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the late show with stephen colbert is coming up next. >> have a great night. >> good night captioning sponsored by cbs >> the price of gas might be hitting you hard, but krispy kreme wants to sweeten things up a little. for the next four weeks, the chain will sell a dozen glazed donuts for the same price as a gallon of case. krispy kreme will use the national average gas price from the previous monday to determine price. >> at krispy kreme, we believe that you love our donuts so much that there is nothing we can do to stop you from eating them. so to test that theory, we decided to associate our donuts with something as unpopular as the current record gas prices. and you're still eating them! just like we thought. sound a bit cocky? well how about this: for the next three months, we're pegging
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you, travis. ( cheers and applause ) happy tuesday. bang, right there. hey. hi, you! oh, come on! please have a seat, ladies and gentlemen. thank you so much. welcome, one and all, in here out there, to "the late show." i am your host, stephen colbert. ( applause ) there are a lot of reasons people watch this show, but i know, first and foremost, you come for our rock-bottom prices. r ( laughter ) every episode of "the late show" is 100% free! as long as you keep buying whatever our advertisers are selling. ( laughter ) of course, thes days, a lot of that stuff is getting pricier, because the new inflation numbers came out today, and prices have jumped a whopping
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8.5% since last march. 8.5%! that means no more splurging at the grocery store. instead of milwaukee's best, it'll have to be, waukesha's ehhh? ( laughter ) which is, let's face it, not that much worse. ( applause ) ehhh. ehhh. how bad is this? these inflation rates are the highest since 1981. and keep in mind, back in 1981, things were so expensive, your cereal bowlto double as your hat ( laughter ) ( applause ) you had to crack what whip. you had to whip inflation now. you had to whip it good. overall, the items hit hardest by rising prices are food, shelter, and gasoline. so you shouldn't, affected as long as you don't eat anything, be anywhere, or go anyplace. now today-- was this just today? just today.
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down in washington, in an effort to reduce gas prices, president biden announced that he will be allowing gasoline that uses a 15% ethanol blend. ooh, a blend. it sounds so sophisticated. >> umm, i'm getting notes of iowa corn. some oaky hydrocarbons. oh, this is really fracking my taste buds. is this from north dakota?" this blend is called e15 and, because it requires less crude oil, it can cost 10 cents per gallon less on average. okay, so that's... what was that, 10% less? taken% that's 15... that's 59% blend. saves 10 cents per gallon... 16 gallons in a tank of gas... average national price of... that comes out to... yeah, still not enough to save the democrats in the midterms. ( applause ) there you go.
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there you go. that's not looking good. it's not looking good. not looking good. moving on to covid. it's kund of a weird time for covid. the national infection rate is ticking up, but we don't know by how much because of all the at-home tests. still, some areas are taking action. like yesterday, when philadelphia announced it is reinstating its mask mandate. because it's philly, people can choose between surgical masks, kn95s, or full gritty heads. ( laughter ) but it turns out, it's not easy to ask people to put masks back on after they've had a taste of face freedom, as cnn's elizabeth cohen explained: >> in general, i think it's going to be have, very difficult to get people to obey mask mandates again. to just say, "hey, whenever you're in a restaurant or a store or wherever, wear a
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mask." i think that's gonna be very difficult to do. >> stephen: i agree. it's already difficult enough just to understand what philadelphians are saying: >> i didn't have no prime. i didn't have nothin'! leg's are goin', everything is goin'. nobody's gettin' no nothin'. guy comes up, offers me a fight. big deal. wanna fight the fight? yeah, i'll fight the big fight. ( laughter ) ( applause ). >> stephen: i'm not entirely sure. i'm not... i'm pretty sure he was ordering a salad. "dressing on the side!" the mandate will go into effect this coming monday, in order to provide a one-week education period for businesses. the mandate's only been over for a month! how much relearning is there to do? it's not like every christmas i go, "why is there a tree in our house? who put this laundry on the mantel piece! get our child off that old man's lap! are you crazy!"
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over in ukraine, we are in week seven of russia's supposedly three-day invasion. the sanctions have had a brutal effect on the russian economy, so russia wants to get us back. last night, our intelligence agencies warned that putin may increase efforts to interfere with u.s. elections. and just listen to this kremlin-connected pundit say it baldly on putin's russian state tv: >> (translated): it is time for us, for our people, to call on the people of the united states to change the regime in the u.s. early and to again help our partner trump to become president. >> stephen: "again help"? they're not even pretending anymore. russia's influence on the former president's campaign is going to be out in the open this time. that's why in 2024 he's already said he will be replacing mike pence.
