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thank you for your time and thoughts. world champion, that is all for us. we're going to the bar and watch the world cup. see you back here tomorrow 4:00 p.m. eastern. "the ed show" next. >> good evening, welcome to "the ed show" live from new york. i'm michael eric dyson in for ed schultz, let's get to work. >> you see these negative motivations that are really driving politics today. >> oh no! congress' current golden age of cooperation, it's over. >> this polarization. >> annual polar plunge. >> as a master of fact. >> literally -- >> a primal scream by conservatives. >> yes, yes, yes! >> who are just angry about everything. >> hell no you can't.
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>> let's love people. >> my fellow americans, before i get into my sermon and trust me, i want to preach as well as i can today, you must think that this is a bleak and dismal time. you get up every day, trying to feed your kids trishg go to school, trying to tell the truth as best you can trying to share your life with your loved ones. there doesn't seem to be much good news. here you are dealing with waking up in the morning and seeing more trouble in iraq and discovering eric cantor is dipping out and discovering the world around you is crumbling, and yet in the midst of that bleakness and that seeming hopelessness, nothing to lay on your bed and know where to hang your hat comes the news that a bunch of rich and wealthy and elite and gifted and talented people are exulting in the fact there's a huge gulf, a big divide in this country. a new poll by the pew research
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group has beltway insiders and cultural eleastists climbing a self-righteous high horse today. 27% of democrats believe the republican party is a threat to the nation's well-being. the same poll shows 36% of republicans believe democrats are a threat to the nation's well-ing being. those numbers have shocked people stuck in the washington bubble. ron fournier tweeted out 1/3 of partisan voters view the other side ace threat to the nation's well-beingen it's easy to look down on people's hardships if you never field them. people have gone broke or died due to inadequate and fraudulent health care coverage, and treatment. republicans have made it to their -- made it their mission to keep that old system in place, that is a threat to this great nation, not partisanship. there has never been such a
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divide between rich and poor in america. republicans have made sure working women and men have to escape for every penny, as they bend over backwards to make sure the ultrarich get every single advantage and tax break and exploit every tax loophole possible. that is a threat to the nation's well-being. republicans think people who make minimum wage are earning too much money. poor people have to work two and three jobs to make ends meet, and i know what i'm talking about, i had to do it. that or than anything else has destroyed the family unit. talk about family values and value all families, including those who have to work a lot to make ends meet, work 40, 50, 60 hours a week to make it up to the poverty level. hurts men, women, specially children. that's another threat to the land that i love. republicans have tried to strip reproductive rights for african and all women for almost 50 years.
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if republicans have their way, women would have to go to dangerous extremes, remember, back alley abortions to make personal decisions about their own bodies. in the past that's a deadly mix that does tremendous harm and damage to the nation. does that sound like a threat to you? republicans have voted time and time again to make sure women get paid less than men. that's an economic threat to the gend, which is majority of america. republicans have done everything in their power to make it harder for americans to vote. the go is the only weapon average people have to make a difference in this country. taking that away is a threat to this country and to democracy itself. just this week, we have had our 74th, 74th, school shooting since 20 small children were murdered in cold blood at sandy hook. republicans have been paralyzed by their puppet masters at the nra. republicans have ignores the problem and prayed for it to go
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away. that's a threat to every child who walks into a classroom in america. republicans have whipped up an anti-government sentiment in this country, the likes of which we haven't seen since the civil war. gun battle between militia and federal agents narrowly averted in nevada two months ago. this week two anti-government people shot and killed two police officers and a civilian, as they screamed about the start of a revolution. this is a a major threat to the well-being of america. just this morning, americans saw images of iraq spiraling off into a sectarian civil war. this comes 11 years after a republican president of the united states led us into a preemptive war based on false intelligence. a war that killed over 4,000 of america's fighting men and women, not to mention the over 100,000 iraqis who lost their lives. the same people who lied to this country into war are back this
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morning, pushing president obama to get back into the same mess republican president george w. bush put us in in the first place. this is a completely dangerous threat to the well-being of america. the list of republican policies have that damaged the country could go on and on for hours. let me show you why democrats think republicans are dangerous for the well-being of americans. >> let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. let's not do that. let's love people. >> i wish to god she had had an m-4 in her office locked up so when she heard gunfire she pulls it out and didn't have to lunge her owically with nothing in her hand but was he takes his gun out and kills those precious kids. >> to deny president obama a second term.
