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keep themselves from the horrific reality they will have to face one day that russia is, indeed, waging a war of aggression against ukraine. >> reporter: with the invasion not going as russia hoped, its citizens are not hearing that as many as 15,000 of their soldiers have died. some of their bodies left to rot on the battlefield. as for sanctions -- >> they're being told the same thing they were being told before the war, which is that the western world wants to isolate you, they're worried about russia becoming too strong. >> reporter: he believes russia is in the fwrip of a kind of mass psychosis. >> i don't understand how this can just heal itself. i don't know how this can get better without some sort of outside interaction. >> reporter: a triumph of disinformation with deadly consequences. and, you know, guys, experts tell us that russians who want the truth can find it on telegram or using virtual
private networks, but the reality is most russians, like many of our own citizens, really don't want to know the reality, guys. >> nbc's ken dilanian, thank you so much for that report. we are rolling into the fourth hour now. it's just past 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. pacific. good morning to our west coast viewers. we're now just an hour away from a big u.n. security council meeting as the international community tries to confront russia over the horrific atrocities in ukraine. president zelenskyy will address the meeting virtually one day after visiting bucha, where some of the mass killings reportedly took place. on monday, we heard the outrage from the international community. today, countries are taking actions, spain, germany, france, sweden, italy, denmark, all expelling russian diplomats from their countries in the past 24 hours. just a short time ago, the kremlin said the expulsions were
regrettable, shortsighted, and would lead to a reciprocal response from moscow. >> as the world saw the aim images out of bucha, president zelenskyy traveled to bucha on monday in a convoy of military and police vehicles. after witnessing the devastation there, he described russian forcings as murderers and rapists. he fears similar scenes are playing out in townings across ukraine. he criticized the west for not doing more to help, saying, "if we had already got what we needed, all these planes, tanks, artillery, anti-ship weapons, we could have saved thousands of people. i do not blame you. i only blame the russian military. but you could have helped." >> president zelenskyy will no doubt repeat those calls for help when he addresses the u.n. security council council in less than an hour. he will be preceded by martin
griffiths, who has been trying to arrange a cease-fire in ukraine. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., linda thomas greenfield, also says the u.s. will push for russia to be suspended from the u.n. human rights council. that proposal will be introduced today and could be voted on as early as thursday. two-thirds of the u.n. members would have to agree, but judging by how many have already condemned the invasion, the proposal is expected to pass. >> russia is not backing down from its claim that the videos and images we've been showing you of mass graves and bodies in the streets are fake. on monday, the russian ambassador to the u.n. took it a step further. he argued ukraine's claims are a false flag operation designed to justify future attacks on russia and its allies.
>> in the face of russia's denials, more and more evidence of brutality as we've been telling you, the images extremely difficult to look at. these are satellite images of what technology says are bodies in the streets of bucha. they appear to krob rate other video showing similar scenes. keep in mind, these reports are not just coming from ukrainian officials. associated press journalists say they saw dozens of bodies in bucha unarmed and in civilian clothes, many of them shot at close range. >> documentary evidence contradicting those claims from russia. as the u.n. security council prepares to meet today, europe is moving ahead with new sanctions against russia. this morning the head of the european commission said it is proposing a ban that would target russia's energy industry for the first time, specifically
coal imports. and tomorrow, eu ambassadors are expected to consider a proposal that could go further, targeting russian oil and gas. so far, germany has been the key holdout, but that could be changing. the german chancellor now says he might be willing to support a ban if it were confined only to russian oil, not to natural gas. >> the focus is now on the eastern region of donbas where vladimir putin is expected to make his next move. as we speak, russia is withdrawing thousands of troops from the area around kyiv and bringing them into belarus, where u.s. officials expect them to be resupplied and reinforced before being sent to eastern ukraine. once there, national security adviser jake sullivan said the u.s. expects russia to try to surround and overwhelm ukrainian forces, cutting them off from the rest of the country. >> let's go to the ground inside ukraine. joining us live is gabe
gutierrez. what are you seeing on the ground, especially reaction to the images that the world is seeing out of bucha? >> reporter: willie, in this city, you know, they have been bracing for this war, even though it is far from the front lines. they've already had several air strikes since the war began. the city's civilian airport was destroyed by a missile. also more than a week ago, the country's air force command center near here was also hit by strikes. residents here have been wary of any advancing russian forces, although we've been speaking with them the last several days, and they say that they are ready, basically coming together, banding together, many volunteers here to resupply other soldiers on the front lines in other parts of the country. as for reaction to the images coming out of bucha, we've spoken to people here as well as folkings in lviv and other parts
of the country and the outrage is just mounting here. these atrocities coming out of bucha are being seen as the tip of the iceberg in ukraine. there is a great fear that there maybe many more atrocities that we have yet to see, places like mariupol, where so much of that besieged city has been destroyed according to local officials. now, just today -- if i can hear -- air raid sirens are starting to go off here, which is something, you know, we constantly heard when we were in lviv, the western part of the country. even here they've become a way of life and often go off as a precaution. now, this morning, as president zelenskyy prepares to address the u.n. security council, he's seen on ukrainian tv showing reluctance to meet with russian president vladimir putin. several days ago over the weekend there was discussion about whether a face-to-face meeting would be possible.
