Nancy Pelosi BURIED Mitch McConnell After him Refused to Pass ‘#GUN’ Violence Bill


>>>THERE IS BREAK NEWS TO PRESENT ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING. KEY LEGISLATIVE VOICE AND GATE KEEPER WEIGHED IN. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL TELLING A KENTUCKY RADIO STATION THEY WILL PUT IT IN RED FLAG LAWS, QUOTE, FRONT AND CENTER WHEN THE SENATE RECONVENES AFTER THE SUMMER BREAK. HE DEE CLIEPD TO CALL SENATORS BACK FROM RECESS. WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS BEFORE THE BREAK WITH DAVID AXELROD. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SIGNALLED HIS OPENNESS TO MORE EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS WHICH DREW A WARNING FROM NAA CHIEF EXECUTIVE SAYING THIS WILL NOT PLAY WELL WITH HIS BASE. IF THE ENTIRE SCENARIO SEEMS KIND OF FAMILY IT IS AS DAVID AXELROD MENTIONED AFTER THE FLORIDA PARKLAND SHOOTINGS TALKING TO LAWMAKERS INCLUDING CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT AND SANDY HOOK, THE PRESIDENT ALSO TALKED ABOUT BACKING STRICTER GUN MEASURES. AND MOCKED LEGISLATORS, REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS ABOUT NOT STANDING UP TO THE NRA.>>MR. PRESIDENT, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE YOU THAT BRINGS THE REPUBLICANS TO THE TABLE ON THIS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE GUN LOBBY WOULD STOP IT IN ITS TRACKS.>>I LIKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY, CHRIS. I REALLY DO. I THINK IT’S TIME. IT’S TIME THAT A PRESIDENT STEPPED UP AND WE HAVEN’T HAD THEM AND I’M TALKING DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. THEY HAVE NOT STEPPED UP. AND THEY DO HAVE GREAT POWER. I AGREE WITH THAT. THEY HAVE GREAT POWER OVER YOU PEOPLE. THEY HAVE LESS POWER OVER ME. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE PETRIFIED OF THE NRA. YOU CAN’T BE PETRIFIED. THEY WANT TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT AND THEY’RE GOING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT.>>WHETHER YOU CONSIDER IT RIGHT OR WRONG, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT DO WHAT HE SAID HE COULD MAKE THEM DO, HE DID WHAT THEY TOLD HIM TO DO. JOINING US IS DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OHIO CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN WHO TOOK PART OF A CARAVAN WHO TRAVELED TO LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, TRYING TO PUT PRESSURE ON LEADER McCONNELL. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. YOU HEARD WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID AFTER THE PARKLAND SHOOTING. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPECTATION THIS MOMENT WILL BE ANY DIFFERENT? HE’S BASICALLY SAYING THE SAME THING NOW. HE WANTS STRICTER BACKGROUND CHECKS AND HE’LL DO WHAT IT TAKES, BUT, YOU KNOW, HE SAID THAT BEFORE AND THE NRA SAID NO.>>YEAH, I THINK WE HAVE TO BE SKEPTICAL, WHICH IS WHY WE’RE HERE. WE THINK WE NEED TO PUT THE POLITICAL PRESSURE NOT ONLY ON MITCH McCONNELL AND HIS HOME STATE, BUT ALSO OTHER REPUBLICAN SENATORS AROUND THE COUNTRY. I THINK THERE’S BEEN A SHIFT ON THE GROUND. I SAW IT — YOU CAN HEAR THE ENTHUSIASM HERE. YOU KNOW, I HEARD IT IN DAYTON. IT WENT FROM REPUBLICANS COMING UP TO ME, ANDERSON, AFTER THE VIGIL SAYING, YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING. I’M A REPUBLICAN, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING. THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR. I THINK THE SHIFT ON THE GROUND IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AND I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE PRESSURE HAS GOT TO COME, FROM THE BOTTOM UP, NOT THE TOP DOWN. AGAIN, WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE HUNTING RIFLES. WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE AWAY PEOPLE’S ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HOME AND PROTECT THEIR FAMILY. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. I’M A HUNTER, I TAKE OUR OLDER SON HUNTING, WHO IS 16 YEARS OLD, ONCE A YEAR. THIS IS DUCK HUNTING. THIS IS ABOUT WEAPONS OF WAR SLAUGHTERING PEOPLE IN EL PASO AND DAYTON AND OTHER CITIES.>>YOU MADE THE ROAD TRIP TO KENTUCKY HOPING TO PUT PRESSURE ON SENATOR McCONNELL. HE’S OPENING TO KRLG RED FLAG LAWS AND INCREASING BACK GROUND CHECKS. ARE YOU ENCOURAGED BY THAT OR SKEPTICAL?>>WELL, AGAIN, THESE GUYS TRY TO SLOW WALK THINGS. THEY THROW A LITTLE SHINY OBJECT UP AND I THINK THEY KNOW I’M TALKING TO YOU, ANDERSON. BUT THEY PUT THESE SHINY OBJECTS UP AND THEY GET EVERYBODY DISTRACTED ON THEM, AND SO THAT TAKES THE FOCUS OFF THE REAL THING. AND THEY HOPE TO SLOW WALK IT UNTIL THE NEWS CYCLE CHANGES. THAT’S WHAT WE CANNOT LET HAPPEN THIS TIME. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP THE FOCUS ON IT. SO IF YOU WANT TO HAVE AN HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT RED FLAGS, I THINK THAT’S AN IMPORTANT STEP THAT WE CAN ALL TAKE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, BUT WE’VE GOT TO GO FURTHER THAN THAT. WE HAVE TO GET THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILL AND CLOSE THAT CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE.>>IN TERMS OF LARGE CAPACITY BAN, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO APPETITE AMONG CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS FOR THOSE STEPS. DO YOU HAVE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT MIGHT CHANGE?>>NO, I DON’T THINK SO. I MEAN, AGAIN, WE’VE GOT TO SLOWLY BUILD THIS PRESSURE UP. AND I THINK RALLIES LIKE THIS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FROM GROUPS LIKE MOMS DEMAND ACTION, THEY’RE PULLING IN REPUBLICANS, THEY’RE PULLING IN SPORTS MEN AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND I THINK IT’S STARTING TO BUILD, ANDERSON. PEOPLE ASK ME, WHY IS THIS DIFFERENT? I THINK IT STARTED TO ACCUMULATE. AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK WHEN PEOPLE WENT TO BED ON SATURDAY NIGHT, HEARTBROKEN ABOUT EL PASO AND WENT TO SLEEP AND WOKE UP AND THEIR PHONE ALERTS WERE TELLING THEM ABOUT DAYTON, OHIO, I THINK THAT HAS LIT A FIRE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SOMETHING TO ACTUALLY GET DONE. SO THE PRESSURE IS COMING FROM THE BOTTOM UP. I HOPE THESE REPUBLICANS DON’T THINK IT’S LIKE IT USED TO BE BECAUSE IT’S NOT AND YOU CAN FEEL IT ON THE GROUND.>>CONGRESSMAN RYAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU.>>>THREE MORE BIG EXITS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TODAY. TRIFECTA OF RESIGNATIONS. WE’LL TELL YOU WHO AND WHY NEXT. INTELLIGENCE HAS BEEN NAMED TO REPLACE THE OUTGOING DIRECTOR DAN COATS. IT’S ANOTHER ACTING APPOINTMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE PIT JOSEPH MCGUIRE, THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER. COATS IS NUMBER 2, WILL ALSO NOW BE LEAVING. HER NAME SUE GORDON. SHE RESIGNED AS TWO OTHER OFFICIALS JOINED THE EXODUS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION. SECRETARY OF STATE KIMBERLY BRYER IS OUT AFTER A REPORTED CLASH WITH THE WHITE HOUSE OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY. AND A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT ALSO QUIT, CHUCK PARK IS HIS NAME, SAYING IN A PRETTY SCATHING NEW EDITORIAL HE WROTE, HE SAYS HE CAN NO LONGER JUSTIFY BEING PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S, QUOTE, COMPLACENT STATE. HE WRITES, QUOTE, THE COME PLACEANT STATE SAWS WHEN THE IMMIGRANT SHAKES HIS HEAD WHEN HE DEFENDS CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN, CHILDREN IN DETENTION CAMPS THEN COMPLIES WITH ORDERS. ASHAMED OF HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO MAKE THIS DECISION.>>>WANT TO BRING IN THE CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS MAX BOOT. THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, TRADITIONALLY SHE WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER AS ACTING DIRECTOR WHEN DAN COATS DEPARTS THIS MONTH. IT’S BEEN PRETTY CLEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT WANT HER IN THAT POST, THOUGH HE HAD TO AT ONE POINT SAID SOME NICE THINGS ABOUT HER. HOW DO YOU SEE HER RESIGNATION?>>WELL, I THINK IT’S CERTAINLY A BAD SIGNAL, ANDERSON, BECAUSE SUE GORDON IS SOMEBODY WHO WAS UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED, OVER 30-YEAR CAREER IN INTELLIGENCE. SHE WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS SEEN AS A VERY COMPETENT AND NONPOLITICAL PROFESSIONAL. BUT SOMEHOW SHE FELL AFOUL OF DONALD TRUMP. WE’RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHY, BUT DONALD TRUMP, JR., JUST LAST WEEK, YOU KNOW, ISSUED THIS CRAZY BIZARRE TWEET WHERE HE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, THE RUMORS ABOUT HER BEING BESTIES WITH BRENNAN, JOHN BRENNAN AND THE REST OF THE CLOWN CADRE MUST BE 100% TRUE BECAUSE ADAM SCHIFF RECOMMENDED HER FOR THE POST OF ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. I MEAN, THAT IS JUST CRAZY. THEY’RE SORT OF PARANOID, CONSPIRATORIAL AND SURE EVERYBODY ELSE IS CONSPIRATORIAL, TOO, WHEREAS ADAM SCHIFF, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WAS JUST DELIVERING THE UNIVERSAL JUDGMENT OF INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS IN WASHINGTON, WHICH WAS THAT SUE GORDON WAS THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE POST.>>I’M GLAD THAT YOU QUOTED DONNY TRUMP, JR., WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO STUDYING INTELLIGENCE MATTERS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY. SO THE PRESIDENT’S PICK FOR ACTING DNI, ADMIRAL JOSEPH MCGUIRE, HE IS A STRONG MILITARY AND COUNTERTERRORISM BACKGROUND. HE’S CERTAINLY MORE QUALIFIED THAN CONGRESSMAN JOHN RATCLIFFE WHO THE PRESIDENT WANTED IN THAT POST PERMANENTLY.>>RIGHT. I MEAN, WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS APPOINTMENT, I’M REMINDED OF A VERSION OF CHURCH HILL’S CLIP ABOUT AMERICA. IN THE CASE OF TRUMP I WOULD SAY THAT HE SOMETIMES DOES THE RIGHT THING, BUT ONLY AFTER EXHAUSTING ALL THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES. AND, OF COURSE, IN THE CASE OF THE DNI JOB, HE TRIED TO APPOINT JOHN RATCLIFFE. THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN WHO FALSIFIED HIS BACKGROUND AND HAD NO QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER IN INTELLIGENCE, AND NOW, YOU KNOW, TRUMP GOT RID OF SUE GORDON. BUT AT LEAST MERCYFULLY, THE ACTING POST IS GOING TO FORMER VICE ADMIRAL JOE MCGUIRE WHO IS ALSO WELL RESPECTED, A PROFESSIONAL NAVY SEALE. WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO BE THE PERMANENT, YOU KNOW, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. IS TRUMP GOING TO TRY TO APPOINT SOMEBODY LIKE DEVIN NUNES, WHICH WOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE BEYOND HIM.>>THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER WHO RESIGNED TODAY IN THAT REALLY BLISTERING “WASHINGTON POST” OP-ED, HE OBJECT OLAJUWONED THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE CALLED A TOXIC AGENDA FOR A DIPLOMAT TO SAY THAT, IT’S PRETTY RARE. DIPLOMATS RESIGN IN PROTEST, BUT THEY DON’T OFTEN PEN AN OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON POST.>>RIGHT. I THINK, YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW CHUCK PARK, BUT HIS SENTIMENTS REFLECT SOMETHING THAT I HEAR FROM MY FRIENDS IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE. THEY ARE VERY DISCOURAGED AND VERY DEMORALIZED AND THEY’RE KIND OF TRYING TO KEEP THEIR HEADS DOWN AND A LOT OF THEM ARE SAYING, I’M TRYING TO GET ASSIGNED AS FAR AWAY FROM THE UNITED STATES AS I CAN. I’M DISTURBED BY WHAT’S GOING ON. A LOT OF THEM ARE TRYING TO WAIT OUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND HOPING FOR BETTER, MORE SANER TIMES IN THE FUTURE. OBVIOUSLY IN THE CASE OF CHUCK PARK, HIS CONSCIENCE NAGGED HIM AND HE FELT HE COULD NOT BE PART OF THIS MONSTROUS ADMINISTRATION. YOU KNOW, I ADMIRE HIM AND I RESPECT HIS STAND ON PRINCIPLE, BUT IT’S A VERY DIFFICULT DILEMMA, ANDERSON, I THINK EVERYBODY IN THE GOVERNMENT FACES BECAUSE IF ALL OF THE GOOD PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE, IF ALL OF THE DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANTS RESIGNED IN PROTEST, WHO IS GOING TO BE LEFT? IT’S GOING TO BE PEOPLE LIKE STEPHEN MILLER AND THESE CRAZY IDEOLOGUES WHO RUN THE GOVERNMENT.>>THEY MIGHT DERIDE THEM AS BUREAUCRATS OR DEEP STATE. BUT THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO SERVICE, IN THIS CASE, THE FOREIGN SERVICE. AND, YOU KNOW, SERVE IN EVERY ADMINISTRATION. THE IDEA IS THEY ARE SERVING THE COUNTRY, NOT THE POLITICAL WINDS. AND TO HAVE THESE PEOPLE — ALL THE KNOWLEDGE THEY’VE ACQUIRED AND THE EXPERTISE THEY’VE ACQUIRED, TO HAVE THAT JUST DISAPPEAR OBVIOUSLY LONG TERM, THAT’S NOT A GOOD THING FOR THE U.S., FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT. MAX, I APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US.