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kevin mccarthy cheers him on with excuses. meantime, republican provocateur, marjorie taylor greene dropping bombs on her twitter page. praising anti-semitic leader lewis farrakhan and the nation of islam's opposition to vaccine mandates and calling the 13 house republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill traitors, tweeting out their phone numbers. >> it's a terrible way, you know, we've seen civility really down slide here. >> reporter: one of those republicans, congressman fred upton blaming green after receiving numerous disturbing phone calls, one of which his office provided to cnn. >> [ bleep ] traitor. that's what you are. you're a [ bleep ] traitor. i hope you die. i hope everybody in your [ bleep ] dies. >> it truly is frightening. a real, real bad mark in terms of the civility across the country as we've seen these
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issues like this jump. >> reporter: former president trump is amplifying greene's message at a florida fundraiser last night according to a gop source who heard the remarks. blasting the 13 republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill. a bill that will improve america's highways, bridges, airports and trains and will get broadband internet to more americans. on the airwaves, house republicans put out a deceptive add this week. using images from trump's presidency to depict chaos under biden. >> democrats can't protect our streets and democrats can't protect the border. >> reporter: democrats are calling out republican leaders framing their silence as a choice to support violence and chaos. >> they are repeatedly glorifying violence. and it's not as if this is without the backdrop of the violence of january 6th. >> there's such a stark contrast here in how republican leaders are responding.
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they have been silent when it comes to gosar's video and these other examples and they are focusing instead on speaking out against members of their own party who voted for the infrastructure bill, including a small effort, jake, under way to retaliate against those members potentially trying to strip them of their committee assignments, jake. >> sunlen, thank you. let's bring in two former house republican members of congress, former congresswoman mia love of utah and former congressman charlie dent of pennsylvania. congresswoman love, let me start with you. the actions of these current house republicans, gosar, greene and others, they're indecent, sickening. we haven't heard mccarthy say anything about it. meanwhile, there's talk of retaliating and stripping from the committee assignments from the 13 people who voted for the republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill and mccarthy has this allied lobbyist out there trying to get consultants to drop liz cheney as a client because she's speaking out against the big lie.
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these are very bizarre priorities. >> yeah. so let me start off by saying this. what gosar did is absolutely -- it's more than inappropriate. it's childish, it's just not something that i would want a fellow republican putting out there. and by the way, the staffer that took the time to do this, i mean, i would assume he had better things to do. i would also wonder what time he was using because these people are paid for by the taxpayers. i think that is absolutely, at the very least, such an inappropriate use of time, especially when we have so many things we have to handle as members of congress and as a government. the other thing i would say is that, you know, people have to start holding themselves accountable. i don't know if kevin is going to be able to fix all of these things. i think that the people that should really hold gosar
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accountable are the people that elected him. that's the reason why he is there. they need to call him out and say this is not appropriate. this is not what we sent you to washington to do. there are so many things that are affecting our lives that we need you to take care of. the last thing we want you to do is retweet these types of -- more than childish. it's absolutely, i have no other words but asinine. it's horrible to think that somebody that i worked with would retweet something like that. >> he didn't just retweet it. it was from his account. congressman dent, do you agree or do you think that kevin mccarthy, steve scalise, elise stefanik need to clamp down on this and make it clear, look, i mean, we call this stuff out when democrats do it. we call it out when republicans do it, but these are members of congress doing it repeatedly with no comment even from kevin mccarthy.
