tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC September 26, 2017 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
as she can tell, the first responders on the ground, the resources on the ground are well meaning but are very much hampered by bureaucracy. she says the chain of command is clogged. she said people keep asking her to write them a memo. >> good evening, rachel. and the mayor is really the one, from what i've been hearing from puerto rico who is really delivering the message about what's really needed. we're going hear more of what she had to say later in our hour. but i'm so glad you have
highlighted it as much as you have. >> she has been there really on the ground. we've been watching news footage from the last few days about her in waders, here in boats going door to door talking to people directly. she is out there in the middle of it. and i think that's fueling her rage and upset. and i hope people in washington can hear. >> and she finds her eloquence within that every time i hear her speak about this. we're going to hear more from her later in this hour. rachel, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. well, in the first battle -- in the first battle of what may become the war between steve bannon and donald trump, steve bannon has won decisively. steve bannon's candidate has just beaten donald trump's candidate in the alabama senate race. steve kornacki joins us now with the alabama results. steve, what happened? >> yeah, well, i mean, there it is. steve bannon and that sort of anti-establishment winning of the republican party. roy moore was their candidate in this race. this is about 3/4 of the vote in. this race has been called. roy moore wins this republican
runoff for the united states senate against the candidate that donald trump endorsed. the candidate donald trump was in alabama last friday, on stage with this candidate saying hey, republicans, i need this guy in the senate. well, donald trump's candidate luther strange, he has come up short decisively in this thing, as you say. look, one thing down the stretch that roy moore and his campaign capitalized on wasn't just that bannon and a lot of these trump supporters from the beginning were behind moore. certainly that helped them with the republican base. but donald trump himself, when he was campaigning for luther strange last friday, he is on the stage. strange is about 10 feet away. and he muses to the crowd, talking about endorsing strange, he said maybe i made a mistake here. and that became a last-minute ad that the moore campaign ran. i think a devastating one. because it sounded to trump's base potentially like trump was kind of winking at them and saying you know what, guy, i got to do this, but i really want you to be on the other side of this thing. there you go. ray moore, i think democrats are going the take a look at this race in december.
that's the general election. and we'll see what happens. >> steve, what does this tell washington about the value of a donald trump endorsement? >> well, look, donald trump, what we learned from this is trying to sell in an establishment candidate. and i think that's what luther strange functioned as here in this republican primary. donald trump going in and trying to sell his base on the establishment. donald trump can't make that sale. this is the candidate. roy moore is the candidate that the base wants. and by the way, there is this news out of tennessee. quickly say, there is this news out of tennessee today that bob corker, the republican senator there is not going to run in 2018. a lot of talk right now this result tonight, this expected result is one of the factor. he sees this happening in the republican base does not want the deal with that himself in 2018. >> thank you, steve. really appreciate it. >> sure. >> now that steve bannon is out of the white house, he seems to be on a revenge mission to make life miserable for everyone left in that white house. and very much including tonight donald trump.
