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in the first true test of the president's popularity. but is an anti-trump message enough for democrats to keep winning? obama, an intimate portrait, nearly 2 million photos taken. new assault allegations. the mother of a then-18-year-old teen accuses actor kevin spacey of sexually assaulting her son last year in a restaurant bar. will he face charges? but let's start with the message from party members to president trump. tone it down, that was the comment from one of virginia -- from a virginia republican congressman today after the president's party took a drubbing in the commonwealth's off-year election. democrats notched gains small and large across the country, but it was in virginia, particularly the northern
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suburbs, where democrats turned out in droves. the election has underlined a serious enthusiasm gap between the two parties headed into 2018. democrats clearly animated over health care and the president's divisive language. republicans, meanwhile, struggling under the weight of poor messages, agenda misfires and a president whose polling is in the 30s. two reports now on whether virginia is a bellwether for next year's congressional elections, let's start with capitol hill and nbc's capitol hill correspondent, kasie hunt. kasie, what's the mood like there -- down there today? god, i got to get my words in front of my brain. what is the mood on capitol hill today? >> reporter: all good, katy. the mood here, republicans are nervous. i'm hearing privately from republicans in suburban areas essentially looking at a lot of these very far down-ballot races, races we don't typically pay much attention to, races in the case of people i've talked
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to, offices held by republicans sometimes for decades, suddenly going for democrats and having people who had at one point felt like, you know, they might have to be a little nervous about 20le is but they were probably going to be okay, suddenly taking a second look and saying, hey, there might be a major wave i need to worry about. that's what house majority -- excuse me, house minority leader nancy pelosi and chuck schumer both said at a press conference earlier today. schumer saying, look, i ran the dsce, the committee in charge of elects democrats in 2005. you could smell a wave then. smeldz like that now. nancy pelosi says she thinks they have a chance to take back the house. they could be counting the chickens too early, however this is something i think clearly is being felt -- i would describe it more as a sigh of relief for many democrats who were starting to be really concerned about whether or not this -- what they feel like is a lot of energy among their voters would actually show up in the returns. they feel like, okay, we're in a
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better spot than we felt like we were just yesterday, 24 hours ago. for republicans, the challenge is going to be what to do, they can't live with president trump but they also can't live without him. i spoke earlier with scott taylor, that congressman you mentioned, a republican from virginia. he says that republicans need, quite frankly, to take a step back. take a look. >> i think it was a referendum, with the divisive rhetoric in the country right now, i think it's important for republicans to self-reflect, start from the top all the way down. i do think it was a referendum on the national policy. >> reporter: was it a referendum on donald trump? >> i do believe so. >> reporter: now, on the one hand you have republicans like that say, look, this was a referendum on trump. we shouldn't be doing these things the president is saying. the president on the other hand tweeting, ed gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. republicans won 4 out of 4 house
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seats and with the economy we'll do bigger than before. that was shortly after it was clear gillespie was going to lose this race. you have this tension, right, every republican will have to decide, do i run towards the president or away from him. ed gillespie ran an ad campaign that touched on the themes that you heard over and over and over again on the campaign trail, immigration, some fear mongering, some critics would say. you had also gillespie, someone straight out of the republican establishment, was a lobbyist, you know, worked in the bush administration and who didn't want to appear with trump on the campaign trail. >> barely said his name. >> reporter: that was exactly confused message. exactly. and every single republican running for re-election in 2018 is going to have to figure out how they're going to approach it. look f you're a republican in alabama, this is an easy question to answer, the seats that make up the majority in the senate, they are going to have a tough time. >> on the president's tweet last
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night there was a tweet response from brent hume of fox news saying this is the president at his worst, making it all about himself, saying ed gillespie should have embraced him more and that's why he lost. kasie hunt on capitol hill, thank you very much. publicly republican reaction on capitol hill today was not always negative, not always positive but definitely muted and a little introspective after tuesday's electoral thrashing. >> the democratic party in this election was more energized, looks to me like, than the republican voting. >> is the president going to be a drag on republicans voting next year? >> i don't think so. >> are we seeing the president potentially being a drag on his party here? >> i don't know. i have a hearing to go to. >> i adore ed gillespie. i feel bad he lost. i think it simply means, we've got to deliver. >> tom davis is a republican and former virginia congressman. michael blake is a new york state assemblyman and vice chair of the dnc and current new york
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assemblyman and steve cokornack is msnbc's poll meister. if you're a house republican and looking at what happened last night in virginia, what's going to stand out to you? >> i think the question here for house republicans, the ones who have to be really nervous after last night are you a house republican somewhere in this country in a district that hillary clinton won last year? that's the big story in virginia. last year hillary clinton did win this state by around six point -- or last night, i should say. the margin for democrats was nine. it ticked up a bit but this was already a state with a pretty significant anti-trump sentiment. you had the most devoutly anti-trump areas in the state, specifically talking about the washington, d.c., suburbs, small area geographically, a lot of votes, was already against donald trump last year, was just as anti-republican this time around. gillespie thought in these suburbs he could separate himself a little from trump, go back to a more normal republican performance.
