tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC November 9, 2016 6:00pm-7:01pm PST
>> and i think that should guide actually the -- inform the strategy. thank you all for being with me tonight. that's "all in" for this evening. the rachel maddow show starts right now. >> thank you. on october 22, 1962, president john f. kennedy gave a freaking terrifying speech to the country. it was in prime time tv. it lasted 17 minutes. and in that speech to the country, he basically warned the people of the united states that maybe we're about to have a nuclear war. >> our policy has been one of patience and restraint as befits a peaceful and powerful nation which leads a worldwide alliance. we have been determined not to be diverted from our central concerns by mere arrogance and fanatics, but now further action
is required and it is under way and these actions may only be the beginning. we will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the course of worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth. but neither will we shrink from that risk at any time it must be faced. >> president john f. kennedy addressing the nation at the apex of the cuban missile crisis in 1962. he said we are not prematurely or unnecessarily going to have a nuclear war, but we might have to have a nuclear war. we won't shrink from that if it must be faced. russia put missiles in cuba. the u.s. threatened a nuclear war to get those missiles out of there. the russians did ultimately get them out of there without a nuclear war. but we were on the bring, october 22nd, 1962. exactly, exactly 25 years after that on the 25th anniversary of
the closest we have ever been to global nuclear war, the united states air force made an announcement. they announced that something had happened in cheyenne, wyoming, that was a little unusual. this is an american nuclear missile silo. see that thing on the ground there that kind of looks like a squished "star wars" fighter or something, kind of that odd-shaped angular thing there? that's a blast door. it weighs 90 tons. the silo holding the nuclear missile is underground and the blast door sits on the ground on top of the opening of the silo so if for some reason the missile blows up underground, there is that handy 90 ton blast door tamping down the explosion and basically holding the whole thing in. the united states air force announce quietly to the local press in wyoming that there had
been a bit of trouble, a little bit of trouble with one of these, with one of these nuclear missiles and with the silo and one of these nuclear missile silos and with the missile inside it. it was a minute man 3 which is an intercontinental ballistic missile topped with nuclear warheads. and it malfunked. unprompted without any instruction from anyone that missile started giving all the indications that it was going through its launch sequence, that it was going to go off. the way it was described in the press it was as if the president had given the command to launch that nuclear weapon. the missile went through all its different light changes indicating it was in the middle of launch. they freaking thought it was going to go off. they called a maintenance team to troubleshoot what was going on, to determine a full-on sprint if this nuclear missile was about to launch itself which is what it says it was going to
do. while they were trying to figure that out to try to stop it from launching itself, they came up with one last ditch last hope off the books concocted idea for how they were going to try to stop this devastating, world changing thing from accidentally happening. they parked a car on top of the missile silo. that big 90 ton blast door, somebody at the air force base found the keys to the heaviest vehicle they had on hand. turned out to be a peacekeeper armored vehicle. and they droeb that puppy over to the missile silo and parked it on top of the blast door just in case. that was their plan. but it wasn't even the most amazing part of their plan. here's how they thought it might work. this is a quote from the associated press when this happened. according to a spokeman for the strategic air command there's a certain amount of guesswork involved in the procedure of blocking a firing missile with a
car. the huge door that sits atop a minuteman is thrown horizontally off the silo by explosive charges during the launch. the theory is that the cover is blown aside so rapidly that a vehicle parked on top of it with the brakes off will be left basically hanging in thin air like yanking a tablecloth out from under dishes, and then the vehicle will drop straight down in the hopes of keeping the launching missile from going anywhere. the ap concludes, this procedure has never been tested, the spokesman added. yeah, you think? that was their plan. that's the procedure they invented on the spot. malfunctioning nuclear armed missile that is starting to launch itself, that would include the blast door shooting off sideways with the armored car sitting on top of it with its brakes off and like a tablecloth being ripped off a table, it would hover there for a second and then fall on to the
