tv All In With Chris Hayes MSNBC September 7, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm PDT
you're not going to want to miss it. and chris matthews will be back on monday to take you through all of it. that is "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. up next a special edition of all in with chris hayes in front of a live studio audience and that starts right now. tonight on a special edition of "all in" -- >> spare us the theatrics. behave yourself. >> i have seen america's future, and it looks like brexit. >> call me mr. brexit. plus, what to do in the era of climate catastrophe with bill nye. big movement on guns with david hogg and the friday conference for what matters most for dems in 2021. live from studio 6a in rockefeller plaza. "all in" begins right now. [ cheers and applause ]. hello. how are we doing? thank you all. thank you. how are we doing?
thank you. thank you very much. it is great to be here in our friday night studio here in 30 rock. it's been a week of watching hurricane tear through the atlantic and watching the president lose his mind. both of which have had big consequences. the devastations in the bahamas is truly horrifying. we'll talk about that in just a little bit. right now thankfully the storm seems to be pulling away from the u.s. east coast and go back out to sea. for most parts of united states we have been fairly lucky to miss the worst of what could have been. perhaps no place was more lucky than alabama. [ laughter ]. >> which was lucky. [ cheers and applause ]. >> alabama said, no, no effects for the hurricane, none, because it never came any close to alabama. no one thought it ever would really, except the president of the united states. who to this very day, mine like an hour ago, is still trying to
convince everyone that when he said on sunday that alabama was going to get, quote, hit much harder than anticipated, that that was actually true. it wasn't true. the national weather service said it wasn't true. everybody knows it wasn't true. so then -- so then the president of the united states brings out a six-day old chart that has clearly been altered by a sharpie by someone, both bloomberg and "the washington post" report that trump drew the sharpie. because of course he did. who else would do that? it led to this bout of like, you know, like laugh to keep from crying humor. that's very familiar to us in this era. like, oh, ah-ha. oh. the hashtag trump sharpie on twitter. this accurate image of trump
golfing. [ laughter ]. >> these are new polling numbers that are just out. they look pretty good for the president. is that the president's inaugural crowd size. you want to take a look at that. also his hand size, which he's fixated on. and my personal favorite, i am america's first centor president. that's me. it's ludacris. what do you do? you just laugh. he's drawing with sharpies, but there really is a hurricane. the stakes of that are really important, but the situation in the oval office is absurd. manifestly. the thing is we're not alone. one place in the world extremely high stakes and complete absurdity includes the own, our close ally across the pond the united kingdom. there somehow the politics are
even more bizarre than ours. this looked like the british version of an american tv show this week. vice president mike pence was treated to what must be a very familiar experience which is having to sit next to a wild-haired world leader prading on meat products. seriously look. >> is it still the case that you know united states of america, the people of united states of america don't eat any british lamb or beef at all hagis? >> it's true. we don't eat a lot of hagis. uk is having essentially a full scale society-wide political nervous breakdown. it's a really crazy thing to watch, particularly because it's a little like looking into our own future. do you remember back in june of the 2016, the people of the united kingdom, they came together in a referendum and
voted to leave the european union, to brexit. and i'm going to be totally clear with you about this. i do this for a living. i've been reading about it. i've been studying, and i remain completely baffle about what the hell is happening over there. completely. all i know is that it's like when a machine starts to break down and you start to smell the smoke before it explodes and that's what the entire uk governmental system is like right now. boris johnson, of course, is the new prime minister, but he doesn't control anything. this week a guy from his conservative party literally walked across the aisle to leave the conservative party and take away johnson's majority from him. right? [ cheers and applause ]. >> and johnson's hold on parliament collapsed. he has now lost three votes in a row. and amidst this chaos this guy who looks like someone drew him in a cartoon of the british to have decided to just lay down
while everyone debated the fate of the nation. there's people yelling at him to sit up and show some respect. people are yelling at each other all over the place, even more than usual. and no one knows what's going to happen. literally no one knows. it's possible it is not the most likely scenario it's generally a possibility that britain will dump out of the eu and will not have toilet paper, pharmaceuticals or bananas. full out self imposed, self created nationwide catastrophe like the kinds that you would expect during war or in the aftermath of a natural disaster except there's no war and there's no natural disaster. they just decided to do this to themselves. that is what we're watching. and that's why i can't keep my eyes off of it because i feel like i'm looking into our future. when brexit happened in summer 2016, we were all watching the trump campaign at the time and a lot of people were like, well, this is nuts and maybe entertaining but the guy is not going to be president of the united states. and then brexit happened.
