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gets the last word. thank you very much, sergeant. >> thank you. donny brook. let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews up in new york. and rarely has the american political establishment, such as it is, sing in such a chorus as they did today. from left to fairly hard right, the word was out that this time donald trump has broken his pick. the call to slam the american door on muslims, slam it shut, has struck us an un-american. we don't stamp christian or jewish or muslim on our passports. we don't know how to discriminate at our ports of entry. today, donald trump defended his proposal.
trump said it was necessary to defend the country. >> what it is is common sense now, remember this, until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on, mika, because we don't know what's going on. i wouldn't want to engage the muslim community, but the muslim community has to help us make it. they're not helping us. the muslim community is not reporting what's going on. we have people out there that want to do great -- they want our buildings to come down. they want our cities to be crushed. they are living within our country, and many of them want to come from outside of our country. >> you're increasingly being compared to hitler. does that give you any pause at all? >> no, because what i'm doing is no different than what fdr did. >> trump was asked how his policy would even work. let's watch. >> religion doesn't appear on a passport. would there be questioning at the border in europe before they got to the united states? would it happen here in america? how could this work? >> it could happen at the site, it could happen here, it could
happen in many different forms, willie. that would have to be worked out. >> and a customs agent would ask the person his or her religion? donald, a customs agent would then ask the person his or her religion? >> that would be probably -- they would say, are you muslim? >> and if they said yes, they would not be allowed in the country? >> that's correct. >> michael steele is the former chairman of the republican national committee, and rick tyler, a spokesman for ted cruz's campaign. let me ask you all a political question. i know we're talking about, we can talk for hours about the undoability of such a system. because a christian muslim, a christian arab, for example, from over the border, could come to our airports, oh, he's a muslim, and he's actually a christian. there are a lot of them over there in lebanon and other places, friends of mine, in fact. so it does not matter your appearance or style of clothing, nothing is going to tell you your religion necessarily. but let's get to this question. i want to start with rick tyler, i'm curious here.
why'd trump do this? >> well, he's dominated the media for the last 24 hours. that might be one reason why he did it. he would have to answer that question, but he certainly has dominated the media. >> well, do you think it has something to do with the fact that your candidate has moved ahead of him in iowa? honest answer here? do you think you guys got him to react rather than act and do something that was like pushing the panic button? i got to do something really wild now, because i'm losing iowa? >> look, i can't answer -- >> well, guess! >> what i can say for their campaign -- for their campaign, i cannot. but what i can say, people out here in america, they're angry. they don't believe the news media. they would -- there's a third of the party that would find it delicious, very satisfying, to send washington donald trump. because washington is so broken. when we're trying to do in our campaign is show them that there is still another outsider, ted cruz, who's a better choice. so i can't answer the question for their campaign. i can tell you what we would do,
what we're doing in our campaign. >> let me go to mike on this. your party. your party? you've had a problem with hispanics. it's probably going to get worse before it gets better. a big portion of the american people, maybe one in six, who are hispanic, think they're getting dissed very badly by your party. now you have the muslim community, about 3 million people, not as large, but significant, may now feel if trump is standing at new york, at kennedy airport when they arrive and arrive back from a vacation, he will say, you can't come through. >> well, i don't know -- >> that's what he wants to do. he says he wants to -- >> according to what he he says, if they're arriving back from their vacation, that means they're already here, probably not the case. but this is the broader point, i think, chris, that needs to be addressed is, where is the conversation going? and what is the party prepared to do to pull the conversation back? this is bigger than trump. you're talking about a national party that has now been brought into this focus, into this
conversation in a way that is going to affect everybody come next tuesday, when they're standing on that stage. that will be a defining and telling moment, in so many ways, for those candidates, those other 13 candidates or 12 candidates on that stage. so the reality for the party is a lot bigger than just what donald trump's words are. it is how they want to wrestle back the conversation. because this has now gotten into a space that is wholly dangerous for the gop. >> tell me where it jumps from, in terms of qualitative. david, i want you here. qualitatively. he said he wanted a database. i don't know if it's a registration -- he wanted a database of people who are islamic in this country. well, 3 million people are islamic. they may come here from all kinds of places, europe, for example. i know some who are islamic. they come here from there. people not native-born americans who are islamic. people coming here from south asia, from indonesia, from all parts of the world, pakistan, certainly. india, certainly. a huge indian islamic population. are all of those people on some kind of database. okay, that's bad enough.
