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this is cnn newsroom live from los angeles. ahead this hour -- >> the white house hinting at how it wants the controversial alabama senate race to go. >> back on the list, the u.s. president declares north korea a state sponsor of terrorism, bringing new sanctions into question how this will bring pyongyang closer to negotiation. and donald trump takes the bait, feuding with a college basketball player's father. is there a pattern to the president's targeting of sports figures. i'm isha sesay. >> and i'm john vause.
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this is "newsroom l.a." we begin with u.s. politics. both parties continuing to struggle with allegations of sexual harassment. another woman has accused democratic senator al franken of inappropriate sexual behavior. >> and the trump administration seems to be walking back criticism of alabama senate candidate roy moore, and the u.s. president is refusing to make any public statements about moore, despite a woman giving a detailed account of how moore abused her when she was 14. >> he laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me, i guess you would say.
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and during the course of that, he removed my clothing. he left the room and came back in wearing his white underwear. and he touched me over my clothing, what was left of it. and he tried to get me to touch him, as well. and at that point, i pulled back and said that i was not comfortable. >> for more joining us here in l.a., our panel. good to have you all with us. okay. roy moore is yet to refute any detail of the allegations from his first accuser. but his campaign issued a statement the last couple of hours proving, the claims by another accuser is totally fake news. according to a waitress,
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employees were required to be 16. nelson says she was 15 when she started. two former waitresses said the dumpsters were on the side of the building, not the back. a regular customer said he never saw judge moore go in there. another waitress said she never saw moore there, as well. she never recalled mrs. nelson working there. so case closed. beverly nelson, her argument shot to pieces. seven others to go. >> let's remember there are people who said that he was casing the malls basically, and wasn't allowed to go back to one of the malls specifically. the question is, the republican party seems to be moving to a place where they're giving their tas it support to this person so they can have another republican in the senate. >> why would a campaign issue a
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ridiculous statement like this? >> this is a lot of hand waving and attempts to distract attention elsewhere. this is not something that they want to be litigating. this is not something republicans want them litigating. at this point in time, republicans want this over as quickly as possible. so in my mind, i think republicans may be better off if roy moore loses. they won't have to talk about this guy and answer these allegations for the next six, nine, twelve months. this sis indicative of how this is going to go. it doesn't even matter, because the allegations are serious and real, and that's what matters. >> jessica, if that's the best you've got in terms of trying to destroy someone's argument, it almost seems incriminating. >> almost? i would say it is incriminating. the idea that this is where we are in a u.s. senate campaign, that we have someone facing a mountain of credible
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accusations, dealing with not just sexual harassment, like that's not bad enough. not just sexual misconduct, but pedophilia, and his best response is, this is where the dumpsters were located and the restaurant closed at this time. i mean, this is a very small response to just a building mountain of evidence. and i think that, you know, i have two words -- hail mary. this is just a desperate attempt to say please, voters, i want to say that there's a conspiracy against me, and you should really believe. this is just part of their campaign to try and discredit all of the accusers who have come forward with very similar and troubling stories. >> going back, he was interviewed by sean hannity. he said he generally did not date underage women. >> you touched on this, matt. it seems that the white house, that these allegations, they don't really even matter, because tax cuts are at stake.
