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before the insurrection. plus, dozens of states now suing the biden administration over his sweeping vaccine mandate for businesses and corporations and leading this hour, some good news for president biden. it appears that the house might be somewhat moving ahead on his agenda. we'll see. but more importantly, there is also good economic news. u.s. businesses added more than half million jobs in october. the unemployment rate fell to 4.6%. that's down more than two full percentage points since biden took office and revised august and september reports show hundreds of thousands of more jobs were added than first reported. let's start with kaitlan collins. there's a lot of craziness going on, on capitol hill. but there is some good news for the president when it comes to the economy and perhaps with his agenda on capitol hill. >> so the question is whether or not he's going to get another bit of good news. and if democrats are actually
going to deliver this infrastructure bill to his desk tonight. and that is really what the white house is waiting and watching just as much as the rest of us essentially to see what's going to happen on capitol hill. because white house officials did start their day with that jobs report, exceeded the expectations of economists and you saw president biden coming out to not only tout those numbers but also to use them as a reason he said, essentially a launching point to pass these bills. not only just to pass them, he wanted to get them passed right now. and that would mean getting that infrastructure bill to his desk. if it does pass the house and sending that other bill, the larger social safety net expansion package to the senate so they can start working on it. we're seeing in the hours since we last heard from president biden how the timelines are shifting. and nancy pelosi saying they're going to move forward with that vote on infrastructure today. of course, it remains to be seen whether she has the votes. though she did hint she does, saying that she's seen the secret whip count and a pretty good feeling despite the
objections we're seeing from progressives over this latest plan of action. so the white house is really waiting to see if they're also going to get the infrastructure bill. and so that, of course, depends largely on the president's schedule because he was scheduled to leave the white house today for the weekend. right now the white house is sitting back and waiting to see what's going to happen before they make any decisions. they've called a lid which means we're not likely to see the president before 6:00 p.m. >> i want to bring you the information from our own manu raju who says that president biden just called the chair of the congressional progressive caucus, pramila jayapal, and she left the meeting of the congressional progressive caucus to take the call. also another source says after jayapal asked for a show of hands of those who would not back the infrastructure bill, roughly 20 progressives raised their hands according to a source talking to manu raju. let's talk about the economy with our experts. ronna, lots of good economic
numbers. president biden was happy to rattle them off this morning. take a listen. >> job creation in the first full nine months of my administration is about 5.6 million new jobs. a record new unemployment claims have fallen every week per the last five weeks. unemployment has decreased more in this year than since 1950. weekly pay went up. men and women who work in hotels, restaurants have seen their pay go up 12% this year. >> do you think we're seeing the start of some sort of economic boom. >> well, i think we've been seeing it. not only did we get higher than expected jobs numbers this month but we're seeing those usual revisions. every time we get a new jobs figure, the ones before are revised upward. so at this point, it's looking like the last few months have actually been pretty robust. arguably even faster than previous recoveries over the last decade or so.
