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tv   The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell  MSNBC  January 17, 2022 10:00pm-11:00pm PST

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we will be talking about voting rights tonight, obviously on martin luther king day. and our first guest tonight met dr. king for the first time in 1960. in a meeting of the student nonviolent coordinating committee. they requested a meeting and he said, sure. and the meeting ran from 10 pm to 4 am. which i think was the first work training for james e. clyburn to deal with the hours in the house of representatives. where they do sometimes work from 10 pm to 4 am. >> that's right. i am still looking forward to hear what congressman james e. clyburn has to say on your show tonight. when you have had him on recently it has been absolutely riveting. and he is the man, the center of this in so many ways. even from his perch in the
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house, the conscience on this issue. but he is also, as you know, one of the shrewd is tactical thinkers in democratic politics. which is why he's been a headline maker so many times, particularly in the last few years. i would love to hear about the world ahead from him today. >> and he knew martin luther king. you can't ask him to deliver more. >> yeah. >> thank you rachel. well on the weekend, before martin luther king they, donald trump decided to spew more of his poisonous racism at a trump rally in arizona saying the kind of things that only a hard-core committed racist like donald trump could say. he said, among other things, white people are not allowed to get the coronavirus vaccine in america. we will discuss that later in this hour. today, president joe biden focused some of his martin
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luther king they remarks. the 100 members of the united states senate are scheduled to begin debate tomorrow on the voting rights legislation. >> where do we stand? who's side are we on? well we stand against voter suppression, yes or no? will we stand against election subversion? yes or no? will we stand up for america, where everyone is guaranteed the full protection and the full promise of this nation? yes or no? i know where i stand. and it's time for every elected official in america to make it clear where they stand. >> today, vice president kamala harris media virtual appearance at the baptist church in atlanta where the reverend martin luther king served as pastor, and we're satinder warnock served. they spoke to the congregation gathered at the church, and she
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described the new voting laws passed by republican state legislatures. >> the proponents of these laws are not only putting in place obstacles to the ballot box, they are also working to interfere with our elections. to get the outcomes they want. and to discredit those they do not. that is not how democracy's work. we know that if we stand idly by, our entire nation will pay the price for generations to come. today, house speaker nancy pelosi contradicted what democratic senator kirsten sinema said last week. for the need for bipartisanship in voting rights legislation. >> we all want bipartisanship. we strive for it. we have a responsibility to do so.
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but when we cannot have it, we cannot confined our democracy to what might be bipartisan. so i ask our colleagues in the senate, respectfully, for what they think the filibuster means, to compare that to weigh the equities against our democracy. because nothing less visits stake than our democracy. >> our first guest tonight, congressman james e. clyburn first met martin luther king in 1960 morehouse college. the student nonviolent coordinating committee requested a meeting with dr. king and he agreed to meet with the students. the meeting lasted from 10 pm until 4 am the next morning. leading off our discussion tonight is democratic congressman james e. clyburn, he holds the lead is office of the house representatives. thank you very much for joining us once again, congressman.
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we really appreciate it. especially on this important night honoring martin luther king. >> thank you very much for having me. this is really, really, a great place for me to be this evening. >> can we go back to the beginning with you with martin luther king in the beginning in october in 1960 that went well into the next morning? what was that like. and what did you learn about him in that meaning? >> well, we had gone to the college, from south carolina state. and this is our second meeting. the first meeting took place in april, early of that year. this meeting, sorry, this
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university, -- as you can imagine back then we were young individuals. it was a top four how things were going. and we requested a meeting with dr. king. he came to meet with us. he agreed for an hour meeting. the meeting started around 10 pm. and it ended around 4:00 the next morning. that's when that meeting finally came to an end. i came out of that meeting a changed person. i knew from that meeting that this was somebody that was really just beyond and the thing that i had been a part of. that affected me on campus. i started reading everything i needed to know about king.
