tv CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin CNN June 13, 2016 11:00am-1:01pm PDT
here we go. top of the hour. you are watching cnn here. i'm brooke baldwin live in orlando. just quickly to give you a vantage point, you can see the pulse sign a block away from me in the 95-degree heat we are covering the story. cnn's special live coverage of america's worst deadly terror attack. 49 innocent people, enjoying life. latin night, salsa. murdered. and another 53 hurt. we're now seeing as new information, new video is coming
in, new video here, this is just inside pulse nightclub showing the moment that those shots rang out. >> at the club. >>. [ [ bleep ] ] >> i'm at the club. [ gunshots ] >> at the club. >> the main woman there you saw in that video, her name amanda alviar, she did not survive. she recorded this video on her cell phone on snapchat, recording of what would become her final moments. the gunman apparently inspired by isis calling 911. not just once or twice but three different times in the middle of his siege here at the pulse nightclub. apparently one of the calls he pledged his allegiance to isis.
he also pledged his allegiance to the boston bombers from a couple of years ago. the fbi declaring a short time ago, quote, this killer was radicalized. >> we are working hard to understand the killer and his motives and his sources of inspiration. but we are highly confident that this killer was radicalized and at least in some part through the internet. >> authorities telling cnn today the shooter tried to buy military grade body armor recently. we know he bought those guns and body armor we have learned here suggesting the attack in the works for at least a couple of weeks. let's begin this coverage this hour with pamela brown with more on the key details. pam, beginning with the body armor and by the way we have law enforcement analyst and former assistant director to the u.s. marshal's office art roderick with me, as well. let's begin with you, pamela. the gunman claimed to be working
directly, on, behalf of the islamic state and there's absolutely no evidence of that. >> reporter: at this point, there's no evidence that he was directed, brooke. adding further confusion to investigators, appears he had sympathies toward al nusra and al qaeda and in fact during the 911 call he talked about the american suicide bomber who lived in florida, who he went to the mosque with, whom he had ties with and suicide bomber was tied to al nusra, an enemy of isis and we know this gunman talking about his thfamilial associations when he was a security guard and raised alarm bells for co-workers. they went to the fbi and the fbi checked this out, interviewed him twice and he admitted to saying this but then he only said it because he felt like his co-workers were taunting him
because he was muslim and nothing to substantiate the claims and then the next year, actually, interviewed him as part of that investigation into this american suicide bomber to see what kind of a relationship he had with him. here's what director james comey had to say about that today. >> in july of 2014, the killer's name surfaced again in an indirect way. our miami office was investigating the florida man who had blown himself up in syria for the nusra front, being in conflict with isil and the killer knew him casually from attending the same mosque in that area of florida but our investigation turned up no ties of consequence of the two of them. in the course of that investigation, one witness told us when asked, do you know anybody else who might be radicalizing, he was searched
about the killer, because the killer mentioned alaqi videos. >> reporter: and director comey said that the fbi could not find any derogatory information on the gunman so essentially the fbi moved on from there. he was not considered a high priority target. brooke, that is something under scrutiny. was anything missed after that? he did say that the fbi is looking at whether he was scoping up targets and as we know cnn spoke to a store owner claiming the past couple of weeks he went in to buy the body armor and denied the request and the store didn't have it and it's raising questions. brooke? >> all right. pamela, thank you so much. art, on a couple of pamela's point, trying to get the military grade body armor and denied, i'm thinking thank goodness and also thinking if he was on some sort of list, had been investigated, by the way, i
think the fbi is phenomenal and i know there are hundreds of isis sympathizers out there, right? if you try to buy body armor, why is there not a red bell that goes off somewhere? >> there should have been. military style body armor is armor to stop high-profiled rifles. usually law enforcement has and carry day-to-day basis is like a level 3-a vest to stop handguns. that's another add-on plate in the front to stop rifles. this sounds like what he was trying to purchase. very difficult to get and should have raised some red flags somewhere. >> couldn't get the body armor but he could get and i have covered so many of these. >> i know. >> mass shootings conversations and i keep -- i mean, the ar-15. >> right. >> it is the weapon of choice apparently. he was able to get the weapon and other weapons, what? because he was a security guard. >> that's partly to do with it. i mean, he was licensed to carry in the state of florida. had a security job.
probably the revolver that they found in the van very possibly could have been his work revolver. if you're going into a mass casualty situation, and trying to take out as many people as you can, you don't use a revolver. the glock holds 13, 15 rounds before you have to reload. the ar-15 he got can hold 20 or 30 rounds in a magazine. so and those are very easy, very quickly to load and reload and can cause a lot of damage as we can see here. >> survival tales and hearing more and they have been saying how is it that somebody continues to shooting so much and waiting for him to stop and he wouldn't stop. stay with me. renee marsh, let's bring you in. you have details on the investigation and perhaps the gunman. what are you learning? >> more from g4s secure solutions which hired him in 2007. the security company described
to cnn this background check that was conducted in 2010 and a second check that was done in 2013. the check included a criminal record check, they also looked into prior employment, education, social security, credit report, driver's license, a drug test, as well as work references. this security company says that the background check also included a psychological evaluation. now, the specific evaluation is a test called mmpi. that stands for minnesota multiphasic personality inventory test. it was described to me as an in-depth psychological evaluation. this security company says they then rescreened mateen in october of 2013. they say they rescreen about 15% of their employees just as a precaution each year and he was one of those employees.
in 2013. but they didn't find any red flags, anything that would suggest that he shouldn't be working for them. i do want to note that this specific security company has a huge presence here in the united states. they have many federal contracts. the company provides service to federal buildings, airport, nuclear power plants. it is partnered with more than 90% of the u.s. nuclear facilities so they do a lot of federal work and they have confirmed to us that omar mateen did not work in any federal building. so again, brooke, now we are just getting more insight of what kind of checks were done on mateen before he got that position as a security guard. >> sure. no. it sounds like this highly representable security company dotted the "i"s and crossed the "t"s. art, you heard all the tests done, passed. >> that's the standard procedure they use. any time you get a government
contract, this's usually written into the contract for that private security company to do all that. and they have to provide that themselves. you know, we are talking 2007. sounds like they retested in 2013. not sure if they did the psychological testing in 2013. generally what happens is after so many years you do a reinvestigation and a lot of times that's just a criminal history check. >> not the full, in-depth -- >> check you get when you first get hired on. >> thank you so much. don't go too far here. again, we are live in orlando about a block from the pulse nightclub. and right now, so many of the young people, a lot of them victims, still in area hospitals. there's one just another block away. all of this right in the tight area here of orlando. so many of them still sitting in hospital beds fighting for their lives. cnn's victor blackwell is live about a half mile south of here. victor, what do we know about those who are being treated
today? >> reporter: well, we know that 36 hours after the shooting began, this is a very urgent day here at the orlando regional medical center. six people underwent surgery today. surgeries overnight and a fuller picture of the number of victims and the severity of injuries that came to this hospital. we're told that 44 victims were brought to this hospital system, 11 to other hospitals. nine died but the hospital leaders say that those deaths in the first few hours after the shooting. none in the last 24 hours or so. six people have been discharged. by their count, 29 remain in the hospital. of those 29, 5 patients are in grave condition. now, of course, we know that 49 people in all were killed by that gunman. we know that now 46 names of the 49 have been released by the city. just the last few and just the last five minutes and still got three names out for those family who is are waiting for confirmation from the city of
the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. brooke, back to you. >> victor blackwell, thank you so much. and coming up next here, we'll take you live to the shooter's home. hear what investigators have found inside. you know they have been combing through everything they can get their hands on. plus, now hearing the shooter attended the same mosque of an american suicide bomber p eer worshipped. but did they meet? and moments from now, donald trump will address the attack here in orlando after suggesting, quote, there's something going on with president obama because he doesn't say the words radical islam. you're watching cnn's special live coverage here. i'm brooke baldwin in orlando. we'll be right back. (vo) whatever your perfect temperature...
