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officer. >> good for her to remember him. >> we'll end the week on that. songs foch f thanks for joining us today. i'm going to talk to the director of "south side with you", and you can watch that online. now it's erica hill. >> tune in. >> where is my phone? >> thanks, guys. have a good day. "newsroom" starts now. >> where is my phone? >> i stole it. good morning, i'm erica hill. in for carol costello this morning. thanks for being with us. it may be their most bitter fight yet. donald trump, hillary clinton deliver dueling speeches. each charging that the other is stoking the fires of racial tension. earlier this morning, clinton responding directly to trump attacking her as a bigot. take a llisten. >> what i want to make clear is this. a man with a long history of racial discrimination who
traffics in dark conspiracy theories, drawn from the pages of super market tabloids, and these kind of white supremacist groups, if he doesn't respect all americans, how cane serve all americans. >> trump, meantime standing by, telling anderson cooper that clinton's policies make her a bigot. >> she is totally bigoted. >> it does imply she has hatred toward, in this case i guess you're talking about african-americans. >> she is extremely bad for african-americans. she has been extremely bad for hispani hispanics. look at what happened with her policies and the policies of president obama and others. look at the poverty, the rise in poverty. look at the rise in violence. >> but hatred is the core of
that? >> maybe she is lazy. >> jason carroll is following the story from new hampshire. jason, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a lot of name-calling going back and forth. what is clear, trump is clear where he stands on the issue of race. his critics say what is not clear is where he stands on the issue of illegal immigration, although he tried to make sense of it all when he spoke to cnn's anderson cooper last night. >> there is no path to legalization. >> you're talking about -- >> unless people leave the country, well, when they come back in, then they start paying taxes. >> reporter: trump struggling to clarify his immigration stance, now telling anderson cooper he is ruling out a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the united states. >> there is no path to legalization, unless they leave the country and come back. >> reporter: this, after
indicating earlier this week, that he was open to the idea. >> they'll pay back taxes. they have to pay taxes. there is no amnesty as such. there is no amnesty. >> right. >> but we work with them. >> reporter: trump sending mixed messages. >> we're not looking to hurt people. i don't think it is a softening -- i've had people say it is a hardening actually. >> 11 million people haven't committed a crime, a path to legalization. >> you know it is a process. you can't take 11 at one time and say you're gone, boom. >> reporter: some insisting he cannot flip-flop on his main issue. sarah palin saying there would be massive disappointment if trump went down a wishy-washy positions. his reversal also provoking criticism from former rivals. >> all the things donald trump railed against, he seems to be be morphing into. kind of disturbing.
>> reporter: this as hillary clinton launches a blistering take down. >> from the start, donald trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. he is taking hate groups mainstream. and helping a radical fringe take over the republican party. >> reporter: clinton, accuse the trump campaign of merging with the alt-right, a movement linked to white nationalists. >> a man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories, drawn from the pages of super market tabloids and the far dark reaches of the internet should never run our government or command our military. >> reporter: trump defending his campaign, accusing democrats of what he calls their oldest play in their playbook.
>> when democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. you're racist. >> reporter: trump, also disavowing support from hate groups. >> do you want white sup supremicists to vote for you? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: as for his stance on immigration, the campaign says he has been consistent in one area. they say he is always said no amnesty, no path to citizenship. we're going to get more specifics about his policies on immigration when he delivers that policy speech next week in phoenix. erica. >> jason carroll this morning in manchester, thanks. to talk more about the stance on immigration, and its impact on the campaign, i'm
joined by trump supporter, scottie nell hughes and cnn and clinton supporter, former philadelphia mayor, michael nutter. immigration has been central to donald trump's campaign. he has talked about it consistently and was consistent in his message for a long time. take a listen. >> we have a law, right. you're supposed to come in legally. i would get people out, and i would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country, so they can be legal. they are illegal immigrants. they got to go out. >> how do you do it in a practical way? >> at some point, we are a going to try to get them back, the good ones. >> you're going to do it humanly. >> are you going to be sending in officers? >> we are a going to be sending people in a very nice way, we're going to give notice. saying you have to go. we have at least 11 million people in this country that came
in illegally. they will go out. they will come back some will come back. they have to come back legally. >> that message, though, of course, shifted a bit as we saw when he spoke with shawn hannity. let's listen to that. >> there certainly can be a softening, because we're not looking to hurt people. we want people. we have some great people in this country. we have some great, great people in this country. so, but we're going to follow the laws of this country. people don't realize, we have very, very strong laws. >> so donald trump there in his own words, saying it is a softening, but then last night, telling anderson cooper, well, actually iejs 'm hardening my stance. what is donald trump's immigration policy this friday morning, august 26th? do we know? >> oh, we do. it has been consistent all along. just because you use the word softening, it doesn't mean it is
changing. it is considering working. i think this shows the conversations that are happening between republican house and senate leadership about what actually can be done. we're dealing with a congress that has not been able to get much done. it has been a stalemate standoff between the white house and this congress. i think president trump would seau ka say okay, it will build a wall, a wall that hillary clinton voted for when she was a senator, and that both of them voted there needed to be a bill, when they were in congress. there is going to be a wall and we are going to humanely incentivize people to leave this country but give them a chance to come back into the country because we do value those that want to be american citizens what they bring to our country. he hasn't changed since last year. >> no shift? because i think listening to that sound bite, we hear a distinct shift what he was saying up until this point on wednesday night. he used the word get them out,
rounding them out and getting them out of the country. and now he is shifting. he is softening, even though he went back on his own word of softening, saying maybe we'll do it in a different way. so you're saying that change, scottie, that he sat down with leadership, and they have explained to him that you can't just roundup 11 million people at once? >> from what i can tell, that's where this is coming from. we have a deportation force. we have ice. mr. trump realizes that the force is already there, and if we sit there and cut you're their incentives to stay here. right now, illegal immigrants are costing $213 billion to taxpayers right now. they're not paying back into that. mr. trump is saying we cannot afford that any more do that. $213 billion we need for urban development, we need in it in the schools and the military. let's find a way to encourage them to go home, but come back and come back as american citizens. we want them here. that's why the country has been successful, because we have had an idea of well coming those
that want to be americans. >> we saw hillary clinton jump on the comments that donald trump made about her being a bigot and run with those yesterday. i'm wondering, if there wasn't a missed opportunity here to talk more about immigration policy and to talk about the change in words as we heard from someone else said, what donald trump was saying, that it was different. did the clinton campaign miss an opportunity? >> no, she didn't. and secretary clinton has consistently been strong on the issue of immigration. she continues to talk about it. but actually, has some plans that make sense. but you know, in the course of a campaign, 74 or so days ago, somebody calls you a bigot, you do have to respond to it. it really is more donald trump actually talking about himself, when you actually look up the definition, merriam webster is a good store, his lack of tolerance for other people and
