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thanks for spending time with us. you can always find me online @arimelber.com if you're looking for us. if you're looking for joy reid, you're in luck, ""the reidout" with joy reid is up next. good night, joy. >> we begin "the reidout" with republicans who continue to pour gas line on the flames that led to january 6th. and we've seen on countless occasions how gop lawmakers have down played the violence, and deflected blame for the insurrection, all while defending the big lie. but now one freshman member of congress is taking it up a notch, or should i say down a notch. 26-year-old junior brown shirt, madison cawthorn of north carolina who from the start made
it clear that his purpose in washington is messaging, not legislating is not only pushing the big lie, he's issuing a warning that would be better described as a threat while promoting false claims of election fraud at a local gop event, cawthorn raised the prospect that if republican candidates lose future elections, the answer might be for their supporters to get violent. he even suggested that if things don't work out at the ballot box the way republican voters want them to, even he might take up arms against his fellow americans. see for yourself. >> i'll tell you, anybody who tells you that joe biden was dutyfully elected is wrong. if our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, it's going to lead to one place, and it's bloodshed, and i will tell you, as much as i am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there's nothing that i would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow american. >> so cawthorn, who let's just
reiterate is not just some guy, he's a yes, embarrassing, creepy, tree punching but sitting member of congress, and here he is, clearly justifying violence, based on the false pretense of a rigged election. that's the central claim of the big lie, which led to the january 6th insurrection in the first place. and he's also suggesting that he condones the insurrection itself, portraying the perpetrators of the capitol siege who chanted hang mike pence and brought a noose and scaffolding with them in case they caught him, and charged with serious crimes, including assaulting police officers by beating them, and dousing them with bear spray, portraying them as political hostages, and busting them out. >> the big problem is we don't know where all the political prisoners are. if we were to go and try and
bust them out, and let me tell you, the reason they have taken political prisoners is they're trying to make an example because they don't want to see the mass protests going on in washington. >> and here is how cawthorn responded. when a member of the audience asked when's the next insurrection, and asked when he'll be summoned back to washington to get it on. >> when are you going to call us to washington again? >> we are actively working on that one. >> found that funny, did you, a spokesperson insisted to the "washington post" gnat congressman quote is clearly advocating for violence not to occur. really, was that supposed to be funny irony, madison, because by casting doubt on a legitimate election and chest pumping about possible bloodshed, you are encouraging political violence. in fact, the very kind of political violence that's normally associated with brown shirt fascism. all of this begs the question,
where is kevin mccarthy? in a normal world, cawthorn's threatening remarks would seem to warrant disciplinary action, and even expulse from congress, but despite our requests today, the republican leader has not made any comment, and that brings us to our next point, which is that many of the republicans who have promoted the big lie don't even believe it themselves. take senator ron johnson, for example, he has been pushing false claims of voter fraud since the beginning, and in may, he wouldn't even acknowledge that biden legitimately won the election. well, he's now supporting an arizona style fraudit of wisconsin, like the one in arizona, however, in secretly recorded footage, we discover that when he thinks trump's not looking, johnson drops the looney tune mask and admits to investigative reporter laura windsor who he assumed was a trump supporter that trump legit lost the election and only had
himself to blame for losing wisconsin, and there was nothing skewed at all about the election results. >> the only reason trump lost wisconsin was voters didn't vote for him, they voted for other republican candidates. >> you're telling me joe biden won fair and square. i don't see it, i don't believe it. >> look at the totals. it's certainly plausible, there's nothing obviously skewed about the results. there isn't. he didn't get the votes that other republicans got. that's why he lost. >> joining me now is congressman eric swalwell of california, a trump impeachment manager earlier this year, and clint watts, former fbi special agent and msnbc national security analyst. congressman, i'm sitting here looking at a tweet that you sent out earlier this week and you wrote that a staffer e-mailed you asking if you wanted to buy a bullet proof vest because that's now an approved expense
in the house given what's gone on. and you said, i didn't believe it was for real. turns out she was thinking about people like madison cawthorn, not even people outside of my office building, but rather inside. so you've got people like madison cawthorn, who are basically spoiling for another january 6th internally. the speaker of the house issued a statement saying like he has several times this year, kevin mccarthy is refusing to take action. and somebody who has to serve with this person, do you believe that it is time for madison cawthorn to be expelled from congress. >> he should face the consequences for what he has said, and i think speaker pelosi is considering that, and that's what her statement reflects. and this is why kevin mccarthy cannot be speaker. he is not responsible enough to break from donald trump and just condemn basic outright violence. by the way, that aide asked me earlier tonight, she said, you
