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later this hour. i am symone, and i have something to say. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> folks labor day weekend officially kicks off the mad dash to the midterms. in just over two months, voters across the country are going to cast ballots in races that will transform congress. that's pretty much the only short thing about the 2020 midterms. look, if you had asked me or anybody else in my democratic friends who will win this election in the spring. i'm sure we would've said get ready for a red wave. the stage truly seems set for widespread republican victories, but with the reversal of roe v. wade and a woman's right to make decisions about her own body being the left at the mercy of state governments. democrats have seen a steady rise in support.
it's a development that just might fly in the face of historical trends. and allow democrats to keep congress blue. two of the country's most consequential states is where we are going to start today. it goes to the vote of pennsylvania, where mehmet hobbs is facing off against john fetterman for senate seat. democrat josh shapiro is taking on the republican nominee for governor state senator and january 6th rioter doug mastriano. we're talking where ron johnson is fighting a challenge from the democratic nominee, and the lieutenant governor of the state. i'm talking about mandela barnes. and democratic incumbent governor tony evers is fighting for his second term against tim michaels. it's a lot, here to discuss is our political panel. bill burrow is a national reporter for the associated press. jesse moore is a democratic strategist and founder of
common threat strategies. and marina shaw is a former republican strategist. welcome to you all. i would like to say that i have known -- it is barrow you need to start collecting people out here in the streets about your name. let's start with -- thank you for being here. let's start with my least favorite topic. former president donald trump. he held his first rally since the fbi search of his mar-a-lago home last night. he was in pennsylvania and he gave a scathing speech. he was supposed to be having this rally to support governor republican candidate -- and like i said he's running for senate. but in the full two hour speech, he only mentioned the food of them a handful of times. what is the point of a trump endorsement if he's only going to focus on himself, and that the candidates? >> he does not really care what people think of him, right? that's the biggest thing. the candidates that he has picked and endorsed across the country do not seem to be
people that are all in on trump, all the time. some of them, i mean. this is a reality here. trump's strategy is not a real strategy. it's always about team trump. i have a weird theory here that the president, the former president trump -- i have to be careful here because president biden of course tries to distinguish him. he's very much a looming threat. he continues to be this base of the republican party. no matter what he does, it's as if nothing is going to get to him. the reality is that he has been out there in pennsylvania, is just a continuation of the trump show. my crazy theory that i alluded to a moment ago is that he wants -- i have a bizarre theory about that. >> it's a bizarre theory but you know what? nothing makes sense nowadays. we've been using the term unprecedented. let's talk about some of these races, because bill, the
president's approval rating has risen. it's about 40%. but there is a recent nbc news report that has found that some candidates in the swing states are hesitant to campaign with the president. make this make sense to me. where are the interests diverging, if you will? >> one of those candidates that you mentioned is here in georgia. senator raphael warnock, who is on the stage with president elect biden, in those political runoffs. now he wants out for reelection, and he barely mentioned president biden. he's very bullish on mentioning things that have made it through the democratic senate to president biden's desk. it's a very odd neil for mark kelly in arizona, raphael warnock in georgia to try to thread. but that is what you have to do when you have a president running in his first midterm with and an even economy, with
inflation, with such deep divisions in the electorate. i think that that is just what we're going to see for the next 60 days. you're going to see democrats talk about the democratic agenda democratic values, they're going to jack to pose themselves with the opponents. try to mutual eye's these races as much as possible. and then they're going to leave president biden out there to make his own umbrella message himself. the way we saw him do this week, as he went after president trump. >> that makes sense. we have raphael warnock in georgia who again campaigned with the president when he was the president elect, trying to get the job for the first time. and now raphael warnock is running a race very georgia-centric. but then you have folks like john fetterman in pennsylvania, who has said that he would appear with the president, will be with him tomorrow on labor day. but john fetterman also has come out and said that he will press president biden about removing marijuana from the
schedule altogether. folks, right now, marijuana, the president supports descheduling marijuana to a class too -- i'm going to press him to get rid of it altogether. is that a good place, if you will, for these candidates to be? appearing with president biden, talking about the winds but emphasizing where they disagree, and push him a little bit? >> this is what is actually needed in government. we forget about it in the modern media and political environment. but talking about issues, and democrats pushing each other on policy, that's what government is. president has to be able to -- the president and a governor need to be walk and chew gum at the same time. they have to do it it takes to win, but they also need to be working together and against each other when they're pushing against each other. i think this is a moment where the president is getting a do
you approach to candidates, saying do what you need to do to win. stand with me, don't stand with me. but on the issues, we have to stand together. he's the head of a party, but 100 years from now, nobody is going to wonder what happened in these midterms. they're going to remember what happened towards democracy, and who is standing on the right side of history. >> staying on the right side of history. joe biden himself has been a candidate. he knows a thing or two. let's talk about wisconsin. my favorite place, okay? midwest girl. we have got ron johnson, and he's trying to hold on for another term. recent polls do show that his opponent, lieutenant governor mandela barnes has a slight edge. in a recent town hall, ron johnson expressed support for a policy that would coax seniors out of retirement to earn a few extra dollars. marina, what is he doing? how do you think america's most reliable voting bloc is going to react to this? >> ron johnson seems to keep digging his grave.
