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bipartisan infrastructure package. they have been working all throughout the weekend to get this bill finished. before releasing everyone for the night, senate majority leader chalk schumer laid out what will happen next with the bipartisan bill and signaled the sooner lawmakers can get the agreement finalized, the sooner democrats can get to work on their separate, larger bill that they plan to try to pass without any republican support using a legislative maneuver called budget reconciliation to do so. >> when the legislative text is ready, i will offer it as the substitute amendment and after that, we can begin voting on amendments. as a reminder, upon completion of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the senate will turn to the budget resolution with reconciliation instructions. >> with just eight days until the scheduled senate recess, the senate chamber is going to have to move quickly. however, neither plan is currently anywhere near the finish line.
negotiators are still ironing the details out of the bipartisan bill, which is expected to focus on physical infrastructure. however, progressive house democrats are already signaling that that package doesn't do enough to address their needs and they want the second bigger bill done first or at least at the same time. they want to insure their separate legislation that would invest in child care, paid leave, and combatting climate change, does not get sidelined. here's what mondare jones told me last hour. >> these are the things that must be in that larger reconciliation package. and it's what's going to get me to the table to support that much, much pared down bipartisan infrastructure package that still leaves out so much of what americans urgently need in this moment. >> however, arizona democrat, senator kyrsten sinema poured cold water on her party's hopes of passing her party's larger package. she said, quote, while i support the beginning process, i do not support a bill that costs $3.5
trillion. joining me now is senator debbie stabenow of michigan. she's the chair of the democratic policy and communications committee and the chair of the senate agriculture committee. senator, good morning. good city you. thank you for being with us. i worry about the language i used. i said the senate is ironing out the details of this big bipartisan infrastructure bill. are we even at the detail phase yet? >> well, ali, first of all, always great to be with you. yes, we actually are at the details phase of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. i was up late last night working on the details. so that we can get this final language done, that's what the bipartisan group hopes to have done today so we can move forward starting with amendments and so on. you know, let me step back and say there's an old saying that says you don't want to watch sausage and legislation being made. i mean, this is the sausage making of legislation. and what i'm focused on, what my democratic caucus is focused on, is not which bill, where, and so
on, but what we're really trying to get done for folks. yes, we want as much bipartisan support as possible. if they're willing to support roads and bridges and taking out all the lead water pipes in the country and connecting everybody with high-speed internet, great. amen. but we also know that we're going to create tens of millions of new jobs tackling climate crisis. we're going to continue the biggest middle class tax cut in a generation, and we're going to bring down the cost of the things that keep people up at night. child care, the cost of medicine, the cost of college. i mean, we're committed to that. and you know, whatever twists and turns it takes, however long it takes, we're just going to be here until we get it done. >> look, in your state, you need all of it. you need the physical infrastructure, bridges, roads, but the things that keep people up at night are important. the struggle that seems to be there today is that some people need convincing that if it's not
physical infrastructure, it doesn't fall into this category of something we should spend this kind of money on. how do you make that argument to those who would not support the larger bill that deals with these other i don't know what word you use to describe it, the noninfrastructure stuff that causes people to struggle. >> first of all, i believe all senate democrats are in agreement now. we can talk about numbers, but the reality is we're supporting moving forward on the things republicans are willing to support, and we're all willing to move ahead to create the budget resolution. again, sausage making. we pass a budget resolution with a top spending number in each area and we'll spend the rest of august putting together those details, come back in the fall, september, and pass the final bill. every democrat is saying i'm supporting the budget resolution. move forward on this process to be able to get this done. and frankly, over the years, when you look at what needs to
