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enough. and votingion china chens is no longer acceptable in the republican party, it not the republican party anymore. it's the trump election year 2016. a political year without precedence. >> i call her crooked hillary. she's crooked. >> donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief. >> a campaign fueled by anger. >> they were saying, what happened to my america? >> she's the ultimate politician. >> there's no one in the history of the country who has been on center stage as long as hillary clinton has. >> he used "the art of the deal" to build his real estate empire. >> i look at people being in many cases vicious.
>> he speaks off the cuff. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crimes, they're rapists. and some, i assume, are good people. >> she's more deliberate. >> i never count my chickens before they hatch. >> how did two people so different get to the same place in history. >> her mother taught hillary by her strength. >> this is the story of how we got there -- >> lying ted. >> very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out. >> to here. >> we've reached a milestone. >> i beat a rigged system. >> this will be the nastiest general election in the history of our country. what is's at stake in this collection? everything. hello, i'm chris matthews. hillary clinton versus donald trump.
talk about two people with virtually nothing in common. different careers. different personalities. different whatever. clinton, a classic democrat toting a top drawer resume. trump, a tribune of people fed up with politics. but let's begin when these very different people chose each other's company. whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words seriously undervalued this one. think millions. think billions. we're talking about the wealth of the host, the cost of the event. the moment in time, january 22, 2005. not just the height of the palm beach social season, but the event of the season. donald trump's wedding to model melania knauss. the groom filled the pews with bold print names, to bring on the paparazzi and dazzle fan and
guest alike. >> as soon as i walked in the church and i saw shaq sitting next to hillary clinton, i said, this is going to be some who's who of a night. just the way the trumps would have it. >> what began that day with a high-tone church wedding, ended in a gilded ballroom, an american versailles. where donald trump and his wife melania posed for a candid with a world famous couple. hardly a decade later, both groom and guest try to deny any true regard for the invitation or the acceptance. hillary speaks as if her attendance at someone's wedding was some spur of the moment affair. >> i happened to be planning to be in florida and i thought it would be fun to go to his wedding because it's always entertaining. now that he's running for president, it's a little more troubling. >> i think the clintons probably wish that photograph had never been taken. >> trump treats his invitation to the former first couple as no
more than a routine business expense. >> he said he invited them because he might need something from them. >> his story is, i buy all these people. i invite them to things, they show up because i pull the strings. >> in truth, trump has regularly supported politicians with his checkbook, including donations to hillary clinton's senate campaign and her run for president in 2008. when hillary clinton ended years of speculation and announced her quest for the 2016 democratic nomination -- >> everyday americans need a champion, and i want to be that champion. >> she was immediately anointed the favorite. on the republican side, it looked to be a crowded field, filled with ambitious politicians like jeb bush, marco rubio, and rick perry. then on june 16th, 2015, donald trump launched his bid for the white house. >> i am officially running for
president of the united states. and we are going to make our country great again. >> experts weren't sure what to make of it. >> the huffington post initially said they were only going to cover his campaign in their entertainment section. >> i looked at it and said come on, going down the staircase of the trump tower, the supermodel, all of those trappings. what's that tell an iowa voter? >> pollster john zogby had been charting elections since 1984. >> then we did a poll. can i be honest here? i looked at the results here and i said, i hate myself. i've been doing this for a long time. i missed this by a mile. >> but zogby wasn't the only one who didn't initially consider trump a serious candidate. >> when mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. they're bringing drugs, they're
bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, i assume, are good people. >> people thought oh, this will be the end of donald trump. you can't say something like that. >> later, trump would insult the 2008 republican nominee, senator john mccain, over being captured in vietnam. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> and pope francis for his immigration stance. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> then trump's chief antagonist sent out this wild tweet. maybe donald negotiated a deal with his buddy hillary clinton. continue thing path will put her in the white house. david freedlander tweeted, all i'm saying is, there's more evidence that trump is a clinton plant than evidence he isn't. his evidence, that photo of the politicians and celebrities smiling together, only a decade earlier.