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listen to kellyanne conway on "fox and friends." >> doug jones in alabama, folks, don't be fooled. he'll be a vote against tax cuts. he's weak on crime, weak on borders, he's strong on raising taxes, terrible for property openers. >> so vote roy moore? >> he's not saying anything and the media are trying to boost him. >> so vote roy moore? >> i'm telling you we want the votes in the senate to get this tax bill through. >> i don't know why they engage in the silly word games. just say vote for roy moore. this is quite the turn around for kellyanne conway who was saying a few days ago saying there is no senate seat worth a child. now it's vote roy moore. >> if their quest for tax reform, they're forgetting that doug jones, a southern democrat, would vote for tax reform. i just have to say there's one
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very good thing in this tax reform package. it lowers the tax on alcohol. i think after listening to all this stuff, we're all going to need a scotch. >> it does seem there are a growing number of republicans from the president on down, they seem to be taking this line, let the voters of alabama decide. we've been hearing the last couple of days, we heard it again on sunday from sarah huckabee sanders during the white house grief ibriefing. >> the president wants people in the house and the senate that support his agenda. but as i said, as the hatch act prohibits me from going any further, we think this is something that the people of alabama should decide. >> look at what's happening in washington. it does seem like they're laying the ground work to welcome roy moore into the senate. >> yeah. it's one thing to say that the voters of alabama ought to make that decision. i think that is a fair thing to say. the problem is, the white house
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i think feels pressured. i feel like they don't feel like they can go one step further and say how they feel people ought to vote or not. because the white house, they're in the position to do that. presidents issue endorsements all the time and retract endorsements all the time. i think it's very difficult for them to leave it at that. i think people are noticing that there is this gap of information. and the problem is, their line seems to change from day-to-day. yesterday on some of the sunday shows, they were saying the president is not going to campaign for roy moore, that should give you an indication of where the president stands. this morning, it's we need the vote for tax cuts. >> so when we say the people are looking to the presidency, normally we do, in this case the president doesn't have the moral authority that previous presidents have had. >> jessica, could donald trump, who carried alabama by 28 points, bring this to some kind of conclusion? >> i think that the voters of alabama would listen to him.
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and i think that president trump knows that, and that's why they're kind of skirting this issue. it starts with like so many things from the trump administration, it starts with one story, which is we'll let the voters of alabama decide, and then it shifts and then kellyanne conway saying we need that win for the tax reform and we need that vote. look at all these other policy considerations, like crime and environmental regulations. so i really think you should vote for roy moore. now, i think that the white house clearly believes that they have a role to play here. and even though this president is so different from most presidents in many ways, he still has an enormous platform and a lot of support, particularly somewhere like alabama. if he really wanted to say something, and i think there's about two weeks until the election and we could see president trump come out and say something.
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but this may be the long game for the white house, ready to open their arms for senator roy moore. >> going to move to al franken accused by another woman. he told cnn, he pulled me in really close. as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full fledged on my rear. al franken says he doesn't remember this incident and feels badly that she felt disrespected. matt, again, you know, two women have come out. whether it's 2 or 20, should franken resign? >> i don't think he should resign. number two, i don't think it's 20. there's going to be an investigation. i think the senate -- the first woman leeann tweeden, i believed her story. i think al franken's behavior was inappropriate and he's apologized. but i think we're in danger of
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conflating things. we have a president accused by 15 different women. the al franken story is a bad story, but it's not the same thing. >> i think al franken should step aside. we shouldn't be in the business of hit gating between different accusations. all these accusations are deeply problematic. they have behavior that's just wrongful, inappropriate and we should be judging it fairly and in the same way regardless of political party. >> we are out of time. but thank you so much. appreciate it. next on cnn newsroom, more sexual harassment accusations, this time against charlie rose. and more senior officials
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will be interviewed. what that means for the timing and direction of the special counsel's investigation. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue.
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cbs has suspended charlie rose after eight women accused him of sexual harassment, including groping and sexual advances. pbs halted distribution of his tack show. >> rose said in part, it is essential that these women know i hear them and that i deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. i'm greatly embarrassed. i behaved insensitively at time, and i accept responsibility for that. but i do not believe all of these allegations are accurate. >> i'm joined now by an associate professor at okay occidental klem. really, from the angle of the women who come out and stand by the men who are accused. so to my mind, when you hear men come out and stand with the accused, we heard something of
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the like, harvey weinstein and kevin spacey deserve a second chance, at least opening the door for them coming back. mo you hear that and that's one thing, it's men but it's totally something else when you hear women come out and stand in defense of these men who have these accusations of wrongdoing. i'm thinking donna karen, who made comments about what women wear. kayla moore, the wife of alabama senate candidate roy moore. what goes through your mind when women take that position? >> well, it's a bit of a betrayal in the sense that if you're a woman working anywhere in any industry, you have probably suffered or witnessed sexual harassment. at the end of the day, we all know this is prevalent, and to have women like lina dunham come out and stand by someone who has been accused of sexual harassment, i think it strikes a
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particular chord. kn now is the time that victims and survivors are feeling empowered to come forward. so if you are a woman supporting a man accused of sexual harassment, the best that you can do is stay silent on the matter, because to come out and do otherwise at this point is essentially to side with predators. during a time where it is very obvious that this predatory behavior is normal, especially in male dominated industries. >> let's dig deeper into the comments of kayla moore. take a listen. >> even after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the foundation, and mow against my husband, he will not step down! [ cheers and applause ] >> so kayla moore.
