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he's saying and i'm quoting the governor here, quote, there may be rampant vote fraud in palm beach and broward county. he's been suing in court to get the machine impounded. his opponent is going to court on wednesday and several democratic groups filed suit today to make absentee ballots postmarked but not received on election day eligible to be counted. and late today the league of women voters filed suit to bar scott from any role in the ballot count. clearly each side is doing what it can to improve its chances and there's always a risk that any democratic process that drags out too long will erode trust in the outcome or process. keeping them honest, that's not what's happening here. politicians are using allegations of frauds and misconduct to try to move the finish line up. governor scott is doing it and so is president trump. the florida election should be called in favor of rick scott
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and ron desantis. an honest vote count is no longer possible. ballots massively infected must go with election night. he says we must go with election night. that tweet was at 8:45 a.m. this morning, which is interesting because just two hours later at 10:45 a.m. the republican national committee sent out a fund raising e-mail under the president's name and it reads please make an immediate triple match contribution to fully fund our florida grass roots recount fund. so the rnc is saying send us money right now for the recount that the president says he wants to end right now. in any case, that's not how things work in florida. on election night none of the overseas ballots, many from service members had been counted. the deadline for them is this friday. on election night no one but tv pundits called any races let alone called scott and nelson's.
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state officials do not certify for weeks and sometimes months. the vote counting alone in 2014 and '16, it went on for days. it's not stopping the governor or president trump for alleging wrong doing. what they are not doing is backing up their claims. >> governor, do you have any hard evidence there was actual fraud or is actual fraud going on, and if so by whom. >> sure. so fist we have very specific election laws in the state to try to prevent fraud. we had to go to court to force the elections to comply with the law, which were the laws there to prevent fraud. they were not letting party officials review when therapy reviewing ballots. >> you heard the focus on heavily democratic broward county. keeping them honest the chief judge turned down the governor's request. and he said i'm urging because to ramp down the rhetoric.
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someone in this lawsuit or someone in his county has evidence of voter fraud or ir g irregularities, they should report it to vote officials. as for any complaints the president may have, it may be worth rook looking back how he viewed the process back when he was a candidate just to get a better picture where he truly stands on matters of fairness in the democratic process. here he was just a few weeks before the 2016 election. >> i would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the united states that i will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if i win. >> well, let's get the very latest now from the white house. cnn's jeff zeleny is there for
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us tonight. so to be clear has the white house provided any evidence to back up the president's claims of criminal activity or voter fraud? >> anderson, not surprisingly there's been zero evidence. there's been nothing beyond what the president has been sending out in bits and spurts. he started the morning doing that. but zero evidence from here at the white house, zero evidence from the republican national commity which also was responsible for sending out that fund-raising solicitation with that subject line saying stolen. there's simply no evidence of that. and what's happening in florida we should point out is something that always happens in a tight election like that. because of the 2000 recount kb there are laws there that there's a mandatory recount happening. this is certainly sloppy and messy but it's what the state law requires. but the president making all these assertions sayingthality the honest vote count can't be found, there are few republicans who are joining him in that argument. so as of now, as of tonight zero evidence of any of that.
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>> and obviously this is not the first time the president has cried voter fraud with no evidence whatsoever to back it up. he had that whole commission which was disbanded without presenting anything. >> shortly after he was elected he said he would have had the popular vote, he said, if there hadn't been rampant voter fraud in california. again, no evidence of that at all. republican officials, election officials state by state by state were saying there's simply no evidence of that. and he also was saying at the time massachusetts voters were going up and voting in new hampshire, and no evidence of that either. he also was talking about that arizona senate race. he said it was rigged and bad things were happening there. the republican governor doug ducey in that state said no, no that did not happen. so now we're seeing the outcome of that race. as of now, anderson, the president fixated on this. but there's been zero evidence presented by him or anyone here of anything wrong happening in those states.
