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anyone that has loved him. the role i played. i am deeply, deeply sorry. this sunday, the fate of roe v. wade. >> how dare they tell a woman what she can do and cannot do with her own body. >> a divided country reacts to that draft supreme court decision. >> i've been praying for this as long as i've understood what a baby was. and it's a big deal. >> this is an attack on women. and washington's strong reaction from abortion right supporters. >> it's an assault on women. >> i'm going to fight like hell to protect this fight for michigan women. >> it rocks my confidence in the court. >> while most republicans shy away from the issue and instead focus on the leak.
>> they say, breach of protocol, i think will compromise the ability for the court to find consensus. >> the most egregious breach of trust at the supreme court that has ever happened. plus, the fallout. will this galvanize democrats heading into the midterm election? >> this maga crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in american history. >> they want to get off of the things that are so unpopular about this president. also, could a nationwide ban be the next step? are other rights in jeopardy? and can either party find a position that meets americans where they are? i'll talk to tate reeves. who supports banning most abortions. and michigan attorney general. who opposes an automatic abortion ban that would go in effect in her state. and also, inside the court's decision-making process with former supreme court clerks, neil and jennifer. and plus our panel. kimberly atkins stohr, sara fagen, josh gerstein, and ali
vitale. welcome on this sunday, a special edition of "meet the press". >> nbc news in washington, longest running show in television history, this is a special edition of "meet the press" with chuck todd. >> a good sunday morning and a happy mother's day to all the moms out there including my mother, grandmother. and wife. the draft decision overturning roe v. wade only added to growing perception that the supreme court is just one more partisan institution, now a creature of politics, no longer about. the leaked decision for conservatives who worked decades for this moment and it was a shock to millions of americans who have never lived in a world without abortion rights. in this morning's special edition, we're going to cover this story from all angles. the real world fallout, the confusing checkerboard of state laws that would soon be in effect along with real questions about whatever rights might be in jeopardy. the political fallout.
many democrats believe the issue will help them in the midterm, but the idea that overturning ro ex would energize democratic voters has another been tested. it will be now. plus the court itself and the broken confirmation process manipulated most recently by mitch mcconnell to manufacture this conservative majority that appears ready to overturn roe in a country that apparently wants it preserved. with 50 states making their own rules, all adds up to further division in a country already split in two. >> women's rights in america are under attack. >> we're going to win in 2022. roe v. wade is not going to change the outcome. >> after the leak of that early draft ruling, reversing roe. >> the supreme court appears poised to overturn roe v. wade. >> governors and state legislators are rushing to define their positions in a post-roe world. >> the lives of unborn children are, it's very important that we
protect the lives of them. >> where is the democratic party? where's the party? why aren't we calling this out? this is a concerted coordinated effort and yes, they're winning. >> should roe be overturned? at least 25 states will likely ban abortion. 13 of them have trigger bans, meaning, it will immediately be outlawed. >> it means lights out in north dakota. >> it's a shot in the face. it's just like, bam, to women of color especially. >> we're going to continue to focus on those women, focusing on the humanity of those women. >> democrats are hoping to turn voter attention away from high inflation ahead of the midterms by drawing a sharp contrast on abortion rights. >> this maga crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in american history. >> and warning that republicans, via the court's conservative majority, could take away otherwise from access to contraception to same-sex marriage protections.
national republicans focused on the leak itself. >> the leak is reprehensible. egregious breach of trust. >> we'll find the leaker. >> largely avoided questions about the future of abortion rights. >> that's not the story for today. >> a document circulated by the nrsc, a campaign in charge of getting republicans elected, advises republican candidates to, quote, be the compassionate consensus builder on abortion policy. >> there should be an exception for rape and incest, so i think that's where the american public is. >> already, democrats are raising the issue in competitive midterm races. from michigan, to florida, to new hampshire, nevada, to wisconsin. >> the supreme court where it looks like ron johnson is going to get exactly what he wants. overturning roe v. wade. >> reporter: as both parties try to define each other by their most extreme positions. >> would you ever support a ban that does not make exceptions for incest or rape or life-threatening conditions?
