tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC October 15, 2021 8:00pm-9:00pm PDT
that is tonight's last word. you can catch me every weeknight at 6:00 p.m. eastern on the choice from msnbc exclusively on peacock. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. friday night. good evening once again. day 269 of the biden administration. tonight as the january 6th committee prepares to go after trump ally steve bannon for defying its subpoena, a process that is just getting underway, today the president added his full throated support for their mission. >> i hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable. >> should they be prosecuted by the justice department? >> i do, yes. >> not long after that, jen
psaki said president biden, quote, supports the work of the committee and the independent role of the department of justice to make any decisions about prosecutions. the spotlight will be on the january 6th committee, as we enter next week. tuesday evening they vote on a report recommending to the full house that steve bannon be cited for criminal contempt of congress. that begins a long process in and of itself. earlier on this network, betsy woodruff swann of politico described what will go into that report. >> before they take that vote, they will issue a report. i believe this report will be public, and the report is going to lay out the case against bannon, what the committee wants from him, the steps they took to try to get him to cooperate voluntarily, his defiance of their requests and demands for information, and finally language for a house resolution that the committee will vote on, holding bannon in contempt. >> as this congressional
investigation gains momentum, there are new developments in the criminal prosecutions related to that riot and insurrection. u.s. capitol police officer michael riley, a 25-year veteran of the force, has been charged with trying to help protect one rioter who was charged with illegally entering the capitol during the 1/6 attack. a grand jury indictment says officer riley repeatedly told this man on facebook to get rid of all social media that would prove he had ever entered the capitol. officer riley has been placed on leave and is facing obstruction of justice charges. today the capitol police union head issued a statement that read in part, quote, we need to wait until all the facts of the case are known and this officer has been given the opportunity to defend himself. meantime president biden making his case to the public for the infrastructure and social safety net and climate bills at the heart of his domestic agenda.
he spent much of the day in connecticut talking up both proposals. behind the scenes, biden is trying to broker a deal to bring democrats together to support these bills. it's democrats holding them up after all. "new york times" report tonight says biden's plan to replace fossil fuels with clean energy will probably be dropped because of opposition from senator joe manchin of west virginia, which happens to be a coal state. meanwhile, the nation's 42nd president remains hospitalized tonight. bill clinton admitted to the university of california irvine medical center tuesday evening we learned last night for a non-covid related infection. spokesman says he is receiving antibiotics and is good spirits. joe biden spoke with clinton by phone earlier today. >> i want to see how he's doing because i've been trying to get ahold of him. he's doing fine. he really is. he was very encouraging about why he thought the policies i was pursuing made sense. >> this was also the day the
fda's vaccine advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend j&j booster shots. they said people 18 and up who receive the single dose j&j vaccine should get their second dose at least two months after the first shot. that's a lot of people. they issued no recommendation on mixing brands of vaccines. that was kind of expected. this all comes as new cdc data is showing those who are unvaccinated have an 11 times higher risk of dying from covid than fully vaccinated people. as for the restrictions keeping foreign nationals out of our country because of covid, today the white house said those who are fully vaccinated can reenter the country starting november 8. all this as the white house is moving on another front, escalating its efforts to protect abortion rights. justice department says it will ask the u.s. supreme court to effectively block enforcement of that restrictive texas abortion
law while the legal challenges pan out. with that, let's bring in our starting line on a friday night. susan page, long time washington bureau chief for usa today. cynthia oxny, former federal prosecutor in the civil rights decision of the justice department. and dr. irwin, columbia national center for disaster preparedness, professor of pediatrics. susan, because you cover all of washington, i would like to begin with you. please critique the process and performance as much as you're willing to do thus far of this 1/6 committee. and do you fear expectations are going to exceed reality on cases like bannon where the reality is we're looking at months if not years? >> you know, i think the january
