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suggested it's the worst air quality in the world, congressman we will talk much more about the things that are going to happen once this bill has, past thank you for being with me tonight. democratic congressman of colorado. tonight that is tonight's last word, the 11th hour with brian williams begins right now. e 11th hour with brian williams begins right now. good evening once again, they 202 of the biden administration. it's good to be back. let's see where we. oh yes. it seems the news has gotten worse. the nation is now fully in the grip of an escalating health crisis brought on by this relentless new delta variant. tonight, the u.s. reached a new milestone in this pandemic, over 36 million cases. we are now overawing over 100,000 new cases a day. if that number sounds familiar, it's because that's the rate we were seeing last winter. just over six weeks ago at the
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beginning of last month, the pandemic appeared to be in the rearview mirror for much of our country. now, tonight, every state is experiencing an increase in infections. situation is expression we grave especially acute in the sun belt. florida recorded over 28,000 new cases on sunday alone. officials in austin texas were brutally honest about conditions there where people are now getting warnings on their phones. and in florida, people are being worn -- warned with public service announcements. >> situation in austin is dire. i encourage everybody to take the delta variant seriously due to the transmissibility. it's incredibly contagious and our children are getting sick. i can't do this. >> that's how the public service announcement goes. this all comes as florida's
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republican governor ron desantis staying on brand, is threatening to withhold paychecks from those school officials who defy his ban on mask mandates. one former cdc director is slamming those state leaders like desantis and others like him who imposed restrictions on strategies that are meant to stop the spread of covid-19. >> places taking a stand and we have to call that out there are two ways to fight the pandemic and wet signs are without. you save a lot more lives with signs. nbc news reporting tonight set increasing numbers of children are becoming infected as delta outbreaks ripped through the u.s.. pediatricians know that household infections are driving the illnesses up in cadence. this is a new dynamic, children's hospitals around the country saying dramatic spikes in children needing medicare.
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on the push for vaccine mandates aren't getting steam. gee and salina just announced that one of those mandates for state employees and health care workers. the pentagon said it would seek to have a vaccine mandate in place for most of our service men and women by mid september. some republican senators were adamant in rejecting the move. >> not to get the living daylights out of our life and telling us how to live our. life >> we should not be mandating this there's legitimate parts of people who don't want to be forced and participating in the largest drug trial in history where a mandate would be. >> meanwhile, doctor fauci had a warning about what could happen if we lose this race to stop this delta strain from spreading. >> if you allow with the virus to freely circulate a 93
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million people, and give it the opportunity to find vulnerable targets, you are giving it the opportunity to mutate and form another variant. the more you prevent the spread, the less likelihood that the virus will mutate. if it does mutate, it's something that does evade the vaccine, then we have a problem. >> we are also following the latest developments involving new york governor andrew cuomo, with the multi term democrat now facing impeachment over allegations that he sexually harassed almost a dozen women and all the accusations were detailed in a report from the state attorney general which was released last week. members of the state assembly meant today to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings, weeks but not months they planned to hold hearings throughout the coming months. new york times reports cuomo remains defiant among calls for his nations he hopes to drag
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out the impeachment process. brittany comiso, an executive of cuomo staff, whose accusations appear went public this weekend. she already filed a criminal complaint with the sheriff of albany county new york. she says cuomo groped her more than once. >> it was not welcome and it was certainly not consensual. the governor needs to be held accountable. when he did to me was a crime. he broke the law. >> governor cuomo has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing. earlier today, his lawyer offered this defense -- >> the governor has made clear in us testimony, to the attorney generals that he doesn't dispute some of the allegations with britain camo so distant happen. >> cuomo's dwindling circle of
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supporters continues to shrink this weekend as top aide and most loyal strategist, melissa derosa resigned. she was named 187 time in the state attorney general's report which said she had attempted to undermine where the governor's accusers -- also tonight we're getting a picture of how donald trump attempted to manipulate the justice department in order to stay in power. new york times reporting it comes from trump's former acting attorney general jeffrey rosen who quote, has told the justice department watchdog in congressional investigators that one of the deputies tried to help former president donald j trump subvert the results of the 2020 election. the times reports rosen left with the justice department friday, and voluntarily gave closed-door testimony to the senate judiciary saturday and the paper says rosen told
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investigators about numerous interactions with jeffrey clark, a trump official at the doj including one in december during which clark admitted to meeting with former president trump. rosen reportedly told investigators clark and held unauthorized conversations with the former president about ways to have the department of justice publicly cast doubt on joe biden's victory. with all that, let's bring in our lead off guests on this monday night, lisa layered, national political correspondent for the new york times. neil catchable, former acting solicitor general during the poem administration who has argued dozens of cases before the u.s. supreme court, and doctor patel clinical position for policy aid during the obama administration. she's also one of our public health experts and a nonresident fellow ad to brookings. doctor, i'd like to begin with you where are you --
