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>> he's laying the prfoundation how do you predict how they will react if and when it happens? >> they are laying the bricks for credibility of bob muller and will work with the base. gaslighting has been talked a lot. the idea donald trump is able to create an alternate reality and convince people only his reality is true and it starts with the foundation principle of lying, lies, exaggerations, huge lies. that's what he's engaging in attacking bob muller and also when charges come down, should they come down, his final closing argument will be you can't believe bob muller is not credible. >> all right. sam and david, thank you both. that is "all in" for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts now. rachel? >> i'm endebited to you. >> i feel good as opposed to guilty as going over an act. >> i really need chris to take
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29 more seconds and then you just gift them to me. appreciate it. >> whatever you need. >> thank you. >> thank you at home for joining us. much appreciated. >> a lot of news today and sort of two big political stories that have been happening simultaneously and one story that is totally off of politics but has riveted the nation's largest city and the country. new york city was the target of a terror attack for the third time in months. a pressure cooker bomb detonated in manhattan. that was september last year. then halloween this year, it was the guy driving a truck down the west side bike path in lower manhattan deliberately hitting cyclists and pedestrians. today a 27-year-old would be suicide bomber who appears to have affixed some kind of home made explosive device to his
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torso. he was apparently trying to blow up the pedestrian passage way. he ended up injuring himself. three other people were injured, although, new york police are describing those thankfully as minor injuries. and new yorkers are as resilient as you can possible liy imagine through al qaeda or isis inspired attacks in 15 months that managed to kill or injure innocent bystanders is getting to be enough to rattle even a big, tough city like new york. now, in terms of this attack today, under grounds at times square the suspect is in custody and apparently talking to investigators and reportedly told them he was inspired by isis to carry out this attack. so that was the inescapable news in the nation's largest city today, but the political world is focused quite intently on what is about to happen tomorrow in the great state of alabama. where honestly, nobody knows
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what will happen in the u.s. senate race to replace luther strange, an appointed senator installed in the seat in the senate to finish the term of long-time alabama senator jeff sessions, the nation's attorney general. luther strange had the misfortune of being primaried by the oyosemite sam roy moore eve though lots of people would love to tell you what is going to happen in the race tomorrow and why, i honestly would not put a bet on it either way. elections are notoriously hard to pull in norm races. this is not a normal race. last-minute polls show a big lead for republican roy moore or a big lead for democrat doug jones. take your pick depending on the poll. we know how it will turn out. one thing you can know for sure,
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tomorrow's result will depend on turnout but that's because it always does depend on turnout. interesting late development in terms of the relationship of the alabama base. the national republican party as you know recently decided to start supporting roy moore again after they initially dropped him in the wake of allegations of child molestation against him. the party is having a very hard time explaining how it came to that decision to start supporting roy moore again, despite the allegations and despite the fact the allegations were initially enough to sever ties between the party and roy moore. and now in the eve of the election to come up with an explanation, why it's a good idea for the republican party to endorse and support him while trying to come up for an explanation to change their mind and reverse themselves on that, the party blendered into a big
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fight with someone on their side they cannot afford to have a fight with on this issue. an ut oh story on the eve of the election. late breaking story in the alabama senate race. we'll have that alehead in a couple minutes. the big thing in national politics now is a bunch of renewed political drama around the russia investigation. over the weekend and through the course of today and tonight, it's starting to feel like a switch has been flipped in the fight or flight circuit board that controls the conservative id on this story. over the last several days into today and tonight, a pretty good portion of the american right has decided to declare that the new conservative crusade in america will be that former fbi director special counsel robert mueller should be fired that's
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the new crusade. some switch flipped. special counsel robert mueller must be fired and if it takes shutting down the fbi to shut down the russia investigation, so be it and good riddance. and it does almost feel like a coordinated messaging decision on the right. it's everywhere from conservative op ed righter in "usa today" to the wall street journal editorial page, which is leaning in this direction for awhile but increasingly assistant on this point. the fox news channel, honestly have been spanking this tambourine for awhile now but as of this weekend and today, they are really going for it all of a sudden, i don't know what flipped for the right causing this freakout. but this fire muller is ominous warnings in terms of action by
