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ended at any particular time. he is accusing us of being fixated on timelines like his resignation date. that is a special date to us, but not to him. what is a special date to him, election day? it's really -- it's really astonishing. >> i have to tell you that i've never, joan, seen anything like this. >> no. >> usually there is a pattern. you get caught, you're nailed, you forget -- you try to get some kind of public forgiveness. >> right. >> and you say goodbye. anyway, thank you so much, joan walsh. this isn't a very savory story to be covering. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. we'll be right back one hour from now with another edition of "hardball." "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live in miami. tonight's lead, breaking news. former congressman anthony weiner currently a candidate for mayor of new york city just gave a press conference apologizing
for additional photos and texts sent to a woman who is not his wife. he admitted that his sexting continued after he resigned from congress in 2011. >> the photos were likely to come out, and timeline, some timeline of the continuum of the resignation. the resignation was not a point in time that was nearly as important to my wife and me as the challenges in our marriage and the challenges of the things that i had done and working through them. some of these things happened before my resignation. some of them happened after. but the fact was that was also the time that my wife and i were working through some things in our marriage. i'm glad these things are behind us. i know that this was a very public thing that we had happen to us. but by no means does it change
the fundamentals of my feelings here. and that is that i want to bring my vision to the people to the city of new york. i hope they're willing to still continue to give me a second chance. and i hope they realize that in many ways what happened today was something that frankly had happened before, but it doesn't represent all that much that is new. >> after weiner gave his initial statement, his wife, houma abedin addressed reporters for the first time since the scandal erupted two years ago. >> when we faced this publicly two years ago, it was the beginning of a time in our marriage that was very difficult, and it took us a very long time to get through it. our marriage, like many others has had its ups and its downs. it took a lot of work and a
whole lot of therapy to get to a place where i could forgive anthony. anthony has made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from congress and after. but i do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage. we discussed all of this before anthony decided he would run for mayor. so really what i want to say is i love him. i have forgiven him. i believe in him. and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward. >> so will anthony weiner's attempt to revive his career survive this latest scandal? do voters care about this kind of behavior from politicians? joining me now is nbc's kelly o'donnell and nia-malika henderson from "the washington post." let me go to you first, kelly. what is your reaction to this
press conference? >> well, it is startling, reverend al, to see this kind of a public spectacle in this sort of a humiliating sequence of events. we've all seen lots of falls from grace. we've all seen lots of stumbles by people in public life, and some can rebuild and go on. this seems so different because of the nature in a very modern way of this kind of behavior that becomes so public and so accessible by voters and people who are able to read this stuff online. it adds to the level of embarrassment. it's different in that here we see a spouse, huma abedin who had been very graceful and dignified throughout these past several years put in a position where she speaks with a heartfelt and obviously some pain there. and people -- some know her publicly because of her own formidable career. and then you have the heat of a campaign just just seven weeks until new york democrats decide who they want to be their
nominee for the job of mayor. one of the most prominent jobs in all of politics, something anthony weiner has aspired to his whole life. so you've got ambition and foibles and sex all mixed in at a time when we live in an age where twitter and the internet rapidly moves these stories forward. so anthony weiner had flagged to all of us that more might be coming. it seemed that it might be unthinkable after losing his career in congress. he did not want to resign two years ago, if you recall. he was really pushed by even his most close allies that he was not able to continue. and now seeking office again with the liability he carried of not just his past, but more recent behavior that brings all of this to light in a very valid way once again. a lot for voters to consider. they do have a field of options among the candidates. we've already heard some calls for him to get out of the race by opponents. we'll have to see how voters respond and how people just deal with the surprise factor of this, reverend al.
