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17-year-old girl which violated sex trafficking laws. he obviously never got that pardon, not that we know of, but him asking for it is just the latest nauseating wrinkle in this story. that's going to do it for us now. see you tomorrow. "way too early" with kasie hunt is up next. get all of your friends, tell them. get a shot when they can. we are going to be able to do this. everyone will be able to before the month is out. >> president biden visiting a vaccine clinic just before urging states to speed up their time lines for when all adults are eligible for a shot. with new data showing where new cases are clusters, the question should the biden administration revamp its vaccine strategy? another frightening story from the southern border. a week after this video surfaced, two kids being dropped over a border wall comes new video of a 10-year-old migrant boy scared, alone, pleading for
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help after this abandoned by his group. the question is -- how is he doing this morning? new reporting on the sex trafficking investigation involving republican congressman matt gaetz. the question -- did he seek a presidential pardon in the final weeks of the trump administration? it's "way too early" for this! ♪♪ good morning! welcome to "way too early." the show that has a lot of questions this morning. i am kasie hunt on this wednesday, april 7th. we will start with the news. new numbers show almost half the new covid-19 cases in the u.s., including from just five states, new york, michigan, pennsylvania, and new jersey made for 44% of the new cases in the past week according to johns hopkins university. to combat the rising infections some leaders in those hot spots
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are asking president biden to change the vaccine rollout strategy and give priority to struggling states. the white house, though, has shown no signs of shifting its current policy of dividing vaccines to states based on their population. president biden has, however, accelerated the schedule for when all americans should be eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine. previously set for may 1st, biden announced yesterday the target date is now april 19th and many states have already begun giving shots to those over 16 years old. the president says the united states has already administered some 150 million doses and 75% of seniors received one shot and take several months for most adults to be fully vaccinated and urged americans to remain vigilant amid the new rise in cases. >> new variants of the virus are spreading. cases are going back up.
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hospitalizations are no longer declining, while deaths are still down, way down from january, they are going up in some places. the virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight and think we are at the finish line already. let me be deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line. we still have a lot of work to do. we are still in a life and death race against this virus. >> we can do it. we are almost there. the debate over so-called vaccine passports, identifiers to show whether you've taken the coronavirus vaccine is coming to a head. texas governor greg abbott signed an executive order yesterday banning any potential government-issued passports in that state. florida took the same preemptive step last week as a growing number of republicans slammed the idea as an invasion of privacy.
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>> as i have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. government should not require any texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives. that is why i issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in texas. >> at the white house, press secretary said the government would not require any government proof of vaccination. >> the government is not now, nor sporting a system that requires americans to carry a credential. there will be no federal database or mandate to require everyone to require a single vaccination credential. the americans privacy and rights should should be protected so these systems are not used
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against people unfairly. >> joining me now, is white house reporter for "the washington post"an geren, a msnbc contributor. good morning. the white house was pretty clear about this and it's clearly becoming a major issue for conservatives. i think tension on the horizon between corporate america and this political issue. seeing this kind of across the board. the airlines, schools, both public and private, other businesses that may want to be able to operate, concert venues, knowing that they are not going to be creating an unsafe environment, i think may change this debate over time. >> yeah. good morning. clearly, this is not a fight that the white house wants to have right now about what you can and can't do once you get the vaccine. they just want you to get the vaccine and deal with some of these political downstream
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issues later. jen psaki was reading a script yesterday basically saying this is not what the federal government is going to do. it may not be what the federal government is going to do in terms of requiring americans to carry a card, but it may end be being de facto what people have to do to do the things they want to do in their daily lives. get on a plane, go to another country or go to a concert. many things will be either -- either if you don't have a vaccine, it will be harder to do. or at the very least, there will be a question about whether you've been vaccinated before you can, for example, go to europe. it's very clear that the united states will, at some point, have to reckon with the list. are you vaccinated or not? it's not something the white house wants to do right now. >> it's already -- there has
