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on the day that donald trump locked up the delegates for the nomination, paul ryan is really trying to think what he thinks before he endorses him. the best way to do that as we'll find out in the program is not to listen to what donald trump says but to follow the money. donald trump's money. and later, a special last word about one of donald trump's new favorite words. pochahantas. >> i'm so honored. >> donald trump has reached the
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number of delegates needed to clinch the republican nomination. >> unbound, to now bound, i think you're bound, you promise you're bound, everybody. >> i want real party unity. >> i think reince priebus has done a good job. >> president obama talking about how world leaders. >> they're rattled, and for good reason. >> when you rattle someone, that's good. >> this guy is such an [ bleep ]. >> donald trump agreed to debate me and i look forward to that. >> oh, i would love to debate bernie. he is a dream. >> i look forward coming together to unify our party to stop donald trump. >> you have to be wealthy in order to be great. i'm sorry to say it. >> the remarks being made, he is either ignorant of world affairs or a cavalier attitude. >> america first, folks, make america great again. america first, make america
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great again. >> this is the last word on campaign 2016. >> today, the inevitable became official after the number of delegates from colorado and pennsylvania bound themselves to donald trump and put him over the top in the number of delegates needed to secure the republican presidential nomination. but the republican speaker of the house paul ryan is still not bound to donald trump. >> i spoke with paul ryan last night. we had a very good conversation that is moving along. he is a good man. and we'll see how that all works out. >> it was a productive conversation, like i said our staffs have been meeting, we had a very good productive phone call. >> did it get you close to yes? >> we had a very good phone call, leave it at that. >> what i'm most concerned about is making sure that we have real party unity, not pretend, real party unity because we need to win this election in the fall.
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there is just too much at stake, the supreme court, on and on i could go. the point is i want real party unity and that is what i'm most concerned about. >> so after his conversation with donald trump, paul ryan is saying exactly the same thing about why he is not endorsing donald trump. marco rubio was asked today if he would be willing to campaign for donald trump. >> look, my policy differences with donald trump, i spent 11 months talking about them. so i think they're well understood. that said, i don't want hillary clinton to be president. if there is something i can do to help that from happening and it's helpful to the cause i would most certainly be honored to be considered for that. >> and we just happen to have clips of what marco rubio said. >> the vast majority of americans don't want donald trump to be our nominee. >> he says he is some sort of business genius.
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really? then why did four of your companies go into bankruptcy. we are not going to let the conservative movement and the party of ronald reagan and the party of lincoln be taken over by a first rate con artist. >> donald trump has been insulting people for a year. bullies need to be stood up to, and i was proud and happy to do it. >> and with the salem network, jerry reid, national correspondent is with us. and joy reid, and columnist for the new york daily news and an msnbc contributor. vince foster's sister today broke her silence since her brother's suicide decades ago, saying that what donald trump has said about vince foster was wrong, irresponsible and cruel. she went on to write this is scurrilous enough coming from
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right wing politics, how could this come from the presumptive republican nominee for president, and that brought this response from donald trump today. let's listen to this. >> i really know nothing about the vince foster situation. haven't known anything about it. and somebody asked me the question the other day and i said a lot of other people are skeptical as to what happened and how he died. i know nothing about it. i don't think that is something that frankly -- unless some evidence to the contrary of what i have seen comes up, i don't think it's something that should really be part of the campaign. but again, if you people reveal something to me, i'll answer it the appropriate way. >> so joy, something he brought up, he thinks is not something that should really be part of the campaign. >> right, conspiracy theories that he imbibed from alex jones or wherever he gets his ideas.
