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the vote? called out by cohen. the president's former fixer, michael cohen, is saying mr. trump made repeated racist references in private conversations with him over the years before he was president. we have details of cohen's very disturbing claims. tampering and obstruction. newly revealed text and e-mails show long-time trump adviser roguer stone telling an associate targeted by the special counsel robert mueller not to talk and to plead the fifth. will mueller hold that over stone's head or charge him? scaring off votes. new information about the shockingly racist campaign video retweeted by president trump demonizing mexicans and blaming democrats. our fact-check reveals misleading and flatout false allegations. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". ♪
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this is "cnn breaking news." breaking news. president trump and former president obama both campaigning tonight, trying to get out the vote for the midterm election, now just four days away. they're trading barb with mr. trump calling his predecessors record, i'm quoting now, lie after lie, broken promise after broken promise. but president obama says mr. trump is the liar and he accuses him of using racial and religious division to anger and scare voters. i'll talk about that and more with congressman ted lieu. our correspondents, analysts and specialists are also standing by. first, to our white house correspondent, kaitlan collins. she is in west virginia where presume just finished the first of two political rallies tonight. kaitlan, the president really went after his predecessor. >> reporter: he did, wolf. some of his most cutting words were for president barack obama. president trump said he watched president obama speaking in florida while he was on his flight here to west virginia
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because he said he had nothing better to do. he criticized him for his health care plan. he criticized him for criticizing trump for going after the media, but some of his harshest words about obama were about his record, saying it was broken promise after broken promise. but, wolf, obama wasn't the only topic on the president's mind here tonight. he also had immigration front and center. ♪ older than >> reporter: as the president barn storms across the country tonight, visiting two states as he heads into the final weekend before the election, he's not letting the facts get in the way of his last-minute midterm message, stoking fear of immigrants. >> caravan after caravan is forming, unvetted, illegal aliens trying to flood into our country. >> reporter: as he left the white house late today, trump pulled back on changing the rules of engagement for u.s. troops he is sending to the border. after saying thursday he considered rocks thrown by migrants to be equal with
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rifles, implying soldiers could fire their weapons in return, the president said today he'd only detain them. >> i didn't say shoot. i didn't say shoot. but they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time. >> reporter: tonight the president blaming the violence in the country on the media. when asked if his own rhetoric has anything to do with the division in the country. >> a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. the fake news is creating violence. if the media would write correctly and write accurately and write fairly, you would have a lot less violence in the country. >> reporter: during his rally in missouri thursday night, the president complained that the pipe bombs sent to his political opponents and the tragedy in pittsburgh had diverted attention away from the issue he wanted to focus on in the waning days of the campaign, immigration. >> we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible.
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>> reporter: the president softening his frustration by adding -- >> we don't care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country. >> reporter: but in hopes of reving up republican momentum, the president has taken his immigration on the road with multiple rallies a day. >> does anybody think this makes sense? >> reporter: the president getting a course of boos throughout an airport hangar in missouri 14th night when he dismissed the birthright citizenship amendment as nothing but -- >> this crazy, lunatic policy that we can end. >> reporter: trump blaming democrats for what is in the constitution. >> the democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal alien. >> reporter: now, wolf, immigration was at the top of the president's priority list here in west virginia, but he did briefly mention that impressive jobs report that came out today, saying that there are people who keep telling him he
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needs to be talking about it more, but adding -- and i quote -- sometimes it is not as exciting to talk about the economy because we have a lot of other things to talk about. wolf, that is not something republicans want to hear just a few days before the mid terms. >> yeah, good point. good point indeed. kaitlan collins, thank you very much. president obama meanwhile is in atlanta getting ready for his second rally of the day. kaylie, the former president has been sharply critical of president trump. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. for one, earlier today in miami he called out president trump. president obama saying that the rhetoric we've heard from some in the closing days of this campaign has been designed to divide us, to make us fearful, to make us angry. president obama was fired up earlier in miami. we expect to hear more of the same when he takes the stage behind me in about an hour and a half. >> i know there are sincere
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conservatives who are compassionate and must think there's nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of mothers at the border. i am assuming that they recognize that a president doesn't get to decide on his own who is an american citizen and who is not. that's not how the constitution of the united states works. that's not how the bill of rights works. that's not how our democracy works. people who think it is wrong to spend eight years trying to take away people's health care and then spend the final days pretending you're mother teresa, they're florence nightingale. i am assuming people must get