now he says you can't come in. is this going to be a matter of principle. okay, this is the line we draw. republicans are not for religious discrimination at our ports. we are not going to draw the line at our airports about religious, we're not going to allow religion to be on visas or passports or anything like it. do you think your party will say that? >> i hope they do. they better. i think the reality for the gop right now is, we espouse all these values. well, guess what, now it's time to put up or shut up. it's time to actually state very clearly to the american people, and we heard that today from speaker ryan and others, but it's really going to take these presidential candidates to kind of cleave that space out in a way that makes it very clear to those voters where we stand as a national party. >> chris, let's not let our republican pals wiggle out of this. this is outright bigotry. speaker ryan said he disagrees with donald trump on this. he also said that he'd support him if he was the nominee. so he'd support someone who's a bigot.
ted cruz, rick tyler, you know, i love rick. we have great debates, but ted cruz said, i disagree with the proposal. he didn't attack -- he didn't criticize donald trump for making these remarks. so it's not just about where you stand on the proposal, i think republicans out there, from michael steele and rick tyler to the people who rick and others work for, have to be clear here, that he is not -- that donald trump is no longer acceptable within the republican party. and if they don't do that -- >> rick? >> look. >> is he acceptable? >> we disappear into the policy. what else do you want us to do? we disagree with the policy? >> you want to say you disagree with hitler's policy? do you think he's unacceptable as a republican, as a member of the party for which you are seeking the presidential nomination? is he unacceptable? >> that's not -- that's up to the voters. the voters are going to decide. >> no, because ted cruz, ted cruz wants to lead this nation. does he believe talk like this is unacceptable? it's a fair question.
>> he's not talking -- >> try to respond, rick, respectfully. then i want to go back to michael. >> no, ted cruz is not talking like this. he hasn't criticized other candidates. there's no point in joining the chorus of critics over donald trump. there's enough of those. and that's happening. but what we try to do is lay out our own policies and let people decide on the policies. people are smart enough to decide which policies they like and which candidates they like. that's the process we're going through. >> so it's an 11th commandment as far as you're concerned. cruz is still drafting, basically, drafting trump. that is the strategy, rick? right behind him in hopes he'll fall and go right past him and replace him? is that the strategy? >> if by that do you mean, we hope to win over trump's voters? yes. we hope to win over marco rubio's voters. we hope to win over mike huckabee's voters, we hope to win over everyone's voters. >> do you want the votes of people who want to slam the door shut on muslim people? do you want their votes? those people? >> you know, i'm not sure that's what this is, chris -- >> just answer the question, say
yes or no. >> i'm answering the question. >> pardon me? >> last night at trump's speech, when he reiterated this proposal, people in that audience cheered for it. they're for it! these are the people that ted cruz wants now? >> i want to ask michael and i want to run through everybody's comments of all the candidates. everybody spoke on this. i said up front, everybody seems to be against trump on this. your thoughts, michael. it seems like everybody's against trump. >> a really clarifying point here. just so you understand the space that donald trump is occupying and why he's occupying it so successfully. in our own poll that was talked about just a couple of hours ago on this network by our own steve kornacki, to the question, is islam compatible with the values of america? a national poll, democrat, republican, black, white, conservative, liberal, viblgs in this dun, you know what the number was? 56% of the american people agree
with that statement. that islam is not compatible with the values of america. so if you want to understand -- so i understand where david -- >> let me make the point. >> i understand where david wants to go to make -- to score a political point and say, no -- >> where are you guys on this? >> this is reflective -- you asked the question, david, of every american who answered yes in that poll. >> i would be happy to ask -- >> that's where the country is. >> leaders are different, michael. you know that. >> the reasons are the reasons. that's what motivates these individuals behind the candidates. understand that. >> before we get any further in interrupting each other -- >> by the way -- >> we're interrupting! we're interrupting, stop. the problem is that if you ask a poll question like that, people may respond to a number of things that aren't violent. they may not like, they understand islam's attitude towards women. they have to be quiet and wear a burka and they may not like that. there are a couple of things they may not like, all the way to beheadings. it covers a lot of territory.
