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of "rust." >> any time anything happens everyone stops and says is there anything in this that could be dangerous even though we are not using live guns? there is a movement now to make there not be any live real guns on set. why not? >> reporter: the show must go on. perhaps without live guns. as the entertainment appetite from streaming services has hollywood working from sea to shining sea. jane wells, cnbc business news, wilmington, north carolina. with that a new hour of "american voices" begins right now. ahead this hour harnessing hope, democrats looking ahead to passing the rest of the biden agenda, to the economy to family leave paid and overcoming covid there is hope and democrats need to sell it. also tonight hope for parents now that kids can get the covid vaccine. but with that progress comes fear mongering.
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dr. patel is here to help separate fact from fiction. plus, congress works to pass build back better. why immigration reforms are imperative to advocates who say it is all about political will. later, the power of presentation. does clothing go hand in hand with the political profile? the message senator sinema sends with every outfit she wears. let's begin with where democrats go now. that answer might be borrowing from the playbook of former president obama. in 2008 his message of hope propelled him to office. could selling a message of hope now help democrats win in next year's midterms? there is no shortage of hope to sell. the "new york times" writes, quote, americans are by many measures made better financial position than in many years. they also believe the economy is in terrible shape. this is the great contradiction that underlies president biden's poor approval ratings. recent republican victories in state elections and the
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touch-and-go nosh jagrs over the biden legislative agenda. americans have anxiety over inflation. there are several economic wins often overlooked. workers are demanding more for the value of their work, rising overall wages. the unemployment rate is now at 4.6%. the median american checking account balance is 50% higher than two years ago. democrats need to sell the accomplishments they have brought to americans from the economy to seeing us out of this pandemic. president biden plans to do that later this week. the president will head to baltimore selling the newly passed bipartisan infrastructure package on wednesday and will focus on strengthening our nation's supply chains. democrats in congress must also continue work passing biden's build back better agenda that will fight climate change, expand the child tax credit, create universal pre-k and more policies. joining me now to discuss the plan to sell hope to the american people, my guests.
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also the author of "kill switch, the rise of modern senate and the crippling of american democracy." and the co-founder and president. i want to start you off with democratic messaging when it comes to the economy. the energy secretary gave us a preview of what we might expect from the white house in the days to come. take a listen. >> the governor of michigan today ran on the phrase fix the damn roads and that is what this bill does. it fixes the damn roads. it fixes your bridges. it gets broadband to real people. it fixes your home so that they're not leaking energy. it invests the second part invests in child care which we know we are the only industrialized nation that doesn't help families with child care. these are the basics. bringing down the costs of living for real people. >> when we set up this contrast between the wins that have happened in the economy and the inflation that people are feeling every day, you can't go
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out and say, no, it isn't happening. it is happening. you can't say, yes, i know your eggs are 30% more expensive than a few weeks ago but trust me there are other good things on the horizon. how do you contextualize this for people who in their day-to-day lives are still feeling the impaskt inflation? >> you have to message and tell people what you're for. what did you accomplish? only 10% of americans knew what was in the bbb. that is the problem with the democrats. when they broke it down and said paid parental leave, free pre-k, subsidized college? 75% of americans loved it. you need to tell people what you are for and what you have done and contrast it against what republicans have not done. i would say republicans are pro potholes. democrats are pro infrastructure. congratulations. because of us we just passed a massive infrastructure bill. guess what everyone? child tax credit to help you get the 48 gallons of milk in that
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average american family with nine kids interviewed on another network is because of us. also you have to promote these policies in the bbb and i want them to fight for it because if they pass the bbb with free pre-k you can win over people of color, enough white women, enough parents, enough suburbanites and in 2022 tell everyone democrats got this done. why didn't republicans go for free pre-k, pro infrastructure? why didn't they go for vaccines and mandates to make our kids safe? finally you'll start feeling this in the spring because we'll have vaccines, we'll have a throwback to may. people will get out more. all of a sudden you'll have a lift in spirits. you need to message that and connect it to the democrats and attack the republicans and say how come they're not for infrastructure, pre-k, masks, vaccines, and making our kids safe? do both. pro messaging and attack the republicans. >> adam, there is everything that was laid out there democrats need to also fight
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back against republican fear mongering when it comes to race specifically. you and tory wrote an op-ed for the "new york times" a guide for democrats that says by confronting race as a tool of division and then pivoting to shared interests democrats can offer an optimistic, inspiring, and even patriotic vision. this is the approach that rocketed barack obama to the white house, forced to confront race obama offered americans a vision, mobilized a broad, diverse coalition, while also persuading white voters. what are some of the specific ways you think democrats can do that? >> the reason we point to president obama is that lots of democrats think they can ignore racially coded republican attacks when they run for office. i think m virginia terry mcauliffe thought he could ignore them and was surprised when republicans made critical race theory an issue. president obama of course knew from the very beginning he was unable to ignore race and would have to address it.
