Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down Democratic Debate


[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCHED THE DEBATE EARLIER TONIGHT HERE ON ABC AND FORGOT TO TURN THE TELEVISION OFF, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU KNOW, TONIGHT WE WATCHED THE THIRD DEMOCRATIC DEBATE, THIS TIME FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. IT WAS EXCITING, YOU KNOW, WATCH BEING THE CANDIDATE THE TACKLE ISSUES IS AS CLOSE AS WE GET TO FOOTBALL. THEY ALL TRIED TO STAND OUT AND AVOID BEING ELIMINATED UNDER EXTREME TIME PRESSURE IN A TELEVISED EVENT. NOW LET’S PUT 45 SECONDS ON THE CLOCK AND GO. THIS WAS A LARGE CAST OF CHARACTERS. TO HELP VIEWER KEEP TRACK OF WHO WAS WHO, ABC DID SOMETHING SPECIAL. ♪ THE ELECTION IS QUICKLY APPROACHING ♪ ♪ AND WE’VE GOT DECISIONS TO MAKE ♪ ♪ WITH SO MANY PEOPLE TO CHOOSE FROM ♪ ♪ WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE ♪ ♪ WE CAN ONLY SEND ONE TO THE WHITE HOUSE ♪ ♪ AND THE OTHERS WILL HAVE TO GO HOME ♪ ♪ DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ ♪ YEAH, DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ ♪ WHOEVER GOES HOME WILL SAY DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Jimmy: I WOULDN’T WATCH THAT SHOW. IT IS WEIRD THAT THEY PUT TEN CANDIDATES ON THE STAGE. HERE’S HOW, I’D PUT THE FOUR FRONT RUNNERS AT THE CENTER OF THE STAGE AND LET THE OTHER SIX DANGLE OFF THE STAGE BY THEIR FINGERTIPS. MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS UP WAY PAST HIS BEDTIME. HE ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE DEBATE. YOU CAN SEE HE GOT STUCK IN THE CLAW MACHINE AT THE DAVE AND BUSTERS AT THE BAY BROOK MALL, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS ABLE TO FISH HIM OUT. THE MODERATORS TONIGHT WERE GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, DAVID MUIR AND JORGE RAMOS. THEY HIT THE CANDIDATES WITH ALL THE TOUGH QUESTIONS LIKE, IF ELECTED, HOW DO WE KNOW YOU WON’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’ROURKE SPEAK SPANISH DURING THE DEBATE. HE DID. WILL JOE BIDEN CHOKE ON HIS TEETH DURING THE DEBATE. HE ACTUALLY DID. JOE BIDEN DID, HE DID WELL TONIGHT. HE WAS FACING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HIS PANTS WERE ON. IT WAS, IT WAS A GOOD OUTING FOR HIM. YOU KNOW, THERE WERE THREE WOMEN ON STAGE. IF ANY OF THESE WOMEN ARE ELECTED, IT WOULD BE HISTORIC, AND IF, IF BERNIE OR BIDEN WERE TO WIN, IT WOULD BE PREHISTORIC. BUT BERNIE WAS — [ APPLAUSE ] BECAUSE HE’S SO OLD IS WHAT I’M SAYING. THEIR AGE. BERNIE WAS VERY BERNIE TONIGHT. HE CAME RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE YELLING. HIS VOICE WAS CRAZY. IT SOUNDED LIKE HE SWALLOWED A FROG. HE WAS SCREAMING LOUDER THAN CAM NEWTON AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. HE GAVE A STRONG WARNING TO GIVING AMERICANS AFFORDABLE THROAT LOZENGES.>>IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE ARE SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH PER CAPITA ON HEALTH CARE AS THE CANADIANS OR ANY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH.>>Jimmy: HE HAD HIS TURN SIGNAL ON FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. THAT WAS EMBARRASSING. I FELT BAD FOR HIM. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS WAS THE FIRST DEBATE WHERE JOE BIDEN AND ELIZABETH WARREN WERE ON STAGE TOGETHER. THEY’VE BEEN DESCRIBED AS FRENEMIES. IT’S A WEIRD SITUATION. ELIZABETH WARREN IS THE CANDIDATE MOST DEMOCRATS SAY THEY’D LIKE TO VOTE FOR, BUT THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS THINK JOE BIDEN IS THE GUY THE COUNTRY WOULD VOTE FOR. BUT I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO TRY TO GUESS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT. THAT’S HOW YOU WIND UP EATING AT GOLDEN CORRAL. I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO COME HERE. MOST OF WHAT HAS THE DEMOCRATS WORRIED IS AFTER HILLARY, WILL ANOTHER FEMALE CANDIDATE BE ABLE TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP? WILL IT BE TOO RISKY? I THINK A FEMALE HAS A BETTER CHANCE AGAINST TRUMP, ESPECIALLY IN A DEBATE. WOMEN ARE MUCH BETTER AT HANDLING BABIES THAN MEN. IT’S A BIOLOGICAL FACT. SOME MADE WAVES, MOST NOTABLY, THE BUSINESSMAN, ANDREW YANG. HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAID HE’D BE DOING SOMETHING NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS EVER DONE BEFORE, WHICH IS EXCITING TO HEAR, BECAUSE THERE CAN BE SO MANY THINGS. MAYBE HE WAS PLANNING TO EAT A TIDE POD ON CAMERA. OR RIDE IN ON AN OSTRICH. WHO KNOWS. BUT ANDREW YANG DID NONE OF THOSE THINGS. INSTEAD, HE GAVE AWAY CASH.>>I’M GOING TO DO SOMETHING UNPRECEDENTED TONIGHT. MY CAMPAIGN WILL NOW GIVE A FREEDOM DIVIDEND OF $1,000 A MONTH FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR TO TEN AMERICAN FAMILIES. SOMEONE WATCHING THIS AT HOME RIGHT NOW. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS BETTER THAN ANY POLITICIAN, GO TO YANG2020.COM AND TELL US HOW $1,000 A MONTH WILL HELP YOU DO JUST THAT.>>Jimmy: LIKE A RADIO STATION CONTEST. THIS THOUSAND DOLLAR THURSDAY. THAT MAY BE THE MOST RIDICULOUS PROPOSAL I’VE SEEN ON THIS NETWORK, AND I’VE WATCHED EVERY EPISODE OF THE BACHELORETTE. HE ALSO HAD FUN WHEN HE TOOK THE STAGE TONIGHT.>>ENTREPRENEUR ANDREW YANG. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: I’D LIKE TO SEE JOE BIDEN DO THAT. SOME OF THE CANDIDATES WENT AFTER JOE BIDEN, LIKE HE WAS SOME KIND OF DEAD BEAT DAD ON THE MAURY POVICH SHOW. JULIAN CASTRO IN PARTICULAR. THERE WAS ONE MOMENT WHEN CASTRO LASHED OUT AT BIDEN FOR FORGETTING SOMETHING, WHICH HE DIDN’T FORGET, BY THE WAY, AND BERNIE APPEARED TO LEAN OVER AND HELP JOE OUT. IT WAS KIND OF ENDEARING. IT MADE ME HOPEFUL FOR A REBOOT OF GRUMPY OLD MEN. B BETO O’ROURKE HAD A BETTER NIGHT. O HE LOOKS LIKE THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER YOU KNOW HAS WEED IN HIS DESK. HE CALLED DONALD TRUMP A WHITE SUPREMACIST AND ANNOUNCED A PLAN FOR A REPARATIONS BILL AND A NEW MADEA MOVIE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. CORY BOOKER WAS THE ONLY UNMARRIED CANDIDATE IN THE DEBATE. THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING, A SINGLE PRESIDENT. YOU SEE HIM ON TINDER. CAN’T SWIPE RIGHT ON A DEMOCRAT. HAVE TO SWIPE LEFT ON THEM, RIGHT? HE’S DATING ROSARIO DAWSON, THE ACTRESS. BUT EVEN THOUGH THEY LIVE TOGETHER A LOT OF THE TIME, UNTIL THREE DAYS AGO, SHE HADN’T OFFICIALLY ENDORSED HIM, WHICH IS, I MEAN, HOW MANY DISHES MUST THIS GUY LEAVE IN THE SINK? OVERALL, I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD DEBATE. I THOUGHT ABC NEWS DID A GREAT JOB. I DON’T KNOW WHO WON THE DEBATE, BUT WATCHING CANDIDATES DISCUSS THE ISSUES INTELLIGENTLY, USING REAL FACTS, I’D FORGOTTEN WHAT IT WAS LIKE. IT WAS LIKE WALKING OUT OF NORTH KOREA AND INTO A COSTCO. IT WAS THAT SAME. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD REPORTERS HE WOULD NOT WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE TONIGHT. SAID HE WAS GOING TO TAPE IT AND WATCH IT LATER AS A RERUN. THIS IS WHAT HE WAS DOING DURING THE DEBATE.>>THE LIGHT BULB. PEOPLE SAID WHAT’S WITH THE LIGHT BULB. I SAID HERE’S THE STORY. I LOOKED AT IT, THE BULB WE’RE FORCED TO USE, NUMBER ONE, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE LIGHT’S NO GOOD. I ALWAYS LOOK ORANGE.>>Jimmy: YEAH. IT’S THE LIGHT BULB THAT MAKES YOU LOOK ORANGE. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TAN IN A CAN. [ APPLAUSE ] TRUMP ALSO ENTERTAINED THE GANG OF THE INSTITUTE WITH A ROUTINE ABOUT SLEEPY JOE BIDEN AND PRESIDENT XI. WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SLOW IT DOWN FOR TONIGHT’S EDITION OF DRUNK DONALD TRUMP.>>HE WANTS SLEEPY JOE. CAN YOU IMAGINE THOSE TWO GUYS IN A ROOM? XI, HA, AND HERE’S SLEEPY JOE, WHAT? WHERE AM I? WHERE AM I? JUST SIGN HERE, SLEEPY JOE. JUST SIGN HERE. ♪ ♪ [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: SO, IN BETWEEN HIS STANDUP FIGURES SHALL THE PRESIDENT IS STILL FIGURING OUT WHO’S GOING TO REPLACE HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. THERE WERE REPORTS TODAY THAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT GIVING THE JOB TO MIKE POMPEO WHO WOULD THEN HAVE TWO JOBS TO BE FIRED FROM IN THREE MONTHS, WHICH WOULD BE UNUSUAL BUT NOT UNPRECEDENTED. THERE WAS ONE OTHER SECRETARY OF STATE WHO ALSO ACTED AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, HENRY KISSINGER, WHICH WOULD MAKE SENSE FOR TRUMP, BECAUSE NOBODY KISSINGER KISSINGER KISSINGERS HIS ASS LIKE MIKE POMPEO. HE MADE IT CLEAR HE HAS MANY OPTIONS TO FILL THIS MOST RECENT HOLE.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE JOB. IT’S A GREAT JOB. IT’S GREAT BECAUSE IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO WORK WITH DONALD TRUMP, AND IT’S VERY EASY, ACTUALLY, TO WORK WITH ME. YOU KNOW WHY IT’S EASY? I MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORK.>>Jimmy: SOUNDS LIKE A TERRIFIC WORKING ENVIRONMENT. HE MAKES ALL THE DECISION, WHETHER THEY BE ORIGINAL RECIPE OR EXTRA CRISPY. OF ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGS HE’S BEEN TRYING TO DO, THERE’S ONE SUBJECT ON WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR, AND THAT IS THIS.>>I’M AN ENVIRONMENTALIST. I WANT CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. I WANT CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL, CRYSTAL WATER. CLEAN, CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. WE WANT CLEAN WATER. CRYSTAL. CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL, CRYSTAL WATER. NICE, BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN WATER.>>Jimmy: SO WHAT DID THEY ANNOUNCE TODAY? THEY’RE ROLLING BACK OBAMA’S CLEAN WATER ACT WHICH LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF CHEMICALS BUSINESSES CAN PUT IN OUR WATER. HOW DOES IT WORK. DID THEY WAKE UP AND SAY WHAT HORRIBLE THING CAN WE DO TODAY? I KNOW, LET’S POISON THE WATER. HE’S ROLLED BACK PROTECTION OF THE WATER, AIR, ENDANGERED SPECIES AND PUBLIC LAND. ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS ROLLING BACK WHAT OBAMA D IID. I’M SURPRISED HE DIDN’T ORDER SASHA AND MALEAH BACK INTO THE WOMB. THE CANDIDATES WERE WARNED BY ABC NEWS AND THE DNC NOT TO USE FOUL LANGUAGE, BECAUSE IF THERE’S ONE THING WE’VE LEARNED, IT’S THAT VOTERS WILL NOT TOLERATE A PRESIDENT WHO USES FOUL LANGUAGE. WITH THAT SAID, IT’S TIME FOR A SPECIAL DEBATE EDITION OF THIS WEEK IN UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP.>>LAST YEAR, DEMOCRATS [ BLEEP ]ED 40 REPUBLICAN [ BLEEP ]S IN THE HOUSE.>>I’VE MET PEOPLE [ BLEEP ] THEIR DOCTORS. I’VE MET PEOPLE WHO [ BLEEP ] THEIR NURSES, WHO [ BLEEP ] THEIR PHARMACISTS.>>YOU’VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS ISSUES. THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE A [ BLEEP ] AFTER WORK.>>THIS IS ABOUT HONESTY, BIG [ BLEEP ].>>IN MY DEBATE I WAS CALLED A [ BLEEP ] FROM THE IRON RANGE. WHEN SHE SAID IT, I SAID [ BLEEP ] YOU.>>THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR YOU AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ BLEEP ] YOU.>>I KNOW HOW [ BLEEP ]. AND I KNOW HOW TO WIN. I [ BLEEP ] GIANT [ BLEEP ], AND I BEAT THEM.>>I AM ASIAN. SO I HAVE A LOT OF [ BLEEP ], [ BLEEP ].>>IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE [ BLEEP

