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>> jonathan greenblatt, ceo and national director of the anti-defamation league. the book is, it could happen here. why america is tipping from hate to the unthinkable and how we can stop it. thank you. that wraps up the hour for me. i'm jasmine vossoughian. i'm going to turn it it over now to my friend reverend al sharpton and "politics nation." >> good evening. and welcome to "politics nation." tonight's lead, the big try. right now, on this second sunday of the new year, democrats appear to have found religion on voting rights. and this week ahead should serve as a barometer of just how devout they truly are. as president biden and vice
president harris travel to atlanta for what the white house describes as an urgent call on congress to deliver voting rights legislation. the senate majority leader, chuck schumer, apparently hearing that call, insisting that a vote is coming this week to amend the filibuster in advance of the holiday commemorating dr. martin luther king's life. and as voting rights activists are like myself and dr. king's eldest son, we are prepared for action around that holiday. but not necessarily celebration, as we have noted. no, that party may have to wait until we're celebrating and certain that we're celebrating that democracy can stand up to the national surge of voter suppression legislation aimed at minority voters. >> and the ongoing national trauma unleashed by the big lie,
as the nation awaits a date for former vice president mike pence to appear before the house committee investigating january 6th. all of that tonight on "politics nation." >> and we begin with voter rights. joining me now, assistant speaker of the house, congresswoman katherine clark, democrat of massachusetts. madam assistant speaker, we thank you for joining us tonight. the president and vice president travel to atlanta this week for their big speech calling on congress to advance voting rights legislation. chuck schumer insists that a vote on a senate rules change to amend the filibuster is coming this week. ahead of the holiday commemorating dr. king's life. i saw your op-ed in newsweek thursday, where you called for the filibuster's abolition. but you still don't have an
indication from centrist democrats joe manchin and kyrsten sinema that they would be willing to support an exception, a carve-out on the filibuster, even for the voting rights bill. can you tell us why leadership is so hopeful it will happen now? >> well, thank you for having me on. and happy new year to you. it's good to be with you. and we are really in this incredible point in our country's history, and an incredible point in our calendar. we have just commemorated the one-year anniversary of january 6th. that exposed the fragility of our democracy and those forces that are still gathering strength, that are working against that right to vote and against the very pillars of our country and our freedom. and what we are seeing with
martin luther king day coming up is that we are going to prioritize voting rights because we know it is from the vote that all our other rights, all the other policies that we want to see, what we're going to do to address childhood hunger, to drive down the cost of child care, to address climate change with the urgency stems from protecting that right to vote. so i am moving with resolve and being clear eyed about the barriers ahead of us. but also hopeful as i see our president travel to georgia to say your voice matters in a democracy. and the best way we can demonstrate that is by protecting that right to vote. >> many of us in civil rights leadership will be watching and i and others present to hear
what he says, but i want to pivot back to january 6th and the investigation into those events. taking a substantive turn this weekend with the news that the house select committee chair, bennie thompson, has called on mike pence to come before the committee at some point this month. but i'm curious, as we learn more about the depth of engagement many republican lawmakers had with january 6th participants about whether you agree with the legislation put forth by your colleague, cori bush and other house progressives, that call for those lawmakers to be investigated and removed from congress. >> let me tell you, i have great confidence in chairman bennie thompson and the select committee. and what they have shown is they have interviewed over 300 witnesses, is that they are
committed to finding the facts and telling the truth. and that is how we are going to get to who was responsible for january 6th. who helped fund it. we know some of the underlying causes. we have discussed before that white supremacy, anti-semitism played a role in this. and we know that this is tied to the voter suppression laws that we have seen 19 different states pass since. so this is our moment to stand up for democracy, and how we do that is through truth finding and telling and accountability. no one is above the law. and so whether you are a former president, a member of congress, or someone who attended a rally that day, all of that needs to be out into the public, as
truth, wherever those facts lead us and accountability for everyone. >> and it is not often in my opinion brought up enough that the objective of january 6th was to disenfranchise voters of the decision they had made and the use of their vote. i mean, it's not biden against trump. it is the american people that they were stopping the certification on. congresswoman, while we have time, you have been one of the chief proponents of the president's stalled social spending plan. otherwise known as build back better act. "the washington post" reporting this weekend that $1.8 trillion compromised version authored by joe manchin has been withdrawn. with democrats prioritizing voting rights and this news, where do its supporters in congress go from here? >> well, let me tell you how i see it, al.
