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hasan. hello, mehdi. >> ever since i watched "armageddon," i thought, that's going to happen for real. >> we lived through a pandemic, now we have the cicadas and space trash. >> now you just have to relax tonight for the rest of the weekend. thank you so much, alicia. >> thank you. tonight on "the mehdi hasan show," republican war on democracy continues. i'm reveal what is happening in each state and joaquin castro will talk to me about the voting restrictions happening in texas. and the republican party trying to oust liz cheney this week. and the director for covid response, andy slavitt is here to answer my questions about the guidance on masks and vaccines. in this movie, a black man has to relive a fatal police encounter over and over.
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treyvon free is here, writer and director. good evening and happy mother's day. i'm mehdi hasan. the republican party is working hard so that come 2024, it can rig the next presidential election in its favor. that's not beating around the bush. that's what's going on here. first, assuming they win back the house next year, gop can block the certification of the 2024 results if they don't like them. but that means also getting rid of any republicans in congress who aren't on board. if you voted in favor of impeaching donald trump, if you said the election wasn't stolen, the republicans are coming for you. ask liz cheney, who is about to lose her leadership position. ask mitt romney, who got booed by republicans back in utah. we'll talk more about the liz
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cheney angle to this story later with linda chavez. the second element to this gop strategy for 2024 is even more crucial and disturbing. an all-out assault on voting rights and on election officials at the state level. trump is encouraging the purge of state election officials, who defied him by, you know, following the election laws in their states. thivg brad raraffensperger. and 350 restrictive voting bills. let's look at what they're actually doing or trying to do state by state. in arkansas, they're eliminating automatic voter registration. lsksz, eliminating curbside voting. in california, new restrictions on vote by mail. in colorado, they tried and failed to restrict mail-in voting. connecticut, new restrictions on mail-in applications. in florida, the governor signed a law criminalizing handing out food and water to voters in line
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and reduction of drop boxes. also getting rid of mobile voting units and limits the power of secretary of state. in hawaii, trying for new restrictions on mail-in voting. iowa, they passed a law, reducing early voting. in illinois, new obstacles to mail-in ballots. in indiana, new voter i.d. law. in kentucky, they tried and failed to reduce the number of early voting days. in louisiana, they're in maryland new restrictions on the collection of absentee ballots. in maine, another law trying to add photo i.d. requirements. trying to ban the secretary of state in maine from mailing out ballots but providing a link on a website. in mississippi, a failed attempt to purge a voter role of
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noncitizens. to eliminate any requirement by the state to inform the public about those new rules. in montana, in north carolina an attempt to restrict absentee ballots. north dakota, failed attempt. in nebraska, new photo i.d. requirements. new hampshire, they want to make it easier for officials to purge voter roles. in new jersey, suspension of automatic voter registration. in new mexico they tried and failed to get rid of same-day voting. in nevada, in oklahoma, restrict mail-in ballots. in pennsylvania, new curbs on mail-in voting, and in rhode island. in south carolina, new curbs on mail-in voting. trying to block the secretary of state to sending out applications for absentee voting. in texas, the state house just passed a bill to restrict mail-in voting and empower poll
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watchers, in virginia a failed attempt to ban the use of ballot boxes. an attempt to end absentee ball ought drop boxes and in wyoming they passed a new voter i.d. law. whew! so congratulations to delaware, ohio, and vermont. the only three states in the union, according to the brennan center, that haven't had any voter suppression bills introduced so far. in the other 47, the majority of the 361 bills haven't yet been passed into law. they can still be defeated. we can still stop them. yeah, i said we. we as in small d democrats who care about small d democracy. as a journalist i'm not here to speak for a party but i am damn well here to speak for democracy, voting rights. sorry, there's no both sides when it comes to democracy. you can't sit on the fence or be neutral when our voting rights are under assault. i've said it before and i'll say it again. as journalists, we should have a
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bias toward democracy. as citizens, you should have a buy as, towards democracy, regardless of whether you're a republican, democrat or independent. democracy is under threat. what would you say if you saw this in another country? the defeated party and defeated president, inciting an insurrection, trying to remove the officials who stood in their way. what would you call it? authoritarianism? fascism? what do we call what's going on in america right now? there are not two sides to this. for more, congressman joaquin castro of texas. thank you for joining me on the show tonight. friday, as we mentioned, texas republicans move one step closer to passing sweeping voter restrictions. i want to play you what happened when, during the debate, one of the main sponsors was questioned about the bill's language. have a listen. >> what was your motivation for using that term, purity at the ballot box? that's a specific set of words
