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hi there, i'm brianna keilar, united in grief and driven by anger. teenagers of the school massacre march on the state capitol demanding tougher gun laws. 100 parkland stujdents are rallying in tallahassee are calling for reforms. lawmakers sent a mess ak of their own. as one student survivor broke
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down in tears the statehouse refused to even consider a ban on assault weapons. for every lawmaker who wanted that debate, two said no. students are well aware of the fight they face. >> it happened and we just have to move forward and make sure that we're here to make a change. and we really have to hit home specifically on what we can reasonably accomplish. i think that 100% definitely we have to be mentally stable to acquire a gun and we have to have deeper backgrounds checks, i think that is 100% accomplishable. >> thousands of high school students in south florida are holding walkouts to underscore their demands for gun reform. at some schools they are remaining outside for 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed in parkland. tonight a national discussion as cnn host az televised town hall and they'll have the opportunity to speak directly to state and national lawmakers who are on opposing sides of this gun
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control debate. we're covering all of the angles of this developing story. we have kaylee harttung for tonight's town hall. in tallahassee we have diane gal der. what are you seeing there right now? >> reporter: if this is any indication behind me, i want to step out so you can look at it. we're going to see quite a large crowd showing up to support those stoneman douglas students. those students about 100 that i rode up here on buses with from the parkland area, they are inside right now meeting with lawmakers. they've been in those meetings since about 8:30 presenting their demands, presenting their concerns and telling their stories. about 70 meetings and ten kids per lawmaker talking to them, republican and democrat, about gun control. mental health and really brianna telling the story about what happened one week ago today in their high school. they are going to have a press conference in about an hour.
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that's when this rally is supposed to kick off in support of them. the people who are out here are parents, teachers and we have teachers unions from broward county, where their school is located who came up here. other students from parkland who went to different schools showing their support and here in leon county and tallahassee area, a lot of the students were told they could take an excused absence if they felt the need to come and support their fellow florida students. later today at the press conference, through this rally, we're going to hear from mark kelly, former astronaut and husband of gabby bgiffords and pulse nightclub survivors are going to speak out. some came on the buses and said we love you and support you. they passed out letters from las vegas shooting from those survivors saying the same thing, we're with you. and really, you hear the chanting here. each of those 100 students who came with me sort of had individual requests of the
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lawmakers, they wanted dialogue and they understand they say it's not going to happen overnight but instead of like in the past, they believe that america has just forgotten the victims of these mass shootings in about a week or two. they say they are not going away. they know how to use social media and know how to get their point across and say we're privileged because we come from an affluent well educated community and we're going to use the privilege to make sure other students don't have to go through what we've gone through. before we left, there are kids that attended funerals of the classmates and went straight from the funeral to get on a bus to come here. the stoneman douglas students are not going to be at the rally. they are going to hold the press conference because they came to work and appreciate everyone supporting them and want them to continue doing so but they have a job to do here today and they want to focus on that. >> they though have already met diane, with one disappointment after a vote in the statehouse last night. >> yeah. >> that's right. we were on the bus brianna when
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that happened, when that news broke. there was disappointment and anger and tears but most of the students i spoke with said it's okay, you know what, that's our first defeat. our first setback. we have a fire within us, we're going to use that to light that fire even larger and make sure we use it to per severe. they say they are inspired and doing this in the name of those 17 friends and teachers who died a week ago today and that they want to continue. they again they understand this is going to be a year's long process. i've had kids talking about, i'm 15, i get to vote in three years. i'm going to remember what happened. kids who are 18 years old now say i'm going out and getting my friends and making sure they registered. we're moving to a national level next but we realize that all politics is local as many of us know and they seem to get that and they are going to try to make a change from their home before it comes to the nation. >> as they watch that vet, heard about that vote 2-1 against considering an assault weapons
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ban, they said they are going to press on in other directions. diane gallagher in tallahassee, thanks so much for that report. i do want to go live now to the site of tonight's cnn town hall. we're bringing shooting survivors face to face with florida politicians and the nra on a national stage for stand-up. the students of stoneman douglas demand action. kaylee, tell us about the plan for this. >> reporter: well, brianna, in of the students with diane in tallahassee and many more will be bringing passion and outrage here to the bbt center tonight. more than 5,000 people confirmed they will attend. cnn's production staff conducting an audio check to get ready for the 9:00 p.m. event behind me. but what you can expect to see here tonight, those students and those survivors from stoneman douglas as well as their parents and teachers and administerers having the opportunity to begin a conversation with elected
