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>> sometimes you can't fight people by praising them and -- >> going after cops, going after the media is wrong. they did nothing productive. they did nothing to make anything better. >> let me just say this, though, you ask why he doesn't call out -- because white nationalists are winning right now., their case for the president to be equivocating between whether it's antifa or whatever, fine people on both sides, that actually helps their case. and they have garnered the spotlight. this gives them energy and a profile they didn't have before. and i think it's sad this president can't see that. >> and that's why they're out more online than i've seen in a long time. but i'll tell you there ain't enough of them. if people who want to fight hate and realize they have to do something about it, that'll matter too much. >> there is a great article you
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should read and it's called "white nationalists are winning." adam is going to be on and talk to us about this. and we're going to have a similar conversation. thank you, chris. >> i'll be watching. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. and this is day that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about our president, okay? this is how president trump began his day. tweeting -- of course, tweeting, right? about omarosa manigault-newman, former assistant to the president and not at all coincident apprentice. she was fired from the white house from her job last december and of course is now plugging a book. the president calls her whacky, vicious, not smart, nasty. so why did he hire her, and why did he keep her in the white house for nearly a year? simple as the president says, quote, she only said great things about me.
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so there you have it. the secret to success in the trump white house for anybody who hadn't already guessed is to praise the president. contrast that to president trump's own behavior just a few hours later at the signing ceremony at fort drum for a national defense authorization act. he couldn't even bring himself to call the bill by its complete name which is the john s. mccain national defense act for fiscal 2019. >> we would not be here for today's signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts of those who helped to pass the national defense authorization act. i'd like to recognize congresswoman elise, and i'd like to recognize don baker, dan donovan and jil baker with us hereulse. and there's another member of congress here today who's not only an air force veteran but the first woman ever to fly a fighter jet in combat in u.s. history, and i've gotten to know
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her very well and she is terrific. congresswoman martha mcsally. >> you heard there. didn't have one single word to say about the war hero and long time senator whose name is on the bill, senator john mccain. he's had a lot to say about senator john mccain in the past. >> the way trump looks at he's at least better than everybody else in the race including john mccain. >> does being captured make you a hero, i'm not sure. he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured, okay? he was desperate to get my endorsement. i gave him my endorsement because he needed it for the primary. he's never had salty language before, john mccain who has probably the dirtiest mouth in all the senate. john mccain was not on the list, so that was a totally unexpected thing, honestly terrible. a very sad day for the country when that final vote was cast. thumbs down. i remember it well. we will go again for a routine repeal and replace, and he went thumb downs. not nice. >> even just a little while ago the president couldn't resist slamming senator mccain again. >> one of our wonderful senators said thumbs down at 2:00 in the morning. >> disgraceful. president trump slamming senator mccain simply because he refused to vote the way the president wanted him to on health care? and slamming john mccain's
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wartime service even though trump himself got a draft deferment for bone spurs in his heels. john mccain as i said is a war hero. he's been awarded the silver star, the bronze star, the legion of merit, a purple heart and a distinguished flying cross. this is man who served in the navy for 23 years, who was a prisoner of war for nearly six years in the infamous and brutal north vietnamese prison. who refused to be released
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before those who had been held longer, who bears the scars of that experience to this very day. this is man who was elected to the house of representatives in 1982, the senate in 1986, who ran for president in 2008, and famously demonstrated that there is a place for honor in american politics at this moment, a moment that's worth remembering today. >> i can't trust obama.
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i have read about him and he's not -- he's not -- he's a -- he's an arab. he's not? no? >> no, ma'am. no, ma'am. he's a decent family man, citizen that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what this campaign is all about. >> and of course senator mccain is in the fight of his life right now battling brain cancer. we wish him well. yet president trump just could not bring himself to even mention the name of john mccain. but the senator predictively took the high road and said, quote, i am humbled my colleagues chose to designate this bill in my name. there is no higher calling than to serve a cause greater than self-interest. through the committee's work i've been privileged to support our men and women in uniform who have dedicated their lives to that noble cause. wise words from a courageous
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man. all americans owe him a debt of gratitude for his decades of service to this country. and again our thoughts and prayers are with senator john mccain. we hope he's doing okay and his family as well. let's bring in now cnn's kaitlan collins, and the author of "everything trump touches dies." good evening, everyone. good to have you on. kaitlan, let's start with omarosa. the president is describing omarosa as whacky, as a lowlife, as not smart, deranged. is that -- why was she there if that's the case in. >> that's the question being raised by several white house staffers who initially pushed back on president trump hiring her in the first place after he was elected, about bringing her on in the white house. but it was the president, don, who insisted on bringing her into the west wing. and the president made clear in his tweet today even when john
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kelly came on as chief of staff he too convinced the president to fire omarosa. however, you see how long it took. she stayed on for several more months after john kelly first came into the west wing. so the president is tweeting these things now that omarosa is criticizing him in this book. some of these claims that white house staffers are very dubious of, but the reason is and the factor of the matter is this is someone the president brought onto the administration, someone the president paid one of the highest salaries you can earn here in the west wing of taxpayer funded money. so really it's the president who has to answer these questions why he brought in someone who would record his conversations, make these allegations about him she's make after she left the white house. >> chris, the president just tweeted just a short while ago more about omarosa. he said, hey, mark cornet called to say there are no tapes of the apprentice i where used that's a terrible and disgusting word. i don't have that word in my vocabulary and never have. she made it up. what do you think?
