tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC July 3, 2019 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
i have three favorite holidays. new year's day, because i 10,000 miles. i love all the zeros. i like 1-1. i like susan's birthday because it lasts a month. that's awesome. and i love the fourth of july. i love everything about it and there is nothing that we can do as a country that would make me not love our birthday. it's one of the single best things we ever did. celebrating independence and the declaration of independence. i hope you have an excellent fourth. good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, rachel. i knew you would be doing transcript night about what happened in court. i have so many favorite moments, but if i have to reduce it to
one, my very favorite moment is when the government lawyers in the census case says to the judge, is it possible that we can do this on monday? no! the judge just flat no. one word. judges don't often give scheduling answers that are quite as clear instant taniously. >> is it possible that we can do this on monday? the court, no. mr. gardner and again -- oh, okay. the court again says no! are you seriously going to keep talking? i said n-o. n-o. no. >> that are would be a personally renal requests. there will be a lot of judges not working on friday, but this judge is. friday at 2:00 p.m.
he wants an answer. what is the president up to and the government in this case. >> does the justice department speak for the government anymore or do we just rule by fiat from what the president retweets and misspelled by his phone. thanks, man. >> and who speaks for mark zuckerberg? the other big question of the day. >> good night, lawrence. >> tomorrow the president who has never inspired a majority of the american people will try to do that once again. he will definitely surely fail once again. donald trump has no idea how to speak to a majority of the american people. it was not always this way. presidents of both parties have struck inspirational notes with the majority of americans. at the end of this hour, we will show you a republican president who did that at several points in his presidency, even with people who disagreed with him. especially on the very last day of his citizen when in his final
speech as president of the united states, he praised immigrants who he hoped would continue to come to this country. we will be joined by a republican who worked in that president's administration and who is now running for the republican presidential nomination against donald trump. but we begin tonight with the breaking news of the night. federal judge today demanded that the trump justice department explain a trump tweet and the trump justice department admitted that they have no idea what the trump tweet means. federal judge george hazel conducted an emergency telephone conference with the justice department and some of the lawyers representing plaintiffs in the census case that was just decided by the united states supreme court last week, preventing the census from containing a question about citizenship. the trump administration surrendered to the supreme court yesterday. they formally surrendered and began printing the census without a citizenship question
as ordered by the u.s. supreme court. the commerce secretary announced the census was being printed without the citizenship question. the president tweeted the news reports about the department of commerce dropping its quest to put the citizenship question on the census is incorrect or to state it differently, fake. that sent george hazel into action, rounding up lawyers and a transcript of the conference call today, the judge said, this morning i saw a tweet that got my attention. i don't know how many federal judges have twitter accounts, but i happen to be one of them and i follow the president. i saw a tweet that directly contradicted the position that mr. gardner shared with me yesterday. joshua gardner is one of the justice department attorneys in the case and the judge asked a simple question. is the government going to continue efforts to place a
citizenship question on the 2020 census? attorney gardner said the tweet this morning was the first i had heard of the president's position on this issue, just like the plaintiffs and your honor. i do not have a deeper understanding of what that means at this juncture other than what the president has tweeted. no one on that call knew what donald trump's tweet meant including donald trump's justice department attorneys. attorney gardner did confirm that the census is in the process of being printed without the citizenship question. another justice department lawyer told the judge, we at the department of justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward
consistent with the decisions that allow us to include the citizenship question on the census. we are examining that, looking at near term options to see whether that's viable and possible. the judge ordered the government lawyers to tell him by 2:00 p.m. friday if the government is going to continue fighting the case. they asked for a delay because of the fourth of july holiday to which the judge as i just said simply said no. the judge then told the government lawyers, if you were facebook and an attorney for facebook told me one thing and then i read a press release from mark zuckerberg, telling me something else, i would be demanding that mark zuckerberg appear in court with you the next time because i would be saying i don't think you speak for your client anymore. leading off our discussion tonight, president of the center for american progress and eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." political analyst. this was a remarkable, very
quick telephone conference today where the president tweets something and we bring america's best legal minds to study it and none of them can figure out what he meant. >> right. and they work for the president. so the president is the client and they have no idea. they clearly had no idea this was coming. they thought the issue was settled and the president tweeted that it wasn't settle and now they guess they have to find a way to unsettle it again and try to come up with rational, which the judge was clearly not amused. and they must be scratching their heads saying what are we going to come up with that's not going to get us laughed or yelled out of court or whatever. we better come up with it by 2:00 p.m. on friday or this judge, who know what is the judge might do if we don't. so it was an extraordinary
