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appreciate each and every day a bit more. because it can be cut short. >> even here in this little remnant of paradise. >> that is all for this edition of dateline, i'm natalie morales, thank you for watching. watching it's the 11th annual reveal awards. from rockefeller center, here is your host al sharpton. >> good evening. welcome to politics nations 11th revvie awards. it's where we celebrate the best and worst in 2021. and give awards to those who deserve it. i'm honored to have -- bringing you some of the most significant and memorable moments this past year. what a year it's been. with that, let's bring in our
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esteemed panel. zerlina maxwell, hurst of zerlina on peacock. -- host of msnbc's island and, republican strategist. let's go right to the first revvie award. the ridicu-list. these are events i can't believe happened, as bizarre as 2021 was. here are few of the picks we have, to give a start. facebook goes meta, stuck in the suez, and trump the blog. facebook's name change, the social network found itself under fire, from the right and left over user privacy and rampant misinformation. mark zuckerberg decides the solution, is to re-brand the
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company to meta. i don't know exactly what the meta verse is, i'm guessing it has something to do with having your head in the clouds. or, how about that ship that got stuck, four days in the suez canal? disrupting trade routes, all over the world. it seemed like a random event, back in march. but, little did we know, it was a preview of global shipping tie ups, and even a shortage of christmas trees, this holiday season. finally, donald trump's short lived blog. the former president touted a site, as a beacon of freedom after he got kicked off facebook and twitter. but, it was shut down less than a month later, when it got less traffic than a pet now trump has a new social media project, that claims to have a billion dollars in
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capital, and congressman devin nunes, as the ceo of the company. i will be saving you a spot on my 2022 ridicu-list. zerlina, what do you got? >> it was a very recently, on november 19th, for a grand total of 85 whole minutes, kamala harris was the first woman president of the united states of america. and so, for 85 minutes, women were texting each other saying, we have a woman president for the first time ever. but it was because president biden was obviously undergoing a procedure. he was getting a colonoscopy. that was just a little bit too much for me, i cannot hold it together when i think about the fact that america's got its first woman president, in that context. >> a man.
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>> i don't know where to begin, for me i'm thinking back to january 6th. that has to be the narrative, that has come out of there, the weight has been perpetuated throughout this past year. i've been investigating it, i'm telling you, that lie is spreading more and more. the threat is posing to our come democracy, people believing absolutely insane conspiracy theories, it's scary. i think if we were talking about any other group in the world, that had to deal with this kind of radicalization, it would be alarming. >> it's serious, and ridiculous at the same time. it makes the ridicu-list. tell me, what do you think? >> for a fun story, i thought it was pretty funny, all the people that president obama had to disinvite from his birthday party, who's cool enough to make the cut. i'm sure if you made the cut, because you're pretty cool. but a lot of really famous important people, they did not quite get to go to the birthday party of the year. >> you made the cut.
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so, both of us made a cut. now, for a revvie for the worst republican moments in 2021. i've managed to narrow my list down to these, low lights of reframing the january 6th riot. dissing the cheney's, and kyle, the intern. i have to start with the january 6th insurrection. amen, you already went there. 147 lawmakers witnessed firsthand, the chaos and violence of that day. and still, voted to overturn the election. since then, some of those same lawmakers have tried to re-frame the event, as some capital tool or even a heroic act of protest. vast majority of americans, are not buying. it our second worst moment, is
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the gop's cancellation of liz cheney. regular watches of the show, say i'm no fan of the wyoming congressman and politics. still, i was stunned how quickly republicans were willing to cast aside a political dynasty, and service to trump's big lie about the election. last but not least, is the full-on republican embrace of kyle rittenhouse. i will admit, i'm still coming to terms with his acquittal. but even if you see the case differently, i am not quite sure, what makes rittenhouse qualified to serve as a congressional intern. a position he's been offered by several republican lawmakers. perhaps in the case of congressman matt gates, he's hoping rittenhouse can help him find a few good defense lawyers of his own.
