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"politicsnation." tonight's lead, the presidency, past, present, and future. as americans sat down for a socially distanced thanksgiving feast this week, they began a holiday season unlike any other. the country is in the middle of a pandemic with more than 13 million reported cases of covid-19 in the u.s., and more than a quarter of a million deaths. we also find ourselves at one of our democracy's most vulnerable moments, that period every four
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or eight years when we have one sitting president whose term is coming to an end, and another duly elected president waiting in the wings. president obama invited then-president-elect trump to the white house just two days after his victory, upholding the peaceful handover of power observed by every president. democrat, republican, or with,hig he spent part of his holiday meeting virtually with frontline workers, honoring the spirit of the holiday by expressing gratitude and empathy toward others in need, just as i and my colleagues at the national action network did as we handed out food to the hungry and
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seniors in harlem, new york. on the eve of the holiday, president-elect biden delivered a message of understanding and hope. >> we fought nearly a year-long battle with the virus that has devastated this nation. it's divided us, angered us, set us against one another. i know the country's groan weary of the fight. we need to remember we're at war with the virus, not with one another, not with each other. this is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight. i know we can and we will beat this virus. america's not going to lose this war. >> our sitting president approached the holiday weekend differently. he started with signs of good will, finally dropping his
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stubborn refusal to give the president-elect access to transition funding and daily security briefings. but as the week wore on, things went downhill quickly. we saw president trump sending out dozens of tweets, continuing to falsely claim that he won the election. we heard his disembodied voice on speaker phone as his lawyers tried to convince pennsylvania lawmakers to overturn their state's results. and on thanksgiving we saw the president's frame wedged behind a tiny little desk, angrily sparring with reporters and tossing out unproven conspiracy theories on an occasion meant to be honoring our troops. and, of course, there was golf, so much golf.
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the diminishment of this lame duck president might also be amusing if it didn't come with such a sinister message, that a president who does not like the results of a democratic election does not have to accept it. he can just play through and that votes coming from urban areas with large black populations such as philadelphia, milwaukee, atlanta, and detroit are somehow less valid and more deserving of scrutiny than those in the rest of the country. joining me now is missouri congressman emanuel cleaver who sits on the homeland security and financial services committee. thank you for joining us, congressman. >> good to be with you, reverend. >> congressman, trump told reporters he would leave office if the electoral college finalizes joe biden's win, but
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falsely claimed biden couldn't enter office until his 80 million votes could be proven legal. we know it's not true. for example, on friday, philadelphia appeals courts ruled the trump campaign could not stop or attempt to reverse pennsylvania's vote certification. the harsh ruling stated, quote, charges require specific allegations and then proof. we have neither here. end of quote. how much damage is all of this back and forth doing to our democracy? >> miake no mistake, this president is doing as much damage to our democracy as any president in history. i mean, any president in our history. what he's doing is he's telling our foes abroad that all of the elections that you've been told over the years in the united states are clean and ethical, that's not true, and that right now donald trump has exposed
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america for being a nation where elections can be stolen. and i think this man has no shame, he has no commitment to the country, he's only concerned about his heart and it doesn't matter to him whether he breaks the heart of the world's flagship democracy. it's an embarrassment as president-elect biden has said. >> now, you're a member of the homeland security. as a member, we saw that iran's top nuclear scientist was killed in a daytime ambush on friday, and we know that in the past trump revealed highly classified information to russian foreign ministers and an ambassador. when he leaves office, can ex-president trump be trusted with america's national security secrets? >> well, you know, i think donald trump can be trusted with
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the secrets of second graders. i think he will reveal anything that comes out, particularly if he thinks it is at his advantage. and now because of his $300 million to $400 million debt, we don't know where that president might allow this information to drop. it's going to be quite interesting. we're going to have to go into a skiff, members of the homeland security committee to find out more about what happened in iran this past week. but to be sure, i don't think that president biden is required to provide him with any access to the intelligence information. what we find out in the skiff may confirm what i believe. i wouldn't trust him with telling him that somebody, you know, stole a pop out of a vending machine if it saved their lives. i don't think this man cares
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about anything except himself. that's what's so sad because, you know, he's been given the highest authority, the highest level of belief from people in the political process to him, and he has done nothing except demonstrated to the whole world that he doesn't deserve it. >> now, again, as a member of the homeland security committee, are you suggesting that there ought to be a discussion there should be a discussion about given he's in such debt and given he could be given privileged information that he could use for certain future business deals to dig out of that debt? are you suggesting the committee ought to at least entertainer whether certain things ought to be edited or omitted at all or all the way from this former president? >> well, i do think that our
