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he was, what, 10 or 12 years old. >> michael jackson has died. >> farrah fawcett has died. >> i think we have become accustomed now. there's always another big stories on the heels of the one before it. together, we accomplish what no one thought was possible. >> people want me to all the time. >> what about you? >> i don't like it. >> why? >> can you imagine how controversial i'd be? >> tonight we close one chapter in history and we begin another. >> you may not like his policies, but you've got to like his guts. >> he is to adept at changing the topic, of not answering the question. we're at this point in the race and no one has any idea what his
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actual policies would be. >> the notion that the republican party wasn't right for a populist takeover, he just misunderstands the mood of the republican party. >> he has tapped to into a part of the electorate who is deeply angry about the state of the economy. >> you're getting donald trump full throttle ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way. >> ladies and gentlemen, we will make america great again. remember. thank you. >> good evening. i'm chris matthews. i think this country's
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establishment, politicians, the media were slow to get him. they certainly underestimated him. not anymore. what about the man himself? what's he done to get where he is? what allows him to say things that would destroy anyone else in public life? over the next hour, we'll look at the donald trump story as a whole. you'll see him as a young man, as a business tycoon, as an entertainer. you'll see the experts have been counting him out rightly or wrongly for decades. in the movie "citizen kane" orson wells charles foster kane. >> it's also my pleasure to see it to that decent hard working people in this community aren't robbed blind by a pack of money mad pirates. >> trump echoed those sentiments for months, but in december many believed he went too far.
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>> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> it played well with some of his supporters. >> okay, we are civilized people. these people with their beliefs are not civilized. we can't change them. they're not willing to change. >> his own party criticized him. the white house spokesman said it disqualified him from the presidency, and experts questioned its feasibility and whether it is the right way to fight terrorism. >> he's hurting the best tool that law enforcement and people in both parties believe we have to fight terrorism, which is the help of the muslim american community. this hurts us abroad too. >> as he had with his campaign kickoff, it once again displayed trump's readiness to conquer by dividing. >> when mexico sends its people,
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they're not sending their best. they're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with them. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists, and some, i assume, are good people. >> no one was really focusing on immigration policy, and then suddenly it is the issue that america is obsessed with. >> trump is acting in a very old and shameful american tradition. it goes back to the 1850s when there was a party that had a name no nothing. it was an anti-catholic, anti-immigrant political party. it didn't last that long, but then every so often like a fever anti-immigrant fever arises. >> he has tapped into a part of the electorate that i think is deeply angry about the state of the economy. it's a group of people who are
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still suffering from the downturn in 2007 and in 2008. >> as trump's numbers rose in a crowded field -- >> go, go, go, go! >> -- the hispanic population reacted with anger. on june 26th, 2015, univision cancelled its broadcast of trump's miss universe pageant. nba announced it would not air the miss universe or miss america pageants. >> we are taking mexico's problems. mexico is beating us on trade and they're beating us at the border. mexico doesn't want to take these people, so what do they do? they send them to our stupid politicians. >> controversy didn't seem to hurt him. by mid july, he passed jeb bush
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in the polls. he was finding his audience. >> i like this guy. he's saying what we're saying in the pool hall. he's saying what we're saying around the coffee table in the morning, so he's tapped into something. >> i think it's both a bit of populism, a bit of racism. it is also real. >> on july 11th, 5,000 people showed up for a trump rally in arizona, a state at the epicenter of the nation's battle over immigration reform. >> these are people that shouldn't have been in this country. they flow -- they flow in like water. >> he's playing on our aspirations to be rich, which most americans have, and he's playing on our disgust with politics as usual, and that's a pretty potent combination for him. >> trump led in the polls by a wide margin heading into the
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first republican debate hosted by fox news on august 6th. >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> when he gave the line about rosie o'donnell and megyn was surprised the audience didn't boo, they cheered, they laughed, they rallied, they were supportive, that exchanged everythi -- changed everything. >> you once told a contestant on "the apprentice" she would look better on her knees. >> if you don't like it, i'm sorry. i've been very nice to you, although i could not be based on the way you have treated me, but i wouldn't do that. >> donald trump is obviously the opposite of politically correct and that resonates with people.
