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fallujah, as well. some of these missions, wolf, last up to seven hours. >> reporter: fred write again in crete for us, after a xleept report. all right. thanks very much, fred, for that report. that's it for me. the news continues right now here on cnn. wolf, thank you so much. great to be with you all on this tuesday. i'm brooke baldwin. of course this is cnn and this is the final super tuesday of this election season. and now coin siding with a first in the 240 years that the united states has been a nation. hillary clinton is now the first woman to become the presumed presidential nominee of a major political party. cnn's latest count of delegates shows she has secured one more than 2,383 required to clinch,
but her rival senator bernie sanders is protesting what his campaign calls the media's rush to judgment since super delegates don't actually cast the votes until the democratic national convention in philadelphia in july. as secretary clinton makes the history books, rival donald trump come this fall accused of making, quote, the textbook definition of a racist comment. those words coming not just from any republican but the highest ranking, the house speaker paul ryan, in response to trump insisting that the judge overseeing a lawsuit against trump university recuse himself because of his mexican heritage. speaker ryan endorsed trump, keep in mind, merely five days ago. >> i regret the comments he made. i don't think -- claiming a person can't do the job because of the racist comment. i think that should be absolutely disavowed and unacceptable. but do i believe that hillary
clinton is the answer? no, i do not. do i believe that hillary clinton is going to be the answer to solving these probables? i do not. i believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day and we have more likelihood of getting the policies enacted with him than we do with her. >> and political reporter manu raju there. you have also been chasing senator graham along the hall y hallways on the hill. we'll get to your conversation in a second. with regard to speaker ryan, talk to me about his comments and the question you asked about whether or not these comments are undercutting his agenda as speaker. >> that's right. actually what's remarkable here is that a lot of republicans are just absolutely fed up. they're very frustrated. they don't want to talk about the party's nominee because they're very upset that he's distracting from what they're trying to do which is to sell the american people about why republicans deserve to hold on to congress and also to take back the white house.
now, paul ryan has been trying to put together an election year agenda with his house republican colleagues for months. they wanted today to be the beginning of that roll-out including an effort to deal with how to talk about how republicans would deal with the issue of poverty and they want to show a different kind of republican party, if you will. but what ryan was particularly frustrated about was that what trump is saying is clearly undermining what they're trying to do on capitol hill. when i asked him about that, paul ryan did not hold back. >> i do think these kinds of comments undercut these things and i won't pretend to defend them. i'll defend our ideas. i'm going do defend our agenda. what mat earls to us most is our principles and the policies that come from those principles and our ability to give the people of this country a better way forward. >> reporter: now, paul ryan is still supporting donald trump saying he would be better than hillary clinton. but most republicans we have
spoken to today are still standing by donald trump even if it's a very tepid level of response. a couple of quick comments, bob corker said donald trump is in a period to right the ship otherwise things will be very, very problematic going forward and i spoke with ron johnson up in a tough race in wisconsin and he told me that he is supporting donald trump but he's not endorsing donald trump. he said there's a big difference because he don't endorse everything that donald trump says but at the end of the day to vote for him so sort of a response and shows the level of consternation on capitol hill right now for donald trump. >> makes you wonder what happens in two to three weeks if the ship isn't righted on the short list apparently for vp. the's that. you have senator graham who, you know, vociferous in the opinions and now on the trump train and now saying what? >> reporter: now criticizing
very strong terms donald trump's latest comments about judge curiel. he told me just now earlier that those comments were un-american. he said that trump's playing the race card, they were racist. something that a lot of republicans not willing to say. and he said that this is almost like mccarthy style of campaigning and politics and something you don't hear senators say from presumptive nominee. he's not on the trump train quiet and not everybody online with graham and hi said that more republicans should abandon him at the end of the day, brooke. >> okay. manu raju, you are good. you are good. let's listen so onto some of th sound. >> i want him treated fairly in court but the fact the lawyers have not asked for the judge to recuse himself speaks volumes.
and if they did ask him to step down, simply because his parents were born in mexico, they would be subject to being sanctioned or disbarred. because there's not a valid reason to ask a judge to recuse himself. so i think the lawyers are probably good at what they do. and i think what mr. trump is doing is not consistent with the rule of law nation, demagogue ri at the worst and to the political process, he's trying to ruin this man's life. and i'll have no part of that. >> reporter: do you think it's a racist comment? >> oh, clearly. it's funny. i don't believe donald trump with the way he's lived his life is a racist person. i believe he'd hire somebody based on merit but he's playing the race card. in the political process, he's throwing the race card on the table to try to undercut the
trump university lawsuit effect on his campaign. >> reporter: but it's un-american in your view? >> i think it's very un-american for a political leader to do this, to question whether or not a person can be a judge based on their heritage. >> reporter: your think your colleagues should consider decision avowing trump altogether and abandon supporting him? >> i understand why people can't support hillary clinton. i can understand wanting to support the nominee of the party. i just can't personally go there. i would say there's -- i'm pleased to hear widespread consternation by republicans and if mr. trump continues this, clearly over the top, you might not think it's un-american over racist, i do. if he continues this line of attack, then i think people need to really reconsider for the future of the party and the future of the country whether they should support him.
i'll leave that up to the individuals. >> reporter: do you think paul ryan should, too? >> paul's a great guy. he's a stand-up guy. he's going to have to -- you know, if mr. trump continues to do this, then he's putting the future of the republican party in play. he's stepping on some pretty important principles of separation of powers and continues to put people in a bad spot. >> manu raju, thank you so much. as senator graham and speaker ryan going harder against mr. trump, some of donald trump's other big-name supporters defending him. ie, new jersey governor chris christie today. >> that i know donald trump, i have known him for 14 years. donald trump is not a racist. so, you know, the allegations that he is are absolutely contrary to every experience i have had with him over the last 14 years, and so, we're going to end it there. i am sure if i sat back and
thought about it that there would be times that i would think that there were things he said that he shouldn't have said. quite frankly, he's admitted that over time there are things he said he shouldn't have said. that happens to anybody in politics who speaks their mind. >> joining me now, cnn political commentators bill press who supporting bernie sanders and s.e. cupp, a cnn strategist, republican and boris epstein, a trump surrogate. welcome to all of you. boris, just out of gate here, you period speaker ryan, the highest elected republican in all the land calling trump's comments textbook racism. fast forward to the nest meeting between speaker ryan and mr. trump. what does that look like? degree of awkward is what? >> i'm sure the meeting will be fine. what i would like to point out is that you spend 7 1/2 minutes interviewing folks in the party criticizing donald trump and 45 seconds on chris christie.
he mentioned several and there are. top republicans backing donald trump and disagree with paul ryan. i looked up the definition of racism. claiming one race is superior to another. mexican is not a race. donald trump in no way said one race is superior to another. i disagree with speaker ryan. good interrue of manu -- >> we took all of -- to be fair. i understand what you're saying but we took all of chris christie's press conference live and surpassed that back and forth with manu and senator graham. just for the record. >> fair enough. you see my point, as well. we are going into the discussion and a lot of time spent criticizing mr. trump. i'm -- >> who did i go to first, boris? trump supporter. >> i don't believe it's racism. the party will be fine. congress has the job approval rating of about 20%.
