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the big story today is the confirmation of judge jackso if you remember where you were when you heard the news, let me know. what did you think or feel when this history was made. as always, we like to hear from you and know what you think. "the reidout" with joy reid starts now. we begin "the reidout" tonight with history in the making. >> on this vote, the yays are 53, the nays are 47, and this nomination is confirmed. [ applause ] >> there are days that this job is almost all about horror.
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threats to our democracy at home, a deadly pandemic, wars abroad. and there are times when this job is just a pure opportunity to get to express the collective joy that so many of us feel. but only a lucky few of us get to articulate on the tv. well, today was one of those days. a day of joy. a day of victory. and not just for black women and black history but for america. today, judge ketanji brown jackson took a very important step toward becoming justice ketanji brown jackson, and the first black woman in our history to hold that post. what a day. as we were all watching that historic moment in the senate, judge jackson was watching alongside the man who promised if elected, he would put the first black woman on the highest court in the land. and today, joe biden's promise was kept. only three republicans could see
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beyond their party's neodixiecrat ways to join senate democrats in confirming judge jackson. because of that, by voting aya, they get to join in heralding this moment, with romney, who ceded an election to our first black president, barack obama, and senator murkowski, standing with the democrats in applause to this historic moment. today, it was an event celebrated across this country, as the women of the congressional black caucus display black women are supreme. as "the washington post" points out, her nominee highlighted the relative rarity of black women in the legal profession. just 70 black women have ever served as a federal judge.
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representing fewer than 2% of all such judges. so the fact that a black woman will hold the title of associate justice of the supreme court will be a northstar for million of black girls, and that there is no limit to their ambition or their success. here is how one of judge jackson's closest friends described the significance of today. >> it gives greater legitimacy to the court, because we know that there's someone there who is walked in our shoes. although we're very grateful for the diversity on the court now, there's they have been the voice of a black woman on that court. it means that if she could do it, we can do it, and our daughters can do it. >> joining me now is my panel.
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thank you all for being here. this is a magical day. and i want to go right down to the middle to you, kimberly. that statistic of only 70 black women sitting on a federal bench, only 4% of lawyers being black women, it's such a rarity. we both know lawyers who are black women, so it's hard to get your mind around it. i wonder for you as a black woman lawyer, what did today mean to you? >> it means so much, joy. growing up, i didn't have a figure like ketanji brown jackson to look up to when my mother said to me when i was a child, you should be a lawyer because you're good at arguing. i just had to go on my mom's word and say yeah, you know, that's a good idea. but it is a real thing in many professions, certainly in the legal profession. i was in a class of 400 students
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in law school, and there were five of us, five black women, seven black students entirely in a class of 400. so that's 1% of that class. it is scarcity. i practiced law in boston and rarely came across another lawyer who looked like me. so yes, we know a lot of lawyers and many of them are black women because of the position we hold now. but that is a rarely. it is so important for not just -- we talk a lot about the little black girls looking up to ketanji brown jackson, and these really important. but the law students right now who are sitting in the same space, trying to get through, to have that image, to understand is such a monument at this moment. it really is an important day. >> yeah, a big deal for all our daughters, as well. let me play vice president harris, her reaction. she is a first, as well. it was something for me to see
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the first black woman vice president call the vote for the first black woman on the supreme court. here she is. >> let us all -- who we are as a nation that we achieved this important milestone. i think it makes a very important statement about who we aspire to be, who we are, and who we believe ourselves to be. the statement that on our highest court in the land, we want to make sure that there's going to be full representation, and the finest and the brightest and the best. that's what happened today. i'm very proud. >> it's going to be so great for me this halloween to see how many little girls dress up as justice ketanji brown jackson and how many dress up as vice president harris. it's real. this is like a real thing. you had a chance to talk to her girlfriend, i'm lucky enough to
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have known these young ladies. these are some of the smartest people i ever met. they were at harvard university undergrad. you spoke with nina simmons, one of them. talk about what the friend had to say. >> it was this joy that you saw the vice president have that you saw these senators have. her friends were just jubilant. one of them squealed on the call with me. i talked to nina simmons, kimberly robertson, who you played earlier, as well as a number of other women. what they really told me is that she was a star, that judge jackson was a star. but also that she was supported by a group of black women both at harvard undergrand and harvard law. these four friends traveled together. they not only got into harvard together, but they got into harvard law together. i want to play nina simmons. she was someone just talking about how proud she is, but what she had to endure, judge
