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washington. he came, he saw, he complained. the president back in washington this morning after a day that was really a strange brew of political combat and consoling. here in dayton -- here cities trying to heal. there's a kind of confusion over what actually happened. president trump did visit hospitals where he spoke with emergency workers and the families of victims but before, during and after, he was all over the place with attacks on political opponents, some that he just seemed to make up. here in el paso there are reports that the victims still recovering in one hospital, they would not meet with him. those who had been released did speak with the president. just to give you a sense of where his head is and maybe isn't, on the way back to the white house last night after visits to these two cities that suffered mass shootings, the president was dwelling on commuting the sentence of former illinois governor and
"apprentice" contestant, rod blagojevich. >> and there is still no action on gun control in the capitol. the senate remains in recess despite repeated calls for action after the deaths of 31 people. the nra chief executive reached out to the president this week after the president voiced support for a background check bill. that conversation apparently coming with a warning for president trump that that would not be popular with his supporters. a cnn exclusive about a potential red flag missed. lawyers for the family of the el paso shooting suspect, they say his mother called police weeks before the massacre. she called police because she was concerned about her son owning an ak style weapon. she was told he had the right to own the gun. police did not seek any
additional information though. let's get the details here from byron todd who is with me in el paso. the mother called the police. >> that's right, john. there was clearly some concern there in the weeks before the shooting. something was up in her mind, interacting with her son. they say that in the weeks before the shooting, not clear exactly how long before but pretty close to it she did out of concern call the police department in allen, texas out of concern that her son was owning an ak style firearm, clearly a reference for those who don't know to an ak-47, an assault style weapon designed to kill people in combat. the officer told her that given the situation and her son's age he was legally entitled to own that firearm. her concern was really because of his age, his lack of maturity and his lack of experience in dealing with this kind of a
weapon. it was not out of concern that he posed a threat to people. that's according to lawyers for the family, john. but the public safety officer in allen, texas who she spoke to said that he was legally entitled to own that weapon and did not really ask for any additional information. the mother did not give her name or her son's name to the officer. >> it's interesting because the red flag laws that are being discussed in states like washington, it's not totally clear that this could have stopped but had the law existed maybe the police would have pushed back and asked for more information. that conversation might have continued and maybe, just maybe, it would have led to some kind of intervention. we won't know because those laws don't exist here in texas right now. brian, i understand you also have new information about the shooter, the suspect, himself behind bars. what's going on? >> we're told by the sheriff's department that he's being held in a 7 by 11-foot cell, totally in lockdown in isolation. they're trying to keep him away
from other inmates. he's not on suicide watch. they will not tell us whether he's had visitors, whether he's asked for anything or anyone in particular but there's clearly a concern this morning, john, about exposing him to other inmates at the detention facility in downtown el paso. >> that's interesting, but again, the big news this morning, the fact that the mother had made contact with police and discussed concerns about weapons, i think that's going to hurt the families of the victims from this shooting. >> absolutely. >> brian, thank you very much. erica, back to you in washington. >> before traveling to el paso, president trump of course met with victims and first responders in dayton. he was joined by the city's mayor and also ohio senator sherrod brown. here's what they said after the visit. >> he was comforting and he did the right things and melania did the right things. it's his job in part to comfort people. i'm glad he did it in those hospital rooms. >> i think the victims and the first responders were grateful
that the president of the united states came to dayton. >> so, why then was the president ripping both the mayor and the senator later aboard air force one. we're live in dayton with more. >> reporter: good morning, erica. that's a great question and you just saw it there. they were commeplimentary. the president and first lady as you said were here for three hours and then they got onto air force one. the mayor and the senator held that news conference saying that he was comforting, that he was well received, but the president heard it a different way and he sent out a tweet expressing his displeasure with that news conference. he said, i saw failed presidential candidate zero percent sherrod brown and mayor whaley totally misrepresenting what took place inside the hospital. their news conference was a fraud. it bore no resemblance to what
