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? -perfect! because we're building a better network every single day. we end tonight with a celebration of the life of charlie watts. the drummer for the rolling stones died today. he was 80 years old. no cause of death announced. though the stones announced earlier this month that watts
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would miss part of their upcoming tour after undergoing a medical procedure for an unknown condition. bandmates keith sxrichds mick jagger today both posted images on social media commemorating watts's life with richards' photo showing an empty drum set and a sign that reads "closed." messages poured in from watts's peers. elton john wrote on twitter "charlie watts was the ultimate drummer." paul mccartney calls watts a fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. in 1979 keith richards told "rolling stone" magazine, "everybody thinks mick and keith are the rols stones. if charlie wasn't doing what he's doing on drums that wouldn't be true at all. you'd find out that charlie watts is the stones." a remarkable life. the news continues with don lemon and "don lemon tonight." hello, everyone. thanks for joining us. this is "don lemon tonight" and we have a busy news night ahead with major developments on everything from afghanistan to covid to a big win for the president on capitol hill. and we're going to catch you up
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on all of it. but i just want to begin with afghanistan because that's where the pace of evacuations is really at an all-time high on the day president joe bide anne nounss he is sticking to his august 31st deadline, one week from now. for u.s. troops to leave the country. >> we are currently on a pace to finish by august the 31st. the sooner we can finish, the better. each day of operations brings added risk to our troops. but the completion by august 31st depends upon the taliban continuing to cooperate and allow access to the airport for those who we're transporting out and no disruptions to our operations. >> so here is what the president is saying, that the u.s. has helped evacuate more than 70,000 people since august 14th. 12,700 in just 24 hours. that is the largest number in a 24-hour period so far. you see the video there. planes leaving kabul about every
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45 minutes. but senior administration officials admitting tonight, quote, a lot of deserving afghans the u.s. wanted to help will be left behind. the reality, it's just not possible to get every single afghan who wants to leave out of the country. the taliban says that the roads to the airport are now closed to afghans but open to foreigners. >> every day we're on the ground is another day we know that isis k is seeking to target the airport and attack both u.s. and allied forces and innocent civilians. >> but in the face of all of this we really don't know how many americans are still in afghanistan. the president says the secretary of state antony blinken will have numbers tomorrow. >> tomorrow i've asked secretary blinken to give you an update and detailed report on exactly how many americans are still in afghanistan, how many we got out
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and what our projection is. >> that is happening as we're learning the cia director william burns secretly met face to face with the taliban's de facto leader, mullah abdul ghani baradar. the highest level meeting since the taliban took control of kabul. if that name sounds familiar, it is because we have talked about him before. let's remember it was the former guy who secretly planned to meet with the taliban at camp david right before the anniversary of 9/11. it was the former guy who signed a peace treaty with the taliban and bragged about his phone call with, you guessed it, mullah baradar, who was released from prison at the request of the former administration. whose secretary of state met with baradar last fall. and that is who is running the show in afghanistan now. we've also got news tonight on the pandemic. the white house making progress in the race to get more americans vaccinated. 6 million shots in arms in the last seven days. the highest seven-day holt in more than a month and a half. that news coming on the day
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after the fda gave full approval to the pfizer vaccine. so now all those folks who said they didn't want to get the shot until it was fully approved, guess what? now you've got no more excuses. and here is why that's so important. because the delta variant is spreading and we're averaging more than 1,000 new covid deaths every single day. hospitalizations tripled over the past month and the number of children testing positive for covid is now at levels not seen since last winter. look, we know why we don't have a handle on this. it is because some people don't trust the vaccines. but they're willing to try any wacky fake cure they read about online or see in right-wing media. they don't trust vaccines but they'll take a drug meant for deworming livestock. like the fda says, you are not a horse. you are not a cow. seriously, y'all, stop it. it's because some people won't even wear a mask when it's the best protection for kids too young to get vaccinated.
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5 to 11-year-olds are up next for the fda approval for vaccinations but dr. anthony fauci says that's not likely to happen before mid to late fall, maybe even christmas, and he says we won't get away handle on this until next spring, assuming enough people get vaccinated. >> i would like to appeal to this country, to the people in the country who are not vaccinated, to realize that we have the capability among ourselves to essentially cut down the time frame to getting the end of this pandemic very, very clearly by just listening to everything you've heard on this press conference. get vaccinated and the time frame will be truncated dramatically. >> we know why this is happening. we know it's a pandemic of the unvaccinated, people who won't get the vaccine, who won't mask up. what more could anyone do to convince people that even now refuse to do the right thing? people like this guy.