happen around health care, unfortunately, we have never really had bipartisan support on most of it. medicare, what, over 50 years, i think 56th anniversary this week on medicare and medicaid. that was done by democrats with president lyndon johnson. the aca, affordable care act, done by democrats. so we know that there are certain kinds of things that we're just not going to get republicans to support. unfortunately, for the people of the country, that means lowering their cost of child care, lowering the cost of medicine, lowering their cost of college. and we are very excited -- i'm very excited about the idea of having medicare cover a senior getting glasses or their hearing aids or being able to go to the dentist. we can get that done, that's huge. >> the problem is, you may get no republican support on that, but you will certainly get republicans enjoying it, and you'll probably get republican
legislators bragging about what the government has brought them because those things you talk about are things americans want. >> no question. i don't know any republican who turned back the $1400 check, right? you know, i don't know anybody who supports the former president who said no, no, no, i don't like the way this is done. it was only democrats that passed the rescue plan. here, here's my check back. that's just not the way it works. we know that. but we also know that, you know, the majority of people in this country, working people in this country have been waiting a long time to have somebody focus on them. and the great thing is we can do the things i'm talking about and pay for all of it by just having millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in this country. you know, the republicans are going to spend all of august talking about how we support the biggest tax increase in the history of the world. no, no, no, we just think it's not a tax increase if a billionaire pays more than zero. this is about, you know, making sure we're right sizing the
priorities of this country and focusing on working families who need some help. >> senator, good to see you. thank you again for joining us. senator debbie stabenow of michigan. we'll keep in close touch with her and the senate as she called the legislative sausage making is going. >> this friday marks seven months since the deadly january 6th insurrection. the further we move away from the date, the further republicans are moving away from the reality of what happened on that day. in the days after a violent mob attacked the nation's capitol, republicans overwhelmingly blamed the ex-president for what happened, and some top gop officials even discussed cutting ties with him completely. well, that moment of introspection didn't last that long. we're seeing republicans increasingly attempting to rewrite the narrative and cloud that day in a haze of partisan conspiracy theories. a new analysis scribes some of the republicans this way. no longer content to absolve
mr. trump, they have concocted events where they were patriotic, political prisoners, and speaker nancy pelosi was responsible for the ce this vow is signaling a new low for republicans. it's potentially dangerous. a dangerous new era, in fact, in american politics. but republicans continue to embrace the former president and his lies despite a desperate attempt on his part at self-preservation. the house select committee investigating the insurrection has wrapped up the first hearing but it's cheer the probe is just getting started. the chairman of the panel, bennie thompson, is nalling there will be no reluctance to subpoena any member of congress to testify, and they will seek the white house telephone and visitor logs to further investigate which lawmakers were in touch with the oval office that day. congressman thompson tells the "wall street journal," i would say between noon and 6:00 p.m., any call that went to the white house, you assume it had something to do with it.
joining me is california democratic congressman pete aguilar, a member of the house appropriations committee. good to see you. thank you for being with us. when i heard elise stefanik and kevin mccarthy the other day talking about nancy pelosi being to blame, i thought it was sort of normal everyday rhetoric that comes from them. it's actually the beginning of another big lie. it's another thing. they're actually convincing people, and it's being played on other networks that somehow nancy pelosi and democrats were behind this, for those who already thought it was antifa and blm. >> it's wild, and it's dangerous. and this is behavior that we clearly we have seen from the ex-president for a loss that was very clear in a free and fair election, but it is incredibly dangerous when my colleagues get on the steps of the capitol and hurl another big lie like you
said. it's frustrating because we see the video, we see the tape. we heard these four capitol police officers who put their life on the line and were the last line of defense of that democracy. and it's just flat out dangerous. >> let's talk about how this committee goes and what it does. you had a very big first hearing. what happens now? congressman thompson has talked about subpoenaing people in congress, and some of your colleagues in congress may need to be subpoenaed. we're finding out some of them were in contact with the president. we want to know about that, but those four police officers wanted to know about who else is behind this and what sort of planning went into it. how do you get there? >> one step at a time. and we deserve to give that, but we're going to have to start pulling the threads. we'll continue to have