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that has a lot of meaning in state history. >> what gives us authority to do anything on this issue? and that's the provision that does that. and so that would be why. >> did you look at the history before using that word? >> no, no. i'm not familiar with the -- >> you may have missed it, then. that provision was drafted specifically to disenfranchise black people, black voters, in fact, following the civil war. did you know that? >> no. that's -- i'm sorry to hear that. >> congressman, whether or not we believe his answer, it didn't stop the bill from passing in the texas house. what is your view about the true intent of this legislation in texas? >> well, in texas and in other places, you have a republican party that under donald trump moved toward authoritarianism and was moving toward fascism, quite honestly. and those are folks that are doing everything they can to hang on to power. the way they're trying to hang on to power is not by being
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better about governing or make more convincing arguments or win over voters who disagree with them. voters that voted against them and that's why they lost the presidency, the senate and the house. their answer to hang on to power is to make it harder for the people who sfrae with them to go out and vote. that's what we're seeing in texas and across the country as we displayed. >> given what's happened in georgia and florida where bills were passed into law, is there anything people can still do in texas to stop this? would you be able to call for a corporate boycott of your own state? >> yeah. there's a few things people should do. the time to speak up is now. the bill has not been finally passed through the legislature. they've got to do what's called a conference committee bill that gets a final vote in both chambers and then the governor has to decide to sign that bill. the people of texas need to speak up now, but also the business community that is part
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of the economic lifeblood of this state, these business leaders to need to speak up. they know that this is wrong. they know that this is fundamentally unfair and our elections, which have been controlled by republican election officials for years were fair in free elections. the only reason they're doing this is to harm people and to keep certain people from voting. >> so, would you support a boycott of your state if this fundamentally unfair law passes? >> i mean, look, i'm from texas. i'm a san antonion. i don't want to see my state hurt. but at the same time we need people to speak up now because my fear is that's exactly what will happen, voices calling for events not to be held in san an toneio or other places in texas. >> senator ted cruz had to say to someone who he thought was a
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supporter but was actually an undercover camo-wearing left from a leaning group. listen. >> cruz responded by tweet that i led the fight by votes in the senate not by violence. that clip still shows he doesn't accept the election result, even now. >> you're absolutely right. it's very clear that ted cruz, as we get closer to the 2024 election, assuming he doesn't just give the prize to donald trump, nomination to donald trump before the nomination even starts, it's clear that he's going to trumpet how he was, you know, fighting the election
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results, basically how he didn't accept the election results. he seems to be in this competition with josh hawley of missouri to be the standard bearer about who was able to deny that the election was actually fair. >> yeah. and it's weird when we talk about bipartisanship. i'm not sure how you can work with senators who don't even accept election realities. just changing the subject for a moment before i let you go. you're on the house foreign affairs committee, i know. the violence in israel and forced displacement from families in their home in east jerusalem, quote, is wrong, unacceptable and illegal, you said. you will said that the biden administration should stand up for palestinian rights, a welcomed call but how, congressman? are you willing to call for conditioning of u.s. aid to israel? anything beyond rhetoric? >> look, as you know, the united states has been a very good friend to israel and israel has been a very good friend of ours for a few generations and the
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united states has a lot of someway with the government of israel and they should use that relationship to get israel to stop allowing, endorsing these forced evictions. as i said, i believe it's wrong. i don't believe that that should be going on. i don't believe there should be any united states money that is used for that purpose. >> congressman joaquin castro, we'll have to leave it there. thank you so much for your time tonight. appreciate it. >> thank you. still to come, a story of a young black man stuck in an inescapable police brutality. director joins me to talk about it. and 2020 election, why do they keep picking trump over the truth? first, richard lui is here with breaking news. hey, richard. >> hey, mehdi. investigation into the cyber attack that shut down a major u.s. oil pipeline. sources tell nbc a leading
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suspect is a new russian criminal group known as dark side. early signs indicate a criminal scheme here but not an attack by a nation state. commerce secretary gina raimondo said it's been an all-hands-on-deck to restart the pipeline. it runs from the gulf coast in texas all the way up to the northeast. 2.5 million barrels of gasoline and other fuels travel through that pipeline each and every day. it's responsible for half of the east coast fuel supply and a prolong shutdown that could lead to a fuel shortage and price increase. joshua johnson will have more next hour. more of the "mehdi hasan show" after this break. hasan show" after this break gum damage. new parodontax active gum repair kills plaque bacteria at the gum line to help keep the gum seal tight. new parodontax active gum repair toothpaste.
