Talk about awkward—presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turned Thursday night's annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation charity dinner into a Comedy Central roast. Well, at least they shook hands this time, unlike at the debate.
The two presidential candidates/mortal enemies were seated only one seat apart, which couldn't have been fun for anyone at that table at all.
During his speech, Trump delivered the following "joke."
I wasn't really sure if Hillary was going to be here tonight because, I guess, you didn't send her invitation by email. Or maybe you did, and she just found out about it through the wonder of WikiLeaks. We've learned so much from WikiLeaks. For example, Hillary believes that it is vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private.
At that point the audience booed, and Trump responded, "That's OK, I don't know who they're angry at, Hillary, you or I. For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics."
Wow, just when you finally pick your jaw up off the floor after Wednesday night's debate, Trump makes it completely drop again.
Keep in mind that this is not the typical atmosphere for this dinner, which traditionally has been a fairly light-hearted function. Of course, the candidates don't write their own jokes (can you imagine?), and taking swipes at each other is customary, but nothing like this. Former New York city council speaker Christine Quinn told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "I've been to that dinner like six, seven, eight times. I've never heard boos like that. Never."
Hillary got a few in herself, though, during her own speech. For example, she quipped,
Sharing a stage with Donald Trump is like, well, nothing really comes to mind. Donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. ... I am so flattered that Donald thought I used some sort of performance enhancer. Now, actually, I did. It's called preparation.
Then she added, "And looking back, I've had to listen to Donald for three full debates, and he says I don't have any stamina!"
I would not have been surprised if someone just broke down and told them to take it outside. Cut to: Hillary removing her earrings and handing them to a girlfriend to hold, and then Trump and Hillary just duking it out in a dark alley, surrounded by a bloodthirsty crowd chanting, "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!"
Ouch. Well, take heart—only three more weeks until Election Day. And then no matter what else happens, at least these two will finally stop fighting…maybe.