Jimmy Kimmel on Democratic Debate


>>Jimmy: EARLIER TONIGHT FROM THE FOX THEATER THE FIRST OF TWO DEMOCRATIC DEBATES THIS WEEK. IT’S JOHN HICKENLOOPER’S ELECTION TO LOSE. THIS WAS SOME LINEUP. IT WAS MORE PILEUP THAN LINEUP. TEN CANDIDATES GOT SEVEN SECONDS EACH TO SOLVE THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS. THERE WERE MORE CHARACTERS THAN ON THE SHOW “THIS IS US” IN THIS DEBATE. THERE THEY ARE. MEET THE NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM AT KINKOS. JOHN HICKENLOOPER STRETCHING ON BETO’S FOOT THERE. THAT’S ONLY HALF OF THEM. IT’S WEIRD, THEY DON’T HAVE A BETTER PROCESS FOR THINNING THE HERD. HAVE 30 YEARS OF REALITY TV TAUGHT THE DEMOCRATS NOTHING? YOU CAN’T GO FROM 20 CANDIDATES RIGHT TO ONE. YOU HAVE TO PUT THEM ON AN ISLAND AND SEPARATE THEM INTO TRIBES. CAN’T THEY COMBINE STEVE BULLOCK AND JOHN DELANEY AND MAKE THEM ONE GUY? CNN HAS BEEN HYPING THIS THING FOR WEEKS NOW. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE FANS LINED UP THIS MORNING IN DETROIT WERE FIRED UP.>>GOVERNOR, THESE ARE YOUR PEOPLE HERE.>>THEY ARE. AND WE’RE FIRED UP. WE’RE THRILLED CNN IS HERE AND THIS DEBATE, MICHIGAN, EVERY ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE GOES THROUGH MICHIGAN.>>Jimmy: MY GOD, YOU COULD ALMOST FILL A MINI VAN WITH ALL THOSE PEOPLE. THERE WERE A LOT OF RULES TONIGHT. CNN GAVE THE CANDIDATES 60 SECONDS TO ANSWER A QUESTION. 30 SECONDS FOR A REBUTTAL. WHEN THEIR TIME WAS UP, A RED LIGHT APPEARED WHICH DID PUT BERNIE SANDERS AT A DISADVANTAGE. BECAUSE USUALLY WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RI TURNS RED HE FALLS ASLEEP UNTIL SOMEONE BEHIND HIM HONKS THE HORN. HE ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE HE’S POINTING AT EVERY BUTTON IN THE ELEVATOR AT ONCE. HE HAS PROGRESSIVE IDEAS AND IS TRYING TO REACH YOUNGER VOTERS. NOWADAYS, IF YOU WANT TO ATTRACT THE YOUNGER CROWD ALL YOU NEED IS THE BABY FILTER.>>WE HAVE TO TAREK ONKE ON HIS SEXISM, SEASON SEASON PHOBIA.>>Jimmy: A LOT OF PEOPLE NOTICED THAT AMY KLOBUCHAR AND ELIZABETH WARREN WERE DRESSED ALIKE, BUT THEY WERE ACTUALLY DRESSED LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON. THERE’S MARYANN WILLIAMSON. REALLY? SHE’S LIKE IN THE MOVIE TRAILER CATS BECAME A PERSON. HOW MANY DREAM CATCHERS WAS THIS COME ABLE TO SELL? PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE WAS PLANNING TO WATCH THE DEBATE TODAY. HE STARTED THE DAY WITH LIGHT YELLING ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN.>>MITCH McCONNELL IS A MAN WHO KNOWS LESS ABOUT RUSSIA AND RUSSIAN INFLUENCE THAN EVEN DONALD TRUMP, AND I KNOW NOTHING. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Jimmy: FINALLY COMMON GROUND. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TAKING A LOT OF HEAT FOR HIS ATTACKS ON THE CITY OF BALTIMORE AND THEIR CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS, CUMMINGS IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND MOST OF BALTIMORE. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT RACIST AS THE LEAST RACIST PERSON IN THE WORLD.>>I AM THE LEAST RACIST PERSON THAN ANY ONE IN THE WORLD.>>Jimmy: HE HAS TO BE THE LEAST RACIST PERSON ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. WHAT IS THAT? DOES THAT MEAN HIS WIFE AND KIDS ARE MORE RACIST THAN HE IS? IF YOU DO A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR MOST RACIST PERSON IN THE WORLD, GUESS WHOSE FACE COMES UP FIRST, SECOND, SIXTH AND SEVENTH OUT OF TEN AND ON TOP OF NOT BEING RACIST, TRUMP CLAIMS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN BALTIMORE ARE HAPPY ABOUT WHAT HE SAID.>>THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY AS WHAT A PRESIDENT HAS DONE. BUT THEY’RE SO HAPPY THAT I POINTED OUT THE CORRUPT POLITICS OF BALTIMORE. IT’S FILTHY DIRTY. IT’S SO HORRIBLE. AND THEY ARE HAPPY AS HELL. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: MR. PRESIDENT, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE ON THE PHONE. THEY’RE HAPPY YOU SAID THEY LIVE IN HELL. NOTHING IS TRUE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THIS RACIST STUFF IS PART OF TRUMP’S MASTER PLAN TO FIRE UP HIS BASE. I THINK THEY’RE GIVING HIM TOO MUCH CREDIT.