>> a total ban. >> not be exceptions. >> the answer is no. >> in a recent pew poll, just 8% say it should be illegal with no exceptions and 37% say it should be illegal including those who wants exception, and 61% say it should be legal in all or most cases. still, the majority of most americans support roe, senate democrats do not have the votes to codify it in the legislation. they expect to take it up and fail to pass it later this week. >> not going away. you'll hear a lot from us through the next few months through november. >> one of 13 states with trigger laws to ban abortions once roe is overturned and the draft opinion is about a case in mississippi. the governor of mississippi, an opponent of abortion rights and joins me now. welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you for having me on this morning, chuck.
as an aside, happy mother's day to all those moms out there, particularly, the first lady of mississippi and my mom and grandma. >> let me double down on them and wish them a happy mother's day as well. >> let me ask about this case itself. one of the odder aspects of your law is that this law appears to have been passed with the intent of hoping it would not be enacted. the reason i say is you passed a 15 week ban after the trigger law was passed in '07, and you were a lieutenant governor when the 15 week ban was, but the whole point of this was to get a case to the supreme court to overturn roe, so will the 15 week ban, if roe is overturned, ever be implemented in the state of mississippi? >> you're right that the trigger law was put into effect in 2007. i should point out, and i think this really points towards sort of the changing approach with the two political parties on this issue, but the 2007 trigger
law was actually enacted with a democrat speaker of the house and enacted with a democrat chairman of the public health committee, but when we enacted the 15 week ban, our initial intent and our goal was really to save baby's lives. we believed if roe was not ever overturned, certainly the viewpoint of mississippians if we could enact laws that would save baby's lives, that it would be an endeavor to do so. if, in fact, the leaked opinion, chuck, is accurate, and if in fact this court votes to overturn roe, you are correct, our trigger law will go into effect and we will ban abortions with the exceptions of rape and the life of the mother because of that trigger law that passed in 2007. >> yeah, i notice that doesn't include an exception for incest. why? >> well, i wasn't in the legislature or executive branch at that time. that was the decision that was
made by the mississippi legislature, and i think it's certainly a conversation. there are exceptions for rape. there are exceptions for the life of the mother, and we'll see what happens based upon the ultimate outcome of this dobbs case that's before the supreme court. >> what about contraception and birth control, particularly, iuds? is this total ban that gets put in on abortion, is that going to have an impact on women who decide to have certain types of birth controls like iuds? >> i don't think it is going to apply to those that choose to use birth control. i believe that clearly, life begins at conception, and i am trying very hard to make sure that everyone in america knows
that overturning roe puts the decision of abortion policies puts it back in the elected representatives in each of the 50 states. that's, by the way, where the decision-making was in america for the first 200 years of our country until 1972, in my opinion, roe was wrongly decided. >> you know, it's interesting you say that, the supreme court is going to take something, take away a right that was in the hands of individual women, and i want to play something from kristen gillibrand who believes this decision essentially takes away some of her citizenship. take a listen. >> i hope every human being in this country understands that when you take away a woman's right to make her decisions about her health and well being, she is no longer a full citizen. she no longer has freedom. she no longer has bodily autonomy. she no longer has basic civil rights or civil liberties. >> respond to her.