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my daughter and my two nieces, please come and get us now. they're shooting. they're shooting. my daughter said she was hit and bleeding in her arm and going to pass out. >> we just wanted to make sure we are listening to those who survived and those loved ones here who have survived. just something absolutely atrocious here in orlando. the feds working through the night to search the shooter's home. i can tell you that hundreds of people in the ft. pierce neighborhood here in florida had to be evacuated. the exhaustive search completed a short time ago and where we have polo sandoval just outside of his apartment. polo, what have they found? >> reporter: brooke, not necessarily what they found but outside of the vehicle that we are actually not standing not too far from. a vehicle that if you walk to it, look in the window, you see federal court documents inside with a gunman's name on it. it reads, titled a search
warrant and then below that it's basically an inventory of what federal authorities removed from that vehicle and that includes dna samples, also different vacuum samples, as well. dna swabs and trinkets from inside of the vehicle and outside of the apartment complex omar mateen called home. this is rather standard when it comes to the federal investigations. however, when's significant here is that we have to recall what we heard from proors just this morning that they're looking into the responsibility of at least other people who acknowledged that this attack was in the works. again, that brings you up to speed on the investigation happening about two hours south of where you are there in orlando. as for people here, brooke, they were shaky after the incredible amount of police activity we witnessed here after daybreak yesterday. the scene, though, was cleared by federal authorities just before sun rise and last thing i should mention and kind of a bizarre twist here, brooke, investigators are back out here again. this time, though, at the local
level because just behind the apartment complex, behind what we're told is actually mateen's apartment, the rear sliding door was open after it was secure so now there's question about whether or not people actually gained entry into that apartment complex, into that actual apartment itself and state investigators are back out here as well as some local authorities here namely and processing the scene again for evidence, however, federal authorities are very confident that anything that would have been considered evidence is no longer here but, again, they have to be safe and make sure that this investigation was not jeopardized and something to keep a close eye on right now, brooke. >> of course. you can understand the shakiness, right? of some of the people in the neighborhood after this happened in their community. polo sandoval, thank you so much. here, the entire city of orlando, the lgbt community has been absolutely devastated we
the events in the pulse nightclub a block behind us here. we have two guests in the thick of june heat in orlando. terry decarlo and also with me john cutter, the managing editor of orlando sentinel. thank you so much. i hate that we're meeting under these circumstances. but this is what's happened. just first, terry, to you, you know some of the victims. you have been essentially hospital hopping, correct? >> yeah. it's been a when i will wind. >> are you still in the blur? stepping within it? >> i leapt 15 minutes in 24 hours. it's been nonstop since i got the phone call at 3:30 yesterday morning and we heard it was just a shooting and made the way down and as things developed we realized how bad it actually was. >> can you tell me a little bit of the stories you have heard from the folks that survived who you have spoken to in the
hospital? >> you can't imagine. the three-hour standoff and people inside the club snapchatting from inside and taking pictures or trying to get messages out to friends and family and looking from where they were being held hostage out to a siege of bodies laying on the floor. it's just -- they're -- we have grief counselors. we have 17 working right now to talk to people and to talk to the regular community in large because there are so many storys that are coming out. it is just really devastating. >> you hear the stories of people barricading within the bathroom. >> right. >> initially thought it was fireworks and didn't understand why that was. can you share one specific story just of someone -- >> somebody, a girl who thought her life was over was on snapchat and was just snapping away, trying to for lack of a better word get her life out there. >> oh. >> thinking that she wasn't
going to make it out. and to be able to tell the people this is what we went through. she made it out, thank god. >> thank god. >> but total trauma on a 25-year-old girl. >> i have more for you. john, let's show our viewers, this is a pretty -- it's a beautiful cover of the paper this morning with two young people just in an embrace. you can see the bold print, our community will heal. you know, i've seen other newspapers where, you know, you see on the front page the young man and most cases who's done this. why did you choose this? >> kind of things terry's talking about, the grief, the horror. this is our community, too. this is where we live and work. we really felt as if we needed to make a statement and make a connection with the readers and we thought the best way was to take this editorial and talk about healing. talk about the grief we're feeling. but also where we're going. >> this is something that people watching need to understand.
we're journalists and wear the journalistic hat and this is when, you know, you are rushing to a newsroom. you have friends potentially in the nightclub. you're covering the story. right? yet you're not sure if your friends are okay. >> no. when i arrived yesterday, there was a couple of people close to tears but they were just what terry and friends are doing, trying the reach people that they knew and loved and were they okay and trying to work, too, sending text messages. that thing happening all day led us to that. we didn't want to see a big, huge headline that said, 50 dead in orlando. everyone knew what happened. we felt we needed to make a statement. >> can i just say, i don't think i've been to orlando since i was a little girl and getting off the plane this morning and seeing people, excited to be in orlando, with their mickey mouse hats and i just -- it's such the die out chotomy of what they're looking for and what's happened and what's happened right there.
right there. for the people who are watching around the world, what do you want them to know? >> orlando is hurt. orlando is -- had a cold slap in the face. you know, this could happen any city in the world but it happened in our ours. orlando's hurt. we will heal. i have seen within the past 24 hours this amazing city and the amazing people in the city not only lgbt community but the community at large come together. i have gotten calls from berlin, the mayor of berlin, the mayor of london. the world is watching. but here in orlando, lgbt coming together and standing together. they'll heal. they'll cry together. and orlando will come back stronger but we tell everybody to grab your loved ones and tell them you love them because you never know if you might go out to a nightclub and something like this might happen. >> terry, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> i appreciate it. john, thank you very much.
>> thank you. coming up next here on cnn, we will have new details here on this investigation. we have new information about the shooter's attempt to buy military grade body armor. we'll tell you he didn't get to make that purchase. he was stopped. we are waiting for donald trump to speak here. he's set to take the stage in mere minutes. live pictures. his speech will focus we're told on terrorism and national security there in manchester, new hampshire. i'm brooke baldwin. we're back right after this.