other people's views, especially around race and religion. and so it is his own words that continue to trip him up. it is difficult. scottie is really good, and i always appreciate her. but it is really difficult for trump supporters to ever truly explain what in the world donald trump is talking about, because it changes so much in a relatively short period of time. so it is really hard for folks to keep up with what he is talking about. the reality is, he doesn't know what he is talking about and he is making it up as he goes along. yes, i'm softening. no, i may be hardening. it is kind of hard to do in a 12-hour period of time. he has no idea what immigration is really all about. it is not like folks filing out of a movie theater and then we're going to let them back in for the next show. it is 11 million people, who have various complications in their lives, which really begs the points, what is the point in the first place. the folks are here. they haven't done anything. their children are here. they are american citizens, in
fact. what is the point of, you know, kind of sending them out, and then we're going to bring them back in and do our best or whatever. he has no idea what governance is all about. it is demonstrated on the national stage each and everyday. >> i want you both to stick around. we have more to discuss. we do need to take a quick break. still to come, hillary clinton's clear message for republicans and independents alike, you don't have to vote for trump. will her attempts, though, to tie her gop rival to the alt-right to her side or push them away. we'll tackle that and a few other things, on the other side of this break. it comes up to you, like hey, there you are... hey, there you are.. i'm going to put you to sleep now. it keeps us comfortable and asleep at night. can i take a nap now? change your sleep, change your life... change to tempur-pedic. now thru september 11th, upgrade and save on select tempur-pedic mattresses
always a hot button issue. the issue of race in america, really exploding now in the 2016 campaign. hillary clinton and donald trump escalate their attacks on one another. trump, doubling down on his claim that clinton is a bigot, while clinton says trump's campaign is written in prejudice and paranoia, and linked to the
alt-right. this morning, clinton spoke out again. >> i am reaching out to everyone, republicans, democrats, independents, everyone who is as troubled by i am by the bigotry and deadvi deviciseness, we're not just discussing our different views on tax policy or anything else of importance. we are facing a divisive candidate, whose loose cannon temperament and complete lack of preparation make him unqualified to be president. >> cnn's chris frates joins me now from washington. chris, good morning. >> good morning, erica. yesterday might have been the nastyest day of the campaign, and could be a preview to what could come.
both trump and clinton calling each other bigots, while clinton accusing trump on paranoia. >> these are race baiting ideas, anti-muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-women. all key tenants, making up the emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right. so the de facto merger between breitbart and the trump campaign represents a landmark achievement for this group. a fringe element that has effectively taken over the republican party. >> clinton, referring there to the conservative news site breitbart which was recently headed by steve bannon, who is now the trump campaign ceo. clinton was trying to attack trump, trying to change the subject. she continues to come under fire for her e-mails and for meeting with her families foundations
donors while she was secretary of state. trump has accused her of pay to play by meeting with those attorn donors, but no evidence to support that claim. erica, it is really a preview of just how ugly this election could get in the fall. >> i think that's exactly what we're seeing. chris frates, thank you. joining me to to discuss further, scottie nell hughes, and former philadelphia mayor, michael nutter. i do want to play some sound from the last 24 hours in the race for the white house. >> how is she bigoted? >> she is selling them down the tubes. she is not doing anything for those communities. >> from the start, donald trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. >> there is no denying the rhetoric on both sides in this race. and it is actually taken over. this is a year where there is so much to discuss in terms of issues, and yet both campaigns
seem to be focused on hurling insults at one each other. question to both of you, ladies first. how did we get to this point? >> no, i agree with you. that's very sad. we got to this point because we have a problem in this country and we haven't been able to heal the wound, both within the hispanic community, african-american community, and as americans as a whole. we're trying to find a solution. i don't think it is workingment unfortunately, as i listened to hillary clinton's speech yesterday, we've come to decide that i have the right to cause hatred upon you, to sit there and call you names because i feel that's just identify because of what has come across to me. hillary clinton, yesterday, did not only just talk about donald trump, she talked about an entire group of people. 14 million voters to be specific, that has grown since donald trump secured the nomination. she insulted every single one of us, calling us all names. while mr. trump's speeches are positive and he is trying to reach out to the african-american community. trying to reach out to hispanics
and bring them in, and include them and she is trying to demonize a large group of americans. >> if you look back at the republican convention, it was far from a positive experience. i sat there every single day. i was there in cleveland. it was not all roses and flowers, and not about love, as donald trump has taken to saying in the last 24 hours. it was about fear, and the terrible state of this country. i just want to go back to the question. it is more about, this is rhetoric coming from both sides. this is not just one candidate hurling insults at the other. michael, i put this again to you. where are the issues in the campaign? it has become you should vote for me because i'm not the other person, who is really, really, really, terrible. it is not because i've got the best plan on either side. >> well, it certainly started out that way for secretary clinton. she is, i mean, you can say a lot of things about her, but she is a policy wonk and has more ideas and plans than, you know, just about anybody else out
there. that's the kind of campaign she ran during the course of the primary. certainly into now the general election. on the other hand, what she was pointing out yesterday is from the start, donald trump was for banning muslims from the united states, inning sult -- insultin african-americans, these are the pillars, the fundamental tenants, the entire campaign and dispatch with 16 other candidate, many of whom have had long public service careers and have done some stuff. so again, in this business, if someone takes these kind of sledgehammer swipes at you, you're not going to stand by and just take a beating. >> do you make it your focus? >> donald trump, debate and discussion, hillary clinton will meet him any time, any place, any where that he wants to have serious discussion. she is not going to allow
herself to be punched and not respond. >> which we get, right. i think anybody who has insulted you automatically wants to respond. but do you make that -- >> it is beyond, insult. >> do you move on and take the high road? >> i don't mean to cut across you. i apologize. it is not just that there are insults. this is a national campaign that of course has international ramifications. so the ideas that in the statements, the few words at a time that come out of donald trump's mouth are also issues about the philosophy and the view and the vision of the current america and we're trying to go in the future. apart of being a candidate, local, state, federal, and certainly for president of the united states of america, you are really speaking to the world. the rest of the world is trying to figure out what is going on in the united states, and they are fearful of a donald trump presidency, and so you know, erica, as well as i do, when a candidate like hillary clinton speaks, she is not only talking to you all directly, she is
talking to other americans, but also sending messages around the world about who we are and who we are not, which is not the party of donald trump, and the hate and viciousness that comes out of the campaign. >> bad news is that we're out of time. the good news, we're not out of time when it comes to the election. so we have got 70-some odd more days to continue talking about this. michael nutter, sdcottie nell hughes, thank you. still to come, strong aftershocks in italy, after rescuers scramble to find survivors. we have more on the recovery efforts, next.
