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bottom of the mason jar busts out. lucky for the diners it wasn't, say, like a watermelon margarita, because that sticky doesn't go away. >> do have anything quick, hurled? >> once-in-a-lifetime airbnb, if we're lucky, mets fans can stay in the cityville suite. first pitch, all to honor bobby many. >> i even learned about him today. a friend. that's it for us. "special report" is up next, hey, bret. >> bret: thanks, dana. good evening, i'm bret baier. breaking tonight, following a pair of big stories, search and rescue efforts have just resumed at this hour at the state of the condo towers that collapsed in south florida. the work was actually halted for several hours today over concerns the remainder of the building was unstable. president biden was in the area today to get everything and to meet with grieving families. we will have a live report there shortly. but we begin with the u.s. supreme court putting an exclamation point on its term
with a major ruling, upholding a republican-backed voting rules in arizona that a lower court had said is committed against minorities. let's find out what this means not just for arizona, but also for the rest of the country. fox news chief legal correspond, anchor of "fox news @ night," shannon bream joins us this evening. good evening, shannon. >> good evening, bret. the court wrapped up its term today with two contentious 6-3 decisions along ideological lines as the public pressure on justice breyer to retire heats up. >> at the national debate over state election laws rages, the supreme court upheld two key provisions of arizona's election framework. opponents say it's aimed at suppressing minority voters. arizona discards ballots when voters cast them in the wrong precinct and bands ballot harvesting or allowing a third-party to collect and deliver someone else's vote. the majority found that neither violated section two of the voting rights act and that the
ballot harvesting ban "was not enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose." in her dissent, justice kagan took aim at the majority, accusing them of rewriting the law "in order to weaken a statute that stands as a minute to america's greatness that protects against its basest impulses." prisoner biden called the decision deeply disappointing. >> president biden: it is mildly positive in the sense that there is a remedy available based on the particular voting decision. i plan on speaking extensively on voting rights. >> the court's decision comes just days after the justice department announced its lawsuit against georgia's new election law. >> the department of justice shouldn't be weaponizing this process and punishing states for trying to enact measures that protect voters. >> the doj says today it remains strongly committed to challenging discriminatory election laws. in the court's final opinion of the term, the justices struck down california regulation
requiring terminal groups including political organizations to turn over the names of their biggest donors to the state. groups as diverse as the aclu and the heritage foundation joined forces to fight the law, arguing it would quell free speech. chief justice roberts writing for a majority "the risk of a chilling effect on association is enough because first amendment freedoms need breathing space to survive" and though it's being celebrated by nonprofits across the political spectrum, senate majority leader chuck schumer called the ruling a jaw-dropping decision today, making it much harder to expose the evil of dark money in our political system. this being the final day of the term, we are always on standby for any retirement announcements but despite growing public pressure and calls for him to step down, as of right now, joao signs that justice breyer is planning a return but i probably won't turn my phone up over the weekend just in case.
>> bret: we will -- there are concerns about the work environment in the office of vice president kamala harris. meanwhile, the argument over which party actually favors defunding police departments around the country is intensifying tonight. this occurs against the backdrop of rapidly escalating crime statistics in many major cities as we've been covering. white house correspondent peter doocy takes a look. >> who defunded the police? republicans say it was democrats. >> we watched a crime continue to spike as the democrats made that movement just a few -- here about defunding the police. >> democrats say it was her republicans. >> are there any examples of republican member's of congress saying they want to defund the police? >> i think most people would argue that actions are more important than words, wouldn't you say? >> this map shows that almost all the big cities that have moved to defund police department's in recent years are
run by elected democrats, including new york, los angeles, and seattle, where lance randall is running for mayor, hoping to boost morale at the local pd. >> police officers that i talk to feel that they're not appreciated. >> in the federal government at the highest levels, there's a different kind of trouble brewing, in the vice president of pastor's office. >> the road ahead will not be easy. >> someone her staff agree. a person with direct knowledge of how the vps office operates tells political people are thrown under the bus from the very top. there are short fuses and it's an abusive environment. the harris portfolio right now includes some of the most, gated problems facing the country, including improving vaccination rates, immigration policy, and voting rights. >> president biden: i said when we became a team and got elected that the vice president is going to be the last person in the room. she didn't realize that means she gets every assignment.
