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thank you boh very, very much for being here. we now turn back to the pb "newshour." i'm will william brangham, thank you very much for joining us. rigged."
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you may not agree withhat
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assessment, but it i nonetheless a reality for nearly >> yang: democratsed those objecting of casting doubt on the democratic process. >> the congress does not determine the outcome of ections, the people do. the congress is not endowed with the power to administer elections. our states are given that power. >> yang: across the capitol in the house chamber, many of the same arguments were made. colorado republican representative lauren boebert. >> 10 extra days were added via judicial fiat to allow voter registration. these 10 days were added after voting had already begun. this is completely indefensible. you cannot change the rules of an election while it is underway to trust it.he american people >> yang: but democrats like congressman joe neguse o colorado dismissed their claims. >> today we hear from in this a chamber, n, but some of my
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colleagues on the other side of the aisle vague claims of fraud. no substance. no evidence. no facts. no elanation for why over 88 judges across this land have rejected t very same claims. >> yang: when order had not been restored in the capitol by day's end, house leaders decided to cais iquits and try to fin dealing with the arizona objection tomorrow.en when they reco republican lawmakers plan to object to results in two more states, georgia and pennsylvania; objections at the root of theha emotionsfueled the protests that disrupted the process today. for the pbs newshouri'm john yang.f: >> woodrnd we have two new updates as this story unfolds. we have learned that lawmakers will crush tonight to count the official electoral votes and there has now been conrmation from two s ws organizatiat
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the woman who was shot inside the capitol has dd. it has been an extraordinary and notragic day. our lisa desjardins was inside the capitol when it was stormed by protesters. our yamiche alcindor has been at the white house thrououthis , to you first, this news that the woman who was shot has died casts an even grater pall over what was already anho ific seases set oaf developments. >> reporter: that's right and i believe the capitol hasn't begun to reckon with the eventst ofay. as i'm talking you can see next to me theagent of arms of the house of representatives passing me on his way into the house chamber and i saw high-ranking aides to nancy pelosi moving in. it looks to m like they're getting ready to allow people back into the capitol. i may be able to get that way myself soon. we know they have secured,
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according to capitol police, the u.s. capitol building and ain, as you say, judy, officials are planning to meet and continue and finish the electoral college count, the dcisive certification of joe biden as president tonht. there is curfew in place, as you've said, in washington, d.c. we've had announcements here. i don't for were meant those were meant for protestors. i've never heard this kind of announcement before, a sort of siren and bell sound that warned people if tey did notget home before this hour, they would be subject to arrest if they were outside. i believe that was meant forto protes, and now it does look like we're going to be able to shortly make it back into the ecapitol, at least the lading officials to have the house are on -- officials of the house are on their way in there now. >> woodruff: lisa, we're trying to understand whether they plan -- theyplan to go forward. we've heard -- we've just seen a statement by whip clyburn who of course, very close to speaker
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pelosi saying they planto get the business done of counting these electoral votes, but we don't know if all the objections that had been entertained, that had been planned are going wforward givenat's happened. >> no, we don'tnow and it's a very wifed universe of publicans who were -- wide universe of republicans who were objectors. eey don't all feel the s way about why they were objecting. some felt the election was fraudulent. others said they want to make a poinst to have a day of debate. that is a question, then, that leads to how much time will be used up, how many republicans will speak to actually and try rand debate this issue because of what's happened here, the consequences are sort of thishdeparture from realityt we saw with the election and now we've seen manifhet physically in the capitol, will thaty change how mpublicans want to speak up tonight objecting to the elections. >> woodruff: well, we will
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see. we're going to be covering it closely, watching it vey closely. now to you, yamiche, at the ewhite house, where resident went, left from the white house this morning to go speak to these protesters who later ended up mobbing e citol and, now, yamiche, he's made some statements bby he stand his view that e election was stolen. reporter: that's right today, we saw the physical manifestations and consequences of the president continuing to d spreinformation about the election and his loss in the 2020 election. the prident is not backing down frothat, even though, as you noted and as we have noted, someone has died, someone has -- the pele have been terrorized inside the u.s. capitol, viont protestors breached the walls and, still, the president persists with mis with disinformation. what we saw today was that consequences of conspiracy theories and its really that conspiracy theories have consequences, that false
