“Enough with the applause,” Paul Ryan told the crowd at the
annual Al Smith charity dinner on Thursday night.
“You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the
The House speaker took multiple lighthearted jabs at the
president during his keynote speech, hitting him for his Twitter
use, Cabinet turnover, and the turmoil in Washington.
“Every morning, I wake up in my office and I scroll through
Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend I didn’t see
later on,” Ryan said. “Every afternoon, former Speaker John
Boehner calls me up, not to give advice, just to laugh.”
The crowd was full of New York’s elite politicians, including
Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Gov.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many New York liberals, this
many Wall Street CEOs, in one room since my last visit to the
White House,” Ryan said.
One of the speaker’s best-received jokes came at the expense of a
story Trump has repeatedly denied and labeled “fake news” — that
his secretary of state called him a “moron” after a charged
Speaking about this year’s host, the actress Patricia Heaton,
Ryan described her as a “Hollywood Republican.”
“That is an oxymoron,” Ryan said. “Which clearly was the word
that Rex Tillerson was searching for.”
The charity dinner is named after the first Catholic nominated
for president and raises money for children in need.
Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee,
spoke at the dinner last year and got some boos for his
pointed attacks against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton,
who also attended.
“Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate
commission,” Trump said at one point. “How corrupt do you have to
be to get kicked off the Watergate commission? Pretty corrupt.”
Ryan addressed last year’s controversy in his remarks Thursday
“I know that last year Donald Trump offended some people,” Ryan
said. “I know his comments, according to critics, went too far.
Well thank God he’s learned his lesson.”