short of fearing those people. anyway, donald trump has faced a flood of criticism from republicans. let's watch what they all said. mitt romney even tweeted, on muslims, donald trump fired before aiming. party chair reince priebus said, "i don't agree, we need to aggressively take on radical islamic terrorism, but not at the expense of our american values. " >> what we shouldn't do, muslims come into our country, it's not about the blowhards out there saying stuff. that's not a program or a plan. this is serious business. and we shouldn't, along the way, do exactly what these radical islamic terrorists want. >> this is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don't know what they're talking about. we do not need to resort to that type of activity, nor should we. >> this is not conservatism. what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for.
>> i think this whole notion that we can say, no more muslims and ban all religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in. >> a spokesman for former president george w. bush said, "president bush spoke a lot about this during his presidency and he won't be weighing in anew now or commenting on or giving oxygen to anything of trump's bluster." one notable exception to the chorus of republican criticism of trump is ted cruz. listen to how he handles it. >> i disagree with that proposal. i like donald trump. a lot of our friends here have encouraged me to criticize and attack donald trump. i'm not interested in doing so. but i believe we need a plan that is focused on the direct threat and the threat we're facing is radical islamic terrorism. certainly in the media, there has been no shortage of criticism for donald trump. and i do not believe the world needs my voice added to that chorus of critics.
>> now, the interesting thing for us all here today is that trump is now the leader in the republican party nationwide by about ten points. he's up at 27 with cruz down at 17, the closest contender. but here's the big number. how many people of the trump people would like to see him or would support him if he went third party? if he just went wild and said, you guys haven't treated me right, i'm going my own way, and it's 68%. michael, your party could lose its front-runner. >> yeah. >> i've never seen that happen before. the front-runner leaves the front and says, i'm going my own way, and 68% of his people say, we're going with you. >> and it has been donald trump's ace in the hole from the very beginning. people say, he took the pledge. the pledge means nothing. donald trump is all about the re-negotiation. this isn't a one-off. this isn't, oh, this is one and done. this has always been a part of a longer narrative for donald trump, and i've said it from the very beginning, when we started this conversation, the day he announced.
read his book. if you understand what he's doing, understand his book and know -- because he's laid it out. this is no different than a deal. this is all a deal for him. and he's negotiating and re-negotiating as he goes along. the party does not know what to do with that. >> does he have a prenup with the republican party? >> oh, it's a very loose one. >> no! >> he can get out when he wants to. >> there are options. >> get out of the candidacy, is that the plan? david, last word? nothing's going on with that threat, implicit with the fact that he can leave and take a lot of people with him and kill the republicans' chances against hillary clinton? >> sure, and i think he's proven the problem the republicans have is not with donald trump, but with his base, his supporters. these people want to hear this stuff, so if he leaves the party, they'll go flying out with him. i don't think a lot of them will stick around with ted cruz. >> a lot of these people are republicans. look, this number shows a lot of them are not republicans. and you can see that in the quinnipiac iowa poll, we led by a wide margin.