>> nia-malika, is that the big problem here, the surprise and the newness of it? he had obviously entered the race with everyone knowing about the past. he did, as welly say flag that more could come. you're talking now about something as recent as a year ago. you're talking about things happening while -- after his resignation from congress, while his wife was pregnant with a child where we would assume they were repairing the relationship or the marriage, and even after the child was born. does this newness give a different type of focus to the voters that had seemingly forgiven him, being that he was leading in some polls? >> i think that's rite. i think you had a situation where anthony weiner thought in coming out in that "new york times" article, it was almost itself sort of a public therapy session, that he had moved on. he had shown the viewers that his marriage was broken at one
point and then had been repaired. so now i think this just opens up fresh wounds. he has tried to give himself a sort of blanket immunity by saying all of this stuff happened in the past, and also that of course he says at least that we'd always known that more photos might come out. it will be interesting to see what his opponents do this time. they've been sort of tiptoeing around the issue. but i think tomorrow you're going to see those new york city tabloids have a lot of fun with this -- with this press conference. that was startling. i mean it was painful to watch to see huma abedin come out with what was a nervous smile in some ways, and anthony weiner's clenched jaw i think one of the take away statements was when he said to her as she was moving away from the podium, he said to her, don't go far, because he needs her to validate him. she said that she has forgiven
him, and that she trusts him, and that's the message that he is hoping will resonate with voters. >> and kelly, as you said, huma, many people know, i do, others have known her. she has been a right hand, if you will, to former secretary of state hillary clinton. this is the first time she has spoken since all of this erupted two years ago. as well as the fact that with nia-malika raises, the other candidates. at least one has come out that is running for mayor against him, and has called on him to withdraw. there is a forum tonight. how much of this will depend not only on tomorrow's tabloids, but on what his opponents may do tonight in this forum with him standing on the platform with them. >> well, those other candidates have some very quick decisions to make. how to go after anthony weiner if they choose to get into this at all. will others say that they want to only focus on the needs and
concerns of the residents of new york? there are specific plays. will others say that they want to only focus. there are different strategic plays that they can make. the iron is definitely hot here in terms of trying to come up with a response. most of these candidates have had an opportunity to think through these issues with with respect to what happened a couple of years ago. it will be interesting to see does he in fact show up. there is every indication he will appear at tonight's scheduled event. and how will the other candidates respond. with huma abedin, two years ago she did travel with her husband to his event where he announced his resignation and took questions and that sort of thing. but she didn't appear by his side. many people looked at that as a way to review.
this is the first time. that she must be feeling that he must be feeling and their extended family. so it is hard to make political calculations this quickly, but those other candidates will be tested tonight to see how they respond and perhaps in the nature of a forum, perhaps voters will make this an issue that has to be discussed tonight. al? >> nia-malika, when you look at the fact that in the quinnipiac poll he was leading. they had weiner at 25%. christine quinn at 22. although "the new york times" had christine quinn, who is the new york city council president leading him 27 to 18. you already have bill de blasio coming out, calling on him to withdraw. can this turn the polls upside down and cause an erosion that he cannot stop?
he being anthony weiner? >> it's certainly not good for him. those polls essentially show that this is a tied race. whoever comes in the top two, they will face a runoff. i think if you're christine quinn, this is a good, good day for you. and you got to figure out how to capitalize on it. oftentimes, in debate segments, if you come off as the aggressor and you sort of kick somebody while they're down and you lob personal attacks, it gives them an opening to sort of take the high ground. so she has to really calculate how she wants to play this out. everyone is going to be talking about this. everyone is going to be tweeting about it. late night comedians are going to be making hay of it. so in some ways, the sort of damage speaks for itself for weiner. so i think quinn has got some calculations to make. and, you know, this was just a shocking, shocking thing. i mean, watching this in "the washington post" newsroom here, we were sort of debating would he come out of the race?
