tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN January 11, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm PST
largely because of the insurrection in washington last week. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. thank you so much for being with me. let's go to washington. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin today on this final full week of the trump presidency and the effort to remove president trump from office, even before these final nine days run out. today, an article of impeachment against president trump has been formally introduced by democrats in the house, charging the president with, quote, incitement of insurrection, the deadly attack by trump supporters on the u.s. capitol last week. a vote this week could make president trump the first president in the history of the republic to be impeached twice. of course, president trump was not alone in inciting this deadly attack. before the attack came, incitement and before the incitement came, votes to commit
sedition. before votes to commit sedition, months of lies about the election. now cory bush has introduced a resolution to expel the lawmakers who sought to invalidate the election results. that's two-thirds of the house republican caucus of the she specifically mentions ted cruz, josh hawley and congressman mo brooks, who led objections to the electoral college. brooks even more specifically and directly incited that pro-trump crowd on the morning of the terrorist attack, telling them this. >> today is the day american patriots start taking down names and kicking ass. >> now there's a growing call for these republican lawmakers to face at least some consequences for enabling and
inciting this deadly delusion and attack, as democratic senator joe manchin and republican senator pat toomey told me yesterday. >> whether they should resign or not, i don't know how they can live with themselves, knowing that people have died because of their words and actions. >> they're going to pay a big price for this. i think their reputations have been affected. >> consequences for brooks, hawley and cruz would be the bare minimum here. two-thirds of the house republican caucus voted to invalidate millions of voters in pennsylvania and arizona to their ever-lasting shame. based on lies and conspiracy theories. and that includes house republican leaders mccarthy and scalise. these lies have not gone away. the fbi is warning there may be more violence to come from trump supporters. law enforcement is bracing for new, potentially bloody protests to come in washington, d.c. and all 50 state capitals as newly named chief white house
correspondent kaitlan collins reports, president trump is still refusing to take any responsibility for his actions, reportedly telling allies he should not be blamed for the insurrection he incited because he didn't intend for the crowd he revved up to turn violent. >> the house stands adjourned till 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. >> accusing him of inciting violence against the government of the united states, house democrats took the first step today toward impeaching president trump a second time. >> what this president did is unconscionable, and he needs to be held to account. i expect he will be impeached. he will be the first president in history to be impeached twice. >> majority leader steny hoyer said the house will vote on impeaching trump within 48 hours. after his caucus tried to formally pressure vice president mike pence to use the 25th amendment to strip trump of his power today. >> house resolution 21, resolution calling on vice president michael r. pence to convene and mobilize the
principle officers of the executive departments of the cabinet to activate section four of the 25th amendment, incapable of executing the duty of his office. >> republicans quickly blocked that effort by democrat. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from the west virginia rise? >> i object. >> reporter: pence hasn't issued a statement ruling out the 25th amendment. although he hasn't spoken to the president since wednesday, it's unlikely he will take that dramatic step. trump was silent this weekend after being robbed of his twitter account and staying behind closed doors in the white house as senators from his own party called on him to resign. >> lisa murkowski said he should resign, quote, he has caused enough damage. do you agree? >> yeah, i do. at this point with a few days left, it's the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rear view
mirror. >> i think the president did commit impeachable offenses. >> reporter: but sources say trump has no plans to step down and now regrets the video he recorded, condemning the mob of his supporters, who attacked the u.s. capitol. despite the president taking no responsibility for his supporters breaching the capitol during a deadly riot, some republicans are once again claiming he has learned his lesson. >> my personal view is that the president touched a hot stove on wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again. >> reporter: now, jake, sources are telling us basically to brace ourselves for the unexpected for these final few days that donald trump is in office. one big question that has not been answered yet is whether the president is going to try to pardon himself before he formally does leave office. we know it's something he has talked about. they've inquired with the justice department about how that would work. pat cippilone, who as you recall represented the president in his