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allegaons have consequences, that delusional and at times debunked claims have consequences, and i want to point out a tweet that the president sent just w minutes ago. here's what he said, justifying, protesters.he actions of these he said these are the things and landslide election victory is so moniesously and vicious stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long. remember this day forever. that is the president lending sts voice, in some ways justifying pros' actions, protestors. who entitled to comehe u.s. all the things that made thiso day extraordinary, and we see the president continuto double down as president-elect joe biden is telling president trump tonight to step up, saying he kneads to get on national television and condemn this and tell people that this was wrong. the esident has sad that there should be calm, but he has not done that, he has not done
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to take questions, he has not gone before television cameras as of now. he's been watching all thi unfold from the safety of the white house that all day hasm remained cile the rest of the city has been chaotic. >> woodruff: the rest of the city chaotic andv things hae gotten so out of hand, yamiche. we are not only seeing democrats calling for the president to be impeached when he only has two eks left in office. we saw the stunning statement from the national association of manufacturers, one of the major associions here in washington, normal republican-leaning,he calling on vice president thee pence to consult wit cabinet on having the president removed from office. and agaw, this was only to weeks left. where do things stand right now between the presidenand the vice president? the president was criticizing his own number two today for not goinrough with rejecting the election results. >> reporter: ll, the riff in the republican party grew wider today with the president lashing out athe vice president,
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saying that he did not do what the president wanted him to do,p which isnd the count. his constitutional duty to haves a ceremonial role, so right now things are tense between the vice president and the president. the vice president has also been more pointed in his criticism of protestors while president trump has justified some of their actions. another thing to note, as you said, there are manufacturing groups, other allies of the president, openly talking about the 25th amendment, openingha sayingthe president might not be able to be trusted with the next 14 days, which is all that remains in hisde prey, but look at all that happened, judy, in just one da. in just one day someone lost their life, so a lot of peopler are ed president trump simply will not be responsible and will continue to incite violence, in their eyes. >> woodruff: an, yamiche, just quickly, do we know what the president's plans are fort the r the evening, for tomorrow? is the white house saying anything about that? >> reporter: the white house isot saying what the president's plans are. it seems pretty clear, based on
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peoplethhat i'm talking to,t the president is going to continue to watch television, going to continue to take to twitter, going to continue to send tweets likely to be labeled as many were today by twitter as misinformation, as disinformation. that, but there is clearo do communications plan here. this, of course, oa day where americans are looking for leadership, where americans are wondering how can we allstay safe in this moment. the president is not offering any of that. what we have seen isormer white house officials including former chief offstaff mick mulvaney as well as the former white hoe comiewrn cases director -- communicationsor direaying this has to stop and be:deemed by the president stronger terms. an official in georgia, gabrieli sterling, someone would get kill and the president should the president didn't do thatity. weeks ago and now we're here today with the president continuing not to d wthat. odruff: report al all right, yamiche alcindor at the white house, lisa desjardins at the
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capitol. lisa, last we spoke with you, you were making your way backap into theol building, hoping you get there as soon as possible, as they clet art. lisa, yamiche, thank you both, and we'll beto coming bacou throughout the evening. as lisa repted, it was a chaotic scene outside and inside the capitol, our amna nawaz was on the outside. she was there ad joins me now. amna, tell us, you had to move a little bit frther away. tell us where things stand. >> reporter: that's right, judy. as you know here in washington, d.c. that curfew has gone into place so the streights are very quiet. the d.c. mayor mural browser said unless you are an essential person meant to be outside now everyone should be off the streets, and d.c. poice have been doing their jobs moving people and asking people to move away from the capitol grounds and off the st, so things are quiet now. as you mentioned, we did have to move whroakses a couple of times, once earlier from the thcapitol grounds becaus protestors that had been out there as the hours went by and
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that as tie went on and they realized they weren't going to be able to breach anymore and were in a standoff with the capitol police, they basically turned on the media there and a number of the protestors went towards the media pen where a rnalistsf foreign jou and domestic journalists were housed began taking ay the barricades, throwing their gear and throwing waterottles. at that time the "pbs newshour" team went to a diffent location. we were confronted by another group of trump supporters leaving the grounds rally and calling us fake news, so we relocate once to the streets are quiet, as we know the capitol is now secure,e but we hao wonder what it took for the capitol to get there, and it tok the involvement of cc capitol police, of riot gear, of riot police, of s.w.a.t. teams, of national guard troops just to support those forces on the ground, because what we all saw tos just a remarkable
