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hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. great to be here with you. we're here hours before super tuesday. the republican party is at war over trump and the rise likelihood he will become the party's nominee. tomorrow, check the map with me, 11 states here hold republican primaries or caucuses and trump already has wins in three states under his belt.
when you look at the recent polling, this new cnn poll shows trump has the support of 49% of republicans nationwide. that dwarfs his competitors whose combined percentages still fall short of trump's lead. but will this latest controversy when he failed to fully disavow a former kkk leader sunday on cnn perhaps cut into his support? this is just moments ago. some protesters holding hands and chanting "black lives matter." they interrupted his speech, refusing to leave the venue there. this is ratford university in virginia. let's go to cnn's jim acosta who was at that event. can you tell me what exactly happeneded? >> this is the rowdiest donald trump rally i've covered since i've been covering his campaign for the past month or so. about three quarters of the way
through this valley -- keep in mind, there were a few other protests that broke out before this happened. we saw 20 to 30 protesters, largely african-american, but there were folks of all races in the mix there, who started chanting. at first, they did not want to leave. security -- eventually there was a large enough security presence there they started walking out. at that point, some of them, perhaps all of them, not really sure about that, what chanting "black lives matter." we'll show you a little piece of that video. and then donald trump's reaction just after that. >> all right, folks, you can hear it once, all lives matter. >> so there you have donald trump's reaction to it, all lives matter. that was after 10 or 15 seconds of the crowd chanting all lives matter. keep in mind, part of this got started because just before that group of protesters started chanting black lives matter and other protests, there was
another protester on the other side of this auditorium here who got up and was being escort the out by security and trump at that point said to her, are you from mexico? she appeared to be of hispanic descent. there was a photographer, we should point out, there was a media scrum and a photographer got into an altercation with secret service officers. we witnessed it firsthand. there's video of it out there on social media right now. this "time" magazine photographer named chris morris. he tried to leave the media pen to go cover the protest. he was grabbed and taken down by secret service agents. we personally saw this on video that was taken of the incident. i just had a chance to talk to chris morris after this was over. he said he did not throw a punch, did not get physical at all and it was about 18 inches, he put it, after he left the pen, he was grabbed by secret service agents and thrown to the ground. he said he's not pressing charges but it gives you a sense of how this was a volatile mix here at this donald trump rally, not to mention some of the red
hot rhetoric being used by the candidate on stage. this was the rowdiest protest i've seen so far. >> my goodness, all happening there at radford university, all at the same rally. jim acosta, volatility indeed, thank you. my panel, pastor darrell scott, founder and senior pastor at new spirit revival center in ohio. a trump supporter. also with me, the chairman of the florida state government relations and a marco rubio supporter. gentlemen, welcome to both of you. >> good to see you again, brooke. >> good to see you. pastor, let me just begin with you. just going back to some of the video. allen, if we have it, let's play it again. to you, as a trump supporter, as an african-american pastor, when you see these young folks together, holding hands, you know, disrupting this rally, chanting "black lives matter," what is happening here? what's your response? >> well, as one who is used to speaking in front of crowds, i
think that anyone that comes to someone's event with the intent to disrupt, i mean, they're wrong, right, from the very beginning. peaceful protest is one thing. disruption is another. and they're seeking to disrupt donald trump because of the momentum that he's gained in this presidential election. you got to realize, brooke, when the election began, everybody looked at trump with the sense of amusement this clown, this bafoon this carnival barker. but it went from amusement to concern to worry, from worry it went to fear, now it's all-out panic. everyone is like, it seems like trump is going to become the republican nominee and people are afraid, people are scared. there's just -- it seeps to me to be a concerted effort on the part of the liberal left and the powers that be on the right to -- it's not so much now as
winning or gaining the presidency as it is stopping donald trump. and i don't understand what the fear is. i really don't. >> let me -- as you pointed out, they have a right to be there. i hear you on intention to disrupt. i can't crawl into their minds and hearts and know what they were thinking. but race has become such a part of this race. specifically with regard to donald trump talking to my colleague jake taper on tv just yesterday, supportinga man who in this interview, you know, did not disavow the kkk. i have to stay with you and just ask you about your response to that, that he did not do that. >> i looked at it. the bottom line, jake tapper continued to ask him a question and jake tapper wasn't satisfied with the answer. jake tapper asked him, do you -- >> did he get an answer? i mean, i think it's fair to continue asking your interviewee the same question until you get an appropriate response. >> if he had just asked him, are you in agreement with an endorsement from the ku klux klan, the answer would have been
an unequivocal no. we know trump does not support the endorsement of any hate groups, any supremist groups. when he kept chloe throeing out the name david duke, mr. trump kept replying, i don't know this guy. >> he had just referenced him the friday before. jake was entirely in the right to ask him the question. pastor, let me come back to you. mack, i just want to hear your voice, please, sir. please weigh in on the validity -- actually, i think the question was entirely valid, but the exchange, you know, tapper had with trump and also, you know, you're p your part of this -- i was looking at your twitter, you tweeted #nevertrump. explain it to me. >> trump is a neo fascist and he scares me. he's a hyper nashist. the acrid smell of violence you're seeing on your video right now is always just in the background. every time he speaks, the dog
whistles are deafening. what you're seeing there is the fruit that donald trump has been sowing for a year that may destroy the republican party and certainly, i believe, is a danger to the country. >> other than that. i'm glad you held back there. no, mack, i appreciate it. i think your strong views represent a huge chunk of not just the republican party but some americans. at the same time, you know, you look at the numbers, you look at how well donald trump has done, you know, the people are speaking, pastor. >> well, donald trump is not a xena phobe. the trump organization employs women in high capacities, has a tremendous respect for women. he's not a xenaphobe, he's not a misogynist. the only time race enters into the equation with trump is when others bring it up. i find it amusing whenever trump does make a proposal that people tend to attribute to racism, a