it seems kind of odd. but here's the thing about wisconsin. there's a lot of republicans there. i think back to simone, my time on capitol hill a decade ago, when ryan grievous -- my gosh, the new republican party is a wisconsin party. don't forget, people like paul ryan, like i said, the former chair of the rnc. shonda, feel a young congressman that went on to have a fox career. they had this young energy, the cool energy. ron johnson was ejected into their. these people have a lot of love, and the roots are deep in wisconsin. i am -- i'm very honest, i'm bearish about the situation in wisconsin. i don't think that ron johnson had as bad of a chance is some people think he has. there are routes routes that cannot be discounted in wisconsin for republicans. >> mandela barnes is hoping to upset those roots. marina, bill, jessie, we've got
more to talk about, stick around. but right now to understand the president we have to plan for the future. we have to learn from the past, and i frankly think that is more important now than ever as americans are really navigating this harsh political climate. these political divisions, it threatens to tear the entire country apart. that's not a hyperbole. that's why i'm bringing back historian and host of fireside, history on peacock, michael beschloss. we ran out of time yesterday -- i'm glad, i'm glad i brought to you live on the air. i needed to bring you back to continue this discussion, it was necessary. let's get into it. there are 43% of americans out there who believe a civil war is either very, or somewhat likely to happen in the next decade. that is according to a poll by yougov and the economists. they also found that those who identify as quote strong
republicans, are most likely to believe this. you have also got these elected republican officials like marjorie taylor greene, calling for a national divorce. thousands of people stormed the capitol, let's not forget january 6th. what clues has history given us on how to change course here? >> the first clue, i think you would agree with me on this. it's that when in history have we had an ex president essentially saying that if i get indicted, there will be violence in the streets, or having allies like lindsey graham say that. he certainly has sent that message to the attorney general. we have never had anything like that. certainly, there is a spectrum of violence throughout history in america for many americans. and in 1860, a national civil war between the confederates and northerners. you did not have an ex president or president calling for it. same thing in the 1930s.
there were fascist leaders like father -- the radio priest, and others. gerald l k smith. vicious racists in the service, who were calling for fascist regimes and authoritarian government. there would be more white supremacists than white government in the 1860s, but you did not have franklin roosevelt, the president, or his predecessor, calling for it. this is the first time in american history that we have had somebody who used to be president of the united states -- although i guess in his warped mind he thinks he still is president. >> he doesn't believe he last the election. >> down in his throne room in new jersey, or wherever he is. the point is, this is somebody who held the office and is basically saying to americans that there should be civil war. there should be violence, in case i get indicted. nothing like that ever in american history. >> michael, i think as we just
discussed, a number of these issues, or arguments that are forming the basis for this stretch of a democracy. we lie on illusionary theories, the belief that it was stolen, the great replacement conspiracy theory. the capitol riots being a false flag, these are delusional. >> don kennedy junior is coming back. >> yes, exactly. tupac is somewhere in cuba, but that's not the story. millions of people, they believe this. has there ever been a mass movement to undo the effects of disinformation and conspiracy theories among an entire society. if there was -- i couldn't find one so if you know something, tell us. if there is -- >> you are absolutely right i defer to you. that is exactly right. this is why it could be more dangerous than 1860 or the 1930s. in 1860, when abraham lincoln was inaugurated president,
march of 1861, there were confederate gangs running around in the area at the front of his platform. they were threatening to plow kill him, they were threatening the president of the united states. what they did not have as what these groups now have in 2022, and that is social media. the could not conspired to together, and attack the capital is like they did on the 6th of january. if they had a conspiracy theory like tupac or jfk junior, or anything like that. it would be some guy passing out handbills on the quarter. nowadays, that same person has access to a billion people or more on the internet. it is much more dangerous than it has ever been. >> that's why efforts to combat disinformation is so important. michael beschloss -- folks, please tune into what he