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>> well, i think it's incumbent upon the republican leadership, particularly kevin mccarthy, to set standards of conduct. and to enforce them. i watched both speaker boehner and speaker ryan force resignations of members who became embarrassments and distractions. that's where we are now. i think that what should happen with gosar is what mccarthy did with steve king. he took -- he kicked steve king off his committees. he did the right thing there. and i think gosaris now approaching that territory. they need to do this. it's wrong. it's even worse, while they fail to go after those who are distraction and embarrassment like taylor-greene and gosar, they are coming down on liz cheney and adam kinzinger. we're hearing that the 13, as you pointed out, the 13 republican infrastructure votes, house republican infrastructure vete votes are under tremendous pressure. for a vote! taylor-greene called them traitors for voting for an
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infrastructure bill that mitch mcconnell, tim scott and lindsey graham voted for. what is this coming to? it's really -- they have to set standards. i was chairman of the ethics committee. we used to have to clamp down on members who did things that brought discredit upon the house. >> congresswoman love, today congressman gosar seemed to double down on that photoshopped an may tweet about biden and ocasio-cortez and about undocumented immigrants. he tweeted yet another cartoon. your cartoon an may scares me and the other says it's a cartoon, relax. this is a 62-year-old member of congress tweeting this. a group of house democrats today told kevin mccarthy, in any other job, a person who made a video that joked about killing a co-worker or if not two co-workers if you count joe biden, would be fired. don't you think that mccarthy needs -- i understand it's up to the voters, sure, but don't you
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think mccarthy needs to set a tone as the republican leader and potential speaker of the house next year? >> well, i think that mccarthy, one of the things that i do agree with charlie on is that he has to -- we have to look at a standard of conduct across the board. so that way any member of congress, whether it's on the right side or the left side has a standard of conduct. i would assume that it would already be there. i mean, we've got these are adults. you would think that adults would act like adults, especially members of congress who are representing a constituency. so i would think that he would go back. that's what i would do if i were kevin. i'd go back and say, listen, we obviously need to have a standard of conduct that everybody needs to be held accountable to. so we don't have to deal with these issues. he shouldn't really have to babysit every single member of congress and their conduct. there should be some sort of at
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least baseline of decency in washington. it just goes to show the dysfunction where we have so many different things that we, obviously, can disagree on that we're putting out, tweeting these cartoons and then doubling down on them. i would think that his constituents would think that he has better things to do than that. >> congressman dent, i mean, trump told this fundraiser for the nrcc, the national republican congressional committee at a dinner last night in florida, that the real insurrection wasn't january 6th but election day 2020. and maggie haberman pointed out that comment, even though people in the room were there on january 6th when that mob stormed the capitol and people died and there was horrific violence, people cheered last night. house republicans, this is -- i fear this is now just part of the dna.
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>> well, yeah, the former president has this very unhealthy obsession about the election. everybody knows it was a free and fair election and, in fact, republicans did extremely well in that election who are not named donald trump. everyone knows that. the former president can't deal with it, and now he has been on this tear ever since trying to undermine the american public's faith and confidence in our electoral system. he's doing enormous damage to the country. he's doing enormous damage to democracy. he's a threat to the constitutional order. and republican leaders must speak out and say the truth. so that the republican voters hear an alternative narrative. that's why so many republicans are believing donald trump's nonsense because they're not hearing the truth from respected republican leaders and need to say it more often clearly and loudly because donald trump will never change. >> former congresswoman mia love and charlie dent, thanks to both of you. coming up -- an attendee says the astroworld festival was
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>> yes, and, obviously, you know, the reporting on whether or not these laced pills might have had something to do with it is really not clear if it gets to the heart of what has happened in this situation because what we've heard repeatedly from people is that they felt trapped. they struggled to breathe and so they are much more focused on just how difficult of a situation it was for those people who really felt like they were suffocating to death in the middle of that crowd. it will take weeks to get the toxicology, the full toxicology reports back to get a better understanding of this new wrinkle to the investigation. but houston police remain tight lipped about the investigation, not really commenting at all as to where things stand as of now, jake. >> ed, what do we know about the victims who were injured and are still in the hospital several days later? >> well, there are six people still hospitalized. five of those people are in
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intensive care in hospitals here in houston. including a 9-year-old boy who has asked -- the family has asked we identify him by the initials e.b. we understand the father was trying to get the young boy out of the crowd. we spoke with a witness who saw the father and son. they said the father had the boy on top of his shoulders and was desperately trying to get out before he passed out and fell into the crowd. but a horrifically tragic situation as that young boy, 9 years old, remains in a medically induced coma. >> ed lavandera in houston, thank you. here to discuss, event safety expert mark herrera, director of education for the international association of venue managers. thanks for joining us. how can one begin to secure a venue like this where there are thousands of people, no rows of seats to keep them in one place. and all of a sudden people start rushing the stage. >> listen, jake, first of all, i
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don't consider myself an expert, but i've just aligned myself with great people but thank you for that. it's truly a pleasure to be a part of your day. first of all, i think i need to begin by first saying, i think it's truly important that we show respect for those people that have died and that were injured. i always say before we cast any judgment, it's important to know that an investigation will uncover those areas of deficiencies and allow everyone to make sense or more make sense of what actually happened. preventative measures. a lot of things that go into place. obviously crowd management. when crowd density is so high can be a challenge, even when you have the proper span of control. you know, i can tell you right now the facilities, you know, that i have been exposed to, they do a really good job in trying to identify, you know, what are the protective measures that need to be in place to at the end of the day protect those
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massive crowds. fot just the larger crowds but smaller crowds as well. >> when you look at just the image and it's just a sea of humanity there, does that trouble you, just that image in and of itself? should there have been dividers? should there have been, i don't know what the term would be, but more restraining pens for want of a better word, places so the crowd would be split up so you can't have everybody charging towards the stage. that just seems like an untenable situation. but i'm not an expert on concert venues. >> correct. there's a lot of things that when you look at a crowd that can -- you can try to use or implement in regards to those physical security barriers to try to control that crowd movement. the density of a crowd can be very limited, as we know. so measures to force gaps or barriers to break it up in the middle to smaller crowds, that
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seems to work. this is what we speak to when we do some of this trade crowd manager training. such barriers can also ensure access and movement for event staff when they're broken up into segments. so they're corralled into different segments when you have walk-throughs so that your event staff and security detail can actually monitor the crowd, right? because the idea is to try to identify the behavioral patterns that are not conducive to that particular event, right? because if you think about this, it began somewhere, right? something went wrong at some point in time that caused or created the crowd to shift or surge. >> right. >> it could be influenced, whatever the case was that caused that crowd to surge, and move, could it have been detected at the very beginning, if you had folks that were dispersed appropriately and trained, appropriately trained to identify those different types of behavior patterns.
