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the suspected bomber being shot and apprehended on the street in new jersey, it's particularly good tonight to have senator booker here. there's now federal criminal charges against that suspected bomber. now he has been charged federally for the bombings themselves. and in that charge seat, in that criminal complaint, there are considerable brand-new details we did not know before about who he is and what he did and why.
that's straight ahead tonight. in terms of campaign news, we've also got some really stark news tonight that i believe is exclusive to us. i don't think anybody else has this, but it's about how donald trump and hillary clinton handled their respective meetings with world leaders thus far. world leaders who are in new york this week for the u.n. general assembly. in the case of one particular world leader, he met with both hillary clinton and donald trump yesterday, one after the other. we're now told that those two meetings had quite radically different outcomes. a fascinating story. we've got that ahead tonight. i believe, as i said, that that is an exclusive story to us and you won't hear that anywhere else. but we start tonight with what is the home base for both of our expected guests tonight, the united states senate. democrats pretty much concede this year that they have no chance of winning back control of the house in november. there just aren't enough competitive districts in the country right now, thanks to partisan gerrymandering, what
they're hoping for, the best they're hoping for is to get about halfway there towards unseating house speaker paul ryan and putting the house back in democratic control. democrats would have to flip about 30 seats in order to make the house democratic again. they think they might, might be able to get about half that, they might be able to get about 15 seats. so they're not really even expecting any chance of taking over the house. that said, the senate is another thing altogether. right now, of course, as you know, both the house and the senate are republican controlled. that's why you don't hear much in terms of policy coming out of washington, right, with capitol hill red and the white house blue and the fact that there's no purple left anymore in d.c.'s ideoloical real estate. nothing gets done. they have been really high on their chances of taking back the senate. they've been very enthusiastic
about that. they really think they can take back the senate. because they do better getting voters to come out in presidential election years. but kind of an accident of the map and accident of the timing this year. basically by accident, a ton of republican senators are up for re-election. and what is particularly exciting for democrats this year is that a ton of republican senators are up for re-election specifically in states where clinton is likely to win the presidential election or where she'll have a great shot at winning. places like illinois where clinton will definitely win the presidential race. mark kirk is the republican senate incumbent there. new hampshire. it is kelly ayotte, pennsylvania, pat toomey, wisconsin old ron johnson, in ohio, it's rob portman, in iowa, chuck grassley, in north carolina, richard burr, who is barely even campaigning to hold on to his seat. all of those states are very much in the mix in terms the of
hillary clinton being on top of the ticket, having a good shot at carrying that state at the presidential level for the democratic party. that would create a very favorable environment for the senate races that are also going to be happening in those states, for the democratic challengers for all these republican senators. even the state of florida. florida, the presidential race is always close. looks like it will be close this year. who knows? hillary clinton certainly has a great chance of winning florida. they've got this weird senate election this year where marco rubio basically dug himself up and brought himself back from the dead after pledging for a long time emphatically, very clearly, that he definitely would not run for re-election for his senate seat. now he's running for re-election for his senate seat. but that makes him sort of not a typical incumbent. he has that broken promise, that dramatically failed campaign that saw him losing his home state of florida.
it just sort of scrambles the chances, makes that florida senate race interesting, more than just with marco rubio incumbent senator. beyond those states, if hillary clinton has a particularly great year at the top of the ticket, democrats might also be looking greedily at some other typically red states like arizona or georgia or missouri where the republican incumbent senators are john mccain and johnny isakson and roy blount. those are all veteran senators up for re-election in those usually red states. if hillary clinton has a great night on october 8th, they could be on the hot seat even in states like that. the problem for democrats, is it doesn't necessarily look like hillary clinton is going to have a great night on october 8th. we don't know. we're still, seven weeks out, who is counting? but the polls are basically sort of tied up in the presidential
race. if the polls continue to stay this close or if donald trump pulls out ahead, there may not be clinton coattails for all these democratic senator candidates to grab on to. there's this other factor which ought to get a lot more attention than it's getting this year. and that's money. a lot of republican big donors and these gigantic pacs, a lot of those folks don't want to spend their money on donald trump this year regardless of how he's doing in the polls for the presidential race. yes, most republicans are on board with donald trump but a substantial majority of the donor class are not. those not on board with donald trump in the donor class, they're not just not spending money this year, in many cases they're redirecting the money they would have otherwise spent in the presidential they're redirecting that downballot to help republican senators. you combine those couple of things, you combine what is now a tight presidential race, an unexpected, unusual maybe even
unprecedented diversion of republican cash away from the presidential race and into the senate races and, well, you know what happens next, right? this is "the new york times" polling unit today. they've just flopped their senate projection this year. now as of today, "the new york times" projecting that actually republicans will keep control of the senate. "the washington post" has also now just done their first senate control projection as of today and "the washington post" is projecting the same thing as "the new york times." they're also saying that republicans are likely to keep control of the senate. and this news sort of hits at a couple levels, right? on the one hand, this ought to be a flashing red light. a flare in the night for democratic donors to get off their wallets and start supporting democratic senate campaigns. people with more money than time, right?