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>> our children and your children's children will be suffocated! when we asked how many vaccines have you had, have you been a good little nazi, hail fauci! hail fauci! >> with everything we know, everything we have seen, what could we possibly say to convince anti-maskers? >> you know what is better for our children, better than the parents and the mothers who have to give birth to those children. >> yeah, the doctors who gave birth to them. who helped you give birth to them. you know, the pediatricians, the doctors you go see when they have an issue? maybe those people know better than you. come on. these people. is there anything anybody can do to convince people who still won't wear a mask no matter
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what? >> we know what you are. no more masks. >> again, ignorance is, i don't know if it's bliss but it something. people in florida support mask mandates in schools in spite of their anti mask governor. 60% of them in a new poll. we've got to figure out how to convince people to do the right thing. to do the right thing for your own health, for your children's health. otherwise, we could be living with this permanently. that as on capitol hill president joe biden notched a big win tonight. the house approving a budget frame work that will pave the way for democrats to spend $3.5 trillion on a sweeping economic package to expand the social safety net, a top priority for the president. >> to win the future, we need to take the next step. today the house of representatives did just that. today's vote in the house allowed them to consider my build back better agenda.
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the bottom line is in my view we're a step closer to truly investing in the american people, positioning our economy for long-term growth, and building an america that outcompetes the rest of the world. >> that vote by the way after a tense night last night of democrats battling democrats p which just goes to show you everything is negotiable in the biden presidency. and there was another big vote tonight, the house voting 219-212 to pass the john lewis voting rights act. i talked to the president about that during our cnn town hall last month. >> this is important for people who look like me. my grandmother would sit around when i was a kid, fifth grade, had a fifth grade education. i learned that she couldn't read when i was doing my homework. she would tell me stories about people asking her to count the number of jelly beans in the jar or the soap -- and so why is protecting the filibuster, is
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that more important than protecting voting rights, especially for people who fought and died for that? [ applause ] >> no, it's not. i want to see the united states congress, the united states senate pass s 1 and s 4 and get on my desk to sign it. >> let's hope that happens. the john lewis act faces an uphill climb in the senate. the assault on voting rights also across this country is nothing less than a plan to give the gop the power to overturn the next election if they don't like the results. this is important, people. this is important. it's not about politics. it's about our most sacred right as americans. the right to vote. a right worth fighting for. pay attention to this one. i want to get to cnn's chief
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white house correspondent, kaitlan collins. she's standing as a matter of fact outside the white house for us. good evening. let's talk about the news. president biden going through with his call for -- that he wants to stick with this august 31st deadline, withdrawal deadline out of afghanistan and getting as many people out as possible but he started his speech today talking about his agenda back home including infrastructure, including voting rights. does this tell you anything about his thinking? >> don, i think he actually timed these remarks to wait for the house to get through these votes, given the drama that had been happening on capitol hill with the moderates and house speaker pelosi about this because i do think this is what the white house would prefer to be focusing on this week, moving his domestic agenda. but of course this is what they're actually having to focus on in large part, what is happening in afghanistan. this started the president's day with a briefing with his top national security aides. then the call with world leaders where he did tell them what he repeated this afternoon. he is for now sticking by this august 31st deadline a week from today to have all u.s. forces removed from afghanistan. there are really two reasons behind that, don.
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one is that the president believes that the longer that the u.s. stays there the higher the threat of a potential terrorist attack becomes. and also they worry that if they do stay past that deadline that they've been discussing with the taliban so far, they could lose their cooperation. and don, that has been critical to getting americans and afghan allies out of afghanistan so far, making sure the taliban would actually let them come through those checkpoints to get to the airport. so i do think that is a big factor into the decision that the president has made, something that many in the west wing advocated for. they did not want to he see him extend that deadline, despite the pressure you're seeing from other world leaders and other democratic lawmakers who say they think it's best to extend that deadline. >> i don't want to get past what you said. you mentioned getting the forces out. the first u.s. troops have started leaving afghanistan. several hundred leaving today. again, concerns that the situation could get worse as these troops depart, correct? >> right.
