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authority figures, or really anyone over 30. { laughter } >> in large part, thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about vietnam and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. we were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants would ever be treated with dignity and respect. and by the way, we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> after firing the person running the investigation into him at the department of justice. [ cheers and applause ] but here's what i want you to know. we got through that tumultuous time and once again we began to thrive as our society changed laws and opened the circle of opportunity and rights wider and wider for more americans. we revved up the engines of imagination. we turned back a tide of intolerance and embraced inclusion. the we who did those things were
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more than those in power who wanted to change course. it was millions of ordinary citizens, especially young people who voted, marched and organized. now, of course today has some important differences. the advance of technology, the impact of the internet, our fragmented media landscape make it easier than ever to splinter ourselves into echo chambers. we can shut out contrary voices, avoid ever questioning our basic assumptions, extreme views are given powerful microphones, leaders willing to exploit fear and skepticism have tools at their disposal that were
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unimaginable when i graduated. here's what that means to you, the class of 2017. you are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. just logon -- [ cheers and applause ] >> just log on to social media for ten seconds. it will hit you right in the face. people denying science, concocting elaborate, hurtful conspiracies theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors. drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, muslims, minorities, the poor. turning neighbor against neighbor and sowing division at a time when we desperately need
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unity. some are even denying things we see with our own eyes. like the size of crowds. [ cheers and applause ] >> and then defending themselves by talking about, quote/unquote, alternative facts. but this is serious business. look at the budget that was just proposed in washington. it is an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us, the youngest, the oldest, the poorest, and hard working people who need a little help to gain or hang on to a decent middle class life. it grossly underfunds public
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education, mental health, and efforts even to combat the opioid epidemic. and in reversing our commitment to fight climate change, it puts the future of our nation and our world at risk. [ cheers and applause ] >> and to top it off, it is shrouded in a trillion dollar mathematical lie. let's call it what it is. it's a con. they don't even try to hide it. why does all this matter? it matters because if our leaders lie about the problems we face, we'll never solve them. it matters because it undermines confidence in government as a whole which in turn breeds more
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cynicism and anger. but it also matters because our country, like this college, was founded on the principles of the enlightenment. in particular, the belief that people, you and i, possess the capacity for reason and critical thinking. and that free and open debate is the life blood of a democracy. [ applause ] >> not only wellesley, but the entire american university system, the envy of the world was founded on those fundamental ideals. we should not abandon them. we should revere them. we should aspire to them every single day in everything we do.
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[ applause ] >> and there's something else. as the history majors among you here today know all too well, when people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. [ applause ] >> that is not hyperbole. it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done. they attempt to control reality. not just our laws and our rights and our budgets, but our thoughts and beliefs. right now some of you might wonder well, why am i telling
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you all this? you don't own a cable news network. you don't control the facebook algo rhythm. you aren't a member of congress. yet. [ cheers and applause ] >> because i believe with all my heart that the future of america, indeed the future of the world, depends on brave, thoughtful people like you insisting on truth and integrity right now every day. you didn't create these circumstances but you have the power to change them.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> playwright, first president of the czech republic wrote an essay called "the power of the powerless". and in it he said the moment someone breaks through in one place, when one person cries out, the emperor is naked. when a single person breaks the rules of the game thus exposing it as a game, everything suddenly appears in another light. what he's telling us is if you feel powerless, don't. don't let anyone tell you your voice doesn't matter. in the years to come, there will be trolls galore online and in
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person. eager to tell you that you don't have anything worthwhile to say or anything meaningful to contribute. they may even call you a nasty woman. [ cheers and applause ] >> some may take a slightly more sophisticated approach and say you're elite education means you are out of teach with real people. in other words, sit down and shut up. now, in my experience, that's the last thing you should ever tell a wellesley graduate.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> and here's the good news. what you've learned these four years is precisely what you need to face the challenges of this moment. first, you learned critical thinking. i can still remember the professors who challenged me to make decisions with good information, rigorous reasoning, real deliberation. i know we didn't have much of that in this past election, but we have to get back to it. after all, in the words of my predecessor in the senate, daniel patrick monynahan, everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.
