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martha maccallum is up next. ♪ >> martha: breaking tonight, the trump administration has faced unprecedented backlash, empty hearing rooms, and a ton of resistance as they try to put together the cabinets. we are looking live on the floor of the u.s. senate as we expect the president to get the senate's final word on his bike for attorney general, send her jeff sessions, who is in room right now, as this goes online this evening. good evening, everybody. i am martha maccallum. it is day 20 of the first 100. we have witnessed new strains of what is left of civility among our nation's leaders. the democrats launched a loaded senator jeff sessions, questioning the bottle alignment of his character, his decency, and moments we will be joined
by chris stirewalt on how the democrats are playing their cards. first, ed henry joins us live on capitol hill with the latest on the ongoing vote. ed. >> it got pretty intense in the last 24 hours, as you suggested. racial politics, basically, at its worst. accusations flying among democrats late last night on the senate floor, led by liberal senator elizabeth warren, that basically, they believe jeff sessions, one of their senate colleagues, and outcome of the nominee to be attorney general, poised to be confirmed at any moment, is a racist. using, in part, a letter from the late coretta scott king, who opposed his nomination a couple decades ago for a federal judge of ship to suggest that he intimidated elderly black voters decades ago against getting out and voting. what was the pressure point here, the turning point, was when elizabeth ward suggested that jeff sessions is a disgrace.
that led mitch mcconnell, the leader in this chamber to say that violates a senator rule about impugning the character of a colleague. in the end, elizabeth warren was barred from speaking again from the senate floor, as part of this debate. some democrats believe in, though, that mitch mcconnell may have made a mistake by making her a hero. she is been celebrated on social media for the last 24 hours for standing up to republican leaders. the very bottom line is that jeff sessions is poised in the next few moments to finally come after a couple of weeks of delays, to be confirmed as the next attorney general for president trump. here is the bottom line point, the most important message tonight in terms of the big picture. when jeff sessions is confirmed, we believe the next couple of moments, that will mean six cabinet picks of president trump have been confirmed out of 15. why is that significant? barack obama, at this point, and
his presidency, as you noted, 20 days, had 13 out of 15. donald trump come up by the end of tonight, we'll have 6 out of. that is less than half. that gives you an idea of the kind of delays he has been up against and why he has been so frustrated with what has been happening with the democratic leader, chuck schumer. interesting because a video emerged today of schumer for back in 2013 saying that once someone is elected president, he believes it is widely viewed by democrats, republicans, liberals, conservatives, that the president should get their team in place. that was chuck schumer in 2013. now, singing a much different tune. democrats say in part it is because they are frustrated about how merrick garland was treated, never giving getting a hearing or a vote as barack obama's final supreme cot nominee. the trump team feels like this is different, the beginning of an administration, not a lame duck presidency. most of these nominees have not gotten a vote yet.
finally, jeff sessions, getting that road right now, martha. >> martha: ed, thank you very much. here right now, chris stirewalt. good evening to you. >> howdy. >> martha: howdy to you too. the bottom line is that these people are going to get through thanks to harry reid. >> [laughs] >> martha: the questions that is posterior to the democrats, why are you doing this. they believe it is political for them, this is the way they should go, kick, drag, screaming him on every one of them. >> you have to feed the bulldog. for democrats, they will define their party by maximum resistance to donald trump. probably the same way that republicans defined themselves in the past eight years, maximal resistance to barack obama. they are going whole hog, all in. >> martha: when you look at the words that were used by elizabeth warren, basically, she was using the racism card. she is now playing, why do they make me sit down and shut up card. saying that other people, man, ted cruz, what he exhibited
