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good afternoon. i'm lindsey reiser. 100 days from election day. and five months into a pandemic that has claimed nearly 150,000 american lives. the trump administration today offered little hope that anything would change soon, with this jarring pronouncement from the president's chief of staff. >> so we're not going to have a solution to this. it's not masks. it's not shutting down the economy. hopefully it is american ingenuity that will allow for therapies and vaccines to ultimately conquer this. >> president trump's advisers did promise to unveil a bill soon that would extend enhanced
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unemployment benefits, though not at current levels. in other words, a cut to what the jobless are receiving right now. and in a nation with more than 30 million unemployed and more than 4 million covid cases, they also made the president's re-election strategy pretty clear. >> you're in a housing boon right now. you're in a retail sales boon right now. you're in an auto car boon right now, manufacturer. look at the ism indexes all booming. >> the nothing to see her approach extending to the optics. the white house proudly sending out this photo this weekend of the president golfing with brett favre. we'll show you that photo in a little bit. all of this in the face of poll after poll right now showing that the president is in some pretty deep trouble. a new one from nbc news and maris to the battleground state of arizona with joe biden is up by five points. later this hour, i'll talk to biden deputy campaign manager kate benningfield about their
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strategy for the next 100 days. and we're also watching something today that really transcends the world of politics. we're talking about remembering an american hero, the late representative john lewis, who made the final trip across the edmund pettus bridge just a short time ago. this is the same place, you'll recall, where he was beaten and nearly lost his life fighting for civil rights more than 50 years ago. moving images right there. looks like a drone showing that final procession there. we'll have much more on this ahead. including another moving moment that we're going bring you live as the body of the congressman arrives at the alabama capitol to lie in state. let's begin with an issue that impacts millions of americans across the country. after weeks of stalled negotiations, there appears to be a new sense of urgency from senate republicans who say their new coronavirus relief package could be unveiled as soon as tomorrow. we are just days away, mind you, from unemployment benefits expiring for millions of americans.
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joining me now is nbc's shannon pettypiece near the president's golf resort in new jersey. republicans met yesterday to finalize some of the details. what is in this bill and maybe more importantly, what's missing from it? >> well, it looks like republicans have reached some sort of compromise on this issue of the supplemental insurance -- unemployment insurance they have been receiving, this $600 a week benefit on top of what state unemployment insurance had been covering. there are a lot of republicans who wanted to see that completely eliminated or greatly scaled back and there had been this assumption that republicans had been putting out there that people were not going back to work and staying home because they could make more on unemployment than they could working. now, it looks like they're going to reduce that to about 70% of what people's incomes were. here's chief of staff mark meadows explaining what the white house is behind and the agreement that they have reached with senate republicans. have a listen. >> we are going to be prepared on monday to provide
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unemployment insurance extension that would be 70% of whatever the wages you were prior to being unemployed that it would reimburse you up to 70% of those wages. hopefully as a way to get people back on their feet. >> and one more thing i will mention that is not in there is the payroll tax cut which is something that president trump has really been pushing for. he had threatened to veto any bill that didn't have that in there. but now, treasury secretary steve mnuchin is suggesting that maybe that payroll tax cut is something that could be addressed in a piece of legislation further down the road so they can at least get these unemployment benefits rolling again for americans. >> what about this timeline? mitch mcconnell says it could take weeks to reach a deal, so what happens when all these benefits are supposed to expire just days away? >> yeah, that's the big question, and it doesn't look like they're going to have any piece of legislation before then. it's unclear if they could be able to do something in the
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interim, but yeah, on the timeline, we're supposed to get some draft text of the senate republicans' proposal some time tomorrow. but democrats haven't even been brought into the negotiations at this point. you have house speaker nancy pelosi, who the house democrats passed a bill that is $2 trillion more than the one, the $1 trillion bill that the senate republicans are talking about. so just on the dollar figure, a lot of daylight there. so it's going to be a real tough, long few weeks of negotiations. could go through august. senate republicans are saying for millions of americans in the meantime, they're left in the balance, it looks like. >> let's talk about the strategy right now. we're in the middle of an election and campaign season. we're 100 days out. we have seen a little bit of a pivot this week in the tone from the president, taking coronavirus more seriously, but then we see things lake these, if we haven't. the white house releasing a photo of the president golfing with brett favre while millions of people are struggling right now. that's a mixed message there.
