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for adults 50 and older focus on healthy fats. one study says replacing bad saturated trans fats with healthy unsaturated fats is linked with a 27% lower risk of dying. you can find unsaturated fats in seeds, nuts, of a cad goes and fatty fish like salmon. good morning and welcome to your "new day." i'm kaitlan collins in for christi paul. >> good morning, kaitlan. i'm boris sanchez. covid cases are surging across the country largely because of the delta variant. as vaccination rates are slowing officials are sending blunt messages to unvaccinated people. in the words of one governor, you're letting us down. aiming for gold after a year-long delay the tokyo olympics are officially under way. amid the fanfare there are still major concerns about covid, though, with another 17 athletes
testing positive today. plus wildfires are raging across parts of the west, firefighters driving through walls of flame trying to save homes and smoke from those fires is being felt across the country. it is drifting and blanketing cities all the way along the east coast. >> i saw some of that this week flying back to d.c. meanwhile, pandemic penalty? the nfl is announcing that teams that experience covid outbreaks among unvaccinated players could be forced to forfeit games this season. ♪ thank you so much for waking up early with us this saturday, july 24th. we have a special guest for you, kaitlan collins is here. that alarm went off early, kaitlan, i hope you got some coffee or apple juice as i
prefer. >> i don't think i've ever had this much coffee by 8:00 a.m. in my life, but i'm happy to be here. >> welcome. welcome. we're glad to have you. we begin this morning with more evidence that the u.s. is in the middle of a dangerous summer surge of covid-19 fueled by the spread of the delta variant and those who refuse to get vaccinated. case rates are climbing while the rate of people getting fully vaccinated is falling. >> yeah, the rate of new infections is now four times higher than it was just a month ago. look at all the red on that map. infections are rising faster than in the pandemic's first surge in spring of last year. case rates are rising faster than in the beginning of last year. vaccinations still not where they need to be, only about 250,000 people are being fully vaccinated per day. that is the lowest daily average rate since the end of january. >> and in some areas the delta variant is leading to significant increases in
break-through cases. people who are fully vaccinated testing positive for the virus, but the difference between the vaccinated and those who are not is more apparent than ever. >> here is the truth, if you're fully vaccinated you're safer with a higher degree of protection, but if you are not vaccinated, you are not protected. of course, all the covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations are today among the unvaccinated people. and i know -- i know this has gotten a bit politicized but i hope it's started to change. it's not about red states or blue states or guys like that hollering, it's about life and it's about death. >> we're going to discuss the white house response and hear from a doctor in just a moment, but first let's go to cnn's polo sandoval. polo, the country in a dangerous position right now. it wasn't that long ago that we
were celebrating a new chapter in the pandemic and yet it seems like in many ways we're getting back to where we were a few months ago when the pandemic was at its height. >> it almost gets to the point, boris, where i'm pulling out my notes from months ago really because what we're seeing right now is many of these states are getting hit hard by covid. that map that you just showed says it all. right now almost every state in the country is seeing a seven-day average of new covid cases that either matches or exceeds what they experienced just last week. when we hear from doctors over and over again they repeatedly point to vaccination as the best way to get ahead of the surge but yet fresh cdc data suggests saying that these vaccination efforts that those numbers not only are they, well, leveling out n some cases dropping. >> reporter: if you happen to be among a third of the nation's population living in a community considered to have high covid transmission, you can blame it on the unvaccinated says alabama's republican governor kay ivey. >> the new cases in covid are because of unvaccinated folks.
>> reporter: the u.s. now averaging more than 43,000 new covid cases a day, a 65% increase over the last week. the colored regions on the map showing the highest cases. >> you're watching this freight train come that go delta is going to sweep across the south and so many people are getting to get infected with this fake narrative that if you are young and healthy and take care of yourself you're not going to get sick. knots the true. seeing all of these young people get hospitalized knowing its preventable is heartbreaking. >> reporter: about eight months into u.s. vaccination efforts and still more than half of the nation remains unvaccinated and unprotected. friday marked one of the lowest daily vaccination averages since january according to the cdc. >> there's spillover into vaccinated people. we could all bring this to a close if everyone who were unvaccinated would just come in, get vaccinated tomorrow.
