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a populist takeover misunderstands the mood of the republican party. >> he has tapped into a part of the electorate that is i think deeply angry about the state of the economy. >> better hope i'm president. >> don't have to talk about his ego. it sticks out of every pore in his body. >> you're kidding. donald trump, full throttle, ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way. >> ladies and gentlemen, we will make america great again. remember. thank you. good evening. i'm chris matthews. i think this country's
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establishment, politicians, the media, were slow to get him. they certainly underestimated him. not anymore. so what about the man himself, who is this guy people have told pollsters they want him as president. what allows him to say things that would destroy anyone else in public life? over the next hour we look at the donald trump story as a whole. you will see him as a young man, as a business tycoon, as an entertainer. you will see that the experts have been counting him out rightly or wrongly for decades. in the movie "citizen kane" orson wells place charles foster kane. trump told the "new york times" it was his quote all-time favorite movie. >> it's also my pleasure to see to it that decent hard-working people in this community aren't robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates. >> trump the candidate echoed those sentiments for months in a roiling campaign. in december, many believed he went too far. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete
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shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> it played well with some of his supporters. >> we are civilized people. these people with their beliefs are not civilized. and we can't change them. they are not willing to change. >> but many in his own party have criticized him. the white house spokesman said it disqualified him from the presidency. experts questioned its feasibility and whether it's the right way to fight terrorism. >> he's hurting the best tool that law enforcement and people in both parties believe we have to fight terrorism which is the help of the muslim american community. this hurts us abroad, too. >> as he had with his campaign kickoff, it once again displayed trump's readiness to conquer by dividing. >> when mexico sends its people,
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they're not sending their best. they're sending people that have lots of problems and they are bringing those problems with us. they are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists and some i assume are good people. >> no one was really focusing on immigration policy and then suddenly, it is the issue that america is obsessed with. >> trump is acting in a very old and shameful american tradition. it goes back to the 1850s when there was a party that had the name know nothing. it was an anti-catholic, anti-immigrant political party. it didn't last that long. but then every so often like a fever, anti-immigrant feeling arises. he has tapped into a part of the electorate that is, i think, deeply angry about the state of the economy. it's a group of people who are
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still suffering from the downturn in 2007 and 2008. >> as trump's numbers rose in a crowded field, the hispanic population reacted with anger. on june 26th, 2015, univision canceled its broadcast of trump's miss universe pageant. nbc announced it would not air the pageants and macy's removed trump merchandise from its stores. trump stayed resolute in his message. >> we are taking mexico's problems. mexico is beating us on trade and they are beating us at the border but mexico doesn't want to take these people so what do they do? they send them to our stupid politicians and we have sanctuary cities and we have all of this nonsense. >> controversy didn't seem to hurt him. by mid-july he passed the great establishment hope, jeb bush, in the polls. he was finding his audience.
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>> i like this guy, he's saying what we're saying in the pool hall, or he's saying what we're saying around the coffee table in the morning. >> get in there. >> he's tapped into something. >> i think it is both a bit of populism, a bit of racism, it is also real. >> on july 11, 5,000 people showed up for a trump rally in arizona, a state at the epicenter of the nation's battle over immigration reform. >> these are people that shouldn't have been in this country. they flow, they flow in like water. >> he's playing on our aspirations to be rich which most americans have, and he's playing on our disgust with politics as usual. that's a pretty potent combination for him in certain parts of the republican party. >> trump led in the polls by a wide margin heading into the first republican debate hosted by fox news on august 6th.
