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now have yet another mission as a defender of democracy. he also says for the first 85% of my life i was a registered republican, and i always voted as an american. i will vote for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values, not pandering to our basest impulses. captain sully sullenberger will be my special guest tomorrow here at 9:00 p.m. in our special live election coverage tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m., saturday night, 9:00 p.m. right here. that is tonight's last word. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. tonight a split screen in the final days as the president tells his crowd, a blue wave equals a crime wave and a red wave equals jobs and security. while his predecessor barack obama warns voters of the attempts to terrify them before election day. plus, a bombshell from haven't
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fa -- vanity fair, michael cohen, the headline trump repeatedly used racist language before his presidency. the reporter who broke this story standing by to talk with us. our final look for the week at how the vote might go and how the president's party might look different by this time next week as "the 11th hour" gets under way on a friday night. well, good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york, day 652 of the trump administration and heading into this final weekend before election day. we are seeing two very different visions for america from our president's number 44 and 45. tonight trump and obama are both on the campaign trail rallying voters on behalf of candidates in key races. the current president held rallies in west virginia and indiana during both stops he made a point of touting the strong economic numbers.
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today's new job numbers, especially. but then he went big and deep on immigration. >> the democrats want to invite caravan after caravan, and you see we have more caravans forming. you do see that? gee, i wonder how that happens. they want these caravans full of illegal aliens to flood into our country, a blue wave would equal a crime wave, very simple. and a red wave equals jobs and security. >> so there you have it and former president obama made appearances today in florida and georgia, striking back with an attack on trump and his message. >> in the closing weeks of this election we have seen repeated, constant, incessant, nonstop attempts to divide us.
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with rhetoric that is designed to make us angry and make us fearful. with images and rhetoric that are designed to exploit our history of racial and ethnic and religious division. to try to pit us against one another. the good news is in four days, georgia, you can reject that politics. >> former president losing his voice, he's been using his indoor voice for two years now, on top -- immigration southern border the president has been warning of he seemed to walk back a remark we made yesterday, a remark we reported on here last night suggesting u.s. troops might open fire at migrants at the border who throw stones. >> mr. president, are you really okay with the u.s. military
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firing on the caravan people? >> they won't have to fire. i don't want these people throwing rocks. i didn't say shoot. but they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time. >> while president trump is out on the road trying to help republican candidates, there is an explosive new report out tonight from vanity fair in what may be strategic premidterm timing, trump's former lawyer turned enemy michael cohen tells the magazine he has personally heard trump use racist language before he took office. the author emily jane fox who is standing by to join us live here tonight writes co hen "said the president privately chilling one on one conversations, she continues during our conversation cohen recalled a discussion at trump tower following the candidate's return from a campaign rally, cohen noticed the crowd largely
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caucasian. i told trump the rally looked vanilla on television. trump responded that's because black people are too stupid to vote for me. cohen told vanity fair, an expression similar to one the president was accused of using earlier this year. cohen asked him to quote, name one country run by a black ren that is not an s-hole then he added name one city. cohen also recalled a conversation in the late 2000s when he and trump were traveling to chicago for a trump international hotel board meeting. quote, we were going from the airport to the hotel and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood, trump made a comment to me saying that only the blacked could live like this. you'll recall cohen and trump had had a rather bitter split amid the federal investigation into cohen, a reminder he has pleaded guilty to charges related to campaign finance violations that he contends were
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carried out at trump's direction. tonight there has been no response as of yet from the white house, but a source inside the trump organization told nbc news cohen's allegations were "more lies from a serial liar." well, with that, let's bring in our leadoff panel for a friday night, three returning veterans, ken thomas, political reporter for the associated press, the aforementioned emily jane fox, senior reporter at vanity fair, her recent book is "born trump, inside america's first family," and jason johnson, politics editor at the root. welcome to you all and thanks for coming on. ken, how -- you've been switched over to covering just these midterms from your usual beat so i ask you, with that in mind, how unusual is this to have two presidents basically head to head race for race as we go into a midterm election on tuesday? >> it's striking. i mean, you have to go back decades to find an ex-president
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willing to go this hard against a current president in an election. look at what has happened in the past. i mean, president trump led the birther movement against president obama. when president obama was campaigning in 2016 against then republican nominee trump he called him a conartist. these are two people who don't like each other. and they essentially represent polar opposites of this country, and completely different views. so it's just been striking to see them go out at each other, and, you know, they're trying to, you know, essentially prevent -- president trump is trying to prevent what had happened to president obama in 2010 and 2014. and run against history and the tides that often sweep against a first-term president. >> jason, i want to read you something that peter baker wrote over at the "new york times." about the former president.
