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it was a very interesting principle distilled my michael smerconish tonight. what does somebody want to own in politics? look around and see. what do different people who want you to listen to them, what do they want to own? "don lemon tonight" starts with the big star d. lemon now. d is familiar with this idea. what do you want to own? do you want to own the vaccine was bad? i don't think so. not long term. it is sketchy, which is why trump doesn't talk about the vaccine the way he could. he could say i brought it to you. take it, take it. he doesn't because he got booed and alabama and he knows there are too many in the base he doesn't want to upset. do they want to own removing roe v wade and telling women from 8 to 80 you don't get to decide on your body. let's say from 18 to 80 because
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voting age. you don't get to determine freedom of choice, not for you, ladies. >> do you want to own this end runaround and what should be constitutionally correct if possible if democrats one day want to do a similar law for taking guns? if they say we can do this with guns? the supreme court won't be able to challenge this and go around and get your guns. it's a hypothetical. that's what conservatives should really be concerned about is what does this set for a precedent for? are you setting a precedent in the future? i know you think it's a win when it comes to roe v wade but also a win for your opponents when it comes to other laws that you may not like and that you're trying to get an end run, they're
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trying to get a runaround. do you want to have a big in depth investigation about it. drew griffin will do it. the party cries foul all the time. it's rigged. the guy in california now, the talk show guy who is running and trying to have -- the leader in the recall setting up an election fraud hot line already. >> he's losing -- hold on a second. he's the leader except for anybody else. >> yeah, but that guy. >> 69% is anybody else. >> that guy -- >> he ain't schwarzenegger. >> not at all. he's a twitter troll. he's trying to goat me and me and anybody else. he wants to get on the show. i just -- people like that who should be ignored and that is what i do. i don't know about other people. for years this guy is trying.
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i'm like who is this guy? >> it says something that he's leading the pact on the right. says something about where they are. >> yes. >> says something about where they are. it makes the answer to a lot of your questions, yes. yes, they do want to be the ones who say the elections are all rigged. yes, they do want to play short ball and get the wins when they can. you know, this is the same argument they used with the democrats about the filibuster, right? the democrats to this point don't have the votes to blow it open and see what happens. it would be interesting to see what the republicans would do. people will say that's not fair. the republicans could have done it and chose not to. they didn't need to. >> uh-huh. >> have they ever shown they won't do what they need? look what they're doing with the vac vaccines. the same people telling you it's a freedom of choice to get it of no consequence are all vaccinated. >> vaccinated and their places of unemployment have vaccination rules. they are saying my body, my
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choice but not saying that in texas when it comes to that law. >> they're sayiing at the same time how dare you fine us for this? desantis wants to fine schools that tell kids to put on masks. look, i'm telling you -- >> this is not that hard, chris. >> what did you say? >> it's a little piece of -- you know you can hear me. don't try that craziness. it's not that hard. is it that hard to put a piece of cloth over your face? >> it's your choice. >> let me tell you this. >> it's your choice. >> it is my choice. you know what is my choice is that i have a co-worker who is a compromised immune system. so my choice is to be a real person, a citizen, someone who cares about other people and to wear this mask into the office even though i'm fully vaccinated. >> amen. amen. >> even though i get tested all the time. that's my choice. it's not my choice to compromise that perp. >> amen. it is your choice. nobody is saying you must take
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the vaccine. you don't get to go where we're going to be. >> i agree. >> you don't get to go where we're going to be because we don't have to, the majority, people who did the right thing don't get to live at the behest of the minority. >> i've been saying that since the beginning. i got a lot of for it saying maybe you shouldn't do that and there should be vaccine mandates and you know what i got called. i stand by that. you can't send your kids to school. you have three kids that have gone to school -- >> not us but society decided. mumps, polio, smallpox. i don't know how effective those vaccines are. i do it because i know that's how my kids go to school. >> i do it for science. >> if i thought there was no science, that would be different. we've accepted this. >> i wish i had her number, nicki minaj's number. i don't know if you've seen the
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whole thing. >> no. >> you know me better than that. i had to figure out what that was. i thought she was playing for the ravins. [ laughter ] >> see you later. >> i love you d. lemon. >> love you, too. this is "don lemon tonight. got a lot to talk about. president joe biden campaigning for governor gloveavin newsom t hold on to his office and republicans are threatened with losing an election crying foul doing it already. does that sound familiar to anybody? it's rigged. if i lose, it's rigged. that's an old one. if i lose, it's rigged. that goes back to '15, '16. it is the big lie all over again. bogus claims of voter fraud and yelling about mail in ballots refusing to accept the results if they don't go your way and a giant scam. i hate. it's so asinine and juvenile and ignora ignorant. it feels beneath the dignity of journalism to report on that.
