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more money into the military, steve. >> chris jansing, down there in fayetteville, north carolina. again, donald trump's thank you tour will take him to that venue a short while from now. thank you for that. that is going to do it for this hour. i'm steve kornacki and "mtp daily" starts right now. ♪ >> if it's tuesday, president obama tries to secure his national security legacy. >> tonight, president obama touts his national security legacy. >> we can get these terrorists and stay true to who we are. >> and encourages the president-elect to follow his lead. plus, culture war confusion. did voters, in both north carolina, and all over the country on marijuana, signal the end of the culture wars? or is trump's election a new beginning? and boeing learns the power of the new presidency. how just a word or a tweet can mean a wallop or a windfall for corporations. this is "mtp daily" and it starts right now.
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>> good evening and welcome to "mtp daily," i'm chuck todd on a very rainy and cold washington. president obama just wrapped up what is being billed as his last major national security speech of his presidency. the closing argument for the obama foreign policy doctrine and a rebuttal of critics who argue for a course change come january. he also provided a strong defense of what he calls america values on the national security values, a not so veiled attack on some of the rhetoric president-elect trump ran on. donald trump himself is set to speak in north carolina, alongside retired general james mattis, his pick for secretary of defense. speaking at mcdill air force base in tampa, president obama listed off some of his accomplishments in the eight years he spent as commander in
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chief. >> today by any measure, core al qaeda, the organization that hit us on 9/11, is a shadow of its former self. plots directed from within afghanistan and pakistan have been consistently disrupted. its leadership has been decimated. dozens of terrorist leaders have been killed. osama bin laden is dead. bottom line is, we are breaking the back of isil. no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland. >> the administration claims the speech was planned months ago and was not intended to be a reaction to trump's election, but obama did seem to try to persuade his successor to continue some of his policies. >> a sustainable counterterrorism strategy depends on keeping the threat in perspective. the terrorist threat is real and
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it is dangerous. but these terrorists want to cast themselves as the vanguard of a new world order, they are not. they are thugs, and they are murderers, and they should be treated that way. we need the wisdom to see that upholding our values and adhering to the rule of law is not a weakness in the long-term, it is our greatest strength. >> we prohibited torture everywhere at all times, and that includes tactics likes water boarding and at no time has anybody who has worked with me has told me that doing so has cost us good intelligence. >> but what was most striking perhaps, was at the end of the speech, when president obama defended those american values. >> if we stigmatize good patriotic muslims, that just feeds the terrorist narrative. it will fuels the same false grievances that they use to motivate people to kill. if we act like this is a war between the united states and islam, we're not just going to lose more americans to terrorist attacks, but we'll also lose
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sight of the very principles we claim to defend. the united states of america is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom. >> folks, the trump doctrine is still tbd. his position is often a bit contradictory, and it changes depending on the audience he's addressing. so the question remains, can trump be persuaded and in the absence of a secretary of state, should we assume the trump doctrine is more in line with mike flynn or will the gravity of the office change him after he is sworn in, in january. and of course, what about president obama's legacy here? is it a positive one, and will it be one that is seen positively in another generation? >> i want to bring in my guests here. look, i want to do this in two parts. first, i want to start with obama and then we'll start with trump. let's talk about obama's
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national security legacy, michael. what will it look like in ten years, because there's so many ways you could slice this. let me give you a simple one. the middle east today, more chaotic or less chaotic since barack obama took office? >> more chaotic. i don't think that's an indictment of his foreign policy. i think his foreign policy is looking better in other parts of the world. i think he's done well with russia and china, although many would disagree with that assessment. the arab spring became the arab winter, or the arab chaos. and we know there are several countries at war. but he's right, al qaeda is a shell of his former self, and isis is tactically losing on the battlefield. so there's a mixed bag overall in the middle east. i think his overall foreign policy is fairly good, i think its middle eastern policy is more like mediocre. >> david, it is interesting to me, donald trump you could argue, successfully was able to
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run against two what president obama would have argued were foreign policy successes of sorts. one is the asian pivot, tpp, that whole thing, it's turned into a domestic nightmare for him. that doesn't help the asian pivot. and then of course there's syria. and on one hand, he spiked the football a bit in that one interview with jeffrey goldberg, going, i have no regrets about not acting on the red line. but you look at brexit and the trump election, and maybe we does regret the syrian migration crisis. david, how do you read it? >> certainly the migration crisis ended up destabilizing europe. i think when the obama administration first started looking at the syrian crisis in 2011, the idea was that it wasn't a vital american national interest. but the refugees that ended up destabilizing some of our