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"mr. obama has vented his exasperation loud and often assailing his successor in a sharper, more systematic way arguably than any former president has done in three quarters of a century." jason, the folks part of obama's camp point out in their view the need has never been this great. my question for you is do you think it's convertible into votes? at some point when is early voting going to change how we campaign and the use of big gun surrogates like this? >> well, brian, it's two things. one, i've always said that the greatest long-term negative consequence of the trump administration is the end of norms. we used to live in a time where presidents could safely go into the night and they wouldn't say anything about their successors. bush didn't say much about clinton. clinton wouldn't say much about bush, and obama, et cetera, et cetera. but trump has pretty much based much of his campaign, and even his life as president of the united states on attacking the
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previous administration. that has brought obama out in a very different way. as far as early voting goes this is a really interesting element of campaigns we've seen and i think it's going to change, brian, after these 2018 midterms. i am in florida now. i have been in georgia throughout this campaign. in georgia you have over 600,000 first time voters or voters who did not vote in 2014 who have already early voted. you've got states, you've got small red counties in texas where the early voting has already succeeded the actually on election day voting in 2014. at one point we used to worry the early voting was actually cannibalizing same-day voting. i don't think that's going to be the mathematic anymore, we're seeing a point where early voting and same-day voting have to be seen when they happen, we can't assume they're working against each other as they have in the past. >> jason, you're so right. for folks who may be new to following politics at the molecular level because they've all been men it's been more than just a gentleman's agreement,
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43, for example, vowed to hold his silence while obama was president. they've kept to this. it's been a tradition. >> right. i'm sorry. >> yeah, and everybody thought that that was the reasonable way to operate. and actually, it is. part of what makes america great is the safe and clean transition from one administration to the next. if we get into a situation which now trump has opened where everybody feels free to attack the person who follows him, to disrespect them, to try to dismantle their entire legacy it erodes what makes us a functioning democracy. and now this is going to be pretty standard. i expect barack obama to be one of the number one campaigners for every single midterm as long as donald trump remains in office. >> ken, i've got a quick one for you. the president was asked about his comments, perhaps promoting violence. he turned it around and apparently it's a journalist's fault. we'll show this exchange. talk about it on the other side. >> say you're encouraging
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violence with the way you speak. >> no, no, you know what, you're creating violence by your questions. you are creating -- you and also a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. the fake news is creating violence. >> so there we go again, ken and last night he just came out and said the momentum had been stopped by, of course, the 15 pipe bombs and the death of 11 innocent souls in pittsburgh. >> yeah, i mean, it's hard to follow the logic. but it speaks to, you know, the view that the president has, that attacking the media is a good strategy in a midterm campaign in any electoral setting, really. i think he feels that he can make this argument that, you know, his views are not being accurately expressed, and that, you know, any story that he disagrees with is just, you
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know, he can just set aside simply because he doesn't like the media that's serving. >> it was our other guest tonight, emily jane fox, whose work posted this afternoon has spiked the news cycle tonight and probably will into the weekend. and emily, i guess the question as a viewer's advocate everyone's going to ask coming away from it is where was cohen this whole time? >> for the last six months or so, after search warrants were conducted, at the advice of counsel he's been silent, focusing on his case, keeping his head down. the explanation that cohen gave me when i asked him that question several times when we sat down earlier this week was, look, i've been following my lawyer's advice. i did not say anything when the president attacked me and my credibility when his attorney attacked me and my credibility. but he, like the rest of us, has been watching the president ratchet up his rhetoric over the last few weeks.