6th committee is doing everything it can think of to do to get this investigation going. but it's hard when you have the former president claiming executive privilege for somebody who wasn't working at the white house at the time, steve bannon, a claim most legal scholars think don't have much standing. the idea of criminal charges or recommendation for criminal contempt charges is intended to send a pretty tough message from the committee. but as you say, this is entirely possible to get wrapped up in court challenges, in kind of delaying tactic by steve bannon and by others in the hopes they can just run out the clock until republicans win control of the white -- of the house of representatives in next year's midterm elections. if it does that, as many republicans expect it will. >> cynthia, same topic, 1/6 committee. one of their members was on our air earlier tonight. i want to run this brief snippet. we'll discuss on the other side. >> our goal isn't to be
punitive. our goal is to get testimony. but if someone isn't going to give testimony, we're going to use every tool available. >> of course, cynthia, you have that, to which a lot of rabid democrats say, no, let's get punitive here. what is likely to happen when some or all of this lands at the doorstep of merrick garland's doj? >> well, when it finally gets there -- it's sort of moving at a snail's pace -- they are going to vote. and i read in politico tonight they hope to have the vote before thanksgiving. for god sake, i could write the constitution of iraq before thanksgiving. i don't know why they're waiting for so long. and then it gets to merrick garland and he's got to make a decision about what to do. let's say he decides to go forward. that means he's got to go to the grand jury. then there has to be an arrest. there has to be an arraignment. and there will be a long
discovery process. you've got to get yourself on dockets in d.c. courts. d.c. courts are really busy right now. nothing is moving very quickly. so, the idea they could rap up this investigation in the spring like they say they're going to do and have bannon's testimony by then is fantasy. they are not going to have it. he is going to stall and he is going to succeed to stall until after the midterms. if the democrats lose the house, the subpoena could be withdrawn and the whole thing is moot. we've all wasted our time. >> okay. that's a lot. doctor, some nights it feels preferable to discuss the pandemic over politics. let's go there. today the recommendation on j&j boosters was expected. it was also expected they would say or do something on brand mixing, which we kind of know anecdotally people are already doing on the real market every day. are people left to their own on this front, doctor?
>> well, they are not really left on their own because the recommendations have not been given. so, in a certain sense, you might say they can try to just get the different vaccine as the booster. but the reality is that we really prefer people to wait until the process is completed. right now only the fda advisory committee has made some recommendations about the booster shots from moderna and j&j. they submitted to the full fda and the cdc advisory committee, then the cdc. all that is not important to the public except to say that there are still answers that are pending. and by the way, the issue of going from politics to covid is like -- if only that were entirely true. we have far too many politics now infiltrating unfortunately the public health discussions around covid. but the fact of the matter is we're still waiting for more data for more definitive conclusions, brian.
>> susan, back to you and the dreaded subject of politics. pelosi and the white house have made this new deadline of halloween to get these negotiations done. have you any reporting on negotiation, enough to know that there's a measurable chance of kicking even that deadline down the road? >> you know, i don't think there's anything that makes a deadline hard and fast. and we know that generally congress will take as much time as it possibly can to get something done. so, it's not impossible that it will meet the deadline, but i would not like -- if you've got a farm, i would not be betting it on the idea that's going to happen. you know, in a way it's a little surprising because we know pretty much the general contours of where congress is going to end up we think, funding some programs but not all of them, a
big issue developing on the climate provision of the package. but it's not really rocket science to figure out the trade-offs democrats have to make to hold themselves together. it's taking them a long time to do that. there's a lot of frustration at the white house and there's frustration with the white house. the president has to take a kind of more forceful stand in pushing democrats to get going on this. >> of course susan, you'd concede and they would too, that pushing democrats, still every conversation comes back to manchin and sinema. >> yeah. that's exactly right. and that's one reason the climate change provisions i think are going to be so problematic because on that, it really is manchin, again the rest of caucus. and there are any number of progressives in the caucus for which the climate change is the most important part of this. it's the thing they see as most crucial for us to do. i think that could well be the hardest nut to crack in this whole negotiation. >> cynthia, let's talk about the
law, specifically abortion rights. so, the doj, if i have this right, is going to ask the supreme court to rule against the texas law. what does that mean? but what could also happen at the supreme court level at the same time? >> well, nothing good. i don't know how else to say it. nothing good. what the department of justice is going to be doing is they're saying let's just hold off, basically, on this law and wait until it goes through the process. let's put this stay in effect that the federal judge in texas put in effect until the case can be litigated about whether or not it violates the constitution. the appellate court in texas said, no, we're just going to let the law go forward and then we'll litigate it. justice is coming in and trying to go back to the district court's opinion and say, no,
let's halt it. the problem is when you go to the supreme court, it's the same supreme court that let this horrible law go forward in the first place. and not only let it go forward, they were kind of sneaky about it. they didn't even have the guts to admit what they were doing. they kind of went on process grounds and didn't even bother to mention they were gutting roe v. wade for the women of texas. so, i don't see how the outcome is going to really be any good. i mean, either they're going to just say, okay, we'll just hold the stay or they're going to say, let's wrap it up. that's going to happen december 1 it's going to argue. in that case it looks like they're going to gut roe v. wade. heads you lose, tails you lose. we just are losing. that's just unfortunate. >> cynthia, does -- sorry. i lost your audio for a second. does roberts want his court to
be known for this? >> no, i think roberts wants a court that believes in the philosophy in the -- as it is written -- decided that the law will be one particular thing. when the next case comes along, we support that and follow it and we build on it. but what's happened is this is more the thomas court now. it's not the roberts court anymore. we've tilted to the right, and there's no -- it's great as long as thomas agrees with it. otherwise, roe v. wade should be overturned. no, i don't think roberts wants it. i think that's why he voted with the liberal justices on the texas case. but it's -- he's not in the majority in that. the republicans have said they were going to overturn roe v. wade. they said they were going to point justices that wanted to and now they have the majority of the justice and we just have
to face that. that's what's happened. >> dr. redliner, over to medicine we go. it is flu shot season. and increasing talk about widening the population of people who can get boosters. can they be delivered together? is there any danger of that? >> most people in the field, brian, think it's safe to give the two shots in proximity to one another. i certainly am of that belief as well. and i think that's what's going to be recommended. >> and finally, as a pediatrician watching the mask debates going on around the country, the cdc study in arizona that a covid outbreak was three and a half times greater at a school where kids aren't required to wear masks. i am certain you are undergoing a certain amount of frustration as an observer. >> you know, it's absolutely
mind boggling that there are people putting up a fight against masking children who are essentially still ineligible to get vaccinated. so, we're very limited in the tools we have to protect kids and the people they are in contact with. there was just a new study pointing out that even infants, as well as young children, can carry high viral loads in their nasopharynx. and they are susceptible. we have now 25% of reported cases are in children. and it's just unconscionable that there are people resisting mask wearing given all the data in favor of using masks, certainly using masks if you can't get vaccinated, brian. >> such is the life we're living and our politics presently in 2021. how to put this? a journalist, a lawyer and a doctor walk into "the 11th hour."
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[ gasps ] [ screaming ] convince to get it done. we're not going to get $3.5 trillion. we'll get less than that, but we're going to get it and we're going to come back and get the rest. >> president biden acknowledging the obvious today. also sounding an optimistic note on his build back better agenda on where the negotiations stand, however, the hill tells the story this way. quote, after one-on-one meetings between the president, manchin and sinema, democrats don't seem any closer to agreeing on a framework. then a month ago. and so it goes. here to talk more about it two friends of this broadcast,
victoria and bill crystal. thank you for coming on both of you. welcome, bill. i would like to start with you. critique two things for me. how is biden selling the agenda, and how has the sales effort been with the ultimate customers, the american people, the messaging? >> yeah, i think not as well as they could have done, the biden administration and the democratic party as a whole. just doesn't sense the kind of job you have where reagan sold his tax cut in the first year or even obamacare. it turned out with political effects in the short term. but certainly they made the case to many people. president biden saying we can't quite get $3.5 trillion but we'll come close and get the rest. i mean, the number is the one thing people know about the
bill. my colleagues there have done a couple focus groups, people who voted for biden, the last couple of weeks, they're pretty lukewarm about the bill. these are swingish voters. but $3.5 trillion, that seems like a lot of money, those democrats, all they want to do is spend money. and aren't there tax increases in there? they don't really know what the bill is for. the democrats and the administration should describe it as a child care bill, a health care bill, an education bill. they do that sort of but it's not the lead item. and the building back better, i don't know, what does that mean? call it the health, education and welfare bill or something and then really sell the parts of it. so, i don't think there's that much pressure as the result. there's not that much pressure on republicans and not much pressure on manchin and sinema to come around faster than they have. >> professor over to you. this joe manchin who has been
mentioned -- it's 23 after the hours. we mentioned his name five times. that's fine with him despite his ah shucks exterior. but he has virtually cleaned out a lot of the green energy provisions that were so important to biden and so important to democrats on the left. does this make him -- since we in the media need labels -- the most powerful man in washington. >> it's pretty darn close, brian. i mean, just the way our institutions are set up, folks may not like it but at the end of the day, congress is a check on the executive branch. and the fact that the president can't just get his agenda through regardless of having a majority or not in congress is a fact. so, manchin holds so much power and the other reason he holds so much power and more so than kyrsten sinema -- and we usually talk about them both in the same
sentence -- is the fact that his base of support in west virginia and quite stable. sinema, on the other hand, if you dig into the numbers, if you dig into arizona politics, it's a lot shakier. so, i think if anybody's going to blink in terms of senate democrats, it's going to be sinema. since the beginning of the year i was looking back at a morning consult poll. her poll numbers, her approval rating among democrats in arizona has gone down by over 20% from january to october. she has folks who are already gunning to run against her in 2024, but joe manchin, he's sitting pretty. he's got a lot of support at home, and he knows he has that power to work with. >> bill, you made such a good point that if people know anything about this bill they've heard the price tag. they haven't heard about the deliverables. a related question, how much time have they got to do this
really? >> yeah, that's a good question, brian. they passed of course with 67, 69 votes, i can't remember in the senate. pretty good bipartisan margin. the infrastructure bill because of internal party bargaining got held up in the house. so, president biden has neither. he has 70 votes, had bipartisan votes for the less controversial measures. he doesn't have that to tout as a success at this point. they have time in the sense a lot of these things can be passed whenever they're passed. and i don't think his support -- it's holding okay. it's drifting down, but he's not in some terrible situation. so, he has time to get out on it. i do -- my colleagues say people don't have a sense of a clear message. they've focused on covid and did a decent job i would say. mandates, vaccines, not so great
on testing i think. they need to make a bigger deal on progress. the economy is pretty good for all the worries about inflation. he's not getting much credit it doesn't seem at this point from voters for a pretty decent performance on the pandemic. i think a pretty decent performance on the economy. all the public knows is all this squabbling on the hill which they can't follow very well. but anyway, stuff isn't getting signed and it's an awful lot of money as the tax increases. and i'm not sure what it goes for. >> bill, i keep meaning to tell you, i have listened to those podcasts with sara longwell where i've also heard your voice. and those focus groups are sometimes incredibly scary, always interesting to listen to especially at this point in time as you reference. both of our guests have agreed to stick around. we have to fit a break in. coming up when we continue our conversation, whether it's voter turnout worries in virginia or
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voice at the ballot box, they will attempt to silence you by writing you out. that is not a democratic republic. it is not democracy. and i don't think we can allow that to stand not as a state but as a nation. >> to that end charles blow had this to say about texas in his latest piece in "the new york times." and we quote, when jim crow was originally established, it spread from state to state like a contagion. each subsequent state taking lessons from the ones before it. mississippi was one of the states at the vanguard of the first jim crow. texas may well be at the vanguard of the next. indeed still with us, our guests. professor, sadly in all the right ways because you're joining us from texas and educating young minds there. we get to start this segment with you. so, we've all become familiar with the texas brand these days,
making it tougher to vote, making it tougher to get an abortion, no mask, no problem, no vaccine, no problem. if you want to carry a gun, that's perfectly okay with us. is there any indication this is going to be texas' leading export to other red states? >> absolutely. and we have seen it for hundreds of years, that state contagious that charles blow talked about, for better or for worse. states are laboratories of democracy, right? so, this is where you can fiddle with new policy, try it out and other states are going to pick it up. but in this case, to your point, brian, we're seeing states being laboratories of curtailing democratic rights, small d democratic rights, which is so troubling. and one of the things that representative sheila jackson lee mentioned in her clip was the issue of redistricting.
