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guess. it was a great trip. learned a lot. thanks for watching us tonight. ms. megyn is next. thanks for watching. please remember the spin stops right here because we are definitely looking out for you. breaking tonight. donald trump making some serious campaign changes in an attempt to lock up the republican nomination for president. welcome to "the kelly file," everyone. i'm megyn kelly. just days after donald trump lost the wisconsin primary to rival ted cruz, a brand new poll from the associated press defines the challenge for the general election. right now, nearly 7 in 10 americans have an unfavorable opinion of donald trump. and that includes whites, blacks, and latinos, men and women, and more. the survey sampled voters from across the country, even before this poll, however. a series of reports today
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suggested the trump campaign is getting serious about building more support, about getting ready for policy speeches and trying to win more support in washington. they're hiring more political pros, as well to help with the delegate battle. we have the campaign trail covered for you tonight. we begin tonight with trace gallagher reporting on the trump campaign and the changes there. trace? >> reporter: megyn, after weeks of saying a contested convention would be unfair, would have too much influence from party leaders or could lead to riots, it appears the trump campaign has done the math and realized a contested contention is a strong possibility and is preparing to play ball in cleveland.
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critics say mannifort is going to be playing catchup to ted cruz's ground campaign that has already wooed several, if not dozens of free agent delegates and delegates that would be unbound after the first convention vote. the trump campaign is also shifting and expanding. first, reaching out to prominent gop lawmakers in washington, looking for support. and now planning to hire some big names to help the campaign effort. but these high profile moves come as the candidate himself is keeping a low profile. donald trump has cleared his dej f schedule for the next few days and skipping the colorado state gop convention. in the past 48 hours, trump's media omni presence has largely disappeared. the only scheduled interviews we could find was with brian kilmeade. the campaign says is not an indication trump is lacking energy, only that he's working
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hard to run his campaign and his multibillion dollar company. megyn? >> trace, thank you. our lead guest tonight is newt gingrich, former speaker of the house and author of the book "duplicity." i can't wait to read it. let's talk about this a.p. poll. this is how they put it. they say for americans of nearly every one in america, disdain runs deep. when they say 70% of the country doesn't like him, and by the way, it's not much better for his rivals, but let's start with trump, what does that portend for this race? >> you don't quite know. che clearly it means he has to pivot and figure out tactics that reach more people. it could lead you particularly
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because i think secretary clinton's numbers are pretty negative, too. you could end up with one of these weird races where the least unpopular survives at the very end, which would not be healthy for the country. i would rather have a positive race where you actually have ideas and choices of two philosophies. but trump clearly -- i think it's good that he's off the trail for a couple of days. he had a particular schtick. it was amazing, it got him from june 16th to about three weeks ago. he should have hired somebody like paul manifort about six weeks ago. and i think in that sense, stopping, taking a deep breath, doing some planning, is more important than the next six rallies in terms of whether or not he survives. he's at a real turning point and he has to get this larger act together or he won't be
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competitive. >> what do you make of the fact that the numbers got worse for him since february. so this poll had him about, i don't know, around 58% unfavorable back in july. and then still all the way through february, he's at 58% unfavorable. then it jumps up 11 points to 69 points unfavorable. so what was it, the cruz tweet, the abortion issue? >> i think there were a series of things mishandled and i also think he had a particular technique of attacking, which worked very, very well, up through marco rubio. but then there was a moment where people got tired of it. and he's been trying to use it on cruz and it doesn't work. i thought the statement that the trump people put out after wisconsin was exactly wrong. you know, we have a tradition in america. if the other guy beats you fair and square, you're gracious. you say ted cruz had a great
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night, welcome to new york. >> mitt romney did that with you when you won south carolina. >> exactly. he called me and said, big victory here tonight. so i think donald would be better off to be a little more gracious and very well off to stop and take seriously these polling numbers. doesn't mean they can't change or doesn't mean the race is over. there was a 36-point swing for ronald reagan between march and the election. there was something like a 25-point swing for george h.w. bush between may and the election of 1988. so you can have very big swings but you don't get there by accio the things that aren't working. >> because right now, he's got everybody beating up on him. he has ted cruz and john kasich beating up on him, these super pacs. even hillary is releasing ads against him. so he's sort of bloodied and bruised right now. but if he can get on message,
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and just sort of stay on a message, pro-republicans and anti-hillary or whatever, he'll do much better. >> he'll do a lot better almost overnight. if he gives a serious speech that's well thought out, much like the apex speech was on the kind of judges he would appoint, and if he has a set of names that the conservative leadership in this country can say wow, that would be the right kind of people to replace scalia. that's a building block back. it doesn't solve everything, but there are a series of speeches like that that could bring you back a long way. >> and fewer distractions where these sort of meandering down the main tweet lane. >> somebody who has gotten himself in trouble occasionally with tweeting and everything else, i think it would be very healthy for trump to have somebody else read all of his tweets before they go out. >> he should hire dana perino. she's the best communications
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person in politics. >> if he announces dana perino is helping him, you'll know he's turned a corner. >> i want to ask you about his rivals. ted cruz is viewed unfavorably by 59%, ten points lower than donald trump, and 55% have negative views of hillary clinton. so she comes to new york today, this is her adopted home state, and this is her outreach to show she's a woman of the people. she's trying to get on the subway. she runs the metro card. no, try again. no. we've all been there, madame secretary. but does anybody believe that hillary clinton is taking the subway and that seeing her on the subway makes her real and we can relate to her? is this effective politics in >> the problem, the deepest problem secretary clinton has, and i worked with her before.
