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"the new york times" describes it was a day intended as a show of passion to a city scarred by a weekend of violence which quickly devolved into an occasion for anger-fueled broadsides. the fight has promised to remain above the fray. this week the president couldn't resist, issuing more than ten attacks against his critics, lashing out against democratic office holders, presidential candidates and local officials as well as, of course, the media. as hundreds of demonstrators made clear that trump was not welcome in el paso, some of the victims in the hospital declined to see the president while he was there. "the washington post" reports that according to a hospital sperp, none of the eight victims of the el paso mass shooting still being treated at the university medical center agreed to meet with president trump when he visited. furthermore, as trump met with the hospital's medical staff, he bragged about the size of his recent rally and attacked el paso's former congressman beto o'rourke. and even though the white house press corps was kept at bay, a
local cbs affiliate in texas managed to obtain a video of the president during that meeting. >> i was here three months ago. we made a speech. what was the name of the arena? that place? >> packed, right? that was some crowd. twice the number outside. and then you had this crazy beto. beto had like 400 people in a parking lot. they said his crowd was wonderful. >> he's in that hospital, meeting with the victims of the tragedy, using that quality time to attack beto o'rourke, the local congressman. when asked about why the press was kept away from the president during his hospital visits, the white house press secretary said the visit was never intended to be a photo op. yet trump's aides still held a photo op of their own and by the end of the day had released three highlight videos. "the washington post" also reveals two white house officials said there were concerns the press could capture an impolitic moment of the president making an insensitive
comment. these are staff guys working for the president of the united states who trash him by saying he's like a big dog you got to keep off the lawn. in sum, the trip was not ideal. four others describe the trip in similar terms. i'm joined now by ashley parker, "washington post" white house reporter. anthony scaramucci is the president's former communications director. mr. scaramucci, why the people who continue to work for this president who talk about him in such embarrassing ways. they don't show any respect for him. they say basically he will poop on the couch if you let him in there, and they still work there. who are these people? >> well, you tell me, though you. live in that place. i only could last 11 days. that speaks well of those people that they can't put their names on something and speak honestly about something. that speaks well of them if they
can't take a number and get into the oval office and look directly at the commander in chief and say hey, this isn't working. here are the five reasons why it's not working. something about washington where there is an allergic reaction to the truth and people would rather tell the reporter on an anonymous phone call about what they think is going on in an attempt that they think actually saves their face. so, look, the president didn't do well on the trip. he probably would be mad at somebody for saying that. maybe he'll tweet something negative about somebody for saying he didn't well do on the trip. but facts are he did not do well on the trip because if the trip is being made about him and not the demonstration of compassion and love and caring and empathy for those people, then it becomes a catastrophe for him, the administration, and it's also a bad reflection on the country. but those people inside the white house are a bunch of cowards. they should tell the guy the truth instead of picking up the phone and calling a reporter. >> ashley, along those lines, i know you use these people as
sources, so i'll ask you another question, all together differently. can this president distinguish between the time to fight and the time to be a leader of a truce? it seemed like this was a week for a truce, to go into the hospital rooms if you can get in there, talk to the victims about their live, talk to their family members, the victims' families, and not use it as a time to keep spitballing people like beto o'rourke. beto o'rourke is not his leading competitor. there is no reason to take these shots at him. why did he do it? >> well, this is a president who prides himself on being a counterpuncher. when you pride yourself on being a counterpuncher, it means you view the world through the lens of there is never not a time to fight. and that is what was so striking. i was on that trip with him yesterday. and he went into it, he and his staff saying this is a time for healing and unity, and it was a time for those things. but then he sort of couldn't resist taking political digs and going after anyone who he felt had slighted him, and that included yesterday vice president biden, senator sherrod
