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>> the popular vote was too close. no one knew for some time which candidate had actually won. i r pajamas and he said, hey, guys, this thing is not going to get decided tonight. get some sleep. and with that, turned around and left the room. >> john kennedy went to bed. you know, that night. and i'm not going to stay up, biting my teeth, wondering what's going to happen. i'm going to get some teeth. >> while the two rest, the race tightens. just after midnight, nixon is to be told that he has lost the key state of illinois. the writing is on the wall. >> all right.
if the present trend continues, if mr. kennedy, senator kennedy, will be the next president of the united states. >> nixon, we forget that he was capable of being gracious. when he had to go concede, his wife is on the verge of tears standing next to him, but nixon himself was quite gracious about it. >> but as the sun ricses on washington, accusations circulating about voter fraud. federal officials set off to investigate. >> they said in chicago the cemetery wards were coming in strong for kennedy. >> as time goes on, it leaks out that in one black district, there were more votes casts than living in the district. it's corrupt.
>> as the dead of illinois casts their votes, there were more fraud in texas. >> if texas and illinois had gone for nixon, he would have won the election. so, it mattered. >> all eyes are on nixon as he prepares to fly to washington. will he contest the result? >> now, i put the plane at the end of the air strip to get him as far away from the press as possible. there was no mechanic listening to an old hand radio. >> the votes are in, but who won illinois is exactly unclear. was it jack or was it dick? >> at that moment, he said, get ike on the phone. i think the succession of the presidency of the united states should never be in doubt. and they discussed that he would
not contest the election, and that was it. ♪ just give me a chance >> very honorable and patriotic thing to do on nixon's part. it was the right thing to do. he would have thrown a cloud over the election of john f. kennedy. i think it would have been dreadful for the united states. >> it's the closest election of the century, with the highest turnout on record. kennedy wins with the slim majority of just 120,000 votes to become the youngest president in the yauts of america. without the vote of millions of african-americans, kennedy would have lost the presidency. ♪ >> and so, my fellow americans,
ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> it must have been a bitter moment for nixon. he'd had eight years as vice president. he really had thought he would be sworn in that day. >> but kennedy was better at dirty trucks than nixon, and nixon knew it. and it planted a seed with nixon that he never forgot. >> and what was the origin of watergate. the enemy of freedom has
chosen to make this a decisive one. >> something's going to happen that change is on the way. >> we can change america. we can change the world. >> what we need now is a reconciliation in this land. >> there's not anything wrong with you that a good haircut wouldn't cure. >> this election year of 198 has touched the emotions, assaulted lonlic as never before. >> i think we have a little too much violence in this country. >> we grow up together and we go down together. >> we have that understanding for our fellow citizens. >> and i need your help. ♪
tragedy, there's an almost poetic feeling to it. 1968 was one damn thing after another. >> hardly a day goes by without a new report of another demonstration or protest against the vietnam war. >> there is in the land a certain restlessness. >> lyndon johnson, whatever people think of him, his reputation will always have vietnam around it. >> lyndon johnson is a common murderer. >> johnson did things that no other president did. civil rights, great society. he should have been somebody that every young person and every liberal would have celebrated, but they didn't. he became the vietnam war president. >> we'd been told repeatedly we
are succeeding. they can't hold out. johnson kept saying, there's light at the end of the tunnel. >> this is a cbs news special report. saigon under fire. >> allied military strength controls that country. >> the american embassy are under siege. inside are the viet cong that took offensive. >> they were shooting up the american embassy. they had hit dozens of cities all over vietnam. it was a tremendous shock. >> we have known for several months now that the communists planned a massive spring offensive. we do not think our military operations are going to be at all materially effected.
>> he was unable to be honest with the american people because simply unable to say, this is an unwinnable war. >> reel one, take four. >> these ruins are in saigon. capital, the largest city of south saigon. >> when we went to vietnam, it was the first time and maybe the only time walter had shown any kind of bias in his public broadcasts. >> it is increasingly clear to this report that the only rationale way out will be to negotiate, not as victims, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy and did the best they could. >> after walter cronkite, johnson's popularity sinks. >> it is clear the war is not being won. >> opposition to the war was not rising. >> it wasn't just beatniks and
young kids. >> we are not fighting a war. i'm convinced it is one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the war. >> martin luther king came out against the vietnam war. his own followers said, you shouldn't be focusing on that. you should be focusing on our issue. he said, they're intertwined. you can't separate them. >> president said mankind must put an end to war. a war will put an end to mankind. >> you honestly think if there was an election, a vote for or against the war, the anti-war people would win out? >> well, it's really hard to tell now. the polls are uncertain. the polls do say most of the country is discontest with the war. i think something ought to be done. >> how are you? >> when some of the anti-war activists were looking for somebody to run for president, a
number of people turned them down, including robert kennedy. >> there are increasing reports out of washington that your advisers are telling you you should run against president johnson this year. >> i have no plans. i have no plans to change the statement that i've already made. >> senator? >> the assumption among the kennedy intimates was that lbj was totally unbeatable in 1968. and bobby would run in 1972. >> the anti-war movement needed a leader and it fell to eugene mccarthy. >> very nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> senator, president johnson supporters say you don't have a chance here in new hampshire and you'll be lucky if you get 10% of the vote. what do you say about that? >> well, i don't know. the people supporting me said we'll do better than that. >> one democrat, senator eugene mccarthy to bid for his nomination, peace. >> eugene mccarthy does something that's taboo. he comes out against a sitting president from the same party. >> mccarthy came in from left field.
he was not thought of in the front rank of presidential contenders. but there was a great deal of frustration and even despair among the young. eugene mccarthy gave them hope. >> how many volunteers for senate mccarthy? >> i'm ready to vote in the primary. >> from nbc news election central in manchester, new hampshire, this is the news. >> if mccarthy gets as much as 30% of the vote or more against an incumbent president, he can legitimately claim an important victory. >> mccarthy didn't win the new hampshire primary. but he took enough votes that it scared lyndon. >> he got 42% of the vote. but mccarthy was a nothing, an upstart. if mccarthy could draw blood, johnson was vulnerable. >> they said '68 was the year. i think that march the 1th was the day. [ applause ] >> how does this strike you?
