tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC September 23, 2016 9:00pm-10:01pm PDT
take a service first men nationality. the side of every police car says serve and protect. >> that is a fitting point to pause on. pause and continue as the conversation will continue. demetri, karla, phillip, thank you for story. but up next, the rachel maddow show. on the last data president was called public law number 107 and it was defined in the statute as a national memorial commission. this law that coolidge signed his last day in office was to build a building that would be a memorial and a tribute, quote, to the negro's contributions to the achieve ams of america. 1929. calvin coolidge signed that law, and that law authorized the creation of this national memorial and tribute. it also provided exactly zero dollars to do that with. and so the idea of a national memorial, a national tribute, a physical commemoration in washington, d.c., of the
contribution of african-americans to the achievements of the united states of america, that idea, although law, that idea, although officially something we are working on, it just sort of held negative space for decades. all right, that idea that sort of national commemorative space, it existed in theory, but not in practice. it was not until 40 years after calvin coolidge signed that law, it wasn't until the late '60s when the idea first got revived and got more attention, more energy behind it and it was not until 20 years after that in the late '80s when congress started considering bills to actually do it. most of them from congressman john lewis of georgia. bills that would start the planning process in earnest and start working toward building this tribute, this memorial, this monument. it was not until the 21st
century and not until 2001 that they finally passed actual dollars. they appropriated the first actual money to start planning in earnest and it was not until now. it was not until almost 90 years after we supposedly started working on this as a nation that it did finally get done, but now tomorrow, the national museum of african-american history and culture will open to the public on the national mall in washington, d.c., and honestly, i cannot do it justice here. i can show you through your tv screen a little bit of what it looks like. we can show you some of the things they've got inside. we can describe some of its collections, but it's not -- i'm not going to be able to do it justice. the right thing to do is to plan to go. i know that the show is broadcast not just in the united states and around the world. if you are in the united states, you should plan to go. if you are not in the united states and you are in the sound of my voice, the next time you plan to visit the united states, you should plan to go.
the tickets are free. they are also hard to get. september is already sold out. october is already sold out. i checked right before we got on the air and there was one day left in november that had one time slot left, and that was the last thing left for all of november, but there were still a bunch of time slots on a bunch of days available in december. the tickets are free, but you have to sign up for a specific time you want to the go in order to get tickets and honestly, thinking about the timing, if you are going to go, when it comes to telling your friends or your kids or your grandkids about the way you lived and what you did in your big, long life, you may want to be able to say that you went to the national museum of african-american history and culture right when it first opened and in fact, you went while the nation's first african-american president was still in office. there are still tickets available in december right now that you can get online and book. you might want to try to get to this museum soon. >> they started building the
inaugural platform for the next president this week and we don't know who the next president is going to be, but it is not going to be barack obama. today president obama hosted at the white house more than 700 african-american community leaders and cultural leaders, people who were key to this hard-fought, long slog that it took to create this epic, new museum. >> you know, the timing of this is fascinating. because in so many ways, it is the best of times, but in many ways these are also troubled times. history doesn't always move in a straight line. and without vigilance we can go
backward as well as forward. and so part of the reason that i am so happy the museum is opening this weekend is because it allows all of us as american s to put our current circumstances in a historical context. my hope is that as people are seeing what's happened in tulsa or charlotte on television and perhaps are less familiar with not only the history of the african-american experience, but also how recent some of these challenges have been, upon visiting the museum may step back and say i understand.