so, yeah, all things considered, this recovery is looking pretty good. now it's all about the virus. if we were to see another surge, if we were to see something that couldn't be controlled by vaccines it would be a different story. right now the president has a lot to be happy about. >> austan goolsbee, a poll released last month found 65% of the american people think the u.s. economy is in poor shape. only 35% feel it's good. how do you explain this apparent disconnect? >> well, it takes a little bit of time. in the beginning of the year, the economy was very strong. the polling numbers were strong. as the delta variant rose and the economy weakened, you're seeing that reflected in the polling now. i would think if they keep putting up literally 600,000 private sector jobs created in a single month, you put up a few months like that, i think you would expect to see the polling numbers would move back into the positive. >> and doug, despite the good
news, americans are seeing shortages and high prices at grocery stores. gasoline prices are up. inflation is going on. we're hearing warnings about holiday gift shortages because of the supply chain issues. do you think this is the new normal or will we ever get back to an old normal? >> oh, i think we'll get past the supply shortages eventually. it's not going to be a matter of months. it's going to be quite awhile. but the inflation is the achilles heel for this administration. and we're seeing wages rise rapidly but for the year, real wages are falling. inflation has gone up faster. and for people, you know, typical household, half their budget is food, energy and shelter. those are the numbers going up most rapidly. i think for the administration, you look at today's report, some really good news in there. i think the best number is the fact that payrolls are growing at 7% annual rate. that shows there's a lot of demand for labor and it's generating a lot of income to households and the bad news. the labor forcear tisipation
rate doesn't move. >> what do you think the effect if these two bills end up passing, build back better and bipartisan infrastructure and what's a big if. but if they were to pass and become law, what do you think the effect would be on the economy? i have heard people say more money in the economy might make inflation worse. >> well, it depends on how soon things get done. the infrastructure bill, particularly the idea of building better ports, building better roads. think what that could do for some of the supply chain delays we've seen. better training for workers. helping to solve the mismatch between supply and demand in labor. helping child care so that women can get back to the workforce. these are all things that it would be disinflationary, good for the economy. but in the short term, of course, there are going to be
inflationary pressures. the question is, do we use this time to make the changes that we need to ensure that we'll have a robust economy and not have stagflation in the next few years going forward. >> austan, i know that every white house thinks their problems are never about policy or candidates. it's always just a comms problem. but there might actually be some communication problems here. for example, very few americans know how many children were lifted out of poverty by the child tax credit that president biden and the democrats passed earlier this year. what do you think democrats and specifically president biden can do to better tell the story of some of the successes? i realize inflation will be a problem for a while and you can't coms your way out of that but there are some successes here. >> yeah, i mean, if you are asking message advice from a guy with a ph.d. in economics, you're probably making a big mistake, but i do think that they -- the more people hear
about what is actually in the bills, the content of the bills is quite popular. it's only once it gets into the partisan scrum and the republicans hear that it's joe biden's plan that they say they hated. and that dynamic has been playing out. i think in this, it's all about, as we just hsaid, what will joe manchin think? what will senator sinema think, and will it be paid for? if it is paid for, and if it's spread out over some number of years, which is looks like it's going to be, i don't anticipate that in the short run, these supply constraints are really going to be the issue. i think there, if we get control of this virus, which hopefully we are, and we got some great news today on the medical front, i think you'll see a big shift back to people spending money on services, which is what they always used to spend their money on, and as that happens, it's going to ease some of the
constraints on the supply chain and may ease inflation. >> doug, do you agree with that? as we're making progress on conbatting covid, do you see it ending hopefully soon as well? >> i agree with austan that the outlook for the coronavirus is everything for the outlook for the economy. no question about it. and we are making progress in not just the vaccines which everyone always appeals to as a silver bullet. but also these therapeutics so that the impact on a person if they do contract covid-19 is less severe. as we do that, the threat of the virus to undertaking normal economic activity becomes smaller. that's what we need globally. all these supply chain problems are in the end labor shortages somewhere on the globe. so getting that job done is still the number one thing for everyone. i think i just disagree politely with the other two on the build back better agenda which i think really is not developing into a
bill that the american people should support. as it has evolved, it's steadily become programs that are front loaded so that they don't cost as much. all the spending is up front and the pay for the spread out over ten years. that's more like a stimulus bill which is not what the economy needs. the infrastructure bill is fine. that's not a threat from an inflation point of view. it's not dramatic either. it's going to do a modestly positive impact over the next 5 to 7 years. but the build back better, it's full of poorly drafted provisions front loaded and that's not a good idea. >> thanks one and all. have a great weekend. we're following the big news on capitol hill. speaker nancy pelosi minutes ago says democrats will vote on some of biden's agenda tonight. we're told that at least 20 or so progressives might not go along with this plan. will they actually follow through? plus, green bay packers qb aaron rodgers now passing blame for all his unvaccinated covid drama. stay with us.