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that's also what makes him a wild card too. you don't know where he's going to come from on any given day. >> you can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> comments during a phone interview with cnn's don lemon got donald trump uninvited from a republican redstate event. later in august, trump held a campaign rally in alabama. 30,000 people showed up. >> we're going to build a wall. >> and at a press conference in iowa, a univision anchor stood up to ask a question without being called upon. >> i have a question about immigration. >> okay. who is next? please. excuse me, sit down. you weren't called. sit down. >> again, exactly what we've been waiting for. people did not fly all the way
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there to listen to you read from a speech. trump had him thrown out. it was great. then trump invited him back in and took his question. >> yes. good. absolutely. good. good to have you back. >> thank you very much. >> there's an illusion within the american press that people charge what we do. if they find someone who is going to give us a punch in the nose or a black eye, they're cheering them on. that's what happened. trump knew what he was doing. >> the jorge ramos confrontation worked well with his base. that represented why it is very possible for trump to win the nomination but impossible for him to win the election. any republican candidate needs to get at least 40% of the latino vote to have a chance electorally. >> the more controversy, the higher his numbers went. the more people criticized him, the higher the numbers went.
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the more provocative he was, the higher his numbers went. donald trump knew exactly what he was doing. he was strategic. he was brilliant. and it was the summer of trump. >> i would vote for donald trump. definitely. this is very new. this is the equivalent to obama new, you know what i mean? first black president. first interesting president. >> coming up -- >> i joke and i say there's only one rogue in every family. donald's the rogue. he's a pretty good rogue. hey, kool-aid n! ...husband. oh yeah!!! [ crashing ] [ electricity crackles ] hey at least y got ur homeowns insurance rough resse. bundling with your r insunce u saved a n! yeah. do you want to s the rest of the house? -i can actually see a lot of it. -oh.
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donald trump was born in queens, new york, in 1946. he's the second son of fred and mary trump. grew up in this house that his father built.
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>> my father was a task master. he was a strong man in business but successful. >> my father would take me, he used to call it the rounds, he'd take me on the rounds. he'd go around to construction sites, every penny counted, every penny in construction and every penny in rent. >> that was how they bonded as father and son. donald learned the business by following and shadowing his father from a very, very young age. >> during the 1940s and 50s, fred trump built housing in queens and brooklyn for returning veterans, and he soon owned 39 apartment complexes in new york city and was a millionaire. >> the thing is that fred trump gives the lie to the idea that donald trump is somehow a self-made man. >> friends and family say trump was a tough to handle teenager. >> i knew donald when he was very young. he was wild. he was incorrigible. >> he was a brad.
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he was difficult. highly spirited. >> i joke and say there's a rogue in every family. donald's the rogue. he was a pretty good rogue. >> he was a brat. misbehaving and not following the rules, his dad packed him up and sent him away to military school. and he actually says it's the best thing that happened to him. he really did meet the discipline. >> i loved it. it was terrific training. it was tough but it was good. >> and so he was tough to handle, had to be sent to the new york military academy. excellent, he's an alpha male. >> he's given a uniform and a belt with a brass buckle that he's told to keep shiny and subjected to very intense discipline. >> those were days where it wasn't like today. i mean, they hit and they did whatever the hell they had to do. they were a tough lot. >> trump thrived at new york military academy. he was a star on the baseball
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team, was elected captain and led the honor guard in new york city's columbus day parade. during the summer trump began working for his father. >> we used to have contests and he used to always respect the fact that i always entered. at the time it was like the greatest achievement of my life. >> trump graduated in 1964 and went to fordham university for two years before transferring to the wharton school of the university of pennsylvania. he graduated in 1968 and after all his training a medical deferment makes him ineligible for the vietnam draft. trump went to work for his successful father, fred, but the burroughs of brooklyn and queens were not enough for him. he'll take manhattan. coming up, trump moves across the river to manhattan and the