i sympathize. i empathize. i can see why folks might feel angry and i want to be part of the solution as opposed to resisting change. my hope is that black folks watching the same images on television and then seeing the history representing this museum can say to themselves the struggles we're going through today are connected to the past and yet all that progress we've made tells me that i cannot and will not sink into despair because if we join hands, and if we do things right, if we maintain our dignity and we
continue to appeal to the better angels of this nation progress will be made. >> president obama today at a white house event celebrating the opening of the new national museum of african-american history and culture. it opens to the public for the first time tomorrow. as you heard there at the top of his remarks the president said the timing is fascinating, and you hear this big response from the crowd and he went on to reference tulsa and charlotte in tulsa, oklahoma, this week. of course, the police officer who killed terence crutcher in the street after his suv had stalled in the street and then the police tasered him and then shot him while he appears to have held his hands in the air. that officer who killed him has now been booked on first-degree manslaughter charges. in charlotte, north carolina, it has been a very different story these past few days. it has been a heartbreaking few days since keith lamont scott
was killed by a police officer on tuesday afternoon. charlotte protests, as you know, descended into violence on tuesday night and again on wednesday night. yesterday the police reiterated and insisted that unlike tulsa they were not going to release the police videos, the dash cam and body cam have videos that they have of this police shooting of keith scott, but they did show those police videos to mr. scott's family and the scott family said after they saw those videos that they would like them to be released to the public. police and local authorities insist they will not do that. last night was the third straight night of protests in charlotte. the mayor, as we reported late last night, signed a midnight curfew ahead of midnight last night in the 9:00 p.m. hour and when midnight rolled around charlotte authorities decided they would not clear the streets despite the curfew. they would allow the protests to continue as long as they were peaceful. protests by and large were entirely peaceful and they went on late into the night and well past midnight.
now today has been a new day of further dramatic and in some cases upsetting developments in the same case. today nbc news obtained video of the shooting of keith lamont scott, and it's a harrowing video. one of the most harrowing things about it is that the video was taken by mr. scott's wife, and you can hear her clearly talking to her husband, talking to the police throughout her recording. >> don't shoot him! don't shoot him. don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he has no weapon. he has no weapon. don't shoot him. >> drop the gun! drop the [ bleep ]. >> don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he didn't do anything. >> drop the gun! drop the gun! >> he doesn't have a gun. he has a tbi. he's not going to do anything to you guys. he just took his medicine. >> she says tbi, she means traumatic brain injury. in terms of what this captures
visually the video, i should tell you it does not show the shots themselves although you do hear them. you also hear mr. scott's wife tell the officers that her husband doesn't have a gun that he would not hurt them and he has the brain injury and you hear police officers shouting, there is some kind of escalation of some kind and it is hard to see what is happening, but after this inconclusive, immediate event you do hear shots fired. >> keith, don't you do it. don't you do it. keith! keith! keith! don't you do it! [ shots fired ] >> did you shoot him? did you shoot him? did you shoot him? >> video, obviously, is disturbing in part because of the woman's vantage point here and knowing that the woman is witnessing the death of her husband. you hear keith scott's wife say over and over and over again, he better live, he better live, he better live. >> he better live. he better live.
i swear he better live. yep. he better live. >> so this is just -- i mean, it's a terrible thing to see. it's a terrible thing for us to see her seeing it through her eyes, but where we are right now, four nights after keith scott was killed, we still have conflicting accounts as to whether or not keith scott had a gun. you definitely hear police officers repeatedly saying drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun. you also hear his wife saying he doesn't have a gun. still, the police video, the video from their perspective, the body cam video, and the dash cam video that is being withheld from public view even though the public -- excuse me, the family wants that released to the public. we heard president obama say he wants americans to be able to sympathize with each other at times like this, even to empathize with one another. hillary clinton today added her voice to thosealling for the police tapes of the shooting to
be released. when she signs her tweets with a hyphen and h means she's written it personally and calling for the release of the police video. hillary clinton's campaign announced she intends to travel to charlotte this weekend on sunday, the day before the first presidential debate. as to whether or not that will actually happen i can't say so definitively in part because the mayor of charlotte who is a clinton supporter tonight she said that she has also heard from the trump campaign and that trump would like to visit charlotte some time next week after clinton saying she planned to visit on sunday. for now the mayor is calling on both candidates and both clinton and trump to hold off from coming to her city. she said tonight, quote, if there were a way to delay those visits that would probably be ideal. this is a live look at police in the streets of downtown charlotte tonight where we will be keeping an eye throughout the evening on protests and now in their fourth day and tonight will be the first night since the whole country got a look at the incident which led to keith
lamont smith's death. joining us now from charlotte is "new york times" reporter, yamit sinder. >> you're on the ground there and you're in a calm spot and a quiet spot. can you tell us just about the environment in the city tonight? >> reporter: the environment in the city, i think, is tense in some ways. i've talked to people and there are already protesters marching and i would say there are at least 100 or more people out in the street and people are upset about the fact that they saw this video today. i've been talking to people, dozens of people about how they really feel that this video confirms for them that the police in some way didn't act correctly. you hear keith scott's wife saying he took his medication and he doesn't have a gun and she's trying to de-escalate the situation and the police could have given her some time before they took these shots.
