tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC July 17, 2015 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
and the incredible crew from the nbc los angeles bureau who made all this happen. thank you to everyone who made it happen. "rachel maddow show" starts now. good evening. >> you can't see this because you are in the field. i'm applauding you. it's been an amaze zing week. i thought i knew about that topic. itis amaze zing. well done. well done. >> thanks preernt it. >> that reporting he did all week, the stuff he explained and went out and saw, bring it on. thanks for joining us this friday. we have a big show for you here. we are beginning with an exclusive that, i'm sorry, happens to be about republican presidential candidate donald trump. you are not going to see this story anywhere else. this is ours alone. it's a little weird. it starts a decade ago when donald trump made a big and public donation. mr. trump bought several hundred
acres of land in new york state, in westchester county in the 1990s. the funny thing about that part of new york state is it is super close to new york city even though it doesn't feel like it. from basically anywhere in westchester county, you can easily drive back and forth to work in manhattan, take the train in and out of work. this is what it looks like. you would never know it. you are in the land of bears and deer and coyotes and state parks. like for instance the donald j. trump state park. this all happened about ten years ago. the governor of new york mr. trump's home state was george pataki at the time. governor pataki is now, more or less running for president though most people would not notice, unlike mr. trump, he is in the bottom tier of the republican candidates. back in 2006 he was governor of
new york. part of his politician brand, the sent ris things he did was he added parkland and he preserved natural places all over new york state. governor pataki preserved a million acres of open space for his state. he preserved or his time in office, more places -- excuse me, more space inside new york state than the entire size of the state of rhode island. a ton of natural preservation work. as george pataki was coming to the end of the his time as new york governor donald trump, it turns out, had land he wanted to give away. he had been holding on to this chunk of real estate he had north of new york city. he had been trying to build a golf course on it maybe build condos on it.
despite how undoubtedly classy and huge and great, very great that golf course and condos were going to be the little towns around where he wanted to build wouldn't let him doing. the pesky little towns has questions about how it would affect their traffic and drinking water. those little towns beat donald trump. he didn't get to build his big development in westchester county. time for billionaire plan "b." mr. trump took that land he owned, which he wanted to build on. he wanted to build on it and he couldn't. he paid $3 million for the land. he took that land and gave it to the state of new york as a gift. they had a big ceremony with donald trump and george pataki to announce this donation. when they asked mr. trump how much the land was worth, he said at the time quote, people have told me about $100 million.
wait a second. he bought it for $3 million. he did nothing with it. he then proclaimed it to be worth more than 30 times that amount. $100 million and then he gave it away. presumably for the tax break. of course the higher the value of the thing you are giving away, the bigger the tax break you get. nice. but, of course there was more in this for donald trump than a classy huge and great tax break. he also got something else. right after he made that donation, the new york parks department under george pataki put up big signs on the highway, where thousands and thousands and thousands of people have now driven past these signs every day for going on ten years. turn here for donald j. trump state park. well after seeing these signs on the highway, myself after a few different people went to send it to rachel.com and sent local press reports about people
complaining of seeing the signs on the highway every day. people complaining you see the signs, but if you follow the giant signs didn't necessarily add up. after figuring out there might be something -- we decided to go up there to see what donald j. trump state park has to offer. we heard it never made it into a park and the way you think of a functioning park like staff parking areas and hiking trails and nature walks and whatever. in fact what new york state did is officially closed it as a state park in 2010 when new york was having a budget crisis. in the journal news local paper in westchester, a local columnist has been explaining even though the donald j. trump state park is officially closed it's not like the land disappeared. the signs are still there on the
highway, pointing you to the state park as if it exists. something is there, if you follow the signs, kind of. it's not a park. it's like an undead zombie park, a phantom park. phil ritewrites me and greets us there after a long and very, very bumpy ride. here we are in this nice patch of weeds. >> yep. >> behind us here is, i gotta tell you, when i came up to donald j. trump state park this, i did not expect to see. >> i don't know. it's graffiti covered. this was once some kind of a driveway. nature is taking over. the last time i was up here i mean i was hoping i could find some trace of donald trump. there's nothing. >> like a piece of graffiti. >> something like that.