nose of the missile while it was in the process of shooting out of the silo. and maybe that would stop it. maybe. i mean, at that point it's like worth a shot, right? if all else fails, why not try that? bad stuff happens. even potential end of the world stuff. sometimes it does happen. sometimes it turns out to be your generation, your workplace, your country, where you live where it happens. what do you do when you're confronted with that? well, history's any guide, what we do in this country is we improvise, america. we do what we can. look around, make a quick inventory of the resources we've got at hand. somebody figure a way to macgyver this thing. we've got to do what we can. we always have. what makes our country our country, not like how are we
created, what were the founding documents and the revolution back in the 1700s. i don't mean where did we come from. i mean today. in the way that we live now, what about our country today proves and shows what country we're in, shows what america is, what's the evidence in our daily lives today in our world today of our strength as a republic? what do we have today in our lives that shows that we are in this particular couny and not just some other western nation that has cable tv and bad airports and nice grocery stores? what makes america now, what makes us america? i posit that the things in our daily life that we recognize in our day-to-day normal walking through life world that make us who we are include the fact that we have a free press in this country. we don't have state media,
right? we don't have state censorship on any sort of broad scale. we have a free and independent press that does what it wants, says what it wants, asks whatever questions it wants. in this country we have an independent judiciary. we have courts that operate as a co-equal branch of government, courts that do not take direction from political leaders, courts that do have the power to correct the other branchs of government and restrain the other branchs of government when those other branches of government violate the constitution. we also have an excellent and professional military in this country that is not used against our own people. it is not a political force. it's not a competing force with our democracy. our military leadership unwaveringly answers to the civilian leadership of this country. that ethos in our military is unbelievable strong. we also have high expectations
for our ability to participate as citizens in our civic life. this is one of the things that make us who we are. one of the things about this country that makes us us is you see us showing up. we will wait in line. we will ask questions. we will run for office. we will expect to be answered. we also have an advanced effective civil society. well organized matureystems offedof advocacy, special interests, organizing to protect the weak, using our freedom of assembly for any every type of public and private pursuit imaginable. this is just outside my window at my office. huge protest at donald trump being elected president. this is out my window at my office just a few minutes ago. protesters are now in front of trump tower. this is part of how you know you're in america, right? freedom of assembly. froem of assembly.
freedom to peacefully protest an election outcome you don't like or any number of other things. we also accept immigrants. we also have no official religion in this country, or to which you belong or you must feign some sort of allegiance before you can be let into this country. we have no official language in this country. americans come from all over the world. we also have no king. one of the things that makes us who we are is that there is a peaceful transition of power between leaders. we have evolved over time into a loosely organized two-party system. but our would-be leaders compete through the biggest oldest democratic process on earth and at the end of that process we accept that result and power transfers peacefully. for 240 years we've done that,
minus one civil war. but it's the declaration of independence and the constitution and the revolution and the emancipation proclamation. those are the things that made us a free republic. but that is not ancient history. we live the legacy of that stuff every day. we sometimes take for granted, free press, independent judiciary, a professional military, our openness to immigrants, peaceful transition of power, all that in the way we live now, it's stuff we only have because of who we are as a country. and it is stuff we must keep and protect if we are to stay who we are as a country. and here's the thing. the peaceful transition of power part, that part is right now today working the way it is supposed to. hillary clinton's concession speech today and the gracious words from president obama today wishing the best for the president-elect, that is really, really part of our heritage.