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>> so the concert continued for more than 30 minutes after a mass casualty event had been declared. i asked the houston fire chief if travis scott, the performer, should have stopped the show earlier than happened. take a listen. >> i truly believe, you know, that at some point, if the lights would have been turned on, the promoter or artist called for that, it would have chilled the crowd. and who knows. who knows what the outcome would have been. >> ultimately, whose responsibility was it to shut down the show when it was very clear things were getting out of control and the crowd needed to be told stop where you are. stop pushing towards the stage? >> i think the question is, at the time that you did a -- obviously your entertainer, your performer has a really great view of the crowd, right, typically. those that are stationed and positioned in such a way that they can monitor and have a
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really good eye view of the crowd can identify anything that's unusual. but, you know, to the reporter, the individual that just reported, i can tell you this right now. could the lights have come on? could the entertainer have, you know -- entertainers are known for being able to defuse a lot of bad situations because we've seen it. it's happened in the past. on the flip side, can they agitate a situation? it can work both ways. so could there have been someone that came out and maybe turned the lights on, maybe had a calming effect on the crowd? that's a possibility. these are a lot of things that are going to be uncovered and revealed to identify, what are those best practices to try to control that crowd behavior? and again, knowing the crowd di nappics are different. the behavior is different based on the show. >> mark herrera, thanks for your expertise and time. coming up, a key element needed to pass the second part of biden's 2021 agenda, but it could be delayed. we'll explain, next.
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in our politics lead, president biden is making a major push to try to sell his newly passed infrastructure deal to americans who have not been feeling the benefits of an economic recovery. yesterday the president acknowledged more needs to be done to help struggling families even though almost 6 million jobs have been created since biden took office. let's get right to cnn's phil mattingly live at the white house. biden heads to baltimore tomorrow. there are other stops across the country for his cabinet officials. what's the strategy? what are they going to be saying? >> what i've heard from administration officials is
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essentially nothing short of a full-court press over the course of the next couple of weeks. the president will be at the port of baltimore tomorrow to talk at least in part about the $17 billion for ports and waterways in the infrastructure proposal the house passed late last wook. his cabinet secretaries spreading out across the country. not just in democratic friendly territory. also in red states. red counties, red areas to make the pitch this isn't just something that benefits cities or democratic constituencies. this $1.2 trillion proposal on roads, bridges, waterways, infrastructure, broadband, benefits everyone. that's what you hear more than anyone else from white house officials. this idea they need to ensure that people know what's in this proposal and why this proposal will help. there's an alignment between the national democratic party and state democratic parties, members of congress reaching out to the white house to align on events as well. they want to make sure that this isn't just something they pass and move on from. but it becomes a critical focus offer the course of this next
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year, particularly leading up to the midterm elections. >> obviously there's this other part of biden's domestic agenda in 2021. the build back better act which expands social safety net programs. does more to combat climate change. it's still a work in progress, though. the congressional budget office today said that they might not have a final cost estimate in time for the deadline that democrats set for next week. so what happens next? >> it's a great question. it's the exact reason that you saw six of the progressive house democrats vote against the infrastructure proposal. they were afraid the cbo score which moderates have made clear is a necessity to be able to move forward showing that proposal is paid for, won't be ready in time. it's interesting. i bounced this off a couple administration officials over the last couple of hours. they made clear in those very carefully crafted statements that basically unlock the infrastructure proposal on friday night, it said they wouldn't move forward without a cbo score that corresponds with what white house officials have projected on the revenue side or no later than the week of november 15th. they are making clear they
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believe they will still move forward. and they also note the cbo has said they'll be releasing various pieces of their analysis over the course of the coming days, including some this week. right now when you talk to democratic leaders on capitol hill and white house officials, the plan in the house is still to move forward on that proposal next week. obviously, if those six moderates don't come on board, they'll be short of the votes. speaker nancy pelosi can only afford to lose three democrats. >> there are expected to be no republican votes for the build back better as opposed to the infrastructure bill. let's discuss. laura barron-lopez, you were shaking your head. not sure what about. clearly not about phil's report but administration officials what they were telling him? >> just an addendum to what phil was saying. they didn't say if you look carefully at the moderate statement, they don't say cbo score in the statement. they say fiscal information from the congressional budget office. a lot of democrats today have been saying to me that they think that that is really key because a score is very different.
