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zero calories. zero carbs. zero sugar. zero effort. new splenda zero. donald trump as of today has clinched the republican presidential nomination. "the lead" starts right now. to paraphrase, ben skully in the year of the improbable, what many thought was impossible has happened. donald trump has used his victory press conference to bash president obama, calling him incompetent. some breaking news in the search for flight 804. what could be the biggest break yet. signals detected, possibly from the wreckage. could this lead investigators finally to the black boxes? plus, a major u.s. health alert. it's the superbug that's been giving doctors nightmares and that might mean the end of the road for antibiotics and it just
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reached the united states. ♪ good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. now, whether you think he's a saviour from politics or a signs of the apocalypse, donald trump officially clinched the nomination for president of the united states. on june 16th, 2015, let's walk back to that magic day, donald trump announcing his presidential bid. most republican elites at the time were doing everything that they could to suppress their smirks. they thought it was a publicity ploy. he included references to mexicans as rapists and rivals such as jeb bush or scott walker, that speech was seen as unserious but today we are sitting here on may 26th, 2016,
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and he'll be on the ticket for the republican nomination. how did we get here? republicans missed opportunity after opportunity to take trump the insurgent seriously. and then after the establishment, trump tapped into something they all missed. anti-washington, anti-politician, anti-trade deal, anti-illegal immigration. the establishment failed to take their shots when they had chances to take trump down. he announced in june and by july he was topping the polls. at the second presidential debate for the republicans when i asked governor jeb bush as my very first question if he trusted mr. trump with the nuclear codes, well, jeb bush took a pass. trump had been the front-runner for months before the first negative tv ad had even ran and the man who ended up being the most tenacious rival refused to
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criticize trump and wore this as a badge of honor even after questions were raised by trump about his religion and where he was born. trump had mocked cruz's wife's appearance. the attacks against trump were late and weak and ineffective. the majority of the millions and millions of dollars in negative ads targeted trump, they were not spent until after trump had already won new hampshire and south carolina. those ads, they were like pea shooters, winning begets winning. and here we are. phil mattingly is live. trump held a press conference acknowledging the significance of the day and then he got down to needling his likely opponent, hillary clinton and really taking a bunch of whacks at president obama. >> reporter: that's exactly
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right, jake. 1237, a lot of us didn't think he'd get to that until at least the cleveland convention but a victory lap, this was not. instead, he was ticking point by point about a future likely opponent and the man residing the position that he wants to take. trump firing back at the man he's campaigning to replace. >> number one, he's incompetent. >> reporter: trump said this about how foreign leaders perceive the new york billionaire. >> i think it's fair to say that they are surprised by the republican nominee they are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements but they are rattled by it. >> reporter: trump, taking it in stri stride. >> if they are rattled in a friendly way, that's a good
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thing because the president has done a horrible job. he's allowed many of the countries to totally take advantage of him. >> trump back on the trail in north dakota after by passing the magic number, 1237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. >> the folks behind me got us right over the top. >> reporter: pivoting quickly to hillary clinton. >> here i am watching hillary fight and she can't close the deal. and that should be such an easy deal to close. >> reporter: and it continues to be a round-by-round slug fest between him and liz wet warren. >> she's been ineffective other than she has a big mouth. >> a message he hopes the party resonates even as it becomes the off-controversial standard bearer. >> i'm most concerned making sure we have party unity, not pretend party unity. because we need to win this
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election in the fall. trump's comments coming after the removal of his political director amid tensions atop his campaign. all as the campaign adviser appears to reject the possibility as a woman or minority as a running mate. >> he's been misquoted a lot but we're going to have women involved at the highest levels. >> and even under constant attack remaining steadfast on his refusal to release his tax returns until the completion of an irs audit. >> i don't know people that have been audited for 15 years and i'm audited all the time. i don't know what that's all about but the irs has been very professional. as we move along, whenever that may be, hopefully it's going to be before the election. i'm fine that.