last impeachment trial, has warned the president about doing so. the president stopped listening to cippilone after he pushed back on his lies about the election. >> kaitlan collins, thank you very much. there will be heightened security at the capitol. impeachment looks inevitable. behind the scenes i'm hearing republicans are considering a different action? >> in an effort to head off the impeachment train that by all effort also happen on wednesday, some house republicans have proposed a censure of president trump. what i'm being told is they've reached out to their democratic counterparts to see if it's an issue that might be taken up by the majority and to a person they've been turned down, which has shifted the focus to how republicans are going to react and how they're going to vote on the issue of impeachment. democrats already have the votes
to impeach the president for a second time come wednesday, there has been significant outreach over the course of the last couple of days to the republican counterparts. right now half a dozen to a dozen of some democrats believe they may be able to get to vote with them to impeach president trump. remember, back in 2019, not a single house republican joined democrats in that effort. democrats believed this time is different. why? well, they were all there on january 6th. right now no republicans are signed on. that effort from democrats, jake, it continues. >> yeah. that angry mob, those terrorists, they could have well killed any one of them. they were just out for blood. thanks so much. appreciate it, phil. joining me now, ted lew of california. as i understand it you have 214 co-sponsors for impeachment. do you anticipate any republicans will co-sponsor or vote for impeachment? >> we certainly hope so. david cicilini and i crafted
this article of impeachment to be narrow and very straightforward. we hope some republicans will vote for it. it's going to be very overwhelming in terms of american public support. we already know with the recent poll over 56% of the american public already support removing this president immediately. >> house majority leader steny hoyer has assured members there will be heightened security for the impeachment vote on wednesday. are you confident about heightened security, given what we saw happen last week where, look, there are a lot of very brave rank and file capitol police officers but that was a massive law enforcement failure to protect you and your colleagues. >> yes. there will be extremely heightened federal security for the impeachment vote. i also want to note that last year, the department of homeland security set in forces over the objections of local authorities to protect confederate statues and buildings. where the heck were they protecting us on january 6th?
that is being investigated as well. >> not every recognize is supportive of this, as you know. republican senator marco rubio of florida blasted democrats and joe biden this morning, saying talk of impeachment is ridiculous, saying democrats should be focused on unifying people. if most republicans are not willing to consider punishing the president after last week i'm also hearing people like rubio say all you're going to do is embolden trump's already angry base. >> jake, he is absolutely wrong. january 6th happened without an impeachment. it happened because no one stood up to donald trump's big lie. no one stood up to what was happening in the right-wing media. and what resulted was that donald trump incited a mob that attacked the capitol. they were looking to assassinate speaker pelosi. they were looking to hang vice president pence. they were hunting for lawmakers.
and to just pretend this didn't happen is unacceptable. the only way we can unify our country is to hold all those accountable who engaged in this attack, including the man who incited it, donald trump. >> well, i know when you say no one stood up, you're talking about current republican leadership not people in the media or people who have been chased out, like jeff flake. congresswoman cory bush says she will introduce a resolution to expel house members who voted to overturn election votes. that's more than two-thirds of the house republican members. mo brooks, who directly incited the crowd. what do you think is the appropriate response to your colleagues who were involved one way or another? >> i support both representatives cory bush and tom malinowski for their
efforts. incitement to insurrection is a federal crime. so anyone who incites insurrection should be charged and prosecuted. no one is above the law. i hope federal prosecutors and the fbi are looking at what some of these republican members of congress did to have january 6th happen. >> punch bowl is reporting that some house democrats are planning to blackball republicans who were involved in efforts to commit sedition or inciting the riot, refusing to co-sponsor bills with them, freeze out lobbyists contacted to them. is that appropriate, do you think? >> so, again, i think there should be an investigation of what some members of congress did. and, depending on what they did, if they incited insurrection, they should be prosecuted. my general view is if i'm working, let's say, on an infrastructure bill, i welcome anyone who wants to support an
