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♪ higher and higher, baby the new king of the concrete jungle. it should have been sooner. he's a racist. >> one night after he appealed to the country about unity, this was nothing but a speech of division. >> i don't believe any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. >> it was an astounding chain of lies by a man who is mentally unstable. >> he believes this is how he's going to hold his coalition of supporters together. >> if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> where are the republicans on this? are they proud this is the leader of the republican party? >> this is "new day" with chris
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cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to your newt newt. up first, the president was at his most divisive last night, blaming the media for the fierce backlash he received over his charlottesville response, accusing reporters of distorting his words. this the a new low. the president stood before his supporters and conveniently omitted words he said, blaming many sides for the deadly violence, and he never brought up last night the fact that he said "very fine people" marched with white supremacists. this is a matter of fact and he will be held to account for what he said. >> the president not stopping there. he also attacked arizona republican senators flake and mccain, but without saying their names. he also vowed to shut down the government if congress doesn't finance his border wall. this was very different from his measured and scripted afghanistan speech on monday night. now all eyes are on his speech today in nevada.
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we have it all covered for you. let's begin with cnn's boris sanchez live in phoenix. give us the latest, boris. >> reporter: hey there, alisyn. the president saying americans should come together, that we should unite as a nation and then launching into a 77-minute speech where he attacked some of his favorite targets, the media, democrats, members of his own party, the republicans. he also spent a lot of time trying to clarify his response to the violence in charlottesville, virginia, though he left out some important information. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. that's me speaking on saturday. >> reporter: president trump attempting to revise history, selectively recounting his past statements about the deadly violence in charlottesville, virginia and purposely omitting his off-the-cuff responses that
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sparked the uproar. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egg green p greej yous display of hatred and big trit on many sides, on many sides. you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. >> the president blaming the media for the backlash. >> i hit them with neo-nazi. it hit them with everything. i got the white supremacists, the neo-nazi. i got them all in there. let's see. kkk, we have kkk. i got them all. so they're having a hard time. so what do they say? it should have been sooner. he's a racist. >> reporter: and accusing the press of giving a platform to hate groups, a charge the president reiterated on twitter after the campaign rally. >> they're bad people, and i really think they don't like our country. >> reporter: president trump r fermenting division. >> they're trying to take away
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our culture, trying to take away our history, and our weak leaders, they do it overnight. >> reporter: mr. trump also threatens to shut down the government over funding his border wall, but he made no mention of his promise to make mexico pay for it. >> if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> reporter: the president throws more red meat to his base. >> i think we'll end up probably terminating nafta at some point, probably. >> reporter: before once gn attacking arizona's two republican senators, jeff flake and john mccain who is battling brain cancer, without saying their names. >> one vote away. i will not mention any names. very presidential, isn't it? very presidential. and nobody wants me to talk about your other senator who is weak on borders, weak on crime. >> reporter: president trump also firing um the crowd, teasing a potential pardon of controversial sheriff joe
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arpaio. >> so was sheriff joe convicted for doing his job? i'll make a prediction. i think he's going to be just fine, okay? >> reporter: the president did call out senate majority leader mitch mcconnell by name saying we have to talk to mitch. the wording is interesting because sources tell cnn the two men haven't spoken in weeks. the last couple times they've communicated have been, let's say, unpleasant. beyond that "the new york times" is reporting that mcconnell is now privately questioning president trump's fitness for office. >> all that is very interesting. thank you, boris. joining us editor in chief of "the daily beast" john avlon, reporter and editor at large for real politics chris cillizza and cnn's david gregory. david, how do you explain what we heard last night? >> we have a slash-and-burn