week or two later, three weeks later, the other candidates come in and weigh in on the same issue and they have the same opinions that trump does. as a matter of fact, and most people don't know because we haven't made the announcement yet, but we have an organization, myself, bruce labell out of atlanta and others, have an organization that is called the national association of minorities for trump and it's made up of asian-americans, indian-americans, african-americans and hispanics, whatever, and, you know, mr. trump has expressed to us that he wants us to present to him minority initiatives. initiatives that can help all the different minority communities. but he's not doing this to pander for votes. this is a genuine concern that he has. so we're going to present these initiatives to him. we have at risk minority youth between the ages of 10 and 17 that we're trying to help stay off drugs to be educated. we have a prison re-entry
program that reacclimates minorities into american system. people seek the negative to use against trump and never any of the positives. >> go ahead, mack, please -- i see you shaking your head. >> we, i'm going to repeat again, and i respect the pastor certainly, i respect his passion. i believe the organization he's been asked to help form is a beard, it's a smoke screen to disguise the reality of donald trump. i will repeat again, the man is a racist, he's a xenaphobe. if he's not, the kkk and david duke are going to be shocked, because they've gone to some effort to endorse his candidacy and support what they really understand to be his views when they read between the lines. >> if i may jump in, i want you to respond. because being called a beard and a smoke screen is nothing to laugh about, but let me just add this, mitt romney just responding to the not disavowing
the kkk. let me just share this. quote, a disqualifying and disgusting response by donald trump to the kkk. his coddling of repugnant bigotry is not the character of america. pastor. >> who is mitt romney? mitt romney, why don't you just go away? >> who is mitt romney? >> go away, mitt romney. mitt romney seems as if it's a party he hasn't been invited to and he wants to put a lamp shade on his head and dance at the new year's eve party. first of all this is not a smoke screen, this organization. mr. trump did not ask us to build it. we built the organization and we told mr. trump we have some several minority platforms that we want to advance, and he welcomed them. he didn't ask us to do this. we're not pup epts or shells for trump. we have our own minds. >> make sure you get some of those nasty mexicans on your panel, pastor. >> listen, you're being sarcastic, but that's all right. you guys are scared, trump is winning -- >> i am scared, i'm terrified,
pastor. >> if what you're saying about trump, when you have all of these americans endorsing trump what does it say about the climate that has been created in america over the past eight years? it wasn't like this when bush was president. now all of a sudden over the last eight years, this climate, this political and this social climate in america has digressed to the point that we have this, this is the result of eight years of democratic presidential administration? >> mack, you get the last word -- mack, jump in, we got to go -- >> -- not trump's fault -- >> a significant portion of the american electorate is obviously anxious, it's obviously angry and it's striking out but that doesn't make them right, pastor. they can be angry and they can be americans and they can be wrong. and they're wrong. this guy is bad news for this country. >> we have to leave it -- >> -- democracy is the -- >> it is indeed. >> -- then the people are speaking. >> mack stipanovich, pastor,
glad to see both of you. varying perspectives on this race, thank you both. please also tune in tomorrow for cnn special live tuesday coverage. we will be here all day and into the evening right here on cnn. coming up next, we'll talk about the war. as was just alluded to there. the war erupting inside the republican party. some republicans refusing to accept trump as the nominee. plus, something just happened inside the u.s. supreme court that hasn't happened in ten years. justice clarence thomas speaking out. hear what he said. and it has everyone in america talking. chris rock taking on hollywood. racism. directly to their faces. the reaction is pouring in today. we'll discuss. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. we'll be right back. the decision to ride on and save money.
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face stiffer competition from remaining contenders. so how is or should the republican establishment hailing the fact that trump is very likely to become the republican nominee for president? let's discuss. amy stoddard, associate editor at the hill, genevieve wood, formerly with the republican committee. and alex burns, national correspondent at "the new york times." welcome to all of you. a.b., kicking it off with you, certain republicans refusing to wrap heads around that trump could be the nominee. the first republican senator to say unequivocally he will not be supporting trump if he is the nominee. tomorrow's super tuesday. the voters are speaking. who is it for the republican leadership to decide who should represent the party? >> it's not the decision of the republican party to decide who the nominee is. it's voter's decision.
but donald trump is someone that republicans and movement conservatives, many republicans, not all, but movement conservatives believe is not a real conservative. and that his nomination or presidency would represent the end of the republican party. and they are not going to stand up and back him at the convention and on the ticket in the fall. many of them are not saying that now because they don't want to fuel his supporters even more. but there is a trump movement as you know. it's getting louder as marco rubio has tried to take him on. it's probably too little too late. you're going to see more people who are willing to come out publicly and say we're not going to endorse the nominee of our party because we don't believe he's a real republican and believe he'll flip and flop right back to old liberal democrat positions once he's the nominee and running against hillary clinton. that is the fear that's been talked about privately for a
long time and is just coming out -- coming out into the fore and the public discussion now. >> all right, genevieve, meg whitman, the former chris christie campaign chair, has ripped governor christie for obviously endorsing trump. you're formerly with the rnc. the establishment as a.b. was saying behind closed doors, we're hearing drips and drabs publicly of taking him down what are his options? >> the only people who can take down the candidate at the end of the day are voters. the reality is we're going to go to the polls tomorrow. you're going to have the highest number of delegates at stake tomorrow. i think right now it is donald trump's election to lose in terms of the nomination. the fact that he's ahead. but look, a lot's happened over the last few days. and people can make a different decision tomorrow. they can go for cruz, they can go for rubio, they can go for kasich. i mean, this thing isn't over yet. i think there is a lot of hand ringing in washington. the reality is much of
washington brought this on. people are very mad at the leadership. i think in both parties frankly. but trump has had the benefit of having such a crowded field, it's disburpersed a lot of the i think the angryist voices have gone towards him. as long as his field stays as large as it is, that i a benefit to trump. >> washington is a little irked some people aren't dropping to perhaps coalesce behind one. alex, to you, sir, great piece with maggie and jonathan in "the times." in your reporting, you mention senate majority leader mitch mcconnell laying out the plan that would have lawmakers break with trump in a general election? tell me about that. >> what they're envisioning now is a scenario where they're struck with trump and it becomes very clear maybe even before the convention in july that he's a nonstarter and he's going to lose badly. what that means is you have a number of vulnerable republican
