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good evening, and welcome to "politicsnation." tonight's lead, the right side of history. right now, georgia continues to be the symbolic center of this brewing war over voting rights. as the cruelty of the state's voter suppression law becomes national record, corporate america has found itself
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contending with whether to keep doing business in the peach state amid growing calls for a boycott. the fallout is now as american as the major league baseball is. major league baseball announced friday that it will be pulling this year's all-star game from atlanta as a handful of companies weigh whether to take actions of their own. of course, gop lawmakers in the state are punishing those companies for exercising their freedom to value black and brown consumers. just a short time ago, georgia governor brian kemp said he will not bow to pressure from major league baseball or anyone else. but georgians of good faith of all races tried to purge trumpism from their midst. president biden is counting proposals to reclaim republican hearts and minds, unveiling his $2 trillion infrastructure
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package this week amid immediate pushback from republicans who take issue with these tax hikes on corporations to improve conditions for america's poor and working class. later in the show, i'll talk to the point person for the president's plan, newly appointed and confirmed housing and urban development secretary marcia fudge. but first, georgia is on the nation's mind. and joining me now is democratic georgia state representative park cannon, who was arrested for attempting to observe georgia's voting suppression law being signed by the state governor, brian kemp. and with her is her attorney, gerald griggs, who is also a civil rights leader, vice president of the atlanta chapter of the naacp. now, first, state representative cannon, i want to say i'm glad
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to see you here and free. and i know that because of legal reasons you can't say much about what happened on march 25th at the state house. i want to go into that, but i want to be careful. i know attorney griggs will say, reverend axillary don't go there, stop. he'll put me in check. you overlapped going to school with my daughter at poly prep in 2009, so i'll be careful not to go over the line. but what can you share with us about what you want to see done and what you would to see done about this bill. >> thank you for having me. and i would like to make it very clear that it is a responsibility that i hold as a state representative as well as the caucus secretary to witness bills as they are introduced, discussed, voted on, and signed.
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so not until we witness the signing is the process of our legislative responsibilities over. that's what i was doing that day when i lightly knocked on the door. >> now, when you lightly knocked on the door to observe it, which is in your capacity as an elected representative and you're there in the state capitol, you are not violating anything. you were doing your job is your position. and that is what you were elected to do. >> absolutely. and it's so important on issues like senate bill 202 that we are heard because these have impacts on every single georgia voter, whether republican or democrat. i even went over to the senate to be heard on the bills when the measures were being debated. but everything with senate bill 202 was so irregular. the hearing times would change
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in the middle of the day and i would get a post i.t. note on my desk that would say this bill is not going to be heard. we'll hear you in the morning. so when we heard irregularly that the bill was being signed ten minutes after we adjourned, we definitely want people to understand that that was an important moment for all legislators to be at. >> now, attorney griggs, we learned this week that one of the arresting officers in your client's case said in his incident report that, quote, the events of january 6th, 2021, at the u.s. capitol were in the back of my mind, end quote. he added that he was concerned that your client's conduct could embolden other protesters at the state capitol that day. first of all, i saw the tapes, i didn't see other protesters anywhere and i don't know what conduct of knocking on the door lightly made him think that. but what is your thoughts about
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that logic, counselor? >> i think it's false equivalency. he was trying to deflect from the actions we believe were unlawful that day. and so i'm saddened that would compare it to that. we saw what happened on january 6th in this country. we all saw what happened with the arrest of my client. they are not similar in any fashion. what wermz see was an african-american female that was trying to defend our democracy and be present in transparency and make sure she was reporting out to the 4.5 million georgians that votes will be affected by this new law and she was present with another state representative and several voters. they were not going to do anything that rose to the level of what happened january 6th. it's a false equivalence say and i'm sad he would compare them. >> major league baseball has pulled out its all-star game from the state with the
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president's cosigning on it. now black faith leaders, bishop reginald jackson are calling on companies to divest at least some of those businesses, but not everyone georgian is in favor of an economic boycott because it could hurt some working class people there, perhaps more in this covid era than before. where do you stand on this rising call for boycotts? >> i believe in corporate accountability, which is why, as the conversations an senate bill 202 took place over 40 nonconsecutive legislative days, i spoke with those corporations and let them know it's not enough just to decide you'll let election day be a holiday for a small subsection of your workers who might already have that day off.
