Donald Trump on Thursday night eschewed decades of tradition by offering a tough takedown of Hillary Clinton at the Al Smith dinner, and his remarks notably lacked self-deprecating humor.
In doing so, Trump missed an opportunity to take some of the heat off his campaign as it struggles through the final weeks of the race.
He opened with some more light-hearted remarks, referencing his "beautiful hands" and joking about how his crowds at rallies dwarf Clinton's.
"It's great to be here with 1,000 wonderful people. Or, as I call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. Or as Hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season," Trump said, to which Clinton laughed.
But the mood turned dour when Trump began to directly take on Clinton.
He said Clinton wants him to be her ambassador to Iraq or Afghanistan -- "it's my choice."
Trump made reference to calling Clinton a "nasty woman" in Wednesday nights' presidential debate -- and compared his feelings about Clinton to his years-old beef with Rosie O'Donnell.