for democrats who have more time than money, this is also the kind of red flag that ought to send lots of democratic would-be volunteers to go out and find out how they can knock on doors or phone bank or otherwise volunteer for their nearest plausible senate democratic contender. for now it looks like the republicans will keep control of the senate, that will be a jolt. that will be a red flag to a lot of liberals and democrats in this country, particularly liberals and democrats who have been sitting on their hands so far in this election or in this case the donor class, not just sitting on their hands but sitting on their big, fat wallets. but this news is doing something interesting in the various power centers of the democratic party. look, for example, at the great state of ohio. that's where republican incumbent senator rob portman is facing a challenge from the democratic governor of the state, ted strickland.
that looks like one that some parts of the democratic party are basically giving up on. the democratic campaign committee one of the major pacs supporting democratic candidates this year in ohio both of them look like they're basically triaging ted strickland out of the election. he hasn't led in the polls since may. democrats aren't quite cutting him loose, but they've gone through a few weeks of delaying, redirecting resources they were planning on spending on him, sending that money elsewhere. that's not the fat lady singing for ted strickland. that's not the end of the road, just seven weeks out. it starts cutting their resources for your campaign, that's not a good sign. that said, even with that going on in terms of the official mainstream establishment democratic party, check out how this past weekend. >> oh, thank you, thank you,
thank you for that introduction. and hello, ohio! it is good to be here! you guys are fabulous. i love you best because you're loud. yes. that's what we need in this campaign. >> elizabeth warren, massachusetts senator, along with ohio democratic senator sherrod brown, did this event this weekend for ted strickland. they're not at all giving up on ted strickland's senate campaign in ohio even as the democratic party and some of these big democratic super pacs do scale way back on him. when senator warren endorsed hillary clinton back in june, on this program, as you might remember, that she would do this. not just that she'd work her heart out to elect hillary clinton but she'd work her heart out to get a democratic senate to work with. part of what you have to watch in these critical senate races
is not just what the democratic party is doing and not just what the big super pacs are doing, part of what you have to watch is what is elizabeth warren doing. because she's kind of her own thing. there she was in pennsylvania campaigning for hillary clinton but also campaigning for the democratic senate candidate against pat toomey in pennsylvania, the democratic candidate there, katie mcginty. there she was in ohio, two days, for hillary clinton, yes, but campaigning her heart out for democratic candidate ted strickland. maybe parts of the democratic establishment are triaging him. elizabeth warren clearly is not. at the end of this week elizabeth warren will be in new hampshire yes, campaigning for hillary clinton but also for maggie hassan, who is trying and very well might unseat kelly ayotte. this is an interesting dynamic. the democratic party isn't just a thing. we've paid attention to the different dynamics inside the
republican party. there are dynamics that work inside the democratic party as well. it's one thing to look at the prospects for senate control next year in terms of what the presidential race might do to those partisan odds, but there is something to look at here other than the top of the ticket. there are other things at work besides the presidential race. some of those dynamics surround vermont independent senator bernie sanders after his huge presidential primary run this year. for his part, senator sanders just endorsed, or the pac that was created out of his campaign effort, i should say, they just endorsed ten candidates running for state legislatures the and even lower county level offices this year. the bernie sanders part of the democratic movement is doing a lot of interesting down-ballot stuff on their own terms and in their own way this year. the other real locus of power and energy in the democratic party at the national level is
around elizabeth warren. yes, elizabeth warren is a good and energetic campaigner, and it is nice and appreciated, whatever, some well known senator travels all over the country and supports campaigns well outside his or her home state. that's always nice. but what gives senator elizabeth warren the power she's got in democratic politics, the following she's got among the democratic base, the national name recognition and therefore the attention and even the momentum that she can bring to somebody else's campaign simply by showing up and saying, hey, support this person. it's not just that she's there, not just that she shows up and she talks good, the source of her power is what she's famous for nationwide. it's her status as a force of nature when it comes to watchdogging big business and wall street and the big banks in particular. and the most valuable bank in the world right now is called wells fargo. you might have seen in the
