CNN Reporter OWNS Kellyanne Conway On Trump’s Horrible Reponse To Woman Abuser Rob Porter

CNN Reporter OWNS Kellyanne Conway On Trump’s Horrible Reponse To Woman Abuser Rob Porter

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>>>WELCOME TO “INSIDE POLITICS.” I’M NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON. JOHN KING IS OFF.>>>THE PRESIDENT IS DEFENDING HIS TRIPS TO DAYTON AND EL PASO WHILE PRIVATELY ASKING WITH EXECUTIVE ACTION OPTIONS ON BACKGROUND CHECKS. >>>PLUS A TRUMP FUND-RAISER IS CAUSING A LOT OF HEADACHES FOR EQUINOX AND SOUL CYCLE. >>>AND THE IOWA STATE FAIR HAS CANDIDATES ON THE GROUND AND THE VOTERS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO’S WHO.>>THAT’S OUR CORN DOWN THERE. THAT COULD BE A POTENTIALLY 200-BUSHEL YIELD IN THAT VERY FERTILE BOTTOM. THESE LITTLE SOLDIERS GROWING UP ARE TURNIPS PLANTED ABOUT A WEEK AGO. >>WHO LOOKS GOOD OUT OF ALL THESE CANDIDATES?>>WELL, I THINK WE HAVE AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES. >>BIDEN LOOKS GOOD TO US, WARREN LOOKS GOOD. AND WHO DO YOU LIKE?>>KAMALA HARRIS. >>KAMALA HARRIS.>>WE BEGIN THE HOUR WITH A PAIR OF FAMILIAR QUESTIONS AFTER GUN MASSACRES. WHAT NOW AND WILL ANYTHING GET DONE? TODAY A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL TELLS CNN THE PRESIDENT IS CONSIDERING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO TIGHTEN THE COUNTRY’S BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM IN THE WAKE OF THE DEADLY SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND IN DAYTON. THE PRESIDENT PUBLICLY SUPPORTED STRONGER BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN.>>I’M LOOKING TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS. I THINK BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE IMPORTANT. I DON’T WANT TO PUT GUNS INTO THE HANDS OF MENTALLY UNSTABLE PEOPLE OR PEOPLE WITH RAGE OR HATE, SICK PEOPLE. I’M ALL IN FAVOR OF IT. >>BUT WILL THAT BE THE PRESIDENT’S FINAL WORD OR WILL HE CHANGE HIS MIND? ANOTHER FAMILIAR QUESTION THE PRESIDENT WAIVERED BEFORE AFTER THE PARKLAND SCHOOL MASSACRE UNDER MAJOR PRESSURE FROM THE NRA. ACCORDING TO “THE WASHINGTON POST,” THE NRA’S TOP POST, WAYNE LA PIERRE, CALLED THE PRESIDENT TUESDAY NIGHT AND SAID HIS BASE WILL REVOLT SHOULD HE MOVE ON GUN CONTROL. THIS MORNING DAYTON’S MAYOR HOPES THE PRESIDENT’S PROMISES AREN’T EMPTY. >>FOR DAYTONIANS, WHAT WE’RE HOPING TO SEE IS ACTION AND HOPE HE’S NOT AN ALL-TALK POLITICIAN.>>WE’LL GET STRAIGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND CNN’S KAITLIN COLLINS. WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE OF THE CURRENT WHITE HOUSE THINKING ON GUN CONTROL, SPECIFICALLY ON BACKGROUND CHECKS?>>Reporter: WELL, THE QUESTION A LOT HAS TO DO WITH THE PRESSURE THAT’S NOT ONLY ON THE PRESIDENT BUT ON REPUBLICANS BECAUSE IN TIMES LIKE THIS WHERE THE CABLE NEWS COVERAGE AND THE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ARE CONSTANTLY ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO DO, WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO AND WHAT HIS CRITICS ARE SAYING, OFTEN THAT’S SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING A LOT ABOUT PRIVATELY. PEOPLE HAVE NOTED AS THIS STOPS BEING IN THE HEADLINES, THERE’S A CHANCE IT LOSES MOMENTUM IN WASHINGTON FOR ANYTHING TO HAPPEN. RIGHT NOW THE PRESIDENT IS EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THESE BACKGROUND CHECKS NOT JUST ON THE SOUTH LAWN AS YOU SHOWED THERE BUT ALSO PRIVATELY HE’S BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT WITH AIDES AND LAWMAKERS AS WELL, TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT THE POLITICAL APPETITE FOR THAT IS, WHICH RIGHT NOW HE’S TELLING PEOPLE HE BELIEVES IS STRONG. OF COURSE THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THAT’S SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT MOVES FORWARD WITH BECAUSE AS WE’VE REPORTED HE’S HAD CALLS WITH THE NRA CHIEF, WAYNE LA PIERRE, WHO HAS AFFECTED HIS OPINION IN THE PAST. THE PRESIDENT IS FACING SOME CRITICISM AND LASHING OUT OVER THE RESPONSE TO HIS VISITS TO THOSE TWO CITIES YESTERDAY, THOSE CITIES STRUCK BY THE TRAGEDIES OVER THE WEEKEND. WHILE THE WHITE HOUSE DID NOT LET REPORTERS IN BECAUSE THEY SAID THEY DIDN’T WANT THOSE VISITS TO HOSPITALS TO BE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY, THEY DID LATER RELEASE VIDEOS OF THEIR OWN AND NOW WE’RE GETTING ANOTHER LOOK AT JUST WHAT IT WAS THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DOING, PARTICULARLY IN THE HOSPITAL IN EL PASO. WE ARE GETTING A VIDEO OF SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE HOSPITAL THAT SHOWS THE PRESIDENT PRAISING THE MEDICAL STAFF THERE, PRAISING THEM AND THEIR RESPONSE TO WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY SUCH A TRAGEDY BUT ALSO PIVOTING TO TALK ABOUT HIMSELF.>>LOOK AT THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE, CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?>>THEY ARE FANTASTIC. >>I WAS HERE THREE MONTHS AGO, WE HAD A SPEECH. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE ARENA. THAT PLACE WAS PACKED, RIGHT? THAT WAS SOME CROWD. WE HAD TWICE THE NUMBER OUTSIDE AND THEN YOU HAD THIS CRAZY BETO. BETO HAD LIKE 400 PEOPLE IN A PARKING LOT. >>Reporter: SO YOU SEE THE PRESIDENT THERE TALKING ABOUT THAT RALLY HE HAD BACK IN FEBRUARY WHEN BETO O’ROURKE HELD A COUNTERRALLY AGAINST THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT THE CROWD SIZES WHILE TALKING SOME SOME OF THE PEOPLE INJURED IN THAT SHOOTING IN EL PASO. RIGHT NOW THE CITY OF EL PASO HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CAMPAIGN OWE THEM OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR POLICE FEES, SAFETY PUBLIC OFFICIALS FEES FROM THAT RALLY, THAT THEY STILL HAVE NOT PAID THE CITY OF EL PASO YET. >>I CAN’T IMAGINE THAT A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE WHITE HOUSE THINK THIS WAS A SUCCESSFUL VISIT ON MANY ACCOUNTS WITH THE RELEASE OF THAT VIDEO YOU JUST SHOWED. THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT HIS FAVORITE TOPIC, HIMSELF, INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT WE’VE SEEN OTHER PRESIDENTS DO. THANKS FOR THAT REPORT. >>>HERE WITH ME TO SHARE THEIR REPORTING AND INSIELTS, TOLU, HEATHER, MICHAEL AND ELENA. HERE WE ARE AGAIN. I KNOW ALL OF YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND TABLES LIKE THIS BEFORE AND ON PANELS LIKE THIS BEFORE TALKING ABOUT SHOOTINGS AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT IN TERMS OF GUN CONTROL. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE, TOLU, OF HOW SERIOUS THIS PRESIDENT IS. HE’S TALKED ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN. HE EVEN SAID HE’S WILLING TO PRESSURE REPUBLICANS. >>WELL, HE SAID THAT IN THE PAST, REPUBLICANS ARE AFRAID OF THE NRA BUT HE ISN’T. WE HEARD AND REPORTED IN “THE WASHINGTON POST” THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE HEAD OF THE NRA JUST A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO. THE PRESIDENT IS HEARING FROM THE GUN LOBBY BASICALLY WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. RIGHT NOW HE’S SAYING WHAT IS THE POLITICAL APPETITE ON CONGRESS. HE’S NOT SAYING LET ME PUSH THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BECAUSE A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE SAYING WE’RE ONLY GOING TO BE AS FAR AS THE PRESIDENT WILL LEAD US. THE PRESIDENT IS INSTEAD SAYING LET ME TAKE THE PULSE OF CONGRESS AND SEE WHAT APPETITE THERE IS FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS. NOTHING AS FAR AS ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. BUT IF THERE’S A MOVEMENT ON BACKGROUND CHECKS, IT SEEMS LIKE HE’S NOT GOING TO LEAD THAT MOVEMENT, HE’LL BE A FOLLOWER AND SEE HOW FAR REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO GO. ONCE HE HAS A SENSE OF THAT, THEN MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION. >>AND YOU HAD JOE MANCHIN WHO TALKED TO FOLKS IN YOUR PAPER, WHO WAS PART OF THE MANCHIN-TOOMEY BILL. HE SAID IF YOU DON’T STAND UP AND SAY THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION I’M GOING TO SUPPORT WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET ENOUGH COVER TO HAVE REPUBLICANS STAND TALL. THEY WON’T BOW E ABLE TO DO IT. OF COURSE HE’S SAYING TRUMP SHOULD GIVE THESE FOLKS COVER. THE NRA A MAJOR FACTOR. WHEN YOU START TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, WHAT REPUBLICANS CAN YOU IMAGINE VOTING FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK, EVEN GIVEN THE FACT THAT LOTS OF REPUBLICAN AVERAGE VOTERS ACTUALLY SUPPORT IT, HEATHER. >>I THINK THE HOUSE PASSED ITS VERSION OF THE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS EARLIER THIS YEAR. IT WAS A VERY MIDDLE GROUND VERSION. DEMOCRATS’ WHOLE GOAL WAS TO PASS SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD SUPPORT. ONLY EIGHT CROSSED THE AISLE AND SUPPORTED IT. McCONNELL HASN’T SAID PUBLICLY BUT SAID THROUGH HIS ALLIES THIS WEEK WE DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES FOR THIS. I WILL NOT BRING IT UP UNTIL WE HAVE THE VOTES. WE ARE UNLIKELY TO HAVE THE VOTES. >>MAYBE THERE’S A SMALLER VERSION OF GUN CONTROL OR SOMETHING LIKE RED-FLAG LAWS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. >>ABSOLUTELY. McCONNELL HAS INDICATED HE IS INTERESTED IN WORKING ON RED-FLAG LAWS. THE QUESTION IS HOW MANY DEMOCRATS ARE WILLING TO COME TO THE TABLE. THEY SEE PUBLIC OPINION WITH THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN AND BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE HAVE ACTUALLY LOST SUPPORTERS OF THE MANCHIN-TOOMEY BILL SO McCONNELL MAY BE RIGHT IN THAT SENSE. THE NUMBERS AREN’T THERE ABSENT A PUSH FROM TRUMP THAT HASN’T APPEARED. >>YOU HAVE THIS “TIME” MAGAZINE COVER REALLY OUTLINING AND GIVING A SCOPE OF HOW MASSIVE THIS IS. AND I THINK ECHOING PUBLIC SENTIMENT WITH THAT COVER LINE SAYING ENOUGH, BUT AGAIN CONGRESS, PARTICULARLY THE SENATE, DOESN’T SEEM TO BE THERE YET. >>AND LOOK, THE PUBLIC I’M SURE — I BELIEVE THE SURVEYS THAT SUGGEST THERE’S THESE OVERWHELMING MAJORITIES, BUT THE PASSION BEHIND THIS AS AN ISSUE FADES. YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA FOUND THAT AFTER THE NEWTOWN SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE COUNSELING HIM TO TRY TO DO THIS WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS AFTER THOSE SHOOTINGS, TO GET PAST THE GRIEVING AN THEN IMMEDIATELY TRY TO PUSH SOME KIND OF A GUN CONTROL AGENDA AND HE CHOSE NOT TO AND THEY WAITED MONTHS. BY THE TIME THEY GOT TO MARCH AND PURSUED THE LEGISLATION, THE PASSION WAS GONE. THAT’S A SAD THING TO SAY ABOUT THE COUNTRY, IT’S A SAD THING TO SAY ABOUT OUR MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC. PEOPLE MOVE ON. AND IF — WE SAY, THIS IF 20 SLAUGHTERED KINDERGARTENERS WASN’T ENOUGH TO LIKE KEEP THE PRESSURE ON OVER THE SORT OF TIME PERIOD IT TAKES TO DO THIS, I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT WOULD BE. >>AND YOU’VE HAD SOME MOVEMENT IN SOME OF THESE STATES THAT HAVE HAD SOME OF THESE MASSACRES, FLORIDA TOO, AND WE HEARD IN OHIO FROM FOLKS THERE IN THE WAKE OF TRUMP VISITING, AND HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S PRESENCE WITH THOSE VICTIMS IN OHIO.>>HE WAS COMFORTING AND HE DID THE RIGHT THINGS, MELANIA DID THE RIGHT THINGS. IT’S HIS JOB IN PART TO COMFORT PEOPLE. I’M GLAD HE DID IT IN THOSE HOSPITAL ROOMS. >>I THINK THE VICTIMS AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE GRATEFUL THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAME TO DAYTON. >>AND OF COURSE, TOLU, THIS WASN’T THE END OF IT. THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T MUCH LIKE WHAT THOSE FOLKS SAID EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE PRETTY COMPLIMENTARY OF WHAT HE SAID. HE LATER TOOK TO TWITTER AND SAID OF THOSE COMMENTS JUST LEFT DAYTON, OHIO, WHERE I MET WITH VICTIMS AND FAMILIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MEDICAL STAFF AND FIRST RESPONDERS. IT WAS A WARM AND WONDERFUL VISIT, TREMENDOUS ENTHUSIASM AND EVEN LOVE. THEN I SAW FAILED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SHERROD BROWN AND MAYOR WHALY TOTALLY MISREPRESENTING WHAT TOOK PLACE INSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL. THEIR NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER I LEFT FOR EL PASO WAS A FRAUD. IT BORE NO RESEMBLANCE TO WHAT TOOK PLACE WITH THOSE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE THAT I WAS SO LUCKY TO MEET AND SPEND TIME WITH. THEY WERE ALL AMAZING.>>THE PRESIDENT IS MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE NOT COMFORTING OTHER PEOPLE BUT ATTACKING HIS POLITICAL FOES AND EVEN CREATING CONTROVERSY WHERE THERE WASN’T ANY. HE HAD TWO POLITICAL OPPONENTS WHO DON’T SUPPORT HIM ON POLICY BUT WHO ARE WILLING TO SAY THE PRESIDENT WAS COMFORTING, THAT HE DID A GOOD JOB IN THE ROOM. BUT HE TOOK THAT AND TOOK THE NEGATIVE VERSION AND DECIDED TO GO ON THE ATTACK. YESTERDAY WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT ATTACKING NOT ONLY THOSE TWO POLITICIANS BUT JOE BIDEN, FOX NEWS HOST AND ALL MANNER OF PEOPLE BECAUSE HE’S MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE BEING IN THE ATTACK MODE. >>EVEN WHEN THEY’RE NOT OPPONENTS, THOSE TWO FOLKS WERE PRETTY COMPLIMENTARY, HE CREATES THAT. >>CAN I JUST SAY, I WILL SAY THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR YESTERDAY. I ALSO THINK THAT WE ARE IN SUCH A POLARIZING TIME, I CANNOT REMEMBER A TIME PRIOR TO THIS THAT A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT LIKE JOE BIDEN WOULD NOT HAVE DELAYED THAT SPEECH. IT WAS A SPEECH THAT WAS ATTACKING A POLITICAL — IT WASN’T A HIGH-MINDED SPEECH, IT WASN’T A — IT WAS AN AGGRESSIVE ATTACK SPEECH. IN THE 2008 CYCLE, THE 2012 CYCLE, I CANNOT IMAGINE IF MITT ROMNEY OR JOHN McCAIN OR SOMEBODY ELSE WAS DELIVERING — WAS PREPARING TO DELIVER THAT KIND OF SPEECH THEY WOULD HAVE DELAYED IT ON A DAY OF WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GRIEVING WITH THE NATION AND WITH THESE PEOPLE. AND SO, YOU KNOW, THERE IS BEHAVIOR ON BOTH SIDES HERE THAT HAS NOT TO NECESSARILY EQUALIZE THEM, BUT WE’RE IN SUCH A MOMENT THAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING THAT I JUST DON’T REMEMBER HAPPENED BEFORE. >>WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT LATER IN THE SHOW, BIDEN AND OTHER DEMOCRATS REALLY RAMPING UP THE RHETORIC IN THIS MOMENT ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND GUNS AND WHITE SUPREMACY.>>>UP NEXT, WE HEAD TO THE IOWA STATE FAIR WHERE YOU CAN EXPECT CORN DOGS, FUNNEL CAKES AND LOTS OF UNSCRIPTED MOMENTS LIKELY TO GO DOWN IN CAMPAIGN HISTORY.>>WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROMISES WE MAKE ON SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID AND MEDICARE ARE PROMISES WE CAN KEEP. AND THERE ARE VARIOUS WAYS OF DOING THAT. ONE IS WE COULD RAISE TAXES ON PEOPLE.>>CORPORATIONS!>>CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS. WE CAN RAISE TAXES — OF COURSE THEY ARE. E EVERYTHING CORPORATIONS EARN GOES TO PEOPLE. WHERE DO YOU THINK IT GOES?>>IT GOES IN THEIR POCKET!