History of the Republican Party (1854-2016)


To understand the context of Republican voters
settling on Donald Trump, let’s take a look at the history of the GOP. The Grand Old Party was formed by antislavery
forces in the 1850’s. Back then, the Republican party was actually the progressive party in
American politics. The first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln, who was elected in what
political scientists say was the first of three critical elections in American history.
Before Lincoln was even inaugurated, seven southern slaveholding states had seceded from
the Union, setting the stage for the Civil War. Lincoln and the Republicans in congress
who controlled the Union won that war and freed the slaves. But after Lincoln was assassinated,
during reconstruction, the Republican Party punished former leaders of the Confederacy
by not allowing them to vote or hold office, and gave former slaves the right to vote.
This turned whites in the south against the Republican Party for the next 100 years and
led to the creation of the Klu Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation and
took the vote away from blacks. In 1896 the second critical election in American
history gave William McKinley the presidency and the Republicans large majorities in both
houses of congress. This time-period cemented the Republicans as the party of low taxes,
conservative social policies, and anti-government intervention in the economy, although legendary
President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt tried to push the Party in a more progressive direction. Fast-forward to after the stock market crash
of 1929 when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression, but the Republicans
refused to take direct government intervention to help the economy, leading to the third
critical election in American history, in 1932, when Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt
and his New Deal Coalition defeated incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover by 413
electoral votes. “That the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Roosevelt
then enacted the most progressive social programs in history, won reelection three times, and
led the US to an eventual victory in WWII. The Republican-controlled congress never wanted
to be out of power for that long again, so they approved the twenty-second amendment
to the constitution, which limited presidents to just two terms in office. After the war Roosevelt’s Democratic successor
Harry Truman integrated the U.S. military – a move that angered many white southern
Democrats who began switching to the Republican Party. In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower – the
World War II Supreme Allied Commander – became President. His centrist governing style went
a long way toward normalizing Roosevelt’s expanded role for the federal government. In 1964 Democratic President Lyndon Johnson
signed the Civil Rights Act which was intended to end discrimination, especially in the south.
This moment, more than any other, defined the parties as we still know them today, with
the Democrats coming full circle from being the party of the Confederacy 100 years earlier,
to ultimately embracing diversity and equal rights; whereas the Republican Party shifted
significantly to the right on social issues as it happily took in the many white voters
abandoning the Democrats. This shift was on full display, as 11 southern
states voted for the Republican Richard Nixon. Six years after Nixon’s Presidency ended
in disgrace after the Watergate scandal, the Republicans finally had a leader they could
be proud of in the former actor and Governor of California Ronald Reagan. Reagan took advantage
of a bad economy and the Iran hostage crisis to defeat sitting President Jimmy Carter in
a landslide and became the father of modern conservatism with deep tax cuts and a massive
buildup of the U.S. military that helped facilitate the fall of the Soviet Union. Reagan was followed by his Republican Vice
President, George H.W. Bush, who helped cement many of Reagan’s signature policies. Bill Clinton’s democratic presidency was
dangerous for Republicans in that he was a charismatic white southerner capable of making
inroads with the Republican base, so to counter his appeal, they highlighted his infidelities,
a tactic that was largely successful in tainting his presidency despite Clinton’s success
in building a strong economy and securing a relatively peaceful world. Clinton’s troubles led to the victory of
Texas Republican Governor George W. Bush over Clinton’s Vice President Al Gore in one
of the closest elections in history, a contest that was ultimately decided by the Supreme
Court. “Just moments ago I spoke with George W Bush and congratulated him on becoming the
43rd President of the United States.” Bush actually lost the popular vote to Gore by
more than a half million nationwide. The 2001 attacks sent Bush’s approval ratings
into the stratosphere, but his presidency quickly went awry. Instead of continuing the
strong economy he inherited from Clinton, W. Bush instead invaded Afghanistan and Iraq,
two costly wars that the Republicans combined with deep tax cuts, creating a massive hole
in the US budget. By the time Bush left office, his approval rating was below 30%, turning
many Americans against the Republican Party. In the final weeks of the 2008 election the
economy collapsed, undermining the credibility of the Republican nominee John McCain, and
handing the White House to Barack Obama – the nation’s first black President – who won
a convincing victory with large majorities in both houses of congress. Upon taking office,
Obama moved quickly to enact his reformist agenda, which included overhauling the Health
Care system, jumpstarting the economy with an $830 billion jobs and infrastructure stimulus
package, and passing financial regulatory reform to rein in the excesses of Wall Street. Out of power and desperate to stop Obama and
the Democrats from achieving too much, Republican elected officials and powerful conservative
media outlets began to make thinly veiled racial attacks on Obama to stir up passions
among their mostly white supporters; passions that the party’s 2008 Vice Presidential
nominee – the rural Alaskan governor Sarah Palin – had flirted with during the previous
campaign. It worked, and with the help of right-wing mega-donors, like the Koch brothers,
who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop the Democrats from acting on their
electoral mandate, Republican voters came out in full force in the 2010 midterm election,
handing the Republicans back the House in the biggest congressional swing in more than
60 years. But Republicans in congress didn’t live
up to their promises to repeal Obamacare or many of the other achievements of President
Obama, further frustrating their voters–the culmination of which was the birther movement,
spearheaded by none other than Donald Trump, who insisted that Hawaiian-born Barack Obama
was actually born in Kenya. “I want him to show his birth certificate.” In the eyes of most Americans, Trump was embarrassing
himself. Obama even taunted Trump to his face several times. “All kidding aside, we all
know about your credentials and breadth of experience. [Laughter]” That was likely
the moment when Trump made up his mind to run for President, as his ego couldn’t handle
becoming a laughingstock at the hands of his archenemy. But the same outlandish behavior
that made Trump the butt of jokes, also made him a favorite among Republican primary voters. It also helps that Donald Trump is an expert
at using America’s media culture to his advantage, and in his campaign for the Republican
nomination he simply doubled down on the braggadocio, “go ahead, go ahead – Donald – don’t get
nervous” translating his appeal with the tv-obsessed masses as the tell-it-like-it-is
billionaire into millions of actual votes to become the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential
nominee. To color in the picture I’ve drawn of how
we got to Trump, here are the more colorful words of Matt Taibbi, a writer for Rolling
Stone, who offers an autopsy of the Republican Party that is so unwaveringly true that I’ll
repeat it at length–his article is linked below. Quote, “The rise of Trump’s ‘throw the
bums out’ vibe was the inevitable consequence of the basic dynamic of the party, which by
the end was little more than a collection plate for global business interests that were,
if not foreign exactly, certainly nationless. There was a time in this country – and many
voters in places like Indiana and Michigan and Pennsylvania are old enough to remember
it – when business leaders felt a patriotic responsibility to protect American jobs and
communities. Mitt Romney’s father, George, was such a leader, deeply concerned about
the city of Detroit, where he built AMC cars. But his son Mitt wasn’t. That sense of noblesse
oblige disappeared somewhere during the past generation, when the newly global employer
class cut regular working stiffs loose, forcing them to compete with billions of foreigners
without rights or political power who would eat toxic waste for five cents a day. Then they hired politicians and intellectuals
to sell the peasants in places like America on why this was the natural order of things.
Unfortunately, the only people fit for this kind of work were mean, traitorous scum, the
kind of people who in the military are always eventually bayoneted by their own troops.
This is what happened to the Republicans…” Thanks for watching. And a big thanks to Audible.com for sponsoring
this video. If you head over to Audible.com/TheDailyConversation – link in the description below – you can
get a free audiobook when you sign up for a 30 day free trial membership. I’d recommend
Team of Rivals about the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, and how he led
America through the civil war. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. And normally
costs $75 on Audible, but it’s yours free for being a loyal TDC viewer. So download
that through the link below, I think you’ll be happy you did. Until next time, for The Daily Conversation,
I’m Bryce Plank.