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here we go. we're back. let's listen in. donald trump speaking there in manchester, new hampshire. let's listen. >> radical islamic terrorism. even her former secret service agent who's seen her under pressure and in times of stress has straited that she lacks the temperament and integrity to be our president. there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss these important issues at a later time and i'll deliver that speech very, very soon. but today, there is only one thing to discuss. the growing threat of terrorism. inside of our borders. the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando, florida, was the worst terrorist strike on our soil since september 11th and the worst mass shooting in our country's history.
so many people, such, i mean, hard to believe, but just so many people dead. so many people gravely injured. so much carnage. such a disgrace. the horror is beyond description. the families of these wonderful people are totally devastated and they will be forever. likewise, our whole nation and, indeed, the whole world is devastated. we express our deepest sympathies to the victims, the wounded and their families. we mourn as one people for our nation's loss and pledge our support to any and all who need it. i would like to ask now that we all observe a moment of silence for the victims of this attack.
thank you. our nation stands together in solidarity with the me believes of orlando's lgbt community. they have been through something that nobody could ever experience. this is a very dark moment in america's history. a radical islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub, not only because he wanted to kill americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation. it's a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. it's an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity. it's an attack on the right of every single american to live in
peace and safety in their own country. we need to respond to this attack on america as one united people with force, purpose and determination. but the current politically correct response cripples our ability to talk and to think and act clearly. we're not acting clearly. we're not talking clearly. we've got problems. if we don't get tough and if we don't get smart and fast, we're not going to have our country anymore. there will be nothing, absolutely nothing left. the killer whose name i will not use or ever say was born in afghan of afghan parents who emigrated to the united states. his father published support for the afghan taliban, a regime which murders those who don't
share its radical views. and they murdered plenty. the father even said he was running for president of afghanistan. the bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in america in the first place is because we allowed his family to come here. that is a fact and it's a fact we need to talk about. we have a dysfunctional immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country and it does not permit us to protect our citizens properly. we have an incompetent administration and if i'm elected president, that will not change. i will tell you. that will not change over the next four years. we have an administration that will not change. but if i get in there, it's going to change and it's going to change quickly. we're going from totally incompetent to just the opposite. believe me.
[ applause ] thank you. with 50 people dead, and perhaps more ultimately and dozens more wounded, we cannot afford to talk around issues anymore. we have to address these issues head on. i called for a ban after san bernardino. and was met with great scorn and anger. but now, many years and i have to say many years but many are saying that i was right to do so and although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. we have to do it. it will be lifted this ban when and as a nation we're in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming in to our country. they're pouring in and we don't know what we're doing. the immigration laws of the united states give the president
powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons. now, any class it really is determined and to be determined by the president. for the interests of the united states. and it's as he or she deems appropriate. hopefully it's he. in this case. [ applause ] thank you. i will use this power to protect the american people. when i'm elected, i will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the united states, europe or our allies. until we fully understand how to end these threats. [ applause ] thank you. by the way, we have no choice.
after full and partial and long overdue security assessment, we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of america. [ applause ] we cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer. many of the principles of radical islam are incompatible with western values and institutions. [ applause ] remember this. radical islam is anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-american. [ applause ] i refuse to allow america to
become a place where gay people, christian people, jewish people are targets of persecution and intimidation by radical islamic preachers of hate and violence. [ applause ] this is not just a national security issue. it's a quality of life issue. if we want to protect the quality of life for all americans, women and children, gay and straight, jews and christians and all people, then we need to tell the truth about radical islam and we need to do it now. [ applause ] we need to tell the truth, also, about how radical islam is coming to our shores. and it's coming. with these people, folks, it's
coming. we're admitting terrorism in by the president. even our own fbi director has admitted that we cannot effectively check the backgrounds of people we're letting into america. all of the september 11th hijackers were issued visas. large numbers of somali refugees in minnesota have tried to join isis. the boston bombers came here through political asylum. the male shooter in san bernardino, again, whose name i will not mention, was the child of immigrants from pakistan and he brought his wife, the other terrorist, from saudi arabia through another one of our easily exploited visa programs. [ applause ]
immigration of afghanistan into the united states increased nearly fivefold, fivefold in just one year. according to pew research, 99% of the people in afghanistan support oppressive sharia law. we admit many more and that's just the way it is, we admit many more from other countries in the region and i'll tell you what, they share these oppressive views and values. we want to remain a free and open society. then and if we do, then we have to control our borders. we have to control. and we have to control them now. not later. right now. [ applause ] yet hillary clinton for months and despite so many attacks repeatedly refused to even say
the words radical islam until i challenged her yesterday and guess what. she will probably say them. she sort of has said them but let's see what happens. she really has no choice but she doesn't want. however, she's been forced and she has been forced to say these words. she supports and the reason is she supports so much of what is wrong and what is wrong with this country and what's going wrong with our countries and our borders. she has no clue in my opinion what radical islam is and she won't speak honestly about it if she does, in fact, know. she's in total denial and her continuing reluctance to ever name the enemy broadcasts weakness across the entire world. true weakness. [ applause ] i don't know if you know this but just a few weeks before san
bernardino, the slaughter, it's all it was, a slaughter, hillary clinton explained her refusal to say the words radical islam. here is what she said, exact quote. muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. that is hillary clinton. so she says the solution is to ban guns. they tried that in france which has among the toughest gun laws anywhere in the world and 130 people were brutally murdered by islam terrorists in cold blood. her plan is to disarm law-abiding citizens abolishing the second amendment and leaving only the bad guys and terrorists with guns. no good. not going to happen, folks. not going to happen. [ applause ] not going to happen. thank you.
she wants to take away american's guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us. let them come into the country, we don't have guns. let them come in. let them have all the fun they want. i will be meeting with the nra which has given me the earliest endorsement in a presidential race to discuss how to ensure americans have the means to protect themselves in this age of terror. i will be always defending the second amendment. [ applause ] the bottom line is that hillary supports policies that bring the threat of radical islam into america and allow it to grow overseas and it is growing. in fact, hillary clinton's catastrophic immigration plan will bring vastly more radical
islamic immigration into this country threatening not only our society but our entire way of life. when it comes to radical islamic terrorism, ignorance is not bliss. it's deadly. totally deadly. the obama administration, with the support of hillary clinton and others has also damaged our security by restraining our intelligence gathering and we have no intelligence gathering information. we need this information so badly. he stopped it. we don't have the support. we don't have the support of the law enforcement system because obama is not letting them do their job. they are not being allowed to do their job. and they can do it well, better than anybody. we need a new leader. we need a new leader fast. [ applause ]
thank you. they have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety and above all else. i refuse to be politically correct. [ applause ] i want to do the right thing. i want to straighten things out and i want to make america great again. [ applause ] the days of deadly ignorance will end and they will end soon if i'm elected. as president, i will give our intelligence community, law enforcement and military the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks. they don't have those tools now. [ applause ] we need an intelligence gathering system second to none. second to none.