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when i graduated from college, i went to work with my father and he built housing in brooklyn and queens. and it was dangerous stuff. i mean, you'd knock on the door and there would be bullet holes through the door. i'd ask what are those. and they said they're bullet holes from knocking on doors and collecting rent. i said i'd rather sell homes to johnny carson. >> in 1971 trump moved to his first apartment in manhattan, a studio on the upper east side. he was 24 years old and family and friends say he was enjoying himself. >> he always went to what he called the swingle bars. he checked out the women. >> he was a high flier when it comes to that. >> he joined some private clubs and that's where he rubbed shoulders with george
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steinbrenner and roy cone, the infamous lawyer and former mccarthy aide. >> whenever i hear people have been failing to act on fbi information about communists -- >> he said i followed your career. you're a bit crazy like i am. you stand up to the establishment. can i come see you? >> he had no scruples whatsoever. donald trump used him as his lawyer to cut deals. >> i think donald likes associating himself with people who are brass knuckle, tough characters, uncompromising characters. >> young trump's ambition was reflected in his early business ventures. >> well, my first big deal in manhattan was probably the convention center. >> in 1973, trump saw in the newspaper that the penn central rail yards were filing for bankruptcy. >> i got an attention to the penn central land and was able
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to convince then governor keri this is the place to build the convention center. >> donald trump did not build the convention center, but he made more than a million dollars brokering part of the deal. in april of 1977, donald trump closed a more personal deal. he married a czech model. roy cone drew up the prenup. >> the thing that first attracted me was her beauty. she was very beautiful, and i liked her because she was also very solid. everything boom, boom, boom, very orderly. >> the couple had the first of their three children, donald jr. trump set his sights on the commodore hotel. he had to convince the bankruptcy overseries he could make a deal. >> donald told the penn central folks that they should meet him at city hall and he would
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introduce them. >> in new york, real estate is about tax abatements. it's about making deals with political people. it's about zoning, and it's about getting the public, especially the public officials, on your side. >> the penn central executives arrived at city hall. mayor beam invited them in. there was donald and the mayor said what the trumps want, the trumps get in this town. >> they really didn't know what the future of new york city was, and that was both good and bad. it was tremendous that i was able to get tax incentives and tax abatements. >> trump received the necessary financing to develop what would become the grand hyatt hotel. >> people ask me, how come, how come is it you got 40 years of tax abatement. i always say because i didn't ask for 50. >> i interviewed him on the
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"today" show when he was unknown. >> i had a great faith in new york. primarily our purchases have been in new york. about five years ago, new york was not considered very hot and cities in general weren't considered too hot. i see the inner cities as a wave of the future now. >> trump was on the "today" show to talk about his next big project, the trump tower. >> they just wrecked them. >> couldn't you have saved the sku sculptures that you had broken? >> they weighed too much. if they had fallen, people could have been badly hurt and killed. to me, it was not worth it. >> we ripped them out without any consideration toward their value. the people he had doing the demolition were illegal
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immigrants. >> mr. trump, what's left in your life? you're 33 years old. >> i really am not looking to make tremendous amounts of money. i'm looking to enjoy my life. if that happens to go with it, that's fabulous. >> in 1981, there was heartbreak. his older brother died. >> his brother was so young. 42 years old. his brother told him don't ever drink. don't ever get involved with alcohol. that's why donald to this day has never had alcohol, doesn't smoke, doesn't touch the stuff. >> a few weeks after the loss of his brother, a happy moment for the family. donald and ivana welcomed their daughter ivanka. with 118 rooms, it is one of the largest homes in the nation. >> trump has always had an
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appeal. a lot of people think if i were rich that is totally what i would do. i would have gold plated faucets. i would brag from morning till night. >> coming up, winning and losing with donald trump. >> a major business magazine came out with the story everything he touches turns to gold and i started to believe that myself. [ frfrt assist sounds ] [ musts ] [ girl laughs ] ♪ on the road again ♪ like a band ogypsie go do t hhway♪ [ beetle horn honks ] matter which passat you choos you get more standard features, hurry in and lease the 2017 passat s for st $199 .
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hi, i'm richard lui with your hour's top stories. donald trump and hillary clinton are wrapping up a busy day of campaigning today with election day just ten days away. clinton spoke at a get out the vote event headlined by jennifer lopez. in new york city, a performance at the met was cancelled when an audience member sprinkled an unidentified powdered substance into the orchestra there. police are investigating that incident. that's it for now.