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his new running mate? is potato. ( cheers and applause ) delicious. it's like a "where's waldo?" gotta say, the potato has more charisma than mike pence. but at least putin has moved on to the next election, unlike disgraced attorney and resthome gigolo, john eastman. eastman is the former president's former lawyer, who hatched the brilliant plot to have mike pence overturn the 2020 election, and his election crimes have drawn the jan 6th committee's attention. they've already gotten his documents and emails from him, but he's not backing down. in fact, we just learned that eastman is still pushing to decertify the 2020 election. that's right, the election that's been over for a year and a half, and that biden won. to put that into perspective, when the election was decided, j-lo was engaged to a different guy! ( laughter ) ( applause ) okay?
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she was-- this is... she was-- she was engaged to alex rodriguez. forget bennifer, she was supposed to be mrs. a-rod! i believe that's what they call him. they call him a-rod, right? >> jon: i don't know about that. >> stephen: no? i think that's how they pronounce it. here's what happened. about three weeks ago, eastman took a trip to wisconsin and urged republican wisconsin assembly speaker, robin voss, to nullify the 2020 election-- specifically, to start "reclaiming the electors" and move forward with either having a new slate of electors seated that would declare someone else the winner, or a do-over. a do-over? our ex-president isn't allowed a do-over just because he didn't like the result the first time. that's how you get an eric. ( laughter ) ( applause ) it's dangerous. it's-- it's just-- see.
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there you go. ( cheers and applause ) there we go. dangerous. one problem with eastman's plan-- all of it. he's trying to relitigate the 2020 election, which legal experts say is impossible. only if you don't believe in yourself! that's why i'll never throw away my "mondale '84" signs. fritz only has to overturn 49 states. you're going down, reagan. down, down, down. reagan going down, down, down, down. ronny's going down. gotta believe! ( laughter ) eastman is not alone. america is full of radicals who sow chaos and distrust in our elections. case in point: georgia representative and star of "honey i shrunk the anti-semite," marjorie taylor greene. as i said, eastman is in the crosshairs of the january 6
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committee, and greene believes it's time they just get over it, as she said this weekend: >> the american people are fed up with this over-dramatization of a riot that happened here at the capitol one time. ( laughter ) >> stephen: yeah. but that one time was pretty bad. ( as cannibal ) "out of the hundreds of people i've met, i eat one of them, and suddenly i'm 'carl the cannibal,' and 'a person of interest in an ongoing investigation'? pass the ketchup and get out. i wanna finish my... chicken fingers." i got a little something. there's major news news. because last night raicho-- i call her raich-o-- rachel maddow returned to her show after two months off and made this startling announcement:
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>> i will be here this month, monday through thursday nights, and then starting next month, starting in may, i'm gonna be here weekly. i'm gonna be here on monday nights. and we will never speak of it again. >> stephen: oh, yes, we will ( laughter ) rachel, you're breaking your fans' hearts. don't leave us with lawrence o'donnell! he has dead eyes like a doll! ( laughter ) hi, lawrence. rachel-- rachel was-- ( applause ) he's a lovely guy. he's a lovely fellow. rachel cutting back to one night a week raises an important question: can you do that? ( laughter ) more importantly: how can i do that? i've been doing a nightly show for 17 years. i'm aging faster than a bucket of unrefrigerated shrimp. ( laughter ) rachel is switching to one day a week in order to work on other projects, like podcasts and potential tv dramas. tv dramas? i guess it's only a matter of time before we get "rachel in paris."
