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jill and i are here for harry, but he, he would want us to really be here for just him. everybody has referenced. landra, we're here for you and the family. eulogies are for the living. it's a true love story when you're still talking about your first date 60 years later. harry never tired of telling the time you two kids had to push start his car making your way down the road, wide smiles on your space. my recollection is he called when he told me the story, one of those quote moments that turn a life and they stay with you until the last breath.
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landra, what a life you turned together. until his last breath. l lana, leif, josh, and key. all the grandchildren. great grandchildren. hearing you talk about him today, it's clear. my dad used to have an expression. he'd say you were blood of his blood, bone of his bone. you are a product of harry and landra reid. what a gift. what a gift god gave you. what a gift it was and is. elder, president obama, vice president harris, second gentleman, governor, thanks for passporting to the state and
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iris and chuck schumer and paul and nancy pelosi. members of the nevada congressional delegation. senator cortez and rosen and representatives, excuse me, lee and titus. members of congress, democrat and republican, past and present, distinguished guests. what a gift harry reid was to the state, to this nation, and to so many of us individually. i know he's smiling right now. only harry reid had his send off sandwich a speaker between former president of the united states, kyle king and the killers. thanks, harry. you've always had a great sense of humor.
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always had to win. and he always did. he got me again, but he always got me. the first time i met harry, got a call asking had i been elected at 29 years old to the united states senate. hadn't turned 32 yet. he asked me to campaign for his election for nevada senate seat being vacated by a man i'd only just begun to know, alan bible. first thing, i met him in nevada. we were talking about where he's from and he said, well, i used to have to go out and shoot mad dogs. i thought, what in the hell am i doing here? swear to god. i used to go out and shoot mad gods. i'm thinking, bless me, father, for i have sinned. what's going on? harry lost that general election by less than 600 votes and he never let me forget thinking
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that i probably cost him those 600 votes. only kidding about that piece. i probably did. he asked me to come back and campaign for him in 1982, he won that time and he won in '86. we'd go on to serve in congress together for more than 30 years. worked together with barack the eight years we were in office and when harry was done in the senate, he was never really done, as all of you from nevada know. he'd ask me to campaign for an awful lot of nevada democrats. many of them are here today. i could never say no. although probably said, oh, god, he invited biden into my district? i talked to him even during this past election. taking his advice and wound up
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coming to his home on more than one occasion, and where i should be going in order to win. after we won, one of the things that harry did, which was sort of incon grew ens with harry, as you've heard today, he sent me a text. i saved it. said i'm so proud, joe. you're my brother. you won. well, made a big deal to me. it was a big deal to me that he felt that way. harry never wrote what he didn't believe. made me feel good. he gave me a sense of confidence. felt like he was my brother. counted on him. i know so many of you felt that same way about harry as well throughout his career and your relationship with him. over five decades, we became genuine friends.
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catholic kid from scranton, pennsylvania and latter day saints. you think i'm kidding. harry was like the guys i grew up with back in scranton, delaware. harry would always have your back like the guys i grew up with. harry had mine. he knew i had his. although i sometimes wonder when i was trying to make an important point to harry about whether he really did have my back as he hung up, but to tell the truth, every time, every time we would do it, i knew it was the real harry. it was him. he had all he needed. he didn't want anymore or need anymore. we did share some similarities. barack said we have loving families. wives who are smarter and better
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looking than we were and harry and i both liked to talk a lot. i'm just testing whether you're asleep yet. but whether you served with harry for decades or were new to america just a few days ago, you wanted harry in your corner. his toughness was nevada. his story was unmistakably american. his remarkable journey has been told so many, by so many because it has been traveled by so few. desert called home, miles to hitchhike to school. family tragedies endured. the cancer he and landra fought.
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the country he shaped. he was proof that there's nothing ordinary about america. ordinary americans can do anything given half a chance. we the people. pretty damn extraordinary. america's an idea. an idea that anybody given a shot can reach their potential. harry was extraordinary though. he and i grew up on different sides of the country. we came from the same place where certain values ran deep. first, loyalty. faith, resolve, service, your word. pounded into my head from the time i was a child. joe, you're a man of your word. without your word, you're not a man. and he met the marker.
