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are looking for in the next president is boredom, it might be the opposite, which explains why we could elect, for better or worse, despite hell or high water, a president with a past. that's "hardball" for now. "all in with chris hayes," starts right now. tonight on "all in." move over, carlos danger. meet john miller. >> he's coming out of a marriage and he's starting to do tremendously well financially. >> the presumptive republican nominee today denying he posed as his own spokesperson in the '90s. >> you're telling me about it for the first time and it doesn't sound like my voice at all. >> tonight an nbc news exclusive with the reporter who talked to john miller. "the washington post" reporter who broke the story. and the trump senior adviser who says that voice is not donald trump. >> i don't think we ever reported that about -- >> he called and wanted to go out with him, that i can tell
you. plus the trump explosion on taxes. a look at the sordid world of clinton conspiracies trump is preparing to deploy. as the obama administration lays down the law on bathroom discrimination, my interview with texas lieutenant governor leading the backlash. >> you intervened against the superintendent -- >> chris, calm down -- >> when "all in" starts right now. good evening from chicago. i'm chris hayes. donald trump appears to have been caught once again in a brazen lie on national television over something so trivial and so absurd, you have got to hear it yourself to believe it. trump has already set records, of course, in this campaign for the appalling inaccuracy. many of his claims in interviews and on the cam pail trail. 84% were ruled mostly false, false, or pants on fire by plit that fact. politifact couldn't pick a
single fabrication to call its 2015 lie of the year. instead that award was to the totality of trump's campaign falsehoods including everything from mexico intentionally sending criminals a s ans and r into this country, ted cruz's father conspiring with lee harvey oswald to kill jfk. it would be hard to imagine anything trump could say that could shock. but today "washington post" obtained audio of a 1991 phone interview recorded by sue carswell, reporter for "people" magazine, with a man claiming to be trump's publicist going by the name john miller. his voice and his speech patterns were eerily familiar. >> he didn't want to make a commitment. he really thought it was too soon. he's coming out of a marriage and he's starting to do tremendously well financially. as you saw, he got his licenses five to nothing the other day and totally unanimous. he's really been working hard
and doing well. and probably, as you know, there's a real estate depression in the united states and he's probably doing as well as anybody there is. and frankly, he wants to keep it that way. >> the alleged john miller was referring to trump's relationship with his then-girlfriend and future second wife, marla maples. and he wanted to make sure the reporter knew that trump had plenty of other option forth female companionship. >> frankly, he gets called by everybody. he gets called by everybody in the book in terms of women. >> like who? >> well, he gets called by a lot of people. a lot of the people that you write about. and you people do a great job by the way. but a lot of the people that you write about really are -- i mean, they call. they just call. actresses, people that you write about just call to see if they can go out with him and things. >> you can't say did man donna ever really call? >> he was so fed up with that. what happened is it was a benefit at the plaza hotel, which he owns, for vreeland.
or no, for martha graham. madonna was in the room. somebody from madonna's entourage, she comes in dancers and everything else, somebody from madonna's entourage said, would you say hello to madonna? he went over and said hello to madonna, gave an autograph, said good-bye, that was literally the end. he's got zero interest -- >> i don't think we reported that about madonna and donald -- >> she called and wanted to go out with him, i can tell you. >> discussing his divorce from ivana intimate detail. the man claiming to be john miller said he'd been brought in to handle the press attention. >> what is your position there? >> i'm sort of handling pr. he gets so much of it. and frankly -- >> where did you come from? i could tell you off the record. until i get to know you, off the record i can tell you that he didn't care if he got bad pr until he got a divorce finished.