similar behavior was not asked through the same. is racism and sexism, is this the way to reach the democratic populace? >> it should stipulate that might be the republican senators ought not be such special snowflake so they can't hear a letter read from coretta scott king mehta's artery in the congressional record. they are so special and people drive in places. they should call her outrage entrance. elizabeth warren is leading her party down a rabbit hole. the trap is by running by the party of antiracism and antisexism, basically keeping hillary clinton's campaign going, they are going to keep losing. america and the last 50 years has come in enormous lengths on the issues of race. there are still things to be done. do americans wish we could eradicate racism? of course. what do voters care about at home? what are the voters in counties that switch to 20 and 25 points
from obama to trump? the same voters who voted for barack obama and donald trump, what do they care about? jobs and national security. democrats used to know that. bill clinton knew that. lbj knew that. >> martha: rahm emanuel knows it. to >> by goodness, he does. democrats ever got them out. they are running as a party of antiracism. americans hate racism but they hate being more than they do addressing racism in american culture. >> martha: chris stirewalt, thank you, sir. good to see you as always. in the weeks, days, hours leading up to this moment, senator sessions' eminence confirmation, democratic attacks kept escalating, culminating that he is racist. democratic congressman wrote "senator sessions is as much a friend of the black community and civil rights as bull connor and the other good old boys were during the civil rights movement." another longtime senator, republican senator orrin hatch slammed what he called a
democratic attack line. >> i am in shock. here is senator sessions, who has served here 20 years, he is conservative, for my southern state, alabama. it's almost like anybody who is from alabama, any white man from alabama, has to be a racist. that is the attitude you get from the democrats today. that is just total bunk. everybody knows it. >> martha: the spokesman for attorney general sessions and michele jawando, vice president of legal progress and the center for american progress. good to have both of you here. first, to you, react if you watch what you heard senator sessions just to say. he said that it is reverse racism. >> funeral, i think it is important to remember, when senator elizabeth warren was on the floor yesterday evening, she wasn't just reading her words. she was reading the words of one of our most beloved civil rights icons, the widow of reverend
dr. martin luther king. who, 1986, not in the '60 sort '70s, 1986, said that jeff sessions should not be confirmed as a judge to the alabama court. there were a host of reasons, including his prosecutions of three black activists who were working on registering voters in alabama. that is a real reason not to move forward. i think the question for voters and everyone to look at is, have things changed that much for us to say that the reason why we couldn't confirm him in 1986 to be a judge has everything changed? >> martha: sarah, spokesperson for senator sessions. go at it. >> there is so much there. first of all, this case that she is referring to was brought on behalf of black voters who had complained that their votes had been changed by their absentee ballots had been changed. second, what has changed? their witnesses at the 1986
hearing, several of whom recanted over discredited. do you have senators in this chamber of work for the senator sessions for the last 20 years, know his character, know that he is a good man. what we are seeing is disgusting politics at work. hypocrisy, playing to your base at all costs. that is dishonorable. it is really disappointing. >> martha: michele, one of the words that was led to her being told that she had to be silenced last night actually came from ted kennedy, who said that he believed that the senator was a disgrace. that was the letter, according to senator john cornyn, that led to that admonishment, and other coretta scott king u pointed to. >> you know, as we consider what we point to do, that was not an a management -- admonishment around the letter. that was senator warren trying to put a letter, which i should add, was not entered into the record after she requested it from then senator strom thurmond, seeking to do so
yesterday. listen, i served for a number of years in the senate. it is one of the most wonderful institutions we have come at a certain of deliberateness and comity that we have. >> not anymore. >> are we really at that point that hearing where that was disagree with, that means we have to censure our colleagues? i think we saw a low moment yesterday. >> she agreed to those which she was sworn in. add in top of that, you have harry reid getting rid of the filibuster. democrats of the highest levels of hypocrisy between the biden rule, chuck schumer's comments. it would be laughable, we have come to accept it as acceptable. >> there is a difference between obstruction and resistance. what we see right now are democrats who are saying, you know what, i am going to resist what i see our own constitutional moves, which are cabinet nominees that shouldn't be moving forth.