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it is almost like it should be another conspiracy theory realm you go why are we even bothering? controversial talk show host larry elder flatout claiming democrats will cheat. >> we have lawyers all set up all ready to go to file lawsuits in a timely fashion. they're going to ging to cheat. we know that. >> it is baked into the gop platform. in our view new cnn poll 6 in 10 republicans and republican leaning independents say believing the former president won in 2020 is an important part of being a republican, what it means to them. that's what it means to them. very important part. incredibly damaging to our democracy. nearly 60% of republicans think part of being a member of their own party is blindly accepting a big lie, the big lie that our free and clear election was fraudulent and that the loser actually won. remember, it was the most secure election in american history.
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there is absolutely no evidence of wide spread voter fraud and case after case has been thrown right out of court. even though the big lie of bogus election fraud is what fueled the insurrection at the capitol. and then there are all those governors playing politics with the pandemic of the unvaccinated. today it sort of -- again, florida's governor ron desantis seems determined to build his political brand around opposition of vaccine and mask mandates. now he's threatening to fine communities in his state for requiring government employees to get vaccinated. $5,000 for each violation. so what happened to freedom? how is fining counties and cities potentially millions of dollars, how is that freedom? >> so if you look at places here like the city of gainesville, that's millions and millions of dollars potentially in fines.
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>> yeah. leave it up to the people, right? freedom. i guess it's just freedom for the vocal minority to walk around unvaccinated while politicians play to the base and panlder panlder to voters and ignore the facts and the warning lights are blinking red. and there is no excuse this time for being taken by surprise. here is what a source is telling cnn, police are bracing for violence during saturday's justice for j 6 rally. whatever. justice for j 6 rally in preparing for some of the protesters attending the event to be armed. right wing rally at the scene of the crime eight months after blood thirsty rioters stormed the sea of democracy, a rally in support of rioters jailed for january 6th when lawmakers were forced to run for their lives and beat police officers trying to defend the capitol.
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capitol police issuing an emergency decoloration, that goes into effect about the time of the rally. temporary fencing will go back up just like it did after january 6th. and it's not just talk. okay? a california man arrested today with a bayonet and machete in his truck, which had a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it. it had a picture of an american flag in place of a license plate. remember when people used to block out their license plates when they would do those trump rallies? he blocked out his license plate with the american flag. what's old is new again. he was parked near the democratic national committee headquarters around midnight. that happening right now under our noses. that's why what one former president said about another former president is something we all need to pay attention to in this current moment. >> in the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, i was proud to lead an amazing resilient united people.
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when it comes to the unity of america, those days seem distant from our own. force seems at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument and every argument into a clash of cultures. so much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment. that leaves us worried about our nation and future together. >> a naked appeal to anger, fear and recsentmentresentment. look, however you feel about george w. bush, when he was in office he wasn't known for eloq eloquence. he wasn't like barack obama. but what he said right there was the truth or as they say facts. he didn't even mention the former president's name. didn't have to. even though many people wish that he had done it. me, included. we need to -- we all know who
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he's talking about. the utterly unpresidential formeform former occupant of the white house who isn't part of the president's club and probably wouldn't want to be -- actually, i take that back. he would really like to be part of the president's club but he is an out cast. and deservedly so. confronted with what president george w. bush said he railed, he winced, he attacked in a statement if you can call it that. it really a collection of insults. okay. always. president george w. bush was in office on 9/11 and he knows the deadly toll of the violent extremism of foreign and domestic extremism. and he has a warning for this country 20 years after that terrible day. >> there is little cultural over lap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. but then there is destainful
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pl pluralism and disregard for human life in their determination to defile national assembles. they are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them. >> so, foreign terrorists on 9/11 attacked us for our freedom, for our democracy, the terrorists on january 6th did the same thing. attacking our capitol. attacking our freedom and our democracy. listen, the number of deaths completely different. it not exactly apples to apples. but the principles behind it, same. they were our fellow americans, though, trying to overturn our free and fair election and stop the peaceful transfer of power and as president bush said, children of the same foul spirit. it is our continuing duty to confront them. so that said, the next on this
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program, the inside story of just how close we came to a coup in this country and just how much danger there is to our democracy even today, how the big lie is still alive and well right now. age before beauty? why not both? visibly diminish wrinkled skin in... crepe corrector lotion... only from gold bond.
