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annually the Alfred E. Blacksmith Memorial structure Dinner in new York City is a night for elite politicians, media figures, and clergyman come come together for fun and also humorous speeches in the surname of Catholic charity.

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But every four years the Al smith dinner plays hold to the two presidential candidates — who traditionally roast each various other lightly with gentle jabs and make self-deprecating jokes.

But together my partner Andrew Prokop observed, Hillary Clinton and also Donald Trump’s speeches no anything choose Barack Obama and also Mitt Romney’s lighthearted remarks from four years ago.

No — through two extremely polarized candidates, this year was awkward and at time cringeworthy.


Here space the transcripts indigenous Trump and Clinton’s speeches.

Donald Trump’s speech

Trump: thank you, Al. Wow, that was good. I want to thank your eminence. We love it, Gov. Cuomo, great senators. Hi, Chuck.

He provided to love me when I to be a Democrat, you know.

Mayor de Blasio, wherever you are. Where is market de Blasio? In the old days, ns would have actually known him really well, but I have not been doing so much of the actual estate anymore. I want to thank Al Smith. Just a terrific job you perform at the dinner, and also congratulations ~ above a record.

And a unique hello to all of you in this room who have actually known and also loved me for many, plenty of years. The politicians. They have had actually me to their homes. They have actually introduced me to their children. Ns have come to be their ideal friends in plenty of instances. They have asked because that my endorsements, and also they constantly wanted my money. Castle even called me yes, really a dear, too ~ friend. Yet suddenly, when I ran for president together a Republican, they determined I have constantly been a no-good, rotten, venomous scoundrel, and also they totally forgot about me. But that"s okay.

You know, castle say when you execute this type of event, you always start out with a self-deprecating joke. Some world think this would be hard for me, however the fact is i am actually a modest person, very modest. The is true. In fact, many world tell me that modesty is possibly my finest quality — even much better than mine temperament.

You know, Cardinal Dolan and also I have actually some points in common. Because that instance, we both run exceptional properties on fifth Avenue. That course, his is much more impressive than mine. That"s because I built mine with my own beautifully created hands, while his was built with the hand of God, and nobody can complete with God, is the correct? Nobody, right?

That"s right. It"s great to be below with a thousands wonderful people, or together I call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. Or as Hillary phone call it, her biggest crowd of the season. This is corny stuff.

I do recognize that ns come right into this event with a little bit of an advantage. I understand that so plenty of of friend in the archdiocese currently have a location in her heart because that a man who started out as a carpenter functioning for his father. I was a carpenter working for mine father.

It"s true. Not for a long duration of time, but around three weeks. What"s good about the Al smith dinner is that even in the rough-and-tumble civilization of a yes, really hard-fought project — in fact, ns don"t know if friend know, Hillary, however last night they stated that to be the most vicious controversy in the background of politics, presidential debate — the many vicious.

Are we claimed to be proud of that? however we did say it, and also I am trying to think ago to Lincoln. I don"t recognize if they deserve to really speak come that, but the candidates have actually some lighthearted moments together, which is true. I have no doubt that Hillary is going to laugh rather a little bit tonight. Sometimes even at an proper moment.

And also tonight, with all of the heated ago and forth between my opponent and also me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be polite to every other. In fact, just prior to taking the dais, Hillary coincidentally bumped right into me, and she really civilly said, "Pardon me."

And I really politely replied, "Let me talk to you about that ~ I gain into office."

Just kidding, just kidding.

And Hillary was an extremely gracious. She said that somehow if she gets elected, she wants me come be, without question, one of two people ambassador to Iraq or to Afghanistan. It"s mine choice.

But among the things I i found it tonight, and I"ve recognized Hillary for a lengthy time, is this is the very first time ever that Hillary Clinton is sit down and speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid because that it.

It"s true. You know, critical night, I called Hillary a nasty woman. But this ingredient is every relative. ~ listening to Hillary rattle on and also on and on, ns don"t think so badly of Rosie O"Donnell anymore. In fact, i am actually beginning to like Rosie a lot.

These occasions gave not just the candidates a opportunity to be through each other in a very social setting; the also permits the candidates the opportunity to fulfill the various other candidate"s team. I recognize Hillary met my campaign manager, and I acquired a possibility to accomplish the civilization who room working so tough to obtain her elected. Over there they are, the heads of NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC. Over there is the new York Times right over there, and also the Washington Post. They are working overtime.