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chairman thompson probably is going to request some kind of information given to the committee about things that are contemporarily on our table. my understanding today is that president-elect joe biden will have pretty much the sole responsibility of making that decision, and i think he can if he chooses just not have the former president contacted and given information. but i think we got to have all that cleared up because i think the american public is right now paranoid about this man. they're concerned any information he gets he will use to his personal benefit. unless somebody's been rip van winkle for the last four years, they know this man cannot be trusted with information. he's given it all away before
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with kislyak and the white house. that means he'll give information away to anyone. you know, if you want people to know what you want for christmas, kids, tell him to send santa a letter. >> you know, vice-president-elect kamala harris and her husband, jeff, spent time with small business owners in washington, d.c., today, and president-elect biden is expected to announce more members of his economic team next week. what can the biden administration do on day one to help ease the economic pain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic? >> well, first of all, i think if there is money, and we know there is money, still left from the c.a.r.e.s. act, secretary mnuchin is sweeping all the
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accounts, money that was appropriated went into cities and counties and other jurisdictions, that he can take all that money as of december 31st, which is not the way it should be done. but anyway, and so i think that one of the first things he can do and probably without any congressional approval is to allow those dollars to remain out in the public, cities, counties, and states are struggling right now, not to mention that the people who live in those places are also struggling. we have tens of millions of dollars, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars that are out there right now that i think out of some warped vengeance mr. trump has told his secretary of the treasury to take the money back. at a time like this when people are really hurting, reverend, as you know during this time of the year, this may sound petty, but
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people need a little bit of money to take advantage of the joy that we have at this time of the season. and right now many people are struggling and instead of going out trying to get gifts for others, they're in line trying to get money, trying to get food from a church or some institution that's helping. >> all right. thank you for joining us, congressman, reverend cleaver. joining me is carolyn moseley brawn, former u.s. amounts of thank you for being with us, ambassador. i could say senator, i can say ambassador. you've been quite prominent throughout your public career. let me ask you, how do you feel the state of the nation is right now? you were an early supporter of joe biden. how do you feel with all of this back and forth with this
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president and how he has treated the president-elect in this transition period? >> okay. i'm going to say something very politically incorrect, which is he's a moron. i don't know what else to say. the guy has very bad manners, he's not conceding graciously, there's nothing gracious about the end of his term, he's stirring up all this falsehoods about the election, calling into question our democracy, calling into question people's votes. he's just doing everything he can to throw a tantrum, a temper tantrum on his way out the door. and it's really bad form. it's bad in every way. >> you were an ambassador and you have a perspective of how we're looked at around the world. you were, i believe, ambassador to new zealand. >> right. >> how is the world looking at us at this point when we are supposed to be, as congressman cleaver just said, the flagship
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democracy, and they say all these shenanigans where a sitting president is actually questioning the actual votes in many states? how do we look to the world? >> reverend al, i think it makes us look very bad, and that's the real damage of this. this man has damaged america's standing around the world, people around the world look at our flagship democracy as being fragile, which it should not be. i mean, people voted. i mean, we had so many millions of people voting to choose a president, and that this guy won't go along with it. again, reverend cleaver rightly pointed out as far as he's concerned, it's all about him. it's not about the american people. it's not about our history. it's not about our democracy. it's about him personally. and that's why it wasn't diplomatic for me to say he's a
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moron, but h moron, but he is. >> your job is management of federal lands and the main liaison with native american tribal groups. how would you manage the effort to get vaccines and other relief efforts to tribes so they can overcome this pandemic? >> let me say this at the outset. the pandemic is a plague on all of us, on all americans. native american communities have suffered more than most, but african-american communities have suffered terribly also, as have latinx communities. so marginalized people have suffered the most from this plague, this coronavirus. a quarter of a million dead people are dead for no particular reason because there wasn't sufficient federal leadership in terms of coordinating and letting the states and local governments work together to get access to the ppes. so the rollout on the vaccine is