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>> zef zeleny, thank you. more now on exactly how the state of florida will get from where we are today right now to where they hope to be in january with the swearing in of a governor and senator not all the swearing at or swearing over we're seeing right now. i want to start by asking the same thing i asked jeff zeleny. you're in florida. so far has there been any evidence of fraud that's been claimed? >> reporter: no anderson, there's no direct evidence of fraud at this point. but republicans are pointing to a series of events that took place where they say that could open the door to fraud taking place. for instance, they filed a lawsuit against the election supervisors in both broward and palm beach county, and they won those lawsuits. they were declared to dee unconstitutional because they weren't necessarily transparent enough with the amount of votes that were in-house at both of those places before they file their returns on saturday. they were also pointing to the fact there were a small number of ballots in broward county that were counted after the noon
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deadline on saturday. there are examples of the election commissioners and supervisors in this county not exactly adhering to the law in its full capacity. but most of this right now being adjudicated in a court of law that will ultimately decide how this impacts the overall vote. we need to be very clear that there have been the florida department of law enforcement and the secretary of state who is a republican appointed by governor rick scott who have said explicitly they've found no evidence of criminal activity. >> and this new lawsuit tonight asking governor scott to recuse himself from this process, that's just many of the lawsuits filed. >> yeah, that's right, anderson. that lawsuit could be important and have implications beyond 2018 pause right now it's the governor responsible for the administration of elections through the secretary of state he appoints. but also the big lawsuit is one scheduled to beal heard on
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wednesday here in tallahassee, and that's a lawsuit filed by the nelson campaign against the secretary of state that really gets into the adjudication of the these provisional and mail-in ballots. these ballots that are tossed out by canvassing boards because they have some sort of problem and they don't directly adhere to florida law. now the lead lawyer on the democratic side believesthality the florida laws violate the u.s. constitution, and so he believes that many of these ballots should be brought back into the county process, and that could be bill nelson's last hope because, anderson, we need to make it clear if we're able to overcome rick scott in this recount it would be unprecedented in american history. there's never been a vote total more than 12,000 votes successful in a recount. but if these batch of votes discussed in this court hearing, that could change the conversation quite a bit. we should point out we don't know exactly how many ballots could be at stake here.
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it could be anywhere between 20,000 and 100,000 ballots. >> you raise an important point. traditionally in recounts you're talking about, you know, it's a couple of hundred vote difference, which is obviously not the case here. you're talking about thousands of votes difference. so the likelihood is unless there's a massive -- some sort of massive mistake or massive number of ballots that haven't been properly counted, that it won't change the outcome given the margin right now. >> reporter: yeah, that's exactly right, anderson. and honestly when you talk to both republicans and democrats privately they're very clear-eyed about that prospect. if there still needs to be some sort of massive issue with this vote counting process that we have yet to uncover, now there is that possibility in broward county where there was a certain number of undervotes and overvotes that were not necessarily attributed to the nelson senate race that were to
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andrew gillum and ron desantis' governor race, and somewhat of an anomaly there. but at this point we need to make it clear if this thing changes, it would be something that has never happened in american history. >> and just quickly, the deadlines for these recounts are what? >> reporter: so thursday will be the machine recount deadline. and then they'll take a second look at the numbers. if it's within a quarter of a percentage point, that's when they begin a hand recount of those over votes and under votes. it's like only the commissioner race and the senate race will meet that standard when tharecouthare recounted is completed on thursday. >> congressman, thanks for being with us. do you expect the counties that you represent which is broward and palm beam county to make thursday's deadlines, complete their recounts. >> thanks, anderson. i know that they're working literally around the clock in order to do that, but it's just
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really important as you've been discussing this, to point out there is voting -- there are vote calculations being done all around the country. and in every other location they're being carried out pursuant to law without the interference from the candidates. in this case our governor who happens to be a candidate, which is an enormous problem, has gone out of his way to raise the specter of fraud that doesn't exist rather than making sure that every valid vote counts. today he got a stinging rebuke in court when the judge said, no, you can't use your state police to seize these voting machines in the middle of the recount process. wave got to let this play out. there's a statute that requires it. that's what we're going through, and the efforts by whether it's the president or the governor, senator rubeo or others to question this, really undermine people's belief, their
