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erica hill joins me in his stead. as we do all this follow-up, president trump is back in washington after making history with that north korean summit. the president this morning declares that north korea is, quote, no longer a nuclear threat after his four hour meeting with kim jong-un. the only problem is they still have nuclear weapons, of course, and the capabilities to use them. >> america's top diplomat mike pompeo is now in south korea where he's sure to be facing questions about the president's surprise announcement that he is halting those joint military exercises with south korea. let's begin our coverage with joe johns who's live for us at the white house. joe? >> reporter: erica, the president very active on twitter this morning upon his return from that big summit in singapore, but the tweet that seems to be attracting the most attention right now is the one indicating that in his view there is no longer a nuclear
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threat from north korea, that of course, remains as you've said, a very open question with competing realities here. on the one hand, the door appears to be open to denuclearization on the peninsula. the question is, how much the president gave up for that option? president trump returning to washington amid criticism over the concessions he made to north korea in exchange for a vague commitment to denuclearize. >> we have some things that you don't even have in the report. we made a lot of progress, tremendous amount of progress. >> reporter: the president defending his great relationship with kim jong-un tweeting that the world has taken a big step back from potential nuclear catastrophe, but the president's announcement that he is suspending joint military exercises between the united states and south korea provoking alarm and confusion in seoul and washington. >> i think sometimes the president has a tendency to stand up and say things that are
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ad hoc, that haven't been vetted and sometimes those things are walked back. >> reporter: senator corey gardner tweeting that vice president mike pence later attempted to reassure republicans that readiness training and exchanges will continue, although, quote, war games will not. >> we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus i think it's very provocative. >> reporter: the lack of detail in the joint agreement signed by president trump and kim jong-un also garnering criticism. >> this is the most anemic kmun kay that has ever come out of a u.s./north korea engagement. >> reporter: critics noting that north korea has agreed to complete denuclearization multiple times in the past and that the document contained none of the language the administration has previously demanded. >> the complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the only outcome that the united states will accept. >> reporter: also raising eyebrows, the president's
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glowing praise for kim jong-un despite his atrocious human rights record. >> he's got a great personality. he's a funny guy, a very smart guy, a great negotiator. he loves his people not that i'm surprised by that. >> reporter: the president's complimentary tone in stark contrast to his rhetoric just six months ago. >> no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in north korea. >> reporter: mr. trump insisting that his harsh rhetoric brought kim jong-un to the table. >> i think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here. i really believe that. >> reporter: cnn has learned that president trump wooed kim with this four minute holiday style movie trailer to pitch him on the idea of peace. >> two men, two leaders, one destiny. >> reporter: on the hill, congressional republicans offering measured praise in the wake of the summit. >> the president has gone down that road and should be given
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the chance to succeed, but i also think it's important for us to be cautious. >> reporter: getting back to business on twitter this morning, the president has tweeted about opec and oil prices as well as the world cup and he's even taking time to tweet just a little bit about domestic politics congratulating the winners of the republican primaries in virginia and south carolina, back to you. >> thank you. secretary of state mike pompeo is now in seoul, south korea, after that historic summit, of course, landing there earlier today. south korea needs clarity on what president trump meant when he said, war games would end. nic robertson is live in seoul with more on that. nic? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. this is kind of where the hard work begins. yes, it was hard work to get that big summit but the actual hard work that's often done before summits which is the details, while secretary of state mike pompeo now that ball firmly in his court. he met as he got off the base in
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the air base in south korea with general vincent brooks who's the commander of u.s. forces in korea, so perhaps a chance to brief him on some of the president's comments, but the real tough talk perhaps coming tomorrow when he meets the south korean president, south korean foreign minster, japanese foreign minster because what we're hearing from here is they really want to understand better what president trump meant and what were his implications and his ideas when he said that he was ending these joint military exercises, hugely important for south korean security and military readiness, so perhaps detail being put on the bones. north of the border, north korea, the media there in their newspapers and on television really amping up the games that they see their leader kim jong-un getting from president trump. all the things president trump has given them, they believe. so they're very happy about the