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rattling central italy, days after an earthquake. the death toll now at 267. it's unclear just how many people may still be trapped under concrete and brick. the rescue mission is in its third day, just barely still within the crucial 72 hour window. when the possibility of survival is at its highest. there have been a few dramatic rescues, after this girl was pulled from safety. we can tell you today, she is out of surgery and doing well. italian media reporting her 10-year-old sister found next to her did not survive. cnn frederick joins us again today. good afternoon, where you are. >> reporter: hi, erica. you're absolutely right. the rescue crews are very well aware of the fact that they're coming towards the end of the 72 hour period where they believe the chances of finding any survivors are at their highest. therefore, they're ramping up
their efforts. i want to show you around amatrice, this is the hardest hit town by the earthquake, you can see the destruction, but also see how big the rescue effort actually is. in front of there, you can see a team of rescue dogs, taking a break right now, but they've been there all morning. you can see down the street, just how many police trucks fire trucks, other agencies here as well, heavy equipment, bulldozers, they've mobilized to try to get this rescue effort working as fast as possible. now, they know it is a race against the clock, and i have to say, in the past couple of hours, they really haven't found any survivors that we've seen, and really, have only been able to pull dead bodies from the rubble. they aren't giving up. the past couple of days, they've gone throughout the entire night and they're going to stay here until they know there is nobody elsburied. it is a huge effort. it is quite well coordinated by the italian authorities, erica.
>> thank you. good morning, i'm erica hill, in this morning for carol costello. thanks for being with us. paula paige left a profanity left voicemail for a state maker. we're going to play it in a little. background. comments he has made in the past about drug dealers in his state, saying that 90 plus% are black and hispanic people. the local media reported the state representative called the governor a racist, that's something the lawmaker denies. according to the portland press, lepage left him this message. >> this is richard lepage. i would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist [ bleeping ] and i want to talk to you. you i want you to prove that i
am a racist. i've spent my life helping black people, and you little son of a be -- i want you to record this and make it public, because i am after you. thank you. >> cnn has reached out to both the state rep and lepage's office for comment. no response yet from either party. donald trump sending mixed messages on immigration and a key for jeb bush. >> i can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they'll be different tomorrow. so i can't comment on his views, because his views are, they seem to be ever changing, depending on what crowd he is in front of. sounds like a typical politician where you kent in front of one crowd and say something else to
another crowd. all the things donald trump railed against, he is morphing into. >> not the only one with recent observations, not lost on rush limbaugh. >> who knew. jeb bush today, who knew. i'm sorry, folks. she is a bigot! they tried everybody they could think of to try to convince the republican base to support some form of a.m. mnesty for illegal immigrants, and -- sorry. i'm sorry. who new. i know it frustrates to hear me. i'm sorry. who knew that it would be donald trump to come and convert the
gop base to supporting amnesty. >> with me now, republican strategist, justin safety, a campaign surrogate for jeb bush's campaign, and also, served as communications direc for jeb bush while he was governor. nice to have you with us this morning. a lot to talk about here this morning. we heard of course from jeb bush. donald trump spoke with our own anderson cooper last night, and basically was back to the position he had in the primaries after that interview. as someone who has spent time in campaigns, as someone who has been behind the scenes with candidates, both when they're in search of, you know, vying for office and in office, how do you reconcile these messages to voters, especially 70-some odd days from the election. >> i think that's one of the big concerns for the trump campaign. he was very clear, very emphatic during the primary campaign when he was trying to win the republican nomination about his position on immigration. one of the things that a lot of
republican voters gravitated toward was donald trump, they felt, was someone who said what he thought and wouldn't back down. would stand firm. now all of a sudden, we're seeing that he may be changing his position on immigration issue, one of the most emotional issues in the republican primary, and for our country. so i think the trump campaign apparently, trump is going to give a speech next week in phoenix on immigration, but that's the risk that he is running, is hurting his own brand that he developed during the campaign. now, as a republican, i support jeb bush, marco rubio position on immigration. so from that perspective, i think if he does change his policy, he is coming more to where most americans are and to the reasonable realistic position. but in terms of his brand of saying what he means and not backing down, he is got a huge risk there. >> can he come out and say, though, as we heard earlier from scottie nell hughes, this is a result of speaking with republican lawmakers, speaking with folks in washington who
have given him a better sense of how things can work at this point, what you actually can do, with existing laws. would donald trump be better served to say yeah, i did, i've talked to a lot of people, i'm evolving my position, because this is what i've learned, come out in the immigration speech and say this is all you'll hear from me? >> i think would welcome that for one as a republican, i would welcome that. it would be great to have the republican nominee take a reasonable and realistic position that was advocated by jeb bush and marco rubio and others during the presidential primary, and if he says, listen, i've changed my view or altered my view or modified my position, based on the people i've spoken to on the campaign trail, i think that's absolutely fine. but at the same time, there are a group of people, and we heard that clip from rush limbaugh and others in the republican party that are going to be dismayed to hear him change his position, and that's the part that he is going to have to work on. >> as we know, he is working on
getting certain votes, and so is hillary clinton of course. there has been a lot made of republicans that will support hillary clinton. her message was very clear, and really stood out. i want to play out what she had to saeid. >> the party of lincoln has become the party of trump. the week after 9/11, george w. bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that muslims love america just as much as i do. in 2008, john mccain told his own supporters that they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. senator mccain made sure they knew barack obama, he said, is an american citizen and a decent person. we need that kind of leadership again. >> so hillary clinton clearly making a push there for republican voters, sort of a two-part question. is that an effective message for
