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good evening. i'm chris matthews in this big day of american politics. president obama bugled charge and played a respectful taps to honor the sanders campaign. he seized command of the democratic party's calendar for action endorsing hillary clinton as his presidential successor. he left no room for further intraparty bickering. his endorsement came this afternoon in a video. let's watch it. >> i know how hard this job can be. that's why i know hillary will be so good at it. in fact, i don't think there's been someone so qualified to hold this office.
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she's got the courage, compassion and the heart to get the job done. i say that has somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times. i want those of you who have been with me to be the first to know that i'm with her. i am fired up and i cannot wait to get out there and campaign for hillary. >> that was released a short time after the president met with bernie sanders. today's endorsement did not come as a surprise to senator sanders. the meeting was part of a very busy day senator sanders had in washington. he did travel to capitol hill where he spoke with harry reid and chuck schumer. in the afternoon sanders met with joe biden on the grounds of the naval observatory. the next hour sanders is said to address a crowd of supporters here in washington. he said he will continue
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campaigning for the d.c. primary that's next tuesday. he said he will work with hillary clinton to defeat donald trump. >> i'm going to do everything in my power and i will work as hard as i can to make sure that donald trump does not become president of the united states. i spoke briefly to secretary clinton on tuesday night. i congratulated her on her very strong campaign. i looked forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat donald trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%. >> also tonight, senator
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been able to accomplish beautifully. this is really, as you and i both know elections are about power and who gets that power and how they use that power once they get it and who they use it for. how will they use that power? will they use the power to do some of the things that senator sanders has been fighting for. >> the question of power is what i think about all the time. sometimes it drives senator sanders crazy because i'm always bringing it up. in, to get anything done along the lines that senator sanders has been talking about, college tuition, dealing with social security benefits.
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health care as a right. all of that has to be legislated through a mixed bag. you need 60 votes to break if filibuster. how does sanders, your guy, i'll be blunt about it, how does he help that happen going forward? >> it goes back to the political revolution that he was talking about. senator sanders is very clear that you cannot do it alone. you have to go out to the people. that's what is so beautiful about the revolution. the revolution may not have transformed through votes, but i have been saying this is to much bigger than the math. it's about social studies. >> how do you breakthrough to members of congress? >> it's taking it back to the people and giving the people the power is already in the hands of the people but reminding them
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that they do have that power. it comes through elections. i think senator sanders has started that in he's made the requisite races. you got to get more progressive people elected. you give people a reason to vote. just being anti-trump, in my opinion, is not just a sole reason. it's not the thing that will motivate people, especially democrats. i did goat hear your >> if you want your optimism from me, i think hillary clinton thanks to who she is running against in this general election has a shot at a mandate. not squeaking in but coming in with the senate behind her. maybe 52 or so senators. maybe getting close enough in the house of representatives where they can find a few republicans they can work with.
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she can come this maybe not like reagan yet but come this like george senior came in. you have to have power before you can use it. we've been warming former naacp ben jealous at the sanders rally let's bring in the managing editor of bloomberg politics. what is the double down this year. is his role going to be the big story if you write a book about it. i think he is. he's fighting for re-election. he wants the legacy. >> that's a big deal.
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the second thing that's true is that president obama has a unique connection to his coalition, to that coalition that helped him win office twice, non-white voters, college educated women, millennial voters. he has an ability to arouse them that hillary clinton can rely on. the clintons are great fund-raisers but barack obama is the greatest in the history of democratic elections. his legacy is at stake. he also has a lot of personal skin in this game. he is the guy that made barack obama produce his long term birth certificate a few years
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ago. trump has been the face of those forces. he has a sense of wanting to see that guy being beaten. >> are you still there, john? >> yeah. i agree with you competely. i think the positive part is there's some personal chemistry between the president and the presumed nominee. what can you tell us? they worked together. they fought with each other. here is senator sanders about to speak. ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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thank you, washington! [ cheers and applause ] let me thank all of you for coming out. let me thank ben jealous. let me thank cornell west. let me thank all of you for being part of the political revolution.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> thank you bernie. thank you, bernie. thank you, bernie. >> thank you. you know, a little bit over a year ago, we began this campaign. what the punditry thought is that the campaign would not go very far. well, here we are in mid-june and we're still standing. we are standing after having won 22 states. the results have not yet come in from california. [ cheers and applause ]
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we have won over ten million votes. i hope the next time i'm back, we'll be talking about the state of washington, d.c. [ cheers and applause ] in every state and non-state that we have run in, we have won by very large votes with young people. the reason that is significant is that this campaign is based on a vision that our country must focus on social justice, on economic justice, on racial justice, on environmental
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justice. when the overwhelming majority of young people support that vision, that will be the future of america. this campaign has done as well as it has because we are doing something unusual in american politics. we're telling the truth. [ cheers and applause ] the truth has to do with the reality of our lives as we experience it, not what we see on corporate television. what is that reality?