>>THAT’S SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T COMPUTE WITH TRUMP BECAUSE FOR HIM IT’S 100% ABOUT POLITICS, EVEN THESE HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES ARE ALL ABOUT POLITICS AND LOOKING OUT FOR HIMSELF, SO HE CAN’T IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT WHO ARE ACTUAL>>>WELL, FOR THE HURDLES FOR GUN CONTROL ACTIVISTS BEGINS WITH CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE. AS WE REPORTED EARLIER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MACON, GEORGIA CONNELL IS PROMISING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND RED FLAGS WILL BE FRONT AND CENTER, ABOUT NOT UNTIL AFTER THE AUGUST RECESS. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI CALLED OUT A LETTER TODAY, SAYING WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PASS GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BACKGROUND CHECKS. HOWEVER, LEADER MITCH McCONNELL DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS THE GRIM REAPER HAS BEEN AN OBSTACLE TO TAKING ANY ACTION. PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO DOES NOT APPEAR ENTHUSIASTIC FOR ANYTHING THAT COULD ANGER THE NRA, HOWEVER, IN A SECOND STATEMENT TONIGHT PELOSI AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER WRITE, QUOTE, THE PRESIDENT GAVE US HIS A SHURNGSS HE WOULD REVIEW THE STALLED BACKGROUND CHECKS LEGISLATION.>>>JOINING ME NOW TO DISCUSS THIS FORMER PROSECUTOR CHIEF LEGAL ANALYST JEFFREY TUBIN AND SENIOR POLITICAL COMMENTATOR RICK SANTORUM. SENATOR SANTORUM, DO YOU AGREE WITH PELOSI THAT THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PASS BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION? IS THERE AN APPETITE FOR THAT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE?>>I THINK IT’S REALLY INTERESTING THAT SHE SAID WE’LL WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO WHAT WE WANT, WHICH IS TO PASS OUR AGENDA. NOT A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACTUALLY TRY TO SOLVE THE BROADER PROBLEM OF HOW WE LIMIT WHAT IS THIS, YOU KNOW, INCREASING VIOLENCE, MASS SHOOTINGS, WHICH INVOLVES A WHOLE VARIETY OF THINGS THAT THERE ACTUALLY ARE BIPARTISAN IDEAS AROUND. SHE DIDN’T SAY THAT. SHE SAID, YOU HAVE TO PASS WHAT WE WANT AND BE BIPARTISAN ABOUT IT, AS OPPOSED TO, LET’S ACTUALLY TRY TO WORK TOGETHER AND SEE IF WE CAN COME UP WITH A PACKAGE OF THINGS THAT MAY INCLUDE SOME AMOUNT OF GUN CONTROL OR RED FLAG LAWS AS A PACKAGE OF THINGS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MORE, FRANKLY, LESS POLITICAL AND MORE PRODUCTIVE WAY OF ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.>>JEFF?>>RICK, YOU KNOW THAT’S NOT TRUE. I MEAN, THERE IS NO WAY MITCH McCONNELL IS GOING TO SUPPORT ANY SORT OF GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. AND LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT LIKE FACTS HERE. THE REASON THAT NINE PEOPLE DIED IN 30 SECONDS IN DAYTON IS BECAUSE THE GUNMAN COULD — HAD MAGAZINES WHERE HE HAD 100 BULLETS — 100 BULLETS — IN ONE WITHOUT RELOADING. HE HAD THAT DEVICE ON IT. AND YOU THINK THAT SHOULD STILL BE LEGAL, RIGHT?>>LOOK, I THINK THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE WORTH A DEBATE. WE TALKED — LOOK AT THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING, BUMP STOCKS AND THINGS — WE HAD A GOOD DEBATE ABOUT IT AND THINGS WERE ACTUALLY BEING TALKED ABOUT TO MOVE FORWARD AND TRY TO LIMIT THOSE. SO I THINK THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES ON THE MARGINS, AND I SAY ON THE MARGINS BECAUSE, REMEMBER, WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, A INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO POSSESS A FIREARM. SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT HOW WE LIMIT THAT. BUT, LOOK, I THINK TALKING ABOUT THAT, MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO DEAL WITH THAT. BUT THE IDEA THAT, YOU KNOW, WELL, WE CAN’T TOUCH GUN CONTROL, LOOK, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT GUN CONTROL A LOT IN THE CONGRESS. THEY DID WHEN I WAS THERE. AND SOME OF IT PASSED. THE REASON, THE REASON IT DOESN’T PASS NOW IS BECAUSE THOSE GUN CONTROL MEASURES HAVE BY AND LARGE NOT WORKED.>>THAT IS, THAT IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE, THAT GUN CONTROL IS — CERTAINLY HAS WORKED A LOT BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE. AND THE IDEA THAT — >>WHAT ELSE?>>– THERE IS SOME NATIONAL INTEREST IN HAVING ASSAULT WEAPONS BE LEGAL, WHAT IS THE VALUE THAT IS PROTECTED BY — WHAT IS THE REASON WHY IT’S IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST TO HAVE ASSAULT WEAPONS LEGAL TO PURCHASE?>>AN ASSAULT WEAPON IS SIMPLY A DESIGN OF A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON THAT SOME PEOPLE REFER TO AS AN ASSAULT WEAPON. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ASSAULT WEAPON. AS YOU KNOW THEY HAD A HARD TIME BACK IN THE ’90s WHEN CLINTON PASSED IT TO DEFINE WHAT ASSAULT WEAPONS IS. IT IS A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON LIKE ALMOST EVERY HUNTING RIFLE IN AMERICA IS A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON. AECHL YOU SAY IT’S HARD TO DEFINE ASSAULT WEAPONS. DO YOU THINK THE PEOPLE IN WALMART COULD DEFINE ASSAULT WEAPON, THE PEOPLE SHOT BY THEM?>>AS YOU KNOW, JEFFREY, YOU’RE A LAWYER. IT’S NOT A MATTER OF WHAT PEOPLE IN WALMART DECIDE, IT’S WHAT’S IN THE STATUTE. IT’S NOT EASY TO DEFINE AND IT CAN BE PROBLEMATIC.>>I’M SORRY, GO AHEAD.>>SO THE ANSWER IS LET’S, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT IS EFFECTIVE. YOU SAY IT’S MORE EFFECTIVE THAN ANYTHING ELSE THAT’S BEEN TRIED. I WOULD ARGUE A LOT HASN’T BEEN TRIED. FOR EXAMPLE, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THESE RED FLAG LAWS. I HAVE IN PRINCIPLE NO PROBLEM AT ALL WITH RED FLAGS LAWS AS LONG AS THERE IS DUE PROCESS THAT PEOPLE CAN’T ARBITRARILY GET DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A GUN, BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOME SORT OF PROCESS BY WHICH THEY GO THROUGH TO COME TO THAT ADJUDICATION.