tv The Week With Joshua Johnson MSNBC January 2, 2021 8:00pm-9:00pm PST
that's all the time i have for today. i'm alicia menendez. i will see you back here tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. eastern for more "american voices." but for now i hand it over to my colleague, joshua johnson. joshua, happy new year. >> happy new year to you too, alicia. it's good to see you. i hope your year is off to a good start and i will see you tomorrow night. hey there. i'm joshua johnson. good to be with you tonight. so much for a quiet start to the new year. we begin with a developing story. 12 republican senators are threatening to reject the electoral college results. most of them are demanding a formal investigation into claims of election fraud, claims that remain unsubstantiated. congress is set to certify the election votes in a few days. that is just one of many headlines in congress tonight. we're here to help you make sense of them.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york welcome to "the week." 2021 begins with 11 senators and senators-elect calling for a commission to audit the election results. that's despite there being no evidence of a national scheme. this group includes republican senators ted cruz of texas, ron johnson of wisconsin, james lankford of oklahoma, john kennedy of louisiana, and marsha blackburn of tennessee. today they released a statement threatening to vote against the results without an investigation. we already heard this week from republican senator josh hawley of missouri. he announced that he plans to challenge president-elect joe biden's victory. the vote on that is set for this wednesday. in a statement released tonight mike pence's chief of staff says the vice president "welcomes the
efforts of members of congress raising those objections" and that he "shares the concerns of millions of americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election." let's be clear. this is nowhere near enough votes to block mr. biden's inauguration and today's announcement did not include any new evidence to back up these claims. but it marks a different kind of turning point. this week congressional republicans had been rejecting president trump's demands. for the first time both the senate and the house overrode a presidential veto from mr. trump, in this case on the military spending bill, so it will become law. then senate majority leader mitch mcconnell blocked a move to pass stimulus checks worth $2,000. president trump called for that after the covid bill had already passed congress. and it seems that leader mcconnell has something new in common with house speaker nancy pelosi. both of their homes got
vandalized. police in san francisco and louisville are investigating. graffiti about covid relief checks was spray-painted on mrs. pelosi's garage and mr. mcconnell's front door. we have plenty to focus on for next week and that includes georgia's runoff elections. those are this tuesday. and they will determine control of the senate. so let's begin in atlanta with nbc national political reporter sahil kapoor joining us tonight. you have been talking to folks in and around atlanta. what are they telling you ahead of this election? >> at this point, joshua, it's all down to the final stretch and that means activating turnout on both ends. the arguments have been made. most voters have made up their mind. and now it's a matter of the two parties and all four candidates to turn out the vote, activate their volunteers, knock on doors, and just to try to reach as many people as possible and get them to turn out. we know that it's likely to be a turnout election because it was so close at the presidential level where joe biden eked out a win by around $11,000 votes. and we'll see how many of those people show up again this time. >> we'll talk more about turnout in just a little bit but you've got some new reporting out tonight about president trump throwing grenades into the
runoff. talk about that. >> yeah. i think the president has thrown a lot of uncertainty into this election including by repeatedly questioning the legitimacy of georgia's elections. not on the presidential race but also the senate runoff which he specifically called illegal and invalid in a tweet. that's not actually the case, but that really does undermine kelly loeffler and david perdue's effort to turn out voters. how do you ask voters to show up when the leader of your party says this election is not valid to begin with? along with that i can also say he's been pushing congress to take up $2,000 checks and he's been blaming senate republicans, specifically mitch mcconnell, and the republican-led senate, for the failure to act on those and that too is making things complicated for the georgia
republican candidates who as their central message are saying the senate needs to stay in republican hands. >> yeah, was just going to ask but that and how that might affect the runoff, particularly with the $600 payments beginning to move this week. this push against the gop certifying the electoral college results, basically the odds of that affecting anything are zero with no rounding error in terms of joe biden. what about the georgia senatorial race? is there any indication that that effort is affecting voters at all or who they might support? >> well, it's energizing voters in both parties but it's also making things a bit awkward for kelly loeffler who will be in a position to vote on this. she didn't take a clear position. >> everything's on the table right now. i've said that, that i will keep fighting for this president. he's fought for us. he put america first. we're going to keep fighting for him.
