tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN June 3, 2016 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
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for a conversation sunday on "state of the union" trump said he is flat out mexican. >> he is proud of his heritage. >> you're saying he can't do his job because of it. >> look, he is proud of his heritage. okay? i am building a wall. i am going to do well with hispanics because i'm going to bring back jobs, they're going to get jobs right now. i think i'm going to do well with hispanics but we're building a wall. he is a mexican. we are building a wall between here and mexico. >> just to be clear, judge curiel is not mexican, there's more that donald trump might or might not know that people should. we have details from randy kay. >> reporter: long before judge gonzalo curiel became a target for donald trump, he was targeted by a mexican drug cartel. 1997 curiel was still a federal prosecutor when u.s. marshall --
in prison told an inmate he was authorized by his bosses to have curiel killed. the hit reportedly approved by cartel chief felix, one of mexico's most powerful drug lords. curiel was immediately placed under 24 hour protection by the u.s. marshals. >> i was concerned. we were best of friends since 9th grade. >> reporter: he remembers his friend being alarmed but none of that got in the way of work. >> he kept doing his job, came to the office with the marshals and leave with them. >> reporter: doing his job meant prosecuting cartel members, earning a national reputation for cracking down. vega his boss in the u.s. attorney's office promoted curiel to chief of narcotics enforcement division, in charge of all cartel cases. >> i remember him coming in
saying we need to do more. he arranged for he and myself to travel to mexico city to meet with the mexican attorney general. >> reporter: in the u.s. attorney's office, curiel targeted key members of the felix cartel, extraditing two responsible for multiple homicides. >> i believe they were of mexican descent, he had no qualm prosecuting them. >> reporter: curiel was in private practice before becoming assistant u.s. attorney in san diego in l.a. in 2016 curiel was named superior court judge in san diego county. president obama nominated him as a federal judge in california's southern district in 2012. >> he has accomplished the american dream. we were all immigrants, and gonzalo made us all proud. >> reporter: it is an american success story, he was born in indiana to mexican immigrants,
his father a steel worker never got beyond sixth grade education in mexico, his mother worked in a factory. curiel got a degree from indiana university, then went on to graduate law school. his accomplishments left some baffled about him saying judge curiel may have a conflict of interest. >> what's ironic about comments of mr. trump is that what gonzalo was doing as prosecutor was combatting the drug cartel to stop flow of drugs coming into the united states of america and ending up in the hands of american teens and american citizens. it's just silly. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> speaking with jake tapper, donald trump objected to judge curiel's member in what he calls a pro-mexico society, referring to lar az a lawyers association. katrina pierson says it is a group that organized sometimes violent anti-trump protests
outside his rallies. the group's president joins us now. thanks for joining us. the trump campaign says the judge's membership with the san diego lawyers association is problematic, the organization has been out there organizing anti-trump protests which at times turned violent. has the organization been involved in any way organizing anti-trump protests? >> absolutely not, anderson. thank you for having me, by the way, and happy birthday. our organization is diversity bar association. its focus empowering and increasing diversity and equality with latinos particularly in the legal field. has nothing to do with the trump protests that were organized in san diego or any other part of the country. and we certainly p don't condone the violence on either side going on around the country. >> at the least, donald trump is confused, there are two groups, the la raza association which
the judge is part of and national la rasa -- they're different. >> to say that donald trump is confused gives him too much credit. he is purposely misleading the country and media. he is a lot smarter than that. he knows the distinction. but the distinction between our association and actually advocacy groups like national council of la raza. judges across the country are conservative, liberal, republicans, part of associations and their membership doesn't preclude them being unbiased or impartial on cases they preside. that's a distinction that should be rendered mute. >> he doubled down with jake tappert, saying he couldn't do his job because of his mexican