how does this not take away a woman's right to control her own body? >> well, that right that she is talking about, there is no right to an abortion in the united states constitution. in fact, there's also nothing in the u.s. constitution which precludes individual states from regulating abortion policy, and what i would say to you, chuck, and look, i'm empathetic to all of these ladies who find themselves in very difficult times and very difficult decisions but what makes this different, what makes abortion different is if you believe, as i believe, that's an unborn child in that mother's womb. that is, what we're trying to do is stand up for the rights of those unborn children. stand up for those who absolutely cannot stand up for themselves. that's why this decision is so
important. it's also why that's very high emotions on both sides of this particular topic and i understand that. >> look, you've just said you believe that life begins at conception. if there is legislation brought to you to ban contraception, would you sign it? >> well, i don't think that's going to happen in mississippi. i'm sure they'll have those conversations in other states. >> you're not answering the question. >> there's so many things we can talk about. what the next movement in the pro-life movement, in my view, chuck, is simple. and that is, we must prove that being pro-life is not just about antiabortion. what we want to do next is focus on the two things that are very important. and that is ensuring that those expectant mothers have the resources they need. that's why in mississippi this year, we invested significant additional resources in pregnancy resource centers and
that we are working to build a system. we have 37 of those in mississippi and we're working to build a system throughout our state to ensure that every expectant mother has access to the information and the education that they need. the second piece of the equation and second piece of the next phase of the pro-life movement is we've got to make sure that we make it easier on those babies that are born, either through the potential for adoption services. we try to make it easier for adoptions, try to find resources for adoptions. make sure that we improve our foster care system. in mississippi, for instance, we invested in over $100 million combined, with other state funds to improve technology at our department of human services at child protection services so the babies that are not adopted end up in the foster care system, that we care for them and do so in a way that recognizes the importance --
the importance of the next phase of the movement. >> governor though, you're in a state that doesn't do a good job of helping children. one of three mississippi children live in poverty. if you order women to stay pregnant, that's what it will do, order women to stay pregnant, you're talking about providing resources while they're pregnant. what are you going to do for the child after they're born, what are you going to do for the mother? are you, again, i look back at mississippi's numbers here. child poverty is already at a level that to me should be unsustainable, why should we believe that you're going to provide the resources for these women if they have these babies? >> look, chuck, it's a fair question and one that what i want you to know, when i was sworn into office in the middle of january of 2020 in the inaugural address, i made it very clear that my job as governor is not to try to hide our challenges, not to try to hide our problems but to find solutions to those problems and
that's what we're going to continue to do. it's the reason i just mentioned that we are investing $100 million in technology for our department of child protection services. there's no doubt that our long history of health outcomes that are not acceptable. we have a long history of poverty and the way in which you address poverty, government has a real challenge in doing that but the way in which you address poverty is improving educational attainment improving educational outcome, and by improving the opportunities and job skills for those individuals so that they can go to work and provide for themselves and provide for their families, and those are the, it's a multi-faceted approach, and it certainly is not easy, and i would never argue that it is, but i can tell you, with certainty, that in mississippi, we're working hard every day to address each and every one of those issues. >> governor at the end of the day, women have less rights with this law than men do. how do you justify it?
>> what i would say, chuck, is at the end of the day, there is no right to an abortion in the united states constitution. that the issue with abortions that makes it very different is that there is a life, there is an american child in that womb and it's incumbent upon those elected to stand up for rights of those individuals that can't stand up for themselves. >> governor tate reeves, thank you for coming on and sharing your perspective. >> thanks, chuck. the story in michigan is a bit different from mississippi, typically a blue state, abortion ban that's passed in 1931 and would go into effect if roe v. wade was overturned. the state's democratic governor gretchen whitmer, said she'll keep fighting like hell to preserve abortion rights. michigan's attorney general joining me now. good to see you. >> thanks for having me, chuck, and happy mother's day to my mom and to all the moms out there. >> and a happy mother's day to
you, and also your mom. let me start with the decision you've already made. you said if roe is overturned, you are not going to enforce this 1931 law but you can't prevent others in the state from enforcing the law. explain. >> well, there's 83 duly elected prosecutors for every county in our state. as attorney general, i have statewide jurisdiction and i ran on a platform of understanding that likely during the course of my term, roe v. wade would be overturned, and as incredibly draconian and 1931 law would criminalize abortion in this state with virtually no exceptions, no exception for rape, for incest, no exception for medical emergencies. and understanding that the lives of our 2.2 million women who are of childbearing age in this