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back to "citizen trump with chris matthews." the 80s were very good years for trump. in 1982 he bought a prized piece of real estate. he invited their executives to the site and made it look like construction was well under way. >> i had every truck available in the area moving on that site. we had trucks going back and forth and working all over the place. they saw that action. they were immediately impressed and we made a deal like right then on the spot. >> in 1984 the same year jahaa harrah's opened, donald and ivana welcomed their second child. >> they were cash cows, particularly trump plaza. it was the first casino anybody driving into atlantic city hit when they arrived there. it was essentially a license to
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print money. >> closer to home, a women's skating rink in central park had been closed for years. it's 1986. >> they had spent over $20 million over a seven year period. finally i said this is ridiculous. this shouldn't take years to build. i was able to convince everybody to let me build it. >> donald is the gifted self-promoter, went out there and pitched this as i got the project done that the new york city government couldn't get done. >> i think you see the same instinct you see now with trump being frustrated about how inept and useless government is and jumping in and saying i'm going to fix this. >> across the street from the rink donald trump bought a crown jewel of new york in 1988. ivana was put in charge and
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spent millions more to renovate. >> is there anything you wouldn't support your man? >> oh, sure. oh, sure. i wouldn't support donald if he was running around or fooling around. >> in 1990, the tabloids were reporting that trump was doing just that with a young actress named marla maples. >> one headline i think everyone remembers is marla maples, the best sex i ever had. >> it's telling that the tabloids in new york would be so accustomed to trump craziness that they'd run with it. >> divorce is a challenging and terrible thing for anyone. we'd see our parents on the cover of "the post" every morning walking to school. i have to give them both credit. they did everything in their
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power to help us through it. >> while the divorce proceedings played out in the tabloids, at the office it was business as usual. michael jackson performed at the star-studded opening of atlantic city's trump taj mahal in 1990. >> there's never been anything like this built in this country, and i think that's why you see the huge crowds today and why you're going to see the huge crowds for many years to come. >> it was the most expensive casino ever built, costing more than $1 billion. most of it borrowed money. >> this was a time when borrowing money was easy. junk bonds were created and refined during the 1980s. >> every marquee purchase from the plaza hotel to the trump shuttle. the construction of that and the purchase of that was all built on debt. >> i was taking things a little bit too for granted. a major business magazine came out that said everything he
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touches turns to gold and i started to believe that myself. >> i never worked so hard convincing those banks to give me more money so i could keep going and ultimately get them paid back. it was one of the best deals i ever made. coming up, new opportunities and a new audience. >> his currency is not really real estate. it's the name trump. onacd evy . but there is one car thatan cquer them all, the merces-benz c-clas five driving mod let you cuomize the steering, shift points, d suspension to fit the mood you're in... and the road you're on. shiftthe 2016 c-classnsion to fit the mood you're in... lee thc300 for369 a monthon. youlocal
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for trump, the roaring 80s were fading into memory. trump's empire was on the brink of collapse. >> well, this week the bankers took over donald trump's life. i mean, did they take over. from now on, almost everything he does and every penny he spends needs their approval.
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>> as real estate nationally and even globally goes down, trump goes down with it and he loses the plaza hotel, but he also wound up being $900 million in hock to the banks. >> what that allowed him to do was cut a deals where he could pay the fees he needed to pay for his divorce settlement, the money to repay trump tower, which was a symbolic security blanket. so he escaped personal bankruptcy, but he essentially became a shadow of the guy he was in the 1980s. >> trump's downturn extended to his personal life. in december, his long expected divorce from ivana became official. he was single again. >> just this past weekend you had a big party in baupalm beac. you invited just a few of your friends like the miami dolphins
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and the cheerleaders. >> for an older person, he's very attractive. >> he was seen in public with marla maples, but he was not ready to tie the knot. >> so when is the big day? >> it's truthfully one of those things we have planned probably a dozen times. we're very much committed to each other. i think there's just a little fear. it's more on donald's part now. >> in 1983 they had a baby girl, tiffany trump. over the next few years, the real estate market rebounded and donald trump was back on top valued at $450 million on the forbes wealthiest americans list. but trump said it was more like 2 billion. >> donald is one of the few people -- and i think the researchers at forbes have
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always said this -- who personally lobbies them to not only be included on the list, but be pushed up further in the ranks. >> it's important to him. all of this. poll numbers, forbes lists, you name it. his position matters to him. >> in 1997 he filed for divorce against marla maples. >> i met her at a party. as soon as i saw her, i said that's a very special person. i knew what i wanted as soon as i saw her. >> he was very charming. and it was really the energy between us when we started to talk. that's important that we both felt the same way. >> 1999 was a presidential campaign year, and trump discussed running. >> give me a scenario, as we say in the movies, of a perfect donald trump run for president all the way to november next
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year. >> well, i think a perfect run would be i do no campaigning. i run only on election day. i get at least 51% in a three-way race. >> trump ultimately decided not to run, but that did not mean he faded from view. >> he essentially became someone who licensed his name ultimately on an array of products that included vodka, underwear, mattresses, clothing, and online university and basically anything anywhere that you could glue his name on he did and he took the fee. >> in 2004, trump got the brass ring of publicity, a network primetime television show about what else? donald trump. "the apprentice" premiered on nbc. >> it is donald trump's baby. >> the show was a hit for nbc and things were going well at home too.
