The annual white-tie affair has historically been a place for the presidential candidates to make some good-natured jokes. Like many things related to this election, the dinner did not go according to tradition.
Trump took the stage first and his early jokes played well. The best-received one made light of the accusations of plagiarism that hit
But things started to go off the rails when Trump called Clinton corrupt. "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?" Trump joked.
And the boos began.
The boos got louder when Trump joked, “Here she is in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.” The joke was an apparent reference to one the emails released by Wikileaks.
Here are some of the responses the uncomfortable dinner got on Twitter:
Trump is going to brood over this Al Smith dinner for days and tweet out bonkers stuff.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 21, 2016
Trump: "Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate Commission. How corrupt do you have to be?"— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) October 21, 2016
Room is silent. #AlSmithDinner
This is the most uncomfortable thing I've ever watched. What the fresh hell is this? (Sorry, Cardinal). #AlSmithDinner— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 21, 2016
No need to give me the nuclear codes. I already bombed. BIGLY. #AlSmithDinner— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) October 21, 2016
It's one thing to lose all three debates. How do you lose a scripted dinner when the jokes are written for you? #AlSmithDinner— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) October 21, 2016