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okay? >> reporter: the attack issue is just one of the issues that the clinton campaign is trying to target trump with. as you just laid out at the top of the show in great detail, abeing tas haven't seemed to resonate with him, whether it's staff problems, unity issues or millions of dollars spent against him, he's still reached that 1237 mark and surpassed it. as of today, donald trump, presumptive gop nominee and in cleveland in a couple of months, he's won the republican nomination. >> phil mattingly, thank you so much. while trump has checked off clinching the republican nomination from his to-do list, the nominee still needs to unify a skeptical party. paul ryan says he's still not ready to endorse trump, at least not yet. i will speak exclusively with senator marco rubio of florida who still stands by his concerns about trump on policy and temperament but rubio is leaning in to the effort to defeat hillary clinton.
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take a listen. >> when we last spoke, you said that you were not sure what you were doing, even if you were going to atentending the republican convention in cleveland. >> my sense is i'm going to go to the convention. >> you are? >> i don't know if i'll have a role but i have a lot of people going there that are supporters. >> but if donald trump asked to you speak on his behalf, you would do so? >> yes. i want to be helpful, not harmful. i don't want hillary clinton to be president. my policy differences with donald trump, i've spent 11 months talking about them. i think they are well understood. that said, i don't want hillary clinton to be president. if there's something i can do to help that from happening and helpful to the cause, i'd be honored to be considered for that. >> are you planning on releasing your delegates? >> yeah. in fact, basically, technically, we have already. donald is going to have the majority of number and if we haven't done so already, we will. >> so you're willing to go to cleveland, willing to speak, if appropriate, you want to do
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whatever you can to defeat hillary clinton and you like public service. is the door still closed to being donald trump's vice president? >> it is. because, in my view, that wouldn't be the right choice for him. the donald i think deserves to have a vice president, he's earned the nomination and deserves to have a running mate that more fully embraces the things he stands for. >> we should definitely think that those of us who cover politics and those of your fans watching this right now that this is not the end of it for you? you think you will likely run if not for president again, something that -- >> yeah. i think that's a safe assumption. but i don't know where i'm going to be in two years. i don't know. i enjoy public service. there's an opportunity to serve again in a way that i feel passionate about, i'll most certainly think i'll explore it but i don't know where i'm going to be in two years. i don't know what my life will look like then. >> make sure to catch my extensive and exclusive
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interview on sunday on "state of the union," you have two chances to watch it, at 9:00 or noon eastern. hillary clinton dogging her campaign today although she insists that the internal state department investigation will not affect her campaign or presidency. donald trump, of course, is already using the renewed questions to needle clinton by saying, maybe he'll debate bernie sanders if clinton is not willing to do so. sunlen serfaty is live in ventura, california, where senator sanders will speak. are you expecting him to bring up the state department watchdog calling into question her private e-mail server and her accounts of it which do not seem to square with what investigators found? >> reporter: no, i actually don't expect him to bring this up. aides have been very clear that, quite simply, he's just not going to touch it. they want to let the report speak for itself, which is a much different approach by
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donald trump. >> hello! >> reporter: hillary clinton facing headwinds in closing out the primary. >> this election is a make or break election. >> reporter: tonight, a new jolt. a fresh poll shows bernie sanders is closing the gap and is now nearly a dead heat. this comes as clinton is facing new scrutiny. >> well, it was allowed and the rules have been clarified since i left about the practice having said that, i have said many times that it was a mistake. if i could go back, i would do it differently. >> reporter: clinton back on defense after the state department's inspector general says she violated federal rules. >> just like previous secretaries of state, i used a personal e-mail. many people did. it was not at all unprecedented. >> reporter: the report did find that some past secretaries of state used e-mails as well.
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the rules were updated the year clinton took office and her staff refused interviews with the investigators. all of this giving new ammunition to donald trump. >> actually, i said i'd like her in the race. i want to run against her. look, she has bad judgment. this was all bad judgment. probably illegal. we'll have to find out what the fbi says about it. >> reporter: and trump joking if hillary clinton won't debate bernie sanders, he will. >> yes, i am. how much is he going to pay me? >> reporter: the question was orchestrated by the sanders campaign orchestrated by jimmy kimmel. >> donald trump has agreed to debate me and i look forward to that. >> reporter: trump says he will do it for charity. >> i'd love to debate bernie. the problem is, he's going to lose. >> reporter: meantime, president obama downplaying any democratic disarray. >> during primaries, people get a little grumpy with each other.