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you referenced lina dunham, the actress, writer and tv producer, murray miller has been accused of rape by an actress who says she was raped when she was just 17. lina dunham and jenny kono, the co-founder of the newsletter, put out this statement. let me read you some of what she said. she said this -- during the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women's voices heard. she goes on to say while our first instincts is to listen to every story. but this sadly is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. we stand by murray, and that is
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all we'll be saying about that at this time. what does that say, the statements made by kayla moore and put out by lena dunham, she said she got it wrong, putting out that defense for murray miller. what does it say about how we choose to respond to accusations when they involve people we love or hike? -- or like? >> i think it's difficult to acknowledge there are some men in our hives who might be sexual predators. i would argue with bill clinton's multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, hillary clinton stood by him in the '90s and in fact refuted a lot of those allegations. we have someone in the white house who has 19 allegations of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault. and yet we see the first lady standing by him. i think it's really difficult for us to process how we're supposed to respond to this, especially given the fact that we live in a culture where we
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don't hold people accountable. so only 2% of rapists will see a day in jail. most cases go unreported. these are the only crimes where we treat the victim as though she is on trial. a lot of women, we don't have good mechanisms of accountability socially or in the workplace. so when this comes up, we end up quite torn, if it's somebody whom we love, and i really wish that we had a culture where we held people accountable, because i think it would be much clearler for people to say absolutely not, i'm not going to stand by someone like that. >> she's put out tweets saying women don't lie about this kind of thing. i do want to read something to you. there was a really great column written for the sydney morning herald. i thought it was fascinating. let me read some of this to you and get your thoughts. she said, one of the core
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tenants held by rape culture and practitioners is that sexual violence is something that occurs on the fringes of our communities. perpetrated by men who are easily identified by their personalities and the giant sign around their neck that screams "here be a rapist." in america, 70% of all rapists are known to their victims. they have families, colleagues, and friends, all of them would consider them to be a good person. so this notion that if you don't look i guess what you consider to be a rapist, like a bad person, in the minds of those close to you and everyone else, you couldn't possibly have done it. >> yet at the end of the day, 11% of men in u.s. society will engage in some sort of sexually predatory behaich youviobehavio. i think it's really telling that a lot of my male friends are
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saying i knew that sexual harassment happened. i knew that sexually predatory behavior happens, just not this frequently and women had normalized it. at the end of the day, we have a culture that does not take this behavior seriously. we live in a culture where there's maassumed male access t female bodies. >> and our cultural reinforces that on the tv and movies of women being sexual subjects. >> that's widespread in our culture, and at the end of the day, we have to look at the sickness of what it means to sexually objectify 51% of our population and think that's toing to command the level of respect we need to be safe in our culture. >> thank you for joining me.
