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have been even more terrible and more tragic. so just very grateful for all of you. >> the trump mob thought they were winning when they heard officer daniel hodges' screams of pain in that doorway when they were trying to kill him, but daniel hodges was winning and he was saving lives. that is tonight's last word. "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. good evening once again. i'm chris jansen in for brian williams. day 189 of the biden administration, and today we heard from four of the police officers who were on the front lines of the battle to defend capitol during the insurrection carried out by donald trump supporters. they testified at the first hearing of the bipartisan house committee investigating the events of january 6th. a hearing that took place at the scene of the crime where both
officers who were under attack as they fought for hours trying to hold the line against the rioters. we should warn you, some of the testimony included a racist term. >> what we were subjected to that day was something like from a medieval battle. the rioters attempting to breach the capitol were shouting trump sent us. pick the right side. we want trump. i could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself, this is how i'm going to die. >> i was dragged from the line of officers and into the crowd. i heard someone scream, i got one! i heard chanting from some in the crowd -- get his gun and kill him with his own gun. so many of the people i put my life at risk to defend are downplaying or outright denying. the indifference to my
colleagues is disgraceful! >> the terrorists got us to break defenses and shouting to -- they engage in the hand to hand combat. eventually it was my turn in the meat grinder that was the front line. the terrorists had a wall of shields that they had stolen. my arms were pinned and defenseless. i was gradually sustaining injury from the increasing pressure of the mob. >> then the crowd, perhaps around 20 people, joined in screaming, boo! fucking nigger. no one had ever, ever called me an nigger while wearing the uniform of a capitol police officer, yet another black officer later told me he had been confronted by insurrectionists in the capitol who told him, put your gun down and we'll show you what kind of nigger you really are. >> anti-semitich was also on
display that day in the form of a camp auschwitz shirt worn by one riot suspect. you may recall while all this was going on, former president trump was on social media sending out posts like this one which read, quote, these are things and events that happen when a sacred landslide victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long. members of the select committee made it clear the trump administration's actions on january 6th have not been forgotten and will come under review during their investigation. >> we must also know what happened every minute of that day in the white house. every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack. if those responsible are not
held accountable and if congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our constitutional republic. >> while our institutions endured and while joe biden is the legitimately elected president of the united states, a peaceful transfer of power didn't happen this year. a violent mob was pointed toward the capitol and told to win a trial by combat. >> the justice department has already told several former trump white house officials that they can answer questions from congress about efforts by the former president or doj officials to challenge or overturn the 2020 election. during today's hearing. republican congressman adam kinzinger joined house colleagues this praise police officers and pointed out how partisan politics kept the investigation from moing
forward. >> i never expected today to be as emotional as it has been. you guys won. you guys held. i'm frustrated that six months after a deadly insurrection breached the united states capitol for several hours on live television we still don't know exactly what happened, why. because many in any party have treated this as just another partisan fight. self-governance is at stake, and it's why i agreed to serve on this committee. i want all americans to be able to trust the work this committee does and get the facts out there free of conspiracy. >> and here's what the senate minority leader said today when asked about the hearing. >> did you watch any of the hearing today? >> no, i didn't. >> why not? >> i was busy doing work. i serve in the senate. >> meanwhile, the capitol police may soon be getting financial help. the senate seem to be moving towards a more than $2 billion
spending package that would replace funds sent since january 6th. there is also important news tonight about masks and covid outbreaks. the cdc is urging vaccinated americans living in regions where the virus is surging to mask up indoors. it calls for teachers, students, staff and visitors in schools no matter the vaccination status. cdc officials saying new scientific evidence chose even vaccinated people may become infected and may even carrie large amounts of the coronavirus. it comes as nbc news has learned the biden administration is strongly considering requiring federal workers be vaccinated or follow strict covid protocols like regular testing. with that, let's bring in our leadoff guest on this tuesday night. political reporter for "the washington post" and author of the paper's morning newsletter "power up". jeremy bash, former chief of