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and your education gives you more than knowledge. it gives you the power to keep learning and apply what you know to improve your life and the lives of others. because you are beginning your careers with one of the best educations in the world, i think you do have a special responsibility to give others the chance to learn and think for themselves and to learn from them so that we can have the kind of open fact-based debate necessary for our democracy to survive and flourish. and along the way, you may be convinced to change your mind from time to time. you know what? that's okay. take it from me, the former president of the wellesley college young republicans. { [ cheers and applause ] >> second, you learn the value of an open mind and an open
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society. at their best, our colleges and universities are free marketplaces of ideas. embracing a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. that's our country at our best too. an open, inclusive, diverse society is the opposite of an anecdote to a closed society where there is only one right way to think, believe, and act. here at wellesley you've worked hard to turn this ideal into a reality. you've spoken out against racism and sexism and discrimination of all kinds and you've shared our yo -- yo -- your own stories and at times that's taken courage. but the only way our society will ever become a place where everyone truly belongs is if all of us speak openly and honestly
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about who we are, what we're going through. so keep doing that. and let me add that your learning, listening and serving should include people who don't agree with you politically. a lot of our fellow americans have lost faith in the existing economic, social, political, and cultural conditions of our country. many feel left behind, left out, looked down on. their anger and alienation has proved a fer till ground for false promises and information. it must be addressed or they will continue to sign up to be foot soldiers in the ongoing conflict between us and them. the opportunity is here.
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millions of people will be hurt by the policies, including this budget that is being considered. and many of those same people don't want dreamers deported or health care taken away. many don't want to retreat on civil rights, women's rights and lgbt rights. so if your out reach is rebuffed, keep trying. do the right thing anyway. we're going to share this future. better do so with open hearts and outstretched hands than closed minds and clenched fists. [ cheers and applause ] >> here at wellesley you learned the power of service. because while free and fierce
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conversations in classrooms, dorm rooms, dining halls are vital. they only get us so far. you have to turn those ideas and those values into action. this college has always understood that. the motto which you've heard twice already not to be ministered unto but to minister is as true today as it ever was. you think about it, it's kind of an old fashioned rendering of president kennedy's great statement. ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country. not long ago i got a note from a group of wellesley alums and students who had supported me in the campaign. they worked their hearts out and like a lot of people they're wondering what do we do now? well, i think there's only one answer. keep going. don't be afraid of your
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ambition. of your dreams or even your anger. those are powerful forces. but harness them to make a difference in the world. stand up for truth and reason. do it in private, in conversations with your family, your friends, your workplace, your neighborhoods, and do it in public. in media posts, on social media, or grab a sign and head to a protest. make defending truth and a free society a core value of your life every single day. so wherever you wind up next, the minute you get there, register to vote. [ cheers and applause ] and while you're at it, encourage others to do so. and then vote in every election. not just the presidential ones. bring others to vote. fight every effort to restrict
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the right of law abiding citizens to be able to vote as well. [ cheers and applause ] >> get involved in a cause that matters to you. pick one. start somewhere. you don't have to do everything. but don't sit on the sidelines. and you know what? get to know your elected officials. if you disagree with them, ask questions. challenge them. better yet, run for office yourself some day. [ cheers and applause ] >> now, that's not for everybody. i know. and it's certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's worth it. as they say in one of my favorite movies "a league of their own" it's supposed to be hard. the hard is what makes it great.