infrastructure bill. i'm not going to prevent members, regardless of what party they're in, from supporting or co-sponsoring good bill. >> when you say an investigation, you mean by the house ethics committee, the fbi? who are you talking about? >> both the house should investigate some of these republican members as well as federal law enforcement. again -- >> you're breaking up, congressman. thank you so much for your time today. we really appreciate it. a new warning about potentially violent protests in the coming days. not just to the nation's capitol, but in all 50 state capitals. then we'll talk to the chief of national guard about what happened in the insurrection, what preparations they're making ahead of the inauguration. stay with us. insurance for veterans like martin. when a hailstorm hit, he needed his insurance to get it done right, right away. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for. usaa
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source sells cnn. mayor of washington, d.c., mayor muriel bowser wants a predeclaration to get more police on the street leading up to the inauguration. the attack on the u.s. capitol was much more violent than it first appeared. some of the new manl images em, we must warn you, are graphic. >> reporter: bracing for more violence in the coming days, including around the inauguration of president-elect joe biden. >> our goals right now are to encourage americans to participate virtually. >> reporter: according to one law enforcement source, federal and state officials have been working closely at the monitored calls online for armed and violent protests in washington, d.c. and all 50 states. d.c. mayor muriel bowser ask that the president declare a pre-emergency disaster. >> further i'm requesting the secretary of the department of
the interior cancel any and all public gathering permits in the district of columbia. >> reporter: doubling the amount of national guard troops mobilized. new, chilling video continues to emerge. here, a police officer is being brutally assaulted by the insurrectionist mob, stomped on and hit with a flagpole, as the crowd sings the national anthem and chants "usa." as the mob tried to force their way into the capital, another officer was caught in the crush of people, bloodied as he cries for help. the head of the capitol police, who has stepped down, told "the washington post" before the riot, his bosses didn't want to have him request to have the national guard on standby. the pentagon confirmed the national police made no request for before wednesday's events. >> based on that assessment they had, they believe they had
sufficient personnel and did not make a request. >> reporter: when the insurrection was under way, former capitol police chief told "the washington post" he pleaded five more times for help. the pentagon responded they didn't like the idea of a national guard in a police line. the decision was made to send the guard shortly after by acting defense secretary chris miller. now the hunt is on for many of the rioters, d.c. police asking for the public's help to identify them, like this man carrying the confederate flag. the bearded man wearing the camp auschwitz shirt is robert keith packer from virginia. the man in all black with a holster seen carrying plastic restraints is eric munchel from nashville, charged with two federal crimes. jake, so far, 20 people have been arrested on federal charges
and acting u.s. attorney for d.c. says there could be hundreds more arrests, including some for murder. we heard from chad wolfe, acting secretary for homeland security, saying he ordered the secret service to start its security operations for the inauguration almost a week ahead of time, starting wednesday, instead of the day just before the inauguration next week. jake? >> alex marquardt, thank you very much. i want to bring in daniel hoganson. let's start with what former capitol hill police chief said. he was on the call with pentagon officials, including director of the army staff and made a, quote, urgent, urgent request for immediate staff. i've got to get boots on the ground, unquote. lieutenant general walter pyatt said he could not recommend that his boss, army secretary mccarthy, approve the request. quote, i don't like the visual of the national guard standing a police line with the capitol in
the background, he said. again and again, sund said, the situation is dire. he said he was ignored for hours. why? >> jake, i don't know the answer to that. what i do know is that when secretary mccarthy did get the request, what they did is they took the national guard forces from the d.c. national guard that were on duty and they brought them from their locations around the points in the metro stations, brought them back to the d.c. armory to get them properly equipped to support the law enforcement officials that actually went back into our nation's capitol. at that point they did provide cordoned security so those law enforcement teams could go back through the chambers and make sure the area was clear so our house and senate could come back and conduct the nation's business. >> as people understand, d.c. has a national guard unit. because d.c. does not have statehood status, the mayor is not able to mobilize and needs to get the national guard deployed approved by the