took place. now, i will say that brown and whaley, they did give a little criticism about his divisive rhetoric and talked about the fact that there were people here in dayton who didn't want the president to visit and i can tell you i've talked to a lot of people here in dayton and that is true. there were people who were in favor of it and people who were not but nothing negative about the fact that he was comforting and his visit here on the ground. listen to the mayor's reaction to the president's tweet. >> i don't -- i mean, i'm really confused. we said he was tweeted really well. >> i'd love to hear -- >> i don't know what he's talking about misrepresenting. oh well, you know. he lives in his world of twitter. >> reporter: it wasn't just in that news conference. the mayor went on cnn and different news organizations saying the same thing about that visit, that he was comforting. the senator said the president's a bully and said the people in
dayton deserve a president who tekti protects them from gun violence. >> a programming note. we will speak with dayton mayor nan whilwhaley. she's going to join us in the 8:00 hour. this morning 2020 candidate and ohio congressman tim ryan says he will lead a caravan to senator majority leader mitch mcconnell's home in kentucky to demand action on gun safety legislation. it will have stops in columbus, dayton, senator before ending up in senator mcconnell's hometown of louisville for a gun reform event tonight. congressman ryan joins me from niles where the caravan will depart. let me ask you, why do you think this caravan will change mitch mcconnell's mind?
>> it's been an accumulation over the years. this is all adding up. people say why is it different now. i just think this has all accumulated. you can go back, it's parkland, sandy hook, columbine, all of these things over the past 20 years happened again back-to-back in two iconic american cities and people in ohio want to act. so this is about getting mitch mcconnell to pass this legislation and i think when you see like republican congressman mike turner down in dayton, when you see republican governor mike dewine in ohio make significant steps towards trying to make the country safer, you recognize that this is not a democrat or republican issue. this is about keeping people safe in the united states, and i think all of those tragedies, all the heartache, all the pain, all the sorrow is coming to a head and now it's time to act and i think we can get mitch mcconnell to do it. >> president trump himself mused
about universal background checks yesterday when he was leaving the white house. cnn is reporting that he's been calling people talking about background checks. now, he talked about background checks after parkland and indicated he was for them too and then nothing happened. he backed off after the nra got to him, but how do you assess his comments about it now? >> like everything else really. you can't take him seriously. his lips are moving, let's put it that way. that's now you know you can't take him seriously. so this is going to be from the bottom up. that's what we're trying to talk about. it's time for us to start planning an offense, to be proactive, to continue the fight with the groups who have been engaged in this for a long time. but i think their coalition that they started, moms demand action, sandy hook and these groups, they're now pulling in republicans in places like ohio so it's going to be from the bottom up. that's why, quite frankly, this
is exciting. our number one responsibility as elected officials is to keep people safe. this is a security issue, and i will tell you as you probably know, john, we see people every day that tell me and i feel it myself, when you're in public you're looking around, you know. the whole country is on high alert now with our kids. they're going back to school. when you're grocery shopping, out in a public place, i think most americans now are just a little bit hesitant and that's no way for us to live and we can do better than that and that's what this is all about, doing better and securing our communities. >> when we saw that video in times square of a motorcycle engine backfiring and a near stampede, that tells you the fear in this country. as public officials, your number one job is to keep people safe which is why i want to ask you about cnn's fascinating reporting. jake tapper put out something yesterday which is disturbing to a lot of people which is that
homeland security officials, former and current, tell jake that the white house rebuffed efforts from homeland security to put a greater emphasis on domestic terror including white supremacy. how do you explain that? >> again, i think the president of the united states needs to take responsibility. he does this promotion of himself to the white nationalists in the country and as i've said the white nationalists think he's a white nationalists. that's a problem. so the department of home lalan security, i'm glad there are people in that department that are taking this very seriously because this is a danger for everybody. again, we've got to secure the country and we've got to heal the country more than anything else, and that starts by acknowledging that we have some problems. it means guys like me saying, look, we're not going to take your hunting rifle. we want you to be able to protect your family, but there's
no room in america for these weapons of war on the street that can annihilate people within 30 seconds. so you got to make it happen. >> i do want to ask you, mitch mcconnell has said he's interested in genuine bipartisan efforts to battle gun violence. one thing that he has been more receptive to and the president has talked about it and republicans all over the country have are these so-called red flag laws. now, i understand you want much more than that but is that an area you think that you could work with republicans immediately, maybe get that through separately from some other legislation? >> i think we have a responsibility to take any step we can in that direction and see how far we can go to protect people and keep them safe, and if that's something that can get through the united states senate, we want these comprehensive background checks. we want to close the charleston loopho loophole. we want to get the weapons of war off american streets.