moment in the life of this country. >> and they would have to begin to subborn perjury to get him to change his under oath testimony about why he wanted a citizenship question. they want to figure out a way to give the supreme court a different reason why they wanted one. as you listen to or read the transcript of the government lawyers, they expressed zero confidence that they are even going to come up with a theory of this case. basically they are using words like might be possible. >> when you read the transcript, what is clear is that we have a government by chaos, which is not new, although it seems that we take it to new heights day by day. this is a new height. what happened here is that the department of justice, the
department of commerce understood last week's supreme court decision as basically saying they have to go forward with the census without the citizenship question. those people live in reality and the census is supposed to start taking place months away. we are talking about printing millions upon millions of documents and they live in that reality. i don't know if fox news or one of the president's donors or some crazy right wing news site attacked the position and then the president does what he often does, which is listen to the far right of his base versus his own government. he put out a tweet and there we have the essentially the department of justice scrambling to keep up. i think what happened here is the judge in the case recognized that this is a farce. i almost feel badly, but not quite, for the lawyer who is are
going to spend the next 36 hours scratching their head, manufacturing some possible rational. they are likely to get laughed out of court which will just be an embarrassment for them, but hopefully it will mean our census is not ridden with racism and xenophobia. >> this is a game the president plays. he has been defeated like on mexico paying for the wall and continues to tweet that mexico will pay for the wall. this is an instance in which if you continue to tweet things that aren't true, there is a judge who can drag the government lawyers in to court and say okay, 2:00 p.m. friday, me what's going on here. the tweeting game ends at 2:00 p.m. friday. >> yeah. it certainly does. this is a whole new sphere. mexico will pay for the wall, he can tweet whatever he wants and there are no consequences, but there are immediate consequences here. the lawyers have to come in and as you say, they can't just come in with some ridiculous theory that amounts to perjury or something else that might get them in hot water with legal associations. bar associations. they have to take this seriously because after all, this is a federal court.
you have to take things seriously in a federal court. words have meaning and they have consequences. bar associations. they have to take this seriously because after all, this is a federal court. you have to take things seriously in a federal court. words have meaning and they have consequences. >> so the president is going to have a campaign rally at government expense tomorrow in washington, where he will pretend to be trying to inspire the country, but of course once again, he will surely only be speaking to people who voted for him. let's take a look at polls that shape the frame that the president will be speaking in tomorrow. he will be speaking to a country where according to gallup now, 45% of the country wants donald trump impeached and removed from office. in addition that, we have a recent pew poll that is relevant
to tomorrow. how do you feel when the president speaks? what are your feelings when he makes public statements. 76% are concerned. confused, 70%. embarrassed 69%. exhausted 67%. angry 65%. insulted 62%. frightened 56%. and what the president is going for tomorrow, only 36% of americans are ever proud of the president when he speaks or feel pride when he speaks and only 33% have ever felt inspired when donald trump speaks. that's the audience he will be speaking to tomorrow. >> yeah. i think, you know, the issue here is whether he is speaking from a teleprompter in which he basically says a bunch of words
we all know he doesn't mean, or he speak from the heart and creates all the emotions on the first column. what i felt reassured by is i have all of those emotions in one day listening to donald trump. the reality of this is that the president is going -- we are about a year from this election. less than a year from this election and he is deeply unpopular. the important issues around impeachment is that the numbers are moving up. they were in the 30s and they are now at 45%. after robert mueller testifies it may be into the 50s. that's a new moment in the country where you have a majority asking for impeachment and removal. that will start putting some pressure on republicans in races like in cory gardner and susan collins' race where you see some of them finally feel at least pressure around impeachment. >> and gene, another set of poll that is the president is facing today, morning consult poll showing his disapproval in swing states like michigan, wisconsin,
pennsylvania, ohio and florida, more higher disapproval than approval. 40% approval in michigan. this is a campaign event for him. those numbers don't look good. >> no, they don't. remember last time in 2016, he had to thread the needle in wisconsin, michigan, and pennsylvania. you look at the numbers and there is no longer an eye in that needle. it's closed. there is no way to get a piece of thread through there. he would either have to change those numbers dramatically or come up with another theory of how he gets to 270 electoral votes. i'm not sure how that would be. i'm fairly confident that what he is doing tomorrow is not a good start. i am biased. i live in the washington area.
