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anti immigrant, anti muslim rally in idaho and the anti immigrant campaign for president at that time is donald trump and those rallies obviously helped fuel enthusiasm for the anti immigrant presidential campaign. that's tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts right now. tonight a true monster storm still going, still causing suffering and damage after grinding up parts of florida from the keys to the north. a live report tonight on the water in the streets of american cities. also, steve bannon thinks the firing of james kcomey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. speaking out on russia and the swamp in washington. and hillary clinton reemerges and shares regrets about the 2016 campaign and her handling of her opponent donald trump as the 11th hour gets underway. good evening once again for
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our nbc news headquarters in new york. on this september 11th, 2017, the president and his team have been handed another natural disaster on what is day 235 of the trump administration. a new 11:00 p.m. eastern update to share with you. irma is just a tropical depression but that designation, that downgrade means nothing in charleston, south carolina where the streets are flooded or in jacksonville, florida, where the mayor told all those needing rescue today to fly a white flag out their window. hurricane irma was a tragedy on top of the tragedy of hurricane harvey in texas. irma is so big still just as a tropical depression that the clouds spinning off of it reach west to the mississippi and north to canada. the national weather service released this to show how much sand and silt have been stirred
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up in the waters of the gulf from this storm. the florida keys are a mess. many cut off with no power, water or food. the aircraft carrier abraham lincoln is on route with assistance. in so many places, the damage is just as bad as we feared during our live coverage yesterday and most of florida can't see the coverage of what happened. power is out to 6.5 million customers. that's a record. now almost 1 million more in georgia, more still in south carolina and in south carolina, flooding wasn't the only problem. the storm spawned tornados along the way. this waterspout spun off the coa coast. starting saturday morning, this storm moved away from cuba and started its march north. more than 300 miles north up the florida coastline. it covered the entire state. it battered every city and town in its path from the florida keys to jacksonville and the
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panhandle. and jacksonville, florida is where we start tonight nbc's katy beck is there. katy, jacksonville, florida didn't need this. nowhere in florida did and i know they had a hard time convincing people to evacuate because they are so far north. jacksonville is closer to georgia than orlando, florida. >> reporter: that's right, brian. actually, we were talking to folks here and they say there were people coming from miami to jacksonville to try to get away from this storm. what they didn't predict is that storm surge that has now invaded so many neighborhoods in jacksonville, especially the low-lying areas which is where we are tonight. we're along the st. johns river and this community as you can tell is filled with water. this is a public park next to me. a public park completely submerged a few hours ago. if there is a silver lining for this, folks, there is a tide moving in and out of this neighborhood and right now we're
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at low tide so this water is lower than it been probably several hours, sometime around 2:00 a.m. the water will come back through here. anybody's guess as to how high the water could be. that is really the dangerous part at this point. that the what the mayor was talking about. you can come back to your home and try to assess your damage and get your belongings but be aware that these waters are going to reseed and then come back and that kprexercise is go to happen several times. it could be a week before it stops. emergency officials were in rescue mode for most of today. there were canoes and kayaks evacuating people from their homes, tonight we have seen a lot of people coming back taking that risk to try to see exactly what the damage is. but much of downtown jacksonville still has a huge flooding problem and as i said, as those tides ebb and flow, these water levels will change and there is no way to know when you're going to get caught in
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it. >> yeah, there is a cruelty even to the tide cycle in northern and southern florida. after a long day covering this storm yesterday, our great thanks to katy beck for leading us off from jacksonville tonight. this storm as we said, still going tonight. took it time over florida and ended up staying just over 24 hours. how it changed as it moved north from the vantage point of all our correspondents on the ground to cover it every step of the wa way. >> reporter: i'll tell you, as far as storm wind and rain, this is the worst of the day. >> reporter: they actually had reinforcements installed to avoid this from happening. they just completely gave way. >> reporter: we're in fort lauderdale seeing officially the worst of the day so far. the next four hours are expected to bring tons of wind and rain. >> reporter: directly above me, i'm covered. the rain is hitting me -- wow.