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didn't happen. got clobbered. same margins trump was up against and worse for gillespie and republicans, the turnout. astronomical turnout. there is a story in virginia with relevance nationally. state legislature, the house of delegates was up for grabs. republicans came in last night with a huge advantage. 66-34. still unrevolved at this hour. we might have recounts, provisional ballots, court fights, who knows. looks like democrats will get awfully close to getting a majority picking up 15, 16, 17 seats, something like that. the key was basically all those gains, you have them here in northern virginia, the suburb down here south of richmond, near the hampton roads area, they were in suburban districts that voted for hillary clinton last year. in those directs are just as anti-trump now as they were last year. that's where the democrats made their gains. when you look to 2018, here you go, here's the list, here's the map, count them up, 23.
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there are 23 republicans here in congressional districts, house districts, that went for hillary clinton. these, if you look at the results last night, these are the republicans. the folks in these districts who should be most alarmed. if there's good news for republicans or not terrible news, it's 23, the number democrats need to take back the house is 24. so just going through the clinton districts alone wouldn't get them there. boy, start to get them really close. >> no doubt about that. tom, you represented virginia, northern fairfax and northern virginia. your state went big for the democrats, the suburbs went big for the democrats. how nervous do you think your party should be headed into 2018? >> again, it depends where you're sitting. if you're in alabama and running in a special next month, probably not so much. but if you're in one of these suburban districts, it's a real problem. so what you understand -- i mean virginia, virginia is really two one-party states. that map that steve has up there hasn't changed markedly from the
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hillary clinton map. it's the intensity of voters. what democrats did in the urban cores and suburban cores they came out in record numbers to wipe out the republican ticket and came close to reaching parody in the house of delegates. >> they had the energy that republicans had in 2016. when you look at the race ed gillespie won, and obviously with the caveat that virginia has been leaning towards a democrat and they did not vote for donald trump, but when you look at the race ed gillespie won, what's your advice to republicans? should they embrace donald trump more or should they keep him at a distance? i do think this divisive rhetoric from the president that even some republicans describe as such is going to fly en masse in 2018 or are we going to see a democratic takeover in congress? >> here's the problem. for over half the republicans, the only race that counts is the primary election. and trump is still performing
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very well among republicans. and dissing the president and separating yourself from the president is not going to be helpful in those primary elections where, frankly, it's the only election that counts and the november election is just a constitutional formality. but in about 40, 45 seats, the ones that will decide whether they're a majority or not, you have to worry about the anti-trump vote, the ones who want change. midterm elections are putting a check on the president rather than giving him a blank check. in 35 of the last 38 midterm elections the president's party loses seats. the question is how high and the target area steve so ably pointed out are going to be in these suburban districts that were traditionally republican but are not enamored with donald trump. he's a major factor. >> we have an alabama special election coming up as well, michael. democrats are looking at that race right now. you have roy moore running. do democrats for -- for the republicans. do democrats put more money into that race, try and make it a closer than they might have expected it to be even 24 hours
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ago? >> absolutely. first and foremost, we want to thank and show love to all the volunteers and the dnc staff and everyone across the country that worked so hard, that continue to hear that we wouldn't be competitive in these races. you look at states all across the country. for example, in oklahoma, where we had three special election victories earlier this year. you look at what happened in hempstead where a democrat was elected as a supervisor for the first time since 1862. when you think about alabama and states all across the country, we should be excited and we will be investing. that's our new vision of every zip code counts. i want to make sure to push back on something steve mentioned earlier and also the congressman, making it seem the only reason we won yesterday is only because democrats in urban and suburban areas show up. when you look at the numbers across the board, we had great progress across the state. i was canvassing in the commonwealth yesterday and there were two offices where they were out of walk packets because we
