The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an annual event held to raise money for Catholic charities which help children in need. The swanky, white tie event is held at the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York every October.
Since 1960, candidates for president from both major parties have attended the event. Typically, candidates “roast” their respective others in what generally proves to be the most humorous part of their campaigns. This year was no different with Hillary & the Donald taking the stage. The event was hosted by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Trump, the first to speak, started off by thanking Cardinal Dolan, and saying hello to some in the crowd. Trump turned to New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, said hello, then quipped, “He used to love me when I was a Democrat,” to the laughs of those in attendance.
The candidate, noting that it’s tradition to start the evening with a “self-deprecating” joke told the crowd that he is a very modest person, and that many consider it his best trait – even more so than his “temperament.”
Trump then told the packed room, “It’s great to be here with a thousand wonderful people, or as I call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. Or as Hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season.”
Perhaps one of the funniest moments regarding Hillary was when Trump said, “We’ve proven that we can actually be civil to each other. In fact just before taking the dais Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said ‘Pardon me.'” Trump went on to say that she should talk to him about that after he became president.
Trump even got in a laugh at the expense of his wife when joking about media bias. The audience roared when he said, “The media is even more biased against me than ever before. You want the proof? 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!”
There were a few awkward moments when fans of Hillary’s, aka the leftwing press in the room, booed Trump when he joked about Hillary’s “it takes a village” statement, then quipping that she’s taken several in Haiti, obvious reference to the scandal revolving around the Clinton Foundation’s dealing with the country after a major earthquake.
All in all it was an excellent delivery by Trump, and for a good cause. It should be noted that only twice have presidential candidates not been invited to the event.
In 1996 then Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor chose not to invite Bill Clinton because he had vetoed a bill banning some forms of late-term abortions. In 2004, neither candidate was invited, many speculating that it was because of Democratic nominee John Kerry’s stand on abortion (The Catholic Church being staunchly pro-life, and Kerry pro-choice).
Ladies and gentleman, without further adieu, Donald Trump, comedian extraordinaire, and the next President of the United States.
(The BRUTAL Beat down begins around the 5 minute mark)
Regarding the booing leftwing press, and Hillary’s supporters, Trump got an unlikely ally in Geraldo Rivera who said the big story should be that those same people who booed Trump, cheered Hillary when she took equally biting jabs at the Republican nominee. For once, I agree with Geraldo. Almost the entire room was in the tank for Hillary!
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