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each other to make sure somebody assume are good people. is always less powerful. >> donald trump is calling for a we're not learning a lesson yet. total and complete shut down of >> i needed that. >> you said it best. muslims entering the united states. >> look at my african american >> next time i'll call you over here. first. i look forward to the show. look at him. >> this is cnn. are you the greatest? >> if you look at his wife she i'm laura coates in for don was standing there. lemon. a new embarrassment for the she had nothing to say. maybe she wasn't allowed. white house. and president trump. by the way another example of the failure of the white house you tell me. >> you had very bad people mt. vetter process. group. you had people that were very congressman ratcliffe a texas fine people. on both sides. republican the president chose >> on both sides. to just a few days ago to be the where do we stand when racist language flows from the highest next director of national intelligence. he was forced to withdraw his office in the land? and how does it impact our name from consideration. even before he was officially politics? let's discuss now with scott nominated. sources tell cnn that trump was jennings. good to have you here. privately voicing concerns about thank you. whether ratcliffe could be i'll start with you. i want to read a piece from in confirmed with good reason. not only were senate democrats the at lanic. lining up to oppose his we're all tired of being called nomination. but one republican senate source racist. she spoke with trump supporters at the rally in cincinnati. told us that there was no
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who don't like being called support for ratcliffe on their side of the aisle either. there were concerns about hisla experience. and questions about whether he exaggerated his professional many racist but rather than background. but, incredibly president trump distancing themselves from ignored those concerns at least trump, the accusations have only publicly. and blaming ratcliffe withdrawal seemed to streppen their support on his target. of this president. the media. and stories that were being bakari, who wins this argument? >> it's an unfortunate tenor and reported. >> i said do you want to go tone and that we're at this through this for two or three place in this country. first, racism was here long months? you want me to maybe do something else. he thought about it. before donald trump was here and i said it will be rough. long after donald trump. you could see where the present second, donald trump is a is going. racist. third, it incumbent upon all of we hadn't started the process. us and this may sound cheesy, i read thing that is were but i find it to be true, that unfair. >> unfair or inaccurate or true? we have to love our neighbors, even when they don't love us. i don't think any supporter or president trump denying there's an issue with the white house voter for donald trump is vetting process. racist. i do think they're complicit and a source tells cnn that they set aside his racism and ratcliffe was not properly
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vetted to lead national xenophobia and that's a problem. intelligence. and once the official flat out until people stand up to this says there's no excuse for this mess up. i'll look at the big picture and say we're better than this, then yes, you are complicit. tonight. the author of the corrosion of >> are you saying, bakari, when conservativism why i left the they say we were tired of being right. i'm glad you're each here. called racist, your argument is stop being complicit in racism thank you. i'll start with you. this is the most important and people will stop calling you that? position there is. in national security. >> yes. what are you learning about how the fact is there are many of us out here who want to appeal to this nomination really went up the better angels of our nature in flames? to quote lincoln. you have to stand up. >> sources tell cnn that even this is not for me or you to though president trump was call out or tara to call out. enthusiastic continuing to back there have to be white people in ratcliffe this week amidthe drum this country, particularly the beat of concern from republicans white college educated women and and democrats. he was privately expressing women who voted 53% for donald concern about the ability to confirm him given over the past trump and white male few days there are questions about his experience in the evangelicals to still support national security and intelligence. about ability to be independent and prom him up him up. and partisan background and people of goodwill and good
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concerns about him potentially embellishing his record. conscience have to step up. no vetting done, president trump >> joe lockhart did speak um on pulled the trigger after the performance at the mueller this issue. hearings last week. he tweeted earlier this week that anyone who supports a and drawing comparison to the racist or a racist strategy is a name nation of veterans affairs. you'll remember that went up in racist themselves. flames because there was no vetting of jackson. 2020, he writes, is a moment of so republicans senators allies reckoning for america. you are a racist, he writes. don't hide it like a coward. of president trump had been contacting the white house prexzing worries he would have a wear that racist badge proudly difficult road to dconfirmation. and see how it feels. scott, how will this play with trump voters, given what bakari in no small part because of the sellers has just talked about, worries about bringing partisan given complicitness and whose ship into the intelligence community. obligation it is to speak out? >> we have seen the president >> if this is the message the auditions people before. democrats are going to carry in as they are i don't know playing the 2020 election, i think up to him in some way. they're going to be and having the audience of one. disappointed. and top senate republicans i saw joe's sweepeech and i thot didn't even know him. how do you think this went so