know, you didn't respond to the e-mail, do you want the vest. you tweeted about it. and i thought it was bananas, frankly, when she sent it to me. i thought it was a joke. a lot of my colleagues have understandably purchased bullet proof vests, which i respect, but as you see these statements from people like madison cawthorn, i'm naive. i'm the naive one to think that he and others would not, again, invite, assemble, incite, and aim violence at the capitol, and so we have to be prepared because it's twin lies, actually, joy, there's two lies that they are telling that are deadly. the lie about the election where there has been continued violence in our country and the lies about the vaccine that are inspiring people to stay unvaccinated and are literally killing us and making our kids very vulnerable to this virus. >> and it's not just him. i mean, you currently serve congressman, with lauren boebert of colorado who has made joking
videos with gunshot sounds about the speaker of the house who's on this list, along with cawthorn of lawmakers at the select committee want their telephone records to find out what involvement they had with january 6th. you have marjorie green who travels around with january 6th insurrectionists, jim jordan who talked to donald trump multiple times. andy bigs, named by ally alexander as coconspirators, madison cawthorn is threatening a brown shirt attack on the capitol where he works. louie gohmert, matt gaetz. not necessarily you can have your teenage daughters around and feel completely safe. you're serving with all of those people, and i have to ask you, do you feel safe around them? some of them are known gun owners and keep trying to bring their guns into the capitol. >> well, thank god for the capitol police heroes that they continue to dishonor, but i do believe that they are capable of
inciting and aiming another mob at the capitol. and if they're not condemned by their own leadership, they are only further emboldened, and so i think we have to continue to speak out against it, to call it out. and frankly, reiterate that we are a nation of law and order, and if we don't have law and order, we don't have anything as a country, and when a representative is calling for violence against members of congress, we are very close to losing everything. >> clint, the last time that we had members of the united states congress essentially threaten the lives of fellow americans, it was the 1860s and we wound up in a civil war in which americans took up arms against americans in order to keep owning people. right, you had pro slavery senators and others inciting to violence. we have that situation again. it is now clear, i think to me, and i wonder if it is to you as somebody with a law enforcement background that the insurrectionists are not just the yahoos who went after the
capitols, and the proud boys and the extremists, and members of other groups, it's members of congress. this is almost al qaeda like. i have never seen anything like this, have you? >> joy, this is the remarkable thing, as we talk about the end of the war in afghanistan 20 years ago, what we were looking at was incitement to violence and the justification was always, you have to defend. it's defensive, right, that we have to defend against the americans. listen to the language of madison cawthorn, and some of these other congressmen and what they are saying. they talk about, we have to defend, we have to fight back. well, guess what, someone will. we saw this on january 6th and what tends to happen is when they storm these places, guess who's running for cover, and guess who's looking for law enforcement to help them. it's the capitol police that then have to protect them, and what ultimately ends up happening when these lies are revealed, guess who becomes the target of this incitement. often those that are speaking the lies. madison cawthorn, some of these
guys that are doing all of this incitement to violence, they will ultimately fall victim to it if they continue to push these lies over and over. and it also creates a response, a parallel response. for every incitement that they push, there's an opposite party that feels like they need to push back. that competing rhetoric, that movement to violence of many different polls results in a very dangerous system in our country, and you saw it right there in that interview, joy, when you saw it. he asked, when do you want me to go, so many in the crowd, when are we going back. they're asking for instructions, when they're asking for instructions, they have the intent. they're waiting for a time and place to be pointed. >> to amplify your point, because you get to a point where you lose control of the mob, right. you have in texas, they went ahead and passed their voter suppression law. they have gone ahead and driven that through. what happens if they pass the most onerous voter suppression they can think of, and somehow
voters of color manage to jump through all the hoops, and they still lose? how dangerous does their base become when they have essentially been promised they will now always win elections, that the majority white republican party will always get their way, and minority voters will not be allowed to stop them from getting their way. and then what if they don't get their way, how dangerous do these people become? >> we have seen this, joy. what do people tend to believe, what they believe to be a trusted source, and now which doesn't have a rebuttal, that is this echo chamber that they're in, that they're inciting violence, these congressmen are inciting violence, they keep telling the same thing over and over to people and they believe what they want to believe and they believe those individuals up until the point you have senator ron johnson on there, right, behind the scenes, he knows what it is, it's nothing more than a fundraising activity, trying to keep people excited at a time when the party doesn't have much to say and they don't have anything to advance.
