The GOP nominee's quip about Clinton 'pretending not to hate Catholics' drew jeers

By Oliver Gettell
Updated October 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Awkward humor was on the menu Thursday night as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton exchanged zingers at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner, with the Republican presidential nominee in particular drawing boos multiple times.

Traditionally conducted as a good-natured roast, the annual charity event came a night after Trump and Clinton faced off in their third contentious debate. While the two did laugh at some of the jokes made by their opponent, there did not seem to be any love lost between the two rivals.

Trump, speaking first, described Clinton as “corrupt” and added, “Hillary believes it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private.”

As boos emanated from the crowd, he said, “That’s okay. 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.”

The latter remark drew more jeering.

Trump got a better reaction with a joke about Melania Trump’s familiar-sounding RNC speech. “Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, it’s fantastic,” he said. “My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case, and I don’t get it. I don’t know why.”

Clinton got in her share of jabs as well. At one point she remarked on the Statue of Liberty being a beacon of hope for most Americans. “Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4,” she said, referring to the times he’s rated women using a number system. “Maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”

Watch Trump and Clinton’s full speeches below.