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closest allies, that turned out to be a vital american interest. so the interest shifted. at the same time, i think that the president set himself some goals that turned out to get in the way of their meechbs dealing with this. you'll remember that he stepped out fairly early on, under some pressure, and said that assad must go. but there was not a plan in place to make assad go. and i think they spent the next two or three years trying to figure out, did they want to commit the kind of resources necessary, in order to achieve that goal? and maybe it was the wrong goal. maybe they just needed to reach a political conclusion to this war much earlier, before the russians got into it last year, and made it a much more complicated situation. >> you know, michael, the president said something else today that is statistically true, but you can't say the country has felt that. and that is the idea that he is the only two-term president to
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basically be commander in chief for the entire two terms at a time of war. and many -- john mccain would say, he didn't remind the country enough that we were at war. what would you say to that? >> well, picking up on david's last point, which was an excellent one about unrealistic goals, president obama of course set out the goals of trying to leave iraq and afghanistan entirely and he made that seem liket was the metric of success. i actually think on afghanistan, he's done okay. and on iraq, after some big setbacks, we're now looking better. and so in you adjust to a more pragmatic standard, the record doesn't look so bad, at least in those two countries. but i agree to some extent with john mccain that there have been times where president obama really wanted to talk down there and in his re-election bid, he wanted to make the complete exit from iraq and afghanistan the standard for success. i think that was an unrealistic goal. he would have been better off saying, listen, i'm still trying to protect the country, prevent
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terrorist attacks, and to the extent possible, help these nations stabilize themselves. by those standards, i think his record is mixed, but a little better than against the unrealistic absolute one. >> let's turn to trump, david. one clear message he wanted to send to not just trump but to some of his critics overall, hey, isis is a threat, but let's not turn them into -- that they can stand toe to toe with a world superpower. explain the line he's trying to walk there. >> well, i think the line he's trying to walk, chuck, is a fairly straightforward one. that isis poses a regional threat and perhaps could have some reach into the united states because it has inspired some here, fairly low-level attacks so far, we've been lucky enough that they have been low level. but when president obama looks across at the range of threats that he knows the next president
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will be facing, he's thinking, you know, you've got a lot bigger problems. you have russians who are intimidating europe, and you're saying very little about it. you've got the chinese in the south china sea and elsewhere. you have a north korea with a rampaging missile and nuclear program. and so the single focus that you've seen president-elect trump and his national security adviser or national security adviser to be, michael flynn, have just on isis, i think the president -- president obama is having a hard time imagining that they're going to be able to stay focused just on isis once they realize the complexity of the world they're inheriting. >> michael, do you have a sense of what you think a trump doctrine is going to look like? is he going to govern crisis to crisis? i keep trying to tell people, he's ideologically malleable when it comes to domestic
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policy. and while there's some consistency on international policy, it's not -- there is some contradictions. >> well, i think you're right, chuck. certainly he's flexible. i'm just relieved that the doctrine is not going to be one of massive retrenchment, apparently. after all the talk we heard about u.s. allies, who are not doing enough and therefore didn't necessarily merit the defense of their territory by the united states, despite treaty obligations ranging from nato to japan and korea and elsewhere, it doesn't seem that that's the message mr. trump wants to send now. so whatever the doctrine winds up being, at least i don't expect it's going to be one of a radical isolationism or a pullback from the world. which whatever its merits might have been a hundred years ago, i don't think is realistic for a world like today where we have 50 or 60 allies. the system of allineses is working pretty well at keeping the peace. so i'm relieved at what the trump doctrine will not be, compared to my expectations a
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few weeks or months ago. >> if there's one country that is going to be a rival as far as donald trump is concerned, it is china. we've had passive on china with bush, with obama, with clinton, with the other bush, even with reagan. we're not going to have that with trump, are we, david sanger? >> no, you're not. and he brought up, as soon as he got defensive about the taiwan phone call, he sent out some tweets about, not only the trade issues with china, but the south china sea issues with china. and where this is going to get really interesting, chuck, he's going to need china's help on whatever north korea strategy he puts together. and i'm not sure he's setting himself up right now for getting that help. >> i've heard that from a lot of u.s.-china experts, that the north korea issue may bring him back into saying a fewer nicer things about china, coming up. >> wouldn't be the first president that happened to. >> that figures that out, exactly. anyway, i appreciate you both. thanks for your expertise. coming up, the real fall-out
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from so-called fake news. the made-up stuff. and why it's not just dishonest. but now a possible threat to human beings. plus, is hindsight 2020 for vice president joe biden? our own kelly o'donnell tries again to get a straight answer about whether he does plan to run for the big job a third time. stay tuned. ♪ ♪ i want a hippopotamus for christmas ♪
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welcome back. a few weeks ago, a group of democrats tried to recruit joe biden to be the next dnc chair. that failed, but last night the vice president told reporters he might have one more office that he may run for. >> are you going to run again? >> yeah. i am. i'm going to run in 2020. um, so -- >> for what? >> for president. you know, so, what the hell, man. >> just to be clear, were you kidding about running for president in 2020? >> i'm just, i'm not committing not to run.