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>> standard operating procedure for donald trump. he wakes up every morning i think with a tabula rasa. whatever he's said or done to people before has been forgotten. you know how you get fired four times, don, you get hired four times. so that's telling i think in and of itself. donald trump knew what he was getting. no one could say when donald trump brought omarosa into the white house he wasn't sure what he was getting. i think you're pretty clear on that. he has turned on her now because she's stopped saying nice things about him. he revealed in that tweet earlier today, he said she has always said nice things about me. it's not that complicated. he likes people who say nice things about him.
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he doesn't like it when those people stop saying nice things about him. whether it's vladimir putin, the prime minister of australia. pick mitch mcconnell, paul ryan, literally pick anyone and that basic standard generally applies up to and including omarosa. >> what's -- it shouldn't go unnoticed, rick, that we're talking about he's comparing being fired on a reality tv show to being fired as an advisor to the president. he hired his reality show villain, right? he should have known. >> donald trump's addicted to that little line about the snake. he knew what he was doing, what he was hiring. he wanted the drama, he wanted the reality tvtropes that she was going to bring into the equation. look, he is a guy as chris pointed out, he is addicted to having his ass kissed. she did it very well for a while, and now that he's off the rails -- even people that come
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in with dignity and stature the minute they're off the reservations she's going to end up in this war with him where she's unfortunately for him got a little more juice to be in this fight because she's playing by his rules, by reality tv rules. >> omarosa, katelyn, was on msnbc tonight and said she'd be willing to share any recordings with special counsel robert mueller. take a look. >> omarosa, do you have any other recordings? you wouldn't share them here. do you have some? >> i have plenty. >> anything mueller would like to see? >> if his office calls again, anything they want. i don't care. anything they want i will cooperate. >> you think he should be impeached? >> at this point, yes. >> kaitlan, if mueller's office calls again? >> that is the first time
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seemingly we have learned the special counsel did contact omarosa. of course, don, we only have her account and she obviously has some credibility issues here. the special counsel's office doesn't confirm who they've spoken with. omarosa does seem to be saying there and that follows after she wrote in her book she had been contacted by the fbi. it's unclear if the recordings she does have, if the special counsel did contact her again would be of interest to the special counsel. much of the conversations she has are largely ones we already knee about. just to give you a sense how unusual of a world we're living in the president is on the top floor of the white house right behind me tweeting that denial he's used that racial slur. i don't think that's ever happened before. it's a presidential first to say that. it's so unusual and really speaks to what kind of white house this is and what kind of administration we are witnessing happen here.
