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doing business with the escort agency. he says those records will have a direct bearing on the 2016 presidential election. we don't know if it's true, but that's what he says. even if the supreme court doesn't take up his request, which it seems about 99% likely they will not take it up, it still may be a matter of time before he releases these records on his own, he is threatened to release the records publicly if the court turns him down. the court isn't actually turning him down. not yet. watch this space. that does it for us tonight. we will see you again for tomorrow. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> i advise you to get out of the building quickly tonight because coming up in the show there's going to be a mini hillary versus bernie debate with howard dean and nina turner. if you're still here, if you see
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the first ten seconds of it you won't be able to leave. >> you're trying to save my evening. >> i'm trying to save your evening. >> you're very kind. i will put the ear plugs in now. >> so there will be that mini debate coming up. also, there is a hidden city inside new york city, a hidden city with a population bigger than the entire state of vermont and not one presidential candidate has visited the hidden city, even though they have all been invited to. tonight you'll come with me on a visit to that hidden city that most new yorkers see every day, but never enter. but first in a fight over the rules never, and i mean never, bet on the guy who doesn't know the rules. >> you may have noticed donald is very unhappy. >> it's a rigged system folks. >> it's clearly not. >> the true art of the deal donald is knowing what the deal
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is. >> any time the people vote against donald, he screams the voters are stealing the election. >> but you can't let the bosses take it away. >> you're exchanging tweets with him. you're tweeting, he's tweeting. >> i honestly don't take it all that personally. >> please join us at the adult table with kasich. >> give it to me. >> it's been a bit of a roller coaster. >> wow! >> ugly currents that lurk just below the surface of our politics have burst into the open. >> she's the most dishonest of all. >> it is not just about electing a president, it is about creating a political revolution. >> a new poll has found that bernie sanders is the most likeable of all the presidential candidates, which let's face it is kind of like being the best dressed person at walmart. this is the last word on campaign 2016.
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28 years ago in 1988 opera winfrey asked donald trump about running for president. >> you said that if you did run for president you believe you'd win. >> well, i don't know. i think i'd win. i wouldn't go in to lose. i've never gone in to lose in my life. >> that very same year he was a 16-year-old high school student in wisconsin volunteering to work on his very first political campaigns. he learned politics the hard way, from the ground up, starting as the lowest level volunteer. donald trump learned politics by watching the shows, watching tv. the trouble is you can't really learn politics by watching tv. you can't learn government that way either. you have to get in there and work at politics to truly understand it. you have to be in that room with the door closed when the big important and difficult political decisions are made. same thing with government,
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which is a different thing from politics, remember. governing involves politics, but it is far for complex than mere politics. if you've never been in the room where the governoring decisions are made, you will never fully understand how it works. govning decisions aren't made on tv. he's 25 years younger than donald trump, but he knows more about politics. and he knows more about political infighting than donald trump ever will. he seized the top job in the republican party by a could you. michael steel submitted his name as reelection of republican party chairman. they are reelected when they want to be, but he ran against the sitting chairman, along with three other candidates and he won on the seventh ballot.
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that's right, the seventh ballot. republican party leaders know how to handle a contested vote with the party and go through multiple ballots with constantly shifting alliances and finally end up with a winner on the seventh ballot because he taught the party how to do just that, just five years ago. in 2011, just 23 years after entering politics in high school when he was 16, he became the chairman of the republican party at age 38. when he was age 38, he made it to the top of the top of the mountain that he started climbing in high school and he has been underestimated by the media and by many in politics every day he's been on the top of that mountain because he just doesn't look the part. he doesn't look like the tough old wheeler dealer, the cigar smoking party chairman.
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he now has the most difficult job in politics, running a party with an inexperienced unprofessional candidate as the party's front-runner for the republican presidential nomination. >> in colorado right now they're picketing and going wild because the bosses and the establishment and the people that shouldn't have this power took all of the power away from the voters. it's a rigged system, folks. the republican system is a rigged system. what it does is it allows the bosses to pick whoever they want. but you can't let the bosses take it away. >> as always he responded calmly. >> given the year we have, i honestly don't take it all that personally, but i do have to respond though when a campaign says that the rnc is rigging the rules. it's just not the case.