so when he got a lot of the bad financial stuff, he liked it because, you know, it was good. because he could get a divorce finished. once the divorce is finished, if you notice since then he's doing well financially and he's doing well in every other way. >> according to "the washington post," trump was known among reporters and editors in new york for posing as his own spokesman under fake names to talk to the press. the name john baron showed up in reports throughout the 1980s. in 1990 trump reportedly testified in a court case, "i believe on occasion i used that name." trump would later give the name baron to his son with third wife melania. cynthia mcfadden reports a reporter on the john miller tapes, sue carswell, said she immediately had questions about the voice on the other end of the line. >> at the time, carswell suspected john miller was, in fact, trump himself. and she says marla maples confirmed it. >> i called marla. played it for her. she just started to cry. >> reporter: in fact, that's the story "people" published at the
time. it's the same thing carswell told "entertainment tonight" back then. >> she started to cry. she was absolutely devastated. >> reporter: a few weeks later, trump she says called her and apologized for pretending to be john miller. >> he told me that he was sorry that he had done this and it was at marla's expense. >> reporter: "people" published his apology for pretending to be mr. miller soon after. "i'm very sorry," donald trump said. >> nevertheless, when the "today" show played the tape for trump in a phone interview the gop's presumptive nominee vehemently denied it was him. >> is it you? >> no, i don't think it -- i don't know anything about it. you're telling me about it for the first time and it doesn't sound like my voice at all. i have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice. and you can imagine that. and this sounds like one of the scams, one of the many scams. it was not me on the phone. it was not me on the phone. and it doesn't sound like me on the phone. i will tell you that. and it was not me on the phone. >> later this afternoon, a political correspondent for "the
post" tweeted "washington post" reporters were 44 minutes into a phone interview with trump about his finances when they asked about john miller. the phone went silent. then dead. joining me, "washington post" senior editor mark fisher, one of the report hoarse broke the story about trump's alter ego. mark, how did this all come about? where did you get the tape? >> we've been doing some reporting on this whole question of the trump masquerading as john miller off john baron. we've spoken to a number of reporters and editors in new york who received those calls as well as trump organization executives who had heard donald trump making those calls from his office. but then i got a call from an old friend who said, would you be interested in a tape recording of donald trump making such a call? and naturally i said yes. and was connected to someone who provided me with this tape. the source is someone who received the original micro cassette of that phone interview with the "people" magazine reporter back in 1991 when the reporter gave it to the source.
and so that's what we received this week. and obviously you hear much more in that recording than you would know just from hearing reporters say, hey, donald trump used to call us under an assumed name. >> so my understanding of this is that reporters at the time knew this was a thing he did. i just want to be clear. this was not a common practice among folks back then, right? >> no. >> this is as unusual as it strikes me, right? >> yeah, this is not something that most reporters would ever run across over the course of a career. but back in the '80s, a little bit in the '70s and '90s as well, a number of reporters and editors at new york newspapers would get these calls from donald trump masquerading as usually john baron, this name john miller who was much less familiar, but john baron would call, he would either be promoting something trump was doing that evening or wanted to talk up some woman who supposedly had the hots for donald trump. and they were so used to these
calls that they became a joke on the city desks of some of the newspapers in new york. now, some people were disturbed by these calls and thought they were dishonest. others thought they were just trump being playful. >> just to be clear, one of the common themes it seems of these calls, certainly the call we have, is trump pretending, it appears pretending to be someone else, to call up reporters to tell them at length how many women were interested in him. >> and this was something that a number of the reporters we spoke to and a number of the former trump organization executives we spoke to were quite disturbed by. the way the assumed name person, john miller, john baron, would talk about the women who were supposedly interested in trump. bi it would seem to them disturbing to hear him go into great detail about the interest these women had and how trump either was reciprocate organize not. if you listen to the recording,
you get this sense of john miller sitting there, rather enjoying describing madonna in her combat boots or some of the other women who are mentioned in the recording. >> mark fisher, thanks a lot. very good reporting, appreciate it. i'm joined by barry bennett, senior advisor to the trump campaign. mr. bennett, let me start with this. would you say that if that were a practice that donald trump gained in, pretending to be his own spokesperson to boast about women being interested in him, that would be a weird thing to do? >> nothing can be we'der than this entire story, tell you the truth. >> the story originates with the practice. that's the egg and this is the chicken. >> "the washington post," a major newspaper, is writing a story about a recorded phone call with a "people" magazine reporter 25 years ago. good lord. you know, people are hurting,