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you know, it's just the nature of the process. >> reporter: saying there's not much ideological difference between sanders and clinton calling for unity. >> i think that it's important for us to try to end this in a way that leaves both sides feeling proud of what they have done. >> reporter: and both bernie sanders and hillary clinton are campaigning here in california tonight and tomorrow the clinton campaign will go up on the air with their very first tv ad here in the state of california. certainly one side given the latest polls out today that they know that they are going to have to work for it. jake? >> sunlen serfaty in ventura, california, thank you very much. we have a lot to discuss. our panel is here. donald trump is the presumptive nominee. who he may pick as a running mate. stay with us.
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welcome back to "the lead." donald trump has officially made it, collecting the 1237 delegates he needs to clinch the presidential nomination. let's talk about it now and the state of the race with senior
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congressional director, pat patti solis-doyle and mary catherine hamm. i guess we always knew this is where this was headed. does what happened today change anything? >> you're telling me there's not a contention fight? >> i wish i could tell you there was. >> he done did it. there's no other story there. it was improbable and he did it in a way that nobody would have predicted. and he broke all of the rules getting there and that's why going into a general election, he continues to be a wildcard because he'll continue to break every rule doing that as well. >> patti, president obama abroad criticized trump saying that a lot of world leaders are rattled by him. >> right. >> trump responded this afternoon. take a listen. >> he used a bad word because he knows nothing about business. when you rattle someone, that's good. because many of the world, as
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you know, many of the countries in our world, beautiful world, have been absolutely abusing us and taking advantage us us. if they are rattled in a friendly way, that is a good thing, not a bad thing. >> i don't think they were rattled in a friendly way. i think they have serious concerns about donald trump and his foreign policy. the president said it was based on ignorance of foreign affairs. i thought the president's words were extremely damning against donald trump, whether it's his idea to pull out of nato or praising kim jong-un or killing his relatives, basically, it's a problem for donald trump. >> kayleigh, what do you say? >> i think that the president should be focused on being the president and commander in chief as he's over there visiting and meeting with other world leaders versus trying to insert him into politics. >> david, let me ask you a question. so a big story breaking yesterday but still continuing to break today has to do with
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the inspector general of the state department calling into question her use of the private e-mail server but also her accounts of that server since leaving office. clinton said that she's going to move forward, she doesn't think it's going to affect her campaign or her presidency. does she need to engage this? >> donald trump is very good at controlling media coverage and the narrative by just flooding the zone with all sorts of opinions and a lot of us think, oh, he can't say that, he shouldn't say that, but guess what we're talking about. trump. last week, hillary clinton sat down with cnn for 25 minutes. it was a pretty good interview. she was asked about donald trump at least a dozen times. once every two minutes. so number one, she needs to engage more. but i would say this. the e-mail scandal is a problem and should not be -- the biggest selling point for her candidacy, she's got the resume, the
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experience she's going to know what she's doing. you may not like what she's doing as president but she's going to be capable. this scandal calls into question her judgment and that's why it's so potent for the republicans. >> patti? >> the idea report is out but, look, she's getting attention because she's running for president and she's in the middle of the choices with a 35-year public services and real ideas about how to make this country better. with no ideas, i think voters are going to choose hillary clinton. >> because of my friend mr. jimmy kimmel, there's a prospect of a possible debate between bernie sanders and donald trump. bernie sanders has been trying to get donald trump to debate in
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california. take a listen to what mr. trump had to say about this. >> if we can raise 10 or $15 million for charity, which is an appropriate amount, i think it would get very high ratings. it should be in a big arena somewhere and we can have a lot of fun with it. i'd love to debate bernie. >> i hope this happens. >> send in your nickels and dimes and go to the charity afterwards. i think it's an interesting prospect in the trumpian way. i think it would be interesting to see them agree on things when they were talking about trade, for instance, trump saying that he wants to -- the republican party will be a workers party in the future. the dynamic would be fascinating. >> let me bring you in, healy.
