tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC April 7, 2021 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT
donald trump lost the only re-election campaign he ever has been in. that is our broadcast for this wednesday night. thanks for being with us on behalf of all of my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. >> we start tonight on the republican side of politics and politics in the news where things are a little bit of a three-ring circus right now and it is starting to seem like the circus tent could come down in the wind. starting in georgia tonight, the national bull's eye and the focus of so much anger and upset and controversy over republicans rolling out new restrictions on voting rights, today in a surprise georgia's republican lieutenant governor admitted that the impetus for these
draconian voting restrictions was the set of lies that was told by president trump and on behalf of president trump after he lost georgia in the election in 2020. this is what all of the critics have been claiming. georgia republicans are admitting this is true. >> this is really the fall out from the ten weeks of misinformation that flew in for former president donald trump. when noah juulsen showed up spending hours spreading misinformation the republican
lieutenant governor of georgia admitting that republicans in georgia passed into law all of the voting restrictions in the state because of the lies spread by president trump and rudy giuliani. if georgia republicans are admitting that is the impetus for what they have done for rolling back voting rights in their state, perhaps corporations and entities like major league baseball could be forgiving for levying that criticism, that the whole thing is based on a lie now that the georgia republican party admits that it is based on a lie. the state prosecutor in fulton county, georgia announced that park cannon will not face felony charges for knocking on the door of the georgia governor's office while he was holding a private signing statement for the voting restrictions bill. we all saw that astonishing
footage being handcuffed and dragged through the capitol by state troopers for knocking on the door of the room where the governor was holding the signing ceremony on the voting bill. optics were on the nose there. but she was taken to jail that night. we played footage of it on the show. she was charged with two felony counts and looking at years in prison if convicted. after a thorough investigation representative cannon will not
be charged. after reviewing the evident i have decided to close the matter. while some of her colleagues and the police officers involved might have found her behavior annoying, such sentiment does not justify a presentment to a grand jury of the allegations in the arrest warrants or any other felony charges. so the georgia voting rights restriction law is still law and the biggest employers in georgia are professing to be repulsed by what republicans have done with the law. major league baseball will not hold their all-star game or draft in georgia because of that law. the city of atlanta is trying to figure out how to avoid enforcing the law in metro atlanta. at least the one atlanta-based state represent, at least she will not be going to jail for years because of the law,
knocking on the governor's door to see it getting signed. keep knocking. keep knocking on the door. republican politics went through a remarkable gyration today when it comes to what you think is a sensitive issue about the party's comfort level with defrauding supporters and stealing from them. the trump campaign and the republican party took in tens of
millions that their donors did not intend to give them. 78-year-old california man that made a donation and the trump campaign took the same amount, another $999, seven more times from him without him knowing and took nearly $8,000 from him when he tried to donate less than 1,000. he told the times, bandits. i am retired. i can't afford to pay all of that damn money. there was an 87-year-old in illinois who made a series of small contributions to trump last fall that he thought would add up to $200. by december the trump organization had actually withdrawn more than 70 donations from the man's bank account
totaling roughly $2,300. that man told the times it was predatory. a bunch of anecdotes like this. beyond the evidence, there was the shocking cumulative data. trump's campaign and the republican fundraising operation that he ran around the election had to refund more than $120 million that they snookered their own donors out of. that is just from the people that caught it and complained. the people that did not know they got fleeced or did and didn't know how to get the money back. a shocking story. damaging for the republican party. who you do you ask people to ever trust you enough again. to donate money to you once you have ripped off thousands of people like that. apparently with no repentance whatsoever. the times in the reporting
documented the little yellow check boxes that the republicans used of their fundraising pitches to rope people into giving more money than they intended. let's break a fundraising record on president trump's birthday. and then below in lighter print this additional donation will process on june 14th. the box is pre-checked as does the monthly recurring donation box above it. that bottom one, even though it does not say it in plain language, if you do not uncheck the box, they are going to double the amount of money that they take from you. whatever the donation was they are going to take it a second time on that date in the fine print. unless you uncheck that box. if you your great aunt thought she was giving $200. unless she read to the bottom and figure out what the checked boxes meant and manually
unchecked them she was go to give $200 a month, maybe and an extra $200 randomly taking on june 14th. she had to notice, understand and go out of her way to uncheck them in order for that not to happen. join the president's executive club for true patriots only. didn't consider yourself to be a true patriot unless you found all of those things and unchecked the box, $200 would be $200 every week all the way through november until you figured out they were ripping you off and cancelled your credit card. just a humiliating scam the republican party and trump operation got caught for this past weekend in the "new york times." now we know how they reacted.