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situation. the south koreans want to get on board and understand precisely what president trump/mike pompeo are planning. alisyn? >> it's important for the south koreans to know exactly what president trump meant. thank you very much. now to talk about all of it we have eden brenner. also with us david chalion. great to have both of you. ian brenner, 24 hours later, the president has landed back at the white house. he certainly thinks he came back with a big win. here's what he tweeted this morning. just landed. a long trip but now everyone can feel safer than the day i took office. there is no longer a nuclear threat from north korea. meeting with kim jong-un was an interesting and very positive experience. north korea has great potential for the future. we do seem to be in a much better place than the world felt we were six months ago, but is the president getting a little
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ahead of himself with making that announcement? >> yeah, it's not mission accomplished. i'm glad he didn't tweet that. he's clearly doing a victory lap that's premature. it's great that he had the meeting. it was a successful meeting. he gave away more than he should've. if he had prepped or had mike pompeo actually handle the details, i feel confident he probably would not have referred to the u.s. as engaged in provocative war games, but six months ago everyone talking about this conflict was concerned. there was no diplomacy. north korea was completely isolated. they're expanding their nuclear tests, their icbm tests. now they're engaging in diplomacy with everyone in the region, the south koreans, chinese, russians. they've suspended their tests unilaterally even before they met. it's not like they've done nothing. we feel better about the fact that we're unlikely to see military confrontation on the korean peninsula. at the very least that is a win.
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>> that is a win. the president sees it as that. and you can point to not only the fact that the meeting happened, david chalian but to everything we just heard ian tick off there. that being said, it's not as if lawmakers are standing up and cheering everything that they saw happen in singapore. there's still a lot of questions in washington about this, david. >> i would say theepublicans on capitol hill weren't even necessarily cautiously opmistic. they were just simply cautious and sort of left it there because they were saying they want to go through a series of steps and of course they want to see any kind of deal come to congress to be dealt with there, but here's the thing. all the credit that ian is talking about which i think is due to the president, what that leaves is a moment in suspended animation right now to see now where it goes from here. the one thing about the president's tweet this morning,
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erica, that -- that's just in his head. there's nothing he can point to that says look here in this document that kim jong-un signed as to proving that the threat is completely removed. so that is just president trump's feeling after his conversations but he can't actually point and say this is the proof that the threat is removed. >> ian, go ahead. >> you're righting that there's nothing in the document that proves that but there's a lot of north korea's actions over the course of the past few months. certainly the summit between president moon and south korea and kim jong-un and the confidence building measures that both sides have engaged in is a concrete action that we can point to. the continued suspension of icbm testing. before we talked about denuclearization, trump's initial red line is, i will not accept the north koreans being
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able to launch a missile at the lower 48 in the united states. they've suspended that program as of now. i'd like to see over the coming months some inspectors go into north korea and dismantling that icbm program. it hasn't been done yet. that's hard work that pompeo needs to actually accomplish. i do think there is reason for some level of cautious optimism that we're heading into a more positive direction for the world. the question is to what extent does it benefit the united states. i do worry that over the medium term as we see more peace the united states will be more marginalized in this reason in the same way that after the syria conflict we didn't see the same level of refugees today coming out of syria but the united states isn't calling any shots. it's all about russia and iran. i could easily see that happening in five years over north korea. >> but in some ways, david, isn't that what president trump has been pushing towards, not that he doesn't want to be a player in the world, obviously, but we know the president is looking at this very much as,
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what's good for us now not necessarily how does this translate down the road. >> certainly. he definitely is short-term player in many ways with his politics. another thing that one republican senator told me yesterday who had spoken to the president after the meeting, he said to me that the concern, the caution, even with the praise coming his way for having the meeting from capitol hill may help president trump down the road in his negotiations, that the blowback that he's getting for potentially giving away more than he got here is something that he can then go back to kim jong-un when they're asking for more and saying, i got so much heat for giving the meeting, for standing down the military exercises. i really can't give you any more. that some of this blowback may work to his advantage in the negotiations. >> where does mike pompeo started to? where does he start trying to codify whatever it is that president trump thinks he got?
