tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN February 27, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm PST
may they be comforted by their memories and mike's passion. all of us at cnn are treasuring our memories of mike tonight. may he rest in peace, and may his memory be a blessing. "out front" next, free fall, the dow plunging nearly 1,200 points amid coronavirus. this is the greatest drop in history. this as president trump pats himself on the back for his calming message. the cdc racing to trace down a woman who contracted the deadly virus in california. now more than 8,000 people in the state of california are under watch for the virus. and star radio host south carolina native joins me to talk about who he is as of tonight giving a second chance in a big way. the answer is going to surprise you. let's go out front. good evening. i'm erin burnett.
"out front" tonight the coronavirus sending shockwaves through the the markets. the dow closing down nearly 1,200 points. 1,200 points, that continues what has been market slaughter deep red over fears the virus culd threaten the entire global economy. the past four days, the dow has shed nearly 11%, the worst decline since 2008. trillions of dollars are gone and president trump is upset because he thought he had been the voice of calm. >> it was a very good press conference. it was a calming conference, a conference to say we're doing well. >> doing well or not, it certainly wasn't calming. maybe because what he said is not what the medical experts are saying. >> we have it so well under control, i mean we really have done a very good job. >> it has become clear over the past few days that a pandemic is inevitable. >> it's that kind of
contradiction which is not calming. kaitlan collins is out front live outside the white house. kaitlan, how upset is president trump over this market decline. he watches almost nothing more closely than the market. >> reporter: it seems to be the primary reason you've seen the president put on a face for the coronavirus. he was watching all the coverage of this and growing frustrated we were being told by sources feeling like his administration was being blamed for not doing enough and not being prepared enough and a lot of it had to do as the president was keeping an eye on these numbers. he hadn't been overly concerned about coronavirus until you saw the dow close over 1,000 points down on monday, something the president tried to dismiss as a one off. but you've seen this period continue for several days now and the president has tried to blame it on a factor of things, not just the coronavirus. he believed part of it may have had to do with the latest
democratic debate though of course that debate happened on tuesday after the markets had already closed monday and tuesday. but it certainly is the primary factor and what you are seeing is the president's response to this. it's really what drove him to replace alex azar, the health and human services secretary and put vice president pence in charge. in addition to him growing frustrated with him on other fronts. that is primarily because the president knows the key to his re-election in november is going to be a strong economy. that is something he touts time and time again at rallies like the one tomorrow in south carolina is at thtalking to the voters about the economy. you can see more of that messaging as this is something they are trying to keep their eye on. >> out front now scott miner, dionne robwin, and jim bianco.
scott, we talked when it was down nearly a thousand points. now we're down significantly from there. will this get worse? >> i think ultimately it will. i think for the moment we may have found near term support to give us some relief. but, you know, as the virus continues to spread, as it appears that pandemic is inevitable, we've got significant more down side risk for stocks. >> that's not what the people want to hear, scott. >> but, i mean part of the problem is they've been hearing different things, right? one thing from the cdc, another from the president. what do you think, jim, where we go from here? >> yeah, i kind of agree with scott. i think if we start to see that this becomes a wider spread pandemic, and it certainly looks that way, it's going to cause and has been a revaluation in the markets, a revaluation of how businesses work, whether or not we're going to see deglobalization, whether or not we're going to see borders closed, flights cancelled,
whether or not we're going to see widespread school closings here like we just saw today in japan. these are very destabilizing things for an economy. and the fear is that we can't stop this from coming here. fortunately it hasn't yes, ma'am. we can hope, but we don't know for sure. >> deen i don't, look, you have the president saying he's calming the markets, almost seemingly confounded by the fact his words alone do not seem to be calming, but saying it's under control, it's fine. then of course you have the cdc saying pandemic is inevitable. that contradiction in and of itself, how troubling is that for markets? >> well, look, the markets and folks at home, regular folks at home, wanted the president to come out and say something reassuring, wanted him to come out and say something that's going to calm everyone's fears. because what's holding the economy up is consumer spending, feeling good about the economy, the job market, spending money in restaurants, bars, the like. when you have a situation like this, what you need is the president to come out and deliver a message of strength but also one that people can
believe in, one that can get people excited about going out. that's not what we got. we just heard from the cdc from the president spoke. we heard of a new case in california after he spoke. people had to look at that press conference and say i don't believe what's going on here. >> that's part of the problem. there has been contradiction between the president and the medical experts. here's just one example. this is last night on vaccines. here's the president. >> the vaccine is coming along well, and speaking to the doctors we think this is something that we can develop fairly rapidly. >> now, it's not the full inaccuracy of that. it's the implication that that gives to people that there's going to be a vaccine. that means imminent when he says that way to most people. that's not what it means. here's head of infectious diseases from the cdc on the same topic of a vaccine. >> at the earliest, an efficacy trial would take an additional six to eight months.