they asked people who voted in a republican caucus before, and the cnn poll, where they didn't. and you can see by the difference, where trump led in the cnn poll, cruz led in the quinnipiac poll, because they asked the republicans, cruz wins, and they ask a wider group, and then trump wins. why? because not all these people who are showing up are republicans. >> i agree with that. but we all agree, there's a trump crowd. by the way, katy tur last night, before she was attacked by trump, said last night that there's definitely a lot of people out there. most of the people she sees when she reports are solid for this guy. they ain't going to change for to another candidate. thank you, michael steele and david connor and rick tyler. please keep coming back. coming up here, perhaps the most frightening thing about what trump is doing is what he's saying is precisely what isis want people here to say. they want a holy war between radical islam and the west. and right now trump is giving it to them. and we have new details on the san bernardino attackers, including their path to radicalization, and that large
barbara walters. let's take a look at what he said. >> are you a bigot? >> not at all. probably the least of anybody you've ever met. >> because? >> because i'm not. i'm a person that has common sense. i'm a smart person. i know how to run things. i know how to make america great again. this is about making america great again. >> that's donald trump tonight with barbara walters. "hardball" back after this.
♪ let us share what we see ♪ just you and i ♪ ♪ grow old with me ♪ let us share what we see ♪ and oh the best it could be ♪ just you and i ♪ working with the muslim community, to the driving them away, not vilifying them, not driving them into the shadows is absolutely critical to our national security efforts. and mr. trump's proposal is a setback that takes us backward in the opposite direction. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was secretary of state of homeland security, jeh johnson, speaking out against donald trump's proposal to ban muslims from entering the united states. the pentagon today also echoed that criticism, saying that inflammatory anti-muslim
rhetoric threatens the national security of our country. >> anything that bolsters isil's narrative and pits the united states against the muslim faith is certainly, not only contrary to our values, but contrary to our national security. >> in a "new york times" op-ed on friday, titled "don't make san bernardino a victory for isis" american slim and naval officer explained why trump's message plays into the hands of isis. "the islamic state is banking on western societies to alienate their muslim populations to increase recruitment. it's false utopia rests on the warped dream that the estimated 3 million american muslims will believe they can no longer live, thrive, and worship in peace in america. we must not let that happen. even while we remain vigilant about the few american muslims who wish us arm." malik is one of nearly 6,000 muslim service members, by the way, serving in the u.s. military. he's a professor at the naval war college and joins me now.
i'm also joined by msnbc foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin and evan kohlmann of flash point. thank you, gentleman. just give me a sense of you felt, professionally and personally as a citizen and as a man serving our country when you heard trump say, we're going to slam the door on muslims? >> thank you for having me, chris. very disturbing statement that goes against every fiber of my being, from my allegiance to this country, to the oath of office i've taken to defend the constitution of america with my life, to years of work that i've done with military leaders to win the war against groups like isis, this went against everything. but more importantly, i was very afraid that this kind of rhetoric leads to our national security becoming endangered. we rely heavily on muslim american communities, going back to 2006, when we had a lot of
somali americans and the fear that most of them would be joining al shabaab, fbi came out with a robust outreach program. now it's in all major cities is, the white house, and the department of justice has recently decided to expand it. so many attacks were thwarted, deterred, prevented, precisely because of that community outreach. muslim americans came out. now, remember, we can't stop every single attack. but if we were to ostracize this community, millions of americans, we make, essentially, our law enforcement blind at a time, frankly, when this threat is very high. we need to come together. >> on "morning joe" today, donald trump said the muslim community has not been helping law enforcement to root out terrorism, referencing, by the way, particularly the san bernardino attacks. let's watch him. >> the muslim community is not reporting what's going on. they should be reporting that their next-door neighbor is making pipe bombs and they've
got them all over the place. the mothers in the apartment, other people, his friend was buying him rifles. nobody was reporting that. the muslim community has to help us, because without the muslim community, we would have to get very tough and much tougher, and i don't want to do that. >> according to a 2012 report by the muslim public affairs counsel, muslim communities helped u.s. security officials to prevent nearly two out of every five al qaeda plots in the u.s. since 9/11. let me go to evan on that. it seems to me isis' goal, if they have a real clear-cut one is to try to create an east-west war, because that's how they're going to get their caliphate, by bringing down every modern government in the region. that's what they want to do. turn east against west, force everybody in the east to be on their side, everybody in the west to be perceived as being against them. >> there's no question about it. look at their propaganda. in their magazines, they have a big picture that says "loyalty among muslims versus american racism." and this is what they're talking about.
