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project" tomorrow night 9:00 eastern and pacific only on cnn. ♪ hello again, everyone. thank you for being with me. i'm frederica whitfield. in politics, especially on the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue, it is all about south carolina today for the 2020 democratic hopefuls. many of the candidates are spending the day in the crucial state, hoping to win over voters. up first on the agenda there, protest and worker strikes advocating for increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. you can see senator corey book err and b err -- booker and bet owe o'rourke and mayor butte jiigie joined a march. let's check in with cnn's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. you know this is extremely important. south carolina is a very pivotal primary state, but what are the
messages that these candidates are likely to deliver today? >> well, frederica, we certainly are hearing a lot of economic messages from the democratic presidential candidates. as you said, four of them will appear here before a town hall meeting this afternoon at the black economic alliance, and we are also seeing most of those democratic presidential candidates joining ongoing strikes, pushing for a $15 minimum wage. this has been happening across the country. senator bernie sanders last week in cedar rapids, iowa, senator kamala harris yesterday in las vegas, and here today senator co co cory booker standing outside a mcdonald's here in charleston with this message. >> i want to just say that this is an organization, an organizing effort that has to grow. you can't sit on the sidelines and watch what's happening. injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. this is one of those moral moments where we want to know where you stand.
>> reporter: beto o'rourke joining the protest here earlier today, so an economic message certainly something they're doing. but first and foremost they are trying to introduce themselves, to distinguish themselves to voters, particularly in the early voting states. south carolina is among those. the primary is not until the end of next february, but it is going to be a critical stop before this primary goes really across the country, that big super tuesday race, of course. joe biden in the front-runner nationally. he is the front-runner here in south carolina as well. but, when you talk to voters they say it feels like a wide open race to them, so particularly the candidates not as well-known or trying to get known, that's why they're campaigning all weekend long at events like this and others. so certainly a moment, summertime swing of campaigning here particularly for the candidates that are not that well-known to the democratic voters here, fred. but next weekend here in south carolina every single one of the
democrats is back in the state, all will be appearing at the democratic convention here in south carolina. fred. >> all right. jeff zeleny, thank you so much. appreciate it. let's talk more about all of this. white house reporter for "the washington post", sun young kim and white house reporter for the "wall street journal" vivian salama. good to see you both. vivian, you first. what do the candidates who were there in south carolina this weekend need to do to try to best secure the black vote? because black voters make up a very sizeable portion of the electorate in that state. >> essentially they're all going to have to be talking about racial inequality and income inequality. these are two issues, like jeff said, economic messages that are very important to black vote ofs to try to balance things out. of course, there's also the ultimate counter message to what president trump has put out there, that a lot of black voters felt neglected bring the
current administration and they feel it is time to really focus on those community issues like homeownership, employment rates, those kind of things. they really will be the targeted message that really many voters are going to respond to there in south carolina. >> sung, you know, cnn's jam tapper actually spoke with mayor buttigieg and he took issue with senator kamala harris. she spent a lot of time in south carolina, she won't be there for the forum this weekend, but buttigieg took issue with some of her comments about her doj should she win the presidency would prosecute trump if indeed she has the opportunity to be in the white house. listen. >> your fellow 2020 democrat, your opponent, senator kamala harris, said this week if she is elected president her justice department would have no choice but to go forward with obstruction of justice charges against president trump. would the justice department under a president buttigieg feel the same way, do the same thing?
>> my justice department will be empowered to reach its own conclusions. two things are true and clear. one, nobody is above the law, and, two, the prosecutorial process should have nothing to do with politics. the less this has to do with the president, the better. right now we have a president who seems to think that the president can just dictate what the doj is going to do, call for political opponents to be jailed. i believe that the rule of law will catch up to this president. it doesn't require the oval office putting any kind of thumb on the scale. i trust the doj to reach the right determinations, at least the doj that i would appoint and set up, and the less that has to do with directives coming out of the white house the better. >> it sounds like you have an issue with senator kamala harris saying that. >> i'm just speaking to how i view the issue. but, again, i think we can maintain these two principles, that nobody is above the law and that prosecution decisions should have nothing to do with politics and should come from the doj itself, not from the oval.
former fbi director james comey tweeted on this same issue saying, a political candidates and elected officials should not talk about the future prosecution of any individual. law enforcement decisions must be apolitical. so, sung min, you know, kamala harris, you know, touts her prosecutorial background and she would help to lead by living by the letter of the law. was that out of bounds to talk like that? >> well, i think what it shows is that a lot of candidates do have to tread a little bit carefully when dealing with this issue because we've seen how this president, president trump, has viewed the justice department and his attorney general. one of the main reasons he has such a fraught relationship with his first attorney general, jeff sessions, is he felt he wasn't his own personal lawyer. he saw perhaps the attorney general, the justice department as kind of being an extension of his own legal team, when clearly in this country that is not the case. i think what pete buttigieg,
what you saw earlier obviously expressing his ono pinion, but he is right now at a stage in the campaign where he is starting to contrast himself more with other candidates and it was another part of that. he gave a pretty high-profile foreign policy speech earlier this week where he laid out a not-so-subtle contrast with former vice president joe biden where he said on a lot of matters of foreign policy the democratic party cannot look backward but towards the future. i think once as the democratic race continues, and particularly ahead of the debates, you will see a lot more of this compare and contrasting, particularly with these lower-tiered candidates against vice president biden and the other front-runners in the campaign. >> with these 22 democratic candidates it is the race to stand out. right now according to recent polling, you know, it is senator elizabeth warren who is nipping at the heels of second place senator bernie sanders two weeks ahead of the two-night democratic debate.
vivian, on the first night, warren, senator warren is in a line-up with senators cory booker, amy klobuchar. how much could the first debate really shake up the democratic field and each candidate's standing? >> well, obviously just the way it is divided it is going to give certain candidates the opportunity to stand out. elizabeth warren being one of the more high-profile candidates, obviously she already has the national platform so it is not so much she needs to stand out as of as she needs to define some of her policy proposals and she has been working hard to do it in recent weeks, rolling out a number of different policy proposals from taxing the ultra wealthy to offering universal child care to breaking up some of the big tech firms. those are a number of the things that elizabeth warren has really tried to focus on, and she -- as we were talking about with south carolina, she's really been focused a lot on income inequality and racial inequality as well. so some of those things are really going to help her
continue that climb and ultimately her target right now, not so much joe biden who is the leading candidate so far, but probably bernie sanders who is right ahead of her in many of the polls. a lot of their policies tend to be pretty close to each other, but that debate ultimately is going to determine -- is going to boil down to how much these candidates can really get voters to understand what their policy proposals are and to stay away from the very tempting issue of basically attacking president trump. president trump, especially in the months ahead, is going to start lobbing grenades at a lot of the candidates, and it is going to be really interesting to see which -- who among them can stay focused on their message and steer away from the temptation to just go after him. >> all right. vivian salama, sung min kim, good to see you both, ladies. appreciate it. of course, you can see the entire interview of pete buttigieg tomorrow on "state of the union." jake tapper also talks with beto
o'rourke. it starts tomorrow morning 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. a this crowded democratic field of candidates fight for attention, good news. senator warren is seeing a boost in the polls. in this one-month nevada poll warren jumped sanders and holds second place. cnn correspondent mj lee has a look at what could be behind this shift. >> dream big! dream big! >> reporter: nearly 100 town hall meetings, thousands of selfies and a whole lot of plans. elizabeth warren is riding high into the summer on fresh momentum and energy. poll after poll shows warren climbing, within striking distance of senator bernie sanders for second place nationally. neck in neck in iowa and ahead of sanders in nevada. >> this isn't about polls. it is way too early to be talking about that, but it is about ideas. it is about talking with people
about what is broken in our country. >> reporter: in an historically-crowded democratic contest for president, warren has bet big from day one on policy. >> and i got a plan for that. >> reporter: she has released more than 20 plans just this year on everything from breaking up big tech -- >> they collect information on every buyer and seller who comes through. >> reporter: to student loan debt cancellation and universal child care. >> what it means to talk about student loan debt cancellation. universal child care and a real investment in early learning for zero to five. >> reporter: her idea's-heavy strategy is clearly resonating with some democratic voters. >> i'm excited she knows what she is doing, has experience and has a specific plan for how to change the world. >> she is able to articulate many of the issues that are facing us and, more importantly, she has -- seems to have a workable plan to address these issues. >> reporter: warren has also committed to building a
grassroots campaign. she is refusing to hold high dollar fundraisers during the primaries. >> and i'm not smooching up to any billionaires, hoping that they will fund super pacs on my behalf. >> reporter: and, instead, trying to win over supporters one at a time. >> hig, matt. this is elizabeth warren. >> reporter: warren has been a leading voice in the 2020 field calling for impeachment proceedings against president trump after the release of special counsel robert mueller's report. >> this is not about politics. this is about principle. >> reporter: warren faces stiff competition from former vice president joe biden, who has consistently led in the polls. how do you appeal to more moderate voters who might be more inclined to support a joe biden at this point? >> the way i see it, it is talking about where things have gone wrong. how long before donald trump came along we had a government that was working better and better for those at the top. now, the trump administration,
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♪ hi, welcome back. white house officials are now admitting the president handled questions on the election interference, quote, poorly. according to the source, there is frustration inside the white house over the president's recent interview with abc news. that cnn source says the clips in which the president says he would accept dirt on political opponents from foreign governments have, quote, been tough. >> your campaign this time around, if foreigners, russia or china or someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or call the fbi? >> i think you might want to do both. there's nothing wrong with listening. if somebody called from a
country -- norway -- we have information on your opponent. oh, i think i would want to hear it. >> you want that kind of interference in our elections? >> it is not interference. they have information. i think i would take it. >> following bipartisan backlash to the comments, the president on friday tried to clarify what he says he really meant. >> well, i don't think anybody would present me with anything bad because they know how much i love this country. nobody is going to present me with anything bad. number two, if i was -- and, of course, you have to look at it because if you don't look at it you are not going to know if it is bad. now are you going to know if it is bad? but, of course, you give it to the fbi or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. >> michael zeldin is robert mueller's former special assistant at the doj and cnn legal analyst. good to see you, michael. is that how it goes? the president says, of course i would have to look at it in order to determine whether it is bad and then i would decide to use it or not. is that the protection of your
best defense? >> well, the best defense would have been from the outset to tell stephanopoulos that, no, he would not receive it and that he would notify the fbi that the offer had been made. because he didn't say that, because he said he would receive it, he now has to figure out how to receive it and then distribute it. he says, i will receive it, look at it and then pass it on. the law doesn't allow him to really receive it, and so he should have stuck with the "i would not receive it" line, which is what every other candidate has said. but that's not the president. >> so that's his explanation, as though if he could plead ignorance, you know, to russia, you know, offering information in 2016, now ahead of 2020 he wouldn't be able to use that as argument of, you know, pleading ignorance so to speak, not knowing what to do with information, not knowing to go to the fbi. why is that potential troublesome to you? >> well, mueller said in his
report in analyzing don jr. that one of the reasons that he did not charge him for receiving information from the russians at the trump tower meeting on june 9th was because he couldn't determine whether don jr. knew that it was illegal to have a meeting like that and to receive information. now that information is well-known, that law is well-known to don jr., to the president and everybody else connected to campaigns. so there is no "i didn't know" defense available this time around. >> okay. so the head of the federal election commission did weigh in on this, commenting in this manner last night. >> the law is completely clear that it is absolutely illegal for anyone in the united states to solicit, accept or receive anything of value from a foreign source in connection with an election. >> all right. so she uses the word, you know,
"value" instead of "information," which is the word the president uses. is there any difference? >> well, there could be a difference, but in the context in which stephanopoulos was asking the president, he was essentially asking if you received from a foreign national something which was essentially opposition research, negative information about your opponent, would you accept it? and he said yes. that would be a violation of the law because opposition research is something which can easily be valued, and so it would be a receipt of a thing of value and a vilgolation of the law. that is the problem with what he said. that's why the white house is walking this back as quickly as they can. >> uh-huh. the mueller investigation, you know, into election interference by the russians, you know, it has cast a dark shadow over the entire trump presidency even before the findings of the mueller, you know, probe. but this is what robert mueller said in his only remarks, you know, after this two-year-long
investigation. >> i will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our aelelection, a that allegation deserves the attention of every american. >> when you listen to that and you listen to what the president said in the abc interview, is there an appearance that the president does not value, doesn't grasp that there was russian interference, whether the intel community said it before the findings and even after the findings of the mueller report? >> the president really does still seem to have a problem with acknowledging the effort that has been attributed to the russians to help his campaign. he seems to be of the mind that if he acknowledges that it delegitimizes his election.
so whenever it arises he is incapable of saying, you know what? they did it, they endeavored to do it, but i was elected fair and square and let's move forward. he just cannot do that. >> and then let's shift gears a little bit because now, you know, ongoing is this fight over the president's taxes. the justice department releasing a new legal opinion, you know, defending the treasury department's refusal to turn over trump's tax returns to congress, doj arguing the request is unprecedented and raises a serious risk of abuse. you even write that, you know, the house oversight committee does have the authority, you know, to request, to receive this kind of information. so if this end up being challenged in court, isn't there already precedent that will help substantiate congress's pursuit of these tax returns? >> i think there is. i think the law is on congress's
side. the big debate here between justice and congress is that justice and treasury has said that this is a pretext. this request for the tax returns is not really part of congress's legislative oversight responsibilities. congress responds and says to the contemporarrary, it is very part of what we are endeavoring to do, to look at federal tax laws as it relates to political candidates and the existing president of the united states and that's the heart of the debate. is it pretext or is it legitimate? only courts can resolve that, but the law historically has favored congress without the court's second guessing congress's true intention, which is why i write that i think in the end congress wins. the problem is what is the timeline? how long does it take for this to get litigated.
>> yes, you do make reference to the 1975 chief justice warren berger reaffirming the scope of congress's power of authority. it is a very important read for everybody. michael zeldin, thank you so much. thank you for being with me. appreciate it. >> thank you. up next, the u.s. releases new video showing that they say -- what they say rather is iran trying to coverup an attack on a tanker. could this video be the catalyst for more conflict between the two countries? we're back in a moment. you should be mad at leaf blowers. [beep] you should be mad your neighbor always wants to hang out. and you should be mad your smart fridge is unnecessarily complicated. but you're not mad, because you have e*trade which isn't complicated. their tools make trading quicker and simpler. so you can take on the markets with confidence. don't get mad. get e*trade and start trading today.
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the u.s. is leveling new accusations about iran's possible involvement in an oil tanker attack in the gulf of oman. a u.s. official says iran launched a missile at a u.s. drone flying over the gulf hours before that attack. the missile didn't hit its target and it isn't clear if the drone captured the full attack on the two ships. iran, of course, maintains it had nothing to do with that attack. samantha venigrad is with me, a former senior adviser in the obama administration. good to see you. >> when we look at portions of this video of the japanese tanker that was attacked, what in the -- and even afterwards, you know, with iranian --
presumably a reported, i should say, iranian speedboat that approached that tanker. what in the video do you assess and what is missing in that video to assess what really happened? >> well, i think it is important to put this video in context. this video is likely just one piece of the evidence that the u.s. intelligence community has as they've assigned culpability for this attack. this is something essentially an open source. they were able to declassify it and release it. it is unclassified. but if the secretary of state and central command are going to go out and overtly accuse iran of this attack, it is likely that there is a host of classified intelligence that they cannot yet downgrade. the purpose of releasing this video is to bolster their assessment that iran was responsible for this attack, and from my experience, fred, i don't doubt the intelligence that likely led to the assumption that iran was culpable. what i do disagree with is how
the u.s. administration chose to roll this out. our allies have not agreed, or some of them have not agreed with this assessment including germany. the uk did, but typically you want to get all of your allies on the same page, both in terms of what happened and then what you are going to do about it. >> well, and we heard reference by the defense secretary, the interim defense secretary, who said, you know, he will be relying on or, you know, referring to international consensus. but does the release of this video help provide a consensus or a reaction or should that consensus be retrieved before the release or the making of public a video like this? >> i think that the release would have been bolstered by having more of our allies on the same page with respect to what happened. you had the saudi minister on the situation room earlier this week. he would not directly assign blame to iran. you had germany refusing to directly assign blame to iran. typically what happens in these kinds of situations -- i have been involved in them -- is you
share intelligence among intelligence partners. again, that classified intelligence about what happened. the intelligence that comes from drones flying above the strait of hormuz and collecting intelligence on what kinds of boats are moving, where the weapons came from that were used to attack these tankers. that is happening behind the scenes, and then the press shops are coordinating on what to say about it. i am certain that the behind-the-scenes work is going on. i feel confident about that. what has not happened is that agreement on what to say publicly. >> all right. samantha venigrad, thank you so much. >> thanks, fred. all right. coming up, several high-profile democrats on the campaign trail today in south carolina, speaking at a first-of-its-kind forum. how candidates are hoping to appeal particularly to african-american voters before the first debate in a couple of weeks. tremfya® can help adults with moderate to severe
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all right. welcome back. right now several 2020 democrats are making their cases to black voters in particular in south carolina. today senator elizabeth warren, senator cory booker, beto o'rourke and mayor pete buttigieg are taking part in a forum hosted by the black economic alliance. i'm pleased to be joined by alicia garza, president of black future labs, an organization aimed at advancing policy at all government levels to strengthen black communities. good to see you, alicia. what are you hoping to hear from
candidates today? what are you happening they will reveal and in what kind of detail? >> sure. well, as you know, we conducted the largest survey of black people in america in 154 years. it is called the black census project. what we learned is that 85% of our respondents are really concerned about low wages that are not enough to support a family. we learned that 85% of our respondents are very concerned about the lack of affordable health care, and 86% of our respondents are incredibly concerned about the rising cost of college. black voters have solutions for the problems they have identified. black voters we surveyed are in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. they are in favor of making college for affordable and erasing student death and they're in favor of expanding affordable and quality health care. that's what i'm looking forward to hear tonight at this forum,
and i'm sure that that is what the more than 31,000 people who took our survey are looking to hear as well. i think this really tracks along what we hear from black communities in america every day, that wages are too low to do the things that we need to do in order to live well. >> right. >> so i'm hoping candidates today will be able to address that in substantive ways. >> then, alicia, really on your last point, nonspecific to black voters, almost all-american voters are concerned about and have expressed their concern about low wages, about, you know, the lack of affordable health care and the rise in the cost of college. but specific to black americans, black voters, we're talking about the disparatities are so much greater. how do you want and what kind of solutions do you want to hear from the candidates that get to the disparities, not the broad-brush issues of all of these things impacting all-americans, but specifically to black voters?
you know, just magnify these problems times -- pick your number. >> absolutely. absolutely. well, candidates need to get really literate in being able to talk about the impact of structural racism on the lives of black voters across america. what we know, as you said, is that you can't paint these issues with a broad brush, that actually what is happening in america is that black voters and black families are facing incredible barriers. when we talk about low wages, we need to remember that black women are making $0.68 to the $0.82 that white women are making to the $1 that white men are making. so we can't just talk about raising wages. we have to be able to address the ways to remove the structural barriers that keep black families falling behind. similarly with college debt. what we know is that black families are making an average of something like $45,000 a year, and yet the average cost of one year of a four-year
public institution is more than $10,000 more than an average black family makes in a year. that has a lot to do with the barriers that black families face around structural racism. so we want to hear candidates today really address that. we know that we can't small business our way out of this. we can't entrepreneurship our way out of this. we have to start looking at structural solutions in order to challenge these structural problems. >> so it also sounds like you are looking for real sincerity and a real commitment. you actually wrote recently in "the new york times" in this op-ed, and you write, candidates and their campaigns are comfortable talking at black people, but few want to talk to us. this limits our ability to influence their decisions and policies, and it's a bad strategy at a time when black people, black women in particular, form the base of the democratic party, are its most loyal voters and mobilizing other people to go to the polls.
so help convey that message, you know, the message that you want received by these candidates to propel them so they're not talking at but they're talking with, talking to, connecting in a real sincere way. >> absolutely. one of the things that we know is that campaigns and candidates are successful when they engage in deep ways with black communities. it doesn't count to do symbolic engagement because black communities can tell you a lot about the texture of the problems that we're facing, but also we can offer solutions to what we know will address those problems. what we did at the black futures lab is we invested over half a million dollars in community-based organizations to reach out to the communities that they're closest with, to find out what communities are facing in their everyday lives, in the economy, in society and in their democracy. we also trained a bench of 100
black organizers to make sure that we're not just reaching individual families, but that we can expand the reach and encourage people to get motivated and activated to make their voices heard. we have way less resources than many of these campaigns do and we certainly have much less resources than the parties do. so if we can do it as a small organization, then we think that we deserve for the parties who we form the base of to invest that level of resources into deep and substantive engagement of black communities. we've provided a blueprint for how candidates and their campaigns and the parties can do that, and now it is up to them to step up to the plate. >> alicia garza, we'll leave it there for now. thank you so much. all right. still ahead, prosecutors are preparing to release new details about why baseball legend david ortiz was shot in the dominican republic, but the alleged gunman says it was all a mistake. more right after this.
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motive for the shooting of baseball legend david ortiz as soon as next week. prosecutors have charged eight men and one woman as accomplices in the shooting. ortiz was shot in the back at a nightclub in the dominican republic last weekend. the accused gunman says ortiz was not his intended target and that he got confused by ortiz's clothing. let's turn now to dan shaughnessy who is a columnist and editor for ""the boston globe"." good to see you. let's start off with how is ortiz doing because he has been flown, you know, from the dominican republic to boston to get, you know, medical aid. what's the status? >> well, from everything we are hearing that's the best part of this story, that he had excellent care in the dominican republic when he was shot and that when he was flown to boston, taken to mass general, he has had excellent care. the reports are good. his wife has released reports thanking the doctors for the care down there and the care up here. we are hearing he is taking
steps, that he is able to eat food now, he is communicating with his family and the medical staff there at mass general. those things are all very positive for him. >> wow. okay. so we know shot in the back. do you know anything more specific about the entry, the exit of the bullet wounds, multiple, you know, how many, what? >> yes, it is one shot, goes in his back, comes out by his belly button and, you know, it touched his liver, his gallbladder has been removed, intestines were damaged. there was a lot of blod loss. according to the doctors this is what has gone down there. he is expected to get back to full health and live a great life. >> i realize you are in boston. the investigation is of interest everywhere. i mean, you know, so many are huge fans of ortiz. now to hear that one of the suspects says, oops, you know, we were supposed to shoot somebody else, you know, this was a hired hit but we got the clothing mixed up, you mean how believable is all of that? you know, what is to be made of this kind of confession, these
kind of details about why ortiz got in the middle of all of this? >> well, that would indicate that someone has gotten to the shooter and he is afraid for his life and for other things. it is totally a non-believable story. david ortiz in the dominican republic in 2019, think of elvis presley in america in the '50s or '60s and david is a gigantic person. if he's not the most famous person in their country, he is close. if you see the video, the assailant walks up right behind him and point-blank shoots him. the notion it is mistaken identity is ludicrous. if the authorities put that forward it would suggest they're brooming this whole thing and they don't want to find out where this would go, in my view. >> oh, i gotcha. that's why we have you. i want to hear your view. dan shaughnessy, thank you so much. appreciate it. we, of course, are all wishing for the best recovery possible for mr. ortiz.
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i can tell you the american player, gary woodland, seeking his first career major, is at 9 under par, two-shot lead over justin rose of england. and brooks koepka, another american player, two-time defending champion, at 4 under. what about tiger woods? he is at level par so far for the tournament. he is nine shots back in his quest for a 16th career major. he has a mountain of work to do if he is to get the job done here. now, i want to get on to an incident which really did interrupt the calm and serene of this highly iconic venue, pebble beach here in california, an incident surrounding last year's masters champion, patrick reed, who shattered the calm by snapping his club. i can tell you i was inside the media center at the time, a big sort of roar went up. it was just a shocked roar, i would say, when the incident happened. he was scrambling to get the job done and qualify for the weekend. in the end he did, but that video of him snapping the club is certainly one that i will recall for a long time to come,
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