but president zelenskyy saying once again if there were any sort of agreement, there's a lot of mistrust because there's nothing to say that russians couldn't come back in two years and, you know, break any agreement. so a lot of mistrust at this point, a lot of outrage from ukrainians we've been speaking with, and right now as we speak, authorities in and around kyiv are going into those communities still clearing the area of land mines and trying to update the death toll. >> we want to let you and your team get to safety if you need to right now. we certainly appreciate your reporting from central ukraine. gabe gutierrez, thanks so much. joe, the world has come to terms now. we're seeing leaders in europe calling what we're seeing war crimes, a term that some countries have been hesitant to use. but after the images for the last 48 hours out of bucha, it's now undeniable what's happening inside that country. >> our last couple reports, the russian leaders are continuing to lie to their people, continuing to lie to the international community.
i don't know, maybe some of their people believe it. nobody across the world believes it. the lies that the ambassador of the united nations told, just ridiculous. you look at the atrocities, you look at the historic miscalculations, the lies just continue. and mika, you know, even now, eve entoday, your brother is welcoming members of polish delegation and poland and the united states army for forging a closer bond. >> for sure. >> abrams tanks being delivered to poland today. >> he just sent in this picture. >> he just sent in this picture. and this is happening in poland. this is happening in romania. this is happening across the baltics. it's hard to -- you know, when donald trump says that vladimir putin is brilliant, that he's a genius, i've got to say of all the leaders in the world stage over the past, my god, the past 20 years, i've never seen one
make as historic a miscalculation. he's literally destroying his country's army. and even though they figured out a way right now to economically buy up enough rubles so the ruble doesn't collapse, he's crushing their economy in the long term. and diplomatically, we're seeing russian diplomats expelled. they can keep expelling other diplomats in response. it doesn't matter. we know where this ends. i mean, historically, this is just a colossal mistake by vladimir putin. and they keep thinking they can lie their way out of it. they just can't. facts, as ronald reagan like to say, facts are stubborn things. >> the concern for military experts is because of that failure and incompetence, because of how badly the russian military has performed on their retreat, they are reverting to these horrific attacks like killing civilian population because they cannot win
militarily. >> which again further isolates him. he makes one bad move after another, ups the stakes, isolates russia even further on the global stage. he keeps thinking -- and we've all heard the old saying that generals always fight the last war. he keeps thinking that this is chechnya. he keeps thinking this is aleppo. this is a man literally out of time, living in another time. he does not understand that after three american presidents basically let him have his way, there is a president in the white house, and this is not jingoism at all, just a reality, he doesn't get it. he misread biden in afghanistan. we've been saying it all along. joe biden wanted america to get out of afghanistan since 2009. so putin sees what happens in afghanistan, he thinks it's a sign of weakness.
no. it's actually, as joe biden says, he believed it was a sign of strength because every one of those american presidents wanted out of afghanistan. they wouldn't do it. biden would. he looks at that as weakness, and he makes the invasion thinking that, again, there are no red lines, the united states and the west constantly letting him have his way in ukraine, in georgia, in syria. and i think he's yet to fully grasp just what a colossal mistake he's made. >> if he'd just look at his watch and seen how long this has taken he'd realize it is not going well. he expected to be done by now. >> catastrophic for russia militarily, diplomatically, and economically. we're going to turn to news at home, the latest on the mass shooting in sacramento, where one man police describe as a related suspect has been arrested and is due in court later today.