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at least, what should we had to the list? >> for the gop, -- >> how much time do we have? >> that's right. we have so many, i think really the covid antics. not taking covid seriously, and you see so many lawmakers who, this still -- their finds go up and up in the halls of congress, and the message that sends to americans, to have this chorus of doubt about whether you should still get vaccinated, whether it's necessary. it's harmed the health and well-being of our entire country. >> i have to find out how they collected these funds, you made me think of something. we need to find out if these fines are being paid. >> i would have to go with low and bourbon -- lauren boebert. not only is she spreading islamophobia with her account of what did not happen, but the fact that she's actually lying and making up a story from
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scratch, and then trying to fund-raise on it, for me, i think it's one of the lowest moments. it tells you where the gop has sunk to. they're using hate to try to raise money, they are perpetuating lies after lies, even when they're speaking behind closed doors, and these fund-raisers to their constituents. they're doing it by dividing the country, not by bringing the country together. >> you talked about intentional islamophobia. to make up a story, of a situation, that never happened, and then throw you in islamophobia -- >> she's so mean, she imagines this, and she doesn't even have the courage to throw the insult and the racism in real life. it's pitiful. >> zerlina? >> i think, my worst political moment on the republican side has to be, any republican who with a straight face still says they care about life, in a year where abortion rights are at stake.
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we've had 780,000 americans passed away from covid-19, they are spreading misinformation. they support the death penalty, they do not care about life. overall, for me, that is my worst republican moment. >> all right. what about the second impeachment of donald trump? and the passing of voting suppression laws, all over the country? >> i could not imagine a scenario in which, there would be not one, but two impeachments within a year of the same president, who only had one term. he had more impeachments than terms in office. and, i think that the voter suppression laws, are clearly a response to the demographic shift in the country, towards a majority, non-white electorate. republicans are reacting in a particular way. and a lot of ways, donald trump represents the past.
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that they want to go back to, but the demographics are here, they're coming. so strap in. >> any addition to that, not only do you have the new laws, the gerrymandering, the elimination of congressional seats, we are going to lose one congressional seat, there that could cost -- have to go up against the democrat. for me, i spent a little time overseas. when i look back at america, i can see what's happening. there is a strong anti-democratic movement in this country. and to certainly does point, it's not about the gerrymandering, and the politics of the world. think about the supreme court, you have three justices on the supreme court, making decisions about half of the population's country. 3:11 elected by a president who did not have a popular mandate to make those appointments. when you combine the number of constituents, by the
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republicans who voted to confirm these three supreme court justices, they do not represent the majority of this country. we literally have minority rule in this country, the minority of the population, whether it's through president trump, through the senators who represent republican states, appointing these justices making decisions for the majority of the country. it does not sound very democratic to me. >> i think, we can argue that -- he did not win the popular vote. he got three seats on the supreme court. ayman is right, this is scary. and then you got a lot of republicans, according to polls, the majority of registered republicans, believing that he was robbed of the election. and, i'm sure they're waiting on santa claus to come down the chimney. they may not even have a chimney. >> what makes me worried for 2022, and 2024, because trump has been so effective at
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eroding trust. and our democratic process, the fairness and integrity of our elections. just a look at what happens specifically this year, with the abortion supreme court case you cited, that is coming from mississippi. where it has been pushed by the mississippi gop, my home state might have the highest infant mortality, if you care about life, is that a case that you are going to pay millions of dollars to get to the supreme court? or could that money be better spent, on the men and women in your state? it's a microcosm of the problems, in this country, when it comes to, ceremonial politics. that is a bunch of problem circumstance, and might rile up the base. but is not actually helping the men and women, who need to be helped. >> you are the kind of republican i can invite to the revvies. we're just getting started, more to come, don't go
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radio wards from rockefeller center. here is your host, i'll sharpton. >> welcome back to all of you at home. i'm here with our panel. zerlina maxwell. amen mogul dean. and elise jordan. i we talked about some of the worst moments in 2021 earlier. now let's highlight some of the best. time now to discuss the best moment in political and social activism. my short list, congresswoman cori bush shares the story. remembering george floyd. and workers flex their muscles. i want to give a shout out to a friend of the show. congresswoman cori bush of missouri. who created a genuine moment
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back in may. when she shared her own personal experiences of racism, while she was pregnant. during a hearing on black maternal mortality in the middle of a pandemic that had hit black and brown communities especially hard, it was a powerful reminder. we must do much better to do our health care system equitable for all. i was also moved this year by the outpouring of support on the first year anniversary of george floyd's death. it came just a few weeks after derek chauvin's conviction and floyd's murder. which provided a bit of closure and justice for floyd's family. but we still have much more to do on police reform across this country. and lastly, i want to recognize the many american workers who stood up for their rights this year. last month, john deere workers,
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able to secure a landmark deal after going on strike for more than a month. capping off a year where we saw a real uptake in organized labor activity. even in non-union business. workers were able to use newfound leverage to lobby successfully for more pay. better treatment and additional benefits. amen, your take? i'm >> gonna keep an eye on what is going on overseas. today it is all of the people speaking up about what is going on in china. and as cancer freedom from the boston celtics. become an american citizen. really going after the chinese government for what has done. definitely out front when you look at some of the nba players who have not been as critical and outspoken of what is china's doing. then you also had the wta. the women's tennis association, more recently with the questions surrounding this
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tennis player and her disappearance and allegations of sexual harassment. they have withdrawn all of the tennis tournaments from china. for me, i think that is what we kind of expect from our sports community and our sports leader. they don't have to be political, but when something is so egregious, they speak up for. we see it happen in this country and when we see it happen overseas, we should celebrate as well. >> absolutely. >> the wta is standing up for their lady. for punctuate, i believe is how you pronounce your name. that is admirable. shouldn't just let a regime do whatever kind of pressure they're putting on her. putting her in hainan. doesn't have freedom of speech now. just wrong. i'm going to stay international. what happened in afghanistan. to watch the u.s. government's failed response to evacuate our afghan allies for 20 years in afghanistan. i've been really inspired by so
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many men in women privately. former veterans, people in the national security space. who have stepped up to fill the void that the u.s. government isn't failing. and to keep their promises to our allies. and to help them reach safety in other countries. >> a quick shout out to kim kardashian's to get out the women's soccer team. she took care of. that they needed to get out of that country. she stepped in, but they did that. here's an example of where she got all of these ladies to safety in the united kingdom. >> i will give you that. selina? >> i would say generation z climate activists. i think generation z gets a lot of flak from the millennials and older generations. for being too sensitive. i have to say it, is not a hypothetical for them. this climate disaster is going to hit them. basically when they are 40. and so they are not waiting for us to fix it. they are speaking, raising their voices and speaking loud
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and clear about the urgent need for climate action and they should be commended for that. >> i also want to mention to other stories. but that time when a few of the tulsa race massacre survivors gathered on the 100th anniversary. 100th year anniversary. and of course, those 100 faith leaders who joined me in brunswick georgia to fight for justice. i wanted to mention those two. amen? >> no doubt about it. we are in a moment of national reckoning in this country. for the push on social justice. what you did in georgia, for me, i spent my high school years in georgia. to see where georgia is coming right now on that front. people becoming more active. people believing that their voices finally been heard. stepping up, coming into the defense of ahmaud arbery's family. and seeing the will of justice spin in their favor. >> and answering in fact when a
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lawyer had challenged me being in the courtroom. saying i don't want more black pastors. ended up getting 300. i thought that was a great move. >> great multiplying effect. >> really offsets elise, the evangelicals on the right, trying to paint the left as being nonreligious. just secular people. there are a lot of that. but there are people who are very religious and very committed. angelina and i still go to church and our faithful. i preach. selina claps her hand. we have more of the reverence coming up for you. more lighthearted moments from the year. be right back. >> president biden today signed the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law and i think it is good that he is finally taking action against the dilapidated and crumbling approval rating. the senate on saturday passed president biden's 1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package, which includes a 1400
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a way to heal. by mary l trump. it took a book by trump's needs to remind us that our politics isn't all about -- from the pandemic, to a racial awakening. america has been through a lot in the past few years. and it is time to mend. and lastly. i would be re-missed, if i didn't mention the righteous troublemakers. untold stories of social justice in america. by the reverend alfred sharpton. which we can all agree would make a great stocking stuffer. elise, any other books you would like to add to the list. >> i think about peril. me what struck me was just how intense the days around january 6th. robert costa is one of our colleagues at the network. if anything, he is such a straightforward reporter. what's really struck me about
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the reporting in the book, it's just how dramatic they portray. how serious they realize the threat was to democracy. as they recounted in pieced together that. there was just so much fantastic reporting like that this year. that we can be really thankful that journalists are pursuing the highest of their craft. >> the amazing thing about the costa book is that you thought you had heard everything. thought you saw everything, thought you knew everything. they gave us things that we just had to say wow. even though you and i, amen, angelina do this. there were things in there that we had never even heard of. >> absolutely. that book and what it revealed. the fact when general mark milley was on the hill. and he testified. there was that moment i think with senator blackburn. did you speak to bob woodward about the book? he's comes out and says yes. for me it shows the access that bob woodward and rob costa had.
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you know it's legit when he is saying there were concerns within the u.s. military about what was happening on january six. but they had to signal. i want to say one thing about a book. not necessarily a popular book. mark meadows, trying to sell his book. by calling his own book fake news. when he came forward and said that president trump had covid before that first debate. when he -- when the president came down on him and said that is fake news. mark mantises new approach to selling his book is saying it's fake news. that's his new promotion. >> that's new promotional strategy. >> maybe that's how you sell books. >> we have salina, we have a least. i we have the mark meadows. me >> amen bringing us fake news. >> would say you zerlina? >> i actually have to. one is burke's book, unbound. it is a memoir me.
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speaks to a lot of different things that have happened. not just in the last year, but also going back to 2017. i think that it is an amazing memoir. testament to the context of this moment. another one i would add is both and by whom i aberdeen. i >> yeah. >> for so many years, people talked about her. now she is actually the one speaking i lot of. lessons. being up close and working for hillary clinton for so long. >> i also want your quick opinion on to other books. there is nothing for you here by fiona hill. me >> i thought it was a very revealing book. this is a woman who was at the center of the impeachment of donald trump. based on everything that she had witnessed. and the fact that she had talked about her own personal journey. women who had served administrations. sometimes we lose sight of that in this country. when you think of the civil servants that we have.
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how politicized we have become. we forget that there are very decent people. some who were born overseas. some have came from rage to riches in this country. who heard a call to serve. for me, her story reveals. that reveals that there are still good. people we need good people to be in these positions. when you get somebody like donald trump. if you don't have good people and government, they are the people that saved us. from falling down that road of authoritarianism. if you don't have good people who are going to be able to call that our world leaders. certainly, american politicians. we are doomed as a country quite honestly. >> at least, let me bring in the second book i wanted to mention. landslide, the final days of the trump presidency. by michael wolf. >> i just can't take michael wolf all that seriously given that so much of his reporting was beautiful in the page. but the details around the edges. i feel like the trump presidency had so much factual
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ridiculousness that there is no need to ever make any thing slightly more swoop of a story. but that said, just said, we are going to be reliving the trauma. the terror, the comedy of the trump presidency for so many years. still, our mouths are going to be wide open with how crazy really was on the inside. >> that is certain. let's move on to a politicsnation favorite. the alfred sea sharpton, blueberry pie achievement award. every year we look around and asked, who has the most blueberry pie on their face. this year i nominate the state of texas. for its many contributions to our national political dysfunctions. including one of the most draconian voter suppression bills in the country. and abortion ban with a bounty system. and a refusal to expand medicaid or fix their crumbling
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electric grid. and if i may have any pie left over. i'll send it along to rhonda santas and florida. maybe one extra slice should go to cross member marjorie taylor greene and matt gates. amen, how about you? me who else should get a slice? >> has to go to kevin mccarthy for me. this is a guy who is watching all of this play out. but he is singularly the focused on power. everybody is told him that the republicans are going to win next year. he has tuned out any sense of moral righteousness. all he cares about is becoming speaker of the house. if marjorie taylor greene wants to stand up there and say something crazy, she can do it. if laura wants to stand up and lie and say things that are crazy, she can do it. if people in his own caucus want to say things that the election was stolen, he's not going to stand in their way. at the end of the day, he wants everybody to think that next year if the republicans managed to win but, whether it's
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through redistricting, gerrymandering, he wants to be speaker of the house. >> even though he was the one on the phone screaming. called the insurrection. i >> exactly. >> now he has reversed himself. >> it's one thing when you reverse everybody else. he contradicts himself. >> and then he went down to mar-a-lago and kiss the ring after january six. >> now that is a guy who should have blueberry pie in his face. >> there's not enough blueberry pie in the world for him. >> selina, who should i be given some slices to? >> the main blueberry pie is anybody who put forward these covid vaccines conspiracy theories. or suggested that you shouldn't get the vaccine but, that you should bathe your child in the dirt bat. take ivermectin for your covid. i think that unfortunately, a lot of those people are dealing with the real and serious consequences of those choices. but i also laugh, if you want
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to take ivermectin, go ahead. but it's not going to help you with your covid-19. the extra slice though, related to yours, goes to governor greg abbott. who promised to find all of the rapists in texas. i would like to find if he was able to find all of those rapists out on the street somewhere. so that it could justify his position on no exceptions for rape and incest in their abortion law. that is blatantly unconstitutional, by the way. >> elise? >> i would have to give a piece of pie to andrew cuomo. he really had a terrible year. why did he have to extend our pain and suffering for so long? you know, he also deserves apply for that horrible book that he spent so much time working on. on the taxpayers time. that could also be one of the worst books of the year. about how he solved the pandemic. yeah. good riddance. merry christmas and happy new year.