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upset when they see folks who spend all of their time vilifying others, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people, and then suddenly pretending they're concerned about civility. we don't need more mealy-mouthd elected officials who say, oh, well, i'm very concerned or i'm terribly vexed by this bad behavior. but there's nothing i can do about it. >> reporter: president obama delivering fierce words there, a call for urgency as he told voters this might be the most important election of our lifetimes as stakes are just that high, wolf. >> thank you very much. kalee hartung reporting for us. michael cohen is speaking out about what he says are
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repeated references and racist language by mr. trump before he became president. michael cohen has now been one of the president's biggest critics. >> that's right, wolf. we are seeing michael cohen letting loose on donald trump in this new "vanity fair" interview. he says in the years he worked for donald trump, on more than one occasion he heard donald trump using racist and chilling language in their private conversations. three examples i want to point to from this story. michael cohen says in 2016, michael cohen and donald trump were discussing a trump rally and cohen noticed -- noted that many members of the audience were white. he says i told trump that the rally looked vanilla on television and trump responded, that's because black people are too stupid to vote for me. another example, wolf. after nelson mandela's death, michael cohen says donald trump said to him, name one country run by a black person that is
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not a -- adding, name one city. the third example, wolf, is from the late 2000s. michael cohen says he was traveling with donald trump for work and they were traveling from the airport to the hotel when they went through what he referred to as a rougher neighborhood. at this point michael cohen says that trump made a comment to him saying, only the blacks could live like this. now, the motivation, michael cohen says in this "vanity fair" interview for speaking out right now is that he knows probably better than anybody else that donald trump's language in private is actually worse than some of the things that he says in public and that he would like the american voters to be informed so that they're actually aware of donald trump's real character. now, this, of course, is just one example of the complete 180 that we've seen michael cohen do when it comes to donald trump, his former boss. we have reported over the last couple of weeks that he says he had changed his party registration from republican back to democrat. he has also said he is willing
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to campaign for democrats and against donald trump, and when we caught up with michael cohen just last month he said the american people need to get out and vote against donald trump because otherwise we are going to see two to six years of more craziness. wolf. >> any reaction from the white house to these statements made by michael cohen? >> no reaction that we've gotten from the white house so far, though we have reached out. but you can easily imagine, wolf, that donald trump, if he is watching this, is going to be bothered. we have seen his rhetoric when it comes to michael cohen change over the last couple of months as well, from sort of defending his former lawyer as somebody who had been loyal to him for many years and now saying that he is not someone who is credible. one thing that you can imagine is going to bother donald trump as well is the fact that michael cohen has been speaking with investigators over the last few weeks. last month, for example, we reported on a meeting that michael cohen had with officers
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from the new york attorney general's office. we also know from previous reporting that michael cohen has also spoken with folks from special counsel robert mueller's office. now, we obviously don't know exactly what he has been saying in these meetings, but you can imagine him arguing, wolf, that not only does he know about donald trump's personal life very well but that he also knows a lot about the inner workings of the trump organization. wolf. >> m.j. li reporting for us. democratic congressman ted lieu is joining us. he is a member of the judiciary and foreign affairs committees. thank you for joining us. let me get your immediate reaction from what we heard from m.j. li about these statements that donald trump made racist comments over the years. >> thank you, wolf, for your question. the statements described by michael cohen that donald trump made are highly disturbing. they are starkly racist. if this makes people mad, i hope
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they vote this tuesday and get others to vote because it is a message that donald trump would understand. >> the economy, as you know, added 250,000 jobs in october, unemployment is at a 49-year low, 3.7%. why is the president's closing message during these days just before the mid terms all about fear of refugees and immigrants? >> i think one reason is because many americans don't actually feel the fruits of the economy. you still have wage growth that has not kept pace and then you have inflation that's eating into wages, and many americans are actually either the same or worse off than they were two years ago. that's why i think the president is trying to double down on his hateful rhetoric and try to turn the subject away from what people really care about, which is wages as well as health care. >> you served in the military, the u.s. air force. you are a colonel in the reserves. do you think the deployment to the border of u.s. military troops, maybe 15,000 troops, is an appropriate use of resources,