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>> well, yes, the president spent this weekend golfing. he also met for donors, was sort of a semicampaign event he held here at his new jersey golf club. there was a push this week in the white house to try and get the president back on the coronavirus message because until then, thee had really been absent from the conversation. now he's talking about it, but most of it is reassuring people it will be safe to go back to school, reassuring them a vaccine is on the way. where a lot of the focus at the white house as well has been on the issue of crime and talking about seattle and portland and sending federal officials in there. and i have been told from campaign advisers that's part of a broader strategy to expect to see where they are trying to shift the fears in this country from coronavirus, despite the 1,000 people a day dying at this point to the issue of crime. expect to hear more from the president on the issue of crime and anarchy. >> we'll have to see if he holds
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any more coronavirus task force briefings. >> we're going to have much more of our coverage of 100 days to election day ahead, including joe biden's deputy campaign manager kate benningfield. right now, we want to talk about an emotional day of honors for representative john lewis. just a short time ago, his body made one final journey across the edmund pettus bridge in selma, alabama. you're looking at footage of that moment. this is the very same bridge lewis thought he would die crossing 55 years ago. he was beaten at the hands of alabama state troopers armed with clubs and bull whips. the event would be known as bloody sunday. though only 25 years old at the time, mr. lewis had already earned a reputation as a fierce civil rights advocate. joining us now to discuss how mourners are honoring the late congressman's heroism today is priscilla thompson. we see that bridge behind you, and i know watching it, it was a moment of chills. just kind of seeing that silent procession there.
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what was it like for you on the ground? >> reporter: well, chills on the ground here as well. you know, when that casket being drawn by the horses turned the corner and began to make its way toward the bridge, you heard people begin to sing, some of those spirituals that were sang during the civil rights movement, and really helped to bring people through that. and then as the casket sort of drew closer to the bridge, people began to shout out thank you, we love you. and of course, that mantra of good trouble. you know, a promise that people would continue that legacy of good trouble and the casket rolled over these red rose petals that had been placed all along the bridge, symbolic of the blood that was shed here in 1965 on bloody sunday. and what a moment it was when the casket reached the top of the bridge, and there was just a minute where it just sat there and folks really had an opportunity to reflect on this moment and then as it made its
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descent down, and john lewis' remains were met by alabama state troopers and law enforcement who saluted him, so to think about what happened in 1965, when those state troopers, you know, beat him and those other demonstrators who were marching for the right to vote, and to see him get that salute today was truly a remarkable and moving moment. and we know the casket journeyed on from here to montgomery, alabama, following the same route that those marchers did in 1965. it is there in montgomery now and will soon be received by the governor there, the congressional delegation, and also members of lewis' family, as he prepares to lie in state at the alabama state capitol. lindsey. >> just incredible images that we're seeing alongside you, priscilla. we are watching and waiting for his casket to arrive in montgomery. we will be watching that footage and bring you the latest. bring it to you live as well. priscilla thompson, thank you.
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now to some other news we're following today. we start in seattle, where at least 45 people were arrested and 21 officers were injured. thousands marched to demand police reform in the wake of the death of george floyd. and while the scene remained peaceful for much of yesterday afternoon, tensions began to flare as police say some businesses were damaged. the police declared the scene a riot, and after calls to disperse, they used pepper spray and blast balls against the protesters. meanwhile, in aurora, colorado, a car barreled into a group of protesters that were just walking along the interstate. you see right there. a protester fired a weapon in response. grazing at least one person. you see those people trying to just get out of the way. this was happening while demonstrators were calling for justice for 23-year-old elijah mcclain. peacefully, who died last year while in police custody. >> in portland, oregon, clashes between protesters and federal agents intensified yet again.