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wrong? is it about the vetting or what how many people switched from something else at play? barack obama in 2012 amend >> i think what it demonstrates donald trump in 2016. i'm wondering to myself if is the president shows an outrageous lack of interest in democrats are going to go knocking on doors in wisconsin and pennsylvania and michigan actually doing his job. the director of national intelligence opposed created after 9/11. to prevent another attack on the and sapiying you can stop being american homeland. racist, they're going to come one of the most important jobs away with slammed doors and in the u.s. government. broken noses, americans don't trump gave less attention and view their votes that way and they don't want to be kocon dee less foresight to choosing a nominee. than he would to choosing an interior decorator for mar-a-lago. he did it spur of moment last sunday. he called the chairman of the se -- condescended to. senate intelligence committee and said what do you think about >> donald trump jr. was ratcliffe and he said i have no addressingcincinnati rally. idea. and trump tweets it out that he said using racism has become he's nominating him. the easy go-to button of lef he didn't give this the kind of consideration that the important job entails and you're seeing left-wing politics. the disaster. if this is your go-to, it's not there's a good reason why in the going to go very far. past president's typically did what's your response to that?
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the vetting before announcing a >> in the past the progressive nominee. left would throw the word racism not after. to avoid these kinds of out and a lot of times it wasn't necessarily appropriate. it was kind of the way to shut catastrophe. down the argument. >> i don't know. he should not tweet before as a republican over the years, depending on the issue, i'd be like, come on, you are guys are vetting in. >> novel idea. >> crazy town. overusing the race card. sitting here today, i don't >> very old fashion. >> listen to what the president agree with that anymore. the fact that we're dealing with said about vetting process. someone like donald trump who >> you vet for me. has clearly demonstrated blatant racism, former speaker of the i like when you vet. house paul ryan said that donald the vetting process for the trump, textbook racism when he white house is very good. you're a part of it. went after judge curiao. i give out a name to the press and they vet for me. we save a lot of money that way. >> we both have kids. these people who are whining it's like when your kid said i about they don't want to be can tell you the answer. called racist mianymore, then me i'll give you the answer. they didn't actually do the work. let the media do the vetting and you shouldn't be supporting a racist and people wouldn't save money. what? >> he treats this process so accuse of that. maybe back in 2015 and '16 when
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cavalierly. there have been white houses that sometimes leak names to the donald trump's racism wasn't as press to see what comes back and blatant to some people, maybe you could say he's irreverent, but trump just relishes in making this process completely racially offensive -- public. and frankly just doesn't care if >> an equal opportunity offender it ends up humiliating the i think was the phrase used. people who are in contention for the jobs. >> 2019, you are can't not make what does that tell you if you the excuses anymore. are someone who might at this you're telling people of this point want to serve in his country that you don't care, government? it tells you one, that you're that your tax break is more important, whatever offense going to be on your own. donald trump is fighting on your and at the first hint of behalf or all of those things trouble, you'll be dropped by are more important than the fact that there's an immoral person the president. and that he'll treat this in the white house. >> i have to leave it there but essentially like a game show. thank you for watching. our coverage continues. he doesn't treat the process seriously. if the senate liked this guy, mitch mcconnell will fight for someone he likes and think is good. nominees had serious issues that senate republicans pushed through anyway.
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to see a change. for him to not have a nominee locked and loaded and not seriously considering sue gordon the number two. he praised her earlier. that's perplexing. >> making people feel less safe. i suspect. thank you. some of the democratic kands dates for president are trying to position themselves by criticizing policies of former president obama. who by the way is still one of the most popular figures in the democratic party. will the tactic work or is it political suicide that may play into trumps hands? we'll talk about that. next. we're oscar mayer deli fresh and you may know us from... your very first sandwich, your mammoth masterpiece. and...whatever this was. because we make our meat with the good of the deli and no artificial preservatives. make every sandwich count with oscar mayer deli fresh.
