Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tore into each other at a charity dinner hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, a dinner that has provided comic relief in the past but one that instead solicited âboosâ and âahhs,â highlighting the tense mood this election cycle.
The dinner, which is named after the New York governor who in 1928 became the first Catholic nominee for president, raised moreÂ than $6 million for charity, a record. A charitable foundation was launched in 1946Â and hasÂ hostedÂ opposing candidates to gather to trade jokesÂ during intense campaigns.
Al Smith IV teased both of the candidates, joking about how DonaldÂ Trump askedÂ how Hillary Clinton was feeling before dinner. âShe said, âIâm fine,ââ Smith said, imitating Clinton, ânow get out of the ladiesâ dressing room.â
Here were some of the most memorable lines from the candidates:
From Donald Trump:
âI recognize I come into this event with a little bit of an advantage. I know so many of you in the archdiocese alreadyÂ have a place in your heart for a guy who started out as a carpenter working for his father. I was a carpenter working for my father. True.â
âWe have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. In fact, Hillary â¦ accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, âPardon me,’â Trump said to laughter. âAnd I very politely replied, let me talk to you about that after I get into office.â
âLast night, I called Hillary âa nasty woman.â But this stuff is all relative. After listening to Hillary rattle on and on and on, I donât think so badly of Rosie OâDonnell anymore. In fact, Iâm actually starting to like Rosie a lot.â
â Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 21, 2016
He joked about his wifeâs speech at the Republican National Convention that lifted lines from Michelle Obamaâs 2008 convention speech. âMy wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case, and I donât get it! I donât know why. And it wasnât her fault,â he said, to much laughter. He then had her stand. âOh Iâm in trouble when I go home tonight. She didnât know about that one. Am I okay? Is it okay? Cardinal, please speak to her.â
âIâd like to address an important religious matter. The issue of going to confession. Or as Hillary Clinton calls it, the Fourth of July weekend with FBI Director Comey. Now Iâm told Hillary went to confession before tonightâs event, but the priest was having a hard time when he asked her about her sins, and she said she couldnât remember 39 times.â
âHillary is so corrupt,â Trump said, as the crowd began booing loudly, âshe got kicked off the Watergate Commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate Commission?â
Trump hinted at emails that were leaked where a campaign staffer appears to be joking about Catholics. âWeâve learned so much from WikiLeaks. For example, Hillary believes that itâs vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private. â¦ For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.â
Trump ended by saying he had great memories of coming to the Al Smith dinner with his father.Â âWe can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-Catholic bias, to defend religious liberty, and to create a culture that celebrates life.â
When your dinner party starts to go off the rails. pic.twitter.com/sPABc0el4h
â Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 21, 2016
âYou were criticized for inviting both Donald and me here tonight. You responded by saying, âIf I only sat down with those who were saints, Iâd be taking all my meals alone.â Just to be clear, I think the cardinal is saying Iâm not eligible for sainthood. But getting through these first three debates with Donald has to count asÂ a miracle. So I guess Iâm up against the highest, hardest stained glass ceiling.â
âIâve gotta say. there are lot of friendly faces in this room. â¦ I just want to put you all in a basket of adorables.â
â Tamara Mae (@evil_mara) October 21, 2016
âItâs amazing Iâm up here after Donald.Â I didnât think heâd be okayÂ with a peaceful transition of power.â
âPeople look at the Statute of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history of immigrants â¦ 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. Come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman â 45.â
âDonald wanted me drug tested before last nightâs debate. Look I got to tell you, I am so flattered Donald thought I used some sort of performance enhancer. I did. Itâs called preparation.â
âIf Donald does win, itâll be awkward at the annual presidentâs day photo when all the presidents gather at the White House, and not just with Bill. How is Barack going to get past the Muslim ban?â
Clinton referenced their health records. âDonald really is as healthy as a horse. You know the one Putin rides around on.â
âLetâs come together, rememberÂ what unites us and just rip on Ted Cruz.â
During the more serious portion of her address, ClintonÂ talked about the similarities between theÂ CatholicÂ and her Methodist faith, referencing the Golden Rule âto love our neighbor as ourself.â âI believe how we treat others is the highest expression of faith and service.â
âOne of the things that we share is the belief that in order to achieve our salvation, weÂ need both faith and good works,â she said.
She praised Pope Francis and noted her running mate Tim Kaineâs Jesuit education.
Concluding the dinner, Cardinal Dolan, who had sat between the two candidates, said he had been sitting in âprobably the iciest place on the planet. Whereâs global warming when you need it?â
â Siobhan Morris (@siomo) October 21, 2016