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overnight, protesters breached the fence around the federal courthouse that agents were sent in to protect. the building has been a gathering place for protesters calling for the removal of those federal agents as well as an end to police brutality. mara barrett is in seattle. you have been there night after night. how was last night different? >> reporter: last night, again, went late into the 93. the portland police declaring the protest a riot. the crowd that i saw here was probably the largest that we have seen in the week that my team has been on the ground. but it started a little bit differently in that there were three separate groups of protests around portland that all came together here outside the federal courthouse, resulting in thousands of people chanting and standing outside of the courthouse. what was also different is we saw the federal agents come out a little earlier than they had in previous nights, completely lining the fence here and just standing here, not engaging with
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protesters necessarily for about 45 minutes. usually we see them go in and out based on the activity happening on the ground. as they were standing out here, protesters were throwing fireworks and other debris over the fence. it was going off right at the officers' feet, and they ultimately went back into the building. that's when things got a little more heated as the night went on and that's when the fence behind me came down. obviously, you can see people putting it back up here today. but the federal officers came out into the street, dispersed tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. you can still kind of fear the articles of tear gas in the air, but a lot more tensions rising night after night, and dhs saying in total as they release reports, there have been 48 injuries of federal officers and at least 27 arrests. >> mara barrett monitoring that situation, thank you. straight ahead, more of our coverage of this big day. 100 days from election day. we'll take you to three key
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states, arizona, wisconsin, and pennsylvania. and in the next 100 days, what is the one thing we all should be watching. here's katy tur. >> with 100 days to go, i'm watching to see how donald trump works to convince those who are having second thoughts about voting for him again in 2020. trump campaign sources and allies concede that running against biden is a lot harder than running against hillary clinton. joe biden is just not as controversial, and so far, the insults like sleepy joe or senile joe aren't working. so i'm watching to see what proxies donald trump is going to use to attack joe biden. he's been trying to use law and order and the threat that if biden wins the country will be overrun with protests, violence, and unrest. but here's the thing. all of the images he's using for that, the protests, the unrest, and the violence, are of an america under a donald trump presidency. right now. we're seeing what his administration is doing in portland, how much further is he willing to take it? t around
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of congressman john lewis has arrived in montgomery, alabama. you can see his hurst right there on your left side of your screen. we're awaiting a ceremony at the state capitol building where the body will be received by the governor and placed in the rotunda where lewis will lie in state. we'll have that live when it happens. >> and just 100 days, voters across the country will cast their ballots in this november's presidential election. the issues that tripically drive americans to the polls, not to mention the issue of accessibility to those polls, are immensely complicated as the u.s. struggles to respond to the global pandemic. this hour, we're focusing on three key battleground states that president trump won in 2016.
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our reporters are fanned out in arizona, pennsylvania, and wisconsin. we begin in arizona where according to a new poll, president trump is trailing presumptive democratic nominee joe biden by five points. let's get out to steve patterson joining me live from phoenix. very familiar with where you're standing. i have done many live shots from that capitol building. i think i can hear the cicadas behind you as well. this poll is a big deal. >> this poll is a very big deal. and i think what it's showing is that the two issues which are the numbers with politics and the pandemic are inextricably linked. being where you have been and talking to voters, at least in the melt row phoenix area, there's no bigger issue more top of mind than the coronavirus. this state has been hit extremely hard. more than 160 cases. n more than 3,000 cases on saturday.
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this state recorded its second highest death toll in this virus. some of the numbers are starting to trend down, but in the month of june, this had the highest infection rate out of anywhere else in the country. you see that reflected specifically when you look at biden versus trump. you see biden with a five-point advantage. when you look at the number of registered voter thinking about who's going to do best in leading the country and state in coronavirus, and biden has now opened up an 11-point lead. so you start to see that filter down to some of the other races and issues and topics in the state. and it seems more difficult now for trump to gain ground, although it is in that margin of error, that 4% lead. that's one thing that strategists are looking for to sort of play up, both in the race for senate, but also just hitting on a number of topics in the state. as voters really are focused on that. one other thing to look at, though, a bright spot for trump, though, is the job and economic
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job that voters feel like he's doing. he has a slight advantage there. he also has a big advantage in something that i think doesn't get enough coverage, which is the enthusiasm gap. in other words, the people who like and support trump in this state really like and support trump. whereas for the biden side, that number is significantly less. so those are a couple key factors to look forward to as the race continues, and as we both know, there's a lot of time before november. >> and i hate to make you wait outside, but i have one more question. talking about that senate race you just mentioned, mark kelly has a lead over martha mcsally. she was appointed by doug ducey to fill john mccain's spot. those polls showing mark kelly is up. talk about the significance of that as well. >> yeah, this is being viewed as the big battle, kelly, the former astronaut, versus mcsally, the former fighter pilot, as you mentioned.
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yes, kelly has been up for a significant amount of time, but his lead, at least in the last polling before we got the numbers today, was a single digit lead. he's now opened that up significantly to now again a double-digit lead. we have seen the numbers shift back and forth, but he's up by a significant margin. if you tamp down and look at the demographics, kelly has a very impressive lead in latino voters, in independent voters, in women voters. so you start to see some of those numbers as well. and when you're looking and talking about specifically mare acope opcounty where most of the votes are centered, mcsally really, to counter those numbers, is focused on this area. >> i'm so sorry to interrupt you. particularly a question that i asked, but we have to get to montgomery, alabama. so sorry, steve. but we are awaiting the ceremony honoring the late john lewis. right now, we're taking a look as his casket is removed from the hearse, as we are in day two
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of six days of honoring john lewis. i'm going to stop talking to see if we can hear anything right now from the scene.