it was like, oh, oh. oh, it's completely possible. it's totally possible for democracy to just come together and collectively decide to do something insane. that's a total possibility. and there are like a million headlines after the brexit vote. what does brexit mean for trump? is trump america's surprise? and trump himself, who knew nothing about brexit a few days before brexit, started telling everyone like they're calling me mr. brexit. what does that even mean? and then he won in november, maybe you remember that. and ever since i feel like every time you look across the pond you are looking into our tone terrifyingly depraved near future. and as crazy and dysfunctional as our politics are, somehow they do seem even crazier over there. i think there's a reason for that. they don't really have a way out over there. think about this, so they're on
a kind of collision course in the uk between direct democracy and representative democracy. right? the country voted a marjority vote in a referendum to do a thing that is a terble idea. and if they do the thing that's a terrible idea, then they are keeping faith with that vote, with direct democracy, but the representatives of the country think it's a god-awful idea. and if they manage to stop it, representative democracy win but what the heck did you do about that vote? why did you go ahead with this big ref ren zmum what does that mean if you get a do over, right? they're trapped. if someone could pull the emergency brake they would. in fact, that's what the people who are abandoning the conservative party, walking across lines that's what they're trying to do. parliament has been around a long time, but it has faced this set of circumstances never. and it has to craft an emergency brake out of nothing in the midst of the speeding train and they're watching the train hurdle towards impact which is
some deadline where they're no longer in the eu. they don't have a constitution over there. it's a little weird. it's sort of works for them. they have traditions. and people are testing all those traditions. like some are so desperate now that the queen is somehow going to save them. queen her majesty will fix it. we're a perfectly functioning democracy. please. so over here we have a similar situation in some ways with a big advantage which is that we have emergency brakes on the train. we know democracies can come together and collectively select bad, bad ideas. they're capable of doing that. [ laughter ]. >> in our defense, in our defense, the bad idea, donald trump, was not democratically selected in the strictest sense, right? i was talking about the electoral college last week. he did lose by 3 million votes. he was no a majority vote.
[ applause ]. >> he was also the subject of two different criminal conspiracies to sabotage his opponent that we know of. all right. always good to keep that in mind. both the uk and the u.s. developed democracies, landed in a situation where they have currently on a terrifying track and they're trying to figure out how to stop the train and reverse course and britain is trying to figure out how to do it right now but we can do that. we can wait until the next election and hope the train doesn't crash by then. one option, but the constitution does provide two emergency brakes to pull before the next station. like, in the constitution, they thought of this. if you made a terrible mistake and ended up with the most powerful person in the country and world was a criminal and abusing his office and committing misdemeanors hypically there's a mechanism to remove him. years later, we passed another amendment, we ratified one to deal with the president who is
not fit for office. like, okay, let's just say -- hypothesi hypothesizing. what if donald trump lost his mind, no, what if he had a psychotic break in front of all of us and what if for the next 12 months all he talked about was alabama. seriously. play out the thought experiment. okay. days go by and every question at every press conference, every official address, at every event he does, every tweet is just about that it was going to hit alabama. at a certain point i think we would have to remove the guy, right? like if he had a brake. i don't know how long it would take, but we would just, i think, come together as a country at some point, two months, six months, eight months of him still talking about alabama, but we have to take the presidency away from him.