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six months into the special counsel's investigation of russia's involvement in the election, and some within the house, reportedly even the president himself, are optimistic it will be wrapped up around the end of the year. but that seems hard to explain, given investigators plan to interview senior administration officials in the coming weeks. including hope hicks, the current white house communications director, who is seen as one of the president's most trusted confidants, an almost constant presence by his side during last year's campaign. according to "the washington post," one republican operative in frequent contact with the white house, described mueller's team working through the staff like pacman. professor, good to see you. >> thank you. >> apart from hope hicks, investigators plan to talk to white house counsel don mcgahn,
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josh a fell, jared kushner. they've already spoken to steven miller, reince priebus, sean spicer. so what does this all now say about the timetable and the direction of mueller's investigation? >> well, the direction is quite clear. it's upwards. this is very similar to what happened in the investigation of richard nixon. you work your way up through the staff members, through the persons close to the president. but ultimately, it boils down to the president. look, the future of america is not going to rise and fall on whether hope hicks or any of these other people go to jail, get convicted. it is donald trump who is the most powerful person in the world, who holds the american nuclear codes in his hands. so all of this only matters to the extent that it works its way up to whether or not donald trump has committed impeachable
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offenses. and by the way, the special counsel can impeach the president. he can only recommend that to the u.s. house. >> last we spoke was in april. robert mueller was yet to be appointed. we know a lot more now than then. back in april, this is what you said about what could be the road to impeachment. here we are. listen to this. >> if members of his team in any way colluded with russia's reprehensible attack on our democracy in the last election and trump knew about it, that's a serious crime, not reporting treason. heaven forbid if trump was involved in collusion. he could be the first president to be charged with treason. an explicit ground for impeachment under the constitution. >> since then, at least nine people had contact with russians during the campaign or the transition. there's still no evidence directly linking the president with any of that. so where does this now leave the president, and could obstruction
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of justice be a bigger issue facing donald trump? >> obstruction of justice might be a lot easier to prove, based on what is publicly known, the firing of james comey, the failure to fire michael flynn. the drafting or the working on the drafting of that misleading account of the june 2016 meeting with his son, his son-in-law, his campaign manager, and the russians. but there is now some evidence directly linking donald trump to collusion. we know from the guilty plea of george papadopoulos he was sitting a few feet away from donald trump when he talked about his connections with the russians, and said his connections wanted to set up a trump-putin meeting. trump was right there. donald trump has said i have the greatest memory in the world, but somehow he didn't remember that meeting, and direct evidence of collusion with the russians, even though russia has been so much in the news and so
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much of a focus for over a year. we also know that donald trump, jr. was in contact with wikileaks and the candidate himself seemed to have acted in response to some of the information coming from wikileaks who we know acted as an agent of the russian government. by the way, i talk and treason, because russia was engaged in a war against the united states. not a war of bombs and bullets, but a modern warfare, a cyber attack. and the russian general staff talked about cyber warfare as the modern form of warfare for the russians, and the ways in which they would use it to destroy the western democracies. >> as you say, impeachment ultimately a political act, and it will take a vote in congress for the president to be impeached and to stand trial. and that gets it down to where this all stands politically, right?
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>> that's right. you know, it is a republican house. but one of the rules of politics is the first requisite of an office holder is survival. we already saw a collapse of the republican brand in these off-year elections. and come next spring, if republicans in the house thing donald trump is dragging them down, enough of them could join with the democrats for a majority to begin an impeachment investigation. and then if the democrats take over the house after the midterms of 2018, they could launch an impeachment investigation or vote articles of impeachment without any republican cooperation. this is right now on a very slender thread. >> this will probably be the most significant midterm elections we've seen in a very long time. professor, thanks for being with us. >> sure. a lot of predictions out there. >> oh, yeah. everyone has something to say. >> we'll take a quick break
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here. a bold move toward north korea by donald trump will be putting the rogue nation on a list. we'll take a look.
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welcome back, everybody. i'm john vause. you're watching cnn newsroom live from los angeles. it's just 11:33 here on the west coast. >> and i'm isha sesay. thanks for joining us. president donald trump says north korea is now back on the state list of terrorism. >> tomorrow, we'll be announcing an additional sanction on north
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korea. >> still no official response from pyongyang, but a short time ago, state media called for donald trump to be punished for hideous crime. paul, good to see you. secretary of state rex tillerson called reporters, putting north korea back on the it will of terrorism. listen to this. >> it is very symbolic on the one hand, because it just points out again what a rogue regime this is, and how brutal this regime is, and how little they care for the value of human life. >> okay, so what's the point here? could this move actually provoke kim jong-un? does this move the north koreans closer to negotiations? >> i don't think it moves them closer to negotiations at all. i think the point is that
