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he just lost 280 pounds. >> today felt like a return to normalsy. >> i don't know about america yet, but i feel great again. >> it feels like the country is back. sure the gps took us off crazy back roads and we are on main street and we can tell people we were lost. >> tonight, the comics get the last word as always. thank you for joining ari melber. the reid out with joy reid starts now. ♪♪ ♪♪ well, good evening, everyone. how are you feeling? how did you all sleep last night? yes, yes, it is day two of the biden-harris administration. after years of waiting to exhale our nation is taking a deep, cleansing breath and joseph r.ed bien used his first day in the
white house refreshingly not to fight over crowd size, but it turn his attention to the biggest crisis facing america, namely tackling the pandemic. >> for the past year we couldn't rely on the federal government to act with the urgency, focus and coordination we needed and we have seen the tragic cost of that failure. we didn't get to this mess overnight. it's going to take months for us to turn things around, but let me be equally clear. we will get through this. we will defeat this pandemic. our national strategy is comprehensive and it's based on science and not politics and it's based on truth, not denial, and it is detailed. we are in a national emergency. it is time we treat it like one. together, with the national plan, as the united states of america. >> normal government. president biden signed a flurry of ten new executive orders today to combat the pandemic and
part of a comprehensive national strategy that includes invoking the defense production act, an increasing aid to states. a comprehensive vaccination campaign, expanding testing and treatment requiring masks while traveling on public transportation and airplanes and addressing racial inequities. if all of that competence isn't enough, biden stressed that his administration would level with the american people and he emphasized the role of experts and to that end, dr. anthony fauci preceded jen psaki at the daily briefing and was asked if he feels less constrained under the administration. >> i can tell you, i take no pleasure at all being in a situation of contradicting the president so it was really something that you didn't feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn't be repercussions about it. the idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what evidence -- what the science is and know that's it. let the science speak. it is somewhat of a liberating
feeling. >> covid did not totally dominate day two. on the national security front of team biden confirmed plans to keep fbi director chris wray. according to an internal state department memo obtained by nbc news, the administration will approach russia about renewing the last nuclear treaty between the two countries the pedal to the metal approach follows an absolutely refreshing day yesterday. a capitol filled with celebration, two weeks after being overrun with hate. and a white house used to celebrate the people of america, not the president's vanity. a focus of the pandemic taking center stage with mask wearing and social distancing. that emphasis was evident yesterday as biden donned a mask in the oval office while signing his first series of executive orders just hours after being sworn in and mandating masks on federal properties, dismantling his predecessor's ugly legacy,
rejoining the paris climate accord, stopping the border wall and the 1776 commission and the rest of the world is ready to turn the page. francis emanuel macron and canada's justin trudeau tweeted they're ready to work with the new administration. biden's first foreign leader call will be with trudeau tomorrow. biden faces an uphill battle here at home. republicans are already returning to form. today senate minority leader mitch mcconnell took aim at biden's day one actions. >> it's still early, mr. president, mr.'s still plenty of time that president biden to remember that he does not owe his election to the far left. the president should refocus his administration on creating good paying american jobs and not sacrificing our people's livelihoods to liberal symbolism. senate republicans will be ready, willing and eager to help make that happen. >> joining me now is yamiche
alcindor from pbs news hour, and former political director of the obama administration and charlie sikes, editor-at-large for the bull work. yamiche, i have to go to you. this is quite different for you, madam, covering the white house. no one screamed at you and you don't have racial undertoned attacks on you, disrespect for you as a woman and a journalist. i just want to get your sense of how different it feels to cover this white house? so far? >> it is a new day, joy. we are in this situation where we are covering a white house the idea of truth, and we might have tense exchanges, but ultimately we view each other as human beings that we can talk to in a way that doesn't feel aggressive or charred. i think it is a feeling that i think both reporters here are feeling a bit of relief, frankly. this is again a white house that will be held accountable.