heritage. when you heard that, what was your reaction, i heard it the first time, the fact that donald trump continues to go down that road. >> personally as an attorney and mexican american myself and i think even as an american in general any time someone is reduced to their ethnic, cultural background i think it is insulting. it is definitely discouraging. any legal expert would tell you ethnic background doesn't constitute conflict of interest. judge curiel was a federal prosecutor, was successful prosecuting mexican drug traffickers. his mexican heritage did not prevent him doing so and successfully. there are judges across the country that are african-american and preside over civil rights cases, there are female judges that preside over gender discrimination cases and do so impartially, and look
at justice thomas, he is african-american, and repeatedly had no problem striking down protect or favor african ed to americans from affirmative action laws to voting rights act. >> i appreciate you being with us. thanks for clearing it up. back to the panel. let's start over here. jonathan, this is not going away. donald trump can -- i thought donald trump would come out, try to walk it back in some way but he's going barreling forward. >> i think it is personal for him, not just some policy issue, this is about him and his business. that's what he cares passionately about, his reputation. that's what's under attack and that's the concern. it is important to address this. it is the narrow issue that he
is a mexican american. in february of this year three months or four months ago trump raised the same issue. he did it at least once on tv and called him hispanic. didn't call him a mexican then. look it up, fox news sunday in february. said hispanic. it is not the narrow question of he has bias because of his mexican heritage and i am building a wall. three months ago he was saying hispanic. this is not new for trump, this is not last week, not today, he has been hitting this for months. only now are we on it. >> kayleigh, what's wrong with judge belonging to an ethnically oriented professional organization, if it was catholic or jewish or gay organization, whatever. >> you can be part of any organization you want, as long as it is within the bounds of reason, so that in and of itself is not a problem. donald trump shouldn't have pointed to his heritage but right to point to this organization, this judge, part
of la raza did oversee giving scholarship to an illegal immigrant. why did he unseal documents knowing the political repercussions instead of reviewing them in camera. that would have achieved the same goal. why is he leaving a lawsuit that most dismissed as frivolous. why. >> the organization gave a scholarship to an illegal immigrant, the judge is part of the organization. >> oversaw giving of the scholarship. >> what does that have to do with trump university and his ability to rule on -- >> donald trump believes there are bias actions, the ones i mentioned. he steps back and asks -- >> he hasn't mentioned any of that. >> he has. >> he mentioned ethnicity and membership in this organization. >> in past interviews, and jake tappert said i don't want to
litigate the case. >> he completed two organizations. >> he did, listed many actions he disagreed with to jake tappert, jake didn't want to litigate those on air. the problem is he steps back and says why is there this bias instead of pointing to the organization, listening to the argument maybe he is for illegal immigration, he wants to make that argument, it is fine. problem is saying mexican heritage. that's where he made the mistake. he said a jew can't be unbiased because of some policy, would that be anti-semitic? >> he is not saying that, it is the american judge with mexican heritage, he is american, let's make that clear. >> donald trump is not making that clear. >> he should. he should make that very clear. if he had a problem with the judge having mexican heritage, why did he not bring it up many years ago when the judge became part of the case. he is only bringing it up now in
light of these actions. it is not the right logic, i disagree what he said, but -- >> oh, my goodness gracious, he is not just bringing it up now because he had epiphany that this guy has mexican he ethnici he is bringing it up because the trump university case is damaging to his reputation and it is moving forward. he had no problems. that's right. if this was the issue, the judge was so awful. why didn't he move to have him removed two years ago. it is for political expediency. he is playing to xenophobe i can't and i am embarrassed at the party for feeding into this. he knows what he is saying. jonathan, he probably didn't say mexican back when he said hispanic because he wasn't in california where he knows there's tension with illegal immigration, particularly mexicans in california. he was feeding into that. and something else. hold on. something else i want to point out. donald trump said in that
interview with jake tappert that other attorney generals judge threw it out. he left out he donated to both campaigns in nose states. $35,000 to greg abbott, $25,000 in illegal campaign contribution to pam bondi. both states were prepared with valid cases against trump university and a deputy director -- >> i think it is difficult to debate the small facts of these things when we don't know the small facts. now you brought the issue about scholarship. i think the point that tara makes is an important one, we may be seeing an important turning point in the campaign. we may look back and say this is a week things changed. i think mr. trump, it is all about trump university and we're losing sight of the fact these issues come up, attack on the press, attack on the judge, some of his other things that came up today, i thought what ana
