clinton lit into trump. bernie sanders called him a pathological liar, all this as voters prepare to head to the polls in five states, including critical winner-take-all states. this could entirely reshape the race in the next 24 hours many we have complete coverage. we want to first go to jason carroll in tampa, florida. good morning to you. >> reporter: there is a saying here in the state of florida, the further north you go in the state, the more south it gets. trump certainly hoping for a friendly, peaceful reception at his rally here in tampa later on today, much like he saw when he was in places like south carolina. as for what happened on friday and over the weekend, he simply says, john, not his fault. >> we had some -- i would say -- let's be nice -- protesters. >> reporter: after a turbulent
weekend on the trail, a defiant donald trump pointing fingers. >> send them back to bernie! hey, bernie, get your people in line, bernie! >> reporter: the billionaire trying to shift the blame to bernie sanders. >> a lot of them come from bernie sanders, whether he wants to say it or not. if he says no, he's lying. >> reporter: both democratic candidates turned it around, call out trump. >> he's saying if you go out and beat somebody up, that's okay. i'll pay the legal fees. that is an outrage. >> he is the person who has for months now been, not just inciting violence, but applauding violence. >> reporter: the gop front runner canceling his event in chicago friday night after the rally erupted in chaos. on saturday, in ohio, this man tried to rush the stage. the secret service quickly tackled the protester as trump
supporters cheered. on sunday -- >> get them out of here! >> reporter: more protesters crashed the party. >> get them out! now! >> reporter: with over 350 delegates on the line, in five states this tuesday -- >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> reporter: trump is doubling down, claiming his heated words are not to blame for the violence, like this supporter sucker punching a protester. >> i do not condone violence in any shape. and i will tell you, from what i saw, the young man stuck his finger up in the air, and the other man sort of just had it. >> reporter: now the question is, john, will any of that unrest have any effect often trump's momentum. a recent poll shows him leading here in florida, in illinois as well, trailing slightly behind kasich in ohio. but it should be noted that poll was taken before friday. john? >> jason carroll in tampa for
us. thanks so much, jason. now the protester who rushed the stage in ohio saturday is speaking out exclusively to cnn. thomas dimassimo says he was trying to send a message. this is a lucky guy. not a smart move to jump up on a stage with secret service protecting a candidate. >> reporter: no. and by all appearances, tommy dimassimo is bright, articulate and obviously politically involved young man. but one of the things i wanted to find out was, what he did was different. he ran toward the stage, and i wanted to find out what he would have done had he made it to the stage. i started out by finding out who he is. >> i am a student. i am a concerned citizen. i'm a protester.
that's about it. >> reporter: political zealot? dangerous individual? >> definitely not. i think the dangers that exist in our country exist between donald trump and his people and whether or not i show up at a rally and try to do something. you see that there is violence. there's violence when people just stand there and hold a sign. so the idea that they now feel that they're under attack is ironic and laughable, because they've been the ones who have been doing the actual attacking to other people. i, in no way, harmed anyone. intended to harm anyone. i'm not a member of isis. i have no known ties to isis. i've never been out of the country. i only speak english. >> reporter: christian? >> christian, yeah. i was raised southern baptist, and i went to a baptist church all the way, you know, till i went to college. >> reporter: okay, so given
that, what were you thinking? >> i was thinking that donald trump is a bully. and he is nothing more than that. he is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things. he's making bold claims, but i can see right through that. and i can see that he's truly just a coward. and he's opportunistic and he's willing to destroy this country for power for himself. >> reporter: that was your motivation, why did you do what you did? >> i was thinking that i could get up on stage and take his podium away from him and take his mic away from him and send a message to all people in the country who wouldn't consider themselves racists. who wouldn't consider themselves approving of what type of violence donald trump is allowing at his rallies and send them a message that we can be strong. we can find our strength, and we
can stand up against donald trump and against this new wave he's ushering in of truly just white supremacist ideas. >> reporter: were you, if you had made it to that stage, were you going to attack him? >> no, not at all. there would have been no point. donald trump is 6'3". i'm 5'9" maybe, you know. he's a giant man, surrounded by thousands of followers, 12 secret service and a former ohio state offensive lineman. that would have accomplished nothing. >> reporter: can you see how people might have perceived that you -- >> of course. and i wasn't expecting there to be as much secret service there as there was that day, from what i had sort of seen there hadn't been that much or hadn't been that much in a contained area, so i thought my chances of getting up on stage and getting to the podium would have been better, but again, it was more important for me to show that there are people out there who aren't afraid of donald trump. he says scary things.
he lets his people do scary things. he's threatened mexico, islam, you name it, and yet i'm unafraid. and if i can be unafraid enough to go take his poed coupdium aw him, then we all can be afraid enough to not let this man walk into the white house. >> reporter: he was charged with disturbing the peace and inciting panic. he was questioned by authorities but eventually released on bail. he says since his name has been out there, he's received thousands of death threats on social media, as have his parents and family. >> oh, that's terrible, martin. but so fascinating to hear his side of the story. so thank you for getting that and bringing that to us. let's discuss this with our political analyst, errol lewis and a political anchor at time news. it's great to have all of you
with us on this monday. let's talk about the violence that's been going on at donald trump's rallies and really try to get to the bottom of it. this weekend donald trump said something about the victims of that violence that is demonstratably false. so let me show what he said on the sunday shows. >> nobody's been hurt at all. and as big as these rallies are, nobody's ever been hurt. we talk, and we try and be good. and i will tell you, some of the protesters are very rough, and they're bad dudes, and they swing and they punch, and nobody ever talks about that in the media. >> nobody's been hurt at all, he says. that is not true. we have a list of people who have been hurt, let's put that up. the most famous one was the man who was suckerpunched bythat man, a time photographer who was slammed to the ground. on november 21, there was a protester who was punched, kicked, briefly choked. on october 23rd, there was a protester kicked. on october 14th, protesters were
shoved and spit on. there's also the case that's very high profile of michelle fields, the reporter for breitbart who says she was rough handled. people have been hurt. what is he talking about nobody has been hurt? >> this is the donald trump that we've come to expect, which is that he'll sort of deny responsibility, say things that are absolutely untry, tan you've completely refuted it. that won't change many of his followers. donald trump said it never happened. for a lot of people it never happened. there are also officers who got roughed up along the way when some of this jostling goes on. >> by protesters? or in the melee? >> it puts these officers, secret service agents in a bad position, when there is violence back and forth, there are people at risk, and we saw it friday night in chicago. >> but he says it's the protesters doing it. >> the chicken and egg almost to an extent doesn't matter when donald trump says the types of things that he says, when he helps contribute to the
environment. let me just say, he blames bernie sanders' protesters. he put out a tweet over the weekend where he was saying it was bernie sanders' protesters. let me quote, be careful, bernie, or my supporters will go to your events. that doesn't matter when donald trump is threatening, that's an outright threat to go to a sanders event and do god knows what. >> it's false to say that trump and his supporters are all standing on the same platform. he is the frontrunner, and when the front runner's up there saying i would like to punch that guy in the face, that was the one that changed it for me. trump was at one of his rallies. there were protests, and this is when the protests were starting to increase in number. and trump claims this guy was throwing punches and yelling. he always says this, there is no
one there who has been quoted saying he has witnessed a protester doing this. i've been doing this for 20 years, i've never heard somebody say that who's a major political figure the way trump is now. there is clearly unhappiness on both sides of the political spectrum, but trump is not the same as the people who are voting for him, you are supposed to be in a different category. >> he said i would like to punch that guy in the face, if you see somebody with a tomato, whatever you can do, do it to them. is there any indication he will tone down his rhetoric after this weekend? >> no, in fact he continues to escalate. now you point out that i want to punch you in the face was one marker. the significant escalation in the language but the racial coding in the language was his remarks over the weekend about the 78 year old who sucker punched the african-american protester on the way out, when he said first, he was obviously someone who loves the country,
and second that i was looking into paying the legal fees. i think this is why you see so much anxiety among leaders in the republican party about where this is going. first, in the sense that trump is someone who may say and do anything. but second, the risk that he will lastingly stamp the gop as a party of white, racial backlash at a time when the country is enormously diversified. what we can are seeing are white trump supporters physically scuffling with predominantly african-american and latino protesters. and that is an image of the campaign. if there's one defining image of this campaign so far, it may be that attack on the way out of the trump rally. so you have a lot of people in the republican party who are very nervous, not only for 2016, but for a longer-term image. we talked about that immigrant doctor at the town hall. >> nervous? because he's winning. the fact is he is winning. he has more delegates than any other candidate.
