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so when you get there, you can enjoy it all the more. for less. surround yourself with savings at ♪ i'm michael smerconish coming to you live from the keystone state of pennsylvania in any other cycle you would say, surely this is the end. will women forgive donald trump for appalling 2005 video that shows him embracing sexual assault? now that he has issued a rare and qualified apology. >> i've said some foolish things, but there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people. bill clinton has actually abused women and hillary has bullied,
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attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. >> and even before this revelation earlier in the week, a pennsylvania teen asked hillary clinton a pointed question about trump's treatment of women -- but because her dad is a democratic state senator, she was accused of being a paid actress. what's the real story? father and daughter are here in their first interview to discuss. and the polls were already trending hillary's way. could she clinch it all tomorrow night at the next huge debate? i'll talk to two debate pros. or might trump's rescue come in the form of wikileaks having finally released the transcripts of hillary's paid speeches to wall street banks. how damaging might they be? but first i stayed up late last night wanting to see and hear the reaction from both sides to trump's p gate. i took note of the few, many of them self described defenders of family values who seek to
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dismiss what donald trump said on tape as, quote, locker room talk, overlooking that he was not 18 and in high school but 59 with a new wife, pregnant at the time. but even trump's critics are failing to note what to me as a lawyer is the real significance, that what he said would be admissible evidence in a variety of legal contexts of his state of mind as evidence of his past behavior and of his character. what makes this stand out from all of his prior profanity, innanty, insanity, malignancy and repugnancy is that this time he actually admits sexual predatory conduct with -- which if it had come out of the mouth of say bill cosby, would be used in the criminal trial against him. here is what happened. "the washington post" released an 11-year old video tape, outtakes from the show "access hollywood" from a 2005 visit that trump made to the set of a soap opera. he is wearing a mike. he is aboard the "access
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hollywood" bus, george w. bush cousin, billy bush. we will go to the video tape. here is the warning, the contents are offensive. >> she's still very beautiful. >> i moved on her actually. she was down in palm beach. i moved on her and i failed. i'll admit it. nancy. i move on her very heavily. in fact, i took her out furniture shopping. she wanted to get some furniture. i'll show you where there's some nice furniture. took her out furniture. i moved on her like a [ bleep ]. i couldn't get there. and she was married. all of a sudden she now have the big phony -- she's totally changed her look. >> she is the girl in the purple. >> whoa. >> yes. >> yes, the donald has scored. oh my man. wait. you have to look. will you give me the thumbs up? >> you are a different -- >> no, it's her.
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>> yeah, that's her with the gold. i have to use some tick tacks just in case i start kissing her. i'm automatically attracted to beautiful. i just start kissing them. it's like a magnet. you just kiss. when you're a star, they let you do that. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> the fallout was unprecedented in that trump did something that he has never done in this campaign, he issued a written apology. but one that true to form makes excuses and casts aspersions on bill clinton. it read, quote, this was locker room banter. a private conversation that took place many years ago. bill clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course, not even close. i apologize if anyone was offended. late last night, trump issued a 90 second video apology where he seems to suggest he will turn the tables against bill clinton in tomorrow night's debate. what's been the reaction of trump's famous band of supporters and the gop? mostly duck and cover but no
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less than the head of the rnc. reince priebus said, quote, no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner, ever. ironically, "the washington post" reporter who broke this story has spent months publishing excellent, thorough reporting about trump's foundation and his taxes and yet this is the story that might cut the deepest. david farn holt joins me now. david, when you first watched, when you first heard that tape because you were the first, what most stunned you? >> well, i think -- well, first the language. we're familiar with his voice. we're familiar with him on television. we've never heard him this kind of language. the fact that he's not descri describing the woman he is describing his own behavior. i did this and i will do this again. this is what i do when i meet beautiful women. that's what surprised me the most. >> when you contacted trump or the trump campaign for comment
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and shared with them, revealed to them what you now had, were they blind sided by it or did you get the impression that this or something like this was coming? >> well, what i originally did was send them a transcript. we had tribed the relevant portion of the video the one you just played and sent them a transcript. that doesn't sound like mr. trump. we sent them the video. pretty quickly afterward they sent a statement conceding it was him with trump saying it was locker room talk. >> do you think this now puts pressure on nbc for the release of whatever outtakes might exist relative to the apprentice? >> it's actually not nbc's to give. i've learned a lot about hollywood. apparently all the footage belongs with the production company, mark burnett, the famous producer of the apprentice. it's his company and his footage. anyone will release it, it has to be him. nbc i don't think owns it. >> am i right, david, in saying that nbc was aware of what they had on their hands but you outhustled them, you were able