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>> that's exactly where i was going, because pompeo and bolton can't be 100% happy with what trump was engaged in in singapore, right? and pompeo's position is, i want cvid before we give any sanctions relief, while trump is saying i've got a win and it's going to be hard to pull trump away from that win to be tough guy because he wants to show his history. the biggest danger is the other side of what david is suggestion. you're going to have a lot of internal fighting where trump wants to be the good guy and pompeo and bolton are trying to reign him back. bolton was trying to scuttle the actual summit because he thought the united states wasn't being tough enough against north korea. that fight is going to play out internally and right now if you're pompeo, thing number one you have to do is you're reassuring allies because yet again trump making concession that's would upset allies without talking to them in advance, pompeo has to go and
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say, don't worry guys, we have your back. he has to do the equivalent of what secretary of defense did in singapore a week ago, shang gras la die logs when he was talking to the importance of these alliances and how committed the u.s. is there long-term. trump is saying war games is provocative. it's a very different message from what pompeo wants to deliver. >> thank you both very much. so a key republican rips his own colleagues on the senate floor accusing them of cowering to president trump. >> we might poke the bear, the president might get upset with us -- >> more on what senator bob corker is doing there. that's next. but as it grew bigger and bigger, it took a whole lot more. that's why i switched to the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy. everything.
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corker amendment, so we're going to do everything we can to block it. well, we'll do what we can do, but my gosh, if the president gets upset with us and then we might not be in the majority so let's not do anything that might upset the president. >> all right. let's discuss all of this with cnn political commentator scott jennings and anna navarro. scott, are republicans afraid of president trump? >> i think republicans want unity with president trump because politics is a team sport and unity has produced results and good results in washington means good politics for the midterms. what senator corker is trying to do here is attach an amendment to a bill that would kill the bill. this is a defense bill, by the way. the amendment would be vetoed by president trump any way and all in the name of blowing up the relationship that mitch mcconnell and the senate republicans have built with the white house over the last several months that republicans are happy with. there's a better venue for this. i understand corker's point. this was the wrong venue for
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this tantrum. >> how do you see his message, anna? >> i think it's too little too late, frankly. i'm sorry to see that leader in the senate like corker get retirement time courage. i think we are having a deficiency of consistency in washington and a deficiency of courage, particularly in the republican party. is there a reason for it? yes, take a look at what happened last night with mark sanford. he lost his primary. this is a guy who in congress has spoken up against and opposed the president at times, even though he's voted with him 75% of the time. yesterday, donald trump tweeted against him, you know, just in the middle of the election and he lost his primary. so i think that after they see people like mark sanford fall, fall on their sword, you're going to see even more cowering, d even more cowardus by the republicans in congress. >> scott, i want to move on to the different tone and words
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that president trump is using to talk about historically our allies like canada and then kim jong-un who, you know, up until yesterday was considered a murderous dictator who imprisons tens of thousands of his people and starves them. listen to this. >> they gave out a little bit of an obnoxious thing. i like justin. i think he's good. i like him, but he shouldn't have done that. that was a mistake. >> we have developed a very special bond. he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. >> all right. so i've -- i think he used stronger language against justin trudeau prime minister of canada than he played right there. he's called him weak. other insults and with kim jong-un, he just said yesterday he's successful, he's smart, he's funny, he loves his people.
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are you troubled, scott, by the words that the president is using with these different leaders? >> no. i think the president views all these things very similarly. these are transactional issues for him and i think on any given day if he thinks that slamming you is going to get him what he wants he will do it. if he thinks that flattering you is going to get him what he wants, he'll do it. he has flattered trudeau and attacked trudeau and same with kim jong-un. he thinks these are all part of some elaborate negotiation and at any given time he can change his attitude if he thinks it'll bring you closer to what he's trying to achieve. i would expect these reactions to go hot and cold with these leaders. >> anna, do you have any problem with president trump saying that kim jong-un loves his people? >> of course, i do. take a look at what the people of north korea look like, take a look at the suffering that they're going through. he is a cruel dictator. i don't have an issue with trump
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meeting with kim jong-un and i think -- i'm not sure that there was an option. if i was sitting in hawaii right now and thinking about and fearing nuclear bomb drills i would say it's a good thing that they are meeting and hopefully something can happen, but words matter. it's one thing to meet from a position of strength. like ronald reagan often did and it's another thing to go to north korea or singapore and practically, you know, just butter him up like he was a butter ball turkey. this thing was just pretty gross. you know, alisyn, i'm really proud that i'm one of the people on tv today that does not have to bend herself into pretzel shapes, which is a good thing because i ain't as flexible as i used to be, five years ago, i couldn't deal with obama paling around and going to a baseball game with castro. ruthless dictator is ruthless dictator. americans should not legitimize.
