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WATCH: Debate Audience Erupts in Laughter After GOP Senate Hopeful Says Trump is ‘Standing up to the Russians’

Virginia Senate hopeful Corey Stewart tried to claim President Donald Trump was “standing up to the Russians.” It did not go over well.

It all happened during a debate on Saturday with incumbent US Senator and former Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine.

The contentious debate was full of barbs including one where Stewart said this about Kaine: “He was noticeably silent when the Russians shot down a Malaysian airliner when President [Barack] Obama was in office. He was noticeably silent when the Russians invaded the Crimea when President Obama was in office.”

Stewart then added, “We have a president who is standing up to the Russians…”

The audience broke out in laughter, as captured in the tweet below:

PBS News Hour also noted it was not the only raucous moment of the debate.

“The first debate for the Virginia Senate race was held before a rowdy audience who laughed when Stewart said, ‘We have a president who is standing up to the Russians,’ booed when Kaine called Stewart a liar and broke out in applause when Kaine praised his father-in-law as a model Virginian for supporting a ‘nation and Commonwealth for all,'” PBS News Hour reported on the debate, which was moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

Watch above, via PBS News Hour

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