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what i always believed was the most important thing which you can measure a person by. their actions and keeping their word. harry said he was going to do something, he did it. he didn't do it the modern day rationale, what i told you that, i didn't realize this would happen. no matter what happened. he gave you his word. he kept it. you could bank on it. that's how he got so much done for the good of the country for so many decades. that's how he literally saved, we forget it, social security during the bush years. stopped yucca mountain from becoming a nuclear waste site. secured the affordable care act. it's how he helped us reign in wall street, the excesses, and repealed don't ask don't tell. it's how he created nevada's first national park and
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conserved lake tahoe. how he always championed native americans and tribal communities. so much more. none of it was easy. or particularly popular when he was doing it. tell you about harry, he never gave up. he never gave up. he never gave up on anybody who cared about him. like every great leader, he led the democratic caucus just not by speaking, but by listening. by hearing all points of view. finding a common ground. harry cared so much about his fellow americans and so little about what anybody thought of him. it was all search light, no spotlight. always appreciate private
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comfort. so does jill with me tonight. that he offered me and jill in difficult moments in our lives. we know we're not the only ones. since his passing, we've all heard those wonderful tributes. the gracious way he consoled the grieving and encouraged someone living with a disability. i still have that picture of max baucus. losing three of his limbs. harry standing in front of him in a wheelchair holding his cheeks. you know, max knew. max knew. harry cared about him. the generous way he would empower a new league or insist that the new moms and dads on his staff would put their family first even before their job and do it always. gen
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friends he made with the capitol police have been recognized three times because he was one of them. he wore the uniform. to a friend in need, harry's voice was soft and gentle. and praise himself, stone cold silent. showed a fairness and prosperity his voice would echo and will echo for generations in this state. look, let them -- harry reid will be considered one of the greatest senate majority leaders in history. i've served longer than all 12 united states senators. served for over 36 years. had the honor of serving a few of those names beyond that short list. for harry, it wasn't about power. it was about the sake of power. about the power to be able to use power to do right by people. that's why you wanted harry in
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your corner and that's what we should remember as a nation today. harry knew better than most how difficult democracy is, but the idea of america itself is under attack and dark and deeply enforced. that we're in a battle for the soul of america. landra, remember sitting in a room with harry when he was supporting me for president and my explaining to him the reason i decided to reason when i decided i was never going to do it again was watching all those neonazis come out of the fields down in virginia, chanting antisemitic, carrying nazi flags. and he asked me, i said we have to restore the soul of america. no one knew it better than harry. protecting democracy requires
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vig vigilant stewardship and harry's life shows it for all, through our darkest days, we can find light and find hope. just look at his life. it's just about every respect, harry reid came into this world with the odds against him. he believed life and he lived it and he left it believing anything was possible. he's demonstrating that anything's possible. look at this incredible family. harry, in a small way, reminds me of my dad. my dad used to say, joey, never explain and never complain. remember one day we were having an event and i was running for my i guess it was fifth term.
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we were at my house. i was feeling a little sorry for myself talking about a family loss of a daughter. my dad said i'll be back in a minute. left the house. we were waiting for people to show up. went up to the local hallmark store and came back with a cartoon that was on a little brass plaque with two sections to it. two slips from the cartoon character, hagar the horrible. and one, haga ar, the viking on ship had been moving along near the rocks, lightning comes out of sky, chars the horns of his helmet. breaks the mast of his ship. and he's looking up at god, he's
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going, god, why me? the next frame, there's a picture hagar and the ship and a voice coming down from heaven saying, why not? that was my dad. what makes you so special these things wouldn't lhappen to you? why not. stand up. get up. never bow. never bend. never yield. that was harry. never complain. that's what i admired so much about him. above harry's desk, as we all k know, in the senate office, a giant portrait of mark twain. they both loved nevada and both knew how to say things they know to be true about ourselves and our country. for harry, it was this, as he
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said himself. he said, quote, i grew up around people with strong values. even if they rarely talked about them. went on to say they loved their country. worshipped god. never shunned hard work. and never asked for special favors. that's harry. it's america. here's someone mark twain himself would have written about as a defining character in america's story had he known harry. to his staff known as team reid, you lost an incredibly genuine role model. but we see it carrying on hmr's
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legacy. people in nevada, you lost a beloved son, but his spirit's always going to burn as bright as the desert sun. to a nation, we lost a giant american. plain spoken. honorable. decent. brave. unyielding man. may this be his legacy. call on each of us to be our best. and speak truth in the heart to take up the remaining rounds of harry reid's good fight for the america we all love. what a gift. i mean this from the bottom of my heart. what a gift. what a life of a nation he turned until his last breath. landra, god bless you. god bless the entire family.