the problem with is that is these people are looking for blood. what they want is incitement to violence, what they want to do is pursue violence, and we have seen it pursue vice president pence, nancy pelosi, all the key leaders of our government are being targeted over time. eventually there will be something bad happen, and this is no different, no different at all from what we saw in the international terrorism days when we had clerics like osama bin laden who would claim, i'm just saying people ought to think about doing violence, i'm not saying or telling them exactly what to go do. we know where that ended, a similar phenomenon happened on january 6 and it will happen again unless the republican party pushes it down for all of these folks that are inciting violence. >> indeed, congressman, you know, this is beyond trump now. this is beyond him. this movement inside of the republican party has whipped up multiple avenues of extremism, whether it's critical race theory, whether it's
anti-maskism, whether it's demanding that they always win whatever elections a republican is running in. they have put that all together in a dangerous stew, and there's a huge diagram because it's all the same base, and i wonder how concerned you are as a member of congress, and what can congress do about the fact that we now have a genuine national security threat being posed by the other major political party in the united states. and its leader, from your home state, kevin mccarthy, is unwilling to do anything to stop it. what do we do about that? >> we have to organize, mobilize, and overcome every barrier at the ballot box next november, joy, because democracy nearly died on january 6th. i was there and that was the overwhelming feeling that i and others had on the floor. the chaplain of the house literally read an unsolicited prayer as we were ducking for cover, which was not just a last rites of sorts for the souls of
the chamber but the soul of democracy. it's on life support today, and right now i put people in america in one of two camps, not republicans or democrats but you are either in the camp that wants to pull the plug on democracy, and go toward fascism as cawthorn and others telegraph or you are working every day to resurrect it. that's what you can do now is get your neighbors, your friends, family, registered, recognize, this is the issue at the ballot box. >> you're absolutely right. that's where we are. congressman eric swalwell, clint watts, thank you very much. scaring is caring up next on the reidout. >> a defiant president biden on the end of 20 years of war as america wakes up to the reality that we cannot remake the entire world in our image, nor at this moment we want to. plus, the violent outbursts from
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war that should have ended long ago. so when i hear that we could have, should have continued the so-called low grade effort in afghanistan, at low risk to our service members, at low cost, i don't think enough people understand how much we have asked of the 1% of this country who put that uniform on. there's nothing low grade or low risk or low cost about any war. it's time to end the war in afghanistan. >> and while the last american troops have left the country, the state department says 1 to 200 americans remain in afghanistan, including duel nationals and people with family ties, also still in country, some of the afghans who aided our efforts over the past two decades and who still might wish to leave. the president reiterated his commitment to get any and every american out who wants to leave and his expectations that the taliban will not only not stand in the way but permit freedom of
travel for afghans as well, with afghanistan again under taliban control, "the new york times" writes it's up to the taliban now to decide whether they will perpetuate the cycle of vengeance as they did upon seizing power of a group of foouding war lords in 1996 or embrace the past leaders have founded in in recent days. with me, matthew dowd, and lucas kuntz, a former marine officer who served in afghanistan and iraq and a candidate for u.s. senate from missouri. i want to start with you mr. kuntz, thank you for your service, and i'm fascinating to get your take on the end of this war as somebody who fought in it. >> yeah, absolutely, joy, so i've been talking to a lot of my friends, people who were over there with me. i was in afghanistan 2012, 2013, and again in 2014, and like right now, most of us are just feeling this sense of sort of grim relief, just relieved that,
you know, not another service member is going to come home mangled or dead. and so i would say, though, that that is paired with this very deep frustration that the same people who kept us there for 20 years, you know, the people who day after day were like, oh, just one more day, just one more month, just one more dollar, just one more marine, like those people who claimed to the american people that we were building something worthwhile there, that obviously then collapsed in two weeks, those people are controlling the narrative still, and so they're all over the news. they're trying to get everyone to look at the last two weeks. they say look at these last two weeks because they don't want us paying attention to the 20-year failure and the investment of, you know, 2,500 service member lives, $2.3 trillion in 20 years that they ultimately failed on. i want to make sure, i'm worried that we're going to lose that fight, and we're going to lose that narrative, and i want to make sure that we keep it very