within two weeks to a month covid would go way, way down. >> reporter: in tennessee phil valentine a conservative radio host is hospitalized in serious condition with covid after telling his followers they did not need to get vaccinated. in a friday statement his family wrote, he regrets not being more vehemently pro-vaccine and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he's back on the air. hoping to curb hospital lagss the city of lewis will be requiring masks in indoor public spaces and public transportation starting monday. it's the latest community to revert back to safety measures from previous surges. break through infections among people who are fully vaccinated can and do happen especially with the delta variant spreading. >> what the cdc needs to do is to start giving us the answers as to what is the rate of break through infections? is it one in 1,000 or one in ten or one in two? we literally don't know what is
the rate of break through infections and the likelihood of that break through infection ended up in a chain of transmission to others. >> reporter: despite lingering questions dr. wen emphasizes the vaccines do work at preventing severe illness. and a sign that the mask debate is slowly returning missouri's attorney general vowing to actually file a lawsuit to try to prevent that mask mandate that we just mentioned in st. louis from kicking in. ultimately, though, what we did hear from the head of the cdc just head, kaitlan and boris, is that it should be up to individuals and communities to decide whether or not they want to put those masks back on as those numbers do continue to spread. but we should mention the cdc guidance itself when it comes to masks that hasn't changed, at least not yet. >> no, it wasn't, polo, but we do know officials are talking about t thank you very much for that report. joining me now is dr. catherine o'neal, the chief medical officer at our lady of the lake regional medical center in baton rouge, louisiana. dr. o'neal, we are hearing top health officials say this is a
pandemic among the unvaccinated. a lot of those are young people who don't think that they need it. 76% of residents 60 and older are fully vaccinated, only 22% of those 18 to 29 are fully vaccinated. what are health officials doing to try to appeal to young people to get the vaccine? >> i think what we're doing, kaitlan, is exactly what we're doing this morning, talking to you. it's reaching out and giving those statistics, showing that cases in louisiana have increased by 200% in the outpatient setting. we know those cases are headed for the hospital, we've seen it over and over and the hospital already today our cases have tripled since last week and 75% of those people are under 60. this is a disease of the young, like you said, it's a disease of the unvaccinated, absolutely, and it's a disease causing our young people to die. the more that we message you have time, this is a preventable infection, hopefully people will start to hear and unfortunately people will start to hear from
their own loved ones because they are in the hospital. >> and we know most of those who are hospitalized with covid-19 are unvaccinated. but there is a new concern for people who are fully vaccinated and those are these break through cases we are seeing where you're fully vaccinated but you're still testing positive for coronavirus. so should people be concerned about these break through cases and how often are they happening? >> it's hard to tell how many breakthrough cases we have had in the outpatient setting because it's not been a figure that we've tracked up until now and now that desire to know that is -- we're hearing that everywhere. what we do see as we see patients and call breakthrough cases and talk to them is that our breakthrough cases are very mild illnesses, it's turned a horrible deadly disease into a cold, but how much can they spread the disease and that's what we still don't know? i'll tell you, kaitlan, for those of us who are vaccinated this feels like being in a boat during a hurricane. i have a lot of tools, i can
definitely sail through some things but i can't sail against a huge surge of unvaccinated people spreading covid right now. you are going to see some breakthrough cases when so many people are unvaccinated and there is so much viral pressure on the vaccinated. i don't think that this should be shocking, i think that the only way out of it is to vaccinate everybody. >> would it be helpful, too, if the cdc was doing more to track these breakthrough cases? >> you know, we track a lot of things. i work at the largest hospital in the state of louisiana. i give a ton of data points to the state and to the cdc each and every morning. the problem with tracking data is that it just takes time. i think that we will have these figures, i think they will have them in a couple of weeks. i'm not disturbed by it. we know what's happening in our community. we're talking about it, breakthrough cases happen because we're not vaccinated so right now we probably all need to put our masks on and stem this surge and by the time it can give you a good breakthrough
case we will be out of it. >> speaking of putting our masks back on new orleans began enforcing its mask mandate for indoor areas. is that something you think would be helpful to see in other places across louisiana given there are all these conversations about whether or not we need to be doing that even if you are someone who is fully vaccinated? >> we heard our governor say yesterday that he wanted masks to be put back on in state buildings and i do agree. right now, again, there's just so much viral pressure on our community that even people who are going to get covid and are going to be fine with it and have a small cold, they are now going to be able to contribute to the surge. so for now we need to back up from our neighbor, we need to put our mask on as often as possible, we need to protect our community because there are no more beds in our hospitals. we really need to stem this surge so that we can protect everybody's life. >> well, with the surge we are seeing some people who had not yet gotten vaccinated choose to get the shot, including congressman steve scalise from your state who this week got t he got his first dose and made
it public. what do you think about people who maybe they waited a little bit to get the vaccine but should they be letting people know that, yes, now they have become so concerned they did finally get it? >> absolutely. i think the vaccine has been an incredibly difficult decision for a lot of people, it's taken a lot of information, it's taken a lot of facts to bring people to the realization that this is the only way out of the panned and this is really a choose for life. i'm so glad to see congressman scalise get his vaccine but most importantly to promote that he is for an end to this pandemic and he is for everybody's life. i think that's the message right now is if you want to make it through this you've got to be vaccinated. >> dr. cath lin o'neal, thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. >> absolutely. thank you for having me. after months of not knowing if the summer games would go on the olympic athletes are finally competing and winning medals. we will take you live to tokyo next.