i shoulday, of course, the family attorneys have told me, and i've asked them several times and they say they do not say whether or not -- they do not know whether or not the shooting was justified or unjustified. however, the idea is that people are feeling very upset about this, and i was out in the streets until at least 1:00 a.m. and i don't think we'll see violence tonight. i hope that we don't see violence tonight and i don't have any indication that we'll see the violence that we saw in the past days. >> when you have the chance to speak with the attorneys for the scott family, did they tell you about the decision to release this video, this very, very difficult to watch video shot by mr. scott's wife. did they tell you anything about why they decided to make that public? >> reporter: yes. so one of my first questions for the attorneys of this family was are you trying to pressure the city to release their videos by releasing this video? and they told me, no. they are not trying to pressure the city to do that. they want the city to release the other video and the dash cam video and the body camera video and they told me this was about
providing another angle and letting people know that this happened and this is the vantage point from which his wife watched him die. the idea is to have people feel like they were here, so that they were in that moment to share in the grief of this family. this family, he has a lot of children. he's a father of seven. so the idea is that they wanted people to just, i think, really be in that moment. and again, they've been asking for calm. the family has been asking for calm and they've been saying they don't want this video to turn into people rioting and looting on behalf of the family. >> yamiche sinher. we want to make sure that we get good angles and how people are feeling. i really appreciate it. >> thanks. big night around here. thank you for spending it with us. we will be right back. ♪
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georgia's chapter of the naacp is leading a large demonstration in atlanta tonight. in georgia and atlanta, what they're calling for is new laws in their state. they're calling for an independent body to investigate all police-involved shootings instead of the police investigating themselves. they're calling for an independent prosecutor for those kinds of cases and they're calling for a requirement that all bodycam and dashcam footage from police-involved shootings should be released to the public within 48 hours of those incidents. again, this is the protest and those are the demands that we're looking at in atlanta, georgia, tonight. we are keeping an eye as i mentioned on charlotte, tonight. this is the fourth demonstration after the police shooting of keith lamont scott on tuesday. some of the most recent reporting we've had out of charlotte is that protesters again are headed toward or blocking parts of interstate 277. protesters blocking major roadways and particular interstates have been some of the causes of some of the most
heated confrontations between police and protesters, but as i mentioned with yamiche, we have eyes and ears on the ground in charlotte and we'll be covering this throughout the evening. we'll be looking at that later and we'll be looking a head at the political story that took over the headlines today. it's been a love story for the ages. that's all still ahead tonight. stay with us. so suppose you were a marcopolo! marco...! polo! marco...! polo! marco...! polo! marco...! sì? polo! marco...! polo! scusa? ma io sono marco polo, ma... marco...! playing "marco polo" with marco polo? surprising. ragazzini, io sono marco polo. sì, sono qui...
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for which party will control the united states senate. "the new york times" for a long time had been projecting the democrats would regain control of the senate in november's elections and as of this week the times is now projecting that the republicans will control the senate. "the washington post" also now forecasting that republicans will retain control of the senate. we talked about both of those projections for senate control earlier this week, but for you, hypothetical nervous democrat, was there also good news on that front this week. a little something to slow your frantic heart rate. nate silver's outfit 538.com have launched their senate forecast and their analysis is the democrats who are favored to take control of the senate, barely, barely, but still. as of this evening, 538 gives democrats a -- what is that? 58.5% chance of winning the senate. happy friday, nervous democrats. as for the presidential race
yesterday we reported on the first real data and the first real vote that has been cast already in the presidential election, an exclusive analysis from an nbc news partnership with the voter data group target smart shows that of the absentee ballots that have been cast in north carolina so far, this isn't polling, this is actual votes cast, registered democrats have an eight-point edge so far on the early vote in north carolina over republicans. the ballots returned in north carolina, 42% are from the democrats and 34% are from republicans. that's only north carolina and only a few thousand votes, but that is way better for democrats than it was in 2012 when mitt romney won north carolina against president obama. soon, we will be able to get similar data from lots of other states besides north carolina. in addition to north carolina, absentee voting has now started in georgia and in alabama. absentee voting started today in virginia, indiana, and west virginia. regular old early voting in-person and early voting also started today in minnesota, south dakota and vermont.
