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this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. we're going to answer four big questions in the hour ahead. and we begin with the breaking news, with hurricane dorian now forecast to grow into a powerful category 4 storm, when and where will it strike? most likely along florida's atlantic coast. we'll have the brand-new forecast from the national weather center -- the hurricane center in just a moment. also a major new study of same-sex behavior concludes there is no single gay gene. but what does it tell us about the role of genetics as well as environment in determining a person's sexual orientation? and president trump claiming today that america's farmers are
on his size, but is he tone deaf to farmers who are angry about how the trade war with china is hurting them? plus how joe biden answered a boy's challenging question at a campaign event in south carolina. >> as president, how will you fix the damage donald trump has caused? >> biden's answer coming up. and i'm going to speak to that future voter, only 10 years old by the way. we're going to get to all of that this hour, but let's begin with the brand-new forecast for hurricane dorian. our meteorologist derek van dam is at the cnn weather center for us. derek, hello to you. you've got the brand-new forecast. how bad does it look? >> this information just coming to us about 60 seconds ago. don, we have seen a significant increase in the strength of hurricane dorian, which is now a category 2. it looks more and more likely that this will be the third consecutive year of a major landfalling hurricane in the state of florida, the fourth
consecutive year where a hurricane has touched the shores of the state as well. so you can imagine what kind of economic impacts that has. 105-mile-per-hour sustained winds. that is quite the jump. the pressure has fallen, and we have seen an organization within the past 12 hours specifically that indicates that this storm will continue to intensify as it moves into a general northwesterly direction. and this is interesting to note as well. we have seen a marked uptick in the strength of the winds as we head into sunday as well as monday, and then all of our computer models, the best knowledge that we have available to us, all of them indicating that some sort of slowing effect will take place with this system, bringing it basically to a halt. so we're going to maximize at least the potential exists here to maximize the threats for the east coast of florida with strong winds for several hours at a time and heavy rainfall for at least a day. >> it's interesting. again, if you're just tuning in, our meteorologist derek van dam is reporting now that hurricane dorian has strengthened to a
category 2 hurricane. winds increasing of up to 105 miles per hour. that is the latest update that came in just moments ago. so, listen, if it turns into a category 4, derek, when it makes landfall, that would be the strongest hurricane to strike florida's east coast since andrew in 1992. that was catastrophic. could dorian cause similar damage? >> well, i think it's important that we look at the similarities between these storms. they were both compact systems. they both had a very strong inner core right near the center of circulation where the strongest winds are. it's important to note to our viewers, don, that 88% of fatalities from tropical systems come from flood or water-related, not necessarily wind. so, yes, a wind is a major threat with a tropical system of this nature, but it is the long duration rain event that we harp on so frequently, especially with a forecast that shows almost a near parallel run along
the east coast of the state of florida. that is going to prolong and maximize the threats here for this area. by the way, tropical storm-force wind arrival sunday night into monday morning. >> derek, thank you very much. derek, we'll be checking in with you. joining me now from port canaveral is cnn's lay eyla santia santiago. you just heard the new forecast from derek. the storm is a category 2 now. what does that mean for port canaveral? >> reporter: as i talked to people today, they were saying we're going to wait and see where this goes. here's a sign that this storm is strengthening as it heads toward florida. so i think for people here, this may be the next step in realizing that they really need to make some decisions pretty quickly. today we did see people picking up water. stores were definitely limiting how much water anybody could buy at one time. but we saw people doing that. we saw waste management going
around, and residents were told to go ahead and start picking up any tree branches or debris that could become dangerous if winds pick up. we are expecting tomorrow in co coco beach for two truck loads of sand to come in so folks can make their own bags and protect their property. given what you just heard from derek, i suspect tomorrow there are going to be some pretty long lines like we saw today in some areas. >> listen, this is a holiday weekend as you know. what are you hearing about the hit to tourism because the storm is striking on one of the biggest weekends of the year? >> reporter: right. it's a long weekend, and tourism is something that this area really depends on. the thing that sticks in my mind is that hotel manager that i talked to today who said this is horrible. i'm going to already plan on missing out on $120,000 worth of business because that's how much i was depending on this. that was earlier today before we