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that reality is that we hear all of the time that we are a democracy. the fact of the matter is, even excludeing the issue of washington, d.c. not having elected representatives in the congress is that all of you know that increasingly big money is buying elections. right now, you have a couple of brothers called the koch brothers. [ boos ] they are worth tens of billions -- >> that's senator bern sanders outside rfk stadium in washington, d.c. across town, senator elizabeth warren is giving a speech in which she will blast donald trump. let's listen to senator warren. >> stand up for the constitution and to stand up against those who would undermine either one
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of them. that's what we do. each and every person in this room has committed themselves to that fight. thank you for that commitment because i got to say, we're going to need you. four simple words are engraved above the doors to the united states supreme court. equal justice under law. that's supposed to be the basic promise of our legal system. that our laws are just and that everyone, everyone will be held equally accountable if they break those laws. we haven't always fulfilled those but it's the absolute standard to which we hold ourselves even when we fall short.
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a vital part of that struggle is the fight for a truly professional, independent and impartial judiciary. absolutely. [ applause ] a place that's governed by those four simple words, equal justice under law. yes. three years ago i came here to deliver warning about how that promise is under threat. i talk pretty bluntly about how we're losing the fight over whether our courts will remain neutral forum faithfully interpreted law and dispensing fair and impartial justice or whether the rich and powerful interest will capture the judicial branch. i talked about how year after year for more than 30 years, powerful interests have worked to rewrite the law and tilt the courts to favor billionaires and giant corporations. we talked about cases that
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protect giant businesses from accountability. cases that made it harder for individuals to get into court. cases that got long standings for consumers to keep them from being cheated and cases like citizens united that unleashed an avalanche of billionaires and tilt the rest of government in favor of the wealthy. today, i'm here to update that warning. what we have seen over the past three years, accelerating over the past three months and even the last three weeks is alarming. powerful interests are now launching a full scale assault on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its judges. this assault has two major elements. first, tearing down our
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centuries old process for appointing judges and second, viciously attack judicial nominees, potential nominees and even sitting federal judges at the first sign that they might put the rule of law above devotion to the rich and powerful. [ applause ] earlier this week i released a comprehensive report on the campaign of destruction against president obama's nominees. it details how senate republicans have delayed or blocked votes on key nominations throughout the entire obama presidency. the purpose of this obstruction is to try to hold open federal positions for as long as possible. the purpose is also to hamstring the president's ability to protect consumers and workers,
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to hold large corporations accountable and promote equality. in other words, to undermine the fundamental principle of equal justice under law. the center piece of that strategy has been a blockade of federal judicial appointments and it's much bigger than the united states supreme court. from the day president obama was sworn in, senate republicans have used every procedural tool at their disposal to try to slow down his nominees. they spent months abusing the filibuster in a naked effort to preserve a right wing majority on the d.c. circuit. after capturing the senate in 2015, they've just slowed judicial confirmations down to a trickle. judicial emergencies multiply. courts are starved for help. now the supreme court of the united states sits paralyzed,
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unable to deal with its most challenging cases all because extremist republicans who reject the legitimacy of president obama are determined to make certain our courts advance the agenda only of the the wealthy and powerful. it's outrageous and up to us to fight back. [ applause ] do your job. give them their votes. do your job. give circuit court nominees their vote. do your job and give merrick garland your vote.