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and god bless my friend, harry. great american. god protect our troops. >> and that is president biden wrapping up his remarks honoring the late senator harry reid there in las vegas following former president, barack obama. i want to bring in jeff zellny to talk about this. cnn's senior political analyst, david gergen and susan page. very moving remarks there. jeff, at one point, president biden said of harry reid, it was all search light, not spotlight. i think that sums it up pretty well. >> he certainly did sum it up through some powerful and poignant remarks. joe biden worked alongside harry reid for a long time before
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becoming vice president and now president. he really ticked through a laundry list of things that simply would not have happened but not for harry reid. saving social security, the affordable care act, the wall street reform, on and on. but i think it was the private, personal matters where president biden minced no words. he added him to the ranks of the most powerful and successful and greatest senate leaders of all time. a giant of this time in the capitol, but it was president, former president obama's eulogy, jim, that i thought also spoke to this moment. specifically the pragmatic. he said reid was always a pragmatist. did not necessarily have a rigid ideology. he wanted to get the votes. wanted to get things done so perhaps a message for this time as senate democrats have been
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squabbling over differences on the biden agenda. president obama was definitely delivering a message through the current democratic party through the legacy and lessons of harry reid. also some moments of levity. when speaker nancy pelosi said she never heard harry reid utter an unkind word about any of his colleagues, president obama clearly ad libbing there in his speech said i don't know about that, nancy. he was unvarnished and the senators out there who have gotten the other side of a lecture from harry reid certainly know who he's talking about. so poignant, powerful moments, but also some moments of laughter and light there to celebrate harry reid. >> absolutely. we should point out you're looking at the flags at half-staff here in washington. there in front of the capitol. as the nation remembers harry reid. susan, you know, just to pick up
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on what jeff was just saying, you know, barack obama did say reid was not much of a sc schmoozer, wasn't a regular on the d.c. circuit, but he got things done. we don't have as much of that in washington these days, do we? >> i think some americans who watch politics closely would be surprised by this outpouring of affection for harry reid because he was not a good outside politician. it was, he was a terrible outside politician. couldn't give a big speech to save his life. in 2010, i went out, he had what was thought to be a serious challenge from sharon angle for senate re-election bid. he participated in a debate. he was terrible. he was not glib. but he was a master of as an inside politician. he was a master at getting legislation done. figuring out how to build a
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coalition that could get something like the affordable care act through the u.s. senate. and he had the enormous loyalty of members of the democratic caucus. member congressional leaders have small constituencies. 50 or 60 of the senators from their own party and with them, harry reid was really seen as a beloved figure. as somebody whose flaws were viewed with some affection and humor and he was seen as really effective at getting things done. >> i remember that 2010 campaign. i was covering that as well. i asked him was he worried about losing to sharon engel, he laughed at me. just sort of hilariously blew off this challenge and he was able to marshall those unions, those hospitality unions in las vegas to his benefit and he was able to win pretty handily in
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that race. david, do we need to have fewer charzmatic politicians in washington? might that help the situation a little bit? i kind of think that might be one of the themes today. >> i think so. i thought they were in very much in character and in the midst of the turmoil and anger and polarization, they reminded us of what politics used to be like when they first got into it and how personal relationships matter. harry reid, not cha charismatic. i think barack obama was sending a message to his party. especially to the progressive wing of the party. how important it's going to be to work across the aisle. there's something i thought was missing today. it was notable.
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i would really have, i think we would have been well off to have one republican to give a talk about working with the democrats. all the democrats. in terms of where we are as a people. talking to each other and having these difficult conversations as we try to heal. >> that is so true and i remember i spoke to harry reid last year during one interview and you know, he confessed that you know, he enjoyed giving the former house speaker, john boehner, a hard time when they had to tangle with one another in washington, but that they enjoyed working to get things done behybind the scenes and there's just to little of that these days in washington. so true what you said there. thanks to all of you for being with us for this special coverage of harry reid's funeral there in las vegas and we'll have more in just a moment. we'll be right back.
