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protect our way of life. steve bullock a year ago tonight stood up said he wants to see the president of the united states impeached and removed from office. how do you expect him to go back and work with president trump? an issue of life. i'm pro-life. steve bullock has the most radical positions on abortion of any governor, of any elected official, in our country. he will not even pass a law to stop an apportion minutes before a baby might be born. so i am grateful for serving you in the united states senator for the last six years. it's been it's honor of my life and i humbly ask you for your vote. >> thank you, senator daines. thank you to both candidates and campaign staffs for making tonight's debate happen. an important service to montana voters. >> from everyone here at montana pbs, good night. the house rooms committee holds a hearing this afternoon on possible rule changes for the 117th congress. live coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. you'r.
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created by america's public cable companies as a public service and brought to you today by your television provider. white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany this morning held a meeting with reporters at the white house. this is about 25 minutes. good morning, everyone. three years ago today 58 people lost their lives and hundreds more were wounded in the horrific las vegas music festival. three eye years ago today. on behalf of the president, they are in our prayers today.
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fulfilling a section 2 obligation and following well-staeshed precedent, president trump nominated an imminently qualified candidate for the supreme court. judge amy coney barrett. judge barrett is extremely well-qualified, graduated summa cum laude from notre dame law school and received the hoins prize receiving beth effort in scholarship and a scholar. carter sneed says there is just consensus. amy barrett is the best student, the smartest and most talented person to ever come through the university of notre dame law school. in addition to being a gifted student, judge barrett clerked for d.c. circuit judge laurence silberman and the lion of the court justice antonin scalia. in 2017 judge barrett was confirmed in a bipartisan vote to serve on the 7th circuit court of appeals in support of her 2017 nomination colleagues described judge barrett as "a model of the fair impartial and
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sympathetic judge." judge barrett is moan a qualified jurist bust a woman o great character. a devoted working more of seven children, two adopted from haiti and one child born with special needs. she is full of compassion and empathy and understands the needs of our nation's most vulnerable. judge barrett would become the first-ever mother of school-aged children to serve on the supreme court of the united states. if confirmed, judge barrett would be the only republican appointed woman on the court and the fifth woman in the court's history. her qualifications are many. her character unquestionable. her devotion to the constitution and interpreting the law as written is steadfast. judge amy coney barrett is the right choice to serve on the supreme court and with that i will take questions bp. >> kayleigh, if i could start off, i'd like to ask you for a definitive and declarative
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statement without ambiguity or deflection as the person who speaks for the president, does the president denounce white supremacism and groups that espouse it in all their forms? >> this has been answered yesterday by the president himself the day before by the president himself on the debate stage, the president was asked this, he said, sure, three times. yesterday he was point-blank asked, do you denounce white supremacy and he said i've always denounced any form of that. i can go back and read for you an august 20109, in one voice our nation much condemn racism, bigotry and racism evil, those who cause vile issens in its name are criminals and thugs including the comfokkk and othee groups -- i can go through more. >> just to clear it up this morning, can you naming it, make a declarative statement that the
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president denounces it? >> i just did. the president denounced it. >> you read a bunch of quotes from the past. >> you're contriving a story line -- >> just asking you to put this to rest. >> just did. read you all the quotes. >> you read me past quotes. >> i will put if in an email. >> kayleigh, can you right now denounce white supremacy and the group that espouses it? >> i just did. >> you read a bunch of quotes from the past. >> hate groups in all forms. signed a resolution to that effect. the president just last week perhaps you all weren't covering it, just last week expressed his desire to see the kkk prosecuted as domestic terrorists. this president advocated for the death penalty for white supremacists, first federal execution in 17 years. his record is unmistakable and shameful the media refuses to cover it. >> yes? >> the department of homeland security say racially motivated is one mpt deadliest threats we
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face in the u.s. does this white house agree with that assessment? what is it doing about this threat? >> the president has done quite a bit to combat this threat. last weeking in addition to saying he wants to prosecutes the kkk as domestic terrorist, that lynching should be a national hate crime. no stronger signal you can send than advocating for the execution of a white supremacist first time there's been a federal execution in 17 years, he's been unmistakable. >> saying it differ than ch actuality. >> his record is mixed. condemned it, quickically and times didn't want to acknowledge or address it. record is very mixed on this issue. >> his statements are not mixed. >> right here. i have it right here. >> and jesse jackson is -- praised the press, mar-a-lago, first palm beach club open to african-americans and jews.