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she's a very smart person. the biggest problem he is, is that she is authentically inauthentic. she cannot do anything that's authentic, because she calculates and she thinks. nobody believes hillary clinton is a woman of the subway. >> right. and we don't want her to be. who needs her to be? >> one of roger ailes great advice was to richard nixon in 1967 when he said to him, you have to learn to be who you really are on television, because television doesn't let you lie. he said, and the fact is, you're not going to be likable, but you can be respectable. people can decide in the middle of a war that you're the guy they respect to lead the country. and the whole nixon strategy was build around realizing what his weaknesses were and playing to his strengths. hillary could come across as a serious, hardworking, practical person if she would relax, but she wants to overreach. she wants us to believe she's all these things she's not.
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>> it's fine to be -- we know she's a former first lady, somebody else has been driving her. that's nice. >> if i can charge as much for speeches as she was charging, i wouldn't ride the subway very often. >> roger ailes said similar things to me about be your authentic self on television. >> i want to reassure you, you're much more likable than richard nixon was. >> thank you? mr. speaker, great to see you. >> thanks. some folks in the bronx today shared a new york welcome for senator ted cruz. >> this is an immigrant community, ted cruz! >> charles krauthammer joins us next on that, and what's next in this republican race. plus --
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arguing to give a whole list of benefits to the illegal immigrants known as dreamers. we'll look at whether the supreme court is going to sign off. and then -- new fallout after former president bill clinton gets into a shouting match with the black lives matter movement. a hot kelly file still ahead. don't go away. >> you are defending the people who kill the lives that you say matter. tell the truth.
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i'm thrilled to be here. >> we love you, cruz. god bless you. >> get out of the bronx. >> this is an immigrant community, ted cruz! you are not welcome here. we're at the forefront of climate change, ted cruz. >> so we're putting him down as a maybe. breaking tonight, senator ted cruz gets a rather rough welcome from the big apple as he begins campaigning in new york. you heard those folks in the bronx, and also from mr. trump, who wanted to remind folks about ted cruz and new york values. watch.
