tv CNN Newsroom With Carol Costello CNN November 11, 2016 7:00am-8:01am PST
good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello live in washington, d.c. thousands of protesters take to the streets for a second night of nationwide protests. donald trump again their target. >> not my president! not my president! not my president! >> not my president! >> protesters citing a bitter presidential election often tainted with racial overtones, concerned about the future of civil rights in a trump america. our president-elect tweeting this. quote, just had a very open and successful presidential election. now professional protesters incited by the media are
protesting. very unfair. then just a couple of hours ago this morning trump tweets this. quote, love the fact that the small group of protesters last night have passion for our great country. we will all come together and be proud. most of last night's rallies were angry but peaceful, but in portland, oregon, it was a different story. tensions exploded. police saying the protest had escalated into a riot, deploying flash-bang grenades to break up crowds. across the country more than 200 people were placed under arrest and more anti-trump demonstrations are planned for tonight. most of these arrests unfolding overnight in los angeles. that's where we find stephanie elam. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes, here in los angeles, you saw 185 people arrested, some for blocking roads. you also had some people who were out past curfew because they were young. those people also detained as well. we know they were in front of l.a. city hall chanting "not my
president." that's what was happening here in los angeles. you mentioned portland and you really have to take a look at these images again coming out of portland last night. it started off peaceful enough but the crowd grew to more than 4,000 people. there was vandalism of cars, broken windows of businesses and so as the crowd got bigger, police actually referring to anarchists among the crowd who were disrupting this protest so they say they went to less lethal munitions to disperse the crowd, tear gas and rubber baton rounds as well when the crowd turned violent there. overall, 26 people arrested in portland after what they called extensive criminal and dangerous behavior there and the unlawful protest. but there were protests throughout the country. saw it in denver last night. we saw people protesting in philadelphia, in minneapolis, in dallas. also in oakland where there were 1,000 protesters or so that came out into the streets in northern california, breaking store windows. there was also graffiti and threats against police officers.
they said people were arrested with molotov cocktails and m-80 firecrackers in oakland. there were 11 people arrested. more than 200 people arrested for these protests. for the second night since the presidential election and again, more are expected for tonight. >> stephanie elam, we will check back. just 70 days until donald trump takes the oath of office and he's meeting today to start assembling his white house staff. cnn's jason carroll is covering that outside of trump tower in new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. donald trump tweeting about the whole transition effort going forward, tweeting this morning busy day planned in new york. will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government. one of the people potentially who might be helping out or even running the government, former new york city mayor rudy giuliani who was just seen entering trump tower a few moments ago. cnn has learned he's perhaps one of the names being floated as
potential secretary of state. also being considered, newt gingrich as well. as you know, one of the early positions that's normally announced is white house chief of staff. there seems to be a lot of back and forth about who that might be. cnn also learning that after meeting with paul ryan yesterday and mitch mcconnell, that they are suggesting that reince priebus would be the best man for that slot, but we are also hearing that perhaps donald trump is leaning more towards someone else, steve bannon, the former campaign ceo and also head of breitbart and very critical of paul ryan which could make for an interesting situation going forward. the transition team hard at work over the next few hours, next few days, putting this team together. carol? >> jason carroll reporting live from trump tower in new york city. let's talk about that and more. i'm joined by cnn senior political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic, ron
america. 5,000 people in new york city. they are not small. >> they exercising their first amendment rights. it's veterans day. we can celebrate the fact they should be allowed to do that. they are protesting something that already happened. it makes you wonder what is their goal, what are they trying to achieve other than making the current president-elect look bad. he's tweeted something, he's come out and said we should all be together. i think once he starts proposing policy solutions that people disagree with, maybe it would
make more sense then to say okay, now he's actually doing something i disagree with. he hasn't been sworn in. it's been three days since he won the election. we had a fair democratic contest to decide who the president of the united states will be. they are upset because their candidate get six million votes less than president obama. >> they would point out that she got more of the popular vote than donald trump. >> there is also the question does donald trump get the divide that is happening in this country right now. yes, he won in a fair and due process. i don't think that anyone is disputing that. but he also won in a fair and due process in a way we have not seen a candidate do before. he retweeted white supremacists. he called for the return of stop and frisk. he said we impose a muslim ban on the u.s. he said things that were deeply offensive to latinos, deeply offensive to young women and they had reason, they had reason to wake up the morning after election day and be worried about where their place is in donald trump's america. the fact that he sent that first
tweet last night and clearly got his hand slapped overnight and then sent a new tweet this morning saying no, no, it's okay, these are peaceful protests, is a sign that his staff at least is aware that you need to do something to try to heal these divisions but i don't think that tweet he sent last night is a good indication that the candidate himself, now president-elect, realizes how worried people are about their future under president donald trump. >> i just want to show some more examples of why people are worried. this actually happened. i'm going to show you what some kids were saying in a middle school in royal oak, michigan. let's watch. so these kids were chanting "build the wall" in front of hispanic students in that middle school. here's another example from york, pennsylvania. these were high school students. listen.