staff at the cia and pentagon. former chief counsel to the intelligence committee. and dr. irving redliner who advises us on public health, a professor of pediatrics at albert einstein school of medicine. good to see all of you. jackie, what did this committee manage to do with this first hearing? what was important about how this all began? >> chris, thanks for having me on. i think the select committee wanted to put the political chaos we've seen leading up to this first hearing of the investigation of january 6th and to put the spotlight strictly on the first-person accounts from these four heroic police officers and the four traumatic experiences that they had, banking on the fact that these would resonate with the american public. and then sort of breaking through this bitter political war that we've seen back and
forth between house speaker nancy pelosi and minority leader kevin mccarthy. all eyes were really trained on officers fanone, gonell and harry dunn and officer hodges as they provided excruciating and harrowing graphic details of what happened that day as they were -- as the capitol was invaded by hundreds of rioters. fanone described in graphic detail being beat with a metal rod, electroshocked with a taser. he shortly there after suffered from a heart attack, a traumatic brain injury and ptsd. more importantly, all these officers round up their experiences and said what was most disheartening of all were that the people whose lives they saved turned against them. as fanone said, they betrayed their oath, really, in trying to downplay and minimize the
severity of the events that happened on january 6th. in my opinion, those officers did accomplish their goals in really telling their stories with clarity, and again, some really gripping detail about what just happened. >> you know, jeremy, in many ways we've heard some of these details before. we had seen some similar videos before, but there was profound impact in seeing them all in the way that they were adhering, those stories that had an excruciatingly difficult sameness to them of being under attack. what was the most important thing you heard coming off the testimony? what struck you? >> chris, what struck me was the very clear, very direct way that this raw and emotional testimony from these four heroes made clear that this was a domestic terrorist armed attack on a citadel of democracy. this wasn't just a riot that got
out of control. this wasn't just a hyped up march on washington. this was an organized, planned, well trained, well motivated mob violent attack that was designed to affect the policy outcome that congress was considering on that day and as officer hodges did in reading the definition of domestic terrorism, it fits that definition to a "t." i think what came out of the hearing was in the same way that any terrorism investigation, you have to analyze whether or not the terrorists were inspired by or directed by a higher political authority, so, too, that's going to be the challenge for the select committee. they're going to have toe analyze and keep their mind open, without prejudging the facts whether or not there were people high up in the government who helped plan and organize and instigate this incident of domestic terrorism. >> it's so important, doctor, because it was raw, it was emotional testimony. we did, as jackie said, hear some of them talk about ptsd,
about how they're still haunted by the things that happened to them that day, how their families are still impacted, how they thought they might die. but there was also a request to do something. they want the facts known. you're someone who has dealt with so many people who have been through the worst disasters of their lives, and i just wonder how important the facts are for them to be able to move forward, to honor their request to help them. >> yeah, chris. i'm listening to jessie and jeremy and i'm thinking that yes, i have been dealing with covid for a long time and i deal with health and public crisis, but i'm telling you, there's something so extraordinarily profoundly disturbing about what happened on january 6th. there's the big picture of course of how could there have been such an attack on our
democracy? and then the other issue is the unbelievable bravery and courage of these officers who went through hell on earth at the time when they thought they were not going to survive. to escape that experience without having some form of -- syndrome at least would be unbelievable. we have to support them not just individually. we have to listen to their words. we have to understand what the meaning is of what they experienced. it's a complicated long-term process we're looking at, but in the meantime hats off to the people. they stood on the front line of an insurrection and defended our country, and i don't know what higher purpose one could have in life. but it's unbelievable, and i hope and i know they're getting the help they need, and for whatever they're left with, whether it's psychological or
