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it has stories about people you probably know, joe biden, barack obama, and many others. it is really a book about how to become a better communicator. i'm convinced everybody can do that. i will be in new york city on may 8th for a conversation with my friend and colleague lawrence o'donnell. we'll talk about the book and i'm sure we will spend some time on all of the news happening in the world right now. there's quite a bit. there are tickets available. we will share the information on the shows social media channels. it is at the 92nd street why in manhattan and it starts at 7:30 p.m. next week. i hope to see you there. that does it for me tonight. the rachel maddow show starts right now. hi, rachel. >> hi, jen, very excited for the new book, can't wait to get my copy of it. you have not given me a copy. >> i'm giving you one. it is coming to you tomorrow. it is going to tomorrow. >> thank you. hank you.

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of emmys for it, like six consecutive emmys for it. she plays vice president selina meyer who issi just this instany iconic american tv political figure. if you have ever seen, even if you haven't, you probably know about the character. she's really ambitious. she wants to be president, not just vice president, and she's also just a total disaster. she's this craven and calculating political animal, but she spends all her time havingll to put out fires of he own making, fires of her staff's own making. she's justow a disaster. and one of the sort of signature production things in the show, one of the things that the show does to great effect is that they use every last second of the show, during the end credits of each episode, the image on the right side of the screen squishes down a little bit, and they highlight in this -- while

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the credits are rolling, they highlight these campaign screw-ups and their various pr disasters. the end credits are like the best thing in the show. the end credits in one show might be her ranting to her staff after a puff piece television interview turned out to be substantive or her awkwardly tryingiv to connect wc high school students who are visiting the vice president's office. if you have seen the show, you know about this excellent trick basically that they do at the end. here's kind of a perfect example of a veep end credit. this is her greeting people at a party at the vice president's official residence. >> so you want to mingle? >> yeah. let's go mingle the [ bleep ]. >> earnest, life boat association. >> got a glass eye.

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>> i am so happy you're here. >> just had triplets. >> triplets, wow, that must have hurt. unless you had a c-section. >> a triathlete. >> no he's not. >> hello. >> liam miller, nasa. >> that's an acronym for national aeronautics. >> stop it. >> terrance clark, church of the living christ. >>rc he's a baker. >> christ is risen. >> he's a baker. >> crist is risen. he's a triathlete. no he's not. selina meyer, absolutely iconic american television figure from the greatis show "veep." now, this is a person who is not a tv character. his name is hovde.

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eric hovde. he's an actual person running for an actual united states senate seat in wisconsin. he's trying to unseat democratic u.s. senator tammy baldwin in wisconsin. and in wisconsin politics circles, right now, eric hovde's recent attempt to say the pledge of allegiance really emphatically to make a big show out of really emphatically and like confrontationally saying the pledge of allegiance has been set to the closing credits of "veep" because once you see it, it's impossible to not thini of it that way. watch him try to make it through the pledge here. >> i'm proud to be an american. i love my country. so let's say the pledge of allegiance together.he i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states states of america. and to the republic for which it

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stands, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you. amen. god bless america. go slinger speedway. >> thanks, eric. ♪♪ >> we're all so blessed to be part of the greatest country in the history of mankind, america. >> is he waiting until the end of the marching band? the part he also belatedly realized was to put his hand on his heart. the republican party really

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desperately wants to take that senate seat into wisconsin. again, that is the seat currently held by democratic senator tammy baldwin. they want that seat. they really want to unseat her. the problem is they have chosen this man as their candidate to try to do it. and he has succeeded in making national headlines as the republican senate candidate fora wisconsin. that's not necessarily an easy thing to do, but again, the problem is that he's made those headlines for things like this. >> well, if you're in a nursing home, you only have five, six months lifeve expectancy. almost nobody in a nursing home is at a point to vote. >> now, i am no political expert, but even someone who has never heard of the united statet senate before could probably suss out that that's probably not a great political strategy. yeah, old people shouldn't voten old people in nursing homes, theytient be allowed -- most nursing home residents not at a