is doing on peacock, fireside history. if you love this, you love that. >> thank you so much, my honor. >> absolutely. we've got a big show ahead, folks. we're just getting started. he is a key figure in a state at the center of partisan politics. i'm talking about none other than atlanta mayor andrej dickens. he's making his symone debut today. plus, my political panelist coming back. we've got more on the midterms and lgbtq+ community harnessing the political power. but first jessica layton is here for today's top news stories. we are watching a lot of stories for you this hour. the airport employee who police say stole a plane and threatened to crash into a warm out appeared in court today. he faces charges of grand larceny and making terroristic threats. tuesday marks the first day back to school for students and faculty and uvalde texas. more than three months after
the horrible mass shooting that took the lives of more than 19 kids and two teachers. the school district has installed several key security upgrades, like steel fences and more cameras ahead of that new school year. and record breaking temperatures exceeding 100 degrees are searing the western united states. this brutal heat wave is expected to go beyond this holiday weekend. the dangerous heat, proving to be an obstacle as well as to wildfires grow in northern california, forcing the evacuation of more than 1000 people so far on one of the biggest travel weekends of the year. more symone coming up for you after the break. after the break.
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to atlanta, where some of the most complicated political developments are taking place, involving midterms, abortion crime and more. even when there are national implications. there are most certainly national implications when it comes to the adl. coming to me now is the mayor of atlanta andre dickens. good to see. >> good to see you, to. >> i want to jump right in and start with developments at the atlanta medical center. we'll start announcing that one of the cities only level one trauma centers would cease operations at the beginning of november. i think this is a move that is
certainly going to clog health care access. not just in your city, but beyond. i know you'll meet with the investigation -- hopefully they change their minds. what's the case you're going to make? >> the city of atlanta was totally blindsided. we did not get much of a notice within a few hours of this happening. november 1st is right around the corner. this atlanta medical center is a vital part of our hospital ecosystems and be able to take care of residents of the city of atlanta every day. i'm looking for an explanation of the person now. what are you going to do with this multi building campus and of course how are you going to make sure that all of these people get routed to places where they can go. i've talked to hospitals across atlanta -- and other hospitals that are saying that this is going to really cause a lot of challenges for their ability to give care to folks.
all the people that would've been going to amc and it's already at compasses he. that's going to talk to -- and if they don't they can't see themselves staying in operations and handling the keys to us. just shutting it with a transition plan is totally out of the ordinary. i can't take it. >> we'll be watching the story. across the country folks have been talking about the reversal of roe v. wade, talking about the economy, or talking about crime. this is an issue that is happening to atlanta. i think that in atlanta, you have all done something very interesting. the issue of young people committing crimes is something that i know the police department has been watching and paying attention to. one of the things that you did is institute a summer jobs program in may of 2022, that bind my marriage --
you have nearly employed 3000 young people this summer. can you talk a little bit about the approach to the wraparound services that you have taken to this issue? >> absolutely. there is a balanced approach to public safety, and you still keep the end goal in mind. that's to establish a great quality of life for every residents. for me, youth development, somebody that grew up in the city's. we can't tell young men and women to stay out of trouble, stay off the corners. when you don't give them options of things to do. we set a big goal to hire 3000 youth this summer and we have hit and exceeded that goal. they were making an average of about $15 an hour in places like city hall, law firms even at the georgia aquarium for learning marine biology and feeding sharks and wales. this is how you set a pace for the future.