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as paula said, the day after the election, i did want to speak, particularly to women and girls everywhere, especially young women. because you are valuable. and powerful. and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world. not just your future, but our future depends on you believing that. we need your smarts, of course. but we also need your compassion. your curiosity. your stubbornness. and remember, you are even more powerful because you have so many people supporting you, cheering you on, standing with you through good times and bad. you know, our culture often celebrates people who appear to go it alone. but the truth is that's not how life works. anything worth doing takes a
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village. and you build that village by investing love and time into your relationships. and in those moments, for whatever reason, when it might feel bleak, think back to this place where women have the freedom to take risks, make mistakes, even fail in front of each other. channel the strength of your wellesley classmates and experiences. i guarantee you it will help you stand up a little straighter, feel a little braver, knowing that the things you joked about and even took for granted can be your secret weapons for your future. one of the things that gave me the most hope and joy after the election, when i really needed it, was meeting so many young people who told me that my
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defeat had not defeated them. [ cheers and applause ] >> and i'm going to devote a lot of my future to helping you make your mark in the world. i created a new organization called onward together to help recruit and train future leaders, organize for real and lasting change. the work never ends. when i graduated and made that speech, i did say and some of you might have pictures from that day with this on it the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible. that was true then. it's truer today. i never could have imagined where i would have been 48 years
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later. certainly never that i would have run for the presidency of the united states or seen progress for women in all walks of life over the course of my lifetime. and yes, put millions of more cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling. because just in those years, doors that once seemed sealed to women are now open. they're ready for you to walk through or charge through. to advance the struggle for equality, justice, and freedom. so whatever your dreams are today, dream even bigger. wherever you have set your sights, raise them even higher. and above all, keep going. don't do it because i asked you
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to. do it for yourselves. do it for truth and reason. do it because the history of wellesley and this country tells us it's often during the darkest times when you can do the most good. double down on your passions. be bold. try. fail. try again and lean on each other. hold on to your values. never give up on those dreams. i'm have been optimistic about the future. because i think after we've tried a lot of other things, we get back to the business of america. i believe in you with all my heart. i want you to believe in yourselves. so go forth. be great. but first graduate.
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congratulations! [ cheers and applause ] >> welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. you're watching the democratic candidate for president hillary clinton speaking at her alma mat ter wellesley college. delivering the commentment 49 years after he spoke as a student. delivering a full throated attack on the trump administration and on president trump personnelly saying he had proposed a budget of -- to share the reporting and insight abby phillip, amy walter, john yang, and karoon of the "washington post." that was remarkable. this was full throat the. a lot think what is hillary clinton going to do in her political retirement. that's not retirement. as she spoke at this commencement, a budget of -- and
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she said in her view he's a threat to society. let's listen. >> there's something else. as the history majors among you, here today know all too well, when people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. [ cheers and applause ] >> if you're a trump voter out there, you're probably saying sore loser. but we didn't know how active and how aggressive she was going to be. that was something else. >> yeah. and i still -- i mean, i think hillary clinton is doing something that she probably does best, which is sort of encourage people to do more. i think i consider that speech
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to be sort of like a cheer leading act for the resistance on the democratic side. because the one thing that was missing was the way forward. and maybe a commentment addreces is not the venue, but she did sort of outline or encourage people to speak up against what they're seeing and what they might not like. and that's something that probably is a safe, comfortable space for her because i think there are still a lot of questions about how far out front she's going to be. i think this was sort of like a sort of midway point. it was full throttle resist, but not necessarily i want to be the leader of the next step forward. >> yeah. it is remarkable to me that we are, what, six months into 2017 and it's like the 2016 campaign never ever ended. it feels like it never ever will. the president continues to go around with his electoral college map reminding us the states that he won. we have hillary clinton here