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been a lot of chatter about what those rules currently are. there certainly are vaccination requirements already on many countries' books if you want to travel from the united states overseas so it's not like that would necessarily be a new thing. you've covered the state department a long time and reporting most recently on the nuclear talks between the u.s. and iran. what is the latest on that? >> the latest is that there will be another meeting starting fairly soon, today in vienna. these are meetings only in name as far as the u.s. and iran. they are in different rooms down the hall from one another basically. there are european diplomats going from room-to-room. this is actually at the iranian's request. this is a way to talk about how the united states and iran can both come back into compliance
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with the 2015 nuclear deal without actually having to sit face-to-face and do that right now. the biden administration says fine, we will talk to them through the european intermeadarys. we don't need to be in the same room but a remarkable fact that three months into the biden administration we are only just now getting to talk about in real terms this thing that had been a signal promise of joe biden as a candidate. really the only major foreign policy he made as a candidate that he would come back to the deal, if at all possible. >> i'm not sure if it counts as shuttle diplomacy if you're down the hall in the same hotel or building complex, but something along those lines. "the washington post" anne geren, thank you for getting up early to share your reporting. we really appreciate it. let's go to the derek
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chauvin trial. yesterday, prosecutors presented several more witnesses on procedures for restraining suspects and assessing their need for medical care, arguing that chauvin disregarded his training. the began began with maurice hall, the man on the passenger side of the car when floyd was arrested to invoke his fifth amendment not to participate in the trial. a ruling is still pending there. and johnny mercil told jurors that kneeling on the neck is not a restraint taught to his department officers and that the use of force must be the least amount necessary to control the suspect. sergeant yang, the force's crisis intervention coordinator, confirmed records that showed chauvin completed a crisis training program in 2016,
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designed to enable officers when they are in crisis and need medical attention. nicole mackenzie testified that officers are required to administer medical aid. but on cross-examination, she supported reasons why that might not occur. >> if you're trying to be heads-down on a patient, you need to aid to, it's very difficult to focus on the patient while there is other things around you. if you don't feel safe around you. >> does it make it more difficult to assess a patient? >> it does. >> does it make it more likely that you may miss signs that a patient is experiencing something? >> yes. >> and so the distraction can actually harm the potential care of the patient? >> yes. >> court will resume today with sergeant jody stier who testified yesterday that
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chauvin's use of force was escalating. we will be covering that all day here on msnbc. still ahead here, major league baseball confirms this summer's all-star game will be held in denver, after the uproar of georgia's new voting law. amazon founder and ceo jeff bezos voices his support for a new infrastructure plan including a corporate tax rate hike that would help pay for it. we will have those stories and a check on your weather when we come back. k on your weather whe come back.
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the department of state as part of our thinking on the beijing olympics are gauging with allies and to coordinate, coordinate closely on decisions and approaches to the government in beijingbeijing. you saw an illustration of that when united states and according
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to with the united kingdom and eu and others enacted a set of sanctions against those responsible for some of the atrocities there. >> how much would u.s. diplomacy become if the u.s. decides to boycott the olympics? >> again, i would want to comment on a hypothetical. with our approach to beijing, we will continue to be guided by two things and two things only. those are our interests, including the interests we share with allies and partners around the world, and our values and those are the values. >> welcome back. this summer's tokyo games are more than 100 days away. but the state department says the biden administration is looking ahead to the winter olympics next year in beijing as it consults to china on its human rights record. after ned price who you saw this initially suggested a boycott
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was among the possibilities, a senior department official denied that such a move is being discussed. the 2022 olympics are set to take place next february. major league baseball has officially named coors field in denver, colorado, as the new site of this year's all-star game. the announcement from the league yesterday made no mention of georgia's controversial new voting law that prompted mlb to move the mid summer classic out of atlanta. the democratic senator john hickenhooper spelled things out in a statement saying, quote. the game is set to be played july 13th. let's turn to the action on the diamond. last night in new york city, yankees ace gerrit cole appears to be feeling right at home in the bronx. striking out 13 batters over seven innings of work against my orioles last night. the new york lineup did its part. jay bruce with a solo shot in