here is steve bannon. here is how he campaigned in alabama yesterday against donald trump's candidate for senate. >> mitch mcconnell in this permanent political class is the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in this country. they think you're a pack of morons. they think you're nothing but roots. and tomorrow you're going to get an opportunity to tell them what you think of the elites that run this country. >> and there is the monster that donald trump created. and tonight steve bannon's candidate has won. steve bannon's winning candidate for the seat is of course the former state supreme court justice who was suspended twice from that job. once for installing a monument to the ten commandments at the courthouse. and the second time for refusing to comply with a ruling of the united states supreme court. and there is judge moore up there tonight, accepting the victory that he has earned there in alabama. last night steve bannon actually
publicly said why donald trump's judgment cannot be trusted. >> they tried to destroy donald trump. the same gang that is going after roy moore is the same gang that went after donald trump. i've got to tell you, i think it's some time later after tomorrow, a real review has to be done of how president trump got the wrong information and came down on the wrong side of the football here. >> and we're joined now by mike murphy, political media consultant for the republican party. also joining us is jason johnson, politics editor at theroot.com. and msnbc contributor ron klain, former adviser to chief of staff to presidents gore. i do not think you ever expect you'd would live long enough to see the drama or whatever you want to call this thing that has just played out in alabama. steve bannon versus donald trump. and trying to convince voters in alabama that donald trump's
judgment cannot be trusted. and the way to help donald trump is to vote for the bannon candidate. >> yes. cats chasing dogs. we're going into shakespearian bizarro land here. i think now it will at least be amusing to people who like the theater of politics. because trump will not be able to stand being beaten by his own mastermind. the minute bannon became famous, his days were over in the white house. now i think what will happen is one, we'll have bannon will get drunk on this and go out predict a lot more republican primary, and he'll be able to recruit some candidates. the problem is alabama, i've worked there. i actually did sessions' first race. it's very special. so i don't know if this formula will repeat. but at least more primaries will lay up. republican candidates are going to have to have a challenge, because this guy moore makes todd akin look like nelson rockefeller. they're going to be asked about him in their crazy positions. it will be interesting to see if
trump will endorse and get behind this guy. he'll want to get credit for his likely but not certain win. but then trump will be tarnished by some of these positions. it's kind of hard to tarnish the president. this is going to be complicated. >> donald trump when he was campaigning for his candidate promised that he would immediately endorse the other guy if the other guy won, as he just did. i want to go to that video that steve kornacki was just talking about while donald trump said while he was up on the stage endorsing him, i may have made a mistake. and the moore campaign was table turn that into a commercial. let's watch the way trump said that. >> and i might have made a mistake, and i'll be honest. i might have made a mistake. if luther doesn't win, they're not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. they're going to say donald trump, the president of the united states was unable to pull
his candidate across the line. it is a terrible, terrible moment for trump. this is total embarrassment. >> and jason, donald trump has just tweeted his congratulations to roy moore. >> i'm not surprised. this reminds me of what he said about mike pence. you know, he wasn't happy about mike pence either. he said if i could have had bobby knight, i would have taken him. but i think the important thing to remember here, for every republican running in 2018 in the senate, you have to remember, number one, donald trump is not a trustworthy surrogate. you don't know what he is going to say when he gets on stage. number two, steve bannon was one of the keys to getting elected. he has a special set of skills to rationalize and make this white nationalist populism sound decent to people. if he can sell this outside of alabama, there is a lot of republicans across the country who will be worried going into 2018. >> what do the democrats see when they look at this? >> they see that candidate strange was beaten by a
candidate even stranger. the most extreme republican possibly got nominated. and it shows a lot of opportunity for democrats. alabama has a shot against judge roy moore. we saw because of what's going on in alabama, senator corker, a shoo-in for reelection, step down. now that's an open seat. in florida tonight, for is seventh time, a state legislative seat slipped from r to d. i think democrats are seeing that the division in the republican party is creating a element of opportunities. >> we're going to bring you whatever roy moore has to say. he has been doing a lot of thanks to people. and we'll dip into it for a few seconds just to get a flavor of what he has to say. >> that goodness, liberty and government which is almighty god. we have become a nation that has distanced ourselves from the very foundation. washington said that of all the
dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable. we've got to recognize that we've been separated by something that separates the church and state doesn't stand for. it doesn't separate us from god. nothing can separate us from god. we are one nation under god. and we can become one nation unified. there is so much division in our society. protests. demonstrations. mobs. racial strife. but we're all created in an image of god. i recall what harry truman said in his inaugural address. the american people stand firm in the faith, which has inspired this nation from the beginning. we believe that all people are created in the image of god. and from that faith, we will not be moved. we've been moved. >> okay. we're going to come back into the studio for this
conversation. what i've been told by the control room is that he has been speaking about god and about god almost exclusively with i think so far no real reference to his opponent or donald trump. roy moore, mike murphy, roy moore has said that homosexual conduct should be illegal. he said that a few years ago. it's the kind of thing that he is very likely to say publicly and possibly on the senate floor if he makes it to the senate. how will that be helpful to the republicans as a party generally to have someone there in the senate who they may be some of them anyway, forced to disown from time to time? >> well, if he gets to the senate, and i would say he is strongly favored but not certain in the general election, i think the democrats will rename the democratic national building the roy moore center for the boatloads of cash they're going to raise because of the inflammatory things he apparently likes to say and will probably keep saying.