As Warren surges, her GOP past comes back to haunt her


♪ ♪>>Martha: ELIZABETH WARREN RIDING HIGH AFTER DRAWING 15,000 PEOPLE TO A RALLY IN SEATTLE, SHE SAID. AND TONIGHT THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT IS A LITTLE BIT MORE TO CELEBRATE, A NEW MONMOUTH BOWL HAS HER ROCKETING TO FIRST PLACE TO A TIE WITH BERNIE SANDERS. THEY ARE BOTH AT 20% IN THIS POLL. THAT KNOCKS JOE BIDEN OUT OF THE LEAD BY ONE POINT. HE IS AT 19%, BUT AS WARREN’S STAR RISES, OF COURSE, SO DOES THE SCRUTINY OF HER ROOTS, WHICH ALSO INCLUDE THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN. SO HOW DOES ALL OF THIS SORT OUT? LIKE EMMANUEL HAS HER BACK STORY TONIGHT. HI, MIKE.>>MARTHA, GOOD EVENING. ELIZABETH WARREN’S IMPROVED BOWLING MEAN SHE’S GOING TO A BIGGER TARGET, INCLUDING ATTACKS ON HER REPUBLICAN PAST. SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN WELL INTO HER 40s. NOW THAT SHE IS 70 I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS A DEMOCRAT, THAT PAST COULD BE A LIABILITY. WARREN HAS SAID SHE WAS WITH THE G.O.P. FOR A WHILE BECAUSE SHE REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A PARTY THAT WAS PRINCIPLED IN ITS CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO ECONOMICS AND MARKETS. WARREN TOLD “THE DAILY BEAST” IN 2011 “I WAS A REPUBLICAN BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THOSE WERE THE PEOPLE WHO BEST SUPPORTED MARKETS. I THINK THAT IS NOT TRUE ANYMORE.” THEN IN 2012, WARREN TOLD “THE BOSTON GLOBE” DURING HER FIRST RACE WITH THE SENATE “I FELT LIKE THE PARTIES WERE MOVING IN THE CONVERSATION WAS MOVING. I FELT LIKE I HAD STAYED IN THE SAME PLACE AND THE WORLD HAD SHIFTED AROUND ME.” RECORDS LAW PROFESSOR WHO WORKED WITH MORAN IN THE LATE 1980s SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED BY HER TRANSFORMATION. HE TOLD POLITICO “I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I BECAME AWARE OF HER AS A POLITICAL PERSON AND HEARD HER SPEAK. I ALMOST FELL OFF MY CHAIR. SHE’S DEFINITELY CHANGED.” ACTORS AND ACTIVISTS SUSAN SARANDON USED WARREN’S REPUBLICAN PAST AS A WEAPON LAST WEEK IN IOWA.>>HE IS NOT SOMEONE WHO USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN. HE HAS NOT SOMEONE WHO USED TO TAKE MONEY — OR STILL TAKES MONEY FROM WALL STREET. HE IS THE REAL DEAL.>>NOW WARREN IS TRYING TO REASSURE DEMOCRATS THAT SHE IS NOT TOO LIBERAL TO BE ELECTED. AS A WHOLE ELECTABILITY ARGUMENT AND SHE’S BEEN EMPHASIZING THAT SHE’S A BIG TEAM PLAYER HELPING THE PARTY AND OTHER DEMOCRATS GET ELECTED.>>I’VE BEEN UP TO 26 STATES AND PUERTO RICO, BLUE STATES, RED STATES, READ PARTS OF BLUE STATES, ALL OF IT. I HAVE HAD A HUNDRED 27 TOWN HALLS AND FESTIVAL, I’VE TAKEN 50,000 SELFIES. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OUR TIME AND THIS IS OUR WAY.