>> an official in the vice president's office points us to the statement from spokeswoman simone sanders. "we are not making rainbows and bunnies all day. what i hear is that people have hard jobs and i'm like welcome to the club." if murmurs of unhappiness and eisenhower exec it office building have reached the west wing, president biden doesn't seem concerned about her work product, particularly on addressing root causes of migration. >> president biden: done a great job so far. >> vice president harris took a lot of incoming from republicans recently over that delayed trip to the border, but these new complaints are coming from democrats, who chose to work for her in her office and the complaints are made mostly anonymously, which has harris spokeswoman saying if people come forward like that, they are cowards. bret. >> bret: peter doocy live on the north line. peter, thank you. let's bring in west virginia democrat senator joe manchin. tenet or, thank you for being
here. >> good to be with you, bret, how are you? >> bret: i'm great. we want to talk about what peter just talked about about crime and the back-and-forth and all of that but i want to talk about the legislation that's coming up and that is this week there was a lot of back-and-forth about whether president biden was going to sign a bipartisan infrastructure bill if it didn't -- wasn't tied to a reconciliation bill much bigger down the road. there's no word that moderate democrats are saying that maybe that reconciliation bill can go forward but can only be $1 trillion or less. is that true? >> well, i don't know what the [indiscernible] law will be. first of all there was never doubt my mind the president biden didn't support the bipartisan infrastructure -- we will call the traditional infrastructure, roads, bridges, water, and all those different things that we have done. this is the greatest, largest bill that we've ever done infrastructure in the history of the united states. it has something for everybody
and every state needs so much help. at my state is one of the worst bridges -- bridge situations in the country and we desperately need it, we had roads repaired, we need roads built, so that's good for everybody. so with that i never doubted that he would not support it. he made a mistake when he spoke, he corrected that mistake and we are moving forward and he's out now, not only did he corrected his mistake, he's out now supporting it and going forward full blast, so i appreciate that. >> bret: writes, saying that -- he wants the bipartisan bill, of course, but he also is saying he wants to sign a bigger reconciliation bill. this is what nancy pelosi has said about all of this. >> let me be really clear on this: we will not take up a bill in the house until the senate passes the bipartisan bill and a reconciliation bill. >> bret: that seems pretty
clear from the speaker of the house. if for you, what does a reconciliation bill have to look like, and are you alone in what you're thinking about it? >> well, bret, i don't know -- i've been alone for a long time it seems like your recently but what i will say is this: reconciliation -- i understand we will probably have to go to reconciliation because i did not vote for this 2017 tax bill that president trump put forward. i had worked for a long time in a bipartisan way with my republican colleagues and friends and democrats and we thought we had a good bipartisan bill for tax overhaul but at the end they want to reconciliation and no democrats were there and i thought it was weighted too much to the high-end earners, if you will. with that, i'm agreeable to making adjustments to the tax code, which i think will be fair and competitive.
i use the word competitive, bret, because we are in a global market. we are in a world global market here that we have to compete and with that, you can't go -- just throw caution to the wind. we are going to look at all the rates we think can be adjusted in a competitive race, let's see how much money that would spin off and then based on what money we have two spend, our priorities on what we should do and what we call a human infrastructure bill. also, bret, i remind of her body that we put out close to $6 trillion in money and so many various ways in education, helping people, medication, food programs, we are doing an awful lot, so all that should be taken into consideration. also it's been accomplished, but with that we have $28.5 trillion of debt and i've said this before. we are writing checks our children could never cash. and we're putting up -- >> bret: let me try this a
different way. if the reconciliation bill they are envisioning on the progressive side is 4-6 trillion, you're not going with that? >> i don't think i could ever get there for that. i don't think that we -- not unless we just throw caution to the wind on the tax code and care less, are we competing in a global market and are we being fair cometh that you just throw that out the window. that seems to me totally out of the ballpark. >> bret: you've always said here on the show, other shows, that you're against changing the filibuster rules, but there is nuance there because previous nuclear options have been changed by changing the senate precedent. if not the rules. so are you for lowering the threshold at all from 60 votes to 55 boats, or changing that in any way? >> bret, i haven't changed at all on that. i've been at 60 votes.