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confidence in our democracy. that has long-term damaging implications. and they're doing it because they're worried, frankly. the governor's worried he might loss because he's seen his lead shrink by close to 80%. >> broward county does seem to have problems other counties in florida don't have traditionally. why is that? >> well, i will tell you in fact the problem that exists in broward county in the spring with the destruction of some ballots after the election, long after the election, prompted the governor to send inspectors down here. he vowed at the time to do it. there are monitors who have been monitoring what's happening in broward county throughout this election and the days after. they've seen no evidence of fraud. the florida department of law enforcement has seen no evidence of fraud. there is absolutely nothing to these assertions other than the
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conspiracy theories that the president particularly when it comes to elections, that the president likes to spin. anderson, think about this in the broader perspective. vladimir putin and the rugs, when they interfere in our elections, when they interfere in other elections, they do it to try to cause unrest, to try to make people uncomfortable with the democratic process. that's the result that we're seeing here because of these outrageous assertions by the president of the united states and the governor of the state of florida. >> former florida governor jeb bush who actually appointed the florida governor supervisor elections in 2003 tweeted today, she quote, failed to comply on multiple accounts and called her removal from office after the recount. should she be removed? do you agree with the governor? >> well, i think the governor, our current governor has had that opportunity. he was concerned in the spring
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which is why he appointed these monitors to come down and monitor our election. this is the jeb appointed supervisor of elections. and our governor has gone out of his way to try to suppress the vote, to pass laws that reduce the early voting sites, reduce the ability for people to vote early, make it harder to register voters, and he tried to purge 200,000 voters from the rolls. that's what the governor has done here. he's had every opportunity to look at the supervisors, but he's been focused on trying to make it harder for people to vote, in this case you need to let the voters vote and count all the valid votes. >> do you have confidence, though, in this supervisor? >> listen, i want to get through this election. there'll be an opportunity to talk about what went wrong and what went wrong, but what i refuse to do is to allow the governor and the president to use what's happening now, which is a recount pursuant to florida
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law and to suggest that there's fraud that simply does not exist. there have been challenges in this office, but we have to focus on doing this recount and then living -- we can live with whoever wins the election. what we're really uncomfortable with is the effort that the governor and the president and senator rubio and others have gone through to try to stand in the way of counting every vote. >> congressman deutsche, i appreciate your time. thank you. right now a major development in another big outstanding contest, the arizona senate race between democrat democrat democratic keirsten sinema. >> mcsally basically tweeted out congratulations. mcsally ahead on election night and tonight admitting that she had lost. here's what she tweeted out.
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>> everybody, i just called kyrsten sinema and congratulated her. i bish her all success as she represents arizona in the senate. and i also want to say thank you to everybody who supported me in this campaign. my staff and volunteers and everybody who voted for me. i'm so grateful for you. we sure wish it came out with a different result, and i'm so thankful for you. as i traveled around this state i was so inspired by the many people i met, and i am convinced arizona is the best state in the country and our best days are still yet to come, and i'm going to continue to pray for our success. thank you so much. >> and lighthearted touch there with her dog boomer next to her. she's traveled with that dog and voted on the same day with her dog. but certainly, anderson, this is lighthearted end to what has certainly been a very ugly race in arizona. >> this is a state president trump won by 3 1/2 points.
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how did mcsly pull it off? >> very simply she made sure she sold a message of moderation. marketa mcsally tried to paint her as being someone too progressive for arizona. but sinema ran a disciplined campaign focusing on health care, focusing on a message for arizona, trying not to sling any mud. mcsally ran to trump, and in effect that's what did not work here. in suburban phoenix, we talked to many women who said that they simply did not like the rhetoric coming from the white house and they wanted to punish the republicans by voting against mcsally. i spoke with a lifelong republican and she told me, anderson, that she simply was turned off by trump. she didn't care that mcsally was a woman. she didn't care that mcsally could make history here. she wanted mcsally to pay for trump. coming up next, breaking news in the russia investigation. a conversation with one
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more breaking news that could take on significance now that robert mueller's pre-election quiet period is over. auther and conspiracy theorist jerome corsi says he expects to be indicted within the next few days. his role apparently centers on the possibility he served as an intermediary between roger stone and wikileaks.