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where are we do you think in terms of the scope of the pandemic. those reports that we need more substantial masks and not to go without, certainly. >> brian, let's absolutely. right if there could be a theme to what we're seeing, it's younger, sick, or quicker. that references what you've noted about more children being affected. we don't think the delta variant is resulting in a more severe disease of covid but we do need to see a shared point in children who can't be vaccinated and while we get more people vaccinated we know masks can make a difference and a high quality mask is this close as possible to medical grade it says anything you would wear over your mouth and nose make such a big difference with such a highly contagious variant. we want somebody people to get shots today. with over 100,000 cases a day,
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a shot to will definitely save your life but we need to do that combined with masks and other measures to get that steep decline that we know we can get another countries have been able to do it and we have to follow suit soon. >> lisa, tried to give us if you could a read on the level of concern and especially among levelheaded politicians and the same surprise that we're all dealing with of this latest spike in this pandemic is upon us. >> i think certainly for democrats this is met with political alarm. they've seen the presidency numbers drop a little bit as they seen delta spread. i'm hearing a lot from democrats and competitive states and districts who are now heading home for the congressional recess and they want to talk about the economy and democrats told me back in spring the game plan was gonna
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be needles and checks. people don't want to talk about the economy they are frayed of covid. some democrats have said they are frustrated at the cdc and warning about mixed messaging they feel that the white house's economic messaging in it's not strong enough they don't have a good answer on how they will control the spread. what we see from the white house there've been more strict on paul calling out republican governors and refusing to have masks mandates and other measures in this pandemic is spreading on biden's watch in this can continue to escalate. >> counselor, now over to you. i want to play for you something. this is senator dick durbin who is senate of the judiciary committee. he was asked this afternoon by nicole wallace if what we witnessed after the election was an attempted coup. we will discuss on the other
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side. >> look at the progression of events -- first, the onslaught of lawsuits. going to the judiciary with many of the judges that he appointed. then he went to the department of justice and said he would manipulate the attorney general into really initiating and investigation to particular states and we know what happened then he turned the mob loose on the united states capitol. we should dismiss this as a bad day for donald trump. it was a conscious plan, strategy, and it did not work. scso neil, interview, how close did we come -- and you take the optimistic knew that out there about your beloved department of justice that the good news is the system held? >> i think we came very close from everything it looks like, this is dumb held but it held because of a couple of people and it looks like brian with each additional fact that we've learned january six and one
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happen before it, looks like trump really attempted a coup and to corrupt the justice department in the process. unfortunately, much trump that did when he does which was hire a bunch of incompetence to carry out masking so they couldn't pull it off. just a couple of those people, this all could've gone the other way. was particularly, and we have the revelations of jeffrey clark was an environmental and civil where was trying to do the acting attorney general he writes a cop that many -- noise to say we can throw out the election results in georgia and other places and lads to the letter he said quote, personally i see no valid downside to signing this letter. his letter so crazy, it's worse than the torture members than the bush administration. it's atrocious legal judgment and you want to know how crazy this letter was it was so case that even attending general barr didn't agree with that. we do need to get to the bottom of would happen and senator
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durbin's absolutely right. >> doctor patel, back to the subject of our ongoing pandemic. i wanna believe you a bit of a video put out today by senator ron paul, republican of kentucky. >> children are not at any more at risk from covid as they are from the seasonal flu. >> doctor, i am duty bound to point out this is the guy who hand delivered a trump letter to the kremlin to vladimir putin, and this is apparently an eye doctor who is known to traffic in conspiracy theories and the like. what's the danger of that kind of message? >> incredibly dangerous, irresponsible, all candidly brian, 90 medical board would take away his license because they're asking for that
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disinformation to lead to revoke of license sure. i encourage people to think about that. there's absolutely no basis to compare this to the seasonal flu. we have to have a vaccine for children for the seasonal flu and number two, we have never seen these types of long term impacts months out where we're still seeing of covid infections, even mild ones and children. certainly not this degree of severe hospitalization and inflammatory systems. number three, something that should be made clear, the delta variant has been a game-changer in so many ways because it's so infectious. you've heard began elegy that in an unvaccinated people, it's as bad as chicken. pox it's nowhere near what we see with the seasonal flu. but a capstone on it, sadly brian something we don't talk about enough under the age of 12 we don't have enough treatments to offer children. many of the antibody things
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we've been talking about for months now that president trump received with rudy giuliani and others, those aren't even available to children. if a child comes in and has support of treatment not snot my child to offer them. very different from anything. to compared to the flu is adding to the lies that have mounted. >> that's the line of reasoning that was first tried it out by donald trump and the white house in the briefing room. let's bounce back over to politics, lisa. are we going to read accounts after this vote for infrastructure and possibly the spending bill that bipartisanship, despite reports of its early deaths might just be working for joe biden? >> not sure we could say that yet brian. we're expecting the structure both passed out of the senate at some point.
