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has been attacked, then he is going to do something to try and attack you back. >> these attempts to lesson the throughism of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. >> one of his main gripes about the news media was our reporting about the crowd size. >> we are here to be respected. we are here to be nasty. good morning to you on a sunday, coming to you live from washington, d.c. i promise you the sun is coming up. >> we have been here for three hours and it's still not up. >> getting a little lighter. just a little bit. there's fog out there and that's part of the reason. so glad to have your company as always, and i am christi paul. >> i am victor blackwell. president trump getting ready to talk to two international
leaders this week, and today is prime minister netanyahu, and on that call they will discuss iran, and on friday, british prime minister, theresa may, will call president trump and talk about the special relationship between the two companies. so far only two members of the cabinet has been confirmed and that's a low number for this point in the administration. >> and tomorrow, congressman, mike pompeo, nominee for cia director and trump's full first day of his presidency, more than 1 million people were in washington marching, and not just here but in cities around the world, and not for just women's rights but for other rights as well, and we just heard donald trump, and we will hear it in a second lashing out at the media, and he's talking to the cia headquarters and the folks there. his press secretary, sean
spicer, had more to say beyond that. >> athenna jones joins us now. this was, let's say, unorthodox, a first briefing in that room. >> it was certainly in the briefing room, and press secretary sean spicer, he declared an angry statement but did not take questions. let's play some of the sound. >> i can only say that i am with you 1000%, and the reason you are my first stop, as you know i have a running war with the media and they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. [ applause ] >> they sort of made it sound like i had a feud with the
intelligence community. i just want to let you know, the reason you are the number one stop is exactly the opposite. exactly. and they understand that, too. honestly, it looked like a million and a half people, and whatever it was, it was, and it went back to the national washington monument, and by mistake, i have a network, and it shows an empty field and we drew 250,000 people, and that's not bad, but that's a lie, and we had 250,000 around the bowl we constructed, and that was 250,000 people, and the rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the washington monument was packed. so we caught them and we caught them in a beauty, and i think they are going to pay a big price. >> so there he is talking to the cia, standing before the memorial wall memorializing cia members that died and he's
talking about crowd sizes and his war with the media, and many say it was a missed opportunity. you heard rick santorum saying donald trump is most affective when he sticks to the script and it's not clear if he had a script. we have a whole group of people to talk about this, and we are talking about what happened with press secretary, sean spicer. >> let's do fact checking. he targeted a few items. let's go through those. first, the crowds at the inauguration, and he started with these ground coverings at the national mall. now, spicer and his team, they were heated when photos were showing the large spaces of white coverings were tweeted out. >> this was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to
protect the grass in the mall, and in years past the grass eliminated this visual. >> okay. i want to show you side by side here of president obama's 2013 inauguration compared to president trump's now. if you look at the area we highlighted, there's the same white ground covering there, but in all transparency. >> several reporters recall the covering to be laid there to protect the grass in 2013, and that makes spicer's claim of the floor covering false. >> and here is what he made about the metal detecters. >> this is also the first time fencing and magna tom nerz went back on the wall, and -- >> the fact is the secret
service says the secure area for this year's inauguration was larger than in years past but the extra measures included only fences and bag checks, not metal detecters. >> so the claim that it detoured crowds were also false. >> no one had numbers because the national park service, which controlled the national mall, does not put out. >> and that's accurate, the national park service does not provide an official crowd count for the inauguration, and spicer just said nobody had crowd size numbers accurately, and that's true. >> we have a lot to talk about, and let's welcome in the panel now, cnn senior political analyst, mark preston, and athena jones, and david, the
assistant for the washington post, and former reagan white house director, maria cardona, and cnn commentator and strategist, and scott boldman, welcome to all. >> take a breath. >> yeah. exhale. let's start with the visit to langley. somebody on the president's team thought he had to go there and mend fences and did he accomplish what he hoped to accomplish there? >> they were hoping that mike pompeii would have already been contprpfirmed by the united sta senate, and you needed to go there to express support for pompeo, and did he accomplish what he was trying to do? in his mind, yes. in the long run, was it a smart thing to do? absolutely not. was the stage craft preposterous
in many ways? absolutely. when he stood there with the stars behind him, and just so our viewers understand what we are talking about here, this is the equivalent of arlington national cemetery for the cia, and those stars represent cia agents, and many names we will never know who were killed in the line of action, and to go there and talk about ratings for his inauguration, and to talk about his fight with the media, and to talk about, you know, how great things have been for the last couple of days for him was actually, you know, athena calls it a missed opportunity, and i agree with her and i would take it further than that. >> jeffrey, let's talk about that. i remember that area being called hollow ground. what made donald trump start with this topic? >> i think this is being vastly overblown. what you just played there, what did you hear when you said this? there was laughter and cheering or laughter and applause and all of this sort of thing, and these are cia employees doing this.