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the president. here is max boot writing at foreign policy today, america is heading for an unprecedented constitutional crisis. the republican party is ready to serve as an poliaccomplice to t obstruction of justice. here is new york magazine. quote, the muller investigation is in mortal danger. here is david gram at the atlantic. the partisan case against robert mueller, here is the good and great, "the washington post", the attacks on muller push us closer to the press. over the last few days, everybody watching this story, everybody watching this investigation left, right and center appears to be feeling the same sort of shift signifying what might be about what to happen next. and i don't know if the muller
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investigation is to taunting they may try to blow it up. at least we won't be able to say we weren't warned. everybody is throwing red flags on the possibility of firing robert mueller. the president's long-time close aide, not just for this year at the white house but in the campaign and trump organization before that hope hicks long-time donald trump aid has had a two-day long interview with muller's investigatiors on thursday and friday next week. "the new york times" since reported hope hicks was given at least two defensive briefings, both in the situation room at the white house from senior counter intelligence officers at the fbi, warning hope hicks about how many russians were trying to contact her. has the trump administration took office. quote, american intelligence and law enforcement agencies became alarmed by introductory e-mails hope hicks received from russian government addresses in the weeks after mr. trump's election. after trump took office, senior fbi counter intelligence agent
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met with hope hicks in the situation room at least twice and gave her the names of the russians that contacted her and said that they were not who they claimed to be. the fbi was concerned the e-mails may have been part of a russian intelligence operation. the meetings with hicks what the fbi calls a defensive briefing went beyond the standard security advice they receive upon taking office. defensive briefings are intended to warning government officials about specific concerns or risks. so after hope hicks had her two big days of interviews, testimony with the muller investigators thursday and friday, that was the reporting from the new york times that followed. now today, nbc news has this scoop. quote, special counsel robert mueller is trying to piece together what happened in the white house over an 18-day period when senior officials were told michael flynn was susceptible to blackmail by russia.
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the questions about what happened between january 26th and flynn's firing on february 13th appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by president donald trump. quote, muller is trying to determine why flynn remained in his post for 18 days after trum or directed flynn to lie to the fbi and if so, why? if trump knew his national security advisor lied to the fbi in the early days of the administration, it would raise questions why flynn was not fired until february 13th and whether trump was attempting to obstruct justice when james comey said the president pressured him to drop the flynn investigation. so this is the new scoop from nbc news today. really important story. and it's important for -- i'm not saying it's important
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because it's nbc news. this is important for two reasons. first, this reporting would seem to confirm that obstruction of justice including potentially by the president himself is the focus of interviews that are being conducted now by muller's investigators and it is one thing to sense that might be an area of interest for the investigation, one thing to know that the president didn't like the russia investigation that he tried to figure outweighs to make it go away. it would be a much stickier wicket for the white house and president personally if they are put in the position of having to explain why the president of the united states kept this national security advisor in the white house for 18 days after he knew that the national security advisor committed a crime. if the president was aware that flynn lied at the fbi and nevertheless kept him on staff, if the president was aware flynn committed a crime and nevertheless tried to stop the
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fbi investigation into that crime, that is easy. that's easy. that's like the fifth grade civics textbook explanation of obstruction of justice, and that will become very hard for the most partisan admirers of the president to explain away. on this first important point, the president's potential culpability for obstruction of justice, in,nbc makes one factu point which the white house will have to sort out soon. i don't know if they can sport out the next day or so before they come up with something. and that is that the white house refuses to answer, refuses to characterize in any way when the president first learned that flynn had lied to the fbi. this is from nbc scoop today. quote, trump's legal team and senior white house aids are
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refusing to say when and how the president first learned that flynn had lied to the fbi. white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders has repeatedly referred questions to lawyer john dowd when trump knew flynn lied to the fbi. dowd denied requests. the first reason the nbc reporting is important is obstruction of justice issue. the criminal culpability on that may all hinge on when the president knew that flynn lied to the fbi. the white house will not char act e-- characterize that. they came to know. this is a knowable ithing but they will not say anything. they will not characterize it.