if you look at the polls, he's leading by 21 points in the latest poll in florida, maybe close in ohio, but he could emerge with the most delegates at stake tomorrow, so what incentive does he have to stop doing this, if it's working for him at the polls? >> one incentive is if you start to look ahead, and if he assumes he's going to be the nominee, then you do have to start taking into account some of the things that ron is pointing out, which is that you have a pretty unfriendly map for republicans just to start with, and can you pull some reagan democrats here and there, but which states are actually going to be in play? what's the campaign going to look like when everyone is paying attention, when 120 million people are getting ready to go to the polls? i don't know if he's thinking about that, but the people around him should be. >> stick around, we want to talk about what's going on on the democratic side. hillary clinton and bernie sanders making their pitch at the town hall in ohio. they point out key policy
differences, but finding common ground on donald trump. >> reporter: good morning. hillary clinton and bernie sanders were trying to show that each one of them would be the strongest roadblock to donald trump. but long before any of that would take place, they have to convince democratic voters to support them, and this race is far from over. >> whoever goes up against donald trump better be ready. >> reporter: stopping the republican frontrunner, a critical topic for democrats ahead of yet another super tuesday. >> the way you beat trump is to expose him. and he can be exposed at many, many levels. >> reporter: hillary clinton touting her experience and resilience. >> the republicans have been after me for 25 years. and -- >> reporter: keeping some of her battle plan against trump under wraps for now. >> i'm not going to spill the beans right now. but suffice it to say, there are
many arguments that we can use against him. i'm having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop donald trump. some have done it publicly, actually. the italian prime minister, for example. >> how about the ones who have done it privately? >> no. we're holding that in reserve, too. >> reporter: vermont senator bernie sanders hitting his rival hard on trade, which he believes helped him pull off an upset last week in michigan. >> you are looking at a senator and former congressman who opposed every one of these disastrous trade agreements which have cost american workers millions of jobs. one of the very different, strong differences between secretary clinton and myself, she has supported almost all of those trade agreements. >> reporter: and taking a dig at trump along the way. >> everybody understands the trade is a positive thing. nobody is talking about building a wall around the united states. of course we're going to trade.
oh, i beg your pardon, there is one guy who is talking about building a wall. let me rephrase it. no rational person is talking about building a wall [ applause ] >> reporter: the most emotional moment of the night. >> excuse me, i'm sorry. >> reporter: on the death penalty, as clinton was pressed by a man exonerated after nearly 40 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. >> i came perilously close to my own execution. how can you still take your stance on the death penalty? >> this is such a profoundly difficult question, a very limited use of it in cases where there has been horrific, mass killings. that's really the exception that i still maam struggling with, a it would be in the federal system. but what happened to you was a
travesty. >> reporter: now both candidates are campaigning hard before those five key primaries tomorrow that will test the strength of sanders' insurgency. you can see how close the race is by the fact that hillary clinton is coming back to chicago. she believes her native illinois is the closest of those five states. bernie sanders has been trying to tie her to rahm emmanuel, the mayor of this town who is so unpopular among african-american voters and others. so that is an interesting local dynamic that could affect her outcome here in illinois. >> yes. illinois will be very interesting to keep an eye on. thank you for that. be sure to stay with cnn for tomorrow's final super tuesday. we will have the full results as they come in. that is all day tomorrow, right here on cnn. >> i guarantee every tuesday beyond that will be super in its own way. i don't want to limit the possibilities. more ahead on that town hall, emotional moments and creative ways of going after donald
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all right, there was a cnn democratic town hall last night in ohio, hillary clinton and bernie sanders, but there was certainly a large presence on that stage which the name of donald j. trump. he was there very much. in some ways dominating the discussion. i want to bring back ron brownstein. really, donald trump, the issues and controversy over the violence has been overwhelming both sides of this race, and both clinton and sanders addressed it last night. listen. >> i hate to say this, because i really don't like to disparage public officials, but donald trump is a pathological liar. donald trump is literally inciting violence with his supporters. he is saying, if you go out and beat somebody up, that's okay.
>> donald trump is responsible for what happens at his events. what trump has done is like a case of political arson. you know, he has lit the fire, and then he throws his hands up. >> remarkable to see, you know, a republican not running against him in some ways dominating the discussion. >> i think he's dominated the discussion at some points less than we're seeing now in the democratic primary, but one of the things that was striking at last week's democratic debate, both of them got asked, do you think donald trump's a racist, and both sanl deders and clinto avoided the question. i got the sense that last night, that they regretted how they handled that and they decided to be more forceful with trump. you saw collectively on both sides with sanders and clinton and kasich cruz and rubio over the weekend a sudden drawing of the line saying this has gone
too far. what is striking on the republican side, it's not the same on the democratic side, these are people who have been fighting on stage with donald trump for many, many, many month, and you pointed to that graphic, going back to october was the first incident where you had a protester who was spit on, kicked or punched and you had trump saying maybe that person deserved to get roughed up. while the rhetoric has increased it has not come out of nowhere. >> our consciousness has been raised and violence is in another category. now that it's tipped into violence, and there seems to have been a series of it. they both made the case last night of why they are the better candidate to beat donald trump. hillary clinton claimed it's because she's been battle tested for 25 years, and there's nothing he can throw at her that she can't handle. and bernie sanders says he beats trump more consistently in the polls. are those good lines of argument?
>> frankly, i thought the answers were less important than the question. look who the question came from, the same question was allowed to ask both candidates, and it was a doctor who described himself as the son of immigrants who is obviously very successful, who is the sort of voter who might have been open to republican arguments on many fronts, but said his parents were afraid and he now viewed it as his now mission in 2016 to stop donald trump from being president. and it was a reminder when george wallace ran in 1968, and those comparisons are increasingly coming, 7% of the electorate were voters of color. now it's going to be 30% in 2016. you see encapsulated why so many are concerned about what that mean to the party. even if he can be competitive, which at the moment, he isn't, but even if he could be competitive by maximizing his vote among whites, what will be the long-term impact on the
party for people like that gentleman and willing to nominate someone who has done and said the things that donald trump has done in recent months. >> if it were not for trump, there would be another "tr" word dominating the conversation and that would be trade. let's listen to a little exchange there on that issue. >> one of the very different, strong differences between secretary clinton and myself, she has supported almost all of those trade agreements. i have vigorously opposed it. i will not only continue to oppose trade agreements like the tpp, which asks us to compete against people in vietnam who make 65 cents an hour minimum wage, but what we're going to do is develop an entirely different process in terms of trade. >> now there's a lot of reason to think that one of the reasons bernie sanders pulled off his
upset in michigan was the trade issue. you have ohio, missouri, north carolina where trade can play an issue too. >> let's remember that when he wins in michigan, which is where we think of as the place they make the cars. they make the parts in ohio. this could work to his benefit tomorrow. it is the understanding of a lot of people, a generation of people that trade harmed their industry, trade is bad and so we can't go down that route. it's way more complicated than that, of course. and hillary clinton is trying to make this more nuanced argument that you don't get a cheap iphone once you have sort of free trade. there's a flip side of this, and the consumer dollars that end up in your pocket help boost the middle class. she's making an argument that's not that popular with a certain segment. people have been waiting for a generation to get revenge on some of these free trade deals and they've got the first lady of the president who signed those bills. >> ron, do you have one last
thought? >> it's striking and worth noting that in national polling there is more support for free trade on the democratic side than the republican side. one thing we have not heard at all, is that the tpp, the trans-pacific free trade deal was promoted by the conference of mayors. and they support it because exports have become such a critical part of the economic engine for all the major metro areas, and the fact that you have democratic mayors in all of these cities supporting the free trade agenda is something almost obscured by the blue collar debate in the rust belt. >> much more we'll be talking about in that town hall all morning long. panel, thank you for being here. other news to talk about. carnage in turkey, dozens killed in a devastating car bomb, who was behind this attack? we have new details, next.
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a vehicle laden with explosives, detonating it right near a bus stop. this is one of the main boulevards going through the central part of the city. very crowded, especially at the time of the attacks. there are shops and restaurants, concerned about the death toll rising. they are reporting this is an attack carried out by the pk k-1 of the one of the attackers was a woman. they are not disclosing which terrorist organization was behind this devastating violence until their investigation is complete, john. >> all right, arwa damon live for us in ankara. and coming up from the region, a cnn exclusive inside rebel-held syria. crews witness an airstrike begins civilians first hand. this is a story you won't see
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opposition-held territory in syria's civil war is just being torn apart by indiscriminate attacks on civilians. in a cnn exclusive, clarissa ward went undercover into rebel-held syria where virtually no western journalists have gone for a year. they worked with a syrian-based film maker on this exclusive report. we do have to warn you, a lot of the images you're about to see are very, very graphic. >> you know, for months and months, we've been hearing about the russian bombardment, the effect it's had on the ground. and essentially, we were tired of looking at these grainy youtube images. take a look. >> reporter: moving through rebel-held northern syria is difficult and dangerous. as foreign journalists in areas
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moments later, a hit. [ horns honking ] there was just an airstrike here in the town. so we're now driving very quickly. it's not clear yet what was hit, but we are hearing that there are still planes in the sky. arriving on the scene, our team found chaos and carnage. volunteers shouted for an ambulance as they tried to ferry out the wounded. for many, it was too late. a woman lay dead on the ground, a jacket draped over her, an attempt to preserve her dignity. russia has repeatedly claimed it is only hitting terrorist targets. this strike hit a busy fruit
market. >> translator: this is just a civilian market. this is not a military area. there are no military installations or anything. it's a market! look, it's a market! a fruit market! is this what you want, bashar? >> reporter: we couldn't stay long, often jets circle back to hit the same place twice. it's called a double tap. [ sirens ] >> reporter: we've just arrived here at the hospital where they're bringing the dead and the wounded from those three strikes which hit a park and a fruit market. we don't know the exact number of casualties there, but the scenes of devastation, blood on the ground, dismembered body parts and the injured and dead that we've seen arriving here indicate that this was a very bad strike indeed. monday the injured brought in, a young boy, moaning in pain. he died moments later.
the strikes that day killed 11 people, among them a woman and two children. rescue workers wasted no time in clearing away the rubble. in this ugly war, massacres have become routine. >> routine. and clarissa, we saw that fruit market there, a reminder that civilians are being caught in the middle. it's just a fact. they r sieare. civilians are being caught. do they know who is responsible for this? >> no, only two potential candidates here, either the syrian air force or the russian air force. we have reached out to the russian ministry of defense to get some comment, we do know they are responsible for the vast majority of strikes that have been going on in syria since they intervened, but at this stage, we don't know who was responsible for this attack.