the dash we should be working together. the democrats are in the minority and the republicans in the majority, we should be able to find at least ten reasonable -- 50/50 and if they had 54, 55, then you only need e bottom line is the filibuster is there so that the minority has input. i've been in the minority and i've been in the majority and i can tell you, when you're in the minority, you like to have input. if it was going to be a 51-volt threshold, a simple majority, then i would have ran for the house, i wouldn't have run for the senate. the senate is different. we have a different role to play and basically we are called the most [indiscernible] body for reason. we don't expect anything to come from the house that's going to be in a bipartisan manner, bret. we know it's going to be hot as a firecracker, with article that thing off. if we are no different on the house, it will come in hot, and it will go out hot.
>> bret: kyrsten sinema from arizona said something similar and i think there are other people who maybe haven't spoken out who may feel the way that you do, just privately seen that. there are a lot of people, republicans i've talked to who say what would it take for joe manchin to switch parties? >> it's a party -- if switching a party -- whether you have a deed by your name or a r by your name, if it changes who you are by to as a person, then it's all about the profession, it's not about the oath you take to the constitution to protect and defend, that shouldn't be party affiliation, that should be all of us. i've always said this, i'm fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. i guess you can put me anywhere you want, but having the d or the r by my name or changing one of the other, i've never considered that. i believe in the democratic principles that i grew up with and how i was raised and i
believe the respect everyone of my republican friends because they have a commitment and i respect that. and we sit down and we talk. we find out. once we do, we agree and the problem. if the problem is something we can all agree on and you can find a solution, the hard part today, bret, is we can't even get agreement on the facts anymore. everybody brings their own facts of the table. you're entitled your opinion, just don't bring your own set of facts to support your opinion. >> bret: this is the pushback to that. they say president biden didn't win a single county in west virginia and you feel more allegiance if you're getting pushed from democrats to do something to the people of west virginia or to the democratic party. >> i'm here because of west virginia. i'm here because of every person in west virginia. i love my state as much as anything in the world.
not quite as much of my family, but not far behind but i would do anything for my state of west virginia it's been so good to me, the opportunities, i had a chance to serve as governor for two terms, secretary of state before that, i know this process very well. these are good people in the bottom line is they have changed. i told the democratic party what had happened to people like west virginians or people that come from rural areas, all of a sudden find themselves not good enough, not clean enough, not green enough and not smart enough. well, i'm sorry, these are the same good west virginians and independent republicans that we've always been. they just started voting differently for that reason, and they still send me back to represent them and i do the best i possibly can. i know them. they don't know me as the democrat -- joe the democrat, they know me as joe. >> bret: you've been successful as a democrat west virginia. last thing quickly, will congress ever care about the national debt again?
and when? >> i'm concerned about this. i don't see either side, to be honest with you. they all talk a good game but there's no one, no one truly concerned about all the trust funds we have, all the different things, medicare, medicaid, social security. what are we doing? we at least sitting down and thinking how are we able to basically continue these programs that are so desperately needed, but also making sure to live within our means? we had a balanced budget in west virginia, most states have a balanced budget amendment. as governor upset every week and then when the crash out, it was every day making adjustments so we could live within our means and when you get outside of your means and you get -- my grandfather but it was tell me, bret, he said "joe, uncontrolled debt -- you'll make terrible decisions and we are making terrible decisions because we will not face the truth and
basically situation that we have of unimaginable debt. 28.5 -- 4 billion every day, like clockwork. i get a wake-up call every morning, 4 billion every day increasing. >> bret: and if interest rates go up one point we pay more on the national debt. >> oh, my goodness. >> bret: more than we pay for the pentagon. senator joe manchin, thank you so much for the time, you're welcome back anytime. >> it was good to be with you, i hope all is well at i hope the family as well. >> bret: thank you. stocks were up-to-date, the dow gained 131, the s&p 500 had a sixth straight record close after gaining 22, the nasdaq rose 18 grade up next, the argument over whether masks should still be required on planes and other public transportation, plus, we talk to the surgeon general. ♪ ♪ — they customize my car insurance so i only pay for what i need. 'cause i do things a bit differently. wet teddy bears! wet teddy bears here!
