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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 wrong.
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there is new video tonight of the president speaking with hospital staffers about the last time he was in el paso. >> i was here three months ago. we made a speech and we had -- what was the name of the arena, that place -- >> i was front row. >> what was the name? >> i was front row. >> good. come here. that was some crowd. >> thank you for all you do. >> twice the number outside. and then you had this crazy beto. beto had like 400 people. they said his crowd was wonderful. >> as the president of the united states, let's just make this clear, that's the president of the united states in a hospital that treated many of the people whose bodies were torn apart by a racist gunman who echoed the president's language. hospital staffers still treating some of the survivors in that hospital. and today we learned that none of the victims actually wanted to see the president. that is according to an official who had been briefed on the matter. some didn't want to see anyone, wasn't about the president particularly. they just didn't want to see
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anybody, understandably. the rest did not want to see the president specifically. and at the other local hospital treating the wounded, a similar story. almost every patient said no. so the president did not even visit. two patients were brought back to the hospital he did visit, specifically to see the president, including a two-month-old, paul gilbert. his parents were killed in the walmart. a hospital official familiar with president trump's visit to university medical center in el paso told our jim accosta that the general assessment was that, quote, there was a, quote, absence of empathy by the president, unquote. on the president's part. this official told jim accosta that jim spoke with mentioned that the clip you just saw and said it left the impression that the president was not as focused on consoling patients as might be expected, which is strange because generally that is all that's expected of a president visiting a hospital in a city where 22 people had just been murdered. nothing more. just that. just empathy, listening,
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consoling. just being in the moment as a normal, caring, human being would, as anybody would. or barring that, simply pretending to be that, a normal, caring human being. the president, after all, spent years playing a character on tv. he played a successful business executive. as he'd quickly point out, got good ratings for a while. he could have looked at this as a performance on the biggest stage yet and as obscene as that sounds, that act of pretending, the simulation of human kindness and caring might have at least brought solace to a few people. but even pretending to care was too much. perhaps because it wouldn't have meant not boasting about his reception earlier in dayton, ohio or making up stories about his host to justify the grievance he was venting which he did about the mayor of dayton, ohio. >> i took him in at their request. we made the tour. they couldn't believe it. she said to people, he said it to people.
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i get on air force one where they do have a lot of televisions. i turn on the television, and there they are saying, well, i don't know if it was appropriate for the president to be here. you know, et cetera, et cetera, the same old line. they're very dishonest people and that's probably why he got -- i think about 0% that he failed as a presidential candidate. >> again, that's in front of first responders there. and he's talking about on a flight from a city where nine people died where he'd just been to a city he was going to with 22 fatalities and that's what he's watching, television, and he's concerned about it. and he's angry that sherrod brown is saying stuff. what he was saying wasn't even -- he actually complimented the president. the president also rage tweeted about his treatment and had his social media director and former caddy, i should point out, tweet about what a, quote, rock star he was in dayton. at one point, according to "the new york times," he shouted that no one was defending him, because on a trip so a pair of grieving cities that saw a combined 31 people slaughtered,
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let's never forget who the real victim is. today we learned that multiple staffers say this it was not a successful trip. and again, these are not supposed to be that difficult. at least not in the sense of being difficult to conduct one self properly on. they are, in fact, tremendously difficult in the sense of being painful to bear and bear witness to. they're supposed to be. these are for a president evidence that the country they are responsible for has been wounded. sometimes very deeply, and they feel it deeply, often personally. they're supposed to. and it's supposed to show. just as it shows when a tweet like this pops up on the president's time line from air force one sent minutes after departure from the scene of such heartache. quoting from the tweet, leaving el paso for the white house. what great people i met there and in dayton, ohio. the fake news worked overtime trying to disparage me and the two trips but it just didn't work. the love, respect and enthusiasm were there for all to see. they've been through so much. sad. enthusiasm for the president.
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as we said earlier and many times before, this is just not normal. it's starting to seem normal but it's not, and it's not how a president should behave. it's just not. it's not how people behave. and has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with what presidents in both parties have always known, that at times of national tragedy, the presidentcy should never be about the person in the white house, it should be about what that person can do for the people he serves. i want you to just -- we all think this is now how presidents talk and how that this is presidential speech. it's not. i want to show you three presidents. clinton, reagan and george w. bush in moments of crisis for this country. clinton after the oklahoma city bombings, reagan after the challenger disaster, w. bush at a mosque just days after 9/11 at a mosque, remember. three presidents who could not be more different one from another, and the grace that each of them showed.
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>> our words seem small beside the loss you have endured. >> the families of the seven, we cannot bear as you do the full impact of this tragedy. but we feel the loss and we're thinking about you so very much. >> and our anger and emotion, our fellow americans must treat each other with respect. >> let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear when there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. when there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it. >> your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, give me a challenge and i'll meet it with joy. >> this is a great country. it's a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. >> in the face of death, let us honor life.
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as st. paul admonished us, let us not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. >> the face of terror is not the true faith of islam. >> if anybody thinks americans has lost the capacity for loving and caring and courage, they ought to come to oklahoma. >> the crew of the space shuttle challenger honored us with the manner in which they lived their lives. we will never forget them nor the last time we saw them. this morning as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of god. >> that seems like a long time ago, that kind of language. more now on how this is unfolding at the white house, kaitlan collins is there for us now. so the president fuming about the coverage. what more are you being told, what more have you learned? >> reporter: well, he essentially thinks, anderson, he's not being treated fairly in
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the trips he made to dayton and el paso. he said there aren't enough people defending him in this matter. he thinks he's being unfairly linked to the shooting in el paso even though the shooter made a reference in the manifesto several times. he thought the trip would help the president get more favorable coverage as he acted in the presidential manner. now the coverage of the size in the hallways, that is not how he thought it would be portrayed. a lot of times he views these trips through the lens of the coverage. >> i was pointing out that so-called manifesto was a racist creed by the killer in el paso. the killer actually went out of his way to say president, i thought this long before president trump, but he did echo the president's language, specifically words the president had used and clearly was spouting white nationalist, white supremacist ideas. i'm pass nated part of the president's anger apparently had
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to do with the fact aides kept cameras away, which is a good thing. i mean, normally when a president goes to visit grieving people, you don't bring cameras in, you know, to document their grief and show the president -- it's done behind closed doors. it's done in an honorable way. the president seemed annoyed by the lack of cameras? >> reporter: yeah, how this white house has handled it has varied. the president has been to too many scenes of the mass shootings. they have allowed cameras to go into the halls of the hospitals and the president comes out and makes remarks. sometimes outside of the hospital. it truly depends. this trip they didn't let the cameras into the hospital. they said it was out of respect for the patients. they didn't want this to turn into a photo opportunity that we should note the white house did release their own photos and own videos of the president's trip to ohio and texas and to those two hospitals. but the president was lashing out at his aides. he thought if the cameras had come in it would give him an advantage so they could see and the cameras and reporters would
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see what the patients were saying about him. he was getting glowing remarks from some of the medical staff, some of the officials who were there. so he lashed out at his aides in those flights from ohio to texas and texas back to washington last night. in part the reason he didn't get better coverage is because they didn't let the cameras into the hospital. >> caitlyn, thank you very much. former obama advisor, senior political commentator, david axelrod. david, i guess i shouldn't be surprised. i kind of was giving the president the benefit of the doubt that the public statement he made, which was completely inappropriate, you know, he's going after politicians in front of first responders in the midst of a tragedy. i thought maybe that was a one-off. but this other video now where just not even in a public setting, one on one with people he he's yammering on about his freaking crowd sizes.
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it's i would say unbelievable, but it's completely believable and it's completely pathetic. >> yeah, well, people are who they are, anderson. we know who donald trump is. he's a very narcissistic person. he is very much consumed about how people think of him and, you know, we know from history that things like crowd sizes are important to him. i remember at the time of that el paso rally of his that he seemed a little bit rattled that there was this competing rally that might have been even larger than his own. and much different in tone. and he was a little perplexed and unhappy about that event. but to bring it back now, i mean, look, he was flying down to el paso, a town that was just consumed by grief. and frankly, didn't have clean hands going in, so he was sort of on probation. i mean, he has engaged in a three-year project of incitement
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that was very much echoed in the manifesto of the shooter in el paso, so of course people were going to be upset. it would have been so great, it would have been so important for the country if he just could have risen above this one time. if he had just -- he told beto o'rourke to be quiet. it would be good if he had been quiet, if he had just played the role that we expect of presidents and consoled people and offered his -- his wishes on behalf of the country. he could not do it. >> you know, all you have to do is just close your mouth and listen to people who are in grief. listen to first responders who have risked their lives and saved lives. you don't have to say anything. you just need to listen. and the fact that he can't do that -- >> right. >> -- it's just -- it's sad. >> you know, one of the great requirements of a president is the capacity for empathy, to feel the pain and to feel the
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suffering of people. and in moments like this, to be the consoler in chief and, you know, he couldn't muster the resources to do that then. but this is not a new thing, anderson. i mean, we always express astonishment at his behavior, but his behavior is quite consistent. i mean this is really very predictable. people were attacking him for his role in incitement. he didn't like it, he struck back and he was very consumed with how people thought about him. the tweets about how people were -- how people felt about him, how they appreciated their president and so on. so missed the moment that it was painful in and of itself. >> according to cnn's reporting, the overwhelming majority of the patients at two el paso hospitals told the white house they did not want to spend any time with the president. i'm just curious, in your experiences in the white house, did anything like that ever happen on a trip of this nature where people say, you know, i don't want to meet the
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president? >> i don't honestly think that -- it certainly depth happen in the administration i served, president obama's administration. i don't think it's happened in any administration. people generally are eager to meet with a president in situations like this. it is consoling. it is a source of strength in a hard moment. to see the president of the united states come and express the sympathies of the country and the support of the country. but as i said, he is so intertwined with the episode down in el paso, his rhetoric. you know, you can't -- you can't denounce hate in the moment and then practice it on all other days and then have clean hands. and people are going to react to that. these people felt targeted by the president. he is going to pay a price for that because the country wants more from their president. >> president obama called it the day of sandy hook tragedy, the
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worst day of his presidency. the biggest frustration was not being able to pass sufficient gun legislation. i guess if he couldn't do it by putting all of his muscle in the white house and muscle behind it, should democrats have any expectation that real change can happen under this administration? >> first of all, i just want to say parenthetically, i remember the day of sandy hook. i was out of the white house by then. president emailed me. he said this is the first day that i've cried in the oval office, and that wasn't for anybody's benefit, but he just warranted wanted to share that with me. that is someone trying to put himself in the shoes of the people who suffered such horrific loss. as to the gun legislation, actually there is an opportunity here because if donald trump were to actually embrace it, i think he'd give cover to a lot of republicans who might want to vote for some form of universal background checks. but he needs to provide them that cover. without that they're going to do
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what they've done in the past, run in fear of the nra. >> right, which by the way the president had said in the past to republicans, i'll take the heat for it. and then, you know, has a conversation, i guess, with the nra or somebody changes his mind, the next person who walks in the room changes his mind and all of a sudden, you know, just like him taking the mantle for the shutdown, that doesn't last very long. that mantle just slides off his shoulders. david axelrod, thank you. coming up next breaking news, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell making a pledge on taking up gun control legislation. a democratic candidate tells us how he plans to keep the pressure on him. later children caught in the middle of a massive immigration round up outraging the latino community about the timing so soon after the targeted killings in he wiel paso. that and more as we continue. >> i need my dad.
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there is break news to present another mass shooting. key legislative voice and gate keeper weighed in. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell telling a kentucky radio station they will put it in red flag laws, quote, front and center when the senate reconvenes after the summer break. he dee cliepd to call senators back from recess. we spoke about this before the break with david axelrod. president trump has signalled his openness to more extensive background checks which drew a warning from naa chief executive saying this will not play well with his base. if the entire scenario seems kind of family it is as david axelrod mentioned after the florida parkland shootings talking to lawmakers including chris murphy of connecticut and sandy hook, the president also talked about backing stricter gun measures. and mocked legislators, republican legislators about not standing up to the nra.
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>> mr. president, it's going to have to be you that brings the republicans to the table on this because right now the gun lobby would stop it in its tracks. >> i like that responsibility, chris. i really do. i think it's time. it's time that a president stepped up and we haven't had them and i'm talking democrat and republican presidents. they have not stepped up. and they do have great power. i agree with that. they have great power over you people. they have less power over me. some of you people are petrified of the nra. you can't be petrified. they want to do what's right and they're going to do what's right, i really believe that. >> whether you consider it right or wrong, the president did not do what he said he could make them do, he did what they told him to do. joining us is democratic presidential candidate ohio congressman tim ryan who took part of a caravan who traveled to louisville, kentucky, trying to put pressure on leader mcconnell. thank you for being with us. you heard what president trump said after the parkland shooting. do you have any expectation this moment will be any different? he's basically saying the same
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thing now. he wants stricter background checks and he'll do what it takes, but, you know, he said that before and the nra said no. >> yeah, i think we have to be skeptical, which is why we're here. we think we need to put the political pressure not only on mitch mcconnell and his home state, but also other republican senators around the country. i think there's been a shift on the ground. i saw it -- you can hear the enthusiasm here. you know, i heard it in dayton. it went from republicans coming up to me, anderson, after the vigil saying, you've got to do something. i'm a republican, but you've got to do something. this has gone too far. i think the shift on the ground is happening right now and i think that's where the pressure has got to come, from the bottom up, not the top down. again, we don't want to take hunting rifles. we don't want to take away people's ability to take care of their home and protect their family. that has nothing to do with this. i'm a hunter, i take our older
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son hunting, who is 16 years old, once a year. this is duck hunting. this is about weapons of war slaughtering people in el paso and dayton and other cities. >> you made the road trip to kentucky hoping to put pressure on senator mcconnell. he's opening to krlg red flag laws and increasing back ground checks. are you encouraged by that or skeptical? >> well, again, these guys try to slow walk things. they throw a little shiny object up and i think they know i'm talking to you, anderson. but they put these shiny objects up and they get everybody distracted on them, and so that takes the focus off the real thing. and they hope to slow walk it until the news cycle changes. that's what we cannot let happen this time. we've got to keep the focus on it. so if you want to have an honest conversation about red flags, i think that's an important step that we can all take in a bipartisan way, but we've got to go further than that. we have to get the background check bill and close that charleston loophole.
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>> in terms of large capacity ban, there seems to be no appetite among congressional republicans for those steps. do you have any reason to believe that might change? >> no, i don't think so. i mean, again, we've got to slowly build this pressure up. and i think rallies like this happening all over the country from groups like moms demand action, they're pulling in republicans, they're pulling in sports men around the country. and i think it's starting to build, anderson. people ask me, why is this different? i think it started to accumulate. and then what happened last week when people went to bed on saturday night, heartbroken about el paso and went to sleep and woke up and their phone alerts were telling them about dayton, ohio, i think that has lit a fire in the united states for something to actually get done. so the pressure is coming from the bottom up. i hope these republicans don't think it's like it used to be because it's not and you can feel it on the ground. >> congressman ryan, i appreciate your time. thank you. three more big exits in the
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a new director of national intelligence has been named to replace the outgoing director dan coats. it's another acting appointment by president trump. he pit joseph mcguire, the current director of the national counterterrorism center. coats is number 2, will also now be leaving. her name sue gordon. she resigned as two other officials joined the exodus from the administration. secretary of state kimberly bryer is out after a reported clash with the white house over immigration policy. and a foreign service officer of the state department also quit, chuck park is his name, saying in a pretty scathing new editorial he wrote, he says he can no longer justify being part of the president's, quote, complacent state. he writes, quote, the come placeant state saws when the immigrant shakes his head when he defends crown prince mohammed bin salman, children in detention camps then complies with orders. ashamed of how long it took me to make this decision.
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want to bring in the cnn global affairs max boot. the director of national intelligence, traditionally she would have taken over as acting director when dan coats departs this month. it's been pretty clear president trump did not want her in that post, though he had to at one point said some nice things about her. how do you see her resignation? >> well, i think it's certainly a bad signal, anderson, because sue gordon is somebody who was universally respected, over 30-year career in intelligence. she was somebody who was seen as a very competent and nonpolitical professional. but somehow she fell afoul of donald trump. we're not sure exactly why, but donald trump, jr., just last week, you know, issued this crazy bizarre tweet where he said that, you know, the rumors about her being besties with brennan, john brennan and the rest of the clown cadre must be 100% true because adam schiff recommended her for the post of acting director of national intelligence. i mean, that is just crazy.
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they're sort of paranoid, conspiratorial and sure everybody else is conspiratorial, too, whereas adam schiff, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, was just delivering the universal judgment of intelligence professionals in washington, which was that sue gordon was the right person for the post. >> i'm glad that you quoted donny trump, jr., who has dedicated his life to studying intelligence matters in u.s. foreign policy. so the president's pick for acting dni, admiral joseph mcguire, he is a strong military and counterterrorism background. he's certainly more qualified than congressman john ratcliffe who the president wanted in that post permanently. >> right. i mean, when i think about this appointment, i'm reminded of a version of church hill's clip about america. in the case of trump i would say that he sometimes does the right thing, but only after exhausting all the other alternatives. and, of course, in the case of the dni job, he tried to appoint
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john ratcliffe. the republican congressman who falsified his background and had no qualifications whatsoever in intelligence, and now, you know, trump got rid of sue gordon. but at least mercyfully, the acting post is going to former vice admiral joe mcguire who is also well respected, a professional navy seale. we have to worry about who is going to be the permanent, you know, director of national intelligence. is trump going to try to appoint somebody like devin nunes, which would certainly not be beyond him. >> the state department foreign service officer who resigned today in that really blistering "washington post" op-ed, he object olajuwoned the president what he called a toxic agenda for a diplomat to say that, it's pretty rare. diplomats resign in protest, but they don't often pen an op-ed in the washington post. >> right. i think, you know, i don't know chuck park, but his sentiments reflect something that i hear from my friends in the foreign service. they are very discouraged and
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very demoralized and they're kind of trying to keep their heads down and a lot of them are saying, i'm trying to get assigned as far away from the united states as i can. i'm disturbed by what's going on. a lot of them are trying to wait out the trump administration and hoping for better, more saner times in the future. obviously in the case of chuck park, his conscience nagged him and he felt he could not be part of this monstrous administration. you know, i admire him and i respect his stand on principle, but it's a very difficult dilemma, anderson, i think everybody in the government faces because if all of the good people of conscience, if all of the dedicated public servants resigned in protest, who is going to be left? it's going to be people like stephen miller and these crazy ideologues who run the government. >> they might deride them as bureaucrats or deep state. but these are people who have dedicated their lives to
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service, in this case, the foreign service. and, you know, serve in every administration. the idea is they are serving the country, not the political winds. and to have these people -- all the knowledge they've acquired and the expertise they've acquired, to have that just disappear obviously long term, that's not a good thing for the u.s., for the state department. max, i appreciate you being with us. >> that's something that doesn't compute with trump because for him it's 100% about politics, even these horrible tragedies are all about politics and looking out for himself, so he can't imagine that there are people in the government who are actually dedicated to serving the country and not their own self-interest. >> max boot, appreciate it. just ahead, president trump likely to roadblock gun control while he's in office. can he and republicans ever buck the grip of the nra? that's next. i've always been excited for what's next.
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well, for the hurdles for gun control activists begins with congress and the white house. as we reported earlier senate majority leader mitch macon, georgia connell is promising background checks and red flags will be front and center, about not until after the august recess. house speaker nancy pelosi called out a letter today, saying we have an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to pass gun violence prevention background checks. however, leader mitch mcconnell describing himself as the grim reaper has been an obstacle to
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taking any action. president trump also does not appear enthusiastic for anything that could anger the nra, however, in a second statement tonight pelosi and senate minority leader chuck schumer write, quote, the president gave us his a shurngss he would review the stalled background checks legislation. joining me now to discuss this former prosecutor chief legal analyst jeffrey tubin and senior political commentator rick santorum. senator santorum, do you agree with pelosi that there is an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to pass background check legislation? is there an appetite for that on the republican side of the aisle? >> i think it's really interesting that she said we'll work in a bipartisan way to do what we want, which is to pass our agenda. not a bipartisan way to actually try to solve the broader problem of how we limit what is this, you know, increasing violence, mass shootings, which involves a whole variety of things that there actually are bipartisan ideas around. she didn't say that.
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she said, you have to pass what we want and be bipartisan about it, as opposed to, let's actually try to work together and see if we can come up with a package of things that may include some amount of gun control or red flag laws as a package of things to address this issue. i think that would have been a more, frankly, less political and more productive way of addressing the issue. >> jeff? >> rick, you know that's not true. i mean, there is no way mitch mcconnell is going to support any sort of gun control legislation. and let's just talk about like facts here. the reason that nine people died in 30 seconds in dayton is because the gunman could -- had magazines where he had 100 bullets -- 100 bullets -- in one without reloading. he had that device on it. and you think that should still be legal, right? >> look, i think those are things that are worth a debate. we talked -- look at the las vegas shooting, bump stocks and
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things -- we had a good debate about it and things were actually being talked about to move forward and try to limit those. so i think there are opportunities on the margins, and i say on the margins because, remember, what we're talking about here is a constitutional right, a individual constitutional right to possess a firearm. so what we have to do is be very cautious about how we limit that. but, look, i think talking about that, maybe there is something we can do to deal with that. but the idea that, you know, well, we can't touch gun control, look, we've talked about gun control a lot in the congress. they did when i was there. and some of it passed. the reason, the reason it doesn't pass now is because those gun control measures have by and large not worked. >> that is, that is completely untrue, that gun control is -- certainly has worked a lot better than anything else. and the idea that -- >> what else? >> -- there is some national interest in having assault
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weapons be legal, what is the value that is protected by -- what is the reason why it's in the national interest to have assault weapons legal to purchase? >> an assault weapon is simply a design of a semi-automatic weapon that some people refer to as an assault weapon. there is no such thing as an assault weapon. as you know they had a hard time back in the '90s when clinton passed it to define what assault weapons is. it is a semi-automatic weapon like almost every hunting rifle in america is a semi-automatic weapon. aechl you say it's hard to define assault weapons. do you think the people in walmart could define assault weapon, the people shot by them? >> as you know, jeffrey, you're a lawyer. it's not a matter of what people in walmart decide, it's what's in the statute. it's not easy to define and it can be problematic. >> i'm sorry, go ahead. >> so the answer is let's, let's look at what is effective. you say it's more effective than
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anything else that's been tried. i would argue a lot hasn't been tried. for example, we're talking about these red flag laws. i have in principle no problem at all with red flags laws as long as there is due process that people can't arbitrarily get denied the opportunity to purchase a gun, but there has to be some sort of process by which they go through to come to that adjudication. >> you know, even a red flag laws, which a lot of people seem to be getting behind right now, there is another side to it. advocates for mentally ill will point out and say, look, so firefighters from 9/11 who suffered from ptsd or police officers from 9/11 suffered from ptsd, should they not be able to ever get a firearm again because they -- >> that's why i believe we have to have due process. we can't just say, well, your case looks suspect and so wire going we're going to put you on a list. that's what california law and other laws do. you get named on a list and you have to get yourself off that
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list. that's not the right way to go about it. the states that have done it, many of them have done it the wrong way. what lindsey graham is working on, we're willing to have a process that makes sure more people who are potentially dangerous are deprived the right to have a gun. but we want to make sure it's a fair process. >> this is why rick and the national rifle association and the republicans in congress are winning, is because not only do you have the president on your side. you have at least the senate on your side. you have the courts on your side now because the national rifle association has succeeded in turning the second amendment into something it was never in american history until 2008, an individual right. and now you have clarence thomas and brett kavanaugh and neil gorsuch and samuel alito on the supreme court who all want to make all of these laws unconstitutional. so this is the problem -- this is one of the many problems that
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gun control supporters have now that it's not just the national rifle association's political power. it's their judicial power as well. >> as you well know, jeffrey, there are plenty of laws about guns that bar certain guns from being in the hands of americans. you can't have automatic weapons without -- you can get some an teerks a antiques and special permits. a suppressor -- >> silencer. >> silencer, they have to be federal -- there are all sorts of laws that keep firearms out of the hands of americans. what we do have is an individual right for obviously sporting purposes, but also for the important right of self-defense. and that's what the court has upheld. >> rick, if there are so many laws restricting guns in america, how come there are more guns than people in america? >> the reality is that most of those guns, as you know, are handguns and guns that are used for sporting purposes. you know, you have some that are used primarily, as you call,
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assault weapons that are used primarily for personal defense. but the reality is that most people, you know, law abiding citizens use guns for law abiding purposes to protect themselves, their families and to enjoy shooting and other types of sports. and what we need are laws that don't infringe upon those rights and make sure that people who shouldn't have those guns don't get them, including prosecuting gun crimes, which is also something that the justice department has a very poor record of. >> senator santorum, i appreciate it. geoff tubin, the conversation will continue. ahead, immigration crackdown, why some officials are calling it historic. what happened after these migrants were captured is creating a big backlash tonight especially when it comes to the timing of it. take you to mississippi next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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the justice department is handling its immigration raids
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at mississippi food plants. while hundreds were arrested, these are some of the situations. they showed children with no parents to come home to. the crackdowns happened on the first day of the school year and days after the mass shooting, only two states away in el paso, texas, the suspected gunman, white supremacist, wrote of an hispanic invasion. here's the outrage. i want to warn you, some of what you're about to see is hard but important to watch. undocumented workers on the outskirts of jackson, mississippi. >> government, please have heart. please don't live the children. >> this 11-year-old like so many others doesn't understand why her parents were taken away from her.
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>> he's not a criminal. >> desiree works at one of the seventh plants across the six mississippi cities targeted by i.c.e. >> many kids cry, scream for their loved ones because they're gone. they don't know when they'll see them again. >> reporter: kids who would have had to fend for themselves if not for the compassion of locals like jordan barnes. >> we'll have beds for them and get food for them to get them through night. if they need transport to school, we'll arrange that as well. >> reporter: they called the raids the largest single state enforcement operation in american history. more than 600 i.c.e. agents were involved. >> while we are a nation of immigrants, more than that, we are first and foremost a nation of laws. >> reporter: responding to citizen spix the arrests of hundreds of undocumented immigrants fell on the first day of school, as well as just after a deadly mass shooting that targeted latinos, an i.c.e. official with direct knowledge
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of the raids defended the timing as coincidental but said he understood the poor optics. the official on site telling cnn, the emotion is a horrible thing. i saw kids crying at the gates. some detainees have been released to reunite with their families. still, local activists thursday expressing outrage about the massive operation in their community. the community they say is only here to contribute. >> we are ashamed of what they're doing. we're here to let everyone know around the world that we're going to fight back and we're going to make sure that these families are supported. >> nick joins us now. do we have any idea how many kids have been reunited with their parents? >> reporter: according to locals i spoke to, they estimate half of the 680 immigrants detained were parents. it was earlier i spoke to an i.c.e. official and asked if they could verify that number. they couldn't. what they did tell me was those who said they were the sole guardian of a child were
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released. in the case of two parents, if two were detained, they said one parent would be released while another would remain in custody. as you saw in that piece, there were many children if not for the compassion of the leagues would have been left to defend for themselves. >> i appreciate it. a lot more straight ahead including one-on-one with kamala harris. life isn't a straight line. things happen. and sometimes you can find yourself heading in a new direction. but at fidelity, we help you prepare for the unexpected with retirement planning and advice for what you need today and tomorrow. because when you're with fidelity, a partner who makes sure every step is clear, there's nothing to stop you from moving forward. it's something we take personally,
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good evening. chris cuomo is off tonight. we begin with kamala harris in iowa as are many other candidates. she spoke at length with kim law about the shooting in texas and the president's reaction to them. president trump naming a new acting director of national intelligence. joseph mcguire who currently runs the counter terrorism center. this came shortly after the president tweeted that sue gordon, the number two intelligence official and long time professional would resign. >> this is the first day of your bus tour. i want to get to the news about sue gordon leaving. second in command. what do you think about this resignation? >> i mean, i'm not surprised. i'm on the senate intelligence committee. i meet on a consistent basis with leaders of our intelligence community. they are hard