>> here is a trace of donald trump. >> yes. >> there is a dollar sign. >> we found it. a lot of people want the signs removed. nothing gets people's blood up more, or one of the things that gets their blood up are the signs on the parkway. you know basically saying right turn get off the road. here's a state park and it's not a state park. how is it he gets these signs out there, basically advertising his name you know? the point up the road is the franklin roosevelt state park. it's a real park and a real president. >> trump might become president. >> he's leading in the polls. who knows. anything is posz zable. it's like a stephen king novel. >> donald j. trump state park is
not much of a park. you can see a few abandoned buildings. there's one gaping cellar hole that you can fall ten feet into. if you did, you would land on the old truck left to rust there inside the hole. itis got lots of very very aggressive weeds. you can see where they meant to put up maps for the would be park or signs. there's no maps trail marks, bathrooms. nothing like you would plan to see at a state park because you saw a sign for it telling you it was the classy huge state park named after donald j. trump. what is there? if you follow the signs on the highway, it could be a nice place to walk your dog if he is adventurous and not too short. what i feel like is it could be good for hiding in the woods or drinking beer. i do not recommend that as a course of action at all. itis interesting.
this is the major governmental legacy in new york state for a man who is known as a businessman and reality tv star who is now in the running, who is now the leading contender to be the republican nominee for president of the united states. this is his governmental legacy. in terms of the art of the deal here, in terms of how much money he made on the tax break and whether it was more than he paid for the land in the first place, that part we don't know for sure. we reached out to mr. trump to see how well he made out in the deal. no answer so far. if we get an answer we will let you know. we live in hope. he loves talking to the press. he may love having the signs out by the side of the road. the people that have to live there don't seem to feel the same way about it. hey, the new york state government must have a reason for advertising donald trump's name on state property while
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is out in the presidential race today. donald trump of donald j. trump state park donald trump wins by a lot. he's in first. both he and scott walker leapfrogged ahead of jeb bush who either won the poll of tied for first since it's been done back in may. yet another poll republican voters say they want donald trump to be their presidential nominee more than any other candidate. since fox news is choosing which candidates are allowed to debate based on polling, we will plug the latest poll into our who's allowed to compete random number generator, the best estimator of how fox is going to cut off the republican field this year. the cable news generator puts mr. trump not just first in the poll, but first in the average of the last five polls. he lead as group of seven or eight candidates whose places
on the debate stage are more or less safe. donald trump, jeb bush walker paul rubio, carson huckabee and the last one, maybe ted cruz get as slot in the debate too. then thanks to fox news and their rules, there look to be nine candidates competing for the remaining two slots. chris christie both ricks, santorum and perry. john casic and bobby jindal. the polls are -- it is early in the process. because of fox news the plan to cut out seven or more candidates at this stage, based on national polling. the race may look like early days on the calendar. for a lot of guys their
presidential race is almost over. a couple weeks, then we are done. larry saying quote, let them debate. the cable channels shouldn't get to decide who will be president. what fox is doing will end some of the candidacies. if they cant make it to the debate stage, why would donors and volunteers give money and time? it's hard to look presidential languishing at home while opponents are discussing social security on national television. indeed. it really is early days. for guys like chris christie and lindsey graham and both ricks, the race really is about to be over for most of those guys. by the first week of august because fox news says so. so most of those guys are fighting back. they have to if they want to