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jackson, to get here. here she is. >> and i'm just so proud of her as a black woman. during the hearings just watching her, i felt her pain, and i think many people, many reached out to express the same thing, to see what she went through, to see that she was strong, that she persevered. it really speaks not only to black women, but women everywhere. anyone that's felt out of place or not welcome in an arena or they are the minority. >> that was antoinettecoakley. another one of her friends said she predicted she would be the first black woman on the supreme court because she was so brilliant and she did stand out. she was a consensus builder. they did say she was vocal about the idea she wanted to connect to people who didn't agree with her all the time. she had these study questions in her dorm room where she would gather people and talk about the
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law. so when she gets on the supreme court, she's used to talking to people who may not agree with her and she's going to bring her lived experience as a black woman, 233 years it took for her to break that double pane glass ceiling of being black and being a woman. >> it is amazing. i'm going to let a brother speak. i'm going to bring you in jamie. the thing about it is, i wanted you to be here, because this is also a political win for the president of the united states. he made some promises. there were a lot of prominent black women who went real tough on him and said you need to pick a black woman vice president. he did, picking kamala harris. he made a promise to pick a black woman for the supreme court. he did. what is the significance for this politically, especially in a tough midterm year? >> well, joy, we were both there when joe biden, then vice president biden, made that promise in charleston, south
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carolina. after conversations with marcie fudge and jim clyburn and cedric richmond and bennie thompson, and he made that pledge on the debate stage. but i can tell you on a personal level how much my heart filled with joy. i'm married to a black woman who is a lawyer. she's a law professor at the university of south carolina. and it was emotional for us. my wife went to harvard undergrad and yale law school. and i've seen firsthand the challenges of a black woman in the legal profession, how the bar is raised so high, and to see this happen today, i can tell you, it was emotional for my wife, it was emotional for me, as well. so i want to just say congratulations, judge jackson. we are all so proud of you. the politics behind this, joy, is that this is a big deal. it was a promise made, and it's a promise kept by joe biden. you know, this is something that we should all be proud of, and we should all celebrate. because for the first time in
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200 years, this court has heard cases from pressey versus ferguson, shelby county, brown versus board, all impacting black women, but never having a black woman on the court to provide her perspective. and now, now that's going to change. they called her everything but a child of god, joy, but now they're going to call her justice. >> and really, jamie, the viciousness of the interrogation that she was subjected to by people that i've been calling these neodixiecrats, tom cotton, lindsay graham, who barked and snarled his whole way through the hearing, for what? what was the purpose of that? she was going to get through. she had the votes. they just wanted to make a show of trying to humiliate her, as i don't know what. can you give us some insight into your fellow south carolinian, lindsey graham. it seemed like he just wanted to humiliate this woman. >> it just didn't make any
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sense, joy. it did not make any sense. and lindsey had voted for judge jackson three times already, and applauded her brilliance then. and now he has a sea change. but that's lindsey graham. his finger is in the wind and he's trying to figure things out. but i'm not letting anybody steal the joy of this moment. this is -- this is amazing, amazing day for this country. an amazing day for all of the 81 million people who went to the polls and voted for joe biden and kamala harris and then if the millions of people who went to the polls in january, those are the people who made this historic event happen. >> and i'm quite sure the white house is well aware of that. the only reason this is happening at all -- i mean, mitch mcconnell and lindsey graham have essentially said
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they will not allow any other potential justice to even get a hearing. let me just say this. this is mcconnell and graham basically saying no more. essentially, if republicans take over the united states senate, there will never be another essentially democrat nominated justice. >> i think that whole question puts the cart before the horse. but with regard to personnel and the other things that we're involved in, i'm not going to signal how we're going to approach it. >> are you suggesting that you're developing an argument for not holding hearings on a supreme court nominee if it's not an election year? >> i'm suggesting that i'm not going to answer your question. >> if we get back the senate, and we're in charge of this body, and there's judicial openings, we will talk to our colleagues on the other side. but if we're in charge, she would not have been before this committee. you would have had somebody more