you're not disappointed he didn't actually win? >> oh, no. oh, he did win, though. this is exactly what he wanted. he said we shouldn't have dissent that breaks down our system. you should work through the democratic process to get what you want. >> you can hope. you have to base it on a dream and this is coming true. >> whatever happened to robert kennedy? >> um, i think -- >> who's he? >> perhaps the most important result out of all this from mccarthy's viewpoint is that he will from now on be treated as a serious presidential candidate. >> all of a sudden, after new hampshire, there's a new political reality, and bobby very rapidly starts recalculating. >> would you welcome his entrance? >> well, i -- it's a little crowded now, but -- [ laughter ]
let me tell you the issue of '68. the issue of 1968 is not the johnson personality, but the johnson policies. and i happen to believe that this country cannot afford four more years of lyndon johnson. that's the issue of 1968. >> for 16 years now, in the shadow play of american politics, there has always been a richard nixon. he's not coming back. he never left.
>> most political observers thought nixon was finished. he'd been counted out so many times. so, nixon wanted to show the leaders of the republican party he was a winner. >> we'll inaugurate a republican president next january. thank you. >> media consultants worked with him so he wouldn't be the sweaty nixon of 1960. >> i'm really the most difficult man in the world when it comes to a so-called public relations firm. nobody's going to package me. nobody's going to make me put on an act for television. if people looking at me say that's a new nixon, then all that i can say is, well, maybe you didn't know the old nixon. >> i wrote a diary of being on the nixon campaign plane. and i came out just saying, what does he believe in? what does he care about? how can we trust him? i realize that the person i felt most related to was robert kennedy. >> i have traveled and i have listened to the young people of our nation.
and felt their anger about the war that they are sent to fight, about the world that they are about to inherit. i am announcing, today, my candidacy for the presidency of the united states. [ applause ] >> eugene mccarthy clears the way and tests the water. but he wasn't the guy who was going to get there. bobby was going to get there. >> this nation must adopt a foreign policy which says clearly and distinctly, no more vietnams. [ applause ] >> you have the declaration of another rival candidate from within his own party, currents of anti-war sentiment are building up, and at the same time, the war is getting worse. i think if you're lyndon johnson, you feel you're being surrounded by a stampede. >> good evening, my fellow americans. tonight i want to speak to you of peace in vietnam and
southeast asia. >> this is the moment for lbj, where the pressures of vietnam are becoming almost overwhelming. >> it is true that a house divided against itself is a house that cannot stand. accordingly, i shall not seek, and i will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president. >> you have just heard the president of the united states, lyndon baynes johnson, in an address from his office at the white house. the advanced text of his address did not contain those last remarks saying, and i quote from president johnson, i shall not seek and will not accept the nomination of my party for the presidency. roger, no question about it, this was a bombshell politically. >> well, you really don't know where to begin.
>> our guest today on "meet the press" is the vice president, hubert h. humphrey, who today announced his candidacy for the democratic presidential nomination. >> hubert humphrey was lbj's vice president and now he's running for president. humphrey has doubts about vietnam but has been a good soldier. he's stood by johnson. >> your president made a supreme political sacrifice to promote this cause of peace. he was one of the casualties of this war. >> i don't think there was ever an overwhelming enthusiasm for hubert. the drama of mccarthy and kennedy had captured everyone's attention. >> is the key vietnam? >> yes, in a large way. in a large measure. not totally, but there's a certain degree of general protest amongst youth, which i think is, on balance, a healthy thing. [ radio communication ] >> there was a lot of frustration on the part of
students that the war was not drawing to a close, despite our demonstrations. so students began to become more militant. >> at columbia university, students barricade themselves into university buildings. their leader is a 20-year-old ex-boy scout, mark rudd. >> i would say that we now have more support than any group about any political issue has ever held on any -- at any time. >> columbia became the symbol of students and revolt. >> activists like tom hayden went to columbia and said, let's have more columbias. there's nothing like feeling that you're fighting the power or somebody's listening to you, at least, to draw more people in. >> we started shouting a phrase, and it's a phrase that the youth in their words and by action of people all around the world,
when they face truth, and that phrase is, up against the wall [ bleep ]! >> we had an idea that this was the beginning of something very important. we took it as the beginning of revolution. >> what's happening to america? conversation three. tonight our young people, what's bothering them. >> is there really a generation gap? >> generation gap is a way that whites in this country and the structure in this country, the system in this country, rationalizes its lack of responsibility in teaching this generation how to solve the problems that we're faced with. >> 1968 was the year that you could point to and say, here is where the separation began between past generations and generations going forward. [ applause ] >> i think all of us have a role to play. and i think all of us have a great stake in the future. you, more than anybody else. as president kennedy once said,
you have the least ties to the past and the greatest stake in the future. >> you'll always find idealism in youth. i think that's something my father and my uncle recognized and why they always visited the universities. i remember my father talking about how the founders of the american revolution, you know, they were young people. >> well, you fellas don't even vote over here. you're not any older than my son. you don't even vote. come up here and i'll autograph your sandals for you. that'll make you feel better. >> there was a third-party candidate in this election, george wallace. but wallace was not affected by the vietnam issue. he was going to have a certain amount of support in the south come what may. >> there's not a dime's worth of difference in either one of the two parties. and if they don't give the people a choice, we're going to give them a choice by having a new party. >> it was just a plain, ordinary, anti-government streak in him. it was his act.
i have some very sad news for all of you. and i think sad news for all of our fellow citizens and people who love peace all over the world. and that is that martin luther king was shot and was killed tonight in memphis, tennessee. [ audience shrieks ] >> when king was killed, bobby was on his way to a campaign stop in indianapolis. going into the ghetto. and the cops said, don't go. they were fearful of a riot. bobby went anyways. >> for those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, i would only say that i can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling.
i had a member of my family killed. and he was killed by a white man. >> he gives this spontaneous speech to an absolutely devastated crowd. this wasn't just politics. he made it personal. >> let us say a prayer for our country and for our people. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> this country and every person in it suffered a terrible loss tonight with the assassination of this man. the perpetrator of this deed brings down upon all of us the painful charge that we americans are prisoners of violence and destruction and death. that is the tragedy of it. restraint, gentleness, charity, virtues we so desperately need, have had a dark day. >> king was the only rational voice that was left in america. he stood against the war in vietnam. he stood against violence, period. so, when you killed him, you killed everything. you killed the only rational voice that's left.
