Donald Trump tried to roast Hillary Clinton at Thursday night's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, and, by all accounts, he bombed. After a few mediocre jokes, Trump's speech veered into political rhetoric territory, and the audience booed.
Even Al Smith V, the great-great grandson of Alfred E. Smith, for whom the Catholic charity dinner is named, said the room got "a little uncomfortable" when Trump's barbs turned—to borrow a phrase—nasty.
Smith told CNN on Friday morning that Trump's comment about how Clinton "is tonight in public pretending not to hate Catholics" was a misguided and inappropriate attempt to poke fun at Hillary's WikiLeaks comments about Catholicism. "That line in a room full of predominantly Catholics? That didn't go over very well," Smith told CNN's New Day.
"Donald had some very solid minutes early on, and eventually he crossed the line and took it a little too far. Hillary, you know, on the other hand, was able to laugh at herself and at the same time not underplay any of the serious things that Donald Trump has said or done."
At least Trump didn't bring up his old feud with the pope, so that's something.