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>> you know, lying ted cruz came today. he couldn't draw 100 people. do you remember during the debate, when he started lecturing me on new york values, like we're no good. and i've got this guy standing over there looking at me, talking about new york values, with scorn on his face, with hatred of new york. so folks, i think you can forget about him. >> joining me now, charles krauthammer, author of "things that matter" now out in paperback. good to see you, charles. first of all, new yorkers are just so colorful. they put it all out there. there's no ambiguity about how they feel about you, which is something we love about them. and it doesn't seem like they're feeling the cruz train right now. >> no. i think that's the definition of a bronx cheer, the reception he got in the bronx. i think what he ought to do is
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examine -- to look at his advance team and to find the guy who picked that venue. it wasn't exactly very wise. look, it was a fairly uncivil reception he got. but it's new york. it's loud. and it's loud. that's called free speech. it was not -- the problem with cruz is, he's coming off the wisconsin win and the definition of momentum is to keep it going. i think it kind of stops right in its tracks today in the bronx, and with the trump speech about new york values. >> and now ted cruz is basically saying forget about that 12stuf. i was talking about the liberal politicians. >> what he did in that debate months ago was a classic case of what you would call a gaffe with a long fuse. there was a dozen ways in which he could have made that charge
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against trump without using the adjective "new york." of course, it didn't hurt him in iowa. i don't think it helped him in any way. but it was a huge mistake, because one day he was going to end up in new york. look, there is no way around that gaffe. he can try to explain it saying, well, i was talking about the politicians. but that's just not going to work. in fact, what he did in that debate is by saying new york values, he served up for trump the opportunity for his strongest response in any of the 11 debates. >> they were probably not thinking at the time that new york was going to be relevant in this race. but now it is very much so. even if trump gets over 50% in new york state, he doesn't necessarily win all the delegates here. you have to win each congressional district, as well. so ted cruz could pick some off. and it looks right now, even if trump has a great result in new york and he's posed to with over 30 points in his favor, we're still likely headed for a contested convention. so with what we just talked
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about with newt gingrich, about donald trump has 69% of the american public with unfavorable views of him, ted cruz at 59%, how do you see this as shaping up? >> i think the best analysis right now would be to say that trump has to win on the first ballot, that he's likely to be denied the nomination if it goes to multiple ballots. because he will only get weaker as the candidates -- as the delegates are released from their obligations. i still think he has a reasonable chance to win on the first ballot. i would assume that if he got close, within 50 or so, it would be like giving somebody a three-foot putt. it would be a way to garner a view of the uncommitted delegates. but if he's 100 away or more, and most importantly, if cruz comes reasonably close, say 200 delegates behind, so it's not a
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huge gap. it's not like the gap between them and kasich, then i think cruz has a claim to legitimacy. after all, if either gets the majority, if they both have a large plurality with trump perhaps ahead but not prohibitively so, then i think each has a chance. trump has to win, i think, on the first ballot. >> what do you make of these general election polls that show trump versus hillary, she's beating him in most of the polls by ten points. she's also beating cruz by about three points. kasich is beating her, but he's so far behind i don't know that's relevant. the cruz and the trump people both say just let me at her. just once it's just me and her, don't worry, those numbers are going to flip. >> well, they could. historically the numbers five months away, i think we are from the election, even longer, they will change dramatically.
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reagan was way behind carter in 1980. the problem is these candidates are very well known. certainly trump. certainly clinton. cruz a bit less so. so that it isn't as if people haven't heard of them or formed an opinion. the opinion is formed. i think these perceptions are going to be much harder to change than in the regular normal cycle. >> even with trump coming out with a series of policy speeches and we're hearing maybe sort of walking on a little bit more of a straight and narrow path. >> well, no. i think that would definitely help him. but i think it would require -- it's got to be a character change, a persona change. look, what got him here is his style. when you look at the exit polls from the republicans who support him, tell it like it is, leadership, strength, all this stuff. but it's part of his whole schtick. now, if he's going to change, i
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can be presidential overnight, that would make a difference. but you wonder whether that's going to be seen as authentic. the speeches will help. he needs to put flesh on the bone. but people will ask themselves, is this really what he thinks or is he reading a speech that somebody else wrote? because when you get him unawares, like in the question about abortion, he demonstrated as of now, at age 69, he apparently had never thought through the question of what do you do if it's illegal. >> try to your point about he has to change character. rudy giuliani said he's going to vote for trump, says the man i know is not the man you see on television. he's a gentleman. he's a good father. charles, good to see you. >> my pleasure. up next, the college student being asked to give up an important campus gig all because she dared to support donald trump with chalk. plus, new fallout after hillary
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from the world headquarters of fox news, it's "the kelly file" with megyn kelly. >> from our cupcake nation file tonight, a classic. a group of students at the university of tennessee now demanding the resignation of a student leader. what did she do? she expressed support for donald trump. haley puckett was popular enough to be elected to the student senate. but that was before she sent out the offending tweet about the pro trump chalk drawings she actually helped create, saying she was proud of the work being done be by her fellow trump supporters. and now they're calling for her to step down because she does not agree with them and their politics! pro trump chalkings, similarly offended some of the cupcakes over at emory university. chalk drawings, folks, and cupcakes with no understanding of the free speech principles on which this country was founded.