This one is going to acquire me in trouble. Not through Hillary. Friend know, the president told me to prevent whining, but I really have to say, the media is even an ext biased this year than ever before before. You want the proof? Michelle Obama offers a speech, and everyone loves it. It"s fantastic. Lock think she is certain great. My wife, Melania, provides the specific same speech and people gain on she case. And also I don"t get — and I don"t obtain it. Ns don"t understand why.

And the was no her fault. Was standing up, Melania. She took a many abuse.

Oh, I"m in trouble as soon as I go house tonight. She did no know about that one. Am ns okay? Is the okay? Cardinal, please speak come her.

I"d favor to address an essential religious matter: the worry of going to confession. Or, together Hillary phone call it, the fourth of July weekend through FBI director Comey.

I am told Hillary checked out confession prior to tonight"s event, yet the priest was having actually a hard time and also he asked her about her sins and she stated she can not mental 39 times. Hillary is for this reason corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate commission.

How corrupt perform you have to be to get kicked turn off the Watergate commission? pretty corrupt. Hillary is and has remained in politics because the 1970s. What is her pitch? The economic climate is busted, the federal government is corrupt, Washington is failing. Vote for me. I have actually been working on these problems for 30 years. I can fix it, she says.

I was not really certain if Hillary was going come be below tonight, because, i guess, girlfriend did not send her an invite by email, or perhaps you did and she just uncovered out around it with the wonder of WikiLeaks. We have actually learned so much from WikiLeaks. Because that example, Hillary Clinton believes it is an important to cheat the civilization by having one windy policy—

And it a various policy in private. That"s okay. I don"t know who they are angry at. Here she is tonight in public, pretending no to hate Catholics.

Now, if several of you have not noticed, Hillary is no laughing as much as the rest of us. That"s due to the fact that she to know the jokes. All of the hoax were offered to she in development of the dinner by Donna Brazile—

Everyone knows, that course, Hillary has believed that the takes a village, which only makes sense, after all, in areas like Haiti, whereby she has actually taken a number of them.

Thank you. Ns won"t go this night without saying something nice around my opponent. Hillary has remained in Washington a lengthy time. She knows a lot about how government works. And according to she sworn testimony, Hillary has forgotten more things than many of us will ever, ever know, the I can tell you.

We are having actually some fun here tonight, and also that"s good. ~ above a an individual note, what an remarkable honor it is to it is in with all of you. I want to congratulate Hillary on acquiring the nomination, and over the next 19 days, someone will certainly be chosen. We will watch what happens. However I have an excellent memories of coming to this dinner v my father over the years once I was a young man. Great experience because that me. This was constantly a special suffer for him and me to it is in together. One point we can all agree ~ above is the must support the great work the comes out of the dinner. Millions of dollars have actually been elevated to assistance disadvantaged children. And also I applaud the many people who have functioned to do this wonderful occasion a an important lifeline for kids in need.

And that we together damaged the all-time document tonight is yes, really something special. More than $6 million. Us can also agree on the need to stand as much as anti-Catholic bias, come defend spiritual liberty, and also to develop a society that celebrates life. America is in plenty of ways divided.

Thank you. America is in numerous ways separated like it has never to be before. And also the great religious leaders right here tonight give us all an instance that we can follow. We room living in a time and age the we never ever thought feasible before. The vicious barbarism we read around in background books but never believed we would view it in our so-called modern world. Who would have thought we would certainly be angry what we are witnessing today? us have obtained to be an extremely strong, very, very smart, and also we"ve gained to come together not only as a nation, but as a human being community. Thank you very much. God bless you, and God bless America. Give thanks to you.

Hillary Clinton’s speech

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photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty images Clinton: say thanks to you. Thank you. Say thanks to you. Her eminence, your excellencies, members the the clergy, Donald and Melania, and all the identified guests. Earlier tonight, Al reminded me that as soon as he an initial ran for president, he chose the steady senator indigenous Arkansas, Joseph G. Robinson, who is one of my husband"s politics heroes.

This job-related that you execute through the dinner, Al — you have actually done it currently for 30 year — is together a labor of love. You have been a hero because that both the kids of the archdiocese and for the city of brand-new York, and also I think we all owe Al smith a good round that applause.

This is together a special occasion that ns took a break from mine rigorous nap schedule to be here.

And as you have already heard, that is a treat for every one of you, too, because usually I charge a lot for speeches prefer this. But for me, it was type of ironic thinking around a fiery populist, Al Smith.

If that were below today and saw how much money we had raised, he would be an extremely proud.

And if he observed this splendid room full of plutocrats celebrating his legacy, he would certainly be an extremely confused.