that's what we want and that's what we're going to push for. until we can change the makeup of the senate and the presidency, we're going to work for whatever we can get and if it starts with red flag laws, i for one would be open to that and i think our leadership in the house of representatives and chairman nadler is already working and drafting some of those pieces of legislation for us to consider when we get back in september. >> congressman ryan, thank you very much for being with us. i know you have a long day ahead of you as you drive from kentucky into ohio, thank you very much. >> if i could just say everybody come out and join us. we'll be at the muhammad ali center in louisville and we're already getting inquiries from indiana, pennsylvania and tennessee. come out. it's at 7:30 tonight. some people can leave right after work to come. it's only a few hours from a lot of big towns, indianapolis, et cetera. meet us there and let's make our mark and start pushing the
needle on this from the bottom up. thanks. >> congressman ryan, thank you very much for being with us this morning. i want to note, the congressman is not the only 2020 democratic presidential candidate calling out the president after these shootings. the strong words from joe biden and elizabeth warren, next. they give us excellent customer otservice, every time.e. our 18 year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family... we're the kirby family, and we are usaa members for life. get your auto insurance quote today. this is not just a headache. this is not just a fever. this is not just the flu. it's meningitis b... and you're not there to help. while meningitis b is uncommon...
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fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation. >> former vice president joe biden just one of the 2020 democratic presidential candidates calling out the president for his rhetoric and in the strongest terms yet, critiques that have certainly gotten president trump's attention. let's bring in jeff zeleny. clearly striking a cord there, those comments with the president who was essentially rage tweeting with his stops in dayton and el paso yesterday, jeff, and really the white house trying to push back. this is what we're seeing from the president. joe biden is really striking a nerve, jeff. >> erica, there's no question, being at that speech yesterday with the former vice president i'm not sure i've ever heard a clearer message or a mere di
divisive message. he was talking about repairing the soul of america. i was struck by how he seeped this in history. he compared him to more george wallace than george washington, but also, he certainly got under the president's skin when he said he did not believe him when earlier in the week he condemned white supremacy. he said he did not believe the president actually believed the words that he wrote on the teleprompter. then joe biden got a little bit in the mud like most of donald trump's opponents have over the years and he called him low energy. he said that he did not believe those words. but i think the bigger point for joe biden as the 2020 politics begin to seep back into the conversation this week, joe biden wants to make this context about him and donald trump. he's been trying to reframe that to make the argument that he's the strongest democrat to take on the president. we haven't heard as much from
the other democratic candidates this week. of course cory booker was in south carolina yesterday also making a bit of a different approach, but joe biden going directly after donald trump. the question is, of course most donald trump supporters aren't listening to this, but are there those independent voters in the middle who may just be turned off by all of this really what they saw yesterday from the president who started out today trying to console people and he ended up just trying to pick more fights along the way. >> one of the many great unknowns. what's been pointed out to repeatedly is the other thing that we didn't hear from the president, was addressing specifically the threat to the latino community because we know from this manifesto that again police believe the shooter in el paso is the one who posted. this is a direct target on the latino community. >> this is one of the things, erica, that the president himself has really failed to address directly, that this was a threat, not just a white supremacist threat but also a threat to the latino community, probably one of the most violent