>> it became absolutely clear. you don't want dr. king, you assassinated nonviolent, direct action, you've tried to kill the dream. okay, here's a taste of the nightmare. [ sirens ] >> the outrage could not be contained. fires burned the cities of america. >> washington, chicago, detroit, boston, new york -- these are just a few of the cities in which the negro anguish over dr. king's murder expressed itself in violent destruction. >> i remember coming back to washington two or three days after king had been killed. you're thinking, what am i seeing here? this is the united states of america. and there are machine guns on the steps of the capitol? >> 100 cities raged with riot. 20,000 are arrested.
>> people were in open revolt. sirens wailing. people screaming. and it shook everyone, black and white, to the core. >> nothing could be more desecrating to the memory of martin luther king than to use his death as an excuse to engage in violence. >> there was a faith and spirit vacuum. when you find people who have lost that hope, fear tends to fill that vacuum. people were increasingly afraid, and mr. law and order stepped up on the republican side. >> this is a nation of laws. no one is above the law. no one is below the law. and we're going to enforce the law, and americans should remember that. [ applause ] >> no divisions that exist between black and white. i want us to work together. and i run on that basis for president of the united states. [ applause ]
>> my father's appeal was to really the most disenfranchised classes. he felt like nobody else was speaking for them. and that's where his face was, rather than with the liberals. the liberals were for mccarthy. >> i want to reassure you that i'm not yielding to anybody along the way, the vice president or senator kennedy. >> indiana, bobby wins. nebraska, bobby wins. and then on may 28th, oregon. >> mccarthy's crowds in recent days have been good. larger than kennedy's in many places, although without the frenzy that accompanies a kennedy appearance. >> i can't afford to lose if i'm going to remain a very active and viable candidate. it would adversely affect me in a very serious way. >> the actual final figures yet to come in. but apparently senator mccarthy has won a major victory in oregon. senator kennedy has suffered a
severe setback. they move on now to california and the primary there a week from tonight. >> and this result, tonight, does not prove, of course, that kennedy is politically dead this year. it does prove that he's politically mortal. it establishes that he is robert kennedy, after all. not john f. kennedy. >> i think what will happen now, is that mccarthy gets a new life. he's still a long shot. but he has a chance now. i think that, however, you don't write off robert kennedy, because he can come off the floor and win big in california. that's what he has to do. but if he doesn't win big in california, he's had it.
we want kennedy! we want kennedy! we want kennedy! >> bobby kennedy, having lost oregon, knew that he had to win california, and that would be his ticket to the convention. >> it will take a very big win, a spectacular win in california, to repair the badly shattered kennedy image. >> bobby's going to do it. you know, this was just the way that everybody felt. >> for kennedy, 48%. and for mccarthy, 41%. [ applause ] ♪
♪ this land is robert kennedy's ♪ >> all of us are involved in this great effort, and it's a great effort not on behalf of the democratic party. it's on behalf of the united states, on behalf of our own people, on behalf of mankind all around the globe -- [ cheers and applause ] >> my thanks to all of you and now it's on to chicago and let's win there. [ cheers and applause ] >> senator, this way. this way. >> i was upstairs in the ambassador hotel. we were getting ready for a victory party. somebody called. i picked up the phone in the suite. this colleague called and said, something's happened to the
senator. >> senator kennedy has been shot! is that possible? >> it was bedlam. i couldn't find kennedy. finally found him. he was lying on the floor. [ shouting and chaos ] >> somebody shot him in the corridor behind the kitchen, going through the kitchen here. >> everybody, please stay back. please stay back. we need a doctor here. >> please, it's very important. we need a doctor. >> will you please clear this room? if you do not leave the room, we cannot get medical aid to the senator. now would you please clear -- [ crowd noise and screaming ] >> i can't say that people said, how could this happen? because we'd seen it happen. the truth is, this had been in
thank you. >> as you all know, no words can really fully convey the feeling that one must have for the nation in the face of this tragedy, this new tragedy. >> people say, well, it was inevitable. his brother was murdered and so was he. nothing's inevitable. it just happened. >> this plane will take back the body of robert francis kennedy to new york. also on board this plane today will be mrs. john f. kennedy. also on board will be another widow, mrs. martin luther king jr. somehow and in some way, we seem to be sending a great many of our young leaders to their early graves.