run. south carolina senator lindsay graham is nowhere mere getting spot in the debate. his last effort to try to goose the national numbers was to mention brad pitt a lot. did i mention brad pitt? p.s. brad pitt. that did not work. two months ago, polling at 2% in the fox poll. last month, fell from 2% to 1% in the fox poll. today in the new fox poll completely off the cliff. he scratches. they don't even give him a zero just a dash. senator graham's new strategy to try to keep his candidacy alive is to give up on brad pitt. instead, he's e-mailing supporters, promoting #ourpodium. so people will demand fox news let him compete. we'll see. the ted cruz campaign is
lobbying fox news about who they are going to let compete and who they decide. the ted cruz campaign has been trying to lobby the other republican campaigns to join them in that effort. now, this is amazing, i think. i almost can't get my head around this. fox news responded to the ted cruz effort by taking a giant public fox news backhand to senator ted cruz and his campaign. look at this. look at this. i can't quote -- i can't wait until senator cruz is president to tell all the networks how to run their business said fox news executive vice president michael clemente. part of me is like rrr. ted cruz and fox news. step back. it's one thing to deal with if your hosts endorse candidates or denounce candidates and your network is going to host a debate for the candidates. how can network executives who
are organizing the debate endorse or denounce specific candidates and then also run the debate which that candidate has to compete? fox news you know i love you, but i think you are in over your head here. it is going to get worse as the world gets bigger and bigger. john casic is going to get in on tuesday. you are going to exclude him from the debate? fox news you are going to hold the debate in the state where he is currently the governor. he's going to have to watch the debate from home at the governor's mansion because he's not good enough for fox news to let him on stage? seriously? so t drama on the republican side is, capital "d" drama and heading for a break down. the drama on the democratic side is totally nonexistent. look at this a live picture
right now from cedar rapids iowa. this is the convention center. this sight is about to host all five democratic candidates for president. this is the first time the five democrats running for president will all be in one place at one time. tonight in a few minutes, we are expected to hear from all the declared democratic candidates. that's in roughly polling order. this event tonight is technically a celebration for the state of iowa's democratic party. they are inducting seven new members in the iowa party hall of fame. the main event will be hearing from the candidates. the latest polling out of iowa shows hillary clinton with a commanding lead. she leads the rest of the pack by 19 points. any of the other republican candidates would like to have 19 points. check this out. here is what's happened in iowa in the span of a few weeks.
since may, bernie sanders doubled support. hillary clinton may have a 19-point lead, but used to have a 45-point lead. what she's got is still a comfortable lead. the clinton campaign has been telegraphing to reporters, they are concerned about sanders catching fire and catching secretary clinton or surpassing her in the iowa polls. there is a little drama there. that is the context in which this event is happening, in terms of the crowd. the cedar rapids center has a capacity of 1200 people. they are allowed to buy tickets, but no campaign could buy 200 tickets. no one campaign could have an advantage from the crowd there. that was smart. they will be given 15 minutes to speak. out of fairness because it's iowa and they are nothing but fair the candidates in this democratic event, they are going
in alphabetical order by last anytime. it listen lincoln, then hillary clinton, o'malley sanders and jim webb. so far, all the 2016 attention has been gobbled up by the republican fight and rightfully so. this event in iowa tonight, with all five candidates on stage is the biggest event, so far, on the democratic presidential calendar. joining us now from there is my old pal, one of my favorite people in the world, anthony. it's great to see you. thanks for being here. >> thanks nice to be here. >> i know each campaign was able to buy up to 200 tickets for this event. do we know if every campaign was able to find 200 supporters to fill their seats? >> reporter: well i'm told by the iowa democratic party they
weren't saying who sold out, but there was a wink and nod that you can guess who was able to find 200 supporters. one came up and said they maxed out but they had supporters attending and they were going to be there. they were in attendense. there's an open bar inside. all the candidates came out in alphabetical order. bernie sanders got cheers of bernie! bernie! after the pledge of allegiance. even though these campaigns were capped at 200, you can feel the bernmentum going on inside. one thing i heard that other campaigns weren't used to they had to get patted down. it's because of hillary clinton, secretary clinton, former first lady. all her events have the secret