a bunch of states are sending out their first ballots this week and over the weekend. tomorrow is the deadline for absentee ballots to go out to overseas and military voters. if you're wondering why we're getting a big rash of newspaper endorsements right now, why is it happening so far before the debates and so far before the election is because voting is starting and editorial boards feel like now is the time to save their piece. the cincinnati enquirer decided not to endorse a presidential candidate for the first time since 1916 when they endorsed woodrow wilson. it took "the cincinnati enquirer" another, century to endorse, and it gave an enthusiastic endorsement of hillary clinton and an enthusiastic renouncement of donald trump. the big announcement today was ted cruz, of all people. senator ted cruz last seen
getting booed and screamed at at the republican convention in cleveland when he didn't say republicans should vote for donald trump and he instead said republicans should vote their conscience. ted cruz came out today and endorsed donald trump, it was -- i guess we all knew it was coming, but still, reporters struggled to contextualize and struggled to explain the massiveness of the capitulation that this was today for senator cruz. here is a typical lead. here's how a reporter russell berman led his piece for the atlantic announcing his endorsement of ted cruz and this shows you the lengths to which reporters are having to go to explain how bizarre this is. quote, ted cruz set aside his many differences with donald trump on friday to endorse a president a man whom he once called a serial philanderer, a pathological liar, utterly amoral, and a sniffling coward and who insulted his wife's
looks and who insinuated cruz's father was involved of the assassination of john f. ken condition and who said he wouldn't accept his endorsement and who for months mocked him mercilessly with a schoolyard taunt, lyin' ted. he was supposed to be the last line of right-wing republican defense against donald trump. the last line was supposed to be principaled resistance to donald trump and that is gone now, too. ted cruz's former communications director rick tyler who was a ted cruz true believer, he told nbc's hallie jackson when he heard this news. quote, it's morning in america for conservatives. we lost our leader today. what it also means is that donald trump is consolidating the support of the republican party, all of it. he is theirs now and they are his. which is something i am sure his campaign wanted to have sewed up
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with him, even in all that time, george w. bush never dropped to 23% of people viewing him favorably, but that is where chris christie is right now, and i'm guessing it may be about to get worse. this is the list of potential witnesses who may get called to testify in the federal trial in which chris christie's deputy chief of staff and one of his top-appointed officials are facing felony charges for bridgegate, for shutting down access lanes on the busiest bridge in the world in order to punish one of chris christie's political enemies. this is a big case. the potential witness list is giant. we don't assume they'll call everybody on this list, but one of the names they could call to testify is governor chris christie himself is and he's on the potential witness list. >> today the star witness took the stand. he's a christie appointee who has pled guilty for his part in bridgegate and he's facing 15 years in prison and his name is david wildstein and cooperating
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these are peaceful protests. earlier in the day we saw student-led protests at high schools and hopewell high and vance high and charlotte's northwest school of the arts. but again, starting at around 8:00 p.m. local time tonight protesters did start marching once again through the streets of charlotte. you heard those chants, black lives matter and we're hearing stand up, fight back. no justice, no peace and repeated chants of "release the tapes." >> release the tapes! release the tapes! >> protesters in charlotte tonight calling for local officials to release the police video of the keith scott shooting. they're asking people also to watch the video that was taken by keith scott's wife which nbc news released today. charlotte leaders are also, in a sense, nationalizing their response and they're asking people outside charlotte who agree with them and empathize with them with the protests to protest where they live. tonight, we're seeing some of that.