navarro said was very telling, you know, that there are some republicans that are now turning on him because i think he has become unhinged around allegations around trump university. part of it strikes a chord at a personal level where he is called a fraud, but this is a contract dispute that can be resolved. >> he is republican nominee for president. in june talking about a court case against him and his business dealings instead of prosecuting a message against his democratic nominee. today you've got weak may jobs numbers coming out. haven't talked about it at all. one tweet i think. why isn't he going after hillary clinton on any number of policy issues talking about lack of jobs. >> while he is being asked about it. another candidate might be asked but say this is a court matter, will be settled in courts, but
donald trump can't do that. >> he doesn't want to do that, he wants to litigate everything against him. that's who he is. in a general election scenario to keep doing this over and over again, anybody in politics would say this is crazy. >> by and largest's right. this is a week, this is a week for all other measures would have been a good week for donald trump, yet we are distracted by this case and his comments. if he had criticism, which some might be valid about the way the case is handled, the way documents were unsealed, maybe the judge is biased beyond what he says about heritage, who knows. what about the biggest conflict of interest in the case, the attorney general is one of hillary clinton's leadership members of the state. there are things you can criticize about the way the case is handled. >> last week, her e-mails, there's so much out there. >> a lot of supporters like me
have to shake their head. >> trump university strikes to the heart of donald trump's entire candidacy. what was sold to people at trump university was a complete fraud. he said one thing, presented one thing, preyed on people's vulnerability. he is doing the same as political candidate. marco rubio and everyone else calls him a con because parallels are reminiscent of what he is doing to the american people. >> during primary battles it was all brought up by other gop candidates. it didn't stick then. didn't seem to influence primary voters. question is, and richard says it can be a turning point. how many times have i heard folks say this is it. what he said about john mccain, about -- >> it does feel differently. that's because if you had 20 million that vote in primary, you have to add another 100 million plus voting in november. a lot of people are tuning in
for the first time. one thing going on, anderson, it is interesting. his mentor, trump's mentor, one of the people he talks about, roy cohen, hard edged, attorney. as a powerhouse new york lawyer, he was the kind of lawyer would say i don't need to know about the case, i need to know who the judge is, he would go in, work his magic. this is classic strategy. >> classic strategy is throw everything against the wall, see what sticks. >> that's right. this would be a valid way, maybe unsavory, but valid way to move forward the case, win the case. but there are a lot of after effects in the political world. the outside world watches in horror, including his supporters. meanwhile, he is letting the judge know he is coming after
him. >> i knew roy cohen, i was scared of him at 8 years old. >> no one is defending this. none of the trump supporters here tonight, ana, nobody. you haven't been able to find, producers of the show can't find any republican that wants to come here tonight and defend this. that's an important point. >> at the end of the day, the american people care about the jobs report released this morning, or the middle east being on fire. there are a lot of fault lines, they don't rest on the litigation that's taking place with trump university. people are hurt and honestly, i think they look at it and laugh and think -- >> i don't think people are laughing. >> wait a minute, you think people who are the subject of racism and bigotry in this country are laughing at the fact that a potential president of the united states is focused obsessively -- there's nothing
funny about that. >> one at a time. let kayleigh respond. >> i think most people don't think donald trump is racist. most people sit in their homes, don't think most people think other races are inferior, i don't think they think someone who millions of people legitimately voted for is. i think they care about their families. and they care about who will -- >> only way to know this, probably election day, or see what happens tomorrow. want to thank everybody. heading to the final primary stretch, bernie sanders under pressure to drop out. and new buzz about elizabeth warren joining the ticket with clinton. and texas where the death toll in floods is rising. what's it like to be in good hands? like finding new ways to be taken care of. home, car, life insurance obviously, ohhh... but with added touches you can't get everywhere else, like claim free rewards...
