Once again, the GOP gave the keys to the car to their nominee Donald Trump and he drove it off the cliff.
The latest crash occurred Thursday night when Republican nominee Donald Trump took the stage at the 71st annual white-tie Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a night which has historically been an evening of humor and civility when presidential candidates to make some good-natured jokes.
Like most things in this 2016 election campaign, this annual charity dinner did not go according to tradition. The night is about the two party nominees making fun of themselves, and we all know the Donald’s ego. The man has a hard time being “self-deprecating.” And so, Trump bombed worse than any stand-up comedy wannabe on amateur night.
Sure, we all know Donald Trump is not a comedy writer. But you have to do something really wrong to get booed at this dinner.
Granted, when he first took the stage Trump’s early jokes played well. The best-received one made light of the accusations of plagiarism that hit Melania Trump after her speech at the Republican convention.
“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great,” Trump said. “My wife Melania give the exact same speech and people get on her case. And I don’t get it.”
But even this joke roasted someone else, not himself. And so, with Trump’s tiny hands on the comedy wheel, things really began to swerve out of control when he turned the jokes onto Hillary Clinton, calling her corrupt:
“Hillary is so corrupt she got kicked off the Watergate commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate commission?” Trump joked.
That’s when the boos began. And they got even louder when Trump joked, “Here she is in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”
The joke was an apparent reference to one of the emails released by Wikileaks.
If Donald Trump paid joke writers for this ghastly set, he needs to fire them. If he wrote the jokes himself, then only he is to blame for the horror he called comedy.
Here are some of the responses the uncomfortable dinner got on Twitter:
— Mike Nellis 🤔 (@MikeNellis) October 21, 2016
No need to give me the nuclear codes. I already bombed. BIGLY. #AlSmithDinner
— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) October 21, 2016
It's one thing to lose all three debates. How do you lose a scripted dinner when the jokes are written for you? #AlSmithDinner
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) October 21, 2016
Trump is going to brood over this Al Smith dinner for days and tweet out bonkers stuff.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 21, 2016
This is the most uncomfortable thing I've ever watched. What the fresh hell is this? (Sorry, Cardinal). #AlSmithDinner
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 21, 2016
There was a time we all could see that campaigning used to be fun for Donald Trump. He loved to take the stage, he loved the crowds, and he loved hearing his name chanted by the crowds. Back then when he said politically incorrect things his polling numbers skyrocketed. But today the man is no longer the winner he professes to be.
Heck, Donald Trump might as well been giving his political eulogy with that sad and pathetic routine.
Featured image via screen capture.
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