that includes better cooperation between state, local and federal officials and with our allies, very importantly. i will have an attorney general, a director of national intelligence and a secretary of defense who will know how to fight the war on radical islamic terrorism. [ applause ] and they will have the support that they need to get the job done right. not like it is right now. it is not right. we also must ensure the american people are provided the information they need to understand the threat. the senate subcommittee on immigration identified hundreds of immigrants charged with terrorist activities inside the united states since september 11th. nearly a year ago, the senate subcommittee asked president obama's department of justice,
state and homeland security to provide the immigration history of all terrorists inside the united states. these departments refused to comply. nobody even knows why. they refused to comply. president obama must release the full and complete immigration histories of all individuals implicated in terrorist activities of any kind since september 11th. so important. the public has a right to know how these people got here, how they came on to this great land, why are they here? [ applause ] we have to screen applicants the know whether they're affiliated with or supporting radical groups and beliefs. very simple. we have to control the amount of future immigration into this
country and we have to prevent large pockets of radicalization from forming inside america. [ applause ] not complicated. every -- just think of this. take a look. every single event, even a single individual can be devastating and all you have to do is take a look at what happened in orlando and what happened in other cases, just a single event. and just one person. can you imagine what they'll do in large groups, which we're allowing now to come here? truly, our president doesn't know what he's doing. he's failed us. and he's failed us badly. and under his leadership, this situation will not get any better. it will only get worse. and i've been saying that for a long time. each year, the united states permanently admits 100,000 immigrants from the middle east
and many more from muslim countries outside of the middle east. our government has been admitting ever-growing numbers year after year without any effective plan for our own security. in fact, clinton's state department was in charge of admissions and the admission process for people applying to enter from overseas. having learned nothing from these attacks, she now plans to massively increase admissions without a screening plan including a 500% increase in syrian refugees coming in to our country. tell me, tell me how stupid is that? this could be a better, bigger more horrible version than the legendary trojan horse ever was. altogether, under the clinton plan, you'd be admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the middle east
with no system to vet them or to prevent the radicalization of the children and their children. not only their children, by the way, they're trying to take over our children and convention them how wonderful isis is and how wonderful islam is and we don't know what's happening. the burden is on hillary clinton to tell us why she believes immigration from these dangerous countries should be increased without any effective system to really to screen. we are not screening people. so why don't we have an effective screening system? we don't. we're being laughed at all over the world. the burden is on hillary clinton to tell us why we should admit anyone into our country who supports violence of any kind against gay and lesbian americans, the burden is on hillary clinton to tell us how she will pay for it, her plan will cost hundreds of billions
of dollars long term. wouldn't this be money better spent rebuilding america for our current population, including the many poor people already living here? we have cities. we have inner cities. we have poverty all over. this is how we're spending billions of dollars. we have to stop the tremendous flow of syrian refugees into the united states. we don't know who they are. they have no documentation. and we don't know what they're planning. and we won't. unless we have proper supervision and proper leadership. in which case, they're out of here. what i want -- [ applause ] what i want is common sense. i want a mainstream immigration policy that promotes american values. that's a choice i put before the american people. a mainstream immigration policy designed to benefit america or
hillary clinton's radical immigration policy designed to benefit politically correct special interest. that's all it is. we've got to get smart. and tough. and vigilant. and we have got to do it now because later is too late. going to be too late for our country. and the media talks about home grown terrorism. but islamic radicalism, that's a very, very important term, a term that the president refuses to use, and the networks that nurture it are imports from overseas whether you like it or whether you don't like it. yes, there are many radicalized people already inside our country as a result of poor policies of the past but the whole point is that we'll be much, much and it will be easier to deal with our current problem if we don't keep on bringing people who add to the problem. and that's what they're doing.
we're letting all of the people, hundreds of thousands of people come in. and all they're doing is adding to this incredible problem we have. for instance, the controversial mosque attended by the boston bombers had at its founder as its founder an immigrant from overseas charged in an assassination plot. this shooter and amazingly in orlando was the child of an immigrant father who supported one of the most repressive regimes on earth. why would we admit people who support violent hatred? hillary clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring islamic extremists to our country and suppress women, gays and anyone else who doesn't share their views or values. [ applause ]
she can't have it both ways. she can't claim to be supportive of these communities while trying to increase the number of people coming in who want to oppress these same communities. how does this kind of immigration make our lives better? how does this kind of immigration make our country better? why does hillary clinton want to bring people in in vast numbers who reject our values? why? explain. ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the lgbt community. donald trump with actions or hillary clinton with her words. i will tell you who the better friend is. and some day i believe that will be proven out bigly. [ applause ]
by the way, the lgbt community is just what's happened to them is just so sad and to be thinking about where their policies are currently with this administration is a disgrace to that community. i will tell you right now. clinton wants to allow radical islamic terrorists to pour into our country. they enslave women and they murder gays. i don't want them in our country. [ applause ] immigration is a privilege. and we should not let anyone in to this country who doesn't support our communities. all of our communities. every single one of them. america's already admitted four times more immigrants than any country on earth. anybody in the world four times more at least. we don't know who's coming in
and we continue to admit millions more with no real checks or scrutiny. not surprisingly wages or our worch workers haven't budged in almost 20 years. you wonder why we get the crowds and the support and why i have gotten more voting than any republican in any primary in the history of the republican party. take a look at that. take a look at your security. take a look at the wages. for 18 years they have been sta stagnant and gone down. whether it's a matter of financial security or national security, we can't afford to keep on going like this. we owe $19 trillion in debt and no options. our communities from all backgrounds are ready for some relief. this is not an act of offense against anyone. it's really an act of defense. i want us all, all of us to work together. we have to form a partnership
with our muslim communities. we have muslim communities in this country that are great. and we have to form that partnership. now, the muslim community, so importantly, they have to work with us. they have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad and they know it. and they have to do it and they have to do it forthwith. i want to fix our schools. i want to fix our bridges and our jobs market, we are going to have it rocket again. we are going to make great trade deals. but i want every american to succeed, including muslims. but the muslims have to work with us. they have to work with us. they know what's going on. they know that he was bad. they knew the people in san bernardino were bad. but you know what? they didn't turn them in. and we had death and destruction. hillary clinton wants to empty out the treasury to bring people in to the country that include
individuals who preach hate against our citizens. i want to protect our citizens, all of our citizens. the terrorist attack on pulse nightclub demands a full and complete investigation into every single aspect of the assault. in san bernardino, as an example, people who know what was going on, they knew exactly, but they used the excuse of racial profiling for not reporting it. they said we thought so but we didn't want to use racial profiling. probably an excuse given to them by their lawyer so they don't get in trouble. we need to know what the killer discussed with his relatives, parents, friends and associates. we need to know if he was affiliated with any radical mosques or radical activists and what if any is their immigration status. we have to know. we have to know fast. we need to know if he traveled
anywhere. and who he traveled with. we need to know and we need to make sure every single last person involved in this plan including anyone who knew something but didn't tell us is brought to justice. so when people know what's going on, and they don't tell us, and we have an attack and people die, these people have to have consequences. big consequences. [ applause ] america must do more. much more. to protect its citizens, especially people who are potential victims of crimes. based on their backgrounds or sexual orientation. as you just saw in orlando. it also means we must change our foreign policy. the decision to overthrow the regime in libya, then pushing for the overthrow of the regime
in syria, among other things, without plans for the day after have created space for isis to expand and grow like nobody has ever seen before. these actions along with our disastrous iran deal reduced the ability to work in partnership with the muslim allies in the region. that is why our new goal must be to defeat islamic terrorism, not nation building. no more nation building. it is never going to work. and by the way, we've spent almost $5 trillion over the years on trying to nation build in the middle east. and it has been a complete and total disaster. we're further away now than we were 15 years ago. for instance, the last major nato mission was hillary clinton's war in libya. that mission helped unleash isis
on a new continent. i've said nato needs to change its focus and stop terrorism. we have to focus on terrorism. and we have to stop terrorism. since i've raised that criticism, and it's okay, i've gotten no credit for it, but these are minor details, nato since announced a new initiative, front page of "wall street journal" four days ago, focused on just that. america must unite the whole civilized world in the fight against islam terrorism. [ applause ] pretty much like we did with communism in the cold war. we've tried it. president obama's way doesn't work. he gave the world his apology tour. we got isis. and many other probables in return. that's what we got. remember the famous apology
tour. we're sorry for everything. i'd like to conclude my remarks today by again expressing our solidarity with the people of orlando who have come under this horrific attack. when i'm president, i pledge to protect and defend all americans who live inside our borders. wherever they come from, wherever they were born, i don't care. all americans living here and following our laws, not other laws, will be protected. [ applause ] thank you. thank you. we're going to be tough and we're going to be smart and do it right. america will be a tolerant and open society. america will also be a safe society. we will protect our borders at home. we will defeat isis overseas.