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he says oh, i know nothing about that. what is significant is the clip you played before that is paul ryan, saying the only thing that matters is party unity. and then you juxtapose that with things that donald trump says and you realize that there is no floor through which donald trump could fall which is low enough, for which the republican party wouldn't reach down into it and scoop him back up. that is what i would be worried about if i was a republican, and worried about the principles and if that means something to the republican party. >> and what came after that, what donald trump said about vince foster. you remember the donald trump muslim ban? it's not anymore exactly what i think you think it might be. let's listen to what the muslim ban is today. >> i just -- as of today, mr. trump, do you -- would you still
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want to ban all foreign muslims from the united states on a temporary basis, is that still your policy today? >> as of this moment, when i look at the world, the radicalized muslim situation, i want to come up with a solution. obama could never come up with a solution, number one he is incompetent, and the solution won't be out there for him. he wouldn't even mention the words, radicalized islamic terrorism. >> i noticed the words, he wouldn't even mention muslim ban in his answer, and i don't know what is going on with that now. >> there is an old promoter who was once caught in an inconsistency, and he said yesterday i was lying, today i'm telling the truth. and i believe that he believes things when he says them. and you know, the other day i was kind of waiting for him to bring ted cruz' father into the conversation about what happened to vince foster. you were just talking about
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this. paul ryan keeps saying we're having productive conversations, and i'm thinking about what? how do you think schwarzenegger is going to do on celebrity apprentice? how many conversations would they have to have for paul ryan's core beliefs to somehow be aligned with mr. trumps? >> well, here is one that is not looking farther apart. hugh hewett, we have this report that shows a giant policy problem with donald trump. this is from josh green's reporting, donald trump saying to him, five ten years from now, different party, meaning republican party. you will have a worker's party, a party of people who haven't had a real wage increase in 18 years that are angry. what i want to do, i think cutting social security is a big mistake for the republican party. i know it's a big part of the budget, cutting it the wrong way is a big mistake and even cutting it at all.
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hugh hewett, how can paul ryan come to an agreement with someone who is saying that. >> well, he can adopt ronald reagan's position that if you get 70% you're an ally, not an enemy. i believe that paul ryan and donald trump have to work it out. i want to go back to something that mike just said though. donald trump has proven himself to be a media genius, lawrence, he dominates in a way that nobody has ever dominated an election cycle with the most sophisticated situation, but manages to bring the conversation back to him on every single night on every single channel which is very hard to do. i have been wrong in this election season more often that the cavs lost when lebron james was in miami, and that is a lot. but i think the election will be decided in september and october as it was in 2008, as it was in 2000, in years of non-incumbents.
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so donald trump is simply practicing various instruments. and it was not smart to talk about the tragedy of vince foster, 23 weeks before the election. so he backed off of this. and the american electorate is in on every joke. this is the red wedding election, they're the most sophisticated election. they know every joke he is telling. they get every inconsistency and they don't care yet. he has the highest floor of any republican nominee heading into the convention. but he may also have the lowest ceiling, that is why paul ryan matters a lot to him. >> i was just talking to representative pete king right before i came on the air. and he says that more and more people he talks to about trump say the following. i think he is wrong about this, that, and i don't agree with him on this, this, this, but he is better than her. is that the new progressive movement in the republican party? >> well, there is charles murray's piece in national
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review this week which says that argument won't cut it. i did hear paul ryan mention the vacant supreme court seat, vacated by justice scalia. and if he stays with the 11 nominees that is enough to bring people around. on the other hand, you hear president obama say he rattles the world. and people ask the commander-in-chief the question. and there is the shy, the people voting for hillary clinton although you think they're going to vote for trump, people who are going to vote for trump or you think they're going to vote for hillary clinton. it's the largest number i think we've seen in my lifetime. i just don't think we've ever had that much uncertainty. >> joy, with trump putting out his list of supreme court justices energize democrats more than republicans? >> i think to the extent people don't know who any of those people are the question you have to ask yourself is would donald trump three days from now stick to anything that he is telling republicans today?