we are saying on the one hand it was inappropriate to say this, and if that's the case then they should not have been laughing. this is a simple attempt from a boss to communicate with his new employees, to let them get a feel for who he is and how he reacts and how he deals with things. >> do you think he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish? >> sure, with them. but this goes to the larger business of the media narratives and all this kind of thing, and this is the way the town works. >> but can i say one thing, jeffrey. he went out there and said -- he initially said, listen, the media has created a narrative between me and the agency, and it's about the media putting out public statements he said about the intelligence community, comparing them to nazi germany because he was not happy with their investigation into the russian hacking. >> they -- somebody leaked
classified -- classified information to the media. that should not happen. he was upset. he should be upset. average america out there are wondered why in the world classified information is being leaked. >> david, you are just joining the conversation. it's important to remind people at home who may not watch every news conference, that donald trump called out the intelligence community, and he tweeted out intelligence quotes. >> go back to december 11th, when he went on the sunday shows and called some of the initial reports about russia meddling ridiculous, and that's a quote, and he used the word ridiculous, and he could have said i want to wait for the facts to get in and i will not talk about this in full until i take office, and he said it was ridiculous even though all of the four heads of the agencies say we are on to something, and to what jeffrey
is saying, when you say i understand this is not what the average person is thinking about day-to-day, but fence-mending is something that he needed to do between trump and the intelligence community, i don't think he needed to do that. >> we have to clear up what was going on there. our producer observed the people in the room who was there and not allowed to shoot the video of the crowd because we are talking about the cia, and in that room was two sections, and one was a group of people that entered a lottery, cia staffers that entered a lottery to be able to come and here the president speak, and you would expect people going through the lottery are trump fans, and those are the ones laughing and applauding, and the senior staffers were not applauding or laughing and they were stone faced and stoic, and that is
what was described to us. if you hear, you look at the tape and you hear the applause, it's important to spell out who was there. >> we will take a break and continue the conversation in a moment, and after the break we will get to the sentiments to the former cia director through his spokesperson, nick shapiro, who was deeply saddened about what he saw at the cia. we will take a break and be right back. be the you who doesn't cover your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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welcome back. still with us, athenna jones, mark preston, and jeffrey lord, and maria cardona, and scott bolden. let's get back to the comments made by the president yesterday in speaking with the members of the intelligence community and we heard from the president, and we want to hear from the former cia director, and he is deeply saddened and angered at donald trump's despicable display in front of the memorial wall, and trump should be ashamed of
himself. when you say he accomplished what he went there to do, this -- from this former director, he did exactly the opposite, and our chief of national security correspondent says he has been hearing from members of the intelligence community who are offended by what they saw and heard. >> i think it's two points. one, when president trump went there, his mission was to let the cia know that he supports them 1000%, as he said, and that this feud that is being presented in the media is by the media, and that he does not believe -- he said the american people that are with him do not believe that -- they said it's not his thoughts, it's fabricated media narrative. >> do you believe that? >> i believe that when you talk -- when jeffrey pointed out appropriately that there was laughter and applause after he talked about the media being the
most dishonest, and athena points out, let's clarify, there were cia people that came in during a pool, and that feeds into the narrative. >> do you believe we invented this feud between the intelligence community -- >> yes, and so do the american people. >> come on, no they don't. >> hold on. >> he tweeted it! >> when you put up graphics to talk about sean spicer, false, false, false, and they see -- >> wait a minute, we are just trying to clear the air. >> you can clear the air and you don't have to put up a image of sean spicer. >> we put up what was true as well. >> why are we spending time talking about that -- >> because they are lying. >> because they are lying. >> this is what the average joe american sees, they see the media attacking the president and creating these narratives.