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>> not against having unemployment insurance. i think though that the longer you have it it does provide disincentive to work and studies indicate this. >> from what i understand from doctors, that's rare. if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> we're coming to a country get morgue takers thanmakers in america. we need to moremakers. >> 47% with him who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. >> my friends, this time the leaders in washington and mainstream media wake up and realize regular americans have had enough. the basic dream of going to college, getting a good job, marrying the person that you love, buying a home and building a better life for your children has fallen out of the reach of average americans. the new american dream is surviving to your next paycheck. that's no way to live.
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what is damaging is the false equivalence made between both sides, left and right, as if they're equally responsible for the suffering of the masses as if a bitter partisanship is a problem and not a battle over the values of our democracy. it ain't an equal fight nor the responsible endure by americans be laid at feet of both parties in the belief it's both sides' fall. the partisan bickering is the problem not the true plague, a party that takes every time it can, every incentive to hurt the poor, that cares little for the masses of folk in our country, those folk are the true victims of partisanship. those who struggle with the $7.25 minimum wage are victims of partisanship. those who are chronically unemployed, underemployed, though are the victims of partisanship. those who barely subsift on food stamps to victims of
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partisanship, of the snap decisions that cut their funding to the bone. those who have their reproductive rights challenged, clear before our eyes. those whose voting rights are vulnerable to rebuff in a clueless supreme court the victims of partisanship. those who don't enjoy benefits of marriage equality are the victims of partisanship. those who still can't get adequate health care are the victims of partisanship. those whose loved ones, especially children, cut down by guns because we still can't generate a sane gun control policy, they are the victims of partisanship. and those stuck in warehouses and perilous borders because our failed immigration policies are not working are the victims of partisanship. and the truth is, so-called partisanship is in fact a one-sided love affair with privilege and prosperity for the
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few, while masses are made poor somewhere more vulnerable day by day, by policies enacted by superrich and uncaring wealthy people. it's time we called it for what it is. it's not partisanship. it's the provinciale practices of a part that could care less about the middle class, the working class, the working poor, and the poor. and when we wake up and realize this truth will all be better off as a nation so this is what i want you to do. get up out of your seats right now. go to your windows, open them up, and holler out, enough is enough! get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, do republican policies threaten america? text a for yes, b for no. 67622. go to our for more, let me bring in
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dr. frederick douglas hanes iii and dr. jones, author of "a dreadful deceit, myth of race from the colonial era to obama's america." i've been doing a poor job preaching. you're the real preacher. tell us, 27% of democrats who think republican policies threaten america, where are they coming from? are they wrong about that? >> no question that the republican policies are what is wrong. and again, let's me just say to the sermon you just gave, amen and hallelujah, let's past the offering plate so we can begin to enact policies that benefit the least of these, policies that benefit the poor. the republican drama kings and drama queens evidently, in their civics lisson, missed the suffix of american values expressed in the american flag. they don't believe in the
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liberty and justice for all. you've got the have-gots getting more and the have-notes getting less and the greedy right wing republicans doing an amazing job of vilifying, of demonizing, those who are poor. they do an amazing job of acting as if somehow the poor are taking from them and the sad thing is, they have a theology disguised as ideology that basically says that we are doing this in the name of our faith. in a real sense, their faith must have edited out that portion of scripture which said i was hungry and you fed me. first you gave me something to drink. i'll remix. i was hungry and you cut snap food program, i was thirsty for knowledge, you cut my access to opportunities and head start as well as pell grant funding. so, their value systems are, in a real sense, vilifying and making victims of the have-notes. what about that wonderful statue
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of liberty there in new york or right there in between new york and new jersey that says, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free, it's as if they have forgotten the values that helped to shape and form america. and in the process, they are destroying america. and so, if anybody's threatening the america that we love, the land that we love, it's that kind of nasty partisanship that vilifies and demonizes the have-notes where the have-gots get more. >> great sermon. dr. jones, i apologize for two baptist preparers bringing this power tonight. you have a long, with that kind of insight, you're analytical ly as a scholar. these are too dangerous for america. give us a sense why people are afraid of progressive ideas that can unseat some of the unfair and unjustice practices that have characterized too much of