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costing -- wove 'ge've got in a days, 42 to $110 million? >> not at all. this caravan is about 1,000 miles away. there have been caravans over the years and they always get disbanded. imagine walking across mexico. it is incredibly difficult. by the time anyone reaches our borders, if they reach it at all, it is a very small group of people. most of them are turned away. to deploy the u.s. military down to the border is simply a waste of federal resources, and they can't even take any actions. they are just there in a support capacity, so really this is just a big waste of taxpayer funds. >> the president continues to lament that the serial bomber and the synagogue shooter, quote, stopped the tremendous momentum -- his words -- leading up to the midterm elections. what message does that send? >> that the president really thinks this is all about him, it is all about winning, when, in fact, we had 11 people that were murdered in a jewish synagogue and my heart goes out to them as
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well as their family members. we also had a mass assassination attempt of democratic officials. for the president to not take those things seriously is highly disturbing as the leader of the free world. >> the president today admitted that republicans could lose the majority in the house of representatives and said he would work with nancy pelosi if democrats win control of the house on tuesday. are you willing to work with president trump? >> yes, if the president wants to move america forward on issues like reducing health care costs, investing in infrastructure. but the president wants to pass hateful, divisive laws, then we're going to stop him. that's what the election is about this tuesday, having a check and balance on the executive branch, which is how the framers of intended our government to work. >> do you think the democrats will become majority in the house? >> i do. i'm vice chair of the congressional campaign committee. we are targeting over 90 seats,
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and not only are we doing well in purple and blue states but doing well in red states like alaska, utah and kansas. i am very optimistic this tuesday and i believe we will flip the house. >> you sit on the judiciary committee. if the top democrat on your committee becomes the democratic chair of the committee, what do you see the agenda looking like? >> well, i think we have to first of all look at immigration, which does come through our committee. i believe we need to call in homeland security secretary nielsen and ask why are there still hundreds of kids ripped away from their parents. we also deal with issues regarding the department of justice, the president's continued attacks on the doj are highly disturbing. we need to call in department of justice officials to see if there's been undue influence by the president. there are a number of issues the judicial committee has jurisdiction over and i think we will have a very strong committee that will act as a check and balance on the executive branch. >> if you are in the majority, i'm sure it will be a busy
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period in the months ahead. congressman ted lieu, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. breaking news in the russia investigation just ahead. could newly-revealed text and e-mails open long-time trump adviser roger stone to witness tampering or obstruction charges? president trump defending the racist campaign ad he tweeted saying, all i'm doing is telling the truth, but our fact check shows he's not. vere rheumatoid , month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years, humira targets and blocks a source of inflammation that contributes to joint pain and irreversible damage. humira can lower your ability to fight infections. serious and sometimes fatal infections including tuberculosis, and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions,
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has be breaking news in the special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation tonight involving texts and e-mail exchanges between long-time trump adviser roger stone and an associate who has been questioned by mueller's team. our political correspondent sara murray working the story for us. what is in those text and e-mails? >> reporter: they're not pleasant text and e-mails and are conversations between roger stone and his associate randy creditco who he has claimed as his back channel for julian assange, wikileaks founder. in the first set of text messages stone is told, i have a subpoena from muller. stone replies, waste of your time, tell him to go -- himself. credico says, who? and stone says, mueller. he says now it was a joke. when he asked credico if he was
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wearing a wire, it was a joke. these are people that have known each other 15 years. you can watch the friendship devolve, especially in the e-mail where roger stone is threatening randy credico's dog which is a 14-pound thing named bianca. stone seais, you backstab your friends, run your mouth, my lawyers are dying to rip you in strings. credico respond, you don't have a constitutional right to threaten me or my dog. you crossed a red line. roger stone replies, rot in hell. you can see the toll the mueller investigation has taken on their friendship, wolf. >> we have pictures of that, too, some video of the dog as well. he likes to go every place. >> he even went with randy when he testified in front of the grand jury. the special counsel office gave him special permission to bring
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the dog. he said, he wasn't do anything to the dog, but he was concerned randy was not taking proper care of the dog. >> what could mueller charge stone with and would it be pressure on stone to cooperate? >> the legal issue here, as you know, we are waiting to see if mueller's team brings charges against randy stone and it is possible they could bring something related to collusion if they can pin down he had some kind of contact with wikileaks, that he shared information with trump's inner circles. but when you look at the messages, the question is whether there was any kind of obstruction issue, whether there was any kind of witness tampering issue. when i spoke to lawyers, they said this is something mueller will have to look at the totality of the messages, like roger stone said in his statement to cnn, and he has to decide are these two grumpy old men griping at each other, which is how roger described the conversation, or was this an effort to manipulate randy credico's testimony and threaten him, which could be another perception on these messages. >> could be a lot. we will watch closely and see what happens after the mid