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>> reporter: this came off one of the palm trees to the east of me and i'm not going to let go because it could fly around. probably weighs about 25, 30 pounds. it snapped off there. there you go. >> reporter: it has really been picking up over the last 20 minutes or so. winds have been howling definitely up to hurricane strength. >> reporter: do you hear the whistling wind? you can -- wow. yeah. i mean, it is absolutely powerful. the wind right now. the rain coming down at a very heavy pace. >> reporter: we're getting the worst of it. we're getting the blunt of runt heads our way. >> reporter: we just literally drove into town and said oh, there is the river. not really realizing that that was not the river and that was the parking lot. >> last time we talked to maya rodriguez, she was in the financial district in miami last night. she has moved on today to coconut grove and maya, a lot of
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people got in touch with us last night and said you guys should show the situation in coconut grove so we're glad you're there to report on it. tell us what is going on. >> reporter: for one thing, miami-dade county as a whole is in the dark including coconut grove. 960,000 homes lost power. they restored power to 150,000 of them but still, that means many, many thousands of people are in the dark tonight. now right now, we're at coconut grove marina here, a marina in this neighborhood and you think about people who can afford a boat. this is where they keep them. this pier belongs to shake a leg. that the a non-profit here. they help people who have physical challenges get on a boat and get out on the water. take a look at their fleet of 12 specially designed boats designed to handle wheelchairs. they have been smashed up against the bank here, up against the seawall. irma did this. the storm surge did this. pushed all of them in there on
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top of each other. one of the boats ended up in a tree. this is a huge blow to this organization. they help about 10,000 people a year. 3,000 of them alone are kids. we spoebke to the founder. take a listen what he had to say. >> this coming weekend, we have high school kids that can be paired up with kids with disabilities and go out on the water and all about having fun and just using mother nature to help you become the best you can be and so now mother nature has kind of delivered us a blow. >> reporter: and you know, this is just one example of the recovery and the cleanup that is going to have to happen here in miami-dade county and in the rest of florida. frankly, here in miami-dade, people did not think they would be hit quite this hard, but this is something they are now being forced to deal with. brian? >> and maya, you mentioned this
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on the air earlier tonight, it's summer in southern florida and it's hot and there is night one, night two of a disaster. we may be talking about weeks without power in some of these places and the keys, that means no power, no water, no incoming food. that will get very, very difficult. >> reporter: you know, there is an old saying in florida, basically florida was made possible by two thing, mosquito control and air conditioning. without power, there is no air conditions unless you have a generator. it going to be very, very uncomfortable here. >> what are you hearing about the power grid? i heard it said restoring power in effect means the rebuilding of the power grid in southern florida. we've never seen outages on this scale before. we say 6.5 million customers. that doesn't mean people. people is a larger figure.
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customers is an individual hookup, a home or business. i know the power crews are trying to restore to priorities, to to nursing hopes, as they should. what is being said about the size and extend of this challenge? >> reporter: i mean, what they are saying is they are working to restore it. fpl has agreements with other utility companies to come in and fix the grid and make those particular improvements, however, we are dealing with hurricane harvey and that aftermath. so you had so many crews that had been deployed to text toas help the houston area and corpus christi and now you have this incident following, maybe ten days later and now basically strapped. they are overwhelmed. there is a lot of people here that need to have power restored at this point but again, i'll tell you this.
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when we were driving around before the storm as those first bands were coming in, we in fact, did see a number of crews out that had been prepositioned. they had been deployed before the storm ready to sort of jump into action once it was safe for them to do so and the winds dropped below tropical storm force strength. this is a huge problem here. it will take a lot of manpower. >> we'll take that as good news. we're looking at some of the silt in the water. unbelievable from the air. they learned when they learned about the situation in the city of miami from you during the day. thanks so much for your terrific hard work in the middle of the storm. maya rodriguez in coconut grove. when we come back, we'll turn to politics tonight and the latest from today. the russia investigation steve bannon and did the president's legal team regard a member of the president's own family as a
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there is nothing to the russia ichb venvestigation. it a waiste of time. >> what do you believe? >> we don't really -- there may have been -- look, i was there. it a total complete farce. russian collusion is a farce.
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>> steve bannon refusing to concede russia interfered with the 2016 election on our country. he sat down as you saw with charlie rose of "06 -- "06 -- "60 minutes." president trump like wise refused. since reeve lealeaving the trum administration, ban none vowed to go to war but hasn't refra refrained from taking his former boss to task. one of the more notable moments has to do with the fired former fbi director james comey. >> someone said you described the firing of james comey. the history as the biggest mistake in political history. >> that would probably be too
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bombastic for me but maybe modern political history. >> the white house is standing by the president's decision to fire james comey and levelled a serious accusation at the former fbi direct tore fror from the b room podium. >> we've been clear what our position is and certainly, i think that has been shown in the days that followed since the firing. we learned further justification including false testimony and leaking privileged information and poll liticized the investigation. >> what you said a moment ago regarding james comey. you said he was sproeresponsibl
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false testimony. is that something you agree? >> i'm not an attorney. >> according to a new story on the wall street journal wanted him to fire his son-in-law jared kushner. according to the report, quote, among their concerns was that mr. kushner was the adviser closest to the president who had the most dealings during the campaign and transition. some of which are currently being examined by federal investigators and congressional oversight panels. president trump says this is completely false and ty cobb saying jared kushner is one of the president's most trusted, able and talented advisors. joining us tonight white house reporter and former counsel to the house
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committee. elih i won't ask you to reveal sources and methods. what do you make of the effort to get jared kushner? >> it's clear steve bannon has kushner in his sights and that's what he's doing calling the firing one of the biggest political blunders in political history. he is talking about kushner the weekend that they decided to fire comey. he's laying that at the feet of president's seas ee's son-in-la legal team and story we reported to believe t tonight, there was conflicts about whether or not kushner should stay on because they saw this investigation tightening and there was some concerns about the things that kushner had done. they were not all in agreement on that and i don't know that it's personal with these terns so much as it is with steve bannon who worked in this white house and came, you know, to
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argue and fight with kushner quite a bit. for the attorneys, it was keeping their case as strong as they could be and had serious concerns about kushner being a big liability. >> jeremy, because you know the tools of investigation, congressional and otherwise, nobody is looking to do a hit job on this broadcast on jared kushner but if you can answer aga generally what would make him a risk? >> anyone engage in conversations with the expressed purpose of impeding a lawful investigation into the russia matter, any individual, any staff member would be at least a witness and possibly a target in a congressional investigation. for that person to engage in conversation with the president
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really opens them and fund mentally the president and presidency to enhanced legal risk and that's why i think lawyers said anybody involved should not be talking to the president and involved at the white house. >> an assessment from the same man who just declared himself wing man for life, friends forever. >> well, that's right. i mean, steve bannon sort of a legend in his mind here opened and showed a lot of leg to josh green in terms of allowing him to write the book very favorable in terms of steve bannon and outside role he played and certainly did play a big role toward the end of the campaign. ban no ban bannon likes taking the credit when asked about the tweeting by charlie rose, he said you'll never stop that. that's the president. he likes to take credit for the positive and likes to sort of
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deflect blame from a lot of other things. it's interesting trying to sound independent and tough and saying he's going to be, you know, pushing very hard for this administration attacking people in the way of this administration and even threatening to go out and perhaps primary republicans who don't agenda, i'd remind people breitbart and steve bannon, basically the driving force behind the primary of paul ryan a couple years ago. a lot of buster whether it actually amounts to much is something that we'll have to wait and see. >> jeremy, were you surprised at that moment during the briefing and the question went to sarah huckabee sanders and clearly had something written down. elliott ness and a guy that left behind a lot of friends in
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washington. >> yeah, i think it's clear from that rehearsed answer sarah huckabee sanders made they clearly are trying to discredit comey publicly and fear him as a wbs. they don't want him testifying in a grand jury. they don't want him testifying against the president on this obstruction matter. they are worried that bob muller and his team will credit comey's testimony and doing everything they can to rally their base to discredit comey. it shows you just how nervous the white house is about the obstruction aspect of this case. >> elih, were you surprised by the same moment and language and wording she was intent to get through? >> it's hard to be surprised by much these days, brian. but it was interesting and obvious they were ready for that question and had prepared that answer and i think we've seen this. we've seen this for months now ever since the comey hearing drew all of our attention. this white house and this president have, you know, really had no problem attacking jim
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comey pubpublicly. this is a battle against comey. the attack on a guy who leaked information to the press and politicized this investigation during a political campaign, whose poll lit siizing this now. they want americans to be skeptical clearly the information that comey put out about his engagements and meetings with the president, the white house that he put out through a friend to the press, that was not close fiassified information. it falls apart when you poke at the argument. they are engaged in a p.r. battle and comey certainly in the context of this investigation is the top target. >> jeremy, arguably, this borrows from the bannon kind of anti institutional presidency. this president and those around him have decided just not to be that in to comey to be in the his image of resume in washington. >> yeah, i thought bannon's
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response during the "60 minutes "interview was concerning because he said this was a political mistake or big mistake. that in someways is under playing it and deliberately so. not just a political mistake or mistake by the president, this was undermining the rule of law. this was impeding a criminal investigation. this was really from the top legal official of the united states of america, the president saying i will not be bound by an investigation or bound by the rule of law. that's as big as it gets. >> a lot of news got lost in the live coverage of the hurricane. greatly beneficial to go back over and talk about this. so gentlemen, thanks to you both for coming on. coming up, steve bannon says he's going to work to help president trump but the rest of the republican party, he says he's getting ready to go to war. we'll talk about that angle when "the 11th hour" continues. where's gary?
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[hero] i'll take my chances. welcome back to our broadcast. steve bannon may be out of the white house but not keeping himself out of the political fight. in that sit down interview with "60 minutes" he declared war against republican leaders on
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capitol hill. >> the republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. that's a brutal fact. >> the republican establishment. >> the republican establishment. >> want to null ff nullify the election. >> who? >> i think mitch mcconnell and to a degree paul ryan. >> you are attacking on many fronts people who you need to help you. to get things done. >> they won't help you unless they put on notice to be held accountable. right now there is no accountability. they do not support the president's program. it's open. everybody in the city knows it. >> so therefore now that you're out of the white house, you go to war with it? >> absolutely. >> with us to talk about this, research fellow at the hoover institution, former policy director for the romney ryan 2012 campaign. white house correspondent, anita
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is back with us and jonathan allen co-author of the book shattered which chronicled the hillary clinton campaign also a co columnist for roll call. you're better read than any of us. what's the expression, if you kill the king, be sure you can kill the king. does the party need to pick a fight with mcconnell and ryan? does the white house need to pick -- does steve bannon need to pick a fight with mcconnell and ryan? >> of all the people to make a fight with, i would not pick a fight with mcconnell and ryan. at the end of the day, you need these guys to get your program through and by the way, donald trump is already considered an unreliable ally as it is, right? is a guy, you vote for the obamacare repeal and get thrown under the bus. you cut a deficit reduction or a debt ceiling deal that republicans don't even like. in many ways, this is a challenge for republicans. they need to be unified to get
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anything done and simply aren't right now. >> jonathan, same question. >> the amazing thing is on the debt limit deal with the appropriations and harvey funding, these guys just needed the air cover from trump. mitch mcconnell and ryan had to pretend they didn't like it. on the floor 80 votes and house floor 360 votes and went to the president. i don't understand how that the frustrating donald trump's agenda or getting in the way as steve bannon suggestioignifica t guestsuggests. >> perhaps this is unanswerable. how do they view having steve bannon on the outside of the west wing when they are sitting in the west wing and especially having watched an interview like that? >> well, you love to ask me unanswerable questions. i will say today we saw sarah huckabee sanders from the podium and talked earlier about the
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briefing. it was a little uncomfortable. i would say most of the questions today were about steve bannon and you could tell she didn't really want to answer them. it puts them in an uncokouncomfe spot when steve bannon is criticizing the president or republicans. donald trump has gone after republicans. we know that. but it's very hard for them to answer questions about it from sarah sanders explaining that. how is this a good strategy? it puts them in a bad spot. it's interesting because right after steve bannon left the white house, the first thing people started talking about over there was is he going to go after us? is he going to go after the president? it is interesting to see how this is turning out. >> you just referred to the president as kind of an undependable ally, more than that, this has kind of been the past two weeks have been the chuck schumer empowerment act of 2017 leaving a lot of your fellow republicans kind of just
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amazed at what they just witnessed. >> right. it reflects the long-standing relationship -- >> both new yorkers, right. culturally identify. >> i do think there is another angle to say, you know, i think donald trump is sending a message to republicans. look, you can't get the obamacare replacement done. these will be the consequences. if you can't get something done, we'll work with the other side. >> he is saying i told you if you elected me, i'll do the best deals. >> he'll argue this is a great deal. i don't feel people on the hill feel that way but he'll make the argument, i'm willing to do the deal regardless of who it with. >> these leaders protest too much. i really truly believe they didn't want to round up -- the republican leader the didn't want to round up debt limits for an increase. that would be pure suicide. all of this took the pressure off. we'll have to see what happens
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with the trump, schumer relationship. trump pelosi relationship. trump will look for the deals he can make with whoever will make them but i wouldn't immediately decide he's pivoting to an independent place or democratic place and will never talk to the republicans again. >> anita, having said that, do you find the reports that the president still doing kind of a joyous victory lap over the schumer incident believable? >> oh, i do. this is a man, this is a president who really wants good publicity. he has been frustrated by the media attention and the news reports of him not getting anything done. you know, congress not passing anything. he hated what happened after health care. you know, it was he hasn't done anything and haven't done anything on capitol hill. he loved this. he loved getting this good publicity that he got a deal done. he -- and, you know, sort of made it more fun it was all kinds of media reporters, all kinds of reporters talking about
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it more conservative and liberal. he liked that idea. >> we'll ask all of our three friends to remain in place. when we come back, what is this talk about a third party? that and more when "the 11th ho hour" continues. that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is with great pleasure that we offer our congratulations on your acceptance..." through the tuition assistance program, every day mcdonald's helps more people go to college. it's part of our commitment to being america's best first job. ♪ moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis was intense. my mom's pain from i wondered if she could do the stuff she does for us which is kinda, a lot. and if that pain could mean something worse. joint pain could mean joint damage. enbrel helps relieve joint pain, and helps stop further damage enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections.
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by reducing the shock and stress that travel up her body with every step she takes. so keep on climbing, sarah. you're killing it. dr. scholl's. born to move. welcome back to the broadcast. jeremy peters writes in the new york times today the headline in free-range trump, many see potential for a third party. here is the quote. for all the uncertainty mr. trump has sewn, he's accomplished something that could be defining for the country's two-party system. he's clearing and opening intentionally or not for a new party. let's go to our resident repub can on this panel. when you read that and hear those words spoken as poorly as
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i just did, what does that do and stir in a loyal republican? >> well, it reminds us that donald trump really came in and took over the republican party. >> yeah. >> in someways. there are elements of this that will not hue to traditional republican orthodox. the notion there will be a third party that encapsulates the nationalism, it is a very rational conclusion. doesn't make me feel particularly good about the state of the republican fparty. >> our mutual friend nicole wallace puts this in dating terms. donald trump had a willing partner afterthe primary enemies were vanquished, he had a willing partner. >> right, he took over this institution and anti establishment but takes over the body of the republican party, 90% of republicans vote for him in the general election and now there is this idea that he will
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shuck that off and start a third party or run as an independent in someway. it easier to win with a party even though the environment is different today and will be different in 2020 than it has been for a long time. it's still probably easier to win with the support of a full political party because what happens if you get out of that is all of those people that remain in the party pull away from down and may include some base that has been strong for him so far. >> anita, people who are really old, i.e. my age are twitching right now because they remember john anderson bumper stickers on amc pacers, people slightly younger than that remember ross. do you pile this talk? >> i do. if you talk to the trump true believers, trump supporters, they talk and use words like the movement. they feel like they have brought something new to the country and perhaps they have. i think it's very difficult to
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pull off and go into another direction without the party apparatus and the money and all that behind you and you know, we've seen these -- you mentioned a couple. we've seen the third party runs and doesn't work out. i'm not sure where it will end up. they are right this is doing something different to the republican parties. it's pushing in a different way. it's creating a movement. >> do you deny that this is coming to a head? or some kind of a crisis? do you believe this ends peacefully? >> there is going to be a fight over some of these very fundamental questions. >> i mean, an epic fight. >> if you think about -- we saw this in a small scale over the obamacare repeal issue. we'll see it over trade and immigration and tax reform versus tax cuts. there really is no way around the fact there is a problem on matters of policy. it's not about style and issues
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of style but substance. >> the entire house of representatives is up for election in 2018. >> wonderful thing our founding fathers have done. some of these guys. they are all up for reelection. the control of the house is in question right now. i mean, we got a long time to go. whether republicans are able to hold on to that or not is in question and will affect the future of the trump presidency. one last thing on the idea of a third party. if trump moves, he might be able to take 35, 40% with him. you would have 40 or 45% of the country that was democratic. you would have a trump party or republican party that is about the same size as trump and the rest of the country would be democratic. it's a recipe for a democrat to win the presidency. >> anita, you get the last word. if you're a republican member of the house and three of them have chosen to retire in the past several days, are you just sitting and waiting to kind of figure out the path to reelection and your message?
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>> yeah, it's tough. it's tough to figure out what the issue will be. it's tough to figure out who will be against you. is steve bannon going to be against you? is donald trump going to be against you? >> it's still a long time. there is a lot of months for them to figure things out and figure out what they are do. >> great thanks to three friends that made up this panel. thank you. coming up, hillary clinton's new book out tomorrow morning, but it's what she said in a new interview out tonight about her 2016 opponent and russia that is generating headlines. we'll be back with that.
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on the ""access hollywood" tape was deplorable and there was a large number of people that didn't care. it did not matter to them. >> welcome back to the broadcast on a monday night. hillary clinton's explanation this weekend for her now infamous basket of deplorables comments echoes what she has to say in her book entitled "what happened." she said she was sorry quote people misunderstood me to be criticizing all trump voters. the book that takes a look back at clinton's campaign comes out tomorrow and just breaking tonight, clinton told ""usa today"" she's convinced trump associates colluded to help her opponent win. let's talk about this with amy who was the paper's lead reporter covering hillary clinton and her campaign. jonathan allen has agreed to stick around, as well. he happens to be co-author of the book "shattered inside hillary clinton's doomed campaign." amy, welcome. thank you for coming on.
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i'll ask you the title of the book when people ask you your view, what happened? >> people say well my view should be what didn't happen. you know, i think -- hillary clinton has been very savvy since immediately after the election and sort of writing history, if you will. i heard her at a donor conference in december thanking her highest donors right after she lost and she blamed her loss on comey's intervention and the race and what she said was putin's personal beef against me and of course, that led to the russian hacking and the media's fixation with her e-mail. those were three causes of defeat she's been laying the groundwork for from the beginning and this book expands on that in some 450 pages. >> in a wild media environment, though, she -- it's her prerogative as people sit down to write history, some of it instant and on a deadline like jonathan to effect history how she's viewed. >> absolutely. she's savvy about that and i think it's incredibly satisfies
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for her supporters, many women to sort of -- people are still processing what happened. they thought she was going to win. there is very intimate -- there is a low bar because her former memoir was not was not very revealing at all but there were some very intimate moments in sort of hillary's own conversational voice that i think will be very satisfying to her supporters. >> jonathan, your piece in politico and full disclosure, you did not write the headline, but is -- if this transparent candidate had run. >> like amy, i have read it. i think that this is still guarded in some ways. as amy suggests, much more open than her previous memoirs. and there are certain parts, for instan instance, when she finds out
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she's losing and the breath sort of escapes her, she can't catch her breath, there are some moments in here that are really sort of revealing and emotional. and at the same time this is a politician who is as you suggest trying to frame history in a way that is exonerating to her. this is somebody who says on the one hand i'm responsible for the mistakes of my campaign and on the other hand the reason i lost is jim comey, the former fbi director, and the russians. >> amy, were you surprised by the speed of this book? it's one thing to write "shattered" as daily deadline journalists in a hurry. it's another to hurry a memoir. >> i'm writing a book right now and it's taking me a lot longer than hillary clinton. i don't have researchers and writers helping me. but absolutely. and that's wag some that did strike me in the book. it did feel hurried. there were various voices throughout the book. it felt like there were many people helping her, which there were. and i think it's all very raw.
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did she have time to really reflect on things? as john said, there are parts of the book that are very reflective. i was moved by her account of the day after, right after her concession speech when she and bill are in the car on the way back to chappaqua. those moments like that. but do you have time to really reflect when you're rushing out a book so quickly? >> jonathan, you are hardly a spokesman for the democratic party. but. not only does the book by nature, by definition insert her into the news cycle, certainly this usa today piece where she says absolutely it was the russians will insert her firmly into the news cycle starting right here and now tonight. how are democrats going to take to that? >> a lot of them have been very upset at the idea that she is reinsherting herself into the news and making them talk about 2016 when they believe they should be talking about 2018, the midterm elections in 2020, the next president election. all of that said, it's not like they've got some big message that she's breaking through
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right now, that she's destroying for them. they are at a loss right now for that message. i think a lot of them think this doesn't help but it's a lot better for them probably than if she were to release this kind of a book a year from now or six months from now. >> amy, isn't there a federal law against hillary clinton and donald trump both claiming james comey as an enemy? >> it's just like the failing "new york times." they also both seem to dislike -- >> or the amazon "washington post" too. >> there you go. >> it's unbelievable, though, that he plays such a role, a, in her campaign. b, now she's talking about it in her book. >> right. i'm looking forward to his book. but absolutely. she is completely fixated on his intervention in the election. and you know, of course we did see that letter ten days before the election was striking. but jon and i were discussing backstage that perhaps if she had worked harder on getting her trust numbers up throughout the campaign, her likability up, that letter from james comey ten days before the election wouldn't have been as definitive. >> and jon, speaking of that
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credibility, do you take her at her word that she's done, that we will never see her name on a ballot again? >> yes. my co-author amy parnes and i had reported that on election night aides had tried to get her to take a more aggressive stance against trump and she writes about this in her own book, and her response was, you know, i'm not a candidate anymore, that's somebody else's job, i'm not going to run again. she says that again here. she's not running for public office. that has been consistent from election night on. some people have talked to her about running for other things and have not gotten very far with that. >> i've got to remind you of that when i'm on the hillary 2020 bus. >> better you than me. >> our intention tonight by having you both was not to trigger post-campaign ptsd, but i admire your strength and your courage to come on, talk about it. it's been a great thrill having you both. thank you very much for coming on. amy chozik, jonathan allen. and a quix programming note.
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hillary clinton will sit down and talk about all of this with our very own rachel maddow. you can watch their conversation this thursday 9:00 p.m. eastern on "the rachel maddow show" on this very network. coming up as we continue, the only thing that was able to stop the first responders involved in the huge relief effort down south, and it was only for a moment. that when "the 11th hour" continues. what powers the digital world. communication. that's why a cutting edge university counts on centurylink to keep their global campus connected.
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