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why not? how long can that be left hanging in the breeze? you have to come up with some answer. it's find outble. have you asked him? is the second big implication, big implication of this nbc story and i'll leave you with this, mike pence is in trouble. it is possible that the vice president did nothing wrong, nothing criminal, but he really has been left out in the cold by the white house when it comes to the michael flynn story and michael flynn's guilty plea. white house is still telling a story about how and why and when mike flynn was fired. a story that all defends on this account by and about the vice president that is now disproven. that doesn't make any sense. and they are trying, i guess, to stick with this thing but really do need a new account now of how michael flynn was fired and why because the old one can no longer be operative. what had been their operative explanation for why flynn was fired is the white house was shocked, shocked to learn mike
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flynn had lied to vice president mike pence about his conversations with the russian government. that's their story, right. >> did you direct mike flynn to discuss sanctions with the russian ambassador -- >> no, i didn't. >> -- prior to your inauguration -- >> excuse me -- >> if the information leaked out. >> i fired him for what he said to mike pence, simple. >> that's how the white house n even the president himself explained the firing of mike flynn. fired him because he lied to mike pence. that account cannot be true. first of all, mike pence himself said he realized with shock, shock on february 9th that he had been lied to by mike flynn about his contacts with russia. the vice president says he realized with shock, realized he had been lied to by mike flynn that flynn talked to russia about sanctions. if that news was literally news
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to president trump and vice president pence and the white house, and if that news was shocking and a clear firing offense for mike flynn, then why did they wait four more days to fire flynn? they didn't fire him february 9th. they fired him on february 13th. here is the part that has fallen apart in an even more damming manner. since mike flynn pled guilty about lying about conversations with russia, we learned those conversations with russia were not a personal secret he was only whispering about to his dia diary. he had phone and e-mail conversations with officials about those calls while they were happening. we know that an e-mail discussing his talks with russia about sanctions was sent to trump advisor tom bossert, sean spicer, reince priebus, soon to be spector steve bannon. in december, in december, they knew the details of mike flynn
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talking about sanctions and then thereafter at least some of them started lying about that publicl publicly. >> the subject matter of sanctions did not come up in the conversation. >> they exchanged lose ggistics to initiate the call. plain and simple. >> they did not discuss anything have to do with the united states' decision to expel diplomats or impose against russia. i can confirm those elements were not part of the discussion. >> those were all false statements. sean spicer and reince priebus had been notified otherwise. had been notified of the truth of the matter when they made false public statements about flynn and russia. why did they lie about it publicly? when it came to the vice president, he was lying, too,
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which is possible and that possibility shouldn't be discounted. it's fair to say assertionins should no longer be taken at face value. when it comes to the vice president, there are only two options and neither of them are the white house story what happened. either mike pence like priebus and sean spicer lied about flynn and russia. he few tknew the real story and a fake story to the public or he thought he was telling the truth but if he thought he was telling the truth, he wasn't just lied to by mike flynn. he was lied to by k.t. mcelderry c mcelderfarland and who knows wh else. all of whom stood by and let the vice president make all these false statements about it multiple times on national television, on different networks with different interviewers over and over and over again false statements.
