tv All In With Chris Hayes MSNBC July 1, 2021 12:00am-1:00am PDT
>> i think everyone in this country is looking for accountability. whether it's on federal, or state level. and i'm very happy that there's finally accountability and justice. >> news that criminal charges against trump's business and his main money man could be coming tomorrow. plus, how exactly is bill cosby home free tonight? after a state supreme court vacated his sexual assault conviction. and, lastly, why is so pointless to compromise for republicans over doing something about climate change. all in starts right now. in starts right now.>> good evening from new york, i'm chris hayes. i want to see right as we came oren air we're getting breaking news from the washington post. now reporting that a new york grand jury has indeed, as was expected, return indictment on both allen weisselberg, the cfo of the trump org. we're getting more on that.
we're going to talk to folks about that just ahead as we check that out. for months and months, a lot of our fellow americans, millions and millions of them, have been inundated with ceaseless, destructive, toxic propaganda, from donald trump chief among them. about election fraud, mis-c and miscounting, and it has led to enterprises that you've seen across the country. most notably, the preposterous brought it going on in arizona. all of that propaganda has had the intended effect on his target populous. 86% of republicans see by mail increases voter fraud. 79% are not confident in the national vote count. perhaps most alarming is the number at the bottom. 46% of republicans that think state legislatures should override their states popular vote. today, we have an actual example in the news of a colossal election administration screw up in the bluest of blue areas. in the democratic primary in the very democratic city of new
york city, involving the mayoral race. you should know, the board of elections in new york city which oversees elections, is one of the most notoriously incompetent election administration units in the country. in 2013, the city's department of investigation released a 72-page report on the board of elections detailing incompetence and misconduct. in 2016, in the midst of the democratic presidential primary between hillary clinton and bernie sanders, a member of the board mistakenly removed 100,000 voters from the public voter rolls. and just last full, the new york times duty piece on the board's long-standing incompetence and highlighted how it's made up of a bunch of cronies, essentially. quote, the especial who oversees voter registration in new york city and the fuel momma mother of a former congressman. the director is a close friend of manhattan's republican chairwoman. the head abolishment -- and the administrative manager is the wife of a city council
member. so, that's a snapshot of what you need to know about the new york city board of election. june on june 22nd, just a week ago, new york city had a mural primer. they use this new tool call rank choice in voting for the first time. it basically means each voter ranks their top five choices. now, it's not nuclear physics, but it can be fairly complex. shortly after the polls closed last week, candidate eric adams, brooklyn borough president, former and ypg officer, was shown to have a significant lead after counting the first place votes cast in person that night. right? then yesterday, in the city's board of election released results showing that another candidate named catherine garcia had almost all but close the gap on adams, once everyone's full preferences have been tabulated. everyone thought, oh, that's interesting. very close race. we'll see what happened. we saw the count absentees. a few hours after releasing preliminary results, the board of elections of new york city sent out this very weird tweet.
a quarter here. we are where there is a discrepancy in the unofficial rank choice voting round by round elimination report. we are working with our right choice voting technical staff to identify where the discrepancy occurred. we ask the public elected officials and candidates have patience. okay. that's a weird tweet. i don't even understand it. and i sort of do this for a living. then around 10:30 last night the board came and admitted that whoops, 135,000 votes had been left in a computer system that they used to test the vote tabulation. they never got cleared out. and then they tabulated it altogether and we're still there. our bad. today, the board announced the new results, within non fake votes in their. which are very similar, though they still need to count absentee ballots. right? adams and garcia received exactly the same share of the vote right down to the decimal point in the right choice voting results. with 135,000 test ballots and
