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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. joe biden is staking his 2020 bid in the ability to beat donald trump and restore the soul and character of america. and now his campaign says president trump jabs at biden's intelligence show exactly why trump needs to be defeated next year. as a reminder, this was the current u.s. president yesterday insulting the former vice president on a world stage, citing the words of a dictator. >> kim jong-un made a statement that joe biden is a low iq individual. he probably is. based on his record. i think i agree with him on that. >> cnn chief political analyst gloria borger is with me. and moments ago, biden's deputy campaign manager said, quote, the president's comments are beneath the dignity of the office, to be on foreign soil on memorial day and to side repeatedly with the murderous
dictator against a fellow american and former vice president speaks for itself. she goes on, it is part of a pattern of embracing autocrats at expense of our institutions, whether taking putin's word at face value in helsinki or exchanging love letters, how trump referred to them, love letters with kim jong-un. and that is from kate bedding field. so your reaction is? >> trump is playing into their hands. of course it is inappropriate. and how many times do we say that about trump. >> a gas illan. >> and in this case it is clear that biden gets under his skin because biden is criticizing him about his character and about american values and the soul of america. which biden talks about quite frequently. and it just seems to me that the more that trump does this -- >> does it elevate him? >> totally. he's already elevated number one because he's so far ahead of his
competitors. but we know those things could evaporate quickly. think about hillary clinton being 41 points ahead of her nearest competitor last time around. >> a reminder. >> a reminder. but this way he -- he elevates biden and by having his campaign manager respond or deputy campaign manager respond to the president he is saying, this is beneath me to respond to this garbage. i am going to let somebody who works for me respond to the president of the united states. which is kind of remarkable. >> kind of remarkable. also i want to ask you about another trump rival, republican michigan congressman justin amash. last week the first republican to say that trump is engaged in impeachable conduct based on what he red in the mueller report and today taking aim at the attorney general bill barr saying barr has used his position to sell the president's false narrative to the american people. this will continue if those who have -- read the report do not
pub back on the misrepresentations and share the truth. not backing down. what do you think? >> i think he might be running for president. >> do you think that is what that is? >> i think it really -- i think it might be. he's been ex communicated from republicans in the congress who are by enlarge standing up with the president. >> yep. >> and he's decided to go head on into this. >> so he would challenge him? >> well, who knows. but he's clearly not giving up talking about the mueller report, talking about the attorney general whom he believes is acted as a shield effectively for the president of the united states. a lot of democrats share that view. if republicans share it, they're keeping it secret. and so i think that continuing along this path, look, he might get out there and decide to give trump some trouble. and that is something that i don't think trump wants. but it might also get under his
skin. who knows. trump expects fealty from republicans. generally he's been getting it. and so amash is going a different route. not backing down, said he's not worried about winning his congressional seat. he did win by i believe nine points or so last time. so who knows. but there could be another -- could be a republican who decides to sort of just give it to donald trump. we'll see. >> so trump could get incoming from both sides? >> yeah. we'll see. >> thank you very much. breaking news. on capitol hill, house republicans have blocked the passage of more than $19 billion in disaster relief for the second time in a week. one congressman objected to that bill, cnn white house reporter sarah westwood is following this for us. and so sarah, president trump said that he would sign this. so why the opposition? >> reporter: well, brooke, house republicans, they are upset about the process by which house democrats have tried to pass
this. they say they don't want to pass it on unanimous consent. they want to have a lengthier debate about a bill of this size and also upset about what is not in the bill which is funding for border security that the trump administration has asked for several billion dollars to fund things like more detention beds at the border which is controversial and after a long debate, weeks in the making, of finally arriving at a deal that put together this $19 billion disaster relief package, border security funding was left out of it. it was a so-called clean disaster relief bill. it is already passed the republican controlled senate and as you mentioned president trump has already said he will sign it if it gets to his desk. so really, this is just occasions from a handful of house conservatives who are upset that the deal -- the bipartisan deal that was reached left out border security funding. the house will come back from recess on monday so they'll have another chance to pass it then. senate minority leader chuck schumer released a statement
after it was blocked today, look no further than the action of the house conservatives to see ch party is standing in the way of disaster relief moving forward, brooke. >> sarah westwood, thank you. also right now, more than 100 million people are under threat of deadly tornados in the midwest and the northeast. the highest risk level a four out of five in a place for parts is -- is in place for parts of kansas, missouri, iowa and illinois. overnight in ohio one person was killed and several injured when a tornado ripped through this town called celina, leaving neighborhoods flattened and there the fire chief of a dayton suburb described a similar scene. >> devastation. world war iii. it's tough. there were several houses that we had to go in and remove victims from. there was a couple of cars that were trapped because of live electric lines.