we feel certain ownership and a lot of pride in our fourth of july celebration on the mall. to have it sort of usurped in this way by any president to give a political speech is really an outrage. something that some of us have strong feelings about. maybe the president likes it that we have strong feelings, but we have strong feelings anyhow. >> thank you for starting us off tonight. when we come back, yesterday's inspector general's report condemning the conditions that adults and children are subject to at the southern border told its story in words and these pictures. the inspector general's team could not be stopped from photographs what they saw.
their authority overrides the authority of the people running those institutions. reporters and members of congress do not have that authority. generally have been forbidden from using cameras inside, but some of the children are showing the world the conditions that they experienced in pictures they have created with crayon and markers. we will show you their drawings next and we will be joined by a pediatrician. ...i wondered, is another one around the corner. or could it be different than i thought? i wanted to help protect myself. my doctor recommended eliquis. eliquis is proven to treat and help prevent another dvt or pe blood clot... almost 98 percent of patients on eliquis didn't experience another. ...and eliquis has significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding. don't take eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. if you had a spinal injection while on eliquis call your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. while taking eliquis,
you may bruise more easily... and it may take longer than usual for bleeding to stop. seek immediate medical care for sudden signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. eliquis may increase your bleeding risk if you take certain medicines. tell your doctor about all planned medical or dental procedures. what's around the corner could be surprising. ask your doctor about eliquis. stimulant laxatives forcefully stimulate i switched to miralax for my constipation. the nerves in your colon. miralax works with the water in your body to unblock your system naturally. and it doesn't cause bloating, cramping, gas, or sudden urgency. miralax. look for the pink cap.
mno kidding.rd. but moving your internet and tv? that's easy. easy?! easy? easy. because now xfinity lets you transfer your service online in just about a minute with a few simple steps. really? really. that was easy. yup. plus, with two-hour appointment windows, it's all on your schedule. awesome. now all you have to do is move...that thing. [ sigh ] introducing an easier way to move with xfinity. it's just another way we're working to make your life simple, easy, awesome. go to xfinity.com/moving to get started. today we got new insight into the experiences of the children in custody at the
southern border. the american academy of pediatrics released three drawings by children recently detained. they were made by the children after they were transferred to the catholic charities human humanitarian center at mcallen, texas. the most prominent drawings have the cages where they were held on cold concrete floors without access to soap or tooth brushes. the incoming president of the american academy of pediatrics, dr. sarah said in a statement "no amount of time spent in these facilities is safe for children." she described what she saw when she visited the border patrol facility in mcallen, texas. >> when i opened the door, the first thing we -- that hit us was the smell. it was the smell of sweat, urine, and feces. i heard a crinkling and there was a sea of silver with young children, unaccompanied byes
with no expressions on their face. no laughing or jokes or talking. i describe them like dog cages with people in each of them. the silence was just hard to see. >> joining our discussion is pediatrician julie lint on who is cochair of the american academy of pediatrics, immigrant help special enter group. what should we know about children held in these kinds of conditions? >> what we know is that there is no amount of time in detention that is safe for children and the conditions under which they are held, cage-like fencing, extending from the floor to the ceiling, lights kept on 24-7 that are disorienting for children, children lying on mats on concrete floor with nothing but a crinkly blanket to cover them threaten the short and long-term health of children.