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>> any more ideas? >> tucker carlson. maybe for trying to suggest with the january 6th insurrection was a false flag operation. promoting white supremacy. nationalism. >> talking about his book, or him in general? but >> his empire. >> what's interesting about his book, his first chapter in the book was printed an old story in esquire, about going with me to africa. me it was a satire kind of story. i don't think his viewers thought that he would actually travel and write some stuff. some stuff was complementary. so most tongue and cheek. i thought it was very interesting. i called my agent, i don't get any of his royalties. >> no royalties. >> for me, if you got a look at what he's done this year. in advancing the white nationalism agenda. i think it is dangerous. >> there is no joking about
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our end of your celebration. and look back at the year that was in politics. my distinguished panel is here with us. he zerlina maxwell. host of zerlina on peacock. amen, multi host of amen on msnbc. and elise jordan, republican strategist. up next, the courage and cowardice towards. my heroes and zeroes for 2021. from my profile in courage, eugene goodman. capitol police officer who lured insurrectionists around the center areas where lawmakers were hiding. if it wasn't for officer goodman's quick thinking. january 6th, might have turned
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out very differently. and the cowardice i have the. house minority leader kevin mccarthy. who not only continues to lick the boots of the former president prong donald trump. after his crazed supporters attacked mccarthy's workplace on january 6th. but who has stubbornly refused to hold members of his own caucus, such as congresswoman lauren boebert and marjorie taylor greene accountable. for their hateful rhetoric. and speaking of courage. i also and i mentioned the 12 jurors of the trial of the the killers of all mud arbery. especially those 11 white men and women from rural georgia. who simply did the right thing. voting, knowing that they are going to live in that town. and they voted well. the case and everything.
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selina, who are your profiles in cowardice and courage? >> i will start with courage. there were a number of different people across industries that talked about trauma and mental health this year rev. we had simone biles and naomi osaka in sports. and we also had the instagram live from congresswoman cortez who talked about the trauma that she experienced as a survivor of sexual assault on january 6th. it's very important for public figures, who look like they have it all together, to be open of the struggles. cowardice, i have to concur with you, it's kevin mccarthy. if he can't stand up to these folks in his own party. how are you going to lead that party? leadership starts with leading,
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-- >> for courage i'm going to keep it with law and order. keith ellison. the way he prosecuted derek chauvin. when this trial began, when this case began, there were a lot of questions as to whether or not minneapolis was going to do the right thing. bring the right charges. you remember, he stepped in. was able to kind of bring that all on track. get the conviction of derek chauvin. which was a very important moment for this country. i think that is real leadership. >> he did an excellent job. one of the things that have to say, i work very closely with the family of george floyd. keith ellison stepped in. but then he stepped back and let his team and blackwell. attorney blackwell, who had never done a criminal case. take the front. so he wasn't trying to hog the spotlight. that showed me a lot of courage. >> that for me, is leadership and character. he was the right thing to do was, and he didn't try to hug it for political purposes or the spotlight. you think of somebody like
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kevin mccarthy, he probably would've hijacked everything, front center trying to take credit for everything. for me, in terms of cowardice, i'm going to have to go back to the ahmaud arbery case. for me that is quintessential cowardice. you see this young man in your neighborhood. you shoot him dead. and justice worked in this particular case. we have a long way to go. but i think it is the epitome of cowardice to see with these mended and extinguishing the life of this young man. >> elise? >> for courage, i have to say the women in afghanistan who are staying and who are fighting for their rights. there are so many brave women, activists, who took to the streets. they said, taliban, you are not going to take our rights. the courage to do that, knowing the repression that is to come. and the evil in this and the brutality of the regime. just really breathtaking. for cowardice, i would say ghislaine maxwell on trial for her alleged crimes. that she can sit there and try
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to use a defense that discredits women who are alleging abuse. just under cowardice. because she doesn't want to spend her life behind bars. let's hope that justice is served. >> it's very interesting. because there are so many examples this year. of where you could have shown courage and where you should have shown cowardice. i think it was very revealing who showed up where. when you start the year with an insurrection. it's not hard to see who was on which side here. but people that you would have expected that would show a little courage. flipped on themselves. it was unbelievable. >> it was unbelievable. but it's still happening rev. i think that's what we need to understand. that insurrection that we saw on january 6th is ongoing. and so, the idea, the lies, they are still being told. it is important. we can't forget what happened that day. because we've never had an insurrection. >> and we can't forget what has
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first up on msnbc, school is back in session this week and parents are wondering how to keep their kids safe with omicron surging. more kids are being hospitalized and doctors are sending out warnings like this. >> anyplace where you are together with a whole lot of people over the next couple of months, you can guarantee there will be people with covid there. i will say most of them will not know they have covid. we'