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Cambodia’s Coronavirus Complacency May Exact a Global Toll

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SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia — When Cambodia’s prime minister greeted passengers on a cruise ship amid a coronavirus scare on Valentine’s Day, embraces were the order of the day. Protective masks were not.

Not only did Prime Minister Hun Sen not wear one, assured that the ship was virus-free, his bodyguards ordered people who had donned masks to take them off. The next day, the American ambassador to Cambodia, W. Patrick Murphy, who brought his own family to greet the passengers streaming off the ship, also went maskless.

“We are very, very grateful that Cambodia has opened literally its ports and doors to people in need,” Mr. Murphy said.

But after hundreds of passengers had disembarked, one later tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, health officials worry that what Cambodia opened its doors to was the outbreak, and that the world may pay a price as passengers from the cruse ship Westerdam stream home.

Before the Westerdam docked in Sihanoukville, fearful governments in other countries had turned the ship away at five ports of call even though the cruise operator, Holland America, assured officials that the ship’s passengers had been carefully screened.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision to allow it entry appeared to be a political calculus as much as anything else. The region’s longest-serving ruler and a close ally of China, he is known for his survival skills.

But Mr. Hun Sen’s critics worry that the aging autocrat might have acted rashly.

“Of course, he had to do the dictator thing: photo op, roses, exploit this for its maximum value,” said Sophal Ear, an expert in Cambodian politics at Occidental College. “Whatever is in the best interest of Cambodians is completely irrelevant to him.”

It is too early to tell whether the decision to let hundreds of passengers from the Westerdam fly off has the makings of an epidemiological disaster. Cambodian health authorities said that 409 of the 2,257 passengers and crew had left Cambodia for their homes scattered across the globe. The rest remain in hotels in Phnom Penh, the capital, or on the ship.

But deficiencies in screening for the coronavirus aboard the ship, along with continued complacency about the epidemic in Cambodia, are raising fears this small Southeast Asian nation could prove to be a surprising vector of transmission for a virus that has already killed more than 1,700 people, mostly in China, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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    • What is a Coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
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      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
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      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
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      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
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      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

Many health experts urge people who have been in contact with coronavirus patients to self-quarantine for 14 days, lest they add another spoke to the contagion network.

But on Monday, Mr. Hun Sen directed officials in Phnom Penh to treat passengers from the Westerdam to a sightseeing jaunt.

“To tour the city is better than staying in rooms or at the hotel feeling bored or scared,” said a post on Mr. Hun Sen’s Facebook page.

The lack of urgency in Cambodia, where officials milled around the ship on Monday without protection, points to the obstacles in trying to contain a virus that experts warn is spreading faster than SARS or MERS.

“This is influenza-like transmission,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “It’s like trying to stop the wind.”

Last week, when the Westerdam docked in Sihanoukville, the Cambodian government and the cruise operator deemed the vessel virus-free.

The declaration was at a minimum premature.

Only 20 people out of the 2,257 onboard were tested for the virus before disembarking, and that was because they had reported themselves to ship medical staff with various ailments.

The woman who twice tested positive after traveling on to Malaysia, an 83-year-old American, was not among those 20, Holland America said.

Health monitoring for the rest of the passengers was limited to a handful of temperature checks conducted with infrared thermometers, passengers said. In a statement, Holland America said that during one of those screenings, not a single person on board recorded an elevated temperature.

On Monday, an announcement broadcast to passengers remaining on the Westerdam warned that they should avoid the ship’s hot deck and return to their air-conditioned rooms to avoid falsely high temperature readings.

Some health experts have questioned the efficacy of infrared thermometers, also known as temperature guns, saying they measure the heat emanating from the surface of the body, rather than core body temperature.

Various environmental factors can distort thermometer gun reading, said Gary Strahan, who runs a small infrared device company in Texas.

“In Cambodia, you have warmer background temperatures,” he said. “It could impact the measurement. That’s the issue with any noncontact thermometer.”

Even if temperatures are accurately gauged, people may be taking medication that lower their temperature, like some arthritis drugs.

And in any case, people who are asymptomatic can still pass on the coronavirus, scientists have found.