that we've seen in american history sor we have to start there. in terms of joe biden's response to this, there's been a lot of talk previously about whether or not joe biden and others can be moderate, whether or not they're going to scare away certain independent voters. i think after what we saw over the weekend with the shootings in dayton and ohio and other mass shootings, specifically those that are tied to white supremacist ideology, joe biden isn't saying anything that isn't true, and if we take the politics out of this we have to be honest about whether or not this idea of being a democratic moderate is actually going to hold with communities of color, particularly black and latino communities, who have a very big percentage of the democratic vote and whether or not that idea of being a moderate is going to remain. i think joe biden has essentially been pushed not to say anything unfactual but really to address this head on in the void that the president left behind. >> in terms of addressing things head on, more candidates seem to be certainly more forceful in the last few days. they're also being asked
directly about the president. i just want to point out, "the new york times" in an interview with elizabeth warren asked directly if mr. trump was a white supremacist. the "times" writes, ms. warren responded without hesitation, yes. he's done the wink and a nod. he has talked about white supremacists as fine people and done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country. our cnn commentator is also with us. full disclosure, you have endorsed kamala harris for president. when you see that coming directly from lelizabeth warren when you hear more from joe biden this week and other candidates, where this is now going in terms of the conversation, whether it's about being a moderate, being a realist, however you want to phrase it? >> i think it's above all of those issues. this does not fall in the lane of being progressive, moderate, of being too far left or in the center. this is just someone who's going to be forceful, stand up and speak the truth with moral clarity.
right now we're absent that moral leadership in this country and now is a test for all the candidates to display they have that leadership. i honestly think though the individuals -- i know that elizabeth warren came out and uttered those words, that's true, but it's going to require a little bit more than that. joe biden gave the best speech of his campaign yesterday, maybe the best speech of his political life yesterday. it was the energy, it was the presidential nature and tone that people thought they were going to get out of joe biden this entire time. the question is can he keep that up. you have to give kudos where kudos are due. also, cory booker, beto o'rourke, and kamala harris have been forceful in their tone. beto on the ground in el paso showing leadership that's direly needed in that area, and cory booker giving a rousing speech yesterday at a venue that's very sacred to many of us, highlighting the need for love in this country. there are some candidates
stepping forward and i think that senator harris, senator booker, vice president biden, beto o'rourke probably leading the charge have shown that they can stand up and take the president to task over this issue. >> jeff, you're of course in iowa. state fair kicking off which means that everyone and their brother is going to be in iowa as you know. ahead of that though, a big ad for kamala harris' campaign talking about her 3:00 a.m. agenda. i want to play a little bit of that that was just released this morning. >> that's what i'm fighting for, real relief for families like yours, not in 20 years, not in 30, starting my first day as president, because you've waited long enough to get a good night's sleep. >> jeff, as we see this rolling out, what more do we know about what's behind this? she does address in this ad health care for all, medicare for all. that's been tough for her. she's had to continually come
out and redefine what she's been saying. >> erica, there's no question and what's most interesting about this for senator harris, she's the first top tier candidate to release an ad like this, a television ad like this in iowa. she clearly is trying to reintroduce herself or in some cases introduce herself to voters. there's no question she had a strong first debate performance, not as strong of a second debate performance. she is slowing a little bit in her rise. so her campaign is clearly trying to spark that a bit more. when you talk to voters here, they are still in the very early stages of deciding who looks good, who can stand up to the challenges at hand here. so this is all about introduction, but of course she's not going to get into her own contradictions on medicare for all in her own ad. she's trying to just introduce herself. she of course, as all the other candidates, will be here in iowa this week. >> good to talk with all of you, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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the president is back in washington this morning after visits to these sites, these two cities where the unthinkable massacres took place. his visit and all the atmosphere surrounding it, it did get political. what's the reaction on the ground from his supporters. joining me now is el paso texas republican party chairman adolfo thais. how do you assess the visit? >> i think the visit was great.
