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two big blows, in two big stories. the george floyd murder case had the chief of police saying this was wrong, to the point of illegal. and what we saw was murder. and the misdirection play, by matt gaetz, i think, blew up on this show, tonight. i think, bob kent is credible, and i don't think anything, in his suggestions to the father, that would qualify under any legal reckoning of extortion. >> listen. i -- yes, with that story, i like to proceed with caution. i believe in innocent, until proven guilty. we've already established that. >> they are two different things. the investigation of what gaetz did, you got to wait for the facts. >> right. >> we don't know them. b but the extortion thing. >> yes. >> one might be fact. this extortion thing, fugazi. >> we'll see on that one. and listen, i think that it -- it -- shouldn't he just shut up, right now?
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shouldn't he just be quiet? >> he has. by the way, i reached out to him. i wanted him to come on the show and answer the questions in a real place, if he wants real credibility. lawyer said he is not talking to anybody. >> it's not going to do that. he's not going to do that. i mean, if he hasn't been on the state-run tv. which, by the way -- yeah. how'd you -- we didn't get a chance to talk about that interview. so, chris, that's like today when i ran into you at breakfast. and then, you're like, breakfast? i don't remember seeing you? what are you talking about? well, it was tim and i at breakfast. you remember tim. um, no, i have no idea what you are talking about. >> the signature face. >> i was -- i was watching that in my office. i have this little -- you haven't seen it, yet. i have this little treadmill under my desk, a walking treadmill. i almost fell off of it, as i was watching that interview because it was hysterical. and tucker's like, uh, i have no idea what you were talking about. two of us who are on the screen. >> i mean, look, the shame, for me, the -- the -- the carnival aspect of it, aside.
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was that was the chance to ask this guy the questions, the kind of setup where we are and where we should be, with that kind of access. and we didn't get it. however, 180 degrees in the george floyd murder trial and i keep calling it that because, one, derek chauvin, while he is the accused-former officer, the name isn't as known. and i also think it takes the eye off the importance here. george floyd is a resonant point and have spoken beautifully about it for months, over a year now. but to see a chief of police on the stand. >> your boss. >> rare. going against what the officers did? really rare. saying it was wrong and illegal? never heard it, before. >> yeah. well, i mean, listen. it's obvious, what it was. i mean, it's obvious. and, you know, i -- i was on our morning show, and we talked about this earlier. last week. late, last week. okay. yes, he is entitled to a vigorous defense, as you know, you are an attorney. he is entitled to it. but we all know. we all know what we saw, with
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our own eyes. we know what was going on here. we know it's not in the training but we know officers do it. some of them. and they don't think they're going to get caught. and i think derek chauvin did not -- obviously, didn't think he would get caught. and then, didn't even realize the seriousness of it. maybe, it didn't matter to him, if you look at his demeanor on his own body-camera video. it was -- it was shocking. but it was a window, into the world of how some of these officers operate. and how they treat people they're supposed to protect and serve. there -- as i said last week, i don't think you were on. i think it was friday. i don't think you were here. when i said, who is it protecting and serving? he protected and served no one. who, or what, at that scene did it protect and serve? someone, who was accused of passing a -- a -- a phony-$20 bill. okay. is that worth someone's life? is that worth what you did, standing on that man's neck -- or kneeling on that man's neck? >> justified, in one situation,
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where the officer's life was greatly threatened if he didn't use the force he used. >> on the ground, screaming i can't breathe, mama? >> no, i am saying the only time it's okay to use lethal force, which is what it wound up being, is when the officer or someone else's life was in grave danger, if it hadn't happened. i still think, though, the science part could get a little sticky. and they only need one juror to be confused enough to think he's not or she's not, beyond a reasonable doubt. >> yep. so listen, i have got to go because i have seen you way too much today. i did, i swear. i went to breakfast, and there, chris was. >> you should have seen don almost hit my truck, twice, while parking. and then, he didn't know it was mine. >> not true. oh, my gosh. that's enough chris today. i'll see ya. >> still love you, d lemon. >> i will talk to you later. this "cnn tonight." i am don lemon. so let's talk about this. go in -- in depth to what chris
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and i were just talking about moments ago. by the way, we have lot to cover. we've got -- we've got matt gaetz. we have got baseball, which i wanted to talk to chris about. we will talk about that. we got republicans and the whole jedi-mind trick, about now joe biden is the big liar, instead of trump. it is madness what's going on in the world, right now. you thought it would settle down, didn't you? nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. so, let's talk about the chauvin trial. slowly, and methodically, the prosecution team in the trial of ex-minneapolis police officer, derek chauvin, poking holes in his main line of defense. chauvin is on trial for the murder and manslaughter, in the death of george floyd, last-memorial day. kneeling on floyd's neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds. we should just say 9 and a half minutes. despite floyd saying, repeatedly, that he couldn't breathe. eventually, losing consciousness. chauvin's defense attorney, telling the jury, and reminder, this is the -- the central point to his defense. watch this.
