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>> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> and thanks so much to all of you for joining us. don't forget you can always watch the show anywhere. you just have to go to cnn go. anderson cooper 360 starts right now. /s >> good evening, thanks for joining us today. we learned the president of the united states urged the head of a foreign power to take action against two democratic congress women, american congress women who are critics of his and the head of that foreign power did just that. and in a truly trumpian twist late today, the president denied having pushed the foreign power, while also seeming to admit that he had. it bears repeating this is certainly not normal, except abnormal is kind of now normal. it's also a classic trump distraction play, a way to turn the media and the public's attention away from yesterday's disastrous stock drop and fears of a recession. so keep that in mind. nevertheless, it is worth looking at what the president just did here because, as we
said, it's unprecedented. this concerns two congress women, rashida dlieb and ilhan omar who planned to visit israel. they are as you know critical of israeli policy and she's been criticized by her colleagues and has since a monthly jay zed for using anti-semitic tropes on occasions. they are two of the four non-white female lawmakers whom the president has been attacking repeatedly. >> when you see the four congress women, oh, isn't that lovely? >> boo! >> representative ilhan omar -- >> boo! >> excepted her basend her back. send her back. send her back. >> send her back, which is a racist nativist chant against one american or another about every minority group in america. a chant the president soaked in
for 13 seconds. as bad as what that was, what the president did today was simply something presidents don't do. using a foreign government to punish members of a co-equal branch of government. another way to look at it which is equally disturbing, the president got a foreign country, close ally of america's, to help him hurt some of his american political opponents, elected members of congress. that's something that the presidents take an oath not to do. they swear to uphold the constitution obviously including the speech or debate clause from article 1 which reads, in part, for any speech or debate in either house, they -- meaning memorandum ber members of congress -- shall not be questioned in any other place. the cause done by the analysis research service, says principally to protect the independence of the legislative branch by protecting against executive or judicial intrusions into the protective legislative sphere, but also to bar judicial or executive processes that may
constitute a distraction or disruption to a member's representative or legislative role. in other words, the president and the courts have a sworn duty to not interfere with duly elected lawmakers going about their jobs, which today it seems the president did. with the foreign government's help, nonetheless. this morning white house press secretary stephanie grisham called reports that the president had been pushing netanyahu to bar the two's visit inaccurate, she said and shortly after the president tweeted this. quote, it would show great weakness if israel allowed representative omar and representative tlaib to visit. they hate israel and all jewish people and there is nothing that could be said or done to change their minds. minnesota and michigan, will have a hard time putting them back in office. they're a disgrace. which is a very public pushing of netanyahu to bar the two's visit. it's not even secret pushing. and a short time later the israeli government which had apparently leading against barring the congress women reversed course and did what the
prime minister taunted netanyahu to do. which is action netanyahu was justified in taking because both congress women do support a boycott against israel and israel does have an anti-boycott law. that's what they cited in their decision. keeping them honest, it's hard to see that as anything more than a fig leaf when the action comes immediately after the president goes online, pushing such action. according to reporting from axios and "the new york times," he's been at it for sometime, since at least last week. again, the president's press secretary called those reports inaccurate as her words fake news. the president has not said he spoke directly to netanyahu and late today the president also denied leaning on israel, but then moments later he seemed to admit he had. so here are the two statements the president said at the same impromptu press conference as he left for his country club to go to new hampshire for a rally. >> in your comments to people connected to israel, did you encourage them to reject --
>> i don't encourage or discourage. i think that if israel allowed them to come in for the normal reasons other than those reasons, i really believe that it would be a terrible thing for israel. i think it would show a terrible sign -- >> are you trying to say prime minister netanyahu -- >> i don't want to comment on who i spoke to, but i think my social media statement pretty well speaks for itself. i feel that they are so anti-israel, so anti-jewish, again, if other people made that statement there would have been hell to pay. so, but i did speak to people. >> i don't want to say who i spoke to, but i spoke to people. so, in the space of just a few hours, the president of the united states made potentially unconstitutional demands on the head of a foreign 2k3w067govern do something his press secretary denied he was pushing for, he denied it, too, while also possibly or seemingly admitting it, which is kind of an achievement without even going into the bipartisan political push back.