nrcc, supporting republicans in the house of representatives. they put this out today pre-checked if per their donors. we need to know we have not lost you to the radical left. if you uncheck this box, you will be told you are a defector and sided with the demes. in lighter text below. make it a monthly recurring donation. this is what the national republican party is doing today tos it marks, i means it donors. if you are a defector and want to be reported as such to our former president who is ruthless and relentless against defectors
and ruins peoples' lives, sicks his followers on them. have you seen the way he goes after people that are not loyal to him. if you are one of them uncheck this box you traitor. unchecking the box is the only way you can keep them from taking your intended one-time donation over and over until your bank account is drained. there is this one today from the republican party. if you want trump to run for president in 2024. check this box. if approximate we flip five seats and the house read trump said he will run. that is not true. uncheck the box. we lose. what does unchecking the box do? you have to skip down and look at the finer print. so they don't keep taking more money from you in the future. they don't double your donation.
this was exposed this week as driven more than $100 million in fraud claims by republican trump supporters. they are not only still doing it but going hog wilded with it. they are upping the predatory nature and the bamboozling nature of the things to trick as many people as they can to falling for the schemes and their bank account is left open to the republican party to keep coming back and taking money out of it without getting further permission. becoming a donor in this era is like replying to one of the nigerian prince e-mails with your bank account organization. loning your debit card to the local meth dealer for just a few hours. he said he would give it back. the latest news on the republican side of things is a little bit like a three-ring circus with the tent falling down. the saddest ring is the on going
and still expanding scandal around the most visible and enthusiastic pro-trump congressmen of them all, former florida congressman, matt gaetz. it developed into a way that does not look good for matt gaetz. we have one of the reporters that broke that story in a couple of minutes to break it down for us. but the republican side of things today was helter-skelter. democratic side of things was a super charged day and it marked what may be a new tone maybe a new tenor from president biden and the democrats. there is reason for them to be making a pivot right now because of something structural that changed in politics this week. this week the democrats learned they will be allowed, if they
want to use the senate rules in such a way to pass legislation in the senate with just a simple majority of votes. that is a really, really big deal and thought they could do it one more time this year. turns out they can do it when they want to. that is a huge deal. if the democrats had to hit a 60-vote margin in the senate to pass anything, which is what is true with the filibuster rule in place. if they had to hit the 60-vote threshold we could expect nothing else on the biden administration's agenda to pass in to law. republicans said and shown they will not allow any republican senators to cast any votes with democrats on anything of
substance. not a single republican senator voted for it. republican leader mitch mcconnell says not a single republican senator will vote for the infrastructure bill no matter what is in it and like with the covid relief bill, not because it is an unpopular measure. new polling shows broad majority support for every single major element of the infrastructure bill. from modernizing v.a. hospitals, improving care giving facilities. replacing all of the lead pipes in the water system, building and improving public schools, high speed broadband, public transit and am track, airports, electric vehicle fleets and chargers and capping and cleaning up abandoned wells and mines. they pulled on all of those elements of it separately and every one of those has at least
50 support among registered voters. most considerably more than 50%. nothing has less than a majority of the country supporting it. look at that one highlighted proposal that we have got there in yellow. that is just the proposal about improving care giving facilities for older and disabled americans. that is the part of the biden infrastructure bill that republicans keep picking on in particular and the part they really hate and if they keep talking about that, it will turn the public against the infrastructure bill. that has got 76% support among american registered voters. 86% among democrats. 64% among republican voters. overall, only 13% of the country says they are in opposition to that and the rest don't know. that thing with 76% overall support and 64% among republican voters. that is the thing republicans
chose to pick on the most. if they keep talking about that, oh, boy. they will win on this one. that is wildly popular. that is more popular than kittens. but still they say not a single republican senator will vote for the bill and even from the outset, even before they formally debate it. zero republicans. well, that is your pe rogtive, okay. for some this popular. for you all to stand against it when it is going to pass anyways. feel free. democrats have an option to pass it without republican votes and president biden added he would love for republicans to support the bill and thinks they should but if they don't they don't. it is going ahead anyways. >> debate is welcome. compromise is inevitable. changes are certain. the vice president and i will be meeting with republicans and democrats to hear from everyone