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going to be very, very important, and i think that's the next thing we're going to have to focus on, making sure that the first peoples get dibs for the vaccine as it becomes available. and so how that happens will go largely -- you mentioned the interior d., look, that's -- i just want to serve. whatever it is i can do to be helpful, i'd like to do. i have every confidence that joe biden and kamala harris will have the goods to do a great job on day one coming into this administration. they got a huge challenge in front of them because the last president has been such a disaster, but they will baseball -- i have every confidence they can do it. if he wants me in that department, i'd be happy to serve there. >> so you would serve? because i could say -- you and i have known each other for a long time. we were both in the 2004 presidential primaries. we didn't run against each other, we ran at the same time
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and we were cordial i always respected your life of public service. let me say that you've also been a trail blazer. you were the first black woman elected to the u.s. senate. do you feel you helped to pave the way for vice-president-elect kamala harris who became the woman behind you to be elected to the u.s. senate? >> let me say this. i stand on the shoulders of a lot of women who went before, a lot of people have sacrificed, black people, women have sacrificed over the centuries. we're celebrating the 100th year of women having the right to vote. so just getting to the point where we could even vote was the first step. and a lot of sacrifice went into that. and so if i helped to make it easier for vice president harris, then i'm grateful for that opportunity. we all have a role to play. i hope mine has been to make her burden a little easier and make
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her cross a little lighter. >> and you've also stood up when it wasn't easy. you stood by in the recent primaries, when it looked like joe biden wasn't going anywhere, this was before south carolina, not that people should be rewarded for just endorsements, but you've been proven to be one that is not a fair weather friend, and you've always been that in your career. i thank you for joining us tonight, former senator carol moseley brown. >> let me say about cleaver. i'm wearing right now the pin because we're working together on world war i. he's on that commission also. he's been doing a great job. so i just want to tell him i'm wearing my world war i pin. >> all right. thank you. thank you for being with us tonight. coming up, i know what president trump's legacy will not be. a look at the policies he tried to submit over the past four years and how they're going to shatter after he's out.
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first, my colleague richard lui with today's top news stories. richard >> good day to you, rev. some of the stories we're watching for you this hour. yesterday the u.s. recorded the 13 millionth case of covid-19. over a quarter million people have died. experts worry it will the still get worse during the holidays. over 1 million travelers were at airports the day before thanksgiving despite warnings from the cdc to avoid travel. now to the bankruptcy case of the-maker of oxycontin, purdue pharma. they may have played a role in boosting sales of the addictive painkiller. records show they provided rebates to distributors for overdoses that resulted from pills sold. sports history was made today. sarah fuller became the first woman to play in a power 5 football game. she became vanderbilt's
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placekicker after several players were benched for exposure to covid-19. by the way, by training the college senior is a soccer player. more "politicsnation" with reverend al sharpton right after the break. ight after the break. but we didn't stop there. we made a cloud flexible enough to adapt to any size business. no matter what it does, or how it changes. and we kept going. so you only pay for what you use. because at dell technologies, we nothing. ♪
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in one of my final memos to trump, this week i want to talk to the outgoing president about his legacy because, mr. president, what goes around comes around. you spent four years trying to undo all the work that president obama did in eight, and now your own successor is going to do the same to you, starting with your disastrous immigration policies. you didn't bother to pass your agenda through congress, preferring instead to act as tyrant king, issuing executive orders from on high. but unfortunately for you, mr. president, that means nearly every action took in service of
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your racist immigration agenda can also be overturned without congressional approval. so let's talk about some of your worst offenses that can and will be undone with a single stroke of the president-elect biden's pen. the president-elect has promised to reverse your ridiculous muslim ban as one of his first actions in office, of course, because of your catastrophic failure to control the coronavirus pandemic, this will be mostly symbolic at first, since essentially all international travel has had to pause to slow the spread of the disease. relatedly, biden can unilaterally undo all the road blocks you and your racist cronies have put in place to slow legal immigration, while each year of your administration has tightened the cap on refugee arrivals. expect that policy to be immediately reversed as soon as
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you vacate the oval office. and say goodbye to your 2017 action to eliminate the daca program. biden promised to reinstate protections for 650,000 dreamers, the young adults brought to this country by their parents as children. finally, let's talk about perhaps your most cruel immigration initiative, the zero-tolerance policy that led you to separate thousands of children, some babies in their mothers' arms, at the border. more than 50,000 of those kids are still separated from their parents. joe biden promised to assemble a task force on day one that will locate those families and reunite them at last. unlike in your administration, these actions won't be overseen by biden's adult children, or even his son-in-law.