>> white power. white power. white power. >> okay. they are going down the hall holding a trump sign saying white power. it just makes you step back and say really? >> i think we heard in donald trump's acceptance speech on wednesday morning as it was an effort to reach across the aisle and talk about unity and he said he's going to be a president for everyone. but here we see, you know, in the last couple of days just such a strong response. i have heard people say what do the protesters hope to accomplish. i'm not sure that's the right question. i think the question is what are they trying to express. right now the whole nation is sort of processing where we're at in various ways. so the challenge for trump is to show that he can, you know, can he continue to strike that tone he struck after he was elected. >> i don't want to forget you, ron brownstein. can you put this in some sort of perspective for us? what's going on in our country
at the moment? >> yeah. i think, look, this was not a normal election. i think the point of the protesters is to say this was not a normal election. this was a cultural civil war. donald trump ran i think objectively the most racially divisive campaign as george wallace in 1968. he won the electoral college fair and square as sara said but over60 million people voted against him. in the end, hillary clinton will win the popular vote by a larger margin than al gore did and i believe if you look at polling, the vast majority of the coalition that voted against him believes he is either personally a racist or deliberately exploited racial division to help win the election, and i think -- i just think you will see more of this, particularly as he goes forward, if he in fact tries to implement key elements of the agenda he ran on, accelerating deportation, building a wall, banning immigration from large portions of the world and as sara said, promoting national stop and frisk. i think you will see more of this. this really is a struggle over the direction of the country between two very different americas. these protests are occurring in
big cities. if you look at the hundred largest metropolitan areas in the country, hillary clinton won them by at least 12 million votes. donald trump dominated everywhere else but we have a big divide and i think the goal of the protesters is to basically say this was not a normal election and this should not be normalized. look, when it turns to violence, americans are going to respond against that but that i think is going to be a big theme. i don't think that the initial notes of unity are realistic. i think this is going to be a very divisive period between two americas with very different visions of what the country is and where it's going. >> i must say, harry reid's statement, manu raju read it in the last hour of "newsroom," very divisive statement. basically calling donald trump out and the party for being racist, we are going to guard against it. you heard senator elizabeth warren come out. it's not quite helpful either, is it? >> look, 60 million americans voted for donald trump, okay?
you can't with a broad brush paint the republican activists that showed up to victory centers and all the ground game the rnc put together and just say they are all racist and all for deportation and all for muslim ban. that's not what they -- >> they elected a guy who believed all that. >> there's more issues in the presidential campaign than just those. i thi i think the people on the left want to highlight those when there's big issues going on with jobs, with people feeling left out. >> help democrats understand steve bannon, who lead the push to birtherism, so why would donald trump be considering that sort of person to be his chief of staff knowing that there's this upheaval in the country? >> look, i do think it's on the administration -- they have been here for three days. they haven't even been sworn in yet. it is on them to bring the country together. president-elect trump was here in washington, d.c. two days ago saying we want to bring the
country together, had a meeting with the president of the united states, we talked about bringing -- >> after that meeting steve bannon's name came up for chief of staff. >> my point is, you have to see what they actually do in policy proposals, what they are trying to do with the administration. we can keep rehashing the election over and over and over again. in the end, 60 million americans, americans voted for donald trump for reasons other than just the things that we are talking about here. we have to see what his administration puts together before we start passing judgments about the split. what ron is talking about is true. there is a cultural split and it's incumbent whether hillary clinton had won or donald trump had won, they were both going to face that split and both have the responsibility to try to bring the country together. one of the things the country is mad about is that washington doesn't work. now republicans are in control and they have to make it work. it's incumbent on all of them to do that. >> just quickly, ron -- >> real quickly, can i just say real quick, mike is right, there were many issues that elected donald trump. economic concerns, concerns about the political system but the fact is, there is a big portion of the country that
believes at the center of his message was an attempt to marginalize groups that are emerging in american society, that kept them, that kind of kept them to the edges. i can assure you they are not going to go quietly. the millenial generation is as big in society as the baby boomers when nixon got elected in 1968. i wonder if that's sort of a preview of what we may expect over the next couple years. >> have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. still to come, president obama's signature legislation on the chopping block with a republican congress and republican president. how obamacare could be repealed. because no one kills germs better than clorox. of bad breath germs% for a 100% fresh mouth. feeling 100% means you feel bold enough to... ...assist a magician... ...or dance.