state, their lives at risk, i refuse to enforce this draconian law that will endanger their lives and put in jeopardy the health, safety and welfare of lives of each and every woman in the state of michigan. >> look, i want to bring up, it's part of the michigan penal code and i want to note one other aspect of this law, that actually makes mention of the use of drugs. any person who shall in any manner sell drugs or a combination of drugs designed for females to produce an abortion, guilty of a misdemeanor, the druggist shall register the name of the purchaser, date of the sale and name and residence of the physician prescribing the same. madam attorney general, this seems like a draconian law and puts the doctor and the woman in criminal jeopardy. am i reading that correctly? >> yeah, i think you absolutely
are and if you look again at the phrasing of the law that prohibits abortion in the first place, it talks about administering medication for an abortion. and so, you know, even if the woman were to procure abortion medication and then take it on her own, she herself would be guilty of that crime. so we're talking about not just throwing providers and anybody who works with the provider under aiding and abetting theories in prison but also women themselves who procured abortion through abortion medication. so it's a really scary set of circumstances for women here in michigan. >> look, i mean, another instance, the tragedy of a miscarriage. does this mean a doctor cannot perform the procedure necessary essentially when you've identified a miscarriage, it it seems to me that some ob-gyns
would think they're committing a crime if they essentially do what most doctors would do right there. >> i think what is going to happen is that doctors will sob afraid that there will be investigations into these procedures, even understanding that many times the procedures are performed where they're, you know, there is no viability any longer, but because it's the same procedure that you might perform for an abortion, doesn't show concern that these cases will be investigated, that it will have a chilling effect, and you won't have basic medical health care that is required for women not to have extreme health problems or even die. doctors simply are not going to perform those procedures anymore because they don't want to go to prison for it. >> let's talk about the various forms of relief you and other abortion rights supporters are seeking. you've got the governor's, i guess call it a lawsuit or try
to get clarification from the state supreme court to, i guess to wipe out the law. planned parenthood, filed a suit against you, which you have said is misguided, but obviously, they're trying to attain a similar outcome from the state supreme court and then there's a petition campaign circulating to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. those deadlines are in july. what is the safest way to protect abortion rights in michigan right now of the three paths? >> firstly, i think each and every eligible voter in the state should be signing on to reproductive rights for all petition and then coming to the polls and voting on it in november and for voting for every pro-choice democrat up and down the ticket whether it's for federal office or for state office. but in addition, you know, i have great hope and i put my full support and attorneys are representing the governor in her lawsuit and i'm very hopeful that the michigan supreme court will find that under our equal
protection clause, under our due process clause with the michigan constitution that, you know, the right to an abortion is fundamental under our michigan constitution, even if the united states supreme court decides otherwise but let's make it very clear. the radical and extremist position of the republicans in our state and all around the country completely contradicts what the public wants and it really does place the lives of women in jeopardy. let's be clear. women in my state and in states all over america, are going to die because of this position. and i heard the mississippi governor, when you interview him, refused to answer the question of whether or not he would sign a bill completely outlawing the use of birth control. that is not in line at all with how americans see their rights and politicians do not belong in our doctor's offices, they don't
belong in our bedrooms and should not be making these kinds of decisions on behalf of the american public and behalf of women across america. >> i just want to clarify, is the constitutional amendment the better guarantee here, maybe you get a ruling from this version of your state's supreme court but i assume you don't want to be relying on that in the future. >> yeah, that's correct. i think we need to see both. i would like to see a ruling from the michigan supreme court, so that there's not even any period of time under which women are denied reproductive health care in michigan, but then in addition to that, absolutely, this needs to be codified into our state constitution and if we have enough people that care about this issue, and who come out to vote in november, i see that happening and i think that is, both of these courses of action need to occur to better protect women in the state. >> dana nessel, thank you for
coming on and sharing your perspective. >> thanks for having me. what are the chances that the draft decision will change substantially? and if it doesn't, what are the rights that might be in jeopardy? we'll speak to two former supreme court law clerks to take us inside. eak to two former supreme court law clerks to take supreme court law clerks to take us inside. is the guy reading this. subway keeps refreshing and refreshing and refreshing and re- here's candice... who works from home, and orks from home. but she can handle pickup, even when her bladder makes a little drop-off. because candice has poise, poise under pressure and poise in her pants. it takes poise.
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>> welcome back. one reason abortion rights supporters are so upset with the draft decision, something called stare decisis, the idea they're bound by legal precedent. amy coney barrett and brett kavanaugh suggested that precedent would be important in considering roe. here's kavanaugh at the confirmation. >> it's settled as a precedent of the supreme court entitled the respect under principles of stare decisis. one of the important things to keep in mind about roe v. wade is that it has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years.