without the hundred 35,000 test follows. both counts have adams 51.1% and garcia at 49%. obviously the whole rollercoaster right here is wholly inexcusable. this is the kind of thing that damages people trust in elections at a time when we cannot afford that. everyone on the board should be fired, i think, for this. it's that bad. i mean, they should've been fired long ago. but is the kind of screw up that haunts the imagination and conspiracy theorists. and the people that are sniffing around with uv lights looking at ballots in arizona. but there is kind of a weird sailor lining. because they didn't hide anywhere. this error. it was discovered in a matter of minutes by people on twitter. and that's because any systematic election irregularities, whether incompetence or fraud, will help themselves. i really believe this. you can't pull it off on scale without getting caught. that's one of the big lessons
here. and it's not just from the new york city board of elections, which displayed one of the most astounded lee incompetence of vote counting we've seen recently. but also the only actual, concrete, tangible example of systematic voter fraud, been undertaken by a campaign, on mass, that tip the scales of an election. -- in north carolina. they started out with far-right republican current candidate mark harris appearing to defeat democrat dan mccready by less than 1000 votes out of more than 280,000 cast. people started looking at the results and they just didn't make sense. especially when it came to mail in ballots. and every other county, mail-in absentee ballots favored mccready, the democrat, by at least 16 points. in blatant county, harris, the republican won by 24 points. wait a second? and all but one of the district counties, mccready the democrat, won mail-in ballots handily. but one county he lost by a
whopping 24 points? that is weird. it turns out that's because harris worked with a guy who was a longtime fixture of the county politics, paid folks who've to go door to door to collect unfinished absentee ballots, bring them to him, so he could fill them out. ld fill them out >> she says she never discarded ballots or so what people were voting for. after picking them up she did mail them. she gave them to the county official. >> did all the people who voted, did their votes count? >> i'm not going to answer. all i'm gonna say is that i don't know. >> so you don't know with certainty whether they were sent to the county? >> no, i don't. i don't know. i don't know what they do. that's not me. >> eventually dallas and several others were arrested on
charges of conspiracy and illegal ballot handling. the reason was that this is typical fingerprint of this misdeeds was right there. what i'm trying to convince you of, although you may not need much convincing, this is partly why the nonsense about voter fraud -- not just from the donald trump some of the world, but the mitch mcconnell's and we need voter integrity, is that voter fraud on any scale big enough to matter will be big enough to be caught. that's a logical certainty. big enough to matter, means it will be big enough to get caught. those are the biggest basic things you have to understand about election administration. and it is why the paranoia and uncertainty republicans have been whipping up, since all the way back in the days of acorns stole the election for obama -- which john mccain floated with. they're all search solutions in search for a problem. republicans are trying to create the image of some vast crime operating just outside of our view. but here's the thing, we see
and no fraud when they actually happen. the election fraud carried out by republicans in north carolina was a big smoking fire that was caught. the major electoral screw up in new york city was caught. guess what? they were all in our review. even though there are some wages which the patchwork of election laws in the country -- when our election was tested by a president who wanted to steal it. those officials at the local level withstood the pressure. some didn't. but ultimately, we do need some national standards. the basic standard of transparency and competence and election access. basic things people expect. when they cast their votes, those votes are counted. those standards proposed like the ones democrats are trying to pass in the for the people act. those items, those standards, which are so necessarily and crucial are why republicans are
so intent on casting aspersion on the integrity of elections are pursuing audits in arizona. when there is fraud it's caught pretty quickly. your board of elections caught it in a matter of hours. in the arizona audit has been going on for 60 days. what are they doing? they would've known by now if something was amiss. at the end of the day, it all comes to the basic core means by which we elect our leaders. trust, incompetence, and crucially participation. it's precisely the fight that republicans are so dead set against. that's why it's so essential to what this moment is for the democratic party and for our democracy as a whole. congressman james clyburn, a democrat from south carolina, has argued the senate needs to get rid of the filibuster and pass the sweeping voting rights bill, before the people act. he joins me now.