you can report on what happens but this is what they see. i was out there on the mall and i see what they said. when they recognized me being on this program, the network, they said -- >> friday or saturday? >> i was not on the mall out there with the disrespectful people -- >> oh, come on, and you were out there -- >> i was out there when those an artist was out there lighting things on fire -- >> that was not yesterday. not yesterday. >> that was friday. >> i am talking about -- >> yesterday as things were unfolding, i thought, wow, president trump is making a smart move and counter programming the demonstrations by paying his respect to the cia, and shaking hands and saying solemn words about the mission he sees going forward as commander-in-chief, and that would have been strong and changed the whole discussion we
are having now and instead he went and talked about how big of a crowd he did or did not draw, like he was an act in madison square garden. stop worrying about your crowds and your popular vote. >> it's the media he is trying to talk about. >> i think that incident made a couple things clear, and he's never going to pivot to be more presidential and he's going to continue the lie after lie that we heard after 18 months of a presidential campaign that was the most dishonest in modern history, and he's going to do that in front of the american people, and what is more pathetic and shameful and sad is he will have his spokesperson, sean spicer, go out and not just parrot his lies but to continue to lie and lie and lie after that. we know size is very important to the important -- >> crowds. >> wait a second. >> what is pathetic and dangerous -- >> maria.
>> go ahead. >> look, look, barack obama left the white house the other day with all of these glowing editorials about how great and wonderful and popular and et cetera, et cetera. if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. it was a massive lie. it was a flat out -- >> yes. >> it was a flat out lie. now, is the legacy here that a big liar left the white house? no, he's a glowing guy. he's terrific. he looked the people right straight in the eye and people lost their health care. i was reading articles at the time that lost family members and they died because they lost their health care because of obamacare. >> obama paid for that politically. >> all i am saying to you, the media narrative here was what a great guy, and yet he did something that was really bad. and here we have got -- >> you are messing up the
context. >> he was insuring 22 million -- >> that is bad. >> he paid for that politically. >> a glowing article when he left. >> i was -- >> that was four years after what happened -- >> this was covered -- >> go ahead. >> i am only 54 years old, but i can't imagine or remember seeing a political speech, a campaign speech, being made at the cia. let alone the wall of honor. it just made it powerfully inappropriate and shameful and that's the bottom line. >> as we talk about sean spicer and what his role will be and how he will approach his job as press secretary and you have a press secretary that can read a statement and walk off the stage. >> i have known him for many, many, many years. when he was hired by donald trump, there was a bit of relief
among the press corp. because there was an understanding he knew how to work with the press. when the commander-in-chief tells you to go out and do something, he will go out and say it. whether he says that is what happened, i don't know if he will, that remains to be seen. what happened yesterday it's about donald trump, and the campaign was about donald trump, and now we are seeing it transfer into the new administration. victor, to your point, anybody that works for donald trump right now is going to be the new @realdonaldtrump. a lot to talk about in the first 48 hours or so of the trump administration. >> and not only that, but we mentioned it briefly, the women's march was full of celebrities and activist and politicians in the streets, not just here in washington, d.c. but all over the world on donald
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march, i should say, in washington. massive crowds filled with celebrities and activist and politicians and there were men there as well and not just women but sent a message to the incoming president, donald trump, they will not be silenced or ignored. >> there were hundreds of thousands in washington but more around the country and around the world who were in support of women's rights and in support of other rights as well. and jen was there and joins us now, and we should say it's more than just women's rights, because we saw a lot of signs about a lot of issues. >> that's exactly -- i want to bring up a story where i talked to one of the women. she had gone to four marches in washington, and she was there when martin luther king gave that speech, and she said yesterday was the most important because it was not one single issue and it was about protecting all of america's values and issues. it was celebrities and
politicians there and voices were heard globally to send a message to the president, to send a message. >> the president is not america. we are america. >> marches for women's rights in the united states and around the world on president trump's first full day in office. >> tell me what democracy looks like! >> one of the biggest in washington where protesters filled pennsylvania avenue and headed for the white house. some of the protesters there came driven by fear. >> i'm afraid of anybody that lacks the empathy to see their neighbor that is different than them and not treat them as equally american as anybody else. >> i have to say to trump, i am not afraid of him and we are here together. >> on the national mall celebrities rallied the crowd. >> if we commit to what aligns
us, if we stand together steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance at saving the soul of our country. >> we are here to be respected. we are here to be nasty. i am nasty like susan, elizabeth, eleanor, amelia, rosa, gloria, sonja, malala, michelle, hillary. >> good did not win this election. but good will win in the end. >> there was 600 marches in the globe, and people gathered at the eiffel tower, and the message was your decisions will
affect the whole world. >> i am here among the thousands of people, and we are concerned about the rights we are used to are under attack now. >> for so many different reasons, they are going to continue these protests in the neighborhoods and even within the first 100 days of trump's administration. >> that's an important element, now what is next? we will talk with the organizers of the women's march, the co-founders, and find out what is next for this movement. >> stay close. when you hit 300,000 miles. or here, when you walked away without a scratch. maybe it was the day your baby came home. or maybe the day you realized your baby was not a baby anymore. every subaru is built to earn your trust. because we know what you're trusting us with. subaru. kelley blue book's most trusted brand. and best overall brand.