“A person who does not present as feverish is not necessarily uninfected with a disease or a virus,” said Jim Seffrin, an expert on infrared devices at the Infraspection Institute in New Jersey.

In the wake of the positive test in Malaysia, Cambodian health officials said they would be relying on a domestic lab to test all passengers and crew members still in the country for the coronavirus.

On Monday evening, passengers celebrated news from Cambodian health officials that a first batch of 406 people in Phnom Penh had tested negative, although there was no certainty they would not later test positive.

“People on the ship are very grateful to the people of Cambodia,” said Tammie Graves, an American from Kansas. “I was a bit worried that they might be afraid of us, even at the hotel, but it hasn’t been like that at all.”

On Monday afternoon, more than 100 Westerdam passengers took up Mr. Hun Sen’s offer of a capital tour, piling in buses to see the royal palace and other sites.

In pictures of the excursion, posted on a government-linked website, only one person can be seen wearing a mask.

Despite cases of coronavirus popping up in Southeast Asia, Mr. Hun Sen has campaigned against masks, arguing that they are better at spreading fear than stopping germs. At a news conference last month, he announced that he would kick out anyone who dared wear a mask.

Even as other governments instituted China travel bans that angered Beijing, Mr. Hun Sen traveled to the Chinese capital and met with Xi Jinping, China’s leader, in another photo op.

And as other countries organized airlifts of people trapped in Wuhan, the city where the virus is believed to have originated, Mr. Hun Sen said he would not ferry Cambodian students home because they should be “joining with Chinese to fight this disease.”

The sense of solidarity makes sense in a country heavily dependent on China for its fortunes, after having turned its back on a West that was demanding progress in human rights in return for aid and investment.

A torrent of Chinese cash has remade Cambodia, nowhere more so than in Sihanoukville, a once sleepy beach town that is now a sprawling construction site of gilded casinos and towering residential blocks. More than 90 percent of businesses in the city are now Chinese owned.

On Monday, Oeun Yen, a masseuse here, worried about the massages she had given three female passengers from the Westerdam before the virus case was confirmed by Malaysia. She was not afraid at first, she said, because the prime minister had assured people all was fine.

“Now I am more concerned,” she said.

In a country where Mr. Hun Sen has dissolved the biggest opposition party and political assassination is not uncommon, such mild concern is as much as many ordinary residents are willing to muster.

But there is also widespread skepticism of the government’s contention that only one person in Cambodia has so far tested positive for coronavirus, a Chinese citizen who has since returned home.

“There is a natural lack of credibility and trust associated with the Cambodian government,” said Ou Virak, a human-rights activist and founder of the Future Forum, a local think tank. “This is Hun Sen’s Westerdam problem, because even if he was doing the right thing, purely as a humanitarian, he will be seen as the puppet of China instead.”

On Monday, Mr. Hun Sen announced yet another publicity stunt: He wants to invite the passengers of the Westerdam to a party.

Masks won’t be welcome.

Reporting was contributed by Sun Narin in Sihanoukville; Roni Caryn Rabin and David Yaffe-Bellany in New York; and Richard C. Paddock in Denpasar, Indonesia.

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Former Deputy AG Shares Dire Warning On America’s Future If Barr Does Not Resign

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A former deputy attorney general in George H.W. Bush’s administration has warned that the integrity of the Justice Department has been compromised by the current attorney general, William Barr, paving the way for “virtually autocratic” leadership by President Donald Trump.

In an op-ed for The Atlantic published Monday, Donald Ayer, who has known Barr for more than four decades and once worked with him at the Department of Justice, warned of a grim future if his former colleague is not removed from office.

Reflecting on Barr’s first year of service, Ayer concluded that he has “appeared to function much more as the president’s personal advocate than as an attorney general serving the people and government of the United States.”

Any optimism that Barr would stand strong against attempts to inject politics into the department’s work was misplaced, Ayer wrote, highlighting a series of “disturbing” events beginning with his “public whitewashing of Robert Mueller’s report, which included powerful evidence of repeated obstruction of justice by the president,” and ending with the “worst of all”: Barr’s reported intervention in the criminal prosecution of Trump’s friend Roger Stone. 

