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all in for chris hayes starts now. >> tonight on all in. >> donald trump says he'll make america great again. it's right there. no. it's stamped on the front of his goofy hat. >> hillary clinton and elizabeth warren join force to take down trump. >> she gets under donald trump's thin skin. >> and the trump campaign comes ungl unglued. >> she can take a dna test, she can release the records herself. then, fallout from today's supreme court stunner. >> incredible news for the women in texas and this country. >> plus, delegates revolting to stop trump make their plans to descend on cleveland. i'll talk to the woman leading the charge. america under water. >> louisiana has lost a very large amount of land over the last century. something close to 1900 square miles worth of land. that is equivalent today to about a football field an hour.
>> our special report on res resettling america's first climate refugees when "all in" starts right now. >> good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes. in their first appearance side by side on the campaign trail, hillary clinton and elizabeth warren present an energized and unified front and did what warren seems to do better than any else, throw donald trump off his game. quite a site in since, ohio, two powerful women on stage together in coordinating blue looking just like a democratic presidential ticket. warren is on clinton's vice-presidential short list but a decision has yet to be announced. in her rousing introduction, warren made a strong positive case for clinton's candidacy. >> hillary has brain, she has guts, she has thick skin and steady hands but most of all, she has a good heart, and that's what america needs.
and that's why i'm with her. are you with her? >> as she has done before in other settings, warren eviscerated trump over his temperament and business record. >> donald trump cheered on britain's current crisis which has sucked billions of dollars out of your retirement account because he said, hey, it might bring more rich people to his new golf course. what kind of a man roots for people to lose their jobs, to lose their homes, to lose their life savings. i'll tell you what kind of a man, a small insecure money g b grubber who fights for no one but himself. >> warren even repurposed trump's attempts to stick her with a demeaning nickname. >> donald trump says he'll make america great begin. it's right there. no. it's stamped on the front of his goofy hat. you want to see goofy. look at him in that hat.
>> clinton for her part, seemed to genuinely enjoy sharing the stage with the progressive icon relishing warren's critique of her opponent. >> i do just love to see how she gets under donald trump's thin skin. she exposes him for what he is. temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the united states. >> the trump campaign recently under new management trying to convince republican elites it's capable of competing in a general election released a measured response calling warren a sellout and campaigning for clinton stands in stark contrast to the liberal ideals she once practiced. this is a sad attempt by d.c. insi insiders. no slurs or personal insults. maybe the campaign is getting its act together hiring someone other than the candidate himself to dictate press releases.
apparently the statement didn't hit back hard enough for donald trump. on a phone call later with hallie jackson, i hope she's selected as the vice-presidential running mate. i will speak very openly about her if she is. she is one of the least productive senators in the senate. i call her poke hon tas. she made up her heritage i think is racist. i think she's a racist because actually what she did was very ra racist. donald trump, america's top authority on racism. this dates back to her 202012 massachusetts senate campaign against scott brown and revealed she had listed herself as minority while teaching at the university of pennsylvania harvard law school and said her mother's side of the family talked openly about her cherokee ancestry but not formally documented lineage and they stated her background was not a factor in her higher. that didn't stop this with scott
brown supporters publicly mocking native-american culture while claiming to defend it from warren's alleged misuse. now, scott brown is one of trump's top surrogates, on a phone call today sponsored by the rnc, he was questioned about trump's diatribe against warren. >> as we know she's not native-american. she's not 1/32. she has no native-american background competent for what her family told her. the easy answer on that, as you all know, harvard and penn can release the records. she can authorize the release of those records. she can take a dna test, release the records herself. there's never been any effort. what did that do? that took away somebody who truly was a native-american and gave it to -- gave that opportunity to somebody who is not. that's just not right. it's reverse form of racism, quite frankly. >> that claim behind by what penn and harvard have said.