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because essentially, the thinking inside the white house is that the longer we're there, the more we have a potential terrorist attack by isis-k or these other organizations they have been monitoring for several days now. and also as the drawdown goes on of course the number of u.s. force that's are there gets smaller. that is a concern for the white house as well because the smaller the forces are the potential and greater threat they face given there are fewer of them actually on the ground. so that is something that they're going to be watching as this drawdown happens because, yes, a few hundred troops did start leaving today but it is going to be more and more of course over the next seven days. there is a period where the evacuations will stop before that 8-31 deadline actually approaches. and that will be really focused on getting the troops out of there and getting the weaponry out of there and getting the machinery out of there. of course that is a concern for the white house. that is what they're keeping an eye on. but you're hearing from lawmakers including with two veterans who are democrats who went on a secret mission to afghanistan in recent days and they say that they do not think
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this is enough time. even if biden stuck by that normal september 11th deadline that he had initially set back in april, they don't think that's enough time, don, to actually get everyone out. >> yeah, i'm not being rude but as you're speaking, i'm looking down. i understand you have reporting as well as our white house colleague jeremy dimond. the president has been briefed today on the findings of the covid-19 origins. what do you know about that? >> reporter: yeah, this is a 90-day review the president ordered in may. because of course a major question everyone has in several countries across the globe is how this pandemic started and what led to this. and there had been essentially a split in the intelligence community over whether or not it could have been a possible lab leak, something we've seen pushed by several people of the former administration, or if it wa r was something that jumped from animals to humans and that is how it spread of course and became the pandemic we are still living with to this day. and this 90-day review has been completed. we are told president biden has received a classified briefing on this. the public, though, is going to
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have to wait to get the results of this because the intelligence community will have to prepare an unclassified document. they also have not briefed lawmakers yet. that is something that will come before that report gets made public. but don, we should note that cnn, we've been reporting for several weeks now, they're not expected to break a lot of ground. they're not expected to have this report come out. we are going to find out all of the answers behind this pandemic. president biden we were told was frustrated they did not have better or more solid answers on what led to this. and that's why he directed the intelligence community to look into it. but i think the thinking is the further away you get from the beginning of this pandemic the more that you've seen the chinese government really try to shield a lot of the facts around how this started and how it ghan harder it is to find out how it got started. >> as you can see on your screen kaitlan collins her reporting and other colleagues at the white house that president biden has been proved on the covid-19 origins as well as the other news. kaitlan, the white house is mighty colorful behind you this evening. do we know what's going on? >> it's for the paralympics
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actually, that have just started i believe yesterday or today and the white house says that's why they've lit the white house up. it just started tonight. it looks very nice and colorful behind us. >> we've covered the whole g gamut. thank you very much. kaitlan collins reporting. everything from afghanistan to covid and beyond, the paralympics as well from the white house. appreciate your reporting. thank you very much. we'll continue to update you on the breaking news as well. time is running out in afghanistan as we know. more than 70,000 people evacuated in ten days. with the world watching. no ink! ugh! i need you to print, i need you. please don't do this, i love you so much, i hate you! you think you're empty? i'm empty. do you suffer from cartridge conniptions? ugh! be conniption-free, thanks to the cartridge-free epson ecotank printer. a ridiculous amount of ink! up to 2 years of ink comes in the box. the ecotank is the perfect cure for... i'm sorry, i didn't mean any of that. i meant it! you're mocking me! the epson ecotank. just fill & chill. does anybody have more cartridges? available at.
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president biden deciding not to extend the august 31st deadline for withdrawing from afghanistan. the president citing a major security risk at the airport, a risk that grows bigger every single day u.s. troops remain on the ground there. he says that he asked for contingency plans in case forces need to remain in the country longer. evacuations have been rapidly increasing but many americans and afghan allies are still desperately trying to get out. joining me now the former defense secretary william cohen. secretary, thank you so much. appreciate you joining us. good evening to you. let's start by talking about the president holding steady on that deadline of withdrawal a couple days, august 31st, one week left. is it the right call?