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american presidents should not use the platform to legitimize and normalize a ruthless dictator whether it's of the left or right, whether it's in cuba or north korea. it is not about partisanship. it is about american values. it is about what is right or wrong. people who are today saying they are okay with trump paling around with a north korean dictator that oppresses his people but two years were criticizing obama, shame on them and vice versa. >> what about that hypocrisy, scott? >> there's a huge difference between the cuba situation and north korea and that is north korea is aiming nuclear weapons at us and i don't think the president's paling around with kim jong-un. i think he's trying to denuclearize the peninsula and i think -- >> he's wildly flattering. >> and this is what he does. we see him do it in washington. we saw him do it before he got into politics. this is the way he handles these negotiations. we're at the beginning of a process that may or may not work
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out and i am fully aware that the north koreans may lie the way they've lied to us for decades. but i'm willing to give peace a chance and i think we ought to give the president some rope here to see if he can break a log jam that's been the decades in the making. >> scott, just so that we compare apples to apples you know there was huge outcry from republicans, from conservative media when president trump obama then barack obama, i think he was a candidate dared to suggest that he might meet with a dictator or north korea without preconditions, how do you square that? >> and nobody trusted obama to do the right thing and guess what? it was born out the fears about obama were born out. how about the syrian red line that was crossed and nothing was done? >> when he suggested he would meet with north korea there was outcry, when president trump suggested he would meet with kim jong-un there was applause.
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>> the president's duty to protect us as the american people from nuclear war. he believed we were on the brink of nuclear war. we're farther away from that day. is all of this perfect, no. this is a messy situation but if you want to be farther away from war than today's a better day than yesterday. >> anna, ten seconds. >> two word explanation, tribal partisanship. when my guy does it, it's okay. when the other guy does it, it's terrible. >> i know. >> a dictator is a dictator is a dictator, tell the cuban people and the north koreans that there's a difference. >> root for america. we need less nuclear weapons on that peninsula. >> i vote for american values. i will not compromise them because there is a republican in office. >> okay. on that note, thank you both very much for that debate. anna scott, erica? the antitrust battle with at&t isn't really over at this
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a federal judge approving at&t's blockbuster $85 billion takeover of time warner, which of course is the parent company of cnn. president trump strongly opposed the merger. the judge warning the justice department not to seek a stay on the now approved deal. joining us bryant stelter and jeffrey toobin who was in the courtroom when that ruling was announced. i would say it is pretty clear from this ruling that we know exactly how this judge feels, jeffrey. >> that's for sure. this was obviously a closely watched case, but it was not a closed case. the judge richard leon just blew out of the water all of the government's arguments against this merger. he did not address and he did not include in the case the issue of political interference, the issue of whether donald trump's antip think for cnn led the government to bring this case.