and breaking just moments ago, a second suspect has now been arrested. nbc news correspondent miguel almaguer is in sacramento with the latest. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: mika, good morning. these two people who have been taken into custody are brother, 27-year-old smiley martin and his 26-year-old brother de'andre martin. smiley was arrested a short time ago. investigators pointed out when he was taken into custody they also retrieved a machine gun from him. on saturday night, early sunday morning, teems of people were leaving here and more than 100 gunshots were fired. police say they're making serious progress in their investigation. this morning, a manhunt is still under way for at least one shooter, while investigators say another gunman is now in custody after six were killed and many more were wounded.
as a barrage of bullets ripped through a crowd early sunday morning in sacramento, police say 26-year-old de'andre martin was behind one trigger. he is the first but perhaps not the last arrest in the city's deadliest mass shooting. you've made one arrest. how likely is it you'll make more? >> we do know there are multiple shooters so our team is actively working on it and we're certainly continuing to identify people that were involved in this, witnesses, victim, and certainly the suspects. >> reporter: when police arrived at the scene of the chaos and carnage sunday at 2:00 a.m., the street was sprayed with more than 100 bullet casings covered in shattered glass, while wounded victims were triaged in the middle of the roadway. >> i think it was catastrophic. i mean, 18 people being shot with six of those not surviving their injuries, that honestly is the most significant incident that i have seen at that level of gun violence in my 27 years
here at the sacramento police department. >> reporter: the victim who is lost their lives in the cross fire ranged in age from 21 to 57. john alexander's father said she'd just gotten her first apartment and was days away from her 22nd birthday. sergio harris was a father of three and friend to many. >> nobody bringing sergio back. nobody. i don't get to go kick it with my cousin tomorrow. >> reporter: with tributes to the lives lost and the many wounded still recovering after what was supposed to be a night on the town, this morning the hunt for a shooter while one gunman is in custody. the news breaking a short time ago, 27-year-old smiley martin was taken into custody. he's the brother of the other person what's already been taken into custody. police retrieved a machine gun from him. during that video you heard, you can hear the rapid succession of shots. this investigation still
developing. guys, back to you. >> nbc news correspondent miguel almaguer, thank you so much for your reporting this morning. it's time for a check of the morning papers. first to colorado where the "denver post" reports democratic governor jared polis has signed a bill guerin teeing abortion access in colorado. the reproductive health equity act says state and local public entities are prohibited from interfering with a person's right to continue a pregnancy, give birth, or have an abortion. >> from texas, the "dallas morning news" says republican lieutenant governor dan patrick has sent out a campaign email to supporters calling for the state to replicate florida's controversial bill which critics call the "don't say gay" law during its next legislative session. in utah, the salt lake city tribune reveal es republican senator mike lee will face two primary challengers in his re-election bid after becky edwards and state government
veteran ali iceman gathered enough signatures to qualify for the june primary. coming up, after seeing the bloodshed in bucha, calls for the international community to do more. but what what exactly does more look like? and a man in germany says he got 90 covid vaccine shots all to sell fake vaccination cards. yikes. plus, brand-new data detailing why president biden's poll numbers continue to fall. where do you find the perfect designer? well, we found her in austin between a fresh bowl of matcha and fresh batch of wireframes. ...but you can find her, and millions of other talented pros, right now on upwork.