>> it's been a very emotional period for all of us who have worked for the senator. and personally, the most horrifying thing in these last few days was this morning, when i tacked this black ribbon on to my campaign button, because now i'm lost. i'm desperate. and i don't know where we're going from here. >> when senator kennedy went down, he was trying to speak for those americans, including the young, who feel a need to change many aspects of american life. well, that cause has not been still forever, because even without him, the changes will be made, because they have to be. but nobody knows when, nor how, nor whether the changes will be made peacefully or violently. >> in the meantime, this country has lost another leader. as far as i'm concerned, has lost the only leader that i feel gives us any hope for the future. i mean, what happens to the
this is walter cronkite in miami beach at this first session of the republican national convention. >> richard nixon was the leader. but he walked into the republican convention not positive that he would be the candidate. >> the new-fashioned nixon runs an old-fashioned campaign. and that's what the country seems to want. >> there were challengers. there was nelson rockefeller in new york, for starters, and george romney in michigan. there was some talk of reagan. but nixon had a lock on the delegates. >> we are a nation in crisis. right now, change rules america. it's time for america to rule change. it is my privilege to place a nomination, the man for 1968,
the honorable richard m. nixon. [ cheers and applause ] >> there are 30 votes in wisconsin. and this should be put him across. >> richard m. nixon. [ applause ] >> sit down, get to work. [ laughter ] >> we want nixon! we want nixon! >> it looks like nixon. nobody is really surprised. and no committed republican feels cheated. what was the fuss all about? >> the republicans understand
that nixon, in this time of tumultuousness, he gives people the sense of continuity. >> what is most important now is for us to think how we can get this war ended. >> mr. nixon talks of an honorable peace, but says nothing about how he would attain it. >> at this point, the war is continuing at as hot a pace as it has ever been. more troops are being killed every week than at any time in the course of the war. >> this weekend the enemy stepped up attacks throughout south vietnam. >> we knew that we would not be able to influence the republicans on vietnam. so, we wanted to put massive pressure on the democrats. i didn't think anything could happen with vietnam without that challenge. ♪ >> this is a cbs news campaign '68 convention special. what's going to happen in chicago? on this eve of the beginning of
the 35th democratic national convention, chicago is nearly security-tight. perhaps the heaviest security ever provided for a political gathering in the free world. >> the police, several thousand of them, are now deployed. soldiers have arrived in chicago and are standing by. >> for the convention, the plan was to have a mass anti-war demonstrate and a mass counterculture festival. we gathered in the parks. >> we're going to march because we have a right to, because that's what we came to chicago to do and no one's going to stop us. thank you. [ applause ] >> there were many factions. they were united only by a feeling that this is our moment. this is carnegie hall. >> no more war. no more war. >> they're concerned about the build-up of the force because we think that anything that's built-up like this is liable to be used. >> a democratic convention is
about to begin in a police state. there just doesn't seem to be any other way to say it. >> the people of chicago and its mayor are proud to welcome a great political gathering of americans who come here to shape the future of a nation. and as long as i'm mayor of this town, there will be law and [ applause ]cago. >> the two men who most still believe this is all about arrived in chicago to begin their final drive for delegate votes. >> most of us were saying it wasn't politically possible for mccarthy to overcome those who were pledged to humphrey. so, there clearly needed to be another force. >> arriving now, senator george mcgovern of south dakota. >> mcgovern got into the race because there was a big hole in the anti-war side.
and, you know, bobby kennedy had a lot of delegates. >> mccarthy said he didn't believe mcgovern had enough strength to make any difference. so, mccarthy said he'll continue the fight for the nomination, although it was clearly implied that his chances are very slim. >> mayor daley set up all the conditions for conflict in chicago. he didn't give them permits to march. but he knew that they were coming anyway. >> over 10,000 demonstrators were gathered in chicago's grant park. the demonstrators are determined to march on convention hall tonight in protest. police are at the park in force. >> you can count on it. that the police and the authorities will always unify what you can't unify by yourself. [ crowd chanting ] >> the tumultuousness, the violence that was happening outside the home, became reflected inside the home. >> there seems to be some kind of battle going on here. >> yes, directly under our booth here. they're carrying a man out.
>> i got into a melee in the convention hall myself. >> don't push me. take your hands off me, unless you plan to arrest me. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. >> walter, as you can see -- >> i don't know what's going on. i think we've got a bunch of thugs here, dan. >> mind you, i'm all right. it's all in a day's work. >> it reflected for all the world to see the pressure inside the hall in what was supposed to be a democratic society of free people nominating someone to be president. [ audience chanting ]
[ audience chanting ] downtown. downtown chicago, across from grant park, beside the hilton hotel, there has been in progress for sometime, a peace demonstration. the police have come to put it down. the national guard has been called to help. >> you create disorder if you try to impose too much order with force. so, that's what happened. they were suppressing our democratic rights in order to continue an undemocratic war. [ shouting and chaos ] >> people screaming, being dragged to the paddy wagon. a scene of wild disorder, on this, the night of a presidential nomination to this democratic convention.
>> it was a police riot. i had never seen that before in my life. i had never seen groups of uniformed policemen going after civilians. there were pools of blood on michigan avenue. >> the whole world is watching, chants the crowd. >> with george mcgovern as president of the united states, we wouldn't have to have gestapo tactics in the streets of chicago! [ applause ] >> did you see what was happening downtown? >> yes, i saw it with this television set. >> do you think this is going to cost the democrats the election,
this, what's happening here in chicago this evening? >> i don't think there's any question. i think not only the party, but the country is split in half. i think they'll veer away from this dissension. >> thank you very much, shirley mcclain watching the television in the back of the hall about what's going on downtown. >> it is my honor to present the new leader of our party, the next president of the united states, the honorable hubert humphrey. ♪ >> i proudly accept the nomination of our party. >> they got hubert humphrey as the candidate. humphrey was an example of what we were fighting. he was a liberal who was going to betray our hopes. >> seeing hhh on your lapel, does that mean you're for humphrey all the way? >> well, i wouldn't say all the way.
i'm a democrat, and he's the nominee. >> now it's true, what george wallace said, if the first job at hand is to end this war, there isn't a dime of difference there between humphrey and nixon. >> vice president humphrey remains, by any basis of measurement available, a complete underdog. >> my feeling is, that if he could cut himself off from the president, be his own man, that he has a chance of winning this election and would make it very easy for all of us to support him. >> humphrey desperately needed to separate himself from the administration, and he did. >> i think the greatest task of statesmanship is to find a way to conclude and bring that war in southeast asia to an end. and to do it -- >> the public was so happy that there was some movement towards peace in vietnam. humphrey was back in the game, and it was neck and neck. >> from nbc news, election central. >> nixon's the one. that's the natural banter for
any spritely front page tonight. 94% of the popular vote is counted. there are the numbers. >> it was one of the closest elections in american history. closer even than when nixon lost to kennedy eight years ago. >> i have done my best. i have lost. mr. nixon has won. the democratic process has worked its will. >> george wallace carried five states. alabama, arkansas, georgia, louisiana, and mississippi. >> in our judgment, the people who supported us had an impact on bringing the two parties in a different direction. and i do wish for mr. nixon, the most success of any president in the history of our country. having lost a close one eight years ago and having won a close one this year, i can this. winning a is a lot more fun. [ laughter and applause ]
♪ >> with nixon's election, even though many people felt a sense of disappointment, there was a sense that there may be some normality on the horizon. people were exhausted. so it was, in part, a sense of relief. maybe, thank god it's over. [ applause ] >> i plan to spend christmas in the states. but i can't stand violence. [ laughter and applause ] >> 1968 certainly has been one of the unhappiest years in american history. >> in the end, it always comes down to what the people do. and this year, the people, like the events of 1968, are largely unpredictable. >> our country was put to some enormous tests in 1968. it was a bend.