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he can't decide on a given day whether he wants to relitigate the '90s or let them go. he can't decide on any given day whether he wants to be a far right republican or a moderate one or a progressive one or a bernie sanders, so i think the idea that it leaves the republican party, having been so wrong about who the base of their own party is for them to now have the cheek to believe that they can somehow manage and control that person, donald trump, that he will somehow come under the sway of paul ryan and that he wouldn't just run him around the capital the way the tea party has. i think that is insane that -- >> don't they all have a problem with their constituents? marco rubio is retiring from office. he is going to go out and say something nice about donald trump whenever he does it. we are going to run the video of everything he used to say about him. what you're showing the constituents, i don't know when you are telling the truth
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because you said x months ago that trump was a con man, now you're saying he should be president. >> and there is no thinner plank to be on to be the guy who was belittled and humiliated by donald trump who now goes out humbly in his service. i don't know how that makes you, marco rubio, a strong person, let alone a worthy advocate. >> i mean, trump is turning them all into, are you telling me the truth now or then? >> and then you turn into chris christie who looks like the world's biggest hood instrument. but don't you think it seems like people go from never trump to never hillary clinton, a justification getting in line with a guy who is going to be very formidable for secretary clinton in the fall. >> hugh, do you think there will be the moment where paul ryan says okay, we're 70%, that is
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good enough, 80%, whatever number you pick. we're never going to agree on social security and title one funding but i'm endorsing donald trump? >> i don't know, lawrence, i think of the 69 mets, i think it's fascinating that mike has become one of the most objective commentators as a sports writer as one of america's best sports writer. this is a campaign like a season where an underdog comes who has never been expected to win. and you have to say you got to believe. you got to believe that maybe trump can pull it altogether, but i don't know. >> all right, we'll have to leave it there. thank you all for joining us tonight. coming up, donald trump says rattled is a good thing. and tonight, bernie sanders versus donald trump, bernie is ready to go, now it's all up to donald. why just shave,
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what do you do when other countries say you are ignorant
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in japan today, president obama was asked what other foreign leaders are saying to him about the president of the united states. >> they are paying very close attention to the election, and i think it's fair to say they are surprised by the republican nominee. they are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements. but they're rattled by him. and for good reason. because a lot of the proposals that he has made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude. or -- an interest in getting
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tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is that is required to keep america safe and secure and prosperous and what is required to keep the world on an even keel. >> at donald trump's press conference this afternoon not surprisingly the first question was about president obama's comments. i love that those in our beautiful world have been taking advantage of us, if they're rattled in a friendly way, we'll have great relationships. if they're rattled in a friendly way, that is a good thing, not a bad thing. >> and joining us now, general wesley clark, a former democratic presidential candidate.
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general clark, first of all i want to get a reaction to president obama's comments. do you think it was appropriate for the president to talk about domestic american politics in a campaign while on a foreign trip like this? >> well, i think he was asked about it. it would be hard for him to duck giving an answer, because it really was not so much about domestic politics at home. it was really about what the impact is abroad. so i think it's a fair question, i thought he gave a good answer. >> and what about donald trump's response, what is your reaction to that? that it is good that countries feel rattled by him. >> well, u.s. policy has tried to build a record of reliability and consistency. that way, both our adversaries or potential adversaries and our friends understand what we'll do. they understand what we stand for. they will support us. they know how far they can go. so when you shake that up you create a lot of uncertainty, and usually that uncertainty is not
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productive. our friends pull back from us. our adversaries take advantage. i have traveled all over the world, europe and asia, since january, i have been stopped repeatedly in airports and restaurants and business meetings and with some government officials, asked the same question president obama was asked today. and there is worldwide concern about the attitudes and expressions that donald trump has given. no other way to say it. >> there is a worldwide poll showing that 74% of people outside the united states say that trump's politics have had a negative view on their view of america. another 71% said that trump's views are bad for the global economy. so it would seem that it would be impossible for the president as you say to escape the question like that when he is out there in foreign countries. and when the president knows that that type of polling is out there, i imagine the president would feel a certain
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responsibility to speak to the world about this. and what they're fearing in this candidate. >> oh, absolutely true. and you know, all of us who served in the armed forces, especially people of my generation during the cold war, we were dealing with the soviet union and we were trying to be responsible and protect the country and hold the free world together, when you listen to mr. trump speak, it's very jarring. because people put their lives, their families, their careers. everything into this effort. like nato. and nato is just as important today as it was before. i was just in eastern europe and heard repeated fears that mr. trump may become the president and cut a deal with mr. putin -- they call it yaltaii, where the president of the united states would give up on eastern europe, in terms of nato. so people are pretty worried. it may make great political theater to sort of shake your
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fists. but the world has counted on the president, our strength, reliability. they always believed we would act in our own self-interest. nobody ever thought hey, the united states doesn't care about the united states. they're just going to do everything for us. no, but they understood that our interests and their interests had a lot in common, and that when we were helping them we were actually doing something to help ourselves. so when you rattle these leaders and cause them to re-think our position, and should they work with us in the middle east and united nations, and how much should they raise their defense budgets, all of these issues that cause political pain in our allies and what we're trying to do in the world. and if you're the president of the united states, you say don't care where it comes down there is a new boss in town you don't know what the consequences might be, but they're probably not going to be good.
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>> donald trump has said he wants nato countries to pay more for nato operations so that the united states can pay less. and he has said quote, if it breaks up nato, it breaks up nato. could you explain to donald trump what the value of nato is to the united states? >> well, it's actually a value that is highly estimated. that is to say since the start of the cold war we have had nato allies with us. we preserved the peace in europe. we've extended democracy and human rights eastward in europe and created a zone of stability, where there was no such stability before. so it makes the economy work globally, it's the foundation for everything else that happens really in the world. it's a foundation for agreements in the united nations to move forward on helping refugees. it's a foundation for the international monetary fund to assist nations in africa.