and throughout the whole plight of voter integrity bills or voter restriction, i was never losing sight of redistricting because this really truly scared me. even in an ideal world where we didn't have voter restrictions, where we were able to knock them down, i always knew that once we came into session and to draw the maps that latinos, african-americans, communities of color are going to be drawn out. one quick example of this. in texas the growth that we saw in texas, 95% of that fuel was fuelled by communities of color. the latest approved by the texas state senate did not have one district of a majority minority. instead of that what we've seen is the practice of fracking. what we've seen is a latino entity and an asian entity being
tracked. so, this is what truly worries m that even if you have the right to vote that you aren't going to have a community of interest to have that translated. to me, this is what's so worrisome because it sticks at least for the next ten years. >> the graphic we showed as we went to the last break, texas has become a brand in the worst way. it's from a campaign rally in virginia. and it says don't texas virginia, reminding people to vote november 7th. hey, bill, i have a quote for you on the virginia race and politics at large. this is from "the new york times." with former president donald trump out of office, congressional democrats in a bitter standoff and virginia democrats have claimed every political prize, mr. mcauliffe is straining to liberate the voters in his increasingly blue
state, at the moment one that is being watched closely by both parties for clues about the elections next year. he is bumping up against a fatigued electorate. bill, this isn't the first time i've heard this kind of new excuse on lower turnout. do you buy it? >> i don't think so. obviously we're not going to have 2020 level presidential turnout in an off-year governor's election. i think turnout is picking up. there's a huge early voting opportunity, drop boxes in the pandemic for a presidential election. adequate voting and mail voting here in virginia. there's no problem with it, but people are less likely to take advantage of it earlier. so, a lot of people will be voting in the next two weeks. so, i try to think democrats will be motivated when election day appears. there's just one word on texas. what's so striking about this?
for me texas was not always this way. texas was if anything a rather moderate republican party. george w. bush was the governor of texas. he did education reform. he appealed to latinos and got a good share of their vote. cornyn was an elected senator in 2002, kind of a former judge, thoughtful guy. rick perry was the governor of texas. people could have their own opinions about him. he had a liberal education policy, liberal immigration policy. he opened up access to the university of texas system. you know, it was not a liberal state. it was not a liberal republican party, but nothing like this. it really is a good -- unfortunately accurate i guess you would say -- epitome of what has happened pretty quickly and pretty recently. there were problems in texas 15, 20 years ago but that is not the way things are going. texas is kind of shorthand, that's kind of very, very revealing. and anyone who cares about an
older conservative -- older kind of republicanism and conservatism, very depressing. >> i agree. while it wasn't quite portlandia, it wasn't mississippi either. always thank you for coming on and taking our questions. coming up for us, his organization argues it's time to choose democracy or trump because they argue you can't have both. rick wilson of the lincoln project joins us live next. ♪ ♪ ♪ hey google. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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party. the etiology of which consists solely of disputing the election that turned him out of office. the trump presidency is not yet, alass, simply a matter for book sellers and book matters. it's an active crime scene. so, back with us tonight is rick wilson, long time republican strategist who has since left the party. he's the author of two of those books on the trump presidency. susan glasser was talking about. importantly the cofounder of the lincoln project. rick, i wanted to have you on because i of course follow you on social media, and i remember where i was when i read your thread about the 1/6 committee to wit -- and i quote -- i have some bad news, wrote rick. after multiple calls i have extremely grim news. as of now the 1/6 commission is dead already and will not enforce the subpoenas. trump wins. the 1/6 terror plot will go
unexamined and unpunished. so say i'm livid is putting it mildly. this is staffed wrong, led wrong and a gutless exercise to get back to talking about infrastructure. they're not taking the risk seriously. they're not taking the data before them seriously. and they're eager to run out the clock. livid. so, rick, i don't need to tell you that as soon as that went up, heads exploded, hair caught fire simultaneously, toilets started flushing counterclockwise, the giants had a winning season -- i'm just kidding about that last one. in real life -- >> of course. >> -- liz cheney put out a statement, the committee put out a statement. so, as they say in dental school, you hit a nerve. have you been dissuaded at all from what you wrote or do you stand by it still? >> i'm not going to be -- let's say this. i believe their intentions are not bad. i believe that my statement was correct. i don't believe they're pursuing this with the degree of vigor
that merits the type of targets they're talking about. we're dealing with people like steve bannon and roger stone and ali alexander and this spectrum of people on stop the steal. we are not at this point hearing from the committee that they're meeting regularly. they have three months. they've done almost nothing. and the fact they've got a few witnesses who are going to kind of sort of think about sitting down with them is nothing until we hold to account people who are defying them. unless you put steve bannon in the hot seat, unless you put steve bannon in an orange jump suit, strip him of his polos, this guy is going to run rampant. he is out the other side essentially telling his followers that trump will be reinstated. he is one of the architects and masterminds of an insurgency in this country that needs a response more than the traditional washington let's go
slow, let's take it incrementally. this requires a set of policies from congress. they're saying we're going to wait until thanks giving to a vote on the house floor about referring steve bannon to the justice department. this man does damage every second he walks around in this country, and they need to pick up the pace. i want them to prove me wrong, brian. i want them to say that wilson was just paranoid, the people talking to him are exaggerating. but i'm not walk. they will slow roll this thing. and bannon and company believe and trump's people all believe they can run out the clock. they can play this out until the last dog dies and they won't have any accountability. democrats must treat this as it should be treated, this is a counterterrorism investigation. they've got to take this seriously. if these guys were al quaeda, they would have dropped on their heads. these people are intent on
destroying our government. >> i know you've spent a lot of time. you've written about this. you've thought about this. what is the problem? is it that as i like to contend the democrats tend to be culturally former student council presidents and the republicans of this era are stone cold killers? >> there's a word that we can't use on polite television but it rhymes with raphe trucking. they won't do it. they bring a copy of proof to a gun fight. these people they are running up against like bannon, they will put them against a wall. what they don't seem to have internalized is that people like steve bannon help to become -- help to architect the attack on the capitol that by the grace of
god did not end with congressmen being dragged in their offices and killed. if they found nancy pelosi or liz cheney, they would have killed them. you have to take this seriously. these are not people that are the old washington. this isn't the old days of ronald reagan and tip o'neill sharing a beer. that is dead. it is gone. the republican party right now is a sole source operation dedicated to donald trump and donald trump only. whatever electoral fantasies he has that can translated into whatever action steve bannon and those people come up with will be executed on. they should not think for a minute this is over. as i like to say, an unpunished coup is a training exercise. >> last question. i have about 60 seconds to give you. you don't see anyone with the courage to break out from the boot lickers. you don't see an individual republican willing to stand up and carry the banner as perhaps
a new version of the party? >> i have enormous respect for what liz cheney and adam kinzinger are doing right now. and i have a modicum of respect for republicans who whisper in my ears that oh, aren't they doing a great job but i can't because of my primary or i can't because of my district. unless someone has the courage to defy it, even at the cost of their job, then we're going to continue with this because trump is a terrorist. he terrorizes republicans into submission. and the ones that have adopted the whole trump ethos are going to keep doing what they're doing. they're going to keep trying to scare the hell out of everyone else in the party as donald trump does from the top of his enterprise on down. >> our guest tonight has been rick wilson. rick, we'll do this again. thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. >> since that day on twitter.
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tens of thousands of american workers have walked off their jobs in search of safer working conditions, shorter hours, higher wages in a month some are calling strike-tober. one tells nbc news, quote, workers are feeling like they're working harder than ever and they put themselves out there during the covid and risked their lives for what? nbc news correspondent aaron mclaughlin has our story from los angeles tonight. >> reporter: tonight hollywood is on the brink of calling cut with 60,000 behind the scenes
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last thing before we go tonight, it's friday so we figured we should end on something humorous. we've selected something produced by our friends over at "the daily show." it's about people who weren't trying to be funny but they simply have run out of other ways to cast doubt on the vaccine. >> my grandfather's both fought in world war ii. they fought and they took up arms against tyrannical governments. we now have to fight against a tyrannical government which is saying you have to take these injections or you can't be
involved in society. >> we took the beaches of normandy, our people. >> most people going along with this because they're afraid. a few brave soles are not. >> i'm going to stand up and fight for liberty and push back. >> people are doing a phenomenal job standing up for what they believe in the face of tyranny. >> thank you so much for coming on with us. you are a hero. >> that's the principle that every american should hold dear. >> this is an amazing moment. >> we wish you all the best. god bless you. >> this is kind of the beaches of normandy. this is our generation's world war ii and maybe it's the world war iii. >> thank you. >> this is wild. >> this is about the constitution. we have rights as individuals to do whatever we want if it doesn't hurt anybody else.
>> "the daily show" with that dandy match up. no fair. they had great raw material to choose from. with that, that's our broadcast for this friday night. have a great weekend. on behalf of our colleagues at the rachel has a night off, she will be back on monday, let's start tonight with an update on the health of president clinton who is hospitalized on tuesday. late tonight, a spokesman for the former president announced that clinton will remain hospitalized in california over an eight, for you in tract infection that is spread to his bloodstream. his doctor said today that he's on the mend, in good spirits, and that all of his health indicators are, quote, trending in the right direction. today the, former secretary of state hillary clinton, once again visited her husband in the hospital, president clinton also received