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here we go on this friday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. thanks for being with me. heads up to everyone very shortly the white house will beholding daily briefing. we'll take it live. and administration will surely be asked to explain the whopping double standard president has done in twitter. while silent on rauy moore, whether getting out of the race,
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the president has instead chosen to blast democratic senator al franken. he has apologized to a radio anchor after he accused the private citizen franken some years ago of forcing him to kiss him during this uso to your back in 2006. he did speak directly to this photo of al franken to touch her in ways he never should have done while she's asleep. leeann tweeting. here's the tweet from the president saying this, theal frankenstein picture is very bad, speaks a thousand words, where do hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 whil she sleeps? is franken a target because he's a deck crate and moore is republican? or is it because franken apologized for his offenses while moore continues to deny, deny, deny. whatever that answer may be, the
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president has only placed himself in the exact position he has been trying to avoid, according to a source. under more skrucrutiny for the allegations. do you remember this hawed oaud? >> and whether you an you are a can do anything you want. you can do anything. grab them by [ bleep ]. >> let's start at the white house with our correspondent there. so abby, white house kelly and con or h ann. what did she say? >> reporter: well, brooke, according to the white house, the president prefers to talk about breaking news and not old news. white house counselor kelly and conley said in an interview this morning that when the ray moore
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story broke eight days ago the president was overseas. so that's why he didn't comment on it when he returned. the al franken story broke in the last couple of days so he wanted to say something about that. now another white house official has also talked about the ray moore issue reminding cnn dana bash in an interview today that the president actually never endorsed ray moore in the primary. he endorsed his opponent luther strange. so the president has already kind of stepped a side from that race. at the same time, republicans are looking for a way out here. a source tells us that mitch mcconnell is preparing a document, a briefing document for the white house, about some options that might be available to them, among them potentially having the alabama governor kay eye have i postpone or move back the date of this election in order to give them more options. we know though that the alabama governor has already said she does not want to do that and unlikely to do so. >> right. and we also know that the
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president visa vee sarah huckabee sanders has said he wants alabama to decide this one. abby phillip thank you so much. i get to start my show off with very smart differing opinion women here on-site in new york i have special correspondent, maxwell director of progress media for hillary clinton campaign. conservative commentator. ladies, welcome. let me cut straight to the conservative. we laid it out, ray moore, al franken, this is hippocracy from the president? >> i was never a trump conservative, we talked about this on your show, so i don't think looking to trump for the moral consistency we need is something we could expect consistently. that said, i think it's important to understand that
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trump has opened the conversation here to expose the hypocrisy on the democratic side as well as republican side. >> we'll get there. we'll go there, trust me. but when you have all these other voices in washington, republicans who are saying stepping forward and saying we believe the accusers stories. and clearly he believes the accuser story in the al franken case because he said what he said about frankenstein. what's different in this case with ray moore? why is that not hypocritical of the president? >> as i said, trump said moore should step a side if these allegations are true. >> if. that's the difference. >> i think you have this picture, whereas in the moore case trump is saying we need more evidence. >> this has not come from the president directly. go ahead. >> you have a picture. but in the moore case you have multiple women coming forward and counting the same, almost the same story, which makes it more believable, makes it more credible. >> pattern. >> it's a pattern by this
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person. and i think there is no consistency. it's complete hypocrisy. this is a president that is going to leave the white house and go to the courthouse because he has at least 12 for misconduct. so he should take the fifth on twitter. he shouldn't said a word about republican or democrat. >> too late for that. because he has gone there. do you think al franken is a democratic? or picture? or because he's apologized that he was fair game for the president. >> let's be clear, this is because it's political, and ray moore allegations, sarah huckabee sanders has said president trump doesn't like it when we are rehashing old allegations. i wonder why. because it's from president trump 30 and 40 years ago all the way up to access hollywood tape that are problematic for him. but i think if true is actually saying, i don't believe the women. so we have to understand that
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when you couch it in if true, you are not taking testimonial evidence as evidence. yes, al franken case there is a picture but he apologized to the person that matters which is the person that he mistreated. and i this i that's an important point here. and that's a distinction between president trump and al franken. he apologized called it out or being problematic. and called for an investigation of himself. >> i think apology is not sufficient. i think an investigation is warranted. >> he already called for that and willing to go through that. >> he's on tape confessing. >> but the accuser here thinks the apology is genuine and sufficient. >> correct. >> that matters as well. and with ray moore he's now wanting a handwriting expert to come in and prove it's not his handwriting in that year book. he's really denying everything. >> i'll hear from you. >> so a couple of things here. it absolutely is political. one is democrat and one is republican. and let's just talk about it on a political level for a second.