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american history. >> let's me say, first, as a historian i'm struck by the fact that a substantial segment of the population today seems to have no sense of the common good, collective welfare. the fact that we're all in this together. there's a kind of rampant severalish individualism that prevails. we see that with skip tic skepte school system. we saw it with the debate over health care, the notion that, well, you have to be able to pay and pay a lot for anything you want or need, whether it's an education, whether it's good health insurance. you know, andrew carnegie, the steel magnate used to say the more unequal american society, the better. he said it was a measure of the
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country's progress, that the gap between rich and poor was widening in the late 19th century. he thought the rich should get richer, it would provide an example to the poor. it didn't bother him at all that people were working hard and making very little. so in a way i think we see today an echo of that view, that the richer the rich get, the better it is for the united states. it's an incredibly mean-spirited point of view. as i said, no sense there of the common good, the collective welfare. >> absolutely. dr. hanes, in light of the brilliant summation that dr. jones gave us, don't you think these policies that hurt poor people hurt america? mr. carnegie was wrong. the gulf between the have-gots and have-notes reproduces the
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dysfunction that good zit encit want to get rid of the same persons who talk about national security in no way are concerned about the security of the least of these, no way concerned about the security of those who are trying to get some of the american dream. so with that being the case, we are hurting not just ourselves, we are compromising our future and my play, my prayer, we will come together with a common cause of the values that helped to shape the principles that helped to shape america, but at the same time, look out for the children. so there must be a cause centered america, when it comes to our politics but also a focus on making america better for our children. that does not mean widening the income gap. it does not mean ensuring that the have-gots get more and the have-notes get less and we
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demonize them in the process. we look out for, as our brilliant professor said, the common good. the common good all of us can go to higher ground. >> there it is. dr. jones, we have seen horrible thicks in the last few days, armed stand-off, recently the killing of two police officers, because of anti-government sentiment. that seem to be a serious threat to america, that kind of anti-americanism that is not root in the kind of critical engagement with traditions of progress but really, believing that the state is disserving the very people advantaged by it historically. >> yes. certainly this anti-government attitude is not new in the united states but what might be unprecedented is the number of guns that are available today. and i think when you pair that with certain right wing talk show media that really egg
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people on to these views as reverend hanes said, views that demonize the poor, it's a lethal combination. it's a lethal combination. >> right. absolutely right. thank you so much to both of you being on the show. thank you so much for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> remember to answer tonight's question at bottom of the screen. share your thoughts on twitter. and on facebook. we really want to know what you think. coming up -- aye florida law makes celebrate the new bill that rick scott signed into law but the governor's nowhere to be found. rapid response panel weighs in on why rick scott is hiding out. voting rights victory in ohio, federal judge strikes down efforts to suppress the vote. trenders is next. oh my god! look. you need to see this. show 'em the curve. ♪ do you know what this means? the greater the curvature, the bigger the difference.
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time for the trenders. keep in touch with "the ed show" on twitter @ edshow and faceb k facebook. "the ed show" social media nation has decided, and we're reporting. here today's top trenders voted on by you. >> that's what we're here for, to win. >> number three trender, the puck stops here. >> new york was on the brink. >> need this win, we've got a lot of losses. >> yeah. >> we didn't want to see the cup coming out on home ice. >> l.a.'s quest for the stanley cup gets iced at msg. >> lundqvist has got it scramble. >> see how close. >> puck through lund quiftd's legs and see the snow. >> we need some -- we definitely had it tonight. >> threw everything they had at us and goaltender stood tall. >> your best shot. >> number two, loan sharks.
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>> todays a good day for billionaires. >> i'm rich! i'm wealthy! >> for the 40 million people dealing with student loan debt, it wasn't such a good day. >> help me, i'm poor. >> senate republicans sink elizabeth warren's student loan bill. >> despite bipartisan support for this bill, the republicans voted to block it. >> why would we want to get on a bill like that that clearly is not going anywhere. >> we still have 40 million americans out there who are trying to deal with 1.2 trillion in student loan debt. >> it pays for itself by closing loopholes that allow some millionaires to pay a lower tax rate. >> who does washington work for? >> more tax bills for millionaires or lower student loan bills for the middle class? should be a no-brainer. >> top trender, the buckeye ballot. ohio, the quintessential swing state. >> our vote is our voice. >> you think you're about to kick the football and pull the football away.