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>> in january 2005, donald trump married melania. >> did you guys sign a prenup? >> absolutely. i won't need it, but we did sign it. >> i can't believe i just asked you that. >> isn't that a terrible thing? >> a year later melania gave birth to trump's son barron. >> i have great kids. they are really hard working. >> things seemed to be going well, but in this decade there were two more bankruptcies. trump hotels and casinos accrued an estimated 1.8 billion in debt and went bankrupt in 2004. trump entertainment resorts hit hard by the recession went bankrupt in 2009. tim o'brien began writing "trump nation" in 2004 with donald trump's cooperation and attempted to find out what trump's net worth really was.
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>> when i went back and started doing the math, the numbers weren't adding up. >> the book came out in 2005 and in 2006 trump sued o'brien for $5 billion. he claimed he was defamed. to win, trump had to prove o'brien acted with malice. however, the presiding judge denied trump's claim and ultimately dismissed the lawsuit. >> we deposed donald for two days. and that deposition is one of the great rosetta stones of understanding the real donald trump. because during the course of that deposition, he really couldn't give a practical and reliable assessment about he determines his net worth. >> in 2011, donald trump threw around the accusation that president obama was not a u.s. citizen. >> i just thought, come on.
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by now, we have all seen the birth certificate. when everybody else had given up, he was still hanging in there on it. >> president obama struck back with humor. >> donald trump is here tonight. no one is happier. no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than "the donald," and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter like did we fake the moon landing, what really happened in roswell, and where are biggie and tupac. >> thank you, everybody. >> when "citizen trump" returns, donald trump is back on the campaign trail.
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if some of the experts thought donald trump would not have the political staying power to endure in a crowded field of republican candidates, they were mistaken. trump knows how to turn almost every shot into an attack on his rivals. >> jeb bush is a low energy person. for him, to get things done is hard. >> trump is having fun. you know when somebody is having fun, you start to have fun. >> but not everybody was laughing as trump impugned the patriotism of american muslims. >> i want surveillance of certain mosques, okay? i watched when the world trade center came tumbling down, and i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> and after cnn aired footage
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of a black lives matter protester being beaten up by protesters at a rally, donald trump retweeted extreme right propaganda. despite inaccurate and controversial claim, donald trump continued to sit at the top of the gop polls. >> you're running for president of the united states. your words matter. truthfulness matters. fact-based stuff matters, no? >> take it easy, chuck. just play it cool. >> do you worry sometimes he bends the truth? >> bends the truth? you know what? he may, but he's still going to get things done. >> so you don't care? >> i don't care. >> after a presidential address on terrorism following the san bernardino mass shooting, trump read his proposal to ban muslims from entering the country. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the
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united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reaction was swift and loud. >> what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly it's not what this country stands for. >> i do believe that it disqualifies him from serving as president of the united states. >> donald trump's statement even in the sea of extremes is a dangerous proposal that overrides history, the law, and the foundation of america itself. >> trump rose in the polls after this. a large part of the republican base seemed to support the idea. >> i'm supporting him. i don't believe he's a racist. i think he was talking about we need to step back and re-examine
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the vetting process. >> but many saw this as a game changer. even thought even proposing the idea gave isis a propaganda victory. maybe this time he had gone too far. >> you think something changed in the media reaction to him and the reaction of much of the american public. >> it was topic number one during cnn's debate last september. >> governor bush, you called mr. trump unhinged when he proposed banning non-american muslims from the united states. why is that unhinged? >> so donald, you know, is great at the one liners, but he's a chaos candidate. he'd be a chaos president. he would not be the commander and chief we need to keep our country safe. >> mr. trump? [ cheering and applause ] >> jeb doesn't really believe i'm unhinged. he said that very simply because he has failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. >> in february 2016, the long
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awaited iowa caucuses. the vote didn't go in trump's favor. >> we finished second, and i want to tell you something. i'm just honored. >> then the big comeback in new hampshire. the wins continued to roll in for trump. trump made a significant statement during a "hardball" town hall. >> what is your stance on women's rights and their right to choose in their own reproductive health? >> as you know, i'm pro-life. i think you know that with the three exceptions. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion, plain and smiimpl? >> i do there has to be some form of punishment. >> in his victory speech, he softened his discourse on his opponents, but doubled down on
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the republican establishment. >> it's a crooked system. it's a system that's rigged. and we're going to go back to the old way. it's called you vote and you win. >> trump's quest to top the republican party heading into the nional convention was realized after winning the indiana primary on may 3rd. his last opponents exited the race. >> what ted did is really a very brave thing to do and a great thing to do because we want to bring unity to the republican party. we have to bring unity. it's so much easier if we have it. >> trump defied so many expectations after that indiana victory that reince priebus declared donald trump the republican party's presu presumpivetipresumptive nominee. his new status did not seem to change his attitude. >> after years of disappointment, there's one thing we all have learned. we can't fix the rigged system
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by relying on very -- and i mean this so, so strongly -- on the very people who rigged it. and they rigged it and do not ever think anything differently. we can't solve our problems by counting on the politicians who created our problems. >> while trump has loyal supporters wherever he goes, some ranking members of his own party had trouble getting behind him. house speaker paul ryan took weeks after they met to endorse his party's candidate. his say anything style was difl difficult for some of them to embrace, especially when he did things like attacking the judge presiding over the lawsuit against trump university. >> i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump, a hater. he's a hater. his name is gonzalo curiel. the judge who happens to be, we believe, mexican.