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it's the basis for -- i mean, you go on and on, you can't do any of these things without security and you can't have security if the united states and europe don't work together. and that's nato. >> general clark, thank you very much for your in sight tonight. appreciate it. coming up next, in the war room, the donald trump versus bernie sanders debate. any chance that that will actually happen. and if it did happen who would be helped by it and who would be hurt? and later, i will have a last word tonight about the word that donald trump uses when he talks about elizabeth warren, and the ugly truth he tells about himself by choosing that word. if you suffer from a dry mouth, then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? well, there is biotene,
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in the war tonight, donald trump versus bernie sanders. jimmy kimmel asked him last night if he would debate bernie sanders. >> are you prepared to debate the largest issues facing our country in the california primary, yes or no, he wants to know if you will debate him. >> yes, how much will he pay me? >> bernie sanders heard the yes part. >> donald trump has agreed to debate me. and i look forward to that. hillary clinton has not agreed to debate me here in california. so i look forward to debating mr. trump on that because i think it's important that
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somebody hold him to task for his outrageously bigoted remarks. >> with 166 days left for the campaign war rooms joining us tonight in the last war room, was smith, a veteran of the o'malley presidential campaign war room, and the 2012 war room, also, a veteran of the marco rubio war room. alex, so donald trump debating bernie sanders. is there a war room calculation on the trump side that says yeah, let's do this? >> yeah, if i'm in a trump war room, this is a win/win for me, you get to elevate bernie sanders, who is hillary clinton's worst nightmare, and on the other hand, you get to dominate a week's media and get to fight a socialist on behalf of conservatives. donald trump is having trouble in the party, speaker ryan is not ready to endorse donald trump.
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i think trump debating bernie sanders will only help with that effort. >> but liz, this would be donald trump going against someone who is actually opposed to everything that he is saying, including the tax cut. so it would be his first engagement with a democratic party principle in the debate. >> yeah, it would be, but i think -- i can't believe this, but i completely agree with everything that alex just said. and i think there are a few things that work to donald trump's advantage. number one, this would be a media spectaclespectacle, and th be the king of spectacle. this would be the match of 2016. and he gets to play the role of the entertainer. the fact he is elevating sanders, sucks the oxygen out of her campaign. what is she going to be doing? like twiddling her thumbs in brooklyn? >> but donald trump has never faced this kind of debate. >> right, you never want to get
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into the race with somebody who has nothing to lose. so that is the one risk. but look, trump has had more republican debates, i know, because i was in the rubio war room. and he did very well in each of those debates. i think if i'm in the trump campaign, why not? >> let's listen to what donald trump said about this possible debate. >> i would love to debate bernie, he is a dream, he said if we can raise women's health issues or something, if we can raise 10 or $15 million for charity which would be a very appropriate amount, i understand the television business very well i think it would get very high ratings. i should be in a big arena somewhere. and we could have a lot of fun with it. i would love to debate bernie. >> so the deal would have to be if they have raise charitable money, none of it goes near donald trump. >> that is where the charitable money disappears, the money never gets to the veterans. >> it's kind of his way of
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joking about it, i'm mostly worried about the thought of another kind of charity, the faux thing he does -- >> no, i began, last night i saw that moment happen on jimmy kimmel, and all day i was thinking there is no chance. trump would never do this. you are starting to make me think that this is possible. i just think if i'm in the trump war room i am terrified that my guy has a glass jaw, and has never been in a real debate, on the real principles, the differences between the republicans and democrats. i would be so afraid of letting donald trump take a chance against bernie sanders. >> well, i think on a trajectory point, donald trump will lose this fall, because he has not been able to unite other swing voters, which we need to do as republicans if we're going to win this fall.
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i think a debate with bernie sanders is a risk worth taking. the potential benefits of going in there and landing a couple of punches against bernie sanders far outweighs in my mind the potential benefits -- >> he will call him a communist -- >> right, but my former boss, marco rubio did that, too, but it didn't stick to them -- >> when i saw marco rubio to the first day of doing con man and all that stuff, i thought wow, this is going to work. because it just sounded so real. but it didn't work with republican voters. >> but every day here in the war room you think how can i diminish hillary clinton and hurt her? that is what they're thinking every day in donald trump's war room. and by elevating bernie sanders they are hurting hillary clinton. and think about all of this. from all the earned media he can get from this, bernie sanders can get enough momentum to pull off an upset in california, that would be really, really bad for hillary clinton. >> and it's such a risky proposition, the truth is you don't know what is going to happen.