even got this update. so we're going to have to expect some sort of an impact in terms of tourism and business, how bad the damage will be when it comes to impact should we continue to see what we're seeing in terms of a strengthening storm that could hit this area that is still very much remembering what hurricane andrew and hurricane irma did here. we'll have to wait and see, but i suspect tomorrow you're going to see a lot of people waking up to this update and reacting. >> leyla santiago, thank you very much. joining me now is storm chaser aaron jayjack. aaron, so good to have you on. thank you so much. as a storm chaser, dorian has got to be a challenge for you. it's getting stronger. all of florida is in the cone here. it's unpredictable what . what is the biggest charge right now? >> like you said, don, i think the biggest challenge right now, everybody is having problems honing in on what location it's going to make landfall. it's looking like it's going to be somewhere in florida, but
that doesn't mean the carolinas and georgia and maybe down to the keys -- you know, it could hit up in there in those areas. those areas aren't out of the cone potentially of danger as well. but right now the national hurricane center, they do have that cone of the most predictable area of where that hurricane is going to go coming right into central florida. that's where i'm currently located right now, in orlando. i've been here since last night, getting supplies and being prepared for a potentially major hurricane coming to shore in the next few days. >> aaron, let me ask you this. let's talk about the storm surge. you're familiar with that. what kind of damage can that do, and how do you prepare for that? you just simply get out of the way? >> that is the number withone - you're in a storm surge location, you need to heed the evacuation notices and get out of there. i know some people have houses that can withstand the winds of the hurricane and they're also up on stilts and they can survive some surge. sometimes those surges can be big on a large hurricane, and maybe even some of those houses aren't quite high enough.
so the best advice is to get out of there. once you do go inland, the threat isn't over as well as you guys were talking about. this hurricane could potentially slow down over florida, and then you have inland flooding to worry about from all the rain as that surge comes ashore. you know, that water has nowhere to drain, and if that thing stalls out over florida, it could be a really bad flooding situation here. >> major population centers are under threat. does that make it more difficult to prepare for? >> it absolutely does, especially here in orlando. i thought i was getting here in plenty of time to get my supplies that i need to be able to intercept the hurricane and make sure i can survive multiple weeks, and already they're running out of gas cans at the home depot, lowe's, and whatnot. i had to find an auto parts store to actually get gas cans as one of my provisions that i usually take into these hurricanes. so, yeah, it's already starting to -- you can see the energy starting to build about this hurricane approaching.
>> you say you've seen the stress levels of people start to rise as dorian gets closer. how important is that for people just to remain calm? >> well, i mean that's, you know -- even for me as a storm chaser, right now is the moment where i kind of calm myself down because it can be a stressful situation. and, you know, when you start worrying and panicking, that's when problems occur, you know. people don't think straight, and so the two most important things i think people should be doing right now is, you know, paying attention to what the national hurricane center is saying and starting to prepare because, you know, these things can -- even though it's going to slow down, it can creep up on you fast, and you need to make sure you get out of here and not waste any time. >> easy for me to sit here in the studio and say that. i don't know if you have family members there, but when your family, your livelihood, your home, all of that in the path of a hurricane, it's easy for us to say be calm. i would imagine most people are frightened and, you know,
bordering on panic. >> right. >> listen, where are you going to go? are you going to watch the forecast and then decide where you're going to go? what are you going to do when this thing starts to bear down? >> right now it's pretty much a waiting game for me. i'm watching the forecast. i live in denver right now, so i wanted to make sure i got to the east coast so i could make sure i got ahead of time with any kind of evacuations slowing me down. i didn't want that to inhibit my ability to get here. but as that forecast approaches, and we start getting within a day or two of the hurricane approaching, i'll start narrowing down my location. my whole goal is to get into the eye and the eye wall, to document that, show the world here's what these massive storms are starting to do to us. year after year getting hit by these massive hurricanes. hopefully it informs people. and i wanted to mention too, you know, what people can do to stay calm, i said to stay informed. they should make sure they pay