It is a unique honor to be here with your eminence. I recognize you to be criticized for inviting both Donald and me here tonight. You comment by saying, “If I just sat down v those who space saints, I would be acquisition all my meals alone.” Now, simply to be clear, ns think the cardinal is saying I"m no eligible because that sainthood. However getting through these three disputes with Donald has to count as a miracle.

So ns guess ns am up versus the highest, hardest stained-glass ceiling. But, your eminence, you carry out deserve great credit because that bringing with each other two civilization who have been at each other"s throats, mortal enemies, bitterness foes. I"ve gained to ask, exactly how did you acquire the governor and mayor here together tonight?

I"ve gained to say, there room a the majority of friendly deals with in this room, human being I have actually been privileged come know and work with. I just want to put you every in a basket that adorables. And you look at so good in your tuxes, or as I refer to them, official pantsuits.

And because this dinner is for such a great cause, Donald, if at any kind of time you don"t choose what I"m saying, feel free to was standing up and shout "Wrong" when I"m talking. Pertained to think of it, it"s remarkable I am showing up after Donald. I did not think he would certainly be okay through a peaceful change of power. And, Donald, after ~ listening to your speech, i will also enjoy listening come Mike Pence deny the you ever before gave it.

I have had the privilege of being at the Al blacksmith dinners in year past, and I constantly enjoy it. However remember, if you are not happy v the way it come out, it have to be rigged. And it"s constantly a one-of-a-kind treat because that me to be back in new York, a city which ns love and I think important embodies the ideal of America. Don"t you think?

People look in ~ the Statue of Liberty and also see a proud prize of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon that hope for people approximately the world. Donald looks in ~ the Statue that Liberty and also sees a 4.

Maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and alters her hair. Concerned think that it, you recognize what would be a an excellent number for a woman? 45.

But i digress. I will try my finest tonight, but I recognize I to be not known for my feeling of humor. That"s why the did take a village to compose these jokes. Human being say, and I hear them, they to speak I"m boring compared to Donald, however I"m not boring at all. In fact, ns am the life that every party ns attended — and I have actually been to three.

And once the parties get out the hand, as sometimes they do, the is essential to have actually a responsible chaperone who can gain everyone home safely — and that is why i picked Tim Kaine to it is in my vice president.

You notice there is no teleprompter below tonight, i beg your pardon is probably smart, because maybe you saw Donald dismantle his own. Probably it is harder when you space translating indigenous the initial Russian.

But every year, this dinner brings with each other a arsenal of sensible, committed, mainstream Republicans, or as we now like to contact them, Hillary supporters.

Now, few of my doubters — and I hear that, too, castle think I just say what civilization want come hear. Tonight, the is true. And here"s precisely what you desire to hear. This election will more than very, an extremely soon. And also look in ~ this dais. We"ve got Charlie Rose and Chris Matthews and also Gayle King and Katie Couric. This counts as a press conference, right?

It is great also to view Mayor Bloomberg here. The is a dead he is not speaking tonight. I am curious come hear what a billionaire has to say. And also look in ~ the dais. We got the honorable chuck Schumer, the honorable Andrew Cuomo, the honorable bill de Blasio, the honorable Dave Dickens, and so countless other exorbitant officials.

And we have Rudy Giuliani. Many don"t recognize this, however Rudy actually acquired his start as a prosecutor going ~ wealthy brand-new Yorkers that avoided payment taxes. Yet as the saying goes, if girlfriend can"t to win them, go on Fox News and also call that a genius.

So as I said, we have now had our third and thankfully last debate. Sharing the stage with Donald trump is like, well, naught really comes to mind. Over there is nothing like sharing a stage with Donald Trump.

Donald want me drug-tested before last night"s debate. And also look, I"ve gained to call you, ns am therefore flattered the Donald thinks I provided some kind of performance enhancer. Now, actually, ns did. It"s dubbed preparation.

Looking back, I had to hear to Donald because that three complete debates, and also he claims I don"t have any stamina — he states I don"t have any stamina. That is four and also a half hours. I have actually now stood next to Donald Trump much longer than any of his project managers.

Look, I have deep respect for civilization like Kellyanne Conway. She is working day and night because that Donald, and also because she is a contractor, the is most likely not even going to salary her.

But i think the good news is the the debates finally enabled Republicans come unite approximately a candidate. The poor news is that is Mike Pence. And also it has actually been a long, lengthy campaign. That should be one of our greatest priorities, shortening the campaign.

And anyone wins this election, the outcome will certainly be historic. We will certainly either have actually the first female chairman or the first president to have started a Twitter war v Cher. And also if Donald walk win, it will certainly be awkward in ~ the yearly Presidents job photo when all the previous presidents conference at the White House, and not just with Bill. Exactly how is Barack going to gain past the Muslim ban?