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he incorporated it into his message from the very beginning in his 2004 convention speech which rocketed him to national prominence in the first place. and really in much of his message m 2008 he gave an entire speech focused on race in the middle of the campaign which is not something that any other presidential candidate in recent memory has done. specifically i think this is about what we refer to as what is called the race class theory and this is about tying race and class together and saying that what race is really a tool that is used by forces the elite forces, greedy special interests, to divide people and distract them from the fact that republicans are trying to rob them blind. this is something democrats need to address frontally and engage from the very beginning and have a strategy on just like any other issue because republicans, you can try to ignore it all you want but republicans are going to force this into the
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conversation. it is something they've been doing since 1968 with richard nixon, something they perfected so democrats have to be prepared. >> how does this play out with latino voters? >> at the end of the day latino voters are focused on the bottom line, focused on the economy. they're going to follow the candidate who is offering a way forward, a path to upward mobility that speaks to their aspirations and, unfortunately, democrats still tend to put latinos in a category of mobilization. they'll put dollars behind latinos two weeks before an election often 501 c dollars that are nonpartisan and expect latinos to really understand what the stakes are. we've really got to just pivot the way we're doing that as a democratic party. we cannot win elections now that latinos are among the largest ethnic group in the united states of america. no party is going to win without them. they are central to winning in
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places in 2022. >> here is the thing and i think you'll all three agree with this. there is no message as strong as the doing, as the proof that you can deliver. i'm glad that you're on today because it seems as though we may finally have gotten to a place where this conversation around the filibuster has taken some kind of turn that is at least how i am reading it. your sense of if we are in a different place when it comes to filibuster reform. >> he think we are. what we hope we'll see is build back better and the bipartisan infrastructure bill have been taking up all of the oxygen in the room basically since the summer and crowding out every other issue including filibuster and voting rights. hopefully we're on a track to pass build back better. the infrastructure bill is headed to biden's desk and will be signed. so i think once those things are cleared, the issue that is going to garner the most attention
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will be voting rights and we know voting rights can't pass unless the filibuster is reformed. i think that koerg is going to come to a head this winter before the end of the year. i like to think maybe we'll have a nuclear winter and see filibuster reform happen before the end of the year. one way or another i think we are in a different place because for the first time all year this is going to be the issue that becomes front and center. president biden's comments a couple weeks ago indicate he is ready to get off the sidelines and put in the elbow grease we need that we've seen on other issues and put that behind filibuster reform to get it done. i am optimistic we are turning a corner and this is going to become front and center in a way that will hopefully lead us toward reform. >> the final word is this. you can't tokenize your base. your base is a diverse coalition of americans that includes asian americans, african-american voters, enough white voters and latinos. you have to listen to them.