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>> a federal judge calls for early voting to be restored in ohio. >> federal judge is restoring voting in the buckeye state three days before election day. >> ohio's republican secretary of state has been trying to limit voting in his state for years. >> legislature's constantly playing with date here, date there. >> the greatest equalizer that we have is the ballot box. >> joining me now, james peterson, associate professor of english at lehigh university and msnbc contributor. is this a big victory for voters in ohio and across the nation? >> it's a huge victory, i mean obviously early voting, disproportionately impacts african-american community of voters and elderly voters and the souls to the poles movement, cuts across state but was gets people out to the voting booth. this is a decision that expands -- reexpands our
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democracy, remember, they've been trying to cut days and here and there since 2008 presidential election. there's a rich history of state sort of secretaries being involved in the voting processes. remember from 2000 secretary of state florida katharine harris is one who ratified george bush's election as president and that was contested. then brought to the supreme court. ken blackwell, 2004, secretary of state in ohio, was involved in some issues and questions about vote in ohio 2004. a key position which is why state senator nina turner has so much support for this position. the key position when it comes to voting at state level as well as the national level. >> doesn't it focus attention again on not presidential races and the big ones for senate and the congress, in terms of the house, but also local elections which make a huge impact on people's lives and local municipalities at state level have a big impact. this decision today, if
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replicated across the country, could set a huge legal precedent and encourages people to pay attention to the local not just the national. >> sets a good precedent for the upcoming 2014 elections which are going to be key. the precedent here is that, as states try to make maneuvers to shrink our democracy, to reduce access to the polls, it's important that federal judges make these interventions to ensure voting rights for all americans as much as possible. anything expandinging ases to polls expanding our democracy and anything trying to shrink that is trying to shrink our democracy in the off year election years, it's important that these processes are open, doc, we done have the same turnout in those times. we don't want to diminish people's capacity to get polls especially in an offyear election. >> great point. do ohio voters face other challenges to get to the polls besides the one addressed in today's decision? >> they do. they've cut days in previous
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weeks, where ohio used to vote earl krer and some days have been cut and that's not at issue here. also, remember from presidential elections the longest waiting times are in some of the more densely populated counties and areas throughout ohio. because it's a swing state, it draws so much attention around presidential elections. remember, those long waiting lines deterring people from voting in off years. we have to figure out modern ways of getting people to the polls and getting votes in across the nation. ohio is an important state because it's a swing state and probably the pivotal swing state in the next presidential election. >> you've mentioned secretaries of state harris and blackwell. do you think this is a blow to secretary of state john hus ted. >> a political loss for him. not just his issue. this is the issue of republican legislators at the level across the nation, not just swing states. he's porking something for the rnc here, but still a loss for
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him. any time a federal judge overturns something you've been working on for years it's a political loss. i think what it should show the state -- the people of state of ohio is that there are a lot of folk working beoth against and for access to the polls. you've got to figure out whose side you're going to be on. >> we know what side you're on and we're glad you're there. >> a flip-flop from florida governor scott has lawmakers celebrating while scott skirts the limelight. a texas lawmaker caught on tape making racist accusations doubles down. your questions, just ahead.
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welcome back to "the ed show." florida governor rick scott has parentally had an election year change of heart. the republican governor quietly signed a bill extending in-state tuition two children whose parents brought them to the u.s. illegally. scott opposed similar legislation before. rick scott's rise to the gop nomination in 2010 fueled by his promises to crack down on illegal immigration. with hispanic voters playing a key role in the election, scott's trying to change his tune to beat charlie crist. scott chose not to hold a public bill signing but kicked off a college affordability tour. we've got rid of his 15% increase, we also said that if you grew up in your state in this state of florida, you're
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going to get the same tuition as your peers. something that wasn't happening in our state. the bill lowers tuition for students across the board in order to qualify the students commonly called dreamers must have attended a florida high school for three years. republican lawmakers who backed the legislation are angry rick scott blocked their opportunity to publicly celebrate the legislation. joining me now, rapid response panel, anna logan, former representative, and bob shrum, democratic strategist and professor of politics at usc. rick scott kicked off a statewide college afford ability tour monday after signing the measure. trying she'll the fact the bill has a huge tie to immigration reform and count to want to get tied up with that and suffer political consequences. >> absolutely, trying to play both sides of the aisle here. he's also trying to appease the, you know, illegal immigrants
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trying to get a college education here, hispanics. they have a huge voting bloc, they do swing. he's trying to play both side of the aisle. he ran in 2010 with his tea party credentials, saying that he was going to crack down on arizona-style immigration bill. today a change of heart but his prir priority legislation, the dreamer bill, had to do all kinds of maneuver to get it out of the senate. he signs it quietly, legislators who carried the bill had to have the ceremonial bill signing without him there. it says to me he's trying to remain low but at the same time wants something to show for at the general election when he's going to need hispanic voters. >> a wizard of odd movement there on his part. bob, are the tables turning with big-named republicans like former florida governor jeb
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bush, florida senator marco rubio and scott trying to act like they can do something on immigration reform? what's the takeaway. >> if you're in a general election, which scott is, anti-immigrant position is toxic. but if you've got to do republican primaries like jeb bush, if he wants to run for president may do, he's going to be pushed to the right. it not clear what did eric cantor in was his kind of weak tea position on immigration. he was inattentive to the district, disconnected to the district. house republicans have decided that was it they're going to put the final nail in immigration reform. as john mccain says, that's a demographic disaster in 2016. th can't win the presidency without 40% of the hispanic vote. you have a republican party here, which longer term, however scott tries to maneuver in florida, could be competitive because of gerrymandering and offyear elections as a
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congressional party could become an ideological, anti-diversity, anti-gay, anti-hispanic cult that can't win the white house. >> scott vetoed a measure last year that would have allowed some dream to get their drivers licenses. what's behind the reversal? >> well, it's obvious, it's an election year, niece a tough battle for the election, with the presumed nominee, going to be crist. he's got to win the i-4 corridor and the state of florida is key, it's a swing voter and it's heavy hispanic, and they will swing. scott realizes this. we have to go back to his 2010 election help was a huge teem favorite. he ran on the tea party. he barely won his election. now he's having to run for re-election again. and he's got to pull rabbits out of the hat. he's not going to win the tea party credentials. i mean, he's pretty much turned on the tea party, you know, the
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rail, now the immigration. so everything that he ran on, he's pretty much backtracked on. now he's got to get the other voters. i don't know if he's going to be able to do it. i'm not sure the voters are that stupid. i think they remember. and they're going to remember that rick scott was a different person in 2010 and now, months before the election, he's changing. >> yeah, the more things change, the more they stay the same. the wfla news channel 8 latest poll has charlie crist back with four-point lead over governor rick scott. can he keep that momentum up? >> look, it's a hard-fought race the whole way. a huge amount of negative advertising that's been dumped on charlie crist. anna's exactly right. i think people will see through this guy. i think they're going to see through scott. when you hear he vetoed the bill to allow kids to have drivers licenses but signed a bill to let them go to college at in-state tuition rates, what does he want them to do, take
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the bus to college campus, they done want them to drive there? this is so transparent, so it's fraudulent, that it actually pretty much fits a guy back in private business had a company that engaged in one of the biggest medicare fraud has history. >> no doubt. you mentioned a couple of times here that latinos are swing voters, swing both sides. if they're not inspired by rick scott's maneuvers here, what will it take for them to vote republican and think their interests are involved there? >> well, i do think that although perhaps the immigration won't swing a lot of them, a lot of them are legal immigrants in the i-4 corridor, they see that as racist legislation, arizona style. someone who touts that agenda doesn't like hispanics. that will hurt somebody. he's trying to change his tune here and realizes that -- talking about rick scott here
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did he's got a huge demographic that he needs to win over. it's just not happening. but the hispanics care more about -- there's other things they care about beside immigration. they care about education. they want to make sure their children have good education, that they have a future. they care about health care. they want to make sure their family has appropriate health care. and they also care about making sure that their children have a future, that there is an america. they want to leave the planet in good shape like everybody else does. there's things that everybody else wants for their families, hispanics, do too. with immigration they see -- i'm hispanic and i see it as well -- somebody who touts arizona style immigration is somebody who doesn't like hispanics. >> thank you so very much. coming up -- rick perry's addiction to ignorant statements lands him in pretenders tonight.