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when the president is having to deny something like that from the top floor of the white house. >> and, don, just add to the fact that, look, wave talked about this many times. his tweets are him, right? everything else is a way in which his views are filtered except maybe his public speeches. his tweets we know are him. they're a window into how he thinks, what he is thinking about at that moment. if you don't think donald trump is either focused on, worried about some combination of omarosa as credibility challenged as she is, katelyn is right, just go and look at his twitter feed today. from 6:30 in the morning until 10:10 p.m. eastern he's been tweeting about it pretty consistently. and i think that's in and of itself telling. >> but, don, one thing to add to that -- >> go on. >> this is when we always talk
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about the white house having it's on credibility issues when often the spokesperson says something and they contradict him and later we learn what the president said or what they said wasn't true. this is the time where the white house could have used some credibility. they have a top staffer who's making the top salary coming out with these very out there allegations about the president and about staffers inside this white house who are funded by taxpayers. and this is time when the white house could have said what she's saying is not true and this is not how these events happened, but neither of these parties here have ton of credibility. that's something the white house has done to itself here. >> it starts at the top, what does it say that two of his -- two people who worked for him felt compelled to tape him. what does this say about him? it's michael cohen and omarosa. >> right. his attorneys said many, many years ago you have to always have two people in the room because he will lie to you and not remember what he said. he'll lie to his own lawyers trying to keep him out of trouble. and i'm not -- it's a pathological repeated pattern
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with this guy. he can't tell the truth to anyone about anything. obviously, every day we wake up with the morning crazy tweets. and they're all embedded with some self-referential tweet about who he is and what people have wronged him. this beef with her is representative of how he treats everybody, so of course they're all paranoid and worried about things. of course they're taking out insurance on trump. if you're michael cohen you're doing some sleazy stuff. you're in the midst of controlling all the girlfriend stories and the pay outs and all that stuff, so you want to make sure you have some cover. you're omarosa, this is because she's playing by the rules of reality tv. she's playing by the rules of being a villain in a professional wrestling reality tv show. and she loves it. there's a part of donald trump, by the way, all these angry tweets, he loves this. he loves this drama.
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he loves we're not talking about the fact he claims he fired peter struck today and opened himself up to a whole new avenue. he loves this. >> thank you all. i appreciate your insights. when we come president trump claims omarosa signed a nondisclosure agreement. she says she didn't, but should the white house be in the business of silencing former staffers and using campaign funds to do it? i visualize travel rewards. i receive travel rewards. going new places. (oh!) going out for a bite. going anytime. rewarded! learn more at theexplorercard.com and i'm the founder of ugmonk. before shipstation it was crazy. it's great when you see a hundred orders come in, a hundred orders come in, but then you realize i've got a hundred orders i have to ship out. shipstation streamlined that wh the order data, the weights of , everything is seamlessly put into shipstation, so when we print the shipping ll everything's pretty much done.
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we're back now. i want to bring in cnn political commentator david axelrod, and frank bruiny, a columnist for "the new york times." gentlemen, good evening to you. i want to get this in first. i want to play the audio, the recording of the phone conversation omarosa had with the president that aired on nbc. listen to this. >> omarosa, what's going on? i just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving. what happened? >> general kelly -- general kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave. >> no, nobody even told me about it. you know they run a big operation, but i didn't know it. i didn't know that. goddamn it. i don't love you leaving at all. >> frank, did it sound like he really knew nothing about it there? >> how do we know? it's donald trump.
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he could be lying to her. he could also know-nothing about it. i mean this is such a strangely run unprofessional white house that anything is believable and nothing is trustworthy. so i don't know how we know. >> david, it's a mess, right? >> i guess i always agree with frank, and i disagree with him on this. i don't think that the chief of staff was going to fire someone who was a personal hire of the president and whose relationship with the president predated his own without letting the president know that he was going to do it. i don't think you can go to the chief of staff and you want the president finding about major dismissals that are messy at the time from cable tv. >> and also she was the highest ranking african-american in the administration, right? as the president's advisor. go on, frank.
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what were you say something. >> there's also the possibility kelly got her approved and forgot about it. >> look, the bottom line is the guy doesn't tell the truth on a regular basis. remember what he told people about not knowing michael cohen had, you know, made arrangements with, you know, these women and so on. you know, and then it turns out that he was deep in negotiations. he just -- he doesn't feel the need to tell the truth. and therein lies the big problem. because everything in a white house or any organization flows from the top. and if you have a president who doesn't believe in rules, laws, norms or telling it truth, that gives license to everybody else to misbehave. and we've seen that in the last 24 to 48 hours. >> david, i want to ask you this because i think it deserves a longer response, right? as i said it's a mess.
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the white house has denied in the past that they even made people sign nondisclosure agreements or ndas, but now trump is claiming on twitter she did sign and kellyanne conway claiming it's perfectly normal. >> it is typical and you know it to sign an nda in anyplace of work. >> you sign them in the west wing? you sign a nondisclosure? >> we have confidentiality agreements in the west wing, absolutely we do. >> david, is a nondisclosure agreement standard procedure? is it legitimately enforceable? >> unheard of until now. and it wasn't standard procedure. look, most people who serve in the white house serve because they feel a desire to serve the country and because they have deep loyalty and respect for the president. and so, you know, at least in the white house i served and i suspect in the other white
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houses that preceded us, there wasn't a sense that those were necessary wouldn't have crossed anyone's mind. notwithstanding the fact they may not be enforceable. but this is how donald trump ran his business, and this goes back to what i said before. this is what he demanded of everyone who was involved with him in his business because he doesn't trust people. he doesn't show them loyalty, and they don't trust him. and therefore they don't show him loyalty. it is a den of vipers. >> yeah, and you see that with the recordings. so, frank, you call this a crisis of professionalism within the white house. talk to me about that. >> i think you can look at any number of things. we have seen any number of examples of terrible vetting. let's not forget the whole dr. rani fiasco, and rob porter regarding security clearance and jared kushner.
