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pressure will build, and once they start seeing who -- i'm sorry. i'm hearing something in my ear. is it that we're -- >> yes. senator, i'm afraid we're closing on the end of time, but i think once the nominee happens, we're going to see some more pressure mount is the point. senator al franken, it was a real pleasure. >> okay. >> thank you very much, senator. >> thank you. >> that is "all in" for this evens. "the rachel maddow show" begins right now. >> he know s exactly what was happening there. he's a broadcasting pro. >> am i being told to wrap? >> a little something i hear right here in my ear. that was brilliant. well done, my friend. thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. lots to get to tonight including ben carson sort of but not quite dropping out of the republican race. reducing the field sort of but not kind of to four people. also, the biggest abortion case in 20 years heading to the supreme court at a time when the supreme court is down one justice. also, the white house
apparently leaking a second name of a possible supreme court nominee to replace antonin scalia. nevada governor brian sandoval was the first name that leaked. we now have reported the name of a second person who's supposedly being vetted by the white house for the supreme court. we've also got some news today about something dramatic that is about to happen in the next big primary state that's going to be super hotly contested in the race for the white house in both parties. there's a lot ahead tonight. including a live interview tonight with the man who is now basically explaining to the republican party, and to the country, how republicans might try to deny donald trump the republican presidential nomination at their party's convention even if mr. trump continues to win the most states and the most delegates. so we've got that live interview ahead tonight, plus much more. it's a big show. but before we can get to all that, we are, as you can tell, by the fact that i'm still at the election desk, we are still under the benevolent panumbra of
last night's super tuesday contests including the one result that came in latest of all on super tuesday, came in so late even i had gone to bed. finally. and that was the result from alaska where the winner of the alaska republican caucuses turns out to have been ted cruz. ted cruz. he won another one. he won alaska. last night there were nine primaries and two caucuses for each party. on the democratic side, both caucus states minnesota and colorado went for bernie sanders. his campaign had expected to win both of those caucus states and they did. on the republican side, it was a bit of a surprise result. on a night where donald trump basically man handled the rest of the republican field all across the country, the caucuses, those two caucus states on the republican side ended up being a bright spot for mr. trump's challengers. in the alaska caucus, it was ted cruz adding his third victory to his primary wins in oklahoma, in his home state of texas last
night. and in the minnesota caucuses, it was marco rubio. marco rubio added a win there last night to his impressive in the beltway list of absolutely zero wins anywhere else in the country. such a weird story about marco rubio that the beltway has decided he is definitely the guy who can be elected instead of donald trump. he is the guy who the voters will definitely choose if you just give him a chance. but not only has senator marco rubio failed to win a single primary anywhere in the country, it's not like he's even emerging as a clear second choice, either. senator rubio came in third all over the map last night. he came in third in alabama, arkansas, massachusetts, oklahoma, tennessee, texas, vermont. he came in third in all of those maces. and he came in third in the alaska caucuses where ted cruz won and donald trump came in second. i should tell you marco rubio did win a congressional district in virginia that is literally inside the washington, d.c.,
beltway. that was enough to give people hope he might win the state of virginia, but it was not enough to have him win the whole state of virginia. the only place he won, the only place he has won all year is in the minnesota caucuses last night. ta-da! and in the beltway, that undoubtedly will mean that marco rubio will continue to be portrayed as the mighty, mighty trump slayer, just like all the candidates who've only ever won the minnesota caucuses. regardless of how you feel, though, about any individual candidate, regardless of how you feel about those individual races and how those caucuses and those primaries turned out so far this year, you may have noticed in the reporting on the presidential race more broadly, it's not just this year, happens every year, but you might have noticed when people in the media, people commenting on the race and political figures are talking about primaries and caucuses, you may have noticed that the caucuses don't get as much respect. and usually they don't get as much attention as the primaries
do. and that is true for a couple of reasons. first is that the caucuses are hard to poll is you don't get a lot of advance notice about what's going to happen in the caucuses and that keeps anticipation down about what's going to happen there. second is that the caucuses tepid to be smaller events. they take longer and they're more of a pain and they're arcane and hard to figure out. not as many people tend to participate in the caucus as compared to the primaries. there's also the matter that the caucuses are sometimes a mess. they're sometimes a little sketchy in their results like in the 2012 republican caucuses in iowa where three different winners were announced at three different times and at one point the party tried to get away with saying that they had no idea who had won and we should all just decide toer be soo er bperceivee that year. it was the great moment we accidentally captured live on camera at the caucuses in nevada this year when donald trump walked into the room during a republican caucus just outside las vegas and everybody in the room just left their ballots that they were filling out, they left their ballots on their
