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million voters there the county registrar says 100,000 plus names were left off the roster due to a printing error. this mistake has reportedly affected about 35% of precincts in the county. voters whose names are inexplicably missing from the votiol when they turn up to ve to not to worr ey're told to file a provisional ballot which officials y will be counted. bu is obviously setting some nerves on edge in california as we continue to watch results roll in around the country that does it for now, but lots of primary coverage to come tonight. >> obviously i'm not lawrence o'donnell, i'm steve kornacki.
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lawrence o'donnell is coming up.
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leap frog over keirstead, this would be the scenario democrats areang. alornia, these things can may be a tabulation error resulting in votes for the 4th
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bottom line that was their goal heading into tonight, to live to fight inll of these in november. brian, we'll accepted it over to you. >> our thanks to steve kornacki. we ask only that you not stray from the big board. we will come back with results as they come in throughout the broadcast. checking in on other news, day 502 this was of the trump administration. and president trump wasted no time again today lashing out at his own attorney general of his recusal from the russia investigation. president trump wrote on twitter, "the russian witch-hunt hoax continues all because jeff sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself. i would have quickly picked someone else. so much time and money wasted. so many lives ruined. and sessions knew better than most that there was no
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collusion. to say that our president cannot let this go would be an understatement. the attacks now come so frequently it almost normalizes this still new notion of an american president regularly eviscerating his own attorney general. and jonathan la mere of the "washington post" said his anger towards jeff sessions has hit a whole new level. >> he is so mad at jeff sessions, he has stopped ewing sessions' name. therefore aides have copied that. they say him or attorney general. >> john that reports the president's atyar sessions is permeating most things inis path. "on thursday, trump was on air force one returning from a trup to texas, reveling in both a successful day of fund raising and the heads-up he had received from economic adviser larry kudlow that the next day's jobs
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report would be positive," as we learned the next morning. but when aide mentioned sessions, trump abruptly ended the conversation and unmuted the television in his office, dismissing the staffer to resume watching cable, according to a person familiar with the an. >> we are tracking developments on paul manafort, his mounting legal problems in the russia investigation. earlier today a judge scheduled a june 15 hearing on whether to revokemanafort's bail after prosecutors alleged he tried to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release. nbc news reporting it this way. according to monday's fbi aft, two people who were part of a broader effort to lobby on behalf of ukraine told orat manafort, while on contacted them in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise
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conceal evidence. a spokesperson for manafort released a statement today that said, "mr. manafort is innocent and nothing about this latest allegation changes our defense. we will do our talking in court." also new today, "washington post" reporting that president trump has become, "fixated on pardons." "a white house official said trump is obsessed with pardons, describing them as the president's new favorite thing to talk about. he may sign a dozen or more in the next two months, this person added." a lot to talk b. let's bring in our lead-off panel. joyce vance who spent 25 years as a federal prosecutor, michael crowley for politico, and john, author of "game change and double down." the circus on show time in addition to being a contributor around these parts. john, take it wherever you wish.
