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hello again, and thank you so much for joining me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin this hour with breaking news in the aftermath of a shooting at an art festival in new jersey. 22 people injured. 17 o them had gunshot injuries. four are in critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy. a prosecutor said one suspect was killed after being confronted by a police officer and another suspect was taken into custody. police say the gunfire sparked chaos and fear. >> shots were fired and a couple people got shot. i don't know if they got the shooter or what, but it's pretty nuts. so it's a shame because they try to do something nice here and then people have to ruin it. >> all of a sudden inside the doorway, about ten shots went off, like pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.
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and everybody started running. you could feel the shots. i was that close to every shot. i could feel the repercussions or whatever you call it. >> cnn's brynn g ing ras is here. what can y tell us? >> people were here, artists and festival goers alike. people in this area basically say this was a place where it was safe. it's not plagued by gun violence, which unfortunately this area of new jersey often is. and then, of course, what happened last night. we know that again about 2:45 in the morning, gunshots rang out just in that building behind me. that's where the art festival was. about a thousand people were in attendance, so you can imagine the chaos that ensued. about 17 people, or rather 17 people exactly, we're told by authorities, were hit by gunfire
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and taken to the hospital. one of those a 13-year-old boy, according to the prosecutor, is in critical condition. really, it's just senseless. that's how the governor is describing it, a senseless gun tragedy. we know as far as the suspects are concerned, a 33-year-old man was shot by police. that's why a homicide task force are the lead investigators on this. but the atf is also involved because they found a number of guns here at the scene. we also know a second suspect is in custody thoer, though we donw his affiliation with guthe ongu who was killed, and we don't know their names at all. it seems there was some neighborhood dispute in this area that sort of went over into is art festival. they heard what they thought was fireworks because it was such rapid fire and then of course learned it was gunfire during this event which, again, is
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supposed to be safe. fred? >> brynn, please keep us posted. roger stone, a long-time adviser to president trump, met with a russian who offered damaging information about hillary clinton in exchange for a $2 million payment. that's according to stone and the trump campaign official michael caputo both confirm that go with this is about a meeting two years ago. a letter to the house intelligence committee obtained by cnn says caputo was the one who arranged the meeting fwebetn stone and a man who called himself henry greenberg. neither caputo nor stone disclosed themselves to congressional leaders, and they say they believe the meeting was part of a larger effort to try to set up the trump campaign. white house correspondent boris sanchez joining me right now. boris, what are we hearing from the white house? >> hey there, freddy. i contacted a number of white house officials about this asking whether president trump was made aware of this admission
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by roger stone that he met with this russian official back in 2016. i have yet to get a response. we should point out that both roger stone and michael caputo have been asked dozens of times whether they actually met with any russian nationals during the campaign, both of them denying it vociferously at times. however, it appears that robert mueller apparently jogged their memory, michael caputo acknowledging he had completely forgotten this meeting until efhe was presented with text messages during a meeting with the special counsel that he exchanged with roger stone after this meeting wrapped up. roger stone said he had rgotten thisting until michael caputo reminded him. he said this meeting was so ludicrous he had forgotten about it. now both men are claiming they believe henry greenberg was an fbi informant who was sent to essentially entrap them in order to help someone at the department of justice, apparently, infiltrate the trump campaign. rudy giuliani, the president's
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attorney, weighed in on this this morning on cnn, saying that he didn't totally agree with the idea that henry greenberg was an fbi informant and he called him a strange person. listen to this. >> the most extraordinary thing is on some document he described himself as an informant. every informant i ever had tried to keep that secret. you don't say, oh, i'm an informant, i can come to the united states. it sounds like a very strange guy. was he an fbi informant or not? well, we know from the probe by the inspector general that the fbi at the highest levels here were doing very, very unorthodox things, if not out and out illegal and unethical. so would they be using a guy like this? i doubt it, because you don't just say you're an informant. >> so giuliani disagreeing with stone and caputo there, but he did agree with stone on the idea that president trump was never aware of this meeting.