republicans who don't feel they have a place to turn, and number two, are most republicans actually listening to what hillary clinton is saying? are they interested in making the move over to supporting hillary clinton? >> well, i think that hillary clinton speech, trashing and bashing donald trump was a great campaign strategy to distract from the ap report earlier this week that basically indicated or implied that she was putting a for sale sign on the secretary of state's office, by meeting with people who had given millions and millions of dollars to the clinton foundation. so you know, kudos to the clinton campaign for the art of distraction and the art of changing the topic. having said that, i think that, sure, she'll try to get republican votes, but at the same time, none of the people that she cited when she mentioned the republicans, none of them are backing hillary clinton for president. most -- the party of the republican party, the party of lincoln, is still the party of lincoln. it is not the party of one person. it is the party of john mccain,
the party of jeb bush, a number of other republicans. so we have a broad and diverse republican coalition from this country, and i think that the hillary clinton's issues with the e-mail, putting our national security at risk, those types of issues will ultimately keep her from getting a lot of republican votes. >> just a real quick question for you, you say it is the party of lincoln, the party of jeb bush, is it the party of donald trump? >> donald trump is a republican right now. and he is part of the republican party. but i absolutely disagree that the republican party is the party of donald trump. we have a number of republicans running all across this country from california to new hampshire to iowa to florida, and all in between. we are a huge, large diverse party. we are a major party. right now, i think that's what i like to focus on, because we are a very, very diverse party. i'm speaking to you from miami. we have a number of great republicans here in miami. it is our party, too. >> justin sayfie, appreciate
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the california judge who drew outrage for sentencing a sanford university student for rape is being reassigned. at his own request, judge aaron persky. critics are now supporting an effort to have him recalled from the bench. criminal charges to tell you about for u.s. olympic swimmer, ryan lochte. brazilian authorities charging lochte with falsely reporting a crime after his robbed at gun point story. coy wire joins us with more. fill us in on the charges. >> hi, erica. ale be summoned to brazil according to officials in rio to answer questions about the gas station incident. lochte does not have to be
present. he can send a lawyer in his place. you think that will probably be the case there. if convicted, lochte could face between one to six months in jail, or the judge could order him to pay a fine instead. remember, lochte's teammate, jimmy feigen, was ordered to pay $11,000 to a charity in rio, just to get his passport back. oh so lochte's attorney said he hasn't heard from anyone yet in brazil. >> so no one yet in brazil. as we're looking at that piece of the puzzle, there is also the question what happens back here at home when it comes to potential punishment that lochte could face in the pool? >> will he be able to jump back in? we haven't heard from usa swimming or the olympic committee as to whether or not they will suspend lochte. christine brennan is reporting that lochte will be suspended according to her sources. we know four companies already distanced themselves and ended
their business partnerships with loch lochte, including speedo, ralph lauren, and u.s. soccer suspended hope solo for six months, for calling her opponents cowards after they lost to sweden. you think punishment will be becoming lochte's ways. >> that final decision i guess what everyone is waiting on. you mentioned the endorsements lochte lost, but as i understand it, he has a new deal now. >> can you believe it? that's the country we're living in. you have all the negativity surrounding someone, but pine brothers throat drops say they want lochte to appear in commercials and print ads, and there are multiple reports he may be in the upcoming season of dancing with the stars. >> as one does. >> that's right. so that's the latest on the lochte case, erica. >> all right, we'll daniels o w stage with that one. still to come this morning,
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than 65 pounds of heroin hidden in a truck axle. cnn national correspondent deb feyerick. you've been talking to a number of people to get a sense of what we're dealing with here. >> when we talk about the tranquilizer, it's 100 times more powerful than heroin, 10,000 times stronger than morphine. what we're seeing is a knockoff. a synthetic opoid being made in mexico and china according to federal sources. authorities believe it is responsible for this overdose outbreak. in ohio, more than 90 people overdosing since the weekend. there were multiple fatalities. the overdose outbreak also in florida, indiana as well. the bottom line is money. drug dealers are buying pure heroin and they are dividing it, mixing it, and adding this
ingredient. which is much stronger and much more potent. the guys who are mixing this are not chemists so you're getting a very lethal dose. you think of carfentonle, two milligrams can knock out a 2,000 pound elephant. the reason police believe it's in clusters is because dealers have areas they sell to. you're selling the same tainted narcotic to multiple people. they may be using it in shooting galleries, these houses they go to in order to shoot this, but they're all reacting the very same way. in one county in west virginia, they called it basically an emergency response because they simply ran out of emergency vehicles, ambulances, and the dea is now investigating these fatal overdoses not as simply a health overdose, they're investigating it as a homicide. there's a new charge called death resulting.
if somebody dies as a drug overdose, police are being train to look at the evidence as a crime scene, not just a health issue. >> it's scary. >> it's really scary. >> deb feyerick, thank you. still to come, the eyes have it. we take a look at the scene stealing looking at trump rallies, that's next. every time a pga tour professional sinks a hole-in-one, quicken loans is giving one lucky winner reason to celebrate. one shot from them. one mortgage-free year for you. it's the quicken loans hole in one sweepstakes and you could be the next winner. enter today at pgatour.com/quickenloans for your chance to win a year's worth of mortgage payments.
sometimes the biggest show is the one happening behind the podium. jeanne moos explains. >> reporter: what happens behind donald trump doesn't stay behind donald trump. >> hillary clinton is a bigot. >> reporter: it goes viral. the latest trump supporter to react with shock to the donald's words was pounced on by a critic who wrote, we are all this woman's face. >> that was classic. >> that was hilarious. >> this lady, eeeh. >> reporter: just over two weeks earlier, it was daryl vicar's
jaw that dropped. >> the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. >> reporter: when the donald ifed on how gun supporters might stop hillary. >> it was a joke. >> reporter: daryl says he's still voting for trump. we've seen one guy feed another chips behind the donald. and who could pay attention to hillary when a guy covered with stickers chewed over her speech. what are the different nicknames? >> sticker boy, sticker man, idiot. >> reporter: at a trump rally in texas, we watched a hyped-up supporter display his trump shirt. wave a finger. signal to cut off immigration. pray when prayer was mentioned. and even climb -- >> to restore the ladder of success. >> reporter: his own invisible laugh. but sometimes it's hard to tell genuine supporters from pranksters who manage to sneak in to clown for the cameras. like the guys who got behind clinton. >> i'm so incredibly grateful.
>> reporter: wearing "settle for hillary" shirts. at a trump rally, the same pair showed up wearing arm bands. >> trump arm bands. >> reporter: the donald may say -- >> hillary clinton is a bigot. >> reporter: but trump is a spigot of startling statements. this woman's face was more mobile than her hands which manage a feeble two claps. and when he's not provoking funny faces, trump is no slouch at making his own. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> the next hour of "cnn newsroom" begins right now. good morning, i'm erica hill, in today for carol costello, thanks for being with us. it may be their most bitter fight yet. donald trump and hillary clinton trading barbs over pbigotry. the two candidates delivering dueling speeches. driving that point home. take a listen. >> from the start, donald trump
has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. he is taking hate groups mainstream. and helping a radical fringe take over a republican party. >> decent americans whose support this campaign, your campaign, of being racist, which we're not. >> that feud -- >> not a good investment. >> -- that feud playing out as trump continues to take heat over the lack of definition in his plan for immigration. jason carroll is following the story from manchester, new hampshire. >> good morning to you, erica. most people would agree that trump is very clear in terms of what he believes when it comes to race, what he thinks of hillary clinton. when it comes to race. but what many of his supporters and many of his critics are saying is trump needs more clarity in terms of his beliefs
and his policy when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration. the campaign has been saying all along that trump has been consistent in saying that there's no path to citizenship, no april nasty. but what's unclear at this point is what happens to the 11 million or so undocumented people who are living here in the united states under a trump plan. do all of them need to go, can some of them stay. donald trump tried to clarify, explain his message last night to cnn's anderson cooper. >> 11 million who have not committed a crime -- >> no, no. >> there's going to be a path to legalization, is that right? >> you know it's a process. you can't take 11 at one time. we have to find where these people are. most people don't even know where they are. nobody even knows if it's 11. it would be 30 and it could be 5. nobody knows what the number is. >> if somebody commits a crime -- >> let me tell you what. we know the bad ones. we know who they are. we know the drug cartel people.
we know the gangs and the heads of the gangs and the gang members. those people are gone. that's a huge number. >> if they haven't committed a crime, is there going to be a path to legalization -- >> first thing we're going to do -- no, there's no path to legalization. >> you talked about paying taxes -- >> unless people leave the country -- well, when they come back in, if they come back in, then they can start paying taxes. >> we'll get specifics on his immigration policy, erica. when he delivers that immigration policy speech next week in phoenix, that's going to be happening on wednesday. erica. >> and we will be watching for it. jason carroll, appreciate it. let's talk more about trump's shifting stance on immigration now. joining me, cnn political commentator and washington correspondent for the new yorker ryan liza and corredirector for university center for politics larry sabato. i want to start off with this immigration plan. there are a number of questions
in terms of what it is, whether or not it's shifted or changed or evolved, however you want to clarify it. larry, do you get the sense that there is a clear plan? >> no. to me, his plan, as it now exists, is kind of a multiple choice, depending on the audience he's talking to. or what he thinks when he wakes up that morning. he's trying to think through his own immigration plan which is something that most candidates do before the campaign begins. and if they're going to make a shift for the general election, they do it by the time of the convention so they can announce it then. with donald trump, this is constantly evolving. and he's got to be careful that he doesn't upset his base, because most of them are hard-liners. yet if he's to have any chance to win, he has to win over a substantial number of people who are much more moderate and reasonable on the subject of immigration. it's very tough to do.
maybe we'll eventually arrive at mitt romney's solution of deportation. >> ryan, when you look at this -- oh, go ahead. >> i was going to say larry is joking about self-deportation. if you listen really carefully to that clip that was just played, what i hear is a policy -- and it is kind of silly we don't have a clear policy from the trump campaign so we have to sort, you know, divine what the policy is from the outside. but it sounds like what people call touchback amnesty. in other words, you have to leave, which is where the self-deportation thing comes in, go back to -- well, just leave the united states. but then if you pay taxes and do some other things, you do have a pathway to legalization. if you parse very carefully what he said in that clip with anderson, that's what he's describing. touch back amnesty. leave the country, go back to your country of origin. pay back taxes. and we'll give you a pathway to
legalizati legalization. it's like reading goat entrails at this point. that would probably be be a tough pill to swallow for a lot of his hard core supporters who don't like amnesty of any kind. >> and that's the balance. we talked a little bit about this yesterday. larry, you brought it up. it's the balance of not alienating those initial supporters. and a lot of them came to camp trump because they liked that really hard-line message that he started out with when he first became a candidate. and you have to balance that with of course the votes that he needs to get from people who are a little bit more moderate. how is it being received, ryan, in terms of an audience? the voters of 2016. we know the race isn't like one we've seen before. when it companies to voters, are they wanting the same things? do they need a concrete immigration plan to vote for someone? are they looking at something else this time? >> this is an important issue to a lot of people. it's important to some voters because there's just a general interest in making sure that
whoever's president has a sympathetic way of dealing with the 11 million people who are in this country. some voters care about it for that reason. other voters who are personally touched by the immigration issue, especially many hispanics. this is a threshold issue for a big chunk of that population. although there are lots of differences in the hispanic community. and electorally if you just stick with the hispanic population, mitt romney got 20% of that vote. in most polls, trump is struggling to get 20%. the percentage of the electorate that will be hispanic in 2016 will be more than it was in 2012. you just can't win the presidency if your numbers are that low. then there are -- we've talked a lot about college educated whites. especially college educated white women who don't like trump's turning off so many nonwhite voters. so that's another part of this. he's reaching out to hispanics
and african-americans because he's doing so poorly with his traditionally republican constituency who doesn't like the way he's alienated those groups. there are serious implications for him in getting this right. >> take a look at the political issues and things we do traditionally talk about during a campaign. are there certain areas that both candidates are missing here? could they be doing better, especially with some of the groups, voters, that they're trying to court, if they were more focused on the issues, and, if so, which ones? >> well, stick to i grags for a second with donald trump. it's the very foundation of his candidacy. what do we all remember from his announcement? build the wall. and the immigrants coming from mexico are rapists and all the rest of it. that's the foundation of his campaign. at the very least, i think people on both sides should be able to inspect a detailed plan that -- to use ryan's wonderful phrase, we don't have to analyze as though they were goat
entrails. here we are almost at labor day and we still don't have that plan. for hillary clinton, it's a very different situation. she's got detailed plans, you know, numerous detailed plans on her website that haven't been presented over the years. she's really good at detail policy. where she doesn't do well is connecting on a personal level with maybe voters. that's something she's going to have during a general election campaign. >> we're going to take a quick break. still to company, we'll talk a little more about hillary clinton ramping up her attacks on donald trump. and a new ad. will it convince the undecideds? this just got interesting. why pause to take a pill?
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an eyebrow-raising moment in maine involving republican governor paula paige and a democratic state lawmaker and accusations of racism. all of it boiling over in an expletive-laced voice mail. cnn's chris frates is live in washington with more on this. boy talk about some strong words in this one. >> yes, some real strong words. republican governor paul lepage. he's making news again for controversial comments. this tiype, lepage left a expletive-laced voice mail. after a television reporter appeared to suggest the lawmaker called the governor a racist. now, that was a charge that katene later denied. take a listen to the phone message the republican governor left the democratic state lawmaker. >> this is governor paul richard lepage. i would like to talk to you
about your comments about my being a racist you [ bleep ] i want to talk to you. you want, i want you to prove that i'm a racist. i've spent my life helping black people and you little son of a [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ] i need you to just friggin. i want you to record this and make it public because i am after you, thank you. >> now, according to the paper, lepage later invited reporters over to the governor's mansion, saying he wished he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel. lepage said he would point his gun, quote, right between his eyes because he's a snot-nosed little run tt and he's not done damn thing to help move the state forward. lepage made headlines earlier this year when he suggested that black men from new york and connecticut come to maine to sell heroin and impregnate young
white girls. that's a comment he doubled down on earlier this week when he said 90% of the drug dealers are black and hispanic people, erica. >> chris frates, thank you. over the last week, donald trump has been asking the following question to black voters. what do you have to lose? today, hillary clinton has an answer. she says everything.
>> what do you have to lose? you're living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. >> look at my african-american over here. >> trump management was charged with discriminating against african-americans and breaking federal law. >> i have a great relationship with the blacks. i've always had a great relationship with the blacks. >> what the hell do you have to lose? >> i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. >> back with me now, larry sabato and ryan lizza.
we see that ad. there's been so much talk on both sides. and frankly even just in the last 24 hours. really feels in many ways to be an unprecedented mudslinging campaign between two candidates. at the end of the day, it's about how voters respond to this. it feels like uncharted territory, larry. could it backfire? >> well, i think it is backfiring if the goal by donald trump is to get a larger minority vote. look, four years ago, mitt romney got less than 20% of all minority groups put together. that is president obama got more than 80%. the shocking thing is that this year hillary clinton is going to do better, in my view, than president obama did. she's going to get well above 80% of all minorities. that means the only way, the only way donald trump can win is
with a large majority of whites and a large turnout among whites and it probably is impossible. there are loads of whites, white women, college-educated whites, younger whites, who are simply not going to vote for donald trump. so good luck with that. ryan mentioned earlier, and i think correctly, that what trump is really trying to do with this new sudden outreach to minorities is to reassure some of the more moderate republicans who are very uncomfortable being associated with a candidate who's disliked so intensely by minority americans. >> and it's interesting you say that because donald trump is really starting to hit back on some of the criticism that he's faced. we even heard him talking about when he was of course calling hillary clinton a bigot. he's saying, look, stop painting my supporters with such a broad brush. here's a little more of that. >> it's a movement, folks, like they've never seen before.
and going to accuse decent americans whose support this campaign, your campaign, of being racists, which we're not. it's the oldest play in the democratic playbook. >> so donald trump coming out and saying this is a democratic play and this is on the heelsp of course a separate ad from hillary clinton where she's got klan members expressing support for donald trump. ryan, will either one have an impact? >> i think his response to that is shrewd, right. there are plenty of people who support donald trump obviously who are not racist. and by his comeback here with clinton is oh, she is just painting all of you, the millions of people who like him for one reason or another, as racist. i think that is a way to keep those folks in the fold and not, you know, and not response to
clinton's ad. but, look, as larry pointed out, the key to victory for hillary clinton no matter who she had faced, whether it was donald trump or a more traditional republican, was going to be to reassemble what sometimes is called the obama coalition. that means racking up very, very large margins among nonwhite voters. that was the clinton playbook from before she started running for office. donald trump has made that plan a whole lot easier. because he's alienated some of the same groups that hillary clinton needs to do very well with. so if you just look at what her strategy was in the beginning and how it's playing out so far, it's basically going according to plan and he's playing -- he's way behind, you know, starting in august and for the first time trying to reach out to hispanic voters and african-american voters, that is yb he's way behind the 8 ball. on the other hand, as he said
this to african-american voters, what does he have to lose. he's at 1% with african-american voters in some of these polls. he can't go much lower. >> does hillary clinton have anything to lose, larry, by turning negative, by, you know, responding to donald trump so forcefully and not talking as much about policies or plans or concrete ideas? >> well, it's difficult to run a campaign on a high plain when your opponent is very much on the low low. having said that, she has serious problems being perceived as dishonest and trustworthy and more likable. the more negative you are in the campaign, the less likable you're going to appear to independents and to supporters of your own. yes, there is a cost to it. on the other hand, an attack unanswered is an attack agreed to. i don't see how she has any choice but to be very tough on
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the first funerals in central italy are now under way. just days after a deadly earthquake hit a popular summer vacation area. the death toll stands at 267. it's unclear how many people may still be trapped under mounds of concrete and brick. the window to find more survivors alive though is closing. cnn's frederik pleitgen has been
covering this story from the quake's epicenter. fred, what can you tell us at this hour? >> hi, erica. i can tell you the authorities here are very well aware of the fact that window is closing. i want to get out of your way and show you what's going on. you can see these rescue vehicles. they're trying to move as many as possible into these narrow streets. with these little ancient italian towns, the roads are sonaro that it's very difficult to maneuver these large vehicles in that they need to be able to get people out, to be able to get some heavy equipment in. it's certainly something they know it's a race against time. we see an ambulance going past now. they know it's a race against time. at the same time, they're working against these very difficult circumstances. one of the things they use are these dogs that are going to that area right now. we see that all the time. they're bringing more dogs in. it's one of the main assets they use to find people who might be
alive under the rubble but also to find bodies under the rubble as well. one of the things that they have been doing here, one of the big problems that they have been having here is the aftershocks. one the things that the mayor has told us just recently, he said the aftershocks have been so bad that they've cut two of the main access roads to this town of amatrice and they say if the third and final access road is cut, this town is cut off from any sort of aid. the italians would probably find a way to get help into here but it makes things much more difficult. the aftershocks are a problem. the terrain is a problem. the destruction itself is a problem. therefore, yes, they are still trying to find people who are alive. certainly, it's very difficult for them. the italian prime minister touring the area. he is going to visit some of those funerals that are going to be taking place tomorrow. of course, one funeral already taking place today, erica. >> that is a tough scene you set there. more hurdles at this hour. fred pleitgen for us, thank you.