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in various ways this is not a professional white house. kellyanne conway said this is typical of anyplace of work. this is not anyplace of work. to have people sign ndas is perverse because they're supposed to be answerable to agencies, they're protected by whistle-blower protections. there are various ways in which we try to make sure if they have something important to tell people who work in the public realm can tell it. so an nda runs totally counter to that and runs counter to the spirit of government. >> omarosa says she has more recordings. are they compelling and can she legally use them? we'll discuss that when we come back. sfx: [cell phone dialing]
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that president trump advocated taping his enemies, and she's got more tapes on him. how concerned do you think the white house officials are at this point? should they be concerned? >> well, they should be concerned, but i must say, you know, and i don't consider omarosa a hero in this story. i mean she's -- the things that she did to get these recordings and the fact that having testified to trump's character all those many months for her to come out now and doing what she's doing doesn't impress me very much. but she's trying to sell a book, and i would think if she had blockbuster videos that she had want the best videos or the best recordings, i should say, out there when the book was rolling out. and, you know, frankly, these recordings only reinforce things that we already know. there's nothing in here, you know, she rolled the can and the flag popped out that said pop on it. but it wasn't the big canon shot
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that people expected. i don't think that she -- my guess is she doesn't have better stuff or she would have used it. >> or maybe it's a sequel. look, it's reality show tv stars and the way they do things as you can see completely different. >> i've never been. >> yeah, i know. i feel like i'm living in right now. he claims mark burnett called him and told him. why would the president need mark burnett to call and tell him? wouldn't he know himself? >> i think the take away from this as david was suggesting isn't going to be any one recording she has or omarosa has. i think the take away is this was a woman who was working at the apex of american government. this is person whom trump hired, who he trusted. this is the kind of person he's attracted to, the kind of person that orbits around him.
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we frequently refer to the trump white houses a reality show. he's seeing something he helped create come back to devour him. >> david, she's concerned saying she's expecting the white house to retaliate. and my question is if she has more recordings, can they legally stop her? can they, you know, classify them or say that they are privileged in some way? i don't know. >> you know, they can try and say it's their property, and they can try and do that. i think it's in practice hard to do, to stop her from discouraging these. but just building on something frank said, i actually thought it was more like jerry springer than the classic reality tv thing, where you bring in
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people, they betray each other and then they throw chairs at each other for the rest of the hour is more like it's been. but the serious point is i think the damage to donald trump isn't any specific thing omarosa is saying. it's this portrait of a white house that is like a jerry springer show. and the kind of strange characters that he brings around him and entrusts with, you know, authority, the michael cohens, the omarosas, the paul manaforts. and i think what's growing is a portrait of a very disturbing patterns that has now defined our white house and in some ways is defining the administration of the country and the world. i think that makes people uncomfortable. >> thank you, gentlemen. i appreciate your time. when we come back kellyanne conway seemed to have a lot of trouble answering one very simple question. who is the most prominent african-american in the west wing? could it be the trump cabinet is the whitest and most male since ronald reagan? see that's funny, i thought you traded options. i'm not really a wall street guy.