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( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight. my guests are molly shannon and congresswoman cori bush. but when we come back, "meanwhile"! join us. ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) it
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♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: jon batiste and stay human, right over there, my friends. we're the luckiest people in the world. ( applause ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: jon, we've got-- coming up here on the show tonight-- thanks, everybody. jon, i'm looking right here, we have two wonderful guests tonight, two just astounding women on the show tonight. representative cori bush from mi is here tonight. first african american woman ever elected to congress from missouri, hard to believe just last year, incredibly dynamic person, has an incredible life
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story. and molly shannon is here tonight with a-- ( applause ) a memoir. >> jon: yes. >> stephen: just a beautiful memoir. hilarious person, heartfelt memoir. speaking of heartfelt experiences, people in new york here, people in the audience can tell you, a little shaken today because of the events that happened in brooklyn, absolutely horrible scene of a shooting on a train in brooklyn this morning. a man got onto the train, through an improvised sort of smoke bomb device, and started shooting people on the train. 29 people have injuries. 10 people were shot. five people are in critical but stable position. so far, thankfully, there have been no fatalities. but it's still-- it's such a troubling and such a horrifying news to hear. and the person is still at large. no one know where's this person is. you live in brooklyn. did-- were you anywhere near
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this? did this affect you coming in today? >> jon: no, i wasn't near this, but i heard about it, and i just don't understand why stuff like this happens in the world, we have evil. it's real. but we've got to stay strong. we've got to be positive, and hopefully, no one is lost in this. but hold the ones you love close because in times like this, you never know what could happen in the next minute. >> stephen: it's true. but if there's a city that can take something like this and move ahead with strength, it's this city, the greatest city in the world. >> jon: that's right. new york city,s new york. >> stephen: that's right. nothing really to be said. ( applause ) there's nothing really to be said other than our thoughts and our sincere prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this in brooklyn today, all those who were wounded and their families, and to say we love you, new
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york. stay strong. be brave, you beautiful city. ( applause ) >> jon: that's right >> stephen: folks, i spend most of my time, right over there, carefully combing the news landscape and harvesting the finest, most beautiful story pigments like malachite, azurite, and cinnabar, which i slowly grind under a glass of muller with only the most topical linseed oil, working them into smooth, buttery vermillions, verdigris, and new gamboges, which i then apply to a grisaille prepared on a canvas of flax, tow, and jute, slowly working up the shadow shapes and major masses, then delicately rendering the interplay of light and form, before applying a fine dammar and mastic varnish to unveil for you the glorious rembrandt portrait of the day's events that is my nightly monologue. but sometimes-- ( cheers and applause ) sometimes, folks, sometimes
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i'm shaken awake inside the darkened trunk of a bulgarian mobster's volvo 940, i quietly release the safety catch and tumble to the side of a dirt road, breaking both clavicles, which i do not feel because of all the angel dust. i stagger into an abandoned tannery where i befriend an owl who tells me to i have to let him speak through me or he'll murder the clouds. and at his direction, i mix the fun dip i found in my pocket with fistfuls of hexavalent chromium i scoop from the disused tanning pits, then hurl it at the side of a nearby defunct dairy queen in a fugue state of lashing out at light and color, to unleash for you the abstract expressionist splatter fresco of news that is my segment: meanwhile! ( cheers and applause ) a glass of cold water on a hot day is what it is. meanwhile, in seattle, the
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iconic space needle is turning 60 and is holding a contest to commemorate it. the winners will get to help repaint the space needle roof. or you could not enter and win an even more exciting prize: not painting the space needle roof. ( laughter ) meanwhile, there's news for all those who miss the golden jet-set age of air travel, because "your next american airlines flight could be on a bus." the new service starts june 3, when american airlines buses will provide travelers with connections between airports. and if you want to know what it's like to take a bus from one airport to another, fly spirit. ( laughter ) ( applause ) meanwhile, in frolicking with otters news, a "ranch resort in texas is offering guests the chance to swim with otters in a hot tub." for just $300, guests at blue
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hills ranch outside of waco can hop in a heated hot tub for nearly an hour with two otters. it's only $300 for the humans, but there's a much higher psychological price for the otters who have to spend 45 minutes in the same water where they just watched the previous couple doin' it. ( laughter ) meanwhile, in a world clearly desperate for i.p., there's a "spirit halloween" store film in the works. the movie is about how, a month earlier, this movie was a lady foot locker. ( laughter ) meanwhile, in creative storage solution news, a man shoved a four-pound dumbbell in his anus. ( applause )