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president trump is playing to his domestic political base. this is another way for president trump to demonstrate that he's tough, that he's pressuring north korea. but as secretary of state tillerson sort of belied, it's really just symbolic. the highest level of sanctions, i'm not quite sure what that means between multilateral and u.s. sanctions, we've pretty must exhausted everything that we can do diplomatically and financially with north korea in terms of pressure. what we haven't done is made cheer to them, and clear to our allies what types of relief or benefit may be on offer if they were to change their behavior. so moving them more toward negotiation, we're likely to see the opposite coming out of pyongyang in the weeks ahead. >> there's word that kim jong-un is tightening his grip over the party and the military. there's images of him visiting a
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vehicle fafactory, talking abou the revolutionary spirit. is this about kim preparing the country for tough times ashhead? >> i think they've seen some tough times even in the months behind us. china has been on board in the months since the u.n. security council resolution passed sanctions after their nuclear test. so i suspect this might be yes, partly to brace the economy, brace the society for a tough winter ahead. let's not forget, we're in hate november now. winter is coming. depending how severe that is, and the rains and the floods, they may be looking at a pretty tough road to hoe. on the other hand, if they're getting ready for china to continue to hold an implement these sanctions, he may be looking at more of a domestic --
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revolt is too strong a word, but disf d dissatisfaction he's had in the past. >> should north korea had been taken of that list in the first place? >> it was done at a time when there was a deal in the making. yes, there are requirements to be put on the list and to be taken off. but it's really a political move. i think when president bush removed them in 2008, it was the right thing to do. there was some evidence that the north was making the deal. should they have been off of it for eight years? that's up for debate. >> paul, i appreciate it. thank you very much. okay. the leaders of russia and syria say the fight against terrorism in syria is coming to an end. vladamir putin and bashar al assad have been heating in sochi, russia. >> vladamir putin praised assad for the fight against isis,
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stressing the need for a peaceful political solution to the crisis in syria. >> let's go now to cnn's matthew chance who joins us from moscow. give us some perspective on the significance of this meeting between assad and putin. >> reporter: well, i think it's pretty significant in the sense that it's only the second time as far as we know that these two figures have met face to face since russia began its ferocious military campaign in syria back in 2015. on both occasions, the visits have been shrouded in secrecy. this time bashar al assad, the syrian president, had a meeting in the southern russian city of sochi with vladamir putin yesterday. it happened on monday local time. but we were only told about it very early this morning. so presumably bashar al assad has already departed and is back in his pal has in damascus by this time that the news report
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of this meeting kind of emerged. they're shown to be very close, the photograph shows the two men hugging each other, treating each other with a hug. and so they obviously want to put across this idea that there is this close, personal relationship between the two, and in the past there have been tensions between the russian and syrian leadership. and what they discussed, according to the kremlin readout of the meeting, is how the syrian conflict moved from being a military operation, and now focusing on a political solution to the conflict. so it's that point which the two leaders were discussing things. >> very interesting timing. matthew chance joining us from moscow. thank you very much. of course, donald trump, the u.s. president, will speak with vladamir putin later on tuesday. >> we shall see when we get details from that call. >> it will be interesting from
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hem hello, everyone. the president of zimbabwe has been asked to step down. >> the president could be facing impeachment proceedings with his own party planning the process in the coming day. mr. mugabe ignored a deadline to step aside. >> we're joined now from zimbabwe's capital. david, president mugabe set to preside over cabinet meetings. has this gathering started?
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>> reporter: well, isha, the situation now is very fluid. we're just hearing from the vice president, who released a statement from hiding in exile saying that, in fact, the president, robert mugabe, should resign or suffer humiliation. so that's a very strong statement from the man known as the crocodile. he fled after being fired, which kicked off this entire situation. this comes as the parliament is said to sit today in the capital today, as the party looks to start impeachment proceedings against robert mugabe. late yesterday, the military came for a very rare statement, letting the press inside military hq, to say this is all part of a military operation.
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>> the operation is named operation restore legacy. we are here to protect our country. >> reporter: isha, it appears to be building pressure still on president mugabe, though he hasn't left yet. but it seems like he is under house arrest, as well as members of the g-40 faction. you have pressure coming from the streets, and you have pressure coming from the party. and that very strong statement coming from the former vice president, who is saying that he will not hold talks with president robert mugabe, instill his safety is assured. he said he believes he could be assassinated in the hours after being sacked. he fled from zimbabwe. he said until his security can be guaranteed, he will not come
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back into the country and hold any talks, but he's pushing for mugabe to resign. isha? >> sam mckenzie joining us, we appreciate it. the way out of this crisis seems unclear. thank you. donald trump fires off another, taking on an nfl player. another one, or taking on the father of a college basketball player who was arrested in china. but why have some criticized the president, others have escaped the twitter lashing. of growth opportunities.age with a level of protection in down markets. so you can head into retirement with confidence. brighthouse financial established by metlife. us. it's what this country is made of. but right now, our bond is fraying.
