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of it, chris, i don't know what to think. nice show as always, great show. thank you for the humor and laugh tonight. i needed it. i appreciate it. >> i look forward to the show, laura. >> me, too. thank you. this is "don lemon tonight," and i'm laura coates in for don lemon. i know you can remember, because how could you forget? how could any of us forget what we saw with our own eyes exactly six months ago today? something we never in a million years thought we'd see, the united states capitol, the seat of our democracy, battered, defiled by hundreds of bloodthirsty rioters. lawmakers like senator mitt romney and the then-vice president forced to run for their lives. the pictures, the videos are burned into our memories. but just today the fbi released 11 horrific new videos from body
cameras, officers who risked their lives trying to keep the insurrectionists out of the capitol. and i warn you, some of this is very disturbing to watch. you know, we haven't bleeped any of it to give you the full context. when there is this video of maga head rioters on the capitol steps. and another sickening video of rioters assaulting police officers . and with threats against lawmakers still increasing, with homeland security and the fbi warning about the potential for
more violence tied to this bogus conspiracy theory that trump will somehow return to the presidency next month. with all that, republican deniers are doing everything they can to bury what happened and why it happened. to bury the big lie. i want to bring in democratic congressman jason crow of colorado. congressman, i'm glad you're here tonight. thank you for taking the time. it's always a pleasure to speak with you. congressman, the fbi is releasing 11 new videos from the insurrection tonight, and we see rioters brutally assaulting officers and trying to get closer to lawmakers just like you. this was all happening as you took cover in the house chamber. here we are six months later, and i just have to ask, how does it feel to see these rioters so
determined to harm you and your colleagues? >> hi, laura. glad you had me on. it's a pleasure to talk to you as well. america saw this happen in realtime. w we were there as members of congress, there were journalists there, there was 140 police officers who were brutally beaten. this was an assault on the seat of our democracy that many of us visit ed as children. there has to be accountability in this. we all know what happened. and there is plenty of video and plenty of eyewitness accounts, and it's extremely painful, especially for those officers who were beaten so brutally. one lost his life, another one took his life shortly after the event. thing thinking about them and their families is a very painful thing. >> the whole world was an eyewitness to what we saw, and
living it and reliving it in the footage is devastating again. homeland security officials are warning about more violence this summer because apparently right wing conspiracy mongers think trump will be reinstated in august. is law authority ready for another attack if it were to happen, because capitol hill police tell cnn that not nearly is being done here. >> people need to understand this is not an exercise in history. we're not just trying to dget te history books right here on january 6. this is an ongoing movement, a conspiracy theory movement, an anti-government movement that's dangerous. it's growing because donald trump and his enablers continue to spread the big lie, continue to tell lies and sow these conspiracy theories. these aren't benign things. this isn't just story time. this is stuff that's actually emboldening and creating and
spreading an extremist movement in the united states of america. law enforcement needs to get ready, but we're not going to sit there as congress and just hope they do. my job is not just to hope they get ready. i have leadership function to make sure they're ready. that's what the january 6 subcommittee that we just convened last week. that's what the accountability office investigation review that i'm overseeing in the house is going to be about. we're going to get facts and then we're going to act on those facts, and we're going to find out what we need to do to protect the american people. >> toi want to talk about that committee because we don't know who kevin mccarthy will choose to serve on this committee. if he selects any of the 139 members of the house who voted to overturn the committee, should the speaker use her power
here? >> i'm not going to say what the speaker should or shouldn't do, but i've always said, and my colleague share this view, what mccarthy chooses to do and what the gop colleagues in the house choose to do is irrelevant for our purposes. we e we have a duty. that duty flows from our oath. we have the duty to uphold the constitution and our democratic prac practices. it doesn't matter what other people do. we will uphold our democracy. we will protect our law enforcement officers who are on the front lines doing the work of battling this extremist movement, and we will do that regardless of who they appoint to this select committee. >> i tell you what, americans need to have those assurances here, especially when you have another january 6 video the fbi released tonight showing rioters wearing maga hats.
