Trump and Clinton Trade Caustic Barbs as Roast Turns Bitter

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, laughs at a joke with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, center, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial F

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York City that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside.

Not this year.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded sharp barbs and brutal takedowns Thursday, the night after their final debate, with many in the well-heeled crowd turning on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and showering him with jeers.

Trump, who had drawn big laughs earlier in the speech, appeared to lose the room as he repeatedly dug in with caustic swipes at Clinton, drawing rare boos at a charity event meant to raise money for impoverished children throughout New York.

He appeared to straddle the line when he talked about how "listening to Hillary rattle on and rattle on" has made him better appreciate his longtime nemesis Rosie O'Donnell. But then he seemed to cross it when he referred to her as "corrupt" during a lengthy riff on the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.