i'm glad he showed up. i think it's important that he shows up because, again, what we went through is a tragedy, a real tragedy. for him to recognize it, to be here which is what he's done with other tragedies throughout the nation i think was important. >> the victims at the university medical center, there are reports this morning that the victims still in the hospital would not meet with him, they would not meet with the president. what does that tell you? >> it tells me that our local politicians have spewed so much venom that they're looking for sound bites to blame somebody. >> but this isn't politicians. these are the people who were shot. >> they're listening to our politicians, o'rourke, moody, they're spewing the venom and they're only talking about and blaming the president for what occurred. they're not talking about the document that was issued by the shooting where he put in that giving people 1,0$1,000 a month unacceptable. he talked about health care for
all including illegals -- >> hang on -- >> none of that is being addressed. >> the question is, what does it tell you that when after a tragedy like this that people who were shot in that building behind us don't feel comfortable speaking with the president of the united states? it's them, they're the ones who are deciding. they have their own agency here. >> i wasn't there so i don't know that that's a fact. it wouldn't surprise me that some of them would take that position. it would surprise me very much if all of them did which is what the implication is in the question. i can't respond to that. i wasn't there. in this town you're going to have people on both sides of the fence. there are people that are going to react that way and others who are going to react positively which is what i've been hearing. that's great. if he wouldn't have showed up, the same politicians would be criticizing him for not showing up. >> cnn is reporting that the
white house rebuffed efforts by homeland security to put a greater emphasis on domestic terror and white supremacy. we know from the writings of the suspected shooter at this walmart behind us here that he went after this location because of his feelings about hispanics and latinos. again, the white house rebuffed those efforts. what does that tell you? >> i think that's changing though. if you listen to what the president said, he said that terrorism, no matter where it comes from, is never going to be acceptable in this country. so, where he didn't tsay white supremacy, he's talking about terrorism across the board which is expectactly what needs to be addressed. there are threats against hispanics, muslims. there are people that are threatening certain segments of our population. >> the suspected shooter
threatened directly hispanics. >> i agree with you. >> 22 people are dead this morning. one of the things that happened yesterday, theresponders in dayton, victims. at the same time he was talking about political opponents, talking about sherrod brown, talking about the dayton mayor nan whaley. on the way home he's talking about rod blagojevich, maybe commuting his sentence. does that sound like someone to you who is exclusively focused on the welfare of these victims? >> we're talking about the president of the united states and his job is not exclusive to this. this was important. he came over here and he's addressing it, taking the information he gained and he's going to use it for whatever decisions he does in the future. but he's got 100 issues a day that he has to address, so when he's addressing these other issues, that's appropriate. i'm a businessman. i worked with a large firm for a long term and i never was exclusively focused on one thing and i don't think he can ever be
exclusively focused on one item except when he was here, he was focused on the victims and our police force and that's the way it should be. >> when he was here he was talking about dayton mayor nan whaley as well as ohio senator sherrod brown. thank you for being with us. >> thank you very much. >> this community is going to need you in the days and weeks ahead. >> thank you, appreciate that. >> erica, back to you in washington. john, washington problems are following senate majority leader mitch mcconnell back to kentucky and he is now facing new pressure at home. that's next.