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scene unfold on the steps of the capitol and, to be clear, the people who werehere were there because they heard the prident's message loud and clear and they responded and acted on it. every single protestors spoke to stayed they were there because they believed the election was stolen, because ey believed tht president-elect joe biden was not dual elected and because, i their minds, tuld not see this process move forward. they felt it was undemocratic and their country was being stolen from them. these are people who don't truss anyone but themselves and the president. no one wa weang masks and many were packed tight together in close grohes. so are people who have been very closely listening to the preagsident's meg for a long time, have internalized and believes all the false claims and lies he's repeated and tad they acted on it andhat's whataw wenfold on the steps of the capitol today. judy. >> woodruff: tuly stunning turn of events throughout the
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day. amna, any sense of looking at these protestors ather by wht they said or how they were stressed or whatever they sawed the you that suggest they were organized in some way, that they cameogether as a group? what did you see in terms of that? >> reporter: there were a number of sort of disparate groups who rallied toether. a group of verbs for trump and women for trump. we spoke to people who actuay flew inom california, family members, sisters and husbands who had flwn in together just to come and be leer as supporters of president trump. but we also herd from a number of people who repeated a number of core statements we've heard from conspiracy theorists. woe saw q anon flags and memorabilia, some white nationalist images and messages as well. so these are all groups that we know that we've all covered for a very long timthat have very strong messaging a circles on social media and elsewhere, and once a messa gets seeded into that community it spreads quickly and is deeply
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internalized, and people were out there repeating a lot o those same messages. a lot of them had those things to say. didn't sesem there wne overarching thing bringing them together other than the fact that they were there to support president trump. that's the mesage they had for us. i also have to say, judy, a point we haven't reported enough, this was an overwhelngly white group. there were very few people of color. we know in the past when we've seen the president respond toiv the "black matter" protest, for example, calling people thugs whoeacefully took to the sreets in protest of racial injustice, that was not the sponse we heard from him today. judy. woodruff: amna nawaz reporting on today's events from outside the capitol. ntown washingto protesters -- as the night begins in this city and as tcu ew has gotten underway in just the last 20 minutes. amna, thank yo and we step back now to reflect a little more on this remarkable moment with mary mccord, she was acting assistant attorney
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general for national security at the partment of justice. she now teaches at georgetown law school. mary mccord, weci appe your being with us. listening to amna lk about the makeup of the people who showed up in washington today, who showed up at the capitol. you're somebody who has studiedt some oese extremist groups, incling prim prime white supremd others. what do you make of who these people arewhat movated them to come do what they were doing today? >> well, it's not surprising to see these groups showing this is somete have seen in the making for some time now, and we have a combination of extremists, far right extremists including conspiracy theorists who buy into dekebfalse claims from election fraud to q anon theories about varus elected officials, democrat and republican, but we also have
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unlawful criminal street gangs and milm itias frofferent states. now, d.c., of course, is not an open carry jurisdiction and, in fact, doesn't even allow concealed carry unless you have a concealed carry permit from d.c. they don't reognize permits from other jurisdictions, but that doesn't mean that people haven't been concealing weapons on their person, under their coats, et cetera, andhese are far right, unlawful, private militias who are big tmp supporters. i think we also have probably seen some more mainstream republicans who legitimately are concerned that there might have been some fraud in the election, but they are, you know, in with these much more extreme individuals who, i think, are contributing to a real radicalization and the type of violence and rebellionhat we saw today at the capitol. >> woodruff: well, from the work that you've done, when the
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group got to the point today where they went to the capitol and they weren't simply content to protest outside the capitol, they breached the perimeters, they got to th doors, they started breaking windows, breaking through the doors,in inside, ransacking or walking through, basically taking over the building, what kind of leadership does it take for something like that to happen? is it spontaneous or is it something at you thi was probably worked out and planned ahead of time? >> so i have been watching this develop r months now, even before the election, as the president was, even prior to the election,st sugg mail-in ballots were susceptible to fraud and we wouldn't be able to trust the results of the election and, of course, he's doubled down on the post-election, and this is red meat forese groups. the online activity of theex far-righremist movement is