little tables and ran over to see donald trump in the corner of the room. and who knows whatever happened to all those ballots and all those votes. caucuses are weird. caucuses are weird. they're a little sketchy. they are not official government-run elections. they're just events hosted by the party. and, frankly, sometimes the parties are nuts or incompetent and so sometimes the caucuses are bonkers. i don't want to get iowa or nevada or minnesota or colorado or alaska, i don't want to get you guys mad at me. caucuses are not always bad. even though they're run by the parties, sometimes now the caucus are run professionally and they really are just elections in all but name. that does sometimes happen. but honestly, let's be real. sometimes the caucuses are a mess. and that comes from somewhere. because in the not too distant past, the parties didn't even try to make caucuses look like real elections. in the not too distant past, caucuses really were, they just were the place where party
leadership chose who they wanted to be the presidential nominee. without really any regard at all for the voters' wishes. that's what caucuses were until not that long ago. and that ends up being really important to understanding how the success of donald trump is about to explode the republican party. because this is not a fantasy about what might happen at some distant point in the future. this is what the republican party is planning on doing right now to deal with him. and if you want to see how what they're planning is going to work out, we can see how it works in recent history because parties have tried this sort of thing before. this is the way parties used to do it. and in the most recent history, when parties have tried to do this, it ended up in catastrophe. and let me show you what i mean here. take 1968. 1968 was a strange year, right? there was a democratic president who could have run for re-election if he wanted to, but he didn't.
president johnson started off running for re-election. he ran in the first state that year. he ran in new hampshire. but he won there by an unexpectededly small margin then he bugged out. he got out of the race. the spring of that election year, he said he would not run for re-election. and so eugene mccarthy was going to run against lbj. gene mccarthy was running against him. once johnson withdrew and said he wouldn't run for re-election, robert f. kennedy started running against him as well and these two anti-vietnam war candidates started winning primaries all over the country for the democratic nomination. and lbj at the time was escalating the war in vietnam and the country was turning v r against the war in vietnam. in the states that had primary, the democratic voters were making very clear over and over and over again they wanted a break with lbj, they certainly wanted a break with the war. they wanted an anti-war democratic nominee.
and so after scaring the daylights out of lbj in new hampshire and effectively chasing him out of the race, gene mccarthy went on to win 6 of the 13 primaries that year. of course, robert f. kennedy was assassinated that year. he was assassinated during the campaign on the night that he won the california primary. robert f. kennedy won four primaries that year to gene mccarthy's six. and in that bizarre, tragic year, 1968, with the incumbent democratic president not running for re-election but still looming large over the party, as the party voted in primary after primary for democrats who would turn the party against the war, with all of that going on, democrats went to their convention in chicago in 1968 in this very strange circumstance where gene mccarthy had won six primaries and robert f. kennedy had won four primaries but then he'd been killed and nobody else still in the running had won more than one primary anywhere in the country. democrats in that bizarre year, they went to their convention
with gene mccarthy having won six primaries and robert f. kennedy having won four primaries. they went to their convention that year and they picked for their nominee hubert humphrey. hubert humphrey had won no primaries. hubert humphrey didn't compete in the primaries in 1968. he was lbj's vice president. he was lbj's choice for the nomination because hubert humphrey wasn't anti-war, would continue lbj's policies. al nobody voted for hubert humphrey anywhere in the country, he put together a slate of delegates at the national convention by collecting them from the party leadership. by collecting delegates and negotiating for delegates and trading for delegates just with party leaders at the various caucuses around the country, where regular voters had nothing to do with the process, it was just a party leadership thing. and so he didn't win any primaries. the delegates that he collected that way, not through votes but just through the party's backroom dealings, with just
those delegates, the party maneuvered that year in 1968 to make hubert humphrey the nominee. he'd won zero primaries. he won zero votes. he represented a continuation of lyndon johnson's prosecution of the war. he was his vice president, after all. humphrey had won nothing. he was not what democratic voters said they wanted that year. whether or not you agreed with democratic voters that year and what they wanted, he was not what they wanted. but the party leadership wanted him. so the party leadership installed him at that convention. thus giving the party's votes s e ers a big one-fingered salute. how did that work out at sthat convention that year? >> i'm looking down at edward newman in the middle of a huge bunch of security people, how this got started, we don't know. your microphone is broken, ed. a lot of pushing. watch it. they're going to knock it over.