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he said he did not believe that stone told trump. one final note, fred. greenberg denied publicly that he was working for the fbi when he met with roger stone. he says his work as an fbi informant ended back in 2014. fred? >> all right, boris sanchez, thank y much. here with me now, cnn political commentators john thomas and david jacobson and ken cuccinelli. ken, i'll begin with you because it appears there could be different explanations of what's behind this. giuliani takes the chance to discredit whether rudy giuliani could be an informant. roger stone andhael caputo say this is evidence that the federal government was out to get this campaign early on. how do you see this? >> well, first of all, as between these players, rudy giuliani, while he's been pushing hard on the rhetorical envelope lately, has actual experience that roger stone
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doesn't have, and i would agree with him as a former attorney general. it is a pretty uncommon thing to see people bragging about being an informant. that is not common behavior. so it does make -- it's a head scratcher more than anything in terms of what might be going on here. i think it confuses things substantially, and like i said, i think rudy giuliani's perspective on this is a lot more credible than, say, roger stone, just given his experience. >> so then, john, what do you see behind roger stone or michael caputo then willingly sharing with the "washington post" and confirming it with cnn after being interviewed by the special counsel, that yes, this henry greenberg, a russian, did meet with roger stone. nothing came of it in terms of no transaction for information. what's with the willingness to reveal this? >> i think it's because roger stone must believe that it's so laughable that this guy had real intel. i mean, just like giuliani was
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saying, if you're an informant, you don't say you're an informant -- >> why didn't he remember it during the congressional investigation? >> just like a campaign operative, we meet with all the time who say they have intel. i'm sure roger took lots of meetings like that, 99.9% of them which never panned out -- >> from russians about dirt on hillary clinton. >> well, his name was henry greenberg. it doesn't sound like a russian operative. stone did a dossier dump on this guy, and it turns out he said he's been an informant for russia, north korea, iran. he is an illegal resident. he was supposed to be deported but apparently the fbi allowed him to stay in the u.s. there is a lot of shadey things going on. at the end of the day, i don't think roger stone was paid a dollar. he was a friend of donald trump. nothing came of this, and it's another weird moment, but i'm not sure there is any "there"
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there. >> david, how do you see this information, how the trump campaign or trump supporters might use this to help show, see, look, the feds were out to get him and this dates back two years ago with this meeting with this potential fbi informant? >> i just don't thing there is any evidence underscoring the fact this guyeally was an informant for the fbi. and i think this is actually reflective of the meeting that trump jr. got, the trump tower meeting, where in exchange for russian dirt, they took the meeting in trump tower. this is essentially that. you had roger stone who per had no formal role in the campaign, but there is no doubt he talked to donald trump regularly. he bragged about it all the time. he was essentially an adviser to the president even before the campaign, right? >> they knew each other well. >> yeah, they did know each other well. i think the fbi and robert mueller had no comment on the matter, but if, in fact,
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greenberg was an informant for the fbi, this will be the second time that there was a spy or an informant, whateverou want to call it, informant related in the trump campaign sent by the feds. >> so, ken, is this advantageous for trump, his supporters, the campaign or does this underscore that people are not telling the truth? at first stone and others were asked about meeting with russians and then they didn't, and now an admission, they did. >> yeah, i actually don't think this one moves the needle in either direction, especially here we are talking about it just a matter of days. you can still measure in hours since the ig report came out, which is chock full of new information and material that does show -- forget the russians, it shows fbi agents and lawyers at the fbi who had a very strong ax to grind and there was lots of evidence of political bias. this pales in comparison, just
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pales. i think the earlier description of it is just one more weird event might actually be put in its proper context. it's just not very significant. >> this is the dialogue between two, their relations and how they were talking -- >> there were three other fbi folks who haven't gotten a lot of news coverage. >> in terms of -- >> that's the most famous tweet as between two of them, you're right. but they literally -- this ig had to create separate sections of his report because there were so many messages from these five different fbi agents and employees, and that didn't go into the other employees who were responding to some of them. they literally created three different categories to cover all of these. in the news you've only seen a smalfraction of them, including the one you just referenced, we'll stop him kind of a language. it's hard to not conclude that
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that person can't be objective for the remainder of both investigations, hillary's in barely what was a week old, the trump investigation. >> we'll leave it there. good to see you all. thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up, the first lady now speaking out about the immigration crisis, saying she hates to see children separated from their parents at the border, so why isn't her husband stopping it? we'll discuss. plus, an undocumented woman living in the united states says she fears what will happen to her if she's deported back to her country. her story straight ahead. how do you win at business? stay at laquinta. where we're changing with contemporary make-overs. then, use the ultimate power handshake, the upper hander with a double palm grab. who has the upper hand now? start winning today. book now at