that is foundational to us staying hoowho we are. but we also need all the other foundational things about our republic, too. and honestly, we never before have made the peaceful transition of power to someone who has such radical and, frankly, negative views of all of those other unromantic but crucial everyday foundational elements of our civic life. the things that make us who we are as a country. the things that make us a free republic. judiciary, military, press, immigrants, civil life, all of it. >> this judge is of mexican heritage. i'm building a wall. okay? i'm building a wall. >> you've already said that you know more about isis than those generals. >> they'd probably be different generals to be honest with you. >> do you think there's too much
protect of the second amendment. >> our press is allowed to say whatever they want and they get away with it. we take in anybody. come on, anybody. just come on in. not anymore. you know, folks, it's called a two-way street. it is a two-way street, right? we need a system that serves our needs, not the needs of others. remember, under a trump administration it's called america first. i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this, they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. >> let me be the 4,000th person in your personal life to tell you that this is a landmark moment in political history that we're in right now. we are having a peaceful transition of power, but we are having a peaceful transition of power to someone who has said that what he wants to do with that power is destroy a lot of the other foundational civic things that make us who we are
as a country. and so what do we do? we macgyver it, right? we do what we can. we improvise. we act to protect the other aspects, aspects of our life as a nation that we maybe used to take for granted but now overtly, presently and acutely require protection, require us as civilians and citizens to protect it. our republic is not just our system of democracy. it's all these other things that we need, too. if you are married y -- worried mad or scared, there's no use raging against the election for long. as a citizen we all have a to-do list. i'm not trying to be inspiring, comforting, or even polemic here. if you're a citizen who believes this president-elect will do what he says he will do, then you do have a to-do list to make
as a citizen. what you will do in your life to try to protect what makes us us? what are you going to join? what are you going to volunteer for? what are you going to give your money to? what are you going to show up for and participate in that you haven't done before that will help your country? we faced crises before in our country, sometimes they're malfunctions, sometimes the brink of nuclear war, sometimes it's somewhere in between. but we rise to the occasion. we always do. we improvise, we do what we can, we step up. there are protests in the streets tonight, big ones. there's controversy already over how the president-elect is treating the press on his trip to the white house tomorrow. there are doomsday plans going into action all over this country right now in terms of civil rights. we've got all that ahead tonight. a big to-do list. stay with us, seriously. [ sneezes ]
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okay. day one, here we go. thousands and thousands and thousands of people are in the streets tonight pretty spontaneously and organically protesting the election of donald trump. so few people expected the election of donald trump, i can't say there's any evidence that large scale protests were planned in advance. but now that he's been elected, this is what has organically sprung up all over the country. we're seeing protests at this hour in seattle, in portland, oregon, in chicago, in boston, in philadelphia, in tempe, arizona, interestingly. there have been considerable protests today in nashville, tennessee, in san jose, california, most of the protests today and into tonight have been peaceful. there are some exceptions to that. in new york city, which is the site of the largest protest,
protesters have just been pouring up the avenues in new york city on what apparently appear to be unpermitted marches just thundering through the avenues in downtown manhattan. look at the size of that. traffic just making do around them. people just came in waves through new york today chanting not my president. where they're going here is on the way to trump tower, which is where this shot is. this is a delicate moment for the country. i mean, this is day one. we do not yet know how these protests will play out even tonight. we don't know how long the protest part goes on, whether the outrage over the results of this election might morph into some other kind of activism. we do know this is an election and it's over. we know how it ended in the predawn hours. tonight we're seeing how the citizen reaction begins. as i say, it's a delicate moment. joining us is vaughn hillyard.
what can you tell us about the basis? >> an hour ago is when i came across the protests. down broadway heading into times square from columbus circle which is up closer to central park, there was about 1,000 a the time. they came down broadway into times square, they took a turn and fifth avenue and went to the midtown hilton where trump had his victory party. here on fifth avenue, the intersection is now officially shut down. police have put up barricades. this is trump tower. there are people climbing the intersection light poles, waving flags, chanting that not my president. having various chants throughout the evening. this is the site. trump tower, this is where trump actually lives here in midtown manhattan. the 13th nfloor is where campain headquarters were. there are transition meetings with aides going on tonight.