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president biden will deliver a speech on voting rights in atlanta next week in advance of the martin luther king jr. holiday. biden and democrats have been pushing two pieces of legislation to counter a wave of new republican laws that make it harder to vote, but the bills have stall ed in the senate. so chuck schumer has set the mlk holiday as the deadline. several lawmakers have reflected on the fact that the mob on january 6th was driven by the anger over the massive voter turnout in minority communities and as part of the anniversary, two members of congress, both women of color, talked about the moment they were asked to take off their congressional pins could not identify them. >> you can take your pin off but you can't take the color of your skin off. and it was a mob. it was a group of terrorists that were fueled by white supremacy and so we knew that what was unsettling to them was the browning of america was the fact that so many people turned out to vote in places like georgia. >> as a woman of color, as a black woman, i had to think twice about do i take it off or keep it on? if i take it off, will people recognize it, and if i keep it on, will i be attacked so what i ended up doing was hold it inmy hand so i could show it if i needed to. >> if i could ask you about the scarf, i know it has
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significance. explain it. >> the day that i was sworn in, i came in at the same time. 2016, i was elected. i said to my sister, i've got to wear something special. i'm the first woman to represent delaware. first person of color. and so she found record of the returns of qualified voters and reconstruction oath. it's from 1867. at the bottom, there's an x. our great, great, great grandfather who was a slave marked this x to have the right to vote. i carried on the day i was sworn in as my proof we've been through slavery. through reconstruction, through jim crow. and i carry it as my inspiration. >> joining me now is congressman james clyburn of south carolina. those were some powerful stories we heard.
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is there any hard evidence that anything is going to get done on voting rights in the next few days despite all those passions, all that emotion you just heard there? i wonder if we're just going to be let down if this doesn't happen. >> well, thank you very much for having me, jim. you know, i really hope so. you mentioned that there are two pieces of legislation under consideration. the jon r. lewis voting rights advancement act and the freedom to vote act. now, i would bring to your attention that the freedom to vote act is really a joe manchin's version of the for the people act. when that bill did not get ten republicans to come up, joe manchin requested of the senate leader time to pull something
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together that he thought he could get bipartisan support for. so the freedom to ovote act is what he pulled together and the republicans have disappointed him because they have not even supported that. so it seemed to me that that being the case, joe manchin ought to be all about now going forward with chuck schumer's vote and he ought to be ready to cut off the bait because it's his bill, this freedom to vote act, is his bill that we're trying to bring to a vote. >> and so you're talking about a special carve out in the senate filibuster rules to bring this legislation forward. we've been talking about the late senator harry reid today. sounds like something harry reid would certainly do.
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do you think that that, that kind of spirit is maybe making its way to joe manchin as we speak? >> certainly would to me. if joe manchin, who believes in the filibuster, of course i don't, but he said he thought he could pull something together that would get bipartisan votes. he pulled together and is still refusing to support it. so he has all the cover he needs to now step away and do what we need done and that is provide the 49th vote and i hope that the 50th vote will come along. >> and president biden as you know gave a very passionate speech on the anniversary of january 6th. he condemned trump in the most forceful way that we've heard yet from president biden. let's take a quick listen to that.
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>> the former president of the united states of america has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. he's done so because he values power over principle. because he sees his own interests as more important than his country's interests and america's interests. and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or constitution. he can't accept he lost. >> congressman clyburn, do you expect that tone to continue, to be even stronger on tuesday when the president gives that speech on voting rights in atlanta? has something changed with this president where he said you know what, enough is enough with this. i'm going to start calling this stuff out much more forcefully than in the past. >> i really think so. certainly hope so. because i think if president biden has given a full year of
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cooperation and he's not getting any. he has done the american rescue act and got very little cooperation. in fact, got none in the house. he's now done the infrastructure bill. got 19 i think house members, 13 senators. now he's trying to get build back better, which is the third leg on this three legged stool that is needed in order to bring balance back into people's lives so we can continue this pursuit of a more perfect union. so he's done that for a year. he has not decided that it's time for us to really call upon the american people to examine where we are as a nation, look and what is being proposed by people on the other side, then
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let's decide whether or not we want to continue this pursuit of fulfilling this democracy and its promise or are we going to give up on the pursuit for a more perfect union and turn to an autocratic government. that is what is the alternative at this particular juncture. either continue trying to perfect this democracy. it will never be perfect. but it ought to be a participatory democracy, a representative democracy. it should never become an autocracy and that's what you would do if you step away from the institution if you allow it to be turned into a cult and if you follow one man who has absolutely no relationship with the truth. >> doesn't that mean then that the attorney general has to act? you know, that is how a lot of democrats feel these days. a lot of your fellow democrats in the house. they sound like they're starting to sour a little bit on the
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attorney general, merrick garland. where are you on that? >> well, i said two days ago that i think the attorney general needs to step up his game. i think that's the exact quote i mentioned two weeks, two days ago. now that is not to say he ought not continue to pursue the judicial processes that he should pursue, but we have to remember that this country is teetering on edge and i think he needs to reassure the american people. it's not just about whether or not you're going to do what you need to do. it's whether or not the american people will have confidence in the fact that you will do what needs to be done and so things need to be said, things need to be done, so assure the american people that this democracy is not just worth saving, but that it's being saved.