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president who is appealing to his lowest common denominator of support. i don't think there's any other way to report it. this is a stale approach trying to discredit the news media in front of his own base of support and perhaps beyond that it's not worth getting worked up about because it's simply not going to work. the facts are what they are. the president is a destructive figure to himself and the country on these particular questions. what he did last week, what he didn't do, what he said and what he didn't say, how he changed what he said, that's all on display for everyone to see. these are his own words. you don't need the news media for this. you need to simply turn on your television. the criticism from business groups, from fellow republicans, from democrats, it's all out there for everybody to see. so i think this zone of destructiveness that he is anywhere he's undermining an opportunity to salvage his own presidency is getting to the point where he's simply not
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going to be able to get anything else done, and then he's going to have to rely on a kind of angry band of people who think he's refreshing in his rants, and i think that's all about what he's going to have. a guy who lays out an afghanistan vat gee yesterday is now not so much of a president as someone angry at a rally. >> john. >> there's commander-in-chief we saw two nights ago and there's king of the mob which we saw last night. it demeans the office of president to the extent it's such a departure from what we've seen, not only that it's an unhinged rant where the president quotes from his own remarks erroneously in front of a crew, attacks the media. in a way i think that's more elevated than we've seen, saying journalists don't like america hate our history, our heritage, are a source of division. that's demagogic language we've
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seen around the world, but rarely from the yatunited state and never from a president. going after john mccain, one of the most respected people in our politics and jeff flake who is facing a tough re-election, to say he's willing to have a government shutdown which is already looming over a wall, to hinting he's going to pardon joe arpaio, one of the most polarizing people in law enforcement, formerly sheriff of maricopa county. this is a rant that was riddled with lies and with demagogic tactics. we shouldn't get inured to the fact that it's trump as normal. it's getting stale. it's rach eting up. he's more isolated and that's more dangerous. >> i get david's point about how it gets processed emotionally. but this is about the practicality of what do you do, what do you do when the president of the united states stands before thousands in an audience of millions and
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materially misleading about what he said to forward a narrative of being a victim, and then directs the american people to attack the institution that checks the president. >> the purposeful misleading is the thing that is so dangerous. he knows the things he's saying are not accurate. he is at root -- i've called him a provocateur a lot of times. i think he is that. he is also at root sort of a fab lift. se he's been telling the story of donald trump's life, whether that was making up a pr guy in his younger years to tout his verility and appeal to women in new york city high society circles or now in which he just makes stuff up and repeats it. my former colleagues at "the washington post" -- this is before the arizona speech.
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he crested a thousand misstatements or lies in his 200-plus days in office yesterday before arizona. it's -- all politicians mislead at some point. most of them when called on it stop doing it. he does not. it's hugely dangerous. the only thing that we can do in the media is say, look, what he did last night in terms of recreating what he said about charlottesville is inaccurate. he left out the most important part which is when he said "on many sides" or "on bobt sides." that's the whole moral equivalency that not the media condemned him for, but paul ryan, bob corker, virtually every member of the republican leadership. not all by name, but this is not a media driven thing. this is donald trump and the republican party. >> go ahead, david. >> there's another piece of the accountability which is just hold him accountable for what the president said he would do in office, claims he's made, how he's going to move the progress
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forward. take those promises and look at results. we don't have to make a judgment about this every day. it's stale because our viewers who are watching this around the world understand what the president is doing. they understand it is demagoguery. they understand it is propaganda. they understand it is desperation. thankful in our country we don't have a minister of propaganda that can shut cnn and new hampshires down. we have an ability to stand up to the president and say, well, mr. president, the claims you're making about our own history of the country are misinformed. you don't have a sweep of u.s. history. pure accountability leaves you to say he's not accomplishing what he said he was going to accomplish and he's running out of options. >> john, now you hear more people behind the scenes talking about the president's fitness for office and some people publicly talking about the president's fitness for office.
