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this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. 11:00 p.m. here on the east coast. urgent and dire. urgent and dire warnings today from the nation's top health official about the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic. as 25 states are now recording higher rates of new cases, as compared to last week. the director of the cdc saying this about covid-19 to a congressional committee. >> we've all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus. and the reality is it brought this nation to its knees. >> tonight the total number of cases in the u.s. has surpassed
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2.3 million, and more than 121,000 americans have died from complications of the disease. dr. anthony fauci is telling congress, "we're now seeing a disturbing surge of infections, and if the nation doesn't get the coronavirus pandemic under control by the fall, then we're essentially chasing after a forest fire". >> the next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgings that we're seeing in florida, in texas, in arizona and in other states. they're not the only ones that are having a difficulty. >> and despite the president claiming that he wants to see a slowdown in testing, fauci telling the committee just the opposite, that the u.s. will see an increase in testing going forward, not less of it. so, joining me now, cnn's white house correspondent john harwood and our political commentator bakari sellers. he's at author of the new memoir, "my vanishing country."
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harwood and sellers. tuesday nights on cnn. >> sounds like a band. >> no, it's a tuesday night -- like a buddy cop movie, i love it. harwood and sellers or sellers and harwood. you fight about that. good evening, gentlemen. thank you so much. tonight, the president said, john, we're hopefully at the end of the pandemic, the same day his top infectious disease expert, you know, he started sounding the alarm. what kind of message does this send to the american people? >> the message it sends, don, is that the public health authorities have their eyes open and the president of the united states by his words and his actions is detached from reality. the public health authorities see the same thing that the european union sees. that the governors of the texas, florida, and arizona and california now see. that thousands of people -- his own supporters in tulsa last weekend saw, which is that we've got a real problem and we've got to do something about it, but
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the president is so desperate to avoid blame and responsibility as he runs for re-election that he is insisting that this is in the past. he's making these dumber than a fifth grader statements about testing and testing is why we have more cases. which of course caused the public health authorities, as you just said at the top, to say, well, of course, that's not the case. we want more testing. causes his campaign fishes to say, oh, he was just joking, and then he comes out today and says, actually, no, i wasn't joking. and what he made clear by piz statement today was that he knows that facts and reality are not his friend in this situation. what he doesn't like about testing is that it reveals the extent of the cases. not that it creates cases. and he does not want that reality revealed. >> bakari, just something else the president said about the pandemic. i'll play it and then we'll talk. >> -- got all different names. wuhan. wuhan was catching on.
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coronavirus. right? kung flu, yeah. kung flu. >> so, bakari, he knows exactly what he's doing because the white house has been told several times this is a racist slur, but trump keeps saying is. is racism part of the strategy here? >> it's always part of the strategy, to delve into the culture wars. the problem is people have to vote in november because their life truly depends on it. i'm not sure we would have been able to say that in a presidential election ever, at least in my lifetime, haven't been around here that long. this is a life or death election and you cannot -- you cannot say that without the full weight of that statement. the president of the united states saying kung flu, that's a racist slur. the president of the united states is racist. we've been here before. we've been calling him such and calling him out, and i believe that statement to have veracity
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and truth since before he ran for president of the united states. that's not my biggest problem. the scariest thing about that entire clip was all of those -- his choir that yelled back at him that was anticipating calling it and cheering him on. >> cheering. >> that's scary. but the fact ransom this president, as harwood said, my lead singer in this duo said, this president is ill equipped to handle this pandemic. and in my household, we watch cnn and we watch these clips all the time and we just have wwfd, what would fauci do? because that is who we're looking for for guidance. we have to follow the expert because the fact remains this president of the united states because of his failures early on has cost many more lives. and my fear is that he's going to cost more through his ignorance and through hi blatant racism. >> we're joined now by cnn's senior political analyst ron brownstein. ron, thanks for joining us. question for you right out of