>> a lot of people heard a lot in that sentence. all we can say now is he stated fact. i'm joined now by two legal experts to discuss the draft position, and we're going from here, argued 45 cases in the court and jennifer is an assistant law professor at george mason university. clarence thomas. the circuit level if i have that right. welcome to both of you. hopefully you can take us inside the court a little bit. the leak, this decision was not the first leak. there was a first leak and it was a few days before, "the wall street journal" editorial report, the oral argument suggested that five justices lean toward doing so but a ferocious lobbying campaign is trying to change their minds. the particular targets are justice barrett and brett kavanaugh within five days. going to speculate that alito writing the majority opinion. it appears there is a debate happening. take us inside the court.
when you read this, and put it together, what's going on? >> so i think with the leak that came this week from politico is the more extreme one, because we actually see the draft opinion, something that, to my knowledge, has never happened. so the process is, there was an oral argument in december. the justices all voted in the conference. nobody else was allowed into the conference. take a tentative vote. the seen nor most justice then assigns the opinion to himself, herself, or whomever, here it looks like it was assigned to alito and then that draft was circulated in february for comment by the other justices. it's, of course, possible that votes change, that sometimes happens but it's extremely rare. so what this decision says, and you started with stare decisis, it's so important because this draft decision says they're going to overrule roe v. wade, planned parenthood versus kc, it's extreme an opinion and looked like it was written by robert bork, the failed supreme court nominee. >> jennifer, you've clerked for brett kavanaugh on the circuit.
is he, do you sense that he's waiting to see what the chief justice who may be writing another opinion to preserve roe and allow another definition of viability, do you sense it that is something he's up? >> let me just say in joining you both, i think the leak this week was unprecedented in outrage and the justices across the nine chambers, try to mutually apply the rule of law and i think it's actually quite breathtaking how detailed and well reasoned and thorough this opinion was as of february, so i think what justice kavanaugh and the rest of the justices will be doing is applying the constitution as they understand it and are not going to allow themselves to be bullied or intimidated by this outrageous leak this week. >> going back to whether kavanaugh is weighing the precedent issue here, did susan collins only hear what she wanted to in that statement from brett kavanaugh?
>> what i think the draft opinion makes very clear is the court has never decided, over all of the decades, settled on what justification that would uphold in roe. that's been decisive since it came down. i think justices look at the text of the constitution and recognizing that perhaps the court had a hard time settling on justification because there's no right in the constitution on this complicated moral issue that properly belongs with the american people. >> when you read alito's opinion, did you say to yourself, would it change how you might defend roe or argued it in the first place? >> i totally disagree with my friend jennifer. there's nothing persuasive with the draft whatsoever. roe was a contentious decision but it was decided by a 7-2 majority of the court, five of the seven were republican appointed justices and the supreme court in 1992 sailed well past jennifer's point, they said even if roe might have different theoretical base cease, privacy, equal protection, whatever, it is now
the law of the land, the court's credibility is staked on it. social expectations, crystallized around it. for them to overrule this, chuck, which is the superprecedence calls every other precedent a question from gay marriage to contraception, as you were talking about before with the mississippi governor. >> i want to ask about, in the draft opinion, alito tries to say, hey, i don't want this to be used for anything else. privacy can be used for contraception and privacy can be used to justify same-sex marriage. just because you say it doesn't mean it's true. we learned this with bush v. gore so why shouldn't folks who are in same-sex marriages be? >> i think they have to be nervous right now. it's the rationale that the court, that the justice alito used in the draft opinion. if that draft opinion rationale stays the law of the land, it says, the right has to be historically rooted in the deep traditions of the people. that is not a test that i think
gay marriage would meet if you have that kind of really harsh reading, and it does reflect underlying conception, that some justices on this court, you know, pretend to be talking about the original intent of the constitution, and they are anything but when it comes to striking down the voting rights act, make up the doctrine when they call corporations people and make up the doctrine, not in the text of the constitution. >> jennifer, why should folks who were in same-sex marriages be comforted by what alito wrote in the draft opinion? >> with respect to neil, i think is flat wrong and president biden's marks acknowledged we've got complicated questions here involving a child that makes this case fundamentally different from any other issue. we have another human life at issue. these are complicated questions. the american people feel strongly about and the language that neil is quoting deeply rooted from a 1997 opinion quoting opinions back to the 1930s. this is nothing new. this is an unprecedented issue, unique of its kind and the