the man is a delegate. >> just leave him in here. check with our state chairman, he's an elected delegate. what are you trying to -- he's an elected delegate. check with the delegates. where are the rules that say we have to -- >> are you the one they're trying to throw out? >> yes, i am. >> why are they trying to throw them out? >> objected my behavior. >> this is my first memory of going to convention that the police have come in on the floor armed as they were and taken out people who were disputing the checking of credentials. can you ever remember that, ed? >> no, i don't, john. >> first time in the united states, john. >> including the eight alleged delegates arrested with dick gregory, there is a total of 64 persons that have been arrested tonight. >> just a few minutes ago, about half a dozen policemen went into
the crowd. it is believed they went in to try to take control of the microphone. there's been shoving and jostling and release of tear gas. >> the committeeman-elect from california says he plans a drive to eliminate the convention system as a means of nominating a presidential ticket. of course, mr. reinhart is not by any means the first one to make that proposal. and there may be more of them made after this convention ends and the delegates go back. there's been all sorts of talk about it this year and reams of materials written about it. but we were talking the other night to some of the delegates to this convention and one
insisted that before going too far in eliminating the convention system, and his basis and his central argument was that a party simply has to have a convention. it just can't get along without a convention, but it might be very helpful if each state would set up a primary for the election of delegates to the convention. >> you know what, they didn't get rid of the convention after that disaster, but they did set up in each state a primary or some other way to elect delegates to that convention for the purpose of picking the party's presidential nominee. and that disaster in 1968, that violent disaster is how we got the modern system of caucuses and primaries so that voters in each of the states can actually pick their party's presidential nominee instead of what the party did to such disastrous effect in 1968 when the voters of the democratic party were
clambering for an anti-war candidate but the party instead used the convention and the delegate process to pick lbj's vice president even though he hadn't won a single primary. it did not go well inside the convention, did not go well outside the convention. incidentally in the end, it did not go well for the party. handpicked candidate chosen by the party leadership, demoralized, fractured the party, divorced the party, itself, from their voters, right? went on to lose in november in the general election. that's how we got richard nixon as a republican president. no wonder. both parties used to have a straight-up system where the voters were basically decoration. and, yes, obviously voters matter in the general election in november, but when it comes to picking the party's nominee, used to be that voters were just decoration. they provided a nice comment on the process. the party leadership ultimately picked whoever the party leadership wanted to be the nominee. no matter what the voters said. we used to have a system like
that in both parties. we decided to get rid of it. not that long ago, when tv was in color, we decided to get rid of it only about a generation ago. now the republican party is thinking about bringing back the old way. because specifically of who their voters said they like this year. and you know what, donald trump is not gene mccarthy, right? donald trump is not an anti-war candidate. he's not particularly anti or pro anything in particular that is as stark and galvanizing an issue as the vietnam war was in the democratic party in 19d 68. like it or not, after 15 state contests all around this country, it could not be more clear that donald trump is the clear choice of republican voters. he is who the republican electorate wants. as that party's nominee for president this year. way more than any of the other 16 worthies who have tried to run against him, they want him. nobody's anywhere near him in
the delegate count. nobody runs against him has any plan to win the nomination outright by winning enough states between now and the convention to actually lock up the nomination. the only candidate who is capable of doing that now is donald trump. and the only way anybody else can win other than donald trump is to somehow pull off some 1968 lbj-style delegate magic at the convention to deny him the nomination. they are right now working to come up with a process by which the republican party will tell the candidate who republican voters chose to be their nominee that he's not going to be the nominee. despite what the voters said, he's not allowed to be the nominee. and instead, the party leadership is going to pick someone else. that's the plan. that really is the plan right now in the republican party. and regardless of whether you love donald trump or hate donald trump, regardless of whether you think he is politics as usual, or absolutely terrifying, if the republican party tells the voters who picked him as their nominee that they don't get him, the party's going to pick
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would you like to get together later? will you be watching tv later? because tonight i would like to see you later on "the tonight show with jimmy fallon." i'm going to be on "the tonight show" tonight with jimmy fallon. i can prove it. it seems like it's cleavie inii party, the cleave are all the people in washington, beltway press, all the people in the republican establishment who are like, trump, we can't give our party to trump. then on the other side is all the voters. and so you -- who want donald trump. >> hey, what are you going to say? >> yeah, so you can split, but trump gets all the voters and you guys get yourselves.