clear. >> i'm with you on that. you know, matthew, it has been remarkable to me to see what a great investment some people have in war. you know, and i think part of it is a financial investment. there is a military industrial complex that president eisenhower warned us about. war is lucrative. it's very expensive for the people like plrks kuntz who have to fight it or who worry about their son or daughter not coming alive. like president biden there's not a low risk way to stay in a country that ain't yours and stay in a culture that ain't yours. what do you make of the people in the sort of military industrial complex world and in the commentaryiat who are big mad that this war is over? >> i had a son that did two tours in iraq, and who had tons of buddies who he was in boot camp with that went to afghanistan, and the dli in afghanistan, and they all came to the same exact conclusion
that lucas did, which is this has been fraught with peril for many years, we needed to end it. they saw no reason to continue it, but, i mean, lucas is exactly right, there is a group of people, mainly based in washington, d.c. that continues to think every foreign policy response should be a military response. every foreign policy, like you can't solve a problem without a gun and a plane. you can't solve a problem without a gun and a plane in this, and it's not only the sacrifice of the people like lucas and the family members and fathers and mothers who were nervous as heck while their sons and daughters were over there, it's the sacrifice of trillions of dollars that americans made in this effort that could have been spent on health care, that could have been spent on infrastructure, that could have been spent on conducting examination of terrorism in the united states of america. because the greatest threat isn't coming from something in
afghanistan. the greatest threat to our democracy and terrorism is coming from right here in the united states of america. and that to me, it's not only the sacrifice of the men and women of the sort of military industrial complex continues to push, but it's the expenditure of money that cannot now be spent on the things that americans need. and that is a growing frustration that i think we ought to have a full scale examination, re-examination of how we conduct the military and war as it exists today because to me, there is not many just cause wars anymore in the world today because of how they're fought, and that's what needs to be conducted, $1 spent in afghanistan means there's not a dollar spent in houston, texas, for somebody's health care. >> yeah, you're absolutely right. and i mean, i think president biden said something like $300 million a day. and we're still complaining we don't have enough money to do proper child care, we don't have enough money for universal health care, we don't have enough money. we keep claiming we don't have
enough money to take care of people here for americans, but we have plenty of money for wars. i have to ask you because you're running for office. i don't love playing kevin mccarthy, but i'm going to play him because the other thing that is infuriating to me is the way that some people immediately turn this into politics. as somebody that also has family and loved ones who served, it's not supposed to be political but it's become instantly just political, and useful for only that. here is house minority leader kevin mccarthy, and he's asked whether he supported having afghan allies come here because he's been very much, don't leave anybody behind. here he is on whether he thinks afghan allies should come here. >> knowing they said they took more than 120,000 lifts with only 5,600 being american, i think we should look through and screen before people come to america. we've got to make sure what's in there. >> are you okay with them staying here in the united states? >> after we get the screening, it's a whole different question,
yes. >> lucas, the people we are taking out of there literally are our translators, and helped us. what do you make of kevin mccarthy's answer? >> i would say when i look back at iraq, so i went to iraq as well and afghanistan with the interpreters who helped us there, and you know, i got special operations command, and i still leaned on these guys to get us through every day. i know -- i can remember a specific instance where my interpreter in iraq probably saved my life, and i know that happened for many many people in afghanistan, and so these people, they put their lives on the line for us, and we should try to take care of them. they're great. they went out unarmed to help protect americans, and so for me, i think this really just comes down to a much baser situation, and that's that, you know, what we learned in afghanistan f you're going to pull any lesson out of it, it's don't lie. right? we have this deep systematic institutional dishonest that tried to sell the american people on the fact that the so called investment there was worth it. this is the same sort of institutional dishonesty, just
