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just saying. coy wire, thank you very much. appreciate it. "new day" continues right now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, i'm john berman with brianna keilar. it's wednesday, july 7th. we have breaking news this morning. millions of people in the southeast bracing for the impact of now tropical storm elsa. the system is nearing landfall on florida's gulf coast. the storm weakened slightly overnight but it is still packing winds higher than 70 miles per hour. >> tropical storm watches and warnings are stretching now into georgia, also into the carolinas as elsa is churning across the eastern sea board and we're expecting an update from the national hurricane center in just a moment. we have reporters on the scene including randi kaye in clearwater beach, florida. randi, this rain and storm surge is still very much life threatening. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. luckily, brianna, things are looking up a little bit since we
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last spoke last hour, that sideways rain we were experiencing has disappeared, at least for the moment. also, that memorial causeway which leads from the mainland to here in clearwater beach where we are, that has reopened. that's good news. there's beach access once again. and i mentioned those boats we saw yesterday last time we talked it was still dark out so i was wondering if they were still out there. the good news they are still out there and i'm told they moved them out there and put them under these very large concrete anchors moved them out of the marina because it's safer to be there. the worst of the rain and the wind came howling through at about 2:00 a.m. here. that was when it got really bad, kept a lot of folks up here in our hotel. we've been talking to some folks this morning. we were expecting hurricane warnings which we had and winds about 50 to 70 miles per hour, which we got, which are clearly very, very strong still this morning. and lots of rain about 4 to 6
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inches. we are told by clearwater police that there was some flooding in the streets here, also some trees down on cars. they're expecting to see more of that as they make their way around this morning. they want people to stay home. so there is some minor flooding and some power outages as well. so the story really was rain and some minor flooding but also the storm surge very concerning because the storm came through at about 2:00 a.m. as the high tide was hitting about 3:00 a.m. so the two of them converged and pushed a lot of water into the streets here. and i should note that the national guard is ready, clearwater police ready. they have their humvees out, high water vehicles. they're ready to put helicopters in the air if they can safely. and they also are doing some search and rescue to make sure folks are okay. but the message still this morning is to stay home, let's make sure everything is okay in this area. the last time tampa bay was hit by a major hurricane was 100 years ago. 1921. this was not a major hurricane and we were not hit right here,
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but still certainly people are on high alert this morning. brianna, john, back to you. >> keep riding it out as we await more impacts here. randi kaye, thank you so much. let's go live now to tampa and our meteorologist derek van dam who is is there on the ground. folks have been told as randi notes to stay indoors to stay off the roads, derek. >> reporter: yeah, brianna, good morning to you, good morning to our viewers. you know, that's good advice, but obviously not everybody listening to that because you can see the causeway and kennedy boulevard behind me people still driving about. the city slowly starting to awaken. there are still tropical storm warnings within this area. the tampa international airport still closed at the moment or no airlines flying in or out until 10:00 a.m. this morning. that's what they've reported to us. but we have been spared the worst from what was tropical storm and what was a hurricane at one stage, downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, of course. you talked to randi just a moment ago about the storm surge
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coinciding with the passage of the storm at its highest peak intensity and it did push water into the bay, but there was no flooding. we scouted the area in the usual places, bay shore boulevard in tampa, south tampa, no flooding. the city of tampa reporting no major incidents. so that's good news. obviously still electricity within this area. there are 13,000 people without power within the state of florida, but that's really in the big bend area where they are bracing for the brunt of this storm still hurricane warnings located in that region. now, the threats are not over just because the winds are gusting and the rain is still falling in some locations. the threat of tornadoes spinning up, heavy rain fall, causing flash flooding and then we need to focus on the storm as it races along the eastern sea board. people vacationing to the carolinas as well as coastal georgia. you're up next, you're on par. the storm is traveling your way in a weakened state but still one to be reckon with.
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back to you in the studio. >> certainly something folks on the east coast want to keep an eye on the southern states. derek, thank you so much for that. all right. joining me now from miami, ken graham, director of the national hurricane center. ken, you've been watching elsa. give us a sense of where and when exactly you think it will make landfall. >> yeah, john. the next two to three hours we'll make landfall here. here is the center on the radar approaching the florida coastline with time. it's not just that center, john. look at the rainfall stretching well out from the center, that tail end. we look at some of the dangsers of the rainfall, some of the storm surge and really 90% of your tornadoes in these tropical systems occur on the right front side. so tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and some of these big bands from elsa starting to get portions of north florida and into georgia over the next couple hours. >> it won't just be a florida event up the east coast. ken graham, always a pleasure to speak to you. thank you so much. we have breaking news, major breaking news. the president of haiti has been
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assassinated overnight in his home. melissa bell joins us now with the details of this. he lyssa, what have you learned? >> reporter: well, what we know is from the statement put out by the acting prime minister in haiti, which from which we learned rather that it was overnight about 1:00 a.m. in his private residence that he and his wife were attacked by a group of men, some of whom who were speaking spanish. he has been killed, we now know, according to that statement by the acting prime minister. his wife shot and not -- has not yet been killed but we know has been shot as a result of the incident. it's an extremely shocking development, of course, that a president should be shot like that overnight but comes in the context of a country that has been particularly chaotic the last few years almost from his entry into office in 2017, his power has been contested, and regular demonstrations, the cost of living has risen hugely and there's been a political crisis that has engulfed his government
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now for many months. so, big news now from haiti. the big question is what happens next? what's interesting in the statement that we got from the acting prime minister was in his insistence on the fact that despite this assassination, the president overnight the forces -- the forces of law and order remain firmly in control and of course that's a reminder of how unstable this country is. we have seen gang violence rise, a political crisis now that's gone on for months, streets that have been taken over by demonstrators several times. the big question is now as haiti wakes up this morning to this news, how stable and how secure that continues to be. >> that's a major question. obviously the united states watching this very choesly. the united states having played a role in haiti several times over the last decades. melissa bell, thank you so much for that. we'll stay updated d on this throughout the morning. turning now to congress. it looks like house republican leader kevin mccarthy will play ball after all with the democratic-led investigation of
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the capitol insurrection. sources say that mccarthy does plan to put republicans on this high profile panel to appoint some himself and cnn's melanie is joining us now with more. this is quite the about face because initially there was this debate about whether mccarthy would appoint republicans to this panel and it seemed like he was leaning very much against doing so. >> yeah. i did some digging on this the last few days. what my sources are telling me is that ultimately republicans feel like they want to be in a position where they can push back on democrats and potentially write their own minority report, lay defense for trump and launch a counternarrative to what's coming out of this panel. it feels weird to talk about in terms of strategy and politicizing this, but that's exactly what the prism through which republicans are viewing this committee is. >> do we have any idea who he is thinking of appointing here? >> well, i'm sure there's going to be some trusted trump allies, people like jim jordan who was
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given a very high profile assignment to defend the former president during the first impeachment. and kevin mccarthy will face pressure to put women on the panel. elise stefanik, the top republican on the house ethics committee, but speaker pelosi putting liz cheney on her side of the committee really ups the anti. kevin mccarthy is feeling pressure to bring credibility to their side of the debate and have people who voted to certify the election results, people who have expertise in security matters and law enforcement and legal expertise. so he's really trying to strike the right balance so that they can have a, in their eyes, credible defense against what democrats are going to be doing here on the panel. >> it certainly appears that he will appoint adherence of the big lie or at least republicans who have breathed life into it if they have not aggressively pushed it in the host convincing terms to their base. what is this going to do to the circus element of this panel? >> well, i think kevin mccarthy wants to avoid a bit of the
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circus element. i'm told he's expected to steer away from appointing a matt gates or marjorie taylor greene or lauren fobert-type figure. the truth is a lot of the members he would ideally appoint for something like this wanting in to do with this. it's a very politically fraught assignment. they made clear they don't want to be assigned. the pool of people he has to choose from is actually limited. >> yeah, this is going to be informative and interesting to watch no doubt. great reporting, melanie. thank you. john? >> tom nickels contributing writer for the atlantic. thank you for joining us on "new day." kevin mccarthy was going to appoint members to this committee, what do you make of what he's doing here, someone like jim jordan who may lead the republican charge on this committee, what does it tell you about what the goal really is? >> it's the committee was formed and it was going to happen any way, it was in mccarthy's
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interest to try to replicate the kind of thing we saw with impeachment, which is to put republicans on the committee who will create an alternative narrative, who will create an alternative reality really for republicans to be able to feed to their base, to create the sound clips and video bites and the kind of narrative that they're going to need to counter the pretty ugly narrative that's going to come out of anywhere investigation of 1/6. so it's understandable that at this point when they were faced with this thing happening one way or another, of course they were going to put people on it to try to derail this and create a separate story away from the kind of story that they've been dealing with for the past six months. >> i want to ask you about marjorie taylor greene, who a couple weeks ago visited the hol cast museum and gave this news conference where she claimed she learned so much after all these years of her life about how 6 million jews and millions of others were killed there yet
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overnight she still managed to issue a deeply offensive statement with nazi-like references here. she's talking about the white house effort to go door to door to inform people about vaccinations. she said biden pushing a vaccine that is not fda approved covid is a political choice. they don't need your medical brown shirts ordering vaccinations. you can't force people to be part of the human experiment. so okay, it has received emergency use authorization from the fda. they're not being forced to take part in anything. those clear lies aside, let's talk about the brown shirt reference there, tom. i'm not sure the holocaust museum had the effect she claimed it did. >> yeah. every time somebody like her gets caught doing something utterly offensive, they play the game sorry, not sorry. they say, gosh, i'm sorry. i didn't realize this was offensive. let me now move to the next incredibly offensive thing i could say because again they're in a relationship -- they're in a relationship with their base. they're not really trying to
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speak to all of america. they're not really trying to represent anybody -- not even everybody in their own district. they're trying to represent people in their base who sustain them in congress. so, this isn't surprising. i mean, she's not marjorie taylor greene isn't exactly one of the most air ewe diet members of congress to begin with. this is a game of trying to turn to the media and say, no, i would never speak this way and then to wink at the base and turn back and say, but we all know what i mean by medical brown shirts. and it's really just a very cynical and offensive game that a lot of these members play like this. >> and the subject of cynical, then there's jd vance who was supposed to be different, the author of "hilly elegy" described an economic situation in the united states that may have contributed to the rise of trumpism, factories closed, people feeling disconnected from vances in the united states who
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was very critical of donald trump in 2016. now basically apologizing for ever being critical. what does that tell you? >>. >> it tells me he wants to be a senator. you know, you can accidentally speak the truth in a memoir, say things four or five years ago that are the kind of things normal human beings would think and then suddenly realize you want to be a senator, that you have patrons that are handing you $10 million and super pacs being formed on your behalf and you realize you have to say things differently. even in a republican party, characterized by a remarkable amount of cynicism, jd vance's about face and willingness basically to turn his -- without argument compelling back story in his biography, to turn that into, you know, kind of political leverage against people back home to try to
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sell -- really to sell the story of what he is now, to try to cover the story of what he is now, which is a east coast ivy-educated, elite is really even in this gop that is really a towering moment of hypocrisy and opportunism you have to hand it to him for the sheer audacity of the turn around in such a short time. >> please come back. >> thank you. coming up, the white house press secretary joins us live to discuss the president's vaccination strategy and whether it will work to prevent another surge. and the creator of the prize-winning 1619 project turning down a tenured teaching position in the journalism school that she graduated from. nicole hanna jones tells us why she made this decision next. the personal loan from sofi helped me consolidate my credit card debt into one simple monthly payment.
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♪ pulitzer prize winning journalist nicole hanna jones declined a tenured teaching position at the university of north carolina. the board of trustees initially denied her tenure only to reverse that decision after protests from alumni, faculty and students. she has now accepted a faculty position at howard university, tenured position and will take on new roles focussing on race and investigative journalism. joining me now is creator of the 1619 project nicole hanna jones, if i can call you professor or soon to be professor, listen, thank you so much for joining us. your statement, something jumped out at me in the statement you released overnight and i want you to explain what you meant by it. you said at some point when you have proven yourself and fought your way into constinstitutions built for you, you have to decide that you are done forcing
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yourself in. what did you mean by that? >> well, as i also -- first, thank you for having me. but as i also said in the statement, i've been trying to prove myself in predominantly-white and historically white institutions really my entire life. i started being bussed into white schools as part of a voluntary desegregation order in the second grade and i've spent my life since then really trying to prove that i was good enough being in spaces that didn't value necessarily my perspective, my background, the type of work that i wanted to do and here i was at my alma mater, you know, having risen up through my profession from a small, weekly newspaper to "the new york times," having done really important work that has been recognized across my field, and yet i was still basically treated as if i was not good
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enough for the night chair to be tenured which had been a tenured position since the 1980s at the university. and that every other professor who also happened to be white before me had been tenured. so, i think this kind of final insult through a career of having to prove myself at constitutions that are not diverse, that are not very welcoming to diversity, that i decided i'm 45 years old. i don't have anything else to prove. i don't want to force myself into an institution that doesn't seem to appreciate what i bring. >> it struck me as an answer to a question that i know probably arose in many people, well, why doesn't she go to unc and change the system there. >> well, you know, this is the problem is the burden to change systems cannot always be on the people who are being excluded from those systems. the people who created this
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crisis, this situation at the university of north carolina, are the people who have the power to change what is happening there. i didn't cause this as you know. i didn't even make public the fact that they denied me tenure. this is not what i wanted. i have a great love for the university of north carolina. but we can't keep placing the burden on minorities, marginalized people, black people to have to stay and fight at organizations and institutions that aren't going to treat us equally and fairly. that burden has to be on the people in power who have created that injustice in the first place. >> again, that's what struck me about it. saying, look, this is about you. this isn't about me. this is about you and the decisions that you made. i know you really haven't received a fulsome explanation for what the heck was going on. why you were denied tenure in the first place, but i know you have thoughts on it. this gets into the discussion we're having about what is and
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isn't being taught in schools, why do you think that you were so threatening to some people? >> i mean, i think that's what's been so distressing about this entire debacle is not only the tenured denial but the lack of transparency from the administration at the university, the unwillingness to just be truthful about what happened and to let me, as well as the public, know what happened. i don't know why people find me so threatening. i'm a journalist. i just produce journalism. but i think that we are clearly in this moment in our country where after, you know, george floyd and kind of the global reckoning we started to see some real shifts in the understanding of kind of the structural inequality of racism upon which this country was built, and i think powerful people have a big investment in maintaining the status quo. they don't want us to recognize the systemic inequality in our country, because if you recognize it then you have to fix it. so i've been caught up in this
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larger concerns about the demographic shifts in our country, about the balance of power in our country, and you know trying to really silence me at the university as part of a wave of these anti-1619 project, anti-critical race theory, anti-history bills that are being passed and they're being passed in the same legislatures that are also passing voter suppression laws. so these two things are going hand in hand. >> you know, if you will, i want to bring in the dean of unc school of journalism who advocated for your teen yur there, who wanted you there and tenured, susan king. dean, thank you so much for being with us. how much does this decision hurt with soon to be -- >> first, i have to say one thing. >> go ahead. >> well, let's just say one thing, congratulations, nicole. you are building a whole new center at howard. you know, i think that this is a sad moment for me because i wanted her and this interview just proves why she's such an
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important voice in our time and in journalism. but let's just also celebrate what she's going to build at howard university, a great university. i'm thankful that all those foundations are supporting you. i just wish you were with me. but, you know, there's no doubt that we are at a moment in this country where race again has come to the forefront and journalism is -- it doesn't make friends. journalism really makes people feel uncomfortable. and i understand that our job as journalists and preparing a whole new generation, a changed generation, is to really prepare them to ignite the public conversation and boy has nicole ignited that public conversation. and we'll be forever changed here, nicole, and our faculty are supportive of you greatly and i hope that we will be able to continue to really build a better public university where all students and all of our faculty feel welcomed. and we would have loved to have done it with you, but we don't
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want to put the burden on you either. >> dean, again, i know you wanted her there, but how did unc blow this so badly? >> on every front. and i don't totally understand it. i think nicole and i are still sometimes unsure exactly what happened in every point. but, the 1619 project has been acclaimed and also been criticized and it raised questions over time and we try to meet those questions at every moment. and i do also want to emphasize that i think we've got to celebrate that last week when the board of trustees finally lived up to the responsibility of reviewing her package they voted in favor. it might have been a split vote, but it was in favor of a great journalist, of a great program. and i don't want to forget that. we didn't give up as a faculty and as a school. we wanted nicole here. but as i think you said so well, nicole, we wanted you to come
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here to do great journalism because professors continue to produce great journalism. we wanted you here to really shape a new generation. we couldn't put the extra burden on you to try to heal everything we need to heal here at the public university, but i won't give up that fight. i know my faculty won't give up that fight and we're united as a campus around the issues that nikole's candidacy brought in a way i've never seen before and i hope we can make things better in the next year and find common ground. it will not be easy. >> your reaction, nikole? >> dean king knows how much i admire and respect her and that's why it was really important in my statement to make clear that i don't have animus towards university. i was so touched and strengthened by the show of support from the faculty, from the dean and from the students. this unfortunately they didn't have the say ultimately over
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what happened with my tenure and political appointees did. and in the end, dean king and i did fight this battle. dean king was not afraid to speak the truth when other leadership at the university went silent. and we were victorious. we did get the vote that i should have received last year in november. and i'll always be grateful for that and i will continue to support my alma mater, will continue to support the university and the school of journalism. >> dean king, i appreciate you being with us. soon to be professor nikole hannah-jones thank you for being with us. >> again, congratulations, nikole. >> it's all part of the discussion we were just having, but you are hearing some conservatives pointing to what they call critical race theory as this flash point, it's their new favorite talking point and now parents are taking the fight against it into their own hands.
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♪ the president of the second-largest teacher es union is vowing to defend educators who get in trouble for teaching, quote, honest history. president of the american federation of teachers addressed the controversies surrounding critical race theory which examines u.s. history through the lens of systemic racism. republican politicians have been framing this theory as a threat to american children and
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legislatures in more than 12 states have proposed bills to ban it. she says her union is prepared to stand up for any member who is punished for teaching lessons on race and racism. we spoke with a teacher who uses critical race theory and looked at how backlash this frame work has exploded. do these vocal opponents of critical race theory actually understand fully what it is? >> no, and why should they. it's an academic theory mostly taught at the grad student level. but what they think it means is teaching white kids that all white people are bad and racist. of course they're afraid of that. >> there are thousands of parents all over the u.s. of all races who have been speaking out against crt and rightfully so. these are my babies. not yours. if you are embarrassed or ashamed of your skin color, that's your issue, not mine nor my children. >> reporter: this is a school board meeting in a suburb of
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philadelphia where a small group of very vocal parents are speaking out against critical race theory or crt. >> we do not want our children to be taught that america is systemically racist. >> 600,000 people died in the civil war to end racism and slavery. don't rewrite factual history or endockry nate, just present the facts. >> in the wake of protests of the murder of george floyd, republican politicians have been hyping critical race theory as a threat to the impressionable minds of america's children. >> critical race theory says every white person is a racist. critical race theory says america is fundamentally racist. >> reporter: more than 12 states, legislatures proposed bills to ban crt. we wanted to meet the actual people working with actual kids in actual schools. so we talked to a teacher at african-american history and discusses crt in her anthropologie class. >> can i start with a very simple what is critical race theory? >> yes.
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critical race theory is not being taught in schools. it is a theory, it is a lens by which to view history and the way that law and race kind of overlaps and connects in society. can it influence the way that some teachers teach? yeah, but that's a good thing, right? because race and racism is literally the building blocks of this country. so how can you not talk about it? >> reporter: critical race theory says racial inequality is perpetuated by the racism embedded in america's laws. not by individual bigotry. but relentless propaganda from some conservatives created a panic that white people and specially white children are under attack. >> critical race theory is basically teaching people to hate our country. >> schools are embracing this ideology and forcing white students and white teachers to be ashamed of their own skin color. >> it's not critical race
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theory. it's racism. >> these are systemic things. ignoring it perpetuates the problem by acknowledging it, we can find solutions and we can address the problems and inequality that exists in our country. i think teaching it this way actually does the opposite of what these people say it does. >> are you teaching children to hate america? >> no, i'm teaching children to question america and that's what makes a good patriot. >> don't force on our kids a particular world view. taking a wide brush and painting this country as structurally rais, it's insane. >> why is it insane, though? >> the lies. >> last year elana received an email from her kids school that students would learn more about the role of race in american society. she thought the materials were racist so she pulled her kids out of public school. then she created an advocacy group no left turn in education. to draw attention to her claims that crt is poisoning young
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minds. >> this isn't distant history. in the '90s the crime bill gave much more severe sentencing to crack cocaine versus powder cocaine simply because black people werer er erperceived as crack cocaine. >> ask joe biden with why he did that. >> that's a great question. joe biden i think is a perfect illustration, right? joe biden would present himself as a nice guy who would never have a racist bone in his body, yet he participated in creating these laws that have a structural effect of affecting black people more than white people. >> but we don't have them now. >> people affected by that law are still alive. >> we're talking about something entirely different now. this is my taxpayer's money. i don't want it to go to indockry nate kids that are going to hate my kids because of the color of their skin and attack them because of the color of their skin. what happened in the summer, it twisted the minds of all kids. my kids can be attacked by
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antifa kids or blm kids if they're not black. they're white like my kids. but they are believing, they're indockry nated and internalize this philosophy. >> were your children beat up by antifa kids? >> i beg your pardon? >> were your children beat up by antifa kids? >> i'm talking it's going to happen if we're not going to stop it. but we are going to stop it. we are. we are the great majority of this country. >> anti-crt propaganda is drawing big crowds. >> of course i'm against critical race theory. >> more than 100 people showed up at this diner near baltimore, where local republican groups held a panel on school covid shutdowns and crt. >> what is critical race theory? >> critical race theory the idea that's taught to our nation's youth that the way that you're born contributes to the amount of success that you can achieve in this country. basically states that white
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people are born with everything and if you're not white, you're born with nothing. >> can you name any critical race theory scholars? >> probably not. >> can you name any critical race theory concepts? >> i don't know what the concepts are. i think i summarized critical race theory as a whole pretty well. >> to paint the country as an inherently racist country from its founding i think is dangerous. >> compromise is written into the constitution slaves are counted as three fifthings. >> of course. that is not the case now obviously. >> well, you just mentioned the founding of the country. >> well, yeah. it wasn't perfectly written in the constitution. >> when did you first hear about critical race theory? >> some time around last year. >> where did you see it? >> on fox news. >> the idea that you can succeed base on your race is ludicrous.
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this is not the 1960s just because of your skin color does not mean you cannot be successful here in america, point blank period. >> i took these books from my anthropologie class. >> are you teaching white kids to hate themselves for being white? >> no. >> are you teaching black kids that there's nothing they can do to improve their situation? >> absolutely not. >> there's racism and they can never fight it so they should give up. >> absolutely not. i'm creating little free thinkers and future politicians and lawyers and teachers and change makers. our kids are smart. they know what's happening. and i think we do them a disservice by continuing to pretend like critical race theory is the issue when it's really you just don't want kids to learn the truth because not only do they become critical thinkers, they also become voters. and that is what's scaring a lot of these people. they know as this generation gets older, a lot of these people making these laws will be
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voted out of office. >> all these opponents of critical race theory told us that, sure, racism was a problem in the past. but it's not now. and so we got into these long conversations about when exactly they thought racism had ended in america. and they didn't have a good answer. >> what did they tell you? what were their answers for that? did they point to any specific data points? >> well, one person offered the '90s. another person said, well, the '50s and '60s were really bad but that ended some time in the '80s and '90s. other people pointed to barack obama. >> it is a fascinating report and such an important in-depth look that you took there, ellie, thank you. >> thanks. >> john? >> that was so great. >> right? >> that was just so great. and just the way the questions are asked, just by asking simple questions you revealed so much. i mean, that was just fantastic. >> thank you.
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part of the human experiment, coming weeks after greene apologized for comparing covid safety measures to the treatment of jews in nazi germany. genera jen psaki is joining us. i know people are not forcing people to get vaccinated. there are things flat out dishonest. but there are other republican members of congress, too, who for some reason are upset about this door to door effort to educate people on vaccines. what is her statement really say to you? >> well, first i will tell you we don't take any of our health and medical advice from marjorie taylor greene. i can assure everyone of that. but also, john what we're trying to do at the federal government protect the american people and save lives. prevent people from getting covid and the coronavirus. and what we've seen over the course of the last several months is that one of the biggest barriers is access. and people knowing when they can get the vaccine, where they can
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get the vaccine, the efficacy and the safety of the vaccine. it's up to every individual to decide whether they're going to get vaccinated. but especially as we're seeing reports from the cdc about the rise of the delta variant, one of the most transmissible variants we have seen there, this is about protecting people and saving lives. that's a role so you're not going to take medical advice from marjorie taylor greene. what about kathleen iscebellius. if not vaccine mandates, at least encouraging some businesses or public place to require them. she says, quote, i'm trying to restrain myself but i've kind of had it. we're going to tip toe around mandates. come on, i'm kind of over that. i want to make sure people i deal with don't have it so i don't transmit it to my granddaughter. so, why not encourage, if not governments to mandate it, then some businesses at least
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require it? >> some businesses, entities will do that. that's their choice to make. we feel our role from here is to provide public health advice, make sure we have the supply available, work with local communities to make sure that people have access and are using best practices. that's the role we can play. but she's right that there are a lot of private sector companies and organizations that will mandate it. >> you could encourage it. >> i don't think that's our role, john. and, looking at the end of the day what we can do from here is it what we've already done, which is provide supply, make sure we're taking steps to reduce the death rate. it's gone down by 90%. reduce the rate of people who are getting covid, also gone down by more than 90%. and make sure communities have clear and direct public health information. >> why isn't it your role, in your mind, to encourage it? >> again, there are a lot of private secretary or companies and entities that will do
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exactly that. and that's their right to do. but we are going to continue to f focus on our role one that's quite effective getting the coronavirus under control and we have more work ahead. >> i want to ask you about russia. there are two hacks emanating from russia. first into the software company that services some 815 u.s. companies around the world, and the contractor at the republican national committee. the president told vladimir putin there are 16 areas that are clearly off limits period to cyber attacks from russia and the u.s. will retaliate if any of those were sort of, you know, violated there. don't these hacks violate those off limits areas? >> well, first, john, we have not made any attribution or official assessment from the federal government on either of those attacks. and the rnc also put out a very clear statement yesterday that contradicts what some of the reporting is out there publicly. but let me take the tack on some of our -- that happened over the weekend on some private sector
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entities. what the president made clear and said to president putin is something that our experts in these conversations that are ongoing with russians are conveying clearly as well, which is that even if it's a criminal actor, even if it's someone that's not the federal government, even if it's a bad guy or bad gal in russia, you have a responsibility there, and you have ape responsibility to take action. and if you don't take action, we reserve the right to. so the president is meeting with his national security team, members of them this morning, to get an update on cyber on ransomware and we'll see where we go from there. but he reserves the right to take action. should he warrant that being the appropriate step forward. >> the president of haiti assassinated overnight. wha what is the message to haiti and what steps going forward? >> it's a horrific crime and we're so sorry for the loss that they are all suffering and go through as many of them are waking up this morning and hearing this news. and we stand ready and stand by
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them to provide any assistance that's needed. this news is just coming out, as you know, john, overnight so we're still gathering details. we're still gathering specifics. of course, our embassy will stand with them and it's important the people of haiti know that. >> the president is traveling around the country and trying to get the plan through congress. what's the most important message the president can deliver today's? >> well, first the president doing what he does best be, be the explainer in chief, go in the country and tell people how these plans are going to make their lives better. last week he went to wisconsin, i went with him. today we're going to illinois. he's going to talk about the best of his build back better agenda, john. we assure this a lot in washington. the reconciliation package. nobody knows what that means. what he's going to do is break down the specific details and how areas like expanding the child tax credit, make sure kids
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have access to universal pre-k, how can you make people's lives better to more women can come into the work force, more families can be competitive over the long term. >> one thing that would help is lower gas prices, right? they're rising steadily. what can the president to do to keep those down? >> well, we have had a team of our officials from the government in touch. we're not a part of the opec negotiations. the opec discussions which are ongoing. we'll have a big factor on the price of oil which has a factor on our gas prices here at home. we are in touch with a range of entities who are part of those discussions. saudi arabia, the u.a.e. and others. and we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep the price of gas low. that's why the president also a red line for him was no gas taxes for the american people in these infrastructure negotiations. but the opec discussions happening on the international level are going to have an impact and we're engaged in actors who are involved in those discussions as we speak. >> if i can, i want to ask you can about sha'carri richardson
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one more time. when she was prohibited from running the 100 meter dash said the rules were the rules. she failed the drug test, admitted to using marijuana and that's why she was not able to unare the 100 meters. we learned overnight she is not running the relay. the u.s. track and field could have included her in the relay. i'm wondering if the president or you for that matter have an opinion on that. doesn't that stink? >> it does stink, john. i don't think there is a better definition of it. she is someone as an olympic obsessed person myself, i know the president watches closely who is inspiring, she lost her mother. she had gone through a tragedy. she's also the fastest woman in the world. and i think she is sending a message to a lot of girls out there, you can do this. it's sad to see this be the end. it's not the end, i should say, it's the beginning of the story. maybe we should take a look at the rules. we should respect the u.s. antidoping agency and the decisions they make.
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