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i spoke about his book on the montgomery story. -- but i tell people all the time. i believe that the most prolific thing ever written by king was his letter from the berman hand city chair. that never dealt with all of the elements that were revealed back then. people said we were moving too fast. people who said, just wait. you remember that that was in response to a letter he received from -- who said to him, that they thought his thoughts were right but his comments were wrong. and they asked him to leave brimming hand because they said he was a disruptive force. well they sat down to respond
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to him, he used the margins of the newspapers to begin his answers. now he did finish this after. but he did start this in a jail cell, using the newspapers. but what was critical to me was the fact that he dealt with the whole question of time -. they said in his letter, time is neutral. time can other be used destructively or constructively. and if he said on that subject that he came to the conclusion that the people of ill will in our society seems to be using a use of time than those were goodwill. and he completed the thought by saying that we are going to be made to repent.
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not just for the bad people, but for the good people. and you may recall throughout his life, king helped with the whole notion of good people staying silent. my dad used to tell me, son, silence gives consent. if you see something they need to be done and you failed to speak out then it means that you're consenting for it to take place. and that's what bothers me so much about this so-called filibuster. keeping people from even discussing the bill. we found that we were going to work in the filibuster in the senate. our vote is our voice. and if you cut off the vote, you are cutting off people's voices. you are silencing people. which means you are consenting for this to take place.
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so that is what i'm trying to tell my colleagues, senator manchin and senator sinema. the fact of the matter is, when you take away the vote, you take away the voice. when you silence people you are consenting for something to take place, in this case, the right for the vote to be denied. >> let's listen to what the man who changed her life, as you put, it said about the filibuster in 1963. >> the tragedy is that we have a congress with the senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. they won't let the majority senators vote. and certainly, they wouldn't let the majority of people to vote because they know they do not represent the majority of the american people. in fact, they represent their
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own states, a very small minority. >> here we are, 60 years later and he could've said pretty much the same thing. >> absolutely, no question about that. i remember that very well. you know, i got ready for this movement as a pre teenager really. i was elected for my end acp chapter when i was on the role. my mother was all excited and active for this group as well. the people told me he ran for office as a young college student.
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so i understand the background of so much of this. and that is why i say, as i say in my book, i call it blessings. and i say that in the introductions. that all of my experiences have not been special. but i consider them to be blessings. and i have been blessed with some very unpleasant experiences. but they have been informative. and i tried to use those pleasant experiences then to guide me as i carry out my judicial responsibilities in the congress. and that is why i'm here to reach out to people. i reached out to senator manchin when this first started being discussed. i tried to find common ground. i tried to get them to
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understand that his experiences and my experiences have been different. therefore, we need to find common ground by stepping outside of our comfort zone. he has his own with comfort. i have a zone of comfort. if both of us step outside of the comfort zones, find common ground, we might be able to move somewhere together. i don't know anybody who wants to look back at history and say that they are the ones that contributed to the undermining of this democracy? because nancy pelosi just stated in the piece that you pulled out, this is not about black people or brown people. this is about the foundation upon which the democracy is built. and that is the vote. when you take away the vote or when you do something to nullify the vote, just think about that. what they've done in georgia.
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if they don't like the outcome of the election, they can nullify. if you go back and look at king speech, they are at the march on washington, they talk about the petition and nullification. that was the issue back then. and they are bringing it back. nullifying votes. we just saw headlines coming out of texas where they use this new law to deny over half of the applications that they've got four people they've got to have millions of dollars. that tells me, that is not just about me. it's about this entire democracy. whether or not we are going to allow this democracy to be
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undercut by the short sighted at to a filibuster that we all know why the filibuster has been used historically. >> u.s. seen senators change their mind about the senate rule on the 60 vote threshold. certainly over the last several years and at a very high rated speed over the last year. you've seen joe biden change his mind after his 36 years in the senate to say no this rule has to be changed, and it has to be changed at minimum for voting rights and other senators saying it just should be eliminated for all legislation. and so, we are now down to two democratic senators who haven't yet changed their minds. and, everything we heard them say is something that in the past, we used to say and here every other democrat say. so we are living through this
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progress on changing the minds of democratic senators but we are two minds short at this point. and the question is, can those mines somehow be changed this week? >> i doubt it. and i'm not asking them to change their mind. i'm asking them to enjoy four constitutional issues, but we've done for the country. keep the filibusters if you must have. to be sure, i would love to see the filibuster gone. all across the board. but if you think you need the filibuster for policy issues, to give you time, to bring people around you to your way of thinking, that is one thing. but remember, we have changed the filibuster already. you stand on the floor with strong front in 1957, over 24 hours, standing on the floor,
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he had to be on the floor to do. but we change that now, you can stand downtown at the local bar, local spa, and form on your filibuster, you don't even have to go to the floor. let's accommodate people today. change. not get rid of. just say that the filibuster would not be used for constitutional issues, they're allowed to be used for voters use. we just work around the filibuster. raise the debt limit. it didn't ruin the senate. the senate is still operating. let's just find a way to deal with constitutional issues like voting. just as we've done for budget issues. for reconciliation. more aptly applied to the constitutional issues. then budget issues.