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give them broad, popular policies you can have in your bbb. you run on that. you kill the filibuster. pass the voting rights act. protect democracy. run the tables on the republicans by attacking and attacking them and asking them why they are so extreme that ten republicans who were participating in the january 6th violent insurrection just got elected. i would like to know. >> can we keep up the full screen? i want to make sure everyone can see his book over his shoulder because the last time you were on i gave you a stern talking to about how the minute that book is available for presale it needs to be -- i just want to say thank you, my friend. you can take a note and kudos to you for getting it in there. all right. all three of you thank you so much for being with us. it is great to see you all. thank you. next, with disinformation running wild we are busting the biggest myths about kids and the covid vaccine. dr. patel is here to walk us through it all after the break. later, can democrats meet the moment and finally deliver
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on their immigration promises? first, to richard lui standing by a look at the other big stories this hour at msnbc. >> thank you. some breaking news to start for you. the first lawsuit was filed in the deadly concert stampede in houston. the suit says rapper travis scott and live nation failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner. at least eight people died in the crush there when scott took to the stage friday. police still investigating. iraq's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt this morning. his home in baghdad was hit by a drone armed with explosives. president biden condemned the attack as an act of terrorism and said the u.s. will support the hunt for those responsible. in the streets of new york city it was marathon day and kenya all the way. the men's winner and the women's division and just three months ago also won marathon gold at the tokyo olympics. more "american voices" right after this break.
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president biden's vaccine mandates facing an onslaught of challenges. federal workers required to be fully vaccinated by november 22nd launching legal challenges and citing religious exemptions. in order to meet the deadline workers must get the second shot or single dose of johnson & johnson's vaccine by tomorrow. the challenges could hold weight given a federal circuit court this weekend blocked the president's vaccine mandate on u.s. businesses with 100 or more workers. it was set to take effect in january. here is what the white house says about the pushback >> i am quite confident when this finally gets fully adjudicated not just a temporary order the validity of the requirement will be upheld. it is common sense. if osha can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful around chemicals it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe. >> we should also note that tomorrow the u.s. begins
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allowing international travelers back into the country. but only if vaccinated with few exceptions and some great news for parents. kids 5 to 11 can now get the pfizer vaccine but some parents are still hesitant to get their kids vaccinated and are worried their kids will be required to be vaccinated to go to school. one poll shows over half of parents are worried about this. nearly as many lower income parents worry about missing work in order to vaccinate their kids. 48% of parents are worried about not getting the vaccine from a trusted place. 45% worry about having to pay out of pocket. 38% worry about travel. while those concerns are legitimate some hesitation stems from widespread disinformation. msnbc opinion columnist dr. patel wrote as dishonest forces attempt to manipulate the emotions of parents who struggled to keep their kids save a new wave of lies is making its way into american households. dr. patel joins me now. good to see you.
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in your article you address several common myths parents believe about giving kids the vaccine. i want to walk through a few. a big one this idea that the vaccine was rushed and that millions of young children are about to become lab experiments. how do you push back on that? >> thanks for addressing these. number one, this is messenger rna vaccines built on decades of technology. we've been using this in various vaccines as well as other treatments for a long time. and on top of that we have never before had a vaccine introduced to children that has been tested in so many trials and adults across the world. over 1 billion doses. that should reassure anybody. far greater in fact than any other vaccine we use in pediatric mandated schedule right now. >> another myth, that the vaccine is more dangerous than covid-19 itself. and that the side effects are being under reported. where did this come from? how do you push back on that? >> i think this is a game of
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people kind of using very selective snippets and anecdotes. it creates a bias where if you hear one person in social media who talk about one really tragic reaction, not even clear if it is related to the vaccine that is the last impression it leaves the reader or viewer with. this is something we see carry forward. i had parent yesterday in vaccine clinics say i had a friend who had this horrible reaction. the truth is over 3,000 children in the trials for this vaccine, no serious adverse events. we also know that from the children 12 and above that had it there have been very few side effects and the most common side effects in the 5 to 11 age group good news for all of us with kids in this age group is really localized reaction site pain meaning where they got the injection it hurts a little. not even the fever or chills i got when i got my mrna vaccine and that is likely because of the reduced dose. >> good news indeed. the final myth is if your child