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mr. trump seemed to try to dial back. what is really going on here? >> and not even covering our campaign at the onset. >> it's just a quote paul m manafort. >> what trump said today is clear. it's not going to be a decision based on gender and race but someone who is the most qualified. mr. trump has exemplified that, hiring women and putting them in positions of power and seniority back when it wasn't popular. the decision will be made based off of qualifications, nothing further than that. >> i expect donald trump will nominate someone with a lot of government experience. that's what he said. i would say this. paul manafort, i believe what he says as far as i could throw him
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but not because of him. but because donald trump runs his campaign and paul manafort is speaking to all of the republicans that want to believe donald trump is going to be their kind of republican to the donors and everybody part of the party for a long time. at the end of the day, donald trump makes his own decisions and paul manafort said exactly that. he can't be managed. you have to look at who it's for. >> manafort said people can distance themselves from trump. it's going to be a-okay. the governor of new mexico did and he had something to say about it. >> thank you all. a huge break in the search for missing flight egyptair 804. for missing flight egyptair 804. investigators
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. a new clue in the search for egyptair flight 804 wreckage. the lead investigator says airbus has detected emergency signals from the mediterranean sea where the plane crashed last week, according to egyptian state media. let's go to nic robertson who is in cairo, egypt. nic, is it normal to hear about them so long after a crash? >> reporter: this is what's really strange about this information, jake. these transmitters, the batteries last for about 48 hours. they are designed to be triggered on impact with the sea
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or with the land and they will keep broadcasting for 48 hours. it's seven days later now. so what the head of the investigation here told state media tv is that airbus had contacted him. they told him that they picked up via satellite one of those elt transmissions. what this has done, effectively, though, has massively reduced the search area. two days ago, the search area was the area the size of connecticut. this reduces it down to an area to a radius of about three miles. the other piece of information that's just coming to us is that the french now have a ship on the way. should be there in the next couple days at this location and they have the acoustic detecting equipment that can listen for the beacons on the black boxes presumably on the bottom of the ocean transmitting out signals so that they can be located, jake. >> nic, cnn just got a statement from french investigators saying that the underwater search will
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begin in the, quote, coming days. how will these signals affect the search? >> the fact that this elt has given a more precise location is a massive help because it will really reduce the area that they need to search. we saw this during mh370. there were a lot of false pings were erroneous signals were picked up. they have a relatively small area now to search and this should make their job much easier. we can expect to see them -- the report may be picking up a signal, they will triangulate it and they can then give a precise location. of course, the difficulty is going down 3,000 meters into the sea to try to retrieve the boxes once they locate them, jake. >> nic robertson for us in cairo, egypt, thank you so much. in our health lead, doctors
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call it nightmare bacteria, a superbug resistant to all antibiotics. health officials say this could mean the end of the road for all antibiotics. that story is next.
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welcome back. breaking news and unsettling news from the centers for disease control. there's a confirmed case for a superbug that no antibiotic cannot combat. officials call it a, quote, nightmare bacteria. dr. tom frieden said this could
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be the end of the road for antibiotics. sanjay, do we know how this woman became infected and what do we know about this so-called nightmare bacteria? >> we don't know how this woman became infected. he came to a clinic and hadn't been traveling overseas. this isn't something that could have been brought back from another country, for example. typically what happens, when there's a lot of antibiotic use in the country, they become resistant. this particular bacteria, known as e. coli, something that we've talked about a lot, does have a lot of classes of antibiotics to treat it, at least seven different types of antibiotics. and this particular bacteria didn't respond to any of those. and that's the big concern. i will tell you, jake, people have been anticipating something like this happening for some time and we don't know that for her -- her immune system may
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still fight off this bacteria. it gets a little bit of an indication of what may be to come, more of these types of bacteria. >> what does take to develop a new antibiotic that may be able to fight this strain? >> there are three ways to look at this. one, are there other antibiotics that you bolster up? and is there an entirely new class of antibiotic, a new synthesized antibiotic. you look at this bacteria and try to treat it and finally looking to nature. there's been a lot of expeditions to various parts of the world within rainforests and within the depths of the ocean to see if you can find material that is the boiler plate or genesis of an entirely new kind of antibiotic. that's ongoing. there may be things in the pipeline but not quite ready yet and that's the hope, jake. >> while i have you, as if this
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discovery is not alarming enough, we're learning about more staggering consequences of the zika virus. >> there are things that came out about zika. one is, what is the association really between getting a zika infection and this condition known as microcephaly, this birth defect? 1 to 13% of mothers who have the zika infection during the first trimester will have a child with microcephaly. this is a relatively new thing and we're starting to put edges on just how much of a risk this is for a woman who develops the zika infection. also, this idea that it's not just the head, not just the brain but really the entire central nervous system affected by zika, including okccular or eye problems. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. donald trump pulls his clothing line out of one factory