let them know that we are going to invest in them. i'm so thankful for the corporations around atlanta for stepping up to hire these youth, and guess what we saw? we saw youth related crime go down 20% in just this first year. imagine what is going to happen when we go further. we ensure -- and entrepreneurship programs to keep kids active teams active, young adults. so that they see a future and will not be attracted to some other things that we are not wanting them to be a part of. >> georgia is on everybody's mind. mister mayor, this midterm cycle. but you are on the frontlines as the mayor of atlanta. how do you navigate leaving the capital city of a state that is at the center of partisan discussions. >> as you heard before time and time again, implanted implements everything. even the national stage, with president biden and the vice president kamala harris getting their big winds via atlanta,
georgia. 11,000 votes made the difference in the state of georgia. of course warnock also benefited from this great state. the city of atlanta, and our metropolitan region really has a major impact on this upcoming election. but we are trying to do is turn out the vote high make sure that people have the education about what is going on, what are the topics issues. and i still have to govern. i still have to run this city. i still need to work well with state and federal officials. and i need to be able to work friendly between democrats and republicans. at the same time we're looking at the future to make sure that we get folks out to vote, so that november looks the way we want to look. >> before i let you go, mister mayor, i have a former delicate to the national committee. and -- new york city, houston, to be the host of the democratic national convention in 2024. do you have any news for us? do you know? are you getting? it was up? >> i want the dnc to come to
atlanta in 2024 like nobody's business. this is so important to atlanta. when chairman jaime harrison came out with the team of people to see atlanta, to see the site selection we rolled out the atlanta blue carpet for them so that they can really see how our facilities and our city can really show up being in a major way to get this convention. we had it in 1988 and you see what we did in 2020 2021. this is what atlanta deserves, and i'm here to get words from people who are saying that they were really impressed with atlanta, the layout of the convention, hotels, hospitality. the airport and the energy and culture of atlanta. we are in for some good news if the dnc and jaime harrison and president biden can continue to come down to atlanta and let us do our thing in 2024 for the country. >> atlanta mayor andrej dickens
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november elections. the democrats have a platform and plan that people need to know more about if they want to get elected. let's get into that with our political panel, bill jesse and reyna are back. we know you are at an event for senator raphael warnock on friday. democratic candidates like the senator and stacey abrams are notably campaigning in rural republican friendly counties. they're trying to get all of these votes. they have candidates like mandela barnes in wisconsin, and stacey abrams, and raphael warnock and georgia are going to need obama level numbers
with black voters to win. i'm interested to see what you are seeing on the ground and if stacey abrams and raphael warnock are making headway. >> simone it can send -- to say that battleground states can turn on the margins. that is so true in a state like georgia, that is not only a battleground closely divided, but so demographically and geographically diverse. that means there's so many different leaders for the candidates to pull on, and one of those is the democrats in the rural area. i know the mayor mentioned in atlanta, and fulton county. over former president trump, but the reality is that it took votes from everywhere in georgia. if you look at abrams battle [inaudible] four years ago when it was an open seat, she did everything she wanted to do in my child lancer.
the last compared to democrats in previous midterms, 2014 and 2010, and it was in those rural small town georgian counties. but in a state where there are 159 counties, it adds up to a lot of votes. if she had hit percentages in the 60 least populated counties in georgia jason carter did in 2014, she would be governor today. raphael warnock did a little better in some of those places particularly with black voters in south georgia. it can be misunderstood i think, from outside of the south. especially with black voters, black democratic voters, they do not just live in the cities. there are rural areas, and for democrats to win here they have to turn those voters out. really quickly we wanted to mention that you are focusing on democrats but republicans recognize this as well. republicans are making a big push. they're invested in a lot of store fronts all over this state, and in other battlegrounds including --
>> and they're getting some money to -- particularly, herschel locke, or one could also offer. they need that help. >> it's going to be a big fight over those voters. >> we're going to be watching georgia. i want to play for you some comments on the chair of the democratic conventional campaign committee, sean patrick mahomes. take a listen to this. >> this is not republicans versus democrats. this is mainstream republicans and democrats versus maga extremists. this election is about mainstream versus maga. >> it seems to me that the democrats are trying to take away this talking point from republicans, that the president is being critical of the entire republican party. sean patrick maloney making this case on fox news to conservative odors. do you think that if they are going to be successful, or well the tactic from my conservative
friends to be painting it with a broad based brush? >> that will be the tactic, but i don't know if it will be successful. honestly there are millions of republicans and conservatives out there who are looking to be heard looking to be seen. they have been drowned out for years now. this is a moment where the president of the united states regardless of party, is having a frank discussion to say that we are not just talking about policy differences, and talking about midterm elections were talking about the country. as lofty as that might sound, these moments happen and throughout history we don't realize they're happening until it's almost too late. i feel like the president is taking this opportunity to say that if you are conservative, i want to have policy discussions with you. a four-year-old publican, i want to have policy debates with you. if you are a mega republican somebody who has built an ideology around one man, one
