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hi there, and thank you so much for being with me. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. before we get going, i want to start with some personal news. i will be leaving cnn in april. let me back up. after most of my 20s working my way up in local news i came to this network in 2008 in the midst of the great recession as a free lanser. i remember i scribbled my name on a post-2 note and stuck it outside of this temporary office determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a full-time cnn
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correspondent. i wanted to be part of the best of the best in cable news and journalism and as a native atlantan this would be my hometown team. little did i know i would not only go on to fulfill that dream, i would flourish in this environment and land my own two-hour show in the afternoon at the age of 31. for a decade i have never taken for granted the enormous responsibility and privilege i've had to work with some of the most talented producers and photojournalists and correspondents and anchors out there as we have covered our era's urgent and most important stories, conflicts, terrorism, environmental and natural disasters, the wrath of gun violence, human interest stories, royal weddings, my
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person woman series, the social justice movements that define our culture and a pandemic that changed the world, and politics, lots of politics. you have been here with me every step of the way. never more so than when i was incredibly sick with covid last year. i am so grateful for your loyalty and passion for the world we cover and so grateful to my show team, you know who you are, you know who you are, to jeff zucker, to my very large cnn family and to you, to you. the next chapter of my life will be focused on what i love the most about my work, amplifying the lives of extraordinary americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use. for the last two years i have been working on my first book.
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it's called "huddle, how women unlock their collective power" and, you know, there is just more i need to do, more i need to do outside of this place, outside of the walls of this place, a place i have been privileged to call home now for 13 years and, yup, we are still in a opinion democratic and, no, i don't have a job i'm jumping right into and yes, yes, i'm feeling very vulnerable, but what is it renee brown says? vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change, and i am so excited about what is to come. so here goes. i really do hope you join me, and in the meantime, i will be right here with you, right here until mid-april, and now to the news. less than a month since taking office, president joe biden will answer questions from
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the american people tonight at his very first presidential town hall. it is also his first official domestic trip as president. it will take place at the pabst theater in milwaukee, and it airs right here on cnn with moderator anderson cooper. we do expect the president to push his $1.9 trillion covid relief bill but he'll also likely be pressed about the nationwide vaccine effort against covid-19. the national governors association just wrote a letter to the white house calling for better coordination on vaccine distribution, particularly when it comes to sending those shots to local pharmacies. so let's talk about that. with me now cnn chief national affairs correspondent jeff zeleny and cnn chief political correspondent dana bash. dana, i want to begin with you. this is biden's first big chance to really promote his covid relief plan and try to unite a divided nation. how does he do that? >> can i just -- i'm going to answer, that i promise, but point of personal privilege, as they like to say here in
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washington, d.c., brooke, i -- you know i think that you are the best. i have learned so much from you about so many things, but not the least of which is that the news isn't just the information and the facts that you break or that you report, it's about the people behind them, and you more than anybody i know in this business understands that, and you put the emotion, the humanity with your reporting every single day. >> bless you. >> and for anybody watching brooke thinking that you're the only person in the room that she's focused on, it's because it's true. that's what you get when you're talking to brooke in person. it's like nobody else matters. that's how much she listens to you, and i know that that's what you've been doing with your viewers for so long and i'm proud to be part of your huddle. >> you are. you are. >> you are and i love you and thank you. >> thanks, thanks, brooke. but we are reporters and we're journalists so the answer -- >> let's get on to it.