we're going to ask tough questions. i'm going to ask tough question, but at least we're in a situation where they're saying we'll level with you and we're not going to lie up front and we're not going to make things up and what dr. fauci said about being liberated about a pan demming, it to me, sums up the situation we were in before that the science with the fact, and this is the president again that will be held accountable, but he's not making up truths and alternative facts and that is behind us. >> well, and in addition to that, fauci said he didn't have to stand up there, like, what when someone said anything about injecting bleach. they're getting in the way of daily press briefings and you don't have to wait for leaks from angry white house staffers and you can actually have a press briefing. so there was a lot of focus today on the coronavirus, and on the pandemic. did you get a sense that within
the white house they were shocked and are they prepared to deal with just how bad things were? we've seen some reporting that it was much worse than they thought it was when they got to look in the books about how far behind we are in terms of rolling out vaccines and tackling the pandemic. did you get a sense that the plan had to change because of how bad things are? >> i get the sense that they knew things were bad and they were still combing through the data to see just how bad it is. when i was talking to a senior biden official tasked with the issue of coronavirus and working on the vaccine distribution that person said we inherited a mess. it is not starting from scratch, but it is almost as bad as that. he said that the trump administration when they were dealing with vaccines were essentially dumping into the states and then saying good luck with that, figure it out. there was no plan on how to get the shot into americans' arms and they're trying to get that together now. there is a big challenge to how quickly they'll do that.
the big question i've been asking biden officials is how far away are we from getting vaccines to anyone who wants one and that there isn't a clear answer on that yet and dr. fauci said 70 to 85% of people that have some sense of normalsy by the fall. no clear picture for biden to get 100 million vaccines into arms, rather, but to me it's still a big question on whether or not -- there will be questions and even in covid testing is still not up to par and that's something that we find ourselves turning the corner on and there's the vaccine issue and there is also the basic having a real plan and it is a coronavirus and it is a remackable thing in january. >> yeah, indeed. i'm going to go to you on this, patrick because you know what it is like to come into an administration that faces a
pre-ordained fight with the other side. given the stakes, 400,000 americans lay dead from the virus, and yet, you have these petty fights that are being started by the other side. you have lindsay graham going after hunter biden on fox news. i won't each play it and i can't even get over people went after the trump kids. you have kevin mccarthy and the house minority leader, you know, going after and sort of already saying bad faith kind of things about the way that he thinks he's going to work with people, and saying that he doesn't think the previous president provoked the 1/6 riots. josh hawley trying to delay the department of homeland security choice. you can go on and on and on. let me read you what "the wall street journal" wrote, in his call to unify, was there too much of a suggestion that we are obliged to unite around one point of view. this doesn't sound like joe
biden will get the unity he's looking for. what would be the advice you give his team to seek the unity and how much to be aggressive and to get their stuff done? >> thanks, joy. the great thing about joe biden is that this is not his first trip at the rodeo, right? he's heard these kinds of criticisms in the past. he was part of the team, the number two on the team when we walked into the white house in 2009 and discovered that the economic crisis was a good deal worse than we had been previously led to understand. we found the automobile industry would go belly up and the homes would go into foreclosure and we didn't have a single republican on issues and challenges that were not democratic in nature or republican in nature, and required some kind of unity. joe biden, it feels good to say president biden is accustomed to this kind of hollow criticism and this kind of playing into the lowest common denominator inside of that party. that will not stop him from having a laser focus on the things that he has listed on his priorities and that he's begun
to act on with the executive orders that he's already signed and with the kinds of convenings that leaders in that administration like brian dees who is leading the economic counsel and putting together the group of 16 democrats and republicans this weekend to begin bipartisan conversations on this next tranche of stimulus, right? we have that at the domestic level and foreign policy, as well. not only is joe biden acting aggressively and affirmatively based on the mandate given by the people of this country, but they're doing it in a way that speaks to overwhelming competence. they understand the machinery of the bureaucracy and they understand how to sequence these things and they'll land it. let me just say, quickly, joy, that style is substance with the behavior and thank you so much for acknowledging what yamiche went through. the things that she was assaulted with sent a signal around the world about press freedom and democratic practice and yamiche doesn't like to call attention to herself and we
understand the violence that she underwent every single day. >> hear, hear. >> you make a good point, here are world leaders reacting to the biden-harris incoming administration. >> i really congratulate joe and kamala harris on their achievement and their inauguration today. it's a fantastic thing for america. it's a step forward for the country that has been through a bumpy period. >> the world is facing huge challenges not least obviously covid-19, but also the challenge to our collective environment all of which we are seeing early signs that are encouraging from the united states and the role they wish to play. >> once again, after four long years europe has a friend in the white house. >> even mexico's andres manuel lopez obrador who was friendly with donald trump congratulateded bien and