and many of clinton's supporters had a hard time viewing trump as a threat to the two-time former senator and secretary of state. >> everyone said he was going to be a summer fling. i think nobody thought he was going to have traction. >> at times, clinton didn't seem to be taking candidate trump seriously. >> donald trump finally a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine. >> like clinton, democratic consultants already knew trump, in this case, when she was on "the apprentice." >> the donald trump that i am seeing now is not the donald trump that i saw then. the donald trump that i met was engaging, charming, and the donald trump i see
now is angry,
vitri vitriolic, reckless. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> a lot of commentators scratched their chins and say my god, how can a candidate for president say the things that donald trump has said? >> some of these pundits who are among the most dishonest people in the world by the way. >> they haven't spent 30 seconds over the last decade listening to talkradio in this country. >> some day, they're going to name that wall after donald trump. >> this tone is a reflection of the tone that 50 million plus people hear every day. >> i'm not a hateful person. i love people. >> a significant segment of the
population often overlooked by the washington elite. >> the angry white
male. what's happened is we've had three decades of number one, status anxiety. real anxiety over whether or not i'm going to stay in the middle class. whether or not my children will be in the middle class. all the talk about the huge demographic changes, the growth of non-whites, immigrants, latinos, muslims, and they're looking out and saying, what happened to my america? my country and my world is going to hell in a hand basket, and i'm angry. >> this was my first take here the day after trump announced. it comes down to salesmanship, this guy has got it. 10% to 20% of the republican s
light up. if hillary clinton was joking about trump's candidacy over the summer, by december 2015 when she appeared on late night with seth meyers, she wasn't laughing anymore. >> you know, i have to say, seth, i no longer think he's funny. >> as the calendar turned from 2015 to 2016, both candidates were about to face serious battles within their own parties. and the people enjoying each other's company in this picture came to represent two very different versions of america's future. >> we have an old system, and instead of expectations, it seems to be crumbling. it's very difficult being a pollster these days and figuring all this out.
time and who voters knew, too. >> they've created isis. hillary clinton created isis with obama. >> he was referring to clinton's original backing of the 2003 invasion of iraq. >> donald trump has cultivated outrage. that's his brand. >> that's a pretty disgraceful situation. the united states is being ripped off. reporters make things up. >> hillary clinton has been controversial in her own right, as well. >> donald trump makes money off of people's misery. >> donald trump has succeeded in getting in the heads of his republican opponents. i just don't think that will ever happen with hillary. she's tough enough to not let him get to her. >> that's nothing funny about the hate he is spewing.
>> it seems hillary clinton and donald trump might be heading for a political showdown. but to understand how they got there, we need to know where they came from. >> she was born in the midwest, in the middle of the century. the daughter of a navy petty officer, a staunch republican, an anti-communist. >> hillary's father recognized his daughter's extraordinary intelligence and urged her to compete for positions previously limited to men. >> he also taught her that any show of emotion was a show of weakness. and that's one of the reasons why she is so buttoned up when she's performing. open and friendly and charming. >> i'm so happy to see you. >> clinton says her mother, dorothy, fled an abusive
background as a teen. a tale that resonated with her daughter. >> her mother taught hillary so much by her strength. hillary often says they've come after me for 20 years, and i'm still standing and she credits her mom. >> i can still hear her saying, life's not about what happens to you, it's about what you do with what happens to you. so get back out there. >> with her parent's encouragement, she worked her way to wellesley, where she was the first student at the women's college to deliver a commencement speech in 1969. >> the challenge now is to practice politics, the art of making what appears to be impossible possible. fear is always with us, we just don't have time for it. not now. >> from wellesley, she went to yale law school. there she met a fellow student bill clinton.