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sessions, pardons, manafort. what are we witnessing right now? >> just another day at the that lose that tor ranch. you said almost normalized.we h. >> more than a daily basis. use a fuselage. there are a couple important things. the tweet about jeff sessions, i was on morning skwroefplt it has become so common that we didn't really pause to let it sink in that the president w essentiallyontradicting what his lawyers are said in those documents that we saw in the "new york times" this weekend where they said no. donald trump always knew it was going to go on. he did not fire jim comey in order to end the russia investigation. here he is contradicting it flatly,aying the russian witch-hunt hoax, a phrase that no editor would allow in a copy
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we wrote. >> at least it's in capital letters. >> i think that's pretty important. and the manafort situation is super important. look, you have to be pretty crooked to be committeding when you know you are under indictment. >> they recommend against that. paul manafort has good lawyers. a bunch of things you are n going to do. this is one of them. to have increased his legal peril given robertueller m of an upper hand in terms of leverage to get him to flip on donald trump, it's a huge development. if you were convinced you were going to get a pardon, why
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engage in witness tampering. >> yeah. that's a serious offense. michael, other than the sheer almost daily release of steam on the sessions' issue, is there any case to be made by anyone around thisde t continued attack on his ag, while they're all under investigation, is a good idea? >> i wanted to point out he is not saying sessions' name anymore. he was referring to him as mr. ma goo. in that sense things are looking up for jeff sessions. he can call it a hoax. he can say no collusion. his base loves that. attacking jeff sessions is
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actually a big hero for the conservative base. he's got a lot of old friends on capitol hill, in the senate. people like mitch mcconnell don't like hearing him talk that way. they may basically be witcapitol trump when it comes to the russia investigation. it burns needless capital. when it comes to the russia investigation, he just blows a gasket and doesn't kno what he's doing and doesn't think it through. >> joyce, we have been wan to talk to you since we read this on manart. it is one for us to go through it. certain parts read like a clear
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and present danger. it's active wording. how did it read to you? what did you take away from this? >> it's a really interesting pleading, brian. on the technical legal side of things, one of the conditions of paul manafort'as tt heotmit another federal crime. so now the government has brought before the judge probable cause to believe he's tampered with a witness, and that's a good reason to re his bond. in the two or times this happen in my career, everyone on the prosn got incredibly angry and mediately went to the judg asking that the defendant be n into custody pending trial because the worst-case situation is a defendant who's out trying to influence witnesses and avoid the fair trial that the people of the united states are entitled to in these cases. so that's likely the reaction here. what's incredibly interesting is that manafort would have done this nt the adce
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of counsel, who would have cautioned him against doing anything like this. and the question is why did he do it? what did he think he had to benefit from, or what was so dangerous that he wanted to steer these witnesses away from discussing it candidly in his trial? >> yeah, questions i guess we'll have to wait to get an answer for. hey, john, i want to play you -- you were present for the next quote during our 4:00 p.m. broadcast. we've already seen a highlight reel of you once. this is harry litman, former u.s. attorney, talking about manafort's next appearance in t. >> prosecutors hate this. judges hate this, and he's going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on friday because the statute says if they find that this happened, there's a presumption that no circumstances exist that will get him safely there for trial. so there's the real prospect that he now goes to jail. >> that really gets your attention. >> it does. bring your toothbrush. >> yeah. he's out on bail to use a phrase
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from all the cop shows. but if that's true, on his hearing date, he's got to brin some essentials because he'll then go into custody and remain there until trial. >> bring a toothbrush and a big bag of beef jerky, i guess, because you're going to be there for a while. look, he's a 70-year-old man who is also facing on the previous charges, more than 20 years in prison. now he's looking at well into e -- past where he lets go of this mortal coil. i agree, i said it on the show and i'll say it again. i agree with harry. yes, prosecutors hate this kind of behavior. in this case, i ey hat it and then they love it because he's caught. and once he's caught, ifis a game about leverage -- and bob mueller is trying to figure out who are the highest value targets. who are the people who know the most about what donald trump may have done wrong. you think about jared kushner.