>>YOU KNOW, EVEN A RED FLAG LAWS, WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO BE GETTING BEHIND RIGHT NOW, THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO IT. ADVOCATES FOR MENTALLY ILL WILL POINT OUT AND SAY, LOOK, SO FIREFIGHTERS FROM 9/11 WHO SUFFERED FROM PTSD OR POLICE OFFICERS FROM 9/11 SUFFERED FROM PTSD, SHOULD THEY NOT BE ABLE TO EVER GET A FIREARM AGAIN BECAUSE THEY — >>THAT’S WHY I BELIEVE WE HAVE TO HAVE DUE PROCESS. WE CAN’T JUST SAY, WELL, YOUR CASE LOOKS SUSPECT AND SO WIRE GOI WE’RE GOING TO PUT YOU ON A LIST. THAT’S WHAT CALIFORNIA LAW AND OTHER LAWS DO. YOU GET NAMED ON A LIST AND YOU HAVE TO GET YOURSELF OFF THAT LIST. THAT’S NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. THE STATES THAT HAVE DONE IT, MANY OF THEM HAVE DONE IT THE WRONG WAY. WHAT LINDSEY GRAHAM IS WORKING ON, WE’RE WILLING TO HAVE A PROCESS THAT MAKES SURE MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ARE DEPRIVED THE RIGHT TO HAVE A GUN. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S A FAIR PROCESS.>>THIS IS WHY RICK AND THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE WINNING, IS BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT ON YOUR SIDE. YOU HAVE AT LEAST THE SENATE ON YOUR SIDE. YOU HAVE THE COURTS ON YOUR SIDE NOW BECAUSE THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION HAS SUCCEEDED IN TURNING THE SECOND AMENDMENT INTO SOMETHING IT WAS NEVER IN AMERICAN HISTORY UNTIL 2008, AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT. AND NOW YOU HAVE CLARENCE THOMAS AND BRETT KAVANAUGH AND NEIL GORSUCH AND SAMUEL ALITO ON THE SUPREME COURT WHO ALL WANT TO MAKE ALL OF THESE LAWS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. SO THIS IS THE PROBLEM — THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT GUN CONTROL SUPPORTERS HAVE NOW THAT IT’S NOT JUST THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION’S POLITICAL POWER. IT’S THEIR JUDICIAL POWER AS WELL.>>AS YOU WELL KNOW, JEFFREY, THERE ARE PLENTY OF LAWS ABOUT GUNS THAT BAR CERTAIN GUNS FROM BEING IN THE HANDS OF AMERICANS. YOU CAN’T HAVE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WITHOUT — YOU CAN GET SOME AN TEER ANTIQUES AND SPECIAL PERMITS. A SUPPRESSOR — >>SILENCER.>>SILENCER, THEY HAVE TO BE FEDERAL — THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF LAWS THAT KEEP FIREARMS OUT OF THE HANDS OF AMERICANS. WHAT WE DO HAVE IS AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT FOR OBVIOUSLY SPORTING PURPOSES, BUT ALSO FOR THE IMPORTANT RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE. AND THAT’S WHAT THE COURT HAS UPHELD.>>RICK, IF THERE ARE SO MANY LAWS RESTRICTING GUNS IN AMERICA, HOW COME THERE ARE MORE GUNS THAN PEOPLE IN AMERICA?>>THE REALITY IS THAT MOST OF THOSE GUNS, AS YOU KNOW, ARE HANDGUNS AND GUNS THAT ARE USED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE SOME THAT ARE USED PRIMARILY, AS YOU CALL, ASSAULT WEAPONS THAT ARE USED PRIMARILY FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE. BUT THE REALITY IS THAT MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, LAW ABIDING CITIZENS USE GUNS FOR LAW ABIDING PURPOSES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND TO ENJOY SHOOTING AND OTHER TYPES OF SPORTS. AND WHAT WE NEED ARE LAWS THAT DON’T INFRINGE UPON THOSE RIGHTS AND MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE THOSE GUNS DON’T GET THEM, INCLUDING PROSECUTING GUN CRIMES, WHICH IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS A VERY POOR RECORD OF.>>SENATOR SANTORUM, I >>>GOOD EVENING. CHRIS CUOMO IS OFF TONIGHT. WE BEGIN WITH KAMALA HARRIS IN IOWA AS ARE MANY OTHER CANDIDATES. SHE SPOKE AT LENGTH WITH KIM LAW ABOUT THE SHOOTING IN TEXAS AND THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION TO THEM. PRESIDENT TRUMP NAMING A NEW ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. JOSEPH McGUIRE WHO CURRENTLY RUNS THE COUNTER TERRORISM CENTER. THIS CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THAT SUE GORDON, THE NUMBER TWO INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL AND LONG TIME PROFESSIONAL WOULD RESIGN.>>THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR BUS TOUR. I WANT TO GET TO THE NEWS ABOUT SUE GORDON LEAVING. SECOND IN COMMAND. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS RESIGNATION?>>I MEAN, I’M NOT SURPRISED. I’M ON THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. I MEET ON A CONSISTENT BASIS WITH LEADERS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE HARD WORKING. THEY ARE PATRIOTS TO THEIR CORE. AND I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE’S LEAVING. I THINK THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LESS THAN SUPPORTIVE OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR WORK AND THE KIND OF SACRIFICE THAT THEY PUT INTO IT. SO YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CARRIES THE ROLE OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BUT CODDLES AND CUDDLES UP TO STRONG MEN AROUND THE WORLD WHEN THE TENSION COMMUNITY HAS TOLD US, RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT OUR PRESIDENT PREFERS TO TAKE THE WORD OF THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT OVER THE WORD OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ON THE ISSUE OF, THE STUDENT WHO WAS KILLED. AN AMERICAN STUDENT WHO WAS KILLED. THE PRESIDENT PREFERS TO TAKE WORD OF THE NORTH KOREAN DICTATOR ON THE SUBJECT OF A JOURNALIST WHO WAS ASSASSINATED. A JOURNALIST WHO HAD AMERICAN CREDENTIALS. HE PREFERS TO TAKE THE WORD OF A SAUDI PRINCE OVER THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I THINK THE PEOPLE WHO DO THAT WORK DO IT WITH GREAT PURPOSE AND WITH A SENSE OF REAL COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION’S SECURITY. IF YOU HAVE EVER GONE TO THE BUILDINGS WHERE THEY WORK, YOU’LL KNOW, YOU WILL SEE STARS ON A WALL WITH NO NAMES BECAUSE SO MUCH OF THE WORK THEY DO IS WORK THEY CAN’T TAKE CREDIT FOR. SO THEY DO IT NOT FOR ANY SELFISH PURPOSE.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. HE RECENTLY VISITED EL PASO AND TODAY THERE’S VIDEO OF HIM TALKING ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE CROWDS. YOU HEARD ABOUT WHAT HE SAID. SHOULD HE HAVE EVEN GONE TO DAYTON AND EL PASO?>>HE’S JUST SO — HIS PRE OCCUPATION WITH SIZE. I’LL LEAVE THAT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO ANALYZE. BUT I WILL SAY THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS USED THE PLATFORM GIVEN TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN A WAY THAT IS ABOUT TRYING TO DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY. HE HAS USED LANGUAGE THAT IS BORN OUT OF HATE. AND HE GENERALLY SHOWS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY NATURAL ABILITY TO HAVE EMPATHY. OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD VISIT AND BE IN A PLACE HAS EXPERIENCED SUCH TRAGEDY. I THINK THIS PRESIDENT DOESN’T REALLY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HAVE EMPATHY AND I JUST, YOU KNOW, MY HEART GOES OUT TO NOT ONLY THE FAMILIES BUT ALSO THE LEADERS OF THOSE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE TRYING TO PULL IT TOGETHER AND STAND STRONG.