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MSNBC’s Luke Russert gives John Lewis the interview of a lifetime, forgets to give gag trigger warning

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After Democratic congressional leaders staged a sit-in on the House floor, where they were just a few tents away from becoming Occupy Wall Street, MSNBC gave Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the interview of his life.

Luke Russert heaped praise on Lewis before even asking him a question, nearly thanking the Democratic lawmaker for simply sitting on the House floor, though the effort has yet to accomplish anything.

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“You’ve had a distinguished congressional career,” Russert began. “You’ve been here for many terms. Many of your colleagues have never seen anything like this. The floor of the House of Representatives taken over by one party, using tactics you devised during the Civil Rights Movement. How extraordinary is it?”

“Congressman Lewis, put this in history for me,” the MSNBC host said to Lewis. “You’re a civil rights veteran. You’ve been on Capitol Hill for a long time. You’ve seen this work, you’ve seen it not work.”

“Where does this stack up for you in terms of what you’ve accomplished in life?”

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