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breaking news tonight, president trump about to start the second of two campaign
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rallies after walking back on the green light he gave u.s. troops yesterday to fire on rock-throwing migrants. let's get some more on all of this. our correspondents and analysts are with us. laurie jarrett, yesterday the president seemed to suggest it is okay if they throw a rock at you and you're in the military, along the border you can fire, use your rifle, hit them and kill them if necessary. today he denied he ever said that, although it is on tape. we all saw it. what do you make of that? >> something has him changing his tone dramatically on this. perhaps it is the fact a number of retired generals came out and said, wait a minute, mr. president, this is completely inappropriate, this violates the rules of engagement, this violates basic principles of proportionality. maybe it has him stopping in his tracks on that. it is interesting, wolf, our colleague ryan browne reported an interesting story out of the pentagon, which was essentially they were asked to provide for crowd control and said no. so there's clearly a disconnect
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happening about the proper role of the military at our border. >> it is a very significant development indeed. jackie, the president, you know, he is campaigning but the former president, barack obama, is he campaigning as well and he is telling voters not to listen, in effect not to believe what they're hearing from president trump. listen to this. >> now in 2018 they're telling you the existential threat to america is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away. they're even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border, and the men and women of our military deserve better than that. a president doesn't get to decide on his own who is an american citizen and who is not. that's not how the constitution of the united states works. that's not how the bill of rights works. that's not how our democracy
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works. >> what do you think the impact of president obama's words will be? >> i think it is unclear. i think the people that were at that rally and the people that agree with the president are going to go vote. they're excited. they're ready to go, but this is about making sure that people turn out, particularly the black vote and the hispanic vote. that is who he is speaking -- that is why, one of the main reasons barack obama is in florida today. >> how do you think it is going to play out, this fight that's going on between the current president and the former president? >> i mean i think obama is trying to point out what is patently obvious here, is that trump has created essentially an imaginary issue in the home stretch the last week of this campaign. there's no threat on the southern border, and i think this whole debate over, rock, gun and then, you know, the military comes out and debates whether it is too much force, the entire thing is like that movie "wag the dog."
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"top gun" it is an entirely manufactured crisis trump is using to shift the debate to this issue he feels benefits him. you know, i think a lot of democrats are -- shouldn't be taking the bait and should be, you know, talking about their own issues. i think that's what obama was trying to say there. >> what do you think, jeffrey? >> well, i agree with all of that, but i don't even get why he's talking about this stuff at all. i mean the economy is booming. we have -- the american economy doesn't get any better than this. the unemployment rate is under 4%. why is he telling lies about immigration when he could be telling the truth about the economy? >> well, i will explain that. >> it is so bizarre. >> let me explain that to you, jeffrey. >> please do, wolf. >> this is what president trump said himself today, i'm reading his words, he's not talking that much about it because, quote, sometimes it is not as exciting to talk about the economy. that's why he is talking about immigration, the migrants and all of that, because talking about the economy is not that
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exciting. >> oh, god. is that real -- i mean i know you're obviously quoting him correctly and he's the one that is president of the united states, not me, but why is he doing it? that is a ridiculous reason, that the economy is boring. it is interesting, especially if you have a job and you didn't have one before. you know, everything is booming and instead he's got this fantasy of this caravan, which seems only to be alienating suburban voters and swing voters. it is only appealing to the people who are already going to vote for republican candidates anyway. i mean if this election does not go well for republicans, and certainly in the house of representatives it doesn't look like it is going too well, why he became fixated on this out of pure racial animus, really? maybe it is, but it just seems crazy to me. >> but voters rarely go to the ballot box to say thank you, and
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so by creating this urgency of this caravan he's reanimating maybe some of those voters who were going to stay home and giving them a reason to show up. i'm not saying it is right or wrong, i'm just saying that is -- that could be a factor here. >> yeah, he really wants to talk about the immigration, the migrants, what is going on with the so-called caravan, which is still 1,000 miles from the united states. it could take weeks if not months, whoever is left in the caravan, a lot of people are dropping out, to reach the united states. but he is making it sound like -- and he uses the word "invasion" like there's an invasion about to take place in the united states. >> and the economy doesn't stir up fears the way -- >> right. >> -- these passions are erupted and triggered by things like the video he tweeted out last night, showing somebody -- go ahead. jeffrey is ready. >> he's ready to go. >> i know, but i mean whatever happened to james caravelle, 1999, it is the economy, stupid.