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reconciliation, to reconcile. that is what i'm trying to do. for these two senators, reconcile our differences. so that we have a vote to restore this democracy. this journey to vote in perfection. >> the honorable james clyburn, who has been on the voting rights crusade since age 12, thank you very much for joining us tonight. always an honor. we always appreciate it. >> thank you very much for having me. >> thank you. coming up, professor eddie glaad and steve schmidt will join us next with their comments on what donald trump had to say in arizona. as well some of the things the other advocates of election crime said at that trump rally. and later, it was a year ago when coronavirus vaccines began saving lives in this country. joining us tonight on that anniversary, is one of the creators of the moderna vaccine,
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rally, donald trump once again publicly administered an intelligence test, which attendees failed. by believing the following lies told by donald trump. quote, the january 6th rally was a protest against a crooked election. the real insurrection took place on election day, november 3rd. atlantic reporter, elaine gottfried covered the rally in arizona and nearly everyone i interviewed at the rally vowed to follow trump's lead and support only gop candidates who endorse the false idea that he won the election. joining our discussion now me
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-- and steve schmidt a former my -- cofounder of the lincoln project. professor, donald trump goes to arizona and mixes in racism with election lies and this dream exists among the diluted listening to him. that he is actually going to have his presidency restored before the end of joe biden's first term. >> right, it begs the question lawrence, how does one engage in the kind of argument, debate with people who believe these sorts of things. i'm thinking about the late senator patrick mourning him, but you can't have your own facts. it seems to me that when you have a large number of folks who believe these myths these illusions, these lies. it becomes very difficult to have the kinds of exchanges and
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arguments about how we might proceed - as a democracy. in terms of the race issue, i was thinking about doctor king. in 1968 about ten days before he was assassinated he spoke at the 69 assembly. and he said something in the q&a that was really powerful. he said, we have to admit that racism still occupies the throne of america. and so, in arizona, but we saw explicitly, was not a racial dog whistle. it was a fall corn. we saw donald trump appealing to white grievance. as a grounds for his political lies. and his political ambition. and we have to say explicitly, that there are concerns, deep worries about demographic displacement. historian graphical replacement, that is driving a lot of what we are seeing today in our democracy. >> let's listen to some of the lawyers for trump.
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who appeared at that rally. demonstrating what donald trump demands from any republican candidate who he will endorse. let us listen. >> who won the election? you are right, trump won. trump won. we are going to fix 2020, i'm hoping that we are going to decertify 2020, how about you? >> trump won, see you later. >> and no more are they going to be able to get away with this kind of deception, this kind of fraud. and illegal activity. not only people in general, but the election workers. we want indictments of the election workers, so that they don't continue to do this. >> i'm sure that you have read my name in the paper, oh well.
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screw the media. the fake media right back there that donald trump always points them out. fake news media, we won the fake news media. who on the fake news media. i don't believe a war they say. i don't believe where they say, where they print. have had several media outlets called me, washington post cnn they want to. no why i was a trump elector. donald trump won this election. i call upon the arizona legislator, to vote to decertify the 2020 election. >> steve schmidt that final speaker of course was not a top electorate. he engaged in criminal conspiracy. to actually create fake electors. to somehow create donald trump presidency where there was none.