we have to do two things that are really threatening the security of our country and the american people. one is to make sure that we are protecting that right to vote. and two, we have to address the economic situation caused by covid, but also by so many of the other influences in our culture and in our economic life. and how we do that is by making sure that we are feeding hungry families, that we are helping people in particular women get back to work by reducing the cost of child care. that we are making sure that everyone in this country can access health care and expand what should be a right to health care in this country. and address climate change with the urgency that it deserves. so we can no more walk away from the build back better agenda
than we can walk away from protecting our very democracy through the voting rights. going back to what you mentioned with the newsweek. one of the things we have to make sure is that we are not allowing the rules of congress to be weaponized against progress. as i walk the halls on january 6th, i stopped in front of a statue of frederick douglass, and there was his famous quote, if there is no struggle, there is no progress. and this is our moment to address racial justice in this country. wealth disparity, and inequality, and it is our moment to say that all of that flows from that precious right to vote. and that's why we have to do all of this work together. this is a critical moment where our country is going to decide which path we are going to take.
and all of us need to do everything in our power to make sure that the path we take is one of equality, liberty, and justice for all. >> all right. thank you, congresswoman clark. >> now, let me bring in my political panel. former democrat senator doug jones of alabama and former u.s. attorney he has been as well. and former republican representative david jolly of florida. now a political analyst. let me start with you, senator jones. the one-year anniversary of january 6th has come and gone, and according to a recent "washington post"/umd poll, it finds that about 1 in 3 americans say they believe violence against the government can at times be justified. now, pair that with a new poll from ugov that shows a
shockingly small number of republicans who believe president biden's win was, quote, definitely legitimate. just 6%. while 46% say it was definitely not. how dangerously disunited is our country right now, senator jones? >> you know, al, thank you for having me. and happy new year to you. i have to tell you, i think a lot of people, i think everybody is concerned about how disjointed and partisan and really, we're living in a culture that's gone from contempt to hate. where it's always good versus evil, and it depends on which side you're on who's the bad guys and who are the bad guys. i think we're living in a dangerous time. you can see it on social media where people are ready to go to war, to go to attack each other. it's a frightening time. and you know, but i think we have to kind of pull back a little bit and understand that everybody has some kind of complicity in this.
going back, we have attacked elections before. this is not the first time. this has been kind of that monster under the bed for years and years that an election was stolen, that there was fraud, there was an illegitimate president. whatever it might be. trump really brought that monster to life. and we have got to make sure that we go where people are, and get folks to understand these truths and talk to people. understand where they're coming from, making sure that we can kind of get back to the truth. that is very, very difficult in this time. i get that. but it's something i think everybody has got to make an effort to do. >> david, the one-year anniversary of january 6th capitol riots has prompted a new push to get voting rights legislation passed. how does it become a reality? what if a bill gets to the president's desk without any republican support? is that an issue? >> no, i don't think so. and look, in terms of getting rid of the filibuster and making an exception, and i believe the senator knows this well, voters
care about what you get done. they don't care so much about procedure. so though i naturally prefer something that forces consensus, like a filibuster rule, i think for my democratic friends, just focus on getting this over the finish line. rev, i think i would also say if you don't have the votes, if manchin and sinema don't come along on the filibuster and on the fundamental voting bills, do consider what you want the american people to see at the end of this narrative, and what i mean by that is we know manchin has worked with murkowski, with warnock, and with others on a compromise bill. if there is a bill at the end of the day you can bring up that gets every single democratic senator's vote, plus maybe a republican or two, make sure the democratic party gets to vote on that as well so the american people will see the contrast with republicans, not just the loss of votes within the democratic caucus. >> and staying with david, with the midterm elections coming up in november, what do you make of
the democrats' chances to maintain the house and senate? is there something that biden and the democrats can do to reverse the historic trend which tends to favor the party out of power in the first midterm of a new presidency? >> look, i think democrats have an uphill fight, though particularly with the house redistricting seems to be a bit of a wash. what i would say to my democratic friends, virginia was an important lesson. meet voters where they are. if voters care about inflation and gas prices and masks and school boards, meet them there on those issues. talk to them about those issues. make sure you're meeting the voter exactly where they are, not simply trying to sell them on the big agenda of joe biden. >> senator jones, over 20 years ago, you successfully prosecuted two of the attackers in kkk members involved in the 16th street baptist church bombing in birmingham, alabama, which