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that is what i think is attorney general has to take into consideration. >> all right, congressman james clyburn. fiery as always. appreciate your time. thank you so much. >> thank you very much for having me. coming up, a united states senator begs for forgiveness for telling the truth and gravels at the feet of a television host. just another day in the trump-owned party. the t.o.p. hold on for that, next. who invented car vending machines and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana. (music)
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we have spent a lot of time this past week talking about january 6th, but we haven't
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really addressed what comes next. one thing we know is that the truth about the insurrection is still under attack. consider ted cruz. who told the truth and paid the price. >> we are approaching a solemn anniversary this week and it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incr incredible courage, incredible bravery. risk their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this capitol. >> but for cruz, a funny thing happened on the way to honesty. the same ted cruz who fanned the flames of the insurrection went on fox to apologize for telling the truth. that the attack on the capitol was an act of terrorism. tucker carlson accused cruz of lying, which makes sense as tucker is an expert on this subject.
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lying, that is. >> you called this a terror attack when by no definition was it a terror atok. it's a lie. you told that lie on purpose and i'm wondering why you did. >> thank you for having me on. when you aired your episode last night, i sent you a text after and said i'd like to go on because the way i phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy and it was frankly dumb and -- >> i don't buy that. whoa, whoa, i don't buy that. i've known you a long time since before you went to the senate. you take words as seriously as any man that's ever served in the senate. you repeated that phrase. i do not believe you used that accidentally. >> so, tucker, as a result of my sloppy phrasing, it's caused a lot of people to misunderstand what i meant. >> i know comparisons have been made to reek from "game of thrones," but i was thinking pulp fiction. at this point, if cruz wants to
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head to cancun, i don't blame him. somebody get this man a margarita. i'll be buying. cruz has repeatedly referred to january 6th as a terror attack. it's true. but herein lies the problem for the republican party. in the call to trump, truth telling will no longer be tolerated. some in the party used to tell the truth right after the capitol attack. anybody remember that? >> the mob was fed lies. >> the president bears responsibility for wednesday's attack on congress. >> they were provoked by the president and other powerful people. >> he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. >> trump and i, we've had a hell of a journey. i hate it being this way. >> and then something donned on nearly all of them. the republican party had already sold its soul to trump.
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then they sold out america. as kevin mccarthy did when he restored trump as the leader of the party. the transformation was complete. trump was the party and the party was trump. and a new breed of extremists started taking the lead. let's call them the t.o.p. >> the president didn't incite anything. >> we have a january 6th committee that nancy pelosi is leading. nothing but a political witch hunt. >> it was trump supporters that lost their lives that day. not trump support ers that were taking the lives of others. >> you know, if you didn't know the tv footage was a video from january 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit. >> all lies. all lies. trump's lies about the 2020 election became their lies. >> it's got to be a very hard thing to conceive because we
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know there was massive fraud. it was a rigged election. you look at the different states. the election was totally rigged. there's no way we lost georgia. >> to which senator holly said hold my beer. >> pin you down on what you're trying to do. you know, are you trying to say that as of january 20th, that president trump will be president? >> well, that depends on what happens on wednesday. this is why we have the debate. >> no, it doesn't. the states by the constitution say they certify the election. they did certify it. >> george orwell, eat your heart out. that shamelessness are now hard wired into the dna of the t.o.p. some are proud of what took place on january 6th. >> we're ashamed of nothing. >> seize the day. >> we're proud of the work we did on january 6th to make legitimate arguments about election integrity so we're
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going to make those arguments today in a press conference and we're going to go walk the grounds that americans walk frd the white house to the capitol. >> that explains why president biden was trying to grab people by the shirt collar this week when he vowed to defend american democracy. >> i did not seek this fight. brought to this capitol one year ago today. but i will not shrink from it either. i will stand in this breach. i will defend this nation. i will not allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy. >> why would the president put the threat to democracy in such stark terms as if there were some in the t.o.p. who were talking about civil war? that's because they are. georgia congresswoman greene has been floated the concept of quote, national divorce. another term for succession. she's succeeded from reality.