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you think about paul manafort. you think about michael cohen, who is now being dealt with mostly in the southern district of new york, but that can be part of this case also. those are the guys who have been with trump even though manafort as trump points out over and over again is only part of the campaign starting in the spring of 2016, donald trump has known paul manafort for 30 years. paul manafort and regier roger stone. >> he had an apartment in his building. >> he was also roger stone's partner. roger stone was donald trump's political svengali going back into the 1980s. he knows what manafort's businesses involve. they have run in the same circles. this is a guy who knows things about donald trump's connections to russian money, russian money laundering potentially, and other bad behavior that long pre-dates the 2016 campaign, but that clearly, if you think about the scope of what mueller is now doing, is all within mueller's sights. so when manafort makes a mistake like this for whater reason, it just gives, as i said befor mueller that much more leverage over manafort to be able to try to make the kind of deal that's going get himhe kd of information that he wants if such information exists with the president of the united states. >> it's a titanic tightening of the screw. i'll remind you the president says manafort was only around
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for a very short period of time. >> yeah. >> hey, michael, this use of pardons, "the washington post" reporting on the word "fixated." do you buy into the argument that this may be how trump viewed everything about the presidency, that it would all feel like pardons? >> yeah. you know, brian, it makes -- it's so consistent with our understanding of trump's mind set and his approach to the presidency, which first of all i think constantly goes back to the trump organization where trump was a ceo. everyone was loyal to him. his word went. there was basically no challenge to him, certainly no checks and balances. and in the presidency, it's the same thing. this is an ultimate fiat power he has. he basically waves a magic wand and absolves people, sort of like the inversion of condemning people to death, which i supposd i don't want to imagine what he might do with that power. but no one can challenge him. his staff can complain, but congress can't tell him he can't do it. the deep state can't stop him from doing it.
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it's almost a regal power. and i think he loves that, that fiat. i will say, brian, i've been skeptical about this theory that some of these pardons are meant to send signals to potential russia investigation witnesses. and then i read this "washington post" story tonight with this remarkable quote from newt gingrich essentially saying just that, saying that these pardons should be seen as a message to potential mueller witnesses, saying that help is on the way and trump is willing to wave the magic pardon wand. i was kind of gob smacked that newt gingrich would say that. newt gingrich talks to the president. i don't know if that is what the president thinks, but i recommend people look hat story because did change the way i thought about this initially i thought trump just liked the power for what it was. i do think that's true, but it makes me wonder what else is going on here. >> sometimes refreshing to see people getting more direct these days. so, joyce, the power to pard indeed goes back to the king's england. as you and i have discussed on this broadcast, it's one of the
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fearsome powers we grant our president, and it only bumps up against the law if they are broken if, scorsese-style, s a ing to send a message. >> you know, that's true, but it's also not true. there's no doubt that the president's pardon power is exceptionalld. by the same token, something we've talked about is the fact that a president can do something that he's legally entitled to do. but he can do it in a matter that might constitute another crime. and the best example is rod blagojevich, who surfaced in the last week as a news item, right? he had the ability to appoint a new senator to replace barack obama, but what made it a crime was taking a bribe. similarly, if trump su a pardon with the corrupt intent to remove a witness that mueller needs access to, that could become part of obstruction. it could be part of a conspiracy to obstruct.
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and it could really be his fatal downfall at the end of all of this. >> the essential joyce vance along with the equally essential michael crowley and john heilemann. our great thanks for starting off our conversation on this tuesday night. coming up for us, another white house staffer has lost her job tonight. this time it's the aide who made that crude remark about john mccain's termina the latest on what finally led to her departure. spoiler, it wasn't the comment about john mccain. and later the white house doubles down on its decision to disinvite the super bowl champs, saying the philadelphia eagles abandoned their fans. you don't have to be an eagles fan to know that would not go over well in philadelphia. "the 11th hour" just getting started even though our music ere foa moment, on a tuday nigh ahh... summer is coming. and it's time to get outside. pack in even more adventure with audible. with the largest selection of audiobooks. audible lets you follow plot twists off the beaten track.
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welcome back. the white house aide who made a crude and morbid joke about or the president.in's health nos it's been nearon e publicationt reported kelly sadler's remarks that john mccain's vote on cia director nominee, quote, doesn't matter because he's dying anyway. mccain, of course, is being treated for a malignant brain tumor. to date neither sadler nor the white house have publicly apologized for it. a statement today read simply, kelly sadler is no longer employed within the executive office of the president. more on that definition in a moment. her offensive comments may not even be the reason for her dismissal.
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"the washington post" is reporting tonight that, quote, an official said the departure was not spurred by her mccain comments but, instead, was fueled largely by an internal dispute with white house director of strategic communications mercedes schlapp. there are reports that sadler blamed schlapp for leaking her mment to theress while both women were standing before the president. as "the new york times" describes tonight, tensions between the two had reached a point where ms. sadler and ms. schlapp were ubl b the same room together. that's a problem. back with us tonight, two of our longtime contributors. eli stokols, who we are so happy to say is now a white house reporter for "the los angeles times." and anita kumar, who remains white house correspondent for mcclatchy newspapers. welcome, gang. eli, what does this episode either reveal or reaffirm to you about the operations of the trump white house?
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>> well, that reporting is right, that this is not about what she said, and it's never been about what she said. from the moment that comment was reported, the white house response was the problem is leaking. it's leaking, and we need to clean that up. now you have this internal personnespe, and it's led to kelly sadler being let go from that position. we don't know if she's going to stay in the administration in some capacity. but there has been no further explanation from this white house about any of this. it's just that she's not working here, and it has nothing to do with that callous remark that she made about john mccain. there was never really a thought that she might apologize because, you know, culture starts at the top, and this is a president who has been saying, you know, things about john mccain that struck a lot of people as off for three years, ever since the remark about liking people who don't get captured. and he's never apologized.
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there was never really much thought that there would be a public apology on this, and there's no indication that that has anything to do with the personnel decision made today. >> anita, you already know this. but just for our viewers, there is every possibility she could be employed by the administration writ large tomorrow morning. and the administration is a big place. the executive office of the president is kind of the president's payroll. but traditionally the white house old executive office building have been populated by people called detailees, who are technically employees of cabinet agencies but are detailed to the white house to work there. so, again, federal bureaucracy is a vast place. all it said was she's leaving the executive office. but, anita, the question to you is since we are still talking about what she said, this again lacks any real finality that, say, an apology would bring.
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>> right. i mean, you know, this was a month ago and this went on for days if you'll remember. days and days where, you know, all that was going on in the white hous they were getting questioned and questioned about this, what she was going to do. is she going to be, you know, reprimanded? is there going to be a public apology? finally it has died down. now they've chosen for her to leave. so we're going to have days of questions again. as you mentioned, they only put out a brief statement but didn't really explain much else. i'm sure they're not going to. there's not their thing. they're not going to explain much else, but they're going to get a lot of questions so this is going to continue on. >> just a reminder to our viewers. this is primary night after all. we haven't done this for a while, but we have a projected winner. dianne feinstein, the victor of the california senate primary, just in to us. we wanted to pass that along before our next update with steve kornacki.
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eli, back to present day. i want to play for you an exchange that took place in the briefing room. josh dossey of the "washington post," former colleague of yours with sarah huckabee sanders today. we'll talk about it on the other side. >> do you think your statement accurate or inaccurate? >> again, i know you want to get me into a back and forth with you on this conversation. >> it's not back and forth. you said something. we just want to know if it was accurate or not. >> i know your goal is to engage me in a conversation about matters dealing with the outside counsel, and i'm not going to do that today. >> you said something from the podium. was it accurate or not? that's all we want to know. >> again, i work day in, day out, and i believe frankly with the majority of you here in the , i think you all know i'm an honest person who works extremely hard to provide you with accurate information at all times. i'm going to continue to do that, but i'm not going to engage on matters that deal with the outside counsel. >> dossey versus sanders. i have to say jim acosta on cnn tonight said this. quote, it seems like we're coming to the end of her days at this white house. that surprised me to hear from jim. do you concur with his opinion, and what about general credibility these days from the podium? >> i don't have any reporting to suggest that the president himself is upset with the job that sarah sanders is doing at
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imminediumat my impression from being around the president, talking to people in the west wing is that he's fairly happy or happier with the staff overall compared to maybe how he felt a few months ago with certain cabinet members and west wing staff. i will say on this issue, this is the second day that josh doss sarah sandand others in the fioohave as well i think people who watch those briefings can ep back and objectively take away that she cannot answer a simple question about whether a statement that she made months ago that has since been contradicted by the president's outside attorneys is accurate, whether or not this taxpayer funded spokesperson who speaks for the president at the white house is telling the truth. that's an essential question about her credibility. and yet because we're living through this era in which the presidis engaged in a war on the press and a war many say on truth, the truth has become so tribalized that a lot of people see her response, and they watch for that. they like her hitting back at josh dossey, and april ryan. and this is all increasingly subjective, the takeaways fr that briefing. but i do think at the end of the day when you go into that briefing room and you see the briefings getting shorter and shorter, you can take away from that that this is a white house and a press shop that is not delighted with the fact set that they face every day. and she does her best to dissemble and to deflect, but i think that takes a toll eventually as well. and they know that even though the public posture is to turn everything around and attack the press.
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>> and, anita, this is hardly the first time she's been called
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upon to trot out a new version of the truth. >> right. well, actually, this has been happening since day one of the trump administration, from back when sean spicer, her predecessor, was talking about the record crowds at the inauguration. but, you know, recently with sarah sanders, this just came up again a couple weeks ago with the paymen-- presint s?ow about the pment to stormy she had said repeatedly that he didn't know. and then suddenly he says he did know. he tells reporters he did know. and so she was asked the same question. let's be clear here. she can answer if she wants to answer. she can answer if the president wants her to answer. but they're choosing this as their tactic. their tactic is sort of an illogical one. she can't really answer -- you know, she's choosing not to say whether something's truthful or not. so they've decided this is the best strategy going forward, and i totally agree with eli. they've decided that the strategy is to turn it back on the media. the media is asking these questions. i believe one of her comments there earlier today was that she -- she is more credible or truthful than the media is. i mean so she's really -- that was some strong language today, stronger than usual. she's definitely decided that's her strategy. >> our thanks to our two very creduests, eli stokols and anita kumar, two of the faces we look for at that white house briefing during live coverage of it.
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thank you both very much. coming up, we go back to steve kornacki, back to the big board after you saw we're getting our first real results from california. that and more when we come right back.
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a barnburner out in california. again, we have been monitoring a number of house races looking at who will get through and are democrats going to be locked out of any? there are three coming into today where they were worried about not having a candidate on the ballot. they think they can filip. there might be a fourth added to that. right now the picture coming in a little bit into focus here. democrats breathing a little bit easier with what they see. but there is still some tension here. we have been tolling this story all night. rohrabacher, 48th district, orange county, california, we predict he will win in first place tonight. the question is who is going to run against him? things get not just confuse bug they are chaotic.
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this is ourl count. if you look at the website at the board of elections in orange county, they maintain they have a few more votes they are reporting. what they are showing is keirstead is running in second place. to their calculations, by 500 votes over scott baugh, republican, making his way into second place t get two republicans into the general election. and they have harley rouda moving up a little bit, 900 behind keirstead. there are reports srl online. dave wasserman knows these things very well. he is doing a lot of sleuthing and says there may be a tabulation error that could result in a number of votes going ros way. obviously that is a huge, huge
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wild card in this thing. so the headline for democrats is at this hour they're not getting locked out of the 48. they've got to worry about scott baugh. this is the one that democrats have the most to worry about right now. but at this hour, i think democrats would rather be in the position they're in than the republicanosio here as it relates to second place here. let's show you the 39th district. this is an open seat. this is a republican-held seat. royce is retiring kim going to advance to the fall. cisneros won the lottery a few years back. he said i'm going to spend it running for congress. liberatore, con receiver active candidate on the right.
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he is doing considerably better. and huff, democrats very excited to see the republican vote spread out a little bit more. there were mailers in this district, trying to get republicans excited about lib libertore. this is another lockout potential. you have harkey running in she'lo good. the lockout question, this is where they are feeling really good in terms of avoiding the lockout. fourth, fifth place. all democrats. very much like what they are seeing here. donald trump see this where isa barely got re-elected a couple years ago.
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and the 10th district, denham, he's g to finish first. he's going to run in the fall. you have this other on the right there, howze. he's been threaten bg half the vote we think or so. he's been threatening to pull in second above jeff harder. about half in. democrats are probably cautiously optimistic. that's probably the word you would use. so, again, four lockout possibilities as the votes start to come in for democrats. right now they are not in position to be locked out for any of them. a little morten kwrous elsewhere. the votes are coming in slow tonight. there is a lot still to come. but democrats, look, their main goal coming in tonight, can you avoid that lockout. i want to show you quickly there were headline races here in
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california as well. if we can get this up on the screen. the governors race in california. can i get that up? here we go. their candidate, john cox, right now second. feinstein in first. air progressi challenger against her. quickly, in montana, senate race there for the right to take on jon tester, democrat in a state trump won by 21 points. you have a barn burner here. that is the hraeut latest at this hour.
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we love our country. we respect our flag, and we always proudly stand for the national anthem. we always will stand for the national anthem. >> as you watch this next t,mber not one of the super bowl champion philadelphia eagles took a knee during any of their games last season. nonetheless, at what was supposed to be an eagles celebration, president trump followed through today on his e to holinstead a ceremony where we would hear loudly and proudly played the national anthem. this came after the president's surprise decision last night canceling this event, hosting the super bowl champion eagles, claiming they disagreed with the custom of standing for the national anthem. this morning the white house blamed the cancellation on the football team, saying, quote, the vast majority of the eagles team decided to abandon their fans. eagles safety malcolm jenkins
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responded to the president, quote, it's hard to meet people who don't agree with you and to have tough conversations about uncomfortable race-related issues and how to make positive change. instead, the decision was made to lie and paint the picture that these players are anti-america, anti-flag, and anti-military. philadelphia's mayor, jim kenney, dismissed trump's decision in an interview today. >> donald trump is meaningless to this whole process. he's meaningless to this city and the city's sucss
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he tries at every chance he gets to tear cities down, and eventually he'll be gone one way or the other, and we'll move on. >> at a briefing this afternoon, the white house press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders, repeatedly blamed the eagles for what she called a political stunt. our own peter alexander asked sanders about the president's seeminglnsistent views on free speech these days. >> so i guess my question is simple. so if the white house supports the baker's right of free speech, why doesn't the white house support players' right to free speech? >> the president doesn'think that this is an e mply of free speech. he thinks it's about respecting the men and women of our military. it's about respecting our national anthem, and it's about standing out of pride for that. >> jill colvin and jonathan lemire of the associated press write of trump's decision to disinvite the eagles, quote, it was another sign that trump intends to continue to fan a culture war he has stoked and which he has long believed is a winning issue with his base. trump has long fixated on the nfl national anthem controversy was pleased ent month's announcement of the league's new policy returned it to the news. the president told one confidant monday that he aimed to periodically revive the anthem issue in the months ahead, beev headlines would help republicans
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as the midterm elections approached. let's talk about this now. with us to do that, charlie sykes, author and longtime conservative radio host, who is now contributing editor and podcast host for the weekly standard. we should also mention he's from wisconsin. i seem ter thehave a football team there. and jason johnson, politics editor at the root wcome back t brt. i'd like to begin with you. my sundays took an awful turn with a horrendous head coaching choice by my beloved new york giants a few years ago. we're in recovery now. but all of us who love sundays in season have been forced to let politics enter even that day. and what do you see is happening to the process now? how far have we gotten from the reason of the protest in the first plac >> i think the protest -- you know, brian, the protests have always been clear. colin kaepernick, everyone involved has said, look, these protests are about police brutality and institutional racism.
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the players have said that consistently, that that is the motivation behind them taking a knee or any kind of protthat ey engagn. and the president of the united states and certain members of the right have simply refused to listen to it. it's not an issue of they just disagree. they've simply said we refuse to listen to what you're saying is the motivation behind your protest. d the problem -- the sort of larger cultural problem that i've seen with this is it turns day -- i'm a seahawks fan, a former eagles fan. it's taken a fun day and turned it into a political wedge issue. now you have people who literally will shame you if you want to watch football or complain because players are doing this, that, or the other. the president has taken something sacred on a sunday and turned it into a problem just so he can achieve a certain amount and it's shameful. >> where sunday really is close to a version of a religious holiday, yes, as issues go, this
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is a shiny object. this is not the summit talks. it is football al they have been accused aflacing patriotism and anti-military. >> yeah. well, first of all, we ought to note this is a lie that in fact, none of the players did take a knee. but this has two advantages for donald trump. it is a distraction and a target to focus the grievance of his base on. this has been his playbook all along. he thinks about how this works in red america. he believes if he pits the flag, the military, if he talks about these things against these pampered players, he's going to win.
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and even if you have this collateral damage and jason is absolutely right, wisconsin is a divided political state but the one thing we all believe in is football and the green bay packers. donald trump has used his divisive tactics and taken it into our sunday. this imething he thinks he can win on this issue, he's comfortable with the cultural war issues. by the way, memo to the nfl or anybody else who is targeted in a donald trump culture war. you notice that appeasement does not work. gracious surrender does not get you what you want. he sees that as a sign of weakness and he doubles down. >> didn't work for joseph p. kennedy in the years before world war ii either. joseph, i want to show you something. the setup for this is brief. lebron has spoken.
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>> i mean, i know no matter who wins this series, no one wants to invite anybody. so it won't be golden state or cleveland going. >> so it won't be golden state or cland going to the white house. here's another norm that follows. the white house ceremonies can be fun. it's great for the fan base. they bring the trophy and now we know whoever wins in the nba, sorry. >> right. >> honestly, maybe j.r. smith will go and forget they weren't supposed to go to the white house this time. the president has demonstrated that there is nothing in american culture that he will not use to his advantage, regardless of what the consequences might be. this is deeper than just lying about players. this is deeper than just raising sort of racial bug a boos of pampered black athletes. there were community service activities these players were supposed to do in washington, d.c. that got cancelled. all of these things resonate when the president decides i don't care what i do to people as long as i make a political point. also we saw with the eagles this year, it runs against a consistent narrative from the right that protest is somehow bad for the bottom line or for the antithesis of winning. you had politically active players on this team all season
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and think still beat the new england patriots, who is sort of a pro-trumteam if we're taken to believe what bill belichick says. the eagles represent everything that the president has tried to fight against, politically active black men, white men working together to solve structural issues in this country and still winning. >> jason, i know neither charlie nor i hate that you pointed that out about the patriots. charlie, last word goes to you. to your last point that this is aimed at the base and they will kindf ride alois, th big calculation, for everything jason just said, for what we're losing, for another norm that has fallen. >> yeah.
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there's a certain amount of risk, though, for donald trump because, as jason pointed out, a lot of these players do give back to the community. they're very, very popular. and so this is not just taking on any sort of random target. this is an institution that is deeply engrained in american culture and i do think there is an element of risk but in terms of the norms, we use that term over and over and over again. you know, the willingness of this president to expand the bounds of his politics, to corrupt every aspect of american life, to pit americans against one another in areas in which they often go to get away from these kinds of divisions, this is going to be a legacy. and unfortunately it's going to leave a mark oculture ng after donald trump is gone. >> well, gentlemen, here's hoping all three of our quarterbacks remain healthy going into this next season. i wish ours was ten years younger. i just said that publicly.
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good night from nbc news headquarters in new york. >> new overnight. republicans avoid a shutout in california's gubernatorial race, while democrats in the state go r gop seats. breaking down some of yesterday's biggest primary election results. plus the president blamed attorney general jeff sessions for the on-going russian probe. there are reports trump is so angry he is -- >> and celebrating and america cancels a trip from the eagles. athletes from other weighing

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