>> and there you see senator loeffler caught between competing imperatives. one is loyalty to president trump -- >> sahil, i think we're having a little trouble hearing you on this and i think there may be some audio feedback between you and me. but it will be interesting to see how these two issues definitely do affect the senate race in georgia, including the military spending bill that was passed by a veto override, whether that comes up, whether the president talks about it at all and ultimately how it affects what georgians decide. that's nbc national political
reporter sahil kapoor. sahil thanks very much. president-elect biden is getting more pushback than the gop senators. the trump administration is still dragging its feet on the transition process. members of mr. biden's transition team say they're frustrated with the pentagon and with the office of management and budget. apparently, they're missing key meetings and critical national security information. joe biden aired his grievances publicly this week for the first time. >> i said from the beginning, we have encountered road blocks from the political leadership at the department of defense and the office of management and budget. right now we just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. it's nothing short in my view of irresponsibility. >> joining us now is adrienne
elrod, the director of talent and external affairs for the presidential inaugural committee. adrienne, good evening. >> hi, josh. great to be with you. >> great to see you. talk about this pushback and the impact that it may be having on the biden administration. are there one or two key areas other than national defense, the fight against covid, that are also of concern to the transition team? >> you know, josh, i don't speak for the transition team but i can say that -- is not cooperating with the incoming administration is not a good situation. and you know, the president-elect, biden, has made it very clear we are not getting the cooperation that we need out of these agencies. this is important to make sure that we have a streamlined process, an ease of transition into the next administration, that we have these
communications. he's made that clear on the covid vaccination process. he's made that clear with various departments that he's not getting cooperation with. we've got 18 days left, josh, but every single one of those days counts, and when the current administration is not cooperating it makes it that much more of a challenge when biden comes in. but his team is strong. he's got a great transition team in place. and they're doing all they can to make sure that on their end this transition is as smooth as possible. >> do you get the sense there's any progress being made on trying to make this transition any smoother or are things just stuck until january 20th? >> i think there's probably some behind-the-scenes things, josh, happening that are not always making the headlines. as you know, ron klain, the incoming white house chief of staff, steve ricchetti, you've got some of the best, most experienced previous government officials who are a part of this process. so there are discussions happening that are not always making the headlines. and what matters the most is that president-elect biden has a plan and you're going to see
that plan put into place in 18 days. >> can you be a little more precise in terms of the impact of this? i think it would be easy to look at someone like joe biden who got elected partly on his long, long, long experience in washington and say oh, well, a guy like him, he can hit the ground running in d.c. if we had, you know, blindfolded him and plugged his ears for the last 12 months, he knows how washington works, he knows how to get things rolling quickly, that might make this a little easier regardless of what the trump administration decides to do. what about that? his experience as a way to kind of get over the stonewall. >> certainly joe biden, president-elect biden is one of the most experienced people that you could possibly imagine coming into the white house. that experience is helping. you're seeing that happen on the hill with some of his discussions with republican leaders and democratic leaders. you're certainly seeing that not just with his experience but the experience of his transition team. many of the people who are
working on the transition right now have deep relationships with people from previous agencies who have been working in previous agencies and previous administrations and also of course have relationships with some of those long-standing government officials who have been working at these agencies for a long time and have been there during different administrations, which is very important. so they were perhaps there under bush. they were perhaps even there under clinton and obama. having those relationships and being able to go to those folks and make sure the transition process is as smooth as possible, just because the trump administration, some of the political officials may not be cooperating across the board does not mean that positive developments are not happening behind the scenes. >> we mentioned these 12 senators who are contemplating, or who have said they're going to challenge the certification of the electoral college results. josh hawley of missouri made his announcement this week and 11 more senators made their announcements today. you can see all 12 of them on the screen now. including some senators-elect, tommy tuberville of alabama, bill haggerty of tennessee,