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democracy. trump not only insists that he won the election, his lies made millions of americans doubt the u.s. election system. he relentlessly pressured local election to understand just how danger courtous this is, the sc the actions by trump and inner circle and republican c politicians clinging to his lies that started on election day and still going on now. here is drew griffin. >> reporter: donald trump's attempt to subvert the election started long before anyone voted. >> we're not going to lose this except if they cheat. >> reporter: continued on election night. >> we want all voting to stop. >> reporter: sparked and attempted insurrection. >> we fight like hell. >> as disgraceful as trump's public words were behind the
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scenes trump and his inner circle were using the powers of the presidential office to cheat, not to stop the steal. but to start it. >> it was an attempt to undermine the will of the people and profoundly anti democratic and potentially criminal. >> reporter: the 45th president of the united states tried to c c cohorse the department of justice. >> there is no question our democracy is at a breaking point. >> reporter: in the weeks following the election, trump and his inner circle would wage a high pressure campaign. >> hello, francis. how are you? hello brad and ryan and everybody. >> it's rudy giuliani. >> reporter: at least 30 contacts between trump and republican officials in crucial states, georgia, michigan, pennsylvania and arizona. >> this is the whitte house operator. >> i was out to dinner with friends and a phone call came in
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from washington d.c. of a number i didn't recognize. >> reporter: client hickman a trump supporter then the chair of the meraricopa board of supervisors couldn't believe it. >> the president is available to take your call if you're free. >> reporter: hickman let the call go to voice mail. days later the president called back. hickman refused to pick it up. >> i thought it would have to do with election operations and i wasn't prepared to talk about that. the governor of arizona certified it. the attorney general of arizona and secretary of state certified it. >> reporter: records now reveal dozens of text messages and multiple phone calls from the white house and rudy giuliani and the head of arizona's republican party. >> i just talked to the president and he would like to talk to you.
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>> to intervene in a free and fair election that joe biden won. supervisor bill gates believes it was an attack on the constitution. >> i saw that a voice mail had popped up. it was just unbelievable to hear, you know, instantly i knew who it was, that voice. rudy giuliani america's mayor. >> it's rudy giuliani, president trump's lawyer. maybe we can get this fixed up. >> reporter: the maricopa board of supervisors had this subpoena demanding officials handover millions of ballots to state elections officials launching fraud investigations. >> he wanted us to turnover the ballots as soon as possible so that the state senate could get to work. >> get to work doing? >> one of the objectives is to get their hands on the ballot before the january 6 th hearing in the capitol. they wanted evidence to support desert flying the election.