♪ ♪ >> bret: bennie thompson will run the new selected committee investor waiting the january 6th capital right. nancy pelosi has picked thompson along with wyoming were public and congresswoman liz cheney. she was one of only two republicans who supported forming the committee. cheney, as you are a member, was removed from the g.o.p.
leadership this year because of her criticism of former president trump. a top house aides as minority leader kevin mccarthy is threatening to strip committee assignments from republicans who accept appointments from pelosi to that new select panel. there are a lot of questions about covid-19, the new variant, the delta variant, what to do, masks going forward. let's try to get some answers of where things stand tonight on the pandemic. joining us is u.s. surgeon general dr. vivek murthy. general, thanks for being here. >> glad to be with you, bret. >> bret: let's start with the delta variant and we've heard a lot about it and how serious is this and if you're vaccinated, should you be worried about this? >> i'm glad you asked, bret. i am very worried about the delta variant. this is a version of covid-19 that is far more transmissible than any variant we've seen to date. some data indicates it may also be more dangerous.
more to come on that but what we've seen around the world is that it is spread very fast, in the india and the united kingdom and the u.k. it doubles nearly every two weeks here in the united states. but the good news is that the vaccines that we have appear to be effective against the delta variant, so if you're vaccinated, you're in good shape. if you are not vaccinated, unfortunately you are at greater risk because we have a highly transmissible variant that is spreading quickly and that's the delta variant. >> bret: that's the thing. so let's say have got pfizer and i've done the two doses, i should feel good, okay? >> if you are fully vaccinated, you should feel good number that's right. you should feel they've got -- and nothing is 100% but you've got a high degree of protection against symptomatic infection and an even higher, greater than 95%, protection against hospitalization and death. >> bret: right, so here we are dealing with communities that are considering getting back into mask mandates.
there are a lot of these communities that have pretty high percentages of vaccination rates but done as a country pretty well getting shots in arms. but where are you on that, on masks? >> well, i'm glad you asked, bret because i knew this has been a source of confusion and what we are seeing across the country is we are seeing a lot of variation. some part of the country that have very high vaccination rates, other parts that have really low vaccination rates, 30% or below in some cases, compared to 80% or above and other parts of the country. and in parts of the country where there are low vaccination rates, we're starting to see more outbreaks driven by the delta variant. here's what it tells us about masking. it tells us of your fully vaccinated, that means two weeks after your last dose, then you are highly protected and your chances of both getting sick and transmitting the virus to someone else are low. and that's why the cdc came out and said that if your fully vaccinated, because of that low
risk, you don't have to mask indoors or outdoors. there is some circumstances where individuals may decide they want to continue masking, may be there in an area at high risk, maybe they live at home with him vaccinated individuals. there are also circumstances where localities may decide they want to put in more restrictive measures and that is absolutely their right to do so but the science is clear if you are fully vaccinated that your risk of getting covid-19 is low. >> bret: last thing, when it comes to planes and transportation, you're thinking maybe we are not going to see those masks go away anytime soon? >> welcome it's a good question and it's something the cdc is actively evaluating. as new science comes in as we learn more about the variant, about how the virus is spreading in the united states, then they continue to reevaluate their guidance. for the time being the gardens is to keep masking on planes and in other public transportation. with the delta variant spreading, i think that's concerning to many of us, so if and when the science changes,
their guidance will change. i don't think is happening today, but it is something we will have to evaluate on a day by day, week by week basis. >> bret: dr. vivek murthy, the u.s. surgeon general, we thank you for your time and your service. >> thank you so much, bret, take care and stay safe. >> bret: up next, a live update from south florida where rescue operations have resumed after a stall. plus, a deadly side effect from the border crisis, a rise in the importation of dangerous illegal drugs. we will go live to the border. >> it is killing people from low economy, impoverished neighborhoods to the richest. it does not discriminate. ♪ ♪
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workers quickly evacuated the heap of concrete and steel for their own safety. engineers and fire and rescue have been concerned since last thursday about the stability of the part of the tower that did not collapse. overnight, their fears simply became too great. >> 6-12 inches of movement in a large column hanging from the structure that could fall and cause damage to the support columns in the sub terrain garage area. >> the timing of this is terrible as the families of the still-missing 145 people know the window of finding them alive is shrinking fast. today's date eight since half the building and caked to the ground, 18 residents now confirmed dead, to coat discovered yesterday were young sisters, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old. their parents also died. after receiving a command briefing, the president then met with those considered heroes here, the first responders in search and rescue crews. >> president biden: we understand anybody [indiscernible] what you're doing now is hard as hell.