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the gate. the president called the protesters who tried to pull down the statue of andrew jackson last night bad people who don't love our country. why do you think he has latched on to this new culture war? >> well, for bakari's point, i mean, you know, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. every time the president is under pressure politically, he turns back to cultural division and racial division aimed at mobilizing his base. his problem is, you know, everyone else hears what he is saying and the only way to understand his remarks about the statues is to put them in the context of the extraordinary spasm at that tulsa event of racial signaling and racial coding. ms 13 animals. driving the cities as kind of apocalyptic hellholes, attacking women of color, using kung flu as well. his vision is the way he wins is by mobilizing even more turnout among the primarily non-urban
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portions of the electorate that are open to that kind of messaging. the problem he's got, don, each time he does this he reinforces the doubts of the white collar voters who have moved away from the gop since his election. >> well, ron, you could give him point -- i guess -- for consistency, had he said there were very fine people on both sides. why not with this one? >> well, look, you know, he describes the -- in michigan when you had the kind of the right protest with people with kf confederate flags and assault weapons, he called on gretchen whitmer to make a deal and described the protesters in the black lives mater movement as thugs. he draws a line in the electorate between those who are mobilized by fear of how america is changing, and those who welcome how america is changing. and that is the hill that he wants to fight on. the problem is, i think, as you're seeing now, if you -- if that is the hill you're going to fight on, you are at somewhere
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around 42% or 43% of the elec electorate, and it leenchts him with really only one path for re-election. it's hard for him to persuade anybody that isn't in his camp with thee kinds of arguments. the only path he's got is to massively turn out voting of non-college whites, and so forth. but, again, the problem is the kind of extreme things you do to do that, everyone else hears and it you get an offset pretty clearly on the other side. >> well, he has said, john, some positive things about the confederacy in the past. also saying that, you know, this is our history. meaning -- he's saying this is our history. this is sheer ignorance about our country's history, isn't it? >> well, yes, and, you know, the president is no more of a historian than he is a public policy expert. and, you know, one of the things he has said is -- recently -- is, well, why couldn't they just work it out and avoid the civil
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war. >> john, hang on one second. i screwed up here. let me play the sound from this and then i want to get your response. stand by. >> okay. >> go ahead. >> stand by. >> okay. >> they want to take down ulysses s. grant. he's the one who stopped the confederates. nobody's stock is higher than his over the last 10 or 15 years. i think i've done more for the black community than any other president and let's take a pass on abraham lincoln because he did good, although it's always questionable. in other words, the end result. >> frederick douglas is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, i noticed. >> our first republican president, abraham lincoln, great president. most people don't even know he was a republican, right? does anyone know? a lot of people don't know that. we have to build that up a little bit more. >> well, andrew jackson had a great history. >> andrew jackson was a military hero and genius. >> i mean, had andrew jackson been a little bit later, you
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wouldn't have had the civil war. he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war. he said there's no reason for this. people don't realize, you know, the civil war -- >> yeah. >> if you think about it, why? people don't ask that question. but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out? >> okay. but, john, lynisten -- >> i don't think that the -- >> let me just get this in. he may have a point about ulysses s. grant when it comes to what he did for black people in this country, but the criticism of grant is his policy toward native americans could easley be described as cultural genocide. that's the issue people have with grant. listen, none of our forefathers are perfect. most of them did own slaves, human beings. some fought on the right side when it came to freeing the slaves. they have other issues as well. as i said, this is ignorance on
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his part about thee confederate monuments. >> right. i don't think shelby foote has anything to fear from donald trump's scholarship on the civil war. but i think the question i was referring to before was the one he pose at the end, why couldn't they avoid the civil war? >> civil war. >> well, he's answering the question right now. america's original sip was racism. he is actively appealing to racism to win votes in his election campaign right now. he is attempting to frighten white americans and alarm white americans about black and brown and other nonwhite americans with the kung flu, with the tough hombre, white guys punching out black guys. that's what it's all about. jim mattis came out and said he's not even trying to bring the country together.