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what provisions they might want to keep, when they will replace it, when they will repeal it. in the meantime the white house is urging people to continue to sign up, saying you can still reap the benefits and protections of this law until we get those other questions answered. a lot of experts you talk to will say even if the republicans do move to repeal the law, it wouldn't necessarily affect the people who are signing up right now. there would be a delay so that insurance companies can adjust. people wouldn't immediately be robbed of those health insurance plans. but as you mentioned, the day after trump won the election, 100,000 people went to the healthcare.gov website to sign up for health plans, the busiest day since open enrollment began back on november 1st. so you are hearing the white house say look, go sign up, you can benefit from these protections, like consumer protections, preventing lifetime caps, making sure people aren't discriminated against because they have pre-existing conditions, making sure people don't have to pay more for health coverage just because they are a woman and also, this
provision that allows children or kids up to age 26 to stay on their parents' plan. there are a lot of things the white house is continuing to tout. they have also noted that because they say of the affordable care act, the number of people without health insurance fell to a record low last year of 8.6%. so they sayhis is something that republicans are going to have to consider taking away health insurance from 20 million people if they decide to completely do away with this law. carol? >> all right. athena jones live from the white house, many thanks. there is a fight formulating right now to stop the repeal of obamacare. to talk about that i'm joined by ron pollack from families usa. welcome. your organization says you are going to go on a full-out war to keep obamacare. what does that look like? >> well, there are tens of millions of people whose lives really will be at risk if the affordable care act is repealed
because health coverage is their lifeline. 20 plus million people have gained coverage as a result of the affordable care act. there are 72.5 million people on the safety net medicaid program, and president-elect trump is talking about trying to repeal the affordable care act, to restructure the medicaid program which would result in cut-backs -- >> i talked to a lot of republicans about this. a, they said that if obamacare is repealed, that people won't automatically be thrown off their policies. there will be like a grace period, right? then those people who lose insurance will just go to medicaid. >> well, that's not clear. first of all, we don't know what the medicaid program is going to look like with trump's presidency. but you know, one of the things that's really important to understand, it's one thing not to give something to someone who has never experienced it. it's a totally different thing to give something of great value, particularly a lifeline,
and they really appreciate it, then to say we are going to take it away. there no doubt is going to be a real backlash if that happens. >> i think one of the things that some people don't realize is that many of the people who signed up for obamacare are really sick people who desperately needed insurance, who have diseases like cancer, other catastrophic illnesses, so if you repeal obamacare, what happens to those people? >> well, carol, there are 130 million people approximately who have some form of pre-existing condition, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, history of heart disease or cancer. those folks before were in a no insurance zone because insurers could say as they did that we are going to deny coverage to people who need it the most. >> but republicans say we are going to keep that part of obamacare. >> well, i hope that is true.
remember, president-elect trump said during the campaign that he's going to repeal the entire affordable care act. so there are a lot of things we don't know yet. but we do know there are tens upon tens of millions of people who depend upon the affordable care act, who depend on medicaid and of course, they are terribly worried that the coverage they have would be taken away. you made one very important point among others that people are now signing up for coverage and it's actually pretty significant sign-ups. 100,000 the day after the election. >> but i can tell you what republicans would say about that, too. they are signing up because if they don't, they will be penalized, right? they have to pay a penalty if they don't sign up. number two, they won't believe that number. >> well, they may not believe the number, but it is true that there is a penalty if people do not get health coverage, and -- but i think what really
motivates folks is they want to be protected. when they need health care, when their kids need health care, when their spouses need health care, they want to make sure they can get it because otherwise, they are at great risk. >> i don't want to dismiss, some people do have problems with their policies. they have very high deductibles and very expensive policies but that's not true in every state and with every person. then you have to think is there a fix, is there a compromise, but there's a republican house, republican senate and republican president all saying we are going to repeal this law so how can you fight it? >> well, there's no doubt that republicans have all the levers of decision making now in their hands. so the question is what are the republicans prepared to do and how are they going to respond to the millions of people who are going to be really in dire straits who are going to rejoin the ranks of the uninsured if
the affordable care act is repealed and won't be able to get the care they need. some of those folks, their health will get much worse and others will pay the ultimate price. we will see whether this ultimately happens. we are going to fight this. let's be really clear. >> ron pollack, thanks so much. >> delighted to be with you. still to come in the "newsroom" she's a woman, a muslim, an immigrant and says she's one of the silent supporters of donald trump. that's next. cough doesn't sound so good. take mucinex dm. i'll text you in 4 hours when your cough returns. one pill lasts 12 hours, so... looks like i'm good all night! some cough medicines only last 4 hours. but just one mucinex lasts 12 hours. let's end this. ♪ ♪ ♪ is it a force of nature?