senators up for re-election who suddenly have to choose do you stick with him, do you stand with trump, do you explicitly distance yourself from him? the model is the 1996 election, last time you had a republican nominee who was very clear from the beginning was almost certainly not going to win, and you had senators run ads just presuming that bill clinton was going to get a second term and say you need a republican senate to check president clinton. they could use the exact same words this time around. >> that's a possibility. back to marco rubio, because i think this is an important part of the conversation. listen, looking at the language he's been using, he has sort of stooped to the low in terms of words that donald trump has been using for a while. today, he even admitted he's been insulting trump more. listen. >> i will go anywhere to speak to anyone before i let a con artist get a hold of the republican party and the
conservative movement. i suppose i could sit here today and hurl personal insults against him because he's done it the whole campaign. i've done it a couple times lately. but i'm not, i'm not, i'm not, no. they want me to read his tweets. not today, guys, i lost my voice, it's too crazy. >> so the question, a.b., would be are the insults working. let me share with everyone some of these numbers. this was taken, keep in mind, after rubio went on the attack at the debate in houston last week and it doesn't appear, if we have it, it that he, you know, it made any kind of impact. the question being, does he continue forth on this, you know, insult hurling campaign. >> well, that's hard, i mean, for marco rubio. he didn't want to run this kind of a campaign. he wanted to take the high road. he's realized that's how you
beat donald trump at his game. trump has trash talked his way through the entire campaign. now that you find rubio making jokes about his spray tan, he's getting more news coverage. he figured out that was going to be the only way to stay in the game. now, ted cruz, has texas tomorrow, ends up with more delegates than marco rubio, marco rubio could have not one win in one state tomorrow and have a tough time, you know, proclaiming his relevance in this race. but marco rubio is hoping between that debate and the days since that he who has done the best of the candidates with late breakers, people who decide at the last minute, can penetrate enough in the contest tomorrow and then of course in his home state of florida on the 15th. just stay in the race and try to be the person who's in a one on one race against trump eventually. >> tomorrow is huge. genevieve, final word to you. >> look, as a conservative, as a republican, i would say i wish this campaign was more about issues, less about these kinds
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something pretty rare happened at the united states supreme court this morning for the first time in more than ten years. justice clarence thomas spoke out loud in the form of a question. let me bring in justice correspondent pamela brown with the significance of this and also cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin on the phone to react to this. first to you, pamela, what exactly did he ask? >> well, justice thomas frankly stunned the reporter listening to oral arguments today, brooke in this under the radar criminal case about whether domestic abusers should lose gun rights. this is the first time in more than a decade, in fact, last week was the ten-year anniversary of him never asking a question during oral arguments and then today he spoke up and
not only that, he posed some tough questions, several questions, to the assistant solicitor general. in one exchange, he asked the government's attorney about his second amendment, saying this say misdemeanor violation, can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right? so everyone at that point leaned in, sort of in disbelief, according to one of the reporters in there, and as i said, the exchange included several questions and reporters said there was a lot of back and forth that happened at the end of the oral arguments. the timing of this of course cannot be ignored because it's just the second week of arguments since his friend justice antonin scalia died. thomas and scalia sat next to each other on the bench. they share similar views but had radically different styles during oral arguments. it could be that justice thomas today was trying to fill the void with justice scalia's voice
now absent. >> jeffrey toobin, you wrote the book on these justices. do you think this absolutely had to do with the passing of his friend? >> i think it probably does. justice scalia was such a dominant presence at oral arguments and the void left by his absence is so great in these cases that i think justice thomas used this opportunity to basically rejoin the other justices. this silence has kind of taken over his public reputation. and i think that's too bad. i think he would argue it's too bad. because there's a lot more to justice thomas's tenure than just his silence. i think to rejoin the others in a normal level of questioning is probably a good idea for all concerned. >> okay. jeffrey toobin. thank you. pamela brown, thank you. next, chris rock.
chris rock's hollywood take-down. >> well, i'm here at the academy awards. otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. >> and that was just the beginning of that opening monologue there. much more on tackling the controversial issue there head on from that stage. also ahead, more from those fiery protests that just erupted at donald trump's rally today there at radford university in virginia. these protesters here, demonstrators, holding hands, chanting "black lives matter." see what happened next coming up. pet moments are beautiful,
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chris rock taking on racism and hollywood head on at the oscars. it has everyone talking. here's a look. >> the big question, why this oscars, why this oscars, you know, it's the 88th academy awards. it's the 88th academy awards. which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. okay. you got to figure it happened in the '50s, in the '60s. you know, in the '60s, one of those years, sidney didn't put out a movie. i'm sure, i'm sure there were no black nominees some of those years. and black people did not protest. why? because we had real things to protest at the time. you know. [ applause ] we had other things to protest.
too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographier. you know, when your grandmother's swinging from a tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short. but what happened this year? what happened? people went mad, you know. spike got mad. jada went mad and will went mad. everybody went mad, you know. it's quite like jada got mad. jada says she's not coming. protesting. i'm like, you sure. jada's going to boycott the oscars. jada boycotting the oscars is like me boycotting rihanna's panties. i wasn't invited! oh, that's not an invitation i
would turn down. but i understand. i'm not hating. i understand you're mad. jada's mad. her man will was not nominated for "concussion." i get it, i get it. tu tell the truth. it's not fair will was this good and didn't get nominated. you're right. it's also not fair that will wallawas paid $20 million for "wild wild west," okay, okay. things, you know, this year, the oscars -- things are going to be a little different. things are going to be a little different at the oscars. this year in the in memoriam package is just going to be black people shot by the cops on their way to the movies. yes, yes. i said it, all right. hey, if you want black nominees
every year, you need to just have black categories. that's what you need. you need to have black categories. you already do it with men and women. think about it, there's no real reason to be a men and a women category in acting. it's -- come on. there's no reason! it's not track and field. you don't have to separate them. you know, robert de niro's never said, i'd better slow this acting down so meryl streep could catch up. no. not at all, man. if you want black people every year at the oscars, just have black categories. like best black friend. that's right. and the winner for the 18th year in a row is wanda sykes. this is wanda's 18th black oscar. but here's the real question.