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how long has it been since we played that access hollywood? >> been a minute. >> okay. but it had been a long long time before that. he brought that back on himself by doing this tweet. he also, once again did a misspelling, that's not how you spell frankenstein. but apart from that, there are two play books here. there is the, as you said, deny, deny, deny. and what happens when you do that? you become president of the united states. >> like bill clinton and you pay $850,000. >> that's not analogy. >> yes, it is because he normalized the behavior. >> it was an a faffair, not sex misconduct. >> hang on, ladies. let's go to fwbill clinton. a couple of pieces this week, peter called what about bill,
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sexual misconduct revives about clinton. said bill clinton should have resigned. now you have the democrat senator, took new york senate seat, and she said this. roll it. >> your view that the president clinton should have stepped down at that time given the allegations? >> yes, i think that is the appropriate response. but i think things have changed today. and i think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction. and i this i in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about president trump and a very different conversation about allegations against him. >> so hang on. swift response from dear clinton friend saying via twitter ken star spent money on this bleep, senate voted to keep pod us, but
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not enough for you. over 20 years you took the money and seat, hippocrit, he says, interesting primary for 2020 primaries best of luck. so blasting for her own hypocrisy for taking money from the clintons. but i think that in this new ground swell of everything we are experiencing there is a new lens on bill clinton. fair point. go ahead. >> yes, absolutely. because this goes beyond monica. this goes to the $850,000 that bill clinton paid to paula jones to first sexual harassment. she only asked for 750,000 but got $850,000. that ws pay ola. he didn't admit guilt but why would you pay that unless you were doing something wrong. and not just her. case after case. and hillary clinton she is victim shame. you want to talk about listening to women. she called monica lewandowski who was an intern at the time -- >> i'm not here to do that. it is not fair to do that.
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>> listen to the women. >> yes you should. >> but bringing up a conversation about bill clinton behavior is not appropriate. we should focus on men's choices and behavior. and all men need to reflect on their behavior not just famous ones and politicians. it is a cultural problem not that we should put on hillary clinton shoulders. she lost to trump. >> okay. hillary clinton went off le lewandowski and called her a bimbo. >> the lewandowski sex scandal was of an affair with someone of age. never been an accuser. never since the time ever said that he did this to me. it was unwanted. i didn't want to get touched. she's not an accuser. so now we'll step in and on her behalf of accuse him of some misconduct. >> she had a marital a fair it is not illegal to have an
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affair, yes it's wrong for the president to do that. but remember the illegality of this was because of being impeached, not of the affair. >> i value your opinion. please, please, weigh in. >> so i would like to add this to the discussion. and that is we are in a different time. >> we are. >> and place. and i think we all have to recognize that. >> yeah. >> and i am not saying that anyone, bill clinton or anybody else who did harassment was correct or deserves a pass or anything. but we are -- we keep using this term in a watershed moment. and people are losing their jobs now when they apologize. they are losing their book contracts. >> parts in movies. >> parts in movies. and it's not just in hollywood or media. people have lost their jobs in finance. and so i think at a certain
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point, and i don't know the answer to this, but at a certain point we have to decide how we are going to handle this going forward in a reasonable way. is everyone going to lose their job? are we going to go back -- >> looks like the future will be female. i don't know how many men will be left around in the workplace. >> well, we need the men, ladies. >> i think it's important to note how many women have been stopped economically from advancing in their position? that's what we need to be worried about. what about the women, women who quit their job or didn't advance. or maybe got one because they chose to go in this game which is toxic. i didn't vote for trump. it is a water shed moment. the moment that gretchen exposing this moment and i think
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it's good. even though we have different political opinions we can all come together and say it's not a political issue. >> i want to point out it's ten years, more than that, 40 years of feminist thinking that led us to this moment. i've been talking about rape culture for a decade along with my colleagues and people looked at me like i was crazy. but i think it's important that we are all understanding this in a new light. >> agree. and i want to end with this. i doubt what debbie ding el, congresswoman, talked about this today, and we talk about the empowered but there is it a little bit of plug. she talked about being groped by a someone acting inappropriately towards her. but then she said this. >> has the tied turned? >> no. i don't think it's the water shed moment so many people think it is. because i still think for too
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many consequences for naming the person is. and what we have to do is change the culture and we have to have everybody speak up. >> final thought from you on that. >> she's writhe i completely agree. so full disclosure. debbie and i went to college together. we've known each other a long time. and i tenthed her after that. i think she's absolutely correct. this is the beginning, not the end. and there are too many women out there, people who work as waitresses or who do not have the power anywhere close to that. >> without the repercussions and this is still an issue. >> in the book, be fears, she has a handbook how to do this. it's about collecting evidence. being systematic and exposing it. so maybe you won't get a national, your boss won't be on the front page of the wall street journal, but maybe your voice matters, social media will
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help amplify. this is just the start, i agree. >> we all have a voice. thank you all ladies very much. thank you. still ahead here on cnn, he will not step down. those words from the wife of embattled senate candidate, publicly speaking out for her husband, we'll hear from her. and what a new poll is revealing in the home state. and one of president trump closest confidants, jared kushner being called out again for failing to turn over documents related to this russia investigation. is this a troubling pattern? we'll talk about it. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin.