supported his agenda. >> you would think that with the previous president gone and unable to attack them on social media, you would think that then-republicans could react to the incentive structure of covid and say that trying to solve this catastrophe that is also an economic catastrophe, that would incentivize them because it would benefit them, too, and it seems to me that nothing has changed. i don't think anything has changed about them or their media. are you surprised by that? >> what if they had one picture that captures the magnitude of this transition? it was watching anthony fauci completely liberated and almost giddy that i'm able to be here. that was really an extraordinary moment and of course, you see the international leaders who were exhaling like so many americans did. and the reality is is that joe biden, despite that very eloquent plea for unity is not going to get any honeymoon
whatsoever because a honeymoon requires good faith negotiations. it requires republicans to come to grips with the record over the last four years. their complicit and the big lie that led to the attack on the capitol, and rather than seeing that level of responsibility, they're seeing them farther and farther away from it and this is a political party, you know, that has marjorie taylor green and lauren bobit and bob gates and louie gohmert and ted cruz and ron johnson and tommy tubberville. this will be a very hard party for joe biden to do, but he certainly set the right tone. we've only used the term normalcy, but what i was struck by was watching that press briefing today and there was actual news being made because you have an actual -- an actual functioning government with a president who is engaged on the level of policy which we have
not experienced in so long. keep in mind you have the american people watching this while the republican party continues to obsess about its own base and still remarkably cowering before a defeated, disgraced, twice impeached, ex-president who has basically been reduced to being fat elvis in florida right now, but he still has the whip of the republican party. >> it is strange, and i wonder, patrick, to put it back on your political director hat is how do you deal that? there is a divide and conquer strategy where they find a couple of mitt romneys and we'll peel them off and ignore the rest of them because they were there in the tea party when the obama and biden administration was there. is it divide and conquer or what would you suggest that the biden people do? >> you know, divide and conquer i don't think is the approach that joe biden is going to take
in this moment. we are at a point in our country that we're dealing with historic and unprecedented polarization that will create a sincere and authentic attempt to reach across, find areas where there can be some constructive partnership on covid relief and perhaps on the increase of the minimum wage, and i think republicans as well as democrats are terribly concerned about the fact that it's women more than men who comprise a large percentage of the 10 million americans who are out of work as a consequence of covid, and i think they can find some ways to partner here, but let's be really clear here. joe biden understands what the challenge is. he understands the charge he's been given by the american people and he has a fierce urgency now about this moment on covid, on economic relief, on racial inclusion as we move forward and build better and he's going to be affirmative in all of that and it was astonishing to see that, not
just the comments from the -- the rogues gallery in the republican party, but wall street journal suggesting that somehow joe biden is to line everybody up behind his views. he's saying this is democracy. we have disagreements and we have to find new ways to engage one another and be sifrl in our disagreements and that's what he's going to model with his example right now and it's important here and it is also important overseas, joy. >> yeah. absolutely. i'll ask the question to you, yamiche. do you have a discussion when talking with folks inside the administration, do you get a sense that they've chosen a strategy or isolate those who are trying to still trying to get attention on social media for what they're doing and try to find other people or are they just going to burrow ahead and ignore what republicans are saying? they do have a 51-50 senate if they need it. >> i get the sense that there is going to be two parts to this. they're really going to try to
burrow ahead and try to make sure that they can use the power they have and put it toward democratic ideas and joe biden has a $1.9 trillion package out there and i do get a little bit of sense in rhetoric that they'll talk about working with republicans and they'll try to pick up a couple of republicans, and mitt romney and there is a sense that they know republicans will have criticisms about them. a number of these lawmakers especially in the house they voted so president biden couldn't get into office and they're understanding of the issues at hand. >> that is good to hear. they are clear-eyed. >> they have seats to protect in arizona and georgea in 2022 so they have to allow those senators to make calls here. >> absolutely. we'll be talking about that with the right kind of person with the new dnc chair coming up, and
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>> while the vaccines provide so much hope, the rollout has been a dismal failure thus far and to a nation waiting for action, let me be the clearest on this point. help is on the way. this will be one of the greatest operational challenges our nation has ever undertaken, and i'm committed to getting it done. we're committed to getting it done. >> 100 million vaccinations in