the real question everybody wants to know, everybody wants to know in the world is hollywood racist. is hollywood racist. you know, that's a, you know, you got to go at that the right way. is it, is it burning cross racist? no. is it fetching you some let me nail lemonade racist? no, it's a different type of racist. >> he goes on to say it's sorority racist. we're going to get in this. we'll talk all about chris rock and some of the lines that are definitely being questioned.
it's not about boycotting anybody. we want opportunity. we want the black actors to get the same opportunities. >> just like that, chris rock came out swinging, taking on the elephant in the rule, the oscar's diversity controversiy. i wanted to bring the same channel back. don lemon, live in los angeles
in the room. so we'll chat with him on how it felt in the room versus how we watched it on tv. chris witherspoon is with me in new york, cnn analyst and entertainment editor of the degree greo.com. and mickey turner, pop critic. i want to go to you first because you covered so many different academy awards. to watch chris rock go on, how did he do, what did you think? >> you know, everyone from whoopi goldberg to j.j. abrams has said he rocked it last night. i don't think he rocked it so much as he kept it moving. a lot of his jokes fell flat. i think part of the reason is there's the fatigue factor because this hash tag has been going on for a couple months and probably 101% people in the room don't care anymore. and the other thing i think it just went above people's heads, you know, they didn't get the humor, they didn't know how to react. >> but the lines about -- stay with you, the lines about my grandmother hanging from a tree,
lynching, raping, was that too far for you or appropriate? >> absolutely too far. i think there's a segment of the population where that memory is still too fresh and it's too dark. if he had said something about the holocaust, he probably wouldn't have been able to get out of the room alive. so yes, i think that went too far. >> don, you were sitting there in the room. how did it feel? how did people there react? >> well, i love mickey, i think she's right on point about some things, but i have to disagree with others. i expect chris rock to go there. the grandmother hanging from the tree didn't offend me. he's a comedian. i want him to be controversial. he should and he was. i thought he was perfect. i thought, you know, he made people think when he said that racism is not, you know, what it was. yes, black people had more important things to think about in times past. we want thinking about in the '60s when sydney poitier was receiving oscars or received the
first oscar. that wasn't the big deal -- that was not the top priority for us. i also think he was right on about it being a sorority. just in life, african-americans are not included. people don't understand what, you know, what it's like to not be a part of the fraternity. that's kind of what it is. everyday jobs. even in our job, at broadcasting. there are certain people who always invited to the table. sometimes the people who are not invited to the table are often people of color. i think that's what he's saying. i think executives and others should check themselves and see if they are allowing, you know, a fraternity leader and not allowing everyone to the table. i thought he was right on. perfect, loved it. >> chris witherspoon, i think that speaks to the issue of nep yo nepotism that we talked about before, it is a fraternity and not everyone is included. >> the executive producer -- >> who's an african-american man
who really gave chris rock free rein. he said chris rock can do whatever he wanted to do. i think ultimately chris rock had really big shoes to fill. i don't think any of his contemporaries wanted his job last night. also, some of the things he said were distasteful. like the lynching, the hangings from the trees. i don't want to hear that in a joke. that's something that's very serious and diminishes the movement happening in this country. for many, they feel he didn't even really address the oscars. >> saying it went too far, just in time. it wasn't just the opening monologue -- >> it kept coming back. >> well deep into the show half an hour in, he was alluding to it and cracking jokes. >> in comedy, nothing is off limits -- >> go ahead, don. >> nothing should be off limits in comedy because those things make you think. the truth is often spoken in jest. and listen, we can't have a different set of standards for
black comedians we have. we can't have a different standard for chris rock. i want -- comedians are supposed to take it to the edge or over the edge or not -- and try to figure out where the line is to get people to think. yes, we have more important things to think about. we did then. it's the truth. why is the truth offensive? that's not offensive. >> i think chris rock had one solid moment where he really kind of encaptured what is happening with his oscars and what folks really feel at momho. >> he's not a scholar, he's a comedian that's doing the oscars. >> okay, here is -- as i was watching, you know, i wasn't in the room, but i was just like everyone else watching on tv and i kept watching the cut-aways of all these actors and i was almost cringing for them because do you applaud on these lines? i mean, don, you were there. did it feel -- how did it feel to watch these people? >> so, okay, i had a very
interesting moment, because people were actually looking around to see if they should laugh, right. and i started looking around because i was the only person in my row that was cracking up. well, mikaela and i were cracking up. after mikaela left, there were some jokes that went even a little bit further. this lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said, i'm glad you're enjoying this because it would be very disappointing if you weren't. and so people -- most of the room, most of the room, obviously it's the oscars, were filled with people who were not of color. so the stacy dash thing where stacy dash comes out, i cracked up because i got it, right, it's part of, you know, black culture, we get it. but most of the people in the room have no idea. some people were turning to each other going, who's she, is that the girl from such and such. which is important because sometimes we give too much credence and too much importance to people who have no voice or have very little platforms or
are not that important. and so that moment sort of showed me, like, why are we paying so much attention to stacy dash, why does she get under our skin that much? she's not that important, her voice is not that big. >> i think where they went wrong -- okay. no, i think where they went wrong with stacy dash is stacy needed more of a setup. not a lot of people in the room knew who she was. you know, essentially, she's the epitome of her most famous movie, she's kind of "clueless." i think if she included that in there, maybe people would have drawn some sort of correlation but, yeah, that was a missed moment for sure. >> let me follow up with you, mickey, it's a bit of a delay, but he was making the point when a lot of women on the red carpet are asked what are you wearing and they're saying, ask me more. chris rock was saying we're not all sexist and we're not all
racist. >> yeah, chris rock. >> yeah, chris rock, for this. then this joke about asians. here he was. >> the result of tonight's academy awards has been tabul e tabulated by price, waterhouse and cooper. they sent us their most hard working representative. i want you to please welcome ming su, bo ling and david maskowitz. yeah. it's okay, it's okay. thanks, guys, thanks a lot. if anybody's upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids, okay? >> okay, so yes, he's a comedian, you know, that was a bit, that was a bit. but mickey, quote is this, the new yorker posed this, quote, why give anyone room to rationalize a double standard? >> well, you know, i think what was wrong with a lot of the humor last night is that it wasn't very inclusive.
