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a very good day to all of you from msnbc world headquarters in new york. we are approaching high noon in the east and 9:00 a.m. in the west. welcome to "alex witt" reports. >> the deadliest mass shooting the nation has seen since the start of the pandemic. >> today we are learning about the eight people who were killed at the fedex facility in indianapolis as president biden calls on congress to take action. >> this has to end. it's a national embarrassment. the folks who own guns they support the background checks. the majority of them believe we shouldn't be selling assault weapon. who in god's name needs a weapon that hold a hundred rounds or 40 rounds and it is wrong and i'm not going to give up until it's
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done. >> backtracking on the refugee cap after facing fierce backlash from progressive democrats. they will increase the number of refugees allowed in the country just hours saying that they will not move the cap set by the trump administration. new reaction from democrats and republicans as ultra conservatives discuss launching a new america first caucus that would be focused on protecting, quote, anglo-saxon political traditions. this morning sharp criticism from congresswoman krishnamoorthi. >> we will we have the pro-hate caucus and the storm trooper caucus? marjorie taylor-greene and steve green informing this caucus are basically catering to the malcontent of america, people r
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and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid federal income taxes. also for you for the next three hours there is one frightening and overlooked aspect to all of the unfolding russian news. i will speak with mikie sherriill and i will talk to the army lieutenant that was pepper sprayed by police and tell me why his client has yet to speak out and president biden first 100 days as he pushes sweeping measures and two historians talk to me about biden and lbj. let's go to the mass shooting in
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indianapolis. kathy joins me. pretty tragic hearing the names and the ages. what are we learning more on that today? >> alex, good afternoon to you. we have learned, in fact, that the suspect was known to authorities both at the local and federal levels. in fact, his own mother alerted authorities last march fearing her son was suicidal. the names of the victims have also been released. upon they include 32-year-old matthew alexander and 19-year-old samariia blackwell, 66-year-old amarjeet johal, and 19-year-old carly smith, 74-year-old john weiser. the victims range in age from 19 to 74 and at least five others have been injured in what has now become the third mass shooting in indianapolis this year. >> police say the suspect
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19-year-old brandel hull was a former employee who went back to his old job thursday night armed with a rifle and opened fire. one employee described the chaos. >> i see a man, a hooded figure and he started shouting and then he started firing at random directions. >> officials say the rampage began outside in the parking lot and the gunman fired more shots inside the building before taking his own life. >> there were at least 100 people in the facility at the time of the incident. many were changing shifts and were on their dinner break. >> the suspect was known to law enforcement for mental health condition. according to the fbi his own mother warned them about trying to die by suicide by cop. >> he was found in a couple of police reports. >> while authorities searched for a motive, family members like carol weisert returning to the scene. >> i would have to say i'm
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losing a little bit of hope as more time goes on. >> her husband john later revealed to be among the dead. the couple months away from their 50th anniversary. the pain all too familiar. as a nation re-emerges from lockdown, an attempts to return to normalcy, mass shootings yet again becoming a regular occurrence with some of the highest fatalities happening in recent weeks. six killed at a home in rock hill, south carolina last week. ten dead at a grocery store in boulder, colorado, on march 22nd, and just a week before, eight victims at atlanta area spas. a painful list while adding another city this week. >> and as this community begins to heal, two vigils planned today and as investigations continue to push forward, we know that officials will be reviewing the evidence collected at the suspect's home yesterday
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and they will also continue interviewing witnesses in hopes of finding a motive. alex? >> a tragic event to say the least. kathy park, thank you for that update. >> let's go now to the breaking news from chicago. that city bracing for more protests today as calls grow for justice in the police shooting death of 13-year-old adam toledo. let's go to nbc's rehema ellis who joins us with more on this. how would you describe the scene there today? >> reporter: i would say it's peaceful here today right now, and last night there were two arrests from the largest demonstration to date and the demonstration which was mostly peaceful, but people are demanding accountability following the police shooting death of this 13-year-old teenager. people are outraged over what happened and from seeing this disturbing video of this tragedy unfold. responding to a call of shots fired, this is what the officer saw as he was chasing adam
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toledo just moments before making a split decision. >> stop right now! hey! show me your [ bleep ] hands! drop it! >> officer stillman fired hitting the 13-year-old toledo in the chest. >> police have released records from that night which state toledo was armed with a weapon. in edited police video they see what appears to be a gun. toledo tossing something it happened in less than a second. from the body cam of a different officer there is a gun by the fence near where the teen was fatally shot, but the family's lawyer points to another image where toledo appears to be empty handed. >> he said show me your hands and the child did and there was nothing in his hands when he got shot. >> people are knew toledo are asking the same question. >> he had a full life, a future and gone just like that. >> toledo had a gun in his hand and that his client was faced
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with a life-threatening and deadly force situation. as more demonstrations are planned, toledo's family is urging people to remain calm. the police union has come out in support of the officer saying that he had no other choice to act in a split second, but the family of adam toledo disagrees with that. alex? >> i can imagine, that is the point that will be belabored for some time to come. thanks very much, rehema el rhys from chicago. our colleague al sharpton will take an extensive look at the shooting when he speaks to lori lightfoot and that will be at 5:00 eastern on "politics nation". >> also happening today new community reaction and over a hundred arrests last night after a peaceful protest turned tense. expectations are growing now for a seventh night of unrest after the death of daunte wright shot and killed by police during a traffic stop earlier this month.
