Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton managed to sit two seats from each from each other and remain — mostly — civil Thursday night at the white-tie Al Smith Dinner, the traditional break from attacks during every presidential campaign cycle.
The dinner — the major fundraiser for the Catholic charities connected to the Archdiocese of New York — has attracted presidential candidates for years, and this year was no different.
Trump and Clinton didn't appear to acknowledge each other as they arrived to take their seats flanking Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
But Trump and Clinton both smiled broadly and laughed at each other's needles. Trump even occasionally laughed at his own jokes.
Much of the joking was nothing out of line with the traditionally barbed remarks the two parties' nominees make every four years — but they took on a dark edge when Trump got serious and and appeared to attack Clinton with serious intent, drawing scattered boos and jeers.