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the white house version of events has fallen apart when it comes to the vice president. if lying to mike pence is a shocking, firing offense, that ought to be the reason to fire all of those people from the transition and white house. but it wasn't. they say that was only a shocking firing event for mike flynn. that doesn't make any sense. i mean, choose your own adventure. vice president mike pence is totally truthful and everyone lied to him running the transition and all these people that answered to him and lied to him and allowed hill m to tell public lies and he doesn't mind that. never bothered him. or the vice president told the same lies to cover up for flynn that everybody else did, too. in which case, why? why did he do that? and why did all these other senior members of the white house staff tell lies to cover up what mike flynn did when they knew otherwise?
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mike flynn pled guilty to lying to the fbi. the explanation flynn was fired is he had to be fire because he lied to the vice president. that's not true and robert mueller's investigators are on that likely ons on lions on a g. this never made sense from the very beginning but now, i at least, finally have a sense somebody will figure out the real deal. patrick woke up with back pain. but he has work to do. so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength to stop tough pain for up to 12 hours with just one pill. aleve. all day strong.
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this past summer it was
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michigan's turn to cast votes, the word, the person speaking in the microphone, the announcement came from the chairwoman of the michigan republican party. a proud, very proud niece of a former republican presidential nominee. >> mad dsecretary, my name is r ronn romney mcdaniel. she went on to become the head of the national republican forty. that promotion came with a catch related to her name. according to the washington post before she took the reigns at the rnc president trump came to her with a request, should we be willing to stop using her middle name, please? ronna romney mcdaniel said yes, to avoid giving mitt romney any free advertising in trump's new republican party, his niece would drop her name.
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she dropped the romney, stopped using her full name on party communications and in media appearances. >> joining us now to discuss is ronna mcdaniels, chairwoman. >> ronna mcdaniels. >> ronna mcdaniel gop chairwoman. >> ronna mcdaniel, thank you so much. >> ronna romney mcdaniel, poof, she's got a new public name and we know a name change for the party chair was not the only awkward trump request for the republican party. last month, after "the washington post" published allegations from four named women moore pursued sexual relationships with them, grown women and as young as 14, responded by cutting off all its financial and staff support for roy moore's candidacy in alabama. that principle stand from the rnc lasted all of 20 days.
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about a week after ronna romney mcdaniel was summoned, the party decided to jump head first back into the race to support roy moore. we know that decision happened after the rnc chairwoman was invited to the white house for a meeting, but who ultimately made that decision about getting back in bed with roy moore? on what basis did they make that decision? does anybody want to own up to that and explain it? before now we didn't know. nobody at the rnc said on the record how the money for roy moore decision was reversed. but now poll has a report at a dinner last week when ronna romney mcdaniel was confronted about opposing the decision, ronna mcdaniel gave her explanation saying she made the decision quote in agreement with the entire alabama delegation in the house and
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senate and the alabama rnc delegation to help fund moore's campai campaign. the entire alabama delegation and the house and senate wanted the rnc to start funding roy moore again? really? that's what you're going off. and the senior u.s. senator from alabama didn't want you to do that and the reason i know that is you can see and hear for yourself because he speaks for himself. >> there is a time that we call it a tipping point and i think so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip, when it got to the 14-year-old story, that was enough for me. i said i can't vote for roy moore. >> the national republican party explaining its decision to support roy moore by saying they
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started supporting roy moore again after the allegations because senator richard shelby told them to. that would not seem to be true. today we asked both the republican party and senator shelby's office for comment. the party declined the of ta opportunity to clarify the remarks but meanwhile senator se shelb shelby's office said quote, the senator did not play any role in the rnc's decision despite the fact the rnc says he did. joining us is kyle whit miyer. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> let me ask you about the richard shelby factor. is the senior senator in alabama a well-known figure, named figure in the state for decades? he has said that he wouldn't vote for roy moore. he's contesting the story from the rnc that he told them to get back into the race and support of roy moore.