conversations. if individuals want to give us information willingly. others may not want to be so forthcoming, so we'll use every tool in the toolbox to compel folks to share, but anybody who knows information about january 6th leading up to the 6th of the planning and funding, as you mentioned, as well as the response and how we see these images, those are the things we're interested in, so we have a team around us, and we'll start laying those building blocks to make sure we ultimately get to the truth. that's what this is focused on. there are democrats and republicans at that table, in a nonpartisan way, we'll get to the truth. >> you and i have talked a lot lately. since the last time we talked, two things have happened. the department of justice has told former trump officials you are welcome, you will not get executive privilege for not talking to committees investigating this, and then we learned from reporting that
donald trump had called the acting attorney general at the end of december several times and was cajoling him to call the election corrupt. so there's more flesh on the bones of what happened leading up to january 6th, not just what happened on that day. how do you thing about investigating all of that in addition to what happened on that day? >> absolutely. that is completely fair game, and that is part of what the house resolution we passed required us to do. so we will talk about what led up to january 6th, all of these conversations, but again, this isn't surprising for the american public that the former president would try to subvert democracy by casting doubt on a free and fair election that he lost. that's why he was impeached the second time. so that piece is not new. that document is. but we knew that that was the type of behavior that this individual moved forward with, so now we will find out who
funded this, what other conversations, how the big lie was perpetuated and how the individuals became so spun up to try to force an insurrection on our democracy and on our united states capitol. >> congressman, good to see you this morning. pete aguilar of california, a member of the select committee to investigate january 6th. the vice chair of the house democratic caucus. >> republican congressman jim jordan finally admitted a few days ago he had actually spoken with insurrection former president on the day of the insurrection, but he quickly reversed course, claiming he can't remember the timing of what he said or even if it was on january 6th at all. well, the former republican national committee chairman michael steele is having absolutely none of it. >> i can tell you the time, the place, the date of every conversation i have had with every president of this country,
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as the dangerous delta variant opens up a new front on the war against covid, we're back in a world where we're seeing record new covid cases. the state of florida where republican governor ron desantis has resisted mask and vaccine mandates reported its highest number of cases ever. florida recorded 21,683 total
infections on friday. that's the highest in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. this, of course, comes amid spikes in cases nationwide, and as the cdc has abruptly reversed its earlier guidance on mask wearing, now urging even fully vaccinated people to continue wearing masks indoors in places where there's high transmission barely two months after saying vaccinated people could ditch those masks. all this has many thoughtful experts criticizing the cdc over mixed messaging at a time when convincing americans to trust the science is a life or death proposition. yesterday morning, i spoke with dr. rick bright who resigned in protest over political pressure on public health agencies in the trump administration. now, to be clear, he's not alleging anything like that here, but he was critical of the way the current administration is communicating to americans about the dangers of the delta variant. >> it's painful to watch the delay in the messaging coming out to the american public and
people around the world. we have known about the threats of this formidable foe, this delta variant, for seven months, as we watched it rip through india, when singapore and israel and the uk now come into the united states. this should not be a surprise to us. it is really disappointing that news is still being delayed coming out of our public health agencies woo i know are working really hard to get in front of this virus. >> joining me is dr. francis collins, director of the national institutes of health. last year in an era of unprecedented misinformation and disinformation coming from the government, you were an honest, straightforward person who would come on here luthe time and tell us what was going on. we knew there were real problems, real conflicts last year in the administration between the health agencies and experts. we think most of that is gone, so why are we still having a messaging problem? >> well, i think let's be fair here. one of the reasons is that the situation has changed. the delta virus is not like what
we were dealing with last year. it is so much more contagious. and we now have just in the last week this evidence from massachusetts that while it's rare, vaccinated people can in fact carry the virus at fairly high loads, and therefore could be part of the transmission of this illness. we didn't really know that before. so i sort of get a little irritated with people who call this flip-flopping or changing your position. you should change your position when you have new data. we wouldn't criticize a stock broker for saying you should sell this week and buy next week because it's based on what's happening. >> oh, wow. i can't believe you went there with a business reporter. that was good. i'll give that one to you, dr. collins. you're right, when you're talking about your investments, you should change your mind. we're talking about all of the people who are vaccine hesitant and those saying, look, if you can still get this thing when you have the vaccine, why should i bother getting it, there's