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to beat them to the punch? they were going to run a story but probably not until monday and you forced their hand. >> i read that in brian's story. my contact with them yesterday was i called them to sort of let them know i had it, to ask from comments from billy bush and access hollywood and heard billy bush eventually issued a statement but didn't hear anything on the record from nbc until after the story had published. >> what shocks me is the very end. i want to show the footage of the very end the way that this ends. and what i'm about to point out doesn't involve profanity. roll the tape so i can show it to david. >> here he goes. i'm going to leave you here with my microphone. >> okay. you're finished. >> you're my man. yeah. >> i'm going to go do our show. >> you want to reset. okay. >> here is my point, david. he knew he was wearing a microphone. now, presumably he didn't know it was hot, but he knew that he had that microphone on his
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lapel. what do you make of that? >> obviously he did. obviously they had miked him up before they arrived on that bus. so maybe he didn't know the microphone was hot. maybe he thought that no one would care because he was at that point just a famous guy on television and not a presidential candidate. yeah. i don't think it was in any way a secret to donald trump that his words might be recorded. >> some are suiting up in their usual partisan jerseys. bill o'reilly last night on fox news tried to take down your reporting and "the washington post." i want to roll it and give you the chance to respond. here it is. >> "the washington post" reporter wrote this line in his article, quote -- the tape appears at a time when trump, the republican presidential nominee, has sought to make a campaign issue of his opponent's marriage. trump has criticized former president bill clinton for his past infidelity and criticized opponent hillary clinton as her husband's enabler, unquote. what they apparently missed is
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most of the comments came after he was branded a woman hater by his opponent. so trump refrained from mentioning the marriage in the last debate. now, it seems to me that any fair-minded news operation would have included those two facts in the article. >> so, i can't ask this with a straight face, why didn't you report that his woman-hating comments all came before he was a candidate? >> well, i guess i was interested in that paragraph in talking about what trump was saying lately since the first presidential debate. as bill o'reilly says, yes, he didn't mention anything about clinton's marriage or didn't mention very much during the debate, but since then he's made a big deal about how he could have and did not and maybe planned to bring it up later. the role of hillary clinton's marriage in this campaign i think has really been elevated by donald trump and especially in the last couple of weeks after the first debate. so to me that seemed the relevant context here. >> final question for david, you
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have performed all of this laborious investigative reporting pertaining to the taxes and the foundation. i know it consumes your time and not dismissing the amount of effort in this story, but you sit back and look at the impact of this versus everything that you've written thus far and you think what? >> well, it actually one builds on the other. i wrote about trump's charitable giving and lack thereof and his foundation. that brought more attention to me and more attention to the post and the great thing about that is the more visibility i have the more people come to me with things. one story builds on the other. i don't think you could have had the story i had yesterday without all the stories that had come before. >> thank you so much for being here. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. when trump's p gate hit the fan, polls were heading south for him both nationally and in most of the swing state. now he has to deal with this and a do or die debate tomorrow night at washington university. how will this latest scandal affect him among some critical
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constituencies and is there anything he can do to shift the momentum? joining me now is kristen anderson a republican pollster and columnist for the washington examiner. kristen, let's talk about some of the fundamental constituencies he needs, republican. that may sound odd, but as you've documented, he runs poorly among republicans as compared to hillary among democrats. what's the impact of this among republicans? >> one of the big challenges he's going to face is as prominent republican leaders begin to distance themselves from him further, can he hang on to the 90% of republicans that he needs to go up against a democrat who is winning 90% of her own party? i suspect there are a lot of folks within the republican base who will probably stick with trump no matter what. when he said i could shoot someone on 5th avenue and people will vote for me, we may be testing that theory. not all republicans feel that way. he has been legitimized over the last few weeks because since the convention more and more republican leaders have said, look, i'm voting for him.