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officials and even a spokesperson from the nra. on that stage tonight, i mentioned elected officials but most notably, senator marco rubio, a man who has taken more money from the nra than any other politician in the state of florida. also someone who in the last week has said he doubted that the proposed gun laws would have prevented the massacre at stoneman douglas. we've heard students with very strong words for him over the past week, not afraid to call him out for taking what they call blood money. i wouldn't expect for those students to hold back their emotions when they question him and that national spokeswoman from the nra tonight. also on the stage you'll see congressman ted deutsche, the democratic representative of this community in the united states congress. he, brianna, as many students have told me hack a wonderful resource for students in the past week and will also see democratic senator bill nelson. we should mention that president trump as well as florida's governor rick scott were offered
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invitations to be here. they declined that as well as the opportunity to appear via satellite. brianna, we expect an emotional and powerful event right here in the bb and t center, moderated by our jake tapper tonight. >> and despite some of the folks, the president and governor not coming, it is extraordinary to see that lineup of the stake holders going to be in attendance tonight. thanks for that preview of what is going to be a big impactful event. i do want to bring in one of the students who made the trip from parkland to tallahassee. spencer blum is a junior at stoneman douglas high school. spencer, thanks so much for talking to us. >> thank you. >> so i want you to tell us, what is your message to the governor and to lawmakers in tallahassee today? >> well, we were talking to them all day yesterday and some of them heard us loud and clear and others not so much. our goal here is to get a complete ban on assault weapons
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in the state of florida. we will not accept anything else. >> so last night you saw this, you talked about this, the florida house voted 71-36 against even debating a bill to ban assault weapons. what was your reaction to that? >> well, i was sitting up on the balcony in the chamber when they made that motion. the first thing i thought was speechlessness. are you kidding me? this is insane. they -- quite literally introduced us and said with stoneman douglas here and in our hearts and they still had 71 people say ney to 36 yay. that's unacceptable. i felt anger, dismay and a drive to really not stop. >> so what do you do -- if they won't even take it up to talk about it, what do you do when it comes to assault weapons? do you turn your focus to other issues pertaining to gun
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violence? how do you handle that? >> well, our main goal is to ban assault weapons, there are other talks about more gun control such as background checks, banning the bump stocks but what i think we really need to do is vote them out. they were elected to represent us and they are failing us. they are not representing us. this is not what we want. if they are foot going to represent us in 2018 in november when the election comes around, we're going to vote them out and replace them with people who will represent us. >> and as you know, change can take time on issues like this. you just talked about the setbacks and disappointments as well as your aims. i wonder, have you and classmates been talking about how you keep your message out there even as what has become a bit of an unhe have itable thing, that the public begins to focus lesson what happened to you, it's not quite as salient for them as time goes on.
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have you thought about that and how you keep your message alive in the face of that? >> we have. you know, for lgbtq rights it took a long time. it took many years but it got done. we're not stopping. after sandy hook, vegas, pulse, such a tragedy and we're not stopping. as you can see behind me, there's thousands of people piling in for a rally. there's a march in washington on march 24th -- march for our lives. we're not stopping, this is a nationwide thing, going to go international and we're not going to stop. we're not going to stop with the walkouts and the marches and not stopping with the rallies until we get what we want. >> spencer, i think it's -- i wonder if it's hard for you to believe, i know it's hard for certainly me to believe and a lot of viewers it's only been a week since the shooting at your school. how are you holding up?
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>> you know, the first few days were for grieving, there was the vigil in parkland at the a.m. i amphitheater the next day. those few days were for grieving but now we're angry and we're pitted and ready for action. we want change. we're going to get change. at this point, yes, the grieving is still there and it will come back and hit us at only god knows when. for now we're angry and fired and we're ready to make ourselves be heard. >> well, spencer, we know this is going to be a process for you as just said and we're thinking of you and thinking of your fellow students and entire community as you go through this and keeping an eye on what you're doing in florida. spencer blum, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> coming up, president trump is pledging to come up with solutions to prevent gun violence but what are they? will he follow through? we're live at the white house plus trump once again slamming his own attorney general jeff sessions as a source tells cnn the president will never get
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and it's odor free. and pharmacist recommended. garlique.® we're keeping a close eye on tallahassee florida, where some 100 survivors of last week's school shottioting are holding rally. they have met with the lawmakers from both parties and they are there demanding tougher gun laws. it was one week ago today a gunman killed 17 classmates and teachers at marjory stoneman douglas high school and the president saying he's also willing to take steps after last week's massacre. abby phillip is live with more on this. what kind of action is the president looking at? >> reporter: well, good morning, brianna. these voices of these students are really appearing to make an impact here at the white house with the president yesterday announcing that he has directed his administration to address bump stocks issue, that's an accessory you can attach to a weapon that makes it essentially fully automatic.