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as the house gop prepares to boot liz cheney from her gop spot, the cheney vote hasn't
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even happened yet but on fox house minority leader kevin mccarthy seemed ready to declare victory and unite his party. >> to defeat nancy pelosi and the socialist agenda, we need to be united. >> that's not sitting well with the dwindling number of, quote, unquote, moderates in the party, who reject donald trump's big lie. >> this idea of let's put our differences aside and be unified, you cannot unify truth with lies. >> it just bothers me that you have to swear feelty to the dear leader or get kicked out of the party. it's a circular firing squad where we're attacking members of our own party instead of focusing on solving problems. >> on the right, definition of moderate no longer refers to ideology, it's simply not someone who accepts the 2020 results and the gop believes tha those people need to be banished. cheney's likely replacement, elise stefanik is a perfect
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example of this. she was once considered a moderate and even voted against trump's tax cuts. now she's being promoted because she's boosting the big lie. for more on this, we're joined by a conservative who announced she had left the gop. linda chavez served in the reagan white house as a public liaison. she is now a fervent critic of her former party. your former boss, ronald reagan, famously said i didn't leave the democratic party, the party left me. you've left the gop now. why won't others follow you out of the door? what's left in that party for a mitt romney, who is getting booed by his own supporters? >> well, i think there is still the hope that at some point donald trump will fade from the scene. he doesn't show any desire to do so. there was some interesting polling data that the republican party itself did this week. liz cheney brought it to the
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fore. it showed in those congressional districts that lift democrat in 2018 and 2020 that donald trump is not popular. his unfavorable ratings are higher than his favorable ratings and if they really want to win back control of the house, they've got to turn those districts back to the republican party and sticking with donald trump and his big lie is not the way to do that. >> so, i'm glad you mentioned that poll. senator lindsey graham goes around saying the gop can't grow without trump. he tries to make what he thinks is a strategic argument. as you point out liz cheney was concerned gop operatives were hiding polling data from the members that showed trump's unfavorable ratings minus 15 points in key swing districts plus a new poll showing him 20 points under water among registered voters. how can the party grow with trump?
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linda, if you had to make a bet, if you had to make a guess, the house gop, how many of them actually believe that trump helps them win elections? how many of them are just going along out of fear or cowardice? >> i think the great majority of them are going along out of fear and that fear puzzles me as well. donald trump doesn't have the am big microphone he used to have. he doesn't get to go into the white house press room whenever he wants to, give a speech and have everybody focused on it. he doesn't have twitter. he doesn't have facebook. he has this great, pathetic new website he set up that i frankly could have put together for him and i'm not exactly a tech genius. and, you know, it just mystifies me why it is that people are shaking in their boots. >> such a good point, especially when he lost them the white house, senate and the house. i think the first time in a century to do that, or something like that. liz cheney has been -- it's her moment in the liberal spotlight.