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>> and you will learn, that derek chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. >> witness, after witness, testifying that, that is not true. that, chauvin was not trained, not at all, to kneel on someone's neck. on the stand, today, minneapolis-police chief, medaria arradondo, who fired chauvin, and three other officers involved in floyd's arrest, the day after the deadly incident. at the time, nearly-one year ago, chief arradondo called chauvin's actions murder. he testified today that kneeling on a person's neck is not part of minneapolis police-department policy. that it's not what the department teaches. he was asked directly by the prosecutor, when should the restraint of george floyd have ended? watch. >> once mr. floyd had stopped resisting. and certainly, once he was in
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distress, and trying to verbalize that. that -- that -- that should have stopped. there's -- there's an initial reasonableness in trying to just get him under control, in the first-few seconds. but -- but, once there was no longer any resistance. and clearly, when mr. floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless. to continue to apply that level of force, to a person, proned out, handcuffed behind their back. that -- that, in no way, shape, or form, is anything that is by policy. it is not part of our training. and it is, certainly, not part of our ethics or our values. >> remember, that's the chief of the department. and when the chief was finished
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testifying, prosecutors calling in katie blackwell, who was the commander of the minneapolis police field training division. >> when you look at exhibit 17, is this a trained technique that's by the minneapolis police department, when you were overseeing the training of it? >> it is not. >> why not? >> well, use of force, according to policy, has to be, you know, consistent with mpd training. and when we train are neck restraints, the conscious and unconscious neck restraint. so, per policy, a neck restraint is compressing one or both sides of the neck. but what we train is using one arm or two arm to do a neck restraint. >> and how does this differ? >> i don't know what kind of improvised position that is. so, that's not what we train. >> inspector blackwell, now, the
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third, high-ranking, minneapolis-pd official, to take the stand for the prosecution. on friday, the department's top-homicide detective, lieutenant richard zimmerman, giving testimony that was damning to chauvin's defense. >> have you ever, in all the years you have been working for the minneapolis-police department, been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed behind their back, in a prone position? >> no, i haven't. >> is that, if that were done, would that be considered force? >> absolutely. >> what level of force might that be? >> that would be the top tier. the deadly force. >> why? >> because of the fact that, if -- if your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill them. >> and zimmerman followed that up with this statement from the trial record.
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>> review of the body-worn camera videos of the incident? >> yes. >> and directing your attention to that moment, when mr. floyd is placed on the ground. >> yes. >> what is your -- you know, your view of that use of force, during that time preeriod? >> totally unnecessary. >> for the record, in just a few moments, i am going to talk with george floyd's attorney and his brother. meanwhile, the trump campaign was reportedly swindling money over the big lie. the former-president, responding to a weekend story in "the new york times." detailing how the trump campaign went about raising millions of dollars. millions of millions of dollars from supporters. many of them, unknowingly, signing up to give recurring donations. when they thought this tey were donating money, one time only. in a statement, trump claimed so many supporters were enthusiastic, they gave over and over. and if they gave too much, the
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campaign promptly refunded contributions but he neglects to mention there were more than 500,000 refunds totaling $64 million to supporters who felt hoodwinked. and, get this. can -- get this. republicans have a new-talking point. trying to turn trump's big lie on joe biden. saying, joe biden's lying about what's in georgia's new-voting law, that restricts ballot access. >> he is lying about this bill. he is lying to the american people about it. to cause the raging fire he said he was going to put out. >> it all started with joe biden's big lie. >> it is a jedi-mind trick. okay. i want you to think about this, right? think of it. joe biden's lie -- big lie. republicans are, suddenly, concerned about lies? when they never even acknowledged the former guy?
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was and is a serial liar. now, they're, like, oh, my god, joe biden is lying! really, republicans? did someone introduce the word lie, back, into your vocabulary recently? because, before, you were like, lie? what's that mean? lie? never heard of the word. now, you're concerned about lies? come on, now. okay. so, and the premise of all these laws, we have to remember, over the country, was actually built on the election-fraud lie. so now, they are saying it's joe biden's lie. when all these laws, built on a lie. as i said, it's quite the jedi-mind trick, yet it's easy to expose. really? also, all of these all-star games things, right? the all-star game.