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no, president-elect biden has indicated he will nominate qualified professionals to run government agencies, including alejandro mayorkas, the first latino secretary of homeland security. mr. president, get ready for life after the white house. you're in far rude awakening, because no matter how much gold leaf you plaster all over your tacky residence at mar-a-lago, you will never be a king. your opinions and orders no longer matter anymore, and the world will no longer care what deranged and racist nonsense you decide to spew. indeed, i look forward to completely ignoring you, unless you and your lackeys end up in court to be prosecuted for some of the outrageous activities you enabled during your political
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my next guest really needs no introduction. you can see him every morning as the host of msnbc's "morning joe". if "morning joe" is not on your television 6:00 to 9:00 every morning, your television isn't really on. he is also out with new book "saving freedom: truman, the cold war, and the fight for western civilization." joining me now, joe scarborough. thank you for common grouing on >> thank you so much, it's an honor. >> now, the post-trump u.s. will be two different americas. this week the dow jones hit a historic all-time high of 30,000 points.
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meanwhile in texas, thousands lined up to receive food for thanksgiving at the food bank in dallas as covid cases and unemployment claims continue to spike. how much of that is trump's fault, and what can president biden do to really try to bring us back together and show that economic prosperity is not just for those that invest, that dow jones records, but for people that are in food banks and people that are unemployed? >> we look at donald trump's policies, whether it was a massive tax cut that was focused primarily on the richest americans, whether we look at deregulation, excessive deregulation, even since the pandemic started the rich have gotten extraordinarily richer, and the poorer have gotten poorer. but this has been a long-running problem for a long time.
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we've had the divergence of the rich and the poor for too many years, and i think it's one of the great challenges for joe biden. it's one of the great challenges for congress, whether it's a republican congress or a democratic congress. for too long the wealthiest 1% have gotten richer and richer, and everybody else got left behind. >> now, turning to your book, i read the book and it's very good reading, aside from a lot of historic things i didn't know. but it relates in many ways to where we are today. i don't know when you started the book, but a lot of what you read in that book is necessary for us to know today. you suggest that president-elect biden should look to harry truman's example of how to handle foreign crises with a divided government at home n. a "new york times" op-ed you wrote, quote, unlike his predecessor who surrounded himself with former caddies and
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ideological cranks, biden should see to it that his administration is run by the best and the brightest minds of the united states and what it has to offer. so far his early white house and cabinet choices have been promising. what are some specifics that biden can learn from truman's experience? >> well, i think one of the things you just referenced there in that article, and that is surround yourself with good people. donald trump refused to do it. i remember five years ago asking donald trump on "morning joe," i said who do you talk to when you need mailbox to tell it to you straight? you and i are really good friends. i know i can always count on you to pick up the dispone call you when i need guidance and i know you'll tell it to me straight, and hopefully you feel the same way about me. donald trump never had that, though, because he refused to take advice from anybody. harry truman was a guy that really -- he didn't have a college degree.