attention. there's weather apps out there like the my weather app that they can pay attention to the forecast and help stay away. that information is important to make sure you stay calm in my opinion. >> aaron, good advice. you be safe as well. thank you, sir. we'll check back in with you. >> thank you, don. >> we've got a lot more to come on hurricane dorian. we're going to talk to the mayor of a community that could be hit pretty hard. that's next. somebody had to win it. my best high school moment was the day i walked across the stage. my dad...couldn't read real good, so, it was a milestone for me. ancestry has over 400,000 yearbooks from all across the country. so go back to school with your friends and family, and discover more of their stories. search and share for free at ancestry.com. ♪ ♪ applebee's handcrafted burgers
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community doing to prepare here? >> the natural things that you do when you're facing this sort of potential disaster. you're just hunkering down, preparing, you know, making sure that we get the necessities that will sustain us through this time. >> mm-hmm. mayor, i also saw that you had crews out and about today draining retention ponds, removing debris from storm drains. are you confident that the city is prepared if daytona beach does get slammed here? >> well, i am confident, but of course that's cautiously confident. we want to make certain that our residents continue to put safety first. we know that as a city, we've done all that we could do prior to, to be prepared as you said, draining retention ponds, just making sure your gutters and things of that nature are cleared out. that way you're able to move the
water as best you can as a municipality to do your part. >> and what about assistance from, you know, both federal and state, from both levels, federal and state levels? are you getting everything you need? >> well, as of right now, you know, we in florida have a long history of, i think, doing a great job as a state, responding to these type of crises, and the state has done all that it should, you know, declaring an emergency ahead of time, and we've done that here locally as well. so our expectation is that that assistance will continue to be coming in its proper form. >> what about shelters? what kind? >> well, we've got shelters. our shelters are primarily hosted by our school system, and they are prepared to begin opening tomorrow -- i mean on saturday, excuse me. and so we have a good history of
responding well. lists are out. various types of shelters for folks with disabilities as well as folks with pets. so we feel confident that the shelters will be able to withstand, you know, the demand. >> listen, as you're speaking there, we're looking at this video, these images from nasa that they took earlier today. my goodness, this thing is -- from noaa as well. it is enormous. any final messages tonight to the residents of daytona? >> hunker down. be prepared. be calm. do all that you can do to make sure that you're prepared for this storm, and let's all hope and pray for the best. >> mayor derrick henry, daytona, we hope and pray for the best for you as well. thank you so much. >> okay. thank you, sir. a new study says there isn't a single gay gene that determines a person's sexuality. we're going to tell you what they found, though, next. is just a button.
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a new study shows that there are many genes that influence sexual behavior. published today in the journal of science, many say it puts to rest the concept of a single gay gene. here to tell us more about the study is the chief programs officer at glaad, and the director of the center for genetic medicine research at children's national health system. this is fascinating. i'm so happy to have both of you on. zeke, i'm going to start with you because you have been examining this study for several months now. so walk us through what it has found. >> well, it has found that there is not a single genetic trait, a
single gene, a so-called gay gene that determines whether or not a person is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, but rather a really complex mix of genetic traits that make the difference when it comes to being lgbtq. so it's important scientifically, of course, because it does sort of put to rest this idea of a single gay gene. but for a lot of people, it really reconfirms what we already know. that is that being gay is not a choice, that sexual orientation, gender identity, they're very complex parts of the human experience, and it's a very common part of the human experience throughout history, throughout the generations, no matter where you live in the world, you'll find gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. this really does reconfirm that fact and paints a picture of a very complex genetic makeup that points to sexual orientation. >> the study's leader said that the research reinforces the understanding that same-sex sexual behavior is simply a natural part of our diversity as
