tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN June 9, 2016 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
joining us. an important note to you're viewers, "the aids crisis" airs right here on cnn. you will want to see that. thanks very much for joining us. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >> "outfront" next, breaking news. democrats out in full force, standing up for hillary clinton unleashing a barrage of attacks on donald trump. vice president biden, senator elizabeth warren, both live this hour. both going to fight. this is the gop is in disarray. more republicans slamming their presumptive nominee over remarks about a federal judge. can trump stop the bleeding? and campaign cash. top donors saying they won't give to trump. i'm going to talk to his top money man tonight. let's go "outfront." and good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the breaking
news. the big guns coming out for hillary tonight. and they're firing directly at donald trump. the biggest of them all, president barack obama, endorsing clinton today. >> i don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. >> and live in this hour, more guns about to come out blazing tonight. senator elizabeth warren, a progressive icon, speaking in washington, just moments from now. we're going to bring you that, live. she is set to attack trump in the most scathing language you have heard to date. warren also expected to announce her endorsement of clinton tonight. and then also live this hour, you're going to hear vice president joe biden taking to the same podium to slam trump on a day when more leading republicans have spoken out. criticizing trump's attk on the judge in the trump university case. the wild card for the democrats in all of this tonight, you're looking at it live. bernie sanders is going to be speaking. he is fighting on, about it to rally thousands of supporters in washington, d.c. we begin our coverage with michelle kosinski "outfront"
tonight at the white house. president obama, bernie sanders met where you are today, michelle. and sanders not ready to step aside. >> right, not exactly. and you know, it was clear that this meeting between the president and sanders today was exactly what the white house was waiting for, before the president was going to endorse hillary clinton. they wanted to hear sanders out, work on a constructive path forward and as soon as the meeting was over, bam, that endorsement was out there within two hours. what we didn't hear from sanders, was i'm bowing out or i'm now supporting clinton. he did approach those things in essence, saying he will now work with her and the white house toward that unified democratic goal ofty defeating donald trump. >> i want to congratulate hillary clinton. >> reporter: a presidential endorsement in the form of a slick campaign video released on twitter. >> i know how hard this job can be. that's why i know hillary will be so good at it. in fact, i don't think there's
ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. >> reporter: just yesterday, the white house wouldn't even call hillary clinton the presumptive nominee. in less than 24 hours, what a difference. >> i am fired up, and i cannot wait to get out there and campaign for hillary. >> reporter: the president now unleashed, hitting the trail on wednesday, with clinton, in wisconsin. >> mr. trump! >> reporter: donald trump's twitter reaction was fast and furious. obama just endorsed crooked hillary. he wants four more years of obama, but nobody else does. hillary clinton responding, "delete your account." for the democrats right now, unity is what they're all looking for. and that's the picture they're careful to project. bernie sanders meeting with the president, vice president, top democratic senators. they wanting to hear him out find out how he envisions staying engaged and rallying his many supporters, ultimately for hillary clinton. progressive senator elizabeth warren also endorsing clinton
tonight. still after his long private discussion with the president, sanders said he's not leaving the race just yet. >> i will, of course, be competing in the d.c. primary. which will be held next tuesday. >> reporter: hitting his points hard. >> donald trump would clearly, to my mind and i think the majority of americans, be a disaster as president of the united states. it is unbelievable to me, and i say this with all sincerity, that the republican party would have a candidate for president who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign. >> reporter: no endorsement from him of clinton here. but he laid out his path forward, joining forces. that right there is key. and sanders says he plans to meet with hillary clinton soon, talk about how they might work
together. the white house wants his supporters. there are many of them, although you do hear from many of them still bernie or bust. not sure that they can support hillary clinton. so many democrats feel that bernie saers' own voice will be crucial in rallying those supporters, ultimately, to clinton side, as well as will be the president's voice, since he is so influential among younger voters. erin? >> michelle, thank you. and sunlen serfaty is outside where senator elizabeth warren is taking the stage at any moment. and is vice president joe biden expected to speak right after. sunlen, warren has not endorsed clinton, but she is going to speak in the most scathing language we have heard yet about donald trump. and, of course, a big endorsement expected tonight. >> reporter: that's right, erin. of elizabeth warren is anticipated to endorse hillary clinton tonight. telling jeff zeleny will in the form of a video message as well as in a tv interview. but this is such a coveted