this is a live shot from atlanta, georgia. this is one of the large marches that's happening in the country tonight. this was organized by the naacp in atlanta tonight. it shows there are other signs of it, but this big crowd tonight out in atlanta shows how this response to the shooting in north carolina is spreading. joining us now is corinne mack and she's part of the branch of the nrmgs aacp. thank you for talking to us tonight. i know this has been a difficult few days. >> thank you for having me. >> how would you describe the community reaction today to seeing the cell phone video that was released by keith scott's wife? >> i think there was a definite anger, initially and most of us began to think about the family once again, just imagining how the short -- mr. scott should have been seeing her husband die before her. that had to be traumatic and she
was in our hearts and prayers for the day today. >> there is a tremendous amount of pressure in the streets tonight that local authorities should release the police video, as well and the dash cam video and the body cam video and the family, when they look through their attorneys and when they have seen those videos which the police have shown them, they also don't believe they conclusively define what happened in that incident. do you think those police videos are released that it would materially change the way people feel about this incident? >> i know it would change the way they feel with the relationship between themselves and the police department. the incident, i'm not so sure, but i do know this, the videos probably have very different angles which would give a different perspective. i know the videos that the family scott already said they could not determine, there were a lot of blockage and areas that
they could not see anything. in terms of transparency, i think it's important that the p.d. does release the videos. we have a long way to go. a long way to go to build that bridge, but at least in doing that, that's a small olive branch towards what we're trying to get done which is a conversation, an honest conversation and possibly building trust again. >> in terms of the protests, obviously, this is four straight nights and we're seeing large crowds out in the street and last night people were out until the wee hours and large, peaceful protests and energetic protests and can you tell us anything in terms of how the organizing is going on behind these protests and it was organic with people showing up and is this a tightly organized effort across the city? >> i think it's both. i know that the charlotte -- as well as the naacp have been
working collaboratively to get things done and there are some organic, you know, areas in terms of the protests. the thing is i think that this oneness, we're all frustrated and we're all angry and sick and tired and we're seeing african-americans being killed by police and nobody is accountable. there is not one incident we can think of where someone was found guilty of shooting an unarmed person and we're sick of it. so i think just based on that and when you look at the systemic problems we have in this country and systemic racism and oppression. when you look at north carolina itself being number 50, in the country in terms of the vulnerability for black people, we understand there is a problem here beyond the fact that we're being killed. there is a problem in terms of the educational system, the pipeline problem we have here and prison industrial complex we have here and there's a whole host of problems that need to be resolved.
>> corine mack, your organization could not be more critical in terms of what's going on there and the eyes of the nation being upon charlotte and thank you for taking time to help us understand what's going on there. >> thank you. i appreciate you. >> much more ahead tonight. stay with us. once i started building the tree, ancestry helped me find out that military service goes into my family pretty far back. that makes you more proud to be an american and more proud to be a veteran. i served in iraq in tikrit in 2009. when i took the ancestry dna test, i mean a few results came up that were really shocking. 11% of me comes from the part where i had served. we all come from such fferent backgrounds that you never know. get the deeper story of you at ancestry. get started for free at ancestry.com.
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that city. a statement from hillary clinton's communications director tonight john palmery, hillary is grateful for and intends to honor the invitation from faith leaders. after further discussion with community leaders, we have decided to postpone sunday's trip to want impact the city's resources and she will visit next sunday provided the circumstances allow. hillary clinton now not planning on going to charlotte this sunday. stay with us. [ clock ticking ]
days when iraq was in the news every single day. when the iraq war was such big american news that we all learned at least a little bit of iraq geography by heart, you'll remember that the northern part of iraq up in the northeastern part of iraq there is a part of that country that isn't really run by the national government and that's the kurdish-controlled part of iraq. up in the northern part of iraq sandwiched between the kurdish-controlled region on one side and the syrian border on the other side, there is a major iraqi city called mosul and mosul used to have about 2.5 million people making it the third largest city in iraq, but then a couple of years ago, mosul got taken over by isis and now nobody knows how many people live there anymore. maybe it's down to a million people? we don't know. we also don't know what condition that city is in since isis has been running it for so long. other big, well-known cities in iraq like ramadi and fallujah, they've been taken back from isis control, but mosul is the
one that isis still has. they've got it now, but maybe not for long. for months now there have been reports that iraqi forces of some strike presumably with u.s. help and they've been positioning and moving weapons and forces into place to get ready to take back the city of mosul from isis and to take back the single largest city that isis controls anywhere. the iraqi prime minister has recently expressed that he wants the mosul operation to take place by the end of the year. i can now report that there are new signs that that incident, that operation may be imminent. even just from a u.s.-involvement perspective. a couple of weeks ago the u.s. sent 400 more american service members into iraq. sent 400 more service members many to a logistics hub south of mosul where we've marked with a star. that u.s. facility made news when isis allegedly lobbed mustard gas.
