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republican party because it turns out he did break the record. this time last night we were not sure whether or not he would break the record, but now i can tell you with confidence that he broke the record. we've got the vote tallies in from west virginia and nebraska last night and now we can say that no republican candidate for president has ever received as many votes in the republican primary as this year's nominee, the new leader of the republican party donald trump. the previous record for most votes ever received in a republican primary was set by george w. bush in the year 2000. donald trump blew through that record last night and there are still six more states to go for him to add to his record vote total. you hear all this noise and grumbling about how donald trump is not a real republican, but no one has received more republican
votes than he has so that's a hard argument to make that he somehow doesn't fit or the republican party doesn't like him. but on day one today as the republican party's new record holder for most total votes received in a primary, some specific things happened today concerning donald trump and his appeal to the voters, some specific things about donald trump and the way he has appealed to voters thus far started to change. >> i'm self funding my campaign. i'm putting up my own money. [cheers and applause] it's nice to be able to do. i'm self funding. i'm putting up my own money. nobody's going to tell me what to do. [cheers and applause] nobody's going to tell us what to do. i have turned down so much money. i'm self funding my campaign and all these other guys are getting a lot of money, but i'm self funding my campaign.
>> that was friday, that last one there. donald trump this past week bragging on the campaign trail about how he is self funding his campaign. during the republican primary that really was one of his first points of appeal, one of the first ways he distinguished himself from the field and a lot of supporters latched on to that one of the things that set him apart, he was paying for it all himself. it's the kind of thing that trump supporters would volunteer about mr. trump when you asked why they liked him, they would bring it up even in the middle of a contentious exchange on the street with one of the people who was running against him. >> you are the problem. >> can i ask you something? >> no. >> can i ask you something. >> you are the problem. >> of all the candidates name one who had a million dollar judgment against him. >> he's self funded. that's right.
not you. >> so you like rich people. >> where is your bible. >> name one that's self funded. that's right, that's right. not you. ted cruz was not talking about that gentleman about the subject of campaign donations, but the trump supporter brought it up, name one who is self funding, that's right, not you. self funding is one of the things that donald trump supporters have liked about him. if that was one of the things that you liked about donald trump in the republican primary, you should know that now that the primary is over that part of his appeal is over too because the trump campaign announced today that mr. trump will be holding his first campaign fundraiser next week in california. it will be hosted by the man who bought michael jackson's neverland ranch. i don't believe the fundraiser is going to be held at the ranch, but the guy who bought it off michael jackson post foreclosure, he is the guy who is going to host donald trump's
first fundraiser next week. so this is kind of an awkward transition point for donald trump supporters. if what you liked about donald trump was him not having to do fundraisers, him not ever bothering to solicit donations from rich people, if you liked that he did not have to deal with that kind of stuff, donald trump is now doing fundraisers and soliciting donations from rich people. that said maybe that's not what you liked about mr. trump. maybe what you really liked is one of the other things that truly set him apart from his primary campaign rivals. >> we put out a statement a little while ago and these people are going crazy. they won't report it probably. shall i read you the statement? donald j. trump is calling for -- you have to listen to this one because this is pretty heavy stuff. donald trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united
states. >> that was in december. mr. trump's campaign did put out a written statement and then he delighted in reading the statement out loud on the campaign trail, donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united states. that is how he put it when he first announced and he put it in writing and he's described it ever since. >> we have to have a temporary ban on muslims coming into this country. i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> donald trump calls it radical islamic terrorism, that's why he's calling for a temporary shut down of muslims entering the united states. >> do you stand by the idea of a ban against foreign muslims coming in. >> i do. >> donald trump calls for a ban on muslims entering the united states. donald trump says we have to have a ban on muslims entering the united states. his ads say he's calling for a ban on muslims entering the united states.
are you sure, sir? are you sure you're standing by this call on a ban on muslims. yes i'm standing by my call for a ban on muslims entering the united states. it has been very clear up until no before today. >> it's a temporary ban. it hasn't been called for yet, nobody's done it. this is just a suggestion. >> now it's just a suggestion. that was donald trump speaking this morning on conservative talk radio about his muslim suggestion. now he says the muslim ban he has proposed, this thing he has called for, he said nobody's calling for it and it's just a suggestion. this comes after london elected its first muslim mayor. a reporter asked them about mr. trump's proposed muslim ban and the prospect that the mayor of london would maybe require some sort of exception.