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if that tide begins to turn and you start so have more and more folks saying, i know she in my party, i can't go there. do you see more of the republicans staying home or deciding, look, maybe i do actually have to vote for hillary clinton. >> well, by way evangelical christians, they may be for trump, i look at mike pence and tweeted last night and i was serious, does he really continue to stand on this ticket? what happens among evangelical christians? >> this will depend a lot on whether -- not just what evangelical leaders themselves do. already last night a handful came out and said, this is just the locker room talk as you mentioned, but there are a lot of voters that trump needs to win beyond just evangelicals on the right. there are moderate republicans that were actually a big part of his base during the primary, they're not as conservative. ted cruz wasn't their flavor, they were open and available to trump. these are the very sorts of folks that are at the roisk peeling off and going to hillary clinton. they're unlikely to stay home,
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they're reliable voters. that could make the math harder for him. >> i lack your expertise as a pollster and analyst, my hunch is that he doesn't get harmed within his real core constituen constituency, white males who lack a college degree, but among women, how in the world do you now grow the tent if you're donald trump? >> well, so white voters for donald trump has always been sort of a strong suit for him, but republicans tend to win white voters regardless of gender and regardless of education level. donald trump has really started to run up the score among white men without a college degree, but it's white women with a college degree where he is losing. this is a group that mitt romney actually won and donald trump is losing by double digits. this is only i think going to further cement his inability to make gains with those groups. and as long as he continues to struggle among white voters overall, brought down by that college educated women group, it will be really hard for him to win because of how much he struggles with the latino and
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key swing states. >> "the washington post" printing on a day to day basis and on their website exactly where their race stands in terms of electoral votes. can we quickly p put that up on the screen 323 for her, 215 for him. give me 30 seconds on the big picture state of the race. >> i think the big picture state of the race right now is that donald trump needs to flip, 64 electoral votes that mitt romney lost. he needs to pick up a state like florida 29, which is sort of on the bubble right now. he needs to pick up a state like ohio which seems somewhat in his camp but of course could fade away, but he would need to really run the table, ohio, florida, hang on to north carolina, pick up a state like nevada, pick up a state like iowa and then pick up a state like new hampshire. a whole lot of things have to go very right for donald trump in order for him to pull this off. meanwhile, for hillary clinton, if he is so much as wins pennsylvania and nevada, it's
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kind of lights out for trump. >> do you think -- final question, do you think trump can establish some level of parody between the p gate and the wikileaks release of information the worst seems to be her endorsing open borders in some scenario in the future? >> as we saw in the debate earlier last week, i think that debate showed we are who we thought they were and these revelations take that to the next level. if you already thought donald trump was a jerk, they make you think that even more. if you already thought hillary clinton was corrupt saying things behind closed doors she doesn't mean, wants open borders this puts it right there in black and white. the stories aren't equivalent in my mind and certainly more attention will be paid to donald trump. it's a better headline. >> me, too. >> i'm sure the trump campaign would be eager to say, look, we always said democrats want open borders, now we have one saying it. >> the trumpites will cry media
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bias. i looked at the revelations about the wikileaks. i don't see the whole record yet but parody no. not between that and what we're talking about. thank you so much. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. so what do you think? tweet me @smerconish. still to come, how do you defend this? several republicans may be contacting the witness protection program, but we found a pair of trump supporters willing to offer him a defense. and, there's a debate tomorrow night. how does he prepare? how does he get ready in light of all of this? plus the 15-year-old girl asked the perfect softball question for hillary clinton. was he is a plant? lots of people said so without asking her or her state senator father, but they are first here for their initial interview. audi pilotless vehicles have conquered highways, mountains, and racetracks. and now much of that same advanced technology