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. so donald trump is locked in a twitter fight -- >> that's a shock. >> with the father of a ucla basketball player liangelo ball it's not the first time mr. trump has taken on an african-american athlete. >> that's three shocks. there's marshawn lynch, lavar ball, steph curry and collin kaepernick bup not a word after steve kerr.
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nothing like the words for nfl players that knelt during the national anthem. >> wouldn't you love to see the owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that [bleep] off the field right now? he's fired. he's fired. >> joining us now, is an intern tanment journist. good to have you with us. >> thank you. >> recently married, congrats. so the president, i'm going to ask you to spell it out. what do you see as a commonality in terms of when he takes on black sports figures versus letting the criticisms he may have faced from white -- >> white, the coaches were white. okay. >> what's going on here? >> aps difficult to criticize greg pop vich because he's
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former military and won nba champions. so it would go against everything that trump talks about as he jangles his keys and does smoke and mirrors. he doesn't go after him or steve kerr because they are rich white men. he goes after nba players because they're not as necessarily rich as the people he likes to represent or rub shoulders with. my black seems to get up when rich white men dictate to black people how appreciative they should be for the freedoms that they're supposed to have in this country that they live in. >> which seems to get to the heart of the issue with liangelo ball -- i know john wants? >> no, i'm good. >> are you sure? >> i'm good. >> as we know, president trump was in ash sha for his tour, and these three ucla players were accused of shoplifting.
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he says he intervenes and the boys were brought back. >> that's what he says. >> it was put to liangelo ball's father he should say thank you. he refused. we had lavar ball on cnn a couple hours ago, i want you to listen to what he said. >> when somebody asked me a question that's not disrespectful if i don't feel somebody did anything. he didn't call me. i didn't shake his hand. he didn't have to say that. i'm just saying, i have to know what somebody is doing before i say thaung. i'm not going to go around saying thank you. >> where do you stand on the issue about the thanks or the gratitude the president is due here or is it a bigger issue. >> i find it outrageous that the commander in chief wants a thank you for doing what the presidents have done for years.
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it's not like he got them out of a detention camp or political asyl asylum. i can't believe i'm going to agree with lavar ball. to his credit, he does not know how much the president intervened. if the president is looking for a great big thank you. a bigger thank you than the three kids said on a podium at u cla where they thanked the president, then what more does the president want because lavar ball does not know exactly what the president's role was. i get that part. now to trump's part, you're the president of the united states. is this really what we're discussing now? this is the smoke and mirrors while he attacks lavar ball and said i should have left your kid in jail, he cuts everything that obama built. it's like watch me jangle my keys, where over here i do this horrible magic trick and everything disappears. >> is this a strategy? is this like nixon's southern
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strategy? we heard steve bannon back in august, and said the democrats as long as they talk about identity politics i got them. i want them to talk about racism ef every day. is this all about waging the war on political correctness along the elites, and undoing everything obama did? >> there is a brutal irony in the fact that charles manson died recently and part of what he wanted to do is start the race war. here we are decades after he had his brutal killings we're fighting this race war he wanted to start. there is so much credibility to what bannon is saying we focus on these minor slights, they said this about us, while funding gets cut and afterschool programs get cut, and people are
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disavowed and disadvantaged and americans are called horrible names by people in power. we focus on the minor slights while the real battle for redistricting and voting rights and rights for women all seem to be just moved off the table as we focus on the wrong things. there's credibility and it's a scary form of politics. >> don't forget prison reform: don't listen to what they say, watch what they do. >> it's so sad. good to be seen by you all. thank you so much. >> so much energy. >> those elephants better thank you donald trump otherwise the ban is coming back on. >> i'm isha sesay. >> i'm john vause, news continues max foster is in london. he'll be with you after a short break. you're watching cnn. (avo) when you have type 2 diabetes, you manage your a1c,
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