the deficit is mounting, government can't do anything and we're talking about a "people" magazine article? good lord. you know, if we can't -- surely we can find something more serious to talk about. >> let's talk about something more serious. here's the reason i think this has terrible essentially been brought forth. there have been a variety of claims donald trump has made throughout the campaign that have been definitively debunged and refuted. he seems to skate away from that. he says mexico is intentionally sending criminals, that's not true. he says people were cheering -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa, what do you mean they're not intentionally sending criminals? >> mexico is not intentionally sending criminals to the united states. >> i can show you footage of drug runners crossing the border every night. >> you think the mexican government is intentionally sending criminals to the u.s. --? the mexican government is complicit, they turn the other way and let the cartels rule, yes. >> what the arab-americans supposedly celebrating en masse 9/11, you believe that's
true even though it's been debunged? >> arabs celebrated all over the world, i have no idea whether it was in new jersey or not. >> your boss mr. trump made that claim repeatedly despite all evidence to the contrary. there's no tape of that to def fintively prove it. this seems to be a smoking gun that stands in for a pattern of carelessness with respect to the truth. >> this is a smoking gun? oh my god. this is ridiculous. >> isn't it? >> of what? a "people" magazine reporter from 1991? oh my god. he says it's not his voice. i don't know if that's his voice or not. you don't know either. >> that's the point is that someone who just seems to willing to lie about something so trivial -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa. >> -- strikes one -- >> you can't call it a lie, you have no idea what the truth is, you can't accuse someone of lying, that's over the bounds, that's not journalism. >> so let me ask you this. a pattern of statements that have shown to be false, that then are repeatedly asserted in the face of being shown to be
false, how do you characterize that? is that carelessness with the truth? >> i don't have the same love you have for political fact, first of all. second of all, there's scale, somewhat there's integrity, i question a great deal. we can argue about any of those statements you want. but i mean, good lord, this is ridiculous. >> mr. bennett, the world is the world. the reporter was called by mr. trump, who apologized for doing this. we're trying to establish this tiny little epistemic corner of the universe to say "x" happened and it seems impossible for mr. trump to come along with that. >> i'm sorry it doesn't fit the fact pattern of what you believe. i don't care what happened 25 years ago. 25 years ago our national debt was $5 trillion rather than $20 trillion, i care more about that. >> do you think it is important to people the degree to which a
candidate for office cares or even knows the difference between the truth and something false? >> who do the voters think is the least trustworthy and honest? is it donald trump or hillary clinton? >> donald trump currently has the highest favorables in the history that we have of candidates running for office. >> actually, he and hillary have exactly the same positives and negatives. >> they do not. he's 10 points higher. >> you can't argue mathematics. look at the last five polls. that's exactly the truth. >> i was suspecting that's going to turn out to be as true as mass arabs celebrating 9/11. >> ppp. rasmussen. reuters. >> all right. >> you can go back and look at them. i'll send them to you. >> thank you, dr. bennett, mr. bennett. >> see you. still to come, the intense reaction to the president's directive on bathroom discrimination. the lieutenant governor of texas is leading the backlash. he joined me for a contentious interview. you don't want to miss it.
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as you can tell from that last interview, the trump campaign likes a sort of oppositional stance toward the media, that is when they're not cultivating it. fact check, if you have google you can look up those last five polls in the favorable and unfavorable and see what the truth is. now donald trump has a new opponent in his sights. last night the presumptive nominee suggested recriminations against jeff bezos, founder and ceo of amazon, and "washington post," which is owned by him. sean hannity asked about a team of "post" reporters assigned to research trump's life and publish a biography on him. >> every hour we're getting calls from reporters at "the washington post" asking ridiculous questions. and i will tell you, this is owned as a toy by jeff bezos who
controls amazon. amazon is get way with murder tax-wise. what they've done is he bought this paper for practically nothing. and he's using that as a tool for political power against me and against other people. i'll tell you what, we can't let him get away with it. >> this kind of vindictive approach seems to be par for the course for trump, especially in regards to the media. he's promised to open up libel laws so he can sue the press. his campaign has been accused of keeping a media black list. "mother jones" reports the trump campaign at one point or another has banned publications including the national review, des moines register, huffington post, and mother jones. there's a certain sector of the media donald trump appears to love. the ones willing to say the most outlandish things. which may explain trump's lunch this week with author ed kline, perhaps best mown for anti-clinton smear books. here's how "the daily beast" describes the reporting in one of kline's recent books about the clintons blood feud. "unless clooirn wired his