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we are back with wacky breaking news. house democratic leaders planning for two votes tonight. one on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that has already passed the senate. then a second procedural vote on the rules for biden's build back better plan. the larger expansive social safety net bill. cnn is learning that there might be enough progressive democrats against this move to sink the infrastructure bill completely. let's go to cnn's manu raju on capitol hill. manu, to bring our viewers up to speed, the progressives want the build back better act and they're holding infrastructure hostage. the moderates want infrastructure.
they're holding build back better hostage. you have new reporting about president biden trying to get progressives on board with the plan. what is it? >> that's right. president biden was on the phone this afternoon with pramila jayapal, the head of the congressional progressive caucus. she left this meeting she was having with her caucus members to discuss their strategy and she came out. didn't want to comment but i'm told that by multiple sources she did have a call with the president. i'm also told in that meeting she took a show of hands. she asked, who was ready to vote against the infrastructure bill. roughly 20 progressives said they would do so because they are demanding, as they have for months, that this bill move alongside the larger build back better plan to expand the social safety net and pump hundreds of billions of dollars into efforts to fight climate change. but that larger bill has also been held hostage among a handful of moderate democrats who want a full acting by the congressional budget office to understand the impact. that's going to take a couple of weeks.
pr progressives are saying let's wait a couple of weeks to vote on the infrastructure plan. and despite nancy pelosi's gamble to move ahead with the infrastructure vote, they will vote no. this is what a congressman told me earlier today. >> i am disappointed. don't have constructive words to describe my level of dismay that we would do this drill again. if the bif comes us to as a stand-alone vote separated from the build back better act, i'm a hard no. >> so nancy pelosi is indicating she is not concerned about these warnings from her left saying that she is still going to put this bill on the floor. this is a rare gamble by the speaker. we'll see if she carries through with it but she typically does not go to the floor when she does not have the votes and the progressives are indicating they have 20. that's likely enough votes to scuttle this bill. we don't expect enough republicans to offset the losses from democratic votes. so we'll see how this ultimately
plays out. but it's been a day of disarray for democrats that they've tried to keep the caucus together. tried to get both bills through their -- the house but it's possible neither will pass and they may go to recess with nothing. >> manu raju on capitol hill, thank you. i want to bring in the panel. look, generally dems in disarray is considered a -- democrats often make fun of the media for saying democrats in disarray. i think it's fair. i think we can bring it out of the discarded cliche bin and say this is disarray. do you think speaker pelosi knows that she has the votes as she almost always does or is she gambling? >> i've seen speaker pelosi count votes before. i think she thinks she has the votes. the question is, are they there? remember this. there's what people say they want in public and it's what they really want. and so what they really want is saying in quiet conversation one on one and what she said today, i've got my private speaker count and i don't tell anybody,
not even my friends who is in that number. >> what do you think? manu just reported he had a clip from jared huffman, a congressman who said i'm a no. that's not just -- >> a hard no. >> a hard no, on camera, on cnn. it's happened before. people say that they are no and then they end up voting yes. it happens. speaker pelosi could say you really are going to sink joe biden's presidency, but what do you think is going to happen? >> i think one reason why some of those progressives might end up voting no is because this isn't the end of the process anyway. even if the moderates and progressives in the democratic party may be joined by a couple of republicans, get together, come up with a solution, they don't have a build back better bill that has manchin sign off in the senate yet. there's a certain kind of -- we're spinning our wheels thing going on here. is impeding a solution? >> they don't need the senate. what they believe is, my
