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Ted Lieu doubles down on Candace Owens’ disastrous white nationalism panel appearance — and mocks the GOP for inviting her

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After his headline-grabbing performance grilling far-right activist Candace Owens during what was meant to be a hearing on white nationalism, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) nailed exactly why it was so sad that the GOP had to call her to testify in the first place.

During the hearing, Lieu decided to let Owens’ words speak for themselves by playing a clip of the “Blexit” pundit saying that Adolf Hitler should not be called a “nationalist” — a term she defends — because he had “dreams outside of Germany.”

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“This was a very serious House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism,” Lieu told MSNBC’s Alex Witt on Saturday morning. “The point I was trying to make is the Republican Party gets to select their own witnesses and of all of the people they could have picked, they picked Candace Owens, who had been criticized earlier this year for making those exact statements about Hitler.”

“The Republican, he added, “happened to choose her from any other witness they could have.”

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst

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Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.

"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."

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Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.

As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.

WATCH: Protesters interrupt the #DemDebate as the debate nears end. pic.twitter.com/TKCn6eIEsN

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2020

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