take the most severe sanctions against russia this week. this is not the request of ukraine's foreign minister. this is decree of the victims of rape, torture, and killings, their relatives, and the entire ukrainian nation. >> that was ukraine's foreign minister demanding action from global leaders as the u.n. security council prepares to meet. the horrific nature of those mass killings are just one part of the story. we learn this morning from the u.n. migration agency that 11 million people are believed to have been displaced since russia's invasion. that's one-quarter of the country's entire population. so, what more is the international community prepared to do about all this? joining us now, hagar chemali, former spokesperson for the u.s. missions, the united nations, worked at the nsc and the
treasury department. we crisscrossed in many ways over our careers. >> thanks for being with us. we were talking about madeleine albright before we came on the air and losing her recently. what a great voice she would be right now, especially for a day like today, where the united nations, leegts face it, the united nations is facing a serious challenge today, they look completely irrelevant. it takes me back to what she said when she was america's ambassador to the united nations, she said the u.s. must reform or die. it looks like we're at that point again. >> what's crazy is we've been talking about reforming the u.n. for over 20 years. every secretary-general has said we're going to be reforming. every u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said we need to lead on reform. it hasn't happened. now you have a situation that is showing the u.n. at an existential crisis, that shows
you have this body that you absolutely need but is feckless at this point, unable to achieve its mission in upholding international peace and security. >> so we were talking about in the break about this moment for the u.n., and if not now, when. the council that can do something is the u.n. security council on which russia has a permanent seat and can veto any action. so what do you do with that dynamic? by the way, that's the group that president zelenskyy will address in a few minutes. >> right. the security council is the only body that has any ability to wield any kind of action, so whether it be sanctions or a peacekeeping mission or anything. and if you have a body that is ham strung by these veto-wielding power, in particular russia, it's going to be completely impotent. the only organization or body that can do to effect change at this point is the u.n. general assembly, not in terms of resolutions. its resolutions just show how many countries are condemning
russia, for example. but they are the body that can actually reform the security council. and so i would hope that in the situation that you have now, that you've got a number of ambassadors and the secretary-general who just started his second term, to come out and say this highlights the crisis we're facing. we need this body more than ever, so we'll need to take action to change the body, change its makeup and veto. >> what would that real action be? i think one thing this war is proving is it's showing how different agreements and different bodies, whether or not they actually have something that they can actually do to impact change. nato is being challenged. and now here in terms of accountability. what actions can be taken? actual ones? >> if you're talking about action now in the immediate term, the only opportunity that exists is for the international criminal court at the hague to continue its investigations. which it is. the u.n. has named a number of human rights-focused experts to
investigate atrocities in ukraine, to document all of them. when i worked at the u.s. mission, the u.n., i said these thugs do eventually face their day in court. you do see that. it takes a long time, but you've seen charles taylor of liberia, milosevic of serbia, they face their day in court. it takes a long time because you have the effort to build the evidence and the indictments, but you also have to have the host government that needs to turn the guy over. eventually it happens, though. >> we hear talk from time to time of kicking russia off of the security council. that'll never happen, right? >> no, it can't because the way that would happen is that the security council itself needs to recommend to the u.n. general assembly to kick a member out of the u.n. for not upholding its values. so the security council will never do that. >> never do it. >> what about the question that former ambassador james jeffrey suggested? he said obviously you'll never
get a peacekeeping zone or a safe zone in ukraine if you go through the security council, but he suggested perhaps you do it going through the general assembly and set it up in a certain way. is that a possibility? >> no, because the peacekeeping missions are done under what's called chapter 7 of the u.n. charter, and it's only the security council that has the ability to do that. peacekeeping missions in general don't work unless there's an actual peace to keep, a lesson we learned from the war in the balkans. to further highlight and underscore why it would have been so amazing to have someone like madeleine albright now because she dealt with a situation where you had genocide, you had atrocities, you had a government that was committing that was tied with russia, russia was blocking any efforts at the security council to do anything. and after a few years she said that was it, she worked with nato to pursue the bombing campaign that happened in kosovo that helped bring the end to that war.
so, you know, i wish we could use her wisdom right now. what lingers with me is she told president clinton weeks before her death that we needed to defend ukraine. i don't know what she meant by that, but -- >> former spokesperson for the u.s. mission to the united nations, hagar chemali. thank you very much. come back. we really appreciate it. and this just in -- nbc news has learned ivanka trump is expected to appear later today before the house committee investigating the january 6th insurrection. that is according to three sources familiar with the matter. it is not clear if she'll appear in person or virtually. her husband, jared kushner, testified before the committee last week for more than six hours. more on that coming up. also ahead, one of the biggest names in the financial world sounding the alarm about the challenges ahead for the u.s. economy. andrew ross sorkin joins the table next on "morning joe."
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i was just trying to, like, hold a job down. >> ten seconds in. ten seconds in, i looked at him and i said i need to talk to you on the break. i brought them both, joe and willie to me, and i said this is going to be amazing. this is going to be the buzziest political talk show. you're going to be incredible. you're going to be the voice of politics on the landscape. and willie, you're such a star, you'll have your own network show. >> no way. >> she actually said that. i swear to god, i was on a week-to-week contract. they kept trying to fire me. they'd get the bag over my head and -- >> did they really? >> i swear to god, themed to fire me so badly. and mika -- >> scarborough country. >> no passport required. only common sense allowed, baby. so the show starts and five minutes in she said, you know, this is going to work. >> what is 50 over 50? >> that's my partnership with forbes and my platform, know your value. it celebrates women over 50 who are achieving great impact in their careers. we had our first list last year,
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i think it went well enough. >> good, good, good. we've got some stories that we're watching that are of the stranger variety. you guys ready for this? >> i don't think i'm watching this. i think alex has been watching these. >> we're starting overseas in germany where a 60-year-old man got 90 covid vaccine shots solely to sell fake vaccine cards that have real batch numbers. the suspect wasn't detained but is under investigation. i hope he's okay. >> there has to be an easier way. >> run them off on a printer, man. get yourself a laminating machine. >> remember whiteout? >> i remember whiteout. >> you do? are you trying to be nice? >> no. i used whiteout all the time with the typewriter. >> you did? you're not that old. >> i am. >> what if those were mrna? coo what kind of shots were they? >> clearly never made fake i.d.s in the '90s. i have a better way, sir. >> the supreme court ruled in
canada a man convicted of stealing millions of dollars in maple syrup, wow, needs to pay it back. the mastermind, we're calling him, behind the heist needs to pay his victims the kwifltd of $7 million or serve six more years in jail. the case inspired a big investigation, even a hollywood screen show. >> should we have news you can't -- >> we should brand this use you can't use. just go there. >> i don't think any of us have watched it. >> i'm very interested. >> all news to me. >> my favorite one. >> a texas man was arrested after he allegedly stole a forklift and led law enforcement on a chase, even if it wasn't high speed. there's no video? really? >> what? >> so we're just talking about this? >> this is a sponsorable segment, by the way. >> the man refused to stop.
18 miles. >> let's go to andrew ross sorkin. it looks pretty choppy. >> a little rainy out. >> alex, we'll do this but -- >> we tried it. >> this is what happens. you get into 14 hours, it's like your marathon. you get to that -- >> your legs start to cramp up. >> placement. anyhow -- >> experimenting. >> you have to have courage to try new things. >> this is the fourth hour. come on. >> you think of all the great movies like "heaven's gate," "ishtar," these are people who took chances, right? >> some mistaken. >> yes. >> turning now to the business world -- >> let's just say it, those of you watching for the first time, it pains me to say -- can i
just? >> sorry, sweetie. >> it pains me to say mistakes were made and now to -- >> andrew ross sorkin. >> don't turn us off. if you think that was bad, now we're going to go to andrew ross sorkin. >> seriously. >> we're both mistakes. >> my mom -- >> oh. >> get this. >> what time is it? >> day two of -- >> i was an accident. >> look how it turned out. >> how did you find this out? >> my mother told me. she told you outright. >> yeah. >> they're very brunt in the brzezinski family. >> my mom had dementia, and people respond differently to that. my mom, tough woman but very sweet, she did -- very sweet. but she did tell me, and the
further and further -- the more truthful she was about me. she said, joey, i want you to know i cried for eight months. >> yeah. >> and when the doctor delivered you, the doctor handed you to me and i refused to take you. >> oh, my god. >> can i hug you? >> it's okay. >> here's the thing. here's the end of the story. she kind of liked me once she got to know me. >> of course. >> she kind of liked me. my brother and sister would always accuse me of being my mom's favorite. that's why i can tell the story without -- >> she was making up for it. >> my grandfather came in and looked at me and said that's the ugliest baby i've ever seen. this makes my mom say -- she grabs me and hugs me and says looks just like his grandfather.
that tells you all you need to know about the scarborough family. >> should we go inside the boardroom now? >> i'm feeling like i have to make up for the last segment. >> yeah. >> anything you want to say? >> i thought we were going to talk about elon musk and twitter. your parents love you. >> very much so. >> how do you know that? it's not like they're going to say -- they have to do that. >> i was blessed by parent who is loved me possibly too much. possibly too much. >> you were a bubble wrapped baby. >> to the point where i didn't think i was capable, right. and then that creates its own insecurities. >> invalidate. >> look at you now, man. >> i'm still trying to prove to my moth they're i'm capable. >> i will say -- >> therapy sessions. >> my parents were great because
they were very tough but they loved me. but, man, they were tough. >> my parents unapologetic cheerleaders. >> really. >> yeah. definitely. i mean, not like -- they're midwestern so it's not overly emotional. but it's always there. always supportive. always loving to this very day. and that's been our business segment for the morning. great to see you. thanks for being here, sir. >> we haven't gotten to the most fun, when you start talking about the brzezinskis. >> no. >> brzezinskis, they're tough on each other. they love each other -- >> tough love. >> tough love, man. you go in there and get your head taken off at the dinner table. >> it's true. no bubble wrap here. i was told i was difficult to raise. give us the point by point, tesla -- >> that's the business segment sponsored by -- >> a tiny bit of business here.
