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he denied any wrongdoing and there's no evidence that he got anything in exchange. that might bungle his confirmation process a little bit. >> political corruption in new york. thank you. that is "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. chris matthews will be back monday and "all in with chris hayes" starts right now. >> tonight on "all in." >> we're going to end the government corruption and we're going to drain the swamp in washington, d.c. >> new allegations of corruption from the swamp of donald trump's creation. >> you're right about the swamp. say it again. >> tonight, what looks like the most egregious abuse to date from a member of trump's cabinet. plus, why robert mueller's investigators detained a mystery trump ally at an airport this week. new reporting on the drinking games inside the white house personnel office. examining the trump fence. in thing 1 thing 2. >> it's not a fence. it's a wall. as advertisers pull away
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from a fox news show. >> they believe the bully and must be held account credible. >> what is with all the vitt vitriol aimed at parkland shooting survivors. when "all in" starts right now. good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes. it looks like the climate change skeptic that donald trump installed to lead the epa scott pruitt, took a bribe from the wife of a top energy lobbyist who gave him a sweetheart deal on a condo where he lives for six months last year. it's precisely the sort of ethically objectionable arrangement that the president promised to eliminate when he took the white house. instead of draining the swamp as he promised to do over and over, trump filled his cabinet with swamp creatures like steve mnuchin and ryan zinke who spent public money for unnecessary and lavish travel and ben carson for allegedly using his office for his son's private gain and tried
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to order a $31,000 dining room set for his office. the swampiest is pruett who now leads the epa, theation he sued 14 times when he was oklahoma attorney general and who is now reportedly on the verge of rolling back rules requiring cars to be cleaner and more efficient. pruett is supposed to fly coach when he conducts government business but he's taken dozens of domestic and overseas flights supposedly for security reasons though the threat turned out to be passengers shouting at him what he's doing to the environment. that's the beginning. the epa spent nearly $43,000 to install a soundproof phone booth in his office and pruett somehow managed to go through more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a single solitary trip to italy. now, that cost is due in part to the 24-hour roughly 30-person, you heard me right, 30-person squurt detail he insists he
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needs which is far in excess of the security for past epa administrators in which senator sheldon whitehouse says he also used on nonofficial trips to disneyland and a rose boll game. his latest ethical breach first reported by bloomberg and abc news. >> when he first move the to washington, he lived in this apartment, the owner the wife of a personal friend. a top energy lobbyist who has multiple clients doing business with the epa. pruett reportedly paid $50 a night to rent only one room in this two-bedroom apartment, far under market value. similar apartments go for $6,000 a month. sources tell abc news he used the entire unit and his daughter a white house intern at the time stayed in the other bedroom free of charge. >> now, pruett was getting the sort of deal. people could only dream of. a fancy condo in a prime location where he could keep his stuff yet only pay for the nights he slept there. oh, by the way, his daughter could stay in the other room for
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free and all of that for the low low low price of $50 per night. compare that to say this cozy room which journalist brian buttonler which cost more than what pruett paid in an apartment he would have had to share with someone other than his daughter. in a statement a spokesman cited aid finding by an epa ethics officer which was apparently dated today, the day the story broke, to argue there's nothing to see here. "demonstrator pruett's housing arrangement for himself and family was not a gift and consistent with fort worth ethics regulations." tonight there's another odd twist to the story. last year, pruett's security detail broke down the door of the condo when it was believed he was unconscious and needed to be rescued he was reportedly discovered waking up from a nap. t epa used public money to reimburse the condo's owner for the damage. jennifer is energy environment
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reporter at bloomberg news. a great piece of reporting. so you've got this it looks like a sweetheart deal, not a fair market deal that the administrator is taking advantage of. then on the other side, there's business that the lobbyist in question has before the epa that connects to a trip he took to morocco, is that right. >> right to some degree. one of the lobbyist clients is shaneer north korea, really the first company that was exporting liquefied natural gas out of the united states and last december, pruett took a trip to morocco to it out the benefits of u.s. liquefied natural gas. it's important to note the will you beist in question has said he didn't actually lobby epa and the energy department is the agency that is controls l & g exports. that's one of the reasons the trip was curious because it was a little odd to see administrator pruett being the ambassador for natural gas. >> just to be clear, the argument is look, this isn't in
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the upa's purview. it's an energy issue. why is he taking the trip to morocco to extol the virtue of american liquid natural gas? >> that's a real question that we still don't have a good answer to. maybe it has something to do with this or something to do with his general interest in domestic oil and gas. certainly proouitt is kind of o the president's front lines to embrace american energy. >> there's a memo epa from a deputy general counsel to the general counsel that beak exonerates pruitt and says it's fair market value and as such, everything is on the up and up. the thing odd about this is the memo is dated today. >> right. so one of the interesting things about the story, there was no prairie view or indications there was any review of this living arrangement. perhaps the administrator never thought it was a problem or
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would cause challenges down the road. it wasn't submitted to ethics officers till the news broke yesterday. it was at that time that ethics officials were briefed on the details of the arrangement. epa staff had to go get some of the documents in question, the lease and the canceled checks and so it was then there was this review that culminated in the memo released today. >> there's reporting from cnn at this hour that the white house is frustrated with epa's pruitt for the apartment controversy and pruitt's goose is cooked. do you have anything how this is being received at the white house. >> we're hearing that white house officials all the way up frankly to the president are frustrated by what they see is kind of an unforced error. they're frustrated by the bad headlines here especially coming on the back of so many other controversies. not just those involving administrator pruitt. that said, pruitt is still one
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of the folks that trump most regards or most highly regards in his cabinet. he is this crusader for the environment deregulation and client change deregulation this president wants. his star still shines in some corners of the white house but there is definitely a sense of frustration over there. >> jennifer dlouhy, thanks for being with me. >> thank you. john podesta is chair of hillary clinton's 2016 campaign and worked as counsellor to president obama and was chief of staff for president clinton. he just wrote an op-ed called enough is enough, scott pruitt needs to go. mr. podesta, you wrote that before the news about the condo deal. let's start with the condo deal and work backwards to what you wrote in the op-ed. do you think that scans ethically to you? >> of course not. i think the more we learn about it, the worse it looks. i accused him of being in bed with the lobbyists. now we know the lobbyists were
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renting him a bed at a discounted rate. he was getting a condo at below market rate. they cooked this thing up to pretend they were only renting him his bedroom. now we know his daughter stayed in the condo, as well. and you know, it's not bad enough that that looks sleazy, mr. pruitt spent $40,000 of our taxpayer dollars to fly first class to morocco to support the export of natural gas which he has nothing to do with it but the husband of the lobbyist who owns the condo is a lobbyist for the largest gas terminal exporter in the united states. the only one at the time he went there. so the whole thing stinks. and more importantly i think pruitt has done a horrible job protecting the environment and protecting public health. the issue i had focused on was his decision not to ban over the recommendation of his staff a
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very dangerous agricultural chemical that causes brain damage in children. see he's just a mess. i think it's time for him to get out of there and for him to be replaced. >> where does he rank to you in this administration? i mean, there's obviously been a lot of folks in different cabinet agencies who either have had real ethical issues or seem to be sort of at war with the actual agency they're running. where is pruitt in that list? >> well, you know, i think he is very high maybe tops the list of people who both have ethical challenges, have abused taxpayer dollars but also as i said, have taken and turned upside down the mission of their agency. and i think that really demonstrates the conflict he has that he's working for the polluters and lobbyists rather than for the american public and you know, particularly for the health of the american people and particularly children. so you know, it's some have had
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ethical challenges. some have done things that were really untoward not in the public interest. pruitt exemplifies the you know, place where the beams cross. >> so are you surprised, not surprised by his ability to endure? tom price you know, had a sort of down fall over the amount of travel he was doing. pruitt has done lots of travel, racked up real costs first class, $120,000 to italy, $40,000 flight to morocco. the condo deal. he's at war with his own administration he's running. how has he been able to survive? >> the one thing you have to say about pruitt, from his days as attorney general, he's a man on a mission. and he's been effective at trying to tear down the protections that epa has put in place to protect the environment and to protect people's public health.
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and that was something i guess that is approved of in the white house. so whether it's the now the new attempt to try to roll back auto emission standards which will cost consumers literally billions of dollars and expose more kids to the risk of asthma or whether it's his reversal on the clean power plan or whether it's you know, his decision not to ban this dangerous agricultural chemical, i guess he's doing what the president wants him to be doing. and if you have to give him some grudging credit, he's somewhat more effective at it than someone like ben carson or some of the other cabinet officers. >> i think that's probably right on the money. i have to ask this finally. obviously, you were on the clinton campaign and you ran against donald trump who relentlessly attacked hillary clinton and people in the clinton circle for being corrupt, for self-dealing, for the swamp, et cetera.
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what is it like to watch these kinds of stories come out where literally the head of the epa is renting apparently below market condo from an energy lobbyist and remember those attacks during the campaign? >> you know, look, i think trump has always been someone whether in business or in politics as someone who says one thing and does exactly the opposite. you know, he stiffs his contractors. he stiffed his workers and now he's stiffing the american people. so his idea, if this is his idea of draping the swamp, i think all of washington is going to drown in it. >> john podesta, thank you for making some time. >> thanks, chris. >> with me former governor christie todd whitman. as someone who had this job, does this arrangement that he was renting from the wife of an energy lobbyist, is that okay, is that kocher? >> of course not. we did everything to make sure
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there was a good distance between me and anyone who had business before the agency. we were very careful if there was certainly lobbyists would never have a personal, that kind of a personal not relationship because maybe you know them outside of their lobbying times. but this kind of thing where you're renting an apartment and clearly getting it for less than market value. you wouldn't put yourself in that position and you wouldn't have meetings. i never was allowed, i talked to my chief counsels and my counsels, the chief came from new jersey with me. and we said if someone has an issue before the agency, you don't meet with them. you have to be careful about that. you can meet with business, of course, when they have generalized things. but if they have a spec issue where the agency, the administrator has to maintain some form of separation so that you can be an honest judge when the issues come forward. >> i keep wanting to ask someone who had the job before and i
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have you here now about all these things i've seen. i don't know. i've never been the administrator of the epa. but a 30-person security detail 24 hours seems like a lot to me. am i wrong? >> i had two. i didn't have 30 with me full-time when he was governor. had you four who traveled with you and two that went ahead and somebody at the house. but you never traveleded with that many. and i certainly never had a private phone booth put into the office at epa. there is a room downstairs at the agency that is totally soundproof if you need to be in that kind of a situation. but there's so many things that are just counter to what the agency is about and what really worries me is the damage being done for all of us to all of us. just john podesta mentioned tail pipe emissions rolling that standard back. it makes no sense from a financial point of view because most of the auto companies have already planned for that. >> they've already done it. >> they've already done it.
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a lot of utilities are encouraging people to move to electric cars. but we know that he studies show that some 300,000 people a year in this country die from dirty airborne related causes. do you really want to make that worse? it just makes -- the agency is about protecting public health and the environment. and i'm all for take a look at regulations. there's some that have outlived usefulness. new technology has superseded the kinds of things required. this is mindless. anything that had anything to do with barack obama, it's gone. good, bad, indifferent. we don't care. it's going to do real damage down account line. that's so troubling. > should pruitt have to go? >> well, i don't know who he would come in his place. he's certainly doing what the president wants him to do. no question about that. he would have gone long since because there have been enough stories with the travel and all sorts of stuff. he's not the energy lobbyist and
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yet acted like that on many occasions. i think he believes in what he's doing, absolutely. i believe the president believes in what he's doing. so he'll probably stay there and i don't know that you get someone else that would take a different tact with this president. >> christie todd whitman, that was illuminating. > you're welcome. >> next a surprising development in the mueller probe today. another trump ally reportedly detained and investigated at the airport. tonight, he's telling had news what investigators wanted to know. we'll give you those details in two minutes. while i was overseas serving. it was my very first car accident. we were hit from behind. i called usaa and the first thing they asked was 'are you ok?' they always thank you for your service, which is nice because as a spouse you serve too. we're the hayles and we're usaa members for life. see how much you could save with usaa by bundling your auto and home insurance.
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>> if you're having a hard time following all the threads in the mueller investigation, i have bad news for you. there's a new character in the investigation. i present it out ted malloch, a professor, an informal adviser to the trump campaign, big booster. today he told nbc news he was detained by the fbi at boston's logan airport on wednesday after a flight back from london that
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he was served a subpoena from the special counsel's office. also, questioned on the spot in the airport. malloch said agents asked him about roger stone and whether he ever visited the ecuadorian embassy in london where julian an sang lived since 2012. he says agents searched his cell phone and he plans to appear for further questioning april 13th. for more on another new character, hooes here's harry lipman, department of justice lawyer. first of all, how common is it to do this move where you grab the person as soon as they land at the airport? >> yeah, and you have an order already to capture his cell phone. they had totally done their homework. they said they knew he was a big fan of the philadelphia eagles. and then they begin to hit him with all these questions. it's not uncommon. you want to initially question somebody when they are off balance. but it's going to be coupled
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with of course, the grand jury subpoena. and what's significant, chris, you know, you're right. it's a new thread. you pull that thread, we have a whole other chapter here, and i don't think malloch will turn out to be a huge part of the probe but remember what we find out from about the probe is only what witnesses or defendants let us know. and here we have malloch who goes right toy fer raj and cambridge analytica and roger stone. it's this breathless kind of new development that shows you know, mueller is not thinking about the red line, the blueline, the yellow line. he's just thinking about the finish line. and plumbing the depths of everything that is involved here. i'm sure to trump's great chagrin. we're back in tom clancy territory with a very rich complicated brew centering around the 2016 release of the
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wikileaks documents. >> that's what struck me. i mean, we've got the reporting yesterday that from a single anonymous source over at cnn gates was told when they were seeking his cooperation, we don't need you for manafort. we have him. let's talk about russia and the trump campaign. this guy says yeah, they're asking me about roger stone, about wikileaks. that indicates to me they are on the scent of the thing in question, was there collusion, was there is cooperation, did the two entities work with each other into completely. as you say about gates, we thought he was there to stitch up manafort. now we have reason to think it's all on the collusion side of things with manafort and others. he was involved with this so-called person a who is constantine clip nick who was a russian spy operative. we're down in the muck of russian collusion big-time. and again, we only learned the parts of the elephant that
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individual witnesses tell us but we know from these pieces that mueller is very focused on the whole 2016 mess. >> i think that's right. i think you talk about the parts of the elephant, right in the fable of the blind man with the elephant that that's how we're seeing the mueller investigation. i'm struck george nader for instance who was also caught in an airport, i hadn't thought of him as a key part of it. but when you start to look into it, it's like he might it be another sort of transmission vector here. it makes me wonder about the scope of this thing in terms of what we see and what they see. >> to the extent you wonder, i would assume that it's broad. malloch is a guy how turns around and starts talking. i'm sure there are other people who get a lawyer and go to the grand jury or fight it. there's so much we don't know even been whom they're speaking with. and beyond that, what they're
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investigating. again, i was really struck but how they had done their homework. this guy comes off the plane and they've got him chapter and verse. and very much, the only reason to focus on this fellow is because of his ties to the whole chapter of wikileaks and julian assange and russia collusion and that's a whole ket counsel of fish there. >> harry lipman, thank you very much. >> thank you, chris. >> coming up, the remarkable lengths the president will go to to avoid having to personally fire anyone and what we're learning tonight about the drinking games being played inside the white house. ♪ just say the words ♪ and we'll beat the birds down to acapulco bay ♪ ♪ it's perfect for a flying honeymoon they say ♪ ♪ come fly with me ♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪
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you spoke to him. he made no mention of the fact that he was about to terminate you? >> that's correct. >> and then you found out via tweet. >> yeah, right before that, the chief of staff kelly gave me a call which i appreciated, gave me a heads-up. and so -- but that was much after the phone call. >> last night on the show, former veterans affairs secretary david shulkin made a stunning revelation. he said he spoke to the president on wednesday the same day he was fired and there was no mention he was going to fire shulkin. later the president fired him with a tweet and announced he would tap his own doctor to replace him. not only does the president seem to have a problem for what he became famous for on tv but the office responsible for vetting some of the personnel suffers from short comings some of the most pronounced in history. a former director of appointments in the governor's office, chris lu, former
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secretary of labor in the obama white house who worked inside the white house for years and betsy woodruff from "the daily beas beast". tara, this is not a new thing but it just is amazing to me the guy who became famous for saying you're fired cannot do it no matter what. he was clearly teed up in that conversation to just say the words to david shulkin you're fired and can't do it. >> and he wasn't even face-to-face. they were on a phone call. it's easiest to do it that way. here's the thing. i own a small business. unfortunately, i've had to let two people go in the course of operating my small business. and i will tell you, even when it's for cause, it is extraordinarily difficult. but that's what leaders do. >> i mean, there is no one -- by the way i will just say, i talked to someone last night who has a good sense of trump's personality. and said he hates personal conflict. that is extremely relatable. the fact that he can't pull the trigger to fir anyone weirdly
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one of the more endearing qualities of the president. chris, this speaks to a broader problem which we are seeing from rob porter to the ethics problem in all the different agencies to the people who keep finding had andrea kosinski keeps finding things in their background. there is a quality control problem with people in this white house. >> yeah, you know, chris, staffing a government is serious work. and it needs serious people. and this remarkable piece in the west today that looks at the white house personnel office shows they don't have enough people doing this job. they're too inexperienced and haven't been vetted themselves. there are people who work at the personnel office who themselves have inflated their own resumes and have arrest records. so donald trump can blame senate dras all he wants for the fact that he doesn't have people in place. but this is his own personnel office that is falling down on
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the job. >> here's another excerpt from that west piece. the ppo office is on the first floor of the eisenhower executive building became something of a social hub where young staffers from the administration stopped by to hang out and smoke elen electronic cigarettes. betsy what, did you make of that piece? >> i was reached out to by a former trump administration official who was outraged about it and in particular was very irate about one detail that comes in towards the end of the piece. this is the detail of katia bullock, special assistant to the president, in four white houses. she's a veteran and knows how it works. four of her relatives have all gotten plum administration positions during this administration. she says she had nothing to do with it. source i spoke to said they believe that's impossible. these positions that bullock's relatives got are great jobs and come with the same quality of health care comparable to the president's quality of health
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care. frequently people who get these jobs get security clearances which can be worth tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars of income after you leave the administration. those are really valuable. these jobs come with generous searle packages. to have four of your family members get jobs like that in an decision when you are in a position that involves hiring people is something that my source told me would have resulted in congressional hearings if it was happening under a democratic administration. my source is a diehard republican. this is a former trump administration official who said if it was a democratic president and we were getting this story, there would be hearings. >> that is remarkable. it speaks to the fact as far as i can tell, and i know people that worked in the obama administration. >> right. >> there is no vetting being done whatsoever. i honestly think no one -- just basic vets the kind you used to when you were running the boards and commissions office for the governor of new jersey. >> we would do three-way background checks on people and
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four-way background checks on people. for people we didn't do collection on, they would have to fill out the judiciary questionnaire which by the way a lot of people trump nominated lied on their questionnaire and literally faced no repercussions. even if you are being vetted and given the paperwork of being vetted, no one's checking what they're putting. when they're being caught, there is no mechanism from congress or leadership from congress to hold anyone account credible. >> how did it work in the obama administration, chris? >> it didn't work like this. we had a professional operation in presidential personnel. the trump people have about 30 people there. we had multiple times that. we had people that had experience running large organizations and we took it seriously. one of the amazing sticks, there are over 200 key positions in the trump administration for which there is no nominee. there's no drug czar. the president's going to meet
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with the north korean leader. there's no ambassadortors south korea. he added a controversial question to the census. there's no census director. there are real consequences when you're not filling these jobs. >> one more piece of color, betsy, from that piece in the "washington post" what the personnel office is like in the white house. january, the folks in the office played a drinking game in the office called icing to celebrate the deputy director's 30th birthday where you walk up and give him a smirnoff ice that is four or five years old. not to be petty. >> i thought it was a new thing. we didn't play that when i was in college. it made me feel like an old person. >> it gives you a sense of what the operation is there. i guess i wonder as someone who reports on this white house, what is your general sense of what the level of competence is generally in that place? >> it's not great. part of the reason is trump has sent a message from the top down that the only thing that really matters is loyalty to donald
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trump. >> right, right. >> and competence is not necessarily part of that. we know from the early days of the transition, there were signs in the transition team office that said never trump equals no job. if you eliminated everyone who said they were a never trump republican which is what this administration did, you eliminate a vast swathe of the washington republican establishment. okay, that's what trump campaigned on. great. guess what, the washington republican establishment includes a lot of lawyers who would have been the doing the legwork of vetting people to get jobs in the administration. all those resources were tossed out the window and the result is that you get a bunch of people who while loyal are not necessarily super duper experienced. >> walking around vaping and icing each other. i want to play this last bit of sound from carl higbie. he's someone who got a job over at the mayor core agency. this is the kind of thing, this is just an example of the sorts of things this guy is on the record saying. >> the culture that is breeding
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this welfare and the high percentage of people on welfare in the black rafs, it's a lax of morality. >> i have somebody who lives in my condo association that has five kids. they don't have jobs. they're there all the time. i bet you can guess what color they are. >> i was called islammophobe the other day. no, i'm not afraid of them. i don't like them. >> when that came out, he was fired and promptly hired by the super pac working with the president which sends a message what they view as tolerable and not doable. >> that's exactly right. trump basically is surrounded and has hired racist homophobes, mercenaries as i say amateur mercenaries and criminals. that's what this administration has come down to at this point. the double standard for everything this guy has said about black people literally applies to donald trump. literally. >> a culture of lax morality. tara, chris lu, and betsy woodruff, thank you for joining
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of there are massive problems was criminal justice in america of course, but every once in awhile there's a story i find especially infuriating. this is one of them. a texas woman was just sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally in 2016. five years. crystal mason has argued her
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illegal vote was an accident. shortly before the 2016 election, you see, she had been released from federal prison serving just under three years for tax fraud. she was released under community supervision but says she was never told according to texas law, you can't vote while still under supervision. so on election day she cast a provisional ballot and that decision has landed her back in prison for five years. mason said at the time of her arrest you think i would jeopardize my freedom? who would as a mother and provider leave their kids over voting? the fort worth star telegram report she was taken to jail. at the conclusion of her trial small children waved and said bye-bye, big ma. mason's attorneys filed for an appeal. it's clear she did break the law and ignorance of the law is no excuse. what should her punishment be? this example in iowa intentionally voed twice for donald trump because she said the polls are rigs. she was sentenced to two years probation and $750 fine or this
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she's a bully and she needs to be held accountable. i don't care who you are. a bully is a bully and they must be held accountable and that's what we're trying to do here. >> david hogg is refusing to back down. the controversy began when ingram mocked hogg. he rejected by four colleges. hogg said pick a number one through 12, pick that company next to the number and it was a list of advertisers. they released plans to drop ads
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from the fox news show not because of the political position but because she was personally acre tattacking this after, let's remember, surviving a mass murder at a school. she's not the only one. it seems that huge portions of the right confounded and threatened by these kids and trying to create alternate reality where they are liars or actors or brown shirts or out for a purpose than simply saving their lives. joining me media matters and eric of share blue and senior advisor and national spokesperson for move why are people losing their minds over these kids? i really mean that. >> this is not unusual for the conservative media. they have the attention and capability to tell their story.
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>> what sparked it is the march. there is a simmering contentiousness towards the kids. millions of people show up on saturday across the country to protest both trump and the nra. monday morning national review put up a david hogg is a demagog demagogue. that was the sounding bell. it was a war all week on specifically hogg and the problem with ingram, she fell into it when right wing picks a villain to have to dehumanize. ingram saw him completely dehumanized and jumped the rail into social bullying. had nothing to do with guns. >> if you look at what these kids did in a little over a month, they changed the modern day playbook in organizing and creating a movement. they were able to get florida to pass the state sllegislator to pass a bill and turn it into law. that is amazing. the nra got dropped by delta, by
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united, by dicks, i mean, these kids are making things happen in a way that we've never seen before. >> i just want to be clear. ingram's tweet, which was to me more petty. what's wrong with you? grow up. it wasn't disgusting but there is the washington times, david hogg would have made a good brown shirt. that's a verbatim quote of a piece. this doctor of emma gonzalez. they doctored it to make it look like she was ripping up the constitution. they are objects of the two-minute hay. now, the thing that i do understand, right, is the idea that because you have gone through a horrible trama, you are necessarily correct about what your policy position is, which i feel like people in the right feel like what is put out there. i remember there were surviving family members of victims of 9/11 who were for torture or for guantanamo or iraq and people in
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the nrc that lost loved ones committed by unauthorized immigrants and for building a wall. just because you suffered a trama does not mean you're right on policy, right? >> yeah. >> the way to deal with that is not to go after the people that suffered trama. we did not see this on the other side. we didn't see people going after the family members of the folks in the rnc. >> that's right. this is who they are. i was thinking back when this happened, laura ingraham, has she ever gone after a child before? during the refugee crisis in central america all those children were leaving, at one point she was playing footage of them moving and the fact we were giving them resources and food and she started playing the taco bell commercial. her point was to attack these kids who were in extremely bad situations and saying it was our
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own policies encouraging them to do this. that was not abnormal for her, either. >> fox has found one or two in particular from parkland, i haven't seen any liberal to try to -- >> that's a great point. >> i don't know anything about his family. i don't care anything about his family. he's great speaking. >> exactly. good for you. you feel differently about this issue. you suffered this trama, you're going to the white house. >> right. >> go to it. >> maybe you'll see the liberal. i think the crust of this is this moverment -- movement is being led by kids, which we haven't seen with gun movement and they are getting things done. they grew up in the internet era. they grew up -- >> that's the other thing. >> think about it, they groew u reading "harry potter" telling them kids can change the face of history. >> if you've ever been on a subway and been roasted by
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teenagers. that's what i feel like we're watching and there is a weird crazy jujitsu meme on the right, the shooter was like a victim of bullying. no, this is like a real thing that's out there. this disgusting idea that the murderer was a victim of bullying and that the villains in the story are these kids. >> to piggy back off what she said, one of the ways they are changing things is leap frogging. they didn't ask the nra to change their behavior. they accepted they won't do it. we'll by pass them boy y going those who have power over them. five years ago you would see a petition, please, fox news, do something to laura ingraham. they accepted they have to bypass it. >> they moved on. they went past us and said you won't do anything, fox news, so we'll get to where it hurts, money. >> this is the problem because once advertisers leave, they won't come back. rush limbaugh is still on the
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air and he's not recovered in terms of his bottom line. bill o'reilly doesn't have a job, breitbart has a fraction of the advertisers. fox news says we'll bring new advertisers in. who will step forward and say i want to be on the laura ingraham show? i don't think anybody will step forward in weeks. >> she went after a kid, a teenager in a petty, awful, awful way. it's like really, 4.1. so silly. >> there is something -- i think you're right. i keep coming back to what is it about these kidding driving people insane? you're right, it's the effectiveness. i'm trying to come up -- >> in over a month. look how successful they have been. >> after sitting and watching. >> right. >> and the daily grind of gun violence in this country, murder after murder, suicide after suicide. >> nothing happens. a couple days of grief and that's it and everybody moves on. >> i don't think they are interested in persuading other people. part of what the right is trying to do is hold the line.
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it's important to go after the kids not to persuade the people they may lose. they are trying to keep their people together. that's a testament to how these people have been. >> thank you-all. before we go, quick reminder, my book, "a colony in a nation" is available. it's about what donald trump means when he talks law and order and seems relevant these days. it's "all in" for this evening. now here is rachel maddow. happy friday. thanks for joining us. last night richard engel had a scoop on nightly news involving a kgb intelligence officer who defected to the west. we are in the middle of a swirl of international news and international intrigue involving what's now turning into a big tight betwe fight between russia and a fairly united west but it's got this unexpected modern twist of ou


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