a new request has been leaked for 500 more u.s. troops to be sent over there now. this is just a leak. it's not an official announcement that they are going, but if we are sending another 500 american service men and service women over there, that will bring the total number of u.s. service members deployed in iraq well over 6,000, and it probably means that the invasion of the biggest isis-controlled city on earth is coming up fast
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tech. noticeably a very quite crowd. and at that cheat, super enthusiastic rally, he made his appeal to african-american voters who were truly not in the room. >> that's worst than the war-torn nations like afghanistan. the schools are failing. the jobs are leaving, and millions are dropped in poverty. so, to the african american community, i say, vote for donald trump. i will fix it. i will fix it. what do you have to lose? your education is broken. your communities are unsafe. there are no jobs, what do you have to lose? >> what do you have to lose. donald trump making that appeal for african-american votes in an almost entirely white room. he spoke in keenansville, north carolina where he stood in front of an almost entirely white audience.
donald trump pronouncing the death sentence for america's inner cities while speaking to a white crowd in a rural town of less than 1,000 people. so that was donald trump's day in swing state north carolina, but it was not the day he intended to have. he started out in high point, north carolina. he ended up here in the evening, making that same appeal, again, to black voters, even though he was speaking to a room full of white people. but between them, you leave high point on the interstate, the first place you come to is greensboro. and the international civil rights center and museum, built around the old woolworth's lunch counter, where the sit-in movement was begun. they sat down at this lunch counter.
and today you can visit that exact same lunch counter in the exact same spot at that civil rights museum in greensboro, north carolina. and you ought to see this, unless what you want is not so much to see it but to be seep yourself. he drove right by the civil rights museum. since then we have learned that he intended to go to the civil rights museum before later changing his mind. we think we know why. a representative showed up at the museum and used a very authoritative tone as he informed the staff that trump security would be coming by, he would show up thereafter so he
could be filmed walking through the civil rights museum. staff t about the event, they just told them it was happening, so get ready, period. that happened this weekend. that caused the head of the international civil rights museum to release this statement. the international civil rights center and museum is a non-partis, non-profit organization committed to vancing an enlightened understanding of civil rights. any ream observer can conclude that donald trump is in comprehensive opposition to the value and mission of the civil rights museum. also as a practical matter, the museum is not in a position to suspend its operations to stand as a backdrop to legitimatize mr. trump's ideological positions. they did not want to be a
backdrop. so donald trump and his campaign did not go to the greensboro civil rights museum. apparently they decided they didn't want to face that. they apparently did need to stop in greensboro. they got some barbecue instead. he sure surprised all the diners there. at the didn't know he was coming. reporters did try to answer questions. >> when did you change your mind about the birther issue? >> that weighs donald trump's tuesday in north carolina. no answer to those questions. no stop at the civil rights museum either, even though they tried to. still no comment from the kpap on that canceled planned trip to the civil rights museum. we've asked them about it, they apparently don't want to talk about it.
but that tuesday in north carolina was the day keith la-mont scott was shot. and we have four straight nights of protests since, including tonight. that does it for this hour tonight, we'll see you again on monday. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. he will join us with his later investigative piece for news week about donald trump showing that donald trump might have committed perjury. and also president obama's chief speechwriter will take us inside the agonies of the debate prep process. and just how crazy it drove jon favreau and to a certain extent, president obama. but first, our focus remains on charlotte tonight, where a new video was released, raising new