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extremely prolific, and i is, in some cases, encouraging violence, in other cases encouraging overthrow of the government, and whatever they needed to do to do what the consider stopping theteal. the president has been egging it on at every turn. not only has he himself 3r0e789d conspiracy theories and false claims of election fraud th bat haen debunked in every single court and of course secretary of state raffensperger in the call saturday tried to push back point by point about the falsity of the claims and he and thdepre at the same time as giving this red meat to the base, to the most extremii elements of supporters, has also not only refused to deannounce cil unrest but encowrnlingsd it. we saw that coming enrough the weas he was encouraging people come together but we saw it also more so in tis morning and evening when he was encouraging the march on the capitol and this evening while
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he was telling peoplto go home at the same time he was sayin i know your pain, the election was stolen, i won in a tlandslide, it was solen. you can't tell people to go home and be peaceful while you're telling them the election has been stolen. so there's been no leadership. and i want to say, also, i put this on the hands of the president, but he has been enabled by those in the white house and those in congress who refuse to stand up to him, and right after the election, you might remember that me of them said we're humoring him. well, the time for humor has ng passed, and this violence, this woman killed, te other people who will be injured, this >> woodruff: and ne question a lot of us have is will the death of this woman and will the pleas from so many people including prominent republicans and supporters of the president that this stand-down, that this stop, wilv thatany effect on these people? we will certainly be watching to see. mary mccord, thank you very
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much. >> thank you, judy. >> woodruff: in the midst of the chaos at the capitol, we saw a shift of power in the u.s. senate after the vote in georgia. democrats won both runoff ections and william brangham has the story. >> brangham: with the balance of power in the u.s. senate in its hands, history was made georgia. democrat reverend raphael warnock, now senator-elect, defeated republican incumbent kelly loeffler, to become the rst black senator in the state's history.
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jon ossoff, who challenged declared the winner of his race. heill be georgia's first ever jewish senator. warnock, who is a por at churcebenezer baptist warnock, who's a pastor at ebenezer baptist church in atlanta, celebrated his victor h yesterday, a place in history. >> because this is america the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton went to the polls and picked her ungest son to be a unite states senator. >> brangham: gabriel sterling, a top election official in georgia d a republican, spoke to reporters this morning. >> it was an impressive feat by whomever did it to get 100,000 people to show up on a january election who did not show up in a november election. >> brangham: it was the highest turnout for a georgia runoff election on record. suburban voters in the growinga atlatro area delivered a lionshare of votes to democrats ossoff and warnock. and across the state, black voters were key to their success. former gubernatorial candidatebr staceys has made black voter turnout her focus. years of organizing againstpp
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voter ssion has increased access to marginalized voters and has transformed georgia from a republican stronghold to competitive political battleground. ossoff, thanked georgia voters for electing him to the senate. >> whether you were for me or against me i will be for you in the u.s. senate, i will serve e all the people of the st will give everything i've got to ensuring georgia's interests are represented inhe u.s. senate. >> brangham: while ossoff and warnock's win is a major feat for democrats, loeffler and perdue, both strong trum loyalists, have signaled they too plan to fight. has sought to sow in the months >> brangham: loeffler, who was appointed to the senate in 2019, has yet to concede. she addressed supports late in the ni st. >> we've ge work to do here, this is a game of inches we're going to win this election we're going to save this country. >> brangham: in a statement early this morning, perdue told supporrs: "we will mobili every available resource to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted."
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beyond the margin where a candidate can request a formal recount. for the pbs newshour, i'm william brangham. >> woodruff: even for veterans of capitol hill, this is a day like no other. and with the results in georgiai both democrats winning, we want to turn now to two men who lead the senate for their respective parties, during the last time the senate was split 50-50 in 2001. mississippi, and tom daschle, democrat from south dakota, shared the power. shared the power, and we are so glad to welcome both of you back to t's "newshour". ery good to see you. trent lott, i'm going to start with you, and ask you abut the events that unfolded today at the capitol. insist the elction was stolen, his supporters basically overtook the capitol today.