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call or go online and switch to x1. only with xfinity. welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in our money lead, when it comes to snacks, a brand is off limits for donald trump. oreos. that's because the cookie maker nabisco moved the production to mexico. how strong is the determination not to use products that could be made here that are instead made for dirt cheap labor abroad? well, ever since trump entered the race last summer, we've been reporting that regardless of his stance on trade, many of his products from his clothing line were in fact made in china. but according to a cnn investigation, it goes even farther than that. let's bring in cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin. the tags on trump's clothing
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reads like a roll call at the united nations. >> well, jake, they certainly don't say "made in america," quite the opposite. that's why we decided to ask if he's going to bring jobs back to the united states, why doesn't he start with the shirts on his own back. >> reporter: the dress shirt is made in bangladesh, the two-piece pinstripe suit, made in indonesia and cuff links made in china. what brings this all together is the label. they are all donald j. trump's signature brand. >> bangladesh has the worst working conditions in the country. >> reporter: he con uducts investigations and is on the hunt for most cheapest production ever.
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take this shirt in 2014 it would have been sewn together in a factory in honduras where workers make an average of $1.37 an hour. it wasn't cheap enough. that same year, the company donald trump hired to make his shirt in honduras ended the honduran contract. our shirt bought recently over the internet was made in bangladesh, where the average worker earns 30 cents an hour. what's trump's explanation for manufacturing his clothing overseas? listen to what he told jake tapper as jake showed him his "made in china" trump tie. >> it's made in china. >> correct. >> is it hypocritical for you to talk about this? >> not at all. a lot of my ties are made in china because they've manipulated their currency to such a point that it's impossible for our companies to compete. >> why should you care? >> if you ought to take a look at -- >> in fall river, massachusetts,
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bob still makes an american-made shirt. his new england shirt company employs more than 60 people. he pays them 12 to $13 an hour. he admits it's a barely liveable wage. head up a narrow staircase through a dilapidated section of this huge warehouse and he can show you where workers no longer make any wage. >> now there's nothing. there is nothing left. it's all gone. >> reporter: first it was nafta, he says, and then other international trade agreements and the mef manufacturers found cheaper labor and left. he survives by producing a high-quality shirt. workers who sew them can't afford to wear them. we told him a donald trump signature shirt that we bought for $16.96. >> this is a product that is made by somebody in bangladesh that sits at a machine for 10,
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$12 a day and makes 30 cents an hour. how do you talk about this and being made in a american factory and this being made in a factory in bangladesh. >> reporter: this election has become personal for bob. >> the fact is, our country is being killed on trade by china, by japan, by mexico. >> donald trump, right, is talking in ways that i think would make you feel good. >> the reality is, it's in front of me. this is the product -- he made this shirt in honduras two or three years ago and now it's being made in bangladesh and maybe next year it's made in vietnam and maybe the year after indoechina. it moves to wherever the china becomes the cheapest and his margin becomes higher and higher. >> reporter: we asked donald trump's spokesperson why his clothing and accessories were made overseas and we're told
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donald trump has been very open about the fact that most of these products are, unfortunately, not manufactured in the united states due to the extreme currency manipulation by countries like china make it nearly impossible to compete and manufacture these products in america. here's the problem with that explanation, jake. a cnn reality check found that it's false. china's currency has been strengthening for the last ten years making it even hard for their manufacturers to compete. so that explanation just doesn't rise to any kind of understandable level. >> and drew, you just spoke with mr. trump. he attempted to explain why these veterans charities that he claims he's raised millions of dollars for have yet to get that money. what did he have to say to you? >> i've been hounding this campaign for a long time and finally donald trump gets on the phone and has a perfectly understandable explanation, jake. he said, look, in these kind of big fund-raisers, we had to
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remind people of their pledge. we were just getting those checks in. they have now got the checks in. he also said there was a slow down because some of the veterans groups that they were going to give this money to didn't quite clear the vetting process. he says, number one, it is going to be very close to $6 million, if not $6 million. they have the tally now. they are just going to release it on monday to make sure that they are all fine and he gave a million dollars himself. understandable. >> good stuff. drew griffith, thank you so much. a cloud of hairspray from the john bon jovi show from the 1980s. twisted sister's dee schneider will be here next. vo: across america,
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♪ it's throwback thursday in the pop culture lead today. a time of big sounds and big hair and rock & roll. we're a few minutes away from cnn's premier of "the eighties," coolest episode yet. my next guest was in the middle of it all and he's part of a new exhibit called louder than words on music's power to change politics. and joining me now is the front man for twisted sister. singer/songwriter mr. dee snider. >> pleasure to be on the show. actor, too. >> i didn't think i needed to say that.