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joe biden never called for the game to be moved. that's what they are saying. joe biden is calling for the game to be moved and it was a big lie about the game. joe biden answered a question about the mlb, mlb moving a game. and his answer was one of accountability, not one of a lie, nor was it one of cancel culture. it's one of accountability. businesses are responding to what they feel is right. what they feel the people, who buy their products. they are standing up for the folks who buy their products. what is wrong with that? i thought republicans were all about capitalism. right? remember, the whole thing about nike and they were, like, throwing away toasters and coffee makers or something like that? because they were so upset about -- it makes no sense, anymore. none. do you believe in capitalism? or you don't believe in capitalism. do you believe in cancel culture? or you don't believe in it. because you're doing a whole lot of cancelling.
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one of trump's biggest supporters on capitol hill is embattled-republican, matt gaetz. and he is taking a page right out of trump's playbook. never back down. gop congressman from florida is under investigation now, you know, by the justice department for alleged sex trafficking and prostitution and allegations of a sexual relationship with an underaged girl. he denies that -- the allegations. and says that he is absolutely not resigning from congress. but, the investigation is serious, and gaetz is lawyering up. and the former-gaetz staffer revealing publicly, today, that he was questioned by two fbi agents, last week. but denies knowledge of any-legal activity. knowledge of any-illegal activity, right? and republicans are always denouncing so-called cancel culture. but then, they do a whole lot of cancelling. the gop governor of texas, case in point. greg abbott. refusing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for tonight's home opener for the
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texas rangers. governor abbott taking a stand, by not showing up. yet, being angry at mlb for making the same decision. as i said, it makes absolutely-no sense. figure it out, republicans. what do you do? cancel? or not? capitalism? or not? trump doesn't lie, but joe biden does. we see you. that's why it doesn't stick. it's not sticking, anymore. people aren't buying the bs. they see you. george floyd's brother, philonise, family attorney, ben crump, are here. they are going to tell me what they think about today's testimony by the minneapolis police chief. >> the badge that i wear, and that members of the
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during floyd's arrest was against department policy. he also testified chauvin failed to deescalate the situation, and did not help once he became unresponsive. philonise floyd is here. and ben crump, the attorney for the family. gentlemen, thank you so much. i appreciate you joining us, this evening. philonise, i am going to start with you. and i want to ask you about chief arradondo delivering this powerful testimony, saying chauvin absolutely violated policy. how'd it feel to hear him say that? he is a witness on the stand and he is the police chief. >> i'm just happy that somebody else noticed what the world has noticed, too. he came out, and said exactly what i thought he would say because my brother. he -- he was face down, in the prone position with his hands behind his back. he wasn't a threat to society, anything. he can't breathe. he stated that he couldn't breathe. and just like the 61-year-old person that testified said, the officer told him that, if he can
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talk, he can breathe. so, i don't feel bad for -- for mr. chauvin. i think that he will be convicted. >> you know, philonise, i'm sure you remember this. you were on cnn's "i can't breathe special." it was last year, just days after your brother's death. you were able to ask a question to chief arradondo. i want to play that, and then we'll talk about it. here it is. >> philoni isse, you have a question for the chief? >> i -- the question that i have. i wanted to know if he is going to get justice for my brother and arrest all the officers and convict them? >> to the floyd family, you know, being silent or not intervening, to me, you're complicit. so, i don't see a level of distinction, any different. so obviously, it -- they -- charging and those decisions will have to come through our county attorney's office.
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certainly, the fbi is investigating that. but to the floyd family, i want you to know, that my decision to fire all-four officers was not based on some sort of hierarchy. mr. floyd died, in our hands. and so, i -- i -- i see that as being complicit. >> bit surreal, to sit back and -- and look at that. that was a very -- that was a moving moment. very honest moment, from the -- from the chief. philonise, you know, he called it murder, then. just weeks after that. now, he is testifying against chauvin. what does that mean, to you? >> it's -- it's -- it's great you know? it's not just me. it's -- this is for the world. this is a historic moment. a case of this magnitude. this is something that black people. we never get justice for anything. that was a powerful moment, and he stayed consistent with everything. i'm grateful, and my family's
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grateful. i just hope that we will get justice, because i don't want another breonna-taylor moment, like she had, because they barricaded all the buildings. and she didn't even get justice. they think, when they give money out, that's justice. but that it's not because they had an african-american guy, who had killed a caucasian woman. and they gave her $20 million. and he received 15 years. i expect that. i expect justice. >> then, we have now heard from multiple-top police officials testifying at how chauvin's use of force violated policy. here is some of it. and then, we'll talk. >> is it your belief, then, that this particular form of restraint. if that's what you -- that's what we'll call it -- in fact, violates departmental policy? >> i, absolutely, agree, that violates our policy. >> i don't know what kind of improvised position that is s. so that's not what we train.
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>> pulling him down to the ground, face down. and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of -- that amount of time. is just uncalled for. >> so, the defense is saying, you know, that he did exactly what he was trained to do. how damning is that, for that defense? >> i think that it obliterates it, when you think about the fact that these officers, all, went and said what derek chauvin did, by keeping his knee on george floyd's neck, was against policy. and what's so interesting, don, is the fact that we should expect all officers to do this. but we, all, are riveted that you have police officers coming in, and testifying to things that we have seen, in many, other cases. they just wouldn't have the
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content or the care to conviction to do it. so we are very grateful to the chief and his ranking officers from coming in the courtroom, and speaking truth to power. >> chief arradondo, also, saying that chauvin violated policy, by failing to deliver aid to your brother. does this confirm what we heard last week, from bystanders? that they knew something was wrong, but were helpless to do anything about it? >> yes, sir. everybody out there. they knew that it was a problem, because who would think that somebody would put all they weight on a man's neck? that's -- that's not protocol. you have four officers out there. and i'll give each one of them 150 pounds. total, that's, like, 600 pounds. that's 600 pounds of weight. and they were -- he was trying to state that the guy was using the hobble restraints.
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but the restraint doesn't count. my brother passed away. to everybody else, this is a case and a cop but to me, that's my brother. >> yeah, ben, i got to ask you about this. the er doctor who tried to save george floyd's life testified he likely die $bed because of lack oxygen. is that undercutting the defense's argument that george floyd died from drug use? >> he said nobody even reported to him anything about drugs when they brought george to the er. and, you know, don, we always are real when we come on your show and talk. if derek chauvin really believes that him putting knee on george floyd's neck for over-nine minutes didn't kill him. why don't he get on the floor, in the courtroom, and let somebody. >> and put their knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds? the experts are all going to opine that an average human can go 30 seconds to 90 seconds,
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without air. well, we want to see if chauvin can go the 400 seconds, since he said his knee didn't kill george floyd. >> hmm. ben, philonise, thank you, both. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. so, you don't see this too often. police testifying against one of their own. will it help the community heal? professor cornell west is here with more. that's next.
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the second week in testimony in the trial of ex-officer derek chauvin for the death of george floyd. the minneapolis police chief, taking the stand today. here is -- here he is, testifying about, what he calls, the pillar for use of force. >> while it is absolutely imperative that our officers go home at the end of their shift. we want to make sure and ensure our community members go home, too.
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and so, sanctity of life is absolutely vital that, that is the pillar for our use of force. >> here to discuss, dr. cornel west of public philosophy at harvard university. thank you, professor. i appreciate you joining us. >> thank you, my dear brother. >> so, you heard the chief. how important are his comments about what the relationship should be, between police and the community? i mean, everyone should be able to -- to go home, at the end of the day here. >> absolutely. no, you know, brother, i think philonise put it so well. it was so good to see both of those brothers. i love those brothers so much. but it's really about black humanity. you heard the chief say, sanctity of life. >> uh-huh. >> it's important, not to get too caught up with the evidence. it's the perception of the evidence that's gonna make a difference, you see? and so, when philonise said america's on trial, black humanity's on trial. you know george is you, george is me. breonna is you. breonna is me.
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black humanity is on trial, and we know that if you -- you can't prove your humanity to somebody. it's not a logical deduction. it's a moral perception, and a spiritual communion. so, we've had overwhelming evidence of black humanity. we had it with emmett till. we had it with rodney king. with had it with breonna. sandra. we go right down the -- it's going to be the perception of the evidence. so it's important that it's not a matter of just legality here. we are talking about morality and spirituality. and this is going to be the real challenge. this is why this is a historical moment like it was with emmett, you see? beca because, when you put humanity on trial and black humanity in america, brother, you got a lot of willful ignorance and deliberate blindness and fear and insecurity and anxiety.
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and it, all, is going to be manifest in how that jury comes out, in relation to black humanity. that's the crucial question, here. >> okay. so, i understand what you are saying. but how do you put that into -- into practice? how do you -- how do you put that into tangible things? you know, you said the sanctity of life. right? >> absolutely. >> is it -- >> well, the first thing you got to do. you got to send these policemen to jail. you got to tell the po -- the police unions and all of the folk behind the defense, that the day is gone in which they think that, somehow, they can get away by brutalizing black people. it's got to be in practice. it's got to be in deed. it's got to be in how they are behaving. and that's what happened after emmett till, right? >> uh-huh. >> rodney king. tip of the iceberg. breonna taylor, the peak.
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the peak of the iceberg. you got black folks being disrespected, devalued, violated, every day, in america. it's going to be in our deeds, in our institutional arrangements, that reflect our deed. and this is why this could be a turning point. that's what i'm praying. but on the other hand, i can't watch it, though, man. i -- i can't watch it because, i -- you know, i'm -- i'm on the drink. i'm on the edge. i am on the cliff. >> talk to me about that. why can't you watch it? >> i can only take so much, man. i can only take so much. i've been a black man in america for a long time. i got to be fortified. i got to keep focused on what i am called to do. 53 years ago, i didn't think i could take it when they killed brother martin. over 2,000 years ago, they killed my sweet jesus. what kind of resources will we have, as a people, not just black, but all, who identify with the suffering of our precious brother george? what kind of resources,
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spiritual, moral, intellectual, political, will we have to continue the battle? because when black humanity is on trial, you got to get fortified in order to -- deeds i'm not talking about money flowing and all of this. by the fruit, you should know, they're not the foliage. it's not going to be superficial. it's going to be fundamental transformation of the institut institutions manifest in deeds, beginning with sending the police to jail to send a sign. >> will that change, though -- listen. listen, i think it sends a very powerful message, and we certainly need change when it comes to police departments, right? and actions of police officers. >> absolutely. >> but when you -- when it -- it's so frustrating, for me. mind boggling, really. >> yes. >> when i hear people make excuses for -- not even excuses. people who see the humanity, in their own. well, you know, bob came back
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from war. he was never the same. he was troubled. he got into drugs. he got into trouble, but we loved him. and we -- you know, it's a shame that he came back and we didn't take care of him, right? >> right. right. >> but, when it's someone of a different ethnicity or color, people don't see the humanity. they don't see -- they -- they don't see them as human. like, the -- it's supposed to be the perfect victim. there are no-perfect victims. there are no perfect people. >> that's right. that's right. >> so, why can't people -- why can't people see that? and they can only see it in their own? >> well, i think the real problem is, and the reality is, that oftentimes, they even really see it in they own. you see? faulkner taught us in his novels you can look on the chocolate side of town and demonize them, and degrade them. they end up demonizing and degrading each other, living lives of superficiality but not enough moral content and
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spiritual substance, at all. so, you end up, not just broken and damaged. but you end up suffering for what called hell. those who have not cultivated the capacity to love. that's part of the genius of black people. after being hated for 400 years, we still teach the world so much how to love. make people go home, listen to some john or nina simone. she wrote that three days after martin was shot. right in that song, you see that love in there. and i not saying black folk got a monopoly on love but, oh, we got some love warriors. but, oh, we such a hated people. oh, we've been so hated, in so many ways. but we keep dishing out these love [ inaudible ]. and what's at the center of your text? same thing. love, love. love for your sisterment that's
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the best of the human spirit. and white brothers, brown brothers, yellow brothers, indigenous brothers. every corner of the globe can get in on this caravan of love in the language of the isley brothers. but you going to have to pay a cost. >> what i am trying to say -- okay. if your loved one, or someone you know, can go to the doctor for a back problem, a foot problem, a neck problem, or whatever kind of pain. and then, is given an opioid and then becomes addicted. and you can understand that you need to get help for that person, and they can still be human. then, why don't you have that same feeling about someone else? that's what i don't understand. >> oh. oh. in that particular instance, the vicious legacy of white supremacy comes in. and when white supremacy comes in, it renders you coldhearted, mean-spirited, spiritually sick, and morally decayed.
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that's what we see in the -- the -- the -- the brother, derek. you see, derek. derek is a white brother who is sick. he's mean-spirited. he is coldhearted. he's empty. and -- and that -- and he's a symbol of the worst of america. white supremacy the worst of america. it's a sick, mean-spirited, coldhearted, callous, indifferent way of being in the world. there's no joy there, brother. not at all. all the power in the world, all the money in the world, still, gonna render you joyless. we gonna turn on a little al green and say, hey, we know what joy is. why? because he knows how to love. >> yeah. >> brother. >> professor, thank you. for -- to see humanity and redemption, in one. and criminality and the worst,
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in another. that says a lot about what we need to fix and who you are. >> everybody's got the potential to change. >> yes. >> but it's hard to get through the eye of a needle sometimes. you know that. >> amen. thank you. i will talk to you soon. you be well. >> salute you, my brother. >> you, too. so, they love screaming about cancel culture but what happens when republicans are the ones calling cancel? that's next. if she can retire sooner, she'll revisit her plan with fidelity. and with a scenario that makes it a possibility, she'll enjoy her dream right now. that's the planning effect, from fidelity. so you want to make the best burger ever? she'll enjoy her dream right now. then make it! that means cooking day and night until... [ ding ] success!
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republicans hammering businesses for taking a stand against gop efforts to make it harder to vote. accusing them of playing to cancel culture. but former-president trump is the one calling for a boycott of any corporation, that speaks out against georgia's new voter-suppression laws. trump is, specifically, targeting major league baseball, coca-cola, and delta airlines. and texas governor, greg abbott,
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appears to be backing out of throwing the ceremonial-first pitch of the texas rangers' home opener tonight in response to the mlb's decision to move the all-star game out of atlanta. anna navarro. i know you all these years, i can't say your last name, suddenly. anna navarro, good evening to you. the gop is obsessed with calling everything cancel culture, but isn't that exactly what they are doing by calling for these boycotts? >> the gop is very good and it's something that's been done for decades and decades, in coming up with catchphrases that, then, take a life of their own. and a connotation of their own. be it, identity politics or virtue signaling or cancel politics. there are people in the gop who dedicate themselves on polling, focus groups, and coming up with phrases like these. but, yes, it is the -- the -- the utmost of hypocrisy. today, i was thinking -- you know, i have been thinking, in the midst of this major-league
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baseball thing. and you know the only time i aof baseball or any sports is when there is a boycott going on. i remember, when some in the gop were calling for a boycott of the nfl, right? because they were kneeling. and then, i remember, when they were calling for a boycott of the nba. because they were kneeling, in solidarity. and then, i remember, when some started calling for a boycott of nascar because they banned the confederate flag. and so now, it's baseball's turn. what can i tell you? thank god, they still got bingo and shuffleboard. >> okay, anna. senate-minority leader, mitch mcconnell, releasing a statement today, on the corporate backlash to georgia's restrictive voting laws and it says in part. corporations will invite serious consequence -- consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread
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disinformation and push bad ideas, that citizens reject at the ballot box. mobs? disinformation? what is he talking about? >> i got no idea. he should. >> ahe should come and visit miami. listen. miami. i grew up in what is the capital of boycotts in america, okay? if you ever went and sang in cuba, we boycotted you. if you ever played any sport in cuba, we boycotted you. i didn't -- i didn't even know boycotts were something the left, also, did until i was, like, 25 years old. and this country has a very rich history of protesting through your pocketbook. the right has done it. the left has done it. it is our right, as americans. it has helped move civil rights. it has helped, in issues like apartheid in south africa. the fact that americans boycotted going to south africa helped end apartheid. and so, it is -- it is part of the freedom of expression. and the privilege of being in a country, like america.
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that we can boycott and protest and speak through our pocketbooks. you can't do that in cuba. you can't do that in sirvenezue. right? because they have got a ration card. you can't say i am not going to buy this one gallon of milk, a month, that they are giving me. it is something that is very american and that both parties regardless of ideology do to get things that are important to them. and, look, corporations don't just exist in name only. they're not just a tax i.d. number. they are people, right? they are -- corporations are fueled by customers, by people who use their product. >> right. >> by people who are employed there, who work there. corporations are, yes, businesses, but they are businesses made up of people. >> of people. >> before i wrap, i got to say something. congratulations to my "new york
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times" best-selling author friend don lemon. i'm proud of you, brother. >> thank you, ana. >> i mean i'm not going to be able to bear your ego, but i'm proud of you. >> no, not at all. it's number one best-seller by the way. thank you, ana. thank you, ana. i'll see you soon. >> love you. >> love you too. bye-bye. more than 40% of adults have gotten at least one vaccine dose, including myself. but only 8% of the people vaccinated are black. why you need to take this shot. i'm going to tell you next. and you have thinkorswim mobile- -so i can finish analyzing the risk on this position. you two are all set. choose the app that fits your investing style. ♪
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