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itself, likely to be split on this one because of the simple mathematical fact there are an even number of justices on our supreme court right now. four conservatives and four liberals. and that even split has been true ever since the death of antonin scalia last month. as president obama chooses a nominee to replace justice scalia, the first name that emerged from the white house vetting process was nevada's republican governor brian sandoval. governor sandoval seemed briefly thrilled by the news that he was being considered for the court. then he ultimately asked that he not be considered for the position. now, today, a second name has emerged as "the new york times" was first to report that federal judge jane kelly is also being vetted as a possible nominee. jane kelly was confirmed to her current judgeship unanimously only three years ago in the senate with a effusive support from, in particular, the republican senator who's the chair of the committee that's supposed to take up supreme court nominations, iowa senator chuck grassley. whether or not jane kelly is
ultimately president obama's nominee for the high court, flo to put chuck grassley on the spot about his decision he's not going to hold hearings or take meetings with any nominee no matter who that nominee is. thinking is it will become particularly hard for senator grassley to defend that stance about holding this vacancy open on the supreme court no matter who the nominee is. the thinking is that will become particularly hard for him to defend if the nominee is someone he praises as qualified to be a federal judge. i bring this up not only because it's news, and it's an interesting story about what might happen on the supreme court, i also bring it up to show, to prove to you that there are some aspects of what's going on in the news right now that are kind of normal. where even on very important matters political figures are taking interesting and
explicable political action designed to elicit political responses from their political opponents and we can game out how it might work or how it might not work. i've just proved to you, i've at least just shown you, in some aspects of our nation, politics even at the extreme end of politics where we're, like, keeping supreme court vacancies open for a year, politics in some normal, understandable level proceeds in our country right now which is easy to lose track of given the state of the presidential race because in the presidential race, what's about to happen there might reasonably be described as everything going haywi haywire. the two options that seem possible right now in republican presidential politics are, number one, that mr. donald j. trump continues steam rolling all other candidates on his way to getting the nomination of the republican party for president of the united states. that's option one. option two is that mr. donald j. trump continues steam rolling all other candidates but at the part where you might expect him to go to the republican party's convention and collect the
nomination of the republican party, instead, at that convention, they're going to figure out a way to not give it to him and to give it to somebody else instead. which of those options is more crazy? joining us now is a veteran of some of the republican party's political and legal wars who not only had a leading role in bush v. gore, he also had a leading role in trying to keep hold of mitt romney's republican presidential nomination in 2012 in face of a fascinating ron paul campaign, a stealth effort to basically run off with all the mitt romney delegates even though the ron paul campaign had lost all the primaries. our guest for "the sbrir" tonight is an expert on this stuff, it's a dark art but somebody needs to be the artist. republican attorney ben ginsburg. mr. biginsburg. >> thanks for having me, rachel. >> we talked about this last night, a little bit on tv, a little in the hallway here. i want to make sure i understand it. doesn't the nominee get picked
based on who wins the primaries and the caucuses that lead up to the convention? >> well, sure. that's the way the nominee gets picked and i think two things are true, number one, if any candidate, including mr. trump, has more than a majority of delegates at the convention, he will receive the nomination. the second possibility is that somebody is ahead but does not have a majority going in. and then the rules under which the convention is run, and the choices made by the delegates can send you in different places as people use the rules to their advantage which, after all, is why rules are imposed. >> if that process was going to be used to try to get somebody who was not the person with the most delegates to be the nominee, if there was going to be an organized effort to use those rules to make, let's say, not donald trump the nominee and some other individualer.