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we are walking live pictures as masked members of our armed services carry the casket of the late representative john lewis into the capitol building of the state of alabama in montgomery. followed by members of john lewis' family, his siblings, i believe his chief of staff there as well. we also see alabama governor kay ivey there, senator doug jones, representative terri sewell there, as we see his casket draped in the american flag and people paying their respects. i want to bring in natasha brown with black voters matter, who is on the ground there. if you're with me, i heard your beautiful voice today on "a.m.
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joy" as you were remembering john lewis in song. what's going through your mind and heart as you're watching this right now? >> so i have so many emotions. i'm really thinking about, you know, how classic this moment is. i'm really thinking about the legacy of the boy from troy, of alabama, who was alabama's native son. i think of myself even as a native daughter of alabama, and those of us who have lived in the state have secured the right to vote. it's interesting in this very state, it gave us the voting rights movement. and it gave us the voting rights act of 1965, but it was also the state that gave us the shelby v. holder decision which stripped the voting rights of its piece, and eliminated section 5 of it, which was the teeth in the voting rights act. so such an interesting moment. it's almost like a dichotomy of sorts, on one hand, there is --
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on one hand, there is this promise and this powerful movement. but here we are 55 years later, and we are still fighting to secure the rights to vote, even just recently in the last couple weeks with the supreme court ruling that ruled against having these mailing drop-off ballots for people in the midst of covid-19. this is also a state that in the legacy of john lewis, who was an avid fighter for poor people, this is a state that has refused to expand medicaid in the midst of many rural hospitals being closed, in the midst of this being a hot spot right now, a spot spot right now for the covid-19 virus. and so in all of that, as i say all of that, you know, i am having the moment of really being able to reflect and celebrate the legacy of john lewis but i am also having a sober moment of the realities of this state that has not
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transformed to the extent we need it to transform, just like many other places in america. so you know, in that, what i'm feeling right now is i'm very honored that i walked along -- got to be able to walk with john lewis and know him and study his history and be able to do some of the work of his legacy, and i'm also very hopeful in this moment and even more committed that we've got to fight for democracy, that democracy as it is in the constitution has not been secured. that when we're thinking about the right to vote, we're 100 days before the next election. one of the most critical elections in this country, so i'm hoping that we all take a moment to be reflective and also recommit ourselves for fighting and standing for humanity, standing for poor people, standing for those that do the work, people who are mentors of mine in the state, like senator hank sanders, who has stood and been creating jubilee and stood and continued to fight for the
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voting rights. i'm hoping as i'm standing outside witnessing, as i witness his body go into the rotunda of that state, i'm hoping that the spirit of his work actually saturates the walls so when the legislator come back, they have a transformative experience so this state becomes a state of pride and not a state that has consistently tried to marginalize people. >> as we are watching live images, just explain to our viewers and our listeners right now, we're looking at the steps going into the state capitol in montgomery. this is where you're standing right now as we're talking to you on the phone. explain the significance of this moment, because we watched as the casket of john lewis was taking that final trip over the edmund pettus bridge. this was a place where john lewis said i thought i was going to die on this bridge. that was 55 years ago. he was leading 600 demonstrators to right here, to the capitol, to fight for voters' rights.