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it could have as much as senate phony senator sign on would be quite the accomplishment given the lack of legislation that we've seen over four, five, six years. this would be a big accomplishment and something the white house will be quite proud of. and then it moves over to the house and where it gets to a more 4.5 billion reconciliation package that's gonna be the budget package with a much harder sell. the margin in the house when democrats remains closer. you can't afford to have any losses. while everyone is fairly comfortable with the infrastructure, bill progressives don't want to have it unless they feel biden gives them what they promised. price tags to big. these are the questions that how speaker nancy pelosi's gonna have to manage with help from the president and it won't be easy. will have to see where this ends up when it comes back from
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recess in september but certainly tomorrow will be a heavy day for the white house. >> and, neal katyal last word goes to. you i can tell you you're worried about -- his title at the time was acting chief of the civil division. kind of a safe earning money even his coworkers at doj. tell our viewers just how unusual it would be to have a guy like jeffrey clark have access to and meetings with the president of the united states. >> literally never happened, certainly not without the attorney general or deputy attorney general being there. one of the first things i did with the justice department back when i'm john pop, was draft part of the white house context policy which says you can only reach the president if you are the returnee general and deputy attorney general and no one else. certainly not someone angling like this guy was.
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as someone is trying to illustrate the fidelity, brian, i would say careered virus the lawyer decides to facilitate a coup, it's kind of on the nose. what disturbs me tonight, we know there's an inspector general investigation. we know there's a january six commission. but the attorney general garland hasn't announced any sort of investigation or anything like that. every day, the justice department is putting in jail people who put minor amounts of drugs. -- there are facilitating a cool and trying to overthrow an election. i can't imagine why he would announce an investigation into the seriousness. it's got to be announced. >> i can't imagine three better guest to help us start off a new week lisa lerer, neal katyal, dr. kavita patel.
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coming up tonight, a preview of what is being called one of the most important senate votes of the biden presidency thus far, and perhaps ever. later, why the un says we are facing a code red for all of humanity and why a good many people who read the report today wondered if there's any time left to do something about it.
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at the same time. there have been some bumps. there have been some delays. but the senate is on track to finish both tracks. the democratic budget will be the most significant legislation for american family since the era of the new deal and the great society. >> the senate, expected to pass the trillion dollar bipartisan
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infrastructure bill tomorrow morning. the vote is scheduled for 11 am. and today, the majority leader told his caucus members that once that happens, the senate will immediately move to pass a 3.5 trillion dollar spending bill with a simple majority vote. new york time puts this way, together they would secure the remainder of president biden's four trillion dollar economic agenda, but the two-step effort will test mr. biden's ability to both work with republicans and maneuver around them. a lot to talk about. back to do that with us is don calloway, founder of the national -- and stewart stevens a -- he's this stays with the lincoln project. stewart, i'd like to start with. you help ortiz tomorrow's vote for any number of reasons.
