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"velshi" starts at the top of the hour. good morning, it's sunday, september 12th. 20 years ago today americans realized the nightmare of nech 9/11 didn't disappear with the sunrise. two decades later the country is trying to find its way out of the shadow of the devastating attack. for some, the only way forward is with unity. as president biden visited the memorial of the attack, he was joined by former presidents obama and clinton and george w. bush and vice president harris reflected upon how americans united together when faced with tragedy. >> on the days that followed september 11th, 2001, we were all reminded that unity is possible in america.
>> however, in contrast to the current administration's emphasis on unity, the most recent ex president sewed more division. he was absent from any 9/11 memorial services this week end, the failed former president visited a police precinct and neighboring fire house. rather than honor first responders who lost their lives helping others 20 years ago, he continued to spread lies about the 2020 election. that same rhetoric is what helped drive a violent mob of his supporters to storm the capitol in a last-ditch attempt to prevent biden from taking office months ago. while the 9/11 terrorists and january 6th insurrections may have been threatened by what our democracy represents, both attacks remind us our freedom is wort fighting for. in fact, former president push emphasized that exact point this weekend. >> there is little cultural over lap between violent extremists abroad and at home.
but there is destainful plural ris m and disregard for human life. in their determination to file national assembles, they are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them. >> a strong and somewhat surprising acknowledgement from the former republican president who was in office on 9/11. however, it might be too little too late as the u.s. capitol prepares for the return of a right wing protesters this coming saturday. joining me now is haze brown, writer and editor of "the daily newsletter" and aaron hayes is a political contributor. thank you both for joining me, ladies -- i'd like to start with you -- i was reading my notes. welcome both of you to the show. aaron, i'd like to start with you. one of the things we were talking about and most people were surprised is by president
bush's acknowledgement there are similarities between both what happened on january 6th and september 11th, 2001. what do you say of that? >> well, you know, i think the message after 9/11 when the former president bush was calling for national unity was similar to the message that we heard in -- headed into the 2020 election, right? this is not who we are rejecting some of the islam phobia that we saw after the muslim ban in 2017 you saw millions of americans coming together to reject that policy. you saw millions of women in the women's march protesting the election calling for gender equity across a range of issues and the racial reckoning around george floyd brought a lot of unity that was diverse crossing age and class and race and gender lines and yes, january 6th should have been a moment for national unity because, you
know, rejecting white nationalism and extremism should be a non-partisan thing but there are still too many americans who are committed to the myth that gave birth to the insurrection and so really until we can again coming to around a shared set of facts, there is not going to be any unity of the kind that former president bush or current president biden and vice president harris are calling for. >> i think one of the things that was remarkable is one, his connection but two, he's been fairly silent on the issues happening here in the country when it comes to the division. do you think it's a little too late? >> this is -- it reminded me most of when he was giving the speech is after charlottesville. george w. bush came out then and said white supremacy is a blight on this nation. he was more direct in the past. you're right. he has been relatively silent about all the issues the trump
administration, he's only come out to speak on rare occasions like this one. i mean, i wouldn't quite say too little too late considering the fact that a lot of the republican base no longer looks up to george w. bush the way they did especially those who became trump supporters and trump spent the majority of the 2016 campaign on his brother jeb bush. there is no love lost between these families at all at this point but speaking more broadly about how bush was appealing for unity and that contrasts with the trump era. i mean, it's a very nice idea that we can come together. i think that we run the risk of idealizing that period after september 11th a little too much. it has been 20 years and it's a nice to look back and think things were better and we were unified back then but if you think about and look back how long that true unity lasted
beyond support for the president, i think that you'll find that it was less long-lived than a lot of politicians like to believe it was. >> hayes, it was a moment of awakening for so many americans. it changed all our worlds. i want to pivot a little bit now to what we can expect, errin, in the next couple weeks. we found the department of justice is suing texas for the anti abortion law. what do you think of that case? there you think there is a shot the doj will be able to actually stop that abortion ban? >> well, i think, you know, what a difference a week makes, right? within the first 72 hours, the texas abortion law taking effect, you know, we wrote how about administration was scrambling to figure out what, if anything, the federal government's response could be to this law in terms of, you
know, what from a federal level they were going to be able to do for people in texas who were going to be seeking abortions and what rights, if any, you know, they had that the federal government was able to kind of enforce or defend and so, you know, from that -- those first few days, you know, a week later you have attorney general merrick garland zeroing in on exactly the things that officials that we spoke to eluded to was that they were concerned with making sure that texans had equal protection under the law to abortion access and also concern over kind of this vigilante component of the law that allows private citizens to even collect a reward for turning in anybody who is seeking an abortion or the people who seek to help them and
so, you know, concern about the vigilante nature of that not only impacting this abortion law but things like, you know, deputizing poll watchers, who else could be encouraged to be vigilantes over, something the department of justice is very concerned about. so the -- you know, the department of justice is very concerned with the issue of the supremacy cause of the constitution that it is supposed to supersede state law and the 14th amendment created to protect formally enslaved people but is also about just the idea of equal protection under the law for all americans and so, you know, with those things, certainly i think the federal government has a case to make. it will be interesting to see where that goes with this court in particular. >> interesting indeed.