we have no choice. we will ensure every parent can raise their children in peace and safety. we will make america rich again. we will make america safe again. we will make america great again. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you. >> the republican presidential presumed nominee donald trump issuing a very, very strong statement. strongly reiterating the call for a ban on muslim immigrants coming to the united states. he says the u.s. has to suspend immigration from areas where terrorism is prevalent right now. we have no choice, donald trump said, we need to tell the truth about radical islam. repeatedly going after hillary clinton, the presumptive democratic nominee point after point after point. gloria borger is with us.
dana bash, peter bergen, david gergen. hillary clinton's speech an hour or so ago and implied severe criticism of donald trump. never mentioned his name at all. he was not that reluctant. >> no. she talked about scapegoating in reference to his policy on muslims and his ban. but she didn't mention donald trump's name. this speech was all about hillary clinton. this speech was laying the blame for all of this basically at the feet of hillary clinton. he said hillary clinton supports policies that promote the growth of radical islam. and he said the days of deadly ignorance will end. he declared the end of political correctness. he said very strongly that, you know, you can't, you know, you can't have political correctness and attack the problem at the core. and, you know, is very clear to me that we saw today two completely different visions of
what we have to do to stop these attacks in this country. and also, by the way, he had this reasoning which said that hillary clinton can never be a friend of the gay community if she lets in these people in this country who would attack and kill gays. and so, he sort of turned hillary clinton's reasoning on its head. clearly playing to his base in the republican party. but also, trying to expand his base and say the republican -- the democrats haven't done a thing about this. i am the only one who can say it and actually get these things done because they've been ham strung by president obama and hillary clinton. >> dana, he said she has no clue what radical islam is. when she was on cnn earlier this morning, she did say something previously she had been reluctant to say. let me play a clip of that. >> from my perspective, it mat
earls what we do more than what we say. i have clearly said we face terrorist enemies who use islam to justify slaughter innocent people and, you know, whether you call it radical jihadism, radical islam, i'm happy to say either. what i won't do because i think it's dangerous to defeat the efforts is to demonize and demagogue and declare war on a religion playing into isis' hands. >> in her speech she did speak of radical jihadists. >> that was a very clear attempt to try to take one rhetorical, very potent rhetorical weapon from republicans and right now donald trump. which is, and we heard it from all of the republican candidates before there was only one left, that you can't -- it's weak to not say that, say the term radical islamic terrorism because it shows that, you know, you sort of care more about
political correctness than defining the problem and if you don't define the problem you can't find the solution. that was the goal of hillary clinton there. in terms of donald trump's speech, i thought it was vintage trump. using all of the buzzwords and the sort of catchphrases that made him so successful with republican primary voters. be tough. end it. we have to make sure that we, you know, do the right thing, stay at this. make america great. i mean, a lot of kind of trumpisms not a lot of policy prescriptions. he talked about sharing intelligence and intelligence gathering. hiring an attorney general, appointing one to fight radical islamic terrorism. you know, that certainly i think you would hear the obama administration argue that they have tried to do that. the bush administration post-9/11 tried to do that, as well. that's interesting. also, just one note that, you know, i think that there are probably a lot of conservatives out there, maybe not a lot.
there are some conservatives out there who heard what donald trump said about the gay community and went, oh, okay. that's where the republican party is now. i think that we should note that. the fact that he said obviously this attack in orlando was on a gay nightclub, people who -- people should be able to love who they want and express their identity for republican nominee to say that is pretty incredible, especially. >> hillary clinton is not really for you. >> exactly. going back in time to 2004 last republican president ran against gay marriage and here you have him as you said trying to sort of be supportive of gay rights and a club on those who want to get rid of gay rights is pretty astoni astonishing. >> peter bergen, you were listening, studying terrorism for a long time. you heard hillary clinton's comments. now you have heard donald trump's recipe for dealing with it. your thoughts?
>> his big idea is banning muslim immigration from countries where terrorism exists. i have looked at cases since notch. four out of five of americans and every lethal attack in the united states since 9/11 by an american citizen or an american legal permanent resident. so, you know, we can't -- i mean, for his idea to work, you have to ban the parents of major hassan in ft. hood, texas. you can't go back. so i mean, whole idea is nonsensical and ineffective and unconstituti unconstitutional. he was quite careful to say we will ban muslim immigration. we'll ban immigration of certain areas. it's unconstitutikonconstitutio nothing similar to that. we like saying, well, members of the mafia are italian and therefore no italians should
come in the country in the 1920s and no one said that. if they had it would be a bad idea and the country would have been a different place. so i think there are grounds to be very -- i think constitutionally what he's suggesting is unreasonable and ineffective. >> he said suspend immigration where terrorism is prevalent. until he said until we fully understand when's going on, similar to what he said earlier. let's get bob baer as well. what did you think of the presentation? >> i agree with peter. it is impractical to ban immigration of saudi arabia, pakistan. way too many people are coming this way. on the other hand, what i'll say and i have to agree with trump is immigration system is broken. a lot of these people are just waved through. the background investigations depend on the countries they come from.
a lot of countries not turning the police files over. so what skaerls me now is another attack and going to be an immigrant and going to be somebody who passed through the filters of some country that's not cooperative and this is going to be a whole new discussion but right now he hasn't offered any solutions to work. this man in orlando was an american citizen. and there was no grounds to arrest him. he hadn't committed violence. he'd spoken his mind which for the fbi is not enough and we simply cannot bring on preventive detention on people like this. so, you know, he is not offering a helpful solution. >> david gergen, we did hear, also, from hillary clinton and donald trump, two very, very different approaches toward the issue of guns in america. you heard that distinction and it was powerful. >> it was, indeed. this is one of the most important speeches donald trump has given in the campaign. i think it was trump at full throttle, fiery, passionate and
he's going to be very polarizing. for supporters and gaining supporters out of this speech, there will be an argument, listen. he took the bark off. he told it like it is. he was plain spoken of what we face, radical islam. the other candidates, the president dancing around the realities here. they not only use rhetoric and don't take strong action. we'll take the action. at least he's a man who bring it is sort of muscular sense to responding to it where i think he's going to really, really anger the left is that he's dismisses so quickly anything about guns. you know? he wraps himself in the second amendment and nra. when, in fact, there is room here for finding ways to work together across party aisles on guns. and that is whether the question -- how is it that a guy interviewed three times for ties to terrorism and is on a list, in a database and goes out and
buys a salt weapon and an assault rifle, why doesn't that database on the purchase ping the database on this guy and people are alerted to it? it's nuts they're not connected to each other and you'll find reasonable political figures say let's do things that work and enough of the sides. it's time to stop calling each other names and settle down and find real solutions. that's what the 9/11 commission did after 9/11. we need some effort like that now. >> all right, guys. stand by. we'll continue our special coverage on the aftermath of the orlando terror attack. meantime, i want to go back to brooke baldwin live in orlando. brooke? >> all right, wolf. thank you so much. thank you for being here with me in orlando.