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has had covid before they don't need the vaccine. tell me more. >> this the most commercial one. anybody would assume if you had covid you'd have immunity. the two things are true. however we know especially in children with asymptomatic infections that up to one-third of kids with covid had no symptoms whatsoever, that they don't develop as much immunity. even with those who are hospitalized, unfortunately, that imcounterdecreases over time. it is not anywhere near as strong as someone who has had covid plus receiving the vaccine. children who have had the vaccine after getting covid have had upwards of 10 to 25 times the antibody levels all shown to be protected by the way against the variants. bottom line it is a great idea to get your child vaccinated regardless of whether they had covid or not >> i wanted to ask you because you worked in government and have thought through these questions. in addition to the misinformation and disinformation piece there are also those numbers i was reading
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at the top which really come down to equity and access. parents worry about taking time off from work in order to take their kid to do this. the cost of travel necessary. how does the government mitigate those obstacles that are very real for a lot of people? >> incredibly real. i face it every day because even still people think as you mentioned they have to pay for this. that is because our health care system, everything else you do you have to pay for. i try to describe this as our job is to get out of our offices and breng this to the people. i've never seen so many schools and churches and houses of worship doing walk up vaccine drives like i have for pediatric. this weekend was astounding and exactly what we need to do. going into the areas where parents actually do their shopping, get their eggs and milk, and then offering vaccines at those points of service as well as offering advice. a lot of parents just want to talk through it and then they can make a decision because it
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is informed. we need to do that in a cultural and language literate sort of way. can't assume everyone can read english or speak policy. those are the things we have to do and i think this is a good idea for all of health care. hopefully some of it sticks going forward. >> i love that. thank you as always. next, is this finally the moment for immigration action? why activists say it is critical for democrats to make good on their promises now. a discussion on power, politics, and gender. you won't want to miss it. ebenezer. marley? first you will see the past. excuse me! coming through! ugh! and then...the present. and finally, ebenezer...the future! introducing the all-electric eqs.
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in what is likely the final stretch of negotiations for the president's build back better agenda there is pressure to pass long overdue immigration reform. all while keeping it in the confines of what the parliamentarian approves who has twice thrown out expansive
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immigration proposals. the latest version of the build back better act doesn't include providing pathways to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the u.s. but does include a provision that gives up to ten years of work authorization to undocumented immigrants who have been living in the u.s. prior to 2011 shielding them from deportation. with me now the vice president of advocacy for forward.us. and the political director of the national domestic workers alliance. i'll ask you a question i ask all the time. where are we on this sf. >> we have some good news. the good news is two weeks ago president biden released his frame work for the build back better agenda which included about a hundred billion dollars allocated to immigration provisions. in the second bit of good news is that last friday the house voted to move forward the rule of the build back better agenda and plans to pass a bill the
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week of november 15th. that bill includes work permits and protections for approximately 7 million undocumented people. it is exciting. we have momentum and there is a path forward. >> there is a path forward. this is not what advocates wanted to state the obvious. people wanted to see citizenship in this bill why is this now the path forward? >> we have the un-democratic office the parliamentarian who ruled down on citizenship which is always and will always be our north star. we're in this place where we're fighting for work protection, fighting for the ability to travel and the ability for people to have life saving health care. that is definitely not everything we want but will make a difference in millions of peoples lives. i talk to the workers i represent, people who haven't seen their families in decades who cried when i told them about the ability to be able to
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travel. this is still transformative in the lives of millions of people even if it is not exactly what we were looking for >> i often talk to you in your function with domestic workers. your advocacy lens. you've worked on political campaigns. you know the other side of this. this is all going to be about political will. what is the consequence for democrats if they are not able to deliver this? what is the political consequence? >> i'm glad you asked. i think the stakes are very high for democrats here. they have to deliver on the build back better ajaydn next week. if they don't they'll be mired in the idea that sure democrats care about you and want to do good things but can't actually make it happen. passing the build back better agenda will allow them to say not only do they care but democrats deliver on the things that matter. you don't need to worry about what kind of message you have in the midterms if you can actually make a difference in people's
