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anything specific when it comes to gun safety legislation jim. >> thank you for the update. i'm jim acosta thanks for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. outfront next, trump aides conceding the president's trip to console two cities did no go as planned. a cell phone video shows trump bragging about the crowd size during the hospital visit. plus breaking news chaos in the intelligence community, the number 2 intel official, days after her boss dan coates departure announced. the chairmans chairman of the house judiciary committee supports impeachment err requesty. what's changed? he is my guest. good evening i'm erin burnett, the breg news, trump fumes. the president angry over the coverage of his trip to two cities where gunman allegedly massacred 31 people. according to aides trump's trip did not go according to plan.
for one, cnn learning a majority of patients didn't want to meet with the president of the united states, in fact at one hospital any had to bring back two patients because the eight victims still being treated declined to meet with president trump. and the president also angry that his staff kept the press from following his every move. seems ironic since the president always talks about his hatred for the press. well, it's not really true. he wants the press around. so why did his staff keep the media away? well aides actually are telling cnn why tonight. they tell us at this hour they feared of an embarrassing moment like this captured on cell phone video. >> i was here three months ago made a speech what was the name of the arena? that place. >> the impact. >> that was some crowd. >> thank you, everybody. >> we had twice the number outside and then you had this crazy beto. beto had 400 people in a parking lot. . they said his crowd was wonderful. >> so that's the president talking about his crowd size at
his february rally in el paso, when he is at a hospital comforting those recovering, families of those who died. obviously it's a tone deaf as a topic. but it's also reminding everybody of the rally where he said this about immigrants. >> we are cutting lose dangerous criminals into our country. murders. murderers. killings, murderers. >> trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric was he can owed by the gunman killing 22 people in lps. pamela brown is ut outfront. how is the white house responding. sources telling you and colleagues there is a lot of concerns. >> that's right, erin. some of president trump's own aides concede his visits to the two cities in mourning did not go as hoped. an administration official says president trump is lashing out and has been lashing out at his staff about the media coverage of the visits in the wake of new video you just shed, erin where
the president compared crowd size during the visit to that of el paso native and democratic presidential contender beto o'rourke focusing on crowd size after thanking the first responders and staff at the hospital who had been treating multiple victims of the mass shooting there. the administration official blamed the media for the president being upset even though erin the white house blocked reporters and cameras from entering the two hospitals during his visits to ohio and texas, citing privacy concerns. but then after that the president was later upset we're told he wasn't getting the credit he believed he deserved. this, erin, as a source tells cnn almost all the patients at a second hospital in el paso dell sol medical center declined to be with the president and the white house ultimately decided not to visit there. >> thank you, very much. outfront patrick healy "new york times" politics he had for tp and david k. johnston veteran
investigative reporter covering donald trump then donald trump of course before he was president for a very, very long time. in a moment i want to replay that sound bite of the president with the cell phone video. first patrick your reaction to the president bragging about crowd sizes and of course making a jab about beto's lack of crowd sizes when he is at a hospital where victims of a mass shooting are recovering and some died. >> that's the thing. i mean, the shock value with president trump has worn off over the last two and a half years. but this one takes it up again. this is a pretty shocking statement. he brags about crowd sizes with his inauguration. he brags about crowd sizes with his rallies. but to be bragging about how he did in el paso when he is supposed to be in a hospital delivering messages of empathy of gratitude to the first responders, trying to bring together a community, that he knows is split over his visit, and instead he goes, makes it
about himself, and then makes it about one of his political opponents. there is a smallness to it speaking of size, just a smallness to it that, again, i think we have gotten used a lot of the things from the president but it still. >> sabrina i want to play the moment again, this moment taken yesterday in el paso when the president is at a hospital, right, trying to -- there to console those who are grieving. and let me just play it again so people can understand with the context again what they are about to see. >> i was here three months ago we made a speech and had- what was the name of the arena? that place. >> the impact, right that was some crowd. >> thank you for everybody. >> twice the number outside. and then you had this crazy beto. beto had like 400 people in a parking lot. they said his crowd was wonderful. >> sabrina i think anybody watching that. this is one of the moments where you can say put aside politics, if that were you, is that what you would say at a hospital when
you are there to console people who are fighting for their lives in a hospital where people died in a mass shooting? >> well, this is a president who has repeatedly failed to demonstrate empathy and to fulfill that role of healer in chief that you so often see from presidents in times of tragedy. the shooting in el paso is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. authorities over there pointed to a manifesto that was allegedly authored by the gunman consisting of a lot of the anti-immigrant language that we have heard from president trump on the campaign trail and from the white house. and so in addition to not having an appropriate response while visiting with victims he has willfully chosen not to reach out to the hispanic community at a time when they have been under attack, not to even nij in a discussion or a debate over the role his own rhetoric might have played or continue to play in