another side to this, too. earlier this week, i was reporting we have some of the highest numbers of vaccination we have had in a while. the highest number of vaccinations in july came in the last week. so some people are reacting differently to this. they're saying, hey, i better get my vaccine. >> they are. and maybe we're at a tipping point here. i hope so. in the last two weeks, vaccinations have gone up. newly vaccinated people, 56%, places like louisiana, which is having a terrible outbreak with delta right now, threefold increase in the number of new vaccinations. i think people that have been on the fence are beginning to figure out, wait a minute, i don't want to be one of those statistics to add to those 620,000 people who have already died. and yeah, i do hope, you mentioned this a minute ago, the fact that rarely vaccinated people can still get infected and potentially transmit the virus, think carefully about that. almost all of those people have either very limited symptoms or no symptoms at all. the people in the hospital, the people who are dying, 95%, 98%
of those are unvaccinated. you don't want to be part of that statistic. the vaccines are still by far your best personal hope and the best hope for your family. >> there's a long-standing american aversion to anything that sounds like a mandate or a requirement, but people like you in the health world know that we do mandate certain things, and they have worked in the past. what's the distinction right now? there's pressure on the fda to give full approval to these drugs. does it make it easier or better for at least companies and agencies to mandate that their employers get the vaccine? and do you think that's a good idea? >> well, you do have a firmer legal position as an employer to mandate vaccines if they have been fully approved, but that's not an absolute requirement, apparently, because many companies are doing this. you may have just seen disney and walmart and google and facebook and a long list of others coming out and saying, hey, if you're coming to our facilities, you have to be vaccinated. the federal government now, and i run an agency of 45,000
employees, and contractors, now saying okay, folks, if you're coming to work, you have to be vaccinated. if not, you have to undergo regular testing which is going to be very inconvenient. i welcome all of those steps. if we want to send delta packing, this is a really important step to go forward. it should not be so easy for unvaccinated people to remain in that state when they're putting the rest of us at risk. >> what do you do about governors? in texas, they have actually said, they banned the idea that anybody or any locality can mandate vaccines. there are people who are actively working against this kind of thing. how does that get handled by agencies and by the administration? >> well, again, i'm not a political person. i'm a scientist, a physician. it hurts me to see politics getting in the middle of these really important public health decisions. i do wish that leaders would step aside from whatever political considerations might be guiding them and say what is the best way to save lives? we're still losing about 300 people a day. if you're a leader of a state or
a county, wouldn't you want to be doing the thing to reduce that number? whatever it takes. even if it's unpopular and even if it's inconvenient, we have to get through this. the best way to do that is follow the sieps and not the politics. >> what's your best way of convincing people who are hesitant? i understand people are hesitant for different ways and there are people so dug in that someone like you can't convince them, but people on the fens and they're worried historically about vaccines or have culture reasons. what's your best argument? >> the first thing i try do is listen because everybody has particular reasons for their hesitancy, and it's really important to give them a chance to say what those are. and most of those will turn out to have really good answers once you know what they are. i guess if there's one fact that i think really has had the most significant impact, maybe it's why vaccinations are going up now, is this notion that hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19 are almost entirely happening to unvaccinated
people. this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. and you don't want to be part of that, so you have a chance to not be part of those statistics. roll up your sleeve. >> dr. collins, good to see you as always. dr. francis collins, director of the national institutes of health. >> despite emotional and passionate pleas from lawmakers like representative cori bush, congress has failed to extend the pandemic eviction moratorium. that means millions face eviction and an uncertain future. get outta here. everybody's a skeptic. wright brothers? more like, yeah right, brothers! get outta here! it's not crazy. it's a scramble. just crack an egg.