>>DO YOU BELIEVE THAT HE IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST?>>I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK HIM THAT QUESTION.>>ARE YOU WILLING TO SAY THAT?>>I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK HIM THAT QUESTION. I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT HIS ANSWER IS.>>JOE BIDEN HAS SAID FAYE THE PRESIDENT, WHAT HE HAS DONE, ENCOURAGES WHITE SUPREMACY. THAT HE DOESN’T FEEL THERE’S MUCH OF A DISTINCTION AND WHAT HE IS DOING MAY BE WORSE. DO YOU COULNCUR?>>I THINK THAT’S RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS, WE DON’T EVEN NEED TO, THE SAD THING ABOUT THIS IS IT IS NO LONGER A DEBATABLE POINT. THERE IS JUST A LONG LIST OF STATEMENTS AND TWEETS AND BEHAVIORS FROM THIS PRESIDENT THAT MAKE IT VERY CLEAR. HE POSSESSES HATE THAT HE WAS DIVISIVE AND A RACIST.>>IS IT IMPORTANT TO CALL HIM A WHITE SUPREMACIST?>>I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CALL IT WHAT IT IS, WHICH IS THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO DOES NOT REFLECT THE VALUES OF WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE. HE IS SOMEONE WHO GIVES, WHO EMPOWERS WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND WHO CONDONES THEIR BEHAVIOR AND THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF PRESIDENT THAT I THINK MOST AMERICANS CAN BE PROUD OF. MUCH LESS SUPPORT.>>SENATE LEADER MITCH McCONNELL HAS SIGNALED THAT HE WILL AT LEAST TALK ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE RE FLAG LAWS. AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE BODY. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HIS SHIFT?>>I THINK HE NEEDS TO PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR AND CALL ALL OF US BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO VOTE ON IT RIGHT AWAY.>>HE DOESN’T WANT TO CALL PEOPLE THAT. HE SAID HE WILL MAKE IT FRONT AND CENTER.>>WE HAVE TO JUDGE EVERYONE BY THEIR CONDUCT. NOT JUST THEIR WORDS.>>AND WE CAN’T LET THIS GO WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE.>>WE’RE ON THE BUS.>>TELL ME WITH WHAT THIS IS. WE ARE ON THE BUS.>>WE’RE RIGHT NOW IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA. AND WE ARE FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS GOING TO BE ON THIS BUS TRAVELING THROUGHOUT IOWA FROM RIVER TO RIVER. TALKING ABOUT OUR 3:00 A.M. AGENDA. THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND HOW WE’LL SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS I DO BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A PROBLEM SOLVING PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE KIND OF PRESIDENT I INTEND TO BE.>>DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PROBLEM SOLVING THAT YOU’RE FOCUSING ON, NOT LOOKING AT, I THINK YOU’VE SAID, YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE STRUCTURAL CHANGE OR BE TOO IDEOLOGICAL. YOU WANT TO SOLVE THE KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES.>>I WANT TO SOLVE THE THINGS THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. ABOUT HERRING CONSIDERATION THEY KEEP A JOB OR GET A JOB? CAN THEY FAYE BILLS BY THE END OF THE MONTH? THOSE BREAD AND BUTTER ISSUES THAT LITERALLY WAKE PEOPLE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BECAUSE THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER THEY WILL SEE A WEEK THROUGH, MUCH LAES MONTH THROUGH. THOSE ARE MY PRIORITIES.>>SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE WHO WON REGULARLY, TRUMP WITH MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. THEY ARE A BIT MORE SWEEPING. A LARGER VISION. YOU’VE TAKEN A DIFFERENT ROUTE. DO YOU SENSE VOTERS ARE LOOKING FOR THIS?>>I THINK THAT AMERICANS WANT IN A LEADER SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY SEES THEIR LIFE AND IS INTERESTED IN SOLVING THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE FACE EVERY DAY. I THINK PEOPLE DON’T, YOU KNOW, THEY DON’T WANT IN THEIR LEADER SOMEONE WHO CAN GIVE A BEAUTIFUL SPEECH AND GRAND GESTURES. THEY WANT ACTIONS. ACTIONS ABOUT SOLVING THE PROBLEMS THEY FACE EVERY DAY. THOSE ARE MY PRIORITIES. BECAUSE LOOK. WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, IF PEOPLE CAN’T GET THROUGH END OF THE MONTH, IF WE CAN’T SOLVE THE ISSUES THAT THEY DEAL WITH EVERY DAY, WHAT ELSE MATTERS?>>DID YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THE CHILDREN CRYING WHEN THEY WERE TAKEN AWAY?>>I HAVE NOT SEEN THE VIDEO. I KNOW ABOUT IT. AND BING THE WORK OF I.C.E. UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND IT IS IMMORAL. IT IS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BEING COMMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. I SERVE ON THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. FROM THE FIRST DAY I ARRIVED THERE, TWO YEARS AGO, I’VE BEEN TAKING DHS TO TASK AND I.C.E. TO TASK. I THINK I WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO ASK ABOUT THIS CHILD SEPARATION POLICY. AND IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN NOT ONLY IRRESPONSIBLE BUT HAS LITERALLY COMMITTED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THESE MOST RECENT RAIDS, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS, AND CAUSING PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY TO BE IN FEAR, PARTICULARLY THE LATINO COMMUNITY. PEOPLE ARE IN FEAR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WHEN YOU COMBINE THOSE RAIDS WITH WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN EL PASO, DO YOU THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS PRESIDENT MIGHT STEP BACK AND SAY, WAIT A MINUTE. AFTER WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN EL PASO, WHEN IT WAS MOTIVATED BY HATE AGAINST IMMIGRANTS, AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS, DO YOU THINK THAT A RESPONSIBLE LEADER WOULD HAVE SAID, DON’T DO THOSE RAIDS. IT SHOWS A LEVEL OF INS SENSITIVITY AND CALLOUSNESS THAT SHOULD NOT BE TRAITS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>YOU BROUGHT UP EL PASO. CNN HAS REPORTING OUT TODAY ABOUT THE LAST 24 HOURS THAT SHOWS THE WHITE HOUSE REBUFFED EFFORTS TO FOCUS ON DOMESTIC TERRORISM.