but there wasn't a break. >> the issues that were thrown open in 1968, who has authority, who deserves authority, what the limits of power are, those are profound questions that continue to matter. >> this will be an open administration. open to new ideas, open to men and women of both parties, open to the critics, as well as those who support us. and i am confident that this task is one that we can undertake and one in which we'll be successful.
hello and welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, i'm lynda kincade. this is "cnn newsroom." punches thrown, police officers injured and people arrested. those were the scenes at a donald trump rally that turned violent in chicago. this fist fight took place after everyone was told to go home and the event was canceled. protesters started arriving at
the arena before the presidential front-runner showed up. some demonstrators were forcibly moved. at least five sections of the arena were filled with people protesting against donald trump. cnn washington correspondent peter zeleny was outside with the protesters and has this report. >> the streets of chicago, west of downtown chicago, are empty and quiet now. it was a different scene only hours ago. so many protesters from around chicago came down to stand up to donald trump. they said they did not want him speaking here. he was supposed to be at a rally. this is what we found on the rally a few minutes ago. a crumpled ticket for a rally that didn't happen. one thing i was struck by at this rally tonight, walking amongst the protesters, was the diversity of protesters, really representing a tapestry of chicago's diversity. blacks and whites,
mexican-americans, asians. does different than we've seen at donald trump protests. outside it was combative. inside it was largely orderly. this is a sign of something that is going to be continuing as long as the trump campaign continues. the protesters we talked to were so happy they stopped him from speaking here in chicago, so that will certainly embolden others across the country. this political campaign is going to get a lot more heated. this race may something we've not seen in generations. jeff zeleny, cnn, chicago. donald trump has responded to the violence, denying that he had anything to do with it. he spoke to our don lemon earlier and said it was the protesters starting the troubles, not him or his supporters. >> well, i got to chicago a couple hours ago and we had 25,000 people scheduled for tonight. a lot inside and outside. a tremendous gathering, real
supporters. at the same time, we had some protesters outside, which was probably 2,000 or 3,000. and i met with law enforcement. i don't want to see anybody hurt, don. so, i met with law enforcement and i think we made the wise decision to cancel. it's now pretty much broken up. we made a decision, even though our freedom of speech is violated, totally, we made a decision not to go forward. i don't want to see anybody get hurt and you would have possibly had people getting hurt or beyond. so, i made the decision, in conjunction with law enforcement, not to do the rally. we postponed it. >> do you think you were -- protesters have been expected tonight at your rally. was your campaign prepared for this? >> oh, i think we were prepared. but you can be as prepared when you want, when you have thousands of people, you don't want to see -- there were minor skirmishes but no major clash.
>> you've seen the picture of what's happening inside that rally. what do you make of what you saw? >> well, i think it's a divided country. i think we have a very divided country, don. it's been that way for a long time. it's sad to see. it's divided among many different groups. frankly, it's terrible. you look at a lot of people are upset because they haven't had a salary increase in 12 years. you know, if you look at the workers of the country, our jobs be being taken away, sent to mexico, all sorts of other countries. our factories are closing. we have a lot of problems and we don't have a real unemployment rate of 5%. it's closer to 25%. >> mr. trump, with all due respect -- >> as people give up looking for jobs, don, all of a sudden they're considered employed statistically. >> do you think that's what caused that -- >> at the same time. >> that scuffle? >> say again. >> do you think that caused that
scuffle tonight because those people tonight weren't fighting over jobs? >> i think it's largely economic. if you look at african-american youth, they have a 59% unemployment rate. 59%. and it's -- yeah, i think it's largely an economic problem. >> do you think it has anything to do with the tone, some people have said you set, by telling them to get out or punch them in the face or taken out on a stretcher -- >> we met -- >> -- do you take any responsibility for what happened at tonight's rally? >> i don't take responsibility. nobody's been hurt at our rallies. i've had 25,000, 35,000 people, more than that. we had one the other day, 25,000 in florida and we've never had anybody hurt, or certainly seriously hurt. i don't even know if we had anybody hurt. you know, we've had a tremendous large numbers of rallies,
massive number of people, nobody close to us in size, great people, but we'll have protesters stand up and be very, very abusive, unbelievably abusive, in some cases swinging. you know, punching and swinging. not a good situation. i think we've been -- overall, i think we've been very mild with protesters. some will stand up and we'll usher them out. it's not me that ushers them out, it's the police force. the police have done a great job. until today, we've never really had much of a problem. we were in st. louis today. we had a packed house. we had thousands and thousands of people that, franklying couldn't get in. and we had a few -- it was not a big deal. it was individual protesters standing up -- there were quite a few of them, seven or eight incidents. we had a good time. i hope they all had a good time. nobody got hurt. >> i want to ask you a question
my colleague, jake tapper, asked you last night at the debate. do you think you've done anything to create a tone in which this vie lengs is encouraged? i'm going to add to that by saying, if your words and your tone inspire people to vote for you, to come to the rallies, to go to the polls and votes, why wouldn't those same words inspire people positive violence? >> i hope my tone is not that of causing violence because my basic tone is really that of securing our borders, of country a country and a great country. of bringing our jobs back, bringing our manufacturing back, don, getting people's job. that includes the african-american youth, where you have a 59% unemployment rate. so, i would hope that that does not lead to -- you know, i hope -- i certainly don't do that. i would say we've had tremendous success with people. you see the kind of polls, you see the kind of popularity we
have in the rallies themselves. it's a lovefest in the rallies themselves. >> this, of course, is a very important week with contests in florida, high and several other states. now, two of donald trump's republican rivals are condemning the front-runner, saying it's his reer toic that is inspiring violence. >> i want to put aside the elections and any sorted of talk about that for a moment and say, look, there are congratulations to words. there's no doubt about it. let me back up and say this. it is clear from watching these images there are people protesting tonight that are part of organized efforts to disrupt this event. this is not some sort of organic event that happened. it's chicago. there's a lot of groups that do this professionally, basically in some instances. you can tell that it is an organized and orchestrated effort. i don't think you have a right to disrupted an event the way they've tried to do so just because you don't like what the person is saying, number one. on the other hand, i do think
mr. trump needs to own up to the fact that the rhetoric he has used in some of his events have also contributed to the climate you've seen in other parts -- other rallies that he's had. there are consequences to the things people say in politics. you know, a president, for example, can't just speak their mind. there are real consequences. they can't say whatever comes to mind. there are real consequences to the words that someone speaks, whether as a presidential candidate or ultimately as a president. >> i also want to mention something about the events this evening in chicago. this is a sad day. political discourse should occur in this country without a threat of violence. without anger and rage and hatred directed at each other. we need to learn to have disagreements without being disagreeable. to have disagreements while respecting human beings on the other side. any candidate is responsible for
the culture of the campaign. and when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters. when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord. >> and later this hour, we'll discuss the crossroads trump now faces and whether this could be a damning moment for the campaign that's seen him exceed expectations time and time again. in america's southeast, hundreds of homes have been inundated with flooding rain in at least six states. in louisiana the national guard has had to rescue people from their homes and cars. three people died there.
