Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Deliver Remarks at the Al Smith Dinner CSPAN October 20, 2016 8:49pm-9:53pm EDT
is important to us that we all believe and trust that the mechanism of governance is going to create outcomes we can all believe in. that's foundational to us. always at the forefront of our mind. how do we help engender trust do wenfidence, and how send strong messages to others in the world outlining what is acceptable, and what is not accept bowl? rogers was admiral mike from earlier today. you can find his remarks anytime online. c-span.org library. back to the waldorf-astoria. hillary clinton and donald trump are about to make remarks. this is traditionally a time for candidates to come together for an evening of lighthearted humor. this is a benefit for catholic charities during the final month of their campaign. this is the first time the dinner has fallen the ee doing -- fall in the evening after a
podium, alfred e smith the fourth. >> i am back. a couple of shout outs. i want to thank and mcgill e mcgill bright, who really made this dinner possible. great job. and a shout out to jim. this is his last dinner. he has been here 37 years and he keeps the trains on time. jim, thank you. before we go on, i would like to dignitaries inal the room. governor cuomo is here tonight. dignitaries in the room. , he camecuomoat last night's de up with an idea.
he wants the staff to start bre.ing him a tough hom mayor deblasio is here tonight. mr. mayor, we would like to apologize. we could not grant you your request to sit to the left of everybody. [laughter] he got here on time. [laughter] chuck schumer is here. you may not know this, but chuck is running for his fourth term. chuck has a favor to ask. can someone tell him who his opponent is? [laughter] senator gillibrand is also here. [applause]
senator, it must be nice to see two new yorkers vying for the highest office in the land. it just goes to show you that if you were born to immense wealth or your husband was president, you can accomplish anything. [laughter] rudy giuliani is here. mr. mayor, don't worry. the lights just right to make sure you will be in donald trump's shadow all night. [laughter] governor christie was supposed to be here, but he got stuck in bridge traffic. [laughter]
it's always nice to be here with my friend, cardinal dolan. [applause] in this difficult time for our nation, we should think about the deep questions of faith that cardinal dolan asks us all. like, how can we fully understand the holy spirit? what does salvation really mean? and -- are you going to finish that? [laughter] i mean it sincerely. everyone in attendance is doing their part in supporting our charitable efforts. it could not be done without you. supportout the amazing catholics onevoted stage, catholics like henry
kissinger, howard rubenstein, mort zuckerman. [applause] al: i want to address the elephant in the room. i was talking to the cardinal -- [applause] bear with me. i was talking to him earlier about the wikileaks e-mails that said certain members of the clinton campaign wanted to inside a revolution in the catholic church. i was pretty concerned. constructive conversation with the clinton campaign, and cardinal dolan said if the cardinals and clergy have not destroyed the church in the last 2000 years, the democrats in congress do not stand a chance. [applause]
[laughter] >> of course, the donald got the tip of the pope last year. i know you discussed that with the kernel last week, and it should be easy to meant that relationship area donald -- relationship. donald and pope francis are so -- have so much in common. they both lead lives of humility. [laughter] >> so for this evening, all is forgiven. it is now my privilege to introduce this evening's speakers. we determined tonight's order backstage. no matter how the coin toss ended, our next speaker was going to say it was rigged. [laughter] [applause] [no audio]
i am speaking about the republican nominee, donald j. trump. [applause] there are actually some rumors going around that he was not going to show up tonight. he could say he wanted to keep us in suspense. [laughter] >> we considered having a donald trump cut out on the dais, but still,anted someone lifeless, we could ask charlie rose to speak again. [laughter] [groans] >> it is a stark that donald is here tonight. that's right, for the first time, the catholic church is not the largest tax-exempt landowner here tonight.
