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great to have you with us on "the ed show." thank you so much. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "politics nation" with reverend al sharpton starts right now. >> and thanks to you for tuning in tonight's lead, the gop's desperate search for a leader, any leader. right now, the annual republican leadership conference is in full swing in new orleans. and for a party vowing to rebrand and become more welcoming, here's who's giving leadership advice. yes, donald trump is the big headliner today. that's some change you can believe in. because when you are looking to open the tent, you definitely look to a reality show star. >> is more lies by the president
than any human being i think i have been sieg. the world has gone to hell in the last five, six years. just gone to hell. >> but trump wasn't the only reality tv star leading the party. the stage was warmed up last night by "duck dynasty's" phil robertson. the guy when said that the precivil rights era wasment so bad for african-americans. and that homosexuality can lead to beastality. yes, this is true republican leadership. the key note speaker on opening night. but believe it or not, he said something last night that made complete sense. >> i'm not a political person. i guess the gop may be more
desperate than i thought to call somebody like me. >> yes, the gop is desperate. how desperate? the chairman of the republican national committee, the guy who vowed last year to rebrand the party, was on that same stage, yes, he's standing strong with the reality tv stars, and he got right into the swing of things. >> we're the party of freedom, and we're the party of opportunity. we're the party of equality. >> the party of equality? again, he's going on the same stage as phil robertson. >> the other side has a shameful history, but you wouldn't know it because we don't talk about it. >> oh, yes. what a wonderful plan. all they need now is ted nugent, that anti-government rancher,
clint eastwood, and the obama rodeo clown, and they'll be set. they'll be all set. joining me now is e.j. dionne and joan walsh. thank you both for being here tonight. >> good to be with you, reverend. >> e.j., donald trump, phil robertson. i mean, are these the faces of the republican leadership at this point? >> well, i had the same thought as you had, that you expressed earlier, which is i didn't realize what a shrewd political analyst phil robertson was. it's very hard to figure out what he was doing there. i think what you're seeing here is a real kind of contradiction or problem the republicans have with their midterm strategy. i mean, this has to be an appeal to the right end of their pace to make sure they turn out. and the hope is, i guess, that no one else will notice, because when you bring folks like that up, what you risk doing is
turning out the other base where i think democrats, as we have talked about before, have real worries about turning out their base at the midterm, and these guys remind those folks why they turn out to vote. >> joan, what do you think? i mean, how does this make political sense? i'm baffled. >> i can't say it better than e.j. did. seriously, they're doing the democrats a real favor, but this is their problem. they have gotten addicted to the toxins of frankly racism and gay bashing and birtherism. reince breepriebus wants us to he's changed things, but he doesn't understand you can't be the party of frederick douglass and phil robertson. you can't be the party of abraham lincoln and donald trump, the birther in chief. when push comes to shove, when they have to chose, they choose
phil robertson. they put him on stage as the keynote. >> kicking off their leadership conference. >> this is leadership. this isn't entertainment. >> he wasn't doing entertainment night. he was the keynote speaker. >> i was flabbergasted. i thought he would show up to shake some hands. >> entertainment at the dinner or something. >> right. >> as they quarrelled as republicans, the seems like the only thing they can rally behind is attacking president obama. we're seeing at this event really in full force. look at this. >> at this rate that we're going, with this commander in chief, next thing you know, our soldiers are going to have to exchange their fatigues for mom jeans. >> we're up against evil. like i have never seen before in my life. i have never -- let me put it this way. in the last five or six years,
i'm sitting there and i'm watching what's coming out of the white house. it's just downright embarrassing. >> we have a leader who can't lead. we have a man that doesn't have a clue. i don't think the president loves what he's doing. i think he wants to get the hell out of office and play golf. >> aside from the extremity of their statements and aside from how bizarre some of their logic is or ilogic would be better. the fact is that how do they intend, e.j., to attract new voters when all they're saying are these very extreme attacks on the president. what makes them think this is going to attract new voters? >> i honestly don't know. it makes no sense in terms of attracting new voters. i also think if you do believe, as i do, that there are voters in the midterm elections who are
not either very liberal or very conservative or middle of the road, i don't think they warm at all to the ferocity of the attacks on president obama. they're prepared to hear a critique of them, prepared to be persuaded, but i don't think they fundamentally like politics that are this mean and treats the president in this way. >> and this name calling. but joan, equal to just bashing the president is this anti-government rhetoric. this extreme anti-government rhetoric. listen to this. >> the federal government is too vast. it is too expansive, it is too powerful. now far too many americans are looking to the federal government to solve their problems, poking a hole in the myth that government can solve all problems in life. >> do republicans realize this extreme anti-government rhetoric won't help them win national
elections. >> they're not worried about that. they're looking at midterms, they're looking at congress and they have a strategy of turn out our base and suppress their base. count on our base not showing up, or voter suppression. confuse people about the issue. keep democrats away from the polls. turn out the phil robertson constituency. and it can backfire. the best thing the republicans have going is in a tough midterm season, the more these people demonize and disrespect the president, the more they're making the democrats work. >> i want to ask this, i'm running out of time, but i have to ask you this. mitt romney is back. and the rebranding campaign came after his loss. he was campaigning in iowa for a
senate candidate, and listen to what he said about her. listen carefully. >> she's a real iowan. she was raised here and she worked on a farm. she didn't just sit home and need needlepoint. >> she didn't sit at home needlepointing. isn't this the last thing the gop needs as it tries to turn the page and attract more women voters? she wasn't at home needlepointing? >> i was so astonished. i'm thinking about a bumper sticker saying needlepointerses for blraley. there was a big brouhaha about people attacking moms, and the notion somebody who would want to defend traditional women
attacks someone when says she's not just a needlepointer tells us also why he lost the last election, mr. romney. >> foot in mouth. >> between mr. robertson, mr. trump, the democrats had a good day. coming up, veteran affairs secretary shinseki -- why do i always mess up his name? shinseki. shinseki, he resigns, but for republicans, this was never about him. this was about attacking president obama. plus, president obama's try to defend young men takes a big step, and will first lady michelle obama run for office? president obama makes a prediction on that and more on the kelly and michael show.
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president obama announced today that veteran affairs secretary eric shinseki has resigned. the president said shinseki, a decorated retired army general, did good work, but they agreed he had become a distraction, and the president wants to do whatever is necessary to make things right. >> not going to stop working to make sure they get the care, the benefits, and the opportunities they earned and they deserve. i said we wouldn't tolerate misconduct, and we will not. i said we have to do better and we will. every man and woman who served under our flag will know whether your tour has been over for decades or is just about to end,
we will never stop working to do right by you and your families. >> committed to fixing these problems, something the entire country can agree upon. but some on the right don't see it that way. this headline out of d.c. this morning showed republicans are just interested in blaming the president. and right after the news broke, speaker boehner made that clear. >> his resignation, though, does not absolve the president of his responsibility to step in and make things right for our veterans. until the president outlines a vision and an effective plan for addressing the broad dysfunction at the v.a., today's announ announcement really changes nothing. >> the attacks were uglier from congresswoman michele bachmann. sadly, president obama still
refuses to take responsibility for his own administration's incompetence. and john mccain chimed in saying, the scandal required, quote, much more from president obama, including his sustained attention and hands-on leadership, which has been too-short supply in recent weeks. problems at v.a. have existed for years. under presidents of both parties. the president's facing this crisis. republicans should do the same. they're not trying to score political points while they do it. joining me now is jackie speier, democrat of california. she also serves on the house armed services committee. congresswoman, thank you first of all for being here. >> my pleasure. >> what is your reaction for how republicans are handling this crisis? >> the republicans are quick to attack but not quick to solve problems. and that has been their motes
operandi for years. as you pointed out, this issue about delays in appointments at v.a. hospitals has been going on since 2005. the inspector general has reports dating back to that date. so we can go back in time to president bush, and the question becomes, what are we doing to fix the situation? have we imposed performance standards on the health professions to make sure they do x-number colonoscopies or doing x-number of appointments. we need performance standards and then look to see whether or not we have enough physicians to provide the services and if not, to augment them. >> i want to go back to something you said, because obviously, the problem at the v.a. is a very serious problem. and it's tragic that any veteran would have to wait too long for
care, but some of the problems have existed for years. a v.a. report from 2005 found scheduling procedures were not followed. facilities understated reported waiting times and schedulers received incorrect guidance from supervisors. do you think republican colleagues were critical of president bush at that time? >> i don't believe so. there was also some kind of very discouraging reports that showed that even the equipment, the medical equipment that's used for procedures that can be reused wasn't properly sterilized. even when that was brought up, they found that 40% of the time, they had not faollowed the protocols. there's a management problem, and that needs to be addressed across all various facilities.
>> this was a 2005 report. this had nothing to do with president obama nothing to do with shinseki, none of that. >> that's correct. >> i mentioned that political article, that republicans wants to blame the president for the v.a. it says, quote, with a touch more than five months until voters head to the ballot box, republicans are beginning another chapter in the seemingly never-ending obama scandals. congresswoman, you're on the oversight committee. you went to all the hearings on benghazi. are they interested in solving the problems or finding new scandals? >> they are always on the lookout for anything that smells of a scandal. if they can trump it up, if they can somehow turn it into a scandal when it clearly is not, they will do it. we saw it with the affordable care act. they were all concerned about privacy, all concerned about the
website. when those problems were fixed, they had to scurry to another one. we went from focused on the a clrx a for months, and when more than 7 million people got enrolled, they jumped to benghazi. they're schizophrenic really in the way they look at some of these issues. they'll jump from issue to issue to see something that sticks. and the american people are through it, i think. >> they're trying to put them together because there are some trying to use the v.a. situation to take a shot at the affordable care act. listen to this. >> somebody i know mentioned death panels. is the v.a. a death panel formany? >> that's a great point. >> i remember when governor -- how many think it's a death panel for the v.a.? all right. >> well, that is what government-run health care will result in. it's inefficient. it takes away choices. >> so they're combining it.
how do you react to that? >> that absolutely is disgusting to me. first of all, if you look at the v.a. health system and ask for satisfaction by patients, the v.a. system actually scores better than most other settings by about 2 percentage points. oftentimes the care veterans are getting is top notch. they also have the ability of going to facilities that are not v.a. facilities. there's about $4 billion each year that is set aside that gives veterans the opportunity to go to physicians. the thing we need to fix is the infrastructure in terms of accessing appointments and making sure once you get the appointment, you have the proper staffing to provide the services. >> strong words. congresswoman jackie speier, have a nice weekend. >> you, too. still ahead, the right
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quote, exercise in cuisine central planning. the journal claims the white house is trying to politicize lunch. and even accuses the first lady of putting quotas in the lunch room. over at the national review, they're accusing the first lady of trying to dictate menus. now michelle obama is some sort of dictator all because she's trying to improve the lives of our children, kids like these? >> and so far, despite the changes, most foods are a hit. >> i like the tripasta. >> i want to try the waffles. >> these second graders at robert mitchell elementary don't need pizza or french fries to get excited about the food. >> sometimes they taste different. i like trying the new ones because some of them i have never seen before and i think
it's cool that i get to do that. >> when you know this is the food they're having, you're a lot more comfortable. >> in terms of the nutrition value, that's what i like the best. >> 32 million kids are better off because of these changes. it's about time the right wing gets their priorities straight. joining me now is political strategist angela rye, and joe burke, executive director of the new york city coalition against hunger and author of "all you can eat, how hungry is america?" thanks to both of you for coming on the show tonight. >> thank you, rev. >> thanks, rev. >> joe, let me go to you first. if this program is benefitting so many children, why is the right against it? >> two words, politics and money. >> that's right. >> somehow, they think it's good politics to be against anything, anything, anything this president or the first lady are for. no matter how common sense.
no matter how mainstream, no matter how popular. and two, it's about money. junk food companies who fund the republican party not wanting any accountability whatsoever. this is about billions of dollars of federal funds. it's just flabbergasting to me that so-called conservatives don't want any federal accountability over federal funds. >> angela, at a white house event this week, the first lady asked why there's been an about-face on issues from groups like the school nutrition association. take a listen. >> why are we even having this conversation? can anyone help me understand why, especially given the fact it was the school nutrition association that worked to pass the original changes in the nutrition standard, and it's my understanding that this is the group that is pushing to change the legislation.
so if anybody can help me understand how we wound up here after all the work we've taken to get here over decades. >> maybe this explains it, angela. don't let the name fool you. the school nutrition association received donations annually from groups like conagra, domino's pizza, coca-cola, and sara lee. i think that's the point joe is making. the name says one thing, but there's a lot of big business that would be effected by this program. >> first of all, to address that point. big businesses that understand there's an evolution happening in america, and healthy foods are becoming more and more acceptable, so they're all pushing them. i wanted to go back to the point of the lady saying why the change in tone here? 55,000 of these school nutrition
professionals supported the "let's move" initiative. this week, in the house appropriations committee, there was an offer by the democrat to meet the republicans halfway. because they're the congress of no, the least productive congress in history, his amendment would have allowed for the department of agriculture to provide waivers to school dwiths that demonstrate a net loss of funds over the past six months as a result of changing their school menus. they issued a re-sounding no because they thought it was killing what they were trying to move forward. the reality is this is all about their bottom line. let's undo what the president does, whether it's aca, school lunches because it's about affordability. where were they when they were cutting snacks in paul ryan's budget they passed.
they can't say no to all of the policies. >> the good news is already about 90% of schools are complying with the new standards, and what's more, only 0.15% of schools surveyed said they were having difficulty complying with the new rules. >> i want be clear. there are many companies that are very responsible. >> some of them big companies. >> exactly, and there are authorities who are thrilled with the new guidelines and don't agree at all with the position of their national organization. the bottom line is they could try a little harder. we would be so upset if the school district didn't field a good football team. why they are trying to overturn foods that are good.
they can. >> some are altering their menus, altering what they're doing, and the right wing is using this as a political fight against the obamas. the right has been against any and every initiative since the very beginning. listen to them in 2010. >> no soda, no snacks, no choice. how it's cutting into our diets and rights. >> once again, progressives know better than you. first it's nudge, then it's shove. then it becomes shoot. >> taking the nanny state to a new level. michelle obama is suggesting what you should feed your children. >> kids are going to be forced to go to the salad bar. this is the point. it's the police state. get used to it. >> angela, irr amazing. >> it really is amazing.
the thaing they have to understand is we're spending over $190 billion in this country addressing childhood obesity health issues or issues related to -- or illnesses related to obesity. why not spend some of that money on prevention. it's the same thing we saw with aca. anything that helps us move out of reactive health care, addressing illnesses in a retroactive manner makes us vulnerable. why not address in a way where you help kids address healthy eating habits before they become adults. i remember when she rolled the initiative out and everybody was gung ho until they realized they would have to look harder at how they get to their profits. >> joe, on the ground where you work every day, how is this affecting average americans?
>> new york city here has done a pretty good job of complying with the sarndz, and according to mayor ablasio, they're gaining access to a lot of food programs. i fine it's so ironic conservatives who want to micromanage and think we can successfully micromanage countries across the globe think there's nothing we can do to make our kids' lunches healthier. >> i have to leave there. thank you for your time this evening. and this program note. last week, i interviewed ron stallworth, a former police detective who went undercover as a member of the ku klux klan. as i said at the time, i could have spent much more time asking him about his amazing experience. and now he's agreed to let you continue the interview. if you have a question, head over to our website. that's politicsnation.msnbc.com,
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today, our critical first step in improving the lives of boys and young men of color. president obama released a first progress report from his my brothers keeper task force. charged with finding ways to promote new opportunities for young minority men. >> as we approach father's day, i'm just reminded that i am only here because a bunch of folks invested in me. we've got a huge number of kids out there who have as much talent or more talent than i had, but nobody is investing in it. and i want to make sure that i use this platform and every cabinet member here wants to make sure that they use the tools that they've got so that these young men and young boys
know somebody cares about them, somebody is thinking about them, and that they can succeed and make america stronger as a consequence. >> the report calls for launching a national mentor recruiting campaign, eliminating preschool suspension said and expulsions. growing youth summer programs, and preapprenticeships, and creating public and private partnerships to help young men of color. this is a national issue. and we're seeing an intensely personal commitment from this president. joining me now is mishaun bacon, lead supervisor for becoming a man, a chicago youth program for at-risk teens. president obama has met with these young men several times, using the experience as motivation for my brother's keeper. and also with us, clarence paige, columnist and editorial writer with the chicago tribune.
thank you both for being here. >> thank you, reverend. >> thank you so much for having me. >> how important are programs like becoming a man and my brother's keeper to teens in your community? >> oh, receive rnd, it's so vitally important. this program works in particular with this population as well as lots of young folks in chicago who just need some more support. they don't have some of the resources that other folks might have, and so to get this type of attention and this type of recognition is just really amazing. we're excited to be part of the initiative and we're really glad that the president came in and sat in our group and had a real connection with these guys. >> clarence, you know, the initiative seems to be very personal. as i sat at the opening and listened to the president, you could feel how he took this very
personally and he spoke candidly about his own childhood in february. watch this. >> when i was their age, i was a lot like them. i didn't have a dad in the house. and i was angry about it, even though i didn't necessarily realize it at the time. i made bad choices. i got high without always thinking about the harm it could do. i didn't always take school as seriously as i should have. i made excuses. sometimes i sold myself short. >> i mean, you could feel how personal he was taking this, and i understand that he's going to deal with this even beyond his presidency. this is about his legacy. this is something he really wants to invest in. >> it truly is. and it is also a big part of her life, as we noted from the days before he ran for president with his first memoir of growing up
without his dad at home. he does feel this very closely, and also, he knows in his role, his historic role as the first african-american president, that people look to him for guidance on this issue, from just from a political point of view, but also from social point of view, if you will, because we don't have a factory to manufacture fathers. it's got to be a multilateral effort, and this program he's initiating now. the top of the list is dmrjing more mentors to help these young men who don't have a dad at home but are looking for male romodels. >> you and your kids met with the president at the white house on father's day last year, and this father really stuck me. listen to this. as the teens gathered around the president, one handed him a green and gold father's day card.
