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todd: especially a federal lawsuit. that has potential to make some law in an area where the law is unsettled before every state issued these lockdowns it will be interesting to see god forbid we are in a similar situation going forward. marlena and robert thank you. >> thank you. jillian: with that thank you for joining us, "fox & friends" starts right now. have a good day. ♪ ♪ jillian: the fbi investigating a death threat sent to senator rand paul at the bottom of the letter it says i will finish what your neighbor started. >> origins of the coronavirus. >> why isn't president biden pushing for more action. >> we are and we have repeatedly called for the w.h.o. >> the w.h.o. whose record on this whole issue has been appallingly bad. >> governor ron desantis signing a bill that would allow florida to penalize tech companies. >> any floridian deplatformed or censored would have a right to
sue big tech. >> will michigan governor gretchen whitmer revoked the rule. >> i don't know that there is a lot more for me to add other than they have pretty good pizza. >> this used to be one of the crown jewels of austin. as you can see i'm tent city. >> it has never been like this before. i'm a democrat but i have learned my lesson. >> i'm freaked out. something needs to be done. ♪ brian: here we go. welcome to the morning. and we start with a fox news alert. kentucky senator rand paul receives a death threat, ainsley. ainsley: it is unbelievable. fox news exclusively obtaining this photo of the chilling message that was sent to his house where his family lived along with a suspicious white powder. steve: how did this all start and what's the back story? griff jenkins live in d.c. with how the senator is responding senate and what started it. >> that's right, steve, ainsley
and brian good morning. chilling and far from the first death threat senator rand paul has gotten. if you look at that note again, can you read what it says, i will finish your neighbor started you mother explicative. you see that rifle pointed at paul's head depicting paul in a neck brace arm sling following the 2017 attack by his neighbor. in a statement, senator paul says, quote: i take these threats seriously. i have been targeted multiple times now. this comes just days after that 80's pop singer richard marks took to twitter with an obscure tweet directed at the senator writing, quote: if i ever meet rapid paul's neighbor i'm going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume. last night marx described his tweet as a quote wise crack. the senator found nothing gun about it pointing to the dangers
of social media. reprehensible twitter allows celebrities to advocate for violence against me and my family. this must stop. this latest incident is far from the first time paul has been the target of violence. remember this scene at the end of last summer while leaving the are nc convention angry mob surrounding the senator and his wife. the police having to step in to protect the couple. and in 2018, a u.s. capitol police arresting a man who paul says called his office and threatened to kill him. now the fbi is investigating this note. the white powder substance and we expect the capitol police will open a probe as well. they have yet to comment. steve, ainsley, brian? steve: all right, griff, thank you very much. of course, all of this start in the last week or so after dr. paul said when he was asked about it he said i'm not going to get the vaccine because i have already had covid and i have got the antibodies and it should be a personal choice. everybody can make their own decision. that apparently is what started, you know, richard marx to do his
tweeting and there was the back and forth. currently the cdc advises those who have had coronavirus to still get vaccines because they don't know how long they are protected because according to the cdc they could still get it again; however, dr. paul is very clear i'm a doctor, i know what i'm doing. i'm not going to get it. ainsley: what is wrong with these people. they are so nasty, so hateful and so mean. do you really care if he makes that decision. he has the antibodies. why is that big of a deal? why would this richard marx -- i remember his music you from the 80's, why we tweet out about it? doesn't he have other things concerned with his life? brian: here is the thing, richard marx aside, i didn't even know he was still alive but i guess he is. here is the thing about rand paul, whatever you want to say about him, he speaks his mind whether you like it or not. afghanistan, don't be involved in foreign wars. whatever he says you like it or
don't like it. he has never been more on the money or proven correct when this pandemic started until today. everything from wearing masks from when he got it, how to handle it when you come back after it. i'm not wearing a mask because i have the antibodies and in answer to the question when do you get the vaccine, a lot of times i know people that have had the covid virus they get the vaccine they feel like they get it again. the doctor might say wait six or seven weeks? what's six or seven weeks? he is a doctor. he also talks to doctors. i still have the antibodies. he can still get anti-obody he had test. i don't need to get it is he concerned about setting a good example a lot of people have had it. almost 600,000 people have died from it. millions have recovered from it. they are also looking to other people to take the lead like when dr. fauci wears two masks even he had a vaccine bad example. a good example, i have had it, not wearing a mask. why aren't you wearing a mask? because i have had it, i can't give it, i can't get it now he says i still have the antibodies, i'm not getting a
vaccine yet. will someone just back off and say look at the logic of what he is saying? even if he came out and said i'm not getting the vaccine, find out why and move on. don't threaten to kill anybody. i think one thing is pretty good is that we have been discussing here for the longest time the biggest curiosity is how this whole thing started, why this came from china. why they didn't tell us the correct information, the cdc told the virus was going to be one way, it was a different way, asymptomatic spread they said was impossible. human-to-human contact spread was intoxicate. that was not true. and the result, hundreds of thousands of americans died. and i have always said to myself why aren't people curious on why they lied and how this thing started? suddenly this is hit pun intended warp speed. ainsley: people wondering is it a cover-up. brian: it is a cover-up. ainsley: the media claimed it was a conspiracy theory. this was disinformation. and now people are wondering about the origins after that
"wall street journal" report came out three people in the lab had symptoms went to the hospital and had covid in 2019. asking questions where did this come from? steve: confluence of that story and at the same time somebody realizing dr. fauci 10 days ago wonders if it came from the lab and wasn't just something where a bat and somebody ate something. now he has doubts. but when you think back a year ago nebraska who suggested they have got that lab in wuhan and maybe it leaked out of the lab, anybody who said that because donald trump and his administration suggested that, you were crazy. you were regarded as a fringe person and a conspiracy thirst. we're going to do something delicious. we're going to take a look at some of the headlines that you read and we reported and just it's interesting how now so many people in the mainstream media
have essentially amnesia over what they reported a year ago. february 17th of last year. senator tom cotton repeats fringe theory of coronavirus origin. okay. that's they called it fringe theory. rioters, will china lab says conspiracy theories hurting efforts to curb virus virus. be china lab mishap but crites no evidence. and forbes. no. science clearly shows that covid-19 wasn't leaked from a wuhan lab. suddenly people reporting they worked at the hospital, so sick from the lab. dr. fauci says it may have come from the lab. now suddenly it looks like those people who said those things last year meet have to correct themselves. just saying. meanwhile, peter doocy in the briefing room yesterday talked to jen psaki about, brian, your point earlier, how did this
thing get started and why isn't the administration pushing the president of china? watch. >> with 589,920 dead americans, at what point does president biden say we don't want to wait for the w.h.o. we don't know what they're doing. this needs to be an american-led effort? >> we need access to the underlying data and information in order to have that investigation. >> but he talks all the time about how has known president xi for a long time why can't he just call and ask for that information? >> i think you are misunderstanding how this process actually works. an international investigation led by the world health organization is something that we have actually been pressing for for several months. we need that information from the chinese government. what we can't do and what i would caution anyone doing is leaping ahead of an actual international process. we don't have enough data and information to jump to a conclusion at this point in time. brian: they jailed the guy that came out and plow the whistle he
is dead. that should have been the cover-up that something is happening. "wall street journal" article. the biden administration refuses to comment but says the w.h.o. and international experts will do the investigating. why is that okay? it. ainsley: w.h.o.? great. brian: what peter said too was such a good point. he says is he good friend president xi. why doesn't he pick up the phone and call him. do you know who called him if president trump. do you know what xi said don't worry about it. he lied to president trump. he said this is going to go away in the spring. president trump wondering where he got it from. cut to president xi. cut phase one of the trades deal. phase 2 queued up. it you might say it was a mistake. that was chronicled in "the washington post" josh rogan's book in the "the washington post" which when he was doing a book tour able to interview him on radio listened to him with joe rogan.
goes into great detail studying china. while everyone was studying will russia and he studied china. he revealed what the administration was doing and how we were left in the dark. you honestly could say instead of focusing on the test the cdc, we had another nation poison the globe and all they should tell us the nature. ainsley: america should stick together on their it should not be political. brian: absolutely. ainsley: democrats and republicans should want to punt to out how this happened and we can hold china accountable. republicans in washington going to select committees say weighing need to hold this country accountable for spreading this pandemic all around the world. so many of your loved ones, we all know someone at least the new yorkers i know know someone who has lost someone because of this. do we want this to happen again? we need to find out where this came from? why are we so scared of china? why are we so scared brain brian manufacturing is there, trade deals is there. our allies are in the region.
taiwan is threatened hong kong steam rolled. ainsley: some things are more important. we have manufacturing here. steve: here is how president biden could derail this today. jen psaki says peter, you don't understand how the process works. >> wait. ainsley: wait on the w.h.o. steve: pick up the phone president xi, here's the thing. the three people that went to the hospital back in november of 2019 in wuhan, china, they had blood samples. the chinese government has blocked the release of the blood samples. ainsley: of the blood samples, right. steve: will you let our people look at the blood samples? because if all three of them had covid in november of 2019, that pretty much would be the smoking gun. it is that very simple. ainsley: president trump weighed in on this. he was on dan bongino new radio show also on fox nation if you ever want to listen to it and listen to what the former president, president trump said. >> i think you could take the word potential out that it came from the lab, frankly.