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>> his record is mixed. he has not weren't consistent, what has the white house done to combat that -- saying that. >> and -- >> not have be a debate on -- >> right now we -- >> you're saying he condemns it. i have his record, it's mixed. >> quite funny the media goes haywire interrupting in debates and pursues that same tactic themselves. this is a white house briefing. you ask a question and give me time to answer. yes? >> kayleigh, the president said at the debate roe versus wade was not on the ballot and judge amy coney barrett's view not known. end barbaric legacy of roe versus wade and the president promised to support. was he downplaying her views tuesday night and what do you say to the american public whether roe is on the ballot? >> never would ask a judge to
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prejudge a case. judge amy coney barrett has on multiple occasions saying it is never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions whether derived from faith or anywhere else on the law. she said that she continues to stand vehemently believe the core proposition if there is ever a conflict between a judge's personal conviction and that judge's duty under the rule of law it is never, ever okay to follow her -- rather than what the law expects. >> roe -- >> the president would never ask to prejudge a case. we fully expect the ginsburg rule be followed throughout the course of these proceedings. i then senator jill biden set the ginsburg rule saying no questions how ginsburg will decide any specific cases that may come before her. justice ruth bader ginsburg indeed applied that rule throughout the course of her hearing on the first amendment.
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-- >> will the president be participating in the next debate before the commission changes the rules? >> first, with regard to the commission rule changes the president made clear his view on that yesterday that he thinks the only way there's a fair debate changing moderator and change in democrat nominee. he wants to debate. plans on being at the debate but wants the rules to be fair and wants a fair exchange and doesn't want rules that cover for certain candidates inability to perform well. >> can you explain why it's appropriate for the president to hold rallies this weekend in two areas that this white house declared to be red zones in wisconsin jrchs the president believes people have a first amendment right to political speech. he's having a rally, people can choose or not to come. >> and begged the white house, the governor, don't keep having events like this? your own coronavirus task force says be careful, double down on social distancing. why is that right for the
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president to go there? >> we employ measures to present rallygoers. >> and -- these people are -- ow thousands of people standing close to each other. >> -- nominee's rally yesterday, no social distancing there. i assume you express the same line of questioning to the democrats. i would say there seems to be two standards of health in this country. one for trump supporters, one for everyone else. 1,300 health experts signed a letter literally saying we do not condemn these gatherings, speaking of protests, as risky for covid-19 and support them as vital to the national public health. vital if your protesting but somehow political speech is no longer vital when it comes to a trump supporter. kaitlan? >> the proud boys considered to be members of this group, give voice to misogynistic, anti-semitic and anti-immigrant views. a despicable group by pretty
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much anyone's standards. the president asked and you say he dedmounsed them, insisting he did on the debate stage, if that's the case, why are they celebrating what the president said on the debate stage in front of millions of people? >> i don't speak for that group. i'm not sure why you're asking me why they're saying a certain thing. >> denounce it, wouldn't put it on a t-shirt and make badges, right? >> the president did denounce. tell them to stand down, he said, sure. >> stand -- >> he said stand back and yesterday asked said specifically, stand down. a synonym with stand down. when asked by the moderator -- interesting, too, to see the media is the only one putting names of these groups into hea headlines and media reporting. first time i heard in the debate yet the media continues to put these names a lot of public attention. >> given 12 hours, more than
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that, since the debate when asked to clarify yesterday and didn't come out and clarify it yesterday. instead did what you did when john asked you to unambiguously denounce these groups. you knew you would get these questions and don't want to state, we do unambiguously denounce these groups? >> do you know why people lost trust in the media? a reporter from your not werk in a tweet say -- >> i'm asking you a question. nothing to do with what i'm asking you. >> logged your partisan attacked question. you will allow knme to give an answer. from your network yesterday the president, a question -- the president specifically verbatim asked yesterday, white supremacy, do you denounce them? to which he responded, i have always denounced any form of that. those are the facts. cnn i know the truth is of no
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moment to your notework, those are the fax. >> republicans are calling on the president to be more forceful. your own party. >> i have a question about unemployment but clean up something. judge barrett was a rhodes scholar. not sure that that's true. >> what i have written here. >> attended rhodes college. >> my bad. >> all right. clear that up. anyway, within the last week, around 50,000 workers, disney, united, american airlines lost their jobs. negotiations up on capitol hill but seems to be a division between secretary mnuchin who expressed a willingness and ability to work with speaker pelosi and meadows, widely reported to be against sort of moving forward with this deal. up on the hill speaking with senator mcconnell yesterday, not involve ared in the actual talks. at this point, isn't it time for