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welcome to 2016. so the man credited for helping president george bush win the white house today penned a column for the wall street journal. joining me now, former deputy chief of staff to president george bush, cakarl rove. you're outlining what you gleaned from wisconsin. can you tell us in light of what we're seeing is likely to happen in new york? >> yeah, look, after wisconsin, donald trump has 743 delegates, and the not trump, that's kasich and rubio and cruz and uncommitteds, and the miscellaneous delegates left in the hands of others, they total 897. so there's 154 gap, delegate gap between where trump is and not where trump is. and i think charles krauthammer hit it right. trump needs to win on the first
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ballot. otherwise he'll start losing delegates. so far he's done -- his operation has not done a good job making sure the first half of the process -- the first half is apportion the delegates through primaries and caucuses. the second half of it is actually getting the delegates elected at state and district conventions. he done good on the first, 37% on the first, he's not done good on the second one. as a result, there are people today bound to trump on the first or second ballot who are not going to be supporters of his after they're unbound. so he has to go in -- he has a 154 delegate deficit. he'll close some of that in new york. if somebody gets 50%, they get all three in the congressional districts. if they get less than 50%, it
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goes 2-1. we'll see some districts where cruz and kasich are going to do better. even if he gets all 95, he's still about 60 delegates behind the not trump forces. and he's got a lot of rough territory ahead. >> but this guy, paul manniford he just hired knows what he's doing. isn't his job to shore up those delegates to say you vote trump and stick with trump, even if you're unbound, you need to stick with him. >> look, we have elected -- of the call it 2400 delegates, we have 832 left to select, to apportion out through primaries and caucuses. we've got probably about 1200 yet to vote on and just select in state and district conventions. it's awfully late. paul manniford is excellent. he did this in 1976 for gerald
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ford. but it's awful late, and you need to have in place the infrastructure to actually make this happen. and all along, donald trump has not built the infrastructure inside -- >> i want to ask you about something else, where you talked about look, you said he -- his temperament, trump's temperament has something to do why he lost wisconsin and could cost him the nomination. if that's true, if wisconsin was some harbinger of things to come, why is he killing it in new york? why does he still have solid poll numbers in virtually all the states coming up between now and june 7th? >> well, look, it's his home state. he better do well there. but look, he goes into wisconsin and takes on the very popular republican governor, and says things that people in wisconsin absolutely know are not true about him. >> my question is, that's an aberration.
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unless he does that in every other state -- >> maybe. but the real clear politics average going into wisconsin was 39-35, cruz in front. but a close race. it ended up being 48-35, a 13-point blowout. i think it was because people said, wait a minute, you're saying and doing things we don't think demonstrate what we want to see in the presidential. then he compounds it with a concession statement that is jaw droppingly dumb. basically accuses his opponent explicitly of violating federal law, and makes a series of outrageous statements that -- i think newt gingrich had it right. that was the moment to be gracious. that was the moment to look like a president, not the moment to look like an angry and resentful loser. and that's what he came off as. >> karl rove, thank you. >> you bet. thank you. >> joining us now, donald trump
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supporter, endorser, dr. ben carson. good to see you. what do you make of that? do you think trump's detractors are making too much out of the snarky statement he put out on the night of the wisconsin loss? >> well, obviously they're going to make a lot of it, you know, people are going to -- fedependg on who they're supporting, they're going see everything in a negative or positive light. that's really the problem. the republicans, the conservatives, the people who think logically, have to recognize that the stakes here are extraordinarily high. and they have to stop creating this tension between them so that people are going to say, i'm not voting for that person no matter what. >> but it's the nature of the primary process. it's just so ugly between the candidates right now. you know. you were once opposed to donald trump and he came after you and that -- isn't that just the nature of the process? you can't stop that. >> it would be nice if we
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stopped it and if we could be mature. >> well, we can't. >> it seems like we can't. i know that we can, though. i know we have the intellectual ability to do it and to focus on the things that are important. >> what do you think -- when you were still in this race, one of the things you always did very well on was likability. and honestly and trustworthiness. is it possible to advise somebody on how to raise their likability, their favorables? how would you suggest that be done? >> well, first of all, it is interesting, i did have high favorables. people liked me but they didn't vote for me. and trump has horrible numbers, but they vote for him. [ laughter ] i don't know that there's a great correlation there. >> he should be listening to you. that's one of the core things. corey lewandowski is said to have put on the board, let trump
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be trump, that is the way for him. don't have outside people who think they know better coming in to massage this candidate who doesn't look anything like any other candidate. and because he's so unlike anything we've seen, he's gotten to this point in the race. >> there's no question he has to up the ground game. he's got to cultivate the delegates. if you don't play that part of the game, you're going to lose 100% of the time. so that was the right move to make. >> do you think that's stealing -- some people say that's stealing the vote, but the other argument is those delegates are unbound, when they switch, if they switch, it's only at a point by the rules, they become unbound. >> yes. the rules are the rules. again, i can't emphasize strongly enough, we're about to go over the cliff. we may not be able to get back. if we get a progressive in there and they get two to four supreme court picks, america as we know it is gone.