“For whatever twisted reasons, he believes that the president should be above the law, and he has as his foil in pursuit of that goal a president who, uniquely in our history, actually aspires to that status.”

The fundamental reason that Barr is unfit for office, according to Ayer, is that he does not believe in the central tenet of America’s democracy: that “no person is above the law.” 

“Bill Barr’s America is not a place that anyone, including Trump voters, should want to go,” Ayer concluded.

“It is a banana republic where all are subject to the whims of a dictatorial president and his henchmen. To prevent that, we need a public uprising demanding that Bill Barr resign immediately, or failing that, be impeached.”

Ayer is just one of more than 2,000 former prosecutors and DOJ officials to call for Barr’s resignation in the wake of the extraordinary events of the past week. Last Tuesday, four career prosecutors withdrew from the Stone case after top Justice Department officials overruled their sentencing recommendation. Seemingly confirming concerns that Barr had intervened on his behalf, the president openly applauded Barr for “taking charge” of the case on Twitter. Later in an interview, Barr said that constant tweets and commentary were complicating his job.

Barr’s pushback was faulted widely as an attempt to cover up what critics suggested was a coordinated attempt between him and Trump to defuse the firestorm over the preferential treatment given Trump’s longtime ally.

Read Ayer’s entire essay here.

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The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde reacts to Trump honoring Rush Limbaugh, says her dad would’ve been ‘delighted’

Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders, gave a surprising message to President Trump on Monday, saying her father “would have been so delighted” to hear that the president honored the controversial conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Limbaugh received the honor during Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month, after the syndicated radio host announced he was battling “advanced lung cancer.”

Many fans of Limbaugh have been accustomed to hearing the Pretenders tune “My City Was Gone” on his program.

Hynde, 68, wrote an open letter to the president on Twitter while protesting calls to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Hynde explained that it was her father’s adoration of Limbaugh that prompted her to let the show keep on using her hit record.

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“An open Letter to  @realDonaldTrump, President of the United States. Dear Mr. President, I often think of how much my father, Melville “Bud” Hynde, who proudly served his country as a Marine on Guadalcanal, would have enjoyed your Presidency. [p1.]” Hynde wrote in a series of numbered tweets.

“The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted,” she explained. “He loved listening to Rush, which is why I allowed my song, ‘My City Was Gone’, to be used on his radio show. My father and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye. We argued a lot [p2.]”

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Hynde continued: “But isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off? Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of Julian Assange. I know my father would be mortified, but I feel strongly enough to do [p3.].”

“What I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with. I know Mr. Assange broke the law (as i have done defending the treatment of animals) but I believe [p4.] he has been duly punished and should now be set free. Please consider my plea. Yours truly, Chrissie Hynde of @ThePretendersHQ (@MrsC_Assange),” Hynde added.

Hynde’s message was immediately met with both criticism and praise as the singer-songwriter has been outspoken about some conservative beliefs in the past.

“Your approach is civil and respectful. We need more dialogue like that. Both sides could learn from this approach,”  one Twitter user wrote. Another commenter echoed the sentiment, calling Hynde “an honest, self-honest, truly tolerant liberal,” adding, “people such as you are hard to find – you are precious. God bless.”

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Others said they were “disappointed” with Hynde extending a proverbial olive branch to the president.

“I always wondered how he got permission to use your song,” one commenter wrote. “It’s ok to love your dad yet not endorse his worldview, Chrissie.”

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Chrissie Hynde said her father would have been “delighted” to see President Trump honor Rush Limbaugh. (Reuters, File)

“Change your password Chrissie, someone’s hacked your twitter account,” another quipped.

After Trump announced Limbaugh would receive the award, the president himself faced criticism and praise for bestowing the high honor upon the right-wing radio maven – an honor that’s been given to the likes of Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Mother Teresa as well.

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First lady Melania Trump presented the medal to a visibly-stunned and emotional Limbaugh and placed the award on him.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.  