and i just wanted to say thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. >> the president also meant to -- met to console the desperate family members caught in a situation no one wants. that was closed to the press. there was a possibility that he would visit the pile of rubble in person to see the disaster for himself, but today in light of the new danger, that was called off. so after 15 long hours of no search operations at all happening, which was terrible for the families, the search and rescue operation has now resumed just in the past hour, which is of course great relief for the families, the county mayor expended by sing their structural engineer studied and studied the remaining tower, the brown structure behind me, all day long and they determined it was no longer a risk, in their opinion to all of the fire rescue people down below digging in the frantic pile of rubble.
back to you, bret. >> bret: phil keating live in surfside. thank you. tonight we take a look at one of the dangerous side effects from the southern border crisis. officials there say the influx of illegal drugs is causing major problems, including a spike in fatal overdoses. correspondent griff jenkins supports from the way a texas again tonight. >> it is a 2000% increase in fentanyl they've apprehended for the first six months of this year compared to the first six months of last year. >> texas governor greg abbott warning of a surge in deadly drug sentinel crossing our border and reaching communities off the entire state of texas and beyond. a border patrol says it's due to cartels taking advantage of agents occupied with the heavy flow of migrants. in the el paso sector, where vice president harris visited last week, border officials have seized 41 pounds of fentanyl this year compared to just 1 pound and all of 2018.
that's a 4000% increase. across the entire southwest border, they've seized more than 7,000 pounds this year, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. 500 miles north, county sheriff says he's seeing a dangerous impact. >> we have seen, i believe the number is three times as many overdoses this year as we did last year at this time. >> and the deadly consequences reach far beyond the lone star state. west virginia attorney general patrick morrissey, whose state has been among the hardest hit draws are direct correlation to the border. >> the death toll continues to rise and a lot of it is a direct relationship to having porous borders down south. >> nationwide, synthetic opioid debts exceeded 55,000 last year. taking a toll on families like jaime porta whose 16-year-old son daniel died after taking a pill laced with fentanyl.
>> fentanyl changed the whole drug landscape my landscape i didn't know even existed until my son passed away due to the scourge. >> border patrol officials tell me that having more agents here in the rgb from northern and coastal sectors due to the surge of migrants has helped them increase their procedures of narcotics, bret. speeone's dad story. the recall vote for california democratic governor gavin newsom will take place september 14th. that announcement, that date came up today. critics unmasked enough signatures largely fueled by dissatisfaction over coronavirus restrictions that shorted schools, churches, and businesses. double republicans have said they will run, including conservative talk show host larry elder, and former olympian caitlyn jenner. the national football league is finding its team in washington
$10 million and its owner of that team, dan snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations after an independent investigation into the washington football organizations workplace misconduct. the probe set ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues that made the environment highly unprofessional, particularly for women. up next, what the former president's lawyer is calling a political hit job. here's what some of our fox affiliates on the country are covering today. fox 11 in los angeles as a judge rejects a request to britney spears to have her father removed from his role as conservator of her estate. last week, she called the situation abusive and said she should be allowed to control her own finances. and this is a live look at gulfport, mississippi, from fox 25, our affiliate down there. the big story there tonight, mississippi state defeats vanderbilt to win the college
world series. school officials say they will stage a parade friday through downtown starkville. it is the first team sport national championship for mississippi state. congratulations. that's tonight live look outside the beltway from "special report." we will be right back. ♪ ♪ we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right. usaa insurance is made just the way martin's family needs it with hassle-free claims, he got paid before his neighbor even got started. because doing right by our members, that's what's right. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for. ♪ usaa ♪