this took on from 1,000 to just shutting down the road. as we're getting word tonight, this is not the only one. you got chicago, you got philadelphia, it sounds like tempe, arizona, portland. this has just turned into something. remember, this is fifth avenue in midtown, new york city. i was talking to a couple who actually took the amtrak in from connecticut tonight. they're about in their 50s. they skipped their show at carnegie hall in order to join. we have people from nyu and kings college. it is sort of organically, word of mouth. union square up columbus which is where central park is, they've kind of conjoined into one. trump tower has suddenly -- which we saw yesterday. you've got trucks with salt in which the secret service present -- because remember this is where the president-elect donald trump actually lifbs and
the intersections around him are surrounded. >> vaughn, can i ask you one question? i don't know if there's been any counterprotesters or anything like that, have there been any counterprotesters or confrontations between protesters and police? has everything been peaceful? >> everything has been peaceful. this started seemingly pretty organically. 1,000 people which is not that much for a street in manhattan. but there's been no pushback presence again. this is manhattan. actually when they stopped we had some of the video earlier where they stopped at the intersections and the cars were stopped but nobody has done anything to the actual vehicles. it's been relatively -- sure, there are expletives involved in this and the emotions are high including saying this is our tower. chants you can see there's the various signs that are around. but it's remained peaceful considering. >> vaughn hillyard.
keep your eyes open. let us know as things change in the street. we'll go back to you over this hour as is warranted. we're keeping an eye on those protests in new york. that's a good aerial shot there, but we're also watching protests both under way and still forming at this hour in a number of cities including san francisco and seattle on the west coast now. when it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. for partners in health, time is life. we have 18,000 people around the world. the microsoft cloud helps our entire staff stay connected and work together in real time to help those that need it. the ability to collaborate
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the modern era where we know nothing about his financial conflicts of interest and/or foreign business entanglements. we really don't know. we also have elected him after a primary process and a general election process in which he didn't get very specific at all in terms of what he really believes. that said, it's impossible not to speculate what he is going to do as president. we do have some factual basis for making that speculation. i do think there's a case to be made that we don't know what trump bleefbs on many issues particularly ones on which he took contrary stances. when he said he's going to do a and then said he's going to do not "a." but you can take the on the record record of what donald trump said he would do as president during the course of his campaign, you can look at that. you can build your understanding based on that. at this point there's really no reason not the take him at his
word. we have nothing better to go on, frankly. >> on day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, beautiful, southern border wall. we are going to have the biggest tax cut since ronald reagan. immediately reappepealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of congress. i will be appointing pro life judges, i am putting pro life justices on the court. i will announce our withdrawal from the transpacific partnership. the hiring freeze on all federal employees. i'm going to tell our nafta partners that i intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement. we're going to cancel the paris climate agreement and stop all
payments of the united states tax dollars to u.n. global warming programs. planned parenthood does very good work but i would defund. >> if you become president you might try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage? >> i would strongly consider that, yes. donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. when we win, we will suspend the syrian refugee program. cancel every unconstitutional executive action, mem raorandumd order issued by president obama. i would do stop and frisk. i think you have to. we would have to check respectfully the mosques and we have to check other places. isis is making a tremendous amount of money because they have certain oil camps. i would just bomb those suckers.