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a final score, a very permanent final estimate. >> it's a very intricate process by the congressional budget office. >> having the final score which could very well not come until closer to thanksgiving is very different than having more fiscal information from the congressional budget office. it was so carefully worded and that's why a lot of democrats, including the progressive caucus, felt really good. the majority of the progressive caucus felt really good about voting for this last week knowing that those moderates would be there in the end whether it's beyond november -- during the week of november 15th, you know, barring any major big major changes to the bill. so that, to me, that language a lot of democrats are saying could give moderates a way to vote for it as early as next week. >> congresswoman madeleine dean from outside philly told cnn precisely what laura just said. a delayed cbo score will not necessarily delay the vote next week. what do you think? >> i think it doesn't matter.
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they've got a deal on the table. talking to a pollster today who has been doing focus groups. listen, people out there just want to know, are you solving these particular problems? and so the pollster was telling me, they were running through issues and voters were like, yeah, i like that. 7 out of 10, 5 out of 10 in different cases but they didn't know that's what biden was working on. so the president has to go from being the legislator in chief to the marketer in chief. remember donald trump talked about the wall forever. he didn't put like -- he put like two bricks up on the southern border and that's all he talked about and people believed he was building a wall. the president can't be so interested in dotting is and crossing ts. he has to be out there selling. >> jamal simmons praising donald trump. never thought i'd see the day. whatever you think of donald trump, he was really good at communicating his issues to his base, to the american people. >> absolutely. and i remember this. he would rip off a bunch of executive orders and then he would go out and say, see, we're
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cutting red tape. he'd send out jim jordan and they'd tick through a list of issues. they were just things that they could say that they -- that were wins. this is like the inverse of what biden does. biden thinks, pass legislation. make people happy. and then they don't spend any time selling it. i do focus groups all the time. i just did a whole line of them with democrats. >> explain what a focus group is. you take a sample size of 15, 20 voters in a particular group and ask them questions. >> that's right. >> find out what they think about them. i've done hundreds over the last couple of years. i've been mostly doing them with democrats and what's clear is that they have no idea what's in any of these bills. they'll just tell you, i'm worried about inflation. i'm worried about gas prices. and i don't feel like joe biden is doing anything about it. they'll say i don't feel like i see joe biden. i don't see kamala harris. and i think there's something about donald trump was in all caps in your face, all the time and joe biden is, i think he thought people wanted something
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more sedate than that but maybe took it a step too far. >> tia, some of the stuff is not a coms problem. there are -- there is inflation. there are high gas prices. you can't really explain your way out of that. but some of the stuff is a problem. most americans had no idea, and i think i saw you do a tweet on this, about how many kids were lifted out of poverty by the child tax credit that was part of the stimulus bill earlier this year. the biden white house is very proud that schools are open. you can get into the mask debates or critical race theory at another time but the fact that a year ago, a lot of parents, myself included, were frustrated the schools were closed. >> the biden administration has a lot on its table. it's trying to do. and as a result, they can't do everything, they can't accomplish everything and they're having a hard time making the case that they have accomplished something. and look, you can go back to the american rescue plan and all the covid relief money going to states and school districts and now infrastructure. now we're looking at the build
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back better act. but the message -- because they are understated. they're not traveling as much even as previous presidents, partially because of the pandemic still. but i do think that it's harder to -- it's harder to translate what they are doing because they're doing a lot of legislating on so many different fronts. >> right. >> into something that is easy to grasp for people at home when they are not in your face as much. >> and laura, this is -- this part is not thecomes problem. 11 senate democrats called on biden to fight the rising gas prices through executive action. the national average of a price of gasoline rose to $3.42 a gallon up from $2.11 one year ago. this is something he could, you know, they could stop exporting gasoline. they could open up the strategic petroleum reserve. there is not a ton beyond that, however, that the president can do. >> and even experts have said that if the administration were