>> boys had always been intimidated by her. she was just so smart. she saw early that they could make a great political pair. >> in fact, clinton's drive at that time can be compared to that of a young donald trump. >> if that's anything that links the two of them together, it would be ambition. >> born just a year before clinton, trump grew up as the favorite son of a new york real estate developer. >> i grew up with a wonderful family. >> in 8th grade, trump's parents sent him to the new york military academy, where he obtained the rank of captain. >> i want to keep the cost down to a low point. >> notice the tie, notice the knot on the tie. this is a double windsor. this is something you learn how to do in the military. he ties the same knot, because this is engrained into us. it's the same thing with the honor code. it's engrained into us. >> i think that when somebody
signs an agreement, they should live by that agreement. >> if you had somebody that you were having a quarrel with or whatever, you can't just go home to mommy and deal with it that way. you have to take on these other people. you have to be a winner or you're going to be a loser for life. >> i do look at the world as being a tough place. i look at people as being, in many cases, pretty vicious. and unless you're going to have a certain way, you're going to be eaten alive. >> like clinton, trump had an ivy league pedigree, graduating from the wharton school. he became a national personality, as he altered the city skyline. >> one of the interesting thing about any national convention is the surprising people that show up on the floor. here tonight is donald trump. >> thank you very much. >> you're welcome. >> in 1988, trump appeared at
the republican national convention, offering a window into his future ambitions. >> you have said that if you ran for president, you would win. >> i think i would have a very good chance. i like to win. when i do something, i like to win. i like to do well and i think he would have a pretty good chance. >> and when bill clinton was elected president in 1992, trump was quick to publicly applaud the voter's decision. >> i think they made the right choice. i think he's got energy. >> he would also develop a fondness for hillary clinton, who would quickly set out to redefine the role of first lady. >> she was a first lady who got involved in political debates in the white house. >> and it was bill clinton himself who championed his wife's future. >> when i asked him, what do you see as the future after eight years of bill clinton? he said eight years of bill, eight years of hill. >> in 2000, clinton entered her first campaign, becoming the junior senator from new york. yet, despite the fact that she was also a newcomer to new york,
clinton won the election, as well as re-election in 2006. among her donors, donald trump. in 2008, clinton lost the democratic presidential nomination to barack obama, who rewarded her support in the general election by appointing her secretary of state. >> thank you for this honor. >> she was a very unusual secretary of state, particularly one who had a large potential political futcher in front of her. there was an extreme obsession with her popularity. her staff was constantly sifting through polling data, who said that hillary clinton is at heart a politician, that he's always calculating the odds. >> by contrast, trump is viewed as a political outsider. in 2013, he was recruited to run for new york governor and oust incumbent andrew cuomo. >> when i showed up at trump tower, one of the first things
he said to me, i would rather do that big thing. he called it "the big thing." i asked him what that was. he said, i think i'm going to run for president. >> but there was another obstacle blocking his long-term goal. >> thank you so much. >> and trump was determined to transform himself from hillary clinton's donor to her chief adversary.
trump rallies don't feel like political events at all. the music is blaring, people are dancing. people are there in trump gear. it feels more like a sporting event or a concert than it does a political rally. >> most politicians have supporters. donald trump has fans. >> trump, trump, trump! >> and throughout the primary season, a candidate from the other side of the aisle was also challenging the old water. and getting the same reaction from some of the crowds. >> it is not just about electing
a president, it is about creating a political revolution! >> i don't think that anyone thought bernie sanders, with the message he's been repeating for the past 30 years, was going to make it as far as he did with young people. >> we need real tax reform which says to the wealthiest people, you have to pay your fair share of taxes. >> i've never seen two candidates tap into the anger that's out there in the country, a group that thinks the political system is rigged, and both bernie sanders and donald trump talked to that group. >> trump started out with 16 opponents, all representing different ideologies and agendas. but united on one issue. >> no matter what ted cruz or marco rubio were saying, no matter what happened throughout the entire primary process, they continued to attack hillary clinton. >> you put me on that stage next september, she won't get within
ten miles of the white house. >> before any republican candidate could fully concentrate on a democratic opponent, there was the issue of winning over the gop faithful. >> jeb bush looked like he was probably the front-runner to be the nominee. had $100 million committed in super pac donor money. and boy, did that not pan out. >> donald trump immediately decided he had to get rid of jeb bush, and he had to get rid of him by belittling him. >> he's a total stiff. if he weren't in government, you wouldn't hire him to do anything. >> and for the longest while, jeb bush didn't fight back. >> don't fall asleep when i mention the name, please. >> trump branded bush "low energy jeb." >> he's a low energy person. >> people didn't think he wanted it or didn't think he had the strength to be the president of the united states in very difficult times. >> we're going keep winning, winning, winning, and we are going to make america great
again! >> you can always tell how he's going to attack someone, because he names them. so it was little marco. marco rubio who he brushed off as imp tent and weak. >> i said man, there's something happening to him. and he's like melting. >> of all the republican candidates, ted cruz initially appeared to have the most civil relationship with trump. >> ted cruz was largely on the sidelines saying i like donald trump. i'm not going to mud sling with him. >> we have lying ted cruz. >> we saw how quickly that changed. >> he's specific how it's spelled. there's no "g" in lyin'. >> he really hit his mark when
people started chanting "lyin' ted." >> sanders indicated he had no intention of pouncing on clinton. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. me, too. >> all of a sudden, we think, i never thought i could win, but geez, maybe i can. he started saying tough things about secretary clinton. >> i don't believe that she is qualified, and she is, through her super pac, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest money. >> while she never lost her spot as front-runner, sanders' message was gaining traction, and clinton was fighting back. >> it's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks.
