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is liberal hack group. what do you say to that? >> aba is not infallible but its opinion is worth respecting. especially with a nominee who has said three days after sandy hook tragedy that his solution, he said exactly his solution would be to stop being a society of pansies and man up. i lived through that sandy hook tragedy with those families and it is such a profound lack of judgment, maturity, basic humanity. and i hope that perhaps the white house will heed that defect in character as well as lack of merit. >> all right. senator richard blumenthal. thanks for making time. that's it. good evening rachel. thanks my friend and thanks at home for joining us. senator elizabeth warren is here tonight and interview with a
young whom is sleeper story of successful democratic politics thus far this year, electoral politics. no national profile at all but success is following here. sleeper democratic political success story. speak with senator warren. big story, looking forward to it. breaking news about the alabama senate race and republican candidate in that race. breaking news tonight, chris hayes was covering it as story break in the "washington post." from the remarkable team who broke open the story last week. last week four named women told "washington post" that roy moore, then deputy district attorney had approached them for
sexual romantic encounters when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. one of the women said she was 14 when roy moore approached her and described what to her was scary and unwanted sexual encounter with him. after those four came forward on thursday, fifth came forward monday in press conference with her attorney said roy moore assaulted her violently in locked car at 16 years old, left her bruised and laying on the ground in cold parking lot as he drove away. since then two other women described encounters as adult and one in 12th grade. in birmingham news tonight. now tonight, two more women have come forward with accounts of roy moore. one 22 at the time, ended up
clani cl complaining to her manager about roy moore, lingering in her store to ask her out and nuisance and needed help. other, approached her at sears store in local mall and remarkable anecdote, according to her called her on main phone line at her high school. to ask her out. summoned out of math class because she was told she had a call. remembers him saying when she picked up phone, geena, this is roy moore. what? what are you doing? i'm in trig class. >> as the claims have piled up, judge moore calling all the allegations absolutely false. "washington post" tonight says his campaign did not address the
newest allegations but calling the allegations broadly politically motivated. joining us now, beth reinhard. she was just talking with chris hayes about this and we called her right after because i have additional questions to ask her about the reporting. the thanks for joining us, getting back on the phone. >> thank you. >> so the detail that jumps off the page from the latest report for me, after one of the young women was approached by mr. moore in the mall, in high school, he was grown man, he approached her. she said no. then he called her at school while she was in trig class, it's just remarkable anecdote. i have to ask in terms of doing that reporting and talking to this woman about what she says happened, did that stand out to
her as strange as it seems to us looking back all these years later and from this distance? >> absolutely. when she was called in class, thought it was her dad calling and was nervous. went to the office and picked up phone and realized it was roy moore, felt like everyone in the office's eyes were on her. very self-conscious about it. said i can't talk to you right now, i'm in trig class. definitely stood out to her at the time. and you know, she's thought about it over the years. >> another woman you spoke for this report tonight describes ape general atmosphere and understanding about him at the time. one of the quotes in your report is i can remember him walking in, into the mall, and whole mood would change with us girls. it would be like we were on guard. i would find something else to do. i remember being creeped out.
you also write in your report, in all the "post" spoke to more than a dozen people in the mall in the '70s and '80s. roy moore walking around, leaning on counters and spending enough time that some of the women who worked there became uncomfortable. increasing reports about his alleged habit from this time. were you able to discover in any of the reporting, this extensive reporting that you've done. if he was only dude doing that. or were lots of 30-something-year-old guys in gadsden regularly did looking for dates? >> this is a small to medium-siz medium-sized town. when the mall opened in 1974, it was gathering place and people
spent time at mall. but the way it's been described to us, roy moore, at the time in his early 30s, assistant district attorney, was seen as a regular and asked out many girls who were in their teens or early 20s. some of whom were sort of flattered at the time but retrospectively feel it was inappropriate. others flat turned him down. >> beth, this story, like your initial story, is obviously deeply sourced. i just quoted part where you say you spoke to a dozen people who worked there or hung out there as teenagers, initial report four named accusers and 40 additional interviews. you're talking to a lot of people. have you discovered any evidence that roy moore ever dated someone age appropriate? that he ever dated somebody his
own age? discrepancy between the age of the teenage girls and fact he was 30 and older does seem remarkable. it's source of all the controversy. he's defended himself saying he denies dating girls below the legal age of consent. if it's accurate, could be still 32-year-old pursuing girls in tenth grade. did you find evidence of him dating women his own age? >> we haven't. >> beth reinhard, part of the remarkable reporting team at "washington post," thanks for joining us on short notice. >> thank you. >> breaking news, two more women describing overtures by roy moore. standout anecdote -- all stand out for their own reasons but
young woman in high school, math class, approached by roy moor at her job at mall, asked for phone number, said no. did let him know she went to gadsden high. he called main number, had them get her out of class so he could ask her out again. did ultimately go out with him and it ended badly. says she met him at movie theater. can't remember what they saw but it was cold and driving her to her car. parked by her car, chatting with her and told him again about her dad. explained that my dad is minister and i can't sneak around, that's wrong. thanked him and started to get out. grabbed me, pulled me in, it was man kiss like really deep tongue, forceful tongue. surprise, never been kissed like
that. minute that happened i got scared, really did, i said i've got to go because my curfew is now. she got out of the car. if there was one news outlet you never thought would leave roy moore's side, would be with him through all the unfolding allegations no matter what, would be a news outlet a lot of people haven't heard of outside of alabama, "yellow hammer news," conservative, mission is being able to tell stories that connect our state's conservatives together. since the "post" broke the story, taken the line the reporting is politically motivated and "washington post" owed answers to the alabama voters and they wouldn't believe the stories about roy moore. as of tonight, roy moore can no
longer rely on yellow hammer. j. pepper bryars has come to the uncomfortable but deep conclusion that roy moore is lying. what man wouldn't remember in 30s he dated a tenth grader. i will not, cannot vote for roy moore. not clear how any of this will affect roy moore or republican chances for the senate seat. he's still in the race, not dropping out. much more ahead. stay with us. and one for each of you too. thats actually yours. that one. yeah. regardless, we're stuck with the bill. to many, words are the most valuable currency. last i checked, stores don't take "words." some do. not everyone can be that poetic voice of a generation. i know right? such a burden. the bank of america mobile banking app.
in 2002, first full year of the george w. bush administration, senator susan collins of maine got a small but significant thing passed into law. if you're a school teacher and buy supplies for the kids in your classes. you're out there yourself buying pens and pencils and crayons and chalk and whatever, can be used in classroom, as teacher can take a deduction for those supplies. not always the case but starting 2002, susan collins of maine made that happen. still weird that we pay teacher low pay and then require them to take money out of their pockets, that's still weird. but after beleaguered teachers pay for this themselves, can
make a note april 15th on taxes get up to $250 back as credit. not world changing or life or death. but it is helpful, sober discrete thing. helps make sure the classrooms are better supplied, recognizes teachers for dedication, legally and financially acknowledges that our teachers sometimes have to do this and helps them out when they do. susan collins got that very practical thing done in 2002. in 2016 last year she went to bat for it again. tax credit for teachers buying school supplies didn't get increased, morphed or combined into more complicated thing, but it had been set to sunset and susan collins fought last year to make that credit permanent and was successful.
$250 credit to help teachers buy school supplies for students, fought for it, got it enacted into law, fought for it again and got it permanent as of last year. in the new republican tax bill they're voting on tomorrow, they're killing that tax credit for teachers buying school supplies for their students. again this is a discrete, small thing in the tax code. you have to go out of your way to zoom in on something like that and kill it. especially just a year after made permanent. that's what republicans did. you know who republicans really, really need to pass the tax bill? senator susan collins of maine. almost like they didn't think this thing through. big picture story of what it's been like in washington since end of the obama administration and trump and republican party took full control of congress and white house, big picture in
terms of capitol hill under the republican regime is despite their unified control of the house and senate and white house, they have passed nothing. nothing. they have voted for some judges, blocked some administrative rules from the obama era, but in terms of substantive legislation written and voted on and passed and had trump sign into law? goose egg, nothing, zippo. and i know a lot of things about this era in american politics get called remarkable now. it's overused word this year, but that's freaking remarkable. unprecedented in modern american political history. president with his own party in control of the congress, in office for first year and pass nothing. doesn't work that way. that's how it's worked this year. mostly what it's look like when
they try to pass something, seen that because of the kinetic activity of their repeated failures to kill obamacare, the affordable care act. when trump was sworn in, the congress had been sworn in 2 1/2 weeks. they were sworn in january 3rd. original plan was to use that time getting obamacare repeal ready. be ready by the time he got there. wanted it shined up, introduced through rules process, voted on and ready for brand new president's signature, maybe even on the afternoon of inauguration day. republicans have been saying for seven years without dissent they were going to kill obamacare minute they got a chance to. not a single republican elected to congress saying i'm not with the party on this one, no 100% unanimous for seven years this
was first thing to do. no question they were doing it. despite their 2 1/2 week early running start at that goal that they all agreed on, they didn't have that bill ready for inauguration day. it would be two months, march, before the republican-controlled house had a bill to repeal obamacare, ready to vote and last minute yanked off the floor. 46 seat majority in the house and couldn't come up with votes. sat on it another two months. again in may, passed this by margin of only four votes. maybe they should have taken that as sign. republican-controlled house barely passed that bill, response of the republican-controlled senate was to ball it up and throw it away. refused to consider what the house passed. starting working on their own
bill to kill obamacare, as of june ready to vote and then they too had to yank it. turns out they didn't have the votes. in their own party. then the following month in july tried again. a different version of how to repeal obamacare, put out for a vote, put it on the floor, thought for sure would pass it, john mccain wouked out to middle of the floor, melodramatic flourish, slow thumbs down and killed that one too. republicans tried again in september to repeal obamacare and nope, again had to yank it before they tried to vote on it. remember this was thing they were going to get done the day trump was sworn into office. and honestly they've done nothing else other than trying to do that. it's not like they didn't do obamacare but other stuff, they haven't passed any other legislation either. this is the only thing they've
tried. day they yanked last effort to try to kill obamacare was september 26th, mitch mcconnell went out and said republicans would essentially stop trying now to repeal obamacare, would be moving on. try to pass something else instead. very next day they introduced their tax bill. and once again, the universe provided a sign. that tax bill they unveiled, end of september. aggressively tilted toward benefitting wealthiest people in the country and corporations. exactly what republicans intended to do with tax bill. could have written it any way they wanted but wrote it to benefit the wealthy. that's a pr problem in terms of that legislation. that was the issue on which the universe provided the republicans with a sign about how something could maybe go wrong with the next legislative
effort too. as republicans introduced tax bill, when they wanted everybody in the country to be talking about the big new tax cuts -- please don't say they benefit the wealthy. that's when what americans were talking about was this guy, first trump cabinet secretary to be forced out of his position in the administration. in his case because of a private jet scandal. as republicans introduced their tax plan to massively benefit the wealthy, tom price on tv apologizing for dozens of private jet fliegtz he had taxpayers buy him. in interview that gives me pleasure to this day, even if he was offering to reimburse taxpayers for his seat on the dozens of private jet flights taxpayers paid for, bret baier had to assure the secretary because he was flying in private
jets and not just buying aseat on airplane with other people paying for other seats, american taxpayers would still pay for the other seats. that's what the private jet idea means. no other riff-raff, whole plane is for you. he paid us for his seat, we paid for all the other seats. that's the day they introduced their tax bill. and nobody would talk about how it benefitted the wealthy. private jet day was the day they introduced the tax bill. following day tom price was gone from the administration. but that was the introduction of the don't talk about the wealthy tax bill. tomorrow they're going to vote in the house. again tonight republicans want everybody in the country to be talking about tax cuts -- please don't stay they're mostly for the wealthy, don't talk about rich people, proclaim this don't
think about rich people day. and on this day, eve of the vote on don't think about rich people day, the trump administration dispatched multimillionaire treasury secretary steve mnuchin to pose for this picture. just leave this here for a second. steve mnuchin on the right. fundraiser on the trump campaign, no public service record, wealthy in california on the financial collapse. on the eve of the don't think about rich people republican tax vote tomorrow, secretary mnuchin posed for photos holding sheet of money because he's proud his name is on the money. brought along his wife who helped hold the money wearing ankle-length, black leather opera gloves. i've had the picture up for a
long time, partly because i can't help it. there's one other angle the associated press photographer provided. this is maybe even better. guy in the back who looks like doug stamperfrom "house of cards" is peering around, seriously dude are you holding up pinky while displaying sheet of money? do you know there are photographers here? look on his face is everything you need to know about how well the trump administration is managing the rollout of big don't think about rich people tax plan being voted on tomorrow. dude, your pinky. polling on the republican tax plan is exactly what you think it is. quinnipiac posted new results, americans against the republican tax plan by margin of more than two to one. that was done through monday.