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>> i love that, i'm not committing not to run. the old double negative. but we gotta ask. is this serious, is it not? biden will be 78 years old, 78 is the new 68. nbc's kelly o'donnell did try again to get an answer to that question. guess what, he kept the speculation a little bit alive. >> mr. vice president, are we right to take you seriously about 2020? >> i'm not announcing it right now. >> are you keeping the door open? >> is biden hearing not another call to not serve, or is this more about the realization that he may have had the better chance at winning in 2016 than his former colleague in the obama cabinet? anyway, stay tuned for more "mtp daily" show not, not ahead. we'll be right back.
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before the 2016 presidential election, articles with made-up news, made-up facts, from made-up sources, shared a higher rate than actual news that's fact-checked from, the so-called mainstream media. as we've been reporting, one of those fake conspiracy theories had real-life consequences. over the weekend a north carolina man was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon. according to court documents, the gentleman traveled to comet pizza in washington, d.c., to self-investigate a false internet conspiracy theory that had been dubbed pizza-gate. it claimed that theorypizzeria harboring a child sex ring run by hillary clinton and john podesta. folks, ridiculous stories get swept up in social media and spread like wildfire, sometimes even by people in power. politico reports that trump's pick for national security adviser tweeted dubious news stories at least 16 times since
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august 9. hours after sunday's incident, the twitter account belonging to flynn's son tweeted about the pizza-gate conspiracy theory, to the point of saying, well, prove that it's not true. the younger flynn by the way is his father's chief of staff at the flynn intel group. on "morning joe" today, mike pence said the younger flynn has no involvement in the transition process. but trump's spokesman later said the younger mikel flynn was helping his father early on in the transition, but is no longer involved. in fact, he was getting so involved, they were trying to get a security clearance, but it's since been checked out. let's bring in the panel. "usa today's" washington bureau chief and ran esh from the national review. >> when i say fake news, our friends on social media say, that's you people in the msn. but let's be realistic, this is conspiracy theories that are made to look like a news story
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that almost cost somebody their life. >> and it seems not just false, but ridiculous, absurd, to allege that hillary clinton is running a child sex ring out of a pizza joint in northwest d.c., but this guy believed it. and it shows how dangerous it is. someone could have been killed. >> affirmation, not information. there's so much of that. there's a joke in reporting, we call it too good to check. that's like, i heard this, and then you check it out and it's not true. it's more fun to read stories that are not true. that's why novels outsell non-fiction on book shelves. >> seems like true stories have been pretty crazy lately. >> what do we do about this epidemic? >> it's a real problem, and it's a real problem figuring out how to solve it. one of the problems you've got, we've already had stories about facebook, for example, having a political tilt. so even if there's a problem, do you trust them to actually clampdown on it in a neutral and
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objective and transparent way? >> what does that even mean? look at mike flynn's son, prove to me that it's not true. that is the, have you stopped beating your wife question. >> it is dangerous. this idea of post truth period, it's dangerous for our democracy. it really challenges you all sort of in the -- who are real sort of press people, not me. >> political consultants have to be -- >> i was going to say that. >> politicians do, play a greater role. >> because now politicians can, in fact, go above and around you, chuck, and they can go directly to the groups of people they're trying to communicate with in a way they could not a decade ago. so you all become less relevant in this conversation and you see that slipping away with the fake news. they don't have to go through you, they can go to the people they want to. >> but it goes to the erosion of
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credibility and trust in institutions, including the press, that people are willing to believe something they see on facebook, an item that's shared by a friend rather than -- [ all speak at once ] >> we shouldn't be surprised by this, the facebook effect, in that aren't you more likely to buy a product that a friend likes? right? than somebody that you don't know likes. so that has always been the power of sharing on social media. >> the e-mail chain letter. >> that's the problem, it becomes a chain letter. >> we also make the point the flynn story and the flynn jr story isn't just a fake news story, it goes to the judgment and temperament of people who may be or are going to be involved in this new administration. >> you could -- i mean, the fact that, if flynn is getting involved with this, at what point does it disqualify him from the job? >> he doesn't need confirmation. >> that doesn't answer my question. at what point does that disqualify him from the job? >> and that question goes do donald trump. it's up to him.
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if he was nominating a cabinet secretary who had done this, i would hope the senate would explore this in confirmation hearings, but the power of the presidency. >> but it doesn't disqualify him, because the person who is now president, came into power largely on this same sort of thing, saying whatever he wants to say, facts be damned. >> the person we need to bring up here, is this info wars cat, this guy alex jones. let me play a clip where he has been a big trump supporter from the very beginning and thinks he and trump are like this. >> and i'll tell you, it is surreal to talk about issues here on air and word for word hear trump say it two days later. it is amazing. and it just shows how dialed in this guy is and that's why they're so squared cared on him. >> this guy in the '70s would
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have been on the high end of a.m. radio. he's just cuckoo for cocoa puffs. he rips his shirt off sometimes and get really angry at made-up news. >> he thinks sandy hook was a hoax, was fake. but we should also evaluate with a grain of salt, his assessment that trump is right on the same page with him. he's a crazy person. >> that's right. now trump has sort of flirted with him. he like doesn't necessarily, you know, he -- but he did call in once. >> right. and i think we have to make two points simultaneously. one is that trump and people around him have been cavalier about this kind of thing. trump himself, remember, just casually spread this totally unfounded rumor about justice scalia maybe having been killed, but at the same time, i don't believe there's evidence that this is what grot trump elected. and i think people are going to respond negatively if it seems like excuse-making for --
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>> is this a tactic that gets attributed to lbj, which is, just say it, who cares if it's not true, just say it and make them deny it. he knows it's fake, but put it in there, because it slimz the real journalists. >> right, but what's our responsibility? and again i'm not a journalists, but what's the responsibility of journalists to confront this. the perception is you all weren't hard enough on him. you know you pushed back on that pretty hard. but there's a perception out there that so much of what he said wasn't true and he got away with it in the mainstream media. >> i think the pushback, certainly criticism fair enough about press coverage of this campaign, but pushback was pretty severe, fact checks all the time on things he was saying, didn't have an effect on the voters who wanted to support him. that wasn't why they were supporting him. they were supporting him for other reasons, and not a big
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penalty to him on things that even if he said over and over and over again, for instance, the iraq war, no penalty for saying things that weren't true. >> i think the irony, these fringe groups have gotten mainstreamed. they're wrong, but when they're wrong, thinks it's us. that's part of just the forcing of him treating everybody the same. i think it has some of that. >> also, people aren't careful media consumers, and they know a lot of us in the media got the general election wrong and they're not making all these distinctions. >> no, they're not. we'll take a break. stay with us. still ahead, are the culture wars over, or are they coming back in an odd way? keep it here, we'll discuss.