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james clapper was on cnn last night with very strong words, very troubling words. listen to this. >> i really question his ability -- his fitness to be in this office, and i also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. maybe he is looking for a way out. i worry about, frankly, access to the nuclear codes. >> there's a lot there. i'm looking for a way out. that might be the president's critics' wishful thinking. >> let's put that to the side because i think that's trying to find what's in some strategic mind that we haven't haven't seen a lot of evidence of. what i think is more troubling is this is the former director of national intelligence, someone who has served in administratio administrations, democrat and republican going back to john f. kennedy saying out loud in the
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united states after seven months of a president that he may not be fit for the office and raising the real concern about someone who may not be mentally stable having access to nuclear codes. it's not just the former director of national intelligence. it's increasingly senators like bob corker, one of the members of the senate saying he's worried. if it's not troubling you, you're not paying attention. >> can i make a quick counterargument, not necessarily disagreeing with mr. clapper or john, but that the focus on mental stability and competency, i understand that line of arguing. the only point i would make is donald trump has been this impetuous fabuloust. he's been this guy his entire life. he was this guy on the campaign
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trail. that's not to say he may not be -- the questions of fitness for office, that doesn't dismiss them. it's not as if there's some radical change in who the guy is. >> panel, thank you very much for all the analysis. all right. so let's take a look at the breaking news. >> the navy dismissing the commander of the u.s. seventh fleet following a string of deadly collisions including this week's crash. vice admiral aucoin is being relieved of duty after four ship collisions happened this year. the terror attack in barcelona, planned to bomb some of the city's best known landmarks including a world renowned church, a symbol not just for catholics, but christians the world over. according to one of the four surviving suspects, the group
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you're doing that. >> first, it's not just democrats. a lot of republicans are against the wall as well, notably congressman will hurd, a republican, rising star within the party who represents people along the border who says this wall should not be the first move to making america safer. joining us is congressman adrianna epiate of new york. good to see you, sir. >> good to see you. >> the wall is back. it's the main priority and it's you and people like you who are blocking it and you will lose because he will shut down the government. does that resonate? >> that resonates to folks that he wants to get riled up. i think this is fear mongering after its very best. it's divisive. it throws salt on the wound of virginia, what just happened in charlottesville, virginia. it's unacceptable, divisive. he's making money away from medicaid who will hurt children,
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families, poor families, women. 60,000 people in the state of arizona will lose jobs if medicaid is cut. a great number, 400,000 people were not in the aca before it gotten acted and now they have health insurance. those are the people who will be hurt if he die vests money in the human capital and tries to build a divisive wall. >> i did set up this segment by saying there are a lot of republicans shy on the wall as well. if they decide to bring this to the floor, if the president is able to motivate this as part of the agenda, do you think there could be a shutdown over this? >> he's had trouble passing legislation. we saw what happened with obamacare. with everything he says and everything he pounds his chest, you may think he has absolute control.
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in fact, you have seen he has trouble, has stumbled a lot. a couple of his top advisers had to step down. he hasn't been able to dismantle obamacare. so he's had trouble in his first six, seven months in governing. he has trouble getting a consensus in congress, even though the republicans control both houses. i wouldn't say it's a done deal, absolutely not. there's many of us on both sides of the aisle, i think it's a bad idea. >> people were loving it last night at a trump valley in arizona. also loving when he suggested that sheriff joe arpaio will be just fine. he suggested that the sheriff was punished for doing his job. do you agree? >> here he goes again, compromising the rule of law. this is a nation of laws. this sheriff has been found guilty of profiling. basically profiling is a horrendous act of any person of
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law enforcement. he's been held in contempt by a court of law. and here is the president of the united states undermining an important branch of government, the judiciary branch of government. this is horrendous, again, flaming divisiveness, the one-liners to try to press the buttons and get his base to rile up as he did in virginia which is horrendous. >> the president last night basically blamed charlottesville on me, on the media. he said i said it all, but it wasn't enough, wasn't early enough. the comments that he gave -- attributed to himself last night were incomplete. i want to play you the sound. >> here is what i said on saturday, we're closely following the terrible events in charlottesville. this is me speaking.
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we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. that's me speaking on saturday. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. it's been going on for a long time in our country. >> he left those words out, and it can't be an accident. he also left out that he said there were good people on both sid sides. why do those words matter? >> had you taken those video shots that cnn and other media outlets gave the american people of what happened in virginia and made them in black and white, you would have thought you were looking at the history channel and nazi germany. these guys with torches chanting this anti-semitic slogans, unheard of.
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i'm in my early 60s, but i haven't seen anything like this before that i can remember. so for him to conveniently leave these people out and equate anti prote protesters with white supremacists, that's throwing salt in the wound, inflaming bigotry, the legacy of the confederacy. that's what this guy is standing for. that's why some very important people are questioning his fitness to rule our country. >> one thing is for sure. when you get back in session, there are going to be some battles to be fought, and we will be covering it every step of the way. congressman, thank you for being with us. appreciate it. >> alisyn. >> president trump's supporters react to the president's response to charlottesville. watch this. >> how many of you, show of hands, were troubled by the president's response to the violence in charlottesville?
