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have? bloody journal. was the terrorist inspired by the isis or al qaeda leaders he praises? protesters versus police. officials are urging calm after two african-american men were killed by police officers in separate shooting incidents. one in north carolina, the other in oklahoma. we have new details on the investigations tonight. race in politics. both nominees respond to the new police shootings, a civil rights icon is calling donald trump on the carpet for claiming that black communities have never, ever been in worse shape. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." ♪ this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this hour. a new search by the fbi in connection with the terrorist bombings in new york and new jersey. investigators are looking for
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two witnesses seen on surveillance video who allegedly removed an explosive device from a duffel bag in new york on saturday. tonight, we're learning more about the critical evidence against the alleged bomber. authorities say there's video showing ahmed rahami igniting explosives in his own backyard just a couple days before the bombings. the video came from the cell phone of a member of rahami's family. also breaking, u.s. officials say isis may have launched a chemical weapons attack on u.s. and iraqi troops in iraq. so far, no americans have shown any symptoms of exposure of what is believed to have been a mustard agent. that's the substance being investigated. in north carolina, fears of new unrest in charlotte after a protest overnight following the shooting of an african-american by police. tonight, the city's police chief says keith scott had a gun,
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disputing claims he was unarmed and reading a book in his car. this hour, i'll get the reaction of the president of the naacp. and i'll talk about the terror investigation with congressman adam shift, as we cover all the news that's breaking right now. up first, let's go to pamela brown. pamela, what are you learning about the bombing investigation? >> reporter: tonight, the fbi is looking for two unidentified men who they believe will provide critical in fact about the one of the bombs left behind in manhattan and hoping to uncover crucial evidence. the investigation is still very active. the fbi says the two men they're looking for are seen in surveillance video removing one of the bombs from luggage on west 27th street in chelsea. a short time before a bomb went off just a few blocks away. >> they saw the bag on the sidewalk. they admired the bag. they opened the bag.
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they removed what turned out to be a device, a pressure cooker, and placed it on the sidewalk and rolled the bag or carried the bag away on the street. >> reporter: also tonight, the first glimpse of the bloody journal that rahami was carrying when captured. >> this is a copy of mr. rahami's journal that was found on his person when he was taken into custody. i know you're familiar with it. he talks about the sounds of bombs will be heard in streets. he praised osama bin laden and his brother. talked about awlaki in ft. hood, texas. >> reporter: the notebook is full of terror related ramblings, such as, the sounds of the bomb also be heard in the veets. gunshots to your police, death to your oppression. it makes defense to terrorist leaders from a variety of terror groups. including former isis spokesman
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muhammad aldadi killed recently. >> this was a premeditated act of terrorism. >> reporter: this video of the bomber's backyard in new jersey shores scorch marks in the ground and investigators say a video from the cell phone from rahami's relatives shows the suspect setting off an explosive device in his backyard. the fbi says you can hear laughing in the background. two days later, bombs went off in new jersey and new york. surveillance video shows what investigators believe is rahami driving out of the lincoln tunnel into manhattan at 6:30 p.m. saturday. then captured on surveillance footage at the site of the blast on 23rd street at 7:53 p.m. at 8:30, a bomb explodes, injuring 31 people. it shattered windows and buildings 400 feet from the
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blast site and three stories high. two minutes after the explosion, rahami is sign walking just a few blocks away on 27th street near where an unexploded pressure cooker bomb is discovered. 12 of his finger prints were allegedly found on the device. at approximately 11:30 p.m., he's seen leaving manhattan through the lincoln tunnel. he is now unconshos in the hospital and not being moved any time soon. agents are guarding him around the clock and hope to speak to him as soon as possible, wolf. >> i've been going through this journal, the details are shocking. this is like his own confession, if you will. he writes in this journal, and it's bloody because he was shot by police as he was being captured. he talked about pressure cooker bombs, pipe bombs. he said the streets -- he would
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plant these bombs on the streets and he uttered the words "as they plan to run a mile." as you know, there was a marine 5-k race happening in seaside park, new jersey. fortunately, the race started late and no one was injured. >> reporter: it's incredible that no one was killed when these bombs went off. we know that the 31 were injured in new york. but this notebook that was recovered from the suspected bomber after that shootout with place, you see the bullet hole in the papers there, provides a glimpse into his thinking and the fact that there was a mix of terrorist influences here, including the former isis spokesman. what's interesting with that, wolf. in a complaint that was released yesterday, that's not mentioned, nothing about isis is mentioned, the boston bombers, nadal hasan, but not isis. so when you look at his notebook, really a diary of
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sorts, there is mention of the former isis spokesman who was killed recently in a strike. >> in a u.s. air strike. he was killed, but he also talked about bin laden. he talks about awlaki, who was killed in a u.s. drone strike, the american-born al qaeda leader, if you will, and he seems to have an allegiance to al qaeda but also to isis and potentially other terror groups. he also speaks with glee when major hasan killed all those soldiers in texas. >> reporter: we've seen this before not long ago in orlando, he was also influeced by a blend. >> pamela brown, thank you very much for your reporting. joining us now, the top democrat in the house intelligence committee, congressman adam