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>> the answer to your question is -- is this is a -- this is going to be a big, big night for joe biden. i am popping the popcorn and i am going to watch to see how he does exactly what you said, resets. of course, he's been president for almost a month, but there has been so much tumult and -- aside from what he has to do, so much distraction with the -- with the insurrection and all of the fallout obviously. the fallout came after he was inaugurated. now the impeachment is behind everybody, and he is really focused on the first task at hand which is passing an enormous unprecedented relief bill in order to bring home the promises that he has been making, broeck, from the beginning of his campaign, certainly from the beginning of the pandemic, that he alone is the guy who hats experience to get everybody in this country out of this mess, both on the health side and the economic side, so he's going to have to
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reassure people that -- that he it was the right choice, that they were right. >> how does he do that? jeff zeleny, i know you talk to people inside the administration here. how is he approaching that evening? >> before i get to that, i'll echo everything that dana said, brooke. can't wait where you go from here. some island time in your future, i hope. >> you and me. >> look, this is president biden's chance to really get that megaphone back. he's been sharing it essentially for the last three weeks, for the first virtual month of his presidency with the impeachment trial so this is a chance this week for president biden to seize that bully pulpit and explain his plan. americans want to hear what he's going to do in terms of vaccine supply, getting the covid relief bill passed. this is one thing a president can do. he's lived his life in the u.s. senate and as vice president but now he's president of the united
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states. that commands, you know, aed by stall unlike any other. >> yeah. >> so he's taking his plan to the country to sell that. you know, he's definitely going to use his empathy tonight as well because that's where his strengths are. the challenges, of course, are many. it's getting it passed, but tonight might be a bit of the easy part of taking his case to the people. >> let's get to the tough part, day a. you know, we -- so many -- for a long time we've been having these conversations about this mavis divide in the republican party, but look at the democrats, you know. unemployment benefits run out for millions of americans in less than a month and the democrats are not all on the same page still, and the longer this drags out, this could be a broken promise from the biden administration and have real ramifications for his party come 2022, right? >> absolutely, which is why the biden administration, the president himself no doubt understands the urgency of the next few weeks because of the timeline and the deadline that you just talked about, and it's
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also why pretty early on, like, i don't know, day one, despite the fact that president biden had republicans first before anybody at the white house, he was putting kind of a down payment on that conversation for bipartisanship down the road but that he was and is going to move forward with his democratic colleagues on the package that he says will answer those problems from the beginning, but you alluded to this, brooke, in your question. even doing this with -- by relying only on democrats is not easy because. >> yeah. >> it's such a razor thin margin in the house hand in the senate you have moderate -- moderate democrats who are making some demands, so that is the hurdle that he has to overcome, bringing the intra-party differences together. they are not huge. i don't want to overstate it, but they exist. >> totally. we should note, jeff, that the president is doing this in wisconsin, a state he won by less than a percentage point. i know you've been talking to voters there. what are they saying to you?
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>> well, they certainly want to see progress on all of these things. first and foremost, when am i getting my vaccination? when is my check coming? but beyond, that brooke, i was talking to so many voters who voted for the president and voters who did not. talked to trump voters as well. to a person i was struck by people are giving him the chance, maybe not the hard core but people are giving him a chance and pulling for his success. they want to see him unify this country, so i was really struck by the words of one -- a trump voter who said she's praying for joe biden's succession. she thinks he's a good man and she wants to see him unify this country so maybe at least for a moment, not to be palliannish about this but this is his opportunity. he's in wisconsin for a reason, battleground state, this is now joe biden's pedestal and show and we'll see how he takes it from here but he's in the country for a reason, brooke. >> we'll be watching, jeff, dana, thank you for the kind
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words. love you all. >> love you back. >> thank you, thank you. make sure you watch tonight as president joe biden joins anderson cooper from milwaukee, wisconsin at a presidential town hall starting at 9:00 eastern only here on cnn. >> breaking today, a leading house democrat is now suing former president trump and his lawyer rudy giuliani accusing them of conspiring with far right groups to incite that deadly capitol insurrection. we have those new details ahead. also, one of the nation's leading vaccine experts says the dramatic drop in coronavirus cases could be a sign that we're finally approaching herd immunity, so let's talk about that. and republicans punishing another one of their own for voting to convict former president trump. why senator richard burr says it is a sad day for his party. you're watching cnn. it's time for the ultimate sleep number event on the sleep number 360 smart bed. can it help with snoring? i've never heard snoring... exactly. no problem. and... done. and now, save 50% on the sleep number 360 limited edition smart bed.
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we're back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. donald trump is facing even more fallout from the january 6th insurrection on the u.s. capitol and now it's from a sitting member of congress. top house democrat bennie thompson has filed a civil lawsuit against trump and his personal attorney rude raud in d.c. for their roles in last month's deadly riot. backing the suit, the naacp. thompson, who chairs the house homeland security committee, accuses trump and giuliani of conspiring with far right
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groups, the proud boys and oath keepers who are also named in this suit to incite that attack. let's go straight to cnn justice correspondent jessica schneider. what exactly does this lawsuit allege. >> reporter: this is a significant and novel lawsuit, from the top democrat bennie thompson backed by the naacp and it accuses former president trump and rudy giuliani of actually working in some sense with far right groups to incite the insurrection at the capitol so to make this conspiracy claim this lawsuit traces trump's words and actions in the months leading up to the insurrection. it really details how trump and giuliani spouted what they were referring to as misinformation and angry rhetoric for weeks before the election and weeks after the election, and, brooke, in one part of the lawsuit it even accuses trump of delaying his speech on the ellipse on january 6th so members of the proud boys could advance to the capitol and better plot their attack. this is not backed up by any evidence in the lawsuit so we'll see what comes of it so it is
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part of a broader conspiracy claim so here's how they lay it out in the lawsuit. the insurrection in the capitol was a direct intended and foreseeable result of the defendants' unlawful conspiracy. it was instigated according to a common plan that the defendants pursued since the election held in november 2020 culminating in an assembly denominated as the save america rally during which defendants trump and giuliani incited the crowd of thousands to descend upon the capitol. so in addition to this conspiracy this lawsuit, brooke, is real significant not only because it's seeking monetary damages against trump and giuliani but crucially if this case moves forward it could subject the president and others to depositions, even the disclosure of information that could really pin down more details about what trump knew about this attack before it happened, as it was happening, something that investigators have been clamoring to know. it's a high bar though to meet this all -- to make this lawsuit
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move forward, and now we're hearing from trump's spokesman jason miller. this is what he had to say today. president trump has been acquitted in the democrats' latest impeachment witch hunt and the facts are irrefutable. presume did not plan, produce or organize the january 6th real on the ellipse. president trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the capitol on january 6th, and then he puts in this. speaker nancy please and washington, d.c. mayor muriel bowser must answer questions as to why they rejected additional security and national guard assistance in the run-up to january 6th. so once again team trump shifting the blame there or at least trying, to brooke. now we've also reached out to rudy giuliani and we haven't heard back yet, but i am told house speaker nancy pelosi has been briefed on this law south and other members of congress are likely to join in, too. >> let me drill down with this on one of my favorite lawyers. jess snide, thanks for setting this all up. let's talk about the civil
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lawsuit that former president trump and rudy giuliani are facing. joining me know is elie honig, formeru assistant district attorney for the southern district of new york. how serious is this, and how much trouble could trump and giuliani real be in? >> brooke, this is a real unusual lawsuit. the law that the congressman is used to go sue here. i've never seen it used in a case before t.dates right back to after the civil war. it was passed to try to prevent the ku klux klan from stopping government from functioning by using threats and violence and intimidation. probably not a good statement by the way that it may be applicable here in 2021, but the important thing to know is this is only the tip of the iceberg. we are going to see lawsuits -- i believe the more conventional kind of lawsuits seeking damages for injuries, potentially for death, from essentially anybody who was injured during the capitol riot. this is only the first of what i think are going to be many to come. donald trump is going to be locked up in court for a long time on these cases
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>> you know, i know that the lawsuit alleges a conspiracy and when you think of a conspiracy you have this instant mental image of a bunch of mobsters sitting in a back room of a restaurant scheming together, but what do you make of conspiracy here? >> yeah, it's an interesting claim here. you're right, brooke. under the law in order to show a conspiracy you do not have to show people huddling in a back room. that is what people sometimes expect. that's not reality. that's not what the law requires, and by the way there's no new evidence in this case showing that donald trump or rudy giuliani were having secret communications with the proud boys, the other defendants. if there were that would be shocking to see but we've not seen that. what this lawsuit does is make the case that the way they communicated was this pattern. donald trump puts some misinformation out there. rudy giuliani and other enablers amplify, it re-tweet it, go on certain stations and repeat it and then the proud boys and other groups pick it up and they sort of disseminate it amongst themselves using parler and other apparatus so i think it
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makes a pretty compelling case that even though they are not huddled up a table around each other they know how to do this call and response communication. >> what about discovery. this opens the door for discovery. what kind of information can be requested and what can we learn from this? >> discovery will be really interesting. that's when the parties have to exchange information with one another. one of the things we could see is depositions when someone has to answer questions under oath asked by a lawyer. donald trump could be deposed here. rudy giuliani could be deposed here and the other thing is discovery in a case like this often involves documents, so if there are e-mails, if there are texts, memos and they could be asking other people in the white house what was donald trump doing during those key house, the kind of questions that were asked but never quite answered during impeachment, we could start to get more specific answers as discovery proceeds in this case and other ones like this. >> donald trump is facing, as you well know, a few lawsuits, right, both criminal and civil in georgia, in new york, the defamation lawsuits involving
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the women. which of all of the above should -- should be worrying the trump legal team the most? >> as a rule you'll be more worried about criminal charges than civil charges. he's not been charged with anything criminally but the two that would scare me is the georgia d.a.'s investigation of potential election interference down in georgia related to -- >> finding the verts. >> exactly, find 11,780 votes and the manhattan's d.a.'s investigation is a straight up financial fraud. that's going to largely be on the documents so those should be the biggest concerns. boy, he's going to have a lot of civil lawsuits to deal with as well. >> thank you. >> great to see you, thanks, brooke. the biden administration announces plans to increase the vaccine supply. what that means for so many of you and who still cannot get a shot, and the gop in disarray. republicans divided over trump's impact on the future of their party. the why senator richard burr is
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news about declining new covid cases is stirring up some hope that the end of this pandemic could be in sight. hospitalizations are dropping week to week, but, unfortunately, it's not quite enough to quell other concerns such as all these variants
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popping up. cdc experts warn the strain which originated in the uk could be dominant in the u.s. by next month and just when the states were getting in the groove about vaccinations the giant winter storm blankets the nation. will we see another surge? that's the question. dr. anthony fauci reminds us all not is not the time to get complacent. cnn's alexander field reports from new york. >> today a more hopeful picture emerging across america. every state but one trending in the right direction. >> i think we're starting to see a like the at the end of the tunnel but at best it's a start. >> hospitalizations are at less than half the peek in early january. deaths nationwide lowest since november. >> you're starting to see some evidence for herd immunity or population i month. >> white house senior covid adviser andy vaf i had warn the numbers could be misleading.
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>> we should be assuming that the next concern for case growth could be b-117 which is something that everyone has to be caution about. >> reporter: that's the first variant identified in the uk which is expected to be the dominant strain in the states by march. >> our country hasn't done enough to keep up to tabs with what the virus is doing. i think the bigger message is that we need to be doing a better job and more even job sequencing the virus so we can know whether there are changes to be concerned about. >> vaccine manufacturer nokes advantages says its scientists -- novavax are testing their vaccine aimed at the variant first identified in south africa and the vaccines moderna and pfizer are believed to be effective begins the uk strain. vaccines are make their way into arms but more are needed. >> our goal is to provide
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vaccines seven days a week and the only limitation we currently have is getting the vaccine. >> the national governor's association is calling for better coordination between the biden administration and the states in distributing vaccines just as severe winter weather deals another blow with those working with what they do v.officials in one texas county managed to valuage 8,000 shots after the power went out. we were able to get these vaccines no arms and not waste them. >> the federal government opened two vaccination sites today and promised hundreds of sites in biden's first day, dr. anthony fauci saying it could be may or june before vaccines are available to the general public, farther out than the previous april estimate. we've got to condition with the public health measures and we've been doing it for a long time and people are facetious with
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it. we need to get it so low it's no longer a threat. >> brooke, while dr. anthony fauci may urge us to return to norm alt bush to normal is in american airports. more than 5 million people flying in the last five days, the heaviest travel period since the holiday, the biggest since the federal mask mandate in place whether on a plane or airport. >> alex, thanks so much. let's talk about this with dr. rod davidson, emergency room physician and dr. davis, good to have you back as well. do you agree that we will continue to see these numbers de decline and we have turned a code of because of population immunity. >> i think we've turned a corner. why that is that's up for debate. there's some degree of vaccine in arms, some degree of measures that have worked over the holidays that we really clamped down in a lot of different
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places, you know, but i think there's always a potential like andy slavitt said as the uk strain is the dominant strain, winter storms delaying vaccine doses we have to be vigilant even though we see the light. >> what about the variants, there's been all this talk about how more contagious or dangerous they are, obviously how fast they are spreading. how concerned are you about that, and will these vaccines protect us against them? >> did he freeze? >> dr. davidson. >> my question was that good. >> dr. davidson, all right. we'll try him another day. republicans again punishing one of their own for voting to convict former president trump. how senator richard burr is responding next. lactaid is 100% real milk, just without the lactose. so you can enjoy it even if you're sensitive. yet some say it isn't real milk. i guess those cows must actually be big dogs.
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the gop, a party bitterly divided, and it doesn't look like that will end any time soon. north carolina senator richard burr has been censured for voting to convict president trump for the capitol hill insurrection. >> my party's leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the republican party and the founders of our great nation. joining me now former republican congressman charlie didn't and bill kristol, director of defending democracy together and editor-at-large of "the bulwark." let's hope technology works for us. bill, to you first. senator burr censured.
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senator cassidy of louisiana also censured by his state gop. pennsylvania's republican party is planning a meeting to potentially censure senator toomey and my question is what is the point of all the state level censures? what does it get them? >> i think it sends a signal to everyone else, you know, stay on the trump train or you're going to get in trouble and some of these senators like burr are retiring and others might ignore the censure, but, you know, if you're a member of congress, someone thinking of running for congress next year, an open see or redistricted seat and you're thinking how pro-trump do i have to be, you look at, that the republican primary, probably safer to be pro trump. we say the party is divided, but as senator burr said in his eloquent statement he implied 43 senators on the only side only 7 were with senator burr so it's an uneven, unfortunately, be a uneven division in the party right now. >> you have mitch mcconnell, charlie for you, mitch mcconnell who has basically done nothing
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other than punish trump and give this floor speech and now he wrote this "wall street journal" op-ed in which he concludes i was as outraged as any member of congress but senators take our own oempts our job wasn't to find some way, any way inflict a punishment. the senate's first and foundational duty was to protect the constitution. mitch mcconnell, you know, it seems like he's trying to play both sides of the republican base. the will it work, charlie? >> well, i think senator mcconnell is trying to do is he's trying to bring about had a clean break from donald trump. i don't think he wanted to get too far out in front of his own members by voting to convict, so i think he did everything short of voting to convict with that statement, so mcconnell is a smart guy. he understands what's going to happen. he saw what happened in 2010 after the tea party wave when some of these state and local committees started, you know, getting behind some really exotic candidates like sharron
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angle, todd akin, kristine mcdonald and mcconnell is smart enough to know he'll lose seats again if the party continues to embrace trump and trumpism like this. we're going to get more wild candidates who -- that will be nominated and most of them will be defeated. they will be unelectable and nobody is more concerned about that than mitch mcconnell. >> so he thinks -- i'm just going to stay with you for a second so he thinks by doing what he's doing and trying to placate both sides that there won't be, forgive me, marjorie taylor greenes being elected. >> i think that's partly what he's after. trying have a clean break from trump and i think you can make a case that marjorie taylor greene is one of trump's legacy congress people and so i think he is really trying very hard to -- to -- for a clean break. he wants to break it, but he's also -- he's constrained so much by his own conference. there are only seven republicans in the senate who voted to
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convict, so he can't get too far out in front. >> what about, bill, to you, senator ron johnson. i'm going to play this sound. if you haven't seen it. apparently he doesn't seem to know what an armed insurrection is. watch this. >> this didn't seem like an armed insurrection to me. armed, when you hear arms, don't you think of firearms? here's questions i would have liked to ask. how many firearms were confiscated? how many shots were fired? i'm only aware of one, and i'll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot. it's -- it was a tragedy, okay, but i think there's only one. the if that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you're really a bunch of idiots. >> bill, like what? >> one month ago, brooke, as you recall, january 6th was a horrible moment, tragedy, something we all had to come to
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grips with. now it's, you know, i don't really think it was much an armed insurrection and one person got shot but sort of law enforcement personnel i can defend and let's move on and maybe antifa was responsible and nancy pelosi didn't do a good job securing the capitol. if you said this is a senator where rob johnson has been pretty bad, pretty pro-trump, from wisconsin. he's in a competitive race in 2022. he's saying this because he's worried that he -- he even could get primaried so i agree with charlie where there's statewide races they could pay a price and if you look over at the house they are looking at the primaries and they have to pick up a few seats in an off-year election which is often bad for the party in power. kevin mccarthy thinks, you know what, i kind of managed this well the last month and kind of snaked my way through. no clean break from trump but i
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kept liz cheney there. got everyone on board and now we can just attack the biden administration and nancy pelosi for the next year and a half and i think mitch mcconnell is kind of in the same place. he's running the senate, the senate minority leader so he has a slightly different attitude and a different person than mccarthy, but they do not want a clean break. they want a muddy moving on from trump where you don't alienate any of the trump maga conspiracy theorists but you don't alienate too many moderate voters either. >> speaking of alienating, congressman adam kinsinger who has been censured by his party has now been alienated, shunned by his own family. he published this letter from 11 of his family members in the "new york times" hand this is in part what they say. he was in cahoots with the devil's army for making a public break with the president, and also this. oh, my, what a disappointment you are to us and to god. you have embarrassed the