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>> if a child was born during the first republican infrastructure week that child would now be headed into the first grade. it's been a long time coming. what's happening here is a larger process in the biden administration trying to talk about the government being a positive force. something that actually does have the greater good. i think it's tremendously important. i had to be optimistic, i think they will get this thing done. >> don, how is biden gonna keep the left happy especially on the spending bill and hakeem jeffries has been so interesting in these last couple of days with his assertion that that is not where democrats are in -- nationally they are more of a moderate block. >> leader jeffries, chairman
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jeffries, he has a responsibility to say and moderate the party at least from his position as a member of congress leadership. he's doing when he needs to do as a future speaker of the house. the house democrats bill includes a whole lot more of the quote unquote human infrastructure stuff and the republicans who will vote against it tomorrow, some of them like rick scott. that's what they are saying they were moaning out against is the human legislative bill which goes 3.5 to 5.5 in the house version. democrats will be made happy overall house and senate democrats will be happy when the bill finds itself in the reconciliation posture once the senate in the house come together and you will find a small gang and new leaders -- and they will be signed on the president's desk. the main idea is you will pass these bills tomorrow with 50 votes on a straight-up yay or nay vote and that shows it can be on when it's important. we don't have to have the 60
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vote threshold it's arbitrary i know it's about reconciliation and managing budget but the reality is that senate leaders and the 50 vote threshold whenever they feel like. it we need to do that on voting rights. >> stewart, to help me out. to do that we have to go back to segments to something we did in our opening segment tonight and it was around johnson and soundbite and as you know he's of the drive-by anti-vaxxer population. he insists he's not, but that's in between comments like the one we aired tonight. he called it an experimental drug. since when do we listen to politicians when the subject is vaccines to protect us from potentially fatal illnesses. >> i think this will be one of the great tragedies in american
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history. it will go down like to be in a more. arguably the iraq war. a terrible mistake to politicize this by republicans. i didn't have to be this way. in israel, everybody got the vaccine in canada and can become a huge issue. it's really a human death toll suffering of with this and so unnecessary. here we have this country where we have the ability to give people the vaccine. he walked into a drugstore and get it for free. then you have a lunatic's like ron johnson saying this stuff pickerel-y is partisan gain. i think it's evil. i don't know another word to describe it. >> we are bullied by the news this week that there is one american sub population with a 91% vaccination rate. that is the members of the
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navajo nation. we have that at least to be proud of. both of these gentlemen have agreed to stay with us through the coming short break. coming up, when our conversation continues, some texas democrats are beginning to pack up and go home to texas. we have an update on their months long battle to protect voter rights in their home state when we come back. en we come back.
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los angeles still in. and it's our understanding there will be a vote on new voting bill this week. as soon as we get the vote, it will be a victorious vote then we can go home and pack a deal with the inevitable which is that republicans that decide they don't want to negotiate, that they don't care about the voting rights of the majority and now they will know we have federal legislation backing this up. >> here's the situation as of tonight. at least 20 states, texas house democrats, remain in d.c. this evening. still avoiding home, still far from home and begging their party in congress to do the right thing and pass voting rights. they have managed to delay republican efforts to pass restrictive voting bills in the states going on months now. over the weekend, several of the democrats did return home to texas after a judge temporarily blocked their arrest upon arrival from
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breaking quorum. still here with us, our friends don calloway and stewart stevens. don, there is a tough question to ask because people fear the answer. do you think texas democrats have had an impact on d.c. on their fellow democrats, and what's the real chance don that we are gonna see federal action on voting rights? >> there is a much higher chance we will see federal action on voting rights than there was at the texas democrats had they not done what they did. this is a sustained and political courage not seen since the summer of 1964. they certainly raised the spectrum and issue which is that in 91 in any movement, there is no more important movement than right to vote. they have had real and serious meetings with joe manchin and i think is coming around to it
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and hybrid of the for the people act and the john lewis voting bill act he wants to see that they are now and things included in the for the people act and there are things you don't want to touch. i don't see any republicans coming on board but i think joe manchin is getting to a better place because texas democrats were heard. this is up to chuck schumer to do away with the filibuster. this is up to joe biden to demand this senate goes over the filibuster. we can't let jim crow stand in a way of real change. >> stewart, a couple of things here, as typeset before, we would take less time to list the americans who have not met with joe manchin at this point. you have warn our viewers to watch out for not just the
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voting, but to the counting and what states are doing to get set up for the next election to monkey axed with the results. do you think the texas democrats have done their part to resume wariness to don's point? >> i think a lot of fights you get in it's not because you think you will win, but because you have to fight. what choice do they have to have the issues we wouldn't be talking about, at the greatest danger days to see the isolated actions in this state in that state. this is a combined arm -- they want to limit our voting system. there's a direct line between one clark trying to do, an attempted coup, and what's happening in texas. that's to limit the number of people who can vote because you're not winning the majority of the voting.
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that's where republicans are trying to do here. and let them get away with it and they are gonna lose a democracy. >> and someone who study closely your life in politics, republican politics, and his conversations you have to get a reality check sometimes on the fact we are actually having these conversations in the year 2021. to our friends, don calloway and stewart stevens go jaguar's, thank you gentlemen. coming up, controversial author andrew sullivan as he is known, has spent the last three decades going out on a limb, out loud, out in the open. what's up to him about his newest work when we come back. work when we come back. hey, i just got a text from my sister. you remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right?
