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Paul Ryan & Other Elites Yuck It Up About Russian Election Meddling At Al Smith Dinner

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Paul Ryan headlined the annual white tie Al Smith charity dinner in Midtown last night, making a number of what I can only assume are jokes. Set-ups and punchlines included Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Russia, and, basically, the end of liberal democracy. "When people ask me if I believe everything I see on Facebook, I say, 'Nyet,'" he said. Paul Ryan...welcome to the resistance.

Ryan, who earlier this week said he opposed reinstating federal subsidies intended to help low-income Americans get healthcare, fired off some "zingers" at Trump at the $3K-a-plate dinner, "roasting" the President's fawning administration ("Enough with the applause," Ryan told the elite audience. "You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks in the room.") his tweets ("Every morning, I wake up in my office and scroll Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend that I didn't see later.") and Trump's apparent failure to drain the swamp ("I haven’t seen this many New York liberal elites and Wall Street CEOs in one room since the last time I visited the White House.")

Other Ryan targets included Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Steve Bannon, Sarah Palin, and John Boehner. "Every afternoon, former Speaker John Boehner calls me up. Not to give advice. Just to laugh," he said. (Okay, that one is pretty good.)


Last year, then-presidential candidates Clinton and Trump were invited to headline the event, which is hosted by the Archdiocese of New York and benefits Catholic charities. They roasted each other, as is tradition, and it was rather....uncomfortable.

Perhaps it's time for some new traditions?

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