80% of people disapprove of congress. i'm not worried about what specific people in congress say. >> hang on. speaker ryan says kind of sort of matters when it comes to donald trump and party unification. no? >> 12 million voters is what matters. that's how many voters have come out for donald trump and by the end of the process, over that. that's what matters. the voters are what matters and not one specific member of congress or senator. >> s.e. did i hear you gig snl. >> yeah. what about the whole of congress? donald trump at the top of the ticket of a fractured republican party is a threat to both the house and the senate. forget the supreme court. i think actual party unity and what paul ryan talked about wanting opposed to fake party unity should matter, matter to the future president of the united states. >> i totally agree with you. of course. >> the highest elected republican in the country. he should want a united republican party and congress to
be behind, to be behind him. i understand donald trump is saying, look, i'll do it without all of you and the establishment. i'll do it without the moderates an the speaker. without the rnc, without reince priebus and without congress. >> he is not saying that at all. >> of course he has. of course he has. >> he has not. >> he said that he would remove paul ryan. >> at the convention. >> remove paul ryan as the convention chairman if he got in his way. >> he did not say that. you're mischaracterizing his words. >> yes, he did! >> he said it is up to paul ryan. >> what about this? >> you know he did. >> bill press, you're watching this. i'm coming to you in a second. >> no, no. >> boris, back to, you know, part of manu's reporting and i have talked to a lot of very highly respected republicans, one of whom recently said to me, if bob corker is on the ticket with donald trump, you got me, i'm sold. hearing manu say even senator corker saying if donald trump doesn't right his ship in two to three weeks dot-dot-dot -- you
need the 12 million voter that is you mentioned. duds that not worry you? >> it does not. as governor christie said, no one will agree with everything their candidate says and, of course, we want republican party unity and donald trump wants that. he wants moderates, independents. he wants the hispanic vote and working hard to get that based on the message of a stronger economy, a stronger country. if some people choose to take one thing he says and kons tratd on that and come out and give speeches or interviews about that, it is up to them. the trump campaign want party unity. >> it is absurd to say we are taking one thing that donald trump said. there's a pan plea. there's a grab bag of things that donald trump has said that make it very clear that he is mounting a campaign now for white nationalists. that's not to say -- >> come on. absolutely ridiculous. >> he's getting lots of support of -- >> who are you supporting? >> not donald trump. that's for sure.
>> who are you supporting for president? >> to talk -- this isn't about me. let's keep it professional. please. let's keep it professional and clean and polite. this is about your candidate and your candidate is making a play for a nationalist segregationist -- >> no evidence of that. that's ridiculous statement. >> pitting a mexican judge against all of his supporters. it makes absolutely -- it makes absolutely no sense to say on one side we're going to win high school panics and they love me, but then to say, this hispanic hates me. >> treated unfairly. >> bill press. >> you can't have it both ways, boris. >> as the democrat on the panel, are you eating this up with a spoon? i mean, are the quotes on textbook racism being edited into a democratic attack ad yet? >> first of all, in this battle, i give proxy to s.e. cupp and glad to watch this agreeing with
everything she said. >> don't disappoint me like that. that's so sad. >> i'm sure, boris. you thought i would endorse donald trump. look. >> i was hoping. >> i don't have a dog in this fight but as an american i have a dog in this fight because, i mean, i really do believe in this country, the diversity of the country which comes from the great wealth of the people we have, of different ethnic origins and different races and religions and one guy to the pinnacle of a political party with these kinds of bigoted racist nastatements and sad for the country, the republican party and if i were a republican i would run as far away as fast as i could from donald trump which i think is what the republican party's going to do. there's going to be one race for president in the toilet and then there's one races for senate and the house which people will focus on and should. >> boris, i want you to respond but let's make sure in addition to what bill press said, you said the media is making much
ado of this one issue and germane and to quote the comments, then you have what trump's own attorney said about judge curiel. here you go. >> the judge is doing his job and we're not seeking to recuse the judge. we're trying to assert our rights and i think the court today did a job of trying to balance out competing interests. >> so if his own, boris, his own attorney is saying the judge is doing a fine job, why not just scrap that, move on? there's material that mr. trump could use in attacking hillary clinton. why not just attafocus on that? >> he has to work in front of that judge.
mr. trump has a right to disagree or agree and question the fairness of the judge. >> but not based on the race. >> this talk of bigotry is out of place. all that donald trump said was this is a judge who's -- of a particular background. >> mr. trump bougrought it up, boris! >> that's a group affiliated with pro-illegal immigration, given scholarships to -- >> he fought a mexican drug cart cartel. that's something that he would applaud. >> talking about a judge he believes is not fair. can i please respond to what bill said? as far as bill's comments are concerned, the democrats have issues going on. bill's candidate -- >> nothing like this, baby! no. >> claiming to be the nominee. we'll let the democrats figure out their issues. >> don't try to go there. >> one voice. one voice. >> still going to be the nominee and media said that hillary clinton clinched it.
i would worry about that, if i were you. >> hang on a second. hang on a second. we did the math. look at pledged, we'll talk to karen finney coming up but we're just calling it as accurately as possible. go ahead, bill. >> bill would disagree, right? >> go for it. >> my turn. i just want to say the democratic party is a love fest compared to what we're seeing in the republican party. where people are coming up with this crazy kind of status. while i support donald trump but i don't endorse him. >> who does bernie sanders support? >> no, no, no. >> let him finish. >> bernie sanders has nothing to do with it. i'm talking about -- >> no? i thought he is a candidate for president. >> compared the minor differences you might see. >> all right. >> at the donald trump -- >> all right. >> working together for the convention and elect donald trump president. >> thank you for the healthy conversation, you three. boris and s.e. and bill, thank you very much. let's move on, shall we?
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. hillary clinton clinched the democratic nomination becoming the first woman to do so and working to pick up more support. voters are casting ballots today. california and new jersey are the biggest prizes of this final super tuesday of 2016. jessica schneider is in new jersey. looks quiet from where you are.
>> reporter: you know, brooke, it is a bit quiet out here and what the essex county sheriff told us, we're in a town outside of newark, new jersey, the turnout is steady and a bit slow and looks quiet. we're supposed to keep back 100 feet. can't be inside the polling place so today really no long lines but officials say there's a turnout. there's been a bit of a blip out here. voters not realizing this is, in fact, a closed primary and unaffiliated voters can come out to the polling places, pick up whatever ballot they want for either party and democrats and republicans, they cannot swap parties and 2.6 million unaffiliated voters here in new jersey out of 5.5 million total and to give you an idea of the interest level in the primary, about 600,000 new voters from the last time we had a primary back in 2008. so the polls are open here until 8:00 p.m. i do think it's a slow but steady outlook here so no long
lines but officials do tell me that people definitely coming out to vote. brooke? >> all right. thank you very much there in new jersey. a closer look now at the historic moment for hillary clinton. estimates shows hillary clinton's won 1,812 pledge delegates and super delegates putting the tote at 2,384, 1 more than needed to clinch that number. listen, bernie sanders is not ready to go anywhere. the campaign says, quote, it is unfortunate that the media in a rush to judgment are ignoring the democratic national committee's clear statement it is wrong to count the votes of super delegates before they vote this summer. karen finney is here, senior spokeswoman for the clinton campaign. welcome back. >> good to see you. >> you have a big night ahead in brooklyn. thank you for swinging by. >> you bet. >> she is not throwing out the confetti and victory dance just yet. do you see her as the nominee?
>> i believe and we believe that by the end of the night hillary clinton will be the presumptive nominee of our party with a majority of the pledge delegates, a majority just on the raw votes, actual votes. >> why are you guys being so careful? even she said last week before and, chris, well, i am or will be. the nominee. >> yeah. well, we think it's really important that people come out today in california and new jersey and other states voting today because, again, we want to secure this nomination by winning so there's no question we will have the majority of the pledge delegates, we have the majority of actual just raw votes and 3 million more votes than senator sanders and more votes, i think 2 million than donald trump. in terms of what kind of argument are you going to make to super delegates and whether or not there's a question, we
believe that the question is answered by the end of the night tonight. >> on this very day, eight years
ago, this happened. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it. >> that was when she bowed out. >> that's right. >> a couple of days after that final super tuesday. just walk us through how heartbreaking i'm sure that was for her to do that. >> sure. >> can you me a preview of her message this evening? >> one thing about that in that speech in 2008, she honored the hard work of the people working on the campaign while also saying, now it's time for us to come together and support then-senator barack obama and said it unequivocally and very clear that's what she wanted
people to do. >> is that a memo to senator sanders, karen finney? >> letting you know what she said back in 2008. but look. i think -- i won't get ahead of her in terms of what she will say tonight but it's a lot of things we have been talking about in terms of the way we need to come together in this country to break down barriers and to make sure that we're increasing incomes and we're not building walls with mexico, that we're actually building bridges. i think she really will
draw the contrast because what's at stake in this election when we think about the differences, you were just talking about, you know, mr. trump's comments in your previous segment. that's at stake in this election and important to remind people of that while also saying the choice you're going to have in this election is a positive vision about how we move forward together or this fearful divisive vision that really we don't think reflects the values of our country.
>> do you anticipate the president's endorsement by the end of the week? >> far be it for me to -- >> you all have been communicating. >> i called him on this -- no. look. we welcome president obama to this process because he of all people i think is going to be one of the most powerful people talking about what's at stake because he knows personally the hard work going through the last eight years to try to bring our economy back to the brink and someone who can speak to secretary clinton as a secretary of state and the things that they were able to accomplish together. >> okay. thank you very much. >> you got it. >> appreciate that. up next here, back to the trump campaign and turmoil there and the inside source of the power feud to trigger the conference call of supporters yesterday. which is all part of the internal power play. we'll look into that. also, the growing ripple effect of the zika virus on the upcoming olympic games. a tv anchor of the network hosting the games said she will not be going to rio.
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pregnant right now, i would be going to rio. the biggest concern is for the baby on the way and so i would never tell any athlete when's worked their butt off for four years not to go to the games. >> nba star steph curry, meantime, says he won't be going and cited injury and other factors without mentioning zika. a former athlete that won gold for team usa 12 years ago said the virus keeps her from making the trip south tweeting sad not to be going to brazil because of zika. i have to protect myself. she is joining me now. i remember watching you in athens. back 12 years ago. can you talk to me about how tough of a decision this was for you? >> yeah, you know, it is hard to be an olympic champion and not go to the games and kind of enjoy it in another capacity and be there supporting the teammates and your sport.
and, you know what? it was just an unfortunate decision that i had to make to, you know, me and my husband wanting to start a family and that being more important and the health of us being more important. >> you were supposed to go down and serve as a gymnastics ambassador. was it a conversation that you had with your doctor? was it really the conversation you had with your husband that ultimately determined your not traveling? what was it? >> it was actually all of the above. so when i talked to my doctor and said we want to start a family, but, you know, the zika stuff just started coming out. she said i highly, strongly stay do not go to rio wanting to go down this route. and also, had to have that conversation with my husband about when's most important to him, put this on hold or go ahead? three weeks out of the life and so it's just kind of -- this was more important. like i said, the health factor and just the not knowing of what maybe future things could happen if you do contract zika.
and it's just a scary subject and definitely i had to talk with everyone, had to talk with the president of usa gym dmastices and i couldn't go and be an ambassador for the sport and like i said a sad decision and most important one and smartest one for our family. >> you know, sad for you and imagine you know what it's like to live your dream and to go to the olympics and for athletes really having to have a come to jesus, if you will, over whether or not they want to go. >> yeah. >> i want to ask you about that in a second but something that stuck with me for 24 hours as this piece of correspondent in rio nick paton walsh did showing these little babies. this is the real life implication of the zika virus in brazil. look at a piece of this. >> it was when he is born and facing the other people in the hospital, their expressions, seeing and accepting the difference, for me, that was the hardest phase. >> just wanted to remind americans who don't know really, haven't comprehended the story
of it, that's it. the little children. put yourself in their shoes. it is a dream to compete in the olymp olympics. what kind of call would you have made 12 years ago? >> gosh, you know, i think at least for the gymnastics part, we are a lot younger and, you know, i think like the cyclist said, if i wasn't in this stage of my life and wasn't the age i'm at and wanting to start a family right now, i would probably be going, as well. and just trying to take as much precaution as possible while i was down there and definitely i can't imagine the decision that these athletes that are my age maybe in the same kind of life that i'm in right now and maybe wanting to come back from the olympics and start a family and i can't imagine making that decision. olympics only come four years and so difficult and i feel for them and totally relate and so, it's definitely a personal decision. >> okay. carly patterson, thank you for
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lawsuit against trump university and told the supporters of his if the journalists ask him about it, go after them. phil mattingly on the conference for us. tell me about the call and what you know about the leak. >> the call itself, brooke, high level surrogates and staffers with donald trump, former arizona governor jan brewer, former governor scott brourn and others out talking on a regular basis and one of the issues brought up on this call was how are we supposed to respond to this issue? these attacks on the judge which donald trump has faced no shortage of criticism not just in the media but the republican party on a whole and donald trump says he believes he's wrongly maligned here and needs help getting the message, the side of this out and told his surrogates and top staffers to continue on that point. an interesting element here is just the day before a memo had gone out saying, look, this is an issue for the trump organization. not the campaign. if you're a surrogate, defer it
to the trump organization. if you think about this case specifically, brooke, it makes sense. why on a trump organization issue would the campaign be forced to deal with this for a long-term basis. well, donald trump did not know about the memo. he made very clear he did not appreciate the memo and told people on the call to disregard the memo. there are a lot of issues right here at the trump cam pan and one is doesn't appear, one, that everybody's on the same page. two, that somebody got out in front of donald trump on this issue specifically and when you talk to people who know donald trump, within the campaign, one of the cardinal sins is getting out in front of donald trump, brooke. >> okay. phil mattingly, wow. thank you so much on the reporting on the call. let's bring in senior media correspondent host of "reliable sources" brian seltzer and kurowic. your take aways? i think phil is being nice
saying, repudiating the memo. don't listen to the stupid letter. what does that say about how he's talking to staff and the disconnection? >> proof that trump is own best publicist and maybe doesn't want anyone involved. own producer and publicist and basically producing a trump show. visiting campaign headquarters, the space is raw, the space is unfinished and half empty. there's not a lot of staffers there. it's essentially just the man himself and a few people that are close to him that he trusts. clearly as the campaign tries to grow, expand, he is having a hard time with that. >> one sense, david, kudos for him, taking control and micromanaging, perhaps not aware of everything if he's not aware of the memo, for example, but support earls saying, you know, stop saying that. it just sounds to me like donald trump isn't -- is he not
listening? >> well, that's part of it. you know, part of it, also, is the reports he said go after the reporters. go after the people asking this question. >> that's right. >> which is really shocking to me in a way because it's one of the times, you know, i've thought trump has been pretty savvy with the media. this is just really stupid. how could you go after jake tapper, say, last friday in the brilliant interview that tapper did when he said, by the way, is this not the definition of racism, what you said? also, you can see the importance of a journalist framing that debate. today you heard the speaker of the house essentially mimicking -- >> textbook racism. >> what tapper said. that's how reframe the debate when we do our job. and trump's going to what? say, oh, i'm going to attack you now. that's going to play well. i'm so surprised. i think this is usually when i'm on talking about trump on a roll with the media.
this is a reverse roll since about last tuesday doing that press conference. >> that's the last time we talked, david. yes. yes. here we are again. let's be precise for people. not only attack journalists, what he said on the call, you know, attack the people asking the questions, those are the racists, meaning this group. >> yes. >> i would go at him. i let them have it. >> you know, i'll tell you, brooke. that's even worse because when you start using calling somebody a racist that way, when you know better, that's one of the reasons as a nation we have such a hard time talking about race and if -- it's one of the major things in this country right now, a conversation we have to have, and when politicians are willing to use it the way these remarks suggest he is willing to use it, that is a dangerous person. that is really a problematic. this thing, this conference call is troubling stuff about trump and it also pushes him off his
game, i think. >> off his game. saying attack journalists. say they're the racists and, too, the fact that the leak happened, right? phil said the fact that no one should get out ahead of trump. someone clearly has. what does that suggest to you? >> i think it show it is chaos inside both the campaign and the concentric circles beyond the campaign. the core and then the circles out from it. karen finney was here. they have endless numbers of circles, hundreds of circles. the staff is small and then the circles around him is small and increasing the surrogates, looking for more people from the party of support, the circles are bigger and bigger and he hasn't said anything since last twe night, not tweeted for 16 hours. makes me curious what he says tonight. should talk about the final wins in california and elsewhere. there was talk about maybe being
a press conference. maybe now it's not. will he take questions of journalists or not? and on this historic moment in the united states history, a female nominee steps to the cameras tonight, will donald trump be talking about a judge? >> excellent, excellent, excellent case. it's must see tv. brian, david, gentlemen, thank you so much. >> thanks. >> for that chat. next, we have more breaking news on this back and forth after the speaker of the house paul ryan calls the insults on a judge racist. both leaders of the senate from both parties slamming mr. trump, as well. those comments for you just ahead. dad, you can just drop me off right here. oh no, i'll take you up to the front of the school. that's where your friends are.
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just in now the leaders of both parties in the u.s. senate agreeing on something. on the rare occasion, donald trump. their shared disgust over the remarks of that judge. here are leaders mcconnell and reid. >> how are you in general the nominee continues to say things that the party has to answer for?
and overshadow your agenda, overshadow your ability to hold on to congress? >> i'm going to wrap it up with this. let me say that there are a lot of issues that we ought to be talking about. our nominee ought to be talking about. senator thune, senator cornyn all talked about the condition of the economy, the implementation of obamacare. we have plenty of issues. my advice to the nominee would start to talk about the issues that the american people care about and to start doing it now. in addition to that, it's time to quit attacking various people that you competed with or various minority groups in the country and get on message. he has an opportunity to do that. this election is eminently winnable. the american people at their core do not want more four years like the last eight. so i hope that's what he'll do. we are all anxious to hear what he may say next.
>> the republican leader said that racism is the lesser of two evils. what the other evil is -- secretary clinton. how outrageous. it's hard to believe that it's consistent with what we have seen from the senate in years passed but it's not hard to believe but the republican senators have done for 7 1/2 years. their insistence on supporting those that make racist comments help pave the way for donald trump. >> wow. so both from senate majority and minority leaders mcconnell and reid there on donald trump and his comments. also coming up next, a running mate option said he has maybe two, three weeks to right the ship and the campaign. hear why and what happens if he doesn't. you both have a perfect driving record.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. thank you so much for being with me. i'm brooke baldwin. the final super tuesday of the 2016 election season coinciding with a historic first for the country. hillary clinton, the first woman to become the presumed presidential nominee of a major political party. cnn's latest count shows she's secured one more than the 2,383 required to clinch but the rival democratic senator bernie sanders protesting what his campaign calls the immediate why's rush to judgment since his point super delegates do not cast the votes until the
national democratic convention until july. as secretary clinton does make the history books here, her presumed rival in the fall donald trump accused of making, quote, the textbook definition of a racist comment, that is how house speaker paul ryan responded to donald trump saying that the jump is mexican. america can-american. speaker ryan endorsed trump five days ago. >> i don't think -- claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is like the textbook definition of a textbook comment and should be disavowed. unacceptable. but do i believe that hillary clinton is the answer? no, i do not. do i believe that hillary clinton is going to be the answer to solving these problems? i do not. i believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day and more likelihood of getting the policies enacted with him than
with her. >> new jersey governor chris christie firing back today as he cast his primary ballot earlier on. he did not defend donald trump's remarks in particular but he did say that. >> that i know donald trump. i have known him for 14 years and donald trump's not a racist. so, you know, the allegations that he is are absolutely contrary to every experience i have had with him over the last 14 years and so we're going to end it there. >> let me bring in cnn political director mr. david chalian. i mean, talk about the optics for a second. we showed the picture of the two leaders of the senate for the majority and the minority. mitch mcconnell, harry reid. agreeing on one thing on how inappropriate those comments were from donald trump. what did you make of that? >> this is just nothing short of astounding to watch the republican party officials, the top elected officials in the party grapple with their nominee
in this way that they're clearly rebuking the comments and yet not walking away from their endorsement, support, intention to vote for him. it just puts them in such a bind and such an awkward and terrible position. now, harry reid, obviously, for his part will try to win back the senate for democrats by making senate republicans own every single syllable of everything donald trump says. that's his political strategy and tactic and approach there. but just listening to paul ryan, listening to mitch mcconnell go before cameras to basically publicly scold his party's nominee and say get back on message and is -- it's just nothing short of astonishing and we have not seen this in modern american presidential politics. >> add the name of senator corker to the list of those repudiating the comments and he was up here in new york at trump
tower, potential for the short list on the trump ticket and here he was telling manu raju, he needs two to three weeks the right the ship or else he's in trouble. >> let's immediately put that on the list, three weeks from now to call bob corker back and see where he is. that is right. i think what senator corker is saying is that and i think what you are hearing when you listen to paul ryan and mitch mcconnell, as well, i don't think they can do this all the way through november. have to defend comments of trump refusing to walk them back that they deem inappropriate. >> you don't think? >> if they think that it's harming down ballot, nothing matter more than protecting the majorities. >> sure. >> that's mission number one. starting they believe if it starts to impact their members in a way, then i do think you start seeing tougher and tougher time for them to stay with the position they're at right now which is just to rebuke the comment but stick with trump. now, bob corker put a time limit
on it. maybe others will give donald trump a much longer leash but it's hard to imagine when we're in the heat of campaign battle in the fall and the senate or the house which looks a lot less likely, obviously, in terms of being really contested, is in the balance, if the power in those chambers in the balance i imagine you see a different approach than right now. >> uh-huh. david chalian, we'll see you on tv tonight. thank you very much, my friend. >> thank you, book. >> we have today senator lindsey graham of north carolina republican taking opposition to trump and the attack on the federal judge saying all on a new level saying un-american. here he was with manu raju. >> do you think it's a racist comment? >> oh, clearly. but it's funny. i don't believe donald trump the way he's lived his life is a racist person. i believe he'd hire somebody based on merit but he's playing the race card. if he continues this, which is
clearly over the top, you may not think it's un-american. i do. you may not think it's racist. i do. but if he continues this line of attack, then i think people need to real. >> reconsider for the future of the party and the future of the country whether they should support him. >> much to discuss with me now cnn political commentator amanda carpenter. we have van jones, a form ore official in the obama administration. and trump supporter scotti nut-hughes. welcome to all of you. let's get right to it, with, you know, let's just start with the comments both from mitch mcconnell and the top brass of the house speaker paul ryan saying trump's comments, textbook racism. how -- how does trump have those very important conversations with both of those leaders after they have come down on him like this? >> i think how we have the
conversation is how it should have happened in the first place, behind closed doors. i have a real issue with these republican leaders. i don't know what they're trying to accomplish going out and making the comments very public first in front of the cameras. i give the democrats credit. they don't do this. everybody, yes, you're supposed to disagree. i won't 100% agree with the politician and let's have this discussion behind closed doors instead of airing out the dirty laundry and how's this helped republican party? saying you're here to help the republican party, call mr. trump behind the scenes like reince priebus and others have done and have your conversation there. then take it to the public if you don't get the response you like. >> amanda, let's take you to scottie's point of behind closed doors, talking about leaders of the parties. just five days ago speaker ryan endorsed donald trump. these are questions, they wanted to repudiate the comments.