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annexed gas is out with a new book that is sure to ruffle some feathers, but that's something he's quite used to. the new york times officer offers this for his book review -- andrew sullivan, no one's allied tells it as he sees it. as sullivan writes himself quote for more, we welcome a theater and columnists, and -- his new book, andrew sullivan, the 2021 readers can expect a tour of our time, centaur vengeance mind, life, health, his unique view of what ails us all. he also writes a column the weekly dishes available on -- and host a podcast called the
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dish cast. a pleasure to have you on the broadcast. in reading this, i'm reminded you are writing about the republican taliban back in oh nine. you were writing about mcconnell and the filibuster before it was a thing. he right this on plagues let's name to plagues. trumpism and covid, which is likely to have more staying power in our society? >> good question. i think trumpism is here to stay because the issues that propelled are still here. the issue of immigration, which is reaching a new crisis. the issue of trade, america's
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role in the world, and the divide between us between red and blue coast and heartland. it's right there and ripe for exploitation. that's gonna last longer than covid. on the other hand, covid is not going to disappear entirely very soon. we have learned to live with them. we live with viruses on the same planet, and we have to live with them. i have lived with the hiv virus now for 20 years and i have stopped wanting to get rid of it. i have learned to just live with it. the point is not to defeat it but get on with your life which is the whole point of everything. i think there is a place for a scene conservatism to revive, maybe in the revulsion of trump may be in the way to see that more elite conservatives should have seen and been talk about before. any time you could get to a
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point where covid is also swiftly put into our past, because we don't think about it, and because even as it's still mutating and if it's still cutting a cloth through the unvaccinated, it's going to die. it will go away. both can stay for a while but both can end. e >> i know you saw the comments from jane carville's talking about infections on things like woke-ism, especially in the democratic party, and especially on the left. it makes it so hard to feel like you are living a proper life. it makes it so hard to feel like you are saying the right thing, especially given feelings and sensitivities and terminology that change on a weekly basis. is this a clear and present danger in your view, to the
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democratic party if they would like to continue winning elections? >> i think it is. i think it is to the credit of the democrats and the credit of that party. the credit of the left in general that they are not saying that we should ignore history. we should. we should face up to the worst things that america. did we should look at it right in the eyes, and we should knew from isis. at the same time, america has been a story of getting past some of the worst things we have done. the real dynamic of america is progressing from them. we have made progress. americans want to look to the future, and americans don't want to be told that their country is somehow intrinsically evil at its root. it can never be better. if the democrats have that attitude, like scalding, people lecturing them, telling them the words they can and cannot saying, treating people they disagree with as if they are somehow morally wrong, they are
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not going to win votes that way. when i fear is that by doing that and alienating, special lots of people in the middle, suburbanites, people who know their country is flawed but still believe in it, and still believe in the future, if they do that, they are going to throw away a golden opportunity and they are going to feed the fuel-a-thon right. the fuel-a-thon right. unless the democrats get serious, about saying we're going to control this. they will give them a major issue to went on. and it's something that people really feel. and they don't want their kids either to be in schools, and come home and say mom, am i oppressing my friend because i'm way in he's black? no one wants to hear their kids say that when they come home from high school. we can teach accurate history, but we should not teach people to hate themselves, and we should not teach people to hit their country. and politician always looks
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forward, looks to the future. it's the one that winds in america. it wants to move forward, it does not like dwelling on its past, that europe. there are some elephants on the left and out that are on the right he. and then american rain left. and that worries me. >> even your most hardened fans, who have read much of what is in the book, can temporary me asleep when it comes out, reading it again now, in the light of 2021, you are professions is rather unbelievable. i'm deep in the book, page for 19, i come across this. a president clinton will be checked and balanced. president trump will be pushing through wide open doors, who can temper or stop him then? you wrote that at or about election day, in 2016. how did you know what the rest of us did not, and remember winning the presidency surprised donald trump first
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and foremost. >> he was tapping into feelings that were very powerful. feelings about identity. feelings about who you really are as americans. and also tapping into major fears, that people have about their lives. he was able to tell people in the middle of the country that i'm a member of the elite, that has not completely ignored you, and the problems you're experiencing, in a beast prepared to take you seriously. and that is a very potent thing. and also it's very potent very potent, to run on hatred of the other, fear of the other. in fear of the unknown. these are things that most democratic politicians do not, republican and democrat, they do not pull those levers. because they know they are dangerous levels to pull. they know they tara country apart. trump had no compunction and still has no compunction.