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Colorado’s Jared Polis posts photo of pit bull at governor’s mansion days after Denver mayor approves ban

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The governor of Colorado found himself in an awkward situation after he posted what his office called a poorly timed tweet following the Denver mayor’s veto of a law that would have ended the ban on pit bulls in the city.

Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, posed with a pit bull rescue puppy ay the governor’s mansion Sunday night, posting the photo on Twitter with the caption: “Freda, a friend’s new pit bull rescue pup, joined us at the governors mansion in Denver tonight (shhhh).”

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The photo caused quite the stir as others on social media guessed that Polis was sending a subliminal message to Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat who just days before decided not to end the decades-long ban on pit bull ownership in the city, which stemmed from the death of a 3-year-old child who was mauled in 1989.

“Wow!!” Hancock tweeted in response to the photo.

Polis then responded with a GIF of Scooby-Doo, the cartoon dog, saying, “Ruh Roh.”

Hancock said Friday, in a statement defending his first veto since taking office, that he “cannot, in good conscience” support an ordinance that would allow pet owners to own a pit bull — despite requirements for them to register, microchip and spay or neuter their dogs — because of the “real risk to severe injury that can result from attacks from these particular dog breeds, especially should they happen to a child.”

He continued, “If we were to make this change now, and harm comes to someone as a result, then we have done a disservice to the people of this great city.”

Following the eyebrow-raising tweets, the governor’s office explained in a statement that a family friend of Polis had just received the pit bull as a puppy and brought it to the governor’s mansion to play with his children, who also love puppies, and the photo was not intended to step on the mayor’s decision.

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“Unfortunately, what was meant as a light-hearted post came at a sensitive time,” the statement continued.

Polis, a usual ally of Hancock, said Monday, “Even if he might not agree with every local government decision, the mayor and City Council did what they believe are the best thing for Denver.”

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Meghan Markle was ‘jealous’ of Kate Middleton, estranged half-sister Samantha Markle claims

Samantha Markle, the estranged half-sister of Meghan Markle, recently claimed that the Duchess of Sussex was “jealous” of sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

Samantha further claimed that her half-sister purposefully ruined the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday in January with the announcement that she made with Prince Harry, saying they were stepping back as senior members of the British royal family.

The shocking announcement came out on Jan. 8, while Kate’s birthday is Jan. 9. “Sad she would do that on Kate’s birthday – I believe she was jealous of beautiful Kate,” Samantha told the Daily Star Online on Monday.

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“She could never compare — Kate is iconic!” Samantha added. “Perfect Queen material and lovely as a family member, especially as a mother.”

Samantha also slammed Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, for allegedly trying to strike a business deal with Disney CEO Bob Iger at the UK premiere of “The Lion King” in July.

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Samantha Markle bashed her half-sister Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in a new interview. (Getty, File)

“The Disney move would have been fine if initiated after leaving royal roles but seems inappropriate prematurely,” Samantha said. “And, disrespectful of royal protocol. It’s like cheating on a spouse and giving a phone number for a dinner date before being divorced.”

The 55-year-old also claimed that the former “Suits” actress used the royal family as a “launchpad” to help her career.

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“She kept her agent and manager and might have landed a Disney deal. It seems that the British royal family was a launchpad for high places that ‘Suits’ couldn’t get her,” Samantha said.

Meghan and Harry have since been spending the majority of their time in Canada with their 9-month-old son, Archie.

Buckingham Palace also announced at the time that the Sussexes will not be using their HRH royal titles (His/Her Royal Highness) anymore, and will not be receiving public funding in an effort to become financially independent.

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They also have intended to pay back some of the money they’ve recently spent — “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read.

Harry and Meghan recently were spotted at a private JPMorgan event in Miami and visiting Stanford University in California.

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U.S. Judges Reportedly Call Emergency Meeting Over Fears About William Barr And Trump

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An association of federal judges is holding an emergency meeting Tuesday to address concerns about the interventions in politically sensitive cases by Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump, USA Today reported.

The Federal Judges Association, which has about 1,100 members, called for the meeting last week after Trump attacked federal prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for his longtime pal and convicted felon Roger Stone and then soon after the Justice Department pulled back the recommendation. 