i'm brooke baldwin. deadliest shooting in history. we are midwday in orlando, just see it the pulse nightclub, the black sign and actually just another block the other way is the hospital where so many of the victims are being treated. we'll have an update for you in a moment. but let's just pause because we're getting new video here. this is just absolutely gutwrenching video inside of the nightclub showing the exact moment when those initial shots rang out. i want to play the video for you in full just so you can hear, you can feel how this night went so horribly wrong. >> [ bleep ]. >> i'm at the club. ♪ [ gunshots ]
>> the woman right there, you saw in the glasses on that snapchat video, here name amanda alvear, 25 years young. she did not make it out sunday morning. recorded the video, a recording that would be her final moments here. the gunman, we are learning a little bit more about him. apparently inspired by isis. he actually dialed 911 himself three different times in the midst of opening fire on all of these innocent young people. and one of these calls he pledged his alley yans to isis, to the boston bombers, the fbi declaring a short time ago this killer radicalized and he was not following any direct orders. >> we are going through the killer's life, especially his electronics, to understand as much as we can about his path and whether there's anyone else involved, either in directing
him or assisting him. so far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the united states and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network. >> we are also learning a very good possibility that this attack appears to have been in the works for a number of weeks. authorities telling cnn that the shooter tried to buy -- he had weapons and tried to buy the military grade body armor and the store owners refused to sell it to him. let's begin with justice correspondent pamela brown with more on the investigation and also on the shooter who we now know was investigated by the fbi at least once before. he was on some sort of watchlist. he was cleared years ago. what is the fbi saying to you as far as determining the why, the how this happened? >> reporter: well, the fbi director james comey came out today defending the way the fbi
handled it in 2013 looking into the gunman, essentially he had made some remarks to co-workers talking about associations with al qaeda and hezbollah and co-workers came to the fbi and he was checked out, the fbi says. they looked into his past travels to saudi arabia and found that there was no ties to any terrorist groups there. they looked at any holdings related to him, his past criminal record. and they actually interviewed him twice where he admitted that, in fact, he made the remarks but made them up because he felt like the co-workers were taunting him because he was muslim. so after ten months of investigating the gunman, the fbi decided to close the case because it didn't find any derogatory information on him according to james comey and again the next year, the fbi as part of an investigation into the american suicide bomber, the fbi wanted to know how close his relationship was with him. they went to the same mosque. but again, the fbi at that point
essentially found that he did not have close ties to the suicide bomber and didn't find any derogatory information and moved on and essentially he just fell off the radar for the fbi and was not considered a high priority target and now the fbi is going back taking a good, hard look to' what might have been missed. >> we're also going to look hard at aur own work to see if there's something we should have done differently. the honest answer is, i don't think so. i don't think anything in reviewing the work that the agents should have done differently. we'll look at it in open and honest way and be transparent about it. >> reporter: so right now, the fbi still trying to piece together the time line here. when did he decide that this would be his target? pulse nightclub, indications to scope out other targets. and also, when he decided to target the gay community, brooke. we know from talking to family members and through sources telling us that he did share these anti-gay views with
others. and so, there's still a lot to piece together here, especially whether or not she was in touch with any terrorist groups and i can tell you the fbi's perplexed right now in terms of what motivated him. as we know, brooke, al nusra is an enemy of isis. he mentioned the star brothers. >> it doesn't make sense. i can tell you that the police searched the gunman's home in ft. pierce, florida. that search is apparently complete. let's go to brian todd just outside of his home and what have you learned so far? >> well, brooke, the search may be complete but police and evidence specialists are coming in and out of mateen's apartment
and the scene still very active. at the apartment, you talked to pamela a short time ago about the concerns of law enforcement had and reported to law enforcement about omar mateen and the years of being a security guard. one of the security guards who worked with him guarding a place of the pga village, daniel gilroy, said that while he was working with mateen, that mateen made inflammatory comments all the time, homophobic and racist comments and talk about killing people and gilroy so concerned he told the supervisors at g4s security slugss several times about it and they did nothing. we have reached out to them. they have no immediate comment on that but said that mateen had two extensive security screenings, once when he was hired in 2007 and again in 2013 and that those security screenings involved extensive psychological screenings, as well. now, along the lines of what law enforcement did know about omar
mateen, the fbi director james comey said that they first became aware of him in 2013 when some of his co-workers at a place he was guarding, a local courthouse, became concerned about his comments about being affiliated with al qaeda, being a member of hezbollah. according to james comey mateen at this time said he hoped that law enforcement would raid his apartment and assault his wife and child to become a martyr. and james comey said when the fbi found out about the comments they did an extensive ten-month basic investigation of him, tailed him, introduced him to informanted and concluded at the end of it it was not a security threat and ended that investigation, brooke. so, some really kind of eye opening detail about this man's behavior a couple of years before this attack took place. >> yeah. been my question, too, would be if the employer rescreened, you
mentioned all the "t"s crossed and if they did another site test in the recent years. brian todd, thank you so much. and, yes, we are focusing on this investigation to how, the why. but also, the priority here today, the people. we cannot, we will not forget about the many men and women, many of them so, so young, who lost their lives in this senseless shooting. al ferguson is good enough to be with me today. he was a close friend of freddy sotomayor killed in that nightclub in the wee hours of sunday morning. al's also the owner of a travel company where eddie worked. al, thank you so much for being with me. i'm so, so sorry for your loss. >> thank you very much. >> can we just begin with a fact that you were -- eddie was sending you videos. am i right? he was here at pulse with his partner saturday night and
sending you videos having a great time on the dance floor and pleading for you to come out. >> that's -- he sent me a text about coming to pulse and he made a funny joke. eddie was just in cuba in april organizing the first gay cruise in the world. and he made the joke that pulse was like the malacon which is a very famous area in havana and i should come to pulse. and i told him i couldn't because i was visiting a friend i hadn't seen in a long time. and then about 23 minutes before the shooting began, he sent me a snapchat of him and his partner inside pulse with the stage and the music in the background. and eddie was -- he's very famous in the gay community in the united states and in europe
as this black top hat he wears and the snapchat with a graphic top hat in it and he sent me this snapchat and then shortly after everything else began. >> how, al, how did you find out what unfolded and then how did you find out about eddie? >> i was -- i was approximately an hour away. i live here in sarasota as eddie does. eddie working in our sarasota office. but someone came to wake me up at -- very early. about 6:30 to tell me what was going on. and to call his partner. i called his partner and he was obviously very emotional and had not heard from him. he was actually outside the club and i've said -- >> they were on their way out.
>> they were on their way out. in fact, i really believe that eddie saved his partner's life because eddie and his partner were staying with the manager of pulse for the night and they had come over for the latin night and his partner was outside loading the trunk of the car when the shooting began and he texted eddie and eddie told him about the shots and that he was hiding but he was safe. but he told him not to come back into the club and to immediately go to the manager's house. and he did do that. and then about 25 minutes later, another text between the two of them and eddie said that he was still safe and that he was -- but he was hiding and he was safe and after that, there was no more message. when i talked to his partner, he
had not heard from him and he was obviously distraught and going to orlando regional medical center to try to get accurate information and i left my location and went there yesterday morning. >> can you tell me -- i mean, it's extraordinary, the selfless he said to his partner, don't come back in and to your point probably saved his life. tell me more about eddie the man, top hat eddie. what will you miss the most? >> well, eddie was very smart. he was very funny. he was very sarcastic. he had so many friends. you can see him all over social media today where people are changing their profiles to top hats and posting pictures of him. i mean thousands and thousands of people are doing that. it's a reflection of what a great spirit and a person he
was. eddie was a person that people wanted to be with. they wanted to talk to eddie. and eddie would be sarcastic and joke and that would give you the opening, an opportunity to be sarcastic and joke with him. and when you spent time with eddie, you would enjoy that time because it would be very special to you because you would enjoy it so much. and that's what i'm going to remember so much about eddie is his sense of humor and also his desire to get out and explore the world. he wanted to come to the travel because he loved travel so much and traveled extensively in his years as our national brand manager. i remember after the paris attacks, he was one of the first people in the gay community to suggest in the gay community that we should change the colors of our profile to the french and specifically would talk about it's not about paris. it's about all of us.
