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♪ ♪ >> this is cnn breaking news. >> thanks for being with us on this saturday. you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera. breaking news in portland where the city is on edge that worries that an afternoon of demonstrations could turn violent. you're looking at live images right now where you see people gathered, groups that are, treatmentist groups in many cases are expected to be there led by counter-protesters and that includes the far-left groupagroup antifa. president trump sent this, major consideration is being given to name antifa an organization of terror. portland is being watched very
closely. hopfully the mayor will be able to properly do his job. our sara sidner, fill us in on the latest. >> a very different scene. i'll walk along with you on the riverside because basically the crowd i just got done speaking to, one of the chairman of the proud boys enrique terio said they're leaving and indeed we heard them rounding people up and there were 200, up to 200 people from far-right or right-wing groups or supporters of the president here and their idea was to engage the left. mostly, they are trying to get antifa designated as a terrorist organization and that was why the proud boys in the first place called for this rally, which, by the way, the mayor said nobody had a permit for, but there are a huge number of police here. a huge number of police. i do want to give you an idea of what's happening. we're on one side of the river
and we walked over the side of the river on the bridge in portland. on the other side of the river are folks who are from portland who came out against this group proud boys and other right-wing groups who showed up for this rally. they were all over there and for the most part, i mean, it has dispersed. there were hundred of people there. there were a few people who call themselves antifa or anti-fascists. what we are seeing for the city, good news, there has been no major clash between the two groups. the police very adamant not to let them come together. there was a huge fear that this would be reminiscent of what happened in charlottesville in 2017, and to be fair, there have been many of these protests that have happened in portland. there is a reason for that. this city is a target and we heard that from the chairman. he said he was targeting because
he doesn't like the mayor, as well. there are a lot of liberal folks who live here and he felt that the mayor did not handle well the last time there was a clash where a conservative blogger, conservative journalist was injured and so at this point things look good for the city because so far there has been no major violence here in portland. >> okay. and i'm really happy to hear that. sara sidner in portland, oregon. thank you. >> this week marks two years since the violent demonstrations since charlottesville, virginia, during the protests there dozens of people were hurt and heather heier was killed by a whit supremacist. president trump was criticized for not doing enough and not going far enough in condemning white supremacy. he uttered that now infamous line that there were, quote, fine people on both sides. now two years later the president is lashing out about today's protests in portland calling out the far left group antifa saying he's considering
naming it an organization of terror, but remaining mute on far-right extremists and self-declared white supremacists. i do want to note the u.s. doesn't have a domestic terrorism law and no government agency designates domestic groups as being terrorist organizations. joining us now is heather heier's mother susan breaux. we have these far-right groups including white supremacists holding a rally and counterprotesters we've seen are on site with signs that mention your daughter's name, trying to remember her on this day. how does that make you feel? that's good as long as we are focused on the issues. i want to caution people in
portland don't let your guard down. they wait until everyone kind of relaxes at the end just like they did in charlottesville and that's when most of the atrocious violence happens. oftentimes it seems to be from someone who wanted more violence to happen at the rally and it didn't happen and so they attack after ward. >> when you watch what's happening in portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up just given everything your family has been through. >> my hackles don't really go down anymore. i am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. yeah. i think after two years ago mine will never completely go down again. i'm not the same person i was. >> what's your reaction to the president's statement this morning antifa, a left-wing
anti-fascist group should be an organization of terror without a mention of the whit supremacists in portland. >> the comment to do that, the word antifa strikes fear. they broke some windows. they kicked some things. i think they punched some people in the past in the name of antifa, but antifa is not an organized group. different people respond differently, and to say that they're going after people when call themselves antifa, the way it's being interpreted is pretty much going to be used against anybody who dares protest if we continue down the path we've started. we need to back up and think about this. >> when it comes to hate and after what happened to your daughter, do you worry things are actually getting worse and not better? >> no, i don't worry. i know they are. people are talking more,