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he's the only president in our lifetime who actively tries to divide it. the problem that ron indicated a moment ago, is that the portion of people -- the group of people who respond to that message h-- is shrinking. that's a message that's worked in the past and it's on the downslope of history in the aftermath of the george floyd killing and all these protests is accelerating its decline and that's a huge problem for the president. >> brown stein, harwood and sellers. it's alphabetical. didn't want to get anybody upset. bakari, you look like you ran over straight from the barber shop because that is one sharp cut you got. the line in the front, man, edged you up good. thank you. >> the cleanup hitter in that analogy. >> thank you all. i appreciate it. have a good night. the director of the cdc saying the coronavirus brought america to its knees, but with cases on the rise, is it too late to turn this around? ink yoy expensive skincare products to see dramatic results? try olay skin care.
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half of all the states. the death toll in this country now topping 121,000 people, and a key model is predicting that that number could reach more than 201,000 by october 1st. joining me now, the man behind that model, dr. chris murray, he's the director of the institute for health metrics and evaluation at the university of washington. dr. murray, thank you, sir. again, as i've been telling everyone, this is quite frightening. it is so alarming to watch these case numbers and the death tolls rise and rise and rise. and to know that it did -- it didn't have to be this way. could so much of this have been prevented and what would it take to turn all of this around? is it too late? >> no, i don't think it's too late at all, don. i think we're starting to look really carefully at one of the simplest but one of the most powerful strategies available to us all and that's getting essentially everybody wearing a
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mask out in public. we know that masks protect individuals. you know 1/3 to 1/2 reduction in transmission. but at the community level, we think that that could really avoid most of those extra death that we're seeing out to october 1st. >> mm-hmm. >> but if we don't do that, then we got to count on testing, you know, tracing and isolation is the other critical strategy. >> yeah, there's one big problem with that whole mask-wearing thing is that one person doesn't wear it and says that people who wear masks are out to get him. and the people he's supposed to represent. >> well, i think the thing about masks is if enough people start wearing them then it makes it easier for everybody who wants to wear a mask to not feel awkward. >> right. >> but i do think for it really have its full impact, we have to see what happened in washington today, where the governor's.a mask mandate in place. that's a better strategy. it's worked in other countries. and it can get people up to 90%,
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95% wearing a mask. that's where you see a big impact on cases and deaths. >> dr. fauci was on capitol hill today. here's what he said. >> plan "a," don't go in a crowd. plan "b," if you do, make sure you wear a mask. >> check out this video. it's from the president's event today in arizona. a big crowd. only a handful of people are wearing masks. it is the opposite of what experts are calling for. listen, i know that you're a doctor, you're not a politician, but people get cues from their leader. but when you look at what happened in this crowd, what do you think? >> look, i think the best way -- the best tool that we all have in our control is to avoid close contact, just like dr. fauci said, keep six feet apart, but wearing a mask is, you know, a really simple strategy and we now are getting really strong evidence that not only is it
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working for individuals, but it will work for the community as well. i think that holds out some strategies for us to, you know, at least until late in the fall when we know it's going to come back, at least until then we can really bring the death toll down. >> well, let's broaden this out using that as an example. how would you -- would you advise people to go to big events where people are in close contact with each other? >> no, i definitely would avoid big events where people are in close contact. you just can't control the risk. and, you know, you can either spread it yourself or you can get infected, infect your family, infect your friends. >> thank you, dr. murray. i appreciate you joining us. be safe. so, florida is reporting nearly 3,300 new coronavirus cases today. i want to bring in the miami fair, frances suarez now. mayor, i appreciate you being here. you know what it's like. you have gone through having
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coronavirus, covid-19. cases are spiking in florida, miami included. the city has now mandated masks. what else are you doing to try to get this under control. >> well, like you said, this week we met with health care officials from the department of health, looked at the data and saw something very troubling, 900 new cases on june 20th. that's twice the high watermark we had when we mandated a stay-at-home order. we require masks in public. the first time we've required that as a means of avoiding people from continuing to spread this virus that we know is inordinately affecting particularly young people right now in the 18 to 35-year-old range. >> mayor, the jackson health system in miami is reporting an 88% increase in coronavirus patients. i want you to listen to a head icu physician and how he described -- they described what it's like. watch this.