so he'll become a political embarrassment to a lot of republicans, particularly from purple swing states. i think people will walk away from him, and he'll be isolated. i think the shorter term thing is how many primaries will he inspire? and will any of them gain traction. it's right that bob corker was probably thinking about that equation when he made that decision not run. i'm not sure drove it, but i'm sure it was a factor. >> just on the corker point. he did say when he first ran for senate, he thought two terms would be about right. and two terms is what he is doing. so we don't know for sure whether this is what it is. but the senate is a profoundly depressing place to work now in both bodies. but more so for the republicans because they finally have a republican president, and he is functionally and legislative terms, out of his mind. >> right. >> and they can do -- they can get nothing done because he is so destructive to what they're trying to do. >> he is destructive to them symbolically. he is destructive to them practically.
i think bob corker is stepping down because he is going to check the wind. he is going to check what is going on after 2018, and i think he might primary the president. i think that's what this is about. >> ron, if you're looking for what would bob corker's political motivation be for getting out of there, separate and apart from what i was talking about the absolute horror of the job now in the senate, i think jason's got a nicer bet there than he is afraid of a challenge. >> well, i think probably there is truth in all these things. you know, and it does make sense to set himself up as a potential opponent to president trump. but more broadly, lawrence, what you're really seeing is the consequence of the unraveling of the republican party. you've got today the president's principle legislative initiative getting rid of the affordable care act, going down. and his people saying mitch mcconnell is to blame. and obviously saw in alabama them trying to -- judge moore ran very hard against senator mcconnell. it's going to be very hard to get anything done in the senate if the president is attacking and his people are attacking and
candidates are attacking and the republican party are attacking the senate republican leader. and as a result, he is nine months into his presidency and doesn't have a single legislative achievement. so no surprise republican senator is retiring, maybe to run against him. maybe just to get out of it. certainly because he does not want to stand on the stump and have donald trump campaigning for him in 2018, that's for sure. >> mike, as our experienced republican veteran of presidential politics, what does it look like tonight for the, quote, reasonable man republican bob corker challenging this president for the republican nomination? >> well, i think there may be a lot of people challenging him. i think he'll be a one-term president, because i think, and this breaks my heart as a republican who would like to see our policy agenda get enacted. but we could have really rough mid terms. you look in some of the state legislative races. ron alluded to one in florida. it's interesting. they're tiny districts, but interesting one in new hampshire
in rockingham county. the professionals in the republican party are looking around seeing our canaries in the coal mine are all choking. so we're looking at what could be a very rough midterm. and if we have a rough midterm, then i think the party is going to turn on donald trump. because his brand has been winning. well, we're not winning. and he is not idealogically connected. he is not really a republican. he is a populist. all those things could create the perfect storm. and i think there could be a long list of people that would look at primarying him if he even runs again. my crazy prediction is he'll start talking about creating his own third party, populist party to run. and kind of play that big card rather than face the republican party that may really have turned on him after a dismal 2018. i hope i'm wrong. i'd like to hold the senate, which i think we will and pick up seats and hold the house. but we could be in for a tough midterm here, and he is a big cause of it. >> mike murphy and ron klain, thank you both for joining me tonight. really appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up, republicans have lost another fight to repeal and
it was another huge win for the resistance today in the united states senate. >> we haven't given up on changing the american health care system. >> the republican senate leader mitch mcconnell was forced to publicly surrender on the senate's latest attempt to fulfill the impossible trump campaign promise of repealing and replacing obamacare the day after the senate finance committee was overwhelmed by the resistance. [ chanting ] >> 181 members of the resistance were arrested at the senate finance committee yesterday. we'll be joined in a moment by a member of the committee who witnessed that history-making event. today the president said he doesn't know why three republican senators announced they would vote against the bill, which was enough to kill it, those three votes. the president just doesn't know why they did that. and that is the single most convincing thing that donald trump has ever said about the hapless republican repeal and