particular le white people. i'm not sure we're doing more. we're spending a lot of time yelling, name calling, talking, talking, talking, but what are we doing to make a difference? that's the question, and it starts in localities. it starts in local elections. it starts in state elections, county elections. you need to pay attention to those candidates. they have the bigger effect on your daily life and then you can also look forward to how you're going to vote in 2020. i would say now everybody needs to be looking at the candidates for not only what they're saying, but what they're doing and how it relates to what they're saying. you get a good feel for who they're going to be if they're elected to the office. >> on that note, we're seeing more and more proposals from these 2020 candidates about how they would deal with hate groups and the issue of dommestic
terrorism. senator cory booker presented the cree asian of a white house office to combat white supremacy and hate crimes and would devote the same level of resources as they do to international terrorism. do you think that would help? >> i thought we had that department and that was defunded when it was decided that hate crimes weren't a problem. didn't we already have a prevention wing of the department of homeland security? now unfortunately, some of those have focused on what they call bies, black identity extremists. i'm not sure how it's extreme to say i'm black and i'd like to be treated as well as you are treated. if you look at the statistics on who is doing the killing. it's not the bie. definitely not antifa. it's the white extremists that
are doing the killings. one thing that we hope to get with the heather heier hate act is an accurate accounting of what the hate crimes are and an accurate understanding of who is committing them so that we can establish better understanding of how to prevent, how to deal with hate crimes. if we don't even know how many hate crimes are happening we can't even begin to decide how to handle them. >> right. because your daughter's crime wasn't initially listed as a hate crime, right? >> correct. none of those in charlottesville. in fact, charlottesville only listed one hate crime that took place in october of that year, and not to pick on charlottesville at all. there are whole states that are well known for racial problems and hate crime problems yet they listed absolutely zero for the year 2017. huge, huge gaps in reporting.
>> it definitely highlights the problems when it comes to even having the data. if you don't have the information how do you really begin to figure out how best to combat that problem. i -- i want you to listen to, you know, some of what we have heard from our leadership right now in the white house. just a few months ago in march, president trump denied white nationalism was a growing threat. >> white nationalists are a rising threat around the world. >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> so again, he kind of shrugged that off. he did, as you know, counter recently with the el paso shooter and that situation what happened there saying he was a coward. the el paso shooter was also a white supremacist. how do you respond to those comments?
>> well, as many of us who are white, we've never really dealt with it and we've never had to look at it. honestly had my daughter not been killed i would have shrugged them off as nut cases and it was only due to my loss and tragedy they started investigating and following the trends and seeing what's really happening, and it would be easy to say that it doesn't exist because it's scary and it's definitely down a very dark path, but at this point it's rather disingenuous to say that it's not a problem or a hoax. it's -- it's pretty obvious, if that's happening you're either getting your information in the wrong sources or you're not paying attention. >> heather had adopted a motto when she was a child -- i mean,
a teenager -- let's back that up again. heather had adopted a motto when she was an adult on facebook that said if you're not outraged you're not paying attention, and you can choose to not pay attention. i'm sure there are plenty of other things to pay attention, especially if you're working in the country working two or three jobs to get food on the table and give your children a decent education and the struggle is real for many families, but when a person of privilege says such things it's because theicaly re have not been affected by it and they're not paying attention. >> susan, what do you miss most about your daughter? >> her laugh. that girl would make me laugh in a heartbeat. i have videotapes that i will play back every so often just
because i miss hearing that laugh. >> that's got to be like medicine for the soul. susan bro, so nice to talk with you. your voice is so important. thank you for taking the time to talk with us. >> thank you so much. you all have a good day and sara sidner, be safe. >> why, indeed. thank you. >> okay. we have dramatic new video showing the moment when famed nascar driver dale earnhardt jr. and his family walked away from a fiery plane crash. >> communities are taking a stand against gun violence in el paso where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting and their demands to congress here in the cnn newsroom. don't go anywhere.
