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anthony weiner's problem is, you haven't been paying attention to anthony weiner. he's been on the new york post more times than anyone can count. what got him there, the same thing that got him today's cover of the new york post and every cover he achieved in between. a picture of himself. here is today's new york post, which includes a blurred shot of
what new york post says is anthony weiner's child in bed with him. it's the little picture in the middle there, while he was sexting with a woman in colorado who, after many months of this stuff, decided it was time for another anthony weiner new york post. so the people who did not understand how bad his problem is, we're suddenly shocked. i for one having known him long before his new york post cover was not slightly shocked, to be shocked you will have to believe that anthony weiner's compulsive behavior is something that he can snap out. to be shocked you would have to believe that people in the thrones of extreme addictive
compulsive behavior always control themselves in front of their children, you have to believe they're capable of controlling themselves and many crack addicts and alcoholics and people who engage in destructive addictive behavior do it in right of their children and babies and they always have. it happens all the time. so, shock at today's new york post cover is a naive reaction. but for some, apparently it was a last straw. a local cable channel said they would not use him for political commentary any more. the new york daily said they would not his wife announced today she is separating for anthony weiner. donald trump who understands nothing about government and understands nothing about running for president does understand new york post covers. and so because anthony weiner long-time aid of hillary clinton's, donald trump decided
that this new york post cover is really all about hillary clinton. donald trump issued a written statement saying hillary clinton was careless and negligent in allowing weiner such close proximity. >> of course, thought it was a perfectly reasonable thing to say. >> he knows him well. and he talked about the close proximity he may have had to national security information that could be highly classified and that it may have compromised our national security. >> also in trump world today, everyone including donald trump and his campaign manager, everyone trying to figure out what donald trump actually thinks about deporting 11
million people who are in this country without legal documentation to be in. donald trump promised repeatedly to deport all of those people, every one of them, repeatedly said that it had to be done, but last week he started to publicly soften on the issue. he called it softening, that was his word. then after two days of that, he suddenly claimed to be hardening again. but, today, his campaign manager made him sound pretty soft on the deportation. >> well, tell us, how he intends to clear up the confusion over what exactly is his immigration plan in the 11 million or so people here in this country illegally. how is he going to do that. >> you have to watch the speech on wednesday. >> it teases. >> it will be in there. >> i can say it's many tenants. i think it's important for
everyone to remember. no legalization, no sanctuary. >> no sanctuary. >> no am nesty. they have become very -- very important inflection point in this campaign. he will also talk about those who have committed a crime leaving immediately enforcing the law and then he will talk about the 11 million or, as he said on a different network last week, it could be 30 million, it could be 2 million, we don't know. >> we don't know. 11 million, 30 million, we don't know. >> what can be the strangest presidential campaign in history, donald trump who may have the strangest doctor in new york city decided to challenge hillary clinton to release detailed medical records saying that he would do the same thing. the only medical information released so far is the single most absurd letter ever written by a doctor in the history of the practice of medicine on
earth. here is a picture of donald trump's doctor who wrote that letter. jacob bornstein. he said he's been his doctor since 1980. it says that the recent "test results" were astonishingly excellent. not exactly medical terminology. the letter also says his cardiovascular status is excellent. but in another paragraph, the letter reveals that donald trump takes 81 milligrams of aspirin daily and low dose of statten is that his cardiovascular status is not excellent and, as i reported. the day that this letter was released last year, the final line of the letter is the strangest sentence ever written by medical professional in the history of medicine. if elected, i can state, he will
be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. on friday nbc caught up with dr. bornstein at his office and here is how he explained the utter absurdity of his letter. >> at the end of the day, they came to get their letter. >> and so just tell me about the time -- the time crunch like -- or you wrote it -- >> i thought about it all day. and at the end, i get rushed and i get anxious when i get rushed. so i get four or five lines that they would be happy with. >> but it was based on your evaluation. >> it's all true. >> joining us now, columnist, and senior strategist for mitt romney's 2012 campaign. hostith, all do respect, airs weeknights at 6:00 p.m. you never get anxious when you
get rushed, unlike dr. bornstein. you had kelly ann conway on your show today. i listened carefully for the trump plan on the deportation or nondeportation of 11 million people and there were a bunch of words, but no answer. >> to that question there was no answer. while the answer was wait and see on wednesday. >> wednesday. >> it will be in the speech. >> yeah, i mean, look, he has now been pretty much everywhere that you can be on this issue with the exception of what full amnesty we'll let everybody here, stay here. we've seen him go to where he start today a certain place that was quite far to the right, then further place back to the left
and the jesh bush marco rubio position, now it's to me utterly unclear what he believes, if anything, at this point. because i don't know that he may not have a view about this, but on wednesday, apparently, we're going to know what his view is on wednesday. >> rush limbaugh had this to say about it. >> i don't think the vast majority of trump supporters care about deporting 11 million people. i think they care about stopping any further illegal immigration, so they believe the wall. they think the wall -- even if the wall is symbolic, they believe that trump is serious about bringing the status quo to a screeching halt. >> stewart stevens, there's rush limbaugh to talking to trump supporters every day saying they don't care about any of the specifics, really, not even the wall. they just care that he sound tougher on this than hillary clinton. >> look the whole thing is just a confusing mess. remember donald trump put out a written statement at a time when
he was not putting out many written statements calling for a total and complete on muslims hchl he said that was until the government could figure out what was going on. if he's against that, now and he's rejecting the idea of a muslim ban, which is a religious test, does that mean the government has figured out what was going on. it's all very confusing. the idea of deporting these people, i mean, he talked about a deportation force, which is always kind of confusing because we have ice which supports people every day. and now the wall that mexico is going to pay for, apparently, is going to be like a virtual wall. it's all -- at his core, donald trump is the guy trying to up sell you to get under coding and he needs to talk to the manager. >> john, i want to go back to kellyann conway on your show this afternoon and what she said
about this very strange -- it seems strange to me. idea donald trump has about releasing medical records. let's listen to this. >> in terms of health records, he's saying, great, transparency and let's put them all out there. >> what are the records that he would put out? >> i don't know. you would have to ask him. i'm not intimately familiar with his medical records nor should i be. he's willing to do that. he has said he's willing to put out his medical records. >> what is going on here. friday we saw the emergents of the trump doctor, which was the single strangest medical event in presidential campaign history, just seeing him. what are they doing. why are they going into this spot. >> again, baffled a little bit by this, i will -- kellyann conway is professional. i don't think she knows.
it's what donald trump is putting out. he's now challenged hillary clinton to put out her medical records saying he will do the same. if you ask what records are we talking about, what would be the totality of those, she does not know the answer to that question. it's a meaningless challenge if we don't know what's being challenged. i find it extraordinary in the context of the fact that i would like to see more health disclose sure, more than hillary clinton has done and more than donald trump has done. she has done a lot more than he has done. he's challenging her to a dual when she's sort of, you know, armed with a pistol and he's sort of armed with a slingshot. it seems a strange thing to take her on when he has the advantage. >> can you figure out what the trump campaign is up to on this one? >> no. >> okay.
>> i have no idea. this is sort of the health thing to me is as baffling as going to everett washington. it's as if inside trump headquarters they have one of these lottery machines that has balls in it and they pull out a ball at 5:00 and they decide what they're going to talk about and where they're going to go. he's a guy that is closer to 40 and maybe slipping into the 30s and he's talking about health records of someone and going to everett, washington. it all just -- it doesn't make sense. you look at the senate candidates who are running way ahead -- republican senate candidates, they're not acting like this and you have a test case. one is not working, one is working, which one is better. you would think that they would be trying to do -- talk about the economy and stuff that really matters to voters. >> they have this new add to put
out. that's now playing the number of states with the fair amount of operations going on here. and one of which is the operation that's happening out of the end of donald trump's fingertips. >> i've got to say, when i was washing with you, today, she seemed to love every bit of the nonsensical stuff that she was talking about and she says the same stuff trump said. she seemed especially delighted to attack stewart stevens and we just happen to have that clip ready to go. let's listen to that. >> i don't know why steechb -- stewart can't support the republican nominee, the way so many of us supported mitt romney. that's fine. that's his right, don't say
republican consultant who don't like donald trump's campaign, he's constantly attacking us. >> stewart, your reaction to that? >> it's so strange. the normalization of donald trump is something that some people resist. i'm being careful not to attack anyone. i have a lot of good people believe he'll be a good president. i'm not in that category, i respect differences and i think it's important to respect differences. but we shouldn't pretend this is anything good that's happening for republicans. i mean, we went through this process after 2012, which i think previs gets a lot of credit for. and donald trump is doing 180 degrees from that. it's nothing positive about this for what it means to be republican or conservative or
any of that and i don't think we should pretend otherwise. >> thank you both for joining us tonight, really appreciate it. coming up, breaking news from trump world, this could be a first, an apology, a big apology by one of donald trump's african-american supporters. and later, a leader of the protest of the standing rock reservation in north dakota will join us. ♪ there's no one road out there. no one surface... no one speed... no one way of driving on each and every road. but there is one car that caconquer them all. the mercedes-benz c-class. five driving modes let you customize the steering, shift points, and suspension to fit the mood you're in... and the road you're on. the 2016 c-class. lease the c300or $369 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer.
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on donald trump and mike pence and you're not goingo do that. >> on saturday the trump campaign says donald trump will visit a black church in detroit. today another one of his supporters, pastor mark burns tweeted and then later deleted this picture that some people will surely find offensive. it reads, blark americans, thank you for your votes and letting me use you again, see you again in four years. here is how mike burns explained that tweet this afternoon on msnbc. >> the picture is designed to do draw attention to the very fact that hillary clinton do pander after black people. she do pander and the policies are not good for african-americans, it is doing exactly what's designed to do. we're not playing the political piecing game to make you --
>> is that the right way to get your message across. >> some time after that, apparently, he had second thoughts and he tweeted tonight, i want to apologize for my tweet that many found to be offensive. meanwhile, voters in louisiana may get this voicemail from former klu klux klan david duke. >> i'm sorry i missed you. i'll tell the truth that no other candidate will dare say. unless massive immigration is stopped now, we'll be out numbered and out voted in our own nation. it's happening, we're losing our gun rights, free speech, we're losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. we're losing our country. look at the super bowl the black panther cop killers, it's time to stand up to vote for donald trump as president and vote for me, david dukes to the u.s. senate. >> the trump campaign released this statement. he's denounce david duke and any group or individual associated with the message of hate.
there's no place for this in republican party. we have no knowledge of these calls or any related activities. here is vice presidential candidate tim kaine. >> hillary clinton gave a speech calling out donald trump on a lot of things, calling him out on the fact that he has supporters like david duke connectd with the klu klux klan who are going around and saying donald trump is their candidate because donald trump is pushing their values. klu klux klan values, david duke values, donald trump values are not american values, they're not our values and we've got to do all we can to fight to push back and win. >> joining us now, republican strategist and msnbc and mark thompson, host of make it plain on sirusxm radio. >> were you surprised by that
tweet and/or surprised by his apology. >> i don't know him. we had a wide ranging discussion that ended up being somewhat -- he agrees -- >> how long did you talk to him. >> an hour. >> i think that's what it take as long period of time. when you squeeze in these short segments, you might not get the tollalty of what somebody thinks. >> he tried to get cross with me like he did -- i talked him down. i said, basically, you don't get the black vote speaking this way, he agreed. he agreed trump will moderate his position. i am surprised he tweeted that today. he used the word attention. i think that's what the bottom line, here, lawrence, these are people who want attention, want that five minutes of fame and that's what they do. there is no way that this is going to appeal to african-americans.
and i have an on list, he's saying hillary clinton do pander to black people. that's not how you speak to african-americans, he deleted that twit that's wrong because it's a tweet. but i'm surprised because he told me that they were going to sit down with trump, they'll try to moderate some of thchlt you can see it for yourself, he said absolutely he needs to moderate his position. as you and john alluded to, you can't control donald trump's thumb, even though that apology came out, that doesn't mean anything, burns even said on friday to me that david duke was in no way endorsing donald trump that will never happen. this is proof that he is and trump can't do anything about it. >> what do you make of the trump campaign's quick denone -- >> it would have been dog
whistle politics. so kudos to kellyann con way. this is not about the reverend or about donald trump reaching out to african-american voters. this is about the trump campaign trying to moderate its message to sally, sue zee, ashley, this is about the white moderate voter that is probably offended at the rhetoric that the trump campaign is putting out there and secretly wishes that a republican would win the white house against hillary clinton and wants to feel good about voting for republican come november. this is not about the african-american vote. although ily say i think the reverend, you can hear the passion in his voice, you can disagree with it. i actually think he thinks that donald trump is the right kand dad for african-american voters i strongly disagree with that. >> in terms of the david duke
situation. it seems to me it's easy for the trump campaign to come out with we denounce. david duke is not going to change his endorsement. there's no question who he wants between hillary clinton and donald trump. >> and david duke would not have said that if trump weren't saying things that david duke agrees with. you set yourself up for that kind of support from a david duke. and i think that's something we all should be very very
that's the first black church he should have gone to. then i asked, i asked burns, do you know what church donald trump attend and who his pastor is? burns didn't even know that. so here you are clergyman supporting someone and i guess, doing some type of spiritual advising, you don't consult with his pastor, you done even invite him to your own church. >> i don't disagree with you. donald trump is playing footsie with david duke and some of the white supremacist. we know that donald trump has yet to speak out to the black community not only with clarity but also with some specificity about the future. so this is one big game here. we know it and we'll see what happens comes november. >> mark thompson, thank you both. >> coming up, the trump campaign finally going to spend some money on tv advertisement. that's coming up in the war room and also that protest in north dakota that we first reported to you last week, we'll be reporting from there tonight. this car is traveling over 200 miles per hour.
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time for tonight's campaign war room, the trump campaign said it's placing its biggest tv ad yet. a new $10 million ad that will expand from four battleground states to nine. nbc has confirmed trump campaign has purchased at least $2.8 million of tv time as of today. the trump campaign also released its second tv ad of the general election to run as part of the
new ad buy.
>> in hillary clinton's america, the middle class gets crushed, spending goes up, taxes go up, hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear. it's more of the same, but worse. in donald trump's america, working families get tax relief. millions of new jobs created. wages go up, small businesses thrive, the american dream achievable, change that makes america great again. donald trump for president. >> the campaign
responder calling the trump ad misleading with 70 days left for the presidential campaign war room, joining us tonight and last word war room is russ, a veteran of mitt romney's 2008 and 2012 pettial campaign. i want us to take a look at hillary clinton's tv ad on the economy and then let's grade them both here. let's look at hillary clinton's ad. >> sure. >> he wears it like a crown "make america great again" but
trump made his shirts in bangladesh and his ties in china and suits in mexico. he sourced his products and jobs to 12 different jobs, so don't believe the hat. you can't make america great again if you don't make things in america. >> russ who has
got the better message on the economy in those tv ads. >> they're very different messages. i think -- and they tried to accomplish two very different strategic goals. trump's clearly trying to drive a contrast with him and hillary clinton. his 50% negative against hillary, 50% positive towards trump. i think it's a pretty good ad for trump and i think it's the right message, the economy is
the number one issue and it's an issue, donald trump, a lot of people believe that he can do something about as a businessman, he think he can do something about the economy. the hillary clinton ad is completely negative about donald trump and i think it goes to a little bit towards donald trump. disqualify donald trump. disqualify him as being a good messenger on the company. being someone you can trust in the president of the united states. >> the trump campaign says they're doing to spend $10 million on this ad by, in terms of national campaign is not a big number and we believe they've spent 10 million when they spend it because they've made such claims before. but what about this huge gap in the tv advertising between the clinton campaign and the trump campaign and can the trump campaign ever close that gap? >> no, they're never going to close the gap. and the gap on television advertising is going to be something that we're going to be talking about between now and
the end of the campaign. the scariest moments of the romney campaign four years ago were during the summer because of the way the rules work, we weren't able to raise any new dollars, any new general election dollars and we're limited to how much money we can spend and the obama campaign had over $100 in the bank and they were able to out spend us, you know, three to four. the trump campaign has been dark the entire summer. they recently went on the air. it's better to be up on the air if you're running a campaign, i want you to be on the campaign that is on the air that has messages out there. it is the one thing in campaign that you can control. i think the trump campaign believes that they can do something different by holding these big rallies, wherever they are. i think that's one of the reason you see them holding it in places like washington state and austin texas, they know the media is going to cover them. that's how they're going to be driving their message. >> russ, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> great.
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>> you know, listen, he -- the notion of self worth, lack of empathy and remorse. so here -- i think he does, right, i don't have a degree in psychology. >> joining us now someone who does have a degree in psychology, psychology professor at the university of minnesota. he is the author of what he calls a public man fes stow called. professor, thank you very much for joining us tonight. so how did david pluf do in his public diagnosis there. >> not so good. i don't think it serves the public interests. >> what have you done with your manifesto, is that a diagnosis? >> diagnosis really requires knowing somebody's personal life. it's a medical procedure, if you will.
what i've done with citizen therapist against trumpism, we're talking about the public behavior and public officials. and there's plenty to talk about there. there are plenty of major problems. >> and you're not talking about what could be things involving neurological function like his speech patterns, his stopping sentences in the middle. you're talking about a style -- his approach to public policy and presentation, give us your notion of what trumpism is. >> well, it's kind of hyper masculinity, a strong-man approach to public positioning that says, i will solve your problems for you, i will denigrate my critics. i will assign simple solutions to complex problems and just trust me, just trust me, i'm a
strong man. i am confident. i have no flaws. >> i assume you can sympathize with those of us who have been turning to psychology more than politics to explain donald trump because we've never seen public behavior like this on a political stage. and i want to show you what happened on morning joe this morning when they went in this direction. let's watch this. >> psychopath -- there are a lot of similar traits accept psycho path chains people downstairs and eats them. >> this is why nobody is making diagnosis. >> sociopath does not inflict physical pain. >> actually, that's not true. >> sociopaths could. >> they could. >> they're less likely too. >> how about narcissist and anxiety, but anyhow, it's not for us to say.
>> the one physician there, howard dean, trying to calm the waters, i think, i mean, i think you can understand why people are reaching for psychological explanations of what they see as that strange man at the podium. >> yes. we're having a big national psychological conversation. i think the danger of medicalizing this, of personalizing this is that we miss the social phenomenon, we miss the fact that there's 30% or more people who live by him, okay. this is the larger issue and that we can talk in lay people's language about bullying, about demonization, about saying whole groups of people are enemies of our country. these are things that are deeply troubling to me as a therapist, we have 2,500 therapists who have signed our man fes stow because they are seeing people in their offices who are very stressed by what's going on that donald trump is presenting as a public character, we should not personalize and medicalize this, in my opinion.
>> professor, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> my pleasure. when we come back, we will be joined by a leader of the protesters at standing rock reservation. it's scary when the lights go out. people get anxious and my office gets flooded with calls. so many things can go wrong. it's my worst nightmare. every second that power is out, my city's at risk. siemens digital grid manages and reroutes power, so service can be restored within seconds. priority number one is keeping those lights on. it takes ingenuity to defeat the monsters that live in the dark.
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last week on this program we gave the first national television attention on the standing rock reservation in north dakota, thousands have been camping on the banks of the cannon ball river there trying to stop or reroute the construction of oil pipeline approved by the federal government. it will be built under ground and go under the river. the torture relationship between the sue nation and the federal government continues. federal government signed treaties in 1851 and 1868 that the federal government then violated as the federal government violated all of its treaties with native american tribes. whenever you wonder why the united states doesn't have more trust around the world, one reason is that the world has been watching, the world has been watching for hundreds of years, watching how we have treated the people who were here
long before us, the people who now risk the chance of being arrested for trespassing on land that for centuries they have treated as sacred ground. joining us now, he's the chairman of the standing rock su tribe. chairman, thank you very much, joining us by skype from north dakota, really appreciate you taking the time. tell us how it came to this, given that within the federal government there was some resistance to this pipeline by the obama administration, environmental protection agency and others, but the army corps of engineers in the years had the approval authority of this and they approved it. >> before i say anything, i want to thank you for your words and
last week's piece, if you ever come to standing rock, i want to honor you for recognizing the disparities that have gone on for hundreds and hundreds of years. the reason why this is an issue for us is because -- we've been talking about the despairties and the wrongs of this particular pipeline for two years, ever since we learned about it we've been asking for meaningful consultation with the corps of engineers, with the company saying you need to take a look at where you're putting this pipeline and let us have a say, let us take a looand let us comment whether or not this is a safe place we approached the army corps of engineers year after year. they say they want to hear us. they say they want to acknowledge that we're there. but it's just the checking the box.
i believe this process and the process for pipelines is so central, it's rubber stamped. as soon as corporation that wants to do something the federal government seems to back them and it's always on the back of native americans. >> this pipeline has already been rerouted once, oncen't there an original plan that went in a different direction. >> that's -- you're right the governor of north dakota claims that there's very very little chance of the -- there's very very little chance when the pipeline was propose today go north, the capitol where the governor's house is they reroute it, that doesn't make sense. we've been saying the same thing over and over but it falls on deaf ears.
>> bernie sanders, last week, came out in support of you, have you heard anything from the presidential candidates about this. >> this needs to be a topic for both presidents and that will really tell america what kind of candidates is out there. what kind of leadership is coming into office and that should determine who they'll vote for. it's a risk to environment, it's a risk to future generations, it's a risk to children who are not here yet. >> the federal judge will make a decision on how this will proceed next month. if the decision goes against you, what do you expect to do? >> we'll explore all of our legal options, first, we'll appeal. there more than just the injunction that we filed. we just want to make sure that every nation has an opportunity to be consulted in a meaningful way with the federal government
>> he's going to lay out his plan to secure, build a wall and and really ensure that we're enforcing the laws in the way of american citizens and everyone who is here legally to be able to prosper. but i just think that most important thing is to know that nothing has changed in all these many months. >> so on wednesday night we'll find out if donald trump is softening or the other thing. our live coverage continues now with chris hayes. chris. >> thank you very much, donald trump's major minority outreach speech. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm steve kornacki in for the
vacationing chris matthews. donald trump is promising a major speech this wednesday on the subject of immigration. on saturday the republican nominee will held to detroit, where he will speak at a black church. all of this part of what trump's campaign says is an effort to reach out to minority communities. last week, trump continually asked african-american and hispanic voters what do you have to lose by voting for him. many people took issue with the tweet saturday morning reacting to the news that the cousin of nba star dwyane wade had been shot. trump tweeting out on saturday quote, dwyane wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in chicago. just what i have been saying. african-americans will vote trump. hours later, trump tweeted his condolences. critics of trump accused him of politicizing the tragedy. the next day, trump's running mate and campaign manager were