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schiff. thank you very much for joining us. >> you bet. >> what's the latest on these two individuals that the fbi puts out this bulletin, shows the picture of these two guys who were seen walking around 27th street. they saw the duffel bag, they opened it. there was a bomb inside. they took the duffel bag and left that cooker pressure bomb, if you will, in a plastic wag there. what do we know about them? >> this is exactly right. it's very mystifying, they took the pressure cooker bomb out of this piece of luggage, took the piece of luggage away. were they removing the luggage because they wanted to take it, because they thought it had value and they didn't realize what they were taking out of it? or there were other possibilities that they thought the luggage might be tracked back potentially. but clearly law enforcement would like to talk to them. it may be that these two individuals, much like those
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that discovered the bomb in elizabeth are the luckiest people around, that they didn't get seriously injured or killed when they even touched this thing. but clearly we would love to see that luggage and talk to these people. >> as far as you know, these two individualing haven't come to the police or to the fbi. they're still sort of mysteriously missing? >> they're still missing as far as i know. the other big mystery, wolf, and this will be very telling when law enforcement gets to the bottom of it, where were the bombs assembled? i think that will tell us a lot about whether there were people who were accomplices or knowledgeable of what he was doing. it's hard to imagine if those bombs were constructed in a place where other people had access that they would be oblivious to what was going on. so that is one of the remaining questions in terms of whether others were involved somehow. >> any indication there might have been other bombs this that
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duffel bag? we know that one pressure cooker bomb was taken out and left on the sidewalk there. any indication maybe they walked away with other bombs? >> i haven't heard anything along those lines. now, i think in the alert that law enforcement put out, they said these folks were not wanted as suspects. so that would indicate that they think there was a -- somehow less than benign explanation for what they did. but i don't have any information about anything being in that piece of luggage. >> authorities said they wanted these individuals as witnesses. they avoided saying they believed they did anything wrong. in the actual bulletin that was put out, it said the fbi is asking for the public's assi assistance in locating these two individuals.
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do authorities believe, as of right now based on everything you know, that rahami was acting alone? >> we still don't know. early indications suggested there might be others involved. i think that's less clear the case now. but obviously, not knowing where these weapons were assembled, there are big pieces of the puzzle still missing. of course, we still know very little about what rahami was doing in afghanistan, in pakistan, who he was meeting with, whether there was any training or radicalization that took place there. so there could be accomplices that are out of the country. these are still major unanswered questions. >> but why would they say he was acting alone, even before they interviewed these two witnesses? >> well, i don't think they can say definitively he was acting alone. i don't think we know the answer to that yet. so obviously it's still remains
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to be seen whether there were others involved here. i don't think you can say definitively or rule out the possibility that others were certainly knowledgeable. but more than that, could have been implicated, as well. >> why did they wait four days to release the pictures of those individuals that found the duffel bag? >> i don't know the answer to that. i suppose it could be for a number of investigative reasons. if they were initially viewed as suspects, they may have wanted the chance to identify where they were, who they were without tipping their hand. in the early moments, they decided to go public. they may have had more time without tipping these people's hands, but that's only one guess
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as to why they may have used the timing they did. >> who is believed to have shot the video, congressman, found on one of the recovered cell phones that shows apparently rahami testing an explosion in his backyard a few days before the terror attack. >> i don't know the answer to that, and i don't know if he was testing an explosion there or whether whoever took the video or whether it was somehow set up and he took it himself, whether he was igniting material in a way you would a firework and it looked define to who may have been videotaping this, or whether this was a dry run. i don't know the answer to that. i don't know how substantial the explosion was. but that too is a question law enforcement still needs to answer. >> a lot of questions need to be answered right now. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. new shootings by police reignite racial tensions. i'll talk to the president of the naacp about these new incidents and the possibility of
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by a police officer. ed, you're there, what's the latest? >> reporter: as you can see, and you mentioned that protest and people are hoping that it stays calm like this, just chanting here on the doorsteps outside of the charlotte police department, the question is, will it remain like this the rest of the night or will we see a replay of the violence that occurred last night? violent protests erupted on the streets of charlotte just hours after keith lamont scott was shot and killed by police. 16 officers were injured, tear gas was used to control the crowds. some protesters threw rocks and bottles and tried to block roadways. five people were arrested. the shooting aftermath was captured on a facebook live stream, recorded by keith lamont scott's daughter. this is when she discovered her father is dead. >> they just shot my [ bleep ]. daddy!