the attorney general, ed is the people's word. to speak of the people are an important part of this. >> martha: a political poll shows the majority of democrats agree with what michele is saying. they want resist, obstruction of necessary, they want their folks and assented to resist. that is what we are seeing. >> i am sure they do. i'm sure the democrats will keep playing this losing hand. for the last eight years, they've lost over 1,000 seats. every chance that the american people have gotten to vote recently, they voted for republicans. it's why you have a republican white house, senate, congress. 25 states are under full republican control. you know how many states under democratic control? five at this point. the key thing missed hand, they keep losing it. we saw with the war at women. you are not a real woman. you are not a minority if you don't agree with the democratic policies. the american people keep rejecting it. >> martha: michele, sarah is saying that it is out of touch. these arguments are not for the
hearts and minds of people in this country are right now. that is why your site has been losing elections but does not hit home? >> the one thing that i will agree is that americans aren't into labels. what we are into is how do we move forward together in a world where everyone's rights are respected equally. >> that is what we have often heard in this argument with a senator sessions. before he passed away, he asked people to reconsider senator sessions. he said, i was wrong on him in 1986. now that i know the man, i feel very differently. why is elizabeth grandstanding? >> it is important to recognize that apple in, one of the activists who was prosecuted by senator sessions said he should not move forward to be the attorney general. that is not anybody else's words, one of those three activists who was maliciously prosecuted. >> the son of her husband at her, who were both prosecuted,
endorsed senator sessions, as have many alabama democrats. >> the son versus the mother. i think we all listen to her mother as much as possible. >> >> clearly, the son felt so special. >> the american people want to make sure that the government who are present everyone's issues come up we haven't seen that of the cabinet nominees. the onus is not on the democrats to prove that. the onus is on this administration. quite frankly, the tea party -- >> chuck schumer, a sound bite from a wild back, you have to respect the effects of the president. that is what he felt when president obama was there. all of us pushing back, all of this resistance may not reflect well with the voters in the long run. jeff sessions is 99% about to be confirmed in a spot. at some point, does this resistance reflect really poorly on them? >> i was a a mess and i did during party movement. one of the best lessons i did,
how the tea party movement turned into the tea party caucus, that then has affected everything from budget negotiations to who is actually in senate leadership, senate and house leadership. i think that is what you are seeing from progressives all over who were saying, we want to make sure that this government represents all of us. not just some of us, not just the 1%, not the wealthy billionaires and millionaires. that speak to everyone. >> martha: democrats are saying republicans talk over the last eight years and they learn them well. >> that is frankly not read any of this is about. this is about the democrats refusing to accept the donald trump won. it's why they want to confirm his picks. why they wouldn't meet with the nominee, or such, for his supreme court nomination. any chance they get, they wish it could be november 7th again that they could redo this election. the american people voted and they voted donald trump into the white house. all of this effort isn't going to work.
>> thank you very much. the votes are being tallied as we speak. we expect the final results on this boat any moment now. we will come back to that. also, no reaction on the silencing of elizabeth warren. who won in the end? warren or the g.o.p. senators who reprimanded her? dr. charles krauthammer and karl rove coming up next. tech: at safelite, we know how busy your life can be. mom: oh no... tech: this mom didn't have time to worry about a cracked windshield. so she scheduled at safelite.com and with safelite's exclusive "on my way text" she knew exactly when i'd be there, so she didn't miss a single shot. i replaced her windshield giving her more time for what matters most. tech: how'd ya do? player: we won! tech: nice! that's another safelite advantage. mom: thank you so much! (team sing) safelite repair, safelite replace.
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>> martha: big news, just moments from the final tally on the nomination for senator jeff sessions for attorney general. from the state, democrats have attacked the pick from the get-go. as we mentioned, one of the controversies still echo echoing across washington involves senator elizabeth warren. in a rare move that was taken by her g.o.p. colleagues last night to block kirk from any of the sessions debate, it came after she broke senator mike senate rules of decorum by reading a letter that describeda senator sessions as "a disgrace" >> he is, i believe, a disgrace to the justice department. those were the words of senator ted kennedy. coretta scott king also wrote to the judiciary committee. a person who has exhibited so much hostility to the enforced of those laws. >> the senator is reminded that it is a violation of rule 19.