endorsement for hillary clinton. elizabeth warren is such a progressive powerhouse, really seen as a star, and certainly will be an important role going forward. and really trying to help bridge the divide between bernie sanders' supporters and hillary clinton supporters, widely seen as being able to get a lot of those sanders supporters, potentially on board with hillary clinton. but tonight here at this hotel in washington, d.c., we will see elizabeth warren in a role that she has really fully embraced recently, and that's of a de facto attack dog of the democratic party, taking on donald trump directly. tonight she will say, according to her prepared remarks, she'll call donald trump a thin-skinned fraud, someone who is looking out for himself, and as you noted, vice president biden also here at the same event. he notably has not made an endorsement yet, not endorsing hillary clinton yet. he did meet with bernie sanders just hours ago here in washington. now, according to the vice president's office, the vice president will serve up some red meat against donald trump
specifically going after those controversial comments he made over the judge in the trump university case. so tonight, erin, just a small preview of a potential full force of surrogates that could be at hillary clinton's disposal to take on donald trump. erin? >> thank you, very much, sunlen. "outfront" now, jonathan at that seeni, gloria borger, maggi haberman, mark preston, jason osborne, tara set meier. let me start with you at the bernie sanders' rally. president obama, bernie sanders, they meet. sanders leaves, goes to a rally, says he's fighting on through next tuesday, at least. he doesn't drop out. president says, okay, endorses hillary clinton anyway. did the president move too early? >> is the what? i didn't hear the last part. >> did the president move too early? should he not have endorsed hillary clinton today? >> well, look.
the president can do what he needs to do, whatever he felt very pushed to do. but i think that that has not stopped, as you can hear the enthusiasm behind me now, ben jealous warming up the crowd in front of the naacp. and i think from the enthusiasm here in the crowd, people have not been affected by that endorsement. >> which is pretty interesting. and bass i will, that's an interesting point. like lemmings come over to hillary clinton. >> no, it is going to be a process. it's a process for the candidate, a process for the supporters. i expected bernie sanders to go to d.c. but if i'm the president of the united states, i'm saying, look, i've got to start getting out there and attacking donald trump. i've got to start protecting the democratic shield. that's why i think he did it. it's not just about hillary clinton. it's also about his legacy. if a republican gets in office, if donald trump gets into office, it's an attempt to roll back everything that he's done. so he's -- it's -- for him, it's dual purpose. >> and gloria, what we are seeing today is something that's
clearly choreographed for the president. you have the vice president, not endorsing sanders, but coming out and he is going to slam trump tonight. elizabeth warren, who has never been a real lover of hillary clinton. >> no. >> right? >> the only woman in the senate who hadn't endorsed her until this evening. >> going to endorse tonight. and we're about to hear the speech, she's going to talk about donald trump is a disgrace and a whole lot more. of incredibly organized tonight. >> yeah. i think, first of all, the kind of soft diplomacy had to go on with bernie sanders with all of the appropriate meetings, with the president, with the vice president, talking to hillary. and then now you're in the second stage, where you've got this choreographed, massive, top-level endorsements from the president to the vice president. and, of course, you know, bernie sanders' great ally in progressive politics, elizabeth warren out there. and all of this is about mobilizing the democratic party. because what they're trying to do is make sure, first of all,
about a quarter of sanders' supporters say that there's no way they could support hillary clinton. so they want to change their minds. but also, they want to mobilize those democrats to go out and vote in november, and this is the beginning of that long process. >> and maggi, this all comes on a day that for donald trump, he was meeting with ceos, not out in public. he was trying to stop the bleeding for the mexican-american judge issue. and now you have several major republicans now adding, right? it's not going away. he said i'm not going to talk about it any more, it's overly. that's not what seems happening. here's what some major republicans said today. >> why would i feel compelled to support somebody whose positions i'm kind of fundamentally disagreeing with? >> he has a way to go to give us a campaign we can all be proud. >> he's not yet the nominee, officially. that won't happen until the militant of july. >> i think it's still time for him to begin to act like a presidential candidate. should be acting.