>> but by this point, trump was including some of sanders' rhetoric in his arsenal against clinton. >> hillary is a disaster, folks. she has bad judgment. that was said by bernie sanders. he's given me a lot of my best lines. >> and just as trump was making in roads with traditional republicans, sanders attracted constituents the clinton campaign expected to rally for them. millennial women. >> young women carrying more student debt than young men, and women have specific health care needs that are very specific. and bernie sanders has very strong responses to both of those issues. >> there is no economic reason for women being underpaid. it is just old fashioned sexism. we will end that. >> after trump had vanquished his republican rivals -- >> i beat a rigged system. >> sanders ignored calls to seek aside and cede the nomination to
clinton. by early april, he had taken 15 states and more than 1,000 delegates. >> bernie sanders put a scare into hillary clinton. >> someone who showed an ability to excite voters the way she hasn't. someone that can come off as a more authentic messenger that she's been able to do in public so far. >> you don't have the guts to defend your ideas in a free election, get another job!
i'm todd piro. here's what's happening. hillary clinton has chosen virginia senator tim kaine to be her running mate. she made the announcement on twitter. he was long considered a top contender. a shooting attack in munich, germany, left nine victims dead. police say there was just one gunman who acted alone and killed himself. 21 others were wounded. now back to our program.
♪ hillary rodham clinton. >> it was april, 2016. and the race for the presidency, donald trump and hillary clinton were emerging as the front-runners of their respective parties. but victory was no guaranty for either candidate just yet. >> i never count any chickens before they hatch. >> for the republican party, a contested convention was looking like a real possibility. >> donald trump is not getting to 1237 before cleveland. we are going to a contested convention. >> and in the other party, clinton was feeling the bern. >> you may have heard senator sanders say i'm unqualified to be president. seriously, i've been called a lot of things over the years, but unqualified has not been one of them. >> tuesday, april 19th. a big prize was at stake, and it
was a state that give donald trump and hillary clinton a homefield advantage. >> let's be the people that we know we can be. >> and after the votes were in, it was a sweet homecoming for both candidates with deep ties to new york. >> today, you proved once again there's no place like home. >> i can think of nowhere that i would rather have this victory. >> both hillary clinton and donald trump scored decisive wins in several other states in a pivotal week, putting their competitors on the ropes. >> god bless new york. >> the candidates with a complicated history seemed like they were on a collision course with each other. >> i think this election is between two americas. >> if the battle would come down to clinton versus trump, it would be important to note that the war would be waged in the same geographical areas and also what seemed like two opposite americas. >> hillary clinton and donald trump won in similar states, but
won different constituencies within those states. >> in their primaries, while not facing each other, both candidates conquered 15 contiguous states from louisiana and mississippi to connecticut and massachusetts. but they were drawing on very different bases. >> clinton will win women, trump will win men. >> i love the poorly educated. >> clinton will win wealthier voters, trump will win more down stale voters. >> one explanation for why clinton and trump are winning different constituencies within the same states is that he's winning whites in areas where whites are feeling a lot of racial threat from the rise of minorities. and she's winning minorities within those same states. >> derek thompson wonder it is it's about race. >> when google looks for racist jokes, it seems to strangely or
perhaps tellingly overlay quite well with donald trump support. so it is possible that he's winning among whites who feel racial tension with the blacks and hispanics that hillary clinton herself is winning. >> her strongest support is actually african-american women. women who see in hillary a woman who has withstood a lot and still standing and feel very connected to that. >> and once and for all, let's guaranty equal pay for women. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, has to be some form. >> it was a declaration which he was forced to quickly retreat. but for people who have seen trump's bluntness as a detriment, experts wonder if it's one of his better assets. >> waterboarding is fine, but
it's not enough. >> he is the opposite of politically correct. he says what he means and means what he says, which is refreshing. >> donald trump wins among people who say he tells it like it is. hillary clinton does poorly on authenticity. a lot of voters think she's lying a lot of the time. as a result, bernie sanders has had tremendous success winning constituencies that she won eight years ago. >> there is nothing we cannot accomplish! [ applause ] >> she says the demographics for trump and sanders' supporters may have differed, but they shared a similar hunger for change. >> not only were the roles of this campaign different, but the electorate of this campaign was different. he was taking on a system that made them largely in the past feel marginalized. it was extending the base in terms of people who would have