100 days. that is the ambitious goal set by president biden to help get this country on the path to defeating the coronavirus pandemic. it comes as the country just saw its worst day yet with more than 4100 new deaths. that puts the total of more than 408,000 americans who have lost their lives to covid-19. this administration is now learning the full extent of how the previous administration mismanaged the crisis with the president's covid-19 czar jeff zeist saying what bee inherited is so much more than we could have imagined. it still requires the cooperation of all of the governors and some are already seemingly unwilling to comply. >> i saw some of the stuff that biden's putting out. he's going to create these fema camps or whatever. i can tell you, that's not necessary in florida. all we need is more vaccine. just get us more vaccine. the more bureaucracy that's involved in this, the worse it's
going to be. trust me. >> joining me now is dr. sail ien gownder. thank you very much for being here. i lived in florida and unfortunately, florida has been cursed with incompetent governors and they get re-elected and i cannot tell you why, but this is probably the worst governor than i've ever seen and there was nothing like him before. this man has presided over 1.6 million cases and 25,000 deaths in florida. and deaths have been on the rise just since january. he was more interested in re-opening disney world than thinking about the vaccine and not being cancelled and that's his priority. given that you have a governor who is like that who has already failed in his vaccine rollout, there are senior citizens sleeping on sidewalks for hours just trying to get the vaccine, going from county to county to county trying to find a way to
get it and they're supposed to be authorized to get it. how do you roll out a national plan when you have to go through governors like him? is there a way that the administration can get around people like ron desantis? >> look, this is not about bureaucracy. this is about having a plan and really understanding at the ground level how to get things done. who are the heads of the health departments? who are the local contacts for pharmacies or who's working at the local hospital that we need coordinate with. it's basic stuff, but if you don't know these things and you don't have constant communication with those parties and you don't have on paper what you're going to do in terms of when the doses will be distributed and where? that makes it very difficult to coordinate. that's not about bureaucracy. that's just about good government. >> but the problem is that the administration, the biden administration will send a vaccine to the state of florida
and i'm just using them as an example. it will go to the health department inside of that state which is run by -- overseen by ron desantis. he wants complete local control. he doesn't want to have any sort of structures that say who gets it and when and he wants to throw it out there and let people distribute it because he doesn't believe in government, really, is fema, what he's calling fema camps. is fema going to be able to supersede him, set up distribution centers and distribute vaccine in places like florida and south dakota. can the government do that? the federal government? >> right, i think what we have seen is that the cdc guidance was a little bit too complicated. they were trying to balance science and the logistics of implementing and ethics and i think the piece of that that they waited the least, frankly, was the logistics piece and it's become very clear that as much as they wanted to do things scientifically and ethically
that it just wasn't working and frankly, trying to police a line, having health care workers and public health officials police a line when they have been under attack for the past year by their own people, when many have retired and not been replaced and been fired or quit and now we're asking them to police a line, it's just not practical. it's just not going to work. some local health jurisdictions have a single public health nurse and you're asking them to roll out the vaccine and make sure people don't jump the line. there are other ways to ensure equity that have nothing to do with the line. where do you put your vaccination centers? who's doing the vaccinating? those are more effective in making sure that everybody has access and that's part of what these fema distribution sites and mass vaccination centers collaborating with federally qualified health centers and community health centers in the hardest-hit communities and mobile units that are harder to reach rural areas and those are strategies that will help us
reach those people. >> we, right now have 37.9 million doses and a little bit over that that have been distributed already and only 17.5 million have been administered and that's in the 38 days since the vaccine was administered and let me listen to president biden and rachelle wolinski talking about vaccine availability and whether we'll be able to get them at the pharmacy. here it is. >> the centers for disease control and prevention will launch the federal pharmacy program to make vaccines available to communities in their local pharmacies beginning early -- within, i think, by the 7th or 8th by february. very early february? i'm going to tell you the truth here. i don't think late february we'll have vaccine in every pharmacy in this country. >> so if it's not by late february, when would you estimate that anyone who wants a vaccine in this country can go to their local pharmacy, giant
pharmacy, cvs or whatever and get one? >> i don't think the two statements there, the president's and the cdc director are in conflict. we are going to be -- the new administration will be opening up vaccination through pharmacies, but that is going to take time to scale up and remember, the supply remains limited. it will probably be well into the summer and into the fall before there's wider access to the general public, to the average, say, young 20-something healthy person because we are going to at least prioritize the sickest and the highest risk and the most exposed, the hardest hit first. so to expect that every single pharmacy in this country would have access for everyone who walks in is just not realistic, but you know, one of the important things here is that the federal government will be working with pharmacies to extend access throughout the country.