instance it was leaked, people talked about other questions, not this one, as if this opinion itself is not all that objectionable. >> you don't believe this is getting rid of a right to privacy, no right to privacy in the constitution? >> i don't believe this says that more generally because it's focused on the interest of the child and essentially doing an admirable thing in the draft opinion to take itself out of the seat of power and leaving the decisions up to the american people. >> neil, where will this go? will the supreme court hear more abortion cases assuming they overturn roe for now and perpetuity? >> i think they will and the idea that this draft will return things to the people is ludicrous. i feel better if the republican party wasn't built on basically keeping the voters away from the polls and the like, you can't preach the language of democracy on monday and then on the other six days of the week, try to take it away from the american people, and so yes, chuck, i think whatever the court does here, there's going to be abortion case after abortion case. your guests just a moment ago
discuss things like contraception, louisiana banning iuds and the like, so absolutely, they're in the thick of it. >> i literally have to go. do you expect this to change much from the draft opinion? >> not at all. i respect the justices. they will not be intimidated. >> what do you predict? >> this is unprecedented. >> you think it's possible they rehear the case, don't you? >> i think they could rehear the case and never count the chief justice out. the vote didn't matter in december. >> the hearing would be a disaster. >> thank you both for being here. appreciate it. when we come back, democrats are hoping that overturning roe will generate anger in their base. we see it happening. will it lead to a big turnout in november? that part, we don't know yet. panel is next. panel is next. reme meats, topped high with new italian-style capicola. that's one handsome italian. uh... thanks. not you, garoppolo! ♪♪ subway keeps refreshing and refreshing and refres-
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atkins stohr. josh, let me start with you. has it sunk in with this, what your report has done for the supreme court for generations? >> it's starting to. when that large black imposing fence went up around the court earlier in the week, certainly indicated that the court realizes that whatever decision it issues on this, it is going to have pretty dramatic momentous implications and probably likely to anger a number of people on one side or the other. >> do you think it's going to change the way you cover the court? >> well, it probably makes it even harder to press some of the issues for access to the court. we've had a lot of concerns about the court and transparency, even through this period of covid over the last couple of years but even before that. so probably going to be more
skittish about that than before, but it was not a terribly transparent institution to start with. >> that's for sure. we talk, a lot of times, we say, this is going to change everything politically. >> ali, did you sense that on capitol hill? a moment to say, everything is changing and it's really changing? >> i think that democrats and republicans both have been talking about this in theory for a really long time. i know it's not popular to say we don't know but this is untested. for the last 49 years, women in america haven't had to grapple with wondering if there are protections in place for abortion, so i think from an electorate perspective, all of this remains untested and so we'll have to see going forward. i will say, on the hill, democrats and republicans took, of course, completely divergent views here. republicans, of course, focusing on the leak, not the substance. almost be forgiven to say, didn't they push for this for several decades and on the democratic side, we have seen this, there is a push for a vote on the women's health protection act on wednesday.
it's going to fail. there seems to be some divide if it's better if it fails in bipartisan fashion or fully democratic fashion but nevertheless, leaves them where they started in terms of having no way to federally codify this. >> if you look at exit polls, this appears to favor the democrats. battleground state polling on the issue majorities, battleground state in 2020, legal only texas is out there. plurality, 48-45 and in colorado, very libertarian, not a surprise there. so i understand, kimberly, why democrats think this is a game changer for the midterms. is it? >> we'll have to see because this is so unprecedented in the way it's coming out and it is a midterm election year to boot. we'll have to see. i think we talked before about a lot of other issues that democrats thought would be big motivators and it turns out, whether it's gun control, whether it's police reform and it turned out not to be.