killed four little black girls in sunday school that morning. a few days ago, we learned the sentence for the convicted murderers who chased down and killed 25-year-old ahmaud arbery back in 2020. the mcmichaels were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. while william roddy bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of patrol. we also learned ahmaud arbery's family rejected a plea deal in a federal civil rights case against ahmaud's killers. which is set to begin in a few weeks. why is it important to see this case go on? and how important is this specific case in the historic perspective of criminal justice? you have a unique experience there and could give us a view. >> well, al, i think this is very important, and just as a side note, yesterday i attended
the funeral of the last surviving pairnt parent of one e little girls, and it brought back so many memories. in this case, having the sentences this week, i think sent a very, very strong message. we have seen so many times where justice escaped when an unarmed black man was killed on the streets by whether it was a police officer or whether it was by white vigilantes, which is exactly what happened here. this, i think, really helped america's conscience, to realize we do have a system that can work, and the sentence and the judge did a remarkable job of laying out the facts and what needs to be done and how the things need to go in this country. and i can't blame the arbery family for rejecting. let this play out in federal court as well. now, as a practical matter, the sentences can't be that much different. you can pile sentences on top of each other, but there's a point i think that needs to be made in
both federal court and state court that these kind of crimes are not going to go unpunished. >> as you know, i worked with many families throughout the years and this is a solid family, the father and mother. doug jones and david jolly, thank you both for being on. coming up, manhattan's first african-american district attorney has a new vision for justice reform. it's been drawing high praise and harsh criticism. he'll explain it in his own words ahead. and how to make a difference in your own life and others. i'll give you my top five 2020 rise up resolutions. so get your notepad ready. but first, my colleague richard lui with today's other top news stories. richard. >> rev, we're going to start with breaking news for you. we're following the story out of new york city, we're just hours into this. what we know right now, a massive fire killed 19 people including 9 children at a high-rise. so far, 66 people reported
injured. over 32 of those face life-threatening injuries right now. one of the first responders is hospitalized as well. mayor eric adams calling it one of the worst fires in modern times. the cause not known. the fire department saying the open door to the apartment that was on fire is what caused it to spread through the building so quickly. we'll have more later on this as the details come in to us. now, to a new covid-19 variant that combines omicron and delta. this according to bloomberg news. a professor at the university of cyprus calls the new strain deltacron. it's too early to tell what properties this variant has. >> this as u.s. cases now are approaching 60 million. the pandemic has taken the lives of 840,174 lives. people in the united states all across the country, according to our nbc news tally. more "politics nation" with reverend al sharpton after the
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for the first rise up of 2022, i want to offer up a few possible resolutions for the year ahead. a week into it, you still have time to take inventory on your life and make small changes. but aside from setting your own personal goals, i hope you will also consider contributing to your community. there are many ways you can give back. here for the reverend al's top five tips for the new year. number one, educate someone on the benefits of being vaccinated. we're getting through this pandemic together, but we can't leave anyone behind. yes, there are those who flatly refuse to get the shots, but there are others who just don't know who to trust.
you can be that person in someone's life to help change their mind to protect their health and others. number two, register a family member or neighbor to vote. as you know, this is a midterm year. and we're going to need all hands on deck. of course, this starts with calling on your senators to pass the john lewis voting advancement act. and the freedom to vote act. this year's election is especially important because we want to continue progress made under the biden administration. number three, attend a pta meeting. recently, we have seen more parents get involved in their children's school curriculum. right now, some of the loudest voices in the room are trying to ban books and sow hysteria over so-called critical race theory. we deserve better than this.
our children need to learn the whole truth about the history of this country. number four, volunteer at a food pantry or donate unused items to a homeless shelter. many of us are blessed to have our needs met, even during this tough time. it's only right that we dedicate a few hours this year to step up for someone who may be struggling. finally, number five, donate to a cause you're passionate about. that could be your local church or an initiative that is doing the work that you want to be a part of. we can rise up in ways that can allow us to stand and to get for someone else. we need each other now more than ever, so with these reverend al's top five tips for the new year, we can all make a positive change. we'll be right back.
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the first black man to serve as manhattan's district attorney, alvin brad, is just one week in to his term, but he is already making waves with his plans for criminal justice reform. this week, he told prosecutors in his office that he will only see jail time for serious offenses, which include murder, sexual assault, money crimes. a position that has stirred some controversy. i had the opportunity to spend some time with him in the harlem community at the headquarters of national action network. yesterday, he spoke at our house of justice rally as we do every saturday, where he delivered remarks about his criminal justice agenda. let's bring him in. manhattan's new district attorney, alvin bragg, joins me now. thank you for coming in,
district attorney bragg. a lot of things have been said, but let's start with the new prosecuting policies that you are enacting. briefly explain how they work and why you think they make sense. >> thank you, reverend sharpton, for having me on. i appreciate it. look. i was elected to deliver safety and fairness for all of manhattan. as you know, i have seen the criminal justice system from every side. from someone who was stopped by police, someone who had a gun pointed by people who were not police officers, and i'm bringing to bear all that experience. what we're doing is not working right now. we have got crime in terms of gun trafficking, gun offenses on the rise, domestic violence on the rise. so what i have set forth is a plan that will make us safer and allow us to address those issues. in and of itself, it's going to make us safer because we've got a situation right now where we're focusing on matters that
are not public safety. more than 80% of the crimes prosecuted in the city of new york are misdemeanors and not the kind of things that people sit around their kitchen table talking about. we have all had the experience of reading the newspaper about the eighth time that someone is arrested and they do an assault or something serious, and we say what happened the first seven times? they didn't get connected to the services they need, addiction or mental health. we are going to address those needs and deal with things so we don't ever get to that eighth time. that's how that's going to make us safer. >> now, with all the controversy, these are the things you ran on. i mean, what was surprising to me was nothing i'm seeing that's new, and you won the election. and there are a growing number of prosecutors across the country trying to do something similar to what you're doing. and they are often met with the same argument, that less incarceration leads to more crime. what's your response to that? >> first, you're 100% right.
we were elected overwhelmingly in the general election, and emerged from a nine-way primary and so manhattan has spoken. we were quite deliberate. we wrote out what we were going to do. we talked about it. i talked about being the victim of crime, having a homicide victim on my doorstep, having a knife to my throat, having a semiautomatic weapon to my head and saying we need to give crime primary view to that. we need to address those things. a shooting on my block just late last year. we need to address that. we were very clear about that on the public safety front and also clear that we're going to be safer if we get people the addiction services and the mental health services and we don't incarcerate people just because they are poor. so we were very clear. we articulated the mission and we're doing what the people elected me to do. >> now, your plans have been criticized by the right-wing media. which is to be expected. but a more relevant bit of pushback comes from incoming
nypd commissioner keechant sewell. in a ten-page memo on friday night, she stated that she has concerns over, quote, sweeping edicts that could make changes to policing. now, what is your response, and are you confident you can have a good working relationship with the commissioner and the police department? >> i look forward to talking with the commissioner. i read what she had to say. i want to be engaging with all stakeholders, obviously. we work day in and day out in partnership with the nypd, so i'm looking forward to the commissioner and i have been in touch. we have spoken, as i have been in touch with the mayor and plan to speak and meet and continue the conversations so that we can work together to address fairness and safety for in my case manhattan, in the mayor's case, all of new york city. >> as you know, new york's new
marer, eric adams, who you just mentioned, is himself a former police officer. and he ran on a platform that included a pledge to combat crime in the city. are you worried that his agenda and yours will and into conflict or do you see ways as you just said that you hope you can work together? because i can see where you can fight crime and do police reform at the same time. you and i were talking about that yesterday. i preached at many funerals for violence, gun violence victims as i have for police violence victims. i don't see why you have to be one side or another. >> i agree wholeheartedly, reverend sharpton. the mayor and i in many ways have had parallel experiences. he's talked openly about experiencing brutality at the hands of police officers and channeling that into a career as a police officer. i, too, have talked about being stopped unlawfully by the police at a young age and channeling that experience into a career as a prosecutor.
i have spent the last 20-plus years working side by side with law enforcement on the most serious of matters we have. that's where i want to focus our attention, on the most serious violations. i believe those shared experiences the mayor and i have are going to drive us, allow us to work together to achieve the shared goal of both -- as you say, safety and fairness, and i'm going to articulate what we're alluding to. our communities, we were in harlem yesterday, i'm in harlem right now where i live. we face both. we're at the intersection. we face a crisis relating to underinvestment in health care, and other services, but we also face acute public safety issues. the mayor's experienced and lived that. so have i. >> as manhattan's new d.a., you have inherited the office's investigation of one donald j. trump. it will have to decide whether or not to bring charges against the former president, donald
trump, for his handling of the trump organization. you told cnn last month you're going to be directly involved with this. can you talk a bit about your thoughts about how to handle this politically explosive matter? not the evidence, not where the case is, but how the handling of it, how you're going to try to handle this. >> you know, fortunately, i had a lot of experience handling high-profile matters as a federal prosecutor and also as the chief deputy in new york state attorney general's office. you're mindful obviously of what's going on around you, you're not oblivious, but we follow the facts wherever they go. we ask the question, is this a matter we would bring if it was someone else. we ask, what do the facts and evidence show? that's what we're going to do here. we have a team put in place by my predecessor of outstanding lawyers with incredible reputations. and so getting up to speed on the matter, and look forward to
following the facts. >> manhattan district attorney alvin bragg, thank you for coming on this evening. when they go low, we go high. former first lady michelle obama's keeping that same energy as she works to overcome the gop's voter suppression tactics. i'll explain after the break. but first, let's go back out to my colleague, richard lui. he's following breaking news in new york city. richard. >> rev, we have been covering this breaking news story coming out of the bronx in the northern parts of new york city. we're now listening to the chief of the fire chief at the moment, the chief who is looking at some of the details around what happened during this horrific fire earlier today. what i was listening to a little bit earlier, what i heard from the mayor, mayor eric adams, who is facing one of his first major emergencies when it comes to the city, is that he is listening to
details from inspectors that a space heater may have been involved in this fire that has left so many dead, killing 19 people, including 9 children. as you might remember from earlier reports, the fire department saying there were injuries on every single level of this 19-story building. mayor eric adams along with the governor of new york coming forward to give us details. also, the new york building department is out there. they're concerned about structural damage based on the intensity of this fire. is this building still okay? now, over 32 of those injured right now, there's over 60 injured, are facing life-threatening injuries at the moment. some 200 fire department members were operating on the scene. it was a five-alarm fire. we're going to continue to watch this, rev. we'll have more details later. we'll be listening to the chief of the fire department as well. we'll get those details to you
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initiative, when we all vote. i'm proud to announce my participation as head of national action network. i joined the former first lady and nearly 30 other civil and voting rights groups coming together to train thousands of volunteers and register millions of new voters in this year. those of you with a copy of today's edition of "the new york times" can find that pledge in full-page graphic form. here with more to say about it, joining me now, the executive director of when we all vote, stephanie elle young. stephanie, thank you for being with us. and thank you for the initiative. explain to us what the whole drive is and to start off, because we're talking about such a vast initiative, i have to ask
you, fill in some of those details because it's not about vast but effective. of course, i have known you for years, so i know the leadership is there. along, of course, with michelle obama and more than 30 civil and voting rights groups working together to accomplish everything i laid out. what does that say about the scale of the threat to you? >> well, thank you so much for having me, reverend al. so good to see you. look, we have not seen this type of attack on voting rights since reconstruction, the jim crow era. it is massive. there are over 500 voter suppression bills all over this country. there are organizations like yours and ours that when we all vote are working day in and day out to educate voters, excite them, and get them ready to go vote. at the end of the day, we cannot ignore the threat to our right. it is not just a black person issue, it's not just a brown person issue, not just a young person issue or those with disabilities that these voter