replace crusade. of course donald trump doesn't know why those republican senators are against the bill. donald trump doesn't know what's in the bill there is not one member of the senate or the house, not a single republican who believes that donald trump has read or comprehends a single sentence including the graham/cassidy bill bill. >> we were very disappointed that they would take the attitude that they did. we don't know why they did it. you can sort of figure that. but we'll see what happens. you know, it's going along. and at some point there will be a repeal and replace. but we'll see whether or not that point is now or will it be shortly thereafter. but we are disappointed at certain so-called republicans. >> the so-called republicans include life-long republican john mccain, life-long republican susan collins, and life-long member of the paul
family rand paul. donald trump has been a democrat, an independent, and a republican, and he is the elected official in washington who most viciously and consistently and personally attacks republicans. and now that donald trump has proven himself once again to be the president who cannot get anything on his agenda through congress, he will have to blame someone. and because we knows absolutely nothing about the politics of governing, he will blame the wrong person. he will not blame chuck schumer for running a flawlessly disciplined and unified democratic party resistance to the senate bill, a resistance that only needed to add three republicans to kill the bill because chuck schumer kept every democrat, including democrats from states won by donald trump totally unified in their opposition. and even more surprisingly, donald trump has yet to blame jimmy kimmel for joining the resistance to the bill last week by devoting several minutes of his show every night to a
detailed description of the bill that donald trump could never give. he could never give a description like that. and it was a description that donald trump could probably not understand. even when laid out so simply and clearly and powerfully by jimmy kimmel. >> i get it. i don't understand because i'm a talk show host, right? i don't want to turn this into a kanye and taylor swift type situation. but what senator cassidy was on my show in may, he told me that he believed that every american family, regardless of income should be able to get quality health care. and i believed he was sincere. sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with senator lindsey graham indicates that he was not sincere. it is by many accounts the worst health care bill yet. >> now what's so surprising about donald trump's apparent fear of taking on jimmy kimmel is that he has always relished a show business battle in which he nonsensically attacks someone in show business who has said something about him or who he thinks has said something about him.
remember his attack on meryl streep or the what she said at the golden globes without even mentioning his name? >> when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back, it -- it kind of broke my heart when i saw it. i still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. it was real life. >> trump could not attack what meryl streep said because every word she said was true. so he tweeted, "meryl streep, one of the most overrated actresses in hollywood." that was his tweet. that was his attack. so where is the tweet about how unfunny jimmy kimmel is? where is the tweet about how stupid jimmy kimmel is? why isn't trump blaming jimmy kimmel along with john mccain and susan collins? jimmy kimmel came out against this bill before those senators did. the daily beast says donald
trump has someone else to blame. one senior trump administration official told the daily beast that the president is well prepared to shovel blame on to mcconnell. mitch mcconnell has known from the start that he was being asked to do the impossible. and by the start, i mean the 2012 election campaign, when republicans started campaigning on repeal and replace, mcconnell has always known that they could win seats by saying stuff like that, but they would never actually be able to do it. mcconnell knew that the inauguration of a republican president this year meant that he would be asked to be the first majority leader in senate history to lead a legislative crusade to take health care away from people, tens of millions of people. and when mitch mcconnell saw how weak the support for the repeal and replace was in the house this year, he knew it would be impossible in the senate because it's always easier to pass a bill in the house than in the senate. it is remarkable that mitch
mcconnell got 49 republican senators to vote to take health care away from 20 million people in what was a losing vote in july. that vote can be used against every one of those senators for the rest of their career, and it got them nothing. it was a losing vote. it is remarkable that mitch mcconnell was able to get that many votes for a bill that is supported by 20% of the public. a bill that is political suicide. mitch mcconnell is not donald trump's problem on this. donald trump is donald trump's problem on this. and now donald trump and mitch mcconnell are both each other's problem. a problem that they both so well deserve. and their dysfunctional relationship is the very best thing that could possibly happen to the senate democrats' resistance to the trump agenda. joining us now is democratic senator maria cantwell from washington tonight. she is a member of the senate finance committee. senator cantwell, you saw something in that committee hearing room yesterday that that committee has never seen before.