[ applause ]. >> you don't have to applaud that. that's grim. so aside from a piece there's a 25th amendment and if he's deemed unfit and lucky now have have a consensus of his cabinet and republican party, we could theoretically avoid the disaster that the uk is heading towards because we do have an out. we do have an out. the question is do we have the political will to take the out? look over across the pond at those mps who have abandoned johnson. right? [ applause ]. >> including, including boris johnson's own brother who is named joe johnson, which is perfect. and is like, i can't. i can't. i'm leaving. i'm out. i cannot be with my own flesh and blood. i'm going to betray him to save the country and work on the
emergency brake. [ applause ]. and if we had that attitude here, we could do it. we have an out. we are actually in a better position than they are. we don't have a deadline ahead of us where the country will have disastrous, enormous change that will happen. we don't have to fashion the emergency brake out of tradition. we've got a system in front of us. it has been used before. it has been front of the nation and the question is, whether we have the people that have the courage right now to take the out. [ cheers and applause ]. joining me now columnist of the intercept, first person to appear in "all in live". >> how are you? >> good. confused. >> you and i had a good on going discussion about this parallels between brexit and the trump and
the u.s. and one of the things that has been up until now in the case the tory standing by essentially this line. it broke this week. what is the significance of that happening this week? >> oh, there's so much significan significance, chris. you el looquently explained in r introduction. the craziness in britain is beyond disbelief. we're in six days of sharpie gate. every time you think american politics couldn't get worse uk says hold my beer. i say this to you, you're right to say that the americans have a get out and the u.s. constitution provides get outs and it's true, donald trump is for the next five years max, brexit is forever which what makes this whole october 31st cutoff such a big deal. there's no going back. what you mentioned at the end, 21 conservative mps helped a
prime minister lose their first ever vote since 1894. 21 senior mps abandoned him. his own brother abandoned him. can you imagine happening -- can you imagine that happening in this city? can you imagine 21 house republicans voting against donald trump? can you imagine ivanka trump quitting the white house in disgust? no, you cannot. >> right. >> and there's -- the other part this makes this tricky in both places, right, i think for you and i view this clearly as a disaster both in terms of brexit and trump, but there's many of our fellow citizens on both sides of the atlantic who don't. in the case of the uk and here, like if you impeach donald trump, millions of people would see it as illegitimate, see you as robbing and trying to undo an election he won and fair square and uk there was a majority of people. people did come out and vote for this thing and that seems like it has to loom large for everyone figuring out what to do over there. >> yes. that's part of the problem. even people opposed to brexit
recognize there's a real democratic challenge on both sides. parliament is supposed to be sovereign in the uk. boris johnson is suspending parliament next week for five weeks which has never been done before on that length of time to avoid these parliamentary debates. he said tonight in fact uk he was asked will you follow this law that was just passed in parliament to prevent a no deal brexit and he said he won't. he said it's in theory. the prime minister of uk says he will defy the law. who does that sound like? a president who said he would defy subpoenas. this is about democracy and the rule of law fundamentally. unfortunately we unleashed on both sides of the atlantic these forces of populism, nationalism, ill liberalism and, yes, racism on both sides of the atlantic driving trump and brexit. how do you put those forces back in the bottle? that's why things will only get worse on both sides before they get better. >> there's one other big difference here and i think about this a lot which is you over there keep having deadlines. we have to do this or we're dumping out of the european
union. here that doesn't exist. there's not the sense of the ticking time bomb in the background. every day we all wake up and roll the dice that there's not some huge catastrophe. it doesn't result in some genuinely generational horrible happening in the moment and i wonder sometimes if that makes us more complacent here than in the uk where everyone sees it coming? >> yes. and i think that's definitely the case in terms of as i said, brexit is forever. so there's no undoing it. i think there is a sense come november 2020 americans will make things right and get rid of donald trump in an election. and of course the bigger issue is number one will he lose and number two, if he loses will he go? this is a man who won't accept a weather forecast. do you think he's going to accept the election result? >> that's a great point. mehdi hasan, thank you for making time. >> thank you. don't go anywhere. we're talking climate with bill nye the science guy coming up
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[ cheers and applause ]. we're getting more accounts of what happened in the bahamas. there are 30 people that are confirmed dead. the health minister said, quote, the public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering. he warned of a staggering final count. they've been barely able to even
search for the hundreds who are still unaccounted for. the destruction in the bahamas is a reminder of one of the central facts of the era of climate crisis, which is that it will hit with unequal force. it will affect everyone, but the places that are expected most exposed to climate impact, like caribbean islands, for instance, places that are poor, are going to experience catastrophe, and we need to think about what that means for all of us who share this planet. for that i'm joined by the host of the podcast science rules, bill nye the science guy. [ applause ] bill, obviously -- obviously hurricanes have been decimating the caribbean in the gulf of mexico for years. we have historical records of these things happening. what do we -- what is the science say, and what do we know about the ways in which climate affects these sort of extreme events? >> well, people are continually trying to connect each extreme event with climate change computer models.
but it's quite difficult to do. but this we can say. it's how much bigger is a given hurricane now than it would have been before human caused climate change. so there is all this trouble now with not only the size of hurricanes, but how the winds aloft affect how fast they move. and as has been pointed out by many people over the last few days, it's not the category number that matters. it's just how much rain does it dump for how long. >> right. >> along with the wind. in the good old days, there was not very much infrastructure in the bahamas or other caribbean islands because fewer people lived there a century ago. but now electrification and the ways of the developed world are making their way into these areas. so when everything is torn up, it's a mess. so the people who live there, of course, it's very troublesome. but that's just one example of other places around the world
that are going to be affected even more strongly, where they have less ability to travel and change their way of life, and so on. this is a very serious problem. the poor people are going to be affected the most. but look, we're all in this together. you know, new york, boston, parts of nova scotia are being affected by dorian. this is a big old storm, everybody. >> and there is also the ways in which those areas that are affected, like as you're saying this sort of development that they have creates the conditions in which people can adapt or have to move. we think about a place like bangladesh, which is extremely exposed to sea level rise or places throughout the developed world where farming will be impacted. it does seem that we will start to see and have started to see big migration movements of folks that cannot live where they currently are. >> there you go. and where are they going to go and who's going to pay for it? and so on and so on. we've been saying for decades, the sooner we get to work on this, the better. to me, climate change, along
with all the trouble, fills me with optimism because we're going to solve problems that we've never solved before. and for me, the icon, the thing that just hits me so strongly is this business of plastic straws versus paper straws, okay? a plastic straw is just better. it just works better than a paper straw. >> i agree with that. >> you can chew on it. it's great. it holds its shape. a paper straw, no, it's nothing. so what should we do? ban plastic straws? they're horrible. how can you even think of using a plastic straw. you're a bad not progressive person. no. we will use the technology and the paper utensil industry to create even better straws. >> right. >> and there will be a time coming very soon where people
will forget about the whole problem because we will have solved it. and are you saying we should apply government money to make better straws? yeah. that's kind of what i'm saying. >> you know, i feel like we have already gone through -- we've already gone through this with light bulbs, because i remember when you had regulation back in 2006 you have to use compact fluorescent light bulb, and those lightbulbs were terrible. yeah, look at that. and now you go and you get light bulbs in home depot, and they're incredible. and that was just forced by regulation, that innovation. >> well, yes. well, and of course, everybody benefitted. and i remind you, perhaps you know this about the cow man and the farmer. the cow man and the farmer should be friends. >> yes. >> it's in a song. >> i just saw "oklahoma" so that's top of mind. >> so people who raise food depend on the internet to plant all their seeds, to get
extraordinary modern seeds that are beneficially genetically modified, to feed four or five or ten times as many people as we could two centuries ago because of improvements in agricultural technology. but that technology was developed with government money. >> yeah. >> that's not a bad thing. that's a thing. and everybody who develops that technology in silicon valley, i've met them. they all eat food. and that food is produced by farmers, generally in the breadbasket of the world, which is here in the united states and canada. so the farmer and the cow man should be friends, and we should all be getting along and working together. now i think all the time. about how we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon. in $2010, that's about $150 billion. somewhat more in modern dollars. okay. you can get a lot done with $150 billion, okay.
>> yeah. >> so for example, i'm not saying this is the answer, i'm just saying for example. there is a company trying to do very, very hot fusion. this is not cold fusion. this is very hot fusion. since i was a kid, since i was in engineering school, people have been trying to do fusion by shooting a beam of hydrons. that has an extra nutron. it has not worked. these people have boron and hydrogen. >> you just happened to have that laying there. >> i just have it. to produce the three alpha particles, the same alpha parts that we get inside the sun. and they believe they can do it for $30 billion. and they have this scheme to raise the $30 billion with derivative technology that they've got by this new battery storage thing and this new capacitor and this new stuff. no. if we spent five times that kind of money, we could see whether or not this technology worked.
and if it did, it would change the world. >> right. >> so this whole idea of just ringing your hands what we can't do, we can't eat meat, we can't do this, no. >> great point. >> let's go, people. this is the united states. let's innovate. [ applause ] >> say yes. air transportation has to be solved. ground transportation has to be addressed. we have to electrify all ground transportation. we have to probably electrify air travel. let's go! >> yes. and i will say one more thing on that note, which is we also have to then transfer that technology and make it accessible to places like the bahamas and the dominican republic and bangladesh. >> when you go, when you go to the developing world. >> right. >> everybody has a mobile phone. >> yep. >> because that technology became cheap enough. but bear in mind it was started. >> here. >> with largely investment in the military. that's what led to the internet. that's what led to all this efficiency of data transmission.
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a guy in texas drove around shooting people out of his car window. he killed seven people. and since the murder at sandy hook elementary school in december 2012, there have been at least 2,216 mass shootings in america in which four or more people were shot. many of those, i would say the vast majority never make the news. but as numb as the culture may be and the news may be, the fact is there is some movement politically that is happening right now. walmart announced a big policy shift this week. no more open carry in their stores. the republican lieutenant governor of texas came out in favor of background checks for gun sales between private citizens. that happened. and democrats are planning to come back to washington next week and make gun violence and gun safety a priority. and it's impossible, i think to think about us getting to this part of where we are with the politics without the movement building after the mass shooting
happened last year in parkland, particularly the march for our lives. the students there have galvanized a nation around this cause. and joining me now is one of the students who is at the center of that organizing area, david hogg. [ applause ] >> hey, buddy. how are you? have a seat. thank you for taking time away from school and everything to come here. you -- you took a gap year where you were doing organizing on this issue. >> yeah. >> i talk to people all the time and say it's never going to change, never going to change. what do you think about what's happening right now? where are we right now many this movement? >> i want to acknowledge first of all that the movement didn't start with us. it started decades, arguably centuries ago, and has been predominantly led, oftentimes by women of color that have been working against gun violence prevention so much. [ applause ]
for example, as an example of that, the marches across the country were the number one group of people that were most of the march organizers were actually women of color that were work iing and decided to d it. and enabled us to have one of the largest protests in american history. but now that we've acknowledged that importantly, because of tens of thousands of people across the country, including people like eric ford in new york city who works over in jamaica, queens, i think we're at a moment where the table is about to flip. >> you really feel that way? >> yes, i do. and i think it's because of really what it's going to be is corporations like walmart taking action on this issue. but what i think we have to do more than anything is reinforce that good behavior first and foremost. we need to go out and show our support for companies like walmart when they do take action on these issues. because ceos are scared if they
do take action on these issues because they're worried about blowback. and we need to reinforce when they stand on the side of peace and justice. [ applause ] i think we're coming to an important moment as well in that we realize that this is not a democrat or a republican issue. this is a purely american issue first and foremost, and we have the highest gun death rate of any more developed country in the world, and we have more guns than people. and people realize and are beginning to realize more and more that considering the fact that we have more guns than people, if guns made us safer, i wouldn't be sitting here right now, plain and simple. and i think people are realizing that what this conversation really revolves around first and foremost is what is worth more, guns or our children. >> what's the -- for you, you said something very important there about sort of gun violence and what the daily reality of it is. and i think there's a little bit of a mismatch. the things that get covered are the most gruesomely spectacular
and the most sort of morbid sense shootings, like what happened at your school. there's a grinding gun violence that happens across communities and where you have activists that you are referring to that have been working for years. there is also suicides that happen which are the leading cause of gun death. how do you think about opening the aperture? because what ends up happening is the focus is on the individual mass shootings, and people say well, that person wouldn't have passed a background check. there is a broader conversation. >> yeah, i think the broader conversation that we all have to realize is that for us to be successful in this movement, we need to create -- we don't just need to change congress. the only thing that ever really has changed congress or changed our country is when our culture changes. and i think with that we need to actually be talking about why there are these motivations for people to believe that violence is a resolution to our problems, why people feel that it is more american to pick up a gun because you're afraid of what you don't know than it is to actually explore what you don't
know and have the courage to actually address that. because i would personally argue that peace is patriotic, right? loving your fellow americans is patriotic. and i think -- i think what's important to realize as well is that the plans that we've proposed not everyone agrees with whatsoever, but i think we have to ask ourselves what is the plan, you know? if we only pass universal background checks, great. but that's putting a band-aid on this massive dam that is about to break, right. and we need to rebuild the dam. >> right. it's interesting you say that, because sometimes that very argument is used by opponents of gun safety measures, and not -- disingenuously but incorrectly saying this thing you want will only affect a little bit of this. and it's true. we have a ton of guns. we have a culture that is a very violent culture in america. how do you and the movement think about that? >> i think it comes down to reckoning with our history, and our history of white supremacy in the united states and the
fact that we live in a post genocidal society oftentimes that was orchestrated by the united states government and that if we want to talk about mass shootings, we have to recognize the massive number of indigenous mass shootings that were initiated by the united states government. i think back to the battle of that were predominantly men, women and children that were slaughtered by the united states government back in the 19th century and how that's never discussed as a mass shooting and that's wrong because those people were not armed and we were stealing their land. i think it comes down to reckoning with the tough history and realizing that it's okay if you recognize the actual history of the united states, it's okay to hate that injustice that much of this country has been founded on and much of the oppression that this country was founded on. that doesn't mean you hate america because it means you love your fellow americans so much that you don't want to repeat the same mistakes we've
made in the past. >> thank you. >> right. [ applause ] and with that i think we -- going back to what you're saying, specifically about what's not talked about in this, i think a major part of it is this major stigmatization of mental health. and what doesn't help that is when politicians go out and use mental health as a talking point when they don't want to say oh -- when they're essentially racially profiling white mass shooters and saying oh, they weren't a criminal. they weren't a terrorist. they weren't illegal. they were mentally ill. oh, what could have possibly caused this. and that's not helpful at all, because if we're only talking about mental health after someone picks up gun and does something horrible, we're only stigmatizing it more. and we need people to realize that where the real courage has to lie in our conversation around mental health and what it really means to be a man, because men do -- are taken disproportionately by suicides, predominantly in rural and
suburban areas is that the real strength of being a man comes from having the courage to actually talk about what's affecting you and not bottling it up in the first place. and reaching out for help. >> can i ask you -- i want to ask you on that score. you have -- i think about you a lot. i think a lot of people think about you and your classmates a lot because we all watched you in the public limelight in the midst of trauma. how you doing? >> yeah. >> you're a freshman at harvard. >> yeah. >> that's great. how are things going? >> so they're going pretty good. i get mental health for my ptsd. and i'm very open about having that and depression that i have as well. and i think that's part of like the courage that we need to have in these conversations is people that do have mental health issues such as ptsd or depression, if they're comfortable with it, talk about it more. and especially for like young men, this has to be a generational change that starts with us and talking about our
mental health in the first place. and on that topic, probably the best thing that has been the most therapeutic for me over the past you know, year and a half or so since the shooting is the amount of division that we saw after the shooting, but more specifically the conversations that i've had with people that don't agree with me and how much common ground that we've been able to find, especially with other, you know, young republicans. i have a couple of them that go to harvard or, you know, work in different areas with me that don't agree with me on everything, but we do find common ground on this issue oftentimes, and that something has to be done, such as background checks, and, you know, really the fact that if you need a license to go and by a car and need training to go and buy a car, you certainly should need a license and training to buy any weapon whatsoever. >> that is it. a majority -- >> and that -- those
conversations is what makes me hopeful about the future of our country, because the real thing that we should be demanding from both political parties and our politicians is remembering who they actually work for, and that's us. right? >> yeah. >> right, remembering that -- [ applause ]. remembering and reminding democrats that passing universal background checks is great, but that is certainly not the last step. it's only the first. and we actually need a comprehensive plan. we need the voting rights act or the civil rights act for peace in the united states. >> that's a great vision. you can check out march for our lives which has the peace plan that you guys put out. david hogg, thank you so much. really, thank you. stick around. we'll be right back. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job
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welcome back. there's something i've really been wanting to talk about. if the democrats can take back power in 2020, what needs to be the number one priority? here with me now to talk about that, the host of signal boost on siriusxm radio, msnbc political analyst zerlina maxwell. also with me tonight the senior vice president for social justice at the new school, maya wily and president of community change dorian warren in low income communities across the country. i'm somewhat obsessed with this. i've been asking every candidate because candidates don't want to
choose. they want to say everything's a priority. but if everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. it is zero sum. there is going to be one big piece of legislation you're going to push on. i personally think it should be climate just because of where the climate is, but what -- you're looking at me like no. >> no, you're wrong, chris. you're wrong, you're wrong. okay, i'll be really quick and succinct. we just celebrated the 125th labor day on monday. happy labor day, everybody. this won't be surprise to you, labor law reform in my view should be the number one priority. it's a two fer. if you increase power for workers and bring democracy in the workplace, then workers will bargain for higher wages. this addresses inequality. >> it's kitchen table. >> but the second part of it is you actually build power. you build power especially for low income people, people struggling to make ends meet. unions are one of the best sources of getting people out to vote. so you're building a civic institution at the same time you're addressing a key issue of inequality. >> we should note republicans do the opposite. >> exactly. >> which is when they take over
a state house. >> yep. >> often the first thing they do is go after a union. we've seen this happen in ohio and wisconsin. of course the other issue there is if you do that, you don't do immigration. >> immigration would be my number two. >> but only one thing has to be number one. maya? >> i maybe shouldn't run for president because i can't pick one either. >> i think you should. >> but i am going to say health care reform and specifically include in that prescription drugs. biggest reason is because one of the things that democrats must do is make sure that every american feels the difference. and health care is still one of the biggest costs that american families suffer under. we actually have a huge number of americans who thankfully are more insured but a lot more who are under insured, plus i work at a university. i see what the health care cost does to the cost of tuition. so if we want to actually deal with people's ability to send their kids to college, we also
have to deal with health care cost. >> i mean, my -- all of that is true, and from a just concrete thing democrats have been running on, prescription drugs, one thing i worry about from a political standpoint is just watching, like, we watched in 2008, health care became the priority because that debate, they passed the stimulus and then the first big thing they did was health care and that took a lot of political capital. the next thing they do is health care, and they fail and it takes a lot of political capital, and just a little worried about rerunning the script. >> but climate change doesn't take political capital? >> that's exactly right. my point about it more is that you get one, you get like a budget of political capital up front that you have to sort of choose to spend. >> my answer is a little bit different and it's more broad. >> you can't do everything. you're not running for office. >> i'm not doing everything, i'm doing anti-corruption and public integrity. elizabeth warren has a bill in the senate -- >> which she says would be her