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moderate than this. >> does the white house understand that? that essentially this moment could be the last, because say clarence thomas decides to retire. it seems clear from having watched lindsey graham and the others, and from listening to mitch mcconnell, that they would essentially merrick garland any other nominee. >> that sound in some way speaks for itself. they are saying that they don't want to allow joe biden to do what the constitution allows him to do, which is nominate and put another person on the supreme court if an opening is to happen. talking to white house officials, they understood the gravity of this moment. they understand that republicans, given the fact that joe biden was the vice president when merrick garland was nominated and blocked, they understand republicans can do that again. this underscores why joe biden decided to keep his promise, because if he got one shot, he was going to make it judge ketanji brown jackson. i should tell you, one of her friends, talking to nina simmons, she talked about the
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idea that yes, representation is great. it's great to have what is her girlfriend, because i did talk to the group chat. her girlfriend on the supreme court. but it's also it has to be followed up with action. it has to be that the country changes and that this can be a symbol of one black woman on the supreme court, because other things need to happen. part of that is, the senate confirmation process, the supreme court confirmation process, democrats and republicans both say, it's awful, it's painful, and they say on both sides, it's somewhat broken. >> you're being very kind. kimberly, the other issue here is that this is a 6-3 court that judge jackson is going to join. and it seems to me that part of the reason you're hearing that from republicans is they're not going to let that 6-3 court go easily. because they essentially have a guarantee they can get their political aims through this court, no matter what,
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particularly on things like abortion. from their cold dead hands they're not going to let it go. what is the significance of ketanji brown jackson joining the court when she will essentially be mainly writing dissents? >> yeah, this will be a very difficult job for her. and i'm glad that she has some time to really think about and prepare for that task ahead. she's coming off of a court where she was often in the majority, often writing the opinion of that court. she will much less likely, most of the time not be in that, and certainly not in the big cases that affect americans the coast. she will be in dissent, writing dissent in cases why she believes the court is going the wrong way and writing for the future, writing for the legislature, writing nor the american public, explaining why that is wrong. what i'm hoping is she will be sitting at that table, week after week after week, with all eight other justices on that court. they will get to know her. they will get to like her and
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some will befriend her regardless of ideology. and i hope they will learn from her lived experience, from her professional experience, from her intelligence. and perhaps they will think a little more carefully about the impact of the rulings they are making. but beyond that, yes, she will be in dissent. this court ideal logically is shaped in the image of the federalist society and other conservative groups that, along with mitch mcconnell, were laser focused over the past decade or more in making sure that it was conservative. >> indeed. and this is the challenge we have. but i too am not going to let anyone steal our joy. we'll think about all that tomorrow. but introduce us to one more of her friends. pick which ever sound bite you want to hear. >> this is kimberly robinson, a professor at the university of virginia, a lawyer herself. she was a roommate of judge jackson, and here's what she had to say about what judge jackson,
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her confirmation means for young people and the future. >> i think what excites me the most is not only that she'll be brilliant on the court, but it will send a message to young people coming behind her, i know it's sending a message to my daughters, because they met her and spent time with her. her own daughters, they will shoot for the moon, because they see judge jackson did it. >> as i thank my wonderful guest, i'm going to ask my director to show senator booker saying vice president gave cory booker a blank sheet of vice presidential letter haed and encouraged him to write a letter to a black girl reflecting on this day. thank you all very much. up next on "the reidout," the united nations kicks russia
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out of the human council. but how many ukrainians have to die? and congressman jamie raskin joins me. and texas governor greg abbott has a lot of pressing issues in his state. but instead, he's focused on political stunts, and the latest one is dumber and more offensive than ever. i'll explain when "the reidout" continues after this. hen "theei continues after this re, it needed to be here. ruby's a1c is down with rybelsus®. my a1c wasn't at goal, now i'm down with rybelsus®. mom's a1c is down with rybelsus®. (♪ ♪) in a clinical study, once-daily rybelsus® significantly lowered a1c better than a leading branded pill. rybelsus® isn't for people with type 1 diabetes. don't take rybelsus® if you or your family ever had medullary thyroid cancer, or have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if allergic to it. stop rybelsus® and get medical help right away if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, severe stomach pain, or an allergic reaction.
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as long as the west, let's put it this way, continues buying russian gas and oil, it is supporting ukraine with one hand while supporting russia's war machine with another hand. >> ukraine's foreign minister making the critical point at today's nato meeting in brussels that right now it is all about the oil. while the west continues efforts to further isolate russia amid growing evidence of war crimes in ukraine, the u.n. general assembly voting to suspend russia from its human rights council and the u.s. senate passed legislation stripping russia favorite nation trade status. the eu has agreed to a ban on russian coal, but it is still divided on russian oil and gas. the biggest stumbling block is germany, with its heavy dependance on russian fossil fuels. but they are not alone.