roger marshall of kansas and cynthia lummis of wyoming. all four have been newly elected. what is your sense, adrienne, of what this means for how the biden administration might be working with the senate? >> look, josh, here's what i'm going to tell you. on january 6th it's going to become official official, not that it hasn't become official already. we're moving full speed ahead. as you know, i'm working on the inaugural committee. we've got some incredible events that we're planning coming up starting on january 18th, 19th and of course 20th will be the swearing in. and what we want to make sure, josh, we do as part of this inaugural committee is make sure every single american, no matter where they live, no matter what part of the country they reside in, no matter who they voted for, that they can be a part of this inauguration. so we're going to have plenty of virtual events. josh, as you'll recall, the convention was one of the best conventions if not the best, that we've ever had in this country. and that was all virtual. not one human being was in the audience. we've got the same team, ricky kershner, one of the best producers in the country. he's done the super bowl the
last 20 years. also done conventions. stephanie cutter. the two of them are leading this creative effort. we are going to have an extraordinary convention, and we are -- i'm sorry, inauguration, and we're going to move full speed ahead in getting this country back on track and restoring integrity to the white house. that's what we are focusing on. >> before i have to let you go-w regards to the inauguration will there be any in-person events at all or will the entire thing be taking place virtually and with social distancing away from the public? >> i'm glad you asked that, josh, because we will have some events in person. obviously, the president-elect's swearing in which by tradition takes place on the west front of the capitol overseeing the washington monument. he will still be sworn in there. we're going to have a parade which is going to be a mix of in-person and virtual. we will have events that are taking place, quote unquote, in person but not with a large footprint. so again, we want to make sure that everyone in america no matter where they live can be a part of this and they will have
a very close-up view of a lot of events they're doing that are very important to getting this country back on track and moving on, which is president-elect biden becoming president of the united states. >> very, very briefly before i let you go, i covered the inaugural of donald trump regardless of what he says. it was definitely not the best attended. i can extend my arms on both sides of pennsylvania avenue and not touch a soul. but this year is very different because one would expect there to be a big crowd. is the biden inaugural committee actively asking americans not to come to washington for the event or are there certain things you would like people to travel from out of state for and come to the district? >> i'm glad you mentioned this, josh. we are not asking people -- we're actively asking people to not travel to washington, d.c. it is not safe. safety is first for us. right? we're striking that balance and making sure that we are holding to tradition, that we are doing the swearing in and several other events that are a standard part of an inauguration but
without having people travel to washington. and i can tell you, listen, it's cold in washington in january. i'll be watching in my pajamas all these events. and people can do that at home. which is what we've been doing pretty much for the last year. i can assure you you'd much rather be at home watching than be in washington. >> adrienne elrod, the director of talent and external affairs for the presidential inaugural committee. adrienne, good to see you tonight. thank you very much. >> thank you, josh. there is much more to come tonight. california is a major hot spot in the nation's coronavirus outbreak. we're in san jose, where hospitals are struggling to keep up with a steady stream of patients. the federal effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine is called operation warp speed. but it's not moving anywhere near as fast as the name would imply. why not? and how do we crank it up? also, georgia's senate runoff election is just days away. one incumbent senator is in quarantine after a possible covid exposure. we'll preview the final days of the campaign as georgians decide which party will control the senate.