donald trump is putting american lives at risk. he's putting american muslim lives at risk, because there are plenty of crazy people out there right now that are surrounding mosques with assault rifles. which is totally ridiculous and totally uncalled for. and he's also putting american servicemen at risk and american diplomats at risk. there are lunatics out there, there are foolish people out there that see this stuff and they associate this with all americans. they say, well, if trump says it, all americans believe it. and they don't have access to donald trump. so they want to take out their aggression on somebody else. you cannot say these thinlgs and still call yourself a friend to american diplomats or maybe the u.s. military. you are making them into a target and they are the ones that are going to pay for these words. it is totally, it is beyond the pale and it is extremely distressing. if i was the family of a service member, i would be asking myself that question. why is donald trump putting my family member at risk and he is? >> you think al baghdadi over there, somewhere in the caliphate, such as it is, is enjoying this trump show?
>> there's no doubt about it? we watched the communications. we watch the chatter online. these folks love this stuff. they love to watch us tear each other apart. this is -- i mean, this is what they have always hoped for. this is what al qaeda has been talking about for years, setting up concentration camps for muslims, barring muslims out of this country. and as the son of a holocaust survivor, every time i hear him say something about muslims, i hear the word "jews," because that's exactly what this is. this is scapegoating. anyone who's descended from emigrants should not accept this, should not stand for this. it's insulting to everyone. >> let's go to ayman. your views on this? i think you all have personal experiences, maybe family experiences, and the whole question of moving from the east to the west and becoming assimilated and then realizing there's a guy there at the door saying, we don't believe in
assimilation or loyalty to america. i was sitting on an airplane with a guy who said, i was born in indiana, i love my country, this stuff drives me crazy, this trump stuff. >> listen, as an immigrant myself, as the son of immigrants, my parents made the choice to move to the united states in pursuit of the american dream as millions of muslims do. we know that 63% of the american muslim community here are immigrants to this country. they come to this country in pursuit of the american dream and in pursuit of a better life. but it's not just about what they come with. it's also what they do when they come to the united states. they become productive members of this community, of this society. they serve, they do everything that they are asked. they are law-abiding citizens. and most importantly, they are on the front lines of the war on terror that we are fighting in many of these countries. we know from very reliable sources that there are very high-ranking officials within the intelligence community who are muslim americans.
we know there are muslim american soldiers. the disheartening thing is to suddenly say, they don't have a place in this country anymore and they are not allowed to come here. now, the problem isn't just for immigrants like myself or others, but it's also for muslims who are born here. the notion that you're going to round up muslims and not allow them into this country, it is extremely alarming, not just on a humanitarian basis, not just on our value basis as americans, but i think also from national security, homeland security, every single person i've spoke to today said this would be a disastrous idea, let alone some of the government officials i've been speaking to in the middle east who say this is extremely troubling and what it could mean for u.s. relations with the muslim world would be catastrophic. we rely on our allies who buy our weapons, share intelligence with with us, send their students to learn here. and to suddenly turn around and close the door on millions of them, it would be a game changer for america's standing in the world. america would no longer be the
country that it has always been. >> i can only imagine anwar sadat watching this right now. thank you so much, ayman mohyeldin and evan kohlmann and heter malik. thank you, gentleman. very disturbing. up next, disturbing new details on the san bernardino shooters themselves, including how long the fbi now believes the two had been radicalized. we'll get to that $28,000 check that showed up in the bank account of mr. farook. this is "hardball," the place for politics.