>>I GAVE A SPEECH ABOUT THATLE MANY MONTHS AGO. I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR MONTHS. THEY’VE SHUT DOWN THE ENFORCEMENT AND THE INVESTIGATIONS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM. MEANWHILE WE HAVE A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO IS CONSTANTLY CREATING TERROR IN THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. AGAIN. DONALD TRUMP IS ILL EQUIPPED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ON SO MANY LEVELS. INCLUDING THE FACT THAT HE CREATES FEAR IN THE PEOPLE OF HIS OWN COUNTRY.>>KAMALA HARRIS. SOME NEW POLLING OUT TODAY. YOU HEARD SENATOR HARRIS THERE WEIGHING IN ON THE SHOOTINGS. HOW IF AT ALL DO YOU THINK THOSE TRAGEDIES HAVE CHANGED THE RACE? DO YOU THINK THEY HAVE?>>YEAH, SOMETHING IS PRETTY CLEAR. A WEEK AGO WE WERE LEAVING DETROIT AFTER A SERIES OF DEBATES THAT WAS MAKING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE. IT WAS SORT OF DEMOCRATS GOING AGAINST DEMOCRATS ON SOME ISSUES AND THERE WERE CONCERNS FOR MANY IN THE PARTY THAT THERE WASN’T A FOCUS ON DONALD TRUMP ENOUGH. WELL, PROBLEM SOLVED HERE. THIS WEEK. THROUGH THE TRAGEDY AND THROUGH DONALD TRUMP’S RESPONSE TO IT, HE HAS UNIFIED DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I HEARD IT FROM KAMALA HARRIS, JOE BIDEN AT THE STATE FAIR HERE IN IOWA TODAY. THIS IS RECENTERING THE CONVERSATION IN THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION RACE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AS THE MAIN FOCUS AND CRITICAL MISSION, TO OUST HIM RATHER THAN INTRAPARTY SQUABBLES WHICH WILL NO DOUBT RETURN BETWEEN NOW AND THE CAUCUS USES IN FEBRUARY.>>WE OFTEN QUOTE THESE NATIONAL POLLS. AT THIS POINT, AN IOWA POLL, THE EARLY STATES ARE CRITICAL. CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH WHAT THE NEW IOWA POLL SHOWS?>>YEAH. MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HAS A NEW POLL OUT IN IOWA AND IT SHOWS JOE BIDEN HOLDING HIS LEAD. HE’S AT 28%. AND IT SHOWS ELIZABETH WARREN REALLY SURGING INTO A STRONG SECOND POSITION IN THIS RACE AT 19%. KAMALA HARRIS, THE ONLY OTHER PERSON IN DOUBLE DIGITS, 11%. AND REALLY INTERESTING, YOU SEE BERNIE SANDERS WHO GAVE HILLARY CLINTON SUCH A RUN FOR HER MONEY IN THIS STATE FOUR YEARS AGO, YOU SEE HIM IN SINGLE DIGITS AT 9%. THIS IS JUST A SNAP IN TIME. THIS IS NOW AN ORGANIZING GAME FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS IN IOWA THAT IS SOMEWHAT A PART FROM THAT NATIONAL NARRATIVE WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. YOU SEE A SURGING ELIZABETH WARREN, KAMALA HARRIS AND JOE BIDEN HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD.>>AND EVERY CANDIDATE, THEY’LL ALL PASS THROUGH THAT STATE FAIR IN IOWA OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.>>YEAH. ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONS OF PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS. EATING A PORK CHOP ON A STICK AND GIVING A SORT OF SHORT STUMP SPEECH. A PITCH TO VOTERS HERE. IT IS A TESTING GROUND, TO TAKE THE QUESTIONS ON THE FLY AND SEE HOW THEY CAN HANDLE A NOT VERY CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE FOR THE CANDIDATES.>>I DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING YOU SAID AFTER PORK CHOP ON A STICK. I DIDN’T HAVE LUNCH TODAY. THAT’S ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT RIGHT NOW. YUM!>>I’LL BRING ONE BACK FOR YOU.>>THE WHITE HOUSE STRATEGY AGAINST DOMESTIC TERROR AND ONE OF THE TOP RANKING DEMOCRATS SAY THE ADMINISTRATION DOWNPLAYED THE VIOLENCE. ALSO, LATER I’LL SPEAK WITH THE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR ABOUT THE JUSTICE DEFENSE OVER THE WAY IT’S HANDLED MASSIVE IMMIGRATION RAIDS IN MISSISSIPPI. CHILDREN PLEADING FOR THEIR PARENTS TO COME HOME AFTER NEARLY>>>AS WE REPORTED EARLIER, THERE IS A NEW ACTING DNI TO REPLACE DANIEL COATES. THERE IS ALSO THREE MORE RESIGNATION. SUE GORDON IS OUT I KNOW WHAT THE TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT WHO RESIGNED AFTER A REPORTED CLASH WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. PLUS ANOTHER STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WHO LET LOOSE ON THE PRESIDENT IN A NO HOLDS BARRED OP ED. CNN NATIONAL SECURITY REPORTER KILEY ATWOOD JOINS WITH US ALL THE DETAILS. SO THE SECRETARY LEFT OVER CLASHES WITH THE PRESIDENT’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES. IS THAT RIGHT?>>THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S THE PREMISE. THIS IS A STORY WE’VE HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION. ANOTHER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL LEAVING. THIS ONE BEING THE KEY, KEY POST FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. THAT CENTRAL, SOUTH AMERICA AND MEXICO. AND KIM BREYER WAS A KEY PERSON WHEN IT CAME TO DEALING WITH MEXICO FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION. WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP THREATENED NEW TARIFFS ON MEXICO BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T DOING ENOUGH TO CONTROL THOSE COMING INTO THE U.S. ACROSS THE BORDER. SHE WAS THE ONE WHO MET WITH MEXICAN OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO DO MORE. SHE REALLY WAS THE ONE LEADING THOSE DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS. BUT NOW THAT DIPLOMACY IS A QUESTION MARK. WHO IS GOING TO LEAD THAT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT? POMPEO THANKED HER FOR HER WORK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND. SHE WAS LEAVING TO SPEND TIME WITH HER FAMILY. BUT AS YOU SAID, THERE WERE CLASHES BETWEEN HER AND THE WHITE HOUSE. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAME TO POLICY.>>AND A LARGE PART OF IT HAD TO DO WITH DISAGREEMENTS SPECIFIC WILL YOU WITH STEVEN MILLER.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THE “WASHINGTON POST” IS REPORTING THAT THEY HAD GONE BACK AND FORTH OVER THE ASYLUM CASE WITH GUATEMALA. SO THAT IS WHERE THERE WAS A KEY STICKING POINT. AND SHE DECIDE THAT HAD SHE NO LONGER COULD FIGHT THAT FIGHT AND IS NOW LEAVING THE STATE DEPARTMENT.>>AND THE FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER, CHUCK PARK, HE LAID OUT AN OP ED.