tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC March 25, 2017 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
ll your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you're pregnant or planning to be. ask your dermatologist about otezla today. otezla. show more of you. if you are one of the millions of americans who called your member of congress or went to a demonstration or vigil or made a sign or screamed your guts out at a town hall to try to save the affordable care act, for you this is a very happy friday indeed. 24 million americans are not going to lose their health insurance because the republican plan to get rid of obamacare failed today in a quite ignominious way. tonight we have the senior most democrat in washington, the top senate democrat chuck schumer here with us this evening to talk about what is just an epic collapse by the republicans and
the trump administration on what was supposed to be their easy layup. their big first priority, the thing they knew they definitely could do if they couldn't do anything else they knew they could kill obamacare and do it fast. well, they're not killing obamacare. their efforts to do so died at 3:31 p.m. eastern today when the president called robert costa at the "washington post" of all people and said "hello, bob." and told him with no further preamble that he had pulled the kill obamacare bill. democrats are definitely taking a victory lap tonight. there have been many, many jokes, perhaps too many jokes about the art of the deal. but the big question after a big win is how you capitalize on it and what you do next and this really was an epic political event. it made headlines not just here, it made headlines around the world.
other governments commented on this. other country's newspapers are leading with this. but when you think about it in terms of what happens next, i think it's important not just to think about what happened today but consider what else is going on for these guys right now as this central thing collapsed for them. i mean, it's not like things were going great for them anyway and then they had this one thing go wrong. things are really -- this has happened, the collapse of their central policy idea, their central legislative idea, the one thing that all republicans agreed they could do, the collapse of that doesn't just happen in the abstract. it would be bad enough if it happened in the abstract. it would be bad enough if everything was going awesome for them and that one central thing went bad but what happened is that one central thing has gone bad while things are otherwise in freefall for them. think about this week, this week started with the fbi confirmed in an opening hearing of the house intelligence committee
that there is an open counterintelligence investigation under way into this white house. it's been open since last july. they're investigating the russian attack on our elections last year and the possibility that the president's campaign knowingly colluded in that foreign attack. the fbi director describing it as a counterintelligence investigation, one that will become a criminal investigation if the evidence leads in that direction. that's how the week started and things have gone downhill since then. you might remember this past weekend the top democrat on the house intelligence committee said the only evidence he had seen of collusion between the trump campaign and the russian attack on our election, he said the only collusion evidence he'd seen could be described as circumstantial evidence. that was his perception as of sunday morning. well, that perception changed this week. as of the middle of this week adam schiff was no longer describing the evidence that way, saying instead that the evidence is now "more than circumstantial."
more than circumstantial evidence now, that there was collusion between the trump campaign and russia in their attack on the united states. shortly thereafter cnn reported the ongoing fbi investigation into the russian attack into potential trump collusion with that attack, cnn reports that that fbi investigation is increasingly focused on the evidence that investigators have uncovered about collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. and so it's been a bad week even before today and this whole thing was poised to get worse for the administration. the first open hearing of the house intelligence committee where the fbi announced the investigation, that was this past monday. the next open hearing of the same committee was scheduled for tuesday morning of next week. today without warning and without consulting anybody else on his committee, the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee, himself a trump campaign official and trump transition official, today he abruptly canceled the next
public meeting of the house intelligence committee and their investigation into trump and russia. this is the hearing, this tuesday hearing he just canceled today, this is the one where former cia director john brennan is due to testify. former national intelligence director james clapper and, importantly, the former acting attorney general sally yates. all three of them were confirmed and due to testify in an open session on tuesday morning talking about what they know. remember, sally yates is the one who reportedly brought to the white house evidence that the national security adviser was in contact with the russian government and was lying about it. she has never discussed those reports publicly. she has never said publicly what happened there and the timeline of how that went down is one of the biggest flashing red lights in the investigation into the white house and its russian government ties because the white house has settled on this narrative about michael flynn that doesn't make any sense. they say they fired him because