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so that is what we are going to be seen at all these trump rallies. >> we sure are. and it will only get crazier. look, i think that the great efficiency lawrence in american's life and the public square in american life, is this singular fact. nobody knows what to call that. that thing that we've just watched. what is that? how do we think about that in 2022? is it fair to look at it and say that this is the legacy of? this is the descendant of? a george wallace rally. is this the descendant of a bill connor rally? i think it is fair to say that. in substantial measure. is it an extremist move? does it have for justice
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markers. is it appropriate to say that it is fascist? that it is an autocratic movement? i think it is. you saw one woman up there, amongst a group of crazies, talking about locking up election workers. who else would they lock up? and for how long? and where would they send them? are they prepared to execute political opponents. when you look at the totality of the rhetoric. the intimations of violence. so, what is this. that we are looking at. and what i think it is. is a very dangerous, extremist movement, that has come to life. that can have its roots connected to the madison square garden in 1938. but it is hostile to democracy. it is hostile to the idea and the visions of brotherhood. that martin luther king talked
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about. the idea that king himself talked about, when he talked about and came to the lincoln memorial, which wasn't to tear down and unjust society. it was to collect in his words, a promise erie no. to simply be included under the grand idea that it is america. that everybody is created equally. of a creator with unalienable rights. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. the debate we are having about voting rights is not about whether black people are going to be able to vote. they are. we have seen record turnout in recent elections. the danger in this moment is the decertification of elections. the nullification of the vote after the fact. and that we have to understand, on this, the anniversary of kings birth, that this is a moral issue in this country. and it needs to be infused in this moment by our politics
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with a fierce, moral urgency. and i think that is the deficiency that we see in this moment, in our politics. steve schmidt, and professor eddie glaude please stay with us across the break. because i do want to ask you about the specifically racist things that donald trump said at that rally. don't worry, i will not be playing the videotape of donald trump. i will deliver you some of those horrible words that he said that we do have to duel here. we'll be right back. el here here we'll and let you see any doctor. any specialist. anywhere in the u.s. who accepts medicare patients. so if you have this... dding this. call unitedhealthcare today for your free decision guide. ♪ [ chantell ] when my teeth started to deteriorate, i stopped hanging out socially.
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donald trump has been a racist his entire life just like his father fred trump was arrested at a ku klux klan rally in 1927. and only the most hard-core white racist could see the following words. these are the words of donald trump. i am the least racist person that you've ever encountered. donald trump has said that
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repeatedly. and just consider for a moment how wildly stupid and racist you have to be to believe that you can measure your feelings against everyone else in the world and then declare yourself to be the least racist person that you have ever encountered. donald trump brought his racism to a rally in arizona where he told this racist lie, quote, if you're white you don't get the vaccine. or if you're white, you don't get their putin's. most of the 200 million people who have received the vaccine in america are white. donald trump told this racist lie also. quote, if you're white, you have to go to the back of the line to get medical help. think of it. if you're white, you go right
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to the back of the line. back with us, professor eddie glaude and steve schmidt. professor eddie glaude, i literally don't know what to say after that. so i leave it to you. >> i was thinking two things, really quickly. it's an explicit rejection of an implicit agreement since the civil rights movement. and that implicit agreement held that bigotry to be banished to the margin of american politics. but you couldn't be explicitly recess. you would have to only be -- you'd get ronald reagan in snow mountain, both engaging in kind of racial doctrines, but not x changing explicit remarked. so what donald trump is revealed is that you don't have to go full out, you can be explicitly races and bigoted and our political discourse. that's the first.