would he resign. but his first statement was that he was still a candidate. and seeing huma there by his side, we sort of knew where this was going to go. the question is are there more photos and will this idea that he is sort of said oh, there is nothing to see here with these photos, is that an excuse that voters will buy and make everything okay in terms of the political damage? >> kelly, i'll give you the final thought also to be interesting to see if huma goes with him to that forum tonight. but your final thought on this, kelly. >> i also think that those other candidates now have an opportunity to raise these issues, maybe going at it indirectly because of these new events. they are not sort of piling on from something that happened two years ago. this does give them a very clear lane to raise issues about his judgment and his ability to serve as a public figure given all of this. so it does open not only the obvious of all the other factors that will make it harder for anthony weiner to continue, but
he has also given his opponents a legitimate reason to talk about this if they so choose. al? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you for your time tonight. nia-malika, please stay with me. we'll have more on the anthony weiner's revelations, next. >> i said there were more things out there. there were. this is -- you have as a fixed time the resignation as the important moment in the public discussion. that was when the public got a glimpse into something that we have been working on before, during, and since. and this behavior of mine was part of that. and when we -- we went through this process and we became closer and worked through some of these challenges, this -- we put it behind us. and i put it behind me. and frankly, we're in a lot better place today or else i would not have run for mayor. oh this is lame,
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we're back with breaking news. anthony weiner's press conference about the photos and texts sent to a woman who is not his wife. his wife huma abedin stood through his side throughout the press conference and then spoke out about these latest revelations. >> when we faced this publicly two years ago, it was the beginning of a time in our marriage that was very difficult, and it took us a very long time to get through it.
our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and its downs. it took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where i could forgive anthony. anthony's made some horrible mistakes. both before he resigned from congress and after. but i do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage. we discussed all of this before anthony decided he would run for mayor. so really what i want to say is i love him. i have forgiven him. i believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward. >> joining me now are goldie taylor and nia-malika henderson.
goldie, you would think this is a big moment when huma took the microphone, and if so why. >> i was absolutely stunned, reverend al. this for me literally changes the game. this is a little bit of reverse. those who don't show up at all. i find that i'm going to have a lot more respect for a lot more credibility and empathy for the man who takes the podium by himself. but, you know, she stood up today. she spoke her truth about her marriage. she has every right to do that. but i've got to suspect that we're going to be expecting other wives to do the same, where as we had no expectations of them before. so, i think, you know, in just a few minutes, huma may have just changed the game. >> now, nia-malika, when you hear goldie say she may have changed the game, how will this impact voters, particularly
women voters in your opinion? she stood there and in effect said this is between us. i have forgiven him. will that have a lot of weight, or will it mean nothing at all in your opinion? >> well, you know, both of these people, both anthony and his wife brilliant politically. and if you look at the statement that huma made, for instance, what she is trying to do is essentially set their problems within a sort of normal framework of normal people's marriages, right. she is arguing that every marriage has its ups and downs. who among us hasn't done something like this? a marriage? who among us haven't had these sorts of problems. i think the problem there is, and i was just e-mailing back and forth with a strategist about this. the problem that weiner is going to have is that it is very odd. the word that the strategist used is the weirdness factor. so they have to figure out if voters are going to look at this and see it as something that is
pathological, that is outside of the realm of what normal people do. i think you've had other politicians cheat on their wives, even in the case of spitzer, go see prostitutes, are all sort of people sort of understand that in some ways. this just seems odd to people. and i think that's why you see abedin out there trying to frame it in a very different way and saying this is between us. the problem is it isn't between us because so far we've had to have two press conferences and a "new york times" magazine article and countless jokes and twitter and tabloid headlines about it. so they haven't been able to keep their marriage just within their household. it has become a public spectacle. >> now, nia-malika raises a point, goldie, about how spitzer and the things that happened with him. eliot spitzer, former governor,
