you use the term the occupation of Palestine I think it what I meant is like the the settlement places where or Palestinians are experiencing difficulties do you think you can expand on that I am NOT the expert geopolitics on this issue what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard we're here in Kansas City to rally for grant well that we're gonna slip this seat red in November gonna slip this seat red in November unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs at no point in your rambling incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought just last year we gave the military a seven hundred billion dollar attack a budget increase which they didn't even ask for she's confusing the entire military budget peet with the increase capitalism has not always existed in the world and it will not always exist in the world everyone in this room is now Dumber for having listened to it it shows that Medicare for all is actually much more it is actually much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now as Nancy Pelosi do you recognize her as the leader for the House Democrat of course one I think absolutely right now you know she go ahead she is she is the leader of no she I mean I award you know points and may God have mercy on your soul you
thing one tonight there's a pretty big international incident brewing in Washington this week after a British tabloid published leaked cables written by the UK ambassador to the u.s. ambassador Sir Kim Derrick seems like a rather perceptive chap perceptive observer of American politics he calls the White House quote uniquely dysfunctional describes Trump as inept incompetent and my personal favorite radiating insecurity of course it didn't take long for that report to start making waves on this side of the pond oh I could say things about him but I won't bother for sure dude how long you think our completely and totally thick-skinned president could keep that promise that's thing to in sixty Seconds so after is reported that the British ambassador referred Donald Trump as insecure in leaf cables the president held out nearly a full forty eight whole hours before unleashing a totally secure and composed series of insults saying he didn't know the ambassador but he's not liked or well thought of calling him wacky a very stupid guy and a pompous fool he sure has a lot to say about a guy he supposedly doesn't know president Trump also disinvited ambassador Derek to a dinner with the Emir of Qatar last night which was a whole other weird scene but he didn't make sure to get that his good friend Robert Kraft was there and for some reason the UK trade minister told the BBC that he would apologize to Ivanka Trump for the whole mess at a previously scheduled meeting in Washington there was no mention of an apology in the White House's readout of that event regardless this has got to be the end of the road for the ambassador right considering the President himself said we will no longer deal with him we will continue to deal with all accredited individuals until we get any further guidance from the White House or the president which we will of course abide by the president's direction so you have not received any instruction from the White House to cut contacts with the embassy or with the Ambassador no maybe check your phone okay well we'll just have to wait I guess for the next set of tweets well first of all I don't have thin skin I have very strong very thick skin I have a strong temperament and it's a very good temperament that it's a very in control temperament hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos
I've have never ever ever mattered to the Democrat Party laughed votes always have the Democrat Party have established a house of token niggers token niggers Democrat Party they want us to permanently be in a state of fear racism white racists Republicans they just put a black person in the White House for eight years didn't do anything for us here we go Oh such a so we are so scared to try something different the Democrats are very nervous they do nothing for you and that was supposed to be automatic not anymore I'm curious like is this really about the politics like how do we know this is real is this legit you guys have a beautiful home and a lot of family photos yes a lot of people said that my family was brainwashing me and that really bothered I've had people have known me for seven to ten years that have texted me and told me that I have a mental illness I read a little bit out for my sister at one time to say that you're a traitor a traitor to who a traitor to my race how do you feel about black conservatives like y'all House Negroes that y'all just trying to please this white man these are lost to sturb self-loathing people notice that all caps on so I think some people assume this is a play for boats well I haven't changed and I'm not gonna change voting for Trump is not about being a Republican make America great again is for us too what does it make you feel like when you wear it it makes me feel like a proud American you have to defend why you go to first run Hilary Clinton that's who they wanted us to vote for over Trump just because you're black you don't have to be a Democrat I am a black gay conservative and I am proud of that we have to solve over like free agent the people in this room are going to change America [Applause] we're standing in the white house not fair not that the Democrats are very nervous I will tell you they're very good they do nothing for you and that was supposed to be automatic not anymore [Applause] I can live with that that's I was never a fan you know that right the past the black community has been promised everything from the Democrats by the Democrats and they've got nothing Democrat policies have led to unsafe communities failing schools over incarceration when I ran for president I asked black Americans to give me a chance with your vote by saying what the hell do you have to lose [Applause] I'm just going to be honest I never thought I would ever see this many black people in megawhatts President Trump received more votes from black voters than both Mitt Romney and John McCain and a lot like his presidential campaign much of the media seems to be dismissing the growth of the black conservative movement and instead is attacking their character and motives we all know african-american Republicans these are lost disturbed self-loathing people who are part of a personality called for a president who calls for domestic terrorism and a destruction of every norm that makes this country great was not a summit it was a make America great rally the use of young blacks as props notice that all of those youngsters had caps on it was almost like we're gonna dress you for the photo and while the Democratic Party historically controls eighty to ninety percent of the black vote they don't need to lose that many black voters before they start losing elections we're in DC for the first ever young black Leadership Summit where young black conservatives from around the country have come together here in a conference to be put in front of conservative thinkers to find what is hopefully a physically safe space for them to be both black and conservative in a way they've only been able to do online I don't know if this is genuine but I'm really curious to find out from some of the kids who are here this weekend why they're here and what being here actually means to them what being there meant to them black lives have never ever ever mattered to the Democrat Party black votes always have they create this narrative every four years that the Republicans are racist they try to scare us are we such punks that we are so scared to try something different because every four years they knock for our boats and they say vote for us because the other guy's racist this is our time make America great again is for us too we are Americans first in fairness we have been in this country since 1619 before any other immigrant group this is can soand at 29 she is the most influential young black conservative voice in American politics black support Donald Trump has doubles at this time last year you guys are trying to pretend that he is pushing in a racist era in this country when in fact we know the Democrats are the racists have always in the races the left is incredibly good at linguistics planned parenthood that sounds nice I want to plan my Parenthood but in reality they're murdering babies yeah me too you guys have also not been too nice to me in the press in less than a year she went from being relatively unknown to capturing the attention of the President all through social media rushing collusion is the dumbest that you guys have pulled out in a really long really this is it like this oh my gosh if you don't vote for Democrats we don't get behind us the Russians are gonna be infiltrating your computers and telling you how to vote like what is wrong with you guys are we really witnessing the evolution of the face of the Republican Party here or is this an effort to capture more black votes and nothing else Oh so what you'll realize is we never tell anybody how to vote this has never been about AI for the first time two weeks ago register as a Republican I was just I always called conservative curious I knew something wasn't working on the left they've grown increasingly violent and they seem