one was killed when floodwaters swept away his cars. more flash flooding is possible. and a state of emergency is in place across louisiana, which has been hit particularly hard by this historic flooding. meteorologist jerry van dam joins us now. put this in perspective. how bad is it? >> this is a 1 in 1,000 year recurrence interval, meaning the likelihood this would happen again in any given year is 0.1%. so, hugely unlikely. and just to give you an idea of how bad it is, take a look at the visuals coming out of louisiana because, folks, just picture this in your own backyard. this is severe stuff and this is goes to take weeks, if not months to clean up. think of all the river runoff that's going to continue to inundate some low-lying areas. remember, water seeks its own levels, submerged roadways,
backed up sewers. just how much rain has fallen? get a lot of this. let's take a look at the rainfall totals. we've highlighted a few of the highest amounts here. shreveport, louisiana, 11.33 inches of rain. as we zoom in even closer to into some of the smaller parishes and suburbs, we're talking about the monroe area shy of 21 inches of rainfall. that's in a two-day period. now, if you ask me, what we're starting to see is this trend across the world where the fingerprint of climate change is within these frequency and intensity rain events, just like this one. and the endless amounts of heavy rain events taking place across the world. serbia, into brazil. the western portions of the united states and now southern sections of the united states. this is a statistic -- rather, a
graph, showing you 1950 all the way to 2014. and we are starting to see the u.s. downpours average starting to increase with time. we constitute a two-inch or more rainfall event as a catastrophic event in a 24-hour period. we certainly saw that in louisiana. look at some of these images coming out of that region. cars inundated. the storm is still circulating about the area. look, another batch of precipitation that's going to move into this area. that means more flooding is potential -- is likely today, i should say, into louisiana, mississippi, as well as arkansas. it is going to be a long road ahead. and several rivers reporting historic flooding as we speak. >> wow. so, there's no relief at any point in time? >> it's not raining hard at this point in time, but within the next six hours another heavy batch of rain will move onshore. >> thank you. still to come, north korea is frantically searching for a
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. welcome back. the american military has been secretly watching north korea's apparent search for a submarine. they are unsure if it sank or adrift off north korea's east coast. they believe it may have suffered some type of failure during a military exercise. more than 17,000 military troops representing south korea, the u.s., australia and new zealand are taking part in joint military exercises. the drills on the beaches of pohang in south korea come at a time of increases tensions on the peninsula. cnn's ivan watt ton has the details. >> reporter: this is a show of force. the u.s. and south korean militaries carrying out drills here on a beach performing an amphibious landing. you can see the assault vehicles coming in right into the beach right now.
after exploding smoke to screen their arrival. there are more than 17,000 u.s. and south korean marines and sailors as well as small detachments from new zealand and australia that are all participating in these annual exercises. now, the south korean government has called these the largest joint exercises ever. this is the u.s. military and south korean military a chance to show off their military preparedness. it's coming at a time of increased tension on the korean peninsula. north korea says it interprets these exercises as a precursor to a possible invasion. and they've warned about a preemptive nuclear strike in response to this. the u.s. and south korean governments say they've sent messages to the north, warning this is purely defensive in nature and given the time frame
of the eight-week series of annual military drills. this is an opportunity for the u.s. to reassure its south korean ally within months of north korea testing what it claims was a hydrogen bomb firing a satellite into space. these joint military exercises lead to annual cycles of tension between north and south korea. the danger here is that both sides are armed to the teeth and in case of a misstep, the risk of escalation is very, very high. ivan watson, cnn, south korea. it's been five years since a deadly earthquake and tsunami claimed the lives of thousands of people in japan. the waves from the tsunami with the fukushima, daiichi nuclear plant. parts of japan remain uninhabitable and more than 2,000 people are officially
still listed as missing. our will ripley has more from fukushima and much of the area remains devastated and empty. >> reporter: this is my third visit to fukushima prefecture. this area in particular has changed quite a bit since i was last year a little over a year ago. you don't see the cars and the boats lying about anymore. they've cleaned a lot of that up. there are trash piles. it appears they he are close to getting to area ready for people to move back. every step you take, people died. the new numbers from the fire and disaster management agency show that when you account for the dead and the missing from the disaster in march of 2011, nearly 22,000 people are gone. and you see and feel the reminders of them everywhere here. in certain areas the radiation levels are still so high, we have to put on this protective gear just to make sure we don't
inadvertently contaminate ourselves. these are hundreds of thousands of bags of radioactive soil. they're so heavy, crews have to use es xcavators to pile them u. there are more than 100,000 storage sites across fukushima. this is just one of them. japan is building this this massive 400-kilometer sea wall. that's about 250 miles, to protect people from future tsunamis. there's a lot of opposition. critics say it won't fully guarantee people's safety. it will obstruct ocean views and could actually hurt marine life. it's sat to walk up and down these rows of drab, temporary housing and think, this is all people have left of their old lives. entire communities were uprooted and planted in places like this. nobody thought five years later, tens of thousands would still be living here. a lot of the younger people have moved on. they've relocated. but those left behind, often in
their 60s, 70s, 80s, these are senior citizens who say they don't know where else they'll go. i remember the last time i visited this school gym and it was really striking because the graduation banner was hanging on that stage. and i was told, had the tsunami happened just one day later, this whole room could have been full of people. thankfully, everyone here at the school survived. these workers took down the banner just today. they're here, trying to clean up and trying to rebuild. as we have seen touring this devastated area, there is still so much work that lie ahead. will ripley, cnn, fukushima prefecture, japan. u.s. president weighs in on donald trump and has an important question for republicans. president obama wants to know, coming up next. also, three german states are holding elections on sunday. what's at stake for chancellor angela merkel. kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats®... 8 layers of wheat... and one that's sweet. to satisfy the adult and kid - in all of us.