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which is all right. that's fine. they ought to look into judge curiel because what judge curiel is doing is a total disgrace. >> to suggest that a judge can't fairly decide a case because of where his parents were born is a new low in a campaign with plenty of lows. >> claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is the textbook definition of a racist comment. i think that should be absolutely disavowed. >> trump used scripted remarks to strike a more political tone. >> i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and i will never, ever let you down. >> by the distance continued after the mass shooting in orlando. >> when i'm elected, i will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the united states, europe, or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats. >> in an interview later that month on "nbc nightly news,"
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lester holt pressed on issues. >> were you there? were you with her? >> she has testified before the committee that she wasn't asleep. it happened during the daytime. there's no evidence that she was asleep. >> it was going on for a long period of time. excuse me, it was going on for a long period of time. and she was asleep at the wheel whether she was sleeping or not. who knows if she was sleeping. >> you said she was sleeping. >> she might have been sleeping. >> i humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the united states. >> two months later, trump faced
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hillary clinton in the first presidential debate. it was a 90-minute battle of wills. >> he's paid nothing in federal taxes because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax. >> that makes me smart. >> then just days before the second debate a 2005 conversation on an access hollywood bus dominated the national discussion. >> i'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- kissing them. it is like a magnet. you just kiss. when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> for many politicians, it was the last straw. >> i have daughters. i have friends. i have so many wonderful people on my staff. they cannot be degraded and demeaned in that fashion, so i believe that i had to withdraw my support. >> trump offered an online
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apology, then tried changing the subject at the debate, which was moderated by anderson cooper. >> you described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. that is sexual assault. you have bragged you have sexually assaulted women. do you understand that? >> no, i didn't say that at all. i don't think you understand. this was locker room talk. i'm not proud of it. i apologize to my family. i apologize to the american people. certainly i'm not proud of it, but this is locker room talk. >> those who wanted trump to offer a profuse apology didn't get it and a remarkable race raged on. >> remember, we're pecompeting a rigged election. >> do you make the same
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commitment that you will absolutely accept the result of this election? >> i look at it at the time. i'm not looking at anything now. i'll look at it at the time. >> inside the republican party, break glass. hit the emergency button. we're at that hour now. >> i have never met a politician that can withstand this kind of an onslaught. every single politician i have worked for, and i have worked for dozens, would have given up a long time ago. >> the core of donald trump's appeal lies with the american voter who didn't go to college, who hasn't gotten the money, who hasn't had the breaks. they're the ones who are rallying to the billionaire in new york who feels their anger. trump seems to be tapping into an injured sense of nationalism. for a number of reasons, good, bad, and many would say ugly, donald trump has connected and he has captured a moment in
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history. i'm chris matthews. thanks for watching. she was born in illinois. >> they were a middle class family. >> her mother taught her to fight back. >> you go right back out there and give her what for. >> her father was a tough-minded republican. >> old school, taskmaster, very conservative. >> do you recognize this girl and the woman she will become? >> we came of age in the civil rights movement, the vietnam war, the women's movement. >> why have you gone down to that godforsaken place? i love him and i want to try it. >> she was the campaign manager. she was the boss. >> i could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas. >> she was carving a new role. >> women's rights are human rights, once and for all. it takes a village to raise a child. i have b