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i'm fredricka whitfield. right now a protest in texas pleading with the president of the united states to end forced separation of immigrant children and their parents. people gathering at immigration facilities standing against the white house's zero tolerance policies. nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents in a six-week span. president trump says he hates what's happening and falsely blames democrats saying his hands are tied. first lady melania trump weighed in a short time ago. her spokeswoman telling cnn, quote, mrs. trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. she believes we need to be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart. cnn correspondent diane gallagher is with lawmakers who just toured a facility in texas, so diane, what was seen? >> yeah, and fred, at this point right now, you actually have the
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lawmakers who are inside the facility behind me touring at this point. they brought the press in by themselves earlier. i actually walked out of this holding facility, this processing center. it's called a centralized processing center in the rio grande valley. they deal with an issue of the highest volume of individuals. you can probably hear the protests going on around me. i'm going to kind of show a little bit of that as we talk about it. we couldn't bring cameras in, they say, for privacy reasons. we couldn't bring phones. we brought in ours to take notes. most of the people are family units or they have a lot of unaccompanied minors in there right now. so perhaps why they took us on this guided tour, fred, is because this is not where the separation is happening behind those doors. we saw plenty of mothers with their children, we saw fathers with their children, we saw
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unaccompanied minors with themselves. they're in these units. it's a warehouse and you can imagine it's got a concrete floor, about 12-foot cage-like facilities, these holding centers, and they separate them by adult gender. children who are there with their families get to stay either with their mother or their father. those who are unaccompanied are all together and the older teenage boys seem to be separated out. the younger kids all together, kind of. this is not what we talk about when we talk about the separation. that happens once they leave this facility. perhaps that's why we took this tour to see this because we did see those families together. we were only allowed to speak tie couple of them. i spoke to one woman. she said she had come here from guatemala. she had been here for four days. she had her one-year-old daughter with her. she left her son back in guatemala. she was only 24 years old and she started crying when she was talking to me, fred. she said she had been separated
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from the people she came across the border with. she didn't know where they were. she was scared. and she didn't know ws going to. we talked to the border patrol agents in here. because of this zero tolerance policy, that means every adult in there, with the exception of very few, is going to be prosecuted for the crime of entering the country illegally. and so these parents will eventually, at least for the most part, be sed from their children to continue with that prosecution. that happens with the orr, that happens with hhs. we asked many questions about the separation in that facility. they continue to say you will see families inside our facility. that's not something -- you have to talk to i.c.e., you have to talk to orr. one boy from guatemala told me he was doing great, it was better than what he had experienced. he had been inside this facility for three days. ai it's a temporary holding facility in here until the next
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step. we didn't see teenage girls in here, and that's something we asked about, where those teenage girls are being held, where the girls in general are being held. he didn't have an answer for us and kind of moved on to another question there. he seemed in support of the zero tolerance policy, to be honest, fred. he said they had to do something to deter the illegal crossings, they had to do something to deter crime, that there was no deterrent. he mentioned catch and release was not a deterrent. and one of the agents said, look, this is just a result of breaking the law and coming to this country illegally. another one i spoke to, an assistant chief, said she is a mother. she hates to think she's in here ripping people from their parents. that's not what she's doing. she's making sure while they're in this particular facility they are with their families. they have food, they have water all day. we did see that everywhere. there are diapers, there are mattresses on the ground, but fred, this is a very temporary facility. this is not where these kids will stay or end up once they are separated from their
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families because of this zero tolerance prosecution. so yeah, inside there, it looks like a holding center. there are men who are laid in these smaller cells all lining the ground. it basically looks like a carpet of human bs with blankets over them laying across the floor just body to body, shoulder to shoulder. but in the family facilities, they are much larger cages, if you will, 12-foot cages up there where children are running around and playing. they have g-rated disney movies they can watch. they're with their parents, but what happens after they leave this processing center? that's why they are out here, that's why the protesters are here saying what happens next is criminal, they believe. the government says in their mind, if you commit a crime, you don't get to take your children with you to jail, you shouldn't be able to take your children with you once you're prosecuted for being undocumented. >> quite the process here. thank you so much. here with me now john thomas and