obsessed with races every single day they're trying to sell to us our own oppression we're not voting for people who are not serving our communities is serving our best interests the only people that are right that we have allowed around us all right liberals and the reason why black men are out here stomping new flags and burning them is because the Democrats never taught them how to love that flag we're done with the fear-mongering and we are understanding that despite everything that's presented by President Trump he's brought more results in the black president that was in office for eight years prior to him but the time is now people are feeling in power at a time is now for us to stand up and say doesn't matter what you call us anymore we want to be free we want to be a piece of the American dream too while these points could be debated back and forth by both sides for literally eternity this was the standard rhetoric being used throughout the entire event in 2008 I voted for Obama simply because I got blacked into it I'm gonna be honest and you treated us like we are victims the things that I learned in the hood are very conservative principles welfare lamb for the slaughter you make money somebody comes up to you says give me thirty five percent of your money what are you gonna do excuse me give you what give me your gun thank you thank you these are very conservative principles that we are raised with but we don't even know it I call myself just a free thinker it's become a lifestyle you know it's Who I am no one paid us to be here I absolutely love myself I am at a coon so when people are like oh you're just being used by the Republicans no you're being disrespectful to me because I know what I'm doing today in this room I'm so excited because we are going to launch in front of the world a movement a movement that will forever be remembered as a piece of American history a movement called blex it the black exit [Applause] while there are only a few hundred people at this summit wearing blogs and t-shirts there are thousands more online and as long as black Americans have had the right to vote there have been black Republicans but there has never been the community activism and recruitment than that created by the rise of social media and one such influencer in this space is Antonio Okafor a second Amendment rights activist and conservative speaker yesterday a horrific incident took place at Texas Tech University a student took his gun and shot campus police officer in the head I am ia campus carry activist for this very reason to empower the law abiding individual and student on a college who's afraid of a criminal harming them we're following her to Iowa because she's being honored at congressman Steve King's annual pheasant hunt a GOP tradition sponsored by a man who's been called a racist by the press previous honorees have included Ted Cruz and Donald Trump jr. so why Antonia whose agenda does this serve because in my mind this looks a lot like GOP recruitment raise it up to your shoulder ready little bit out nice and easy it's just like a regular thing you come out into the plains with white men cash I do live in born and raised in Carrollton Texas right that was me was predominantly white have you like found yourself being like one of few or like the only minority and like rooms more as your like political influences groom probably yeah but also while I've been doing this I've seen it grow the whole thing that's happening right now the young black Leadership Conference it's just like showing in one place what I've known for a long time that there are a lot of black conservatives and that there are many of them who are big black conservatives they're out there yeah I knew I wasn't alone but I was the most vocal is it an isolating experience being a black conservative there is a mentality almost like if you say anything that's different there's a firing squad waiting for you can you tell me about when you transition from being democrat to having these more conservative views yeah I think I've always had conservative views it was until 2010 that I started to realize that President Obama who I use II a Stickley voted for that the policies that he had put through I didn't feel that I was empowered as a young individual hope and she and he said that he was gonna drastically change America that was his platform though sure so no I don't think that it was unfair or unrealistic no I think maybe it's actually we need different policies to change things if a black man didn't change it I'm curious how you as the child of an immigrant from Africa reconcile the comments that Donald Trump made where he you know alluded to it being a shithole I always used my mom is a great example and hearing her say do you think I went to America just because I liked Texas or something it is horrible there are people there are Christians who are being killed by machetes and outside of that context just thinking about the checkered past that the Republican Party does have with minority groups in this country why is it that you can like stomach the injustice is so please tell me what injustice is you're talking about the Republican Party voter suppression laws for example so having an ID which I have a driver's license people would tribute these things to being you know an infringement upon people's rights if anyone's disenfranchise a minority groups it's the Democratic Party especially right now when they're taking our vote for granted because we are the majority usually and they can press comfortably on that that is disenfranchising a whole crew people are gonna watch this and they're gonna like question your motives for being so outspoken okay and so I want to know like how do you what is your response to that it's not that we have to that someone can't make a decision to change a part of their life or switch and not have a motive you know you behind it as special guests men like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump jr. why now honor Antonia she is a clear and a consistent conservative voice defending the Second Amendment in particular and she can do a better job of it in the arena that she's in that I can't do and the hunters out there they're a pushover for a young lady I'm so passionate about protecting seconds a minute because as an individual I know how important it is that I have a right to defend myself I'm a survivor of sexual assault I know what it means to feel completely vulnerable and defenseless I think some people will see you're standing next to Antonia here they will assume the worst which is that this is a play for votes or this is a play for influence in a place or maybe you didn't have it before well I haven't changed and I'm not gonna change and as popular as virtue signaling is it's almost a requirement in this society today I never do it and I never will and yet Congressman Steve King retweeted neo-nazis and publicly targeted immigrants by saying we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies but now he's given Antonia what seems like a convenient platform now you owe me in there what was life like when he first started to be more outspoken about your political beliefs oh it was oh it was horrible it was definitely the one part that I was affected most by or impacted most by were the people around me for my sister at one time to say that you're a traitor a traitor to who a traitor to my race because of influencers like Antonia and Candace Owens more young black conservatives have declared their allegiance to Trump online but this decision can have life-altering consequences so my name is Shekinah for those of you that don't know and I've decided to exit the Democrat Party shekinah Geist is one of these people a budding social-media influencer that we met at the conference in DC who recently dropped out of college after being bullied for wearing a trump t-shirt on campus so we're following Chicana to her hometown to see whether embracing your political beliefs online is worth social suicide thank you and a lot of family photos yes mom loves pictures yeah what is this your brother up here yes I really Levi and that's my brother Daniel and his wife CeCe that's me we were adopted mm-hmm yeah and how's that experience been probably one of the best experiences ever because my birth mom was 15 when she had me I felt like she did the very best for me and gave me a better life yeah so this is the shirt Wow mm-hmm and so that was one too like your mom sent to you yeah mm-hmm anywhere on campus and stuff and your parents kind of impart any leanings one way or the other on you really no not at all my dad hates politics so they encourage you to like find your own way yeah they said you research and you um pick whoever you think is best fit you know when you wore that Donald Trump shirt that your friends know kind of your political leanings or um is that when they found out I definitely got backlash you know you're afraid of losing some of the first black friends you have yeah and did that happen most of them said they just couldn't imagine me supporting someone like Donald Trump we just kind of quit being friends it wasn't necessarily uncivil we just kind of quit talking to each other there are people who have had their names tossed around as being racist within the party right how are you okay with that if I truly feel that a candidate is being racist I will not