On Thursday night Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump each gave speeches roasting the other at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner to benefit charity, as has been an election year tradition for a number of years.
However, Donald Trump’s remarks about Hillary Clinton were notable in that they seemed to cross the line from roasting to attacking, drawing boos from the crowd in attendance.
Donald Trump was booed Thursday night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner after delivering a series of jabs at his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, including trying to riff on a controversial remark he made at the latest presidential debate about her being a “nasty woman.” Clinton also didn’t play nice, however her jokes appeared to be more well-received by the crowd.
The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate.
During the debate, the candidates didn’t shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum.
Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers.
If you’d like to watch for yourselves, here’s full video of Donald Trump’s speech at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, with Trump’s remarks crossing from roast to attack at about the 10:41 mark.
And here’s video of Hillary Clinton’s roast of Donald Trump.
I know it goes without saying, but after watching and re-watching Donald Trump’s speech, it’s clear to me that he’s completely and utterly incapable of being anything other than a small, petty, spiteful man.