doesn't reflect the fact that yesterday republicans made it even better. chose to add to tax bill the repeal of obamacare. addition to adding $1.5 trillion to deficit and giving reductions to wealthiest and having middle-class family taxes go up, additionally proposing would result in 13 million americans losing all health insurance coverage. and if you're lucky enough to keep your coverage, what they proposed for tax bill will jack up rates for everybody who keeps their insurance. theoretically that's the bouquet of roses they want to sell the public as first thing to pass in trump era. realistically that's what they're selling now to susan collins and john mccain and bob
corker and ron johnson and any other republican senator who might peel off from what they're trying to do here. tonight is steve mnuchin and bride hold money night. vote on the republican tax bill is tomorrow in the house. don't think about rich people. outside of republicans in congress and donors most important to them, this bill doesn't have a lot of friends. lots of different types of people have reasons to be strongly against this. for example, anybody with health insurance, anybody who only got health insurance because of the affordable care act. all middle-class people, stakeholders in health care, doctors, hospitals, patient groups. even teachers who have to buy school supplies for their classrooms and any american who likes teachers doing that. i know democrats are all against
it, republicans largely for it. i don't know what the plan is or what will happen next year but senator elizabeth warren joins us live next. time's up, insufficient prenatal care. and administrative paperwork, your days of drowning people are numbered. same goes for you, budget overruns. and rising costs, wipe that smile off your face. we're coming for you too. at optum, we're partnering across the health system to tackle its biggest challenges.
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treasury touching the moneyment is that a photo you had not seen before tonight? >> i had not. >> sorry to have sprung that on you, hope it didn't hurt. >> i'm fine, i'll get over it. you can't make this stuff up. >> there is a -- >> there it is. >> there's a strategic question as to why the trump administration decided to pursue that photo op on the eve of voting for tax bill. >> there's a strategic question why they would continue to pursue a tax plan that socks millions of american families and continue to try to knock millions of people after health care coverage. republicans just keep barrelling ahead and more people all around the country say stop, don't do that, keep right on going. kind of sounds like they aren't listening to the american people. maybe they're listening to their donors, koch brothers, mercer
family. that's what seems to be going on here. >> polling for this tax bill even before obama repeal provisions was dismal. if you ask americans if they believe the republican spin this bill will reduce their taxes, it's 15% or 16% believe that to be true. very unpopular. how does that translate to likelihood of passing? >> thing is you would think they would hear the voices of the american people, but it's hard. when your ears are stuffed with money from donors who want those tax breaks for the giant multinational corporations, it's kind of hard to hear what it is that people are saying. but the way i see this, our plan is the same it was during health care. i remember -- gosh, day or two after the election, when it just
suddenly hit me with the republicans in control of the house, republicans in control of the senate, and republicans about to be in control of the white house, that millions of americans in this country were going to lose health care coverage. i remember, and we didn't have votes to stop them. just weren't there. democrats could not stop them. and yet, we got in there, fought back and people across this country got in the fight. democracy started rewiring itself. people showed up at rallies, protests, in offices. people sent e-mails, made posts, tweeted, facebooked, did everything they could to make themselves heard. they magnified each other's voices, told stories, got in there. and when it came around to that final vote in august in the senate, enough people had raised
their voices that there were enough votes to hold on to health care for millions of american families. i see that as a moment that signaled the transformation of democracy. that it really was a moment when people said we are not going to let this republican congress and we are not going to let this president just roll over us. and now we need exactly the same thing on taxes. these guys are ready to say hey, have we got a deal for you. long-term, permanent tax giveaways in the trillions for giant corporations. and long-term, permanent tax increases for middle-class families. it's time for folks to speak out again and say no, no, no, this is our government and it has to work for the people, not just
the giant corporations and their donors and executives. >> one of the -- the way you're describing that, one of the strategic miscalculations on the part of the republicans may have been failure to recognize that including the health care repeal provisions in the tax bill will be like striking a tuning fork in terms of reactivating the opposition they had with health care repeal and not combined with the tax measure. >> i think you're exactly right on that. it really is double punch to hardworking families. bill as they've constructed it does two things simultaneously. raises taxes for millions of middle-class families, at the same time knocking about 13 million people off health care coverage, increases the cost of health insurance. families are already squeezed