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the rules have been set. they're in place. they're not going to change. >> in maryland today john kasich told everyone to get ready for a contested convention. >> it's a fact. it's going to happen. so it's going to be very interesting and it will probably be very wide open, it will be transparent and when voters -- when delegates finally take the floor, they will be extremely serious. >> joining us now liz mayor founder of the anti-trump super pac make america awesome and nancy gibbs, contributor to the -- nancy jiles, cbs sunday morning. >> i was going to jump in and correct you. >> i should put glasses on next time. the longer i watch him, the better job i think he's doing. >> he does seem to have this very kind of calm sort of almost
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zen master with this little way about him. when i was looking at him i realize he does remind you from the lead guy of the revenge of the nerds. it's really interesting. i have some respect for the fact that he knows his stuff and he knows the rules and that's what cracks me up about donald trump who the more i listen to him, i just really believe he has a psychological disorder. there's a few that i've researched, but bigger than everything he seems to be a dil taunt and he's great at assuming the position of somebody that's running for office right down to all the pictures where he looks really tough, where he looks like he's thinking about something because he's tough and strong, but that doesn't translate to doing the research. you need to know the rules. it's like a spoiled child. when it's not going to his way, somebody else is at fault and the rules need to be changed. it's weird.
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>> liz, you have a new ad that you're going to be running in upstate new york in the spirit of stop trump. let's look at this new one. >> uh-huh. >> donald trump says a lot of stupid stuff. in 2006 he said on the view. >> if ivanka weren't my daughter i would be dating her. >> he said if he weren't happily married and his daughter's father, he -- he didn't finish the thought, but you can guess what he meant. he says americans get paid too much. he said in a debate. >> wage is too high. we're not going to be able to compete against the world. >> he claims the negative effects from immigration, but he admitted he hires foreigners because. >> american people want full time jobs. >> he supports eminent domain using government power to take ordinary's people's property so people like him can make more money. >> i think eminent domain is wonderful.
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>> trump, stupid stuff. make the smart choice and support ted cruz. >> is your group now a pro-cruz group with that tag line on the ad. >> kind of by default we are. we are an anti-donald trump group, but realistically while i take john kasich's point about us heading into a contested convention, the only person who really has capacity of the three remaining -- of the two remaining candidates who aren't donald trump to block donald trump is ted cruz. by virtue we are taking a pro-cruz position in the majority of what we're doing, but we remain opposed to donald trump and that's the issue in this election and i agree with what you said about reince priebus, that guy has probably the toughest, most painful, most unappealing job out there that i can think of right now. i wish him look in navigating those waters because that is no fun whatsoever. >> but nancy, the polls show that john kasich is running
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second in new york. if you're advertising in new york and you're trying to stop donald trump, daily news are endorsing john kasich, i think we have tomorrow's daily news ready to show. if you're trying to take some votes in new york, which wouldn't you go with kasich. >> i think he is the person to go with and i have to actually compliment liz on that ad regardless of the fact that they're supporting ted cruz, it's effective just in putting together just the most absurd, bizarre sentiment of any party that anybody could have and it does really make the case for someone like kasich who at least seems to want to engage with people in other parties. even things like his calmer demeanor and he speaks in a lower tone than trump who seems to be a the verge of a nervous breakdown as far as i'm concerned. >> we have some breaking news tonight on the trump campaign. the campaign manager corey
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lewandowski who has already been down graded in his job, apparently tonight politico's reporting that he will not be prosecuted in the battery case against a reporter. we haven't confirmed that yet, but the prosecutor's office is saying that the decision will probably be available tomorrow. >> that's the understanding that i have also from my own personal sources. look, at the end of the day i mean i think that it is somewhat unfortunate that they're not going to go through with this because i think the videotape footage shows what happened there, but with that being said the fact that a criminal case isn't being pursued doesn't preclude the possibility of some sort of civil litigation surrounding that and if i were a news network i would monitor that situation closely. just to jump back to kasich and cruz in new york, i think it's worth noting where we're running that ad we believe it's an area