stand with them and I don't think that Donald Trump says everything right I definitely think that he words a lot of things incorrectly and so what happened in the days that followed that like caused you to come back home to Greeley I think it was initially the shock just not expecting people to like message me and say things to me it was like the content of those messages that I lost my race card that I wasn't black anymore did I was an Uncle Tom did I was a sellout that I was just trying to make money I was trying to get attention I was trying to seek acceptance from white people a lot of people said that my family was brainwashing me and that really bothered why because I knew that I love my family and so I felt like I needed to go home and I wanted to do more research I wanted to be confident myself I wanted to know what I believed and I just felt like I had to completely reshift predominantly black urban areas have been destroyed our educational institutions have been destroyed black owned businesses have been destroyed all of these things the Democrats have done to destroy the black community why make your beliefs public it was a decision that I made after I felt more confident myself you have expressed concern that like you would have to deal with this kind of backlash I'm just curious like why still do it I felt that it was good to receive that backlash I felt it was good to hear a different perspective I felt it was good to challenge myself the first people to turn on Shekinah for her political leaning with the first black friend she's ever had and I wanted to get a better understanding of why there is so much resistance within the black community to black conservatives so right now we're at the University of Northern Colorado and we're gonna go meet up with a black student union she kind of hangs out here a lot with her friends she goes to the Community College around the corner we go hear what they think about young black conservatives what's up guys like is this like a liberal area or still having to go to class the next day I think that was the hardest part because like you go there and like you see people you know I was just like oh my gosh what kind of madness is this how do y'all feel about black conservatives the black booze yzs our vices I'm not never see the house Negroes every day I just facts that's big facts that's big facts they just house Negroes is like supporting a party I mean honestly we gonna be a real both parties I've never liked to me haven't done anything black people in a sense of like I wanna pot let's see I don't want no speeches I want policy but about what conservatives it's just like y'all house Negroes but y'all just trying to please this white man y'all gonna be on his good side so as much as I want to look past like oh you're a person and you might be confused but like you're personable values are tied into policies that affect my life like voting for Trump is not about being a Republican you voted for somebody who blatantly supports and encourages white supremacy like hate crimes are way up so like when you think about you know blacks in Union supports like diversity right do you guys also support that diversity and thought like would young black conservatives could they feel welcome in this space that is supposed to be welcoming for black students that's a unique word I wouldn't say welcome I'll definitely say feel challenged to back up the reason why you believe while you believe in ours who the same as well as everybody else with some with some facts and also with some emotions clearly many black students had a negative perception of black trump supporters but Shekinah was able to connect with one other like-minded black conservative in Greeley Sierra while a lot of black conservatives have found each other online this is one of those rare cases where they've created a real-world friendship so a lot of people tell me that when I talk about politics or use my social media it's solely to gain followers and that's just not the case we just want to try and get the word out there to let more people know that I mean that that this is for real this is who we really are as black conservatives you guys don't wear this on camera so as of right now I haven't I just got that like two weeks ago okay oh yeah probably I mean look at my backpack do you oh yeah I walk around with that every day what does it make you feel like when you wear it oh my hair is not poppin today I need a hat it makes me feel like a proud American I feel confident in it especially when you're in DC oh yeah I felt more confident wearing it there do you guys think that organizations like the Black Student Union which is supposed to be like a welcoming space for all black students you know do you think that would be accept – you guys I would say I would hope that they would be accepting I feel that if these people are truly pro-black it would be good to have a different perspective it would be good to have diversity of thought the Black Student Union invited us over to pregame for UNC's basketball game that night and we asked if we could bring Shekinah and Sierra for what will probably be an incredibly awkward introduction I'm curious like what are your preconceptions on black people and conservative and like conservative ideals yeah there's nothing wrong with being a conservative there's nothing wrong with voting your political party the issue is trunk but trumpets and making fun of people who are mentally handicapped making fun of women making fun of immigrants making fun of refugees making fun of black people that is the issue this is a long time for me to be a conservative I have a lot to say I have love that I could say I don't know had to really begin but well one of the things that I really appreciate that he's doing he's actually trying to start her vim revitalization with Ben Carson wasn't Ben Carson a doctor in their insane always how is he gonna help out with I was going on because he grew up in extreme poverty high bromination poverty I can't fix houses oh I think we have seen a lot of making an effort to try and fix the VA okay what was the thing betrayed the United States Mexico Canada agreement how he's been fixing that yeah not really frustrated me as trump's taking credit for a black unemployment rate i'm pretty sure we're all seeing that black unemployment rates that louis has ever been you did not do that it started going down underneath the brock obama you know where huge had that conversation with the tour bus with Billy Bush Billy Bush yeah about the time I was like ten years ago he referred to as locker room top he did publicly apologize I don't know if any of you guys watched that debate white nationalist literally said I feel emoted by Trump there's no way in hell you can justify that you have to defend why you like literally voted for Trump and there's nothing you can't get away from there cuz ben Carson has nothing to do with public house you're black I'm black like what does he have to say for you to stop a green with trouble immigration wise it's difficult because the people have already been here I don't think it's I I really don't think it's fair and a lot of conservatives believe it is I don't think it's fair for someone who's been here for thirty years started a business had a family to be deported back to wherever they came from me hear me talk is like you don't support him but you like you rep your party I respect that and black people we have this ideology brocco bomb is Jesus Christ which is not even close he never gave me a policy he to give no black people policy but as a citizen it's your civic duty again to hold them accountable for me I guess a good way to put it as I'm sometimes Trump there's things that I like and there's things that I will call him out on but when you just take away my black card and say that I'm not black anymore and you don't even want to discuss it with me you just want to say that white people have brainwashed me that's where I really have an issue I feel like it's not healthy to attack the black character it's not gonna do anything for us as your black community it's very common productive and then at the end of the day people are gonna be like oh black people and black people don't like each other so this is something that we have to discuss just hearing this movie you guys's and it really means a lot it's great one of the things that I hope is more people coming together [Applause] for me I've seen a lot of my friends and myself where people just completely disassociate themselves with black conservatives or vice versa as Americans we all have a civic duty to both to hold our government accountable people have always voted against their best interests and whether or not that's what's happening with black conservatives isn't really for me to say what do you feel are the biggest misconceptions about conservatives or the Republican Party that exists within the black community I think a lot of people think that that we're here to appease life people our job is to restore those pillars of the exception when America on the track to become again a greater nation they think that we're doing this for some Elster your motive we're gonna get celebrity status or whatever just because we're a black conservative I didn't do that for that it's definitely not a life that you want to live and live vocally but I think we all do it conspicuously because we want other people to realize that there are other people out there just like them and things just like that [Applause] black Republicans are still a fairly small group but the disillusionment within the black community with the Democratic Party is very real and if these concerns that black Americans have with the Democratic Party are continuously marginalized and ignored I think this movement could grow I don't know if this is an honest effort from the GOP to change the face of the party but I do know that this political evolution is real and earnest to the individuals that I met in DC and I just hope that at some point we can look past our differences and find a commonality and so that we can help our communities instead of arguing in such a partisanship that we see on both sides of the aisle now if we really want to make America great again attacking someone for the way they vote is never going to be the way that we get there you
