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Republican congressman has a hilarious response to protester, and it has gone viral

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Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) had a hilarious response to a protester who interrupted a congressional hearing Wednesday, and the video of their exchange went viral.

Here's what happened

Long upstaged a right-wing protester who had interrupted the hearing where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was responding to questions about bias in the popular social media platform. Dorsey was being questioned by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"President Donald Trump, help us!" she exclaimed while videotaping with her iPhone. "Please help us Mr. President before it is too late, because Jack Dorsey is trying to influence the election, to sway the election to help Democrats to steal the election! That is why he is censoring and shadow-banning!"

The protester probably didn't expect Long using his 30 years of experience as an auctioneer to shut down her protest.

Long pretended that they were selling her cell phone with his auction call, and then concluded, "I yield back!"

The chamber erupted in laughter and applause.

"Somehow I think our auctioneer-in-residence is going to get tweeted about today!" joked Rep. Greg Walden (R-Or.), the chairman of the committee.

The humorous video was widely shared on social media, including Twitter.

Watch the funny interaction below:

Dorsey strongly denied using political opinions as a basis for censorship on the social media platform.

"I want to start by making something very clear," he told the committee in his opening statement. "We don't consider political viewpoints, perspectives or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions. Period."

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