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majority leader has been pining after. he was heart broken that care mccaskill won the last time. but now republicans are hoping with this 38-year-old that would be the youngest senator that this is the youngest senator. >> what you are saying is still fascinating. he can't tell us apart. i should have done my hair like you today to just really pull this off, but i think that it's good enough. >> it is the best halloween costume ever. >> it's jersey girls. that's what we are. >> you're right. it is our essence actually as jersey girls. >> i want to take that as not quite convincing. all right. thank you very much. and good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." it is halloween, wednesday, october 31st. president trump begins an
ambition campaign blitz today, traveling to eight states, now just six days away. his closing argument to viewers seems to be continuing the divisive rhetoric. the president has ordered thousands of troops to the u.s. border in response to migrants who are roughly 1,000 miles away and chlaimed he can deny entry. >> what i find interesting is all of a sudden some members of the republican party are saying the president is going too far. paul ryan, george conway says the president has it wrong. and the generally trump friendly wall street journal editorial board is trolling the president, selecting the legal advice he's getting on this subject. he could be getting it from michael cohen.
the president and first lady visited pittsburgh yesterday and paid tribute to the jews murdered. six days until the midterms, erol lewis, and ian brenner. we have been talking for days, if not weeks about the president's message here. it has a fear based component to it. paul ryan says no. i think we have paul ryan saying the president is wrong. it is worth hearing how wrong paul ryan says the president is. >> well, you obviously cannot do that. you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. we didn't like it when obama tried changing immigration laws
with an executive order. i'm a believer in following the plain text of the constitution. i think the 14th amendment is pretty clear. >> it is most interesting to me the debate about birthright citizenship. it is fairly clear. six days before the midterms, the house speaker is saying, i don't like where the president is. this doesn't work for me or for us six days before the midterms. >> yeah. it is interesting because it is both substantive i. think there is something that binds a lot of conservatives together. this is their regard for the constitution. but also as a political matter. trump is pulling out his base and running for his own re-election. i think this is what paul ryan is signaling as he exits the stage in part because his district, like many others, have gone in a different direction than where trump wants to take them. it is just not going to be a good seed for the house. this is what they're saying is
that politically this is going to be very, very damaging. trump is turning out his base. he will help some candidates, but there is an enormous consequence for a lot of republicans. >> you often do a good job of channelling what the white house may be thinking or why it would be strategically wise. so the two pillars that the president is going after are, again, calling the media a vile name and calling migrants vile names. what is the thinking? >> just like advertising, 50% of it works, but you don't know 50%. 50% of what trump throws out there is strategic, but he's not sure until it hits. that's kind of what we're seeing around the caravan. that's kind of what we're seeing around the 14th amendment. let's be clear. he didn't bring that up. it's clear that -- >> he took it and ran with it.
>> it didn't feel like from that interview that he was planning on unveiling that yesterday. and certainly the reaction from republicans that we saw almost immediately did not smack of we think this is something that is good to run on, right? if it was strategic, it sort of died on arrival with a lot of help. on a caravan, that's clearly an issue they want to run on. they like fear of immigration. it may be far away, but getting the camera shots of military on the border is something that trump clearly feels he wants to do along with the border wall. but one sad statistic i saw yesterday is that so far over 60% of all the twitter traffic on the caravan has been driven by bots, not by people. which means the coverage we're now giving to it actually has nothing to do with what individual citizens in america actually want. this social media thing is completely broken. it's really problematic for
democracy. they're keeping on it because they could charge as much advertising to a bot. it's not clear yesterday. it's a study that will have to show where they think those bots originally come from. but you cannot promote that as if it is actual news. and that's the problem with bots. >> look, i think that is a known phenomenon to the white house, which is why they have worked to hard so get that message out even in the wake of other developments. the president keeps on returning to it. so far what you have seen from democrats is to just push it away and say we're not going to focus on this. we're going to talk about health care. do you think that is smart? democrats -- how can we say this? sometimes they're not as disciplined. sometimes they worry here and there. sometimes they have a lot of self-doubt. will they put that aside? >> i think trump does a good enough job making it about trump