and though i haven't given up hope, certainly last week was a -- was not a good week for donald trump. >> that's pretty stunning, that we're seeing this at this point. in a campaign. >> so you were saying how donald trump is trying to stop the bleeding. donald trump's campaign is certainly trying to stop the bleeding. we won't know what donald trump is trying to do until the next interview he gives or the next time he speaks or tweets. the other night, after the primaries were over on the republican side, he gave this very sort of humble speech of i recognize the task before me and i'm not going to let you down and the very next morning back tweeting at a media personality in one of his policy advisers remember referred to judge curiel as being a member of an anti american society. so we have to see whether trump can sustain a couple of good weeks. he has had as mitch mcconnell said, a bunch of pretty bad days. and it is taking its toll. but to your point, it is extremely rare, especially in
partisan environment, to hear such senior republicans saying what they are saying about their nominee. mitch mcconnell is concerned about saving the senate. you're going to see a lot of that soon. >> jason, the deep fire, i think as maggi points out, there is donald trump and then there's the people around donald trump. and they may want him to say this or do this or stem this tide or whatever. but he's been going to do whatever he's going to do. >> right. i mean, donald trump is his own person. and he speaks for himself. i think it's interesting, though, we continue to talk about, you know, john kasich and scott walker, two people that to the end still did not want to support donald trump, because john kasich was running for president. i don't think it's any surprise they're going to come out and continue to say this. so i think donald trump over the next several months is going to explain why he's better than hillary clinton. what i think is interesting is that for hillary clinton and her supporters, it's not so much -- that she needs -- she has three categories of supporters that she has to reach out to. one is the folks from sanders that are going to automatically go with the democrats. the second is the folks that just want to stay home.
she needs to get those folks to get out and vote. and the third, those generally inclined to support someone like donald trump, just because he is anti establishment. and he is not going to do business as usual. >> some of those people, of course, at this rally tonight with bernie sanders. i just want to listen to this briefly. as of yet, he has not said anything about stepping aside. let's listen in a moment. >> the fact of the matter is, even excluding the issue of washington, d.c., not having elected representatives in the congress -- [ booing ] -- is that all of you know that increasingly, big money is buying elections. right now, you have a couple of brothers called the koch brothers. [ booing ] they are worth tens of billions of dollars. and they are determined to
purchase the united states' senate for right wing republicans. [ booing ] when you have a handful of billionaires spending unlimited sums of money, you can call it whatever you want, but it sure is not democracy. in fact, it sounds to me like oligarchy. and what this campaign has been talking about from day one is the trend that we are seeing in our political life, in our economic life, in our media life. of fewer and fewer wealthy people controlling this nation. and that type of drift toward oligarchy is something we must prevent.
and that means overturning this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision. [ cheers and applause ] it means moving to public funding of elections. can you imagine two people, the koch brothers, one family, in the process now of purchasing the united states senate? might view is, not only should we overturn citizens united, but we should move toward public funding of elections. [ cheers and applause ] >> bernie sanders speaking at a rally, and mark preston, elizabeth warren started speaking, we're going to that live in a moment. but he has not, at least
speaking here, this is the same old bernie sanders. this is not a man about to say i concede, i now endoors. >> no. and i think there's something to be said about him staying true to his word that he's going to stay in through the district of columbia. he said he was always going to do that. he is going to do that. although i think today when we saw him outside the white house, he conceded in a very uniting way that after d.c., they're coming together. what i can tell you is, behind the scenes talking to folks, his conversations are going -- are going very well. here's the thing, though. bernie sanders is the team player today. bernie sanders is the team player tomorrow. will the clinton campaign start to be the team player back? will they give on policy issues that he wants? is it. >> crucial issue. >> will they get rid of some folks on these committees, such as governor malloy of connecticut and former congressman barney frank who was very critical of bernie sanders and the sanders people don't want them involved in the convention. >> on the big crucial question,
of course, what elizabeth warren will have to say about all of this. an impressive icon, the man bernie sanders wants to be on that ticket with hillary clinton. senator elizabeth warren is speaking live, expected to endorse clinton tonight and take trump down. i can tell you, some of the language you're going to hear in just moments is going to be scathing. you are going to hear this. somebody taking on trump in a way you have not heard before. vice president joe biden then also speaking live this hour. we will bring that to you, as well. and more top republicans attacking trump today. can the gop fix it? what are we gonna do? how about we pump more into promotions? ♪ nah. what else? what if we hire more sales reps? ♪ nah. what else? what if we digitize the whole supply chain? so people can customize their bike before they buy it. that worked better than expected. i'll dial it back. yeah, dial it back. just a little. live business, powered by sap. when you run live, you run simple.