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that issue is still out there. it is a worthy subject of investigation, especially since the case failed so spectacularly, the question of why this case was brought at all but as of now, this merger is going to close next week unless the government can persuade the court of appeals to issue a stay and that seems like pretty much of a long shot at this point. >> and as you pointed out, too the judge making it clear he did very smart move. hat would be a when it comes to whether or not the president had a certain amount of influence here with the decision to even bring this, obviously to the court, brian, you and i were talking about this briefly. there's a foyer request out there. there's a lot of questions about would we ever even really know. a lot of people point to the possibility that it makes for good sound byte, but whether or not there's some real facts there, that's still up for debate. >> this is one of those cases where there's a lot of
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circumstantial evidence but no proof that the president was playing politics and getting involved in the doj decision making. what we know for sure is he opposed the deal. he has a pattern of complaining about the doj, we know that the antitrust division chief who led this lawsuit that failed, we know that he didn't see problems with the deal when it was announced but once he was hired by trump and promoted to run the antitrust division, suddenly he did have big problems with this deal. this could come down to something very simple. career officials inside the justice department that felt this deal was bad for consumers. that's what the doj say happened. the judge yesterday rejected their arguments and threw that out. i do think as jeffrey said, this is something that's going to merit more scrutiny in the future. maybe we'll find out more about possible political interference by the president or his aides. i thought it was notable yesterday time warner came out with a very strong statement
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saying this was political, this was baseless and the case never should have been brought. the language was never that strong during the trial but now that there's been a victory in court, time warner was saying this was political. >> and what we still say, this now too opens the door for a number of other mega mergers, brian. >> comcast is likely to bid for fox today or tomorrow. that's the part of 21st century fox that murdock is selling. comcast is going to make a higher bid. we'll see other consolidation but in other industries as well. this was the starting gun. this was the beginning of what's going to be another round of consolidation now that companies have been given a green light by this judge. >> we'll see how all that plays out. i want to shift gears. we're learning that rod rosenstein is now calling on the house to investigate some of its staff over reports of these heated meetings on russia. he felt personally attacked by
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rosenstein back in january. there was no formal complaint about rod rosenstein' behavior. when we look at the way all of this is playing out, rosenstein who's about to brief the president over the hillary clinton email saga, how would unusual is it that we're seeing these headlines at the same time? >> it's an extraordinary situation. rod rosenstein has been a great target of president trump. he has -- he was the one who appointed robert mueller, he's the one that's protecting mueller's independence and trump hates that. trump's allies in the house of representatives are attacking rosenstein as well. here we have a situation where rosenstein is fighting back. where he's saying, look, i will not be beaten up by staff members in the house of reprentative and they need to be disciplined. i think it shows that rosenstein is continuing to show his
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independence and he is continuing to defy the president and his allies when they are -- when they're attacking him. he also may get fired at some point. he is living on the knife's edge. >> and of course he's going to be briefing the president on this report from the inspector general. what are we expecting to see in that? >> this is a report that's likely to be in part very pleasing to president trump because it evaluates the conduct of james comey, the director of the fbi in the way he conducted the hillary clinton investigation and the way he disclosed it and it's likely to include a good deal of criticism of comey and other members of the obama justice department, so this can be at least one area probably where -- where rosenstein is delivering good news to the president tomorrow and we'll see it publicly at some point during the day tomorrow. >> thank you both. appreciate it. another trump critic gop
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♪ election update for you. results are in from primaries from five states last night. mark sanford, a trump critic was defeated in south carolina. that's another sign that gop voters are rejecting some lawmakers who break with president trump. cnn political reporter rebecca berg is live in washington with more. how do you see all this, rebecca? >> the message loud and clear from last night from the result in the first district of south carolina is that republicans who criticized the president do so at their own political peril. the results very clearly in favor of representative mark sanford's opponent, katie arington. a state lawmaker who criticized his vocal opposition to president trump. mark sanford is extremely
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conservative which makes this primary so unusual. he wasn't being challenged because he wasn't conservative enough and he's also a political survival. he survived a scandal as governor visiting a mistress in argentina to come back and win this seat for congress but his vocal opposition to trump ended up being his political undoing. the president tweeting yesterday, before the polls closed that sanford had been very unhelpful to his agenda and that he was throwing his support behind arrington, sanford's opponent. we don't know how much of an impact that tweet had on the race. trump was an issue throughout the race. arrington raised sanford's opposition to him. sanford said he stood by his remarks. take a listen to this. >> it may have cost me the election but i stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president because i didn't think at the