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cal is joining us from minnesota. what is expected this weekend and moving into next week from the former minnesota police officer who is involved? >> yeah, you know, i think the question is, alex, whether or not these protests will grow because ten miles away we have the trial of derek chauvin that cannot be separated from this story and we've seen the protests growing. last night we saw more folks grow, and as you said, relatively peaceful protests right until 10:00 p.m. and that's when police enforced, they say people in the crowds had weapons and they were preempting any kind of violence. it was unclear, whether or not thanks the case on the ground and we are here watching the crowd and they seem relatively peaceful. residents here have been discussing whether or not these are heavy handed tactics by the police. take a listen. >> i blame the protesters and i blame the police because the protest -- the police wouldn't
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act the fool if the protesters wouldn't act the fool and if they were to show some kind of love and support for each other we wouldn't have this? >> getting to protect our home and our kids, you know, it's been rough the last couple of days. >> there has been extensive discussions here about the use of force by police on protesters including journalists. journalists were detained last night again for the sixth night in a row along with protesters and released fairly quickly, but again some of the video showing pepper spray used on journalists and a federal judge said that that should be illegal here, giving 24 hours warning on the police before they can do anything like that and banning them from doing that in the future and we'll see how big the numbers are. officials here do expect the numbers to be larger. it is a saturday night and we are getting closer to the verdict. the crowds growing here. >> definitely heightened
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tension. it's put a spotlight on law enforcement specifically police encounters with people of color. other incidents we've had to process this week. an army officer pepper sprayed and detained and threatened by virginia police and the ongoing murder trial of george floyd's death and it is adding debate over police reform in this country. joining me now is retired nypd detective and the director of the black law enforcement alliance mark claxton. good to have you here. first let's talk about the adam toledo case. whether the cop knew if the gun had been dropped or if the teen had a chance to comply. it is split-second timing, but give me your reaction to this video? >> my immediate reaction to the video, of course, is the pain and anguish over the loss that is always tragic, but what's
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really interesting about the dynamic over toledo's killing over how much distrust there is in police in general. even before you have a significant amount of information out there, before you even have all of the full evidence or what's available, video, et cetera, the community just based on legitimate distrust and a history of deception does not trust the police. that is the most significant and painful part of the part of adam toledo and part of the challenges that law enforcement has moving forward unless they decide to reform their practices. >> so we have the chicago police union chief who says the shooting was justified and it is really hard to say that. what a different tactical approach have changed the
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outcome? as i watched that video, mark. you see the body cam of the officer and running in hot pursuit. the camera, it's wiggly. it's hard to know if he's able to as his body is pulsing while he's moving so fast, if he's able to see the fine detail of the hand and the like, so i guess the question is is there another way to approach this rather than running like that and knowing that you may be running into a really difficult situation? >> it's always dangerous to -- and i know i've done this in the past and that is to monday morning quarterback especially when you're talking about, as you indicated, these split-second decisions. the short answer is there's always in hindsight, there's always an alternative tactical decision that can be made. i think what we have to just keep in mind is the perspective of the individual police officer at that particular time and then
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take a close look at all of the factors surrounding the decision that the officer made so that we don't get caught up in the emotionalism of it and not deal with the substance or the facts of what occurred there. the answer is yes, there are always alternative tactics, but you can really take it second by second and point out different decisions that should have been made. >> but to that point, mark, there are experts who are stressing more training is not going to eradicate police violence. so what do you think is the best solution for policing in america today specifically when it comes to people of color? >> well, and i want to separate what we have seen over the past several week, several years, several decades from this current toledo case because as i indicated there's not enough information at this point for there to be any conclusive statements made on it, but generally speaking, we don't necessarily have a tactics or training problem in policing.