where are things to your mind on the core question before congress about national democratic access and democratic standards? atic standards thank you very much for having me, chris. i've been arguing for sometime that our democracy is at peril. all you've got to do is look at the vote today. only two republicans voted in order to get to the bottom of what happened on january 6th and why it happened. only two republicans. that just cannot be. we need to know why there was this insurrection on january 6th. who was behind it? who financed it? exactly what it was all about? but that's why we are at peril. because that's a bipartisan
issue. there's nothing partisan about trying to find out who is trying to overthrow our government. who is trying to overturn elections? these things are very, very important to find out if we are going to do what is necessary to preserve the integrity of this great democracy. i've been mourning for a long time, we need to look to history, and no matter how things may look, we have a democracy that is really being tested in a way that it's never been tested before. >> you noted the roll call vote today. this was a select committee to investigate. the past 200 and 19 to 20. but only two republicans adam kinzinger, and liz cheney, voted a favor. what does it say to you that seems every one of these votes that come up, there are fewer and fewer republicans were late
to cross party lines. when you look back to a majority of republicans voted in the house not to seek the electors, to overturn the election. then you go to the impeachment and you had about double digits of republicans i, think if i'm recalling correctly, willing to impeach a president. now we're down to just a committee and we're down to two republicans. it seems the further we get away from it, the worse those vote tallies get on their side. >> often the first further you get away from any issue a lessens the impact. if you remember, the day after the insurrection, you remember what kevin mccarthy said on the floor? you remember what mitch mcconnell said? these people were ready to lay the blame and rat where they thought it needed to be. and that is on donald trump. then a few days later, their stories changed.
and it has changed even more today. now, mitch mcconnell is saying we don't need to do anything. we don't need to find out what happened. we don't need to do anything about voting. the further you get away, the more happy they are to think the danger has passed. but it has not passed. it is there in our future. and i would say to the american people, it is time for them to demand that their elected officials do the things that are necessary to preserve the integrity of this great democracy, because it is at peril. >> final question for you. another vote that record regards insurrection. and regards the monuments and statues of traitors to the united states, that were in the united states capital to the state. 100 and -- 67 republicans voted including kevin mccarthy, with democrats,
to vote to support the removal of those statues from the capital. but you still had a majority of republicans who stood against it. what is your read from that will? >> my read is that there's been a flip in the country. mccarthy went on the floor and he talked about those democrats of old who tried to preserve slavery and second class it is and ship for people of color. well, those democrats reformed themselves back in 1948. they started making the move to change this country. and it was those democrats who did not want to make that move, they left the party. and guess where they went? they went to the republican party. trauma thurman was one of them. he was a democrat in 1948. but in 1964, before the civil rights act, he left the party
and many of them became republicans. my parents were republicans. they got chased out of the republican party. and those disaffected democrats took over the republican party and, that's who is perpetuating those things today. and the republicans, many of whom used to be democrats, have now decided they've got safe haven in the republican party. john c calhoun has got a statue. he sitting by south carolina. john c calhoun wouldn't fight to preserve the confederacy. he died ten years, more than ten years, before the civil war. broke out. john c calhoun is here because he fought to preserve slavery. that's what made him a big guy in the minds of many south carolina's. and now, yale university, from which he graduated, took his name off the college up there. clemson university, he was one
of the founders, they decided to take his name off of the honors college. charleston, where he is married, took his statue down. but yet, the state of south carolina keeps his statues up here, and we here in the congress are going to do what's necessary to put that in the dustbin of history. >> james c calhoun, one of the one of the great villains of american history. congressman james clay bird, thank you so much for making time for us tonight. we appreciate. >> thank you for having me. >> like i said at the top of the show, i promise you we have breaking news. the washington post reporting that a new york grand jury has returned to criminal indictments against donald trump's company and cfo allen weisselberg. the post reported david fahrenthold will have the scoop. he joins me with all the details next. ils next
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ago from the washington post. reporting that manhattan grand jury has filed criminal indictments against the trump organization and his longtime chief financial officer, allen weisselberg. the indictments came down tonight but will be until tomorrow afternoon. leaving us in the dark about specific charges until then. although they're expected to be focused on tax related crimes. the post also reports that ellen weisselberg is expected to surrender at the manhattan district attorney office tomorrow morning and will be