Tucker: Moderates aren’t welcome in the Democratic Party anymore


WE WANT TO OPEN WITH LESS THAN BREAKING NEWS. THIS IS NOT A FOX NEWS ALERT. I WAS GO, CONGRESSMAN SETH MALDEN OF MASSACHUSETTS DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF SETH MOULTON? DORGAN MENOMINI HAVE. HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES RINKER NEW YORK FOUR TIMES BUT OTHER THAN THAT HE HASN’T DONE MUCH OTHER THAN THAT COLLECTING USELESS CULTURE GAZE AND RUNNING FOR OFFICE. WHAT’S INTERESTING IS WHAT HE’S BEING FORCED TO DROP OUT OF THE RACE TODAY. BY ANY SANE STANDARDS, WALTON IS A THOROUGHLY LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. ON EVERY ISSUE. HE’S MORE LEFT-WING THEN BARACK OBAMA WAS ON THE DAY HE LEFT OFFICE. THREE YEARS AGO, HE WOULD BE CONSIDERED A LIBERAL FIREBRAND. NOT ANYMORE. BOY THE LUNATIC STANDARDS OF THE MODERN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SETH MOULTON IS NOW A FLAMING MODERATE AND THAT’S THE KISS OF DEATH. MODERATES ARE NOT WELCOME IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANY LONGER. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS FOR EXAMPLE AT THE LAST DEBATE WHEN CONGRESSMAN KIM RYAN OF OHIO URGED HIS FELLOW LIBERALS TO TAKE A PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS INTO ACCOUNT. THEY TREATED HIM LIKE A MAN WITH AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE. WATCH THIS.>>IN THIS DISCUSSION ALREADY TONIGHT, WE TALKED ABOUT TAKING PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE AWAY FROM UNION MEMBERS IN THE INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST. WE TALKED ABOUT DECRIMINALIZING THE BORDER AND WE’VE TALKED ABOUT GIVING FREE HEALTH CARE TO UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. I QUITE FRANKLY DON’T THINK THAT THAT IS AN AGENDA THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD ON AND WHEN DID WE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS ISSUES THAT. THE PEOPLE TO TAKE A SHOWER AFTERWARD WHO HAVEN’T HAD A RAISE IN 30 YEARS. IF WE FOCUS ON THAT, WE CAN WIN THE ELECTION.>>NOT A LOT OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT. THEN ONE FORM IS CONGRESSMAN JOHN DELANEY TRIED TO ENCOURAGE HIS PARTY TO RESTRICT ITS AMBITIONS TO THE PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE, ELIZABETH WARREN ORDERED HIM TO BE BANISHED FROM WONDERLAND FOREVER.>>I THINK DEMOCRATS WIN WHEN WE RUN ON REAL SOLUTIONS ON IMPOSSIBLE PROMISES BUT WHEN WE RUN ON THINGS THAT ARE WORKABLE, NOT FAIRY TALE ECONOMICS. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYBODY GO THROUGH ALL THE TROUBLE OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES JUST TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE REALLY CAN’T DO AND SHOULDN’T FIGHT FOR. I DON’T GET THAT.>>Tucker: YOU AND YOUR REALITY-BASED IDEAS. HOW DARE YOU! BEGUN. DEMENTED, OBVIOUSLY, BUT AS A POLITICAL MATTER, IT HAS BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. WHEN HE DROPPED OUT TODAY, CONGRESSMAN MOULTON NOTED THAT QUOTE, IT’S EVIDENT THIS IS NOW A THREE-WAY RACE BETWEEN BIDEN AND WARREN AND SANDERS AND REALLY IT’S A DEBATE ABOUT HOW FAR LEFT THE PARTY SHOULD GO. EXCEPT, THERE ISN’T REALLY A DEBATE. THE FARTHEST LEFT CANDIDATES ARE WINNING OF THE NEARLY 20 PEOPLE IN THE FIELD, ONLY BIDEN, WARREN, AND SANDERS CAN MUSTER MORE THAN 10% OF SUPPORT. WHICH IN FACT MAKES IT A TWO-PERSON RACE IF WE ARE GOING TO BE HONEST ABOUT IT AND WHY WOULDN’T WE BE? BIDEN MAY BE A DECENT PERSON BUT HE’S FADING. HE SAYS WITH THINGS A LOT AND HE DID IT AGAIN TODAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. LISTEN TO THIS.>>MY SENIOR SEMESTER THEY WERE BOTH SHOT AND KILLED. IMAGINE WHAT WHAT HAPPENED IF GOD FORBID BARACK OBAMA HAD BEEN ASSASSINATED AFTER BECOMING A DEFECTIVE NOMINEE. WHAT WOULD’VE HAPPENED IN AMERICA?>>Tucker: IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE BIDEN’S CLINICAL DIRECTOR SITTING OFFSTAGE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WANDERS INTO UNSCRIPTED TERRITORY AND SAYS IMAGINE THE ASSASSINATION OF BARACK OBAMA. YOU’VE GOT YOUR HEAD IN YOUR HANDS AND FREQUENTLY AT TEXTING REPORTERS TRY TO GET THEM TO DEEMPHASIZE A PEERLESS BALANCE, THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK ON JOE BIDEN GET HE’S KNOCKING TO BE THE NOMINEE. HE’S NOT CAN BE THE PRESIDENT DID I MEAN, SERIOUSLY. HE IS NOT. SO THE ACTUAL RACE COMES DOWN TO WARREN AND SANDERS. SANDERS. COMPETING VISIONS OF HOW TO ACHIEVE THE SAME SOCIALIST FANTASY. WARREN’S PROMISING REPARATIONS BASED ON SKIN COLOR. THAT’S POPULAR. SANDERS WANTS A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF THE ENTIRE ENERGY SECTOR. OKAY. THEY WILL BE WORKING TO OUT CRAZY EACH OTHER FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. THAT IS A DYNAMIC AND GUARANTEED TO PRODUCE YET MORE EXTREMISM. AND IT HAS SOME DEMOCRATIC LEADERS WORRIED. YESTERDAY FOR EXAMPLE, THE DNC VOTED ON A PROPOSAL TO HOLD THE DEBATE FOCUSED EXCLUSIVELY ON CLIMATE CHANGE. WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT? WELL, BECAUSE THE SOLUTIONS THE CANDIDATES WOULD PROMISE LIVE ON TELEVISION ARE INSANE. SPEND $16 TRILLION, THEN AIRPLANES, SEIZE CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE U.S. ECONOMY. OKAY. THE TRUST OF RIAN’S LOVE STUFF LIKE THAT. NORMAL PEOPLE FIND IT TERRIFYING. EVEN THE PARTY HACKS HERE IN D.C. DON’T LIKE IT AND THAT’S PROBABLY A COMPLEMENT HONESTLY. YOU REALLY THINK NANCY PELOSI BELIEVES CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS? OF COURSE SHE DOESN’T THINK THAT. PLUS, SHE FLIES PRIVATE PEER BARACK OBAMA CAN SAY WHATEVER HE WANTS ABOUT CARBON EMISSIONS, SHOOK HIS CHIN COME AND BE VERY CONCERNED BUT WHEN YOU ARE SPENDING 15 MILLION OF YOUR OWN DOLLARS ON A BEACHFRONT DATE IN MARTHA’S VINEYARD, YOU ARE NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT THE OCEANS RISING WHERE THE PROBLEM IS, THE DEMOCRATIC BASE DOESN’T GET THE JOKE. DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS BELIEVE THE TALKING POINTS.

‘I am sorry for the harm I have caused’: Elizabeth Warren at Native American forum


The message I hear from
Indian country is one of resilience and hope. Now before I got any further
in this, I want to say this. Like anyone who’s being
honest with themselves, I know that I have
made mistakes. I am sorry for the
harm I have caused. I have listened and
I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the many
conversations that we’ve had together.

American History: The Greatest Speeches (1933-2008)