>>>WELCOME BACK. THE 2020 DEMOCRATS ARE PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST MAJOR IOWA EVENT OF THE CAMPAIGN. TODAY MARKS THE OPENING DAY OF THE IOWA STATE FAIR. I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED CLEARLY. MOST OF THE CANDIDATES WILL BE STOPPING BY GIVING SOAP BOX SPEECHES AND FLIPPING PORK BURGERS AND TRYING TO AVOID ANY MAJOR FAUX PASS. DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING THE LOOK INSIDE THE MINDS OF LIKELY CAUCUS GOERS. A BRAND NEW POLL OUT TODAY IS GOOD NEWS FOR JOE BIDEN. HE’S LEADING WITH 28%, ELIZABETH WARREN AND KAMALA HARRIS AT 19% AND 11% RESPECTIVELY. BERNIE SANDERS AND PETE BUTTIGIEG ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE WITH 9% AND 8%. WE’VE GOT CNN’S JEFF ZELENY WHO JOINS ME LIVE FROM THE HALLOWED IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS. JEFF, YOU’VE GOT THE BEST ASSIGNMENT. YOU LOOK TAN, YOU LOOK RESTED. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OUT OF THE STATE FAIR THIS YEAR, AND WHAT STRIKES YOU ABOUT THIS NEW POLL WE’VE GOT OUT SHOWING BIDEN ON TOP?>>Reporter: THERE’S NO QUESTION JOE BIDEN DOES REMAIN THE SUMMERTIME LEADER OF THIS RACE. OF COURSE WE SHOULD POINT OUT EVERY CAVEAT POSSIBLE THAT THESE POLLS ARE A SNAPSHOT IN TIME. VOTERS ARE JUST TUNING INTO THIS. BUT IF YOU’RE JOE BIDEN, YOU ARE HAPPY THAT YOU’RE ENTERING AUGUST IN THIS POSITION AFTER A ROCKY FIRST DEBATE PERFORMANCE, A STRONGER SECOND DEBATE PERFORMANCE. CLEARLY AT LEAST HERE IN IOWA, WHICH IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL TO JOE BIDEN’S PROSPECTS GOING FORWARD, HE IS STILL THE LEADER. BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY AS YOU SAID IS THE BERNIE SANDERS/ELIZABETH WARREN ESSENTIAL FLIP. BERNIE SANDERS NEARLY WON IOWA FOUR YEARS AGO. JUST A WHISKER BEHIND HILLARY CLINTON IN THE 2016 CAUCUSES. SO MANY PROGRESSIVES THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD BE THE LEADER AT LEAST ON THAT SIDE OF THE FIELD GOING INTO THIS. BUT IT’S CLEAR BASED ON THIS POLL AND JUST OTHER REPORTING WE’RE DOING ON THE GROUND THAT ELIZABETH WARREN IS HAVING A STRONG SUMMER. SHE’S WELL ORGANIZED HERE. IN MANY RESPECTS A LOT OF VOTERS SEE HER AS BERNIE 2.0 IF YOU WILL. NIA, I CAUGHT UP WITH ONE DEMOCRATIC ACTIVIST WHO’S VOLUNTEERING HERE AT THE FAIR THIS MORNING AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID ABOUT SUMMER FRONT-RUNNERS IN IOWA.>>AFTER THANKSGIVING PEOPLE WILL START REALLY COALESCING AROUND MY GUESS TWO OR THREE OR FOUR CANDIDATES. THEN WE’LL SEE WHETHER JOE BIDEN STILL HAS A MAJORITY OR NOT. >>SO YOU’RE NOT SURE THAT HE IS THE FRONT-RUNNER?>>WELL, HE’S THE FRONT-RUNNER RIGHT NOW, BUT AT THE TIME HOWARD DEAN WAS THE FRONT-RUNNER. HE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T WIN THE CAUCUS. IT’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET. >>Reporter: SO A LONG WAY TO GO YET. THAT IS CERTAINLY TRUE, SOME SIX MONTHS OR SO UNTIL THOSE IOWA CAUCUSES. BUT AGAIN IF YOU’RE JOE BIDEN, YOU WANT TO BE IN THIS POSITION. NIA, ONE THING WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THIS AFTERNOON AS JOE BIDEN ADDRESSES THE SOAP BOX CROWD, GIVING A SPEECH HERE TO A VARIETY OF PEOPLE, THEY’RE NOT JUST TALKING TO DEMOCRATS HERE. A LOT OF REPUBLICANS ARE HERE AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR AS WELL. IOWA WAS ONCE A SWING STATE. BARACK OBAMA WON IT TWICE, IN 2008 AND 2012. DONALD TRUMP CARRIED IT FOUR YEARS AGO SO THAT OF COURSE IS THE OVERRIDING PICTURE HERE. WHICH DEMOCRAT ARE DEMOCRATS GOING TO NOMINATE WHAT COULD BE COMPETITIVE WITH DONALD TRUMP IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN IOWA. >>IT’S EARLY, IT’S SUMMER. JEFF, THANKS FOR THAT REPORTING. BRING BE BACK SOME COTTON CANDY AND MAYBE A CANDY APPLE OR SOMETHING. >>Reporter: YOU GOT IT. >>>WE ALSO WANT TO NOTE THAT ANDREW YANG IN THAT POLL, HE WAS AT 2%, SO THAT MEANS — I THINK HE’S GOT A COUPLE MORE POLLS TO QUALIFY FOR THIS DEBATE. ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT THIS IOWA STATE FAIR IS IT’S FUN, YOU’RE THERE WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE. PART OF THE CHALLENGE IS JUST SEEMING LIKE A NORMAL PERSON, I IMAGINE. >>ABSOLUTELY. IT’S A REAL TEST OF THESE POLITICIANS’ ABILITY TO SEEM SPONTANEOUS IN KIND OF A STRESSFUL SITUATION WITH UNCONTROLLABLE CROWDS, PEOPLE PUSHING FOOD IN FRONT OF YOU. I’M MOST WORRIED ABOUT CORY BOOKER WHO’S A VEGAN. SO IT WILL REALLY SORT OF SEPARATE I THINK THE CANDIDATES WHO CAN THINK WELL ON THEIR FEET FROM THOSE WHO CAN’T. >>AND WE SEE KAMALA HARRIS, WHO WAS ABOUT 11% IN THAT POLL. SHE’S GOT A NEW AD UP AND HERE’S A PART OF IT.>>AFTER WE WERE FED AND IN BED, OUR MOTHER WOULD SIT UP TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT ALL WORK. THAT’S WHAT I’M FIGHTING FOR, REAL RELIEF FOR FAMILIES LIKE YOURS. NOT IN 20 YEARS, NOT IN 30, STARTING MY FIRST DAY AS PRESIDENT BECAUSE YOU’VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP.>>THIS 3:00 A.M. AGENDA, HEATHER, IS SOMETHING WE HEARD IN THAT FIRST DEBATE. IT IS REMINISCENT OF HILLARY CLINTON’S.>>3:00 A.M., WHO DO YOU WANT ANSWERING THE WHITE HOUSE PHONE.