political figure, then you are harming the democracy. to have that frank conversation is brave. >> someone else said that it is taking -- is malcolm kenyatta, some folks remember him for the primary of the democratic senate seat in pennsylvania. but now he's the chair of a new national pact that is vowing to campaign against anti lgbtq candidates. take a look at his explanation earlier on msnbc. >> part of what we said is, how can we be in a position to be full-time focused on going after bigots on beating beatable bigots, all across the country. and actually taking the fight to these people that want to roll back the clock, and put us in a position where we have fewer rights in the next 50 years, than we had in the previous 50. >> the state representative is
speaking to the idea of freedoms here. reena i cannot remember another cycle where i have heard so many democrats making the case using the freedom language. it seems to be working so far in the primaries. >> as a former republican speech writer, i must say, that's a word that i used a lot. liberty. a lot of what i heard from joe biden the other night was a lot out of paul ryan's playbook. and even less said than that five years ago. let me put it this way, i know all of this talk is -- that's the only thing on the ballot for me. let's be real, there is a large swath of independent and moderate people out there who are concerned about prices on the shelf. i do not mean to pivot here, but as long as the economy feels like it is not so great what is all this other top four? again, i am not a person that feels that way, that i talked to voters who are upset about prices on the shelves, still feeling high. and not being explained to --
or talk to, excuse me. in very clear, explicit language about how democrats are going to make the economy much better. until that happens, all of these conversations are wonderful, but will they move the needle in the places where we needed to be moved? i'm not so sure. again, i'm worried about democracy, but we want independents to believed democrats. >> they're telling, they don't do, it we're out of time. as a former democratic strategist, if i was advising these campaigns, i'd say it's a bold hand strategy. you have to talk about what is happening on inflation, economy, the gains that we have made, and how republicans didn't help. you also have to ring the alarm. as michael beschloss said at the top of this show, we are in very their interest territory. reena, bill, jessie, thank you very much. still ahead, we have more. what you have to know about the covid booster shot. i've got questions, and doctor
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there is a new vaccine campaign expected to kick off? this one involves the newly updated pfizer moderna booster shots. they target the ba.5 omicron subvariants. i know, covid might moving off of your radar, but here's why it should not be. roughly 90% of infections are from that variant. about 500 americans are still dying from covid each day. this is even as experts do not expect a false surge. take a look at what doctor fauci has said about the vaccines. >> we feel it is important to
get this updated, matched booster. or matched new vaccine to individuals, and particularly those that were mentioned in the authorization by the fda, and the recommendation by the cdc. if you have in fact got the boost to buffalo, then you're eligible to get it now. if you are vaccinated about three months ago, then you are eligible in getting this vaccine now. >> it is also important to note that this vaccine campaign is a bit different than past ones. since we don't have human trial data. that means that we are going to be learning about the effectiveness of the vaccines as we go, because again, there is not this trial where we give some people placebo, some people regular vaccine, and see what works out. we do know this. the fda and cdc's expectations based on human trials for the vaccination that were developed way back then, and they target the original omicron stains. we do have some data.
cdc medical doctor blackstock, the ceo of advancing health equity. i'm very happy you're here, because i have some questions. i want to illuminate some things to the people. let's start with the basics about this rollout. i know somebody, that i was speaking with today, i got an email with the providers saying they are eligible for the updated vaccine, but will not be prioritizing it due to the likelihood of limited supplies. if i wanted to go get the booster, can i just walk to the cvs across the street from my house, or are there across the board guidelines about who should be first in line? thank you so much for having me. the guidelines that we have so far, like doctor fauci said, if you are fully vaccinated two months ago or last boosted two months ago, or you have recently recovered fully from a covid infection, you are eligible for the new updated
covid omicron boosters. this week, there will be enough supply for any american to go out and get that booster. which i am encouraging people to do. what we've seen with the current booster, while they are effective against the most severe outcomes of covid, hospitalization, severe disease, death, with each new variant, we are seeing the vaccines are less effective. that is why this updated covid omicron booster was much needed. >> why should people feel confident about getting these updated shots, despite them not having been through human trials. >> great questions. >> people should understand that the clinical trials that were done with the original amman rv vaccines, pfizer and moderna, and rolled tens of thousand people. almost 40,000 people. we know from those trials, these vaccines are both safe and effective. the question actually with
these current boosters, how effective will they be? we know they are going to be effective. how effective are they going to be in humans against omicron? that is what remains to be seen. that is why both pfizer and moderna and the cdc will continue to collect data on people who are vaccinated with these updated boosters and to keep track of the outcomes and to make sure that we're seeing how these boosters are performing. >> got it, okay, dr. blackstock, everyone should go out get the booster? yes? >> yes, absolutely, i'm going to go this week to get boosted myself. i can't wait to get it done. i'm going to be very relieved. all right, i'm going to go this week too. dr. cha blackstock, thank you so much. >> after the break, i have a special conversation with two trail blazers who are making waves in real life. and american history. tennessee's university, you'll not want to miss the conversation. come on back.