that's right pap i'd blow up the pipes. i'd blow up the -- i'd blow up every single inch. there would be nothing left. >> we do not know how president donald trump will govern. those are some of the things he's said that he would do if he were given the opportunity to govern. he has now been given that opportunity. joining me is michael beschloss who stuck with us until the wee hours of this morning. put up that live shot again that we had before. we've been keeping an eye on the protests in the streets. obviously elections are sometimes met with outrage, anger and surprise. what do you make of the magnitude and the seemingly organic eruption of protests in the country tonight? >> i think it's actually the sign of the strength of a democracy. what you would worry about is if there was an election of a controversial president in a close balloting and you didn't
see expression from people who felt strongly. >> one of the things we've been sort of absorbing and contextualize is what appears to be the bottom line of this election is that donald trump clearly won the electoral college but hillary clinton appears to be winning the popular vote. >> right. >> that also happened in 2000 with george w. bush and al gore and got to the larger story of that being resolved in florida. do you think that ends up being -- there have been four or five times in history where the popular vote has not been won by the person who took office. is that potentially a continuing source of controversy or sort of grist in the mill? >> well, he's president whether he won the popular vote or not. that's our system, as you well know. but at the same time if you're talking about an opposition, people are aware was the president elected by an overwhelming landslide like roosevelt or johnson or was this someone who had a much narrower margin especially the electoral
vote as george w. bush did in 2,02 thousand -- 2000. >> so few people were prepare for trump to be the president-elect, we haven't thought about it in terms that apply to him. do we have strong mores, strong standards, for how the president-elect behaves. how the outgoing president behaving in the lame duck toward the incoming president? >> that's absolutely right that you can begin to see how an incoming president, what respect he has for the system and t way it's been done before. for instance in 19 68 when richard nixon was elected, we talked about this, nixon had privately told the south vietnamese don't go to peace talks with the north because that might help johnson get humphrey elected, johnson knew this and was furious and johnson was looking very carefully at nixon when he was elected, when
nixon comes to the white house, is this someone that will behave like a president or start doing this again. >> he suspected nixon of almost treason. >> he said treason and almost revealed it to the public before the election which probably would have elected humphrey. nixon comes to the white house just as president-elect trump is doing tomorrow with president obama and johnson was really watching him carefully during this transition is nixon going to keep trying to meddle with my peace talks and trying to make him look good. as it turns out nixon was so terrified that johnson would reveal this treason he was saying i'll do anything. i'll even fly to saigon to tell the south vietnamese to go to the peace table. >> there is discussion of whether there will be press pool coverage of them meeting tomorrow. there was an awkward statement put out saying if you've been
told by the trump side that there won't be pool coverage, that is inaccurate. this is the white house. we will be covering this event. is something like that likely to be just a glitch? at times like this do althoulog get difficult, mistakes get made? because if they are putting their hand in the face of the press day one after the election, that could be a worrisome sign. >> they are. if the strength of the democracy and the press saying this is the way it's done and other presidents have done it. if you try to narrow our reach or restrict us, that is not going to make you look very good at all. >> michael beschloss, you've been a real rock for us during this show. >> thank you, so much. we've got more to come tonight. including more coverage of those ongoing and seemingly protests, this first night of donald trump as president elect of the united states. at is your nationality and
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right now we are looking at live images of protests that are emerging, breaking out, in some cases growing significantly around the country. you don't need to show me. just show that footage, if you can. that's oakland, california. that's near whether i grew up in the east bay of the san francisco bay area. a very large crowd in the streets in oakland. as i was saying earlier, not that many people expecting that
donald trump would be elected president. there were not plans in place to stage major protests in response to donald trump being leek inin. so these protests are pretty organic as they are coming together, planned if at all on very short notice. this is seattle, washington. we have shots of the protests coming together in seattle. you see bike cops in the upper left side of your screen escorting a small group of protesters and others convening at intersections. we've had an eye over the course of this night what turned into a large protest in new york city, midtown manhattan. people just thundered up the avenues. we got an eyewitness view of that right outside my office on sixth avenue watching thousands of people come up the avenue. you could see people in the street, then you could see people on the sidewalk recognizing what it was and
deciding in that moment to get off the sidewalk and get into the street. that art right there, that's a retail store. this is at trump tower. this protest is big probably still growing at this point. we'll keep an eye out here. that's chicago. they're all over. 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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started this past march. the governor's office in one particular state starting fielding strange phone messages from female constituents of that state. i'm going to quote here. i need to get a message to the governor that i'm on day three of my period. my flow seems abnormally heavy but my cramps are much better. hi, yes, i just got hired on permanently full time from a contract position. then the operator says, great, is there something i can do for you. the ponce is, i just want the governor to know that my uterus decided to celebrate by immediately shedding itself and bleeding out.