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one of the main reasons i became a republican in the 1980s is i thought the republican party was the party of the rule of law. the party of the constitution. >> reporter: in michigan, a wayne county republican election official voted to certify the election, then changed her mind after a call from donald trump. >> i have provided them with a copy of my affidavit resending my vote. >> reporter: in, trump not only recalled the top elections investigators. >> whatever you can do francis. >> reporter: what is now being investigated as a possible crime, trump tried to convince georgia's secretary of state to change the vote count. >> there is nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you've recalculate. >> it seems clearer and clearer trump was actually trying to steal the election. he was actually trying to create conditions where he would be declared the winner even though he actually lost the election. it is incredibly dangerous and
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destabilizing. >> reporter: and perhaps most dangerous of all, president trump even tried to use the united states department of justice to pull off his attempted coup. in the notes of a december 27 phone call now handed over to congressional investigators, trump told his acting attorney general jeffrey rosen and his deputy richard donohue just say that the election was corrupt, leave the rest to me and the r congressman. both men refused trump's request and both have testified before the senate judiciary committee chair by senator dick during ban. >> what was the most shocking to you? >> how involved the president was and the pressure he was putting on jeffrey rosen. it was real, very real and very specific. >> reporter: trump tried to pressure rose ton file a lawsuit in the supreme court to declare that the electoral college votes cast cannot be counted. his chief of staff was
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repeatedly emailing top doj officials at least five times asking they investigate conspiracy theories about voter fraud. >> it's an attempt to use the department of justice in order to influence the election that's run at the state and i calocal level. it dangerous and inappropriate and should be inacceptable. >> reporter: trump had been secretly working with someone inside the department of justice, an official from the environmental division named jeffrey clark what was pushing allegations of voter fraud despite all the evidence against him. clark urged his bosses to sign a letter to georgia's governor containing a lie. it falsely claimed that the justice department identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election and advised the governor to convene in special session. acting attorney general rosen and the deputy a.g. donohue said no. >> the country came very close
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to a coup. >> reporter: it was the violence of the insurrection on january 6th that finally ended trump's plans to prevent the certification of joe biden as president. yet, with no proof, with no facts, with no evidence at all that fraud played any role in his defeat, trump has convinced his base of support that the e l -- electoral system of the quite is corrupt. former republican new jersey governor who started a group to safeguard u.s. democracy says this is a threat to the country. >> abraham lincoln said if the government falls, it will fall from within and we have to remember those things because it can. it could happen. >> reporter: one thing that bill gates and maricopa county supervisor told me is if it weren't for republicans willing to risk their careers and were standing up for what is right, there might have been a very different outcome and some of those elections officials are
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dealing with threats to their own lives. don? >> all right. . donald trump's lie damaging the democracy and it's embedded in the gop platform. where does our country go from here? i have two guests to talk about it right after this quick break.
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back now covering cnn's new reporting about trump's efforts to overturn the new election, a perfect example how -- we go live to california because of the recall in california, recall election of gavin newsom.
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gavin newsom's opponent already claiming election fraud before the election already happened. let's bring in former u.s. attorney for the south earern district of new york. what is happening there, the president speaking is a perfect example of what we're dealing with this today because of the big lie. good evening to both of you. there is a big effort to shove what the president did, right, with this coup, with this attempted coup down a memory hole with elected republicans. why is that such a big mistake? >> for the reason you're describing. there is a lot to be upset about and angry about. you had a sitting president who went out of his way again and again and again to weaponize his power with respect to the justice department and officials to steal an election that he had lost. that's something that is in the past and was averted.
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the concern you have is not only was that attempt and attack on the constitution but an attack on truth and planted the idea in the minds and hearts of larry elders that's not a bad ploy for me. if i lose it must have been fraud and causes people to realize reporting on the justice department there were a few people at the top that resisted the treaties of the president of the united states. the lesson people will learn from that who want to follow in donald trump's footsteps, put power in the hands of people that are more pliable and can be per persuaded to do terrible things rather than have people adear to the rule of law and doing what is right. the future harm in the california election and in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 election and elections all over the country, the concern is the people will do what donald trump did because they think it might help them and that's the thing
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to be concerned about the most, i think. >> yeah. ama am amanda, you're shaking your head in agreement. what do you have to say? >> i agree this is an on going vent. i was so glad to see cnn sit down with republicans in arizona who have really been on the front line of this on going attack on democracy. i mean, they have had their elections that with stood three professional audits but through this process a lot of trump supporters have discovered that there is a lot of power in republican state legislatures. the kind of power that allows just a hand full of extremely partisan actors to seize ballots, turn them over to other par partisan actors that results in the destruction of election equipment and there is still -- no report, the answer to no one in these kinds of investigations aren't to produce evidence. they serve it is my belief to
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keep the big election lie going and we have these sham audits spreading to other states as we speak. pennsylvania, wisconsin, texas and so what these partisan trump supporters are learning as a test run for future elections is what these state legislatures can do, and so while i'm very concerned about their rhetoric, about rigged election, there is a lot of action happening on the ground that deserves a lot of attention, concern and scrutiny to prepare for what is absolutely coming in 2022 and '24. >> right onme. appreciate both of your comments. stick around. the fallout of the big lie leading to the hollowing out of election administrations across this country and some officials are fearful for their lives.
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. one of the dangerous consequences of donald trump's big lie is tens of millions of americans believe trump won the 2020 election. some of them are threatening violence against election officials for just doing their jobs. once again here is cnn's senior correspondent drew griffin and the story you're about to see contains graphic language. >> reporter: in milwaukee, elections executive director claire voyage has been bombarded by hate since an extremist right wing website gateway pundit published lies about her. >> you rigged my fucking election you fucking piece of shit. you're going to try you and hang you. >> we're coming for you, claire. >> i really sincerely hope you get what's coming to you, you fraudulent fuck. >> what is your immediate
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reaction to what was on that machine? >> it is frightening because there are crazy people out there and it might be them blowing off steam, it clear they believe it and i think only someone who truly believed it would act on it. >> reporter: how many threats to you think you have gotten? >> i think over 150. >> reporter: 150 threats? >> yes. i received a letter very colorful language to my home, which did make me very frightened and that i have a 3 month old and a 4-year-old to think about and all because i did my job and made sure that all of the city of milwaukee's ballots were counted. >> reporter: what did that letter say? >> am i allowed to tell you the swear words on camera? >> reporter: sure. >> it said you a fraudulent cunt. a lot of the emails called me a cunt, a bitch, a whore. >> reporter: what is happening in milwaukee is happening across
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the country. bill gates and county supervisors faced their own threats every day. >> just last friday, my colleagues and i all were treated to a orange jump suit that a gentleman sent to us and, you know, declared that we will end up in jail some day because we are traitors in the minds of these people. >> reporter: this could lead to a damaging lose of experienced professionals who know how to conduct elections. a report from the brennan center for justice found one in three election officials feel unsafe because of their job matt master son was the lead cybersecurity advisor for the department of homeland security in the 2020 election and says it's all creating an alarming situation. >> local election officials are going to leave. and then that opens the door to adding less professional, more political actors into the election space which again is incredibly dangerous. >> vogue is staying but closed the elections office until she
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can beef up security. >> it made me really concerned how powerful consmpiracy theoris have become that my job would became dangerous and election administrators and very well established democracy has lots of checks and balances as now a dangerous profession. >> reporter: the danger isn't just the obvious threat of violence, but the threat to democracy. experts say donald trump and his republican allies have injected enough doubt into the election process to threaten its stability. >> it's going to be a self-fulfilling proofpprophesy. he is undermining the system in a way that will cause the system to deteriorate. >> reporter: some republicans are undermining the system with new unnecessary legislation. across the united states, republican state lawmakers are passing law after law aimed at fixing a problem that does not exist. mass voter fraud. >> this bill, i'll say it one
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more time will make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in pennsylvania. >> easy to vote and hard to cheat. >> in arizona we want to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. >> at least 18 states have enacted 31 laws with new restrictions on voting methods since the beginning of the year. the most concerning are being called election subversion laws. impacting how elections are run and who is in charge. >> they didn't like the fact that they lost those states and so now they're rewriting the rules for the future but doing it in a way that will make it extremely problematic because they make it very partisan. >> reporter: former new jersey governor christine todd whitman a republican is part of a group working to safeguard u.s. democracy. >> what you have with local officials, secretaries of states and others are people trained to oversee elections. that's their job to do that. now what you see in these states like texas, arizona, georgia, is
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they are pulling that back and put it in the hands of the legislatures, political legis legislatures. >> reporter: case in point, georgia's election integrity act of 2021 98 pages long signed into law in march by brian kemp repeating that republican m mantra. among the professions, it strips power from the georgia secretary of state and allows lawmakers to intervene in how counties administer and count the vote. >> sounds like it makes it easier for the politicians to cheat. >> you can have that perception. you'll have your i.d. with you. >> reporter: tiny adams is the supervisor. >> i believe it's a massive power grab. the secretary of state is removed as a voting number of the state election board. >> reporter: basisly tossing the political person aside. legislators made the power grab blatant passing a law that
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strips oversight powers from the arizona secretary of state currently a democrat and gives them to the arizona attorney general currently a republican. it expires in less than two years, making sure it's a republican who oversees any disputes in the important midterm elections. gates says the party's big lie about vote fraud is getting way out of hand. >> i'm worried about the people who look at this now. they've listened to their leaders, republican leaders and are convinced that our system is corrupt, this is this large conspiracy and we've yet to see many republicans speak out and tell people no, the election was fair. it's time to move on. enough is enough. >> reporter: in texas, which trump won, republican legislators passed a law that bans drive-through and 24-hour voting favored in heavily minority houston and creates new hurdles for mail in voters. the texas legislation also makes it a crime for election workers
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to interfere with partisan poll watchers. >> we're at a tipping point as a nation and our democracy is at stake. >> reporter: democratic legislators like carl sherman fled the state trying to prevent a vote on the bill and the standoff ended after 38 days. >> it matters because i have a long history of cherry picking who can vote and who cannot vote. >> reporter: if all these election laws being surfaced in republican led states seem like a coordinated effort, that's because it is. >> we have honed in on these eight specific focused states. >> reporter: a former trump administration official who now heads up the conservative heritage action for america said the group had made recommendations to several states, which ended up in election related bills. >> from there, as we create this echo chamber, we're working with the state legislators to make sure they have all of the information they need to draft the bills. in some cases we draft them for
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them or have a sential on our behalf and give them the model legislation so it has the grass roots from the bottom up type of vibe. >> reporter: donald trump's big lie and his party's willingness to go along with the facade is now the biggest threat to free and fair elections we face. >> it used to be unthinkable to contemplate election subversion in the united states. it's become think nlable but something we need to spend the next few years guarding against 6 it's dangerous. >> reporter: it's dangerous because it's destiabilizing. a democracy depends on the losers agreeing the election was conducted in a fairway and agreeing to fight another day. if you don't have that acceptance, you don't have a democracy. right now, with donald trump and his followers, we don't have that. don? >> drew, thank you very much for
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hey google. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ we're back. i want to bring back in senior cnn legal analyst preet bharara and cnn's amanda carpenter. you heard the threats, preet, against election officials, it's hair fieg. what happens next time when they can't put the breaks, put on the breaks like they did in 2020? >> you almost don't want to contemplate it. that's why we should be contemplating it in advance, to see what we can doing about it.
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this program shines a light on it. people go to the polls and make their positions clear. you know, that election official in georgia warned people about potential violence. it's not just about the lie. it's not just about frivolous legal claims that are getting thrown out of court, scores and scores of them, lawyers of the former president being sanctioned, rudy giuliani losing his license, at least temporarily, in two jurisdictions, other fines being brought against sidney powell and others. it's not just about those things but it's about violence that culminated on at least one occasion in the insurrection we saw on january 6. that could happen again. so you're right to raise the issue and right to sound the alarm. i think the place for good people to keep talking about it, to try to talk some sense into reasonable minded people and officials in government because the next time around, we might not have people who push back against their own party and put party over country. that worries me a lot. >> amanda, as preet mentioned,
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the threat of violence, capitol police preparing for a rally next saturday, police are preparing for armed protesters. we saw exactly what people are capable of when they believe that big lie. are you worried we could see another incident, another attack like the one in january? >> yeah, i'm worried about the u.s. capitol. i'm worried about capitols all over the country that have become targets for political violence. we had january 6. in recent weeks a guy having a bomb threat, more people, you know, a guy getting caught with a machete. this is bad news that's happening here. and when we talk about what happened and what can be done on a federal level, too much attention is paid to the voter suppression side, because the real threat that caused the violence on january 6 was on the overturning the vote side, the
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election subversion aspect of it. that what is what many trump partisans on the ground are supporting, ways to overturn elections. in some cases that bar is pretty low. look at what happened on january 6. all it took to object to the results of millions and millions of votes was one senator and one member of the house. that's it. and that stopped proceedings and allowed a lot of bad actors to come in, to storm the capitol, because they believed they had an opening there. so we are going to have a big discussion about voting rights and ways that we can protect election workers and all these good things, but the threat i see right now is on the election subversion side, overturning elections with the threat of violence. >> amanda, preet, thank you so much, thank you so much. governor gavin newsom is pulling out all the stops in california to save his job tonight, campaigning with president biden.
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we are now just hours away from california's recall election. president biden in california tonight, campaigning with democratic governor gavin newsom who is hoping to rally supporters to vote no so he can hold onto his job. also tonight a source telling cnn capitol hill police and other law enforcement agencies are bracing for potential violence on saturday's right wing rally and for the possibility that some of the attendees may be armed. in florida's governor ron desantis threatening to fine local county governments in his state that mandate employees get vaccinated for covid-19. first, we'll turn to cnn's john king at the magic wall and what to expect from tomorrow's


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