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the president instead of considering the calendar before the election to step in himself and have these conversations? see him up at the debate the other night. if not now, when? for the president to get involved? >> yeah. so first i would say nancy pelosi is not being serious. if she becomes serious then we can have a discussion here. >> and off by trillions. >> low are your offer $2.2 trillion and ask for direct payments to illegal immigrants and for certain deportation forgivenesses in your offer, it's not a serious offer. we are talking about here relief for the american people, for american citizens not direct payments to illegal immigrants. we raised our offer to $1.6 trillion. among that $250 billion for state and local, estimated loss because of covid. and also $150 billion for schools. $50 billion above what nancy pelosi asked for. a good proposal but one she is not interested in.
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one more gentlemquestion? >> follow-up. >> go ahead. >> if immigration is a stumbling block and this deal's not getting done because meadows in the past said you were looking at unilateral executive actions on the airline specifically seeing massive layoffs in that sector now. also said there might be other things available for -- the millions of other americans facing joblessness now. are any of those things going to happen? >> a great question and sad to see what's happening in the airline industry. i met a few air line workers who would lose a job. 19,000 people facing layoffs is because of nancy pelosi. white house, talk about unilateral action. we are willing to look at a plan, a legislation, clean legislation to protect those airline workers. nancy pelosi rather than playing election partisan politics, to come to the negotiating table,
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let's consolidate around things we agree on and something we can agree on is 19,000 workers should not lose their jobs in the airline. incumbent on nancy pelosi to negotiate on making that a reality. >> thank you, kayleigh. you know, the president criticized the mailed-in-voting process quite a bit over the last few weeks. the other day he said, they found a lot of ballots in a river. who is "they"? >> so what the president was referring to are something we've seen just in the last seven days, where in wisconsin there were trails in a ditch. i believe the specific he referred to. that included absentee ballots. >> where specifically? in this particular statement, though, who is "they" that found those ballots and where is this river anywhere in this country? >> the local authorities. a ditch in wisconsin they were found. i can get the articles here if you'd like. beyond that -- >> if he misstoke.
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that's fine. he meant a -- a ditch rather than a river? >> really you're missing the forest for the trees. >> i cover the news and i like to report accurately in the news, and when the president says they found a lot of ballots in a river, i simply want to know where the river is. >> no. you simply want to ignore the fact of the matter. again -- >> i got asked so many questions about this from my -- where is this river? >> i'll, allow me to respond. >> why i'm asking you. >> this is what is happening here. you are ignoring the problem. which is last week in pennsylvania you had ballots found in a ditch. that is a fact. in wisconsin, seven military ballots all marked for trump found cast aside. there are problems with mass mail-in voting. i actually don't understand the lack of journalistic curiosity in reporten ring on this. >> where's the river? >> washington post reported president trump highlighted problems with mail-in voting. the result unexpected stress
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test of mail balloting systems when tried. many of which designed to handle only a small portion of the vote and not ready to scale up in response to the pandemic. the media once said mail-in voting is not ready to scale up middle of a pandemic. no-no journalistic cuesty when 100,000 ballots were sent out in -- >> you say the president, found them in a ditch. i simply want to know where the river is. very curious. where's the river. that's curiosity. >> and the president misspoke at the debate on border supremacy. did he misspeak and has he spoken -- >> when the president denounced white supremacy said, sure. no. he did not misspeak. >> spoken to senator scott? >> yes. >> and the $1.6 trillion the administration, is that the highest top line the
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administration will go? and speaker pelosi just said she had a counter offer when the administration and white house was preparing one right now? >> the $1.6 trillion number out in. i'll let you know if that goes up. >> what about refusing to meet with secretary of state pompeo. >> i haven't spoken to the president. i'll get back to you on that. >> and the statement of vladimir putin and emanuel macron about the conflict. how worried is this white house that this conflict will escalate beyond a regional dispute? >> sorry. back up one second. the top of your question? about what we just signed? >> yeah. there is a statement, i understand, put out by vladimir putin and emmanuel macron and also donald trump that calls for peaceful negotiations -- of aber
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ba je azerbaijan. >> those three represent the countries of the osc minsk group, released recent escalation of violence in the strongest terms along the line of conflict in the zone and call for meet saysation of hostilities between the relevant military forces and called for the leaders in good faith without preconditions und every the auspices of the osce minsk group co-chairs. >> quick follow-up. is there concern about sort of regional powers, major regional power s drawn into this? somebody the white house is trying to combat? >> that's all i have to say on that matter at this time. >> and ask a question. one about release of former trump administration officials -- supporting joe biden, that support is growing.