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2015 when he disparaged war hero john mccain. no outrageous act or -- he bragged about this in january in typically shocking fashion. >> the people, my people are so smart. you know what else they say about my people, the polls, they say i have the most loyal people. did you ever see that? where i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters. okay? it's like incredible. >> well, now he is putting that theory to the test. the release of the video exposing his lewd sexually aggressive remarks about hitting married women and groping women because he is famous came out when his polls were already dropping. he already been in trouble with women because of comments about a former miss universe and supposed to be prepping for tomorrow night's debate. for the defense, joining me now, cnn political editor of right alerts, scottie nell hughes and
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crystal wright, conservative black scottie, why put your credibility on the line right now in this scenario? why not say he's not what i thought he was, what i hoped he would be. i'm really unsettled about hillary as a president but i can't go any further, i can't come on a show like this and defend him? >> well, because donald trump 11 years ago might have said some very vulgar words i do not approve or and in no way defend. but hillary clinton is a two faced liar and time and time again her actions have shown me that i do not think she's the person that needs to be in the white house right now making decisions, controlling the finances of our country and more importantly will be able to protect our family as we continue to go in this very advanced society that we live in. >> okay. crystal, then what i'm hearing is here is what she's saying and i think what a lot of trump supporters are saying, it doesn't matter what he does. it doesn't matter what he says. the thought of hillary being
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president is so abhorrent i am hitching myself to his wagon regardless. is that it? >> no, i don't think that's exactly it. i don't think it's that black and white. i think it does matter what donald trump said and as i tweeted yesterday, i think this is the death nail in his campaign. it's coming at a very bad time. i am not going to vote for hillary clinton because i do not think her policies are going to advance america in the right direction nor do i think she's a champion of women because of her relationship with her husband. that is separate and apart from donald trump. the problem with donald trump, the reason why this comment is a punctuation mark on the narrative that he hates women is because isolated incident after isolated incident we find donald trump saying awful things about women. now, i'm able to look at those events and not say that that's the totality of the man. but as you pointed out, michael, it comes off the heels where he wanted to get down in the mud at the debate with hillary clinton
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and defend -- well, he didn't defend it until afterwards but defend comments he made about a miss universe being fat. beau beauty pa beauty pageants are based on looks, right? he cannot pivot away from this nonsense and talk about policies. unfortunately this is coming in the ninth inning. i'm not happy about it. i will not vote for her, but in many ways it looks to me like the race is over. i don't know. >> it's not a one-off. if it were a one-off, if it were some -- i'm going to show you what happened on this show last saturday just to prove it's not a one-off because there have been incident after incident over a long period of time that suggests, look, this is the core of the man. watch this. this is jennifer lin, a reporter of three decades for the philadelphia inquirer talking about donald trump calling her on the phone. roll it. >> working in the wall street
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office of the philadelphia inquirer and the woman said hold for mr. trump and mr. trump began to yell at me. he told me i had shit for brains. he told me i worked for a shitty newspaper and said what sort of shit was i writing? then he added and referred to me as the c word. >> scotty, in this case it's not just the words, stick and stones may be break my bones, in this case he is advocating sexual assault in that locker room banter with billy bush. >> you know, this is horrible. these actions are absolutely horrible and i would no in no way promote them. we are 30 days out of an election. these were so bad, these women should have come forward over the past year and a half or when the assaults actually happened. they're waiting until now. that's what makes it so convenient i think for hillary