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a lot of news here. >> first, let's start out with the money. it turns out to be a loan. farook himself took out a loan. it was in essence a debt consolidation loan. so this doesn't provide any answer about where any money may have come from to finance the attack. and besides that, the attack, it's calculated, didn't really probably cost that much. the price of the guns, the price of the ammunition, not that much. the theory here is that he was in essence, getting his affairs in order and trying to get some money ready for his mother, who was going to obviously take care of the 6-month-old. so that's the thought there. but you're right, the big question is, did they have help from others? neighbors remember saying that they saw men coming and going from that garage at all hours of the day and night. it's the garage, the fbi says, where those pipe bombs were being built and where they were basically stockpiling ammunition. the question is, did any of those people know what was going on. and the best witness, it appears to be, is henrik marquez, the man it turns out, who started
five years ago, actually bought the two assault rifles that ended up being used in the attack. how were those rifles transferred to syed farook is a big question. but more importantly, what does marquez know about other people that may have been around farook. he seems to be a very close friend, a former neighbor, and he's actually distantly related to syed farook through marriage. they're questioning him, they say he's being cooperative, they have hope to get some answers from him. >> what about farook's mother? she didn't know anything? is that the claim? >> that's the claim of her lawyers, the authorities are questioning her. they say it is plausible that she didn't know what they were doing. the garage where all of this was happening, apparently, is separate from the house. she didn't go out much. they certainly want to ask her more questions. but it doesn't appear that she's by any point a focus of the investigation. >> how about the in-laws? >> same thing there. questioning them. they've questioned the father, too. talked to them, obviously talked
to other members of the family. but again, they don't seem to, at this point, think that any members of the family were in on this. >> thank you so much, pete williams, justice correspondent for nbc news. joining me right now is paul singer of "usa today," who's been monitoring how gop front-runner donald trump is using this issue, politically. the whole question is, what do you make of what he's been saying about how it was political correctitude, that kept people from reporting on what was going on? >> he says that people in the neighborhood saw this and should have been able to alert the authorities that something suspicious was going on. and he uses an example of, well, it proves the muslim community is not cooperating with us. and i think you already had earlier in the segment, you know, there's a lot of evidence the muslim community has been cooperating with law enforcement around the country since 9/11. so, i don't know what, exactly, was going on there. part of the question is how strange does behavior have to be in your neighborhood to call the cops on your neighbor. i'm not sure any of us really expect that, well, we're going
to get a phone call from the police, because there are people coming and going from my garage. it's hard to know what we're looking at here. >> i guess the argument would be, on most people's minds is you put things together. if you hear the guy, if one of his relatives, for example, heard him speaking in very, you know, dramatic terms about how he was angry at the west, how he was supportive of the jihad, supportive of isis, if that was the case, and then there was all this activity, certainly the brother-in-laws and all, you put together the passions that seem to be alive in the household, and then you get this strange behavior going on in the garage. maybe then you would see two and two, something comes out of that. like five. >> maybe, but, you know, the issue is, take away for a minute the issue of the muslim background. if you were looking at any shooting that we have in this country, these same conversations come up. oh, i never knew, he seemed like a normal guy, he lived by himself. his mother said he was perfectly nice. if we were looking at someone who was not muslim, would we be having the same conversation? >> well, why would the couple own two military gauge auto --
semi-automatic rifles? >> i have no idea. and i have no idea how they obtained them and i don't know if any government rule would get involved in that question. this is the political issue. >> it will get a lot of inspection. the more we know about this, the better. this is not going to be the first case like this, i'm afraid. the more we know, the better. and we'll have to put two and two together at some point or it's all going to be talking after the fact. >> and donald trump, for all the sort of, you know, fringe ideas he is floating, this has now been the topic of conversation all day long and it is an opportunity for us to have this conversation about what is the role of the muslim community and what is our role in reaching out to the muslim community. >> it's also the role of people, you know, if you see something, say something. i've never been able to figure out exactly when you're supposed to say something, but maybe it's you know it when you see it. and i know it's going to come down to judgment and fairness. anyway, you're right. paul singer, thank you for your thoughts and values. still ahead, donald trump makes a hard right turn, but not everyone in his party is