that has been a real problem. and the natural gas leaks were incredible out here. >> there is also a threat of severe storms in oklahoma and arkansas today. but the bigger issue may be the flooding as many, many people find homes under water. the oklahoma governor is warning that the rivers are still rising. and in fort smith, arkansas, the flooding has forced schools to shut down for the rest of the year. classes were supposed to end thursday. cnn ed lavandera is in sand springs, oklahoma, just west of tulsa and, my goodness, that is some mighty high water. >> reporter: and that water, if you meander through there on a boat, will eventually get you to the arkansas river. but that is nearly a mile away from where we are standing. so you could kind of get a sans from that just how -- how far out of the banks the arkansas river has come to at this point. we are several miles downstream from the keystone dam where the
floodwaters are getting through. it is north of that dam. that is all backed up and the army corp of engineers is releasing water from that dam at about 275,000 cubic feet per second. that is three olympic-size pools coming out of that -- of the flood gates every second. and that is why all of this water you're seeing move downstream. so it is controlled, but there is the threat of more rain here in the -- tonight and into tomorrow. and depending on where that rainfall comes, it could really aggregate the situation. and brooke, you mentioned fort smith arkansas, that is downstream where here. the river in the tulsa area is expected to crest at some point tomorrow so it shouldn't get much worse than what w-- than what we see here and it depends on the rainfall and that is the caveat but downstream in fort smith, arkansas, the floodwaters expected to rise another five to six feet which could cause more problems there. so emergency officials urging people to evacuate and be ready to move at a moment's notice.
but it is a stressful situation for many of the residents we've been talking over the last couple of days who say it is almost like a helpful feeling standing here on the water's edge and there is nothing you could do except hopefully watch the water go down quickly. >> can you imagine? what a sense of helplessness. three olympic swimming pools, that is massive. ed lavandera in sand springs. thank you. the storms in the midwest are just one of several extreme weather events we've seen so far this year. so just let me paint a picture. in the last 30 days, there have been more than 500 tornados reported across the u.s. it is the fourth wettest year on record in oklahoma. the latest heat wave has set or tied records in at least eight cities for the highest recorded temperatures in the month of may. and the first named storm of the hurricane season came two weeks before it starts this saturday. so cnn climate change correspondent bill weir is with me. hello, sir. >> good to see you. >> we have covered and lived
through many example of severe weather. so how is this related to climate change? >> well, weather is what determines what you wear today. climate is what should be in your closet. and the folks, as you saw there on the missouri river, they're wearing hip wader and the question is do they need them in their closet forever. it is harder to tie tornados to climate change. the scientists are -- don't have enough data on that but any sixth grade science teacher could teach you that a warmer climate means more moisture and it means altering the jet stream which changes patterns, so earlier in the spring when they had a quick thaw and all of the water had nowhere to go because the ground was so hard and then a bomb cyclone and it took out grain silos and all of that. so, yes, as we crank up the thermometer on the planet, all of us, with our choices every day the way we power our economies, we're loading the dice for these kinds of events. >> and the dice are getting