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clinton camp and why they're accusing them of having collaboration. to get these stories out there. it's not fair to the american people because this is distracting from the policies. there's nothing more than donald trump or any surrogate or anyone with this campaign right now would like to be talking about but policies. but we're not. once again, this drama has been unleashed that distracts from the real issues facing americans everyday. >> but scottie, in all fairness, this is an election for the presidency of the united states of america. donald trump should have anticipated this. this shows his weakness that he's had a weakness all along. it's his achilles heel. it's called discipline. you know what i don't feel sorry for our guy right now. he's had moments where he has shown leadership. he went to theture. detroit and said, hey, guys, i'm here to listen and learn. i want the black vote. he went into philadelphia asking for the black vote. why can't he stick to issues like you said. you know what, no. yeah, of course it's coordination between hillary and
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the media like trump is coordinating with fox news media channel. it's an election. it's dirty. i don't approve of it but he should anticipated it. >> ladies, guys, give me the final word. even if it were a media kabul, i don't believe that, responsible for the attention on this, my father when he was a guidance counselor had a sign in his office that said kick the person responsible for your problems and you won't sit down for a week. >> right. >> it all began with him. if he hadn't said these things we wouldn't be here discussing it. thank you. i wish i had more time, gang. i don't. so many things going on today. how will this play in tomorrow night's debate? might his strategy be to try to establish parody between his words and those wikileaked hillary speeches. here is a tweet from one of you -- smerconish, as a news person and you and c-nn have an obligation to discuss hillary's deleted e-mail newly released by
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♪ donald trump's video tape apology issued late last night was significant for many reasons, not the least of which is the way it closed. here is what trump said -- >> i've said some foolish things, but there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people. bill clinton has actually abused women and hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. we will discuss this more in the coming days. see you at the debate on sunday.
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>> so that sounds like he intends to defend his own misconduct by discussing bill. is that a winning debate strategy or will it backfire? joining me now two stellar debate experts john donovan is the debate moderator for intelligence squared u.s. debates, todd graham, from southern illinois university. he's been recognized three times as the national debate coach of the year. john donovan, a preliminary question, this has to be confronted at the start of this debate tomorrow night, wouldn't you agree? they don't have opening statements, but if you were moderating, wouldn't you deal with it initially? >> i think it's absolutely top of mind. i think, in fact, probably it's possible that more people will watch this debate even in the first one which would be unprecedented. and there's no way that either anderson cooper or martha rad dats will not put that question to donald trump. the question is what's the
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question to hillary clinton. >> todd, donald trump suggested at the end of that video taped apology that he's going there. is that a wise strategy? >> that's a terrible debate strategy. this is something that could only paint hillary clinton in a more positive and empathetic light. listen, hillary clinton doesn't get a lot of empathy from people, but if donald trump thinks that his latest troubles should be painted toward hillary clinton in some way, then i think that's a horrible mistake. he'll be sealing his own fate. >> but, john, you know to his stall warts, they love the argument that she is an enabler, she was dismisser or worse of the women that bill had relationships with. he has been threatening that card for a long time, he is being encouraged. >> that doesn't take into account what's going to happen on sunday night. this is the town hall format of debate which interestingly enough was initiated be bill clig on the back in 1992.