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he is the son of a holocaust survivor and saw the tragic events in pittsburgh and the president's insensitive remarks following that. and he felt like he knew that what the president was saying publicly was bad. what the president had said to him privately was worse. ahead of the midterms he felt like he wanted to speak up. >> i heard you say earlier tonight on this network you have since hitting the publish button heard from two people inside the trump world saying, and i don't want to give the synopsis in words that you wouldn't use, but saying some version of, yeah, these quotes read about right to us. >> yeah, i heard from people who had formerly worked with the president who basically said that tracks, those were similar in tone, in substance and in style to things that then mr. trump had said to them when he was their boss. >> and so do you think mr. cohen has reached a decision about
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throwing it out there, about whatever legal jeopardy may come he sees the bigger challenge, he sees the biggest threat in front of him in the form of his old boss? >> i think that cohen is squarely focused on the sentencing, which will happen next month. i think that he would not say anything now that he deemed would put him in legal jeopardy ahead of the sentencing. that is really what i think is the biggest obstacle facing him, the thing that he is most concerned about right now in terms of what it means for his family, what it means for him. but i will say it is sort of a risk for him to say anything and say anything so publicly and so inflammatory ahead of that sentencing. and to me that said this is a guy who hadn't said anything for months leading up to this. but before the election he wanted to tell his story and whatever legal jeopardy that could put him in that was more important. >> hey, jason, there's no joy in asking this. but reading these quotes in
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emily's piece, how many americans are kind of saying to themselves, yeah, that sounds about right? >> i'd say by the latest polls, about 49%. i mean, the poll after poll after poll has shown that most americans think that the president is divisive or racially hostile. what i have always maintained, none of this is news, you can speak to david k. johnson who's been on this network that the president's history of racist statements is legendary. but what has always been more problematic, look, being a racist is not a disqualifier. lots of racists. but his policies are the manifestations of his personal biases. that's where the problem comes into play. since he believes that black people are inferior, he believes that countries led by black people are inferior that informs where the military goes, that informs how sensitive he is to policies that affect african-americans, how sensitive he is to policies that affect jewish people and poor people and everything else like that. when the president's bigotry
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manifests itself in policy, that's when our democracy is in danger. unfortunately what's made more crystal clear by this article, that his biases will always lead his policy as opposed to a love for country or belief he has to represent everyone who lives in the united states of america. >> emily, i'm guessing there's a moment that comes when you hit send on a story like the one you posted today, and you know there's going to be attacks from the right that this is a straight up four days out pre-midterm hit job. and what's your defense for that? >> i think that this is -- it's news worthy. this is someone who worked for the president for more than a decade saying that behind the scenes he knows of things that the president, he said, told him were incredibly racist. if this is considered by them a hit job by michael cohen, that is their issue with michael cohen, but i think the explanation that i got from cohen was i've seen what has happened over the past few weeks, particularly over the
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last week, and leading up to the election, i couldn't keep silent anymore. >> hey, ken, if you were a betting man, do you think we'll see a white house response to this at all? do you think it will be in the form of something from the press secretary, or might we see something on twitter from the president overnight in an indianapolis hotel room? >> could be a combination of both. i think they're likely to seek to discredit michael cohen and say, you know, he's a convicted felon now and he doesn't have any credibility. they've cast him as a liar before so i'm sure they'll continue to do so. >> starting us off on friday night at the end of a long week, nothing compared to the week we have ahead of us. my thanks to my panel. coming up the final few days of campaigning have arrived. we've had steve cor knack y for
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power, they will try to erase our gains and eradicate our progress. that's what's going to happen. they're going to work hard and we will be fighting. oh, it will be -- it will be ridiculous, frankly. it will be bad for our country. the democrats, and it could happen. we're doing very well, and we're doing really well in the senate. but could happen. and, you know what you do? my whole life. you know what i say? don't worry about it, i'll just figure it out. does that make sense? i'll just figure it out. >> kind of a stream of consciousness night tonight in west virginia, the confident president today betraying just a moment there of uncertainty, warning supporters in west virginia that a democratic takeover of the house is a real possibility. and with just four days until voters head to the polls, our national political correspondent steve kornacki back at a fully functioning big board to tell us