business pages or even on the front pages a couple weeks ago wells fargo paid $185 million in mostly fines. partly fines. it was partly what they had to pay back to their customers for a huge years-long scam in which the bank basically drove up its own stock price, made itself seem more valuable, made itself seem like it was growing faster than it actually was by this scam. this scam in which they artificially inflated the number of accounts that each of their customers had at wells fargo. they gave their low-level employees quotas that they had to fill in terms of the number of new accounts they had to open for existing wells fargo customers. that resulted in millions of fake accounts, false credit card accounts, false checking accounts, false savings accounts all created by wells fargo employees in the name of their customers so they can meet these quotas, so wells fargo would look like they had tons of accounts from their customers so
it would boost their stock price. hurt their customers, screwed with their customers' credit ratings, with these accounts they didn't ask for, didn't want and didn't know they had. and when they got caught, the bank try to blame just low-level employees. it fired thousands of low-level employees for having done this terrible thing. all the while, their executives at the bank got superrich from their own stock options because customers having all these multiple accounts made the bank look more valuable for wall street investors. they created these pernicious incentives inside the company for their low-level employees to do something unethical and wrong and illegal in order to boost the company specifically in a way that would make their executives rich. gah. then they tried to say, oh, yeah, it's all of our terrible tellers, our terrible bank managers. we'll get rid of those small fries. we're fine. it's not just one of the biggest scandals in banking since the financial catastrophe in 2008,
it's also one of the most easy to understand. one of the easiest to see in terms of what's so grotesque about it. today the bank's ceo got a chance, lucky him, to answer for it. >> you haven't resigned. you haven't returned a single nickel of your personal earnings. you haven't fired a single senior executive. instead, evidently, your definition of accountable is to push the blame to your low-level employees who don't have the money for a fancy pr firm to defend themselves. it's gutless leadership. other big banks average fewer than three accounts per customer, but you set the target at eight accounts. every customer of wells should have eight accounts with the bank. that's not because you ran the numbers and found that the average customer needed eight banking accounts.
it is because, quote, eight rhymes with great. this was your rationale right there in your 2010 annual report. >> eight rhymes with great? eight rhymes with great? really? that's how they tried to cram eight different accounts on to all of their customers because eight rhymes with great? >> do you know how much the value of your stock went up while this scam was going on? >> it's all of my compensation is in our public -- >> do you know how much it was? >> it's all in the public filing. >> you're right, it is all in the public records because i looked it up. while this scam was going on, you personally held an anch average of 6.75 million share of wells stock. the share price during this time period went up by about $30 which comes out to more than
$200 million in gains all for you personally. now, here's what really gets me about this, mr. stumpf, if one of your tellers took a handful of $20 bills out of the cash drawer, they would probably be looking at criminal charges for theft. they could end up in prison. but you squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers and you could drive up the value of your stock and put hundreds of millions of dollars in your own pocket. and when it all blew up, you kept your job, you kept your multimillion dollar bonuses, and you went on television to blame thousands of $12 an hour employees who were just trying to meet cross-sell quotas that made you rich. this is about accountability. you should resign.
you should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on. and you should be criminally investigated by both the department of justice and the securities and exchange commission. >> do you need a minute? do you need to cool off after that? you only have a minute. because senator elizabeth warren's here next. those new glasses? they are. do i look smarter? yeah, a little. you're making money now, are you investing? well, i've been doing some research. let me introduce you to our broker. how much does he charge? i don't know. okay. uh, do you get your fees back if you're not happy? (dad laughs) wow, you're laughing. that's not the way the world works. well, the world's changing. are you asking enough questions about the way your wealth is managed? wealth management, at charles schwab. with dand bold styling to to stay ahead of the curve... the lexus rx, rx hybrid and rx f sport.