of those russian government conversations once they realized he had lied about them. that explanation makes no sense and needs a little probing because as far as we know from open source reporting, sally yates brought the white house the evidence that michael flynn was lying about that stuff nearly three weeks before they acted on it. why did they wait for three weeks? what was going on in those three weeks? again sally yates was due to speak publicly about this matter for the first time ever on tuesday morning. republican chairman of that committee acting alone cancelled that meeting. cancelled that hearing or rescheduled for half past never. there's no new date. i mean, i know there is a lot going on but this is a remarkable thing, whatever adam schiff, the top democrat on the house intelligence committee saw this week that made him conclude that there is now more than circumstantial evidence that the trump campaign colluded with
russia in its attack on the united states, whatever he saw that made him say that, you know what? as the ranking member on the intelligence committee, anything he has access to, devin nunes the chairman has access to as well. so whatever it is that made adam schiff start talking about this investigation in a different way, devin nunes has access to this information, too, then he cancels the next hearing and sets no new date and does so alone unilaterally without telling anybody else on his own committee. and now look at what's happening at the other end of pennsylvania avenue. andrea mitchell reporting today here on msnbc that white house officials, people currently serving in the white house, and people who were part of the trump transition are now reportedly purging their own electronic devices. purging their phones because they are expecting to be subpoenaed. >> let me ask you very quickly
something i've learned from a single source, you're a lawyer. >> yes. >> i'm told there are a lot of former transition team members in and outside of the white house purging their private phones afraid they're going to get subpoenaed by these various investigators. what is their legal risk of purging their phone of any transition comments? >> i'm not sure. if you've been subpoenaed to preserve those messages then you'd be violating the law so i'm not privy to -- >> what if you've gotten a letter from the white house counsel or someone else? telling you the preserve -- >> that told you to preserve? then there might be legal ramifications. >> andrea mitchell reporting today on msnbc with careful sourcing citing one source saying that white house officials are now purging their phones in anticipation they are going to be subpoenaed. they would, of course, be in legal jeopardy if they are doing that after they have been advised they need to preserve communications. in fact, on march 1 the
associated press reported that the white house counsel notified white house staffers that they must preserve electronic communications pursuant to any investigation. so if they've been told to preserve and they're purging this stuff, all of them who are doing that, all of you who are doing that, if you're watching me, you are in legal jeopardy for doing that. that's in the white house. and if you have any doubts about the scope of the investigation, whether it's the one in congress or the one being carried out by the fbi or the ones being carried out by the fourth of state as every investigative reporter in the country starts pulling on this forest of loose threads that is hanging off the white house denials and this story you need look no further today than the tiny island nation of cyprus. cyprus is a notorious banking hub for criminal russian money laundering. nbc news richard engel was reporting from cyprus today on the question of whether any russian oligarchs trails lead to that campaign.
the a.p. is reporting there is a serious american financial crime investigation that has followed to cyprus the financial trail of trump's russia-linked campaign chairman paul manafort. i have a few things we can report on that front tonight which have either been swamped in today's news or otherwise not previously reported. fascinating stuff. all bad news for the administration. a few points here. first, we can report tonight that the attorney general of cyprus says that that country's government has now handed over to u.s. investigators information about paul manafort's financial transactions in cyprus. again, cyprus best known in the financial world as the largest international hub for laundering dirty russian money. that government is cooperating with u.s. investigators and handed over documentation of paul manafort's financial transactions in that company. that's one. two, we can also report tonight
that new jersey senator cory booker, who has taken a particular interest in the money laundering part of this investigation and this conundrum, new jersey senator cory booker has demanded an explanation from the newly confirmed trump administration commerce secretary wilbur ross about his role in the notoriously corrupt bank of cyprus where he's a major shareholder and, until recently, was vice chairman. senator booker gave wilbur ross, the commerce secretary, until today to explain his connections through that bank or otherwise to another major bank of cyprus shareholder who also happens to be the russian oligarch who did this otherwise inexplicable real estate transaction with donald trump in palm beach a few years ago which netted president trump over $50 million in profit. the deadline for commerce secretary wilbur ross to respond to the senator's inquiry about that was today. we can further report that the commerce secretary has given no response to that letter.
