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The democratic congressman, who is seeking for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, made headlines when he arrived at a public elementary school Monday. Turner decided to protest Coney Island elementary school's principal, Greta Hawkins after the New York Post reported she sought to replace "God Bless the USA" with Justin Bieber's popular song "Baby"at a kindergarten graduation. Sources later reported that this never happened. Still, this story prompted political protest. Turner showed up to the school in order to lead flag-waving children and parents in a rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A." Those in support of the principal, countered with "America the Beautiful" and according to the New York Times, the event "devolved into rival groups of children singing in a kind of face-off." Hawkins was said to have banned the patriotic song because the lyrics were "too adult." More from NYMag's Daily Intel blog.