i think you might have had one or two arrests of individual voice of protest here and there in the last few years. but tell us what it was like to be in that room with that resistance rising against that bill and the -- watching the arrests that followed. >> well, good evening, lawrence. and it was a moment. i mentioned to my colleague, even though we had been there at the passage of the affordable care act, i wasn't so sure that wasn't the most dramatic moment of the history of this legislation. because it was so emblematic of what i hear in my state, and i think of what a lot of my colleagues hear, which is the fear and anxiety that americans have that they might lose their health care. so when they kept shouting about their liberty, they meant their access to health care, to live in a country where they can have access to health care. and so the resolve of these
individuals was amazing. the fight and spirit that they showed was amazing. i do want to thank -- i know it was a very hard duty for our capitol hill police. but these individuals were there. and were dedicated to this cause of speaking out in the most compelling way about do not take our health care away from us. and they were speaking for millions and millions of americans who feel like their voice isn't being heard on this. >> and senator, you've been in the meetings with the democrats on the finance committee and with all the democrats in the senate. how difficult has it been for the democrats in states where donald trump won to stay with the party on this position? >> well, i think we've tried to talk about, you know, principles. the president had tweeted during his campaign that he was not for cut canning medicare, social
security, or medicaid. so it's -- i think to our a lot of our colleagues, a surprise that they come up with a plan, particularly as the issue is really the individual market. so how do you stabilize the individual market. it's almost like they're proposing a hat trick, oh, well, let's go over here and destabilize the medicaid market. so i think to our colleagues, no matter what state you represent, the notion that you've had stable health care in the medicaid market was no reason to support this legislation because it is literally a cut to that program. >> and they all had -- they all came from states, all 50 state medicaid directors opposed it. they at least had that going for them. i want you to listen for a moment to what the mayor of san juan had to say tonight. i want to discuss the situation in puerto rico with you before we go. let's listen to this. >> my wish is that we focus on the issue at hand. and the issue at hand is how do we get lives and how do we get things needed to save the lives into the hands of the people.
let's not put any other topic on the table. there shouldn't be any other dialogue. let me tell you this. the people are here and the debt is here. let's not talk about the debt and let's talk about the possible deaths. that is what we need to be concerned about right now. >> senator, your reaction to that. >> well, i couldn't hear every word that she was saying, i think just because of here in the earpiece that i'm using. but i can tell you this. we need a more aggressive response. we need the u.s. abraham lincoln, which i believe is in the area to be deployed and be there as an anchor in providing support and supplies and structure to that crisis. we need to have a white house level coordinator, all federal agencies to respond to this crisis. we need to prioritize the
humanitarian assistance. i know we have fema there on the ground. i know we have declared some of but not all of the island as a federal emergency. but this is without food, without water, without health care or the ability to store insulin and things of that nature, have a much bigger crisis than we've probably ever seen even in any part of the united states. and so we need a more aggressive response. >> senator, as we know, the puerto rican economy was in crisis mode before this. and it has struggled mightily for decades now. but certainly, when the senate repealed tax provisions that favored businesses locating in puerto rico, that hurt unemployment even more. there anything that you might consider reestablishing by way of tax incentives to help the economy of puerto rico, especially in the possible upcoming senate tax bill that the republicans are going to be moving? >> well, i tell you, lawrence, you and i could have a whole
show about puerto rico and what's transpired on the proposals that have been passed to restructure puerto rico and whose interests got served. but i would tell you this right now. what we need to do as the united states senate is make sure that puerto rico has the health care resources to take care of this population. they would have already be seeing a rollback of what was under the affordable care act provisions that helped stabilize on the medicaid rate for puerto rico. that would have been falling off normally, and is something that the finance committee and i think my colleagues on the republican side of the aisle had agreed that they should be helping puerto rico on before this crisis. but now that we're in this level of crisis, we need to make sure the resources for the health care system are there for puerto rico. >> senator maria cantwell, thank you very much for joining us tonight. really appreciate it.