>> i respect and really appreciate you being very blunt and plain about that and not making false promises which is something very refreshing. dr. gownder, thank you very much. we appreciate you. >> can we expect great things from a new u.s. senate with the democrats in control or will republicans obstruct everything like they did to president obama? we are already seeing hints about how this is going to play out and it ain't pretty. stay with us. t and it ain't pre. stay with us for skin that never holds you back don't settle for silver #1 for diabetic dry skin* #1 for psoriasis symptom relief* and #1 for eczema symptom relief* gold bond champion your skin
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democrats assumed control of the united states senate yesterday marking first time in a decade that they've held the white house and both chambers of congress. the shift in power came when vice president kamala harris swore in three new democratic member, rafael warnock and jon ossoff of georgia as well as alex padilla of california who was appointed by governor gavin news om as she presides over a 50/50 senate. the split means the newly minted minority leader chuck schumer who today posed with incoming senators much come to a power sharing agreement with mitch mcconnell. mcconnell is threatening to obstruct that resolution. with his party in the minority he's asking for a commitment to protect the filibuster and a concession democrats are unwilling to make. the senate has a long to-do list and not to mention an
impeachment trial next week and that includes hearings for countless administration nominees who still await senate confirmation. among them, biden's nominee for secretary of transportation, former mayor pete buttigieg and he testified before the senate commerce committee in his confirm egg hearing today. joining me now to talk about that is senator jeff merkley of oregon. i have to ask you for any comment that you might have about this blockbuster report in "the washington post" nah michael flynn's brother was in the room and despite the fact that the army denied the, lieutenant general charles flynn, he confirmed that he was in the room during a tense january 6th phone call during which the capitol police and d.c. officials pleaded with the pentagon to dispatch the national guard urgencely and they expressed concern about having the guard at the capitol. is this something to which we
should expect hearings and what is your reaction to the news? >> my reaction that simply being in the room is not up expected. there had to be army authorities of high level in the room. the question is what was said and why is it that the army lied to the american public, lied to congress about general flynn being a part of that meeting? i'll tell you that anyone who instructed the army to lie to congress and the american people, that is conduct unbecoming an officer and that should have consequences, and certainly it raises the question of what are they hiding? what did he say? did he take a position that was an outrageous position and an unacceptable position? american people really deserve to know now. >> particularly given his brother's position on what he thought the previous president ought to do. very quickly and somewhat unrelatedly, the previous administration left a lot of leads behind that it does appear that the biden administration is
trying to get rid of and you have the cfpb then leader and you have the head of the agency which is basically the voice of america. this gentleman, michael ellis who has been the source of a lot of news stories and the general council who is perniciously behind. how extensive is this lead-behind issue is and is the biden administration removing the ideological implants inside these various agencies. >> yes. absolutely. they're doing great harm to america and they should be fired, removed, tossed as quickly as possible. >> let's move now on to the united states senate. you do have mitch mcconnell, minority leader mcconnell attempting to essentially protect the filibuster which he used so repeatedly and in historic numbers and not since the civil rights era were show many filibusters launched during the obama-biden administration. what do you want to see senate
majority leader schumer do about that? should he negotiate to let the filibuster and to keep the filibuster? could he use something like the leverage that he might have with mcconnell wanting two weeks of prep time for impeachment? what would you like to see chuck schumer do? >> it's a completely outrageous demand by mcconnell. >> we call this the mcconnell veto. he used it when he was a minority to try to obstruct every good work to help out american families on health care, on housing, on education and good-paying jobs on infrastructure and opportunity and climate and on criminal justice reform. so here is mcconnell saying hey, i'm in the minority now and i want a veto over everything you do for upon hadding americans. >> do you think for a moment mcconnell would have agreed chuck schumer, you're in the minority and you want to veto everything i do and that's okay? >> absolutely.