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>> stephen: hey, everybody, welcome back. ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the show. my first guest is an actress you know from "saturday night live," "the other two," and "the white lotus." she has now written a new memoir, "hello, molly!" please welcome back to "the late show," molly shannon! ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: nice to see you. thank you for bei it's lovely to see you. >> oh, my gosh, stephen. it's so good to see you. >> stephen: and it is quite an achievement. you have a new memoir here called "hello, molly!," which is
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just getting extraordinary wonderful notices. >> thank you. >> stephen: it's extremely funny, and it's also-- and what is so surprising to so many people, it's a beautiful testament to resiliency. >> yeah. >> stephen: if you don't mind me saying how it opens. >> yes. >> stephen: it opens with a car crash when you were four years old that killed your mother, your younger sister, and your cousin. >> uh-huh. >> stephen: as you go to write your memoir, how difficult is that decision to lead with that part of your personal history? >> that was really hard. but i think, you know, it's such a big part of my story because, you know, suddenly the rug is just pulled out from under me. and my whole life changed in a split second. so it is an important part of my story. and so it kind of felt like, let's just say it, and then we can, like, move on. and even writing it felt that way. i felt like, once i was finished writing that chapter, i felt like i could take a deep breath. it was really hard to write it
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all out, but i wanted to get it right. and, you know, i deeply loved and admired my father, so i really wanted to, you know, handle that all correctly. and it was like doing surgery, kind of. >> stephen: well, as you say, you want to get it out and move on. with those type of traumatic experiences from childhood, it's hard to move on. >> yes. >> stephen: and what do you-- what part of that experience, like, lives with you to this day? i don't mean the actual moment. >> uh-huh. >> stephen: but can you even conceive, can you even possibly categorize the way that formed you who you are? >> can i categorize? yes, i often think-- some people have asked me, "do you think if that hadn't happened, if you hadn't lost your mom when you were little and your sister, you still would have gone into show business?" and i think, i don't know if i would have. and i can't-- i have to say, also, that it's interesting that we both had loss of a parent as
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kids. i know you lost your dad when you were -- >> stephen: and siblings. >> and two brothers, peter and paul. my little sister was named katie, and my mary survived, thank god. but i was going to say-- i think when you know somebody else who has lost a parent as a kid, i read everything you write about it, because i relate to everything. you know what i mean? and i know i've read everything about you, where you said you wanted to make your mother laugh and cheer her up and stuff like that. >> stephen: sure. >> right. >> stephen: yeah. > i relate to all that stuff, too. and in some ways i wanted to, like, you know, make sure my dad was okay. my dad was really interested in writing and performing. we used to do acting exercises in the house. so i kind of also did that for him, too, because it made him so happy, like getting into show biz. >> stephen: sure. >> you do it to help them, too, you know. >> stephen: sure. you in some ways, your own youthful vitality is like a jumper cable to their life and their ability to keep going. >> exactly. >> stephen: they're taking care of you, but in some ways--
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the joke i used to make is my mom and i raised each frrg that moment on. >> that's so cute. that's so sweet. i'm so sorry for your loss, stephen. >> stephen: i'm sorry about your loss, too. >> i think about you so often. and i read everything you say about that, and i loved what you said to anderson cooper. i thought it was so moving. and you're so sweet. and i like that you talk about that stuff, and you're so intelligent and you put it in such an elegant way, expressing that loss and what it gives you in understanding pain and grief, and all that. and you just express yourself so elegantly, and i admire you for, you know, your intelligence and depth -- >> stephen: that's lovely of you to say. and i'm wondering what-- ( applause ) i'm wonder ago. >> it's so sad! >> stephen: i'm wondering what it gave you. >> what is gave me? >> stephen: yes. >> hearing you say that. >> stephen: no, what in-- i am a river unto my people. what i mean is what do you think
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it gave you, i guess is what i'm asking? because people do say, "do you think if this happened to you or didn't happen to you, would you still be a comedian?" to which my friend jon stewart says, "a lot of people suffer. not everyone becomes a comedian." i'm curious what it gave to you, the knowledge that that has happened in your life? >> i think it gave me a kind of urgent-- first of all, i love being a mom, and i'm so happy i got to live way beyond all the years my mom lived. she die when was four. >> stephen: how old was she when she died? >> she was 33. so i think what it does is it gives me this urgency about life, like, and motherhood and having kids. and it's a great comfort getting to do all the things she didn't get to do. and i get like, "oh, my god! we're all alive, and, like, i just don't-- it's so sad to talk about it on such a comedy show. but i feel so grateful that we're alive and we're, like, living, and i don't take it for