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they just shot my daddy. he's dead. >> reporter: the daughter lashes out at the officers on the scene, accusing them of planting a hand gun at the scene. >> he was sitting in the car reading a [ bleep ] book. my daddy ain't got no [ bleep ] gun. >> reporter: scott's family denied he had a gun on him. but police say there was no book, and scott came out of a car twice with a hand gun. a team of four officers arrived in his apartment complex to serve a warrant on another man, and that's when they crossed paths with scott. >> it's time to change the narrative, because i can tell you from the facts that the story is a little bit different as to how it's been portrayed so far, especially through social media. so charlotte, the challenge is ours. the future can be bright, but the work has to be done by all of us. >> reporter: the officer who fired the deadly shots, is also african-american.
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he's been placed on paid leave. vincent is a young officer, graduated from liberty university where he studied criminal justice. and played football. the police chief says officer vincent was not wearing a body cam and says other video from the scene doesn't show more of what happened in the confrontation. activists are demanding transparency. >> they need to be able to inform us of what's going on and it's still under investigation is not good enough. >> reporter: in tulsa, oklahoma, there's anger over the death of a man shot and killed by police officer betty shelby. crutcher was unarmed. the attorney says crutcher wasn't responding to police
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commands and feared he was reaching for something inside the car, although it's not clear if the windows were open or closed. so wolf, the mayor of charlotte is pushing for the police chief here to at least -- they can't release the video publicly. it's not clear when the body cam videos would be released publicly. but the mayor is pushing for the police chief to show that to family members and community leaders to they can get a sense of whether police saw and how that transpired. when exactly something like that might happen isn't clear. in the meantime tonight, as we mentioned, all eyes on the streets of charlotte to see if there will be an eruption of violence like we saw last night. many people calling for calm. so we'll be able to see if that -- how the evening transpires in the hours ahead. >> ed, thank you very much. joining us now, the president and ceo of the naacp,
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cornell williams. thank you very much for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. even on an occasion like today. >> the police officer who shot keith lamont scott in charlotte, the police officer is black. the charlotte police chief is also black. how does that impact the response to this shooting of this african-american man? >> well, it does not necessarily influence the shooting because the overwhelming -- i should say many of the victims of these kinds of hash tag tragedies are people of color. so the fact that the officer is african-american or the police chief is african-american doesn't really alleviate the anxiety and concerns of the community. so that's important to note. but it does not necessarily speak to the anxiety that people
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feel in the wake of the absence of information, ie, videotape. >> do you have confidence in the police chief putney? >> here's what we know. policing challenges like the one before us, it's important to be transparent but also timely. that is to say, to get as much information as quickly as you can out to the public. so where we have a video of a grieving daughter, we do not have the video on the father that she lost. that is a problem. particularly where we are in this climate of serialized, viralized violence at the hands oh of the police. so it is critically important to get this video out, to get as much information out to the public as quickly as possible. >> we heard the mayor of charlotte wanting that video released asap, as well. let's talk about tulsa, oklahoma, separate shooting. there is dash cam and helicopter video showing how the shooting unfolded but questions about
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what caused that police officer to open fire. what should have happened differently in that incident? >> it's very troubling, where we have police officers responding to a 911 call. this reminds us of the shooting of walter scott where the video camera was from behind, a man being shot in the back, or laquan mcdonald being shot in the back. here we have an angle, if you will, from overhead. but the point being, irrespective of the angle, we have a man who appears to have his hands in the air, in a routine police encounter who loses his life. that is very, very troubling. and the community has every right to be on edge, particularly when we consider the fact that a young black man is 21 times more likely to lose
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live pictures coming in to "the situation room" from charlotte, north carolina. some protesters already gathering on the streets there, protesting the shooting of an african-american man by police. we're watching this very closely, the president and ceo of the naacp cornell williams brooks is watching with us as well. and reaction from donald trump and hillary clinton to the police shootings, what they're saying of this african-american man. let's go to our senior washington correspondent who is watching this serious discussion by both candidates today on these issues of race and justice. >> reporter: donald trump appeared before a largely african-american audience in ohio, saying that he was very troubled by that shooting of the unarmed black man in oklahoma. and here in florida, hillary clinton also said she doesn't have all the answers, but too many people are dying that shouldn't.