we can also report -- and this is definitely new, this has not been reported elsewhere and this is potentially a big deal -- we can report exclusively tonight that there is more turmoil beneath the rface when it comes to another criminal investigation of another bank that has been implicated in multibillion dollar russian money laundering. a bank that happens to be the single largest lender of any kind to donald trump himself. of course, we haven't seen much of his tax return but from the president's only financial disclosures it appears he owes more than $300 million to a bank called deutsche bank, deutsche bank appears to be his single largest lender. the justice department is currently prosecuting deutsche bank over currency trading practices and their role in the mortgage crisis and the financial collapse and also russian money laundering. we can now report that senator chris van hollen of maryland is writing to attorney general jeff sessions urging the attorney general that he needs to recuse
himself from overseeing that at the department of justice. if there's going to be deutsche bank prosecution, settlement negotiations with deutsche bank over the issue of russian money laundering, senator sessions should recuse. that case is being made by maryland senator chris van hollen. he's also demanding to know from the attorney general, demanding to know from jeff sessions and the justice department "were any investigations of deutsche bank a factor when president trump decided to fire former u.s. attorney preet bharara after initially telling him he could continue in his position during this administration? all of those cases against deutsche bank, all of those cases against the major lender to donald trump including the russian money laundering one, they are being run out of the u.s. attorney's office for the southern district of new york. now that they fired preet bharara as the head of the office, the lack of a u.s. attorney means technically attorney general jeff sessions is in charge of all those
investigations now. can he do that fairly? this letter from senator van hollen represents the first shot across the bow from democrats telling the attorney general, basically, don't interfere. literally get yourself out of the way of these independent criminal investigations which may conceivably touch not just the russian money laundering side of this but conceivably the president's finances as well since he is so personally tied up in that bank to the tune of 100 million dollars. and into the middle of that omelet today the "wall street journal" cracked this new egg today. this is absolutely bonkers. that's a technical term, sorry. former cia director jim woolsey, he's a neoconservative hawkish intelligence guy. he emerged as a real hawk not just over things like the iraq
war but lots of different international conflicts. he served under four different presidents including cia director under president clinton, senior adviser during the trump campaign, both during the campaign and into the transition. there was, you might remember, a weird flurry of speculation and concern when former cia director jim woolsey quit the trump transition effort effective immediately in the first week in january, nobody knew why. well, now, today, he has told the "wall street journal" a truly bizarre story about mr. loose end himself, former national security adviser mike flynn. jim woolsey now tells the "wall street journal" that one week after he joined the trump campaign on september 19 of last year he was invited to a meeting at a new york hotel called the essex house. when he got to essex house he was greeted for that meeting by michael flynn, also by the foreign minister of turkey and also by the son-in-law of the turkish dictator who also
happens to be that country's energy minister. that's how these things tend to go in countries like that, ivanka. sorry. but jim woolsey, former cia director, now says -- now tells the "wall street journal" today that what that meeting was about, what was discussed at that meeting in september was a plan to basically kidnap a guy. there is an exiled turkish cleric who has a green card to live in the united states, a legal permanent resident of the country, he lives in pennsylvania in the poconos, the turkish government is fixated on him and blames him for the coup they had to deal with, blames him for all unrest and bad things in that country, they have been desperate to have the united states extradite him back to turkey so they can draw and quarter him -- i mean put him on trial for his alleged treason in turkey. what we now know because michael flynn retroactively registered as an agent for a foreign power,
earlr th month, we know while he was the senior adviser on national security matters to the trump campaign and trump transition, we know michael flynn was being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to work for the turkish government at that time and according to former cia director jim woolsey who said he was in the room for it, one of the things michael flynn was doing for that contract, for that money, was convening this meeting in new york in september where they talked about basically pulling off a kidnapping to get around these pesky u.s. extradition laws and subvert the u.s. government and spirit this guy off to turkey in the dead of night. from the "wall street journal." "mr. woolsey said the idea was a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away." you know, it was weird and abrupt and unexplained when jim woolsey quit the trump transition in january. he implies to the "wall street journal" in this story today that he is telling the story