i thought he'd appreciate the update on how politics is going. before mike pence became governor of indiana, he spent years in congress trying to pass amendments defunding planned parenthood at the federal level. he was unsuccessful in doing so. he never passed any legislation of any kind for the 12 years he was in congress. by the time he made it to the executive branch of our state he was able to follow through on the long-nursed ambitions. then-governor mike pence cut state funding for planned parenthood. cut it by half. then this year he signed into law a bill banning abortions in indiana based on your motivation for wanting to have one. the bill also included trap laws to block some doctors from performing abortions. the bill also took the unprecedented step of requiring the remains of the fetus to be buried or cremated. you may reluctantly be allow to still have an abortion in some circumstances in indiana if you
can find a way to do it, but the state government will require you to have a funeral for the remains. in response to that bizarre new mandate from mike pence, women in indiana, seeing that their governor took such an interest, started updating him on the status of their menstrual cycles. that's why he started getting those phone call. this law has since been stopped from taking effect by planned parenthood. that's mike pence's political career, that's been his priority issue his entire time in public life. on day one of him being vice president-elect to a president-elect that we don't understand very well at all, we've already started to see the effect that mike pence's governing philosophy, women today encouraged women to get the iud pronto before obtaining birth control obtaining an iud
might be more difficult if mike pence follows through on his promise to get rid of obamacare or ban all abortions. we're seeing the largest women's health advocacy groups in the country really bracing for the worst, but insisting that their doors will stay open. the president of planned parenthood, we will never back down or stop fighting for the people that come from communities that need our continued support in this new reality. every day the staff wake up and open their doors. they'll do so today and tomorrow and every day as they have for a hundred years. these are meant to be comforting words on a day that women across the country are concerned and rightly so. my question is for the people who work in this field of civil rights, for the people who work on reproductive rights and all the pressures they've been under, is there a doomsday plan for a time like this? for mike pence as vice
president, the republicans in control of the house, the republicans in control of the senate and a conservative majority, potentially a big one on the supreme court? joining us president of planned parenthood. >> good to see you, rachel. >> am i right to ask about a doomsday plan? do you see this as a doomsday scenario for reproductive rights? >> planned parenthood has been around for a hundred years. we've been fighting for a right to be part of health care for that long. as of today our doors stay open. it's kind of extraordinary, we have thousands of supporters took to social media last night and folks have been dropping off baked goods at our health centers. but one of the most interesting things has been the number of women who have called and made appointments for birth control, iuds, things that are covered by the affordable care act at no cost because they're concerned
about the fact that donald trump will follow through on his pledge. we're seeing new women come into the health centers. >> do you think that roe versus wade is at risk? >> it was on the ballot in this election. mr. trump has said in his acceptance speech that he said he would govern for all americans not just those who voted for him. i hope that includes women. because women overwhelmingly did not vote for him, particularly women of color. if he is going to represent all americans, this is the right to safe and legal abortion is a right women have had in this country for more than 40 year. it is supported by people by all parties. it is important and we'll be fighting for a justice of the supreme court who supports this right for women. >> i don't think you will get a justice of the supreme court who will support this right for women. >> that's what we fight for every single day. >> in terms of winnable battles
and what basically how you're asking people to absorb this information, i said something at the top of the show sort of understanding what the sources of civic strength are in our country that we have a democracy and that's really important but we have other things that are important. independent judiciary, efficient military and a civil society. for people who want to recommit themselves to the things in this country that they think are good for the country, people who care a lot about what you're saying about reproductive rights, what can people do? >> people have to join organizations and join movements that represent their point of view and their values. look, i'm incredibly heartened even in this very difficult year we've had, we've gained 600,000 new supporters. that's 1 1/2 times the membership of the nra. putting that in action is something we do every day. we'll do it for the presidency
to fight for folks' rights. we do need a robust civil in this country. young people are overwhelmingly progressive in this country and they're taking action and, to me, that's where we're investing in planned parent hood is a whole new generation of folks who believe in lgbt rights, and women's rights and civil rights and criminal justice and immigrant rights. in is the time to get off the sideline and join a movement. >> this is a time to do something you haven't done before. >> that's what we're finding, yes. >> president of planned parenthood. lots more ahead tonight. stay with us. ♪
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here is what we're keeping an eye on. upper left, that's new york. that's outside trump tower. that has been sort of coming and going over the course tonight after huge thousands strong crowds ran through midtown manhattan tonight protesting. upper right-hand corner, it's oakland, california. which has spread out a little bit. it was a dense crowd before. now it's stretching out down long blocks. lower reasoned some protest action with protesters in the streets. the lower left is chicago. the protests are very fluid and organic. thee were not long planned in advance. these steam to have come together on no notice today. they're very fluid situations. big crowd in oakland in the upper right. we're keeping an eye on it. we'll be back.