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point to vote. after that made headlines across wisconsin and indeed across the country, mr. hovde tried to make this all go away as a news story but he didws it again as if thi was ann episode of "veep." quote, in recent days, mr. hovde has tried to clarify his comments. thisis week, he reiterated his belief that, quote, a large percentage of nursing home residents, quote, are not in the mental capacity to vote. and that's cleaning it up. now, when i said old people in nursing homes shouldn't be allowed to vote, everybody made that sound so bad. led me clarify. what i meant is a large percentage of old people in nursing homes shouldn't be allowed to vote. because they don't have the mental capacity for it. there, is that better? now, i should mention, that description of the world's most inept effort to clean up a political disaster, that account

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of that that i quoted from is me quoting from a national story, a "new york times" story where i think theto headline helps understand mr. lihovde's situatn even better because the headline onus that story is this. quote, lawsuit puts fresh focus on eric hovde's comments about older voters. what is this lawsuit, you say? oh, turns out at the same time he's been questioning the mental capacity of nursing home residents to vote, he is also the head of a bank that is a co-defendant in a california lawsuit that accuses a senior living facility of elder abuse, negligence, and wrongful death. he is a co-defendant in that lawsuit. his bank is a co-defendant because it turns out eric hovde in addition to running for senate in wisconsin, he runs a bank that owns a nursing home that in california has given rise to a fairly gruesome elder abuse and wrongful death

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lawsuit. at which point you're thinking, wow, that puts a way worse, way darker spin on his already inexplicable repeated comments about howep we shouldn't allow people in nursing homes to vote, because how dare they even try. but you're also thinking, wait, why did you say california? i thought he was running for senate in wisconsin. yes, yes, this is another problem that the local news in wisconsin has been trying to tell people about this guy from the very beginning. back in may 2023, quote, eric hovde may run for senate in wisconsin but he's living large in laguna beach, california. he lives in california. the milwaukee journal sentinel basically running the red flag all the way up the flag pole for the republican party about this guy before they picked him. i mean, and the detail on it just makes it worse. hey, look, eric hovde was named by the orange county business journal as one of its 500 most influential people in orange

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county in 2020. in orange county, california. where he lives in laguna beach, which is 2,000 miles away from wisconsin. he does run a bank. it is a utah based bank. he runs it from where he lives in laguna beach, california. where indeed his bank is named a co-defendant in a nursing home elder abuse lawsuit and he is running for senate in wisconsin where 18% of the population is over the age of 65. he's running there by saying repeatedly that people in nursingha homes shouldn't be allowed tot vote because, hey, not like they have it together. at most, they have six months to live. why should they be voting? amen, go slinger speedway. okay, eric. and i should underscore here hor badly the republican party wants to win this senate seat away from democratic senator tammy baldwin. they really want to win this seat. but inexplicably, this is the guy they picked.

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and it's not just wisconsin. this is a live dynamic right now in the republican party in way more places than you would think. here for example is the a.p. headline on the republicans' u.s. senate candidate in pennsylvania. david mccormick is gearing up for ad senate run in pennsylvania. but he lives in connecticut. that seems bad. i mean, if you think about a pennsylvania senate race, you'll recall iten wasn't that long ag thatha republicans lost a shot a winnable u.s. senate seat, last time around, last election cycle when they ran republican candidate mehmet oz. right? republicans ran mehmet oz, dr. oz for that seat in pennsylvania and democrats needled him relentlessly about the fact he kind of lived in new jersey. so what's he doing running in pennsylvania. this time, they're running a guy who lives in connecticut. to try to maybe head off the same thing happening again, like

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what happened with dr. mehmet oz, they have developed a back story for their candidate this time around who lives in connecticut. they have decided he's going to describe himself as someone who started with nothing, who grew up on a family farm in pennsylvania. did he start with nothing? did he grow up on a family farm in pennsylvania? what doin you think? quote, mr. mccormick has explicitly said that he grew up on a farm. he claimed that he had, quote, started with nothing and that he, quote, didn't have anything. he and his campaign have recently described his parents as school teachers. in fact, mr. mccormick is the son of a well regarded college president who later became chancellor of higher education systems in pennsylvania and in minnesota. david mccormick largely grew up at what is now bloomsburg university in the president's sprawling hilltop residence which students called the president's mansion. or he started with nothing, grew up on a family farm.a