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less than 1,000 people attended the event which included first lady jill biden. cnn has teams all over japan following the very latest developments from the olympic games. let's start with blake essig who is at one of the only locations where spectators are actually being allowed at an olympic event, in this case it's cycling. blake, take us in the room. how are fans feeling there, especially as we're watching the number of covid cases rise? >> reporter: boris, kaitlan, despite now unpopular these games remain because of those health and safety concerns, there is a curiosity. i get the sense that a lot of people are really mixed about supporting the olympics given the current circumstances but at the same time there's excitement that these games now that they are under way are clearly -- desire -- people want to experience the olympic atmosphere in any way they possibly can and yesterday that meant battling crowds to take a picture outside of the national
stadium ahead of the opening ceremony and for people today it meant sitting in an auditorium for seven hours to watch the road race and experience that as a community. while they weren't allowed to vocalize their excitement they did use these wood clappers to create a festival-like atmosphere and cheer on competitors. at the same time at the public viewing was going on outside spectators lined the race course and about 10,000 people had tickets to watch the finish in person. with covid-19 cases surging in tokyo and rising nationwide public viewings like the one today are incredibly rare of course spectators have been banned from 88% of olympic venues and 97% of all competitions. while it isn't perfect, after being delayed a year and months of uncertainty surrounding whether or not these games would actually happen the tokyo 2020 olympics are now under way and it all started with tennis superstar naomi osaka in a
watershed moment. >> translator: i think naomi osaka was the best choice to be the last torch bearer because she's one of the world's top athletes, she's also mixed race and has faced a lot of challenges. it's amazing she can represent japan like this, it sends out a great message from here to the world. >> reporter: and the fact that naomi osaka, mixed-race person, was the one to light the olympic cauldron is incredibly significant here in japan. japan is considered one of the most racially homogenous countries in the world. but the country is slowly shifting its views on identity and a moment like what we saw last night shows how the society is adapting to the changing time. osaka was born in japan but raised in the united states, her mother is japanese, her father is haitian. locally osaka lighting the cauldron has been applauded by japanese media who said that the choice celebrated diversity and harm me. boris, kaitlan?
>> blake, boris and i will be waiting for you to send us two of these wood clappers so we can have them back here in the united states. thank you for that report. meanwhile, china has wasted no time claiming the first two gold medals of the games, but a pair of american teams are also off to pretty strong starts. our coy wire is also in tokyo with more on what's going on with the latest. >> reporter: yeah, roll tide, kai kaitlan, no offense to your alma mater alabama but the most dominant team might be the u.s.a. women's water polo squad, they came out of the gates strong in tokyo, unleashing an offensive flurry of 25 goals setting a new olympic record. maggie stefans led the way. a 25-4 win over japan. also olympic record for margin of victory. the americans are heavy favorites to win their third straight olympic title as they haven't lost a single major tournament since 2013. we asked them what makes this
team so good. >> our team is the most dominant team on the planet because we never really take on that title. we always view ourselves as the underdog. >> the past is the past so a motivator for us is how can we be better in the future? how can we be better now? and reminding people that the now is where we're going to be our best. >> reporter: first lady jill biden got to see another red hot american team, the softball squad now 3-0 thanks to their queen at the pitching circle cat osterman, 38 years old, came out of retirement, back with a veng vengeance. she threw six innings of one-hit ball, pitching the shutout. they have yet to give up a single run in tokyo. australia is up next tonight at 9:00 eastern. and tough times make us tougher. 27-year-old american chase can a lease advanced to the 400 individual medley final when he
was 8 years old he was put into a medically-induced coma for a week on a ventilator and a feeding tube as he fought an acute disorder of the nervous system and he's still fighting. he took silver in this event in rio but he's hungry for more. >> there's still things that i want to accomplish, still things that i want to do. there's many obstacles that i had to overcome this year just mentally and physically trying to put myself in the best place possible. i'm a little older than i was last time so those things are a little more important for me right now. >> good luck to chase as he chases that gold. just one of the many athletes we will be profiling here while we cover these games in tokyo. >> tough times make us tougher. love that. we will be watching chase closely. thanks, coy wire, for keeping us updated from tokyo. so after nearly two weeks in
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we are 28 minutes past the hour. democratic lawmakers in texas recently left the state trying to block a restrictive voting rights bill pushed by republicans. the group has been meeting with key players in washington including the vice president and top lawmakers pleading for help to protect voting rights. the white house has said that passing voting rights legislation is a top priority, but in a narrowly divided congress the chances of passing a federal voting rights bill remains slim. joining us now to discuss one of those texas democrats, state representative richard raymond. richard, we appreciate having you this morning. thanks so much for joining us. you've been in d.c. for almost two weeks and one lawmaker that you have yet to meet with is president biden and you have expressed frustrations about that. i think the dallas morning news said that in a meeting you said you were, quote, pissed off about it. explain the frustrations that you have with the president. why do you think he hasn't met with you? >> well, first of all, he is not
a lawmaker anymore, he is now the head of the executive branch, he is the president of the united states. but, you know, i worked on the u.s. senate for four years before i was elected to the texas house nearly 30 years ago. i saw then senator biden at that time express his feelings and be candid with how he saw things so i guess i was candid in how i saw things. i think the president should meet with us. i think he will. i think he will. but here is the thing, boris, in texas republican lawmakers and the governor, governor abbott, republican governor, have put forth voter intimidation laws that are just the tip of the ice -- the tip of the spear that's being driven through the votes rights of millions of americans all across this country. and it used to be, boris, that they would do this in the southern states, texas and other southern states. we have a history, we're called voting rights states and the reason we have that is because there's example after example after example in these southern
states where they tried to discriminate against minorities when it comes to our voting rights. now they're not only doing it in texas and across the south, they're doing it all over the country, pennsylvania, iowa, arizona, everywhere. and now, excuse me, like in texas the proposals in texas, not only aimed at blacks and browns, their proposal would make it even more difficult for people who are disabled and for seniors to vote. so it's very disturbing and it should be the number one priority for this administration and i think that's what we're trying to get across. >> when was the last time you talked to the white house about this? have they given you any indication that president biden intends to sit down with you? >> well, as you know, the indication that they've given and that president biden has given, the speech he gave in philadelphia and other speeches is that he's committed to voting rights, he's committed to making sure that all americans have access to the polling place and not that we make it harder for
people to vote, but in fact that we make it easier for people to vote. i can tell you that in my view and i think a lot of people view this is that if voting rights is not the number one issue for this administration, if it's not the number one priority, rather, then it's not a priority at all because everything else is second. you can't make voting rights number three, four, five on your list, on your to-do list if you're president of the united states and i think the president is committed to passing voting rights legislation, but i think he also needs to think about this, his legacy will be the voting rights act died under the biden administration or was saved by the biden administration. it's going to be one of those two things. >> so your group has been accused of abandoning your responsibilities to your constituents by walking out on the legislature twice. governor greg abbott is threatening to arrest you once you return to texas. notably at least six people in
your group have tested positive for coronavirus after a flight in which it appeared that very few people were wearing masks, though they were vaccinated. what would you say to those who argue that this is all a political stunt? >> well, first of all, i guess when abraham lincoln tried it it was a political stunt, when john adams tried it it was a political stunt, when the framers of the constitution, the founders of this country established that a quorum was necessary they did it for a reason and they tried to break it at times for a reason, to stop something bad from happening and that's what we've done. i have done nothing wrong. i won't be arrested. will you let me tell you something, in the state of texas what governor greg abbott should be doing is arresting those that are responsible for the 700 texans who froze to death under his watch by the people that he appointed to the public utilities commission. that was negligence. 700 people, boris, froze to death in the state of texas this february. that's who governor abbott ought to be arrest.
>> state representative richard pena raymond, keep us up to date if you do meet with the president, we would love to hear more about that interaction. thank you for spending part of your weekend with us. >> thank you. meanwhile, more states of emergency have been declared in additional counties in california, nevada as dozens of raging wildfires continue to burn across the western u.s. firefighters have been battling some extreme flames like this emergency crew in northern california who were surrounded by the fire and just narrowly escaped. >> yeah, the images are harrowing. cnn's allison chinchar is with us in the cnn weather center. walk us through the latest. >> we are now over 80 in terms of large active fires across the country and it spreads out over 13 different states. now, the good news at least for states like arizona and new mexico, we're hoping the rain in the forecast today can help firefighters contain some of those fires. the concern really is for the
rest of the states, especially places like montana, idaho and even oregon where they are not expected to see the rain that some of their counterparts in the southwest are. overall to date the u.s. has had about 36,000 total u.s. wildfires, total area burned 2.7 million acres. we are ahead of pace from where we were last year and 2020 was an awful year for wildfires. one of the specific fires, the large fires that we've been saying close attention to is the bootleg fire in oregon now burning over 400,000 acres. they were able to make a little bit of improvement in the containment earlier this week. the hope is we can keep those winds down to allow those firefighters to continue making good jumps in the containment. one thing to note, though, is how far the smoke from a lot of those wildfires actually spreads. take a look at this, chicago, st. louis, cincinnati dealing with code orange air quality alerts today because of the smoke that has been spreading. take a look at this, this was from last week. this is a typical day in new
york, this is what it looked like on wednesday, you can barely see past the empire state building and that smoke from the wildfires contributing to new york's worst air quality in 15 years. now, i will say that the air quality has started to improve a little bit this weekend in the northeast compared to where we were this past week, but it's spreading in other locations, especially into the southeast where we've really started to see those hazy skies and the smoky conditions, some places you cannot only see it but smell it. that's how thick it's going to be in some of those places. in addition to that what's also not helping with the fires is the heat. we have new excessive heat warnings out for some of the western states but now we're also starting to see that heat begin to spread east as well. iowa, missouri, illinois stretching down to some gulf coast states including texas and louisiana also looking at heat advisories as well as those temperatures are expected to bump up. a little bit cooler in the southwest as they're having some of those rain showers, but, again, still anticipating, guys,
above average temperatures in the northwest for at least the extended period of time. >> yeah, allison, we saw some of those hazy skies flying back from president biden's town hall in ohio. thank you for that report. >> thanks, allison. so cnn's original series "history of the sitcom" continues this week with an episode that focuses on work families and how they give an insight into the state of the american workplace. here is a preview. >> the '70s is kind of a lost generation and everybody was trying to find themselves. >> the economy was in the tank and you start to see the dis illusionenment of american workers reflected in the workplace sitcom. >> toilet stuffed up again? >> that's no longer a problem, that's a tradition. >> something is wrong with your lights. >> if you look at the 12th precinct it was such a crepid
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we're just two weeks from the start of the nfl pre-season and the league is pressuring players to get vaccinated against coronavirus. the nfl avoided cancellations in 2020, but more than a dozen games had to be postponed, some by weeks due to positive tests among players. under a new policy teams are now going to be forced to forfeit games next season if unvaccinated players cause outbreaks. players will not get paid if the league cannot reschedule the game and the forfeiting team would have to pay the other team's costs for the lost game. let's talk to someone who can take us inside the game, torrey smith, former nfl wide receiver, two-time super bowl champion and the co-founder of the nonprofit level 82. great to have you this morning, we appreciate your insight. so the nfl can't force players to get vaccinated, instead they're putting this intense pressure on teams by taking aim
at their wallets. what do you make of this approach? do you think it's an overreaction or do you think it's likely to work? >> i don't think it's an overreaction at all. when you talk about the nfl, first of all, it's a business and people -- they want to make their money and last year they were able to play during a pandemic. they had no answers, they had no clue what was going on. the world didn't know what was going on at that point and now they do have an answer with vaccines. so if people are choosing to be ignorant and not to get vaccinated, that's fine, what they're saying is there is a price for that if there is an outbreak. and to be completely honest i'm not sure how big of a deal that is this season because more than half of the teams -- excuse me, more than half of the teams are 85% vaccinated or higher. so guys are vaccinated, we're really just talking about something that's not going to be an issue. >> well, i do want to ask you about the message that you're sending to current players on twitter you essentially said that getting vaccinated is their prerogative but you also wrote sort of alluding to what you
just acknowledged, quote, just understand the protocol doesn't care about your feelings when science has been gaining more credibility by the day. i'm curious as someone who has had covid, as someone who has been vaccinated what do you say to players in the huddle like cole beasley or dee andre hopkins if you are their teammate and they're questioning the science on this? >> i mean, it's hard to ignore science, either you believe it or you don't. you can't say i'm going to wait for the fact. we are almost a year -- over a year into this thing and people do know what's going on. are they going to have all the answers? absolutely not. but it's proven that those who are vaccinated doesn't keep you from getting covid a second time no, it doesn't but it does make sure if you do get it especially with the variants that are out there you are going to be okay. so it's about putting your team in a better situation and it's not each just about the players. a lot of the people around that building are high risk, a lot of coaches are considered high risk. so it's more so being responsible and i tell -- i
would tell guys if i was in the locker room you don't have to get t that's fine, you're going to have to be isolated, you are not going to be able to be around the team as much but i think it's more so selfish considering what people know if it's not a religious reason or your health risk at this point. >> so the new policy sort of sets up a two-tiered system where teams with an outbreak among vaccinated players wind up getting more leniency than an outbreak among the unvaccinated. i'm curious about how that impacts a locker room where you're trying to build camaraderie and cohesion. >> well, in the nfl they have a saying that says the best ability is availability. so if you are injured, you hurt your knee, your hurt your arm, you're out. well, if you don't get vaccinated and you get sick you are not going to play as well. in this league you can lose your job if you are not on the field. that's why more guys especially considering what they know are getting vaccinated for health reasons. listen, i'm healthy, i'm only 32 years old and covid for me up.
i've been sick, i have had the flu, i have had all these different things and nothing ever had me feel the way covid did. i think a lot of guys are recognizing that but they also want to keep the season going. one thing we didn't mention is that guys aren't going to get paid if a game doesn't play. guys want their money, they're going to protect themselves as well and their health and their family's health and more guys are going to get vaccinated than aren't. which is fine. you are not forced to do it. i think it's important that we point that out. >> let's put up that graphic just to show where things stand right now. fewer than half of teams in the league are at 85% vaccinated, though 78% of all players have had at least one shot. if you were advising roger goodell, the commissioner of the nfl, what else would you like to see him do to promote vaccinations? it looks like unfortunately we've had some teixchnical
difficulties and we've lost torrey smith. >> it will be interesting to see how all of that plays out for us. meanwhile hungary's pride parade is happening today. it is expected to be a celebration but also a protest of controversial of schools that ban schools from talking about transgender. ♪ ♪ i had the nightmare again maxine. the world was out of wonka bars... relax. you just need digital workflows. they help keep everyone supplied and happy, proactively. let's workflow it. then you can stop having those nightmares. no, i would miss them too much. whatever you business is facing... let's workflow it. servicenow.
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schools. . activists inflated a giant rainbow balloon to protest the law as they now take to the streets today. c cnn's melissa bell joins us live from budapest. what are you seeing. >> reporter: the crowds are just building now. we expect this march to kick off in the next few minutes. there's a counterprotest that's planned on the other side of the danube. over that bridge, we expect a small number of counterprotesters to meet this march, which is the usual colorful celebration of gay pride. but a protest as well because of the atmosphere in which it's takes place. you mentioned that legislation and that path that came into effect. it is the culmination of what has been a month-long campaign of demonization of the lgbt community. a lot of people coming out to show their support. in power now for 11 years has
used what has been a fairly successful playbook of targeting minor ities galvanize. we have seen it with transgender people. the question is if he isn't trying to take on a minority that's simply not enough to not when it comes to next year's election. the point is the organizers say they expect several tens of thousands of people. what they are hoping for is a real show of support to say hungarian society is not in favor of this are referendum he's announced. it's behind what brussels is going over this very controversial legislation. the idea of today's we are hungarians, we are an important part of hungarian society and we will not allow ourselves to be silenced in the name of another campaign. this time they are standing up against the government gns the populous streak in order to make themselves heard. all the stake is what comes next
here. all the people saying this time with groups gathering together and that big push from the hungarian society saying this time we're not behind you and we're not going to let it h happen. that's really what's at the heart of today saying we're here for lgbtq rights but also for the rights of minorities in general. >> it looks like a big crowd behind you. thank you very much for that report. thank you so much for starting your day with us. maybe we should do it again in an hour. >> i think i can make that. i'll cancel my plans. we have more up next. we'll see you at 10:00 a.m. eastern. don't go anywhere.
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everybody is doing it but the federal government. i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. cnn is doing it. indiana university and my son's schools are doing it. the large haddest hospital system, so why not the largest employer, the federal government. why with this vaccine hesitancy is president biden not ordering all million federal employees including the military to get vaccinated. we're in the midst of a third wave of covid-19. the delta variant is deadly.