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"don lemon tonight" with the big star d lemon now. >> you're back and better than ever. how was your trip? >> it was good. it was good to see the g20, to understand some of the concerns. >> looking back at being out of the country and sort of having an overview of looking at america from the other side, what did you think? >> yeah, and talking to italians about how they see us but also seeing a lot of the echoes of what's going on there. they good a got case of rage against the machine in that society, also. and they are hungry for
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renegades. they don't trust the government. they're not sure about the vaccine. but you know, they have something -- and this has always been the trick for us. okay? at the end of the day they don't just look alike. they have the same blood. and they have culture and they have language and they have feel. and that never goes away. they're all italian. so they may have their disagreements. they may not like each other. they may have government turnover. they may have terrible bureaucracy. they may have problems in their society. but they're all italian. >> are you trying to say we don't have that cohesion as we're all americans? >> what does that mean? for us it means a common sense of purpose, a collective will. because we don't have the look-alike, the same blood. so it's always been trickier for us. it's always been about cause. and when you mess with shared sense of purpose it's very dangerous for us. another thing it reminded me of is not all white people are the
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same. you know, what matters to me as an italian american is different than what will matter to a polish american. the way we see different traditions and times of the year and how we deal with certain things. you know, culture matters. even if you're american. it still depends on how removed you are from it and how present it is in your life in terms of your value systems. >> well, that's what we've lost in the last -- i think the last five years or so is that of course we're different. we're all different. right? and that is what america's supposed to be about. all different people getting together and making this experiment work. and at the end of the day all being americans. but when you have people, especially the person in the highest office in the land, dividing us on race, on political ideology, on anything that he can gives us on, then you end up with people yelling and shouting at each other at
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school board meetings or in public or whatever it is. and i think what we have lost in all of this is that we are all americans. and yes, we disagree. but that is the way this is supposed to work. we have our disagreements, we work it out, we come poth and then we do it all over again because it's a grand experiment. i think that experiment is in trouble. i'm glad you're back but i've got to get to the breaking news because you know it's election eve. >> i love you, d. lemon. >> i love you, brother. so glad you're back and safe. >> don't worry, i got you a gift. actually, christina did. >> of course. she's the good person in the family. this is "don lemon tonight." it is election eve in america. are you ready? are you guys ready? election eve. this is really edge of your seat type stuff. let me just go on. millions of people set to go to the polls across the country tomorrow. millions of early votes are already in. and what we're learning in a matter of hours will tell us a
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lot about what we're going to expect in the midterms and beyond. 2022, 2024. and beyond really. what may be the most edge of your seat race is in virginia. that's where the democrat there, terry mcauliffe, and the republican glenn youngkin are battling for every last vote in their race for the governor's mansion. youngkin walking a fine line, distancing himself from his highest-profile supporter while welcoming his voters with open arms. okay? distancing himself from his most high-profile supporter but then, right? but then welcoming the former guy's voters. delicate dance. former president calling in to a telerally for youngkin tonight but youngkin didn't. he's been out on the trail all day not mentioning you know who. >> this race is neck and neck. we're coming up on the outside,
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passing. but we've got to get it done tomorrow. we've got to get it done. the entire nation is watching this. why? why? there's only two statewide elections this year, new jersey and virginia. and all eyes are on virginia. the nation needs us to vote for them too. >> as usual, you know, the former president is saying the quiet part out loud. and it's so easy to do. this is what everybody does because it's so easy. but he does it like, right? as a sport. saying that the news media and ads, quote, are trying to create an impression that glenn youngkin and i are at odds and don't like each other. importantly, this is not true. we get along very well together and strongly believe in many of the same policies. which is exactly what youngkin doesn't want voters to hear. and exactly what mcauliffe is
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hammering at every opportunity. >> i am running against i like to say donald trump in khakis, or sweater vests. what is he going to do with all those sweater vests at the end of this campaign? but trump has now endorsed him. for the tenth time today. today! today donald trump issued two statements attacking me and endorsing glenn youngkin. today two. what does that tell you? little maga people not as excited as you thought. >> well, the big news on capitol hill tonight, democrats getting closer to votes this week on both bills topping joe biden's -- president joe biden's agenda. now, both bills. okay? despite joe manchin saying he won't support the social spending bill without what he called greater clarity about its impact on inflation and the economy. >> for the sake of the country
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the house to vote and pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. holding this bill hostage is not going to work and getting my support for reconciliation bill. i for one won't support a multitrillion-dollar bill without greater clarity about why congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation and debt they have on our economy and existing government programs. what i see are shell games, budget gimmicks that make the real cost of the so-called $1.75 trillion bill estimated to be almost twice that amount if the full time is run out. if you extended it permanently. >> okay. so let's talk about this. a source telling cnn that manchin didn't want to get jammed into supporting something he wasn't ready to endorse. another source telling cnn that house democratic leaders could move as soon as wednesday night or thursday to put both the social spending and the infrastructure bills on the
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floor for a final vote. or for final votes. now, there's still a possibility that timing could change. but things sure sound like they're moving forward. i want you to listen. this is pramila jayapal today. >> i think that we are ready pending some final negotiations on things we care very much about. immigration and prescription drug pricing. we know senators are still negotiating that, some details on child care. but those are the last pieces. and once we have those we will be happy to vote both those bills, both the infrastructure bill and the build back better bill through the house. and i'm hoping that can happen as soon as tomorrow or the next day. we are ready to get this transformational change to people. >> that is a big concession from the congresswoman. she's ready to vote on both bills and to trust president biden to get joe manchin and kyrsten sinema on board. but when it comes to trust, there's not a whole lot of it
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coming from honestly joe manchin. because when i said let's talk about it, i just want to put some more substance in it besides just the sound bites. he talks about inflation. he talks about shell games and budget gimmicks. but is he right? is he being fair? okay. well, consider this. senator joe manchin is not ready to support the social spending bill but he is fine with the infrastructure bill, even though that added more than $250 billion to the deficit. senator bernie sanders pushing back at manchin, pointing out the congressional budget office estimated the infrastructure bill would add $256 billion to deficits over the next decade. but joe manchin didn't want to talk about that tonight. >> senator, the infrastructure bill you supported added $250 billion to the deficit according to cbo. so how do you square that with your comments today about the concerns about the debt and deficit of build back better
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bill? >> okay. that is a good question, right? he's fine with adding to the deficit for infrastructure. just not for social spending. you know, spending on universal preschool, affordable childcare, elder care, care for americans with disabilities. this is what's in there. and expanded child tax credit. a sweeping plan to combat the climate crisis. exactly the kinds of things the president was elected to do. as a democrat. things that could make life better for every american. and manchin's concerns about inflation? the white house saying that 17 nobel prize-winning economists have said the bill will reduce inflation. house speaker nancy pelosi pointing out the treasury secretary janet yellen says the
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plan will boost the economy, which tends to push inflation down, not up. manchin says he needs more time to consider the social spending bill. but the house ways and means committee chair richard neal isn't buying that. watch. >> i don't know how you can make the argument of slowing down a piece of legislation that has been out there for more than 2 1/2 months from the ways and means committee. the argument that you don't know what's in the bill at this stage, i could give you verse and rhyme. >> if both bills pass the house it's going to be cards on the table for joe manchin. congresswoman cori bush on fire tonight saying joe manchin does not get to dictate the future of our country. joe manchin's opposition to the build back better act is anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant. that is from representative cori bush. but while his party is still squabbling over his agenda that includes that massive investment
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in fighting the climate crisis, president joe biden in an extraordinary moment at the u.n. climate summit apologized for the united states walking away from the paris climate accord. >> i guess i shouldn't apologize but i do apologize for the fact the united states in the last administration pulled out of the paris accords and put us sort of behind the 8 ball. >> that is not something you hear every day. it really isn't. one american president apologizing for another american president in front of a room full of world leaders. president biden unannounced -- excuse me, president biden announced, excuse me, the u.s. would rejoin the paris accords hours after he was sworn into office in january. meanwhile, here at home staggering new revelations about the january 6th incident, the insurrection, and just how close we came to a coup. the "washington post" reporting the then president was glued to the tv while lawmakers were under attack, refusing for 187
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minutes to do or say anything to stop the assault on our democracy. the "post" reporting that at the exact moment mike pence and his family were being menaced by rioters chanting "hang mike pence" the then president was tweeting an attack on his own vice president claiming he didn't have the courage to do what had to be done, do what should have been done. and that is exactly why it matters that the january 6th committee digs deeply, very deep into what happened that day. this is exactly why it matters that they and all of us do what it takes to protect our democracy. and the most sacred right as americans. the right to vote in free and fair elections. on the very eve of election day let's remember that. we all must do what is right to protect our right to vote. free and fair elections. we're just hours away from voters going to the polls in what may be the hottest race in
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the country, virginia's race for governor. wait until you hear the latest predictions. next. >> 36 hours to get our virginia moving in the right direction. 36 hours to reject terry mcauliffe. >> sleep when you're dead. we have got 24 hours to bring this baby home and keep virginia moving blue.
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just taking to the stage. he has a rally in leesburg, virginia. as i said, this is going to be close. a nail biter. edge of your seat. we will be covering it all tomorrow evening. i will be here with you. in the evening. until the wee hours. until this comes to -- until we know. so the polls open in just hours on election day in that state. there you see glenn youngkin taking the to stage. the governor's race looking closer than close. let's get right to the analysis, shall we? larry sabato's the director of the center for politics at the university of virginia. he knows virginia like no one else. and mark mckinnon is a former adviser to george w. bush and john mccain and the executive producer of "the circus" on he sho-time. i enjoyed every minute of that this weekend. so he knows this business like nobody else, meaning the business of politics. gentlemen, good evening. larry, i'm going to get right to you. tomorrow at this time we're going to be counting the votes. give us your prediction, your famous crystal ball. what does it say?
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>> well, we have it as leans democrat, meaning to mcauliffe, since the spring. but we've tilted it to the republicans, although we still think it's very close and competitive. and the mcauliffe campaign gave me 14,000 statistics to prove that this evening. so i'd say it's very close and competitive. it really boils down to what kind of lead terry mcauliffe has in the early vote that will be released first. that is, the 1.1 to 1.2 million people who voted in person early or by mail starting september 17th and ending on saturday. if he has a big enough lead, then he can survive what's likely to be a youngkin wave on election day. republicans are more inclined to vote on election day. if he doesn't have that long a lead, then sometime around 11:00 just to pick a time youngkin could go ahead or mcauliffe to
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stay. >> let's talk, mark, after -- after watching "the circus" this weekend, i learned a lot. and they talked a lot about biden and what democrats are doing in washington. you interviewed some of those democrats. this is biden's approval rating, a cnn poll of polls. and it is an approval rating of 42%. how big a factor is this president, his stalled agenda and all of that, the polls? how big a factor is that in virginia for voters there? >> well, not helpful obviously. but i think the thing that youngkin has done really well is localize the election and not nationalize it. mcauliffe has tried to nationalize it, make it all about trump. and what youngkin has done a really artful job of is keeping trump at arm's length. he's motivating the base at the same time he's not hugging trump closely enough so he's attracting support from independent and soft democrats -- and conservative democrats. and he's doing it because there's an anxiety among voters,
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particularly about schools, and he's really tapped that anxiety. some of it's about critical race theory and targeted messaging. more broadly, it's about mask mandates and vaccines. but he's really tapped into that and has done -- and if he wins, this is going to be a road map for republicans on how they run. and the interesting thing is he's done it by keeping trump at arm's length while mcauliffe has tried to hug him up. >> as my grandmother and my mom would say, there are certain people you treat with a long-handle spoon. >> he's got a really long handle. >> it's the whole cooking thing. you stir the gumbo with a long handle spoon because you don't want to touch it. it's hot but you need to do it. i think he's doing very well by doing that. i've got to ask you, larry, let's talk about this voter turnout again. right? you said that democrats may have banked a lot of early votes. but both campaigns are saying that they think the turnout could top 3 million voters in total. that is a big number. both camps are taking it as a
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positive sign. what do you think about that? >> well, it means there's a lot of attention and interest in and excitement about this race. partly, don, because every news channel has been covering this about every hour. and that does have an impact over time. but of course what really matters is which combination of voters are showing up. this is the real advantage that youngkin has. the fact that republicans have been charged up. they're angry at biden. they're angry at the congressional democrats. they're angry that trump lost. they're angry about education and some of the issues that were just mentioned there. but i also think the democrats may be getting more interested right at the end. they're certainly trying to do it. whether they can do it or not we'll find out tomorrow. but you know, trump was back at it today with this long, incredibly enthusiastic
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endorsement of youngkin while saying truly horrible things that i won't repeat about terry mcauliffe. so it's hard to separate trump from youngkin. yes, they never appeared together. but trump has endorsed youngkin seven or eight times. and a couple times just very recently, like today. >> yeah. well, it's interesting the more i think about it because mark, basically what he's saying is -- i think this is a question more broadly for all republicans, especially those who are running, right? who want to stay in office. what does it say that youngkin is saying i want your voters but i don't want you? do you know what i'm saying, mark? >> yeah, i know exactly what you're saying. and i think that's why i'm saying this is a potential road map for the future. the problem for republicans more broadly is that they've got trump on the windshield when he should be in the rearview mirror. >> right. >> they've got a lot of advantages right now as they
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typically do going into a midterm. the only drag on them right now is donald trump. and that's why youngkin is showing the way forward, like get trump behind us and let's find a new road map forward. >> youngkin tonight -- excuse me, mcauliffe said youngkin was doing an event with trump, which is not true. are democrats putting way too much stock in this anti-trump moment? is that enough to win when he's really not on the ballot? >> 100%. great point, don. i mean, the fact is democrats need to have -- to articulate a vision for the future and for the anxiety people are feeling right now. and that's what youngkin's tapping into. all mcauliffe is doing is saying this is all about trump. and voters are saying i've got some concerns about my schools, my neighborhoods, what's going on around me and youngkin has done a really great job of taking the tip o'neill playbook by saying all politics is local. >> listen, larry, youngkin has really hammered home the parental rights and education issues that have a lot of voters fired up. in fact, tonight his last rally before the election day he called it a parents matter rally.
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you say all this is where all the momentum is. i think you're agreeing with mark with this, right? >> yeah, i'm agreeing. except that we need to define parents better. republican parents. republican-leaning independent parents. it's a matter of maximizing their turnout. he's not winning many biden voters. some of them aren't voting because they're disillusioned about biden and disillusioned about the congressional democrats. but that's different than attracting a big percentage of biden voters. these are republican issues and youngkin is attracting republican turnouts that are very large compared to what we've seen in other governor's races. >> yeah. well, we will know tomorrow night about this time maybe, close to this time. we'll know something by the end of the night. i enjoy having this conversation with you guys. thank you very much. i'll see you soon. probably tomorrow. >> kick it. >> thank you. kick it. we've got more on tomorrow's elections.
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so in addition to the governor's race in virginia voters in several major democratic cities are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in mayoral races. five to keep an eye on, okay? are you ready? minneapolis, boston, buffalo, new york city, and atlanta. now, the races are a bellwether
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for where the democratic party stands on several critical issues including policing. joining me now, cnn's senior political analyst john avlon. john, good evening, sir. >> good evening. >> so all of the stuff that we talked about over the last couple years, policing, everything, it's all coming together tomorrow night. let's start with minneapolis because we know what happened over there. there was a huge debate over what to do with police in the wake of george floyd's murder. and then there's an amendment on the ballot that could end up replacing the city's police department with a department of public safety. is minneapolis putting defund the police to a vote? is that what this is? or am i wrong? >> i mean, basically yes. but i think it highlights what a disastrous slogan defund the police has been. because if you dig an inch beneath the surface folks say look, that's not really what it means. here's what the amendment would do. it would take the police department out of the city charter, replace it with a department of public safety. but it would also remove the requirement to hire a certain number of officers at a time when violent crime is spiking in
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minneapolis. and it would split authority for the police department between the mayor and the city council. so it's not literally defunding the police but it is putting a lot of those ideas into place at a time when crime is spiking and incumbent mayor jacob frey is really fighting for his political life against 16 challengers right now. >> wow. okay. that one is going to be one to watch. let's talk about races in atlanta and new york. that's where the candidates are focusing on how to address spikes in violent crime. eric adams here in new york has run a very tough on crime campaign. is public safety one of the biggest issues voters are looking at right now? you just talked about minneapolis, talked about the issue of crime and what an issue of a department of public safety. what about here? >> in new york city decades of crime decline, really seeing an uptick in recent years. so eric adams ran a centrist campaign saying he was going to be tough on crime but also tough on police abuse of power. and he can speak with some credibility as a former retired
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captain. curtis sliwa, the republican running, also saying he's going to be tough on crime. so this is really an area where he was able to outflank a lot of democrats to his left, eric adams. and he looks at a 7-1 democratic city in the pole position heading into tomorrow's vote. not in small part because he has promised to bring crime down and bring businesses back to the city after the covid pandemic. >> crime was up and now it's going back down. is that correct? >> slightly. last year's numbers, because we obviously don't have the total numbers, were very high compared to -- they're still far lower than they were in the 1990s, just a reality check. >> i lived here in the 1990s. look, when i see all the pictures, i happen to be watching the conservative channel because that was the only option then. so i'm watching and i'm like wow, new york city looks like a hellhole there. but i live in new york and walk around every single day and i mean it does not resemble what is -- you know. >> you know, sometimes political perceptions bear very little to do with reality.
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but you can't faint or shade shootings and murders. in new york they've been spiking. you may have seen short-term declines but it's an issue on the front burner of people's minds and public safety is fundamental to people's quality of life. you don't have that everything else falls apart. >> absolutely. very true. because listen, during the pandemic it was the crime was terrible. i'll get to atlanta. can we take that down? i'm not done with this part yet. so -- thank you very much. during covid, during 2020 it was high. as you said it's going back down. and it is still not great. and also i know people who were mugged and hadn't been mugged -- hadn't been mugged in decades. so it's something that's very important to the people here in new york. but i've been watching some like -- new york city does not look like the hellhole that they're portraying it to be. >> no. we're far from "escape from new york." >> okay. so let's talk about atlanta. let's put the atlanta map up right now. because you know, you have eric adams, who's a moderate there.
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and then you have this incredibly contentious race that's happening in atlanta right there. kasim reed is back, once the man. and you have all these other folks on the ticket as well. what do you know about this? >> keisha lance bottoms declining to run for re-election in part because of the combination of covid and crime. kasim reed, former two-term mayor of atlanta, trying to mount a big comeback. one of his big competitors is the president of the city council. atlanta a major american city. in the world series right now. but there's a lot of divisions in that city that have been bubbling up. so it is a tough job. it's going to be i atough-fought race. if any one candidate doesn't clear 50% this one's going to a runoff at the end of the month. >> okay. now buffalo. there's an incredibly intense race happening there that could result in the first socialist mayor of a major american city in more than six decades. a lot of big name progressives have endorsed democratic socialist candidate india walton over incumbent mayor byron
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brown. what do we watch for there? >> this is a fascinating race. right? because it is being seen by democratic progressives and socialists as a bellwether. ms. walton really blew the doors off the four-term incumbent byron brown in a low turnout democratic primary, but he is mounting a comeback in the general election as a write-in candidate. now, that sounds like a mission impossible. lisa murkowski pulled it off in the senate in alaska a few decades ago. but the issue will be if there's a general election turnout does it counterweight the momentum she had on the progressive side of the aisle? as you say, no socialist mayor of a major american city in six decades. apologies to bernie sanders in burlington, who did fit that mold but apparently burlington not quite hitting that demographic threshold. >> mr. avlon, when you look at all these races, there's a lot that he with learn about where the country is tomorrow, right? do you think it's going to help the democratic party get on the same page in terms of their messaging? because you know i've been very critical, as a lot of people, about democrats and the
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messaging. and i think they've got the point now but i don't know if they can manage to pull it together. what do you think tomorrow will bring? >> the results will tell a lot. now, here's the deal. what i think people misunderstand about major american cities that are predominantly democrat, is they are not as stereotypically liberal as people who live outside those cities may think and there is a strong pragmatic streak. the democratic party is now evenly divided between self-identified liberals and moderates. republican party moderates are a vanishing breed. but these elections locally will test the notion that all politics is local. it will remind folks that you can't take rising crime for granted or dismiss it as some other kind of concern. and that you know, as fiorello laguardia said there's no democrat, republican, or socialist way to clean the streets, this is about getting things done. whatever the results are the message it should send to washington is get things done for people and they will respond. if you dither and stay divided, a lot of them will stay home. >> amen. crime, as we talked about, here in new york city, that is the number one thing they need to get. and the economy. but people want to be safe.
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and so right on. thank you very much for that. i know what john is going to be watching tomorrow night. what he's going to be doing. >> i'm going to be with you. >> make sure you watch us. cnn coverage election night in america starting tomorrow 6:00 p.m. eastern time. and i'm going to be right here way into the night with the results as they come in. you don't want to miss it. so up next the incredible number of americans who say violence is justified to "save the country." stay with us. just one pill a day. 24 hours. zero heartburn. because life starts when heartburn stops. take the challenge at prilosecotc dot com. [ marcia ] my dental health was not good. i had periodontal disease, and i just didn't feel well. but then i found clearchoice. [ forde ] replacing marcia's teeth with dental implants at clearchoice was going to afford her that permanent solution. [ marcia ] clearchoice dental implants gave me the ability to take on the world.
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okay. i want you to take a look at this. this is a poll that shows 30% of republicans say that this statement is true. 30%. "because things have gotten so far off track true american patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country." 30% of republicans say that that's true right now. this coming from a poll conducted by the public religion
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research institute. and that group's ceo robert jones joins me now. he's also the author of "white too long." the legacy of white supremacy in american christianity. mr. jones, we're so happy to have you here. thank you very much. i appreciate you joining tonight. >> oh, thanks for having me. >> look, i found this zurk. disturbing. your poll says 30% of republicans believe violence is justified to save the country. what's the threat that they think they're saving america from? >> yeah. well, we have a couple of other clues actually in the poll itself. you're right, it's deeply troubling. i can say that as someone who's been doing social science surveys for a couple decades now. and when you see a finding like this, it is alarming and something we should be paying attention to. the clues that we have in the poll about what this is really about is it is tightly linked to the belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from donald trump. in fact, among that group -- >> yeah, let me put that up for you. 68% of republicans think the election was stolen from trump, even though it's been proven
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over and over to be false. so go on. >> yeah. and among that group, the proportion of that group that believes that violence may be justified, is 4 in 10, not 3 in 10. >> wow. >> it actually jumps. it's linked to that. and what we know about that is save the country from what? from who? is the question that gets begged here. and in the survey we asked another question that's highly correlated to this. and we asked about whether the country has changed for the better or changed for the worse since the 1950s. that question actually divides the country in half with about 2/3 of republicans say it's changed for the worse since the 1950s and about 2/3 of democrats saying it's changed for the better since the 1950s. and so you combine that with the make america great again, right? that backward-looking again rhetoric. and the picture comes together pretty clearly. it really is a kind of of 1950s america. and particularly i should say where white christian --
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conservative white christians held sway in the country. and that's a group that now makes up, again, about 2/3 of the republican base. >> wow. they keep proving what -- okay. let's just move on. i think it's obvious. so you break down the republicans who believe that the election was stolen into their tv habits. okay? this is very interesting. everyone pay attention. 82% of republicans who watch fox news believe the big lie. then there's, believe it or not, even further right-wing outlets like oan and news maxx. and for those 97% of their views believe it. i want you to just look at some of the lies that they're being fed on these networks. lies. watch this. >> you have a group of corrupt people who have absolute contempt for the american people, who believe that we're so spineless, so cowardly, so unwilling to stand up for
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ourselves that they can steal the presidency. >> it is a national disgrace how some states have handled this election. >> we cannot allow america's election to be corrupted. we cannot. >> stop letting people tell you that we don't have the evidence, because we do. and this is only going to continue. this fraud will continue and america will be doomed for the next 20 years. >> okay. so there's no evidence. it has been proven not to be true over and over and over again by republican election officials. fox -- and the supreme court. fox, oan, they're not going to quit the big lie anytime soon. so where does this lead us? >> well, nowhere good. i think what we're seeing in the data here is the effectiveness and the result of that message over and over and over again. and it coalesces and it's actually -- it's stunning to see in a poll 97% of any subgroup believing anything, right?
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that's an extraordinarily high number. and yet for those viewers of like one america news and newsmax nearly unanimous believing that the election was stolen. but again, it's notable that there's kind of two big lies here. one is about the election. but the bigger lie right behind all that is that the country has been stolen from them. so once you've spent four years and five if you count the campaign of the trump years telling people that their country has been stolen from them, it's only a small step to say that the election was stolen if something much bigger than that has been stolen from them. and i think that really did seed the ground for these views. >> it's really frightening. i mean, do you think that this all came out of the trump presidency or was it here already? would we be seeing people believing in all of these lies, in all of this craziness if it were not for him? >> you know, it really did get ramped up. i should say there's a longer rhetoric. the republicans' southern strategy began really in the civil rights era and post civil
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rights was all about telling disgruntled white americans that their country was being stolen from them. and this is really in some ways a kind of new chapter of that long sordid history. it did get revved up i think in the trump years. and one thing that really changed, though, is that the country has changed. during barack obama's presidency, for example, the country actually went from demographically speaking being a majority white christian country. it was 54% white and christian in 2008. to being one that is no longer a majority white christian country. it's 44% white and christian today. and i think that reality setting in has led to a kind of identity crisis among many conservative white christians where absent legal methods to kind of roll back the clock there's a kind of desperation, a very anti-democratic reach for other means that when democratic processes have failed. >> there's something i read about, i call it the last gasp of white supremacy and what you're talking about, and i
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believe that to be so. the desperation as you call it. let's put up robert's book again. robert p. jones, i appreciate that. his book, i want to make sure we get it in there. it's called "white too long: a legacy of white supremacy and america christianity." thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. >> president biden apologizing on the world stage for something the former president did. just the soothing vicks' vapor for the whole family. introducing new vicks vapostick.
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we are now just hours away from the polls opening in virginia where democrat terry mcauliffe and republican glenn youngkin are battling it out to become the next governor. and tonight, the race and its implications for next year's important midterm elections, too close to call. we are learning the former
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