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to decide to go the route of, you know, opening up crude oil exports or not, that it's not sure that it would actually have the immediate impact on lowering those gas prices. so the administration right now continues to say that they are evaluating all those options that you laid out but haven't made a decision yet. ultimately the decisions they have made to date are dealing with the supply chain issues which they know are impacting a lot of americans and that americans are not happy about it. it's one of the biggest things voters mentioned whether it's in virginia or new jersey. the pandemic is impacting their pocketbook still and that they are having trouble with just everyday necessities and purchasing them. >> jake, the other thing that's happening here is that some voters, there's a list of issues voters care about. your poll has them. other people have them. top ten issues. most don't care about voting rights but go to a state like georgia. a pollster in georgia, voting rights is the number three issue for georgia voters. so somebody like raphael warnock, he needs to win those
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voters and get them to turn out. there have been a bunch of voters turned out and organized around that issue and they have to get those voters out and support them. what you see with president biden is that his numbers have fallen out with democrats. if he can get his democratic number back to where it was a couple of months ago, his poll numbers orverall would do bette. >> i'd like to go back to the covid relief bill. joe biden seems to think if you put a lot of money into things that's going to be a solution to the problem. there was almost $2 trillion in the covid relief. did you like what was in there? they say, i don't know what was in there. i think businesses got a lot and i don't like that. they have got to get -- and i actually agree on voting rights. it's about going on offense. it's not just pr. it's about, are you pushing things forward? right now you're giving republicans a massive opening on the issue they are most comfortable with, which is that we're going to get -- we're going to be on the economy and we're going to ride that all the way through 2022 and gas price is high, supply chain issues,
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inflation. it's sitting there on the table for them to take. >> it's not just a question of politics. consumer confidence is an important metric. it's important for voters for consumers to feel good about the economy, to want to spend money and feel confident that they'll not lose their jobs. this is all part of governing. >> yes, but it's also some of it is counterintuitive. wages are going up. jobs are being created rnd the biden administration. you know, and then there are safety nets that are in place that are helping lift children out of poverty with the child tax credit, for example. so it's not like all the indicators are negative under the biden administration. but the messaging and the perception is a little bit different because when you ask people, they are focused on the inflation, the rising prices at the grocery store. the rising prices at the gas station. and that's where the disconnect is. >> just one fact before we go. we lost my old boss max cleland today. fantastic man. better human than a senator,
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in our world lead, thousands of innocent people are apparently being used as political pawns in europe in a move that could theoretically lead to acts of violence, possibly even war at least according to leaders in the region. belarus president lukashenko is accused of sending thousands to the polish border to lash out against sanctions. many migrants are pregnant women and children forced to sleep on the ground with 14,000 armed polish soldiers standing on the other side where fred pleitgen
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reports it could prompt a possible war. >> reporter: a migrant crisis on nato's eastern flank threatening to destabilize this region. they accuse putin of unleashing a massive rush on poland's border. the country's prime minister calling on polish troops to get ready. lukashenko's regime uses civilians as weapons of a hybrid war, he said. we can see today new methods and you are a key bastion against them. poland says around 4,000 people, mostly from iraq and syria, have amassed at its border with belarus. squatting under inhumane conditions, repeatedly trying to push across. the eu says the belarusian regime has forced them there. poland called it state-sponsored human trafficking and says it will not allow the migrants to
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enter. it's a matter of fulfilling our duties as member states of the european union as as well as ensuring the safety of polish citizens and the polish republic, poland's president says. alexander lukashenko denies the allegations and accuses poland of escalating the situation. lukashenko spoke to his biggest backer, vladimir putin, by phone and later seemed to indicate the situation could lead to war. in the modern world taking up arms is like death. it's suicide. you must agree, he said, and even more so here in the center of europe. and even more so with belarus after all here on this piece of land in the center, all wars have always unfolded from here everything began. does history teach you nothing? most of the migrants who have made it across want to go to germany. german authorities say we were on hand as several new arrivals