you know, you would think that horrific day would have served as a massive wake-up call, but as you know, within days it was back to politics as usual. so i wonder about the words you use, the enablers, et cetera. how do you work with republican colleagues who are even to this day still pushing former president trump's big lie? >> well, laura, i'm a student of history. i've studied history for much of my life and i actually gain some comfort from it, but at the same time, what we've learned from history is there are very few clearcut moments for people having an enlighten. or awakening to a truth or realize there is this big lie told. things happen over time. they happen over time because good people stand up. they push back against it. they tell the truth, sometimes
at a great personal cost to themselves. that's what we see happen. it needs to happen faster, it needs to happen with more people, no doubt about that. but we continue to do this work. as mlk has always said, the arc of history is long and it bends towards justice. it bends towards justice because people bend it toward justice. but it doesn't happen fast and it isn't always clean. >> congressman jason crow, thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> thanks, laura. now i want to bring in political commentator, and while this does pose an existential crisis, he says democracy did prevail. it prevailed, but it also
crashed, didn't it, david? >> it did prevail but it also put it in a precarious state, and it requires constant work to protect it, to defend it, to make sure it is being fortified. because clearly the tenuous nature of our democracy, i think, was laid bare in many ways on january 6. and just seeing the video you've been playing again tonight, laura, it's hard not to get chills and a little choked up watching the very house of american democracy get attacked in that way. >> i mean, you're right, watching in that one footage the officer repeatedly trying to get back up as he's savagely assaulted and beaten down. it's incredible to think that, look, republican candidates who are running in 2022 are increasingly focused on the baseless claim that the election fraud was rampant which, in part, is a part of what people, i presume, thought justified
their behavior going into the capitol. so what does mean that so many republicans are willing to run on this when we're seeing this? >> well, it means that donald trump still has quite a grip on the republican party. i think the "washington post" looked into more than 700 republican candidates that had filed the fec paperwork and found nearly a third or so actually putting the notion of what occurred on january 6 sort of at the center of their campaign, the notion of the big lie that led to the january 6 insurrection at the center of how they're trying to appeal to republican voters. and i think all of that indicates, that commitment to the big lie indicates a desire to please donald trump and his supporters and not get crosswise
with him because it is his power that still fuels the republican party. >> i want you to listen to what senator lindsey graham had to say this morning, david, about the capitol attack. take a listen. >> president trump's speech in my view didn't cause the riot. it didn't help r, but it didn't cause it. i think it's important to understand the importance of peaceful protest and a riot. and what happened inside the u.s. capitol, and i was there, was shameful, it was despicable, and the people who did it need to go to jail. >> didn't cause but didn't help it. that's what he's saying now, david, but listen to what he said on the day of the insurrection, six months ago today. >> we've had a hell of a journey. i hate it being this way. oh, my god, i hate it. from my point of view, he's been a consequential brother. but today the first thing you'll see. all i can say is count me out.
enough is enough. >> hmm. i mean, interesting. he's trying to say the riot was bad, at the same time letting trump off the hook. david, comman he actually have both ways? >> well, he certainly seems to think that the voters in south carolina will allow him to try and have it both ways. to hear him say so january 6, enough is enough, count me out, but then subsequently for many months thereafter been out golfing with trump and still courting his input into the party out there saying that trump must be sort of at the center of the party. the idea of running away from him, he thinks, would be a political disaster for the republican party despite what you heard from senator graham on the senate floor that night. clearly he's trying to separate donald trump from what occurred on january 6. i think the facts leading up to
the 6th of january, laura, make that separation pretty hard to do. >> if not impossible. david chalian, thank you so much for joining me tonight m. i appreciate hearing from you. i remind people, it's only been six months. think about that. it's only been six months since we watched in horror as a violent mob scaled the walls of our capitol. just six months since an american president, american congressman and a man formerly known as america's mayor rallied that crowd to undermine congress' certification of the electoral college. listen. >> let's have trial by combat! >> today is the day american patriots start taking down names and kicking ass! >> we fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> it's been six months since officer eugene goodman tried to lead a threatening mob away from
the senate floor, where members of the house and senate mp waiting like sitting ducks. six months since michael fanone begged for his life, begging a mob to stop their assault to save his children's father. >> we're better than this! >> i gotcha, i gotcha. >> don't hurt him. >> you can't do this to me. >> and six months since gallows were erected outside the capitol, awaiting the hanging of an american vice president. six months since a confederate flag was proudly carried through the halls of congress. six months since members of congress put on gas masks and removed the congressional pin so
that they could not be identified as elected officials who could be taken hostage, or worse, killed. six months since the valiant men and women of the capitol police and the metropolitan police department waited for hours for reinforcements to come. and for six months now, the american people have been told to simply move on. all the while the former president and his republican allies refuse to even acknowledge president biden's victory. why is that? because apparently trying to prevent the destruction of our democracy is somehow a distraction to democracy. this is as illogical as the revisionist history being told about that horrible day. >> we've seen plenty of video of people in the capitol, and they weren't rioting. it doesn't look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breach the capitol,
and i don't condone it, but they're staying within the rope lines in the rotunda. >> look, they went in. they shouldn't have done it. some of them went in and they're hugging and kissing the police and the guards. >> if you didn't know the footage was a video from january 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit. >> now, those were tourists? i suppose king george was simply the guy who sold us our teeth? america should not just move on, but it does have a chance to move beyond the things that threaten our democracy. move beyond just the idea of america and realize what it must be in practice. move beyond the rhetoric about the sanctity of our democracy and actually secure it. move beyond the performative
demands for transparency and accountability and actually ensure it. move beyond the celebration of our independence and actually free our democracy from the tyranny of the big lie. let's move beyond, not just move on. we're keeping an eye on hurricane elsa that is taking aim at florida. that is the cdc saying tonight the delta variant now makes up half of all new covid cases in this country. and president joe biden is urging unvaccinated americans to get it done. >> millions of americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. and because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk. this is an even bigger concern because of the delta variant.