also, this call for the possibility of the senator taking a dna test was on a call hosted by the republican national committee. asked by hallie jackson if his comments to warren might undermine his campaign makeover, i don't care, i do me. i do what i do. i've listened to this for a long time at the beginning of the primary, you should do this and that. i won in a long slide. >> what worked in the primaries doesn't appear to be working in this general. one poll 46-41 and another poll, clinton leads 51% to 39%, a w p whopping 12 point margin. joining me now, jennifer granholm. governor, i could not help but be struck today, whatever the vetting process is the optic office that event sure did look like a ticket on stage. >> it was -- it was awesome. the comparison of these two
strong brilliant warriors who are fighting for everyday citizens come paired with donald trump who is a buffoon who doesn't know anything about foreign policy and fighting only for himself, make trump great again is what that hat should say. the contrast is perfect. i don't know if -- for your viewers who may not have seen for example the story in this new york city this weekend and "l.a. times" again today, in the "new york times" and how he is in it for himself using the stories of everyday citizens, how they've been bilked out of their life savings and had to cash out their life insurance policies to pay for nothing they got back, not just trump university but branding services or this condo unit that never materialized in mexico. baha, california. it is -- we are just getting flooded by real people who have been bilked by this vultur
vulture-predator on people who are vulnerable. the contrast with them out there talking specifically about policies that will help everyday citiz citizens, raising incomes, et cetera and him and what he's done in his life, it could not be more stark. >> it struck me watching the two of them. elizabeth warren is one of the senators strongly opposed to the transpacific partnership, a trade deal that hillary clinton's state department worked on. she has come out against it in this campaign. donald trump will be giving a speech tomorrow on trade and quote economic independence in pennsylvania. how important is that issue and how important is it for hillary clinton to be loud and proud about her opposition to tpp in a state like your state of michigan or place like ohio? >> it is really important, chris. it is really important that citizens in those states recognize we need a president who will fight to create jobs in america and not aid and abet the outsourcing of jobs, which is why the hypocrisy of donald
trump and every bit of ties and suits and furniture and frames are all manufactured in other countries, all his lines are all outsourced. the hypocrisy for him and her strength saying we must manufacturer in this country, when she talked today about having a strategy to man fracture in america. i used to say nafta and kafka have given us the shafta. and people feel in their bones it's unfair trade and 95% of goods go across borders and we have to make stuff here in order to ship it over there if we can't our economy to grow. having fair trade is critical. >> it strikes me as a somewhat complicated trade. you have the president of the democratic party very popular among democrats and very popular among americans right now, 56% approval rating, pushing for this deal.
you have a situation in which the democratic party declined to put opposition in the platform, do you think this is going to be one of those top tier issues in states like ohio and pennsylvania and michigan, the states donald trump himself says he's targeting? >> i do think this issue about jobs in america, especially advanced manufacturing jobs is critical. that's all tied up in trade. she, i think, has been very clear about not supporting trade agreements that do not create jobs here and fighting to insure our trading partners are held to the same standards is really critical. yes, i do think those issues will be important. she just needs to talk about representing buffalo and looking in the eyes of people who have lost their jobs and how real it feels for those communities. but how she's got a plan to address that. that's the contrast. he hasn't articulated any
manufacturing plan and she has a robust plan to encourage manufacturing and energy an this whole week talking about energy. she has the boldest plan, $60 billion clean energy challenge to create jobs in america. that's the difference. >> jennifer granholm, thank you, appreciate it. >> you bet. joining me now, i have to say, i was flabbergasted a bit. rnc after this whole thing, elizabeth warren is out there, rnc calling a call to put on scott brown vanquished by elizabeth warren famously, to go back to the well of this somewhat i think ridiculous issue that was brought up in a patently offensive way in the campaign that donald trump has run with. what are you -- where are you? >> it's really stunning. if you look at the idea of elizabeth warren out there campaigning for clinton, clinton is reaching both her primary base and the general public. >> that's right. >> you contrast that with trump