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so in wisconsin, republicans are running a selina meyer understudy who is from california whose bank is being sued for elder abuse and says don't let people in nursing homes vote. in pennsylvania, republicans are running a guy who lives in connecticut who grew up in a literal president's mapgz and said it was a family farm where he was so poor. but wait, there's more. in montana, republicans really, really want to take the u.s. senate seat there that is currently held by popular democratic senator jon tester. one of the things that makes jon tester really popular in a largely rural state like montana is that senator tester is for real a real farmer, drives the tractor and everything. republicans have decided to run someone against senator jon tester in montana who is a personwh from minnesota. who grew up in the suburbs of st. paul. since he has been running against jon tester, though, he's made a big deal of saying that he grew up near farmland.

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turns out there was maybe farmland near the multimillion dollar lake house he grew up in in suburban st. paul. that's pretty much just like being a's farmer. this follows another quite unusual controversy for this montana senate candidate in which he either dropped a loaded gun in a parking lot at glacier national park and the gun went off when it hit the ground and he shot himself in the arm, hoar he didn't really shoot himself in the arm by dropping a gun in the parking lot at glacier national park, but he nevertheless went to the hospital anyway and while he did tell a u.s. park ranger that he dropped a gun in that parking lot and shot himself that day, he was actually lying about that toll the ranger because really was trying to conceal the secret truth that he had an unreported war wound that he didn't want anybody to know about. but whatever happened it was definitely near farmland.

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there was very near, you could smell it nearby in the vicinity. can i tell you, there's another one. michigan, michigan republicans are thrilled that democratic u.s. senator debbie stabenow is retiring in that state. they would love to take that senate seat in michigan. quote, michigan republican candidate caught living in florida. this is about republicans' -- his name is mike rogers. this confluence of where he lives and his name led the michigan advance to build the perfect headline for this story, which is, quote, where is mr. rogers' neighborhood? mike rogers, again, wants to be the senator from michigan, but he does appear to be registered to vote in florida at his very nice house in cape coral, florida. where he is registered with the republican party of florida,

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voter status active. where is mr. rogers' neighborhood indeed. and in arizona, the senate seat there is another one that republicans would absolutely love to pick up with kyrsten sinema retiring. the republicans' senate candidate in arizona, kari lake, she does appear to live in arizona, which is a big plus for this crop of republican senate candidates. kind of a notable distinction, but in the case of arizona, you need more than that because this, for example, is the new ad that the democratic senate campaign committee just put out on c kari lake as a senate candidate ins arizona. and the issue of abortion rights in that state. >> i'm incredibly thrilled that we're going to have a great law that's already on the books. i believe it's arf-133603.

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it will prohibit abortion in arizona, paving the way and setting course for other states tour follow. >> this law passed the arizona supreme court said this is the law of arizona, but unfortunately, the people running our state have said we're not going tost enforce it so it's really political theater. we don't have that law as much as many of us wish we did. >> she's not enforcing the law. we don't have that. the only people who can enforce that law are sheriffs. and we need to start asking the sheriffs. >> i haven't changed actually. >> kari lake is the republican party's best idea of who they should run for the united states senate seat that they really want to take this year in arizona. but i mean, clock the context, the specifics that she was

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offering there in that clip. she wants individual sheriffs in arizona to start enforcing the state's 1864 abortion ban. sheriffs and sheriff deputies get out there, get to it. get out on the streets. find out who's pregnant. we want the sheriffs enforcing this. watch when you cross county lines. there's a lot going on in the republican party right now. and i know that the party's presidential nominee, their most recentee former president, dona trump, i know he sucks up all the oxygen in the room and for obvious reason he gets all the coverage, all the commentary, but note what is going on in the republican party in the trump era apart from him. i mean, just look at arizona for a second. arizona, they're not only running kari lake for senate. this weekend, arizona republicans just chose their state's representatives to the national republican party. you know howub it's called the

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rnc, the republican national committee. it is actually a committee. every state sends two people to be part of the committee that makes up the rnc, that makes up the national republican party. every state gets two choices. this weekend, arizona republicans picked their two choices. they decided their two choices would be this person, who was literally expelled from the stateed legislature recently afr only being there for about three months. here's how that was described in the arizona republic. quote, she was expelled from the republican controlled house just three months into her term. this after she staged an all day live streamed legislative hearing at which her witnesses talked about the many ways in which our elections were supposedly stolen. the highlight was a scottsdale insurance salesman making preponderance free accusations theyee all accepted bribes from theep sinaloa drug cartel. the house ethics committee

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unanimously concluded the state legislator not only knew what that insurance agent was likely to say during that hearing but that the legislature actually took steps to hide the details from house leadership. then she lied about it to the ethics panel. now she's a top ranking official in the republican party. just one of arizona's two representatives to the republican national committee chosen this weekend. remember, they get to pick two. the second representative they chose to represent their state at the rnc is this person, who was a very special variety of arizona republican state senator. here's how laurie roberts at the arizona republic describes him today. meet jake hoffman, arizona's new republican national committee man. this queen creek republican burst into public view in 2020 whenli he ran an internet troll farm paying teenagers to post conservative talking points and

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baseless conspiracy theories on social media aimed at getting donald trump re-elected. "the washington post" in september 2020 exposed hoffman's rally forge, a digital marketing firm where his job was to pay teenagers, some of them minors, to set up fake personas and blanket social media with thousands of nearly identical posts aimed at undermining confidence in the validity of the election and downplaying the impact of covid-19. in other words, jake hoffman wanted to fool you into thinking these were real people spontaneously expressing deeply held conservative beliefs instead of what they were, a group of kids he was paying to deceive you. the post cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots and saying joe biden is being controlled by behind the scenes individuals who want to take america down the dangerous path toward socialism. quote, it's the kind of thing you might expect to come out of russia. instead, it came out of phoenix.

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or more specifically, jake hoffman's secret cell of paid teenage trolls. that troll farm in phoenix was x exposed in september of 2020. the same gentleman went on in december of 2020 to be one of the fake electors from arizona for trump. he in fact is one of the fake electors who was just criminally indicted in arizona for his alleged role in the scheme. he was indicted last week, and named republican national committee man forbl the state o arizona justst days later. not like they didn't know he had been indicted. they knew he was indicted and then they picked him afterwards. there are at least 53 people who have now been criminally charged with participating in the effort to keep trump in power after he lost re-election in 2020. and i'm not talking about the people who physically attacked congress to try to intimidate and physically stop congress

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from certifying the vote count on january 6th. you can hive all of those hundreds of people off. there are still at least 53 republican party officials and lawyers and activists who are facing felony criminal counts other than donald trump himself. and this is sort of -- this is me o making my case to you. i think it is an underappreciated part of the politics of the republican party in the trump era. i think it is an underappreciated part of politics in our country right now as trump is trying to return to the presidency again. that not only is he in the dock facing felony criminal charges as he tries to return to the white house. but also in the dock are the chair ordo former chair of the state republican parties in arizona, and michigan, and georgia, and nevada, and serving republican elected officials in all of those states, and they're

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all swing states. trump adviser peter navarro is in jail right now. today, the u.s. supreme court again rejected another request from him to get out of prison. he's currently serving time in prison for refusing to testify about his roleti in trump's efforts to overthrow the government. trump attorney jeff clark learned today in his disbarment proceedings in california, the disciplinary council for the bar association is arguing to the courtn there is no sanction otr than disbarment that is suitable for jeff clark given what he did. g quote, it would be inconsistent with ourwo duty to the disciplinary system and to the profession to even suggest that a sanction other than disbarment should be contemplated. by attempting to violate the rules of professional conduct, jeffrey clark,io quote, betraye those oaths and in doing so his country. lawyers who betray their country must be disbarred. and i know that the former

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president himself, former presidentf, and republican presidential nominee, i know him being on trial for multiple felonies is an amazing and unprecedented and frankly astonishing spectacle. but stick a pin in that idea of astonishing. because the crime he is alleged to have quarterbacked, to try to keep himself in power despite losing n reelection, that crimes now a sprawling nationwide scandal that has resulted in dozens of republican officials, in almost all of the swing states, being criminally charged and in all of the prominent lawyers involved in that effort, either being criminally charged or having their law licenses put at risk or both. yes, trump himself will be back in court tomorrow, and there's stuff to know about that. we're going to get to that tonight. but no matter what happens to him and h his own felony cases y in his own political trajectory, do not lose sight of what is

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happening to the republican party while they have been drafting off him in the lead. because it is an astonishing story on its own. and if all that is not enough, i might have something else that tops all of it. even if mr. veep back there flubbing the pledge of allegiance at the top of his lungs inth wisconsin, i might he something that tops even that. and that story we have for you next. stay with us. h us ♪ ♪ i got the power of 3. i lowered my a1c, cv risk, and lost some weight. in studies, the majority of people reached an a1c under 7 and maintained it. i'm under 7. ozempic® lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack, or death in adults also with known heart disease. i'm lowering my risk. adults lost up to 14 pounds. i lost some weight. ozempic® isn't for people with type 1 diabetes. don't share needles or pens, or reuse needles. don't take ozempic® if you or your family ever had medullary thyroid cancer, or have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2,

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state of washington is jay inslee. a democrat, he's currently serving his third term as washington governor. the people of the state have elected him governor three times. each time by a wider margin than the last time. in 2020, jay inslee walloped his republican challenger by more than 13 points. but even though he might very well have been able to win a fourth term as governor, jay inslee decided it was time to step aside. he's not running again, which means this year's race for governor of washington state, it's wide open. it may be the republicans' best shot in years to win that office. and so washington state republicans have just gathered for their state party convention to endorse their candidates for state office including governor. how did that go?

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>> disorder and disarray. that's why gubernatorial candidate dave reichert says he no longer wants an endorsem*nt from the gop. >> we will not be endorsing a governor at this convention. >> as you can hear, boos rang out at the gop convention after the party's vice chair announced they will not be endorsing a candidate for governor. >> went that well, huh? this being a republican state convention in the age of republican politics under donald trump, the event of course ended up riven by infighting and factional disputes and dysfunction. delegates did decide to endorse the trumpiest sort of most extreme candidate, but the other candidate says he'll still run in the summer's republican primary. all of that chaos was what got all the headlines last weekend. then once all the gubernatorial nominee hub bub died down, something slightly nuttier than that happened. the assembled delegates decided

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they would craft their party platform for this year after dealing with the gubernatorial nomination. they decided they would add something new to their platform. they decided that as the washington state republican party, they would this year take a stand against democracy. and i do not mean this as a metaphor. i'm not performing political analysis. i'm literally describing what they literally did. >> we do not want to be a democracy. originally congressmen were elected by a direct democracy. senators were elected by their state legislatures, and presidents are elected by the electoral college. we are devolving into a democracy because now congressmen and senators are elected by the same pool. a direct democracy, and with the national popular vote coming, we're going to be electing our president by a direct democracy too. bad idea. >> bad idea. we are devolving into a

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democracy we do not want to be a democracy. okay. as danny at the seattle times reported, delegates of the washington state republican convention then stood up one by one to argue that the u.s. should repeal the 17th amendment which allows us to vote for our united states senators, after that resolution passed, they went bigger. they voted to put this language into their platform, quote, we encourage republicans to substitute the words republic and republicanism where previously they have used the word democracy. every time the word democracy is used favorably, it serves to promote the principles of the democratic party, the principles of which we ardently oppose. quote, we oppose legislation which makes our nation more democratic in nature. we oppose legislation which makes our nation more democratic in nature. so say washington state republicans. officially in writing in their party platform. what's going on here?

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joining us now is jerry cornfield, a politics reporter with the washington state standard. he was at the republican convention in spokane. i appreciate you taking the time. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> looking in from the outside, from a national perspective, i'm describing what jumped out at me from the coverage of the convention. i know you have been covering politics in your state for a long time. you were there in person. what struck you? what do you think is most important about what happened there? >> well, i think what happened there was through the platform, we know platforms won't elect the next governor, or any of the state-wide officials, but it did say that republicans seem to be a little out of touch with the electorate in this state. maybe that's an understatement. there's no republicans in state-wide office. there hasn't been a republican governor since mt. st. helen blew in the '80s and this go around, they decided not to

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endorse a sitting republican because he voted to impeach the former president. i think the resolution reflected the passions of those on the floor, not sure it represented the passions or even the thoughts of most washingtonians, even most in the republican party. >> i was going to ask you the difference about who is in the room, an activist in the washington republican party right now and the sort of median republican party voter in washington. what's the makeup of the delegates? what was the atmosphere like at the convention and how many folks is this that are making these decisions? >> well, there's 1800 people were there, and easily two-thirds were -- align themselves with we the people or america first. you didn't hear donald trump mentioned a lot. you heard america first mentioned a bit. and so, i mean, with 70% of them endorsed the candidate that you mentioned before, the conservative candidate, they

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didn't endorse the former congressman, dave reichert, a former sheriff. so i mean, they represent the grassroots in washington, but the question is will they be there if their candidates don't win in the primary in august. i think that's really the big question for republicans in washington state. democrats are on the verge, they're confident they can get to a super majority and control in the house and the senate and the state legislature. and so they start writing and talking about these things in thar platform, it just is going to scare off voters and in the middle, the independents who might like some of their ideas, they're going to wonder if they elect people, if they're going to carry out any part of that platform. >> taking an overt anti-democracy stance kind of with an exclamation point is among other things going to get you national headlines. >> interesting, they had one line left in that resolution

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which says they oppose all efforts to use american military might to spread democracy around the world, which you know, we're hearing that folks don't want america's military to be the police person of the world. and so it's interesting they would put that in the same resolution. >> america first indeed. jerry cornfield of the washington state standard, i really appreciate you being here. thank you. >> thank you. >> all right, we have much more to come. stay with us. and when you can breathe better, what isn't better? this is better. this is better. that's better. and that. even this. dupixent is an add-on treatment for specific types of moderate-to-severe asthma. it works with your asthma medicine to help improve lung function. that's pretty good! dupixent is not for sudden breathing problems. it's proven to help prevent asthma attacks. it can reduce or even eliminate oral steroids. and doesn't that make things better? dupixent can cause allergic reactions that can be severe.

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so january 22, there's speculation he is facing criminal charges so he says in january 22, quote, i hope we're going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had. then a few months later, that fall, he said if he was indicted, the united states would face, quote, problems the likes of which perhaps we have never seen. then, march 2023, he's indeed preparing to be indicted in new york and he sounds the clarion call. this is it. all capital letters. quote, protest, take our nation back. it's time. we just can't allow this anymore. we must save america. protest, protest, protest. says it three times with three exclamation points. when trump was indeed then indicted when he was indeed then arraigned these were all the people who came out to protest, protest, protest in favor of him.

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this was the biggest crowd he's had from any of these things. this was it, probably not enough to take the country back, certainly not with three exclamation points. but that was the biggest he ever got. two months later another indictment. this time in the classified documents case in florida. again, he demanded that his supporters rally for him in person. quote, all caps, see you in miami on tuesday. local law enforcement prepared for crowds of up to 50,000 people after he said that. the actual crowd was closer to 500 people. not 50,000 people. then last week, ahead of opening statements in his new york criminal trial, trump tried cranking the handle again. 72 hours until all hell breaks loose. if we fail to have a massive out pouring of peaceful patriotic support right here, all hell will break loose. all hell did not break loose. it was rudy giuliani's adult son and a smattering of other people, and that was it.

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trump has actually tried claiming that big throngs of people have been showing up to protest and show their support for him in new york, or at least that people have showed up trying to protest, but he says police have been keeping them away. he tried claiming on social media the area outside the court was completely closed down. he said, quote, thousands of people were turned away from the courthouse in lower manhattan by steel stantions and police. and again, it's not true. people are not -- police are not turning people away. there are no steel stanchions blocking his supporters from turning up and walking around them. you can walk right up there. but by thursday, the third day of testimony in the trial this past week, it was just this one dude named gary. that was kind of it. and so because he's not just been predicting protests on his behalf, he has been commanding his followers to protest for

