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the two states clinton carried, virginia and new jersey. as for the legal questions, a year later we can report authorities found far more evidence of crimes on the trump side than clintons. meanwhile, two trump aides indicted. presumed innocent legally until their trials. that does it for the beat. see you back at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. "hardball" starts now. the mother of presidents delivers a spanking. let's play hardball. good evening. i am chris matthews. consider the message sent across the country yesterday from the top of the ticket in virginia and new jersey to local races in new hampshire, pennsylvania, georgia, florida, and out in washington state. american voters delivered a rebuke to president trump. in virginia, they turned out in
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record numbers and gave ralph northam a greater than expected victory against gillespie. democrats made gains in the virginia house of delegates. all this carries an ominous message for republicans next year and it should. in washington, of course, democrat -- this washington, democrats and republicans had very different takeaways. let's watch. >> this was a big deal. >> it's about more than virginia. this is about our country and it's about the future of issues in congress. >> i hope more republicans get the message last night that americans are looking for us to work together and solve problems. >> i don't read that much into it. >> i think it's clear that -- >> republicans should look at the elections last night and it should be a giant stop sign for their tax bill. where did they get clobbered? in the suburbs. where does the tax bill clobber middle class and upper middle class people? in the suburbs.
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>> it doesn't change my reading of the current moment. >> well, as i said last night, president trump couldn't seem to scramble away fast enough from the republican candidate who he had endorsed. tweeting from seoul, ed gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. breitbart news tried to give president trump cover as well calling gillespie a republican swamp thing. meanwhile, barack obama who campaigned for northam in new jersey as governor elect phil murphy said this is what happens when people vote. >> i think what this message was yesterday that virginia sent, not only to this country but to this world, is that the divisiveness, the hatred, the bigotry, the politics that is tearing this country apart is not -- that's not the united states of america that people love. it's certainly not the commonwealth of virginia that they love. >> well, in the one year anniversary of donald trump's surprise victory last year his
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party faces the reality of life with trump at the dop. adolfo franco, former adviser to john mccain. works as a surrogate on outreach for the republican national committee. steph nye free ok of republicans list. i sense ex uberance that democrats want to get people to make the leap and go for it. >> you better believe it. at emily's list we had a great night last night. we saw the early success of our recruit of great women candidates. we had 55 women endorsed by emily's list on the ballot last night across the country. >> how did you do? >> boy, there is a lot of celebrating. we won 32 of those thus far. we've got three that are too close to call. we have three going to runoffs in georgia. we are currently 11 emily's list candidates of the 16 picks -- pickups in the virginia delegate
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house, house of delegate race. 11 of the 16. one more -- we are waiting for one more. it's too close to call. we might be 12 of the 17 of the new majority in the house of delegates. extraordinary. >> still a red state at the delegate level. adolfo. how do you put rose colored glasses on what happened last night? how do you say not bad? >> the big surprise would have been had republicans actually done well in two states that are not republican states. let me just say -- >> you weren't going to win jersey. we know that. >> they're billing that in the "new york times" and "washington post" is significant. let's talk about virginia for a moment. >> i am not. you are here. christie smelled the state up so much, no way they could get guadagno in. >> the last four gubernatorial races in virginia, three were won by democrats. john mccain lost virginia. mitt romney lost virginia.
