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tv   Inside Story 2018 Ep 310  Al Jazeera  November 6, 2018 8:32pm-9:01pm +03

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from nation in daniel know his case the state has the discretion to allow his mail in ballot it's just decided not to as he phoned kemp's department he got one other bit of bad news so and that's the case with line and my wife's that is correct. with a few days left election day his wife will also be notified that her ballot has also been rejected by the state of georgia john hendren al-jazeera at lamda. all right let's introduce our panel joining us from washington d.c. is lara brown program director at the graduate school of political management for george washington university also in washington pete tucker an independent journalist and contributor to counterpunch and joining us here in doha rodney taylor coordinator of international studies and professor of language and literature at the community college of cutter welcome to you all ronnie let me start with you so you saw john hendren report there he's in georgia and in georgia
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you have a race if for governor in which the person who's overseeing the elections in that state is also a candidate for governor many say that that is improper many say that that is unethical how exactly is this allowed to happen this is simply a continuation of the status quo since the jim crow era and which blacks recently freed blacks were disenfranchised by the government by the slave state legislature to make sure that they could not use the power at the ballot box to change their political destiny and that is what is at stake once again he has refused mr kemp has refused to recuse himself so this is a highly unethical he has also raced many people from the voter rolls including new immigrants recently naturalized citizens who came to them in states to fully participate in the american democratic system it is a shame and a sham in my opinion and is simply a continuation of what we have faced especially in the southern states of the united states for a long time most dangerous lee in two thousand and thirteen
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a more conservative supreme court overturned articles section four and five of the voting rights act of the one nine hundred sixty s. which no longer has a federal surveillance of those southern states that want to discriminate against blacks lessons government oversight rob salut lee so now there could be more intrusions disenfranchisement of minority groups because of the fact the more conservative our supreme court the more these types of injuries to civil rights will be prevalent the issue of voter suppression of course is being reported as being talked about much more in this election cycle but laws that would make it harder for certain groups to vote i mean that's really nothing new is it. well look it isn't anything new this is something that has gone on in the united states for all of our history part of the problem is actually the structure of our elections our constitution basically allows and pushes the states and the
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localities to do all of the cascine and counting of the ballots so the federal oversight is fairly weak but in addition there is this recurrent problem of who should be overseeing the elections is it the secretary of state at the state level or is it the secretary of state at the federal level i'm not so sure that democrats who are minorities would be better off if the trump administration were overseen so we do have just generally a problem that needs to be worked out and i agree a general recusal of those officers who are in place who have a political interest in the election should be sufficient but we also have republicans who are filling these seats who seem to have no shame or sort of moral
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compass when it comes to this and you simply want to know that from my own home state the eternal general jeff sessions himself was accused of voter suppression when he was the state attorney general in alabama and i remember that as a child growing up the shock of knowing that he was about to presume the position of a federal judge forcing that was overturned that he did not a sense of that power but now under trump he has been appointed the attorney general of the united states in charge of enforcing the laws including civil rights pete i saw you shaking your head so i wanted to ask you are so you actually rather not in there i want to ask you is this the election cycle that is really awakened many more americans to the possibility that voter suppression could be happening in their midst. both rodney and lara pointed out this is a long standing thing and it's a tactic that is crucial to the republican effort i mean that donald trump and the folks running on his cam along those lines are appealing to
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a narrow segment of the population and then they've got to erect barriers for the majority of the country particularly voters of color to get to the polls so this is long standing but it is i think getting a lot more attention today and it's something that needs to get attention because if we're going to have a democracy everyone's got to be able to get to the polls and clearly that's been a real challenge of have been serious impediments to particularly voters of color in this country look like you wanted to add something there or did you did you want to say something. yeah well i mean i think there is a positive side to all of this attention i mean whatever the downsides are about people having a sense of also being disenfranchised and actually being prevented from voting there is this other side where the reports about it are so shocking i think to many
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americans to think that this is still going on in the twenty first century that it could also help to increase some of the vote i think you know when you saw oprah winfrey in georgia talking about the importance of voting and what it meant from a legacy standpoint i'm not sure that you've had those sort of emotional appeals backed up with kind of this urgency of the moment in a very very long time so we might well see kind of you know huge minority turnout even despite the obstacles that exist right in there you want to jump in just a me ask you first though if you can incorporate this into your answer so obviously president trump has made himself really front center in this election cycle how much of this midterm election is it is going to be a referendum on him. it depends on the blue wave or the blue tsunami if you will i don't expect it to be a dramatic shift from the status quo that we have currently i think he will