a species. let me bring in dr. eric vil lane. can you break this down for me? does this mean someone can take a blood test that will tell exactly what their sexuality is? from the simplest level, explain this to us. >> no. actually it says pretty much the opposite, that you cannot predict someone's sexual orientation. it's the largest genetic study of sexual orientation ever. almost have a million people out of which about 25,000 people had at least one same-sex sexual experience, and what it paints is a nuanced, complex picture. it tells us that there are some genetic factors, but they're not very strong in their influence of sexual orientation, but they're there. and it leaves some room also for
nongenetic factor, possibly environmental factors, which is interesting as well. so as it was just said, it is complicated, and it certainly tells us that it is the end, in a sense of this simplistic view that there would be just one gene, one gay gene that would determine our sexuality and sexual preference. >> so, zeke, listen, some researchers are worried these results may be misinterpreted. what are they worried about? >> you know, don, i think anytime there is science around this or lots of other topics, there are people who have bad intentions, who want to misuse it for political purposes, for purposes other than that which it was intended. this is a really, really credible study with an incredible group of researchers behind it, and it really stands on its own merit. but there will be people who want to use it to fight their
fight against lgbtq equality and acceptance, and the sad part of that is that it comes at a time when we're fighting that fight on so many fronts. beef got the most anti-lgbtq administration in the history of this -- or at least in our lifetimes in the white house today. more than 125 attacks against our community. so these are really important conversations to have, but we need to understand the backdrop by which we're having them. >> eric, listen, other example that genes don't predict someone's sexuality, a straight person could have the same genes as a gay person, but they're still straight, like in identical twins. >> that's very true. so twin studies are also complicated, you know. there is more likelihood for the twin brother of a twin who is gay, for example, to be gay if
they're identical than if their fraternal. that suggests there is some genetic influence, yet it's not 100% as you said. so it leaves a lot of space for complexity and some environmental factors and just life. >> mm-hmm. listen, zeke, did you want to respond to that? >> i think it's also important to point out that this study is about behavior and not specifically about orientation. we have to believe that environmental factors do play a role when it comes to behavior. people are more apt to be out, more apt to be open and living their authentic lives in communities, in countries and places where they are accepted as lgbtq. so we that plays into this a little bit as well. >> well, it's fascinating when you read the entire study, you know, to just -- because everyone from the beginning of time has tried to figure out what causes someone to be gay,
what causes someone to be straight. and i think this sort of just advantages our knowledge and what we know about it. it's a fascinating study. i appreciate both of you joining us here on cnn to discuss. president trump's personal assistant suddenly resigning today, and you've got to hear the reason why. that's next. my joints... they hurt.
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new york times." joining me now to discuss, angela rye, alice stewart, david swerdlick. good evening to both of you. look at my dream team there. hello, hello, hello. >> hi, don. >> hi. david, i'm going to start with understood. westerhout shared these details during a recent off-the-record dinner with reporters staying at hotels near the president's bedminster, new jersey, property. at least that's what the "times" is reporting. is it unusual for the president's personal assistant to be involved in that? >> so i have not interacted directly with this personal assistant. i would say yes, don. some white house staffers or some staffers of any elected official are there to talk policy, to talk politics, sometimes with reporters, sometimes in off-the-record settings. a personal assistant or a staff secretary, a scheduler, a body man is there as almost an extension of the principal, in this case, the president of the united states or his immediate family members. so it would be unusual, and if
"the new york times" reporting is accurate, you can imagine why if something like this got back to -- there may be more to the story clearly. but if something like this got back to the president and he didn't think it was appropriate, you can imagine a sequence of events where ms. -- her name is westerhout -- you know, was asked that the better thing to do for her would be to move on, but we don't know a lot of details. >> alice, to you now. a former white house official said that westerhout was like a daughter to president trump, and he was very close to her, but said discussing personal information about his family was a red line. we know how much this president values loyalty. i don't know. had she been that loyal to this point? what do you know about her? >> she certainly had been loyal to that point, or she wouldn't be in this position. she's been very close certainly with the president and the first family. but i can tell you this, don. in all of my years in communications at the presidential campaign level or even in administrations, never,