[FDR]: So first of all, let me assert my firm
belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Nameless, unreasoning,
unjustified terror which paralyzes needed us to convert retreat into advance. Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the
United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and
air forces of the Empire of Japan. A short time ago an American airplane
dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy.
That bomb has more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. The Japanese began the war
from the air at Pearl Harbor, they have been repaid many-fold. And the
end is not yet. With this bomb, we have now added a new
and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing
power of our armed forces. We have been compelled to create a permanent
armaments industry of vast proportions. In the council’s of government, we must
guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence—whether sought or
unsought—by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this
combination endanger our liberties or democratic process. I do not believe that any of us would
exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the
faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will
light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly
light the world. And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can
do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but
what together we can do for the freedom of man. And there are even a few who say that it’s true that communism is an evil
system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lasst sie nach Berlin kommen—let them come to Berlin. [Cheering] All free men—wherever they may live—are
citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride
in the words ich bin ein Berliner. I have a dream, that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color about skin, but by
the content in their character. I have a dream today. Let freedom ring and when it happens, we allow freedom ring, when we let it
ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will
be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and
sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is
plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow
Americans the right to vote in this country. To know war is to know that there is still madness
in this world. They are poor to be lifted up, and there
are cities to be built, and there’s a world to be helped. Yet, we do what we must. I’m hopeful—and I will try, best I
can, with everything I’ve got—to end this battle and to return our sons to their
desires. Yet as long as others will challenge America’s
security, and test the dearness of our beliefs with fire and steel, then we must
stand or see the promise of two centuries tremble. All we say to America is be true to what you
said on paper. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of
the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right
to protest for rights. [Cheering] And so, just as I say we aren’t going to let any dogs
or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going let any injunction turn us around. I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve
got some difficult days ahead. but it really doesn’t matter with me now
because I’ve been to the mountaintop. [Cheering] And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long
life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s
allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want
you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land. [Cheering.] So I’m happy tonight, I’m not worried about anything, I’m
not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. [Cheering] I have some very sad news for all of you,
and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens and people who love
peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was
killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to
love and to justice between fellow human beings, he died in the cause of that effort. For
those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in
my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member
of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we
have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to
understand, to get beyond—or go beyond— these rather difficult times. My favorite poem—my favorite poet was
Aeschylus—he once wrote ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot
forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair, against our
will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’ What we need in the United
States is not division, what we need in the United States is not
hatred, what we need in the United States is not
violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom and compassion
toward one another, a feeling of justice toward those who
still suffer within our country, whether they be white, or whether they be black. Throughout the long and difficult period
of Watergate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere. To make every possible
effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me. In the past few
days however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough
political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. Therefore, I shall resign the presidency
effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as
president at that hour, in this office. Today is a day for mourning and
remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core over the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of
the people of our country. This is truly a national loss. We’ve
never had a tragedy like this and perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it
took for the crew of the shuttle. But they, the Challenger Seven were aware of the
dangers and overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes. And I want to say
something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live
coverage of the shuttle’s take off. I know it’s hard to understand, but
sometimes painful things like this happen It’s all part of the process of
exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and
expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the
faint-hearted. It belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the
future and we’ll continue to follow. There is one sign the Soviets can make
that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of
freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek
peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you
seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Just two hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on
military targets in Iraq and Kuwait these attacks continue as I speak ground forces are not engaged this
conflict started August second when the dictator of Iraq invaded a small and
helpless neighbor Kuwait a member of the Arab Lee and a member of the United
Nations was crushed its people brutalized five months ago sediment
saying started this cruel war against Kuwait tonight that battle has been
joined this speaker mr. vice president members of Congress honored guests my
fellow Americans we are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history never before has our nation enjoyed at
once so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis
and so few external threats never before have we had such a blessing
opportunity and therefore such a profound obligation to build a more
perfect union of our founders dreams we begin the new century with over 20
million new jobs the fastest economic growth in more than
30 years the lowest unemployment rates in 30
years the lowest poverty rates in 20 years the lowest african-american and Hispanic
unemployment rates on record the first back-to-back surpluses and 42 years and
next month America will achieve the longest period of economic growth in our
entire history good evening just moments ago I spoke with George W
Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd President of the United States
and I promised them that I wouldn’t calling back this time now the US Supreme Court has spoken let
there be no doubt while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision I
accept it I accept the finality of this outcome
which will be ratified next monday in the electoral college and tonight for
the sake of our unity of the people and strength of our democracy I offer my concession this nation stands with the good people
of new york and the jersey and connecticut as we mourn the loss of
thousands of vs I can the rest of the world hears you and the
people and the people who knocked these
buildings down will hear all of us yeah yeah yeah and all those watching tonight from
beyond our shores from Parliament sand palaces to those who are huddled around
radios in the forgotten corners of the world are stories are singular but our
destiny is shared and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand to those to those who would tear the
world down we will defeat you to those who seek peace and security we
support you and to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns
as bright tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation
comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth but from the
enduring power of our ideals democracy Liberty opportunity and
unyielding hope yeah that’s the true genius of America that
America can change our union can be perfect what we’ve already achieved gives us
hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow this election had many firsts and many
stories will be told for generations but one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a
woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta she’s a lot like the millions of others
who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing and Nixon Cooper is
a hundred and six years old she was born just a generation passed slavery a time
when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky when someone like her
could vote for two reasons because she was a woman and because of the color of
her skin and tonight I think about all that she’s seen
throughout her century in America the Harding and the hope the struggle and
the progress the times we were told that we can’t and the people who pressed on with that
American creed yes we can at a time when women’s voices
were silenced and their hopes dismissed she lived to see them stand up and speak
out and reach for the bailout yes we can when there was this fair and
the Dust Bowl and depression across the lamb she saw a nation conquer fear itself
with a new deal new jobs a new sense of common purpose yes we can when the bombs fell on our
Harbor and tyranny threaten the world she was there to witness a generation
rise to greatness and a democracy was saved yes we can she was there for the buses
in Montgomery the hoses in birmingham a bridge in Selma and a preacher from
Atlanta who told the people that we shall overcome yes we can a man touch down on the moon a wall came down in Berlin a world was
connected by our own science and imagination and this year in this
election she touched her finger to a screen and
cast her vote because after a hundred and six years in America through the
best of times and the darkest of hours she knows how America can change yes we
can America we have come so far we have seen
so much but there’s so much more to do so tonight let us ask ourselves if our
children should live to see the next century if my daughter should be so lucky to
live as long as an mix and Cooper what change will they see what progress what we have made this is our chance to
answer that call this is our moment this is our time to
put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids to
restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace to reclaim the American Dream
and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many we are one that while we
breathe we hope and where we are met with cynicism and doubt and those who
tell us that we can’t we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up
the spirit of a people yes we can thank you God bless you and
may God bless the United States of America yeah