>> what about the medical care? how much is the gap between the medical personnel they need and the medical personnel they have? >> my colleagues on the border including the doctor who we just heard shared in the facilities they went to, they saw not a single pediatrician. we as the american academy of pediatrics are asking for urgent presence of expertise at every step of the border. we know that the law enforcement is there to protect the border and we are there to protect the health and well being of children. >> we had a lot of report this is week about bad behavior by people working in and around the facilities. let's just for the moment assume those people doing their very best. what don't they know that you would need to know in order to be able to properly care for children in these situations? >> children are not little adults. they express illness different than adults do.
their vital signs may be different and they may breathe more quickly and they may detect the subtle signs of illness. they can get sycamore quickly and require more fluid for their weight. we dose medications based on the weight of a child where an adult has a standard dose. we have expertise in detecting the differences between a child who is well and a child who has a minor illness and a serious illness. if we don't urgently change the process we have at the border with pediatric expertise, i can anticipate there will be more deaths to come. >> dr. julie lint on, thank you very much for joining us. appreciate it. when we come back, senator mazie hirono who visited the institutions at the southern border will join me next. on. ♪
that a speaker is just a speaker. ♪ or - that the journey can't be the destination. most people haven't driven a lincoln. discover the lincoln approach to craftsmanship at the lincoln summer invitation. right now, get 0% apr on all 2019 lincoln vehicles plus no payments for up to 90 days. only at your lincoln dealer. what do all these people have in common, limu?oug [ paper rustling ] exactly, nothing. they're completely different people, that's why they need customized car insurance from liberty mutual. they'll only pay for what they need! [ gargling ] [ coins hitting the desk ] yes, and they could save a ton. you've done it again, limu. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
the atlantic carry this is account of one pediatrician's experience with children in federal custody in mcallen, texas. inside the border patrol warehouse on ursula avenue, the doctor saw a baby who had been fed from the same unwashed bottle for days. children showing signs of malnutrition and dehydration and several kid who is in her medical opinion were exhibiting evidence of psychological trauma. the children she examined were totally fearful, but then extremely entirely susubdued. she could read the fear and they were submissive to her authority.
i can only explain by trauma. that's such an unusual behavior. they brought along mickey mouse toys to break the ice. the kids seem to enjoy playing with them, but none resisted when she took them away at end of the exam. at some point, the doctor said you are broken and you stop fighting. joining us now is mazie hirono of hawaii, a member of the senate judiciary committee and she has visited some of the detention facilities at the southern border. thank you very much for joining us. appreciate you being here. >> thank you, lawrence. >> were you as senator schumer said, the democratic leader of the senate said the inspector general's report details a border patrol worker's facebook group paint a picture of a toxic culture at u.s. customs and boarder protection that can only begin to be changed by
immediately firing and replacing top leadership at the agency with law enforcement professionals who have training and expertise in working with vulnerable populations. do you agree with senator schumer on that? >> yes, of course. i introduced a bill along with a number of my colleagues who are very concerned prior to all of these more recent revelations as to the conditions. i had a bill that would provide a minimum level of care for the children in these facilities. so these horrific pictures, the trauma that these children are undergoing and by the way, the president saying oh, they are being better treated and they are experiencing life better than what they knew before. i'm paraphrasing. in that kind of an environment where the president said such things, where is the incentive to improve conditions for the children and people in overcrowded facilities? i think it starts at the top and
believe the president's antagonistic attitude to migrants is manifested in the 7,000 or so people who participated in the secret facebook where they made fun and mocked people who are suffering and dieing and members of congress who expressed care. >> the president defended those people by saying our border patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors, or nurses. what's your reaction to that? >> my reaction to that is we do not have a basic standard of care. as you heard from the doctor a little while ago, we need to have professionals there such as pediatricians who recognize problems and illnesses that children have. these are not the kind of people who are in the facility. what we have in this facility are people who are not trained
to do this kind of work or to take care of these groups of migrants. >> senator, if the inspector general of homeland security can go into these facilities and take photographs, why can't members of congress go in and take photographs? >> that is a very good question and apparently the administration does not have a good answer at all. so when members of congress go, we ought to be able to talk to the people and take pictures and think that they have a lot to hide as they don't want us to do that. they have not been able to point to a legal or statutory basis on which they are denying these kinds of access to members of congress as well as to the press, by the way. >> when members of congress come, there is always advanced notice, the facility knows they are coming so they can improve things. the inspector general was
conducting spot checks unannounced and the acting inspector general said she will continue to conduct those spot checks. >> i'm grateful for that. by the way when the most receipt group, the members of the house went to the facilities, it's hard to clean up the facilities that are so, so overcrowded. there is no way that you can move people around. what they saw were terrible enough. those were announced visits. >> senator mazie hirono of hawaii, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> when we come back, new polls that show good news, bad news for joe biden and a new front-runner in the iowa caucuses. that's next.