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and we are back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. kayla moore the wife of senate candidate ray moore not only standing by herman, today she spoke out saying her husband is staying in the race until the very end. also defending moore against the accusations being made by multiple women that he pursued sec you'll relationships with them when they were merely teenagers. mrs. moore appeared on the alabama capital along with this group saying women for ray moore. here's a bit more what kayla moore had to say. >> "the washington post" has called everybody that i have ever known for the last 40 years. they have called everybody my husband has ever known for the last 40 years.
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they print whatever anyone says without checking to even see if it is correct. they have staked out etowah county. basically camped out until the end of this election. so to the people of alabama, thank you for being smarter than they think you are. they will call you names. they will say all manner of evil against you. and i would say consider the source. i have been married to my husband judge ray moore for over 32 years. he was a gradual of west point. he served our country in vietnam. and he has always been an officer and a gentleman. he is it a loving father and grandfather. and most important, he is a
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christian. so let me set the record straight. even after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the foundation, and now against my husband, he will not step down. [ cheers and applause ] he will not stop fighting for the people of alabama. in his words, and i quote, i'll not stop until they lay me in that box in the ground. thank you for being here. and god bless alabama and the united states of america. >> kayla moore, a new fox news poll say it may be slipping. has democrat doug jones beating
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moore by 8 points. whether i say new poll was just taken monday, tuesday and wednesday of this week. coming up next the russia investigation hitting another road block after the committee says jared kushner failed to turn over all the documents they've been asking for again. so how many times will this be allowed? let's talk about it. patrick woke up with a sore back. but he's got work to do. so he took aleve this morning. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength to stop tough pain for up to 12 hours with just one pill. tylenol can't do that.
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meetings or business transactions with russian officials. so shawn turner with me in new york today, so nice to have you in. thanks for being here. how many times can you omit information, you know, national security forms and not have a serious problem? >> yeah, you know, i think we are beyond the point where we can give jared kushner the benefit of the doubt on this. >> you do? >> yes. we have multiple instances where he has recalled information after it came out in the media or it was called to his attention by people investigating this. i think what really disturbs me about this most recent letter that senator feinstein and grassley sent is they are asking for specifics. wheth when they are talking about documents back channel that gets the hair on the back of my neck up. because it's prerogative of sitting governments and administrations to establish backdoor channels to communicate with our partners and allies
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about national security issues to be able to make decisions. so the question is why would jared kushner have any correspondence or be talking with anyone about creating a backdoor channel between wikileaks and russians? this is the kind of thing from a national security perspective really causes some concern. >> so that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you hear that. but you said an important phrase which is i don't totally remember until the media reported it, which a couple days ago jeff sessions on capitol hill. so between the two of them either i haven't revealed or i don't recall, how long can they continue doing that without truly facing consequences? >> yeah, i think we are very close to that point. i mean, the attorney general jeff sessions said i don't recall some 20 odd times. and i think that what this does is for all of those people out there who said early on, let's give the administration the benefit of the doubt. we don't have any hard facts. let's let the investigation play out. >> how much longer?