>> the people of el paso, texas, showing tremendous heart and enormous support for a victim of the mass shooting earlier this month. ♪ ♪ >> this is inside a church in el paso yesterday packed to capacity in honor of margie record. she died august 3rd when a man opened fire in a crowded wal-mart. her husband was worried few or no people would attend her visitation. more than a thousand people showed up. also in el paso and in cities across the country people are gathering and demanding changes to america's gun laws. cnn's natasha chen is in el paso
rid now at a so-called recess rally that was happening earlier. what are people there telling you, natasha. >> ana, this rally was a little bit different in the sense that it was organized on the local level without any coordination with these other rallies around the country. when they found out that others were doing this and the organizers said they felt empowered and the people behind this one today were college students. they simply were in so much grief about their hometown going through this tragedy that they wanted to take some sort of action. they wanted to come out and register voters, to educate people, to really not take this massively, and moms demand action which is involved in some of these other rallies around country found out they were doing this and offered them assistance. so this is a very organically organized event today where veronica escobar, a congresswoman in the area spoke to the crowd about some of the things that she feels lawmakers
can do in washington to help this situation and not have another community go through a tragedy like this. she's specifically called for a ban on assault weapons and called for red flag laws and here's what she told us after she got off the stage here. >> it is absolutely unreal to me that common sense, bipartisan legislation won't even hear debate on the senate side. it is un-american. what senator mcconnell has done is silenced millions of americans. it's unjust, un-american, unfair and it's deadly. for people like those of us who live in el paso, texas, these laws are a matter of life and death. >> reporter: and i just spoke to a couple of those college student organizers and now that the rally has wrapped up and they told me that the thing
really did today was they responded to respond responded to escobar that will be sent to mitch mcconnell's office in hopes that this will convince him to bring the debate to the senate floor. >> natasha chen in el paso, tks tex. thank you. >> up next, dale earnhardt jr. miraculously survives a plane crash and the moment he and his family escaped is all caught on video. you are live in the cnn newsroom. that sophie opened up a wormhole through time? (speaking japanese) where am i? (woman speaking french) are you crazy/nuts? cyclist: pip! pip! (woman speaking french) i'm here, look at me. it's completely your fault. (man speaking french) ok? it's me. it's my fault? no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. (pterodactyl screech) believe it. geico could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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charred cessna citation aircraft, pulling out luggage. it is calling a, quote, firm landing at the municipal airport. >> the airplane basically bounced at least twice before coming down hard on the right mainlanding gear. the aircraft went into the ditch and came back up before it went to rest. >> the skid marks in the grass still visible and a part of the airport fence still wrapped around the fuselage. >> if that would have been where the door was it would have been difficult to get the door open. >> interviews with the pilot and the family are consistent with the video of the crash and there is some data including a cockpit recording they plan to analyze. >> dale earnhardt jr., checkered flag at talladega. vot voted nascar's most popular driver he followed in the
footsteps of his father who died in the daytona 500. today the fans drove 20 minutes where nascar was racing saturday to take photos at the crash site. the earnhardt family alreadiy back at their home and dale junior will not call the race on saturday. these two pilots regularly flew that plane and there were no calls of distress before the firm landing happened. right now a team working with the ntsb is going to disassemble the plane and then they're going to put it back together at a facility in georgia where they'll continue the investigation and they'll expect a preliminary fact-finding report some time by the end of next week. >> diane gallagher, tennessee. >> union workers in pennsylvania were give know an ultimatum about attending president trump's rally outside pittsburgh this week. that's next? don't forget, our new original series "the movies" continues
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grandmother in the west bank after talib decided not to go about israel's condition, president trump accused the congresswoman of what he calls a complete setup adding the only real winner here is tlaib's grandmother. she doesn't have to see her now. the drama he is seeing here at home as caitlin collins explains. >> an offer that came with conditions one day after the country denied her and congresswoman ilhan omar entry at president trump's urging. >> visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything i believe in, tlaib explained on twitter. those conditions would have included a pledge not to promote boycotts against israel while she was there. the president has faced widespread criticism for getting involved. >> it's disrespect for the