sources and his worses were bill and hillary clinton, none of this is likely to be even kind of true. it's possible kline is a fab list or it's possible he has terrible sources. it's possible he's a looney tune and the multiple sources he's interviewed upward of 70 times each are all in his head." joining me, alex seiswalled, msnbc political reporter. i wonder how much the clinton camp is thinking about, prepared for, the sort of vast right-wing conspiracy sorts of stories to start circulating that hillary clinton famously talked about in the late '90s. >> chris, it was hillary clinton who invented the term "vals right-wing conspiracy." so this is the kind of environment that they've been operating in for decades. and a lot of these conspiracy theories that are being dredged back up again by roger stone and robert murrow and ed kline are stuff that's been floating out there since the 1990s, since the clinton white house. so they have a very large
communications team, very large apparatus up in brooklyn that is going to do a lot of swatting this down. they had some practice in 2014, 2015, with a couple of earlier clinton books that came out from other conservative authors. but it's just going to get cranked up to 11 as they say. with donald trump, he's willing to say anything, do anything. and clinton aides i've talked to have ac knowledged that's a challenge. you wake up every morning, have no idea what he's going to throw out there, how you're going to go after it. >> part of it is it's news what the candidate says, no matter how untrue what they say is. you couver what they say, which as way of introducing all sorts of things into the discourse. roger stone has been interviewing spruce to conspiracy they're russell wilsons. here he is suggesting hillary clinton might kill him, take a listen. >> if in a couple of weeks they tell you that i committed suicide because i was depressed, or if i get hit by a truck
crossing the street -- >> or struck by a boat of lightning. >> or tell you i was killed in a freak hunting accident, don't believe it. hillary clinton's the major perp and she needs to be exposed. >> that's one of trump's senior advisers. >> i mean, donald trump is the king of "just saying." he can take any one of these myriad things in his books, from hillary clinton is a lesbian, bill clinton is a cocaine dealer, you know. just wild, wild stuff. he could throw any one of these out and buy himself an entire news cycle worth of coverage and then immediately step back and just say, this is just what i've heard, it's out there, it's on the internet, it's in this book, i don't actually believe this. like he did with ted cruz saying that his father was involved in the jfk assassination, which is something that i never expected to hear on a presidential campaign trail. trump is very good at this. he knows how to pull these things out. he knows how to operate. >> alex seitz wald, thanks. donald trump gets testy over
his taxes saying what he pays is none of your business. what, if anything, is he trying to hide? one of the few report others the planet who might have the answer. the obama administration issues a directive on bathroom access for transgender students, a move the texas lieutenant governor claims will destroy public education. my conversation with the man leading the conservative backlash is coming up. [burke] at farmers,we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a ufh2o. [man] that's not good.
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to protect you going forward. >> just days after attorney general loretta lynch gave what is by far the most sweeping defense of equal rights for transgender people in the history of the american federal government, in a speech announcing the justice department would be counter suing to keep the north carolina transgender bathroom law from going into effect, the obama administration today took another big stance for transgender rights sending a letter to every public school district in america warning them they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding. many conservatives expressed outrage over the transgender directive to public schools with a chorus led by texas lieutenant governor and former conservative talk show host dan patrick who called for the resignation of the superintendent of the ft. worth independent school district over guidelines which stipulated that students must have access to restrooms consistent with the gender identity each student consistently and uniformly
asserts. patrick this morning claimed the president was seeking to blackmail texas over policy he cast as one that forced boys and girls to shower together. >> i believe it is the biggest issue facing families and schools in america since prayer was taken out of public schools. >> right after this, my very contentious interview with dan patrick on this issue. >> you leave it up to the parents, to the school board, you leave it up to the superintendent, the mistake the ft. worth superintendent made, he didn't talk to the parents, he didn't have hearings -- >> you wouldn't leave it up to the superintendent though -- >> no, i don't -- >> you intervened sgaenls the superintendent. >> chris, calm down. you live life your way.
