|Donald realizing he has perhaps crossed the line|
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attended the annual Al Smith benefit dinner in Manhattan last night. The charity dinner, which has taken place since 1945, has been a place where politicians from both sides of the aisle go to good naturedly poke fun at each other and themselves in an effort to defuse the increasingly polarized political climate.
Unfortunately that tradition turned dark and ugly tonight thanks to Donald Trump.
Trump was called to the dais first to deliver what most hoped would be a benign but humorous address peppered with some mild zingers reserved for both his political rival and himself. What they got instead was venomous and unfunny barbs directed at Hillary Clinton.
Sure it started off okay for Trump, not unlike in the debates, but it soon turned ugly as he reeled off one nasty attack after another. It got to a point where the notoriously conservative leaning room full of upper crust types and clergy began heckling him and shouting for him to "finish!". It got so bad that Cardinal Dolan, no fan of Hillary Clinton, stopped watching the Trump debacle and started commiserating with her!
Here are a sampling of Trump's distasteful attempts at humor...
“Here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”
“One of the things I noticed tonight, and I’ve known Hillary for a long time, is this is the first time ever that Hillary Clinton is sitting down and speaking to major donors without getting paid for it.”
“Hillary is so corrupt she got kicked off the Watergate commission.”
“Now, if some of you have not noticed, Hillary is not laughing as much as the rest of us. That’s because she knows the jokes. All of the jokes were given to her in advance of the dinner by Donna Brazile.”
“Everyone knows, of course, Hillary has believed that ‘it takes a village.’ Which only makes sense, after all, in places like Haiti, where she has taken a number of them.”
Here is the video of Trump being jeered by a room full of conservatives and priests...
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There is no doubt that Trump, who cannot accept any defeat gracefully, used this occasion to hit back at Hillary Clinton for dismantling him at last night's third and final debate. Leave it to the vulgarian in chief to turn a harmless charity event into a vehicle for insult and revenge.
In case anyone was wondering Hillary Clinton followed the Trump debacle and delivered a funny and at time poignant speech. Here is her address in it's entirety...