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what races he will be watching election day. >> here you go, this is what our command center looks like, four days from now we are inside of a hundred hours until the votes are going to start coming in. this thing is going to be electric with activity this time about 96 hours from now on tuesday night. i want to take you there, look, the bottom line, you hear trump talking about the senate, you hear him talking about the house, the two numbers you're going to be hear over and over again tuesday night. 23, the democrats need annette gain of 23, if they get that, they get control of the house and two, democrats need annette gain of two seats and they get control of the senate. two seems small. but, of course, the battleground there is difficult for democrats. we are going to get clues, all the senate races that are up, but we're going to start getting clues on election night pretty early about what kind of night this might be at 6:00 eastern time. set your alarm right now. i hope you're watching all day. but 16 eastern we'll get our very first votes in a battleground senate race,
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indiana the polls close very early in much of indiana, and we're going to start getting numbers in indiana right around 6:00. this race, of course, a very closely watched one, democrat joe donnelly trying to hold off mike braun in a state donald trump won by 20 points two years ago, mike pence's home state as well. between 6:00 and 7:00, there is a very amount of early vote in indiana so we may get a sense of how donnelly is holding up in the red state. an hour later, 7:00 eastern, a lot of florida, not all of it, but a lot of florida closes. of course in florida you will have the key senate race there, obviously can bill nelson hang on in a state carried by two points and also that closely watched governor's race, readout at 7:00 there. that's the senate side. a little bit of the governor's side. of course we mentioned the house. this, where the most of the action, i think, is going to be at least early on that question of can democrats get the net
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gain of 23 seats? get used to looking at this because we're going to be showing you a lot of this on tuesday night. what the heck are we looking at here? here's the country and what you see, there are 435 congressional districts in this country. not all of them are competitive. most of them are not, most of them we already pretty much know which party's going to win. what you see in yellow here, this is where we think the action is. this is where we think control of the house is pretty much going to be decided. what you see right here are close to 70 districts that are held by republicans, where republicans are on defense, where democrats have some kind of a chance of a takeover. you see where they are in the map here. these are the districts, all labeled here, and we are going to -- you're going to watch all night, if the democrats win it turns blue. you see it right there, democrats win it turns blue, republicans win it will turn red. the magic number will adjust with that, the democrats magic number, can they get it down to zero? where does the action start on the house side? let me reset these. where does the action start on
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the house side? at 6:00 in the state of kentucky. polls are going to close. pressed the -- there it is, polls are going to close, amy mcgrath against andy barr, a trump district, around lexington, kentucky, talking about university of kentucky. and this is going to give us a clue early in the night, perhaps, what kind of night it will be on the house side. are the democrats overperforming around lexington? is mcgrath making suburbs in the rural areas? is republican energy alive in the rural areas? we may get a sense there. and at 7:00, again, 7:00 eastern time look at all these competitive districts in virginia, look at all these competitive districts in florida, we're going to get poll closings in these places and i think we're really going to start to get a sense early on, are we seeing a big blue wave form, are we seeing surprising republican resilience, are we seeing something muddled, something suspenseful where we may have to go district by district, hour by hour, to see
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if that number -- if democrats can just get it across the finish line, or republicans can hold them off, there are so many possibilities, talking about them for months. we do not know what the story is going to be tuesday night. we do not know what the plot twists are going to be. the american people are authoring them right now as they vote in early voting and head to the polls tuesday and tuesday night we will see what the story is. we are ready to pivot whatever story reveals itself, we're on it. >> steve, i think you just convinced me to watch. i was going to do something else tuesday. we have to set our alarm for 6:00. steve, it will be a pleasure having you all the way for the ride ahead of us. when it's over it will be early, early hours of wednesday morning. another break for us, coming up, so much of what this president still wants to accomplish, depends on what voters say on tuesday. a look at some of the issues that remain. hanging in the balance when we continue.