understanding, let's pass what the house wants. and the senate wants to strip stuff out, let the senate strip it out and then we'll vote on what the next thing is. but they don't have to do the senate's dirty work for them. >> a key point, what i've been hearing is things like paid family leave. we'll put it in there and then force the senate into a position where they have to strip it out and then explain why they stripped it out of the bill. is that what's likely to happen? are we likely to see those items in the final bill? no, but that is the strategy and the play here. >> do you see this disarray, again, i'm going to say it. this -- fine. dysfunction. do you see it as having played any role in what happened tuesday, the shellacking the democrats got from coast to coast in a lot of elections? >> it would have been better if they hadn't spent the last months wrangling over this bill. much better if they had delivered something. so if you are the democrats who returning ing running you can say this is what joe biden has done and what the
democratic party is all about. i also think there's an anti-incumbent wave. and democrats got swept away by it, and i think in 2022, if you think about historically what happens to the president's party, there will likely be a continuation of that wave. there was some good news for this president this week. i think this idea that there could be a pill to battle covid. i think the rollout of vaccines for children. that's good news for this -- >> sure. good economic news today. good jobs report and revised the last two bad jobs reports to make them good. >> maybe by the time we get to 2022 there's a better climate. people feel better about the direction of the country. i also feel like these bills, i don't even know how much they're going to help democrats in 2022. >> do you agree? >> yeah. >> i think that the disarray, your new favorite word, creates an inside and outside problem. the inside problem for democrats is one of the ways you get your followers to take votes they may not be enthusiastic about is by
giving them the impression we know what we're doing as leadership. we have a plan and that's been eroded and eroded and now it's not there. the outside problem is, what is the message here? we heard congressman huffman talking about bif. not one in 100 americans knows what it is. and -- >> it's the bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> this debate has now gone on so long that everybody is referring in legislative shorthand and completely is out of connection with the public. >> it's unclear that the final bills are actually going to matter to people that they're going to feel them in their everyday life. >> they will, though. whether it's tax hikes that they don't like for wealthy people or broadband constructed in their yards for -- >> will they connect the two to biden? >> that will be the next step in the white house signaling today that they would need to do a robust outreach and to promote these. one of the concerns democrats
had in 2009 was there wasn't enough promotion done of that and then you got to the midterm shellacking. so i've been told by democrats they've learned that lesson and that they will be hitting the road aggressively. cabinet secretaries out there and others because as we've seen in polling, people don't know what's in this bill. >> if you have to explain it, it hasn't been done, right? >> i want to talk to the point you two made. the idea that it doesn't really necessarily matter all that much whether these bills pass as to whether or not democrats get re-elected. the ones that are the front line democrats. so what do you think will it be? the economy? >> gas prices. >> covid. >> grocery prices. >> but even a good economy and good trend on covid, those are things that will limit the l losses of the party in power. it's not going to make it a good midterm for the democrats. >> it matters when the president's poll numbers are up and when the president's poll numbers are down. if people think joe biden is
winning they'll want to be on the winning team. >> that makes sense. >> i'm struck by the images from colin powell's funeral. that whole scene, those are all the people the january 6th people are against. they want to get rid of anybody in power inside that cathedral today because those are the people they view as the establishment in the way. but those trump people that think the democrats will be running against are people who see america as a brittle place that can't talk about its past or think about its future. democrats have to run on something about a strong america big enough for all of us and that values conversation is the one democrats have to have. >> people may be watching what's going on and think this is annoying and dysfunctional but not that unusual. it's fairly unusual. the house gavelled in at 8:12 this morning and the democrats have set a record for the longest period of time it was open for a vote for that one vote. the previous record was 2 hours
