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oppressed people. that was saunders from the united states. we'll see who wins that battle, the ioc or u.s. >> we shall see. thank you very, very much and to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "out front "next, florida and texas leading the nation in covid responsible for one in three cases as republican governors run for reelection and fight cdc guidelines. plus, another officer that responded to the capitol riot died by suicide. the third officer on duty on january 6th to take his own life. >> a single mother of three is about to be evicted if the white house and congress don't act. she's one of millions across the country that are in danger. can they be helped? let's go "outfront". good evening. i'm kate bolduan in for erin
burnett. one in three new covid cases are coming from two states, texas and florida. they're leading the nation when it comes to the fast spreading delta variant and the republican governors of both of those states are running for reelection and trying to use the pandemic to score political points. florida's ron desantis mocking mask mandates while traveling to utah. >> did you not get the cdc's memo? i don't see you guys compiling? >> hilarious. traveling out of state as his residents deal with a surge of cases and hospitalizations. desantis is also banning mask mandates in schools. texas governor greg abbott also banning mask and vaccine mandates in his state. >> it would be inappropriate to require people who already have immunity to wear a mask. >> and it appears the biden administration has had enough. now calling out republican governors like desantis and abbott, a senior official
telling cnn this, quote, i think there are governors in this country who are putting political interests ahead of public health. the u.s. is now averaging nearly 80,000 new cases a day. that's up 5 4% from a week ago and more than 500% from one month ago. hospitalizations up 13,000 from last week. this should not be political because for one, we nok know vaccines work. ask lindsey graham. here he is, we're showing you earlier this afternoon minutes before announcing that he tested positive for covid. he tweeted this, he said i feel like i have a sinus infection and at the present time i have mild symptoms. i'm very glad i was vaccinated because without vaccination, i am certain i would not feel as well as i do now. that is lindsey graham from a state where 41% of the population is fully vaccinated and yet, at the same time you
have graham's colleague, senator ron johnson raising doubts about the vaccine. remember, this is a man who has not been vaccinated according to a spokesman and also no stranger to conspiracy theories. he tweeted this today about a former journalist now chief conspiracy theorists and says he has been quote a courageous voice of reason throughout the pandemic. more like a dangerous voice. he's been telling people the best way to combat the virus is simply to become infected by it and then there is this statement that he made at cpac. >> the government was hoping that they could sort of sucker 90% of the population into getting vaccinated and it isn't happening. >> and he's celebrating that. celebrating that this pandemic is only going to drag on longer because of the unvaccinated. as it stands tonight, 70% of americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. it is a good step in the right direction but nowhere near
enough. >> i want to start today by simply stating the obvious, while we desperately want to be done with this pandemic, covid-19 is clearly not done with us. >> we'll dive in the medical headlines in a minute but i want to go to manu raju on capitol hill. breakthrough cases are very real on the hill and the concern is who has been exposed and will there be more cases? >> that's right because after senator lindsey graham announced he tested positive he had come into contact with a number of senators before he learned of the diagnosis. the senate was in session all weekend and there was a gathering, a bipartisan gathering on senator joe mansion's houseboat he lives of in the washington area. lindsey graham was there i'm told and i'm told also a number of other senators from both parties were in attendance. you see a list on your screen there, including the number two senate republican, senator mark kelly who is an arizona democrat and chris coons among the hand
full of others there, meeting having a nice time and moments ago, i asked joe mansion about this gathering and asked him about the fact that they were not wearing masks while there. >> you guys weren't wearing masks? >> we were outside, okay. everyone has been vaccinated, so, you know, we're -- you know, i talked to lindsey today. he's fine. he feels good. >> how long did it go? how long was the event? >> oh, i don't know. whatever takes to eat a hamburger or two. >> was it outdoors? >> all outdoors. >> so so far, several of the senators who did have exposure to lindsey graham have said they tested negative including senator joe mansion but there are still concerns giventious agenda and those who can't attend or isolate could affect the outcome of key ple measures
going through the senate. senator gunraham said everybody should get vaccinated including in the state of south carolina where the rate has opinion lower than public health officials want at the moment and he also said even though he is experiencing symptoms right nownow, e he's likely a lot better now because he's been vaccinated otherwise it could have been a lot worse. kate? >> absolutely. manu, thank you. "outfront" now is dr. ralph gonzalez and an associate dean of the ucsf school of school and dr. reiner. thank you both for being here. dr. reiner, i want to start with the stat from the white house we learned today. one in three cases in the united states is coming from two states, dpla florida and texas. two states governors have been adamant against mask mandates. what do you make of this? >> these states the governors decided to politicize this
pandemic and vaccines and politicize masks. i live in a state, maryland with a republican governor and that's a state with one of the lowest covid rates in the united states now because that republican governor stressed masks, had a mask mandate for a very long time, pushed vaccines and the pandemic has been under control for quite awhile. in florida, which is on fire, the governor of that state has decided to just politicize almost every aspect of this pandemic. in florida with a raging pandemic, the governor decides not to allow local authorities to mandate masks for schools. the governor of florida has prevented localities or any business from mandating vaccinations, prevented, you know, companies like celebrity
cruises and cruise carries from mandating vaccinations for their customers. i don't understand what the governor of florida thinks is doing to happen with the pan pandemic when you tie the hands of public health officials. >> dr. gonzalez, you had 183 positive cases among employees and students there and a majority of them, 153 were breakthrough cases because they were vaccinated. 30 of the cases, 30 of the people were unvaccinated. how did this happen? i mean, did this surprise you? >> well, when this first started at the end of june, we were pretty concerned we saw this spike in covid cases among our vaccinated employees but keep in mind, we have 35,000 employees and 90% have vaccinated so we have very few unvaccinated employees and as we've seen this develop over time, we're finding that the rates of infection among the unvaccinated are still
five times higher than in our unvaccinated, and if we did not have vaccinations in place, we would be in a much bigger problem than now. >> that's a great point. dr. reiner, the good news is ucsf is that those who tested positive only one vaccinated person and one unvaccinated person were hospitalized. so what does this tell you? >> that's really the message. you know, i think the cdc has really gargled the message in the last couple weeks. the message is the vaccines still work remarkably well. the data over the weekend showing that 99.99% of vaccinated people have not died from this virus is really remarkable news. i think we're going to see as the fall goes on, we're going to see more break through cases but these breakthrough cases in many cases will be more like the
seasonal flu, you know, real tily mild infections. the vaccines turn out to be just as good as advertised. they are remarkably effective at preventing depth and hospitalization. that's the message for the country. our vaccines continue to work very, very well. >> in the meantime, while the delta variant continues to run like wildfire because so many people are unvaccinated, dr. gonzalez, swieven bay area counties reinstated a mask mandate that goes into effect, i believe, overnight. do you think a mask mandate is necessary with everything you're seeing? >> well, i do, kate. i think what we're seeing is that there is high levels of virus circulating in our community and because this delta strain is so infectious, we did not have high enough vaccination levels in our community to prevent the spread we're seeing. and so while our earlier projections thought 70% might get us there, with this delta strain, it's like 80 or 90%.
i think the mask mandate is important because that's where we're seeing transmission and if you look at our medical center where we have universal masking, even though we had this number of cases among our employees, we seen one transmission in over 180 contacts that we traced so far. so masks work. >> that's really interesting to know. thank you both very much. appreciate it. "outfront" next, tragic news. a third officer that responded to the january 6th capitol riot has died by suicide. >> plus, the white house and democrats in congress scrambling to do something about the now expired eviction moratorium. millions of americans are at risk of losing their homes and i'll talk to a congressperson that protested by sleeping on the capitol steps. >>. a showdown with murdoch after being banned from posting anything on youtube.
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officer to die but suicide. it an awful tragedy and part of a disturbing pattern. what more can you tell us? >> it's heartbreaking. he was part of the emergency response team, special operations division at the metropolitan police department. he did respond to the capitol on january 6th but let me make very clear, the department is not saying it was because of his response to the insurrection he took his own life, however, as you mentioned, it follows a heartbreaking pattern. two other officers, metropolitan police officer jeffrey smith and u.s. capitol police officer howie liven goode took their lives, it an's another reminder the immense burden they take when they have to run into a shocking attack like that. so many officers struggle because this job is necessarily bu burden some, kate. it's a difficult job. this death, he was found dead in his home thursday, july 29th day
days of four officers took to congress to outline the tragedy of the day their own traumas of the day and plea for mental health help. officer michael fanone knew him well. he said he was loved by everyone. frankly, he says he was , again, loved by everyone, there is no one in the law enforcement profession loved by everyone. most are not loved by some, he was literally that guy who everyone loved. kate, once again, i cannot stress this enough. the burden for law enforcement nationwide is immense and this is one more example that mental health assistance for these officers is literally a matter of life and death, kate? >> also, how real it is all -- how real it all is because at the very same time, tonight, we're learning that republican
senator ron johnson is continuing to push unfounded claims about law enforcement and january 6th. he is suggesting the fbi knew more about the planning ahead of the attack than it has revealed to this point. let me play this for everyone. >> so you think that the fbi had fully infiltrated the militias in michigan? >> look, this is not about officer hashida here but it is about law enforcement. what is ron johnson talking about, whitney? >> he's making logic jumps and let me walk you through it. it's important to know thisirac. they infiltrated these groups that were much more involved in the capitol riot but let me walk
you through it. he's discussing this case out of michigan in which the fbi dismantled a group it intended to kidnap governor gretchen whitmer is a huge case that happened in october. the defense is arguing kextent f the fbi's infiltration was entrapment. so ron johnson making this jump from that case, those accusations by the defense that the fbi somehow trapped these defendants is in someways suggesting that the fbi also deeply infiltrate the the groups that went to the capitol that day. there is no evidence to suggest that the fbi knows that much more about these groups that infiltrated the capitol, that they were in any way, you know, part of that attack as some people on the right and some people in conservative media asserted. there is no evidence to suggest that. it remains a conspiracy theory, kate. more people pushing out false narratives that are so damaging.
>> whitney, thank you very much. i want to bring in john avalon, anchor and senior political analyst. just the fact that on the day that we learn another officer who responded to the riot has died by suicide, you have one of the people who they were there fighting to protect really questioning the whole thing. >> yeah. that is what is happening and you see another republican hot mike moment from ron johnson who is descended into the depths of conspiracy theories and fueling this distrust of law enforcement. and let's be real clear, yeah, he's saying what he really thinks is a hot like. at the same time, he's engaging in the classic trump game of deflect and project, right? you don't want to deal with the actual facts of what occurred so you'll pass the buck and blame and say it's some kind of conspiracy and if he actually was, kate, kconcerned there wasa lot more to this story he would
have and should have voted for the pi bipartisan commission to vote. he stone walled it. the senator should probably get into a new line of work. he's a radio shock jock now. he's not acting like a u.s. senator with access to information. >> i really do want to bring up michael fanone once again. he's an officer many people who defended the capitol that day got to know and that statement he put out about officer hashida who he has known for years, that guy that everyone loved and also, he said fanone said much more needs to be done to normalize the conversation around mental health now and fanone had an important thing when he testified. >> too many of me said hell doesn't exist or hell isn't that
bad. the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful! >> fanone gets exactly what johnson is doing here. >> it is disgraceful and that form of gaslighting by e lengted o -- elected officials who had their lives saved by the police officers that suffered during the attack, that adds to the trama. i was talking to our friend and colleague brianna earlier and she made the point this is something we see in military units. when conflict and war becomes politicized, it adds to the trama. while we can never know precisely what leads to any individual's decision to choose, to end their own life, the tragedy of suicide, you know, a whole generation of consecutives was motivated by furry, righteous anger watching vietnam veterans return to america and being spat on and now we see republican conservative senators and congressmen doing the more equivalent of just that to the police officers who helped save their lives during the attack on
our capitol. >> let me raise one more thing. mark meadows said something in a recent interview that donald trump is doing to be reinstated as president. let me play this. >> wanted to join you to talk about really a president that is fully engaged, highly focused and remaining on task. >> well, we met with some of our cabinet members tonight. we actually had a followup member meeting with some of our cabinet members. >> what cabinet is he talking about? i mean, what world is he living in now and how dangerous is this? >> he's absolutely fueling the whole complete conspiracy theory that somehow donald trump can be reinstated by talking about president, not ex president, talking about a cabinet meeting and he's fueling those fires and let's be clear, mark meadows is a smart guy. >> yes. >> and it's everything that donald trump seems to get dumber. either that or he feels compelled to just kiss up to that audience of one in a
performative way on news mags but he's absolutely fueling these fires and it's just, you know, it is somebody who has given rid of his senses and soul out of service to this cult of personality. >> how about mark johnson. good to see you. "outfront" next a single home of three fearing the worst after moratorium for evictions expired. >> you guys honestly freaked me out when you knocked this morning. i won't lie. i'm really thinking they're coming at any moment. plus, mask showdowns and schools, arkansas's second largest school district looking to sue the state over the ban on mask requirements. the district superintendent is our guest. scientific clean her. and here. which is why the scientific expertise that helps operating rooms stay clean now helps the places you go too. look for the ecolab science certified seal. i booked our hotel on kayak.
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tonight, the white house saying it doesn't have the legal authority to extend the expired federal eviction moratorium on its own and is now quote challenging every landlord to hold off on evictions for the next 30 days. it comes as america is at risk of a full blown crisis as millions of americans fear
losing their homes and congress is pointing fingers over who is to blame. nick watt is 1900. >> that is an eviction notice. >> you guys knocking scared me. >> to throw dasha kelly who goes by kelly and her little girls onto the street. talking about it doesn't help. >> sorry. >> no, kelly, listen. we're sorry to -- yeah. [crying] >> we know it happening when we start talking about it. it weighing on my emotions now. >> kelly was a casino dealer here in las vegas. loved it. >> i automatically come on, please win. i'm rooting for you. when they bust, i'm upset. >> she lost her jobs and has no car and no money for child care. it's this tiny virus that has come along and just.
>> taken everything. i have a few days to go. >> she's donating blood plasma, $100 a time to buy groceries. so you are managing to eat okay? >> oh, yeah, well, they're eating okay. let's put it that way. there are days i don't want to roll out the bed, roll off the floor. you get what i mean. >> kelly poured her soul, nearly everything she had. >> i had a bed right here. there was a tv right here on top of this stand so i have to pawn that. >> she thought about working online but. >> you lost your laptop, as well. >> i had to pawn that trying to keep up with the bills. so -- >> okay. >> this is the girls' room. >> they used to have their bed here and useded to have a little chest. >> not anymore. >> i'll sacrifice my couch, as you can see it's a little beat up so they don't have to lay on the floor because they're so tiny. >> more than 11 million americans are reportedly behind
on their rent. congress approved $47 billion to help but very few of those billions have actually been handed out. kelly applied hasn't heard back. >> apparently, it's a process, two or three months you have to wait. >> the federal ban on evictions expired midnight saturday. do they know what is going on? >> not really. that's what i'm afraid of telling them. how do you explain that to your kids, yo u know what i mean? i don't have words. i think i'll break down crying and just hug them. let them know everything will be all right and we'll figure it out, i guess. >> now, dasha kelly started a go fund me page to try to cover the rent, $2,000. it's a hail mary. she's praying for a miracle hoping for a miracle. the other thing she's hoping for is more people would just wear masks. that way she says maybe more of us can get back to work, maybe more of us can get pack to life.
kate? >> thank you for brings us her story. i want to bring in democrat t congressman sleeping at the capitol trying to draw attention to this issue. thank you for being here. this is not only -- not something you've just been protesting and drawing attention to, this is personal for you. you have spoken out about very much and you heard the desperation from that mother that my colleague nick watt spoke to. what do you tell her? >> you know, that right now all of the people behind me and more, we're right now fighting and working hard to make sure that we bring home not only a moratorium that at least extends through december 31st but also the states go ahead and release the money. that $40 billion that is being held up that the states and that the local governments release
the money that we make sure those landlords get paid. that's what we -- that's because when the landlords get paid, renters get to stay in their homes. you know, we need to make sure that is happen ing so we're working hard for you and i know what it's like to be that mommy 1 and have your children and make sure you keep them safe and it's like life is fighting you. i totally understand it. because of that is why i want to come to congress. i'm doing the work now to fight for you. >> look, there is a lot of finger pointing going on. who can do something about it? who can do more and who hasn't done enough? you met with vice president kamala harris about this very thing. she did dodge questions from reporters on this moratorium today on the hill. what did she say to you? did she say more than what she's saying to reporters? >> no, not really. she -- my whole point for going up to talk to her was i wanted
to look her in her face, i wanted her to look me in my face. i wanted her to see my eyes and look down into my soul if she could see it because i don't want my people, i do not want the people of st. louis ending up on the street because of policy choices, because of failed leadership, because of passing the buck. i need my people whole and i need my people safe. st. louis deserves that and not only st. louis but all across this country people need that and so that's what we did. i asked her and said i need you to see my eyes, you know, my people cannot be put out on the street, you know, and she nodded, you know, and. >> do you believe -- >> take care of myself and she's working -- >> but do you -- >> yeah, she said they're working. >> do you believe her -- >> i believe that the statement that the white house put out today, i do believe that they are working to try to see what legal role they can go -- what legal road they can go down to
bring home this moratorium. what we're saying is let's just do it -- >> millions of dollars in rental assistance because congress approved that. it supposed to be out there. it's mind boggling a tiny fraction has been put out because honestly, states weren't set up correctly. some were, some weren't but what more can you do to move that money along? >> right now what we're saying is we're taking it upon ourselves, we're taking it upon ourselves to tell our districts, the government and our districts make sure that we're working to get money out. how can we assist you to get that money out because it's more than just the money getting out. barriers for people being able to access the resources and then once they access the resources do the paperwork because there are so many barryierbarriers. so many people hide because they won't receive it because of the
barriers. also that. we need our state, we need our counties and cities to go ahead and do the work. take the money and hire people to go ahead and get this work done. we have to have the structure. >> yeah, i know you care about this and you'll continue fighting about it. i want to ask you about something else, a joke kevin mccarthy made this weekend. he wants to be the next speaker of the house and i want to play what he said about speaker pe pelosi. >> he said he wants the gavel and might be hard not to hit her with it. pelosi did call mccarthy an idiot last week but what is your reaction to mccarthy's joke? >> it's not a joke. it's not a joke. we don't joke about violence to any person. it it's not a joke. it's that mentality that allows
people to scale the walls on january 6th when i was inside this building. that mentality, the reason we don't -- why he chose the people he chose for the january 6th commission because he knew those names would never fly? you know, for that reason they don't want a real investigation, for that reason, that is the exact mentality, i don't care if you don't like her or not, you need to respect her office the same way you expect people to respect yours. it's absolutely ludicrous somebody this high in political office. shameful. >> thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. bouncing off, i'm just thinking after she just said that, this has honestly reached the level of come on. i'm the last person to be the p.c. police. i love a good salty joke when one is warranted but the context as the congresswoman was just getting at here is important. right as we're literally just in the capitol trying to hunt nancy
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new tonight at least 168 students and three teachers are in quarantine after the first week of school in arkansas after multiple students and teachers tested positive for covid in the district. this as the state's second largest school district, little rock is home to 24,000 students plans to sue the state to unvalidate a ban on mask requirements. public schools in arkansas are
prohibits from requiring vaccination. "out ffront" now is the superintendent of the little rock school district. the first day for your students in your district is just two weeks away. why do you think it is necessary to go this level to sue the state, to reverse this ban on mask requirements? >> first, i'm very hopeful our governor can actually change the course of this and he's trying to bring the legislative body back and if they can and they're successful, maybe this can be overturned within that group. my concern is that that may not be the reality. i think it's a very tough hill for the governor, governor hutch -- hutchinson to climb so i'll do everything i can to protect my students and staff if we can't find the legislative solution, we need to find a judicial solution and act 1002 is unconstitutional.
>> i'll play something one republican state senator said recently because it gets to why you rightfully so think it could be an uphill battle to get this overturn in a special session the governor is calling them in. let me play this for you. >> i probably heard from at this point hundreds, not exaggerating, parents, people who do not want the mask mandate, do not want to send their kids there and say if they put a mask mandate at school, that will be a hard decision for them because they do not believe it. >> i was blown away by that based on that sentiment, what do you think really is going to happen? >> again, if the governor, governor hutchinson's view and i agree with this is that if we need to be given the authority as a local district to make that decision. for little rock, our decision, we're the hub of the medical community in this state, clearly, our community would prefer to have mask. i believe that somewhere along
the line other school districts need to pivot and use everything in the tool belt to protect their stuff. eventually other districts will need to have a mask requirement simply because this is so far from being over. >> that's right. i have to say, getting to the point of little rock as the hub of the community, earlier today i spoke with the chief clinical officer at arkansas's chief system at little rock and he described a scary reality what things are like there now. let me play this for you. >> today we have 24 children in the hospital with covid infections. they're all symptomatic with covid and eight of those are intensive care and five requiring mechanical ventilation to breathe. this is dramatic change compared to what we've seen pre usely. >> this is the delta variant and that's why, he agrees kids should be wearing matsks in school but if you ultimately don't have the authority to require masks when school starts, what do you fear is doing to happen?
>> well, first off, i don't know whether the governor will be able to execute the special session. i do think we would be successful with this lawsuit and get an injunction that would allow us to have masks. that angle would help us prior to august 16th. if we don't have this in our tool belt, it takes one more thing away from us to protect our students. we can strongly encourage masks but the reality is that in our district, of ybviously, in 12-year-old and under received a vaccine and we have a low percentage when we look low percentage. 10, 20%. the vaccines that we personal provide is 10% for students. we need to get a lot more shots in the arms even of the older students and obviously, younger ones we need to do everything we can to protect them. >> the first day of school is two weeks away.
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pictures all over the internet of people who have had these shots and now they're magnetized, they can put a key on their forehead, they can put spoons and forks all over them and they stick. >> but it's not funny when you read about a 12-year-old who was vaccine hesitant largebily because of the baseless reports she saw online that it would make her arm magnetic. every day brings a variant of covid misinformation. >> stop lying to us. >> not just in the u.s. but around the world. >> we have always tried to be the voice of the voiceless here. >> youtube now taking action against that channel, sky news australia, blocking it from posting videos for one week. apparently for violating covid policies. >> this obsession with masks exists with very limited epidemiological evidence. >> something about the covid skeptical anti-lockdown coverage violated youtube's policies but the site won't say what. they say, we won't allow content that denies the existence of
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tonight, the race that is threatening to tear the democratic party apart. i'm talking about tomorrow's primary for ohio's 11th congressional district. pitting establishment democrats supporting shaun tell brown against bernie sanders and other top progressives' choice, nina turner. and the race is getting rough. jeff zeleny is out front. >> bernie sanders is back on the campaign trail. this time, asking ohio voters to send his friend
nina turner to washington. >> the next member of congress, nina turner. >> james clyburn spent the weekend here taking a different stance. saying president biden needs a loyal partner.
>> he needs somebody there who will work with him. >> here in cleveland, a contentious congressional primary contest is reviving old divisions between the democratic establishment and the party's progressive wing. turner and brown are vying to fill the seat of marcia fudge, who stepped down to serve in biden's cabinet. heavyweights from across the party are weighing in. sanders and alexandria ocasio-cortez for turner. >> this is where elections are won. >> and hillary clinton and leaders of the congressional black caucus backing brown. >> there is no contrast. it's all about chantelle brown. >> tuesday's election is a key test for the party's direction and the biden agenda. with candidates and other groups
flooding the airwaves, spending millions in an unusually nasty race. >> chantelle brown, out for herself. >> some just want to attack joe biden and kamala harris. frankly, i'm sick of it. >> she's talking about turner using an explicit last year to describe the choice between biden and donald trump.
a comment that's been played again and again in attack ads. >> you have two boats in front of you, and you have to pick one. >> nina turner said that. we asked turner if she regrets disparaging biden after he beat sanders and won the party's nomination. >> i will say at that moment we know primaries are heated. >> she said she would work with the president but not bow to them. >> congress is a coequal body. it has power too. my job is not to just parrot any administration, whether it's a democratic administration or a republican administration. my job is to represent the interests of the people who elect me. >> sanders is chairman of the senate budget committee, is a key player negotiating biden's economic plan. he said criticism of turner is unwarranted, yet telling. >> they are afraid of her. they are afraid because she's going to stand up and fight and take them on in the struggle for justice. >> the race has emerged as a proxy war, with sanders and clyburn leading the respective flanks of the party. how important is chantelle brown to president biden's agenda? >> very, very important.
>> brown, a member of the cuyahoga county council, talks often about helping the president's agenda. so much so that turner has seized upon it. >> being a puppet is another. >> i would consider a puppet someone who has been on the national stage delivering catch phrases like, hello somebody. i am a partner who knows what it takes to sit at the negotiating table to get things done. >> that was a not so subtle crack at one of turner's signature phrases. >> hello somebody. hello somebody. >> the acrimony has intensified, but the rivals found themselves side by side sunday at church. >> one of you will be a congresswoman. >> where brown extended her hand to turner as this battle is left to ohio voters to settle. >> now, what's being debated right now in congress, those biden infrastructure bills, are exactly why the party establishment is so focused on races like this. now, party leaders are quite frankly worried about the squad gaining a new member.
of course, that being nina turner. they say the president needs more allies, not more antagonists. of course, for turner's part, she believes the white house could use a progressive push. katd. >> good to see you. thank you for that reporting. and thank you all so much for joining us. i'm kate bolduan. "ac 360" starts now. >> good evening. we begin with covid and growing evidence the country is facing some hard weeks ahead. at the same time, thankfully, there are signs pointing in the opposite direction, but not enough. at least not yet to change the course that we're on. so at the end of another good news/bad news day and the beginning of what looks to be another good news/bad news week, there's a lot to get to. here's the chief medical officer for our lady of the lake medical center in baton rouge, louisiana, where they have run out of beds in the intensive care unit and 23 patients are waiting in the e.r. >> there are no more beds left. those 23 patients are a glimpse of what we have been doing for the last two