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The View audience goes wild every time co-hosts school Newt Gingrich on Trump support

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“The View” invited Newt Gingrich to sit in as guest host, and the audience cheered as his fellow panelists dismantled his defense of President Donald Trump.

Host Whoopi Goldberg asked the former House Speaker to comment on Trump comparing his impeachment inquiry to a “lynching,” and Gingrich said he agreed.

“Look, put yourself — this is really a big leap — but put yourself for a second in Trump’s shoes, okay?” Gingrich said. “You got beaten up for over two years with the Mueller thing. You start to relax. All of a sudden there’s this whole new wave of things, and I think part of what you have is a guy here who’s just really deeply frustrated that no matter where he turns, you know, the fight keeps going on. ”

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Conservative co-host Abby Huntsman asked if the president brings a lot of his troubles on himself, and the audience cheered and applauded.

“I think he’s a very important historic figure,” Gingrich responded, “but I do think there are things that he does that make it all harder. I think that, you know, at times I think that had he been — if he were more disciplined, he would have a much easier road than he does. He sort of chews up his own road.”

Huntsman said the president seems to enjoy the controversies he kicks up, such as his decision to award a government contract to himself to host the G7 summit at his Doral resort.

“In his mind, do you think it’s a game to piss off the media, piss off Democrats or does he genuinely see a problem with it?” Huntsman said.

Goldberg joined in next.

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“Doesn’t he have anything better to do?” she said, as the audience cheered again. “Listen, Newt, you and I have known each other a long time, and when a giant, 6-foot white guy says, ‘I’m being lynched here,’ you understand why it’s a little bit like, listen man, you’re not being lynched here. You are being held to the standard that we hold every — we’re supposed to be holding every president to.”

The audience cheered again, and Goldberg challenged the former House speaker to defend Trump for questioning the Constitution’s emoluments clause as “phony.”

“You’ve never pooped on the Constitution as far as I can recall,” she said.

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Gingrich then started to change the subject to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), whom he misidentified as “Steve,” but co-host Sunny Hostin challenged him to defend Trump’s “lynching” complaint.

“Okay, all right, I’m going to be very politically incorrect,” Gingrich said. “Most of the early American movies on lynching were about lynching white people. One of the largest lynchings of the 19th century was Italians, so there is a tradition here. It’s not only about black people.”

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Goldberg and Hostin argued that Gingrich was missing the point and misrepresenting the history of lynching, and the Trump apologist admitted the president spoke “more clumsily than he should have.”

“Not the question,” Goldberg shot back, as the audience cheered. “You did a good spin, but what do you think? Do you think that’s the language he should have used? Yes or no.”

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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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