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breaking news. senator elizabeth warren going to war with donald trump. she is speaking right now, and in just a moment or two, is going to be speaking about donald trump. she's going to be giving her coveted endorsement to hillary clinton, and as i said, talking about donald trump in words we have not heard yet before from anyone. in fact, words very much like donald trump might use in a speech about someone else. maggi, how significant is this, this speech tonight by elizabeth warren, taking on donald trump in an attack dog way we haven't heard anybody else do, endorsing hillary clinton? >> i think all of those things
matter. because they're happening at the same time. that i think elizabeth warren is one of the only people who could signal to the bernie sanders' supporters, it's time to get on board, you've got to get on board when he is not at the point he wants to do that. but elizabeth warren we saw for several weeks framing the argument against donald trump in a way that hillary clinton's team was still struggling to do. some people might think she may be trying to audition for the role of vp. but she is framing the case against trump, not just in a way that other democrats have struggled to do, but in a way that trump has done against other people. she is really going right at him, with both eviscerating language and repetition, which is what trump does. he says the same thing repeatedly about a rival. whether it breaks through and sticks remains to be seen. >> she is moments away from this crucial part about donald trump. tara, how significant do you think this is? as somebody -- you have said as a republican you're never going to get on board with donald trump. now elizabeth warren, now you're
unlikely ally. >> i found myself on the same side as many people i never in my life thought i would. and i fought my entire adult life in politics against policies like this. but you can have a difference in policy, but principles still remain the same. what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong. and in this situation, you have politically republicans that are been chasing their tails for the last week and a half, trying to defend the nominee of our party who is unfit to be the nominee. but he is, so they have excused away things they would never excuse away any other time. if he had been a democrat behaving the same way, saying similar things, the republican party would be collectively up in arms saying this person is unfit to be president. and you have even marco rubio coming out again today, saying, well, i still think he's unfit to have the nuclear codes. but sort of i stay -- i stand where i stand, and i mean, everyone is trying to walk back the support, because you have a nominee who you have no control over, who doesn't have a
coordinated message. you referred to it earlier. his campaign doesn't even have a communications director. no solid messaging. so this week and today now, donald trump is not controlling the new cycle. hillary clinton is. and every time he doesn't and goes underground a little bit like, this he comes back usually with a doozy. so god knows what's going to happen after this. >> tonight -- just under a minute away from this crucial part about donald trump. she's going to go through bit by bit by bit, his comments about this judge. >> right. >> does that influence anyone? and what does donald trump do? this is the big question. does he keep calm and say i'm not going to engage with it or engage with elizabeth warren? >> a lot of people are going to be scratching their head, because she was kind of attacking hillary clinton over the last several months in terms of bernie sanders is better, not necessarily endorsing him. and so now they're -- she's shifted her attack to trump. and it's red meat to obviously the bernie sanders supporters. but at the same time, they have to give bernie sanders supporters a reason to vote for
hillary, not just because it's donald trump. and i'm not hearing any of that today. all i'm hearing is attacking donald trump. >> well, what about this, though. endorsing hillary clinton -- this is an interesting point, though. endorsing hillary clinton. you talk about how significant it is, maggi. in a lot of ways, it's true. by endorsing hillary clinton, elizabeth warren has shown herself to be a sellout. whether it's the transcript she refuses to release or coziness with big banks, hillary clinton represents everything elizabeth warren supposedly stand against. there is something to be said about that. >> well, i think elizabeth warren will deal with that. the truth of the matter, if she's at a point where she is can say whatever differences we have, our ticket is stronger and better, that's the message she's going to come out with. and i think oh -- and i have always said this. i think there is more similar -- there's more similarities between her and hillary and bore knee supporters. bernie did not run a quixotic campaign. he ran a substantive campaign that i think democrats can all
buy into. and hillary is the nominee. so i think it's incumbent upon all of us to sort of get behind the nominee. >> and warren is literally taking the stage here on national television from bernie sanders. let's listen to senator warren as she is about to eviscerate donald trump. >> he faces historic disrespect from the republicanses who control the senate. it is despicable. it must end, and we must end it. the goal here is pretty straight forward. it's to tilt the game. and it's working. 86% of president obama's judicial nominees have either worked as a corporate attorney, a prosecutor or both. while less than 4% have worked as lawyers and public interest organizations. you know, professional diversity