and we will be listening. we will be open to good ideas and good faith negotiationings. here is what we won't be open to. we will not be open to doing nothing. inaction simply is not an option. since i announced the plan i heard from my republican friends, many say it is too big. they say why not focus on traditional infrastructure. fix what we have already got, the roads and highways and the bridges. i am happy to have that debate. but i want to tell you my view. we are america. we don't just fix for today. we build for tomorrow. 200 years ago trains were not traditional infrastructure until america made a choice to lay
down tracks across the country. highways were not traditional infrastructure until we allowed ourselves to imagine that roads could connect our nations across straight lines. the idea of infrastructure always has evolved to meet the aspirations of the american people and their needs. we need to see infrastructure throughs it effect on the lives of working people in america. what is the foundation today that they need to carve out their place in the middle class to make it. to live, go to work and raise their families with dignity. to make sure good jobs are there for their kids no matter who they are or what zip code they live in. that is what infrastructure means in the 21st century. roads and bridges, ports and
airports, rail and mass transit. reliable high speed internet in every home. today's high speed internet is infrastructure. it depends on the electric grid. a grid that won't collapse in a winter storm and compromised by hackers. ask your teacher or a child care worker if having clean drinking water, non-contaminated drinking water in our schools and child care centers is part of that foundation. >> president biden today speaking on infrastructure with republicans standing uniformly against the infrastructure bill. the republican senator promising there will be no republican votes if are it. democrats will have to pass it using the same process they used for the covid relief bill, a senate rule letting them pass it
with 50 votes instead of 60. they can use that as many times as they want this year. it still hasn't really caught on broadly in the way that people are talking about politics but this will be a defining thing about the biden presidency and the first two years he is in office. the filibuster rule changed a few times. they keep narrowing down what the filibuster applies to. what you can exempt from the 60-vote threshold. this new ruling means you can't apply the 60-vote threshold to budget bills. bills that affect government taxes and spending.
the way that it has been described, that seems to be what it means. and that will change what is possible. in a big way with 50 democratic senators and a democrat in the white house. and so, this 50-vote rule is how they will pass infrastructure in the end. mark my words. in addition to that what else are they going to pass using the rule. what else are they going to pass via the rules that do not require them to get ten republicans to cross a mythical line and side with democrats which they won't do on anything. house speaker nancy pelosi is working on a way to pass immigration reform under the same rules. you probably can't pass everything in immigration reform but you can do a lot. if democrats can agree on what to do and comes up with a list fitting within the budget rules, they will be able to pass
immigration reform this year with uniformed republican opposition and zero republican votes. and there are limits. not everything can fit under the budget rules allowing for the 50-vote rule. in addition nobody believes that voting rights can pass as well. they are probably not good options for passing gun safety reforms. but they are going to do everything they can every way that they can. and tonight we are learning that at least on guns president biden will take executive action to get things done even when the filibuster rule means they can expect it through congress. president biden is due at 11:45 eastern time in the rose guard tone announce a series of executive actions on kbun.
treating homemade guns without seria numbers the same as others. requiring background checks for their sale and other regulations. the supposed ghost guns loophole to background checks in other rules. president biden will be nominating a former atf agent to lead the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. he was 25 years at the atf, involved in the world trade center bombing. recently employed at giffords founded by gabby giffords. i have to tell you that even just the act of nominating someone to run the federal
agency and run the atf is something republicans confirm to be a terrible thing. there hasn't been a director at all since 2015. president biden is saying that well, this year there will be. yes. republicans will hate that. i am sure none will vote for him but it will happen anyway. the nra will hate it too, frankly. but they are tied up in a bankruptcy trial which does not appear to be going their way. wayne lapierre testifying about all of the multiple times that he spent taking free vacations on a multimillion dollar yacht. it really seems like wayne lapierre was taking very,
very -- gifts and services as part of the deal where the person was getting nra money. that is one thing if the nra is your personal bank account. but in this point it is declared bankruptcy to get out of a new york state attorney general's lawsuit that would dissolve them if they are found to have abused their members and charter in the way that the attorney general alleges. they are on trial in texas to see if they are abusing the bankruptcy process to try to skate away from the accountability. they are having to admit all sorts of stuff they did they never had to fest tie about under oath in the process. the nra had better days. they supposedly made everything impossible. the nra is otherwise occupied
