The Al Smith Dinner

Photo Source: Quartz

In case you haven’t heard, the Al Smith Dinner was a disappointment this year. During Presidential election years, it serves as an opportunity to allow the two major party candidates the chance to have some fun. It’s a warm gathering that includes lighthearted self-deprecation and humorous well-meaning jabs at your opponent.

Instead, this year we got crude remarks from Donald Trump and phony lines from Hillary Clinton. Actually, there should be no disappointment at all. Isn’t that what you have come to expect in 2016?

It’s amazing how in just four short years, traditional political discourse and American civility has evaporated. Examine the videos below, and compare how the nominees of the parties carried themselves in 2012 to whatever it was you want to call what took place last week.

2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBelIMrKll8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6g2YkTAYQ4

2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmvxx_YbDsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQpmSBpXvN8

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