you know, that bit i have to admit i missed the first time around because i was ordering shirts online, but i thought that was actually one of the funnier bits that night. you know, but, you know, we didn't include the arabs and the asians and the latinos in this whole discussion about oscar so white. so that was one of my main criticisms of the show. it should be about everyone, yes. i thought the funniest joke of the night was will smith making the 20 million for "wild wild west." so he spread it out a little bit but not enough. >> mickey turner -- >> that was funny as well. >> it was a good one. don lemon, thanks for waking up with us. i'm sure you had some fun. thank you, all. make sure you watch don tonight at 10:00 eastern on cnn tonight. thank you all so much. coming up next here, we have to talk about what happened at this donald trump rally just a bit ago in virginia.
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caucuses. and a new cnn poll indicates trump has the support of 49% of republicans nationwide. that is a huge number. dwarfs his republican rivals whose combined percentages still fall short of trump's lead. but, will this new controversy when he failed to follow disavow a former kkk leader right here on cnn sunday, will that cut into his support at all? might it play a part in a major disruption at his rally there in virginia just this afternoon? a number of these protesters holding hands, chanting, "black lives matter," interrupting his campaign speech there at radford university, refusing to leave the venue. let's begin with the man who was there, our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. he's on the phone with me now. jim, please explain to me who these folks are, what happened. >> hi, brooke, yes, without question, as you were just saying, this is definitely the rallyist trump rally i've
attended in the last couple of months. essentially what you see in the video is what happened. there was a group of about 20 to 30 protesters, largely african-american, who started chanting "stop the hate" and "black live s matter." donald trump stopped the rally at that point. not completely, but that interrupted the rally. the security personnel came over to escort those folks out. and then you saw sort of this whole thing erupt into a big ruck ruckus. i don't know if there's a little oaudio we can play but just to give you a sense. you can sort of see and hear what was taking place at that time. >> the crowd there started chanting all lives matter and donald trump himself said "all lives matter." keep in mind, all of this got
started, brooke, shortly after donald trump said to a separate protester in the crowd, are you from mexico? there are four or five different interruptions during this rally. typically, these things tend to go fairly smoothly. the protester escorted out by security. when these black lives matter protesters were being led out there was a still photographer with "time" magazine who was trying to get some pictures of what was taking place. as soon as he stepped out of the media pen, which is a pen they used to keep us corralled at these events, he was immediately taken down by a secret service agent. we don't know exactly what led up to that moment. the photographer tells us -- he's with "time" magazine. he tells us all he simply tried to do is leave that pen to start taking pictures of what took place. it just underlined how very much on edge and how very rowdy this rally was. i almost called it a protest. it was a rally with a protest in
it. it really overshadowed donald trump's message for the day. he was going after marco rubio, trading insults, going back and forth these last 42 to 72 hours. but all of that overshadowed by what took place here. donald trump seemed to be thrown by it. at one point there was another protest. he just didn't seem to know what to do at this point. we should point out the trump many cap pain is not commenting beyond just a small statement saying they're referring questions to local law enforcement. >> want to stay on this. jim acosta, thank you so much for the detail there. you were there at radford university. you witnessed this yourself. let me bring in our cnn chief political correspondent dana bash. also cnn chief political analyst gloria borger and actor and economist ben stein who used to be a speechwriter for president richard nixon. welcome to all of you. dana, to you first. i mean, listen, you have been on
the trail for months and months and months. you covered a number of these candidates including mr. trump himself. when you see these protesters holding hands on a day that donald trump is already taking heat for not disavowing, you know, the controversy involving david duke and the kkk when he was on with tapper yesterday. have you seen it this heated? >> no, not even close. look, donald trump has made it kind of a part of his act for lack of a better way to say it, when a protester screams or tries to interrupt, he'll stop and he will say, get them out. he has said things like, i want to punch that guy in the face. but this is a completely different level. it's not necessarily so much about the way trump and i guess perhaps in this case the secret service is reacting, but in terms of the way the protesters appeared to organize. unclear if it has anything to do with what he said yesterday or
just where we are in the calendar and how close we are to super tuesday and how close we are to the front-runner being more than the front-runner on the republican side, brooke. >> gloria, i mean, this is an example of how we're hearing from now a number of prominent republicans. the republican party's splintered over the possibility of, you know, donald trump truly becoming the republican nominee. and i'm just wondering your thoughts on that and what any republicans can do about it. >> well, i've been on the phone all day with republicans. and these latest comments seem to have taken them sort of over the edge here. miss romney, as you know, just tweeted out that what trump said was disqualifying and disgusting. i just spoke with a republican who said he's the nominee, i'm not going to vote for the party. i think we ought to have a third nominee. even if we lose the race.