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so omarosa manigault newman's white house tenure was controversial at best. and her firing is still causing problems for an administration that cleary has a diversity problem. i want you to listen to this is kellyanne conway struggling to even name one prominent african-american in the west wing. >> omarosa was the most prominent high level african-american serving in the west wing on president trump's staff. who now is that person? who is the most prominent high level advisor to the president on the west wing staff right now? >> african-american? >> yes. >> i would say that, well, first of all you're totally not covering the fact that our secretary of housing and urban development and world renowned -- >> i'm asking you about the white house staff. i'm asking you about the people
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the president is with every day. >> well, the president works with secretary carson every day. he's trying to break the back of -- >> who is on the white house staff right now? >> we have jeron who's down a fabulous job and very involved with jared kushner and president trump on prison reform from the beginning. he worked with omarosa and others of us -- >> does he have an office in the west wing, kelly? >> absolutely, the executive office of the president, yes. >> let's discuss now. ana navarra, bakari sellers and steve cortez all join me. good evening. that was a lot. she couldn't even name, ana, one black person in the west wing. this lack of diversity in the president's administration, what does it say about trump himself? >> that he's not getting good counsel from a diverse group of people. and i almost am thankful for that because i think i would be embarrassed to think that there'd be anyone that an
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african-american that has access to the oval office constantly and this guy is still doing things and tweeting things against you, and lebron james, against maxine waters and nfl players. it makes absolutely no sense. i was actually in the greenroom when that interview happened at abc with jonathan karl, and mark schwartz who used to work for the president was sitting there. and i remember looking up and smiling at him and saying oh, my god, she doesn't know his last name. it was obvious. i give kellyanne props, girlfriend was grasping at straws and trying to figure out every distraction she could. african-american, african-american, we've got one. ben carson, the guy who thinks slaves are immigrants, yeah, him, let's throw him at the wall and see if that spaghetti sticks. >> bakari, ana says she didn't
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think she could remember his last name. his name is jeron smith, and we actually reached out to him to invite him on the program to tell us more about his work in the white house. he declined our invitation. but my question is did kellyanne conway did him a disservice by apparently not knowing his full name, not having a full grasp of what he does except the broad concept of prison reform? >> yes, she actually did do him a disservice, but jeron one of it bright spots, talking about the opportunities of the tax bill, et cetera, et cetera. he actually is someone who's astute on policy, who tries to drill down and not deal in all of the verbiage that the president uses on a daily basis. i actually know jeron, and he's doing the best work hake do even if kellyanne conway doesn't
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know his name. you can slap a miracle whip sign-on the white house, there is no diversity on this white house line-up at all. and that just shows when he makes comments about nfl players and about anybody else he's not getting good counsel. and you said it at the top of the show when we were transitioning from chris' show to yours, you need that type of diversity so you have diverse thought. so you can actually have a valued opinion from people who do not look like you who have actually had various life experiences. donald trump doesn't have that. >> i was thinking about smith, it's such an easy one. >> smith, yeah. and he's actually a cool guy. it's like jeron smith, and you know somebody named jeron was in the white house. jeron smith. >> to bakari's point, he pointed to the housing and urban secretary ben carson, his only
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black cabinet member. but in fact 24 cabinet positions, 16 are occupied by white men. so the president, isn't he missing out on vital parts -- vital points of view for having so few minority in high positions? isn't he missing out on that? >> right, don i think he is. and you and i have talked about this off air and i think this administration could use more diversity. i don't want quotas, but i think the administration of the white house staff should look more like america. that would be a good thing. but diversity of thought, though, to me is even more important than appearance. and in terms of diversity of thought i can tell you first-hand while i've never worked for government, i've been involved on daca debates, for example. there's some people who wanted daca eliminated immediately and people like me who wanted it made into the law. and an incredibly vigorous
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debate between on those polarities. >> i've got to be honest -- hold on, on ana. when you hear diversity of thought especially to people of color, women, okay, what does that mean? of course there's diversity of thought, everybody wants that. but don't you think you should have diversity of ethnicity as well? >> i think the thought is the most important part and i'm telling you first-hand this is president who not only tolerates and welcomes diversity and conflicting opinions within his staff but in addition as i mentioned i believe the white house staff and the administration at the highest levels should look more like america. i think hope that's something the president works on. >> he wants people who disagree with him. john mccain disagreed with him and he called him out -- >> he wants people who agree with his overall message -- >> what did donald trump tweet out today?
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today donald trump tweeted out that omarosa is whack job who he hired, who he kept there because she spoke so glowingly of him. for once donald trump is saying the truth. so he's telling us i know this woman, she was unfit, she's whacky, but i kept her because she went on tv and she spoke so well of me and she only said good things. so even though others wanted to fire her because she didn't even show up at meetings, i wanted to keep her because she was good to me and said good things about me. the only diversity of thought in the white house is who bows down lower to donald trump. >> everybody, hold that thought. i've got to take a break. we'll be right back. only fidelity offers two zero expense ratio index funds directly to investors. and now we have zero account fees for brokerage accounts. at fidelity, those zeros really add up.