is missing from the federal bench. and justice suffers for it. but even disqualifying judges based on their professional background isn't enough for donald trump. trump tells everyone who will listen that he is a great businessman. but let's be honest. he is just a guy who en inherited a fortune and kept it rolling along by cheating people. and you know, when that's your business model, sooner or later you're going to run into legal trouble. and donald trump has run into a lot of legal trouble. oh, yes. trump university. which is own his own former employees refer to as one big fraudulent scheme. now many of trump university's
victims ended up deep in debt. sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in debt. and no way to pay it off. trump's employee playbook said, look for people with financial problems, because they make good targets. he even encouraged his sales force to go after elderly people who are trying to create a little financial security, because trump figured they were vulnerable. now, i taught law for more than 30 years. and you can ask any lawyer in america, and they will tell you, that sounds a lot like fraud. and -- i'm just saying. and by the way, that is exactly what donald trump is being sued for. he's being sued for fraud and worse, for targeting the most lying to them, taking all their money, and leaving them in debt. now, some of these people are fighting back. because in america, we have the
rule of law. and that means, no matter how rich you are, no matter how loud you are, no matter how famous you are, if you break the law, you can be held accountable, even if your name is donald trump. but trump doesn't think those rules apply to him. so in a political rally, two weeks ago, and almost daily since then, the presumptive republican nominee for president of the united states has savagely attacked gonzalo curiel, the federal judge presiding over his case. he's explained, we are in front of a very hostile judge, trump said. frankly, he should recuse himself, he has given us ruling after ruling, negative, negative, negative. understand what this is. trump is criticizing judge curiel for following the law
instead of bending it to suit the financial interests of one wealthy and oh so fragile defendant. now trump also whined that he's being treated unfairly because the judge happens to be, we believe, mexican. and when he got called out, he doubled down by saying, i'm building a wall. it's an inherent conflict of interest. he has personally, personally directed his army of campaign surrogates to step up their own public attacks on judge curiel. he's even condemned federal judges who are muslim on the disgusting theory that trump's
own bigotry compromises the judges' neutrality. you just can't make this stuff up! now like all federal judges, judge curiel is bound by the federal code of judicial ethics, not to respond to these attacks. trump is picking on someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself. exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned, racist bully. [ cheers and applause ] now judge curiel can't respond, but we can. we can tell his story. gonzalo curiel was born in indiana, not mexico. to immigrant parents who worked
hard their entire lives, and who were handed nothing. he went to indiana university for undergrad and then went there for law school. for 13 years he worked as a federal prosecutor in southern california. fighting the mexican drug cartels as a leader of that region's narcotics enforcement the division. he collaborated to disrupt the culture of corruption between the mexican government and the most powerful and deadly cocaine smugglers in north america. and the effort was pretty impressive. on both sides of the border, money launderers, street gangs, assassins were arrested and prosecuted. but that came at great cost. witnesses were killed. mexican officials were murded. judge curiel himself was the target of an assassination plot and he spent the better part of a year living officially in hiding under the protection of the u.s. marshals. later, after his years of
service as a prosecutor, judge curiel was appointed to the california state courts by a republican governor who calls him an american hero. he was nominated to the federal bench by a democratic president, and he was confirmed by a voice vote in the senate. that's what kind of a man judge curiel is. what kind of a man is donald trump? is donald trump says judge curiel should be ashamed of himself. no, donald. you should be ashamed of yourself! [ cheers and applause ] ashamed! ashamed for using the megaphone of a presidential campaign to attack a judge's character and integrity simply because you think you have some god-given right steal people's money and get away with it. you shame yourself and you shame
this great country. donald trump says they ought to look into judge curiel, because what judge curiel is doing is a total disgrace. no, donald. what you are doing is a total disgrace! race-baiting a judge who spent years defending america from the terror of murderers and drug traffickers, simply because long ago his family came to america from somewhere else? you, donald trump, are a total disgrace! judge curiel is one of countless american patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country.