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granted. because i guess you never know how many years you have with somebody. so i feel grateful and a kind of urgency like,s, you're up to bat and ( bleep )! you're alive!" sorry. you can bleep it out. i don't want to swear. >> stephen: no, i know the feeling. >> especially to a nice catholic boy. >> stephen: i don't know about "a nice catholic boy" but a catholic boy. here, just in case you need that. >> thank you, thank you. >> stephen: we have to take a quick break. but when we come back, mollie will explain to us what the mamet scam is and was. stick around. let's make a toast to doing more this spring. actually, let's make two. introducing creamy hummus and savory avocado toasts. topped with oven roasted tomatoes, vine-ripened and perfectly seasoned. now you have two more delicious reasons
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>> stephen: hey, we're back with the author of "hello, molly!," molly shannon. in your early l.a. hurstle days-- this is one of my favorite show business stories of all time you can share with the people. you and your friend came up with something called "the mam ." plea explain to the peoe at the m sca m fneack and i ge e leng, oss,"illit. when we were in hollywood, we couldn't get into the doors of agents. nobody was calling. i would walk up and down sunset
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boulevard, pass out my head shotses. nobody called. "we have to get in the door. how can we do this?" i thought up this thing and called it the mamet scam where i pretended to be someone who worked for david mamet, named liz stockwell, and eugene pack's fake name was arnold katz. and we pretended we worked for and with david mamet, and we would make calls for one another to get into agents. i would call-- and liz stockwell, my character, was just a positive gal, just good energy. so we would go to the a.f.i. library and look up actordses and who were represented by. who's joan cusack's agent. i could meet that person. we did research and had who we wanted to meet. i would call and say, "hi, this is liz stockwell, calling from david mamet's office." we kind of knew there wouldn't a crosscheck, because we knew david mamet would stay in new york, vermont. so when the agents would hear david mamet was calling, we could get right on the phone
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with the agent and they would put the agent on. i would say, "david speaks so highly of you and your company, and we have this young kid out here. he's like the next hot thing. we make him a star. i see the star of david's new play, and we'd love to set up a meeting for you." and we had a rule where you couldn't hang up the call until you had the appointment. and eugene pack and i had worked in sales together on park avenue, and -- >> stephen: you were selling gym memberships. >> we sold gym memberships, and the rule was don't hang up until you get the credit card. we did the same thing with the mamet scam. whatever the obstacle was, "have u19 call." "no, no, eugene is so busy with the rehearsals can we just get it." and they would say, "liz, can we have lunch?" and i would say, "i will have my assistant call you." >> stephen: did it work? >> it worked, it worked! so what happened was-- so during
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the mamet scam-- and we would crack up. we would pass notes, "say this, say that." i met bernie beruti. we met everyone. bernie was like, "give my best to david. i want you to meet my daughter lee. and i used to drive by, and i loved "twin peaks" and david lynch. and i said i want to be on 'twin peeks." and i got a meeting with joanna ray. and she said, "you are a delight. you much of must meet david lynch," and i got "twin peaks" through the mamet scam. ( cheers and applause ). it worked. it worked! >> stephen: respect. >> thank you! >> stephen: respect. oh, my god that's fantastic. >> it was good. it was good. it was good! that's how i got my start. >> stephen: that is fantastic. >> i'm a hustler, baby. >> stephen: did you ever get caught? >> stephen, sorry, but, yes, we
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did-- i did get caught. we got a little, like, you know, crazy with it. i really want-- i loved, you know, "st. elmo's fire" and i want to be part of that brat pack, mollie ingwald. and i wanted to meet the agent to the brat pack, and arnold katz got me in, and i went in and sat with her, and she was just like, "i just wanted to see what a liar looked like in person." can you believe it? and i was like oh, my god. she was like, "yeah, your little friend arnold katz called me.l ov onanted really confused and kind of like,s, wait, what." like confused. and she was like, "wait, can i ask you a question, honey? are you dating this guy? and i used all my acting techniques from n.y.u. drama school. and i said, "oh, yeah, i've been dating him for just a few weeks and he said he could help me out, he knows people in
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hollywood." i played a dumb girl manipulated by this-- she said, honey, let me tell you, this guy is a sleaze bucket, and he can't help you. he doesn't know anyone." and and i was like, "oh, my god, thank you." so we turned it around. oh, my god! and then i went-- and then i went out to a pay phone and i called eugene pack, and i was like, "we just got busted." >> stephen: that is so great. >> yeah, so good. >> stephen: mollie, lovely to see you. >> oh, my god, you're the best. >> stephen: "hello, molly" is now available in bookstores and "i love that for you" premieres april 29 on showtime. molly shannon, "hello, molly!" we'll be right back with congresswoman cori bush.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: there you go. there it is! welcome back, everybody. of folks, my next guest is a nurse, pastor, and activist who last year became the first african american congresswoman from the great state of missouri. please welcome congresswoman cori bush!