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two more police shootings reverberating on the campaign trail tonight. donald trump bluntly suggesting the oklahoma officer choked when shooting an unarmed black man. >> this young officer, i don't know what she was thinking. i don't know what she was thinking, but i'm very, very troubled by that. did she get scared? was she choking? what happened? maybe people like that, people that choke, people that do that, maybe they can't be doing what they're doing. >> reporter: in cleveland, trump criticizing the police whose support he often touts. >> that man went to the car, hands up, put his hands on the car. to me it looked like he did everything you're supposed to do, and he looked like a really good man. >> reporter: hillary clinton calling for new national standards for police using force. in florida, acknowledging the
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challenges facing police, even while lending her voice to protests in tulsa and charlotte. >> there is still much we don't know about what happened in both incidents. but we do know that we have two more names to add to a list of african-americans killed by police officers. >> reporter: crime, punishment, and politics suddenly front and center in the presidential contest. sparking a conversation about race. >> we are safer when communities respect the police and police respect communities. >> reporter: trump said the shootings are tragic but one more sign the streets of american cities are in decline. >> we hear about afghanistan. some of the inner cities are less safe. >> reporter: surrounding himself with don king, trump extending his hand to black voters. but drawing criticism for saying african-american communities are in more trouble than ever
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before. >> our african-american communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever. >> reporter: congressman john lewis telling cnn that simply isn't true. >> is he saying the condition is worse than when i was growing up? to say white man, colored men, white women, colored women, is this saying that the conditions are worse than when we were beaten for trying to get served at a lunch counter? >> reporter: five days before their first debate -- >> hillary, hillary! >> reporter: clinton is fighting to fire up the obama coalition. >> i know i don't have all the answers, i don't know anyone that does. but this is certain -- too many people have lost their lives who shouldn't have. >> reporter: images of protests and violence including perhaps more tonight in that battleground state of north carolina, wolf, are front and center in this campaign, just five days before that
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all-important debate next monday. wolf? >> jeff, thank you very much. let's get back to the president and ceo of naacp. you heard that donald trump say that african-american communities are in the worst shape they've ever been in. your reaction? >> mr. trump, for anyone to assert that the african-american community is in the worst shape ever, ever, ever, to say that, to assert that with a semi straight face is to demonstrate an insulting degree of ignorance and/or insensitivity. to ignore the fact that african-americans were lynched, african-americans were forced to drink out of colored water fountains, ride in the back of the bus, were enslaved in this country. and to compare it to the
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challenges of today, demonstrates a profound ignorance of history and an insensitivity to what we are going through at this very moment. so this is just not the kind of serious, thoughtful commentary on contemporary african-american community or contemporary race relations in this country. we expect more from our presidential candidates. >> at the congressional black caucus here over the weekend, president obama said he would consider it in his words a personal insult to his legacy if black voters across the country don't rally to get hillary clinton elected in november. will black voters, certainly younger, millennial black voters heed that warning from the president? >> i think millennials, african-americans, people from every walk of life, if they focus on the issues, if they
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focus on the policing challenges before us, the economic challenges before us, even in the wake of this still uneven economic recovery, we should turn out en masse and in the millions. where we have literally serialized, viralized violence at the hands of a minority of police officers, where we have our cities teetering on the edge of racial tension, we have to show up and vote. it's not enough to demonstrate in the streets unless we show up at the polls. so the naacp, we are doing all that we can through our state vote campaign to reach out to millennials. but let me note this, this is a serious moment in the country, where rhetoric is insufficient. we have heard from at least one candidate a kind of schizophrenic response to a serious policing challenge. on one hand, expressing sympathy for the loss of life in tulsa, on the other hand lifting up and
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praising this policy of stop and frisk, which was found to be racially discriminatory. we have to look past the rhetoric, look at the issues and show up en masse and in the millions at the polls. to do anything less is not so much an insult to president obama's legacy, it is an insult to who we are as americans. we have to respond to the challenges before us. and that means voting, as well as protesting. >> as you know, hillary clinton struggled to stretch the same level of enthusiasm from african-american voters that candidates saw in 2008 and 2012. do you think she can improve her numbers with african-american voters before november? s >> at the naacp, we are nonpartisan, but we represent people, americans of all back grounds, who respond to a thoughtful message that speaks to the issues.
