tv Donna Brazile on 2018 Midterm Elections CSPAN March 28, 2018 6:30pm-7:14pm EDT
was he driving a suicide car bomb, he was wearing a suicide ak-47 with six magazines. if his car broke down, he was going to run out towards the good guys and detonate himself. he was ready to die. i will tell you. most of him was splattered against the wall. i sat and talked with him for a few minutes. it was an interesting moment. you have never been at costco in the meat department and seen this stuff. what was left of him was there. obviously a human being at one point. i asked him, where are you? what are you experiencing? are you where you thought you would be? he did not answer back. he only had half of the face. it was interesting to be that close to the evil and how
willing he was to die. >> former democratic national committee in brazil spoke about some of the 2018 midterm races and other election issues. she addressed an annual luncheon that focused on women's empowerment, economic equality, and social justice issues. this is about 40 minutes. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, everyone. thank you so much. thatld not help but notice you played my song. as a little girl growing up on the bayou, that song was our call for the mardi gras. i am not a singer. god did not bless me with that gift.
let me say to the young men with the hard drums, you know how to get a girl going today. we were sitting here. i'm sitting with the company of so many powerful women. i teach women's studies. if i am- i do not know going to get to class on time. you empower me to stick around. this would have been a moment for them to learn something. to go home knowing a little bit more. every week i try to encourage them. when i heard that song, i thought my mama saying, get up to get that is a getup song. this year, black women are going to get up. we're going to get up and vote. we are going to see black women. ago,i got that note months
that he was running for governor, i pulled up my check -- checkbook. every day is your time. every year is your time. every moment that we live is time for us to begin to public women in the positions to run for and when that office. you don't have to wait until 2020 to get your election through. you can get it in 2018. that is 228 days for those of you are counting. can support stacey abrams who is running for governor of the state of georgia. i just had a few pieces of sausage and some red beans. the chicken.h i'm getting it to go play. anybody remember that? we have the votes. -- the the votes to put
votes. i'm in knowledge in the fellas during women's history month. continue to support us and we will continue to support you. we have the votes to put safety and office. when i went down to alabama last year. they still know my number. you know i wasn't going to get out of here without saying something about the storm. she a good rock my boat but she is going to rock some other boats. it is stormy time. stormy time. we have that power. when i went down to alabama, i said, that is a black woman. 1, 2, 3, that is a black woman. i'm going to keep my mouth clean today.
she is such a great preacher. i heard you. i heard you lift up the name of jesus. theard you calling out all angels and saints to come over here and bless the food and all the speakers. lord i justk the missed all the other blessings. barbara, i love jesus christ treated i believe in jesus. every time people tell me about jesus, i say let me tell you why i follow jesus every day. what was his first miracle? thank you for much. i follow him every day. line -- waterthat into wine, he listened to his mother. he got the party started. i'm a christian. love the lord.
it has been going on for a while. i am getting deeper into the history of cabernet. be quotingwill second corinthians. but.". -- that miracle. when she asked me to come this year, i can. hazel, this is the hardest day of my week. i teach. i have devoted the last 23 years of my life to being on a college campus every week to teach. i have been a professor at georgetown university. at records. i have been at harvard twice. friends, donna gets at a harvard. i have been at georgetown now for 16 years. 16 glorious years.
today is the day where i listen up. i am never out of touch. people say, you do not know what the millennials are thinking. would you think has been teaching them and mentoring them? i give thehink -- lord one day to teach. to campuscampus -- today at 9:30. i've never had a nine to five. they would have to raise the minimum wage. i can't do that eight hours. i have been working for black people all my life. none of them work 29 to five. they were due until the job was done. friday never showed up at the end of the week with a check. eight. when i woke up this morning, all i thought about was dorothy
height. when you think about women's history month, i think about georgia heights. i havefirst came here, so many friends here. when i got to meet dr. heights, she is to call me miss brazil. i said, you can come you anything. call me anything. she was such a gracious woman. she was meticulously dressed every day. she found hats to match your shoes. that is why at her funeral all i could do was laugh. i have never found a store rectified i can find a purple hat, purple suit, and a purple pair of shoes. she could match everything. she was such a woman of dignity,
of grace. she was the smartest woman i ever, ever met. she would give you the chapter in the verse in the story. yesterday, we were talking about her. we talked about when she went through that last moment of life. we gathered at the hospital. we went in to say our goodbyes. dorothy height was not ready to say goodbye. it took four months. she was a talking to us. she had something to say. she had so many curtain calls that they stop calling in the doctor. i said, the lord will take care of this when he feels like he is ready for her.