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the georgia senate runoffs are on tuesday, and turnout has been big. voters have cast a record 3 million votes. both parties are sending their heavy hitters to help secure control of the senate. vice president-elect kamala harris, president-elect joe biden, and president trump are all set to make their ways to georgia in the days to come. the president will make his second and final stop on monday at a rally for senators kelly loeffler and david perdue. but we don't expect to see mr. perdue at that rally. he's quarantining. just days before the election. after a close contact of his
tested positive for covid-19. will president trump's visit help or hurt republicans' chances? that remains unclear. even to the gop. last night the president tweeted that georgia's senate elections are in his words illegal and invalid. joining us now is greg bluestein, a political reporter for the "atlanta journal-constitution." greg, welcome to the program. >> thank you. >> so what's the best read on the impact that the president's tweet is having? particularly on the gop effort to motivate voters to keep senators loeffler and perdue in office. >> yeah, for republicans down here it's like watching a tennis match. in the morning he tweets something exactly what they want to hear, which is focus on the senate runoffs. and then in the afternoon he's tweeting more attacks on governor brian kemp and it's very, very disconcerting for them. >> data from the early vote
shows the turnout was very strong, particularly in districts that usually vote democratic. it's lagging in districts that typically vote more conservatively. what is your read on the votes that have already been cast and whether that trend might continue through tuesday? >> yeah. as you mentioned, more than 3 million people have already cast their ballots. that's a record for a statewide runoff. and that would be in the same ballpark we'd expect to see on a general election that's not a presidential election. so far you're seeing tremendous early turnout in democratic strongholds like metro atlanta and you're seeing less voter participation in republican-leaning areas like north and northwest georgia, which is exactly why president trump's visit will be in the city of dalton, which is in northwest georgia, one of the areas where they're lagging. this is to be expected. republicans came into this knowing that they would have to make up a lot of lost ground on election day. that's why these visits are going to be so important for both parties, because
republicans in particular need to erase that democratic edge if they have any shot at keeping these seats in republican hands. >> well, and you wrote in the "ajc" that a poll showed 55% of people who identify as very conservative, 55% of those folks say that they're not going to vote in this election because they believe the process is rigged. how are the campaigns planning to deal with that? president trump is still tweeting and has been tweeting this evening about an attempt to steal a landslide win. it was not a landslide win. it was a landslide loss if anything. what is the gop and these campaigns, what are they going to do? >> i asked senator loeffler at a campaign event just a few hours ago that very question, how do you deal with the conflicting messages. and her argument is we're just going to try to keep on telling republicans how important it is that they turn out and vote and try to get such a resounding win that even with the -- with whatever voter problems they see as legit, which of course state elections officials have said are unfounded, that it can overwhelm those voter -- those
election problems. so they're trying to thread a very, very delicate needle here, backing what the president says, not trying to distance themselves from the president at all, while also encouraging people to vote in what he says is a rigged election. >> governor brian kemp the governor of georgia was asked if he's planning to attend the rally on monday. his answer was very interesting and a bit telling. here's what he said. >> i haven't been invited to the rally yet. i don't really have a whole lot of details on that. i haven't been focused on that. obviously, i have a lot of priorities on my plate right now. >> "i haven't been invited and i've got other stuff to do." what does that tell but the state of the gop within the state of georgia, particularly after the election we just had? >> yeah, it tells you this internal republican civil war is not going anywhere. right now governor kemp is like the sponge that's soaking up a lot of the trump and trump supporters' attacks right now. he's not swinging back directly at president trump. he is swinging back at
conspiracy theorists who are targeting himself and his family. but he's not directly assailing president trump for his attacks. instead, he's saying that voters should focus on the january 5th -- on tuesday's runoffs instead of worrying about distractions. and also saying that hey, the ship has left the -- the ship has sailed, the focus now is on wednesday's vote in congress over the electoral challenge, there's nothing more to be done in georgia where the votes have been validated after three separate tallies and all sorts of legal challenges have just been roundly rejected. >> greg bluestein from the "atlanta journal-constitution." greg, thanks very much. >> thanks for having me. >> and remember to join us tuesday night at 7:00 eastern for msnbc's special coverage of the georgia runoffs. rachel maddow, joy reid, nicolle wallace and will have analysis. and steve kornacki and his khakis will break down the results at the big board. it all starts tuesday night, do
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by our count the united states has just passed 350,000 coronavirus deaths. america has 25% of the world's covid cases and nowhere near as many vaccinations as we need to control the pandemic. at least not yet. so far 13 million doses have been delivered. more than 4 million people have been vaccinated. but we had been promised 20 million by now. so by our math, at the current rate it would take nearly ten years to vaccinate enough americans to control the pandemic. president trump remains mostly silent about this logjam. he's rarely mentioning the virus at all. and he's spent much of his time lately golfing and tweeting more misinformation about the election. one stumbling block for the