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no. we need more than that. we needed them when the bills were being debated in committee. but instead, there was silence, which was very irregular. so i am very pleased to see that the community is being listened to. and i'll stand with our community because, as i know it, i was speaking with martin luther king iii. he walked me into the state capitol the day after i returned. and what he reminded me was there will always be the power of the black dollar. there will always be corporate accountability that happens in a city like atlanta, in a state like georgia. we can all think of historical boycotts that have happened, and i do believe that now is the time for everyone to be in conversation about how we intentionally protect voting rights. this is 2021, not 1921.
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>> you know, we're having martin luther king iii in a moment. i know him and his wife, really been calling all of us around the country saying to be on standby. attorney grirkz i'm out of time, but she is facing felony charges, is that right? >> yes. she's facing felony charges of up to eight years in prison. >> for knocking on the door? >> -- [ inaudible ] >> for knocking on the door facing eight years in prison. well, we are going to stay on top of this. thank you for being with us, legislature cannon. thank you, attorney griggs, and i'll tell my daughter ashley hello for you. i'm sure she's watching and making sure i behaved. joining me me now, global civil rights activist martin luther king iii. martin, we've talked a lot in the last few years about hundreds of voter restriction
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bills introduced at the state level since the year began, particularly this year. according to the brennan center for justice, that's 361 bills in 47 states as of march 24th. five of those bills have been signed into law. among them, georgia's. but the number that sticks out for me is the 108 suppression bills introduced in just the last six weeks. this feels just as much like an insurrection if you want to say it that we saw physically in the capitol in january, except without the confederate flags. what are your thoughts? >> there's no question that this is a rolling back of the rights of people, rights that my father and john lewis, so many actually
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worked to inquiry. some lost their lives, james reeve and cheney and jimmy lee jackson to name a few who lost their lives in the hope that we would get the right to vote. last year, of course, we lost john lewis and c.t. vivian, giants in modern day civil rights. it's beyond tragic we're at this point. just seeing representative cannon, i was so honored just to be able to walk with her on her first day back into the legislature. but it shows when you have a bill -- the bill says that people can't drink -- you can't bring people water in line. this is the most inhumane thing that we've ever seen. and probably that's why you're beginning to see this action from the major league baseball pulling out this all-star game and others may do the same. delta has spoken up as has been stated and other companies,
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coca-cola. we may even see more because this is unfair to people and it's -- it's strange. it's strange that we'd be dealing with this right now as we approach april 4th, the 53rd anniversary of -- >> i want to ask you about that. tomorrow is the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of your father. today is the anniversary of your father's famed mountaintop speech that he gave in memphis just hours before his assassination. between the chauvin trial over the killing of george floyd, this voter suppression campaign we face, and trumpism still being a political force even without trump, how do you characterize race relations 53 years after your father was taken from you and your brothers
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and sisters. >> maybe, rev, it seems like that european culture supremacy is attempting to take its last breath. these are obstacles that under those we have to go through. what i mean by that is, as you know, in the united states the black and brown population will overtake the european population very shortly, and every time we've made great strides, when president obama was elected, it took eight years. throughout the eight years he was there there always is resistance and things that happened that the adversaries try to take different steps to move us back. so there's always backlash when there was progress. remember right after the march on washington, i have a dream speech, after that march, just a few days later was the bombing of the 16th street baptist church and four little girls lost their lives.
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so we're not surprised. i'm greatly disappointed in 2021 that we're having to go through this, but we're going to be vigilant. we always have. i've been honored to be able to work with you, rev, on so many occasions to keep pushing this envelope forward. it's just sad that we're here as we get to april 4th tomorrow. i mean, dad would have been greatly disappointed in our nation. he'd be very proud of the young people who are coming forward offering leadership, and he'd be so proud of his granddaughter and our daughter, yolanda renee. >> i'm sure he would. in fact, i'm expecting you and andrea and yolanda renee at national action network convention the week after next in new york. people are asking me is yolanda coming. they don't want to hear me, so to speak. everyone loves yolanda, the granddaughter of martin luther king. thank you for being with us, martin luther king iii.