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what we have is a tactics or training problem in the policing of black and brown people. you see, if the police treated, responded and acted the same way with black and brown communities, poor communities as they do in the white communities there would not be an issue. we wouldn't have these cases, trials and national incidents that cause so much anger and frustration out in the streets. we wouldn't have demonstrations demanding justice. so the problem is how do you get police to apply that excellent training that they receive across the board? black, white and other? >> that is definitely the question. you hit the nail on the head, my friend. mark claxton, thank you so much. appreciate. it was punishment that was long overdue, the u.s. sanctioning russia and something else russia is doing could be the most alarming of all and i
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♪♪ ♪♪ president joe biden is renewing calls for gun reform following the mass shooting at a fedex facility in indianapolis that left eight people dead. nbc's monica alba is joining us from wilmington, delaware. how is the president responding to this latest mass shooting? >> well, he's defending his position quite intensely, alex, saying there's only so much i can do, urging congress to act. he wants lawmakers to consider these bills on gun safety that have passed the house, but are currently stalled in the senate, and he also outlined some of the executive action that he took just a couple of weeks ago saying he has tasked his department of justice and his attorney general with trying to do more and they're currently in the midst of reviewing these rules and regulations on ghost
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guns, for example, but you really heard the president here quite impassioned and quite outraged at what we've seen from the string of latest mass shootings in the country when he did speak in the rose garden yesterday. take a listen. >> immediately upon us becoming an office having an attorney general i asked him to put together the things i could do by executive order. the congress has to step up and act. the senate has to act. it doesn't mean they can't also be working at the same time on the economy and on covid. every single day, every single day there's a mass shooting in the united states if you count all of those who were killed out in the streets of our cities and our rural areas. it's a national embarrassment and must come to an end. >> reporter: alex, the question that provoked this response was essentially you have said yourself, mr. president, that there is a time for everything, and that in the list of priorities right now gun
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violence prevention is not necessarily number one on his legislative agenda, instead, of course, he's been focusing so much on the infrastructure plan and jobs bill. that is what he's hoping to make major progress on in the next six to eight weeks and he's hoping congress can work on a parallel track. you really heard there from the president that there isn't much more he feels he can do at this moment beyond what seems to be this routine mechanism. you saw the horrible shooting in indianapolis and there is an investigation and as we have now seen for the third time because of a shooting in three months the president lowered the flags at the white house and on federal property to half-staff. it's the fifth time overall that he's had to do that just in his short time in office so far, alex. >> we are about to show a graphic that has some pretty stunning stats and we'll back everything that he said on that, monica, thank you from wilmington. congressman mikie sherrill a democrat from the house arms services committee who served as
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a navy helicopter pilot and was a russia policy adviser. very glad to have you here. >> with regard to the graphic we are going to show, it is increasingly hard to keep track of the mass shootings in this country, 53 in the past month. this is a shocking thing to even say, right? americans cannot help, but feel that this is happening over and over again to a numbing effect. how can we get past saying sure, congress, continue to do nothing about this epidemic. can't congress take effective action? >> well, that's what's so heartbreaking is yes, congress can take effective action. in fact, we've seen it in the house of representatives just basic steps like universal background checks for gun purchases. closing the boyfriend loophole, closing the charleston loophole and simple ways to make people across this country safer, and we do need to do more. i'm a navy veteran.