physical trauma, they need to get what they need to get and hopefully they'll come out okay. >> in the search, jackie, for truth, here's what we heard from two hosts on fox earlier this evening. a very different take. >> they're afraid to ask the fundamental question, which is, why wasn't there a proper security potture that day. >> we need a broad scope commissioned on political violence. what the pelosi scam commission is focus on is only january 6th. >> as we know, pelosi pulled jordan off the committee. do you think now republicans are concerned after what we heard today, or are we going to continue the hear the party line? >> that's a really excellent question, and something we're watching closely. i think the one thing that republicans didn't quite calculate when perhaps kevin mccarthy pulls his leaders from serving would they would be
losing the mega phone and ability to infuse the hearings with their countermessaging and some of the disinformation they have been propagating, and as you just noted continue to propagate. i also think it puts republicans in a challenging and politically perilous position to have to attack police officers who just delivered again this very compelling testimony. that's why you see people like jim jordan and elise stefanik sort of, you know, relying on the unanswered questions of security lapses. but republicans have promised they're going to start their own parallel investigation alongside democrats but we have seen very few details from house minority leader kevin mccarthy. he told us today that was still the plan but didn't provide details of the timing or structure of such a plan is going look like. and serving the rest of the members today after this gripping testimony, most of them
didn't even watch the testimony of the four police officers. and few expressed little appetite in pursuing an investigation further. you had some of the same republicans that these officers condemned for downplaying the events of january 6th doubling down on their previous claims. andrew clyde getting into a verbal altercation with representative jamie raskin about that his claim about what happened on january 6th was committed by a bunch of tourists. >> jeremy, let's talk about the security. because one of the parts that stood out to me -- all of it was riveting but it was when officer dunn talked about getting a text message about things that had been on social media about what the plan was, and as he put it it seemed to foreshadow what happened later. at the time, though, we had not received any threat warnings from our chain of command.
>> i think one of the big issues this committee is going to have to look at is what warnings were provided to d.c. police, federal police, and what were the response times? i think that's going to be investigated and analyzed so an attack like this cannot happen again. chris, the broader issue that i think this committee kicked off with today was, yes, they're going to analyze the physical security posture, but the big lie was the reason why this all unfolded. it's the reason why capitol police were outnumbered 10 to 1. it's the reason why individuals came with bear spray and weapons and beat people with baseball bats and people lost eyes and had fingers damaged and toes damages and officer sicknick suffered a stroke that took his life. i mean, if it weren't for big lie it would not have unfolded in a mass terrorist event the way it had, and that i think is
the fundamental job of this select committee to underline that. >> doctor, i want to get to what we heard about masking. seems like everything old is new. this is what he heard from the republican governor of arizona about masking indoors. quote, public health officials in arizona and across the country have made it clear that the best protection against covid-19 is the vaccine. today's announcement by the cdc will unfortunately only diminish confidence in the vaccine and create more challenges for public health officials, people who have worked tirelessly in order to increase vaccination rates. that's doug ducey, republican governor of arizona. is his concern warranted, and are you concerned about some confusion? people thought their children were going to go to school
without masks, people have been indoors without masks on. >> i think the governor's interpretation is completely misguided and off base. there's no one rule that says there's one strategy to deal with this. and especially since we have this incredible surge due to the delta variant, the delta mutation, all bets are off, and people have to understand that we have to pull out all the armaments in our shiver -- shiver? in our back back to make sure we have done everything possible. the vaccination agenda is extremely critical. that must happen. one of the reasons we're getting surges is there are so many pockets in the united states that people are so undervaccinated that they were susceptible to getting sick with the delta variant. that is "a." and "b" is that, yes, we do have to wear masks indoors, even those people who have been
vaccinated when the original ruling or guidelines came out that said, if you're vaccinated you do not need masks indoors, well, all bets are off now. we have a new variant that has different behaviors and much different ability to spread rapidly, so we need all of it, and if we don't get all of it we're going to continue to see surges after surges with possibly other variants or surges waiting in the we thinks. this is all hands on deck now in terms of these strategies that we're going to use to keep people safe. >> thank you. coming up, a top doctor in alabama on the rapidly deteriorating situation in her state, as one health official there calls the rise in covid hospitalizations unprecedented. and later, more stunning testimony from today's january 6th hearing. why one of the witnesses compared that day to his