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criticism levelled against former president obama legacy in this weeks debate. exposing a rift in the democratic party. and for the republicans, you have a growing exodus creating new questions about diversity. and how it will influence 2020 election. a lot to discuss tonight. i have will and john. author of washington farewell. nice to sew you here. nice to see you late at night now. i'll start with you. you served in the white house with obama. what are democrats thinking when they're going after the former president legacy here? >> i don't think it's a smart tactic. i will say that they're not attacking obama specifically.
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which is obviously smart when you have someone who is has a 97% approval rating. within the democratic party. they are attacking the policies. and the real smart thing to do is say look, we want to build on the great success of president obama. it's like we're saying when fdr passed social security in 1935 people say we didn't go far enough. and medicare and medicaid that was not far enough. we have taken great strides with the affordable care act. we need to cover more people. it's not right that 28 million americans don't have insurance. and i want to build upon that work. that's the message we need to have. the circular firing squad i do not think is the right long term strategy. i hope we'll see that start to change. >> will is right. obama is incredibly popular. 95% aremoval rating in the last
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year of the presidency. are we taking steps back if you're the democratic party? is it political suicide to attack obama and hint at attacking his legacy? >> it's a big mistake for the reason it plays into trumps reelection play book. he's depending on the narcotic and negative partisan ship. hoping folks will ignore what he says and does and focus on the idea that democrats are radicals and socialists and it's a mark of how much the political debate has become unmored from the reality of governing. folks taking shot as the policies that obama backed that he advanced under great political heat. so it's a gut check moment for the democratic party. if you want to say the positions that obama held are now far outside what's acceptable in the democratic party dismissing them as republican talking points the idea that if you'll propose a single payer opposed to public
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option that asking how much it might cost is a republican talking point. that's not a strong sign of having an argument rooted in reality. it's a danger sign for democrats going forward. >> i want to go to the gop now. you have eight house republicans who said they won't run for reelection fl 2020 including congressman will herd. the only black republican in the house. what happened to the republicans push for diversity we kept hearing about? gone? >> well, i don't know if it really ever was existed. michael steel tried to make a push. you saw what happened to him. i think will herd and others are frustrated. when you look at the tweets of the president, the silence of the republican majority. in the senate for example. and the those in the house. it's hard to standby if you're someone who thinks that every american has an tount succeed and we should have the same
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rights in the country. to the last point i think that again this is what we should talk about in the debate. people take i away healthcare. and talking about my home state of maryland and baltimore being a disgusting rat infested city and meanwhile not giving help to the cities. i think that's what the democrats should focus on and that's why you're seeing republicans start to step away. they are throwing their hands up and especially the swing districts i can't win anyway. >> john, can democrats capitalize on this and strengthen their hold on the house in 2020? >> of course they can. all the republican resignations are an opportunity for democrats. they have to be playing the politics of addition not division to do it. this is not -- we're facing a republic if you can keep it moment. so democrats have to be careful to put an inclusive vision out there. for the republican party, george
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w bush reached out. people forget in eisenhower he did well. it was the party of lincoln for a reason. 1964 the shift started taking place and donald trump is the most extreme example of that so called southern strategy. he's not everyone trying to hide it anymore. when good folks leave congress they want to have influence on the outside. that's spend more time with your family. the problem is speaking their mind is a disqualifier within the republican party. we need nor republicans to speak their mind and stand up to some of the unacceptable statements from the white house. realizing it's a total gutting of whatever claim the republicans had to being the party of lincoln. it's deeply dividing. we need uniters. >> it's not a coincidence that the four republicans that spoke out about the president treatment of four members of congress all some of them have announced they're resigning.
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others are rumored. >> quite a coincidence. >> it's a sad day when you have to leave government to serve the public. >> i appreciate your thoughts. my next guest has some very strong words for president trump. >> we can no longer allow a white nationalist to be in the white house. >> presidential candidate governor jay inslee has more to say after this.