w person who was selected by some means, how would you organize it? could you do it in a top-down way, would it have to rise up organically from the states, could the delegates organize it themselves? how would it happen? >> i think it would have to be very organically from the state. what's true about the republican delegates selection process is that is about three quarters of the delegates are actually chosen by state party conventions or state party central committees or executive committees. and the candidate doesn't really have a say on who those individual delegates are. and secondly, under the rules of the republican party and its convention, the delegates are bound to the candidate who won their state for the first presidential ballot and in some instances more than that, but they're bound for the presidential vote. they're not bound for things like decisions on rules, decisions on credentials,
decisions on who the vice presidential nominee is, decisions on who the permanent chair of the convention is. all of those things are actually up to the individual delegates working their will. >> so this seems like if this is the way the nominee is going to be picked, if it's going to happen through the delegate process after the first balloting on which nobody gets a -- nobody gets a majority and so we don't know who the nominee is, if it's going to get settled at the convention in cleveland, it seems like sufficiech an orgg effort that i would expect that people are already working on organizing it. is this effort already being organized within the party? >> so i believe it is such a big effort that it is being organized by campaigns as they go state to state. i know that you've talked about party leadership. honestly, rachel, who are the leaders of the parties, either party right now, who can command a group of delegates? in reality, the strength of the
party committees has rendered them not nearly as relevant as they were in 1968 when you were showing that film. and, in fact, this will be a battle amongst the candidates and their supporters and whatever you think party leadership and party structure is, it's going to be really tricky to define who those people are. >> briefly, to be clear, though, it opportunity have to be somebody who's currently competing for the republican nomination who's going to be the one who gets nominated, right? doesn't have to be somebody who's already playing. >> when you speak of the sorcerer's magic at the convention, that could take three different hoops of varying heights to jump through. there is a way to do it, but it would be a tricky but really fascinating maneuver. >> ben ginsberg, veteran republican attorney, msnbc political analyst who's with us at exactly the right time we need him to be with us. ben, thank you, i really appreciate it. >> thanks, rachel. >> invaluable. really appreciate it. when ben ginsberg says that
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with the exception of massachusetts, hillary clinton owed her great big night last night to southern states. and specifically to pulling in a huge portion of the african-american vote in the south using it to roll up tons of primary victories. bernie sanders did get a win in oklahoma last night but otherwise it was alabama, arkansas, tennessee, virginia for hillary clinton. also texas where secretary clinton nearly doubled up senator sanders' tally at the end of the night. she won all across texas with few exceptions. one of the places where senator sanders beat hillary clinton last night in texas was in
travis county. travis county is a blue dot in red texas. travis county contains the capital city of austin which is a very liberal place. some of the world's best barbecue, lots of tech jobs, south by southwest festival and solar power and bicycles and public freaking transportation and people playing hacky sack. austin is a great place, a liberal place. keep austin weird, right? that's part of why i think it was a shock today in austin, and maybe even in the rest of travis county, texas, when they woke up this morning and realized who travis county republicans had just elected as their new party chair. >> come over here. i'll show you my jfk collection. here's my library on the jfk assassination also known as the 1963 coupedeta.
