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see if you can save by switching today. comcast business. powering possibilities. tonight the white house shifting to an urgent tone in the battle against covid-19 as the pandemic that appeared to be on the decline only one month ago is now surging all across the country, fueled by the contagious delta variant. new infections rising in 48 states. the number of new cases per day up nearly 60% over last week as vaccination rates fall. the head of the cdc warning the
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virus has no incentive to let up and that americans who are not vaccinated should take the delta variant seriously. also tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi considering adding gop congressman adam kinzinger, a vocal critic of the former president, to the january 6th select committee. but first president biden making a lot of news in our cnn town hall. i asked him about right-wing attacks that claim he doesn't support police. >> how do you respond to republicans who try to paint you and your party as anti-police? >> they're lying. >> what about defunding the police, though? >> i've never, never said defunding the police. look, i don't know any community, particularly the communities that are in the most need and the poorest and the most at risk that don't want police. they want police, though, to look at them as equals. >> the president also making it clear that he is still against killing the filibuster even with voting rights on the line.
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>> if it's a relic of jim crow that's been used to fight against civil rights legislation historically, why protect it? >> there's no reason to protect it other than you're going to throw the entire congress into chaos and nothing will get done. >> all right. >> nothing at all will get done. and there's a lot at stake. the most important one is the right to vote. >> and here's what he said about republicans trying to pretend the insurrection wasn't a threat. >> i don't care if you think i'm satan reincarnated. the fact is you can't look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th. you can't listen to people who say this was a peaceful march. >> cnn's jason carroll sat down with voters in cincinnati of all different political backgrounds to talk about it. >> i thought the first thing we were going to talk about would be pandemic, but it's crime and
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january 6th. >> i, for one, was disappointed with his stance with policing and feel like it was a move in the wrong direction. >> there was a part where it almost sounded like he was saying, i want to make policing great again. >> what he did say is he said he was not in favor of defunding the police. >> resources are the greatest indicator of safety in our communities, and i think far too often we're ending up with resources not in the hands of the people that really need it. >> you hear it from those on the left, on the far left, to defund the police. i just want to be clear. is that something you're in favor of? >> yes, i'm in favor of defunding the police. i believe those funds would be much better used in our communities. >> i would respectfully disagree with my friend. i happen to think the reason crime has shot up so much in our cities is because of the attacks
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on the police and the defund the police movement. but once again, when you look at what trump did, he was actually encouraging cops to be rough with people. remember, he said shove their heads, you know, in the car. that kind of talk is dangerous. i'm just grateful we have a president now that has some respect for the rule of law. >> i see some of you nodding your heads to what phil was saying. >> to be fair to what president biden said with the increased funding, he did talk about adding psychologists and social workers with responding which i think is a good thing. but he also talked about accountability and holding officers to account when they cross the line. >> i would echo that. i'm not a supporter of defund the police as a tagline, as an end goal. i would say definitely increase accountability. >> i think that, you know, there is a huge disconnect between officers and the community which
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they serve. one thing i remember growing up is seeing an officer walking up and down our local streets. you know, he knew more about the neighborhood gossip than most of us because he was engaged and, you know, he was able to defuse things kind of before they started. >> let's remember something. when people in my party, the republican party, accommodate for refuse to criticize those who attacked the capitol on january 6th, you can't turn around and then talk about being tough on crime. i think it's shameful that so many people in my party are excusing what happened on january 6th. >> i mean, how much do you think that's something that's still being debated and talked about? there's a lot of misinformation about there. >> i think the hard part of it is some of the misinformation about what happened on january 6th partnered with i feel like some people are playing like ignorance is bliss. >> there's a woman running for my local city council that was not there, not necessarily an
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insurrectionist, but was there and was in our local news talking about how it was just a nice protest and that they weren't violent when she was there. that's just as bad. >> there's a crisis in this country when it comes to facts and what actually happened. >> they want us to forget it happen. they don't want to protest it. they don't want to talk about it. they don't want to hold them accountable. >> there are too many republicans today that don't have the guts to speak out against the big lie. >> why is that? >> it's cowardice. i'll tell you why. because we have a system. a lot of it has to do with gerrymandering. this suppression of the vote going on all over the country, they want to choose their voters instead of letting the voters choose them. >> our democracy is broken. that's one of the things i was so frustrated with joe biden when it came to the filibuster conversation. there's this cognitive dissonance that exists where he's faithful that things will turn around. >> so what should president biden do about that? >> i mean, we have to get rid of
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the filibuster so government can function. >> see, i sense that, though, from like don when he questioned him, right, at the town call, and i was like, joe knows what he's doing. it's been doing it for 36 years. we have to trust that he has to cater somewhat to the republicans. he has to cater somewhat to make a middle ground, and that was the best thing about his message last night. united. if we don't do it together and we keep fighting these extreme rights and lefts, we're never going to get it done. so don't worry about the filibuster part. we got to move past that. >> history is repeating itself, and we're not standing up to change that. so the question is how do we -- how does biden, how does the government collectively come together to say what is the path forward and how do we get there so that we're not going backwards in that process? >> let me ask you something. are you satisfied with what you've heard so far from this administration in terms of what they want to do about voting rights? >> i'm not, no. i think that there's so much more that needs to be done.
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i think that there's a lot that needs to be -- more needs to be in concrete. >> nobody should be surprised, by the way, about these attacks on voting and voter suppression. >> right. >> because look what happened when trump was in office. what did he do? he praised dictators like erdogan in turkey and putin and duterte in the philippines. he praised brutal dictators, so who does he look up to? >> in my mind, voting rights, and i want to say tossing out the filibuster, but amending the filibuster go hand in hand. if there's a portion of our society that doesn't feel heard, and when they go to the ballot box and don't have access to the ballot box, then -- >> but the filibuster is off the table. biden has made it very clear he's not going to do that. >> i say amending it. making republicans, making anybody who wants to filibuster advocate on the senate floor for as long as they want to hold
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that floor, advocate for their position. >> this whole idea of creating chaos, we just had our capitol under attack. congress is in chaos already. >> but what biden actually said was we need to bring back the talking filibuster so you can't just make a phone call from your office and kill a bill. you have to go to the floor, get up there and show your conviction and explain why you're obstructing progress and why you're trying to keep americans from voting. >> biden is leading us in a path to get to that place where we are moving forward, where we are sitting duown and listening to people with differing opinions because that's what you do when you're an adult. you figure out the things that make the most sense and you move forward because you're an adult. >> i think we can't continue to compare joe biden to possibly the worst president ever, right? i understand, yes, it is absolutely refreshing to not have trump anymore. but presidencies are short, and
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it takes time for policies to enact and actually manifest and change people's lives. and we have to get serious about taking -- dismantling white supremacy from this country by having systemic barriers like the filibuster, which systemically block out the voices that frankly put joe biden there. without black people showing up in large numbers, joe biden wouldn't be in this position. and if we allow these voting rights to be eroded, i guarantee him or whoever runs as the democratic nominee next time won't be in this position again. we're dealing with -- he was right about one thing. we're dealing with jim crow 2.0 right now. >> mm-hmm. >> and we're not -- i'm disappointed in not seeing the urgency and the gravity to fight
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back against that. he's just kind of moderate about it. >> but i love this passion. i love this passion, but i'm also -- i'm afraid because -- i mean we talked about it before we got out here and started talking. we had to pick a person that could beat trump. we had to get in first, right? but he's done a lot in that we're starting to come together. we're starting to have these conversations. we're acting like mature people again. i can sit next to him, and we can talk and not hate each other. you can't just hit reset. you can't just say everything's fixed overnight. you can't be extreme. we have to still cater to the old white guys, right? i get what you're saying, and i feel it, and i want to do it too, but how? >> i don't understand how obama's vice president can't see this bigger picture, that we don't have much time. we may very well lose the next congressional election and be in gridlock.
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we don't have much time to be able to make transformational, systemic change in people's lives. and it's like they're not -- democrats and republicans are not playing the same game right now. >> so i hear what you're saying. i completely respect it, and like i get your frustration. but at the same time, i think there has to be the understanding throughout the whole country that change is -- the kind of change that we're looking for, it doesn't happen overnight. >> absolutely. >> also some of this change, biden can't do. >> i would push back against my friends on the democratic side who are kind of pushing for the liberal left policy, that that's the priority. i think the greatest danger to this country right now is trumpism, more so than any policy. if they're able to suppress the vote, whatever policy you care about, if they're able to attack our rule of law and we become one of these countries like turkey and others that have really become right-wing -- really dictatorships, it doesn't matter what you stand for.
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so i think all of us, republicans and democrats, have to make the decision we are going to put country ahead of party. >> wow. jason carroll joins me now. jason, i had all these questions prepared, but what did you think? that's what i want to know. what did you think? >> reporter: well, a couple things. you heard part of it there, don. i was really surprised that the first thing this group didn't want to talk about was the pandemic. i thought that would be first on their list. but their feeling is that the president and his administration has a handle on that in terms of how the country is responding and how the country is moving forward. what they were really concerned about -- and you heard a lot of it there. the deep concerns were about the misinformation that is spreading across the united states, the lies being told about the election, the lies being told about what happened on january 6th. they realize that the president acknowledges that the misinformation is out there, but the feeling is really that this president and that this administration doesn't really
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have a handle on how to combat all the misinformation that's out there. >> mm-hmm. also they were very animated when it comes to voting rights. i found it very fascinating -- i think her name is sarah, jason, when she said, i can sit next to you and you can sit next to me and we can disagree with each other and not hate each other. what a great place for us to be because not so long ago, that didn't happen. that could not happen. people were yelling at each other, i hate you. they couldn't have a conversation. >> reporter: and sarah describes herself as a conservative. she's a republican. she's a farmer. and as you say, that's where we are now. i agree with you, and i think the group would agree, the panel would agree with you. their concern is, don, where are we going to be two years from now, three years from now? where are we going to be during the next presidential election? it's a real deep concern they have. >> jason, i'd love to see more of these on our network and
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everywhere else. for a long time -- before trump, right? oh, what's the trump supporter like? then he was elected. we need to know the trump voter. perhaps we should be doing that with the democrats as well. thank you very much. i appreciate it. generations of americans fought and died for one of the most sacred rights, the right to vote. and now we have seen that right is under assault all across the country. is president biden protecting the filibuster at the expense of progress on voting rights? we'll talk about that. frank is a fan of fast. he's a fast talker. a fast walker. thanks, gary. and for unexpected heartburn... frank is a fan of pepcid. it works in minutes. nexium 24 hour and prilosec otc can take one to four days to fully work. pepcid. strong relief for fans of fast.
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increasingly frustrated by republican obstruction and the threat of the filibuster. it's something i pressed the president about last night. >> this is important for people who look like me. my grandmother would sit around when i was a kid, fifth grade. had a fifth grade education. i learned that she couldn't read when i was doing my homework. she would tell me stories about people asking her to count the number of jelly beans in the jar or the soap in -- so why is protecting the filibuster -- is that more important than protecting voting rights, especially for people who fought and died for that? [ applause ] >> no, it's not. i want to see the united states congress, the united states senate, pass s 1 and s 4, the john lewis act, get it on my desk so i can sign it. but here's the deal. what i also want to do, i want to make sure we bring along not just all the democrats, we bring
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along republicans who i know know better. they know better than this. >> joining me now, cnn political commentator mr. bakari sellers. good to see you. good evening. quite frankly, you say joe biden is wrong on this. why? >> i mean, it's no doubt. first let me just say you framed the question perfectly. joe biden really didn't have an answer. i mean i think -- i have a couple of issues with joe biden and his policy. one is on marijuana. the other is on voting rights and the filibuster. he's just flat-out wrong, and i think it's okay for those of us who support joe biden to be able to be critical and criticize him for not moving this country in the right direction on these issues. the fact is that we must push forward even if we have to do so alone on the issue of voting rights. if lyndon johnson was waiting and playing the same games that joe biden is playing today, we would not have the civil rights act. his inaction, the lack of
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urgency, the talking about john lewis in one breath but then sitting back and being passive when it comes to getting rid of the filibuster just for this narrow purpose is just -- it's not what we need when we must have, as king called, the fierce urgency of now. i love joe biden. i hope he still invites me to the white house christmas parties. but the fact is he's dead wrong on the issue of the filibuster and voting rights because as you said, so many people who look like me and you died. so many people spent nights in prisons. hell, we're still getting arrested today for this issue of voting rights. whoever is advising him in the white house is doing a complete disservice to him and all of us who supported him. >> obviously since i questioned the president about it, we should be having the conversation again. last time we were on, you remember what david axelrod said. what would you have him do? he doesn't have the votes. he has to move manchin and kirsten sinema along and others
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in his party who may not want to get rid of the filibuster. what do you say to that? >> i wish i had the lbj example in my head because people were telling him the same thing when it came to this crucial issue of race in this country and how to move this country forward. i mean were we going to wait on bull connor and lester maddox? were we going to wait on southern segregationists at the time? no. we moved forward. the fact is he has a bully pulpit. i love david axelrod and he's going to be mad at us for bringing him up when he's not here to defend himself. he has a bully pulpit. for him to give a speech in philadelphia, invoke john lewis but not mention the people who are an impediment to john lewis' progress -- the dirty little secret of the democratic party, it's not just manchin and sinema who are standing in the way of this. they are taking the bullets.
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i mean jon tester, i want to see you stand up. i want to see shaheen stand up. i want them to stand up and say this is an issue we will not compromise our values on. we know why we have a majority. it's because of black voters in this country. they're the reason we have to fight so hard for them on this issue of voting rights. >> listen, bakari, i think you're absolutely right that you should be able to criticize the president of the united states without the president calling you the enemy of the people. we are past that. so i know that you have to give it a caveat, but i think the person president is okay with the criticism whether he agrees with you or not. but i remember those days quite frankly very well with the twitter blowing up. the president just called you the enemy of the people. i'm so glad that is behind us. i agree with you. we should be able to criticize the country and the president. that's what america is all
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about. thank you. i got to report to you some breaking news tonight out of washington, d.c. d.c. metropolitan police searching for a suspect right now after a shooting tonight on a busy street in the nation's capital. police say they're looking for a black male wearing a lime green and yellow hooded sweatshirt. he was last seen fleeing the area in a black honda civic with d.c. license plates. cnn's jim acosta was nearby, heard dozens of gunshots near a popular resident on 14th street nw. police say that two adult males were shot, but they are both conscious and they are breathing. we'll continue to update you on this story. so the former president calls insurrectionists a, quote, loving crowd. and then over at the propaganda network, tucker carlson attacks an officer who defended the capitol. the right's attempt to rewrite what happened on january 6th and the people who won't let them. that's next. ♪
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the house speaker nancy pelosi saying that she won't let what she calls gop antics -- and i quote there -- get in the way of an investigation into the january 6th insurrection after kevin mccarthy pulled his members when she vetoed two of his picks. sources tell cnn pelosi is seriously considering naming republican congressman adam kinzinger to the committee. she also met with former republican congressman denver riggleman, did that today to discuss the possibility of serving as an outside adviser or staffer. joining me now, sandra garza. she is the longtime partner of fallen capitol police officer
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brian sicknick, who was attacked by rioters outside the capitol on january 6th and then died a day later. sandra, thank you. i really appreciate you joining us. >> thank you, don, for having me. >> so, capitol hill police and metropolitan police, including your partner, put their lives on the line to protect lawmakers on january 6th, and some of those very people can't even agree to investigate what happened. why do you think they want to cover this up? >> well, you know, plain and simple, they're trying to cover for donald trump, and they don't want to have everything come out that he did that day. and the people that were, you know, on his staff and the people that enabled him. that's it. it's atrocious. it's repulsive, and, you know, it's clearly not backing the blue as they say that they, you know, do. and it's not loving america as
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they also claim to do and have done over and over again. it really makes my stomach churn. >> listen, so many republicans, sandra, are taking their cues from the former president and just pretending that january 6th wasn't even a threat. check out this new audio of the former president talking about the insurrection with two "washington post" journalists. this was about four months after the attack. >> there was a lot of love. i've heard that from everybody. many, many people have told me. that was a loving crowd. and, you know, it was -- it was too bad. it was too bad that got -- you know, that they did that. but my statement, they were ushered in by the police. in all fairness, the capitol police were ushering people in. the capitol police were very friendly. you know, they were hugging and kissing. you don't see that, but there's plenty of tape on that too. >> i don't know what tape he's
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talking about, but i've seen this. rioters brutally attacking officers. i know you and officer sicknick both voted for trump. so what goes through your mind when you hear him say there was a lot of love on january 6th? >> oh, it makes me enraged. you know, anybody who has a brain in their head that saw the footage that day knows that none of those people were there hugging and kissing law enforcement. officers were being beaten, bu brutalized. i've said it before. some of those people -- a large percentage of them actually were downright sadistic and torturing those officers, you know, specifically officer fanone, who has come out. and i know he's been on your show many times talking about the atrocities that he had to deal with that day. in addition to, you know, my
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boyfriend brian. you know, he was assaulted that day as well as the other officers that were with him during that day at different parts of the day. they were also assaulted. one of the female officers that was by his side in some of the video footage that was released, i believe by "the new york times" that came out, she actually had been berutally assaulted by one of the trump supporters who took her by the hair, slammed her head into the concrete, and she actually had a severe, severe concussion and is still suffering from that today. so to hear his remarks is absolutely just -- it makes my skin crawl, you know. i just don't even know what else to say about it other than that the man is delusional. it just is very upsetting.
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>> you're right. when i heard it, i didn't even hear the context or whatever. i just heard the sound bite, and i said, this person doesn't sound well. i mean obviously i knew it was him. he just doesn't sound well. i want to ask you this before we run out of time, sandra. capitol police officer harry dunn -- you mentioned officer fanone. harry dunn is going to be one of the first witnesses that testify next week before the select committee. tucker carlson said that he was a police officer that he wasn't like your police officer and really had some pretty derecognizetory things to say about him. >> when i heard about that, i was very upset, and i did see the video clip of tucker carlson
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saying that. i was outraged. i know officer dunn personally. he was also a friend of brian's. he's a good man, and he has a backbone of steel just as much as the other officers that fought valiantly that day. he does not deserve to be treated like that. the officers should be out of this political circus that they're creating. you know, when i was growing up, they always had this golden rule that, you know, children of politicians were -- you know, they were left out of any kind of criticism, ridicule, anything like that. and i think the same rules should apply here when it comes to the officers and january 6th. they have been through so much trauma. and then already, as i mentioned in my article, my opinion article for cnn, the secondary
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wounding that's going on every day that they go into work, every day that they turn on the news. you have members of congress, the majority of republicans that are saying, oh, there was -- it was not a big deal that day. it was a tourist day. then you have donald trump saying, oh, you know, they were hugging and kissing officers. so they're basically having their whole experience not validated for what it was. and then to have, you know, one of the most popular conservative anchors on his show saying these kinds of things, attack officer done, who was a hero that day, as well as all the other officers, it's just absolutely atrocious. it's unacceptable, and he needs to correct that in my opinion. he needs to correct that now. >> we thought it was so disgusting we didn't even play it in this program. thank you so much. i appreciate it, sandra. you be well. >> thank you. so 36% of people in
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the vaccine. >> before you got sick, if you would have had a chance to get the vaccine and prevent this, would you have taken the vaccine? >> nope. >> so you would have gone through this? >> i would have gone through this, yes, sir. don't shove it down my throat. that's what's local, state, federally administration is trying to do is shove it down your throat. >> what are they shoving, the science? >> no. they're shoving the fact that that's their agenda. their agenda is to get you vaccinated. >> yeah, to save -- the agenda is to get you vaccinated to save more people from dying. joining me now is katherine o'neill, the chief medical officer at our lady of the lake regional medical center in baton rouge. thank you so much. i'm very familiar with our lady of the lake. my nieces were born there and whatever. we know it and it's a great hospital. thank you, doctor. i appreciate it. yesterday coronavirus hospitalizations in louisiana rose to 844 patients, the highest since mid-february. an additional 3,264 confirmed
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cases were reported. what is going on in my home state. what are you seeing at your hospital every day? >> what we are seeing is just what you described, but the tempo is what has really struck us most. we haven't seen this many people come into the hospital in a stretch of a couple of days since april of 2020. and i will tell you april of 2020, we thought our hair was on fire and that's where we are again today. the tempo of cases in the community and the tempo of hospitalizations is scary. being in the e.r. is like watching a tidal wave come in. >> only about 36% of people in louisiana have been fully vaccinated. last night i spoke with president biden about vaccine hesitancy in my own family in louisiana. what do you say to your patients that are still doubtful whether they are making the right decision to get vaccinated? >> i mean, we see these patients
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every day. you just heard a clip of a person who is very much like a lot of people in louisiana. we are a proud state. we want to be told the facts. we want to make our own decisions. we don't want to be talked at. we want to be talked to. vaccination is a team sport. we have to think about our community. we have to think about what does this do for the team. i hear the argument a lot, i'm going to be fine. the odds are that you probably will. but if you get sick, you affect your team. if you get your team sick, you may kill somebody. at this point i think we need to stop talking about what it does for you, and we really need to start talking about what does it do for your team? what does it do for your community because what we're seeing right now is our community is on fire again. i honestly never thought we would be here a year out. >> you're worried? >> oh, i'm past worried. right now we're just in -- we're in, you know, get up every day and try to save as many lives as
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you can, try to vaccinate as many people as you can because we're going to see another surge just like this. but we're going to lose a lot of members of our community over the next couple of weeks who just did not have to die. >> dr. o'neill, you and all the frontline health care workers, we thank you for coming on and delivering this message, not only to the folks of baton rouge but to the country. >> thank you for having us. >> absolutely. hours of arguments with some schools opening up in just a few weeks. will more board meetings look like this one in virginia beach? >> you do not co-parent my children. >> do your job and take the masks off our kids and stick to education. >> i have, like, five more sentences. why do you keep interrupting?
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do you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep? qunol sleep formula combines 5 key nutrients that can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up refreshed. the brand i trust is qunol. no matter where you live, it is likely that a controversy over whether kids need to wear masks in school is coming your way. school board as cross the country meeting and debating what to do. the virginia beach school board deciding, for example, that masks will be mandatory in september for all 63,000 students in that district as well as its 4,000 teachers. but that decision coming at the end of a very heated four-hour debate involving parents and community members, many arguing masks should be optional. let's discuss now. cnn's jean casares is here. good to see you. wow, what madness is going on
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around the country when it comes to this? >> this was just supposed to be a regular school board meeting. yes, the issue was masked. should students wear it come september, or should they not have to wear masks? like you said, this is a huge district. 63,000 students, 4,000 teachers. parents came in droves to this meeting. they were lined up. they were emotional. they were passionate, and they were angry. they do not want their children to have to wear masks come september. >> take the masks off our children. we've been told to follow the science from day one, and from day one, science has proven that masks are ineffective and children have never been in a high-risk group. >> let me and my wife decide what's best our children medically because being a faithful husband, a kick-butt dad, that's really my wheelhouse. just ask this amazing girl that i'm blessed to call my daughter.
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you won't have to listen hard because she isn't and won't be wearing a mask. >> are masks political theater? seriously, i'm mad and i have a reason to be. are they? sure seems that way. >> show me why children need to wear masks that don't prevent disease that help them -- >> we parents should have the right to choose whether or not our kids are suffocated by these masks all day. numerous school as cross this country have already lifted their mandates. it's time for you to do the same. enough is enough. >> what the virginia beach city schools can do is say here today, this is over. this is the last day i can't see my kid's smile coming off of that bus stop, the last day we live in fear based off of politics, not in the best interest of our country. >> reporter: and the school board voted against the parents 4-6 that they will all wear masks come september.
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they said they relied on the cdc. they relied on the virginia health commission. but here's the thing. in georgia, the public health directive, it expires this weekend, which did create it to be mandatory to wear masks. and now virginia officials are saying it's all up to every single district. they do have strong guidance, though, that elementary students should still wear masks because they're not eligible to get the vaccine. but, don, this is not over. there's another meeting in august. and i know what you're wondering. did anybody, any parent say they wanted masks? well, according to our affiliate who was there, there was one parent who phoned in saying that they were in favor and in agreement with the board that masks should be worn. >> jean, you'll be covering it. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> thanks, don. >> and thank you for watching. our coverage continues. - had enough? - no... arthritis. here. new aspercreme arthritis.
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