>> the distinction may make a difference, they are working hand in hand right now. you are getting a lot of questions on twitter about why you were wearing what you were wearing, was it for your own safety, to blend in? >> that's exactly right. there are a lot of people on twitter wanting to know why i was dressed in that way. this is one of the most dangerous places in the world. particularly for foreign journalists, obviously i don't blend. i was wearing this very much for my safety so we could go undercover. >> you have to be able to go undercover to get a story like that to see the effect on thousands and thousands of people living there. clarissa ward, thank you for doing that, from all of us. we really appreciate it, phenomenal story. >> what an incredible window into syria. thanks to clarissa. back here at home, what is motivating donald trump? could it be something that president obama said five years ago that trump never forgot? we take a look at that exact
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they can't be happy either, because you know some people probably changed that channel. time for you all driving in your cars, watching at home, listening at home, here's where can you turn some bragging rights. john berman, chris cuomo, we want to see if you can pick a bracket. go to cnn.com/brackets and join the cnn group to see if you can take us down. >> that's awesome. you know, i choose based on the color of the uniform that the teams wear, and i got pretty far last year. >> i know you did. i went back and looked. you did pretty well. >> so that's my secret sauce. >> you have to read basketball foe netically. listen to this. what drove donald trump to make a run for the white house? could it have been president obama's jokes that were responsible for trump's desire to be commander in chief is this we're digging deeper into the
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was there a defining moment that may have motivated donald trump to want to be president? according to "new york times" reporter, maggie haberman, something happened at the 2011 white house correspondents dinner at that may have spurred trump to run for the white house. here is a piece of that moment. >> no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. and that's because he can finally get back to focussing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing? [ laughter ] what really happened in roswell, and where are biggie and tupac.
>> let's bring back maggie haberman. she co-authored this article. so tell us about that 2011 white house correspondents dinner and why the seeds of his desire to be president may have been sewn there. >> i think that he has wanted to be president, flerted with president in a loose way for many, many years, this is a threat he began in 1987, 2000, was looking at it in 2011. but the beating that the president gave in that speech was pretty savage, and if you were in the room that night, and i was, it was rough. now donald trump will tell you and he will tell you pretty angrily, you reporters are dishonest, that's not true, i loved that speech, you saw that video. he did not look like he was enjoying it. reporters who spoke to him right after it, did not get the impression he was enjoying t and
when and if you look at donald trump, he talks frequently about how he is the best counter puncher around. he got punched pretty hard. the president was unhappy about the speculation about whether he was kenyan born. i think there are many reasons why donald trump ran, but i think that was an important driver. >> we have another moment from that night. because, as you describe, he got more sour, and his expression got more sour. at first he liked that he was the subject of these jokes, and then he started to not like it so much. so let's watch that moment. >> just recently, in an episode of "celebrity apprentice", at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team did not impress the judges from omaha steaks. and there was a lot of blame to go around, but you, mr. trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. you fired gary bucyk.
and these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. >> so there he has a sort of forced smile on his face, but you think that was the night that the switch was flipped? >> there's other moments in that evening where seth meyers, the "saturday night live" host skewered trump. he decided he wasn't ready to give up his tv show, it wasn't a clear path for him. and i pulled the plug on running pretty quickly in part because the new season of "the apprentice" was coming up. but he looked at mitt romney, didn't think mitt romney did a very good job. and it was pretty clear soon after 2012 that he was thinking about it. i've said it on twitter for a very long time, i would not write about it until the men minneso minnesota minu-- minute he decl. but he's doing prep, search,
going to cattle calls, accepting staff recommendations, listening to other visors, aadvis advisor. it was clear when i met with him before he did run in june of last year, he kept laying out his plan for me. and he could see that i wasn't moved. it was frustrating to him that people weren't taking him seriously. and he said to be taken seriously as a political force, he would have to run or people wouldn't buy it. >> that's what's at the heart of it, so it isn't just the narcissism, but it's the wanting to be taken seriously. and even the gop party you've described, has had a real conflict with this. they were always happy to take his money, but not so happy to take him seriously. >> they were very happy to take his money, because they thought it would buy some quiet. it would keep him in line. trump doesn't want to be a joiner, he wants to run
something. those who accepted his donations, which he started making in earnest, they decided that it was worth the risk to keep him in line, that was not his goal. >> and case in point, mitt romney. mitt romney, who accepted his endorsement, next to him, national television, and that is what the moment quickly that elevated trump. >> that was the moment that elevated trump in a real way. a lot had sought his endorsement throughout 2011, but romney was very clearly the front runner and stood at this press conference, looked bewildered, but it did solidify trump's standing. >> thank for sharing it with us. everybody should look it up online. we're following a lot of news this morning, including a look at last night's democratic town hall. so let's get right to it.
hey, bernie! get your people in line, bernie! >> he is saying, if you go out and beat somebody up, i'll pay the legal fees. >> a lot of them come from bernie sanders, and if he says no, he's lying. >> donald trump is a pathological liar. >> he has turned the most important election in a generation to a circus. >> what trump has done is like a case of political arson. >> i hope he's going to chain his rhetoric and bring people together rather than divide people. >> the protesters have no right to engage in violence. they have no right to threaten violence. >> donald trump has been not just inciting violence but applauding violence. this is "new day", with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota. >> great to have you with me. with the super tuesday showdown just a day away, donald trump's
rivals on both sides of the aisle attacking the front runner for the escalating violence at his rallies. he defends his supporters' actions. >> democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders barely laid a glove on each other, but they ripped donald trump for inciting violence at his rallies, all of this ahead of primaries tomorrow, this really could reshape things for the 2016 race. we start with jason carroll in tampa. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. donald trump has three events in three different states. he'll be in tampa later in the afternoon, in north carolina finishing off the evening in ohio. as for those events that happened on friday and over the weekend, trump says look, these are not protesters showing up at my rallies, instead, he's calling them disrupters.
>> we had some, i would say, let's be nice, protesters. >> reporter: after a turbulent weekend on the trail, a defiant donald trump pointing fingers. >> send them back to bernie! hey, bernie, get your people in line, bernie! >> reporter: the billionaire trying to shift the blame to bernie sanders. >> a lot of them come from bernie sanders, whether he wants to say it or not, and if he says no, he's lying. >> reporter: but at cnn's democratic town hall, both candidates turned it around, calling out trump for incendiary statements. >> he's saying if you go out and beat somebody up, that's okay. i'll pay the legal fees. that is an outrage. >> he is the person who has, for months now, been, not just inciting violence, but applauding violence. >> reporter: the gop front runner canceling his event in chicago friday night after the rally erupted in chaos. on saturday, in ohio, this man
tried to rush the stage. the secret service quickly tackled the protester as trump supporters cheered. on sunday. >> get them out of here! >> reporter: more protesters crashed the party. >> get them out! now! >> reporter: with over 350 delegates on the line in five states this tuesday. >> like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> reporter: trump is doubling down, claiming his heated words are not for the violence, like this supporter sucker punching a protester last week. >> i don't accept responsibility. i do not condone violence in any shape, and i will tell you, from what i saw, the young man stuck his finger up in the air, and the other man sort of just had it. >> reporter: trump is leading in nearly all the states up for grabs tomorrow night with the exception of ohio, with kasich being slightly ahead. the question is, will all of that unrest over the weekend and
on friday have any effect on trump's momentum. trump's camp say they do not believe that will be the case. they are predicting wins across the board tomorrow night. >> here to discuss with us, a columnist for the orange county observer. the organization move on has endorsed bernie sanders. donald trump essentially says, he's the victim here. he's the one being wronged. let's play a little bit of sound of what he told jake tapper about the rally that was canceled friday night. >> i've got and lot of credit for the fact that i canceled and postponed the other day in chicago. you would have had a tremendous clash, and a lot of people would have gotten hurt or worse. and by canceling it, everybody
disbursed beautifully, the police did a great job. the secret service was fantastic, and there was no injuries, no nothing. so i should get credit, not be scorned. >> donald trump should get credit for the tone at his rallies. do you agree with that? >> i do. it was thousands of people who met in chicago for a peaceful rally, and you had people, who i won't even refer to as protesters, because they're trespassing and they're vandals, came in to assault police officers, they assaulted trump supporters, destroyed property. they were there when they were asked to leave. they really prevented donald trump from being able to conduct this peaceful rally, and a lot of the response that we've seen, not only from the democratic allies of these protesters, but from his republican rivals, reminds me of the response that we saw in cologne, germany where on new year's eve where you saw people assaulting women, and the
response was to put out a set of guidelines for women in the area. don't wear your skirts too high, don't do anything to provoke or incite, because they're not responsible for what the reaction is. it's outrageous. we live in a free society with a first amendment. people should be able to meet peacefully. you have every right to protest. do it outside and don't be violent. >> do you agree that donald trump has used his first amendment right at times to if note p not provoke violence, incite violence. do you think donald trump has done nothing to contribute to a somewhat caustic atmosphere at these events? >> i would consider the protesters to be the people outside the building, not the people inside the building trespassing. donald speaks in bold terms. >> is punch in the nose a provocative remark? >> yes, it's provocative, but
this is part of the reason why he is the front runner. he speaks in bold terms, and this is what the other candidates running for president don't get. he further solidified himself after chicago as the republican front runner. i expect him to win in florida, in north carolina, in illinois and in missouri. and the response that the other republicans gave was pathetic, and it's going to further solidify themselves as the guys that fitted below him. >> ben, move on did put people inside that hall, were they not part of setting up this environment where clashes took place on friday night? >> that will be, people in the community organized peaceful, non-violent demonstrations in chicago, and move on.org was proud to print signs and encourage people to attend those demonstrations. there is one person responsible for the violence, the tone of hate and the confrontations, and that's donald trump who's openly calling for violence from the stage, something no other candidate is doing or should do.