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the president had months ago said he was interested in dealing request this potentially looking into a ban on bump stocks but nothing really happened while his administration reviewed it. yesterday he announced that that review is essentially over and that he would direct them to propose new rules banning those bump stocks. we also heard yesterday from the white house there is interest in the building to addressing the question of how old do you have to be in order to purchase a semiautomatic weapon like the one that was used at this massacre in florida. sarah huckabee sanders, the press secretary said there's openness to it and there would be conversations about that going forward. also today, the president is going to be sitting down with some of the victims and students of the parkland shooting and also of previous shootings, including newtown and columbine in what the white house is terming a listening session about violence in schools, he's going to be joined by mike pence, the vice president and education secretary betsy devos. we expect to see and hear from
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the president in that forum, even while the students are raising their voices asking for more to be done. and these changes to the sort of administrative side of this, fall short of what some people want. some folks want the president to push congress to do more and so far we have not yet seen the president being willing to address that. we do know that he's been hearing and soliciting feedback from his advisers inside and outside the white house about how to address this issue. clearly, brianna, the pressure is on the white house, they are seeking to do something about it today and in future listening sessions they are planning in the coming weeks. >> very interesting, thank you so much for that. i want to bring in cnn chief political correspondent dana bash and cnn political analyst and national political reporter at politico, johnson with us here. there is a new poll out and what's so clear about it is that americans want background checks for all gun buyer, you have 97%
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overall nearly across. and the president tweets yesterday, whether we're republican or democrat, we must now focus on strengthening background checks. yet we've covered this so often, and the idea of i think of the gun show loophole in so many states where if you're selling a weapon and i want to buy the weapon, you can sell that to me, there is no background check. it's just hard to imagine that that would actually be taken care of. what are you sensing? >> first of all, those numbers are extraordinary. i mean, when was the last time we saw a poll asking any question whether they are that high? as you said, it was almost at that point after newtown in 2013 and congress did try. there was a bipartisan bit of legislation, piece of legislation in the senate to strengthen background checks. and it didn't go anywhere. so you know, unfortunately, i think it's not as though the issue has been that there's not
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a vast, vast super majority of people who want to strengthen background checks. the question is, whether or not the smaller minority, which is getting smaller of people getting worried about further restrictions on person to person sales as you were talking about or gun show loophole or others are going to take a step back and not be as vocal. because the problem has been that they are much more vocal, maybe not as passionate -- >> they vote, right. >> and they are singing issue voters as opposed to people who say background checks but they -- for the most part might be voting on a whole slew of issues. when we're talking about the small minority of people who don't want to touch the gun laws, they are single issue voters. >> you point out really interestingly in your piece today that two of these actions that the president is considering, background checks and banning bump stocks are two
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things that the nra has expressed support for. >> in looking at this issue, president trump is rying to walk a really fine line. there are unanimous calls for him to take action from gun control advocates and he's trying to heed those calls while not angering his pro gun base which also feels very passionately about this issue. and doing that i think will require a real high wire act from him but the two actions he's looking at taking, mod he wasly strengthening background checks and banning bump stocks are both actions supported by gun control advocates and they are not opposed by the nra. i think that gives you some insight as to where the president's head is at and these are two of the legislative or executive actions he's looking to take. >> it really is a high wire act though, isn't it? just as he tries to walk what is a really narrow line on this. >> look, a couple of things.
