Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to square off tonight for what is supposed to be a “light” roast of each other at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. That said, given the current state of affairs in this election, we would not be at all surprised to see some fireworks as this will be the last time the two will share a stage together before the election. The candidates are expected to speak starting around 9PM EST.
Here is a brief background on the event with a live feed below:
The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, commonly known as the Al Smith Dinner, is an annual white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities supporting needy children held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October. It is organized by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation in honor of former New York Governor Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate; the dinner is hosted by the Archbishop of New York (currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan.)
Since 1960 (when Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy were speakers), it has been a stop for the two main presidential candidates during several U.S. election years. Since 1945, only two presidents have not spoken at the dinner: Harry Truman and Bill Clinton. Candidates have traditionally given humorous speeches poking fun at themselves and their opponents, making the event similar to a roast.
Just as a refresher of how these things “usually” go, here is a look back down memory lane…