national vaccine rollout has been the lack of a comprehensive federal distribution plan. yesterday a statement from republican senator mitt romney of utah called the lack of such a plan in his words as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable. so what went wrong? and what can the incoming biden administration do to turn it around? joining us now is elizabeth rosenthal, editor-in-chief of kaiser health news. she's also the author of "an american sickness: how health care became big business and how you can take it back." elizabeth, welcome to the program. >> thanks for having me, joshua. >> you wrote a piece in the "new york times" referring to the rollout as a nightmare. how did this happen? is this the kind of thing that would be inherently tough to do under even the best circumstances or did someone in the united states really screw this up? >> well, i think the sad thing is operation warp speed, which produced, you know, a vaccine in
record time has turned into a kind of stuttering slow walk in many places when it comes to distributing it. and that's just tragic given that we do lead the world and we need this vaccine more than any other country. >> so was there anything that could have been done differently? an operation like this is pretty enormous. the president and the covid task force made a big point of saying that the military was helping us with logistics and distribution and if anyone knows how to do logistics it's the united states military. but is this just the kind of task that would have confounded anyone? >> no, not really. i mean, the military knows how to do this. but the military didn't control the supply chain. so we had this kind of bizarro trickle-down theory where the feds decided how much they would send to each state, then the states sent it to counties, then the counties sent it to hospitals. and hospitals never knew how much they were going to get or when. so imagine you're director of infectious disease at a hospital
and suddenly get a call saying ah, we have 10,000 this morning. it's not like you're ordering like a standing desk that's going to sit in your hallway. you need to get those refrigerated. you need to decide who gets those 10,000. and you need to get them into arms. it's a very inherently complicated thing on the ground. and we had no plan. >> so what's the timeline look like you to right now? i mentioned that by our math it would take ten years at the current rate to get everyone vaccinated to that critical mass that experts say we would need to get covid-19 under control. what's your sense of the timeline? >> well, it depends on what the new biden administration does. this is not rocket science. it's difficult, but it's doable. so if the new administration has a national plan, perhaps invokes the defense production act so they can say okay, here are the
road blocks, we've heard that for some of the vaccines it's just they don't have the little glass vials, well, we're going to kind of co-opt our manufacturers into making those. then it could go much, much more smoothly. we do see, you know, the countries where we see a really quick rollout like israel has now vaccinated 10% of its population, it's really not because it's a small country. it's because, a, it has a national health system, which we lack. and you don't necessarily need a system but you need a national plan. and our public health system at the national level is so hollowed out it's not in a position to direct this. you know, my brother who lives in belgium has gotten a little notice saying, you know, we will tell you when it's your day and time to get your vaccine. and it's not going to be, you know, ten years from now. it's going to be in february or march. so i think this is not rocket
science. it can be done. but you need someone in the administration at the central level to take charge and not leave it to every hospital and county to decide oh, this is how we're going to do it and this is where we're going to do it and this is the order we're going to do it in. because that's created the chaos we're seeing on the ground now. and some hospitals are doing it well. others are not. but you know, people who are left out are like those private doctors out there in the community, the family practitioners who are not connected to a hospital. they don't get any so far. >> with regards to that before i have to let you go i wonder where your sense is where we go from here now that the astrazeneca vaccine is beginning to get approvals. it's been approved in the uk. india is eagerly looking forward to having the vaccine available. and the nice thing about the astrazeneca vaccine is it just needs to be refrigerated, kept cold, not ultra cold like the ones from pfizer and moderna. i know there's been a lot of anticipation over that because
it's super effective like the other two, at least in testing, and it might be able to reach parts of the country and the world that just don't have access to ultra cold storage. how might that affect the timeline presuming, and we don't know yet, but presuming that the astrazeneca vaccine also gets emergency use authorization? >> well, i think everything will accelerate the timeline. we may well have three or four vaccines very, very soon. but what's key and what's missing right now is a national plan on how to distribute them. because obviously hospitals, clinics need to know which vaccine am i getting and when. because every vaccine has its own specifications and different ways you get it. some are more immunogenic than others and are prone to cause reactions. very rare reactions. never a reason not to get the vaccine. but you need to be able to observe people after you give it. >> elizabeth rosenthal, the editor in chief of "kaiser
health news." elizabeth, we appreciate you making time to sort all of this out with us. thanks very much. >> thank you. and i hope this accelerates. >> you and me both. thanks very much, elizabeth. i also want to get to more of your questions about covid-19 and the vaccines. we answered some of them last year. we're going to continue doing that this year. and this time dr. celine gounder from the president-elect's covid task force will join us. so e-mail your questions to us. our address is email@example.com. or tweet us. we are @theweekmsnbc. dr. gounder will join us tomorrow in our second hour. that's at 9:00 p.m. eastern. next up, no degree, no problem. we'll see how one company is helping young people without college degrees get jobs in tech. or. verizon 5g is next level. now get one of our best 5g phones on us when you buy one and get $500 when you switch.