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rates. president biden making a new push today to get more americans vaccinated and warning that people should think twice about not getting vaccinated. joining me now to discuss, dr. ashish sjha. he's the director of public health. thank you for joining me tonight. i appreciate it. >> thank you for having me on. >> dr. jha, president biden, as you know, announced these new variants, but the unvaccinated make up more than half. we're seeing more red on the states than we ever seen in month. what worries you most about this? >> what worries me most, laura, is that basically we have so many americans especially concentrated in those states who are unvaccinated, who are at risk for substantial infections and hospitalizations and deaths. about 99% of people who are dying right now of covid are
unvaccinated. this is completely unnecessary. what worries me is we're not going to make enough progress on this. >> so what more should or even can the administration be doing? he didn't hit the goal that they were aiming for on the fourth of july when it came to total vac nations, so what's next? what's left to do? >> i think there are a couple things. first of all, i think the president set a very ambitious goal of 70%. we didn't get there, we got to 67, which is pretty good but we have to do better. i think what's going to make a really big difference is the fda providing full approval of these vaccines. we have so much data, i think the fda will be able to do that. that will give so much confidence to businesses, to schools, to ask their employees and students to get vaccinated. i think that will make a big difference as well.
there is a lot of work to do here, but i think full approval by the fda really would make a big difference. >> any idea what that timeline could look like? >> typically under normal circumstances, once an application is filed, if there is enough data, it takes three to six months. these are not normal circumstances. we're in the middle of a global pandemic. the data is in. i don't want them to cut any corners. we have more than enough data. now with all that data i'm hoping it can happen in the weeks ahead and it doesn't take much longer than that. >> speaking of data, the israeli government is saying it found that the pfizer vaccine, one that's available here in the u.s. as well, is slightly less effective against the delta variant at i think 64% effective for all cases, but it's still 93% effective against severe illnesses. so what does this actually tell us? what's behind the data here and is there cause for concern about efficacy rates here? >> yeah, i have to tell you, i'm not super concerned and let me
say why. first of all, the data from the israeli government, again, thai bep been doing a good job so no criticism on the data in general. but this specific number is based on a molgmodell study and we don't have all the results. i look at the canadian data, almost 95% effectiveness of the pfizer vaccine against the delta variant. my sense is the data is going to hold up really, really well against the delta variant and this 64% is probably a blip and not the real final word on this. >> very reassuring, dr. jha, thank you for your time. nice speaking with you. thank you. >> thank you. a big announcement in the new york mayoral city primary. cnn projecting eric adams will win the democratic primary, and by the narrowest of margins.