congress and the american political system for our ally to keep two members of congress out of israel. >> but sources tell cnn the president's advisors believe his fight with four freshmen democrats who call themselves the squad could benefit him in 2020 which is why the president keeps hammering them on the campaign trail. >> it really is keep america great because we have these socialists who want to take it away from us. >> the one message sources tell cnn advisers fear won't work out for him is the economy, shaking markets and unpredictable trade talks are stoking fears of a recession inside the white house. at a campaign rally in new hampshire, the president struck a dire tone. >> you have no choice, but to vote for me because your 401(k)s, down the tube, everything will be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you've got to vote for me. >> with re-election on his mind,
trump now finds himself defending the very policies that are rattling investors. and we are imposing, beautiful, well-placed tariffs. >> even admitting his trade war with china may not end quickly. >> i never said china was going to be easy. >> something he actually did say just last year when the president noted that trade wars are easy. >> the president is insisting publicly, he thinks the u.s. economy is doing just fine, but our reporting behind the scenes shows the president has apprehension because in part he's listening to people he hasn't listened to in the past like peter navarro who assures him there will be an economic rebound to this trade war and it will be worth it in the end and the president is turning to people outside the white house including a phone call with three ceos of banks when the president had asked them what they thought about the president of the economy, they said there were negative side effects to
the trade war and they want it resolved as soon as possible. caitlin collins, cnn, traveling with the president in new jersey. in just the last few hour, a trip by the president himself. this one to pennsylvania on tuesday. cnn has obtained a memo sent to workers at the petrochemical plant where the president spoke. those workers were told that if they didn't show up for this visit they would have to use paid vacation time or receive no pay for the day. it's not clear who sent the memo, but a spokesman for the plant owner confirms employees were told they'd miss out on some overtime pay if they skipped the event. the memo didn't come from them and we are told it didn't come from the white house either. a lot to get to on this saturday and cnn political kohl am nift and the national political reporter and lisa lair and eliza collins. to be clear, we don't know who
handed out the memo and word comes after the president made what would make political comments and not a designated campaign rally. here was his message to those n union workers just watch. >> i'll speak to some of you union leaders to say i hope you're going to support trump, okay? and if they don't vote them the hell out of office because they're not doing their job. it's true. vote them out of office. so lisa, between the president's tone and that mysterious memo, what does it tell us about the pressure being put on labor to fall in line with the re-election campaign? >> well, was there -- we know that there was a divide between labor leadership and labor members. last time around in the 2016 election where some of the leadership, labor traditionally is more democratic and we're going with democrats and the
rank and file. some of them went more with trump and certainly there was a lot of pressure on labor from republicans and there was a lot of pressure from democrats who were all fighting over the endorsement of the invarious labor groups and we also know that this is a president who is deeply, deeply concerned about his crowd size at all events and something he likes to brag about and exaggerating the numbers and he's very touchy when people post pictures where the arena is not quite as full as he thinks it is. so this touches his personal pecadillos. we all saw what happened on wall street and the volatility there. there are concerns about the recession and cnn has new reporting today that the president's aides got him to delay tariffs on china because it would effectively ruin for
christmas, is it worried about what the coming week will bring for the markets. >> they're hoping he can run for re-election and he talks about it a lot at these rallies and this is something that they think they can convince the president's brash ask brazen style. if the economy goes down that really worries whees aides because they feel like they lost a chunk of the re-election. this is something important to the president and we hear him talk about it a lot and they are concerned especially given the volatility this last week. >> lisa, we also had the president ripping into fed chairman jerome powell again this week, again, this time calling him clueless. needless to say this is an unprecedented tone by the chief executive by someone in one of the most important positions in the american financial system. is the white house concerned about spooking wall street with