"the washington post" reporting this morning president trump's support for background checks following two mass shootings drew a warning from the nra. meantime, calls for senate action on guns are now at mitch mcconnell's doorstep in kentucky. we're live in louisville with more this morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. that's right, pressure is growing on majority leader mitch mcconnell. we expect tim ryan and
democratic presidential candidates will be headed to louisville tonight with supporters from ohio trying to pressure the majority leader to take action and bring gun legislation to the floor of the united states senate. but of course he's not just getting pressure from democrats. yesterday president trump said he was open to doing something on background checks and we know that privately and publicly he is putting pressure on republicans to take action. he is having conversations with senator patrick toomey of pennsylvania, somebody who has supported expanding background checks in the past. now, behind the scenes, gop aides say, look, their members are talking. they're having conversations. they're trying to figure out how to stop more mass shootings, but the reality is a background checks expansion would be maybe too much for republicans to stomach. so the big question is, is there something they could do on so-called red flag laws to incentivize states to pass more of those. they're also just trying to get a sense of whether trump is
actually serious about supporting something for the long haul. look, they're all the way on recess and there's a big question whether or not the president is going to keep his focus on this issue moving forward. now, i've been told from republican aides that if there was ever a moment to do something, now would be it. there's a perception that the nra is weak and i want to leave you with one thing that one republican aid told me yesterday. he said, quote, there's a growing disdain for that part of the culture that thinks the essence of the second amendment is being able to walk around with a military grade weapon. that gives you a sense of where the republicans are at this moment. erica? >> lauren fox with the latest, thank you. sources close to the trump administration tell cnn exclusively that white house officials rebuffed efforts by the department of homeland security to make combatting domestic terror threats a greater priority in the national counter-terrorism strategy. this reporting comes as the search for a new director of national intelligence returns of course back to square one after
president trump's first choice, congressman john ratcliff abruptly pulled out of the running. we're live in washington with the latest developments. >> reporter: good morning. there are big questions this morning over why the white house for over a year repeatedly ignored the department of homeland security's calls for the trump administration to focus more on domestic terrorism. now, sources are telling our colleague, jake tapper, that the white house only wanted to focus on the jihadist threat while disregarding the rise of racial extremist violence here at home. now, eventually a paragraph about domestic terrorism was inserted into the official national counter-terrorism strategy, but a source called that a throwaway line that does not mention white supremacists. as you mentioned, all of this is happening as the white house seems to have hit the reset button really in its search to replace dan coats as the director of national intelligence. the trump administration of course suffered a huge blow when
john ratcliff withdrew himself over a five-day firestorm over his lack of experience, his exaggerated resume and his noteworthy political partisanship. sources are telling cnn that the white house is going through a more deliberative and de intelligedeliligent process. they're willing to take their time, consulting with richard burr as well as others on capitol hill and various national security experts. some of the names that we are hearing being floated are the former georgia congressman saxby cham bless, peter hook stra and mike rodgers. dan coats steps down exactly a week from today. the white house still hasn't said who will be the acting dni during that nomination process. dan coats' number two, sue gordon, would be the logical choice given her decades in the intelligence community and wide
separate respect for her. the president recently said that he does like sue gordon but she is very much part of the intelligence establishment which the president has repeatedly criticized. >> all right, as you point out, the clock is ticking. thank you. up next, living in fear. we speak with members of a latino community to find out how the shooting in el paso is now affecting their every day lives.
the hatred erupted here in el paso but the fear is being felt across the country. latinos who were already on edge, they're feeling an increased sense of dread after the carnage this weekend. their community no longer the target of just rhetoric but now of deadly violence. i have to say, this is something we have heard repeatedly from people here on the ground. they are scared. >> going back, john, to saturday, those what ifs immediately came to mind. what if he had driven south to
my border town and walked into the walmart that my family shops. what happened in saturday where you are is really a turning point. >> reporter: some 2200 miles from el paso, hispanics in long island, new york say they are living in fear. saturday's attack targeting migrants in el paso reverberated across the country, including here in the city of brentwood, new york not far from where there was a series of attacks a decade ago. this woman worries salvadoren immigrants could also become the target of white nationalists. >> is there more fear? for me there's an increased fear, she says. we may not talk about it but it's definitely palpable in and around our communities. we deserve dignity and peace.