so, although this is the fastest we have ever gone from a sequence of a virus to a trial, it still would not be any applicable to the epidemic unless we really wait about a year to a year and a half. >> so, when the president says rapidly and a vaccine, most people hearing it don't think a year to a year and a half away. >> right. i think the president is trying to comfort people as much as he can. but, you know, it comes off like some of the comments herbert hoover made that the stock market was fine, that the economy was basically sound when we were on the brink of the depression. so, there's sort of this credibility gap i think the president has in this area. and the more other experts come out and talk and the president says things that don't acknowledge how severe the problem is, the bigger the credibility gap gets. >> so, jim, at least 2,800 people we understand have died globally from the coronavirus and obviously those numbers
could be a bit different. there's all kinds of questions now. but that's the number we have. in the swine flu outbreak in 2009 there was a study from the cdc that said up to 575,000 people could die from that. 575,000 people. right now we're looking at 2,800. that was just a few years ago. when that happened, markets did fall officiainitially, but then, six months later, up 40%. that was coming off a huge low for the market. could we see a similar bounce back this time? >> only, i think, if we see that this disease is brought under control and somewhat contained or eradicated. i don't just mean in the united states. i mean everywhere else. i think what's bothering markets is every day we get more stories out of italy, south korea, iran, now the rest of europe as well too, in japan that their numbers are growing exponentially in terms of the disease.
the entire planet's got to get ahold of this disease, not just the united states in order for their to be comfort. we have put together a global supply chain with just in time inventory spread out all over the world. what we did not anticipate was something like this that was going to stop it in its tracks like it has in china. and this is why it's become more of an economic story than it did with swine flu or sars or anything before it. >> it wasn't amazon prime then. i don't say that lightly. people's stability which is getting exactly what you want exactly when you order it. dionne, trump likes to take credit for the market. he views it as a lynchpin as his success. he says that's why he should be reelected because he's the guy that brings the market up. here he is. >> one of the reasons the stock market has gone up the last few days is people think we're doing so well. after i win the election, i think the stock market is going
to boom like it never did before just like it did, by the way, after i won the last election. >> this is how he defines himself. >> look, and that is the risk you run, the risk you take when you start putting everything on the stock market. the stock market giveth, and the stock market taketh away. we've seen what i think looks like the fastest 10% correction in the history of the market over just the past six sessions. so, this is not something that's a small thing, the market clearly having a very major reaction. and it doesn't seem like the president is helping things. now you've got the democrats, bernie sanders and all, starting to pile on here pointing out the flaws in what trump's doing and that can't help things either. >> scott, before we go, i know you're on an advisory board for the new york fed. usually they don't call you about things. it's linked to meetings. have they called you about this? >> they called today. they're gathering information. chairman powell, a lot of people
don't realize, is hosting a conference this weekend with other central bankers from around the world in europe. there's going to be a discussion or statement regarding some sort of monetary coordination. that's not something the fed's telling me. that's just my intuition. >> that's your intuition based on what they were asking you. >> right. >> which obviously would be very significant for a lot of things. last time we had something like that was the great recession. >> and erin one thing i would say here is in some ways this is actually worse than the great recession. so, if the pandemic actually takes hold and we reach numbers that people are talking about perhaps a billion people infected, it's going to disrupt the economy everywhere in the bor world. >> thank you all very much. next a woman mysteriously contracting the coronavirus. now the drrksc is on the ground in california and trying to locate anybody who may have had contact with her. her situation is a huge question mark as to whether this is a turning point in the united
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emergency due to coronavirus. the cdc sending to the county. it is the first case where the patient didn't travel anywhere known to have the virus and wasn't exposed to anyone else known to be infected. so, officials say that she had been out doing things for a number of days before she had symptoms such that she went and sought care. the challenge for officials is how did she get it and tracking down anyone who may have had contact with her. stephanie, what are you learning? >> reporter: right, what we do know at this point is that solano county is taking a step further with a proclamation of local emergency. that's what they're about to have a press conference about shortly in a few minutes to discuss. what that means is they're going to be working harder to identify anyone who may have come in contact with this person, identifying them and then screening them, and then from there following up to make sure that they know who may have been
exposed to this woman. we also know that this person first sought care here in solano county. she was there for three days and when her symptoms got worse, that's when they asked for further treatment to be moved to u.c. davis in sacramento, about 20 miles away or so. and then the testing that was done because of her worsening condition led them to figure that out. here is where things stand in solano county. anyone who is working or may have come in contact with this woman as she was transferred by ambulance, they're now looking at anyone who may have come in contact and take them and have themselves treating and self-monitoring at home. the other thing that's notable about this as well erin is that this is the home of travis air force base where we know of those big flights were brought here from china. they're saying that this woman, they have noreasonto believe that she came in contact with any of those people who were quarantined there, erin. >> thank you very much,
stephanie. this california patient is in democratic congressman's district. i know you just spoke to someone administering care to the patient. what did you learn? >> first of all this patient is in serious condition and our prayers go out to her and to her family. beyond that, there is a very serious probability that this virus is in the community and the steps that are being taken by solano county to try to identify, to try to do the normal public health track down of people that may have been exposed absolutely essential. but there's a critical element that is missing in this, and this lays it directly on the cdc, and that is the testing. this lady was denied testing for at least three days and quite possibly longer than that. and the cdc's protocol prohibited her from being tested because she did not fit their
protocol of -- >> having travelled or interacted with someone who had? >> exactly. now, today testing is not rapidly available in california even though california does have two laboratories that can do very rapid testing. the cdc has refused to certify those laboratories so that they could be used for this process. beyond that, we do know that testing kits are not readily available. they're very, very limited in supply, and there are questions as to their efficacy. we know -- we know -- that korea has developed a rapid testing program. they're able to test thousands of people a day. there's a company that could produce 100,000 test kits a day. those test kits could be in california tomorrow if the cdc would allow it. it is a major question. all of this work that's being done by the public health folks ultimately will require testing of those people that might have been affected.