this growing feud? >> the white house is deeply concerned about the economy. they know, they see the same polling data that we all see which is that a lot of these suburban districts and the kinds of places in the country that turn the house and help democrats win the house in the midterm elections and you have a number of voters and certainly a large number of female voters who, you know, maybe are happy with perhaps, with getting various justices on the supreme court. they certainly have been happy with the economy, but they don't like the president's style, they don't like his untraditional tone. they wish he would just stop, i hear again and again from sloaters and they wish he would talk more like a president and speak in ways that are a little less inflammatory. so if the economy starts -- if we do start to head into a recession which seems to be what a lot of the economic experts are starting to talk about right now, the president loses a really strong argument for his
re-election in these swing districts that could make the difference for him. >> look ahead to 2020. let's take a look at the latest polling from fox news. when you see head to head with the presidents currently running. you can see the president is trailing the four democratic leading contenders right now in head to head matchups and the largest being his matchup with joe biden and 50% to trump's 38%. i wonder, is the trump campaign in need of recalibrating, liza? >> they might be talking about recalibrating and this is a president that goes out with his own style. and so they are certainly looking at internal polls and they're seeing the same polls we are and i think that is part of the concern on the economy because they do think that that is something that right now the president can claim that the democrats cannot because they're not in office, but we're starting to see the democrats attack the president on the economy. joe biden in particular that has
the strongest lead is making a play for the working class union voters and we're seeing he is popular with them and that concerns the white house and the aides. so they're trying to figure out, looking at the polls and looking at the different democrats as they rise and ultimately, the president goes out and he's his own messenger on all of this. >> eliza collins, lisa lair, thank you so much, ladies, for being with us. >> new details about the white house's top official in charge of immigration services. cnn's file dug up shocking language used to describe immigrants by ken cuccinelli. you are live in the cnn newsroom. family. hole like unlimited with netflix on us. and now with each new line, get one of our latest smartphones included. $40/line for four lines and smartphones are included for the whole family. thanks to move free ultra i keep up with this little one. see the world with this guy. and hit the town with these girls. in a clinical study,
>> he's the top white house official who edited the statue of liberty poem to suggest that only immigrants who can stand on their own two feet are welcome in the united states. >> well, of course, that poem was referring back to people coming from europe where they had class-based societies where people were considered wretch ed if they weren't in the right class and it was written one year -- one year after the first
federal public charge rule was written. >> now we're learning through cnn's kaye file that ken cuccinelli, the acting director of citizenship and immigration services has a history of describing undocumented immigrants as invaders. with us now, andrew kosinski senior editor. andrew, keusch knecuccinelli wa about them as invaders. >> in 2007 he was a founding member of this group called state legislatures for legal immigration. cuccinelli was a state senator in virginia at the time and the context of basically that immigration reform was being debated in the senate and the house. that ultimately failed, and some of the rhetoric that this group employed that he was in, they linked undocumented immigrants to serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence and terrorism which there's not
really any evidence for at all, and the goal of this group was basically i'll use their words was to terminate america's illegal immigrant invasion. >> and it wasn't just what he said then, but he's continued the same line and talk about immigrants and undocumented immigrants in particular through his time, currently serving in the capacity as acting director. >> he even advocated using war pow for migrants coming across the border. >> he's actually used this rhetoric about migrants for several different crisis at the border. there was the surge of unaccompanied minors in 2014 and speaking at an event then he said basically, rick perry who is now merge secretary could -- that texas could make treaties and wage war because they were being invaded and then very recently just back in october of last year he said in an
interview with breitbart that we've been invaded for a long time, referencing the migrant crisis that happened in october and he went as far as saying texas could line the national guard along the border and point at them and let them swim for it. >> andrew, thank you for the work you do, keeping them honest. we appreciate it. >> president trump -- buying greenland? they say we're not for sale.