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it's possible that you could come out of this debate saying -- which is not an unusual sensation in the debate this year, saying gee, i'm for someone who was not on the stage. there is a way this could work to hillary clinton's benefit. >> absolutely, this is not all bad for hillary clinton, if there is a food fight it elevates hillary clinton, in the sense it makes her -- i can't believe i'm saying this as a republican. but it almost makes her seem for presidential. she is the one that is presidential with governing experience. she can bring america together is what she says, and trump, by debating sanders doesn't cut into that. >> but the flip side of that. i'm a democrat saying this. it also highlights that trump and sanders are the candidates who are animating people, bringing the excitement and passion. and she is running this joyless, plodding campaign. but it's a very risky proposition. this is a guy who likes risks.
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>> alex, quickly, marco rubio saying basically, i'm on board with the trump thing. it was not a wholehearted endorsement. let's go. he did say he would be willing to do whatever the campaign asked him to do, go out and make speeches. how does he do that when we're going to show -- whenever he does it, i'm telling you right now. we're going to run marco rubio saying con man, con man, con man, the good thing he said about trump today. >> i think the policy differences between donald trump and marco rubio are established. that doesn't change. that said, marco rubio doesn't want hillary clinton to be president. i don't want hillary clinton to be president. in a tough spot for marco -- >> remember, the video we're going to show where marco rubio goes out there for trump will not say a word about policy, it will just be all the words about his character. >> and again, that is why he is saying i'll do whatever the trump campaign says -- >> thank you, really appreciate
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>> it will be one of the most notable moments in presidential politics. president obama in japan this morning said leaders around the globe are quote, rattled by the possibility of a trump presidency. >> i think it's fair to say they are surprised by the republican nominee. >> when you rattle someone, that is good. >> the last thing we need is a bully in the white house. >> the democrats remain locked in what looks like a very close race here in california. >> there is no doubt that report yesterday is overshadowing secretary clinton's campaign. >> was a mistake, i should have had two separate accounts. >> she somehow has to be much more tactical than she has been in the past. >> the only thing standing between donald trump and the oval office is all of us. me too! call me tomorrow? i'm gonna send a vague text in a couple of days, that leaves you confused about my level of interest. i'll wait a full two days before responding.
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and stop all payments of the united states tax dollars to u.n. global warming programs. >> as a politician, donald trump follows his party line as a global warming denier. of course, it's impossible to know if he really believes that. but as a businessman, it might be easier to figure out what he believes by following the money. and in donald trump's case, he wants to spend money to fight global warming. but just on one small speck of the planet, a golf course on the coast of ireland that bears his name, donald trump has petitioned the government there to allow him to protect the golf course from rising sea levels due to global warming by building a wall. a wall that donald trump says he will pay for.
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that is how much he believes in global warming as it affects exactly one golf course in ireland. joining us now, former republican congressman of south carolina, now executive director at republican.org, which advocates a realist approach to solving climate change. bob engliss, so there is donald trump with the party line it's absolutely not happening, don't worry about it. except on my golf course in ireland. >> yeah, it's like me hearing you say you know that you're going ahead, and i say yeah, yeah, keep going, when i know the bridge is out. it's really not good to give a warning to people. the smart money is already moving on climate change. donald trump is apparently part of that smart money but he tells the crowd and sort of amplifies what they're hearing from other sources. the bridge is not out, pedal to
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the metal. >> let's listen more to what donald trump said about the paris climate accords today. >> president obama entered the united states into the paris climate accord, unilaterally and without the permission of congress. this gives them control over our energy and how much we use right in america. so foreign bureaucrats are going to be controlling and using what we're doing on our land in our country. no way. >> bob, your reaction to that. >> well, of course it's completely incorrect. but that is the problem, you know, with responding to really just anything that trump says. it is not rational what he says. and so -- when people like me respond and try to make sense out of it, you know, the joke is sort of on us. because it really is a joke. it's -- it's not for real.