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where cruz has a significant appeal. it's an area that karl performed quite well in. i think when you look at the type of voter that's going to be attracted to that person, they're sort of less receptive than kasich. >> this is upstate western new york. >> yes. >> that's a good point. >> if i were doing this in manhattan, i would be pro-kasich. >> thank you very much. >> my pleasure. coming up, all the presidential candidates have been invited to visit any new york city public housing project and exactly none of them have accepted that invitation, but i did. you'll see what the candidates aren't seeing. and nina turner and howard dean will join us for a mini hillary
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choose the lowest and hit purchase. now...if you'll excuse me, i'm late for an important function. saving humanity from high insurance rates. senator bernie sanders has wrapped up a rally here in new york city. he gathered supporters. casey hunt joins us now. >> reporter: this was in many ways peak bernie sanders. the campaign claims there were over 27,000 people here in washington square park and it caps off a day where sanders showcased how he came to be what he is. you saw him with the communications workers today going back to his activist roots and you can see in that video how sanders become what he is here and i think the question now is this going to rev this up, is it going to give him some momentum, or is this something of a swan song over the course
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of the next couple of days here. do they realize -- does he realize himself that this is something that might be coming to an end or do they feel like this is going to be a show of force that could propel them forward? they have two more big rallies like this planned, but of course he's going to step out of the new york primary and go to the vat can and he sort of has been explaining that to reporters saying this is an opportunity that i never thought i would have and i'm going to take it. so i think that tells you about how sanders is feeling. >> thank you very much. up next, why have hillary and bernie sanders not accepted an invitation to visit a public housing project in new york. howard dean and nina turner will join us.
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>> during a rally in the bronx tonight, hillary clinton attacked ted cruz and donald trump. >> one of them dengrades new york values. i think new york values are at the core of american values. that's why i'm proud to be a new yorker. one of them, mr. trump, wants to set americans against each other. you know, he wants to build walls. i want us to build bridges. i want us to work together. >> joining us now, nina turner former ohio state senator who supports bernie sanders and howard dean, former dnc chairman who supports hillary clinton for president. >> nina you were down there for the 27,000 people. casey hunt asks the question is this the swan song of this campaign? >> not at all.
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i mean all of the people that were there, the energy was palable. they are determined. they will be there to vote for senator sanders so we're just getting started in many ways. >> what is it with you vermont guys. you get the biggest crowds of anybody. >> we tell it like it is. that's what we do. >> so these dualing rallies today in new york. >> i think hillary is going to win and i think she'll be the next president. she's the most competent and qualified person running, but i'm going to support whoever wins. >> there's an invitation that has gone out to all the presidential candidates. it went out months ago and was ignored and went out again last week to please visit a new york city or anywhere in the state public housing project. you're candidate bernie sanders has not accepted that invitation nor has hillary clinton. can you explain to me why a candidate would ignore in new york city a population of 700,000 in new york city alone.
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>> well, this is the first i'm hearing of that invitation, but you know senator sanders grow up in a rent controlled apartment. he's been a staunch advocate for affordable housing. hopefully he'll be able to make the time to do that. >> why wouldn't hillary clinton do that. by the way, for the record, we asked both campaigns today has your candidate ever visited a public housing project as a senator or as a presidential candidate. neither campaign answered the question. >> i would be surprised if hillary hadn't visited a public housing project. >> me too. the people involved in public housing here in new york, they don't have any record or memory of senator clinton visiting a public housing project. that's not confirmed, but it's a pretty amazingly thin public record. >> just having been in the position of senator clinton and senator sanders, when you get a call from the news media on the day of and you have a schedule and the primary is five days away.