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we are four days from the final super tuesday vote. by cnn's count, hillary clinton is 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. there's buzz on who might be the running pick for vice president. cnn political reporter manu raju has the latest. the primary season wraps up, there's increasing pressure from top level democrats for bernie sanders to drop out. >> there's a fear if bernie sanders stays in headed into
july, incites supporters against a rigged system and clinton herself, it will help donald trump. they're hoping sanders will see the writing on the wall, conclude he has no path to victory. i am told harry reid made that case in a phone call last month to sanders about why he should step aside after next week's primaries. sanders says he is carrying on until july. if he doesn't, there are things they're doing to make sanders happy, reforming the nomination process, giving him a speaking spot at the convention, dumping head of the dnc, debbie wasserman schultz. >> democrats are weighing in on who should be vp pick. >> elizabeth warren is getting a lot of buzz these days, anderson, after she emerged a
leading anti-trump surrogate. she's someone seen as someone can bring sanders supporters into the fold, energize the base, even if her politics are liberal, may not play well in parts of the country, i am told harry reid is open to the idea of a warren running mate, a significant shift. he publicly said he would oppose strongly any senator who has a republican governor like massachusetts. a source close to warren tells me the warren and clinton camps have been speaking increasingly and building a relationship of sorts after the two had viewed each other rarely. >> she hasn't endorsed clinton, has she? >> she hasn't, virtually all her colleagues have accepted clinton. she represents that populous wing of the party that bernie sanders does, but also recognizes that clinton is likely to win, so she decided
not to back sanders and be neutral. criticism from both sides. now that clinton and sanders camps may look for a neutral ar bitt arbitor, and sources say she takes it seriously. hillary clinton expected at a rally in san bernardino. in an interview with jake tappert, she said donald trump is responsible for some of the violence at events, including last night in san jose where things turned violent between trump protesters and supporters. erupted hours after hillary clinton delivered a blistering speech calling trump temperamentally unfit to be president. that full interview is sunday on "state of the union." here's part of it. >> madam secretary, thanks for doing this. >> thank you, jake, good to see you. >> you had strong comments about donald trump yesterday. i asked him about specifically the one where you said that you
couldn't trust him with nuclear codes, not tough to imagine him bringing the country into war because somebody got under his very thin skin. close to a quote. his response was hey, she's the one voted to go to war in iraq. how do you respond to that? >> i think the speech yesterday was really an attempt to present to the american people everything that he has said, what he proposed what he would do, vielts republican and democratic agreement, how to protect our allies and friends, how to take on rivals where necessary, and i am happy to put my record against his no comment, his rants and outright lies any time. >> there were some ugly images on the tv screens, reprehensible assaults and attacks by
anti-trump protesters against people who support donald trump. do you condemn the violence? what's your message to people who are protesting donald trump? >> i condemn all violence in our political arena. i condemned it when donald trump was inciting it, congratulating people engaging in it. i condemn it by those who are taking violent protests to physical assault against donald trump. this has to end. he set a very bad example. he created an environment in which it seemed to be for someone running for president to be inciting violence, encouraging supporters, now people are responding against him in kind. we need to be able to gather and talk about the issues facing our country and trump has lowered the bar. now is it a surprise that people who don't like him are stepping
over that low bar? i don't think it is. he needs to condemn all violence by everyone. i already have. i will continue to do so. >> when you were launching criticism, your attack against trump university, which is in the middle of a civil suit for fraud, the trump campaign started hitting back by questioning donations to the clinton foundation and how the money is spent. there have been questions in the media about that, and i am not equating trump university with the clinton foundation, but do you think those questions undermined at all your argument against the trump university? >> not at all. this is an absurd comparison. we have disclosed everything. we put out reports. can find you millions of people feel their lives have been improved because of the work. contrast that, the attorney general of new york said trump u is basically a fraud, it's a
fraud where donald trump has preyed on people, has taken by asking them to max out credit cards to a point of financial despair and walked away. so i will let lawsuits go on. i think it is very clear even from the testimony we've already heard about from his close associates that even people working in it call it fraudulent. look, he has to answer to that. >> madam secretary, thank you so much. good luck in california and the tough race. >> we are doing well. going to go all the way to the finish line. >> thank you very much. >> back to donald trump and one of hillary clinton's criticisms, lack of foreign policy experience. we will show you where he has been and why when we continue. why are you deleting these photos?