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and so he says these things that are just simply not correct, but those of us who try to respond rationally, i think the joke is on us. >> you lost your seat in congress in the republican primary where this was one of the issues. you tried to speak clearly about this issue. is this the way it's going to continue to work in the republican party? >> no, i don't think so. i think that donald trump is about to fly the grumpy old party into the flames. that party will be different. it will be a movement of people who really do believe in enterprise to solve challenges, who stick to ideas and follow the ideas rather than just saying whatever comes to mind and having like i say, the rest of us sort of try to treat it seriously. but when we do it really the
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joke is on us. >> former republican member of congress, bob inglis, thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you. coming up, a last word on donald trump, elizabeth warren. pochahantas. (war drums beating) fight heartburn fast. with tums chewy delights. the mouthwatering soft chew that goes to work in seconds to conquer heartburn fast. tum tum tum tum. chewy delights. only from tums. there's no one no one surface...e. no one speed... no one way of driving on each and every road. but there is one car that can conquer them all. the mercedes-benz c-class. five driving modes let you customize the steering, shift points, and suspension to fit the mood you're in... and the road you're on. the 2016 c-class. lease the c300 for $359 a month at your local
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and now tonight's last word. which is, pocahontas. during their centuries imperialistic rule of ireland, they decided they needed a slur. something that would render that group sub-human. that is what that word is meant to do. the n word is meant to categorize african-americans as sub human. one word was paddy, an a abbreviation of the word, patrick. and that is the model for donald trump's use of the word pocahontas. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren says she is part american indian.
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and that is apparently all donald trump knows about elizabeth warren. >> she seems to have made it her job. >> who? pocahontas? i'm sorry about that. pocahontas, she is a senator that is highly overrated. she has passed very little legislation. she has been a real disaster for a lot of people, including the democrats who frankly can't stand her. i think she is as native american as i am. that i will tell you. but she is a woman who has been very ineffective, other than she has a big mouth. >> so the candidate with the big mouth doesn't think elizabeth warren has native american blood. he doesn't discuss his own ancestry, because you don't have to go far back to find the name change that gave donald trump his last name.
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>> it's the cornerstone of his brand, if only they are able to uncouple that magic word from the man who really is, there is. the name trump was not always his family's name. they found one ancestor had changed it from, and this is true. drumpf is much less magical. >> one of the many questions that donald drumph has provoked but will never be asked of him, is who was pocahontaspocahontas? what are the odds of him getting that right. there is no way that donald drumph knows that pocahontas was a real person born about 1796,
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she is famous for having befriended the english settlers of jamestown, virginia, john smith wrote a glowing letter to the queen saying she saved his life when her father was about to have smith executed. in john smith's version, pocahontas laid her head on his head so that smith could not be beheaded without pocahontas suffering the same fate. in his letter to the queen, john smith says she hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine. and not only that, but so prevailed with her father that i was safely conducted to jamestown. in smith's original account of that dangerous encounter with that tribe, pocahontas was not mentioned. and so historians doubt the accuracy of his letter to the queen. but that is the version of
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pocahontas that has passed through the centuries and is now the stuff of disney animation. the reporter that you just heard ask donald trump about elizabeth warren is nicole robertson. she was native american. here was her reaction to donald trump's use of the word pocahontas today. >> i believe that mr. trump and his tone was offensive today. if there was other young indigenous or young native american girls sitting here, what is that signaling to them? as young native american girls? >> what that is signaling to them is that if they work their way through law school and become a harvard law school professor or if they become senators, no matter what they do in their lives, donald trump will reduce them to one word. donald trump will do everything he can to rob them of all of their accomplishments and reduce
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them to one word, and in doing that, donald trump is following the model set out for him hundreds of years ago by the people who needed to believe that the people they didn't like were sub human. that everything that could and should be said about them is reducible to one word. every group knows what that word is for them. the jews know the one word labels that anti-semites use for them. we all know the one word that was invented for black people. if someone heard donald trump use that word, no one would have to explain to them what he was trying to do with that word. here is something the most ignorant person who has ever run for president doesn't know about the word he used today. pocahontas was not her real name. she and her tribe decided to hide her real name from the
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english settlers. historian william stiff explained why, in his book published in 1865. titled the history of the first discovery and settlement of virginia. william stiff wrote, her real name it seems, was originally
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trump's over the top. let's play hard ball. donald trump has earned enough delegates to win the republican nomination on the first ballot in cleveland. he is over the top. it was unbound delegates that did it. he did a victory lap tossing out red meat attacks against president obama, hillary clinton, senator warren. let's watch.

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