ever have i allowed a personal assistant or a body person or someone of that level to sit down and have an off-the-record dinner with the media. it's just really not supposed to happen. and here we have a situation where she broke the rule number one of any person in that type of situation is never assume that off the record is really off the record. and even if so, you don't put dirty laundry out there in front of journalists. and it is unfortunate. she has been a loyal soldier. but if she, in fact, do this, which it appears she did, there's just zero level of tolerance for such a violation of trust. and so the president and the administration really had no choice here. >> well, a person who is always trustworthy is angela rye. so, angela, let's turn now to the president. a day after claiming that fox wasn't working for us -- that's his quote, fox isn't working for us -- the president consequewen news radio claiming farmers are
doing just fine in spite of the trade war he started. watch this. >> the farmers have been targeted. that's how vicious they play the game. they actually target because they know that the farmers like trump, and trump loves the farmers actually. i love what they do. they're incredible people. >> so, angela, listen, trump's trade war with china means that american farmers can no longer exparticular ort to the world's yu lus countries. why would farmers -- >> because donald trump is delusional to the tune of more than 12,000 lies or misstatements, and this is just another one. let's make this 12,001. i think at this point we have to realize is that the only love donald trump has for anyone is himself. so what farmers are probably going to do, even when you look at the number of iowa counties that he won, farmers are going to put their money first, not donald trump's money first. and what they're probably going to require of him is to put his money where his mouth is and ensure that he now not only ends
the trade war, but there's also a thing called ethanol that they have to produce. and now he's carved out all of these -- made all these carve-outs for small refineries, and now ethanol is getting hit really hard. so that's going to cost farmers jobs, and it's already hitting them in the pockets to the tune of millions. and donald trump is going to have to account for that. he's going on twitter saying that he's going to do great things for them, and he's coming to save them. but it's something that he started. this is carve-outs that his administration started through the epa. >> alice, even if the reality is this trade war is hurting farmers in a very real way, okay, if that's the reality, does he still have their support? >> many that i speak with say that they do. look, you're not going to get across the board everyone hook, line, and sinker is going to be in support of him. but the ones that i talk with do support him and for a couple of reasons. a lot of them are several generations of farmers, and they're able to withstand this. and, don, several i spoke with
today, just by nature, farmers are short-term pessimists, long-term optimists. otherwise they wouldn't be in the farming industry because it is so volatile. but the subsidies is helping. they certainly would much rather be selling their products to a customer like china than taking a subsidy. kbu that is helping them get through the hump. i expect if we can get through this trade war with china and get things back on track, the farmers will be fully in support of this president. but right now some are certainly having some heartburn over the current trade war. >> don, can i just point one quick thing out? i agree with everything alice said and angela. but i would just note there's another way to look at this, which is that the president did well in rural and exurban areas. obviously not every farmer voted for president trump. but it's fair to say that a lot of farmers did even as the president campaigned in 2016 on doing exactly what he's doing now, a trade war with tariffs. so in a sense, some of these
farmers feeling this pain voted for what is happening now. it's unfortunate. hopefully as alice said, we'll get out of this trade war. but this was something that was promised by president trump. >> i want to talk about vice president joe biden now, telling a riveting story about giving a medal to a soldier in afghanistan rappelling down a ravine while taking enemy fire to retrieve the body of a fallen comrade. listen to this. >> this guy climbed down a ravine, carried this guy up on his back under fire, and the general wanted me to pin the silver star on him. i got up there, and this is god's truth, my word as a biden. sir i, i do not. please sir, do not do that. he died. he died. >> hmm. angela, "the washington post" detailed a number of times that biden has told versions of this story. many of the details are way off.