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christi paul. >> more than 1 million people took to the streets across the country to protest donald trump, and there were other issues as well a day after the inauguration. >> here with us now the co-founders of the march, and cnn contributor j.d. advance. ladies, first of all the, did you anticipate that it would be what it became and what stuck with you most yesterday after you left? >> definitely. i have been in this since the first day, and we were on the original facebook invite, and the response was overwhelming and within a week we had several different countries approach us and saying they wanted to support the march on washington, and i thought we would clear a million in washington and i think it will be a global movement. >> so when you tell the story of a facebook invite turning into
what we saw yesterday, when you saw it, what went through your mind as you heard the cities that were listed off in participating? >> let's see, what was it, right before christmas, we were having this influx of countries and cities around the world want to go get involved but we were so focused on national, so we decided to bump up our two state leads and focus more on growing the global effort, and we went from less than 20 cities and we grew it to almost 200. >> yeah. >> almost 200 cities. we hit 5 million globally marching yesterday. >> including the u.s. >> there was some pushback, some pushback on social media from people talking about -- it was not just about equality for
women at the end of the day. >> yeah, well, you know, it was so interesting, because you are seeing these various women's issues and other issues around the world, why they were marching. in south america they were marching for gender violence, and in india we saw what happened on new year's day and a ton of people wanted to get involved and help in those efforts. ethiopia, clean water is a huge problem, and that affects women and young girl's education because they are dropping out of school. there's so much work to be done, and it was such an honor and just so -- it was so amazing to see all of the women around the world step up and a lot of them, too, really risks their lives to march with us yesterday, especially in the middle east, and it's just incredible. >> let's talk about some of the women here in the u.s., j.d., because there has been a cast of being an anti-trump event, and
that these people that were against the election of the president versus trump supporters. is there any overlap from the people you wrote about and so many cities we saw yesterday. >> i think i saw a few trump supporters, so i don't think it's right to frame it totally as an oppositional thing, and there were two basic groups, and there were folks that are generally concerned about one thing or another in the direction of the country, and maybe trump's rhetoric on the campaign trail and there were folks committed to left of center political issues and in the march they came together in an organic thing. the question is going forward whether those two groups are able to work together politically, and it was a pretty incredible demonstration yesterday but whether it translates into political action is something we will find out. >> you have taken issue with
people saying this is the left tea party because, i remember, you were characterizing it as a sloppy conclusion. >> i think it's a little sloppy because it's a different political moment and a different time and group of people, but what i think is similar is you have -- you have a relatively organic movement and you have people who are not especially political, and i heard from people yesterday and it was the first time they protested everything, and then you have people more ideologically committed, and you had folks that were committed conservatives alongside those that did not care about politics that much but were worried about the direction of the country. >> i want to listen to scarlett johansson when she took the stage yesterday, her tone was different than some of the others we have heard. >> president trump, i did not vote for you!