sometimes at great risk to his own life. donald trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone, and who serves no one but himself. and that is just one of the many reasons he will never be president of the united states. but here's the thing. in spite of these shameful attacks, nobody doubts that judge curiel will continue to preside over trump's case as a fair and neutral judge. because judge curiel is a lawyer with integrity. and that's what lawyers with integrity do. judge curiel has survived far
worse than donald trump. he has survived actual assassination attempts. he will have no trouble surviving donald trump's nasty temper tantrums. you know, when first asked, though, about whether he would condemn trump's comments about judge curiel, senator mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader said, well, gee, you know -- [ laughter ] donald trump is certainly a different kind of candidate. he-he-he. and then after days of pressure, mcconnell finally said, attacking the judge is stupid, and that the trump should, quote, get on script. what script is that, exactly?
and where do you suppose that donald trump got the idea that he can personally attack judges, regardless of the law, whenever they don't bend to the whims of billionaires and big businesses? trump isn't a different kind of candidate. he's a mitch mcconnell kind of candidate. yes. he is exactly the kind of candidate you would expect from a republican party whose script for several years has been to execute a full-scale assault on the integrity of our courts. blockading judicial appointments so donald trump can fill them. smearing and intimidating nominees who do not pledge allegiance to the financial interests of the rich and powerful. that's the kind. now, trump is also house speaker paul ryan's kind of candidate.
paul ryan condemned donald trump's campaign for its attacks on judge curiel's integrity. great. where's paul ryan's condemnation of the blockade, the intimidation, the smears and the slime against the integrity of qualified judicial nominees and judge garland? where is he? yeah. paul ryan and mitch mcconnell want donald trump to appoint the next generation of judges. they want those judges to tilt the law in favor of big businesses and billionaires like trump. they just want donald trump to quit being quite so vulgar and obvious about it. yep.
so, look, donald trump shows racism as his weapon. but his aim is example the same as the rest of the republicans. pound the courts into submission for the rich and the powerful. senator mcconnell recently said he's, quote, pretty calm about donald trump because what protects this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the constitution, the institutions. mitch mcconnell is 100% wrong. our democracy does not sustain itself. our constitution does not sustain itself. the rule of law does not sustain itself. there have always been -- >> all right, elizabeth warren speaking there, just completing her comments about donald trump. gloria borger, thin-skinned, racist bully. she uses the word nasty multiple
times. we have not heard anybody speak like this against donald trump yet. >> not since marco rubio or jeb bush tried. look, i think that the democrats and she's been brilliant at it, because she's attacked trump on twitter. so, you know, the democrats learn from the republicans. and they right out of the box, they didn't give, and they're not giving donald trump any oxygen to breathe. you know, republicans waited for him to implode and he didn't implode. the democrats are going right at him. and what he has done, the last few weeks, is sort of squandered that moment when he was out there all alone, and could have taken advantage of it, as the republican nominee. instead now, they're all going to be ganging up on him. and this is the beginning of that process. and she is attack dog number one at this point. and she is doing a pretty good job of it. >> this is nasty. to use her own word.
