Lawmakers came out swinging (and singing) at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 72nd annual Congressional Dinner on Thursday night — but they reserved some of their edgiest one-liners for the crop of 2016 presidential candidates.

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents MORE (S.C.), who exited the GOP presidential field in December, came out guns blazing despite saying he felt “like crap” as he battled illness and a hoarse voice.

Calling Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE the “most dishonest person in America,” Graham wondered aloud how the Democratic front-runner was “about to be the next president.”

“How could that be?” Graham asked the packed audience of hundreds of journalists, members of Congress and D.C. movers and shakers at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. “My party has gone batshit crazy,” the senator answered to wild laughter.

Graham continued, aiming many of his quips toward his former fellow Oval Office contenders.

“A good Republican would defend Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame Celebs start opening their wallets for 2020 Dems MORE,” said Graham, of the Texas senator, before quickly adding, “that ain’t happening.”

“If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you,” Graham said, as the audience erupted in both laughter and some “oohs.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also targeted Cruz during her turn at the mic, saying the Canada-born White House hopeful feels “right at home” at a “Justin Bieber concert, a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, a maple syrup pitcher.”

She compared the Iowa caucuses winner to the Keystone XL pipeline: Both, she said, start in Alberta, end up in Texas and risk doing irreparable harm to the environment.

“There’s a special place in hell for women who do not laugh at my jokes tonight,” said Pelosi — referencing a controversial line former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used at a Hillary Clinton rally.

Pelosi then began to repeat the same line again, before shuffling her notes, and saying, “Oh, I’m sorry, this is Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems say attorney general undermined credibility with Trump talking point Pollster says there is no downside to Dems jumping into 2020 primary Senate confirms Trump's pick for ambassador to Saudi Arabia MORE’s speech,” prodding the GOP presidential candidate for criticism that he’s too scripted.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday Paul Ryan joins University of Notre Dame faculty MORE (R-Wis.) got laughs while recalling two cases of mistaken identity.

After a woman approached him at a Milwaukee airport and asked for a photo, Ryan said she exclaimed, “Oh, it’s so nice to finally meet you, Gov. [Scott] Walker.”

In another instance at the same airport, Ryan says he encountered two flight attendants whispering to one another before telling him, “You’re somebody famous. Are you Anthony Weiner?”

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) took some shots at both sides of the aisle, jesting that, at 75, she would soon be chairing Hillary Clinton’s “millennial outreach effort.”

Her next zinger had Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE’s name on it, with Boxer saying, “Trump’s been married so many times, he calls his current wife, ‘the incumbent.’” The retiring senator ended her set with a PG-rated song about appeasing television bookers and broadcasters, belting out a “West Side Story”-inspired tune called, “I Want to be on Your TV Show.”

Among the many lawmakers eyed at the annual festivities, which included a lively after-party sponsored by The Hill: Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Senate panel to hold hearing on airline safety after Boeing crashes FAA comes under new scrutiny over Boeing decision MORE (D-Wash.) Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and David Brat (R-Va.) and Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore Capito20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill MORE (R-W.Va.).