and he convinced and many people did in the gay community in supporting paris and encouraged people to go to paris and same on brussels and he constantly talked about the idea of getting out in the world and that when we got out in the world you learned about other people and it helped tear walls down instead of building them up. >> and now, sadly, sadly, paris is returning the favor and changing the colors of the eiffel tower to reflect the community here in orlando. al ferguson, thank you so much. and by the way, i've seen a number of top hats here in orlando already abe nnd now i f understand eddie's legacy. i'm so sorry. my condolences to you. coming up next, we'll hear stories of those who lost their lives and who survived and the standoff of the s.w.a.t. teams and the gunman as these club
goers had to hide in bathrooms, wherever they could and just ran as fast as they could away from the madman. also ahead, chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta here in orlando. he just went inside the hospital where some of these injured are now fighting for their lives. hear what happened in the frantic moments inside the hospitals. how did they handle the influx of victims? i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn's special live coverage.
i have friends here at pulse and orlando who suffered physically and emotionally. and now, mentally because this day is never going to be forgotten. this is a wake-up call for everyone, you know, you don't know when you see the person for the last time. >> welcome back to our special cnn coverage here of the worst terror attack in america since 9/11.
i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me here. this entire community i think is still walking through this. still very in shock. in mourning. will be for sometime to come after the shootinging inside the pulse nightclub there. if you can see the black sign over my left should. half a block away as we learn the identities of a number of victims, also learning their stories from loved ones, and friends. kimberly was a bouncer at pulse nightclub and did not escape here in the wee hours of sunday morning. her friends say she was the kind of friend who would have kepd everybody else out. joining me is star shelton, former partner and friend. thank you so much for joining me. >> thank you. thank you for having me. >> star, just begin with saturday night. i mean, you all were constantly
in touch. you lived together in hawaii before she came back here to take care of what i understand is her mom and grand mom. you were texting with her saturday might? >> that's correct. at around 12:30 a.m. orlando time, i did send her a message. i knew that she would be working at pulse that night. and i just wanted to check on how she was doing in the hours on her shift. and i sent her a message saying hi an i missed her. and around 12:38 orlando time she did respond with a text message that said, oh, i miss you, too. so i was very thankful that i was able to get that message to her and that she was able to respond to me, as well. i did not hear from her again after that. >> and how did you hear? >> i was awakened the next morning. i did receive two text messages from two of her very, very close friends in massachusetts asking
me if i heard from her because of what had happened at pulse. at this point, i was not aware of what happened. i immediately did get up. i turned on the news and social media. just to kind of see what was going on and then i found out about this deadly shooting that did occur at her workplace. i immediately tried to call her cell phone and text her and see if i could get through to her. unfortunately, her phone was going directly to voicemail. >> what, starr, was that feeling like when you were trying to incessantly call your dearest, dearest friend and she wasn't picking up? >> i was scared. at first, i kind of just thought, well, maybe her phone died with all the commotion or maybe it fell somewhere and broken or, you know, and she was able to get out or she's hiding or she might be at one of the hospitals or something. so at first i really just believed that maybe her cellphone died and that she was still okay. >> and so, as the bouncer, an i
know she was so proud of her job and i want to ask you about that. she was thrilled to be involved in the lgbt community here in orlando. she would have been at the entrance. >> yeah. i did hear from her family members that did speak to her boss there confirm that she was inside of the club so i'm not sure if she was by the door or further in the club. i'm not sure of those details. but she did love her job and she just loved to be a part of lgbt community. she was a bouncer back in massachusetts at -- in northampton at the diva's nightclub and well-known there in the community and did drag queen performances and so i know the community is hurting and missing her dearly. she just started working there at pulse about two weeks ago and she was so excited to start working there and to be a part of that community and she was really going to get involved and try to do drag king poirmgs pers
there. she was quite excited to be there and such a great person. i know that, you know, she would have helped everybody that she could at the last moment. >> i will take your word for it. i'm sorry i never got to meet kj. starr, i'm so sorry and thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. >> so many people, lives just gone. and so many others, dozens of others remain in area hospitals. operations under way on some of them. fighting for their lives. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is actually at the orlando regional medical center and, sanjay, i mean, in those initial hours when you initially have reports of perhaps a shooting and then all of a sudden this influx of people on -- you know, the middle of the night on sunday morning, how were they able to handle that? >> reporter: well, you know, it's amazing, brooke, the way they were getting information
initially. they thought it was a few patients with gunshot wounds which was a lot but not that unusual. this particular hospital has taken care of situations like that before. but then they started to get more and more as you well know. and then there was sort of a break in the action for a period of time. remember, brooke, because of the hostage situation that was taking place in the club, there was several patients that came in quite a bit of time after that. so you almost had two separate incidents for the hospital and it was a very difficult thing to handle. what do they do? they started calling for more and more backup. and resources. there was one trauma surgeon initially there on call. he called two more trauma surgeons. eventually six surgeons and they have been operating until recently as you mentioned, brooke. i got a chance to spend sometime with them in the trauma bay taking care of the patients for the first time they let people actually see the particular area and they really described everything that happened moment by moment. there was one moment in particular, brooke, i want you
to listen where the doctor explained how he was trying to communicate with some of these patients. take a listen. >> some of them were awake. and they were frightened. >> what did they say to you? >> confused. several people asked if, you know, if they were going to die. where their friends were. where their loved ones were. and, you know, just everybody kind of came together, tried to reassure them at the same time. there were some patients, unfortunately, that due to their injuries they were unable to be saved. and tried to make them as comfortable as possible. >> i mean, brooke, you can get an idea of what it was like in there. beyond the triage, trying to figure out who would likely survive and who would not and who needs an operation, when that operation would be performed. those types of conversations,
brooke, that dr. smith you were hearing from having with the patients trying to reassure them in the midst of all of this, very challenging on all levels. >> i amy just so mindful in covering horrendous stories, it is the doctors, the nurses, the first responders, the police, it's everyone involved in this and they will never be able to unsee what they saw. dr. sanjay gupta on the hospital angle, thank you so much. coming up next, in images today of the shooter's home as we learn more about the why in this equation. why would someone want to do this? and 911 calls pledging allegiance to isis. this is cnn special live coverage here in orlando. i'm brooke baldwin. we'll be right back. you both have a
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i still think that i'm going to, like, wake up and everything's going to be normal but it's not. this is what happened. i -- there's no going back. you can't change the fact of what this guy did. and it's always said that god gives his hardest battles to his strongest people but he gave his strongest community a hardest fought battle and we're standing up and fighting. that's all we can do. all we can do is fight. >> okay. that must have been -- welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin live in orlando. new details on investigation of this massacre inside of a nightclub. we're learning that this 29-year-old gunman tried to buy
military grade body armor weeks before opening fire into a crowded nightclub with a semiautomatic assault style rifle. thus far, investigators have not found any evidence of direct communication with isis. although we do know that the shooter did call 911 multiple times apparently one of those phone calls from when he was in the club here. he pledged allegiance to the terror group as he was murdering innocent people. we also know that this terrorist traveled to saudi arabia. not just once but twice. apparently was on a pilgrimage. let's bring in cnn national security analyst julia kiam and cnn military analyst general kirkland. you call orlando home. nice the see you all. but i'm looking at you first because i know that he was on some sort of list. he'd been investigated by the fbi and so just recently this guy goes in to go buy body