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a short time ago i had a somewhat heated conversation with texas lieutenant goner dan patrick who vowed to forego federal funding for low-income texas students if that's what it took to defy an obama administration directive that school districts allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. >> i believe you're going to see an explosion of home schools if this prevails. parents are going to look for private schools. parents are not going to send their 14-year-old daughters into the shower, into the bathroom, with 14-year-old boys. not going to happen. >> i want to start making sure that everyone's understanding each other about what exactly -- what does the term mean to you? when you're transgender, what does that mean to you,
lieutenant governor? >> chris, i'm explaining it to you. the interpretation the obama administration has is that they see transgender as someone who perceives that they are of a different sex, maybe they want -- it depends what part of the transition you're talking about by the way. someone goes through a transition possibly, they may already have done the transition. you don't know that. someone may be thinking they're another sex. so title ix is about the sex that you were when you were born. and what loretta lynch and the obama administration, the superintendent, are talking about is they see a transgender person is it's the sex they would either like to be or believe they are. and title ix doesn't cover a transgender. title ix talks about the sex that you are. so transgender, which is about three-stents of 1% of the population, no one knows for sure, it's very small, are people who are born of one sex and either want to be, feel they are, it depends. i can't give you the definition for every transgender person. so there's your answer to the question. >> so people that are born
biologically to a certain sex and feel identified strongly with a different den jer than that biological sex, my question to you is, just starting with that, do you think that is a genuine phenomenon and there are people that genuinely feel that, or do you think this is essentially a fabricated issue? >> no, i don't think it's a fabricated issue, chris. first of all, and just so you know a little bit about me as chair of education in the state, we make accommodations for lots of students for lots of reasons. we have 6 million students in texas schools. and so if a child, however you want to define it. particularly with a child whether they're 8 or 14, it may be difficult to tell. i assume they're being sincere, i take them at their word they're sincere, and we make accommodations for them. our schools figure this out. >> what percentage of complaint in the state of texas or in ft. worth, what percentage of complaints that come from students and parents initiate
due to this specific issue that you have now devoted so much time to? what percentage of those -- >> chris, i feel you're hostile to the issue. i'm just having a discussion. you don't have to take me on. i'm just answering questions, trying to explain -- >> no, but -- >> here's the deal -- >> i would like to know what percentage of those complaints originate from this. >> what complaints have we had from transgender students that they need to actually have to go in the bathroom with a girl, or with a boy if it's the other way around? here's the bottom line, chris. this creates total chaos in the schools. you're going to have 8-year-old girls are going to go home and say, mom, i don't want to be in that bathroom with that boy, or a 15-year-old girl, i don't want that boy coming in and playing on our basketball team and showering with us, because this is what it would allow. >> so they should. >> -- >> you don't change the whole school system -- >> what do you do? what's the solution? >> i'm a grandfather and a father. i don't want my kids or grandkids commingling in the bathroom or shower and i think most don't. we're not going to let barack
obama blackmail us -- >> what's the solution? >> -- and threaten to take away our funding. if he wants to do that that's going to be our call. this is what obama doesn't even understand. he says he's going to threaten to take away our money which is $10 billion in texas over two years. most of that is for reduced, free lunch and breakfast. the poorest of the poor would lose their federal nutrition program because the president is unhappy with a school that doesn't follow his mandate. >> then what is the solution? >> the solution is what is happening today in america. first of all, chris, the president has no business in the schoolhouse -- >> the solution -- >> so you leave it up to the parents -- >> what's the solution? >> chris, chris, i'm answering your question. first of all, you leave it up to the parents of the community. you leave it up to the elected school board. you leave it up to the superintendent. the mistake the ft. worth superintendent made, he didn't talk to the parents, he didn't have any hearings -- >> you wouldn't leave it up to the superintendent though -- >> no, i don't because -- >> you intervened against the superintendent -- >> chris, chris, calm down. look, chris. the point i'm making is local
control is when people actually get a chance to vote and have their voice heard. the superintendent did not take it to the board, there was no vote, the people never testified on it. had they, they would have rejected -- >> substantively -- >> okay, here's the answer, chris. >> what's the solution? >> the solution is what killer isd and school districts are doing all over the country for any child, whether a child that may be dyslexic or has a disability or has a nutrition issue or can't eat certain food in the cafeteria, i can go down the list. the school system as big as we have, all kinds of students who have special needs. and schools make accommodation. they don't turn the whole school upside down. they say, okay -- >> so they can go to a separate bathroom? >> they can go to a separate bathroom, absolutely. the president says that's not good enough that separate bathrooms don't matter. >> i understand there are parents who genuinely 1,000% feel your view, they may be the majority of parents in ft. worth, they may be the majority of parents in america --