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crisis is the most pressing issue for 2020. governor inslee of washington state offering a detailed plan on how to deal with it. he joins me now to talk about that and other issues. >> thank you. >> it looks good back there in seattle. >> beautiful. >> i want to start with the clip from the debate. here are your words. >> i think we're missing two central statements we need to make. number one, we can no longer allow a white nationalist to be in the white house. number one. number two, we have to make america what it's always been a place of refuge. >> i want to talk about both of those. you didn't pull any punches with that. why were you compelled to call the president a white nationalist? >> well, because the white in white house is meant to stand for virtue to unite us.
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rather than trying to inflame the passions of one race of one color. we have seen this individual who currently occupies that sacred home, build his entire political career on racial an mouse. he started the career the only reason he has any identity from a political standpoint was fanning the racial flames against barack obama. he started the political career claiming that president obama was born in kenya. a racial smear if there ever was one. continued to charlottesville and baltimore. when this nation can take the virtue and the hopefulness from lincoln instead we will have the hatred and divisive rhetoric from trump. not be accident. but intentionally. this is his intentional act. that is why it's darker and more
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vile. we have to speak against it. and that's why i said what i said. i standby it. >> you have put a really comprehensive detailed plan to deal with the climate crisis. this issue people are debating the green new deal. how will you work with republicans who question the extent or the existence of climate crisis? >> look, the best way to deal with the republican at least the one in the white house is defeat him. he is called climate change a hoax. within the entire scientific community using our tax dollars to pay for the science to show this is a real threat. to our safety and by the way climate change is not just a singular issue it's all we care about. it's our health. more people getting lyme disease and asthma. it's our economy. with billions and billions of dollars we're paying through the nose for insurance premiums because whole towns are burning
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down. i went to paradise, california. burnt to the foundation. midwest with billions of dollars of losses in our farms. it's the national security. the pentagon is telling donald trump that we face national security threats because a mass mai congratulation that will occur in the climate ref jus we're seeing. this impacts all of us in every state. and only going to get worse. it's a huge economic promise. the first order of business is remove donald trump where he can't do anymore harm and elect a few members of congress who do not deny the climate. the entire republican party now is cowering. they will not stand up against trump. they need to be defeated. the immediate plan. >> i have to ask you, i'm glad you point that out.
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people try to compartment allize it. and separate it. it has a big impact on communities of color and under served communities. what do you propose to do. particularly for communities of color. >> what we know is the first victims of the climate crisis are frequently communities of color and poverty. i have seen them across the country in detroit. it met with the folks zip code next to refineries as a result kids have terrible epidemics of asthma. i have talked to people in florida. with heat problems. i have talked to people in the west who can't breathe because of the smoke from the fires. so this is a health issue. i have imbelded envirltal
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justice in all climate plans to defeat the crisis. this is an opportunity to restore racial equity and reduce income inequality. we can put 8 million people to work in union jobs. rebuilding infrastructure of the nation. this is an economic development opportunity. it's a good news story. if we seize the vision statement that i have, that is unique among the candidates. it is unique and if you share my view on this. go to jay and make sure if you can send in a buck to make sure i'm on the debate stage. keep climate change on the debate stage in the democratic process. i'm committed to that. >> thank you for your time. we'll be right back. opportunityo experience the luxury desire of a full line utility vehicles. at the lexus golden opportunity sales event. lease the 2019 rx 350 for $389 a month for 36 months and we'll make your first month payment. experience amazing.
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years. five years since eric garners death. five years since he was pulled to the ground by a police officer. five years since he gasped for air. five years since these final moments. >> i'm minding my business. leave me alone. don't touch me. >> every time i see that video. i see a human being on the ground like that. he said i can't breathe.
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eleven times. eleven times. today, the first step towards justice. for the garner family. in a court hearing a judge recommended officer daniel pantaleo should be fired. pantaleo accused of using a choke hold on garner. a tactic prohibited by department guidelines. through his attorney, pantaleo maintained today that not only did he do nothing wrong, he acted the way he was taught to act. pantaleo has been on desk duty since garners death. but, effective today, he is suspended. new york city police union president is calling today's decision ludicrous. >> today is one of the saddest and most damaging days in the history of new york city and the police department. i'm sorry to say that we have to
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tell our police officers take it a step slower. make sure we're thinking. make sure you're making decisions in seven seconds. because you won't get backing. >> you're sorry to say you have to tell a police officer to think? and slow down and make a good decision? that is ludicrous? garner's children joined cnn earlier today. here are their words. >> ere rick garner is gone. i can never get my father back. do us a favor as family and make right. justice will be fired pantaleo. standing with the family of garner who suffered for five years. stand with the children and grandchildren of eric garner. who have been suffering for five years. make the right decision. and fire this officer.