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lives and they can feel it. like millions of people not having to worry about getting deported. millions of jobs that will be created by the build back better agenda. and millions of people who will get an investment in child tax care credit and everything else. te have the chance to pass some of the best legislation we've had since fdr or they can worry about whether or not every single provision will get passed by joe manchin. i think the president has the ability to pick up the phone and call joe manchin and get him in line. that is what they have to spend the next week doing. they are at big risk of not winning in the midterms. >> jess makes the point about senator manchin. it feels like every conversation loops back to senator manchin. i think something that got lost with the six progressive members of the house who decided to vote against the infrastructure bill was an understanding of the way leverage works in this entire
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process. and fear on the part of those six members that leverage on something like immigration. immigration may not specifically be their issue. it may be something else. that leverage was going to be lost. at this point do you have the leverage you need in order to get this done? >> in the house we're in the bill and moderates have said they'll vote for the bill on november 15th. that is our expectation. and that hope is bolstered for final passage because in the senate we have four latino senators, padilla, along with senator durbin who has been fighting for decades on this and this is their thing and they are passionate about not going home without this. the democrats control this process so if immigration were to slip out of this bill it would be because speaker pelosi, leader schumer, or president biden decided to. it is my hope that after four
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years of donald trump bullying immigrants that would not be the decision democrats make at this time. that they deliver on their promises and we are -- >> might have lost her. >> -- communities across america. >> speaking of that bullying, of incredible trauma, cruelty of the previous administration i want to play sound from president biden yesterday on compensating migrant families separated under the trump administration. >> if in fact because of the outrageous yo fekt of the last administration you coming across the border legal or illegal and you lost your child, gone, you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstance. what that will be i have no idea. i have no idea >> i don't have to tell you that nothing will ever make this right. what is the least that the u.s.
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government owes these families? >> the number one thing people need is to be reunited with their families. there is a lot of work happening to make sure every single family is reunited as quickly as possible. that needs to continue. the next step is really making sure that the trauma for both children and families is able to be righted in some way. we have the ability to provide services and absolutely should. then yes, i do believe we have the obligation frankly to try to make this right in some other way. whether that is monetary compensation, reunification inside the united states and the ability for these people to become citizens and frankly does have to go all the way up to the president because this is the kind of thing that is a stone on our country's history. to do everything we can to make it right is going to stay on his
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legacy, on the trump legacy forever. i believe president biden a sort of famous family man will do the right thing here and i think his comments indicate he still feels as passionate as ever about this. that gives me hope for every one of the families that need to be reunited. >> thanks so much for your time. we're back after a quick break. ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need to unveil them to the world. ♪ (vo) wildfires have reached historic levels. as fires keep raging, the need to replant trees keeps growing. so subaru is growing our commitment to
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they want to hold positions of power that could ultimately affect the outcomes of future elections. we'll go to arizona for the story. >> i think the america first movement has been the most important political movement in this country. >> reporter: this is carrie lake at the heart of this story, a candidate for office in 2022 who could throw the u.s. into election chaos in 2024. in the last 24 hours you said the 2020 election was stolen. would you have certified arizona's results? >> hell no. >> carrie lake. [cheers and applause] >> whoa. whoa! >> reporter: lake a former phoenix news anchor caught trump's attention over the summer. >> wow. this could be a big night for you. >> reporter: she is now trump's pick to be arizona's next governor. this as trump iced his own 2024 comeback. he already has a following like lake who refuse to say she would
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have certified the 2020 election. how close were we to a constitutional crisis? >> i think very close. >> reporter: trump pressured the current arizona governor last year but doocy did not back down even silencing a call from the white house. as he officially signed and certified arizona's vote for biden. >> governor doocy was horrible. he was missing action. >> reporter: now lake is looking to replace him. >> doug doocy should never have certified that. >> it is michigan, georgia, nevada, pennsylvania, wisconsin. all these swing states have races for governor in 2022. those states' governors in 2020 all signed off on their states' results. in 2024? >> many of those people, heroes of democracy in 2020, will be gone in 2024. >> reporter: in georgia last year trump called on the state's republican governor brian kemp to resign after he like doocy made georgia's biden winnow figures. then less than a week later on the morning of the january 6th insurrection -- >> donald trump has just begun.