pentagon. and for some reason, the pentagon held back on approving that. let me ask you a question. was general charles flynn on that call, that 2:26 call? >> jake i couldn't answer that question. i was not on that call. i'm not aware of any delays with respect to our response or the d.c. national guard's response to the events of that day. >> no delays once the army secretary approved it, once acting secretary of defense miller approved it, you're saying. but in terms of delays, you acknowledge there were delays? it's just not your issue. it was the people that needed to give approval, right? >> jake, when you look at what they were asked to do, they were prepared to do the mission that they were doing, the traffic control points. >> right. >> when there's a significant change in mission and the posture and a predicted posture they need to be under to be successful, we had to get them back to get them properly equipped and briefed so when they entered there, they were part of the solution and were
not miscoordinated with the efforts taking place. >> let's talk about that. on december 31st, mayor bowser from washington, d.c. requested these national guard troops for january 6th. they were out there, deployed doing traffic and that sort of thing. the decision was made at that point, once that request was approved, to grant the request, but to send the d.c. national guard in civilian vehicles, not in humvees, as had been used when those same guards men and women were deployed over the summer for the black lives matter protests. why no show of force on january 6th as opposed to over the summer? and who made that decision? >> jake, i believe that decision was made by the metro police of washington, d.c. and in cases like that, when we're support, we're not the lead agency, we work very closely with the supporting agency. in this case, the metropolitan police department, to make sure we meet their requirements and the circumstances under which they would like the d.c. guard
to perform that duty. >> did president trump have any role in making sure that they were not deployed in humvees and instead in a lower-key fashion on january 6th? >> jake, not that i'm aware of at all. >> maryland governor larry hogan told me as the riot unfolded about 3:30 that day, he had his national guard troops, maryland national guard, prepared to move in. he waited for authorization. it didn't come for two hours. take a listen. >> our guard mobilized and was ready, but we couldn't actually cross over the border into d.c. without the okay, and that was quite some time. we kept running it up the flagpole. >> now i ask about another delay. why the delay in allowing the maryland national guard into the district? >> so, with respect to the maryland national guard, jake, when i first found out that they had been contacted by d.c., both virginia and maryland, i reached out to both virginia and maryland national guard at 3:55 in the afternoon that i actually spoke with their general and at
that time they told me they were assembling 100 national guardsmen at their armory southwest of baltimore. he told me it would be eight to ten hours, which is our normal planning factor when we talk about our national guard response force, before they could get into washington, d.c. and so from 4:00, eight to ten hours after that, it actually wasn't until 11:00 p.m. that evening that unit was fully assembled and ready to go. another thing to add in there, when they come into an environment like that, we need to make sure we in-process them, make sure they're properly equipped and also that we brief them so they know exactly what they're going to be asked to do. once again, so they could be part of the solution and not add any further chaos into the situation they're entering. >> i certainly respect that but, listen, men and women join the national guard as, i don't need to tell you, because they're patriots. they want to help preserve order. they want to help keep the united states an orderly place with freedoms preserved so as to make sure there aren't violent
insurrections, violent terrorist attacks on the u.s. capitol. that's why people like you do what you do. are you at all concerned that politics was at play from the pentagon commanders who were delaying whether or not to let you deploy? >> jake, i was not at all. our folks did everything that they were asked to do by their governors. we appreciate the governor of virginia and from maryland to mobilizing their national guard. and their generals. we look at the factors we train under, they met all those guidelines. we're not a force that's literally standing by unless, in the case of d.c., where they've already been asked to do that. many of these folks left their jobs, their families, assembled at their armories in the timelines we normally expect for them. if you look, it was fully assembled by 11:00 p.m. it's normally 24 hours. they did a great job getting their folks there together. >> sir, i'm sorry to interrupt. january 4th, the pentagon's own timeline says a rapid response