about michael flynn now because he was very disturbed by this meeting at the time when he went to it back in september. but if he was disturbed by it on september 19, why did he stay on the trump campaign and then on the trump transition until january? and what has changed in his thinking about michael flynn and what might come to be known about this period in american politics that has suddenly made him decide to come forward now and declare himself to have not been part of that kidnapping discussion at all. we asked director woolsey to please come on this show tonight to discuss with us what happened there exactly, whether it was michael flynn's kidnapping plan that was being discussed or the turkish government's kidnapping plan and michael flynn was helping them work out the details or maybe even trying to talk them out of it. i would love to also love to hear director woolsey's change of heart that this is a matter that should be in the open after he sat on it for sixth months
and said nothing about it before today. there is a counterintelligence investigation at the fbi. there are congressional investigations that have led to bombshell revelations despite the white house, those investigations having white house friendly leadership, there's an obvious effort by the chairman of one of those investigations to throw it off the rails, or at least stop that investigation from doing anything that can be seen in public anymore. there is, we now know, a far-reaching international financial investigation that has resulted in the transmittal of financial records by trump campaign senior officials. they have transmitted those records from known russian money laundering hubs to investigators in the united states. there are other far-reaching criminal financial investigations that touch on both russian money laundering and the president's leading lender and in those cases those investigations are already in the hands of u.s. attorneys. they are already that far along.
and the white house is pretending they've never heard of the president's former campaign chairman whose financial transactions have just been sent to u.s. investigators from cyprus. the president's former campaign chairman is volunteering to testify. no one has seen hyde nor hair of michael flynn. nobody knows whether he will testify or where. we've got direct evidence and weird evidence we're going to get to that the white house might be trying to blame the whole thing on michael flynn. that might be convenient for the white house. i doubt michael flynn would think it's convenient for him. that creates an interesting dynamic about his potential role as a witness. this is like "the hunger games" part of the trump administration and we're less than 70 days in. hasn't even been ten weeks. we've already got senior people being held out as sacrifices and other people clearly moving to protect themselves. if andrea's reporting is correct about white house officials
purging their white house devices because th're expecting subpoenas, a, those people may be in legal jeopardy but, b, let's suffice to say this is not the best of times for the administration, this is not what a honeymoon looks like. this is a dire period of scandal that you would put up against any modern presidency at any time in any scandal. and yet there has been this effort in washington all along this week to carry on as if this is normal and this is a normal week. yeah, we're considering our supreme court nominee why not? we're moving forward on our campaign promise to take health insurance away from 24 million americans. why not? our big health care that is approved of by 17% of the american people and if you ask them who strongly approves of the plan the number drops to 6%. before the administration started, the day after election day there was no question the republicans would be able to kill obamacare, they'd be able to repeal the affordable care act, that was the low-hanging fruit, that was the obvious thing they could do with only
republican votes. yeah, sure, they only have a two-seat majority in the senate but they've got a 44-seat majority in the house. some other things might be hard for them but repealing obamacare, no problemo. that's how it looked before these guys actually got in there. but then these guys actually got in there. and it turns out they are operating from a position that is not just profoundly weak and unpopular, it's a catastrophe. and they blew it and completely belly flopped and humiliated themselves on their biggest legislative priority which they've been prepping for and bragging about and promising for seven straight years. what is even more amazing than that is that that is the least of their problems. senator chuck schumer, top democrat in the senate, is here to give us his reaction, to tell us what to expect next from the democrats. stay with us. don't let dust and allergens get between you
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on a normal news day, it would be really big news if a former cia director told the "wall street journal" that he went to a meeting with the president's national security adviser where the topic of discussion was kidnapping a guy in the poconos and illegally spiriting him out of the country to evade u.s. extradition laws. on a normal news day, they could expect to dominate the news cycle with atory that lurid with the former cia director's out of the way bizarre accusation about the president's fired national security adviser, normal day, that would be all we are talking about.