>> mr. president, i don't think i quite understand. i'm reading a letter from coretta scott king. >> not what you just shared, however, you stated that a sitting senator is a disgrace to the department of justice. the senator will take her seat. >> martha: that was the scene last evening. breaking news right now, we can report that senator jeff sessions appears to have the vote, the 51 votes he needs to be confirmed by the full senate as the attorney general of the united states in the trump administration. we'll keep a close eye on that as that process continues. he does appear to have the 51 that is necessary to confirm him for that position, making him the six person to pass that threshold for the trump administration to 15 and the remaining spots of the cabinet. joining me now, dr. charles krauthammer, syndicated columnist and fox news contributor. good to see you. your thoughts on what we are
witnessing here and also on elizabeth warren moment we just saw? >> i have a piece of breaking news. the sun will rise in the east tomorrow. look, everybody has known that sessions was going to be confirmed. what we saw over the last 24 hours or so was kabuki theater. the democrats are completely powerless. so, they are trying to get attention and they are also trying to placate a very agitated base that has not recovered from election day. occasional remissions, the anxiety come the depression are still there. they have to appease them. this was all for show. what we saw as a part of that show was elizabeth warren being quieted and being essentially shut down by the g.o.p., which i thought helped everybody. it sure made her day. it gave her tremendous
attention. probably a lot of cash for 2020. and for republicans, they didn't look that good. but they have got the majority, they will get the cabinet, they will get there supreme court nominee. if you are looking at this nut variously, i think with mitch mcconnell, you have got to assume that he usually looks two steps ahead. who would you rather have as the front runner for the democrats? than elizabeth warren? if you can give her a gratuitous boost, why not? if the democrats run a left-wing democrat, they are more likely to lose than if they run a centrist. i think it is when-win all around. >> martha: a very crafty move, even if it made him look bad temporarily? i just want to put up a tweet. you mentioned in the prior election, elizabeth warren may be thinking, charles, quite clearly about the next election and getting herself ready for that. a ton of fundraising after what happened last night. here, hillary clinton sent out
this tweet. she is quoting much mcconnell. "she was warned, giving an expo nation, nevertheless, she persisted. "then, she says "so must we all." >> if you are going to rely on an endorsement from shall we say the most shocking loser except for the atlanta falcons in our lifetime, i don't think you are off to a good start. this is sort of the old theme, the republicans, the war on women. a gentleman telling a woman to be quiet. they play this card every time. it never works. if they want to exhaust themselves, the democrats are playing that card. be my guest. whether mcconnell was thinking of a three cushion shot here, i have no idea. but i would like to think he wa was. >> charles, thank you very much. >> my pleasure. >> martha: senator warren isn't the only lawmaker unlikely
to get behind president trump and his cabinet picks anytime soon. a new online poll from politico says the majority of democratic voters are giving elected officials the green right to obstruct it every single turn along the way. joining me, karl rove. former deputy chief of staff under george w. bush and a fox news political contributor. karl, i know, we will listen and hear. [applause] [applause] >> majority leader, i move to reconsider the vote. i move to reconsider the vote. >> i moved to table the motion
and reconsider. >> the question is on the motion to table. all those in favor say aye. >> although supposed to say no. >> unanimous consent. the ayes have that. the motion is agreed to. >> it is unanimous. a mandatory quorum will be waived. >> is their objection? >> without objection. >> martha: all right, let's let's bring in karl rove to compact, comment on this. karl, you look at that vote, it is pretty close. tillerson's photos, claude was also pretty close. i reminded that senator sessions voted to confirm eric holder. those votes are much stronger, much less opposition. >> i thought one of your previous guests who blamed this on the republicans forgot the fact, she said the tea party set this in motion. when president obama came in,
virtually every one of his nominees was supported, many of whom invoice votes, the president was given the due deference that any president deserves to put his cabinet and place. the partisanship is beyond belief. it is not helpful. in the short run, i think it is helpful to the democrats, particularly left-wing, as charles said. also helpful to the republicans. ultimately, this leads to more poisoning of the water, poison in the atmosphere, more difficulty. >> martha: poisonous, to be sure. to that, i want to play for everybody at home and for you, karl, this from senator tim scott. he stood up and read some of the tweets he received for supporting senator jeff sessions. watch this. >> a white man and a black body. you are a disgrace to the black race. how does a black man turn on his own? senator tim scott is not an uncle tom. he doesn't have a shred of honor. he is a house negro.