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a woman has died in part of what happened aa result. what are do you take away from this? ' well, first, judy, is good to be back on with you again. i enjoy ing wih you over the years while i was still in the senate. but today has just been, to me, a very sayd da. i've just been almost to the point of tears, and it's disgusting. when i see people breaking in to the ited states capitol, breaking windows and going on the floor of the senate and sitting in the presiding tfficer's chair, that is jus disgusting to me. and, so, i have nothing but just sadness. i' always viewed the capitol building as the citadel of freedom and, you know, what was going on inside that building was a constitutional process. exposition and i hope we don't have it anmore. >> woodruff: tom daschle, that building representing the
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state of south dakota. what can you say about today? >> well, judy, i don't know how you could possibly articulate the feelings that all of us have, the tragedy, the shock, the sisckness, that so clearly demonstrated today, breaking windows going on to destructive work across the building. that's a sacred temple to democracy, and it was abused today, unlike anything we've seen inell over 100 years. it tragic. it's tragic, and i hope those responsible are held accountable and that we never see something like this ever >>. >> woodruff: tom daschle, who is responsible? >> well, ihinkre the a lot of responsibility to go around. frankly, i think the president hato take some of that responsibility himself with what he said this mning, with his tweets this afternoon. i don't think you can avoid
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taking responsibility when you make comments like thaer i think are others as well of have incited this ki violence it's all those who areehind the conspiracy theors, all of the -- the social media that goes on by the day is just -- i think all of that has now reached a crescendo heand we've seen the results. we've seen a death tragically destruction of prperty, we've seen desecraon of one of the most important buildings in the entire country, all of that has to be understood anthose responsible have to be accounted for. >> woodruff: trent lott, how do you see who's relepons here and how much of it should be laid at the feet of the president? >> well, certainly, es, take part of the blame. his remarks today, certainly, i think, contributed to whaent ha. look, i don't like the results of the elections, but i must say
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his conduct since thection and today even is not what we uld expect from a president of the united states. but here's what i want to talk about, judy -- here we are, we've had a terrible day. we have a 50/50 senate. but the colountry has of needs, a lot of things that need to be done. are we going to be able to rise to the occasion? are we going to be able to make a 50/50 seate work like tom daschle and i found a way to do in 2001? that is the big qun. >> woodruff: well, what do youk, thenator lott? right now there are republican senators raisinobjections to the very counting of the electoral vote that led -- that is leading to e biden beng elected, being national guard -g inaugurated president? how d that going to lenitself to the two parties working together down the line in the nture. >> you, judy, it takes communication, respect. one of the ways we're ablto get things done is that tom daschle and i talked a lot,we
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had a friendship, i respected him, i trusted him, and we were determined t wfind aay to deal with the situation at hand, and do some thingsor the country. it's called communication and it's called leadership. this is a terrible day. now, wt are we going to do tobe gend this? i mean, there's got to be some blame and maybe some, you know, maybe even some prosecutions invoied, b we've got tond a way to get the congress, the senate and the house and the president to work joe en's going to be president of the united states. we only have one president at a time. we need to find a way to make it work. so a lot of that g go depend on mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer, can they make it work. >> woodruff: senator daschle, do you think the two sides can t woether? >> well, you've got to hope, judy. i mean, there's really no alternative. our country so desperately needs
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leadership, leadership across the board. we've got so much to do with covid and with the ecomy and with all of the challenges we're facing both domestally and internationally, that's going to require leadership, it's going to require partnership, it's going to require a new level of understanding of the challenges we're facing and what happens if we fail. so you've got to be hpeful and, u know, fink perhaps this could be a transformational moment. maybe people could see this r what it is and recognize we've bottomed out. you can't get much lower than what we saw today. let's climb out of this hole. let's try to put some pieces together and make this country work better again. >> woodruff: i think a lot of people agree with that, senator lott but they're wondering how it can happen because you've seen such triol since the election and, again, most republicans inhehe ho representatives and most republicans in the senate, the vast majority spporting teshe
