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Donald Trump was booed last night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner after delivering a series of jabs at his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, including trying to riff on a controversial remark he made at the latest presidential debate about her being a "nasty woman." Clinton also didn't play nice, however her jokes appeared to be more well-received by the crowd, ABC's LIZ KREUTZ and CANDACE SMITH report. Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as "corrupt." His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers. During Clinton's remarks, the Democratic nominee made some self-deprecating jokes about her stamina and paid speeches, before turning her attention to Trump, where she jabbed him on everything from his temperament to his ties to Russia. http://abcn.ws/2eoHaPk
Dolan Dishes on the Dinner
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who was seated between Clinton and Trump at last night's dinner, recalled a private conversation between the two candidates on NBC's "Today Show" this morning, ABC's RYAN STRUYK notes. "Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, you know, you are one tough and talented woman. And he said this has been a great, a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it's been," he said. Dolan said Clinton said, "Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards." Dolan said he offered a short prayer with them before walking out. "There were some awkward moments," Dolan said. "Whenever you get any humor, there can be a little awkwardness and a little anticipation -- is this gonna work or has this gone over the line?"
Analysis - ABC's Rick Klein
It's not funny anymore – any of it. The Al Smith dinner may as well have been the fourth debate, or at least a clearinghouse for zingers left on the table by both candidates at the previous three. Those zingers had too much bite, if judging by the groans that met Donald Trump's performance in particular. Hillary Clinton was more self-deprecating, but she clearly didn't want to be that close to her rival, either. Then there's the matter of Trump's closing argument about the election being, in his view, "rigged." He went for a laugh line by saying he would respect the election results "if I win," but this is serious business. The last thing the country wants is a fight over an election that's been a fight all along – and Trump must know that, too. The last two and a half weeks will be difficult enough to endure if there's no way to have fun with what's funny, and treat as serious business what's not.
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ABC’s INES DE LA CUETARA:
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