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the democratic primary field. >> it only took two weeks, ten tabulations and a huge mistake by the noew york city election board who said it had no effect on the election. they are making that projection right now, that eric adams will win the democratic nomination for the mayor's race in the city of new york. a tiny difference, a single percentage point there, well under a 10,000-vote difference. kathryn garcia said she would be making a statement tomorrow at the monument in central park. it is no coincidence she would have been the first female mayor in new york city. let me remind for viewers this was the first rank choice election for mvoters, where the had the chance to list their top
five competitors and then the vote would go to the second preference. that's where we are tonight. >> 800 votes here, you wonder how it came down to this narrow margin, because today the governor of new york, cuomo, declared guns a disaster emergency. is the surge in crime what this race came down to? it's a huge commentary that someone who is a former police captain is now likely the favorite to win matthe mayor ra. >> absolutely. two weeks ago today i stood in a voter polling place and they told me thei issue of crime is certainly front and center. we've seen a rise in street crime, hate crime, crimes targeting the asian community, the jewish community as well. what we heard from time to time by voters is they want somebody
who can address this kind of issue. we know adams is the moderate here, certainly trying to strike the middle ground saying he would address this, but at the same time also address racial injustice. that's what many voters hope to see in their next mayor. >> you know, the new york city board of elections, to your earlier point, they've been facing a lot of criticism for how they even rolled out these results. there were more problems today, i understand? what happened? >> yeah, and part of that is with timing. when do you usually brunch, 11:00 or 12:00? not 6:00 or 9:00 p.m. they tweeted today saying they promised today's release was more of a brunch special versus club hours. but instead we obviously ended up getting these about 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. tonight. that is a head scratcher here. to be fair, they did say because of that issue that popped up last week, they had another layer of counting, but at the same time they attempted to
downplay what happened when they accidentally counted 135,000 test ballots saying it was a catch-22, laura. new yorkers, i don't know if they'll buy that. >> i'm wondering, has the person who came in second so far, garcia, has she conceded? >> no concession as of this point. she's only put out a statement saying she plans to share some remarks tomorrow at central park rgs park, again, at that particular location that certainly has a message in itself. >> thank you, polo. actress howard university dean felicia rashad is getting a lot of backlash after her tweet about bill cosby following his release from prison last week. now some people at howard are demanding her resignation.
is facing major backlash after tweeting support for cosby who was released from prison just last week when his sexual assault conviction was overturned. now phylicia rashad apologized for her tweet, but some students at howard university where she's now a dean says that's not enough. jason carroll has the story. >> reporter: this week howard university is open for summer classes, but some students are still reeling from last week's comments made by phylicia rashad, their college of fine arts dean, who tweeted in support of bill cosby. >> it's kind of like a slap in the face, to be completely honest with you. >> reporter: darlene katawny, a new graduate, said phylicia rashad is trying to lift the shame reported about sexual assaults. >> she does not feel for those victims or those victims that haven't been able to come
forward, especially at the howard campus because there are incidents i know have occurred that those women do not feel comfortable coming forward about. >> there was a lot of communication to young women and vulnerable people that they don't matter in the shadow of a powerful man's legacy. that's what that communicated whether she wanted it to or not. >> phylicia tweeted last week after a court overturned cosby's sexual assault case. they didn't say he hadn't performed these dhcharges, just that it was corrected. calls came in for her resignation and for howard to fire her. rashad quick to apologize saying in part, my remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of
sexual assault. i vehemently oppose sexual violence and find no excuse for such behavior. the university distancinge ing f from rashad, saying rashad's initial tweet showed insensitivity to victims of sexual assault. certain positions of leadership do not support howard university's policies. including singer stephanie mills and former reality judge joe brown, and saying you must follow freedom of speech, what is supposed to be taught every day at that renowned law school. the problem for some at howard university is, was rashad's apology enough? >> we need to look at the student survivor committee, and
if students in the committee feel she should be removed, howard university needs to take that seriously. >> students couldn't say for sure whether rashad should keep her position. the president of revolt, an on-campus group, helping to reserve a safe space for women. >> i understand if other students feel more action needs to be taken and i would support that as well. >> jason carroll, cnn. >> thank you, jason. and now an update to a story we've been following. pulitzer prize-winning journalist nikole hannah-jones turning down a tenured teaching position at the university of north carolina, instead accepting a tenured professor position at howard university in washington, d.c. she was initially denied tenure at unc until hannah-jones
protested. she blames did on her groundbreaking work on the 1619 project. that was when the first slave ship arrived. hannah-jones saying in a statement, these last few weeks have been very dark. to be treated so shabbily by my alma mater, by a university who has given me so much who i only sought to give back to has been deeply painful. we'll be right back. more. it's the simple act of enjoying time with friends, knowing you understand your glucose levels. ♪
parents around the country are outrages over critical race theory. and some states ban teaching it. and therein lies the problem. critical race theory is an idea, not an actual part of the curriculum, it's not being taught to schoolchildren. but it is a political tool some on the right are using to scare people. more tonight from cnn's eli reeve. >> there are thousands of parents all over the u.s. of all races who have been speaking out against crt and rightfully so. these are my babies, not yours! if you are embarrassed or ashamed of your skin color, that's your issue, not mine or my children's. >> reporter: this is a school meeting in a suburb of philadelphia where a group of parents are speaking out against critical race theory, or crt. >> we do not want our children to think that america is systemically racist. >> people died over slavery.