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ent, in his belief that the election was stolen, that it needs to be examined again and t again, evough it's already been through the courts. i'm just strugglinto understand how do the two sides come together, given the hard feelings, the strong beliefs that have kept them apart? >> well, it won't be seas, and i should -- well, it won't be easy, and i should no that the majority of the republican senators did not support, you know, disposing, doing away or challenging the electoral college. i've talked to a couple of them about and they are upse what went on in the capitol. they're concerned about how we get things done. i mean, we still are facing a pandemic m we need to dre about getting this virus under control and dealing with the economy, as tom so sai you know, we need to get legislation on infrastructure in
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america. a lot that needs to be done. and i'm hoping that joe bidd, when hes get into office, will be a healer but also reach out to senators and congressmen in both parties a say, okay, look, the election is over, we've got biproblems we've got to deal with, and i want to work with you to get results. you know, leadership beginsto3 th, it really begins at the white house, and we've seen how that leadership can create problems sometimes and, also,co it's in thgress, in the house and the senate. our leadersf both parties have for our country.d do somet i think they will. i think tom may be right. you know, 9/11 was an awakening event for us, and we got a lot done in the aftermath, in the fall af wter 9/11,e worked together and actually the approval of the senate went up to an historic high because they saw us working together to help our country at aifficult time. >> woodruff: that's true, the
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country did comtogether up until the dispute over the war ch iraq. but, senator da, even if joe biden tries to work with still going to haumably you're president trump out there, the advocating for something else and still insisting the election was stolen. >> well, that's right, judy. i think they're going to have a decision they're going to have to make. the republican par look likedoes going forward? it could be the party of a tren lou know, a constructive party with conservative values that has an important role to play in this country, or ith could bee destructive approach that president trump has reflected now for four years. that's going to be a choice every republican has to make. how e we defe party going forward? i'm just hopeful there are ough people that wilfollow the model that trent has so exemplified in all of his public life and take that approach. this is a critil moment. they've got a decision to make,
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and i would hope they put their country first. >> woodruff: andenator lott, very quickly, you thi the big divide in the republican party can be healed?>> ell, it can be, and i know right now people are angry and upset and a lot of accusations but, at some point, in elections or political decisions in life, you have to say we've given it our best shot, but now we've got to move forward. we need to be thiing about positive things to do for the country and work together, and i ow a lot of republican senators still, and i know there thinking about that. in fact, i've already had two of them today reach o to me and say how did y'all make a 50/50 s senate word us a memo on that, and i've done that. so at least they're beginning to think that wy, and certainly i would be glad to talk to them at anytime. but a lot of it is, you know,se yothe type of relationship that tom daschle and i have.
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and i trusted him, and that facilitated us doing a lot of good things for the country, even when we were a 50/50 senate. >> woodruff: well, we are very glado have the two of y speaking with us this evening. thank you so much.ha >> you, judy. >> woodruff: senator trent lott and senator tom daschle, we appreciate it we wish you both very well. >> thank you. w druff: in the day's other news, president-elect bidenpp tapped federalls court judge merrick garland to be u.s. attorney general. the newshour confirmed that mr. biden will announce the
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nomination tomorrow. in 2016, president obama nominated garland for the u.s. supreme court, but the senate's republican majority refused toom consider theation. officials nationwide pressed to accelerate covid-19 vaccinations, as the u.s. death toll neared 360,000. the c.d.c. reported about 5.3 million people have gotten shots, out of 17 million doses distributed. alex azar,ecretary of health and human services, said vaccinations should not be limited to priority groups, if those people don't come forward fast enough. >> those are simply recommendations and they should never stand in the way of getting shots in arms instead of keeping vaccine in the freezer,h ven forbid wasting a dose of vacne in a vial. >> woodruff: meanwhile, ordered hospitals in hard-hit
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facilities that ruofients from intensive care beds. h g kong, police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy advocates in the biggestn crackdnce a new security law was imposed. they're accused of undermining hong kong's government by election last year. unofficial china today denounced president trump's executive order, banning any business with eight chinese apps. they include the payment services alipaay and we-chat the order said they may be funneling personal and financial data to china's mmunist government. utijing charged the u.s. is just trying to freezeommercial competitors. north korean leader kim jong u has made a rare admission: that his economic development plans have failed. he spoke at the openg of the ruling party congress that takes
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place once every five years. kim said his government faces unprecedented challenges. >> ( transled ): the implementation of the five-year strategy for national economic development ended last year, but almost all sectors fell a long way short of their objectives. the current congress is going to make a comprehensive analysis and judgement of the lessons and mistakes we have made. >> woodruff: north korea's economy has been ravaged by pandemic-related closings on t border with china, by u.s. sanctions over its nuclearpr ram. back in this country, louisville, kentucky fired two p moice officers in breonna taylor's fatal shooting, back in te two were detective myles cosgrove, who shlor; and detective joshua jaynes, who sought the no-knock warrant for the raid on taylor's apartment. a third officer was fired last fall. kenosha, wisconsin stayed peaceful last night afters prosecutcided against
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charging a white police officer who shot jacob blake last august. blake was left paralyzed. wisconsin's governor had mobilized the national guard, bracing for unrest following the decision. but protests wersmall and non- violent. the local district attorney says he opted not to file charges because he could not disprove the officer's claim of self- defense. and, on wall street, investors bet on businesses that may benefit if democrats control tho e and senate, and pass more economic stimulus. the dow jones industrial average gained 437 points to close at 30,829, a new record. the nasdaq fell 78 points, but, the s&p 500 added 21. s
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>> as some of prestrump's supporters stormed the u.s. capitol today, the newest senator elect was watching from his home in georgia. just hours after being declared the winner in georgia, just hours after being declared the winner in yesterday's runoff election. pastor that the hi also the ebenezer baptist church in atlanta where martin luther king junior once preached. and senator-elect warnock joins me now. we welcome you now senator elect warnock. nngratulations on this has it sunk in? and how are you feeling about it at this moment? >> thank you so very much. it's wonderful to be here with you, ani'm deeply honored to have been chosen by the peoplerg of g to represent them in i was born and raised in this state, child of savannah, georgia, grew up ipublic
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housing. i'm one of 12 children in my family. i'm number 11, the first college graduate. i know persolly the ipact of good public policy. we have been moving all across this state talking about the importance of learship in this moral moment in our country, and years as pastor of ebenezer 15 baptist church where dr. kingnd worshiped, i can tf nos more critical time now for moral leadership than this moent. >> woodruff: no question. and pastor warnock, i have to ask you about events on thisy, he day -- a day after you're declared the winner in th runoff, you see what's today.ed at the u.s. capitol oes that say to you about the institution where you're about to serve and represent the state of georgia? >> well, what we need in this moment is folks who are committed -- leaders who are
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committed to the people. this is what happens when you have leaders who doe n't h moral compass, who are willing to do anything to stay in power, and this is the extreme expression o that. but for too long in washington,v had politicians who are so focused onhe next eleion that they're not thinking about the next generation, and this is the kind of craven act that we've witnsing now for e sake of positioning onelf's se for a presidential election four years from now is shameful. it's way beythond e pale, and the folks who have rticipated in this today, who have aided and abetted this kind of actionb wiremembered by history. life of our country, it's a dark
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moment, but, you know, even in the midst of that darkness, there are glimpses of light, and i'm very proud of the peoplof georgia. they elected an african-american pastor of dr. king's church, the first black senator from georgia, and a young jewish man, the son of an immigrant, a mentee of jn lewis in this defining moment of our story rending us of the covenant that we have with one another as >> woodruff: i wansk you about that, but i first want to ask you, we assume thrat people who are rponsible for some of the things that happened at the capitol today, they're going to be -- there are going be prosecutions. do you think anything should happen toumpresident should there be some sort of either prosecution or what do you think should happen? because i think many people encouraging people to come to washington in support of his
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belief that he was cheated out of his ele--ctiof this election led to what happened at the capitol. >> well, there will be time to think about that, and, look, i think it's a mistake for uss a country when we take stock at what's happened over the last w years, if we extract donald trump from that equation, i think we miss an important moment of the country. we can't talk about him without regard to what gave birth to him. if we remov him from the equationthe toxic nature of what's occurred over the last several years aided and abetted by people who are supposed to be serving even my opponent who agreed to be a part of that chlenge today of the electoral college, that's what has to be addressed. otherwise, the country is still in a pla that leaves all of us
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in peril. bev got big problems -- we've got big problems in our country. we're faced with a ol pandemic, the likes of which we economic turndown.century of people in my state and all across the country areff ing, and we're not seeing the response from our government that we need, and that in and of itself is its own -- is its own shame. >> woodruff: but how do you go about addressing that? and, by theen way, ator loeffler is saying that she's not ready to concede, she's going to continue to contest this. i mean, how do you go about both dealing with the wrong that have been done and trying to bring people together at the same time? i mean, you have a very divided state of georgia right now just as you have a very divid united states. >> well, we are a nation of laws, and i think we have to be