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the federal government's moratorium on evictions expired at midnight, meaning roughly 7 million americans are now at risk of being forced out of their homes and onto the street. congress isn't around to fix the crisis. the house is on recess until late september. mara barrett has a story you need to hear about what some of these millions of american families are up against. >> 3.6 million americans say they will likely have to leave their homes in the next two months due to eviction. >> we call eviction the scarlet "e" because when a family faces an eviction, people who face an eviction are then often barred from getting access to housing, to jobs, or to loans. as they, you know, recover from the experience of an eviction. >> if you do find yourself with an eviction notice on your door,
no matter where you are, experts all agree -- >> the number one thing you can do is find an attorney. the more you can get that advice, the better, because these processes can move quickly. there's a lot of complicated paperwork. if you're doing it for the first time, it's likely you can make a mistake. talk to that attorney, get that advice. >> you can go to your local federal legal services office. they're usually free or they may refer you to a nonprofit legal provider for eviction cases. when you go, it's important to bring the receipts. >> documenting everything you can, if you can take photos of any interactions you have with your landlord, take photos of your possessions or anything that could be used in court proceedings to help defend your case. >> even if you haven't yet received an eviction notice, experts urge if you're struggling to pay rent, you should access the billions of dollars of rental assistance made available by the federal government. >> there is a historic amount of
rental assistance available. the biden administration has allocated over $46 billion to renters in the u.s., but what we have seen is that rental assistance money is not reaching people in time. so what that means is tenants who are waiting in line for their rental assistance checks to clear may face eviction in the weeks ahead. >> there's plenty of that assistance to go around, but not all of it is being used. nbc news contacted all 50 states and the district of columbia about their emergency rental assistance programs. of the 41 that responded, 26 have distributed less than 10% of their first allocations. the stakes are high as this eviction moratorium comes to a close. >> the same communities that have been affected by layoffs, that have been affected by covid-19, they may be at risk of both losing their homes and also contracting, you know, covid-19 or the delta variant at this critical time. >> but the impacts of an eviction can last long after a
family is out the door. >> the consequences of an eviction will be multigenerational. >> thanks to nbc's mara barrett for that report. my friend jonathan capehart spoke with one of the lawmakers fighting to extend the moratorium. she, as we discussed yesterday before you spoke to her, she knows of what she speaks on this one, jonathan. >> she does. she talked about how she slept in her car with her kids, with her family. so for her, it's not performative, as you well know, it's a lived experience. and she's leading by example there on the steps of the capitol. but as always, we have a packed show. we're going to be talking about the new reality of covid. we'll talk to two of our favorite experts, laurie garrett and dr. ashish jha about what to expect for the rest of the summer. i'll also talk to two friends working together across the political divide. former republican presidential
candidate carly fearena, and kara masters berry, and director rob reiner will talk to us about voting rights and a bunch of other political hot topics. great show as always, ali. >> sunday show, that's right after velshi at 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> up next on velshi, the power of the black vote and why it should never be taken for granted. someone once told me, that i should get used to people staring. so i did. it's okay, you can stare. when you're a two-time gold medalist, it comes with the territory. the lasting cologne scent of old spice dynasty helps get you off your couch.