bringing out scott brown, who is attacking a surrogate with a line that is literally like fever swamp stuff, right? they're bereft. it really is -- it is stunning in many ways. >> it's also, to me, it was such an interesting thing to watch this official response, which was fairly standard, then trump fights back, you bring in scott brown and the rnc, it may end up being the case trump drags the rnc and party more towards him than he gets dragged towards being a regular candidate. >> of course. you saw every one of those candidates who went down in flames in the primary all act like trump before they exited. they later said, i'm sorry, it was out of character for me. i think we will see more of this. to the extent anybody show ups at the republican convention, they're going to sound more like trump than trump is going to sound like jeb bush. >> you covered the primary
closely. i thought one of the points key about warren there right is her credibility on these issues. she's not someone wavered or been in differed places in terms of where the party is and credibility with bernie sanders supporters, i think are coalescing the polling would indicate. is there some party that looks at the polling and saying after all this, donald trump is only down by five points in the nbc poll. >> we are a very polarized country. there is a floor a republican cannot penetrate, really, because -- like 40%, literally any, will get 40% of the vote. >> we're a ways off from the actual election. i think, i would imagine the poll that shows double digit lead is probably closer to reality. who knows? the end of the day, it's tough to say. this is very much you're a republican, you're a democrat, i don't think that there is going to be large sways one way or
another. i think at the end of the day, i don't know if there's any republican and maybe donald trump is proving that, that can -- >> that can break below that floor. >> below 40% in this day and age. >> i for while have been a skeptic on the warren for vp for a variety of reasons. in some ways, it's a bold and high risk proposition, first woman elected and all female ticket. certain political risks that might make temperamentally conservative people nervous about that. but watching them today i thought there is something going on in this dynamic that is palpable. >> they're both very smart women that both know this benefits them. they both realize, this is win-win. they both know it adds to their credibility for various constituen constituencies. elizabeth warren understands her power in the senate, if she's still in the senate following the election, is enhanced by
both campaigning for hillary clinton and by having hillary clinton as the president. hillary clinton understands her advantages to having warren out this for her early and often. i think they both genuinely think that donald trump is -- >> they don't have to play act at it. >> i think it's elizabeth warren is someone that gives hillary clinton permission to be as forthright about the contempt. >> of course. it's always easier to have someone else out there doing this. elizabeth warren, not like when donald trump engages in these type of personal attacks, it's donald trump. elaborate is -- elizabeth warren is a very serious person. >> thanks. >> what happens when donald trump gets to cleveland and they try to take the nomination away from him. we'll talk to who is trying to bring that day about. first a breakdown to today's massive decision of the supreme
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a huge victory for abortion rights at the supreme court in the biggest case of its kind since 1992, the court striking down a draconian texas law that imposed tough regulations on an abortion clinic without hard evidence for medical necessity of those regulations. the 5-3 decision written by justice stephen breyer considered two parts of the texas law requirement clinics meet the same standard as ambulatory surgical centers and another requiring doctors that perform abortion have hospital admitting privileges, that abortion clinics spread out across the clinic meet the same standards as full-fledged hospit hospitals. at the crux of the case was the willingness to cut through claims to such regulations for
women themselves, cases that had been taken at face value by lower courts. justice briareyer. when directly asked at oral argument whether texas knew of a single treatment, texas admitted there was no evidence of such a case. the majority found as admitting privileges of the law was enforced the number of facilities providing abortions dropped in half from 40 to 20 and number of facilities would drop to seven or eight if the surgical center took place. that was an undue burden in violation of planned parent v kasie that upheld the seminal abortion rights case roe v. wade. it has implications for a dozen other states. joining me the president of the center for reproductive rights has represented the plaintiffs in this case. this strikes me as a big victory for abortion rights in this country.