can you imagine when st. peter saw her? she probably gave him some assignments to. demised what i call women's hour. if you have not given your contribution, come on. stay involved. continue to support organizations. women's history month. i don't want to be called out in the streets without my membership card. i have more than aarp. thank you for the coupon. [laughter] i was so grateful to turn 50. i finally got coupons. everybody needs and naacp card. i'd do on my freedom and justice organizations. come the month of march, i sent to a coalition of 100
black women. you know who else i gave money to? i got paid. that is why. by that book. buy that book. there isn't anything wrong with paying a black women. i sent $500 to bernice king. 50 years after dr. king, and we're just going to acknowledge it. we are not selling sheets and towels next week. we need to tell our stories. for those of you who are not 50 plus yet, i'm 29 for the second time. i'm a millennia. i'm coming back.
here a.m.. i am celebrating dr. king. not the one that everybody wants you to dream about. i'm commemorating the dr. king that pushed us, that challenged us. the dr. king told us to go ahead and stir up some good trouble. the dr. king reminded us that we must take care of poor people and speak up. the dr. king who was a champion for equality. let us use this moment next week to tell our story, to remind this country that we are not there yet. we are prepared to hurry history. allow some of you are involved in what is going to happen to donald trump. i'll tell you, storm is brewing. i'm going to tell you what is going to happen. 6, 2018, donald
trump is going to wake up that morning thinking that everything was going to be all right. by the end of that night, when he sees how things are turning, how people are going out to vote despite their best effort, their best efforts to suppress, to intimidate, to remove people forcing voter roll, people in states to provide a provisional ballot. when they look at the results of 2018, they are going to be 1986, two years after jesse jackson's historic run, we were able to take back because of the buzz we provided to the democratic party. no one should take our votes for granted. we are loaning you are votes today. we are going to get paid back next year when we run.
stop giving people your votes. i'm trying to keep it clean. stop giving up things. they don't want to be believed all respect you. -- they don't belong to people who do not respect you. we have to loan them out. we will loan them the votes as long as they are able to give us an agenda that matches our needs. we have to stop giving of our votes. i have done just about everything in the democratic party but run for office. everything they have asked me for do. i have done it. i have registered millions of people in my lifetime. doors not done so many that i cannot even see the black of my own knuckles. put their platforms within my heart to support. i have championed their issues.
when it came time for me to say what i believed was important, they said, shut up donna. i said, hell no, i am not shutting up. [applause] you know why? hazel told me i could speak my trees and then sit down. i'm not a baptist preacher. start low, go slow. i wrote a speech. i have not flipped a single page yet. like every academic, i know how to write. i know how to put the pros to the paper. i'm speaking from my heart. a lot on my chest. i'm getting old. i will tell you something. our power is enormous. i have seen it in every aspect of life. i have seen it as consumers. we stop shopping and buying all
of those things, yeah. my ex-boss inspired all of this stuff. if we stop shopping, if we stop voting, if we stop being who we we can shut down a lot of things. our power is in our myth. we have to embrace that power. we have never understood how powerful we are. we go in and begging to get a seat at the table. give us our seat at the table. 3., 2 ,es, that money say one other thing about louisiana.
louisiana has a black female state party chairwoman who also of thevice chair democratic national committee. i am proud of my sister. she is also a state senator. louisiana now is perhaps the where the largest city will have a black female mayor. latoya cantrell. i am proud of her. to seet wait to go home her inaugurated in a couple of months. our state capital has a black female, sharon broome. shreveport has a black female mayor. you know what i tell people?
get ready. get ready. that is the strength. if we recognize our power. it is women. we might be a minority woman but we canp -- some states, turn anything we want. red, black, purple, you name the color, we have it. that is why the book i'm working are to give everybody a little do. -- due. cannot be used. we must be engaged. especially now. this is a political year like none other we have seen in a
long time. say,w every four years we this is the most important election in our lifetime. i know that. i have done all of that. seven just remind you, presidential campaigns as a staff person. 11 total as a threaded list -- strategist or analyst. spend that time on the battlefield for nothing. in 2016 knew exactly what i needed to do. how many americans do you know have served not once but twice? me. [applause] feeli tell you i do not like i'm wasting time, i am not going to waste time. more energy now than i did when i was 16. you know i was cutting rugs then. i have 56 congressional campaigns under my belt.
years -- i am backing ellen. when elena gets ready to retire, she will let us know. she is a great and audacity to go to mississippi to represent megan evers. when she tells us she doesn't feel, that is when she retires. until that, i am backing her. i know her well. she is a tenacious woman. i suppose no things to share about elena. 56 congressional campaigns. 19 state and local campaigns. i could be miss usa without the bikini.
year, we have 36 government oreo races. -- government oreo races. we have a lot of states. maryland. there are some states, like illinois, where the democrats out reformed the republicans in the primary. you are telling me the democrats without the votes we're going to loan them? you are telling me we cannot put the democrat back in the statehouse illinois? we can. that is the power of black women who turnout. the matter if it is raining, if it is snowing, if it is hot and humid, or if it is stormy. [laughter]
we turn out. our maines must be focus. we all know that what happened at statehouses impacts what we live. racessay house mazes -- must be our focus. we must also be concerned about the united states senate. when you make a spoke twice -- make us vote twice. wants to come fight us, we're going to take our earrings off. we have this. we will get this for him but he needs to give something to us. i don't mind him reaching across the aisle. make sure you keep it close to home, too.
we want to be able to hug too. don't forget our needs and desires. don't forget the issues that we need. we need health care. we still need jobs. in my neighborhood, the unemployment rate is so high. we still need vocational training. we still need to support our hbc hbcus. i graduated from lsu. i give lsu my alumni donation. i give them my money. because i understand that s we would nothbcu have a generation that was able to fight for my education. let's not forget that. at 435 members of congress, this is our moment to expand our reach and let new
people. i want to take your questions. hazel is a reporter. i have to tell her i will give her my notes. not today. i need to clean up a couple things. states -- this is a list of the estimated unregistered african americans. this is the potential. commitment, everyone in this room, to register five more people. i have already started my nieces and nephews. i have 19 of them. getting ham or
turkey, no greens or anything else, not my delicious homemade fruit punch. [laughter] my grandma was a baptist. they say she didn't drink. that was a lie. she had that punch. in this down. alwayshat punch, i was ready to take a nap. she had the nerve to say she put sherbet and ginger ale and there. it was run. -- in there. it was rum. new york, all you sophisticated women and men, 433.
pennsylvania, 227. wisconsin, 93,000. michigan, 240,000. we can do better than that. [laughter] [applause] database. it is a searchable list of every black woman who is running for office in 2018 in united states of america. .ou can get all the women database for black women candidates. so far, -- d atabase.blackwomeninpolitics
.com. there are 98 black women running for federal seats. state seats. we also have 240 black women running in blue states. incumbents who are seeking reelection. 308 black women who are challengers. ms.ok a sample list of the i got that done. in the last few months, we have let the number of seats. praise the lord. the food is still warm. i will finish up. voter registration. one, photo registration. r registration.te
increase by two percentage points, that could be the difference in winning all the states. we can tell somebody in the midterm, bye. the storm is still brewing. put her education. so many people in 2016 came up to me and said, i do not know why i am voting. you are don't vote, still on the menu but you don't get served. voter education. tell people what is at stake. louisiana, where they could convict those two policemen. why are you voting? you can't be on the jury if you don't vote. that is why.
tell them what is at stake. call their names out. don't be afraid of what they are going to do to you if you tell that you want mr. landry out of the office of attorney general. if i do nothing else in my life am going to every city and college campus in louisiana, even if i have to change my address. mr. landry, i am coming for you. [laughter] -- [applause] shooting somebody 20 times in the head. shooting people and you are seeing that shooting them. they have a picture of a cop with his knee on the man's back shooting him. and there is no conviction. you want to know is on the ballot? your freedom is on the ballot. your dignity is on the ballot.
your very life is on the ballot. [applause] that is what is on the ballot. your job, your likelihood. don't let them tell you there is nothing on the ballot. don't let them tell you your vote doesn't matter. i get angry because i have devoted my entire life the politics. kingw the day after dr. was murdered what was on the ballot. if i have to go another 50 years, i'm going to keep reminding you what is on the ballot. he never should've been killed. don't let me go down the names. i can say every name. it hurts my heart. and ie nieces and nephews want to come home and not know they have to be registered to vote. that is not allowed in auntie donna's house.
don't come to my house without a voter registration card. primary season is here. find out if you register. going on.ames keep i wanted to go to law school. elena talked me out of it. she said it would ruin my mind and she was right. and practice during the primary season. there are people who are trying to remove people from the ballot. they are trying to purge it. , the a season where i vote presidential season. if you don't vote and the other elections, you have been removed. because you are normal people, and you say, i can go over to
the elementary school. you better find your precinct. there are too many schemes to get you not believe those professional ballots will be -- provisional ballots will be counted. i'm about to get down to the dirt nap. -- now. stop giving away your votes. stop giving away anything. nothing is for free anymore. tell these candidates you are going to have town on meetings. i'll give you some issues to talk about. i want education back on the ballot. i am sick of these people cutting away education. we don't have the money. donald trump increase the military budget by almost 50% in some areas. the total military budget exceeds over $700 billion. last night, i want a cover my wall.
i want to take the men and women in our military. i want to give them some housing, too. cut for mywant to while i want to cover education. i want to cover health care. so that when these men and women come back, they have somewhere to stay. bc is a little tough. new orleans two. have these townhall meetings. if they don't want to meet with you, get up cut out at kinko's. congressman, you will come to us but we are going to have a meeting without you. put that on facebook live. [laughter] have you townhall meeting. show then't initiative, that you want your issues addressed, they will drive right past you.
i watch my dirty mouth out night -- everything with cabernet. my time is god. let me finish. freedom summit. in honor of dr. king. and all the other men and women who sacrificed for us to be here. remember, a movement requires sacrifice. this is not a moment. this is a movement. we need freedom summit. we need one in every neighborhood that we live in. on every campus we are a part of. there has to be a freedom summit. we need to understand a taste of freedom.
go back to harriet tubman. you see the light in the wood, she is gone. when you are the docs coming, keep going. when you have a taste of freedom, you have to keep going. donald trump is not stopping us from going forward. ok? the storm that is growing is going to push us forward. he is going to be left behind but we are going forward. freedom summit. i got this one called speak to me. breck -- black press. speak to me. million in$60 advertising in the illinois primary last week. $60 million. how many black colleges would that have funded?
thank you very much. $60 million in the state of illinois. democrats and republicans. i sent to dorothy lavelle, how much money did you get illinois? they should have given you a full page ad. when i asked the democratic party in the hillary clinton campaign to put in our budget full-page ads for all of the black newspapers, i told them the secret of black people. i give out your secret. here is the secret of black people. when you tell a black person in mississippi what is going on, they are going to call their relatives in cleveland. or to try. they don't know anything about that.
inn you tell a black person the louisiana, they are going to call all the relatives. georgia,ll them in they're coming up. that is why we are going to advertise in all of the black newspapers. they said, we are only doing the targeted battleground states. in the end, we did all our states, but i had to do halfpage ads. begging made me write ads. i did not like to bed. -- beg. ?hy are you making me fight speak to me is our campaign to let candidates no that if you don't speak to me, on my radio stations and newspapers, the places i get my information, i don't know your name. 'rer running for what -- you
running for what? butally want to help you, you're not speaking to me. i don't know what your staying. saying.e you are speaking to me on tv. make them speak to you. voters two weeks out. countdown the voters after the last primary. that is when you start counting down the votes. that is when you make sure every eye is dotted and she is crossed crossed.otted and t is it is a transaction. politics is a transaction.
becausening you my vote i am preparing to run myself. i have to people who have been watching that. the millennials are running. they're coming right up on us, too. i am like, come on. don't push me. i'm taking my time when i leave this stage. turn out. turn out. know, i can tell you that over the years -- i have been in politics since i was nine years old. i don't feel tired. i am honored and gratified that i've spent a lifetime fighting for the causes that my ancestors back to us to believe in. ed us to believe in.
we can hurry history. we must continue this fight. thank you, hazel. thank you to the distinguished panel that will continue this conversation when i teach my class. thank you for all of the brilliant men and women here havehim so much, -- who done so much. i want to thank you for taking on this commitment to fight this year. this is our moment. this is our time. we are going to seize it. i want to end with scripture. my grandmother was the one who taught us a much about the lord. we used to think he was related to us. hey, lord. good morning, lord. we got close to the lord at an early age.
ui love the lord. without the lord, i don't know where i would be. she would gather us in her room and she would make us bow our heads to the lord. the one scripture she would always tell us was found in the book of galatians. do not grow weary doing good. in due season you will reap a harvest. if you don't give up. we have come so far in our journey. so many men and women who have dared to make a difference. everythingnor, and us, let us continue to march on until victory is won. thank you so much. [applause]
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