and 51 minutes. we're now well past nine hours. congratulations. >> yea? >> but this is unusual. >> meanwhile the president of the united states, who was supposed to be leaving for rehoboth beach this evening. >> lovely place, by the way. >> and he's still at the white house. we don't know -- we could hear that if a vote takes place we could hear from him. unclear if that's tonight or tomorrow? >> and this is biden who promised competency who came in saying that he could bring both sides together and he was a great dealmaker. having so much problems -- so many problems with his own party, let alone bringing republicans along. bridging the two divides. the progressives and moderates. >> and the upcoming midterms make the problem worse for the democrats because on the moderate side it's going to be, if we vote for this, we're going to be even that much more likely to lose our seats. on the progressive side, we're going to lose everything. this is our last chance to get all the initiatives that we
want. >> and this is biden's last chance to get anything done, right? most presidents you're able to give one big initiative. you had with trump, his tax cuts and obamacare which again did not help him in the midterms. i can remember that. so this is -- >> it's still around, though. >> it is still around. >> it didn't help with any of the midterms. >> the progressives also, a lot of democrats around the hill and around the country believe we're going to lose. the democrats are going to lose next year. so they want to get everything they possibly can now -- right. because they may not get another chance at this after 2022. >> they always feel that. a always thought that. and that's actually why they felt that instead of doing the bipartisan deal in the first place they should have moved on this particular bill, reconciliation, way earlier in the summer and they would have had a much better chance getting it done before the end of the year. >> my thanks to the panel. a sweeping vaccine mandate that covers tens of millions of americans. more than half of the governors
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topping our national lead, not in my house. that's the message from 26 states to president biden who are now suing after the biden administration announced a deadline for the most aggressive vaccine mandate are the pandemic so far. the mandate applies to any private businesses with 100 or more employees. cnn's athena jones reports the white house says it's confident the new rule will hold up in court. >> it's been my belief that mandates only further divide and politicize our state and our
country. >> we don't need an outrageous overreaching mandate to get us to do the right thing. >> reporter: growing backlash to new federal vaccine requirements setting up a legal showdown. >> the biden mandates will be -- >> reporter: under the new rule, workers at private businesses with 100 or more employees must be vaccinated by january 4th or produce a negative covid test weekly and wear a mask. the rule is expected to impact some 84 million employees with employers facing fines of up to $14,000 per violation. even higher for willful violations. >> this is a rule that is not consistent with the constitution and is not legally authorized through congressional statutes. >> reporter: now more than two dozen states are challenging the new rules in court. >> i just think people are so sick of constantly being bossed around, restricted, mandated, all these different things.
we've had enough of it. we want people to be able to make their own decisions. >> reporter: florida, where governor ron desantis has railed against covid-related mandates for months, joining a suit with georgia and alabama whose governors signed legislation today that allows state residents to claim a medical or religious exemption from a covid vaccine requirement. some prominent u.s. trade groups also taking issue with the rule. the national retail federation, the largest retail trade negotiation, calling it burdensome for retailers during the crucial holiday shopping season. the associated builders and contractors, a construction industry trade group, warning the rule is likely to exacerbate existing issues, including increasing costs, supply chain bottlenecks and a worker shortage. the white house says vaccine requirements are working. helping bring the number of those unvaccinated who are eligible in the u.s. down to about 60 million. following covid's spread and giving the economy a boost. >> vaccinated workers are going
back to work. vaccinated shoppers are going back to stores. >> and they believe they are on firm legal footing. >> we're pretty confident. the administration clearly has the authority to protect workers and actions announced by the president are designed to save lives. and stop spread of covid. >> when it comes to enforcing this rule for a large private business, an official telling cnn the agency making sure businesses comply will have planned inspections of some workplaces and will also rely on complaints from workers to enforce the rule. >> athena jones, thank you. coming up next, the cnn exclusive. why was there so much confusion among capitol police on january 6th. what cnn is learning happened to the intelligence unit just before the insurrection. stay with us. new patients, get started with a comprehensive exam and full set of x-rays with no obligation. and if you don't have insurance, it's free. plus, get 20% off your treatment plan. enjoy flexible payment options and savings when it matters most.