brown, the dayton mayor and members telephone media. and he just cannot resist. >> it seemed to me, though, he was really overzealous with the counterpunching with sherrod brown and the mayor of dayton because they were relatively nonpolitical. why do you think he swiped back at them so hard? >> you're right. their comments were actually somewhat neutral to positive because they said look, he came here. he did the right things. he said the right things. he comforted the people. but again, if you listen to his words and you looked at the videos that the white house put out, the president as his social media director said in a tweet wanted to be treated like a quote/unquote rock star. he was talking about all the love and the adulation. and i think he was frustrated, and you heard that in his public comments that they sort of weren't as adoring and appreciative of his visits as he would have liked them to have been. >> well, let me go to joel. here is the question. even in movies like "dave" they talk about a regular guy being
president, sort of pretending to be president. you're pretty good if you're a human being at just sort of families lost people's lives, relatives are dead. kids don't have parents. okay. they're hispanic people. they're latino people. you've had a war of the issue with the administration but not against them individually, you know? why can't he just do that? >> well, i think we know this president is anything but a regular person. he is not. he doesn't have a sense of humor. he doesn't have empathy. he doesn't have impulse control, chris. these aren't even characteristics we look for presidents. these are characteristics we look for in friends and neighbors. and he doesn't have them. >> by the way, you're very observant. he doesn't really have a sense of humor. >> he really doesn't. which is kind of a dangerous quality and a leader. can i pause as something radical here? is it possible this president is floundering around on the trip because democrats on the left and progressives have won the culture war on guns. and this president doesn't know what to do. "the washington post" has some great reporting about the fact
that the nra has kind of put the president up against the wall, pressuring him not to do anything on background checks. >> right. >> it's a 90% issue in favor of doing something, even 54% were republicans. can i suggest that maybe part of what we're seeing is a president who doesn't have an exit plan. >> to get out of this one? >> yeah, to get out of this one. he doesn't know what to do. he knows he's got to do something, but the monied interests behind him won't let him do it. and he has no way out. >> let me go to scaramucci on that. anthony, what is the story on this guy? he seems like he is playing an old trick. the old trick last time when we had the last shooting was to say while the heat was on, say something. and when the heat is off, do nothing. it always works because the anti-gun people or the gun control or gun safety people, they keep their interests up for a week or two, maybe ten days and they're on to something else, climate change, whatever else, whereas the gun people are still around, the nra is still around, still watching to see if there is any give. so he says all the right stuff
when the heat's on. we're going to do something of background checks. but this time it looks like even mitch mcconnell feels they're caught here. they got to do something in three or four weeks when they do come back. i'm not sure that's true. they could play this game again like lucy and the football. they can say we're going to do it and then drop the football again. >> i think it's tough for them to do something. the calculation that they're making is they need 100% of the base and they're fearful if they do something related to the guns, right now the status quo, unfortunately, 200 plus incidents, the status quo seems to be okay. they wait it out for the next crisis. but the truth of the matter is something will happen after the 2020 election, because the nra has basically been gutted. so follow the money in washington. they don't have the money that they used to have. and so therefore they don't have the power. and if the polling is as bad as it actually is on the gun issue, without the money behind the nra anymore, chris, they'll end up
flip-flopping and going in another direction away from the nra. but i think the chances of them doing that before the 2020 presidential election are low because they're making a calculation, just look at the political strategy that they need every single person in that baselined up like they were in 2016. >> and you dance with the one that brung you. trump has been roundly criticized for his anti-immigrant rhetoric which parallels the racist declaration of that el paso gunman. anyway, while trump condemned the white nationalism that motived the attack this monday, he has downplayed the threat they pose. >> i don't know anything about david duke, okay? i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacist. you wouldn't want me to condemn a group that i know nothing about. you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. >> white nationalism is a rising