been republicans, except they didn't feel like anyone was talking to them. >> we are going to make america great again! >> i will stand for and fight for you. >> as the weeks raced by, each continued to amass the delegates they would need to win their parties. heading what seemed like an inevitable showdown. it was one of the more unusual matchups in modern political times. >> i think this election is going to boil down to who voters fear less in the white house. >> andrew weinstein will be voting for hillary clinton this year. this just got interesting. why pause to take a pill? or stop to find a bathroom? cialis for daily use is approved to treat both erectile dysfunction and the urinary symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently, day or night. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions
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let's go forward. let's win the nomination. >> april 26th, 2016, was a pivotal day for hillary clinton. she won four out of five eastern states, including connecticut and pennsylvania. it pushed her into delegate territory that at the same time seemed difficult for bernie sanders to beat. >> we have to keep winning. we have to win more! >> there was an even better night for donald trump. >> this is a far bigger win than we even expected. all five. >> eight days later, after trump also carried indiana, all the talk of a contested republican convention was silenced when his only two remaining competitors, ted cruz, and john kasich, dropped out of the race. but even as the political rivals rose within their parties, they continued to encounter intense anger. >> there are hillary haters just as there are trump haters. >> the hillary clinton, bill
clinton axis of evil is the most brutal campaign organization i've enencountered. >> donald trump brings heat to every speech. he brings hate to this country. >> even the ones that don't particularly care for hillary clinton are absolutely frightened at the notion of a trump presidency. >> most people who are undecided are undecided because they hate both candidates and are trying to decide which they hate less. >> both share the distinction of being the most unpopular presidential front-runners in u.s. political history. a poll showed 59% up favorables for trump. 54% for clinton. >> they are unprecedented, at least in terms of how far back we can go. >> john zogby believes it will be tough for both to reverse their negative numbers. >> i think to a large degree, they're really not going to be
able to change their ittage very much. they are very well known characters. >> there's no one in the history of the country who has been on center stage in american political life as long as hillary clinton has been who is being considered for the presidency of the united states. so when you're center stage for that long, you become a divisive figure. donald trump, the method by which he secured the nomination, while successful, certainly raised his negatives higher than any other successful nominee for president in the history of either party. >> he is a deeply insecure, narcissistic juvenile man who is bla tently dishonest.
he needs to stop the offensive language. he needs to behave like a statesman, not a carnival barker. and until that happens, i think there are a lot of people who can't get on board with him. >> in march of 2016, 60 prominent republican former national security experts vowed to actively oppose donald trump. among their concerns, trump would jeopardize national security. major republican politicians, including george bush, lindsay graham and mitt romney either refused to endorse or spoke out against him. >> this recklessness is recklessness in the extreme. >> we shouldn't accept ugliness as the norm. >> seven weeks after slamming trump's campaign style, paul ryan and other gop leaders met with him in an attempt to unify their fractured party. >> we are now planting the seats to get ourselves unified.
>> the speaker called the meeting encouraging but fell short of endorsing trump. not only were there some republicans having trouble stumping for trump, they were actually crossing into enemy territory. >> the problem is one of the candidates is qualified to be president, although i disagree with her on almost everything, and the other is not, and represents a much more fundamental risk to our system if he is elected and put in the oval office. >> andrew weinstein has made his living as a republican strategist. he decided to join what he calls the reluctantly hillary bloc. >> hillary clinton is like a migraine headache but she'll be gone four years. donald trump is like a cancer and he can do damage to the institution. >> all the smart people decided before the campaign began, it was actually over. and that hillary clinton was the nominee.
>> bernie sanders was tapping into the same emotion that trump was fueling, an overwhelming anger. but unlike trump's rivals, sanders was throwing in the towel. >> they represent, i don't have to rely on political allies. i don't have to rely on the status quo. >> harland hill is a democratic strategist and sanders supporter, and says he can't back his own party candidate. >> hillary clinton's negatives are sort of informed by 30 years of lies, deceit, and fraud. we need somebody that is going to take a look at the problems we're facing and say we're not going to be beholden to restrictions of the past. >> both donald trump and bernie sanders have been running against trade, wall street deregulation, things like that.
does that concern you? >> well, they're not running against 23 million new jobs, they're not running against incomes going up. >> my distrust of her as a person, not even a candidate, but as a person disqualify her. >> bernie sanders said she's not qualified to run for president because she suffers from bad judgment. >> while donald trump continued to use sanders to his advantage, clinton tried to direct a negative attention back to trump. >> i said he was unqualified to be president. i believe that deeply. and i do not want americans and, you know, good thinking republicans as well as democrats and independents to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy. >> it's safe to say, this has been one of the most unusual elections in modern history, and the biggest question remains, what will this country look like after november?