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if there's one thing 2020 proved, it's the power of the black vote. after a year that saw a safrbage pandemic that disproportionately killed black americans, multiple people killed at the hands of police, and a civil rights movement, black america decided it was time for a change, and they got change, thanks to record black through the, the democratic party controls the house, senate, and white house for the first time in a decade. exit polls found joe biden wont the black vote in a landslide, taking 88%. donald trump pulled in 11%. massive turnout in philadelphia helped flip pennsylvania. same thing in detroit, michigan. even georgia went blue thanks in large part to the black vote. black voters, particularly black women, have become the backbone of the democratic voter base, but it didn't happen overnight. it took years of intense activism by countless volunteers and leaders. women in particular like stacey abrams, latosha brown, deb law
scott, all of whom you have met on this show. the political power of black americans was virtually unmatched in 2020. democrats could sense it. they leaned on it. so one would assume after all of that, the democratic lawmakers would spare no effort to protect that constituency from the numerous injustices that routinely come their way. a thank you of sorts for showing up when the country, when democracy itself, in fact, needed them. but that's not exactly how it's going. according to the brennan center for justice, 18 states have enacted 30 laws this year that restrict voting in american states, and most of those laws disproportionately suppress the vote of people of color and others who live on the margins. that's bad news for black voters. the good news is that fighting for voting rights is not new for them. they have waged a centuries-long battle. that's why when you have seen acts of civil disobedience from black lawmakers and activists like joyce beatty and sheila jackson lee, the reverend jesse
jackson jr., and our friend dr. william barber, who have all willingly been taken away in handcuffs while peacefully protesting for everyone's right to vote. black americans know what's at stake, and many are willing to do whatever it takes no matter what to right this wrong. but they wonder why more isn't being done to thwart this attack on voting rights. i'm not suggesting that every politician in d.c. has to go etand get themselves arrested but there is something that democratic lawmakers can do that is fully within their ability. get rid of the senate filibuster and pass federal voting rights legislation. the for the people act and the john lewis voting rights act are essential to pushing back on the state level efforts by republicans who are restricting voting. police reform, another essential piece of the puzzle, being held up by the senate filibuster. it's been a year and two months since george floyd's death, and the senate still hasn't passed a federal policing bill. policing and voting rights have become the issues of our time, and so far, congress has not risen to meet the moment.
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black voters risked it all to put democrats in power only to be sidelined by democratic complacency. a recent article in the atlantic describes the failure of the democratic party, democrats refuse, quote, to pursue measures, telling their at risk constituencies to vote harder next time. because many in the democratic party take black voters for granted because they believe racism in the republican party gives those voters no viable alternative, end quote. joining me is another one of those women who worked tirelessly to get out the vote. jawan a thompson, found earn of woke vote and interim president of the fantastic birmingham civil rights institute. also with me hayes brown, editor of the msnbc daily newsletter. thanks to both of you for being here. dawana, welcome, by the way. this idea that because people like you were able to organize
and motivate voters to come out actually led others to say, well, we can just keep on organizing, just keep on doing that and all of these anti-voter restrictive pieces of legislation can be overcome that way. a, i don't know if tha would th it. >> absolutely not. the truth is that when we put our bodies on the line in 2020 for justice and for the vote, it was with the idea that we were going to send legislators to congress to enact opportunities on behalf of the communities that we serve. that means that the housing issues that we have, the education issues that we have, criminal justice reform that we seek, we expected for as hard as we worked, we expected them to work just as hard once they went to congress, once they went to the senate to do the work of the people. and if you can't do that work, i think that people are in a moment right now where they're saying, okay, if you won't do this, then we have to revert back to some of the strategies
that we know have worked over the last several years to get that kind of justice in this country. being from birmingham when voting rights was under attack, we put our bodies on the line and that's what you're starting to see with leaders that do hear the clarion call and individuals in the community who are saying, we cannot wait any longer. if you can't do it, we'll do it for ourselves. >> and, hayes, when you look at places like georgia, for instance, wouldn't have been won by democrats but for the efforts of these people who organized relentlessly to get voters out there. but in the end, the changes that are being made to the laws in places like georgia, you can't organize around. the idea that they can take the elections chief from fulton county which is where atlanta is, and replace them on a whim, that's not the kind of thing you can get more voters to come out and sort out. >> absolutely. i think the democrats are looking at it too narrowly. they're looking at the laws happening, how do we get more
