- Errol Louis: Al Smith dinner is usually evening of good-natured ribbing between rivals
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Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Even a banquet specifically designed as a break from the rough and tumble of the campaign trail couldn't keep Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from mounting slashing attacks on each other Thursday night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an elegant affair that by tradition brings political rivals together for an evening of good-natured ribbing.