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reminding us about her frustration and the, quote/unquote resistance that continues on the democratic side, and there is really no healing. there was no healing in that speech. and i think abby made a really good point about what's the path forward as well as, you know, there's been a lot of criticism about donald trump and his lack of humility. there wasn't a lot of humility in that speech either about i got beat by somebody nobody thought could win. what should we be looking at? not just me, but the party, the folks who are around who believe in resisting donald trump? what did we get wrong and how do we get it right. >> she did talk about getting the young people involved. she talked about her own organization she founded. in 69 when she was the student speaker at her own commencement, if you're not familiar with the history history, martin luther king and bobby kennedy had been killed. we were in the middle of the vietnam war. it was a time of incredible
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distrust of government, of institutions, of civil disorder, of fights over the civil rights movement. she recalled that moment that she made this connection. >> we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice. [ cheers and applause ] >> after firing the person running the investigation into him at the department of justice. >> i mean, you pull punches, john, or you can throw punches. >> that was throwing punches. >> not a terribly subtle
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reference. you have to remember given her history, she went from wellesley to yale law school and then went to the hill where she worked on the watergate committee. but again, it is sort of this sort of bringing up the looming presence of the talk about impeachment which i think is really sort of unreek rigalisti not talking about the way forward. this is the democrats problem. they don't have a strategy other than complaining about donald trump. they have no way forward. >> in a way that was almost jokingly a way forward. she's predicting it as something she would like to see. it's not really her role because she's had two runs at the presidency. she's probably not the person that's going to pick up this mantel again and be the leader of the party in that way, so it's her to job to keep the fury and anger alive. she talked about that. if you can harness that, that's
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a good thing. the problem is you need somebody to step up to meet clinton, to layout a way forward, because even if she gets what she was predicting, even if there is an impeachment, which a lot of democrats do not want to touch with a 10 foot pole, it does not make her president. >> when you see hillary clinton making this case, you are asked who else is it for the democrats. coming there from time to time, secretary clinton from time to time. one of the legacies of the obama years was getting wiped out. they're in minority vote the house and the senate. perhaps she thinks this is part of her job. early on it was she will take a look and see how it unfolds and decide when and where to get unfold. that was more aggressive than i thought it would be. >> to help build that grass roots movement and talk about getting more women in the process. i also think, here she is, talk about your home field. not only our alma mater, but the
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talk i'm sure on that campus and while she was there and has continued since the election about women on oh could a woman be president. and the real frustration felt by so many there and the talk of the kul tculture there and difficulties there which she really did agrees. she said it over again. have confidence in yourself. you do this. basically saying to the women who were listening to hertha regardless of what happened to me, i don't want you to think that you shouldn't try. >> it felt very much like she was going back to her root, even her younger years when she was considered something of an agitate or, a rebel. when she spoke, when she was graduating and spoke on the stage in wellesley, her speech was incredibly controversial. whenever she goes back to that moment, you sort of see a different hillary clinton. i think that's what she was doing here today. presenting herself as someone who really understands what's
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going on today because this is who she was. it may not have been represented in her last presidential run fully or in the one before that or in her years as first lady or whatever, but this is something she was telling these women that she really knows because she lived it. >> hillary clinton there delivering that commentmecement. the president is the world stage and he's ruffling some feathers. hillary clinton not just attacking donald trump. there was some humor. >> you may have heard that things didn't exactly go the way i planned. but you know what? i'm doing okay. i've gotten to spend time with my family, especially my amazing grandchildren. i was going to give the entire commencement speech about them, but was talked out of it. long walks in the woods.
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welcome back. president trump is in sicily for a meeting of the g7. it's the last stop of his first international trip as president. the world now getting a taste of the trump effect we watch play out daily here in the united states. if you've been watching, you know he doesn't care much for the gentle code of diplomacy. openly lek ncturing nato alliesd attacking germany for its trade surplus with the united states.