at least we're going to make shush that the world knows we're not bigots. i think what you're going to see after there's a little bit of claire fa case tomorrow or maybe not any clarification, if cruz wins texas. you're going to see some super pac money getting involved in this race in a big way against donald trump. particularly in the state of florida, for example. where lots of big punters want to prop up marco rubio to make sure he wins that "winner take all" state, so i think we've kind of reached a point here where all those people in the so-called establishment, whatever that is, who were sitting on their hands, waiting for donald trump to implode, finally woke up and realized, you know what, he's actually not going to implode. he's actually got almost half of the republican vote behind him. and if we wanted to defeat him, then we ought to try to do
something about it. >> ben stein. i go to you for the 35,000 foot view here. a high-profile conservative this morning was essentially questioning if the party of abraham lincoln is dying. have you ever seen this kind of divide within a party, where someone could indeed be the nominee? >> i'm never seen anything like it. it's the most messed up, to be plig polite, political situation i've seen. with regard to the black lives matter demonstration at radford university, every single time these guys shout "black lives matter," that's 1,000 more votes for donald trump. donald trump is no racist. it's a ridiculous thing to call him an anti-black racist. every time they shout and interrupt him, it makes white people want to vote for him. i suspect. i don't know. i haven't polled anyone. george wallace used to say every time you interrupt me and george wallace was a big segregati segregationist, he said, every time you interrupt me, that's 100,000 more votes for him. at this point, don't think donald trump can be stopped and
i think these demonstrators have pushed him into a commanding front-runner position. >> wroobrooke, if i might add, think ben is right inner its of the voters. the voters are the ones with the voices. however, as you're seeing these protests, and potentially it is rallying trump's base even more, broadening his base. you're seeing the tweet that gloria just showed from mitt romney. and ken mehlman, the former rnc chair, just put on his facebook page, leaders don't need research to reject klan support. and then he went on and on. so to gloria's point, you're going to -- you have even more than ever, you kind of have the voters and people who want change in washington, versus a coalescing republican establishment saying, okay, maybe you want change, but this guy is not the person to do it, and it is really kind of
crystalizing those two camps by the hour. >> you know, i don't know how you put humpty dumpty back together again, right, because these are, you know, there's such a civil war going on in the republican party right now that i think to break it up may be the only way eventually to get it all on the same page. and i think the voters have the ultimate voice here, but now you hear all kinds of talk, whether it's legitimate or not, about a potential brokered convention. you know, there are campaigns that have scenarios about it. you know, you just don't know how realistic that is when you're going to held into super tuesday tomorrow, and donald trump is going to have a very good night. >> these demonstrators today have confirmed that trump will win, these demonstrators -- if trump had paid each of them $1,000, they couldn't have done for more him than what they've
done today. >> what do you think it means for the republican party in, say, four years? >> terrifying. terrifying. very, very upsetting. but the party has declined culturally. the party has gotten to be not the party that it used to be. i'll still support it of course. but it will be a disaster. i'm very scared of mr. trump. i'm terrified of him. >> he has attracted so many voices. when you look at voter turnout, it is massive on the republican side. >> i know it's massive and he is a real cult figure. he is the voice of the ordinary citizen standing in line at the walmart. and he is going to be a figure to be reckoned with. i'm not even sure hillary can beat him. he is the voice of the unspoken unwashed voice of the people coming down from the hollers and they are very, very angry. >> gloria, ben stein, thank you. tomorrow is indeed huge, super tuesday.
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investigationi ivcorrespondent w griffin. as the ad said, trump doesn't know anything about this superpac. >> we know this group began organizing and sending out robo calls in iowa. they worked so well they think they expanded to the new hampshire caucuses. the primary. and now they are flooding super tuesday states. we believe they're in vermont. and other states. and are really some would say giving out these offensive type of robo calls, brooke. saying, you know, basically we want donald trump because he's a guy who believes in a white america. i'm paraphrasing here but it's pretty close. they definitely are a group who believes the country has gone to hell, in their words, that the judeo-christian belief system this country has is threatened, and that white america is under attack, and they believe donald
trump is their man, which is why they're getting behind these robo calls. >> has donald trump said anything, has he addressed the robo calls, the group, whatsoever? >> no. we should keep in mind this say collection of groups, like-minded groups. there are various factions of these white supremist type groups across the country. this particular super pac is organized by an attorney out in los angeles. we did ask the trump campaign about this. we got a blanket response saying donald trump doesn't seek the support of any super pacs. the campaign did not specifically mention this. we gave them the opportunity to. they did not disavow them i guess is the big word we're using today. i also don't get the impression the trump campaign knows much about these people at all it. >> drew griffin, thank you very much. now to a voice we haven't heard much from so far.