talk about the scope of this. what does this decision mean today. >> well, this was a complete and total win today. we are just thrilled. the supreme court could not have been clearer that states can't do what texas had done, which is to use sneaky means to pass p - pretextual health laws designed to shut down abortion clinics. it's big for texas because the clinics open now will stay open and the promise of more clinics being able to open. also a game changer around the country because we have been fighting these restrictions on abortion over the last five years, there's been an avalanche of them. court after court have blocked them but they keep popping up again like a game of whack ca mo mole. today's decision is so clear you have to have medical justification if you're going to pass these type of regulations and you cannot burden women the way these regulations have been. it's going to make a huge difference as we're fighting
this battle around the nation. >> you talk about medical justification, you used the word sneaky. it struck me about this case when this happened in this case and wendy davis the famous filibuster opposing it, everyone understood what this was about. opponents of apportion were trying to restrict access to abortion. everyone understood that. what you have is the state of texas going into court after court and saying with a straight face, talking to federal judge, no, this was not about abortion. it was so manifestly obviously bad faith, there was something satisfying about essentially the court saying that today, we all know what this is about. >> absolutely. i mean, what was satisfying about today's opinion is that the court made clear that evidence matters and science matters and facts matters and reasoned opinions by courts matter. as a lawyer, it was tremendously gratifying to see that finally, you know, reason and justice prevailed. that's important. again, because this standard is
so clear that the supreme court set out today, we are in a moment of making a pivot and a change in what has been a fight around access. so we're not going to stop the fight continues today to make sure that all of these kind of regulations don't stand, so that wherever you live, you can have access to your constitutional rights. >> you have eight justices on the court, a 5-3 majority. a lot of people watching the case or some people thought it would come down this way, a fairly good likelihood. interesting it was not kennedy often the swing vote on abortion that wrote the decision but justice breyer. breyer saying abortions taking place in an abortion facility are safe and indeed saver than numerous procedures that take place outside hospitals that require surgical requirements. is it possible there are future abortion law before the court because of this decision today? >> what's significant is today
the supreme court restored the promise of roe versus wade for the next generation of women. for over 40 years the court again and again, at these crucial moments when we get to the cliff on these things, has always, yes, has always come back to say, no. women's ability to control their lives, to make these decisions matter. the constitution matters and it's going to be protected. to see once again, 24 years after that case an kennedy's decision in casy to have that reaffirmed is hugely important. it's time for responsible state legislatures to stop passing these laws, to respect women's rights and to make sure that we are not continuing this game of whack-a-mole. >> there will be a bevy of legal challenges in the wake of this and more to point to for those like yourself arguing against it.
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64% of americans say they don't think that donald trump is qualified to be president. do you believe he's qualified and how do you convince all those voters that think he isn't. >> well, look, i think there's no question he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. i think they're beginning to right the ship. it's a long time until november. >> i didn't hear you say whether he's qualified. >> that's up to the american people to decide. he won the republican nomination fair and square, he got more votes than a lot of qualified candidates and the american people have made their decision who they want to be the nominee. >> when mitch mcconnell the republican majority leader will not say when given the opportunity to say whether donald trump is qualified to be president chances are he might not be a speaker at next month's
republican speaker. they contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and house members to gage their interest in speaking. only a few said they were open to it. everyone else said they weren't planning on it, didn't want to or weren't going to cleveland at all or simply didn't respond. as for how trump sees things, he told the "new york times" republicans shouldn't expect to address the convention. if there's no endorsement i wouldn't invite them to speak. speaking spots they be the least of trump's worries at the convention, there continues to be an organized effort to strip the republican nomination from donald trump, pushing to allow delegates to vote for whomever they want at the convention rather than being bound by the primary results. the "new york times" reports prominent house speaker paul ryan and governor scott walker breathed new life in these efforts by saying delegates should be free to follow their consciences instead of backing a candidate. even though trump is trying to
head off this effort one that amounts to an attempted coup at the contention and have to contend with a lawsuit filed by a virginia delegate saying state laws requiring delegates to vote for a particular candidate are unconstitutional on the grounds that they violate the first amendment protection of right to assemble. >> joining us, founder of a group called "free the delegates." my understanding you're trying to organize and effort to unbind delegates to vote their conscience. i feel i've covered a dozen or two dozen attempts to unseat trump. do you have enough, is this a big thing or boutique enterprise? >> we're now mainstream, not the fringe. we have money that has come on board and a floor plan that will be able to match donald trump's attempts to quash us. i can answer what mcconnell would not answer. he is not qualified to be