Trump also criticized the judge who is presiding over Stone’s case.

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, the president of the association, told the newspaper. “We’ll talk all of this through.”

The issues are so serious that the judges “could not wait” for the association’s April conference to address them, according to Rufe, a judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania who was appointed by George W. Bush in 2002.

The meeting will be arranged via a conference call involving 15 to 20 officers and members of the association’s executive committee, Rufe told USA Today. The judge said she doesn’t yet know if the association will share the results of the meeting.

More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials and federal prosecutors called on Barr to resign in an open letter Sunday. The letter condemned Barr’s  treatment of the Stone case as “openly and repeatedly” flouting the “fundamental principle” of equal justice.

Barr has also ordered a review of the case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who initially pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his communication with the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn withdrew his guilty plea last month.

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Poll: Sanders holds 19-point lead in Nevada

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Denny Hamlin wins third Daytona 500 after string of crashes

Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the Daytona 500 on Monday night, winning the iconic NASCAR race for a third time shortly after a series of dramatic crashes on the track.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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Kim Jong Un spent over $500G on Russian horses over past decade, data show

North Korea, which previously staged photo-ops of leader Kim Jong Un riding a white stallion, has spent more than $500,000 importing horses from Russia over the past decade, according to Russian customs data.

Last year, the rogue nation paid $75,509 to import a dozen Russian purebred horses, according to recently available data reviewed by Reuters.

The purchases could mean the isolated country has been bolstering its heard, as it had a history of buying high-priced horses from its Russian neighbor.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un riding a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency in October 2019. (KCNA via REUTERS, File)

The newest additions marked North Korea’s largest purchase of Russian horses since 2015, when the secretive regime paid $192,204 for 61 horses.

The country has imported at least 138 horses between 2010 and 2019 at a cost of $584,302, the news outlet reported. The purchases came as Pyongyang has continued to push for sanctions relief over its nuclear and missile programs.

Kim was photographed riding a white stallion on the snow-covered slopes of sacred Paektu Mountain, in images released last year. Senior North Korean military officials accompanied him as he rode through historic battlefields.

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The December photo-op supposedly came a day after his country issued a veiled threat to the United States over its “hostile policies” of denuclearization.

State media played up the displays as a show of strength.

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Jesse Watters on Bloomberg: ‘What is his message? I’m richer and nicer than Donald Trump’

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Jesse Watters and Donna Brazile went back and forth on “The Five” Monday, reacting to presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg facing criticism from fellow Democrats seeking the White House, and whether or not he was a threat to President Trump.

“Bottom line, do any of these Democrats out there, are they talented enough to capitalize on all these ridiculous things coming out of the Bloomberg campaign? My answer is no,” Watters said, referring to a number of recent comments Bloomberg’s made in the past resurfacing. “They’re just not strong enough and they’re all too weak.”

While promoting a $127 million, three-year initiative to help minorities in the workplace in 2011, Bloomberg declared that there was “this enormous cohort of black and Latino males” who “don’t know how to behave in the workplace” and “don’t have any prospects.”

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In the past week, Bloomberg has been confronted with his previous claims that farming didn’t take much intelligence and that “anybody” could do it, as well as his insistence that the way to get guns “out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.” Additionally, Bloomberg has taken heat for suggesting that a functioning health care system must let the elderly die.

Watters criticized Bloomberg’s message.

“The guy’s got no message. What is his message? I’m richer and nicer than Donald Trump,” Watters said. “What is it that Mike can get done?”

Brazile, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, accused Watters of being scared of Bloomberg.

“You are so worried about Michael Bloomberg,” Brazile said.

“Do I look worried about Michael Bloomberg?” Watters retorted.

“Yes, baby,” Brazile said. “You are sweating.”

Brazile compared Bloomberg to Trump before criticizing his campaign, saying the Democrat was running a “two-track” campaign.

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“The first track is to get people like us to talk about him,” Brazile explained, “and the second track is to get people like us to vote for him. Now, on the first track, we’re succeeding. We’re talking about him. The second track: I don’t think he’s gonna do that.”

Watters agreed with Brazile.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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