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in north carolina, they sent the message that folks don't want the headaches of big social fights. the backlash of the bathroom fight cost pat mccrory his job. mike huckabee is giddy. trump has picked ben carson to run hud. senator gejeff sessions, voted ban same-sex, will be the nation's top cop. what's he going to do on some issues like the fact that 29 states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana in this country. if you're looking for clues from trump, you might want to keep looking, because trump himself is a bit of a conflict, a contradiction, when it comes to various social issues. he says he's fine with gay marriage as the law of the land, but is promising to appoint staunchly conservative justices. trump took five positions on
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abortion in three days at one time as a candidate. trump said he was against the north carolina bathroom bill when he woke up, then he said he supported it before he went to bed. but if you're trump, you can't be wishy-washy when you run the country, or sign laws that your a.g. must enforce. how's going to govern, what do voters want? gallup says 60% of the country supports legalizing marijuana. quinnipiac says 67% agree with the supreme court decision establishing a woman's right to abortion. and gallup say 68% say gay marriage should remain legal. i'm joined by washington post column mist and the national review's david french. >> david, what do you take out of north carolina, that on one hand, they sent republicans to washington, but they fired a republican governor, especially, it appears, over one issue, a social issue. how do you take, what do you
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read from that? >> i take the same thing from that as from a lot of disputes. i feel like the public looking at culture war issues, unless you're dealing with the bases of both parties, kind of looks at who do they think is picking on whom. who is being the bully in the situation? and i think that the media frankly did a really good job of portraying the north carolina governor as the bully here. and there was brace dissidents standing up against him. when you cast that dynamic, it puts him in a public relations hole that he couldn't dig out of. but in other situations, there's been fascinating analysis that says a lot of the obama's administration overreach alienated working class voters. saying they seemed more focused on the culture war than it does on jobs. so it's a mixed bag. >> same question to you. >> i think governor mccrory got in trouble for that, but also
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for voting rights issues, the wrol moral mondays movement down there, reverend barber's movement mobilized a lot of people to vote and participate -- >> remember, they voted trump, burr, cooper. two rs and a d, there are a chunk of voters that did that or you wouldn't have the result. [ all speak at once ] >> i think it was a lot of issues at the state level, the bathroom bill being one of them. but the problem with trump as you suggested in your opener, he's been all over the lot on many of these issues. but trump seems to be ready to delegate his views on these issues to his constituencies. and he got 81% of the vote from white evangelicals, the best share a presidential candidate has gotten in a long time. and he gave a very strong anti-abortion pitch in one of the debates that i think he's made implicit and explicit promises to them. so whether he's comfortable with
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the position or not, whether he really cares about the position or not, i think that's the direction he's going to move in, in a broadly social conservative direction, but not on gay marriage, it looks like. >> i go back and forth. i think he is going to respond to the election results, be thinking about 2020 and think, where well, i can't disappoint evangelicals, because they were more supportive of me than props they should have been given my mixed message that i sent to them. >> yeah, i don't think he cares one bit about the classic culture war issues. i really don't. i don't think he cares that much about abortion one way or another. i think he's more than happy to use these issues to get what he wants. and i think he's more than happy to use the evangelical vote to get what he wants. i think he's paying the evangelical voter back right now, and i don't have a problem with many of his cabinet picks either. he's put some outstanding picks out there. but when the going gets tough on these issues, if these issues are flaring up and his approval
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rating is low, that's where as a social conservative i would be concerned about his level of conviction, because i don't think he has any level of conviction on this. and if these issues are seen as knowa impediment to him or albatross around his neck, i would look for him to jettison his commitment quickly. >> i agree, i don't think he feels any of this stuff, but i think he knows where his political base is, and the people who will stick with him. the definition of a base are the people who are with you when you're wrong. and i think these people are more likely to be with him atlantic others than others in the electorate. >> the issue of marijuana, it's going to be states' rights and morality. jeff sessions has amazed his position on marijuana very clear. let me play a bite. >> we need grown-ups in charge in washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalize said, that
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it's, in fact, a very real danger. >> as we all know, the federal government can just simply decide to enforce federal law and all of what these states have done, essentially, most of it can be nullified. david, what's your -- what do you expect -- do you expect a fight between social conservatives and libertarians on this one? >> i've been running around social conservative circles for years and years and years, and marijuana is about number 100 on the list that the base really cares about. my view is leave it to the states. i don't think this is going to be a flash point in the conservative movement, because it's not been a flash point in the conservative movement. there are many things that people care about far more than this. i think leaving it to the states. in fact, if you're going to talk about cultural issues more broadly, if you want to ratchet back culture war issues and ratchet back some of the culture war rhetoric, increased emphasis on federalism is the way to go. let california be california,
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and let tennessee where i am, be tennessee. >> but what we've seen chuck, is that conservatives enforce states' rights except when they're not. you've seen that at the local level, where when cities do something that conservative governments don't like, they take the authorities away from the cities. what you're setting up here, is if trump doesn't care about marijuana, but sessions goes on the offensive against these states, trump is either going to have to break with his attorney general, or you're going to have a conservative breaking with states' rights. >> the supreme court pick is going to potentially buy a lot of time for trump, assuming he goes in a social conservative route. do you expect him to get this right, david, as far as social conservatives are concerned? >> oh, i think the first one. i think he's going to be replacing scalia, the pressure on him to go off his list, which his list is good, is going to be overwhelming. if he goes off-list with his first pick, that's going to scare an awful lot of people, and he would see immediate
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erosion in his base. so i think this first pick is the easy pick. the hard pick is if he has another one, and what is his approval rating then, what's the temperature of the country then? >> david, ej, fascinating discussion. i want to re-create this discussion every few months. you're very interesting on this topic in particular. thank you both. up ahead in "the lid," trump steps up to the bully pulpit. we'll look at what's behind the boeing backlash. says it won't let up for a while. the cadillac xt5... what should we do? ...tailored to you. wait it out. equipped with apple carplay compatibility. ♪ now during season's best, get this low mileage lease on this cadillac xt5 from around $429 per month, or purchase with 0% apr financing.