good morning, i'm erica hill, in today for carol costello. thanks for being with us. hillary clinton sends an appeal to republicans. as a new national poll from quinnipiac university shows clinton leading trump. when it comes to a head-to-head matchup, clinton tops trump by ten points. trump's campaign manager shaking it off, telling the uk's channel 4 news this week donald trump performs consistently better in online polling when a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in elections. it's become socially desirable to say you're against donald trump. the hidden trump vote in this country is a very significant proposition. so could the so-called undercover trump supporter significantly impact the election? with me now, trump supporter and former lieutenant governor of new york betsy mccoy and cnn
commentator and hillary clinton supporter hilary rosen. we hear from kellyanne conway about the so-called undercover voters. give us a sense, how many people are we talking about here? what's the real potential impact? >> i'm predicting among those undercover voters is a sizable part of the african-american community. because donald trump is offering them a lifeline. economic growth. school choice. safer neighborhoods. these are things that are very important to the african-american people as well as to everyone else in this country. and that's one reason why what happened this week with hillary clinton's speech is nothing new. because all during the campaign, she has been stoking the fires of racial resentment, telling african-american audiences that they are the victims of systemic racism, making bogus claims such as the cops are more likely to shoot a black perpetrator than a white perpetrator, or that black convicted felons serve longer
prison terms than white convi convicted felons. these have all been debunked. these are false claims. but she keeps making them all across the country. whereas donald trump is saying take a chance on me, i'm not going to stoke the flames of racial resentment, i want to be the president for all americans. >> betsy, though, back to the question, there are these people we're seeing -- this happens all the time with online polling. we hear people tend to be more honest when they're not talking to an actual person. that said -- >> that i mmay be true -- >> that said, do you have a firm number though, a firm number, a sense, of people out there that fall into the category? >> that's impossible to say. i will sa thy this, with 70 dayf the campaign left and three presidential debates, this election season is just beginning. 70 something days is an eternity
in politics. >> this year it might feel that way. when you look at this, when you hear comments talking about undercover voters, how much of a concern is this for the clinton campaign and how, if they're not or if they are, how is the preparation going behind the scenes to deal with that? >> erica, can we just stop for a moment and note how embarrassing it is that the campaign manager of a presidential candidate has to say, well, we know that people are too ashamed to say upfront they're going to vote for our guy so we think they're going to secretly vote for our guy. i mean, that's horrifying. the fact that they don't have a candidate that people are proud enough of to vote for and say so publicly. so let's start there. >> i think the real issue here is they've been browbeaten by political correctness. >> i let you talk. so let's start there. and then go to where donald trump is seeking additional votes. he is pursuing votes in places
he hasn't been before. but he is going to white audiences in making the plea for votes from people of color. he's not going into communities of color. he's consistently declined invitations from places like the naacp or the urban institution or mayors of big cities with significant people of color populations, those leaders themselves are talking about what they need from a presidential candidate. and hillary clinton will call donald trump out on this. she has spent a lifetime working with communities of color on issues that matter. and so people will judge a record more than they're going to judge campaign rhetoric. >> hillary, do you not believe there are those undercover voters? >> look, i think there are undercover voters who just don't like to respond to political polls, but i don't think there's this secret trove of trump
voters that pollsteres have not discovered. having said that, you know, polls today aren't meaning that much. i think the clinton campaign and the trump campaign have to campaign as though this race is a 50/50 race. it is going to be close up to the last minute. i have said so consistently all year. >> i want to get to this. there is something interesting in this quinnipiac poll, that's when we look at the negatives. so 64% of likely trump voters say their are backing donald trump maybely because they're anti-clinton. only 25% say they're voting for him because they like trump. the news is not much better for hillary clinton. when we put up those numbers, only 32%, not even a third, say they're voting for her because they are pro-hillary clinton. so both of your candidates have some work to do in terms of winning over voters because they actually like the person that they're voting for. how damaging is this negative rhetoric on both sides? betsy, i'll start with you, and
then hilary can finish. >> the biggest part of the unlikability problem with hillary clinton, and i'll point to the recent nbc poll, august 16th is that only 16% of likely voters believe that she's trustworthy and honest. and that number is probably even smaller now with the latest news that she used the state department as a cash machine to enrich the clinton foundation. that report from the associated press. hardly a biased organization. >> they both have very high unfavorables so what i'd really like to know from both of you, betsy, you can finish this and then hilary can wrap it up. only a quarter of people in your case say they're voting for trump are doing it because of trump the candidate as opposed to hillary clinton. >> i'm sure he'll take their vote for whatever reason. a vote is a vote. the fact is americans are going to realize they would much prefer 4% economic growth to the current 1.2% economic growth.
they want more take home pay. >> hilary, a quick last word. >> i think this has been a ugly political season. i think bernie sanders and hillary clinton had a primary based on the issues. donald trump had a primary based on insults. i think we'd much rather campaign about conversations, about issues, and hopefully we're going to get to that at some point. hopefully the debates will bring more of that to voters who are rightly disgusted by the entire process. >> hilary rosen, betsy mccoy, appreciate you being with us. still to come, courage under fire. the brave american volen teerns who are providing medical care on the front lines as iraqi forces wage war against isis. that's next. i've been taking fish oil from nature's bounty to support my heart. i'm running, four times a week. eating better, keeping healthy. so that no matter what happens in the future, my "future self" will thank me. thank you! you're welcome! hey listen. whatever you do, don't marry dan!
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as we tib to talk about the war against isis, want to take you live to iraq where arwa damon is standing by. you've made your way to a town that was just liberated from isis within the past 24 hours. >> that's right, erica, we are standing in what was the main road going through the town of gaiata. this was the market and that black smoke you still see billowing, that is because the oil fields are still on fire. isis had done that to try to impair the visibility of coalition aircraft and drones. we can still hear the coalition aircraft overhead. the people who you see here, erica, these are people who are been living under isis for the last two years. we've been talking to then, talking about what it was like. if you look at the kids, some of them are wearing shorter pants. some of them have their pant legs pulled up. any weren't allowed to do this
under isis. isis banning cigarettes. isis forcing women to wear all black. isis was not allowing these people to leave their homes. we spoke to this gentleman right here who's holding his baby who is only 2 years old. isis did not let him leave his house. he was telling us that right in front of the house there was an isis fighter who was shooting at the advancing iraqi security forces. there was a trade of mortar fire. a mortar hit his house and he was telling us about how he couldn't see anything. all he was able to do was just grab his little boy and try to run out the back door. but that was also terrifying. because in the house, right behind him, was, he said, another isis fighter who was wearing a suicide belt. and we do believe that inside that vehicle is a man where they were telling us earlier, a man
they suspect of having fought with isis. the troops is iraq's counterterrorism units. they were the ones that moved in on to the town. they were the front line in this offensive. as they have been in most of the offensives in the past. trying to move through and clear these towns of isis fighters. and right now they are in the process of seemingly speaking to the gentleman about something. he is blindfolded. based on what they were telling us earlier, they're still going around trying to detain these various different isis fighters. people who they believe collaborated. a lot of the intelligence they are getting is from citizens and residents themselves. now, you see a lot -- you see a lot of the people gathering around here.