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but instead of admitting he had misled the public to believe he'd been vaccinated rodgers is blaming the woke mob for how he's being treated. perhaps creating a new definition for the term cheesehead. >> i realize i'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now. so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, i think i'd like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies out there about myself right now. i am not, you know, some sort of anti-vax flat earther. i am somebody who is a critical thinker. you guys know me. i march to the beat of my own drum. >> and of course, of course he invoked martin luther king jr. saying the great mlk jr. said you have an obligation . >> what do you make of rodgers'
reaction to all of this? he was the one who led everyone to believe he had been vaccinated and now he says he's being targeted by a woke mob which i'm not sure he even knows what woke means if that's what he's talking about. >> exactly, jake. this is a huge unforced error by a man who has transcended football and wants to have a career, a long lifetime in, whether it's hosting "jeopardy" or other parts of our culture. what a shock. what a surprise this is the guy we thought was so smart and well read and turns out that he doesn't even have the courage or guts to say he wasn't vaccinated probably because he was fearful of that woke mob and now given a chance to explain away his errors he didn't do it. he didn't wear a mask day after day when he'd meet with the media at the packers facility or after games like he was supposed to because he was not vaccinated but was trying to have the charade he was vaccinated
apparently. maybe go home to a husband or wife and they might have immune issues. so my goodness, what a horrible mistake by him. i think we're seeing a very different side of aaron rodgers and seeing a side of aaron rodgers that people are really, really disgusted by. >> he's talking about facing cancellation. he's not facing cancellation. talk to colin kaepernick about facing cancellation. is there any kind of discipline he might face for being so misleading? >> yes, he could be fined by the national football league but it's a little slap on the wrist. he could also be suspended. the odds are it will be more the packers that are looked at and get some kind of a fine. my guess it will be a fine because the bottom line is the nfl wants aaron rodgers back on the field. the question moving forward is what does the rest of america think? and, you know, as i said, he was on jeopardy. that's a double and triple vaxed audience there. and so what he has done is irreparable damage to the kinds of things he was hoping to be.
that crossover star, much different than your average old football player but he could face some punishment. i think the punishment will be much greater over his lifetime potentially in endorsements. we'll see how it plays out but i'm sure a lot of people who are vaccinated and concerned about these issues are looking at him and saying, what are you doing, pal? we thought you were smarter than this. >> when you are a public figure, there's a certain obligation you have to the public in terms of sharing information that's accurate. not just about yourself but in general. he spread information in that very interview. he claimed he would have better protection against covid than from a vaccine. the cdc says that's not true. he's saying because he had covid that the antibodies. i mean, that has the potential to have a massive impact on his fans. i might not be a fan of the green bay packers, but there are millions of them. >> there are. think of the packers fan who today has been on the fence maybe trying to be convinced by his or her grandchildren to get the vaccine and now they listen
to their hero aaron rodgers and decide not to. as we head into this season of cold weather and being indoors. i mean, it is a devastating prospect. the ramifications of what this guy is doing and what he's saying. sonds like a crack pot. not listening to science, says he's smart. says he gets it and then saying these things. he has a responsibility as a role model to the millions of packer fans out there and everyone else who looks up to him who might be taking their lead from him and now he's saying these things. it's really, again, a surprise. a disappointment. a stunning twist in the life of a guy we thought we knew at 37 who has lived this interesting, intriguing life we're interested, where is he going to go next? we never saw this one coming. >> it's a real disappointment. christine brennan, thank you. peloton screeching to a halt as americans get back to the world and leave their spin bikes behind. that's ahead.
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potentially defective. this comes in a new letter he has released in which he says that the albany sheriff's filing was unilaterally and inexplicably filed and that one big problem is that it did not include a sworn statement from the victim. now the arraignment has now been moved to january 7th of 2022. and whether to proceed with criminal charges, that is going to be now a question entirely for the da to make. and now essentially what has happened is that he has more time to complete his own investigation into the matter before ultimately deciding whether to move forward with these charges. it certainly just raises a lot of questions again as to why the sheriff's office decided to move forward with the charges in the first place without consulting with the da's office. just remember, jake, last week when this news came out, it was very unusual. we noted that at the time that there seemed to be no coordination. remember