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only 2% of african-americans were registered to vote at the time. that was march 7th, 1965. here we are, some 55 years later, as he is being honored. talk about the significance of this, and also as we are 100 days out from this election, how important it is right now to get the vote out. >> so that's a wonderful question. i don't know if people -- people who study the movement, they may recognize that what happened is that in perry county, alabama, what was the spark that we know from the selma, montgomery march, there was a man named jimmie lee jackson who was murdered by state troopers, when we're talking about police violence, part of the civil rights movement wasn't just the vote, but it was enacted by an act of violence by the state. they married jimmie lee jackson in perry county, alabama, and what people were so upset, what
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they wanted to do, they wanted to walk that night. reverend james used to tell us that story to us vividly, that wanted to walk that night from perry county to bring jimmie lee jackson's body and put it on the steps, these very steps that we're looking at, on the steps of the capitol, to let the state know this is one of our brothers that you have killed, that you have murdered, for doing only trying to really fight for the right to vote. and so some of the organizers that said no, let's organize, and let's have a march where we actually march as a group. and then they will know there was one attempted march that happened earlier, but there was this. so this march from selma to montgomery, the impetus of that was actually an act of police violence when an innocent man who was trying to protect his grandfather was actually killed by the state police. and so in that, what winds up
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happening is they committed themselves to the selma to munlt g montgomery march. on bloody sunday, they were beaten back once again by the state troopers and state police in the state of alabama, so they came later, and people joined from all over the country, all over the world, and there was a trek, a 50-mile trek from selma to montgomery where they marched every day, ten miles a day, and people met them. so it's really surreal to experience that part of the motorcade we actually were at, at the end, bringing up the rear of the motorcade, that went in. literally to be there and see people lined up and lawrence county, and selma, to stand on the side of the road, on the very same route, so his body, his body once again is now in the rotunda of the state of alabama, but many of the issues that they were fighting then are
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still the issues we continue to fight. we're continuing to fight against state section violence, against black people in this country. that is what has led to the uprisings in all 50 states. we're still consistently fighting for the right to vote. particularly in light of voter suppression, when we know like the brennan center had a report that talked about from 2016 to 2018, there was over 17 million voters that have been dropped from the voting rolls. it means that just like i went to vote in georgia, just a couple weeks ago, that i stood in line for three hours, that there were other african-american voters who stood in line for five, six hours. when we look at kentucky, where in kentucky, in the same place where there has not been any justice for the murders of breonna taylor, but in addition to that, what we also know is that they're in a county, in jefferson county, in louisville, where the majority of the african-american population lives, for 612,000 voters, there
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was only one polling site. we continue to see this fight. it changes in some ways, and some ways, they don't seem to change at all. what we are committed to doing, what gives me hope and what i have seen and been so inspired by is as we were passing by, as we were going down the 50-mile trek from selma to montgomery, i was seeing and witnessing people who had tears in their eyes and fisted raised and love in their heart. when the people rise up, things will change. that is what gives nee hope 100 years out. it's not a matter of what other folks will do. what matters is what we will do to make sure that democracy becomes real in america. >> three hours in line to vote. latosha brown, thank you so much for your time. we're so lucky to get to hear your perspective. you're going to be speaking there tonight at the ceremony. hopefully we'll also be able to talk with you later. for now, we'll be right back.
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click or call for a quote today. with 100 days left until the presidential election, the biden campaign is ramping up staffing and television spending, according to a new internal memo, the biden campaign, quote, argues it is firing on all cylinders to take its message to voters into the fall. focused on president donald trump's failures on the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout. joining me now is the author of
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that memo, kate bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director for joe biden. thank you so much for being with us today. first, i want to ask about the second line in the memo where you say this election is, quote, a choice between someone who has proven himself to be incapable of leading effectively in times of extreme peril and struggle, and someone who has proven time and again he can deliver the leadership we need when it counts the most. so if we do see a v-shaped economic recovery like trump's surrogates say we will, does this message lose some of its punch? >> no, i think that what this crisis has shown for any american who had any doubt about this is who is president matters. we have seen donald trump for six months mismanage, fail to put together a comprehensive federal response to control the virus, and to help control the economic fallout from the virus. you know, you have seen him refuse to put the defense production act into place.
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you have seen him refuse to put in place meaningful supply chain commander to help make sure we're getting the material we need to the people who need it. you have seen him ask our essential workers and health care workers on the front line to go without the masks and gowns they need. that is a drastic and dramatic failure of leadership. that could not be a stronger contrast with joe biden, somebody who from day one of this crisis has laid out clear and consistent plans to help get us through it. >> what would biden do? would he institute a national mask mandate? what are some actions he would take? >> he would. he would put in place the defense production act to make sure we're getting the materials that we need to get testing to people who need it, to get personal protective equipment to people who need it. i think you have seen from day one, he's modeled responsible behavior on masks. he has worn a mask from the onset. he asked other americans to wear a mask in order to help protect our neighbors and our communities. he's shown responsible
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leadership. he's demonstrated responsible leadership in social distancing. you know, and has really put the needs of the american people front, and that's a strong contrast to what we have seen from donald trump who relentlessly uses the crisis to talk about his own political fortunes, to pass the buck and blame others when he should take responsibility. what we have seen from biden is a consistent ability to step up and lead and put forward concrete plans to help us get through this, and also to speak to what people are going through. i think that's the other thing people really don't get from donald trump, that they get from joe biden. which is an understanding that this is -- that people are struggling. that there is a lot of additional weight on everybody during this crisis. and dwling bii think biden is s who knows what people are going through and thinks about that first and foremost. with donald trump, you get a focus on one thing, donald trump. >> we're seeing images out of portland, out of seattle.