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welcome back. tonight i'm obsessed with the democratization of media. not all of it, giving americans a voice and liberating the flow of information from three networks and a handful of newspapers, all of whom were run by people who look and thought the same thing. what i'm talking about is a plague of fake news. there was a dangerous incident at the comet ping-pong pizza restaurant here in washington. it's hardly the first time fake news has gained currency. james calendar famously spread rumors about jefferson, hamilton and those old enough to walk through airports in the '70s can remember all the crazy lyndon la ruch followers spreading non-sense about the queen of england. the more that news organizations debunk the story, the more it inspired new fake news and new followers that comment.
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fake news is a virus that changes and replicates as it adapts to survive. there's no easy answer, no quick fix, but politicians could start by not retweeting lies and conspiracy theories because it feels good. and by realizing that when they relentlessly bash the press, they soften the ground for false news to spread like a contagion.
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the capabilities of these complex requirements that match the president of the united states. trump's words do have an impact. after that tweet went out, boeing's stock dropped 1.6%. by closing time, it had leveled off, but the message trump sent seemed clear. with that, panel is back. ramesh, did you expect a republican president to be so aggressive against corporate america? carrier, carrier capitulated, now boeing. this is the power of the bully pulpit. >> it's a new power of the bully pulpit. i think if a dominican republicic president we-- democ president were getting involved with these companies, micromanaging them, calling them out on an individual basis, republicans in congress would be
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apoplectic -- >> what would you be saying? >> i'm saying they ought to be now. this is not the appropriate role for the president or the president-elect to be playing. >> it was interesting that kevin mccarthy to me yesterday, who has been very much kevin mccarthy, who's been very much capitulating to trump on a lot of things, but the number two in the house said, hey, we're not going to be for this tariff business, will this boeing thing stiffen the backbone of other private sector conservative republicans? >> maybe, or maybe it will make some business leaders really nervous about getting cross wise with the president for fear that he could be critical of them in a tweet and cost them stock prices. this is like different territory. have we ever had a president in the past 50 years engage in behavior like this? >> we've had industries, right? presidents had gotten involved in industries. obama in auto, kennedy in steel. certainly, president bush george w. bush did it with steel. hey, teddy roosevelt held up on a pedestal for being tough on
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corporate america. >> well, you know. >> but not intervening with individual companies. >> with the federal government. >> let me tell you what our republicans and friends have said. he's a socialist. they would call him out as a flat-out socialist. but at the same time, i think it's interesting. it has to make wall street folks and some of the republican establishment nervous, because he is interfering it with the markets and republicans are not supposed to be for free markets, right? and clearly, he's interfering in a way that doesn't make the markets so free. but at the same time, chuck, if you think about his base. if you think about the voters that voted for him, and think about the people who have been hurt by the free market economy, this makes a lot of political sense for him, although, i think there's going to be conflict with the republican establishment here. >> you know, this strikes me as sort of the way trump actually built this real estate empire, which is, he doesn't worry about the long-term consequences of the debt of the deal. it's short-term gain. and right now politically, this is short-term gain. and it's good gain for him. >> well, short-term gains have added up. >> bashing china.