a black man racist against black people, a big uncle tom piece of fertilizer. to think for yourselves. you are a disgrace to your race. i left it all the ones that used to be n-word. just felt like that would not be appropriate. >> martha: that is where we are, carl. >> you know what is amazing to me, the characterization of -- i understand coretta scott king's letter. let's talk about that for a minute. a group of local black elected officials in alabama complained to the u.s. attorney about fraud because in this county of roughly 15,000 people, more people had cast absentee ballots than in the entire city of birmingham, which has 700,000 people. there is pretty widespread sense that in this largely black community, that black elected
officials had had an eye for a lot against them by other blacks to play around for the absentee ballots. one of the three people charged with a longtime associate of the king family. i can understand coretta scott king coming forward and at the time defending her family friend. but the fact of the matter is, this was not a case involving white versus black or black versus white. this was an overwhelmingly black county with black elected officials who felt that they had been the victims of election chicanery by other blacks and the u.s. attorney had an obligation to investigate and file charges if need be. >> martha: karl, thank you very much. karl rove joining us tonight. we are also talking the legal fight over the president's executive order was a stomach restricting travel from seven terrorists. these three judges hold that fate in their hand tonight. while no decision is set right now, an announcement is expected at any time, as the president's
decision order hangs in the balance, he is calling on the courts to do the right thing. here he is talking about that. >> i don't ever want to call a court bias. i won't call them biased. we haven't had a decision yet. but courts seem to be so political. it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what is right. >> martha: trace gallagher now, our alley newsroom, hi, trace. >> it all comes down to the vetting process for refugees and visa applicants. homeland secretary john kelly said the problem is the u.s. government has really little information to work with. customs agents are forced to rely mainly on background questions and documentation. when you are dealing with failed states like syria and somalia, the documentation, including passports and driver's licenses,
is often inaccurate. when you ask someone what town they are from and what they do for a living, it comes down to the honor system. secretary kelly says, when you are dealing with national security, that is not good enough. one idea being bandied about by dhs is the ability to fully check a refugee or visa applicant's social media footprint. the lesson. >> if they come in and say what we want to say, for instance, which web sites to visit, give us your passwords. so we can see what they do on the internet. this might be a week, might be a month. it might take some time for us to vet. if they don't want to give us that information, then, they don't come. we may look at there -- we want to get on their social media with passwords. what do you do, what do you say? if they don't want to cooperate, then, they don't come in. >> secretary kelly says looking at phone records and financial records might also be a possibility. back in december, the obama
administration began asking foreign travelers to voluntarily provide their facebook, twitter, and other social media accounts upon arrival to the u.s. they were not asked for passwords but it still drew big-time opposition from privacy advocates and tech giants like facebook and google, who said it threatens free expression. if you look back at the san bernardino terrorists, private facebook messages sent by the wife years before the attack did indicate that she had been radicalized. she was not from one of the seven mostly muslim countries included in president trump's temporary travel ban. experts also point out, fake social media and private accounts are very easy to create and that the bad guys would likely find a way around whatever it vetting policy dhs puts in place. martha. >> martha: thanks, trace. joining us now, republican congressman sean duffy with one of president trump's fur supporters in congress, robert zimmerman, a democratic
strategist. thank you so much for being here tonight. i want to get first to this piece of news that happened a little while ago. it has to do with judge gorsuch, who made some comments about president trump's comments on the judiciary. here is what senator blumenthal, who spoke with judge gorsuch today, had to say about their discussion. >> he certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing end up orange comments made by president trump about the judiciary. >> martha: representative duffy, what he think about that? is that a problem for you? figure first off, i think this is a lens of the democratic senator. >> martha: the comment was confirmed by judge gorsuch. >> i don't want our president to go after the courts. whether it is donald trump going after the courts are barack obama, who went after the supreme court on a state of the union in 2009 or 2010.
i think it is counterproductive, especially when you have a case in front of the court. i think what donald has done very well today, he laid out the law that the court is supposed to be considering in regard to his temporary pause. i think to educate the american people about what he is doing, but he is doing it, while he is legally right, is incredibly important. none of us should be a surprise, martha, donald trump, one of his key campaign issues was an extreme vetting process to make sure he keeps families safe, to make sure that terrace don't infiltrate. >> martha: laura ingraham had this to say in regards to judge gorsuch. she was none too happy. she said, judge gorsuch's comments about president trump's tweets are concerning. judges william pryor and hardeman know better. >> that is laura ingraham being what she is. it's just a right-wing talk
