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>> thank you so much. see you later. good afternoon. i'm katy tur. we have serious in yous to start with. 2:00 p.m. here in new york and 9:00 p.m. in baghdad, iraq. the u.s. embassy and the staff settling in for an uneasy night after protesters break through the outer wall of the compound. earlier thousands of angry demonstrators surrounded the embassy, they tried to force open the gates and they scaled the walls. they also sent fires, threw rocks and chanted death to america. eventually iraqi security forces intervened with teargas and a barricade. inside this whole time american diplomats put on lockdown. none were hurt. officials believe it's in response to recent u.s. a airstrikes targeting an iranian-backed militia where at least two dozen fighters were killed. on twitter the president accused iran of orchestrating the embassy attack and said they would be held fully responsible. let us get into this. joining me now with the
president in florida is nbc news correspondent hans nichol and from london ali aruzi and mustafa salem. you are there. tell us what's happening on the ground there tonight and whether it seems like this danger for the embassy has passed. >> reporter: yes. this morning when the pmu -- told the people to gather around to do -- died on the fight and -- iraq. then they marched. not allowed to -- mostly embassy and commercial events. they went to the u.s. embassy, surround it at the beginning. they set up tents and said they will have a sit-in and until --
departure of the embassy from iraq and the u.s., too. and then protesters start to get inside of the embassy, break through the gates. burned -- and throw rocks and homemade molotov -- they caught fire. the embassy. and the garden of the embassy. were able to be seen from outside starting the fire. iraqi forces were standing -- doing nothing. then intervene and created a buffer between the people who are the militant supporters and the u.s. embassy. after they burned the -- now those people are setting up tents. many times around the embassy, surrounding the compound on each side an not going to leave. the iraqi forces sent -- as people who are the americans -- in order to control the
situation. the people are now inside the tents but it's hard to control them. they're angry and there are thousands of of them. >> so it's a little bit difficult to hear what you're saying, mustafa but i could make out they're there, in tents surrounding the embassy and angry and the security forces are saying that it might be difficult to contain them given that anger. ali, you have been following this from london. you're normally based in teheran. there's people out there looking at this and they're thinking this has echos of benghazi and the iranian hostage crisis in '70s when students stormed the embassy in teheran. what can you tell us? >> that's right. it certainly does have echos of that and almost the same time of year and this is something that will make the u.s. very nervous. iranian fingerprints all over a seizure of an american embassy
in the middle east. that brings up nightmarish memories in washington. but iran is playing this fairly quietly. the foreign ministry spokesman issued a very brief statement saying that america should get rid of its destructive policies in the region and blamed the u.s. of obscenity and bullying the iraqi people. beyond that they haven't issued any statement or warning being blamed for attack but, frankly, it would be hard for iran to disassociate themselves from this attack. the militia in iraq are firmly on the patronage of the revolutionary guard and the head of the international arm of the irgc an he is probably one of the most powerful and influential people in the region. the militia you mentioned hit in the airstrikes that killed 25 of their members is directly and strongly supported by iran. the group commanded by a man who
is a dual national of iraq and iran and interestingly, katy, graffiti sprayed on the walls of the u.s. embassy saying our leader. so it's pretty clear what connections to iran there are there. and those connections are going to make folks in washington very uncomfortable. >> and the iraqi security -- i'm sorry, ali. i didn't mean to interrupt you but the iraqi security forces from what i have been hearing and reading in "the times," "washington post," they didn't respond quite sometime. there's a green zone that this embassy is in, a green zone where regular civilians are not allowed to enter and yet thousands of protesters walk right by and camp by and protest and the iraqi security forces according to the reporting i read did not do anything, didn't return fire with teargas, didn't set up a barricade until an
iraqi security commander came in and ordered them to do so. what's with the delay there? now are they able to enter that green zone? >> that's right. that really identifies the split that's going on in iraq. it's caught between a power struggle of the two most powerful players in that country. america and iran. those protesters attended a funeral to mourn those people hit in that airstrike. then they sort of nonchalantly walked through baghdad, through the green zone and started to attack the u.s. embassy. that's meant to be a highly fortified area and not very difficult for these militias that are spread over all iraq, under iran, to access those areas and as you mentioned it was a while until the iraqi security forces responded. it was the guards at the embassy that had initially responded by firing teargas, grenades.