>> two very quick business stories. one thing to be focused on right now is this issue of american companies sanctions in russia, but the next -- >> this throws you off. carmen doesn't talk about his personal feelings. >> we talk about them differently. >> you yell at each other but you love each other. >> it's like a family. like a thanksgiving day dinner table. >> but he's not like your mom an loved you very much, he's kind of like the crazy uncle. >> let's -- >> "morning joe." he calls himself the real morning joe. >> he does call himself that. >> mika is squeezing my arm. >> the two pieces of news that are flying off the wire this morning, we'll move russia off to the side, but the first is we talked about it yesterday but now it's different, which is elon musk retaking the stake in
twitter yesterday, now on the board of twitter. >> wow. >> so the real question is what will he do there, what kind of role will he have, and is he going to push twitter into a more sort of free speech-ish -- to the degree you think that there are people who believe that twitter and social media companies are censoring people, will he push them in the other direction? and therefore what does that all mean? interestingly, by the way, to me what's fascinating, remember, the sec sued him over his tweets. and now he's on the board of twitter. >> interesting. >> great irony. >> elon is an enigma, right? on one end he's been pushing, you know, evs because he believes the climate needs to be protected, which was always something that the democrats and lib rams loved. now on the other hand he, you know, for a long time, i don't
think he was the biggest one on mask, vaccines, all of that. >> here we are. >> and here we are. >> andrew, can i just say i think we've had a breakthrough today. >> yeah. >> i'm wondering if we can come back tomorrow. >> we'll do it again tomorrow. >> and talk about the pacifier. >> my mother -- she can come on the show, trust me. >> yes. will you bring her? >> i'm a little worried about doing that, but yes. >> that would make the counseling session much better. do you feel comfortable? >> i'm cool. as a cucumber at the moment. >> stand up and willie will come behind you -- >> the trust fall? >> the trust fall. >> just remember, we do cash or venmo. >> thanks for dragging this out to the point of fingernails on a chalk board. joining us now, white house correspondent for politico and co-author of "the playbook," eugene daniels is here.
you have some new insight whooo into why some democratic voters and parts of president biden's base are in distress. what's going on? and does your mother love you? >> reporter: yes. >> i was going to say. >> reporter: a mom conversation. i'm jealous. my mom does love me. she calls me every single day and she lives in dubai, so that tells you something. you are blessed. >> my mom would call every day. so wonderful. >> reporter: it's good. i hope it doesn't taper off because then maybe she loves you little less. >> no, no, no. >> reporter: every day. the democrats are still trying to figure out how voters are feeling as they go into the midterms, so we got to watch two different strategies, two groups of nine different voters, so 18 folks. and there were some interesting
take-aways to keep your eyes on this. these are things that are going to continue to come up in the midterms. we've already started to see a focus on inflation and rising crime, rising prices being just exhausted with pandemic restrictions. i think the key is frustration with the white house and democrats and congress for not delivering on some of those early promises. the bbb and the social agenda. we spend a lot of time talking about that. the president spent a lot of his political capital on that. we're still at a place where democrats here in d.c. and around the country are frustrated they haven't seen it. the white house isn't going to be surprised by what we've heard and saw yesterday. but they also are kind of at a loss at times as to how to fix some of these things. there's often a disconnect between the things they're selling to the american people, the way they're talking to the american people and how people are feeling. it is factual to say that we've had record job growth.
at the same time, people aren't feeling that. inflation is focused on -- a focus of their minds because it's at their kitchen table and they see it every single day. the things democrats have talked about, told me they're going to run on, the aarp for covid, the infrastructure bill, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, those accomplishments, these voters weren't really excited about them in the way voters may need to be in the midterms. the white house has said over and over that they have to figure out a way to tell their story better. democrats have said this too. so they have a little bit of time left to do that, but they need to do it quickly. >> "morning joe" senior contributor eugene daniels, thank you for sharing. >> thank you, eugene. >> it's very nice. comening up, one grammy winner people are talking about, comedian louis c.k., the major reaction to his win. and we're keeping an eye on the u.n. security meeting where president zelenskyy is set to speak in the next few minutes.
