Hillary Clinton Laughs Off ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ at Al Smith Dinner

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets attendees after the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at Waldorf Astoria October 20, 2016 in New York.

Hillary Clinton and her team of writers prepped multiple jokes to make light of her campaign mistakes throughout the year, including calling Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.”

“I just want to put you all in a basket of adorables,” she joked, welcoming the “friendly faces” in the room of wealthy charitable donors.

She also joked about her history of paid speeches to some of the Wall Street bankers in the room, calling it a “treat” to be among them.

“It’s a treat for all of you too, because usually I charge a lot for speeches like this,” Clinton said.

Clinton also joked about her stamina, saying that she “took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here.”

“I’ve had to listen to Donald for three full debates,” she added later. “And he says I don’t have any stamina.”

Clinton also joked about her lack of press conferences, acknowledging the presence of so many media personalities.

“This counts as a press conference, right?” she asked.

As revealed by WikiLeaks, Clinton and her team of writers have tried to make light of her scandals, including some notoriously bad attempts to laugh off her private email server.

Although there were no email jokes, she did try to joke about WikiLeaks.

“I hope you enjoyed my remarks tonight. I said no to some jokes that I thought were over the line,” she said. “But I suppose you can judge for yourself on WikiLeaks in the next few days.”

Clinton acknowledged that she was not naturally funny, pointing out she was “not known for my sense of humor.”

“That’s why it did take a village to write these jokes,” she said.

Watch Clinton’s full speech below:


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