this is very aggressive, what you just heard. >> yes. >> donald trump's reactions, wherever he is watching. >> you know, listening to her speak, i have several different reactions. i can't keep up with how many different things i'm thinking about. i mean, say what you will about donald trump. but i mean, one thing we're going to talk about is at least he never did anything that risked the lives of u.s. soldiers or had anybody killed. say what you will about lawsuits. when she is saying that donald trump gets sued over and over again, the federal government, how many cases have been against hillary clinton or bill clinton? >> okay. but you're trying to do what you want him to do. you're trying to completely switch the topic. i asked you a question. what's his reaction to what he just heard elizabeth warren say. this is a woman who he called pocahontas on twitter. >> right. i think his reaction will be the same as mine. which is, again, if you're here endorsing hillary clinton, then say something nice about hillary clinton. because she's not doing any of that. and she's throwing red meat out to bernie sanders supporters who have been hearing for months about how hillary clinton is bad. so now she's just going to attack donald trump. >> all right. we're going to take --
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criticism of the judge. >> i'll be watching. we'll wait and see what happens going forward. it's sad in america we have such poor choices right now. >> reporter: even house speaker paul ryan, privately pushing party unity, kept up his criticism today. >> this is something that needed to be condemned. that comment is beyond the pale. >> reporter: all of this as trump's backers in washington are struggling to calm the storm. >> trump is learning how to be a candidate. nobody has ever done what trump has done. come from totally outside, never run for office. >> last week a distraction. i believe mr. trump realizes that, as well. >> reporter: now erin, we have seen some rumblings in the past couple days from republicans who would like to be able to pull off a coup at the convention, ultimately block donald trump from accepting the nomination. but while we have seen this from many prominent ted cruz supporters, we have not seen a ground swell of support from this idea from republicans more broadly. even delegates going to the convention. so while it may be a hail mary pass, i just think it's so
far-fetched, i can't believe it would ever possibly happen. but, you know, this is a campaign for not being able to predict what happens next. >> everyone saying this could never happen and now here we are. sara, thank you very much. i want to bring back my panel as we await joe biden, speaking about donald trump. tara, this is like your dream, right? your dream if it something happens at the convention. and you get a different nominee. do you think it could really happen? you've got the former national co chair of ted cruz's campaign saying they're going to go for it. >> yeah, well, this whole episode is a nightmare, for most of us, believe me. i wish someone would wake me up. of course, there are many people, and i've got news for you, plenty of elected republicans who haven't had the backbone to stand up and say this guy is not acceptable for us. doesn't represent the republican party. he's going to destroy us with minorities like the way goldwater did to us. but there are single seekers of re-election and political opportunists, so they jumped on the quote, trump train with many
regrets. because i can only imagine what paul ryan is going through, the day he decides to endorse donald trump is when all of this went on. so whether this will happen or not, i think it depends on how many other things donald trump says that are this bad. >> okay. >> there's a little, you know, germ natured possible seed here. but it depends on what donald trump does between now and then. >> yesterday when i spoke to mitch mcconnell, he was very clear. there is nothing donald trump could do or say that would make him take back his endorsement because the will of the people have spoken. >> he's in the senate and >> you have to attack it. i want to attack it. we are going to get killed with this nominee. >> he wasn't a never trump guy, hue hewitt. he is a conservative but not a
never trumper. what hugh said is important. i talked to a republican strategist this week that said here's what i'm telling my clients, okay, senate and house races, i am telling them say whatever you want about donald trump, criticize him all you want. even people that support him have misgivings. what you cannot do is under any circumstance say you're supporting hillary clinton, and susan collins today intimated she could go there, didn't say she would, but that's the rubicon. i think for republicans, anything goes. they have to save their own skins right now, so this is the new normal i think in the republican party. they're going to be able to say whatever they want. >> do you know how hard it will be for them? i can see in the fall ads being cut, paul ryan saying this is textbook racism, mitch mcconnell, a litany of people that condemned donald trump, and then asking people to say well,