. >> before becoming president donald trump made his fortune and his name in real estate. now the realtor in chief is apparently dreaming big. sources telling cnn trump has floated the idea of buying greenland. yes, greenland, for the u.s. on multiple occasions. greenland's response is a firm no. amy klobuchar mocking the notion tweeting the difference between donald trump and greenland, greenland is not for sale. cnn's fred pleitgen is in greenland where trump's interest in buying the ice-covered land mass is getting a cold shoulder. >> reporter: it seems like a lot of folks in greenland seem to be mocking president trump's alleged idea to acquire this territory or possibly somehow purchase it. the government of greenland has come out and said, quote, greenland is not for sale. local folks in the southeast of the country that we've been speaking to says this is
something that america has tried in the past. they talked about 1867 when there was a push in the time after world war ii and one resident said it simply isn't going to happen. on the face of it it might not be such a crazy yet for america to want to do this. greenland has very vast natural resources that the chinese have been trying to get their hands on through chinese companies and it's not something that america is very fond of and it's a pretty strategic place for america, as well and there is a big air base that the u.s. has in the northwest of greenland. however, they can get to them and exploit that, and the first thing they'd want is the independence from denmark. if president trump wants to have greenland, one thing he'll probably have to do is acknowledge that the global climate crisis is real. you can see behind me there are a lot of icebergs that you see here. this has been one of the warmest summers that greenland has had
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>> an american woman is expected to appeal a saudi court ruling this weekend after she divorced her allegedly abusive saudi husband and was denied custody of her daughter. a saudi judge ruling that she's unfit because she's a westerner who is too new to islam. cnn's nick watt has this story. >> oh, no! >> reporter: meet bethany vierra and her 4-year-old daughter zaina. they're in saudi arabia. >> cell phone videos, all of the contact grandma and granddad back home in wenatchee, washington, have right now and all of the contact they might ever have. >> if zaina can't leave she won't leave. >> it makes perfect sense that she won't give up. we realize she may lose her life doing this or we may never see her again. >> she divorced her saudi
husband and claims he was a drug user and he declined. bethany vierra denied custody of her own daughter saying the mother is new to islam, is a foreigner in this country and continues to deafen tivoli embrace the customs and traditions of her upbringing. we must avoid exposing zaina to these customs and traditions especially at this early age. >> we may have different language e but we're really the same. we're human beings. we should be able to get along? custody of zaina given to her saudi grandmother. both bethany and her ex were found unfit. her parents tell us there is a warrant out for bethany's arrest after she missed a visitation she wasn't each told about. she is banned from leaving the country for ten years and asked not to talk to the press which is why we're talking to mom ask dad? she used to have that right. bethany won't give up and
because that's her daughter. >> saudi arabia has softened slightly. in the past few years, women for the first time have been allowed to compete at the olympics, vote in local election, drive cars, but this remains one of the most male-dominated societies on earth, the so-called guardianship system still in effect. >> which means that women must have a male guardian. the idea is that they are not capab capable. >> under saudi law, a woman's words is still worth half of a man's. >> one plus one equals? >> two. >> according to the judge who took zaina away from her mother she'd been speaking too much english and not assimilating into air agriculture. >> bethany was talking to lawyers and zaina overheard the verdict and started counting in arabic to prove that she could speak it. >> state department official told cnn due to privacy
considerations we will not have a specific comment at this time. our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of u.s. citizens oversea, but added that u.s. citizens abroad are subject to local laws. >> we love our granddaughter. i think our deepest fear is that we might not ever see her again. >> reporter: the judge gave bethany vierra, a 30-day window to appeal. hoping it's successful and hoping that some day she and zaina will be able to come back here for a visit. nick watt, cnn, wenatchee, washington. ♪ ♪ you are live in the cnn newsroom. thank you for staying with me. i'm ana cabrera in new york and new this hour. 2020 democratic candidates today are reaching out to black voters especially younger millennials. elizabeth warren and berni