The Second 2019 Democratic Debate: Key Moments, Day 1 | NYT News


“How you doing?” “It’s good to see you!
I’m good.” “Democrats win when
we figure out what is right, and we get out there
and fight for it.” “I think Democrats win when
we run on real solutions, not impossible promises.” “But I’m a little more pragmatic.” “If we embrace
a far-left agenda, they’re going to say we’re
a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a
conservative agenda, you know what
they’re going to do? They’re going to say we’re
a bunch of crazy socialists. So let’s just stand up
for the right policy.” “We need to have a campaign
of energy and excitement and of vision.” “We are more worried
about winning an argument than winning an election.” “Folks, we have a choice. We can go down the road
that Senator Sanders and Senator Warren
want to take us, which is with bad policies
like Medicare for all, free everything and
impossible promises that will turn off independent voters
and get Trump re-elected.” “Democrats flipped 40
Republican seats in the House and not one of
those 40 Democrats supported the policies
of our front-runners at center stage.” “I get a little bit tired of
Democrats afraid of big ideas.” “I don’t understand
why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of
the United States just to talk about
what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.” “Senator Warren’s plan, basically that she put out,
we would not be able to trade with
the United Kingdom.” “But why do we got
to be the party of taking something away
from people?” “No, no one is the party—” “That’s what they’re running on.
They’re running on—” “What do you say to
Congressman Delaney?” “You’re wrong.” “… Bernie, you don’t have to yell.” “But throw your hands up.” “All right!” “You haven’t—” “You don’t know that, Bernie. “Second of all — I do know,
and I wrote the damn bill.” “But you are playing into
Donald Trump’s hands.” “If you think any
of this wonkiness is going to deal with
this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred
that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the
Democrats are going to see some very dark days. There is an injustice
that continues to form a toxicity
underneath the surface, an emotional turbulence that only reparations
will heal.” “Thank you very much.
Senator Sanders—” “… Medicare for all
is comprehensive. It covers all
health care needs.” “I have a better path:
Medicare for America.” “I just have a better
way to do this.” “My plan, BetterCare,
is fully paid for.” “That’s the concept of my ‘Medicare for all
who want it’ proposal.” “Thank you, Ms. Williamson.
Thank you, Ms. Williamson.” “Hope you’ll come back
to me this time.” “Go ahead.” “Thank you, mayor.” “And Washington
can’t deliver—” “Thank you, mayor.” “You can’t expect—” “Thank you, congressman.
We’re going to move on. We’re going to move on.” “Stand by please,
stand by please. Please abide by the rules.”

Analysis After Night 1 of Second Democratic Debate | NPR Politics


Hey there, we’re at the site of the second Democratic debates in Detroit, Mich., where things have just wrapped up. I’m Asma Khalid, one of the campaign reporters for NPR. I’m Domenico Montanaro, political editor. And so, Domenico, I would say
one of the key takeaways for me tonight was there was a lot of pre-debate chatter about whether or not the progressive icons, Bernie Sanders the senator from Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, whether or not they would actually clash with one another. And they really didn’t clash. They actually had each other’s back throughout the debate. And instead we saw a number of the more moderate candidates try to critique some of
their public policies such as “Medicare for All,” or getting rid of private health insurance. “At the end of the day I’m not going to support a plan that rips away quality health care from individuals. This is an example of wish-list economics. It used to be just Republicans wanted to repeal and replace. Now many Democrats do as well.” “Let’s be clear about this. We are the Democrats. We are not about trying to take away health care from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do. And we should stop using Republican talking points in order to talk with each other about
how to best provide that health care.” We saw a lot of these moderate candidates really come out swinging right from their opening statements. You had Gov. Steve Bullock,
who got left off the stage the last time. This is the first time in the debate lineup for him. He’s the governor of Montana, and he has stressed repeatedly that he’s won in a red state in a place that President Trump has won, and he’s one of these people who feels like the Democratic Party has sort of moved away from understanding that part of the country, and he really made his case, came out very strongly — I thought he had a real strong night.
I think that a lot of people didn’t know who he was, if you’re a moderate Democrat who is looking for that kind of candidate, you have another option now, especially if you know former Vice President Biden winds up fading. He’s in the debate tomorrow night. Did not have a great debate the very first time he debated. You saw John Delaney, the former congressman from Maryland, really try to go after Elizabeth Warren for example, but she was able to really parry back at him and had one of the lines of the night. “So I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises.
When we run on things that are workable, not fairy-tale economics.” “You know, I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the
United States just to talk about what we really can’t do
and shouldn’t fight for.” And I think the pushback to this to me that was really interesting is we did see
some of the more direct criticism go after Bernie Sanders rather than Elizabeth Warren, which to me was interesting because
it allowed Warren to come off as the more pragmatic choice of the two. Right, well Sanders is an easy foil for the moderates because they can say he goes way too far left, here are all the things he wants to do, he embraces the socialist moniker — which Elizabeth Warren doesn’t, right? She says, I’m a capitalist, firmly.
She wants big structural change. She wants more regulation.
She wants to work within the system. She’s sort of — we’ve said this before on the podcast —
that she wants to kind of gut the house, but leave the framework
of the house in place. If it’s up to Sanders, he’s going to
blow up the house and you know create a completely different one. At the end of the night here, because there was such a rich tension, I would say, such an intense fight between the progressive and the moderates. Do you feel that one side of this conversation won out overall when we talk about what Democrats are looking for?
Was one side more compelling or made their case?
Well, you know, what I had been hearing from a lot of Democratic strategists after the
first round of debates was how frustrated they were seeing Democrats raise their hands to policies that they felt like were going too far to the left. to win an election in the fall. When they felt like there was a broad array of Democratic policies that the country actually likes. They’re very much in favor of, but not things like decriminalizing border crossings.
Not things like giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally free health care. Not necessarily even things like free college for everyone. Those are things they feel like go too far when they test these things.
And then we did our poll the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll,
and a lot of that then came true where there are a lot of Democratic policies that are very popular but a few of those things, not so much. And I think that’s what some of the clapback was
tonight, with the moderates feeling like they need to take more of the reins of the party to say hey guys this is not…
Did they accomplish, you think, what they needed to do? I think for the first time they didn’t seem guilted into not talking about those things. Whereas I feel like the Twitterverse, sort of woke-topia universe, had been dominating the narrative and making people, making moderates feel
guilty about talking about some of these more moderate issues that they were able to do tonight. So one last thing before we go. There are a number of candidates
who were onstage tonight who will likely not be with us when we get to the next debate, the third debate in September,
which will be in Houston. And that’s because the DNC has stricter criteria to make the next debate. There’s a higher fundraising threshold and a higher polling threshold as well. So, Domenico, why don’t you walk us through
some of the folks who who will not be with us…
Or might not, right? Might not. We should not get ahead of ourselves, yes. Marianne Williamson has become something of a meme throughout the primary with the ways — with her affect, with the way she talks,
she’s a spiritualist and author, certainly very different. Not an elected leader. She may very well not be in the fall debates.
John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, hasn’t qualified yet.
John Delaney, the congressman from Maryland, who got into those back-and-forths
over moderate policies with Elizabeth Warren.
These are people who need to have some breakouts so that they become
better known to have raised their polling floor, or to gain more
donors, some of them have one or the other. Amy Klobuchar, also for example, senator from Minnesota, really needed to do something
tonight because she’s not quite there on both of those things too.
I believe that we have seven candidates to date who’ve qualified for that September debate.
But anyhow, we are going to leave it there for now, but we will be back here tomorrow night. And of course you can always tune in
and catch more coverage on the NPR Politics Podcast. Take a listen there.