that said, i respect that you are our president-elect and i want to be able to support you, but first i ask that you support me. support my sister. support my mother. support my best friend, and all of our girlfriends. support the men and women here today. >> i respect the fact that you are president and i want to support you. is there a space for a lot of these people who are out there today to your point to come together with people of different ideas and different political views? >> absolutely. i mean, our issues are varied in many. if you saw any of the signs yesterday, there was signs about climate change, and there were signs about reproductive rights, and every issue you really saw
it on the streets and all around the world. but i think that we all agree, if we can secure the rights of the most marginalized group, which women are among the most marginalized, and you look at equal pay, and this is what a white man or white man makes and then a black woman makes this and if we can secure the rights of that person, then everybody else's rights are secured as well. >> to accomplish that you need to question, what is next? how do you harness all of the energy created around the world and do something that will change policy? >> you just keep going. you never stop. the next thing that we are looking for as far as an action when we hit the streets again is march 8th for national women's day? >> beyond a march or rally, are there legislative goals? is there a plan that is consensus that you have all of these people that are going to be working and pushing in state
houses or the building behind us at the capital? >> of course. people have to understand the whole movement is less than 12 weeks old so we need a chance to sort of breathe and come together as a country and just figure out what that is for us and then come together as a world and figure out what that means for us globally. these are very important conversations that we already have on the books, and so next week is going to be exciting, and we are going to start to figure out exactly what the specific policy platforms are, and not for just our country but every other country that is involved, and hopefully also a global initiative, and climate change being the big one. we are not going to get ahold of climate change if we don't come at it together as a planet. >> thank you all so much. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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there are a lot of fights that are coming here in washington. we have the fight over repealing obamacare and then the cabinet nominations, but there's another one looming. >> yeah. >> the nominee for the supreme court. here's what he said earlier about the timing of his choice. listen. >> i will be making the decision on who we will put up for justice of the united states supreme court, a replacement for the great, great justice scalia, and that will be probably within two weeks of the 20th. >> now, donald trump said this week the pick will likely come from the list of possible nominees that he put out during the campaign. >> yeah, and the question now, who are the frontrunners and how fiercely could the pick be opposed by democrats. >> joining us live to talk about
this, the cnn supreme court reporter. what is the status here, and what do we know about how far along he really is into making this choice? >> what he said last week is interesting the day before his inauguration, he said he had an idea who the pick was going to be, right? he had an interesting journey here because it was early in the campaign where the judicial conservatives were worried he wouldn't put somebody in that was conservative, and he put out a list to soothe them, and that's the first time any president has done that. at the top of the list is willi william pryor, and there's another judge out of colorado, neilgorsuch. he's 49 years old, and that's a
key criteria, when presidents pick these nominees because they become their lasting legacieleg. >> for decades. >> we know during the campaign for republicans who had difficulty supporting donald trump, the supreme court was the issue they turned to to say this is why i have to vote for donald trump because the alternative with the clinton pick was something they couldn't live with. what are the issues this pick has to check off for them? some of the stances that they have to accomplish? >> of course it would be what they care so much about is keeping to the conservative principles of limited government, and that's what they wanted this list to really -- that's why they wanted him to really stay on this list. what is interesting about it is that they looked at the sessions hearings, you remember, a couple weeks ago, and they thought this might be a dry run for the supreme court, and they really wanted to make sure that the
democratic senators went hard to sessions on some of these issues and the progressives were a little disappointed. coming up now, they are looking at these hearings and are hoping they will be tougher questions for the nominee, and there are two main things that will be different, one, unless he surprises us, we don't think there will be a senator on there, where they might ask softer questions, but another key issue is merrick garland, the nominee obama put forward and the republicans failed to hold hearings for it, and that's going to be a big part of the hearings, and they are not going to back down, as you have seen, senator schumer has gone really strong on the hearings, and he wanted a mainstream candidate to put forward. >> he would try to hold the seat open for the entirety of the trump administration, and probably not possible but a goal for the senate democratic leader.
>> thank you so much. appreciate it. still to come, president trump attends an inner faith service, and the message one muslim leader hopes was loud and clear, and we'll have that one for you next. our heart healthy idaho potatoes, america's favorite potatoes, and donating to local charities along the way. but now it's finally back home where it belongs. aw man. hey, wait up. where you goin'? hall we go again.