president. the supreme court ruling today, for all of those that value the sanctity of life and believes life begins at conception and should be protected needs to have a candidate to unite the party to run against hillary clinton this fall and he is not someone we want to see as the face of our party. we gained incredible momentum. we started with 400 delegates and alternates on board and grows every day and we have thousands of volunteers coming on board applying pressure to use this as a lobbying attempt to influence the rules committee for conscience claus as well as the delegates on the floor. let me be clear, the conscience claus i am sponsoring, number one, we're not changing rules, drafting new rules to govern this convention. that is our job as rules committee members. i'm not giving the right to unbind to the delegates, codi codifying what already exist, their inherent constitutional
right to be unbound. >> before we get to the rules for a second. i understand that interpretation. we had someone on the show that said this in here is essential to the act of delegating, that you can vote your conscience. >> correct. >> before we get to that, there seems to be a little bit of democratic legitimacy problem. you had a bunch of candidates and this guy won, you walk into cleveland and seau ay uh-huh, c you say with a straight face that's a drink outcome? >> that's a fair question. we had about 11.5 million democrats and independents vote in our primary because of the open primary and blanket primary laws and needs to be dealt with on the rules committee. >> you want them closed. >> to either incentivize or penalize those states that have those prirms. it is our duty and obligation and inherent right for delegates to act like delegates and cast a
vote of conscience for delegates we believe best reflects our party. that is our job right now to actually fill that role who will be our nominee. once again, the fact that the majority doesn't necessarily get to dictate an outcome because it's not a democracy, a constitutional republican, representative government system. >> particularly as pertains to a party, you guys can actually do what you want. >> the supreme court has ruled several times. >> is there any space -- so conventi conventions, this is not the way conventions usually go in the modern era, it's been a long time since we had anything near contested and generally planned out months ahead of time and the nominee has theme night a, b and c. do you see places where uncertain things can happen? is there going to be the space in the schedule you can stage this sort of rebellion or is everything going to be a fete accompli before we get to cleveland? >> that's why we will have parliamentarians on the floor to
deal with house rules. obviously, there will be an attempt to keep it scripted and make us act like the good robots and adhere to the nice script that they have all planned out to accommodate television and cable media, quite honestly. what they have done is they have taken away the ability absolutely our right to delegate. that is truly to choose the nomin nominees. >> those of us in cable media will be rooting for the unexpected. good luck with that. >> it will be an actual convention. >> thanks for joining us. i appreciate it. still to come, a project we have spent months working on, in-depth look at the climate crisis happening across america, tonight, a community feeling the catastrophic impact first hand as they watch their land disappear under water. what is next in this brexit strategy? it turns out they didn't exactly plan this far ahead. fall in love with a new daily fiber.
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there were two other big cases from the supreme court today besides the abortion ruling. first, it unanimously overturned the corruption conviction of former virginia governor mcdonnell. he lavishly accepted gifts such as a rolex in turn for promoting a dietary supplement. but they said it failed to prove a quid pro quo that mcdonnell actually did a government act in return for those gifts. the case goes back with instructions to order a new trial or dismiss the case completely. in a case that might apply most directly to this current political moment the court uphold a gun conviction. felons are pre-hibt from poss s possessing firearms and congress
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hurry in...! it's only here till august 2nd! when it comes to presidential politics and the issue of climate change, one candidate believes it's an urgent threat and defining challenge of our time and the other calls it a hoax and conco concocted by the chinese. donald trump's position on climate change is increasingly disconnected not only from the scientific reality or political center but from the lived experiences of ordinary americans who are already dealing with its consequences. all this week we will be pres t presenting stories how climate change is not some far off problem for future generations to deal with but something happening today, impacting communities across the u.s. from alaska to florida in remote villages and major american c y cities. we'll take an in-depth look how it is affecting people and what the fight over the future of our energy supply looks like. we will begin with
louisiana, losing the land they called home for generations. they are among the first americans impacted by climate change and the federal government is helping to relocate them. >> this island has been home us to for generations. we always talk about how serene it is, how good it is. yes, it is. it really is a different world away from the world you would consider the mainland. >> this is isle dejean charles louisiana and people have lived off the land for centuries and now the land is disappearing and the encroaching water is forcing them out, making what some have called the first climate refu e refugees in america. >> this land has changed so much because of all the water from the gulf of mexico.