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donald trump lost virginia. >> nine? >> we lost by five against hillary clinton? >> nine? >> the point is this. you asked about what happened to this candidate. we already had a tough situation, at a minimum a purple state and another red state. it was uphill for us. the fact of the matter is, i don't think i talked to senator scott this morning, a chat with tim scott. >> south carolina. >> senator. he told me -- i said what do you think? his answer is, you have to embrace the president's agenda. not necessarily his style and his delivery. >> oh! >> i don't like your drift here. >> wait. wait. what ed gillespie did, he is a great guy. he tried to get the middle lane to use the overused cliche to cherry pick some issues he thought would do well with voters and didn't utter the president's name. >> any argument is legitimate i
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suppose. republican congressman scott taylor representing virginia beach called last night's vote a referendum on president trump and others in his party. >> i think, you know, when you look at the races, when you look at exit polls, the turnout, dem turnout, the dems showed up last night. i think it was a referendum in the division and divisive rhetoric in the country right now. i think it is important for republicans to self-reflect all the way -- starting from the top, all the way down. i do think it was a referendum on national policies. >> was it a referendum on donald trump? >> i do believe so. i think it is important to -- number one, i think we have to be, again, tone down the rhetoric. i think it's important for republicans to have no fear to come out and say, you know, hey, we support the president, we support these policies but also have no fear to come out and say we disagree here. this is not where we should go. >> meanwhile, john weaver, adviser to governor of john kasich of ohio tweeted, not gleefl about gop losing
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elections but if you have gangrene in your leg, trump, chop the sucker off. but 2018 is looming and that is a big chop. wake up gop. you say a candidate who wants to win in '18 or '20 should sidle up to president trump. >> we have five house races this year. five. five of them. one was last night. we didn't talk about that here. all won by republicans. democrats put a lot of money into the georgia race. they lost. a lot of hopes in two or three of the races and they lost. >> to be fair, the democrats have out -- in those races outperformed the performance from last cycle. we are averaging eight-point advantage over 16. the democrats are definitely up in very republican states. >> well, we'll see how this plays out because this is the -- the reality is that, had, in virginia, i think a candidate been very stark in terms of the differences which i think ed gillespie was, and he was a mixed bag, something like cory stewart. i think he would have
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energized -- >> virginia, a state that normally votes democrat. >> look at the -- >> you say -- >> you say it's not a big deal because it's a democrat state then you say he should have been more republican. >> that's the only way. republicans have won in virginia. i don't think trying to become a democrat in virginia and trying to appeal to democratic voters -- >> adolfo, we have covered it here every night. been covering gillespie talking about ms-13, the immigration horror story, crime generally with the gangs and about the statutes. he embraced the whole trump m mumbo jumbo. what's your point? >> there is a conservative message. i think the race might have gone different had northam not taken a different position on sanctuary cities, for example. i think had he honed in on the message earlier, or cory stewart, i think they could have made the difference in the race
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in rural virginia. >> that's just not what was going on on the ground, with all due respect. we had all of these great women candidates for delegate, particularly in these ex-urban and suburban areas. they were talking on the doors about health care, they were talking about good jobs, good paying jobs. but they were also talking about the divisiveness and what i think is really extraordinary about what happened last night -- this is what i was looking for -- were all these women who marched in january, who have been calling about devos and going to their offices, were they going to organize and go to the polls. that's the problem with democrats. you better believe it. you brought their friends with them. >> it's a big surprise. >> i have to end this now. >> adolfo. >> quickly. two things. those women were around last year. everybody knew what donald trump stood for, and he won the election. secondly, 17 of those house districts in virginia were
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carried -- republican districts were carried by hillary clinton. so they were already democrat leaning. we had a large, large majority in the house of delegates. when you add it up, it's not this fantastic victory in a purple and a red state. >> adolfo, the president continues to tweet like he does and do these clownish things, not talking about policy, the clownish behavior continues he'll lose the suburbs like he lost last night. you're a belligerent fellow. good luck. according to last night's exit polls in virginia, the number one issue was not statues of confederate generals. it was health care. big discussion about the lack of expansion of medicaid and the gun issue. 49/49, pro and against, second amendment issues. interesting. today's senator, chris murphy of connecticut tweeted yesterday's virginia election showed that gun policy is as big a driver of democratic turnout as republican turnout. game changer.
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i am joined by himself, senator chris murphy. i agree with you. i think it was the big development. finally gun control people, gun safety people, are starting to vote on that issue. >> yeah. listen, ralph northam talked about the need for universal background checks, in favor of banning assault weapons and bump stocks. he didn't run away from the issue. voters that care about making our streets and schools and churches safer, they came out. what we found out yesterday is that, if democrats play to their base and play, frankly, to the majority of americans on the issue of guns, it will generate the same kind of turnout that the nra gets when it tries to put the fear into their base by telling them that democrats will take away their weapons. we saw yesterday that guns, as you mentioned, was the number two issue or all voters, equally weighted, republicans and democrats. it didn't hurt that the anti-gun violence groups were spending a lot of money in virginia to get that message out. it is a real wake-up call to democrats that, if you leave the playing field on guns to
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republicans alone, you will lose, but if you stand proudly for policies that the majority of americans support, like background checks, and don't back away from it, you are actually going to gin up turnout and in 2018 turnout will decide the elections and last night was truly a game-changer on this issue. >> let me broaden the call to duty to the following. suburbs. just getting a report by larry keane, long-time anchor for the news in philadelphia saying that delaware county had the biggest sweep, wave, going democrat like in history. it was unbelievable. so the suburbs, the better-off suburbs, seems to me now, are openly embarrassed by donald trump's behavior. the tweeting and the rest of it. they like voting with him when there is an argument, are you for or against the establishment. when it comes to his performance they are embarrassed and they're voting democrat big-time. is that going on in connecticut too? >> well, in connecticut we had a tidal wave as well. we picked up a net 16 towns that
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moved from republican control to democratic control in exactly the communities that you talked about. it was the suburbs of hartford and new haven that had been run by republicans that are now run by democrats. two reasons. one, they are embarrassed by this president. i am fascinated, by the way, that republicans are counseling candidates to get closer to a president with a 38% approval rating. also, they don't like his policy. health care was the number one issue right ahead of guns yesterday in virginia. it's not lost on these suburban constituents that the president is talking about taking away the protections for people with preexisting conditions, ending health care for 30 million people. it's his demeanor and his policies that are hurting him and the party right now. >> let me give you a daily double. how about going to the voters in the suburbs of new haven and hartford and telling them, not only has this president become a dawn clown. he gets up in the morning and clowns his way into the day. secondly i'll take away your property tax deduction, which you need to get your taxes down to a reasonable level. how can a republican
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congressman, for example, survive in a state like -- high-tax state like connecticut by opposing the continuation of the deduction for property taxes? >> so the republican party will be wiped out in california, in new york, in new jersey, in connecticut, if they pass any reasonable fax simile of a fax bill that's being proposed in the house of representatives. it's not just a handful of states on the east and west coast. the majority of states all over the country have taxpayers that get thousands of dollars off their income taxes because they are able to defray the costs of local taxation. this is a loser wherever you are around the country. if republicans were angry about last night they'll get wiped out in 2018 if they move forward with a tax bill that will be just as popular by the health care bill by the time it gets to the floor. >> either that or everybody in the country will be living in new hampshire.
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thank you, senator chris murphy -- where they don't tax you. they don't even have parks up there. much more on last night's election and where democrats and republicans go from here. up next, new developments on the russia investigation. serious stuff. special counsel robert mueller inching closer to president trump. and new investigations into why someone involved in the investigations has been fired by the president. why? what do you think. one victory that stands out. chris hurst, fiancé reporter of a reporter fatally shot on the air. he is part of the democratic wave. he joins us tonight. one year after trump's victory last november we are learning there is no trumpism without trump. will republicans get the message from last night or are they headed for disaster come 2018? i'll finish with donald trump's trump watch. it's my watch on him.
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every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, ever been the kid in the corner, who has ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own, because there is no one else who was with them. this one is for you. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was the democrat who became the first transgender state legislator in virginia. she'll be the only openly transgender legislator. she defeated a 13-term incumbent who called himself virginia's chief homo phobe. i suppose proudly and earlier this year introduced a bathroom bill that died in committee according to the "washington post."
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i am joined by danica roem? do i call you delegate. >> the gentle woman from manassas will be fine. >> thank you. why do you think the year 2017 goes down in history as the year that the kid in the corner, as you describe yourself wonderfully. i love that stuff. i never felt as the popular kid until a little later. what did you make of that victory for a wide variety of the overlooked, sometimes despised, the sometimes feared, what did you make of that victory and why this year did it come? >> why did it come this year, you had enough candidates who actually ran to make it happen. if you want to talk about the national environment, sure. the election last year drove a lot of people into running. in my case, we have a major artery that runs through the 13th district. that was problematic 20-some odd years ago.
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it's still a problem today. when i was a kid in school, i would be sitting there until 6:30, 7:00 at night waiting for my mom to pick me up from all saints because traffic was so bad on route 28. all these years later it's still getting worse. so that's what drove me into the race. and the fact that i am transgender, yeah, that is a part of who i am. i am also a reporter. i spent 10 1/2 years covering local news stories between two newspapers. nine years for the gainesville times. that's my chief qualification for office. and i am a life-long resident of the community i am running to serve -- where i was elected to serve. >> to the larger question which i talk about and beat the drum on here all the time. >> infrastructure! >> i am tired of democrats diddedaling go the republican tax plan. i want to know when you're going to become builders again. fast rail. better highways. fix up amtrak, by god, it can
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use it. most importantly make us proud to enter penn station and think -- instead of feeling like a rat. >> hey, chris, i am danica roem, and i approve that message. >> thank you and good luck. i hope we hear from you in office. don't give us too much talk about the specific traffic concerns of your district, but if you can broaden the argument, we are ready for it. thank you. >> let's get it done. thank you so much. >> the kid in the corner is now in the front of the class. up next, the latest in the russian investigation. new questions about why a top u.s. attorney was abruptly -- here is the word for it -- fired, the day before -- days before paul manafort got his indictment. you are watching "hardball." belief
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. welcome back to "hardball," the sudden firing last month of a high profile career prosecutor could have implications for
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robert mueller's russia probe. dana boente was forced to give up his post at the request of attorney general jeff sessions. his district is a key jurisdiction in the ongoing mueller investigation and it's where one or two reported grand juries convened in connection with the probe. chris coons wants an explanation. in a letter to attorney general sessions and his deputy rod rosenstein, coons writes i have become deeply concerned by reports that mr. boente wanted to remain in his position but was forced to resign by president trump. the sudden nature of its timing and proximity to the indictments issued by special counsel mueller and reported connections between the u.s. attorney's office for the eastern district of virginia to the investigations of paul manafort and michael flynn leave me concerned this is not business as usual. returning is senator chris
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coons. la also carrie johnson from the national public radio sitting here with me. senator coons, what do you see as the interruption in the prosecution by the white house? >> what concerns me, chris, as i mentioned in the letter that i just sent to attorney general sessions and deputy attorney general rosenstein is a whole series of things surrounding the abrupt firing of dana boente, a popular, successful career federal law enforcement official, eastern district of virginia, u.s. attorney. according to public reports he had a grand jury that had issued subpoenas against both paul manafort and former national security adviser flynn, and the timing, the proximity to when there were indictments handed down and the fact that it was directed at just him rather than others having been let go left me with a whole series of questions. i expect to get answers out of the attorney general or the
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deputy attorney general, and if i don't get a response i will go to the committee chair and press for a response on behalf of the committee. >> president trump infamously said last week he wished he had more personal power over the justice department and fbi. is this part of his reach for more power? >> that's part of my concern. as the investigation has gotten closer and closer to the senior levels of the trump campaign, the trump administration or even members of the trump family, i am concerned that president trump will act in even more irrational ways that may undermine the rule of law. that's why i have worked with republican senator thom tillis to introduce a bill to strengthen protections for special counsel robert mueller. i think senator tillis wants to strengthen the independence of the department of justice. i am concerned about an abrupt action by the president given ways that this investigation is closing in on his inner circle. >> carrie, is this a real concern? as a judgist do yournalist, do
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number four stepping in and firing all the people he wants to fire? >> i understand the nature of senator coons' concerns and why he is asking the questions. we had the firing unmask something like 25 of the u.s. attorneys. preet bharara was fired under circumstances he continues to question. dana boente is a loyal company man. 33 years at justice. served under six presidents. from what i am hearing from people close to him, who worked in his office, this was a matter of president trump wanting to install his own u.s. attorney in that job which he has every right to do. >> i understand he does, but as for the policy, does he have a right to intervene in his own prosecution? >> he does not have a right to intervene in his own prosecution. there is no evidence on the table yet that the replacement of dana boente was an attempt by president trump to do that. >> following that up, senator, do you see a direct attempt to intervene in his own
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prosecution? is he trying to interrupt justice or obstruct it here by this firing? >> chris, i remind you that when the former fbi director james comey was fired initially there were offered reasons that had to do with his handling of hillary clinton's e-mail investigation. then president trump himself went on national television and said it had to do with the russia thing. the reason i sent a letter questioning the timing and reasons behind the resignation of dana boente was because of this now increasing pattern of behavior by the president of trying to interfere in this ongoing investigation. it's possible that this is entirely without reason for alarm, but i think the circumstances around the departure of dana boente raise legitimate questions. >> do you think he is testing his authority, his political ability to remove people who get in his way? not just his constitutional right to exploit the patronage he has to pick these attorneys but do you believe he is testing his ability to intervene in the
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case? is that what he is doing here? >> i am concerned about that. chris, let's go back to a point you made quickly in passing that's worth focusing on for a moment. if there were to be a situation where the president orders let's say rosenstein to fire robert mueller he may then resign. the leadership of the department then passes to the number three, and if she declines to do so, it passes to number four. dana boente was number four in the department of justice. this is since the attorney general is recused in all matters relating to the mueller investigation. i do think, by insisting on his own choice, president trump is signalling that he is asserting his authority over the department of justice. i am equally troubled by reports that the president has personally interviewed candidates for u.s. attorney positions in several key jurisdictions. that's inappropriate. attorney general sessions testified to our judiciary committee in the senate that that was inappropriate. i think we have got lots of signals here that our president doesn't understand the
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appropriate boundaries. >> can you judge all that? do you think that's all a set of concerns that are legitimate, putting them together like that by the senator? >> i think, when president trump actually nom natinates another person to take over the job in virginia. senator coons and the senators on the judiciary committee as well as republicans need to ask whether there was a loyalty oath extracted from that individual, whether president trump personally interviewed him or her and what the conversation was like. >> is he looking for a robert bjork, in other words, somebody to do the dirty work when the time comes to get rid of rosenstein or mueller himself. both of them. >> those are legitimate questions. i don't think we're there yet. >> thank you. great analysis. thank you senator coons. one of the stunning victories from last night's elections. chris hurst a former news anchor whose girlfriend was shot and killed on live television. defeated his nra-backed opponent last night. he is headed to the virginia house of delegates and joins us
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vice president mike pence and his wife travelled to sutherland springs, texas, today to meet with survivors of the state's worst mass shooting in modern history. former boss and news anchor says her teenage son was sexually assaulted by actor kevin spacey last summer. that's amid a wave of other allegations against the actor in
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recent weeks. spacey's attorneys have not responded to a request for comment. he is seeking treatment. new travel and commerce restrictions are being imposed on cuba that will make it harder to visit the island nation. americans will have to visit cuba as part of organized tour groups run by u.s. companies. back to "hardball." welcome back to "hardball." last night was a momentous evening for democrats in virginia and around the country. it was also a night of historic firsts. catch this. the first woman elected mayor of manchester, new hampshire. the first sikh mayor in new jersey and montana elected his first black mayor ever. larry king reports one of the those dramatic changes in 40 years, democrats have won their first seats in the county council in suburban delaware county. traditionally a republican stronghold. they call it the war board. here in virginia, for the first
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time in more than 15 years democrats may still be able to win control of virginia's house of delegates after picking up at least 15 of the 17 needed seats to do that. one of the unlikely winners, chris hurst, whose girlfriend alison parker was shot and killed on live television back in 2015. her death prompted him to run for public office. conservative rural virginia, hurst beat three-time republican incumbent with an "a" rating from the nra. i am joined by chris hurst, newly' lecc newly elected to the virginia house of delegates. i can imagine you wish you weren't here but you are. what did it take? tragedy. what did it take beyond that for you to decide to run for public office? >> i think it took a strong desire to want to give back to the community i live in in southwest virginia who gave me so much prayer and love and support and wrote me countless cards and letters of support during my time of need.
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and when i knew that it was too emotional live difficult for me to continue on at the television station i still wanted to serve my community in a way where i was able to give back. this seemed like a natural progression for me for my work in journalism. >> how did people react when they saw you out there going door to -- i assume a district like that, you go door to door. i think it's the heart of politics which i personally love and miss. i did it as a kid in my 20s. what was it like when you did that and said, hi, i am chris hurst. you may have seen me on television? >> i didn't have to say any of that. i would come to the doors and they would go, chris hurst is at my door. mom, you have to come. chris hurst is at my door. they were taken by surprise for it. and i live in an area that's still -- that still holds on to the appalachian culture, which i love. i preceded andy griffith at 5:00. and andy griffith and an older version of opie at 6:00.
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>> you are may berry incarnate. >> to some extent. that meant i had -- you know this from knocking on doors, and i knocked on more than 3500 doors myself. our campaign knocked on about 40,000 doors over the course of the campaign. a great ground game. it gives you that opening of the door, where at least they'll listen to you for the first ten seconds. so you give them your initial pitch of why they should trust you with the honor of serving them in richmond. and then you shut up and you listen to them about issues that are important to them. >> yeah. i think giving yourself vulnerably to people, letting them take a whack at you, going into their home, on their home court, they have a little bit of an advantage over you in terms of comfort. and you are a little bit awkward, if you are normal. i think it's great. because to give -- to get, you have to give. to get trust. >> yeah. >> you've got -- what are you going to do with it? >> well, we're going to fight like hell for the people of southwest virginia. you know, people in rural communities have been neglected
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in richmond and neglected in state houses and in congress for far too long. i think we need to make sure that we have louder, stronger voices to address the opioid crisis that is -- >> big for you. i hope you do that. i am rooting for you to do that. i was lucky not to have that. i think i drank over the years too much and i quit. this thing about heroin because it's cheap and the pushers get it into the market to you because it's cheap and they push it at you. and get the people who are having a hard time already. if you can beat that, what a great cause. chris hurst. congratulations. >> a lot of that is going after prescribing practices too. making sure student athletes are not being prescribed 60 pills when they have to get a repaired broken arm and helping our law enforcement address the battle too, especially as it relates to heroin too, because a lot of it is mixed with fentanyl which is so incredibly potent and deadly. that is really what's leading to so many overdose deaths now. you have a new opioid, fentanyl,
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being mixed with heroin that's killing people every day. >> get the pushers arrested and put away. that would be a good cause. thank you. >> talk with law enforcement. >> law can bring justice. it can bring justice, as it should. thank you so much. that's what bobby kennedy believes and i share it. law and justice should work arm and arm fighting against the other side. up next, one year since trump won the presidency. democrats commemorate the anniversary by beating republicans up and down the ballots. great night for democrats. can trump's party recover heading to 2018? not with this guy running the show. he is still doing it. he isn't going to change. 6:30 tomorrow morning he'll do it again from somewhere in the world. being trump. you're watching "hardball."
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today marks exactly one year since donald trump won the american presidency. the president celebrated the victory this afternoon tweeting, congratulations to all the deplorables and the millions of people who gave us a massive 304-227 electoral college landslide victory. adding a photo of himself giving a thumps up a along son-in-law jared kushner. hope hicks, steve miller and other staff members. democrats congratulated the president by giving his party and brand of politics a thumping at the polls yesterday. let's take a look back at the year of trump in the words of the president himself. >> i pledge to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but i will not ask you to raise your
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hands if you did. now, i have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> i was going to fire comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> i think there is blame on both sides. and i have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either. >> rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself. and for his regime. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now. out. he is fired. he is fired! i didn't have a schedule, but if i did have a schedule, i would say we are substantially ahead of schedule. >> well, that's what he said when he was talking to himself, anybody. the round table. heather mcgee.
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heather nelson and beth, senior p politics p politics editor for nbc news. >> donald trump campaigned basically promising to hurt a whole bunch of american people, right. immigrants, muslims, rolling back women's rights. >> you. >> me, exactly. right. me. everyone on this panel. [ laughter ] >> and he has done everything in his power to do that. yet, he also promised to help a whole lot of people, right. people in the working class that he thinks are, you know, all white men. he has done none of it, right. no jobs and infrastructure planned, threatened health care for 20 million people. threatened to raise their taxes to cut his own. it is really an example of where this us versus them that he created of beleaguered white men in the center and everybody else crowding around. the american people are not seeing that as the us versus
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them. they are seeing a political elite as the them. and i think we saw on virginia across the country last night that people want a different kind of politics. >> i agree. >> sophia. >> i think the president's enduring legacy, which is tragic, in his first year is that he took us to a place we had never gone before in our dialogue with each other as people. we were talking about this earlier. and the way he talks on twitter. hurling insults, and not feeling bad about it and not backing down from calling people whacky. all the things that he does that we have never seen a president do. i think the response to his first year is last night in virginia, where i live. i live in loudoun county. northam carried the county by 20 points. that's unheard of for a democrat. it was because of his divisiveness, bitingness and nastiness that trump is giving us that we're becoming a bit comfortable with and immune to which scares me.
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>> i don't think we're immune to it. people are waking up. they've woken up. people a year ago on the eve of the 2016 election were sort of hanging around doing pokey mon go. everybody was asleep. not particularly happy with the choices of trump or clinton. looking at gary johnson, jill stein, thinking about staying home. with the election of trump, everybody knows your vote matters. the people who support him nowno your vote matters. the deplorables that he spoke to in the tweet. the people who oppose trump are woken up and engaged. they realize their vote matters, democracy is fragile and if they're going to protect it they have to vote and do that. it's produced a lot of energy which, in the end, i think is a positive energy. >> heather, i think you might have something there that i have been thinking about getting ready for the segment. i think last year's election was over attitude. do you like the establishment or not. sort of the argument. do you like the insiders.
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hillary people, mitch mcconnells or send them a message, the hell with you guys. this time it's about performance. it's not about attitude. it's about what do you think of this president's performance? does he make you proud? does he make you feel good? i don't think people feel very good about it. most people i think are embarrassed by this guy. >> i think that's right. he walked into the white house, historically unpopular, right. i like to say -- remind people that he came in third in the election. the first was people who didn't vote at all. the second was people who voted for hillary. >> you don't need to remind me of that. >> he reminds us of having won the electoral college. >> by 304. >> third in the popular vote behind abstentions and hillary clinton. and so, what people are -- >> by the way, there was no way to vote for jill or gary johnson, they were not plausible presidential candidates. bernie and other people were plausible. marco rubio may have been plausible. not those two. gary johnson couldn't name a
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world leader when i sat with him. that was a problem. >> it's a problem. you are seeing something very exciting which is yes the issues still matter. economic inequality matters. people are still struggling and think their children will not have a better life than them. they're actually turning now to democrats who finally have been forced to have a plan, i think. >> you have exhausted our time. we' we'll come back with beth and work the other guway. there's lots of news out there tonight. this is "hardball," where the action is. ing to shut down news organizations that report the truth. if that isn't a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become? i'm tom steyer, and like you, i'm a citizen who knows it's up to us to do something. it's why i'm funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment.
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debuting at number two, it's getting a heartfelt response for people desperate for moral leadership. and this evening, i'll be speaking to a sold-out crowd at the national press club and tomorrow i'll be speaking at the national archives. on friday, i'll be out in california for "realtime with bill maher" and we'll be right back. believe it or not you actually like what you do. even love it. and today, you can do things you never could before. you're working in millions of places at once with iot sensors. analyzing social data on the cloud to create new designs. and using blockchain to help prevent fraud. so get back to it and do the best work of your life.
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o. rob astorino loss to the democrat last night after mercer spent $1 million on that race. >> bad bet. >> i like to know about this local stuff. it's something -- it'ses what controls how things get done at home. >> st. paul, minnesota, elected its first african-american ever as mayor. i think that's a pretty big move, if you've ever been to st. paul, minnesota. >> was he swedish? >> he's african-american. not a lot of people look like us out there. i went and spoke at land o'lakes before and i was like, wow, there's nobody that looks like me out there. that's a big deal, st. paul. >> i got a money and politics story, right? those 13 now house of delegates in virginia. all of them refused money from virginia's biggest corporate donor, dominion energy, that was pushing through -- is pushing through a very unpopular fracking pipeline through the state. >> and they all want despite that. >> yeah. >> amazing last night. thank you, heather mcgee and soefya nelson and beth fouhy. and when we return, let me finish with trump watch, again,
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trump watch. wednesday, november 8th, 2017. today is the one-year mark waking up with donald trump elected president. 365 days of knowing your country has stated a preference for this man to lead, to represent, to personify the american people. with the election results of last night suggested a country that chose donald trump's side of a hot argument, the political
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establishment versus its chief critic may not render the same judgment on the very different question of donald trump's performance as president. but i didn't need the results from virginia and jersey and other localities, including the philly suburbs, to feel the country's rejection of the big shot from trump tower. i'm in the midst of my nationwide book tour for "bobby kennedy: a raging spirit." ift felt out there in the country the heartstrings of people in these meetings and book stiignings. they were a moral leadership that's almost been forgotten. a leader making an effort to bring people together, not drive them apart. that's what it is that i think people miss. they miss a return of right and wrong in this nation's capital, some empathy for those in trouble, like the members of that church down in texas. like the struggling people of puerto rico, who wonder if they really are being treated like they're part of the united states. i'll say this now and often as i continue this tour, there has never been a doubt that this is a great country. what we want, what bobby kennedy
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made such an effort for is to make it a good country. we need now more than ever to know that we are capable of having such leaders. if there's one lesson that trump has taught us, it is that we can do better. but many of us already knew that, didn't we? that's thas"hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "all in with chris hayes" starts right now. >> we are back by popular demand! >> the democrats strike back. >> the democratic party is back, my friends! >> tonight, fallout from last night's wholesale rejection of president trump. >> we are better than this! >> reporter: thow the resistanc moved from the streets to the polls. >> this one's for you! >> and how the trump agenda could increase the size of a democratic wave. >> the republicans should look at the elections last night and it should be a giant stop sign for their tax bill. >> reporter: and about that steve bannon playbook. >> those trump issues,


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