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i'm carol costello live in washington, d.c. thanks so much for joining me. my next guest calls herself a quote, silent voter for donald trump. she's a life-long liberal. she's also muslim. she went public with her decision in a "the washington post" column that sparked a swift backlash on social media including allegations she's a sellout. she joins me live from milwaukee. welcome. >> thank you so much, carol. >> a lot of people say that you are courageous for going public in "the washington post" with your thoughts. why did you think it was so important? >> you know, i felt like this entire election year, we have just silenced so many people. as you said, i'm a happy liberal, i believe in progressive values but i do believe that we have a liberal honor brigade nowadays that is basically shutting up and silencing people who disagree with them. we see them marching on the streets right now because they
dot like the election results and unfortunately, whenever anybody would speak up, we were ridiculed or chastised. even now the idea of speaking out as somebody who voted for trump is earning me all sorts of lovely labels like idiot and f'er and all these other ideas that i think violate liberal values of free speech and self-determination. so i spoke out because i also believe we have to stand up for the dignity of all people and trump voters are human beings, too. >> i have spoken to so many muslim americans across the country, though, who fear mr. trump. what would you say to them? >> i don't fear donald trump and i don't fear the policies he's talking about. what i fear are the extremist interpretation of islam that is spilling blood on the streets of
our world from orlando to brussels and what i appreciate about his policies is that he is confronting the issue of ideogy. he's not choosing a path that we have had for the last eight years of political correctness that won't talk about the islam and islamic state and to me that's a crisis of our generation right now and we have to confront it with honesty and truth telling. the solutions are not easy. they are not comfortable. but they are ones that we have to confront and unfortunately, i believe the liberals and the left have really betrayed america on that front for the sake of these ideas of pluralism and islamophobia that are not really on the table. what really is on the table is the issue of just confronting an ideology. >> let me ask you this, because i do want to get to -- right down to it, because a lot of muslim americans are afraid when
mr. trump talks about a muslim ban, he took it off his website for a time but now it's back on. so they say that is extreme, that's singling a group of people out because of their religion and not allowing them in the united states because of that, and that's quintessentially un-american. what do you think about that? >> what i know that we have today is a very real and serious threat by extremist muslims and this is a reality that we haven't confronted directly for the sake of political correctness and if people would hear out the concerns and fears that others have about the issues to refugees and extremists, i think we could find a path that's in the middle. but unfortunately, what happens is that this liberal honor brigade shuts down all conversation, calls you bigot or racist or islamophobe if you dare to speak your own concerns. i know that the solution for our
world and our country is the middle path. i believe that the left must move to the middle, the right must move to the middle, then we are going to come up with actually healthy solutions that protect national security as well as human rights. >> i think that one of the things that bothered many muslim americans was how donald trump reacted to mr. khan and his son who died in the iraq war and what he said about mr. khan's wife. can you put that into perspective? were you insulted by that or did you think that was just political show? >> carol, i sure can. thank you for asking this question, because i think on so many instances, i'm speaking to you as a journalist, a media expert, also, there was just this knee-jerk condemnation of donald trump and his views. he's not a man with any kind of
delicacy when it comes to his comments. granted, he's indelicate. we got that. but he expresses a truth that people speak and i will tell you that i sat, watched the democratic convention and as i watched this gold star family speak and saw the husband speak, i wondered to myself who is that woman. she wasn't even introduced by the dnc, if you look back at the tapes. we didn't even know her name. we didn't know her identity. so i'm a woman who fights for rights within our muslim community and i wondered the same thing, why was she silent. >> mr. khan said she was silent because she would have been overcome by grief to talk about her dead son. >> oh, my gosh, i am so [ inaudible ]. >> oh, my goodness. bad skype connection. i apologize for that. i would like to thank asra for
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it's been a long, trying week for millions of americans who were forced to come to grips with an election outcome they never saw coming. some are taking up battle on social media. others are hitting the streets to express their anger. cnn's kyung lah reports emotions are still raw in this changing america.