i think we'll have to see. i think one thing democrats should be thinking about is their long game at this point. because this is the result of a republican long game that was very dedicated, for decades, in order to put conservatives in office so that they could put conservatives on courts and democrats need to develop something like that. >> i think it's a bit of a tale of two stories. i think it will motivate democrats. i don't know how it couldn't and they're incredibly depressed. you look at polling. the question, what is the debate? the debate may cut against democrats, where you have a very aggressive progressive movement that believes that abortion on demand at any point in a pregnancy, which is not where the public is. so exit polling shows people who want abortion legal. the question is, what is the definition of legal? so if we have a debate in this country in a number of these states where the democratic candidates are calling for abortion at any point in the pregnancy and a republican candidate is calling for a more moderate stance, that is going to the republican party.
>> where is evidence of republicans with a moderate stance here? there isn't. that's the thing. what you outline on the left is correct but i don't hear exceptions anymore for rape all the time in many republicans anymore. >> we just heard tate reeves talk about exceptions for life of the mother. >> not incest. >> i imagine that will go through pretty quickly, but we'll see. >> see, that's where, i think making the point. >> after that point though, there was a law passed in mississippi on viability at 16 weeks. so i mean, as the debate moves to viability, republicans are in a much stronger position than where the progressive movement is. >> where is the debate? >> i think the real issue is that while there may be a debate as sara was saying, what happens right away if roe was struck down at the end of june, all these trigger laws and laws already on the books from 100 years ago are going to kick in in many, many states.
talking maybe 26 states that will almost immediately end up with very severe restrictions or bans on abortion. so the debate may continue, but in those states, women are going to find great deal of diffy in getting access. in some cases, they may have to travel a thousand miles in order to get an abortion. >> i was just in south dakota, it's one of the states with the trigger law. they already had one of the most restrictive set of rules governing what they can do for you, so restrictive, doctors from out of state and local doctors too worried about the local repercussions or don't want to do it and at the same time, talking about women traveling over a thousand miles because of just the vastness in some of these rural states so when you talk about the trigger law states, effectively, you could end up on the coast, the two patches of blue where it's accessible and mostly in the middle of the country where it's not. so you sort of just have haves and have nots here. >> there's a lot of manufactured outrage happening around this issue. you know, illinois is completely
controlled by democrats. and these legislatures, i think, will move very quickly around these, this legislation. so yes. there's going to be a period of significant tumult around this and people who feel very passionately about the protection of life, you know, are going to be loud but the people who feel passionate about abortion are also going to be loud and we're going to spend probably most of this fall talking about abortion. >> it's interesting, kimberly, that my experience with abortion is the party that overreaches, and who does overreach look like? to your point. >> i think we're going to get a good idea of what that overreach looks like as the laws come into play and what voters were talking about and especially in the state, there's always a big focus on women voters, suburban women voters but keep in mind, those women have access to abortion regardless of what state they live in. it's the others, the people who are in a different position who won't. >> i'm going to pause it there. we want to make note, sadly, a
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the question now with the election, the supreme court opinion, overturned to nearly 50 year precedent, roe enough to alter the picture and motivate a younger electorate. just about to be finding out come november. donald trump's endorsement pushed jd vance's victory in the primary. a win for mr. trump. the gains about to get a lot harder as may rolls on. stick with us. harder as may roln stick with us. yep, they're constantly refreshing. y'all get our own commercial! subway keeps refreshing and-
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welcome back. literally the day of the leak or on the eve of the ohio primary, we got the supreme court leak. too early to really have an impact on what voters may have done, but we did find out that donald trump's endorsement of jd vance did help him win. so sara fagen, is donald trump literally or figuratively in charge of the republican party these days? >> well, i think that somewhere in between. in a case like ohio where it was a pretty crowded primary where none of the candidates were particularly defined, he's going to have a huge impact and his endorsement is going to be a big deal. in georgia, the incumbent