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this week senate republicans blocked a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks that would have augmented a relief package for millions of americans unemployed by the pandemic. meanwhile, an estimated 1.4 million jobs in tech are going unfilled. 1.4 million. that's partly because the companies that are offering the jobs require a four-year degree. that's keeping many young people out of the job market. but a non-profit called year up is changing that. here's nbc technology correspondent jake ward. >> reporter: elisha eveling grew
up in oakland and he knew he needed a four-year degree. >> in this world we live in, me being an african-american male, you have to have some type of paperwork to be able to move up in life. >> reporter: he's right. a georgetown study found that nearly 70% of new jobs created since 2010 require at least a four-year degree. but when cancer struck his father, eveling had to quit college to support his family. >> i worked security for a long time, and i wasn't able to move up in the company because of the lack of my degree. >> reporter: then he heard about the year up program, which offers a shot at a career to people without a diploma. >> we put it into people's heads that you are failing if you do not go to four-year college, and then we priced that four-year degree out of reach for most americans. that's the definition of cruelty. >> year up is a tech-based program where you take college
courses and you also get taught how to be a professional. >> reporter: culminating in a paid six-month tryout at one of more than 250 companies including jpmorganchase and microsoft. he has a full-time mentor he now meets with virtually and learns software, public speaking, project management. >> 90% of our graduates within four months of graduation are either in school full-time or on average earning $42,000 per year. that young person when they came to us was on average earning between 9,000, 10,000, $12,000 a year. >> reporter: taylor brown was working in a call center and her partner ronald shackelford as a driver when they realized they were not going to make it. >> it was a very low point. we had our son and we didn't know what we were going to do. >> to have our son in that
situation with those types of jobs really struggling check to check. >> reporter: after year up jpmorganchase hired them both. >> it was very emotional for me. i think i cried a little bit. and we really put our all into it. and it paid off. >> with the current climate in the world it seems like your education pretty much determines what your potential is. >> reporter: and here's the thing. those degree requirements do not affect everyone equally. according to census data, when you slap a degree requirement on a job you are wiping out more than 80% of hispanic job seekers and more than 70% of black job seekers. eveling just got an internship at a software company. his mother says it could change his family for generations. >> he's going to be our family pioneer and he's opening up some new paths for the younger ones that are coming along because we have yet more. >> i have a lot of cousins. they're smart. they're able to look up to me and see what i'm doing. >> that's cool to imagine them saying oh, yeah, my cousin does this or my uncle does this.
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tomorrow marks one year since a u.s. air strike in tehran killed the powerful iranian general qassem soleimani. he was the commander of iran's revolutionary guard. that's the military that protects its islamic system. soleimani was allegedly planning attacks against americans. as the anniversary of that strike approaches, iran is threatening retaliation. but is this just bluster? how seriously should we take these threats? nbc's tehran bureau chief ali arouzi has that story. hey, ali. >> reporter: hey, joshua. well, as you can imagine, tensions have been running high in this region leading up to the anniversary of soleimani's assassination.