hard enough, when you raise taxes and increase the costs of health insurance, not going to be happy about that but ready to fight for their own economy survival and for a country that works for them, not just for a thin slice at the top. >> senator warren, there's another matter i want to ask you about tonight, hoping you can stick with me for a second, resignation in washington that was big deal and surprise. we'll be right back after this. stay with us. ♪
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joining us once again is senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts. stha thanks for sticking with us. >> good to be here. >> you helped set up bureau, conceived it, obama tasked you with running it and installed richard cordray, who resigned after spending a year working at that bureau in the trump administration. reaction overall? >> exactly seven years ago this week that i first called rich cordry and was trying to put together this baby agency, i said, will you come be a part of this, and he said yes. was only going to do it temporarily. he came, he was terrific, built
it, first director. in the time that rich helped run that agency, managed to force big corporations in this country, big banks to return more than $12 million to families they cheated. handled more than 1 million complaints. it's government that works for the people and deeply grateful for all the great things that rich has done. >> now he's leaving and political discussion maybe he's leaving because he wants to run for governor in ohio. what are your hopes for fate of that agency with president trump appointing the leadership. >> this is a real test for donald trump and in the financial area, biggest so far. he ran saying over and over and over he was going to be there for the little guy, the forgotten man, and he could stand up to wall street.
that's the very job of that agency. is to be there for the american consumer and stand up to the giant wall street banks. that means they need a director who has a proven track record in both the ability to stand up to wall street and the commitment to try to level the playing field for hardworking families. that's the kind of person, if donald trump puts him in, this agency will continue to do its work on behalf of the american people. >> remarkably constructive and optimistic. i will say, given this situation. but that's your job, make stuff happen even when it seems hard. >> and to say that has to be the standard. standard is not what the creepiest guy that donald trump has put into his administration and is this person a little bit better than that, the standard is this agency was built to work for the american people and it does work for the american
people. it needs a director that is committed to that. right now, that's up to donald trump, make it happen. >> senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts, thanks for joining us, i really appreciate your time. >> thank you. still ahead, coming up next, speaking with young woman you've never heard of, sleeper story in successful democratic politics thus far this year. not elected official, you've never heard of her but you want to see this, next. (♪) it all starts with a wish. the lincoln wish list event is here. sign and drive off in a new lincoln with zero down and a complementary first months payment.
in the 2016 presidential race, this is what oklahoma's county by county results map looked like. it's the red/blue map, see? not in oklahoma, sea of red across the board. usually in red states a blue dot here and there, few specks, one or two counties, not oklahoma. not friendly territory for democrats. earlier this year, "washington post" listed oklahoma where the democratic party was on life support. one 24-year-old political operative named anna langthorn decid decided to do something about that. rather than gripe about party's failures in her state, decided to run to be chair for the oklahoma democrats. >> i'm running because over the
last seven years watched offer and over again as really great candidates and local activists stepped up to the plate and wanted to participate or run fo left them down. candidates filed, we said best of luck. hope it works out for you. we don't provide any guidance. we don't provide training or resources. i think personally that's why we continue to lose. >> and then she won. in may, she became the youngest person to ever run a state party. at the age of 24. since anna langthorn took over the state democratic party in oklahoma, democrats in oklahoma have flipped four seats in the state legislature from red to blue. last night, a week after democrats won the governorships in new jersey and virginia and it looks like they may have flipped the virginia house, as
well, by flipping more than a dozen seats there red to blue, last night there was another special election in oklahoma. and honestly, it was a hopeless case for the democrats. the district of the senate seat last night in oklahoma, it was a district that trump won by 40 points. not he got 40 points. he won by a 40-point margin there. it's district where the republican in this special election outspent the democrat 3 to 1. last night oklahoma democrats flipped that seat, too. that state senate seat last night won by a democrat who was a woman. she is 26 years old. she's openly gay. and she just flipped a republican oklahoma senate seat to the democratic party. did i mention that the district she won went for trump by a 40-point margin? overall, democrats have been having a good year in this off year of elections. all over the country. they flipped more than 30 state legislature seats red to blue.
politically, statistically in 50 states it is a fricking story out of those 30-something seat that is the democrats have flipped all over the country, 4 of them have been in the deep red state of oklahoma. joining us is anna langthorn. thank you for joining us. thes a real pleasure to have you on the show. >> thank you so much for having me. i'm happy to be here. >> let's start by having you if i got that right. four legislative seats this year have flipped from red to blue in your state? >> yes. >> what is your -- >> that's correct. >> what is your secret? >> i don't know that we have a secret except for eight years of failed republican leadership at a super majority in both house that is's really let voters down they've woken up to that fact. >> do you have different kinds of decisions to make about ideological stands in the democratic party and litmus tests for candidates and things like that than -- are you decisions about that different than might be true in states
that are more politically heterogeneous? because you have control the way you described, do you have harder or different decisions to make than democratic chairs might have to make in other states? >> yes. that is certainly a debate that happens a lot within our internal party workings. but at the end of the day, oklahoma voters are concerned with what's happening in their day-to-day lives with infrastructure and education and health care and those are the things that we are talking about because our schools are going four days a week. our retirement centers are closing. hospitals are closing. our roads and bridges are crumbling. and so, we have to focus on those issues because people are literally dying in our state because of failed republican leadership. >> and when you describe those kinds of urgent issues that are specific to oklahoma, does that mean that your candidates are really focusing on that local stuff on state level stuff and not that these -- not that these elections that you have been winning are a referendum on the trump administration or other things going on in national politics? >> i don't -- i don't think they
necessarily are a referendum on trump, unfortunately. they're largely a referendum on the local politic that is's happening in the state of oklahoma which is dire. >> in terms of -- i mean, the overall state of the democratic party, i have to ask you as -- are you 24 still or 25? >> i'm 25. i turned 25 last month. >> well, happy birthday belatedly. >> thank you. >> as the youngest person to ever run a state party, as somebody who's risen to an important leadership position and shown a lot of results, at a very young age and somebody that's gotten involved in politics relatively recent, do you feel like you have anything that the rest of the country should know in terms of engaging younger people and encouraging people that approach things the way you do to not only get involved but to take leadership roles? >> i definitely absolutely believe that more young people need to be taking on leadership roles. it's an interesting perspective
to be in because typically people my age are apolitical and don't necessarily believe in a bipartisan system. they don't believe that two parties is working for us and some her it to that argument so getting young people involved not only politically but in to the party structure sooits almost impossible. but i hope that more young people do because i don't think people get better until people my age are more involved. >> do you have support of the national democratic party? >> absolutely. absolutely. i will say we did not get quite the investment that virginia and new jersey got but the dnc has invested in oklahoma both in the party structure and the local candidates. >> anna langthorn, chair of the oklahoma democratic party, the youngest person to ever chair a state party and one who's had remarkable success in a place this a lot of democrats from the outside wouldn't have thought possible, congratulations on your big year. >> thank you. >> this year. we'll continue to expect big things from you. keep us apprised as things go forward. >> we'll do our best. >> thank you. we'll be right back. and actually, speaking of deep red states, i'm told that we
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that is legally too late for alabama republicans to take roy moore's name off the ballot even if they wanted to but the wanted to part of it is important. the alabama republican party, even though they can't take his name off the ballot they can decide to de-certify him as a candidate and open the door for a write-in candidate for a meaningful shot at the race. that possibility was on the agenda for alabama republicans at a party meeting they held tonight in state. well, as of right now we know what they have decided. alabama conservative news site yellow hammer news, we talked about earlier this hour, they're reporting right now, quote, alabama gop takes no action against roy moore. nbc news further reports that the question of abandoning roy moore was not even taken up for a vote. alabama republicans are sticking with roy moore after all the allegations of the past week, after four more women came forward just today, two in "washington post," two in
"birmingham news." he has stuck with his absolute denial of wrongdoing. and alabama republicans are sticking with him. this does it for us tonight. we'll see you again tomorrow. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." the great ari melber is sitting in for lawrence o'donnell. good evening. >> good evening. with alabama, where do you see this going now? >> i -- i hate making predictions because i'm terrible at them. if you made me make a prediction, i would say that roy moore is going to compete in that senate race and win. >> right. >> and then serve in the united states senate until he's dead. but that said, i never make predictions so i would never be -- so, you know, reckless as to actually say that on tv which is why i'm glad we're rehearsing this now. >> i like the rehearsals. i learn from you every time i get to talk to you, rachel. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> i'm in for lawrence