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>> a week ago, we had eight patients, none on a ventilator. we're now at over 40-plus patients. four on ventilators. we've had to find a second covid unit and are looking for a third covid unit right now. >> so how important is it for people to understand that this spike is not just due to more testing? >> oh, it's definitely not due to more testing. we've been tracking a variety of different factors that can lead to the increased cases. the first of which is after we opened restaurants, we had memorial day weekend where people were going out tobls eob to eat. solid weeks in the city of miami including the weekends with thousands of people on our street. a variety of different circumstances that could cause and lead to a continued spread of covid-19. so it's definitely not due to increased testing. in fact, our percent positive, which is the percentage of
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people that test positive, has gone up significantly, almost double in the last week. >> okay. considering what you just said. you know florida's facing a lot of backlash for how it reopened. did the state ease up on those restrictions too soon? >> you know, i don't know what the metrics were for the state's decisions. i can tell you that the city of miami was the last -- literally the last city in the last part of the state that opened. i was criticized for taking so long to open, including waiting after the county to decide to open restaurants about ten days after the county. but even having waited as long as we have, we've seen that immediately after opening, the -- you know, the cases start spiking again. so, you know, it's a tremendous concern. that's why we decided to do the masks in public a means to hopefully try to stem tide of this spike. >> mayor, there is a bar in orlando, had its liquor license suspended after 13 employees, dozens of customers tested
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positive. last week we learned about 16 friends who tested positive after going to a bar near jacksonville. will you crack down on restaurants and other businesses where people don't socially distance or wear masks? >> we are and we have. we closed down three this week. two other establishments that have -- that were soccer fields, urban soccer fields that had -- that were violating social distancing rules. and we are investigating several and will continue to do so, particularly as we head into the, you know, july 4th weekend where there is all kinds of possibilities of people breaking these rules. >> yeah. real quickly. i want to let you go here, but what are you going to do if you -- what happens to people who don't wear masks? because they're mandatory now. >> well, what happens to them is they're a violation of our emergency order. they can -- technically they can be fined up to $500, and technically it's a misdemeanor and put into jail up to 60 days
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as well. >> wow, okay. and you're gonna -- you're gonna do that? you're gonna uphold that if you see people? >> we're going to be reinforcing it for sure. >> thank you very much. i want to get to cnn's erica hill with the latest on the coronavirus hot spots in the u.s. >> reporter: as more americans leave strict shutdown measures behind, a stark warning that this freedom may be short lived. >> the next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgings that we're seeing in florida, in texas, in arizona, and in other states. >> reporter: a new daily high in texas. cases topping 5,000 for the first time. >> because the spread is so rampant right now, there is never a reason for you to have to leave your home. >> reporter: hospitalizations also spiking. up 177% in the last three weeks in harris county. more than a third of all cases in california have come in just the past two weeks.
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arizona announcing another daily high, nearly 3,600 new cases added on tuesday. florida not far behind. >> we're really in a worse place now than we were before. >> reporter: 25 states trending in the wrong direction over the past week. nearly the entire western half of the country. >> we've all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus. and the reality that it brought this nation to its knees. >> reporter: more cities now mandating face coverings, but enforcing those rules and keeping people apart is proving difficult in some areas, especially among young people. >> don't be the knucklehead who ruins it for everyone else. >> reporter: 22% of the cases in new jersey are in 18 to 29-year-olds. that's up 10% since april. >> the testing's increasing, but the percentage of those people who are positive is actually going much higher, so it clearly is being transmitted at a high level in a number of places. >> reporter: the university of michigan scrapping plans to host a presidential debate this fall.
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middlebury college will require students to quarantine at home for two weeks before arriving on campus. and the eu considering a possible ban on travellers from the u.s. because we don't have the virus under control. >> if they're trying to prevent infections coming into their countries, america's going to be one of the top places that other countries are going to look to block in order to keep themselves safe. >> reporter: erica hill, cnn, new york. >> so, we have some breaking news to report to you tonight. breaking election news. democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez has won her primary challenge in new york's 14th congressional district, which includes parts of the bronx and queens. next, with coronavirus surging across the country, the president's got a lot to say about his own health. why he keeps bringing attention to not just his physical health, but his mental health. (speaking chinese badly)
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so, while president trump is trying to distract from the spread of coronavirus, he is certainly bringing a lot of attention to his own health. the president devoting nearly 15 minutes of his tulsa rally to ranting about his delicate walk down a ramp after his west point speech. that's after he tweeted about it and brought it up in a "wall street journal" interview. "the washington post" is reporting that the president is increasingly preoccupied with defending his physical and mental health. so, let's talk about it now. cnn medical analyst, dr. jonathan rider, the director of the cardiac catheterization program at george washington university hospital. he joins us now.
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so, doctor, "the post" is reporting on a cabinet meeting saying this, trump had taken a cognitive screening test as part of his 2018 physical and now more than two years later he brought up the exam and how he dazzled doctors with his stellar performance, according to two people familiar with his comments. he walked the room of about two dozen white house and re-election officials through some of his questions. he said he aced such as, you know, what does he say? such as being able to repeat five words in order. so, we actually have a copy of this test, and you see it's very simple and it looks for signs of dementia. talk to us about that. >> yeah, so the montreal cognitive assessment is really a very basic test. which is often used in people with suspected dementia. and i'm glad the president passed. he carries the nuclear launch codes in his pocket.
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but the test includes -- there are pictures of a camel and a rhino and a lion. you have to label that. there is a dot-to-dot to connect and you have to draw basically a cube. it's, you know, a pretty basic -- you have to know what day it is. so it's a pretty basic assessment, and i'm thrilled that the president was able to ace that. but that's a pretty low bar. >> sometimes i don't know what day it is. i don't know what that says about me, but -- >> yeah. it's sunday. today is sunday. >> today is tuesday. i do know that. so, listen, doctor, you say this is all a projection. what do you mean by that? >> you know, the president has a habit of, you know, projection is the psychological phrase for when a person basically accuses somebody else of something else that really applies to them. it would be akin to this president saying that biden is a liar.
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so, the president does this over and over and over again, and it appears when he's, you know, concerned on something. he did this a little bit with secretary clinton in the last election when he basically questioned her health. but, you know, we know very little about this president's health. i want to remind you that in 2015 his private doctor in new york submitted a letter at the end of thing to the president's fitness for office, which we were -- everyone suspected and later confirmed to have been written by the patient himself. the patient himself wrote his own medical clearance. i mean, who does that? so we know very little about the president's health. and then there have been some concerning episodes recently. so, everyone saw his walk down the ramp, but i'll remind you that in november on a saturday afternoon, the president's physician took him unannounced essentially to walter reed for an evaluation.
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something also interesting, which is that he rode with him in the car, which is never done by the president's physician. he wasn't seen in public for a few days and then he went to texas a few days later. and entered air force one via the lower cargo hatch rather than going up the usual longer flight of stairs. so something happened in november, and the white house is simply trying to tell the public either what that was or what the results of the testing included. >> dr. reiner, we'll continue to follow. thank you very much. appreciate your expertise. >> my pleasure. an update tonight on the fatal shooting of breonna taylor. a louisville, kentucky police officer involved in her death has been fired. breonna taylor is the 26-year-old black emt who was shot to death in march when the police broke down the door to her apartment in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times. the chief determining the detective, saying he violated standard procedure and showed
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extreme indifference to the value of human life. we'll follow. next, tennis star novak djokovic testing positive for coronavirus after he organized and played in a tournament where a lot of social distancing rules were ignored. and he's not the only person at that tournament to test positive. patrick mcenroe weighs in next. how special it would be for me to discover all of these things that i found through ancestry. i discovered my great aunt ruth signed up as a nursing cadet for world war ii. you see this scanned-in, handwritten document. the most striking detail is her age. she was only 17. knowing that she saw this thing happening and was brave enough to get involved and do something- that was eye opening. find an honor your ancestors who served in world war ii. their stories live on at ancestry.
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so, the coronavirus is having a serious impact on professional and college sports. now we're learning that novak djokovic, the number one tennis star, has tested positive for covid-19 following a tournament he organized in croatia with
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social distancing guidelines mostly ignored. let's bring in now patrick mcenroe, the former professional tennis player who is now an espn commentator. by the way, mr. mcenroe, coach mcenroe tested positive for coronavirus early on in the pandemic, but he has recovered and is doing well and we're happy for it. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you, don. i need to get you out on the court soon. it's good for your health to get out there and run around and get some exercise. that's what kept me strong during the virus. >> i do need it. you're exactly right. i could use a little more physical activity considering what's going on in the world. so, listen, so let's talk about djokovic. admits that he was wrong and this charity tournament was too soon. here's what he said, and i quote here. i can't express enough how sorry i am for this and every case of infection. if you attended the adria tour or were around any attendees, please get tested and practice social distancing. it is nice he is talking about
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social distancing now when it should have happened when this tour was going on. >> well, that's for sure. i mean, i was shocked when i turned on the tv a couple of weeks ago, don, and i saw a packed stadium, about 4,500 people, nobody wearing a mask, ball kids, hugging after the match. what we've learned is necessary as we're working our way back into some sense of normalcy, in the sports world and the world in general. so not surprising what happened. you've got players coming from all over the world. coming into a place where they hadn't have -- they have not had that many infections there in serbia and croatia as well, but clearly they skipped a few steps, don, on their road coming back to professional tennis. i think djokovic was trying to do something positive. he's a huge figure in europe, and especially that part of the world in the balkins. he's a national hero there. you can put a little blame on him certainly for organizing it,
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having it out there. how about a little blame on the serbian officials and the government that allowed this to happen and allowed that many people to gather in one place. that was just really shocking to see. not shocking to see the result, however. >> well, it's -- it's particularly mind-boggling to us, especially in new york, which was the epicenter for so long, and now we're doing better than most places in the united states. but just to, you know, just to see what happened there and it's just, again, mind-boggling. listen -- >> well, you know, tennis, don, tennis is a perfect sport for social distancing, but your opponent's on the other side. it's very easy to do. professionally, obviously, it's different because you've got so many different players from all over the world. >> mm-hmm. >> usta and the u.s. open have tried to do the right thing, i think, in planning out to have the u.s. open without fans, all the right protocols, et cetera, but clearly they didn't do that over there in europe for this particular event, and we're certainly paying the price in
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the tennis world throwing the u.s. open in some sense into some question. i still think, though, it should and it will go forward. >> okay. so, patrick, another player called the decision to host the tour boneheaded. there is also social media video out there seemingly showing djokovic and others out partying. i mean, they didn't take this threat seriously at all. >> well, yeah, that was the most disconcerting part of this whole thing, don. it was not the -- not what was going on on the court, on the tennis court. a little disconcerting to see the fans packed together with no masks, but the players hugging, that was disconcerting. but then you saw the players playing soccer, playing basketball with each other, sitting at a table at a press conference close together. a bunch of reporters close together. i guess we've seen that in some areas of our life, haven't we, don? a little bit too much. and then to top it all off, as you're pointing out, you saw the players basically partying at a club with their shirts off,
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screaming, partying up and down in this bar. for a second i thought i was looking at a scene out of jacksonville, florida, but, no, this was in serbia and not surprisingly, four players tested positive. numerous parts of the entourages of these players, not to mention novak djokovic's wife. ironically it was djokovic who has been talking about his lack of clarity in the usta, talking about the u.s. open, and not happy with some of the protocols. meaning he likes to bring his full entourage of people. ucht sta saying maybe this year don't bring 10, 20 people. one or two you can bring with you. he has some issues about that. ironic how this has unfolded in the last week or two that's what he was complaining about. >> listen, he's on record saying he is opposed to vaccination. he would have to think about whether he would take a coronavirus vaccine in the future if it became mandatory to travel. so he's got a lot of work, and i
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think maybe hopefully he has learned his lesson with this. i got to thank you here, patrick mcenroe, and let you go. i got to move on. appreciate it. good to see you. >> thank you, don. an indian restaurant in santa fe vandalized and covered with racial message. the owner of that restaurant joins me next. learning, and concentration. try our new gummies for 30 days and see the difference.
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of being white supremacists. after trashing the place, they scribbled graffiti all over the walls with messages of hate such as "white power" and the "n" word and go back. i want to bring in john singh who owns the restaurant and cameron brown, his assistant there. gentlemen, i really appreciate you joining us. john, we're going to put up the pictures. they're just shocking. the destructions, the hate slurs, all over the place. a statue of a goddess was beheaded. pictures stolen, two big holes in the wall. the kitchen is wrecked. i mean, listen, this is your family's restaurant here. what did you think when you saw this? [ inaudible ] >> my best friend cameron had to push me out of the restaurant. i couldn't even last two minutes in there.
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>> it's just so hateful and ugly. and heartbreaking, i'm sure. >> it was wrong. and to me, i just felt disgusted. it was wrong. >> cameron, you say john's father, the owner of india palace, is like your father. he called you right away after he had walked into restaurant. what did you think when you got there and you saw this hateful attack? because cameron said you had to push him out of the restaurant. [ inaudible ] >> cameron, i'm having real trouble hearing you. is there any way you can get closer to the microphone? i'm not sure if that's it or not but -- >> can you hear me now? >> yes, i can. >> okay. i'm sorry about that. >> that's okay.
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>> once i got into the restaurant, it was heartbreaking to see something that they built for eight years, i'd been with them ever since they owned the restaurant, just almost torn down and gone. to watch my best friend cry and to watch someone who is like my father cry, it was just really hard to see for me. and it's still hard to walk into that restaurant and see it, because we were there earlier today. and i just -- i just want whoever did this caught. >> we're looking at white power, trump 2020, go back, and on and on. john, your father worked at the restaurant starting in the '90s, he then bought it. and your family has never experienced this kind of racism. are you -- number one, are you -- do you know what brought this on? have you, you know, and are you worried about your safety?
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[ inaudible ] >> i can't hear you, john. close to the microphone, if you can. >> can you hear us now? >> yeah, i can hear you. go on. [ inaudible ] >> hello? >> yeah. cameron, you're going to have to do the talking, because i can't hear john. >> okay. >> i'm sure they're worried about their safety. what do you think brought this on? because they have never experienced this before. >> i'm not sure what has been bringing this on. maybe the whole protests downtown in santa fe that we've been having. maybe an incident that had led to something on thursday, i'm not sure.
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maybe an old owner -- not even an owner, a manager, like, who i've never met could have probably had a problem with something. i don't know what's been going on, but we're hoping to get to the bottom of this. >> yeah. well, listen, we don't know. you, that's you -- we don't know who had anything or if the person you mentioned had anything to do with it, and we certainly, you know, don't want to put anyone's name out there if they didn't have anything to do with it. so, listen, we apologize for the technical difficulties. we are really sorry that this happened to you and your business and you guys be strong. take care and try not to let this get you down. keep going, okay? thank you for joining us. >> okay. thank you. >> we really appreciate it. thank you so much. and thank you, everyone, for watching. i'm don lemon. our coverage continues. it's time for the lowest prices of the season on the sleep number 360 smart bed. can it help keep me asleep? absolutely, it senses your movements and automatically adjusts to keep you both comfortable. and now, the queen sleep number 360 c4 smart bed
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