Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be in the midst of a bitter battle for the White House, but the rivals reluctantly kept it friendly(ish) Thursday night as they attended the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York City.
The night was filled with laughs and boos, with the presidential candidates donning forced smiles as they launched rough barbs at each other at the usually lighthearted event.
Trump, who spoke before Clinton, did not hold back during his speech, taking aim at Clinton at the fundraiser meant to raise money for Catholic Charities.
“This is the first time ever, ever, that Hillary is sitting down, speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it,” he said, receiving gasps and boos.
Trump’s wife, Melania, burst into laughter during both Clinton’s and Trump’s remarks, and even shared a brief greeting with the Democratic nominee.
The 70-year-old GOP nominee offered a lighthearted joke about Melania’s controversial speech at the Republican National Convention this summer.
“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great,” he said, before adding, “My wife, Melania, gives the same exact speech and people get on her case and I don’t get it!”
Melania, who sat just a few seats from the stage, laughed and shook her head as Trump ushered her to stand to a round of applause.
Clinton, 68, did not mince words in her speech either, addressing Trump’s controversial remarks about women.
“People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol … a beacon of hope for people around the world,” she began.
“Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four. Maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”
She also offered light humor about the presidential debates, expressing her thanks that they are over and saying the experiences had to “count as a miracle.”
“I have now stood next to Donald more times than any of his campaign managers,” she quipped.