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d of the day from ben in canada, no gaskinating. tomorrow an african-american woman lawyer on trump. again, thanks for watching you tonight. i'll bill o'reilly. please all remember the spin stops here. we're definitely looking out for you. breaking tonight, presidential candidate senator ted cruz firing back after taking a big hit from one of the best-known republicans in the country. welcome to "the kelly file," everyone. i'm megyn kelly. just hours after senator cruz declared that carly fiorina would be his running mate john boehner single-handedly managed to upstage the fiorina news with a very blunt interview at stanford university. a no holds barred when it came to boehner's former congressional colleague. watch. >> some of the other people running for the highest people in the land how about ted cruz?
>> it is no secret that speaker boehner and senator cruz had their clashes on capitol hill but that did not stop this headline from becoming the top story in the country today. and tonight we have republican presidential candidate senator ted cruz here to respond to that among other things. senator, great to see you. thanks for being here. what do you make of lucifer in the flesh? he's never worked with a more
miserable son of a "b" and over his dead body will you be president? >> well you know i think that reveals everything that's wrong with washington. let's start with a little bit of facts. he claims he's never worked with anyone more miserable. i don't know john boehner. he and i have never worked together. i've probably met him two, three, four times in my life. i'd be surprised if we said 50 words to each other and everything we've ever said has been empty pleasantries, good to see you, mr. speaker. his claim he's never worked with anyone more unpleasant, we've never worked together. in fact during the government shutdown, i reached out and offered for mike lee and me to go over and sit down with the speaker and the majority leader and the response i got was, no interest. there's no point in talking. we have nothing to say to you. so i don't know the guy. but you know what was striking megyn, in that same interview boehner reveals that he is texting and golfing buddies with donald trump. he thinks donald trump is terrific. he also praised hilarylary clinton. if you want to see what is wrong
with the corruption in washington with the washington establishment and the system, john boehner and donald trump and hillary clinton, they're all part of the same problem. and the reason john boehner -- >> they would argue that's you bond a little, go out on the links. i don't know what i'm talking about. links that's what you do. and you bond. that's how you get deals done. >> well there's a reason that donald trump gave $100,000 to john boehner's super pac that he texts back and forth with the speaker, that they're golfing buddies. if you think john boehner is the kind of leader you want in the republican party, then donald trump is your guy. if you think harry reid and nancy pelosi are good leaders in congress, then donald trump is your guy because donald trump has given big checks to harry reid and nancy pelosi and hilary clint am. you know what i find interesting real quickly, is that donald is trying very hard and the media is trying very hard to paint him as somehow standing up to the
system. donald trump and hillary clinton and john boehner are the system. and the reason john boehner is mad at me is that i stood with the people who elected me and led the fight to repeal obamacare, to stop amnesty, to stop the debt. and nothing washington hates more than -- it's not just that. >> i want to shift gears. that's enough on john boehner. >> he doesn't like being held accountable. >> we're giving him too much time. i want to talk about carly fiorina. >> absolutely. >> she is beloved by many republicans, and yet a lot of people yesterday said well, this is just a stunt. he's 400 delegates away from securing the nomination. trump is way ahead of him in the popular vote 3 million or so. what's he doing naming a running mate? what's your answer? >> well listen number one, carly is fantastic. she's a strong leader. it illustrates the kind of team that will be in the administration if i'm elected president. but number two, this is an unusual year by any measure, and
this nomination, naming her as my vp nominee, ensures that we have a clear choice in this election between carly and me on the one side, a positive optimistic, conservative, forward-looking campaign with real policy solutions to bring jobs back to america, to raise wages, to bring manufacturing jobs back to america, to defend the constitution and bill of rights and keep us safe versus on the other hand donald trump and hillary clinton which are flip sides of the same coin. they are both the washington establishment. they're both the system. donald trump and hillary clinton agree on planned parenthood. donald trump and hillary clinton agree in many respects on obamacare. they agree on being neutral between israel and the palestinians. and the contrast the voters in indiana and going forward deserve a clear choice between carly and me on the one hand a pz tiff optimistic conservative campaign, and donald trump and hillary clinton both of whom have gotten rich buying and selling influence in washington, d.c. >> he denies that.
just for the record, he denies that he's for obamacare. he says he's very against it. i want to ask about the delegate count. >> let's be clear, megyn. >> i don't want to talk about obamacare. he just for the record says he wants to repeal it. >> megyn true or false, he says he supports the mandate in obamacare. >> he said it once and took it back. >> it's true. true or false, he said that the government should provide health care for everyone? >> he said that agreed. >> facts matter. >> he said that. i got it. he's just not here to defend himself. >> we can't just dismiss it. he said it's not true. he said it multiple times on television looking in the camera. >> he said the government will take care of it. he wants to take care of everyone and the government will pay for it. >> that's the truth. but megyn he'll say you're lying for repeating what he's saying. >> let me ask you this. >> but he wants to expand it. ette doesn't think it goes far enough. i don't like it. i'm going to repeal every word of it. >> he likes some form of
government health care is your point, whatever it's called. >> he likes massive government health care. he invokes scotland and canada. if you're a small business owner donald trump and bernie sanders are both going to increase the burdens on you. i'm going to repeal every word of it. that's why we need a clear contrast. donald trump and hillary are both pretending to be something they're not. >> you mentioned that. i'm trying to ask you about something that is concerning to your supporters who understand how important indiana is to your campaign. but the polls are showing that people, some 65% of republicans, even people who support ted cruz, believe the person who enters the convention with the most delegates and the most votes should likely emerge as the nominee, even if it takes -- even if he doesn't have a majority. right now as i mentioned he has 400 more dellegates than you do,
three 3.2 million more popular votes. how could you possibly unite this party coming out of a contested convention? >> let me answer it a couple of ways. number one nobody is going to get to 1237. donald is not getting there. i'm not getting there. donald can't get there. it's why he's so desperately trying to convince -- >> he can get there if he wins in indiana and does well in california. >> but he's not going to. he is not going to. he's not going to get to 1237. even when folks try to do all sorts of math he falls short. we're going to a contested convention. listen, the poll you cited, of course people say yes to that poll. if you called someone up and said, should the person with the most votes win? anyone goes duh, yeah. how about asking the question that is really the relevant question. should you have to earn a majority to be the nominee? >> that's a fair point. >> i agree 60% to 70% will say yes to that as well. that's a poll question that's rigged. the trumpsters pushes it out there because it suggests -- if
you ask anyone should the person with the most votes win? of course. but his argument is he should be the nominee even though he can't win a majority. >> let me tell you we are headed to cleveland. there will be a contested convention. donald trump won't get to 1237. and when that happen shgz the highest vote total trump ever has will be the first vote total. he will go steadily down. i believe what we're seeing is the republican party uniting and megyn that's one of the reasons people are so excited with my name and carly as my vp. because carly is an incredible -- has an incredible ability to unify and bring this party together. it's why 5 of the 17 republican candidates who started have endorsed my campaign including carly, scott walker and jeb bush and lindsey graham and rick perry. we are uniting the party. >> how can you say that? the critics say you're not uniting them. when they look at what happened on tuesday. you lost five states didn't even get 25% of the vote. you know it was the northeast, not a ted cruz tailormade
election. your critics say donald trump may not be uniting them given never trump and so on, but nor are you. >> well megyn, listen, donald won his home state and won states immediately next to his home state. that's terrific. he did well in the northeast. what i can tell you is right before that we won five states in a row, five states in a row one after the other after the other from utah to north dakota to wisconsin to colorado to wyoming. >> how confident are you in indiana? >> i hope we will do well. we're campaigning and barnstorming. and we're working to earn the votes. listen, i will say this. i have a great deal of confidence in the midwestern good sense and good judgment of the hoosiers state. and the people of indiana are deciding, do we want to nominate a campaign based on yelling and screaming and cursing and insults? or do we want a campaign with real solutions? you know it's been 48 days since the last republican debate? i think the people of indiana deserve a debate. and by the way, today donald trump gave a speech once again
screaming that i'm a liar because i did what you did earlier on the show. i actually pointed out his real record and what he says. and when you do that tell the truth about donald, he call uz a liar. donald, i've got a great idea. let's have a debate in indiana. and let's talk about what you believe and what i believe and in particular solutions to bring jobs back to america. i've got a real economic agenda to bring manufacturing jobs back to indiana, to raise wages. donald doesn't know how to solve these problems which is why he's unwilling to debate. >> i have to leave it there, senator. >> by the way, we have a new website cruz carly.com. >> great to see you. thanks for being here senator cruz. >> always a pleasure megyn. a well-known magazine just published a controversial profile of donald trump's wife melania trump. now she is firing back. howie kurtz on one of the first big fights from melania. plus ever since north carolina passed the so-called
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breaking tonight, we are getting video just back from trump tower here in new york where emergency responders have been called for some sort of suspicious substance. trace gallagher is at the breaking news desk with the very latest in what we're learning. trace? >> megyn, the call came in about an hour ten minutes ago. this is on fifth avenue the high-rise donald trump, trump towers where his campaign office is. they found white powder. we see video right here from outside the building. white powder unclear exactly where they found it in the building because the police department is not confirming that. a local report says it was found in the mail room. now six people including a new york police officer have been isolated because in some capacity they were exposed to this suspicious white powder.
you can see a lot of people on scene right there. donald trump is not in new york. in fact trump is here in california. he speaks in about 45 minutes in orange county. he won't be back in new york tomorrow either because he speaks at the gop convention here in the state. again, suspicious white powder found at trump tower where the campaign offices are on fifth avenue, unclear exactly what it is. in the process of being tested and the people have been isolated to make sure they are okay as we get more information on this megyn, we will get back to you. >> trace, thank you. he's a fighter, and if you elect him to be your president, he will fight for you and for our country. he will work for you and with you, and together we will make america strong and great again. thank you.
>> melania trump usually gets a warm welcome from her husband's supporters on the campaign trail, but today she got a harsh lesson in the downside of the political spotlight. gq magazine publishing a controversial profile on mrs. trump including details on her life from koz melt ick procedures to revelations of a secret half-brother. now she is firing back saying in part, quote, there are numerous inaccuracies in this article including certain statements of my family and personal matters. the author of the article is standing by her reporting. >> the piece went through thorough fact checking. it was also vetted by gq's legal team. the things that -- i think what she's alluding to is the fact that we found her half-brother from -- her father impregnated another woman before he met her mother. she has a half-brother living in slovenia she didn't know about. >> joining me now with more fox
news media buzz host howard kurtz. howie, good to see you. so was this a fair piece or not a fair piece? >> another trump disgusted by the media. melania has a point. why on earth is it necessary to publish a piece about melania's father back in slovenia back in 1965, back before he met melania's mother getting involved in a paternity lawsuit and having to pay child suit support to a son that everyone glees she hasn't met. what does this have to do with the potential first lady? >> why do we care? how does this relate to the vote if 2016? >> exactly. i mean, it's an invasion of privacy. she asked the magazine not to publish it. the dad is hardly a public figure. it teamfeels like an attempt to get headline. this wreaks of condescension. there's the $100,000 dior wedding dress that the laborers -- >> that piece didn't bother me. that's what her wedding dress cost. they had a fancy wedding. so what? it's a vision into the
lifestyles of the rich and famous. >> then we have the supposed friend, blind quote, saying she is not a bimbo, but she's not especially clever. >> there you go. now the author of this piece makes the decision on whether or not to include a line like that. go ahead. >> with nobody's name attached. but there was some investigative reporting in the piece into whether or not melania had had a boob job. which she denies. >> glad we have that figured out. and the other thing is, i was reading it. i want to give the author the benefit of the doubt because you know the media especially in articles, they try to be more provocative a piece like this, gq, they try to be titillating. but man, it's clear because she talks about how when he met her he was 52 she was 28. a tall shy brunette whose face had yet to acquire the taut mras ta seen squint that looks like cameras are ever catching her a second before a sneeze. i mean, wow. you walk away thinking that the
author does not like melania trump and we should not know that if that is how she feels. >> right. there was a lot of reporting in this, but i think here's the bottom line. melania trump who i've met a couple of times is somebody who is a mom, who has a traditional role in a traditional family who doesn't like the spotlight and doesn't particularly want to talk publicly about politics. and for that this manhattan elite magazine kind of portrayed her as a trophy wife with not much to offer. >> that's exactly what the "new york times" actually called her, howie. >> yes. >> months ago, the "new york times" actually called her a trophy wife and called her a mannequin given her successful career as a model. i mean apparently -- i just have to wonder whether a piece like this had been written by a woman married to a democrat with liberal stripes would have been accepted without question by so many. >> well i don't want to impugn the author's motives but i will
say i wonder if it hadn't been written about donald trump's wife or someone who was more part of the political establishment, whether or not this kind of negative and frankly snarky tone would have been allowed to permeate this piece of journalism. >> the blind quotes are a problem and, you know note to melania trump, don't sit for an interview if you can't get the writer not to use blind yoets against you. that's dirty pool. there you go. free advice. no charge. >> good journalistic advice. >> she doesn't need my money. great to see you, howie. >> i could use some of theirs. who couldn't? we are continuing to track this breaking news here about the emergency responders at trump tower. this is not the first time this has happened. i believe this happened a few weeks ago involving one of trum's sons. reports of a suspicious substance here in new york city. we're following it. plus, new details tonight when a man in an animal costume showed up at a tv station
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welcome back to "the kelly file" and an interview we've been wanting to do for a while. over the last 12 months of campaign coverage, there have been more than 20 sanctioned political debates, dozens of political town halls and a countless number of candidate interviews. while all the best ones have been on the fox news channel and obviously "the kelly file" one other political journalist has managed to hold his own from time to time. and here are a couple of his more memorable exchanges. >> i thought it was a nice picture of heidi. i thought it was fine. >> come on. >> i didn't start it. i didn't start it. >> sir, with all due respect, that's the argument of a 5-year-old. >> i didn't start it. >> the argument of a 5-year-old is he started it. >> look, i made speeches to lots of groups.
i told them what i thought. i answered questions. >> did you have to be paid $675,000? >> well, i don't know. that's what they offered so -- >> let's be clear. how many hours of free media does cnn and fox and every other station you let them call in and for a year -- >> i've got to say we've asked you for interviews pretty much every day and you've declined every offer on my program. >> anderson i'm right here. >> joining me tonight for the first time anderson cooper. he's the host of "anderson cooper 360" on cnn star of the new documentary "nothing left unsaid" and co-author of the "new york times" number one best seller "the rainbow comes and goes: the mother and son on life, loss and love." congratulations on the success of the book number one "new york times." >> thank you. it debuted at number one. my mom is thrilled it's incredible. >> amazing. >> we invited senator cruz on last night. didn't come either. >> he's coming here tonight. >> i'm sure. >> i'll ask him some questions for you. i watched the documentary.
i was riveted and really moved by it. my own take on it was, in a way it's a love letter to your mom. >> yeah. >> it's you getting to know her and helping us get to know her. and through that experience we get to know you, too. >> uf know my dad died when i was 10 and i always had this fantasy growing up that he had written me a letter and maybe that letter would show up when i turned 18 when i turned 21 would tell me all about his life, what he wanted for my life. of course there wasn't any letter. turns out my mom had the exact same fantasy about her father because her father died when she was 15 months old. i realized when my mom turned 91 i didn't want that fantasy about my mom when she's no longer here. so we started doing this project together of e-mailing each other and just me asking her questions, her asking me questions, and getting to know each other in a new way. that's what the book is. the documentary is sort of a representation of that as well. >> she's had such an incredible life. i mean obviously anderson is a
vanderbilt. >> i consider myself a cooper. >> but you've got it in the blood. >> right. >> and it goes through just how she was obviously born into a very wealthy family and shuffled around. she really didn't have parents. she was pulled from the only real parents she knew her nanny, her nurse. >> right. >> an abusive marriage and tumultuous divorces. and then came the loss of her husband your dad. >> right. >> and ultimately the loss of her son, your brother. >> yeah. my brother committed suicide in front of her when he was 23 and i was 21. but she has an incredible rezyl yenls. i think that's what comes out in the book and film. she has this drive and determination to survive. and she's not a tough person but she's very strong. i think there's a big difference. . you know, she's incredibly vulnerable but she remains the most optimistic person i know. despite all the thing that's happens to her, she still thinks the next great love is right around the corner at 92. which i find the idea is exhausting. >> she's known aloft of people.
she's been open about that. >> very open about that. >> frank sinatra among them. >> marlon brando howard hughes. >> i've heard of them. but you lay yourself bare in the documentary and in the book. what's clear in learning more about you is that the death of your brother in particular seemed to send you into a spiral for a time. >> yeah. >> you were all over the place. >> really propelled me into the world, particularly to start going to combat zones and wars and places -- i was interested in survival and why some people survive survive, why two brothers growing up in the same family one survives and one doesn't. i started out of college i made a fake press pass just started going to wars by my sxself. i wanted to be be around places where the language of loss was spoken. when you're grieving, sometimes it's not something people here talk about it that much. i found it in an odd way not comforting but understandable to be in places where life and death was very much an issue.
and where i could learn about how to survive. >> talk about carter. he was only a couple of years older than you were. >> yeah. >> his terrible death and you go through it in detail, what happened that day. he seemed to be for the most part all right until -- but like a few months before he started acting out emotionally. but did you ever wonder since you also felt okay that what was inside of him that made him make that terrible decision that day is in you? >> yeah. you know, first of all, with the suicide, that's the thing, you often don't know what was in somebody's head or in their heart. and in my -- i don't know that it was for every decision he made as more of an impulse that he couldn't stop. but certainly studies have shown that if somebody commits suicide or dies by suicide in a family their relatives are more likely -- someone else in the family is more likely to die that way as well. i certainly had those concerns. i think part of when my dad died when i was a kid you know i
started setting about sort of a course of study on how to survive. i started taking survival corresponds in the wilderness. i left high school early, rode in a truck across sub-saharan africa. i was doing things to prepare myself to take care of myself. i've been doing that for a very long time. >> obviously you were born into a wealthy family and had a loving mother though the relationship has been complicated. it's gotten great. >> yeah. >> do you feel like looking back on your 48 years so far it's been a charmed life it's been a cursed life? >> oh, no. >> some place in between? >> i have a blessed life. yes i was born into a great zip code and into a family with two parents who gave me a great sense of value in myself. and though there have been tragedies that have occurred the death of my dad and my brother i wouldn't trade my life for anything. you know i think i feel just as you probably feel blessed to work in the profession that we work in and to be able to tell other people's stories and learn
new stuff every single day and ride the breaking wave of history and see things for ourselves. >> you know, i think it's interesting. you lost your dad when you were 10. >> right. >> to heart disease. >> right. >> you know savannah guthrie of nbc news lost her dad when she was 16 years old. >> i didn't know that. >> similar circumstances. i lost my dad to a heart attack when i was 15. >> i didn't know that either. >> don't you think it's interesting that those three kids wound up in prominent positions in television news? >> yeah. mary gordon a writer my quotes in the book said a fatherless girl -- she was talking about herself but i think it applies to boys too -- thinks all things possible, nothing safe. i think for any child when you lose a parent early on it does change the way you see the world. and it does make the world seem a very unsafe place. but also anything is possible. good things as well as terrible things. i think for me certainly gave me a sense of anything is possible, there are limitless possibilities if you just work incredibly hard. >> do you think we're looking to fill a void that is unfillable?
>> i certainly think i'm never content. i think it's something -- one of the things in writing this book with my mom and sort of learning about my mom, i realize i'm following a pattern she followed as well which is this pattern of having this drive but nothing ever really makes you content. you know you want a house and the white picket fence. but when you have it, it's still not enough. and i think that's common for people who have lost at least one parent early on. >> let's talk about the election. it's been such a crazy season. >> you think? really? >> i've heard. >> yeah. >> maybe a little crazier for you than me. >> looking back so far, what's the moment that you were involved in that -- i know what mine was. what was your moment that stands out in your mind looking back on the past 12 months? >> well first of all, that first debate you did for everybody who was watching was just a remarkable moment. look, i give you great props for the dignity with which you have
handled this and the strength you have shown and asking completely legitimate questions both in that debate and sense. >> thank you campbell brown has an interesting piece formerly of cnn and nbc news laying into the media. i've made remarks on this publicly myself about the saturation of trump coverage. this is not to say that the media had any obligation to stop any particular candidate. it's just obviously you've heard the criticism. >> sure. >> cnn, fox, many other outlets it's just saturation. what do you think of that/. >> i think anytime you have a person who's as compelling as donald trump who is a new candidate hasn't been involved in the process there was the same criticism about overcoverage of hillary clinton or overcoverage of then-senator barack obama. >> do you think it compares? the trump coverage seems to be something special. >> i don't know. i haven't seen the direct analysis of it. but i think that donald trump is a candidate unlike any we've seen and he's new to the process and so well-known. but also he did show up for
interviews and he did return phone calls. >> you seriously tell me you invited ted cruz on as much as you invited trump on? >> we had standing invitations out to ted cruz all the time. never once did he sit down for an interview, not until we did -- i did a town hall with him. that's the first time i had ever talked to ted cruz. >> i want to ask you a question. you have an amazing career and you've traveled globe and you're doing great reporting for cnn. but there is a question about whether you're going to be taking a walk over to go sit next to your friend kelly ripa. >> i haven't heard that question. >> with "live now i guess with kelly and anderson"? is that true? >> nothing has talked to me. i haven't heard about that. i love kelly ripa. she is a great friend. >> you're a fun guy. >> i like learning new stuff every single day. but i'm very happy at cnn. i'm not going anywhere. i love cnn, and, look i mean i'm always open to newopportunities, as are you, from what i hear. >> well bill o'reilly wanted me
to ask you because he's hoping you're leaving the 8:00 time slot. >> i think he's doing just fine. i don't think he's too worried. >> thank you so much for being here. good luck with the book and the documentary. it's riveting. it will be on cnn. check it out. >> thanks so much. appreciate it. >> he's a class act. well we have new details tonight on a showdown in baltimore where a man disguised in an animal costume was claiming to have a bomb. plus after four weeks of protests of the so-called bathroom law, the governor of north carolina responds to claims that his state has legitimized and legalized discrimination. >> the usa is watching north carolina, and we don't need bruce springsteen to come here and tell us how to operate our country! >> this bill does not represent equality for all mankind!
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well a little over a month ago north carolina enacted the so-called bathroom law which critics were quick to call discrimination against transgender people. demonstrators descended on the state capitol. companies like paypal called off expansions. some celebrities canceled and politicians weighed in. in north carolina governor pat mccrory is here. first trace gallagher is here to explain what caused the uproar. trace? >> megyn, withhen the city of charlotte passed an ordinance allowing transgender to use the changing room and bathroom they identify with, the legislature controlled by republicans was called in special session and in one day hb-2 or the bathroom bill passed both houses and was signed by the governor. supporters of the law say it prevents men who may be sexual offenders from pretending to be
a woman and entering a woman's restroom or changing room. opponents call hb-2 discriminatory saying there are no known instances of predators dressing up like women and committed sex crimes. so far, the state has taken a financial hit for the loss of conventions and concerts like bruce springsteen and pearl jam. others stars like jimmy buffet who opposes hb-2 decided to perform anyway. american airlines and bank of america want the law repealed and paypal even canceled a north carolina expansion project, although paypal makes no mention of doing business in dozens of countries where homosexual is illegal in some cases, punishment by death. in the presidential race ted cruz supports the law, donald trump first opposed it then backtracked. here's both. >> i think that local communities and states should make the decision and i feel very strongly about that. the federal government should not be involved. >> if donald trump dresses up as
hillary clinton he still can't use the girls' restroom. >> and because there's a controversy some top north carolina gop state lawmakers are now proposing to let voters decide if the law lives or dies. >> trace, thank you. joining me now, north carolina governor mat mccrory. thank you governor for being here. >> thanks. >> let's start with this. what was the fear that led to the enactment of this law? >> let me just correct the introduction story. the charlotte ordinance was a mandate on all private businesses that have public facilities to require them to allow gender identification as the tool on which restroom an individual should use. so basically what we did in the state of north carolina was overturn a local mandate on private businesses. i do not want government to be able to tell private businesses what their bathroom policy should be. i have no desire to be the
bathroom police for private business. so one of the great misinterpretations from the "new york times" and the huffington post and others is that we passed a bathroom law on private businesses. just the opposite. we reversed the bathroom law. >> but with respect to government businesses you have passed a law that requires people to use the gender that aligns with their biological gender at birth. >> that's correct, with regards to rest stops on the highway, with regards to universities with regard to high schools and junior highs and elementary schools. >> but why? what was the concern specifically specifically? what was the evidence that led you to believe this was a problem? >> it was a respect for privacy. it was an expectation of privacy that individuals have especially our youth have when they go into a locker room a shower or restroom. they expect only people of their gender to be there in that shower, locker room or restroom. >> let me just ask you about that. >> it's a tradition we've had for many years. >> locker room let's take
locker room and dressing room out of it for now. let's talk about bathroom for now. >> that's a part of it, though. >> i know. but a law can be drafted narrowly and broadly. this one encompasses all three. i want to ask you about bathrooms because i've been in women's bathrooms my whole life. we don't have the urinal situation. we've got like the stalls. and we get to go in we do our business an like we don't -- it's not -- we don't see each other. so why are you concerned about young girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed in a woman's bathroom? >> well, first of all, i can't believe we're talking about this. this is not an issue that i started. this is an issue that the left started, not the right. it's not just women's bathroom, it's boys' bathrooms. in fact the obama administration now is putting requirements on federal money given to states that they also have to have this gender
identification requirement for our schools. this case is being tested in virginia and illinois. >> if you could just get back to my question, though. >> what we ought to do is for those people have these unique gender identification issues which i empathize with, we ought to allow the schools to make special arrangements for those people. but to all of a sudden change the basic commonsense rules we've had in our restrooms and our rest stops, at our schools especially and our universities this is the way we've been doing it for years. >> but schools i know is an issue. it's children and maybe the parents have had the talk yet. the public restrooms that are provided in public places maintained by the state, the question that many have is, what is your fear? as you know there is a misconception that transgendered are somehow molesters. and they're not. that's not true. >> i don't use that term. >> typically, male molesters are
heterosexual and if they want to sneak into a bathroom they'll do it. but 90% of the cases of molestation happens with someone you know. so what is the fear about the transgender situation and the bathrooms? >> mine is not a fear. i'm not doing it -- i don't like the rhetoric that's often used on the right saying what the fear is. it's a basic expectation of privacy that i hear from mom and dad families that when their daughter or son goes into a facility facility, a restroom they expect people of that gender of that biological sex or gender to be the only other ones in that room. that's the expectation that we've had for many many years as both you and i have grown up with. >> i want to ask you a quick question. can you believe paypal is scaling back their expansion in north carolina even though they do business in saudi arabia where you can get killed if you're gay? >> the selective hypocrisy is outrageous by paypal. >> yeah. >> when they're doing business and headquartered in singapore where you get arrested for
chewing gum for public i believe. >> they do business in yemen but they don't want to expand business in north carolina. >> this is where the corporate elite have to be very careful have to be very careful about getting involved in politics is that its inconsistent outrage and they might need to examine their practices in other states that have the exact same rules that north carolina does. >> we'll see if bruce springsteen cancels his concerts in those states. >> that's not the right thing to do. >> you're a standup guy for coming on and talking about it. thank you. what we learned about the man who dressed up in an animal outfit and went to a tv station and claimed to have a bomb w7 psoriasis isn't it time to let the . real you shine throu introducing otezla apremilast.
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