Republicans in particular seemed frustrated with their nominee. Paul Ryan said the members the the House, "You don"t have to support the top of the ticket; simply do what"s in your ideal interest." So ns guess Donald really has unified his party about his main point philosophy.

I don"t understand their unhappiness. They speak Donald does no have any policies. I keep hearing that. Ns would choose to safeguard him ~ above this. Donald has issues, significant issues. Really, really significant issues. And I worry about Donald’s going-alone attitude. For example, at his convention once he said, "I alone deserve to fix it." In the 1990s, I claimed the same around America"s health care system, and also it go not job-related out for this reason well for me either.

Speaking that health, Donald has been very concerned about mine. The actually sent me a vehicle to carry me right here tonight. Actually, it to be a hearse.

But I type of simply want to put the details out there so anyone can draw their own conclusions and also you can judge our family member health. We have actually each yes, really star medical records. My blood press is 100/70. His is unbelievably great.

My cholesterol is 189. His is "presidential." mine heart rate is 72 beats every minute. His is "the many beats ever before or the least beats ever, whichever sound best." yet Donald yes, really is as healthy as a horse, friend know, the one that Vladimir Putin rides approximately on.

But I can say without fear of contradiction that I will be the healthiest and also youngest woman ever before to serve as president.

But this has actually been a yes, really strange campaign. You saw it critical night and tonight. Donald has struck me because that life in public service. Ns did not get that in ~ first. I type of gain it now. Together he said Howard Stern, that does not prefer it when women have actually been about for an ext than 35 years. But Donald, we have so much more in common than you might realize. Because that example, I have tried to inspire young people by mirroring them that with resilience and hard work, noþeles is possible, and you space doing the same. A third-grade teacher said me that among her students refused to rotate in his homework due to the fact that it to be "under audit." and also here"s an additional similarity. The Republican national Committee is not spending a dime to aid either among us.

So tonight, let"s take on the heart of the evening. Let"s come together, mental what unites us, and also just rip ~ above Ted Cruz.

I hope you enjoyed my remarks tonight. I said no to part jokes that I believed were over the line, however I mean you deserve to judge for you yourself on WikiLeaks in the next few days.

Donald will certainly tell us after the benediction even if it is he accepts this dinner is over. He needs to wait and also see. But there is nothing funny about the crest in this election. In the end, what provides this dinner crucial are no the jokes we tell, but the tradition we carry forward. It is often easy to forget how far this country has come. And there space a lot of of people in this room tonight who themselves, or their parents or grandparents, came right here as immigrants, made a life because that yourselves, took advantage of the American dream and the biggest system that has ever before been produced in the background of the world, to unleash the separation, personal, instance talent, energy, and ambition of anyone willing to occupational hard. When I think about what Al smith went through, it is essential to simply reflect just how groundbreaking it was for him, a Catholic, to it is in my party"s nominee because that president.

Don"t forget, college boards sent home letters with youngsters saying that if Al blacksmith is chosen president, you will certainly not be enabled to have actually or read a Bible. Voter were told that he would annul good news marriages. I saw newly that he would attach a secret tunnel in between Holland and also America because that the pope to preeminence our country.

Those fear of department can cause us to treat each various other as the other. Rhetoric prefer that makes it harder for united state to watch each other and listen to every other, and certainly a lot of harder to love our neighbor together ourselves. I think the method we treat others is the highest expression of faith and also of service. I am no Catholic, I"m a Methodist, however one that the points we re-publishing is a id that in stimulate to attain salvation, we require both belief and great works.

You definitely don"t must be Catholic to be inspired by the humility and also hearts the the divine father Pope Francis, or to adopt his message. His message around rejecting a mindset of hostility. His speak to to alleviate inequality. His warning around climate change. His appeal the we construct bridges, no walls. Together you know, my to run mate, Tim, is Catholic, and also he saw Jesuit schools, and also one of the principles that I have actually talked about is the more, the better.

We should get much better at finding ways to i dont agree on matters of plan while agreeing on concerns of decency and civility. How we talk to every other, treat each other, respect every other.

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So I have taken this concept to love in this campaign, the daily heat and ago and soon of a presidential campaign, come ask how we deserve to do much more for each other and far better for every other. Because I think for each the us, our greatest monument ~ above this planet won"t it is in what we build, however the stays we touch. And also that is eventually what this dinner is every about. And also it is why it has actually been such a good honor to join you every again. Say thanks to you.