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comcast business. built for business. welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." these are the headlines we're following this hour. concerns over potential violence between donald trump supporters and protesters force the u.s. republican presidential to cancel a political rally in chicago. a fist fight broke out at the venue as some protesters had to be forcibly removed. five arrests were reported and two police officers were injured. north korea has lost contact with one of its submarines. according to u.s. officials, they're unsure if the submarine
sank or is adrift off the northeast coast. aviation official says another piece of airplane debris has been found on the mozambique coast. they are seeing if it came from malaysia flight mh370. another piece was found last week. in america's southeast, three people have died in record-breaking rains. hundreds of homes have been inundated and two states have been declared a state of emergency. more flooding is expected to continue until monday. donald trump claims the violence at his event was not his fault and that he had -- nothing he does or says encourages violence. rather, he claims the protesters
coming in started the problems, but that has not stopped political rivals from criticizing him. neil bush, whose brother jeb, says trump is incapable of leading the party, let alone the country. >> donald trump has used tactics that have raised an army of very ardent fans, for sure, but he's also locked in a lot of people that don't like him. i'm not saying the people protesting in chicago are republican voters, by any means, but there's a growing tea party, ted cruz type folks, establishment type folks, rallying behind the presidency of ted cruz to unify our party before the national convention so we can have a positive message. we don't need donald trump to be the head of the ticket, you know, for this great country of ours to be represented by a man with such a giant ego and such few solutions to the problems
would be tragic. it's not in the nature of a reagan or of jack kemp or a george bush sr. or george w. bush to have someone who's got this kind of behavioral challenge. so, i think it's tragic. i think he brought it on because of his tactics he's used to show he's the tough guy that's going to be able to, you know, keep us safe from these threats. we are still the greatest country on the face of the earth and he's not the right guy to lead us forward, period. >> meanwhile, trump supporters say he's reacting correctly to protesters who are unlawfully blocking his first amendment rights. >> he did exactly what he should have done. he shut down the rally. he didn't want violence. he said repeatedly in your interview with him. in the statement he released, in the very end of it, he said, please, go in peace. he did the right thing this evening. instead of the story being 10,000 protesters showed up, disrupted the first amendment rights of donald trump and trump
supporters, and all images on the screen right now, you're not seeing people in donald trump shirts causing -- >> who is criticizing him? i haven't heard anybody criticize donald trump. >> many pundits on this very network have criticized donald trump. one said donald trump wanted the violence this evening. that's not true. i can tell you this, if 10,000 tea party activists had showed up at a bernie sanders rally and acted this way, those same pundits would be criticizing the tea party and calling out anyone who called on bernie sanders for being responsible for that. >> and the democratic front-runner, hillary clinton, has also weighed in on the violence. she released a statement which said the divisive reer toic we're seeing should be of grave concern to us. we all have our differences and we know many people across the country are angry and we need to address that ak anger together. donald trump is downplaying
the scuffle. his creditth critics say this could be a lasting problem. the assistant heated. u.s. and america's program at the london think tank chatham house. >> oubbviously, it's very dispiriting to see politics in the united states to turn into this display of violence. what i'm reading is, in fact, the police did not advise trump to shut down the rally but he chose to shut down the rally. i think there's a tactic on trump's side to create the impression that he's the one who's under attack when, in fact, he's been the one encouraging violence and he's been the one telling his attendees at his rallies to do violence to protesters. so, it's really -- it's really dangerous to see this kind of rhetoric and to see this type of insightness of violence coming from the presidential candidate. >> how do you think this will affect his campaign moving
forward? he said this protest was about people not having jobs. clearly, the unemployment rate for the impoverished african-americans is extremely high. but we saw the crowd's signs. they had signs about alleging trump is a racist. this rally was much more than he alludes to. >> yeah, i think this will continue to be an issue for trump as it goes forward. it's very difficult to predict. how do you run a national campaign in an environment where tensions are so high? we don't have a very good -- you know, we have to go back it 1968 to see a campaign which was surrounded by this level of sort of political protest. we don't have the sort of modern equivalent of what that means. of course, you know, the country was very different in 1968. the way that party structures and elections worked was very
different in 1968. so, i mean, there's not a particularly good model to understand what this would mean for the general election, what it would mean in terms of how the elections would work, how -- what we're likely to see. it is very, very dangerous. >> and let's talk about, how much of this is the times and how much of this is donald trump's candidacy that's calling this divide, which he said -- we have a real divide in the united states. which is really spurning it on right now? >> look, i mean, we've had presidential elections in bad times before. look at 2008. you know, the world economy plunged into recession in the middle of the 2008 campaign. you didn't see -- and it was very divisive, but you didn't see this level of violence. i think there's a sort of level of responsibility that trump is whipping up this fervor to build
anticipation around his campaign. i think there's a level of -- a level of insightment there that needs to be addressed forthrightly by the media and by trump's opponents and by the american public at large. >> with a huge week ahead in the election process, jacob parakalis, thank you as always and i imagine we'll be talking again. thank you for joining us. president obama expressed his displeasure at the race for the white house by asking why the republicans suddenly are shocked by trump. >> we got inside the other party that is fantasy and schoolyard taunts and selling -- selling stuff like it's the home shopping network. and then you've got the republican establishment,
they're very exercised. we're shocked that somebody would be saying these things. we're shocked that somebody's banning anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-muslim sentiment. we're shocked. we're shocked that somebody could be loose with the facts. or distort someone's records. shocked. you know, how can you be shocked? this is the guy, remember, who was sure that i was born in kenya. who just wouldn't let it go. and all the same republican establishment, they weren't saying nothing. as long as it was directed at