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the rate at which the hospitalization numbers are going up is unprecedented in alabama. death numbers have not significantly crept up yet, but i think past experience taught us that's what goes up yet. hospitals told us all their hospitalizations well over 95%, but probably closer to 99% of their hospitalizations are occurring in unvaccinated people. >> for the first time since february, the state of alabama is reporting that 1,000 patients are hospitalized for covid. only 42% of that state's population is partially vaccinated. 34% fully vaccinated. in the past week, cases surges
217% and health-care workers there are clearly frustrated. >> it's really sad to see people so sick and see their families suffer. i thought that we were on the other side of it and that people may still get sick and not require hospitalization after they got their vaccine, but i was hoping we wouldn't have people this ill again. >> for more, we welcome to the broadcast dr. genie murazzo. she's the school as director of the division of infectious diseases. it's good to see you, doctor, but the numbers are disturbing. alabama adding 2,667 new covid cases. the last time the state added more than 2,000 in a day was in february. what's your take with what's happening on the ground? >> well, thanks, first of all, for having us on to talk about this. to say this is worrisome and really frustrating for us as health-care providers and people
who have been out there preaching to the choir for a long time is really an understatement, and there are several things that are really concerning. first is the pace at which things are happening. you mentioned 217%. i can tell you just last week in the state, we had about 500 people hospitalized and we are now over 1,000, and i suspect by the end of this week we'll be close to 2,000. what is so upsetting about that is that it doesn't have to be that way. vaccination does prevent severe disease and almost all of these hospitalizations are occurring in people who received no vaccinations. so, the key is to try to get people vaccinated against this devastating surge, which is largely hear, being driven by the delta variant. >> so just to put a punctuation
point on it, if everyone was vaccinated you would have zero or near zero patients in your hospital suffering from covid? >> you can never say near zero because some people are clearly -- remember, the vaccines are 94% to 95% effective so you're always going to have a small group of peep not totally effective. we also have people who are immune compromised. they don't respond as well to the vaccine. but in general all you have to do is look at other states like vermont vermont, for example, right, which have achieved astonishing levels of vaccine coverage and they're not seeing anything remotely like this. in fact, if you graph the rates of vaccination coverage with the hospital rate you'll see there's a completely inverse correlation, so i think there's no question. also, when we look at the people in our hospital who are ill, we know that most of them are not vaccinated. probably less than three -- over
97% are not vaccinated. so i think the evidence is quite strong. >> so you have been saying this, other doctors have been saying this. federal health officials have been saying this. some politicians have been saying this, and yet alabama remains at the bottom, i think, in terms of vaccinations in the entire country. i can't imagine how frustrating that is. how do you turn it around? >> well, i think there are several things that have to happen. first of all, we have to recognize that at its best, science is the ultimately nonpartisan effort, right? i mean, even governor ivey in her op-ed in "the washington post" today made it very clear the vaccine was an achievement of science, and it really is the sort of intervention where politics, political preference, opinions about certain personalities have no place. and unfortunately, the whole debate about covid was
politicized from the very beginning and was really unfortunate and really has tainted our ability all along to discredit misinformation and to get true evidence based scientific communication out there. what we need to do now is revisit the evidence base for the vaccine, try to reframe it for people to say, look, over 162 million people in this country have received the covid vaccine. we are not seeing any common safety signals. the benefit so overwhelms any of the risks, and the benefit is not just to you personally, but it's to everybody around you, your family and your community. i think trying to reframe this as a completely bipartisan issue -- we're got to start caring for each other, take it seriously. we really want to go back to normal. everybody had this little taste of it, and it was so tantalizing