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its kind for any historically black college or university in the nation. they are led by fiscal never see athletics director and veteran gymnastics coach karine tarber. who has made history as the first black gymnast to win an ncaa all around championship. coast harbors here. and then joins me along with discovery gymnast morgan price. welcome to you both. i'm so happy to speak to you all. first to you, coach. this has got to be a full circle moment for you to be the first black gymnast to win an ncaa championship. i'm over three decades later becoming the coach of the first gymnastics team at hbcu. what does this feel like. >> is amazing. . i never really thought when i was a gymnast back when i was 18 or 19 years old and going to a national championship that it would come full circle like you said back to the point that i be coaching a team. i am excited and humbled by the
young women taking the chance to come to a small school like this university. it never had a gymnastics program. i'm excited that they would take that chance on us. >> morgan, you and your teammates, you all are a part of history. they're gonna -- and only one first hbcu gymnastics team. this is forever. do you all think of yourselves as trailblazers? is this something that you talk about? >> yes we, do, we talk about it a lot of the time. we definitely hot all a lot of eyes on us since we are the first inaugural h bc gymnastics team. i think it's so exciting and so honoring to be a part of the first. it has never happened before. we have this super grateful and honored to be able to have a spot on the team and to -- >> i love this. and i love that you said, of
course you all discuss it. that's right, you are all blazing trails, and we need to be aware of the fact that people are watching and learning and supporting you all. here is the thing. why do each of you think that we are just now seeing this first? i mean, coach garber, do you think either hbcus are going to establish gymnastics programs as well? >> we are hoping so. we are hoping to be the blueprint for other teams to realize that they can add it. i've been asked this question a lot, honestly, i don't have a real answer. i can tell you what i think. you never know exactly what the reasoning behind it is. gymnastics is an expensive sport or to start. the start-up cost for equipment and a space can be pretty high. we have shown that you can do it with a much lower budget. we rent space for our gymnastics practices. right now, we don't have our own facility. we are fundraising to get her
own facility. it allows for you to start a program without too much expense. other than that, i guess to some extent, when you see women of color, and his new are. in the sense that, we are taking and working a little bit. if you look at the last u.s. championships, the three spots where one of color. if you look at the ncaa champagne ships, every single event was won by a woman of color. it is much more prominent. we've always been around. but not in the numbers that we are now. i think now that we're in the spotlight, the be more added. >> morgan, given all that, how is the team prepping for your first competition? what are the practices like? give us some insight. >> we have, we practice almost every day. we also contingent together. we do cardio together. training is really amazing.
it is just ten times better. when i was in gymnastics before college, i was mostly one of the only african american girls on the team. to be able to train right beside a whole team of african american girls and the girls of color is just so amazing. it is super exciting. we are super excited to be able to compete in january. >> we are very excited for you all. before we go, how can my viewers help support the team, what can we do? >> we are getting ready to launch our fundraising and efforts. as i stated, we are in the process of fundraising to build our own facility. that is one of the big things. we are also going to be launching an online store so people who are interested and can purchase it. i don't have the exact date on it. it'll be out soon. keep a look out. things like this where we get emails and things on social
media, likes, people saying how much they support the program, that really helps the girls get excited about what is to happen in this coming season. >> all right, morgan, i am very proud of you and all the girls. i'll be watching. keep posting on the tiktok. i was so proud to see. coach tarber, thank you for continuing to blaze trails. i appreciate you both for being here today. >> thank you. >> that's a great way to end the show, guys. thank you for watching simone on this sunday. i am simone sanders townsend. you can catch me right here on msnbc weekends at 4 pm eastern, anytime over on the peacock where i have new episodes on the embassy hub every monday and tuesday. politics nation with a great reverend al sharpton's next. it's the all-new subway series menu! 12 irresistible new subs... like #6 the boss. pepperoni kicks it off with meatballs smothered in rich marinara. don't forget the fresh mozzarella.
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