used their military connection to murder john kennedy for many reasons both personal and political. >> why so interested in this kind of stuff? >> i'm a truth seeker and a truth teller. even if it's the ugly truth. >> that's the new head of the republican party in travis county, texas, who was just elected last night. and he spent his election night promoting his book with a series of tweets that are not necessarily showable on basic cable. i'm going to try. you may want to hide the children and also forgive me. this one started with the bush family deserving prison and ended, "rick perry is, was, a rampaging bisexual adulterer." this one i'm still trying to decide whether i can read this one about hillary clinton. yeah. i can't read that. okay. this next one, this one's about presidential timber by which i do not mean lumber. this is a guy who will now be in charge of the republican party in the part of texas where the
governor lives in the state capital. and local republicans are not just seeing this as, you know, doing their part to keep austin weird. local republicans are sort of losing their minds over what has just happened. "we have someone who ran here who absolutely has no intention of serving the republican party with leadership and faithfulness. he is a total disaster." "i will not rest until we remove him as chairman. he's going to be an absolute embarrassment to the party." sometimes that happens in politics, right? the establishment of a particular party wants a particular person and instead you get some fringe guy selling his conspiracy theories book and tweeting about presidential timber. right. it happens. sometimes. sometimes an unexpected political rise comes with a bunch of other stuff the party would prefer not to have tagging along. >> i want to tell it so strong, hillary clinton does not have -- oh, get out of here. get out of here. look at these people. get out of here.
get out. out! out! out! get out. >> this was a donald trump for president rally in louisville, kentucky, yesterday, and you can see here, just watch what happens in the crowd here. >> unbelievable. >> see a young woman, young protester being forced out of that rally actually getting physically shoved, getting pushed aggressively by a number of people attending that rally. at least one of the trump supporters shoving that young woman and screaming at her. he has taken credit for what he did there. he's a well-known white nationalist figure who today is admitting and bragging that he helped physically shove this woman out of trump rally yesterday. he said today, "it won't be me next time but white americans are getting fed up and they're learning they must either push back or be pushed down." that particular white supremacist says you will not be seeing him personally at anymore donald trump campaign events. he says he personally does not want to become a distraction to the trump campaign which he
supports. so this is what's going on at donald trump rallies now. i mean, this is -- this is hard to watch, right? just like it was hard to watch that man getting tackled and kicked at a donald trump rally in alabama, a couple months ago. just like it's been hard to listen to the vote trump robo calls september out s sent outr states by white voter groups. mr. trump is not asking for their support and disavowing them when asked. white nationalists, white supremacists and the white power movement have latched on to donald trump's campaign, it's starting to become an unignore bl problem for his campaign. then today came the reports that donald trump's son who's an active part of his father's campaign, he allegedly gave an interview to a white supremacist radio host, a radio host who spent three hours on saturday broadcasting his white power radio show from inside a donald trump event in memphis. the donald trump campaign has
condemned the radio host's white nationalist views. the campaign initially said that so far as they knew, the interview with donald trump jr. didn't even happen. then donald trump jr. said tonight that had he known who that host was, he wouldn't have done the interview but he did do the interview, so too late. the white power radio guy says this interview with donald trump jr. is going to air on his radio show this saturday. this saturday, for what it's worth, saturday happens to be the day when the presidential primary is going to take place in david duke-istan, in louisiana. in louisiana. where the former kkk grand wizard was a dually elected member of the louisiana state legislature not that long ago and where david duke was the republican party's nominee for governor of louisiana in 1991. more recently, david duke has come out in support of the presidential candidacy of donald trump. he's told his followers they should volunteer for the donald trump campaign. david duke is now saying his white supremacist radio show that for white people not voting for donald trump would be a
betrayal of the white race. so that's where we are. heading into this next race in louisiana. is this going to keep getting worse? or is there any reason to believe it will start to get better? >> get out. rectv has been numbee in customer satisfaction over cable for 15 years. (father) how 'bout over 15 satisfying years with that woman over there boiling your clothes. her layers and layers of...layers. hair that i've rarely seen because it's always under that bonnet. and how she fought off that grizzly and made him into these slippers. that's satisfaction son. (vo) don't be a settler, get a $100 reward card when you switch to directv.