radio host. sadly, she is too much support among too many republican members of congress and those are that are more concerned with republican talking points. >> martha: she is merely expressing her opinion. in her mind, she is saying that she thinks this is problematic for him as the nominee. that is what i'm asking you to comment on. >> quite frankly, martha, it is to his credit that he defended the integrity of the judiciary. >> martha: it may work well with him in the confirmation hearing. >> martha, that's not going to be enough. the bigger issue is that president trump has pursued this strategy of insulting judges that disagree with him, attacking justices with such vile language, the speaker of the house paul ryan says his language was a textbook definition of racism. the sad aspect of it is, to paraphrase donald trump, even a bad high school student would know the separation of powers in a system of checks and balances in our country. at the end of the day -- >> martha: is chris stirewalt's talked earlier
about the senators who are fragile snowflakes. i just want to throw this out for a moment, that these judges are also human beings. in some cases, things become politicized. that is what president trump is commenting on here. do we live in a world where we can't throw any, we can't say anything about a judge? listening to that call last night, might have come away with the same response? >> martha, when he refers to a judge as a "so-called judge" or he uses racist language, he is not making an intellectual argument. he is trying to stoke fear and play and create panic. >> martha: as you are doing right now. representative duffy, what do you think. >> donald trump is donald trump. when heating disagrees with people, for good, bad, or ugly, he goes after them. you have to realize he is a different position today as president. a great balance between the president come of the executive branch command our records. as judge gorsuch thinks that he is going to get any love from the left, making comments about
like this about president trump, he is sorely mistaken. if he is going to get eight senators to vote for him, the left is going to absolutely wild. i think he should realize who are his friends come and be very cautious about what he says about the man who gave him the nomination. >> martha: thank you. also tonight, president trump moves to defend his daughter after a growing number of retailers decide to dump her brand. plus, missouri becomes the latest state to go head-to-head with the unions. is this another wisconsin? and missouri governor next to on why he has decided to take on the unions and his date. -- in his state. customer servic we have switched back over and we feel like we're back home now. the process through usaa is so effortless, that you feel like you're a part of the family. i love that i can pass the membership to my children,
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holder. no doubt a very different representative as the attorney general under the trump administration. we see everybody milling around as they get ready for confirmation. also dealing with tom price, next up on the list. we will take you back there as news demands. in the meantime, president trump has made it a point to play nice with the unions. the leadership was invited to the white house right away after he was sworn in. many of whom who were surprised in terms of the support for the candace is the last november, which is usually mostly democratic. could that be at odds with the battles we are seeing on the state level? one of them came and missouri, as the "show me" state became the 28th right-to-work state in this nation. here with me now, the manager assigned that legislation into law, missouri governor elected in november, eric greitens. good to have you here, governor. welcome. >> great to be on with you, thanks for having me. >> martha: you have a right-to-work state, basically, if you are union, you don't have to you pay your dues or write
your check for a political agenda you don't agree with. >> that is right. right to work is really simple. it just says that anyone and the state of missouri can work at a job without being forced to pay dues to a union that they might disagree with. the reason why this is so important for us to get done is that it leads to more jobs. martha, i am a conservative outsider, came to jefferson city to fight for the people of missouri. we are willing to take on these fights because it will lead to more jobs and bigger paychecks for the people of the state of missouri. >> martha: you remember what happened with scott walker, there was a recall vote, people were climbing in and out of the windows of the state house. are we likely to see the same thing in missouri? >> we have had a tremendous battle here in the state of missouri. during the campaign even, we had union bosses that spent millions of dollars attacking me. they attacked my services as a navy seal. the work that i have done with veterans. they will continue to attack us. i am a navy seal, i am a fighter. i came to jefferson city to
fight for the people. if i have to take on the union boss, i will do that. we will take on the trial lawyers, the special interests come with the career politicians, political insiders. we are putting an end to the politics as usual. we want to get results for the people. >> martha: someone going after someone because of their service as a navy seal, apparently baited. you saw the president embracing the leadership, there was a lot of blue-collar crossover in the selection, which is very interesting. a lot of republicans want to build on that. are you working against that? >> we had tremendous support from people all over the state of missouri who recognize that our agenda represents hope to make sure we've got more jobs and higher paid here in the state of missouri. we just went out and made our case to people. one of the reasons why we had so much support from people all over the state of missouri. we pointed to that some of our fellow midwestern states,
indiana, michigan, both signed right to work and have been leading the country a new factory job growth. we let people know that folks and right-to-work states are earning more money than people in the state of missouri. the fact is this will lead to more jobs and higher pay and it is one of the reasons why the people are smart and they recognize that some of the elites, whether they are union bosses, special interest insiders, they have been pushing a lot of falsehoods. people expect us to fight for them, we are really excited about the tremendous support we have built for us across the state of missouri. >> martha: thank you very much. good to have you here tonight. >> my pleasure. thanks for having me on. >> martha: also, tonight, president trump moves to defend his daughter after a growing number of retailers decide to dump her brand. the tweet is this. "my daughter ivanka had been treated so unfairly by nordstrom's. she's a great person, always pushing me to do the right thing. terrible!" we will see what happens to that when we come back.