>> it was a day of good news, bad news for joe biden. a new "washington post" poll shows joe biden in a stronger position than any of the other polls taken after last week's presidential debates. "the washington post" poll shows joe biden at 29%. bernie sanders second at 23%. elizabeth warren and kamala harris tied at 11%. mayor pete buttigieg at 4% with all of the other candidates polling below 4%. iowa is a completely different story. iowa is the first state where voters deliver a verdict on the
candidates. in a new iowa poll today, elizabeth warren is on top with 20, followed by kamala harris with 18. joe biden with 17% in iowa and bernie sanders at 12% and pete buttigieg is polling at 10% in iowa. the last four democratic presidential nominees once the iowa caucuses. many of the candidates were campaigning, speaking in west des moines. senator kamala harris used her authority as a criminal prosecutor in describing donald trump. >> donald trump has predatory nature and predatory instincts. the thing about predators you should know is they prey on the vulnerable. they prey on those who they do not believe are strong. and the thing about predators you most importantly know, predators are cowards. predators are cowards.
when we look at this campaign and we look at the task before us, it will be to successfully prosecute the case against four more years of donald trump and i am prepared to do that. >> in des moines today, senator bernie sanders talked about his opposition to the president's immigration policies with this preface. >> let me preface my remarks by telling you what you may or may not know. thaw are looking here at the son of an immigrant. somebody who came to the united states from poland at the age of 17 with very little education, with no money in his pocket, and who could not speak a word of english. just the kind of person that donald trump did not want to come to this country. but here we are none the less.
>> after a quick break, we will be back with discuss the latest polling and the dynamics in the presidential campaign. think all premium fuels are the same? new shell v-power nitro+ premium gasoline is engineered with four levels of defense against gunk, wear, corrosion and friction. that helps keep your engine running like new. so, maybe it's time to unthink what you think you think about premium fuel. shell v-power nitro+ premium gasoline... it's fuel for thought. why go with anybody else? we know their rates are good, we know that they're always going to take care of us. it was an instant savings and i should have changed a long time ago. we're the tenney's and we're usaa members for life. call usaa to start saving on insurance today.
america in our immigration policy that is designed to maximize the terror of families, america, a president that threatens that next week he is going to start raids on people who live here in the united states of america and pose no threat to us, pose no threat to anyone. this is not an america that lives its best values. >> back with us, you are the presidential campaign veteran here. which spot would you rather have in the polls right now? the lead in the national polls that joe biden has or the lead in the iowa caucus poll that elizabeth warren has? >> well, honestly iowa matters a great deal. whoever comes out of iowa
usually catapults into the rest of the country. a lot of these things are expectations. i think that the national poll out for biden was helpful to him. a lot of people may well be expecting that his trajectory would continue to decline that. would be deeply problematic for him. what we are seeing with all the information that came out over the last couple of days, this is a top tier of three people. senator warren, senator harris, and vice president biden. it's a compelling race. a lot of people were talking about how the race was static. kamala today with her prosecuting the case against trump and the predator language is continuing what she did was to make the case that she is the person who can take this fight to trump. that help herd last week.