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works in just 3 minutes, killing 99.99% of odor causing bacteria. for a cleaner, fresher, brighter denture every day. i don't think duke is a nazi. he doesn't look like one, doesn't act like one, doesn't talk like one. >> i think the working white class of people has been kind of forgotten about. >> say yes, you're going to vote for david duke, oh, you're a racist. that's not the fact. >> listen to what he says, it's common sense. >> he is saying what all of us have been feeling for a long time. >> 1991, former kkk leader and white supremacist, david duke, ran as the republican nominee for governor of louisiana. he got more than 60% of the white vote. 60% of the white vote. wasn't enough to win, but it was enough to get him into the runoff. now that donald -- excuse me,
david duke, same david duke, endorsed donald trump for president in 2016, donald trump supporters are now wrestling, or not, with whether it bothers them to be on the same side of this particular aisle with somebody like david duke in the plan. >> are you planning on voting for mr. trump? >> yes, i am. >> is there anything you he can say that might make you change your mind? >> not at all. >> there have been white supremacist groups that have come out in support of him, david duke, former head faster of the kkk, does it bother you? >> not at all, we're the same age. >> what did you say? >> we're the same age. i grew up in the '60s. >> it doesn't bother you? >> it doesn't. doesn't matter to me at all. i'm for him totally. >> okay. but none of those other -- >> joining us now is msnbc national correspondent, joy reid. joy, thank you for being here. >> thank you for inviting me. >> you've just flown in. boy are your arms fired.
>> very tired. >> you've just come from arkansas. you were in south carolina before that. >> that's right. >> you are an experienced reporter and you have reported all over the country. you've seen a lot of campaigns. is this fpar for the course and we're got used to looking at it this closely or is this southern iteration of the trump campaign getting more zaiscary as time g on? >> it's par for the course but what you talked an at the top of the somehhow. i see the 1968 george wallace rallies. that's the year hubert humphrey was going to g the nominee. taught richard nixon and the republican party how to win across the south. he used the same flamboyance, communicating with the voter saying i understand your grievances, had a sense of humor about it. they also were quite menacing to black and jewish protesters. and so the interesting thing that we see now is that trump
reinvigorated the style and david duke, chicanery around his fund-raising for george wallace in 1972, the innovation that david duke is sort of credited with in in white nationism is marrying clannism, which is seeshlly anti-black with naziism and marrying anti-jewish with anti-black racism. so now with a jewish man running and a woman running promise nantly and donald trump doing this, it's a throwback. >> the relationship of donald trump as an individual candidate, obviously there's the issue of disavowing or not disavowing, whether he ever makes a case to white supremist
sim pa thiis, the that's one level, the other level i'm interested in happening is what's happening with the prote prote protesters because we are seeing an effort to disrupt a donald trump rally. what do we know about that effort and what do you see about how his crowds handle that. >> if you look at the trump rallies, but he comes on stage there are announcements telling people how to handle it if a o proteste protester eru79s, there's the physical interaction in which protesters are man handled and thrown out the door. >> he encourages that. >> george wallace says if a protester lies down in one of our front vehicles, that will be the last vehicle they lay down in front of. that is why donald trump, he may
not be as brilliant as he claims he, but he's not stupid. he's going to be compete not guilty louisiana, which you talked about david duke, barack obama got 14% of the white vote in 2008, it was the third worst performance, the only worst ones were mississippi and alabama. so this friday when marco rubio was supposed to be in louisiana they cancelled their event, donald trump will be there in louisiana and competing for what he knows it is. if you look at that map of the old slave states, that was the democratic party's old south stronghold that converted to republicanism and he is appealing to those voters. whether he's doing it or not, he's whistling at them. >> the supposed blow back it is something he doesn't feel at all. joy, thank you so much. that was the best interview segment i have had with anybody
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would shrink with ben carson. ben will stay in the race and not suspend his campaign for a couple of more days. so dr. carson is not going to participate in the republican debate tomorrow night, but he does want to still give a speech as a candidate the day after that on friday. so that means even though we will be able to poof him soon, we cannot poof him yet for some reason. hold tight though, he'll go soon. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you again time. good evening, lawrence. >> i wasn't ready. i wasn't ready for you to poof him. >> we haven't poofed him yet. sometime soon. hold tight. 13 days, that might be all the time that's left in the race for the republican presidential nomination and just about every republican not named trump i