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>> don, time will tell on this for sure, but i have to say i have mixed emotions today. i am profoundly grateful to our military. and i want everybody watching here or anywhere in the world to look at that military to see what we're capable of, to see the kind of capability the individual soldiers, marines and others have going from humanitarians to peacekeepers to warriors and diplomats, all of that wrapped in one. and so we have to be enormously grateful to the job they're doing along with our state department personnel, who are processing these visas at incredible speed under the circumstances. and at risk to their lives, as well. i am depressed to see that there are going to be many people that won't get to the airport, that the taliban has said shutting down the avenues or the access to the airport, that means fewer people will be getting on those planes. and that's something we have to
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recognize that not everybody that supported us will get out even though i think we have a moral obligation for them to get out. and i go back and look for parallels in time and i was thinking of back in 1959, the french finally recognized algeria independence after having as many as 500,000 troops in this country at sometime and time to recognize the independence of algeria and many advisors said but we've shed so much blood. and de gaulle rather cynically said blood dries quickly. and i think that's something we have to contend with and comprehend. will the blood of those who have sacrificed, all of the veterans who have been in afghanistan who have lost friends and lost limbs and all that they've given, will they forget this? will there be a sort of moral amnesia? i don't think so. i think anybody who's been there will not forget.
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but you get to be president, you have to decide. and i've been on both sides of this issue, having served in congress and saying here's my recommendation, mr. president, and then in a cabinet saying the president has to decide. congress doesn't really make the decision. the president makes it. he's made it. and we'll have to see how it unfolds. >> okay. so let me say this because i think there's no denying that getting more than 70,000 people evacuated in ten days, that is remarkable. it was a rough beginning, no doubt. you saw the pictures. what is your view of a successful threshold for these evacuations? and part 2 of that question, is it really realistic to think that america can or should be -- maybe they should be. but can get every single person out of afghanistan who wants to leave? is that realistic? >> i don't think so.
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i don't think it's possible. although we've seen in the past ten days something that was seen as being disastrous go to something remarkable. so anything is possible p & nothing is inevitable until it happens. but nonetheless, i think trying to get everyone, every american to be sure but everyone who has supported us or worked with us, identify them and have them get through the checkpoints to get on those planes to get out, i think it's going to be virtually impossible. but we'll have to wait and see on that. >> the best situation -- is that realistic? to get everyone out. >> i don't think it's realistic. and i think that's what president biden has tried to lay the foundation, saying we'll do our best. but first come the americans, then come those who are in line, the proper identification visa and help. and i think that's all that's going to be accomplished and some are going to be left behind. and the question is will that blood dry quickly? there are people who will lose their lives. now, we have some leverage over
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the taliban. we have economic leverage. and by the way, with the cia director having gone over there, it will be interesting to find out what the nature of his conversations were -- >> let me play this because you're responding to it. i want to play this because what the secretary's talking about is that william burns met with the taliban, mullah baradar in kabul on monday. the taliban has set a red line on delaying the withdrawal, and this is what the pentagon spokesperson john kirby was asked today, and then we'll get the secretary's response. >> are the public statements by the taliban the same as the private statements being made to u.s. officials about the deadline and when u.s. should leave? >> what i can tell you is that the taliban have -- have been very clear about what their expectations are as well. >> both the public and private statements are the same? >> without getting into details, i'm not seeing much dissonance. >> okay, secretary, you were speaking about that, on that issue. the taliban calling shots here. please go on. sorry for interrupting but i wanted to play that for you.
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>> they're calling the shots but we have some leverage with them as well. after we leave we certainly are going to have an intelligence capability. not as great as it has been. but nonetheless -- and i won't predict this but speculate about it. the taliban may be calling upon our intelligence services to help save them from isis-k and from al qaeda. i'm not predicting that but they may be in trouble economically and they may be assaulted by extremist groups more extreme than they are. they may have to fight that war as well. i think thr period
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build something resembling a western-style democracy. almost impossible to concede. i think we've learned, i hope we've learned this lesson again, that we have to have a real focused mission and not expand that mission beyond our capabilities. and if we're going to do that, do it from the outset saying we're going to be there a long time and we're going to spend more and more money and risk more and more lives. but i don't think the american people want that. i think this, again, is a philosophical decision more than a political or partisan one. and i think we'll have to see how it unfolds for the president. he made the decision. we're going to have to live with it as best we can. i think a lot of people will suffer as a result of it. i think the afghan people going to suffer. i think the women certainly are going to suffer as a result of taliban rule. but we'll have to see whether we
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have any leverage to persuade them. and maybe they've learned to see that their society has changed, at least in the urban areas, and with society now having access to technology. i don't know the answer to that. i don't think anybody knows. but we're in a position to like a python squeeze them economically and diplomatically and ultimately from an intelligence point of view, certainly not bring any assets to bear that might help them in the future that they may need. >> yeah. >> and one final thing. we haven't talked about covid. we've talked about covid here in the united states. we haven't talkeanistan. i don't know how many coming in. i hope they're all being checked for covid coming into our country. but if covid is spreading in afghanistan, they're not going to be able to carry on as a society if they're dying. so we have some leverage to be sure, some help to be sure, that they're going to need in order to survive as a functioning government. and we'll have to wait and see how that plays out. >> we're smarter for having
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spoken with you, as we always are. thank you, secretary cohen. appreciate it. >> good to be with you. >> thank you. so he's dealing with the pandemic, evacuating afghanistan, and making huge multitrillion-dollar deals in congress. we're going to look at president biden's strategy for them all after this. this is the greatest idea you'll ever hear. okay, it's an app that compares hundreds of travel sites for hotels and cars and vacation rentals like kayak does for flights. so it's kayak.