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>> welcome back to "the head show." last week, the republicans in texas urged that, quote, the voter right acts of 1965, codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized. they meant to reference the voting rights act. the texas gop can't even correctly identify one of the most important pieces of legislation to come out of the civil rights movement. that's because the texas gop doesn't believe we need protection against racial discrimination and voting. the reality is, racism is alive and well in texas. just listen to this recording, made of two-term la mark city council member connie troon, discussing problems with the local school district.
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>> she's really turned black. i mean she used to socialize with everyone and had a level head. it's not going to get any better until you get the blacks off the school board. >> when the audio leaked, city officials launched an investigation, but she only doubled down. >> these are your words. >> yes, they are. >> and all you have to do is see the condition the school district is in right now. >> is that a black whitish shoe? soo. >> i think so. >> she was formally censured by the city council. they also approved funding by investigation by an outside law firm. but she doesn't see the problem. >> what is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion. and i don't back down from it. i never denied what was on the tape. >> troub's comments serve to illustrate just how out of texas the texas gop is.
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troub's refusal to resign is unacceptable. the director for the fort bend county democratic party in texas. she doesn't deny she made the comments. she's unapologetic. what purpose does an serve into her comments? >> you know, it's stage dressing to protect all the racists that are all around her. i think everyone can look at this situation and see is connie troub needs to be out on her butt immediately. 13,000 people in lamark deserve better than connie troub. texas deserves better than a gop that can't even name historic legislation that's seeking to correct the structural racism that people like connie troub represent. >> yeah. well, to twist jack nicholson, you can't take the troub. what actions should the justice department take against her and bring some sense of balance to the situation? >> i think the doj is going to find here, like they're finding in our voter id case, the clear
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violations that texas legislators are trying to impose on minority voters and there's no way that connie troub can adequately represent the some 35% of people that live overall and are african-american in la mark. she can't serve those people and she certainly can't help the city address the problems they are having with their school district. that tape, that racist tape she makes she tries to delineate the difference between stupid and ignorant. here's the difference. the difference is blaming the failure on our texas schools is on melanin in people's skin. the education is because of people in the education system and. they cut $5 million from the school budgets in 2011. that is why la mark isd is failing.
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>> tax dollars are being spent on investigating racism, how can the texas gop think the voting rights act is unnecessary in this diand age. >> that's a wonderful question. and i would love for somebody to be able to put that right in the face of the party of supposed fiscal responsibility. connie troub has no interest in representing every member of her district. she should be out. i don't think you can justify this investigation. if i was a resident of la mark, which is just about 20 miles outside of where i live in houston, i would be steaming mad. i would be like valley beverly, chris lane who's running for council there, i would there up in their face every week, and i would sue connie troub afterwards and try to get that money back from the city. she's wasting their time. >> do you think this is limited to la mark? or is this something larger in texas? >> no, sir. racism isn't just limited to texas. in the south, we're open with racism. that's why the voting rights
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action is so important. why we still need every single section of it defended. why the supreme court's decision last year was completely unacceptable. that's why i'm so grateful that attorney general holder is going to be coming to texas to try to uphold text sections 2 and 3. we absolutely need affirmative action and voter rights protections. it hasn't even been 50 years that minorities in texas and across the united states have been allowed to get to the polls with these protections. and already, republicans all over the nation are trying to whitewash that history. you look at these red call, regressive, repressive voter id laws and you hear remarks like that from people in power like connie troub and you know right away why we need affirmative action and voting rights. >> all right, thanks very much. >> thanks. >> before we sign off tonight, i want to give a shotout to the memory of one of the greatest actresses and members of the small and big screen, ruby dee died at 91 years old. the widow of the great ossie davis. we give our thoughts and prayers
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to their family. "politics nation" with reverend al sharpton starts right now. good evening, rev. >> good evening, dr. dyson and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight we'll have the latest in the developments in iraq. major cities falling to extremist militants. abd's about some republicans at home are already beating the drums of war and attacking president obama. and the passing of an icon, ruby dee, a legend on the silver screen and the a civil rights activist. my thoughts on that. and we start with tonight's lead. the republican party at war with itself. in the wake of eric cantor's stunning loss to an obscure right wing economics professor david brat, the gop in fighting is escalang