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people are still protesting against police brutality in the wake of george floyd. the president right now saying time and again that joe biden wants to defund the police, which has been debunked, but what would biden's strategy be in terms of appeasing the protesters who are out there demanding radical change? >> well, you're absolutely right that trump has attempted to mischaracterize biden's position. he does not support defunding police. he also believes what donald trump is doing here is trying to sow division, sow chaos, rather than being a leader, rather than someone hearing the energy coming from people in order to make a real change. what he's doing is his same old playbook of trying to appeal to fear and divisiveness. this is what we're seeing in portland and other places is frankly exactly what we saw in lafayette square earlier this summer. where the president didn't hesitate to use tear gas on peaceful protesters who are out
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expressing their frustrations. so as president, biden would be, i think he's demonstrated he would be a listener, he would listen to all sides, that he would be, you know, would first and put the protection of our community first and put it out front. >> right now americans are demanding someone more than a listener. what would biden do? >> across the course of his career has been extremely supportive of community policing. he's been incredibly supportive of taking on the larger systemic racism in our society.
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making sure all community vs the resources they need to build a more equitable society. >> we're hearing the former vice president is days away from announcing who his vice presidential candidate will be. when can we expect that? >> we heard him say some time in august. you can expect to hear from him in early august. i wanted to say one thing which is today, two of our colleagues on the biden campaign are getting married. we had all hoped to be there with them to celebrate. we'll be there virtually. i wanted to send our love and congratulations to them. >> congratulations to them. thank you for your time. i want to bring in robert gibb, former white house press secretary and nbc political analyst. thanks for your time today. i want to hear your thoughts on the strategies that we just heard laid out.
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>> well, look, i think where this race is positioned clearly joe biden is the front-runner. i think the campaign needs to work through and talk most about right now. i think we have a sense of why they are not voting for donald trump. we continue to remind voters why they want to vote for joe biden. what the future looks like. how does he want to employ to make the country stronger and better. i think that will help with the enthusiasm. i think it will help in the one polling question that still advantages donald trump which is who leads on the economy. that number has changed and flipped a bit many the last couple of weeks. i think focus, if you're the biden campaign has to be on showing people what joe biden
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would do. >> even though this poll shows biden ahead, enmuse yacthusiasml on president trump's side. how do you build up enthusiasm when so many campaign events are going virtual? >> it's been trak a tricky time. neither campaign are doing the traditional events they wish they could do. in the next couple of weeks we'll have the beginning of the democratic convention. i think those are two important set piece moments for vice president biden to lay out what his candidacy is all about. to focus and sharpen that message and get voters on the democratic side most excited.
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this process will happen quickly. it's hard the breakthrough on the news. we're focused on what's happening with police reform. >> trump does a pretty good job of shifting focus away on his tweets. he does a good job of breaking through the noise. >> that's probably not a good thing for that campaign. trump said this in interview himself just this past week that he regrets some of the things he tweets and retweets. we have talked a lot about this
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and people say he gets to do this stuff and pays no price. if you look at where he is with suburban voters and college educated white women in the suburbs, i can assure you that they understand the chaos that twitter account creates every day, the division that it sows and that's not what people want to see. they want to turn on their tv and see a national strategy that focuses on getting rid of coronavirus, rebuilding this economy and making some real progress on race relations. they don't want to see riots and cha chaos. donald trump is the incumbent. it's not 2016. he's not running as challenger. that's what presents a real big challenger for him as we go forward the last 100 days. >> typically the american public has looked for the office for a sense of unity and not division. we're not in typical times. thank you so much. archdiocefter the break, moe emotional scene we saw in montgomery, alabama where john
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it was a solemn moment across america as the nation counts to mourn john lewis. a horse drawn carriage carried representative lewis' body across the edmund pettus bridge one final time.
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alabama troopers saluted the man who nearly died as he marched across the very bridge or attempted to. mr. lewis body has arrived at the alabama state capitol where he will lie in state until another service tomorrow ma will celebrate the conscience of congress. priscilla, let's begin with you. you're there outside the edmund pettus bridge which many people are trying to get renamed the john lewis bridge. what's it like there so far? >> reporter: well, an emotional day here on the ground for sure. so many people gathered along that procession route earlier as john lewis was carried from brown chapel to the edmund pettus bridge to make that crossing with folks singing many of those old