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here is the president of the united states today in a rose garden press conference with the prime minister of spain. >> they were fighting for our flag. they were fighting for our national anthem. and for people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem i think is disgraceful. >> of course the united states
of america has never gone to war over the flag or the national anthem. this country did not even have a national anthem until long after world war i. we've been here before. a president trying to score political points with the flag instead of the quality of his governance. a republican president. after the supreme court ruled that flag burning was protected by the first amendment, president george h.w. bush led washington republicans in an attempt to amend the constitution to protect the flag, the president saying that the flag was just too sacred to be exposed to the first amendment. republicans knew that the amendment could not win the necessary 2/3 vote in the house and senate, but washington republicans were hoping to draw enough democrats into what they would then characterize as the defense of flag burning. nebraska democrat bob kerrey rose in opposition to that amendment in the senate when he spoke, everyone knew that they were listening to a former navy s.e.a.l. who last lost half of
his right leg in vietnam, and had been given the medal of honor by republican president richard nixon during the war. >> take the american flag and use it, not just to perhaps win the majority in the senate. not just perhaps to win a few elections in november. that's the least of what they'll accomplish. the greatest victory, the greatest victory, if you can call it a victory, is the republican president, the leader of the united states of america at a time when we've got a great opportunity to use this moment in history, when peace is breaking out all over, he will divide the nation again. that's what he is doing. not rallying americans to respect the flag. not rallying americans to respect freedom, but by using it as a political issue to divide america in which he gains a marginal political advantage and loses a great deal as well. >> we're joined now by richard allen smith, contributor for esquire who is also an afghanistan war veteran.
back with us jason johnson. and richard, the words bob kerrey was using about this kind of use of the flag for divisiveness, political divisiveness, you could take some of those lines and they sound perfectly appropriate to what we're watching today. >> they absolutely do. that's exactly what trump is trying to do. this players protest is not about the flag. it's not about the an them. it's about anthony lamar smith who was killed by a st. louis police officer who said we're going to kill this guy before he then killed this guy. and just this month was acquitted in his trial. it's about tamir rice. it's about mike brown. it's the repeated incidents of black people being murdered by law enforcement in america with impunity. and i'm glad they're doing it. >> richard, as an afghanistan veteran, what is your reaction to what the president says when he says they fought for our flag. they fought for our national anthem. >> i didn't fight for any flag or anthem. i don't know anybody who did fight for a flag or anthem.
the guys i went to war, they fought for the guys to their left and right. not for any piece of cloth. that's what trump said. he said he is ashamed today. this is a man who has no capacity for shame. he a serial sexual predator and a bigot. he has made his career devaluing lives of black and brown people going back to central park five. this has no impact on anybody that has ever served that i know. i'm just ashamed this is our president and this is the kind of thing he spends his time talking about. >> jason, there he is in the rose garden with foreign leader. and he can't get himself away from the flag and the national anthem. >> first and foremost, he didn't know the difference between a president and a prime minister. he didn't even have the name right. it just shows the focus of this presidency, right? you don't want to focus on health care. you don't want to focus on puerto rico. you want to focus on people you think you can beat up on. and that's been one of the big issue here is. donald trump thinks hey, i can get a victory. i can talk about entitled black athletes who make too much there
is an extent to which you can run outrage and then it runs out. they're going to keep watching football. they're going to keep watching cam newton. this is a losing proposition for him. he can keep beating that same racist drum. it's not going to change the reality of his presidency. >> in the 1990 version of this with the republicans in washington, it was an extremely calculated play. they were doing this very particularly for calculated political advantage. their pollster bob teeter calculated how it would work for them. it's not clear that this was such a real political calculation by donald trump. it might have been. but we never know whether it was just something that came off the top of his head or whether if there was any calculation behind him. >> i think it's absolutely calculated. this is what this man does. he tries to set up debates about
either you're on the side of him and america or you're on the side of black people, because you can't see both, or brown people. i just encourage my colleague who is on here with me, the next time he starts naming off quarterbacks, remember trevor siemian out here in denver. >> and jason, this reverence for the flag for donald trump apparently extends to the confederate flag that so many of his followers, we don't know how many followers, but plenty of donald trump supporters wave the confederate flag sometimes more than the american flag. >> yeah, at nascar, in charlottesville and tons of different places. the degree to which somebody is offend by the flag is the degree to which you want to use it for motivations that the president happens to have. here is the other thing. when you talk about these notions of respect, he doesn't have credibility to talk about respect. and no one in his administration, including his spokesperson, the press secretary, no one seems to want to talk about the core issue. what are you and jeff sessions actually going to do about
unarmed black people being murdered? that's an issue. that's a concern. do something about that policy wise. but instead you would rather say this is about the black. this is about ungrateful black people. all these things are missing. also what it exposes, and that is a larger issue on why he doesn't realize so many angers are angry, it makes football unhappy for everybody. nobody wants their entertainment to become a litmus test for where your politics are. people just want to watch the games. and he has ruined that for conservatives and liberals. >> and richard, we have been reporting recently about how the nfl was actually paid by the federal government to basically have these patriotic demonstrations at football games that they didn't used to have. the teams used to be in the locker room when the anthem was played, come out afterwards. but they started paying them in the hope this might stimulate recruitment. >> yeah, i don't know what to say to that. if you're going to join the military, raise your right hand over some guys that you saw on a football game. i don't know.