the geopolitical complications, or the unprecedented historical nature of all of this. and, yeah, it's not even friday. first, manchester, new hampshire, where the president has been speaking, jim accosta is there for us right now. jim, obviously the president thinks this is a winning battle for him keeping the focus on these four congress women or he wouldn't be bringing them back up. >> reporter: that's right, anderson. he hasn't brought um the lawmakers who makeup that group as the squad just yet, but the night is young. he's just gotten started in the last 20 minutes or so. but he has had some choice words, some tough language for democrats at one point, referring to democrats as both socialists and communists and saying he would be hit by what he called the fake news media for making that sort of remark. so he is throwing out the red meat to this crowd at manchester, new hampshire. no question about it, anderson, this is a tactical move by the president. i talked to a source close to
the white house earlier today who said every time democrats try to link people like congressmen steve king they're going to try to link it to the squad. this does seem very much a tactical move by the president and his team. but democrats have started to call him out, presidential candidate tim ryan said this is probably a distraction from the wobbly week we've seen on wall street. and at the beginning of this rally, it was interesting to note, anderson, the president was defending his actions when it comes to china and making the case, once again, falsely that americans aren't paying the cost of these tariffs on chinese products something we've said over and over again is a false statement from the president. >> jim, "the new york times" said that the president was reaching out to people to get his opinion known in israel as early as last week. axios said that his private opinions had reached the top levels of the israeli government about what should be done. is it known what kind of contact the president has had with top leaders in israel and/or netanyahu? because i mean, he certainly --
he wouldn't comment on it earlier although he went on and said he did talk to people. >> reporter: that's right, and i think you set that up perfectly a few moments ago. the president essentially acknowledging to reporters earlier this afternoon that he did talk to people in israel about this. the reason why the president is hedging i think a little bit and dodging is that question is because obviously he doesn't want to take the responsibility for having pushed the israel government -- israeli government in this direction when it appears that is the case. earlier today as you noted, stephanie grisham, the white house press secretary was describing reports as inaccurate that the president was pushing the israelis to do this, and then the president cut the legs out from under his own press secretary by tweeting out that the israeli government should do exactly what it decided to do earlier today. so we're not getting a straight answer from the white house, not getting a straight answer from the president and when the president was asked about this earlier this afternoon, you saw him dodging the question overs and over again. he just doesn't want to answer that question. but my sense is he'll have to at some point. >> jim accosta, thanks very
much. in addition to pro israel lobbies like apac opposing israel's action on this, lawmakers have also been weighing in. republican senator marco rubio, quote, i disagree 100% with representatives tlaib and omar and the boycott bill we passed in the senate, but denying them entry into israel is a mistake. bds stands for boycott divestment and sanctions. house speaker pelosi called the decision a sign of weakness, president's stamtsz about the women a sign of ignorance and disrespect. joining us now is new jersey democratic congressman josh gottheimer who has been directly involved in this. congressman, thanks very much for being with us. you've been critical of representative omar and tlaib. >> thanks for having me. >> do you believe they should have been allowed into israel? >> yes, and i think unequivocally. they are members of congress. i think they would have benefited a lot from having that visit and seeing the historic
relationship, the importance of our economic relationship, national security relationship. i agree with marco rubio there and kevin mccarthy and others who said this was a mistake and i really think they should reverse course here. >> i understand that you and at least two other members of congress lobbied the israeli ambassador not to do this and allow the congress women to visit. can you say what he told you? or what your argument was? >> well, as you point out, made the strong case the ambassador -- i spoke to him again today and reinforced that statement, which was this is not helpful to the relationship between the united states and israel. obviously what you want to do is build bridges, not put up walls. you want to make sure that everybody, especially members of congress, can spend time in israel and see what many of us who have spent time there have seen. meet with generals, obviously meet with members of the kaness et, with people who agree and disagree. that's critical to our relationship. this is a key ally for us not
just in the fight against ter, but the key to democracy in the region. blocking members of congress does nothing. it's a strategic mistake. it does nothing but actually set back the relationship, not move it forward. >> i'm wondering what you make of the whole idea of president trump pressuring essentially the israeli government. now the white house says he didn't do that, then moments -- short time later he sent out a tweet saying that israel would be weak if they didn't do this. and there's also been reporting by axios and the times that this has been going on now for several days into last week, and that the president's private opinions were made known to the highest levels in the israeli government. is that appropriate? >> well, as you pointed out, it's hard to actually know what happened. i asked the ambassador about this this afternoon, and he denied that the president was involved and that was the reason behind the decision. i hope that's not what happened here. i think either way, what's behind it was the decision that was made to me that was really
the mistake here and really not helpful to the relationship. and that to me is the bigger issue. to me the key here is to actually open up and welcome all members of congress and get different perspectives. you want members of congress to come and see as i pointed out before, meeting with members of the knesset, the memorial, golan heights, understanding the perilous situation israel sits in in a hot bed region against hezbollah and hamas. to me that's actually much more beneficial than blocking people from coming in and i think it was just a big mistake. >> i understand that perspective. i guess my question, though, is if the president of the united states is pressuring one way or another -- he's obviously pressuring with that tweet, but making his opinion known so that the leaders of another country know that he wants them to bar two american congress people.
i mean, you can look at it. would it be appropriate for a president to enlist the help of a foreign ally to go after his political opponents? or to harm his political opponents? >> no, of course not. no, of course, not, you should never politicize it. that is not what the president should be doing and interfering in that way. and the whole point is not to politicize u.s./israel relationship and use tools against -- and to use and push other governments to act against political opponents. of course, not. and i'm hopeful that that's not what happened. what we need to have is a -- make sure the u.s./israel relationship remains bipartisan. i thought it was a good step you had republicans and democrats speak out against the decision as i did. to me, that's what i'm hoping you'll continue to hear in the days ahead. i'm hoping that the president didn't interfere this way. >> clearly the president wants to continue to try to make these
four congress women the face of the democratic party, you know, and that's one of the things he has been doing since bringing -- the reason, really, for bringing these four up as much as he has. how does -- does that concern you? do you think that is a successful campaign tactic for 2020? how do you counteract that without playing into the president's hands? >> no, i don't think it's successful. i think it's not -- what's great about the democratic party is we're a big 10 party with lots of different perspectives. i disagree with some of my colleagues on some of the comments they've said, and i think having disagreements is fine and healthy, but the idea is to have a broad perspective in the democratic party. and i think whether he's trying to, you know, go after certain people, a, it's wrong. but b, i think what people understand and they're not going to fall for is we have lots of different perspectives in the party. and doing what he's doing, which is going after individual members, i think people see right through that.
i think it's despicable and i don't think it's helpful. >> congressman gottheimer, i appreciate your time tonight. thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> just ahead tonight, another shooting in philadelphia. we covered it extensively last night as it was happening. today, one night after six police officers were shot, the city's mayor jim kenny joins me to talk about what he wants to see done to stem the violence. i'll also speak to senator bernie sanders about gun control, the president's attacks on the two democratic congress women and his attacks on the "washington post." we'll be right back.
returning now to president trump who has been speaking tonight in manchester, new hampshire, so far he's not mentioned the two congress women he pushed israel today to bar from visiting. we brought you sometime congressional reaction already. joining us is vermont independent senator, democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders. how much of this is a distraction of the president to turn attention away from yesterday's disastrous stock market fall and fears about a recession? >> well, i think it may be some of that. that's what the president does. but, on the other hand, what is taking place is totally outrageous. you have two members of the united states congress who are denied access to a country, israel, which we spend many billions of dollars a year
supporting. examine and if mr. netanyahu and other members in israel don't want members of u.s. congress to visit them, maybe they don't want american money as well. and i regard trump's action in this whole regard as part of his racism, his islamophobia, and it is a clear outrage. >> one way to look at this as i mentioned earlier, essentially, he is enlisting the aid or pushing for the aid of a foreign government to help him harm his perceived political opponents. >> correct. >> it's asking for foreign help, not in an election this time, but just a political fight. >> i mean, that's an important part of it. but the other part of it is i'm a member of congress. i've traveled all over the world. and when you're a member of congress, you expect to be welcomed into other countries to try to do your best in understanding what's going on
there so you can tell your constituents that come up with good policy. the idea that two members of the congress who have been critical of israel are not allowed to go into that country to, firsthand, see what's going on, take a look at what's going on with the palestinians and gaza or the west bank. that is just incomprehensible, and we cannot simply allow that to continue. >> this obviously is not the first time the president's focused attacks on these two congress women, labelled them the face of the democratic party. that's a tactic. would it be ape problem if they were the face of the democratic party? >> well, i think when you -- he says that because that has to do with islamophobia. what trump is trying to do obviously is to divide the american people up based on where we come from or our religion or the color of our skin or our sexual orientation. i mean, that's what his political strategy is.
but i think if you look at what these members of congress are talking about, they support medicare for all. they believe that everybody in this country is entitled to health care as a human right. they believe that we should cancel student debt in this country because you have 45 million people who are really getting crushed, many of them getting crushed by this oppressive debt. they believe colleges and universities should be tuition free, we should raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. if your point is in attacking them what he is really attacking is a progressive agenda that works for working people, i do believe that that's part of it. >> how much responsibility -- president trump has made a lot of or put a lot of emphasis on the rise of the stock market over, you know, the last two years and there have been great returns for those who have money in the stock market. how much responsibility, then, does he have to take when it goes down? or if it goes down more? >> well, that's a very good
question, and we'll see how he responds to that. i expect for him it's a one-way trip. but, look, when you talk about the economy, the truth is that the stock market absolutely has, until recently, been going up. unemployment is relatively low. but, you know what, we sometimes forget, anderson. we forget about it in congress and we forget about it in the media. that is half of the people in our country are living paycheck to paycheck. that's not a strong economy. tonight 500,000 people sleeping out on the street, 87 million people are either uninsured or underinsured in the midst of wealth and economy. this is not a good economy former president working people. it is an incredibly good economy for companies. >> will the congress take action when they come back from recess on guns?
we feel like nothing has been done. the president spoke about it today. i want to play a little of just what he said. >> these people are mentally ill, and nobody talks about that. but these are mentally ill people, and people have to start thinking about it. i think we have to start building institutions again because if you look at the '60s and '70s, so many of these institutions were closed and i can tell you in new york, they closed a lot of them. and the people went out, they went out onto the streets and it's a terrible thing. but a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions. >> i'm not even sure where to begin because there's a lot to unpack there. i mean the idea that, a, nobody one wants to talk about mental illness, i don't know that's true. the idea this is about mental illness is an arguable point. you're characterizing mentally ill people as violent. that is something that is factually incorrect.
and a lot of these institutions were closed down because there were terrible abuses that were taking place for generations. so with that, what do you make of what he is saying here? and do you believe at all -- >> anderson, you are asking me -- you're asking me what i make of what the president of the united states says. is that what you're asking me? >> sort of, yeah. >> i don't know. who knows? but let me just say this. you know, let me just say this. what the president conveniently forgot are a couple of important points, and that is there are between 3 to 400 million guns out on the streets of america today. there are, we think, over 10 million assault weapons out on the streets today. and the reason -- you ask why nothing happens in congress, and i will give you the reason. not complicated. i think everybody knows it. it's the power of the nra over trump, over mitch mcconnell, and the republican leadership.
poll after poll after poll shows that the american people want to move forward as strongly as we can with gun safety legislation. and you know what the provisions are, expanding background checks, doing away with the gun show loophole, doing away with the so-called straw man provision. and, by the way, more and more people now, i believe a majority of the american people, want to do what i've been calling for for 30 years, and that is to ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons. that's what the american people want. that is not what the nra wants. and trump and mitch mcconnell unfortunately are listening to the n.r.a. but i think if the american people stand up and demand change on this issue, i think we can finally do something and we have to do it, all of us are sick to our stomachs about the horrors that we have seen in the last weeks and over the last years. >> lastly, i want to ask you about your recent criticism of the "washington post," implying that your criticism of amazon
has driven the post to cover you unfairly. today your campaign newsletter said, reporters don't have to receive a call from jeff bezos to know that their paychecks are signed by a billionaire with a well known corporate and personal agenda and knowing that agenda exists can shape overall frameworks and angles of coverage. you are, then, alleging in some shape or form it sounds like from that that you are being punished by the post for your position on amazon. is that -- >> look, i don't -- anderson, no. i don't take it personally. i don't think people stay up nights at the post or "the new york times" to say house do we get bernie sanders. this is what i do worry about. there are six major media conglomerates, including time warner which owns cnn, which control about 90% of the media in this country in terms of what we see, hear and read. between you and me, that is a very dangerous situation. if we want to have diversity of opinion -- i'm not here to suggest -- trump calls the media an enemy of the people, fake
news, that's disgusting. that undermines dee momocracy. i worry when you have a handful of companies with c.e.o.s that make tens of millions of dollars a year in compensation. they have an agenda, and i worry about that, as i do worry about concentration of ownership in agri business, in wall streets and in many other areas. and by the way, you know, and those folks, you know, frankly, when i say the wealthy are going to have to start paying their fair share of taxes, they're not necessarily sympathetic to that. when i say we have to make it easier for workers to join unions and raise that minimum wage to a living wage, they're not necessarily sympathetic to that. you know, i work with the workers at amazon to raise that minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. work with the workers at disneyland. disneyland to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. disney is the owner of abc. so, you know, i think it's probably fair to say that my
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another mass shooting occurred in north philadelphia just in afternoon. our affiliate reports five people were shot by multiple shooters. one victim is in critical condition. the scene just a short drive from last night's 7 1/2-hour standoff between a gunman and police officers, six of whom were shot. suspect in last night's shooting has a lengthy criminal history including felony conviction and guilty plea for a firearm by a
convicted felon. police recovered two weapons, hand gun and ar-15 which authorities say the gun that fired most of the shots last night. philadelphia mayor jim kenny has turned last night's standoff into a call to do something about guns and gun violence. he made the point last night while the situation was still unfolding and talked about it again today. >> the fact that our officers found themselves under such an attack while trying to carry out a basic function of their job is reprehensible. seeing an entire neighborhood put in harms way was nothing short of devastating. we can and must do more to protect our officers and all of our citizens. of course, this incident is a reminder, a harsh reminder of the devastating reality americans face every day. whether it's a mass shootings like we saw last week at el paso and dayton, guns that flood american cities leading to senseless and preventable violence. in fact, dozens of officers were responding to the incident last night, others in south philadelphia were responding to another shooting, a young man
shot in the head and later pronounced dead. that incident didn't draw national attention. it happens daily in this city and many others across the nation. but a life was lost last night to gun violence. here in philadelphia. and like so many other shootings, it goes unnoticed. no one should have access to the kind of weaponry and fire power that we saw in north philadelphia yesterday. >> i spoke more with mayor kenny this evening. mayor kenny, most of the police officers who were hurt, they are home now, is that correct? >> yes. it was a miracle, god was on our side yesterday because they're all home now, with various wounds and injuries, but none of them life-threatening. >> what do you know about the gunman and the weapon he used? >> well, we haven't been able to access the crime scene fully because there was tear gas used last night to extricate him. but it's hard to get into the scene, so we don't know the
exact -- the extent of the weaponry and arsenal that he had. but we believe it was an ar-15 with multiple clips. >> president trump, as you know, has weighed in on this today a number of times. he said on camera basically this guy should have never been on the streets. the philadelphia shooter should have never been allowed to be on the streets. he had a long and dangerous criminal record. looked like he was having a good time after his capture after wounding so many police. long sentence, must get much tougher on street crime. i wonder what you make of his comments? >> well, i don't disagree with the fact that the guy should have been in jail, but i do -- he does -- he does just ignore the fact that the guy was able to get a semiautomatic military-style weapon which i believe should be banned. i don't believe anyone should have access to -- civilian access -- to a military assault weapons other than law enforcement and the military. i'm not saying we should take people's handguns or shooting rifles or hunting rifles away.
there is no read in god's earth for anyone to have an ar or ak 47 to kill people and that's what he tried to do yesterday. and the fact he has a long lengthy criminal record is proof proztive these things should be banned and not manufactured any more. >> if there is a new assault weapons ban and it's like the last one, the last one did not -- according to the final report, it wasn't effective necessarily because of the large number of those weapons which are already in people's hands. so even if there is an assault weapons ban, are you -- would you like to see these kind of weapons actually taken from people or bought back from people? >> i think we could probably buy them back, which is unlikely, but i don't advocate taking them from people. but i advocate not being able to go to a gun show without a background check with a criminal record or mental health issue and being able to buy a semiautomatic military assault rifle and large ammunition clips
and be able to take off on philadelphia police or on citizens. one of the things that always fascinates me people who claim they are pro police and pro law enforcement, it's difficult to be in favor of allowing people to have any kind of gun they want at any time and anyway and still claim that you're pro police. our police officers and our f.o.p. yesterday were very clear that they want these weapons off the street. their officers were pinned down for seven hours. our officers were pinned down for seven hours crouching behind cars. and this guy was shooting wantonly out the window. they should not be manufactured, they should not be available for sale in the united states. we have enough guns as it is. if the number of guns is any indication of the safety of a country or a city or state, we would be the safest country in the world because we have more guns than any country in the world. >> there is the argument that criminals like that gunman last night would be able to get their hands on weapons illegally no matter how strong any gun laws
are or background checks are. to that you say what? >> that's the nra stance. i disagree with it. i think now is the time -- and, again, i hope that we're not just doing this in vain. i thought after sandy hook there would be substantive changes in our laws and attitudes. that didn't work. the incidents in dayton and el paso, you know, are other indications that we have too much weaponry and too much access to it and people who are either criminals or deranged have the ability to get them. and it's horrible. our -- two of our officers were trapped on the second floor of this house while the gunman was shooting up through the floorboards trying to hit them. it was a terrible day, but it turned out to be a miraculous days because we didn't lose any win. we didn't lose any civilians. we had to evacuate day cares. we had a library of people shelter in place. we had all kinds of businesses were shutdown with people locked inside them for five, six, seven hours. and we went through this and it
was very much almost a terrible tragedy in our city. one guy was grazed in the head and just a millimeter or so to the other side and he is no longer with us. it's really heart breaking. >> yeah. mary kenny, i appreciate your time tonight. thank you very much. >> thanks, anderson. take care. >> well, just ahead tonight, congressman steve king demands an apology from a top republican over her reaction to comments he made yesterday just not for the comments he made about rape and insist, benefiting the population.
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welcome to congressman steve king is asking for full public apology from the number three ranking republican in the house. it has nothing to do with ms. comment he made yesterday to a group much conservatives in iowa about the benefit he believes to the population of rape and incest. >> what if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest, would there be any population left in the world if we did that? considering all the wars and rapes that's taken place, whatever, the culture in the society? i can't certify i'm not a part of a product of that. >> king says two media outlets misquoted him although his claim has nothing do with what you heard there. his claim refers to an a.p. correction on something else he said at the same event. but that was enough for king to
claim vindication and demand congresswoman liz cheney apologize for calling his comments appalling and bizarre and for demanding his ouster. congressman king has previously skated by after saying awful, sometimes racist and misogynistic things. but he's up for reelection so he we sent 360's randi kaye to see what constituents think about his latest remarks. >> i don't know who is voting for him. literally everyone i know just rolls their eyes and can't believe the things that come out of his mouth. >> reporter: in aims iowa, part of steve king's fourth congressional district, we heard that a lot especially in light of his comments humanity wouldn't exist if it weren't for rape or incest. >> it seems over the top crazy. it doesn't seem like in this day and age he we can have people speaking like that. >> reporter: what do you make of steve king's latest comments? >> well, i'm shocked, but not
surprised. he's an embarrassment to this community, to iowa, to the congress, and he needs to be gone. >> it's hard to wrap your head around. that's definitely a different take on things. >> reporter: this republican voter says enough is enough. >> i really do think it's almost a little crazy. you know, i can't believe that anyone would consider that as a real thought these days, so it just doesn't make any sense at all. >> reporter: do you think it's time for him to resign? >> i really do, and i think that if he doesn't resign, he should be removed. >> reporter: this voter told us king's comments were disrespectful to women. >> we keep trying to work for women's rights, you know, equal pay, all that kind of stuff. raising children and working, all of that's hard. then when you get comments like that on top of it, it's just very degrading and kind of sets women back. >> reporter: what makes you think twice about voting for
him? >> statements such as that seem a little extreme. so i think he isn't thinking before he's speaking in a lot of situations and doesn't really seem to care who he might offend. >> reporter: still, king does have support here. republican ron bart let, a barber in town, plans to vote for king again, though his own comments left us scratching our heads. >> obviously there's been incest everywhere. in every family, somebody has somebody they wish they hadn't been around. >> reporter: every family? >> many families. i hope my family doesn't, but -- >> he's made the state of iowa almost at times a laughing stock state because we have put this man in office over and over and over. >> reporter: a laughing stock because king has over the years defended white supremacy, embraced nativism, even pushed the great replacement conspiracy
theory suggesting some shadowy group is working behind the scenes to reduce the white population. back at the barber shop, ron bart let tells us he can let all of that go. >> i'm not saying he isn't racist. i think everybody has that much racist in them. >> reporter: why is it okay with you that somebody who you think is even that much of a racist is in congress? >> you ought to be able to do some things without having everybody just clamp down your throat, i think. >> reporter: so it's okay for you to have him in congress? >> i think it's okay for me. >> reporter: it's not okay with this republican voter who voted for king before, but won't again based on his recent comments. >> it's just way over the top. >> reporter: so this time around he will not have your vote? >> no, not this time. i want any other republican or any other democrat to run. and i'll vote for anybody else but steve king. >> reporter: and today, anderson, king responded to congresswoman liz cheney on twitter. as you know, she called his comments appalling and bizarre.
she said it was time for him to go. she said the people in his district here in iowa deserve better. so his response on twitter to her today was this. quote, i believe all life is sacred regardless of the circumstances of conception. liz cheney finds that appalling and bizarre. my position was endorsed by a bipartisan 174 members. liz, you helped kill the heartbeat bill when we had the votes to pass it. so, anderson, he certainly seems to be shifting the blame here, and certainly not backing down from those comments he made yesterday. >> randi kaye, thanks very much. appreciate it. up next, a story of love, loss and hope. his wife died in the el paso shooting. now strangers are answering his call for help. family meeting! busy! well, i'm going to t-mobile and for every iphone ten r i buy, they'll give me another one. but if you're busy... iphone ten r? let's go! for a limited time, come to t-mobile and for each iphone ten r you get, get a second one on us. what sore muscles? what with advpounding head? ..
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a man will bury his wife today. theirs was in every day a remarkable love story. married for a little more than two decades, they traveled the country together until deciding to settle in el paso. he had no one but her. no living relatives. she was his last close connection in this world. literally his one and only. the idea of burying her alone might have been too much for him. luckily it will be the one burden he will not have to bear because as gary discovered, he has friends. many friends that he never even knew he had. >> tony loved only one person in the world. and now she's gone. >> and she hugged you a lot. >> i don't know what she saw in me. we had wonderful years. the best years of my whole life. >> tony has no other family. his wife marjorie had just a few family members but not in the el
paso area. attendance at her funeral was expected to be minimal until the internet took over. tweets from journalists and media outlets sent out messages of support. then there was this facebook post reading, mr. antonio was married 22 years to his wife. he had no other family. he welcomes anyone to attend his wife's services. people from all over the united states have contacted the funeral home as well as tony to say they planned to attend marngy's funeral. >> they're going to be hundreds of people from all around the country. how does that make you feel? >> it's nice to see people really caring about people. it will be a lot of people. >> they had been married 22 years. tony says his life had been very difficult prior to meeting her. >> what would you like people to know about marngy? >> she was a caring, loving, the
most beautiful person. >> every day now he goes to the memorial site next to the walmart taking exquisite care of her memorial. making sure the flowers and the wind chimes which she loved so much were the best they can. >> where did you meet her? >> omaha, nebraska. >> and you were single. she was single. >> yep. >> it was a love at first sight. >> oh, man. >> he's still waking up each day in disbelief that she is gone. >> i keep looking at the front door. waiting for her to walk in. tony tells margie that he will meet her in heaven. tony is now beginning a new life alone. but for at least one day at
marngy's funeral, he won't be. >> she made me the happiest man in the world. and the luckiest. nobody luckier than me in the whole world. >> tony spends a lot of time here, hours a day, visiting margie. he wants to be as close as he can even though she's not alive anymore. and it is important to point out when he's here, people now know him. they come up to him. they hug him and shake his hand and talk to him and he takes very great comfort with that. anderson? >> all right. so moving. so great that so many people will show up and honor her life. thank you very much. appreciate it. great story. >> up next, a 360 special. my hour-long conversation with stephen colbert ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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