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evan, good evening. thanks for joining. so let's start by taking a step back. yes, there is now a crisis in afghanistan, but the administration has evacuated tens of of thousands in just days. the battle against covid and getting vaccines out in higher numbers. now with fda approval. infrastructure and budget on track. all while battling a right wing that's -- that's the right wing's main strategy, to seek and destroy. what underlies all of this for president biden? >> you know, at the core of it, don, is this idea that has been with him for 50 years, as long as he's been going into politics, is this idea that scorched earth is generally not the answer. that usually if ever possible he wants to try to get around the table, get across from the table. and as he will tell you, i don't get to choose who i sit across the table from on any given issue, i have to contend with the reality as it's presented. sending his cia director bill burns is a classic example of that.
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here we have somebody very seasoned intelligence customer, consumer as it's known in the government, obviously now head of the intelligence community, going over there and sitting down with the taliban. and this is not a case in which this is two sides saying okay, what can we give each other? this is as much of an information-gathering episode. this is about him saying to them in no uncertain terms we have something that we both want. as strange as it sounds, don, the united states and the taliban in this moment share one goal, which is both of them want the united states out of the country. obviously, the schedules are different. obviously, they have different details in mind. but what he is trying to signal to the taliban here is instead of us talking about the ten things we don't agree on let's talk about the one thing we do agree on and figure out a way so that we can get out of here on the schedule we've identified. so that, the chance to sort of get there and actually get in the room and do it, we'll see he's not putting too much faith in the taliban. as he said to us today, we will
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judge them by their actions. but this was getting in the room and sitting across from the table and figuring out what in fact is the point of common ground and can can we meet it. >> judging by their action buzz you say the one phrase that comes up again and again in your conversations with the president is the quote, getting in the deal. is that his core motto? >> yeah, it really is. it's been one of his basic principles going back to when he first ran for office in 1972, running for the senate. he represented the state of delaware, as we all know, which is as he described it to me, it's very much a place that is both of the south and of the north. it was very much split politically. he had to figure out a way to sit down at the table. it's how he sometimes found himself sitting down and making deals with people who he disagreed with on everything else. but his view was that if we allow those things to get in the way we can never make a deal on anything -- >> so i asked before, is this meet in the middle strategy working? is it working, evan?
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>> well, on some things it may and on some things it won't. take for example what's been happening in congress this week. what we just saw today was a tentative step forward for his build back better plan as we all know how he calls it, which is in order to get not just physical infrastructure but also get childcare investments, get all kinds of other sorts of as he put it soft infrastructure in place you had to figure out a way to get multiple players to sit down. mike donnellen, who is one of the president's top advisers, once said to me that he feels -- that the president feels as if a lot of washington negotiates upside down, they focus on what they disagree with first rather than on what they might be able to get into agreement. so these things are not over the goal line yet. the united states is deeply and very seriously still engaged in afghanistan. this is the hardest problem he's faced since coming into office. and he has yet to accomplish these infrastructure plans. but he's further along in that process than i think people might have assumed at the outset. >> evan osnos, thank you, sir.