her feelings were shared by a lot of people we talked to, including her co-worker. >> he was trying to kill impe a immigran immigrants. >> reporter: he says this concern has been heavy on the mind of the families he helps. >> we've seen a lot of fear in the community because of that and because it's real now. it's not like -- we can connect those dots and people know they're in danger just because of the color of their skin. >> reporter: it's also personal for latinos on the west coast. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: when things like this happen, questiwe get more worried. this week president trump called on the nation to condemn the racism and white supremacy espoused by the el paso shooter. for many it fell short. >> these sinister ideologies
must be defeated. hate has no place in america. >> reporter: the president did not acknowledge that some of the racist words police believe the shooter posted online echoed the president's own words. in a manifesto police say the killer rambled about a, quote, hispanic invasion in texas. >> that's an invasion. >> our country is full. we're full. how do you stop these people? you can't? that's only in the panhandle you can get away with that. >> reporter: the president's words, some say, helped fuel racism, 'embolden white supremacists. back at the scene of the deadliest attack on the his epac community, feelings are still raw. >> we're back attacked. >> reporter: others are putting their message in writing. at the makeshift memorial, three
little girls said they were american citizens and the daughters of mexican parents, were afraid to go outside. they wrote to the president, we hope you read this message. god bless you. >> despite this fear i get the sense they will overcome this hate here. we saw it in charleston with the african-american community and of course the jewish community in pittsburgh, john. and in el paso it's evident that they too are standing up against this hate. >> i had a woman in tears here yesterday talking to me about the fear she feels. she's been in el paso for some 30 years and has never felt like this before. thank you so much. she is one of the most decorated gymnasts in history and she now has a message for u.s. gymnastics. >> you had one job, you literally had one job and you couldn't protect us. >> simone biles' emotional moment, next.
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aarp medicare plans, from unitedhealthcare. olympic gold medal gymnast simone biles blasting usa gymnastics in the wake of the larry nassar sexual abuse scandal. she is not mincing words. >> she is not, erica. simone biles is getting ready to compete at the u.s. gymnastics championships in kansas city and broke down when she was speaking with reporters yesterday about the larry nassar sexual abuse scandal. biles was one of the hundreds of young female athletes abused by nassar. an 18-month long congressional investigation found that the u.s. olympics committee and usa gymnastics knowingly concealed nassar's abuse and biles says it's tough to compete for an organization that didn't look out for its athletes. >> it's hard coming here for an organization and having had them
failed so many times. we had one goal and we've done everything that they asked us for even when we didn't want to and they couldn't do one damn job. you had one job. you literally had one job and you couldn't protect us. >> usa gymnastics responded to biles' comments saying that while they have made progress in strengthening athlete safety measures and putting athletes first, they admitted they still have work to do. nassar was sentenced to more than 100 years in federal prison for his crimes. biles meanwhile will be back competing tomorrow, and erica, she's won every meet she's competed in dating back to 2013. she certainly is one of the most dominating athletes we've seen in our time. you see her there getting emotional, not the usual smile we're used to seeing when she's winning because obviously she's affected greatly. >> she's a force to be reckoned with and she has an important message. it's important that people don't forget what happened there .
thank you. a possible red flag in el paso missed. "new day" continues right now. >> i turn on the television, the same old line. >> he was comforting and did the right things. >> when he feels his good intentions are being misrepresented, then he's going to try to counter that narrative. >> talk can be divisive and that's the last thing we need in dayton. >> this is a president who is im capable of setting aside the partisanship. >> i hope that some of the work of the white house will work on that legislation. >> we're waiting for mitch mcconnell to get his marching orders from trump. come on, mitch mcconnell, where are your guts? welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is a special edition of "new day." alisyn is off. i'm john berman in el paso. erica hill joins me this morning from washington. so, a day that was supposed to be about grieving instead became a lot about grievance. the esen