Hillary Clinton made light of the hiccups in Donald Trump’s campaign and his attacks on her health during the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith charity dinner on Thursday night.
As tradition holds, both presidential candidates attended the New York City event, trading jabs much harsher than the usual self-deprecating, light-hearted roasting.
“This is such a special event that I took a break from my rigorous nap schedule,” Clinton said at the start of her address, later joking that the four and a half hours she spent standing at Trump’s side during the presidential debates were proof of the stamina her opponent insists she lacks.
“I have now stood next to Donald Trump longer than any of his campaign managers,” she cracked.
The Democratic nominee kept up a steady stream of jokes at Trump’s expense but didn’t get quite as harsh as her Republican opponent, who was booed for a handful of charged knocks on Clinton unusual for the traditionally cordial event.
The former secretary of state went after Trump for his recent refusal to affirm he will respect the results of the election, as well as the frequent divergences between the GOP nominee and his running mate.
“It’s amazing I am appearing after Donald,” Clinton said. “I did not think he would be OK with a peaceful transition of power. And, Donald, after listening to your speech, I will also enjoy listening to Mike Pence deny that you ever gave it.”
The Democratic nominee also took aim at former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has served as one of Trump’s most loyal surrogates in the campaign. He didn’t seem to enjoy the joke.
Pointing to the guests on the dais, Clinton said, “We’ve got the Honorable Chuck Schumer, the Honorable Andrew Cuomo, the Honorable Mike Bloomberg, the Honorable Bill DeBlasio, the Honorable Dave Dinkins, and so many other wonderful elected officials. And we have Rudy Giuliani.”
“Now, many don’t know this, but Rudy actually got his start as a prosecutor going after wealthy New Yorkers who avoided paying taxes,” she went on. “But, as the saying goes, ‘If you can’t beat them, go on Fox News and call them a genius.’”
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Trying to end on a civil note, Clinton’s last joke was intended to “embrace the spirit of the evening.”
“Let’s come together, remember what unites us and just rip on Ted Cruz,” she said.
Watch video of Clinton’s full remarks below via NBC’s Bradd Jaffy:
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