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about the republican opposition to covid-19 precautions may be another manifestation of the surging feeling in the american conservative movement that it represents an embattled minority that needs to use the power of government to defend its independence." why is the right so angry? >> i think they're angry because they see on a lot of fronts they're losing. and this is one. you know, most americans support mask mandates in schools, even in public places. they support vaccine mandates on the job. and they're mostly vaccinated. but there's a loud minority that are not vaccinated and they're angry people are telling them to get vaccinated. they don't want to be told what to do by coastal elites or whoever it is and they're fighting back. >> i spoke to a parent this week who was harassed after speaking in favor of masks at a school board meeting in tennessee. here's what he told me. >> all of the school board mentioned this, that they've received hundreds if not thousands of e-mails the last several weeks about this issue. better than 70% of them were in
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favor of a mask mandate. in the room the other night the parents are screaming take a vote, we'll put it to a vote, we're the majority, we're the majority. screaming. yeah, they were the majority in that room because most of the parents are too scared or unable to go to a meeting like that where quite frankly it probably was a superspreader event. >> so he is echoing what you say about this noisy minority. you say the gap between what the public overall wants and what its noisiest members demand in opposition is not new. is there any recourse? >> yeah, even looking back last summer and last spring we saw most americans supported social distancing, they supported closing of businesses, these things, but you still had republican governors who were fighting back. the question is what recourse is there in the system? and what we see is sometimes minorities are able to hold power. that's true when you see parents railroading school boards. that's true when you see the filibuster blocking legislation
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in the senate. across the board the system of american government gives a lot of people to the minority. but i think it's important to recognize where they are, the minority, and to point out that most americans support these things. >> yeah. i want you to look at this polling in florida. 60% of residents support requiring students, teachers and staff to wear masks in school. so what does it say about governor ron desantis, who is leading the charge against these mandates? >> well, i think it says that desantis has a fairly keen political nose among other things. maybe a cynical one too. you know, we see republicans who are upset that they're being told what to do. they're upset at sort of being bossed around they feel by people. so you see desantis picking up that banner. he knows that voters will respond to that. he's also in a tiff with the associated press this week. same situation. he sees an opportunity to stand up -- or to be seen as standing up for people and he knows that that is politically potent in today's gop. >> yeah. my colleague donie o'sullivan went to a trump rally in alabama this weekend. this is what he heard from some
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supporters. >> no. not getting that vaccine. no, no, no, no, no. them vaccines are not good, hon. >> are you vaccinated? >> no. but i have a lot of hydrocolor-queen and zinc at my house. >> have you got your vaccine shot? >> no. don't want it. >> why not? >> they ain't tested it enough from my opinion. >> i don't trust the government. i don't trust cdc. i don't trust none of them. >> that woman at the end saying i don't trust the government, i don't trust cdc, i don't trust none of them. but you point out that the resistance to precautions isn't really anti-government sentiment when enforcing bans on mask mandates and vaccine requirements often requires the government. we see that in texas and florida. >> that's right. what these people are doing is not reducing government. what they're doing is using the force of government on somebody else. for example, punishing businesses that want to institute vaccine mandates just in their private business so they don't have to be exposed to people who are unvaccinated.
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that sort of imposition on private business is antithetical to what we used to see from the republican party. this isn't small government. it's red tape for thee, not for me. >> thank you very much, david. be well. i enjoyed the piece. thank you so much. i'll see you soon. we'll have you back. so unruly behavior doesn't fly. that's the faa's message with thousands of people being cited for ugly -- i guess you could say ugly behavior. it gets worse than that. on planes. so what is going on? we'll look into it next. who invented car vending machines and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana.
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by airline passengers. the faa is out with a new message for air travelers. unruly behavior doesn't fly. and it is slapping those passengers with steep fines. more tonight from cnn's pete monteen. >> reporter: thousands of ugly, unruly passenger incidented reported just this year are putting not only flight attendants in danger but also are distracting pilots. according to a new public service announcement by the federal aviation administration. >> unruly passenger we need to get off the airplane. >> reporter: the just released video features recordings of actual radio transmissions between flight crews and air traffic control when confronted with issues that have climbed intolerable levels. just shy of 4,000 incidents this year with nearly three-quarters involving the federal transportation mask mandate and many passengers drinking alcohol
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illegally brought onboard. >> by law, you must follow all directions from your flight attendants. >> reporter: traditional warnings from the agency have become more creative, including memes in hopes of going viral on social media and even turning to kids to send the message. >> they should know better if they're, like, adults. >> it's a very serious moment. >> reporter: american airlines captain dennis tager of the allied pilots association says flight crews are tired of distractions and abuse. just last week, the faa fined one passenger $45,000 after he was accused of throwing his luggage, grabbing a flight attendant, and putting his head up her skirt. >> an unruly passenger is not just creating havoc and violence in the space that they live in. they are spreading that out through the airplane, and they are distracting the pilots. >> reporter: the faa has slapped more than a million dollars in
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