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had so many volunteers there. this was a commonwealth where there was a 17-seat advantage for republicans and there's a very good likelihood we'll take back the majority or come very close to that. so, when you look at what happened on yesterday, this was democrats all across the country saying not only do we reject trump's rhetoric but we have a positive vision as we move forward. before we get to alabama on december 12th, we have the runoff in atlanta december 5th. we showed we can win across the country, urban, suburban areas. >> hud more democrats campaign on an anti-trump platform? what we saw with voters yesterday in virginia is they were very focused on health care, very focused on bread and butter issues. is that the tack for democrats to take or anti-trump message that he's dividing us and we'll unite us. >> it's both. >> can you tackle both of those? >> absolutely. you look at what happened in
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virginia. the fact ralph northam, harrington, all candidates up and down the ticket one. you look at murphy and oliver, they had wins. in seattle which elected their first female mayor since the 1920s. you look in manchester, new hampshire, first female mayor ever in the history. it happened because you did both. because we communicated with our values that we are standing up for health care. we are standing up for jobs. we are standing up as democrats for equal opportunity for all. and also that we reject the racist, sexist, rhetoric coming out of trump's administration. you look at what happened yesterday. not only did he lose resoundly in virginia, but all across the country the republicans had losses and this is sending a message that we reject what is happening. if you continue to run on the trumpism rhetoric, you will lose. we said very clearly, when you look at our first mayor being elected in new jersey, first
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black female mayor in charlotte, history was made. first latinas were elected as delegates in the commonwealth of virginia. we're saying not only will we stand up for health care, jobs and opportunity, and we reject the trump rhetoric and every zip code counts and democrats feeling confident moving into 2018. >> women also showed up en masse in north virginia for northam. any reason, in your opinion, for republicans to pump the brakes for 2018? >> there's the risk in every election. this was true -- it's always true. there's the risk of overinterpreting. i think from my standpoint looking at this map, i do see this not so much as a victory of democrats winning everywhere across the state and converting trump voters. i see this more as what tom davis was describing there, a tale of two states. you have the part of virginia that had been repelled by donald trump last year. you think the most dramatic example is in the suburbs
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outside d.c. they were just as anti-gillespie as they were anti-trump. that's significant because gillespie thought, hey, i can separate myself from some of that tainted brand. well, did not happen. and the turnout was very high there. but i have to say, we talked a lot about ed gillespie and that strategy of running on trumpism, on the cultural issues, immigration. that was aimed at two things. hey, i'm not going to pay a price up here. but he did. it didn't work. it was also aimed at republican trump areas in the state. he said, i'm going to get trump-level support there. let me give you an example. washington county, look at the margin. gillespie won this by 51 points. you know what the margin was last time gillespie ran for office? it was about 30 points. ed gillespie -- this is where donald trump drove up hue margins in 2018. running on trumpism gillespie was able to take those parts of virginia and get pretty close to trump levels of support. the problem was, he stirred a
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backlash, a much bigger backlash in the suburbs. if you look at national implications, those parts of the country, like southwest virginia, we didn't see movement away from him, from trump. we did see it, though, boy, did we see it in the suburbs. >> steve, tom, michael, thank you, appreciate your time. breaking news. new allegations of sexual assault against kevin spacey. a former boston news anchor now alleges her teenage son was sexually assaulted by the actor. exactly one year after president trump was elected to office, has he kept any more than 60 -- any more of the 60 campaign promises he made on the campaign trail? we'll break it down just ahead. my 30-year marriage... ...my 3-month old business... plus...what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i made a point to talk to my doctor. he told me about eliquis.