that keeps us divided on race, religion, whatever else, rather than stronger together, and we have that and we're going to have that until we fundamentally change who has power in our country, and that's why i'm running for office. >> amen, we need more people like you in office. ifl give you the quick last worth, matthew. the idea that you can't have both thoughts at the same time, we should have kept the war going, biden shouldn't do that, but don't bring those people here, how are republicans managing to do that. >> i want to say one thing to reiterate, the greatest threat to tour democracy, and the greatest threat to the planet is lies. that's the greatest threat. it's the greatest threat to our public health system, to our democracy, to everything. everything is tied together, if we're unwilling to tell the american public the truth, and we don't have leaders with integrity, we don't have a fundamental democracy that's functional, and if we don't have a democracy, the world suffers. >> amen, matthew dowd, lucas
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search and rescue missions continue in louisiana as the state begins the process of recovering from hurricane ida with the challenge of reaching communities with flooded roads and downed power lines. two people have died as a result of the storm in louisiana, but that number will likely rise. two people also died last night in mississippi after a highway collapsed due to extreme rainfall. more than a million people in louisiana are without power, unable to turn on a fan or the air-conditioning with temperatures that feel like 105 degrees today. the governor said some could be without power for 30 days. and he pleaded with those who evacuated to not return just yet. >> if you have already evacuated, do not return here or elsewhere in southeast louisiana until the office of emergency preparedness tells you it is ready to receive you. the schools are not open, the businesses are not open, the
hospitals are slammed. there's not water in your home, and there's not going to be electricity. >> much of new orleans is without power because a major transition tower crumbled during the storm. according to "the new york times," when the utility company opened a new natural gas power plant last year, it pledged it would keep the lights on even during big storms. it's an instance of our infrastructure failing during extreme weather which we're going to see more and more of due to the climate crisis. joining me is white house senior adviser, and director of engagement sedrick richmond, he's been a liaison between the white house and local officials. thank you so much for being here. i want to start by asking how folks are doing as you're spoking with leaders and family members and friends in new orleans today? >> well, the people in louisiana, especially the people in south louisiana are very resilient, and the other thing they do is during storms and disasters, we come together, we lift people up, we help our neighbors, and we do whatever it takes to survive and get through
it, so you see that now with people, whether they evacuated to the houses of loved ones or hotels, or whether they stayed behind. they are contacting each other, reaching out to each other, and we're going to do everything we can to support them from helping with communications to making sure that we're pressuring and pushing the utility companies to get electricity back up and going. we're leading our search and rescue, so there's a number of things we're doing because we're very intentional about it. this is not our first experience with this. and we're doing it with a clear mission in mind, and that is to help the people of louisiana and those in mississippi that were in harm's way. >> you know, it is not surprising, i think but i think we see when these disaster happen that we saw with katrina, it is communities of color that suffer disproportionately, where the energy plant is located near. i know there's a big store with
this entergy plant where some city council members didn't want it there, we should build something sustainable, with solar, that could withstand extreme weather. that was apparently not done. so you have community groups and city leaders against these gas fired plants, and i know oil and gas is the business of louisiana, but are we thinking creatively enough about protecting these communities if all we're doing in states like louisiana and mississippi is going right back to oil and gas plants and then disaster happen? >> well, the other thing we're doing right now is to make sure we can get the nuclear plant back online so that we can provide electricity to new orleans and entergy corporation has taken the lead on that. the president today convened a call with the ceo, leo to get an assessment of where they are, see what else we can provide as a federal government to help them get these plants, the transmission lines back online
so people can have electricity, and this is part of the reason why we're pushing so hard to invest in a crumbling infrastructure in this country because we know that we need to do it. we need to put money into resilience in this country because things like this, they are preventable. if you look at the city of new orleans, the $14 billion flood protection, risk reduction system that was built in new orleans, it held, and it protected us from water damage. so we have to make sure that we're investing in every community. >> is the investment enough? i mean, a trillion dollars, there's some analysts saying that's a drop in the bucket, and you know, there is this big infrastructure bill, a trillion dollars, it's said that that is not going to be enough to change the reality for people in louisiana and mississippi, and is it smart to use that money to rebuild the nuclear plants rather than invest in, you know, things that will try to reverse the climate crisis.
shouldn't we be investing, even in states like louisiana, in solar, in wind, in new types of energy, you know, are we doing this the right way? >> well, one, we're not spending any money to reopen entergy's nuclear plant. entergy is doing that. on the trillion dollar infrastructure investment, it's a trillion dollars more than any other president has spent, and it's going to fuel investment in clean energy like electric vehicle charging stations, like electric buses around the country so that we can tackle climate, and then if you look at the human infrastructure bill, the budget reconciliation, that's going to invest in more green energy and climate investments so that we can continue to move towards a more, a greener economy, but also a greener planet. >> that would be very very good news. sedrick richmond, thank you very much, really appreciate you being here. god bless new orleans, and thank you, and louisiana as a whole. still ahead, the growing number of hostile audiences at school
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north carolina congressman madison cawthorn's dangerous rhetoric about possible future bloodshed reminds us all that incitement to violence has become a central dynamic in today's republican party. for many of them it's just theater, their own little "game of thrones," trying to grab power by playing on the paranoia of the marks in their party base, but for those on the receiving end of these threats, it's not a game at all. a growing number of increasingly unhinged people who i won't even dignify by calling them activists have fed all of this poison and are targeting school boards and health care professionals, and sometimes even children. yesterday in lee county, florida, a fight broke out over
a new mask mandate in an interview with the fort myers, nbc affiliate. eerie echoes of the january 6th insurrection. some are threatening to go even further. >> we have authority in christ jesus. these are demonic entities, and all the school boards of all the united states of america, and all of us christians will be sticking together to take them all out. >> forget going into these school boards who are bringing data, you go into school boards to remove them. that's what you do. they don't follow the law. they don't follow the law. you go in and you remove them. i'm going in with 20 strong men. i'm going to speak in front of the school board, and i'm going to give them an option, they can leave or they can be removed. >> civil war is coming, people, get your guns. this is where they live. find out who lives closer to you. draw, write up a letter, go to their door, knock, leave it. make them feel unsafe in their homes. tyranny has never been voted out
of office. >> many of these school board meetings have been abruptly cancelled because of these outbursts. these folks would like you to believe there is an organic movement on behalf of the majority of americans. these astroturf protests have been primed by right wing think tanks, including the proud boys, even people who don't have kids in the school. while these twisted ravings get tons of coverage, the loudest voices do not equal majorities. nearly 7 in 10 americans support their local school districts requiring teachers, students and administrators to wear masks in schools. so kids don't get sick and wind up in the hospital or dead or infect their parents. joining me now is congresswoman val demings of florida, an impeachment manager, and a candidate for united states senate, and thank god you're also former law enforcement, i have to ask you, i want to put up a list of schools that have mask mandates in defiance of the governor, including my former county where my kids went to school, broward county. i even saw footage of someone in
broward county, which is like a very blue county, shove a kid, shove a student, just because she had a mask on. how are these people not being arrested? >> well, joy, it's great to be back with you, and i tell you what, every day it seems like we take it to a new level. i have to say this, i have seen -- we've all heard the stories of elementary school-aged children who were shot and killed in their classroom, and high school students right here in florida gunned down in their classroom, and i was pretty outraged about that. but what i have watched over the last few days has just been outrageous, and you're absolutely correct, i've seen several what i certainly would consider as a 27 year law enforcement officer, violations of law. look, we have, my husband and i, we have four grandchildren who go to public school in florida.
every day we entrust their health, safety, and well being into the hands of the school administrators, the principals, the teachers and others who are on that campus to take care of them. and we would all be better served if we would continue to leave the health, safety and well being of our children into the hands of the people who protect them and look after them every day. >> you know, and my kids played soccer in school. they were required to wear shin guards, they couldn't come without the shin guards, they couldn't play. mandates have always been a part of school all over the country, including in florida, right now, florida's kids, 6% of the u.s. population, but florida has accounted for 20% of the country's pediatric, 20%, 1/5 of the pediatric coronavirus hospital admissions since july. taylor county, southeast of tallahassee, you'll know taylor county, they have closed their schools because of covid outbreaks, and the governor of
florida, ron desantis, despite the court ruling against him, is withholding the pay of school boards in broward county. your thoughts? >> again, we put the health, safety and well being, we trust the school administrators, and others who deal with our children every day, we put the safety of our children in their hands every day, and why would you treat taylor county the same way you might treat miami-dade or orange or broward county? those decisions are best left into the hands of those local first responders and other officials who respond to those calls every day. i heard someone say when a person deals 911, tallahassee is not responding. the local first responders, local police, local fire department, they are going to be the ones who respond, and that's who the people want to respond to handle their issues.
we have allowed this to become yet another pointless political battle. the numbers in florida as the whole nation knows are out of control, and what we need to do is practice whatever safety measures we have to get this virus under control including getting everybody as many people as we can. >> your opponent marco rubio happens to be in iowa. meanwhile he likes to talk tough about international terrorism, but there's a group incredibly dangerous you and i both know a lot about called the proud boys. he just got convicted of a crime in washington, d.c. for ripping down black lives matter signs
from a church and having a gun and magazines he wasn't supposed to have. what do you make of the fact this so-called grass roots movement now has the proud boys who are dangerous showing up at school boards and threatening people? >> well, i think people who perpetrate violence will seize any opportunity that they can, and i'm glad you mentioned that florida's senior senator is in iowa with i guess what he thinks or hopes will be another presidential campaign as opposed to being here in florida dealing with these issues that we are talking about right now, but i think that's something we've seen before, joy. whenever the going gets tough, whenever the battle gets a bit harder it appears marco rubio wants to be in anyplace other than here in florida dealing with people like the proud boys and dealing with the delta variant being out of control. dealing with the headline that florida is seeing more cases than any other state in the
nation. and you've said it. i mean that's why i am running for the u.s. senate. if you're looking for real leadership and florida needs it, please visit my website, val demings.com. >> i want to mention the other person supposedly a leader in the state, ron desantis. it appears he's not been quite honest about the numbers particularly in pediatric cases, he's sort of created this artificial decline in the number of cases to make himself look good because he also thinks he's going to be president of the united states. do you believe there needs to be a federal investigation of what this governor is doing when it comes to whether he's been honest about the numbers and the fact he's pushing regeneron despite the fact that his biggest donor is an investor in it? >> the health, safety and well-being of the people that the governor and the people of the u.s. senate, the house of representatives, state and local official, the health and safety of the well-being of the people that we represent is supposed to be our number one concern.
we know that the delta virus is raging out of control. and those numbers are critically important. but it's interesting that the numbers, the way the numbers are tallied changes to include the date of death. you know, it's kind of like let's just get these out of the way, let's report these numbers as opposed to waiting until the death certificates are completed that tell a more complete story. and joy, if there are any cooking of the books, if you will, to show an artificial decline then certainly everybody counts what everybody accountable. >> congresswoman, appreciate you being here. and up next on the reid out, the stunning hypocrisy of tonight's absolute worst. telling president biden to leave nobody behind in afghanistan after he himself has left so many behind over years. you do not want to miss this one. stay with us. want to miss this one. stay with us ago. simi: two branches of our family split apart.
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afghanistan despite trump's calling to pull out the troops and who tweeted last night, leave nobody behind. leave nobody behind, really? because kevin hasn't really stuck to that motto. per "the new york times," the house minority leader abandoned fellow republican bruce westerman during the january 6th insurrection, fleeing with his security detail as insurrectionists were breaking in forcing westerman to barricade himself in mccarthy's bathroom wielding a civil war sword as the maga mob searched for his head. fast forward to last night when hypocrite kevin requested a moment of silence for the fallen service members in afghanistan, politicizing it, of course. and yet he stone walls an investigation into a rampage that ended with a fallen police officer along with dead civilians in his own nation's capitol. but leave nobody behind, right, kevin? okay. what about his constituents in california struggling to stay afloat and who benefit greatly from unemployment money and the
child tax credit and stimulus pushed through by democrats and the biden administration? well, hypocrite kevin calls president biden's spending bills socialism saying they will pass over his dead body. even though his brother-in-law scored more than $7 million in no bid and federal contracts based on a dubious claim. and speaking of your constituents they're sick with covid and dying. and horse dewormer sales in your county are exploding, and yet as you say leave nobody behind. puppet kevin, hypocrite kevin or maybe it's balloon man kevin because he has no spine. you never know which kevin you're going to get. while his very own constituents poison themselves with animal meds he's emerged as the
weezliest, and that is why tonight little kevin worm, kevin the worm mccarthy, he's the absolute worst, just the worst and the wormiest. and that's tonight's reid out. all in with chris hayes, well, that starts now. tonight on "all in." >> i was not going to extend this forever war. and i was not extending a forever exit. >> the president marks the end of war abroad as an elected republican suggests taking up arms at home. the tonight the growing backlash to a congressman's wild incitement and how kevin mccarthy is now threatening the january 6th investigation. then as the president speaks to the nation on afghanistan, how americans are embracing refugees of our longest war. plus 16 years after katrina taking stock of what did and did not fail in new orleans. >> if there's