as i mentioned at the top of the show, we've got elizabeth warren here next. we've got new jersey senator cory booker here tonight. we asked senator booker to be here tonight because the fbi just released its detailed statement of charges and its detailed explanation of the evidence that they've got against the suspected new york and new jersey bomber. senator warren is here live next. senator booker is on deck. there's a lot to come. please stay with us. [ "on the road again," by willie nelson ] ♪ on the road again
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yeah, if you can explain it for the clinton thing, how about the financial crisis that almost destroyed the world? hm. no word back yet from the fbi, we're told. but then today the ceo of the world's most valuable bank, he was treated to senator warren's tender ministrations at the u.s. senate as well. >> this just isn't right. a cashier who steals a handful of twenties is held accountable but wall street executives who almost never hold themselves accountable, not now and not in 2008 when they crushed the worldwide economy. the only way that wall street will change is if executives face jail time when they preside over massive frauds. >> joining us now for the interview is the senator elizabeth warren. thank you for making time to talk to us tonight. appreciate you being here. >> thank you very much for
having me. >> your questioning of the wells fargo ceo was very heated today i think is the right word. why did you decide to roast him over that spit the way you did today at that hearing? >> well, why not? look, here is a guy who says, i'm accountable, and then his notion of accountability is he keeps his job. he keeps the millions of dollars in bonuses that he made while this scam goes on. he keeps all the money from his stock improving because of the scam that was going on. and then blames the scam on more than 5,000 low-level employees and says, oh, he didn't know anything about it. you know, there just comes a point when you have to say, enough. you can't keep doing this. remember right at the heart of the 2008 crisis was, in a sense, exactly the same thing.
it was that giant financial institutions, not community banks, not credit unions, giant financial institutions figured out that they could make buckets of money by cheating their own customers. now, the lead up to 2008 was far more elaborate and had different financial instruments but at its heart it was about those mortgages, those sub prime mortgages that tricked people, that trapped people, that fooled the people. so what happens? it's eight years later and wall street says, no, no, no, no, no, no we've changed, we've changed, we've changed. and then it comes out that wells fargo, the biggest bank in the world, has been out there doing something called cross-selling, and what it really means is they squeezed their employees until their employees made up checking accounts and credit card accounts, squeezed them that
hard. why? so they could then go right back to wall street and keep pumping their numbers. pumping their numbers and saying, our stock is worth more and more and more. our company is worth more and more and more. because look at all these accounts we've got. you know, there's got to come a time when you say to these ceos no. not only no, but you are going to be held personally responsible for this. as long as these guys can get rich and waltz out the door, nothing on wall street is going to change. >> that personal accountability issue is something that wall street is not used to hearing anything other than rhetoric about. they're not used to hearing anything pointed and possible about that prospect. but you raise this as well in your letter to the fbi last week and to the department of justice inspector general saying, listen, if you're willing to go public and explain your reasoning and your rationale for the hillary clinton e-mail scandal, what you thought of all
the evidence and why you didn't recommend charges in this case, please do so for these bankers that were recommended for possible prosecution because of the financial crisis. why did you decide to go to the fbi about that now? and do you actually think they'll release any of that information? >> let's talk about the now. you remember that after the crisis, congress set up something called the financial crisis inquiry commission. and their job was to go out and to hold hearings and to look at books and records and get people in and to figure out what went wrong in the crisis. it was bipartisan. and boy, did they get out and work. i mean, they took tons of information in. then they wrote this great big report, this giant report, and they boxed up all the rest of their papers and records and so on and sent them over to the archives as they were required to do by law where they were sealed for five years.