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prevagen. healthier brain. better life. back now with ana, bakari and steve. bakari, you were saying? >> it's kind of difficult, and this is to defend the white house which is kind of a weird position for me to take. but i don't know any qualified self-respecting african-americans who want to work in the white house at this point. it's difficult to think you can change a 70 year-old man stuck in his ways who has elements of bigotry and racism. and so your heart goes out to those who still want to serve their country and attempt to do what's right for their country and serve this white house and whatever what they believe to be -- >> you feel there are no black conservatives who want to go work for this white house, qualified? >> i think it's very difficult. at this point in time you're not
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working for george w. bush, not working for ronald reagan. you're working for the equivalent of what many of us believe to be george wallace with the dog whistle he uses. i hope there are some who will step forward so we can have that voice. i don't believe african-americans should be on one side or the other but it's a difficult leap to make. >> for you to compare him to george wallace is so -- a democratic, by the way, is so utterly insulting. and there is not a scintilla of evidence that this president is a racist. and just because you say it every time you're on cnn doesn't make it true, and all he has done is make life better for minorities. and by the way, both blacks and hispanics are responding to their improved lives with vastly higher approval numbers for this president. so it's not just my opinion. it's the opinion of my community, hispanics and also
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the opinion of african-americans where he's surging in support. >> it's a bit of hyperbole, but go on. >> it's not hyperbole. look at the naacp survey. >> george wallace being democrat. >> after the civil rights act and voting rights act you had a period of time in brown vs. board of education where a number of democrats including thurman left the party began to switch. my comparison in rooted in trumps history. not only do you have bigotry dating back to the fact where he owned casino and he got sued by casino workers or the fact he asked for the central park five after they were exonerated for the death penalty for these individuals and uses racist tropes daily talking ability maxine waters and
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don lemon. nothing is new under the sun. others, we've seen this type of racism, this type of bigotry. and yes he may not have the relationship like george wallace did, but the fact is he had the relationship with sessions who are pushing back the rights african-americans have had. civil rights, voting rights, environmental rights, and the list goes on and on. and these approval ratings you're throwing about, let's talk about the black unemployment rate that you guys like to use all the time. the fact is when barack obama took office it was 16%. when he left office it was 8%. if you want to congratulate donald trump making it go from 8% to 6% so be it. i'm not going to congratulate him for the run sizing every day. donald trump is a bigot. donald trump uses racism as political currency. that's a problem we have in this country. >> you know why you call him a bigot is because you don't want to debate policy. you call him a bigot and supporters like me, you relegate us to the side lines and you vilify us.
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rather than talking about policies. and by the way under the policies of barack obama or president bush, did lives get better for minorities? were they safer for more secure and in their homes and neighborhoods? the answer to all of that is no. under this president that's changing. >> that's b.s. >> the naacp commissioned this survey. black approval of president trump has doubled, and hispanic approval is up 35%. >> none of this is true. >> if he continues to do this for the 2020 election it's a slam dunk. >> it reason bakari calls him a bigot and i call him a bigot and misogynist and hypocrite and a racist is because of his tone, his rhetoric, because what he allows around him and legitimizes. because he equates neo-nazis to those protesting against him, and he calls countries predominantly black shit-holes
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he calls nfl players who take a knee sons of pitches. and because he tweets against don lemon and lebron james and maxine waters and questions their iq and intelligence, and because he appoints people who check off a box that are african-americans like omarosa who don't do policy and then don't represent the community. calls them whack jobs and questions their intelligence again. if you need more evidence of his racism i would tell you all you need to do is layoff the kool-aid and wake up to what's actually happening, the rhetoric. and all the legitimizing that's going on. >> so when he called mitt romney dumb -- >> all right, got to go. i've got to run. >> there's a reason when -- and on black people at starbucks. >> got to go. we will be right back. >> racist, racism, racism.
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so do good, do well -- >> i'm trying to get to the break. not happening with these two. okay, guys. thank you very much. when we come back why can't rudy giuliani get -- his story straight. there they are, your neighbors. you like them. they always remember everyone's names. your kids love swimming in their pool. you like them. if you forget your trunks, they'll loan you some. they have a section in their stock portfolio just for pool stuff. everyone likes them. you like them. but you'd like them better if you made more money than they do. don't get mad at your well-liked neighbors. get e*trade.
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this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. it is 11:00 p.m. here on the east coast. live with all the new developments for you. the fbi fired peter struck today after he was removed from the mueller investigation over a year ago over a series of anti-trump texts to an attorney he was an affair with. the bureau of responsibility had recommended struck should be suspended for 60 days and demoted. but president trump is taking a victory lap over struck's firing. and it probably won't be surprising to you to learn the president is ignoring key facts on the case. he has what he calls a long list of bad players on the fbi and doj.

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