October 18, 2019

The Alfred E. Smith Dinner is an annual joke-telling celebration, but in comedy timing is everything.

General Mattis trolled Donald Trump (NOT President Trump, as many noticed) at Thursday's dinner, and he noted Trump's earlier comment that Mattis is the "world's most overrated general":

MATTIS: I’m not just an overrated general. I am the greatest, the world’s most overrated... I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals.

I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs from the doctor.

The thing is, Mattis was Trump's Secretary of Defense. And since Mattis has been most reluctant to criticize Donald Trump in public except at a dinner where jokes are expected, many consider his "poking fun" to be too little, too late.

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