the mayor of london could maybe not be banned from the united states under that policy, maybe mr. trump would make an exception for him. the new london mayor was with the mayor of paris today when a reporter asked about the proposed muslim ban and mr. trump's suggestion that the london mayor could be an exception to it, the london mayor deferred to his counterpart to answer the reporter on this matter. she was sis isn't in her response. >> i'll ask you about donald trump says that obviously he would ban muslims but he says that he would make a exception. >> it's stupid. it's very stupid. >> that's to the point. do you have anything else to add? >> and mr. trump is so stupid. my god. my god. >> donald trump's nomination so far not earning rave reviews from the leaders of europe's
great cities, but he's not running there and you know what maybe it was not donald trump's plan to self finance, that what was what you liked about him in the primary, maybe it was not his suggested muslim ban, maybe what you liked was his great business success, his personal wealth. that has been a major part if not the major part of appeal to republican primary voters. today there was an interesting change on that as well and you need a mix in to explain this one. at the end of 1973 richard nixon was up to his neck in watergate. it was the whole press core, the secret taping system in the white house had been revealed and the attorney general of the united states and the deputy attorney general resigned in protest when nixon told them that they needed to fire the prosecutor who had subpoenaed
the tapes from the secret white house taping system, but mid november 1973 nixon went before the press for a long ram believing press conference that he hoped would clear the air, but it made everything worse, including his uttering one of the worst presidential one liners of all time. >> people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. i'm not a crook. >> that was november 1973. just as watergate was kicking into high gear. but what president nixon was defending there with i'm not a crook thing, it wasn't anything directly related to watergate itself. when he said i'm not a crook, what he was talking about was his income, his personal finances. all we ever replay now is the i'm not a crook line, but a more context about why he said that, it makes clear what he was talking about was about money. >> let me say this, i want to
say this to the television audience, i made my mistakes, but in all of my years of public life -- i welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. well, i'm not a crook. i've earned everything i've got. >> i've earned everything i've got. in the dying days of 1973 in addition to everything else richard nixon was dealing with allegations there was something hingy in his finances and taxes. he had to write this sad and ultimate precedent setting letter to congress in which he explained his income and what kind of deductions he'd taken and he took this step of publicly releasing his tax returns along with that letter because after all like he said he welcomed the examination, he wanted everybody to know i'm not
a crook and maybe that's what he thought he would prove when he released his taxes, when he took this remarkable step of publicly releasing his tax returns, but what he proved himself to be when he publicly released his tax returns in 1973 what he revealed himself to be was maybe not a crook, but a pretty big tax cheat. in 1970, 1971 and 1972 he made $790,000 in income. he paid a total of $6,000 in tax taxes in all three years combined. so yeah that caused a little bit of an uproar when he released those tax returns. here's the thing about him releasing them. he released these records to congress in 1973. he released them to the public because he was facing these questions from the press about what was in his finances and taxes, but the other thing that was going on at the time was that he was at that moment actively being audited by the
irs. think about that for a second. the irs audited the sitting president of the united states. if you think something's weird about paying six grand in taxes on $800,000 in income, if you think there's something hingy of a president paying 8% in taxes on more than 3/4s of a million dollars in income, you're right that seems wrong and that the irs agrees and the irs audited the sitting president and they slammed nixon for having paid almost nothing over those three years. they told him what he owed was more like a half million dollars in taxes and the irs demanded that money and he agreed to pay it and the irs wiped his health in half.