loaded, we've been reported on what the trump administration has done. how they systematically eliminated regulations in place to fight climate change. let me rattle off a couple. this summer the epa will roll back obama-era rules for power plant emissions and the u.s. is no longer in the paris climate accord, the trump administration recently blocked a declaration on climate change at the arctic council and "the new york times" today is reporting that the u.s. gs will only generate climate models through 2040 rather than the end of the century. the epa said this about the change. quote, the previous use of inaccurate modeling that focuses on worst case admission scenarios does not reflect real world conditions needs to be thoroughly re-examined and tested if such information will serve as the scientific foundation of nationwide decision-making now and in the future. you could explain the significance for me on the last point? >> i can. the statement goes on and says the fundamental problem with
worst case scenarios is they are based on the flawed assumption that the significant steps toward economic could slide backwards. that is exactly what the national climate assessment said. 12 different government bodies from nasa and noaa to the smithsonian to the pentagon saying we're in for a horrible planet when there is not enough food to feed everybody and you have climate refugees, when life as we know it changes. and that is not going to happen by 2040. that is going to happen by 2075 or 2100 if nothing changes now. so one catherine -- one climate scientist, she's the analogy, it is like going to the doctor and the zrr said if -- the -- said if you eat 12 cheeseburgers a day and here is what you look like when you are 40 and here is what you look like when you are 70. the length of your life is determined on that. and so cutting it off and -- and
scott pruitt, the former epa commissioner proposed to president trump, well let's have a debate. let's set up a red and blue team debate. it is really hard to find somebody on the other side of the debate. but they found one. his name is william happener. he's a former princeton atomic physicist who also worked for right-wing think tanks which are funded by petro chemical dollars and he had this analogy about too much carbon in the atmosphere. this is from a few years ago. take a listen. >> you know, i get called a denier and anyone who objects to all of the hype gets called a denier. that is supposed to make me a holocaust denier. i'm getting tired of that. and the comment i made was the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor jews under hit lear. carbon dioxide is a benefit to
the world and so were the jews. >> i mean, are you kidding? that is what they found. that is your point? >> and the only way -- because for years the commit -- politicalization denied this was happening and claims there was a 17-year pause and now you can't deny it any more. people are seeing it in their backyard in the midwest. you can ask bass fisherman or lobster fisher men or scientist at exxon now that we have documents from the po'80s in whh they trooe -- they predict the everything would happen now. and it is driven by a religious belief that they can't alter the planet or special interests and it is hard to convince a man of something when his salary depends on him not understanding it. from the sinclair quote. >> bill weir, well done. thank you very much. just ahead here, a colorado man is now the 11th person to die on everest this year.
why over crowding, fewer weather windows and the so-called death zone could be to blame. and a sitting congressman admits to taking wartime photos with combatants he had killed. i'll speak with a veteran who led a platoon in iraq and why he said undermining the enforcement of military justice goes all the way to the president. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. ♪ limu emu and doug. hmm. exactly.
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now to this dangerous traffic jam at the top of the world. after 11 deaths on mt. everest this climbing season, a senior tourism official said nepal may change the requirements to summit everest. right now climbers need to obtain a permit regardless of experience and playing a part. and more climbers and a shorter window of good weather has led one veteran climber to call his trek to everest this year, a quote/unquote death race. the cnn senior correspondent arwa traveled to the base camp on the nepal side and filed this report. >> reporter: we have just arrived to everest base camp. and i have to say, even at this
altitude, even without being near to the summit, you really feel the impact of the decreased oxygen levels. the scenery is spectacular. you understand what the draw and appeal is. that is the fall that is -- that is so famous. it is what the climbers first have to go through to get to camp one and then of course as they move on up throug the different camps in the different stops trying to reach what is the one main goal that unites everybody here and normally this entire area at the peak of the season is covered in tents. but you have what right behind me is just a few tents that have been left. they're are clean up crews and still a handful of climbers down there. some of the last ones to come down from the summit. on what has been an especilly devastating hiking season for
the summit of everest. because of the level of fatalities. and because of the issues that arose from all of this backlog that took place. the photographs, the long lines of people waiting inside the death zone. called that because of the levels of oxygen, they are so low. every breath you take in the death zone only gives youa third of the oxygen you would get at sea level so you have to be climbing with oxygen tanks and so these long, waiting hours may have contributed to the deaths that we did see at least to most of them. and a lot of the climbers aren't dying on the way up. you could make it to that goal. you could make it to the summit. it is when you come back down. that is when people's bodies tend to succumb toality attitude sickness. and a lot of debate on whether nepal needs to do more to
regulate the number of experience and number of people that go up. and there is criticism about inexperienced climbers going up. but also a burden of responsibility on the individual. yes, this is such a challenge. it is such a goal that is really going to push you mentally and physically to the limit. but all of the climbers we're talking to are saying you really need to know how to listen to your body and to just being here right now, one really feels the effect of the lower levels of oxygen. arwa damon, cnn on the nepal side of the camp. >> thank you so much. just ahead, make air crew great again. you see the patch. during a visit to u.s. troops in japan, president trump saw his own likeness on the shirt sleeves of airmen. but did it break the rules? that is what we're asking today? >> and lost in hawaiian forest for 17 days, the rescued hiker
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cnn reporter barbara starr is with me. >> the navy issued a statement saying -- the navy leadership is aware of the ins dent and reviewing to ensure the patch doesn't violate d.o.d. policy or uniform regulations. but we know units democrat and they could order this stuff themselves. there are places that make it and provide. some units put on umor -- humorous patches and so does it violate policy? generally, yes. you are supposed to only wear the authorized military parts of your uniform. you're in the military. you don't get to decide what goes on your uniform. and generally what happens is the boss comes out and yells at everybody and said don't ever do this again. the issue here, of course, is that this is an image of the president. it is a play on words for his political slogan make america great again.
and we saw those red hats with that slogan appear when he made his holiday trip to iraq. and when you are in the military, you are not allowed in uniform while you are on your duty day, so to speak, to participate in any political sloganing or any political offense and that slogan is interpreted to by a political slogan of the president of the united states. so the question now is once again, will there be any kind of discipline? it may be -- it may turn out to be the boss wagging the finger and saying don't do this again but the question is will the military respond? there wasn't a great track record of doing that in iraq because the president -- the commander-in-chief, then signed some of the hats. so you couldn't really be a commander disciplining about something that the president was doing. it is another case of we're in interesting times, -- uncharted
waters for so many, including the military. >> barbara starr, thank you so much. on the patches. congress -- republican congressman duncan hunter is sad mitting while serving in the marines he posed with the body of a deaden emmy combatant and he made the comments in defense of edward gallagher charged with stabbing a defenseless and wounded teenage prisoner of war to death in iraq and then posing with the body for a photo. he's also accused of shooting at civilians and opening fire on crowds. even so trump reportedly is considering say pardon for gallagher. considering a pardon for gallagher. so let's see. where -- i also want to know that hunter is under indictment accused of misusing a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds. with me now, captain wade born,
an iraq war combat veteran and in an opinion piece in "the washington post" he wrote that he led a platoon in iraq and trump is wrong to pardon war criminals. so thank you so much for being with me and thank you for everything you've done for this country. i want to begin with congressman hunter's comments. what did you make of him speaking about what he said he did? >> i mean, brooke, sometimes you just have to shake your head. i would like to say i was shocked. but given his support for gallagher, it doesn't surprise me at all. what was kind of off-putting was the very off -- nonchalant way in which he admitted to doing something that is horribly immoral, if not a war crime. he just said, oh, well we've all been there and all done that. we've all taken pictures with dead bodies. >> but you haven't all been there and you haven't all done that. >> absolutely. no, we haven't. >> and that is absolutely
against anything you are supposed to do. and want to come back to that point. but when he was speaking about it, he said, essentially, that i did it but i didn't post the photo on social media or text it. does that matter? >> i mean, perhaps it matters in terms of litigation. but i don't think it matters in terms of the ethics. i think the ethics is all about the picture taking itself. the selfie phenomenon and what that says about what you think of the human being that is in front of you now and that is dead. >> and explain to civilians who may be thinking, well, you go to war, these are the enemy, this is the enemy, and you are objective to kill so what is wrong with doing this? and explain this to civilians watching why it is. >> sure. it is a great question that a lot of people have problems with. or problems understanding. first of all, it is in the law of war regulations, geneva
convention that the bodies of enemy soldiers and combatants are to be respected. why we do that, it's -- it comes down to dehumanization and this is difficult because at a certain level soldiers have to be able to kill the enemy. and so they have -- they have to be able to see them as the enemy. however, one of the really important roles of a leader in the military, leaders manage violence. they are not there to commit it. and they're job is to keep soldiers, sailors and marines on the positive side of that line which means you're able to kill the enemy but you are not -- you don't become an amoral killing machine that doesn't recognize the humanity of what you're doing. and so we respect the bodies of enemy combatants because at that point they are no longer combatants, they are just human
beings and we wouldn't want anybody to treat any human body that desecrates it or makes fun of it or uses it as a prop in the way that hunter has. and i should point out that he was a leader at the time. so that makes it even worse in my book. >> we wait to see what happens now that he's -- admitted this and also of course his potential pardons, discussion of potential pardon for the navy s.e.a.l. such as gallagher and waitman beorn, thank you. >> thank you. my next guest is one of the stars of broadway's biggest productions "to kill a mockingbird" where he was con fronted where he writes every night racists kill me, then i leave the theater for a world of danger. do not miss my conversation with benga okinabi. fit me foundation
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post" entitled "every night racists kill me", then i leave the theater for a world of danger. it is a pleasure to see you again. i was there opening night. cried. thought you were phenomenal. and so just thank you for all that you do. but when you -- why has this role so profoundly moved you, as a black man in america sn. >> it is interesting because we workshoped it for a year and rehearsed it and went through the process of breaking it all down as far as race and time and gender and all of the those things but in front of an audience i started to feel differently than i ever felt it before. >> how? >> well, now we're in front of an audience of very -- mainly affluent people who could afford to be there, white faces and now i'm showing this black man's story and it hit me difficultly. these -- most of these people have my politics and agree with the things that i agree with but
they're still benefactors of this racist system and so to tell tom's story in front of the audience that that is open and getting more open through the experience of the play, it was just -- >> you feel it. deeply. >> it was strange. it was a dichotomy there and a -- a lot going on that i just had to get out and put it on paper. >> there are so much that stings as a member of the audience watching you and part of it is hearing the n-word multiple times, weaponized against you and i'm wondering just over the however shows you've done, does it sting less for you as an actor or what -- what power does that word carry for you? >> it is -- having heard the word so many times over so many shows, what stands out is the power it carries for other people. and how they use it, avoid it,
pretend is doesn't exist which in some ways is offensive in itself. and so seeing how that -- how prevalent the word -- the meaning behind it or the various meanings behind it, it is so layered into our society. so that -- it is interesting, so it is almost like a litmus test. >> and tell us about the ladies that came back stage. >> that is wild. >> tell me about it. >> they are kind and older and liberal and white ladies and they came and talked about how -- what they felt and how they empathized with tom and then -- all of a sudden she's using the n-word left and right. >> like legit using the n-word in conversation with you? >> yes. as soon as i turned to the first person who said it and asked how it felt to be called that, the other woman said it and then i was just -- i was like, is this really happening? this doesn't seem real. and they don't -- and they don't see that. and they were former educators, a couple of them. so all right, i'm not quite sure what is going on here.