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him, it is a little humiliating for trump that this is happening. that he can't seem to summon a crowd. it's also just an interesting data point as to whether or not trump can command an angry mob at this point in his political trajectory or are those days behind him? think the other way that this functions though is that an important reminder that he's not getting what he wants in terms of daily stimulation. he's not getting crowds of people lining the streets or standing outside the courtroom chanting for him. nobody is out there for him. the courtroom where his trial is taking place is old and dingy. it kind of smells weird. so starting tomorrow, he's heading into another week of long detailed testimony. we can expect he'll be disappointed, angry, and perhaps delushzal about the reasons there are not people outside protesting for him. inside the trial, if past is prologue, he's likely to be

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bored and unhappy while not receiving the response and adoration he expects. maggie haberman put it this way, quote, it is hard to recall any other time trump has been forced to be bored for so long. quote, the shared sense among many of his advisers is that the process may damage him as much as a guilty verdict. the process they believe is its own punishment. if the process is the punishment here, what should we expect from what the next few days are likely to be like, with likely no more protesters and testimony we can sort of see coming around the corner that seems like it might be more boring than anything that's yet happened. how much worse is this about to get for him? and can he pull the rip cord to get out of it? that's next. at's next. now that i have inspire, i'm free from struggling with the mask and the hose. inspire? inspire is a sleep apnea treatment that works inside my body with a click of this button. where are you going?

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to a single count if i could. pay the fines, take the business punishment or whatever, do the five minutes of jail time, call yourself a martyr for it, raise a lot of money. you'll have secret service in there, you'll be fine. if you did that, you could make this thing come to an end. you could shorten this process. you could get out of that courtroom and get back on the campaign trail. you could avoid the punishment of having to show up for court every day. this is likely the only one of his trials happening before election day. if he gets sxout campaigns and runs the campaign he wants to, he'll be president in november. he'll be president elect as of november and then all the trials will go away anyway. i know it's a wild take, but if he doesn't pull that rip cord, if he doesn't change his plea to guilty, if he sticks it out in trial, this is going to be another six weeks more. how much worse is this going to get for him? joining us now is msnbc legal correspondent lisa reuben. she's been following every step

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of the trial from inside the courtroom. great to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> i know we disagree on this and you understand these things more than me. tell me why trump should not plead guilty or why he's unlikely to plead guilty? >> part of that is it necessitate the parts of the prosecutors and their permission. i don't see the d. aflt's office allowing trump to plead down from 34 felony counts to one. if he were to plead guilty, judge merchan would want to sents him immediately. i would not see a situation where he would agree to delay the sentencing and trump would want that to happen because thee are felonies that are punishable not just by a few months but from two to four years in jail for each count. >> so if he -- even if he is found guilty in this trial, he can still count on the likelihood that his sentencing could be delayed until after the election, and presumably

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obviated once he's elected if he does in fact succeed in his re-election effort. >> if he sticks with the trial, the prospect he can appeal his sentence would allow him theoretically to be able to stay that verdict and stay the sentencing through the duration of his appeal. if he pleads guilty on the other hand he loses control of that timing. >> lisa, in terms of the process being the punishment for him, we have both been in court. we have seen the way he's reacting physically to the strains of these long days in court. what are you expecting, what are you going to be watching for in terms of what it's like in the courtroom for this next week, say the next week or two? what kind of testimony are we going to be looking forward to? is this going to be something that's even more egregiously tiring for him? >> i think it could be because if past is prologue, rachel, the last two witnesses we have seen post david pecker were primarily there to help admit documents for the prosecution. it is not the most scintillating

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testimony to listen to, to say it mildly. and that means for former president trump, the ability to stay awake and engaged may be even more challenged than it's been. it's one thing to remain at attention when everybody is talking about you and about salacious gossipy pulpy details like david pecker had to offer. it's another thing when somebody is going through the minutia of bank records. so if we continue to see testimony primarily with the goal of admitting documents the prosecutors need to connect the dots, count on donald trump to have a hard time staying engaged and to return to that big stack of papers he's been carrying with him, which i think are mostly cherry picked articles that say good things about him to hold his attention. >> a little stack of dopamine for him. lisa reuben, i know you'll be back in the courtroom tomorrow. thanks for being here. we'll be right back. stay with us.

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