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Trump spokesman defends ‘lynching’ remark: ‘Let’s talk about what the president has done for African-Americans’

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White House deputy spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump, who recently compared his ongoing impeachment inquiry to a lynching.

Trump made the comparison on Twitter, where he wrote: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Gidley was asked about the remark during an appearance on Fox News.

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“The president has used many words all kinds of language to talk about the way the media has treated him since the moment he came down the golden escalator,” Gidley said dismissively. “The president is working for the American people and that’s what this is about. An unfair secretive process for the Democrats. If you are pulled over for a traffic ticket you get more due process.”

Fox News host Sandra Smith asked Gidley if the president would consider taking down the tweet since African-American lawmakers have expressed outrage.

“Let’s talk about what the president has actually done for the African-American community as opposed to so many who just talk about it,” Gidley snapped. “This president has done more to lift the lives of all Americans than anybody else. He is not going to take a back seat to anybody. This relentless attacks from the mainstream media have got to stop. They knew exactly what he was talking about here. He was very clear.”

“Would the president ever consider that maybe it was a poor choice of words and maybe rephrase his wording on impeachment?” Smith pressed.

Gidley said that he had not spoken to the president about the tweet.

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“I can speak about poor choices, what the media tries to do to him every day,” the White House spokesperson complained. “The president wasn’t trying to compare himself to the horrific history in this country at all.”

“What he was trying to point out clearly was that he has been attacked relentlessly by the mainstream media without cause, without evidence since the day he took over in this office,” he concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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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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