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president trump again attacked the press last night trying to blame the media for his controversial comments on charlottesville. as you're about to hear, those attacks on the press are making a lasting impression. on monday i sat down with trump voters to get their take. they have very strong opinions about who was to blame for violence in charlottesville and where they go to get their informati information. >> how many of you, show of hands, were troubled by the president's response to the violence in charlottesville? none of you minded how president trump responded? >> no. >> no. >> no. >> i didn't see anything wrong with it. he addressed the problem. let's face reality, there are
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problems on both sides. >> do you think that neo-nazis and white supremacists are the same as those who are protesting them? >> i think it's ridiculous to have me shoes between hitler and stalin which is what i consider both groups are. >> why are the people who turned out to protest nazis, why are they stalin to you? >> antifa is a stalinist type group. if you're willing to set fires and burn things to the ground, they're the same group. >> they didn't use those tactics in charlottesville. >> i blame the government. >> why do you blame the governor or government for white supremacists running down a crowd of people and killing someone? >> because they didn't protect the people that day. >> the people who were marching with the seens, do you see them as neo-nazis and white supremacists? >> it hasn't been investigated. i've seen videos of other people who were out there who were not neo-nazis. >> you believe there were very fine people protesting?
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>> yes, i do. >> how do you know that? >> i'm telling you from videos that i've seen. >> what's the source of your videos? >> facebook. when i tried to repost those videos, they wouldn't allow me. >> is it possible they're not credible? >> could be. like i said, they need to investigate and see exactly what was going on out there. >> vice did an investigation of the people who went there with a purpose to march for neo-nazis. let me just play a clip. >> jews will not replace us. jews will not replace us. jews will not replace us. jews will not replace it. >> blood and soil. >> blood and soil. blood and soil. >> blood and soil was a nazi slogan. you heard them say jews will not replace us. is it possible that very fine people were in that crowd? >> not in that group. but those crazy -- i don't know
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what else to call them. probably can't say it on tv. they still had the right to say those crazy things. >> that's the night before the clash happened. the antifa people, the protesters, they didn't show up friday night. they showed up saturday. these protesters showed up the second day, came there to do battle. they showed up with helmets, body aur more, balloons filled with urine. >> these guys showed up with semi-automatic weapons. >> in the state of virginia open carry is legal. >> it seems to me you're giving these guys a green light? >> not at all. >> no. >> why do you seem more angry at antifa than the neo-nazis? >> i'm not more angry. it's equal. the media is not only focusing on neo-nazis and trump supporters to be the problem. the reality is what trump said, there were two sides. >> was there not trouble on both
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sides? i saw bats on both sides. >> there was violence on both sides of world war ii, also, but we were on the right side. there's a right side or wrong side. >> if there were some people in antifa, but most of them wu students instead of heather heyer. >> she got killed because they didn't protect her. >> who killed her? >> to be honest with you i don't know because it hasn't been investigated yet. >> but we know who the suspect is. >> i don't trust anything that the news media says anymore. the fact of the matter is, we haven't heard from this young man -- when i first heard this, me, myself, i'll tell you, some stuff ran through my mind. i'm like maybe he has a panic attack. >> why are you giving him a pass? >> i'm not giving him a pass. >> why are you thinking a white supremacist had a panic attack. >> how can he be a supremacist of anything when he's 20 years
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old. >> i think we're moving away from the point of what this conversation should be. what happened that day was a tragedy and should never have happened to begin with. no one here is supporting the neo-nazis or the white supremacists. that narrative is really negative. but what we are talking about is president trump's response. he stood in front of america and he condemned the violence that occurred that day. >> you're talking about 300 or 400 people. >> neo-nazis. >> there's 60 million people who voted for trpz. those people aren't nothing. democrats have idiots, republicans have idiots. we're talking about the 60 million that's for trump. we don't stuff like that. >> why isn't it the easiest thing in the world for the president to say neo-nazis have no place in this country. >> he did. >> he said it monday. >> it just happened. >> i think a great portion is a conspiracy. i think it was a setup. >> from whom? >> from whom? >> i think people who want to
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derail our president. there were buses coming in with lots of young people. >> protesters. >> protesters coming off the same bus with some wearing black lives matter and some wearing kkk shirts. they were brought in to cause a controversy. >> where are you getting your evidence? >> a lot of it on facebook. >> you saw something on facebook. >> yes. the protesters, the antifa people had an ad on craigslist recruiting people for $25 an hour to show up for the protests in charlottesville. >> and you trust facebook more than news organizations? >> oh, yes, live video who shot it, yes. >> you trust your facebook feed even though you don't know the origin -- >> the people are our friends. >> even though you can't tell me the source of these videos. >> i can pull them up off facebook. >> okay. let me see those. show me what you found on your
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phone. >> i tweeted it off. i'm sorry. there are videos, if you google charlottesville, virginia, protesters videos, they all start popping up into the feed on facebook. >> i also have a young man who says they saw these people, six buses lined up, someone who lives in charlottesville, six buses were lined and people were getting off the bus with kkk shirts and bln shirts. while that may not sound credible to a lot of people, to us that don't trust the news media, that could be very credible. >> well, that last claim of actors on buses showing up in charlottesville, it raised alarm bells for us. we wanted to find out the facts. up next, we'll show you how this charlottesville conspiracy theory was born. your eyes work as hard as you do. but do they need help making more of their own tears?