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>> they got letters months ago. >> they were in iowa and ohio. >> and they got another one last week. >> i think it would be great if they could, but i know what the schedules are like. it's tough. >> the people are arguing about how you're supposed to eat pizza in new york, they go to the delis and schools and they want the photo op, it's a massive population in new york city. >> it's a very important issue and i would hope that they both would make the time, but in terms of public policy and what needs to be done to help lift the people who live in those types of public housing, that is the most important thing. you're absolutely right. >> also, they're not talking about public housing as an issue. you hear about affordable housing, but that's talk that includes a lot of people beyond the reach of public housing, rent subsidies, mortgage help, there's been zero talk about public housing. >> right.
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>> which is a federal program. >> it is a federal program and it needs to be reengineered. it is being reengineered city by city. i think what clearly has to happen in the '50s when the public housing projects were started we -- i think both candidates are democrats and they care about these people. >> i know. that's why i'm mystified. >> bernie's going to the vatican. i went to see jimmy carter, but i'm not going to tell him how to run his schedule. it's a big chance for him to be on the international stage. you have five days to go here. it would be great if they could both go and make a statement, but i know what the pressure is.
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it's not like either of these two is unwilling to help that population. >> absolutely. >> if there were the republicans we'd have more fun at their expense. >> what's the single most important point bernie sanders has to make in new york before tuesday and please leave some time for howard. >> to continue to talk about income and wealth and equality. i've met several people in this state who are being priced out of living here. that's important to make sure he continues to reaffirm for people that he's been there all along. the difference between consistency and convenience and what i mean is he has been a consistent champion for these issues and he doesn't switch for political convenience. >> what is the single most important argument. >> she's been here for eight years. they know what she's doing and she gets things done. it's one thing to makes statements about what's important, it's another to get stuff done. >> he does get stuff done. >> you do that through the commercial.
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new york city, america's biggest city, america's most important city, has a hidden city within the city. that hidden city is an important city too and it is hiding in plain sight. new yorkers ride past the hidden city, but most of them never venture into the hidden city. most politicians ignore the hidden city too even though it is bigger than the entire city of boston.
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imagine candidates campaigning for votes in massachusetts and ignoring the city of boston. that's what the presidential candidates are doing in new york city right now. they are ignoring the 700,000 people who live in federally funded public housing projects, the largest public housing population in america. so a tenant's organization have invited the presidential candidates to visit a public housing project while they are campaigning for president in new york. and so far none of the candidates have accepted that invitation. but i did. here is some of what the candidates would see if they would put down those pizza slices and sandwiches they keep eating for the cameras and for once set foot in a public housing project. >> we're here at twin parks west, which is one of 326 developments throughout new york
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city. a few months ago we had a trespasser unfortunately rape someone in the elevator so we were able to secure funding from the city's budget so invest in intercoms. it happened in the elevator and much of the crime that happens here and elsewhere in public housing is committed by trespassers because the doors are broken or the intercom systems are unreliable so we have no means of controlling who is entering or exiting the building. you have a trespasser come in the building and go in the elevator and he raped the vice president of the tenant association, but we were -- the police were able to find him. so as a result i was able to secure some funding from the city council to invest in new cameras and doors so this will have a brand new intercom system
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by tomorrow morning. >> would you have gotten that funding if you didn't have a horror story like a rape to present to the city council. >> it's much easier to get funding when there's a tragedy. >> if you had a presidential candidate here, what would you be showing the candidate? >> just to see what federal abandonment looks like. >> uh-huh. so that's the heating system for this room? >> yeah. >> and it doesn't work? >> no. >> the new york city housing authority will come over and plast over it and the resident has to put in a ticket for a paint job and wait a few months. tenants almost always never get paint jobs because the new york city housing authority with the limited resources can only focus on the most essential needs so
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by law every landlord, including the new york city housing authority is supposed to paint an apartment every 3 1/2 years, but there are apartments that have gone decades without paint jobs. i think one of the greatest concerns is the lack of lighting. i think more than anything else improving lighting can improve the sense of safety. we do not have the resources to install new lighting infrastructure so we have temporary lighting over there. >> those doors are where the community center is and it's just closed. >> it's closed. obviously you see -- >> no funding for operating it? >> no, because of the capital need of the community center. >> is the playground locked also? you can't get in there. >> yes. >> they don't let the kids in there at all. >> no. >> so kids are sitting up in there in their apartments looking down at this and they can't use it.
