Alfred E. Smith annual charity dinner: Best jokes and barbs from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton (left), Donald Trump (right) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York attend the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.
Hillary Clinton (left), Donald Trump (right) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York attend the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.PHOTO: NYTIMES

After US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded personal barbs and views on public policies in the final presidential debate on Wednesday (Oct 19, Thursday morning Singapore time), the two met again at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation charity dinner the following evening.

The rivals sat just a seat apart on the dais at the dinner, held at Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, separated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

The dinner, which benefits Roman Catholic charities, is held in the final two weeks of a presidential campaign, and includes remarks delivered by the candidates.

Candidates usually follow a set of unspoken rules after a gruelling set of debates: keep the occasion informal, make some jokes and do not campaign too hard.

Predictably however, both Mrs Clinton and Mt Trump could not resist making some personal jabs at each other.

Here is a pick of the best quotes from the two:

Donald Trump

1. On the tradition of starting a speech at the dinner with a self-deprecating joke:

"Some people think this will be tough for me, but the truth is I'm actually a modest person. Very modest. It's true."

2. On him and Mrs Clinton being civil to each other:

"Just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me. And she very civilly said, 'Pardon me'. I very politely replied, 'Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.'"

3. On Mrs Clinton telling FBI that she could not remember details about her e-mails from her tenure as secretary of state:

"Now I'm told Hillary went to confession before tonight's event, but the priest was having a hard time when he asked her about her sins, and she said she couldn't remember 39 times."

4. On Melania Trump's Republican National Convention speech which lifted lines from Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech:

"Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, it's fantastic. They think she's absolutely great. My wife Melania gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case. And I don't get it. I don't know why."

5, On Mrs Clinton "hating" Catholics, in reference to hacked e-mails from Clinton aides published by Wikileaks that showed them criticising Roman Catholic conservatism:

''We've learnt so much from WikiLeaks. For instance, Hillary believes that it's vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private. For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.''

6. On Mrs Clinton being 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?''

Hillary Clinton

1. On being surprised Mr Trump let her go second in making a speech:

''I didn't think he'd be okay with a peaceful transition of power.''

2. Mrs Clinton on her health:

"Speaking of health, Donald has been very concerned about mine. Very concerned. He actually sent a car to bring me here tonight. Actually it was a hearse."

3. Mrs Clinton calling Mr Trump the horse Russian President Putin rides on:

"Donald really is healthy as a horse. You know, the one Vladimir Putin rides around on."

4. Mrs Clinton on Mr Trump and women:

"People look at the Statue of Liberty and they 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 four. Maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.

"Come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45," Clinton added.

The president elected on Nov 8 will be the 45th in US history.

5. Mrs Clinton on preparing for the debates:

"Donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. And look, I've got to tell you, I am so flattered that Donald thought I used some sort of performance enhancer. Now, actually, I did - it's called preparation."

6. In reference to her comment calling Mr Trump supporters a basket of deplorables:

"I just want to put you all in a basket of adorables."