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thing and the second thing i was reminded of lawrence is that using provocative formulations of racism. what donald trump, in this moment, is doing of course is feeling the white resentment. this idea that any attempt to address health care inequality, the fact that black communities and brown communities and poor communities don't have access to the therapeutics, don't have access to vaccines. and then there were these explicit efforts out using the response to those inequalities and differentials. that becomes an assault on white folks. and racism is this idea that for us to be injustice, white people have to give up something. so donald trump, again, appealing to racism, appealing to resentment, appealing to grievance, the racist gene is out of the bottle. our task is not to put it back in. our task is to finally, forever,
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vanishing from her policies. , steve schmidt, your reaction o donald trump saying that if you're white, you don't get the vaccine. >> it's a lie. and it's a life for the purposes of gaining political power. by tearing the country apart. by trying to create and exploit division across racial matters. so, donald trump there is demonstrating his real hostility to the idea of a modern democratic moral list stick multi racial, multi ethnic democracy. simple as that. >> and professor glowed, as we go forward, again when you hear an audience listening to that. listening to him saying those things, on the order of the earth is flat, only stupid or and races. he is saying that if you're
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white you don't get the vaccine. how are we supposed to address those people who believe that? >> it's very difficult to do so. one of the things that we have to deal with this but of her haters. trump, in that moment, is engaging in lying. he's telling these things that are not true that some americans have been left behind. white americans were left behind, white americans who are working hard. they're looking for enemies, they are looking for school -- folks to scapegoat. in pursuit of power, as michael friendly doubt, who exploit that sense of grievance, that sense of resistance. how do we respond to it? well first, we have to tell the truth. second, we have to address policies that will actually respond to the conditions of
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everyday ordinary folks. and thirdly, we have to go ahead. irrespective of trump and his ill, we have to go ahead and try our best to build the multi racial democracy that steve schmidt talked about. we have to work or behinds off. to actually make that version of democracy reality. and we are feeling on that score, and it's noticeable every day. >> professor eddie glaude and steve schmidt thank you very much for joining our discussion tonight. really appreciated. thank you. and coming up, will be joined by someone who has never given up. trying to tell people the truth about the vaccines. and the two important things to know about our next guest is that she will be joining us from my old neighborhood in boston and that she created the covid-19 vaccine that is kept me safe from covid. the moderna vaccine. kizzmekia shanta corbett, created the covid vaccine in a weekend.
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country in the world went into lockdown and before the world house organization declared covid-19 a pandemic. doctor kizzmekia shanta corbett and her team at the national institutes of health, had already developed a covid-19 vaccine that was ready for testing by moderna. in early january of 2020, the only known cases of covid were in china and so on january 10th chinese scientists published the sequencing of covid-19. dr. corbett told president biden would happen next. >> when we got those sequences,
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because we knew how to make that protein, it's a very good vaccine, we did that really quickly over the weekend. by the 13th >> over the weekend. >> over the weekend. you know something about working on the weekends, don't you. >> what did you get down over this weekend? . it's a few years of vaccine research, docto corbett was able to create the vaccine that became the moderna vaccine in one weekend. after the world got the scientific description of covid-19 from chinese scientists. that week and of work in the years that preceded it. have saved millions of lives. joining us now on the anniversary of that weekend of lifesaving work, is dr. kizzmekia shanta corbett, she is now associate professor of virology infectious diseases at harvard school of public health. doctor corbett, thank you very much for joining us tonight and
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returning to the program. >> thank you for having me again. the first question is, you how have a choice, you can beat called doctor, or professor. not a lot of people have that choice. you do which is your preference these days? >> you know what lawrence with you, i am still affectionately kizzy. >> yes, all right, you've gotta pick a title. you know, i'll mix them up, and mix them up as we go. so take us back to that weekend. because a lot of people got the idea that this vaccine development was rushed. because the administration had put the term warp speed on it. as we out here we're trying to figure out what was going on. we were hearing vaccine experts come on this program and others and say. three years would be fast.