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>> good evening, bret. he has changed french cuffs for handcuffs in court today. the longtime chief financial officer of the trump organization in the company itself both pled not guilty to allegations in a scheme that prosecutors say was sweeping and audacious that went on for 15 years and illegal payment scheme they say it was a designed to evade new york state and new york city texas. he is 73 years old. he has long been seen as one of the former president's top financial advisors. he has worked for the trumps for nearly 50 years. he is accused of conspiracy, criminal tax fraud, and grand larceny, who prosecutors say was the company's -- designed to give trump executive secret pay raises, 1.7 million worth for him alone. the indictment says the company paid for his apartment, his electric, cable tv, internet, and phone bills, flatscreen
tvs, carpeting, mercedes-benz, and even the annual $55,000 private school tuition forrs. but failed to disclose those as income. the charges are seen as an attempt to pressure him to cooperate in an ongoing probe of the trump empire but lawyers for the trump organization slammed the case. >> it is not appropriate and quite frankly, it sets a precedent. i think it's 244 years, we have not had a local prosecutor go after a former president of the united states or his employees or his company. anything to stop the maga movement and me even dictated involved prosecutorial misconduct and harassment of a
political opponent, which they are using at levels rarely seen before." after the court session, he walked out of the court. he is free on bail but he did have two on his own recognizance but he did have to give up his own passport. he and his attorney both did not speak to the media as they left. meanwhile, as he is returning back to his home, the prosecutors in court made a point to say that politics has nothing to do with his case, but here it is seen that he could be the first of more trump organization executives who could end up in the crosshairs of the manhattan district attorney. bret. >> bret: eric shawn in a reigning new york. thank you. up next, the panel with reaction to the big u.s. supreme court ruling on voting rights and also reaction to my interview with west virginia democratic senator joe manchin. next. ♪ ♪ ♪that you laughed about♪ ♪well, the names have all changed♪
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♪ ♪ >> bret: if the reconciliation bill they are envisioning on the progressive side is 4-6 trillion, you're not going with that? >> i don't think i could ever get there. not unless we just throw caution to the wind on the tax code and care less. are we competing in the global market and are we being fair --
if you just throw that out the window. that seems to me totally out of the ballpark. >> bret: senator joe manchin talking about what possibly could be reconciliation bill after a bipartisan infrastructure bill, but he's not getting to 4-6 trillion, wouldn't get to the number about 1 trillion is what we are on capitol hill from moderate democrats. let's bring in our panel. mollie hemingway, senior editor is that "the federalist." jonathan swan, national political reporter for axios and trey gowdy, former congressman from south carolina. jonathan, the white house had kind of a muddled week on messaging on this, had to walk back over the weekend, where the president is or isn't. when you listen to joe manchin there and also sink is not for adjusting filibuster even down from 60 votes to 55, what is the plan of attack here from the white house point of view? >> it's really hard. i mean, everything has to go
almost perfectly for them to get these two bills through and when i talk to white house officials and people close to the white house who are advising the white house, when you have honest conversations with them that are not on the record for public consumption, they're pretty bearish about the reconciliation package. it's just hard to imagine a package that gets through the senate with joe manchin, you just spoke to him, with his vote that can then be signed off on by the most progressive members of nancy pelosi's house. it's just a really big gap between the house progressives and joe manchin and kyrsten sinema and i don't know what kind of political magic can bridge that gap and nor did the people i talk to. >> bret: meantime, molly, the progressive side, the democrats, are throwing down these gauntlets every day, this will not happen, this will not happen if both are not passed together.
>> yes, and i think senator manchin showed how he is able to be elected as a democrat in such a republican state with his moderation and his approach there. people are not making it easy for joe biden to have success here, but he's part of the reason why he's not having success. his campaign in his inauguration were all about how he was going to be a unifier, how he was going to bring people together and a senator manchin was talking tonight about how important it is to get a few people from another party on your side when you're passing legislation, joe biden should not have so much trouble doing this. he finally in fact did get people for the infrastructure bill, immediately sabotaged it. nancy pelosi isn't helping because of her ultimatums as well but it really gives line to this idea of how joe biden was a unifier or moderate when he can't get something is widely liked as the infrastructure bill passed. >> bret: trey, i mean, this sounds like it's not happening.