i think it came from the lab. >> you are incredible. >> i have very little doubt. and i mean very, very little doubt it came from the lab. steve: and because donald trump said with dan bongino yesterday on the premier of his radio show it came from the lab, and donald trump said it a year ago, that's why it was regarded as a fringe thing by the mainstream media and it conspiracy. fast forward now fauci, the "wall street journal" story suddenly it looks like it came from the lab. despite what the cdc and others had suggested. brian: jamie metzl. we had him on before, w.h.o. adviser worked for clinton listen i'm a progressive democrat. we are the only ones asking the question basically on fox. where did this thick start? and it's really not -- we can go into the nuances of donald trump's fault and it's joe biden is not here to save the day. the whole world could not fight this off. nobody won here. even japan is experiencing a
second surge. here is brit hume. >> striking to hear jen psaki say that the biden administration is really pushing to get more information about this by pressing the w.h.o. whose record on this whole issue has been appallingly bad and was one of the leaders in dismissing the theory that the virus that could have emanated from that wuhan lab, pushing the w.h.o. to do an open investigation, i don't think that's a serious comment. we don't know what happened here. and we haven't known. but the wuhan lab theory was always plausible. so the dismissal of that idea that it came from the lab by so many news organizations was another in the long line of recent media failures. brian: absolutely. the only thing i would add to the w.h.o. after the w.h.o. got their so-called comprehensive report, do you know what they said? this isn't really comprehensive. we need to do another study. the w.h.o. was saying out of all
of this. even though the president owes his nomination to china, and kept saying china is doing a great job handling this, in the end, he looks at the report and said yeah, we need to go back and really get better access. even the w.h.o. says don't believe the report i handed out. ainsley: we don't trust china. china won't let us in the lab and they won't release the blood samples. we don't know where this started. is there a possibility it started in the lab? yes. why are all the media outlets saying they claim to know where it start the when they won't even let us in the lab? steve: to your point, ainsley, "the washington post" did a fact check a year ago, they wrote the trump-pompeo were pursuing unsubstantiated lab theory. that was their fact checker. how can you fact check something where you don't have the facts? they didn't have the fact a year ago. but they made it, once again, it was political. donald trump -- so it's a fringe thing. at this point, we don't know but at least people are not
dismissing it now as a fringe thing. >> britain brian i didn't even know if someone told it you started in a wuhan lapp lab testing viruses like this or a bat and someone ate it? what would be the more plausible story? i don't know. the guy in the lab coat and the it. brian: the how do you say it joel? it sounds like panguin. steve: like i said i hadn't heard the pen quinn. ainsley: that's another theory. brian: i this is the theory i don't know all my animals. i should have watched wild kingdom one more time sunday at 7:00. instead i he want waited for the nfl highlights at 730. will joel, look up. jillian: i will i will give you a few minutes to look that up. brian: i'm at it right now i
have started already. jillian: president biden's department of justice appealing a court ruling to release a legal memo on whether former president trump obstructed justice during the russia probe. a small portion of the document would be made public. the doj announced its decision just before the midnight deadline. new overnight the apartment complex partially collapses fair tears through the nashville building. size of the inferno. two alarm fire destroyed 18 units. unclear exactly how many people are displaced. no injuries were reported. st. louis police are asking the public to help a group of people stomping and dancing on police cars. look at this video. the group bombarding officers after they broke up a party over the weekend. the st. louis mayor thanked police for peacefully dispersing the crowd dancers you can go out and have a good time without all this nonsense. and six nebraska boys have started a small business aimed at boosting patriotism in their
community. every american holiday and remembrance day the boy also place an american flag at the end of their customer's driveways. they plan to continue to do so until they go to college. then they will pass it along to another group of kids. all six boys will join us live come up in the 8:00 a.m. hour. that is great. everyone congregating around brian's ipad. >> brian: pangolin. ainsley: looks like an armadillo. brian: a bat bit a pangalin and started the virus. what do you think is more plausible? steve: turns out that is an animal sold at those wet marks. ainsley: and people heat this animal. brian: yes. ainsley: looks like armadillo. brian: not something that you would want to take a bite out of. i don't go to wet markets. if i'm going to take a bite out of things i would wait until
it's dry. steve: something we didn't know before. ainsley: still ahead an oregon school district claims that teachers were not pushed to take part in systemic racism training. we have leaked audio obtained by fox news and counters the district's denial. steve: and michigan's governor cracking jokes after breaking her own social distancing rules of the bar. ainsley: there is the picture. steve: yep, there she is way back there. >> i don't know that there is a lot more for me to add at this point in time other than they have pretty good pizza. steve: okay. well, sounds good. does a restaurant owner fined for defying the governor's reactions not laughing. coming up, you are watching "fox & friends" live from new york city. ahhh! get out of here mouse.
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friends." loved in south carolina. steve: this is your 6:26 wake-up call in south carolina. ainsley: that's right. steve last month we reported on a diversity training program where watkins suggested that her colleagues need to, quote: evolve with so-called anti-racist ideas or dissolve. as it turns out then the spokesperson for the district said that teacher not authorized to speak for the district. however, now there has been leaked audio of the superintendent in that school who apparently made the comments a little earlier and he made it very clear he made a similar threat to the teachers. here is a superintendent, beaverton oregon don groting is his name. listen to what he has to say about what's going on in that school district. >> i'm here to support you in any way and i am at your convenience but i do want you to
know and i do want the message to get out there that this is not optional anymore. we have waited for the willing, and if you're not willing, maybe this isn't the right place for you to work. i will just put it like that. maybe we can free up your future because, if we're going to become an anti racist school district, it just can't be a few people. it's got to be everybody to include our staff, to include our students and our community and eventually everyone. steve: if you are not willing, then maybe this is not the place for you to work. unbelievable. ainsley: this is obtained by a former school board candidate. she got this audiotape from someone anonymously. she is not telling us who. and she says it was unethical. it should be dealt with swiftly. she goes on to say the teachers who threatened other teachers from anti-racist training got the idea straight from mr. got enwho wants to perpetuate critical race theory and force feed it to people who don't at
this point in time it's wrong and unthem and down right disgusting. don grotting you need to resign. fire him if he doesn't. you have an ethics issue one of the largest school districts in the state. brian: fox got this response from mr. -- from gill himself. he says it is appropriate for a superintendent to share expectations for staff training professional development. i do though not see this as unethical behavior. i'm part of the super intending what i have seen and read about oregon do they reflect the community? does that reflect the ideas of that community? i mean, these are the people that we are watching burn down a city for almost a year now. every single day because they aren't happy with the way the current setup with the economy with society the police can't stop it, they have been vilified. police chief have quit or been fired. does not surprise me this school of thought is happening at the
superintendent level. steve: the other question is this the right program to be pushing on the kids. brian: no. but that's not what they think. i bet you most teachers are saying what's the problem? ainsley: teaching systemic racism is good. brian: yeah. ainsley: no one wants racism in our schools. it's the critical race theory the project 1619 those are the issues. and a lot of patients i'm hearing in new york because it's happening here. they just want reading and writing and math. they want that taught to the kids. brian: when they goat history they have to be taught right, too. ainsley: that's true. the social issues the parents want to be in control of what they are teaching at home and to their kids. they don't want that taught in the classroom. steve: indeed. more on this a little later. meanwhile. still ahead. it was described as a fringe theory. we were talking about this a little while ago, new data appears to back the idea that covid could have been developed inside that building in wuhan china. we have got a panel on that coming up next. you are watching "fox & friends." ainsley: it's true. that lab changed the world.
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from his bed at his dad's ex-girlfriend's home in dallas. trevor left town to skip his court hearing. the brooklyn principle who demand government sanctions israel has reportedly apologized to them. in an email obtained by the post. i want to apologize for using school email to strongly communicate my personal views and not being as inclusive and mindful of other perspectives as i could have been. the new york department of education said action was being addressed internally. aaron rogers addresses his rift with the green bay packers. take a look. >> culture is built brick by brick. the foundation of it by the people. not by the -- not by the organization. not by the building, not by the corporation. it's built by the people. ainsley: three time mvp quarterback speaking out after i
skipped volunteer workouts: if he does not show up for mini camp next month he could face fine. we will see. back to you. steve: jillian, thank you. a new report giving window into the potential oregon of the pandemic. according to the "wall street journal" as we were mentioning, three researchers at the wuhan lab were hospitalized with covid-like symptoms before the covid actually struck in november of 019 suggesting it could have started in the lab they worked at. that's a theory that was considered fringe not too long ago. and now people, including dr. fauci are wondering maybe there is something to it. here to discuss we have got the author of unreported truth alex berenson, indiana senator mike braun and fox news medical contributor dr. janette nesheiwat. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. steve: senator, let's start with you, why was this a fringe theory last year but now with fauci saying, you know, maybe there is something to the lab leak thing and the "wall street
journal" saying three people from the lab got sick at the same time before the pandemic was declared. looks fishy. >> when you put so much energy and effort into a dialogue, anywhere from the beginning, of course trump brought up the subject that it might have originated there, anybody with any common sense would have said hey, let's take a look at that especially from a place that the is not traps parent at all. but when you invest that much in it over time, very similar to, you know, kind of election integrity stuff. when you have any question you are called seditionist. it's the dc 2 step. what's interesting now is looks like information is cascading forth that's going to make them do the two step out here and cover their tracks and now all of a sudden be interested more in the issue. that's why senator holly and i came out with our bill to try to do this a month ago, knowing that sooner or later you had to get to the bottom of this.
and why they are not interested in doing it, i think democratic senators need to state the reason clearly. steve: alex, you know, we don't know for sure what happened. but, it seems like our administration, the biden administration has not really been pushing the chinese about hey, we have got half a million dead americans. we need some answers now. >> yes. we have half a million dead americans and more the point this may still be happening in other labs in china, elsewhere around the world. we need know about this gain of function research and its dangers. and this can never happen again. and the road to it never happening again starts with understanding how it happened this time. and by the way, it was clear, you know, senator tom cotton last year wrote an op-ed about this or, you know, spoke about this and was slammed about it. it seems incredibly clear to me once donald trump mentioned the possibility that this could have come from a lab.
the entire media, you know, with the exception of fox and a few other places decided he had to be wrong and it had to be conspiracy theory and that was just an absolute mistake. it was a travesty. steve: dr. nesheiwat we need to know how this started as quickly as possible going forward because was it something that jumped from a bat to an animal to a human or was it simply being worked on as a bioweapon by the chinese? >> yeah, that's the million dollars question, steve. when you are working with these diseases and viruses day in and day out. it's quite easy to pick it up. that's why we saw these three scientists, all three of them required hospital care. i don't think this is a coincidence. i think it was a cover-up from. day one there has been no transparency from china. they would not allow access to their labs. they would not allow us access to their medical records safety logs sample specimens that we need to conduct a full, thorough investigation. i feel compelled as a physician
who has lost many patients to covid, i urge our president to ensure that we have a thorough extensive investigation to ensure that this doesn't happen again. to ensure that there aren't other pat general's that may be studied right now that may potentially leak or animal reservoir. we need to investigate this because it could potentially happen again. steve: real quickly, senator, do you think there could be a cover-up? >> i think there is no doubt that we at least need to get to the bottom of it. and around here the way it works is you can do resolutions and do bills. why you wouldn't want to get to something that is displaced so much of the economy caused so much grief. when you are so happy to do investigations on other things is beside -- i mean, it doesn't make sense, so we do need to get to the bottom of it i think this is going to cascade forward quickly. and it shouldn't have taken this long. we have been talking about it over a year. steve: alec, quickly, there does not seem to be a lot of curiosity from the
administration. >> no, or the press. here's what i will say. it doesn't happen v. to have been a bioweapon it could be an honest mistake and lab leak. the fact that a year gone by the crime scene for lack of a better word has gone cold, this should have hand last year, whether or not we are actually going to be able to get the chinese to do anything, i don't know. we have to try. steve: dr. nesheiwat, i will give you the final word. >> yeah, absolutely. when we see that the world health organization had unsuccessful attempts to investigation, when we see that the whistleblowers either died or disappeared, that raises an eyebrow that we really need to investigate so that we can protect americans in the future so this doesn't happen again globally. steve: all right. senator and alex and doctor, thank you all for joining us life. >> thank you. >> thank you. steve: you bet. still to come on this tuesday lawrence jones just got back from the lone star state and got a firsthand look at austin's growing homeless problem. his eye-opening report coming up next. >> guys walking around with a machete threatening people.