i never signed a father's day card before, the young man explained, as the president opened the card. i have never signed a father's day card either, president obama replied. how important was it for your young men to have this experience, to know the president of the united states shared their upbringing? >> it's just a life-changing experience for these guys. even the first time he came to hyde park and sat with us in a group, you could just see, you know, it's someone who was there facilitating the group. you could see the real human connection he had, and to his earlier point in terms of not having a father, there were some similarities there that i think really made their experience relevant to his. so for him to come out and talk with them and then to bring the group back on father's day, a lot of these guys have never been on a plane before. the entire experience y think,
was something that could galvanize their spirit, and we were really proud with anything having to do with putting this in motion. we're glad he reached out, he showed compassion and empathy. the program is rely about helping young men take advantage of the opportunities when they have them. so best field trip ever, i guess you could call it. but to see, and let me be clear, this is something the young men did on their own. i diant prompt them, i didn't even know until moment before they were that moved. for him to be touched, the kids were just as valuable or more. we're grateful that we now have more eyes and more support and more helping hands for this. >> clarence, the task is awesome
because here's what we're dealing with nationally. only 52% of black males graduate from high school on time. 49% of young black males have been arrested by the time they're 23. and 38% unemployment rate against young black teens. can they make a dent in this? >> we can make a dent. we need more. i'm disappointed i have want seen dollar figure, although it has been mentioned that grouped like b.a.m., becoming a ma'am, a very good organization, and other around the country, they need more increases for the demand, but in the meantime, we have grass roots people volunteering, helping to become
a part of these yupg men's lives. they need people who care about them, as president obama said. you don't have to be an expert. just show that you care. >> the white house announced some foundations and specific amounts will be announced. thank you bogue for your time and have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> thank you. >> still ahead, president obama goes on live with kelly and michael. he talks about the first lady's political future and what it's like to see his daughter go to the prom. >> and rachel jen tell and her experience going to the prom with trayvon martin. that's next. do and seductive shrimp mezzaluna. do it's our most inspired 2 for $25 ever.
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is slowing down the entire organization. i'm looking at you phone company dsl. check your speed. see how fast your internet can be. switch now and add voice and tv for $34.90. comcast business built for business. one of trayvon martin's closest friends. rach rachel jeantel was on the phone with trayvon right before he was killed. she testified at george zimmerman's trial, but then she was put on trial in the court of public opinion. critics attacked the way she looked, the way she spoke, and even her education. but as rachel told me when i interviewed her a few weeks later, all those critics missed the point. >> this doesn't have nothing to do with me.
it's not about me. it's not about my character. it's not about trayvon's character. it's about that night, what happened that night. >> when rachel was on the phone with trayvon, they were talking about fulfilling all their dreams for the future. and after that trial, rachel kept that promise. with the help of the tom joyner foundation, she began working with a tutor for nine months, three hours a day, five to six days a week, rachel worked on her education, and today, it paid off. because today, rachel jeantel received her high school diploma. and in the audience was sybrina fulton, trayvon martin's mother. so congratulations, rachel. you kept your promise to trayvon and to yourself. but he never cleans up. always leaves a trail of crumbs behind.
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first appearance on live with kelly and michael this morning. he made news on everything from his hair to the first lady's political future, to a very special prom. >> malia did have her first prom. >> she did? >> yeah. >> did she -- may we ask, did she go with a boy to the prom? >> i think this is all classified information. >> classified. >> but i think it's fair to say that the first time you see your daughter in heels is a little bit jarring. >> yeah. >> yeah, she's lovely. >> but was his daughter growing up giving him gray hair? or is it the job? he said it ran in his family, and then revealed this. >> if i wanted to avoid this, i think i would have had to dye it. >> have you considered dyeing it? >> you can tell us, it's just us. nobody is going to watch it.
>> i see michelle in the hair salon. it's just too much work. it takes me -- it takes my barber 20 minutes to cut my hair. >> i just want to say it takes him longer in the hair salon than it takes me. i just want to point that out. >> uh-oh. >> but what about the first lady's future business? he was asked what his response would be if michelle says she wants to run for office ten years from now. >> i would say, where did you take my wife? i am sure there would have been an alien body snatching going on. one thing i can promise you, michelle will not run for office. >> now to our question of the day. do you think first lady michelle obama should run for office some day? 66% of you said yes. she would be great. 12% said maybe, depending on
what she's running for. and 22% said no. she doesn't need to enter politics. thanks to all of you who voted and please go to our facebook page to post your comments. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. shinseki out. hillary definitely in. this is "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york. let's start tonight with this battle over benghazi. secretary clinton has blown the bugle on this, making it clear she's going to go punch to punch with any republican trying to battle her in her book about life as secretary of state. blasting those who tryo