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let the radical democrats take control of congress and take a giant wrecking ball to our economy and to our future. it's not going to happen. >> even as the president makes this election some sort of referendum on his presidency, just in the past few days as we showed you earlier in the broadcast he started acknowledging that the republicans may indeed lose control of the house. and if that happens there's going to be, shall we say, a new reality in washington. with us tonight to talk about it, two returning veterans, jonathan allen, nbc news national political reporter and brian bennett, senior white house correspondent for "time" magazine. jonathan, i have a quote to read you out of politico, and they write, president donald trump and his allies have crafted a face saving plan if democrats trouns their way to a house
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majority, tout trump as the survive your of republicans in the senate. we've kind of seen a little bit of that, including but not limited to the president's complaint about momentum last night. >> absolutely, brian. that's the sales pitch that they've been setting up. but if that happens, if republicans maintain or even expand their control of the senate and lose the house, you have to sit back on wednesday morning and ask yourself if this is the worst political strategy ever conceived on the republican side of the ball. you've got basically a senate expansion of a majority maybe by a seat or two. at the risk, at the cost of the house because what you've seen from the president over the course of the last several months is him campaigning almost exclusively for senate candidates, campaigning in areas where he almost exclusively is talking to base voters, and campaigning in a way that really
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emphasizes his -- the values of his base and may alienate many other voters. at the cost, we think, of voters outside of his base, meaning democrats, meaning independents, meaning loosely affiliated republican voters, particularly those educated suburban women we've been talking so much about. and to top it all off, you know, if you have a senate majority that is less than 60 votes, you know, it doesn't matter whether it's 51 or 53 or 54. but losing the house majority means that the house democrats would be in control of investigations. it means that they could stop anything trump wants to do in terms of an agenda, they will have an opportunity to do messages bills to set up for 2020, basically to help whoever their candidate is in that election against donald trump. if you are him and you're picking a chamber to effect the
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outcome of certainly the house would have been the one to go for. >> brian, as you know, jonathan's the co-author of a book on the hillary clinton campaign. if such a book were to be written treating these midterms as a candidate, how do you think electoral history will view the president's strategy of saying a vote for fill in the blank candidate i'm campaigning for is vote for me? >> it's very interesting that trump looked at history, saw that first term presidents often lose seats in the house, and decided he's going to actually double down on a strategy of making this midterm election a referendum on himself and his record. so he's trying to buck history. in doing so he's trying to drive out loyal voters to the polls. by doing so. and it's going to really blow back on him if the democrats do take the house. it's going to be a sign, a
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signal from the american voter that they don't like the style of president trump, they don't like his let rick -- rhetoric, they don't like the base level of political discussion we've seen over the last couple months and that they want divided government and they want to bring his agenda to a halt. >> jonathan, back up to the last point you were making about if democratic control happens. what will happen specifically? what do you think the first thing committeewise will be that we see? and how do the democrats discipline themselves not to bring everything, including the kitchen sink? >> this is a real challenge for the democrats. if, in fact, they take control of the house, the first thing you're going to see is a sloppy ugly fight for the leadership of the democratic caucus, you know, nancy pelosi wants to be speaker again. you've got jim clyburn, you know, the assistant leader trying, you know, to lay down his marker for what he wants,
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deny hoyer, the minority whip right now. there's a mess involved in that. they're going to have to sort that out and that will be part of the discussion, which of these people is best to lead the house democrats on a pat that is sane and sensible for them to try to, you know, take this piece of power that they have if they, in fact, get the house, and expand that and position themselves for 2020 versus kind of throwing everything at the wall and perhaps hurting themselves? >> proin brian, our country hasn't always been quite this way. for the americans who spend every day kind of bummed out at our divisions, is there any scenario where our divisions don't increase, if anything, starting wednesday? >> there are -- there is a scenario if the democrats take the house, for example, and they come in with actual legislative priorities. the democrats will have a choice. they're going to come in, do they go for investigations whole hog and just try to make the