all by himself. democratic candidates don't have to use that as their closing message. if you look at these candidates, these campaigns out in the field where they are, the conversation is completely different than the one that is happening in washington, d.c. every final closing ad that you see is health care, health care, health care because those are the issues they are going to win on. so we can continue talking about trump and the caravan. they're not going to do that, and that means they're actually relating to real people who are going to turn out in six days. i think the bot thing has a bigger consequence that trump may realize. a vast majority of the people voted for somebody else or sat it out. when he sees these numbers, this conversation, he believes that that has some sort of bearing on his real world popularity, and it doesn't necessarily do that. so this is a strange way to end when trump is not on the ballot. and we know that fear mongering
around immigrants actually turns off the republican suburban women they are counting on to win. i don't see this as a winning strategy. i understand why republicans are frightened of what the president is doing. if nothing else changes in the second six days, democrats get to bring this home on a strong message. >> i sat down yesterday with suburban women, so these all important voting blocks. they were across the political spectrum, and they did not bring up any of these things that the president is talking about. their first thing -- i asked them what the issue is that will be driving them to the polls. they said health care. they are concerned about their family's health care and insurance and they talked about the opoid crisis. >> the caravan is in some ways an extraction. you also care about the aches and pains that your kids have, whether or not you will be able to pay your next dental bill, what you are going to do in this election period for the next round for next year's insurance.
that's real and something people have to deal with every day. on the other hand, having grown up in the suburbs, i don't trust this stuff about suburban women. there are a lot of different interests. you have health care, cultural interests. you have this tax cut. when the numbers came in in 2016, a lot of these folks went exactly where their economic interests led them. i'm not sure there will be a gigantic wave of them who make the difference, but we'll see. >> there doesn't have to be a gigantic wave. it could just be a point or two to be crippling for the republican party. they have been reliable republican voters forever. but we're starting to see, especially with family separation at the border, just the beginning of whittling away from that normally stall worth base, which mean that republicans will be left with just white men, which is not enough. >> part of sitit is a debate ab
the caravan. we've been dying to get you on to talk about what's gone on in the last ten days. the bombs, the shooting, there is the president embracing the phrase nationalism. and you have written, i think, very carefully and sensitively about this subject, about what it means in the world, in the country, and what exactly president trump's role is in it. i wonder if you could talk to that. >> simply the fact that right now momentum is very much globally for the nationals, not for the globalists, not for the open border trade types. we saw that with merkel now stepping down from her party leadership. she's been the most important leader in all of europe for the last 15 years. she is not true north any more. in brazil, the same kind of policies, whether it's on pulling out of the paris climate
trade deal or hitting the chinese, he's on line with trump. so trump has some allies now. what's interesting is that if you put this in the context of the election, there are a few big things to focus on. one is the fact we have a strong economy right now and yet a lot of average americans aren't feeling it. and trump's approval is low in the context of that environment. so you would expect exactly what you are guests have been saying, that we're going to see a bigger swing against the incumbent president's party in the midterms. a lot of enthusiasm in that regard, but for both. we're seeing that nationalism is becoming a bigger driving force in our country and in other countries around the world. i don't think that that means that suddenly liberal democracies are run by a nationalist block. they end up being more interested in their own individual countries. what that means is liberal
democracy as a model is weaker, more fragmented, a country like china that doesn't have to worry about the issues of domestic instability and fighting, and they end up being able to do the long-term strategy, spending the money and having stronger leadership. >> on that note, thank you very much for the great conversation. great to have you all here. now to the other story, more funerals for the victims murdered in their synagogue. we speak with someone who knew these two brothers who were laid to rest yesterday. they're here about the bright light they brought to squirrel hill. >> heart-breaking. ( ♪ )
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hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of brothers killed on saturday. the brothers were fixtures at the synagogue. smiling faces at services every weekend. joining us is the vice president of a pittsburgh nonprofit that worked for cecil and david. good morning, chris. >> good morning. >> we're so sorry for your loss. thank you so much for being with us this morning to tell us about these brothers. we have been really charmed, frankly, by their picture and by their story. can you tell us what it was like at their funeral yesterday?
