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Trump draws boos at Catholic charity event

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pray as they attend the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner to benefit Catholic charities in New York. October 20, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Carlos Barr

(USA Today) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shared the stage at a charity dinner Thursday night, and while there were moments of civility between the two presidential candidates, at other times there seemed to be more hostility in the air than during the previous night’s debate.

The annual white-tie affair has historically been a place for the presidential candidates to make some good-natured jokes. Like many things related to this election, the dinner did not go according to tradition.


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Trump took the stage first and his early jokes played well. The best-received one made light of the accusations of plagiarism that hit Melania Trump after her speech at the Republican convention.

“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great,” Trump said. “My wife Melania give the exact same speech and people get on her case. And I don’t get it.”

But things started to go off the rails when Trump called Clinton corrupt. “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?” Trump joked.

And the boos began.

The boos got louder when Trump joked, “Here she is in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.” The joke was an apparent reference to one the emails released by Wikileaks.

Clinton got in several jabs of her own, although she didn’t draw out the boo birds.

“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,” she said. “Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a ‘four.'”

Here are some of the responses the uncomfortable dinner got on Twitter:

Well, at least they shook hands at the end.

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  • The jokes Trump had after the Watergate and hating Catholics ones actually could’ve been pretty good. Editing and timing are everything. Maybe he should’ve segued into The Aristocrats..
    On a slightly more serious religion topic, don’t Christians typically bow their heads while praying? Only two of the people in the photo above are doing so and I was told that Trump is a “strong Christian.”

  • Trump is no more a christian than I am – and I’m an atheist. Religion is a hat you have to wear to be politically and socially acceptable. Appearences are important.

    Trump bow his head to a superior being? No way.

  • I have the same amount of animosity towards Hillary, as you have towards Trump. Hillary needs the “Jail House”, NOT the “White House.”

    But there’s one aspect of Hillary that I try to leave alone. She says she’s a Christian, just like Trump says he’s a Christian, just like YOU say you’re an atheist.

    Well, unless I’ve got solid visible evidence to the contrary, I’m forced to accept (or at least hold as provisionally true) the self-claims of all three of you, at face value. Can’t just blindly say, “No you’re not a such-and-such” unless there’s proof.

  • The cretin couldn’t even keep his composure at a charity event with a written script, let alone a debate or any other form of public engagement. All it would take is a tweet by Kim Jong Un about President Trump’s hair and we will have nuclear armageddon.

  • It really takes something unusual for a roomful of priests to boo their invited guest speaker.

  • Yes, Trump was booed, and was worse. But anyone who watched it heard Clinton get booed as well. So much for honest reporting.

  • And in his interview on the Today show, Dolan made it a point to say how nice both candidates were pre-event – a subtle way of diffusing any criticism of Trump. In recent statements, the US episcopate has demonstrated their usual pro-GOP position.

  • At the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, Seth Meyers joked about how “great” a Trump presidency would be. “[then DPRK leader] Kim Jong-il is a loser. The man wears a windbreaker, he has no class. I on the other hand sell my own set of ties. Look for them in Macy’s, in the flammable section.” Life is imitating art.

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