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and he takes things importantly you might say. japan has a bigger trade imbans with the united states than germany. chancellor angela merkel does not. >> it's great to have prime minister abi, a friend of mine and somebody we've developed a great relationship. it's wonderful to have you here. it is a close partnership and collaboration. and friendship. we've developed a great friendship. >> is it that simple? is it that simple? joked there about he's not going to golf with the president this time as he did when he visited him at mar-a-lago? is it that simple if you're nice to the president, he could have said japan, trade, he could have gone after japan on the trade deficit. >> it is a huge part of the equation, really, really big. i think foreign leaders, diplomats take it very seriously that there's a sort of basic
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code of dealing with trump. you have to flatter him, preferably talk about his electoral win. there are so many basic things that he always likes to hear. that's because that's how he deals with them when he talks to world leaders. he talks about his great friendship with them, how nice they are, how well they got along. he doesn't speak of language of details and someone like angela merkel is something of -- she is sort of a bureaucrat i cic figu. she likes to meddle in the details and it does not work with their personalities. on some level some of this back and forth is a little bit kind of exagrated in the sense that trump has talked a lot about this issue with german cars, but it highlights that their republican is not -- it's not curby in any way. >> merkel also happens to be a friend of a guy named balm. she appeared with him yesterday
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before she came to the summit and when she was with him she said this. >> we all are united in the trust that it is not isolation and the building of walls that i can us successful but open societies that share the same values. >> sorry. that was actually at the nato s summit where she said it's not walls. who could she have been talking about there? >> another subtle reference. and merkel did not play the gmel of flattering trump by doing an event with trump's predecessor who he does not like being compared to and is attacking -- it's not a comparison he likes to make. let's just say that. and merkel does not particularly care for flattering trump because she had a partner in barack obama doing a lot of things she wanted to do, both in europe, in the middle east. she feels like she doesn't know what she's dealing with
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president trump and he's certainly not a partner like obama was. can you say it led to the comments yesterday? it's difficult to say. it's srp th it's certain they are approaching from opposite ends of the table. >> it's interesting to watch the trip play out. it started in the middle east. visits to saudi arabia and isreal. two places where the leaders were very happy to see him because he wasn't barack obama and then he ends up in europe where a lot of people are weary about him because he isn't barack obama. >> and if you look at the incoming from diplomats, i wish i could be on this trip, but the incoming from the germans and brits and others in europes they don't think trump understands and appreciates the nato alliance. they get his point about puburd sharing. you could see a lot of the leaders when he talks about saudi arabia and saudi arabia is going to help us, the great leader of saudi arabia is going to help us crack down on
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terrorism. some of those leaders have been around since 9/11 where they have thought about this. some of the pictures when the president was speaking, there was some eye rolling, there was leaders talking into their hands. i've covered a lot of these and i've watched a lot of these and i've never seen what i saw yesterday during the speech by the president of the united states the body language from other leaders. >> for a lot of americans, when they see that, they go exactly. that's why we elected donald trump. and that's what we want america to do. go over those snickers, we're better than you europeans that we continue to have to scome an bail out. we're not paying their fair share and that's all he's asking them to do and they look down on us. they were doing the same thing during the 2000s with george w. bush who they thought was not smart who they mocked openly. tony blair still suffering from his relationship with george w. bush getting involved in the iraq war.
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anytime a republican leader goes to europe there is sort of this condescending tone. with the election of macron and angela merkel looking much safer, there is a sense of they're not nervous as they once were, that he's going it's goin through and wash through europe. >> another thing we've seen play out the administration has had to deal with the outrage that the brits are mad that the u.s. intelligence agencies leaked photos of the man tchester crim scene. you are putting details out there that help the bad guys. they know what we know. on the fly the administration has had to deal with this. l listen to two of his cabinet secretaries say our bad, we'll fix this. >> we take full responsibility for that. and we obviously regret that
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that happened. in terms of how to fix the relationship between the u.s. and great britain, this special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event. >> i call my counterpart who i have got a great relationship in the uk. she has an absolute right to be furious about these leaks. and i think exactly the right thing for the president to do is to get the investigators on t find out who it is. they're totally unacceptable, particularly when it comes to classified information. >> a foreign leader complaining donald trump about leaks is not going to put donald trump on the defensive. this is something -- you know, adds fuel to his argument about this. he said he wants to launch an investigation and there are all sorts of speculation that once he gets back there may be a little bit of a housecleaning, some of t over leaks. >> everybody sit tight. up next charged with assault for roughing up a reporter one day. laked to the house of