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the second inning for his first home run in pinstripes and aaron judge a three-run bomb at the bottom of the eighth. yankees beat the orioles 7-2. sigh. all right. now to boston. we had extra innings last night. the red sox appear to be on the ropes in the bottom of the 12th. trailing the rays by a run with two outs and two runners on base. then this. >> that one is driven to right field. arozarena backing up and it's over his head! over his head! the red sox are going to win the game! who runs score! boston wins! ! >> j.d. martinez with a two-run walkoff double originally the right fielder's head to give boston a 6-5 victory. good news here. baseball has finally returned to the nation's capital. the nationals opened their
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season hosting the braves yesterday after the team's first four games were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. playing with a depleted roster, washington still rallied to a 6-5 win, thanks to juan soto's tiebreaking walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. finally, there is this story. try not to flinch. bally sports broadcast team is going to need some new equipment after a foul ball shattered the lens of the home plate camera during the second inning of yesterday's game between the cardinals and miami. it didn't end there. because of covid-19 protocols the crew was not allowed to clean up the broken glass so a pair of bat boys had to sweep away the shards. delayed play and anyone watching that footage. meteorologist bill karins has a check on the forecast now.
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good morning. >> i flinched! i flinched! i admit it. couldn't help it. so the big story out there as we go throughout, i'd say probably the next two or three days is the severe weather. we could see a few tornadoes today. it's not like a big outbreak like we had a week, two weeks ago. middle of the country is where the problems are. we have had a little bit of snow and a little bit of rain. throughout the day today, we will see the rain continue to push up into areas of minnesota. the severe weather threat, if you know anyone, have any friends in arkansas, louisiana, the border of mississippi, that area you see there in yellow, especially in the orange, that is where we could have a few possible tornadoes later on today. our friends from little rock to memphis to greenville, mississippi, we will be watching you especially later on today. the rest of the country, a lot of rain in the next couple of days. so this is through friday. but we could deal with flooding problems throughout the south. we have had some great weather as of late but it looks like we are going through a period of
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significant rain here over the next few days. the great weather, look at washington, d.c. almost 80 degrees once again today and beautiful in north and chilly in new england and the northeast. 55 in boston but you'll take it. not bad in areas of the west. a peek at tomorrow's forecast, where we will see additional strong storms in the south. south texas, looks like our first 100-degree temperatures along the mexico and texas border. san antonio could be 94 degrees. a peek at the upcoming weekend. we are still watch on friday a chance of storms in the southeast. by the time we get to saturday, severe storms linger in the south from atlanta north wards and a lot of rain on saturday from indianapolis to nashville. it looks like you get a nice day on saturday in the northeast. then on sunday, rain is likely from d.c. to philadelphia to new york, up to areas in boston. so kind of a typically spring weather pattern. i will also say talking about baseball. tonight, yankees/orioles,
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unfortunately for you, i think today is the day that baltimore falls out of first place. >> it lasted so long, bill. now you're telling me that there is likely to be rain sunday. this is our second try to take my son to his first baseball game at camden yards. the last one got cancelled for coronavirus so cross your fingers we don't get rained out on sunday. bill karins, thank you so much. see you tomorrow. amid a justice department investigation, we are digging into a "the new york times" piece about congressman matt gaetz reportedly asking for a presidential pardon during donald trump's final days in office. we will be back in a moment. ar. to gelato made from scratch. raise the jar to all five layers. raise the jar to the best gelato... you've ever tasted. talenti. raise the jar. struggling to manage my type 2 diabetes was knocking me out of my zone, you've ever tasted. but lowering my a1c with once-weekly ozempic®
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were told of the discussions. nbc news has not yet confirmed this reporting. the news comes amid a justice department investigation into sex trafficking allegations against gaetz. the congressman has denied all allegations. according to "the times" it's unclear whether gaetz or the white house knew about the inquiry at the time or who else he saw pardons for. gaetz did not tell the white house aides he was under investigation for potential sex trafficking violations when he made the request, the times reported. nbc has reached out to gaetz's office for comment but has yet to hear back. now new video of an abandon migrant child underscores the plight of unaccompanied children at the board. last thursday, u.s. border agents found a 10-year-old boy