and the only way we're going to be able to do it is if we cut down the rate of viral replication, shut down these mutants from continuing to form, and really protect people who are most vulnerable to the worst outcomes of this really devastating infection. >> it is worth, before we go, quoting our governor cay ivey in that op-ed you mentioned who said, the unvaccinated folks are being lied to, and that is just plum sad. thank you so much, doctor. we really appreciate you. dr. jeanne marrazzo, much appreciated. coming up, why one of the witnesses is urging congress to investigate the hitman he said sent attackers to the capitol on january 6th. when lour lor lour continues. ton january 6th. when lour lor lour continues and take. it. on... with rinvoq. rinvoq a once-daily pill can dramatically improve symptoms... rinvoq helps tame pain, stiffness, swelling. and for some, rinvoq
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on january 6th, for the first time i was more afraid to work at the capitol than in my entire deployment to iraq. the rioters called me traitor. a disgrace, and shouted that i -- i, an army veteran and a police officer, should be executed. >> if a hitman is hired and he kills somebody, the hitman goes to jail, but not only does the hitman goes to jail, but the person who hires them does. there was an attack carried out
on january 6th, and a hitman sent them. i want to you get to the bottom of that. >> more of that deeply emotional testimony tonight from the officers who defended the capitol from violent trump supporters on january 6th. yet republicans who opposed investigating the insurrection in the first place used this first day of testimony to blame democrats for the violence. >> the american people deserve to know the truth that nancy pelosi bears responsibility as speaker of the house for the tragedy that occurred on january 6th. and it was only after republicans started asking these important questions that she refused to seat them. >> with us, don callaway and mark mckinnon, former adviser to george w. bush and john mccain. he's among the cohosts of "the circus" on show time.
nbc's jonathan allen posed a question today that gets to the heart of the matter. what will republicans defend if not themselves, the constitution, and capitol? do you have an answer for that? >> white supremacist patriarchy. that's about it. i mean, that's at this point what the party exists -- that is the unifying theology of the party. it's not small government, it's not christianity. if so ted cruz or rick santorum would be their standard bearer. it's not equal opportunity. there's no governmental query or fundamental operating principle other than the preservation of white supremacy patriarchy and what we're seeing around the country is an attempt to restrict others' participation in government. at this point it's the only animating principle of the local, national, and state republican party.
>> if another key question is, how could this happen? i want to play for you retired lieutenant general honoree earlier on this network. >> it was my -- that was complicit in the planning and -- occur in the bringing in more federal assistance to the capitol that day. he was complicit, because the last i heard from him, he told them to go to the capitol and raise hell. >> after you listen to the testimony, do you come to that conclusion, mark? >> well, the conclusion i come to is how important it is that liz cheney is on this commission, and she has a backbone of steel, and nobody else in the party, with the exception of few others like adam kinzinger had a loss of backbone, which is so unfortunate. the key that honore was talking
about and that cheney testified to today or talked about was knowing what happened every moment, not just at the capitol but at the white house. she wants to know every call, every meeting every conversation that happened in the white house, and that was what honore was talking about. where was the executive branch complicit. what did they know, when, and what did they do about it? that's a big reason republicans like elise stefanik and jim jordan didn't want these hearings to happen. >> do you think that testimony gives some sort of impetus to getting answers? did it resonate with the public? did it change anything? >> it did resonate with the public. i thought it was an extraordinarily powerful hearing. i sat -- as my wife would say, emotionally unavailable, but i was substantially moved listening to these burly tough guys talk about how they were at their wit's end physically and mentally and emotionally on that day. these people were attacked and these are gentleman who have
actually been to the front of war. the gentleman who we're picturing right no is an iraq war veteran. these are people who have seen the worst of the worst as police officers on the street. i was substantially moved. i was also extraordinarily disappointed by the republican sideshow led by elise stefanik and her leadership colleagues on the front end. but speaker pelosi, in all of her wid wisdom, she's a sly character. she knew better than to give those nut jobs a televised hearing to spit the craziness she was somehow responsible for the insurrection. i think it worked out well for the democrats and the testimony was extraordinarily powerful. >> it will be interesting to see whether it does change minds, mark. before the testimony today there was a brand new poll that showed 33% of republicans surveyed say they are pessimistic about their party's future. is that enough to convince party leaders to change their