she is trying to keep that streak going so the polls flip over more. >> let's listen to what joe biden said about what the president is planning tomorrow in washington. >> what do you think of president trump's parade tomorrow? >> i think we miss the essence of who we are. this is about celebrating why we are the country we are. i'm incredibly proud of the military, but he misses the whole point about why we are the country we are. everybody knows we are the most powerful country we are, but we are losing our standing in the world. i think we should celebrate freedom. we should celebrate why we are the people we are. >> gene robinson, joe biden and none of the candidates take every question that gets thrown
at them, but if you give them a question about trump, he's rate. >> yeah, because that's his initial play coming out of the blocks. it got him the big lead in the polls. he went directly at trump in the way the other candidates weren't doing. and it's still serving him well. don't count biden out of this. i would add a fourth candidate. i would add bernie sanders. he's pretty close in the polls. second in some. a little lower in others. seems to have faded a bit in iowa, but he's sitting on a ton of money. that will serve him well. there is another candidate who is sitting on a ton of money and that's pete buttigieg. he hasn't gotten a lot of traction. this all flows from the debate last week. buttigieg did not gain ground and kamala harris had a great
night and joe biden had a bad night. now he's got a real race. it never was going to be a coronation, but we can see that this is a real race and he's going to have to start drawing distinctions between himself and the other candidates. >> the biggest number that joe biden has in the new "washington post" poll and it's one of the worst numbers that pete buttigieg has, by the way, is the which candidate has the best chance of defeating donald trump and joe biden gets 45% in that one. way ahead of everybody else. bernie sanders at 18. senator warren is 7. senator harris is 9. julian castro is 2. people down at the bottom at one. that 45%, that overwhelming lead in best chance of beating donald trump is joe biden's biggest asset.
>> it has been and i think eugene is totally right when he came out of the box, basically making attacking trump his greatest weakness which is his response to charlottesville, xenophobia and racism. he was able to unite a desperate party in many ways behind him. people who were even liberal voters have been supporting joe biden. one debate. it's very early. he has the opportunity to come back and i think if he demonstrates in realtime that he can make the strong case, it will be a race. eugene is right. i don't count out bernie sanders at all. he has a lot of resources and very strong support. that support seems to be falling in iowa, but it can go the distance a long time as well. >> gene, this variance in the poll is the that varies the most with the other polls. that's the kind of thing that will shake itself out overtime. when we get past the next round of debates, we will probably have more clarity in the polls
by then. >> yeah. we probably will. the polls will be all over the map and they are snapshots and that'shy a lot of analysts sort of average the polls and try to get a sense of where the race is from that. i think the real take away is the rise of warren and especially the rise of harris into that top tier. they were not necessarily firmly there before the debate, but they are definitely there now. they will be factors in this race. >> quickly, i think kamala harris's growth in iowa early on in this race, a lot of people thought she would not compete in iowa. iowa is an overwhelmingly white state. the fact that she is surging there and she hasn't even really built out a field operation yet. senator warren had one for a
while. you will see a lot of change. the most important thing about this race is it's extremely fluid. we had primaries before where candidates rise and fall, rise and fall. i think the most important thing is a level of interest and involvement and engagement. the ratings last week were very, very high. that's an important signal that people are very engaged in the democratic primary and that's really to the good. >> the last word on the democrats tonight. thank you both for joining us. appreciate it. when we come back, tonight's episode of "it wasn't always this way." a republican president who knew when to drop political rhetoric and deliver an inspiring message about america. and we will be joined by a republican who worked in that president's administration and who is now running against donald trump for the republican presidential nomination. if you live with diabetes,
why fingerstick when you can scan? with the freestyle libre 14 day system just scan the sensor with your reader, iphone or android and manage your diabetes. with the freestyle libre 14 day system, a continuous glucose monitor, you can check your glucose levels any time, without fingersticks. ask your doctor to write a prescription for the freestyle libre 14 day system. you can do it without fingersticks. learn more at freestylelibre.us
i hope you'll stick around a little while. we're having a tag sale upstairs and everything must go. >> that was president ronald reagan's last speech as president. the day before the next president took the oath of office. on the eve of donald trump's campaign rally in washington, paid for by the american taxpayer with the reluctant involvement of the u.s. military, it's worth remembering once again that it was not always this way. before washington republicans became trumpists, the political figure they claimed to love the most in american history was ronald reagan. you never hear republicans mentioning ronald reagan now, the way they constantly did before donald trump became their object of adoration. ronald reagan was a conservative