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he graduated from a place in kansas city called spalding commercial college. even though he didn't have a college degree, he constantly made himself better. he was constantly studying. he was constantly growing. he came from a racist background. that is guy who in '48 integrated the armed forces. nobody would have believed he one of you done that, but truman's life was a life of continual growth. and he surrounded himself whether it was george marshall, the guy that helped organize the allies' victory over hitler, dean atchison, he was surrounded with the greatest people. as you know better than anybody that's what makes great leaders. you told me so many stories in your life that at pivotal times, sitting down and having coretta scott king or other people sit down and give you guidance, just
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like i've had people in my life guide me just like you guide me. you have to have that feedback. that's something donald trump refused to have. he surrounded himself with yes men. that is what a leader needs, people that know how to tell him the truth. >> and you grow. you should not be afraid to grow and evolve. i have, others have, and you talk about that in this book with harry truman who no one thought harry truman -- the way he came out of missouri in july of 1948. truman signed executive order 99.81 which stated, quote, there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin. and the armed forces were
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desegregated. truman's decisions weren't popular at the time and likely contributed to low approval ratings he had when he left office. but how did that decision come about, joe? did he ever express regret about it? >> no regret at all. in fact, he shocked so many people because he was raised, as i explain in the book, he was raised by a family, by parents who were sympathetic to the confederate cause. he had groan up in a very racist environment. he himself had said some really sharp things in the past. so harry truman shocked most of america when he took that courageous stand. and what it caused of course was strom thurman and a lot of southern democrats bolting from the party. they formed the dixie crat party. he was not only running against a republican, but he was running against strom thurman, taking
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away votes in the south. you talk about latte liberals. the latte liberal of all latte liberals, henry wallace, who also bolted. so you had truman having two former democrats running against him a republican running against him, and truman just didn't care. he said that he always slept better at night after he made a tough decision and knew that he did the right thing. boy, that is exactly how he felt after he decided it was way past time to desegregate the armed forces of the united states of america. >> in fact, you point out in the book that when he went to bed on election night after that -- those people that were running against him, he was told he was going to lose and he went to bed. he sat down and did what he did. he even thinking he lost wasn't talked about he was robbed, he
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wasn't complaining the others took votes. he was accepting defeat with a night's sleep and he woke up and he had won. >> harry truman did what he always did, he made himself a sandwich, drank some milk and he went to bed. they woke up and they let him know he won the greatest upset in american history. but even after he won that upset, he didn't sit back and take it easy. he continued to push throughout the next term. you're right, he did leave with a 22% approval rating after that term, went back to independence, missouri, but he never whined or complained about it. even though he had the lowest ratings of any president in u.s. history, churchiwinston churchi the time said nobody did more to save western civilization by harry truman by what he set up
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with the truman doctrine, with nato, the marshal plan, taking care of refugees in europe. and he went home with that 22% approval rating and he had absolutely no regrets. three or four decades later, historians figured out what he knew at the time, that when it came to foreign policy, harry truman was the greatest since world war ii. >> well, my holiday gifts to president-elect biden and vice-president-elect kamala harris will be this book because they really need to study what he did with foreign affairs and bringing the country together with the desegregation order. we certainly need to be coming together now. my other gift is going to be a track of "lift us up," a song that you wrote. i listen to it as i do the elliptical before dawn every
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morning. that makes me do my mile on the bicycle and the elliptical. that song is still my song of 2020. >> rev, an honor to be here. thank you so much for having me on. most importantly, i really thank you for your leadership that you've shown and the guidance you've shown to the democratic party. i think it's one of the key reasons that they didn't go off the cliff to the far left and get somebody like joe biden who could actually win the presidency. >> oh, you mean me hitting on the liberals on "morning joe" a lot? that might have helped a little bit. joe scarborough, thank you. coming up, the supreme court blocked new york from enforcing covid limits on houses of worship. how else might the conservative justice majority reshape the
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legal landscape? my take on faith and common sense, next.