is on the same ticket. not running for mayor, but comptroller. >> sure. >> is that another factor with voters that wait a minute, this is too much when you have not one, but two that have had gone through this and that we've got to go to the polls and deal with. who will be the future mayor, or at least mayoral nominee and democratic party and comptroller. is it too much to have spitzer and weiner at the same time? and does that hurt weiner in his chance at trying to redeem himself with voters? >> i think on the one hand, while we in the press may lump them together, i think voters do see them as very differently. they approach this differently. i think that eliot spitzer came forth and said here is what i have done. he has fallen on his sword. he went to the post office that bought that forever stamp, that forever forgiveness stamp. and i think he has come to this a bit more forthrightly. i think anthony weiner there are still questions that lay out
there. he answers sort of this blanket apology, not 'fessing up to what he did or did not do, which leaves us to assume that it is all true. so i think that people are going to draw a differs between the two men, and rightly so. >> do you think, nia-malika, that aside from the weirdness that you say the strategist spoke to you about, the question is going to be one of honesty that this kept going on after you had apologized, after you had resigned, you said there may be others, but you really didn't tell us it was going on in recent history. do you think that will be a factor, nia-malika, as well as the, quote, weirdness? >> i think that's a factor. here is a man who was thrown out of office, forced to resign. humiliated himself. humiliated his wife. and yet that still wasn't enough to prevent this behavior. that i think is going to be a real question in voters' minds. he is asking that the people of
new york city entrust him with the most important job in that city, yet in his personal life, he has seemed to have these compulsions and urges that even he couldn't get over, even after the face of this public humiliation. so i think that's what voters are going to think about. and the other thing is will voters just be sick of this? when you run for public office, you are asking that voters be able to be comfortable with you in their living rooms, metaphorically, you are the most public face of a city or a country or a state or whatever it is. and so that's the problem. will voters sort of have this sort of visceral ick factor in seeing anthony weiner campaigning around the city, and will that ick factor prevent them from being able to envision him in the mayor's office. >> goldie, let me show you
bond that you have with your constituents. are you able to build a credible trustworthy relationship with them? can they trust what you say? and it seems today based on what he said that we could not trust him then. so are you telling the truth now or were you telling the truth then and will you tell us the truth in the future? i think there are going to be some very real issues with doe
>> and, you know, i always remind people, i have run my last campaign. michelle's not sorry about that. i've got a little over 1200 days left in office. i am going to spend every waking minute of every one of those days thinking about and then acting upon any good ideas out there that are going to help ordinary americans succeed. that are going to make sure that the next generation believes in the american dream because they've seen it in their own lives. that's how i'm going to spend my time. i hope that's how you're going to spend your time. because if you do, i guarantee you, we will continue to make progress, and we will deliver on everything that we talked about
in 2008 and 2012. thank you very much. i love you guys. keep it up. keep it up. are you still fired up? all right. thank you. >> politico reports the president's organizing for action group is using the tea party's own model to push back against republicans. organizing a national campaign of town halls and rallies to ramp up the pressure on the gop. over the entire month of august, activists will build support for key issues from the president's first and second term priorities. and what are republicans doing in august? how are they spending their summer vacation? they're sending lawmakers home with a kit called, quote, fighting washington for all americans." they suggest lawmakers write
op-eds saying, quote, every day i serve in congress, i work to fight washington. that's quite a message from the gop. send me to washington to fight washington. the president is organizing for action. republicans are organizing for obstruction. joining me now are richard wolffe and victoria de francesco soto. thank you both for joining me. >> thanks, rev. >> richard, which message is more likely to resonate with voters? >> i don't think either one will, honestly, rev. i think the president has an ambitious plan here, something they've never done before which will extend the idea of electing him into office into lobbying members of congress. it's not clear that that kind of grassroots action is going to have an impact on the very conservative house republicans who don't care about even moderate republicans, never mind what the president's grassroots
say. and on the other side, you're right there. is a basic contradiction. you're an incumbent, and you're asking voters to send you back to washington, a place that you profess to hate. both of these messages i think are going to struggle. i think this next round is going to have very low turnout. >> now victoria, when you look at the fact that what richard just said, the president seemed to be trying to address that. when last night talking about winning the election, he says it's just the beginning of the fight. listen to this. >> i've always said that running for office is not just about getting elected. i believe in winning. winning is good. but you run for office and you win so that you can actually get things done. all right. it's the beginning and not the end of a process. it puts you in a position to then deliver on behalf of the
folks that you're fighting for. we've got to get folks activated and involved. and ultimately, what you do day to day, away from the tv cameras, that's what is going to make a powerful difference. >> he seems trying to convince his activist supporters that this is a continuation of the election, almost like it's the same thing. this is not trying to get you to do something new. will that work and can it be effective? >> well, as richard pointed out, it is a challenge, because historically folks don't like to turn out for midterm elections. they're not as fun and as exciting as the presidential ones. but here we're seeing the democratic party learned from its mistake in 2010. they sat on their hands. they didn't mobilize as the gop mobilized and look at the shellacking that they got. here president obama is trying to make good on what happened in 2010. the other thing that has not been explicitly set, but is an
undercurrent is that they're trying to hold the line with the senate. so the house might stay republican. the democrats are trying to get in there and win some seats back. but the real prize here is keeping the senate democratic. the republicans know that it's within striking distance. and so the president knows that he has an obstructionist house, but the saving grace has been the senate. and he needs to keep that for the last two years. >> now on the republican side, richard, they're actually planning kits. and in these kits they're suggesting lawmakers plant friendly questions at their own town hall meetings and other similar events. let me show you some of the questions they recommend. on page 8, prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts. on page 10, they say prepare a few questions in advance. page 15, have questions prepared to facilitate the discussion. so they're actually in the
kitteling them to really plant questions and you guide the conversation with planted participation. >> look, it's sad, isn't it? this is supposed to be these town hall discussions are supposed to be where lawmakers convince -- address the real concerns of their voters. but they also are honest in convincing voters their own constituents that they care about real issues. it's not supposed to be some fabricated game, some kind of tutorial campaign. republicans started this whole game of sort of stacking town halls through the tea party era, and you end up in this ridiculous position where there isn't an honest conversation going on at all between constituents and their elected officials. >> now another thing that is interesting, victoria, is associated press in an article talks about how the first lady is expanding her efforts to help the president's agenda.
let me quote from the article. it says it's a second term for michelle obama too, and she is shifting her social issues emphasis to kids and gun violence. she is showing a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. michelle obama is considered wildly popular. will that be a help in pushing the president's agenda forward and breaking this gridlock? >> reverend, it's going to be very effective in mobilizing the base. folks who don't like the president and don't like the first lady are not going to move. they're not going to cross over and suddenly support democratic causes because of that. but the key here is, again, that mobilization, that getting apathetic voters, people who are too lazy to turn out in the midterm elections. they really want to turn out for the presidential. but because they like michelle obama so much and they're geared up by the institution of obama for america, that could be the tipping point. so i think it's really key that we're having all of these different component parts come
together. there is no silver bullet in getting people. it's going to take a lot of parts to get people out there and vote. >> well, richard, talking about mrs. obama and the base. today she spoke at a latino conference, i believe la raza, and she was asking activists to help sign young people up for health care. listen to this. >> simply passing the affordable care act was not the goal. the goal is to get folks to sign up for the insurance. we have got to make sure that our young people understand that regular checkups, preventative care are as much a part of life as brushing their teeth and paying their bills. >> if she can energize the base, the activists in the base, can that help begin to turn around some of the apathy we usually see in midterm elections, richard? >> well, what is interesting here is that she is not trying to gear up for the election. she is trying to get some real
world action going. i think that's what they're missing with organizing for action. signing people up for health care is a real world benefit independent of whether house republicans block something or the president gets his agenda through, this is the agenda. they've got to follow through on health care. because michelle obama was very active in promoting health care, marketing health care at the university of chicago. this is a passion for her, and she speaks convincingly about it. i think there are real world results that come out of this that are actually more important than whether another vote goes through or whatever republicans and democrats are fighting about today or tomorrow. >> richard wolffe and victoria defrancesco soto, thank you both for your time tonight. >> thanks, rev. >> thanks, rev. bill o'reilly attacks president obama on race. my response is next.
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apparently just an excuse to attack the president. >> the sad truth is that from the president on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. and many are frightened to even broach the issue. that's because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called conversation, turning any valid criticism of african-american culture into charges of racial bias. so many in power simply walk away, leaving millions of law-abiding african-americans to pretty much fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods. you want racism, that's racism. >> thanks for the tip, mr. o'reilly. in fact, many of us have spoken about problems in our community. sorry if that's news to some. the president spoke out and went to chicago about violence in the black community. the first lady went to the funeral of hadiya pendleton. and in fact, the first national
show hadiya pendleton, the young 15-year-old young lady that was killed in chicago, the first interview her mother did was on this show, "politicsnation." so we are not frightened about raising the issue. we raise both sides. joining me again is goldie taylor. goldie, it's been amazing how quickly the right wing has pivoted on this issue to attack the president. how do you see it? >> this really is just the art of deflection, reverend al. it truly, truly is to say that. something caught me in his phrases to say that this is african-american culture, that it is in our culture to be violent that certainly debev space station mir. s the character of law-abiding, peace loving african-americans, the millions of us who survive, cope, make it in this country called america. and to say that by our very nation, we are violent, i take absolute offense to that. the other part of this is to say
that bill o'reilly has any greater understanding of the issues you and i are on the front line working every day is absolutely ludicrous. i just have to tell you in your face. the other part of this is you know there are thousands of people working on the front line, helping to repair education, many in after school sights for children, making sure these kids get a hot breakfast every morning because we know that increases academic progress there are people fighting on the front line every day, and people like bill oh really, people like rush limbaugh ignore those cries, ignore those pleas for help. they aren't supporting those people. they're circumventing the kinds of resources they need to get that job done. >> well, it seems like they just discovered violence in chicago after trayvon martin as a tool. we've had the mother of hadiya pendleton and others on this show dealt with this problem, been to chicago. let mow maine show you where fox just discovered it now.
>> the president joining the race debate, taking a firm stand in the trayvon martin case. so why is the president dressing this case and not the shootings in his hometown of chicago? >> the president should have given the speech he gave today on the streets of chicago where black-on-black crime is an at an all-time epidemic. >> a conversation about all the african-americans that were just killed in chicago. >> the president did give the speech. the president went to chicago. and the president and the first lady went to chicago. they're coming now, telling him to do things he did months ago, a year ago. the pendleton family and other victims of violence were his guests at the state of the union. and while they're blah blah blah blah now, maybe they need to look at the facts, goldie. >> you know, they might do better to watch a network other than their own if they want to see this entire story. the president was also here in atlanta, speaking to, you know, thousands of african-americans at morehouse graduation earlier
this spring. and in that he spoke directly to our collective responsibility to fight against many of these pathologies in our own communities. and so the president has been front and center. not only in chicago, but in d.c. and in atlanta and other cities across this nation where we do have some very real issues that we confront daily. but i simply take offense to those folks who really practiced the policies of containment, who as long as it is away from them, it is not their issue. but turn around and want to marginalize the very people who are impacted daily? i think that's absolutely a failure on their part, a moral failing on their part. >> i think also it's offensive when they confuse the issues, because certainly those of us that fight this every day and see the impact of violence against one another are not confused when you see something where you know there is an inequality in how justice is dispensed.
and again, the trayvon martin case caught all of our attention and got us involved. >> sure. >> because there was a prejudgment made by police. that does not happen in black-on-black crime. >> it does not. >> so let's not confuse the issues. let's deal with things that are wrong on both sides, not be selective. >> we should not be selective. i've heard a lot of people say what about black on black crime. that's true. when an african-american is killed, 90% of the time it is by another african-american. >> right. >> but the statistics are also true in white america. 86% of the time when a white person is killed, another white person has done that deed. murder, homicide, is generally an intramural thing, that you hurt the people who are closest to you. crime is localized. now if you take that stand your ground law, i have always said that it is not the race of the shoot they're matters. it's always, always the race of the victim. when you look at the studies. >> that's right. >> it matters what race that victim as to what justice will be served. and if stand your ground will be
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anthony's made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from congress and after. but i do very strongly believe that that is between us. >> it's time for reply al. friend or foe, i want to know. in regard to anthony weiner, bob writes whoa the real question is was he a good public servant and can he do a good job as mayor? well, i agree with bob. that's the real question at the end of the day, not only for anthony weiner, but anyone that
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