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i'm very familiar with assault weapons. i think we need an assault weapons ban, those are guns designed to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible and they're weapons of war and shouldn't be on our streets. that said, we haven't gotten the basics through the senate and president biden is standing by, ready to sign this into law. we have got to find a way in the senate to start to end this horrible, horrible epidemic of gun violence across the country. >> given your experience in the military and your description there pretty terrifying, really of assault weapons, addressing that, banning them, ghost guns, as well. is there anything any private citizen that needs either one of those entities to either hunt with a rifle or have a handgun in their home to protect themselves? those are things that are not being looked at and trying to be suppressed in any way, shape or form. assault weapons, ghost guns, is there a private citizen in this country that needs to have that
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in their possession? >> look, i come from a hunting family, and my father is a hunter. he's the person that taught me how to shoot. he does not have assault rifles. you don't go deer hunting with assault rifles. as one person said to me, why would you do that? you'd shred the meat, not to get too graphic, but that is, to me, coming from the background i do, a ridiculous argument that somehow you'd be hunting with assault rifles. this is something that we need to address in this country. assault rifles are weapons of war. they are carried into war by soldiers. they are not -- they're not for the streets. they're not things when i was a federal prosecutor i should have been picking up off the streets of new jersey. >> let's talk about the president who is certainly calling for a de-escalation with russia after hitting them with the sanctions over election
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meddling and the wind cyber attack. the president offered to meet with president putin in person this summer. they would do it in europe, presumably. i know you're very familiar with russia and putin. how effective can president biden's approach be and is it a better one than donald trump's? >> it's markedly better than donald trump's. i -- i could never fathom why president trump refused again and again and again to hold russia accountable as russia's conduct became worse and worse and worse over the years under his administration. really, resulting in this cyber attack that was breathtaking in its scope. it has to be addressed. i am so glad to see the president of the united states addressing this and holding russia accountable, and the reason, i think, that president biden's approach will work is because president biden understands that much of our power across the world is based
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on not just on our own united states power, but standing shoulder to shoulder with our democratic allies. as we -- as we do that, we bring so much more to the table. you know, vladimir putin understands power politics and when you bring power to bear to the table, when you come to the table not just as the united states of america, but as a sort of the banner carrier for democracies across the world and push russia, hold russia accountable, he knows that the economy of russia will be held to bear if we bring all of our allies to the table. this is what's so powerful about president biden's approach and this is something that i think we will find very helpful as we deal with russia. >> in terms of accountability, we have ukraine which says russia's gathered near 80,000 troops on the border, and moscow is warning the u.s., don't get
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involved. how alarmed are you by the presence of all those russian troops there and is there any way that we can look at it and say they're bluffing. they're not going to make a military incursion? >> i'm very concerned. this is why our relationship with ukraine has been so important because we have made a commitment. i'm not sure if people remember, but we induced ukraine to remove nuclear weapons after the fall of the berlin wall, after the end of the cold war and they did so with the understanding that the united states would be there as an ally to help protect them. this is incredibly concerning. i think this is something that, again, we need to not just go it alone, but with our allies push back on russia and make sure that they don't make these incursions into ukraine, and it's something that i know president biden is very concerned about. >> yeah. i would like to very quickly address the president's decisions to withdraw all u.s. troops from afghanistan by
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september 11th. is this the right move? is this the right timing? >> you know, i think this is something that after 20 years, after a generational war. after we've seen -- i was -- we went on a run with veterans in the house of representatives to look at the various sites where we might have monument to the fallen, from the global war on terror, and as we were doing so i was running with a gentleman who fought in afghanistan and his son is fighting in afghanistan. this is a generational war that we've seen there. it's time to bring our troops home. we've accomplished what we could accomplish militarily. we have ensured that we didn't see another 9/11-style attack on the homeland, that we've rooted out al qaeda from afghanistan, that they don't have the physical infrastructure and the ability to conduct those global operations from afghanistan, and now we need to move into a different phase.
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we need to use diplomacy, humanitarian aid, to continue our efforts there, but at this point i think it's time for the united states to bring our troops home. >> new jersey democratic congresswoman mikie sherrill. thank you for your time. what marjorie taylor-greene is so offensive that even house minority leader kevin mckarthy is ripping it, but matt gaetz, he wants to be a part of it. is ripping it, but matt gaetz, he wants to be a part of it. for mike's retirement party. worth is giving the employee who spent half his life with you, the party of a lifetime. wealth is watching your business grow. worth is watching your employees grow with it. principal. for all it's worth.