>> so, this -- i know you're pointing out one as an issue of the willingness to get the supply but two because of the willingness to test to fit the profile. this is the county where the flights came in. but from everything that they understand and have traced from this particular individual, she had no contact with anyone related to any of those flights. so, do you have any information on how this disease was transmitted, how she may have contracted coronavirus? >> well, the answer is no. that is what the county is doing now. the public health resources are going around doing the tracking down of individuals that may have come in contact with this person. whether this person can actually talk or not is a question. she's been incubated. and so may not be in a position to discuss it. even if they're able to follow who she was with, where they were, the test is essential to understand who -- whether those individuals are infected. there's no way, no quick, easy,
available way today because of the cdc protocols and the unwillingness of cdc to allow the state of california that does have laboratories that can do this quickly and rapidly to do those laboratory tests. and beyond that, we really ought to be bringing from korea test kits that are proven to be working in south korea. >> i hear this and it's like when you talk about the global nature of this crisis, 100,000 a day is a lot and i hear you. but there's going to be a need possibly for more than that. just in california alone, your governor today said 8,400 people just in california are now being monitored for the virus. i'm just asking you how in the world can you monitor 8,400 people, never mind getting to the point of testing. and what does that mean for how broad this could be in the united states right now? >> i might stick with the testing for a while. if we had the testing facilities available, we could go to each of those 8,000 people in a day
or two and we could test whether they are infected. if they're not infected, then we don't need to be continuing to monitor those people. they can go back to work, carry on their normal tasks. but until we know whether they are or are not infected, they will be quarantined. we know there was perhaps 84 health care workers at the facility that are not there today because they came in some sort of contact with the infected individual. so, those people are not being tested even though they have now been sent home for self-quarantine. so, it's really a situation where the cdc needs to get its act together for whatever reason. we have known -- america has known, certainly the cdc has known for two months that this was an epidemic in china, that the effort to contain it in china was not working, that it would be in america. so, where, cdc, did you ever come up with a protocol that was
restricted to people that only travelled to china? i mean, come on. this is now around the world. and we know that it is in our community. we can deal with this. this is not a time for panic. it's a time for cdc to get up and get its job done. why they're not doing this is a very, very important question. >> all right. well, sir, a appreciate your time. congressman gary metty, thank you. and next a whistleblower says hhs workers who evacuated americans from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in china did not have protective gear or proper training. how could that be? plus joe biden says he needs to win south carolina. but it's not just a win. it's a big win. how much in order to have the momentum to win super tuesday? c- cut. liberty biberty- cut. we'll dub it. liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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breaking news, "the washington post" reporting tonight that hhs staffers who helped evacuate the first americans from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in china did not have suitable protective gear or proper training. this is coming from a whistleblower in the department, has filed a complaint, and in that complaint it says, quote,
appropriate temperature steps were not taken to quarantine, monitor, or test the workers during their deployment and upon their return home. 40 to 70% of adults in the world could be infected with the coronavirus in the coming year. also working with chinese researchers to fight and study the coronavirus. and i really appreciate your time, mark. so, i want to just understand, you say 40 to 70% of adults. explain how you got to that number. >> i got to that number by a combination of models to previous viral infections that we can learn from. so, the mathematical models are ways that we use to study the spread of diseases. and what we need to put into those mathematical models to understand the likely course is
mainly something called the basic reproductive. that number which is estimated somewhere between 1.5 and about 3.5 people for this virus, big range -- determine our population before it runs out of -- and it does that before -- because of the way the dynamics work. so, that's one sort of piece of -- >> well, so when you say 40 to 70% with the math that you're doing -- and i understand that it had you track a spread. how does that compare people coming down with the flu? when you hear that, it's a terrifying headline. are you talking about something that's civilization threatening or talking about something that's more like the flu? where does the 40 to 70 fall in that spectrum?
>> yeah. so, thank you for that question. the other evidence that -- very broad range is experience with pandemic flu. so, we had three pandemics of the flinfluenza and one in 2009s well. and based on those pandemics which had a slightly lower reproductive number than this virus, maybe a little -- maybe considerably lower -- the number of people who got sick with those was in the 25% to 35% range. and so by assuming that the infectiousness is a little bit higher and also by accounting for those who are not sick but are just infected or not very sick at all, that's where the 40% to 70% came to. so, spread, i think it's a little bit -- we would expect for a flu pandemic.
and the severity is also somewhat higher than -- that people alive today have experienced. so, it's a very serious matter, but it's not civilization-ending as you said in the sense that we think that around 1 to 3 people who get sick with it which is a subset of those who get infected will die. so, it's not even 1 to 3% of those 40% to 70% number. what we don't know is the lower number. we don't know what proportion of people escape being sick at all and of course they don't present for medical care and they don't -- so it's a very fluid situation. it's certainly something to be very concerned about. it is not civilization ending. >> i want to ask you a question. we did ask viewers for questions. one of the ones we received from
our viewers was with asymptomatic carriers and long incubation period -- both of those are true. we don't know how long the incubation period. their question is how can we thwart the spread? >> most significant part of the possibility for carriers who transmit, and we know that this is possible, at least presymptomatic transmission is possible w. possible. we don't know how frequent it is. the implication of that is eventually the methods of places with small numbers of cases like the united states, follow up every contact and every case. those methods eventually can't go on. and instead, we have to work on methods that involve stopping the contact with one another. >> okay. i'm sorry to jump in.