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that's what people have to think about. so the cruz supporters need to say i'm going to support trump if he wins. trump supporters need to say i will support cruz if he wins. they have to support them. you have to put aside your own little petty things and recognize we're talking about the future of this country and our children and grandchildren. we somehow have got to get that through people's heads. >> great to see you, dr. carson. >> you too. some dramatic moments today when bill clinton runs into a buzz saw of protesters from the black lives matter movement, and wow! he was not happy. is this going to be a problem for the clinton campaign? surrogates from both the sanders and clinton camp, they're getting along now but we'll see in five minutes. >> you are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. tell the truth! ast relief behind the counter with claritin-d. [ upbeat music ]
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hillary clinton traveled like a true new yorker today, sort of. when the democratic presidential candidate was caught on camera making several failed attempts at swiping her subway card. it eventually went through and she managed to take the train for one full spot, with a full security details. that's just how we all do it. trace gallagher is live with one of those moments. hey, trace. >> reporter: just so you know, megyn, a few years ago the "new york daily news" reported that 80% of all metro card swipes are successful. the primary reason the other 20% fail is because the ticket is damaged or defective. hillary clinton's card was neither. but it took her five swipes to make it, which took some credibility away from her statement that he loves the subway and it's the best way to
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get around. her lack of knowledge on the proper swipe technique took some swing away when bernie sanders proved he too does not hang with the strap hangers. watch. >> how do you ride the subway today? >> you get a token and you get in. >> reporter: wrong. tokens were replaced 13 years ago. while the media is covering the subway snafus, it's doing so in a light harded way. think back 24 years when george h.w. bush seemed surprise by the technology of grocery store scanners. saying some grocery stores began using scanners as early as 1976 and the devices have been in general use in american supermarkets for a decade. the times was later criticized for exaggerating bush's lack of scanner knowledge, but at the time he was battling bill
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clinton and the recession, and the criticism had a lasting impact on the campaign. megyn? glad we've gotten to the bottom of that. trace, thank you. five swipes he tells us, five. hillary was not the only one facing critics today. earlier this evening, her husband, the former president, had a furious exchange with a couple of black lives matters protesters. watch this. >> ohhh! wait a minute, wait a minute. now you're screaming. so let's do another one. whoa, whoa, whoa! [ crowd chanting ] come on. wait, wait, wait. see these other signs. this is what's the matter. i don't know how you would
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characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and send them out on the street to murder other african-american children. maybe you thought they were good citizens. she didn't. she didn't. you are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter! tell the truth! >> joining me now is a bernie sanders and hillary clinton supporters. thank you both for being here. oh, my goodness. in hillary's defense, how many times have you swiped it properly and nothing? >> it happens. >> i don't think we can indict the swiping. >> it's the angle. >> and sometimes if you don't use it for a couple of weeks, it doesn't work at all. in any event, now that we put swipe gate aside, that is a real
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issue with bill clinton. >> the issue is that bill clinton senses the presidency might be slipping away from hillary clinton, and it also wreaks of desperation for him to hold on to his legacy. >> explain the fight they were having. it was over something hillary clinton said that black youth -- that they're super predators in 1996. 20 years ago, it was about violent crime. >> this is about the crime bill, which hillary clinton acknowledges at this point was a mistake. she has a very comprehensive platform to talk about criminal justice reform. she's the only candidate that consistently talks about systemic racism. >> that's not true. >> the black lives matter are holding that speech against her. >> and it's a crime bill bernie sanders voted for. >> so the issue here is, which candidate has the most comprehensive approach to really dealing with a systemic issue that are disproportionally
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affecting communities of color. >> they were saying to her that she basically put a bunch of african-americans in jail. >> one in four african-americans. >> they believe the crime bill did. >> bernie sanders voted for it. let's be clear about that. you understand legislation. the violence against woman act was attached to that bill. every democrat voted for that, because the clintons were try anlating. that's how legislation works. [ all talking at once ] >> what we need to look at is what is the platform, where is the plan of action that these candidates are presenting. >> i agree, but why are they holding this against her and whether this is an issue. >> this is an issue that's been approached with all candidates, not just hillary clinton. so again, the way that you come and confront that is by what is your plan of action? >> that's not true.