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a founding member of the oath keepers appears willing to turn on his fellow militia members in a deal with prosecutors, john schaefer agreed yesterday to tell all and plead guilty to illegally entering the capitol and obstructing an official proceeding. in exchange, prosecutors dropped an assault charge against him. his testimony against 12 other oath keepers could be so damning
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that prosecutors say they will sponsor him for the witness protection program. schaefer is the first publicly announced plea by any of the 400 or so people already charged in the attack on the capitol and there will certainly be more. >> new today on capitol hill, growing outrage is a group of ultra conservative house republicans including congresswoman marjorie taylor-greene about to launch a caucus. this caucus first obtained by punch bowl news other calls for common respect for uniquely anglo-saxon political traditions. amanda golden joins me from capitol hill. this is getting backlash. not just from democrats and also from republicans, as well. >> this group of far-right lawmakers have come together who have their own controversial views putting forth this america first caucus, this group that seeks to do a few things according to punchbowl news that obtained those documents that detailed their missions.
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i want to read some of what that says, it calls for common respect for anglo-saxon political traditions and election integrity. the materials also argue for a nativist ideology that has a racist legacy, warning that mass immigration poses a threat to the long term exist earn future of america as a unique country and the unique culture and a unique identity. a spokesperson for marjorie taylor-greene did not deny it and confirmed it while criticizing the fact that the documents leaked and more details would be coming soon when it would be publicly announced and we know of other republican lawmakers who are said to be within the works of this group including congressman louie gohmert did confirm that marjorie taylor-greene was the force behind it and would be looking forward to joining it. congressman barry moore issued a statement saying he wasn't going to join any caucus before he looked into the details.
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some republican lawmakers have pushed back on this aggressively and we saw the tweet from kevin mccarthy saying, quote, the republican party is the party of lincoln and not nativist dog whistles. anyone who joins this caucus should expel them from conference participation. marjorie taylor-greene was stripped of her committee assignments in february and we saw the pushing of conspiracy theories including of qanon, and something to keep in mind here, alex is that caucuses as a whole are not part of the formal legislative body within the house. they are voluntary, groups of lawmakers can come together to promote their own policy agendas so this does have influence when it comes to debate and push forward policies and it's not part of the formal politics. >> joining me now is zerlina
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maxwell and host of the show "zerlina" on peacock. kurt bardella, former spokesperson for the house committee and former aide of the george w. bush white house and an msnbc political analyst. welcome, guys. good to see you. first off, the language used in the policy platform that is describing american culture as dominated by anglo saxon european influences. what do you make of that? >> well, i would like marjorie taylor-greene to please read a book. a history book would be good. one that describes accurately american history because it is not a history of white anglo-saxon whatever she's talking about. it started with the genocide of the indigenous people who were here, alex. and so we should not be under any illusions about what this caucus is. this is essentially a caucus of white nationalists who have infiltrated the republican party
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and are within the halls of our congress and that is very alarming for folks like me, for folks like kurt who are not included in the vision of white supremacy which says that anyone who is white is superior to anyone who is not white and i highly recommend the hbo documentary "exterminate the brutes" and it will understand the origins of colonialism and all of that is important to understand in the context of that moment. >> it is definitely on my to-watch. these names will not surprise you, you have louie gohmert and matt gaetz and there are also republicans like kevin mccarthy and liz cheney, they are denouncing it. do marjorie taylor-greene and her ilk, do they have a constituence ney this even if it's in individual districts and
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pockets? >> they absolutely do, alex. i mean, just by the fact that these people who espouse these views routinely are in public office tells you that there is a constituency within the republican party that believes in this white nationalism and this isn't anything new. we have to go back and remember that for decades now, for instance, during the debate about immigration. republicans have been using the terminology, their invasion, they're coming here to take things from us, they're here to take jobs from the american people, jobs that americans want to do. republicans have been knowingly pitting white america against everybody else for decades now. they've been masking it under the guise of policy like with immigration, but now all of those layers have kind of been pulled back and really, what marjorie taylor-greene and paul gosar and people in the senate like ted cruz and josh hawley,
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they're just saying it out loud. this is more than just a small segment of the republican party, i think. this is a much broader issue now. >> so let me ask you, kurt. the fact that you and i are talking about this, we are naming names and talking details of this platform, is that a good thing because you get it out there and it's like we're pulling back the curtain on what's going on and looking at this candidly. it's exposing it. is that good in the long run, kurt? >> well, i think at the heart of anything, and at the heart of anything better it is just telling the truth. it is letting the word to this case written down on a seven-page document speak for themselves, but it's troubling that it's even gotten to this point. that's what really bothers me, alex. for where we are right now and how horrible this whole thing is, there are a number of microsteps that have been taken in public light where so many republicans in congress and republican leaders have just
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stood silent, have just acquiesced. every time that i hear republican on tv hear the word invasion when talking about immigrants, that is code word to white america that they're coming for us, that they're going to take things from us and that we have something to fear. when i see republicans openly vote against hate crime legislation and when we have 150% increase and hate crimes, and i see republicans take the side of law enforcement when they're mowing down and murdering unarmed black people in this country, that's a problem. all of this didn't happen in a vacuum. it's happened very publicly and this caucus is just a culmination of that. >> give me a sense, elise, in total of the republican party looking at this. i mentioned those three names and in big-time support of this and you also have the leadership and you have kevin mccarthy and liz cheney who are both saying not so much. we don't want to go there. what does this reveal about the republican party in total or its fracturing? >> alex, you have a leadership
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that is scared to really take on the white nationalists within their party. marjorie taylor-greene is clearly more empowered than ever. matt gaetz thinks his path to political survival is backing white nationalism and clinging to this america first agenda that i really don't see how the language is not that different from david duke campaign literature when he was a kkk klansman. it is absolutely terrible. you compare then when you had george h.w. bush strongly denouncing david duke and everyone in the republican party and the leadership, it just is so pitiful that we're watching the leadership essentially cow down to these elements within the party that are -- that its ultimate destruction at the end of the day as the country's demographics do change and republicans make it difficult to win any elections that they have not been able to pass voter
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suppression laws at the republican -- in the republican-held legislatures at the state level. >> zerlina, as you look at the prospective name of this new caucus, right? america first. that sounds like donald trump language. >> oh, it is donald trump language, alex, because donald trump essentially ran on white identity politics. there's a lot of criticism after the 2016 election about democrats using identity politics, but donald trump did it better than anyone. i wrote an entire book about the fact that donald trump exploited the white supremacist ideology to attract a base to pander to that base throughout the entire four years of his presidency, and essentially tell white people, hey, we know the demographics are shifting and in 2045, pew research predicts that white voters would be a minority of voters in america, but don't worry. we're going to hold on to power any way we can and to e lisa's
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point, the voter is up pregsz is in response to the demographic shifts and arizona going blue and those are indicators of what's to come. republicans are terrified and some white voters are terrified, but they shouldn't be. i think america, the promise of america is a multirational, democratic society that everybody can participate equally and we have not had that for most of american history and i would like to start now. how about that? >> boy, amen to that is all i've got to say. i would love to talk to you guys until forever and nick's telling me we have to go and i'll pay attention today. zerlina is weeknights at 6:00 eastern on the peacock streaming channel the choice. as we reach a sobering new milestone. a company that says the first two shots will not be enough. s two shots will not be enough
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breaking news today in the coronavirus pandemic. more than 3 million people worldwide have now died from the virus. that number is reportedly believed to be significantly higher. in fact, because of overlooked cases early in the pandemic. new today, the moderna ceo says a booster shot of its vaccine will likely be needed because of the covid variants. it plans to have enough third
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doses for every american by this fall and this came after pfizer's ceo said it week people will need a booster shot within 12 months of being fully vaccinated with the pfizer. the surgeon general has a reassuring message for the 7.8 million who have gotten the johnson & johnson concerns. dr. vivek murthy says most people will be just fine. >> if you received the johnson & johnson vaccine, the vast and overwhelming likelihood and you will be just fine. i know people have heard about the cases, keep in mind that over 7 million people have received the johnson & johnson vaccine and the vast majority will be fine. >> the cdc will meet friday to discuss next steps and possibly make recommendations for the j&j, vaccinations. right now in roanoke, virginia, residents there have the last