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whatever this president does, gun control advocates will say is not enough coming from a republican president and the secretary thing is on the bump stock issue in particular, it's complicated because he's come down and asked attorney general jeff sessions to write executive -- to take executive action. the obama administration looked at this and determined they couldn't lawfully take executive action, that congress needed to act. congress hasn't acted on bump stocks despite saying they wanted to in the wake of the last major shooting. and so for conservatives who want to limit executive action, often times say it's not lawful, this will be the equivalent of supporting something like daca when obama took executive action and they said this is not lawful, congress needs to do this. it will be interesting to see how conservatives -- whether conservatives come down on president trump for this in a case where some people have said this is a case where congress needs to act. >> that's true, but we have seen
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that there has been a lot of inconsistent on that. and that happens on both sides of the aisle but particularly when it comes to this republican president and executive action. the whole first, you know, six months of his presidency was executive action after executive action which under president obama you know, he was dubbed the imperial president by conservatives doing that. >> but he's making this calculation that this is something in a way not entrusting congress to take care of. >> and he's right. >> he's right to not trust congress but congress -- at the end of the day, for this to not be something that is repealable or questionable, it has to be -- statute, it has to go through legislation and has to be signed by the president and i think that the truth is even though the president could do some sort term fixes, if he has the political will, ultimately, people on poej sides of the aisle --
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>> after sandy hook after connecticut and virginia tech, you really saw the adjustments in gun laws being made on state level, we're seeing students today and watching them, they are in tallahassee and there's a ro rally as well. is that where the action is going to be in this? is it going to be florida? do you really think there could be some federal movement? >> well, we saw action in florida yesterday and it came down against the people who are calling for greater gun control measures and we saw these teary eyed students upset that lawmakers were not heeding their calls -- >> to consider an assault weapons ban. >> to consider an assault weapons ban and they are now planning a march on washington. mir sense my sense is that peopt to see action on the federal level, if only for symbolic reasons, that lawmakers in washington, d.c. are hearing them and are responding. >> and we will see if that assessment holds, thanks so much to both of you. be sure to tune in tonight for stand-up, the special town hall
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with stoneman douglas high school airing tonight at 9:00 eastern only on cnn. new details on the con shentous relationship between president trump and his attorney general jeff sessions. trump publicry asking why sessions is not investigating president obama. we just got a response from the doj and we'll have it next. liberty mutual saved us almost $800 when we switched our auto and home insurance. liberty did what? yeah, they saved us a ton, which gave us a little wiggle room in our budget. i wish our insurance did that. then we could get a real babysitter instead of your brother. hey, welcome back. this guy, right? (laughs) yes. ellen. that's my robe. you could save $782 when liberty stands with you.
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president trump unleashing another shaming session on twitter, directed at his predecessor and his own attorney general. question, if all of the russian meddling took place during the obama administration, right up to january 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? why didn't obama do something about the meddling? ask jeff sessions. cnn's kaitlan collins is at the white house. we heard from the intel chiefs this is still ongoing, this
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didn't all just happen. it looks like the attorney general really back in the president's bad graces here. what brought this on? >> reporter: that's right. i should note jeff sessions stayed in the president's bad graces and hasn't said so public in recent months but has privately continued to fume over the tone jegeneral lately. it stems from when he recused himself back last march and only continued to antagonize and anger the president. this is resurfacing because of the news and flurry of headlines regarding relating to the russia investigation, especially the indictment of the 13 russians on friday as the president watched the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, his anger at sessions continued to grow and he was complaining about jeff sessions all weekend from his estate in west palm beach florida. we saw this coming from a mile
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away because the president continued to be angry. one source told my colleague jeff sessions, he will never get over sessions recusing himself from the russia investigation. but a word of caution here, this does not mean jeff sessions is on his way out of the justice department. the president has been very frustrated with him since last summer and he's still in charge over at the doj. >> tell us about this tension between the chief of staff and the president's son-in-law jared kushner still operating with a temporary security clearance. >> reporter: that's right, jared kushner is still on an interim security clearance, something that has come under fire since rob porter resigned after there was spousal abuse allegations in his past, something that several white house officials knew about and now john kelly decided to overhaul the way the security clearance process works here at the white house and sent out this five-page memo saying that if you've been operating under an interim security clearance since june 1st or prior, you will no longer be able to access highly classified information.