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no sense of responsibility, and so you can see the strength of it, you can see the appeal of it. you can see people who felt their country was slipping away from them. that he was someone who could bring it back. and i think, i've always felt that was happening, and i also saw his political genius. it's so easy to dismiss this man, who is a monster in so many ways, but not to realize he's also politically very gifted. he's a talented demigod. they do not come along like him very often, and that i could see it coming, i could also see the best way to foil him would be biden. in biden's ability to neutralize that. not to polarize people, it's a huge strength. when you look at the democratic party. who else can fill that role right now? he really is the essential man. and he's an old man. and he's doing great. but that's a very fragile position for the democratic party to be end.
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so reorganizing themselves, so they appeal to the economic concerns, they appeal to people's ability to make a living, as opposed to lecturing them about what words they can use in whether they should constantly be assessing other peoples race, as the most important thing about them. when it really isn't. >> andrew sullivan has been our guest tonight. the book is here in my hand, it is called, out on a limb. selective writing, 1989, to 2021. it is out tomorrow. buyers of its, should be ready for the ride. andrew, always a pleasure, thank you so much. coming up, what's been described as code red for all our humanity. r humanity
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learned today might just be the definition of helplessness. it came out in the form of the un report on climate change.
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our report tonight from our chief foreign correspondent. >> the signs are all there. with fires raging around the world. in greece, and turkey. and in california, the dixie fire is now the second largest wildfire in california history. it's burned more than 600 structures, displaced 30,000 people and still threatened some 13,000 homes. >> and where there is not fire, there is water. once in a century flash floods killed hundreds in germany. belgium and china this summer. the climate is getting more hostile. and today the un said, it's already too late, to stop some of the devastating impacts of climate change. >> it is indisputable that human activities are come causing climate change, and making weather events more frequent, and severe. >> the un report is the world's largest and most up-to-date study on climate change. >> it says rising sea levels, and shrinking glaciers in
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arctic sea ice are irreversible, for centuries. or even millennia. with every region on the planet, already impacted by more frequent and dangerous weather swings, but it's not entirely without hope. finding the temperatures can be stabilized, if we act decisively over the next several decades. today's report laid bare that climate change is happening now, an unprecedented scale. it said we need rapid and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, if we're going to avoid the worst of climate change. brian this was not talking about theoretical plums that future generations are going to have to deal with. it said the damage is already been done, the key now is. just mitigating future damage. brian. we >> richard, thank you for that. it's tough news to receive. our thanks to richard. coming up for us, would it all means to those out west tonight, or those looking towards the sun here in the east.
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last thing before we go tonight, the very serious business of a world that, right about now seems to be on fire. in that last segment you saw, the report from richard angle, is new and dire report, just out on climate change. he did not show you this, video shot from a ferryboats, the last ferryboat departing the island of eva in greece. just as we saw in greece a few years back, the fires have driven people to the sea. some greeks could only drag a small suitcase out to the boat. some seem to realize they were leaving behind the only life they knew. the video from turkey's bizarre, beachgoers warily looking up the hillside at the flames. knowing there's safety in the water in front of them, well perhaps realizing home is, or was on the other side of that
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fire. then there's our country, the suffering going on in california specially. underscoring the often discordant custom of naming western fires after their place of origin, it's a fire oddly called, dixie, that is done the most damage. it's already the second largest in california history, it's burned half 1 million acres, an area so large almost defies description, it is not under control tonight. it is one of 107 western fires currently burning. with a heat wave on the way this week, because we all inhabit the same planet. these fires have already given the skies on the east coast of brown tint, as of weeks ago. the government continues to track the smoke as it hops the jet stream east, and blocks out the sun as it comes east. well western wildfires are not new, unhinged fires like these
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are seemed to being our new normal. with that, that's our broadcast on this back to work monday night. with my thanks to chris jansing in l.a., for allowing me to thoroughly disappear for a while. with our thanks to you for being here with, us on behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. tonight, on a limb. >> as a former united states attorney and tierney general for 20 years, there's a real potential here for criminal charges. that should be seriously considered. >> harrowing new details on trump's attempt to steal the election through the justice department. is it time for criminal charges against? him then, we will make our own health choices, we will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask. >> as republicans play political games with a deadly pandemic. >> we are hospitalizing record numbers of childr

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