>> reporter: protests may be easiest to see, but that's only part of what many like kerry sherman feel. >> i think a lot of us are feeling very shaken and unsure and alone and afraid. >> reporter: are you still upset? >> yeah. i'm definitely still recovering. this goes beyond politics. this goes to something deeper and more fundamental to who i feel like i am as a human being. >> reporter: sherman lives in los angeles with her husband and three children but her anxiety is shared across social media platforms and television. from the minority woman afraid of her own name's foreign sound to the latina high school senior protesting in san francisco. >> it means a lot to me right now because a lot of my family, a lot of my friends are undocumented and it's not fair. it's really not fair. >> reporter: to the late night hosts, not telling a joke, sharing instead his yet unrealized hope for little girls watching. >> i imagine this moment today
will be a defining one for you. one that will make you work harder and strive farther and whoever you are, i hope i live to see your inauguration. >> reporter: and the muslim man looking for his place in trump's america. >> i'm very concerned as a muslim. i'm concerned about a candidate who is now going to be president who said on the campaign trail that he wants to ban all muslims en s mass just because they're muslim. >> reporter: part of it is expectations. kerry like many believed she cast her vote for the woman who would win. >> to be in this historic moment and vote for our first woman president, there was just such a high in that moment and now in hindsight i have been in a bubble. i think a lot of what i'm feeling and i think other people i know are feeling is a sense of betrayal that this country isn't what we thought it was. >> reporter: as politicians work toward a smooth transition in
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fox news anchor megyn kelly is pushing back against a notebook review. according to the publication kelly writes trump tried to earn positive coverage by offering journalists gifts and that trump may have had advance warning about a debate question. kelly and trump went head-to-head after she asked a pointed question like this at one of the debates. >> you have called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> let's talk about this. i want to bring in cnn politics reporter dylan beyer.
did donald trump get advance warning of that very question? >> well, it's an open question. certainly it's a part of megyn kelly's new book that the "new york times" fastened on to with good reason. megyn kelly says donald trump called her before that debate and said i heard you are going to ask me a very pointed, hard-hitting question. that alone is troubling. no presidential candidate in a primary or general election should have any notion of what debate moderators are going to ask them. so look, the insinuation there clearly is that someone leaked at least that much information to him and that would have to have been somebody at fox news. but i do think, you saw megyn kelly taking to twitter herself last night to try and tamp down some of the drama around that notebook "new york times" book . she's not trying to insinuate he had the precise language or
nature of the question, just that it would be a hard-hitting question. other things in that book review, like the suggestion that perhaps her coffee had been poisoned on the way to the debate which is why she became violently ill, she is trying to tamp that down. there are a lot of unknowns but by raising these vague insinuations naturally they are going to get talked about. >> right. well, the other interesting thing was that supposedly donald trump called megyn kelly and offered her, i don't know, hotel rooms and such for favorable coverage. >> that's absolutely right. there are two instances she refers to. one, he invited her to mar-a-lago in florida which she declined and the second is that he offered to pick up the tab after she and some of her friends spent a weekend at the trump soho hotel in new york. this is not -- megyn kelly is not the only journalist to bring
up donald trump offering journalists flights on his 757, hotel rooms, conceivably in order to curry favorable coverage among the press. again, something that's very troubling. kudos to the journalists who turned that down. i think for any journalist who accepted any of those offers it raises major ethical questions. >> but here's the thing, dylan. i don't know when these offers came but when megyn kelly did her hour-long special, when she went back and interviewed donald trump after a very contentious debate, a lot of people said that she did not ask hard-hitting questions in that interview and now we are open to wondering why. >> well, yes, there's no question that interview did not meet the expectations i think of the nation in terms of wanting to see a brawl between megyn kelly and donald trump, who had sort of built up a great deal of hype about that meeting for several months. i will say that not to get too far into the weeds, that did
have something to do with megyn kelly's career ambitions to be something more along the lines of barbara walters style journalist to not necessarily be as confrontational as she is at debates. the role of a debate moderator is different from the role of a prime time special interviewer. look, there's no question that disappointed. those were softball questions, they weren't hard-hitting. when you have the privilege of sitting down one-on-one with a presidential candidate, especially a presidential candidate who has so many unanswered questions such as donald trump, now president-elect, i think it's fair to say the nation deserved more hard-hitting questions there. >> i can't wait to read the book. thanks so much. thanks to all of you for joining me today. i'm carol costello in washington. we leave you with live pictures from arlington national cemetery where the veterans difficult ay is under way. president obama will deliver a veterans day address.
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