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ends of the day was either concurrent with the promises when i first ran for offices or the people i represent. sanford just the latest in a string of victims in the republican party who have tried to take on trump. jeff flake, bob corker are others who have abandoned their political careers as a result of their opposition to the president and now we see the latest victim of the never trump movement. back to you. >> thank you. a court order obtained by cnn reveals ann jelena jolie is required to give more access to brad pitt of their children. jolie maintaining primary physical custody. a judge granted pitt unrestricted phone access to their children. jolie has been advised the custody agreement could be subject to change. the couple split back in september of 2016. i confess i am not as up to date on my branjelina news as i
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the primary season is now in full swing. democrats are trying to take control of the house as republicans learn that if they criticize president trump they do so at their own peril. let's get the bottom line with david chalian. great to see you again. mark sanford, let's look at that as our object lesson. was that the trump effect? were there other problems plaguing his campaign? >> that's the reason he lost the primary primarily. no doubt about it. what's so interesting here and this is what every republican is looking at. mark sanford, alisyn, is one of the most conservative republicans you can find on the hill when it comes to limited government or fiscal responsibility, the traditional conservative that we have seen over the last couple decades in washington and -- and yet what last night's results prove is that ideology is not the battle inside the republican party right now. for republican primary voters the most active and energized
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part of the republican base, it is about loyalty to donald trump. that's the test of whether or not -- that's the purity test, not where you are on immigration or where you are on fiscal issues, it's where you are on donald trump and if you've ever said anything negative about him. >> there are some head scratching outcomes, though. corey stuart. in terms of an ideology there, a lot of surprises i think for people especially outside of virginia. >> right. not that surprising if you looked last year when he was running in the republican primary for governor. he came real close to defeating ed gillespie in that race but, yes, corey stuart who's been a champion for the confederate monuments. you saw him getting the praise from president trump for his victory. he's running against tim kaine, the vice presidential running
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mate for hillary clinton who is -- has the clear advantage in that race but once again, the definition of what is the republican party right now? it is being made clear by the nominees, the party is putting forth. i'll just add this. you and i have had conversations on this show. i can't count how many times i've been asked is this the thing that is going to break the back of republicans and cause them to distance themselves from president trump, is this the tweet, is this the behavior or the statement and here in sanford is our answer. every time we pose that question to ourselves, which i'm not suggesting we shouldn't, this is the answer. no. it's not the thing that's going to break it. president trump is extremely popular with his party. this is why paul ryan and mitch mcconnell try to prefer and act behind the scenes trying to guide the president rather than take him on publicly because their members are clearly concerned that taking on the president causes them political peril at home. >> that is very good to remember. what about the year of the
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women? how are female candidates doing? >> this is the story of 2018, especially on the democratic side. just more female powered election results of the four competitive house races, the targeted house races in the commonwealth of virginia, all four top tier races there on the democratic side, it's a female nominee that emerged last night in the primary. this is part of this female powered moment on the democratic side that is in response, clearly, to president trump. >> are democrats, though, as a whole, as a party are they getting a better handle on what their message is moving forward? because this is a party that is increasingly fractured. >> right. there's a debate in the party about how important is a message, do they really need to formulate some message or can they just ride sort of the anti-trump energy and let that be sufficient? most strategists will say that's necessary but not sufficient and which is why i think you'll see in the summer and all fall every
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democrat on the campaign trail is going to be talking about health care, tax cuts for the wealthy. that will be part of their message. but the energy inside the democratic party right now, what is causing them having the wind at their back is the anti-trump energy, the resistance energy. that's what's forcing their greater numbers and turnout and their victory in the trump era. >> what happened in south carolina? >> in south carolina with -- >> was that -- did somebody win who had a violent past -- >> i'm sorry in the fifth congressional district. no problem. in south carolina the democratic nominee there has admitted to domestic abuse in his past. every democrat up and down the south carolina party and nationally asked him to step away from this race when he admitted this past. he would not step down. he does emerge as the nominee but that's largely because of that past is going to remain likely in republican hands.
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last year in a special election in that district, that very same democrat got very close to winning but now we've learned his history and it's hard to see how this leaves republican hands. >> got it. thank you so much for explaining all of that to us. >> no problem. "the good stuff" is next. a preview of our special series, more good stuff on people making an extraordinary difference. >> we traveled the globe telling stories of change maker. this time we're joining the mission to make a difference. >> giving time to the causes that are dear to our hearts. >> and sharing the stories of the champions leading the charge. >> that's motivating. >> i had to help them in ways that let's them see this is not how your life has to be. >> this is an opportunity to pay it forward. >> to do something that is going to be meaningful. >> they are the kinds of students any community would be
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