service agents wanding and patting people down. the other candidates you walk in. >> anthony, you know looking at this from a national perspective, we are looking at the race overall. the race on the republican side is so nutty, it's ease stoi forget the democratic campaign is going on. it's on a day-to-day basis, more fun to cover what's happening. on the ground in iowa not the candidates, not the candidates die hard supporters but the iowa democrats turning out for their event. are they psyched? are they into it? are people paying close attention here? >> reporter: rachel they are. when i came to the event an hour or two before there were supporters of martin o'malley and of hillary clinton. across the street from one another, dozens and dozens of supporters chanting at each other. the hillary rodham clinton folks
chanting, "i believe she will win." the martin o'malley supporters, the minimum wage he was for gay marriage. it was quite a scene. i'm told the martin o mally campaign had 200 people at his event. the hillary clinton event was packing the house as well. there's a lot of grass roots enthusiasm here, sign waving supporters. they are excited about the democrats in cedar rapids. >> anthony has never not been excited about wherever he is at the moment he is there. anthony, i miss seeing your face every day from when you worked on this show. great to have you there. >> thank you for having me i miss you. >> we'll all be working for him one day. seriously. lots more ahead, including the story i like to think of as nuns
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i see we have four new pieces of information. the first concern this is visual. this memorable visual from yesterday. the raid on the suspected gunman's house yesterday, produced this image of a woman being led away in handcuffs. we know the woman, despite the fact she is handcuffed here she was not arrested. the fbi special agent said that unidentified woman was handcuffed for protection. the special agent says she was taken care of. again, that's new today that we have that confirmation. it looked like an arrest but it was not an arrest. the second thing we learned was about the guns used. law enforcement official telling nbc news he had three guns ak-47 assault rifle, .12 gauge shotgun and .9 millimeters pistol. one was purchased from a dealer
the other from an individual. i should say it's worth noting the phrase ak-47 assault rifle can mean a lot of things. there are a lot of ak-47s in the world and rip offs. it's also true in reporting and in layman's descriptions after shooting incidents, it's often the case any assault rifle of any kind gets called an ak-47. take that with a grain of salt. we don't know what that means about that long gun. specifically, we don't know whether it was semiautomatic but we believe it was a rifle. the third thing we know today we did not know yesterday is i think, the first concrete detail we have about how those marines might have died specifically. about how the attack that killed the four u.s. marines actually happened. honestly, that's the biggest
black box, so far, outside the motive and terrorist connections. that third thing we learned about the actual attack is geographic geographic. all four marines and the shooter were killed inside the fence, inside the perimeter fence that surrounds the reserve center in chattanooga. he killed the four marines and died himself inside the center. once he got through the gates, the shooter was most likely killed by chattanooga police. that's new specific information ability how the attack may have gone down. the fourth thing we learned, the fourth and final thing is the identities of the four u.s. marines killed. thomas sullivan 40 years old from southern massachusetts, hamdan massachusetts. he had been in the marines since 1997. two tours in iraq. awarded a purple heart. staff kgt david wyatt served in
afghanistan and iraq since 2004. he was from north carolina. sergeant carson holmquist. lance corporal skip wells just entered the service last year. he was a field artillery from cobb georgia. he was only 21 years old. a convoy of hearses transported the bodies to dover air force base where they were flown to their home cities. in chattanooga, the community gathered for a memorial service. it has been an emotionally intense day. for furth e reporting, what happened and why, we have a little more information but not much. there will be a lot more we learn about this before it's over.
