    Oh and as for you liking what the orange hitler has to say, I hope you’re never alone with this self-proclaimed sexual predator, that is unless you’re ugly, or fat and then you’ll be ok.

  3. Alberta on said:

    I was flattered with a few of Trumps ideas….I don’t want to be counted as one who put him position to build a wall on the other hand I’m all for over turning RvsW banning some Muslims and trying to figure out how to get some normalcy in our cities & stop drug lords from entering our country. another issue BLM & ALM…Cops matter too..Trump can’t support one group & neglect to check bad cops. Personally I think some people are plain evil….period. Plus I’d like to keep companies here & increase the minimum wage. Oh & check ISIS….These are the issues on the table that need to be addressed by level headed politicians not the president only…I wish we stop blaming one person for everything. I think Trump can do the job…only problem is who he allows to influence him to go to the dark side. I don’t think it a good idea voting for an alleged rapist groper..Hillary is a NO on a good day & a bad day…so NO. If I can’t have Dr. Ben Carson I won’t be pushing No buttons on election day…4getIt! I won’t be voting for either one..Black people LOVE to vote for their oppressors then complain how they rule over you…We should be voting for Dr. Carson…have fun pushing buttons…the next day will be the same

    • Phillip Beasley on said:

      I realize you’re under pressure, that you are suffering from delusions, but, for a female to buy ANY of unregistered sex offender rrumpf.s rhetoric is preposterous. The only reason Secretary Clinton is seen as untrustworthy is because rrrumpf told you she isn’t. people of color who whine about other people of color voting for an oppressor is BATSHIT CRAZY at best hmmkay,dONT VOTE. BUT NOBODY NEEDS YOUR OBTUSE OPINION ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE MADE A CHOICE. #MADAMEPRESIDENTHILLARYCLINTON

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