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Donald Trump began his speech at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner in New York on Thursday by riffing on himself, Hillary Clinton and the media.

He began by pointing to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a consistent Trump critic, and saying, "Hi Chuck--he used to love me when I was a Democrat."

Schumer smiled in return, as Trump made similar remarks about Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City).

Speaking about the businessmen in the hall, he said, "They've had me to their homes--introduced me to their children. They always wanted my money, and even called me a dear friend."

"But then, suddenly when I ran for president as a Republican...I've always been a no-good, rotten scoundrel--and that's ok."

He also joked about his wife, Melania, giving a convention speech partially allegedly plagiarized from Michelle Obama.

Trump continued his self-deprecating tone, saying how he was a "modest person", and joking about his 'small' hands--something Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) memorably criticized him for in a primary debate.

The Smith dinner commemorates the former New York governor, the first Catholic to run for president, and Trump nodded to that fact.

"[I know you have] a place in your heart for [a man] who started out as a carpenter, working for his father," both a reference to Trump's beginnings working in New York's outer boroughs for Fred Trump--and of course, the early life of Jesus Christ.

Turning to Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, he said both men ran landmark buildings on Fifth Avenue. Dolan is also the vicar of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To Hillary Clinton, he said that she "bumped into" him at the dinner, "and she very civilly said, 'pardon me'."

However, later in the speech, Trump received boos from the attendees as his remarks became more political.

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