there's been a lot of posturing, both from tehran and washington, and they have issued warnings and threats to each other. the u.s. is saying that the revolutionary guard are on high high alert and they have seen indications of planning for a potential attack by iran on u.s. assets in the region. but they also admit it is unclear how quick ly a submarin was dispatched to the coast. tyron is saying the u.s. is trying to bait them into a conflict. iran's foreign minister even saying he has intelligence that israel is planning a false flag operation to kill u.s. troops in order for iran to get the
they have their missiles locked on every u.s. in the region and warned that iran would make no distinction between american military bases and countries hosting those sites if a war broke out. but the important thing to look out for is tomorrow. that poses the biggest threat for escalation, where things could possibly get out of hand. it is not only the day that he was killed but also a senior iraqi militia attacker. leaders of militias called for their supporters to join anti-american demonstrations in baghdad tomorrow. that may go off without incident, but thousands of pro-american factions has the potential to flair-up. it was of course a year ago when iraqi militias under the patronage of iran launched an
attack on the u.s. embassy in baghdad that culminated in the assassination of soleimani. >> thank you. video games are not just kid stuff. neither is our government. and it seems both let us down this year in some big ways, including a game that i spent many, many hours mayplaying ove the holidays. why bother to keep playing a game that keeps disappointing its fans. i'm a performer.
2020 was painful for many reasons, especially the push for covid relief. hopefully the holidays gave you hope for an exhausting year. one aspect of my time off disappointed me. so much so that it made made it harder to unplug, literally. it was a video game set in the future but it has something in common with the year 2020, namely it should have been so much better. more than 13 million people including me have bought the hotly anticipated new title "cyber punk 2077." you play as a mercenary for hire named v in night city. v is fighting to survive after stealing an implantable chip that promises a kind of immortality. playing is like walking around
inside blade runner. interacting with people, advancing the story however you want. so far i have played for 77 hours and counting. when it works, cyber punk 2077 is a masterpiece. but glitches are everywhere. and they're ridiculous. this one posted on youtube shows the first person camera not quite aligned with your character's head. that's why the eyes and the hair keep showing up. it feels like opening day at a theme park but some of the characters costumes are inside out and other rides fall out of the sky and every few hours the whole damn pack shuts down all at once. many people are demanding refunding and one investor is activity seeking a class action lawsuit. okay. i know. cue the world's tiniest violin for a first world nerd problems, right?
oh, no, i was about to hack the mainframe with the code to the immortality chip and now i have to cross the bridge into cyberspace again. is there no god? i get it. but the studio behind cyberpunk 2077 knows it's got to fix this or the reputational damage would be permanent. to back to earth. what does this have to do with real life? frankly, all of this makes me wish that more citizens were as demanding as some gamers are. especially considering how washington plays us at times. take congress. none of its major players seem the least bit nervous about losing their leadership positions after negotiating a covid relief deal that no one is very proud of and doing so well passed the 11th hour. they faced basically no pressure to step aside after all after this debacle.
why not? and aren't we sick of all this by now? 2020 was supposed to be a year of flying cars and whatnot. and instead, we got a global pandemic that we largely chose not to fight, an ongoing battle for justice in law enforcement which we'll talk more about in a minute and a presidential election that refuses to end quietly. 2020 was a year of glitches. and we won't get our money back or our time. but the thing is, as much as i want to put my playstation in a blender right now, the only way to prevent this kind of disappointment completely is to quit playing for good. i lost more sleep and shed more tears in 2020 than i ever want to again. maybe you did, too. but still i'm going to stay in this game. nothing is glitch free. and i can demand better from the people who screwed this up or walk away from them if they don't do right. gamers demand that the systems
we invest time and money in at least work. citizens should demand the same from our governments always. i cannot fault you for getting sick of playing these political games year after year, but unplugging? who really wins if we do that? we're glad to have you plugged in with us tonight from nbc world headquarters in new york. i'm joshua johnson. good to be with you. a dozen gop senators said they will challenge joe biden's electoral victory. she and senator david purdue are three days from their run-off elections that will determine control of the senate. i'm joshua johnson. this is "the week." ♪ ♪ today 11 gop senators