the d.a.'s office said they were surprised to see the charges, certainly indicating that they didn't know that they were coming. and now this new letter from the d.a.'s office raises even more questions about what is going to happen with this case, jake? >> all right, mj lee, thank you so much for that update. let's bring in former federal prosecutor, eli honig. what does this tell you about the district attorney's strategy, if anything? >> two things, jake. first of all, the d.a. is trying to buy more time. we did have that looming court date of november 17th, on which the former governor would have been arraign, handcuffed, mug shot, et cetera. the d.a. has now asked for an extension. the d.a. has more time. remember, ultimately, the call about whether to proceed with these charges, it's not up to the sheriff, it's up to the d.a. the second thing that i think that we're seeing is the d.a. is planting a seed of doubt here, the d.a.'s letter says that these charges, as filed by the sheriff, are potentially defective. that's a very strong thing for a prosecutor to say and it tells us that the d.a. could well have a problem with these charges and
may not want to proceed with them. >> what does it say about the sheriff's role in all of this? >> well, it's sort of the d.a. calling out the sheriff, because remember, the sheriff went without the d.a., went to a judge, got these charges issued. that's an unusual move to make in a high-profile case like this, where there's no time pressure. so ultimately, the sheriff is not the one who gets to decide here. the d.a. does. and i think that we're seeing the start of a sign of some sort of rift between the sheriff and the d.a. they may see this case differently. >> elie honig with the latest on the andrew cuomo matter. we'll be right back after this. from unitedhealthcare. like $0 copays on tier 1 and tier 2 prescription drugs. ♪ wow! ♪ ♪ uh-huh. ♪ $0 copays on primary care visits. ♪ wow! ♪ ♪ uh-huh. ♪ and with unitedhealthcare, you get access to medicare advantage's largest provider network. ♪ wow! ♪ ♪ uh-huh. ♪ most plans even have a $0 premium. so go ahead. take advantage now.
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january 6th was the most visible and the most violent part of trump's attempt to undermine the election last year and hold on to power, despite the fact that he lost. but it was far from the only part of his campaign to do so. tonight in a cnn special report, trumping democracy, an american coup, my team and i attempt to examine how close trump and his team came to actually ending american democracy. i talk to state and local election officials, folks from the trump white house, republican lawmakers from all over the united states who watched in horror as leaders from their own party led by trump kept pushing the big lie and pressuring states to disenfranchise american voters, including just hours after congress came under physical attack as maga terrorists took the capital.
hours after the last rioters had been pushed out of the capitol, while there was still glass on the floors and blood on the stairs, congress tried to get back to the business of democracy. >> let's get back to work. >> they had a presidential election to certify. >> when we reconvened that night, there was an opportunity for tleleadership from kevin mccarty, an opportunity for him to stand up and say, it's time for us to recognize that the election is over, it's over. and we need to come together and heal. >> i rise to address what happened in this chamber today. >> as i sat on the floor and listened to his remarks, they began like that, but then it became clear that he was urging continued objection to the electoral votes. >> from hearing valid concerns about election integrity. >> by the end of the night, two-thirds of republicans in the
house of representatives, including the current republican leadership, voted not to certify the state of arizona. >> i object to the electoral vote. >> reporter: and not to certify the commonwealth of pennsylvania. >> do you think kevin mccarthy and steve scalise and elise stefanick and all of whom voted not to count electors after blood had been shed, after this attack, do you think they actually believe this cause that they have taken up? >> not a word of it. i don't think they believe any of it. but i think you can convince yourself, if you're determined to, that i'll just play the game a little longer, so that i'll be here to lead to a new direction. or i'll play the game because i don't have the power and influence to change the ship. you know, when you think about the heroics on flight 93, on 9/11, you know, all of those passengers standing up, rushing the cockpit and saving the capital. had todd beamer or any of those others alone charged the
cockpit, we would have probably a rebuilt capitol today and a lot of casualties. but they all decided to do it together. and when you have only have a few people speaking out, it's no doubt that that's not going to turn the ship, everybody has to, particularly the leaders of the party. >> you can join me for much, much more in the cnn special report, trumping democracy: an american coup tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. finally from us today, please check out the homes for our troops' fifth annual veterans day celebrity auction. we have a lot of great items up for auction on ebay including "friends" shirts. you can buy a zoom call with paul rudd and also me. gwyneth paltrow will name an item of her new clothing line after the winning bidder. plenty of incredible other offers from don cheadle, will farrell, so many more. all proceeds go to build specially designed homes for the most severely wounded veterans of iraq and afghanistan and
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