a very expensive exercise for that president while he was in the process of his presidency going up in flames. that was nixon '73. by '74 nixon was gone and ford became the president and in an effort to be more transparent and to reassure the people that the new president was a different guy than the old one had been, ford started the tradition of presidents and candidates for president releasing their taxes whether or not they were pressured to do so. that was how we learned there was nothing scandalous in ford's taxes. that's how we learned that he never had any money in his wallet. he wrote checks for everything. >> a little while ago you gave us an idea of how you balance your family budget, you write checks. >> i don't. i don't. i have never been overdrawn young lady. >> the question is then how is it that you are able to live in
5 to $13 a week a cash. >> we never had detail like this on a president or vice president's life before, right, but ford and his family apparently did live on $5 cash a week for the whole family. because his tax returns were now public going back for years, president ford got to explain why that was. >> those are the facts of life. i write checks. >> $5 cash a week for the whole family. every since richard nixon's finances i said he was paying like 8% taxes. i meant he was .8% taxes. every since that, and the decision by ford thereafter to try to clean up nixon's mess to be transparent about his own financial history down to the fact that he wrote checks for everything short of $5 a week for his family, ever since then
presidents and candidates for president have all released some amount of their current and past tax returns. well, today as donald trump announced his first fundraiser, today as donald trump decided his promised ban on muslims was actually just a suggestion and nobody was calling for that, today there's also been a lot of interesting reporting about whether donald trump campaign is going to break the precedent of presidential candidates releasing their taxes. that would not only be a break with history going back to ger ald ford, it would defy what mr. trump said he would do about his own taxes during the primary. >> your tax returns when are we going to see them. >> i would say over the next three or four months. we're work og them very hard. >> that was donald trump in february saying in three or four months so by may or june he would release his tax returns. today mr. trump said he wouldn't release his tax returns before his current irs audit is complete.
when they asked him what would happen if that audit isn't concluded by november mr. trump said his returns wouldn't come out before november. his campaign defended that most of the day. they're now trying to portray it as a noncontroversial decision. they're trying to say that mr. trump wouldn't be allowed to release his taxes because he's been audited. the irs has clarified that everybody is free to do whatever they want to do with their tax returns. we know from past precedent that even a sitting president who is being audited can releases their taxes to the public. president nixon was being audited by the irs and he released his current tax returns during that audit. ever since nixon candidates have released their taxes. sometimes their slow about it, sometimes they're forthcoming, this year you can read many years of hillary clinton's taxes
in full because they're posted online. it was a minor skirm issue over the amount of tax information that the senator had put out. sometimes with other candidates their taxes have become not just a minor skirmish but a major issue especially when a candidate has an interesting or enormous fortune that would be detailed in those taxes. mitt romney came under pressure from democrats until he finally released a summery of one year of his taxes in january of 2012. he didn't just get pressured by democrats on that, he got pressured by this guy who told fox news i think mitt was hurt very badly by this whole thing with the income tax returns. but like i say, that was then and this is now. mr. trump has said he would release his tax returns, that he
wo follow the precedent of every presidential nominee since ford in releasing his tax returns. he's criticized other candidates, but now that he's the nominee and it's coming time to release his tax returns, now not so much. remember he said when he announced his presidential campaign that he was worth $10 billion. he said he was worth $10 billion. that's been a big part of his appeal that he's worth so much money. now that the primaries are over and it's time for him to run for president in the general election, if he doesn't release his taxes we'll never actually know how much he's worth. so congratulations republican primary voters, you guys really did pick this man to be your party's leader and your candidate for president in bigger numbers than you have ever picked anyone before in u.s. history. but now that he's got that title, whether it's the muslim
ban or the self funding thing or his proof that he's a super rich guy, whatever it was that you liked about him may now be subject to change. we'll be right back. you know what my net was, $47,000 total after 14 years of government service and a 1958 old mobile that needed an overhaul. what is that? it's you! it's me? alright emma, i know it's not your favorite but it's time for your medicine, okay? you ready? one, two, three. [ both ] ♪ emma, emma bo-bemma ♪ banana-fana-fo-femma ♪ fee-fi-fo-femma ♪ em-ma very good sweety, how do you feel? good. yeah? you did a really good job, okay? [ female announcer ] to nurses everywhere, thank you, from johnson & johnson.
the deadline shall be friday at noon. last night we reported on this potential bombshell news for the man that has been tapped by donald trump to lead the presidential transition to trump if he wins the general election in november. new jersey governor chris christie has been given this job of staffing up the new would be trump administration, but just as he was given that job, a judge in new jersey issued what must be a very worrying order for governor christie concerning bridgegate.
the scandal in which he closed access lanes to cause a major epic days long traffic jam as punishment for a mayor that had refused to endorse chris christie for election wm two of the three figures that have been charged in that case are slated for trial this fall, a third official has pled guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors, but prosecutors say there are also unindicted co spores in this case, people who they believe were involved, but even though prosecutors have evidence of that they have decided not to bring charges against them. news organizations have sued to get the list of them. yesterday a federal judge ordered the prosecutor to release the names of the unindicted co con conspirators in this case.
what we didn't know was the deadline. when is that list going to come out. today we learned that. friday at noon. absent further legal wranging over this, we are about to get the names of people in the administration who allegedly played a role in that scannedle. we're due to get that noon on friday. the governor got asked today whether he believes he is a person named on that list. this was his answer. >> no. everything about my role has been well documented by three different investigations so no, no think so. >> no, i don't think so. you can take his word for it or you can check out the list yourself friday at noon. let me know if you're going to sleep any time between now and then because i'm definitely not.
this is awesome. this is a diagram of a trick shot in pool. this particular one is called the six ball butterfly shot. if you're friends with any pool sharks ask them about this. they may know what it is, the six ball butterfly shot. here is that same trick shot in action. what? honestly i could watch pool trick shots all day. there's something about watching this stuff and knowing the hours of work and the super human patience that must go into figuring out how to do this stuff like this just right.
lots of people billed this ridiculous one as the best trick shot ever, as sillily as it is it's not multiple balls but multiple dominos. it turns out there's multiple pool tables and balls rolling along pool koous and that's the kind of trick shot that exists in nature, but that's the kind of shot that was proposed today in american politics because that's the equivalent of the next plan from the never trump movement. it's kind of a bank shot involving a flaming hoop and a dancing girl and a cannon and then lightening has to strike at the right time and it's perfect. the latest plan comes from the republican strategist founder of the trump super pac make america awesome. she says she's been talking with other anti-trump conservatives about what they see as their one
backup option left to stop him from becoming the republican nominee. it's a favorite son strategy where a different hometown favorite conservative will run for president in the general election but just in his or her own home state. so mitt romney could launch a single state independent run in utah and governor scott walker could run just in wisconsin and rick perry or ted cruz could run in texas. it's this over arching goldberg scheme and the way it works the underlying logic is if you get enough one off wins in enough states by all these different independent candidates that could be enough to prevent either hillary clinton or donald trump from getting a majority from the electoral college from getting to 270 votes and if neither candidate gets to 270 votes then the next president gets decided you guys by the
house of representatives, paul ryan. the house of representatives is controlled by the republicans so if everything goes right where they could get paul ryan as president without ever actually running paul ryan for president. see how simple? see how it works if you line up everything perfectly, right? it's fool proof just like the six ball butterfly shot. this is their last idea. which means it's probably time to stop paying attention to the never trump movement in the republican party and start paying attention to what the election is going to be like with him at the top of the republican ticket because that's going to be what happens. some republicans and a lot of the political press are still fantasizing about that somehow not being the case, but that's the case. any other idea at this point is bunkers. he's the nominee and we have no idea how other republican candidates are going to deal with this. i'm getting curious how democratic down tickets going to deal with that.
how do democrats plan to use or not use the trump nomination on the other side in the races this year. how much do democratic members of congress or would be democratic members of congress how much do they all get to run against donald trump this year. there's an answer to that and the person who is best positioned to know it joins us next.
she ate like a pig. i'd look her in this fat ugly face of her. >> he once sent a picture with the words the face of a dog written on it. >> it's an ad by connor eldridge who is running for the senate in arkansas against john boozeman, part of his ad that he's running in his senate race in arkansas. so far we are seeing in arkansas and arizona and in new hampshire, we're seeing democratic senate candidates running ads as if that democratic senate candidate is effectively running against donald trump or at least tying donald trump to the republican senator that democratic candidate is trying to unseat. that strategy we are seeing happen in the senate right now. is that strategy also going to be used by house candidates as well? that is an answerable question. the man who is in the best position to know in the whole country is congressman ben ray
of new mexico. thanks very much for your time tonight. it's nice to have you here. >> it's great to be with you. >> is there a different dynamic for candidates running for the house than what we have seen for candidates running for the senate from the democratic party where we've seen so many senate candidates basically run themselves against donald trump should we expect to see that same thing in house races across the country. >> already in states across the country you're seeing ads run including donald trump in our bid to be able to win house seats as well as senate seats and i think we can expect to see more of that. >> in terms of the overall prospects of the democrats winning because the house people who are optimistic they speak confidently about the democrats taking back the senate from the republicans. nobody is as confident in your job in the prospects of
democrats taking over the house. how big is your challenge on a scale of one to ten what's the likelyhood that you'll get to that goal. >> i'm excited about the seats that we'll be picking up this yearened a it's clear that we will be doing better because of donald trump. >> in what parts of the country do you think that's true where donald trump at the top of the ticket helps democrats the most. >> in districts all over the country that we're targeting they're in suburban areas and areas where we have a lot of women, latinos, african-americans, diverse communities and in each direct it turns out they're all over america and it's in those districts that donald trump will help us. so whether we're talking about new york, florida, colorado,
even in utah donald trump is going to help us pick up more house seats and defeat republicans this year. >> are there places where you examine ekt that donald trump is going to do really well where you may have candidates who try to localize their race or try to distance themselves from the democratic candidate. if you're going to try to win big and pick up the 30 seats you need to get this majority, you're going to have to win in some unexpected places. is everybody going to run against trump or are there some cases where that will not be the strategy? >> look, donald trump has been able to appeal to a piece of the republican base, but all across the country donald trump has turned off so many people across the country. he's upside with women, latinos, african-americans, and i'm real confident that we'll do well across the country and in part because house republicans are tied to donald trump and here is the case, rachel, all across the country we as democrats have a lot of supporters and there's a lot of voters out there that are
turned off by donald trump, we'll be reaching out to those voters and when they're given a positive alternative to donald trump we'll win them over as well. >> congressman, thanks for helping us understand your strategy. nice to have you here. >> thanks for the work you're doing. i look forward to working with you. >> you keep doing the work and i'll keep talking about it. >> absolutely. >> thank you. we have more ground to cover tonight. we'll be right back. e.t. phone home. when you find something you love, you can never get enough of it. change the way you experience tv with xfinity x1. ...another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works... ...in one week. with the... fastest retinol formula.
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libs, pinkos, or rtas, short for right thinking americans. there was a time when the department of justice evaluated attorneys for the civil rights division of the justice department according to whether they were considered to be libs and pinkos or right thinking americans. this is a time when the department justice ignored complaints about the states intimidating black voters. it was a time when the civil rights division closed investigations into alleged civil rights violations and documents mysteriously disappeared. the civil rights division endorsed new voting restrictions in southern states. if all this sounds like something out of your grandparents' time or great grandparents' time it was not.
the stories i was describing were not from the mcarthury era, they were from the george w. bush era. the politicalization of the justice department was so bad the deviation of that mission was so extreme that most of the career civil rights lawyer who had staffed the division quit. they had signed up to pursue civil rights violations and between 2003 and 2007 70% of them quit. so one of the top priorities that president obama set for the new attorney general when he took office was rebuilding that part of the justice department. under the obama administration that team has pulled as hard as possible in the opposite direction from the bush era and they've taken a number of land mark actions along the way.
they have sued states that made voting harder after the supreme court gutted the voting rights act. this week they have been taking on north carolina after the discrimination law. this week loretta lynch announced the federal government would sue over that law and she spoke about it. >> no matter how isolated, no matter how afraid and no matter how alone you may feel today, know this, that the department of justice and indeed the entire obama administration want you to know that we see you. we stand with you and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. >> the message from the attorney general that she said she districted directly to the transgender community. one piece of the eight year long aftermath of the george bush administration has been part of
this justice, has been the obama administration rebuilding the civil rights division and they have made up some real ground, but they have not made it without resistance. a few months after the supreme court took a knife to the voting act president obama appointed a new person to head up the civil rights division. he argued that the voting rights case to the supreme court, but lost. over the course of his career he had served as one of the defense lawyers for an appeal filed by a man convicted of killing a philadelphia police officer in 1981. even though everybody has the right to legal representation in this country that defense work basically politically sank his chances of running the civil rights division and the senate rejected his nomination in 2014.
but now today in 2016, the civil rights division after all this difficult work the obama administration has done to rebuild the civil rights division to something back to what it was before the bush administration levelled it, even today after all that the civil rights division doesn't have somebody permanently running it. president obama hasn't nominated anybody. as for the last nominee, he has remained out of the public eye until now. he joins us tonight for the interview. stay with us. we needed 30 new hires for our call center. i'm spending too much time hiring and not enough time in my kitchen. (announcer) need to hire fast? go to ziprecruiter.com and post your job to over 100 of the web's leading job boards with a single click. then simply select the best candidates from one easy to review list. you put up one post and the next day
>> joining us now is doib. he was president obama's nominee to lead the civil rights justice department. he's not been in the public eye at all. he's a lawyer in private practice. it's great to have you with us theepg. thank you for being here. after these long many months, more than a year of not putting yourself in the public eye, why are you willing to talk publicly now? >> i think the issues of the day are very important. i dedicated a fair amount of my life to trying to create pathways for opportunity for a range of people in our nation.
i've benefitted personally from the efforts of my predecessors who created pathways for me to go to school, pathways for my parents to came to carve a life for themselves in new york, to have me and for me to be treated with dignity and doesn't. i've gone to good schools and i've had good jobs. and so america as much as anything else is an idea, and it's an aspirational place, and so i want to come to speak to you tonight to talk a little bit about how we need to set our values toward those aspirations and not away from them. >> you would, obviously, have led the civil rights division of the a department if president obama had his way. politics intervened but what is your assessment on the health and strength of civil rights enforcement in the last year of the obama administration, especially given what they did have to dig out from with the previous president?
>> i think the state of the civil rights division is strong. and of course it's disappointing not to have the shot to participate in it, but what i knee even on that day was our history of civil rights is not about any individual. it's about a quest facilitated by a number of people. some known and some not to try to narrow the space between the high promises in our constitution and some of the low and venal practices that sometimes hold us back, and so i'm delighted to say that the civil rights division under wonderful leadership both from the attorney general and all of the brave and talented line lawyers that sacrifice to do that important work in difficult circumstances, the civil rights division is strong and it's doing important work. >> debo, one of the reasons i really wanted to speak to you tonight is because i was legitimately surprised on monday. i wasn't surprised that the justice department decided to
sue north carolina over this law they've got, this lgbt discrimination law. i was surprised by the passion and the public comments, the forceful and moving comments by the attorney general when she announced the lawsuit and when she said i want to speak to the people of north carolina and she had a speech for the people of north carolina, and i want to speak to the transgendered community, putting a lot of passion and sort of words for public consumption alongside that legal action. i wonder if you could tell me how you calculate something like that and how important it is to make a public case alongside the legal work. >> i think it's very important, and as does the attorney general. she spoke eloquently and passionately and from the heart. the attorney general and the people in the justice department, they have a couple of tools at their disposal. they have a few, i should say. certainly they have policy statements. they can have policy statements and pronouncements. they have litigation which is the primary tool that they use to advance the work of the
justice department and the civil rights division, but they also have a platform, and that platform needs to be used in the context of those other things to articulate the underlying values, and they are values that the congress and that rur nation has embraced over a period of time and after walking a very long and hard road. so for the attorney general to come to that mike and express heart felt values and to talk about the impact discrimination can have for individuals, it was a moment that i think will be remembered and that she will be remembered for. >> debo it's nice to have you here. i hope we see more of you. the election will have consequences i'd like to talk to you more about as time goes on. thank you for being us. >> thank you. >> stand by for a quick trip to debungs junction. what do you got? restrained driver in a motor vehicle.
debunction junction, what's my function. a special democratic primary edition. last night bernie sanders won by 15 points and today he was the front page of the new york post, stop the coronation. bernie wins another. hold on, everybody, bernie sanders won west virginia. that means this race is on. is that true or false? senator sanders' victory in west virginia means new day, new hope for getting the democratic nomination. is that true or false? [ buzzer ]
>> here's why. heading into west virginia last night if he wanted to overtake hillary clinton in pledged delegates he needed to get 65% of the remaining pledged delegates. even though he won last night handily, he fell short of that 65% mark which means the percent of delegates remaining, he needs to win from here on out has grown because of last night. even though he won there last night, he needed a landslide to keep his prospects the same as they were yesterday morning. now his prospects are worse than they were. winning west virginia felt great. i am sure, and a win feels better than a loss any time. but the task has only gotten bigger. he is running an impressive campaign. last night was an impressive win by senator sanders, but the numbers at the shot of winning the nomination, those numbers last night got worse for him, not better. don't be mad. it's not me being mean. it's just math.
okay. you're going to be mad anyway. i can't talk you out of it. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow. now it's time for the last word. i can't talk you out of it. "first look" is up next. it's thursday, may 12th. right now on "first look," capitol hill showdown for the leaders of the republican party and the new standard-bearer donald j. trump who says he likely won't release tax returns until after election day. and then a massive explosion that killed 15 and injured 200 was no accident. and humans traveling in a pneumatic tube at the speed of sound and one step closer to civil unions in italy. and pitching gem with pay back. "first look" starts right now. well, good morning. thanks for joining us today. i'm betty nguy