republican president who was opposed every day by everyone who you would expect to oppose a conservative republican president. but he did earn varying degrees of respect with democrats and great respect with some democrats who sometimes worked with him but most often opposed him. on his final day in office president reagan gave the presidential medal of freedom to one of those democrats, mike mansfield, who served as the senate majority leader longer than anyone in history. ronald reagan knew what almost every politician in those days knew, which was when to drop rtisan rhetoric, something donald trump will never learn, which he will once again demonstrate tomorrow. here is more of president reagan's speech on his final day as president of the united states. >> now, tomorrow is a special day for me. i'm going to receive my gold watch. and since this is the last
speech that i will give as president, i think it's fitting to leave one final thought. an observation about a country which i love. it was stated best in a letter i received not long ago. a man wrote me and said, you can go to live in france but you cannot become a frenchman. you can go to live in germany or turkey or japan but you cannot become a german, a turk, or japanese. but anyone from any corner of the earth can come to live in america and become an american. this i believe is one of the most important sources of america's greatness. we lead the world because unique among nations, we draw our people, our strength, from every country and every corner of the world. and by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation. while other countries cling to the stale past, here in america
we breathe life into dreams, we create the future, and the world follows us into tomorrow. thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity we're a nation for every young forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. >> for our final round of discussion we turn to bill weld, the former republican governor of massachusetts. he is running for the republican presidential nomination against president trump. and governor weld, you worked in the reagan justice department. we are now on the eve of a republican president using taxpayer money for basically a campaign rally. we have traveled a great distance in republican world in washington from that final day of the reagan presidency to what we're going to see tomorrow. >> a word about the last point that president reagan made there, lawrence. i think of that whenever i see the olympics. the italians look like the italians. the ethiopians look like the
ethiopians. the americans look like everybody. same point. same point. yeah, i served as assistant attorney general with great pleasure under president reagan. i served him for seven years. now today he's saying that what the department of justice committed to yesterday based on a supreme court ruling has no effect because he's tweeting otherwise. he's basically saying there is no law. he's left any pretense of observing the rule of law. he's saying i the president am the law. and we're getting pretty far down that road of what i would call the death throes of democracy. if you look at ancient rome, you know, the generals would go have a triumph in britainia, in germania. they'd come back and have a parade called the triumph in rome. at least they paid for them themselves. even julius caesar did that. he might have had to borrow the money from crassus but he paid for it. that's bread and circuses. that's the road the president
seems to want to take us down. >> governor, you just made a bunch of references that donald trump's not going to understand. so i have to bring it down for him if you're trying to get through to him. but i do want to get your reaction to what we saw in the justice department today. this is an extraordinary moment where a federal judge is saying to justice department attorneys what did the president of the united states say today, and none of the legal minds involved could explain to the judge what the president meant by what he said. >> well, of course they didn't want to even try to do that because the president said what happened in the supreme court and what his justice department had represented to the court was fake. f-a-k-e. if you read the tweet, it's in capital letters. the reason it's fake is because it's not what donald trump wants to have happen. because he wants the world to conform wa w. what's going on in his head. and that has very little to do with the reality of what's going on in the world with institutions like the supreme court of the united states. the united states department of justice.
the people in charge of the border who are holding children in cages smelling of feces and urine. does the president really think that's going to improve his image in the mind's eye of the country? i think he's so mixed up in his own head that he really doesn't even know. >> what happens if the trump administration defies what is the currently standing supreme court order on the census? >> well, if they defy a supreme court order, they're not going to do well in the justice system. >> but would they be able to go forward in some way with a census even when the supreme court is saying no, you can't do it that way? >> no. they'd run back to the supreme court and say we want a clarification and we want to try to overrule this, overstubborn overturn this, petition for a rehearing. but the department and all its
representatives committed in court that they were not going to have a census question, that it was part of the effort to suppress voting. this administration seems interested in suppressing voting in any jurisdiction where there's a substantial non-white population. there's a substantial non-white population. it's the opposite of what they should be doing. >> governor bill weld gets tonight's last word. thank you, governor. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. tonight, it's a scene from a blockbuster movie, not a july 4th celebration on the national mall. tanks descend on the u.s. capital ahead of donald trump's spectacle at the lincoln memorial. meanwhile, these are the pictures migrant children have drawn of their time in detention centers. and based on his twitter feed, the president sees the conditions they face as a deterrent to those who might follow them into the united states. and an about-face on the census. after a supreme court ruling