welcome back to "hardball." donald trump's proposal to ban muslims from the u.s. has separated him from his gop rivals. we've said that. but some conservative voices are actually backing him on this. conservative radio host and fox news contributor erick erickson said, i feel compelled to defend donald trump from the reaction to his proposal by many of my other friends. in another article, erickson added, quote, this is actually brilliant politics for the here and now. and ann coulter tweeted, "go, trump, go." laura ingraham tweeted, "anyone who thinks trump's comments will hurt him don't know the temperament of the american people." so will his comments hurt his chance for the nomination quality it's time for our roundtable. perry bacon is senior political reporter for nbc news. hurt him or help him, go at it, heidi? >> chris, i think this may be the moment at which we all
realize that these comment which is trump has been making since the beginning and have been escalating are actually helping him. why? because that is a market for this. we're seeing in some of the polling now, up to 56% of americans think islam is incompatible with american values. the market, we don't know how big it is. because guess what, with a lot of people feel this way, they just don't want to say it publicly. i know this and i know this from my own reporting out in iowa. i've sat down with people in laundromats who say in hushed tones things about muslims or hispanics. this is a vein he's tapped. and secondly it helps because the one thing a lot of people don't realize at this point is that no one including the president and the republican candidates is being honest with them, that we don't really have a strategy to defeat isis and it's not going to happen for a long time. so this is a knee-jerk reaction that has a lot of appeal to people, which is, it's simple, let's just shut down the borders. >> is this only among caucasians or do african-americans and other groups share in this, this thinking about foreigners, if you will? the other?
is it only white people? from your reporting? >> i think it's predominant -- i am speculating, okay. let's just say, i'm openly speculating. but i think that it's probably his base. and in you look at his base, the demographics tell us that these are predominantly older white voters, more male than female. people who have less education and are lower income. we know that that is his demographic and so i don't think it's too hard to infer that that is probably the majority of the people who hold this position. they are, you know, people who feel that they've been in this country for a long time, they have a larger footprint here, and they're scared by the demographic changes that they see taking place. >> perry? >> i think hurt him. and i would say two things. first of all, to be criticized by the speaker, pretty much every republican in the party, is not helpful ultimately. ultimately, we're going to be in a race down to two or three candidates.
in a 15-candidate field, it's easier to lead in the polls. donald trump, i would argue, has made himself even more unacceptable in a two-way race than ever before. >> what's the job approval of the u.s. congress right now, perry? >> it's not very high. >> it's 9%. so he's getting criticized by the leader of 9%. just to put that in perspective. i think the establishment has hardly any credibility, in either party. your thoughts? >> i disagree. hillary clinton is walking the nomination because she has the establishment support. i think this notion that the establishment has no power and no control -- we'll see down the line, but i don't necessarily agree that political leadership having every person in your party rain down and criticize you is a good thing for your candidacy. i disagree with that. >> rebecca? >> i would actually disagree with that a little bit. perry, you're right, in most cases, it doesn't help to have the entire party infrastructure working against you, but with donald trump, it does. because his whole candidacy is predicated on taking on the establishment, showing how
little washington has gotten done, and railing against the washington politicians who, as he sees it, has overseen the failure of this country. and so for his base of voters, who are very angry, generally, and as heidi mentioned earlier, you talk to them at some of his events and they are very dissatisfied with the way washington has worked to this point, and so i think it actually helps donald trump in large part, if most of the party is against him, because he can say, well, of course they wouldn't want me to succeed, because i'm not one of them, and i have ideas that are going to bring this country back and move it in the right direction. >> the roundtable is staying with us. up next, these three will tell me something i don't know. this is "hardball," the place for politics.
democratic front-runner hillary clinton just announced donald trump at a campaign rally up in new hampshire. here she is. >> donald trump, the republican front-runner, has made a name for himself in the last month by trafficking in prejudice and paranoia. his latest insult is his call to stop all muslims from entering the united states. this is both a shameless and a dangerous idea. at a time when america should be doing everything we can to lead the fight to defeat isis and other radical jihadists, donald trump is playing right into
their hands. and some of his republican candidates are saying that his latest comments have gone too far. but the truth is, many of them have also said extreme things about muslims. their language may be for veiled than trump's, but their ideas are not so different. they are all driving the exact narrative that jihadists want to advance. that we are at war, not with barbarous, violent murderers, but with an entire religion. this is a grave mistake. >> that's hillary clinton up in salem, new hampshire. "hardball" returns after this.