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six buses lined up and people were getting off the bus with kkk shirts on and bln shirts. i'm like what. while that may not sound credible to a lot of people, to us who don't trust the media, that could be very credible. >> that was a moment for our latest trump voter panel. what they were saying there is that they believe that many of the protesters in charlottesville were paid actors bused in to cause trouble. i asked them to show me the evidence. so after our taping, they sent us this video they saw on youtube. >> this was all a setup, you understand the whole thing. first of all, yu eyre not going to have on a kkk t-shirt and have on a black lives matter t-shirt getting off the same
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brand buses, parked bumper-to-bumper. i'm blamed that the woman who told me this is okay, because she was in that alley. it was not in the street where those people got hit. >> in other words, their source of this source is some guy in a car whose friend told him she saw buses in an alley arriving. that video i just showed you has been viewed more than 840,000 times. he, that guy there, also linked to an ad for a pr company looking apparently for actors to appear at celebrity events and, yes, rallies and protests in charlotte, north carolina, not charlottesville, virginia. still, that's interesting. so we chased that thread, as reporters do, and we found out that the owner of that pr company says he had nothing to do with charlottesville. our reporters on the ground in charlottesville saw nothing of any buses or what that guy in his car describes. the organizers of the rallies
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say they didn't hire anyone. let's discuss it with michael smerconish and salena zito, cnn contributor. michael, they see something on the facebook feed and resonates with them and becomes fact. >> there's nothing new about urban legend. i remember growing up and being told about the guy who had a hook for an arm, who used to terrorize couples on lover's lane. >> i remember that one. >> me, too. >> that was scary. >> what's changed is the internet world in which we live which awards the provocateurs among us. now, quote, unquote, news dissemination is all about attracting eyes and ears and mouse clicks. don't bore me with snopes.com or politico when i can go to alex
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jones and be told a story that might be fallacious. that panel was frightening to me. they're redeemable. the nazis are irredeemable. there's nothing we can do to bring them back into the fold of the country and frankly, i don't care to. in a nutshell you have just exhibited i think the greatest problem this country faces because it's going to long out last this president. whenever he may leave, this division based on false information is going to remain. >> salina, it's so disheartening to hear these folks who are nice people. believe me, i interact with these people all the time and do these voter panels and so do you, but to hear them say we don't trust the news media at all, we don't go to the news media for our information. it's so disheartening to think they feel they're getting better information on facebook. >> i do a lot of on-the-ground reporting and go to people's
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towns, to their homeless, to their communities, their churches and talk to them. it takes a long time to win over their trust. we really have a problem that we need to address that has been happening over time as the internet has grown and widened its scope and there's more connectivity. >> what is the answer? when you talk to them, what is the answer to convincing them that the news of the press, actually, we are doing fact checking, we are chasing sources, double-checking and making sure our sources are credible. this is our job, what we're tasked with. how do you convince them to come to trust us again? >> here is the problem. it's not that they don't always believe everything that we report. they don't believe they see the whole story. so i was with some trump supporters last night who were watching the show with me, watching the speech with me, and they were disheartened because we were switching chapennels, a
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what they saw was a focus on the protests and a focus on what he could do wrong, and they were really looking to hear from someone in the crowd saying, hey, this is why i came, this is why i love coming. >> i hear it all the time. why do you guys talk about the negative, wooi can't you just tell us positive things about the president? michael, that's not our job. >> i think our job is to be fiercely independent, and sometimes we fall down on that job. last night was particularly indicative of the problem as it relates to the president, because i was watching on cnn, and i thought this is extremely compelling, the way he's reached into his coat pocket, pulled out those prior statements and read them aloud. i sat there and kept waiting and waiting and waiting for him to repeat that which got him into trouble, and that never came. alisyn, i said to myself, do the
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20,000 people in phoenix even know that he was deceitful by omission, or are they going to go home and tune into fox news, listen to am talk radio and never be told that fact and, therefore, be none the wiser? >> look it's not our job to focus on the negative, it's our job to get the facts right. somehow, salina, we're just in this media world where it seems as though these -- these are the diehard trump supporters but not a fringe element, not a small portion of our country. let me show you the latest poll. this is a monmouth poll from just last week. is there anything that would make you disapprove of trump? among trump supporters, no, 61%. in other words, there's no information that anyone could ever present to make them feel