it's a piece of mcconnell's delay and obstruction strategy. the the guiding principle of his life and it's not to try to solve problems and not try to work with others and the guiding principle was guiding quest. how do do i that? i have the team in option that can't function so i can replace that. that to me is a horrific philosophy and mcconnell has gotten away with it and he succeeded with it and he built a case to be in the majority and he followed on to proceed to be this close ally of trump right up until the end, until a few days ago, and it -- no. there's no way schumer would agree to this or even entertain it. a it's absolutely off the table. >> and on the -- you mentioned climate. the bad faith seems to be running downstream from mcconnell. ted cruz made an attack on the re-joining of the paris climate
agreement and it was the equivalent that if you don't like english muffins you hate british people. president biden indicates he is more interested in the views of the citizens of paris. didn't he vote to negate the votes of the people of pittsburgh in the election in but i'll leave the final thoughts on that to you. >> joy, you are so right. when i heard this i thought this from the man who led the effort to burn the ballots of the people of pittsburgh just last week, and not to mention that the city elects a climate champion as mayor time and again. he just won the award last month for being the best mayor in the country to take on climate change. so the last person who should talk about the citizens of pennsylvania or the citizens of pitburg is ted cruz who wanted to deprive them of a fundamental right to have a voice in the election of a president. >> do you think he should be expelled? i was surprised to see him show
up on the nomination. is he someone that you would like to see expelled from the senate? >> there were two insurrections. there was an insurrection outside the building and an insurrection inside the building and they work closely inside the effort. the insurrection inside the building was worse in a way because they were affirming the mega lie that trump told to the nation. it is like somebody being a close ally of mccarthy and a false lie of destroying boom's career over communism. this was an effort to support the big lie that the election was not won by joe biden and i think that effort and that contribution to the insurrection is a major offense against the constitution and we should have those hearings and explore those issues of censorship or expulsion. >> thank you very much, senator jeff merkley making it very plain. i very much appreciate you.
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january 2021 has so far been a tale of three wednesdays. there was january 6th, the wednesday of an insurgency, january 13th, the wednesday of the second impeachment and january 20th, the wednesday of inauguration and renewal, and what a wednesday it was. it began with symbolism. the two new first couples standing side by side by the reflecting pool overlooking the symbols of american loss during covid, and from seeded with american glamour with shades of purple and royal blue, emerald and white, sparkle and just plain grandeur.
culminating with that moment, when michelle obama erased her 2017 can't be bothered with this bull ponytail with a glorious moment of fashion perfection side by side with the former president just like they'd come straight from wakonda. they took those walks with their gorgeous and loving families. they got right to work with vice president harris presiding for the first time as president of the senate and giving the oaths to the newest senate members, one black, one jewish and one latino because that is what america looks like. we witnessed the bond of former presidents united by a love of and commitment to democracy. the culmination of a life of service that proves that it's never too late for greatness to meet you and for you to rise to it, and yes, there were songs. there were musical legends and there were stars and tom hank, though he could have used a coat declaring in unison that
american culture was built by many culture, many shades and many sufferings and many accents and religious flavors and different flavors and many moments of hope, and of course, there were fireworks like all of the fireworks with with that we reclaimed our national honor and our smiles and while all of that was amazing yesterday perhaps nothing was so amazing than a young woman named amanda. >> so let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left with, and every breath from a bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one. we will rise from the golden hills from the west and we will rise from the wind-swept northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution and we will rise from the cities of the midwestern states. we will rise from the sun-baked south. we will rebuild, reconcile and recover in every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people,
diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful. when day comes we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid and the new dawn blooms as we free it for there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it. only we're brae it. [ applause ] >> amanda gorman, everybody. that is the america won and defeated the ugly forces of january 6th.