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take a stand and start a new day with trelegy. ask your doctor about once-daily trelegy. and save at trelegy.com. ainsley: the city of austin, texas, look at this, it's now flooded with homeless people creating a crisis the likes of which residents say they have never seen before. and it all started when austin's mayor and the city council members they voted to end that ban on public encampments. that happened back in 2019. "fox & friends" enterprise reporter lawrence jones went to see the conditions firsthand and he joins us now. lawrence, you are from texas, i'm sure this is heart breaking for you. >> yeah, born and raised. i think the sentiment that you are starting to see is you have these folks that have moved from california to evade this same problem there and now it's showing up in texas you.
i had an opportunity to travel to texas to see how it's impacting them. >> came out to have some fun. >> it's a great time. everybody is safe. >> it's america, it's my home. ♪ ♪ lawrence: this used to be one of the crowned jewels of austin. as you can see a camp city. >> i have never seen this before. >> i'm a democrat but i have learned my lesson. >> i'm freaked out. something has to be done. >> two years ago the city council got rid of an ordinance that band camping on public lands. result 11% increase in the homeless population. >> you have people that are assaulted. people who are robbed we have had home invasions. >> one night i was at my neighbor's house and cleaning their guns. >> you found needles, on the floor. i didn't know what it was.
i picked it up. >> austin is starting to look like skid row. >> that's the last thing i want to see happen. >> the guy is walking around with a machete threatening people. >> he started with box cutters as a weapon now sadry we joke that we are the machete capital of texas. >> this may the city residents got their voice back when they voted in a landslide victory to reinstate prop b. what is the city leadership doing here in austin. >> the city of austin lets them doing whatever they want. do their drugs and leave needles for. you are harboring drugs? will that doesn't make sense. and we as a people and a citizen are left to fend for ourselves. >> do you want that to be the imknowledge of austin? >> one of the reasons i don't like that image is because i don't think it's true. >> a guy is walking around right outside of city hall with a that mamma chety, threatening people.
that's breaking the law. >> and we are dealing with that with a tough challenge. >> they voted to defund the police last year and reallocate money and as such, officers are leaving at very high rates. i think the cause of our illness taking over our city is failed leadership. >> i have got tell you i talked with the cops. they tell me they want to be able to enforce the laws but they get told stand back. >> my police chief tells me that's not true. >> if i know one thing, are we aring two vote them out. we could either escape and run are from this problem face it straight on and make a positive change. >> do you have a commitment to go and engage these members of the public? some sort of solution. >> absolutely. it's my practice and i have been doing that. lawrence: ainsley, many of the residents feel defunding the police exasperated the crisis. just yesterday texas governor
greg abbott vowed to sign a bill to ban cities from doing that anymore. crazy story in my home state. ainsley: it is unbelievable. why they are allowing this to happen. i know they say because we have a big heart. why don't they build shelters for them and help them get jobs? lawrence: shelters, get them the treatment that they need. texas has a lot of money because we don't have a state tax. and we have managed our money well. people don't want to see texas look like california when you have kids picking up needles, this becomes a public safety crisis. ainsley: that wild said he picked up someone's needle. you are right. people are moving from california down to texas to get away from all of that lawrence, congratulations on becoming the enterprise reporter. have you earned that title. lawrence: thank you my friend. so great to officially join the "fox & friends" family. ainsley: we are so happy to have you. we adore you and so happy that you are a part of the team. lawrence: you know i love you
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♪ brian: michigan governor gretchen whitmer forced to apologize for failing to follow her own restrictions that limits tables in michigan, bars and restaurants to no more than six people. look at how many. >> an honest mistake and i have apologized for it i think that we have specifically not gone forward and penalized businesses that are trying to do the right thing. it's those that have flouted and put people's safety at risk that, you know, are the most concerning. brian: really? whitmer since rescinded the six people per table restriction effective june 1st. she said it had nothing to do with what just got exposed. here with more of the double standards he is seeing the owner of spangler restaurant mitch spangler. you put up with fines, restrictions being closed down what were your thousand when this picture eamericad on saturday? >> it was just shocking as a
double standard that even happened. if you truly believe there is a danger and believe in the science how do you forget to follow the rules? >> we weren't allowed to not follow the rules. brian: right. you weren't. in fact, you were closed down for awhile. you were facing bankruptcy and you said the heck with the rules. the virus is on the run. have you taken precautions, you are opening up anyway. and they start hitting you with fines, you will no choice. >> exactly two. years ago i had invested over $300,000 in two buildings and i didn't do any bank financing. it was all friends and family. it was either face them and tell them hey, your investment is no good or reopen and take as many safety precautions as necessary, which included air cleaners, plastic barriers, my staff fully masked up. we had fogger and all kinds of safety precautions and we just had to do it or be done. brian: they hit you with 9,000.
you negotiated down to 4,000 roughly of fines. you have this governor get caught, apologize, get caught again. she also lied about leaving the state and flying to florida on a private jet with 2' thousand dollars paid just a few hundred. she gets caught again, her husband puts her boat in the water curing a total lock down and gets caught there now she gets caught doing something you got fined for doing. i $4,000 fine should be lifted, don't you? >> i would love that to happen but this is the best that we could do with the attorney general's office continue. so, we're still open 4500. i am required to pay that, i guess, as the fee for staying in business through all of the craziness that's gone on. because i feel for all the other businesses that were not able to open and had to suffer through because of my legal team, hillsdale college dr. arnny
allowed his attorney robert norton to represent me as a neighbor on his own time and all pro bono and they represented me and i was able to work through it all through the emotional roller coaster and it's just, i'm so grateful for the support of the community and everybody that came out and supported us. brian: all you want to do is fight for your right to make a living be successful or unsuccessful. so go out and support your family restaurant. i hear great things. spangler's family restaurant. your governor has failed the people of michigan spectacularly. i hope everyone realizes that, democrats and republicans. mitch, thanks so much. >> thank you, brian. i appreciate it. brian: meanwhile have a great day packed for lunch and breakfast. reached out to the governor's office. got no response. we haven't given up hope yet. i will check my voice mail right on the break. ♪oe i keep my social distance. shingles doesn't care. i stay within my family bubble.
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b kentucky senator rand paul receives a death threat. you can read what it says i'll finish what your neighbor started. >> the fbi as well as capital police are investigating. >> why isn't president biden pushing for more access. >> we are and we have repeatedly called for the w. h. o. >> once donald trump mentioned the possibility that this could have come from a lab, the entire media decided that he had to be wrong and that was just an absolute mistake. >> just uncovering an algorithm that reportedly could be used to target facebook's political enemies. >> facebook has beta tested
this vaccine hesitancy score tiering system. >> the state resting its case in the mollie tibbetts trial. christian rivera charged with first degree murder. >> the prosecution questioned investigators. >> stunning footage captured of a tornado developing. >> damaging homes and buildings >> those storms targeting the same parts of the country over and over again in western kansas we could see even worse weather for tomorrow. ainsley: we start with a fox news alert. kentucky senator rand paul receives a death threat. steve: fox news exclusively obtained that photo of the chill ing message. brian: griff jenkins is learning new information this hour. joins us live from washington. griff, how is this story changed griff: well it is changing a little bit, brian, ainsley, and steve, good morning but first can i just go back to that image it was exclusively obtained by fox news and if look closely you see a rifle pointed at senator paul's head in a neck brace, and that is an image we believe to
be following the 2017 attack by his neighbor and the note reading there as you point out, steve "i'll finish what your neighbor started you mother ex me derivative" and it was accompanied by a suspicious white proud r sent to the senator's kentucky home and in a statement senator paul says i take these threats seriously i've been targeted multiple time now and also taken it seriously and what's new is the u.s. capital police confirm ing to fox news just in the last hour, they are investigating the suspicious package and note and they hope to release more information this afternoon, once they determine what is released and this comes just days after 80s pop singer richard marx tweeted"if i ever meet rand paul's neighbor i'm going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume." last night, marx described his tweet as as a "wise crack" but the senator found no human in it slamming tweeter for allowing celebrities to advocate for
violence against him and this latest incident far from the first time paul was a target remember this scene at the end of august last summer while leaving the rnc convention in washington, an angry mob surrounding the senator and his wife, the police coming to the rescue protecting the couple and in 2018, the capital police arrested a man who paul said called his office and threatened to kill him. now, this morning, in kentucky, we've learned that the louisville fbi field office is working with police in the warren county sheriff's office investigating the note and trying to determine what that white powder substance is and we'll bring you more as we get it. steve: griff, thank you very much. it's interesting. that particular image of rand paul that we just showed you with the gunpointing at his head , with the exception of the gunpointing at his head, that image is actually from a gq magazine story in 2017 on the assault by his neighbor, remember that? renee buchar tackled him from
behind, the senator suffered six broken ribs. the neighbor eventually did plead guilty and faces eight months in prison, and there he is right there. richard marx, as the 80s singer, he tweeted there he is right there, he tweeted at rand paul after, he was asked somebody said senator, are you going to get the coronavirus vaccine and he said no i've already had the disease, i recovered i've got the antibodies, and dr. paul said people should be able to make their own decision on whether or not they get the vaccine. he said my decision is i'm not going to get the vaccine and that's what caused the social media uproar. ainsley: the chances of getting it again very slim, he has the antibodies so he can't get it right now, maybe he decides to get the vaccine when he doesn't have the antibodies anymore, but it is his choice. why is richard marx weighing in on rand paul's life? brian: right and in 2021 you don't want to be known as an 80s singer, might have been okay in
the 90s but when you reach your peak 40 years ago i'm not sure that's a positive. ainsley: social media is allow ing this to happen. we wouldn't know what richard marx thinks for social media. brian: my point is rand paul is going to be proven right every step of the way from the antibodies he has, from what he was telling dr. fauci about giving the wrong message on mask s, to asking about the funding of the nih of the wuhan lab, every time that he is challenged, an than anthony fauci, he's come around to being correct, as he sat in a hearing two months ago with two masks on about six months after he said goggles might be an extra thing we should already be wearing after he already got vaccinated which made no sense and he's getting backlash from the late night shows all the way down from richard marx because he said i don't need to wear a mask, i have the antibodies i don't need a vaccine. ainsley: why can't we have just a normal debate.