me, they were fine with it. they thought it was a hoot. wanted to get his endorsement. and then now suddenly we're shocked that there's gambling going on in this establishment. >> president obama speaking there about donald trump and the republican party. still to come, gemini is on the rise fueled by frustration over the migrant crisis. coming up we'll hear from the anti-immigrant party ahead of this weekend's election. china's economic decline, the nation works to bring life to towns left desolate after the crisis. n need a helping hand. after brushing, listerine® total care helps prevent cavities, strengthens teeth and restores tooth enamel. it's an easy way to give listerine® total care
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welcome back. german chancellor angela merkel just wrapped up a rally in munich. it's her final rally ahead of sunday's three-state election. it seems the test of support for angela merkel. the migrant crisis is expected to dominate voter decisions and even some members of miss merkel's own party are at odds with her handling of the problem. a right-wing anti-refugee party is expected to do well in these elections. cnn's national correspondent atika shubert what it means. >> reporter: as campaigns go, it's a soft sell. idyllic images of germany. no specific mention of policies. the alternative for germany is selling an idea. the only political party, it says, willing to stand up and defend german identity and
values, especially on the refugee crisis. >> we have the label of being nazi, of being brown, which is something very, very bad in germany. something that frightens most of society. we say, hey, whatever the label is, let's discuss content. >> reporter: she's a chemist turned politician, the new face of germany's conservative movement. she talked to cnn as extra security patrolled the sports ground where she is campaigning. protests have followed her campaign, but her party stands to make big gains on a policy that advocates stopping migration all together, at least for now. >> we need to define who is going to stay, who's going to go back. and then we need to talk about after that, about migration laws. at the moment, we have the problem that we don't take these two problems apart and that's the merkel government is
obviously afraid of sending a clear signal. >> reporter: germany is under pressure. last year angela merkel appealed to the country to take in more than 1 million asylum seekers, initially basking in welcoming refugees. but then came new year's even in cologne. refugees and migrants were blamed for the mass sexual assault on women and then came the backlash. arson attacks on refugee shelters. in one case, an angry mob blocked a bus full of refugees from moving to town. recent polls show that a whopping 80% of germans no longer support merkel's refugee policy, but many do not want to be lumped in with far-right anti-islamic groups either. as audience members made clear to petry during the rally we attended. she still struggles to define where the party stands.
a local paper as quote as saying, police should use firearms if necessary to stop people from crossing the border illegally. that sparked magazine covers of accusing her of inciting violence. what do you make of it? >> yes, it hurts. it hurts because what i really want to say doesn't get through anymore. we need to be very strong about that and punish everyone who's sort of involved in violence. ♪ >> reporter: but precisely by providing a conservative alternative to the bloc of angela merkel, petry believes the afd is here to stay. atika shubert, cnn, berlin. this programming note. next week cnn's clarissa ward is going to take on you a harrowing journey on a country scoured by isolation. you'll get an inside look of syria behind rebel lines and get
a look at the people who call the embattled country home. >> reporter: we had to travel undercover to see a war few outsiders have witnessed. >> translator: the russian planes target anything that works in the interest of the people. the goal is that people here live a destroyed life. that people never see any good. >> reporter: there are snipers all around here, but this is the only road now to get into aleppo. aleppo was once syria's largest city. now an apocalyptic landscape. any civilian infrastructure is a potential target, including hospitals. is it possible that they did not know that this was a hospital? >> translator: everyone knows this is a hospital. >> and this is all part of our exclusive special coverage "inside syria: behind rebel lines" only on cnn. you're watching cnn. coming up from the outside, this
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well, dramatic video out of china captures it the moment a passenger bus is swallowed up by a huge hole. it suddenly appeared in the middle of the road. it happened in southwest china thursday near a train station. surprisingly, all three people who were on that bus are safe. officials are investigating the cause of the accident. what was once china's booming industrial heartland is now barren. a consequence of the country's economic decline. and the cities that were built here are now ghost towns. cnn money's asia-pacific editor andrew stevens takes us inside china's rust belt. >> reporter: a city built on hope. a monument to speculation and cheap money. born from the construction boom fueled by china's $500 billion
stimulus package in 2008. the one thing missing here is people. it's 8:30 in the morning. in any other city in the world, that would be peak hour. not here. the old saying is, built it and they will come. well, they certainly haven't come yet. shinfu is in liang province in northeast province. they were the fastest growing in china but this region has become a casualty of plunging prices and stalling economic growth. it's now known as the rust belt. billboards around town show what it should have looked like but this is what it is. rows of stores locked up and empty. there are windows advertising what should have been there and nowhere is that misplaced optimism more pronounced than the city center.
the american architect who designed this was asked to come up with a concept for the heart of the city. this is what he produced. the so-called ring of life behind this artificial lake. well, i'm sharing this view of the ring of life with just a couple of cleaners. if you look at the buildings around it, most of them are either vacant or unfinished. it's proving tough to fill them. this 56-year-old stands by the side of the road for seven hours a day handing out leaflets advertising apartments. there aren't many takers. at the showroom of her employer, it's also quiet. so, how much of this has been built? the sales agent tells me something in an understatement that this is a buyer's market. they say sales started falling in 2013 and haven't turned around. but it's critical to china's economic growth plan that they do. places like this are now a priority fof beijing as the
leadership bets on the property market to help fuel growth. we spoke to provencal government officials about what their proposals are to rehabilitate these areas. they say they're still studying the plans. the only concrete steps so far are coming from beijing to turn the property market around. but in the rest beust belt, tha going to be a monumental task. andrew stevens, cnn, china. well, that does it for this edition of "cnn newsroom." i'm lynda kincade. thank you for joining us. for viewers in the u.s., n"new day" is just ahead. for the rest of our viewers, "amanpour" starts in just a moment. you're an at&t small business expert? sure am. my staff could use your help staying in touch with customers. at&t can help you stay you're an at&t small business expert? sure am.
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