After the conclusion of the third and final debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, the 2016 US presidential elections have entered their last leg. A fortnight before the elections are scheduled to take place, Clinton and Trump attended the Alfred E Smith memorial dinner, an election year tradition, on Thursday evening.
Things began awkwardly. The candidates sat only a seat away from each other, they did not shake hands before the event. While both earned laughs for jokes they made about their rival, Trump was booed because he called Clinton "corrupt" more than once.
Here are a few choice selections from Trump's monologue (video above):
“It’s great to be here with a thousand wonderful people – or as I call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. Or as Hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season.”
“Even tonight, with all of the heated back-and-forth between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. In fact, just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me, and she very civilly said: ‘Pardon me.’”
“And I very politely replied: ‘Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.’”
“Michelle Obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she is absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech and people get on her case.”
Clinton spoke next and her comebacks were equally mean and to the point (video below).
“And because this dinner is for such a great cause, Donald, if at any time you don’t like what I’m saying, feel free to stand up and shout ‘wrong’ while I’m talking.”
“People look at the Statue of Liberty and see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4, maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. Come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45.”
“I had to listen to Donald for three full debates, and he says I don’t have any stamina … That is four and a half hours. I have now stood next to Donald Trump longer than any of his campaign managers.”
“Donald really is as healthy as a horse – you know, the one that Vladimir Putin rides around on.”