so okay that sounds fine. a few months ago they became unsealed because it had been five years. so my staffers go over and get the boxes out and start digging through them. and it turns out that the financial crisis inquiry commission had recommended, based on the data they had seen, specific people who should be investigated as having caused the financial crisis and specific financial institutions. so they were referred to the justice department. this isn't just vaguely, why didn't you hold somebody accountable. they sent over names and did it based on all the evidence and data that they had collected. so what happened? what happened? and the answer is basically nothing. so i sent two letters last week. one was i sent it directly to the inspector general of the department of justice. and i said, could you please
find out what happened to those criminal referrals and just going to let the rest of us know. but the second was to the director of the fbi because i listened really closely when he got up and talked about hillary clinton. he had said, you know, the fbi's general policy is if we don't issue an indictment, we don't say anything about it. i understand that. but he said, in effect, there's a new standard and the new standard is when there is -- i believe his words were intense public interest. when there is intense public interest, then, man, we're going to release everything we've got. we're going to go ahead and give you all the investigative reports and what will happen. i'm going to stand up and do a big press conference, he said. then he goes over to capitol hill and testifies all about it. okay. if that's the new standard, i believe there is intense public
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oh, thank you. thank you, thank you for that introduction. and hello, ohio! it is good to be here! >> senator elizabeth warren campaigning this weekend in ohio for ted strickland and his senate race against rob portman in that state. thanks for sticking with us. i really appreciate it. i talked at the top of the show about how the electoral projections some including "the new york times" and "the washington post" are both saying that actually the republicans are more likely than the
democrats to be controlling the senate next year based on polling right now. we've also seen hillary clinton raps lead over donald trump evaporate to a significant extent both in national polls and swing state polls. having been to all these states, campaigning for these democratic senators, do you have a diagnosis for why that might be happening flight? do you have a proposed cure for how to fix snit. >> my job is not to diagnose what has gone wrong. my job is to get out there and fight back. that's what we have to do. let me try two words for you. supreme court. even if hillary gets elected, if we can't get a democratic senate, then we'll have trouble confirming someone to the supreme court. she's going to have trouble being able to field a team, having someone at the department of justice who actually cares about accountability, having someone at the department of labor, having people at the environmental protection agency. if hillary clinton has to step into the white house on the
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i can't vote for donald trump given the things that he said. trump should not be supported. i believe he's disqualified himself to be president. i just cannot support donald trump. a lot of previously unreported details including
just how much evidence was gleaned from that 27th street pressure cooker bomb that didn't explode. quote, approximately 12 fingerprints were recovered from the bomb including on the pressure cooker, the duct tape and the triggering cellular telephone. an fbi analysis concluded that each of the 12 fingerprints recovered from the bomb was a positive match to mr. rahami.
also new detail on the surveillance camera footage. according to the fbi a person believed to be mr. rahami was seen in the vicinity of the first bomb at 7:53 p.m., approximately 37 minutes before the explosion. the fbi then says that same individual was then spotted on 27th street two minutes after the explosion of the 23rd street bomb. the fbi also says that rahami bought several bomb ingredients on ebay between june 20th and august 10th of this year. they were able to ferret out that information in part because he used the genius alibi of his real name as his ebay user name and his real address in new jersey to obtain materials that they say were used to make the bombs. quote, on or about august 10th, 2016, an ebay user named ahmad rahami purchased an item described in part as citric acid pack and bought circuit boards
an igniters on ebay. said to have purchased lead balls, slingshot ammo, to serve as extra shrapnel in the explosion. authorities did use the cell phones that were strapped into the bombs to help identify rahami. and then, of course, there's the very provocative issue and important issue of rahami's motivation. what's in this fbi complaint tonight confirms reporting that was out earlier today which said that mr. rahami was in the possession of some kind of journal, at least handwritten documents when he was captured. written in this journal among other things was the following, according to the fbi, laudatory references to anwar al wa lackey and hasan and brother osama bin laden. the document closes, god willing
the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets, gunshots to your police, death to your oppression. given that much of the story played out across new jersey over the past couple of days it's particularly good that we're joined tonight by cory booker, the democratic senator from new jersey and a member of the senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs. really nice to see you. thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you for having me on, rachel. >> i know that you can't talk about classified information, but i know that you've been briefed in terms of what happened in your state and in new york over the weekend, and we've all now seen this complaint in terms of the charges. is there anything that particularly surprises you or particularly alarms you and worries you about what you've heard about this plot? >> the most alarming thing at this point the investigation is ongoing, to see that there was anybody at all that worked with him but also people that have knowledge of this that should have come forward that didn't come forward. but right now we see what one individual can do that has been
so radicalized or radical jihadist inspired by al qaeda, inspired by other terrorist acts, what one individual can do with about ten devices spread between two states. it is very challenging, i think, to realize the kind of damage that one person could inflict. we're so fortunately not only in terms of the explosions, the one at seaside heights not having anybody around all the way to the two police officers who are really heroes from linden who took fire, one getting shot multiple times in a bulletproof vest. how fortunate we are that he wasn't able to carry out the level of carnage that he so desired. >> one of the things that has been heartening about this, if anything is, was the speed with which he was caught, the speed with which we went from the incidents, the attacks, the bewildering nature of the attacks and the devices to him actually being apprehended by police by rush hour on monday morning. on the other hand, as you
mention, there is this ongoing concern -- and i guess i want to know from you if you have any other information on this. about the prospect that other people might have been either involved or had reason to know that he was doing something. that something was up, that something was coming or that he was working with explosives, something else that reasonably should have been cause to tip off the police. >> the first part of what you said is really important to understand. in the hours after the explosions in new jersey talking to some of our officials at the federal and state level, one thing from each conversation that i was encouraged by was the confidence with which the investigators had, that this person or persons at that point we did not know, would be brought to justice. that we have such good -- not only intelligence apparatus, but coordination at the local, state and federal level. the lessons we've learned from past attacks. we are getting very good at tracking down those people who dare to do such criminal acts.
and so that said, you know, my perspective now is to continue to learn lessons so that we can be better prepared not just to respond and react, but to prevent these things from happening in the first place. i serve on the homeland security committee and pushing bipartisan legislation to make sure that whether it is our airlines which now have tremendous security involved but also from our rail lines to our ports to other soft targets, to make sure we're doing what's necessary, and then there's a whole other layer of this about beginning to analyze what is radicalizing people, how can we prevent people from being radicalized or if someone in the community is taking on certain behavior, how can we build the kind of networks that are really acting to stop individuals before they move to the point where they want to carry something out. >> senator, do we know about anything in terms of other involvement, involvement of other people, either people who
might have known about the lead up to this attack or people who might have helped? >> again, i want to have helped? >> again, i want to be cautious about what i talk about, but at this point, investigators think publicly, from what we know right now, this person is operating alone, but we are going to pursue every single angle on this. and you know, obviously, his wife is overseas. we're trying to bring her back into this country, we're dealing with interviews with family members. you can be sure it will be very thorough as to whether he operated with other people or if someone knew something but didn't say something. >> corey booker, i know this is a trying time for your state, thanks for making time for us. thank you. >> we'll be right back. stay with us. afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose.
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general assembly's under way in new york. president obama gave his it final remarks as president to the general assembly. on the sidelines, hillary clinton and donald trump took meetings with foreign leaders. hillary clinton melt with leaders from egypt and japan. trump met with the head of egypt. thousands of dissidents have been killed and imprisoned since he took over.
he got 97% of the vote. that is not a number found in nature. but donald trump and hillary clinton both took a meeting with that same guy yesterday. and check out the difference. the trump campaign put out this press same, quoting, mr. trump thanking mr. assisi for what they've done for the betterment of their country and the world. mr. trump said that if he were fortunate enough to win the election in november, he would invite president assisi to the unit and be honored to visit egypt, and then they made out. it could not have been more effusive. putin's going to be jealous. now look at the clinton meeting. it starts off kind of the same. secretary clinton and president el sisi had a meeting, but they had a constructive discussion of
the importance of respect for rule of law and human rights. no kiss. no. clinton goes and meets with a military strong man dictator and presses him on the american human rights worker who he's had locked up since 2014 and the other human rights organizations and activists he's got locked up. tells him that u.s. expects better of human rights, and the way he treats his own citizens. trump takes a meeting with the same guy and says hey, i love what you've done with the place. i'd love for you to come visit sometime. it's a big, complicated world out there, filled with all kinds
of leaders. we have a stark oice in how we want the united states positioned in this big, bad world. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> less than 50 days to make that choice. well, donald trump gave a speech today in a town named for a slave owner, owned a big plantation in that town. and he somehow forgot that slavery ever existed. >> our identities do not have to be defined by putting someone else down. >> we have people coming into our country, we have no idea. they're coming in from the middle east. we have no idea who they are. >> today a make ringed by walls would only encircle itself.