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north carolina representative boasted his side would win a second civil war. >> and i will tell you, we're going to face some dark times as a nation. i genuinely, i think we have an opportunity in the next four to six years to prevent kin etic american forces from meeting. although i have no doubt we have -- >> let's be honest. a lot of these agitators, instigators, they're not going to be doing the fighting themselves. we've seen what happens when the going gets tough for senator cruz. there won't be a battle of cancun. they can take our live, but they can't take our tequila. no, these instigators will send others into battle. they'll send our young adults. our teenagers. your teenagers. to do the fighting. just like what happens in any other war. and for what? or should i say for whom? the orange headed love child of
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rupert murdoch and david duke, who said this about the anniversary of january 6th. >> they never show helicopter pictures of that incredible crowd because it was the largest crowd i've ever spoke before. i've never seen a crowd that big. >> it was massive. >> it was the real number, i won't say it because it will be a headline, oh, he exaggerated the number. the real number was over that sacred number. you know what that number was, right? >> i do. >> and i don't even talk about that. and they don't talk about it. i'll tell you, the crowd itself was the biggest crowd i've ever, and i've spoken before the biggest crowds. the biggest i've ever spoken by far. >> he's sick. that is sick. and his party right now is changing state voting laws and running candidates who peddle the big lie to oversee elections
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all because of that deranged lunatic. the same party that barely showed up to commemorate the first anniversary of january 6th may win control of congress this year and begin plotting to install trump as president in 2024. yes, even if he loses again. which is why the justice department simply has to do its job. investigate the real case of voter fraud from 2020. trump's voter fraud. the way he and his kai ball pressured state officials and his vice president to steal the 2020 election then cover it all up. they didn't want to stop the steal. they were doing the stealing. our upcoming elections are a little like the comet threatening to destroy the earth in the movie, don't look up. experts are warning us our democracy could take a direct hit in our next elections. you could do something about it. i at not going to both sides of the truth for january 6th or our
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from jd vance. a republican candidate for a u.s. senate seat in ohio. he tweeted there are dozen of people who protested on j 6 who haven't been charged with a crime and are being mistreated in d.c. prisons. another tweet. many of these prisoners are veterans who served their country honorably. there isn't much in those tweets which is why we're so glad to have you. >> these tweets are false. mr. vance said dozens of prisoners are in a prison in d.c. without charges. in fact, the actual number of january 6th who are in d.c. jail, not prison, without charges, is zero. all of these people have been charged. you can google their names or look them up on the department of justice's handy, official, online database. the other thing to note, jim, they've not only been charged, but accused of something serious. the vast majority of the 700 plus people who have been charge nd the capitol assault were
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released to await trial. i shouldn't say handful, but the minority that have been detained, it numbers in the dozens, are there because they've been accused of either doing something violent, thought to be too dangerous to release or thought to be a flight risk. those decisions were made by trump-appointed judges. not by the biden administration or its political appointees. now, mr. vance did post a quasi soft semicorrection. he said convicted, not charged, but he never took down the offending false tweet and never explicitly acknowledged he had gotten it wrong. >> twitter has gone to graeat lengths to root out disinformation. when it comes to january 6th, it's rampant. >> it's hard for me to think of some sort of systemic solution. i think it's incumbent upon all
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of us in the media, not just the designated fact checkers, but for all of us to be calling the steps out as quickly and forcible as possible. >> yeah. there was a time when they told us not to pay attention to the tweets, but it's very important these days. daniel, thank you so much for that fact check as always. appreciate it. >> thank you. in western washington state, flood waters closed a 20-mile stretch of interstate 5 south of seattle friday. at one point, people had to be rescued from the tops of their vehicles. one man was killed trying to get his car out of the way of the oncoming floods. i-5 is now open, but five rivers still pose a threat. add this to the travel frustration, a combination of snow and icy rain has closed all mountain passes between the eastern and western sides of the state. a break in the rain is expected to bring some long awaited relief and we certainly hope for that. and make sure to tune in for an unforgettable concert film all about carole king and james taylor, just call out my name.
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it's at 9:00 p.m. tonight. don't miss it. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." in washington, the sudden covid surge in weekend getting in the way of those who need medical help for other reasons. 40 hospitals are stopping all non-urgent surgeries for the next two weeks as bed space is running low. many people who are filling up hospital beds across the nation are too young to get vaccinate. a record number of kids under 5 years old are in hospitals infected with the coronavirus or kids under age 18, new hospital admissions are at a record level. averaging nearly 800 a day. it's fuelling school safety concerns. in chicago, a stand off after the teacher's union voted to teach remotely and the school district wants in-person learning. today, chicago's mayor has rejected a new proposal, but as they battle it out, classes have


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