arraigned later in the day. the trump organization, the entity, the company itself, will also be arraigned and represented by a lawyer. these are the first charges resulting from the nearly three year investigation into donald trump and his businesses. trump himself is not expected to be charged with any crimes at this time. charges against his business will of course, exacerbate his legal issues. charges against weisselberg could increase pressure on the longtime what -- to flip on his boss. joining me on the phone is david fahrenthold, who broke the story. david, what more can you tell? as >> well, tomorrow, as you said we will learn more about the evidence of the manhattan da against allen weisselberg. we anticipate that the charges fell tomorrow -- will two things about them, they will relate to taxes that should have been paid on payments, benefits to trump organization entities. this will not just be one or two missed tax payments. it's alleged as a conspiracy or
something that happened over a long period of time. i don't think -- as prosecutors put their pressure on weisselberg in the hopes that he will flip. >> weisselberg, obviously has been the key here this entire time. the question i think was, we knew investigators were looking around weisselberg. we also know that in the past investigators looked at michael cohen. initially michael cohen had not flipped. he had a search warrant served on him, he had been charged and then he ended up striking a deal for testimony in exchange for leniency. clearly, that's the number one fear, i would imagine, for donald trump. or for people in his orbit. >> that's right. michael cohen, as you said, he had a huge amount of other liabilities. he had a whole -- that was part of what caused
him to flip. when he saw that he might spend ten years in prison he, testified against trump. what we will see tomorrow what kind of the sentence is facing weisselberg. is he talking about some kind of offense where he gets off with a fine? or is he looking at something that could be years and years in prison? weisselberg is 70. will he feel the pressure that michael cohen felt. as we said yes, really hard to evaluate this case until we know what's going to happen with weisselberg. and we will see what he's facing tomorrow. >>we will see wh they arraignme- again it's sort of a strange to encounter the legal fiction or entity of the corporation and it's a remit. obviously the corporation cannot march into court. it highlights, i think, how relatively rear criminal charges are against a business and price or corporation. what do we know about that channel of charges? >> as you said, a couple of the
organization will be represented in court by a lawyer. it'll probably entered a not guilty plea. it'll be interested to see what specifically they charge. -- created on purpose to be opaque, all reporting back up to trump. it'll be interesting to see which entities they charge. these cases probably are not that comment, but when they do happen they often and in fines for the companies that have been chart. but there's also collateral damage, or what could be collateral damage, if it makes banks, lenders, people who have contracts with the trump organization, fear of doing business with an indicted company. >> yeah and in some cases they're speculation about possible, automatic triggers in business relationships that may be affected by a corporate indictment. david fahrenthold, who broke the story for the washington post. appreciate that. thank you. >> thank you.
>> i want to turn now to deanna, staff writer at the wall street journal. she first reported today that these charges were expected. she's also a former u.s. new york city district attorney. so a lot of expertise to bring to bear. you had a detail, if i'm not mistaken, and i may be miss recollecting. so correct me if i'm wrong. about real estate evaluations in your story as possibly amongst the charges. i wonder what your reporting has suggested about the portfolio of charges that are possible for tomorrow? charges that ar possible fas dave said, that isa question a lot of people are asking. and we're not going to know what the charges are until tomorrow. what we do know at this point is that the charges are likely to revolve involve allegations that the trump organization and allen weisselberg evaded taxes on fringe benefits. we we also know the district attorney's office has been looking into perks by the trump
organization, including cars and private school tuition and apartments. >> and all of those obviously are the kinds of things that if you give someone, have to be reported in both directions as income. it's an obvious hard and fast rule. and that seems to be the issue that they were at least investigators were looking at. >> yes, that does it to be something investigators were looking at. tomorrow, we will see what the final charges are. it will be a big day. is the first criminal charges stemming from a multi year investigation into the former president and his company. >> so, what should we conclude about the status of this grand jury? i was always found this kind of grand jury an institution that i don't feel like i have a great understanding of. we know that they have been in panel for this special purpose. these are the first indictments they're handing down. do they keep going? now is that generally how it works in the past? >> with special grand jury's,
they sit for a longer term. and you can continue them, or ask for them to be continued, if you need it to be there for longer. at this point, we do expect the district attorney's office will continue to pursue the broader investigation into crimes by the trump organization and its officers. >> the manhattan district attorney office obviously is a very high-profile place they, have a lot of high-profile cases. one has to imagine there's never been a higher stakes or more pressure or attention on a single case, that this office has ever brought in history? it's hard to think of it? >> it's definitely a high profile, high stakes case. and it's been going on for a very long time. we also know that at this point, the district attorney's office has been trying to get allen weisselberg to cooperate. he's refused those attempts up