i've enjoyed hearing the debate between dr. fauci because i want to hear both sides, when you go to a doctor, if you're diagnosed with a bad illness you might want to get a second opinion. i don't want to put all my weight and all my trust in one doctor, dr. fauci. brian: seems like the whole country is depending on him. he's wrong all the time. ainsley: let's look at the big picture. he was sent a death threat, a white powdery substance in an envelope promoting violence, he has the neck brace in that picture, his arm is in a cast with a crutch under his arm a gun to his head. steve: you know it's not just sending him an image, but keep in mind -- ainsley: threatening him. steve: when you send a white powder in the mail that is to scare you. that is terrorism, i hope that the proper authorities are investigating. dr. paul did tweet out yesterday it is reprehensible that twitter allows c-list celebrities encouraging violence against me and my family. this must stop. brian: when is that suspension coming down? steve: good luck with that. let's bring in leo terrell, fox
news contributor, and civil rights attorney as well. leo good morning to you. ainsley: good morning. >> good morning, everyone. thanks for having me. steve: thank you. can i just ask you a quick question about rand paul. what are the odds they are going to be able to find the guy who sent this to him? >> well, i'll tell you right now, steve, it depends on the investigation. if the fbi, the capital police gets involved in the investigation, we don't know what they're searching right now , we don't know who they contacted it's a great possibility, and again, we won't know because in criminal investigations, they don't release that to the public until there's a finding. brian: not like he's going to cancel a bunch of big concerts we won't really know what happened. ainsley: well the fbi is investigating hopefully they get to the bottom of it. steve: also apparently fox news did not include all of the markings, there are specific markings we did not release at the suggestion of law enforcement, so that they can figure out who exactly did it. ainsley: okay, so leo, it has been one year since the death of
george floyd. that started riots, you know, de funding police was a narrative , racial tensions really heightened in our country we were divided over this. everyone obviously condemning what happened and the death breaks all of our hearts that he died, but biden has invited his family to the white house today. where are we as a country one year later? >> i'll tell you exactly where we are, ainsley, we're racially divided and do you know why? because the george floyd case has been used to play the race card. i want to be very clear because of these facts are very important. in the murder case, it was a murder case involving the death of george floyd. not once was race mentioned in that courtroom, and the officer was found guilty. you can't tell that to the democrats. they have used the george floyd case as an example that white officers are out to kill black suspects, as if it's a 1940s. that is a lie. the biden administration has seized upon that, invited the
george floyd family into the white house, but they ignore black-on-black crime, they ignore david dorn, a retired police officer, who was murdered during the summer riots, they play the race card to give this false image that there is a war on black men by the police department. that is a lie. brian: all right, some of the things that have happened, a massive move to retrain, to re imagine policing, or to fire police and certainly defund police, and the result has been some horrific stats and if you live in the city you don't need to see the numbers, you live it. wall street journal featured an op-ed by heather macdonald, a law enforcement expert, best selling author on this topic said 19 children in minneapolis have been shot this year, an increase of 171%. over the same period in 2020, the relatives wonder where the protesters are why ain't nobody mad about a 10-year-old, migrant son fighting for his life, also another grandmother on may 17 mayoral event because
the cop didn't shoot him. that is the answer, so, right now, as horrific as george floyd 's death was, our reactions been worse. >> brian let me tell you right now what's amazing. the george floyd death was horrific, but what is amazing is all this crime in democratic cities, the biggest mouths who were complaining about this racial injustice, in democratic cities where people of color are running the government, you have black- on-black crime, attacks on police officers and where is al sharpton, where is black lives matter? do you ever see them when there's black on black crime? you have a mayor in chicago who opposed having white reporters and look how many black people died in chicago. this is an insult to black americans, to all americans, that democrats in the high-crime cities really care about minorities. it's an insult. steve: so leo, you know, fast
forward one year since george floyd's death. you know, and there have been the movements to defund police and, you know, here in new york the no bail situation where you do something you're out in 15 minutes. at what point, given the fact that when you look across-the-board, the rates of violence are skyrocketing all across the country. at what point do these mayors and governors, et cetera, say do you know what? we thought it was a good idea, but we got to turn the other way >> i'll tell you, steve, you look at the polling. you know, last year, there was a popularity of black lives matter the backlash if you'd just articulated with all this crime going on in large democratic cities has a blowback. black people support law enforcement. the defunding of the police has backfired because it's giving criminals a green light to rob and steal in these cities and
guess who gets hurt the most? people of color. so what's happening if there's going to be a blowback, and let me tell you what it's going to be. 2022 you're going to hear from americans who believe in law and order, respond in these democratic cities, and there's going to be a mass tsunami of democratic leadership being thrown out. ainsley: well there's proof right now that defunding the police is not working. remember in minneapolis, they were calling for abolishing the police? they defunded, they took away money, murders up 113% so far this year. why is that? is it because there aren't enough officers out there on the streets? >> well i'll tell you right now there's no support, ainsley. there's no support from democratic leadership. i'm living respectfully in a city of he'll when a district attorney, george gascon, who allows criminals out. no enhanced penalty, no death sentence charges. they have given criminals a green light to go ahead and commit crimes. look at the anti-semitism" ic
activity in la and new york. it's horrific and no one is doing anything. brian: real quick, the biden administration reportedly is authorizing today for the blm messaging and flying a blm flag at u.s. embassies around the world that according to human events, that according to sent out bisect of state anthony blinken. is that something that should be with the american flag around the world? >> no, let me be very clear. that is an insult to american values. black lives matter flag and banner does not represent american values. in fact, black lives matter attacks american values. it alleges that this country is systemically racist which is a lie. the only flag that should be flying on american embassies is the stars and stripes. steve: all right. brian: i would think so but it's pretty much a no-brainer i can't believe we're discussing it. steve: leo thank you very much for getting up so early in los angeles. >> very early. always a pleasure for you three. ainsley: jillian has headlines
for us. jillian: good morning, and let's begin with this just moments ago , secretary of state anthony blinken and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu meet to discuss how to reduce tensions in the region. blinken says the u.s. will work to rally international support for gaza reconstruction. he is in the middle east to begin negotiations to turn the cease-fire into a long term agreement. >> florida governor ron desantis signs the first in the nation bill aimed at censoring big tech >> any floridian whose the platform or censor would potentially have the right to sue big tech or making tech be transparent. jillian: the bill will force companies like facebook, twitter and instagram to publish standards for blocking and recovering content and a standard must be applied consistently. >> nearly 3 million people sign up for ohio's vaccimillion drawing the governor giving away $1 million each to five lucky winners who receive the covid-19
vaccine. the first winner will be announced tomorrow night. more than 100,000 teens have also entered and they are eligible to win a full ride of college scholarship to any ohio public school. see how that plays out. >> meantime, a marine surprises his sister at her college graduation after a year apart due to the pandemic. watch this. >> handing her, her diplopia is her brother, private first class [inaudible]. >> never gets old seeing moment s like this. the massachusetts school helped reunite private first class ryan booth and emily, a nursing major ryan will need to report to base in south carolina soon, but in the meantime plans to enjoy time with his family, that's a look at your headlines sending it back to you. steve: that was great. thank you. ainsley: i wonder what post in south carolina. maybe fort jackson, i don't know that's where my daddy served. it's exactly what parents were afraid of, a seattle school near
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ainsley: parents and teachers at a seattle elementary school demanding answers after an unknown man entered a classroom during school hours. this is just the latest concern for children's safety at broad view thompson elementary school, look at this map, that sits only a few feet from the homeless encampment you can see the school on left and on the right is where the homeless people live. our next guest has a fourth grader attending the school and says the situation is only getting worse. bryce nichols joins us now. good morning. >> good morning, ainsley how are you? ainsley: doing well i'm so sorry that you don't feel like it's safe to send your children to school now. what are you seeing at the school? >> well, there are multiple tents of people that are in many illegal activities, hypodermic needles all over the park, they are using the lake as their personal toilet, they have broken into the school, the school has been on a shelter
in place lockdown multiple times due to one of the people at the encampment having a gun and there's fights there constantly. its just gotten completely out of control. ainsley: how did this unknown man enter the school? at most schools the doors are locked. >> from my understanding, they had all of the doors locked, but one of them was not working correctly, and it was slightly a jar, so they were able to enter that way. ainsley: wow well that's unacceptable. >> i agree. ainsley: baseball team isn't allowed to play now because does the baseball team normally play in that park? >> yes, they do. i can see them from my apartment and they usually play there quite often. first, they were getting letters , the parents were getting letters to look for needles before they started practice. ainsley: oh, my gosh. >> which is horrible you shouldn't have to do that in a children's park. ainsley: no, you moved there in 2019. are you regretting it? >> no, i do love this city, and i believe something can be
resolved in this issue. i don't think anyone should go hungry or have to live outside in the cold or in the rain, but living next to a school causing problems is not the way to do it ainsley: i know what is your plea to the local leaders? >> well my plea is mainly to the school board because it is all up to them, and me and many other parents and community members are asking for this issue to be resolved. this camp has to be moved somewhere else. i would like to see the people that want help to receive help, but unfortunately, a lot of them are not going to take that. ainsley: yes, no, i'm with you. i see everyone as god's child. i wish they would help them clean-up their lives and give them shelter and get them jobs so they can go and buy a house or an apartment. we did reach out to the school and we have a statement from the school board or from the school district and it says "we continue to seek a solution through discussion with community-based organizations. we welcome any assistance that the city could provide.
we continue to have additional presence at the school from the seattle public school safety and security department." do you want to react to that? >> well, the city has offered help, and the school board pretty much just won't do anything about it. they are choosing the people at the encampment over our children at this point and that is completely unacceptable. ainsley: bryce, is your son, is he scared? >> oh, yes, we can't even have our windows open most of the time because he can hear the homeless people outside, and it scares him. they are constantly yelling at each other and fighting. ainsley: and you live right across the street, right? >> yes, i do. ainsley: gosh, well you all stay safe, thank you so much, bryce, for coming on with us. >> thank you very much for having me. ainsley: you're welcome i know it's early out there. we appreciate you telling the story. well as the wuhan lab leak theory is graining credibility it looks like some in the media have short-term memories. an ex-new york time science writer has been calling them out since the very beginning and he's going to sound off, next.