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>> i haven't heard about that. >> this morning, will smith's career could now be in trouble, with netflix and sony pumping the brakes on at least two action films he's set to star in, but it's not just the oscars, the grammys are also facing backlash after louis c.k. won best comedy album on sunday despite admitting to sexual misconduct in the past. >> joining us now, founding partner at the media venture puck, matthew belloni. he's a reporter for the "hollywood reporter." let's start with will smith. obviously, there was going to be some response from hollywood to what he did in terms of his future projects. how big is the damage, though, for a guy who was so well established? can he just weather this storm by sitting out on the sidelines for a year or so? >> that is the huge question right now. i would say he's definitely paused all of his acting opportunities. and he's got a film that he's already shot that was scheduled
to come out later this year called emancipation. that is from apple. we will see what they do with that film. but right now, he's not taking any acting gigs. and i don't think any are being offered to him. he's also a prolific producer, though. the question will be, can his company continue to produce projects, even though he himself is under this cloud of scrutiny and really kind of ostracized. >> so, matthew, tell us, what is the current climate in hollywood for will smith? it seems like a lot of people following a lot of people. he slaps chris rock, he gets his award. he gets a standing ovation for about a day, everybody seems frozen. jim carrey and a couple of other people come out and criticize him. then it seems to go the other way. and now he's -- he seems to face this pretty intense backlash. what -- what's your sense of this? where is sort of the official
hollywood right now? >> i think people, for lack of a better word, are pissed. they're very upset still, and they're embarrassed by the whole situation. the fact that the entire world is talking about this debacle at the oscars, and all of these hollywood liberals that preach anti-violence and you know, the kind of enlightened world view and you see this happen on stage and everyone give him a standing ovation. that is really the issue now. he stepped down from the academy on friday. he resigned. but there's still this procedure going on where they could discipline him. and on april 18th, we'll know whether the academy will bar him from future oscars, bar him from being nominated for future oscars. and i think, from there, we'll start to see whether he can crawl back and kind of grasp at his career. keep in mind, some public surveys have come out that show that about 50% of the country still have a favorable view of him. so, it's not like he is, you
know -- that's way down from what they used to think. but it's still not nothing. so there is a base here from which to mount a comeback. >> matthew, let's talk about louis c.k. at the grammys. he won for best comedy album. that album was his comeback album after nearly five years ago after the allegations against him made in 2017. some backlash to his victory. what more can you tell us? >> i think the recording academy is very embarrassed by this. i mean, keep in mind, they don't -- the members nominate and select the winners. the recording academy has to live with it. and the grammys have always done this. there's always a couple of embarrassing winners. and it's usually in the categories like this, where people don't know who to vote for, for the comedy albums. so they vote for the person they heard of. and people are certainly heard of louis c.k.. it may be a bit of an endorsement for his comeback, as you mentioned. this comedy album wasn't just any comedy album.
it was him addressing the scandal and talking about his efforts to come back. so maybe there is a bit of an endorsement there of his, you know, contrition and him saying yes, i apologize, this is how i'm coming back. but it's not a great look. >> all right, matthew belloni, thank you so much for coming on, keeping us up to date. i think that segment, we keep. >> i like that. >> we'll keep that one. >> good information. >> so we're getting -- >> he knows his stuff. >> we get mixed reviews right here. i'm curious on our therapy session with andrew ross sorkin -- >> that did not work. >> it did work. >> i wouldn't do it every day. maybe warn him next time. pick your spots, is my best advice. >> he didn't seem ready for it. he wasn't prepped. >> who can prep for that. >> all right. we're going to stop, okay? that does it for us this morning. don't go anywhere. any minute now, president
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good morning. 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart and we begin this busy tuesday morning with breaking news. any moment, ukrainian president zelenskyy will address the united nations' security council, a day after visiting the devastated town of bucha, accusing russia of genocide. we'll bring you his speech live. russian forces, meanwhile, are accused of killing innocent civilians in that kyiv suburb, before retreating. we should warn you that some of the images we're about to see are graphic and disturbing. every day, more bodies of civilians are found, lining the streets or in basements. many of the bodies show signs of