that is, "a." "b" what do you make of the bind that the republicans are in, would you rescind an endorsement? >> i think it's an impossible position. this is not a sustainable thing to say i disavow the comments and still going to endorse the candidate. i understand what paul ryan is trying to do, trying to be radically pragmatic saying a better chance of passing the bills into law with donald trump than hillary clinton. that said, this is just going to be too hard of a line to walk. my question is, is that republicans have a nominating process. there's a reason we have delegates. it's to prevent a disaster. if people really believe that donald trump is going to be a disaster for the party, if they cannot stand by his comments, if they cannot support him, do not think that he supports our values, you have to use the process in police and not nominate him at the convention. we need to start talking to delegates, say what are you going to do? it's very simple. they don't have to do this. they can not show up or rewrite the rules and going down this
road saying he's bad for the party, saying racist things, we shouldn't nominate him. end of story. >> go ahead, scottie. >> i can't believe i heard that. on a day that the democrats are semisplintered and they have a nominee. you are sitting here actually saying to go against the will of the people. >> yes. >> a lot of delegates are still bound on that first vote and mr. trump has those bound delegates to the count he needs so to sit here and add to the idea we're splintered doesn't help the situation. >> sure. it's a terrible situation. we should get out of it immediately. eject. >> no, no. >> there's a bigger problem ivan! van jones, are you loving this as a democrat here on this panel? >> so happy right now. i don't want to talk. you all just keep going. you know, part of what you're seeing, and it's sad, but it's gleeful for some of us, this is what happens when you have a political party like the republican party that has allowed the kind of trafficking
in dog whistle politics around race for so long. the anti-bodies are gone now in the republican party for the kind of stuff you're seeing from donald trump. look at this now. hillary clinton pulling her party forward. making history today. moving forward. breaking down barriers. destroying this class. >> even though senator sanders said he's taking it to the convention. he's still fighting. >> he has that right. the reality is, if you look at when's happening in democratic party history's going to be made today and yet you have the republican party drug back to fight over stuff. that if -- listen. i have to agree with paul ryan. if this comment is not a racist comment, then there is no racist comment to be made. an enso, you have the republicans fighting over stuff resolved in the last century. democrats pulling us forward. frankly, had donald trump just kept his mouth shut, the democrats would have had the worst week of our lives with some of the stuff last week and none of which was talked about
an i'm happy about it. >> i think -- >> hold on, hold on. >> i mean -- >> this is sort of a disqualifying event for donald trump even if you put aside the questions of racism. the fact that this guy is willing to litigate a civil case in the public -- >> paul ryan is still supporting him. >> -- such an extraordinary amount of bad judgment, even if we could somehow put aside the questions of racism, the fact that he's so myopically focused on this scheme he hand is horrifying. >> hold on, hold on. hold on. back to paul ryan. the speaker of the house of representatives. he is so steadfast in the agenda of his does this supercede? what kind of internal come to jesus is paul ryan having? >> donald trump is the nominee without the nonendorsement. we have seen the disconnect in
the republican party between the people and the leadership. and right now -- >> you know that you all need these leaders. >> yeah. >> he needs to workdy. >> doesn't need them at the convention. >> doesn't -- pander to the people. let's look at this. the reason why the democrats are scared, lock at the timing of why this is coming up. trump university litigated in november. didn't get traction. but somehow magically the last two weeks it has. maybe to do with did gallup poll that come out and on the economy mr. trump leads hillary clinton -- 52%. national security 50%. >> why isn't trump talking about the issues? >> with hillary clinton. maybe this -- >> scottie? >> against the worst week ever as you described, van. >> i do have an honest question, though. all that stuff is great. and you guys had greater stuff to talk about last week. you had jobs numbers that weren't good. you had a report that wasn't good. you had a lot of good stuff. you have a nominee whose judgment, take the race off the table. judgment is so bad that he would rather talk about his own lawsuit than the things in your
favor. you are doing a great job today defending him. why isn't he doing a better job? >> that was the question and answered it and seemed to take it. also, van, you know this. sometimes we have to answer the questions that are asked to us. this was a question that was asked to mr. trump. did he answer it how i would have answered it? probably not -- >> to the point and stay on message. americans care about donald trump and care about the issues. >> but, you know, i would love it that mcconnell telling donald trump that he doesn't need to be criticizing. send that same message to the former opponents running graham and others that donald trump beat in the last primary. aka bitter. these bitter folks need to just get over it for the good of the party. >> get over it. not going to get over a racist candidate. not going to happen. >> he is not -- >> many other republicans like many. >> all right. ladies, thank you. amanda, scottie, van, i'll ask you to stick around. we have more here because we have to talk dems, specifically
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welcome back. watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. hillary clinton has shattered what eight years ago she referred to as the highest and hardest glass ceiling. former first lady, former senator, secretary of state, now the first female to become the presumptive nominee of any major political party in america's 240-year history. >> according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment. >> cnn politics executive and now mathematician mark preston is here to explain the math. hey, mark. >> hey, brooke. how are you? i remember eight years ago being
here in washington, d.c. when hillary clinton grudgingly had to throw in the towel and concede the democratic nomination to barack obama. here we are eight years later and she's become the presumptive nominee. there's questions about how did we get to it. let's take a quick look. the magic number is 2,383 delegates. how do you do that? between pledge delegates which are the actual votes that you would get in the state and then the democratic party they have these things of super delegates, these are basically free agents, governors, senators, house members, members of the democratic national committee, that are free agents. they are awarded the ability to give their support to anybody. now, if you look at the math right here looking down there, hillary clinton has 1,812 pledge delegates, 572 super delegates. put that altogether, she has 2,384 delegates, 1 more hand she
needs to be the democratic nominee. i should note, brooke, we began this canvas last fall, the cnn political team. reached out to the super delegates and in a rolling process and basis, asked them who are they supporting? looking for public statements to try to find out where they stood. now, of course, bernie sanders is not very happy with this. bernie sanders says that we should not be counting the super delegates into the math but the fact of the matter is they do count and that's where we stand right now, brooke. >> all right, mark preston. also watching the numbers through the evening tonight. thank you so much on the vote tallies. this moment for hillary clinton comes as mark pointed out eight years to the day today since she conceded to then-senator barack obama. in that 2008 nomination race for the white house. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it's got about 18 million
cracks in it. >> just today, hillary clinton tweeted this statement. she made eight years ago. quote, if we can blast 50 women into space, we will some day launch a woman into the white house. cnn's senior political reporter nia maleka-henderson is here with me and van jones. >> it's a long time in the making, almost 200 years, right? 1848, ceneca falls convention in new york. a couple of years later, truth saying black women should be included on conversation, as well. you think about 1917, women picketing wilson saying how can this be a democracy if 20 million women can't vote and then in 1920, the ratification of the 19th amendment. so it's in some ways it seemed inevitable in some ways if you look back eight years ago there was a sort of steady progress