force was approved on january 4th. so, where were they? >> jake, with respect to that rapid response force, that rapid response force was to help out with the traffic control points and also for the folks at the metro stops. they were not designed for anything beyond that. their intent is if they had an issue with a traffic control point, that that reaction force would go and help augment them. when you look at the mission change, when the capitol police requested that additional support, that quick reaction force also with the folks at the traffic control points and the metro stops all went back to the armory to get equipped, briefed and move out as quickly as they could. >> i'm getting a lot of answers from you. i don't hold you or the national guard responsible for this, but i have to say, this was a failure. and people are dead. and i hope people at the pentagon are looking into what happened, because something happened wrong. and while i don't have subpoena power, i hope the people in the pentagon are looking into this, especially the inspector general. >> you know, jake, one of the
things here, as we look forward, okay, after the 6th, looking forward to the inauguration, we're working very close with those federal agencies and filling all of their support requests. and that evening, we actually were on the phone -- i was on the phone with pennsylvania, new york, new jersey and delaware, and they gladly volunteered the 6,400 we have on duty today and we're building that up to 15,000 between now and the inauguration, to make sure that we meet every requirement from each of those federal agencies to make sure that they can conduct a peaceful transfer of power of inauguration on the 20th of january. >> general dan hokanson, thank you for your service, sir. please pass on to the national guardsmen and women our appreciation for their service. i hope politics does not interfere in what happens in the coming days, because we need your help. >> thank you, jake. thanks for the opportunity. one republican senator says the insurrection was like president trump touching a hot stove and surely he has learned his lesson and won't do it again. has this senator met president
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we're back now with the effort under way to make president trump the first president to be impeached twice. let's discuss. bring in jackie kusinich and nia-malika henderson. said president trump, quote, touched the hot stove unlikely touch it again. i'm shocked that anyone thinks that president trump has learned
his lesson by touching a hot stove. >> he doesn't feel pain like normal people that, have that consequence of getting burned. apparently he wears asbestos mittens, i don't know. anyone paying attention the last four years knows that because the president is almost never held accountable, he blows through any consequences there are. the election is the first time that really he has had something happen that cannot change, even though he has tried. he pushed the boundaries of trying to change it on every level he possibly could. that did not change, which is perhaps why january 6th happened. it was the last thing he could try in order to stay in power. but, no, i don't think the hot stove is really something that applies to trump. >> nia-malika, i asked senator pat toomey yesterday on "state of the union" whether republicans should have done more earlier in his administration to reign him in.
>> are you regretting you didn't do more to stop someone you're calling a demagogue, someone who was a demagogue for pretty much his whole career. >> what we witnessed this week is orders of magnitude more egregious than anything we've ever seen from donald trump. >> what do you think, nia-malika? >> listen, there is going to be an attempt to rewrite history. we see pat toomey doing that there, suggesting there was a dr. jekyll and mr. hyde. we know donald trump was mr. hyde for much of his career. what we saw wednesday was the worst of it, but it was certainly building for many months as donald trump brainwashed his supporters, suggesting there was some sort of fraud involved in him losing the election. people like pat toomey and other republicans didn't stand in the president's way, stand up to the president as he was spreading
all of those lies across the country about this election. and so we saw what happened. listen, nobody was surprised by what happened on wednesday. it was the culmination of this culture that donald trump has stoked among his supporters, thoroughly brainwashed. wednesday was sort of the final act of showing their loyalty to this president and the president saying to those followers that he loved them, be essentially loved what they did. >> let's hope it's the final act. >> in fact -- >> the fear is that it won't be the final act. go ahead, jackie. >> i was going to say not only did they not stand in the way, a lot of them enabled him, knowing full well there was no election fraud but would still keep allowing the president to say these lies without calling him out because they were afraid for their re-election, perhaps. but, you know, they are culpable in a lot of ways for how the president has been able to get away with what he has for so
long. >> that's right. >> not just allowing him to do it. they also -- >> and i also -- >> they also spew the same lies. >> yep. >> congresswoman corey bush, freshman democrat from missouri, just introduced a resolution to expel members of congress based on the 14th amendment, which disqualifies lawmakers who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same or given aid and comfort to the enemys thereof. those who led the charge to overturn the electoral vote, that they should be expeled. what do you make of that, nia-malika? >> i think democrats and people who know, and jake you pointed this out, this isn't the final act. this could be the beginning, i think, of something even more horrible that comes to this country, because there is this domestic terrorism that's going on, fueled by white nationalists. and i think people who are really saying that people need to face consequences for their
complicity in this, there is real worry that if there aren't any real consequences, this is going to get out of control. we'll see it again. certainly you talked to law enforcement officials for years. this has been a real fear that white supremacy and white nationalist violence would be visited on this country in ways we hadn't seen before. and we saw part of that, i think, happen on wednesday with some of those folks in the crowds. by no means, not all of them, but certainly some of them with white nationalist ties and certainly open to radicalization to become white nationalists, as the president tells them almost their birth right in their country has been stolen by folks in cities like atlanta, philadelphia, milwaukee, detroit. we know who the president is talking about. there is this real fear and anxiety among those people about this multi-racial democracy. and that is what they were really trying to overturn on wednesday. >> jackie, we see a lot of republicans who, quite literally, have blood on their hands, saying -- i guess it's
not literal. figuratively have blood on their hands, saying now is the time for unity. and i just wonder, what do you think would actually be a way forward for the kevin mccarthys of the world, steve scalises of the world, josh hawleys and ted cruzes of the world? what would you like to see them do in order for us to actual ly be able to get over this? >> you know, it's really unclear, jake. that is above my pay grade. but what it does seem like they're going to try to do is just try to move past this and not take any kind of accountability, which will leave a lot of people unsatisfied. >> not just democrats but republicans, too. >> yep, exactly. >> a number of republicans are absolutely disgusted with mccarthy, scalise and the rest. nia-malik henderson and jackie kucinich, thank you very much. president-elect joe biden is
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in our health lead, for the first time the u.s. is averaging 3,000 deaths every single day, nearly 23,000 deaths were reported last week alone. for the 40th day in a row, more than 100,000 americans are currently hospitalized with coronavirus. sara sidener goes inside one los angeles hospital struggling to treat the surge of patients as u.s. icu beds across the city
are full. >> reporter: mariachi music slices through the silence. the melody meant to soothe the family's sorrow, the cruelness of covid-19 on display. this is a funeral in a parking lot. >> my mother was a very strong woman, and she fought to the very last breath. >> reporter: juliana jimenez says these are the last words they exchanged. >> i told her mom, do not be afra afraid, for the lord is with us. i love you and may god bless you. keep strong for me, mom. and all she answered me was yes, mija. with that voice, with fear. >> reporter: sesma lived with and cared for her mom who had a lung condition. her stepfather has asthma and diabetes. >> how many people ended up
getting it? >> all of us. >> reporter: her stepfather and mother ended up here they fought to live, just like those filling all the icu beds now but they died within 11 days of each other. dr. jason prosso treated both sesma's parents. >> we, here, tried our hardest. you know, we're really sorry that things went the way that they did. >> reporter: the terrible scenario is not unusual as covid ensnares those who live in multigenerational families and are part of the essential workforce. >> we had the misfortune of seeing this disease run through families and all too frequently take multiple members of a single family. >> reporter: the state of the art hospital is an oasis of care in the health care desert of south los angeles. it's no wonder the heavily black and latino neighborhood is suffering disproportionately. the inequities in health care invites death. diabetes is three times more
prev lant here than in the rest of california. mortality is 72% higher. the life expectancy is ten years shorter here than in the rest of the state. and all of that is related to this being an underresourced and underserved community. >> reporter: that was before coronavirus arrived. >> running well over 100% capacity. >> reporter: the 130 bed fult is suddenly treating 200 patients. 60% of them are covid patients. they've made space everywhere. tents outside, inside hallways. the prayer room, a former gift shop. the battle to save a life physically and mentally exhausting. but on this day, a surprise reminder of why they fight. >> hi! >> you look amazing.
>> 74-year-old elaine stevens returns to thank her doctor and nurses. she spent more than 40 days in this icu before walking out alive. >> i made it. a lot of days, i didn't want to make it. but i did it. >> reporter: as she celebrated a second chance at life, the ceremony for death was still playing out in the parking lot for the sesma family. >> don't let this be you. if you truly love your loved ones, don't let this be you. continue to take all the cautions. take extra precautions. exaggerate if you have to. >> reporter: her mother, maria guadalupe sesma, has been buried now. she's going to cremate her stepfather, alberto reyes gonzalez. listening to this family, if you listen to nothing else, listen to what they say. don't be them. don't have to go through this
with your own family. they are suffering today. i spoke with juliana. she said she was having a panic attack. she just doesn't know how she's going to go further with all her responsibilities and have to again see another funeral to now bury her stepfather. jake? >> thank you for the reporting, sara. that was very moving. educating our children in the age of covid has been challenging. and in some cases, disastrous. with the virus continuing to surge, there remains no clear guidance on how to get schools back open for every kid. today, we're starting a new series to take a deeper look at this issue. the essential debate, are in-person schools safe? bianna g olydrga reports. >> reporter: an outlier among his peers.
>> the schoolhouse is the safest place. >> reporter: over seeing the fourth largest school district in the nation and the largest to fully reopen in the fall. >> there is no substitute. regardless of how great the technology may be. you cannot zoom effectively into a full understanding, full level of engagement for students. >> reporter: carvallo sees schools as a safe harbor for children. the reason is simple enough. >> the cases in schools are lower than the positivity rate in the community at large. >> reporter: as carvahlo walked us through one of the district's elementary schools, he explained how despite miami-dade seeing a quarter of the state's coronavirus cases, the trend has been different within schools. >> we see a greater adherence to protocols in schools because it is a controlled, safe environment, than we see those same protocols being followed in the community in general. in bars, restaurants, at the
beach or social gatherings. >> reporter: and miami dade is not alone. new york city recently reopened its public elementary schools for some in-person learning, despite an increase in city-wide positivity rate. independent analysis suggests schools can safely reopen if proper mitigation strategies are followed. an issue even politically opposed governors share some similarities about. >> if the schools are safer, then my opinion is, leave the schools open. >> closing schools due to coronavirus is probably the biggest public health blunder in modern american history. >> reporter: still many school districts are slow to reopen in-person learning. los angeles, the second largest, remains fully online in a recent surge of covid-19 cases, as does san francisco and washington,
d.c. president-elect biden says reopening schools will be a top priority during his first 100 days in office. >> it should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school. >> reporter: with miami-dade schools already open, superintendent carvalho has his own priority in sight. >> if our teachers are professionals indispensable to our society, to our economy, then we ought to prioritize their status in terms of access to the vaccine. >> reporter: jake, as far as other school districts, a big milestone in the city of chicago, the third largest school district in the country today remitted 6,000 pre-k and special needs students to in-person learning. this is just a small step. reminder how large this city really is. there was a lot of pushback ahead of this. this is the first time back in school since march. the pushback came from concerned teachers, saying there wasn't
enough safety precautions put in place. we think of schools as a safe haven where children eat and learn. you think about the tragedies going on in this country right now. typically, that's a classroom where students can talk about these things. it's much longer to talk about last wednesday via zoom. >> bianna golodryga, thank you so much. appreciate it. one lawmaker is blaming this scene captured on video for her covid diagnosis that shows at least six house republicans refusing to wear masks even after offered by a colleague, while sheltering in place during the capitol riots. top doctors sent a memo to lawmakers this week warning about the potential spread of coronavirus in the enclosed room. now bonnie watson-coleman of new jersey, 75-year-old cancer survivor is on her way to the hospital, becoming the first lawmaker in that room to test
positive for coronavirus. she places direct blame for catching the virus on her republican colleagues who refused to follow health protocols. incredibly selfish. follow me on facebook, instagram and twitter @jaketapper. tweet the show @thelead. our coverage continues right now. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we're following breaking news. president trump now likely just 48 hours away from going down in american history as the first u.s. president to be impeached twice. house democrats have set a wednesday vote on an article of impeachment, charging the president with inciting insurrection b
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