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gaetz investigation. joining us now, john harwood and congressional correspondent lauren fox. great to see both of you. john harwood, "the new york times" reports about these blanket pardons that matt gaetz was seeking. he really, they report, wanted one for himself but he threw in some congressional allies and he also threw in sort of everybody under the sun, some associates have suggested that it was to kind of camouflage that he was looking for a blanket pardon. why would he be looking for such a pardon, john? >> well, it was a clever maneuver, but not quite clever enough to get past the white house and the president. first of all, alisyn, let me just say congratulations on escaping the berman force field and getting to the civilized hours of the afternoon which is where i will see you going forward. look, matt gaetz was in big trouble in 2020.
an investigation that was launched by donald trump's justice department under bill barr. he was trying to protect himself. and it didn't work. and donald trump is somebody who has an eye on his own personal bottom line. he did pardon some people who had committed financial crimes, who were supporters of his, and he wants to reward his supporters. but the issue of potential sex crimes involving children is something altogether different and don't know whether or not these discussions ever reached donald trump, but certainly the white house aides understood that this was a radioactive request and didn't get anywhere. >> and again, we don't know for sure if gaetz was asking for the pardon because of the investigation. but, man, oh, man, the timing, lauren fox, is something. and, lauren, just if you can, this is -- this story has been going on for a little while now.
but put matt gaetz in perspective for us, if possible. where exactly he fits in this universe. >> well, he's certainly on the fringes up here on capitol hill. he was known as someone who was very close or wanted to be very close to president donald trump when he was in office. he was also known for some of these stunts on capitol hill. of course, if you remember about a year ago when the pandemic was really getting under way, matt gaetz wore a gas mask on the house floor. that was sort of an effort to make it clear that, you know, he thought that people were all overreacting, of course, given what we've seen over the last year, certainly it was not an overreaction to be taking the pandemic seriously. you also just have someone here who, as our reporting has shown in the past, had to be talked to by leadership. we know that aides to former house speaker paul ryan had to have a conversation with gaetz back in 2017. just about acting
professionally. we were told by our sources that wasn't tied to one single event. obviously, it's significant when you're a freshman member and someone from the leadership team has to talk to you about acting professionally on capitol hill. so i think that his reputation has always been someone who likes to be on tv. someone who likes to be in the middle of conservative politics. he really cares about his image on capitol hill. he is not known as a serious legislator up here. he's not really that close to many lawmakers. and i think that's reflected in the fact that you have not seen many republicans come out backing him or trying to defend him as he is going through this moment right now where it's public that the department of justice is investigating him. >> john, he's supposed to be representing his constituents, but it's hard -- some of his votes are curious. and it's hard to see how they're representative given, for instance, 2017, he was the lone lawmaker in all of congress,
senate, the house, to vote against a human trafficking law. and then, more recently, he voted against a revenge porn law. he was one of only two congressmen. >> that was in the florida legislature. >> oh, it was? i thought more recently. >> but the pattern is clear. you are the guy who stands up for revenge porn? >> now in the -- now, given all of this, those seem curious. >> yeah, extremely curious. and, look, there's a passage in gaetz's book where he talks about getting a phone call from donald trump while he was having sex. i mean, this is not normal -- >> which he took. he brags about taking the call, right? he brags about taking the call. >> politics attracts some freakish personalities, freakish egos. you know, a profession that involves getting affirmation from voters and other people, and people act out in politics.
this is a guy who is way, way on the far end of the freakish spectrum. and, you know, he is telling on himself with those votes that you described, and it's not surprising that people don't want to defend him. it's one thing for people to stand with somebody like marjorie taylor greene who has said a bunch of things that are way, way out there on the fringe. a significant part of the republican base believes things that are way out there on the fringe. but this kind of behavior that matt gaetz is being investigated for and the kind of things that he has acknowledged publicly is -- are things that, you know, most decent people don't want to be associated with. >> no doubt it's a different republican party, different republican leadership now than it was, say, you know, eight years ago. when john boehner was in charge there.
as house speaker. he has this new book or coming out. we're seeing more and more excerpts of it. the new one released this morning is a doozy. he's talking about the former president and john boehner says, i'm going to read the whole thing on your last day. it involves swearing. this is my gift to you. john boehner writes, trump incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he's been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous november. >> that was your gift to me? >> because you don't like it when i swear. lauren, that's, a, that sounds like john boehner, but this is a guy who was the republican speaker of the house not that long ago. >> well, certainly. as more and more excerpts from this book have come out, it becomes very clear. and we kind of got some glimpses of it at the time i covered boehner when he was speaker of the house eight years ago. but one of the things that's becoming very clear is his disdain for misinformation that really grabbed hold of the republican party. he views that as something that
was problematic, whether it was the ted cruz gambit to shut down the government over defunding the affordable care act or whether it was what we saw on january 6th here on capitol hill because of lies perpetuated by the president. here you have someone who was in the seat of power for the republican party for many years. someone who was well respected by his colleagues. really watch his power wane in part because the rise of the freedom caucus and the rise of what republican voters were expecting in part because of some of the lies that they were being fed by the very politicians who were in his conference. and i think you are getting a lot of frustration, a lot of chest clearing happening from the former speaker. >> the day after tucker carlson went on and laughed off the insurrection yet again. our thanks to both of you. the white house expects half of adults in the u.s. to be at
least partially vaccinated by this weekend. despite that, president biden says now is not the time for americans to let down their guard. >> the virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight, think we're at the finish line already. but let me be deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line. >> joining us now, cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. also dr. paul ofit, the director of the vaccine education center of the children's hospital of philadelphia and a member of the fda's vaccine advisory committee. dr. offitt, half of all adults vaccinated by this weekend. that's a heck of a number. that's a good sign. i know, i mean, literally, that means half of adults aren't vaccinated or haven't received one dose, but we're getting there. >> it's amazing. i remember about a month and a half ago, people were hoping we could get to 2 million doses a day. now we're over 3 million doses a day. that's 1% of the population every day. you have 55% of seniors now,
those over 65 that are fully vaccinated. 75% received at least one dose of vaccine. these are the people most likely to die, and we've been really good about protecting them. >> but sanjay, just because -- look, all that is fantastic. and president biden saying that he wants to lower the eligibility for all adults starting soon. that's great. but, of course, it's still about access. just because there's now lower eligibility, it doesn't mean in some states people are going to easily be able to get a vaccine. >> right. that's definitely true. so many of the people like dr. offit was saying have been reached, people who are particularly vulnerable, but there are still a lot of people out there who aren't necessarily hesitant about getting the vaccine. they just have a hard time getting it. simp eel they may not have a car or pharmacy or doctor's office in their particular area. and these hard to reach populations, that's going to be a focus to these community
mobile sites and things like that. so we'll see. but it's an important point. and we talk about the country as a whole in terms of vaccinations, but it's also good to sometimes look at various places and see how they are doing. for example, we compared new york and north dakota. and when we do the math on this, we find that they may get to this point within the next couple of months where they have all eligible adults who want to get vaccinated vaccinated. but for very different reasons. i can show you the numbers. new york, for example, they vaccinated 6.6% of their population last week. which is pretty incredible. north dakota going a lot more slowly but they have more vaccine hesitancy. there may be pockets around the country that are going to look different. it's going to be tough to paint this with one broad brush. >> dr. offit, already in the show we've talked about the studies that indicate the lingering effects perhaps on the
brain if you do survive covid. and there are other concerning data points we're seeing about the lasting effects here. first of all, i'm fascinated by the idea this is being pass ed now among sports teams of kids. a lot of parents think about that. but you've been looking into in quite extensive detail now the new information about the multisystem inflammatory syndrome among children where we've seen more than 3,000 cases and a few dozen deaths. what are we learning about that, dr. offit? >> when this virus left china, it was billed as a winter respiratory virus that could cause something like influenza. it's obviously far more than that. i was on service the last two weeks at children's service of philadelphia and we had children who had this multisystem inflammatory disease. they either had mild or asymptomatic infection. by the time we saw them, roughly a month later, they no longer were shedding infectious virus but had an antibody to that
virus. their immune system was working against them. they would have evidence of damage to their heart. their liver, their kidneys, and it's remarkable. basically their immune system was working against them. i don't think we fully understand the pathogen sis or disease process involved here. these can cause longer term effects. when people talk about being -- fearing sars-cov-2 or sars, there's lingering effects that occur probably because what the virus does is it causes your immune system to react against your own blood vessels, causing inflammation of the blood vessels. and because every organ system in your body has a blood supply, therefore, every organ system can be affected. that's the scariest part of this virus to me. >> dr. offit, sanjay, thank you both very much. >> can i just say really quick, alisyn, you know, i am going to miss you on the mornings. i know it's been a stressful
time for you. you may not remember this, but we've gone through great lengths to try and alleviate your stress over the years. in fact, we can show this clip. i don't know if you remember this happening. we'd have to bring in acupuncturists to try and calm you down. do you see that? john has a needle sticking out of his head. >> i have one, too. >> you have one, too, yes. now you'll get more sleep. now you'll be able to hopefully not be as stressed. but i just want to tell you that i am going to miss you, alisyn, here in the mornings. as i said last hour, you're often the first face i see, you and john, and you kept it real. you asked the questions that people really wanted to know the answers to. and i always felt like i had to be on my toes because your questions often started with, but sanjay -- and then i knew some zinger was coming in that maybe i hadn't quite prepared for that made me think, but it
did. i'm going to miss you very much here, but i'll see you in the afternoons. thanks for helping us get through this. really appreciate it. >> sanjay, that's so kind and means so much to me. parp part of why i'm looking forward to the move is i'm hoping to have a fraction of the mental bandwidth that you do. i don't know how you do all that you do. how you host town halls and do huge blockbuster interviews and write books and come on every morning and, you know, do brain surgery. i don't know. >> he just did a podcast while he was on with us. literally, during that hit. >> it's part of the project. >> but i'm hoping i can eke out a fraction of that. sanjay, thank you. i look toward to seeing you in the afternoons. we'll be right back. the patented blend is clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels. boost glucose control products contain high quality protein and key nutrients to support immune health. try boost.
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and the cause of death. and, of course, we've already seen that's a point of conflict, of course, between the prosecution and defense. how do you think -- where do you think this ranks in terms of what we've already seen. are we getting to the most pivotal part of the trial? >> you have to look at the cadence of the trial. the prosecution started with the emotions of it. obviously, the video very emotional, but also the bystanders. and all those people who came to try and help. so the cadence was to get the emotions out and to really look at what chauvin did and why. now it's going to be slightly more boring or technical or scientific. now we're going to get into the experts and the defense has done a pretty good job of throwing out some of those seeds of doubt, the reasonable doubt they have to consequenvince the jurys by talking to some of the witnesses. now they get into the meat of it. the whole question truly is going to be and always has been, did chauvin cause the death?
it looks like he did when we look at that video without question, but it's got to be proven by the state beyond a reasonable doubt. and that's going to really rely on the experts and the questions of where the knee was, the lack of injuries to the neck. it's going to be interesting for those who watch it and boring for the general public. >> cedric, as you've watched this trial, you've obviously got two versions from the prosecution and defense in terms of what police work really is. what is the policy? how are you supposed to act? as we are at this turning point from the police work to the medical condition, how -- where is the case? what do you think the jury is left with? what is their takeaway? >> i think mark pretty much summed it up. let me reframe it from a law enforcement perspective. if we look at the video, there's a very emotional part to this. this is what we saw during the
first week of this trial. the emotional component of it. now we're getting into the science of the death. and that's the more intellectual piece of what may have caused this death. and that's going to be the challenge now for the prosecution, i can only imagine. but from a law enforcement perspective, when i look at it, when i see it, when i think back over my career, having been in fights on the street, having to subdue someone, having to hold them down, we know that we have policies. we know that we have training that we adhere to, so we do not put a person that's in our custody at risk such as what we saw. so there's still a lot of this trial left to be determined as to what the outcome is going to be. but let me be clear that emotional piece, that video that we saw for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, i still believe is going to play a huge part in the outcome of this case. but the science is going to have
to play a piece as well. >> that's really interesting. mark, how do you -- knowing that the video, we've all seen the video, and we have all seen george floyd die before our eyes. how do you, if you were derek chauvin's defense attorney, how do you convince the jury, well, that's not actually what he died from. what you saw with your eyes, you didn't see the whole thing. it was the drugs in his system, but again, everybody saw that he was functioning. he was upright. he was talking. and then in the videotape, they watch him under the knee lose his life. >> and that's a delicate balance the defense has to run. they cannot lose their credibility with those 12 jurors because if they do, then everything they say thereafter is going to be ignored. but having said that, what chauvin's attorney has to do is convince that jury that there is some doubt, some reason to believe that there's an alternative theory. don't forget, they do not have to prove innocence. they just have to sow that doubt
in the jury's mind, and that can come from a number of different sources. one, we just don't know how much effect the drugs had on him. we don't know how much effect his restraint was. we don't know how much effect his resistance was. there was a very telling point in this trial. i'll give you a quick example if i might. one of the experts came out and said, look, you can knock somebody unconscious in ten seconds if you do something improper. they talked about that knee on the neck. well, the alternative theory to that is, well, it he wasn't knocked unconscious in ten seconds or for five minutes. so does that suggest that chauvin was doing whatever he was doing properly? that's the -- that's what you're going to hear from this defense as they move forward. these alternative theories of, in effect, nonguilt. >> mark o'mara, cedric alexander, thank you for being with us. so, you know, it's a weird, weird world we live in when republicans are anti-big
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here's a peculiar headline. republicans have become anti-big business? it turns out a number of strange events are aligning to turn the political world upside down and john avlon explains in our "reality check." >> if you thought politics made strange bedfellows before, wait until you get a load of this. big corporations are the new liberal mob. yeah, that's the mind-bending tweet from nikki haley. did you ever expect to see georgia republicans calling for a boycott of home state business giants coke and delta? i mean, that's like denouncing the national pastime, which some republicans are doing after major league baseball moved the all-star game from atlanta to colorado. that's all small ball compared to mitch mcconnell asking
companies to stay out of politics after a career of trying to do the opposite. on the flip side, many big businesses are condemning gop efforts to restrict voting rights while jeff bezos are backing president biden's call for a higher corporate tax rate. you got all that? let's start with the most surreal case of situational ethics. >> i found it completely discouraging to find a bunch of corporate ceos getting in the middle of politics. my advice to the corporate ceos of america is to stay out of politics. don't pick sides in these big fights. >> don't pick sides? stay out of politics? seriously? from the guy who sued over federal laws that limited corporations' ability to influence elections? whose superpac raised $475 million for business leaders and companies during the 2020 election cycle? yeah, same guy. but now he's concerned that corporations are responding to employees, customers and shareholders by standing up to laws passed in the shadow of
trump's big lie because, as the new yorker reporter, mcconnell knows that democratic-backed reforms are broadly popular, even with republicans. that's not the only shot. a lot of business leaders are backing joe biden's call for massive infrastructure bill. even though he's proposed paying for it largely by raising the corporate tax rate. from 21% to 28%. which, by the way, would still be far lower than it's been since the end of world war ii. few corporations pay the official rate because of deductions, losses and loopholes which brings me to an eye-popping stat from president biden. >> you have 51 or 52 corporations, fortune 500 haven't paid a single penny in tax for three years. >> can that be right? let's do a fact check. as it turns out, mostly yes. in fact, there were at least 55 profitable companies among the fortune 500 and s&p 500 that paid no federal tax in 2020. that's according to the institute of taxation and
economic policy. the number of businesses that paid no particular tax for the past three years is half that, 26. big businesses saying they're okay with a higher tax rate? what's next? >> dogs and cats living together. mass hysteria. >> no, it's not as bad as all that. it's just some businesses see biden's infrastructure investment as an overdue boast for america's long-term competitiveness. these fights are not over, but the political fault lines are shifting, particularly as republicans confront the contradictions of trump's conservative populism. and that's your "reality check." >> dogs and cats living together. >> i knew you'd love that little easter egg. ali, you know, one of the things that shines through the camera is your authentic love of pop culture, but what folks might thoughtfully appreciate is your authentic love of punk rock. and you add those two things together and you really get your heart and soul which we will miss. we love you. we will see you. it is not good-bye. it's just see you later in the
afternoon and enjoy a good night's sleep. >> thank you, john. i appreciate that. i've loved bonding with you about music. i love our "name that tune" games and we'll be able to do more of that starting on monday. this isn't a very long good-bye. >> two words, billy squire. >> thank you for that. all right, back to the news. up next, we'll speak with georgia's lieutenant governor as the state's largest city rolls out its own rules to fight back against the new election law.
if then you had gotten to the november election and had some of the same kinds of, mostly, spurious complaints, that were being raised by president trump and others back in november, that would have been a basis for the elections war to have gone in and suspended the local elections officials, all the way down to poll workers and people managing precincts. they could have gone in and ordered all of those people were out of their jobs and then been replaced by partisans selected by the board. >> that was journalist douglas blackmon speaking to us earlier explaining how georgia's new election law in his mind, could have derailed the 2020 general election in that state, an election with no widespread fraud or irregularities as was proven by multiple recounts. joining me is georgia's republican lieutenant governor jeff duncan. you are one of our favorite guests here on "new day," always willing to talk and mix it up. what about the point he's
making? he's not the only one. there's been a lot of focus on things like water, a lot of focus on ballot drop boxes. but there's a major change in the law here. and there are some people who think that change alone could have changed the outcome of the november election. what do you say to that? >> well, i certainly hope to never see that level -- that part of the law have to be implemented and hopefully never see what we watched play out for ten unfortunate weeks here in georgia because, you know, at the end of the day, the election process that played out was difficult for us here in georgia. but it was fair and it was legal, and unfortunately, as a republican, the outcomes didn't happen the way i wanted them to, but the secretary of state did a great job. that was one of the parts that concerned me about the final passage of the law which ultimately was a culmination of republican and democratic ideas. some of the punitive responses to taking raffensberger off that elections board was just trying to tip their hat to donald trump and i just didn't think that was a necessary step.
>> so it isn't just brad raffensberger. theets idea of the secretary of state having a voting role on that board. now that role will be filled by someone appointed by the legislature. so basically, republicans will control the state election board and this law gives them some power to go into counties. and if they decide to, completely take over those counties. so in an extreme circumstance, people who have looked at this is a you could have a board backed by republican legislature going into fulton county. largely democratic county and upending things. what's to keep that from happening? >> certainly we hope that doesn't happen. and you mentioned it as an extreme circumstance. and, you know, the flip side of that is, look, at some point in the next 50 years, 20 years, ten years, it could flip and be a democratically controlled state, too. we hope that it never gets to that stage b, but -- >> is hope enough in this case? we saw some pretty crazy stuff
happen at the end of the 2020 election into 2021. crazy stuff with elected officials calling for crazy things, including, you know, large groups of republican lctors in the state of georgia. so it isn't so outlandish to think they would have tried to go in. >> yeah, this is really the fallout from the ten weeks of misinformation that flew in from former president donald trump and really, i went back over the weekend to look at where this really started to gain momentum in the legislature. and it was when rudy giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinformation and sowing doubt across, you know, hours of testimony. and the problem with this right now is the conversation has really been driven by the outside fringes on both the right and the left. you have the left screaming at massive voter suppression and the right, including former president trump who now seems to be wanting to send out a statement every day in response to this and fanning the flames
and continuing to fan the flames on misinformation. and claiming this to be some sort of -- not enough steps in the right direction. and then all this to be said, we've lost two u.s. senate seats as a republican. we've lost the white house. lost the all-star game. look. we need to pick up the pieces here and move on. we need to turn the page. you've heard me talk about gop 2.0 as a republican. it's time to do it. and i think donald trump speaks more and more for the outside right fringes than he does for mainstream republicans. >> very quickly ocoronavirus, on vaccinations in your state, cnn has done an analysis of where people are fully vaccinated at this point. in georgia, it ranks near the bottom with just 13% of georgians fully vaccinated. one of the five lowest states at this point. why do you think that is? >> well, certainly, you know, it's a difficult riddle to solve for every state. how to get access to the vaccinations and get distribution and folks to show up. governor kemp has done a really good job of trying to build deep
roots into all the communities across the state to try to get them to show up and get vaccinated. super encouraged at what the infection rates continue to be. i look at them daily. our numbers are very, very low. fatalities and hospitalizations continue to fall. we're headed in the right direction. we've got work to do. it's certainly a process we'll continue to work on here, but very encouraged at where we're headed. >> lieutenant governor, thanks for being with us. we appreciate you being on "new day." >> thank you. all right. don't go anywhere. the moment -- you know, i was dreading. alisyn camerota with a final good-bye. >> will there be cake? >> i don't know if there's cake. >> stick around. there will be something. spraying flonase daily stops your body from overreacting to allergens all season long. psst! psst! all good
an era that has been going on for well over six years. longer than many of us have been alive, right? you've been the anchor of this show -- i remember watching you when i was in seventh grade. >> stone age. >> thinking some day -- >> some day, i want to sit next to her. >> here's a little look back at the last six. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." we begin with big breaking news. the coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyday life for people around the world. the city of charleston is reeling, of course, from this cold-blooded massacre. nine people killed while in bible study at one of the nation's most historic african-american churches. do you have a message for congress, for the president? please, take action. are you scared when you see this building? do you -- >> i'm not scared. i'm angry. how dare you defile our holy space. >> you're going to get better?
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donald trump will head from fifth avenue to pennsylvania avenue. the car is right behind us there now. that is carrying the 45th president of the united states. the acting secretary of homeland security says, quote, this is a good news story. what's happening in puerto rico in terms of ability to reach people. >> this is not a good news story. this is a people are dying story. >> can you say unequivocally, the president will never pardon him? >> i can't take away the president -- if i said it, it wouldn't matter. >> why would the president pardon -- >> you're asking me? >> the third presidential impeachment trial in u.s. history begins in just hours. >> it's 6:00 in new york as we count down to the inauguration of president joe biden. >> here's our pulse of the people. how many people on election day plan to vote for donald trump? okay. b, b, a, a, f, b. how many do you, show of hands,
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that's beautiful. that was beautiful. what a tribute, you guys. thank you so much. i mean, when i look back at all the things we've accomplished over these years, it's just the crowning moment of my career. i mean, this has been a true career highlight. >> look, you were so good at what you do. you are so good at what you do. you're also just good, period. but you are so good at what you do and seeing it all right there. and, you know, this has been great. who says this is the crowning achievement. you're going to 2:00. it's not like there's still a lot of people. there's still a lot for you to do. >> there is a lot. i'm really excited about the next chapter. i'm excited that i get the opportunity for another chapter. but when i look back at this, i just think it would be hard, john, to have so much news again in a six-year period. i mean, all of that. the spectrum of everything that i've covered. the international stories, the domestic stories, political stories. it's just -- it was my dream. just so everybody knows.
my dream, when i used to watch "the "today" show every morning of my life was to be a morning anchor, and i got the chance to realize it. >> look, you handle it all so well and news follows you. it's clearly happening because of you. you're here to cover it. >> seems obvious. it does seem obvious. but i do want to say something to the viewers because i remember how disorienting it is when your morning show anchors leave and do something else. and so i want you to know that i didn't make this decision lightly and that it has been my pleasure and privilege to be with you at breakfast and on the treadmill, wolf blitzer, and in your bedrooms every morning of the 6 1/2 very tumultuous news years. and i have felt your support every day and that means the world to me. as to why i am leaving and making this decision, again, john, you don't know this because i never complain, but i
am not a morning person. and so if you, like me in the morning, you're going to love me from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. wait until you see how great i am in the afternoon. and i also do really want to thank our boss, jeff zucker, for whom i am forever indebted for giving me this incredible career highlight of "new day" and now this next new adventure of this new exciting show. and to the crew here with me who show up early every single morning and they play us this killer soundtrack, john, every morning. every song is relevant and they play songs we love and, okay, sometimes rush and -- music that -- >> play rush in the morning. >> and that has been wonderful. i could -- literally could not have done all of this without you guys. to my executive producers, javy and jim murphy, thanks for all you do and your enthusiasm for the news. it's infectious. to all the writers and producers
and bookers, thanks for everything that you do around the clock. i will miss you all. and john, for you, i had to write it down because i was trying to take stock of everything that we have lived through together in these past three years. we've been together for three years. here some are of the highlights that you and i have lived through. an evacuation after mail bombs were sent. also the 2020 election as you saw there. the trump presidency. which had its own energy every morning. two trump impeachments. an insurrection. more, as you saw, mass shootings than i ever can bear to count. a global pandemic. and somehow, despite all of that, you have made me laugh every morning. you have made it all worthwhile every morning. it's not easy to tackle all of that. but somehow when i would see you in the morning, i would feel better. and that is saying something. and, john, i can't think of a better partner to live through
all of that with and sit next to. and i am not alone, obviously, in feeling that you're such a wonderful partner. you can ask poppy harlow. you can have christine romans, you can ask erica hill, mikhaila ferreira. i don't know why you can't hold on to a good woman. i don't know why everybody leaves you, but it's true. and just thank you from the bottom of my heart, john. this has been a wonderful partnership, and i know it will continue and our friendship will never end, but this has been really, really special. >> i mean, despite the fact of some of the things we've seen in the last 6 1/2 years, i'd do it all again in a heartbeat. i'd do it all again in a heartbeat. look, i know how lucky i am and have been. and i know how lucky the next guy is going to be. so i want to hear from him. your next co-anchor, victor blackwell.
>> dear alisyn. a-l-l -- are there two ls? no. dear alisyn. a-l-y -- wait, no, why. there's an "i" first. dear alisyn. a-l-i-s-o -- i think i was -- no, there's no "o." hi friend. this is just a note to say i am looking forward to working with you monday through friday, 2:00 to 4:00. yours truly, victor. p.s., won't it be great to not be awake at 3:00 a.m.?
>> yes, it will. yes, it will. that's hilarious. that is beautiful. >> that's going to work out well. >> i really appreciate that. and i'm excited for brianna to be here and to have the experience. i forgot to mention kate bolduan. there are so many women that you have worked with. >> the irony is, i've been married for 20 years and with my wife for like 35 years. >> but in terms of your work spouses, you're really playing the field. that's all i can say. that was wonderful from victor. we had a meeting via zoom. the first thing that the new team asked was, how do you spell your name? i had to spell it for them and tell them there's a "y" in it and i'm going to start using a dollar sign for the s so i hope they get used to that. >> congratulations. thank you for everything. >> thank you, john. it's been really wonderful. thank all of you. i really appreciate all of you and i hope that you will join me in the afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00.
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good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. this morning the white house says the u.s. is on track to vaccinate half of all adults in this country by the weekend with at least one dose. but president biden is warning americans, listen, take time, be patient. the race is not over. >> the virus is spreading because we have too many people