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sunlen serfaty looked into it. >> reporter: donald trump has thousands of international miles, often in his own private jet. >> i have an automatic air force. there's one of my planes. i have a nice air force. >> reporter: trump says it all comes with the territory of being a global business man. >> some of the greatest assets, buildings and great assets of the world, so many things. >> reporter: the cnn analysis finds he has visited at least 18 countries, including israel, united arab emirates, india, turkey, australia, brazil among others. >> dubai, qatar are these places, you go to china, look at some of the airports, it is incredible. >> reporter: when going into close a deal, open a resort, attending a beauty pageant, most of his foreign travel appears to be centered around his business
ventures. >> i know russia well. had a major event there two, three years ago, miss universe contest, big incredible event. >> reporter: he argues his global business presence translates into presidential experience. >> i've done a lot of traveling, a lot of deals outside of this country. >> reporter: gives him a rapport with world leaders. >> we have hundreds of deals negotiated all over the world by my company. i deal with presidents and prime ministers and everybody. >> reporter: trump's willingness for world travel has limits. asked by "the new york times" if he had been to iraq, he replied never, joking the most dangerous place he has been is brooklyn. sunlen serfaty, cnn, washington. up next, breaking news in the search for fort hood soldiers swept away in flood waters. authorities with an update that no one wanted to here and chad myers has the flood damage across much of texas tonight. l .
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investigation? >> reporter: absolutely. we mentioned three remaining surviving soldiers, they were released from the hospital earlier today. we understand they're recovering with their families. they'll be questioned by investigators. we are told there's a team of seven coming from alabama to get to the bottom of what led to this tragedy. anderson? >> our thoughts and prayers are with their families and comrades. nick, thank you. the danger isn't over in texas. more rain is falling in parts of the state tonight, already in three days houston surpassing the monthly rain average for june with more than 7 inches. the governor declaring disaster in 31 counties. a look at the devastation, here is chad meyer. >> historic, record breaking, yes. but life changing is more appropriate. the heavy rainfall and flooding in central and southeastern texas has been unrelenting. el nino helped change this once drought stricken wasteland into
a flooding hell, taking a toll on the most vulnerable like this family. they had no time to save their belongings, now only have the clothes they're wearing. what are they feeling now? >> well, they feel lost. they don't have anywhere to go. some guys are sleeping in trucks and cars. we have people that are bunking in together the houses that didn't get effected, they're taking in other families as well. >> pictures from the ground won't do this justice. a fly over reveals the devastation. >> most of it was well upstream, now they're flooding downstream, and yet the rain won't stop. days and days of rain forecast that make this water even higher. texas governor greg abbott witnessed the danger first hand. >> i heard about stories, about far too many people who think that they're able to drive through water only to get washed
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>> that does it for us. morgan spurlock "inside man" starts in just a few minutes. here i am being punked for turning 49. and yes i am 49. it happened earlier. >> happy birth, anderson. i was told you are going to be 50 years old. cooper i got to do this again. >> happy birthday. he keeps pretending he's not getting older, but he is. standby. happy 50th birthday anderson. i can't believe you're just turning 50 years old right now. seems like yesterday you were 49. >> look how beautiful this is.
idealic, quite, no one around. it would be the best place to spend your 50th birthday. i hope you were here with me friend. >> 50 years old. i can't imagine what that's like. >> this is awful. >> when you come to atlanta, give me a call. my treat at the early bird special. >> let's go back to 2004, bush versus kerry. we loved covering it here on cnn. we had the help of this guy. anderson cooper. he looks happy in that picture, doesn't he. so let's fast forward now. still 50 states and still right here with us. anderson cooper helping us get through the elections. looks a bit more serious here. he's missing something, he's gained something. that's for you to figure out at home. still looks great to me. trust me from a guy who beat you to that lean, ine, 50 is the ne >> i heard you turned 50 years ago. maybe it's just the hair. 50, really?
lynn don johnson was president when you were born. that's incredible man. you're old. >> my man, happybird. good luck for you. turning 50 ain't easy. i hope i look half as good as you do. you look great. >> i don't have plugs. and i'm 49. i'm not 50. i appreciate all your birthday wishes and the tweets i've been getting all day. that does it for us. "inside man" starts now. worldwide the gambling industry is going every year. i know it's no secret the odds