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we're hearing shocking new allegations from a former boston news anchor who says kevin spacey sexually assaulted her then-18-year-old son. heather unruh says it happened on nantucket island while her son and spacey were at a restaurant bar. >> it happened late night inside the club car restaurant and bar on nantucket island. my son was not of legal age to drink alcohol. he told kevin spacey he was of legal age. kevin spacey bought him drink after drink after drink. and when my son was drunk,
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spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him. spacey stuck his hand inside my son's pants. my son panicked. fortunately, kevin spacey left briefly to use the bathroom. and when he was out of sight, a concerned woman quickly came to my very shaken son's side and asked if he was okay. she had seen something and she knew he was not. she told him to run and he did. he did not report the crime at the time and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear. >> unruh also said she reported the allegation to nantucket police now. we reached out to kevin spacey for comment and still awaiting his response. msnbc legal analyst danny joins me now. unruh in that news conference said her son was not old enough to drink but that she told kevin spacey that he was. does that impact this is case at
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all? >> it could in a couple different ways. first, massachusetts, like most states, criminalizes knowingly and intentionally providing alcohol to minors. so, the analyses because a reasonableness, what kevin spacey should have known in looking at this individual, in the contextual factors, is it reasonable to believe this 18-year-old looked like a 21-year-old? then when it goes to actual sexual assault, intoxication can go to consent. a person intoxicated may not be able to give consent. if someone was charged of a crime, and intoxication defense can negate that. >> if police do investigate this, what would they need in order to bring charges? >> this is an interesting case. in most sexual assault cases you have just the testimony of a single person. there isn't going to be any
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video or science or rape kits, but this is different. kevin spacey's a celebrity. he was in a restaurant that may have had in-house camera, people probably were walking up taking selfies or taking pictures of him. there may be more evidence in this case than there is in the ordinary case. consider also credit card receipts. those can be very important pieces of evidence in demonstrating that somebody purchased alcohol for a minor. >> what about the circumstances. there's a growing list of accusers that are naming kevin spacey right now. there are reports that he's under investigation by london police. would that factor into this at all? >> it might. if there ever was a trial, there's a thing called 404-b evidence and if he had a common scheme, this is a big if, if this part of seduction was his mode but that could be possibly years down the road. all of these investigations could uncover facts that may relate to other overlapping
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investigations. and it may be significant for that reason. >> what do you make of unruh's story that she says another woman saw her son and while spacey was in the bathroom came up to him and told him to run? >> here's the thing. i mean, unlike normal cases, kevin spacey, any celebrity, people are going to be watching what's going on. people probably watched this interaction in a way they wouldn't with ordinary civilians. so, it's very compelling evidence. you can bet that whoever this lady is, this person, as a witness, has that memory emblazoned in their mind in a way that they might not otherwise. i mean, maybe she came over and approached this young man because she was watching the interaction so closely. something we wouldn't ever do with ordinary folks that aren't celebrities. >> the allegations are striking, and especially striking because it happened in a public place at a restaurant bar. when you heard that, what was your reaction? i mean, in that circumstance,
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there's got to be witnesses to behavior like that. >> exactly. and not only just witnesses, but witnesses who are very interested -- i mean, look, people are taking selfies constantly. even if they're 10 to 20 feet away from the celebrity. there may be facebook pictures out there showing these two individuals at the location, possibly even ordering alcohol or receiving alcohol. the possibilities are endless when it comes to celebrities because they're constantly under surveillance. >> it seems odd given how high his profile is that he would do something like that in such a public place. nbc news has reached out to nantucket police and so far they won't comment whether or not they are investigating. and our own kate snow actually just did an interview with unruh. here's a portion of what she told kate. >> it wasn't until kevin spacey
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put his hand inside his pants that he really knew he was in trouble. >> you say he didn't consent to that? >> absolutely not. absolutely there was no consent. it made him incredibly uncomfortable. he did try to shift his body because that's the only thing he knew might help. but kevin spacey continued to put his hands back in his pants. >> it didn't just happen once? >> no. >> she says it didn't just happen once. danny, thank you very much for joining us and for giving your analysis. we appreciate it. kate snow will have more of her interview with heather unruh on "nbc nightly news." then-candidate donald trump made dozens of campaign prolss when he was trying to win the presidency but a year after getting elected, how many of has
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he kept? virginia made history last night by electing the first openly transgender candidate to office. we'll talk about what her victory means for republicans' culture war. [ keyboard clacking ] [ click ] [ keyboard clacking ]
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what politicians do. today marks one year since donald trump was elected to be the 45th president of the united states. so, we're taking stock of the promises he made and has kept. and so far which ones he hasn't. stick with us through this on the other side we'll talk to phil ricker -- phil rucker, excuse me, to put it into context and talk about why it exactly matters. first, promises made and promises kept. >> we're going to cancel the paris climate agreement. >> reporter: trump made good on this promise. at the u.s. can't formally leave the accord until 2020, trump says the u.s. is out. >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh. not paris. >> reporter: another promise
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kept -- >> we're going to allow the keystone pipeline to move forward. >> reporter: and in the first week as president, trump fulfilled promises to expand america's energy infrastructure projects. >> you know about keystone, another one, big one. big. >> reporter: he also vowed to kill tpp. >> we'll stop the horrible, horrible, horrible transpacific partnership. >> reporter: and days after taking office, with a stroke of his pen, trump withdrew from the agreement. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: and, perhaps, the biggest promise kept -- >> the justices that i'm going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent. >> reporter: cheered by conservatives. >> i neil gorsuch do solemn swear. >> reporter: neil gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as a supreme court justice, a trump campaign promise kept. trump also ran a campaign on building a wall with mexico. >> who's going to pay for the wall?