to this point. but tomorrow might change things. a felony indictment and the possibility of a prison sentence could change the game and level the playing field, and perhaps make him more willing to cooperate. >> all right, deanna paul, from the wall street journal who first broke the story earlier today. expected indictments. thanks so much for making the time for us tonight. >> thank you for thank you for having me, chris. >> i want to bring in now david henderson and katie be phang. this was not unexpected, but it's a still big deal for former presidents business to be charge. for the cfo to be charged. your top line reaction, katie? >> happy to see these indictments because it opens the door to further codefendants or super superseding indictments. i think it's a critical move to
start with allen weisselberg. i also think it's equally important that they started with, obviously the trump organization. as you noted, chris, a company being indicted is rare. but a company requires humanoids to be able to operate. and those humanoids involve people like allen weisselberg, donald trump, and some of the trump family members. so, it is good to know that the league that we've heard that this indictment is going to be imminent, actually came to pass. we did not expect this to be, scuttlebutt in terms of innuendo. so we're very happy to see that charges have been brought. and interested to see the unsealed indictments tomorrow. we don't know what the charges are. so i'll be interested to see what are the stakes that are now being advanced against the trump organization and allen weisselberg. ump >> david, it's been interesg to watch the development and reporting on this story. because one thing i've noticed is, things will be sourced anonymously and then trump's
lawyers will go on the record to confirm the reports. and it seems pretty clear. and again, this is not inside information, just me as an astute reader, like there's a source of the anonymous could. i wonder what you think the defense strategy here is for the pr perspective? i think they've done a good job in some ways of getting all of us to expect this, so that the bombshell moment at which the last president of the united states and his organization is indicted, feels like a thing renewal is coming. >> chris, i think that's right. i think the defense is aware of a much bigger question here that. we don't have a clue about how we answer until tomorrow. in that regard, there is a common thread that ties this case together with the case we're going to discuss next. and that is, the defense knows and prosecutors are like any other trial lawyers. they don't like to lose, they specially don't like to lose high profile cases. because they're professional existence is largely based on being reelected most of the
time. in that context, they would not be coming forward with the same diamonds if they didn't have enough to move forward. and they know what the real question is. they know enough to get trump. and that's why these indictments tomorrow beg the question, do you have enough to make weisselberg flip? because he knows where all the bodies are buried. if you're going to be calm about that, until they know what the answer to that question is going to be. that's what we should all be anxious to find out tomorrow. >> katie, what happens to a corporation pass indicted? obviously a person who is indicted has to show up. there can be a question about whether they're released on their own recognizance or bail. a corporation, none of the materiality applies. what happens to a corporation under indictment? >> it's kind of the same concept when you're looking at a criminal or civil perspective. you have somebody who is the corporate representative. so you're going to have a lawyer and or a corporate representative is going to be there with a lower tomorrow, to be able to enter a plea. presumably of not guilty.
what's going to happen is exactly the same process. there's going to have to be the opportunity for that plea to be entered. and then the entire criminal procedural process of the discovery and the exchange of the information and the evidence in this case. that is going to happen just as if the trump organization was an individual person. i think what is important to is that we have to realize that because it's a company that has been indicted, the company actually is representative of the people, the employees and the policies that were going on there. and again, like i said a few minutes ago, the company didn't make decisions on his own. there were people that were figureheads, and the people actually driving the bus on a daily basis. and that is allen weisselberg. and it is people like allen weisselberg said, the children that are actually going to be collateral damage to this. and that is the exact incentive that you need to give someone like allen weisselberg. it's not just to save his own hide, but the height of his children as well. >> one of those conversations
like, dave, with someone who is in like weisselberg who's in this position. >> it depends on who's having the conversation, chris. it's gonna be curious to see who ends up representing him. is it a laura connected to the trump organization? or is there enough at this point to drive a wedge between the two to force him to get his own attorney. but oftentimes who edged up happening in a situation like this, for successful defenses of individuals in these positions, is whether or not you can get them to level with their point of view enough to realize that it's wise to acknowledge when they simply got you. and are you going to do that in a way that's going to ultimately lead to you getting the best resolution you can in court. that's not an easy thing to do. we've seen multiple public failures of lawyers who simply couldn't pull that off. but that's what those conversations will entail. >> since i have you here, i want to ask you about another huge piece of legal new city. and i think it took a lot of people by surprise. i will confess i did not await