>> there was that guy who jumped up on that stage over the weekend with donald trump. donald trump, i don't think is responsible for a guy jumping up on stage with him, which in and of itself is very frightening. there have been candidates killed or injured over the last 50 years, so the safety of candidates is something that people take very, very seriously. do you not think that that man bears some responsibility for his own actions? >> look, he needs to take responsibility for his actions. everybody's responsible for their action. donald trump is responsible for his actions, talking about punching people in the face, talking about paying legal fees for people who commit acts of violence, there are protests at every candidate's rallies, but only one, donald trump's, does it turn into a confrontation that turns into hate in this country. everybody has a responsibility, republicans or democrats to stand up in opposition to the hate and violence we're seeing coming from the trump campaign. >> ben just brought up what
happened in north carolina where you have one guy cold cock a protester right now. you have donald trump offering to pay legal fees of the man who threw the punch. again, what message do you think that sends to voters? >> that guy broke the law, and he should be criminally prosecuted. he should have been removed from the event. as to what happened with the police response was -- >> donald trump says he's going to pay the legal fees, so he's supporting, somehow, a guy who you think broke the law. >> yeah, look, i do think he joke the law. i think that guy should be prosecuted. but you have to put things in proportion, okay? that was one incident, and you and i are on the same page on that. what we saw happen in chicago was an organized effort among thousands that left police officers bloodied, people assaulted on your air waves on cnn, i was watching it happen live. it caused streets to be closed down, an event not to happen. so let's go ahead and put things
in proportion here. >> you know, ben, donald trump says they're bernie sanders supporters doing this. are they? >> there are people supporting, i'm guessing every presidential candidate and no presidential candidate. the overwhelming majority of the non-violent, peaceful were demonstrators, the same as demonstrators that have protested hateful marches across the country. and it is important that people stand up against the hate sewn at donald trump's events. think this is something that all of us have a responsibility to speak up about. >> thanks so much for being with us. i think we all have a responsibility to make sure we don't have clashes like we had friday night. i think those are bad for the process any way you look at it. let's talk about the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders making their final pitch to voters, ahead of tomorrow's pivotal primaries request grueling attacks on donald trump. we're live in chicago where
clinton is on the stump today. hi, jeff. >> reporter: hey, good morning, one way to show you are the front runner is to go after donald trump. both hillary clinton and bernie sanders did that last night at the town hall, but it's one sign that this fooight is far from over. >> whoever goes up against donald trump better be ready. >> reporter: stopping the republican front runner, a critical topic for democrats ahead of super tuesday. >> the way you beat trump is to expose him. and he can be exposed at many, many levels. >> reporter: hillary clinton touting her experience and resilience. >> the republicans have been after me for 25 years. and -- >> reporter: but keeping some of her battle plan against trump under wraps for now. >> i'm not going to spill the beans right now. but suffice it to say, there are many arguments that we can use against him. i'm having foreign leaders ask
if they can endorse me to stop donald trump. some have done it publicly, actually. the italian prime minister, for example. >> how about the ones who have done it privately. >> no, jake, we're holding that in reserve too. >> reporter: and bernie sanders hitting his rival hard on trade, which he believes helped him pull off an upset last week in michigan. >> you are looking at a senator and former congressman who opposed every one of these disastrous trade agreements which have cost american workers millions of jobs. one of the very strong differences between secretary clinton and myself, she has supported almost all of those trade agreements. >> reporter: and taking a dig at trump along the way. >> everybody understands the trade is a positive thing. nobody is talking about building a wall around the united states. of course we're going to trade. oh, i beg your pardon, there is one guy who is talking about building a wall.
let me rephrase it. no rational person is talking about building a wall [ applause ] . >> reporter: the most emotional moment of the night. >> excuse me, i'm sorry. >> reporter: on the death penalty as clinton was pressed by a man exonerated after nearly 40 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. >> i came perilously close to my own execution. how can you still take your stance on the death penalty? >> this is such a profoundly difficult question. a very limited use of it in cases where there has been horrific mass killings. that's really the exception that i still am struggling with and that would only be in the federal system, but what happened to you was a travesty. >> reporter: now both democratic candidates are campaigning hard here in the five states that are
going to vote tomorrow, really going to test the power of sanders' insurgency. it's one of the reasons clinton is coming back to this union hall behind me this morning, because illinois is suddenly not looking so comfortable for her, yes, it's her native state, but rahm emmanuel is the mayor of chicago now. bernie sanders is running television ads against rahm emmanuel tying him to hillary clinton. he's very unpopular mooning a lot of black voters and others, so that is making one chicago issue a problem for the clinton campaign here in illinois. those five states vote tomorrow. >> yes, it will be very interesting to see how all of that, rahm emmanuel plays out tomorrow. be sure to stay with cnn for tomorrow's final super tuesday. we'll have complete coverage of the day's activities and full results as they come in. that's all day tomorrow on cnn. just in to cnn, an american turned himself in to kurdish authorities after emerging from isis-controlled territory in
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donald trump is literally inciting violence with his supporters. he is saying if you go out and beat somebody up, that's okay. >> what trump has done is like a case of political arson. you know, he has lit the fire, and then he throws his hands up. >> that's both democratic candidates condemning violence on the campaign trail in the wake of several incidents at trump rallies. the next guest is not mincing words about trump's motivations, saying in a tweet, i didn't know this was in question. behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist, of course donald trump is a racist. let's bring in mayor de blasio. that's the strongest language that we've heard yet. what do you mean donald trump behaves like a racist?
>> he separates us, he divides us very openly and for his own pushes politically, strategically. look what he's said about the kkk. at first when he was asked if he would accept support from david duke, you saw how long he hesitated. he's basically suggesting that people who like the kkk, that he's their candidate. look what he said about muslims and mexicans, it's a clear pattern of division and using race as a wedge and a strategic tool. that's racism. and by the way, this is the worst kind of racism. it's cynical racism for his own political gain. >> you're talking about his words, but don't actions speak louder than words? do you have illustrations of donald trump not hiring someone because they were black or passing them over because they were hispanic? when you say he behaves like a racist, is that going too far? >> no, because he's on the national stage, a front runner for the republican nomination.
his words are his actions in this case. he is literally encouraging people to feel negative things about people other than them. he's taking advantage of it politically. he's trying to encourage people who have negative feelings towards other kinds of people to see him as their standard bearer and encouraging violence toward people who are different, whether they have different political beliefs or let's face it, the division in the rallies is a lot of times demographic as well. he's openly stoking that violence. he's encouraging it, supporting it, lauding it when it happens. we've seen these kinds of historical parallels before, the zen phobia, this is when democra democracies break down, and somebody needs to stand up and say that donald trump doesn't represent our democracy. >> he says organizations like move on.org, profesional
organizations are flooding his rallies. do they bear any responsibility for disrupting his events? >> trying to disrupt someone who is dividing america i have no problem with. go to someone else's rally and hold a counter rally, that's fine. but to hear him say let's beat them up, and of course i'll pay the legal bills for someone who does beat them up. this is not normal. the american tradition is a peaceful political protest. you don't see candidates encouraging violence. we did back in the segregati segregationist days. george wallace and others. my wife pleaded about this. george wallace and others used to call for violence, but that was during the segregation period. but to have a guy in 2016 say i'd like to punch him, that's suggesting that somehow it's acceptable for a leader in our society to call for violence when people have different views or look different.