suppression bills target. it's an american issue. it's time to ring the alarm. that's what this ad is doing. we're ringing the alarm, and we're saying we're going to come together, we're going to do our job to make sure that we're educating voters, we're pushing them out, we're recruiting more lawyers to help fight voter suppression or really help folks on the ground in these states that have been targeted. wee also wanting to make sure that we are pushing people to call their senators, to fight for federal voting rights legislation. that's the only thing that will fix this. we cannot outorganize voter suppression, but a tactic is to intimidate us. we're preparing americans of like minds to get out there and have the resources to do just that so we can make our voices heard. this is a threat to our democracy. there is no doubt about that. and if folks look away, i can't tell you what this country will look like in the next couple
years. we have to join this fight, and we hope that folks get into the fight with us. >> pivoting to washington, are you hopeful that democratic senators who have thus far have held out on filibuster reform will be compelled in addition to what we're doing, this new round of pressure from democratic leadership to get something passed. i mean, the president and vice president are working on this, coming to atlanta, all of us meeting there. schumer is pushing for the rules change to have a vote ahead of king day. are you hopeful? >> i am. i'm hopeful. i'm glad this is a part of the conversation now. we're now talking about rules change in a more affirmative way. and therefore saying we're not going to play these games with our democracy. we're not going to stop people from voting because you want to maintain political power wherever you are. so i think it's incredibly encouraging, however, it's going
to take us to make sure that thousands of people, okay, we're saying we want 100,000 people at least to make calls to their senators, to tell them that they support the for the people act. they support the john lewis voting rights act. i'm hopeful, but on the flip side, i know we have to do our jobs in organizing and getting more people to put pressure on the senate at large to do their job and what is that? that's to protect american voters and insure we have the right to vote and our children have the right to vote and our grandchildren have the right to vote and key don't have to continue to come back to this table every time we have big voter turnout in an election that doesn't turn out in the way some would like it. so i'm encouraged. we have to do the work to make sure that folks are keating the pressure up. >> briefly, before we're out of time, and i ask this understanding that she's obviously not running any time soon. but is it truly so ridiculous to look at michelle obama's enduring popularity, her ability to pull something off like this,
and wonder if and when she might leverage it politically? can you having worked with her for years see any point in which she may change her mind and run for office? >> absolutely not. but i think that people have to look at when we all vote. this is an organization that she started. she wanted to make sure that this organization was nonpartisan because voting is bigger than one election, bigger than one person, bigger than one moment. democracy is a two-player sport. and it's our job to make sure that we're a trusted resource for those on the ground that want to get more involved civically in their community, in their state, and in this country at large. that is her focus. and that's the work that we do day in and day out. and we'll continue to do that, not just for '22, not just for '24, but '26,' 28, and beyond. if you want to get involved with what she's doing, if you believe in her and if you're inspired by her, join us when we all vote. go to whenweallvote.org and
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in a couple of hours in my capacity as president of national action network, i'll be on a flight headed to los angeles where tomorrow morning, i will be giving the eulogy at the funeral services for valentina orellana peralta, a 14-year-old young lady who was in a shopping store, in a department store with her mother, when lapd police officers responded to a call about some disorderly person in the store. and they came in and started shooting so recklessly that this young lady was in a dressing room, trying on a dress right
before christmas, and was hit with a ricochet bullet from the police because the man they came after was unarmed. and it killed her in her mother's arms. i will be there to give a eulogy, words of comfort to the family, to stand with attorney ben crump and his colleagues, and a community of all sides as we say these things have to stop. this young lady was from chile and dreamed of becoming an american citizen. i am going to fight for the dream that america is fair and our policemen not reckless in any community. it's time we stand together and stand no matter what our race, color, or nationality. that's why i will be there. but i go with a heavy heart because today i learned of the passing of one of my dearest friends, one that i admired to the point that i could not describe.
musician, activist extraordinaire, legendary musician from the legendary heath family, james entuve, who was a broadcaster, on kiss radio. here's a photo of him at national action network with wynton marsalis, and it makes me think i used to talk about the foot soldiers that never got credit, which is why on tuesday when my book comes out, "righteous troublemakers," where i talk about people that made such an impact, gave such sacrifice and never got recognition. you need to read their stories. you need to read those events. you can get it at any bookstore starting tuesday. "righteous troublemakers" by reverend al sharpton or you can order it right now at