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continue to rule with his agenda in place i think that there will be some give way with the house of representatives but in general the senate is the sort of the the fire wall of american leadership in congress and therefore i think he will maintain control his agenda will continue the referendum might show up in the sense of this latest kavanaugh situation with appointment to the supreme court to see how women decide what they're going to do or or accept in leadership that the case of the election of mccaskill senator mccaskill in missouri will also be an interesting that must test and she opposed kavanaugh will she be able to maintain her power so i look at it more broadly as just one more lobby in the midst of a culture war if you will that's going under going right now in the united states pete many many expect that the democrats will be able to flip the house on this election if that were to happen you know what what will they be able to do how will
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they be able to counter trump going forward does it depend on how much how much of a majority they would hold it does and i think the romney's point also depends on the senate but i think it's crucial that democrats move forward not just on focusing on trump which i think that was the electoral strategy in two thousand and sixteen but i think really addressing whether it's fifteen dollars an hour or medicare for all or ending the incarceration craziness that has been this country's. policy for so long addressing the policies that really impact people's day to day lives are doing everything they can to address it i think is going to be crucial i don't think it's enough just to go. into two thousand and twenty saying trump and russia well i think the problem is that we have a president who bypasses all traditional norms for your presidency all sense of
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decorum and civility and he bypasses the traditional mainstream media to do that appeals directly to visceral emotional racist reactions from people and that stirs them up and motivates them to vote i would like to say that pete is right we need to focus on substantive issues and lars right there are some positives out of this setting a light on this issue of voter suppression which affects poor people which affects do it big rates noone newly naturalized citizens but also there needs to be a campaign and i think president obama former president obama and former attorney general eric holder have launched a campaign to deal with the gerrymandering issue which is the which is the the bedrock of this problem how we we position ourselves in our neighborhoods to vote one way or to destroy the voting power of certain communities as was shown recently in the state of pennsylvania that when all the way to the state supreme court in pennsylvania because the republicans had rigged the general ban drink so much that it totally diluted the voices the votes of people of color so we have to address
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the issue of german during full participation in a democracy why is it that we still voting on tuesdays and the rest of the western democracies vote on the weekend make it easier for the working class people to be able to vote why can't we have an automatic registration to vote across the board why the republicans so insistent on limiting the ways in which people can vote that is the real problem to rodney's point if the democrats were to be able to retake the house do you think that there will be efforts made at that legislation perhaps to try to counter some of the gerrymandering efforts that have been going on for decades now well i think there are sort of a couple different types of problems i mean we do have a reality that our constitution does put much of that redistricting effort. and in fact all of it at the state level the civil rights and voting rights act ensured that the states had to do some things in more appropriate ways we had legal cases
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that required that each house district have the same number of people in it but the bigger problem isn't just sort of the gerrymandering because in fact our senate is not gerrymander each senator represents an entire state the bigger problem that we have in this country is what we call sorting meaning that people have moved into areas where they want to be near people who agree with them and so we do have a geographical distribution issue but i want to go back to the referendum for just one moment much of what we have seen in the polling is that this midterm election will be a certainly a nationalized election people will either be voting in favor of trump or against trump more than two thirds of the public say that that's what their vote is representing and that's highly unusual in
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a midterm election to have that sort. of support and energy one way or another we also at the moment have about thirty five million people who have already cast a ballot early and in a typical midterm election we generally have about eighty five million people voting we're likely to go for far past that number and this is going to be an unusually high turnout election and some of that does have to do with how trump has nationalized the selection to be about him for or against pete your reaction to what laura was saying just how momentous are these elections. yeah i was listening to noam chomsky the other day and he said it's not the most important election of his lifetime it's the most important election in human history. you have a republican party that is ignoring climate science as we head rapidly towards