[laughter] [applause] >> we are honored to have maloney here tonight. ia here tonight. donald, a kid from queens with a big heart and bigmouth, is not question -- is without question a new york institution. donald, the microphone is yours, and it is working. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: thank you, nal. -- al. wow, that was good. i want to thank your imminence.
we love it, governor cuomo, great senators. hi, chuck. he used to love me when i was a democrat, you know. [laughter] mr. trump: mayor de blasio, wherever you are. where is mayor de blasio? would havedays, i known him very well, but i have not been doing so much of the real estate anymore. i want to thank al smith. do at fantastic job you the dinner, and congratulations on a record. [applause] mr. trump: and a special hello to all of you in this room who have known and loved me for many, many years. [laughter] the politicians. they have had me to their homes.
they have introduced me to their children. i have become their best friends in many instances. they have asked for my endorsements and they always wanted my money. .hey even called me really a dear dear friend. but suddenly, when i ran for president as a republican, they decided i have always been a no good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel, and they totally forgot about me. but that's ok. know, they say when you do this kind of event, you always start out with a self-deprecating joke. some people think this would be tough for me, but the truth is -- [laughter] [applause] the truth is i am
actually a modest person, very modest. it is true. tell me many people that modesty is perhaps my best quality. [laughter] mr. trump: even better than my temperament. [laughter] mr. trump: you know, cardinal dolan and i have some things in common. for instance, we both run impressive properties on fifth avenue. [laughter] mr. trump: of course, his is much more impressive than mine. that's because i built mine with my own beautifully formed hands. [laughter] [applause] while his was built with the hands of god, and nobody can compete with god, is that correct? nobody, right? [applause] mr. trump: that's right. it's great to be here with a thousand wonderful people, or as , call it, a small
intimate dinner with some friends. hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: this is corny stuff. [laughter] mr. trump: i do recognize that i come into this event with a little bit of an advantage. i know that so many of you in the archdiocese already have a place in your heart. a guy who started out as a carpenter working for his father. i was a carpenter working for my father. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: it's true. not for a long period of time, but about three weeks. [laughter]
smith great about the al dinner is that even in the rough and tumble world of a really hard-fought campaign -- in fact, i don't know if you know, hillary, but last night they said that was the most vicious debate in the history of politics, presidential debate. the most vicious. are we supposed to be proud of that? but we did say it, and i am trying to think back to lincoln. i don't know if they can really speak to that. but the candidates have some lighthearted moments together, which is true. i have no doubt that hillary is going to laugh quite a bit tonight. an appropriateat moment. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and 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 , and she very civilly said, "pardon me." [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: anti-very politely replied, "let me talk to you about that after i get into office. " [laughter] [groans] kidding, justt kidding. and hillary was very gracious. she said that somehow if she
gets elected, she wants me to be, without question, either ambassador to iraq or to afghanistan. [laughter] mr. trump: it's my choice. [applause] but one of the things , and i'vetonight ,nown hillary for a long time is this is the first time in ever -- the first time that hillary clinton is sitting down and speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: it's true. you know, last night, i called hillary a nasty woman. but this stuff is all relative. after listening to hillary rasul on and on -- rattle on and on
and on, i don't think so badly of rosie o'donnell anymore. [laughter] fact, i amin actually starting to like rosie a lot. [laughter] [applause] these events gave not only the candidates chance to be with each other in a very social setting. it also allows the candidates the opportunity to meet the other candidate's team. i know hillary met my campaign manager, and i got a chance to meet the people who are working so hard to get her elected. nbce they are, the heads of -- [laughter] abc.rump: cnn, cbs, there is "the new york times" right over there, and "the
washington post." they are working overtime. [laughter] [applause] this one is going to get me in trouble. not with hillary. you know, the president told me to stop whining, but i really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before. ?ou want the proof speech, obama gives a and everyone loves it. it's fantastic. they think she is absolutely great. gives theelania, exact same speech. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and people get on her case. at i don't get -- and i don't get it.