the children have been coming out throughout all of this. it's such a scene of such desolation at this stage inside this one town on this one road that went through it. that used to be the scene of such vibrancy and such life. qayyara was strategic for isis because of the oil. according to one of the iraqi commanders here, isis used to move around 100 tankers of oil a day around here. people have died in this battle to recapture qayyara. one little girl was talking about how her father was strung from one of the lamb posts on this road for three day because they suspected he was collaborating with the coalition. others lost loved ones because they say isis used them as human shields. those who we talked to said this town, the people here will never get back is the lives of all of those that have been lost in
this ongoing battle. as this country, iraq, tries to move forward and push isis out. of course, these are troops that are going to be attempting to advance towards mosul, iraq's second largest city as they do try to liberate that. but it has been very tough going. as you can see here, nothing in this country is ever easy, erica. >> that is an understatement. arwa damon joining us from qayyara, iraq, a town liberated in the last 24 hours from isis. we'll be right back.
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now the california judge who imposed a lenient judge in a race case has been reassigned. you may recall he sentenced the stanford university swimmer to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. turner was facing 14 years in prison. cnn's dan simon joins us live. i understand it, the judge actually asked for the change.
>> he did ask for it, erica. if you thought this was going to quell or silence his critics. we already know the answer to that. the woman leading the recall effort, stanford professor michelle dawber, says it is full steam ahead. this is a judge under intense scrutiny ever since sentencing brock turner to six months in jail after he sexually assaulted a one outside a fraternity party. this a judge who saw he had become a distraction so he asked to be transferred. he will no longer hear criminal cases. he will hear civil cases. a source familiar with the judge says he didn't want cases that come before him to receive unnecessary attention. obviously you have a lot of disagreement in terms of what should happen to the judge. i think there is universal agreement that this case has brought good attention in terms of the seriousness of rape on college campuses and what the
appropriate sentences should be. we should tell you that brock turner will get out of jail a week from today after serving just three months of the sentence, erica. >> three months. dan simon for us this morning, dan, thank you. still to come, first, there was oscar buzz. now, it's a firestorm of criticism. the saga gripping hollywood next. technology. technology... say, have you seen all the amazing technology in geico's mobile app? mobile app? look. electronic id cards, emergency roadside service, i can even submit a claim. wow... yep, geico's mobile app works like a charm. geico. expect great savings and a whole lot more.
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his new film had oscar buzz. now nate parker's "birth of a nation" won't play tonight at the film institute. the q & a also axed. it's all because of some comments recently made by parker when he was talking about his acquittal in a past rape case. joining me now, jean casarez who has more. this came as a surprise to a lot of people and completely derailed the film. >> a lot of people in his corner saying why now, it doesn't make
sense. the film doesn't have its premi premiere nationally until october. the focus is on the background of the star nate parker. >> what you think you're doing, boy? >> from the moment nate parker's film premiered at this year's sundance film festival, the picture has been met with critical acclaim. but historical accounts starring parker as nate turner who led a slavery revolt in 1831 was big honors at this year's film festival. fox search light then invested a record $17.5 million for distribution rights. birth of a nation was on its way to blockbuster success. that is until this. parker, the writer, director and star of this film, rated rnc edn part because of violence, was accused of a violent act himself in 1999, rape, sexually
assaulting a young woman he knew while a student at penn state university. parker was arrested and charged with multiple offenses. his roof mate at the time, now co-author with parker on "birth of a nation" was charged with sexually assaulting the young woman at the same time. according to legal documents, parker harassed the accuser during the time before trial. parker was found not guilty on all charges. in 2012, the woman who accused parker committed suicide. the future of the movie is now in question. with showing being canceled or modified before the national premiere october 7th. parker himself has taken to facebook trying to explain what happened 17 years ago. over the last several days, a part of my past, my arrest, trial and acquittal on charges of sexual assault, has become a focal point for media coverage.
i understand why so many are concerned and rightfully have questions. while i maintain my innocent that the encounter was unambiguously consensual, there are things more important than the law, there is morality. no one who calls himself a man of faith should even be in that situation. nate parker was acquitted of those charges. representatives have not contacted us back. one more thing, toronto international film festival, they are going to screen the film but they've canceled a live interview with him after the -- >> which is fascinating that they -- it's actually not surprising of course on one hand that they don't, especially fox search light, i imagine, does not want him to have to take questions on this, after that film. interesting it's still being screened. the backlash is fascinating though. and how much of it has come. and this happened in 1999.
proof though that these things don't go away. >> but he's acquitted. >> right. >> he's acquitted of the charges. the polarization is amazing. people you think would be in his corner are saying i will not view the film. social media's just ablaze with this. >> interesting, his statement where he says even though i was acquitted, this is about morality. >> very honest. >> yeah. we'll continue to watch. jean, nice to see you, thank you. federal law enforcement has been called to investigate an alleged hack on comedian leslie jones' website. it was taken offline after racist images as well as jones' personal information were posted. jones, you may recall, has been the target of several racist attacks in recent weeks, even taking herself off of twitter for some time because of hateful messages. ryan lochte is being called back to brazil and the rio police say they're not playing games. the olympic swimmer being charged with filing a false police report after he claimed he and three other swimmers were
robbed at gunpoint. now, lochte can choose to send an attorney and does not need to appear in court. if convicted, lochte could face six months in jail. thanks so much for being with us today. i'm erica hill, in for carol costello. "at this hour" with berman and bolduan starts now. donald trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. >> he directly called her a bigot. >> she is a bigot. >> he is taking hate groups mainstream. >> extremely, extremely bad for african-americans. extremely bad for hispanics. >> described black communities in such insulting and ignorant terms. >> there's no path to legalization. >> talk about 11 million people are no longer going to be deported. >> you want take 11 at one time and just say boom you're gone. >> all the things donald trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into, kind of disturbing.