>>IT IS A BLISTERING OP ED. IT CITES HIS FRUSTRATION WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT CALLING AT THIS TIME COMPLACENT STATE. HE SAYS THAT FOLKS THERE ARE NO LONGER STANDING UP AT ALL TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AND THEIR POLICIES. AND IT IS A PRETTY MOVING PIECE BECAUSE HE SAID HE MADE THIS DECISION AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING IN EL PASO, A CITY WHERE HIS SON WAS BORN. HE RECOUNTS HIS EXPERIENCES, SERVING AS A DIPLOMAT FOR THE U.S. WORLDWIDE AND STANDING UP FOR U.S. DIPLOMACY, EVEN WHEN TIMES WERE ROUGH HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, GOING TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS, EVEN AS THERE WERE CALLS FOR THOSE WHO WERE SHOT, BUT HE KEPT FIGHTING THE FIGHT. HE NO LONGER COULD DO THAT ANYMORE. AND HE PUT IT THIS WAY. HE DESCRIBED THE COMPLACENT STATE THIS WAY. “THE COMPLACENT STATE SIGHS WHEN THE PRESIDENT BLOCKS TRAVEL BY MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS, SHAKES ITS HEAD WHEN HE DEFENDS SAUDI CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN. THEN COMPLIES WITH ORDERS. EVIDENCE WE REFUSE VISAS BASED ON ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES. WE RECITE ADMINISTRATION TALKING POINTS ON BORDER SECURITY, IMMIGRATION AND TRADE. WE PLAN TRAVEL ITINERARIES, BOOK MEETINGS AND LITERALLY HOLD DOORS OPEN FOR THE APPOINTEES WHO PUSH TRUMP’S TOXIC AGENDA AROUND THE WORLD.” NOW, CNN HAS REACHED OUT TO CHUCK AFTER HE WROTE THIS OP-ED. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S GOING TO DO NEXT, BUT HE HOPES TO WORK FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTES IMMIGRATION RIGHTS.>>KYLIE ATWOOD, APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. >>>WE HAVE MORE AHEAD. WHY CHICAGO’S MAYOR . >>>AS THE RIPPLE EFFECTS FROM MASS SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND DATE PLAYED OUT, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DAUGHTER IVANKA TOOK TIME TO POST HER OWN THOUGHTS ON GUN VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. SHE WROTE ON TWITTER. “WITH SEVEN DEAD AND 52 WOUNDED NEAR A PLAYGROUND IN THE WINDY CITY, LITTLE NATIONAL OR MEDIA OUTRAGE — THOSE REMARKS DID NOT SET VERY WELL WITH THE MAYOR OF CHICAGO LORI LIGHTFOOT. SHE CALLED THE TWEETS MISLEADING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AND SAID IT WASN’T A PLAYGROUND AND IT WASN’T ONE SINGLE INCIDENT AS THE TWEET IMPLIED. I SPOKE WITH MAYOR LIGHTFOOT EARLIER.>>MAYOR, WHEN YOU SAW IVANKA TRUMP’S TWEET FROM A FAMILY WHICH IS CONSTANTLY ATTACKING THE NEWS MEDIA AS FACTUALLY INCORRECT OR FAKE, THE AMOUNT OF INACCURACIES IN HER ONE TWEET, IT WAS KIND OF — IT WAS CERTAINLY SURPRISING HOW INACCURATE IT WAS. I’M WONDERING WHAT EXACTLY IT WAS THAT YOU TOOK ISSUE WITH.>>WELL, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I THINK IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE HELPFUL, AND PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE PLATFORM YOU’RE IN, YOU ACTUALLY PICK UP THE PHONE AND YOU CALL AND YOU TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED SO WE COULD HAVE GIVEN HER A FULL RUNDOWN OF WHAT THE FACTS WERE, AND THEN WE HAVE A COMMUNICATION ABOUT WHAT IS THE BEST PATH FORWARD. I UNDERSTAND THAT SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS BEING HELPFUL, BUT HER FAILURE — OR ANYBODY ON HER TEAM TO JUST PICK UP THE PHONE AND COMMUNICATE WITH US WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTING. >>IT MADE IT SOUND AS IF ALL OF THIS OCCURRED IN ONE INCIDENT, IN ONE AREA IN A PLAYGROUND. >>AND, LOOK, DON’T GET ME WRONG, WE HAD A TOUGH WEEKEND, BUT CONFLATING ALL OF THAT AND GETTING THE FACTS WRONG AND GETTING — SAYING THE PLAYGROUND, WHICH IT WASN’T NEAR A PLAYGROUND, AND SUGGESTING THAT CHILDREN WERE AT RISK WAS DANGEROUS. AND UNHELPFUL.>>IT DOES SEEM LIKE SHE IS IN SOME WAY MAKING A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE MASS SHOOTINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND AND GUN VIOLENCE THAT TAKES PLACE IN CHICAGO. I’M WONDERING, DO YOU SEE ANY EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN THEM?>>LOOK, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH OF THESE ARE TRAGIC. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY A COMMON THEME THAT RUNS THROUGH THEM. AND I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO LOSE SIGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING SHOOTINGS AT A PACE THAT NO ONE FINDS ACCEPTABLE, BUT CONFLATING THE HATEFUL RHETORIC THAT I THINK MOTIVATED — SOUNDS LIKE MOTIVATED THE SHOOTER IN EL PASO, AND WE STILL DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE MOTIVATION OF THE SHOOTER WAS IN DAYTON, TO WHAT WE’RE EXPERIENCING I THINK REALLY DOES A DISSERVICE TO VICTIMS, THE CITIES THAT ARE REELING, THE FAMILIES THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THEY’RE NOT AN APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON. >>I KNOW YOU MET WITH IVANKA TRUMP FOR YOUR INAUGURATION TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACING CHICAGO AND SOME OF THE SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM THINGS THAT MIGHT BE DONE. HAS SHE REACHED OUT TO YOU AT ALL SINCE THEN?>>WE HAVE HAD CONTACT AT THE STAFF LEVEL, BUT SHE AND I HAVEN’T SPOKEN SINCE THAT MEETING IN WASHINGTON. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A CITY, PARTICULARLY ONE AS HIGH PROFILE AS CHICAGO, AND LET’S FACE IT, WE HAVE BEEN THE PUNCHING BAG FOR THE PRESIDENT. THE BEST THING TO DO, THE BEST THING TO DO IS REACH OUT, HAVE HONEST DIALOGUE AND THEN TRY TO FORM A PARTNERSHIP ABOUT HOW WE CAN ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES TOGETHER. YOU DON’T GOVERN BY TWEET.>>AS YOU SAID, YOU’VE SAID THE PRESIDENT IS USING — HAS USED CHICAGO AS A PUNCHING BAG. CERTAINLY HE’S ALSO TAKEN AIM AT, YOU KNOW, NEW YORK CITY, MOST RECENTLY OBVIOUSLY BALTIMORE. DO YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS KIND OF THE — THE LONG-TERM STRUCTURAL THINGS WHICH MIGHT HELP A CITY LIKE CHICAGO OR BALTIMORE?>>LOOK, I THINK THAT THIS IS — THE PRESIDENT’S RHETORIC IS ALL PART OF A PERPETUAL RE-ELECTION STRATEGY WHERE HE DEMONIZES AND DISMISSES CITIES WHERE HE’S NOT GOING TO GET A SUBSTANTIAL VOTE. LET’S FACE IT. THE CITIES THAT HE’S PICKED ARE DEMOCRATIC STRONGHOLDS. HE’S NOT GOING TO GET VOTES HERE OF ANY MAGNITUDE, SO IT’S EASY FOR HIM GIVEN HIS, YOU KNOW, DIMINISHING BASE TO DEMONIZE US AND THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE IN CITIES AND REDUCE US TO A PUNCH LINE RATHER THAN LOOKING AT THE GREATNESS THAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN EACH OF THESE CITIES. YES, WE HAVE OUR CHALLENGES, BUT WE ARE A GREAT CITY AND I’M NEVER GOING TO LET ANYBODY, INCLUDING A PRESIDENT, DIMINISH THE GREATNESS OF CHICAGO.>>MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. >>T