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>> the decision was made. remember just last month. the justice department after years of back and forth in the civil rights division at the doj and the u.s. attorney office of new york. they announced they wouldn't be pursuing federal charges against pantaleo. now in case that stretched over not one but two democratic appointed attorneys general the final decision was reached by president trump's attorney general barr. the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against new york. and reached about a $5.9 million settlement. meanwhile, pantaleo on desk duty remained on the payroll. this case is bigger than one tragic incident. it galvanized a movement. when the news came out a grand jury wouldn't indict the officer just five months after garner died, it triggered massive protests against new york city.
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>> i can't breathe! >> that chant the i can't breathe. it became a rallying cry for the black lives matter movement. across this country. at this weeks debate, activists called on new york city mayor and 2020 democratic hopeful bill de blasio to take action. >> our country and to make sure it's a country that puts working people first. >> thank you mayor de blasio. senator bennett. >> i can't breathe! >> you're hearing them say fire pantaleo. did he hear it? he confirmed he heard the protestors loud and clear. at the debate. saying today -- >> do you agree that we should be fired? >> what i'm talking about today is a fair and impartial process
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has occurred. that's all i have to say. >> that's all you have to say? surprising given at the debate you demanded a strait answer from other candidate what they were asked direct questions. your answer now is not a straight answer. neither does his daughter. >> he hasn't said pantaleo did something wrong. de blasio you're talking in circles. that's just how i feel about it. a judge has said that he has done something wrong. you should be saying i agree with that judge. and he needs to be fired. that's what i would like to hear for de blasio to say. >> so, mr. mayor, why won't you make call? or at least acknowledge that aspect of it. what's left in the long drawn out process where you're sitting idly on the sideline? as for president trump he was asked about the case today.
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>> it's in a process right now. i know the case very well. it's sad situation. it's really heartbreaking. that's in the process right now. i won't get involved in that process. as you know, they're going to be making a final decision over the next ten days. i won't interfere with the process. >> forgive me while i blink this through. this president says he won't interfere with an investigation process. this is coming from the president who told police officers back in 2017, don't be too nice when making arrests. the white house wrote it off as joke. remember that? when the president said this a sad situation heartbreaking. you have to ask, is he talking about mr. garner? the man who was no longer alive. and told you he couldn't breathe 11 times. or the law and order president
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talking about officer pantaleo? now the question of pantaleo future falls to the commissioner. as we're awaiting his decision, we need to ask ourselves a few questions. if kwarn garner were white, would he be a live today? would the police maybe have interacted with him differently. our society continues to deal with institutional racism and bias. the deference that was given to officer pantaleo is really the em bodiment of that. at the expense of an african american man's life. at the expense of a human being. remember, garner, unarmed. was allegedly selling loose cigarettes. outside of a beauty supply store. before he was confronted by officer pantaleo. there was no allegation of a violent crime. no nobody was in danger. nobody in harm's way.
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i take that back. except for the man who told you eleven times that he couldn't breathe. so again, in that situation, what's wrong with taking thipgs a step slower to deescalate that wasn't a violent crime or occurrence? and the police union has the audacity to ask an officer to take it a step slower. here's what is slow looks like. slowly being deprived of oxygen to the brain. slow is five years to just suspend an officer. who couldn't be bothered to take a second to think. to slow down. and acknowledge a human being, a father, a son, a man. was dying in an unauthorized choke hold. and now, the clock begins again.
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we wait for the new york police commissioner to decide officer pantaleo's employment fate. but for eric garner and his family, that fate was decided five years ago. as for justice, it's not just employee who has been suspended. we are all still in suspense. we'll be right back. there's brushing and there's oral-b power brushing. oral-b just cleans better.
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