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>> you have called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> when he gave the line about rosie o'donnell and megyn i think was very surprised that the audience didn't boo but instead, they cheered. they laughed. they rallied. they were supportive. that changed everything. >> you once told a contestant on "celebrity apprentice" it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? >> i think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. and honestly, megyn, if you don't like it, i'm sorry. i have been very nice to you although i could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me, but i wouldn't do that. >> donald trump is obviously the opposite of politically correct and that resonates with people. that's also what makes him a
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wild card, too. you don't know where he's going to come from on any given day. >> you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> comments during a phone interview with cnn's don lemon got trump uninvited from a republican red state event. critics roared but his poll numbers held strong. later in august, trump held a campaign rally in alabama. 30,000 people showed up. >> we are going to build a wall. >> and in a press conference in iowa, jorge ramos stood up to ask a question without being called upon. >> a question about immigration. >> okay, who's next? yeah, please. >> mr. trump, i have a question. >> excuse me, sit down. you weren't called. sit down. >> again, exactly what we have been waiting for. people did not fly all the way to iowa to listen to you read from your little speech. that's exactly what jorge ramos
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was doing, reading from a speech. trump had him thrown out. it was great. then trump invited him back in and took his question. >> yes. good. absolutely. good. absolutely. good to have you back. >> there's an illusion within the american press the people cherish what we do. i got news for you. if they find somebody who will give us a punch in the nose or a black eye, they're cheering them on. that's what happened. trump knew what he was doing. >> so the jorge ramos confrontation worked well with his base. that represented why it is very possible for trump to win the nomination, but impossible for him to win the election. any republican candidate needs to get at least 40% of the latino vote to have a chance electorally. >> the more controversy, the higher his numbers went. the more people criticized him, the higher the numbers went.
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the more provocative he was, the higher his numbers went. donald trump knew exactly what he was doing. he was strategic, he was brilliant and it was the summer of trump. >> i would vote for donald trump, definitely. this is very new. this is the equivalent to obama new, know what i mean? first black president. first interesting president. >> coming up -- >> i joke and say there's only one rogue in every family. donald's the rogue. he's a pretty good rogue.
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donald trump was born in queens, new york, in 1946. he's the second son of fred and mary trump. donald grew up with four brothers and sisters in this 23-room house that his father built. >> my father was a seven-day worker. he loved -- that was his hobby. he was a task master. he was, you know, a strong man in business.
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but successful. >> my father would take me -- he used to call it the rounds. he would take me on the rounds. he would go around to construction sites. every penny counted. every penny in construction and every penny in rent. >> that was how they bonded as father and son. donald learned the business by following and shadowing his father from a very, very young age. >> during the 1940s and '50s, fred trump built housing in queens and brooklyn for returning veterans. and soon he owned 39 apartment complexes throughout the city and was a multi-millionaire. >> i think the important thing about fred trump is he gives the lie to the idea that donald trump is somehow some kind of self-made man. >> friends and family say that trump was a tough-to-handle teenager. >> he was wild. he was incorrigible. he was difficult. highly spirited.
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>> i joke and i say, there's only one rogue in every family. and donald's the rogue. he's a pretty good rogue. >> he was a brat. >> you know, after enough of this kind of misbehaving and not following the rules, his dad packed him up and sent him away to military school. and he actually says it's the best thing that happened to him. he really did need the discipline. >> i loved it. it was terrific training. it was tough, but it was good. >> so he was tough to handle, had to be sent to the new york military academy. excellent. he's an alpha male. >> he's given a uniform and a belt with brass buckles that he's told to keep shiny and subjected to very intense discipline. >> those were days where it wasn't like today. i mean, they hit and they did whatever the hell they had to do. they were a tough lot. >> trump thrived at new york military academy. he was a star on the baseball
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team, was elected captain, and led the honor guard in new york city's columbus day parade. during the summer, trump began working for his father. >> we used to have contests and he used to always respect the fact that i always had the record. i was able to have painted with two painters, six hallways in one day. we used spray. that's the all-time trump organization record. so it was great. at the time, that was like the greatest achievement of my life. >> trump graduated in 1964 and went to fordham university for two years before transferring to the wharton school of the university of pennsylvania. he graduated in 1968 and after all his military training, a medical deferment makes him ineligible for the vietnam draft. trump went to work for his successful father, fred, but the boroughs of brooklyn and queens were not enough for him. he'll take manhattan. >> from the time i was very young, i've been fascinated with the new york skyline.
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when i graduated from college, i went to work with my father, and he built housing in brooklyn and queens and it was dangerous stuff. you knock on the door and there would be bullet holes on the door, and i would say to the people, what are those holes? and he said, those are bullet holes for knocking on the door and collecting rent. i think i would rather sell apartments to johnny carson and steven spielberg. it's much easier. >> as a kids from queens, manhattan was always the emerald city in the distance. a real beacon that drew him. >> in 1971, trump moved to his first apartment in manhattan, a studio in the upper east side. he was 24 years old and family and friends say he was enjoying himself. >> he always went to what he called the swingle bars and checked out the women. >> donald was a high flyer when it came to that. >> he joined some private clubs and that's where he rubbed shoulders with george steinbrenner and roy cone, the infamous lawyer and former
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mccarthy aide. >> whenever i hear that people are failing to act on fbi information about communists -- >> he said, listen, i followed your career, and you're a bit crazy like i am and you stand up to the establishment. can i come see you? and i said, sure. >> cohn was one of trump's first really influential connections. >> he had no scruples, whatsoever. none. just get the deal done and do whatever it takes to get the deal done. so trump used him as his lawyer to go and cut deals. >> i think donald likes associating with people who are brass knuckle. tough characters, uncompromising characters. >> young trump's ambition was reflected in his early business ventures. >> well, my first big deal in manhattan was probably the convention center. >> in 1973, trump saw in the newspaper that the penn central rail yards were filing for bankruptcy. >> i got an option to the penn central land and was able to convince then governor kerry
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that this is the place to build the convention center. >> trump did not build what becomes the jacob javits convention center, but he did make more than $1 million brokering part of the deal. in april of 1977, trump closed a more personal deal. he married czech model ivana velencheck. roy cohn drew up the prenup. >> the thing that first attracted me was her beauty. she was very beautiful and i liked her because she was also very solid. you know, everything very boom, boom, boom, very orderly. >> on new year's, 1977, the couple had the first of their three children, donald jr. trump set his sights on another troubled penn central property, the commodore hotel next to grand central station. he had to convince the bankruptcy overseers that he could make a deal with banks reluctant to invest in new york city real estate. >> donald told the penn central folks that they should meet him at city hall and he would
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introduce them to mare beam. >> in new york, real estate is about tax abatements. it's about making deals with political people. it's about zoning. and it's about getting the public, and especially the public officials, on your side. >> the penn central executives arrived at city hall, mayor beam invited them in. there was donald and the mayor said, what the trumps want, the trumps get in this town. >> they really didn't know what the future of new york city was. and that was both good and bad. it was good in that i was able to get tremendous tax advantages and tax abatements. it was bad in that it wasn't easy to get financing. >> after obtaining multi-million dollar tax abatements, trump received the necessary financing to develop what would become the grand hyatt hotel. >> people ask me, how come -- how is it that you got 40 years of tax abatement and i would always say, because i didn't ask for 50. >> i interviewed him when he was an unknown on the "today" show many years ago. you bought some prized
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properties at the bottom of the new york market in the 1970s. >> yeah, i had a great faith in new york, primarily our purchases have been in new york. and about five years ago, new york was not considered very hot and cities in general weren't considered too hot. i see the inner cities as being sort of the wave of the future. >> trump was on the "today" show to talk about his next big project, the trump tower. >> they had beautiful bas relief carvings, and he just wrecked them. i said, how could you have done that? couldn't you have saved the sculptures? >> it would have been very very dangerous to save them. they weighed two tons, about 15 feet high, about 2 1/2-feet thick, and if they would have fallen, people could have been very badly hurt and killed. to me, it was not worth it. >> he just ripped those out without any consideration for their historic value. and the people he had doing the demolition were illegal immigrants. >> in an interview with "the new york times," trump said he did not know they were undocumented workers on the site. >> mr. trump, what's left in your life?
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you're 33 years old, you're worth all this money. you said you didn't say that you want to be worth $1 billion. >> no, i'm really not looking to make tremendous amounts of money. i'm looking to enjoy my life. and if that happens to go with it, that's fabulous. >> in 1981, there was heartbreak. his older brother, fred, an alcoholic, died. >> his brother was so young when he died, 42 years old, and his brother told him, donald, don't ever drink. don't ever get involved in alcohol. and that's why donald, to this day, has never had alcohol, never smoked. doesn't touch the stuff. >> a few weeks after the loss of his brother, a happy moment for the family. donald and ivana welcomed daughter ivanka. trump rode high in the 1980s, bought a yacht, an airline, a professional football team, and palm beach palace mar lago with 118 rooms, it is one of the largest homes in the nation. >> trump has always had an appeal. a lot of people think, if i were rich, that is totally what i
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i'm milissa rehberger. storm warnings are in effect from long island top nantucket as hermine makes its way up the atlantic bringing near hurricane strength winds and flooding. overseas, president obama is in laos for a series of meetings. he canceled a meeting with the philippine president. now back to "citizen trump." >> the '80s were very good years
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for trump. in 1982 he bought a prized piece of real estate along the new jersey boardwalk. he invited executives to the site and made it look like construction was well under way. >> i had every truck available in the area moving on that site. we had trucks going back and forth and working all over the place. they saw that action, they were immediately impressed and we made a deal like right then on the spot. >> in the seam year harrah's trump plaza opened, donald and ivana had their third child, eric. a year later, trump castle opened. >> beautiful, beautiful. >> they were cash cows. particularly trump plaza. it was the first casino that anybody driving into atlantic city hit when they arrived there. it was essentially a license to print money. >> closer to home, actually across the street from his home, the wolman skating rink in
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central park had been closed for years, since 1986. >> they had spent over $20 million over a seven-year period. and finally, i said, this is ridiculous. this thing shouldn't take years to build. and i was able to convince everybody to let me build it. >> donald is a gifted self-promoter, went out there and pitched this as, i got the project done, what the new york city government couldn't get done. >> i think you see the same instincts coming out now that you did with the wolman rink, with trump being frustrated at how inept and useless government is and jumping in and saying, i'm going to fix this. >> across the street from the wolman rink, trump won a crown jewel of new york in 1988. the plaza hotel, for $400 million. ivana was put in charge and spent millions more to renovate. >> is there anything you wouldn't support your man in? >> oh, sure. oh, sure. i wouldn't support donald would
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be running around and fooling around, you know, and that i couldn't live with. >> in 1990, the tabloids were reporting that trump was doing just that with a young actress named marla maples. >> one headline, i think everybody remembers was, marla maples, best sex i ever had. >> marla denies ever saying that. but it's telling that the tabloids in new york would be so accustomed to trump craziness that they'd run with it. >> divorce is a challenging and terrible thing for anyone. we'd see our parents on the cover of "the post" every morning walking to school. and they really -- i mean, i have to give them both credit. they did everything in their power to, you know, help us through it. >> while the divorce proceedings played out in the tabloids, at the office, it was business as
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usual. michael jackson performed at the star-studded opening of atlantic city's trump taj mahal in 1990. >> there's never been anything like this built in this country. and i think that's why you see the huge crowds today and that's why you're going to see the huge crowds for many years to come. >> it was the most expensive casino ever built, costing more than $1 billion, most of it borrowed money. >> this was a time when borrowing money was easy. junk bonds were created and refined during the 1980s. >> every marquee purchase from the plaza hotel to the trump shuttle and later to the trump taj mahal, the construction of that and the purchase of that was all built on debt. >> i was taking things a little bit too for granted. a major business magazine came out with a story, everything he touches turns to gold, and i started to believe that myself. >> if you owe the bank a little, it owns you. if you owe the bank a lot, you own the bank. and that's essentially what happens.
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and even globally goes down, trump goes down with it. and he loses the plaza hotel, but he also wound up being $900 million in hock to the banks. >> what that allowed him to do was to cut a deal where they could pay the fees he needed to pay as part of his divorce settlement, the money he needed to retain trump -- his condo and trump tower, which was really an enormously symbolic security blanket. so he escaped personal bankruptcy, but he essentially became a shadow of the guy he was in the 1980s. >> trump's downturn extended to his personal life. in december, his long-expected divorce from ivana became official. he was single again. >> just this past weekend, you had a big party in palm beach. you invited just a few of your close friends, like the miami dolphin and the buffalo bill cheerleaders. >> donald trump is hugh hefner
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of the '90s. >> for an older person, he's very attractive. >> he was seen in public with marla maples, but he was not ready to tie the knot. >> so, when is the big day? >> it's, truthfully, one of those things we've planned probably a dozen times, and we're very much committed to each other. there's just a little fear, i think it's more on donald's part now. >> in october of 1993, they had a baby girl, tiffany trump, and two months later, marla maples became mrs. donald trump. over the next few years, the real estate market rebounded and donald trump was back on top, valued at $450 million on the forbes' wealthiest americans list. but trump said it was more than like $2 billion. >> donald is one of the few people, and i think the researchers at "forbes" have always said this, who personally lobbies them to not only be included on the list, but to
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constantly push himself upward in the ranks. >> what people think of donald trump is important to him. he may or may not admit it, but it's important to him. all of this, poll numbers, "forbes" lists, you name it. his position matters to him. >> in 1997, he filed for divorce from marla maples, and less than a year later, trump fell in love, this time with a 28-year-old slovenian supermodel. >> i met her at a party. as soon as i saw her, i said that's a very special person. i knew what i wanted as soon as i saw her. >> he was very charming and it was the energy between us when we started to talk. and that's important, that we both felt the same way. >> 1999 was a presidential campaign year and trump discussed running. >> give me a scenario, as we say in the movies, of a perfect donald trump run for president. all the way to november, next year. >> well, i think a perfect run
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would be, i do no campaigning. i run, only on election day. i get at least 51% in a three-way race. >> trump ultimately decided not to run, but that did not mean he faded from view. >> he essentially became somebody who licensed his name, ultimately, on an array of products that included vodka, underwear, mattresses, clothing, an online university and basically anything anywhere that you could glue his name on, he did and he took the fee. >> in 2004, trump got the brass ring of publicity, a network prime-time television show about what else, donald trump. "the apprentice" premiered on nbc. >> you're fired. >> "the apprentice" is donald trump's baby. i mean, he is heavily involved. he's actually there quite a bit. it is something that he clearly takes a lot of pride in. >> the show was a hit for nbc and things were going well at home, too. in january 2005, donald trump
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married melania. >> did you guys sign a prenup? >> absolutely. i won't need it, but we did. >> i can't believe i just asked you that. >> a year later, she gave birth to trump's fifth child, a son named barron. >> there's nothing more important to me than fatherhood, than family. i have great kids, they're really hard-working. >> with a hit tv show, a new family and his name everywhere, things seemed to be going well. but in this decade, there were two more bankruptcies. trump hotels and casinos accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt and went bankrupt in 2004. trump entertainment resorts hit hard by the recession went bankrupt in 2009. tim o'brien began writing "trump nation" in 2004 with donald trump's cooperation, and attempted to find out what trump's net worth really was. >> when i went back and started doing the math around various statements he gave me about how
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much he said he was worth, the numbers weren't adding up. >> the book came out in 2005, and in 2006, trump sued o'brien for $5 billion. he claimed that he was defamed. to win, trump had to prove that o'brien acted with malice. however, the presiding judge denied trump's claim and ultimately dismissed the lawsuit. >> we deposed donald for two days and that deposition is one of the great rosetta stones of understanding the real donald trump. because during the course of that deposition, he really couldn't give a practical and reliable assessment about how he determines his net worth. >> in 2011, donald trump also began throwing around the accusation that president obama was not a u.s. citizen, that no one even knew him growing up. >> you are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. he may not have been born in this country. >> i just thought, come on! you know, by now we've all seen the birth certificate.
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when everybody else had given it up, he was still hanging in there on it. >> at the white house correspondents' dinner in 2011, president obama struck back with humor. >> donald trump is here tonight. no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing? what really happened in roswell? and where are biggie and tupac? went "citizen trump" returns, donald trump is back on the campaign trail. bp wind farms are monitored 24/7 at our remote operations center, so onsite teams can count on
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if some of the experts thought donald trump would not have the political staying power to endure in a crowded field of republican candidates, they were mistaken. trump knows how to turn almost every shot into an attack on his rivals. >> jeb bush is a low energy person. for him to get things done is hard. >> when ben carson was a threat, trump went, well, ballistic. >> how stupid are the people of iowa? how stupid are the people of the country? to believe this crap? >> an unacknowledged part of the trump mystique is that he's kind of funny. he's enjoying himself. that's a big issue. you look at all of these others and they seem to be suffering. trump is having fun. when somebody is having fun, you start to have fun. >> but not everybody was
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laughing as trump impugned the patriotism of american muslims. >> i want surveillance of certain mosques, okay? i watched when the world trade center came tumbling down and i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> and after cnn aired footage of a black lives matter protester being beaten up by trump supporters at a rally, trump retweeted extreme right propaganda exaggerating racial crime statistics. despite inaccurate and controversial claims, trump continued to sit atop the gop polls. >> you are running for president of the united states. your words matter. truthfulness matters. fact-based stuff matters. no? >> take it easy, chuck. just play cool. >> are you worried that sometimes he bends the truth?
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>> bends the truth? you know what, he may but he's still going to get things done. >> you don't care? >> i don't care. >> after a presidential address on terrorism following the san bernardino mass shooting, trump read his proposal to ban muslims from entering the country. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. . >> reaction was swift and loud. >> what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more importantly, it's not what this country stands for. >> i do believe that it disqualifies him from serving as president of the united states. >> trump's statement is a
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dangerous proposal that overrides history and the foundation of america itself. >> but trump actually rose in the polls after this. a large part of the republican base seemed to support the idea. >> i'm supporting him and i'm -- i don't believe he's a racist. i believe he's saying we need to step back and re-examine the vetting process. >> but many saw this as a game changer. many thought proposing the idea gave isis a propaganda victory. maybe this time he had gone too far. >> do you think something changed in the media reaction to him and the reaction of much of the american public. >> and it was topic number one during cnn's debate last december. >> governor bush, you called mr. trump unhinged when he proposed banning nonamerican muslims from the united states. why is that unhinged? >> so, donald, you know, is great at the one-liners. but he's a chaos candidate.
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he'd be a chaos president. he would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe. >> mr. trump? >> jeb doesn't really believe i'm unhinged. he said that very simply because he's failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. >> in february 2016, the long-awaited iowa caucuses. the vote didn't go in trump's favor. >> we finished checking and i want to tell you something, i'm just honored. >> but then the big comeback in new hampshire. >> new hampshire, i want to thank you. we love you. we're going to be back a lot. we're not going to forget you. you started it. you remember, you started it. >> and then on march 1st, a big cash-in on super tuesday. >> georgia, donald trump, projected winner. tennessee, the volunteer state,
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donald trump, the projected winner. alabama, deep south, 50 delegates at stake, up to the old dominion, virginia, the commonwealth of virginia went to donald trump tonight. >> trump won seven primaries that day and held the lead in the delegate count as he faced the contests ahead. >> i'm going to come in the worst, second. i think we're a democracy. it's awfully hard to say that's not the person we want to lead the party. >> last night, the republican establishment got crushed again. trump won four of the five contests last night. >> we're going to go forward and we're going to win but, more importantly, we're going to win for the country. we're going to win, win, win and we're not stopping. >> trump needs just 55% of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination. >> days before, trump made a significant comment during the hardball town hall. >> what is your stance on
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women's rights to reproductive rights. >> i'm pro-life, i think you know that, with the three exceptions. that's my stance. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yes. there has to be some form. >> trump later pulled back from his position but went on to lose wisconsin. his prospects for the nomination was strengthened by a win two weeks later in his home state of new york. in his victory speech, he softened his discourse on his opponents but doubled down on the republican establishment. >> it's crooked system. it's a system that's rigged and we're going to go back to the old way. it's called you vote and you win. but we're going to go into the convention, i think, as the winner. but nobody can take an election away with the way that they are doing it in the republican party. >> trump heading into the national convention was realized after winning the indiana primary on may 3rd.
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his last opponents exited the race. >> what ted did is really a very brave thing to do. and a great thing to do. because we want to bring unity to the republican party. we have to bring unity. it's so much easier if we have it. >> trump defied so many expectations after that indiana victory that rnc chair reince priebus declared donald trump the republican party's presumptive nominee. trump went to capitol hill to meet with leaders but did not change his attitude. >> after years of disappointment, there's one thing we all have learned. we can't fix the rigged system by relying on very -- and i mean this so, so strongly, on the very people who rigged it. and they rigged it and do not ever think anything differently. we can't solve our problems by counting on the politicians who
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created our problems. >> while trump has loyal supporters wherever he goes, some ranking members of his own party had trouble getting behind him. house speaker paul ryan took weeks after they met to endorse his party's candidate. his say anything style was difficult for some of them to embrace, especially when he did things like attack the judge presiding over a lawsuit against trump university. >> but i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump. a hater. he's a hater. his name is gonzalo curiel, the judge who we happen to be is mexican, that's great, that's fine. they ought to look in to judge curiel because what judge curiel is doing is a total disgrace. >> to suggest that a judge can't fairly decide a case because of where his parents were born is a new low in a campaign with
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plenty lows. >> claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is sort of like a textbook definition of a racist comment. i think that should be absolutely disavowed. >> on june 7th, trump used scripted remarks to strike a more political tone. >> i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantel and i will never, ever let you down. >> but the dissew dance conditioned after the mass shooting in ofrd. >> when i'm elected, i will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the united states, europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats. >> in an interview later that month on "nbc nightly news," lester holt pushed trump about some of his assertions about hillary clinton. >> let's talk about your claim that she was asleep during the benghazi attack. >> he was left helpless to die as hillary clinton soundly slept in her bed.
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>> ambassador stevens -- >> she has testified before the committee that she wasn't asleep. it happened during the daytime. there's no evidence that she was asleep. >> it happened all during the day and it was going on for a long period of time. >> i guess what i'm asking, what are you basing that on? >> it went on for a long period of time and she was asleep at the wheel, whether she was sleeping or not, who knows if she was sleeping. >> well, you said she was sleeping. >> she might have been sleeping. >> on july 21st in cleveland, trump formally accepted his party's nomination. >> i humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the united states. >> you may not like donald trump but he's the strongest candidate for president that we have ever had. you may not like his policies, but you've got to like his guts because, i'll tell you what, i've never met a politician that could withstand this kind of an
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on on onslaught and other politicians would have given up a long time ago becoming a nominee of a political party is an enormous accomplishment. it puts the nominee one step away from the presidency. it's a remarkable achievement for somebody who has never spent an hour in public service, an hour in military service, and heretofore hasn't been involved in politics. >> thank you. >> poll after poll shows the core of donald trump's appeal lies with the american voter who didn't go to college, who hasn't gotten the money, hasn't had the breaks. they are the ones rallying to the billionaire of new york who feels their anger rages against being politically correct against illegal immigration, against bad trade deals that cost jobs. trump seems to be tapping into a sense of nationalism. for a number of reasons, good, bad and many would say ugly, donald trump has connected and he has captured a moment in
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history. i'm chris matthews. thanks for watching. hello. i'm thomas roberts. the 2016 battle for the white house is in full swing and, by all accounts, a momentous race like no other. it wasn't so long ago that the country experienced another historic race, groundbreaking for entirely different reasons. for the next hour, we look at the man who was elected in 2008, the 44th president of the united states, barack obama. >> if there is anyone out there who still doubts that america is a place where all things are possible, who still