After three categorically nasty presidential debates, Al Smith Charity dinner served as a comedic episode where Trump’s Self- roasting garnered him many boos.
The booing began when he said, “Hillary is so corrupt…” And then it got much worse from there.
It’s appealing to say that Donald Trump’s speech at the Al Smith on Thursday night went over with much embarrassment.
It was the 71th annual fundraising event for Catholic charities hosted in Manhattan by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. How shameful and embarrassing the Republican nominee was at the dais at the Waldorf Astoria, turning what’s traditionally a forum for White House hopefuls to tell blithe and merry jokes into a podium for cruel remarks about the Democratic nominee, who was seated just few seat feet away.
He started attacking Clinton in the initial stage of his Monolog to which he got much flak.
“Hillary believes it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and totally different policy in private,” Trump said. “For example, here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”
This seriously didn’t go over well with the audience.
Trump hit some high notes, like the bootlegging joke about wife Melania’s Republican National Convention speech, which was plagiarized in part from a speech Michelle Obama had given in one of the events. But suddenly he nodded to his wife, ordering her to stand up while the crowd cheered, a wacky break in the flow of the moment. Crowd’s Interest was clearly lost when he attacked Clinton. He said that Hillary Clinton hates Catholics, this joke received many boos. Then came another one about Donna Brazile sharing all of the jokes from the dinner in advance. More and more boos. It seemed like, for the first time, a presidential nominee was so much boo-ed at such an event.
Unlike Trump, Clinton used her remarks to pay the compliment to Al Smith himself, a Democrat who in 1928 became the first Catholic in American history to be a major-party presidential nominee. She noted that Smith faced massive prejudice at the time and linked his experience to existing struggle against bigotry.
“Those appeals—appeals to fear and division—can cause us to treat each other as the other,” Clinton said. “Rhetoric like that makes it harder for us to see each other, to respect each other, to listen to each other, and certainly a lot harder to love our neighbor as ourself.” And in an obvious reference to Trump, she also honored Pope Francis for his “appeal that we build bridges, not walls.”