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that's right. >> he did actually, you know, win the presidency with the strategy that people didn't think was going to work. >> mocked him. >> and so i'm sure this is giving him confidence in every single thing he's doing. but the problem here isn't that it's anti-business, the problem is that it's a disagree of interference. a kind of unhealthy connection between to the government and industry that i think is not good for the long run economic well-being of this country. >> and as one more sign, he's not a conservative republican, he's a populist when it comes to these issues. this is a populist -- >> he's a nationalist. >> i think nationalist more than populist. because, and frankly, this is the sort of thing that you all would have called barack obama a socialist on, right? so i think you can go farther than this. when you interfere with the free markets, republicans aren't supposed to be against this. it will be interesting on how he gets along with members of congress. >> this presents some uncertainty in corporate america, which they have said they don't like. >> and they supported him,
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right? >> they certainly supported the republican party. >> name a ceo in the fortune 100, though, that was supportive of trump that wasn't one? >> that's fair. >> they would have supported any other nominee much more than -- >> let me move to joe biden yesterday. was he joking or was he not? i'm still sort of trying to figure that out. should we play the biden sound real quick? i think we have it. let's play it. we don't have the bite of biden with reporters, but it was, i think some people say it wasn't serious, but part of me thinks, boy, there is a -- >> there was a germ of truth. the question was jocular. the question wasn't a serious question. he answered in a way that made people think, is he serious. and i don't think he was serious exactly, but i think there is a germ of truth in the idea that he's sorry he didn't run this time. he would like to be president. if he could run in four years, i bet he would. >> i think that if biden would throw his hat in, you would be surprised at how many people would be supportive of him. this is someone who has stood beside the president -- >> would you have said that two
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years ago? >> i would have. i would have. because joe biden is really liked. we've talked a lot about politics, but in the end, people tend to vote for people they like. he is someone who would start off a lot more better position in the general public than hillary clinton did. >> and right now there's sentiment among democrats that, gosh, he should have run. >> he's the one guy that could have stopped the party from fracturing the way he did. he could have played both identity politics and blue collar politics. he could have straddled that. >> but in four years, democrats surely will want to move on to a new generation and get past their leaders in their 70s. >> but who isn't? >> gillibrand. >> do you think republicans in '93 were saying that and ended up with bob dole in '96? a lot of people thought bob dole's days were done. >> how did it work out for them? >> if they're up against a donald trump that's running for
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re-election, that does somewhat neutralize the age issue. >> but i also think there is a warren sort of segment of the party, sort of that populist left-wing grassroots who they want for the candidate and i don't know that joe biden is their candidate. >> it could mean we're all curious now if he's going to somehow find ways to get to iowa. >> the election has started already. >> don't laugh. i think i saw how jason kantor, who didn't even win, is going to iowa. everybody will be going to iowa in the next month. anyway, susan, cornell, ramesh, thank you, as always. a little more "mtp daily" right after this. go, go!
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finally, in case you missed it, democrats are getting just a libtd desperate these days when it comes to senate seats. louisiana, as it gnarly now does, is holding its senate runoff election on saturday. the president-elect, donald trump, is traveling to the state to support the republican candidate, john kennedy. no relation to the kennedy family, by the way, on the democratic side. meanwhile, the democratic candidate, vosser co eser campb is trailing, put out a press release attacking kennedy as a one-time liberal candidate and is saying this about donald trump's visit. i'm glad the president-elect is bringing attention to louisiana and i look forward to working with him on the things he agrees with me on like term limits and rebuilding our roads, bridge, and ports. that's a democrat not just saying nice things about donald
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trump, but hugging him in hopes of picking up republican votes. my, how things have changed in just over a month. that's all we have for tonight. we'll be back tomorrow with a lot more "mtp daily," but chris matthews picks up our coverage right now. >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington if and we start with breaking news. next hour, donald trump will hold a rally in fayetteville, north carolina, the second stop on his "thank you" tour. he's bringing along his pick for defense secretary, retired four-star general, james "mad dog" mattis. a short time ago trump tweeted this picture showing him standing with mattis on the plane headed to north carolina. mattis is expected to take the stage tonight and speak at the event. let's go right now to nbc's chris jansing who is already in fayetteville. >> reporter: we're expecting to hear about


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