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how big it is. but actually alaska is enormous. the way it looks on the map, you can't tell. it is enormous. here is an accurate to scale representation of alaska and teeny, tiny little texas. despite that texas is big. alaska texas. california and montana, those are the biggest four states in the country by area. alaska texas, california montana. two of those four states are absolutely full with people right? texas and california are not only giant in terms of land mass z, they are up there as the top two states in the country in terms of population. montana and alaska yeah. different. there's almost nobody in montana and alaska. i mean no offense. for all the huge land mass of alaska, the population is the
same size as washington d.c. a similar situation with montana. montana is ginormous, but the population is about the size of rhode island slightly less than the population of rhode island. about 1 million people live in all of montana, which made this very funny. after montana's legislature voted to expand health insurance in that state t koch brothers group, american's for prosperity released a statement in response. they said this decision stands against the voices of millions of people in montana. there are not millions of people there. no offense, but there's only one millions of people in montana. it's possible the koch brothers people didn't know that. that same astroturf, parachute in fake grass roots group held town meetings around montana,
lecturing montana residents about the dangers of obamacare and health insurance expansion. they are so out of touch the deputy secretary of state said, quote, please take a moment to saver the image of a young man from d.c. showing up in a small, montana town, wearing a tailored suit tie and pointy shoes looking like he's going to get a drink. i said it was a local paper, it was actually salon.com. this was the group that was trying to appear to be a grass roots montana organization with the funding for the koch brothers. they had such a misunderstanding of the state, mistake nos montana grass roots group would make about that state. also, there's this. that group trying to be montana and not fool anyone. it was a koch brothers organization designed to convince people not to give
people health insurance under obamacare. now, at a surface level, when montana decides a few months ago they were going to expand health insurance under obamacare, it's a surprising headline right? they have a republican legislature there. the democratic governor of montana wanted to do it figured out a way to do it. the kids with the pointing shoe that is don't know about the population density of montana, they got beat on the issue. montana did it despite the koch brothers flying in that operation to oppose it. the koch brothers got beat somewhere else too. koch brothers got beat in alaska. alaska also has a republican legislature. they have a republican turned independent as their new governor. yes, alaska too, has their own fake grass roots koch brothers afp funded effort to try to make the expansion of health insurance not happen in alaska just the way they tried to make
it not happen in montana. again, it turns out, the koch brothers were no match for other actual, real alaskans who wanted this thing. basically, every health care interest in the state, the hospitals and medical associations are going to treat people whether or not they have health insurance. they would rather have people have health insurance. they are going to provide health care to them, anyway. the independent governor native communities in alaska were super in favor of this plan. also religious communities were lined up in favor of getting this done. >> we are brothers keeper. >> reporter: sister mary is a daughter of charity here with representatives from 15 an k raj congregations on a mission to remind lawmakers there's a moral em pertive to help those who can't help themselves. >> lie the good samaritan. we have to help them. we can't be the ones that walk
on the other side of the street. >> that nun, sister mary peter diaz helping to mobilize against a billionaire funded effort to keep people from getting health care. she is not just a force in the health care fight, she's also good at dog sledding. that's her. that is sister mary peter diaz mushing right along. because of her work i don't know if it was her work on the dog sled but her work as a nun, her work and the state's governor and the other people who pushed back about it if you make less than 20 grand a year in alaska you are going to get health insurance. whether or not the koch brothers greek. we reached out to them and americans for prosperity. we have not heard back. 40,000 people in alaska are going to get health insurance because of this decision. and even in a state as big as alaska, 40,000 people is a surprisingly large proportion of
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and plays segue polo. me, too. rachel, meet carlos. >> that's not true. nice. >> great to be here. did you work at 30 rock at nbc. >> the rainbow room. >> very nice. >> so it was the beginning of my career, first management job. that's where i met my beautiful wife singer barbara years ago. >> see, i was going to ask you about segue polo, now we will make long-term friends and you will noe show me that someday. >> you bet. >> you get three multiple choice questions about this week's news. if you get at least two of them right you will win this specific piece of junk. nick, please show everybody. >> the rachel maddow mini cocktail shaker. >> not nearly nice enough to be used at the rainbow room.