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a future that's difficult to think about and were organized meaningful human existence is in jeopardy and a republican party it's ignoring what's ahead and a president who is playing footsie and sometimes is not so subtle with white nationalists. so this is an election about trump it's really an election about the direction of this country and so yeah this is this is a momentous occasion and it is heartening to see turnout so high and i think that. hopefully i'll continue and i think one of the things about polling is often we say well who's up who's down but the end of the day as we saw in two thousand and sixteen as we've seen in the primaries particularly when it comes to progressive candidates of color. polling is enabled isn't always the best measure and polls don't vote people do so we'll see if this continues but my hope is that people will continue to step up and vote and send the message that this is not the direction
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that we want to head in this country no doubt i think as pete mentioned is a definite a very decisive election especially when you think about the checks and ballots system with an american democracy if the trouble campaign and the republicans win the house and the senate then we have a congress of the legislative branch we have the executive branch and we have a conservative supreme court also more likely to to decide in favor of republican standards and ideas about constitutional philosophy so this would be very dangerous for our democratic system to have all three branches of government under one umbrella if you will i mean to expand on what romney was saying i mean if the republicans were to keep the house and the senate what does this mean as far as what trump will do going forward won't he just be more in bold and i mean would the last two years you know this is purely speculation with the last two years from
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your point of view essentially look like child's play compared to what he might feel emboldened to do. yes i think that's right it would be seen by president trump as an affirmation of all of his tactics he doesn't ever really seem to have a strategy but he has many tactics that so confusion and create kind of a chaotic legislative environment but he would see all of the votes as being an affirmation of his direction that he wants to take the country and i think more importantly though what you would see is that his republican opposition which has been meek but persistent over the course of his last two years would all but disappear so the most important thing is not just how the president behaves in his cabinet would react but in fact how all of the republicans across the entire party up and down sort of the state to the federal would basically roll over
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to the sense that the republicans had become trump's party many republicans of have questioned why president trump isn't running more on the strength of the economy in the u.s. at this particular moment but others say look the reason that the president is is relying on on scare tactics is essentially gin up his base do you think that is correct is that why he is highlighting more the negative then the the things that are going well in the u.s. right now. i think trump is a master of dominating the news cycle and so when things go away from him in a direction that he doesn't want then he's going to reach deep down into that bag he did that in the primary and he will appeal in ways we've just never seen it i've never seen a president do. to race and even racism. and he will keep the attention
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on him and that is as laura saying it is a disorienting experience both on his legislatively and also just as a country it's hard to think about any issues other than him but it's crucial that we do from climate change to to the minimum wage to you name it this is all is not and it's not just about trump is about all of us a problem but he's going to make it about himself and. you know right here he's the he's the chief executive of the nation and he's also a master of ceremonies he's a brilliant reality t.v. show host so he knows exactly how to appeal to a certain audience and he has pinpoint exactly who to appeal to to get them out to the polls and what issues to touch upon he has continued his presidency just as he started his candidacy maligning and desecrating the name of minorities important politicians like obama questioning whether or not he was born in the united states . random stereotypes about mexicans and other peoples and muslims this is
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outrageous and everyone should be enraged by what he is doing on the flipside however what trump has massively done is appeal to white rage and white fear about people of color in the united states which is further polarizing the nation and is not going to give us a better society can you envision a scenario by which democrats retake the house and yet because of potentially legislative gridlock or voters not seeing democrats doing enough to actually put forth an agenda going forward that that would benefit trump going into two thousand and twenty. well sure that is something that you could say happened with both ronald reagan and bill clinton whereby in their first midterms they essentially you know lost seats in the house of representatives
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president clinton in fact lost the majority but they were able to reach across the aisle and start creating legislation and building a record for themselves that helped them win re-election in their campaigns in eighty four and ninety six respectively but what you really do with that is you assume that you have a president who can reach across the aisle and be unified and i think as our panelists have so eloquently said very little of this president is an attempt to reach out to others who are not his base he has a very difficult time engaging in any sort of presidential unifying type of conversation rhetoric or or strategy he just doesn't like the idea of sort of american americans coming together he is much more interested in driving the wedges between them to divide them
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further apart and win at all costs and win at all costs. we have run out of time so we're going to have to leave it there and so thanks to all our guests tucker brown and rodney taylor and thank you too for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting our website al jazeera dot com and for further discussion go to our facebook page at facebook dot com forward slash a.j. inside story you can also join the conversation on twitter our handle is at inside story for me and the entire team here and by for now. i.