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>> the picture is starting to form. and at this point we don't know exactly what the picture will look like. but clearly there is something there that these individuals would rather not have out in the public discourse. >> let me read this list. and you think of jared kushner as figure here. from the digital operation to michael flynn to firing of the fbi director james comey, to communications with wikileaks, trump tower, security forms we are talking about. jared kushner, the theme is that he always sort of seems to be in the room. >> yeah. jared kushner is emerging as sen central figure. he really is. that list that you laid out, those were all facts with regard to jared kushner. what really concerns me with regard to jared kushner is the fact we are ten months into him turning in his paper wrk for security clearance. he's involved in all of these issues involving national security, including many on the list that you just named. and he still does not have -- >> security clearance. >> right. and there did a provision to
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alou peop allow people to get expedited security clearance, i'm curious as to why he hasn't, and if he has, why it's taking so long. >> let's talk about bob mueller and the trump campaign asking for officials to produce these russian related documents. and this new subpoena seeks additional records. and the source described it as a cleanup subpoena. >> yeah. >> what are they cleaning up? >> yeah, you know, when i look at that list, look, there are a couple of things on that list that i think could potentially have been things that were not in the original scope of the request. or things that maybe they did not have the ability to provide. for example, the transcripts of other hearings. but there are also things on that list that were clearly in the scope of the previous request. when he's asking for, when they are asking for information relatesed related related to eames with wikileaks. clearly that was in the initial
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list. so clean up there were things that should have been provided originally. >> okay. shawn turner, thank you so much. thanks to see you in person. >> you too. >> selective silence, white house is set to respond on president's attack on al franken, democrat, but silence on senate republican speaks things. we'll talk about president trump used specifically to attack senator franken on twitter. so stand for that. ♪ give ancestrydna, the only dna test that can trace your origins to over 150 ethnic regions... ♪ ...and open up a world of possibilities. ♪ save 20% for the holidays at
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the trump tweet it were hours ago, quote, to think he was lecturing anyone would lecture anyone. lesl leslie stall tape. the reference was 1995 new york article that quoted al twrang in. quotes franken as saying this, quote, and i give the pills to lesscy stall, then when leslie is passed out take her to the closet and rape her, or that's why you don't see her until february, or i put her in various pictures and take pictures of her. let's get some context from the person in the wrote that wrote the article in the mid-90s. also the author of the daily shote book, and oral history by john stewart. so good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> i bet 24 hours ago you didn't
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think you would be talking to me about your piece you wrote in 1995. >> right. i was trying to right about russian and up pops this. >> you were twittering around on twitter as we all do. >> right. >> and you see for yourself the president's tweet referencing the article. what was your first thought? >> my first thought is what al franken did with leeann tweeden is wrong. no question about that. it's bad. it's wrong. he's apologized. volunteered for ethics investigation. my second thought was trump's attempt and subsequently or i don't remember the chronology, shawn hannity's attempt to some how connect this with what al franken said years ago at 2 in the morning saturday night live, this is pattern of behavior is ridiculous. >> let's back up a step. so this is 22 years ago, you are
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sergeant nig saturday night live writing this piece. we hours in the morning. >> yeah, i meant a couple of months all access behind the scenes snl. and it was about late night television. and the context is really important here. those couple of lines which everybody has pulled up in the past 24 hours, thanks to the prodding of trump and hannity, they look really bad. and we can have a long discussion about what should be inbounds, out of bounds, in comedy. >> joking about raping a 60 minute correspondent. >> but two in the morning, back and forth, and i've been in comedy rooms over the years, there are women comedy writers who will say things to make your skin crawl, and it's all in the spirit of what can we use on stage or on the air. and to be very specific, franken was never advocating what he was
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talking about there go into the sketch on the air, he was trying to provoke the discussion. the ultimate segment that norm mcdonald did where he's parities this norm, andy rooney character was a lot tamer. so he is not then or now advocating violence against women. >> do you think then, just really last question, in the president's tweet was out of bounds because it loss the context of the conversation. >> sure. >> from 22 years ago. >> but let's be clear here, and you know this, they are not trot thg stuff out because they are champions of women. they are trying to get a senate candidate elected in alabama who was trolling for dates at the mall. they are trying to get past the russia investigation. they are trying to pass a tax bill which is a huge corporate giveaway. >> but isn't this his own