summer of 1968 presidential election was looming in the fall and because when it rains it pours in politics that summer summer of 68 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court decided that he would like to retire Chief Justice Earl Warren told President Johnson that he wanted to retire now LBJ was at the end of his term right he was deeply unpopular at the time he decided not to run for re-election and LBJ devised a plan for what he was gonna do about that chief justice seat he decided that he would elevate to the chief justice position a Justice who was already on the Supreme Court justice who'd already been on the court for three years his friend Abe Fortas and Republicans were already not hot on Abe Fortas because of his liberal views because of his ties to President Johnson but their support their potential support for a Portis being Chief Justice that cratered when it was revealed that justice Fortas had accepted a bunch of speaking fees from private donors for a series of college lectures which he should not have done and so they filibustered him they blocked his nomination for four days on October 1st 1968 a month before the election there was an attempt to beat that filibuster and the attempt dramatically failed and the Abe Fortas nomination to be chief justice that whole thing fell apart Fortas lost the vote was on cloture on stopping the filibuster on forcing the members to stop talking to sit down and to decide whether they confirmed Fortas or not they took a vote on ending the filibuster and the Senate clerk announced the result 45 to 43 that was 14 votes short of two-thirds of the Senators present the Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and said the appointment would be laid aside temporarily and the Senate would go to other business that was October of 1968 that was so long ago we didn't have c-span we had Senate sketch artists like it was a cameras banned from the courtroom situation October 1968 that is the last and only time a Supreme Court nominee was successfully filibustered in modern times the last time an opposition party tried to mount a filibuster was in 2006 the Sam Alito nomination twenty four Democrats led by John Kerry and Ted Kennedy supported by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in O six they attempted to filibuster Alito's nomination to the court but 20 Democratic senators would not go along and that effort failed so again the last time they or it's able to pull this off was 68 he's it gonna happen again are they going to be able to pull it off prior to tonight's announcement about who the nominee would be for the Supreme Court see before we knew it was going to be Neil Gorsuch the Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had a suggestion for Democrats don't filibuster what I would expect from our Democratic friends is the nominee can be handled similarly to President Clinton's two nominees in his first term and President Obama's two nominees in his first term President Obama's two nominees in his first term I'd like to get really specific because they don't want to talk about the third nomination that President Obama made no mention of Merrick Garland's President Obama's third nominee who faced this unprecedented blockade by Republican senators who refused since last March to even hold the hearing on his nomination despite the fact that Merrick garland was a completely non controversial nomination well tonight the new Republican president has announced that appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is his choice for that Supreme Court seat that Merrick garland was supposed to be the nominee for after Neil Gorsuch was announced as the nominee we got this statement from the Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer quote the Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees the burden is on Judge Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and in this new era willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch the headline there may be not surprising but the Democratic Senate leader affirming that they're going to insist on a 60-vote threshold Republicans do not have 60 votes in the Senate what this means is that Democrats are going to filibuster Senate Democrats were already under intense pressure from Democratic voters who have been loudly upset with Democrats casting votes for Trump cabinet nominees that pressure will intensify on Democrats now that we've got a Supreme Court nomination as well even before tonight even before we got the name tonight one Democratic senator had been standing up loudly and overtly saying that he would filibuster the pic regardless of who it was because he said Republicans effectively stole this Supreme Court seat from President Obama a senator who has been making that case all along is Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley joining us now is Senator Merkley senator thank you very much for being up late and being here with us on nominee nomination I really appreciate your welcome Rachel I wouldn't miss it well does the announcement of Judge Gorsuch his name is remarks tonight the president's introduction of hammering tonight does that change your mind at all about your desire to filibuster this nomination no not at all I mean the point I was making was we must not forget this this is not a normal consideration this is a seat that was stolen from the former President Obama that's never been done in US history before to let this become normal just invites a complete partisan polarization of the court From Here to Eternity at what point does a majority say in the future we will not let someone make a nomination two years into their four years or three years into four years or their entire four years so I made it clear that I was going to insist on a 60 vote standard and that I would vote against closing debate so existing on 60 votes is the way you you start what we refer to as a filibuster and then the question is there going to be enough votes to shut it down and of course my hope is is that there won't be how many how many senators do you need to join with you in order to make it so that Judge Gorsuch has to clear 60 votes in order to get confirmed how many people do you need you have to have 41 senators vote against closing debate there are 48 Democratic Senatorial senators said another 48 you need 41 oh yes so we've got 48 senators who are either Democrats are who are caucusing with the Democrats do you have any sense of your colleagues views toward this and whether or not you think you'll clear that 41 vote number well I suspect we're going to hear a lot of statements from colleagues but the colleagues who are waiting to see if possibly the president would nominate someone like Merrick garland are going to be sorely disappointed tonight this is a nick from the extreme right someone who has said corporations art people made that case someone who has proceeded to be against class-action suits which are the only opportunity for fairness for a lot of citizens I mean you go by case by case by case this is about the powerful and the privileged and oppressing the rights of the people I think I think there's going to be an enormous number of senators who decide that this person is not suitable because they will not honor our We the People vision of government embedded in our Constitution Senator Merkley I'm sort of been reading the tea leaves on this a little bit trying to get a sense of where the Democrats in the Senate are on this and whether or not this is a time when we might expect a democratic effort that would be a big deal that would be a heavy lift in political terms not just because of the qualifications of this nominee but because it would set a new standard for what it means to get a Supreme Court justice I look at the size of those protests in the streets I look at the mood of the Democratic base right now I look at the reaction of Democratic voters and protesters to what the new administration is doing who they've nominated to the cabinet and I see a lot of momentum I see a lot of energy how do you know whether or not it's going to translate into into this working are you worried that if you try and fail Democrats will be showing weakness here well I I never worried about trying and failing you have to fight the battles you believe in and that's what enables you to win is to undertake that battle I can tell you that this weekend I had two