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Tulsi Gabbard's examination of Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor brings out the memes

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

During night two of the second round of 2020 Democratic presidential debates, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard attacked California Sen. Kamala Harris for her record as a prosecutor in California.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

Gabbard specifically chided Harris — who served as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California — for incarcerating citizens for marijuana offenses and allegedly hiding damaging information about a police drug lab technician.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

"She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana," Gabbard said, referencing a Harris radio interview from February.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

"She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so," she continued, in reference to a 2010 scandal while Harris was San Francisco's DA.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

"She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to keep them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep a cash bail that impacts poor people in the worst type of ways," Gabbard concluded, referencing arguments made by a Harris-led California Justice Department in a 2011 court case regarding overcrowded prisons.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

Harris defended her record by stating, "I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of the state of 40 million people which became a national model for the work that needs to be done. And I am proud of that work."

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

A number of Twitter users responded to the viral exchange with a storm of memes, and the Harris campaign seemed to be aware of the noise.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

Harris' national press secretary, Ian Sams, tweeted an attack on Gabbard, and preemptively warned reporters not to cover the exchange and the fallout on Twitter.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

"Reporters writing their stories with eyes on the modern-day assignment desk of Twitter, read this: 'The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat,'" Sams tweeted, along with an article from NBC News linking Gabbard to Russian disinformation efforts.

Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

But the memes were funny and did not appear to be from Russian bots, so here you go.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

Click through the slideshow above to see reactions to Gabbard's exchange with Harris on her record.

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Twitter users react to Tulsi Gabbard questioning Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor.

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