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so to the degree to which secretary clinton or mr. trump specifically lifts up the issues we're concerned about, they have policies, we have proposals, and they speak with authenticity, they can move people to vote. and i will note this, secretary clinton has spoken to the issue of policing with great specificity. on the other hand, we're calling on mr. trump to do the same, because the american voters deserves no less. the fact is, we are less than 50 days before this election, and we have bumper sticker simplicity by candidates at a moment where we literally have people in the streets, children crying for parents that they have lost to the hands of police misconduct or what appears to be police misconduct. we need a presidential campaign that reflects the seriousness of our times. and the concerns that people are
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feeling in their hearts and on the streets, and that means we've got to speak with specificity. so in this first presidential debate, we don't need to see and hear what we've heard so often from these campaigns heretofore. that is symbolic sympathy without substance and without specifics. so we're calling on the candidates to speak about voting rights, about police misconduct, speak about the state of the economy for all americans. speak about what millennials have in this economy in their future. if you do that, we can have an election we can be proud of. campaigns that we can be proud of. to do less than that is to sink beneath the standard that americans have set for themselves and this democracy. >> cornell, thanks so much. we'll continue this conversation in the days and weeks to come.
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we're following the threat of a new protest and unrest after two separate police shootings of african-americans. let's bring in our political team to talk about the
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implications for the presidential race. gloria, implications are pretty serious. we heard some strong words from both of these candidates today. >> we did. and i think what was most interesting to me is what we heard from donald trump, because it was different in both tone and substance from what we've heard from donald trump in the past. i would have two things to sayn't that. first of all, he responds to his audience. this was a largely african-american audience he was talking to. you know how he likes to play to the group he's talking to. so he was saying, you know, i'm not quite sure what happened there. i didn't like what i saw on the tape, et cetera, et cetera. secondly, obviously, we just got a short time ago before this election, he's been trying to reach out to african-american voters, polls out show that he may be as high as 7% with african-american voters. that ask high for him. that would be around where romney and mccain are. he also wants to reach white voters who don't want to vote
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for somebody they believe is intolerant or racist. so we see this different tone from donald trump and a different substance. it was all blue lives matter before. now he's got a little bit more nuanced to his speech. >> at this black church, don lemon, he was introduced at one point by the boxing promoter don king. i don't know if it was deliberate or inadvertent, he used the "n" word introducing him, which was a little awkward at that church. but i want to get your reaction, how is this playing out there based on everything you're hearing? >> don king specifically you mean and him say thing word? >> yes. >> listen, i think people realize what don king has become. i don't like to speak ill of people and i don't want to call people names, but he said there are certain kinds of, you know, negroes or whatever and talked about michael jackson and what
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he did. the last one he used, the dancing and shucking and jiving is one he should be careful of. so in this particular election, there are a lot of people, not just african-americans, but among them, don king and other people, who are trying to be famous, who want the spotlight, and they're trying to, again, become relevant again. i think don king falls in that category. people who donald trump have in his column for outreach to african-americans are people who have no outreach to african-americans before or after donald trump. and i think, you know, don king thought people would laugh out loud when they were laughing at him. >> the statement that donald trump made that black communities in the united states are in the worst shape than they've ever been before, then he said "ever, ever, ever."
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you heard cornell williams responding. is he potentially in danger of being tone deaf when he utters statements like that? >> in danger? he is. >> that statement ignores some of the biggest parts of african-american history in this country. slavery, the jim crow laws, the fact that black people once couldn't drink at the same water fountains. even if you put that history aside, which is really difficult, he's not acknowledging that some of the gains blacks have made. i would point to the unemployment rate, which is at 8%. so i do think he runs the risk of seeming tone deaf. you heard president obama speaking to that over the weekend. so if he wants to raise those numbers and stay around the numbers we saw from a mitt romney, from a john mccain, these comments aren't helpful.
