The program for the annual Al Smith Dinner prods speakers to “poke fun at a political issue, an opponent, or themselves," the Washington Post reports. And Ryan, as the keynote speaker at the 72nd annual charity dinner Thursday in New York City, obliged, poking fun at Hillary Clinton, the media, and himself, according to NBC News.
But it was the barbs directed at Trump that got the most attention, as the House speaker has been notably trying to avoid conflict with the president since the election. The dinner, emceed by actor Patricia Heaton, raised $3.4 million for charity, the New York Times reports. Here are 10 more examples of the comic stylings of Paul Ryan:
- "Please, enough. You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the room." (Said upon receiving applause.)
- "I know last year at this dinner Donald Trump offended some people with his comments, which critics said went too far. Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure and that his comments were offensive ... Well, thank God he's learned his lesson."