inciting violence. and so that's another piece of this conversation that is being lost when you look at the aftermath, that the president is refusing to acknowledge what the impact of his words have been. and i think what that means is he is not going to change. >> david, it is -- it is a moment i think as both sabrina and patrick are saying, a moment sometimes you just need to take a step back and say, that is not okay. right? and i'm sure though, david from the person you know over all the years you are not surprised. but yet still on a certain level you would think he wouldn't have done that. >> well, he is not capable of empathy. donald does not see you and everybody else in this country, erin, as people. you are objects. and he is the center of all things. and all that matters is himself. and he is a desperately insecure. he is the 13-year-old boy who was packed off to a military
academy where they made it a point to humiliate the younger boys like him at the academy. and he has never grown out of being a 13-year-old boy. he can't express empathy and remove himself from the picture and see he is not what matters here. it's the people who are the victims of this and the first responders who stepped forward because it's who he is. he is a petty little man. >> patrick, let me ask you because there is a hospital official in el paso who said the general consensus was that he lacked empathy. i'm hesitant to make too much because the person is not named not naming their politics. we have the video of what he did. what i want to raise is we heard in contrast to what he did in dayton. he slammed the mayor. and he slammed the senator we don't really know why. this is after they said he was consoling. comforting. they were glad he came. who knows there was an unscripted moment like the one captured here. >> sure. >> whether acting or not he was
able to do it but just not more than once in one day or -- >> i think el paso still represents to some extent sort of beto and fighting ground in terms of the border and his issues on immigration. picknell, i still -- you know, we came out of dayton. he was then upset about the mayor, about sherrod brown, democrats who he felt were misrepresenting. this is still a president even after the years, he still expects to get credit for doing the basics for a president in tragedy. i'm sure he was looking at the coverage. wasn't happy about it on the plane ride to el paso. then he gets down there and again is el paso. >> brown at 1% or zero%. >> the bragging starts. the need to feel better about himself and sort of bigger about himself is so central. and we have seen it along the way. >> sabrina what's your understanding of what happened? because there were two hospitals in el paso where people were being treated. he goes to one.
not one of the eight patients being treated at the time were willing to see him, right they bring back two others who were visited with them did the staff know that? i mean, did he unknowingly walk into a hospital where no one wanted him to be? >> well, you can take a step back and make the case that no one wanted him to visit either dayton or el paso to begin with. some of the local officials were willing to receive him because he is the president president. but they cautioned him these are people really hurting. in el paso specifically because the gunman targeted a predominateny hispanic community and because of the conversations about a potential link between the president's rhetoric and the motivations of the shooter, i think there are a lot of people over there who don't want to see him right now or don't want to hear from him right now. whether or not the white house staff really appreciated that level of opposition to his visit or was aware some of the victims want to see him that we don't
want yet know. but injury it speaks to how he is being perceived and received in a cranium of crisis. he is fixated on himself. you saw former vice president joe biden attacking him on the campaign trail and so he made it political. >> what i'm curious, david, forgetting whether there was a mistake made,right, or wasn't prepared to get the sense of rejection, which would be hard, right, it was still a moment to say, all right. -- and people don't want to meet with me. and i'm sorry about that. but i want to do -- i mean there is something he could have said that would have been gracious and humble. and obviously he chose to not take that path. >> well, let's go back to when sergeant le david johnson and three others american soldiers were ambushed and killed in africa. and trump called the widow of snlt johnson. he didn't know how to express sympathy. that's what he signed up for is approximately the words that
trump spoke, because he -- as i said he can't express empathy with other people. it's not there. and he can't connect the idea that his rhetoric about murderers and invasion and rapists are motivating some people, a tiny number of people to be sure, but some people to go out and commit mass murder and that's what these are, mass murders. it's just not in him, erin. it's not who he is and he is not changing about that. he is not going to learn from the experience and get better at it. >> thank you all very much. i appreciate it. and next we have breaking news this hour. the president's number 2 intelligence official is out. her resignation coming just days after the director of national intelligence, her boss, resigned. so that's number one. gone. number two, gone. and that's not good. plus breaking news, a source says the chairman of the powerful judiciary committee says he is now for an impeachment inquiry. so jerry nadler the chairman is
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sue gourd isn't a great professional with a long distinguished career. i've gotten to know sue over the past two years and developed great respect for her. she will be