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hey, do you remember how psyched democrats were about nevada during the whole early voting period this year? how democrats were like look at the turnout! look at the latino turnout. look at the democratic ground game totally swamping all the republicans. do you remember how psyched democrats were about nevada this year? they were right to be that psyched. in nevada last night, democrats won the presidential race, obviously. clinton won nevada 48-46. and in the open senate seat being vacated by harry reid, democrats won that seetz well, putting the first latina u.s. senator into office, catherine cortez masto. and democrats picked up two house seats in the state of
nevada. three of the four house seats in nevada are blue. oh, and by the way, the democrats also won control of both houses of legislature in nevada, picking up ten seats in the state assembly. so whatever formula democrats thought they had for 2016, it did work. specifically in nevada. which if nothing else is a really nice retirement present for harry reid, maybe. there is still actually quite a bit of unfinished business from last night. we have some of that news straight ahead. stay with us. just like the people
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nbc is calling it too close to call. up in new hampshire, a state where there is still no call on the presidential race, we got an important result late today in the senate. democratic governor maggie hassan appears to have unseated republican senator kelly ayotte. nbc news is calling hassan the apparent winner of that seat, and ayotte has now concede. this is an interesting one from the house. familiar face. the republican who made the most of trying to create a sense of scandal around the obama administration, california republican darrell issa tonight is sweating out his race. it's so close there are enough outstanding mail-in ballots and provisional ballots to determine the results. so it's not been called. democrats did manage to turf out new jersey republican scott garrett. you might remember him making waves when he said he stopped giving money to the republican party because the party had gone too soft on gays. scott garrett will now be free to try to find a gay-free corner of new jersey to retire to because he is going to be
replaced in congress by a democrat named joshua gotheimer. john mica lost his seat to stephanie murphy, the first vietnamese american ever elected to congress. charlie crist is going to be headed to congress as a democrat. he beat republican david jolly who was going to run for marco rubio's senate seat had marco rubio not come back from the dead to take it back himself. in arizona, maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio finally given the boot after 23 years of national showboating on being super anti-immigrant. he is also the sheriff who said he sent a cold case posse to hawaii to investigate president obama's birth certificate. he is gone. voters in california, nevada, new mexico, and maine legalized the recreational use of marijuana yesterday. green, that's nice, you guys. arizona, interestingly, voted it down which is interesting. new safety laws on guns passed in nevada and washington state and california. california is where they passed the background checks for ammunition bill.
maine also had a gun safety on the ballot but maine rejected background checks. one thing that always wins everywhere, and pretty much by a lot is raising the minimum wage. voters said yes to that yesterday in washington, colorado and maine. went four for four on the minimum wage. and one last one for you. out of a possible 25 seats in the hawaii state senate, it is now totally and completely democratic there are 25 seats in the hawaii senate. there are 25 democrats in those 25 seats. hawaii! that does it for us tonight. we will see you again tomorrow. i swear. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> hey, rachel. it was a tough night last night if you were a woman running for president. but if you were a woman running for the united states senate and you were a democrat, it was a very, very good night. >> that's true. >> we're going have some of that coming up. thank you, rachel. >> thanks. >> at this hour, we are watching protests against the election of donald trump as the next president of the united states. on