>> yeah, bret. i like to take a step back and look at the political reality. joe manchin represents a state where joe biden did not win a single solitary county. let that sink in for a second varied joe biden did not win a single county in west virginia and nancy pelosi would not win a neighborhood other than the philosophy department at west virginia university. so joe manchin is not going to vote for what "the squad" wants and for people who like representative government and representatives who actually vote like their state wants, they should love joe manchin, because it's a ruby red state. >> bret: all right, meantime, the supreme court coming in with this big ruling on arizona. let's take a listen to the arizona attorney general and the president on this. >> this is all about protecting the integrity of elections and making sure that states have the ability to conduct the time, place, and manner of their elections the way they want.
at what we've seen from the left, even with hr1 and s1 is an attempt to nationalize elections. >> president biden: it is critical thateake a distinction between voter suppression and suspension. the ability of a state legislative body to come along and vote their legislature vote to change who was declared the winner i find to be somewhat astounding. but the supreme court ruled did not rule that way today to the best of my knowledge. >> bret: quickly around the horn, jonathan, mollie, trey, about the implication of this ruling and kind of what it means broadly beyond arizona. jonathan buried >> it's just going to be much harder for the democrats to challenge these were public in voting laws at the state level, makes it very hard to see how, for example, all these lawsuits in georgia are going to ultimately succeed and, you know, the democrats
don't really have many options here because there's a lot of talk about hr1 and s1, these bills at the federal level, they are just fantasy, they're not going to become reality. there is nowhere near the votes required, so litigation is really the only option and this is a huge, huge blow to their litigation strategy. >> bret: mollie. >> the voting rights act was passed at a time of the country really did have two deal with jim crow. the bike demonstration and other people in the left have been trying to say that now, which is a time when people are able to vote more easily than they ever have been in the history is also jim crow. this ruling really shows how that language is inappropriate and dangerous and wrong. alito provided guidance for when you can bring -- when you can bring a claim under the voting rights act and that guidance was really needed because we were seeing different courts rule things different ways but it makes it clear that ballot harvesting, bans on ballot harvesting, are not a violation of the voting rights act, and
that's important for the secret ballot. >> bret: kagan's dissent was blistering. trey. >> yeah, you know, bret, about a month ago, democrats thought that voter i.d. laws were racist. they've changed their mind. who knows, in another week they may think you accept a vote in the precinct which is what the supreme court said. you have to vote in your precinct on someone that cares about you has to harvest your ballot. i don't think that that's that revolutionary. >> bret: when we combat, tomorrow's headlines. keep it here. ♪ ♪ you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. oh um, doug can we talk about something other than work, it's the weekend. yeah, yeah. [ squawk ] hot dog or... chicken? [ squawk ] only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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>> bret: finally tonight, a lightning look at tomorrow's headlines. mollie. >> a pew study confirms that donald trump made major gains with hispanic voters, getting nearly 40% of the vote and exceeding what romney, mccain and even george w. bush george w. bush in 2000 got. the working class multiracial coalition of the republican party is real. >> bret: jonathan. >> fresh leaks from the vice president's office.
>> bret: that's a short one, but true. trey. >> alexander hamilton no longer worried the judicial branch will be too weak. >> bret: [laughs] all right, panel, thank you very much and thank you for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and still unafraid and we made it. posted by jesse watters starts right now. hey, jesse. >> jesse: you did make it, or appreciate it. >> bret: [laughs] >> jesse: good evening and welcome to "fox news primetime." i'm jesse watters and in moments, donald trump jr. will be joining me with exclusive reaction to the trump organization cfo pleading not guilty to those tax fraud charges today. but first, joe biden has been dismantling america ever since he took office. we've been reporting on it extensively yet democrats seem to believe that uncle joe is doing a great job. until now. new sury