but today is not a normal day. today is the day we learned 24 million americans won't get thrown off their health care because the fight to save the affordable care act succeeded. the republicans conceded defeat this afternoon. their bill never made it out of the house where they have a 40-seat majority. the republicans in the white house pulled the bill. it's a huge win for the people who fought to save the aca. it's a crushing defeat for this administration that cannot seem to pick itself off the ground. now what? if you are against what this president has been trying to do, how do you make the most of this moment? how do you make sense of this and decide what to do next? joining us is chuck schumer, the senior senator for new york. senator, it's nice to have you here. >> good evening, rachel. >> is this a happy day for you? >> no, it's not happy but i, like many americans, breathe a sigh of relief because the affordable care act did so many
good things and trumpcare was going to do so many bad things so the fact that it's at least temporarily gone, we don't know with these folks, is a very good thing. but not a happy day. it's a good day. >> the president today said he blames democrats. >> yes, nancy and me. >> nancy and you. you're always there for him for that purpose. there were no democratic votes that we know of in either chamber for the trumpcare bill, as you called it. and the republicans, had they been able to hold their own numbers together, did they try to get democrats in on this? >> no, on day one the president said "i'm going to introduce repeal." we democrats have been against repeal from the get-go. they never talked to us once. and this president, wherever he runs into trouble, he points fingers. he's got to to learn lead. he needs to look at what he did wrong and try to improve
himself. he points if i won't be of blame on something that was absurd. and if they are willing to say repeal is off the table, we've said all along we'll sit down and try to, we think the aca is a good bill, we could make it better, we have some ideas of how the make it better, maybe they do, too, but they have to take repeal off the table and i think they've seen, learned the hard way, how bad repeal is, but two other things, one other thing, rachel. this seems to be indicative, it's a metaphor for the administration how they behaved on this, a, incompetence. totally incompetent. i can't believe they introduced this bill and had so many of their own congress members against it from the get go. you don't do that on a major bill. if i have a major proposal to introduce i talk to bernie sanders and elizabeth warren. i talk to my joe manchin and mark warner and say "what do you think?" then they try the old technique "well, we'll threaten them, we'll run people against you." that's what president trump said. then he tried his other technique, "we'll walk it away and leave it on your shoulders."
none of it worked. the art of the deal is out the window, or at least it doesn't work in washington. but their second problem is even worse. trump campaigned as a populist against the democratic and republican establishments. everything he has done has been hard right. so this bill, what was the number one motivation for this bill? to reduce taxes on the wealthiest people by a huge amount. the average tax break for the top 1% of there, .1%, would be over $200,000. and that break would force people to pay more, senior citizens to have huge increases, opioid treatment gone, medicaid cut. if they keep doing that, they're going to fail because the country is not hard right. trump didn't win as a hard right person but pence and all the others have pushed them a hard right direction. if you look at the budget they introduced, even republicans said it's dead on arrival. if they do tax reform and tax
reform means tax cuts just for the rich or almost predominantly for the rich they're going to fail again and again and the problem here, i think the president doesn't act like a president. a good president would say i made a mistake, everyone does, i'm going to do better. instead he blames people who had nothing to do with it, us. >> you are the minority leader, obviously, democrats widely outnumbered in the house, you're down by two seats in the senate. democrats don't hold the white house. nevertheless it feels like you are operating from a position of strength on a day like this. >> exactly. if you would have told me on january 3, the day i was sworn in as minority leader that on issue after issue democrats would be on offense and united and republicans would be on defense and divided i'd say forget about it. that's what's happened. >> do you get stronger when you win fights like this and what do you take away in terms of what's the next best fight, what's the
way to fight. and how do you factor into that incredible out side the democratic party pressure movement that's sprung up that's been such an impressive thing to watch. >> it's a great thing. i cut my eyeteeth in the vietnam war movement. i was cut from a basketball team, a guy knocks on my door and says "how would you like to join the young democrats, we're working against the vietnam war." i was against the vietnam war. the energy was tremendous. i've never seen so much energy on the streets as in the vietnam war protests until now. we toppled the most powerful man in the world. so this energy among the public is huge. on the aca a month ago no one had heard of trumpcare. now 57% of americans think it's a terrible idea and a very small number as you showed on your chart think it's a good idea. >> 6% strongly support it. >> we tried to help spread that, let me tell you, without a grassroots organization and without these
organizations that are not mobilized and usually, the aarp, the ama, out there. this wouldn't have happened and this is going to happen again and again and again. why? because the trump administration is so far to the right that the american people won't swallow it. >> senator chuck schumer is the leader of the democrats in the senate. senator, i have a couple other things i want to ask you about, including leading the filibuster on the supreme court and the trump and russia investigation. can you stick with us? >> i sure can. we'll be back with senator schumer right after this. stay with us. announcer: get on your feet for the nastiest bull in the state of texas. ♪ ♪
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democratic president was under investigation by the fbi the republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a supreme court seat in such circumstances. >> back with us now is senate minority leader chuck schumer. it has been remarkable, senator schumer, from my perspective, to see this incredible ornate and still unfolding scandal around the trump/russia stuff and then to see stuff trying to be politics as usual, moving the health care bill, moving the supreme court nominee. are you making the argument that essentially that nothing should happen? that the president shouldn't do anything -- particularly anything big as long as this fbi investigation is under way. >> i think that's not the case but with the supreme court justice who has a lifetime appointment and such profound influence on all of our lives, yes.
plus the fact, whose seat is this? mitch mcconnell he was held -- sorry, mitch mcconnell did it but it's the seat that merrick garland was nominated for. mitch mcconnell held it up for a year. well, if they can hold that seat up for a year just to elect a new president under a president who had no investigations, they should delay it for a while. i'm not saying forever, i'm not saying an amount of time but let's see where these investigations lead because to have a president under investigation appoint a lifetime appointment, that's wrong. >> it seems to me if you worst case scenario that situation, let's say judge gorsuch was confirmed subsequently president trump had the worst possible outcome of that investigation, he was said to have colluded with russia, he's impeached or thrown out of office because of having been an agent of a foreign power, for the length of time that judge gorsuch is on the court for the rest of his natural life, that affects everything he does as a justice. >> if this were a five-year appointment or two-year appointment i would haven't said that.
>> on the filibuster plan, how do you think that's going to work? will you be able to slow down or stop the nomination. >> gorsuch, despite the pundits who fell for all this nice erudite humorous folksy stuff, he didn't impress our colleagues. his refusal to answer questions, if you can't answer "is a muslim ban --" a simple question about whether or not a muslim can enter the united states, if you can't answer whether that's unconstitutional or not, you're hiding something. if he's so down the middle and neutral why did the federalist society push so hard for him? they've tried to move courts to the right. why is dark money, $10 million of money coming in. they're not coming in to get a neutral down-the-middle justice and so there's a strong suspicion on my side that the reason he's not answering these questions is his views are so far over that if he did he might not get approved.