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undecided voters are asking questions of the candidates. they're interviewing the candidates one after the other and we're going to see their faces unlike the other debates. we'll see how they react and these regular citizens who are undecided are not there to provoke an argument, a soap opera kind of argument about marital infidelities in one marriage or the other, they're there with really serious concerns. we can already see the questions that they're lining up to ask, things like what happens to social security. if donald trump comes out wanting to use the opportunity to soil the conversation with the discussion of marital infidelity, i don't think this will work with this particular group of voters and i think we'll see it on their faces and it will hurt donald trump. >> todd, you think it's a mistake if he is to play the bill card. how about the wikileaks release? how about relying on the fact that as per the wikileaks information she delivered speeches to wall street including her embracing some concept of open borders in the
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future. >> sure. but you don't bring them up at the same time. right? donald trump has a lot of problem with false equivalency. he shouldn't say why don't you ask about this. if the topic of his discussions and what he's talked about in the last day, in that leak comes up, then he just has to apologize and move on. later in the debate, when other topics come up, yes, he should talk, right? one of his mainstays is to talk about free trade, another mainstay is terrorism and how our borders are too open. all of that is fair game with what just came out in wikileaks. you have to do it one thing at a time. he can't try to mesh those two ideas together. >> hey, john, your's is oxford style debating and what i love about it is you vote at the outset of the debate and then you vote again when the debate has ended and the key here to declaring victory is who changed the most minds. here is my question, are any minds up to be changed tomorrow night? >> yeah. the minds of the 40 people who
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are on stage selected by the gallop organization because they are undecided. those people are brave to be put into this situation. they are nervous. they are working on their questions. they're wondering if they'll be called on. more importantly, they're coming within the past they've come with questions like how do i know you'll keep your promises? or will my social security still be there or not? these people are really looking to -- for help in making up their minds, so yes, they are there to be persuaded and they'll be listening. and by proxy, perhaps people out there who will be listening i'm sure now by the tens of millions may also be persuaded. i think tomorrow night may be -- again, i'm not going to call it a debate. it's an interview. i think it's the most important interview in the careers of either of these candidates. >> hey, todd, final question. when you remove that podium, you know, you're exposing the candidates. speak to the dynamic of not being able to shield yourself. >> yeah. let me talk about the power of momentum, too. i think john is right, but the people at home, if hillary
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clinton wins this debate, given how momentum is going because i coach debates all the time and momentum happens in debates, then i think that there can be even more voters swayed because if donald trump loses two debates badly, there's no way he'll be able to get as many independent votes as he needs. in this debate, you have to practice standing up and moving around just like you would in the real debate. this is almost like a theater in the round. if you haven't practiced it, you end up looking very awkward. you have moments like al gore did when he tried to man up against w and that didn't work out too good. you have moments like mccain like he wandered around and spun around looking for a migsz toddler. you have to practice this. you can't expect you'll be good at it. >> todd graham, thank you. as you say it yourself, i'm john donovan. john, congrats on your book, by the way, "in a different key" the story of autism. >> thank you, mike. >> i appreciate both of you being here. so keep your tweets coming
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damage and help some girls understand that they are so much more than what they look like? >> thank you. thank you! >> the exchange got picked up everywhere, including the new york times which identified the girl as the dauf daughter of a democratic state senator. said he helped shape the question but didn't name him or see a reason to further connect the dots. well, as you can well imagine, plenty of media outlets took that fact and they ran with it. they accused the state senator and his daughter of being paid plants, something that the clinton campaign has been accused of in the past. matter of fact, here is megan kelly's take. >> new questions about whether or not the clinton campaign may be planting questions at her events. >> lit editorializing there with the facial expression. all but o blib rated his actual content, part of the endless inside politics narratives that
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turned the whole process into a circus, but here is the thing. everybody did this without ever asking the girl or her father. i'm about to rectify that. joining me is dalen leech and his 15-year-old daughter brennan. brennan, are you an actress? >> look, if you consider a couple school plays and a video from my friend's mom acting, yes, i love theater. i've been passionate about it since a little kid. i was not approached by hillary's campaign. she did not know i was going to ask a question. she didn't know what i was going to say at all, so it was by chance unfortunately i had never met elizabeth banks either. so completely unrelated and i've never been involved in both at the same time. >> did dad write it for you? did he prod you in any way? >> not at all. i mean, this is an issue that's really important to me, body image is something that's really relevant to girl misage.
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when a public eye con like donald trump is calling women fat and ugly pigs and judging them only based off of how they look, it really does affect us. i wanted to write this question. i came up with it. obviously if you think you're going to speak in front of the future president, you have your parents look over it and help you edit it. i practiced it a couple times. i mean, he definitely helped me sort of compose myself and fix my wording but other than that, it was my idea and i came up with it on my own. >> the fact that she was able to ask the first question is causing some people to say, well, the whole thing must have been a setup. >> well, what happened is, you know, when you do something like this, they open it up for questions. often people are reluctant to raise their hands. the first question is sort of awkward. once a number of people have asked kwerks you have 20, 30 people at a time raising hands. she opened it up. brennan raised her hand a little bit. she was the only one to raise her hand. actually my wife jennifer took her elbow and raised it a little
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higher. elizabeth banks we were sitting in the front row in a special section for elected officials. i wasn't even sitting next to her and elizabeth banks called on her simply because she raised her hand. there was no grand conspiracy here. >> uh-huh. >> well, you know that this week there were revelations that steve harvey shared his questions with her in advance, with secretary clinton in advance, it perpetuates this whole idea of what we view and think, is spontaneous often is not the case. you can see how this story got caught up in this narrative. >> yeah. i wish people like megan kelly and others, it's mostly been the right wing media would have at least fact checked. done journalism 101. called us and asked us about this because there was no planting. there's all kinds of stuff in crazy media outlets about how we were paid and all that sort of thing. none of that is remotely true. this was a spontaneous question from a girl who cares deeply about an issue and that's all it
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was. and basic journalism would have uncovered that. snoeps which investigators rumors like this did investigate this and found that this wasn't a plant. but we have been getting so much sort of outright hate from trump supporters. i've gotten over 30,000 twitter messages, all kinds of stuff on facebook, threats, really horrific suggestions about brennan, i mean, you know, at some point human decency should take over. >> hey, brennan, quick question, i know you lost a friend and that was part of your mindset in fashioning this question. speak to that. >> well, you know, it's not my place to sort of talk about that and who that person was. i was not authorized to do that, but, yes, it's not just me. it's not just my experience. when i asked that question i was speaking on behalf of middle and high schoolers all over the country. you know, it really does damage.
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it's our most insecure time in life and to have someone that we're supposed to look up to be insulting women and as you saw on the tapes today really just brutal harassment, it's horrible and it really -- it does trickle to us. i don't think a lot of adults realize how much it affects their kids and the younger generation. so, a lot of the other issues don't affect me, by i know this issue is really important and it's not talked about as much as it should be. so talking to hillary was really important to me and i'm really glad i got the opportunity. >> brennan and daylin leech. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> thank you. still to come, your best and worst tweets. and one of my own, like this one -- let's take a look here. hey, it's his private life, remember bill and monica? liberal hypocrisy. bill is not on the line this year. donald trump is. i mean, bill's stuff was all relevant at the time. i'll grant you that for sure. guess what guys, i switched to sprint.
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please follow me on twitter @smerconish. before i get to your tweets. i want to show you mine from yesterday. when the news of trump broke our biggest concern had been hurricane macttthew. i said hurricane matthew down graded to category 2. hurricane donald trump a hurricane 5. watch this. >> looks like we dodged a bullet a little bit with that storm. however, with donald trump talking about women, it's -- it has been upgraded to a category 5 [ bleep ] storm. >> i deserve a writer's credit.
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smerconish, with you the story of the day is son-in-law trashing trump on the clinton network. >> i'm sorry. he's the guy who keeps playing all the hits. if he'd stop generating this kind of material, believe me, i'd be spending more time on the wikileaks release. show me another one. smerconish, one segment against trump, one against clinton. guess i'm stuck in the middle with you. it's funny you would say that. people see what they want to see in this program. i'll get tweets from people from the left who say you're in the tank from trump and people in the right who will say you did it for hillary. i can't win. time for one more. i love this part of the show. your dad was a smart man, the phrase not sitting down is going up in my -- the phrase, again, by the way -- i have this mental image of it hanging in my dad's office at a junior high school. kick the person possible for your troubles and you won't sit down for a week. i wonder if he still has it.
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i said it. i was wrong. and i apologize. >> a bombshell in the race for the white house. this is a political earthquake. >> it's an inexcusable. >> i'm out. i can no longer in good conscious endorse this person for president. >> any republican who has said they are for donald trump, do you still think he's qualified to be president of the united states? >> see you at the debate on sunday. >> i want to wish you a good morning.