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i mean don't people vote on jobs? don't people vote on low inflation and peace and prosperity? isn't that like a good thing if you are president? >> but he's clearly banking on his base not. >> i thought it was. >> he's clearly banking on his base being riled up by something else, otherwise he wouldn't do it. he wouldn't do it if it wasn't in his self-interest. >> but he didn't invent this either. he didn't invent this tactic. in 2014, i believe, there were republicans saying that immigrants were going to come across the border carrying e bowl aebola, for goodness sake. he didn't create this. it has been effective in the past, frankly, for those races that are very close and really depend on turnout, that lean republican. >> this is nothing new. fear in american politics is using fear of the other, fear of outsiders, fear of an invading force, fear of communists, fear of muslims during the worst days of the al qaeda threat. this is absolutely nothing new, and it is trump's brand.
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that's how he won in 2016. >> next four days we will hear a lot more then. jeffrey, give me a final thought. >> i mean all three of them are smarter than i am, and obviously they are correct, that they think -- that trump thinks these are the right issues for him. but, you know, ronald reagan warning in america things are getting better, i mean that's a message that actually has succeeded in american politics. maybe donald trump is simply constitutionally incapable of stoking anything but fear and racial resentment and bigotry and that's his brand and that's the only thing he knows how to do, but it just seems crazy to me that you have such a healthy economy and he's never talking about it. >> i think you are a very smart guy, jeffrey. i know you went to the finest schools, too. you must be a very smart guy. just ahead, the first lady, melania trump, noticeably absent from the president's marathon campaign swing. why is she sitting out the midterm race? liberty mutual saved us almost $800
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we're back with our correspondents and analysts. jackie, in the last hour you spoke to republican senator jeff flake. he weighed in on some of his thoughts in this midterm election. listen to this exchange. >> he wrote a check for $100 to the democratic senate candidate doug jones in alabama when he was running against roy moore last year. are you donating money to any
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democratic candidates, even symbolically, this time around? >> well, i'm cheering a few on out there. >> who are you cheering for on the democratic side this time? >> well, one in iowa. >> you are talking about representative steve king? >> i am. i am. some of the statements he's made over the years with regard to migrants coming across the southern border and more recent comments in this regard have just not been good for the country, certainly not good for the party. >> any other democrats you are cheering for? >> i'll keep it to that right now. >> a lot of republicans have been embarrassed by representative steve king of iowa, and certainly you saw that from jeff flake. >> jeff flake and steve king go back quite a while. they served in the house together and were on the opposite sides of the immigration issue then. so it doesn't really surprise me. also, it is not like the biggest profile in courage right now to not stand behind steve king and the republican party.
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jeff flake obviously is not running again, but -- so this particular move by him isn't terribly surprising. >> kate bennet is with us. go ahead and make your point. >> when jeff flake leaves, you know, the all-talk-no-action caucus is really going to miss him i think. >> that's a zinger, exactly. >> a little unfair. this is actually an instance where he is supporting a democrat over a republican with some really toxic views that no other republicans in congress have stood up and denounced and supported the opponent. so give the guy a little bit of credit for this one. >> ryan, here is the thing. where was he last year? where was he the year before that? steve king has been in congress a really long time. now the fact that he is vulnerable you are seeing people sign on and, you know, try to push him out. whether it is going to work, it is a really conservative place. >> meeting austria with neo-nazi types, that's a little bit bond the pale. kate, let's talk -- you are doing excellent reporting on the first lady, melania trump.