should i even -- should i feel offended because we just did this play that does that give them permission now and they don't intend -- >> to offend. >> exactly. >> but -- >> but this is -- yeah. >> yeah. so you're a character on trial for raping this white woman. tom didn't do it. and when tom is sitting there, in the trial and addictus the lawyer is saying why did you run? it is so powerful. what is going through your mind as bgenga? >> it is crazy to me that -- because that question is very real. it is real in the play but you hear people who make excuses for black people being shot, whether it is by the police or some other -- being shot out there. like, well why did they run if they didn't do anything?
they should respect authority. justifying the victimization of these people. and ignoring the history that we have in this country. it is ignoring -- honestly if a person has a gun, whether they have a badge or not, i'm inclined to get away from that person. i'm inclined to see that person as a danger, whether they are wearing a uniform or not. >> to run. >> so to ask that question, that ignores all of that. it ignores -- the experience of your fellow american because they happen to be black and you've never experienced that. so it is -- to hear that on stage, it rings true every single time he asks that question. >> i reached out to aaron sorkin today about you. and says bgenga illicits gasps and sobs from the audience every night because bgenga is a world class actor and part of that is because he can't help bringing his own humanity on stage with him.
he refused to let tom robinson be an anonymous black victim. >> wow! he's very, very kind. >> for people who haven't seen it, what do you want them to know? >> i want them to come out and see the show. part of the reason i wrote this was to encourage the diversification of the audience because everyone needs to see this show. it is the most important play on bro way -- on broadway right now. not what we're doing but because of the conversations that could come from it and everyone needed to be part of the conversation, not just white or black people. everyone needs to be part of the conversation if we want to address it and have some ugly truths come out and not hide from it. >> bgenga, you are extraordinary. thank you so much. i appreciate you sharing that. we have to move on. michael avenatti is about to be arraigned for the second time today and the first hearing ore allegations that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from former client stormy
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fight against disinformation campaigns. they have just deleted several fake accounts used to spread pro-iranian propaganda across social media and the united states. cnn's senior national correspondent alex marquardt is monitoring the developments for us. so alex, who's behind these fake accounts? >> brooke, all we know now is that these are pro-iranian accounts. facebook is saying that they did originate in iran, but the company whose intelligence was reported today, fire eye, they are not tying this necessarily to the iranian government. it was not just facebook that was affected, it was twitter as well. these are accounts that were pushing pro-iranian messages, so anti-saudi arabia, anti-israel, pro-palestine. they were trying to stir up trouble by talking about how the u.s. should distance themselves from the saudi arabian government over the death, the murder of "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi. just in terms of the numbers, we have numbers from facebook. they say that they took down 51 accounts, 36 pages, seven
groups, and three instagram accounts. twitter did not put out their numbers. they did note they have taken down some 2,800 inthaauthentic accounts since may. but it's not just social media, which we spent so much time talking about, it was newspapers, as well. this campaign succeeded in getting letters to the editor, pushing those pro-iranian messages published 13 times in american newspapers over the past year, including the "l.a. times" and the new york daily news. so, you know, brooke, we spent so much time talking about russia, we spent so much time talking about china hacking into our intellectual property and stealing economic secrets, we don't spend all that much time talking about iran. what we're seeing here is them taking a play out of the russian playbook, and when you talk to intelligence officials, they talk about russia, china, iran and north korea as the biggest cyber threats against north korea. >> yes. >> alex, thank you so much. alex marquardt in washington. coming up next, the biden camp just fired back after the
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underway. this is the one where he's accused of trying to extort more than $20 million from sportswear giant nike. he's also expected to plead not guilty in that case, as well. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you, as always, for being with me. let's go to washington. "the lead" starts right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to "the lead." i'm brianna keilar in for jake. we begin with breaking news. any moment, we expect to hear from the woman who survived 17 days lost in a hawaiian forest. rescuers found amanda eller on friday with a fractured leg, injured knee, and sunburns so bad that it was infected. and she survived by eating berries and drinking river water when she thought it looked safe. i want to bring in cnn's nick watt. nick, amanda eller was lost in this hawaiian forest for more than two weeks. it's unbelievable. tell us about this as we await her speaking in