hayes brown, errin haynes, thank you for joining me. joining me now is connecticut democratic congresswoman rosa, the chair of the house appropriations committee. thank you for joining me. you always lightening up the screen every time we have you on. i want to talk a little bit about what we can expect on the infrastructure bill, something the president has coined the infrastructure necessary for us to be able to thrive in the 21st century. i understand now there is a fight going on on capitol hill or whether or not we'll be able to pass the $3.5 trillion spending bill. can you speak to us a little bit about what is going on right now? >> certainly. we are committed to in the house of representatives committed to both the passing the infrastructure bill, which is historic in addressing the infrastructure needs, the economic needs and infrastructure program can have
a crew to workers in this country in creating jobs. at the same time, we have to take a look what we're doing in the care giving economy and deliver for working families and understanding the balance between their work life and their family life and that's why it's so critically important that this past week that the u.s. house, the weighs and means committee passed paid family and medical leave, and passed out of the committee and i'm particularly excited because i introduced legislation, the american family act 18 years ago in 2013, which would -- this is the first that would guarantee paid family leave to every worker in the country. why is it important? why is it important?
you know why. kids get sick. elderly parents need help. workers need assistance. you and i get sick. spouses are ill. they need family around them to care for them at that time, but the bills need to get paid, and what the paid family medical leave bill will do is to say that you can care for those that you love and you don't have to lose your job, you don't have to lose your wages and you don't have to worry about being evicted or being able to pay a mortgage. it's historic. we need to move forward if the same way and it's historic is a child tax credit, which we also need to make permanent. we've found so far that the child tax credit is lifting families out of poverty, kids out of poverty and already the hunger numbers kids being hungry. those numbers are going down.
so these are critically important programs in terms of care giving economy and what we can do and that is what we need to press forward on. that's what is going to be the nature of the debate around the $3.5 trillion over the next few weeks. >> what do you make of the republicans now concerned all of a sudden with raising the debt ceiling, which they didn't seem to have those concerns when trump was offering them free tax cuts. >> well, it really is, you know, the duplicity that is involved with, you know, their commentary. they said nothing about the debt ceiling in the trump administration, and by the way, i would just say the democrats have always worked corporatively with a republican president in lifting the debt ceiling because essentially, what the debt ceiling is you're going to pay your bills, the bills you incurred and families understand that you have to pay your bills
on a weekly basis, a monthly basis and so forth. you can't just turn a blind eye. that's what the republicans do. it's scenical and political and they turn a blind eye to what is good for the country. and we cannot allow the united states to default on the debts that we have incurred. >> just briefly, want to sneak in one last question, what is your take on the abortion ban in texas and we have a couple seconds so i'd love to get your thoughts. you've been a fierce advocate for women's rights to choose. >> it's unconscionable. it's dangerous. we cannot undermine the fundamental rights of women, constitutional rights that they can exercise. this is about women's health care and again, fundamentally, what it demonstrates is our colleagues on the right who don't trust women and respect women and the choices they make
and makes women second class citizens in this country. >> rosa, thank you so much for joining us today and for those wise words. thank you. we'll continue the infrastructure conversation with james clyburn. is will wiggle room with the multi trillion dollars spending bill? we'll ask him. no coincidence each bill looks and sounds similar. i'll explain after a quick break. [tv announcer] come on down to our appliance superstore where we've got the best deals on refrigerators, microwaves, gas ranges and grills. and if you're looking for... alice loves the scent of gain so much, she wished there was a way whto make it last longer.deals on refrigerators, microwaves, say hello to your fairy godmother alice and long-lasting gain scent beads. try spring daydream, now part of our irresistible scent collection.
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terrorists desecrated our capitol hurting those sent to protect us trying to fear democratically elected leaders because our democracy threatened them. our nation is still reeling from those attacks trying to make sense of it. yesterday on a speech during the 20th anniversary of 9/11, george w. bush contrasted the unity with the division that exists in the nation today. >> we have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within. there is little cultural over lap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. but then there is destained pluarlism. >> he is acknowledging the threats posed by both are
equally as dangerous. there are different types of extremists in this world, the ones who plow planes into the world trade center and storm the capitol on january 6th and have the same goal in mind to prevent america from achieving her democratic promise outlined 240 years ago. the trump-led insurrection rot morphed and happening in a state house near you despite certifying a state election, republican led states are enacting further restrictions on the voting. the most fundamental right granted to each american citizen that guarantees a thriving democracy based on 538's latest count, 52 restriction laws have been enacted in 21 different states this year alone but this is not a grass roots effort lead by citizens concerned in the voting booth from within each state, no. it's a multi million dollar effort funded by the older conservative heritage foundation action fund. a sister organization to the
heritage foundation. here is how it works. the heritage foundation writes the policy and the heritage foundation action fund is sent out like a door to door salesperson selling the legislation to state legislators, a bill in a box. don't just take my word for it. mother jones has receipts. earlier this year it report in a private meeting with big money donors and a group boasted her outfit crafted the new voter suppression laws in georgia and was doing the same thing with similar bills for republican state legislators across the country. in some cases, quote, we actually draft the bill for them she said or we have seminole on our behalf that gives legislation so it feels grass roots from the bottom up. they funded the insurrection on january 6th to show doubt in the electoral system. right after the rioters, cnbc
reported protrump dark money groups organized the rally that led to the rioters. it is not accident that democratic values are under attack in this country as a young multi cultural america is on the horizon. last november americans, we voted our hearts out and the far right didn't like it. in fact, the founder of the heritage foundation said in 1980 -- yes, 41 years ago, i don't want everybody to vote. as a matter of fact, our leverage goes up as the voting populous goes down. this dismantling of democracy doesn't always look like hijacked planes crashing into buildings, sometimes it looks like carpet baggers carrying paper walking door to door peddling the laws that restrict the vote that you just cast. americans, we know the vote last november was difficult in the middle of a pandemic but we did our duty. our duty now is to demand
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texas is now officially the owner of one of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. despite all the best efforts by state democrats to block it, it's up to lawmakers on capitol hill to pass voting legislation to stop this from happening in more red states because as i mentioned before the break this effort to suppress the vote has been in the works outside of state houses for sometime. mother jones reported earlier this year the dark money conservative group heritage foundation action fund bragged about drafting nearly identical
voting restriction bills and sent it out to republican leg -- legislators across the country. we've been transparent with our policy recommendations and won't be intimidated by the left's smear campaign and cancel culture. for the sake of transparency, i'd like to disclose voter latino, i'm the president and ceo is suing the state of texas to challenge its voting bills. joining me now is one of the reporters behind the mother jones article and joining us is julian castro. thank you gentlemen, for joining me today. ari, i'd like to start with you, what most folks are surprised by is that we just had a certified fair election that was certified by all 50 states regardless of who was at the helm, republican or democrat. yet, we're seeing an on slot of our voting rights right now
because it seems that they just did not like who voted. can you talk a little bit about where we are on this pill in a box we're seeing across the country? >> yeah, maria thank you for having me and great to be joined but julian, as well. this is a direct result of donald trump's big lie. so many influential republicans led by the former president claim the election was stolen and the direct result of that is all of the bills we seen passed in record numbers to make it harder to vote, as you said, 21 states passing 52 new restrictions on voting rights this year already. we haven't seen anything like that in decades. you have to go back before there was a voting rights act back to the jim crow era to find this level of voter suppression and as you mentioned, it has been driven by the biggest dark money right wing groups in the conservative movement. this isn't a good faith attempt to try to protect election integrity.
it is led by really, really right wing dark money groups that have a vested interest in making it harder to vote and drafted model legislation to do that. they have taken credit for writing what heritage action said was 19 provisions of the texas law. eight provisions of the georgia law, three provisions of the iowa law and bragged that they did it quietly and did it quickly but nobody noticed in the case of iowa they were talking about. it's no coincidence so many states have passed such similar pieces of legislation making it harder to vote because these really influential right wing groups are driving the effort so voter suppression will proliferate across the country. >> there are so many things i want to ask you but we're completely limited by time so julian, i want to ask you, how well does this sit with texas natives? the idea that you have individuals from washington d.c. trying to decide and orchestrate the outcomes of a texas
election, just how independent texans are, how does this sit with those in the state? >> well, i think a lot of texans get it. they understand fundamentally what this is about is one political party trying to keep themselves in power and that's especially true for places like texas because we look at what happened to arizona. look what happened in georgia recently with their senators changing over from republican to democrat. you look at the demographic changes there and say hey, this census that just came out especially drives home the point that texas is next. in fact, people of color drove 95% of the demographic growth in texas in the last decade and so they see the writing on the wall and i think most texans understand that this is about rigging the system to try and keep this party, this republican party in power longer when you add that up with all of the other shenanigans and terrible
legislation, whether it's sb 8, the abortion bill or the critical race theory bill that was bogus, more and more texans are going against what the republican party stands for here in the state and i think they will see that in the 2022 elections. >> so ari, what does it say about republican lawmakers that are taking this bill and introducing it, something that caught my attention that was reported by "the new york times" was that the state republican lawmaker admitted that he had not read the bill and this is how we got into that rabbit hole if he didn't read the bill, who created it? what does it say to lawmakers they are not paying attention to something so fundamental to our right in the voting booth? >> what it says is that the lawmakers, the republican lawmakers are lying how this is all going down. they're saying -- they're responding to the needs and the worries of their constituents, what they're really doing is
taking an agenda from the top down in washington to make it harder to vote and it's being exported to texas, to iowa, to georgia, to so many different states and it's really, really alarming so that many states have passed such similar pieces of legislation in such a short period of time to undermine the most fundamental right in a democracy. state legislators aren't that organized that they're all going to pass such similar pieces of legislation in such a short period of time and so i think this has been the number one priority of the republican party to weaponize donald trump's big lie, not just to apiece donald trump and his base. as julian said, they see the writing on the wall in texas. texas is heading in the dire -- direction of arizona and georgia. republicans are out numbered. white people in texas are a minority. it's only a matter of time the
demographics will catch up to the politics and they're trying to forstall that date as long as possible. they want to stay in power through anti democratic means and use the power so there is no accountability for the unpopular pieces of legislation they are passing whether it's allowing people to carry guns without any training or permit or banning abortions practically in the state. all those things aren't popular but voter suppression because they don't want to have an impact at the polls for their actions. >> if folks are still not clear on how explicitly racist this ban in texas is, they have the lawsuit that we filed explicitly looks at harris county julian where harris county is the only county that has restricted drop off boxes that basically allows people working night shifts to go ahead and drop off their ballots and what have you, and it is disproportionately black
and brown that community, however, the other drop off boxes and the other areas where it's less brown and less black have not been restricted to allowing those drop off boxes. so i say this to you, julian, there is really a fight that we're seeing in texas for the heart and soul of access to the voting booth but the only really way to fix it, it seems, is to address it at the level in washington by passing the for the people's act. what would you say right now to joe mansion who does not want to pass the for the people's act based on sidestepping the filibuster. what do you say to him when you see the reality of what is happening in texas on the ground? >> i'd say he should take it from the texas democrats proforum to try and stall this legislation, this voter suppression legislation. this is basically the most important thing that joe mansion can do to protect our democracy as we know it. if they do not pass the for the
people act and the john lewis voting rights advancement act, then this rigged system that is happening state by state by state including in the biggest states like texas is going to not only catch up to democrats but it's going to fundamentally change our nation and the ability of people to participate at the ballot box. the fundamental notion of who we are as a country. that is not going to happen overnight but that is the agenda of heritage and so many others that are working on this. so joe mansion, i hope, will wake up and understand the importance of getting this thing passed. >> all right. thank you both very joining me today. >> thank you. coming up, the other covid crisis. we dive into what can be done to help the 3.5 million families now at risk of homelessness. now that the federal eviction moratorium has expired. that's ahead on "velshi."
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. taliban spokesmen have repeatedly insisted that their new government will be more inclusive towards women and ethnic minorities, but between the taliban's new all male government and reporting of the group beating women that protested against them last week, there is little evidence to suggest that the taliban will be different from the oppressive regime it's always been. my next guests understand the challenges facing afghan women that want more for themselves, who want a 21st century
education and members of the all girls robotic's team from afghanistan fearing the worst, many of the young women were able to flee the country before u.s. troops evacuated and the taliban took over. joining me now is captain of the afghan girls s robotics team and founder of the afghan girls' robotics team. thank you both for joining me. samai, you have been leading the team, how does it feel in this moment where it seems your life has been basically turned upside down? >> so as everything happens so fast and we couldn't realize that what happened in my country and that time i meet with the member of the robotics team and the other member in afghanistan
and our coach and mentor in afghanistan. now i'm worried about them because the future is unclear. >> so something that has, that really makes you such a unique person to discuss this is that you were growing up when before september 11th, so you've seen and witnessed three eras so to speak of afghanistan before, after when you started seeing investments in women and girls and where you became an entrepreneur yourself and helped fund the robotics team and now post where the taliban is back in power. what do you say of the moment we're living in? >> those are interesting questions but to say that i was living during a time before the taliban capture our city in 1996 and when they were and we left to afghanistan from iran and we
come back after americans come to afghanistan. at that time, i was introduced to the magic box called computer and i was changed my life and not only for me and many other programs in afghanistan. now i look at this younger generation that they go for different -- they grow up with phones and freedom of speech. they grow up in an era that could be a lot of developments and higher decision maker. and these kids are actually going to, the same age i was in afghanistan, they go to different competitions to compete in robotics and a.i. a lot of things has been changed for government but opportunity i think for everybody many of afghans was a shock that overnight the government and
taliban again take over the country. and but i have to say that original development and calls of education for children especially for the young women will be like multi generational potential that any nation but especially for the recovering from the conflict and 25 years old is two-thirds of the country. it's a huge number which i don't think that taliban can deny access to the opportunities and education is a big number. i'm not sure how they want to deny it because the younger generation are different than 1998. >> and something you point out roya, the fact 70% of the afghan population is young.
they never had another experience except for the ability to access education and have a taste of a bit of tree freedom. that is going to be difficult to move people back after a generation of experiencing that. i want to ask you, one of the projects you were working on before this happened was to create ventilators to address the need of those patients in afghanistan where ventilation had sadly run out. where is the state of that project now? >> so during the pandemic, the low cost ventilator for helping our people and so now all of ours are in afghanistan and the robot we build it for the competition that we are going to have in 2021 and this robot we also listed in afghanistan because the situation was changed really fast. >> i have to just mention that a few days before that, kabul --
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critical race theory has been defined as the practice of interrogating the role that race and racism plays in society. the concept has been mangled and twisted by those on the right and it's become a popular republican bogeyman. but when parents in the mostly white town of southlake, texas, got wind of the phrase about a year ago it became the perfect term to describe the diversity, equity and inclusion talk they didn't want their kids learning about in school. that's a subject of the latest
episode of the new nbc podcast "southlake" which drops monday morning. joining me is antonio hilton, an nbc news correspond and co-host of southlake podcast. you spoke with the professor who coined the term critical race theory. what were her thoughts on why southlake parents were so quick to react to that term? >> that's right. i had an extended conversation a couple of months ago with kimberly crenshaw, one of the founding scholars of critical race theory and talked about what it was like to see decades of her work become so solarized and politicized and her reflection of her real message at the time was she saw this as a direct backlash to the movement for racial and social justice in the wake of george floyd's murder. what's fascinating that mike hix and my co-host and i trace in this podcast covering southlake is exactly what happens in this period in the summer of 2020
going into the fall back into the school year. as the community is grappling with conversations around george floyd and students of color coming forward and wanting to talk about their experiences. they start to see this diversity and inclusion plan that's been worked on for years and presented in town and it completely different racialized and politicized sense. it was fascinating to see crenshaw's reaction on how her work was altered and watching what transpired in this one local community in texas. listen to a clip of my conversation with crenshaw. >> people don't know what it is, but now there's a name for that thing that goes creek in the night. >> that's kimberly crenshaw, one of the scholars who developed critical race theory more than 30 years ago. today she's a law professor at columbia and ucla. she told me she saw all of this coming. >> i've been trying to tell people for at least six months
that the effort to respond to the reckoning of last summer, the reckoning about george floyd, the reckoning about breonna taylor and ahmaud arbery was going to metastasize into a backlash. and that was looking for a name. a bogeyman. it was looking for some concept or group that all the anxieties that were unleashed around the reckoning would attach itself to. and in september, when then. president trump stepped forward and said it was critical race theory, i thought, okay, so they found their bogeyman. >> has critical race theory trickled down from academia into our public school him? do you see evidence of that? >> well, i mean, i can't say that i'm answering calls every day about, you know come to our school board, talk about critical race theory. i'm not myself seeing this kind
of conversation happening in k through 12. now, is it the case that there are conservations about diversity? is there a curriculum that says some people were already here, some people came in slave ships and some people came voluntarily? i should certainly hope so. >> crenshaw's message there is that she wants people to take away from this that as people legislate against critical race theories, as schools push back against conversations about diverse diversity and equity, they're restricting free speech. >> one thing that struck me is that this area that you're talking about in texas, southlake, is quite affluent. and so when you're talking about the communities of color that live there, the african-americans that live there, they are football players, they are people who are of means and yet we're having
the same conversations you'd expect in more rural areas. what do you have to say about that difficulty and that tennision that's happening to those african-american business leaders there? >> it's been fascinating to see the response from our listeners so far because i think one of the things the podcast does or a secondary theme in the podcast is an element of the black experience that many people perhaps don't pay much attention to. this is an affluent community where people are former dallas cowboys or in the nba and so you don't think of them as needing to have conversations about equality or wondering if their children are suffering in schools. but coming forward and saying despite their wealth, their students are feeling isolated. their student comes home describing racial trauma. and they are trying to have conversations with their mostly white neighbors about, you know, how do we address these issues. and so that's really the tension of this podcast. is racism an individual
experience or is it a systemic one, even in a community like southlake. >> i think that's what makes your story so powerful. it's recognizing that racism sadly is bleeding across socio economics and we have to address it as a country because we are a multicultural country. antonia hylton, thank you for joining me today. the next episode is available on monday morning. listen and subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. don't go anywhere. we've got much more this sunday morning. house majority whip jim clyburn joins me to discuss the continued attacks on voting rights and much more. another hour of velshi starts right now. good morning. it's sunday, september 12th. i'm maria teresa kumar in for ali velshi. the simmering infrastructure discussion is about to heat up
this week. they are seeking to move on their $3.5 trillion package that would cover clean energy to the child tax credit. they are aiming to have all committees approve their portions of the infrastructure legislation by this wednesday. however, challenges still loom large in order for the bill to reach the president biden's desk and be signed into law. it will need the support of the house and all senate democrats. you heard that right. considering how vocal west virginia senator jim manchin has been about his opposition toward the overall price tag of the package, party unity is not necessarily a given. although the house ways and means committee has yet to release the finalized text outlining how the budget reconciliation bill would be paid for, we are getting a clear look at what portion of the package includes. this coming tuesday the committee is set to review a new section of the bill that would extend the expanded child tax credit which has already