>> if you need a consolation prize that until tonight was cluttering our office. what's our random office swag tonight? >> we have two options, a hat that was sent to one of our pro-dierss by a family member. >> it's an american flag. >> american flag mohawk hat. and we have a cut out of bob an maureen mcdonald from the trial and a all of the stuff. >> they are bribes. >> the bribes. the paper doll cutouts. so you will be able to choose one of though lovely items. we will also bring in the disembodied voice of steve bennett, lord of maddow blog. he determines if you got the right answer. hello, steve. >> good evening to you both. >> are you ready for the first question? >> i'm ready. >> this is monday's show. on monday's show we reported the decision by donald trump to run for president not only had brought david letterman out of retirement briefly this past week, it had always also brought
out of hibernation a comic strip that had been on hiatus for the past 25 years. which beloved comic strip is back now because its creator could no longer resist the desire to make fun of donald trump in comic strip form? is it the comic strip kathy, hague er the horrible bloom county or is it marm duke? >> this is a tough one. i can't phone a friend, right? no wrong show. let's see. i would have to go with bloom county. >> bloom county did carlos get that right? >> i think as we can put it on the screen, the brilliant bloom county is back and that is great news. in fact a new installment today which i was thrilled to see which is also about donald trump. and carlos is one for one. >> it is about donald trump and i saw it on facebook today and it involves the name donald
trump and the phrase poo-poo sauce so we obviously can't go there on tv. second question carlos, off choice on this one. do you want it to be -- it is from monday's show either way. do you want it to be a politics question or non-politics question? >> i'll go with politics. >> all right. i will tell you the answer to the nonpolitics question was portland, oregon. here's the politics question. on monday wisconsin governor scott walker launched his presidential campaign. on that night's show we reported that the stylized e in his campaign logo looks like the logo from the flagship radio station of the dearly departed liberal talk radio program where i used to work. the logo looks exactly like the logo for a thriving existing eyeglasses business. from which national eyeglasses company did scott walk wither apparently appropriate his campaign logo a, america's best contacts and eyeglasses b,
glasses usa.com, c, $39 glasses.com or d warby parker. >> this really is a tough one. i think i'm going to take a stab in the dark because i do not remember this topic. let's see. glasses usa.com, leaning that way. $39 glasses, that sounds like scott walker but -- leaning towards b or a. i'm going to say a. america's best contacts and eyeglasses. >> steve, what's the right answer? >> let's check the segment from monday. >> that's not scott walker's logo guys. put up the right one. oh, now that is scott walker's
running for president logo. totally different. america's best contacts. >> got it right. >> yes, you got it right. the suspense was killing me. carlos, last question. wednesday's show, we reported on the truly epic corruption charge against a former public official name ed steven reid. he has a 499 count criminal indictment against him which alleges he spent thousand of dollars in public money, possibly millions in public money on memorabilia and historic artifacts like a life size -- wyatt aerp's campaign. a taxidermy coyote which beleaguered city was he the mayor of when he spent his the city's money on taxidermy and awe all of that stuff. detroit, harrisburg hoe boek or coyote falls, utah sglut this one i do remember. i was hoping you would have a
vampire kit as one of the contestant prizes for me today. the answer is b, harrisburg pennsylvania. >> you got the answer for us steve. >> let's check the segment from wednesday's show. >> all of these things and thousands of other things pistols, saddles, anchors anvils stagecoach harnesses, strong boxes from stagecoaches sheriff's badges all of this stuff apparently millions of dollars worth of this stuff was bought by the former mayor of harrisburg pennsylvania with taxpayer money. >> yep harrisburg pennsylvania and carlos is correct. >> yea! this is very good news. nick, did carlos win the prize? >> he won everything. >> we're not going to make you pick between the hat and paper dolls. you get it all. thank you for playing with us tonight. >> thank you. i also have a prize for you, rachel. since you are always giving us prizes, i thought i would resipry kate and from the great state of arkansas i have this
lovely attack bird from the great state of oregon. i will sthaend along. if the shirt doesn't fit, you can always regift it in a future segment. >> i hear you. absolutely. that's very kind of you, carlos. you are an excellent guest. thank you for playing, well done. great to meet you. hello, oregon. i love you. great. >> thank you you bet. >> if you want to play send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. tell us who you are, where you are from and why you want to play. we cannot wait to send you our unwanted junk but now you must go to prison. >>. >> due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. >> people not getting along. we need to tal
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