or anticipate this. news that the supreme court of the state of pennsylvania has vacated the conviction of bill cosby, who's convicted for sexual assault. from a woman who accused him of drugging and raping her. cosby has maintained his innocence. cause constitute is one of 60 women who came forward to accuse cosby of sexual assault. the issue in the majority opinion of the pennsylvania supreme court today, was that they contended that the decision not to prosecute kospi back in, i believe 2004, by then district attorney bruce castor in montgomery county, in exchange as it was understood for civil testimony, was essentially a kind of immunity that had been granted. and then that civil testimony being entered into the prosecution of cosby, violated his right against self incrimination. i think i have that right. what do you make of that
reasoning, katie? what is your reaction to the news? >> i wear read the 79-page opinion. the analysis is flawed. i have respect for judges and justices, but it was wrong. and let me tell you why. the deal that was never papered, there's no document that anybody can point to to say that this was the deal reached between then the bruce castor. who footnote, was one of donald trump's impeachments attorney, by the way. the da allegedly entered into some negotiation with andrea's lawyers and bill cosby's criminal attorneys, to be able to agree to not prosecute bill cosby, and exchange for a civil suit to proceed against bill cosby. and that he can testify without fear of any type of self incrimination. well, timeout. there is no written document. and let me tell you why this is so wrong. you had trial court on two separate occasions to find that this did not violate bill cosby's due process rights. and then you had an appellate
court see that was right decision as well. and the reason why the appellate court sometimes get it wrong is the following. they look at the following called a cold record. the only get the benefit of a transcript. but these trial judges can assess the crime viability of the witnesses. they found, the trial court judges, found that bruce castor's credibility was equivocal, at best, i think with the language that was used in the opinion. but andrea's lawyers emphatically denied that they ever negotiated this. so, if there was never an agreement to be able to do this quid pro quo, or whatever it is, then you do not have a violation of bill cosby's due process. it's not the right result. i think is not the result right result in terms of public policy. is the wrong decision that was made. >> policy the footage we are showia bill cosby being released today. he's a free man as of now. that case that i've seen --
the argument laid out in the dissent in this case goes along the lines of katy. the picture that is painted it, as i can best understand, is that castor, when he serving as district attorney, basically doesn't want to charge cosby. or decides not to. but recognizes later that it was the it looked bad. and retroactively constructs the story about how that was actually done to get his petition participation in the civil suit. and to katie's point, how much do you think it matters that there is no written record of the supposed deal that is at issue? >> chris, i agree with everything katie said. and it's hard to overstate how much it matters. i'm gonna put it in context. but first, there's a bigger point that needs to be made clear based on the 79-page opinion. if you take castor of his word, what he's seeing is, he allowed cosby to reach an agreement that allowed him to pay his way out of being prosecuted for
sexually assaulting someone. because the deal he suggested he reached, which had never been reached if cosby wasn't rich. we should be a problem for everyone. but let's take into context what the supreme court said here. because what they're saying is, if a prosecutor makes a public statement that he won't move forward, then that is the equivalent of a deal for immunity that barr's subsequent people who hold the same office. so, let's look at a specific case that puts this in context. ahmaud arbery, the young man who was murdered in georgia, essentially by safe control, had his case set swept underneath the rug by prosecutors who refused to move forward. a subsequent prosecutor said that was wrong and i'm going to make this right. under today's ruling, that second prosecutor would not have been allowed to prosecute his colors for murder, which was an extreme injustice as we've said here. >> yeah, the point here is that castor puts out a press release, which is to use your term katie, the only written record.
we're all talking about lawyers who peeper everything, that's what they do. the only retired record is this press release which i think the prosecutors and others have argued essentially, is a representation of an act of prosecutorial discretion. and today's point, does that buy in future offices? is that act some ironclad deal which then cannot be taken back by a future prosecutor. i guess the question also is, was the mistake on the part of prosecutors here entering civil testimony, even if they got the trial judge to say it was okay? >> no, because he could have still invoked his fifth amendment right against self incrimination. and he didn't. and he gave completely, he claimed it was consensual contact with andrea constant. but he gave exculpatory statements to law enforcement already. so it wasn't like he was induce. that's the problem here.