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were being processed after arriving in germany. the german police has drastically stepped up checks at the border with poland and they are increasingly coming across, people looking to claim asylum in this country. the vast majority of those people came into the european union by belarus. caught in the middle of the standoff, the thousands of desperate people stranded at the border as winter fast approaches. that winter in many of those places is already there. the temperature as we speak right now in the middle of the night is already well below freezing. you can see from those pictures, that problem is not going to go away any time soon with those people amassing at the border. in fact, tonight, the polish defense minister said he believes that the attacks on the polish border as he called them will most definitely continue, jake. >> fred pleitgen, thank you. a shocking election upset in new jersey put a truck driver in the political spotlight. but that light is bringing attention to some past hateful
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i've got a big mouth and i don't shut up. that's how one of the biggest surprises of last week's election describes himself. new jersey truck driver turned republican state senator, edward dur shocked the political world when he unseated one of the state's most well-known and powerful democrat, but now, as mj reports, it's that mouth that's putting him on the defensive. >> i'm running for new jersey
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state senate. >> he's the truck driving republican from south jersey who has everyone talking. >> we deserve better. >> he's about to become a new jersey state senator. in a shocking political upset, dur defeating steve sweeney, one of the most powerful, well funded democrats in the state. >> just taking it all in. that's the best i can explain it to you because this is a litt overwhelming. >> he has never held office, his campaign spending less than $2,500. his campaign ad shot by a family friend. but his message resonated. as he attacked new jersey's covid related mandates. >> lockdown and mandates forced the closing of over one-third of our small businesses. >> i believe we need to cut taxes, cut spending.
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>> and called on an end to business as usual. >> people's voice need to be heard. they were tired of being ignored. >> even receiving a phone call from donald trump. >> well, you take care, if there's anything i can do, you let me know, okay? >> thank you very much, sir. and you know you can call me any time. >> now, some of his past statements coming under scrutiny. in one archived 2019 tweet uncovered by cnn, dur referring to the profit mohammed as a pedophile and islam as a false religion and cult of hate. in another tweet, he used a well well-known q anon phrase in a hash tag. he issued an apology for his previously islamophobiaic comments saying i'm a passionate guy and sometimes say things in the heat of the moment. sweeney has yet to concede the
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race, but the veteran lawmaker, widely talked about as a future gubernatorial candidate, blaming the national political environment. >> it was a tie. it's frustrating to watch what's happening in washington. >> just last week, the state's democratic governor, phil murphy, re-elected, but with a much thinner margin than democrats had expected. murphy expressing shock about the victory. >> i'm stunned. this guy who is apparently winning is a dangerous guy. >> dur is making this promise to his future constituents. >> i don't know what i don't know so i will learn what i need to know and i'm going to guarantee you one thing. i will be the voice and people will hear me because if there's one thing people will learn about me, i got a big mouth and i don't shut up. >> now when cnn reached out to the campaign about some of his past islamophobiaic comments, we received a statement where he
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said in part, there is absolutely no way he would ever appear on quote, leftist cable network, cnn. certainly we hear some echoes of the donald trump playbook here, jake. >> interesting. thanks so much. appreciate it. two families have swapped babies after a nightmare situation at a fertility clinic. we'll tell you the story, next. orrr... you could cancel the meeting and share updates in slack instead. it's where your whole team is in one place so everyone can stay up to date. slack. where the future works.
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implanted the wrong embryos. meaning two women gave birth to children who did not genetically belong to them. the babies were reunited with their respective genetic parents at 4 months old, but one family says the pain remains. >> i was robbed of the ability to carry my own child. >> the family first felt something was off when the baby did not resemble them or their oldest daughter and dna tests ultimately confirmed the child she had given birth to was not genetically related to her or her husband. cnn has reached out to the doctor and clinic, but have not heard back. finally, please check out the homes for our troops celebrity auction. we have a lot of great items for auction on ebay including items from george clooney and will farrell. zoom calls with jimmy kimmel, lots of great stuff. all proceeds go to build
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specially designed homes for severely wounded veterans of iraq and afghanistan and their families. you can find the items at ebay.com/hoft. homes for our troops. bidding closes on sunday. you can follow me on facebook, instagram, twitter and the tiktok. our coverage continues now with one mr. wolf blitzer right next door in "the situation room." see you tomorrow. happening now, breaking news. a new batch of subpoenas from the january 6 committee targeting ten more trump allies including fire brand loyalist, steven miller and kayleigh mcenany. the select committee zeroing in on the role to overturn the presidential election. also, a republican congressman takes partisan anger to an ugly extreme. he posted a video showing him killing democratic