we're back with the "hardball" roundtable. heidi, tell me something i don't know. >> chris, we all know how sensitive donald trump is to any decline in poll ratings. there's one poll number out today that may be particularly troubling for him because it has to do with his effect on women. i say that tongue in cheek. there's the north poll out today, a large sam sampling of 1600 americans. it found that there are more women out there who would actually rather kiss another woman, hillary clinton under the mistletoe than donald trump. the person who gets the highest ratings for the man that women would want to kiss under the mistletoe is he actually bernie sanders who is even ahead of marco rubio.
we're not seeing people just voting their candidate here into could that be the age factor? he's no danger? i'm just wondering. > they didn't say it was like a kiss on the cheek. >> uncle bernie. perry, your thoughts. >> so thursday in iowa, big endorsement. bob vanderplaats, an iowa conservative activist endorsed huckabee in '08, strum in 2012 and announcing his endorsement on thursday that will be a big signal where the evangelicals are headed. the rumor is he's endorsing ted cruz. that's an endorsement to watch on thursday. >> rebecca. >> chris, as we're talking about donald trump's supporters and their deeply held views, i find it interesting that i was at his rally in manassas, virginia, last week. i went looking for trump voter who have doubts about his rhetoric and finds it offensive. i found quite a few. some supporters say they are
planning to back trump at this point in time who said his rhetoric about a disabled journalist was offensive and the way he talks about immigrants. >> will it stop them from voting for him? >> i think it could. and here's the thing we need to remember when it comes to donald trump. he has a base of very firm passionate supporters. those are the ones we hear about a lot. there is still a large share who are persuadable. those are the ones targeted by ted cruz and marco rubio. >> great roundtable. when we return, let me finish with this trump thing. you're watching "hardball." sure, tv has evolved over the years.
x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. let me finish tonight with this trump thing. he's out there saying we should keep all muslims from coming into the country, and everyone in the political establishment is joining hands and agreeing he's wrong and for once, i'm ready to stand with them. but there's a reason he's out there and people are buying them. there's a huge vacuum in this country. this guy is filling it. do you think the problem of illegal immigration is being detail with right now? the problem of losing jobs to countries overseas is being dealt with? that the two major parties are protecting us from terrorism or the dumb wars that may add to the problem? donald trump who has made billions has discovered the vast open space in the american political spectrum made possible by the democrats failure to connect with the angry working guy and the republican
establishment's embrace of the rich and ties to the koch brothers. there's a tremendous population, all the tens of millions who hold no allegiance to the democrats or establishment republicans and trump is out there filling it. i am not a campaign manager for hillary or jeb bush but i have a sense that trump's success if you flip it over is really the failure of these two. neither is reaching those most alarmed by the problems hitting the country. donald trump is talking directly to those worries, to the fear and loathing that accompanies them. i agree with the political establishment about his un-american call to stop muslims at the airport. that's a disgusting thing to say. can you imagine telling president and war sa dad of egypt he couldn't come here? i do understand the lack of faith so many feel about a political establishment that took us into iraq but can't agree what to do now. that's "hardball" for now. all in with chris hayes starts right now. >> tonight on all-in -- >> you're increasingly being compared to hitler.
does that give you any pause at all? >> donald trump stands by his plan. tonight, the political and global eruption over the republican leader's plan to ban muslims from coming to america. plus, the industry of fear. a look at the islam ma phobic conspiracy theorists inspiring trump. >> it's this larger idea of submitting to sharia. >> then a contentious spike lee on "chi-raq" and chicago. >> i didn't get off the turnip truck. >> let me finish. >> and as the leaders of the free world race to try and save the planet in paris, ted cruz held his own climate summit in d.c. today into this is a hearing on the science behind claims of global warming. > "all in" starts now. good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes. donald trump is now putting the