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what do you think the richard shelby effect is going to be, if anything? >> i think it would have been more effective had he come out this strongly a couple weeks ago before other state republicans sort of retreated to, you know, to the nearest corner before -- excuse me, i keep calling her lieutenant governor kay ivy. she's governor kay ivy. that's another story. before she said even though she believed these women that she was going to vote for roy moore but it can have an impact. don't -- i'm not trying to dismiss that right now and it is a pretty strong stand that he's taking. he went on television this weekend. he's not really one for the sunday talk shows. he went on tv for the purpose -- let's face it, he basically cut
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an ad for doug jones and gave a lot of republicans in alabama license or permission to do the principle thing and if they don't want to vote for a democrat, find someone, name anyone, come up with diane bently, someone like that to write in as their candidate and not someone like roy moore. >> you mentioned diane meabentl the divorced ex-wife of the governor in alabama recently failed by a sex scandal. that's how ivy went from being lieutenant governor to being governor. that followed a scandal that took out mike hubbard who was turfed out of office after being convinced of multiple corruption counts and followed roy moore being thrown off the bench as chief justice in alabama, not once but twice for defying court orders.
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alabama has had it and making it seem relevant. alabama is suffering under scandal tproblems for a long tie now. that state-based history of so many things going wrong in the republican party at the highest level, does that affect the way people feel about this vote do you think? >> i think it's certainly affected the gop primary. it connected to the one before it. remember, the reason why luther strange lost the gop primary was because alabama people were mad at him to a governor he was supposed to be investigating. there is fatigue and i think there are a lot of voters out there who have been warned down
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by one scandal after another after another and doug jones has an opportunity now to leverage that and take an vantadvantage . tonight in his rally he has charles barkley and telling the crowd, alabama we have to stop doing stupid stuff and put someone in office that we can be proud of and we need a two-party system again in this state if for no other reason than to keep republicans here on their toes and let them know they can't get away with anything that they -- just so they know people are looking. >> one last question for you. you're a keen observer knot only of the characters in the stories but political dynamics and polls all over the map.
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one poll says the same candidate is nine points down, what is your sense of what will happen tomorr tomorrow? >> no. the poll haves been taken. the ones they have used robo polls, auto dialers, automated polling. all those have gone towards moore but those don't tap into cell phones. they aren't allowed to call cell phones on those and so only people with land lines get those polls, those who are older and more towards white households that don't only have cell phones. those poles that have live people, real people talking to real people and asking them questions, those polls have all skewed towards jobs and so it's not just that these polls are all over the board, you have two distinctly different outcomes in polling based on methodology and
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getting too wonkish here but i think tomorrow we're going to find out which is the best way to poll people in alabama. >> yeah, we'll get -- yeah, sorry, go ahead. >> yeah. if i were doug jones tonight, i would be feeling pretty good because i think this is at least an even shot and that was not what he thought he was going to have when he got into it. >> fascinating. sorry for jumping in on you at the end. kyle, appreciate your time tonight. i know you guys will be really happy to get the national media off your back once the race is done. thanks for being with us here tonight. >> thank you, rachel. much more to come here tonight. stay with us.
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they will fix this at some point, i'm sure, but tonight anybody looking for the office of arizona congressman trent franks, anybody looking for the arizona office number or anything at all from congressman franks, gets sent instead to the u.s. house of representatives list of current vacancies. the name trent franks is supposed to be right here with the names of the previous two congressman driven from office by some form of skanld laancand behavior. they aren't listing franks as gone but he's gone. they are add the name trent franks to this list of vacancies. it was a very sad departure. when we left the story last week, congressman franks
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confessed to my discussion of sure sure ga see. a vague self-exxonerating statement about he said he did nothing wrong he would be quitting. he would leave congress on january 31st, 2018. that's where we left it. congressman prafranks did not m it anywhere near the end of january. the next day after his self-exonerating statement and announcement he could leave, the next day on friday, the associate the press reported details of his discussion of surrogate surrogate. the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million. the congressman at least four times asked if she would be
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willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. he said the conversations took place in private, sometimes in his car and she repeatedly told him she was not interested. during my time there was i asked a few times to look over a contract to carry his child and if i would conceive his child, i would be given $5 million. that was from the a.p. then according to the "new york times", women staffer said they believed the congressman didn't just mean surrogate the way you think of involving a doctors' office. they think he meant to i'm pregnapre -- inpregnant them in the old fashioned way. she told the congressman ignored by franks and no longer given many assignments. as that news was appearing, trent franks went from resigning, oh, sometime next
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month to gone so fast they couldn't add his name to the list of vacancies before they unplugged his website. the arizona did set the dates for legislating a replacement for congressman franks, the primary will be february 27th and general election will be april 24th. maybe by then we'll be over the shock of this particular shock resignation story. maybe. ♪
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we think of u.s. presidents in terms of major world issues they have to deal with, big stuff like wars and recessions and civil rights and stuff, but often it is not the macro, you know, big historical issues that occupy much of the day to day time. it's the micro level business of staying in power and getting your way and a lot of times that's the micro business of counting how many republicans in congress. how many democrats on a key committee. how many seats could be flipped to help you, the president or harm you on something important to your presidency? two weeks before richard nixon resigned from the presidency in 1974, he was doing a lot of specific counting. there was the house judiciary committee considering articles of impeachment against him to be submitted to the house. 38 members. 21 democrats. democrats were nixon's opposition. that meant that he needed democratic votes, four votes or so could make or break his
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presidency, could decide if the impeachment went forward or not. president nixon tried to give those votes a little nudge in his direction. a bold decision that he would call up alabama governor george wallace, a segregation that would run for president a bunch. still wielded a lot of influence among segregation and southern democrats. the president called george wallace in alabama and asked him to persuade members to vote against the articles of impeachment. he asked governor wallace, are you with me? that could be the make or break if wallace would swing it. are you with me governor wallace? george wallace said no, mr. president, i'm afraid i'm not. the president hang up and chief of staff, well, al, there goes the presidency. two weeks later, he was right.
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it has been 43 years since that phone call. tomorrow we're facing another coalition between national and alabama state politics when the alabama voters will send to washington d.c. a senator who can make or break this president's first attempt at a legislative agenda. doug jones or roy moore gets elected tomorrow. tax bill vote could be the day after that. joining us now is nbc presidential historian. lovely to see you. thank you for being here. >> lovely to see you, rachel. >> in bringing up the relationship between nixon and alabama politics, i'm borrowing your attention to that presid t president. is that just like -- is that a historical echo? are there lessons we can take from that? >> it is uncandidate and the fame tonight about the story is a saying that nixon knew well, which is revenge is the dish best served cold. wallace was getting revenge
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because 1970, wallace is running in the democratic primary for governor against the incumbent. nixon wanted to wipe out wallace in the gubernatorial primary and rob him of the presidency as he had nearly done in 1968 so nixon poured all sorts of secret money into brewer's campaign, gave brewer all sorts of secret help which wallace knew and the result was that in the end, wallace narrowly won the primary for governor, became governor again and wallace remained furious at nixon so that nixon when he calls wallace up in '74 and says please help me stop impeachment, wallace says forget it. >> do you think that wallace, just for historical purposes, do you think wallace could have swayed democrats if he wanted to on that committee? >> i think he certainly could. a key one was walter flowers who