>>SO KAMALA HARRIS UP WITH A SIMILAR SORT OF FRAMING LAYING OUT HER POLICY POSITIONS. SHE IS IN A CROWDED FIELD, AT 11%, STRUGGLING A BIT. >>YEAH, SHE IS. I THINK THE MESSAGE IS SHE’S TRYING TO SAY I’M ONE OF YOU GUYS. I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MIDDLE CLASS PERSON. I KNOW HOW TO STRUGGLE. I KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU. THE IOWA STATE FAIR IS A MUST-STOP ON ANY CAMPAIGN, BUT I THINK MOST CANDIDATES JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF IT WITHOUT GOING VIRAL FOR THE WRONG REASONS. BACK IN ’87 JOE BIDEN GAVE A SPEECH THERE. THAT’S WHEN THE PLAGIARISM SCANDAL TOOK HOLD. HE DROPPED OUT SHORTLY AFTER. SO I THINK EVERYONE IS HOPING TO GET THROUGH UNSCATHED. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >>WE FLASHED BACK TO 2008. YOU MENTIONED BIDEN IN 1987. IN 2008 HE FINISHED WITH 1%, DIDN’T DO TOO WELL. OBAMA 38%, CATAPULTING HIM TO THE NOMINATION. DIFFICULT, I THINK, IN THIS MOMENT TO TRANSITION FROM THESE CONVERSATIONS THAT FOLKS ARE HAVING ABOUT GUNS, ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY, TO KIND OF THE PART OF IT AT THE STATE FAIR IS EATING PORK CHOPS ON A STICK, MICHAEL. >>YEAH. LOOK, IT’S AN UNFORTUNATE PAIRING OF KIND OF MOMENTS. THE FAIR IS VERY LIGHT-HEARTED AND THE REST OF THIS WEEK HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT. I THINK FOR THE MOST PART, THOUGH, THE CANDIDATES RECOGNIZE THAT UNLESS SOMETHING GOES VIRAL, AS HEATHER SAID, THE ATTENTION BEING PAID TO WHAT THEY DO AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR IS LARGELY IN IOWA. THAT’S WHAT THE RETAIL CAMPAIGNING IN IOWA IS ALL ABOUT. IT’S CONNECTING TO IOWANS IN THIS VERY ODD WAY THAT PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS WORKS IN THAT STATE. IT’S A CAUCUS. THEY HAVE TO SORT OF CONNECT WITH THEM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND THE IOWA STATE FAIR IS PART OF THAT. BUT I THINK THEY’RE HOPING THAT THAT SORT OF WHAT HAPPENS IN IOWA STAYS IN IOWA KIND OF THING AND THEY CAN MOVE ON. >>HOPING TO SURVIVE THEIR SOAP BOX MOMENTS, HERE ARE A FEW FROM YEARS PAST.>>EVERYBODY IN IRAQ AND EVERYBODY IN WASHINGTON KNEW THAT THIS DEAL COULD HAVE BEEN EXPANDED. NOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO — NOW WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ELSE. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS AND I’M HERE IN IOWA, I FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. >>AGAIN, UNINTIMIDATED. I AM NOT INTIMIDATED BY YOU, SIR, OR ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE. I WILL FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.>>TOLU, I LOVE THE AGAIN UNINTIMIDATED LINE. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE, TOLU, YOU LOOK AT BIDEN OR ANY OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES IN THE TOP FIVE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THEY’RE GOING TO FACE GOING INTO IOWA?>>FOR BIDEN, HES HAS THE CHALLENGE THAT HE WAS AT THE SAME PLACE HE WAS BEFORE HE GOT INTO THE RACE. YOU’RE SEEING MOVEMENT BY ELIZABETH WARREN, WHO SEEM TO BE ON HIS HEELS. FOR BERNIE SANDERS, HE SEEMS TO BE RETREATING AND SEEMING TO SEE SOME OF HIS SUPPORT GO TO ELIZABETH WARREN. SOME OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES, THERE ARE SO MANY THAT ARE BELOW 1% OR STRUGGLING TO BREAK OUT AND DO ANYTHING TO REALLY SHAKE UP THE PRATRAJECTORY OF THE RAC. FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE LAST POLL BIDEN IS IN THE SAME POSITION HE IS. THE FACT THEY’RE GOING TO BE VOTING IN SIX MONTHS OR SO, THE FACT THAT WE’VE SEEN SO MUCH HAPPEN IN THE NEWS AND HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SEEN MOVEMENT BY SO MANY DIFFERENT CANDIDATES, ESPECIALLY THOSE POLLING AT 2% OR LOWER, THEY’LL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THAT. >>BOOKER IN PARTICULAR, HE’S GOT A PRETTY BIG OPERATION DOWN THERE AND BETO AND PETE BUTTIGIEG AS WELL. A LOT OF THESE FOLKS ARE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND HAVE TO MAKE SOME MOVEMENT. >>ONE THING WE WANT TO NOTE ABOUT THIS MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY POLL LOCKING IN 2% OF THE VOTE AMONG LIKELY IOWA CAUCUS GOERS, THAT MEANS HE HAS OFFICIALLY QUALIFIED FOR THE DEBATE STAGE IN SEPTEMBER. HE’S THE NINTH DEMOCRAT TO MEET THE>>>AFTER THE SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE SEIZING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RHETORIC AND CRITICIZING HIM IN INCREASINGLY HARSH TERMS. THE LATEST TO DO SO, SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN, WAS IN IOWA AT THIS HOUR HOLDING A SERIES OF TOWN HALLS. WARREN SAYS IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT HE AGREES WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN BETO O’ROURKE THAT THE SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST. ASKED BY “THE NEW YORK TIMES” IF SHE THINKS TRUMP IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST, WARREN RESPONDED WITHOUT HESITATION. YES. HE HAS GIVEN AID AND COMFORT TO WHITE SUPREMACISTS. HE’S DONE THE WINK AND A NOD. HE’S TALKED ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACISTS AS FINE PEOPLE. HE’S DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN TO STIR UP RACIAL CONFLICT AND HATRED IN THIS COUNTRY. HERE’S WHAT SHE SAID TO REPORTERS ABOUT HER COMMENTS JUST MOMENTS AGO IN IOWA. >>HE’S A MAN WHO COZIES UP TO THE WHITE SUPREMACISTS. HE CALLS THEM FINE FELLOWS. HE’S TALKED ABOUT TRYING TO GET BROWN PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. HE’S TALKED ABOUT SHITHOLE COUNTRIES. THIS IS WHAT HE’S DONE, THE WINK AND A NOD. AND HE CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. HE CAN’T KEEP TRYING TO STIR THIS UP, GIVE AID AND COMFORT, BE EMBRACED BY THE WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND THEN SAY, OH, BUT NOT ME. NO. HE’S RESPONSIBLE. HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>MIKE, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT HERE. IS THIS A NEW MOMENT. IF YOU RECALL IN 2015 — OR 2016, YOU HAD HILLARY CLINTON GIVE A SIMILAR RHETORIC AND SPEECH BASICALLY SAYING THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS ENCOURAGING SORT OF THE BASER ELEMENTS OF SOCIETY, BUT THIS FEELS VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE HEARD FROM HILLARY CLINTON. >>IT FEELS SHARPER FOR SURE. IT FEELS LIKE CANDIDATES ARE WILLING TO GO FURTHER IN NOT COUCHING THE KIND OF ACCUSATIONS THAT YOU JUST HEARD ELIZABETH WARREN MAKE. I ALSO THINK THAT IN SOME WAYS THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IS A — ONE OF THE MANY KIND OF CONTESTS WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IS TO SEE WHO CAN PUSH TRUMP’S BUTTONS THE BEST. YESTERDAY WAS UNDENIABLY A BAD DAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE OPTICS OF WHAT HAPPENED. PART OF THE REASON WAS HIS DEMOCRATIC RIVALS UNDERSTOOD HOW TO GET HIM TO ACT POORLY. THAT DOESN’T SOMETIMES TAKE A LOT. BUT WHOEVER ENDS UP EMERGING AS THE BEST ABLE TO KIND OF FIGURE OUT WHAT THOSE PRESSURE POINTS ARE AND GET HIM TO SORT OF REACT IN WAYS THAT SORT OF RICOCHET BACK ON HIM I THINK WILL — I THINK THAT WILL HELP THEM CONVINCE THE VOTERS THAT THEY’RE THE ONE TO TAKE ON THE PRESIDENT. >>PARTICULARLY THE SUBURBAN VOTERS WHO CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS CAMPAIGN. JOE BIDEN YESTERDAY, HE GAVE A SPEECH, SIMILAR LANGUAGE TO WHAT WE HEARD FROM ELIZABETH WARREN. HERE’S JOE BIDEN. >>THIS PRESIDENT HAS FANNED THE FLAMES OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN THIS NATION. HIS LOW ENERGY, VACANT-EYED MOUTHING OF THE WORDS WRITTEN FOR HIM CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACISTS THIS WEEK I DON’T BELIEVE FOOLED ANYONE. HE SEEMS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING THEIR VOTES THAN BEATING BACK THIS HATEFUL IDEOLOGY. WE CAN’T AND I WILL NOT LET THIS MAN BE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>BIDEN GOT GOOD REVIEWS FROM THIS SPEECH, INCLUDING FROM FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT CRITICAL OF HIM. DAVID AXELROD AMONG THEM. WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF WHAT HE SAID, ALSO ECHOS OF WHY HE SAYS HE GOT INTO THIS RACE. HE SAID HE INITIALLY GOT INTO IT BECAUSE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE. >>SO THIS PROVED A NICE MOMENT FOR BIDEN. I LIKE THAT LOW ENERGY DIG AT TRUMP WHICH RECALLS WHAT HE DID TO A REPUBLICAN OPPONENT IN 2016. YES, IT WAS A GREAT MOMENT FOR BIDEN. IT ALSO FANNED THE FLAMES OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND COMES PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT ELIZABETH WARREN, WHO IS MUCH FURTHER LEFT THAN JOE BIDEN, HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. TO ME THE OVERARCHING THEME HERE IS IN CONTRAST TO THE NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS, THE DEMOCRATIC BASE DOESN’T REALLY WANT UNITY. THEY WANT SOMEBODY WHO CAN FIGHT.>>PARTICULARLY ON THESE ISSUES THAT THEY CARE ABOUT. VOTERS HAVE MOVED LEFT NOT ONLY ON ALL THESE ISSUES THAT WE TALK ABOUT LIKE HEALTH CARE BUT CERTAINLY ON RACE AS WELL. >>THE DIFFERENCE THAT YOU SEE IN THE TONE HERE HAS TO DO WITH THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. >>CORY BOOKER ALSO WEIGHING IN FROM CHARLESTON YESTERDAY.>>YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. THE ACT OF ANTI-LATINO, ANTI-IMMIGRANT HATRED WE WITNESSED THIS PAST WEEKEND DID NOT START WITH THE HAND THAT PULLED THE TRIGGER. IT WAS SOWED FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR LAND WHERE WE SEE IN TWEETS AND RHETORIC HATEFUL WORDS THAT ULTIMATELY ENDANGER THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY.>>HEATHER, CORY BOOKER HAD A GREAT DEBATE MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT. HERE HE IS. COULD THIS BE A BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT FOR HIM IN THIS CAMPAIGN?