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this is al jazeera i'm betting you know that with a check on your world headlines holes are now open and what's been one of the most divisive and expensive election campaigns in recent history americans are voting right now as you can see in the crucial midterm elections all four hundred thirty five seats are up for election in the house of representatives along with a third of the senate and dozens of state governorships both parties see the vote as a referendum on trump's presidency. has more from new york. the economy is doing very well in the united states which bodes very well for the president donald trump and his republican party however a lot of voters while they like the economy also and like the what the president has done for the economy he has low approval ratings on a personal level so that's a very unpredictable element to all of this you have immigration a lot of buzz from supporters and republicans like what trump is doing on his
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hardline immigration stand but a lot of other people are coming out and voting specifically against his hardline immigration stance and then of course you have the issue of impeachment this is a real issue that a lot of democrats are are saying that you know some of been saying that they want to take over congress so they can begin to really investigate the administration on a more closer level and trump has come out and said i need the republican sic control the congress to help prevent this to support my agenda so all of these issues swirling around make this a very unpredictable election dan balz a longtime political reporter for the washington post he's been doing this for over forty years says this is the most unpredictable midterm election he's seen in a generation well china's alleged abuse against its we muslim minority has been under the spotlight in geneva the un human rights council is conducting its periodic review of the chinese government's human rights record beijing has been accused of mass the tension and discrimination of weaker muslims in the region but
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the chinese representative in geneva defended his government's records. cheney the chinese government protect its citizens freedom of religious belief of ministers religious affairs in accordance with the law in fosters an active and healthy religious relation the particular rights of ethnic minorities in accordance with the law all fifty five ethnic minority groups are represented at the national people's congress and the chinese people's political consultative conference turkey's foreign minister says authorities have more evidence regarding the killing . they haven't yet shared with the public his comments come after a turkish media reports stuff at the saudi consulate in istanbul tried to tamper with security cameras to help cover up the murder the emir of qatar has told investors his country's economy has become stronger despite the blockade imposed on it by four arab countries say i mean been hammered with and he says exports grew by eighteen percent last year but he expressed regret over the continued dispute in
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the g.c.c. saudi arabia u.a.e. behind and egypt imposed the blockade on qatar in june last year accusing it of supporting terrorism charged strongly denied. most of all to do it enough of saudi geo and out of the year security instability of arab gulf states cannot be achieved by undermining of other states of meddling in the domestic a fee is but respecting the rules governing our relations and working to resolve differences through dialogue that serves the interests of all concerned parties history teaches us that crises passata but mismanagement of crises leaves behind consequences the will last for a long time more than two hundred mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been discovered in areas formerly controlled by eisel in iraq the u.n. says it found the sites in the north and west of the country the smallest graves contained eight bodies are the largest is believed to be the sinkhole that south of
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mosul which may contain hundreds if not thousands cameroon. president paul b.s. says his country cannot be divided despite what he called terrorist violence by separatists he was speaking at his inauguration ceremony in the capital for his seventh term in office on monday seventy nine children were kidnapped from their school in the english speaking northwest region armed separatists are fighting for an independent state there accusing the french majority government of discrimination those are the headlines al-jazeera correspondent is next.
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