first priority. she's one of five candidates still in the primary that have said this is going to be their priority. we need to overturn citizens united and reform our democratic processes so that they actually are democratic. part of the problem is, i think, you know, the david hogg generation, i feel like they understand this. they understand that the reason why -- they understand that structurally the reason why these bold reforms cannot happen is because the politicians that are in washington are bought and paid for by dark money corporate interests. >> that also connects with what dorian is saying. this is one of the big sort of choices. even when you're talking about individual issues, they're a meta choice, do you do things that structurally build power, right, so structural form about money and politics or a national
voting holiday, just the first bill, let's have election day off. we'll give you a holiday or labor unions, all in the same category, you build power and then there's, like, your prescription drugs are lower, and that's a tough choice because it's like, the immediate effect of the kitchen table at issue is always there. it's always beckoning. >> with all due respect to my big sister and i agree with health care, but liberals and progresses love policy and the other side loves power and we have to get ourselves in the mindset of understanding the rules of the game matter just as much as the policy. we change the rules of the game and empower more people of actual people power, we can win on any policy issue that we want. >> i agree with that. i did learn that when people start with all due respect -- >> my big sister. >> absolutely. i think part of the thing that's artificial about the discussion is should be the leaders of power at the same time there's attention to policy but policy that really impacts the daily lives of americans, but i will say, because none of -- because this is something that doesn't require legislation, but if democrats
take back the senate and hold on to the house and have the white house, judges because if we don't give -- >> that's also a great example of exactly the same. part of the issue i think is that republicans, the republican domestic policy agenda, it's cutting taxes, like that's it. and so they tend to focus on these structural power things because there's not a lot of things they want to do, other than regulatory roll backs and cut taxes. democrats come into office every time with like, they've got a bunch of policy they got to tick through, and so what you end up is that choice to go for the policy. >> and the importance of the judges is if you pass the legislation, you don't have conservative judges coming behind us tearing down all of our legislation. >> you can already see, let's say through some incredible act of political will and activism like there's a democratic president who passes a green new deal, a huge, you know, trillion dollars of investment, infrastructure, like is a roberts court going to sit there, cool a great new green deal.
>> right. >> so the one additional point i'll make about health care just on the point about -- because weavers of power are critical, but one of the things we forget is it's a republican strategy to kill policy that will deliver to every day people through money. >> yes. >> but health care is sucking so much money out of the economy, it's impacting money for education, it's impacting money that might be available for housing policy. these are also major things that we need in this country. >> we're up against it here but the last thing i'll just say on this here is immigration reform. from a pure coalitional politics, when you survey the coalition, here's our coalition, what immigrant communities and immigrant adjacent communities have been put through by this administration, a lot of this can be undone through executive action. but i have watched that fight from mccain/kennedy back in 2005, six and it doesn't get
done and didn't get prioritized by barack obama, which is defensible, given the things he had to do, and to come in office and not turn around to the folks who have been with you all of those years while you have not provided some status to those 11, 12 million, that is very very tough. >> thank you for saying that. thank you. >> and so alena max -- zerlina maxwell, maya wiley, thank you. we'll be right back. that was excellent. >> thank you. we have much more when we come right back. i have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. now, there's skyrizi. 3 out of 4 people achieved... ...90% clearer skin at 4 months... ...after just 2 doses. skyrizi may increase your risk of infections... ...and lower your ability to fight them. before treatment your doctor should check you for infections and tuberculosis. tell your doctor if you have an infection... ...or symptoms such as fevers,... ...sweats, chills, muscle aches or coughs...
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studio 6a three fridays in a row, and you know what, it's been a lot of fun. i think we'll be back again. i want to thank everyone who came out here to 30 rock, and those who watched at home, all of the amazing crew that made it possible. that is all for this evening. rachel maddow show starts right now. good evening, rachel. >> that was spectacular. so good with the live audience. it's so good. it's so good. well done, my friend. well earned. thank you. thanks for joining us this hour, super happy to you here. i actually want to start with one matter of business that i want to attend to right off the bat. this is not about today's news. it's a thing i promised i would keep you apprised of. i want to do it right away. because i am an insane person and because i forgot how absolutely impossible it is to write a book while having another job, i have a new book that is coming out in about three weeks. in 2012, i wrote a book called drift, the unmooring of american military power. i am in retrospect super happy