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just one last thing to show you before we go tonight. the congressional baseball game has been under way at nationals stadium tonight in washington, d.c. at that game, there's been a few banner drops encouraging the democrats to hold the line. reconciliation first, hold the line. that was held up tonight in the crowd today at the congressional baseball game. a couple of other signs, one of which had a swear word on it. we got that blocked out. one says, our lives are not a game. pass the $3.5 billion bill. the other one said, dems don't "f" this up. we'll see if that lights an
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appropriate fire under democratic baseball players at the congressional baseball game tonight. that will do it for us tonight. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." good evening, lawrence. >> i don't think we'll see those signs at any other baseball games. >> dems don't -- yeah, that doesn't work at any other baseball game. it's interesting to see. it feels like it's a full court press. the progressives are not giving up on passing this thing. >> and alexandria ocasio-cortez made it clear, the votes aren't there tomorrow. we'll have three house members here tonight, we're not going to leave this show tonight without knowing what will happen in the house tomorrow. we have to decode the whole thing. >> yeah. and it sounds like we may be averting a government shutdown on the senate side. but what happens in the house will be drama all day. >> chuck schumer worked out a deal, giving the republicans a guarantee of votes on three
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republican amendments before you get to the continuing resolution. and the government will stay open until december 3rd. >> and we'll then do this all again for absolutely no reason whatsoever. because the debt ceiling is something invented in world war i to appease isolationists from that conflict. maybe it's time we got over it. >> thank you, rachel. the breaking news is not about infrastructure legislation. it's about the more immediate business of keeping the government funded after midnight tomorrow night. when current funding runs out. and they have reached a business as usual deal. chuck schumer has reached an agreement with republicans that will allow a vote tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on a continuing
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resolution to fund the government until december 3rd. if that holds overnight, there will be no government shutdown tomorrow at midnight. and so there you see the senate working as it is supposed to. but in other senate news, there is a bit of a mutiny under way with two democrats blocking the other 48 senate democrats and the democrats in the house from reaching an agreement on the biden infrastructure package. the two senators holding up the deal are as everyone seems to know by now, west virginia's joe manchin and arizona's kyrsten sinema. they're very different people. senator manchin represents a state with the highest level of trump supporters than any other state represented by a democratic senator. he has an experienced senate staff. he's accustomed to high level
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negotiations in private. but he also believes that he owes a public explanation of his position to the voters of west virginia and in this case, to the country. because he is standing in the way right now of an important deal on legislation affecting all 50 states in a very big way. so senator manchin speaks to reporters pretty much every day about what he's trying to accomplish. sometimes he speaks in vague terms, like all politicians do sometimes. you may not like what he has to say. but he does seem to have some sense of public accountability. this is not true of the first term senator from arizona, kyrsten sinema. she has been involved in high level private negotiations on exactly one important bill that has passed the united states senate. and that is the bipartisan infrastructure bill. she is not an experienced
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legislator, and she's not highly experienced in the way the senate works. she does not have an experienced staff who can fill in the gaps of what she might not know. and the most peculiar thing is that she does not seem to believe in any form of public accountability at all. she is invited on every one of these shows every day and every night, and refuses all of them. which is perfectly okay with me. i understand that she might think rushed tv interviews may not be the best place for her to discuss complex legislation. okay. but nothing prevents her from going to the floor of the senate whenever she wants to and speaking as long as she wants to about what she's trying to accomplish in these secret discussions she's conducting. discussions she's keeping secret from her voters in arizona and
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from the american people. that is a huge difference between senator sinema and senator manchin. huge. not only is senator sinema not using the senate floor to explain her position, she actually appeared to insult arizona voters and every other american anywhere in the country who might be trying to understand what it is senator sinema is trying to do. before i show you what she did say tonight, let's listen to how senator manchin discussed the situation when nbc's garrett hake caught up with him. >> where did you leave things with the president? >> the bipartisan infrastructure bill does so much in so many ways. clean energy. why wouldn't you take that, move
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on, and negotiate? >> the progressives don't trust you that you'll be with them on the infrastructure bill. >> we just have different positions. >> that may be a frustrating answer for other members of congress, and it is. they want to know exactly what joe manchin wants to change in the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that both senator manchin and senator sinema voted for. they voted for the $3.5 trillion budget resolution. now they apparently do not want to vote for the matching $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill which contains the actual details of how it would be spent, and how tax revenue would be raised to pay for that bill. but as unsatisfying as that
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reply might have been, senator sinema's response is not just unsatisfying, it's something that no senator with the slightest sense of accountability to voters would ever say. >> what do you say to progressives that are frustrated that they don't know where you are. >> i'm in the senate. >> there are progressives in the senate that say they don't know where you are either. >> i'm clearly right in front of the elevator. >> i'm in the senate. that is so much worse, so much worse than not saying anything. there's a senator mocking the very concept of public accountability. a senator who appears to think that what she's doing is funny. there is a senator who appears to be laughing at people all over the country who support that legislation and have their hopes pinned on getting some help in their own lives through
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some of the provisions of that legislation. like help with child care. senator sinema is laughing about that. she's having secret meetings about the legislation, as all senators do, but then she's refusing to tell the people she represents what she is trying to accomplish in those discussions. she's refusing to tell the people she represents what she wants for them and what she does not want them to get in that legislation. she's refusing to tell her constituents what she's trying to block them from getting. is she trying to stop parents from getting help from child care? we don't know. and tonight, she thinks that's funny. senator sinema clearly does not understand the full range of responsibilities of a united states senator. and unfortunately for the people of arizona, and for the people of the united states, there is no one working on senator
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sinema's staff who can tell her what is so grotesquely wrong about what she said tonight. there are progressives in the senate that are also frustrated that they don't know where you are, either. senator sinema, i'm clearly right in front of the elevator. i have never seen a democratic senator behave anything like that. not once. not ever. there is no playbook about how to negotiate with a senator who talks like that. leading off our discussion tonight, ro khanna of california. congressman, you have, i know in other comments, isolated your
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focus on senator sinema. and that is becoming increasingly, it's becoming increasingly clear that that is the unpredictable problem here. that's where the secret discussions are going on, where we know absolutely nothing about what is going through her mind. >> lawrence, you articulated it better than i could. and you put your finger on what i sensed is the problem. i have no problem with senator manchin. we disagree, i wish he would give us a number. but he's cordial, substantive, he will give you respect. senator sinema is not responsive. her remark was a condescension to people working in the house. she's not being transparent with people, her colleagues, or with
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the president of the united states, frankly. >> let's listen to what congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez told rachel in the last hour. >> if we vote for this underfunded, too small infrastructure bill alone, instead of voting for it with the rest of the president's agenda, if we vote for it alone, it could make our climate crisis worse, and it risks being the only or the last substantive piece of legislation that we'll pass. i do not believe, we do not have the assurances necessary to believe in good faith that reconciliation will pass if infrastructure passes tomorrow. >> if the speaking brings the bipartisan, the senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill to a vote in the house tomorrow, will it fail? >> it will not only fail, it will fail overwhelmingly. a week ago, i would have told you there were 20 to 30 no
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votes. today, there are probably over 60 votes. it's organic. the reason for that is people understand that we have been negotiating in good faith, progressives are willing to compromise. we've said, front-load the benefits, reduce the years if you want to get to a better number. but there's been no movement with senator sinema. and people understand the frustration. >> do you expect the speaker to bring this to a vote, to show senator manchin, senator sinema and others that, no, you cannot pass the bipartisan senate bill without passing the reconciliation bill? >> i don't think she will at the end of the day, because the collateral damage will be to the party, and frankly to the president. you don't want to vote to fail, and certainly not with overwhelming numbers. and the deadline of thursday,
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that's the senator sinema deadline. she said, if it doesn't pass by thursday, i will walk. who does that? who threatens the president saying if i don't get my way, i'm going to walk? there are a lot of bills. if one of my bills passed the senate, i don't say if you don't vote tomorrow, i'm not going to vote for your bill. there's an immaturity, i don't think the speaker will put the vote. i think she'll say, let's negotiate until we can get the vote. >> and senator dick durbin is, i think, at the end of his patience. let's listen to what he said. >> now it's time i would say for both senators, make your mark and close the deal. what is it that you want? what is your final goal? time to start speaking directly to it. their point of view is different from mine, but it's been
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respected, it's been negotiated, and now it's time to close the deal. >> senator durbin does not know what they want. >> it's remarkable. he's the number two person. he's so accommodating of senators. he's not one to criticize his colleagues. and he's trying to be inspiring. he's saying, look, we can actually do something amazing. this is why you come to washington to serve. we can actually help working class americans, make sure they have child care, make sure they don't have to go into debt if they go to community college. seniors can see a dentist, get a hearing aid. we can tackle climate for the first time. the federal government can do something about climate. and we're so close. and senator durbin, i think he's appealing to senator manchin and senator sinema saying, come on, let's do something for our country, for our president. i hope they'll listen. >> what is your sense of where the speaker is on what her next move is?
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>> the speaker would love for us to have an agreement and have a vote. and that's why she's keeping the possibility open. she's very appropriately deferential to the president of the united states. but she'll see if the votes aren't there, which i don't expect them to be, she'll say, okay, how do we negotiate and get everyone on the same page? we'll work with the president to negotiate. but i think she's not used to this. lawrence, you know, because you've been in the senate, it's highly unusual for a first-term senator to come in, forget having their own agenda, defy the president of the united states, defy 99% of her colleagues and the majority leader and the speaker, i've never seen anything like that. >> thank you very much for starting off our discussion. >> thank you. >> joining us now, democratic congresswoman katie porter.
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congresswoman, do you know if the speaker is going to bring this to a vote tomorrow and let it fail? as speakers in the past have sometimes had to do in order to make the point about where we really are. >> i don't think speaker pelosi will bring the bill to the floor, because i think we already know where we are. i think there are dozens and dozens and dozens of colleagues who are going to vote no if needed. because we have to deliver the entirety of the president's agenda. you know, i think sometimes people think that we have some secret information, we have information that they don't have. i just want to show people, this is what we received today for what will be voting tomorrow. question mark, first votes, question mark, last votes, question mark. so we don't know exactly the sequence of what we're going to do tomorrow. but we do know what the outcome
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will be. until senator sinema and senator manchin can come up with what they want to do for the american people, until senator sinema stops being cute, we're simply not going to be able to move the president's agenda forward. >> we know strategically what the senators are doing, one more professionally at least on the exterior than the other. they're trying to delay any possible action on the reconciliation bill so that the bill that they worked on, the bipartisan senate infrastructure bill, will pass. then they will have unlimited time to object to what is in the reconciliation bill, and possibly never vote for it. >> well, think that's really irresponsible to their constituents and to the people of this country. infrastructure is incredibly
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important. it will create good-paying jobs and it's an important part of the economy. but i wasn't elected just to represent one industry or one kind of worker. i was elected to create a strong and stable and competitive economy. we need to see women re-enter the workforce, and make sure workers are healthy and able to go to workplaces. . >> let's listen to what senator bernie sanders said about the situation. >> what you got now are 48 out of 50 members who are prepared to support this legislation. you have 95% of the house democrats prepared to support the legislation. it's not like, okay, let's reach a middle ground. we have the overwhelming votes, the president of the united states wants it, and the american people want it. so i would hope to answer your point that after months, not
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weeks, of discussion, we can in fact go someplace and pass what the american people want. >> senator sanders has been a completely practical legislator on this all the way through. joe manchin and kyrsten sinema both voted for this. >> that's exactly right. they supported that budget resolution, and now we're simply doing the work in the house. we've had markups, we've debated, made amendments to the legislation, put it together into a package, and now we're expecting them to engage back in good faith. if they have concerns or problems, tell us what they are. but we can't negotiate with ourselves and away from what the
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american people want. if there are no meaningful competing concerns. and i was elected to represent the people of orange county, to fight for families, to stand up to corporate interests. i wasn't elected to read the mind of kyrsten sinema. thank goodness, because i have no idea what she is thinking. >> do you recognize anything in the way she appears to be handling this that is based on the fact that she flipped a seat from a republican, and has a concern about being able to appeal to republican voters, as you do too in orange county? >> i have to be honest. i really don't. the way that i find it easiest and best and most honest to connect with constituents is to be incredibly accountable.
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to be as transparent, and forthright and honest with them as i can be. all of us have constituents who disagree with us. but you listen to their concerns, you tell them where you stand, you explain, answer their questions, and go forth and do exactly what you told them you're going to do. she's simply not answering to the american people. and that should be a concern for the american people, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up, one democratic senator used the one heartbeat away scenario from losing democratic control in the senate when he was explaining the urgency of passing both biden infrastructure bills. that's next with john heilemann and adam jentleson. bi
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tonight, senator dick durbin raised the one heartbeat away from disaster scenario when talking about delaying the vote on the reconciliation package for a few months. >> joe is my friend, i respect him, and i've tried to sit down with him and talk about this. but i would say to him, we can't delay those things. that's inviing a bad result. we're one heartbeat away from losing the majority in the united states senate. i've been in the senate long enough to see that happen. i would urge joe, if you believe there's value and merit to the programs in the reconciliation bill, don't wait. do it now. >> joining us now, john
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heilemann, and also adam jentleson. and adam, the title of your book, please. >> "kill switch". >> the single most important book written about the senate in the trump era. john, the mutiny of the first term senator joined by the senator elected from trump country. the manchin phenomenon is easily understood looking at the voting profile of west virginia. but what they're dealing with in senator sinema, it's something that democrats and a democratic
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president has never had to deal with in a democratic senator. >> yeah, i'd say first of all that adam's book is the most important book ever written about the senate. number two, i'm not sure it's just that a democratic president has had to deal with. i'm not sure either one of us have seen anything quite like kyrsten sinema, in terms of what is on the surface at least is total irrationality. and i heard your opening today. i can tell you, the view that you expressed is one that is shared privately by many senior people in the white house. they feel like kyrsten sinema, senator sinema and senator manchin, though they're occupying the same position right now, and are both holding this up, they can deal with
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senator manchin. and senator manchin is a commodity that president biden and his team understands. they do not know what senator sinema wants or how to deal with her, or her staff. and that is at the core of what the problem is right now. she is, you know, in the words, in the language of chemistry, she's a free radical at this point. and that one free radical has messed up all the variables, equations, and physics of the chemistry that has supposed to lead to a vote tomorrow that nancy pelosi was betting on when she decoupled the two bills this week. but those senators are not there tonight. and i don't think they'll be there tomorrow either. >> and adam, you know what a challenge it is, there's no one in the sinema office you can
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call. there's not someone there who can talk sense to anyone, including senator sinema. >> that's right. you know, and what senator sinema has done as a freshman senator has been to put herself at the center of a wide variety of policy battles. and a senator doesn't have the staff capacity to become an expert on all of these policies. it's not like she was an expert coming into office, and she certainly hasn't gained profound expertise in the few months of this year. and, you know, you don't have millions of experts on staff as a freshman senator. i think she's sort of flying by the seat of her pants a little bit here when it comes to the policy, making stuff up as it goes along. and that is what is profoundly scary, she understands and has used the power she holds as the
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potential 50th vote to put herself into a position of power. however, it's not clear that she has the expertise, thoughtfulness, or deliberation you would require to come to thoughtful, rational conclusions. that's what is terrifying about the position we find ourselves in right now. >> and one of the things i'm watching here, it may very well be that the white house is at this stage and chuck schumer and nancy pelosi may at this stage be glad that joe manchin is still in that space with senator sinema because at least they can talk to joe manchin. at least there's a communication channel that makes sense to them. and if joe manchin were to come along tomorrow and say, okay, i'm reasonably okay with "x," but senator sinema did not come along, she would be completely isolated. and joe manchin would not be able to influence her at all.
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that's a theory of the case that i've been trying to track down. but it's hard to get that confirmed, i'll put it that way. >> it's hard to get it confirmed because i've floated it to people in the white house. what i get back is no comment on that, which to me sounds a lot like a yes to me. because i've been around this block a few times. i think that's right. and adam made a point the second ago, the one word he didn't use was responsibility. she has great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. and in addition to having the expertise, i don't think she's taking seriously the responsibility she has, nor the politics of it. this is what is most perplexing to the people in the biden white house, and senate leadership, on the house side, all around. they understand joe manchin is the only democrat who could get elected in west virginia. they get why he does what he
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does. even when it confounds and frustrates them. she's from arizona. it's not a blue state. but it's a state joe biden carried. it's a trending purple, trending blue state where the politics give her much greater latitude than the politics that constrain joe manchin. that's what makes it so mystifying and apparently irrational that she's more obdurate than joe manchin is. >> and joe manchin represents a continuity of sorts with the kind of democrat we had, you had 57 democrats and 6 of them were just like joe manchin, and actually much more conservative. from georgia, from oklahoma, from louisiana. texas, places like that. that used to deliver democrats
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to the senate. the oddity or the difference now is that you're seeing, well, there's just one of them, and 1 1/2 or 2, depending on how you count sinema. >> right. continuity is not a word i would use to describe senator sinema's career. she started her life in politics as a member of the green party, supporting ralph nader. now she's supposedly a very conservative democrat. it's a little bit hard to credit the substance of that shift as being purely about principle. to john's point about arizona being a purple-ish state, you have a control case here in senator mark kelly of arizona, who is doing very well in arizona by strongly backing president biden's agenda. sinema is doing worse than kelly by just about every measure by taking this position. so it seems like she's sort of putting the erraticness of her position first, and this desire
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to be front and center ahead of policy, principle, and responsibility, and in many respects, ahead of good politics. because kelly is doing better than she is. >> adam and john, thank you both for joining us tonight. >> thank you. coming up, the breaking news of the january 6th committee is that they're issuing new subpoenas. congressman jamie raskin of that committee will join us, next. llt it's understated, yet over-delivers. it is truly the mercedes-benz of sports sedans. lease the 2021 c 300 sedan for just $449 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer.
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funding records, including any coordination with the trump white house. last week, they issued subpoenas to four top trump officials. today, the spread of the big lie was talked about in context of confronting white supremacy. >> so when public figures, whether in the media or elected officials or former elected officials amplify and spread the narratives, they validate them. when they validate them, they increase the potential that an individual vulnerable to influence will see this as a legitimate rationale for committing an act of violence. >> joining us now, congressman jamie raskin.
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thank you very much for joining us tonight, congressman. you have already had a first round of subpoenas out there. have you gotten any response from the attorneys for the people involved indicating they will resist production of documents or resist the subpoena for their testimony? >> not to my knowledge. of course, donald trump is out there talking about executive privilege and trying to delegitimize the work of the select committee. the interesting thing about that executive privilege argument, it's always adhered to the president, not a former president, much less to the president's assistants and officials. but also even in those cases where the supreme court has taken it seriously like u.s. versus nixon, they've said you balance the public's overwhelming interest and right to know against a national
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security concern. but the public's interest in getting information about the attack and the national security interest are both on the side. towards discovery and not for secrecy. we think the argument is devoid of merit. and i'm glad you showed that clip of mr. cohen's testimony because what he was pointing out was the big lie, the propaganda, the disinformation can lead to two kinds of terrorist attacks. one is the kind that we saw on january 6th, which was massive, coordinated, organized, there was a lot of money behind it. but the other kind was the sort we saw in the tree of life synagogue attack in 2018, or the charleston emanuel church killings back in 2015. where there are lies, propaganda, and hate put online,
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and it activates one lone wolf to go out and kill people. and what the president accomplished on january 6th, the fusion of all of these different violent extremist sects, the like the proud boys into a masked, fighting street movement. and resulting in the most serious attack on the capitol since the war of 1812. >> and there's reports you reached out to people who have already pled guilty, hoping to get information from them. is that something you're hoping
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to do in coordination with the justice department, and will they be able to share information with you about these people? >> we're interested in hearing from anyone who was involved in the events. and especially those who have misgivings now and regret the way they they were pulled into this nightmarish attack on the u.s. government. and there's a tip line that people can get in touch with us through. but we're getting lots and lots of information about what took place, and we're piecing together the complete story. it's obviously an overwhelmingly complex sequence of events. you don't knock over the u.s. capitol spontaneously. that requires a lot of coordination, planning, and money, too. >> let me get your sense of what will happen in the house tomorrow, and what speaker pelosi's options are with the
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senate bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> because i've been so involved in this attack on democracy, i see all of our budget machinations through that prism. i'm not as tied into the most recent inside scuttlebutt. but failure is not an option for us. because democracy is at stake. we have one democracy party, the democratic party. another political party has basically been hijacked by one right-wing authoritarian guy demanding absolute power for himself, and people going along with it. and they have positioned themselves outside of the constitutional order. i believe the cooler heads will have to prevail. we get everybody's egos under control, and we'll be moving forward together, not too far to the port or starboard, but even
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keel for the democratic party and for the country. >> congressman, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> my pleasure, lawrence. >> thank you. coming up, fox is attacking new york's new governor kathy hochul about her religion. that's next. ne who resembles someone else... i appreciate that liberty mutual knows everyone's unique. that's why they customize your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. oh, yeah. that's the spot. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty ♪
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probably the least religious we've ever had. cathy hochul, he called one of the high priestesses of this new faith. kathleen courtney was baptized with her irish catholic parents. she has never waived from that faith. she took the married name hochul during the sacrament of matrimony and on sunday at a socially distanced religious service governor hochul spoke of many things, including spreading the word that people should get the vaccine for coronavirus. tucker carlson said, quote, hochul was preaching the undying word of sir anthony fauci. she spoke for ten minutes and did not mention the name andrew fauci. she could not make it clearer that she believes in a power higher than government. here is how she began.
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>> the phrase be to god. this is the day the lord has made. amen, amen. >> she didn't think that sunday was the day that government made. kathy hochul's education in catholicism was just like joe biden's. they think about religion and their lives and work in the same way and that can be heard in the way governor hochul framed her remarks in brooklyn on sunday morning. >> everything i've done in life has been because of the grace of god leading me the to that place. and now god has asked me to serve humbly as your servant as your governor, and yes, it is the first female governor. that's kind of exciting. i feel the responsibility more than ever because of that, because i know i also cannot let my sisters down. i have to succeed for them.
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and if i can demonstrate that women can govern with strength, courage, but also heart and compassion and show a different way to lead this state, we bring people together as women so naturally do, then other women will be able to follow behind me and step into the roles of power. that's what's on my shoulders right now, the weight that i bear, but i embrace that opportunity. and governor hochul said this about vaccination. >> i wear my vaccinated necklace all the time to say i'm vaccinated. all of you, yes, i know you're vaccinated. you're the smart ones. there's people out there who are not listening to what god wants. you know who they are. i need you to be my a posles. i need you to go out and talk about it and say we love each other, jesus taught us to love one another. and how do you show that love but to care about each other
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enough to say please get vaccinated because i love you. i want you to live. i want our kids to be safe when they're in schools. i have want you to be safe when you go to a doctors office or a hospital. you don't want to get the virus from them. you're already sick or you wouldn't be there. we have to solve this, my friends. i need you to let them know that this is how we can fight this pandemic. >> this is how the governor who was falsely accused on fox of renoupsing her religion ended her remarks on sunday. >> as you heard in the earlier songs and i thank them for lifting my heart and soul, listening to the music, one of the messages was god will keep his promise to you. god will keep his promise to you. and here's my promise to you, my friends. i will use the inns operation of godded in my life and fight for you every single day as your governor and beyond. thank you very much for
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listening. thank you for the privilege of representing you. >> we'll be right back.
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plus for a limited time, ask how to get a $500 prepaid card when you upgrade. call today. the senate will make some progress tomorrow at 10: 30 a.m. on a vote to avoid a shutdown. what happens after that tomorrow was just a bunch of question marks on katy porter's phone last night. that is tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. welcome, good evening once again. day 253 of the biden administration. as we come on the air tonight we are at least closer to averting the government shutdown that was set to begin just over 24 hours from now. tonight's senate majority leader schumer announced that leaders have reached a deal to at least prevent a shutdown. >>