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we don't see her much out there on the campaign trail. she could be appealing to women voters in suburbs, stuff like that. where is she? >> sure. she's nowhere to be found, much like the presidential campaign. she is not one who wants to get out there. she doesn't feel comfortable still public speaking but she has the highest favorable rating of any trump family member or administration member. she is 13 points higher than her husband. we saw her soften him a bit too in pittsburgh this week. it is crucial to have a first lady out there on the trail and others have done it. hillary clinton did it when she was first lady. michelle obama, of course, you remember when they go low, we go high. certainly first ladies can have an impact. it is strange but it is not out of the ordinary for this particular first lady, who doesn't like the campaign scene. >> are you surprised she is not out there on the campaign trail, jackie? >> i think kooiblt is the melania expert on the panel. >> she certainly is. >> but, no, given her -- she does seem to like to be more behind the scenes or something where she's -- she can have a
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symbolic role. the campaign trail, as you said, just isn't her scene. >> the white house did say that she is focused on, of course, raising her son barron, which is what she said during the presidential campaign. she is also focusing on international coming up, a hint perhaps she is going to the g20 and of course the holidays. >> we'll get ready for all of that. do you believe, jeffrey, the president has basically given up on the so-called moderate vote? >> i don't think he has given up, but, you know, his campaign, like his presidency, has been geared entirely towards his base, which is largely rural and in smaller cities, you know, outside of the urban and now suburban areas. i don't think he has given up, but he is certainly pitching his campaign towards people, you know, in more rural areas, second amendment, immigration, grave concerns there. whether it is effective, you know, we'll find out in four days. >> you know, laura, he certainly is basically alienating a lot of people who are not in his core,
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in his base. >> and continuing to war with the media. just today we saw him on the white house lawn tell a reporter that simply asking a question created violence. imagine that, right? questions don't create violence. questions hold people in power accountable for their actions. really, the question is on tuesday whether people are going to hold him accountable, whether his base is going to hold him accountable for things he says. >> he is doubling down on the media, the enemy of the people. >> yes. >> now that the media is creating this violence. it is really obnoxious. >> it is really obnoxious. i mean it is just a whirlwind of pretty out-there statements this week. he also said today that democrats want people who are born in america to become citizens automatically. of course, that's what the -- literally the language of the 14th amendment. so it is just this, you know, wild trump scatter shots in the home stretch here. as all of the fact checkers have pointed out, the number of
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untruths that trump has been telling in the last few months as skyrocketed. there's no cost associated with him lying and he's just -- you know, he's doing it with abandon right now. >> speaking of untruths, i want to get to this. we are following breaking news right now. president trump once again defending a shockingly racist campaign video. he tweeted, saying, and i'm quoting the president now, all i'm doing is just telling the truth. our fact check revealed he is not. let's go to cnn's tom foreman. he has been comparing the vit yo's claim to reality. what are you finding? >> reporter: wolf, despite the president's insistence he is telling the truth in this, his team is playing it very fast and loose with the facts in the run-up to the midterm and especially in this video. using an actual court appearance by convicted cop killer luis bracamontes, the video gets this right. the mexican man who entered the united states illegally said he would like to kill more police
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officers. >> kill more. >> reporter: but then it goes factually off the rails with two big claims. democrats let him in and democrats let him stay. both are misleading at best, at worst flatout false. here is why. records indicate bracamontes entered the u.s. illegally and was deported more than once before those murders. true, an immigration and custom official told cnn it occurred under democrat bill clinton in 1997, but it happened again in 2001 when george w. bush, a republican, was in office. sacramento bee newspaper found records indicating bracamontes was back in the u.s. again in the early 2000s, still under president brush. bracamontes was arrested at least three times in mayor cori county, arizona, then the territory of joe arpaio, an
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outspok outspoken supporter of president trump. the bee and other sources found bracamontes was deported twice and once released in those cases. arpaio's assessment. >> i don't know how many times he was arrested and slipped through the cracks. it is my gut feeling it wasn't just two times he's been deported. >> reporter: still, the video goes further, suggesting scores of other immigrants could be just as threatening. homeland security has even said the caravan approaching the borden is harboring more than 200 folks with criminal history while offering precious little proof and few details. so the trump administration through this video and statement is strongly suggesting the caravan is filled with young men just as dangerous as bracamontes, gang members, killers, drug dealers, while denying the overwhelming evidence of how many men, women and children who come to the u.s. border seeking asylum are