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white house the life in the white house miserable? do they start talking about impeachment? or do they actually talk about policy goals they want to accomplish, things trump himself has talked about, like infrastructure, coming up with a solution for daca recipients, some sort of fix to obamacare which, you know, so far all the republicans have stymied and been against, but it's something that could be on the table. i mean, that all seems so far removed from the political reality where we are right now. but i think there is a low percentage chance that that is something that could happen, that trump has shown a willingness in the past to talk to democrats. and then they found that he turned his back on them. that happened with talking to nancy pelosi and chuck schumer about coming up with some sort of solution for dreamers. but -- and so whether or not those groups can get past that bad blood and come together and talk about policy, i think, is
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going to be a big test. and we're going to see that play out immediately after the midterms. so there is a rosie scenario out there. given the current environment it's unlikely. we'll have to wait and see. >> let's cling to hope anyway. our thanks to john allen, brian bennett, gentlemen, get rest this weekend please. coming up for us on a friday night. donald trump has told his rally audiences that although he's not on the ballot tuesday in a way he is. well, the question becomes what will his political party look like come wednesday? one of the veterans of republican politics in the modern era, bill kristol is standing by to join us now when "the 11th hour" continues against a giant flag. checkout is at 4pm. plenty of time to enjoy your ride. (bicycle bell sound) ♪ ♪ (bicycle bell sound) ♪ ♪
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the words speaker pelosi for the next two years, you've got to go out and vote for greg and jim and a republican congress. we need it. it's going to be a very interesting day. tuesday's going to be a very interesting day. they're not going to beat the day from two years ago, but it's going to be interesting nevertheless. was that a great time we had two years ago? >> twice in a week the president has found a way to say the best election was in 2016. that's more from his indiana rally tonight. talking about the importance of tuesday's election while, of course, reminding the crowd about his win which was really something two years ago, he's happy to relitigate if you ask. still, tuesday's results will inevitably define the future of the republican party and trump's role as party leader. and who better to talk about the gop, post midterms, than our friend bill kristol, a veteran of the reagan and bush
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administrations, editor at large of the weekly standard. bill, i'd like to begin by showing you what jeff flake had to say for himself today about this ongoing debate about what direction the republican party should take, we'll play this and talk about it on the other side. >> we're better off as republicans sticking to what works, i think, and we have a good record on regulation and jobs and the economy. that's a good message right now. but to see the fear mongering going on, particularly with regard to immigration, is just unseemly. >> well, bill, regulation, jobs and economy would be one way of campaigning, the other way is to say there's an invading army of brown people coming from the southern border with vague middle easterners mixed in, they're going to come and invade our country and live in your house and take all your stuff. which do you think would be more effective? >> and we're going to send 5,000 or maybe more troops to deal with them and raise the issue of
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birthright citizenship out of the blue. i don't know. people like me have been critical of donald trump. he's proven us wrong before, at least once in 2016. maybe he knows what he's dining. i've got to say, i really wonder as you look back, the voters who were energized in these rallies, they will be there for the republicans anyway. they can be -- so they can be sent e-mails, can be communicated with and told you need to get out and vote to help support the president. i should think with the economy as strong as it is, unemployment low, wage growth moving up, with no obvious nuclear -- no obvious foreign policy disasters, you know, happening, i would think a little more of an oval office strategy by the president might have been sensible, sit back, have meetings on economic policy, meet with workers who have gotten pay increases, slightly low key. you can't even imagine donald trump doing this, of course, but a low key, stay the course, don't risk the economic recovery