strategy? because tonight conservative media, their approach was to question the credibility of the officers who testified today, call them crisis actors, and mock the emotion of members of the committee. >> well, i would argue, chris, that that's part of the reason republicans have so little faith in the future of their republican party. they've become a party of disinformation, resisting truth. and ironically as we saw in the hearings today, the republicans are supposed to be about defending the constitution, defending the men in blue. now we have clear testimony from those involves, from iraq war veterans that they were being attacked by domestic terrorists, and that's by the exact definition of what a domestic terrorist is in the united states code of law. so it's not a surprise to me that republicans are losing faith. 41% is a lot, chris, compared to recent numbers we've seen in the republican party, so something's going on out there. and i agree that this testimony
is so powerful and compelling and i wish we could just mandate -- get over the issue of mandating masks and mandate that everybody, every citizen in america has to is a the testimony of these officers because i think that would change minds quickly. >> you could not turn away from it. don and mark sticking around. coming up, the conclusion people are making about the state of american greatness, when "the 11th hour" continues. claritin cool mint chewables. powerful 24-hour, non-drowsy, allergy relief plus an immediate cooling sensation for your throat. feel the clarity, and live claritin clear. [beeping] [ringing] ♪ ♪ ♪
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who we are as a country. we're not as great as we thought we were. >> stark assessment there on this country and this moment in history. still with us, don callaway and mark mckinnon. mark, it was just a month ago, 21 republicans voted not to honor the officer who is defended the capitol on january 6th with a congressional gold medal. what else does that tell us about where we are in this moment with this country? >> well, it tells me that the republican party's clawed its way to the bottom. and the notion that -- i mean, i think we saw clearly today why nancy pelosi chose not to have jim jordan and banks and a couple of republican members of the caucus on the committee, because they did today exactly what they would have done if they were on the committee, which is make ridiculous charges like speaker pelosi somehow had
something to do with this and flip the deck. that's all they're interested in doing. they're not interested in investigating the investigation, they're interest in the reracing the insurrection. >> don, i want to play you some more from officer dunn in today's hearing. >> i told them to just leave the capitol, and in response they yelled, no, man, this is our house. president trump invited us here. we're here to stop the steal. joe biden is not the president. nobody voted for joe biden. one woman in a pink maga shirt yelled, you hear that guys? this nigger voted for joe biden. then the crowd, perhaps around 20 people joined in screaming, boo! fucking nigger. >> those words adding, to say the least, a whole new level of
haunting insight into what capitol police officers, plural, were -- >> it's important to -- despite what tucker carlson and others on the right who choose to erase this from memory, it's important to remember this is a quasi legal hearing in which these gentleman were under oath. they testified under penalty of the perjury. that means that the things he said were true. that means they did call him an f'ing nigger and they were invited by president trump to stop the steal. not only is president trump the hitman that the officer so aptly described, not only is he liable for what happened in terms of personal injury as well as injury to our national psyche, but the republican members of
congress, the republican members of thought leadership, to the extent there is thought or leadership, all are responsible for edge gating and misguiding the people who went to the capitol, whether or not they believed they had a righteous purpose. i believe they were guided by republican leadership who was committed to misinformation and who certainly knew better. it was an extraordinarily bad day in america, but i'm glad these gentleman were courageous and honest in their testimony, and we can only hope that the testimony we saw today, the harshness of the language serves as something like when we saw water and dogs turned an actual people in montgomery. we hope they're translated into people's living rooms so people can understand the horrors and choose to do better, choose this make the country live up to the promise and cause of what this country could be. >> and time will tell, mark,
about whether january 6th has an impact. a lot of people looking to what 2022 will bring. i'm looking at the front page of the "texas tribune" and i'm going to read you the headline. in an upsetting against a trump backed candidate, jake elzey wins a seat. is that an upset? >> unquestionably it is. trump went all in on his endorsement, and he lost. this is the man who would be king moment, where we see the mortal scratch and he bleeds. donald trump bled tonight in texas, and that sends a big signal across the bow to lots of republicans everywhere that he's not bullet proof and maybe the pendulum is starting to swing. >> you do think this has implications that it sends a message beyond this one district and one state? >> i think it does big time, because there's lots of other
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