i don't know why. [applause] and it was not her fault. stand up, melania. she took a lot of abuse. [cheers and applause] oh, i'm in trouble when i go home tonight. she did not know about that one. am i ok? is that ok? cardinal, please speak to her. [laughter] mr. trump: i'd like to address an important religious matter, the issue of going to confession. or, as hillary calls it, the fourth of july weekend with fbi director komi. -- comey. [laughter] i am told hillary went to confession before tonight's event, but the priest was having a hard time and he asked her about her since and her sands, and
she said she could not remember 39 times. [laughter] mr. trump: hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the watergate commission. [boos] how corrupt the you have to be to get kicked off the watergate commission? pretty corrupt. hillary is and has been in politics since the 1970's. what is her pitch? the economy is busted, the government is corrupt, washington is failing. vote for me. i have been working on these problems for 30 years. i can fix it, she says. if hillaryeally sure was going to be here tonight, because, i guess, you did not
send her an invitation by e-mail , or maybe you did and she just found out about it through the wonder of wikileaks. we have learned so much from wikileaks. for example, hillary clinton vital to deceive the people by having one public policy -- [boos] mr. trump: and it is only different policy in private. that's ok. i don't know who they are angry at, uri. here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate catholics. [boos] now, if some of you have not noticed, hillary is not laughing as much as the rest of us. that's because she knows the jokes.
all of the jokes were given to her in advance of the dinner by donna brazile -- [boos] mr. trump: everyone knows, of course, hillary has believed that it takes a village, which only makes sense, after all, in places like haiti, where she has taken a number of them. [boos] >> [indiscernible] mr. trump: thank you. i won't go this evening without saying something nice about my opponent. hillary has been in washington a long time. she knows a lot about how government works. and according to her sworn testimony, hillary has forgotten more things than most of us will ever, ever know, that i can tell you. [boos] [applause] somerump: we are having
fun here tonight, and that's good. on a personal note, what an amazing honor it is to be with all of you. i want to congratulate hillary , andtting the nomination over the next 19 days, someone will be chosen. we will see what happens. but i have great memories of coming to this dinner with my father over the years when i was a young man. great experience for me. this was always a special me to bee for him and together. one thing we can all agree on is the need to support the great work that comes out of the dinner. millions of dollars have been raised to support disadvantaged children. and i applaud the many people who have worked to make this wonderful event a critical lifeline for children in need. [applause] together: and that we
broke the all-time record tonight is really something special. more than $6 million. we can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-catholic bias, to defend religious liberty, and to create a culture that celebrates life. divided.s in many ways [applause] mr. trump: thank you. america is in many ways divided like it has never been before. and the great religious leaders here tonight give us all an example that we can follow. we are living in a time and age that we never thought possible before. the vicious barbarism we read about in history books, but never thought we would see it in our so-called modern day world. who would have thought we would
be witnessing what we are witnessing today? we have got to be very strong, , and we've gott to come together not only as a nation, but as a world community. thank you very much. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you. [laughter] -- [applause] al: as ronald reagan would say, "there you go again." [laughter] thank you very much, donald. we are honored by your presence. this dinner is a fundraiser for the needy children of the archdiocese. i am pleased to announce that tonight we have raised $6 million.
[applause] al: let me put that in perspective for you. that would pay for nearly five minutes of our next speaker's speech. [laughter] al: hillary is a democratic nominee for president. but it was not exactly a smooth ride for her. she endured a tough primary challenge from that young centrist upstart bernie sanders. [laughter] al: she endured questions about her health. madam secretary, i can't believe all these people said it was not presidential to catch pneumonia. just look at william henry harrison. [laughter] al: and she said that she later had to take back. for example, hillary really did
halfean it when she called of donald supporters a basket of deplorables. did notir, donald really mean it when he said he would release his tax returns, either. [laughter] : the secretary's career in public service has been admirable. she has devoted her life to public service in arkansas, washington, and new york. she has been a tireless advocate for children, and her being here tonight is an example of that. 80's and gentlemen, please welcome secretary hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: thank you. thank you. [applause] ms. clinton: thank you.
your eminence, your excellency's , donalds of the clergy m milani a, and all the aches -- donald and melania, and all the distinct guests. al reminded me, that when he first ran for president, he chose the progressive senator from arkansas, joseph g robinson, who is one of my husband's political heroes. this work that you do through , al, you have done it now for 30 years, is such a labor of love. you have been a hero for both the children of the archdiocese and for the city of new york, and i think we all owe al smit j a great round of applause.