general election in the history of our country. >> jeb bush, we call him low energy. little marco. lyin' ted. >> it was spring. donald trump had become the presumptive nominee on the republican side. and the general election was in sight. throughout the primary year, trump knocked out his opponents by slapping them with insulting nicknames that stuck. >> you go his rallies and people say lyin' ted. they know his lines because he drills it home again and again and again. >> we were all waiting for the hillary clinton brand to come out. >> and when i can focus on hillary, as i say, crooked hillary, when i focus on hillary, she'll go down easier than any of the people we just beat. >> and crooked hillary is what he's come up with. >> and we can all go against
crooked hillary clinton and beat her. >> when he finally started calling her crooked hillary, we knew we had reached a point where he was looking towards the general election. >> shortly after trump debuted crooked hillary, he added another line of attack. >> i think the only card she has is the woman's card. she has nothing else going. >> mr. trump accused me of playing the "woman card." well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in! >> clinton quickly retaliated with the official woman card website. >> we came one the idea of a woman's card, which unfortunately doesn't give you a discount, even though we don't get equal pay. >> running against hillary clinton is very different than running against any of those people we ran in the primary and it's going to be a very difficult battle.
>> we're going to wage a positive campaign. i'm not going to respond to anything he says about me. >> hillary cannot get down dirty and in the trenches with donald trump. if she responds, she runs the risk of being marco rubio-ized and ted cruzzed. when you climb down into the sewer with mr. trump, you're the one that comes out with the sewage. >> with six more primaries in june, including california and new jersey, hillary clinton still hadn't won enough delegates for the nomination, but seemed to turn her attention from bernie sanders to trump, launching a blistering attack on him. >> donald trump's ideas aren't just different, they're dangerously incoherent. they're not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies. [ applause ] >> as clinton went on the
attack, trump accused the mexican-american judge in a lawsuit against his failed university, of having a conflict because of what trump said about those crossing the rio grand into the united states. >> the judge, who happens to be mexican, which is fine, they ought to look into the judge. because what he is doing is a total disgrace. >> i'm not going to defend these kinds of comments. >> days after endorsing trump, paul ryan joined others in his party, strongly condemning the presumptive nominee. that same week, hillary clinton was making history. hillary clinton pulled off a monumental win in this state last night. on june 7th, clinton's big primary wins in california gave her a decisive lead over bernie sanders in the delegate count and the popular vote. >> thanks to you, we've reached a milestone.
the first time -- the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee. [ applause ] >> during his victory speech, trump used a teleprompter, something he liked to ridicule. >> do all of those bernie sanders voters, who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms. >> but sanders was not ready to give up that night. in fact, it wouldn't be until july 12th that sanders stod alongside clinton and offered his formal endorsement. >> i intend to do everything i can to make certain she will be the next president of the united states. >> and it seemed the battle between trump and clinton would only continue to escalate. >> hillary clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek
the presidency. >> he's written a lot of books about business. they all seem to end at chapter 11. >> hillary clinton is in a much stronger position now than eight years ago. she's a more experienced candidate. donald trump has to convince the american people that hillary clinton is the wrong type of person to be president right now, that her past makes her unacceptable. >> i hope in the end the american voters will say to themselves, with all this back and forth, all of the charges and countercharges, it's sort of fun to watch as a spectator sport. but it's now time to get serious. >> what's at stake in this election is one word -- everything. >> who will be the victor? during this unpredictable election year, even seasoned professionals are unwilling to hazard a guess. >> i'm going to. i've tried that before, i have.
only god knows and she's not talking. >> the 2016 presidential battle features two candidates with very different weapons. clinton offers something more familiar, more conventional policy, her stronger background in foreign relations and more professionalism across the board to many. she promises to be simply better than what we've had before, better than what we have now. trump offers something about the country itself. his ideals run along the lines of nationalism. in trump's eyes, it's us against mexico, against china that manipulates its currency. against allies in europe, the middle east and asia, who benefit from our protection but refuse to bear their fair burden. it's about this country getting shoved down, and donald trump ready to shove back. to many, he's more assuring.
one is firming up the system, the other one shaking it up. come november, the country will choose. i'm chris matthews. thanks for watching. we're making a little news of our own today with the launch of msnbc. >> two decades. >> hello, welcome to -- >> msnbc. >> more than 175,000 hours of television. >> the judgment of the supreme court of florida is reversed. >> there's a guy with a magnifying glass. >> this is presidential election. >> countless news events. >> there were parents who said they were afraid to send their children to school. >> they were just trying to stop the economy from going into depression. >> history in the making. >> change has come to america. >> the goal was to make news for