>> it was a very moving experience. it was absolutely a testament to the love that everyone showed in the community for these two gentlemen. as you said, they were a fixture at the tree of life. they were lifelong members. everyone in the community was there to support them. there was seating for, i understand, about 1,400 people and it was standing room only. people shared just wonderful memories. i had the opportunity to sit in the family section and to hear his cousins talk about their life and for us to talk about what we experienced with them living in one of our community homes. it was just an absolutely moving tribute to these two men. >> so tell us a little bit more about their lives. so they lived in one of their
group or community homes, and i understand that they were inseparable. so tell us about that. >> absolutely. absolutely. they were two of the most kindest, sweetest gentlemen you would ever want to meet. these are the type of people you would want to be your neighbors. every day they were extremely positive, couldn't wait to start the day, ask you about your family, bless you for the day, tell you to have a good day. cecil was starting a job of working two days a week in a family business, and david had a cleaning job. and the two of them were just so bright and positive. and they would go about their day. and when they came home, it was all about, how are you doing? how was your day today? any occasion to have a party, to do anything special for anybody. in fact, one time i can remember, we had just remodelled
the bathrooms in the home where they lived, and they wanted to have a, let's celebrate remodeling of the bathroom party. and they wanted -- there was an open house for the next door neighbor who was remodeling a home to sell, and they were like let's go to the hope house. and they would walk all over squirrel hill saying hello to anyone that they met, asking them how their day was. so many stories about the kindness that that showed other people. that's what they did in their life day in and day out, extremely close to their family. david would call his mother every single day when he got home from work. cecil would call his parents. they would call their sisters. they were just people people. and they were the kind of person you would want as your neighbor, as your friend. they were beloved by anyone.
>> i love this story they would throw a party for everything and that they wanted a bathroom remodeling party. that really says it all. >> you know, it does. it goes to the core of who they are, which is to celebrate life, to find the joy in every moment of every day. and it is just so unfortunate that the faith that they had and the love that they showed for tree of life. cecil was a greeter there, and david was the person who arranged the prayer books and the shawls. so cecil greeted everybody that was there. and they went every single saturday without fail. and on this particular day, they were so excited, they got up early. they couldn't wait to go. oftentimes they got there way before the synagogue was even open because they were so
excited to go there. and, you know, we have mans to pick them up at noon and other plans for the day. and for their lives to end so tragically there in a place they love is so unfortunate. but i will tell you that if cecil and david were here, they would tell you that's where they were supposed to be that day. that's how important the tree of life was to them. >> there is something really haunting and heart wrenching about knowing that cecil as the greeter and that his smiling face was the first one that people would see and that he's probably the person that greeted the gunman that morning. >> that's what we understand. and that is so unfortunate. and we do know from accounts that we have that they did try
to protect david, but his main concern was finding his brother. they were inseparable. to make sure that his brother was okay. and in doing so, we believe that's how he passed. >> just so i understand, you mean that there were people who were trying to keep david from going to cecil when they heard the gunfire? >> my understanding is, yes, there were people that were trying to get david to stay where he was, but his only concern, as is the case of these two inseparable brothers, was to be there for one another. that's always the way it's been. their love is a testament to how we all would aspire to live. >> the nonprofit that worked with these brothers. we are so sorry for your loss. thank you for sharing a portion of their life with us this morning. >> thank you very much. >> if you would like to help the
the clock is ticking. the midterms just six days away. president trump kicks off an eight state campaign blitz today. going to florida tonight, where he hopes to avoid a loss. joining us now cnn political analyst jonathan martin with the political times and josh bloomberg, both cnn political analysts and fine human beings as well. okay human beings as well. jonathan, i want to start with you. the president, we believe, his closing message seems to be on the caravan and the media. fear is a big part of it. is that the republican closing message, though? the president is talking about that. is that where the republicans want to be with six days to go? >> it depends where you are in the country. i think it works in some states that will be determined by whether or not the trump loving
base comes out. but in large s.w.a.areas of the country, that is not the message they want to close with. we can't say this enough, but the house will be decided in a series of more upper income suburban and you are begurban d where this is not affecte. the idea of talking about birthright citizenships is counter productive in and around the biggest cities in this country. and, john, it is no coincidence that if you look at that map you just put up there the president is not going anywhere near the pacific coast. plus, montana. and he's also going nowhere in the northeast. and i think that is very revealing as to his, you know, no go zone, places where he effectively is not wanted. the reason he is not wanted is
because he insists on talking about these issues that the house don't want him to talk about. >> is the president's message working across purposes for many republicans or are they going to be able to ride his coat tails to success? >> i think it is cross purposes. what the president's message is doing is driving a wedge in the country that splits states probably in a republican direction in the senate. if you look at places where he's traveling like missouri. you have a democratic incumbent, indiana. both of them are struggling over issues of the caravan, of birthright citizenship, that sort of thing. but jonathan said he's going nowhere near the coast in places like california, places like suburban minneapolis, northern virginia where a lot of these house races will be decided because that is toxic to the republicans trying to get elected there. trump is a drag on the trikt ra --
ticket rather than a help. >> it's interesting. the democrats really want to talk about health care. you can ask them what color is the sky, and they'll say health care. i'm trying to figure out exactly what the message is on health care. i just want people to see what's going on here. i'm trying to figure out what they are promising. they are talking about health care. they are talking about pre-existing conditions. but other than suggesting that republicans will take away guarantees for pre-existing conditions, josh, are the democrats promising anything beyond that? >> well, i think they are promising to serve as a check on donald trump. i mean, the one issue that has helped democrats all along throughout the trump presidency has been the issue of health care. you go back to republican attempts to dismantle the affordable care act and take away the pre-existing conditions. and we remember that the down hall meetings where furious
constituents and independents were confronting republican elected officials to the point where they basically stopped holding town hall meetings. you flash forward to two months ago. the republican national committee as a poll with the big flashing warning signs saying we are in big trouble on health care because voters believe by and large that we cut taxes and will pay for that by taking away medicare and social security. that's one reason we have seen trump and a lot of republicans come out and say, no, no, no, we're here to protect your pre-existing conditions. i think that's why you see ads trying to remind voters that it is democrating th ins that are up. >> this is josh holly's campaign ad. it also talks about pre-existing conditions. it tries to refute what claire mccaskill is saying.
it does look like health care is what their voters care about. >> the good news for president obama is that democrats are now running on obamacare. it just took them eight years to do it. >> so are republicans. >> exactly. it is bipartisan support for the aca. it is just coming a little bit late. but it does sort of prove something that i have been fascinated by, which is the moment obamacare became less about the care and more about the obama it was going to be more popular and it drained of the political controversy. i think that's what's happened now, where predictably democrats are rallying around the most pop you rar elemeular elements of b. they want to get rid of the stuff that tests poorly.
it does show a bigger argument on the left about what to do about health care. everybody on the left is for protecting folks with those conditions, but the larger question that we will hear in 2020 is how far do we go on health care? >> next week it may be the dog that caught the car. we'll see if they want to do with it. i don't want to let a moment pass that is so unusual. you know how unusual it is. the guy that runs the national republican campaign committee in the house, whose job it is to get republicans elected to the house and re-elected to the house turned on the republican in iowa because he thinks that steve king frankly is too close to white nationalists. he went to europe and ended up meeting with a neo-nazi group in austria. you can read his twitter feed and find out what he said in the past. but he said his recent comments are completely inappropriate.
we must stand up to white supremacy and hate in all forms. he's more or less tieing a guy in his own party to white supremacy. that's a break the likes of which i have not seen. >> steve king tied himself to white supremacsupremacy. he's trying to jump on a grenade and protect his members saying, do you disavow steve king's relationship with nazis and navy sympathizers, which is the last thing they want to have to answer six days before an election? that's what you are seeing with this unprecedented tweet coming out and throwing one of his own members under the bus on an issue as heated and toxic as white supremacy. let me point out one thing. this isn't just a political issue. one of king's big donors came out yesterday and said they are cutting off fund-raising support
for king because of these ties to white supremay. this is an issue that goes beyond politics. i think he recognized that was going to cause real damage, and he's doing everything he can to nip it in the butt. >> and the district is in and around kol bcolumbucolumbus. it is a high education district. he's catching flak in his own re-election. i think he's conscious of that, too. >> great to have you here with us today. thank you very much. all right. shocking video to show you that is landing preschoolteachers in trouble. how a parent found out what is being called this day care fight club. that's next. here we go.
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you can see kids hitting each other as the teacher jumps up and down in excitement. some fights lasting 30 minutes. two teachers were fired, and the incident shown to a hotline. >> i don't know what to make of this. i don't know what to say about this. >> it is plain wrong. >> yeah. >> these are teachers i feel have given up on their mission statement or their job description to somehow keep kids busy. also trending this morning, it appears that kanye west is done with politics. the rapper and designer says he now feels exploited. he is tweeting, my eyes are wide open and i have been used to spread messages i don't believe in. i am distancing myself from politics, end quote. he went on to tweet for common
sense gun laws and for holding people who misuse their power accountable. all right. cue the duck boats. we haven't had a chance to talk about it yet with so much going on. but those are the world champion boston red sox deplaning monday in boston. their victory parade is today. you may have known that the red sox beat the dodgers four games to one to win their fourth world series title. they own more world series titles this century than any other team. >> i love the boston red sox either. >> i like you anyway. >> i love them and i have always loved them. i love their storied history. i love their underdog status. i love boston. i was there in 2004 when they won. i was there in the celebration in the streets. i was in the middle of it all because i was a reporter.
not just like out of voluntarily going. >> i can't manage you going to a party. >> it was cold out. but i love the sox. it doesn't match your glove. >> let me say congratulations to you on your red sox victory. >> thank you very much. late night economicomics ar gearing up. >> the campaigns dominated by fear and just really terrible heart-breaking events. that's why for halloween, instead of decorating my house with witches and goblins, i just hung up newspapers. >> just like you, president trump knows that the midterms are only seven days away. and so to motivate his voters, he's doing something really special. it is what he does best. he's scaring the -- out of his voters. specifically by using brown people. it is like halloween or a racist halloween. or as megyn kelly calls it halloween. >> for those of you who don't know, it is a complicated
concept. if you are born here, you are an american. i guess it's not as complicated as i thought. >> trump wants to do away with that by executive order. it is a bold move because usually when trump makes an executive order, it comes with four biscuits, two cups of mashed potatoes and ten pieces of the kernel's extra crispy fried chicken. >> now i'm hungry. president trump headed to pits to p pittsburgh to pay respects, but other lawmakers did not follow. she thought she would never run again after bone cancer cost her a leg, but she has not missed a step. her story now. >> the lowest point in my life. 19 years old, 85 pounds. i first had some issues with one of my legs when i was 13 years old. when i graduated high school in 1997, those pains were still
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president trump and his family traveled to pittsburgh to pay their respect to a jewish synagogue. local lawmakers and congressional leaders avoided showing with the president. many say the timing was insensitive to those families who had not yet buried their loved one. let's get the bottom line with presidential historian. >> thank you so much. i love being here. >> tell us historically in a moment of crisis, in a moment of national grieving for a president, a u.s. president to go, which is customary, i believe, after something like this, after a mass shooting but to not be met by local officials and lawmakers, is there precedent for that? >> no. local officials were angry. some of them felt that donald trump had helped create an
atmosphere that led to this. you don't usually see in history people saying we don't want to have a president visit. you have to say you have to look at what he did on saturday. this was the worst attack on jewish americans in worship in 200 years. this was a big deal. and he told a joke about his hair, you know. he went ahead with his campaign rally. he pronounced himself a nationalist. and the best explanation of that is he didn't know what he was saying on that sacred day. the worst is nationalist has been used to describe some pretty ugly people in american society. george lincoln rockwell wrote a book called the nationalist perspective. you not only had a president that didn't do what other presidents do in terms of comforting those, but he may have rubbed salt in the wounds. that's why you saw this reaction. >> and his daughter ivanka and
jared talked to him and pushed a different message. he did deliver that in the midst of other things. >> what president would have to be told by his son-in-law and daughter that you didn't do it right. you have to do it differently. most presidents have empathy. the first thing they would have wanted to do was do something that was helpful to the jewish community. right now it feels threatened and hurt. most presidents have a degree of empathy that causes them to react differently. >> you have a book, presidents of war, talking about presidents react in kind to the war and clearly grieving with the nation and bleeding with the nation is part of that. one of the things you have heard critics of the president say is what happens when there is a real crisis? we have had ups and downs in two years, but there hasn't been a war. there hasn't been a giant major terrorist attack 9/11 style, so
it is unknown how this president would behave. >> absolutely. presidents of war or presidents in peace, they need to heal, they need to unit and they need to inspire. the last couple of days, how much will donald trump be able to do that? this is a real problem because half of the president's job is to be not only a tough political leader, but also a head of state that unites this country all the way back to george washington. every other president has done that. when is donald trump going to? >> about that termination natio when i look it up in the dictionary, it says pay tretrio devoting to the country. >> but to jewish americans they know it has been used to exclude jews from the society.
they also know that the word globalist has been used to describe prominent jewish americans. and the president used that too. it is questionable from my point of view on any occasion, but to say that within 24 hours of this terrible tragedy, i don't get it. >> the president seems to want his own definition of those terms. he seems to be creatively thinking about what it means to him. here he is trying to explain it on laura ingram's show. watch this. >> that means i love the country. it means i am fights for the country. i look at two things: globalists and nationalists. i want to take kaur care of our country. i call that being a nationalist. and i don't see any other connotation than that. >> you don't get to make up your own definition of words, number one. >> i'm not sure that that is actually what he intends here. i hope he's not trying to send
dog whistles to some of the ugliest elements of society. but at least in my lifetime, some presidents have been better at comforting people at a time like this. some presidents have not been as good. but i have never been asked that question. was the president trying to send out messages that might insight further acts like this. i hope he wasn't. >> as to the fact that there were no other politicians there with him yesterday when he was there, people have noted that there are the types of events that past presidents have always been invited to welcome where this president is not. the funeral of john mccain. >> the funeral of barbara bush or others. he is a unique figure. it's unusual. i can't think of another precedent for this. on the other hand, with these not so much as this, i do think the president would want to be, i hope he would want to be where there is grief to help heal.
he ran against being part of that club. >> that's fine. but he didn't run against jewish americans who were killed in the synagogue. he should be of the temperament that would cause people to want him there. basically, this is a one trick pony. even if he wanted to be head of state and unit this country, it is just not in his tool box. the result is that he goes to sort of his default position, which you saw on that fox interview, which we just saw a clip of, which is this sort of divide in order to conquer, to get political conflict and pit group against group. it is bad enough in my opinion in normal times, but at a sacred time like this it stands out and shows in my mind where donald trump falls. >> your book again is "presidents of war." thank you very much for sharing all of your historical database. >> thank you both. nice to see you.
president trump will visit eight states, 11 rallies, 6 days and his closing arguments is clear. it is one of fear, attempt to drive up the republican turnout with hard line rhetoric on immigration. dire warnings of what may happen with democrats take over. >> it is a hard turn after the president's somber visit yesterday to pittsburgh where three more victims will be buried today. let's go to the white house. abbie phillips joins us this morning. we're watching pittsburgh and thinking of everyone there. more funerals today. as for the president, the language this morning, it is all about the midterms. six days away. 11 rallies and the strategy is pretty clear right now. >> yeah. the president is pivoting pretty dramatically back to the midterm cycle, heading out to florida for the first of 11 rallies he will hold between now and election day and based on the president's travel, you can see him going to