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it's just the first assault on the judiciary. there's a second, even ugly line of attack. intimidation. senate republicans and their big business allies don't like nominees whose resumes reflect insufficient devotion to the interest of the rich and powerful. they smear them. defense lawyers, public interest lawyers, plaintiffs lawyers. nominees with these professional experiences are just regularly slandered. scores of republicans line up to oppose them. senator jeff sessions of alabama
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has attacked the integrity of several of president obama's nominees. for what? for having some association with the american civil liberties union. being connected to an organization whose principle purpose is to defend rights guaranteed by the constitution is an automatic disqualification. sessions vowed that the nominations process would become, and i got his quote here, a more contentious matter if we keep seeing the aclu chromosome as part of this process, and he meant it. during her confirmation hearing to be a district court judge this year, senator sessions just plain insulted paula. a former federal public defender and a civil rights lawyer who worked on cases of police abuse. he asked the question whether or
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not she could assure the police officers that might be brought before your court that they'll get a fair day in court and that your history would not impact your decision making. i want you to guess how many times he's questioned a fancy court defense lawyer asking the they would assure victims of fraud or people poisoned by toxic waste or people injured by shoddy products or employees who were fired illegally because they tried to join a union, if they could get a fair day in court. the judge was rated well qualified for the american bar association yet she was barely confirmed with nearly three dozen republican senators voting against her. this approach is corrosive to the legal profession. it's corrosive to our courts. it's corrosive to the rule of
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law. it's the responsibility of every lawyer no matter who their clients are to stand up and fight back. [ applause ] the attacks around the supreme court vacancy have been worse. any nominee, this is any nominee, put forward by president obama would be beaten like a pinata. his right wing billionaire and big business allies have actually made good on that threat. when rumors circulated that jane kelly, a highly respected federal judge might, just might be under consideration, the
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judicial crisis network, which is this right wing group that's financed with dark money from the billionaire koch brother, this group ran television ads attacking her for her service to the nation as a federal public defender. now, as you all know, the president eventually nominated merrick garland, a judge so revered for his professionalism that days before he was announced republican senator hatch called him a fine man who the president could easily name to fill the vacancy, and then, what happened? scores of republican senators refused to even meet with him. the judicial crisis network started again spending millions of dollars on television ads to demean this man. the nfib of right wing lobbying group that claims to speak for small businesses but is swimming
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in cash from conservative billionaires, announced that it would oppose garland's nomination because in cases involving federal agencies, the judge ruled in their favor 77% of the time. that's a punch line a room full of lawyers will appreciate. it requires them to defer to most agency actions. it doesn't matter anymore whether or not judge garland follows the law. what matters is he doesn't bend the law to suit giant corporations. judge garland is not a politician. he's a judge with an unimpeachable record of putting the law first. for that sin, he faces a nonstop national campaign of slime.
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he faces historic disrespect from the republicans who control the senate. it's despicable. it must end and we must end it. [ cheers and applause ] the goal here is pretty straightforward. it's to tilt the game, and it's working. 86% of the president obama's judicial nominees have worked as a corporate attorney, prosecutor or both. while less than 4% have worked as lawyers in public interest organizations. professional diversity is missing from the federal bench and justice suffers for it. even disqualifying judges based on their professional background isn't enough for donald trump.
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trump tells everyone who will listen that he is a great businessman, but let's be honest, he's just a guy who inherited a fortune and kept it rolling along by cheating people. [ cheers and applause ] you know, when that's your business model, sooner or later you'll run into legal trouble. donald trump has run into a lot of legal trouble. oh, yes, trump university, which his own former employees refer to as one big fraudulent scheme. now, many of trump universities victims ended up deep in debt. sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in debt and no way to pay it off. trump's employee playbook said look for people with financial problems because they make good targets.
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he even encouraged his sales force to go after elderly people who are trying to create a little financial security because trump figured they were vulnerable. i taught law for more than 30 years. you can ask any lawyer in america and they will tell you, that sounds a lot like fraud. [ laughter ] i'm just saying. by the way, that is exactly what donald trump is being sued for. he's being sued for fraud and worse, for targeting the most vulnerable people he could find, lying to them, taking all their money and leaving them in debt. now, some of these people are fighting back because in america we have the rule of law. that means no matter how rich you are, no matter how loud you are, no matter how famous you are, if you break the law, you can be held accountable even if your name is donald trump. [ cheers and applause ]
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trump doesn't think those rules apply to him. at a political rally two weeks ago and almost daily since then, the presumptive republican nominee for president of the united states has savagely attacked gonzolo curiel, the federal judge over his case. he says we're in front of a hostile judge. he should recuse himself. he has given us ruling after ruling, negative, negative. understand what this is. trump is criticizing judge curiel for following the law instead of bending it to suit the financial interest of one wealthy and oh, so fragile defendant. [ cheers and applause ]
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now, trump also whined that he's being treated unfairly because the judge happens to be, we believe, mexican. when he got called out, he doubled down by saying i'm building a wall. it's an inherent conflict of interest. he has personally, personally directed his army of campaign surrogates to step up their own public attacks on judge curiel. he's even condemned federal judge who is are muslim on the disgusting theory that trump's own bigotry compromises the judge's neutrality. [ laughter ] you just can't make this stuff up. [ cheers and applause ]
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now like all federal judges, judge curiel is bound by the code of judicial ethics not to respond to these attacks. trump is picking on someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself. exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned racist bully. [ cheers and applause ] now judge curiel can't respond, but we can. he was born in indiana, not mexico to immigrant parents who worked hard their entire lives and who were handed nothing. he went to indiana university for undergrad and then he went there for law school. for 13 years, he worked as a federal prosecutor in southern california fighting the mexican drug cartels as a leader of that
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region's narcotics enforcement division. he collaborated with top mexican officials to disrupt the culture of corruption between the mexican government and the most powerful and deadly cocaine smugglers in north america. the effort was pretty impressive. on both side of the border they were arrested a prosecuted. that success came at great cost. witnesses were killed, mexican officials were murdered. the judge was the target of an assassination plot and he spent the better part of a year living officially in hiding under the protection of the u.s. marshals. later, after his years of service as a prosecutor, judge curiel was appointed to california state courts by a republican governor who calls him an american hero. he was nominated to the federal bench by a democratic president and confirmed by a voice vote in the senate.
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that's what kind of a man judge curiel is. what kind of man is donald trump? donald trump says judge curiel should be ashamed of himself. no, donald, you should be ashamed of yourself. ashamed. [ cheers and applause ] ashamed for using the megaphone of a presidential campaign to attack a judge's character and integrity simply because you think you have some god-given right to steal people's money and get away with it. you shame yourself and you shame this great country. [ cheers and applause ] donald trump says they ought to look into him because what judge
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curiel is doing is what a total disgrace. no, what you are doing is a total disgrace. race baiting a judge who spent years defending america from the terror of murders and drug traffickers simply because long ago his family came to america from somewhere else. you, donald trump, are a total disgrace. [ cheers and applause ] judge curiel is one of countless american patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country. sometimes at great risk to his own life. donald trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself. [ cheers and applause ]
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that is just one of the many reasons he will never be president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] here's the thing, inspite of these shameful attacks nobody doubts that judge curiel will continue to preside over trump's case as a fair and neutral judge because judge curiel is lawyer with integrity and that's what lawyers with integrity do. judge curiel has survived far worse than donald trump. he's survived actual assassination attempts. he'll have no trouble survivoring donald trump's nasty temper tantrums. when first asked about whether
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he would condemn trump's comments about judge curiel, senator mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader said, well, gee, you know, [ laughter ] donald trump is certainly a different kind of candidate, ha, ha, ha. then after days of pressure, mcconnel finally said attacking the judge is stupid and that they should quote, get on script. what script is that exactly? and where do you suppose that donald trump got the idea that he can personally attack judges regardless of the law when ever they don't bend to the whims of billionaires and big businesses? trump isn't a different kind of
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candidate. he's a mitch mcconnell kind of candidate. yes. [ applause ] he is exactly the kind of candidate you'd expect from a republican party whose script for several years has been to execute a full scale assault on the integrity of our courts, blockading judicial appointments so donald trump can fill them. smearing and intimidating nominees who do not pledge allegiance to the financial interests of the rich and powerful. that's the kind. now, trump is also house speaker paul ryan's kind of candidate. paul ryan condemned donald trump's campaign for its attacks on judge curiel's integrity. great. where's paul ryan's condemnation of the blockade, the intimidation, smears and slime of the qualified judicial
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nominees and judge garland? where is he? paul ryan and mitch mcconnell want donald trump to appoint the next generation of judges. they want those judges to tilt the law in favor of big businesses and billionaires like donald trump. they just want donald trump to quit being so vulgar and obvious about it. yep. [ cheers and applause ] so, look, donald trump shows racism as his weapon. his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the republicans. pound the courts into submission for the rich and the powerful. senator mcconnel said he's,
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quote, pretty calm about donald trump because what protects this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the constitution, the institutions. mitch mcconnell is 100% wrong. our democracy does not sustain itself. the constitution does not sustain itself. the rule of law does not sustain itself. there's also been those with money and power who think that the rules shouldn't apply to them. those who would pervert our system of government to serve their own ends. they have tried it before and trying it now. all that is required for the rule of law and our independent judiciary to collapse is for good people to stand by and do nothing. now is not the time to stand by.
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now is the time to stand up. now is the time to say no. not here, not in these united states of america. no. we are not a nation that disqualifies lawyers and judges from public service because of race or religion or gender or because they haven't spent their entire careers representing the rich and the powerful. we are the nation of john adams, a lawyer who defended the british soldiers after the boston massacre and then went onto serve as president of the united states. we are the nation of abraham lincoln, lawyer who defended accused killers and then went onto serve as president of the united states.
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we are the nation of thurgood marshal, a lawyer who fought for racial equality and then went onto serve in the supreme court of these united states states. we are the nation of ruth bader ginsburg and went onto serve in the supreme court of the united states. that's who we are. we not allow a small, insecure, thin-skinned, wannabe tyrant or his allies to destroy the rule of law in the united states of america. we will not. [ cheers and applause ] we will not. you bet. [ applause ]
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we are ready for this fight because it is time to fight again as it has been time to fight in every generation for those four simple words that define the promise of our legal system. equal justice under law. that's what we're here for. thank you. [ applause ] thank you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. >> that's senator elizabeth warren delivering a blistering speech against donald trump and the leaders of the republican party. vice president joe biden is expected to speak at the same event shortly.
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let's bring in our round table guests, eugene robinson. in order, starting with gene, your thoughts on what we just heard. the mix of what we just heard. >> it was a very tough speech. she called donald trump a thin-skinned racist bully. a thin-skinned racist wannabe tyrant. i think she previewed a theme that democrats will use this fall which is to link the republican leadership in the house and the senate to donald trump. you endorsed him. you're going to vote for him. you're with him. that could be a very effective attack. >> heidi.
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>> chris, you just saw, i think, a good demonstration of the full force of the populist kind of assault that's about to come to bear on donald trump with elizabeth warren and to pivot off what eugene was saying, kind of the wind up she gave to that was really good context because she's going to basically say donald trump is just a vehicle for what has been going on and what we've been fighting in the senate for years with this backlog of nominations and with the smearing of judges and that basically he's just being used as a tool for a broader corporate backed agenda, which really cuts straight to that kind of populist strain that's cutting through both donald trump's populist base and bernie sanders populist base. i thought it was masterfully presented. >> hillary clinton said we're not going to let this happen here.
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she's turning this campaign into a moral crusade and elizabeth warren is a better messenger than hillary clinton. she knows donald trump is being put in a straitjacket. they're saying behave. don't respond to any of these other things. don't go after people. be presidential. elizabeth warren just goading him and making fun of the fact he has to be controlled by his republican sort of parental figures that he's the problem child. the 69-year-old problem child of the republican party. he always says he's a counter puncher. going to be difficult for him not to respond to what she said tonight. >> we're not used to hearing this kind of strong political argument interweaving personal attacks on trump.
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it's the political season, making fun of him. identifying him with an ideological movement. does he look like a soldier in an ideological army? i wonder if that's credible. >> the difficulty is to imagine him as an obedient member of anybody's army. i think if she did make the case that donald trump is emblemmatic of what's been going on, perhaps not in such garish public view. the weakest point of the argument is to make trump a foot soldier in this movement. trump is his own sort of thing, his own guy.
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>> i wonder one of the things because -- i thought it was masterful speech. she's a hell of a politician. heidi, let me ask you about this. when you get into the cheap shots, i wonder why that have to do that. going after trump is saying all he did is take his father's fortune and lie his way to keeping it going. i don't think the math really works there. i think he started with a grub steak and he got started pretty early with some cash, a million bucks or whatever. isn't it true that trump made a lot of money over the years, billions of dollars. is it accurate to say he just took what he got and sat on it? >> sure. there's going to be a lot of autopsies written on that. he's definitely a successful businessman, but, for example, in usa today, we have a story i was going to give you in the tell me something i don't know segment but about what he's done during the source of his business practices and how he's made his money and linking him
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to a lot of these lawsuits that come from the little guy, come from the dish washers and the plumbers and the people who felt like or alleged they were never paid for their work. i think that kind of going afterhis business record and shining a light on that and looking at how he did business and how he made that money is going to become a potentially powerful argument. specifically, with those bernie sanders voters who don't know donald trump and his business record. >> chris, if i could jump in. heidi's newspaper today has a great story about the contractors who got stiffed by donald trump. >> that makes sense. >> his sort of way of doing business. >> people that don't pay their bills. people that make money by not paying their bills. when i come back, i want to ask you to put together two things. that brilliant speech we just heard and the fact that she's going to endorse on rachel tonight hillary clinton.
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how is she able to transport that populism of the progressive crowd and bring it to hillary clinton tonight. it's sort of an interesting way she's done it. a very strong attack on trump and trumpism from the left and say i'm endorsing hillary clinton and how she'll be able to do that. the round table will come back and i'll challenge them to explain that to me. we'll get back to our top story, president obama's endorsement of hillary clinton. this is hardball, the place for politics.
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president obama taped an interview with jimmy fallon last night. president said he thought bernie sanders made clinton a better candidate. how's that for irony? >> it was a healthy thing for the democratic party to have a contested primary. i thought that bernie sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas, and he pushed the party. and challenged them. i thought it made hillary a better candidate. my hope is the next few weeks we pull things together. what happens after primaries is you get a little ouchy, everybody does. >> ouchy, i love that word. president obama tonight on "the tonight show" with jimmy fallon.
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i want to all three of you attack this question, can elizabeth warren deliver the progressive left to hillary clinton? gene? >> she can bring a lot of it, i think. you heard her performance today. it was a very strong speech, i thought very powerfully delivered. and i think she can connect with people. she has improved so much over the years as a politician. a few years ago she couldn't have given that speech that way. she kind of knocked it out of the park today. and i think she really does connect with the left and i think she could be a big factor in this election. >> heidi? >> yes, because i think as far as the clinton campaign is concerned and this applies to both sanders and warren, it's
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good enough to go after trump with those types of attacks. as far as elizabeth warren is concerned she speaks not just to the bernie coalition but a critical part of that bernie coalition, which is the younger women voters. i know from speaking with hillary clinton's campaign that they feel that as long as they can bring over that segment, even if they can't get a fair number of "bernie bros" as they're called, the young men, if they can get the young women, that's going to be good enough. >> eli? >> they need blue collar independent voters that trump had some appeal with, elizabeth warren has credibility with them, and she is not afraid to bring the heat at donald trump at every opportunity, she relishes doing so. i think the bridge between the bernie coalition and the hillary coalition, the union fire is going to be trump, he's going to help the democratic party unite. there's no more effective messenger than elizabeth warren. >> i kept thinking how lucky elizabeth warren is that donald trump is a public figure and she
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can say anything she wants about him. gene knows these are amazing charges against that guy you can't make against joe smith. >> the libel bell is going off. he's a public figure, he's libel-proof. >> she's able to whack him. thank you all. "hardball" is back after this. >> i'm alex trebek. if you'rage 50 to 85, i ve an important message abousecurity. write down the number on your screen, so you can call when i finish. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. this is a lock for your life insurance, a rate lock,
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"all in with chris hayes" starts right now. good evening from new york. i am chris hayes. you're watching live footage of the american constitution society conference. just a few minutes ago, senator elizabeth warren tore into donald trump at that event in washington, d.c. as you see, vice president joe biden is about to follow her at the lectern. he's being introduced by ron klain, long-time seese onadviser and associate. both speeches just hours after president obama formally endorsed hillary clinton for president, sending a signal to the rest of his party that it's time to unite after a long and contentious primary contest. earlier today, of course, the president met with bernie sanders at the white house at sanders' request. the third time the two have spoken this week. first time they spoke in a phone call on sunday. president obama hat reportedly informed sanders of his plan to endorse clinton in thein

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