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>> mexico! >> reporter: that begins our list of promises that haven't happened yet. >> i promise we're building the wall and mexico will pay for the wall. i promise. >> reporter: but the trump administration is now asking america taxpayers to pay for the border wall. >> is your plan still to have mexico pay for the wall? >> yes, one way or the other mexico will pay for the wall. >> reporter: another pledge donald trump made to voters that hasn't happened yet. >> on my first day i am going to ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace disastrous obamacare. >> reporter: the president tried to use his force of personality, but the republican-controlled senate has repeatedly failed. >> repeal and replace obamacare. that will happen and it will happen quickly. >> reporter: well, not that quickly. it hasn't happened yet. >> i'm not going to blame myself, i'll be honest. >> reporter: and remember that
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muslim ban? well, that hasn't happened yet either. >> donald jmpblts trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: trump's muslim ban morphed into a so-called travel ban. >> muslims are welcome here! >> reporter: which was then scaled back in the courts but allowed to go partially into effect. as for slashing taxes -- >> as part of our plan to bring back jobs, we're going to lower taxes on american businesses from 35% to 15%. >> reporter: has not happened yet. president trump is demanding that congress get this done by christmas. >> you'll be saying, merry christmas again when you go shopping, believe me. >> hold onto your thought about taxes because there is news on that.
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meanwhile, trump appeared to respond to the virginia losses with tweet praising his own victory last year. a picture with the president and his staff aboard air force one giving the thumbs up. it says, congratulations to all the deplorables -- remember that word -- and the millions of people who gave us a massive 304-227 electoral college landslide victory. phil rucker is "the washington post" white house bureau chief and also an msnbc political analyst. thank you for joining us. landslide victory in the electoral college, also did not win the popular vote. let's put the electoral victory, which is not the biggest as a republican, and the president was corrected on that by peter alexander. when you look at that package about promises made and promises kept and then you look at what happened in virginia last night, what's your reaction, phil? >> well, my first reaction, by the way, is it's been a really long year. that is a lot that's happened since a year ago today. >> not as long as the campaign,
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because i mean that certainly felt like a marathon on top of a marathon on top of a marathon. >> but, look, you know, donald trump has realized since he's become president that it's a lot easier to run around the country on a campaign trail promising things than it is to actually deliver them. and it's not been able to dlir a lot of these promises. the question is going to be three years from now when he's up for re-election whether enough of those voters who supported him before feel like he's had a tangible, positive impablt impact on their lives, whether they feel more economically secure and whether their communities are better. but what we saw in virginia was just a clear rejection of trump as the president and of his policies and of particularly the cultural issues that he has really prioritized in presidency and nominee ed gillespie ran aggressively on. >> since he's been in office he hasn't been able to repeal and
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replace obamacare, even though he said he would do that on day one. bringing back jobs to coal country. that's still up in the air. taxes, that's a big thing that he's been talking about. and it's a big thing he's talking about right now. but there's some indication that his tax agenda, the house's tax agenda, could be stalling. the senate might come out with a completely different version that does not repeal the estate tax, which is something the president himself really wants done. that's got to make him pretty unhappy, phil. >> he's been frustrated by this. he's been trying to blame all of it, all of the failure to get things done on capitol hill, on the senate in particular. you know, but i don't think voters are going to take that as an easy answer. i think the -- you know, he is the president, he's in charge. his party is in power on capitol hill. there's an expectation they're able to govern and be competent and follow through on at least some of these agenda items.