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montana has a new congressman, greg januagianforte who while m an apology also conceded his last act from assault on an reporter and then to lie about it. >> when you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. that's the montana way. i'm not proud of what happened. i should not have responded in the way that i did. and for that i'm sorry. please. i should not have treated that reporter that way and for that i'm sorry, mr. ben jacobs. >> gianforte threw guardian reporter ben jacobs to the ground for daring to ask his position to health care. then attacked jacobs. the campaign issued a statement of accusing jacobs of initiating
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the contact. now tho tat the votes counts they're happy to pretend this didn't happy. he's an outsider with real world experience creating jobs in montana. he will bring that to congress. >> also happy trump who shared his thoughts as he passed reporters at the g7 in italy. >> great win in montana. >> thank you. >> the special elections are always overmagnified. washington says this changes everything. is there a national meaning, some lesson to be learned from montana beyond the fact that you probably shouldn't grab reporters and throw them to the ground? >> that would be a nice one. here's how we're looking at the report is to look at the margin of victory by the republican and democratic candidate and compare it to where it should be in a quote/unquote normal even year . in a normal year this is the
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district where a democrat expected to get 39%. he got 47%. that's still not winning, but it's out performing by eight points points. it kansas it was 12 point. in georgia preto where we a-- p- over performance by democrats in 2018, that is a problem for republicans. not a problem in a district that's red, but it is a problem in districts that trump or the republicans only carried by four or five points. but here's the thing for democrats. they've got to, because of how these districts are drawn and the fact they need to win 24, they've got to be able to on national level probably hit overperformance by six, seven, eight point. they've got to do in every district that well in order to be able to win the majority.
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>> most of those elections are next november. >> correct. i think georgia is going to be much more -- i think georgia's going to be also very important, because this is the kind of place. suburban, we can't talk about it's rural and deeply red. this is a very winnable race for a democrat. >> does it tell us anything about the use of media. should we not overstate -- an assault. he is charged with misdemeanor assault on a reporter. every eyewitness says he grabbed him, threw him to the ground and broke his glasses. talked to some voters about this and did it matter? >> who did you vote for? >> gianforte. >> did you hear the audio yesterday? >> i did. and i kind of had compassion on the guy because, you know, and i know you're a nice reporter, but not all of them are nice. and he probably just lost it or
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something. >> i know who mr. gianforte is and the type of person that he is and it didn't affect the way that i voted. i believe he is the best representative for us. >> well, the people were polite there. also tweeted during the day, montana voter said you're lucky someone doesn't pop one of you. that audio made me cheer. other voters said there is distrust, particularly in red america, of the media, of what the president and others have politically charged this leftist mainstream media. >> i don't think it's just about the media. yeah, there's a lot of animus toward the media, particularly on the right but it seems like the coarsening of politics overall. the sense that believe that you believe are not on your side politically are deserving of violence being directed toward them or harsh words being directed toward them. that's a broader trend that has
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been getting worse over time. some people are going to pin it on donald trump. some people are going to go all the way back to the very beginning of barack obama and even further beyond that. but it's very clear that this is about the idea that if you have an "r" next to your name or if they think that you're more conservative, people are more likely to give you a chance, putting aside basically decency about the things you teach to your kin der gardners. you don't throw somebody to the ground or call them names. i think a lot of that has fallen by the wayside. >> this is something ugly that goes beyond the realm of politics. it's not a good thing when people say this group of people are bad. you seem okay, but everybody else who is like you. the media is not a race, but approximate taps to something we've been through and i'm not trying to apply the media to be
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cinnam synonymous with. that but they saying maybe you don't deserve it because you seem nice, but everybody else, no, that is a dangerous place to go. >> and quickly and lastly about this race, a lot of democrats are upset at their own party because they haven't got a win. this is probably not a place they could win even with a last day attack on a reporter. what do the democrats do with this? >> i think they're going to point to what she was talking about, that his margin was a little closer than the standard. everything boils down to these things to local issues. this was not a great candidate for the democrats. he was not well own. also the republicans knew that gianforte was not a great candidate because he lost the governor's race last year even as trump was winning the state. they went in early with a lot of money and defined the democratic candidate before he could define himself. >> the democrats, even though
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