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so nice to have you on. please have a seat. of course, we've spong before. i interviewed you once■ before over zoom during the height of covid. so nice to have you in person. >> i know, in person is so different. we've got the audience, and the energy. >> stephen: we don't have to wait for the internet lag between the two of us. last week there was a historic moment. >> yes ketanji brown jackson became the first african american woman to be named to the supreme court. you were at this white house celebration. >> i was. >> stephen: last friday. what are you going to take with you, what are you going to remember from that historic day? >> first of all, the day before the weather in d.c. was gloomy and drizzling, and, you know, it was so cold by 11:00 that night, i was still out walking around. and it was just freezing, and
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i'm wondering what is the next day going to be like for this, this ceremony that is supposed to be this joyous experience? and the next day, the weather was so beautiful, it was sunny. almost hot. and so, as we walked on to the garden at the white house, the band was playing, and it was just the most amazing feeling. and i remember-- so i was seated in the third row, right behind the first lady. and she was on the first row. i was on the third. and then ketanji brown jackson's husband was just a few seats over from the first lady. and i remember when she was speaking, ketanji brown jackson, she spoke about her husband, i looked over at him, and i saw this tear roll down his face. i could see want tear. and i held it together the whole time. now, i'm sitting there and, you know, i cry. but i held it together. but in that moment, i was done-- i broke. i broke.
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i broke. . ( applause ). >> stephen: if he goes you go. >> yes. >> stephen: now, before you were in congress, among many other things, you were born and raised in st. louis. single mother, registered nu ortained pastor. but also a black lives matter activist. and your missouri colleague-- ( applause ) your colleague from missouri, representative cleaver, said-- i want to get this right-- it's "a tight rope to be able to do the agitating then come inside and negotiate." how do you balance on that tight rope? because i assume you're seeing some of the people that you agitated against? >> yeah, and that's okay, because that's why i chose to any to congress, or at least to run. you know, i'm not taking off my activist hat to be in congress. so i call myself a politivist. i coined that phrase. the politician and the activist. that activist is going to push,
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is going to be on the ground and listen and have the courage to move things that other people might not, you know, feel comfortable moving. the politician has the pen. the politician has the power of the purse. so marrying the two, i hear what the people need. i'm out here with the people. i make a choice to be on the ground, and then, also, use that to inform legislation. ( applause ) >> stephen: you literally-- you literally were out there on the ground because in august, you occupied the capitol steps. >> oh, my goodness! >> stephen: here we go. let's get this out here. so this was-- this is representative ayanna pressley, cori bush. protesting the ending of the expiring of the eviction moratorium during covid. that's what specifically you were out there, to have it extended. >> yes. >> stephen: what was that like? did the capitol police not give
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you trouble? >> so i won't say that. i won't say that. so because i didn't know the moment before i chose to stay out there on those steps, we didn't look up to see, like, do you need-- what does a permit look like? what can you do? what can't you do? so we just went in and said you know what? they're putting 11 million people at risk for eviction, and it's just going to happen, and congress was supposed to go on vacation? i can't do that. i know what it's like to sleep in the car with my two babies. i know what it's like to be so cold, and you're wondering, like, what can happen to make you warm? i know what it's like to not be able to sleep throughout the night because i'm afraid my babies my not wake up because they're so cold. i couldn't imagine myself being in this position, forcing someone else into that, or at least allowing it. and so, you know, we put-- we set up some chairs and just stayed. the capitol police didn't even say anything at first. they didn't know. they came back the next day and
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was like, "you can't have chairs out here." >> stephen: you can stand but you can't have chairs. >> you can stand. and "you can't sleep." we slept the first day or tried to. they said, "you can't sleep. you can't lay down." you had to sit up on that cold concrete. rained on glus but it worked. >> it worked! absolutely! absolutely. >> stephen: the extension of the moratorium. >> yes. >> stephen: happened. >> yes. >> stephen: politivist. you often tweet-- and i got this teet right here-- you often tweet, "your congresswoman-- happy saturday, your congresswoman loves you." who is the "you" that you're loving. >> so it starts with my people in st. louis. but then, also, my work is just to love humanity, everybody. you know what? i don't care if you don't vote for me. if you-- you know, if you say horrible things about me. the question i have for sudid you eat, though?
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you know, did you have a home? you know, you say all of these things. it's okay. like, you can attack me with those things. but my work is to make sure that you have what you need. so i just love humanity. ( applause ) thank you, congresswoman congresswoman cori bush, everybody! we'll be right back.
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