she could be the next first lady of the united states but so far has kept a low profile but now cnn has getting a glimpse into her life, into her relationship with her husband in a rare sit-down interview. >> we are both very independent. i let him be who he is and he lets me be who i am. >> you don't try to change him? >> i don't try to change him. he's an adult. he knows the consequences. and so i let him be who he is. i give him my opinions, many, many times. >> you do? >> yes. i don't agree with everything that he says. but, you know, that's his normal. i'm my own person. i tell him what i think. standing very strong on the ground, on my two feet. and i'm my own person and i think that's very important in the relationship. >> can you say something where you've disagreed with him on? >> oh, many things. some language of course. >> language? >> yes, some language. >> language you hear him using? >> especially i was in new
hampshire when the woman was shouting out the inappropriate word and i was there and i'm thinking, like, don't repeat it in my head, just for him, don't repeat it, just don't say it, because the next day media all they would talk is about that. but he repeat it. he goes with the flow. he goes with the people. they having fun. everybody was cheering. and, you know, he said it and the next day, but he repeated the word. that was not his word. >> right. he heard from you about that? >> yeah, i told him that, yes. >> please watch mellania trump's full interview with anderson tonight on cnn. rick perry, ted cruz there in san antonio, texas. the texas senator holding a rally any moment now in his home state. critical to his campaign
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>> well, that's a decision every candidate has to make. it is clear if you cannot win a state and you cannot amass delegates, you're not going to be the republican nominee for president. i do think the entire primary process is a winnowing process. we started with 17 candidates. we're now down to just a handful. you know, nationally, 65% of republicans recognize donald trump is not the best candidate for us to nominate against hillary clinton. if donald trump is the nominee, hillary in all likelihood wins. that donald agrees with hillary on far too many issues. donald trump agrees with hillary in support of planned parenthood. and for most of his life, has supported partial birth abortion. if you're a fiscal conservative, donald trump agrees with hillary and becoobama in support of thel street bailout. the tarp bailout. he agrees with bernie sanders obamacare should be expanded to
make it socialized medicine to put the federal government in charge of you and my health care. every place on earth we have socialized medicine, it is rationing, it is the government deciding whether you get that hip replacement, whether you get that knee replacement. if you are a national security concern, donald trump agrees with hillary clinton in support of john kerry, in fact, donald trump supported john kerry in support of bush. and donald trump agrees with hillary clinton that america should be neutral between israel and the palestinians. i disagree with that. if i am president, america will not be neutral. we will stand unapologetically with the nation of israel. and if you are one of those 65% of republicans who recognize that donald trump is not the best candidate to run against hillary, then there is only one campaign that has beaten and can beat donald trump and that is us. on super tuesday, we are running in and neck with donald in super
tuesday states all across the country. if you're someone who's thinking about supporting another candidate, listen there are a lot of good people in this race, people who are friends of mine, people who i like, people who i respect, but we're the only campaign that has a shot at beating donald trump on super tuesday, and if you don't want to see donald trump as the nominee, i ask you to stand with us. if that happens, if conservatives stand together, we're going to have a very good day. [ inaudible ] well, i do not know if they said that or not. when you're not amassing delegates. we need to come together. i believe after super tuesday, we will see this race become more and more a two-man race. i think the likely outcome of tomorrow, donald is going to come out with a whole bunch of
delegates. i believe we're going to come out with a whole bunch of delegates. if that's the case, then it is the time for the party to unify. head to head, i beat donald trump and i beat him resoundedly by 15 points. donald has a hard ceiling. 60% of americans have a negative view of donald trump. it's why the democrats are so thrilled for our country to nominate him. i will say there was a very disturbing story that broke today. that apparently there is a secret tape that "the new york times" editorial board has of donald trump saying that he doesn't believe what he's saying on immigration. that all of his promises to secure the border are not real and if he's president he doesn't intend to do what he says. now, that's been reported. "the new york times" apparently has this on tape. but it was an off the record tape. "the new york times" has said they will not release the tape unless donald gives them
permission to do so. i call on donald, ask "the new york times" to release the tape. and do so today before the super tuesday primary. there are one of two instances. it is either false. if donald didn't say that to "the new york times," then he deserves to have this cleared up. releasing the tape can clear it up. the alternative is that it is true. that not only did donald trump fund the gang of eight rubio/schumer amnesty effort, not only did he give over $50,000 to 5 of the 8 members of the gang of eight, but that he actually, now, is telling "the new york times" editorial board, pay no attention to what i'm saying on immigration because i, donald trump, don't intend to do anything. he recently said he loves the poorly educated. well, i hope it's not the case that donald trump is telling "the new york times" editorial board that he is deliberately misleading the voters and he has
no intention of doing anything he's saying right now. that tape can clear it up. the voters deserve to know if he says something different when he's talking to "the new york times" than he does when he's talking to the voters and we deserve to know before super tuesday. [ inaudible ] no, and i will say, you know, a contested convention is the great hope of the republican establishment. as is how they're drowning their sorrow. all these crazy voters will go one way. we'll step in with all of this money and we will anoint our white knight to ride in and save the day, that's not going to happen.
it is clear the only campaign that has beaten trump is our campaign. the polling shows we have a considerable lead. i think we'll have a very good night in the state of texas. i would note the other candidate in the race marco rubio is losing his home state of florida by 20 points. that's a real problem. you can't beat donald trump if you can't win your own home state. >> senator -- >> texas senator ted cruz holding a news conference there. this is a man who wants to be the next president of the united states. really critical that he wins his home state of texas tomorrow. 155 delegates on the republican side at stake for these candidates. coming up next, it's a provocative question being this, could the military refuse to follow orders under a potential trump presidency right? the former director of the cia raising eyebrows with a very candid answer to that question. what he says the military will and will not do. we will bring in two highly respected military minds to discuss that next. everything kh during cold and flu season
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a noteworthy statement made on late night tv raising questions today. the former director of the cia saying if president donald trump ordered the things that candidate donald trump is suggesting like water boarding, like killing the families of terrorists, that something unprecedented would happen. >> if he were to order that, once in government, the american armed forces would refuse to act. >> what? that's quite a statement, sir. >> it's a violation -- >> i thought the whole thing was you have to follow orders.
>> in fact, you're required not to follow an unlawful order. that would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict. >> joining me now, mark guise, one of the six former elite mihm tear operatives who fought back as militias stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi just a couple years ago. his story immortalized on the big screen with the film "13 hours." also with us, lieutenant general mark hertling, cnn military analyst. glad to have you both. >> thank you, brooke. >> mark guise, to you first, hearing someone as senior as michael hayden saying that the u.s. military would refuse to follow orders given by a president trump, your reaction to that, sir? >> well, what i see is, you know, the country right now or the world right now, we have people out there beheading christians, killing their children, killing muslims indiscriminately who don't agree
with how they should believe in the koran, parading our americans that are captured in front of tv. you have iran did that with our sailors. north korea was just doing that the other day with a 21-year-old who had put something up as graffiti. what we need is someone who's going to be strong and do what's right and listen to his leaders and listen ton his military to do what's right and have a strong country. >> so am i hearing you, if you were, let's say, a soldier under a potential trump presidency, and if a president trump would order you to water board, would you? >> what i would do is i'd follow the law. because that's first and foremost. and president trump would also do the same thing. he's going to talk to his military leaders, his advisers, and he's going to do what's right for this hertling, to you
your response? >> what i suggest is every single member of the military takes an oath upon enlistment and that oath says we protect and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic and we obey the orders of the president according to regulation and the uniform code of military justice. we have had history that we read and rely on that says when soldiers do illegal, immoral or unethical acts, they are held responsible for it. that's what the uniform code of military justice is. if a president, any president, were to ask a military member to do something, either illegal, immoral or unethical, they have the moral responsibility to refuse that order. and i think that's what mr. hayden was getting at when he conducted that interview the
other day. >> mark geist, you are a trump supporter, how are you so sure? >> how am i so sure of what? he would follow the rules? follow the law? >> yes. >> because that's what -- i mean, that's why he is who he is. he's made his business, he's made his career following what has been dictated also by others, as well as the law. you're not going to become as big as he is. he's an intelligent man who has always listened to those who are consultants to him. >> he's been saying -- you heard he's been saying kill terrorist's families, you know, torture. these are things candidate trump has been saying, you know, we the united states should do. >> i haven't heard him say that. the first time i heard that is from general hayden. if that's what he's saying, i think it's a more complex issue
than just him saying that. >> okay. >> just as the general had said. >> i think he has said those things, brooke. >> we talked about for those things, general. >> we have. in fact, we have him on a recording multiple times. i think one of the things we have to relate to, and i was in germany recently where some of my colleagues in the german army were asking me about what is going on in the united states today. and they said this is -- some of the ways that people that came to power in the 1930s in nazi germany and, in fact, if you take that one step further and you go to the nuremberg trials where soldiers obeyed the illegal unethical and immoral orders of adolf hitler, they were all hanged for that, because they not only violating the law of warfare but they were also violating social custom to relate well and provide dignity and respect for all human beings, so i think those are some of the things that soldiers study very uniquely.
we have to study those things because soldiers are placed in situationings where they have ethical conflict and they have to determine based on a value system what they will do in very tough circumstances. and sometimes you do have to disobey orders. i think that's what mr. hayden was talking about. >> mark geist, you get the final worse, sir. >> i would agree with general there. >> hertling, yes. >> hertling, i'm sorry. in benghazi, we had to disaway a stand down order to do what's right. i have never seen anything from mr. trump that would give me any indication that he isn't going to do what's right for this country. i think we're both saying the same thing here. >> mark geist, general, thank you both so much. thank you both for your service. >> thank you, brooke. >> thank you very much. >> you got it. coming up, cnn reports from the
there are reports of attacks in syria today, despite a cease-fire that went into effect over the weekend. we have some video i want to share with you just in to cnn. what appears to be explosions. syrian activists posted this video on social media. we cannot here at cnn confirm its authenticity. i can tell you a u.n. task force is scheduled to meet right now to evaluate the situation there in syria. our senior international correspondent clarissa ward has just returned from rebel-held syria. she was on the ground when the cease-fire began on friday. she is virtually the only western journalist to have traveled to the heavy-hit area in over a year.
clarissa joins me live from the turkey/syrian border. clarissa, tell me what you saw. >> well, brooke, you know, in the days leading up to the cessation of hostilities, we witnessed for ourselves with our own eyes with our own cameras a russian air strike on a crowded fruit market in a small town filled with civilians. we visited courthouses and hospitals that had been leveled to the ground. we talked to people who have basically lived under constant bombardment. all of which really gives you a sense of why it is that many people in these areas simply don't have much support for and are very even skeptical of this cease-fire. take a look at this report from inside. we are in the heart of rebel-held syria, and this entire area has seen some of the most intensive bombardment in the past few months. we've been traveling all around here for nearly a week now and certainly, it is fair to say, that since the cessation of hostilities began, there has
been a dramatic decrease in the number of air strikes. now, having said that, earlier, we visited a town called dart ezza on the outskirts of aleppo and people there told us about 30 hours after the there was an air strike on a house. we were able to capture video of the aftermath of the air strike. there have also been reports of clashes in other parts of the country, but certainly it does feel quite a bit quieter. what's interesting is you won't find anybody here celebrating about the cease-fire, and that's for a number of reasons. firstly, in the run up to cessation of hostilities, there was a dramatic increase in russian aerial bombardment. people that live in rebel held territory simply don't trust the regime of bashar al assad. they see the cease-fire asterisk or ruse designed so the regime can take more territory. for that reason many people we
have spoken to are, in fact, actually against the cease-fire. just a few days ago, we attended a protest where people were carrying signs that said this cease-fire is a betrayal of our martyrs, of those who have died for the cause. they were chanting over and over again we must keep on fighting and we must unite. even the imam was urging people not to heed the cease-fire and to continue fighting. >> obviously, brooke, i should emphasize most in syria want peace, it is not that they don't want peace. what you're seeing is a fundamental disconnect between people fighting, dying on the ground in syria and people in geneva, munich and other european cities that are brokering the deals. the people on the ground in syria do not feel their needs are being represented and that their voice is being heard, brooke. >> important to hear the voices from all the way on the other
[ cheers and applause ] >> goosebumps. that song is getting that kind of reaction since released online in september. a couple of days of that, appearing on youtube, had 7 million views. had the honor of speaking with the co-writer, diane warren first week after the release, talked about the song and tremendous response. it was evoking even then. it is an emotion of can it possibly get better, there's eventually a glimmer of hope. but it is vulnerability that hits you. >> right. to me it's interesting. it is kind of like three parallels. the movie is like that, these girls start out as victims, they become survivors, and become activists. gaga's performance, she starts
out very vulnerable, as it is going, she gets more and more pissed to at the end of that performance, it is like it is so victorious. the same with the video, you see them as victims and see them with their friends or people helping them, pulling them out. at the end you see them walking down the hallway victorious. like we are not taking this any more, we are not victims any more. the song all parallels. i think it is really -- people are really responding. i never had this kind of response to a song i've ever written. >> diane warren. again, that song, "until it happens to you", didn't win the oscar but has reached many that sexual assault is not acceptable. hillary clinton and bernie sanders come face to face after super tuesday, sunday night at 8:00, only here on cnn. do not miss that. thank you so much for being with
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