i apologize to our viewers as well. for some reason we're taking some -- it's impossible to understand you on that answer because we're taking so many hits to the transmission. a poll apologize to you, doctor and to our viewers as well. we are going to take a brief break. when we come back, joe biden, how important south carolina is for him. he has bet everything on south carolina, everything. and that hasn't left anything over for super tuesday. plus charlemagamagne the god, h thought pete buttigieg had the best bet for black voters. but that has changed. he's my guest.
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. tonight we're just five days away from super tuesday where more than half of the delegates are up for grabs in the democratic primary. joe biden is the last to spend money on super tuesday states. why? because he's betting on south carolina first. >> joe biden is banking on a state he's called his firewall. >> are you going to win? >> yes! all right.
because south carolina is the trajectory to winning the democratic nomination. >> the former vice president betting his long-time ties to south carolina and his african-american community will pay off. a new ma mugt university poll shows biden with a double digit lead over his rivals here with the backing of black voters. >> he understands people. he's dealt with death. he's dealt with single parenting. you know, he really feels people. and especially what we, as black people, feel at times. >> days before the primary, biden picking up a key endorsement from congressman jim clyburn who says the former vice president needs to win by a substantial margin. >> one point may be a win, but i don't think it's a propeller that we need.
i want to see a much bigger victory. >> the 77-year-old biden leaning heavily into a service alongside the nation's first black president. >> i was incredibly proud to serve with barack obama, incredibly proud to be his friend. >> for some undecided voters, that is a huge plus. >> a lot of people associate him with obama, and i think that they believe that he still believe in some of the things that obama fought for and believed in. >> james mccloud is deciding between joe biden and pete buttigieg. he says older voter mace feel safe with biden, but young voters want a closer look. >> we don't know joe from a can of beans so, it's not safe for us to walk into this. it's just different, it's just 100% different. >> after south carolina, a quick turn to super tuesday three days later. >> a lot of your rivals are spending time on the ground in super tuesday states. they're outspending you on the air waves. how do you plan to catch up with
them in these three days? >> you can't catch up with them with money. i don't have steyers money. i don't have the billion dollars he has or i don't have the money that bloomberg has. but just since the debate we've raised $2 million online. so, we're in the best run we have. i think if we do well here, we'll be able to compete across the board in terms of the money we need to be able to compete. >> biden predicting he could win in states like north carolina and texas. >> i think, you know, the good news for me is the vast majority of people in those states think they know me. i've been around. they know my record. they know i'm pretty straight with what i tell them i'm going to do. so, i feel good about it. >> that was reporting from south carolina. "out front" now, chris coons of delaware. good to have you back. we know joe biden needs to win south carolina. when you ask him what he's going to do if he doesn't win it, his response is i am winning south
carolina. the question though of course is what mr. clyburn raised there where he said one point is not enough. it needs to be a big win. how much does biden need to win by to get the momentum he needs to get the win for super tuesday. >> i'm optimistic we'll see a big win for joe on saturday. last night in the town hall joe showed the heart, the leadership. there was a powerful moment where he connected with an episcopal priest whose wife was murdered at the ame church in charleston. he spoke to his leadership record on combatting the pandemic of ebola as part of the obama/biden administration. he spoke about the epidemic of gun violence in our country. but more than anything, he anchored that town hall with his heart. i think he will win, and i think he will win in a way that will catapult him to a bigger win in super tuesday across a half