town halls on Saturday the first had 600 folks crowded into a gym that could only fit about 400 it was almost scary and I thought I'm never going to see another Town Hall like this I went to my second town hall and 3700 citizens showed up to weigh in about how angry they are how frustrated they are about how America has gone way off track under just the at that point ten days of this presidential leadership by Trump Jeff Merkley of Oregon about to be involved in one of the political fights of your life sir thank you for helping us understand tonight I appreciate being so welcome alright this is gonna be very interesting I mean what Jeff Merkley is talking about here what Chuck Schumer now says is going to be the Democratic strategy here is to get 41 Democrats to line up with this filibuster they've got 48 democratic or caucusing with the Democratic caucus senators in the Senate if they can get 41 of the 48 to side with this strategy they can at least theoretically they can block this nomination from the minority it would be a radical move it would change the way that Supreme Court nominees are approved in this country sort of been changing on its own anyway but this is gonna be a fascinating thing to watch and it'll be fascinating to see if they'll those protesters out in the street all those people showing up at Senate offices and town hall meetings and all these things all over the country whether they're gonna backstop their democratic senators on this strategy this is gonna be a hell of a fight we'll be right back hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos
THAT'S >>> YOU'RE LOOKING AT LIVE PICS OF THE NATIONAL MALL WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ABOUT TO START SPEAKING. PART OF THE CONTROVERSIAL FOURTH OF JULY EVENT THAT WE HAVE TALKING ABOUT FOR DAYS IS CALLED SALUTE TO AMERICA. IT'S GOING TO INVOLVE FIREWORKS, A FLYOVER, MILITARY TANKS, ALL SORTS OF THINGS. THE WEATHER IS NOT PARTICULARITY GREAT. IT'S BEEN RAINING ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT THE DAY IN D.C. THIS HAS BEEN A HIGHLY CRITICIZED AND CONTROVERSIAL EVENT. WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO COST AT LEAST $2.5 MILLION IF NOT MORE. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONCERNED THAT MONEY WAS COMING FROM TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL PARK WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO GO TO HELP IMPROVE THE NATIONAL PARK. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN D.C. ALSO WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACTS THE TANKS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT MIGHT HAVE ON THE ROAD THERE. THERE'S VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN THAT WEATHER MIGHT DETER THE CROWDS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE NATIONAL MALL. THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WERE SAYING THEY FELT LIKE TODAY WAS ABOUT COMMUNITY, THAT THEY WERE NOT THRILLED ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TODAY AND THEY WERE PAR PARTICIPATING IN SMALLER EVENTS. WE UNDERSTAND THE BLUE ANGELS FROM THE U.S. NAVY ARE GOING TO BE DOING A FLYOVER. YOU CAN SEE A BAND THERE AND HEAR THE MUSIC FAINTLY. THIS IS A FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION UNLIKE ANY OTHER. IT'S UNCOMMON FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE ON THE NATIONAL MALL ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. THAT RAISED A LOT OF SECURITY CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THAT WOULD COST AND WHAT KIND OF SECURITY RISK IT WOULD POSE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE MANAGED TO PULL IT OFF THIS EVENING. WE WILL SEE IF THIS IS THE GREAT SHOW THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PROMISING, INSPIRED BY THAT BASTILLE DAY EVENT HE SAW IN PARIS WHEN HE WAS WITH EMANUEL MACRON. HE LIKED THAT EUROPEAN UNION STYLE MILITARY PARADE AND SO DECIDED TO BRING ONE HERE RIGHT TO THE NATIONAL MALL. THE BAND SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE KICKING UP A LITTLE BIT AND THE FLAGS ARE COMING IN SO IT APPEARS THE PRESIDENT MIGHT BE ABOUT TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM WHERE HE IS GOING TO ADDRESS THE NATION AS PART OF THIS EVENING'S CELEBRATION. WHY DON'T WE LISTEN IN. ♪♪ ♪ O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ♪ ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> Announcer: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD J. TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES, MELANIA TRUMP. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! >>> HELLO, AMERICA. HELLO. THE FIRST LADY AND I WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ON THIS TRULY HISTORIC FOURTH OF JULY. TODAY WE COME TOGETHER AS ONE NATION WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL SALUTE TO AMERICA. WE CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY, OUR PEOPLE AND THE HEROS WHO PROUDLY DEFEND OUR FLAG, THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE WITH US VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND HIS WONDERFUL WIFE KAREN. WE'RE ALSO JOINED BY MANY HARD WORKING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK ESPER AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF MY CABINET AND ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL JOE DUNFORD. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. LIEUTENANT GENERAL DANIEL HAWKINSON OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND DISTINGUISHED LEADERS REPRESENTING EACH BRANCH OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCED, THE ARMY, NAVY, COAST GUARD, MARINES, AIR FORCE AND VERY SOON THE SPACE FORCE. AS WE GATHER THIS EVENING IN THE JOY OF FREEDOM, WE REMEMBER THAT ALL SHARE A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY HERITAGE. TOGETHER WE ARE PART OF ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, THE STORY OF AMERICA. IT IS THE EPIC TALE OF A GREAT NATION WHOSE PEOPLE HAVE RISKED EVERYTHING FOR WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND WHAT THEY KNOW IS TRUE. IT IS THE CHRONICLE OF BRAVE CITIZENS WHO NEVER GIVE UP ON THE DREAM OF A BETTER AND BRIGHTER FUTURE AND IT IS THE SAGA OF 13 SEPARATE COLONIES THAT UNITED TO FORM THE MOST JUST AND VIRTUOUS REPUBLIC EVER CONCEIVED. ON THIS DAY 243 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNES AND THEIR SACRED HONOR TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE AND DEFEND OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. THOMAS JEFFERSON WROTE THE WORDS THAT FOREVER CHANGED THE COURSE OF HUMANITARIAN, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. WITH A SINGLE SHEET OF PARCHMENT AND 56 SIGNATURES, AMERICA BEGAN THE GREATEST POLITICAL JOURNEY IN HUMAN HISTORY. ON THAT DAY, THE PATRIOTS WHO WOULD DETERMINE THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS OF THE STRUGGLE WERE 100 MILES AWAY IN NEW YORK. THERE, THE CONTINENTAL ARMY PREPARED TO MAKE ITS STAND, COMMANDED BY THE BELOVED GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON. AS THE DELEGATES DEBATED THE DECLARATION IN PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON'S ARMY WATCHED FROM MANHATTAN AS A MASSIVE BRITISH INVADING FLEET LOOMED DANGEROUSLY ACROSS NEW YORK HARBOR. THE BRITISH HAD COME TO CRUSH THE REVOLUTION IN ITS INFANCY. WASHINGTON'S MESSAGE TO HIS TROOPS LAID BARE THE STAKES. HE WROTE, "THE FATE OF UNBORN MILLIONS WILL NOW DEPEND UNDER GOD ON THE COURAGE AND CONDUCT OF THIS ARMY. WE HAVE THEREFORE TO RESOLVE TO CONQUER OR DIE. ." DAYS LATER, GENERAL WASHINGTON ORDERED THE DECLARATION READ ALLOWED TO THE TROOPS, THE ASSEMBLED SOLDIERED JUST JOINED AN EXCITED CROWD RUNNING DOWN BROADWAY. THEY TOPPLED THE STATUE OF KING GEORGE AND MELTED IT INTO BULLETS FOR BATTLE. THE FAR-AWAY KING WOULD SOON LEARN A TIMELESS LESSON ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS MAJESTIC LAND. AMERICANS LOVE OUR FREEDOM AND NO ONE WILL EVER TAKE IT AWAY FROM US. THAT SAME AMERICAN SPIRIT THAT EMBOLDENED OUR FOUNDERS HAS KEPT US STRONG THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. TO THIS DAY, THAT SPIRIT RUNS THROUGH THE VEINS OF EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT. IT LOVES ON IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HERE TODAY. IT IS THE SPIRIT DARING AND DEFIANCE, EXCELLENCE AND ADVENTURE, COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE, LOYALTY AND LOVE THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY INTO THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND OUR NATION IS STRONGER TODAY THAN IT EVER WAS BEFORE. IT IS ITS STRONGEST NOW. >> USA! USA! USA! >> THAT SAME RIGHTEOUS AMERICAN SPIRIT FORGED OUR GLORIOUS CONSTITUTION. THAT RUGGED AMERICAN CHARACTER LED THE LEGENDARY EXPLORERS LEWIS AND CHARACTER ON THEIR PERILOUS EXPEDITION ACROSS AN UNTAMED CONTINENT. IT DROVE OTHERS TO JOURNEY WEST AND STAKE OUT THEIR CLAIM ON THE WILD FRONTIER. DEVOTION TO OUR FOUNDING IDEALS LED AMERICAN PATRIOTS TO ABOLISH THE EVIL OF SLAVERY, SECURE CIVIL RIGHTS AND EXPAND THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS THE NOBLE PURPOSE THAT INSPIRED ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO REDEDICATE OUR NATION TO A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM AND TO RESOLVE THAT WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. OUR QUEST FOR GREATNESS UNLEASHED A CULTURE OF DISCOVERY THAT LED THOMAS EDISON