leaching aupg 15th coinciding with the departure dan coates process a new acting director will be announced shortly. president president just a moment ago tweeting he is announcing an acting dni to replace coates. the current director of the national counterterror center. we will talk about that jemt. first bob behr a former -- alex marquardt. i've got sam and bob here. first alex can you tell us about sue gordon and the significance of why she is leaving before i ask you about mcguire. >> it's hugely significant it's maybe not a name known to the general public but within the national intelligence circles she is well-known, well respected decades in the
business both at the cia and the office of director of national intelligence. there were a lot of people in the community who really wanted to see sue gordon stick around and be named acting dni especially when there is a political appointee named in the vein we expected trump to want his dni. you want someone who knows the kpun well, to hand hold a political appointee. and then when dan coates announced he was stepping down august 15th and the president did not name sue gordon as acting dni there were -- there was a lot of fear within the community you can be sure, erin, that there is some excitement some happiness within the maga crowd, the trump base tonight, the ones who believe in the deep state and who want to root out people like sue gordon. between wanting to name someone like rat cliff, john rat cliff from texas who had very little
foreign and intelligence experience and not naming her as acting, gordon knew that the -- that her time was likely very limited. we do have not just statements from the president and sue gordon tonight but also from the republican chair of the senate intelligence committee, richard burr. remember, erin, whoever trump names to be the next dni has to get threw the senate intelligence committee. you can hear the nerves up on capitol hill when you look at senator burr's statement. i'm reading par part of it. he says this is a significant loss for the intelligence community. sue earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues. he says, i will miss her candor and deep knowledge of the issues. so you can see there that he is rather skeptical of the process, that he is nervous, that someone like sue gordon is not around anymore as of august 15th. as you noted at the top there we
do now have a new acting director of national intelligence as of the 15th, joseph mcguire, the director of the national counterterrorism center. the reason that it's so important to have that acting in place now is because the president knows that it's going to take a while to confirm whoever he names as the dni. >> right. >> not only are we in recess now -- the senate not coming back until september -- but if past is precedent, that person will likely have -- likely be at least a little bit controversial. that means it could take time to get through the senate, erin. >> alex thanks very much. a lot breaking at the moment. bob behr and former senior adviser for the national security adviser under president obama. sam. sue we want to start with sue's resignation letter. we are not getting a jim mattis clear read between the lines. i'm retiring you are in good hands. that's the operative lain.
but you have the republican senate committee intelligence chairman. sue gordon's retirement is a significant loss for our intelligence community. it's not a small thing. >> it's not a small thing. i remember working with her in situation room meeting under president obama. this is an example where sue gordon's experience was a strike against her when it came to president trump. having served myriad presidents she knew how it worked. that's why she was in the position she was in. what we have seen again is president trump thinks he knows how the procedure should work. he is going against the line of succession to say i knows who is better. >> the number two the guy that i don't want around anymore because it's -- i want her out. it's -- that's it. >> he doesn't want that experience. and erin my concern is what kind of message does this send to the intelligence community? if you show you have experience, if you show that you have candor, is the president going to pass you over or worse punish
you? president trump has made clear that he doesn't want draerkt of national intelligence. he wants someone to help the attorney general and his investigation. and to tell him what he wants to hear. >> so bob how significant is this? sue fworden's departure? >> this is bad. it's really bad. she was a professional, a kemp rather of mine knows her way around the intelligence community like nobody. and she would also call a spade a spade. if the russians -- if she were around when the russians interfered in the elections in 2020 and they will as everybody knows. she would come out and say it. and i think that's why trump wants her out because he doesn't want a professional that's going to deal in fact. he just doesn't want to go into a second term if he gets one, you know, having been elected by the russians or making it look that way. >> sam, this comes a foreign service officer resigned from the state department and penned the op-ed. chuck park is his name. he writes over three tours abroad to worked to spread what
i believed were american volumes freedom fairness and tolerance. more and more i found myself on the defensive stance. struggling to explain the can critics at home. he said he was complacent with perks on the job so he stayed on. mentioning his son was born in lps he writes can't justify to him or myself my complicity in the actions of in administration. that's what i -- that's why i choose to resign. is it a good or bad thing for someone to speak out so publicly as he is doing. >> i think it's important we see people from jim pattis to the foreign service officer make clear this is not the norm way things are supposed to work. you can always disagree with the president on policy. this guy is saying he doesn't want to be complicit in policies that harm u.s. national security. that's a decision for every member of the diplomatic core or the intelligence community but president trump. >> he is saying i stayed with it because i had perks, been there a long time it's hard to say i'm going to up and out on principle but he did. >> he is being honest.
but at what point is intelligence at what point is the work politicized to serve the president anticipates i don't know egor personal goals? that's not advancing foreign policy. that's advancing unfortunately the president's worst kbumss at this point. >> for acting dmitri the president announcing it's joe mcguire. bob bear as we learn about him obviously counterterror in the u.s. navy until 2010. this is the the picture we have here act being director of national intelligence. the president just announcing that by tweet now. >> well it's better than rat cliff. let's put it that way. if we had to take. >> or is it. >> mcguire is better. anybody is better. we need professionals in there. this administration's foreign policy is failing everywhere from iran to north korea. and we need somebody to tell the truth. to the president and to the public. and if he is the one to do it so be it. >> all right thank you both very much i appreciate your time and
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breaking news, an impeachment earthquake, the chairman of the house judiciary committee jerry nadler now considering formally recommendation articles of impeachment against the president of the united states. le he will be my guest. he will lead any formal impeachment proceedings. he and nancy pelosi will are the two names who will make history on this issue in congress. his committee is now engaged in a full blown investigation. manu raju is outfront live on capitol hill and your source is telling you that nadler is there. >> yeah, the house judiciary committee is moving forward to determine whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment against this president, something that could be decided later this year. now, as soon as the end of this year -- now recent court fights
statements by top democrats make it clear that that is the direction they are moving. as we see democrat after democrat formally call for impeachment inquiry. ner saying what the house judiciary committee is doing that, investigating whether or not to impeach the president of the united states. look no further than the lawsuit filed just yesterday to try to compel don mcgahn, the former white house counsel to appear before the white house judiciary committee and comply with a subpoena after the president told mcguyana not to comply with the subpoena. in the lawsuit it says the committee is fifly considering articles of impeachment against the president. and speaker nancy pelosi endorsed the language and endorsed similar language in a separate lawsuit and increasingly she is leaving the door open to moving forward but, erin, the ultimate question is whether they move forward or instead rely on this language in the lawsuit to try to convey to the court to turn this information over? that's the big question for them in the days ahead. >> manu thank you very much.
outfront as i said, the chairman of the house judiciary committee jerry nadler thank you so much good to be here. >> good to be here. >> i know that you are doing a full blown impeachment investigation. you are doing that. we have spoken with someone familiar with your thinking and asked do you support the impeachment inquiry. the source told cnn it's as clear as day. is it? >> well i think it's important not to get hung up on semantics. the fact is we are doing an investigation. we are investigating the facts, investigating the evidence. we are going into court to get witnesses all with a view toward deciding and recommending to the house whether to impeach the president. we have the power to vote articles of impeachment. and we are investigating now to get the evidence to decide whether to do so. >> so are you waiting on anything from the house speaker. >> no, we are not. >> you are not. >> we are not waitingen oh the house speaker. the speaker has been very cooperative we kwont have filed
the lawsuit without here. >> you're not publicly saying it but you're saying she is there. >> she is cooperating with the committee investigation. the committee has gone into court to force don mcgahn to testify. don mcgahn is the key fact witness. >> mentioned 500 times in the mueller report. >> mentioned 500 times in the mueller report. but he testified to mueller that he witnessed at least 10 instances of criminal obstruction of justice by the president. and so he is now the -- the mueller report is a summary of evidence. we want to get the direct evidence. we want his testimony as to those criminal obstructions of justice by the president. and we also want testimony from other people about other violations of law, about the -- you know, the mueller -- the hearing that we had gave the lie to three things the president and the attorney general were saying. they were saying the mueller report exonerated the president, that it showed no collusion with and no obstruction to the contrary all three statements
are false. the report did not exonerate the president. the report shows considerable evidence of collusion -- that the. >> it didn't establish to a criminal level of conspiracy but there was evidence of collusion. >> it showed gnat russian government tried to subvert the election to elect trump. and the trump campaign new and welcomed it and cooperated with it. >> and welcomed. >> and the president and others lied to investigators. >> what a lot of people say you say let's not get wrapped up inwards. but can matter when they apply to what information you can get and how the american people see it, right? so i'm trying to understand. a lot of democrats don't want to vote for the impeachment inquiry. but they presumably would vote for impeachment itself if you presented them with the evidence. >> there is no such thing pch. the committee initiated the investigation into the question -- into the various malfeasances by. >> you're saying this is the same as what we call formal giannecchiniment proceedings by
another name. >> this is formal impeachment proceedings. we are investigating all the evidence, gathering the evidence and we will conclusion of in hopefully by the end of the year vote to vote articles of impeachment to the house floor or we won't. that's a decision that we'll have to make. but that -- that's exactly the process we're in right now. >> all right. so when you says it formal impeachment proceedings have you drafted or started preparing articles of impeachment should you need them. >> there are articles of impeachment introduced a number of months ago and referred to the committee. as the investigation proceeds we may want to draft our own articles of impeachment that may more closely fit the evidence. we'll see. >> so okay when you talk about don mcgahn and others things you want, the backup talk too many to whomever you want but when people hear kbeefrpment inquiry they think ala watergate when do i see the parade of people like
we saw michael flynn -- >> hopefully we will see witnesses in the committee and in september and october. witnesses whom we don't have to use court orders to get there. hopefully we'll get court orders for people like mcgahn and hope hicks and various other people. and if we get mcgahn we'll get the others because the legal arguments are the same. >> that's what you're fighting for. >> the legal arguments are the same. >> are there some people who are of true importance who you get in september and october, any examples. >> i'm not gifting examples now but i think there will be witnesses. remember, we are not limited to the mueller report. >> right. >> to evidence of collusion with the russians and obstruction of justice. knows are two key elements obviously but there is the question also of unconstitutional and illegal villages of the emoluments claus, enrichment of the president and whether there is any evidence he did that. getting money from foreign powers. >> there is a lot of question base that. >> certainly a lot of questions
about that. there are other -- >> so you are currently looking at those things as well. >> yeah, michael cohen was sent to jail for illegal campaign finance use of hush money. and the evidence was the president instructed him to do that. it was for the president's benefit. that would be something we are looking. >> you're looking at quid pro quo why he has a u.s. policy adjusted on say saudi arabia and money flows all things loo. >> skfably, yes. >> so i want ask you to about something else. i don't know if you saw this. you saw the president went to el paso and dayton. and when he was in el paso he went to a hospital, as you know. when he was in there there was a cell phone video of a conversation that he had. and so he is there, eight people there recovering. obviously many people died. he was praising the medical staff for response. and then he said this. this is the moment captured on video. here he is. >> i was here three months ago we made a speech and we had --
what was the name of the arena? that place was -- >> the impact. >> right. >> that was some crowd. >> thank you for everybody thank you. >> twice the number outside. then you had the crazy beto. bet of had 400people in a parking lot. they said his crowd was wonderful. >> what do you say to that? that's what he said in the hospital. >> well it shows the president's incredible self-absorption, when he should have been thinking about and talking about the people who were murdered, murdered in el paso, the fact that the manifesto of the murderer tracked his language and that he may have bore some responsibility for getting people to think that the country is under invasion and they have to protect it by murdering people. and then he is in hospital where people are recovering from serious injuries all he was concerned about is thinking
about his crowd compared to beto o'rourke. it's a self-absorbed selfish individual. and the fact is also -- he is part of the legislative process, the president is. >> yes. >> the house of representatives reported a very serious legislation to prevent gun violence. we reported legislation -- our committee reported it to the house. the house voted. >> yes. >> adopted a bill for universal the background checks before people can get guns to plug loopholes in that. and it's been over 160 days. mitch mcconnell refuses to take it up in the senate. the president although he said he was in favor of background checks legislation refused to urge mitch mcconnell or the republicans to take it up. when are they going to start protecting the american people? >> chairman nadler, i appreciate your time thank you. >> you're welcome. >> and next 2020 contender tom steyer made himself a name calling for trump's impeachment.
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frogging nationally known names for 2020 tech billionaire top steyer pulling ahead much bet oh o'rourke. cory booker. tide with amy clob char in the must win state of iowa and joins me now outfront. good to have with you me, tom. i appreciate it. what do you think the reason is that you are ahead of people who have been on the debate stages, campaigning around the country as formal candidates for quite some time loo like klobuchar, o'rourke and booker. >> we have a corporate government purchased by corporate cash. we need to restore government of by and for the people. and who better to do that than an outsider like me who for 10 years has been organizing coalitions of ordinary american citizens to take on unchecked corporate power and beating it. >> i want to ask you about the breaking news this hour because it's very rely relevant to you. the person leading the
impeachment inquire in the house jerry nadler is backing proceedings. look you devoted your life the past two years over this topic. your pac spent over 7 million on the impeachment efforts. how does this news about chairman nadler feel to you. >> erin, it feels great. almost two years ago we started the -- i started to need to impeach campaign which was basically going to try and encourage outside washington to get the american people's voice heard to say we know we have a corrupt president we know he met the criteria for impeachment. and we -- there is a cost to keeping him in. he is dangerous to the american people and the american constitution. and at this point what we can see is we got over 8 million people signing our petition. we have got the majority of the democratic congress people on our side, including as you say, the chair of the judiciary committee. and we have clearly won the argument that this president is
the most corrupt in american history. and has more than met the criteria for impeachment. but injury the other thing that's going on here, erin, that needs to be brought up today is this. we want all lange he is a danger to the american people. you can see in the mass killings that we're seeing that leaving him in office with his racism and his atmosphere of hate is something that's very expensive to americans. we said it was dangerous to leave him in office. and i think we saw this weekend exactly how dangerous that could be. >> i want to ask you about joe biden. he was asked whether president trump is a white supremacist in the wake of the horrific shooting in el paso. here is how he answered today at the iowa state fair. >> why are you so hooked on that? you just want me to say the words. so i sound like everybody else. i'm not everybody else. i'm joe biden always been who i am i'm staying the way i am. he is encouraging white supremacists. you can determine what that means.
>> is joe biden right to refuse to call trump a white supremacist? >> lack, i think that there is no question that he is aligned himself with white supremacists. he has encouraged racial hatred, he has encouraged an atmosphere where that is permissible and where he is pushing knows those ideas. i always say to pie people my mom said can you look into their heart and i always said only god gets to look into hearts. we get to judge as human beings their actions. this president's actions have been terrible. involving distinct racism since the day he came down the escalator in the temperature tower. racism, division, as unamerican as anybody could ever be. >> look elizabeth warren called him a white supremacist. it's become a thing you're willing to say or not say. you did say he is a racist and white supremacist but there is a
different question -- yes i am he is a racist and white supremacist but i'm making a different thing. it's one thing to say it for two years we've been saying impeach the man and get him out of office because he broke the law, met the criteria for impeachment and because he is a racist. that's always been in the background. you never see one cockroach. with donald trump. all the caulk roaches are right there. sure he is a racist, also met the criteria to be impeached. we have had a chance for two years to hold this man to account. i'm very proud of chairman nadler for stepping up and realizing we have to hold him to account because he is a danger to the american people. >> tom what do you say to joe biden who won't those words that way. >> erin, it's not just a question of the willingness to call mr. trump a racist and white supremacist. there is a question of what do you want to do about it? for two years i've been saying this man is a threat to the american people. that he is a danger to the
constitution and he should be impeached. if it's so bad then why aren't you willing to come out and impeach him and remove him from office? if it's such an affront to the american values isn't it right to stand up in public and say this is dead wrong, impeach him he has to go. that's my question, why aren't you doing that. >> tom steyer i appreciate your time. thank you so much tonight, sir. >> thank you very much for having me. >> and outfront next, elizabeth warren pulling closer to joe biden in a crucial state. what's the surge and jeanne moos why a trump fund raiser has some people breaking up with their gym.
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president trump in iowa a day after comparing him to the avowed white supremacist george wallace. biden now saying the sitting president may be worse than a supremacist. >> do you believe the president is a supremacist? >> i believe everything the president says encourages white supremacists. i'm not sure there is much of a distinction. as a matter of fact, it may be even worse. if you notice, the one time he used the word white supremacy, it was not -- he talked about sleepy, he was awful sleepy in the way which he talked about it. >> biden referring to trump's remarks monday, right, which were from a teleprompter. this comes as a new poll shows elizabeth warren surging in iowa. she was at 7% in prem. now this latest poll at monmouth university has her at 19%. biden is still on top with 28, but that number has not moved. jeff zeleny is out front. geoff, is the biden campaign worried about warren -- obviously that time frame very sharp, but it has been a steady
build of momentum for warren. >> reporter: erin, good evening. there is no question the biden campaign is keeping an eye on warren because of her trajectory. she is growing, she is rising and even more thoon that on the ground here in iowa she has what most democratic officials tells me is the best organized, most early organized campaigns. she was here months and months before joe biden was, so she has been doing basically what barack obama did in 2007. she has many of the same people on board county by county organizing and that is what winds the iowa caucuses. that is what worries the biden team about elizabeth warren. this is what doesn't, erin. as long as warren and sanders are splitting the vote, he is holding his own in this race after a very rocky debate performance in miami. and then a more solid debate performance, but certainly not spectacular last week in detroit. so the biden campaign now
certainly is appreciative of their front running spot, but i actually asked the former vice-president today as we were walking with him through the fair here, if he believes that he's the front runner. he's like, look, i've been through a lot of these races before. it's six months to go. erin, that is the case here. he must still prove that he is the front runner, but it's certainly better to be holding his own than following. erin? >> thank you very much, jeff zeleny live from the state fair in des moines. next jeanne moos on why president trump had some gym goers worked up tonight. with my hepatitis c, i felt i couldn't be at my best for my family. in only 8 weeks with mavyret, i was cured and left those doubts behind. i faced reminders of my hep c every day. but in only 8 weeks with mavyret, i was cured. even hanging with friends i worried about my hep c.
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>> reporter: everybody out of the pool. okay, not everybody, just the ones who say they're boycotting equinox and soul cycle. it can be so wrenching. >> the gym is like a second home to many of us. >> reporter: but because steven ross, the man whose company owns equinox and soul cycle is throwing a fund-raiser for president trump, a boycott has some trying to decide how to break up with their gym. >> i'm really bummed. >> i'm not going to quit. >> i'm leaving the club. >> reporter: leaving it with an up-raised finger or a new name, equinot. chrissy tiegen tweeted, rough day at equinox. posting the auto reply, her friend got when he canceled his membership, at the moment we are experiencing extremely high volumes of emails. we're not sure if michael moore was serious. that's it, just canceled my soul cycle membership. this conservative didn't buy it.
yeah, because we know you're a regular on the front row at soul cycle. andy cohen equivocated about equinox. >> i still have time left on my membership. i'll probably be there doing cardiotoday. i don't know. >> reporter: no equivocation from comedian billy ikeener, hey, equinox, what's your poll sill for cancelling memberships? once you find out your owner is a mass murderer. >> reporter: thank you, god, for giving me another excuse not to go to the gym. see these muffin tops? they're political. this equinox member seemed prepared to sacrifice his feet. >> i'd rather have plantar fascitis without treatment than having to support in any way anything affiliated with trump supporters. >> reporter: as for that equinox pool in the sky, someone tweeted, nice pool. too bad about all the blood in
it. and all those slogans, soul cycle spin. >> find your happy place. >> find your soul. >> reporter: find the door is the line boycotters are pedaling. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks for joining us. ac 360 starts right now. /s >> good evening. last night we began the program with president trump's remarks to reporters in front of first responders in el paso, texas. the first words out of his mouth were about the great reception and respect that he got. wasn't about the dead or the wounded in el paso or in dayton. it wasn't about the grieving families or first responders. it was about him and how loved he was. the last night after showing that video, i gave the president the benefit of the doubt. surely i thought when the cameras weren't present he must have properly consoled responders, praised hospital and staff. surely he wouldn't try to puff himself in front of those heroes. well, according to a new piece of video today, i was