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internal documents revealed by project veritas to breakdown the algorithm. how is that work, todd? todd: steve that's the question these insiders blowing the lid off facebook and their attempt to in their words, "control the content before it even makes it on to your page." >> facebook uses classifiers and algorithms to determine certain things called vaccine hesitancy. todd: one leaked internal memo showing facebook's goal is to drastically reduce user exposure to vaccine hesitancy, another leaked document disclosing a rating system of potential harm dividing content into two tiers. one tier being alarmism and criticism and the other being indirect vaccine discouragement. that infamous algorithm flagging key terms to determine whether or not your post can remain but then allowing human writers to make a ruling if the algorithm can do so and one described as a
data center technician revealing that the tech giant was running a test on you, the user. >> they're tiering users without them knowing that they are doing it and they are obviously terrified of this report, so there's more to come. todd: in response, facebook telling project veritas, "we proactively announced this policy on our company blog and also updated our help center with this information." facebook did not immediately respond to fox's request for comment. steve? steve: funny how that works. all right, todd, thank you very much. brian: all right, thanks, todd. meanwhile as reported on the coronavirus lab leak theory grows it's starting to look more and more like the media might have amnesia in a respect. on the left we have headlines from the last year. take a look at this. dismissing the idea of a conspiracy theory and like something out of a comic book, because we thought that maybe this came from the wuhan lab, but on the right, those same outlets now reporting on the three wuhan lab researchers hospitalized before the pandemic written up by the wall street
journal over the weekend. our next guest wrote the most comprehensive article on this whole process that i've read to-date. he is science writer nicholas wa de, former new york times investigative science writer. nicholas, welcome. what do you think now that so many in the press are now curious about a story you've been comprehensively examining now for a year? >> well, that does seem to be a change of mind which is welcome. this story has been out there for just over a year, as you said, and the smoking gun was an article published on the internet who showed how this virus would take it apart and reassemble it. he suggested that he could have been manipulated, and i've been looking at the evidence since then and at this point, i think there's a pretty good case that on the available evidence, a lab leak is more likely than the
alternative, the virus. brian: from biting a bad or a bat biting and somehow the panda lin transferring that to a human being. did you buy that ever, did that seem plausible to you? >> well it was very plausible to start with because that's how two previous epidemics started but as each day passes and there's none of the evidence in an environment has emerged then a lab leak has become the more likely scenario. brian: inside china, why are they so desperate not to have the story come out or not to have a thorough investigation, where come one, come all. let's find out the answer to this. >> well up until now, there has been no pressure on the chinese at all to unlock the records of wuhan institute of virology, because almost all of the western media has bought the theory but now that's beginning to change. i think and hope the pressure will build on the chinese to
tell us all that they know. brian: in wuhan, was there gain of function research going on from your research? >> it looks almost certain that they were manipulating the proteins with these coronaviruses and they were transferring the proteins from one virus to another in order to get a more infective virus. brian: did they know how dangerous this could be? >> well, they did. the whole purpose was to try to get ahead of what nature might do naturally and be able to predict for the next epidemic but obviously they had no idea that a virus this infective might emerge from their experiments. brian: you know, five eyes basically surmised the investigative body, they said this more than likely may have come from the lab, and then the wall street journal report with three researchers coming
down with semitism tomorrows that looked like the virus, at least two had been hospitalized, how does that change your investigation? >> well, it puts back the date the pandemic started from the official date and the chinese said the first person was sick on december 8 so now it's pushing it back a couple of weeks, and it would mean the chinese knew about the danger of this epidemic even earlier than they said. brian: lastly, real quick, what would pressure the chinese to act, they're a country it that doesn't care really what people think and looking to punish those who accuse. what does pressure look like that would get china's attention >> i supposed ultimate pressure be to say china, if you don't want to be a member of the civilized group of nations, and tell us what's happened, then we don't want to train your
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anti-semitism" ic insults while they were pepper spraying, punch ing and kicking him and he was taken to the hospital as you can see. steve: detectives are actively pursuing leads on the other three suspects. let's bring in new york congressman lee zeldin co-chair of the house republican israeli caucus, declared he's running for governor on this program. lee, good morning to you. >> good morning. great to be with you. steve: where do you think this wave of anti-semitism is coming from? >> it's raw hate of the jewish people, and it's also been a stirred pot of growing hate against israel, and a move within the democratic party from the far left which in many respects has intimidated and even taken over other parts of the democratic party, but this is just raw hate, and unfortunately, while there's
been some equivocation and trying to lump this type of hate against jews like all hate matters, you're not seeing that singular emphatic forceful condemnation of anti-semitism and a lot of weak responses. ainsley: last week, aoc called israel an apartide state and over the weekend she tweeted out there's no room for anti-semitism in the movement. i think we have a sound bite from her, listen to this. >> anti-semitism is bigotry, it is hatred, it is disgusting, and it is antithetical to everything that our community stands for. we must stand with our jewish community, in supporting and protecting them against hate crimes and violence, and this is not just about physical violence , but this is about verbal assault and confrontation ainsley: so, lee, the front cover of the new york post this morning says hates new low.
talks about a holocaust survivor , 97 years old, being harassed on tiktok. she's on tiktok because she wants to explain to people who have questions about the holocaust what she experienced. what's your reaction, we're showing video right now of more of this happening i think this is in new york city. steve: we've been seeing it over the last week or two out in los angeles, here in new york. ainsley: right. >> yeah, we've seen it, exactly , from "coast to coast" across this country, and really, the volume of confronting anti-semitism needs to always be ramped up. we don't want to see elected officials and others having to get shamed, guilted into making strong statements to condemn anti-semitism. you're seeing jewish americans, not just confronted with violence, but also on a college campuses, they are being target ed and it's not just by fellow students, it could be by faculty, administrators, we hear those stories on college campuses. as you point out you have these
older americans and others who are speaking up on different platforms and they're being targeted as well, so the desire to educate as part of the tactic to could be front anti-semitism is actually resulting in more people being targeted with blatant anti-semitism and for those members of the squad who are desiring to say the right thing now, it's important that 365 days of the year, that you are strong and emphatic with your statements and your policies. you can't be voting in favor of the boycott divestment and sanction movement targeting israel and filled with blatant anti-semitism and then be surprised when this is happening you have a country like israel which uses rockets to protect its people and they are being targeted by hamas, a terrorist organization, iran proxy on so many fronts on the policy and
statements the inconsistency and oftentimes, the silence, it contributes to this climate of what we're seeing where right now jewish people are being violently targeted for being jewish. brian: it's unbelievable that senator chuck schumer who i believe has a lot of power in the senate i don't hear anything from him, as the squad puts up their point of view, and especially congresswoman tallib, so we've not seen much leadership from the leader, unbelievable. especially on something that he even voted against the iranian deal, because it was so bad for israel but he is just afraid of his left, i guess. the other thing to keep in mind talk about concern, the fbi is investigating a death threat against rand paul, he received some of these mock-ups that was sent to him in white powder arrived and we don't know what that is, it's being investigated by the fbi. what's your take on this? all he did, for example, is come out and make it clear, i got antibodies, i don't need to get the vaccine. i don't think i should be wearing a mask either. >> yeah, and he's a medical
doctor as well, so he brings some credibility to his opinions when he speaks of it from that front. senator paul has been targeted in so many ways throughout his time and service. he's actually been physically attacked as referenced in this most recent death threat that's being investigated against him. we have a great country in diverse thought, opinion, background, senator paul is someone who has a libertarian background and he brings a different perspective to debate, and it should be welcomed and if you have a deferring point of view and you want to disagree, that's okay, but the fact that he gets targeted the way he does all this time for his passion and his principles, it's just greatly unamerican and unfortunate. steve: well aren't the republicans in congress, you're a member of congress, aren't the republicans being targeted by the speaker of the house because the cdc says you do not need to wear a mask indoors if you've been fully
vaccinated and yet, in the house , you've got to wear a mask because nancy pelosi says not until the republicans get everybody gets a shot. >> yeah it's all politics, and i've been in settings where you get off the floor and when there are no cameras around, just as quickly as republicans are taking off their masks, you're in a meeting where democrats are taking off their masks as well, but there are no cameras around, and right now, in order to get on to the house floor, you have to go through a metal detector , get fined a lot but you could walk around a whole bunch of other metal detectors in order to get to that one just outside the house floor but there's no threat that has been shared amongst any member of the house of represent caves targeting another but this is all for show politics. i thought we're supposed to follow the science and supposed to trust the science, in which case, speaker pelosi should just be getting rid of that policy and following the cdc guidance, but it's all for show. strategist follow the science was so 2020 so last year.
lee zeldin thank you very much for joining us live. ainsley: thank you. >> thank you, good morning. steve: good morning. ainsley: you too, okay jillian has headlines. jillian: good morning let's begin with this. the state rests its case in the mollie tibbetts trial. illegal immigrant christian rivera charged with first degree murder in the college student's death in brooklyn, iowa. rivera sat silent as the prosecution questioned investigators and the state medical examiner. the autopsy found nine definitive wounds. today the defense will begin calling witnesses. >> new video shows a moment a man plows into a maryland police station with his vehicle. look at that. he called the department earlier in the night threatening to kill a cop. thankfully no officers were injured. timothy cow was tased and taken to the hospital. he faces several charges including attempted murder and assault. >> how about this story a convenience store worker plays hero for one very lucky massachusetts woman. an employee of the lucky stop found a discarded lottery ticket
worth $1 million from a regular customer, so, she handed over the ticket 10 days earlier thinking it was just trash, but the employee realized her mistake, and made sure she got it back. the lottery gave the store a $10,000 reward for their honesty that's a look at your headlines, send it back to you. steve: i think i probably would have given her a little more than that, just saying. brian: yeah. steve: otherwise it would have been in the garage. brian: honesty is the hardest word. meanwhile, still ahead, panic at the pump many are ready to hit the road and travel for memorial day weekend but the spike in gas prices could force you to pump the brakes. stuary varney explains the impact of rising gas prices on your wallet. >> ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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steve: well a little bad news the prices at the pump this weekend hitting memorial day highs that we haven't seen since the obama years, but as couped up americans hit the road this summer, what does it mean for your wallet? it means you're going to pay more. host of "varney" & company on fox business stuary varney joins us live stuart good morning to you. stuart: good morning, steve. steve: so this holiday weekend, a gallon of gas that you pump yourself regular is about $3.
where was it last year? stuart: oh, that's easy, it's $ 3.04, correct that, $3.03 average price now, exactly one year ago, one year ago today, it was $1.96 per gallon. steve: holy cow. >>stuart: we've gone way up from one year ago. the days of $1 and change gasoline are gone. by the way, steve, the average price for a gallon of regular nationwide, 3.03. do you know what it is in california, right now? the average price for a gallon of regular in california, i'll tell you, it's $4.16 a gallon. that's california. and by the way, it's almost certainly going up from here, whether it's the 3.03 national average or the 4.16 california average, it's going up from here we've been couped up for the whole of the past year. steve: absolutely. stuart: we're eager to get out and spend some of the money that we've got all in our bank accounts if we've got any in our bank accounts we're eager to
spend it, 1.8 million people went through tsa checkpoints on sunday that's the highest in well-over a year, that means we've got the money to spend, we want to travel, we're going to drive like crazy this summer, and i think gas prices will reflect that by going up from here. steve: stuart what about the people who suggest do you know what? joe biden loves high gas prices, because it hurts the consumer and forces them to think, do you know what? maybe i should buy an electric car instead. stuart: the greens do not mind high gas prices. they want high gas prices, because that flushes us out of gasoline-powered cars, and gets us into electric-powered cars, which is what they think is best for the planet. they don't mind high gas prices, in fact, they encourage it. the rest of us have to pay. steve: sure. all right, speaking of pay, you know, you take a loan out for college. you have to pay it back, but joe biden campaigned on if you elect
me president, i will make sure that we forgive 10,000 of those student loan dollars for the 43 million americans who have those , a lot of them probably voted for him. now, he's not going to go forward with that. do you know what? sorry, changed my mind. stuart: well he's not going to go forward with an executive order on student loan forgiveness. he's not going to do that. he wants congress to legislate that. i can understand how he's got to pullback a little from some of the spending that's going on here. he proposed what $200 billion for universal pre-k, 109 billion for free community college, 225 billion for family-paid leave, a permanent child tax credit, permanent dependent care tax credit, those are hundreds of billions of dollars. you've got to pullback somewhere and i guess he's figuring pullback on the student loans but let congress take the heat for doing it. steve: sure but stuart how many people voted for joe biden on this particular issue? whether it's a college kid or
parents with kids in college, it's like oh, he can save me some money, and now he's not going to do it. stuart: it is a broken promise, case closed that's it. let's see what congress comes up with but that will be way down the road and right now, it's a broken promise. steve: well don't look for student loan forgiveness, and speaking of loans, gas is so expensive, you know, i wouldn't be surprised if some gas station s started having loan officers it's that expensive. stuart: [laughter] it's not that bad, steve. ten years ago, the national average for gas reached $4.11 a gallon. that was a political crisis. steve: that was bad news. stuart thank you very much we'll be watching you here, starting in about an hour, until noon. thank you, sir. meanwhile, the biden administration signs off on a new $87 million contract to house illegal migrants in hotels there is a conflict of interest there, we'll tell you about that p without frequent heartburn waking her up. now, that dream... . ...is her reality. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts,
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reportedly is authorizing today, blm messaging and flying a blm flag at u.s. embassies around the world. >> that is an insult to american value. the only flag should be flying on american embassies is the stars and stripes. >> this used to be one of the crown jewels, but as you can see , another tent city. the guys walking around here with a machete. >> we joked that we're the capitol of texas. brian: all right here we go final hour. we start with this fox news alert, capitol police are investigating a death threat targeting senator rand paul. ainsley: fox news exclusively obtaining this photo of the chilling message. steve: griff jenkins joins us. larry: from our bureau as the senator responds and in addition to the imagery, white powder in the envelope. griff: that's right, good morning. law enforcement has taken this very seriously. what we've confirmed so far this morning is that the fbi's louisville field office is working in conjunction with the u.s. capitol police in the warren county sheriff's office to investigate this
letter filled with that suspicious white powder sent to senator paul's kentucky home and that image, as you mentioned, ainsley, exclusively obtained by fox news threatening "i'll finish what your neighbor started, you mother" showing a rifle, if you look closely, pointed at paul's head, seemed b anged up in a neck brace , arm cast and on a crutch which is how he appeared following the 2017 attack by his neighbor and in a statement senator paul says"i take these threats seriously. i've been targeted multiple times now. this comes just days after 80s pop singer richard marx tweeting at the senator saying if i ever meet rand paul's neighbor, i'm going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume now, after online backlash, marx called it a "wise crack" but the senator not amused in the least and blamed twitter for allowing"c-list celebrities to advocate for violence against him and his family."
this isn't the first time paul has been a target of violence. at the end of last summer remember him leaving the rnc convention in washington with that angry mob surrounding him and his wife? the police having to step in, to protect the couple. back in 2018, u.s. capitol police arrested a man who paul said called his office and threatened to kill him. now, the capitol police also tells fox news this morning they hope to release more information this afternoon, once they determine what is releasable. meanwhile, fox news has crews out on capitol hill and in the suburbs. we've not seen any indication of increased security or police activity as of yet. steve, ainsley, brian? strategist griff, thank you very much. ainsley and brian remember in the olden days when you could have a different point of view without getting a death threat? lee zeldin remembers, the congressman. listen to this. >> we have a great country in that we have diverse thought, opinion, background, senator paul is someone who has a libertarian background, he brings a different perspective
to debate, and it should be welcomed and if you have a differing point of view and you want to disagree, that's okay, but the fact that he gets target ed the way he does all this time for his passion and his principles, it's just greatly unamerican and unfortunate. brian: can i also add that he's been right almost every step of the way with the coronavirus specifically when he's saying why am i wearing a mask i already had the virus, anthony fauci sending the wrong message wearing two masks, it's pure theatre, again with the theatre, fauci comes back with, well it's 100% right next time he's there. and he's like yeah, i kept it on because i wanted to check the data again. we all know the data was in, and now, he says, i'm not getting the vaccine. i have the antibodies if you think they are gone i can test them anytime i want. i'm not wearing it. i'm not getting it. he's a doctor. where is the hate come from? ainsley: you can't be shamed because you make a decision about your health. we want everyone to have a choice, and he has a choice whether he wants to get vaccinated or not. he's a doctor, he knows
medically what he needs to do, and if he has the antibodies, what's the point of getting the vaccine? you're not going to get covid right now and he can continue to get his blood tested and see if he has the antibodies and when they run out then he can get vaccinated if he chooses to do so. it's not necessary right now, because if you wait a little bit longer while you have the antibodies, then when you get your shot, if we do have to get booster shots in a year, that means that his shot will last a little bit longer. there's no point in him getting the antibody and getting the vaccine right now. steve: all started with him giving his opinion, next thing you know -- ainsley: he gets a death threat sent to his house where his kids live. steve: by the way the senator is on at 3:00, make sure that you check that out. all right, meanwhile, we're going to tell you a story that has the potential to become a big problem for the administration. you know, we've been telling you over the last couple of months about how, where is all this money coming from to pay for all these migrants and handling that.
down in our southern border, out of nowhere, the department of homeland security signed this $87 million contract to put the migrants in hotels. well the department of homeland security inspector general is now looking into why texas-based endeavors was given this massive no-bid contract and they are wondering how could an organization with no experience or ties to i.c.e. actually wind up winning that. well the washington examiner examined the conflicts of interest and they look at how endeavors senior director worked on joe biden's transition team, followed by the name of andrew lawrence straight, on inauguration day after the transition, that guy was hired by endeavors as the senior director for migrant services and federal affairs. he be the liason to the federal government. his boss, at the federal government, was tay johnson the
acting director and the person who had the final say on exactly that $87 million contract, which wound up being about 300 some odd dollars per- migrant family per-day, per- bed. ainsley: wow i'll scratch your back you scratch mine. here is steven miller weighing in on using these hotels as reception welcome centers for illegals. >> they're not being put in the hotels as a staging ground for removal which is how hotels were used in the past, albeit sparingly. the hotels are being used as reception and welcome centers how many people right now serve this country honorably in uniform are having trouble, people that served in vietnam, people that served in the gulf war, they're having trouble paying their housing bills. well you have illegal immigrants getting $350 per-day, in free housing services, before being flown to their destination or by bus brought to the
destination of choice inside america. brian: it's absolutely outrageous, and we thought it was cost prohibitive when you're building soft-sided facilities basically called tents. now they are shipping them out to hard facilities and say you can only keep them there 36 hours and no going to hotels as they try to round up sponsor families and makeup perhaps some type of linkage with the un accompanied minor that makes his way through the border because the policy with president biden is if you're a kid you come here, you get to stay here, which is a go sign for all kids in central america, in south america, and evidently romania and if you're a member of haiti, if you're haitian and you're one of the 100,000 lucky ones you can not be expelled. you can now stay. where did that come from? ainsley: griff has gone down to the southern border and interviewed a lot of the migrants coming over and he will ask them about president biden and they will say oh, the message is he's the better president because he's going to let us in. this is the time to come even though the administration says
that the border is closed. this is the latest interview of a migrant saying just that. that biden is better on pbs. yeah. >> along the journey, he hopes he would make it to a more welcoming america. >> what do you think of president biden? >> from what i hear in the news he's a better president. he will give us asylum. he will help, not like donald trump who didn't want anyone to enter. this president, from what i've seen, is much different than donald trump, and he's different in a way for migrants. >> so you're confident you're going to get asylum? >> whatever happens, either i'll get asylum or i'll cross illegally. whatever happens, the mission is to make it up north. steve: there's a potential at the end of that bus ride, that particular migrant, would wind up in one of those hotels that the federal government is now spending $87 million on, was curious though, they spend the money, that amount of money to house 80,000 migrants in these facilities, while the feds
actually have 45,000 beds, they got that capacity, that largely sits empty, because they've done the deal with this endeavor of texas to house them at hotels. so that's why the inspector general is looking into the biden administration and this could be a potential conflict of interest, stay tuned brian: right i hope that question comes up with jen psaki today, as anthony blinken is over in the middle east with the secretary of state and we'll see if the president puts a lid on it, it's 8:10 maybe he put a lid on it already, once he took it off put it right back on. ten minutes after the hour one of the big stories in this world for generations will be the and and one of the questions i've always been stunned by was why don't we know more about how this all started? for the longest time when you brought up that, well, i might have a problem with that whole pandalin story and the whole story as it relates to the bat
story if you brought up any other element or any other plausible way in which this started like a lab leak, you were totally conspiracy theorist. if you were australia and you bring that up you get hit with tariffs. they start sending back your wine and other products so they decide to water down and keep a lid on some of their more inflammatory statements. that didn't stop senator cotton. didn't stop the president, former president. didn't stop others from bringing it up but they were marginalized and maybe -- steve: they were mocked. brian: on social media and beyond. here is an example of some of the headlines, back a year ago. ainsley: this is from 2020 february of 20. senator tom cotton repeats fringe theory of coronavirus origin. brian: saying there's a leak in the lab. ainsley: here is reuters back in 2020, february same month. china labs has conspiracy theories hurting efforts to curb virus, here is usa today. trump says u.s. investigateing
whether coronavirus spread after china lab mishap but cites no evidence and this is from forbes no, science clearly shows that covid-19 wasn't leaked from a wuhan lab. steve: and see , that, that was a year ago, and so many people were saying oh,, you know, if you think that it was a lab leak , you are so on the trump train, because donald trump says that it's a fringe conspiracy, it's a conspiracy, it's all wrong. fast forward now, dr. fauci actually wonders if it came from the lab, and then we've got the wall street journal story that broke yesterday where three of the lab workers all got sick, wound up going to the hospital before the pandemic was official ly declared in china. ainsley: november 2019. steve: so now it looks like there's a real possibility. it's a possibility, but a year ago, you were called crazy. we had a great panel on this about an hour and a half ago, and they would like to know the answer as we all would, and
kind of frustrated that so many people were dismissed a year ago watch the panel. >> the world health organization had unsuccessful attempts to investigation when we see that the whistleblowers either died or disappeared that raises an eye brow that we need to investigate. >> this can never happen again and the road to it never happening again starts with understanding how it happened this time. >> it looks like information is cascading forth and it's going to make them do the two-step out here and cover their tracks and now, all of a sudden, be interested more in the issue. >> i think there's a pretty good case that on the available evidence, a lab leak is more likely than the alternative, that the virus emerged naturally i think and hope the pressure will build on the chinese to tell us all that they know. ainsley: why can't we investigate and at least try to find out the origin. brian: we can't get access. what we can do is when nicholas
wade brought up was the one thing you could do is have the world just condemn and begin to refuse to trade with china, the best they could, but global sanctions on them so they come clean on how it happened on the practical way, ainsley, we need to know how it started to stop the next one. ainsley: correct, correct, and president trump said potential it came from the lab. i think you can take out the word potential. i think it came from the lab, without the word potential. i have very little doubt it came from the lab, he says. well because he says it, then it didn't happen. it's misinformation. it's a conspiracy theory, but there is a chance that it came from the lab, why don't we investigate, why don't we squeeze them tightly and make them give us the answers we're looking for. brian: because they make so much of our stuff, apple, nike, h &m all of a sudden their products start paying the price and they go wait a second, wall street is not for this pursuit. steve: but a year ago as we saw from the headlines it was a
fringe idea. now it is a mainstream idea, and the mainstream media for the most part has got amnesia about what they had. ainsley: is it because fauci said there's a possibility now? steve: maybe. brian: fauci is trying to catch up to husband. he knows he can't just sit out there on the ledge. ainsley: okay jillian has headlines. jillian: good morning, that's right president biden's department of justice plans to partially appeal a court ruling to release a legal memo on whether former president trump obstructed justice during the russia probe. a small portion of the document be made public. the doj announced its decision just before the midnight deadline. >> retired seattle police chief carmen best says she warned against abandoning the pre significant during last summer's protest saying, "i said well, listen, we're not going to evacuate that precinct a couple hours later i'm like what happened? the building became a center piece of the capitol hill protest zone known as chop following the days of protest stemming from george floyd's
death. >> meantime, florida and nebraska join the growing list of states to end federal unemployment benefits. nearly half the country dropping the $300 weekly enhancement. the move by republican governors comes as businesses struggle to hire employees. the $300 benefit was included in the democrat-led american rescue plan. >> and a mcdonald's appears to be offering new iphones to get more help. the fine print on a now hiring sign says, "after six months employment and meet employment criteria" but it is unclear which location the hiring sign belongs to and if this is actually legitimate. fox reached out to mcdonald's but has not heard back. that be interesting though. steve: it be , but i have heard from a number of my friends in small business, they would love to hire people, but there's nobody to hire. nobody wants to come to work. brian: college kids are back. ainsley: have you been to a restaurant lately? the service is not as good as it used to be pre pandemic. i'm grateful everyone is back at
work or some people are but i don't think they can hire. i was at a restaurant yesterday and i couldn't get more water. steve: take your own i guess. ainsley: i know. brian: show me where the hose is. steve: i don't know for water, ainsley, i go for the steak. thank you very much. ainsley: thank, jillian. i was going to say the wine. that might have been next to the water glass. brian: yeah. steve: could have been no problem getting that served. all right, meanwhile, we move on , on this tuesday. still ahead its been 10 days since four-year-old kash gernan was abducted and murdered in texas and now the boys father is making a public apology after leaving his son to avoid a drug hearing in court. nancy grace will join us with the very latest in this awful case. nancy is next. if your dry eye symptoms keep coming back, inflammation in your eye might be to blame. looks like a great day for achy, burning eyes!
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ainsley: we have shown you the chilling video of a sleeping four-year-old abducted from his bed by a teenage suspect accused of murdering the child moments later. the boy's father, trevor gernon now explaining why he left his son kash and his twin brother carter at his girlfriend's home as he fled town to avoid a court hearing on felony drug charges. >> we had decided to move back to houston, i felt it was in the boy's best interest to not disrupt their routine. this choice i made with best of intentions has resulted in a most horrific outcome. i've paid the most ultimate and painful price for my poor judgment and i have to live with this devastation every single day. ainsley: nancy grace has covered this story on her fox nation show crime stories and she joins us now, hey, nancy.
>> good morning. ainsley: good morning. breaks all of our hearts. you have twins. i mean, i can't even imagine what this mom is going through. she's looking for them, right? and she left them with his ex- girlfriend? >> that's right. and this is what we know. a lot of finger pointing and blaming is going on right now, because the father, trevor gerno n skipped town. he said he was going to look for a job and the reality is he's got his rap sheet right here. he didn't want to go into court- ordered rehab according to some sources or face a bond forfeiture and have to go to jail but i looked at his rap sheet, he has several simple possessions of a controlled substance, not dealing, not selling, he was the user, at some point. long story short, do these names ring a bell? danielle westerfield, elizabeth smart? all of their fathers were home and they were stolen, some of
them killed. i think people are pointing the finger at the father, because he's an easy scape goat. he's got a rap sheet. the reality is, we try to find reasons it can't happen to us. we live in a nice neighborhood with nice homes. the reality is this perp had been staking out that home for weeks. recently discovered video surveillance from a neighbor, mr. alvarez, shows the perp, da rien brown, peaking inbetween an enclosed backyard where the boys were living. he was going to get this boy, one way or the other, whether the dad went out of town, or whether the dad went to the grocery store. he was going to get this boy. he came back for the twin, praise god, he didn't get the twin. ainsley: oh, my gosh what do you know about the girlfriend, because i know she claimed in one of the videos that she misses her son, so i read one article that people were accusing her of trying to say that she was the biological
mother and she wanted money for a gofundme page. do you know anything about that? >> i know a little bit about it i do know that these people are really suffering. he referred to them as my son because she had taken them in and given them a home. she agreed to take care of them, while the bio dad left to really get work and to avoid that court date but mom is showing up a day late and a dollar short, all right? ainsley: where was the mom? >> she says she was looking for them. we don't know the truth of it but what i do know is that reportedly, the perp that took the boy out of his crib, at night, allegedly went to high school with the girlfriend's 18-year-old son. so, they were in the same class, did they hang out? don't know. we also don't know motive, but i can tell you this. barring insanity, this will be a capitol murder trial.
ainsley: uh-huh real quickly let's touch on mollie tibbetts what's happening with that case? >> well the state rested. the state rested after putting a forensic anthropologist to describe the knife knicks on molly's bones. she was largely decomposed when she was found in that corn field hidden, and i say hidden because that tells me the defendant was not blacked out or insane. he knew to hide her body and we also learned from a cell phone expert from the fbi that she was jogging along based on the cell phone activity at about a mile every 10 minutes, and suddenly sped up to 65 mph and that's when the perp put her in his car. the judge denied a motion for summary judgment for the case to be thrown out and we are ready for the defense , i can't wait. ainsley: okay nancy thank you so much for coming on. crime stories with nancy grace is available on fox nation you can sign up for fox nation now to see this plus you can get exclusive access to other
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steve: well the cost of a new roof is going through the roof, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. grady trimble from our sister station fox business joins us live in la, lagrange illinois where a construction project has been put on hold because they can't find the stuff and it's not just shrink els or 2 x 4 or blocks it's everything, it's the supply chain, grady. reporter: it sure is. it's a hot mess, steve. that's one way to put it so this is what this project looks like right now, because they had to put everything on hold. jim prisby is the man behind this project, so tell me what you're dealing with as you build this house, and houses all over town here. >> well right now we're dealing with a lumber shortage or lumber crisis. when we bid this job originally, last july, we were about half with what the cost is now so
we're double and we've had to put this on hold for a good six to eight weeks. reporter: steve mentioned all of the other material costs have sky rocketed as well. >> it's not just lumber. we have spray foam issues, now there's a paint shortage, pvc is up, sheet metal is up it's across-the-board. reporter: you name it, it's hard to find and another thing causing home prices to go up is regulation at all levels of government. if you look at the numbers from the national association of home builders, they say that regulation whether it's zoning approval, government fee, environmental and traffic impact studies, cost about $94,000 on a new home so that's about 25% of the average new home. when you think about the material shortages, and the cost of that going up, if there are enough people like these folks who have put this project on hold, who decide to do the same thing, then maybe prices will normalize, but it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon. guys? steve: who knew that red tape was going to add $93,000 to the house.
unbelievable. grady, thank you very much. brian: 28 minutes now before the top of the hour changing gears. thomas soul is one of america's most influential conservative thinkers. >> there are people who seriously believe that they are wiser than others, and the way to improve society is to have the government force people to follow what the anointed want rather than let people do they themselves want to do. socialism is a wonderful sound ing idea. it's only a reality that it's disastrous. the first thing you learn in economics that as the price goes up the quantity purchase goes down. when you make labor more expensive people work fewer hours and fewer people work at all. brian: that's where we're at now perhaps but our next guest says the economists and the author isn't as well known as he should be. i'm talking about thomas soul, but let's bring in jason riley, fox news contributor giving the iconic thinker in his brand new book, "maverick, a biography " which is also a
documentary. jason, first off, how did you convince thomas sowell to do this because he doesn't like to do a lot of this stuff, right? >> well he's going to be 91 years old next month, and i've been on his case for a while, so maybe i just wore him down, he's gotten soft. brian: how did he grow up? he's this great conservative mind now, did he grow up conservative? >> no, no, he didn't he was born in 1930 in the jim crow south during the depression, grew up very poor, was orphinned as a child, never knew his father or his mother, and was raised by a distant relative and she and the family brought him north to harlem where he was raised when he was nine years old, and when tom was in his teens and his 20s he was a marxi st, even when he studied at the university of chicago he was still a marxist. it was the job in government that changed tom's mind and socialism, and he was working at the department of labor and studying minimum wage laws and
he found out that discovered that they were doing more harm than good when it came to employment and it made him re evaluate his whole view of government, and its ability to help low income minorities in particular. brian: people look at race and they see an unequal society. man he grew up in an unequal society before there was a civil rights revolution, jim crow, just by definition, was segregationist, which shows ine quality. how did he become somebody that doesn't seem to use that, let's say, as the excuse others do? >> well, i just think that sowe ll is a student of history and he's someone whose distinguished himself as an intellectual by simply following the facts where they lead, and what you see on the other side is people are more interested in pushing a certain narrative and i think tom's refusal to do that has cost him professionally in terms of one reason why people know names like nicole hannah jones
or cornell west but don't know thomas sowell. he's someone willing to say things that are politically incorrect, and to put truth above popularity, and unfortunately, you know, the people that the intellect intellectuals that control the academy, that control the media and give out the awards and prizes are also the left and they made tom pay a price for not playing footsie with them but he stuck to his principles. brian: to talk about circumstances overcoming circumstances from booker t. washington to frederick douglas in a modern day, thomas sowell whatever is in your way, find a way to overcome it, right? is that what you get from the film and the book? >> yes, exactly. he says that, he had a difficult upbringing. there's no doubt about that, but he had to take advantage of the opportunities that he did have, and he was able to do that and that is what he encourages other people to do. brian: all right, jason, great work. you of coursed a great topic and a great man.
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ainsley: fox & friends enterprise reporter lawrence jones went to see the conditions. lawrence what was it like? reporter: good morning, family. who would have ever thought that austin could be the next skid row. i had the opportunity to talk to residents there as well as the city's leadership on how they plan on solving the problem. take a look. you're down here, ready to party >> it's busy. >> we came out just to have some fun. >> it's a great time. everybody is safe. >> it's america, it's my home. reporter: this used to be one of the crown jewels of austin but as you can see , another tent city. >> never been like this before. >> i'm a democrat but i have learned my lesson. >> i'm freaked out. >> something needs to be done. reporter: two years ago the city council voted to get rid of the city ordinance that bans camping on public land, and parks. the result, an 11% increase in the homeless population. >> you have people that are
assaulted. people who are robbed. we've had home invasions. >> one night, i was at my neighbor's house and we saw them cleaning their guns. reporter: you found needles? >> yes. i've seen them on the floor and i didn't know what it was. i picked it up. reporter: austin is starting to look like skid row. >> that is the last thing i want to have happen. reporter: guys walking around here with a machete threatening people. he started with box cutters as a weapon. now, we joke that we're the machete capitol of texas. reporter: this may, the city residents got their voice back when they voted and they land slide victory to reinstate prop b. so what is the city leadership doing here in austin? >> the city of austin lets them do whatever they want. please little kids can find them and get hurt. it's ridiculous. >> they are harboring drugs and trafficking, and we, as the
people and citizens, are left to fend for ourselves. reporter: do you want this to be the image of austin? >> one of the reasons i don't like that image is because i don't think it's true. >> a guy is walking around right outside city hall with a machete. that's illegal. that's breaking the law. >> and we're dealing with a tough challenge. >> they voted to defund the police last year and re allocate money, and as such, officers are leaving at very high rates. >> i think the cause of our illness that is taking over our city is failed leadership. reporter: i've got to tell you, they tell me that they want to be able to enforce the laws, but they've been told to stand back. >> my police chief tells me that's not true. >> if i no one thing it change constant and we're going to vote them out. we could either escape or we could run from this problem or we can face this straight on and make a positive change. reporter: do you have a commitment to go and engage these members of the public, the
public is some sort of solution. >> absolutely, it's my practice and i've been doing that. reporter: guys many residents feel that defunding the police has exacerbated the crisis and just yesterday, texas governor greg abbott vowed to sign a bill to ban cities from doing that anymore. a tragic story in my home state, and i tell you this when you have kids picking up needles, when you have former democrats saying look, i'm a democrat and i don't like the direction that this city is going in, you would think the leadership would see there's a problem, but in that interview as you saw, apparently they are clueless when the tents are literally surrounding city hall. steve: lawrence, how much of the state of where austin is right now has to do with the fact that it is perhaps the most liberal city in texas. reporter: that's what it is. that's exactly the problem, steve and when you talk to some of the homeless population there , they say look, i've been
in houston, i've been in dallas, they don't have the same policy there, so i'm actually relocating to austin because of that. i started covering this crisis in austin two years ago on fox & friends and hannity and it's only getting worse. brian: when i went to meet george p. bush to do a story about oil & gas and what the biden administration have just destroyed it, they were coming from austin and they said have you seen austin lately? they felt powerless to stop it, so in texas, people watching go how could conservative texas put up with this? austin is an animal unto itself, right? reporter: it's an animal by itself and there's only one republican that is on the city council that the mayors a democrat the rest of the city council is a democrat. the one female is the only republican there, and she's been very outspoken to this and also, it goes back to the culture that they are creating. there's cops there that want to enforce the laws there, but they have been told to stand down. now the mayor can pretend to be clueless all he wants to but i
have sources there that have been very vocal but i have residents that say they are calling police and when the police show up they say they can't do their job. ainsley: this is why a lot of people in california move down to texas to get away from this and when i lived in texas everyone would say austin is so liberal but the coolest city and they inventory music festivals there, and it's just a really beautiful place, but now it's changing. brian: it's lost its cool. reporter: people aren't going to want to come to the city if it's a dirty city. that is not the image of texas . it's quite embarrassing to be a texan and see that. it's just not who we are. steve: well thanks for going home to bring us that story. reporter: you bet. ainsley: coming up a group of teenagers in nebraska putting patriotism on display and we'll talk to the founders of flying old glory about their plans to honor veterans this memorial day >> ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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these lab leak theories are everywhere senator ron johnson will respond in the latest come join dana and me in nine minutes we'll see you then top of the hour, right here. steve: coming up, you're going to meet a group of nebraska teenagers who are hard at work, ahead of this memorial day weekend boosting patriotism in their neighborhood with their business called "flying old glory." every american holiday and remembrance day, the boys get up early and place an american flag at the end of a customer's driveway at dawn. joining us now are the teens behind this patriotic business, we've got mason, andrew, luke, c ade and mason's dad, jessie a member of the army reserves good morning, everybody >> good morning. steve: jessie, its got to make you feel good as a member of the army reserve, and you were talking to your son about a way to make money for college, right originally. >> correct. so a few months ago last year
sometime, we were talking about different opportunities we might have to start raising money and this was an idea that i had discussed with a buddy of mine, and as he started talking about it, he thought this was a great idea so he thought this was a great time to rally the troops and start talking to his buddies about getting help. steve: mason, you and your dad war talking about it, sounds like a good idea to make money for college so mason, how did you enlist the other kids there in nebraska with you? >> well, they were just kind of friends of hours, like family friends, and so i just kind of got them altogether, showed them a powerpoint about this idea, and they all liked it. so it worked out really well. steve: okay so andrew you like the idea that mason pitched you, so how does this work exactly? what do you do, let's say, a memorial day weekend, you get up really early and what do you guys do? >> we put a metal rebar into
the ground and a flag, a pvc pipe with a flag attached to it. steve: okay, very good. mason, how many customers do you have? >> well right now, we're close to 100 but we hope to get even more this year. steve: so what happens is on days like memorial day, 4th of july, flag day, veteran's day you guys get up and when your customer wakes up in the morning , you will have already put the flag at the end of their driveway, right? >> yes. steve: are you sure you want to work that hard on a holiday? you got the day off. you're kids you want to really get up that early? >> well, it's definitely worth it. you know, helping spread patriotism and just do what we do. steve: yeah. jessie it's got to warm your heart to know that you hear so many stories about kids who aren't the least bit interested in patriotism, but those boys that we're looking at right there, they are.
>> oh, absolutely. it warms the heart and as a father it makes you proud of not only your son but the friends your son has and then their friends, and we've gotten to be great friends with the parents of these boys and it really is a great situation to be in. steve: and andrew, talk a little bit about the reaction. obviously, this is a big story out there in elkorn, nebraska. what about the reaction from your friends and family about what you do. >> really, it's them thanking us for honoring the people who fight for our country. steve: sure, and mason, the flag has a special meaning to you as well, doesn't it? >> yeah, my dad was actually deployed overseas three or four times i can't remember, but yeah , so it means a lot to me. steve: well that's fantastic and do you have a website, if folks are there in the elkorn, nebraska area where they could actually hire you to put the
flags out? do you have a website or a phone number or something? >> sure, we actually have a facebook. it's flying old glory, look us up on facebook, you can get the details. steve: very good, jason and mason, andrew, luke, cade, good luck to you. and thank you very much for joining us. >> thanks a lot. >> thank you. steve: all right that is great. all right, we're stepping aside. a little more coming up in just a little while, as you look at hastings, nebraska, live this morning. >> ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> thank you for watching. see you tomorrow. >> bill: we'll see you then. tox news alert now crime in america surging as we mark one year since the death of george floyd in police custody. his death brought police reform to the front of the national agenda. good morning. i'm bill hemmer tuesday. you've made it so far. good morning. >> >> dana: i'm dana perino, this is "america's newsroom." floyd's death sparked a summer of massive protests that you'll remember across america leaving cities burned, lookeded and calls to take away power for police. >> bill: now it's met with