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message. i think might have minimized losses more than amping it up on immigration. appeals to his base, but i wonder about swing voters, certainly suburban voters he's losing anyway will be turned off by this. but i wonder about in the senate races how well this plays in some of these states. i actually do wonder whether he -- he was going to take losses anyway in this election. but he's made it more about himself han it had to be, the controversial version of himself than he had to be. he's driven a certain number, hard to know how many of these swing voters, saying, gee, if he makes this referendum on birthright citizenship, i might have to send the message and vote democratic. people might say i'm okay with my republican congressman or congresswoman, i like what they've been doing, voted for them the last time, republican house and republican senate, i'll vote for them again. i think there will be a lot of second guessing of trump's
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strategy if tuesday night turns out to be bad for the republicans. >> bill, stay where you are. i'm going to sneak in a commercial break. we'll continue our conversation with bill kristol right after this. ♪ that's confident. but it's not kayak confident. kayak searches hundreds of travel and airline sites to find the best flights for us. so i'm more than confident. kayak. search one and done.
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endorsed by the democratic party, nancy pelosi, and dianne feinstein. as we look ahead on wednesday morning will usher in a new chapter of the trump's white house from an unexpected exodus of the president's cabinet and staff of the possible emergent. that's why we asked bill crystal to come by tonight. first of all, there is a piece by our own website today of the headline of veteran gop operatives. bill crystal wants to talk to nikki haley running against trump in 2020. do you see departures included but not limited to kelly or sessions or rosenstein like
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effective the next day? what do you think wednesday is going to look like in america? >> right before the break, i thought a lot of donald trump's strategies running up to the election. it is donald trump's presidency. he does not have a strategy, he has been himself. if he throw himself at the campaign and the results don't turn out well and he shakes up his white house staff and kelly leaves pretty soon after the elections and he gets rid of sessions and rosenstein is expected to be asked to leave and further turmoil in the administration. i think people start to look up of november and december and january, republicans, well, the elections did not work out too well. the second half of the first term looks chaotic than the first half of the first term especially sochl tme of the peo
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are viewed as guard rail. i think when you do mueller's report and the economy. i think you will get real questioning going forwar forward -- what's the choice? he's not going anywhere. up for reelection, it is too complicated. the government forward, do you want to nominate him or carry the ban going forward. i am not sure this is the way to go. >> in 30 seconds or less, do you think apart of nikki haley would be receptive in meeting with bill kristol to hear you out. >> i think she will be having lunch of coffee, i will let you recommend the place to meet, brian.
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i think people will look and have to raise the question, do they want to renominate donald trump in 2020 and we'll see what happens next year. i personally like to lay the ground work. i don't know if nikki haley is one else that'll pick it up. it has been done before. tuesday will be an important moment where people start to look forward and asking do we want an additional four years of donald trump defining the republican party. >> i am going to go to the dark base of restaurant in new york city. bill kristol is always a pleasure. >> as we run to our final break. there will be a special midterms coverage all weekend long as you may imagine. tomorrow, joy reid and ari melber and lawrence o'donnel and sunday night i will be back here
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>> what a terrible horror of what the city is dealing with. may their memory be a blessing. thank you for being here with us and have a good weekend and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. happy to have you with us, there is a lot to get to tonight. because it is friday and all the other things it is. it is friday, as we have learned in this era, anything can happen on a friday night at any moment. plus, it is good that you are here. no matter how the elections go on tuesday night, there are a few things we know to expect pretty much as soon as the elections are over. electoral politics, for example, one of the things happening very soon after the elections next week is democrats who


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