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>> yes. there's a lack of amenities because of the deterioration of the community center itself. >> why wouldn't they let the kids use this little playground if they can't get into the rooms of the community center. >> it's due to safety concerns. if the child gets injured, they're liable. they don't have enough funding to meet the needs of public housing much less rehab amenities like community centers or playgrounds. >> at another housing project in the bronx richie torres showed me another elevator that was the scene of a tragedy. >> here is elevator a. around christmas day of 2015 you had a number of residents complain about the condition of the elevator. it was raised above the landing here and you had a senior
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citizen enter the elevator. it began bouncing up and down and he became startled and he wound up falling out of the elevator sustaining a head injury and three days later he died. there was a report by the department of investigations concluding that the defect, the malfunction of the elevator was directly tied to his death. >> if you could get a presidential candidate in one of these apartments, what difference do you think it would make to that candidate after that candidate's back in the car leaving this housing project behind? >> the hope is that it will leave an impression, a lasting impression on the candidate, but also the larger world. i think wherever the presidential candidate goes the world is watching and the world has an opportunity to see how the urban poor lives in public housing. it speaks to the message of
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inequality that's uniting many of the presidential candidates. the theme of the year is black lives matter. we have hundreds of thousands of people living in public house that are of color and those lives have been neglected at the hands of the federal government. if we're serious about valuing the lives of people of color, we should be equally serious about investing in their homes and show that people living in public housing do matter. >> the city council says he's endorsing hillary clinton, but she hasn't accepted the invitation to visit the housing project. >> during 2013 all of the democratic candidates came and spent the night. >> they had to do sleepovers. >> we did not ask the candidates to spend the night, just come
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visit, walk around, see the conditions and meet with people and address the issues of public and affordable housing that people right here in this development, all over this city and country are feeling, issues of public housing, issues of affordable housing are on people's minds. there's really a crisis and we haven't heard almost anything about it from any of the candidates. >> what do you think the reelect reluctance is to go to public housing? why wouldn't they schedule that before anybody asked for it. >> it's the question we're asking. >> you are the youngest member of the city council. >> for now, yes. >> for now. it's not going to last forever. you grew up in public housing in the bronx. >> i did. >> tell us about that. >> i grew up in a public housing development in the east bronx which is part of its own tale of two cities.
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i grew up facing many of the same conditions that are facts of life in public housing. never ending mold, leakage, which was a difficult thing as an asthmatic growing up in public housing. without the new york city housing authority my mother, who raised two children on a low-wage job would have been in a homeless shelter. she would have been among the 60,000 individuals in our shelter system so i'm indebted to our public housing to give me a chance at a decent life. >> even with the struggles of growing up in public housing and the problems with the conditions of the housing and the maintenance, danger, safety issues, even with all that, you still felt grateful to be in a public housing unit. >> i'd rather have a stable affordable home than in the shelters and i would not be where i am today but for public housing.