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was an alabama democrat who was very close to wallace and wallace could have had a lot to do as you suggested nixon thought flowers and one or two others were the difference between being i'm peeing impeac >> the president this time around is obviously put his chips on roy moore and endorsed him, making a robo call for him trying to make campaign arrangements. is there a way to look at this from a historical perspective to see if there is likely to be a cost to the president if judge moore loses? is this basically just a free play for the president? do these things pay up instead of just paying down when they go wrong in terms of endorsement? >> i think they do. in this case, i think, you know, donald trump may feel he's he gaining a vote if roy moore wins but during the next year, if roy moore wins he'll be to many people the face of the republican party with the very
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weird views that are racist and, you know, his own background as a child molester by all these accounts. that is not something that a wise president would want as the face of the republican party for the next year. party for the next year so i think donald trump may think he's being shrewd and trying to help roy moore become a senator. a year from now if that happens i think he may be sorry. >> michael, nbc news presidential historian, thank you for your time tonight and thank you for always helping us connect back to this stuff that makes today make more sense. >> thank you. >> stay with us. we've started a campaign to let the american people
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raise their voice to say that this president is unfit for office and needs to go. i love it! yes! yes! [ chuckles ] there it is -- over there! mcminnville, tennessee... poughkeepsie, new york... milton, indiana... chattahoochee, florida... wow... we're looking at the whole country. not just the coasts. even in utah, we're starting to realize trump has been doing things that are against our laws. i definitely worry about war. north korea. i don't want that guy's hand near the bomb. sick to my stomach. he's not the kind of person that should be running our country. the things that he does has consequences. is this going to be here for my grandchildren? he's not being held accountable. if we have the vote, like we have for election day, they will impeach him. times square is the crossroads of the world. we need everyone to go and put their name down at we need to speak up together and demand
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this is the memorial bridge that connects new hampshire and maine over the river. the big chunk in the middle lifts up so boats can go through. boats go through it and when it's down you can drive across it. or you can walk. this weekend in the blustery snow the memorial bridge looked like this. this was the maine side of the bridge between maine and new hampshire this weekend in the storm. protesters marching across state lines in the wind and the snow to ghon strait against the republican tax bill. and then hundreds of people gathered in the park just over the bridge to rally their senator susan collins to vote no on the bill and frankly to turf her out of office if she votes
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yes instead. this is oklahoma city this weekend. better weather. still a little cold. donald trump won every single county in oklahoma last year and on saturday hundreds of oklahomans rallied outside the oklahoma state house against the republican tax bill. wrote down messages on a poster bard to send to a senator james langford to know how unhappy they are about his support of that bill. louisville, kentucky, this weekend there was the trump chicken at the big rally. trash bags full of fake money at the big rally in boston. there are a bunch of cold people outside the courthouse in frigid, milwaukee, wisconsin, this weekend. for months now the treasury secretary steve nemnuchin in charge of the money insisting to churn out a super detailed analysis of all of the wonderful things this tax bill would do. he's been saying for months that hundreds of people at the treasury department have been working day and night crunching the numbers for the big report.
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today we finally got that report. this is it. this is not like the cover page. this is it. this is the entire analysis from the treasury department. it fits on one page. it is 470 words long and including the footnotes. no calculations in the report. there are no statistics of any kind. or data to back up anything it says. but obviously they say it's going to be awesome. their cracker jack reports looks like a haiku than a detailed projection and republicans in congress moves as fast as they can to get it passed. they hope to put it to a vote next week. we think they'll start probably working on some sort of conferred version of it as soon as the end of this week. they'll senld it to the president's desk before christmas if they get what they want. but maybe they won't get what they want. people at home have a lot to lose if the bill passes are letting the representatives and
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plus b vitamins for heart health. your one a day is showing. okay. here's a thing. i'm going to note this without comment. i just want you to know that this has just happened. as you know, as we have been talking about tonight, tomorrow's the big u.s. senate race in alabama. tonight out at a rally in mid land city, alabama, republican candidate roy moore was introduced by his wife kayla and
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then this is a thing that happened. >> fake news would tell you that we don't care for jews. i tell you all this because i've seen it also and want to set the record straight while they're here. [ cheers and applause ] one of our attorneys is a jew. [ applause ] >> well, this settles that then. that just -- that just happens. that does it for us. we'll see you again tomorrow. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." good evening, lawrence. >> good evening. give me a second for my speechlessness. >> sorry. >> it makes me recall donald trump and the people working inside the trump operation and what they said donald trump said