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alone in the desert sobbing, pleading for help. here is nbc andrea mitchell reporting. >> reporter: can he help me, he says. i was coming with a group and they abandoned me and i don't know where they are. they left you alone, the agent asks? they abandoned me, he says, adding his parents were not with him and he was afraid of being kidnapped. it is just the latest shocking video of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border. last week, surveillance cameras catching a smuggler tossing 2 and 3-year-old children over a border fence and then running away. >> that is difficult to watch. currently there are nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrants in border facilities like this one in donna, texas. still ahead here, the retired lieutenant general tasks with reviewing the security failures that led up to
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♪♪ welcome to "way too early." it's 5:30 on the east coast. 2:30 out west. i'm kasie hunt. house speaker nancy pelosi
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and senate majority leader chuck schumer announce that william billy evans will lie in honor in the united states capitol rotunda. he was an 18-year veteran of the force protecting the capitol and he died on friday when a man ran his car into the north barricade at the north complex. lieutenant general russel honore weighed in on the attack during an event hosted by the atlantic council yesterday. he said the riot was the result of propaganda pushed by president trump and his allies. >> it's like the guy who keep lying about him to the horse. you keep telling people you have a horse and somebody give him a saddle. people wanting to believe that message that the election was stolen, they rode with it and they continued to ride with it. i think we have been -- a little propaganda and superb use of information operation which is
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an offensive weapon to shape people's minds and tell them a little b.s. about what they want to hear, a sliver of truth and never act on it. >> well, there you go. amazon founder and ceo jeff bezos is voicing his support to build up our country's infrastructure and getting behind a corporate tax rate hike to help pay for it. president biden has rolled out a proposal that includes raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and has faced criticism from republican lawmakers and democratic joe manchin. in a statement yesterday, bezos writes, in part. quote.
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joining me now, is cofounder of punch bowl news anna palmer. good morning! great to see you always. why don't we start with what bezos was talking about on the infrastructure plan. he is right a long-term challenge for america's corporations which is to say if we are not keeping up with other countries on things like broadband and airports and our ability to move goods across the country in an expeditious way, that means they have fewer opportunities here in the united states. >> it was definitely an interesting statement by jeff bezos. not somebody who necessarily comments publicly on issues of the day with a lot of regularity and a different position than the chamber of commerce and other business groups. a little bit of caution here. he is not saying i'm in for joe biden plan here.
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he is saying he is open to tax increases of some sort. he does not say how much or get into any specifics there. but definitely for the biden administration, a boost for their overall kind of push for tax increases. >> yeah. no. he is also saying, hey, give me a call because there are some other things i would like to add to this package if you're going to raise my taxes! that is how all this, of course, works and unfolds here in washington. a good point. anna, let's circle pack to the capitol hill security question. we now know billy evans is going to lie in honor next week. the security conversation is still going on and i think has evolved into one about the capitol as a target in the popular imagination. i think that may be adjusting how some members are thinking about what needs to be done. what is your sense of where they are in terms of being able to get a package together to try and pay for this new security,
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or whether even that simple thing is going to be derailed by our partisan politics. >> i do think there is momentum, as i'm sure you've seen in your reporting, among members to try to do this supplemental to actually find the millions of dollars that are going to be needed to fortify the capitol. the devil is really in the details here about what is that money going towards. you say it's become a big partisan issue in terms of securing the capitol. there has been a lot of frustration among members about certainly those fences that were up for quite a while, making it feel as if it was a fortress. we were reporting in punch bowl news and this morning, 140 national security leaders are calling on congress to kind of reassess, try to get that bipartisan january 6th commission actually to happen. they feel like it needs to happen, that this is really has been a big failure on the part of congress to actually examine
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what happened and how can we make sure it never happens again. >> it's going to be a conversation i hope that is going to keep happening. i hope we do not see more incidents what happened on friday that keeps it on the front burner but something we will be tracking the next couple of months. anna palmer, thank you, as always, for getting your early with us. we appreciate it. ahead here, a mantle of voters want to cast a pair of hollywood stars in totally different roles. we are going to show you the new polling ahead. "way too early" is back in a moment. nt
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interest in running. he said, quote. the actors have not yet made official campaign announcements. i'll let you decide whether that is good for all of us. prince harry and meghan markle have revealed plans for their first docu series. the series will focus on the invictus games that gives sick and injure the military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports. it is executive produced by harry who is the founders of the invictus foundation and who will also appear on camera and follow their competitors on their journey to the upcoming competition taking place in the netherlands last year. invictus games is a cool project if you're not familiar with it. jenny's splendid ice creams