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reminded of that. la have to benforced, and there will be time to talk about thatnd work through that. but as i have been moving acros ate as a candidate over the last several weeks, i have had the privilege of talking to georgians, and they're wondering, you know, when are ey going to get some real relief. i mean, since the senate wasay meeting towe should have been voting on the $2,000 stimulus check. there are folks who haven't seen relief in months and arey literarely keeping their heads above water, and then they turn on their television, and we've seen such a violent and awful display today, but it is a part of an ongoing kind of circus atmosphere that we'seve far too long in washington, a big disconnect between what's happening in d.c. and where people actually live. dee politician also have ma the politics all that themselves, and today we've seen just the worst expreofion what happens when that goes
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unchecked. >> woodruff: and do you have a tangible sense right now of how you work across the aisle?al i e your election just are you able to think at thisut point about how you work wi the other party to get anytn ng done very 50/50 senate? >> welh we have no otheroice and, you know, i think the words om dr. king are particularly relevant in thist. he said, either we'll learn to live together as sisters and brothers, or we'll perish as fools. and we cannot allow the cove and in that we have -- covenant thah we have ne another as an american people to be tattered by this -- the worst demons in our nature, this kind o bigotry, old tribalism also and racial resentments that risupe and, you know, demand the -- you
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kn, that sent the conversation in ways that are not helpful. and, so, i think, in this moment, we need folks who understand that, athe end of the day, all we have is one another. and i was sayinthat during th course of my campaign that, you know, we've got these conversations around public policy that need to happen around healthcare, around vot rights, around livable wage, around our national seceity, all of t issues. but atoot, there's a more fuamental question about the soul of the nation, the character of the country, and i mentalthat the fun question before america in this moment, and we're seeing it play out literally on our televisio set, is do we want to become a more divided nation, increasingly hostile, everyone in their own silos, whether those are partisan silos or
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ethnic and racial and religious silos, ever one armed and aaid that they need and then some, and then there are the masses of folk who are suffering disconnect.wealth inequality, a that's not america. the american spirit and tost remind each other and ourselves that, at the end of the day, we are all we've got, democrat and republican, red, yellow, bro black and white, we are all we've got, and in some was, you know, i think this deadly pandemic halls reminded us of that. uld have known before the pandemic that we need to have
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each other's back, but all of a suen we're dealing with an airborne, deadly disease. my neighbor coughs, tmight be sick today, but because they're my neighbor and thehe co i might be imperilled. that doesn't make my neighbor my enemy. that means i've got to have my neighbor's back. that if they're uncovered, perhaps i'munprotected. i should want them to have healthcare, i should want their children to have accesso a quality education, i should want them to be able to work with dignity and earn a livable wage and to retire, i should want for them equal protection under the law. and tonight, as we watch these rioters storm our capitol thout -- and we watch th response of law enforcement and juxtapose that to what happens when black and brown people, whether they're in ferguson or
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baltimore or other places, have risen up nonviolently to give voice to encerns, it's a market study in contrast that's hard to ignore, a id thills us s us in this moment to buil a multi-racial coalition of conscience that we saw this summer in the flashpoint of george floyd and others, we saw all colors multi-generationallyi march ouo the streets, masked up against one virus, covid 19, in order to wage war against the virus of bigotry and racism and xenophobia,we need that kind of spirit and need it now more than ever. >> woodruff: reverend raphael by becoming the first blackoday american elected united states senator from the state o georgia. congratulations, senator, on your hard-fought win. thank you so much for joing
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. >> thank you so much. to our lisa desjardins, now, at the capitol where we are hearing that lawmakers will resume the electoral college count process tonigh so, lisa, tell us mor ie. f you look behind me, judy, you might be able to just see the house whip clybuon getting he elevator. i just saw speaker pelosi pass me, go down this hallway. not clear that she's going to the capitol yet, but my understanding, judy, is they could come back into session as soon as 8:00 or 9:00. we'll see. they have to clean the entire house and senate chamber before they can do that. >> woodruff: all right. lisa, we know you're going to keep on watching, and we're going to continue our coverage. lisa djardins at the capitol thank you. it is an -- it is an


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