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dave jacobson, political commentators. hearing the point of view of what it looks like in there, people in cages. that's pretty tough to defend, dave. >> it's barbaric. it's unamerican, i said this yesterday, but increasingly donald trump is turning this nation into nazi germany and turning these into concentration camps. it is deplorable, it's abhorrent and it is horrifying. it's totally against our american values. >> so john, how does the president defend that visual? how does the first lady who has now spoken out for the first time by way of her spokesperson who says she hates to see children separated from their parents is hoping both sides can come together and enforce the laws with heart. but then when you hear the descriptions like that from diane gallagher's point of view as well as other people who have been in these facilities who are saying people are lining the floors like carpets, and people are being held in cages,
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families, separated. >> melania is clearly throwing her political capital in to help it move and get a deal done in congress. >> how is she moving the needle? >> she's a very popular figure. >> she said the same thing her husband said, though. >> right, and her husband is saying, let's make a deal, letl. congress is going to be to blame if they can't get a deal through. trump is saying i'm willing to sign an immigration deal but it's not just dealing with these children. >> but it's the president's policy or practice, zero tolerance practice, that was put into place april and may, and so the president has the power to either undo that or reframe it, make it more humane, because that is the overall complaint from so many, that it's inhumane, it's unamerican is the terminology we're hearing so many use. >> right, so that's true in a sense, but remember, donald trump has to stop -- has to create deterrence to reduce illegal immigration. prior to the last 10 years, illegal immigration was largely
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males seeking economic prosperity. that was it. and then illegal immigrants learned that if they bring over families through the catch and release policy that they can kind of skirt o laws. when trump first took office, there was almost a complete shutdown of illegal border crossing. but once illegal immigrants started to realize, hey, trump isn't getting his wall, they're starting to creep up. so trump has to serve things as deterrents. i think what they may do in the meantime is expand these family detention centers so at least while these things are getting sorted out -- the other nuance not being told here is if you cross the border for the first time, it's a misdemeanor. if you're reentering for the second time, third time or fourth time, it becomes a felony. if it's a misdemeanor, you're reunited. >> but the children are being separated from their parents whether it's a misdemeanor or not. >> that's happening within a day
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or two on the misdemeanor side, they're reunited. >> so david, they talk about a deterrence, but the deterrence is not happening for these families that are fleeing. they are fleeing for their lives. some are seeking asylum. if you are that desperate, if you are that fearful for your life, wherever you are, whether you're in central america or it's in mexico and you're making your way north, the deterrents that you or others are speaking of, this is not changing the circumstance that they are fleeing because they see that the risk is not that great compared to the risk of staying where they are. >> right. at home they've got rape, they've got death, they've got murder. and here they're facing torture, right? their children are facing torture. >> hold on, i've got a two-year-old. >> if you're a mother a you're being separated from them, that's pretty torturous. >> i've got a two-year-old at
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home. what if you are separated like that? that is torture for a two-year-old. >> who is looking out for your kid? >> these children being separated are essentially ripping torture. >> they could have gone to mexico, the closest country to them, and sought refuge or gone to a station and done this properly to seek asylum. >> but is this issue one of politics or is it one of humanity? we're talking about the circumstance of separating families. we know that, you know, there are people who are going to make their way to the border. the issue of immigration is another. but this right here is not solely an issue of immigration or of politics, is it? is it one of humanity? >> i honestly think it's both and i think it's a complicated challenge. for donald trump, while he and his wife clearly want to get to a solution on this, donald trump is concerned about people like kate steinle who are murdered
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and purposely separated from their families. he has to solve the immigration policy that we have to american citizens are protected. he's trying to get that together. that's what we're doing next week, and i'm encouraged w having this discussion because it puts pressure on congress to do something. >> two separate things. separating children is immoral. it goes against economic values. if he wants to get an immigration deal done, that's one thing. separating families, that's totally different. >> they're looking to solve both of these next week with a potential bill. let's get it both done. >> the president does have the power to address this one more immediately while working on other things long term. >> i think the challenge is when you say we'll do catch and release, that encourages more illegal immigration, more families across the border. >> thank you both for your input. i really appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un are scheduled to speak by phone today after the president told reporters last week that he had given a direct phone number to the north korean dictator. meanwhile, trump continues to defend his summit with kim amid criticism the u.s. didn't get much return. joining me right now is daily beast columnist gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown: north korea takes on the world." if and when there is a phone call, what would you hope they would talk about? how should the president handle a phone call? >> this is just anothnterim