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less strongly about the president. he's the person who said i could shoot somebody on fifth avenue. >> i think what we're missing because trump is president and he's so combative, that we're missing that this is across the board, this distrust in media. we're not seeing it as much with the democrats because they're not the party ani . >> i see it on twitter, facebook, i see in the e-mails i get and interaction i have with people. there is a willingness to be so distrustful of big media, hollywood, companies. that's what populism is, a pushback of all things big. it's not just republicans that have these sentiments. these are across the board and it is a problem that began right at the beginning of the oregat right at the beginning of the
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vietnam war. there's only like 20%. >> look, obviously we're all doing soul searching in the press to make sure, to redouble our efforts every day to be fact-based, to get our facts absolutely right. we're doing that, and somehow, we're going to win people back over. michael, celina, thank you very much for analyzing all of this. >> on the policy side president trump is promising to lead the charge for a economic rebirth in coal country. but there's the decision to tell you about from his administration that could produce an even graver concern. we're going to break down the conflicting actions. next.
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cnn meteorologist has the forecast. >> it's cold front. it was a big storm through new york city area yesterday. this weather's brought to you by xyzal, the allergy medicine. the your allery should be better today. 15 to 20 degrees cooler today than yesterday. there's something else brews in our forecast. it is a major event for friday, st for texas. this will be the new harvey. harvey will be back. it's the same low pressure center here in texas. there could be areas, with 100% chance of development here that pick up 15 inches of rainfall. that could be centered over houston, corpus christie. anywhere over south texas, they don't need that without flooding. >> thank you for keeping an eye
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on that for us. the. meanwhile president trump promised the rebirth for the control industry but this could put the health of some people who live in coal country at risk. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn, president trump has promised to bring coal back. he's eliminated environmental rules they call burden some. -- increased rates of cancer and other serious diseases for people who live near those sites. donald trump has branded himself as the pro-coal president. >> as for those mine 0 nors -- scientists are warjing the administration's latest move may hurt more than help his base this coal country. a letter from the interior department has directed the in aing academies of sciences
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engineering and medicine to cease all actives on a study to determine whether people living in the coal mining sites are more prone to certain diseases like cancer. >> the evidence we have seen so far in over two dozen articles and studies have shown higher cancer rates, higher rates of heart and cardiovascular disease. >>. >> reporter: the agency said it put a hold on this study because of this changing budget situation. the study focussed on four states, west virginia, virginia, kentucky and tennessee where mountain top coal mining is most pref dent. in stae the waste from the process is dumped into streams and valleys nearby. >> president trump is showing that is looking out for the coal industry and the coal executives and not the people of a
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appalachia. >> issued an executive order reopening federal land to the new coal leases and rolled back environmental rules including ones aimed at requiring the coal industry to monitor and report toxic mining waste in waterways. >> they stop the the requirements for companies to report and now halted a study that would investigate whether there are in he public health impacts for communities that are in the vicinity of mountain top removal mining. that fits into an overall pattern of setting science aside. >> the national mining association, which represents coal miners pointed to a july study that said there's no conclusive evidence connects 0 mountain top mining with health hazards and questioned whether studying the health impacts is even necessary saying, quote, these mining practices today account for less than 1% of total u.s. coal production.
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>> and coal mining advocates say studies that show a link between cancer and mining don't take into account other lifestyle factors. it's also worth pointing out officials in west virginia actually asked for the study to be bun. the chris? >> that's an important point thank you very much. we're following a lot of news. what do you say? let's get after it. >> if you want to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news. >> th issue of charlottesville is the albatross around this administration's neck. >> they're trying to take away our culture and they've got clubs and everything. antifa. >> i found this down right scary and disturbing. i worry about frankly access to nuclear code. >> the president would very much like the president was and almost every one of his rallies. >> we were just one vote away from victory. >>

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