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themselves fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries. wolf. >> tom foreman, good report. thank you very much. just ahead at the last minute, federal court ruling that could impact the closely-watched governor's race in one key state. hi, my name is sam davis and i'm going to tell you about exciting
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. tonight, just four days before the mid-term election a federal judge has ruled that more than 3,000 recently
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naturalized u.s. citizens if gaflt whose voters registrations were placed on hold must be allowed to vote on tuesday. ryan kemp was trying to prevent them from voting, citing a state law that critics say is designed to oppress minority voting. that's the subject of a cnn special report tonight. our senior national correspondent is joining us now with a preview. what does this federal ruling mean for these georgia voters? >> reporter: well, in short, it means that those 3,000-plus votes, wolf, are going to matter. now, originally, they were held under georgia's exact match rule. but because they're new citizens, their status didn't match the existing driver database in gaflt. but it's the database that wasn't updated. now, this is the type of barrier that voting rights activists told us they see again and again. as we criss-cross the country,
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we, too, witness it is a repeated tactic. >> i feel like they really, really nknew that the turnout o this election would not be the same because a lot of would would not have their i.d. >> reporter: andrea anthony was one of the thousands of milwaukee residents who was unable to cast a ballot in 2016. >> the right to vote is so important to me, it makes my little voice a bigger one. >> reporter: andrea lost her driver's license, but brought her expired wisconsin i.d. to the poll instead. for this election, that wasn't enough. >> if you go and vote in wisconsin, you don't have one of the i.d.s listed on that very limited list, you are given what's called the provisional ballot and that's a ballot that will only count with you present one of those i.d.s to your clerk by friday at 4:00. >> reporter: between julying two jobs and caring for her children and grandchildren, needless to
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say, andrea neff made it to city hall. so for the first time in her life, she says, her vote wasn't counted. andrea was planning to vote against trump. >> i feel in a way like i know i probably put too much on my shoulders, but i feel like maybe if i did follow through with it, it could have made a difference. >> you can see there voting is so personal. the reason why it's so personal is it's truly the only way to be equal in our democracy, regardless of your socioeconomic background, your racial background, it is the only way to be equal in a democracy, wolf. so you are going to hear that repeatedly over this hour, that it should not be harder to vote in this country. wolf. >> as you know, on the other side, those advocates say
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restrictions are needed to prevent voter fraud. >> and what they'll do is repeatedly point to data that shows that voter fraud largely, simply, does not exist. yes, there are some cases where people are confused or they double vote, intentional voting, if you look at the greater center for justice, they found an incident rate of .0003%. the data is simply not there to say that you should block all these thousands of people of having access to our democracy, wolf. >> thank you very much. we are looking forward to seeing your special report later tonight, democracy in peril, the war on votes rights airs on 11:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. worth watching. meanwhile a week of funerals in pittsburgh concluded today as 97-year-old rose malinger was laid to rest, the oldestf 11
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people killed by an anti-semitic gunman as they worshipped at the tree of life synagogue. everyone simply called her booby, yiddish for grandma. her family says the synagogue with the center of a very active life. her 61-year-old daughter was also shot in the attack, but she survived. the front page a headline offed the's pittsburgh post gazette underscores the grief. the first word of the jewish mourners prayer in arametic similar to hebrew. it reads, magnified and sanksified, be your name. -- sanctified, be your name. it's beginning right now at sun down and jews all over the
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country will be attending services, many non-jews will as well. the first sabbath since the first anti-semitic attack in the united states. may they rest in peace and may their memory be a blessing. thanks for watching. erin burnett "out in front" starts right now. [ music playing ] "out front" next, trump versus obama the former president calling out the current one for lying and misleading americans for political gain and tonight trump is hitting back. plus, stunning new accusations from michael cohen, the president's former fixer claiming trump repeatedly made racist remarks and a surprisinged a mission from the president. why he is saying republicans could be in for a rough election night. let's go "out front." >> good evening, i'm kate baldwin. out


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