right now. frankly the republicans are going to vote no on everything president biden votes for. no matter how much they like it, they will vote no. defrauding. they are worried about what they will do if one of the highest profile congressmen gets charged with child sex trafficking. they are trying to keep entertaining donald trump's fantasy that he is still secretly president from his golf club because the last election didn't count. if we call him the 45th president he doesn't believe he is an ex-president. that is what is going on in republican party politics right now. i know we are a two major party system in terms of the political system. one of the things is not like the other. one of the parties is not like
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grab bag with this story. every day you reach in and find new bizarre unsettling detail you were expecting and you are not happy you grabbed. today cbs news breaking the news that federal investigators are looking into a bahammas trip that matt gaetz allegedly took in late 18 and early 19. gaetz made the trip to the bahammas with a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon. that is one person who is both of those things. that person paid for matt gaetz travel expenses and accommodations and female escorts. whether the escorts were illegally trafficked across state or international lines for the purpose of sex with the congressman. we tried to reach the marner
entrepreneur but he didn't answer our calls. congressman gaetz reiterated his denial he paid for sex or had sex with an under aged girl. but the story first broke in the nze last week. congressman gaetz is being investigated over whether he had sex with an under aged girl and paid to have sex over state lines. the investigation reportedly started as an off shoot of a different federal child sex trafficking investigation that led to charges against a friend of congressman gaetz. a local official named joel greenberg. he was arrested on an array of charges including sex trafficking of a minor and is in jail. the sex trafficking count against mr. greenberg involves
the same under age girl. new reporting today sheds light on the relationship between gaetz and greenberg and the relationship between the two criminal investigations. he spoke with three sources who knew joel greenberg before he was charged and all three told joel greenberg bragging about a relationship with a girl 17 at the time. we know that the allegations are solid enough to have served as the basis for very well charges and that there are witnesses that testified to the grandeury
about those charges. all of that would show the seriousness of that charge against mr. greenberg. but what is the relationship between this child sex trafficking charge against mr. greenberg. and the matt gaetz investigation for child sex trafficking. on that one more interesting piece of reporting. some people in joel greenberg's orbit suspect that greenberg might be cooperating with prosecutors to build a case against congressman gaetz. joining us now is a national reporter at politico. mark, thanks very much for being here. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate it. >> nobody knows florida politics or writes about florida politics like you. i am happy to know more of what
you know about this. did you see any of this coming once the joel greenberg case broke open. a mutual friend of a lawyer who represented the political opponent of greenberg had reached out to me and said hey, you should interview the guy. that went out into this really bizarre investigation. i can't discuss all of the things that we are making calls about. but this bahammas trip has been long rumored. there is a possibility other
republicans and florida officials could be wrapped up in this as well. >> one of the things that i feel like i have seen referenced a lot in court documents and a lot of open source reporting. the nature of the connection and what matt gaetz is being investigated for. we know it led to him being charged in federal court. do you have any more clarity on the connection? >> that is about it. another common tie is the seeking arrangement website. hooks up sugar daddies with women who are looking for a
wealthier male to take care of them might be a charitable way to explain it. there is a possibility reading between the lines that if the salacious allegations. they are just allegations so far. we have not seen evidence on tapes or names presented on gaetz. if they wind up being true, there is a possibility that the government could be viewing the website or the women in the cases being more akin to prostitutes rather than going on expensive dates. you know there are these lines that are kind of blurred by the websites. the question is whether federal prosecutors see the arrangements as prostitution in the case of a 17-year-old, if they do declare it prostitution it is clearly accident trafficking.
it is kind of day six of this. no names have come out. no clear evidence. they said other men there would be a host of names and accusers. right now we have a lot of anonymous rumors and salacious stories but not a lot of facts. >> thanks for being here and i have a feeling that we will be talking about more developments in the case as the day moves forward. >> thank you. >> much more ahead tonight. stay with us. you >> much more ahead tonight stay with us vo: calling all builders, all welders, and roofers. engineers and electricians. calling all brick masons and boiler makers. steel workers and steam fitters your country is calling you to rebuild america.