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we're going to take back this country. >> reporter: that man vernon jones a georgia legislator taking to the stage in washington in defense of trump, now running for governor. >> he is a great guy. he's smart. he's tough. vernon jones >> i stand for free, fair, and transparent elections. >> reporter: if you were to win the governorship why should one trust you would certify the election results in the state of georgia in 2024 if joe biden were to win re-election or another democrat? >> that is your narrative. that is what you want to push. what i am saying to you -- >> reporter: you are not even willing to say you would certify the 2020 election. >> i will certify anything that is legal. >> reporter: some states also require the secretary of state to sign off trump trying to influence here too. in arizona backing mark finchum a state legislator who was also outside the capitol on january 6 and supporting jody highs trying to beat brad raffensberger in georgia. lake is already making campaign
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stops. >> my second kari lake event. >> reporter: this week lake throwing what she calls an election integrity rally. >> we witnessed that steal go down. >> reporter: multiple reviews in arizona and georgia found no major voter fraud that would have impacted the outcome but no mention of that here. in 2024 would you be willing to put the country into position potentially of a constitutional crisis by not certifying arizona's results? >> in 2024? if you were governor it would come down to you. >> let's just take it slow here and get through decertifying. i think we need to decertify our election right now. i don't want to look into hypotheticals. >> reporter: still, next year's governors' races with ripple effects for the 2024 presidential election. >> let me ask you, would you certify a crooked, corrupt election? just to make peace? yes? no? that is not how i operate. i do what's right. >> thank you.
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next, style and substance. when is presentation fair game? the politics of gender, clothing, and power with the author of a fascinating essay in the "new york times" about it. she is here after the break. first here is a look at what else is ahead tonight on msnbc. >> hey there. tonight at 9:00 eastern on ayman i'll speak to huma abedin about the lessons she learned as a woman in power standing side by side with hillary clinton. plus georgia secretary of state brad raffensberger will join us live to talk about standing up to donald trump. and where we stand today in terms of election integrity. catch ayman tonight at 9:00 eastern right here on msnbc. x, . they need customized car insurance from liberty mutual so they only pay for what they need. what do you say we see what this bird can do? woooooooooooooo...
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writing quote politicians spend money and effort to construct their public image making choices about everything from clothing to website photos. the audience both the media and voters takes all of that in when we judge politicians' authenticity, relatability, and kpatability. sinema courts the most powerful capital a politician can have other than corporate donations. joining me now a senior research fellow at the university of south carolina, the author of one of my favorite books. all right. i'm just going to be completely honest that this topic makes me nervous. and to borrow from your friend and podcast cohost i am worried it makes me a bad feminist to have this conversation because for so long we have believed that to ever talk about the way a woman looks is to detract from her results and from her accomplishments. tell me why we are allowed to have this conversation. >> we are allowed to have this conversation because whether we have been good feminists or bad
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feminists, and for the record i think all of us are bad feminists to a certain degree, no one can get it right all of the time. no matter what kind of feminist you are if you are a feminist at all, the feminist movement has been quite successful at putting forward women into political positions, into powerful positions both in the political arena and in the corporate arena. we are going to have to learn to talk about powerful people that also happen to be women. now, our fear is we won't just get it wrong but will invite the kind of bias against women that has precluded us from participating in things like electoral politics but if we are going to win and we are winning across this country, and we are winning across the political spectrum as your previous story just showed there in arizona, then we're going to have to talk about the political story telling that women do when they
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court political attention. senator sinema is a wonderful test case for that. >> so you make the case that sinema's style is strategic. what do you think she is trying to signal? >> a great question. i think it is very complex. i think she is trying to do a couple things. the first thing she is doing both with the color story, the playfulness, the fit of her style choices is that she is trying to signal that she is an independent. she is a maverick that does not play by the traditional masculinous rouls of the senate. she is also trying to play to the idea that she not only thinks for herself but that she ultimately will make decisions that align with whatever her political -- which way the wind is blowing for her politically. she is trying to perform that she is a maverick.