governor with a long track record, not having as much of an impact. i think on a case by case basis, net accrues to the president's favor but not going to get them all. >> sara put it pretty well, mr. trump already won whether the candidates win or not, the republican candidates to emerge will be overwhelmingly trumpian. i think that's a fair take. >> i think that's right. i think one thing we see that is powerful is trumpism, regardless of whether trump himself pronounces the candidate's name correctly. you have in someone like jd vance, just a mini trump. someone trying to espouse this populist message even though he himself, as the messenger, doesn't represent that. that's donald trump to a tee. the candidates that are able to capture that and replicate it the best in this particular republican party are going to do well. whether trump endorses them or not. >> some senate republicans hope that trump's endorsements were
not going to do so well, all right, not going to do well in georgia and dr. oz looks like a coin flip at best. but i don't think the grip is weakening. >> let's say he goes 50/50 over the course of the next month. whether or not you consider that a win is through the eye of the beholder. i think for senate republicans and republicans in washington, the goal has always just been, make sure he's not endorsing the candidate who can't ultimately win. so i think that's going to ultimately come out in the wash, but i think the larger question is in a place like georgia, where his endorsement probably is, not going to have the swing that, have never been party loyal. they have always been just whatever his vendetta personally is and that's where the concern stems from, you're not there for the party and frankly, these republicans he's endorsing, they don't have deep party ties either. you could end up with republicans coming to washington who are much more in debted to trump than the people in control here.
>> you know what he doesn't have, josh, doesn't really comment on the leaked document. you would think he would say, my judges did. i told you they'd overturn roe and maybe he is waiting to make sure it actually happen, but the lack of taking credit, his political antenna to me is telling him, he's a little nervous. >> you do wonder if he's seeing some of the polling that clearly other republicans are seeing, saying that this issue may be a loser for them in the fall and i also wonder in some of these races where trump's nomination or endorsement has made the difference whether when you get to the general election, you're going to see candidates try to do a straddle sort of like what glen youngkin, semi accepting trump's energy but didn't want to appear with him. can they maintain the straddle to november? >> makes david mccormick the most interesting candidate in pennsylvania. democrats now, you don't want mccormick to get out of here because he's been running as a trumpy candidate but gets to say, trump didn't like him.
>> that's right. >> and david mccormick is a compelling candidate for a lot of reasons. he's an exceptional person but the, you know, you're right. many of these republicans are going to have to walk that line, and they're going to have to do what glenn youngkin did, i like what trump did, his policies and his energy. but i'm my own person and i have my own ideas and that's why these incumbents fare so well in these endorsement battles because they have their own identity. >> kimberly, another thing we saw this week, very quietly, president biden debuted his, a new message of sorts, trying to not say the word trump but this maga crowd, and he tried to lump abortion rights and some of these other things in there. it tells me, the white house is looking for a new message here. >> i think that's absolutely right. they're saying, six months out of the midterms, saying how big the consequences here and trying to edge with this messaging a
little bit, trying to broaden it out. we'll see how effective it is, but the fact that the message is still being developed this late in the game. >> of course, they want a new message. 8.5% inflation, a disastrous withdrawal of afghanistan. >> ali, is there anything that's going to get passed? >> in the senate? >> yeah. >> it doesn't really look very likely. they might be able to do this competition bill to help the supply chain issues. see what it was called, a million namings since then, but at the same time. >> the senate passed a version of the bill. >> of course. that's the only one i think has an ultimate path but in terms of these energizing issues we're talking about, specifically on abortion, no. these are going nowhere fast and i think that's actually why you're making this turn away from trump and trumpism and maga because it's better to do the broad messaging than just on him. >> that's all we have for today. thank you for watching. i hope you do enjoy mother's day. don't forget to call her if you haven't yet. be back next week, because if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." press. week, because if
it's sunday, it's "meet the press." developing news overnight from moscow. russia showing off its military might in its annual victory day parade, even as it struggles to get a military victory in ukraine. also, a major humanitarian success, as all of the civilians inside of that besieged steel plant in mariupol have now been evacuated. and ukraine's first lady makes her first public appearance. with jill biden, during dr. biden's unannounced visit to ukraine on mother's day. plus the battle over abortion rights, covid cases