Maurice Vega

64 Responses

  1. How can so much power rest in just one man. There need to be some changes made to overide this kind of strangle hold. The Founding Fathers must has not dreamt that such corrupt , lily livered politicians would rule the roost.

  2. Trump lies all the time he is lying now.please do not let the gun laws be sweetto the side an the imagination laws have to keep these issue at hand.

  3. Screw your ad on mainstream media! They are deleting conservative comentary because they are full of lies miss information, & false conspiracy theories !

  4. Santorum on CNN off…
    Santorum on CNN off…
    Santorum on CNN off…
    get the point he's a loser and he makes you look like a loser

  5. Rick you are so dumb you are talking about areas that you clearly have no idea , why are you licking trumps armpit do you get a years supply of jelly beans. you are a traitor shame

  6. The NRA has the Republican party by the balls. Whatever they say goes. They funnell all of this money to those idiots so they can control what happens. Like how do you warn the leader of the free world about what he can and can not say or do?

  7. "…worth a debate…"?? says Christian hypocrite Santorum….a man claiming to be a Christian wants a military-style weapon on the streets in the hands of any gun freak who can get a few hundred bucks together. Its harder to get a motorcycle license than it is to get a deadly weapon. What a fucked-up country. Santorum is disgusting…there is something deeply vile about the man.

  8. He hasn’t got that power he thinks he has. He is only commander and chief of armed forces. Your senators and Rep have the power which the Republican Party have handed over. You the public have that power on who you vote for! The Republicans like McConnell and Lindsay have just buckled and those two are the ones who are in cohort with Trump and why are they so scared of that one person. Is it his Twitter they are totally scared of, or has his little Russian friends real dirt on them? This could be the reason on a personal voice as someone who doesn’t live in your country from Ireland. Just cannot believe Americans are so crippled and frightened by one person who thinks he is a dictator!

  9. Why don’t your nation act on mass murder? It’s like these fascists are now allowed to do as these please. Trying to out do each other’s murder total, and hearing these Senators backing these ill people having firearms is always go to be more mass murder. If you want a gun you can have one and kept at a gun range and stays there. The American constitution on owning firearms is about militias protecting the state firstly, union secondary? That’s your argument in that. Or you want a weapon it has to be on the weapons on the constitutionality written words at that time. A musket which takes time to reload and that would and should settle it? These men at that time never expected full automatic firearms like today, that fire thousands of rounds a minute? No one seen this scenario at that time, which has been a great mishap of the way wording which never said one round a minute weaponry? An angle that is how it should be taken in courts? Someone hopefully has the understand of the way.
    Institutional wording works?

  10. Bought and paid for by Bloomberg. They never let a good crisis go to waste. Modern hunting rifles are now the most popular rifles in America. Factual numbers. They are American rifles for regular Americans.

  11. Wayne La Pierre needs to have his family shot while he watches helplessly by a law abiding citizen with no criminal. We are fed up from taking orders from this terrorist org. This terrorist bastard is a threat to national security. In any other western democracy he would be. Timothy McVeigh spoke for deranged psycos with no criminal record to have weapons of war. He of course blew up 168 Americans, including 19 children. April 19,1995. Assault weapons need to be banned in every state and county. Rectorum, I,m laughing as a military historian. The Stug-44 designed by the Germans for the Waffen S.S. was first introduced 1944. It inspired Mikail Kalashnikov to invent the AK-47. 1947. Pathetic idiot! Why does any law abiding citizen need a weapon of war.

  12. Nice spin on this Republica! Who are you going to blame.. Republicans always blame the other group or person!

  13. Great 3 more mass shootings, until Russian Mitch is off his break! Maybe if it happens in Kentucky……then we can have gun control?!

  14. Turtles live for hundreds of years, so what's the point with burying? Isn't it better to let him go to Russia for a vacation, and reactor 4 in Chernobyl…

  15. You don’t need a semi automatic gun to protect your home. Get a house alarm & CCTV. We would all like to see America be great again but honestly, I’m not holding my breath. 🇬🇧

  16. Santorum and that stupid, uncaring, shit eating smile. It makes this moron look even more uninformed and ignorant of what is going on! The time for debating is over when people are dying!

  17. Mitch McConnell looks like the type of person your grandmother would tell you to stay away from father time will catch up with him 🕝🕝🕑🕑🕑🕑⌛⌛🏥🏥🏥

  18. What an idiot, there is a between a bolt action rifle then a semi automatic, a semi automatic can shoot multiple rounds. A hunting rifle you have to eject a round and load a round. You stupid moron, you should learn about weapons. And this douchbag basically said he did not give a damn about the people that lost their lives at Walmart. Ass

  19. The reason why control doesn't pass is all the bull crap Democratic party puts in it. If it was background checks and registration. It would pass hands down.

  20. Nothing happen then here we are again so with that 2020 blue wave coming goodbye trump and the Republicans party.

  21. Wow greed is so evil. Money keeps this man from having since to know that there's no reason to have a hundred bullets inside of any type of gun in any capacity ever seriously it is so horrible this is such a heartbreaking interview

  22. Moscow Mitch, Leningrad Lyndsey, Komrad Kushner, and Babushka Barr (Donstoyevsky Trumpizzfukkinusova's little bitch…). Uncle Vladimir must be so proud

  23. Can only hope for impeachment then the people must vote out the people who are backed by the Corporate packs. Only then we may see some change

  24. Let’s compare and contrast one Republican to another.
    Here’s what Lincoln said.
    “that these dead shall not have died in vain —
    that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom —
    and
    That government
    Of the people,
    By the people,
    For the people,
    Shall not perish from the earth.’
    Here’s Donnie,
    “Look at my hands, are they not biggly beautiful!”

  25. Terrorist Trump's daily DEATHLY CHAOS is proving America without MORALS will never again be United States of anything. Don't turn your morals over to Trump! Protest!! Rebel against Racist Trump!

  26. History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance.

    -James Madison

  27. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    James Madison, The Constitution of the United States of America

  28. Please read Chief Justice Warren's explanation of the second amendment. So glad to finally have a real explanation.

  29. Trump is pathological liars cannot be trusted. His a conman he doesn’t have empathy to the people in El Paso n Ohio. Nothing will change if trump still in the WhiteHouse. The hated and racist will continue….

  30. The El Paso shooter had an semi automatic assault weapon that shot 100 bullets before he had to reload. No deer hunter requires a gun like that or anyone who's protecting their home from an attempted break in.

  31. Dems will surrender to trump and nra as always just watch. Native Americans dont rest easy trump and gop will come after us next.

  32. Trump saying no president tried to control the NRA, and their lobbyist. Republicans had blocked every move made to control the NRA, by the Democratic for 8 years. HE CONTINUES HIS RHETORIC, TYPICAL.

  33. The only purpose of an automatic or semi automatic weapon is to kill several people quickly! These are weapons of war. By condoning that these weapons should be in the hands of civilians, they are declaring war on everyone in the USA.
    Instead of walking away, why aren’t decent, like minded people standing up and confronting the maniacal beasts? There is strength in numbers!

  34. Rick SANTORUM~~~~~makes me ill!!!! Wonder what he would be saying if it was one of his family members that was gunned down!!!!

  35. So, such a precious vital thing is second amendment, there would be only one choice for the Americans! Shooting them down, rather than shot down. Laws in their basic is for protecting the nation presumably ……. Open access to any types of fire arms, open to anybody of mental condition or bigotry ..?! Safety of welfare of the nation is to be seen at the bottom of the list?! How many people are benefitted from it? At the cost of what? Looks very simple, but where politicians are involved, unthinkable happens!

  36. I can't imagine how hard it is to sit at that table & listen to him when u know everything he is saying is BS. I could never stay seated & stay quiet. I would lose my mind.

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