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that's why you see republican senators and house members feel such extraordinary pressure right now to try and come up with something in terms of tax cuts so that they have something to run on that can be positive in the midterm elections. >> phil, how's the white house feeling right now? do they feel 2016 was the exception or the rule? are things going to flip back in their -- are they going to flip back in their direction, are they competent of that in 2018/2020 or are they starting to see cracks in their wall? >> they see some cracks but for almost a year now when trump's been president, they've not been willing to acknowledge the historically low approval ratings that president trump has around the country. i mean, no president in modern times in his first year in office has had such low approval ratings. and you see that have a tangible impact last night in virginia and it very well could have an impact in some of these suburban area when house republican house members are up for re-election
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next year. it's a bit of an awakening for this white house and the broader trump political operation, including steve bannon and all of these super pacs on the outside trying to gavel niz his voters. hey, wake up, he does not have majority support in this country. >> phil, what a long, strange year it's been. appreciate it. phil rucker. >> it has been. thank you. and virginians voted out the state's most socially conservative state lawmaker and elected the state's first official transgender last night. we'll talk to democrat danica roem about her big win. the obama white house in pictures after snapping nearly 2,000 shots a day, former president obama's official photographer shares what it was like to photograph history. baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? no sir, no sir, some nincompoop stole all my wool sweaters, smart tv and gaming system.
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before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection. raise your expectations and ask your gastroenterologist if humira may be right for you. with humira, control is possible. virginia voters have elected an openly stratransgender to th state house. danica roem will replace robert marshall. marshall earlier this year introduced a so-called bathroom bill, legislation that defines bathroom use by gender. it never made it out of committee. the new delicate-elect danica roem joins me now. i just heard a rumor a moment ago that joe biden is the one that called you to tell you you won. >> yeah.
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at that point, 19 out of 20 precincts had reported. this phone call, i was so fortunate, it was one of the few i actually answered. it was someone from joe biden's office saying the former vice president was on the line and wanted to talk to me. i had been holding off until absentees in order to declare victory. when joe biden calls you, that's -- >> what did he say? >> well, he congratulated me. we talked about a very personal moment that we had, after his son died, i drove to dover to give my respects because he had fought really, really, really hard for transgender people in delaware, to pass a very comprehensive civil rights bill. and i told the vice president, you know, when -- i thanked him for raising character of someone
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like bo because he was fighting for transgender people like me. joe put his hands on my shoulder, he looked me in the eye and he said, we mean that, we mean that. and it was an incredible moment to know that the vice president of the united states looked a trans in the eye and said her rights are worth protecting. with this administration, we don't have that in the white house anymore, which means we have to start at the state level to start, you know, securing our civil rights and making sure that we're focusing on the core quality of life issues for those of us who are in government instead of, you know, tearing people down. so, you know, in my race it was traffic, jobs, schools, health care equality and i have very, very specific plans for everything i want to do on these. i think people of the 13th district really wanted to elect someone who was focused on building up our infrastructure instead of tearing each other down. >> danica, you were running against robert marshall, an
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incumbent, 13-year incumbent. he's also a man who referred to himself as virginia's chief homophobe. he refused to debate you during the campaign. it seems like voters rejected that, rejected that opinion, rejected that posture, rejected that talk pretty wholeheartedly by voting you in. what's the -- do you have anything you want to say to him when you -- when you are asked about him? >> well, what i've been saying to reporters today is that, look, come january, delegate marshall will be one of my constituents. and i'm not going to disrespect my own constituents. that was one of the things i had talked about in this race, was the idea that you don't go making your constituents feel bad about themselves and they don't, you know, author legislation that's designed to stigmatize people. i'm here to serve people of
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gainesville and hay market to do the best i can. i'm sure delegate marshall's family, i'm sure they're taking this very hard and, you know, i don't want to bully him. don't want to do anything that's going, to you know, just -- just for the sake of piling on. at this point, just today, i've made a number of phone calls to elected officials, talking about what can we do to fix 28 and we'll start setting up meetings. this is going to be my issue. i campaigned on this for ten months and i've had to live it my whole life. my mom's been driving up and down that corridor for more than 30 years to get to her job near dulles international airport. i remember as a kid, you know, her having to battle out 28 for two hours to get there at 6:30, 7:00 from school because traffic was that bad. and 20 years later, it still is. i'm here to get it done. >> infrastructure, equal rights,