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any ban would require the consensus of all 27 eu nations. today, france's economic minister acknowledged that calling for a halt to russian oil imports within weeks, adding the reality is that stopping imports of oil from russia is what would hurt russia the most. as my friend rachel maddow pointed out in her book, that dependance on the fossil fuel industry and the way that it inflates russia's standing is a key ingredient in the destruction we're seeing today. n we're seeing today t >> meanwhile today, kremlin spokesman continued to defend putin's unprovoked war in
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ukraine, but admitted russian suffered significant losses of troops, calling it a huge tragedy. joining me now are my two guests. thank you both for being here. lucas, i want to start with you. it does feel like the ukrainian foreign minister was absolutely right. on the one hand, you have this global unanimity that russia is now a pariah state, should be cut off from the global community, but in the end, the human rights council, it is a dramatic move, but it doesn't impact them directly in any way. the one thing that could get them is to cut off the money, and that all comes from oil. can you make sense of the idea that europe is still not prepared to do that? >> so i can. you know, i was a marine at the pentagon for a while, and i was doing arms control negotiations directly with nato and russia. so this was russia invaded crimea in 2014. i would go over to nato and try
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to get these same allies to take hard positions against russia, treaty violations, invasions, and they wouldn't do it, wouldn't do it. that's because since 2014, they got more reliant on russian gas, not less. so what they did is they expected -- they were get thing cheap gas, and they expected the united states taxpayer to subsidize that gas by sending more troops over to protect them. now they expect the ukrainians to subsidize that gas with their blood. it's tragedy that needs to be stopped. >> you know, tom, it does undercut the position of the west, when we're just watching bodies in the street but germany says, ah, we still need that oil. every euro they're paying for russian oil and gas is being recycled right into the war machine that russia is using to
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murder, mass murder ukrainians. it doesn't make sense to me. does it to you? >> well, but one of the things you have to do with a major coalition like this, with so many countries is you have to keep the homefront in those countries united in the effort to keep the pressure on russia. and, you know, it's an unfortunate reality, but a lot of countries around the world are not going to take kindly to suddenly having their energy costs rise dramatically or have shortages. and that's something i think a lot of the european partners are juggling. i think the other problem, of course, is that we live in a very hyper partisan age, where these kinds of problems that would come from punishing the russians by not dealing with them in the energy sector, will get reflected back onto whoever is in power instead of on the russians. i'm old enough to have lived through the oil embargoes back in the '70s, and the oil
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embargoes were because of a foreign cartel that was trying to strangle the western economies. yet a lot of people blamed the politicians in power. they blamed the president, they blamed their prime minister, whoever they could lash out against. so it is a very weird part of this war that energy is flowing through an area of combat that no one seems to be interested in stopping. but it does, in a kind of round about way, make sense if you think about it in terms of keeping up the pressure that allows us to send weapons and money to ukraine while strangling other parts of the russian economy. i mean, it's not quite true if we're not doing this, we're not doing very much. we're doing quite -- we the western coalition are doing quite a lot. >> indeed. this is chart number one, the european union's dependance on russian oil. $850 million a day is what
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they're paying in for oil and gas. $20 million a day for coal. 40% of their natural gas supply comes from russia. 25% of the oil supply. the reality is, there is an election coming up in france, where emmanuel macron is facing off against what was, and what we used to think of as a far-right putin enabled, putin supported party, and to hang on to power, he can't afford to have gas prices shoot through the roof. so you have these political considerations in places like germany and france where they have to have their own domestic politics in play. in your view, is that enough of an explanation? >> no, absolutely not. to hear this called like a weird thing, this is not a weird thing at all. this is specifically by design. this is putin's design. western europe fell for it because they thought they could
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get cheap gas. again, i oversaw our additions of troops for treaty compliance, additions of equipment. they expected us to subsidize their cheap gas and expecting ukrainians to subsidize with their glad. we are trending towards the same problem in a different way in the future. say we get western europe off of russian gas, right? well, the next generation of energy technology as of today is going to come from china. western europe is talking about looking somewhere else, they're looking to china, not the united states. because the united states has failed here to invest in america and rebuild -- or build up the next generation of energy technology here. so we're going to swap putin's design, which left major depen dan sis for china's design, which will leave major dependencies, if we don't take a very hard position on what's going on. >> moving into the future could seem to be the smart thing to do. we can't even get all the republicans to vote for a resolution just saying we
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support nato. >> it's messed up. there's never enough money for investing here. >> last point, to you, tom. here's the russian deputy u.s. ambassador. this was his response to being booted out of the human rights council. take a listen. federation made a decision about, umm, about ending or suspending its right, its membership in the human rights council before the end of its term on the 7th of april of this year. >> you do not submit your resignation after you are fired. that's what happened to the russian federation. >> you can't fire me, i quit. given the level of unreality and just people who are speaking for russia at this point are saying,