dozen states. congressman clyburn's endorsement is a big deal. and i think joe biden's recovery which began in nevada is going to strengthen with a win in south carolina on saturday. >> he talks about the $2 million he raised since the debate. but campaigns end when you run out of money. that's how it goes. right now, biden is very open about it. massively outadvertised in super tuesday states. he hasn't spent a single dollar in the biggest prize california. do you worry he has the resources he needs to compete? >> the former mayor of new york is spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars introducing himself to people around the country. bernie sanders is spending significantly to promote his vision and his priorities. between those three who i think are the main candidates at this point, joe biden is the
democrat. he's someone who has the former vice president for eight years, is well and widely known. i think his record, i think his ideas, and i think his ability to deliver results for america's middle class and to actually put forward plans that can be achieved is what's going to make him a successful candidate on tuesday. of course i wish he had more financial resources. i hope that folks who are looking at this field will ask themselves a question: in nevada and in south carolina, you have an electorate that looks like america, that's diverse. if you cannot win, if you cannot have a significant showing among the african-american and latino populations of these two states, how could you win the democratic nomination? >> a quick final question to you. this could end up a very splintered process where the person with the most delegates doesn't have the most delegates. that could be because people don't get out early. do you think that people should start thinking about getting out now? elizabeth warren says she's in
until the end. michael bloomberg says he's in until the end. is that a problem? >> i do think that candidates should be asking themselves how do i have a path to winning? and my hope, my expectation is that some of the folks whose polling is already showing them getting less than double digits, they need to make some hard choices in the best interest of the country. >> i appreciate your time. senator, thank you very much as always. >> thank you. next, trump's campaign trying to court black voters by selling hats and shirts with the word "woke,". charlamagne tha god learns about that on his show and responds. tn become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
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the vote in the 2016 democratic primary. >> the african-american, latino, native american communities who have been hit by the war on drugs. >> the african-american community -- >> the next generation of african-american doctors, nurses, and researchers need to be supported. >> i believe we are very far from racial justice in the united states of america. >> "out front" now, charlamagne tha god, host of the radio show "the breakfast club." recently when you and i spoke, you were talking about mayor pete and you were saying sure he hadn't been showing the numbers yet in the black community, but you felt he had the best agenda. you were pointing people out to his agenda. >> i do like the plan. that has since plan. i like the green initiative that mayor bloomberg is presenting. >> bloomberg is not on the
ballot -- i never fully endorsed mayor pete. but i think mayor pete stands as good a chance as anybody in south carolina. i do think that this week, i think he spent too much time attacking bernie, especially on the debate stage, as opposed to telling america and telling south carolinians why they should go out and vote for him. i think a lot of them on that stage, not just mayor pete, though. >> so talk to me about bloomberg. because obviously he has come under immense criticism for stop and frisk, and whether he intended that as a racist policy and his response to that. why is it that you think he has the best agenda then for african americans? >> listen, all criticism is deserving. i give him criticism when it comes to things like the stop and frisk policy, there are still people being affected by that today. so you always have to hold him accountable for that. but i'm just going off the fact that i'm voting for my interests in 2020. my interest is black people.