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people on the other side of the aisle are praising her, rightly, for her stance against her own party. but what about the argument that liz cheney herz isn't a stranger to, quote, unquote, big lies? she backed the iraq war. maureen dowd is out with a new article "the times" saying cheney had no trouble swimming in fox news bile. thanks to that kind of reasoning, we ended up with a president who fermented an attack. surely you agree that the republican party didn't just wake up crazy under donald trump but they embraced trump because they were already crazy. >> there is a problem with those who did not denounce the birther conspiracy. that, to me, was so nakedly racist and wrong, and certainly john mccain did, and others of us did, quite loudly and
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consistently. so, she didn't denounce the birther lie, then i think that's bad. but the fact is, you know, there are conservative policy differences. i backed the iraq war. a lot of us backed the iraq war. it turned out not quite as we hoped it would. i don't think it was based on a big lie. i disagree with that. all the intelligence from not just the united states but from other european and other countries suggested that saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. turned out he didn't. i don't think that saddam hussein knew that he didn't have weapons of mass destruction. social policy, whole host of different policies. but one thing i believe in is democracy. and when you undercut faith in elections and faith in accepting the role of elections, deciding
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who gets to be president, then i think you've done something so fundamentally wrong, so unamerican that i think you can't be part of any legitimate party. >> i'm glad you say that. that's why i wanted to have you on the show tonight. you and i can agree on that. on iraq, we will disagree. i happen to believe that the bush administration that liz cheney was part of did tell a lot of lies. with democracy under threat, liz cheney is doing the right thing. the problem is, not enough republicans are doing the right thing. you once tweeted last year about country over party. that's the problem, right ♪ republicans who went on and on about patriotism don't put country over party. >> that's right. i don't like to attack anyone's patriotism. back when i was in the good graces of the republican party and people would attack democrats for being unpatriotic, i always found that offensive. we may have different ideas of what it means to support our country, but when you question
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whether elections in the united states are free and fair, and when you refuse to accept how those elections turned out, that truly is unpatriotic and i think that is just -- that's where we are right now. that's the lie that donald trump keeps telling. liz cheney, you know -- kevin mccarthy said i wish she would keep quiet. why does she keep talking about this? she keeps talking about it, because donald trump keeps talking about it. >> very true. >> and the other nut cases in the republican party keep talking about it. >> it's a very good point. someone said liz cheney should just shut up but they never say the same thing about donald trump. >> right. >> linda chavez, thank you so much for your time tonight. up next, jp morgan chase's ceo jamie dimon says he doesn't want the president throwing money around to solve problems. great advice from someone who
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stockpiles overfellow due to falling demand. president biden is revying targets, saying he hopes to get 70% of adults vaccinated by july 4th. does that mean we're doomed to wearing that mask? >> as more people get vaccinated the cdc will be, almost in real-time, george, updating their recommendations and guidelines but, yes, we do need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated. >> confused? let's get some clarity. joining me now, white house covid response director andy slavitt there. is much confusion about when and
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where to wear masks, especially after the latest cdc guidelines come out. you have different state and city guidelines and now dr. fauci is saying we could lift indoor mask restrictions in the very near future. how is that possible when only one in three americans are fully vaccinated? has the messaging on this issue just added to the confusion out there? >> good to be with you tonight. look, step one, everybody get vaccinated. if you're not sure about getting vaccinated, talk to your doctor. talk to your pharmacist. i think they will show you the data which shows you should get vaccinated. if you do, i agree with dr. fauci. there is increasingly going to be the world much more close to normal. the cdc has already said if you're outside or you're inside around people who are already vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask. i think there are some occasions where they are still holding on to the indoor mask policy. but as dr. fauci said, you know, where it's sort of coasting through moments in time but those things will be lifted, i
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think, over time. most importantly, life is a lot safer for you when you're vaccinated and that's where, i think, people need to be headed. if we do our jobs right by the fourth of july, we'll be in a very different shape. >> life is a lot better if you're vaccinated and i'm the first to say this administration has done a fantastic job in getting the number of vaccinated people up in the short time he has been in office. just this week the cdc announced new guidance. some would say a year too late about how this virus is airborne, aerolized not just drop let, pointing out indoor workplaces and schools were allowed to open without adequate aerosol or ventilations. people continue to obsess over surfaces or disinfectants. how do you make sure, andy, americans now focus much more on ventilation and on the air and less on disinfecting surfaces? >> you know, it's a great point.