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of course he appears to pea fund-raising off this latest news as he believes he'll be indicted, quote, in some way or other from giving information to the special counsel or grand jury or however they want to do indictment. u.s. congressman jerry nadler is widely expect today be the next chairman of the house judiciary committee. the fact roger stone hasn't been contacted by mueller's team, does that tell you something. >> people who know more than i do say he may be a target. if they don't call you or if you're someone who expect to be called -- >> and we're told they've been asking questions about roger stone and his associates. what is something that acting attorney general whitaker said, he said he's quote committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the department of justice including
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consulting the senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities on matters that may warrant recusal. he says he'll accept any recommendations from ethics officials. it doesn't say -- or he'll consult with them. it doesn't say he'll accept their recommendation. >> look, he's obviously not going to recuse himself. he should recuse himself because he's prejudged the issue. he's said that the investigation by special counsel is a witch hunt, he said it should be stifled by a lack of funding. all of these things he has said, so he's hardly the appropriate person to supervise a fair investigation. and he's clearly -- remember, the president's beef with attorney general sessions was not on any policy matter. it was he in fact reaccused himself on advice of the ethics people of the justice department. >> that policy, sessions probably executed --
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>> he did the right thing, and he reaccused himself and the president wouldn't forgive him for that and said so repeatedly. i assume he must have gotten some indication at least that whitaker would not recuse himself. and whitaker is completely unfit to supervisor this investigation since he did prejudge the outcome and since he's so clearly a partisan in this. >> the president at one point months ago said on fox news he knows matt whitaker and matt whitaker is a great guy and said a couple of days ago repeatedly he doesn't know matt whitaker. >> shat shouldn't be surprising. and he has a pattern of distancing himself from people whether michael cohen or manafort saying i wasn't close to them when he was. >> there has been a lot of talk from incoming committee democratic chairs about various ways they hope to investigate
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president trump. is there a danger in focusing too much on that? are you concerned democrats are going to overstep? >> no, i think democrats are going to be very disciplined. we have priorities. the first priority is to protect the investigation because the investigation is necessary to protecting the integrity of our elections. >> how can you do that? >> well, we can protect it. the first thing we're going to do in january is call mr. whitaker as a witness. there are a lot of ways. we've sent letters asking that the document retention and all relevant documents be retained. it would be a criminal matter to destroy them now, and we'll see how else that goes. the first priority is to protect the mueller investigation, and then we'll see what their conclusions are. but we have a lot of other priorities, too. we have to enact legislation to deal with protovoter suppressio
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have to deal with the dreamers, how it came about 59 states could tear children out hof the arms of their mothers at the border and still have several hundred kids who have not been reunited. we have do do something about gun control. we now have massacre, mass shooting every two weeks in this country. if you look at europe and japan, nobody has more than 150 mass deaths per year. we have 22,000. >> so you're saying the first priority is get matt whitaker under oath before the committee. >> yes. >> and what about impeachment proceedings? there are certainly a lot of democrats who would like to see that. >> but that's down the road. you can't make judgments on that until you see what the mueller investigates come up with, and if there are grounds to do that. i certainly think trump is about
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as horrible a president you can imagine, but that doesn't mean he should be impeached. to be impeached you have to meet really three tests. one you have to show that impeachable offenses were committed, which does not necessarily mean crimes. two you have to show the impeachable offenses rose to the gravity where it threatens the integrity of republican and democratic institutions, threatens the safety of a democratic society, and three because you don't want a situation where you tear out the country the next 30 years or the next 30 years half the people are saying we won the election or stole it. you have to believe at the beginning of the procedure that the evidence is so stark of misdeeds so huge that when all of this is laid out publicly an appreciatable fraction of people who voted for trump will admit, okay, you have to do this. those are the tests as far as i'm concerned. and i think historically those are the at the, and we're from that right now. >> congressman, appreciate your
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angeles, anaheim and glendale. the president continued i'm with you all the way, god bless all the victims and families affected. cnn's bill weir is in malibu and joins us now. you've been witnessing all of this stuff first-hand. what you be been seeing there? >> well, we came looking for hot spots, firefighters battling those flames. a lot of this fire here, the woolsey fire has been knocked down. they say it's about 20% contained, but this is what we're finding. the subwent don went down. we can show you this tape before the sun went down. malibu is 21 of paradise. this one is as bad as anyone can remember.
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they say officially about 340 structures were completely lost but that number can climb. two fatalities in this one. and it was indiscriminate because as the santa ana winds came howling up these canyons these brush, these tipder filled cannedians started turning them into brush torches. and the only thing standing in a million dollar home is a washer and dryer, just how hot that must have been. and then you see these telltale pools of water that shows there were firefighters up here in that hellish inferno trying to save what they could. there are 3,200 firefighters now. you can imagine how exhausted folks from ventura and l.a. county must be after that weekend of fighting these blazes. now firefighters from seattle, from texas are joining in to try to add resources. the winds expected to only get stronger. tomorrow the worry about this
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other fire moving south. there was one that popped up north of here, but they jumped on it and were able to contain it now. right now it's a game of fiery whack a mole, just stopping them as the embers spread and blow all over the place. still an evacuation zone, but your heart breaks for folks who are worried about their home, their pets, everything they have and what kind of destruction they may be coming home to, anderson. >> appreciate your reporting as always. again, the president's tweets varied. his initial postings surprised many by not focusing on the victims or those risking their lives to fight the fires. two days he tweeted there's no reason for these massive and costly fires in california except forest management is so poor. remedy now or no more federal payments. the president of california professional firefighters says the president is dangerously
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wrong and called his attack shameful. he also said in a statement, quote, the president's message attacking california and threatening to with hold aid to the victims is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as to the men and women on the front lines. the president followed up with other tweets, today tweeting out a thank you to firefighters, fema and first responders. of course his latest tweet tonight making a disaster declaration has echoed that tone. first of all, i guess when you first heard about the comments from the president about withholding funding, what went through your mind 1234. >> anderson, when i first heard about it i think it was really saturday. yietd been in up in paradise and then down in southern california, and i didn't think lot about it. and then i started getting a lot of calls from the folks that i represent, and are you going to do anything, are you going to respond to this? and then i read it and really
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tried to digest it. and the first part of it without having it in front of me, but essentially saying, you know, that there's no reason for these kind of deadly fires and to have these over and over and then blaming it on forest management. you know, right off the bat i can think of three reasons. one, we have incredible weather right now that is just prime for wildfire or fire anywhere. and then the second part of it was the withholding of federal relief. and, you know, being in the middle of the town of paradise, which is wiped out and, you know, we have a fatality list that i believe it's 31. there's still close to over 200 reported missing. this is going to be a human tragedy. and so my reaction was very guttural. i was angry. i can still get worked up over
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it, but today is monday. things are beginning to change. and it's still for me, you know, the fire -- the cam fire started in federal land, and it's federal responsibility area. which means that the federal government has responsibility for the land. they in a cooperator's agreement gave suppression responsibilities to cal fire, that they retain all vegetation management responsibilities. and where i'm going with this is timber harvesting, forest clearing, the state of california and other states, they've been arguing over it at very high levels since the 1950s, whether it's lobbying, fire control, make this between the president and the governor and attack the problem. don't issue a statement that it
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has a direct affect on the morale of the men and women that are fighting the fires and certainly does in the community, too. >> there's a time and a place for debate, and, you know, this was the first, you know, statement the president had made about the fires before talk about, you know, firefighters and in the midst of the worst parts of the blaze. as you know he tweeted just a moment ago where just approved an expedited request for major disaster declaration for the state of california. i'm with you all the way, god bless all the victims and families affected. just before we go, just talk a little bit about how hard this has been for the men and women who are fighting these fires. i mean, the kind of work, the kind of winds that they're up against, the size of the fast moving flames, i mean their work is just so extraordinary. and i think the folks who haven't been on the front lines, it's hard to imagine how tough it is. >> up in paradise, you know, as
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a 30-year firefighter, you see when people abandon their cars in the road to run for their lives, the firefighters both at the woolsey fire and the camp fire, literally spent the first 40 plus hours saving people. and it was firefighters, neighbors helping neighbors that at least in the camp fire it literally was a run for your life in many instances. and they have only gotten onto, you know, the offensive in the last 24 hours. so it was very unprecedented. >> well, it's extraordinary the work that all of your men and women out there are doing and will continue to do and unfortunately will be forced to continue to do in the days ahead. appreciate it. our thoughts are with all of your personnel. thanks for being with us. the president also getting a lot of criticism over his trip to france. he skipped a visit to honor fallen american soldiers . today, 97% of employers agree
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as the country observed this veteran's holiday today the president did not go to arlington national cemetery, didn't live the white house actually. he tweeted. at 10:00 this morning the white house called the lid, meaning the president would have no events today. now in comparison in past
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administrations the presidents or vice presidents spoke. vice president mike pence went to arlington and yesterday the va secretary went. mr. trump was in france to commemorate the 1enth anniversary of the end of world war i and attended a number of ceremonies with allies but declined to go to the cemetery where many ally veterans were buried. the white house saying the president didn't go because of scheduling and difficulties caused by the weather. colonel peters, wonder what you made of the president canceling that trip. >> well, people have been agonizing about why didn't he go, was it really about the weather? i think the short answer is he didn't feel like it. he wasn't in the mood.
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didn't want to get his bufont hairdo wet. the marines buried in that cemetery, they went through far worse weather than that. they endured poison gas, trench life, bombardments, seeing their friends killed and mutilated before they were killed themselves. and our president couldn't get out of his hotel and take a 75 minute drive to honor those soldiers and marines. tammy duckworth put it perfectly. >> it was interesting and we're going to talk about this a little bit later on in the broadcast, but the president of france to the president's face spoke out against nationalism and kind of an enemy of patriotism and the difference between patriotism and nationalism. i'm just wondering what you made overall of what you witnessed from the president's trip in
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france this time. >> why did he use the taxpayer's money, why did he bother? he clearly was disengaged. he wouldn't even walk up with the other world leaders and the french had the security wrapped tight. i think he's a cowered, too, but above all he's an embarrassment to our nation with every breath he takes. now, macron misspoke slightly. he said nationalism was the opposite of patriotism. no, nationalism is perversion of patriotism. but our president's not precise in his language either. i would have to say the european leaders have largely written trump off. they're trying to work around him. but, you know, it's hard because we are the leaders of the free world. we are the backbone of western democracy and civilization for that matter. and when you have a president who has no shame, who has not even gauged and is distinctly
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not a patriot, the world is being held together by scotch tape. >> it was particularly -- it stood out to me in very stark relief given that the entire event to commemorate world war i and you saw this front of european leaders and the president of the united states, the idea is to present a united front and to remember the -- those who joined together to fight in world war i. and yet there are now such -- it just stood in stark relief to what the situation is to what the situation is right now, essentially, there wasn't a show of unity that the entire event was supposed to represent. >> no, there wasn't. and it seemed the person trump got along best with during their encounter at the lunch was surprise, surprise vladimir putin. you know, anderson, if i may, i
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want to give a brief shoutout in trump's honor to some world war i american veterans. the 369th infantry regiment of the u.s. army, the harlem hel fighters, all black in a segregated army. they took higher casualties than any u.s. army regiment in world war i. they were on this veterans day, on this armistice day, the 100th anniversary, i would like americans to honor all of our veterans but make a special place in your hearts for the harlem hell fighters who did their part for a country that failed to honor them. >> can you imagine coming back to this country at that time, having, you know, lost so many and sacrificed so much only to be treated as a, you know, a third-class citizen?
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colonel peters, i appreciate you being with us on this day. thank you so much. >> thank you, anderson. >> i want to check in with chris cuomo, see what he's working on for the top of the hour. >> the players, we're working on the players. we have players on both sides of the lawsuits that are going on, specifically to do with the nelson/scott race in florida. it that senate race. we're monitoring the governors race as well, but it's time to get the players in there to make the case to the audience, what is the strongest case that governor scott has? we have a senior adviser on tonight to say what their biggest concern is and what they can prove. on the democrats' side, how do they explain some of the counting problems they've had in democrat-run candidate counties down there? so we got the players on there to talk about it and i have a special closing for veterans day where we, of course, thank those who served the country in our name, but a little bit more as well. >> i look forward to that, chris, about 8 1/2 minutes from now. chris is going to join us. thanks for much, chris. up next, more on the
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more now on president trump's visit to france to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of world war i. the president of france took an implicit dig at president trump. who called himself a nationalist. president emmanuel macron warned against old demons to come back to wreak chaos and death. here in the u.s. his nationalist views inspiring white supremacists and other fringe groups who spread hate. more on that right now from cnn's sara sidner. >> reporter: it was a meme for the midterms on a website visited more than 2.5 million times a month. us if we lose, it read. depicting white men ready for war.
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followed by "them if we win." showing jews being led to their death. >> they're begging their followers to go out and find ways to get republicans in office because they believe it will be easier for these policies to sail through. >> it was a big day yesterday. >> reporter: when president trump celebrated the senate victory, so did white supremacists. this changed history, neo nazi andrew england said on his site, the daily stormer, the most widely read neo nazi website in america. this is a race war, period. they also reveled in the re-election of congressman steve king who has a history of making racist remarks. like in this 2017 anti-immigration tweet saying, "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." or his unsubstantiated claim about immigrants crossing the u.s./mexico border. >> they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. >> reporter: if last night was a referendum on steve king's white
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nationalism as the democrats were trying to frame it, then white nationalism won, england wrote on his site. both king and president trump vehemently deny they are racists or enable white supremacists. trump pushed back at a recent press conference when asked if the republican party was seen as supporting white nationalists because of his rhetoric. >> what do you make of that? >> i don't believe it. >> reporter: purposefully or not, the president speaks a language racists and neo nazis embrace like his habit of linking immigrants to crime. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. >> reporter: the government accountability office says right-wing extremists are responsible for the vast majority of deadly terror attacks in the u.s. since 9/11. >> i was involved in the movement at the very dawn of the internet. >> reporter: tony is a former skinhead. he says white supremacists look for any sign of approval from politicians in power. >> the whole goal of people like me back in the day was to mainstream, mainstream the idea.
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>> it doesn't take an overt slur for these individuals to basically become emboldened. >> reporter: take the president's threat to tell the military to consider rocks being thrown by migrants as guns being fired. >> when they throw rocks like they did at the mexico military and police, i say, consider it a rifle. >> reporter: those comments cheered online by racist trolls. hopefully, they throw stones, they write. the daily stormer's webmaster, andrew auernheimer is clear about their purpose. >> we're trying to make a racist army. >> reporter: white nationalists swooned of how the president described himself. >> i'm a nationalist. >> reporter: translation, he's one of us. >> it doesn't mean necessarily that he's saying that. it's just that he hasn't said anything to convince them that he disagrees with them. >> reporter: critics of trump's rhetoric believe his reluctance to rein in the radical side of his base has only empowered them. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: their hateful agenda gaining speed. sara sidner, cnn, new york.
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>> sickening trend. we'll continue to follow, of course. before we go, i want to take a moment to remember the sacrifices those known and those not known made by the men and the women of the military who defended our country and protected our freedoms for generations. veterans, we honor you. to those who've made the ultimate sacrifice, we remember you, thank you for your service. we are forever grateful. never forget. the news continues. i want to hand it over to chris for "cuomo primetime." chris? >> beautifully said, anderson, thank you for that. i am chris cuomo. welcome to "primetime", everybody. another key race was just called. not good news for republicans. meanwhile, the florida recount is getting ugly, may get worse. what is true? what is trite? we don't need more opinions from pundits about what might be going on. we need the players and have them on both sides making their cases directly to you. what are their issues? what proof do they have of the same? then you decide. the president has weighed in.