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step. what's really important here, fred, is that the united states preserves the nuclear non-proliferation regime, promotes stability in the region and disarms north korea. i hope we get there, but the president doesn't deserve praise for a phone call. and i don't know, really, what he can say to kim that he didn't say during the june 12 summit. the important point is i think the negotiations, as secretary of state pompeo and others are conducting with their north korean counterparts because that's where the real work will get done. >> reportedly south korea's presidential house, known as the blue house, told cnn they actually welcomed today's planned call. about this direct line, and this was the statement coming at it saying it was a symbolic event for progress about that direct line that president trump gave kim. how are you hoping that will be utilized? >> well, i think that if there are tough spots in the negotiations, which i think that there will be for a number of reasons, then i do hope that the
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two leaders talk and are able to sort things out. we're probably not there yet because the summit was just june 12th. so if they develop a good bond, that's great, but one of the things that's important in all of this is that, you know, we as americans think that if we show friendliness that the other side will reciprocate. but kim is in a system where he's not necessarily free to reciprocate what he may feel personally. he may love donald trump, i don't know, but the point is that he is bound by the restrictions in the kim system. so i don't think it really helps that much to have a great personal relationship. what helps is if kim understands that he has no choice but to disarm. >> gordon chang, thank you so much. good to see you. thks, fred. all this week on cnn, we'll be profiling champions for change. i'll bring you one story that is really important to me, using equine therapy to help people with mental and physical
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"champions for change" gave us an opportunity to highlight issues that are important to us. and for those of us who believe deeply in the power of horses, words aren't enough to explain what happens when bridled, and i'm talking about the horse and the rider. it's why equine-assisted therapy is now helping people with mental and physical chales, including military vets fighting ptsd. >> i was in the navy for a year and eight months. i discharged in 2006. >> what was it like for you when you got out of the navy? >> it was rough. >> what do you mean? >> you go from a very structured timetable of everything, when you're doing what, and i was like, okay, now what? i was just in a rough spot. it was major depression,
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anxiety, ptsd from my dad passing away. >> stacy edwards has opened her barn and her heart here at special equestrians of georgia to help as many vets as possible for free. >> it's such aong road, i think, for anybody, but for the veterans who are already dealing with life issues, then post-traumatic stress, then trying to have a family. you know, there are so many things that we just as humans have to deal with. hold tight. >> in 12 years of offering horse therapy here, she has yet to break even in operating costs but says she can't afford to not do this. >> with ptsd you can't get out of your head. getting out of your head is therapeutic in itself. it's amazing to watch horses connect with people who have stuff going on, butor veterans in particular, it's a big, powerful animal that seems to
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understand them. >> has it made a difference in your life? >> it's pretty much saved my life going from a very dark place, not having a lot of people to talk to or people i was comfortable talking to about all the issues i had. for me it was just wanting to run from everything, which i did for a long time. a lot of suicidal thoughts, and i still battle with them. i still battle with a lot of anxiety, but there's an outlet for all that now. >> it really hits home with me because my dad is a military vet. and my brother is a military vet. my dad was a tuskogee airman. he served in world war ii, korean war, army and later the air force. he would also be an olympian representing the usa, representing the armed forces. most of his years he did not talk about his military service. and about five years before his
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passing did we as a family even know that he had been struggling with ptsd. learning of his diagnosis and not knowing of the signs and not knowing that he may have been struggling with this all these years also kind of adds to the agony of what it is for so many military vets, that many are suffering in silence. like the markings on a horse, there are so many unique ways these massive magical creatures touch our lives. i've loved them from early on, even volunteering as a teen at rock creek horse center in washington, d.c. >> you did good, girl. >> i think when i came here it was really for selfish reasons that i would get a chance to be around horses. but at the same time what i ended up seeing here was that there was this beautiful therapeutic riding program. i would see how transformational it would be when you would have
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riders who had down's syndrome, who had neurological, who had spinal issues. >> i have cerebral palsy. i realize with horseback riding, the horses don't judge you about who you are. they judge you on your success, they judge you on your feelings, they want to help you. >> everyone is looking for new outlets in which to address things they have encountered, whether in combat or in training. the technique of equine therapy has advanced so much that challenges are just being tackled differently today. i mean, you are changing people's lives. >> i hope so. i like to help however i can. i think our most population are
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tonight on cnn, w. kamau bell is back with an all new
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episode of united shades of america, and this week kamau heads to mobile, alabama to retrace his family roots and unmask some myths of the south. take a listen. >> can you explain mobile to me? >> no. >> that's how i feel about mobile too sometimes. people outside of the south think that all the south is the same. like they think south carolina, mobile, alabama there's no difference. >> no. the way people talk is the biggest difference i'd say. >> what's the difference in how they talk? >> well, it's really redneck country. >> okay. all right. >> and here it's kind of -- i don't know how to say this without -- >> say it. just say it. >> kind of uppity country. >> uppity country. i like that. >> you know what that means. >> i know what you mean. i think that's soirntding because i think people outside of here would not realize there's lowbrow country and now what you call uppity country. >> there's a big difference. >> i will say that i've had the best bowl of shrimp and grits in
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mobile. >> was it near here? >> yes. right down the street at mama's. >> okay. all right. you ain't say nothing but a word. i'll see you all later. you guys do rock paper scissors for who hosts the show. excuse me, i've got to get some shrimp and grits. >> next time i'm in mobile, alabama i'm going to mama's. the host of "united shades of america" w. kamau bell joins me right now. and happy father's day. >> thank you, thank you. i've got my kids with me right now. they're just locked away sow can't hear them. >> i'm thinking you're this bay city cali guy. your roots are in mobile, alabama. you decide to return to your roots there and spend some time with your dad. happy father's day to him too. so what was that journey like? >> i mean, i was not born in mobile but i've been going there ever since i was a kid. so as much as pooebl people know me as being from the bay area, i also lived in chicago as i tauxd about on the show. i've lived all over the country. i could run for president.
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but i just thought it was important to go back to -- as people talk about the division of the country and how 9 south and people outside of the south are condescending to the south all the time i wanted to show my version of the south and that's mobile, alabama. >> i love it. what do you think we're going to discover by way of your journey? >> you know, it's interesting. as happens with united shades, when things are happening in the news, somehow they relate to the show. as jeff sessions puts a black eye on alabama and christianity, my dad, who's an alabama christian-s a very open guy, a very inclusive guy, a very intellectual guy. and also believes in things people believe all around the country and knows what's going on. so it's just a way to say we often condescend to the south as being ignorant and it was really important to me to show that's not the case, that there's diversity in the south. >> and your dad was the insurance commissioner for alabama, which made him the highest-ranking african-american in the state of alabama and in your peaiece, in your show you show he's rubbed shoulders with a lot of people.
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high-ranking people. condoleezza rice and colin powell right there. but did you appreciate, understand that as a kid? or did this recent reconnection with your dad kind of open your eyes about the challenges that he faced, how he also tried to influence others along the way? >> well, the interesting thing about my dad is i've been going to alabama my whole life. he's lived there my whole life and i've been going there my whole life but i've seen my dad move up the ranks from a guy who was basically what we call unemployed sitting on the couch to a guy who's suddenly rubbing shoulders with barack obama. watching my dad do that gave me the inspiration to do what i've done in my career, which is like start from very sort of humble beginnings when nobody believed in what i could do except for my parents and move my way up to talking to fredricka whitfield on cnn. >> well, we're both paying homage to our dads today. my dad passed away, but you saw in the last piece, you know, how he inspired some of my thoughts, and i'd love to see how your dad continues to inspire your
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thoughts and the blaze that you continue to trail, w. kamau bell. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. be sure to tune in. an all new episode of "united shades of america" airs tonight at 10:00 only on cnn. coming um, roger stone reve a previously undisclosed meeting with a russian national in 2016. this one months before the fbi opened an investigation into a dnc hack. so why are we finding out about all of this now, two years later? ancestrydna told my dad he comes from the southern coast of ireland. i think it's why we've been doing this...forever. my dad has roots in the mountains of northern mexico. home to the strongest runners in the universe.
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hello again, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta this sunday. i want to take you straight to the border of texas and mexico, mcallen, texas where a group of lawmakers are talking there now after having toured a facility where families are being separated after crossing the border. let's listen in. >> we're going to continue to press for that. part of the reason we're here today is to help raise awareness all across the country so that people will demand that this family separation practice end once and for all and that we do everything that we can to make sure the american people understand what's happening. because this is being done in our names, in the names of the american people, and i think most people when they hear this are horrified and do not want it to be done in their names. >> not in our name. and this is leah, who has been given permission to speak. i


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