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not only did you walk legislator cannon in, you came to minneapolis and sat with the family at the funeral of george floyd and they talked about that this week as i spent time with them before the beginning of the trial. thank you for being with us tonight on an anniversary that i'm sure means so much to you and your siblings. now, we've seen a week of testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial, including contentious exchanges between witnesses for the prosecution and chauvin's legal defense team. prosecutors are expected to continue next week with even more eyewitness testimony, including from chauvin's fellow officers, providing context to the video that started it all. joining me now is patrice cullers, cofounder of black lives matter and activist extraordinaire, and shana lloyd
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. i watched and worked with you for years. the hennepin county police department homicide unit's richard zimmerman was on the stand yesterday. i want to play this testimony for our audience who may have missed it because i want you to help us bring this police abuse to the forefront again. it's happened in our history, but never like now, and you've been on the forefront of that with many of us and you helped coin the phrase we rally around, black lives matter. i want to come back for your reaction after you watch this. >> what is your -- your view of that use of force during that time period? >> totally unnecessary. putting your knee on a neck for that amount -- that amount of time is just uncalled for. >> patrice, many have noted that several of chauvin's fellow
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officers have not corroborated his story. now you have the senior homicide cop in chauvin's department calling his actions unnecessary and deadly force. something we've not seen often police do on the witness stand. what are your thoughts? >> i mean, i just think that's a powerful moment in history. while we'll all wait to see the verdict and what happens, what we heard in that video is law enforcement saying it was completely unnecessary to harm and end up killing george floyd. and so this is a powerful moment, and i think we should take stock of the last eight years, all the trials we witnessed and every single way that people have excused police violence. this time it's not happening in the same way. >> now, attorney lloyd, american race relations were on trial this week, as they are in all of
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these instances. as predicted, the defense tried to have it both ways, painting mr. floyd as a dangerous super thug surrounded by dangerous bystanders and thereby justifying the use of force used because officer chauvin had fear. at the same token, chauvin was cast by the defense as being on death's door because of the fentanyl. assist an attorneys general -- attorney general, did it work? >> they overpromised and you understand delivered. they are talking about this threat, this aggressive crowd that he had to be very concerned with. the problem is that the video belies that. the video shows this crowd was deeply concerned about george floyd's health and his condition. they listened to everything the officers have to say. so that undercut their theory that this is an angry,
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aggressive mob. >> let me ask you this. i'm out of time, but i want to ask this last question to both of you. i want to know what your general takeaways are from the first week. we had some tense moments as the defense attorneys tried to find daylight in their argument that mr. floyd's death was due to his own habits or bystanders used language to describe chauvin and his action. let me start with you, attorney lloyd. what are your takeaways? >> the state is doing a good job in laying their case. they have put in the bystander testimony. they brought in this video that creates a visceral reaction, and now they're telling it to law enforcement that for the first time are testifying against a fellow law enforcement officer. that's very significant. so i think you see the impact of that on the jury. >> and you your two colleagues sat down the night george zimmerman was acquitted for telling trayvon martin and came with the phrase that has now
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resounded around the world, black lives matter. you've been involved in the trenches, so many things happening that you can't get to everything and everyone. but you've been consistent. patrice, now we're in a courtroom. we did not get in a courtroom with eric garner and others. what are your takeaways? >> that we got to keep fighting, that every single one of us who showed up in the streets last summer needs to continue to show up, that black lives matter and all of our members and our leadership, we are determined to get legislation that really looks at challenging law enforcement. i think there's a long way to go, but right now we're in a really powerful and critical moment. >> all right. and we are definitely going to be seeing where this goes and continuing the fight, even if there are convictions here, that does not change the law. we cannot think the fight is over.
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patrice cullers and shanna lloyd, thank you for being with us tonight. up next e senate republicans aren't just fighting to block voting rights for african-americans, they even on the to our freedom of expression when it comes to our hair. but first, my colleague richard lui with today's top news stories. >> rev, good saturday to you. some of the stories we're watching for you this hour, renewed discussions of tighter security at the u.s. capitol after an incident yesterday that left two dead, one a capitol hill police officer. investigators say a 25-year-old man from indiana rammed a car into the northern entrance yesterday, lunged at officers with a knife, then being shot and killed. the officer killed, william evans, served with the capitol police for 1 years. the cdc says fully vaccinated americans can now travel throughout the country without testing and quarantines. they do recommend, though, that travelers wear masks while on planes, buses, and trains. the tsa says friday it was the busiest day of checkpoint
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screenings since march 2020. over 1.5 million people were screened across the u.s. tmz reports rapper dmx is currently hospitalized from a possible drug overdose. the 50-year-old dmx suffered a suspected heart attack and was admitted to a critical care unit in new york friday. more "politicsnation" with reverend al sharpton right after the break. i'm jayson tatum check out my subway sub with delicious turkey and crispy bacon. it will help you hit shots from anywhere, unlike those other subs. my sub has steak. wait, what did he say? steak! choose better be better
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for this week's gotcha, i want to talk about hair and senate republicans. you'll understand in a moment. not satisfied with attempts to keep black americans from exercising our constitutional right to vote, republicans are determined to even keep every facet of our lives under the heavy weight of discrimination down to the very hair that grows out of our heads. i'm talking about the crown act which stands for creating a respectful and open world for natural hair.
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because, believe it or not, in 2021 schools and workplaces are still allowed to discriminate based on hair styles, most often targeting those styles primarily worn by black folks, like locks, braids, and afros. democratic legislators have been working on ending this kind of discrimination through passage of the c.r.o.w.n. act since 2019, and the bill even passed the house late september, last september. but it was blocked in the republican-controlled senate by self-described grim reaper mitch mcconnell. never even let the legislation come up for a vote. but a new majority took over in january thanks in large part to the very black voters hurt most by this kind of discrimination, and new versions of the c.r.o.w.n. act have been reintroduced in the house and the senate. let that sink in a minute.
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the c.r.o.w.n. act would ensure that black folks are allowed to wear our hair the way it grows out of our heads or in a protective style like locks and braids without being forced to alter our hair with heat or chemicals and senate republicans are once again the only thing standing in the way. now, let me be clear. i'm not against relaxing or perming hair. i've been perming mine for 40 years and my surrogate son, james brown, but i made that choice. it was not something i was forced into under the threat of expulsion from school tore firing from my livelihood. it was my choice, which is why i can make this statement. but even as senate republicans drag their feet on a federal solution to this kind of racist discrimination, states and localities are taking up the cause. eight states have already passed their own version of the
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yesterday i caught up with longtime friend and former chairwoman of the congressional black caucus, the newly confirmed secretary of hud, marcia fudge. >> well, secretary fudge, you are a longtime friend of this show, but this is the first time we had you on since you've been appointed and confirmed secretary of hud. let's start with that. what are your priorities? what are the things that you really are anxious about getting onto and get done immediately? >> again, thank you so much, reverend, for having me. i'll give you my three priorities, maybe not necessarily in any particular order. but certainly at the direction of the president we're doing everything we possibly can to make sure that we can get homeless people off the streets. we know that on any given day in this country more than 580,000 people go homeless, so that's
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one of the priorities. secondly, to make sure that people stay in their homes or in their apartments. so we want to do the things that are necessary forbearance and moratoriums to make sure that -- level the playing field so that people who are in a position to purchase homes can do it. we know that home ownership in our communities is the fastest way to create and maintain. >> yes, sir wealth, so we want to ensure that credit is available, information is available, and people have a real chance, a fair chance to get into the home ownership business. >> now, dealing with the evictions, dealing with mortgage problems, people not paying their mortgages due to covid-19 and then dealing with homelessness is going to take a
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real effort. one of the things that we did know you are succeeding the secretary of hud, ben carson, under the trump administration who had no background in this. clearly hud was not a priority of the trump administration. how much damage did they do and how much do you have to really try to repair hud in order to do the things you've laid out and the kind of support you're going to get with this president seems to have made hud and housing more of a priority than his predecessor? >> the first thing, reverend, that we found is a group of small but mighty employees, consummate professionals, but they're understaffed and overworked. just over the last four years hud has lost 20% of all of its employees, 20%. so what we found is people in need of assistance and through covid it's made it even more difficult as people work
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remotely, but they truly, truly are overworked as well as -- this is going to really shock you, i think, rev. in his budget for the next year, he requested a reduction of 15% across the board reduction and a 40% reduction just in housing. we know how many people are -- >> wow. >> that's right. people are on the edge of losing their homes and losing their apartments and he asked for a reduction of 40%. so that's what we're dealing with, someone who consistently for four years devalued in this agency but we're up to the task of getting it done. >> wow. that is stunning news, 40% reduction, given especially during the period. that brings me to the president's relief plan, the american rescue plan around this covid-19. it pledged billions of dollars,
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literally, around rents, around home ownership, moratoriums, housing vouchers, assistance to the homeless. how in practical terms can this be done? and how will that money be allocated and it will mean something to the american people? how do we on the ground know what that means? >> let me just say how excited i am to be a part of this team. the president has just passed a piece of legislation that is generational. it is once in a lifetime. not only are we talking about the $1,400 checks and the resources if you have children, just think about it this way, reverend. if you're in a family of four, make less than $90,000 a year, you're going to end up getting $5,600 over the next year. we have found ways to cut child poverty almost in half in this country through our child tax
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credits, our earned income tax credits, we're doing things that no one ever believed could be done. but as it relates to housing, there's $40 billion just for rental assistance and homeowner assistance. there's more than $200 billion set aside for us to start looking at how we build more low-income and affordable housing. there's $5 billion to get people off the streets. now, the $200 billion admittedly is in the next plan, but in this plan that has already been passed, there's $5 billion for homelessness, there's $5 billion to assist with bringing new, affordable care act units on board. we believe over the next couple of years with just the rescue plan money we could put more than 30,000 new households in affordable housing. it's big, reverend. it's really, really big. >> you know, talking about the administration coming with probably the biggest social
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landscape moves i've seen probably since i was a kid with lyndon johnson, the next big thing is the infrastructure bill. and large part of that will be under your agency. >> yes. >> and you're one of the leaders in dealing with that infrastructure bill. explain to us what your role will be, hud's role will be and what you hope to do and convince the senate and the house where you served so well for many years why this bill is so necessary in terms of the infrastructure of the country and what will it mean to people because it's got covid aid in there, it has a lot of different things in the bill, in the whole promise of this huge multitrillion-dollar bill. >> well, the first thing i would say to you is that just the recognition that housing is infrastructure is big in and of itself. other administrations have not
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really admitted that, but housing is one of the most important tenets of infrastructure in this nation. without decent housing, all of the other things that we're working on are going to be more and more difficult to accomplish. so certainly there are resources here to build more than 2 million new housing units to catch everyone up on their rears as well as bring them current on rents and mortgages. not only are we talking about wraparound services, we're talking about things like gun control, we're talking about education and training, so much of this is going to empower our neighborhoods, reverend, and give people the opportunity to change their station in life. it lets us see people with dignity and respect. so hope is here in this plan. as i talk to my former colleagues, i know that many of them already believe what we
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believe, ems when we talk about putting $40 billion just to repair and rehabilitate existing housing. you lived in new york. we have the largest public housing footprint in the country. the conditions of some of these buildings are abhorrent, so that $40 billion will be a down payment so they can live without lead in their paint or their children having to be concerned about rodents. it's going to change their lives. it's going to make sure we remove the lead pipes in this country so children don't have to get lead in their water. it is a massive, but necessary, piece of legislation. >> wow. well, i thank you for being with us. we look forward to national action network's convention 53 years after dr. king's assassination which we mark isunder.
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i think he'll be prou to see a sister like you s-i-s-t-a, sitting with housing because one of his last mission was the poor people's campaign and part of that was around housing. thank you for being with us, secretary of hud, marcia fudge. >> thank you very much. my thanks to hud secretary marcia fudge and her team. coming up, another victory lap for the biden administration after a booming jobs report. we'll break that down next.
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. welcome back to "politicsnation." we still have a lot to discuss about other news this week and i want to turn now to my panel. former deputy secretary of labor under the obama administration, chris lu, and former florida member of congress, republican, david jolly. chris let me go to you first. the latest u.s. jobs report shows a massive gain, over 900,000 jobs were added in march. unemployment down to 6%, signaling a possible sign of economy recovery from the pandemic. the department of labor saying this is the biggest boost since august for the job market. president biden on friday calling it a source of hope. what do you think?
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will unemployed americans be able to get back on their feet soon. >> reporter: we see black unemployment double that to white. how do we do that when we target black americans are still disproportionately unemployed. >> this is an encouraging jobs report and it's a testament to the biden administration in rapidly accelerating because asking pushing for additional economic stimulus, but we have a long way to go. we're still 8.5 million jobs short of where we were before the pandemic. 4 million people left the labor force. 4 million people are long-term unemployed, they've been out of work for six months. you pointed out correctly the black unemployment rate is almost double what it is for white americans and we've seen that trend whether the economy is good or the economy is bad. and so there's more work to be done and it's one of the reasons why the biden administration is pushing so hard for an infrastructure package because
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it will provide educational and training opportunities which can benefit for people of color. and it also makes important investments in minority communities, things we've been talking about a long time, transportation, broadband. it will deal with environmental hazards in inner cities. and so this is an important start, but we have a long way to go. this is not just about bringing the economy back to before the pandemic but really trying to address some of these systemic inequalities. >> i want to also talk to you, chris, about president biden's $2 trillion american jobs plan, which he hopes will fix our country's infrastructure like bridges and highways and will also ensure access to clean water in all parts of the country and high-speed broadband internet to all communities. taking all of this at once, can president biden get this ambitious plan passed? and what will be the economic
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impact? >> the economic impact is going to be huge. the analysis is 18 million jobs created and it's importantly these investments and things that we have been, frankly, talking about for decades in both democratic and republican administrations. decades. it is roads, bridge, modernizing the electrical grid, it is making investments into clean energy, it is school construction, veterans hospitals, providing home care to the disabled and elderly. and so it is important and each one of the individual components has had bipartisan support in the past. but when you take the big being a package and roll back tax cuts from the trump administration, it should pass and ultimately it is pass if the democrats go through budget reconciliation in order to get it done. >> and matt gaetz has been making headlines for being under
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investigation by the justice department for suspect trafficking allegations, including a relationship with a minor. gop leader kevin mccarthy says he wants to wait and see before removing gaetz removing from any committee assignments. are the republicans afraid to confront him because he is connected to donald trump? >> certainly they are, but this is moving very quickly. kevin mccarthy may face a decision as early as next week. florida republicans are already looking past matt gaetz with his career coming to an end. and your point of the gravity of these charges, this is significant. gaetz colleague joel greenberg already arrested and indicted, one of the charges is causing a minor to engage in a commercial sex act. if that is the investigation to which matt gaetz is subject to, there is a reason that his
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career should come to an end. there is a child victim in this case. and we see matt gaetz try to play the trump card, try to hit the media very hard with this. it is absolutely wrong both on moral levels but also in terms of press and legal. as i said, smartest thing that he can do is hire a lawyer and resign from congress. >> and people will remember a sex scandal involving mark foley, and it contributed to republicans losing control of congress in 2006. is the gaetz scandal something that voters might keep in mind in the midterms next year? >> they need to. and we have to lean into the victims' story here. this was a child. a young woman 17 years old, but this is a child who under the law is unable to consent to her own sexual behavior. if gaetz or mark greenberg were
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involved in this sex act, there is a law for a reason and the reason is to consider them sexual predators before ever considered a politician or members of congress. >> all right. thank you both for being with us. up next, my final thoughts. stay with us. ext, my final thous stay with us [tv announcer] come on down to our appliance superstore where we've got the best deals on refrigerators, microwaves, gas ranges and grills. and if you're looking for... seeing blood when you brush or floss can be a sign of early gum damage. where we've got the best deals on refrigerators, microwaves, new parodontax active gum repair kills plaque bacteria at the gum line to help keep the gum seal tight. new parodontax active gum repair toothpaste. [ crowd cheering ] [ engine revving ] [ race light countdown ] ♪♪
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tomorrow is a challenging day. as a baptist minister, it is a day that i will celebrate the resurrection of jesus christ which is my religious belief but also remember his admonition if you love me, feed my sheep. and as a minister engaged in social justice, i will commemorate the 53rd anniversary tomorrow april 4th of the assassination of martin luther king. i was 13 years old and already the youth director of the new york chapter of his
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organization's operation bread basket of new york. and dr. king challenged us in his last book where do we go from here, which is why i was in minneapolis this week trying to continue to do the work for those that want to continue in his tradition as his son who was on earlier today. i asked the first day of the trial for family and friends to vow with bow with me on their knee for 8:46 which was the time that we thought at that time that george floyd was under the knee of officer derek chauvin and was dead. i was there sunday lieding a prayer vigil. it is not enough just to commemorate dr. king or celebrate christ, we must do the work which is why week after next national action network even in a pandemic will have our national convention, it will be virtual this year, we've already confirmed 13 members of job's
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cabinet and leading members of government. leading civil rights leaders. grass roots activists, faith leaders, to plan on how with coming out of this pandemic and fight for what dr. king stood for. because we need to plan for action. we cannot just come out of the pandemic and think that we just want to go back to normal. normal didn't work for all americans. we need to emergency a new normal and that is what we'll be talking about. go to national action network.net to participate the 14th through the 17th. that does it for me. thanks for watching. i'll see you tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. eastern for another live hour of "politics nation." my colleague alisha made then diz picks up the news coverage now. >> thanks so much, reverend. hello, everyone. i'm a lee i can't ahead the
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growing fallout after major league baseball threw a curve ball at the georgia gop. the league pulled its all star game out of atlanta protesting the state's new resouth africa difference voting law. and now pressure is building on major companies to stop similar efforts in texas, arizona and beyond. georgia's governor is doubling down on a law that he actually argues with a straight face is about expanding ballot access. >> secure accessible fair elections are worth the threat, they are worth the boycott and the lawsuit. i want to be clear, i will not be backing down from this fight. and neither are the people who are here with me

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