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if they get one in three years, that would be really fast for this kind of situation. but what had you've been doing for the previous years, that allowed you that burst on that weekend? >> we had been preparing. we had been studying other coronaviruses for so long. at that time for about six years. so we knew exactly how to move. in the case that this coronavirus started to circulate in china and then eventually all around the globe. so you just prepare. for moments like this, by studying viruses. within the same viral family. >> and you wrote recently about how you are not giving up. you get dispirited about, like everybody else. but you are not giving up in trying to convert people to taking the vaccine. who have not wanted to or who have been reluctant. or who have been adamantly against it. what are some of your one-on-one success stories? >> there are so many. and i don't even like to call
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it convert. would i like to say, is that i like to provide people with the bit of knowledge that they feel that they're missing. in order to designed for themselves, and for the families, and their loved ones to take the vaccine. so often time with that takes, it's just a little one-on-one conversation. answering questions for people. and reminding them that i am here on a consistent basis to do so. and that the journey that we all are taking in this pandemic, we are taking it together. so i am a vaccine scientist, but at the end of the day, i am also a professor. and i am a fiancée and i am a daughter. and i am just a regular human being. who also has a lot of questions. my science allows me to answer them for myself. and i just like to translate that information to every one person who asks. >> you say that your approach to this is to just be ready to listen. you are not someone who walks into the room and says, hey i
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worked on the vaccine, who wants to know about it. >> you know what i actually prefer not to walk in the rooms that way. because oftentimes, i get bombarded if i do. but you know, for me, where we are in this moment. in the wake of the omicron variant. where people, only about 60% of us, have been vaccinated. we are in this moment where we really need to approach this with a little bit of tenderness. and with a listening here. and so that is where i stand. i do not go about, boasting about vaccine data, although it is continuously beautiful. i just really listen to people. and then, if they have questions, i say, would you like me to answer that? i leave the floor open for them at all times, so that they are, if they're willing, they can have their question answered. >> you said in your usa today article, i lead by listening.
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>> i lead by listening. i think that is really all that any of us can do in this moment. 40% of people have decided for whatever reason, that they are still not going to take the vaccine. although the data consistently shows that the vaccine is protecting people, particularly against the most severe disease and against that. so those 40% of people have made that decision they clearly have an obstacle that is preventing them from going to take the vaccine. and oftentimes, that is one or two things that they have on their mind. and so i listen to those things. firstly, and then i provide my stance as a scientist. this is someone who is very critical about all of the data that comes out, not just the vaccine data. >> vice president harris got the moderna vaccine, anthony fauci got the moderna vaccine, they both did on tv. i got them over vaccine at dodger stadium. but thank you all of us for
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some developing that. how do we know about how all the vaccines are dealing with omicron and what is the future of these vaccines? and what is the future of these vaccines in the battle of covid-19. >> we know that the vaccines are continuously protecting people against severe illness, hospitalization and death. even in the wake of omicron. particularly those people who have gotten their boosters. so those booster shots are really a way for you to awaken your immune system, to really excite your immune system again. to say, if the virus comes your way, you are ready to fight against that virus. even if it looks a little bit different. as omicron certainly does. it does look a little bit different. but, with a boosted vaccinated person. those people are fighting those viruses away. and they are keeping themselves out of the hospital, which is really important. as the hospitals are overwhelmed. and that is really the downside of this pandemic and potentially any parts of the
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wave of the pandemic. >> is there more research going on, that might somehow adjust the vaccines for the coming threats? >> of course. every single time. i just put this on my instagram story last week. somebody else asked this question. every single time a different variant comes along, we pull all of our heads together. and we do research to determine, whether or not it is a appropriate to change the vaccine, to match that specific variant. so far, we have shown, that it has not necessary to change the insert of the vaccine. that the original vaccine, was a booster, tends to be showing that it is not appropriate that you need to change it. that people are being protected against severe illness. hospitalization, and death. the further we go out with different variants, perhaps that might change, but so far the data is showing that we are in the clear with these original vaccine sequences. the data for omicron is going
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to continue to come out. but we showed that with previous variants. and the data in realtime, with people in the hospitals. continuing to show that these vaccines, particularly in boost to people, are being protective. >> doctor kizzmekia shanta corbett who is now harvard professor corbett. thank you for joining us tonight, it is always an honor. >> thank you so much for having me. >> thank you. tonight's last word is next. tonight's last word ♪ ♪sure would help a lot ♪ ♪wouldn't you like to get away? ♪ ♪ ♪ sometimes you want to go ♪ ♪where everybody knows your name ♪ ♪ ♪and they're always glad you came ♪ [bacon sizzles] [bacon sizzles] ♪ [electronic music plays] ♪
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into overtime, so the 11th hour starts right now. en into overt good evening, once again, i'm ali velshi. day 363 of the biden administration. on that's martin luther king holiday. the senate is on the eve of the showdown of voting rights. democrats are planning an all out effort to push the legislation through congress. tomorrow, majority leader schumer is expected to begin
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