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office will end in 2024. after that per the russian constitution he is banned for running for another term as russia's president and is now preparing to step down with dignity in 2024 and hand the reins to the next generation in a peaceful transition of power. kidding. no. vladimir putin has just this week signed a law that conveniently erases his previous terms as president, pretended they never happen and hits the reset button for the term limits in the russian constitution so the new law allows him to stay in power at least until 2036. 36 straight years in power. clearly after you had 21 years of vladimir putin running your country, the thing you are needing the most is another 15 years of him. while that totally unsurprising thing played out in the kremlin,
the top opposition leader who the kremlin tried to assassinate last year. mr. navalny has been locked up, this week moved to the sick ward, the infirmary. doctors say he has a respiratory ailment and complained for weeks through his lawyers his health is in steep decline, back pain and numbness in his legs, fever and a severe cough and is a week into a hunger strike over the failure of the prison to provide him with adequate medical care. his wife shared on social media a letter that she shared from the prison director saying they can't send her husband to the hospital because they don't have his passport. why would he need a passport to go to a russian hospital when he is already in russia? your guess is as good as mine. bloomberg news reports the biden
administration is preparing a set of actions against russia for interference in the 2020 election, alleged bounties on u.s. soldiers and afghanistan and their treatment of navalny. it will be the outcome of an intelligence review of russia's recent actions which president biden ordered the intelligence community to do on the first full day in office. the biden administration issued one round of new sanctions for poisoning and jailing navalany. but now he appears to be in trouble. the biden administration has been pushing russia from day one. and now it seems like things are taking an ominous turn with the reports of his steeply declining health, reported mistreatment in prison. are they going to kill him in prison? what is the u.s. government planning to do if it happens? we will have the latest live
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amid increasingly worrying reports about the health of navalny who is in prison and has been moved to the infirmary, amnesty international is giving voice to everybody's worst fear about the situation. amnesty says that russia may be placing him in a situation of a slow death and seeking to hide what is happening to him. making it all the more important that the world keep watching what is happening here. joining us now is andrew cramer, a moscow correspondent for the "new york times." thank you for being up at this god awful hour where you are to help us with this story tonight. >> sure. thank you very much for having me on. >> what do we know about the nature of mr. navalny's illness? we heard through the lawyers that there are suspicions that
he tested negative for covid but mysterious reports about back pain and numbness which sounds like something else all together. >> well, he returned in russia in january, he was in good health and three months later it is deteriorating and his personal doctor said she is concerned that his health problems might pose lethal risks and the issues are numbness in his legs and hands, pain in his back and now symptoms of respiratory ailment. taken together, we don't have a clear picture of what is happening, whether it is a lingering effect of the chemical weapon poisoning or spending time in a russian prison. >> his statements through his supporters and through his lawyers have indicated that he believes he has the right at his own expense to get medical treatment of his choosing and
have a specialist come in and look at him. we know his doctor was detained when she went to the facility and asked to see him. what should we make of the assertions and the type of treatment that we have seen from his doctor and actually for a time a cnn correspondent who was covering the situation at the prison being taken in to custody by authorities. >> that is right. i was at the event on tuesday. his personal doctor was arrested along with several reporters. the concern of supporters of mr. navalany is what we are witnessing is a slow motion second assassination. the kremlin says that navalany has received adequate health care in prison and state media reported on the situation as he may be maligning his symptoms and taunting him for essentially being a complainer.
the great concern of mr. navalny is that his life might be in danger. >> how much attention is this getting inside of beyond a reasonable doubt? i mean we saw the myriad of demonstrations in dozens of cities and towns in russia and not just moscow. big protests in support of mr. navalny. heavy-handed security response to the protests. does the putin government feel any pressure about what is happening to him inside of prison? >> i don't think they have felt any pressure immediately in terms of protests. but they are definitely worried about the protests that happened in january. this was the first time there were nationwide protests in multiple cities over a national issue. so, the concern about the protests is palpable and it is, you know, unclear what were to happen if something happened to
navalny. that is a step away from where we are right now. it is a very sensitive situation for the kremlin and something covered delicately on state media. a lot of russians also receive their news through social media. it is a delicate situation and certainly central to russian politics right now. >> andrew cramer, moscow correspondent for the "new york times." thank you so much for your continued reporting and for helping us to understand. it is invaluable to talk to you in moscow tonight. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> bloomberg news is reporting that the biden administration may be preparing to take some sort of action against the russian government very shortly in short order, including for the treatment of navalny and that will tighten the screws even further on the putin government. watch this space. scary situation. we will be right back. space scary situation. we will be right back. simi: two branches of our family split apart.
one thing to watch for in tomorrow's news. obviously we are expecting the president's remarks before midday eastern time on executive actions that he is taking on guns. that will be the first appearance of merrick garland with president biden since he was sworn in as attorney general. that is midday tomorrow. but also, something else to watch for tomorrow. we are expecting tomorrow, the first big count of the ballots in the union election at the amazon facility in alabama. it is going to take a while to
count and to fight over the ballots. that is the way that it goes in union elections. but the potential consequences are huge. if the nation's second largest private employer, amazon, starts unionizing it is a huge deal. we that outcome of that union election sometime tomorrow so watch for that, as well. see you tomorrow night. now it is time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." good evening. >> good evening. you introduced the country to kim janey when mayor walsh went on to become's president biden's labor secretary and tonight kim janey acting mayor of boston joining us because she's just announced she is going to run for mayor of boston in the election in november. it is a crowded field. some candidates are ahead of her on fund-raising already. but she is jumping into the race and going to join me at the end of the hour tonight. and i ju