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when your rhetoric -- >> bill clinton, you know, he was irritated there, that was obvious. he feels that his crime bill is being misrepresented and he went on to say, look, there are gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out in the streets to murder ore african-americans. maybe you thought they were good citizens, but i did not. >> he's generalizing an entire african-american community where one in four african-americans are in prison. they were in prison because this crime bill was lobbied by the private prison industry, which he accepted money from and hillary clinton continues to. so what bernie sanders is doing and what black lives matters is doing is they're connecting the dots. voters are smart. they understand that there's $5.5 billion in private prison stock rising because people are making money off of putting people in jail. unfortunately, it's been targeting the african-american community, and it was the result of '90s legislation.
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>> so i am a speaker at the new york city council, i am a latina who has been living in new york city since 1987. hillary clinton has a relationship not only with the latina community but the african-american community that goes back 20 years. she's not just learning these issues. having been our senator in the state of new york, i understand first hand what her platform is. we understand. the district i represent here in new york city is a community that has been disproportionally impacted by criminal justice systems which she will look to address nationwide. >> the polls in new york on the democratic side have tightened a bit. it's not the landslide or the lopsided thing we're seeing for trump and cruz. any chance she loses to bernie? >> not at all. the relationship she's had with the state runs deep. >> it's called patronage.
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she's a u.s. senator. she walked into new york and cut deals. everybody knows what new york is about. there's machine politics at the local level and she's been able to oil that machine. bernie sanders is funding his campaign on $27 donations. he's bringing in independents, first-time voters and people that want to challenge hillary. >> got to leave it at that. i've got to run. also tonight, what's going to happen with illegal immigrants and benefits? that's next. it's a fact. kind of like social media equals anti-social. hey guys, i want you to meet my fiancée, denise. hey. good to meet you dennis. hey, we're opening up and we need some new signage. but can't spend a lot. well, we have low prices and a price match guarantee. scout's honor? low prices. pinky swear? low prices. eskimo kisses? how about a handshake? oh, alright... the lowest price. every time. staples. make more happen.
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. they found out who's been hacking into our network.
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who? guess. i don't know, some kids in a basement? you watch too many movies. who? a small business in china. a business? they work nine to five. they take lunch hours. like a job? like a job. we tracked them. how did we do that? we have some new guys defending our network. new guys? well, they're not that new. they've been defending things for a long time. [ digital typewriting ] it's not just security. it's defense. bae systems.
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a developing controversy over an argument the obama white house plans to submit to the u.s. supreme court as the administration prepares to make the case some folks in country illegally are entitled to benefits like medicare and social security thanks to president obama's executive order on immigration. chief washington correspondent james rosen has more. james? >> megyn, good evening. the momentous issues in the case of u.s. v. texas set for oral arguments ten days from now involve the limits of presidential power. 26 states are challenging the executive orders president obama signed in late 2014 unilaterally expanding the number of illegal aliens and their family members up to 4 millionf them in all who can be shielded from
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deportation under a policy called deferred action. receiving little attention until now, however, is a startling assertion tucked away in the obama administration's court filings namely that these protected foreigners known as nonqualified aliens can receive some of the same federal benefits u.s. citizens enjoy. in a supreme court brief filed last month, mr. obama's solicitor general, donald varilli argued, "a nonqualified alien is not categorically barred from participating in certain federal earned benefit programs associated with lawfully working in the united states, the social security retirement." >> all of a sudden the people who are here illegally, they wake up every day continuing to violate our nation's imbramigran laws are being afforded more than residents did.
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>> it does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently or offer the same benefits that citizens received only congress can do that. >> reporter: yet supporters of the president's immigration policy say the benefits do not mark new legal ground. >> it's the president's decision to defer removal. then after that, it's really what congress has passed that kicks in to determine whether people here with that deferred action then get certain benefits or work authorization. >> reporter: the vacancy created by the death of justice antonin scalia complicates the process of how the how court will rule. a decision is expected by late june or early july. megyn? >> james, thank you. an important thought after the break.
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