US Presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton of the Republican and Democratic party respectively, traded jabs at a charity event held in New York on Thursday.
The event was the annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity event meant to raise money for impoverished children throughout New York. It is a white-tie gala that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day. It is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. But this didn’t seem to be the case as both Trump and Hilary exchanged insults.
A particular highlight of the event was when Trump got booed by the crowd over a comment he made regarding his opponent. He claimed Clinton hates Catholics.
Trump had drawn big laughs earlier in the speech, but later appeared to lose the audience as he repeatedly took swipes at Clinton.
“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? Pretty corrupt,” he said to loud boos and at least one call demanding he get off the stage.
“Hillary believes that it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private,” he again said to growing jeers. “Here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”
Clinton herself also changed direction into personal digs, making one joke in which she said the Statue of Liberty, for most Americans, represents a symbol of hope for immigrants.
“Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a ‘4’,” She joked. “Maybe a ‘5’ if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”
(L-R) Hilary Clinton , Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Donald Trump
Trump and Clinton sat one seat apart for the evening, with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan acting as the only buffer.
They did not greet each other or make eye contact when they entered and took their seats, though they did shake hands at the conclusion of the roast.
You can watch the video of the event below: