tv The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN November 3, 2021 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT
political fallout from the republican victory in the virginia governor's race and the razor-close contest for new jersey governor that's still playing out tonight. also this hour, young children are finally getting covid-19 vaccines after the cdc gave the final green light. what will it mean for the pandemic now that nearly 95% of all americans are actually eligible to get a shot? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. we begin this hour with president biden speaking out as election night results are giving democrats nightmares about the future and triggering finger-pointing within the party. let's go to our chief national correspondent jeff zeleny. jeff, we heard from the president just a little while ago and he was asked if he took
responsibility for his party's loss in virginia. >> president biden stopped short of claiming responsibility, but he knows the american people want washington to get things done, but he did also say that the big defeat of terry mcauliffe, the form former democratic governor there was caused by that gridlock in washington and he did call on congress to act. >> i think it should have passed before election day, but i'm not sure that i would have been able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who are trump voters, but maybe. maybe. >> of course, there were so many more voters as conservative voters in red districts and there were those independent suburban voters who helped launch joe biden right here to the white house, but the
president also gave voice to the frustrations being felt by americans. >> there's a whole lot of confusion. everything from are you ever going to get covid under control? to are my kids going to in school? are they going to be able to stay in school? to whether or not i'm going to get a tax break that allows me to be able to pay for the needs of my kids and my family. >> so the president certainly explaining how voters are feeling, but yet did not say what would change in the coming days and to get his agenda through congress. he did say he still is hopeful that the house and senate will work out their differences, which, of course, remain large. he said simply, wolf, get it to my desk. >> jeff, i want you to stay with us and i'll bring you back into our analysis and i want to get you on the election results and the political impact and the new
jersey race that's too close to call. arlette saenz is with us. the midterm elections in mind. >> they certainly are, wolf, and republicans delivered a major blow to democrats in the first major election since president biden took office. that gop upset in virginia as well as that closer than expected governor's race in new jersey is revealing telling signs about the mood of the country and the issues that are animating voters as both parties are looking for lessons heading into next year's midterms. >> republicans riding high after election night. >> virginia, we won this thing. >> virginia electing gop businessman glen youngkin as governor just one year after the commonwealth helped send joe biden to the white house with the win. >> so on day one we're going to
work. >> democrats terry mcauliffe who once successfully made donald trump his main campaign target conceding this morning saying while last night we came up short i am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in. some democrats chocking up the loss to inaction on the president's agenda. >> what went wrong last night? >> failure to deliver. >> our inability to come together to get a result hurt him. >> voters put democrats on notice in new jersey where biden won by 16 points. >> we're all sorry that tonight could not yet be the celebration we wanted it to be. >> the republican drumbeat sounding new alarms for president biden who returned from a trip abroad overnight to a new political landscape. ? virginia the majority disapproved of the president's
performance and those who fueled biden's 2020 win expanded support in rural areas won by trump. >> friends, this is where our government will go. we will go to the people, for the people and of the people. >> with republicans tapping into parentses' frustrations over schooling. from masks to what their children are taught. >> he touched a nerve, and i think those on the democratic side have to sit back and think about how we address that. >> throughout the race youngkin kept trump at arm's length focusing on issues, with a blueprint heading into 2022. >> it could be one of the biggest election losses for democrats. in other parts of the country, centrist democrats showing signs of strength with eric adams elected mayor of new york city
and to replace the police department with the department of public safety. and history also made with women of color elected for the first time as virj's lieutenant governor and boston's next mayor. after last night's results, republicans are expanding their targets from 57 to 70 house districts heading into next year's mid-term elections hoping to flip those from blue to red including activity rikts in the state of virginia. they're trying to absorb the lessons learned, as they're facing an uphill crime and a whole bunch of governor's races, arlette, saenz, they, very, very much and merckal smerconish for
the gop and they were caused by surprise ask right now we have want been able to project the win are, at least want yet. what message are voters sending to democrats? >> many messages and i watched the first hour of the program, wolf, and i think there's been a lot of excellent analysis they buy into, but let me give you something new. republicans have better issues and when i say better i'm not speaking about the merit of them. better defined as issues that drive people to the polls, issues that engender passion, think inflation, think parenting meaning the education issue in virginia, think border control. meanwhile the democrats are talking about worthy things like the size of the societal safety net or climate change, but they are not the type of issues that fire people up in a mid-term election to go to the polls.
that's a really, really important poll you make, michael. the president says his legislative agenda should have passed before election day, but he's not sure it would have really made a difference while democrats were fighting over his spending plan, did they lose sight of some of the basic problems people are facing. as michael points out, the rising prices and the never-ending covity restrictions. yeah. i think a lot of the anxiety and the stress and the pressure of living in this covid economy and a covid reality that biden got elected to solve the covid problem and certainly made strides with vaccines, but people are still sick of some of the things that are going on in their houses and workplaces and day cares and schools in terms of a covid in any number of other issues. bee see these nba long trek,
listen if yer a republican or democrat, you might disagree, why you think it is going in the wrong direction and democrats have lost sight of that getting bogged down in the sausage making of these bills, right? the two infrastructure bill, and i think that one of the things that also might be important to note is it isn't even clear that once they get those passed, it looks like they'll get some version of them passed. will that even be enough going into 2022 when voters go to the polls in 2022 if the economy is still where it is right now? if gas prices are still so high and if inflation is still a problem and if there's this anti-incumbent moves as well as this perennial problem that democrats have and that is that they don't often turn out
african-american voters and young voters at the same rate in these off-year elections as they do in presidential years and it showed up in a big way last night. jeff, you've been reporting from on the ground in virginia. how bad did they miscalculate what voters seized on especially education. >> certainly education emerged as one of the top issues and it was a catch-all for so many things and it was also about the role of government in your lives and simply, voters were rejecting what has just been an extraordinary year and a half, almost two years in the wave of the pandemic. so many schools were closed during that period upo. the mandates, et cetera. voters were responding to that, and democrats were not talking
about the same issues and more interestingly, terry mcauliffe has been around for a very long time and a former governor of the commonwealth of virginia. many democrats i talked to believe he underestimated this newcomer and most people have never heard of businessman glen koungwin and he caught on over the last couple of months, and the strength of his message and the appeal of an outer, but what happened is this pendulum of american politics swung back again. history will show that only once in the last four decades has the virginia, the governor winner been in the same party and usually it's the opposite and it is a referendum on the president's party. what this can be is a wake-up call for democrats to pass an agenda and explain their message more to the american people and it's also a big warning call for what history also shows is often a very bruising mid-term election for the president's party in power.
>> after the first two years of a new administration. >> mike, do you think other republicans that we have the playbook. others can successfully walk this fine line with the former president donald trump. >> well, it's a two-way street. it requires a candidate that can keep the former president at arm's length and to me this is one of the biggest surprises in the virginia race. it requires donald trump to be okay with that. i was surprised by his level of restraint, wolf, especially when in the final 48 hours it seemed like the big moaz bush 41 would have said the momentum was at the back of youngkin. i'm sure trump wanted to go to alexandria, as he said in a tweet that he was contemplating doing. so will the former president continue to have a sufficient level of restraint with republican candidate? will he allow them to stay at arm's length? that remains to be seen.
>> yeah. good point. you would think what happened was a wake-up call for democrat, and today they're back to squabbling amongst themselves of what's in and what's out of the president's economic plan. they still don't seem to have a specific strategy, at least not yet, do they? >> no, they don't. you've seen a move on the house side to put the paid family leave back in. it doesn't look like that would actually pass the senate. there is a broad ideological and racial and socioeconomic diversity in the democratic party and sometimes that is a strength and sometimes it is a hindrance, and we see that now with negotiations trying to knit together something that joe manchin likes and bernie sanders likes as well as the aoc progressive wing of the party, and you see how that has hindered them so far and really delayed this and perhaps
hampered some of the chances of some of these democrats that we saw lose last night. i think another issue they have to figure out is this culture war issue. we talked a bit about it, some of the things that they weren't able to address particularly in the virginia race with critical race theory and the bogeyman of people reading a beloved in high schools, and that was a passionate issue, and democrats never had a real answer for it. that's how they will figure out on being on the losing end of these culture wars which republicans have been expert at playing in many cycles as we've seen over these last years. >> terry mcauliffe should never have said that parents shouldn't have a role in their children's education. that's very, very -- i'm paraphrasing, but that was very, very damaging to his campaign. all right, guys, thank you very,
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built for small business. high thryv! ow. get a free demo at thryv.com. the election results especially the strong republicans showing in capturing the virginia governor's office had some democrats in washington questioning their party's agenda and tactics. late this afternoon over at the white house, president biden sidestepped taking any blame and told reporters the democrats' best hope is to, quote, get things done. let's get reaction from democratic senator chris murphy. thanks so much for joining us. as you heard the president said
he recognizes that people want their government to get things done is the fact that democrats have struggled to deliver results responsible at least in part for last night's devastating blow to the party? >> i don't think it was helpful that during the closing weeks of the governor's races, the focus on the sausage making factor of washington rather than the results that we can deliver to people and i also understand how these races are different. i think there are a lot of local factors on the ground in new jersey and virginia that have something to do with those results, as well. there are other places around the country where democrats did okay. in connecticut, we picked up a handful of mayors' seats. i was talking to new hampshire senators and the democrats netted gains in the granite state. i ultimately think this is about a complex array of factors on a state by state basis and we str to get this done so people can
change lives and that's going to be really popular and it's time that we wrap things up so that we can start delivering real results and cost reductions to americans. >> senator, i want you to listen to your colleague, virginia democratic senator mark warner. listen to how he put it. >> only in washington could people think that it is a smart strategy to take a once in a generation investment infrastructure and prevent your president from signing that bill into law. >> because that bill passed the senate 69 votes, 19 republicans voted for it. back in august it then went to the house and it's been delayed and delayed and delayed. do you agree with your fellow democratic senator that this should have been passed right away in the house and let the president sign it into law and deal with the reconciliation package separately? >> listen, i don't give my house
colleagues advice on how to structure their business. many of them wanted to pass these two piece of legislation together because they thought that was a way to make sure in the end we get the biggest cost savings for our constituents. the idea was that by putting them together we might be able to get more help for people to afford child care, for instance. we might be able to get a bigger commitment to expand medicare. again, i don't want to read too much into the impact that our debate in washington has on the state races and i'm sure it wasn't helpful for us to pass those pieces of legislation and i imagine there are more local factors that are much more important. >> at least the infrastructure and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a huge infrastructure package like that was going to be going forward and at least that should have passed and they think it should have made a difference, but we
shall see. >> the house speaker nancy pelosi is putting paid family leave into the bigger 1.75 trillion reconciliation bill, but senator joe manchin, your democratic colleague still says he's against him. so how and when does the infighting stop? >> ultimately, this bill has to pass both chambers and that's difficult in both places because we're operating with razor-thin majorities. if speaker pelosi can pass paid leave in the house i'm glad because i support getting paid leave to parents and we're the only country in the high-income world that doesn't provide some ability to get paid when you're home with a new child or you're taking care of a sick relative, but i don't know whether that can get 50 votes in the united states senate and maybe by passing the house and rallying the american public around this very popular proposal, it could change people's minds in the senate, but ultimately, i think it's time to get something done
and frankly, what we have in the framework already reducing people's child care costs by $10,000 putting tax cuts into the hands of 90% of families with kids and that's going to make a big, big difference and i want to make sure we get something done. >> senator murphy, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> coming up, a closer look at the political novice who took on the democratic party legend and now will be the next governor of virginia.
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tonight, as democrats reel from a painful loss in the virginia governor's race, president biden is declining to take the blame for what went wrong. republicans are, in turn, celebrating the victory and studdi studying glen youngkin's playbook. he clearly got the job done. >> he certainly did, wolf. a key question tonight is how is glen youngkin going to actually govern? will he veer toward trump-style conservatism or remain moderate? so little is known about the former financier. >> a campaign that came from nowhere -- >> a political novice who displayed extraordinary political savvy on the campaign trail takes the reins in virginia and is already considered a supernofa on the national stage. >> he is a rising star in virginia republican politics and given the national exposure he's
gotten over the last several weeks he will be that, as well. >> glen youngkin will be as at the carlyle group accessing a sizeable fortune. one friday afternoon he asked his wife to go for a walk with him. he bristled. i told her i was going to quit my job the next day and i was going to run for governor and she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said are you having a mid life crisis. [ laughter ] i told her no, i'm having a virginia crisis. >> the 6'5", former bench warmer on the rice university basketball team grew up near richmond in virginia beach and after college went to harvard business school. >> how are you? >> known for being folksy, humble and religious, is reported to have had a cuss jar that foul-mouthed staffers had to put money into. the father of four is also said to be an intense competitor. youngkin found the edge to win
in virginia by placing some distance between himself and donald trump while still accepting trump's endorsement and appealing to trump's base supporters in virginia. he listened to them carefully and he told them on many issues he supported what trump stood for, but he never appeared at the same time physically with mr. trump. >> how will glen youngkin govern? >> on social issues he is very conservative and i don't think virginiians fully know that. >> youngkin wants to curtail abortion rights, he's against gay marriage and against defunding police and in schools -- >> i will ban critical race theory. >> that's the idea that racism is not just the product of individual prejudice, but something embedded in legal systems and policies. while youngkin says he'll ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools it is already not officially in the curriculum in virginia. youngkin's principal weakness is
that he's never held public office before and still after his stunning win in virginia, higher office could be in his future. >> look at the guy. projects a great image and looks like a suburban dad, has great khakis and is worth $400 million and now he's going to be governor of one of the key swing states. >> but professor larry sabato says the specter of donald trump will continue to hang over glen youngkin. it trump run again it would put him in a difficult position because he pledged to support trump in 2024, so youngkin could have to campaign for trump in a state where trump lost twice before. wolf? >> his career at the carlyle group in washington was very, very successful. brian todd reporting for us, thank you very much. >> let's bring in the former republican governor of ohio. cnn senior governor john kasich and thanks so much for joining us. glen youngkin will have to
navigate this uncertain relationship with donald trump in the years to come from a former governor to a future governor, what's your advice to him? >> just do your job. it will be sitting around worried about whether donald trump likes you or not. you have issues you have in virginia. put the politics aside. you can't calculate where you want to be or where you want to go, just do your job and if it works out the next job will come along, and by the way, wolf, i do want to welcome you back to the united states and i guarantee you the pope wanted to see you more than you wanted to see biden because the pope knows where you are. >> not so sure about that. >> with youngkin's success, governor, specific to this particular race in virginia or do you think it could be replicated by other republican candidates across the country. >> you know, wolf. i think we all know what happened. the republicans were fired up and part of the reason why they were fired up was because terry
mcauliffe tried to make trump the issue. so it got republicans riled up to some degree in that trump base. secondly, if you took a look at the people that showed up for the rallies, the republican had tremendous rallies. they were strong, enthusiastic and there was no energy on the democratic side and so the intensity was always republican. some of that is natural because it's a reaction to the party in power, but what's interesting about it is that a lot of those republicans who voted for biden have come back to the party and i think democrats have confused themselves that they were voting for biden. a lot of these suburban folks were voting against donald trump. they couldn't stand the way he was, and remember another thing, wolf. as much as virginia has become blue, there is a sort of fundamental conservatism embedded in virginia. so all of those things work together and terry mcauliffe is
a good man and i don't know if he made the case as to how he was in the first term and he spent too much time talking about donald trump. >> john kasich, as usual, thanks very much. >> okay, wolf. thanks very much. just ahead, what parents need to know right now about the newe new eligibility of pfizer's covid vaccine and why health experts are urging them to get their young kids vaccinated. sc. if you're committed to earning your degree, we're committed to making it accessible. because we believe everybody deserves a chance. and sometimes one chance is all it takes to change everything. see what scholarship opportunities you may qualify for at phoenix.edu ♪ ♪
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coronavirus response. andy, thanks very much for joining us. now that the cdc has authorized covid vaccines for kids 5 and older, nearly 95% of all americans are eligible to get a shot. how significant is this moment in this fight against covid? >> well, look, i think it means a lot to families and it means a lot to schools. it means a lot to kids and i know there will be a lot of people out there racing to get vaccinated and the big difference the way this is coming at us and the way vaccines for adults came at us is there will be 28,000 or so pediatricians that will be able to vaccinate kids and for parent, many who know they want to vaccinate kids and who want to have a conversation before they make a decision, they get to do that with their pediatrician which is wonderful news. >> which is so, so important. polls show that 27% of parents want to get their children vaccinated immediately, about a
third say they want to wait and see. what tools should the white house be using right now to try to persuade parents who might still be on the fence? >> first of all, that's not surprising, you know. if you look at vaccinations by age it starts with people in their '80s and it goes down to people in their teens that are 50% 60% vaccinated and i don't think your expectation should be that we have more than that level of vaccinations. i think the number one thing that should be deployed is just very simply, just go talk to their pediatricians, and they're able to talk to parents about vaccines and they're better at it than any other medical profession. these vaccines have been in people's arms so they're very, very safe. this is a very small dose, and i think most parents, if they do
have questions that are in the 30%, they'll talk to the pediatrician and most will decide it will make sense to vaccinate their kids. >> the pfizer vaccine 5 to 11 is much smaller that dose than the dose for adults. dr. anthony fauci says it is unlikely the u.s. will ever be able to eliminate completely covid and we should focus on moving from a pandemic phase to what he calls a control phase. what exactly would that look like? >> i think the way we should look at it is we have a number of tools now that we've never had before and we'll have even more. we have vaccines. we have rapid tests. we are about to have a pill, an antiviral pill like a tamiflu that you'll be able to take if you get vaccinated and we'll have masks and more tools will come over time, and as we have all these tools, these tools make it possible to very much live with covid as long as we take common sense protections and take them over time. so if we do end up in that stage
and i don't think we're in that stage yet, then it will be up to us as americans ultimately whether we ultimately decide to use the tools or not and they can be very, very safe and lead a very, very normal life and for people who choose not to who say i don't want to get vaccinated and i don't want to wear a mask, et cetera, and they'll be putting themselves at risk. >> andy slavitt, as usual, thank you very much for joining us. >> happy to. thank for having me. >> thank you. coming up, the political pendulum swings toward the republicans a year after democrats capture the white house in both houses of congress. up next, we'll take a closer look at the context and look ahead to presidential historian ahead to presidential historian doris goodwin is standing by. they drove to safelite for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service the way you need it. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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president biden is putting his spin on the wake-up call he got from voters last night. we won't know the full impact of what happened until next year's midterms and beyond. let's discuss with the presidential historian doris goodwin. she's the author of "leadership in turbulent times." i want to begin with your thoughts on last night's election results and it appears w we're seeing the political pendulum swing back. if history is a guide, should we be surprised by that? >> i think what history will tell us is that we are in such an era that we should be humbled about making huge pendulum swings. just late last bring, think about it, when the covid relief package passed and when it looked like covid was getting
under control and there was talk of all these big infrastructure projects, everyone was talking about we have a new progressive era here and it's changed since ronald reagan and here we are. lots happened between then and now and i do think something about government not being able to fulfill its promises had something to do with it, but i don't know that we should make big predictions yet. >> for a long time, we've been told it's the economy, stupid. did we see further proof of that last night? >> without a question. what people are seeing about the gas tax happening and covid not completely under control and people feel their daily lives and that's the real interesting thing that what democrats were talking about are changes that might potentially change the daily lives of people and it's interesting to think what would have happened if it had gotten done and once you get that preschool for people who are 3 and 4 years old, that's lasting change. you're not going to be able to
take that away once you get the enshrinement of climate control into law and $550 billion, you're not going to be able to take that away, once you get bridges and highways and somehow they weren't so perhaps, it will work and the question was will that change people's daily lives enough by the midterms to make them feel, again, our lives are changed? but that's what counts, what you feel in your daily life. >> as you correctly point out, democrats, so far, have been unable to pass these two big bills, despite the fact that they have a narrow window to enact what's called real transformative change right now. are there historic examples of similar opportunities that we should be learning from? >> well, you know what's interesting? this is a very narrow window and that's important to remember. it's just 50-50. lbj, in 1964, wins this landslide election and the great thing is he goes to his white house staff and he said, okay, i have won by 15 million votes but
maybe, in a few weeks, i will have a fight with congress and i will lose a couple million. and then, i'm not gold water anymore so i will lose another couple million. and then, sadly, predicted i might have to send boys into combat and lose some more so get your asses off the ground and get my bills passed and incredibly, that narrow window of opportunity, everything passed. medicare, medicaid, aid to education, voting rights, immigration reform, mpr, pbs, and by august, when the war was beginning to escalate, things were already beginning to turn. the 1966 midterms would go against the democrats. and that window had closed so these windows are very narrow and i think that's why the democrats have to take advantage active if they are going to want to make this happen. >> and we know that parts of these plans right now are popular with americans, and yet voters don't seem to know what's in them exactly. is that a failure of messaging that we are seeing?
>> i think it's even more than a failure of messaging. messaging makes it sound like marketing. i mean, one of the most important responsibilities of an administration is the president has the bully pulpit and you educate the public and you change public sentiment. and somehow, these bills -- all these provisions, they later said were popular, but somehow people say they didn't even know they were in the bills or they thought the bills might hurt them and i think that's what we have got to figure out. the -- the government has to figure out how to educate people to what these bills are, what's in them, how it will change their lives. maybe, once they get passed, they will see it but right now, somehow that was a failure. there is no question about that. old harry truman said the buck stops here and i understand president biden saying that there were many complications of what was going on in virginia and it may not have had to do with the passage of these bills, which would have helped ahead of time. but in the end, he is the head of the republican -- he is the head of the -- he is the head of the democratic party and there is a sense of responsibility and i think he took it but you got to take it directly. harry truman is probably the
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investigations into the january 6th insurrection. let's go to our congressional correspondent ryan nobles. ryan, are former-president trump's lawyers trying to drag this fight out? >> yeah, they are, wolf. and that's going to come to a flash point tomorrow in washington, d.c.'s district court and that's where a judge is going to hear arguments from trump and his associates and their attempt to defend executive privilege, and keep secret some-700 documents that the committee ask inis interest getting from the national archives from the trump administration during the time around the january 6th insurrection. trump's lawyers arguing they believe these documents are nothing more than a political witch hunt. that the committee's already decided they are going to conclude the president is responsible for what happened on january 6th and they believe each individual document should be reviewed by the court before it's handed over to the january 6th committee. now, this judge could make a decision on the release of this
information from the bench tomorrow at the end of this hearing. of course, the committee believes they should have access to this material. and so does the biden white house, which is not supporting the former president's plan to try and defend executive privilege. they believe this does not fall under that banner, and the committee should have access to this information, wolf. >> has the house select committee, ryan, heard from any new -- new witnesses? >> well, of course, the committee says that they are talking to people all the time. and they don't necessarily reveal all of the witnesses that come before the committee at any given time. but we do know that some of these subpoena targets that they have been interested in talking to are still delaying that process. katrina pearson, a former spokesperson for the trump campaign. someone that was involved in january 6th. she has been granted a slight postponement from her deposition that was supposed to take place this week. and of course, we are still waiting to see whether that deposition of jeffrey clark, the former-doj official is going to take place, and if the committee plans to subpoena george eastman, a trump lawyer who
wrote that memo that was thought to be the roadmap to vice president pence attempting to object to the election results. those are all people the committee's interested in hearing from and they are still attempting to do so, wolf. >> ryan, we will stay on of it together with you. and to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation room. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. outfront next. the blame game. democrats trying to make sense of tuesday's election results. now, pointing the finger at each other. as the white house warns the party needs to shift its messaging or risk a lot more losses. plus, defying joe manchin. speaker nancy pelosi putting paid family leave back into biden's massive spending bill. the price doing going up, despite joe biden saying he is still against it. so, where does this leave biden's agenda? and was it sabotage? the attorney for the armorer on the set of alec baldwin's film is making a shocking new allegation and this is shocking about that deadly shooting.