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today was a day filled with hope and optimism. the next 100 days will be a critical period for president biden and his fellow democrats. and standing in their way is the grim reaper. minority leader mitch mcconnell. not just him but also a new party leader has been chosen to help protect the democrats' majority and agenda. jamie harris is the brand new chairman of the dnc joins me now for his first interview. thank you so much. i have to thank you for making this the first place that you've come since being named dnc chair. you could have gone anywhere, my friend so thank you so much for making this your first stop. >> well, thank you. >> let's just jump right into it. joe biden gave what even some folks on fox news, you know,
confirmed and affirmed was the speech of his life. and yet the reaction to it on fox news later in the day, it was chris wallace later in the day who said it was the best speech he'd ever heard. later in the day the other folks came on. and i want to you listen to what them. this is what you are going to be facing, right? here you are leading the democratic party. i know you have a big agenda ahead of you. this is what you're facing. here they are. >> one the point where he sort of came very close to saying, if you weren't part of 81 million who voted for me, you're believing in nativism and racism and fear. and i thought that was a bad moment in the speech. >> if you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don't tell the truth. >> not only waging war on white supremacists, can somebody tell us what that is?
that's not not a smantics question. we should know specifically and precisely who he has declared war on. we have a right to know that. innocent people could be hurt in this war. >> that's what you're facing. i kind of feel like if somebody says white supremacy, you go, are you talking about me? you might be saying more about you than about white supremacy, about the term. what do you make of the fight that you're going to have to deal with a party where those people are really more influential than mitch mcconnell is? >> well, joy, it makes you scratch your head that there are folks who will actually go on tv and try to defend white supremacy. joe biden's speech yesterday was absolutely beautiful. because he didn't talk about himself. he didn't talk about donald trump. he talked about the american people. he talked about making sure that all of us got an opportunity to live the american dream despite our background, despite how we grew up, who we love, how we
identify ourselves. he is fighting for the best for all of us. so there was no hate in his speech. there was no division in his speech. what he did do was put on alert that those folks who do have division and hatred, you have no room in this great nation. so i'm proud to stand with joe biden to bring together the excellence that we know we have. in america, our diversity is our greatest asset. and we need to cherish it. and i believe joe biden and kamala harris will do that in everything that they do. >> one of your jobs, jaime, will be to protect this slim majority that democrats have in the house and the majority of the senate. and that means back to georgia again to fight for rafael warnock. back to states like north carolina, pennsylvania, wisconsin, back to arizona, new
hampshire. a big menu of races and that really starts now. would you have to years to get ready for these fights. what is the message of the democratic party in your view? what should it be? that's one of the things people say. do democrats have a coherent message? what do you think it will be? >> one of the things people should understand with me, i have no intention of letting our victory turn into complacency. we are going to organize, organize, organize. if we can learn anything from this race, if what we learned from stacy abrams and what rafael warnock was able to do in georgia, it is all about organizing on the ground and you can't just do it right before the election. it has to be continuous and it doesn't stop. so part of what we are going to do is the successes that come out of this biden-harris administration, this democratically controlled congress are success that's we need to make sure that we put down to the ground. that's why state parties are so important. we need folks to understand that
the promise that's joe biden made are the promises that have been kept. and that message has to be a constant drum beat. and the only way to get that done is by having organizations on the ground, putting that message out directly to the grassroots and directly to the people. and that's what we're going to focus on over the course of the next two, four and ten years. this is about building a party for the long term. not just the cycle but the long term. >> and the fact that you are now running the party, does that mean the party is heading to the south and it will work in the south in a way we haven't seen democrats do in the past is this and rural areas. i know that's something that you care about. >> you know me so well. you know the big thing is, i believe in order to be a majority party, you have to compete everywhere. to maintain the majority in the united states senate, you can't cede any state to the republican party. we have to fight every place. and that's why we are going to
invest in a 50-state strategy, seven earth that. we're going to be in every state. we'll make sure they have organization to choose good candidates and folks can go to democrats.org and be a part of that effort. >> and you know, you're a real pro. you put the website out there. best of luck. dnc chair, jaime harrison. that's tonight's reid out." all in" starts now. tonight on "all in." >> do you believe president trump provoked? >> i don't believe he provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally. >> republicans retreat from the truth. tonight mitch mcconnell's brazen move to seize power and the imperative for democrats to move quickly on impeachment, covid-19 relief and more.