TO IMAGINE HIS LIGHTBULB, ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO CREATE THE TELEPHONE, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS TO LOOK TO THE SKY AND SEE THE NEXT GREAT FRONTIER. FOR AMERICANS, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. EXACTLY 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, THE WORLD WATCHED IN AWE AS APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS LAUNCHED INTO SPACE WITH A WAKE OF FIRE AND NERVES OF STEEL AND PLANTED OUR GREAT AMERICAN FLAG ON THE FACE OF THE MOON. HALF A CENTURY LATER, WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE HER TONIGHT THE FAMED NASA FLIGHT DIRECTOR WHO LED MISSION CONTROL DURING THAT HISTORIC ENDEAVOR, THE RENOWNED GENE KRANTZ. GENE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE BACK ON THE MOON VERY SOON AND SOMEDAY SOON WE WILL PLANT THE AMERICAN FLAG ON MARS. IT'S HAPPENING, GENE. IT'S HAPPENING. OUR NATION'S CREATIVITY AND GENIUS LIT UP THE LIGHTS OF BROADWAY. IT FILLED THE CONCERT HALLS AND AIR WAVES AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE SOUND OF JAZZ, OPERA, COUNTRY, ROCK 'N' ROLL AND RHYTHM AND BLUES. IT GAVE BIRTH TO THE MUSICAL, THE MOTION PICTURE, THE WESTERN, THE WORLD SERIES, THE SUPER BOWL, THE SKYSCRAPER, THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE, THE ASSEMBLY LINE AND THE MIGHTY AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE. IT LED OUR CITIZENS TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS. HERE WITH US THIS EVENING IS DR. EMANUEL FRYRANK. WHEN HE BEGAN HIS WORK, 90% OF CHILDREN WITH LEUKEMIA DIED. THANKS LARGELY TO HIS BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENTS, CURRENTLY 90% OF THOSE WITH THE MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIAS SURVIVE. DOCTOR, YOU ARE A GREAT AMERICAN HERO. THANK YOU. AMERICANS ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THAT LOVE AND UNITY HELD TOGETHER THE FIRST PILGRIMS. IT FORGED COMMUNITIES ON THE GREAT PLAINS. IT INSPIRED CLARA BARTON TO FOUND THE RED CROSS AND IT KEEPS OUR NATION THRIVING TODAY. HERE TONIGHT, FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS TINA BELCHER. HER SELFLESS GENEROSITY OVER THREE DECADES HAS MADE HER KNOWN TO ALL AS MRS. ANGEL. EVERY TIME A HURRICANE STRIKES, MRS. ANGEL TURNS HER TINY KITCHEN INTO A DISASTER RELIEF CENTER. ON A SINGLE DAY AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL, SHE GAVE 476 PEOPLE A WARM MEAL. MRS. ANGEL, YOUR BOUNDLESS HEART INSPIRES US ALL. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FROM OUR EARLIER DAYS, AMERICANS OF FAITH HAVE UPLIFTED OUR NATION. THIS EVENING WE ARE JOINED BY SISTER DEIRDRE BURN. SISTER BURN IS A RETIRED ARMY SURGEON WHO SERVED FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS. ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, THE SISTER RACED TO GROUND ZERO, THROUGH SMOKE AND DEBRIS SHE ADMINISTERED FIRST AID AND COMFORT TO ALL. SISTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF SERVICE. THANK OUR NATION HAS ALWAYS HONORED THE HEROS WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, THE FIREFIGHTERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE, SHERIFFS, I.C.E., BORDER PATROL AND ALL OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. ON THIS JULY 4th, WE PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR OUR NATION. WE ARE DEEPLY MOVED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE THIS EVENING OF GOLD STAR FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN MADE EVER GREATER BY CITIZENS WHO RISKED IT ALL FOR EQUALITY AND FOR JUSTICE. 100 YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER, THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT LED CONGRESS TO PASS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GIVING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IN 1960, A THIRST FOR JUSTICE LED AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS TO SIT DOWN AT THE WOOLWORTH LUNCH COUNTER IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA. IT WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-INS AND IT STARTED A MOVEMENT ALL ACROSS OUR NATION. CLARENCE HENDERSON WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE TOOK HIS PLACE IN HISTORY. ALMOST SIX DECADES LATER, HE IS HERE TONIGHT IN A SEAT OF HONOR. CLARENCE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS COUNTRY A MUCH BETTER PLACE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IN 1963 REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. STOOD HERE ON THESE VERY STEPS AND CALLED ON OUR NATION TO LIVE OUT THE TRUE MEANING OF ITS CREED AND LET FREEDOM RING FOR EVERY CITIZEN ALL ACROSS OUR LAND. AMERICA'S FEARLESS RESOLVE AS INSPIRED HEROS WHO DEFINED OUR NATIONAL CHARACTER FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOHN ADAMS, BETSY ROSS TO FREDERICK DOUGLAS, HARRIET TUBMAN, AMELIA ERHARDT, JACKIE ROBINSON AND OF COURSE JOHN GLENN. IT HAS WILLED OUR WARRIORS UP MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS MINE FIELDS. IT HAS LIBERATED CONTINENTS, SPLIT THE ATOM. HERE WITH US IS EARL MORSE. EARL FOUND THAT MANY WORLD WAR II VETERANS COULD NOT AFFORD TO VISIT THEIR MEMORIAL ON THE NATIONAL MALL. SO EARL BEGAN THE VERY FIRST HONOR FLIGHTS THAT HAVE NOW BROUGHT OVER 200,000 WORLD WAR II HEROS TO VISIT AMERICA'S MONUMENT. EARL, THANK YOU. WE SALUTE YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. OUR WARRIORS OF AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHO FOUGHT ALL THE WAY BACK FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. TODAY THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FREEDOM RESTS ON THE SHOULDERS OF MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO DEFEND IT. WE ARE PROUDLY JOINED TONIGHT BY HEROS FROM EACH BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES INCLUDING THREE RECIPIENTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. THANK YOU. THEY AND THOUSANDS BEFORE US SERVED WITH IMMENSE DISTINCTION AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THAT SERVICE. TO YOUNG AMERICANS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN OUR MILITARY AND MAKE A TRULY GREAT STATEMENT IN LIFE. AND YOU SHOULD DO IT. WE WILL NOW BEGIN OUR CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, HONOING EACH BRANCH. I INVITE ACTING SECRETARY, PLEASE MARK ESPER, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND CHAIRMAN DUNFORD, HEAD OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, PLEASE JOIN ME. IN AUGUST OF 1790 BY REQUEST OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON, CONGRESS ESTABLISHED A FLEET OF TEN SWIFT VESSELS TO DEFEND OUR SHORES. THEY WOULD FIGHT PIRATES, STOP SMUGGLERS AND SAFEGUARD OUR BORDERS. THEY ARE THE ANCESTORS OF OUR FAITHFUL COAST GUARD. WHEN OUR SHIPS WERE SEIZED IN 1812 IT WAS A REVENUE CUTTER, THE SWIFT SCHOONER THOMAS JEFFERSON THAT SWEPT IN TO CAPTURE THE FIRST BRITISH VESSEL OF THE WAR. IN 1897 WHEN 265 WHALERS WERE TRAPPED IN ICE AND THE ICE FIELDS OF ALASKA WERE CLOSING UP, COURAGEOUS OFFICERS TREKKED 1500 MILES THROUGH THE FROZEN FRONTIER TO RESCUE THOSE STARVING MEN FROM CERTAIN DEATH. IN 1942 THE COAST GUARD MANNED LANDING CRAFT FOR INVASIONS IN THE PACIFIC. WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKED, FIRST CLASS DOUGLAS MONROE USED HIS OWN BOAT TO SHIELD HIS COMRADES FROM POUNDING GUNFIRE. MONROE GAVE HIS LIFE. HUNDREDS OF MARINES WERE SAVED. AS HE LAY DYING ON THE DECK, HIS FINAL QUESTION EMBODIED DEVOTION THAT SAILS WITH EVERY COAST GUARDSMAN. DID THEY GET OFF. ON D-DAY THE COAST GUARD'S FAMOUS MATCH BOX FLEET SERVED VALIANTLY THROUGH EVERY HOUR OF THE GREATEST AMPHIBIOUS INVASION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THE WATER BOILED WITH BULLETS LIKE A MUD PUDDLE IN A HAILSTORM BUT WE PUT OUR TROOPS ON UTAH AND OMAHA BEACHES. EVERY COAST GUARD IS TRUSTED TO PUT SERVICE BEFORE ALL, COASTIES PLUNGE FROM HELICOPTERS AND BARREL THROUGH POURING RAIN AND CRASHING WAVES TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. THEY SECURE OUR BORDERS FROM DRUG RUNNERS AND TERRORISTS, IN ROUGH SEAS, AT HIGH SPEEDS, THEIR SHARP SHOOTERS TAKE OUT SMUGGLERS' ENGINES WITH A SINGLE SHOT. THEY NEVER MISS. WHEN THE RED RACING STRIPES OF A COAST GUARD VESSEL BREAK THE HORIZON, WHEN THEIR CHOPPER BLADES PIERCE THE SKY, THOSE IN DISTRESS KNOW THAT THE HELP IS ON THEIR WAY AND OUR ENEMIES KNOW THEIR TIME HAS COME. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. REPRESENTING THE COAST GUARD, YOU WILL SOON SEE AN 8860 HELICOPTER BASED AT CLEAR WATER. ALONG WITH THE DOLPHIN FROM AIR STATION ATLANTIC CITY AND AN AC 144 OCEAN SENTRY FROM AIR STATION MIAMI. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO THE COAST GUARD. ON A COLD DECEMBER MORNING IN 1903, A MIRACLE OCCURRED OVER THE DUNES OF KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN TWO BICYCLE MAKERS FROM OHIO DEFIED GRAVITY WITH A 12 HORSE POWER ENGINE, WINGS MADE OF COTTON AND JUST A FEW DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS. JUST SIX YEARS LATER, AMERICA WAS TRAINING THE FIRST PILOT TO TAKE THESE MAGNIFICENT MACHINES UP AND OVER THE FIELD OF BATTLE. IN WORLD WAR I, OUR FLY BOYS RUSHED THE SKIES OF EUROPE AND ACES LIKE EDDIE RICKENBACKER, WITH TALES OF DARING DUELS IN THE CLOUD. BILL WRITE MITCHELL SAW THIS TECHNOLOGY AND RISKED COURT-MARTIAL IN HIS QUEST FOR INDEPENDENT AIR FORCE. HE WAS PROVEN RIGHT WHEN EMPIRES ACROSS THE OCEAN STRIVED TO CARVE UP THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES AND AMERICA STOOD IN THE WAY WE WOULDN'T LET IT HAPPEN. AFTER PEARL HARBOR, JAMES DOOLITTLE AND HIS BOMBERS FLEW OFF THE CARRIER DECK IN THE DEEP PACIFIC IN A DARING FEAT OF AMERICAN RESOLVE. AND AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, THE NAZIS BUILT THE FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT THEY FORGOT TO PUT A ROOF ON IT. SO WE CRUSHED THEM ALL FROM THE AIR. 177 LIBERATOR BOMBERS FLEW DANGEROUSLY LOW, THROUGH BROAD DAYLIGHT WITHOUT PROTECTION WITH THE NAZI WAR MACHINE. MORE THAN 300 AIRMEN GAVE THEIR LIVES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY OIL REFINERIES AND THEY WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR THE ACTIONS IN THE SINGLE RAID. IT WAS AIRMAN CHUCK YEAGER WHO FIRST BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER. IT WAS BUZZ ALDRIN WHO CREATED THEIR SABRE JETS FOR ROCKETS TO THE STARS. AND IT IS OUR INCREDIBLE AIRMAN TODAY WHO WIELDS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS SYSTEMS ON THE PLANET EARTH. NONE HAS MANAGED TO KILL A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER BECAUSE THE SKIES BELONG TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NO ENEMY HAS ATTACKED OUR PEOPLE WITHOUT BEING MET BY THE ROAR OF THUNDER AND THE AWESOME MIGHT OF THOSE WHO BID FAREWELL TO EARTH AND SOARED INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. REPRESENTING THE AIR FORCE YOU WILL SOON SEE, BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW F-22 RAPTORS FROM LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE IN VIRGINIA. AND ONE MAGNIFICENT B-2 STEALTH BOMBER FROM MISSOURI. ♪♪ >> WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY. IN OCTOBER 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ORDERED THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SWIFT SAILING VESSELS. EACH CARRYING TEN CANNONS AND 80 MEN TO SAIL EASTWARD. OUR YOUNG FLEET TESTED THEIR SEA LEGS AGAINST THE MOST POWERFUL NAVY THE WORLD HAS EVER SCENE. JOHN PAUL JONES, AMERICA'S FIRST GREAT NAVAL HERO SAID, I WISH TO HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH ANY SHIP THAT DOES NOT SAIL FAST. FOR I INTEND TO GO IN HARM'S WAY. HE GOT HIS WISH MANY TIMES WHEN HIS SHIP WAS SHOT INTO PIECES OFF THE COAST OF ENGLAND BY A BRITISH VESSEL AND HER FOUR DOZEN GUNS. WHEN DEMANDED TO SURRENDER, JONES FAMOUSLY DECLARED, I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT. WHEN OUR NAVY BEGINS FIGHTING, THEY FINISH THE JOB. THE WAR OF 1812, CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE FELL WITH HIS BROTHERS ON THE USS CHESAPEAKE. HIS DYING COMMAND GAINED IMMORTALITY. DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP. IN THE BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY, ADMIRAL DAVID FARRAGUT LASHED HIMSELF TO THE RIGGING OF THE FLAGSHIP TO SEE BEYOND CRYING, DAMN THE TORPEDOS, FULL SPEED AHEAD IN WORLD WAR II, IT WAS AVIATORS' LAUNCH FROM THE CARRIER ENTERPRISE. YORKTOWN, WHO FILLED THE SKIES OF MIDWAY AND TURNED THE TIDE OF THE PACIFIC WAR. NOBODY COULD BEAT US. NOBODY COULD COME CLOSE. ON D-DAY, THE ENGINEERS CAME ASHORE TO DESTROY BLOCKADES AND BARRIERS, MAKING WAYS FOR THE INVASIONS. MANY LOST THEIR LIVES BUT THEY TOOK GERMAN DEFENSES WITH THEM AND OUR MAIN CRUSH UPON THE BEACHES LIKE A MIGHTY STORM. FROM THE NAVAL DEMOLITION UNIT OF WORLD WAR II, AROSE FORCE THAT BECAME FAMOUS IN THE DELTA. THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE OUR FORCE AGAIN. THE VERY BEST OF THE VERY BEST. THE NAVY S.E.A.L.s. THEY DELIVERED VENGEANCE ON THE TERRORISTS WHO PLANNED THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND. IT WAS THE S.E.A.L.s WHO STAND READY TO BRING RIGHTEOUS RETRIBUTION AND MOUNTAIN JUNG HE WILL, DESERT, TO THOSE WHO DO US HARM. AMERICA'S SAILORS ARE NOT BORN. THEY ARE FORGED BY THE SEA. THEIR TRADITIONS ARE RICH WITH THE SALT AND BLOOD OF THREE CENTURIES. WHEN OLD GLORY CRESTS THE WAVES OF FOREIGN SHORES, EVERY FRIEND AND EVERY FOE KNOWS THAT JUSTICE SAILS THOSE WATERS. IT SAILS WITH THE UNITED STATES NAVY. REPRESENTING OUR GREAT NAVY TODAY WILL BE TWO F-18 SUPER HORNETS FROM OCEANA AND VIRGINIA ALONG WITH TWO F-35 LIGHTNING FROM NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE IN CALIFORNIA. ♪♪ >> SO GREAT. IN NOVEMBER OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS GRADED TWO BATTALIONS OF A NEW KIND OF WARRIOR. ONE WHO WOULD PROTECT OUR SHIPS AND SAILORS AND BE AT HOLE, BOTH ASHORE AND IN THE MAST WITH MUSKET IN HAND. THEIR VERSATILITY WAS PROVEN IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WHEN 234 CONTINENTAL MARINES CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST AMPHIBIOUS RAID. CAPTURING THE BRITISH SUPPLY OF GUN POWDER AND CANNONS. EVER SINCE MARINES HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY AMERICAN WAR. THEIR LEGEND HAS GROWN AND GROWN AND GROWN WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO WON AMERICA'S FIRST OVERSEAS BATTLE, VANQUISHING THE BARBARRE PIRATES ON THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI. THEY WERE SHIELDED FROM THE PIRATES, EARNED THEM IMMORTAL NAME, LEATHER NECK. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO AFTER TWO LONG DAYS OF BATTLE, MARCHED THROUGH THE HALLS OF MONTEZUMA. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO TOOK HEAVY CASUALTIES TO KICK THE KAISER'S TROOPS OUT IN WORLD WAR I, EARNING THE TITLE, DEVIL DOGS. AND IT WAS MARINES WHO RAISED THE FLAG ON THE BLACK SANDS OF IWO JIMA. FROM THE RESERVOIR, FROM HELMOND TO BAGHDAD, MARINES HAVE STRUCK FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR ENEMIES AND PUT SOLACE INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR FRIENDS. MARINES ALWAYS LEAD THE WAY. AFTER THE 1993 MARINES BOMBING IN BEIRUT WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 241 GREAT U.S. SERVICEMEN, THE MARINE SERGEANT LAY IN BANDAGES, SO BADLY WOUNDED, BARELY ALIVE. WHEN THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS CAME TO VISIT THE HOSPITAL, SERGEANT NASH HAD TO FEEL FOR THE GENERAL. HE WANTED TO FEEL HIS FOUR STARS. HE COULD NOT SEE AND HE COULD NOT SPEAK. HE SIGNALS FOR PEN AND PAPER. WITH SHAKING HANDS HE WROTE TWO WORDS. SEMPER FI. THAT MOTTO, ALWAYS FAITHFUL, BURNS IN THE SOUL OF EVERY MARINE. A SACRED PROMISE THE CORE HAS KEPT SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE ELITE MASTERS OF AIR AND LAND AND SEA ON BATTLEFIELDS ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES MARINES. REPRESENTING THE MARINE CORPS TODAY WILL BE A BRAND NEW V-8, SOON TO BE SERVING MARINE 1. ALONG WITH THE 22 FROM QUANTICO, THE NIGHT HAWKS. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> IN JUNE OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS CREATED A UNIFIED ARMY OUT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY FORCES AROUND BOSTON AND NEW YORK AND NAMED AFTER THE GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. THE CONTINENTAL ARMY SUFFERED A BITTER WINTER OF VALLEY FORGE, FOUND GLORY ACROSS THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE AND SEIZED VICTORY FROM CORNWALL. IT MANNED THE RAMPART. IT TOOK OVER THE AIRPORT. IT DID EVERYTHING IT HAD TO DO AND AT FT. McHENRY UNDER THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE, IT HAD NOTHING BUT VICTORY. WHEN DAWN CAME, THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER WAVED DEFIANT. AND GETTYSBURG, OUR SOLDIERS GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THE TRUE UNITY OF OUR NATION AND THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS. IN WORLD WAR I, AN ARMY SERGEANT FACED AN INFERNO OF FIRE AND REFUSED TO RETREAT. HE SAID I WON'T LEAVE. I WON'T STOP. HE SHOT HIS RIFLE 18 TIMES, KILLING 18 OF THE ENEMY. WHEN THEY FIXED THE BAYONETS, HE KILLED 18 MORE. BECAUSE OF ONE MAN, ALVIN YORK, A GENERATION LATER, THE ARMY RETURNED TO EUROPE AND EMBARKED UPON A GREAT CRUSADE WITH KNIVES AND RIFLES IN HAND. THE RANGERS SCALED THE CLIFFS OF NORMANDY. THE 101st AIRBORNE LEAPT INTO DANGER FROM ABOVE, ILLUMINATED ONLY BY ENEMY FLARES, EXPLOSIONS AND BURNING AIRCRAFT. THEY THREW BACK THE NASTY EMPIRE WITH LIGHTNING OF THEIR OWN FROM THE TURRETS OF SHERMAN TANK AND THE M-1 RIFLE. IN THE DARKNESS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULK, WITH NAZIS ON EVERY SIDE, ONE SOLDIER IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID, THEY'VE GOT US SURROUNDED AGAIN, THE POOR BASTARDS. THE NUMBER AMERICAN WARRIORS FOUGHT THROUGH BUNKERS OF PORK CHOP HILL AND HELD THE LINE OF CIVILIZATION IN KOREA. IN THE HE WILL FASTBALL GRASS OF VIETNAM. THE FIRST MADE THE STAND AGAINST A FOREST CONSUMED IN FLAME WITH ENEMIES AT EVERY TURN. HAVE THE AMERICA BROUGHT THE RIGHTEOUS FURY DOWN TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND CLEARED THE BLOOD THIRSTY KILLERS FROM THEIR CAVE. THEY LIBERATED MOSUL AND HELPED OBLITERATED THE ISIS CAL FATE RECENTLY IN SYRIA. 100% GONE. THE SOLDIERS HAVE ALWAYS POINTED TOWARD HOME CLAIMING, THEY LIVE BY THE CREED OF DOUGLAS MacARTHUR, IN WAR THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. THEY ARE THE GREATEST SOLDIERS ON EARTH. ♪♪ NEARLY 250 YEARS AGO, A VOLUNTEER ARMY OF FARMERS AND SHOP KEEPERS, BLACKSMITHS, MERCHANTS AND MILITIAMEN RISKED LIFE AND LIMB TO SECURE AMERICAN LIBERTY AND SELF-GOVERNMENT. THIS EVENING WE HAVE WITNESSED THE NOBLE MIGHT OF THE WARRIORS WHO CONTINUE THAT LEGACY. THEY GUARD OUR BIRTH RIGHT WITH VIGILANCE AND FIERCE DEVOTION TO THE FLAG AND TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. NOW WE MUST GO FORWARD AS A NATION WITH THAT SAME UNITY OF PURPOSE. AS LONG AS WE STAY TRUE, AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER OUR GREAT HISTORY, AS LONG AS WE NEVER, EVER STOP FIGHTING FOR A BETTER FUTURE, THEN THERE WILL BE NOTHING THAT AMERICA CANNOT DO. >> THANK YOU. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEATED, TOOK TO THE SKIES, AND SOARED INTO THE HEAVENS. BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE AMERICANS AND THE FUTURE BELONGS TO US. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE BRAVE, THE STRONG, THE PROUD AND THE FREE. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, CHASING ONE DREAM, AND ONE MAGNIFICENT DESTINY. WE ALL SHARE THE SAME HEROES, THE SAME HOME, THE SAME HEART, AND WE ARE ALL MADE BY THE SAME ALMIGHTY GOD. FROM THE BANKS OF THE CHESAPEAKE TO THE CLIFFS OF CALIFORNIA, FROM THE HUMMING SHORES OF THE GREAT LAKES TO THE SAND DUNES OF THE CAROLINAS, FROM THE FIELDS OF THE HEARTLAND TO THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE WILL NEVER FADE, NEVER FAIL, BUT WILL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. TO EVERY CITIZEN THROUGHOUT OUR LAND, HAVE A GLORIOUS INDEPENDENCE DAY. HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY. I WANT TO THANK THE ARMY BAND, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, THE INCREDIBLE PILOTS OVERHEAD, AND THOSE WHO ARE MAKING POSSIBLE THE AMAZING FIREWORKS DISPLAY LATER THIS EVENING. NOW AS THE BAND PLAYS, THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, I INVITE THE FIRST LADY, VICE PRESIDENT AND MRS. PENCE, THE SERVICE SECRETARIES AND MILITARY LEADERS TO JOIN ME ON STAGE FOR ONE MORE SALUTE TO AMERICA BY THE FAMOUS, INCREDIBLE, TALENTED BLUE ANGELS. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS THE MILITARY. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ ♪ MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ HE IS TRAMPLING OUT THE VINTAGE WHERE THE GRAPES OF WRATH ARE STORED ♪ ♪ HE HATH LOOSED THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING OF HIS TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD ♪ ♪ HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ I HAVE SEEN HIM IN THE WATCH FIRES OF 100 CIRCLING CAMPS ♪ ♪ THEY HAVE BUILDED HIM AN ALTAR IN THE EVENING DEWS AND DAMPS ♪ ♪ I CAN READ HIS RIGHTEOUS SENTENCE BY THE DIM AND FLARING LAMPS HIS DAY IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES CHRIST WAS BORN ACROSS THE SEA ♪ ♪ WITH THE GLORY IN HIS BOSOM THAT TRANSFIGURED YOU AND ME ♪ ♪ AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN WHOLE ♪ ♪ LET US LIVE TO MAKE MEN FREE ♪ OUR GOD IS MARCHING ON ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE FLAG STILL STANDS FOR FREEDOM AND THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY NIGHT? I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ACROSS THE PLAINS OF TEXAS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪ ♪ HOUSTON AND NEW YORK TO L.A. ♪ ♪ WITH PRIDE IN EVERY AMERICAN HEART IT'S TIME WE STAND AND SAY ♪ ♪ AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ♪ AND I'M GLAD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE AND I WON'T FORGET ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST DELIVERED HIS SPEECH DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION ON THE NATIONAL MALL. YOU CAN SEE THEM RAMPING UP HERE. MONICA IS THERE IN D.C. WHERE THINGS JUST GOT FINISHED. MONICA, HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE? WE CAN SEE, IT IS A PRETTY RAINY EVENING BUT INCREDIBLE NONETHELESS. >> HEY, GUYS, THAT'S RIGHT. THE RAIN IS STILL FALLING. PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCLUDING HIS REMARKS ON STAGE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER THE WEATHER WOULD HOLD UP AND WHETHER IT WOULD GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH AND INDEED IT DID STARTING WITH AIR FORCE ONE WHICH ACTUALLY FLEW A LOT LOWER THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY SEE. THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY HAVE JUST LEFT THE STAGE WHERE THEY'LL BE HEADING BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AGAIN, A LITTLE RAIN DIDN'T SEEM TO BOTHER THE PRESIDENT. HE HAD TO STAND BEHIND SOME BULLET PROOF GLASS WHICH IS CUSTOMARY AT EVENTS LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY OUT IN THE PUBLIC. SO THE SHOT THAT MOST PEOPLE SAW AT HOME HAD A LOT OF WATER ON IT AND SPOKE TO THE THUNDERSTORMS OF THE AREA. BUT THE EVENT ITSELF WENT AS EXPECTED. THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED SOME EXCERPTS AHEAD OF TIME AND THIS IS VERY MUCH STUCK TO THE TELEPROMPTER. IT WAS A BIG QUESTION MARK GOING INTO TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT'S CRITICS SAY THAT THE ENTIRE EVENT WAS VERY POLITICAL. BY THE DESIGN OF THIS. ARMORED TENTS AND VEHICLES ALONG THE NATIONAL MALL. IN REALITY, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT. THE PRESIDENT DID STICK TO THE SCRIPT SO THAT WAS A SURPRISE HERE. IN A FEW HOURS, THE FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY. IT MAY NOT BE AS SPECTACULAR BUT I CAN TELL YOU THE MILITARY FLYOVER FROM THE NATIONAL MALL WAS A SIGHT TO SEE AND THE PRESIDENT SEEMED VERY PLEASED. >> TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE VIBE THERE. YOU'RE SEEING THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND HIM. COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CROWDS THAT YOU SAW? DID YOU SEE THE PEOPLE PROTESTING? WAS THERE ANYONE UNHAPPY WITH IT? WHAT WAS THE VIBE PARTICULARLY AS THE PLANES WERE GOING OVER. A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I TALKED ON THERE EARLIER TODAY WERE TRUMP SUPPORTERS. IT HAD A VIBE ARE W THE CAMPAIGN RALLY AND PEOPLE SAID, THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO BE HERE. WE BELIEVE IN HIS MESSAGE TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY AND WE WANT TO SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. AND AS THE DAY PROGRESSED, IT WAS A SIMILAR MESSAGE. THEY SAID I HOME HE DOESN'T GET POLITICAL AND I HOPE HE DOES STICK TO TALKING ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY AND WHAT IT MEANS, IN TERMS OF PATRIOTIC TERMS. SOME PEOPLE GOT TICKETS FROM THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THERE WAS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY. THEY HAD ACCESS TO A SPECIAL SECTION. THE TICKETS WERE FREE AND THAT HAPPENS WITH WHITE HOUSE EVENTS WHEN YOU THINK OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS OR FALL COLORS. THOSE FOLKS CERTAINLY HAD THE BEST VIEW OF THE PRESIDENT AND EVERYTHING AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. THOUSANDS OF OTHERS BEHIND NEAR THE REFLECTING POOL, THEY WATCHED EVERYTHING ON A MONITOR AND WE'LL SEE WHETHER THEY ENJOYED THAT OR WHETHER IT WAS A MIXED REVIEW EXPERIENCE SINCE IT WAS RAINING SO HARD. BUT AS WE FLASH BACKWARD, THE PRESIDENT SO FIXATED ON CROWD SIZE, WE'LL SEE WHAT HE MAKES OF THE EVENT ALL DAY. HE DID TALK ABOUT THE RAIN ALL DAY AND HOPE PEOPLE WOULD COME DESPITE THE WEATHER AND IT SEEMS THAT WAS THE CASE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT HIS REMARKS AND THE EVENT ONCE WE FINISH HERE. >> THANKS SO MUCH. IT DID LOOK LIKE THERE WERE BIG CROWDS THERE AND THAT THE RAIN DID NOT DETER THEM. THANK YOU FOR STICKING WITH US THROUGHOUT THE RAIN.
okay here's something that caught our attention check this out in July of 2010 the solid middle-of-the-road Quinnipiac poll asked voters about the upcoming congressional elections the first since Barack Obama was elected president they asked voters whether just generically speaking respondents preferred Republicans or Democrats for Congress this is the generic congressional ballot poll it's broken down by gender each year I can tell you that men have tended to prefer Republicans in July of 2010 men preferred Republicans by a margin of 13% women voters preferred Democrats by 2% the distance between the two the gender gap was 15 points next up the midterm congressional elections of 2014 men again preferred Republicans this time by 6 points women again preferred Democrats by 9 points and even with some shifting around you get the same gender gap again 15 points okay now look at this brand new polling still from Quinnipiac men say they lean toward Republican candidates for Congress by eight points down but fairly par for the course but women women say they lean toward Democrats by 25 points 25 that is a statistically huge number which gives us a gender gap of 33 points even among the wild things we've seen in US politics that is remarkable the divide between women and men over who should represent us in Congress in this result in Quinnipiac is not the only poll that we've seen pointing to a yawning divide we've seen the new the pupil put the gender gap at 22 CNN has said it was 34 percent in a new poll from NBC says it's 28 points now to be clear or seeing here four months out from the election is not just men typically going read and women typically going blue this is men leaning toward Republicans a little bit and women going for Democrats by a mile and that's without even breaking the poll out by gender and race how this plays out in November is anyone's guess but the election is remarkable already we'll be right back hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos