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now. thanks for watching. our coverage continues. good evening. the end of another difficult and turbulent week. we begin with what president trump is doing to calm the waters, heal the divisions and giving people a reason to believe things will be better if we can all just pull together. i'm kidding. today one of the two congresswomen he persuaded the israeli government to keep out of the country as part of the vendetta against him turned down an offer to let her in to visit her grandmother on the west bank. the congresswoman talib said no to conditions that would have barred her from airing views about boycotting israel. she and ilhan omar are as you know two of the four congresswoman of color whom the president has been attacking repeatedly. there are also whatever you may think of politics or political talents legislative backed ventures that occupy the nation's mindspace, the national mindspace they do because the president targeted them. but this is what the president wants. he wants the diverse, the
diversion from the real concerns over the economy and the rash of gun violence we've seen over the past few weeks and he wants division. tlaib and omar as foils of us against them never mind the consequences they warn such as fracturing the tradition of support for israel and instead, promoting the notion that israel should root for one side or another in the u.s. elections. consequences such as setting a precedent for using a foreign power albeit an ally to punish political adversaries at home. something no president has done until now. bringing a foreign power, getting a foreign power to punish your political adversary in the united states. that's unprecedented. until now even the vindictive ones that managed to steer away from division towards consensus whatever possible. there are exceptions, richard
nixon's silent majority speech, but by and large, presidents choose consensus when they can because that's where the votes are but also because that's what leaders do, what they always have tried to do. this on the other hand is not. >> they said horrible things about israel and israelis. i think would be a terrible thing frankly for israel to let these two people who speak so badly about israel come in and they have become amazingly the face of the democrats, the democrats don't want to do anything to condemn them. >> well actually many democrats have condemned their words as they defend their right as legislators to do their job and it's hard to see how acknowledging that would hurt the president. leaders not trying to rule by division are honest about their adversaries because in the long run it builds trust and credibility which are good things to have. just as it's good when the economy falters, and explain why
policies should continue or be altered. they don't try to use anxiety so many people may be feeling to bully them into submission. >> but you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s down the tubes, everything will be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you got to vote for me. >> wow. that's an inspiring message but it's not anything new. remember the whole only i can do it, only i can save you during the campaign. nor do leaders tweet and i'm quoting now, the fake news media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election. we'll keep it on the screen to take it in for a moment. or, we took it down. there it is, back again. that's a three-for. division, projection in one tweet. it's remarkable. the point is if it fires up the base for this president or merely comforts his ego, even if it divides the country or loses him votes, it's okay. better than that it's good and along those lines, he just
returned to attacking congresswoman tlaib on twitter. tonight, we're not going to read the tweet. we mentioned it to point out he's exactly proving our point. joining us now is maggie haberman, who has great reporting on how the president is handling what could be softening of the economy. the fight he has now or this issue of israel and these congresspeople, it's kind of everything the president wants. it distracts and divides. >> what it is, it's basically an area where he has a referendum on him basically and he has a partner in that in the form of netanyahu and israel. this is, as you said, unprecedented but you made the point that normally people go for consensus because that's where the votes are. donald trump made the decision that that's not where the votes are, it's not as if he doesn't know what he's doing. it's not as if he's not aware of what his language does. and what his actions do. he's made the decision that
doing these acts and trying to target these four congresswomen and make them the face of the democratic party, they are not the face of the democratic party and to be clear, he will have a nominee at some point who is facing off, but in the meantime to try to elevate them he has decided that this is in his interest and that there is more gain than damage to him. >> yeah, last night he was talking about there are socialists and communists. the whole communist thing is amazing. it's a very 1950s, you know, roy cohn thing to say. >> and meant to -- roy was his mentor. >> of course, sure. >> one of the people he learned politics from. >> and helped him get into studio 54. >> that's true. i forgot that important bit. thank you. >> he was in league with those folks. >> no, no, it's good. look, he has decided as i said there is no cost. it's basically cost free for him to do this and as we know, look, stoking anti-muslim sentiment has been a hallmark of his campaign from 2016.
he actually continued it with the travel ban. he did it less so in his rhetoric. he said to you in one of the interviews he gave from 2016, i think islam hates us. that continued to be something where he is pretty candid. focusing on congresswoman omar and have a purpose in that respect. they are trying to turn this, the white house into some kind of a binary as a wedge issue. we have seen that before in politics but not this front and center and not done this way. >> what is interesting with the thing with israel is, again, it is the president of the united states getting a foreign ally who, you know, a democratic and republican administration have continued the policies of giving huge amounts of money to, to interfere or to help the president, president trump, go after political opponents in the united states.
i mean, again, it's -- i mean, you know, they are concerned about alliances with russia or collusion with russia, this is reaching out to a foreign power. yeah, they are our ally but just for help in this. >> it is unprecedented and to your point about with russia, as well. so much of what happened with that investigation as it was being looked into as to whether there was conspiracy between the trump campaign and russian officials, the president said all kinds of things out loud that clearly related to the investigation. aides would say, he's talking about it in public. there is nothing hidden. the same thing here. he went and tweeted about this. we heard he was talking about it, he was talking about how they shouldn't be let in and he told me yesterday when i asked if he had spoken with netanyahu, he didn't want to say who he spoke to but he spoke to people about it. he's saying he had, you know, a hand on the scale on this. >> right. that's what is interesting because when he answered that question to you, i didn't
actually realize that was you. i heard your voice in there. the white house press secretary earlier in the day had said that all the reports about, you know, the president trying to pressure israel to do this and there had been reports about the president's private beliefs had filtered up to the highest level of the government in israel. his own words undercut what she said and what the president had said previously. >> i have a hard time thinking of the white house aide who he hasn't let go out on a limb for him and then he has sawed it off later in the day. that was consistent with that and not a surprise he wanted credit for this. whether this is going to be effective long term i don't know. the white house believed for quite sometime the congresswomen are problematic for the democratic party as a whole. we've seen democrats struggle with how to address certain comments from some of them and this has split the democrats, you know, they have come together much more than they had but they are trying to basically
make other democrats have to embrace them or divorce themselves from them thinking that creates problems, too. >> you were up in new hampshire at the rally last night and you wrote about how some of the president's supporters feel uneased about the economy. i'm wondering what you heard and what you hear how the president is thinking. >> my colleague katy rogers was is in the audience and heard from diehard supporters what is happening with the stock market and global slowdown is concerning them. one said i got all my money in stocks. the president, everything is about the economy for him since he took office and the stock market started going up despite predictions it wouldn't. he's looked at it like his poll. he's seen it go up when he's told it wouldn't and that is reassuring to him. he knows i think on some level re-elected when economy is good and they don't when it's not and so he's very attuned to this. what he is not doing is seeing himself as to blame in any of it or any of the actions he has personally taken to blame.
so what he's -- it's everyone else's fault including, you talked about this before, the media is trying to crash, these people are trying to crash the economy. that way it's all some hidden hand trying to get him. >> maggie haberman, thank you very much. have a great weekend. up next, we'll focus more closely on the cultural hot buttons the president is pushing for years and the growing consequences of what he's doing there. and later, why the president wants to buy the country even though there isn't any beachfront property on it. we'll be right back.
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before anyone tweets, i misspoke before the break, greenland is not known for beachfront property. there are in fact beautiful beaches there, it was icy where i was. president trump as we mentioned has just renewed his attack in congresswoman tlaib and suggested that you'll recall she go back to where she came from which she first couldn't and now says she wouldn't in any event, the fact the president takes
verbal shots at her namely stirring division, maggie haberman said some of this may be explained by the president's personality. he does what he does because he is who he is. in 2016 one consequence of that was he won the election. these days, though, the consequences are already taking different forms, some of them arguably dangerous or concerning. i want to talk it with the "new york times" contributing op ed writer and scott jennings, former special assistant to president george w. bush, cnn political commentator. the tactic of cultural division, the president started using it basically minutes after he came down the escalator four years ago, should anyone be surprised that he's still using it now? it certainly helped him get here. >> racism is the feature. it's not the bug. this is a racist president. i mean, you have to look at his entire career. what did he say when he came down the elevator? mexicans are rapists and criminals. this is man that promoted the obama birther theory saying president obama who is a black man is a foreigner.
who is on other. this is a person who doubled down in the midterm elections anderson in 2018. he could have run on the economy and jobs. he decided he wanted to run on the invasion. a white premacist conspiracy theory. this is part of the course. like you said, it's divide, distract, repeat and let's not forget it's been a month. last month he told four congresswomen of color including tlaib and omar to go to their own country. he did not say that to bernie sanders who is a democratic socialist and then attacked baltimore, right? he said it was a place where no one would want to live. he attacked congressman cummings, never attacked kentucky or the appalachian counties which have immense crime and drugs. and he has said that black and brown people come from "s"-hole countries, why can't they come from norway. i have norwegian friends. i have nothing against norway
but in norway my teeth became white in norway. this is who he is. he's a racist president and i look forward to scott making excuses for him. >> well, scott, i mean, the tactics, they have certainly been effective. are they racist? are they -- is there a cost to them if you believe they are not racist, beyond working, are they wrong? >> i think the president tries to draw clear lines between himself and people who have been most hard on him since he's become president. there is no doubt his opponents are the members of the squad. they want to impeach him and throw him out of office and see him probabably jailed. when these people make themselves known as enemies, he never lets an attack go uncountered. and simply have mostly to do
with the president and those who are fighting him. that this president has run counter to the narrative and i think he needs to continue to do that frankly. the way you counter some of the narrative that he's a divisive president is to achieve things his predecessor couldn't do. and he's got one great one, the next great one get something done, and could show accomplishments that have him bringing people together. >> there's plenty of people in congress who the president could have chosen to go after. you're saying it's just that they're more vocal, it's just a coincidence that they're all four women of color, two of them are muslim, you don't think that has anything to do with why he's elevated them above, i miean, they're freshman congresspeople. they're back benchers.
>> do i need to go back through the list of the white males he slandered and slaughtered in the republican primary for president back in 2016? this president has never not attacked another person who has attacked him in politics, period. white, black, male, female, congressman, governor, senator, whoever, republican, democrat, he takes on all comers. sometimes this language gets him in trouble and sometimes it works to his advantage but i don't see any -- i don't see him parsing out his opponents. anyone who fights him, he fights them back. >> he's not telling nancy pelosi to go back to where she came from. >> didn't tell bernie sanders to go back to where he came from. didn't say white people come from "s"-hole countries. ken cuccinelli is rewriting the statue of liberty poem. apparently it's for wealthy white people, which by the way would include irish catholics, italians, and eastern european jews. if you know your history, they weren't considered white. come on, let's cut the crap. you don't even need a spine to call it racism.
you need to be an amoeba and call out the racism. this is wrong. i'm not asking much from you. you've seen the attacks. we don't have to go back 30 years. just in the past month. the attacks on baltimore and elijah cummings and women of color compared and contrasted to what he does not say to any white male because he's the president, not of america but of his base and his base is increasingly white men who wear red hats. he has to be the president of all americans and he said a lot of people in charlottesville are very fine people. i haven't forgotten that. i keep the receipts. >> we got to leave it there. appreciate it. thank you. coming up, trump palace, trump soho, trump greenland? he's interested in purchasing the sparsely populated island to our way north. the question is, is he serious? also, how much would greenland actually cost if it were available? plus, we'll show you more
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president's motivation or is it something else? joining me now to talk about it, cnn chief political correspondent dana bash and former director of the nixon presidential library tim naphtali. dana, i'm not sure you woke up this morning thinking greenland would be the topic you're talking about. i wonder what you're hearing about it and think about it. >> the first thing you think is, oh, so he's going to buy it and call it trumpland with giant gold letters? when you think of donald trump and you think of buying an island, you do kind of chuckle about it. but if you peel back the layer and get past that, the fact that it is very trumpian and very much focused on a legacy issue and it is as you said very strategic for the military and it is already a place where the u.s. has some military and sort of assets there beyond the military and it is a place that
as you said past presidents have tried to buy. so, you know, it's probably not going to be the louisiana purchase or anything of the sort but it is not as crazy if you get past the notion of president trump wanting to buy an island as it is at first blush. >> tim, you can look at it as well as, even if, you know, there is maybe geopolitical or strategic reasons, he would be the president to have brought greenland in our orbit. >> except that the danes don't want to sell it and the greenlanders don't want to become americans. look, the two times we tried to buy greenland, first was the 1860s when we were trying to buy a lot of places. this is when we bought alaska. we tried to buy iceland. >> that worked out well. >> that worked out well but the russians wanted to sell.
wasn't true with greenland, iceland, and we wanted to buy the, what became the virgin islands which we later got in 1917. we tried again after world war ii but tried again because there was a strategic reason to do it. we had a special relationship with greenland because the danish government had come under nazi occupation. their foreign policy split and half of it did a deal to allow us to put our military in greenland. when the war ends, the government said we don't really want your troops there anymore. the u.s. government said please, we need it. we'll buy the island from you and the danes said we're not selling it. denmark becomes part of nato and as part of the deal with denmark coming to nato, they give us this big deal agreement, the 1951 agreement. we already have all the military access to greenland we would ever want.
what is bizarre about the president's play is, if he wanted to buy this, what is it he wants to get? there are 60,000 people, 88% of them are inuit. is he telling me that -- telling us he wants a new puerto rico in the sense that he wants to bring people into a secondary citizenship relationship with the rest of the country? the people of puerto rico are citizens but don't get treated. what kind of thing would he want? point is, he hasn't thought about it. >> i was going to say that. the last couple sentences you uttered, way more than he's gotten into his -- >> but there is a push by russia and others, there is an undersea -- i wouldn't say battle but there are undersea movements going on for the seabed, you know, all of this, there is a race on for territory, for assets. >> yeah.
and there is a way to deal with this. we can compete and buy things in greenland. they said they were open for business. we can help them build ports. the chinese don't have to build ports, we can. we have a special military relationship with greenland. it's not like we need something else. the only way to get greenland now is to occupy it. the greenlanders don't want us and the danes aren't going to sell. >> did you know this about greenland before you were booked for this or have you been studying? i've been to greenland and i didn't know as much as you know. i spent like days in an igloo. >> there are great resources online. >> i like how you're riled up about this whole greenland thing. >> remember, remember, remember, i spent a lot of time in canada. i know a lot about arctic areas. >> okay. dana, you don't seem as passionate on the subject. >> well, you know, i -- once we start talking about the diamonds and the gold and those other
mineral-rich pieces of land that are underneath all that ice, maybe we would get a little more passionate. we're having this conversation again, it's a little tongue and cheek but it's probably not as tongue and cheek as you would think when we first talked about it. the other thing, just because we're having this conversation, why not? i mean, greenland is, what, 80% ice? it's arctic. and in all seriousness, that's going to start to melt. it already is starting to melt in a very dangerous way. even the united states government -- >> you're worried about depreciation of the value? >> i'm saying maybe the president is thinking that there could be some beachfront property there. >> i'm sorry, we're done with this subject. dana, thank you. appreciate it for playing along. tim naphtali as well. we will continue to follow this and bring you any updates throughout the next 30 minutes. up next, proof that love certainly travels. you have to see this story.
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that's tony right there hugging people he didn't know until today. he's saying good-bye to his wife, the love of his life, his everything. and gary tuchman reported last night he has no other family and invited anyone to join him this weekend for his wife's funeral services. his wife, her name is margery, she was one of 22 people killed in the walmart shooting in el paso. her funeral had to be planned and her husband couldn't bear to do it alone. he invited the world and the funeral home put it on the website and other people started tweeting about it and tonight the world is answering. gary tuchman is there and joins us now. to see these images of a man who, you know, before all this horror began, before this tragedy, knew nobody other than the woman he loved and had been with and now to see him surrounded by the love of strangers who are now friends in ways is extraordinary.
>> reporter: well, anderson, if you ever started to lose faith in humanity, this will bring it back. we're standing outside this large funeral home in el paso. you saw the inside of this building where there are 500 people inside right now. this is the line, the waiting line. people trying to get in. these are members of motorcycle clubs holding american flags, none of these people know tony personally but in this line you're looking at, i have counted over 400 people waiting to try to get in. they are not going to be able to get in because it is absolutely full inside and it's just amazing because this all began because tony lost as you said the love of his life. they had been married 22 years. she was one of the 22 people killed at the walmart. he had no other family in the world. he's lived a very difficult life. he was desperately sad and he said i just wish people would come to her funeral. there will only be a few people
there when she's buried. and this is the last of 22 funerals. there were tweets from members of the media, a facebook post from the funeral home and all of a sudden, we see a total inside and outside of this church of at least 850 people. and i just want to give you a look at this line, how far it spreads. and keep in mind right now in el paso, it is 99 degrees outside. and this is the line here. people waiting here with the fans and most of them are from the el paso area and nearby mexico but i have talked to people from california, from arizona, and from utah who have driven here. the line continues over here. people with the fans. all knowing at this point they have been told they can't get in but they don't want to leave and the line wraps all the way down in that direction. we spent the day with tony yesterday. he's such a nice man. and he told me that if so many people came like they expected hundreds of people, which indeed is what happened, he would be forever grateful.
and i can assure you, when he walked in this building today, it's not officially a church, it's a large funeral chapel used by many denominations, when he walked in today and looked at me and said i can't believe there really are this many people here. he was so thrilled and honored and happy and it makes us very glad to be part of this. it really feels like this is what humanity is about. >> extraordinary to see. just great. gary, thank you. more of these kind of stories we need. we want to talk more about love and loss from someone you might not expect. this week i sat down for more than an hour with stephen colbert. the interview will re-air on sunday night at 8:00 p.m. so if you missed it, i hope you get a chance. there is a lot of really important things we talked about. i want to play some portions, most of which we didn't get to air during the actual special. we talked about comedy in the trump era but much of the interview is about grief and loss.
stephen and i both lost our dads when we were 10. and his mom died several years ago at 92. steven through his strong faith has spoken in the past about coming to terms with those losses and i asked him about that because the way he talks about it and has talked about it is extraordinary. you told an interviewer that you have learned to in your words love the thing that i most wish had not happened. you went on to say what punishments of god are not gifts. do you really believe that? >> yes. it's a gift to exist. it's a gift to exist and with existence comes suffering. there is no escaping that. and i guess i'm neither catholic or buddhist when i say those. i've heard from both traditions
but i didn't learn it that i was grateful for the thing i most wish hadn't happened is that i realized it, is that and it's an oddly guilty feeling. >> it doesn't mean you are happy -- >> i want it to not have happened but if you are grateful for your life, which i think is a positive thing to do, not everybody is, and i'm not always but it's the most positive thing to do, then you have to be grateful for all of it. you can't pick and choose what you're grateful for. and then so what do you get from loss? you get awareness of other people's loss. which allows you to connect with the other person and allows you to love more deeply and understand what it's like to be a human being if it's true that all humans suffer. my parents' anniversary is around now.
i'm not exactly sure. it's around now. 1943, i think. and so mom and dad would be 100 at this point this year. or next year. anyway, we don't celebrate their anniversary. and i thought, why don't we celebrate their anniversary? we should celebrate their anniversary. for that matter, why don't we celebrate pop and mimi's anniversary. mom's parents? why don't we celebrate that? we owe our existence to these people and that was so important to those people. it seems odd that that important celebration gets lost by the next generation. we're not necessarily celebrating their lives. >> even -- >> that's like a responsibility that we have but you just can't do it all. >> i have to look up the date of my dad's birthday but i can tell you his death day. and those are the days that, you know, i think about and i think -- i feel like that's totally inverted and wrong that
i have a friend whose brother died by suicide and had a cake for my brother's birthday and it blew me away that he would do that. i like that idea but it's not something -- i don't know. i'm not sure i can. i don't know. >> i have a friend alison silverman who suggested that i light a candle on the anniversary of my mother's death every year and think about her and i do that. >> i mean, i was going to talk about democratic candidates but after this -- >> they are all great. all of the democratic candidates are fabulous. i would vote for any of them. any of them. maybe not de blasio. >> but, you know, it's interesting when you talk to biden recently and watch the interview that you do with biden and communicating to him about loss and grief, whatever you think of his politics, he is extraordinary in his ability and willingness to connect with you on loss. to connect with other people.
>> you cannot doubt that the guy has a good heart. >> stephen colbert on politics and grief. he's an extraordinary guy and it was an extraordinary conversation. i appreciate him taking the time and we'll show it again, "360" special hour, sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. i really encourage you to watch it on cnn. still to come, mud, music, and given what else is going on, probably a lot of vague memories. woodstock, the 50th anniversary. a look back in just a moment. moving into our new apartment. why don't we just ask geico for help with renters insurance? i didn't know geico helps with renters insurance. yeah, and we could save a bunch too. antonio! fetch computer! antonio? i'll get it. get to know geico and see how much you could save
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we're in the middle of the 50th anniversary celebration of woodstock. tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn, there's is special look at the impact of one of the most famous music festivals ever. a look back at the crowd, mud, the famous acts if you were there, you may not have seen or remember. take a look. >> you could see it in the oscar-winning documentary that by the time jimi hendrix ended woodstock, it was monday morning and only a few thousand dazed and dirty souls remained on what
looked like a civil war battlefield. ♪ but it was just the opposite. this was a peace field and 50 years later, it is hippie hallowed ground. because right here in the middle of a cold civil war, nearly half a million people came together for three days, peace, love, and music, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. ♪ it should have been a humanitarian disaster, but that weekend held enough human connection to shape generations. >> and bill joins me now. that's my idea of hell, i got to say. on a field for three days with half a million people i don't >> no purell. >> coachella seems awful to me. that -- >> yeah. >> actually, that seems better
than coachella. >> it does, and we have such sort of mythic reverence for it, which has evolved over the years. >> of course. >> i went back and tried to talk to as many people who played it and organized it and went, and it was less about the music and more about this human connection piece of it, you know? woodstock isn't woodstock unless the fences go down, tickets are worthless. they ran out of food the second day. you had these guys from a commune in mexico, the hog farm, wavy gravy. this was a hippie fema. it's counter to what you're used to. >> it's the forerunner of the fire festival except there was actually music. this was actually much better organized. >> i said to this generation, you complain about cheese sandwiches? grandma was in the mud with a head of cabbage. but i wore my ralph lauren tie dye shirt today as a symbol of some people saw those hippies as
a threat to decent society. >> did you tie dye that shirt? >> no, it came that way. live music is now a $30 billion business, and instead of selling or giving breakfast in bed to 400,000, they're selling it these days. >> i wonder if ralph and jerry lauren were there. >> they might have been. >> it's amazing that so many things went right, that it actually happened. i mean everything could have gone wrong, and a lot of it did go wrong. >> they had no venue 30 days before 150,000 ticket buyers are going to show up, and maxi's farm, he was the patron saint. yeah, you can have it hereme. i think you're going to be okay. they had to build a bridge from the back of the stage onto the stage. they're going, like, what should the load be? how much does jimi hendrix weigh? how much does a groupie weigh? constructing the stage according to that, it should have gone off the rails. but two people died. it was the third largest city in new york state for the week. there was one overdose, and one camper got run over by a
tractor. >> the original co-creators, they were talking about wanting to do a new one. is that going to happen? >> no, it's not. and we follow that because a lot of those same disasters repeated themselves 50 years later, but times have changed, and the magic was gone. they couldn't overcome the obstacles. they paid $32 million to jay-z and miley cyrus up front and in the end begged them to give some of it to charity because they just couldn't find a venue for it anymore. >> that's interesting. >> that was part of the answer to the question. could it happen again? not that way. >> bill weir, thanks very much. i look forward to watching it, not actually having been there. woodstock at 50 airs tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern. looks fascinating. after the break, what did president trump do to make up for never winning that emmy he wanted so much? well, he fond a new award for himself. comes with a big caveat. we'll explain on the rid diicul
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donald j. trump. >> in fact, five or six years before i even thought about running for whatever reason they named me man of the year in michigan. i said, how come? i didn't even understand it myself. but i was named man of the year. >> i don't know how that happened. it just happened. funny thing is it never happened. so not only is there zero proof that citizen trump ever got that award, there's zero proof that award even exists. it's not a thing. apparently he just made it up. it is the widespread voter fraud of man of the year prizes. finally we have discovered all the voting fraud he's been talking about because this thing doesn't exist. cnn reached out to the white house's part-time press office, which seems to basically be open from like noon to 4:00 three days a week, drive-thru only, for an explanation. big surprise, we got no response. yeah, i don't know. i'm going to have to try to find old sean spicer. i think he's on et, or is it
"extra" or "access"? isn't he special a correspondent for one of those things? we'll check wiki pedia. as it turns out the wannabe mogul of motown has been spinning this fool's gold story, this fool's gold record for years. >> in michigan, they gave me award six years, seven years ago. i had no ideas. it was the man of the year in michigan. when i got the award, the man of the year five years ago in michigan. i was man of the year in michigan a number of years ago. i was honored five years ago, man of the year in michigan. that was a great honor for me. >> great honor. man of the year. i mean i didn't know he'd been spinning this thing for quite some time. again, this is the president of the united states. of all the holy grails in public life, he has the biggest one. he's drinking from that cup along with apparently the world's best at-home meatloaf if
you believe what he told chris christie. you can google it. yet for some reason, this president feels the need to invent bogus awards to inflate his net worth, to boast about beautiful letters from a murderous dictator and, for good measure, display sham magazine covers. that's right. it's a phony "time" magazine cover hung on the walls of at least five of the president's golf courses. someone actually made that. it might have been undocumented. we don't know. probably the president didn't make it -- what? there's evidence undocumented people worked at his resort, so it's possible. it doesn't seem likely, though, the president himself made that because, you know, "time" is spelled correctly. as for the bogus michigan man of the year award, then citizen trump gave a speech back in 2013 where he most definitely was not named michigan man of that year or any other year, but that's the best theory as to where the president first gave himself the
invisible crown. and if you're waiting for him to clear things up, good luck to ya. in president trump's world, every year is his year in michigan, in washington, and on "the ridiculist." the news continues. cnn newsroom starts now. u.s. president trump accuses a congresswoman of grandstanding in her spat with israel. the u.s. issues a warrant to seize an iranian oil tanker, but gibraltar says the ship is free to go. and in el paso, texas, hundreds show up to mourn a woman they did not know, a victim of this month's walmart shooting. these stories and much more ahead this hour. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm natalie allen in atlanta. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. thank you again for joining us. our top