people to show up to vote to counteract these challenges? but what that doesn't take into account is the other ways republicans are trying to limit who is actually able to vote. they're not thinking about gerrymandering, which is about to come into full swing as various states reapportion their congressional districts after the census of 2020. and they're not thinking about how republicans and states like arizona and pennsylvania are trying to find ways to overturn the results of the election after they have happened. what we're seeing in sg&a in their law it's really scary. the idea that the republican-led legislature can have more of an influence than before on deciding who won the election, not dependent on who voted. people like raphael warner in georgia thanks to the mass amount of organization that happened, they see this is a problem. so i'm really heartened to see warnock was huddled with senate majority leader chuck schumer and joe manchin this week to
pound out a new voting rights bill that they think could get through the senate, but there is still no guarantee. like you've been saying, even something like that gets past a filibuster. there is no carve out for voting rights from the 60-vote cap that we need to get passed the filibuster. and until we get rid of that or find a way to really shame these republican senators who are so against the idea of expanding voting rights into voting for such a bill, then i don't see how you can out-organized these other two -- you can't out organizing gerrymandering. you can't out organize someone -- flip the results of the vote. >> one of the interesting things was you changed the complexion of the people who are your legislators as you get more women in, as you get more people of color. fundamentally we've seen a few changes that are even really more fundamental than that. i remember talking to corey bush after her election and realizing
i don't think this woman is going to be turned into one of these typical inside the beltway people. listen to what she's been saying. >> this is where change could have happened right here where i am right now. this is where change could have happened. when we signed up for this job, we signed up to represent every single person in our district regardless of if you have four walls or not, if you have a business or not, if you have money or not, if you're black, white, whatever. if you, if you voted for us or not, we signed up to represent you, and that's what we should be doing. it is not okay for us to go home and go on vacation right now while 7 million people's lives are at risk. you chose to take care of people. you chose to be a servant leader. and if you choose not to do the work we need you to move out the way because there are people's lives at stake. >> it's very old school what democracy is all about, being a servant leader. maybe that's the long-term solution, to get more people who are not millionaires and insiders.
>> well, because at the end of the day, even with bipartisan ship, what people are looking for is backbone, right? they're looking for someone who will say what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong, regardless of what side of the aisle you stand on. right now people facing eviction, that is going to have a ten to 20, 50-year impact in some cases on communities of color. people who have sentences on for drug charges that shouldn't be there in the first place, that could have impact and ripples for years of their lives. this is not about democrat and republican. this is about right and wrong. right now representatives like representative bush, ayanna pressley, they are calling for their colleagues to just do what's right. serve the people. you are there for the people. serve the people. >> hayes, i want to get your take on what we are seeing in this so-called summer of action, people getting arrested, civil disobedience, even members of congress being arrested in a
wave of activity that is reminiscent of the civil rights movement. >> for sure. i'm glad to see that this organization is happening. people are out there trying to push these representatives to take action because honestly that is what it takes. i think that it is necessary to make sure that these lawmakers know that this is still heavy on the minds of people, that -- and you think honestly there would be a bit more self-preservation from some of these democrats. people like senator christensen -- kirsten sinema who is trying to change election laws, she is on the forefront of keeping her job in the near future. instead we're seeing wishy wash ines. i'm glad to see we have representatives standing up saying this is what is right, to put themselves in the front lines to make sure attention is drawn to these things. some people may call it grandstanding. i say it is drawing attention to a critical issue.
>> yes, get arrested before you call it grandstanding. the interim c.e.o. of the birmingham civil rights group. hayes is the editor of nbc daily. thanks for watching. catch velshi on the front end. i'll be filling in for rachel maddow. catch me saturday and sunday morning 8:00 to 10:00 eastern. next saturday we'll have retired colonel alexander vindman for one of his first cable interviews for his role as a whistleblower in the former president's first impeachment. do not go anywhere. the sunday show with jonathan capehart starts right now. the new covid reality. as the delta variant spreads, more companies and events are requiring masks and proof of vaccination. we'll ask the experts where we
go from here. so much for backing the blue. we'll get into why conservative media is attacking the police who protected the capitol during the insurrection. and does jim jordan sound a little nervous to you when asked if he spoke to trump before, during or after the attack on january 6th? >> i spoke with him that day, after -- i think after. i don't know if i spoke with him in the morning or not. i just don't know. i'd have to go back and -- i mean, i don't -- i don't -- i don't know what -- when those conversations happened. >> well, what, what happened was, could he be the next witness called before the january 6th select committee? i'm jonathan capehart. this is "the sunday show." ♪♪ ♪♪ this sunday it's turning out to be hot mask summer. americans are masking back up indoors after a new