>> home to the native community, they are 80 miles south of new orleans, once the size of the island of manhattan, this low-lying ridge has lost 98% of its land over the last 60 years. only one road leads here. it's a narrow two-lane highway surrounded by water connecting the island to the mainland. during storms it floods, cutting off the community, sometimes for years at a time. chris brunea has weathered storms on this island his entire life. >> i was raised here. and flooding coming into the house is something you're used to. the best you can hope for is to survive it. >> the same water that can wreak havoc on the bayou communities of louisiana also sustains them. people here depend on the surrounding waters, casting nets
to catch shrimp and fish. they've been doing this for generati generations. chief albert says this land was settled by ancestors fleeing the trail of tears. he grew up on the island and remembers a different place than what remains. >> we had our gardens and cattle and chickens. we had our livestock and vegetation. we were good. we were self-sufficient in this community here. >> today, there is no more livestock and not much vegetation. most of the land is gone. so is much of the population. only about 70 people remain. there's little money to rebuild after each storm. years ago, a massive hurricane protection plan was drawn up to shield the towns and cities of southern louisiana. isle dejean charles was left on the unprotected side. officials said it was too
expensive to include it which leaves the island even more vulnerable. >> the last couple of hurricanes the gas company has cut off the gas lines to the island. we know that probably the next hurricane there won't be electric. the public services that go to the island are going to be dimini diminished. >> earlier this year came a lifeline from the federal government. for the first time ever the department of housing and urban development awarded a climate resilience grant to resettle the people of isle de jean charles. christine peterson who runs a local not-for-profit helped draft the people. >> there are no experts in re t resett resettlement. to say we are projecting this will be resilient 100 years out is really an important step. it's a step then that hopefully can be applicable to other
communities. >> because it isn't just isle de jean charles that is under threat, the entire louisiana coastline is disappearing. >> louisiana has lost a very large amount of land over the last century. something close to 1900 square miles worth of land. that is equivalent today to about a football field an hour. >> while some of that land loss occurs naturally, the oil and gas industry has also played a role. >> there's a lot of canals that have been cut across the louisiana coast, some for navigation but a lot for oil and gas. those canals have contributed to elotion arosion and saltwater i and those canals have played a major role in the land loss. >> the average person don't realize because they don't fly. they don't realize how close that water is to us. >> charlie hammonds of nearby
louisiana has been flying over the state's coastline for nearly 60 years. from the air, you can see the devastating impact. >> as soon as you lift off from the airport at home all you see is water. i can attest to the fact that i've been a pilot all my life and watched this land disappear. >> in the era of climate change the effects of the land sinking are also being exacerbated by sea level rise. >> to some extent, louisiana is a window to the future. this is not something limited to louisiana, something that people around the country are likely to feel in the years ahead. >> for the people of isle de jean charles, some say they will not leave it even after everyone else has moved on, even in this face of intense storms and rising seas. >> but others are preparing to go. >> you can leave for a vacation and know you're coming back. cad
know you're coming back home to a home. so to pack up and move somewh e somewheres else, that's totally different. >> what is happening to isle de jean charles is happening to coasts across louisiana. they may be among the first to receive federal money to resettle their community but they won't be the last. >> a $48 million grant from hud will reunite residents but other tribal members already moved to the mainland and help build a new sustainable community des n designed to be resilient for future generations. tomorrow night we will shift from the bayou of louisiana to bear oh, alaska where people have relied on the ice and ocean and alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the country
and having a catastrophic effect. barrow finds itself on the le leading edge of climate change and climate change research. we will take you there from all in. rachel maddow starts right now. >> i love you're doing this series. great great work. >> thanks. >> thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. big news today. we do a thing on this show sometimes called the best new thing in the world. we usually do it right at the end of the show. we do it when ever there's something that warrants it, doesn't always happen regularly, when ever there is a best new thing, best new thing in the world. a few days ago, we did a best new thing in the world that was this guy. this icelandic soccer commentator absolutely freaking losing his mind in the greatest possible way. when his team -- when iceland scored an important goal and won that game, it was epic. >>. [ yelling