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a lot saw that as a direct dig at the president's son-in-law jared kushner. >> certainly. kaitlan, thanks so much. joining me no cnn politics reporter and editor at large chris cillizza. let's talk about the jeff sessions, shall we? this tweet, it's become charistcha characteristic, but that must burn if you're jeff sessions. the president is never going to get over this with jeff sessions, is he? >> no. let's remember the president of the united states told it was i believe the "new york times" in an interview, i never would have hired jeff sessions if i knew he was going to recuse himself. he's also called jeff sessions be leaguered and done tweets like this where he wonders why the justice department isn't doing this and that and the other thing. the only thing i can think of, jeff sessions reached a point probably a few months ago, if he wants to get rid of me he's going to have to fire me. it's clear from trump's side he's not happy with jeff
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sessions and i think jeff sessions is sort of daring him at this point. jeff sessions has the job he's always wanted. attorney general. he's not going to walk away from it and a tweet -- i think given their history, this tweet won't change that. >> i wonder if that daring him to fire him is also something that we're seeing with chief of staff john kelly, clearly trying to bre serve his reputation for creating order but when he's putting out this cutoff of june for security clearances an going to be revoked. jared kushner didn't even turn in all of his updated information until after that. so he puts this statement out, it's extraordinary, chris, as i told jared days ago, i have full confidence in his ability to perform his duty in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing the peace effort and integral part of our relationship with mexico. john kelly versus the president's son-in-law? >> yep. the question i have and i don't know the answer to this, is
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kushner a collateral damage and john kelly trying to save himself? all of this stems from rob porter, the former white house press secretary was r who kelly was defending to the point where it became clear that porter had -- there were very serious allegations against domestic abuse from two ex-wives and porter didn't have this clearance. now kelly trying to figure out how to stabilize myself, had said we're going to do the security clearance thing. did he do that with kushner in his sights? was kushner just sort of there? it is candidly -- >> how do you not notice if the president's son-in-law is in your sights? >> it's ridiculous. take one step back from the palestinian treaty, jared kushner is getting -- reading the presidential daily briefing and seeing classified materials, we know these things because he wants to continue to do so. there's a reason that he didn't have a full security clearance because of as we reported financial dealings in the
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transition and as well as what you noted, a number of owe missions in the paperwork he filed to join the administration and then hasn't been cleared up yet. that to me is the broader question, jared kushner seems to be immune from this because he's represented to the president of the united states but there is a national security concern that anyone, democrat or republican or independent green should have when you have someone who's been on that long a leash with no full-time security. >> good point. thank you so much for that. we're keeping a close eye of course on tallahassee, florida, where you have 100 survivors of last week's school shooting, some of them holding a rally outside of the state capitol. some of them are conducting meetings they are meeting with the governor and lawmakers from both parties and they are demanding tougher gun laws. whoooo. when it comes to travel, i sweat the details. late checkout... ...down-alternative pillows... ...and of course, price.
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all right, that signal just cut out but that was chanting we were listening to during the commercial break from tallahassee. that was the scene of teenagerers who survived last week's school massacre and a lot of their supporters marching there on state capitol demanding tougher gun laws. joining me now to talk about this is democratic congressman ruben guye. go. i know you've seen this announcement by the president and he ordered the justice department to ban bump stocks. do you support him on that? >> i support him on that but it's a little too late. we should have done this right after las vegas shooting where the large massacre of americans
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happened and two, if he wants true leadership, he should talk to speaker ryan and say we need to put this in legislation. that's the problem. it's a lot of times a lot of talk and very little action when it comes to leadership in the republican house. >> no offense, why would he trust congress? i mean, congress has shown itself to be so ineffect you'll in dealing with issues of gun violence. >> because it's time to lead. what we see in the past it's not -- republican led congress, after sandy hook it was essentially universal background checks were stopped by filibuster by republican senators. >> was that president obama's fault for not leading on that? >> at some point if you have republican senators filibustering there's only so much you can do. now trump, who has a full control of the house and senate should show leerdship and try to push legislation, even modest legislation such as 18-year-olds should not have access to ar-15s
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or weapons of that nature. >> why not have the doj do it then? >> of course, that's a good start -- >> if that's the end you want. >> right, that's a good start. a bump stock would no have prevented what occurred in florida. >> sure, we're talking vegas, right? >> right, but i'm talking about florida right now. vegas potentially it would have potentially stopped and in florida, a young man bought an ar-15 legally and in my opinion should not have had that weapon. i've used that weapon in war. it is a very effective weapon for defense in war. it's designed to kill as many people as possible and maim as many as people but should not be in the hands of 18-year-olds unless the 18-year-old is serving in the military at that time in a war zone. the fact that this young man had that weapon is essentially what created this scenario where so many students died and their teachers. >> i do want to know you're a veteran and served in iraq.