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i think to be fair to scientists over the past year, you know, they were telling us what they knew and what they could prove with data. and we didn't necessarily have a cdc that was reliable. one of the reasons why you're seeing a cdc that's a bit more cautious about making its adjustments is because they want to make sure that they're getting the science right. they don't want to have to go one step forward and two steps back. it's important for people to understand exactly what you're saying. if you're vaccinated virtually you're safe doing almost anything. i want to get on an airplane, i'll put on a mask. if i'm in a poorly ventilated situation, particularly around people who are unvaccinated that's a different situation as well. for the most part, we know that the chances of getting covid and spreading it when you're vaccinated are almost zero. they're very close to zero. and that's why i think the more people that do that, the more that data will come in, the more
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the cdc will make the point that even indoors, masks won't be required any longer. that's something we have to look forward to. >> so let's talk about vaccination rates, as you rightly point out. it's all about getting vaccinated. number of americans willing to get a shot in the arm is falling drastically as you know. is the idea of reaching herd immunity in the u.s. now dead and buried? >> well, let me start with this. for those of us, i think like you and like me, to whom getting a vaccine is something we knew we would do without hesitation. people who take a bit longer to make that decision are a little bit confusing, right? there are people who take a little bit longer because they want to consider a bunch of facts and don't understand how people could rush to make a decision to get vaccinated. neither one is necessarily wrong. what i want to say about the declining numbers is while we're doing about 2 million people a day, 6% of the adult population over the course of a week, you know, it will be slower. but there are people to whom
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getting a vaccine is something that it's either not as high a priority, because there they may be younger and they may want something that will be easier, or perhaps they need to have questions answered and get reliable information. if we're patient, we will get up there. in terms of herd immunity, my sense is that in some communities we're already reaching a point, san francisco will be an example where you have 9,000 people, large portion of the population vaccinated. that's close to herd immunity. other parts of the country, where you have 30, 40, 50% of the population vaccinated, in those situations, they'll be vulnerable to new outbreaks. >> yeah. and in terms of -- i just want to talk about india briefly. numbers unimaginably awful, more than 400,000 cases for the fourth day in a row. you're expecting new data on how
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our vaccines in the u.s. can protect against indian variants whachlt can you tell me briefly about that? >> well, first of all, our hearts go out to people in india. we need to do everything we can. here in the u.s. if we haven't taken a vaccine, we need to remember that that could be us but for our vaccination program. we need to do whatever we can to get vaccinated and help the rest of the globe. yes, i think we're beginning to see some data. we'll see some studies this week about our vaccines and how they do hold up against the indian variant. and i think from what i'm seeing, we're going to see they do offer good measures of protection, maybe some diminishment from some of the others but still fairly strong. i'm pretty optimistic. we'll look forward to seeing that data this week. >> that's good to hear. before i let you go, the administration announced it would be backing the waiver for patents of vaccines for other countries to be able to make
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their own. a bit late but better late than never. it needs unanimous support from all member states. germany and france are not on board. the white house, can you say, will do all it can to back the proposal put forward by india and south africa, to waive wto on patents and industrial designs to save lives? >> we are in a once-in-a-century pandemic. if we let things like intellect property rights and patents prevent us from bringing vaccines at a rapid pace to poor countries, we ought to be ashamed of ourselves. i'm confident we can work together with other countries across the globe, with pharmaceutical companies who, after all, have the knowledge, manufacturing capability and with all the people we need to distribute vaccines into africa, into haiti, into southeast asia,
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to get this right. we have to produce over 10 billion vaccines. >> but to overcome european opposition -- understood. americans will work to overcome european opposition, right? >> yeah. our ambassador, who runs -- who will run these negotiations, tech-base negotiations. i'm certainly no trade expert. they're not happening overnight. the policy position of president biden and the ambassador was very, very clear. and i don't think there is any hedging whatsoever about ip rights and the ability to move forward. we're going to do everything we can to get these vaccines into the developing world as quickly as possible. >> i'm very glad to hear you say that, andy. i'm sure many of our viewers will, too. thank you for being with us this evening. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. coming up, award-winning
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this year's oscars made history with the most diverse group of nominees yet. one of the winners from that ceremony was the short film "two distant strangers," a young black man stuck in an inescapable cycle of police brutality. >> hey! hey! ♪♪ >> 100 times? >> so far, yeah. >> what now? you let him keep killing you forever? >> one way or another, i'm getting home to my dog. >> for that film's writer and director, the subject matter was all too familiar. almost ten years ago, police
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burst into his home, guns drawn. they said they were serving a warrant and forced him on to his knees. the only problem? they had the wrong home. after the murder of george floyd, he channeled his experience of that and so many others into this film. after the break, travon free joins me to talk about police violence and push for reform. plus at the top of the hour in "the week with joshua johnson," he's joined by dr. anthony fauci, answering your viewer questions. tune in for that. we'll be back with travon free after this short break. after this short break limu emu... and doug. so then i said to him, you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. oh um, doug can we talk about something other than work, it's the weekend.