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through the hole. they said we're stuck on the second floor. so i don't know how they opened the door to get them out, but by the time we got to the hospital, it was too late. those ten minutes that they were in the elevator that broke down killed her. >> how would it feel for you if the presidential candidates passed through this new york campaign and ignore your invitation to come and visit a housing project? >> well, i think that i would start looking at the individual that was asked to come in a different way, in a different prospect, but they want my vote, right? well, i have seven votes in my house alone. >> charlene told me that she thinks most people only hear the horror stories about public housing, but if they visited
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some of the housing projects they would learn something else. >> how great the people are that live in public housing. we're just like everybody else. you are going to find people who care about their family, they care about their children's education, they're concerned about just everything that everybody else is concerned about, meeting their every day needs. >> charlene has this question for the presidential candidates. >> do you feel that we're not important enough? we make just as much as a contribution to our every day life as anyone else. why are we not important enough is my question to them. >> joining us now is richie. thank you very much for doing
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this. >> it's an honor to be here. >> thank you for taking us on that tour of the situation in your district. i could sit here all night and talk about your life story growing up in the housing project as you did now making it your central focus in city government now and luckily they now have a real expert on the council about this, but we need to talk about this situation with the candidates. you've been able to talk to bernie sanders about this at least. tell us about that. >> i did. he held a rally in the south bronx and i had an opportunity to meet with him and i told him the new york city housing authority is larger than the state of vermont and it's been so savagely starved of federal funding that it has $17 billion worth of capital needs that in order to replace all the systems and all the structures and all the roofs and bricks that desperately need repair you would need to invest
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$17 billion. when he heard that number he was taken aback. he said is that billion with a b. >> people who are not experienced in new york city government are astonished. >> it's the largest provider of affordable housing in the country, the largest provider of public housing in north america. >> yeah. >> if you were to take the ten largest public housing authorities, new york city housing authority is larger than the rest of the nine combined so it's providing affordable housing to the poorest new yorkers on a scale that is without equivalent anywhere in the country. >> this is not temporary housing. your mother is still in public housing because the market in new york is not a workable real estate market for anybody who doesn't have a serious income. everyone else needs help through rent control, rent stabilization, public housing. the idea that we'll just -- someone will do a year or two
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here and be able to afford something else, that's not true. >> the essence of public housing is that you're living in an apartment that you can permanently afford. there's a certainly peace of mind that comes with living in public housing. it provides a constant in a world, in a city that has been larger shaped by displacement. >> you've never gotten to talk to hillary clinton about this. >> never, no. >> if i did i would be just as confrontational. >> that's the senator from new york. this is something she should care about. we couldn't find any public record today of her as a senator from new york visiting public housing. we're going to find out. her campaign couldn't give us anything. maybe tomorrow they will. i don't want to pre-judge the facts on that. it didn't leap out here are the times she visited and you're not a aware of her visiting. >> i have no knowledge of any of the candidates visiting public housing, but they both have been
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running on the platform of confronting inequality and public housing is ground zero for inequality. it's a powerful symbol of how deeply the federal government has abandoned the urban poor. >> the candidates have not been asked a single question about public housing. the phrase public housing has not come up in a single debate or in a single interview that any one of them have done. >> right. so you're giving public housing residents a level of visibility that frankly i've never seen from a national television show. for me i take my inspiration from jacob reece. he published a documentary of how the other half lives and he took photos and those photos led to the housing reform movement of the 20th century. the presidential candidates have the opportunity to do the same now and shine a harsh spotlight on how the urban poor living in
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a now for tonight's last word. bobbi founded the black panthers in 1966. bobbi rush is still alive today, probably because he decided to leave fred hampton's apartment one day in 1969, shortly before chicago police raided the apartment by shooting their way through the front door firing nearly 100 bullets through the door without knowing exactly who was on the other side. fred hampton was shot to death. 14 years later bobbi rush was elected elderman in chicago. nine years later he was elected to the united states house of representatives where he still serves. he said his biggest regret was voting for the crime bill.
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>> let me sign out with this. i am ashamed of my vote. i sincerely apologize to my god, apologize to my community, to my family. that was the worst vote as i look back over the years that i've taken since i've been in congress. there was too much of a focus, too many resources on locking them up, but no resources on love and compassion. as a result, we have devastated our communities and our families, devastated our futures. >> bobbi rush spokes about what he hopes can be done in terms of economic development in his
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community and he ended his comments with another reference to the crime bill of 1994. >> again i must repeat not only am i apologizing for it, but i'm ashamed of it. i am absolutely ashamed of it. >> congressman bobby rush gets tonight's last word. a programming note for tomorrow, please join us for a special edition of the last word inside the anti-trump movement. trump to reince priebus, you're fired. let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews, up in new york. it's a hostile takeover. donald trump going to war with the republican party, someone named reince priebus.
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