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good topics to start with. danica roem, thank you very much. we appreciate your time. and congratulations. >> thank you so much for your time and thank you so much to the people of the 13th district who believe in us. thank you. >> danica, thank you. next, the 44th president's official photographer, pete souza, joins me next to share his behind the scenes images and the stories behind them. jooishgsz are
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administration. during president obama's two terms, photographer pete sousa chronicled nearly every public step the president took. sousa and his staff produced up to 20,000 pictures a week. nearly 2 million photos total. and since the beginning of the trump administration, sousa has contrasted president trump's behavior with images from president trump piece presidency. an example. this "new york times" headline from last month, president trump falsely claims obama didn't contact families of fallen troops. then this image posted by sousa of president obama and michelle obama contempting the parents of a soldier killed in afghanistan. sousa has a new book of his photographs, "an intimate portrait," it just came out yesterday. congratulations, pete, on your book. it must be really exciting for you. >> it is. i'm excited. >> so you are not afraid to get into it with the political
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climate. and you do those side by side contrasting headlines with portraits of obama from his time in office. what are eyou hoping to achieve ? >> i'm just hoping to remind people what the eight years were like when president obama was in office. that's it. >> and what were they like? >> i think it was a very -- he was very respectful president, i think he worked really hard. i think it's a different time than it is now. and i'm not -- you say get into it, i'm not trying to get into it. i'm just trying to show people, this is what happened during his administration. >> what's the difference between, in your assessment, of president obama and president trump? >> i'll let other people make -- >> when you see interactions with president obama and when you documented him talking to
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families, in the oval office with his family and his daughters, with his advisers, you know, with the david cameron of the uk, as cameron's in workout clothes. you were there with him every step of the way. you saw him interact with families both in their highest moments and their lowest moments. when you see donald trump interact with voters, do you see a distinction? >> i'll talk about -- i'll talk about president obama. i don't really know anything about president trump, other than what you tell me. >> on the news? >> yeah. >> okay. all righty. what is your favorite photograph from the eight years? >> i think my favorite photograph is one of the ones that's in that book, but which one? probably changes every day. >> every day? >> well, name a couple. i'm just curious. >> well, the one of the little boy touching his head, as he's leaning over. >> yeah, yeah. >> because the little boy thought the president's hair looked like his.
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>> your takeaway from eight years in office with president obama. where do you think this country stands today? >> today? >> yeah. >> i think it stands a little different than it did a year ago. >> why is that? >> why is that? because some of the policies president obama tried to do, to make things better for our country are being stripped away. >> when people buy this book, what do you hope they get out of it? >> i hope they get a sense of what president obama was like as a person. and they get a good sense of what his eight years was like as president. >> question from press photographers, access to the president is a difficult thing and the press has been under fire from this administration. do you -- would you take back or do anything differently from your time in office? there was some talk that because you were always there and capturing these amazing photographs, pool photographers weren't able to do what has
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historically been their job. >> it was really the job of the white house press office to make decisions on what the press got access to. i didn't have any control over that. but also, the obama administration happened to fall when social media exploded. and i think whoever had been in the white house, whoever had been his photographer, would have utilized some of the social media tools in the ways that we did. >> how did you go through all those photos every day? >> it was not easy. >> not easy. pete sousa's new book, here it is. thanks so much for coming on. we appreciate your time, sir. it's good to see you. >> thanks. >> thank you. and we will be right back. stay with us. when a critical patient is far from the hospital, the hospital must come to the patient. stay with me, mr. parker. the at&t network is helping first responders connect with medical teams in near real time... stay with me, mr. parker. ...saving time when it matters most.
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it is 11:00 a.m. out west and 2:00 p.m. in washington where today democrats are celebrating a blue tsunami. the party's first significant win since president trump took office. democrats from the commonwealth to the garden state to washington state now have new confidence in their ability to campaign and win. virginia voters came out in droves, sending a clear message to the president on his election anniversary, embracing trumpism will not work. >> today, virginians have answered and spoken. virginia has told us to end the divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry and tond

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