Clinton, Trump to Dine Together Thursday Night

No one's really sure how the Alfred E. Smith dinner/roast is going to go
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2016 7:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fact-checkers held both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over the fire for their remarks during Wednesday night's presidential debate, but on Thursday night, the candidates will get to roast each other free of the facts, CBS New York reports. It should prove to be an interesting evening at the 71st Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie charity affair at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria in which the two presidential contenders are supposed to gently rib each other (and themselves) and "entertain … with their light humor and political savvy."

Politico predicts that the dinner is "yet another improvised explosive device waiting for Donald Trump to draw near." But a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, which runs the event and has placed Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the seat between the two candidates as a buffer, says he thinks they'll "put aside partisan politics" for the night and have the "good humor and civility that this dinner has ... always been known for." (Politico unpacks the fact of Trump attending a dinner named after a man he likely would've "dismissed … as a loser with a big nose and bad teeth.")

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