don't rewrite history, just present the facts. >> in the wake of the murder of george floyd, they've been hyping critical race critical race theory says america is irredeemably racist. >> legislators have proposed bills to ban crt. we wanted to meet the actual people working with actual kids and actual schools. so we met with someone who discusses crt in her anthropology class. can i start with a very simple, what is critical race theory? >> yes. critical race theory is not being taught in schools. it is a theory. it is a lens by which to view history and the way that law and race kind of overlaps and connects in society. can it influence the way that
some teachers teach? yeah, but that's a good thing, right? because race and racism is literally the building blocks of this country. so how can you not talk about it? >> critical race there ory is a academic academic framework. but relentless propaganda from some conservatives has created a panic that white people and especially white children are under attack. >> critical race there ory is basically teaching people to hate our country. >> it's not critical race theory. it's racism. >> these are systemic things, ignoring it perpetuates the problem by acknowledging it, we can find solutions and address the problems in the inequality that exists in our country. so i think teaching it this way
actually does the opposite of what these people say it does. >> are you teaching children to hate america? >> no, i'm teaching children to question america. and that's what makes a good patriot. >> don't force on our kids a particular world view. taking a wide brush and painting this country as structurally racist is insane. >> why is it insane though? >> it's just a lie. >> last year, she says she received an e-mail from her kids' school that they would be learning more about the role of race in society. she thought it would be racist, so she pulled her kids out of public school. then she created an advocacy group, that crt is poisoning young minds. >> in the '90s the crime bill gave much more severe sentencing to crack cocaine versus powdered cocaine because black people were perceived as doing crack
cocaine. joe biden i stthink is a perfec illustration. he participated in creating these laws that have a structural effect of affecting black people more than white people. >> but you don't have them now. >> people affected by that law are still alive. >> we're talking about something entirely different now. this is my taxpayers' money. i don't want it to go to indoctrinate kids that are going to hate kids because of the color of their skin. and attack them because the color of their skin. what happened in the summer twisted the minds of all kids. my kids can be attacked by antifa kids or blm kids if they're not black. but they are believing, they're indoctrinated and internalize this philosophy. >> were your children beat up by antifa kids? >> i beg your pardon?
>> were your children beat up by antifa kids? >> i'm talking, it's going to happen if we're not going to stop it. but we going to stop it. we are. we are the great majority of this country. >> anti-crt propaganda is drawing big crowds. >> of course i'm against critical race there where i. >> more than 100 people showed up at this diner near baltimore where there was a panel on school shutdowns and crt. what is critical race theory? >> critical race theory is taught to our nation's youth that the way that you're born contributed to the amount of success you can achieve, that white people are born with everything, and if you're not white you're born with nothing. >> can you name any critical race theory scholars? >> probably not. >> can you name any critical race theory concepts? >> i don't know what the concepts are, i think i
summarized critical race theory as a whole pretty well. >> to paint the country as an inherently racist country from its finding is dangerous. >> the three fifths compromise was writ nten into the constitution. >> that was at a previous time. >> you just mentioned the founding of the country. >> well, yeah, it wasn't perfectly written in the constitution. >> when did you first hear about critical race theory? >> last year. >> where did you hear it? >> fox news. the idea that you can succeed based on your race, it is not the '60s anymore. >> are you teaching white kids to hate themselves for being white? >> no. >> are you teaching black kids that there's nothing they can do
to improve their situation? >> absolutely not. >> there's racism and they can never fight it, so they should give up. >> absolutely not. i'm creating little free thinkers and future politicians and lawyers and teachers and changemakers. our kids are smart. they know what's happening. and i think we do them a disservice by continuing to pretend like critical race theory is the issue, when it's really, you just don't want kids to learn the truth. not only do they become critical thinker, they also become voters, and that's what's scaring a lot of these people because they know as this generation gets older a lot of these people who are making these laws will be voted out of office. >> elle reeve, cnn, philadelphia. stay with cnn for the latest on hurricane elsa taking aim at florida. our coverage continues.
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