threat around the world. >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, i guess. >> ashley, your thoughts about why he won't nail these people. >> he is incredibly reluctant to criticize, disavow, condemn white nationalists. he has done it occasionally, it's worth noting. but often when he does it he does it under a degree of duress. he does it after being pressured by aides. he does it when reading from a teleprompter. and then he watches the coverage and feels he is not being sufficiently applauded for what he did, and then he retreats back to the place where he is more comfortable, for instance, with charlottesville was saying there are some very fine people on both sides, or both sides were to blame that is sort of where his public comments, his gut is on this issue. >> you know, i agree with that, and i also agree with what anthony just said. that trump to win, which is going to be a very close
election, because the black vote in the big city is going to be much more aroused this time because trump being the target. and of course i think the suburbs are going to vote differently because there is no hillary situation like there was before. but it seems to me he needs to get everything as far right as you can go. he needs it. is that why he won't go after them? >> sure. as a strategist, i can sit here and say that but the evidence is clear this is who he is and what he believes in. he has employed white supremacists in his white house and cabinet. steve bannon. i mean stephen miller, look, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a taduck, it's a duck. we have a hard time calling this out because we don't want to believe the worst about our president because it reflects the worst in our country. >> i think i that's so true. an establishment figure like him that has all that money and all those buildings in new york and all the celeb and tv time, if he is one of them, if he is basically a fascist. >> and they got a mouthpiece in the white house now like they've
never had before. >> i don't know if i'm allowed to interrupt, but he is not a white nationalist and he is not a white supremacist but if you want to see him as a political opportunist and he is playing a strategic game of how to line up for the 2020 election, i will totally accept that. >> anthony, that's not good enough, though, that's not good enough. i'm sorry. >> hold on a second. you're making a moral judgment about the situation. >> sure. >> i'm trying to be objective about what's on the field and what the people are really like. so -- >> the presidency is unlike any other position because it is a position of moral clarity. >> okay. but you had -- you had a situation last time where a very large group of the american people rejected these establishment figures, and they felt quite frankly that these establishment figures were failing america. so he got put in place to wreck things. >> this is something we talk about all the time. >> calling balls and strikes on the president, but he is not a white nationalist.
just be objective about it. >> why don't you call some of these pitches. when he pitches the argument for months that barack obama is an illegal immigrant, the guy snuck in the country, has a false identity, is really a kenyan who shouldn't be eligible constitutionally for the presidency, is that a game sore that a belief? >> okay, well, again, that's three or four years ago -- >> is it a game or a belief? >> he walked it back. i wasn't with him at that time. >> walked it back? >> he did at the trump hotel. he admitted at the trump hotel when they were cutting the ribbon in october of 2016, he walked back the birtherism. >> what's you're hearing right now is the thought bubble that every republican in leadership in congress is going through right now. it's what mitch mcconnell as he is -- >> not going to accept that. >> that's what they're all doing. they're equivocating. they're making discussions for donald trump behavior. >> i'm sorry. i don't equivocate for the president. i called his tweets racist two weeks ago. i called the rhetoric racially
charged and totally unnecessary. i said a very large group of republicans are going to break off from him if he keeps up the nonsense. i've been very straight up on the issue. but i'm just calling balls and strikes, you know? >> fair enough. thank you, anthony, for coming in. anthony scaramucci, parker and joel payne. coming up, joe biden makes the moral case against president trump, accused of fanning the flames of white supremacy. >> we have a president with a toxic tongue who is publicly and unapologetically embraced the policy of hate, racism and division. >> i think he is on joel's side on that one. a senior adviser to the former vice president joins us here next. plus, just hours before the president arrived in el paso, a community shattered by the deadliest attacks on hispanics ever, nearly 700 workers in mississippi are rounded up in a sweeping i.c.e. raid, leaving young children to fend for themselves after their first day of school.
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yesterday by donald trump's personal conduct, don't you think? former vice president joe biden has been campaigning on trump's dire lack of moral authority since he first announced for president. >> we are in the battle for the soul of this nation. the core values of this nation are standing in the world our very democracy. everything that has made america america is at stake. >> well, yesterday in iowa, biden unleashed a scorching attack on the man he hopes to replace. >> this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation. his low energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week, jahnke i don't believe fooled anyone. he seems more concerned about losing their votes than beating back this hateful ideology. he says guns are not the problem in mass shootings. the issue is mental health. it's a dodge.
hatred isn't a mental health issue. >> for more i'm joined by symone sanders, senior adviser to the biden campaign. well, i'll give the credit where it's due. and vice president joe biden made the issue moral from the beginning. he didn't say it's about different kinds of health insurance, although he has a plan on that. he said the central question is getting rid of this immoral man from the white house. >> yes. vice president biden i think unlike anyone else in this race, chris, uniquely understood from day one the moment we're. in we were criticized, if folks will remember when we launched the campaign for making a general election argument for being too forceful against president trump. but i think what we've seen unfortunately this week is that now more than ever vice president biden's message rings true. yes in a battle for the sole of this nation. our standing not only at home but abroad is at stake. we have to rebuild the backbone. we have to unite america. the speech we he gave yesterday is exactly what the american
people were looking for from the current president of the united states, but he has failed to rise to that moment time after time again. >> how do you enlarge the electorate and the primaries beyond the people that normally show up in iowa? because normally the people that show up spend three or four hours in public are an unusual group of people. there is nothing wrong with them. they're very patriotic people. but most people are democrats, want to stay home on a cold night. they want to send in their votes. you know how it works, and they don't want to go out and prance around with their politics. but the biden voter strikes me -- i looked at all the statistics coming out of pennsylvania today. they tend to be women. they're older people. they tend to be people with less money, not all first class college educations. they're regular people. how do you get them energized, these regular people, like the activists? >> i think the people are energized, chris. thing is a tendency to look back to 2016 and skip over 2018. in 2018, donald trump did in the closing days of the midterm elections what he is doing right now and frankly what he has been doing all year, making an argument that appealed to the
worst of people, making an argument, fanning the flames of white supremacy and voters send a resounding message in 2018. vice president biden was one of the most requested folks on the campaign trail in 2018 we went into some very red places. our strategy is to speak frankly and directly and plainly to the american people about the issues they care about. it's to lay it on the table. that's what he did in that speech yesterday and that's what he is doing in iowa right now. >> i said during the break i thought it with australia good speech. president trump must have been watching biden's speech yesterday. he tweeted "watching sleepy joe biden making a speech. so boring. our country will be borg with him." >> do you want to respond to the president responding to you? >> he should get a life. >> what do you think? >> i concur. >> let's talk about the challenge you have. i'm looking at all the polls. and what's going on is biden is holding his numbers, 33, 32, it's always around that same
level, but it's crested. it doesn't go up on the other hand, elizabeth warren who seems every time, up a couple of points. every poll up a couple of points. she is going to close on him by february 3rd in iowa. >> well, we don't know, chris. it's still early. >> unless you grow your numbers. >> i think we are growing our numbers. look, vice president biden, we're in iowa right now. and thing is a tendency for folks to look at these national polls and forget that the democratic primary is a game of counting. it's a game of delegates. it's an election of delegates and it's a game of individual states. right now we're in iowa and everyone is focused on iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, iowa and then people are looking at california. but i'll say in polling in iowa, for example, which as you just noted is a progressive place. there are some extremely progressive people. >> it's not left wing. i would call it a bit further over than most states. but i think it's the nature of the caucus, the people that come out. >> my point about iowa, though, is that in iowa, in polling right now, if you ask folks
about the various health care plans, more than 56% of iowans, democratic voters in that state will say that they favor building on obama care. >> i agree. >> and they're not in favor of medicare for all. our campaign strategy is to be very frank, be honest. and that is the kind of campaign that we're running. >> your candidate, the former vice president is holding back from accusing the president of being a white supremacist. the other candidates have said that where is he? >> well, i think we saw he dedicated -- >> but he is not calling him a white supremacist. >> he said he was fanning the flames of white supremacy. today vice president biden said that everything donald trump does contributes to white supremacy and that is frankly probably more dangerous than anything else. so what the american people i believe are looking for is someone that uniquely understands the moment that we're in that will lay it all on the table for them, but also talk to the american people and tell them how we plan to work through and work out of this. >> i will say this. as an observer, he is better in the second debate than the
first. he was still better the next day with the gaggle of reporters on thursday. and he was still better in his speech yesterday. he know house to read a prompter with heart, and trump can't. >> he knows how to read a prompter. >> you argue with me when i am praising the guy. >> not only does he now how to read a prompter, but vice president biden was out on the stump today. we look forward to getting out there a little more. >> going door to door. i want to stand there and talk to me of what he is hearing from people. that's retail. you can retell me. symone sanders, thank you for coming on, surrogate for the former vice president. up next, breaking news tonight, former acting fbi director andrew mccabe, the man who authorized the investigation into trump's ties with russia is suing the department of justice for what he says was an unlawful firing. what is going on? he is accusing trump of hatching an unconstitutional plan to purge employees that trump thought were disloyal to him politically. more on "hardball," coming after
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eye nutrition for today. welcome back to "hardball." former deputy fbi director andrew mccabe, remember him? filed a lawsuit today claiming he was terminated, fired unlawfully. the suit brought against the justice department and the fbi alleges that it was trump's unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove doj and
fbi employees who were deemed to be as his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him. mccabe was fired just hours before he qualified for his pension, according to the doj. mccabe had violated department policy by authorizing a leak to "the wall street journal" and, quote, lacked candor in discussing it afterwards. in an interview last february, mccabe alleges the president fired him because it was he who opened the obstruction of justice investigation in the first place of the president. >> did you expect to be fired 26 hours before you were able to collect your pension? >> i guess i should have, because the president spoke about it publicly. he made it quite clear that he wanted me gone before i could retire. i believe i was fired because i opened a case against the president of the united states. >> i'm joined now by greg
brower, former deputy counsel. certainly there is a pattern here. this is what happened to comey. you don't snap to, you don't click your heels, you're gone. >> that's certainly what mccabe is alleging in his lawsuit. i'll tell you, chris, having supervised a lot of this litigation at the fbi, these suits are very difficult for plaintiffs to win typically, but this is not the typical case, and the president i'm afraid once again, i'm afraid for the government's sake has so poisoned the well with respect to the mccabe firing that mccabe actually has something to talk about here. >> it just seems when i look around, i look at the sue gordon situation, another person was to be acting director of the dni, the director of national intelligence. if you're not a trumpee, if you're not a loyal soldier to him in partisan fashion, he wants you gone from anywhere. he wants the government completely cleaned out of what we think of as civil servants. >> that certainly seems to be the developing pattern. the latest news with respect to sue gordon is especially troubling. she, in my experience with her was a consummate professional,
very well respected within the intelligence community. and this move does appear to be part of an effort to politicize the intelligence community, something that is very dangerous. >> well, not just -- it seems like law enforcement generally. i mean, the fbi, everything. >> it seems to be a pattern. it really does. and it should be troubling to americans. if there is anything that our government, our system of government stands for is the rule of law and the independence of the department of justice and the fbi. and there is a lot of doubt about that in this country right now. >> it seems like a lot of what trump does, as he does with latinos, hispanics, he wants to always send a signal, not just punish somebody, but punish them out loud like this big raid we're going to talk about later in the show, this i.c.e. raid. he wants everybody to hear the pain. because that somehow dictators rule. they scare the hell out of people. this firing of mccabe, he fired him right before he could get his lifetime pension. if you're a bureaucrat, not only is that derogatoryial, you spend
30 years building up your points, and oh, nice try, buddy. you scratched. >> that's part of mccabe's lawsuit, the timing. and the things the president has said publicly, repeatedly over months and years about mccabe. obviously feed the allegations a in the complaint. these suits are typically very difficult to win, but mccabe has a lot to talk about. >> do you think he was wrongfully terminated? >> i don't know all the fax. by the time that happened, i had moved on from being an fbi lawyer to running the congressional affairs at the fbi. so i don't know. i have to assume, though, that between the very good lawyers at doj and the fbi, that decision was completely buttoned up in terms of the law. it was based, as you know, primarily on the office of inspector general report that was very damaging to mccabe's credibility. and so but, again, because of the president's comments -- in the military, i'm a former military. court-martials can be derailed
because of something the commanding officer says that tends to suggest that he or she has prejudged the outcome of the case. arguably, that's exactly what the president has done here. >> wow. great to have your expertise here. greg bower. up next, a massive i.c.e. raid down in mississippi leaves children sobbing as they wait for word on the fate of their parents, aunts, uncles, and friends. what a show. what bad timing this has been. you're watching "hardball." wat. they give us excellent customer service, every time. our 18 year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family... we're the kirby family, and we are usaa members for life. get your auto insurance quote today.
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welcome back to "hardball." hours before president trump visited a community down on edge in el paso the other day where a gunman targeted what he called the hispanic invasion, the president trump administration sent a chilling message to the latino community in nearby mississippi. i.c.e. agents raided food processing plants in six counties in mississippi, apprehending 680, 680 immigrants. the agency said are in the
country illegally. the raids are said to be the largest single day immigration sweep in one day in history on the first day of school down in mississippi. so "the washington post" reports many children didn't have a loved one or family friend, anyone to go home from school with. they had to come home alone but were locked out because their parents had been detained in the raid. so they got home. nobody is home. the parents had been picked up. anyway, the jackson, mississippi clarion ledger roared under the headline "where are mom and dad?" scenes of children waving goodbye to parents as they were taken into custody. some distraught children were taken to a community gym to wait to be picked up by neighbors. others couldn't stop crying wandering around wondering where their parents were. i'm joined by joy azee. thank you so much for joining us. give us your insights as to why it happened, the timing of it.
>> absolutely, chris. thank you for having me on your show. what we saw is a deplorable demonstration of a lack of humanity. we had people who were taken from their place of employment while their children, many of them had children that were attending their first day of school. and so this was a human rights abuse in my view. the trump administration has suggested that this was preplanned, and it had nothing to do with the el paso event. we feel that is disingenuous. they could have paused this raid. they could have decided that it was bad timing. there have been 300 people that have now been released by i.c.e. for humanitarian reasons. it shows that this whole raid was ill considered and that they had no -- there was a complete lack of demonstration of a concern for the people in and their families. >> mayor, i want to go to
ashley -- julia, rather. it seems to me they did this for noise. they wanted to make a lot of noise, i.c.e. they wanted everybody to talk about it. yet they timed it just after what happened to el paso. >> we know from watching this administration that time and time again, they want the big splash. they want something like the travel ban that catches everybody by surprise. >> they want to be elliot ness. >> they want the shock and awe when it comes to immigration. i think that is especially transparent here. a, because of the timing. they could have pulled back, just like the mayor says. they pull back often if there is a natural disaster in an area, if news of the raids come ahead. they pull back. these are nebulous timelines that they can pull back. but i think the fact that they went off immigrants rather than the employers first, that shows -- >> walk in the door, if they think there is a lot of people working there illegally without documentation and they know it and they got the evidence, turn the evidence against them. the employers are the ones making the money. the workers are minimum wage at
best. >> exactly. if you really want to go after the problem of hiring illegally, you go after the employers. but this seemed to want to go after immigrants in order to have that shock and awe factor. it's a much bigger spectacle to arrest 680 immigrants rather than to arrest seven people who were doing the hiring for these countries. >> let's talk about the economic impact on this as well as the human impact. mayor, tell me about it. it seems we live in the world where there is a lot of under the table hiring. people come kwcut their lawn, other work. these are terrible jobs. you're pulling chickens apart all day long. it's dangerous even in terms of your physical well-being. nobody else wants these jobs so therefore they're taken by people without documentation. what is that for the economy? a guy once told me you want to go to a deli ccatessen and get sandwich, that's the way it work. >> i think it's absolutely correct that they have decided to criminalize the true victim in this matter.
and once you truly become informed as to how many of these individuals end up in this country, they're often solicited from their home, their place of origin with the promise of a new opportunity, often giving over their total life savings in order to arrive in mississippi or in other states, seeking another opportunity. and then they're held under the thumb of oppression of the employer who threatens to send them back with nothing to return to. and so the true criminal in this circumstance is the employer. we often are caught up in this rhetoric which suggests that someone's taking our job. if it was your job, no one could take it from you. so the one who is getting away is the employer who is making people work for slave wages, not offering them a better opportunity or any of the other people in this nation who are seeking true living wages. >> that's so well said. what do you think, the president wouldn't seem to be the kind of guy who would arrest and punish
much less imprison the boss. that wouldn't be trump's style that. >> wouldn't be his style at all. he is much more in the business of pardoning people like that. >> because he was one of these people? >> yes, actually, right. but you look at the trump golf course, it would maybe hypocritical of him. i point-blank asked the u.s. attorney in the southern district of mississippi today on a conference call what will happen to these employers? are they being investigated or did they cooperate with you in order to hand these people over for some kind of lenient sentence. he said i have to be vague about that. they're not giving us any information on that. >> isn't that cute? that's how it works today. mayor, you're an impressive guy. i mean that. i'm just taken by somebody that can talk on the show so well about what is so tricky a subject, and it is a tricky subject. thank you so much, mayor chokwe lulumba. up next, pressure is mounting on mitch mcconnell to do something to stop the gun
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failure to pass anything is, quote, unacceptable. >> you're not calling people back in early for -- to address this gun legislation? >> well, if we did that, we'd just have people scoring points and nothing would happen. there has to be a bipartisan discussion here of what we can agree on, background checks and red flags would probably lead the discussion, but a lot of other things will come up as well. but what we can't do is fail to pass something, you know. by just locking up and failing to pass, that's unacceptable. >> late this afternoon, house speaker nancy pelosi wrote a letter to president trump asking him, him to call the senate back into session immediately to consider house passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation. the speaker noted that mitch mcconnell described himself as the grim reaper has been an obstacle the taking any action. i'm joined by minnesota senator
and presidential candidate amy klobuchar. senator, thank you for joining us. you're going have to be our reader tonight. >> thanks, chris. >> has something changed mitch from saying doing nothing is unacceptable? is that something new from him? >> you know, i think we thought for a while these extreme risk orders or as he called them red flags would be something that might move through. but i don't think that's enough. and if that's what he means, no, that's not enough. and where i really didn't like is when i heard him say people will just try to score points. i mean, seriously. we lost nine people in dayton. we lost over 20 people in el paso. and that's how he's thinking. what i think is we have background legislation that is sensible, picked up some republican votes in the house that is sitting at his doorstep. we have a bill that would help with the wait times so there could be better assessments of risk. >> yeah. >> and then we also have another bill that passed the house on closing the boyfriend loophole. so there are three bills that
are right there that we could pass in a day. this is not -- and i would, of course, prefer to do magazine limits and the assault weapon ban and all kinds of other things. but at least we could get that done and then move on to those other things. so i don't think this is scoring points. i think there is something right in front of him, and it's on his doorstep. >> trump's strategy has been when the heat son as it is now, right now these days ahead, maybe another week to two weeks, the heat is on guns and availability of guns to people that shouldn't have them. he always says something like well, we'll do something, blah, blah, blah. and then when the heat is off, he does nothing. he seems to follow this pattern. he knows the pattern of public interest. and he exploits it to do nothing. >> he does. >> this time. go ahead. >> and it is the most cynical thing. when you think about those ordinary people, the courage they showed, the extraordinary courage in the walmart where the mom protects her baby and gets killed but her baby lives, or the veteran getting people out of there. unbelievable courage. the first responders, the police
in dayton that get there in a minute. it could have been so much worse. and yet he still talking to the nra. he's still afraid of them. and i sat across from him after parkland and wrote down nine times he said he wanted to see background checks. we put a video out on my twitter feed of it. nine times he said this. you can watch it. he said it. but what happens? he then goes and meets with the nra the next day, and he folds. and so there is a pattern of this. you're exactly right. when the moment is right and the cameras are on, he acts like he is going to be reasonable. he could call mitch mcconnell tomorrow and get the senate back in session to get this done. >> okay. >> he could say i publicly call on the republican senators to vote for this background bill and get it done. come on. we all know that. he is just as responsible as mitch mcconnell. >> after the terrible shooting at parkland down in florida, he made fun of senators and congress people for being afraid of the nra. is he afraid of the nra? is this president afraid of
them? >> he did. >> wayne lapierre. >> yes, he is. and that's -- yes. i was at that meeting when he said that. he was there. he said that that's what was going on, that people get concerned about them. this is the kind of thing he says. and people have to realize that right now what's at stake is people's lives. that guy in dayton got that military style weapon, huge magazine capacity, and he used that in 30 seconds he killed nine people. the vast majority of americans think that is not okay. far from okay. and also, a great number of hunters at least want to see the background checks put in place. and i'm out here in iowa on a 20-county tour in robbins, iowa right now, and i can tell you, people are coming up to me all the time, not just democrats, people are coming up to me in these small towns saying they want to see a change. and that's what's happened since
parkland. that's why they elected two great new women congress members out of iowa. and they went and supported that background check bill. so the sea and the tide is changing, and mitch mcconnell is on the opposite side here of history. so if he is not going to call us back, history will tell him differently. >> you know, senator, i've known you a long time, and i think your book title is very apropos to iowa because you are the senator from next door. you are from minnesota, which is right there on top of iowa. anyway, i hope you have a nice weekend with those 20 counties. thank you so much for joining us. senator amy klobuchar. >> yes, we will. thanks, chris. >> thank you. a new pennsylvania poll tells us about the state of the democratic race. lots of information about who's backing biden, who's backing senator warren. fascinating stuff, i think. i'm a junkie, of course. we'll be right back. k.we get it. it's just the way things are. when you're under pressure to get the job done, it seems you have to accept the fact
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a new franklin and marshall poll has studied pennsylvania democrats and tells us a lot about the coming 2020 presidential election. i've noticed some interesting dividing lines between the two i see right now as the eventual front-runners. joe biden is ahead now, winning big among moderates, leading among women, older voters and those who didn't finish college.
biden also leads among those making less than $35,000 a year and among african americans, catholics, and evangelicals. elizabeth warren wins among liberals, among voters of college graduates and those making more than $75,000 a year. the competition between these two front-runners is getting serious. biden holds the lead but still needs to grow it. warren has climbed to number two position, has been relentless. here is where the race appears to be heading by the time of the first big test that would be the iowa caucuses in early february. if biden's numbers starts to grow, look out. he is unlikely to be caught. but that's the big if. if not, the massachusetts senator will continue at her current rate catch the former vice president by the critical days of iowa. this is how it's headed in the race to take on president trump. it's a two-person race, and it's going to be close. the question i have to suppose is which of these two candidates, biden or warren or
still possibly some other candidate can do the essential job most americans most want accomplished, not just winning in iowa and later in pennsylvania, but removing donald trump from his current address at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. and that's "hardball" for now. "all in with chris hayes" starts right now. tonight on "all in" -- >> that was some crowd. >> thank you for all that you do, thank you. >> the president tours the aftermath of a racist massacre as a deportation force conducts a massive raid. >> pour favor. >> please. >> tonight the latest example of how the cruelty is the point for trump. >> this is a hoax. >> a sudden vacation for the face of fox news as the tucker carlson controversy grows. another trump supporter accused of a violent crime tries the trump made me do it defense. and the growing movement to boycott businesses owned by a