reports of live rounds being fired to try to disperse the crowds and stop them from breaching further layers of that massive compound. it wasn't until the iraqi interior minister showed up on the scene and started requesting that people leave the area, the prime minister, the prime minister sent a message saying that these people protesting should leave the area and that only slightly quieted the situation. as you can see still from the pictures the situation ongoing and very volatile and not easily contained by the official iraqi security forces. >> the question is how is the united states going to respond? hans, these protesters have said they won't leave until america leaves. there are people that are looking at this saying, the last administration, hillary clinton in particular, got a lot of blame for benghazi. should this administration will getting blame for what's going
on over there? and what is the administration going to do in order to make sure that the american diplomats and the staffers there and families are safe? >> reporter: well, there'll be a tactical and strategic response and we are seeing it unfold. 50 marines arrived, dispatched from kuwait on ospreys and plan to send about 100. you have helicopters up in the air firing at least flares so quite a bit of force. but as to the broader strategic question, on just what the white house plans to do, what the president plan to do, they clearly have some difficult decisions to make because they want to force iran back to the negotiating table on their nuclear ambitions and yet iran has pressure points, as well, and you have seen iran use the pressure points against the u.s., for example, on that rocket attack on friday that took place. that's when a u.s. contractor died and four u.s. service members wounded. in retaliation, the airstrikes
and i believe killed 24. two different sites. syria and iraq. now you have the militia outside of the embassy. it's not that you're at a stalemate but you have a fair amount of rhetoric on both sides and no obvious ways to deescalate and then talking about a response and totally up to the president and the president is very clear, squarely laying the blame at iran saying they are responsible. katy? >> hans, ali, mustafa, thank you very much. let's bring in the executive editor of defense one, kevin barren and former senior adviser niera hawk. what can you add to this conversation? >> i point out that the united states hasn't had an official military presence since 2011 and operating with 4,000 to 5,000 defense contractors, the marines that protect every embassy and under a hardship condition, they
don't bring the families, do not bring accompanied groups, they are very much under tight security. it is an insecure environment for quite sometime with the united states trying to have some sort of diplomatic relationship with the people and gof of iraq. the challenge being that even the u.s. military, the army released a report this year saying the only winner of the war in iraq, the united states launched, is iran. iran has become emboldened, expansionist and ultimately as we see today, now taking an opportunity in iraq to attack u.s. institutions. >> how much of this has to do with or is a reaction to the u.s. backing out of the iran deal? >> i think part of the challenge we see is the president came in with a very bellicose, strident tone against iran and that's the same architect of the iraq war. yon bolton, national security adviser. tweeted today making references
to this reminds him of 1979. we need to take strong action against iran and went from an administration that was looking to really have diplomacy in the region bring everybody in to the fold of the international order to suddenly the united states launching those rhetorical bombs and iran is reacting accordingly. >> kevin, i'm reminded of mike flynn, the national security adviser short time talking to reporters from the white house podium and the press room early in 2017 saying iran, you're on notice. >> right. >> this is escalating now for sometime. >> it has. look. i'm going to bring caution to the discussion against connecting to anything in the past and reminding readers and viewers to the last few months. iraq is in turmoil as the reporters saying fighting for an identity and new leadership. it's wrong to talk about iran and iraq or the iraq government
or american interests or the pfm militias as giant blocs. since the end of the iraq war and since as the isis war wound down what is happening in iraq on the military side is that these pmf iranian-backed militias that fought isis basically in coordination with americans, iraqis, the iraqi government plan to fold some of them into the official iraqi security structure with the u.s. blessing. and that these are not all bad guys, just because they're iranian-backed, iraqis fighting for freedom. they want good things. good relations. that was what was brewing. separate from that is a political fight and the political fight has crossed with the security fight and i think it's just -- almost wrong to just hype this into a giant con inflation that trump's backing out of iran deal and the outcome of isis all lead to these things. iran is just in a very tough situation. sorry. iraq is in a tough situation.
>> what is the solution? that is a huge question but if you need to look at in it a mor nuanced way which i think is always correct, to look at things in a nuanced way and not painting with a general brush, how do american forces, how does the american government confront a crisis like this and mitigate it? >> think about how hans responded? strategic and tactical. we have protester, large group at the outer wall and the iraqi compound is enormous. the baghdad embassy compound. so they haven't stormed the embassy, haven't taken it over. this is not iraqi policy, not an iranian attack on an american -- call it what it is and watch and wait what happens. the united states has had a very kid glove almost hands off approach with iraq the last several months as iraq figures itself out. i'm not sure what the trump administration would be able to do differently to steer the country one way or another but what the difficulty is that iran
is poking and prodding, they bombed american ships, foreign ships in the straits in the summer, this is the latest example of iranians -- iranian government -- >> are they poking and prodding because they feel emboldened after the pullout of the iran deal? >> perhaps, i don't know. i don't know how much the iran deal is anything to do -- even while the deal going on iran engaged in terrorism activity, still funding terrorists so the iran deal more about nuclear weapons than terrorism and missiles. with terrorism, they haven't stopped. they have eve been more visibly trying to test america's will. and of the red line supposed to be no americans were killed or troops directly killed and all changed when the militia hit that base and someone died. american contractor died. of course the united states is going to respond. you expect that. of course there's anger and what we are in the middle of. long term iraq remains a
strategic hub for the united states. the trump administration's going to continue to talk tough on iran and even now the trump administration is not confronting iran directly. not opening fire on the protesters. sending in marines is a band aid move. not required. there's firepower there. we'll seal how it plays and whether the rest of iraq, those fighting for democracy plays out. >> guys, thank you very much. happy new year. coming up, new york's plan to fight the event rise in anti-semettic attacks. plus, new polling shows joe biden is only 2020 democrat with a razor thin chance of beating donald trump. across two battleground states. first a scoop. but before the break, a live
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august oval meeting and secretary of state pompeo and john bolton rched the president to release the aid and holding back the 400 million. senate democrats want to hear from mick mulvaney about it. >> simply put, in our fight to have key documents and witnesses in the senate impeachment trial, these new revelations are a game changer. the new reporting shows that there were serious concerns raised by trump administration officials about the propriety and legality of what the president was doing. >> still, senate majority leader mcconnell said he does not want to call any witnesses whatsoever. joining me now, plitd coe senior writer and msnbc political contributor jake sherman and ny u school of law professor.
jake? >> i don't know what renewing a call is. democrats have been calling for these people to testify. >> not like they stopped calling for it. >> the question we need to be thinking about, you'll get the legal opinion on this in perhaps a second but are there gettable republicans? to me, at this point, the answer seems to be probably not. >> what about murkowski? she was critical of mitch mcconnell. collins is critical and of democrats r. they not gettable? >> i don't know the answer to that. based on the past behavior -- >> wait. define gettable. gettable for a conviction or -- >> rules package -- >> calling witnesses. >> to demand a certain -- >> need four republicans? >> yeah. show me where the four are. >> i want to say people can say you need four republicans, i think you need three republicans because in a tie situation chief justice roberts will cast a
deciding vote. >> is that true, though? >> yes. the vice president is not presiding. the chief justice is presiding over the trial. >> the vice president -- the vice president has a stake in it so the vice president can't preside. >> wouldn't the rules package pass before the trial? >> if a rules package passes and it deals with all of the issues that might come up, yes, that would govern. but if an issue comes up at trial, suppose there's evidence suggesting a witness ought to come in, now a vote, should we call this witness or this document come in. >> if a house manager says i would like to hear from john bolton, i'm going to demand -- can that person demand a vote, force a vote monk the senators? >> house managers file a motion requesting a subpoena to be issued to that person. >> what if that motion is denied? >> if denied by whom? >> mitch mcconnell? >> goes to the chief justice in the first instance unless it's
governed by a package of rules. the chief justice rule or defer to the body of the senate. can be overruled by the majority of the senate and not happened in prior trials but chief justice roblts is the presiding officer. >> predict it for me. do you think that we are going to see witnesses that the trial? >> i think right now it doesn't look like we are going to but i think one of the things speaker pelosi is thinking about or is strategizing about is are there more media stories to come out? are those going to put pressure on the senators at the margins? >> putting pressure on the senators? >> a few things here. number one, the senate could start an impeachment trial without articles from the house. >> they can? >> yes. mitch mcconnell can decide to hold the trial. the institution doesn't indicate he would need articles. >> rick is making faces. >> i agree that in theory it's possible. the senate is in charge of the
trial process. the constitution doesn't say the articles must be sent over. the rules of the house and the senate talk that way. >> it does, yes. rules of impeachment especially. >> if the senator, if the majority leader violates the rules, the controlling force is a majority of the senate at the end of the day. if he has the senate locked down he can do pretty much what he wants with the process. >> what we get back to in congress is congress is an institution where the majority, 218 or 51 or sometimes 60 controls the process, controls everything. so for example -- >> is that a real word? majorityatarian. >> sometimes the court is anti-majority -- >> good to know. >> if the president for some reason politically is saying joe biden to testify, not going to happen, because it's not going to get 51 votes in the senate most likely. >> nancy pelosi was making a
gamble and we have talked about this a number of times that if she withheld the articles it would i assume drive the president crazy and put pressure on mcconnell to have a trial where witnesses are called. is that less likely, more likely? how are you feeling about that today now that they have been withheld for a week and a half, two weeks? >> not withheld for longer than the last time we spoke. the senate and the house are out of session. she has to pass a resolution to send them to the senate. has to pass a resolution naming the impeachment managers and sending them to the senate. congress is dark since december 20th. so there hasn't been an appreciable break in the action in my estimation. she could have done it the day after it was passed but the lights are out. >> what are you looking out for come january 3rd? >> i think, number one, the issue we discussed at the top
which is mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer pass a rules package. i agree with you at this point. doesn't seem terribly likely. i think that's what you said, a rules package is passed. then the question becomes, does mitch mcconnell take an action. >> susan collins weighed in for the first time saying she liked the process in the clinton impeachment trial she was there for and included depositions from three witnesses. so is this the signal that collins will support calling witnesses in? not necessarily to appear at the senate but for deposition. is lisa murkowski going to push on that front? will they get a third vote? i'm watching to see how the process rules play out here and whether senator mcconnell will have to give any ground or not or maintain the position he's taken. >> i think we have to surnlder to the flow and we will have to watch and see where this goes.
jake, i'll see you tonight. >> oui. >> thank you, guys. >> i was thinking of something witty. >> can we come and be on set more often? it is lovely to have you here. you, too, rick. >> you seem so relaxed together. >> doing this a long time. >> he is my friend. the attacks in new york and how the city's mayor plans to stop it. new battleground polling looking pretty good for joe biden. stay with us. you sure about this? yes. [ suspensful music playing ] no! we need to keep moving. the whole things coming down. come on! i can't see. i can't see! you need to trust me. jump!
a pair of new polls spelled good news for the biden campaign. mason-dixon polls show biden as the only candidate beating donald trump although we should note within the margin of error. with a little over a month before the first votes are cast, will the biden campaign try to frame their candidate as the inevitable choice? i think the answer is question. joining us is phil rucker and jonathan allen and carlos carbellos. john, is that answer, yes, they'll frame him that way? that's the way they've been framing him that he can beat donald trump.
>> yeah. katy, to borrow from you and jake, this should have the biden people bouncing around the room. >> oh! i like that. so tell me. these polls are good news for them. how are they -- what more will they do to use it to their advantage? >> look. this is the frame they have for the entire election and frame that democratic voters want which is who can beat donald trump? that's all most democratic voters care about. the more evidence or things that suggest evidence that joe biden is that candidate the better off joe biden is and same for any other candidate. this is a piece, an exhibit of evidence that they're going to use as much as they possibly can. >> carlos, that polling includes or congressman i should say, that polling also includes florida. what do you make of voters down there and their desire to ditch trump and to try out joe biden? do you think that there are
trump voter that is voted for him in 2016 saying no more? i like joe biden more than for elizabeth warren or bernie sanders or cory booker or andrew yang or anybody else? >> katy, carlos is good. we have gone through this before. but what stood out to me most looking at the polls in florida is the gulf between biden's performance against the president and the other candidates. elizabeth warren, bernie sanders. it's not even close. joe biden's not only the only one ahead, the others way far behind and swing voters in florida especially here in south florida, a lot of hispanics that fled socialist revolutions so they're weary of the democratic candidate that is identify as socialist or promote socialist policies but they're comfortable with joe biden and view him as someone stable, tradition, who can perhaps help heal the countries politics so certainly this is good news for him and democrating voter who is
prioritize winning in 2020. they do need to pay attention at how well joe biden does in what is the biggest prize when it comes to swing states, the state of florida. >> phil, is the trump administration, is the trump campaign nervous anlt joe biden? people out there say that answer is obviously yes. look what he did with ukraine and president zelensky. what are you hearing from your sources? >> katy, president trump is obviously nervous about joe biden because what he did to try to hurt joe biden gotten him impeached by the house but the campaign,able, trump's advisers are much more focused on other states, they feel comfortable about florida and far less comfortable about the upper mid western states, michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania a. trio of states where trump narrowly won in 2016 and very much wants to carry again in 2020 but where
biden as well as other democratic kapd dates look strong and biden made a big part of the political appeal including in this campaign the past year reaching those white blue collar voters in the upper midwest and in that industrial tier and that's what has the trump folks more worried. >> during the campaign and, phil, you know this, the campaign slogan of the upper midwest is simple, jobs, jobs, jobs. i would ask campaign officials, what more are you doing? what's your message? they say, seriously, it is just jobs, jobs, jobs. with the way the economy has gone where there's a giant tax break that's benefited the extraordinarily wealthy corporations far more than anybody else, the economy is doing well, though. there's less unemployment than quite sometime. but wages are not so great. they're a little stagnant. do they feel like president
trump's jobs record is strong enough to maintain those upper midwest voters? phil? >> they think the jobs record is very strong but that's it's not enough alone because families still feel economic anxiety. the trade war with china that trump waged and other countries had repercussions in that region of the country, especially. there are other concerns, as well. trumpl's message, of course, about jobs and about, you know, other issues and you are seeing the trump campaign begin to use cultural wedge issues and other motivating forces to try to keep that coalition together which is quite fragile at the moment. >> how effect are the wedge issues in florida, carlos? >> well, it depends what part of florida, right? florida is five states in one. what i will say is that the reason joe biden is succeeding in states like florida, at least according to the polls, is that his contrast with donald trump
isn't really an economic policy contrast. you see bernie sanders, elizabeth warren and others trying to contrast with the president by saying that they would adopt different economic policies. the problem is that the economy is doing pretty well. not for everyone. but for a lot of people. the contrast of joe biden is not so much about policy. it's more about style, about approach, tone. >> personality, yeah. >> that's attracting the voters. the economic arguments i don't think are going to be as powerful in 2020 as they've been in other years. >> john, bag it and tag it for us. what do you got? >> i'm sorry. >> i'm just saying wrap up the conversation for us. sorry. bag it and tag it. >> you know what? katy tur, a great 2019 for you and your family and i wish you the best in 2020. >> that was a cop-out! jonathan, thank you so much. phil, thank you, as well. congressman carlos, gentlemen, happy new year.
>> thank you. senator elizabeth warren kicked off the second year of the presidential campaign today with a speech in boston. warren reflected on a year during which she surged in the polls only to see the numbers falter in late fall and hopes to reclaim momentum in 2020. >> our democracy hangs in the balance. and now, it comes to us. now, it comes to us to fight back. on day one, we will start to make big structural change. to put the people in charge of our democracy. so we hear everyone's voice and count everyone's vote. >> joining me now from boston, nbc news correspondent mike m memoli. you have it seems every candidate in your repertoire. today it's elizabeth warren. she didn't have the greatest end
to 2019. certainly not as good as the middle of her 2019. what is her campaign, what is she doing to turn things around in 2020? >> reporter: well, katy, interesting in light of the conversation you were having about joe biden, the guy i usually cover, electability, announcing a year ago today, i was there just a few miles from here in cambridge. elect bltd and the idea she is not the strongest candidate against president trump is an anchor and did surge and had overtaken joe biden in the national lead and has slipped some in the last few weeks, especially with the focus on medicare for all and today was an attempt by the cam pane to begin the end, to start a closing argument to voters, including imagining, asking voters to imagine a warren presidency and shots at some of her rivals. let's take a listen to her remarks earlier here today. >> and the corporate interests
know just which candidates for president are on their side. a huge majority of americans support a wealth tax but billionaires are on tv claiming that it's impossible to get it done anyway so we shouldn't bother trying. and the billionaires know which candidates for president are on their side. the billionaires, the corporate executives and their favorite presidential candidates have one clear goal. to convince you that everything you imagine is impossible. to convince you that reform is hopeless. to convince you that because no one is pure it's pointless to try to make anything better. >> reporter: so, katy, actually warren was asked in a gaggle after those remarks about those new polls showing her struggling compared to trump against -- compared to biden against trump in the key states saying what
she always says. i don't do polls. we'll see her and biden crossing paths in iowa this weekend. >> i will be watching out for that as will all of the viewers, as well. mike, thank you. still ahead, seattle giving parents an ultimatum, vaccinate our kids won't go back to school. after a rise in anti-semitic attacks in new york, what can be done? do you have concerns about mild memory loss related to aging? prevagen is the number one pharmacist-recommended memory support brand. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
year for the jewish community in the new york city area. 214 complaints of hate crimes, up 18% over 2018. and that is half of all the hate crime complaints in the city for the year. not included in those sta tisings are incidents outside the city like this saturday's attack at a rabbi's home in new york that left five wounded. or what happened in jersey city the other week. joining me is the ceo and national droekt or the of anti-defamation league, jonathan greenblatt. thank you for being here. it is disturbing when's happening, especially what's going on not only here but brooklyn in new york city. talk to me about what you've seen recently and how it's difficult. >> yeah. this is really been an extraordinary year and unfortunately violent extremism a through line. these have been driven by white
nationalism, that violent far right extremism but when's happening in brooklyn, what's happening here in the new york metro area has no parallel. this is the kind of anti-semitism in broad daylight. acts of violence where elderly people or young people targeted typically by juveniles and literally punched in the head with a brick or assaulted by a group in a way that's really unconscionable. >> what is the reason? what is the motivation? >> i think there are a few things going on. number one, we are in a charged environment right now where people feel on edge. i also think social media con triblts to the noise because you can with a swipe or a click see the kind of anti-semitic slander you don't see in broadcast or print media but we have an issue with the lack of leadership. leaders need to lead and those leaders can be people in elected office or other kind of public figures and call out intolerance
when it happens and when they don't they create a sense of permission to act on prejudice. >> if somebody like the mayor of new york city deblasio came out and on every one of the issues -- excuse me, i'm sorry -- saying this will not stand, then that that would make a difference? >> yeah. whether it's mayor deblasio in this case or other elected leaders, seeing a kind of prejudice from political officials from the president on down, we have never seen before. usually they step up. but they have got to do that here. >> you think it's the president saying whatever hoe wants on social media and i guess having a top down feeling that it doesn't matter how you treat another person. >> when you dehumanize individuals based on where they're from, based on how they pray you can create an environment whether it's the extreme right or the radical left or what's happening now it's toxic. you know, you can think anlt it as a virus. the immune system is weakened.
>> you're saying this because i'm coughing? >> you are dealing with something like and the weakened immune system, lack of leadership, stereotypes, that virus can explode. >> not just the extremists, the people on the far corners screaming at each other on social media or whatever, but just the every day people, deciding it's okay to call people named on social media? >> you better believe it. >> tear people down because you don't agree with them and to mock them. that environment where you feel like there's no accountability and respect doesn't matter any longer? do we have a responsibility to raise the level of discourse? >> i think you are spot on. i talk ak about the normalization of anti-semitism. the adl tracked the third highest total of anti-smetism incidents we have ever seen. the vast majority happened, committed by ordinary individuals. so the thing is, anti-semitism
starts with the jews and never ends with the jews. it is a sign of rising intolerance. that normalization of anti-semitism begets hate more broadly and the trick is we can't wait for the mayor, we can't wait for the president to speak out. we as individuals have got to do it. >> it's a canary in the coal mine for the health of a society? >> the buffer between order and chaos and when it breaks down, and this is happened over time. you can look throughout history. the jews typically the first target an not just anti-semiittic violence to worry us but america is about -- the democracy about difference, it is about that diversity, the pluralism and when prejudice is directed at a minority an typically starts with the jews it is a sign of the democracy.
everyone needs to stand up and speak out against it. >> thank you for coming in. let's hope that 2020 is better than 2019. >> let's make a resolution, more hope and less hate. >> be nice to each other. >> hear, hear. >> thank you for 2019. let's maore hope, less hate. next up, the vaccine ultimatum that could lee thousands of students bans from school. thousands of students bans from school $12.99 all you can eat now with boneless wings. only at applebee's.
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officials are pushing to get more kids vaccinate d in the ne year. the worst outbreak in decades has one school district ready to ban students without proof of immunization after winter break. joe fryer has more. >> the seattle school district say it is needs updated paperwork from 2,000 students. families have jl january 8th or the kids can't return to class. health officials are pushing to get more kids vaccinated hoping the new year brings far fewer measles cases than this year did. >> reporter: for some families, the new year ease resolution list includes vaccines. the school district is hosting free clinics. >> i don't want to get other kids sick. >> i would expect for other families to do the same. >> as of last month the vaccination rate was 88%. health officials want that
number closer to 95%. >> vaccinations is very important for all the kids. etc. personally in school. >> reporter: students have until january 8th to get their vaccination records up to date. >> if a student arrives and they are not up to date, they will have to be kept out of class. >> reporter: earlier this year washington state passed a new law removing personal and philosophical exemptions. a move that was met with protests. the change came after two measles outbreak sickened 87 people. across the country, there's been 1300 measles cases in 31 states. more confirmed cases than the previous four years combined and the most in a single year in the u.s. since 1992. just in the past month, health officials confirm that travelers carry iing the highly infectiou disease exposed passengers a at
five different airports. >> we're try ing ing to get on f that. share as much information a as we can to try to contain this. >> reporter: the danger posed by measles can be felt on the island nation of zit moe away. it's killed 81 people there. the governor led a mission vaccinating thousands. >> we went from 30% of the co t country to 90% of the country in two days. >> reporter: they just started reopening schools after lift in a a state of emergency. back in seattle, officials hope new rules will keep a prehaven'table disease from sur it is aing. parents can can still cite medical or religious reasons to exempt kids from the mmr vax 19, but across the country, there are five states that removed those religious exemptions including new york, which made the change this year following a major outbreak there. >> vaccinate your kids.
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