how much of a liability is this for him? is it a liability, do you think? >> i think it's a challenge because folks are naturally tieing this to biden's age. we know he is three years older than donald trump, so for whatever reasons that means he's centuries older. they're definitely tying it to his ability to remember or recollect facts. i think our reality is very simple and that is joe biden, if for whatever reason he does not become the democratic nominee and if he were not to beat donald trump, he definitely has a career on broadway. joe biden has always brought the drama. he can always tell a good story. i just talked about donald trump's 12,001 lies. has nothing compared to that. i think as we all know, as we saw in the 2016 election, donald trump has one set of standards and everybody else has a completely different rule book to live by. we'll see what happens. >> i want to make sure i get this in. let's play this. >> i was making the point how courageous these people are, how
incredible they are. this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we've lost. and so that -- i don't know what the problem is. i mean what is it that i said wrong? >> alice, i want you to stand by. i want to get a response from david. while the mistake may not have been intentional, he still got a lot wrong. does that matter? >> yeah, it does matter, don. again, great reporting by my "washington post" colleagues. he has a series of incidents and episodes now where he's either made gaffes or misstatements, inadvertently or otherwise. in addition to that, he's looking to be the president and debate the president next year. he has to have a better command of the specifics. >> alice, what did you want to say quickly, please? >> just politically speaking, whether this was intentional or not, it's certainly not a factual statement, and that really takes off a key point of contrast with the president. as angela said, this president is factually challenged, and if a democratic candidate is going
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today is going viral. take a look. >> as president, how will you fix the damage donald trump has caused? [ applause ] >> by making you vice president. >> well, those young brothers are here. 10-year-old marcus and 9-year-old joshua la fran ca along with their grandmother, lisa, la franca. you guys are a sight for sore eyes. you look amazing. this is great news, happy news, and we're happy to report it. so welcome. marcus, i'm going to start with you. that was quite a big moment. did you expect such a loud reaction from the crowd? >> no. >> so did it make you nervous, or did it make you happy?
what did you do? >> it made me honestly nervous. like i was going to say, never mind. i didn't have a question. >> what did you think when the former vice president -- what did you think of his answer? >> oh, i honestly thought it was pretty good and satisfying for my question. >> so you want to be vice president? >> yeah. >> well, he said he would make you the vice president, so i don't know. vice president la franca, that sounds pretty good to me. >> joshua? >> yes. >> you probably would be the co-viecco co-vice president. i understand you and marcus worked on these questions together. how did you come up with the question? >> by thinking of the damage donald trump has done on this world, like, marcus? >> first of all, he's ruining -- he doesn't care about the environment, and he's friends with enemy countries like korea
and russia. he's giving them private information that we're supposed to keep for ourselves, and kim jong-un is just building nukes under his nose. and either he can't see it, or he doesn't >> i was going to say that he's a liar. he doesn't really believe in climate change. and i just we should ride bikes instead of cars. >> grandma, you did not like him saying that word, did you? >> well, he can be a little nicer. i mean, i understand what he's saying definitely because, you know, all the hate and the racism and the -- it's just -- what he incites is horrible. and they see that because they've heard it on tv, which i don't like them to hear, but they have to know what's going on. this is the future. >> yeah. >> you know? and they know right from wrong. >> you got to be proud of them.
beyond proud. i mean, whose idea was it to bring them to this event? >> i asked them -- well, they knew i was coming. they asked to go. they came with me in 2016 when i went to vote. and they've been pretty active -- i mean, they hear me talking about it or watching the news and they'll come by and they'll say something about trump and, you know, just certain things. they know right from wrong. right? and they know -- what do we say about judging people? >> you can't judge a person by who they love or -- or -- well, you can't judge a person -- >> for what they look like. >> or what they look like. you judge them for their actions and what they've done. >> lisa, you say marcus and joshua as a package deal. do you plan on having them meet more presidential candidates? >> absolutely. i want them to be active.
we were talking about the parkland kids and how they are the voices of that generation, that age group, and they've done so many great things. i'm so proud of those kids. and these kids -- these kids are the voices of their age group, you know? i asked them today, do you guys in class talk about politics? does anybody have anything to say? and they said a few kids. and i asked them, well, how many of them -- what are their views? and what did you tell me? what did you tell me, josh? >> that mostly every kid in my class doesn't want trump in the office. sometimes they say they don't want him in the office. >> listen, lisa, you're raising some really great kids. thank you so much. you guys, keep doing what you're doing and we think you're fantastic. >> bye. >> bye. >> thank you. bye. >> they are so cute! we are following hurricane dorian on track to strike
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