>> probably like 80%, 90%. >> i don't feel that way, i'm a parent of children -- >> you're in the 20%, you have the right to your opinion. >> let me ask you this. >> yes, sir. >> can i ask you this, put yourself in the position of being one of those children or the parents of them. what have you learned from all your conversations with trans students and trans parents and trans teachers? what have you learned from those conversations about their concerns? >> sure, let me tell you what. i've been on the board of a charity for children with disabilities in schools since 1988. i have been in the senate on the senate education committee for eight years. i was chair of education and now i'm lieutenant governor. and the truth is i've never had a transgender parent or student, until this week, ever contact me personally about an issue or that they had a problem that i ever recall. it has not been an issue. it's maybe .03% -- >> you've come to this position without talking to them? >> chris, i've come to this
position without it ever being an issue from anyone. i have talked to transgender. no one's brought it up as an issue. schools have dealt with it, parents have dealt with it. they've kept it private, they haven't made an issue. i have a lot of experience on this more than you do, more than barack obama does. and here's what i know. school decisions and community decisions are left to the parents and left to the school board. it's not to be controlled by the president of the united states. we're not going to take his 30 pieces of silver and have him take over the students in our state and take over the children across this country. it is not right, chris. if you can't get -- i respect you may have a different view. but if you can't understand that 70% to 80% of the parents don't want a 14-year-old boy in a 14-year-old girl showering together or don't want boy in the girls' room, girl in the boys' room, if you can't understand that, that's fine, but at least respect the fact that an overwhelming majority of americans don't agree with this policy. and the president, this is the biggest issue for public schools
and parents since they took prayer out of public schools. it's a big issue and it's just the reality. it's going to be a big issue in the presidential campaign. hillary supports it, trump doesn't. this probably will cost hillary the election. >> i would respectfully submit that there might be bigger issues -- >> there's no bigger issue when you tell a parent how their child should be educated. >> thank you, sir. if you want to watch the full 12 minutes of my interview with texas lieutenant governor dan patrick, it's on our website. i thank him for the extended conversation. it was excellent to have that exchange. joining me, former democratic texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate wendy davis who hails from ft. worth. i wanted to have you on because i'm curious how this is playing in texas right now. because i get the sense from talking to lieutenant governor patrick, from ted cruz's campaign trail rhetoric, that conservatives, a, believe what they're saying, first order. but also think they've got a winning political issue on their
hands right now. is that the sense you get? >> i think it's much more the latter than the former, chris. they feel they've got a winning political issue on their hands. i found it so striking today to see dan patrick get up and grandstand in the news conference that he held, talking about those 30 pieces of silver and the intrusions of the federal government. we have some real problems here in texas. we have a dramatically underfunded school system here. we lost a little girl not long ago in grand prairie because our child protective services is so dramatically underfunded. the texas legislature cut $400 million from disabled children receiving therapeutic services. you didn't see dan patrick stand up and hold a news conference on any of those issues because he was a part of all of that underfunding and supporting that underfunding. if he really cared about children in this state, those
are the things that he'd be talking about. they've picked what they believe is a hot political issue and they're going to drive it as far as they can. >> did you say $400 million they cut? >> yes. >> that's a lot of money. >> yes. it was a tremendous amount of money. and there was a huge backlash from the parents of these students who were receiving those services in texas. the children who were receiving those services. and still that went forward. there's a lawsuit going on about it right now. so when he gets up -- and i know him very, very well. i served with him for a number of years. i know that he is very good at capturing the camera when he believes he has an issue that will be politically beneficial to him. and that's what this is all about. but chris, i've read that letter. the letter from the obama administration was a letter clarifying, because so many school districts were seeking
clarification on this issue, what the requirements of title ix are. and yes, title ix, if it is violated, there can be a consequence of school funding. but there was nothing in the letter that talked about or threatened to remove funding from schools based on the clarification that the letter provided. it simply laid out what the law was under title ix. and that this kind of discrimination cannot be had. and there was guidance given to school districts on what title ix would require them to do for students based on their own gender identity, no differently than they would have to comply with title ix based on not discriminating in a girls' sports program, for example. that's why title ix exists. and the obama administration is within its rights to interpret it and to provide guidance to school districts, particularly because so many of them have been asking for that guidance.