when i look at the greenwood initiative, he wants to create a million new black homeowners, and he wants to put $70 billion into the pororest and disenfranchised communities in america. do i trust he is going to do it? i don't know. but i just like the actual initiative, because i'm voting my interest, and that's it. and i'm not one of the black people that mayor bloomberg bought off, by the way. i'm speaking from the fact. >> you're looking at the policy and that's what you see. so congressman james clyburn, of course, has been the most powerful endorsement in south carolina democratic politics. >> that's my guy. >> for a long time. he gave an emotional endorsement of his long-time friend joe biden. it wasn't a surprise to anybody that he did it. but he did it in a very meaningful way. here is part of what he said. >> as i stand before you today, i am fearful for the future of this country. no one more committed to the
fundamental principles that make this country what it is. than my good friend, my late wife's great friend joe biden. >> i mean, it gives you goose bumps to hear it. it's obviously very heartfelt. how much will that endorsement matter? >> oh, it's going to matter a lot in south carolina. i love him. his wife is from my hometown, emily clyburn. but i just don't understand the hype behind joe biden. to quote tupac, when i see joe biden, you really ain't without your homeboy. i don't see what the hype is about joe biden. they talk about him being the most electable candidate, and he is the only person that can beat trump. how? he hasn't even proven he can beat bernie sanders in a primary yet. what makes them think he can beat donald trump? i know a lot of older voters in
south carolina are probably going to vote for joe biden. but i would hope that a lot of the younger voters in south carolina, a lot of those new registered voters decide to turn out on saturday as well and maybe shake things up a little bit. >> so president trump is controlling out community centers in 15 major cities to engage with black voters. he has identified this group as a crucial group for him. he out thes the african american unemployment rate. they're going sell hats and sweatshirts embroidered according to politico with the word "woke". >> first of all, i hate the word west coast. those folks need some sleep because they're still tired. always mouthing off for no reason. >> will that get any traction? president trump? >> i don't know. that's such pandering. to label things with the word "woke." but everybody is pandering. i see bernie sanders on stage with public enemy. everybody is doing their own little version of pandering. i just really hate the word woke. the word woke turns me off. as soon as i see the word woke, i'm going sleep. i need rest from the word woke.
i worked for him for 8 years in city hall. i've been working for bloomberg for 27 years. 25 years. almost 30 years. there's nobody that i respect more, and felt more respected by. mike believes excellence is not defined by gender. mike builds a culture that advances women. i was the first woman ever appointed to be council to the mayor. he expects excellence out of everyone, but he also provides the kind of support that allows you to be that person. mike called to tell me, you should be proud of what you've done and your name should be on that project. he has faith in you, he believes in you. it was about always showing up and doing your best. i always knew that he had my back. he was raised by an extraordinary woman, she supported him all along the way and that's very much a part of who he is. mike supports women, he promotes women, and he respects women.
here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: stephen colbert evidently wasn't familiar with elizabeth warren's favorite adult beverage. >> let's have two bourbon and whatever the senator wants. >> i'll try one of what he's having. >> reporter: the two slurped oysters and battled over ribs. but when they transferred to the bar -- >> what do you drink? what's your poison? >> michelob ultra. >> michelob ultra? >> reporter: uh-oh. don't do it, senator. remember what happened the last time? >> hold on a sec, i'm going to get me a beer. >> reporter: the infamous beer in the kitchen video that warren instagramed back when she was announced she was exploring a presidential run. >> you want a beer? >> i'll pass on a beer for now. >> so this is my sweetie. >> hello. >> he's the best. >> reporter: not the best was the reaction. >> oh. >> this is one of the top five
cringeworthy moments. it's just obvious she is inauthentic in everything she does. >> it seemed very authentic to me. >> reporter: president trump called it her beer catastrophe. don jr. tweeted wow, so woken genuine. she really is one of us, said no one ever. but senator warren stuck by her locale, low-key michelob ultra. go ahead, fox news. use it as an excuse to recommend bolder tasting craft beers. senator warren calls michelob ultra -- >> the club soda of beers. >> reporter: her website now sells four-back can cuzzis, including one that place off the senator's slogan. >> and i've got a plan for that. >> reporter: warren has a can for that. her fans treasure photo, even blurry ones of the senator sipping her beloved michelob ultra. colbert may make jokes. >> why is michelob ultra like making love in a canoe? >> no?
>> reporter: because they're both so [ bleep ] close to water. >> reporter: but it allowed us to get so ultra close to a candidate we could hear her gulp. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks for joining us. "ac 360" starts now. good evening. we begin with the latest in the coronavirus, its impact and the administration's response to it. we learned late today about a whistle-blower complaint alleging that federal health workers who were sent in late january to help receive the first american coronavirus evacuees were not given the right infection control training or protective gear. now if the whistle-blower's complaint is correct, it's a sign of just how problematic the u.s. response has been. we're talking about federal employees ordered to help process americans evacuated from wuhan, china, ground zero of the outbreak. american federal employees who were going to be -- the people who were evacuated, they were going to be sent directly into quarantine.