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can you foresee how this can possibly end? because russia doesn't seem to be in reality at this point. >> yeah. listening to these guys, it's like listening to the old soviet diplomats who would say things that you just would shake your head. you knew that they knew that they were saying things they didn't believe. of course, that's what just happened, what we just saw. how this ends, i think, you know, no one -- i wish i could predict that and be optimistic about it. but i think the thing that is most important is that the russians keep losing on the battlefield. that's really, you know, in the end, sanctions and economic maneuvers. they're all very important. when i said this was a weird situation, the united states has been trying to get the europeans, we've been talking to the europeans since the 1970s about this, for precisely a moment like this, where we would end up having this bizarre problem of trying to lead a coalition of people who are nonetheless dependant on russian
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energy. but in the short term, i think the thing that's going to bring the violence to an end is that the russians are going to keep taking losses. i think the kremlin spokesman admitting they're taking losses was, i'm still trying to figure out what to make of that. that was a big admission to make in public. if they admit it back home, that would be an even bigger piece of news, but for them to say we're taking a lot of hits, that will bring this, at least in the short term, if not the long-term, but short term into the violence means the russians have to keep losing on the battlefield. >> they can't hide at home forever, because a lot of russian mother also have no sons coming home. thank you both very much. still ahead, censorship takes center stage as the right wing ramps up efforts to ban books making them uncomfortable. .
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critical race theory has become a lightning rod for republicans. but their campaign really isn't about crt. it's a crusade against race, period. along with history, knowledge, and facts. this week, two reports revealed just how dire things are. a report found that more than
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1500 book bans have occurred in 26 states in the last nine months. while the american library association says book banning attempts have surged in 2021, to the highest level since they began tracking them 20 years ago. congress held a hearing today to focus on the issue, featuring ruby bridges, who, in 1960, at the age of 6, defied a mob and became the first black child in a louisiana school. "ruby bridges goes to school" is one of the most challenged books of the past year. >> if we're going to have a conversation about banning books, then i say that conversation is long overdue. let's have it. but it must include all books. if we are to ban books from being too truthful, we must ban those books that distort or omit
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the truth. >> joining me now is congressman raskin of maryland, chair of the oversight subcommittee on civil liberties. good to see you, congressman. this has been one of the most galling things that's happened in republican politics. they've managed to, you know, consolidate their base by scaring white suburban parents, by trying to say that ruby bridge's book about going to school and defying a mob will make white children hate themselves. i want to put up a book -- a list of some of the other books they don't want taught. >> even martin luther king, jr., and the march to washington sun acceptable to them. have democrats figured out how the respond to this? because as awful as it is, it is
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effective politically. >> well, we discovered there were hundreds of cases of people trying to strip books from school libraries, sensor books in public libraries, and so this new report is very helpful, because it's a systematic inventory of all of these efforts. and ruby bridges was one of our great witnesses. we also had a librarian, we had a teacher and some students. it's just amazing what is going on out there. while the gop tries to strike the pose of opposing political correctness and standing up for free speech, it's the reverse. they're backing movements at the local level to try to pull books out of public schools. and some of the old favorites, of course, are things like, you know, ""catcher in the rye"" and "to kill a mocking bird." but there's a whole new
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generation written by lbgtq or african-american authors that they're targeting for no other reason than they're african american and lbgtq authors. you read the books and you can't feel out what a concocted rationalization would be to sensor them. >> we know they're doing this because they believe this will, you know, hit certain white voters and make them vote for republicans. but democrats, at least in the state of virginia, and it's not maryland, but it's next door, they didn't figure out what to do about it. so i just wonder, during this hearing, you heard from a lot of great witnesses, but have there been internal conversations how you answer this and brush back on it? >> well, i think there's a lot of analysis going on. you're right, everybody was caught off guard, because critical race theory is barely even taught in law schools any more. and i was in law school when
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people were talking about it as one theory among many, including law and economics in critical legal theorys and liberal legal thought and so on. but then they just started finger painting on reality and saying oh, they're teaching that to third graders, and it was effective. so it's the usual story that those lies and those kinds of totalitarian propaganda techniques work for a while. and it takes a while to fight back with the truth and the facts. so that's part of what we're doing today. we were just saying look, there is a threat to academic freedom going on. there's a threat of thought control taking place, and it is all of these efforts at the local level to strip books from public schools and libraries. and the teachers and the librarians were saying it's a very serious problem at the local level. >> indeed. before i that the january 6th committee,
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they have held more -- two more people in contempt. in new york, the attorney general is seeking to hold donald trump in contempt and fine him $10,000 a day for him not complying with her subpoenas. is there any power that the united states congress could have to do anything similar to that? because it doesn't appear the justice department is going to act. >> well, the trump/putin axis in the republican party clearly believe they're above the law and they don't have to respond to court orders or congressional subpoenas. peter navaro waves around the phrase executive privilege. he says donald trump wants it, but donald trump hasn't tried to assert it on behalf of peter navaro. so he has zeroargument.
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he's not produced one document or given us one minute of testimony. so what else could we do? theoretically, congress could set up our own -- our own inherent contempt process. the problem with it, it's all consuming to set up this process. of course, the republicans would fight us every step along the way, and it would, i think at this point, drain a lot of our energy away from the investigation as it exists. remember, the vast majority of the people have testified before us, have come forth with lots of information, lots of documents. and it's that hard core right around donald trump, the people like mark meadows and steve bannon, who said no. and there's not much we can do, because even if we started fining them every day, they would just raise money on it and pay the fine and make more. so these people are acting in
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absolute contempt of the american institutions of government. >> that throws it right back into the arms of the justice department. here we are. congressman, a pleasure to speak with you. thank you very much. up next, texas governor greg abbott's latest publicity stunt, threatening to bus migrants from the border to washington, d.c. why exactly? because he's incapable of addressing any of the real issues plaguing his state. back bk. ing his state. back bk. this is... ♪♪ this is iowa. we just haven't been properly introduced. say hello to the place where rolling hills meets low bills. where our fields, inside and out, are always growing. and where the fun is just getting started. this is iowa. so, when are you coming to see us? ♪♪
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its worst drought in years, with 85% of the state facing drought conditions and 41% facing extreme or exceptional drought. those areas in red are at areas with increased risk of water shortages and lost to agriculture. hello, climate change! so, what is texas governor greg abbott focused on right now? >> texas is providing charter buses to say and the illegal immigrants that have been dropped off by the biden administration to washington d.c.. we are sending them to the united states capitol, whether you where the biden administration will be able to -- >> to recap, he would like to take actual human beings and put them on a bus, just to make a political point. i suppose that should not be surprising, though, given how he treats the people in his own state. signing an executive order
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making life saving gender affirming care for transgender people child abuse. -- because he will just somehow and rape. or sending the national guard to do a job they were unable to actually enforce, leading to extremely low morale. this is also far from the first time that abbott has gone headfirst into the culture wars while he should have been focused on actually helping in state. when texas went through its catastrophic winter storm last year, his first response was to blame wind energy and the green new deal, despite the crisis having a thing to do with that and more to do with the dirty energy system that republican leaders deregulated in the state. a few months later he announced a special emergency session to focus on super pressing issues like so-called critical race theory and restrictions on trenchant are athletes. one thing not on that list was fixing the energy grid. he even announced one of those priorities, building the wall that mexico is supposed to pay for. just as texas faced a huge heat
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wave. and we cannot forget the time that he blamed undocumented immigrants for the spike in covid in the state, as he lifted mask mandates and covid restrictions. all of this is extremely poor governance on abbott's part. but somehow, somehow, another texan was able to take ads idea and make it even worse due shear. >> i would kindly asked the governor to kindly ask -- sending to come a harris house. she has forgotten that she is the border is our. maybe with some illegal immigrants right in her backyard -- i mean, there is a wall there, so they will have to figure that out. but with their city she can finally start paying tension to the crisis on the border. >> did mexico pay for it? before the election of november, texas residents might want to take a look at what officials are doing for them. we will be right back. ht back.
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