and with donald trump, the two concepts are not that far apart. how did we first start hearing a lot about him, what he said about mexican-americans. >> not mexican-americans. he was talking about mexicans and that they send criminals across the border. >> the problem is, one after another, he paints mexicans with a broad brush, muslims with a broad brush. he doesn't condemn the kkk. how many times do we have to see it to understand, this is a racist appeal for votes, and now he's encouraging violence to go with it. this is not normal in american politics, and it's dangerous. >> so both hillary clinton and bernie sanders say they are best to beat him. and hillary clinton says because she's been battle tested for the past 25 years. what do you think about that argument? because he has threatened to basically throw the kitchen sink at her if he runs against her in the general, he's going to bring
up her husband's sexual past, he's going to go anywhere he needs to. and i guess i'm wondering, is the american public prepared for that level of fight that might ensue? >> hillary clinton's been through every conceivable kind of plolitical fight. here's why she's going to win, she has the best ideas about how to address the underlying frustration in this country. it's economic. people are upset that their standard of living has gone backwards, they don't feel there's economic opportunity, they feel their kids are going to be worse off than they r trump has tapped into that frustration and layered it over with a racial appeal and divisive appeal. what hillary clinton and bernie sanders both are doing are talking about the core reality of income inequality and how do address it, the need to tax the wealthy and stop the concentration of wealth and power in the 1%. now hillary clinton, what we can say about her is she knows how to fight.
she's kitchen sink thrown at her, and she doesn't stop. so i have a lot of confidence in the democratic nominee that she'll do what republicans haven't been doing. republicans aren't talking about the fact that donald trump is a billionaire and part of the class of people that brought us a lot of the problems that we're experiencing. republicans are not talking about many failed businesses, not talking about the fact that he walked onto the stage of business privileged from the inheritance of his father. >> they have talked about some of these things, but it doesn't affect his supporters. they know he got an inheritance. >> but republicans do not connect it to the fact that this society has become so unfair economically. maybe because republicans are compromised by their own beliefs and own involvement in the wrong kinds of policies. but what hillary clinton can do is say look, here's a problem in america. donald trump is part of a class that brought through problem. donald trump hasn't done a thing to address these problems.
she can go right at him in a way his republican opponents never have. >> mayor de blasio, hillary clinton supporter, in case we haven't figured that out. thanks. judgment day fast approaching for marco rubio and john kasich. can either bring a home state win and perhaps keep their white house hopes alive? we're going to ask a kasich supporter. christie todd whitman, next.
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the supreme court. white house sources say the vetting process is now in its final stages. more rain is on the way for the storm-battered south. the extreme weather claiming at least four lives. three of those deaths in louisiana, where about 5,000 homes were damaged in historic flooding. the state set to receive federal aid after president obama declared a major disaster. candidates from both parties expressing concern over the growing violence at donald trump rallies, with many republicans now trying to stop trump at all costs. should he now try to tone down these events? and how could this play into the five big primaries tomorrow. let's bring in christine todd whitman. she is firmly against trump as a possible nominee and has endorsed john kasich. we appreciate you taking the time. a whole lot happened, starting friday night with the clashes at
the canceled trump event, then you had someone jump on the stage with donald trump over the weekend. hurled accusations back and forth over who was responsible. what's your take on it? >> well, language shapes behavior, and i think donald trump's language has been leading us this way. and he's tacitly encouraging it if not overtly encouraging it. and he's playing to people's fears, justifiable frustration that people feel that this administration has forgotten them, that they have not recovered from the economic crisis and the mortgage meltdown fully. there are people worried about keeping their homes, about their jobs, their children's futures, and they want somebody who will just say i'm going to get it done. and they don't care about the consequences. unfortunately, we have seen in history this is precisely what some of the worst dictators we've seen have done. they've appealed to people's fears, den greated a complete group of people because of their race. we've seen him dismiss mexicans
coming across the borders as rapists and criminals. when they see people who don't look like them, oh, my gosh, all my problems are due to this kind of person, i can take the law into my own hands, i can do things we wouldn't do otherwise. for someone who claims he's the one person to bring everybody together, i don't think he has shown it at all. >> he's winning. he's leading right now in the delegate count in the republican side. he's ahead in the polls in a lot of the states voting tomorrow. what does this say about the republican primary as it stands right now, that this man that you clearly are not technically fond of right now is winning? >> well, he's certainly bringing people, a certain group of frustrated, angry people, who are lashing out into the party, but that's not going to win a general election. he's trailing hillary clinton in the general election. that's why at the end of the day, people are going to look behind the mask.
he's a billionaire businessman. that means he doesn't owe anybody anything. and he can get us out of this mess because special interests have controlled both sides of the aisle for too long. he hasn't been terribly successful as a businessman. he's had a number of failed businesses. he has taken businesses through bankruptcy to get his own money out and cost people their jobs. he's had to pay penalties for hiring illegal immigrants, he has a lot of things offshored. i don't know why people would expect that his behavior in the white house would be different than what it has been on the business trail. >> what does it say to you that all these things which are now out there and have been harped on in a lot of campaign ads, what does it say to you that, plus the violence at the events, plus other things he's said that he's been accused of of being caustic in some cases, what does it say to you that all these things are happening and he's
still winning? >> well, as i said, he's winning with a percentage of the republican base, as it were, because people are understandably frustrated. congress, congress has been ineffectual, they haven't been working, the american people don't feel the congress has been working for them for years. they don't feel this president has kept them safer, even though we haven't had an attack, they still don't believe we're safe. they don't see him as a strong leader. they want a strong leader. they want someone who tells them, it's going to be all right. i can make it all right for you, even though no one person can do that. he can't fire congress. he's got to be able to work with them when he gets into office, and he's already threatened speaker ryan saying i'm sure we will work together, and if he doesn't i'm sure it will be bad for him. you're talking about a small segment. don't forget the people who vote in primaries are very different than the general election makeup. because if you look at it, independents have been growing faster than either party, and
certainly, for florida, it's a closed election. >> it is the biggest sessionment right now of the republican primary voters. what role does the republican party, what responsibility does the republican party hold, do you think over the last five or ten years in fostering the very many of donald trump? there was a fascinating article over the weekend over how the republican party was happy to take donald trump's money. chris christie was happy to accept a $250,000 donation from donald trump. so does the republican party and the apparatus bear some responsibility here? >> oh, i think they do. and i think the democrat side is bearing responsibilities for the moving to the left. they haven't gone as far to the left as republicans have gone to the right. but they're going that way. bernie sanders is way out there, and he's moving hillary out there. what it speaks to is the influence of money and how that is undermining our system. i'm not a lawyer, so i've never read the brief on citizens
united. so i don't understand how you can equate a business or labor union to an individual under the constitution with those same protections. so i think what you're talking about is the basic overall, what the public perceives and in very many cases is right, the overall corruption in the political system, that it's controlled by a few who have the ear of those who are in power. but there are some very, very good people in office, both sides of the aisle who really care about doing the right thing, but they get overshadowed by the loud voices from the rest of the group. >> we appreciate you being with us and your service over the years, thanks so much. >> thank you. hillary clinton and bernie sanders making a final pitch to voters at cnn's town hall last night in ohio. five states vote in tomorrow's primaries. next we speak with bob graham about the race in florida and beyond.
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ready. and i feel i am the best prepared and ready candidate to take him on. [cheers and applause] >> that was hillary clinton making her case during last night's cnn town hall for why she'd be the best candidate to go against donald trump. let's test that with our next guest, bob graham. he's the long time governor of the state of florida, he's on the hillary for leadership council. >> good morning. >> he has threatened he will go request both barrels against hillary clinton. he has said he's going to dredge up all kinds of history about her husband's sexual past and unsavory topics. so how is secretary clinton preparing for that? >> i don't know specifically what her plans are, but i hope that it's not trying to match donald trump in the gutter.
i think what the american people are saying today is that they are concerned about what is happening to their country and their own personal lives. they want a leader who can provide them with some direction and give them some confidence that they have the ability to deliver on that direction. and i think those are characteristics that no candidate running has more than hillary clinton and i think that's going to be the nature of her campaign. >> last night, hillary clinton talked a lot about donald trump, more so than she did about bernie sanders. is that a mistake given what happened last week. is it premature for her to act like she's in a battle with donald trump? >> i think, no, because this is an issue bigger than just a, as important as a presidential primary campaign is, i've just
been talking with a lady who came here a dozen years ago from venezuela. and she talked about how chavez used hate talk to divide what had been a fairly unified country, by pitting one group against the other. i think we're seeing that in this election. and to the extent that mrs. clinton is trying to provide anecdote to that hate-based politics, she's doing the nation a real service. >> there was a moment where hillary clinton talked about the future of coal miners, and some felt that she might have been a little too honest. so let's play that moment and get your response. >> i'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity, using clean, renewable energy as the key into coal country.
because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, tim? and we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people. >> so, you know, governor, there's this expression, old political expression that you know that a gaff is defined when a politician accidently tells the truth. so was it, was it right for her to say, you know, we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of business? >> the fact is, we're in a period of transition, not just in the energy sector, but almost across our economy. and for a political leader to recognize that reality, talk about it and have some ideas as opposed to just dumping people at middle age off the wagon to give them a means of making a transition, having some kind of
of life, of middle class status in their older age, i think is a very key issue. and i'm pleased that mrs. clinton is talking about that, even if it does ruffle some feathers. >> i mean, you know, it's just that her opponents, certainly the republicans could seize that and play it over and over in their attack ads. we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of business. rand paul has tweeted something out, just when i thought it couldn't get any worse, she couldn't get any more unqualified, he actually seized on that moment. so how do you think that that will play tomorrow, governor? i'm not sure how it will play tomorrow. i'm pretty confident that the leader who tells people the truth, the reality of the transitions through which this
country is going and the role of government in trying to make that transition as less hurtful as possible and give people hope that they are is that there is a role for them on the other side of what has been the status quo for many years, that, to me, is what leadership is all about. >> okay, governor bob graham, thanks so much, we appreciate you being here with your perspective. talk again soon. john? the uproar over the violence at donald trump rallies is not the first time we've seen this kind of behavior, so how does the current unrest compare with history? we'll explore, next. and the kids always eat their vegetables. because the salad there is always served with the original hidden valley ranch. and we are the bug chicks. and i'm jess we are a nano-business. windows 10 really helps us get the word out
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the protests at the donald trump rallies, really violence so much the talk in the political atmosphere right now. but where does this anger rank in history? joining us now cnn presidential historian, the author of a new book. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> we have seen some pretty awful pictures particularly friday night with people fighting at this event. the minute that happened friday night people say this reminds me of george wallace, a man who ran for president a few times and in some cases insighted violence and called on supporters to beat people up. >> not only did he call to beat people up but he got shot
himself in maryland. it does ring the wallace bell. i read donald trump as stealing pages from the wallace play book, play racial politics, he mixes it with richard nixon. so he is both the wallace populist and the nixon enemy's list guy revenge driven. i will send a tweet and destroy you. he is combined into one person. >> how about the protests we have begun seeing? >> in our lifetime it is 1968. look at footage from the democratic convention in '68 and dan rather getting hit and the police barricades and tear gas. imagine cleveland this year, this kind of hatred keeps simmering. the protests will have a
republican convention if trump is the nominee. it almost guarantees some sort of violence. >> you mentioned george wallace being shot at an event in maryland. donald trump the man ran up on stage with him. the trump campaign aware of the history here. they put out a tweet this morning and posted video of ronald reagan from when he was president and a protester jumped on stage with ronald reagan. tweet said reagan and his team didn't seem to have it easy either. trump saying he is a target like ronald reagan. you are playing with fire here. there have been presidential candidates who have been at great risk. >> definitely playing with fire. the whole marred by assassination of john f. kennedy. the killing of rfk in los angeles turned politics upside
down. humfry becomes the nominee. wallace created the american party. in that case you had a democratic party split. now we are seeing a republican party split in two much like in 1912 when theodore roosevelt broke away from attacked republicans which were the establishment. >> is this a moment where donald trump could change the rhetoric? could his leadership if he stopped saying punch that guy in the nose or do these demonstrations take on a life of their own? can he influence the tenor at these rallies? >> when franklin roosevelt became president we have nothing to fear but fear itself trying to stop the fear in america. what is donald trump doing? be afraid, be afraid. they are coming to take our guns. islamic terrorists are in your backyard. he is a fear mongerer. you are asking a fear mongerer
to stop doing what he is doing. why would he stop doing it if it is working? >> the problem is it destroys any sense of civility in our country and it makes the united states a laughing stock around the world right now. they can't believe that we are taking a guy that is willing to use this inflammatory rhetoric of the hard right that we are willing to take it seriously. >> people are getting hurt. that is the other down side. people are getting hurt. >> you have a book out on franklin roosevelt. people forget fdr was shot out during transition period. >> that's right. i write about when fdr goes down to miami or on holiday to get rest before the inauguration he went to a rally and was waving at everybody in a crazy would be assassin started firing multiple
bullets into the crowd and one killed the mayor of chicago. fdr got out of that unscraped, unhurt but he did drive immediately to the hospital with the mayor's head in his lap and the mayor died when he got to the hospital. >> so graphic. that is all in your new book. historically speaking, what do you make of this current race? i know you -- have we often been here before? >> we are a country with a lot of violence in politics. there were duals all the time. hamilton right now. you had the great dual with aaron burr. >> they killed dudes glmpt is there are duals all the time. canings big in congress. start whacking people with canes. there is violence involved with our politics. however, this is the 21st
century. we would like to think that we have matured. i'm afraid the opposite has happened because of the media. somebody gets roughed up today used to be maybe in the back of a newspaper there was a fist fight at this rally. now it's kind of put in front of us 24/7. i think it helps raise anxiety levels, the internet's ability now to spread the fear. >> thanks for the leadership. >> thanks for being with us. a lot going on this morning. a lot of news including last night's democratic town hall. let's get to it. get him out of here. >> there is no place for a national leader to prey on fears of people. >> you have a presidential candidate telling his supporters punch that guy in the face. >> knock the crap out of him. >> donald trump on a regular
basis insights his crowds. >> nobody is talking about building a wall around the united states. i beg your pardon. there is one guy talking about it. >> the republicans have been after me for 25 years. >> the only way we really transform this country is when people stand up and fight back. >> there was just an air strike here in the town. >> arriving on the scene our team found chaos and carnage. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo, michaela pereira. >> it is monday march 14. john berman joins us. so much happened over the weekend. let's get to that because there is violence at donald trump's rallies taking center stage ahead of tuesday's crucial primaries. trump under fire after several
incidents this weekend. >> democratic hopefuls just lit into donald trump during cnn town hall in ohio. all this as voters head to polls tomorrow in five states including huge winner take all contests for the republicans in florida and ohio that really could reshape this race. could end this race for at least one candidate if not more. we have complete coverage. let's begin with jason carroll in tampa, florida. >> reporter: one of the big questions facing the trump campaign will all that controversy on friday and over the weekend have any effect on his momentum? a new poll released this morning shows that trump is still on track for a big win tomorrow night. >> we had some, i would say, let's be nice, protesters. >> reporter: after a turbulent weekend on the trail a defiant donald trump pointing fingers.
>> send him back to bernie. bernie, get your people in line. >> the billionaire trying to shift blame to bernie sanders. >> a lot of them come from bernie sanders whether he wants to say it or not. if he says know then he is lying. >> at the town hall democratic candidates turned it around calling out trump for his statements. >> he is saying if you go out and beat somebody up that's okay. i'll pay the legal fees. that is an outrage. >> he is the person who has for months now been not just insighting violence but applauding violence. >> the front runner canceling his event in chicago after the rally erupted in chaos. >> this man tried to rush the stage. secret service quickly tackled the protester as trump
supporters cheered. on sunday more protesters crashed the party. >> get him out now. >> with over 350 delegates on the line in five states. >> i would like to punch him in the face. >> trump is doubling down claiming heated words are not to blame for the violence like this supporter. >> i don't accept responsibility. i do not condone violence in any shape. i will tell you from what i saw the young man stuck his finger up in the air and the other man sort of just had it. >> reporter: a little bit more about the poll released this morning. it shows here in the state of florida trump at 46% followed by rubio at 22. cruz at 14. kasich at 10. the bigger story there in ohio trump and kasich virtually in a dead heat both at 38% followed by cruz at 16% and rubio at 3%.
that poll was completed last night. it seems to show despate everything happening trump supporters are stronger than ever. >> thanks a lot. the protester who jumped on the stage as a donald trump rally in ohio insists he was not trying to avert the republican front runner. whenever you see a presidential candidate rush on the stage. the protester says he wanted to send a message. martin savidge spoke to him. you jump on a stage with a presidential candidate with secret service there he is lucky he is doing okay today. >> reporter: that was one of the things that really struck me. this was a demonstration that tommy says he was conducting there. to run towards the stage was different than anything we had seen before. i wanted to really talk to him and find out what was he thinking? one of the things we began
talking about is that this wasn't a spontaneous thing. he had been planning this for a while. >> for some time since back in november i watched donald trump rallies and was terrified. i was like this man is basically having a clan rally and i said this is going to become a problem that these people have a safe haven to be as boldly racist and violent as they want to be. and as time went on i was right. things have gotten more and more violent to the point where his people are attacking protesters using violence and threatening their lives. it was in north carolina that a man attacked another man, a black man and said he might have to kill him. so it's gotten to a point where i said i have watched it and thought about what i want to do and the image i want to create.
>> you knew -- >> i tweeted about it. >> he has rights, too. those who are there to listen to him have rights. in other words, free speech a right to assemble and listen and share ideas. you may not like the ideas and clearly you don't but he does have rights. >> i have the right to heckler's veto. i have the right to nonviolence civil disobedience. >> was it nonviolent? for a fraction of a second it was a scary moment. >> i have to disagree with you. they live in a constant state of fear, him and his followers. he gets them to be afraid of this person, socialism, mexicans. he has gotten his followers afraid of pretty much everyone. he has all the power.
it doesn't matter if i hop the fence, stand there with a sign. they are ready to attack at any moment. they are ready to defend themselves because he has them believing that their way of life, bank accounts, homes, country are all under attack. >> reporter: he was arrested and he was escorted out. one of the issues was that there were conservative bloggers saying he was an isis sympathizer. at one point donald trump seemed to tweet something similar saying he was attacked by what appeared to be an isis sympathizer. i asked where did that talk come from? >> so i did a protest about a year ago and because of my actions somebody made a false video on youtube stealing footage of me from one video and
replacing it with some sort of isis fight themed music. and was essentially saying i was in isis. >> somebody over a previous protest took video that you had posted -- >> someone got it to donald trump. without doing the things that a good leader must do, without checking the facts, without verifying the information or without verifying the source of the information just saying this is something good that i can throw to the animals because that is what he treats his followers like, not like humans who have minds. he treats them like animals and beats them and feeds them. he fed that to them because he knew it would get them angry and more excited about being one of his followers. he made a calculated decision to lie. what is his proof that i have ties to isis? there is absolutely none?
>> maybe the fact that you charged stage. >> that has nothing to do with being in isis. look at the typical member of isis. it's not a white christian 22-year-old guy who has never left the united states and only speaks english. it's not someone like me who believes in planned parenthood and women's rights. it's not someone like me who believes in freedom from fundamental religion having power over people. it's not someone like me who believes in nonviolence as a means to change. it is more like donald trump. he is more like isis than i am. maybe that is why he was so quickly to make a comparison because it is so close to his heart and mind. >> there you can see in that conversation how hate on one side can lead to hate on another side. he has been charged with disturbing the peace and insighting a panic. he says he has received
thousands of death threats via social media as has his family, as well. >> that was a fascinating conversation. really interesting to see what motivated him. joining us now communications director for marco rubio's campaign. hi. >> good morning. >> let's start here. let's start here with the violence that has erupted at some of donald trump's rallies. donald trump was asked this weekend what his role is in this. i want to play it for you and get you to comment. >> i don't accept responsibility. i do not condone violence in any shape and i will tell you from what i saw the young man stuck his finger up in the air and the other man sort of just had it. >> what he is talking about is that moment where the
78-year-old donald trump supporter with his elbow the protester. do you think that donald trump is responsible for what protesters or his supporters do at his rallies? >> clearly the protesters are primarily responsible for coming to his events and trying to disrupt. donald trump has a right to speak and have events that aren't protested. at the same time i think everyone bears responsibility here including donald trump for not condemning that violence, offering to pay legal fees for his supporters who beat up protesters, encouraging the same. i think media bears some here. that guy jumped a fence and rushed a stage. cnn rewarded him by giving him a primetime interview on the network and playing it this morning. that is only going to encourage future actions of disobedience like that. i think everybody deserves some
blame here. it's unfortunate because there is a lot at stake. the future of our nation hangs in the balance. we are distracted by this sort of violence. it is not productive. >> i'm wondering do you think that marco rubio bears responsibility for this in that when he had his opportunity he talked about more frivolous trivial things. talked about him being orange colored and small hands. why didn't he talk about his violent rhetoric. >> marco said he regretted some of those comments because he wants the election to be more about the issues. >> why didn't he seize that moment and highlight that that kind of rhetoric doesn't stand? >> i think violence just emerged and marco always condemned violence. we talk about the issues more than any other campaign. if you go to our website you
will find more detailed policies than any other candidate has offered. the media doesn't focus on that but clashes at the rallies. the media focuses on the frivolous. as marco told jake tapper yesterday when we talk about the policy media doesn't care about that. when we talk about donald trump they want to cover that sort of frivolous conflict. i think that is a sad state of media and the campaign. >> i reject that. we have had 12 debates about policy at cnn. we have had 12 debates, town hall meetings with voters asking the candidates direct questions. we do focus on policy. to say the violence is frivolous stuff violence might be emblematic of what is going on. i think it is very fair to talk about the violence. to say the violence is just erupted people have been getting hurt at donald trump's rallies
since october. so the question is here is the deal. it sounds like marco rubio has finally said enough is enough. he is now talking about it and talking about what a mistake he feels it would be for people to vote for donald trump. let me play for you a moment of marco rubio this weekend. >> i think that significant number of republicans will not vote for donald trump at the voting booth. they just won't do it. they will abstain. i have never argued that anyone should abstain in an election. it is getting harder every day to justify that answer. i'm not prepared to say something different other than to tell you that i hope we can avoid that. >> what does marco rubio mean there that people should abstain? >> he is not saying that at all. he said he would never recommend that somebody abstain from an election. we can still defeat donald trump. if voters go to the polls and
vote for marco rubio tomorrow we can defeat donald trump in florida and he will not be the republican nominee. donald trump is not on a current trajectory to gaining the delegates he needs to win the nomination. marco won 11 delegates on saturday. we won in puerto rico. i believe we will win 99 tomorrow. donald trump will not be the republican nominee. if somehow donald trump does emerge as republican nominee at the convention it will be tough for republicans to win this because there are a lot of republicans around the country who will not vote for donald trump in a general election and they are in a tough spot because we don't want hillary clinton to be the nominee. that is why it is important that republicans vote against donald trump and vote for marco rubio. >> let's look at the latest polls released an hour or so ago. it shows the numbers today in
florida trump is getting 46%. marco rubio is getting half that, 22%. cruz 14%, kasich 10%. does this jive with what your internals are showing you? >> not at all. i feel like every election they have explaining to do. before the iowa caucuses the poll predicted. our internal data shows us doing very well in florida tomorrow. the early vote is at historic levels and favorable for us. we saw polls that put the race in single digits. marco had a great debate on thursday night on this network. thank you for focussing on policy. we have been on the ground campaigning all weekend. great crowds throughout florida. we feel very optimistic and the wind to our back. >> thanks so much. great to get your perspective. we'll be watching closely
tomorrow, of course. as for the democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders just one day before key votes all across america tomorrow. they were in ohio at a cnn town hall pointing out some differences but mostly differences in donald trump. jeff zeleny live in chicago where hillary clinton is campaigning today. >> reporter: good morning. the best way to show your strength as the democratic presidential candidate is to show how you would take on donald trump. that is what voters and democrats want to know. before any of that happens bernie sanders and hillary clinton are locked in a very tough race of their own. >> whoever goes up against donald trump better be ready. >> stopping the republican front runner, a critical topic for democrats ahead of another super tuesday. >> the way you beat trump is to expose him. and he can be exposed at many, many levels.
>> reporter: hillary clinton touting her experience in resilience. >> the republicans have been after me for 25 years. >> reporter: keeping some of her battle plan against trump under wraps for now. >> i'm not going to spill the beans right now but suffice it to say there are many arguments that we can use against him. i'm having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop donald trump. some have done it publically. the italian prime minister. >> how about the ones that have done it privately? >> holding that in reserve, too. >> reporter: vermont senator bernie sanders hitting his rival hard on trade which she believes helped him pull off an upset. >> you are looking at a senator and former congressman who oppose everyone of these disastrous trade agreements which have cost american workers millions of jobs. one of the very strong differences between secretary
clinton and myself she has supported almost all trade agreements. >> reporter: and taking a dig at trump along the way. >> everybody understands that trade is a positive thing. nobody is talking about building a wall around the united states. of course, we are going to trade. i beg your pardon. there is one guy talking about it. let me rephrase it. no rational person is talking about it. >> reporter: the most emotional moment of the night -- >> excuse me. i'm sorry. >> reporter: on the death penalty as clinton pressed by a man exonerated after nearly 40 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. >> how can you still take your stance on the death penalty? >> this is such a profoundly difficult question, a very limited use of it in cases where
there has been horrific mass killings. that's really the exception that i still am struggling with. it would only be in the federal system. what happened to you was a travesty. >> reporter: both sanders and clinton are campaigning very hard for tomorrow's primary. it will really test the strength of sanders. he has the argument to keep going longer. he will be campaigning in north carolina, missouri as well as ohio. hillary clinton is starting her day here in chicago at this union hall. her native illinois on the eve of the primary, she is trying to shore up illinois and then going on to north carolina later today. >> jeff zeleny in chicago with us. be sure to stay with cnn for tomorrow's big final super tuesday. we have complete coverage of the day's activities and full
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donald trump is literally insighting violence with his supporters. he is saying if you go out and beat somebody up that is okay. >> what trump has done is like a case of political arson. he has lit the fire and then he throws his hands up. >> bernie sanders calls trump a pathological liar. hillary clinton says he is a political arsonist and they do not mean it in a nice way. donald trump overshadowing the event in ohio with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. michael smerconish, cnn political commentator. it was interesting to see hillary clinton and bernie sanders have a lot to say about their own contest tomorrow and each other but cannot avoid the discussion over what is happening with donald trump and his events. >> those events friday night in chicago and then through the
weekend are political tests. it is amazing. i'm about to start my radio program and i'm sure i will see a continuation of this. people are looking at the same footage and coming to different conclusions. donald trump is showing absolutely no remorse. he lays it off on bernie sanders and on agitators, quote protesters. the democrats say he has done the equivalent of shouting fire in a political theater. each side is using this to up their base. it puts the republicans, nontrump republicans in a bit of an awkward position because they don't want to antagonize the base of their party and by the same token they need trump supporters. they are the ones who are the odd men out. >> we just had marco rubio's communications director on. do you get the sense that there is an enough is enough feeling? that something has shifted over the weekend? maybe it was the cancelled
rally, but something because of the violence people are using stronger language now against trump. >> i thought so but the most recent polling information suggests not. there doesn't seem to be give in particular in those florida numbers that you have been discussing that have just come out and other data that has just come out. you would think florida would be the test case where marco rubio would be able to give him a better run for his money than he appears to be doing. >> let's talk about the town hall, the nontrump moments of the town hall. there was a fascinating moment with a man who had been in prison for many years on death row but was released because he was incorrectly charged. he asked hillary clinton about the death penalty. let's watch. >> i'm sorry. >> it's okay, brother. >> i came perilously close to my
own execution. how can you still take your stance on the death penalty? >> at this point given the challenges we face from terrorist activities primarily in our country that end up under federal jurisdiction for very limited purposes i think it can still be held in reserve for those. >> it was a longer question and answer. i think that moment was a great town hall moment where you see a real person asking a very important question and you get to see a candidate thinking. how do you think she handled it? >> she kind of responded two different ways. she said she would breathe a sigh of relief should the states or the supreme court of the united states decide that the death penalty is no longer appropriate on a state level. then she said she would like to keep it on the books relative to federal cases of terror and
cited timothy mcveigh. it seemed to play well. for example, i noted that roland martin said was that answer satisfactory to you and he said it was. there was something in that reply for everybody i guess is what i'm trying to say. >> it was almost vintage clinton in that it was thoughtful and deliberate and explained her rationale. i thought there might be a missed opportunity. she could have just wrapped her arms around that guy. i was welling up listening to his question. a lot of people were. there was a moment that maybe just called for an emotional response instead of a thoughtful response. >> as i watched i said to myself this is the difference between a debate and a town hall. there is a lot to be said for the kind of forum because you are not relegated to 45 seconds. she was able to hear him out. he wasn't under a time
constraint and she was able to provide a fairly lengthy response. i thought it was insightful. >> i had the candidates tell me how much they love the town halls because they get to talk at length. >> it is fascinating to hear from the voters. check out smerconish saturdays 9:00 a.m. eastern. tomorrow a huge day. winner take all primaries in florida and ohio. other states voting, as well. this could be the last chance for republicans to slow donald trump. so can john kasich seize on it? is this marco rubio's moment in his own state? we ask party leaders from both states next. (vo) when i first took jake home we ate anything. until i decided we both needed to eat better. now jake gets purina cat chow naturals indoor a nutritious formula for indoor cats with no artificial flavors. it helps to control hairballs and maintain a healthy weight.
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blaze of florida. thank you for being here. >> good morning. >> matt, i know that you are all endorsing hometown favorite john kasich. yet blaze you're from florida. why are you not endorsing the hometown candidate, marco rubio? >> well, the republican party of florida has historically stayed out of these contests. it is just a decision that we have made and we are going to support the republican nominee. it is just a decision that we have made. >> let's look at the latest poll numbers just out the ismorning. let's start in florida because this is very striking. donald trump has 46% in this poll. marco rubio has less than half that. john kasich 10%. marco rubio has said florida is make or break for him. i don't know that he said there is a path for him if he doesn't win florida. what do you think of the latest
poll numbers? >> well, what we do know about the polls is that the polls this election cycle have been all over the place. if you remember the polling heading into virginia had marco rubio down 15 and he was down 3 points. look at the polling in michigan for the democrat primary. hillary clinton was up 20 points and that lost. what i will tell you about the polling is i think the race is a lot closer than some of these polling have suggested. some of these polls -- >> why do you think that? >> some of these polls are calling people and asking themselves to self identify as republicans. other polls would show a much tighter race. we think the race is a lot tighter. >> matt, let's look at the latest polling out for ohio. it is neck and neck. also, a really interesting snapshot here.
john kasich has always said he is going to win. he is very confident on ohio. he said that is his path forward. he thinks if he wins ohio he will have new momentum and that will propel him to the convention. at 38% what do you think is going to happen in ohio tomorrow? >> john kasich wins tomorrow. i think we have done a better job tactically on the ground. we have been voting here in ohio for about four weeks. so we have 28 days of early voting here in ohio thanks to republican leadership. i think we have done well in that part of the voting and john kasich has surged. we saw him surge at the end in michigan and new hampshire. we see it again here when final results come in tomorrow and at the end of the night john kasich will carry ohio and set the election on a different course. >> donald trump had not said much about john kasich. he is the one candidate that donald trump had glossed over.
it is starting because they are so close in ohio. trump tweeted this because governor kasich cannot run in the state of pennsylvania and should not be allowed to compete in ohio on tuesday. what do you think of that reasoning? >> not the first thing donald trump has been wrong about in this campaign. he doesn't like to lose. he is going to lose here in the buckeye state tomorrow. he is wrong about what he is saying about governor kasich. he has tried to exclude lots of people from running against him. what an idiotic statement that is. and john kasich will be on the ballot in pennsylvania. all of this is much ado about nothing and john kasich wins ohio tomorrow and so we're very excited about the prospect of him having the 66 delegates go to the convention. >> for background, the chairman of pennsylvania students for rubio filed a petition saying that john kasich had failed to
get the 2,000 signatures required for pennsylvania. as you know the kasich campaign said that is ludicrous. they turned in 2,184 signatures above the 2,000. given that was a rubio supporting group are you comfortable that kasich will be on the ballot in pennsylvania? >> yeah. i think so. what we have seen is that a lot of these lawsuits are being filed. at the end of the day we fully expect that all of these candidates will be on the ballot in these remaining states. >> i want toask about the violence that we have seen at the trump rallies where various protesters have been hurt one way or another. trump has said it is not his responsibility if protesters come and get hurt in the melee. matt, what do you think about the violence that we have seen
and whether or not john kasich has said enough about it? >> i think the governor came out very strongly and said this is the end result of the type of division that we have been saying in ohio has been the wrong message donald trump has been carrying for months. we have not been silent on that at all. and then we have the bullying left. who doesn't want folks to be able to express their opinions and 2345natural clash was provo we need calm that this is not something that our process, our system should be proud of. so i think we need some more civility and the kind of dpan that john kasich has run from the beginning. he said he is not going to get into the mud with these folks and in stark contrast to the way donald trump had this sentiment. it has been really unfortunate.
everyone knows we have to win ohio to win a general election. donald trump has the wrong message. >> thank you. we appreciate you helping us preview the big races tomorrow. thank you. >> thanks. deadly air strike kills so many civilians in a rebel-held territory in syria. cnn the only network to get on the ground there to cover the story. an exclusive look inside syria, that's next. pet moments are beautiful, unless you have allergies.
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just being torn apart by attacks on civilians. senior international correspondent went under cover. they worked with film maker on this exclusive report. some of the images here are graphic. this is really just a remarkable report. >> it took months and months of planning to make it happen. we wanted to see the reality of the situation on the ground. we had seen the grainy youtube videos. it has been more than a year since any western journalists had been inside syria. we wanted to see how the russian
intervention has affected the situation. take a look. >>. >> moving through revel-held northern syria is difficult and danger. as foreign journalists in areas we had to travel under cover to see a war few outsiders have witnessed. the city is the only capital under rebel control. this was its courthouse until it was hit by an air strike in december. dozens were killed. 40-year-old told us he was inside the building when it was hit. his arm was smashed but he was lucky to survive. >> translator: the russian planes target anything that works in the interest of the people. the people never see any good, that they never taste life. this is the tax of living in a liberated area. saw that tax for ourselves while
filming in a town nearby. we heard the scream of fighter jets overhead. moments later a hit. >> it was just an air strike here in the town. we are now driving very quickly. it's not clear yet what was hit but we are hearing there are still planes in the sky. >> arriving on the scene our team found chaos and carnage. volunteers shouted for an ambulance as they tried to ferry out the wounded. for many it was too late. a woman lay dead on the ground, a jacket draped over her, an attempt to preserve her dignity.
russia has repeatedly claimed it is only hitting terrorist targets. this strike hit a busy fruit market. >> translator: this is just a this is not a military area. >> translator: it's a market. look. it's a market. a fruit market. is this what you want? >> reporter: we couldn't stay long. often jets circle back to hit the same place twice. it's called a double tap. just arrived at the hospital where they are bringing the dead and the wounded from the three strikes which hit a park and a fruit market. we don't know the exact number of casualties but the scenes of devastation, blood on the ground, dismembered body parts and injured and dead we have
seen arriving here indicate this was a very bad strike indeed. >> reporter: among the injured brought in, a young boy moaning in pain. he died moments later. the strikes that day killed 11 people. among them a woman and two children. rescue workers wasted no time in clearing away the rubble. this ugly war massacres have become routine. >> fruit market there. tough to see but very important to see. what have the russians said right now about the attack? are they accepting responsibility? >> they are not. the russian defense ministry gave us this statement which said the defense ministry has been saying we don't hit civilians nor do we hit civilian targets inside syria. as you see during the course of our series throughout this week that doesn't gel with what we
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>> congratulations on that. >> thanks for being here. >> nice to be here. >> i don't believe you suddenly. it's time for newsroom with carol costello. >> you guys have a great day. good morning. thank you for joining me. violence as a back drop to this intense race. democrats ramping up. >> donald trump is a pathological liar. >> what trump has done is like a case of political arson. he has lit the fire and then he throws his hands up and claims that he shouldn't be held responsible. >> he is saying if you beat somebody up that is okay. i'll pay the legal