>>I THINK HE’S CERTAINLY HOPING SO. THIS IS AN AREA, GUN CONTROL, WHERE BOOKER IS VERY COMFORTABLE AND HAS BEEN AHEAD OF THE CURVE. IN EARLY MAY HE RELEASED HIS GUN CONTROL POLICY PLAN WHICH MANY OTHER CANDIDATES HADN’T DONE AND WEREN’T DOING. HE AND JOE BIDEN, THIS IS AN AREA WHERE THEY BOTH FEEL AND HOPE THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SHINE. JOE BIDEN, WHERE HE HAS BEEN TO THE RIGHT OF THE BASE ON MANY ISSUES AND STRUGGLED TO EXPLAIN HIS MODERATE POSITIONS, HE’S BEEN PUSHING FOR GUN CONTROL FOR DECADES. THIS IS SOMETHING HE CAN POINT TO AND SAY, LOOK, I’VE BEEN WITH YOU GUYS FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I’M STILL HERE. I THINK THEY’RE BOTH HOPING THEY CAN YOZ THAT. >>TO THAT POINT, DEMOCRATS HAVE A LOT OF DIVISIONS FROM HEALTH CARE TO IMMIGRATION BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF DENOUNCING WHITE SUPREMACY AND WHEN IT COMES TO GUN CONTROL, THEY SEEM TO BE MUCH MORE UNIFIED. EVEN THE MODERATES AND THE MORE PROGRESSIVE MEMBERS FIND COMMON GROUND ON THIS ISSUE AND THE FACT THAT BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES ARE IN THE NEWS BECAUSE OF THESE MASS SHOOTINGS AND IN ONE CASE INSPIRED BY RACISM, THEY FEEL THAT THEY HAVE THE PLATFORM TO TALK WITH A UNIFIED VOICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >>I’M SURE THE IOWA STATE FAIR GOERS WILL HEAR FROM THESE CANDIDATES ON THIS ISSUE THIS WEEK. >>>COMING UP AFTER A HUGE I.C.E. RAID ACROSS MISSISSIPPI, CHILDREN PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ARE NOW WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR PARENTS.>>>TOPPING OUR POLITICAL RADAR, ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY CIRCUIT KEVIN McA LEENAN IS GETTING A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER. HE’S IN ARIZONA TOURING BORDER FACILITIES AND MEETING WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, INCLUDING SENATOR MARTHA McSALLY. HIS FOCUS IS THE EFFECT OF THE BORDER CRISIS ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES. >>>AND A NEW U.N. CLIMATE REPORT WARNS WE NEED TO EAT LESS MEAT AND CHANGE OUR FOOD PRODUCTION PRACTICES OR THE ABILITY TO GROW FOOD WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT. THE REPORT SAYS HUMANS HAVE DAMAGED AROUND A QUARTER OF THE ICE-FREE LAND ON EARTH, LEADING TO A VICIOUS CYCLE THAT’S CAUSING DESERTS TO EXPAND AND MAKING FORESTS MORE VULNERABLE TO FIRE, DROUGHT AND PESTS. >>>AFTER 680 UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WERE ROUNDED UP IN A SERIES OF RAIDS ACROSS MISSISSIPPI, A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TELLS CNN THAT I.C.E. IS WORKING TO QUICKLY REUNITE DETAINED PARENTS WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IN MOST CASES IT WAS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SOME OF THE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS WERE DETAINED YESTERDAY. THESE STUDENTS HAD TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE SCHOOL GYM, UNSURE WHEN THEY’D SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN.>>GOVERNMENT, PLEASE PUT YOUR HEART, LET ME PARENTS SEE ME. ANYBODY ELSE, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE THE>>>EQUINOX FITNESS AND SOUL CYCLE’S OWNER, STEPHEN ROSS, IS HOLDING A HIGH-DOLLAR FUND-RAISER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TOMORROW. PEOPLE WHO FREQUENT THE GYMS SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S POLICIES ARE OUT OF SYNC WITH THEIR PROGRESSIVE CLIENTS. ROSS RELEASED THIS STATEMENT SAYING I HAVE KNOWN DONALD TRUMP FROM 40 YEARS AND WHILE WE AGREE ON SOME ISSUES, WE STRONGLY DISAGREE ON MANY OTHERS AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN BASHFUL ABOUT EXPRESSING MY OPINIONS. I HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. JOINING ME NOW, WE’VE GOT CNN POLITICS AND BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT CRISTINA ALESCI. WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION TO THIS?>>IT’S BEEN FAST AND FURIOUS AT LEAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA. LOOK, WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW THIS WILL IMPACT THE COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT SOUL CYCLE AND EQUINOX CONSUMERS AND GYM GOERS FEEL BETRAYED BY THIS. REMEMBER, THESE ARE TWO BRANDS THAT INCORPORATE DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, LGBTQ RIGHTS INTO THEIR MARKETING. FOR EXAMPLE, IN JUNE THEY DID A SERIES, SOUL CYCLE DID A SERIES OF PRIDE RIDES TO CELEBRATE LGBT RIDES. SO THIS IS A CUSTOMER BASE THAT’S VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS AND THEY DON’T WANT TO INDIRECTLY SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP BY HELPING STEPHEN ROSS MAKE A PROFIT BY GOING TO HIS GYMS. NOW, WE SPOKE TO SOME OF THOSE GYM GOERS TODAY. TAKE A LISTEN.>>WE’RE OUTRAGED THAT THE OWNER OF THIS COMPANY IS RUNNING A FUND-RAISER FOR HIM. WE’RE OUTRAGED. WE MAY LEAVE. >>I’M REALLY BUMMED TO HEAR THAT THE OWNER OF EQUINOX IS INVOLVED IN TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN. IT REALLY BUMS ME OUT. >>ARE YOU AT ALL CONSIDERING CANCELLING YOUR MEMBERSHIP?>>YES, I 5AM, ABSOLUTELY. >>IF I KNEW THAT, I WOULDN’T HAVE COME. I’D RATHER HAVE PLANTAR FASCIITIS WITHOUT TREATMENT RATHER THAN HAVING SUPPORT IN ANY WAY ANYTHING AFFILIATED WITH TRUMP SUPPORTERS. >>THE COMPANY IS TRYING TO DISTANCE ITSELF FROM STEPHEN ROSS ISSUING A STATEMENT SAYING NEITHER EQUINOX OR SOUL CYCLE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE EVENT LATER THIS WEEK AND DO NOT SUPPORT IT. AS IT CONSISTENT WITH OUR POLICIES, NO COMPANY PROFITS ARE USED TO FUND POLITICIANS. I WANT TO CALL THE STATEMENT OUT A LITTLE BIT. THESE PEOPLE, AGAIN, DON’T EVEN WANT TO INDIRECTLY SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP BY FREQUENTING AND GOING TO ROSS’ GYMS BECAUSE THEY SEE THAT AS INDIRECT SUPPORT. WHETHER OR NOT THE DIRECT PROFITS FROM THE COMPANY GO TO PRESIDENT TRUMP OR INTO HOSTING THIS FUND-RAISER IS IRRELEVANT TO THEM. AND I’VE ASKED THE COMPANY — I’VE ASKED THE COMPANY WHETHER OR NOT GYM MEMBERSHIPS HAVE DECLINED. WE HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM ON THAT POINT. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT. ELANA, I’LL GO TO YOU ON THIS. WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WE DON’T KNOW HOW THIS ENDS. WE DON’T KNOW IF PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO QUIT GOING TO THESE GYMS. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE OF THIS?>>CERTAINLY THIS IS BAD PUBLICITY FOR THESE BRANDS BECAUSE THEY’RE SO CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH BLUE STATES AND VERY ANTI-TRUMP PROGRESSIVES. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE FLYWHEEL SPORTS, THE COMPETITOR OF SOUL CYCLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA KIND OF GOING HEY, GUYS, WE’RE OVER HERE. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE THE BUMP FOR THE COMPETITION. CONSERVATIVES HAVE DONE SIMILAR THINGS. >>THIS IS THE ERA WE LIVE IN. WE TALKED ABOUT THE HIGHLY POLITICIZED TIME WE LIVE IN AND FOLKS SORT OF WANTING TO HAVE THEIR VALUES EXPRESSED IN WHERE THEY GO TO THE GYM SO WE’LL SEE WHERE THIS GOES. >>>UP NEXT, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS A FORMER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR HAS BEEN IN PRISON LONG ENOUGH AND WE’VE JUST LEARNED LEMONADE IN IOWA IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND THAT’S GOING TO BE IN OUR LIGHTNING ROUND.>>>LEADING TODAY’S LIGHTNING ROUND, DEJA VU FOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH. THE PRESIDENT MAY COMMUTE HIS SENTENCE ON CORRUPTION CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTING TO SELL THE SENATE SEAT VACATED BY BARACK OBAMA. THE PRESIDENT TOLD REPORTERS YESTERDAY ON AIR FORCE ONE HE’S BEEN IN JAIL FOR SEVEN YEARS OVER A PHONE CALL WHERE NOTHING HAPPENS. HE SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID WHAT HE SAID. I WOULD THINK THERE HAVE BEEN MANY POLITICIAN, I’M NOT ONE OF THEM, BY THE WAY, THAT HAVE SAID A LOT WORSE. PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRST MENTIONED A POSSIBLE COMMUTATION OVER A YEAR AGO. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THE TWO AREN’T EXACTLY STRANGERS.>>YOUR HARRY POTTER FACTS WERE NOT ACCURATE. WHO DID THE RESEARCH?>>I HAVE THE ONE WHO SAID HOUSES AND CLASSES INTERCHANGEABLE BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO BE MORE EXPLICIT SO PEOPLE CAN GET A FEEL FOR IT.>>ROD, YOU’RE FIRED.>>HARRY POTTER FACTS NOT ACCURATE THERE. TOLU, WHY BRING THIS UP NOW?>>IT’S A LITTLE BIT BIZARRE BUT IT’S THE EVERYBODY DOES IT DEFENSE THAT WE’VE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT SO MANY TIMES. >>BUT NOT HIM, OF COURSE. >>NOT HIM, BUT EVERYBODY ELSE. HE DEFENDED HIS SON OVER THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING SAYING EVERYONE TAKES OPPOSITION RESEARCH. HE’S DEFENDED PAUL MANAFORT SAYING EVERYONE IS GUILTY OF THE CORRUPTION HE IS AND THIS IS THE DEFENSE THE PRESIDENT IS USING. WE MAY SEE A PARDON OUT OF IT. >>YOU HAD ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ TALKING ABOUT AN AIDE AND BASICALLY SAYING THAT — SHE’S BASICALLY DISTANCING HERSELF FROM THIS AIDE SAYING I THINK IT WAS DIVISIVE. SHE SAID I BELIEVE IN CRITICIZING STANCES BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IN TARGETING MEMBERS, THIS AFTER THE AIDE DID TARGET CERTAIN MEMBERS. WHY IS SHE BRINGING THIS UP NOW?>>I THINK SHE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT BECAUSE HE’S HER CHIEF OF STAFF AND HE’S LEAVING AND SHE’S TRYING TO SAY, WELL, HE’S NOT LEAVING BECAUSE OF THESE TWEETS. WE ALREADY HAD THIS IN MOTION. AND SO SHE’S DISTANCING HERSELF FROM THE COMMENTS BUT DEFENDING HIM AS A PERSON. BUT THIS IS A GUY WHO HAD NOT MADE MANY FRIENDS OPN CAPITOL HILL. HE WAS TWEETING ABOUT DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS HE THOUGHT PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE DOWN SO A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE HAPPY TO SEE HIM GO.>>>AND LEMONADE, HERE’S A TWEET WE JUST GOT. JUST CAME ACROSS ELIZABETH WARREN BUYING LEMONADE FROM SOME GIRLS. IT WAS $7. SHE GAVE THEM $10. THIS IS IOWA AND SOME REALLY EXPENSIVE LEMONADE. >>I KNOW ONE PERSON WHO WOULD BE HAPPY TO PAY ANY PRICE FOR LEM LEMONADE, RIGHT?>>DOES THIS COME WITH A BEYONCE ALBUM?>>IT’S A CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT BEVERAGE. >>HE’S WITH QUEEN BEY. >>THANKS, GUYS. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON “INSIDE POLITICS.” BRIANNA KEILAR STARTS RIGHT NOW.

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