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the problem is that her performance has to get bigger as her actual politics become less and less maverick like. as she has become really cut and dried, traditional politician, as she has drifted away from the progressive caucus in her state of arizona, you actually see her style become more and more overt. she is trying to not only attract attention but shape how we talk about her. if we talk about what she is wearing without any context, then maybe we aren't talking about her position for example on ending the filibuster. it is a way to control the media narrative. >> you went to great lengths in your piece to talk about how there is also a racial dynamic to the politics of having this conversation, period. people were very comfortable talking about president obama's tan suit, very comfortable talking about former first lady michelle obama being sleeveless. that there is more than one dimension of a person's identity
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that fits into this conversation. >> absolutely. the comparison i make is that if you put sinema up against michelle obama for example who may not have been an elected politician but was certainly a powerful part of the political discourse, what you have are two entirely different discourses that are absolutely about our expectations around race and gender and power and who is allowed to have power in the political discourse. the style choices that senator sinema makes are not that unlike the style choices michelle obama makes but senator sinema does not get the same critique of her decision making, of her seriousness, of her fitness for being in the office the way michelle obama had to navigate. that is all about our narratives around what kinds of bodies are acceptable in public life.
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>> your ability to scramble my brain every time i read your writing and every time i talk to you. thank you so much for taking the time to be with us. i presh yat you. next young women are leading the climate protest in the streets but who is the talks? stark contrast that can't be ignored after this break. a reminder to catch the four seasons total documentary airing tonight on the one-year anniversary of the infamous press conference with rudy guiliani outside a landscaping company and how it came to be and how it ended normal life for the local business at 10:00 p.m. eastern only on msnbc. there's a different way to treat hiv. it's once-monthly injectable cabenuva. cabenuva is the only once-a-month, complete hiv treatment for adults who are undetectable. cabenuva helps keep me undetectable. it's two injections, given by a healthcare provider once a month.
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what do we want? >> climate justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> what do we want? >> climate justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> of course you know greta thunberg who has become a face of her generationas demands on climate change. she is not alone. last week in scotland near the cop 26 climate conference thousands took to the streets demanding leaders of the world move quickly to address our warming planet. the protests were led by women, young women in fact. thunberg was a key player but
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also several others from several countries. they met with the secretary general of the united nations to voice their concerns. four women from four continents all under 25, young women are the driving force for change and that is because they are among the most with the most to lose. >> leaders rarely have the courage to lead. it takes citizens. people like you and me to rise up and demand action. and when we do that, in great enough numbers our leaders will move. we must demand that our leaders treat our climate crisis like a crisis and demand our leaders stop calling meaningless summits and start taking meaningful action. >> demand it. inside the conference things looked a little different. the 130 world leaders at the conference, less than 10 are women. their median age 60. more and more they are saying the right things.
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all week leaders nodded to the activists outside knowing this is an important issue to young voters and their countries. they are feeling the pressure and some are even doing something like the biden administration announcing new, tough regulations and from young women demanding actual change it is not enough and is not happening fast enough. on friday thunberg declared the conference a failure. leaders at the conference are setting climate goals for 2030, 2040, 2060. remember the u.n. climate report in august? says we'll hit 1.5 degrees of global warming from preindustrial levels in the next 20 years when the most dire consequences will kick in and be irreversible. the clock is ticking. action is needed today. the question is, will the world listen to its young women? that is all the time i have for today. i'll see you back here next weekend at 6:00 p.m. eastern for more "american voices." but for now i hand it over to mehdi hasan.
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hi, mehdi. >> hello. i hope you're well. thank you so much for that. have a great rest of your sunday. tonight on the mehdi hasan show republicans won virginia by running against critical race theory. what is it and how did the right make it into such a bogey man? i'll ask one of the co-founders of critical race theory. plus the bipartisan infrastructure bill finally passed in the house. what does this mean for biden's build back better plan? i'll ask quote-unquote moderate congresswoman susan wilde. did progressive politics take a hit in tuesday's elections? not in philadelphia. the progressive prosecutor was easily re-elected as da and joins me tonight to talk criminal justice reform, defund the police, and more. good evening. i'm mehdi hasan. since darkness fell an hour earlier today it seems appropriate this daylight standard evening to begin by playing the blues. upon occasion the late legendary

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