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personal accusers, officially on this? >> yes, you would think so. and you guys and a lot of other folks are saying, well, you have 12 or more on the record accusers over decades saying donald trump as a civilian, you know, did a lot of bad things with women. so it may backfire. and we'll see. >> that's why we've been calling it hypocrisy. >> there you go. >> the way he's talking about al franken and not saying anything more on moo, via sarah huckabee sanders if the allegations are true he should step a side. >> right. >> chris smith, thanks for swinging by. >> you're welcome. moments from now growing what we were discussing sarah huckabee sanders will be standing there at the podium at the white house briefing room. we know the reporters will be asking the questions. it's just a matter of how they answer them today. but first to powerful piece of cnn reporting, clarissa ward
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commanded, orchestrated by them. denying all allegations of rape and killing by security forces. also announced it was replacing the general in charge of the rohingya state. cnn correspondent clarissa ward has been in the camps where they have fled to. she spoke to multiple women being raped as part of her ongoing reports. >> rasheed rarely speaks these days. when she does tell her story, she speaks quietly and mechanically as if trying to recount what happened without reliving it. we were five women with our babies, she says, the military grabbed us, dragged us into the house and shut the door, and they raped us. she tells us they stabbed her and tried to kill her. she survived by pretending to be
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dead. it will be good if i had died, she says, because if i died, then i wouldn't have to remember all these things. stories like rasheed are all too common in the bangladesh camps that now host nearly 1 million rohingya muslims. when the military came to an ishay village her husband fled leaving her alone with five children. >> translator: two soldiers stood guard in front of my door, she says, another came in hand pointed his gun at me. he raped me. >> reporter: did he say anything to you? >> translator: he punched me and ripped off my clothes. he said if you move, i'll kill you. if you scream, i'll kill you. and he covered my mouth with his hand, she says. i felt so awful. he did it so roughly. he did it without mercy.
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>> reporter: human rights groups say that rape is one of mine a march military feared weapons. while it's hard to estimate how many have been done, hundreds of cases have been reported. these rohingya women are writing songs, within three days of rape you need to con stultsult a doc. the program headed by doctors without borders are headed by her. she explains beyond practical concerns many victims are struggling to reclaim their dignity. >> the piece for me that is kind of the most heartbreaking is that women coming in are still wearing the same skirts, which is heartbreaking, but three months later you are still putting on the same skirt that someone assaulted you in.
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>> reporter: for her the paul of shame still hangs heavy. >> translator: when i remember what happened tears come to my eyes. why did they do this to me, she asks, why did she rape me. >> reporter: she finds peace in reading the koranment for many here faith and ritual provides some solace among the squalor. her anger skill burns. what do you want to see happen to the men who raped you? >> translator: if we get the opportunity then we must take revenge, she said. we'll be pleased if the military are hanged. >> reporter: but now survival takes priority over justice. there are mouths to feed and new generation to protect from the horrors of the past. clarissa ward, in the bangladesh
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just in here, we want to turn this video around for you, a lighter moment, shall we say, from attorney general jeff sessions he was speaking to the federal society, still speaking, and interesting enough it's at the may flower hotel. here's the ag. >> i wanted to ask is ambassador kislyak in the room before i get started here? any russians? >> jeff sessions with the humor, i guess. department of homeland security has resigned over past controversial comments he made on the radio about black and muslim communities. the comments go back to nearly a decade. johnson resignation for faith
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base after an investigation into the time as conservative talk host and guest. and senior editor is with me now. and so, andrew, we know that reverend johnson he was white house chief of staff, john kelly hire when he ran dhs. what did he say that got him into trouble? >> johnson, former radio host and pastor in ohio, in his capacity he basically went on talk radio for probably about the last ten, 15 years, and in there he made some very controversial comments about african americans, about islam, so basically what we do is mind these clicks and found the numerous examples. one in which i think we have to play is him talking about how he believes that black people turned inner cities into slums. >> here it is. >> a lot of blacks are anti-semitic. why? >> i think one of the reasons why is because jewish people
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from their coming to america ingrate waves in the early part of the 1800s immediately rolled up their sleeves and began to work so hard. and it's an indictment of america's black community that has turned america's major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use, and sexual promi promiscuity. >> major cities into slums. so that was on african americans who said he had disparaging comments. >> also disparaging comments about muslims. so his is for natural disaster, he goes and speaks to these groups. and he played large controversial comments that we can play for everyone right now.
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>> i agree with your friend and mine that says really all that islam has given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millenia and a half. and they are not our friends. they are not our friends. >> all right. you, sir, you published this. within 24 hours he resigned. >> yes, we published it yesterday at about 2:00 p.m. they basically gave a comment where he said even though these comments were as recent as 2016, he said this doesn't reflect my current thinking. i've changed since i joined the administration. but, you know, by the time i got home last night, i was eating pizza, i looked, and i saw someone report that he had resigned. and we confirmed that shortly after. >> here's his statement that i guess you all got. and so he's resigned. your