>> this is an unusual tactic. do you think you'll be able to slow it down or stop it? obviously you want to, but can you? >> a large number of my colleagues are really concerned about the points i mentioned and it will be hard for him to get 60 votes. which, by the way, this idea among the hard-right pundits, oh, this is terrible. kagan got 60 votes, sotomayor got 60 votes, roberts got 60 votes and alito on a filibuster motion got 60 votes. everyone should get 60 votes. and by the way, so my other point which i will make to my colleagues and have made and if a judge can't get 60 votes, a nominee, you don't change the rules, you change the judge. change the nominee. >> let me ask you one last question about the trump russia situation. obviously we're all wondering where these investigations are
going to go there's investigations at the fbi, we have been told this week that there are investigations through the criminal division of the treasury department, in terms of the financial side of this. we also know there are congressional investigations, e intellence committee in the house and senate. as the security agencies and intelligence agencies brief those investigators on what's going on with the question of collusion with the trump campaign and russia do you get the same briefings that the intelligence committee gets because you're the leader? >> i'm part of the so-called gang of eight. i get more classified information. so i know more, but it means i can say less. >> is it your expectation that both the senate and house will continue with these investigations? there's so much coercion controversy on the house side. >> well, richard burr for a while was out of line when he called the newspapers on behalf of the trump administration, but in recent weeks he's been okay.
nunes is way out of line and seems to be an advocate for the administration, and this troubles me. we've had a bipartisan on our intelligence committees. you leave your politics at the door when you enter the briefing room, no penetration, we call it a skiff. no one can listen in, and i think nunes is ruining that and i hope -- i've said this, i hope speaker ryan may appoint somebody else. he's so jaundiced his impartiality he'd have to do a lot to recover given how he's behaved. schiff is a great guy and i have a lot of faith in him so maybe nunes has learned from this incident where he was just lambasted, correctly, where he had to apologize to the committee. but if we see one more scintilla, this guy should be out. >> and ryan should make that decision alone.
>> alone, correct. and i would urge him to think about that seriously. >> new york senior senator, the leader of the democrats in the senate, senate chuck schumer, thank you on friday night, great to have you here. >> thank ythank you. it's a big night, it's been big day, but it's still a big night ahead. stay with us.
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just about every week, a group of his constituents met up at that starbucks and marched, as a group, to his office around the corner. they have been getting him to vote to save the affordable care act. they started a facebook group called new jersey 11th for the change. they wanted to hold a town hall about the aca. when they got no answer, three showed up to his office. the following week, when he voted to move forward to repealing the aca, about 30 more people showed up to his office. this time, they brought baked goods for the staff. the following week, it rose from 30 to 130. the following week, more people showed up and the following week until it was a thing. people bring signs and yell, where is rodney, where is
rodney? they left signed petitions requesting he hold a town hall. they sent him valentines on valentine's day. they followed him to philadelphia for the retreat. they followed him to another state. they did not let up. he became the subject of negative newspaper articles. there were mock die-ins. we have seen this across the country, but new jersey's 11th congressional district is an interesting case here. they started off as a very small, but motivated effort. they turn into a big, legitimate movement. they have registered to become a superpac now. all this in the matter of weeks. the moment of truth came today when they would find out if the effort would pay off. the petitions, protests, would it work? it did. in those crucial hours before the house was scheduled to vote on the republican bill to kill
obamacare, the congressman put out a statement saying he would no longer support the bill. unfortunately, the legislation before the house today is currently unacceptable and would place barriers to care on my constituents in new jersey. so, today, new jersey 11th for change celebrated by doing what they do. they came back to his office. this time, to say thanks. they may have won this fight, but they do not appear to be shrinking away anytime soon. we have been documenting on this show the organic protests that popped up in an effort to save the affordable care act and resist the elements of trump and republican agenda. it has been fascinating to watch it unfold. what everybody thought was an impossible battle to protect obamacare when republicans thought they could get rid of it
on their own terms. there's a lot to celebrate today. i'm telling you, there is nothing in activism that helps you win something like having won something and boy was this a big win for those folks to save the affordable care act against all odds. what are they going to win next? that does it for us tonight. we will see you on monday. it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> so important that you have been emphasizing how this happened, that it was those protests. it was that citizen activism that all has been ignited in the last 60 days that turned this around. >> i think it's been really easy to focus on this as a beltway story and the various caucuses and the discussions that happen in hallways and meeting rooms, but i believe with all my heart what moved this is the discussions in the town halls around the country. it's like nothing i have ever seen. >> rodney is the chairman of the house appropriations committee. when i saw the tweet he put out, i upped my bet this was dead.