but listen. built on the backs of a lot of women who fought for this moment and men, too. so it is quite a historic day. she is closer to something that we'll see if it happens. she obviously will get that nomination in july and we'll see what happens in november. >> you know, thank you. and, van, this is something that i've just picked up on different people talking about this. folks remember eight years ago and did have the first african-american nominee for president of the united states. it was to a lot of people in this country, it was, you know, electri electrifying, felt so huge and yet here we are on the precipice of with a woman and people fesa it doesn't feel as huge. why do you think that is? >> because it's not happened yet. not that big of a deal. who cares? when it actually happens, when you have a woman with this opportunity, it's going to feel
different. it is going to feel different. i remember when it was speculation about brahm back, then-senator obama. when you saw him walk out and accept the nomination, people got goose bumps on both sides. it will be a goose bump moment. and also nlet's not forget back in 1972, the first woman, african-american and threw her hat in the ring, say, listen, women can do this, too. a long walk from '72 to now and the poetry of literally eight years later, when she -- one of the best lines in american history, 18 million cracks. to come back literally eight years later to day and essentially clinch, that's -- people will start getting emotions they didn't know they had. they'll have reactions and surprised about. sometimes on cnn we cover news. today we're covering history and starts to feel that way. >> nia, let me ask you, too, you talk about history with a woman. you know, the questions have been posed both to nancy pelosi and harry reid about, you know,
two women on a ticket. and both of them have said that they think this country is readily for this. >> again, a real historic conversation that we're having here. you can have that conversation because women are 19% of the congress at this point. 20 women senators and so there are many women that you can choose from and 6 female governors, as well. women benefitted from the strides made by women of shirley chisholm. you hear people talking and we'll see if that's something that happens. i mean, we have seen for years and years two men at the top of the ticket so here, again, people talking about what it would mean if hillary clinton were to actually select elizabeth warren. it would be two fold, right? historic and also really be unifying i think for a lot of people in the party who like
that elizabeth warren wing, a bernie sanders wing but in some ways just as much her wing of the party, as well. >> nia, van -- go ahead, van. >> listen. part of the problem of democrats have is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to women. there are so many strong women in the democratic party that, you know, and men never do this and say, nlg, it is your turn. it is your turn. the women stood down and said it's hillary's turn. turning back, she has too many women to pick from and the difference of the democrats today making history and the republicans drags us back to the racist part of america. it couldn't be clear today. >> thank you so much. thank you, thank you. >> thank you. coming up next here, back to the republicans. got to talk about donald trump. he's attacked this california judge viciously. what do you know about judge gonzalo curiel and the trump university case besides the fact he was born in indiana and
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racist comment. governor california governor arnold schwarzenegger tweeting his support for the judge he once named to the state judiciary and coming from governor schwarzenegger, an american hero, who stood up to the mexican cartels. i was proud to appoint him when i was governor. my next guest was in charge of a screening committee that reviewed and recommended the applicants for federal judges for senator boxer. san diego attorney candace carol joins me now and practices law. candace, welcome. >> thank you. >> all right. so take me back to the process. what did you learn about gonzalo curiel? >> well, we had the advantage that he was a sitting state court judge. when you apply an attorney in practice, you always have to hope for the best and just guess about the person's judicial demeanor and what they'll be like as a judge but in his case he had been on the bench for several years and all the reports we got of him and we
talked to, oh, probably 60 people who appeared in front of him or known him as a lawyer, said that he had wonderful judicial temperament, he was very humble. he was very fair minded. didn't have any ego. was quick to learn new areas of the law. and everything about him just sounded wonderful. >> anything, any alarm bells? so familiar with the background. they caused you any kind of concern? >> no, i don't think there were any. >> okay. you know, obviously, donald trump has an issue with the judge. but when you listen to what his own attorney said about him a month ago, you wouldn't actually know it. here he was. >> you know, the judge is doing his job. and, you know, we are not seeking to recuse the judge. we're trying to assert our rights. and i think the court today did
a job of trying to balance out competing interests. >> so again, just underscoring trump's own attorney saying the judge is doing his job. when you hear donald trump, you know, tripling down on this man's mexican heritage as he points out, a conflict of interest in the case, candace, as a lawyer, can you explain conflict of interest. you know? give me an example in this conte context. >> well, an obvious conflict of interest if a judge was ruling on a dispute of one company and another and he owned stock in one of the companies. but, you know, to say that someone of mexican heritage cannot be fair to donald trump because donald trump has insulted all mexicans is a silly argument and almost everybody would be recused because he insulted women. he insulted muslims. there would be very few people left to judge any case of his. and, you know -- >> go ahead.
>> "the new york times" points out this morning that this is not the first time he's tried to bully a judge ruling on a case. it's happened in the past. >> well, even when you look into the past of judge curiel, when he was working as a federal prosecutor there was a huge focus on drug cases and a drug cartel specifically, one of trump's biggest criticisms of mexico and so this is something that the judge was fighting. he had around the clock security, death threats because of his work at the time. yes? >> absolutely true. it was one of the things that so impressed us about him interviewing him and looking at his record. >> tell me what he did. last question. with that. >> what judge curiel did? >> yes, ma'am. >> he was in the federal prosecutor's office and he was in the drug enforcement area. i mean, a section of the prosecutor's office and he was prosecuting people from the
cartel and he got death threats and had around the clock security with him and i think that i recall, though i could be wrong, he had to move out of the house and live elsewhere for a while until they felt that the threat has passed. >> important for people who are learning about the judge to know more about the work and the background. candace carroll, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. next, he was the architect of hillary clinton's 2008 campaign. eight years later, he's watching her dream become a reality. we'll talk live about what has gone so right for her this go-around. (man) what i love most about tempur-pedic mattresses is that they contour to your body. it keeps us comfortable and asleep at night. can i take a nap now? (vo) change your sleep, change your life, change to tempur-pedic.
hillary clinton has made history as the first woman to be the presumed presidential nominee of a major political party eight years ago today. almost like it's scripted here. june 7th, 2008. she conceded at a chance of making history then suspending the campaign against then-senator barack obama. >> it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories. unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee. unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the united states. and that is truly remarkable, my friends! >> 20 days later, hillary clinton threw her support behind the presumptive democratic nominee, the man later to appoint her secretary of state. now the strategist instrumental
in the clinton 2008 campaign, had been with the clintons, he's mark penn, former pollster, strategist for bill clinton's presidential run and so nice to have you on. >> thank you. >> i just have wanted to pick your brain. so here goes. you back in 2008, take me inside that room when the decision had to be made for her ultimately to give that famous 18 million cracks in the ceiling speech to pull out. >> look. i think it was a long, hard-fought campaign and decision could have been made to keep going but ultimately the rest of the party was coming in with a message, look. you have had a fair shot at it. we didn't win, although we won the primaries, we didn't win the majority of pledge delegates. you have to bring the party together. she took everybody's opinions and pros and cons. >> did you it? a circle? >> around a table. it was clear that she was going to have to go out and call it the end of the show.