belle, have also pulled their products from their web sites. marshals of t.j. maxx told employees to throw all ivanka trump science in the garbage. here now is katrina pierson, former campaign spokesperson. jessica come up democratic poster and researcher at brussel.com. good to have you here tonight. what you make of it? >> that clearly, there is politics. as a consumer and someone familiar with ivanka trump's brand. it is doing quite well. based upon the statement they put outcome of the brand is actually expanding, i have no reason to doubt that. there are many young women in the workplace, who appreciate quality, classy business apparel at an affordable price. the brand hasn't changed, martha. what has changed is political activism on behalf of ceos or retailers in this case. something that we haven't seen
in the past. >> martha: it does seem quick to tell my coincidental. i can understand any retailer deciding not to, excel something if someone wants to buy it. you have all of these people piling on simultaneously, it does smack of some sort of political message that they are trying to send. >> that is a different issue than what katrina is talking about. the american people was an acute message but i don't want to support ivanka trump or by extension, her father. this is free-market capitalism. they should be celebrated in this country. donald trump claims he is a free-market capitalist. i don't understand what the problem is. americans were not showing up to buy these products. why should stores continue to carry them when they are not making a profit? nordstrom released their numbers, they showed the downward spiral. ivanka, the company commented that she was notified in early january of the fact they were going to sever ties with her brand. >> martha: thought about her commitment? ivanka trump said that she was
removing herself from the company so that she could go to washington. her husband is a close advisor to the president, obviously. the president has also said he is going to step away from his interests. this raised a lot of eyebrows are people who said, i thought they weren't involved in the company anymore. >> she is removing herself from the company. the president tweeted to defend his daughter from something that is more of a political activism, not necessarily because of the sales, as i said before. the brand is doing very well on the company says it they are expanding. >> at t.j. maxx -- >> a lot of people are buying the brand. >> more importantly, ivanka trump is the daughter of the president of the united states. we have seen her attacked publicly. we have seen our tact which he has been privately with her family. because there is a pile on, martha. we talked about timing, it is uncanny how these retailers come with most retailers, already purchased from their vendors for the season. suddenly, the president signs a
ban, a travel moratorium, suddenly, now, her brand is not doing so great? >> i love that you used the word "ban" since you denied for so long it is a ban. i think there has been a hit to her sales as each of these companies has discussed. we also should get to the fact that donald trump is meddling in the free market, like he did with carrier, lockheed martin, but like boeing. the administrations wants us to celebrate when there are more jobs created, the 700 from the carrier deal. i want every american to have a goat, high paying job. this is an abuse of the presidency. they have said this, as well. what you are seeing is free-market capitalism that works. that should be celebrated on both sides of the aisle. >> the american people aren't speaking. this is somebody that did a hashtag out of san francisco. this is not about women, not about empowerment. >> martha: good to see you
>> i want to thank those of you who supported me and had confidence in me in moving this far. i want to thank president donald trump. he believes in the rule of law. he believes in protecting the american people from crime and violence. he believes that a lawful system of immigration serves the national interest. within bounds, those are things that may come up from time to time, come before the office of attorney general. i look forward to lawfully and properly advancing those items and others. >> martha: senator jeff sessions just moments ago on the u.s. senate floor bidding
farewell to his senate colleagues and following his confirmation as at the next attorney general. we are learning he is expected to be sworn in tomorrow. furthermore, we go to ed henry. if live with us on capitol hill. >> jeff sessions delivering that farewell address, as we speak come on the senate floor. interesting, he was talking about how he has always been courteous to colleagues, may be a not-so-subtle shot to elizabeth warren and other democrats who are accusing him of being a racist. jeff sessions supporters noting he is somebody who is attorney general of alabama years ago, desegregated the schools of that state and also, prosecuted a kkk leader. a lot of that forgotten and this fiery debate. bottom line, he was confirmed, 52-47. obviously, a partyline vote. only one democrat, joe manchin of west virginia, supporting him. just moments ago, he revealed, while he voted yes on sessions,
he'll vote no on tom price. the picked to be. because of these delaying tactics, price will finally get a vote. 2:00 a.m. friday morning. martha. >> martha: ed, thank you very much. senator sessions has spent a great deal of his time on the issue of immigration. what he believes. his own words are our quote of the night. he said this. "republican voters believe we should have a lawful system of immigration that serves a national interest. it if they don't believe we should enter into further globally at demott globalist policies that diminish the sovereignty and freedom of americans to act in their own interests. he will lead the justice department now under president donald trump. thanks for joining us on another busy night. stick around. we'll see you tomorrow. have a good night. ♪
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