[applause] ms. clinton: this is such a special event that i took a break from my rigorous nap scheduled to be here. [laughter] ms. clinton: and as you have already heard, it is a treat for all of you too, because usually i charge a lot for speeches like this. [laughter] ms. clinton: but for me, it was kind of ironic taking about a -- thinking about a fiery populist, al smith. if you were here today and saw -- if he were here today and saw how much money we had raised, he would be very proud. [applause] and if he saw this magnificent room full of plutocrats celebrating his legacy, he would be very confused. [laughter]
ms. clinton: it is a special honor to be here with your eminence. i know you were criticized for inviting both donald and me here tonight. responded by saying, if i only sat down with those who are saints, i would be taking all my meals alone. clear, i think the cardinal is saying i'm not eligible for sainthood. but getting through these three debates with donald has to count as a miracle. [laughter] [applause] so -- mp: ms. clinton: so, i guess i am up against the highest, hardest stained-glass ceiling. but, your eminence, you do deserve great credit for bringing together two people who have been at each other's throats, mortal enemies, bitter
foes. i've got to ask, how did you get the governor and mayor here together tonight? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: i've got to say, there are a lot of friendly faces in this room, people i have been privileged to know and work with. i just want to put you all in a basket of adorable. -- adorables. ms. clinton: and you look so xes, or as i tu refer to them, formal pantsuits. 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. [laughter] of clinton: come to think it, it's amazing i am appear
after donald. i did not think he would be ok with a peaceful transition of power. [cheers and applause] and, donald, after listening to your speech, i will also enjoy listening to mike pence deny that you ever gave it. [laughter] i have had the privilege of being at the al smith dinners in years past, and i always enjoy it. but remember, if you are not happy with the way it comes out, it must he rigged -- it must be rigged. and it's always a special treat for me to be back in new york, a city which i love and i think truly embodies the best of america. don't you think? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: 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. [laughter] [groans] ms. clinton: may be a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. [laughter] come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: but i digress. i will try my best tonight, but i understand i am not known for my sense of humor. that's why it did take a village to write these jokes. [laughter] ms. clinton: people say, and i hear them, they say i'm boring compared to donald, but i'm not boring at all. in fact, i am the life of every party i attended, and i have
been to three. [laughter] ms. clinton: and when the parties get out of hand, as occasionally they do, it is important to have a responsible chaperone who can get everyone home safely, and that is why i picked tim kaine to be my vice president. [laughter] notice there is no teleprompters here tonight, which is probably smart, because it may be you saw donald -- donald maybe you saw thi dismantle his own. maybe it is harder when you are translating from the original russian. [laughter] [boos] [applause] ms. clinton: but every year, this dinner brings together a collection of sensible, committed, mainstream republicans, or as we now like to call them, hillary supporters.
