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After Donald Trump refused to follow the typical script at the Al Smith Dinner, using the opportunity to call out Hillary Clinton's corruption and deceit, Cdl. Timothy Dolan admitted the evening was awkward, but "at least they prayed."
"You know the nature of the Al Smith dinner," the head of the New York archdiocese commented, "it's to be an evening of unity and friendship and joy, and being the host of it for the archdiocese, it's like a family dinner where you hope things go well."
He went on to admit, "There were some awkward moments."
Downplaying the acrimony on display by the candidates, Dolan mentioned a private moment of prayer with the both of them, after which he was "very moved by the obvious attempt on behalf of both Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump to kind of be courteous, to get along, to say nice things privately to one another."
After the prayer, Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, 'You know, you are one tough and talented woman.'"
Clinton apparently replied, "Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards."
Cardinal Dolan explained, "The Al Smith dinner by its nature, literally ... I'm supposed to be kind of a bridge to bring these two people together."
In spite of whatever courtesies may have been exchanged at the start of the evening's festivities, the niceties ended once Trump laid into Clinton for her corruption and her campaign's anti-Catholic bigotry — something she has still refused to acknowledge or apologize for.
Watch the panel discuss the confrontation on "The Download—The Al Smith Dinner."