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a warning if you will to corporate america is to stay out of politics. it's not what you were designed for. you know, republicans drink
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coca-cola too and we fly and we like baseball. if i were running a major corporation, i'd stay out of politics. >> that was senate minority leader mitch mcconnell yesterday continuing his criticism of corporations weighing in on politics in the wake of georgia's controversial voting law. joining me now, is boston globe columnist kimberly atkins and she is also an msnbc contributor. kimberly, good morning. great to see you. mitchell mcconnell with that message to ceos, although he continue to happy to take their money as campaign contributions. what is your take on what he had to say there in terms of, you know, he is talking about coca-cola, delta airlines, obviously, major league baseball, and this georgia law. do you think this is something that democrats need to be concerned about in terms of the debate that we are, obviously,
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having here about cancel culture and all of these other issues? >> yeah. it seems that leader mcconnell is trying to sort of do two different things here. politics are happy to accept a big check from corporations and republicans have fought hard for corporations to be considered people for political purposes in the vein of citizens united. in this case he is sort of issuing this threat, it's not thinly veiled. he said it himself that while if corporations take this move then republicans perhaps can boycott them too. that is the very free marketplace, open market/free market approach that corporations are already taking. corporations have heard from their customers. they are acting as citizens of the place where they live and making their political decisions known, their decisions known based on politics clear. mitchell mcconnell is trying to have it both ways here.
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of course, at the ends of the day, this is a political calculation. if these laws are not upheld, if pushed back against these laws causes them to change, it will be harder for republicans to be elected in mcconnell's and mccarthy's caucus on the house side. that is the push-back and mcconnell is clearly picking his side. >> kimberly, the one thing i keep thinking about as i saw those comments yesterday and was looking at this story is that mcconnell cares, as you've essentially pointed out, the most about retaining his power, right? about taking back control of the majority. and he has relied on a tight relationship with corporate america to do that, both financially, but also in terms of them supporting and advocating for republican candidates across the board. how much of this do you think is
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a concern? we have seen the chamber of commerce take steps toward the democratic party. do you think there is a real fear among whatever is left of the corporate wing of the republican party that they are going to lose the support from corporate america in this at all? do you think that is part of the thinking? >> i think there should be, if there isn't. yes. as you point out, you've seen the chamber of commerce, which seems as if it had been a de facto republican backer for years and years, based on policies. now moving toward democrats more and more. what republicans are looking at, clearly, is short-term gains and losses and they are looking at the 2022 elections and those straight ahead. they could be looking farther down the field and perhaps working with democrats on an infrastructure bill that would help businesses in all 50 states, red or blue, in all of
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their districts, perhaps putting forward policies that make corporations back them, as opposed to putting out policies like these voting laws that make corporations recoil. that is the long game in trying to keep that support. falling increasingly -- republicans falling increasingly on these culture wars that revs up the base and results in the short-term surges, sometimes, but really in the long-term we're seeing this slow erosion from really core republican circles of that support, which should be -- which they should see as very problematic. >> so kimberly, one thing on that point of the culture war point which i think is interesting, dan pfeiffer had a post in medium in the last couple of days kind of warning democrats that while this seems like a side show, it may be something that they have to seriously grapple with. it could cause real problems for democrats if they don't address it and message against it
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correctly. do you think that there are places where democrats should be careful or tread lightly here? or do you disagree with pfeiffer? >> look, i think that a lot of these culture wars are fueled by misinformation, and i do very much think that this is not just a side show. i think the events of january 6th make it very clear that fueling these culture wars is a very real problem for all americans and a very real problem for democracy, but so much of it is based on disinformation. you heard mitch mcconnell himself this week calling the idea that these votes laws are restrictive a big lie, trying to take the big lie we saw from 2020 and turn it into something different which is completely false. so i think putting truth, combatting misinformation is the best message for any party to push against these culture wars. >> all right, kimberly atkins, thank you as always for being up early with us.
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we really appreciate your perspective. earlier on in the show here we asked all of you, why are you awake? rolanda writes i'm up way too early because i'm going to work at the mass vaccination center at ravens stadium. usually have to get up 3:00 a.m. but got to sleep in sara said she's up because her new pup by snoopy. so cute. neil says my guy tobias turned 2 months old yesterday and is choosing this time to be awake. why? because he loves your show, of course. jeff emails to say spring is great and all, but this alabama pollen is killing me. my sinuses are going nuts. we hear that here in this house as well. i'm sorry about that. also, quick shoutout to nicco, new baby watching last couple days. thanks, guys. hope you'll stick around. coming up next here, we'll
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♪♪ welcome back. joining us now with a look at axios a.m., nicholas johnston. good morning. what's the axios one big thing today? >> hunt for latino voters. we're getting more preliminary information about the 2020 election and what hispanic and latino-american voters were looking for and voting on. donald trump overperformed among those groups in 2020. so political science has been trying to figure out why that is. the big picture we're finding is the emphasis on the pandemic shifted a lot of latino voters into the trump column. talk about the pandemic meant that trump and republicans were talking more about the economic issues, about reopening the economy, getting people back to work and resonated with latino voters and allowed the republicans to move away from
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the hardline immigration issues. another big thing to remember is that latinos and hispanic voters, not a uniformed block either in texas or california or florida or anywhere around the country. they're digging more into the data and learning more about how different parts of the country, different types of hispanic voters react differently to campaign messages. one big campaign we saw is cuban-americans, most concentrated in florida were very much in favor of trump driven by one issue that's the united states issue with cuba, trump's hardline cuba message resonated with those voters. a big boost for him in florida he won, separated a lot from the immigration and pandemic messages resonated with different latino voters in texas, california, arizona and others. this is a big issue we're following, continuing to dig through these. the shift, biggest minority group growing in the u.s.
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>> sure. and i remember reading "the washington post" did a really interesting deep dive into they spoke with a woman, hispanic woman who had worked at disney world and there are so many hispanics, latinos working in our services industries, las vegas is another example of this and those are some of the industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic and hardest hit specifically by lockdowns and business closures. what's the thinking among democrats in terms of whether they're looking at donald trump and saying, yes, he's saying i should go back to work and seeing that as a durable shift to the republican party. is it momentary or system snick. >> that's a great question. those industries were devastated by the shutdowns and the pandemic. democrats are telling us that those are one-off deal. very unlikely, hopefully that will have anything like that in the future but a political issue whether to open or close the economy. so democrats what they're doing instead is focussing on joe
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biden's infrastructure and stimulus plans, taking their chick message, realizing you can't argue or debate with hispanic and latino voters on single issues. democrats are sharpening their message on that in light of what we learned how latinos and hispanics responded to the economic message surrounding the pandemic that donald trump had. >> all right nicholas johnston. thank you. looks like you're grilling the next couple days. enjoy the nice weather. really appreciate having you here. as we wrap up here, i never thought i would see the day republicans were criticizing baseball and coca-cola, but we're also starting to see democrats warn about the potential effectiveness of the cultural messages being sent from republicans to their base voters. so something to keep an eye on here as we keep covering at these trends. thank you so much for getting up way too early with us on this wednesday morning. don't go anywhere. "morning joe" starts right now.
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