we know we're on the titanic but you have to sink with the ship instead of getting on a life raft because you bought a ticket for the trip. >> first of all, i think what we are experienced it is not impossible with the republican party. folks not endorsing donald trump are republicans and still want their races to be run-down ballot. for all of the folks donald trump brought into the election cycle, if they're talking about or calling themselves republicans, they're going to go out and do whatever activity is necessary to support the ticket top to bottom. it is important i think for democrats in my position to attach every down ballot candidate with donald trump, no matter how far they try to distance themselves. >> there's ads already. >> is there fear in the trump camp this could happen? i know talking to potential donors, they're not stepping on board, they're upset about the judge issue, they're not writing
the checks. >> honestly if a candidate is relying on the top of the ticket to help them win the race, they haven't done their job as a senator or congressman. what people are forgeting are 15 million came out to vote for trump. when they're neck in neck, there's some group out there that supports donald trump and as we get through the election and stop talking about these donald trump said this and donald trump said that and start talking about the issues, there's going to be a clear difference. >> you start having tonight though paul ryan and elizabeth warren sounding like the same person. here's paul ryan this morning on abc news. >> this is something that needed to be condemned, that comment is beyond the pale, that's not political correctness, suggesting a person can't do their job because of race or
ethnicity, that's not a politically incorrect thing to do, that's just a wrong thing to say. >> ryan, here is elizabeth warren moments ago. >> someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself, exactly what you would expect from a thin skinned racist bully. >> i mean, it's interesting, they are in different ways saying the same thing, that it is wrong to suggest that a person cannot do their job because of their race or ethnicity. paul ryan and elizabeth warren. >> two people on the opposite ends of the profession. if you're a candidate now and running a race and hoping that donald trump is going to help you win the race, you will lose that race, okay, that's number one. number two, any thought, all due respect, any thought donald trump will be removed as republican presidential nominee is the most ridiculous thing
that's been discussed over the past couple days. bob vander plat is proposing it, he is not even on the committee, important to know, that will never happen. if it does, cleveland will burn in summer as we thought. he will be the nominee. >> that doesn't stop some of the delegates from pulling a revolt at the convention, whether successful or not, you know, remains to be seen. >> that's right. >> i think you're going to see it is not going to be smooth sailing. >> mitch mcconnell said nothing will get me to change my mind because of what you point out, those votes. but what if someone significant says i can't do this, i tried and tried, paul ryan or mitch mcconnell, does it matter? >> yeah. >> you think it will matter. >> but you're talking about does it matter he will be the nominee. he will be the nominee as mark said. does it matter in terms of him winning the election, yes, it matters.
there's a limit if you put together contrast from what you see on the democratic side versus the republican side, it is stark. you see democrats, even sanders saying i'm going to keep going until d.c. but he is going to make sure trump is not the president, that's very different than what you're saying on the republican side, extensive condemnation, can trump go 72 hours without back sliding. >> this is a different context from the primaries. when the establishment went against donald trump in the primaries, that was one thing. now it is a general election context. he has to attract new voters. >> take a break. when we come back, vice president biden speaking live, expected to attack trump at the same podium you heard elizabeth warren speak at. we will be right back. and can you explain to me why you recommend synthetic over cedar? "super food"? is that a real thing? it's a great school, but is it the right the one for her? is this really any better than the one you got last year? if we consolidate suppliers what's the savings there?
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cnn. thank you for joining us. see you back here tomorrow night. don't forget, watch our show on cnn go. meantime, ac 360 with anderson cooper begins right now. good evening. thanks very much for joining us. we begin with breaking news. firing attacks on donald trump over attacks on a federal judge. vice president biden speaking now, we are listening in, we will bring you comments when he starts to talk about it. tale of two parties with the roles almost reversed, democrats are doing what republicans normally do at this point, falling in line behind the presumptive nominee and republicans are falling all over themselves dealing with donald trump, including clashing over campaign fundraising, some trying to launch new plans to stop him at the convention in cleveland. we will look at all of that tonight. as for the democrats, a different story today. bernie sanders met with president obama. the president endorsed secretary whinton, so is elizabeth warren