>> you know, it strikes me one of the things that's been glossed over is that in the policy of the ft. worth school district where you hail from and where the lieutenant governor has seen fit to intervene, the policy is the gender identity of the student consistently and uniformly identifies, which is to say this idea that's been conjured of some tricksterism, some predatory fakery to get into the opposite gender bathroom, is itself not jermage to what the policy said. >> exactly. what they know is they're playing on fear. they know that's been a successful strategy. we saw it happen in houston with the defeat of an ordinance to protect sexual orientation identity and transgender identity there. and they're trying the same thing here. because they know it's a winning message. >> wendy davis, thank you for your time, really appreciate it. still to come, what could be in donald trump's taxes that he
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>> that's none of your business. you'll see it when i release. but i fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible. >> joining me, syracuse university law lecter ur, columnist for "usa today," david k. johnson who's been writing and reporting on taxes for decades. david, let's start with this question. why does it matter? why is it the case that it has become a norm that candidates release their tax returns and what do we learn from them? >> well, because we had an unindicted tax felon in the white house in richard next son whose tax guy went to prison, and we had a confessed tax felon one heartbeat away in spiroing a new who pled guilty, and we don't want to have criminals running the united states government. >> so what are the big questions that you have as someone who's gone through a lot of tax returns, been through the tax returns of previous candidates? the big questions you would have about a donald trump tax return? >> well, i suspect most
importantly that donald does not pay income taxes. if he owns the real estate he claims, there's a special rule congress adopted for full-time real estate professionals that allows them to live tax-free. and if that's the case, i actually think donald could turn that into a positive by saying, hey, i should be paying big taxes, you're being heavily taxed, put me in washington, get rid of those corrupt congressmen and senators, and we'll fix this! another distinct possibility is that donald has income from very unsavory sources that would be very disturbing to us. people he has business associations with. we know he's had long-term relationships with all sorts of unsavory characters. mobsters, mob associates, convicted trafficker. he may be engaged in a lot of offshore activity to avoid taxes that he'd rather not people know about. i suspect it will show no gifts to charity since he's given nothing to the donald trump
foundation for ten years and it's primarily funded by people who have business contracts with him. there may also be a big mismatch in his tax returns. he's been pictured with documents up to here. donald has in the past reported one set of numbers here and a different set of numbers here to advantage himself and gotten away with it. and so he says he's audited every year for 12 years? that doesn't happen to people. if it's actually happened, it suggests that there are serious problems with his tax returns. >> yeah, i was curious about that when i first heard him say that. seems like a strange thing to make up. if you are making it up, it doesn't seem to reflect well on you, getting audited 12 years in a row. that is a plausible thing to be audited 12 years in a row? >> only if he's really engaged in some aggressive and disturbing behaviors. but remember, donald says things all the time that have no
relation to reality. he admitted under oath that he used the name john baron in phone calls. today on national television he says, that's not me, doesn't sound like me. of course it sounds like him. donald lives in a world where he creates his own reality. and he makes things up and lies all the time. >> what about this idea -- we talked about nixon releasing when he was in the white house, the idea that you're barred from releasing if you are under audit that year? >> absolute nonsense. let's see the tax returns for the ten years before the current audits. he's indicated 2012, '13, '14 are under audit, fine. let's see 2000 through 2011. those aren't under audit anymore. but it is nonsense. and i'd like to see the tax lawyer who says otherwise. you file your tax return under penalty of perjury. that statement at the bottom called a jurat is a statement where you attest that it is a proper, honest, and accurate return. and if donald's returns are honest and accurate, what's he
worried about? it will have no influence on how the irs audits him, assuming he's actually under audit, and we don't know that. >> is there any way to know that? >> no. i think we should should have congress pass a law that says, once you are nominated for president by any major party, you've got to show your taxes. for years. >> i guess this whole thing could be fixed statutorily reserve thank you for your time. >> thank you, chris. >> that does it from the windy city, that is "all in." "the rave ched maddow show" starts right now. >> happy weekend and thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. this is going to be an interesting kind of a fun, interesting/disturbing show. a lot of weird stuff has happened in the news. it's been kind of an intense week. this is one of those friday nights that felt like it took about 16 days to get to the end of the week.