were present including islam. when it was the imam's turn the muslim leader used his time in front of the president to read two passages from the koran. >> all humankind will have created you from a single male and female, adam and eve and made you into nations and tribes and communities that you may know each other. really the most honored of you in the sight of god is the one that's the most righteous of you and among the signs of god is the creation of heaven and earth and the variation in your languages and your colors. signs for those who know. >> joining us now, the cnn political commentator and assistant editor of "the washington post" and bruce lavelle, executive of the national diversity coalition for trump. good to have you both back on
new year's day. >> thanks for having me. david, i want to start with you. initially that imam was scheduled to deliver the call to prayer, but instead read those two passages from the koran. some receiving that trying to send a political message to the president when there are a lot of muslims in this country who still have concerns about how the president views islam in their community. >> right. i see that as the imam taking the opportunity to when he has essentially is face to face with presume, trying to get a message across that his faith and his community are there and want to be heard and have a particular message. i thought it was good they had an interfaith ceremony. people from all faiths were there, but my view stepping back a little bit, victor, would just simply be that that was not as important i think as ultimately hearing from presume himself. i don't think he has done a good enough job of addressing issues of cultural and ethnic
diversity. >> bruce, there have been some criticisms about the cabinet that he has chosen, that he has nominated thus far and there's not enough diversity in that. sean spicer came out and said it's not about what they look like. it's about what they believe in, but how do you say that to people who look at that -- look at that list, and there is no latino? there is one african-american. how do you -- how do you justify that to an american population? >> well, this is the way we look at it, the national diversity coalition for trump. we're the largest diversity coalition, you know, in the history of the gop forever. we represent all different ethnic backgrounds in dctrump.com but in terms of wanting the best qualified candidate is what our diversity coalition really really truly wants. you've got to the remember this, too, crikristi, you're talking about a job that's being a good steward of the taxpayer money,
male, female, whatever. that's really what the focus, is the best qualified that the crump administration really wants to go, and we're supportive of that, because at the end of the day i don't want to pay a lot of taxes. i know you don't so we're striving the best candidate. >> you said all male, all female. would you be okay with an all male cabinet, all white? >> i would be okay with once again -- i'm a small businessman and i represent 80% of all the debt service of the united states, so i pay 36%, victor, out of my business. a lot of us small businesses are bleeding so we want really good stewards of the money that the trump administration is going to go after. that's what we're looking for because what that does it trickles down to small business and other people who are under a lot of real strong taxation oppression. >> a monolithic cabinet would have been okay with you? >> we're very interested in the best qualified people. >> are you happy with -- >> i'm very happy.
you guys -- >> i don't disagree with bruce. i don't think anybody disagrees that people in cabinet posts should be highly qualified, most qualified and having diversit diversity -- wait one second, having diversity and having people who are the highest qualified is not mutually exclusive. the fact that you have a cabinet where you have not just a high preponderance of white men but a high preponderance of goldman sachs people it does seem to tilt hard. it is hard to imagine that out of all the cabinet selections that they came up with that there wasn't one latino, the largest minority group in the country who might have, you know, slotted into one of those positions, and i think that's one of the things that people are talking about when they say what's going on with diversity? >> you've got to remember, too. we've got 3,500 more jobs, about 500 and many, many more. you know, guys, at the end of the day. this -- it gets back to the basics of really wanting the best qualified and here's the other thing, too. diversity -- let me finish --
i'm going -- >> wouldn't some people say that -- that -- >> let me finish. >> that have no government experience, that would be another way to say they may not be the most qualified. >> quickly. >> here's the deal. the diversity coalition, it's to engage all different voices that were traditionally left behind so the more you grow and the more you grow your base, the more you get involved in grass roots like from terms of voting for your state rep, state senate. that's really where that diversity manifests from. >> let me ask you. as we talk about engagement, let turn this from a different perspective. we saw the backlash that even steve harvey himself said was vicious and hurtful after he met with donald trump and some of the african-americans, high-profile, who have met with the now president. how do we get to a point where we can have these conversations without those who are going, not even endorsing, where they can have the conversation without feeling that backlash? >> i think in the specific case of steve harvey, i was disappointed to see a lot of the backlash or all of that
backlash. among other things, i don't think steve harvey has to justify himself but he has a philanthropic organization where he does work in the community. he has put on the neighborhood awards where he recognizes entrepreneurs in communities of color, so that was a particularly i think distasteful situation. >> he said it was hurtful and vicious. hopefully at least there can be a conversation. >> we're growing. we're going to get there. >> bruce. >> thank you both so much. >> and thank you for sharing your morning with us live from the nation's capital. >> "inside politics" with john king starts after the break. new girl, huh? yeah, i'm -- i couldn't help but notice you checking out my name your price tool. yeah, this bad boy gives you coverage options based on your budget. -oh -- -oh, not so fast, tadpole. you have to learn to swim first. claire, here's your name your price tool. -oh, thanks, flo. -mm-hmm. jamie, don't forget to clean the fridge when you're done. she seems nice. she seems nice. [ door closes ] she's actually pretty nice.
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