and she did it. she did it i think with great humility and underscoring a theme. i think we knew then she would be back and america knew she would be back. so that's why this is a really historic day. nothing america admires more than someone who has a defeat and then comes back from that defeat. it's the classic american story. >> uh-huh. how heartbreaking was that for you? blood, sweat an tears into a campaign like that. >> i think heartbreaking for everybody and for me, look. it was our fondest dream to have this day. it is great. today she has this day. and sometimes that is the way it works in politics. you know? they're very few political figures who can take a defeat and come back from it. president clinton did. he took a defeat in arkansas. he took a defeat in '94 and i think it's in the clintons' genes just push forward until they win. >> you know, back in 2008 before she ultimately decided to bow out, the supporters i know at the time saying, no, keep
fighting the good fight and bernie sanders' supporters doing the same thing. i talked to bernie sanders surrogates on the show yesterday saying, brooke, this is not the same thing. he is leading a revolution. he's leading a movement. this is unlike 2008. he has every right to keep fighting. don't count the super delegates. he will be there in philadelphia. >> some voters will vote today and after today's vote, i think the result likely is going to be very clear. i expect she wins california and then i think sanders has a real decision to make. look, no one but sanders makes that decision. i think for the good of the party, the same folks will come to him saying, look, it is time. you had a good run. just as we had a good run and even if the arguments are strong for staying in, the arguments are stronger for getting out and letting the democratic party unite itself. >> a huge piece of that is 30's endorsement and according to our reporting that is happening this week.
and if you were on the inside of that roll-out, what would that look like? how would you orchestrate that? >> well, look. i think that's going to be pretty simple but a big event. i think the big event is tonight's speech. i think -- >> in brooklyn. >> a big moment here. i think it's been a rising tide last week's speech. the announcement by the ap. the speech tonight and then obama's endorsement. i think they all come together as a set of events. >> does he appear with her or by snims. >> i hope he appears with her. >> does he speak specifically to sanders himself or supporters? they had a chat on the phone but senator sanders won't tell us what was said. >> no. i think he'll compliment senator sanders for an excellent race, for raising important issues. as he did. saying, look. now's the time to unite behind a leader to go forward based on the votes that have taken place in the party. >> two more questions for you. remember, we back to the 3:00
a.m. phone call ad. let's remind everyone. >> it's 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. but there's a phone in the white house and it's ringing. something's happening in the world. your vote will decide who answers that call. whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. it's 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. who do you want answering -- >> mark penn, you wrote that ad. you orchestrated that whole thing. you could -- could you if you're a clinton campaign right now cut, copy and paste and drop it into 2016? think you'll see more of what? >> absolutely. i think last week's a 3:00 a.m. speech. i think everybody needs a new, creative version. that ad could run tomorrow and the message as true today as it was then. >> final question just as a strategist and i'm sure you've read and heard about the conference call donald trump had with his supporters and there
was frustrations. it sounds to me according to reports belittling of staff, miscommunication. you know? ignore that stupid letter or disregard a memo. what's that tell you about the inner workings of his campaign, the nucleus? >> i don't know. we'll see what happens. donald trump has to learn the political apology and now's the time when members of his own party call him a racist. if he's going to continue to do this position and be strident with the campaign, the question is, whether or not he has someone in the campaign who can tell him, it's time the take this back. >> and that he listens. >> or he doesn't listen and i think she's going to open up a significant lead in the next week or two in the polls. >> okay. mark penn, come back. come back. >> okay. >> thank you so much. coming up next, the sitting congressman that wrote donald trump telling him to shove the border wall where the sun don't shine. we'll talk to him about that live, next.
scathing open letter, quote, mr. trump, you're a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass. i would like to end this letter in a more diplomatic fashion. he goes on, but i think you of all people understand why i cannot. joining me now the man who wrote the letter, congressman fi filemon vila of texas. my goodness, the language, congressman. >> yeah, like i said, i usually am much calmer and prefer to be much more diplomatic, but in this case i felt like i really had to speak in a way that mr. trump understood. and that's why i used that language. >> what was your message? >> well, you know, the fact of the matter is that over the course of the past several months we have witnessed these outrageous statements coming from donald trump. and back in my home district i
run into constituents who express their concerns and frustrations with what he says but last week when he made those comments about judge curiel in california, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. i just felt like it was important to speak out those comments were racist. judge curiel is a distinguished jurist, first generation american born in indiana, served as united states prosecutor, was appointed to the state bench by governor schwarzenegger and has served this country well as a federal judge. to make those comments about judge curiel is just wrong. >> on that, and you're not the only one to call the comments racist, trump advisor has said to cnn what he's saying, he being donald trump, is what a good amount of people are thinking in this country and don't want to say. what's your response to that?
>> well, let me tell you, i don't view this issue as being a republican versus democratic issue. or one ethnicity versus another. this is an american issue. the fact of the matter is is that since i became a voting age, the presidents that have served our country have all been presidents both republican and democratic who have celebrated diversity. we do not need presidential candidates or presidents who are goipg to demonize diversity. because what this country -- we are a melting pot. all of us who are american citizens either have grandparents or great-grandparents or great-grandparents way before then that came from other countries to use this incendiary language about judge curiel is just not right. go ahead. >> i was just going to say. i wanted to move onto this "the wall street journal" opinion piece. it's an op-ed, in it took the
time to actually fact check a number of trump's anti-mexico sentiments. let me just read this, quote, mexico's 2014 homicide rate of about 16 murders per 100,000 means that it is about as dangerous as philadelphia and considerably safer than miami or atlanta. quote, mr. trump is appealing to constituents who have stuffed themselves on a diet of bad statistics and misleading anecdotes, people who fancy themselves victims but behave like bigots. do you think he has influenced supporters in a misleading way? >> let me tell you, i read that editorial this morning, and for sure mexico has its challenges. we do as well. but i really think that we need to redirect the dialogue with respect to relationship with mexico. united states chamber of commerce statistics show that over 6 million jobs in the
united states depend upon trade with mexico. the trade figures between the united states and mexico are in the billions. so i think moving forward that whoever becomes president, but those of us on both sides of the aisle here in congress really need to redirect this conversation and respect our relationship with mexico. >> sure, sure, congressman filemon vela from the state of texas. thank you so much, sir. let me pivot we just got breaking news, senator mark kirk, a republican from illinois just sent a tweet saying he cannot support donald trump as the nominee of his party based upon his military experience. he suggests trump does not have the temperament for some context kirk is in the middle of a tough re-election race and has said in the past he would support trump if he were the nominee. and now says he cannot.
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