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>> go ahead, don. >> he's not going to get 7% of the african-american vote. it's just not going to happen. i hate to contradict polling, but it's just not going to happen. look, these things. you know, i have an ear to the community. it is not going to happen. and i think he -- not only risk becoming tone deaf. he is tone deaf. look where he gave his first speeches to african americans. in front of mostly white audiences. everyone knows he's speaking to the people behind him. he's trying to make people comfortable with voting for him. it is not going work. at least my mitt romney didn't insult people by saying what else do you have to lose. and this is the worst african americans have ever been. i've lived on this earth 50 years and this is the best i've had and most people i know. there may be temporary setbacks and economic down foul and everyone suffered and african americans lagged behind with
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that. but overall the employment rate better for african americans now. when you look at household income, the number of people in college, much better for african americans now. i don't know what he's talking about. he's living in an alternate universe. >> hillary clinton is calling for new standards in the aftermath of the police shootings. she tweeted keith lamont scott, terrence crutcher. this has to end. she's having trouble attracting voters. >> hillary clinton is not barack obama so we're probably not going to see that sort of coalition among african american voters that we saw for him in 2008 and even in 2012 but she is still struggling to raise enthusiasm among all millennial voters and african american millennial voters and african americans in general. you heard the president come out and say that he would consider a personal insult if this group
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did not turn out for hillary clinton and did not support her. but she's going to have to make a stronger case to them to not stay home. not go to support a thirp candidate.
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tonight donald trump's running mate says a new report art questionable spending by the trump family charity is
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inaccurate. mike pence didn't actually explain. more on the growing controversy surrounding the trump foundation. what are you learning? >> reporter: well, so far the trump campaign has not been able to offer any specifics about what they think is wrong in this report that raises serious questions about how the trump foundation has spent its money. one thing is clear. donald trump was not interested in talking about it on the campaign trail today. >> after securing the clinton foundation on the campaign trail -- >> it is hard to tell where the clinton foundation ends and where the state department begins. >> donald trump is getting a taste of his own medicine. the trump foundation now under fire. that's after a washington post investigation found the gop nominee may have used his charity for some not so charitable purposes like benefitting his business interests. a potential tax law violation. well the tax law says that if you run a charity, you can't take the money out of your
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charity and use to it buy things for yourself or help your observe business. it is self dealing and it is against the law. >> among the questionable foundation expenditures the post unearthed, 5,000 to pay for advertisements for trump hotels. $158,000 to settle a lawsuit. a $100 thousand to settle a legal dispute over the height of a flag pole at mar-a-lago. tens of thousands to buy portraits of himself. one of which spotted at a univision anchor at trump's golf resort. >> this is a classic donald trump. he wanted to raise the american flag as high as he possibly could over mar-a-lago. i think a lot of americans at this point would applaud that. and of course the town or the county said he couldn't do it. it had to be smaller. >> the campaign issued a statement attacking the washington post reporter. saying the post reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and
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omissions from a biased reporter. but the campaign didn't offer any specifics on the inaccuracies or provide evidence to the contrary. the clinton campaign quickly seized on the report releasing a statement saying once again trump has proven himself a fraud who believes the rules don't apply to him. and calling on trump to release his tax returns. as for for the billionaire businessman he still insists he's given a lot to charity even though little evidence backs that up. and as recent as tuesday he hit the trail gloating how he convinced other to foot the bill in the business world. a skill he hopes to carry over to the white house. >> we're going to get the gulf states to pay for safe zones. we'll lead the project. like it is add opm. i do that all the time in money. other people's money. there is flo there is nothing like doing things with other people's must
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be because it takes the risk. >> donald trump talked tough on national security and promised to tighten security laws but made no mention of the controversy surntding his own foundation. back to you. >> that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. erin burnett outfitter starts right now. >> isis suspected of launching a chemical attack. that story breaking. and others. the new york city bombing investigation. police now looking for these two men. and more breaking news. protests in charlotte after police shoot and kill a black man. was he carrying a book or a gun? and my interview with the first muslim president to meet with donald trump. what does he think of trump's muslim ban? let's go "outfront." ♪ ♪ good everything, i'm erin burnett.

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