the pennsylvania supreme court says bill cosby was induce and he detrimental relied upon this press release as a reason why he testify. we don't have evidence of that. and i think that's where this is so wrong. all of the cases say that when a prosecutor makes a plea bargain with a defendant, that it violates the due process rights of the defendant if it -- was the promise here? just because you exercise prosecutorial discretion and udall prosecute bill cosby, doesn't mean i'm guarantee you the immunity i'm saying i'm guaranteeing you. there is no evidence of a. and i'm really troubled by this decision. >> david henderson and katie phang, thanks for joining me. i appreciate it. still ahead, why is south dakota governor deploying military at the behest of a gop donor?
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months since inauguration day, january 20th, 2021. when joe biden took the oath of office and was sworn in as our 46 president. since that day, starting on day one, it's been clear to everyone that joe biden had one key job, to suppress the coronavirus. he ramped up mass vaccination. 160 million adults fully vaccinated. we are close to those goals. over 140 million adults are now fully vaccinated. 66.5% of adults have received at least one shot. but we are now in a perilous moment. the daily rate of vaccinations slowed. the highly infectious delta variant is spreading. there is still an expectation, understandably, that the buck stops with the president. it's the biden administration job to protect people from coast to coast. but also, governance is a collaborative and price. particularly in a system like ours with 50 individual states. the responses pandemic should be an all hands on deck
situation across the board, across party lines, across ideology. especially now in this key moment with this new threatening variant and the pressing need to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, to get us over those thresholds. and yet, a huge part of the governing structure of america is basically checked out. instead of actually governing, doing this very important thing, a lot of republicans are busy performing, auditioning, hoping to rise in the party ranks. just look at what governors kristi noem and greg abbott of texas are up to. governor abbott in texas, you'll remember, started lifting covid restrictions back in april of 2020, the first state to do. so now, vaccinations in texas are not good. they are lagging. just 48% of people receiving at least one shot. that's not good enough. that's a bad number. it is as bad as it gets for a big state. the others like california, new york and florida, are we ahead. because of their low vaccination rate, texas is ripe for an outbreak.
instead of focusing on that pressing issue, governor abbott was busy making an appearance with donald trump today, visiting the southern border to tour the former presidents unfinished wall. and then there's kristi noem, the south dakota governor. who clearly has her eye on a republican presidential nomination. she's made her name in the party as the i don't care about covid governor. last summer, in the midst of the pandemic, she held a huge 4th of july event with donald trump at moat rushmore. she led duster just more to cycle rally in august which brought 460,000 people from all over the country, and according to a number of experts, kicked off an outbreak. for a time, governor's noem state had one of the highest death rates in the country. and just like texas, south dakota's vaccination rate is still low. 50% of residents at receiving at least one dose. again, not good enough. it will get people killed to not get those numbers higher. kristi noem is more concerned about not being left out of
donald trump and governor abbott's front at the border. yesterday she announced she is deploying national guard troops from south dakota to texas at abbott's requests, get this, funded by a private donation from a billionaire republican donor, who has donated over half 1 million dollars to donald trump in the last years. i did not even know, i will confess, it was possible or legal to privately fund the movement from hurricane troops. but of course this makes sense when you think about the different prisons through which governor performance is evaluated. we all understand joe biden's job is to get the country running again, to keep people safe and healthy. yeah america on his feet. republicans understand their job is to keep feeding performative nonsense with tua base with an apparently depth appetite for it. appetite for it.