good for you i guess. i don't know anybody who joined for that reason. >> so when you were in the army, you never heard anybody say well, it was watching those nfl players during the national anthem that made me want to do that? >> no, i never heard that. what i did hear people say is they wanted to defend freedom, such as the freedom of speech, the freedom to not have the president come after your job on live television with a private employer because you spoke up for something he doesn't agree with. not that specific example, of course. but that's the sentiment i think that most of our troops and our veterans served for, right? we sign upped to defend with our lives if necessary the very rights that donald trump and his administration are trampling on. and i would add to my colleague there, it's not just the trump isn't talking about these things. his administration is actively doing things that make it harder for black people and brown people in america to stay alive, which we just saw in the speech from jeff sessions. >> yeah. >> earlier today. >> richard allen smith, jason johnson, thank you both for joining us tonight. appreciate it. >> thank you.
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send america's hearts and prayers to the people of puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. everybody has said it's amazing the job that we've done in puerto rico. we're very proud of it. so i think we've done a really good job. we're continuing to. we are literally unloading on an hourly basis water, food, supplies. and we are going to do far more than anybody else would be ever able to do. >> of course that remains to be seen how much the trump administration is really going to do in puerto rico. when democratic congresswoman sheila jackson lee of texas was on the house floor last night speaking about the urgent need for a stronger government response to the desperate situation in puerto rico, she ended her remarks like this. >> i kneel in honor of them. i kneel in front of the flag and on this floor. i kneel in honor of the first amendment. i kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. i kneel because i'm going to stand against racism. i kneel because i will stand with those young men and i'll
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what have you learned from hurricane harvey hitting your district in houston that needs to be immediately applied to puerto rico? >> thank you, lawrence and thank you for asking because that was the reason among others that i was on the floor. 185,000 homes are either destroyed or severely damaged in houston. so we're on a very, very strong or very, very long road to recovery. a lot of pain is still going on in texas throughout my community. so i know that the real issue for puerto rico and we discussed that again today, is immediate aid, quick aid, not legislative aid of ten days from now. but we discussed an immediate appointing of a military czar. we need immediate military aircraft ships come together port of puerto rico and we need
the ability for planes, small planes and helicopters to be able to go into the areas where it's difficult to get and to provide food and medicine. we need to make sure that people who do not have their medicine in places that are hard to reach get that access so they don't -- we can minimize the loss of life. so it is a right now action, it's a right now response, and i'm pretty taken aback by the words that i heard by the president that this will be the best response ever and we're doing the best job ever. we can't each see what is being done. that's part of the crisis. >> and congresswoman, the look into the mind of donald trump is always twitter. today he has five tweets about the nfl and two about puerto rico. >> baffling, because the outpouring of the members of congress who are puerto rican dissent this morning in our closed door meeting made it very clear that if we don't act
yesterday there may be massive loss of life because of disease and the loss of life because of the lack of medicine and hospitals. and clearly the administration does not get it. i'd pray that we do not have another browny moment because this is serious. it's serious in the u.s. virgin islands, they too have a crisis. i don't think the president has even contended with the u.s. virgin islands. people are still suffering in florida. we have 185,000 homes, as indicated to you, and i'm getting calls every single day. people waiting in their destroyed homes or near their destroyed homes for fema inspectors are not enough to get there as quickly as possible so that people can begin to rebuild. so we're all in a serious state of need and i would think that the president has a lot more do sitting at his desk to deal with the human needs of the people of the united states of america. >> congresswoman sheila jackson lee, thank you very much for joining us tonight.
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