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said about dissidents and what are they talking about? >> no concerned. people who come out don't have personal interactions with the president and they're peddling things that are falsehoods to advance their careers. >> a question about the vote. what is president trump's strategy with the latino voters beyond the cuban -- as a -- what is the importance of the latino vote for him? >> yeah. the president believes he has a lot of accomplishments for the latino community. in particular historic low unemployment. a thriving economy. historic high home ownership for latino men and women in this country. those are things president trump made possible and will bring back in this economic recovery that we're seeing this v-shaped recovery. also i'm glad you asked that point specifically, because there was new data out that said as we're recovering in the super v-shaped recovery we've regained
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nearly, for the hispanic community nearly six in ten jobs lost among hispanic-americans, regained. it took obama-biden an entire year to recover that many jobs. it is indeed a v-shaped recovery for the hispanic men and women in the country. >> could this hurt the -- >> no. the president believes the latino population very much wants a lawful immigration system, and also we believe his law and order message is resonating and very important as voters wants to be secure in their homes and secure on their streets. yes? >> thank you, kayleigh. the president recently unveiled his platinum plan geared towards the african-american community. access to capital and a lot of are money. talking about that, no one seems to talk about that. how will that be add ministered and how the white house will track its success? >> a very important plan for the
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black community and bears mentioning in the pandemic as we've regained jobs roughly four in ten jobs lost among black americans have been gained and it took obama-biden two years to do that. indeed outpacing job growth for the black community and the latino community. and the president has promised this community that he is looking to create 3 million jobs in the next term and wants to create 500,000 new black-other thanned businesses and increase capital to black communities almost $500 billion. estimated about 1 million people will be lifted out of poverty and given opportunity because of this. on another number of items in the plan, where he wants to prosecute the kkk as domestic terrorists and make lynching a federal crime. again all of that lost upon the media as they misreport take out of could be text ignore the verbatim words of this president when he denounced white supremacy yesterday, denounced it at the debate and denounced
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it more than any other president in modern history. in fact, something else lost upon the media is the absolute turning of a blind eye to antifa. carrying the water for democrats, media, apparently agrees with jerry nadler antifa violence is a myth. august senate hearings democrats refused to condemn antifa. again, no journalistic curiosity despite a victim of antifa, should add the media, mastered the art making violence appear inokay cuous. it's not. antifa is not an idea. andy can tell you that beaten by a group of protesters. antifa protesters suffering brain bleed. another man can tell you this, who in 2019, victim's name adam kelly suffered from a concussion and got 25 staples in his head. still silence from democrats ignoring this group from democrats. in fact as we saw recently,
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there was a trump supporter killed by a 100% antifa man. how he described himself. again, no reporting here but i guess i did the job of the media by getting this information myself. this man who was 100% antifa, this man, in fact, had been arrested before at 2:00 a.m. on july 5th in a public protest carrying an illegal weapon. resisted arrest, take ton jail merely given a citation put back on the streets, the very mex next month, lying in wait before killing an innocent trump supporters. ideas do not kill innocent americans. organizations do and democrats should condemn the shameful group in the same way president trump condemns white supremacy. >> he's not. >> he needed an example.