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>> yes. >> back when we were first introduced to you as a musician, mtv helped launch twisted sister and dee snider into the stratosphere. it had a strangle hold on teenagers. i have to say, it bothers me that mtv doesn't show music videos like it used to. it must bother you. >> surely. i mean, they seem to have forgotten what the "m" stands for. it was music television. and it was such a uniting force, because it was the only outlet where you got to see all forms of music whether it's hip-hop or pop and people were exposed to a wide range of sounds. >> and you were the man who led, in many ways, the counter attack in this fabled war against racy lyrics in in the 1980s. you testified in front of
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senators and spouses who made up the parents resource music center. let's relive that testimony. >> as a creator under the blade, i can say categorically that the only rape in this song is in the mind of miss gore. >> there you are on capitol hill suggesting that the future of the vice president's wife was in to bondage. take us back to that day. >> you know what, at the time i was asked to testify, i thought i was being asked to carry the flag into battle for rock and roll and for everybody and i went there and i thought i hit it out of the park. unfortunately, at the time, the audience was mostly -- largely epithetic about the significance of the first amendment and what was going on, which was
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unfortunate. >> one of your greatest songs, "we're not going to take it" was played by donald trump against his rebellion of the political. what do you think of his run and of him? >> he gently fired me on "the apprentice," because he liked me and we became friends subsequently from doing the shows and friends with his children, his family. a great family. but like many of us out there, you know, we have great friends who we never discussed the big three with, sports, religion and if the discussion breaks out, that's the end of the friendship. and i've got friends who i know have far differing political opinions than i do. and when donald started running for office, he called me and said, can i use a song? and he's a buddy and i said, yeah, go ahead. as the months went on, i just
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heard the litany of his beliefs that i never discussed with him. i finally called him and said, man, you've got to stop using the song. people think i'm endorsing you here. i can't get behind a lot of what you're saying. and that night, he has not used it since, he said, dee, fair enough. he's a friend, as a friend he called me. as a friend, i called him and he stopped using it. i still like him but, man, i did not know some of the things that he stands -- believed in or stood for. >> that's very interesting. i guess you dealt with him respectfully so he responded in kind. >> absolutely. and honestly, jake, do you not have some friends who you disagree with politically and your belief systems differ yet you are still friends, you can go out to dinner and have a great time. you just don't talk about those things. >> absolutely. every friend. lastly, you're a man of many words. give me three to describe the '80s.
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>> loud, riotus and flamboyant. people ask, what do you miss and i say spandex. it was fantastic. it was so giving and it let everybody know what you had. >> i'm guessing that you had an excellent '80s. dee snider, thank you for joining us. >> i'm have an excellent 2000s, jake. still rocking. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. here's wolf blitzer. happening now, breaking news, over the top, donald trump now has enough delegates to capture the gop nomination and he mocks hillary clinton for being unable to, quote, close the deal in her race. i'll ask hillary about that. i'll also talk to a trump spokeswoman. also, a new poll shows clinton and sanders are neck-and-neck in california. how long will the democratic primary go on?