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you're familiar with these kinds of weapons for sure. the president has called on both parties and he is in this demand entrusting congress to strengthen background checks. and if we are talking about florida, that is something that could have really important because there were so many red flags when it came to the shooter here. do you support the president on that? >> of course. the democrats have always been support much universal background check. the president needs to realize what he did earlier in the year where he signed into law a piece of legislation that actually undermined background checks. especially specifically with people that are mentally ill. so i'm glad he's come and seen you know, seen jesus on the road to damascus, but his own actions earlier in the year do not match that. and also his republican party does not match it. they've always been the bull work against universal background checks. if he wants to work with us,
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we'll gladly do it but he needs to follow with actions and words and not try to placate the politics of what's happening right now. >> you know i have to ask about the harsh words you had for the president over the weekend when he tweeted that the fbi misleads on the parkland shooter because. russia investigation and you respond and said you were such a psychopath, you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. america will regret the day that you were ever born. now, i've seen your other interviews about this and said this tweet to the president it's -- your tweeted response is really about the president tearing this country apart. but when you think about that, do you think your tweet is really constructive? >> i think it's very important for us to shock the american public, especially those that aren't paying attention to what this president is doing. i think it is constructive in that sense that we're not dealing with a normal president. if any president in the past
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would have tweeted this out while there were still young men and women being buried in a mass shooting, the press and politicians in general would have started questioning the sanity of this president or whether he even he's fit for office. somehow we've all gone into the norm that the president can act how he is and we're supposed to accept it's normal. it's not normal. everything the white house is doing is not normal and it is incumbent upon elected officials like me to try to get people to recognize that. >> you think shocking people with a shocking response to a shocking tweet is the -- i mean is that really your feeling that that's really the only way to kind of get attention to your issue? >> no, i think there's actually lots of ways to actually get attention to the issue but at the same time, we can't treat this like normal. the president is not acting responsibly. we -- all have questions about whether or not he's fit for office. what he did was beyond the pale,
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jesus was a man. he was human.
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he was not a white man. he was not a black man. he came from that part of the world that touches africa and asia and europe, and he probably had a brown skin. christianity is not a white man's religion, and don't let anybody ever tell you that it's white or black. christ belongs to all people. he belongs to the whole world. >> evangelist billy graham has died. he was 99 and preached to millions across the world for more than six decades and prayed with every u.s. president since harry truman. president trump tweeting, the great billy graham is dead. there was nobody like him. he will be missed by christians and all religions. a very special man. joining me now is russell moore, the president of the southern baptist ethics and religious liberty commission. thanks so much for joining us. you put out a statement after the news broke, and you said
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that graham turned the world upside down with the gospel. what'd you mean by that? >> well, billy graham preach the good news of jesus christ all around the world. he carried the historic christian message that has been carried down for 2,000 years and emphasized what he constantly would say is peace with god, what it means to be brought just as we are into the presence of god through the blood of jesus christ. that message resonated not only with the millions who came to faith in christ through that message but also with those who didn't believe the gospel but who nonetheless knew that billy graham believed it and respected him for his integrity and for his consistency in preaching that message. >> what did billy graham, the person, mean to you? >> billy graham was a symbol and a sign for me of someone who was not trying to sell anything. he was not someone who was trying to gain personal power. there was no hidden agenda. billy graham was somebody who had been forgiven of his sin
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through the grace of jesus christ and who was consumed with that message so that he wanted to see others come to know the grace of god. when i think of that north carolinian accent of billy graham preaching the message, i often think of the song that would be sung as an invitation at the end of his crusades, just as i am, as your blood was shed for me. wherever he was, whatever the group of people. so that kind of consistency is something that i think we should all aspire to, no matter what our callings are in life. >> he was really the first televangelist. we see that video we played, all the people who would gather to hear him at these crusades. millions would watch on tv. he never built a megachurch though. why? >> no, his calling was as an
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evangelist. he was also very attuned to what was going on technologically. because he had a burden to see all people come to faith in christ, he wanted to reach them wherever they would be listening or viewing. so he pioneered not only city by city these mass crusades, but also television, radio, and later years internet. what he wanted to do was say, where are people? and i want to be there with them, letting them know, yes, you're a sinner, but you're made in the image of god. jesus died for you and god wants peace with you through the gospel. so he was always saying where can i take that message and use whatever means necessary to do so. >> russell moore, thank you so much for joining us as we remember the reverend billy graham. >> thank you. now, coming up in just a few moments, the survivors of the florida school shooting will be holding a rally for action and change to stem gun violence. this all comes ahead of tonight's special live cnn town hall event with students of
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