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drive-through vaccination site. people in the more rural, conservative areas such as the appalachian areas will not get a shot. >> reporter: it's definitely been a big topic of conversation as the health care workers are getting thousands of people behind me vaccinated in the community and there are still folks in the surrounding appalachi aregeon. some of the appalachian regions is 7%, and they're looking for ways to combat that and trying to find the root causes of where the hesitancy might be coming from. a lot of it comes from social media misinformation, mistrust
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in scientists and in government spokespeople who were talking about this vaccine. we did speak to the lead researcher of this study who looked at all of these issues and she said there's a wide variety of concerns that people have. take a listen to what she said. >> some of the patterns that were really striking to us is how diverse the fears and concerns are among our respondents and who they trust and sources that they trust, as well. so it is hard to target. it is difficult for us to target messaging and campaigns and successful interaction because there is such disparity, but it was interesting to us to see, and this was about a month ago, but one-third of respondents were concerned about the cost of the vaccine. 40% to 50% were concerned about access to the vaccine. understanding the concerns and fears and what's really on the minds of who we're working with is super important if we will meet them where they are, we
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need to know what their concerns and fears are. >> alex, you hear some of the people are focusing on things about the cost, things about access and we talk about how these health care workers and health care providers are moving forward. the direction that they seem to be taking is moving away from these mass vaccine sites and focusing more on how to get these shots through primary care providers. this study actually showed overwhelmingly across race, age, gender and political background that people overwhelmingly trust their health care provider and their primary care provider and their doctor that they see more than anyone else, more than dr. fauci and those speaking on tv news. >> it makes a lot of sense and for the record, i trust you, my friend. it is the video that shocked the nation and the attorney for caron nazario talks about the police officers and first, what
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♪♪ it has been a very solemn day in the uk as prince philip was laid to rest in windsor. the ceremony was limited to just 30 people within the royal family because of coronavirus restrictions. there was no eulogy or sermon, but the reverend gave brief remarks about prince philip's life. >> his long life has been a blessing to us. we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.
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>> nbc's anne thompson is joining us live from windsor. anne, watching that throughout the morning, it was heartbreaking to see the queen there by herself when we are so used to seeing her with her -- the love of her life by her side. that and other memorable moments. what did you see today? >> alex, i completely agree with you. i thought that one of the most striking moments was seeing the queen, 94 years old, now a solitary figure, having to go through the rest of her life alone after having lost her husband of 73 years and a man she had known for more than 80 and seeing her there as she rode in the car to st. george's chapel and sitting by herself because covid protocols. it was absolutely heartbreaking. other memorable moments, i thought, were just all of the personal touches involved in the service. many of those dictated by prince philip himself, from the land rover that carried his coffin to
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his naval cap and sword which sat atop the coffin to the beautiful music all chosen by the prince, music that was performed by a choir of four again because of covid. and then finally, all eyes were on princes william and harry who walked into the church apart. they walked behind the coffin separated by their cousin peter philips, the oldest grandchild of the queen and prince philip, but when they walked out they were together, they were chatting and they walked away with william's wife kate looking like the brothers who we have all known and followed for so many years. alex? >> they did, indeed, and i think that was a very refreshing sight and gave a lot of hope that perhaps the thaw between them will now be memed. anne thompson, thank you so much for that. the lawyer for that army lieutenant pepper sprayed in a shocking police video will join me in the next hour. why we haven't heard from his client yet.
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♪♪ ♪♪ good day, everyone, from msnbc world headquarters in new york. welcome to "alex witt reports." we begin with breaking news in the coronavirus pandemic. more than 3 million people have died from the virus worldwide. that is equivalent to the populations of philadelphia and dallas combined. many believe the actual global death toll is much higher in part because of overlooked cases early on in the pandemic and moderna's ceo says people will need to get a booster shot of the vaccine because of the emerging variants. the company said it will have enough third doses for every american by this fall. at vaccination sites across this country, use of the johnson & johnson shots still on pause over the possible blood clots. it could significantly slow the vaccination


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