NEW YORK – US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ribbed each other at the white-tie Al Smith Dinner on Thursday night.
But what began as light-hearted banter between the two turned nasty as Trump was booed after describing Clinton as “corrupt”.
Trump did get some laughs though: his biggest moment of the evening was his comment about the “biased media”, which ended in a joke about his wife’s plagiarised Michelle Obama speech.
“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, they think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech and people get on her case!”
But he lost the crowd when he called Clinton “so corrupt she got kicked off the Watergate Commission”.
When boos were heard in the audience, he said: “I don’t know who they’re angry at ,Hillary, you or I?”, to which someone in the crowd shouted “you!”
Clinton stayed classy, poking fun at herself while cutting Trump down to size.
She joked about her health, which Trump had made a campaign issue, as well as her paid speeches to Wall Street. “I took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here,” Clinton said. “Usually, I charge a lot for speeches like this.”
Later, she joked: “Getting through these three debates with Donald has to count as a miracle.”
In the end, she brought the focus back to the event and found common purpose with Trump: “Let’s come together, remember what unites us, and just rip on Ted Cruz.”
The dinner is a fundraiser for Catholic charities supporting needy children.
It’s held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October and hosted by the archbishop of New York. It is the last event at which the two US presidential candidates share a stage before the election.
WATCH highlights from the dinner.