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breaking, overnight, a shooting at a garlic festival. we're going to get a live repor up. plus, the top intelligence official dan coats is set to resign next month and president trump announced his pick for a replacement via twitter. and the president is doubling down on elijah cummings. republicans have stayed largely silent. good morning. it's monday, july 29th. i'm ayman mohyeldin here with yasmin vossoughian. three people are dead and 15 others are injured after a shooting at one of the largest food festivals in the country. officers responded to reports of gunfire shortly before 6:00 p.m. yesterday at the gilroy garlic
festival in northern california. gilroy police chief scot smithee said one suspect is among the fatalities and a second person may have been involved. >> there were reports of the shooting on the north side of the garlic festival area. officers were in that area and engaged the suspect in less than a minute. the suspect was shot and killed. they used some sort of a tool to cut through the fence to be able to gain access through the secure fence line. that's how they got into the festival area itself. we have one suspect we know that is down. we have some witnesses reporting that there may have been a second suspect, but we don't know if that suspect was engaged in any shooting or whether they may have in some sort of a support role for the person that we have accounted for.
>> now, he said that the suspect used a rifle and appeared to be shooting, quote somewhat randomly, adding that investigators had no information on a possible motive as of yet. authorities remained at the scene overnight. and they're expected to hold a press conference later this morning. >> joining us live from gilroy, california, molly hunter for us. what more are we learning today? >> hey, guys, right now the focus is on the second person which the police chief just mentioned in the bite that you just played. is he still out there, was there a second person and witnesses described possibly another -- a supporter, not necessarily a second shooter. so overnight police are looking for that person. also, the focus is on the motive. we know that the shooter entered through the perimeter fence using some sort of a tool, got in there and witnesses described that he was wearing a tactical vest. even camouflage. that he was ready for an attack. take a listen to how some of the witnesses described the scene.
>> the vendor that was getting ready to serve me, she actually said, get down! that's gunfire. there's a shooter. >> he just rose his gun up and started to spray out rounds all around. he was walking like a police officer -- like he wanted to get stuff done. and it was horrifying. >> now witnesses described total chaos. people were yelling active shooter. people were yelling get down. now, you mentioned the death toll was three people. that includes a 6-year-old boy and we know that 11 other people were -- suffered gunshot wounds and had been admitted to the hospital and a number of others were injured in the chaos after that. but a lot more answers we'll hear more from the police in a couple of hours. >> all right, thank you so much. president donald trump wrote in part this, i'm pleased to announce that john ratcliffe of texas will be nominated by me to
be the director of national intelligence. a former u.s. attorney, john will lead and inspire greatness for the country he loves. dan coats the current director will be leaving office on august 15th. i would like to thank dan for his great service to our country. the acting director will be named shortly. "the new york times" reports that coats a veteran republican lawmaker and former ambassador to germany had long wanted to go. and he told the president and vice president that he was ready to move on during a meeting just last week. coats was known to give blunt intelligence assessments, breaking with the president's rosy proclamations on north korea and openly acknowledged the bizarre relationship with russia president vladimir putin. >> we have breaking news, the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. >> say that again. >> you -- vladimir putin --
>> did i hear you? >> yeah. yeah. >> okay. >> yeah. >> that's going to be special. >> but the top senator is reportedly not sold on coats' potential replacement. ratcliffe was a u.s. attorney for the eastern district of texas from 2007 to 2008 while me served four terms as mayor of heath, texas. that's a city that had about about 7,000 people in it at the time. ratcliffe is a member of the house judiciary committee. also joined the intelligence committee earlier this year. pushing investigations into the use of fisa warrants and the president's allegations of bias against the gb. "the new york times" reports that ratcliffe privately met with president trump about the job last month. before the hearing with mueller.
ratcliffe continued to call the report meaningless. >> trey gowdy said it best this week. the person who learned the most about the mueller report during wednesday's hearings was robert mueller and that's sad but true. really what it meant is that the mueller report and the conclusions weren't from robert mueller. they were written by what a lot of people believe was hillary clinton's de facto loyalty team. people who had supported her, even represented some of her aides and so the mueller report is really going to be difficult for the democrats or anyone to rely upon the findings of a report when they just listen to the man whose name was on top of it, not have a command of what was even in it. >> ratcliffe's partisanship on intelligence issues can cause trouble for his confirmation in the senate. people familiar with the discussions tell "the new york times" that some expressed concern including richard burr and he cautioned the president's advisers that he considered ratcliffe too political for the post. so president trump spent
another weekend trashing yet another congress member of color on twitter. this time it's the chairman of the house oversight committee elijah cummings and his west baltimore district. the first of the two-day attack came on saturday when he claimed the district is a quote, disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. if he spent more time in baltimore, trump continued maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place. in another tweet, the president wrote this. why is so much money sent to elijah cumming's direct when it's considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere? no human being would want to live there. how much is stolen? investigate this corrupt mess immediately. the president continued the attack yesterday. if racialist cummings would focus more of the energy on helping the good people of his district in baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made
in fixing the mess that he's helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership. his radical quote oversight is a joke. so far the only response from chairman cummings came saturday morning when he tweeted out, quote, mr. president, i go home to my district daily, each morning i go and i fight and for my neighbors. it's my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch and to fight for my constituents. just yesterday i held a hearing on the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs and the problems that people are facing. mr. president we can address this together. i went to the white house to ask you to endorse my bill to let the government negotiate directly for lower drug prices and you told me then that you supported the legislation and that you would work with me to make it happen. i took you at your word. >> all right, joining us right now is daniel litman. good morning to you. thanks for joining us on this.
>> thank you. >> let's talk elijah cummings here, marking another lawmaker of color that president trump has feuded with. what has been the response from the white house to the accusations that we are hearing of racism? >> well t white house obviously rejects this charge. they say trump is just counterpunching which he always loves to do. and they take great umbrage at this charge of racism. but i guess as the pattern just continues to pile up, you know, minority lawmakers that trump is attacking it becomes harder for the white house to defend this. so mick mulvaney did the best job he could, but this could really turn off suburban voters, independent women, from voting for trump again if -- because they don't want to be seen as voting for a racist. something, you know, a term that's used by mainstream news organizations to describe some of the attacks. >> but it's interesting because
it doesn't necessarily seem like it's going to stop considering the report that it seems as if it's resonating with his white base voters. so it seems as if the president is just going to continue attacks like this on congressman cummings on the freshmen ones he did last week. >> yeah. this reminds me of nixon's southern strategy back in the '60s where he used fears about african-american power to get the white southern voters to go to the polls to vote for him. this has been used for a long time and trump is the latest politician to do that. a blatant attempt at best. >> let's switch gears and talk about the other big news this morning. that is the appointment of john ratcliffe -- or nomination of ratcliffe replacing dan coats. how different is he expected to be as the director of dni,
beyond the obvious experience? what else do we expect to be different? >> so ratcliffe is expected on the much more docile and friendly to trump. that video you showed of how andrea mitchell asked coats about that putin meeting, he would probably not even agree to that interview in the first place and, "b," he would be much more praising of how great a move it was for trump to meet with putin and how they were going to -- you know, solve world peace. so that is raising a lot of concerns in the intel community because you need someone to speak truth to power and ratcliffe doesn't look like the person to do that. >> all right. we'll talk to you in a bit. still ahead the very latest on the push for impeachment. house democrats want to access -- want access to secret grand jury evidence as the party
welcome back. this weekend the number of house members calling for an impeachment inquiry into president trump grew to 104. with four members from washington state joining the ranks in favor of impeachment yesterday which means nearly half of the democratic caucus now wants to move forward. this after a court filing by the house judiciary committee on friday invoked impeachment in the request to unseal grand jury information related to the mueller investigation. quote because department of justice policies will not allow prosecution of a sitting president, the united states house of representatives is the
only institution of the federal government that can now hold president trump accountable for the actions. it told the judge that the committee -- the committee told the judge it needs access to the grand jury evidence collected by mueller as special counsel such as witness testimony because it is quote, investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the president. yesterday, chairman jerry nadler said it is an investigation, but not a formal inquiry. >> you're investigating possible impeachment but you haven't formerly opened an impeachment inquiry. are you trying to have it both ways here? >> no. we're not trying to have it both ways. we said exactly what we are doing. we are investigating the question of -- we're investigating the corruption of the administration, the abuses of power. what mueller showed, the possible violations of the emoluments clause. all the things that might cause us to recommend articles of impeachment. >> acting white house chief of staff mulvaney reacted to
nadler's new push to investigate the president arguing that the new york lawmaker is trying to keep his job. >> let's not lose sight of the fact that nadler is facing a primary from his left in new york. he is falling over himself to become more and more progressive in order to try and keep his job and not lose to the next aoc. >> all right. joining us here on the set, msnbc legal analyst danny cevallos. he has the laptop with him. we need some serious primary source. >> he's got google. >> he's got the legal documents. >> i have got it all. >> ask jeeves. >> wiki media. >> what is the unsealing of the evidence -- what could it possibly mean for the democrats and their investigation into president trump? >> first, it is really serious to seek to unseal grand jury testimony. the whole reason grand jury testimony is secret is to encourage witnesses to come forward and talk about really dangerous scandalous things that might really affect even
uncharged people. so there is a rule that allows grand jury testimony to be unsealed if it's in connection with or preliminary to another judicial proceeding. it turns out impeachment is considered another judicial proceeding. so that is why you see impeachment referred to so many times in this document filed by the house. they have to do that to say to the court, this is a pending judicial proceeding. it may not sound like one, but impeachment counts so we have to get access to these normally super secret documents. >> we went through some of the documents on friday. it seems as if the word impeachment was used 80-plus times to drive home what you were saying. >> yes. >> this is the terminology that they're using with the judge. investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment. how crucial is it that they're using this terminology? that they're using this type of language being so straightforward about it and also isn't an impeachment investigation what never been doing for quite some time now or is there a difference that you
see? >> there's a big difference between actual articles of impeachment and just an investigation, having hearings, things like that. a much lower risk option than actually voting articles of impeachment because the house majority could get articles of impeachment passed, but they know that the senate would shoot them down very, very quickly in all probability. so in this case, they're hedging their bets. as long as they do an investigation the mere digging up of information about the president could be enough to achieve a different goal which is to muddy the waters before the 2020 election. and that -- we saw that with the clinton presidency, something very similar happened there. it's a very real possibility. >> walk us through the legal procedures as we expect them to play out if in fact now we know that the house judiciary chairman made the request for the testimony, how does this play out? what does the trump administration have as a way of blocking this from happening and if it's granded can they appeal
it? how high does this go up? >> is this going to run into the first primaries in january? >> answer my questions. >> i will turn to the arpanet and the answer to some of the questions, yes, these are appealable issues. it could be appealed and you hit on an important issue. this could take a lot of time. if the government opposes it which of course they're going to oppose it and why is impeachment mentioned so many times? you're exactly right. a recent court case backs up the house in this regard because it says that an impeachment pending judicial proceeding. that's preliminary to it and the house has a strong case. >> you didn't even need the laptop. >> get rid of this. >> danny cevallos, thank you.
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>> that was a little -- >> he wanted to have the latest updated information. >> that was it. >> give us the most updated information. >> all right. as which go throughout the day today ending july we're ending on a warm note in the northeast and boston you have a legit chance of having your warmest july on record. that may be a surprise to some. it hasn't been as humid but it's been very warm. we're under heat advisories in central massachusetts, hartford and boston and boston you may be one of the warmest spots in the entire east coast. that doesn't happen very often. heat indices are 95 to 100. some will sneak up to 100 and 105, and in boston, 95 degrees. d.c. should be near 90 and warm as far north as vermont and burlington. it will get more and more humid as the week progresses. that may trigger some thunderstorms. new york city, 90 today. 91 tomorrow. finally the end of the week
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national intelligence exits. coats who has often clashed with the president on major policy issues has been replaced by republican congressman and a trump loyalist. nbc news' nichols has more. >> reporter: dan coats oversees many different agencies but he was at odds with trump over issues like north korea and russia. >> the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is is coming to the white house in the fall. >> say that again. >> you -- vladimir putin coming to the -- >> yeah, did i hear you? >> yeah. yeah. >> okay. >> yeah. >> that's going to be special. >> coats also publicly contradicted the president on kim jong-un's willingness to give up the nuclear weapons. >> north korea will seek to retain its wmd capabilities and it's unlikely to completely give
up the nuclear weapons and production capabilities. >> reporter: the president announced his replacement, congressman john ratcliffe, who impressed him during the mueller hearing last week. >> donald trump is not above the law. he's not. but he damn sure shouldn't be below the law. >> reporter: back to john ratcliffe, the nominee to be the head of the dni. he was a small town mayor and he does sit on the house intelligence committee so that gives him a familiarity with the issues. however, going ahead of the senate intelligence committee that is always tough duty. >> thanks for that report. all right, the republican governor of maryland is facing backlash for not speaking out more against president trump following his attacks against congressman cummings in baltimore. government hogan delivered a muted response via a statement from his spokesman on saturday. in which he said that quote, baltimore city is truly the very heart of our state and more attacks between politicians are
not going to get us anywhere. hogan a frequent critic of the president who considered challenging anymore the 2020 primary was traveling on sunday and he was not available for interviews. critics of the governor have gone on social media to call him weak and gutless for not delivering a more forceful rebuke of trump. meanwhile, acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney who served with cummings on the house oversight committee defended the tweets as not about race. watch this. >> i think it's right for the president to raise the issue of -- look, i was in congress for six years. if i had poverty in my district like they have in baltimore, if i had crime like in chicago, if i had homelessness like in san francisco and i spent all of my time in washington, d.c. chasing down this mueller investigation, this bizarre impeachment crusade i would get fired an i think the president is right to raise that and it has zero to do with race. while president trump is
facing condemnation for his attacks against congressman cummings his campaign is looking to capitalize on the latest instance of divisiveness. according to "the washington post" since the attacks against four democratic congresswomen of color with the go back to your country taunt, trump's advisers have concluded that the overall message is actually good for the president among his political base. resonating strongly with the white working class voters he needs to win re-election. "the post" said this prompted the campaign to fuse his nativist rhetoric with a love it or leave it rhetoric and seeking to avoid the overtly racist language he used in the tweets about the four congresswomen. the attacks against cummings underscores his penchant for undermining any attempts by other republicans to steer clear of overtly racial attacks. as condemnations have poured in over the past few weeks accusing trump of bigotry, his campaign has defended the president and turned the offensive comments
into the political advantage with his own base. all right. the growing rivalry between kamala harris and joe biden which will be on display at wednesday's debate will take on personal tones as her friendship with his late son beau have come to life. in her book, the truths we hold, an american journey, harris wrote about her close relationship with beau biden. saying that there were times the two would talk every day. sometimes multiple times a day. "the washington post" reports that by the time beau had died of brain cancer on may 30th of 2015, his closest staffers had compiled a list of roughly 60 people they thought they should let know about his passing. kamala harris was on that list. their friendship led to a warm political relationship between harris and joe biden. however, that changed after she
called biden's work with segregationists hurtful. biden said he intends to hit back against harris saying this, i won't be as polite this time because this is the same person who asked me to come to california and nominate her in her convention. joining us again is white house and washington reporter for politico, daniel lippman. good to see you once again. >> thanks for having me. >> how has the feud between kamala harris and joe biden impacted their campaigns if at all? >> it's unavoidable that even though kamala harris was friends with beau and became friends with joe that she and biden would be attacking each other now because this is the race that they're in. if they're not going to lay down a -- you know, a no arms race against each other and so unless joe biden had come out of the gate and struck a deal before either of them had joined the race and said, i'll pick kamala as my vp, then this was always
going to happen. so it's impacted the race by just making it more fierce than one would expect between two long time friends. >> daniel, i know you guys have a new story out this morning, a very interesting one i should say about how president trump consumes his media. what are you possibly learning about how the president gets his information 2 1/2 years? we widely think it comes from twitter and cable news and to be more specific fox news. >> during executive time. >> yeah. what is you learned? >> he's actually a voracious reader of print as well. while he's not reading the full articles but he's scanning the pieces for quotes by his friends or by, you know, favorable coverage of his cabinet members and staffers. and then he will tear out the article himself, write a little note on it and then have it sent to his staffers or friends. and so sometimes he sends notes
to journalists as well that it seems to have tapered off in the last 2 1/2 years that he's been president. but he's a big consumer of four daily papers and i talked to one senior -- >> do we know which ones? >> "the new york times," "the washington post" "the new york post" and the washington journal are all delivered to the white house residence. i talked to a senior white house official and while the staff sleeps, trump can be going through four to five boxes of newspapers all night long. just looking through stuff and so that's kind of a retro media diet compared to maybe that's when tucker carlson is not on air when he can finally go through all of those papers. >> maybe right about now. >> yeah. keep up to speed on all the page 6 gossip. >> he loves that stuff. >> who doesn't? let's be honest. >> we love basics every now and then too.
>> daniel lippman, thanks. okay. so let's switch gears here. the murder of khashoggi ignited the criticism of the saudi government. but it's not the first time they have taken action against those who speak out against the kingdom. it's something that ayman has been investing. it's an incredible piece for the "vanity fair" and such good research done. so talk us through some of the things that you found. >> yeah. this was an investigation that lasted several months and we interviewed more than 30 people on three different continents, a lot of saudi activists and dissidents am some people who are not -- and some people who are not politically active but felt they were against the saudi government and they tried to repatriate, rendition and try to bring some of the folks back to
the kingdom because one of the things we heard in the wake of the khashoggi killing this was an anomaly, a one off, but the reality, there's a handful of people some including some saudi princes that were taken from europe and brought back to saudi arabia and some americans were taken to saudi arabia against their against will and there are more details about how they were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements and then sent back to the u.s. >> is this something that's only happening under mbs' rule? >> this is something that happened before his rise to power but what we have documented and what we're able to assemble in terms of a time line, there seems to be a correlation with his president -- his arrival on the political scene in the kingdom and a sudden spike with both the cyber attacks and some of the physical attacks against saudis living abroad beyond the kingdom. >> as we have seen the president of the united states, president trump, still maintaining a close relationship with mbs despite -- >> yeah. total resolution that would have
prohibited arms sales to the kingdom. >> absolutely. there's so much more, and you'll appear on "morning joe" in the 7:00 hour with more. still ahead the supreme court hands president trump a victory over the border wall. and what the president is saying about the new development. plus, bill karins is back with another check on the forecast. your first look at "morning joe" is back in a moment. your first " is back in a moment. this is the couple who wanted to get away who used expedia to book
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hey. let's get a check on the weather. >> switch gears. >> good morning. >> bill karins. >> well, the hurricane season is six months long, but through august, september, october, those are the three peak months and when we get the biggest and the most destructive storms so now we start paying close attention to whatever is starting to brew out there. so right now, there's nothing in the gulf. nothing really right off the east coast but there's a little tropical wave trying to push towards puerto rico or south of there. the hurricane center says it only has a 10% chance of developing in the next two days but a 20% chance as we go throughout the next five days. the only reason we're bringing this up or mentioning it is the general direction it is headed in is headed to the florida straits and regardless, you'll have an increased rain chances and thunderstorms in florida. if it doesn't or does develop, some can get sucked into the southeast. so we'll pay attention to that. a good heads up that we're getting close to the busy season. we have a little bit of rain in kansas city. that's now over.
you're all clear. much of iowa is all clear. but it will rain shortly in st. louis as you go throughout your morning drive and much of illinois and i'd carry that umbrella with you. here's the timing of the rain today. this cold front is the difference, by the way, between the hot, humid stuff ahead of it and the cool, beautiful air behind it. it will be so pleasant in iowa, minnesota and wisconsin but it will spark some of the storms and continue into tuesday. this front won't clear the east coast until we get to about wednesday. so hot and humid is the rule for the eastern seaboard until thursday. we'll get some relief. >> thanks for that, bill. still ahead, the new concerns about the state of the u.s. economy following new figures suggesting some weaknesses. and a report about apple's practices involving the assistant series. we'll be right back. ing the assistant series we'll be right back. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair's derm-proven retinol works so fast,
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welcome back. apple is speaking out over privacy concerns after a new report revealed that contractors had been able to access users' private conversations via the virtual assistant -- >> kind of scary. >> yeah. joumanna bercetche is joining us live from london with more on this. good morning to you. what kind of implications could this have on the tech giant? >> you know, it is a big story and it was revealed by the guardian newspaper who obviously has done a lot of work with cambridge analytica, but they're talking about apple and some contractors regularly have access to confidential
information, be that medical information, conversations that you're having and even though apple don't formally disclose this in their privacy documentation, a small part of the recordings are actually passed on to these contractors and apple says this is all part and parcel of quality control even though they have not disclosed this. it raises a lot of privacy concerns because as a consumer you don't have the right to opt out of that happening. it had no impact on the stock yet but it's a big earnings week for apple. they're reporting tomorrow evening after the close so watch out for that. the stock is still up 30% on the year though. the companies don't get impacted by the regulatory concern i have got to say. >> it's a scary thought when you think of it because of the fact that some people obviously don't use siri, but the fact that you can have your questions recorded and then ultimately shared to a third party i think is what scares a lot of people. what's different between here and europe, here you can't opt out of it. >> yeah. >> with the setting on your
phone. >> but it's troubling that so many of the companies they reveal the privacy concerns and yet they continue to earn so much money so there's no repercussions and no reason to change the practices. >> i wanted to ask you about the commerce department that the u.s. economy slowed down to 2.1% annual rate in the second quarter. what can you tell us about this in terms of expectations? >> yes, it came in higher than expectations, the expectations were 1.8% and looking at the numbers though, very strong consumer spending still coming in at up 4.3% year on year. also very big news from government spending, up 5%. exports not so strong for the u.s. economy. we saw a contraction on 5%, the trade war is biting. we saw a business contraction and putting it all together, the numbers were strong, peter than expectations. we have got this huge fed meeting coming up on wednesday. everyone is talking about the
weakness of the economy and the fed meeting to cut rates but actually the economy seems to be holding up so big questions. >> all right, joumanna bercetche, live in london, thank you. coming up, axios' nick johnson has a look at the "1 big thing." coming up on "morning joe" president trump spends another weekend bashing another lawmaker of color. more on the president's attacks against house oversight committee chair elijah cummings. as the white house tries to deflect criticism that the remarks were yet another racist attack. dan coats exits as the director of national intelligence. senate foreign relations member chris murphy will weigh in on what the coats' departure means for u.s. economy. "morning joe" is just moments away. u.s. economy "morning joe" is just moments away ♪ let's go!
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urban/rural divide. it's a long term underpinning, like where educated people live, where companies want to locate, who's growing, who's shrinking. what's doing well economically and of course politically there's a big break on that as well. many of the rural areas went for donald trump, many of the city areas went for hillary clinton and of course donald trump has focussed a lot of the efforts on rural america. sort of campaigning in those kinds of places, speaking about those kind of issues and what happened over the weekend the attacks on elijah cummings the african-american congressman from baltimore. sets him in stark relief, what exact split between urban and rural areas. if you spent five minutes on twitter as i unfortunately did with my kids were at the playground this week you see how it spins people up on both sides of the aisle. many of the defenders pointed out the baltimore crime
statistics and pointing out the rats like in any city. and taking about how baltimore is one of the wealthiest and successful african-american majority cities in the united states. it talks about the split that the president has been relying on to drive his supporters and his enemies. >> it's not necessarily about the way that the president -- it is about the way that the president went after baltimore. because if he had just said baltimore has issues and went on like that -- >> it's the language, the rhetoric. his tropes. >> the way he went after baltimore. >> the initial tropes that he drops when he's attacking them -- >> but him attacking cities is nothing new. he hammers bill de blasio in new york city all the time but the imagery is very different in this one. i think that's the key thing that we're writing about this morning in axios a.m. adding a racial element to this makes it more incendiary. >> we have the second round of debates coming up among the 2020 candidates. what should we expect to happen?
>> i look for a lot of them to follow the kamala harris debates. she went after joe biden very pointedly, get a big boost for her in the polls. put her in the top tier of campaigns and helped her with fund-raising so a lot of the others are thinking of the exact same strategy. we have seen it bubble up on the trail, cory booker and julian castro and beto o'rourke have made more pointed words about going after joe biden and we found a newspaper.com account created by a staffer for kirsten gillibrand which was digging through joe biden's old newspaper stories from the 1980's on the child tax credit. so she might have something to say later on this week. >> so do we have any idea if joe biden is getting ready, what kind of debate prep he's doing -- considering the fact that everybody has been reporting that he's basically going to be enemy number one on that stage? >> i mean, biden can say he's been preparing for this for 45
years as a senator and a vice president. it's a big challenge that people are wondering can he weather a concerted sense of attack of sort of five, seven, democrats going after his record. how he weathers that may determine if he remains a front-runner. >> i know there's some looking at the robert mueller media mustle. >> the data online shows that mueller is bigger than "game of thrones" or "avengers." who interacts with the posts on facebook and twitter, found that the mueller testimony got 15 million interactions during his testimony last week. that's more than "game of thrones" or more than the "avengers." that's more than the super bowl. >> if that's a metric for anything, at least it shows engagement and that social media should not be ignored if it's a reflection of where our society is at this stage. thank you very much. we'll be reading axios a.m. in a
bit. you can sign up for the newsletter at sign-up @axios.com. that was nick saying he was out of here. >> that does it for us this monday morning, i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin. "morning joe" starts right now. you don't know though that this is a majority black district and when he calls it rat infested, no human being would live there, do you understand that's offensive to the americans who do live there? >> i understand that everything that donald trump says is offensive to some people. >> no human being would want to live there. >> when donald trump attacks -- >> this is being perceived as racist. do you understand why? >> i understand why. but that doesn't mean that it's racist. >> and here we go again. president trump spends another weekend unleashing another twitter attack at another member of congress who happens to be of color and the president's supporters insist it has nothing to do with race. no,