[laughter] [applause] ms. clinton: now, some of my critics -- and i hear that, too -- >> [inaudible] ms. clinton: yeah. they think i only say what people want to hear. tonight that is true. and here's exactly what you want to hear. this election will be over very, very soon. [cheers and applause] and look at this dais. we've got charlie rose and maria barbara romo and chris matthews and gayle king and katie couric. this counts as a press conference, right? [laughter] ms. clinton: it is great also to see mayor bloomberg here. [applause] is a shame he is
not speaking tonight. i am curious to hear what a billionaire has to say. [laughter] ms. clinton: and look at the dais. we got the honorable chuck schumer, the honorable andrew momo, the honorable bill de the honorable dave dickens, and so many other wonderful officials. and we have rudy giuliani. [laughter] many don't know this, but rudy actually got his start as a prosecutor going after wealthy new yorkers who avoided paying taxes. but as the saying goes, if you can't beat them, go on fox news and call him a genius. [laughter] ms. clinton: so as i said, we have now had our third and thankfully final debate. sharing the stage with donald trump is like, well, nothing really comes to mind. [laughter] ms. clinton: there is nothing
like sharing a stage with donald trump. donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. [laughter] ms. clinton: and look, i've got to tell you, i am so flattered that donald used some sort of performance enhancer. [laughter] ms. clinton: now actually, i did. it's called preparation. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: looking back, i had to listen to donald for three full debates, and he says, "i don't have any stamina -- 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. [laughter] ms. clinton: look, i have deep respect for people like kellyanne conway. she is working day and night for
donald, and because she is a contractor, he is probably not even going to pay her. [laughter] [boos] ms. clinton: but i think the good news is that debates finally allowed republicans to unite around a candidate. the bad news is it is mike pence. and it has been a long, long campaign. that should be one of our highest priorities, shortening the campaign. [applause] and whoever wins this election, the outcome will be historic. we will either have the first female president or the first president to started a twitter war with cher. win, it will does be awkward at the annual presidents' day photo when all the former presidents gather at the white house, and not just with bill. how is barack going to get past the muslim ban? [laughter]
[groans] republicans in particular seemed frustrated with their nominee. paul ryan told the members of a house, "you don't have to support the top of the ticket, just do what's in your best interest." so i guess donald really has unified his party around his core philosophy. i don't understand their happiness -- their unhappiness. not havedonald does any policies. i keep hearing that. i would like to defend him on this. donald has issues, serious issues. really, really serious issues. and i worry about donald going alone -- donald's going alone attitude. convention, at his when he said, "i alone can fix it." the same90's, i said about america's health care system, and it did not work out so well for me either.
speaking of health, donald has been very concerned about mine. he actually sent me a card to bring here -- a car to bring me here tonight. actually, it was a hearse. [laughter] ms. clinton: but i kind of just want to put the information out there so everybody can draw their own conclusions and you can judge our relative health. we have each really star medical records. my blood pressure is 100/70. his is unbelievably great. [laughter] ms. clinton: my cholesterol is 189. his is "presidential." my heart rate is 72 beats per minute. his is "the most beats ever for the least beats ever, whichever sounds best." but donald really is as healthy as a horse, you know, the one that vladimir putin rides around on. [laughter] [boos] ms. clinton: but i can say
without fear of contradiction that i will be the healthiest and youngest woman ever to serve as president. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: but this has been a really strange campaign. you saw it last night and tonight. donald has attacked me for life in public service. i did not get that at first. i kind of get it now. as he told howard stern, he does not like it when women have been around for more than 35 years. but donald, we have so much more in common than you may realize. for example, i have tried to inspire young people by showing them that with resilience and hard work, anything is possible, and you are doing the same. a third grade teacher told me that one of her students refused to turn in his homework because it was "under audit." [laughter] ms. clinton: and here's another similarity. the republican national
committee is not spending a dime to help either one of us. [laughter] ms. clinton: so tonight, let's embrace the spirit of the evening. let's come together, remember what unites us, and just read on on ted cruz.ip [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: i hope you enjoyed my remarks tonight. i said no to some jokes that i thought were over the line, but i suppose you can judge for yourself on wikileaks in the next few days. [laughter] ms. clinton: donald will tell us after the benediction whether he accepts this dinner is over. he has to wait and see. but there is nothing funny about the stakes in the selection. in the end, what makes this dinner important are not the jokes we tell, but the legacy we carry forward. it is often easy to forget how far this country has come. and there are a lot of people in this room tonight who themselves , or their parents or
