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‘Pop would have rearranged his face’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo calls out Virginia GOP candidate for ‘cheap shot’ against his father

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Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo

At the close of his Wednesday show, CNN’s Chris Cuomo introduced Don Lemon. While the two began speaking about the commentary Cuomo had just done about President Donald Trump’s assault on the media, the conversation devolved into a recounting of the interview Cuomo had done with Virginia Republican senate candidate Corey Stewart.

“If you go back and look I thought what [Jim Acosta] did was completely benign,” Lemon said of the White House correspondent who shouted questions at a photo-op of Trump and Kim Jong-un. “Of course you should ask a murderous dictator questions.”

“That’s the job. They’re making decisions. Look at the guy we had on at the top of the show, that’s Trump’s choice for senator of Virginia,” Cuomo said.

Lemon explained that he was grateful Cuomo brought up the interview and asked if his fellow host believed Stewart and people like him “know that they’re bigots” or if they “think that they’re not?”

“I think they know 100 percent,” Cuomo said. “I’ll tell you why: I don’t think its natural. You and I grew up in places that were different but had a lot of similar ethic dynamics. My feeling has always been, sometimes hate comes out of ignorance, it’s true. But most of the time people know what they own in their heart. This guy knows what he got into. He knows what he’s trying to distance himself from and that’s why he wouldn’t answer a single, damn question about it, and that spoke volumes. That’s why the president likes him.”

Lemon said that he was not happy when Stewart went after Cuomo’s father.

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“It was a cheap shot,” Cuomo said. “He’s lucky Pop’s not here he would have rearranged his face.”

Cuomo’s late father Mario Cuomo passed away Jan. 2015 after just shy of a decade as New York’s governor, a former lieutenant governor, secretary of state and two presidential elections in which people begged him to run. Total, the late Mr. Cuomo dedicated more than 20 years to public service.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate

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CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.

"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."

The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."

"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.

"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."

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CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.

"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."

"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.

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