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in what is likely a preview of decisions to come, the supreme court split 5-4 this week on a case to strike down occupancy limits on houses of worship in new york during the covid-19 pandemic. the majority opinion, joined by justices alito, kavanaugh, and amy coney barrett claimed the relations violated the first amendment. the dissenting justices noted that the issue was moot, the occupancy limits are not currently in effect due to the success new york has had in public health efforts since late spring. joining me now is greg store, supreme court reporter for bloomberg. let me thank you for being with us, greg.
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let me start with justice so toe mayor who dismissed the assertion that marks by governor cuomo made the case subject to strict scrutiny, especially considering the court's refusal to treat the president's remarks about muslims similarly in an earlier case. can you explain the significance of so toe mayor's dissent? >> one of the arguments that the orthodox synagogues were making was that governor cuomo was targeting them because he talked about the orthodox community when he announced these restrictions. it was interesting to me that the majority actually stay away from that rationale because the justices were mindful that just
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a few years ago the court had said the things that donald trump said about muslims weren't significant enough to block his travel ban. the court is clearly very pro-religious right, especially so with justice barrett aboard. >> does that mean that you fear that some other issues are going to go far right, even with thomas and others this now having a majority of conservatives, even if chief justice roberts goes with the more liberal side of the court? >> yeah. this is certainly a sign of things to come. this was a case where chief justice roberts indicated he might be willing to forge some sort of compromise. he said he was troubled by these restrictions on churches and synagogues as well, but he didn't think court should act right now. there might have been a way to forge something that was more
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limited, but the five conservatives decided they wanted to go it alone. they wanted to do something more sweeping where they made clear that they're willing to second guess the government when it is imposing coronavirus-related restrictions, especially when they are perceived to infringe on religious rights. >> now, i'm out of time, but president-elect biden has promised to put together a task force to study court reforms. what do you expect that to look like? >> well, they'll probably come up with recommendations and probably many things short of just adding seats to the supreme court. we know that's going to be a heavy lift for the democrats even if they do win those two seats in georgia. there are options for reining in the court but democrats are going to have to get behind that. >> we'll certainly be watching. thank you for being with us, greg store. stay with us, my full time
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lived in and city that he gave such effort and work to. i remember him when i was 16 years old. he incorporated my youth group for me, and he pushed me ahead, all the which until when nelson mandela came to new york to speak at the united nation, david dinkins had me among those that was in the group that went to the u.n. and i got to talk then and many times afterward nelson mandela. even though sometimes we disagreed. when i grew older in my 30s, i wanted david dinkins to more strident. i wanted him to fight like we were fighting. i would call him names. and he calmly understood. he said al, you do things your way. we must get things done. and as we became reconciled and stood together, i remember when we fought police brutality in 1999, and we started a series of sit-ins at the police
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headquarters, one police plaza. david dinkins as the former mayor came and joined us one morning, as you see in that bottom left picture, and got on his knee, long before we heard of colin kaepernick, he took a knee against police brutality and was arrested with congressman charles wrangell and i fighting police brutality and never stopped fighting. that's why today at national action network, many came to honor a man whose life honored us. senator chuck schumer, who you see in that photo sitting on the left, the mayor of new york, bill de blasio. former governor david paterson, and many others came because david dinkins was not just a symbolic first black mayor. he brought crime down, unlike some report. when he came in, crime was on the uptick. he brought it down 25%. he invested the money that revitalized times square. just like barack obama, his successor took credit for a lot
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of what he did. it was not giuliani that brought crime down. it was not giuliani that started rebuilding times square. it was not him that stood dealing with safe cities, safe streets. it was david norman dinkins. and because of him, we will never forget this soft-spoken but firm man who never backed down. new york is better, the country is better and i know i'm better because god had david dinkins in our lives. that does it for me. thanks for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow at 5 p.m. eastern. up next, my colleague alicia menendez picks up our news coverage. -well, audrey's expecting... -twins! grandparents! we want to put money aside for them, so...change in plans. alright, let's see what we can adjust. ♪ we'd be closer to the twins. change in plans. okay.
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