armor, military grade. they don't let him. why didn't an alarm bell go off then? >> because basically the dots are not connected. sometimes laws prohibit the dots being connected. fbi interview does not constitute guilt. two fbi interviews do not constitute guilt so when the checks were occurring for the guns, no way for them to say, look, for all people you don't want to give guns to, this is one of them. right? the body armor, this's a decision by the vendor. there's a lot of gaps in how we can address limiting the capability of people with bad motives to kill lots of people in a short period of time. so, we can focus on the motivation but it's also as you are reporting on the means. access to weapons that kill lots of people. >> i have said this before and there's a whole piece in "the washington post" and covered too many of the mass shootings and the ar-15 seems to be the weapon
of choice for these deranged most of the time young men. on the investigation, but also on what we have seen even out here, they have extended the crime scene while we were listening to donald trump. they were actually all the atf were out here looking for brass, right? because they're still -- why? why now? >> you will see multiple sweeps the try to find the brass, the cartridges of the ammunition. >> all the way out here? >> all the way out here. potentially. they went to make sure. if they missed something and a week from now someone comes up with a cartridge saying you missed something and might change the dynamics of the crime screen. they'll sweep probably four times for brass to make sure they got it all. >> what about the barcat? the fact that apparently it was -- there were not multiple entrances and exits so there was a massive 6 foot tall wall. >> what we realized is local law
enforcement, the people meeting and interviewing here are really on the front lines so what the department of homeland security has done over the years is given lots of money to local jurisdictions to buy it turns out, orlando got about 65 million since the department started doing this and one of the purchases they made was that bearcat. people can see how the federal government can support local and state efforts but in the end it's the local police officer who is the front lines. there's no military here. >> this is tough, brooke. when you talk about clearing a building, put infantry men in to make sure nothing wrong is going on, there's usually a window, a door, a small room. what you have over there is a large auditorium. there were 350 people packed in there. it was 2:00 in the morning. it was dark. there's no windows in that building. there's one entrance. when you're talking about delays and people second-guessing the police, they are always going to
find different ways to do it and better ways to do it. that was a tough action going in there. >> in the last hour, just getting off the plane today and seeing everyone excited to go to disney world. you can see her with the mickey mouse hat. i would say never in the million years would i be here doing this. appreciate it. and now, we'll be right back.
inflammatory anti-muslim rhetoric and threatening to the ban the families and friends of muslim americans as well as millions of business people and tourists from entering our country hurts the vast majority of muslims who love freedom and hate terror. >> we cannot continue to allow thousands of upon thousands of people pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer. many of the principles of radical islam are incompatible with western values and institutions. >> all right. this mass shooting in orlando, carl bernstein is joining me. nice to see you, sir. your thoughts on the tone and substances on both the speeches
today, both donald trump and secretary clinton. >> first, i thought trump was predictably abhorrent and terribly, terribly effective in a way he hasn't been until now, that his speech will appeal to independents, even some democrats and certainly republicans because hillary clinton, obama and the democrats are very late to acknowledge by name that there is a real threat of islamic terrorism in this country and all over the world and they have been very reluctant to use the word islamic terror and it's coming back to haunt them. >> what about hillary clinton? she says this is not about semantics. >> i think she's got real semantic problems and that it comes very late in trying to parse things at this point. the important point that barney frank, the former liberal gay congressman from massachusetts made today is that the left and
the democrats have got to start acknowledging the problem of islamic terrorism, call it for what it is and come up for a real strategy with dealing -- for dealing with it. and the impression trump gave today with some effectiveness, despite his almost neo fascist receipt trick is that the democrats have not done that. there's no move in the this this country and trump got to this by american-muslim peace-loving community to stage anti-terror marches. why isn't there a million person muslim march on washington against terror that we are going to have an anti muslim in this country if trump continues to say some of the things he says and if the american-muslim community, indeed, muslims all over the world do not believe in the terrorist agenda of, quote, radical islam, don't start doing things in their own backyards.
>> carl bernstein, thank you. >> that's what barney frank was talking about. >> i know. we talked to him just the other day. i know. carl, thank you. thank you, sir. before i let you go, many of the people in orlando who were killed were latino and even though pulse was a safe haven, saturday night was latin night. here with me now, ramon escobar, a cnn executive, he knows florida very well, the latino community, the gay community. what were your thoughts? >> one of the things about this particular community in particular that a lot of people haven't talked about is the overwhelming amount of latino population here. you know, over the last ten years, we've seen an explosion of puerto rican growth here. people think of cubans and puerto rico is what orlando is to cubans.
incredible growth. now even more puerto ricans are coming. four out of every five of the victims when we're done here are going to be latino. the biggest portion, for those of us who know orlando, they were playing all puerto rican, c caribbean type of music. >> having a good time. >> that's why it was such a shocker for all of us. >> something to think about, a lot of young people and everyone has different relationships with their family and some of these folks, i imagine, were out. >> this is something that we don't talk a lot about in our community, especially in the latino community. for many latinos who came out, they felt safer. some of them did. probably at that club because they didn't have to talk to their mom and they haven't come out to their grandmother, their
mom. it's a very safe place. that's why everyone feels so violated. it's not just about a gay bar, it's about a place you go and you discover that everyone is just like you and you let your guard down and everyone let their guard down in the latino and gay community because they felt comfortable. and we know -- we are trying to confirm but we know there are probably one, two, maybe more who found out that their children were gay at the same time they found out that they were dead. and so it's something you don't hear a lot about but that's why i think so many people's hearts are so heavy right now. the last thing i would say is the puerto rican population, this place has embraced orlando because it's a big population and stone wall in new york, it was a lot of blacks and transgender. here we are in 2016 and it's puerto ricans who i think are
making a stand today in what happened at the pulse. >> before i let you go, with all of the excellent points that you're making, what kinds of conversations should we have out of this? >> i think what we need to understand is this is complex and we have to lean into it. right now there is a bunch of people at another location who don't speak the language, who don't speak english and are trying to understand their children and we've got to be more patient. we don't have those conversations about other shootings where people are walking in and just discovering not that their child is dead but a whole other stuff that they didn't know. i think what we need here is conversation. we need dialogue and not be afraid to talk about these things, gay issues. this story has everything the shooting involved so many issues in america today. the gay issue, the latino issue, which we've heard both about those in our election. it has everything else. terrorism. it's sort of touching every single hot spot in america today. >> we should go find some of those families as i'm looking at
the hospital down the road. ramon, thank you so much for sharing that. thank you for being here with me. i'm brooke baldwin. live in orlando, special coverage continues right now with jake tapper. jake? welcome to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. we have breaking new details about the worst mass shooting in u.s. history and the deadliest terror attack on american soil since 9/11. 49 people were slaughtered, 53 others wounded. some grieve yously at a gay nightclub yesterday morning by this terrorist, omar siddiqui mateen who pledged allegiance to isis. >> oh, my god. they are shooting back and forth. >> reporter: the terrorist was killed in a shootout with police after s.w.a.t. team tried to get in to the club to save hostages. while there's no