house, demanding the biden administration step up its response to the climate crisis. one of the main grievances is something i was discussing with white house communications director keith bedingfield last night. if you tell me we're going to pass a bipartisan bill and there's not going to be the votes for the federal renewable standard, and passing the bill itself is bad. because it takes away the possibility of the important thing, if you're choosing between them, that's not good. >> president biden has been very clear that he's going to continue to fight for his priorities. he has it, of course he stands behind this deal. which by the way, is a popular deal. there are important pieces of this deal and i think selling it short, as it feels like maybe you're trying to do, is missing some of the really important pieces that are going to make a difference in people's lives. >> oh, i'm just cable news posts. it's the planet and how much carbon it can take and the fact
that we had hard targets we need to hit. plans are priorities are great. there's very little -- there's lots of good stuff in the deal. it's just like, if we don't hit the targets then we have been not hitting the targets for stewart 30 years. so i hope that turns around. the vast majority of the critical climate investments and regulations the initial white house jobs plan proposal, which include green buildings to a first of his kind national clean energy standard, which is key, they've been left out of the bipartisan deal. that's why a great number of democrats in the house and senate are saying, if the bipartisan deal is the only infrastructure legislation on the table, they're going to vote against it. unless there's a verifiable mechanism to make sure the full passage is also passed by reconciliation. joining me now is waleed shahid, -- waleed, let me take the opposite side in this since i
was pressing bedingfield from the other direction. i think the argument you would make it if you're the white house is basically, we need 50 votes in the senate. we don't have 50 votes in the senate for the reconciliation american jobs plan that we proposed and want. so, we've got to take what we can get. right? right? >> well, i would say look at the past week. 230 americans have died in the pacific northwest from the heat waves. and i think this is the last shot this country has to deal with the climate crisis that today, millions of americans and millions of people across the globe are dealing with. when people are seeing on the hill is that this so-called bipartisan package might not have the votes to pass with democrats in the house and senate. people are calling it the bipartisan plan anymore, at least progressive democrats. they're calling it the romney exxon plan because exxonmobil is very happy about this plan. it was just reported today that exxon has been secretly
lobbying this group of senators who are supporting the plan. the so-called moderates on both sides. and exxon is doing whatever they can to ensure that the in first infrastructure package as a whole is one, does the least amount of possible to rein in exxon and deal with the climate crisis. and to, makes the bill unpopular. what's popular is biden american jobs plan. what they're doing right now is not his jobs plan. it is really great, this past few months where the biden administration define bipartisanship as what was popular with republicans, democrats and democratic voters. i think that's what voters are hoping for today. >> the thing that i've really focused on is the clean energy standard and is what exxon is focused on and wall to fossil fuel companies are focused on. the single most transformative piece of legislation in the package, outside of dollars and
sense, a national clean energy standard which is every one of the 50 states has targets they have to hit. here's the standard, go out and hit it. without that, we can't hit the targets. today, there were promising news. the white house signals that the standard push would be in budget reconciliation. how much do you think this stuff is in flux from were the folks that you're talking with us and? >> people are following news just like you are. but the thing about that clean energy standard, it's critical. the 30 states have already passed a clean energy standard. it's a common sense proposal. it's a moderate proposal. we should have, it should be included in that plan. but there should also be a plan for transportation. and currently, the manchin, romney plan has reduced the investment in electric vehicles by 90%. it's also reduced the amount of money going into cleanup lead plates for clean water by half. so, if we're going to -- if we're not going to take this opportunity to make the down
payment on the single biggest crisis facing families across the globe and grow the economy, and do the popular things that you campaigned on, i don't know how you're going to find the votes with democrats in the house or the senate for this. >> yeah, and a game theory standpoint in terms of the legislative tactics, i think it matters where they think they can find the votes. right now we have climate democrat saying we won't vote for this. that changes the calculation. waleed shahid, thank you so much for coming on. tonight >> that is all in for this evening. the rachel maddow show begins right now. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, chris. thank you my friend. much appreciated. appreciated and americans slave.
frederick douglass is of course, one of the greatest americans of all-time. his autobiography is about life as a slave and his struggle to become free. in addition to everything else he did in his life. those written works he is, of course, one of the greatest americans of all time. his auto buy graphs about life as a slave and his struggle to become free, in addition to everything else he did in his life, those written works are some of the most influential written american accounts of anything on any subject. in narrative of the life, which is the most widely read of the three of his three autobiographical accounts but also in the subsequent ones he wrote as well including the next one "by bondage and my freedom," one of the most harrowing things frederick douglass describes about his own life is when for a year-long period where the man who owned him as a slave decided that young frederick douglass was incorrigible. he decided that frederick douglass