grandparents, came here as immigrants, made a life for ofrselves, took advantage the american dream and the greatest system that has ever been created in the history of theworld, to unleash individual talent, energy, and ambition of everyone willing to work hard. when i think about what al smith went through, it is important to just reflect how groundbreaking towas for him, a catholic, be my party's nominee for president. don't forget, school boards sent home letters with children saying that if al smith is elected president, you will not be allowed to have or read a bible. voters were told that he would protestantnull marriages. recently that he would
connect with a secret tunnel holland and america for the pope to rule our country. fears of division can cause us to treat each other as the other area rhetoric -- the other. rhetoric like that makes it harder for us to see each other and listen to each other, and certainly a lot harder to love our neighbor as ourselves. i believe the way we treat others is the highest expression of faith and of service. i'm aot catholic, methodist, but one of the things we share is a believe that in order to achieve salvation, we need both faith and good works. you certainly don't need to be catholic to be inspired by the humility and hearts of the holy father pope francis, or to embrace his message. [applause]
ms. clinton: his message about rejecting a mindset of hostility. his call to reduce inequality. his morning about climate change -- his warnings about climate change. his appeal that we build bridges, not walls. as you know, my running mate, , and he went to jesuit schools, and one of the ideas that i have talked about is the more, the better. we need to get better at finding ways to disagree on matters of policy while agreeing on questions of decency and civility. how we talk to each other, treat each other, respect each other. [applause] ms. clinton: so i have taken
this concept to heart in this campaign. the daily heat and back and forth of a presidential campaign. to ask how we can do more for each other and that are for each other -- and better for each other. because i think for each of us, our greatest monument on this earth won't be what we build, but the lives we touch. and that is ultimately what this dinner is all about. and it is why it has been such a great honor to join you all again. thank you. [cheers and applause] al: hillary, thank you very
much. that was terrific. an observation, i did see the candidates reach across the great divide tonight and shake hands. [laughter] al: i think we should nominate cardinal dolan for the nobel peace prize. what do you think? [applause] al: it is my honor to present cardinal dolan. [applause] cardinal dolan: thank you, everybody. it has been the honor of my predecessors, and outline as archbishop of new york, to conclude this joyful and historic evening with a word of
gratitude to all of you, and more solemnly, to the lord himself. part of my congestion and cough. i am coming down with a cold, which is completely understandable, because i have had a seat between the two candidates in what is probably the ic is place on the planet. there is global warming when you need it? iciest place -- on the planet. where is global warming when you needed? who faithfully distribute an account for the fruits of this great dinner, i thank all of you. trump,ry clinton and mr. your distinct careers in commerce, education, communication, health care, charity and philanthropy, you are gracelessly -- graciously
present on the dais and in this ballroom. two other persons are with us this happy evening. the thousands of of women and children in this city we cherish as our earthly home who will benefit from the proceeds of this event. [applause] cardinal dolan: i'm talking about the african-american mom in the bronx, eager for a scholarship to get her into a renowned inner-city catholic school. [applause] cardinal dolan: i am talking to the troubled young mother needing support and encouragement to bring a tiny baby in the sanctuary of her womb to birth. [applause] i'm talking to the mexican immigrant mom approaching our catholic charities for health and uniting
her family. citizenship, english language instruction and job training. none of these women could afford a ticket to the al smith dinner because it is more than they make in a month, but they are grateful that you could, because as of tomorrow, because of all of you, $6 million will float out to lift them up. [applause] cardinal dolan: and the other person here with us this evening, the lord. that he is in the ,idst of any event characterized by love, care, concern, and service. his son jesus is here in our midst. hereride, the church, is to affirm the dignity of every person and sacredness of all human life. these stand and join me in the final prayer.
we praise you, lord, for our faith, our families, and our friends. our call to serve those in need. we are grateful to the citizens citizenstions and -- of one nation under god, who claimed this evening that in god we trust. blessed are two candidates, our thefactors, and those who al smith foundation has been honored to serve for seven decades. died us safely home -- guide us safely home this evening and for all eternity, christ, our lord, amen. god bless and thank you. al.k you, 30 years? how about it? thank you. gentlemen, they said