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president biden's may 20th deadline on police reform is actively coming. this morning representative jim clyburn cautioned democrats against letting perfection be the minute of progress. sgla i will never sacrifice good on the alter of perfect. i want to see good legislation and i know sometimes you have to compromise. >> police silence was the next theme of my next guest academy award short film. a young man is forced to relive police violence over and over
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again. trayvon thanks so much for coming on the show and congratulations on your oscar win. >> thank you. really appreciate it. >> in your film, there's a section where the protagonist tries to talk to the police officer and explain his situation. no spoilers but it doesn't work out from in the end. do you think the police forces in this country are too far gone for quote, unquote reform? >> i think there is p, when you lookt where the police departments are now and you look at the way police unions protect their behavior, i think they are pretty far gone past reform. i think we are now looking at ways that we can work with what we have but in terms of the way that every time of reform is rebuffed when it's put forward, i don't know what else there is to do. i feel like at some point we have to really start considering what it looks like in some
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instance to possibly start oaf. >> yeah. starting over but it sounds so radical people run away from the idea. these are radical times. film was inspired by the murder of george floyd. what was your reaction when that guilty verdict came in? >> it was a big sigh of relief because i was bracing myself for the opposite and that's kind of the position we found ourselves in a lot of times in this country when as black americans we're awaiting the verdict of these trials where we have seen so many police officer kill so many unarmed and innocent black people. we know that 99% of police officers are never charged for killing people and when i was waiting for that verdict to be read, i was hopeful and but i was prepared for it to not be a
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reflection of the accountability that needed to be had for derek chauvin after what we saw on video. >> yes. what we all saw. your film ends with this long scroll of people who lost their lives at the hands of police. i wonder, what do you make of what congressman jim clyburn said this morning. should progressives push for a perfect or is any deal needed stop that list from continuing to grow? >> i think he's right. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. this is a long fight. we don't expect police reform to happen overnight. there are things we can do like making police killings a violation of use of force policies and i think if we take, you know, the position that we have when we look at the landscape of our country and where we are with policing, i think we can get do a point where over a period of time we
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can get to the most perfect version of the thing we can have. people know there's a need for police but we have to look at the fact that the police as they exist today are killing a lot of black people and a lot of unarmed people. we have to figure out way to stop that from happening. it can't be a thing we just allow to be the american way. >> very well put. before i let you go, i want to talk about the academy award themselves. first, what did you make ceremony with the restrictions. was that weird? >> there were so few people. you're used to seeing the oscars at the dolby theaters and there's hundreds of people everywhere, it felt like a small cocktail party. it was very, it had a bit of
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weirdness to it. >> it was weird. it's no secret that oscars has a diversity problem. remember the whole oscars so white. this year they had the most diverse set of nominees yet. we saw people like yourself picking up awards. we saw chloe zao win an award. are the seeds there for lasting change in hollywood? >> you know, it looks like this year might be the beginning of a turning point for the academy because you know, it starts with who you let in. the people that make up the body, that make up the voters who choose who gets nominated as that body becomes more and more diverse, i think you'll see more oscars that look like this past year's oscars and i'm hopeful that's a trend and not just a blip and we don't see the next five years the oscars go back do what it looked like when oscars so white became a thing.
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sgla last question, if awhite conservative come up to you and say you obsess over diversity, it's art. why does it matter what color the director is? >> i would say it matters because the person telling the stoirp has a direct reflection to what the story looks like and the identity of the people involved in that story. for decades we watched stories be told by white people and white directors and no matter what color we are, we identified with those stories because there's something beyond the color of the person but it's necessary to have people who have a certain agency over their own stories to be able to tell it. >> very well put. appreciate you joining me tonight. congratulations on your oscar. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you all at home for watching. we'll be right back here next
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sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern live. now it's time to turn it over to joshua johnson. >> thank you very much. hello to you. a circular firing squad. that's how one republican describes the infighting over loyalty to donald trump. this week could be crucial to the gop's future. plus. >> i still want to make sure we don't declare victory prematurely. april's job report was not just washington or wall street hoped. how will it affect president biden's policy plans?


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