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kinzinger family name. congressman to you. maybe you and bill and other americans can relate to this and family issues and politics to some degree but, you know, this is a sitting member of congress, and this is so public. i'm wondering what does this say about donald trump and the hold he has on the kinzinger family and even some americans in general even after he's left the white house? >> well, you know, adam is a very good friend of mine. thankfully i never had to deal with too much that have type of issue with the family, and i've teased a am about this. never would have thought the devil. maybe satan "c" but not devil. it shows the degree to which politics have been degraded in this country, that people have a cult-like following of a man so defective in donald trump that they could actually, you know -- it's almost a religious thing for people obviously. this is about religion. i mean, people -- i mean, there's no balance it seems in some people's lives that they
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have elevated support of donald trump to, you know, as an article of faith. that's where we are, and just to speak to, you know, the censures that have been going on. as one who has censured by county committees for various acts of heresy, i've learned that a lot of local and state committees have come to a point where they are more interested in punishing heretics and ex-communicating them than trying to get converts. that's what they are about. it's just crazy. that's the world we live in now and poor adam. he's got big shoulders. he can take it. >> i'm sure. still, but the way in which his family has totally shunned him and he's shared this. i'm sure people can relate to some degree. bill, my last question to you because my mind is on the president biden town hall that we're hosting tonight. how does president biden work with the -- with the trump wing of the republican party moving forward? >> he just has to govern and get -- you know, get the virus under control, get the economy going, work with those
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republicans willing to work with him, maybe on infrastructure or something. people leave aside if you can deliver a bridge to your community your trump allegiance doesn't stop you from working with this administration. he has to deliver results and i think he's doing a pretty good job of it. >> bill kristol and charlie didn't, thank you. >> thanks, brooke. millions of americans are without power right now even as the u.s. braces for another winter storm. we're live in dallas where temperatures are below freezing and families have no heat. saving 50% vs. other carriers with 2 unlimited lines for less than $30 each. call 1-800-t-mobile or go to
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texas is in the middle of this deadly deep freeze set off by a treacherous winter storm affecting so much of this country. below-freezing temperatures and snow have blanket the parts of the south and southwest. right now neerksly three-quarters of the u.s. is covered in snow. that is a record. millions have no electricity. at least five deaths have been reported in houston. three others were killed in north carolina in the aftermath of an overnight tornado. let's go straight to dallas, to cnn's ed lavandera. ed, this storm has disrupted so many things. tell me what you're hearing from folks and how bad is it? >> reporter: snow and ice blankets the state, and frustration also blankets this state as the political finger pointing continues today as right now 3.6 million texans still remain without power. this is one of the thousands of substations that generate and move power to neighborhoods across the state. this particular one provides
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power to 17,000 people. we're told that this is missing power to 1500 people. this is the frustration people are dealing with well into this winter storm. and the finger pointing is going on. the governor of texas, who has come under a great deal of fire because of the way he has handled this as well is saying that he's calling for an investigation of the state agency that runs the texas power grid, just so people know, texas runs on its own power grid, separate from the rest of the united states. we spoke with the ceo of that power grid agency just a short while ago. and he told us that because of what ercott, electric reliability council of texas, the agency that runs everything. he says had an they did made things better, prevented this from being a worst disaster than what we've already seen. >> i think from the perspective of the grid collapsing, i think what happens happened here is a response that kept the grid from
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collapsing, that kept us from going into a blackout condition. the difficulties that this has imposed on citizens of texas, everybody in the state, have been enormous. and certainly we need to look at what has happened here. once we get everybody back on line, which is the number one priority. >> so the ceo there, pushing back on the heavy criticism his agency has come under and also says the real question and the bottom line here is when is the power going to be restored for millions of people who are living literally in freezing temperatures of the temperatures in people's homes are down into the 30s. incredibly dangerous situation. and the ceo says that the power, he hopes, will be restored in the next day or two. but the question is just how much electricity can be generated at these power plants in various parts of the state, many of which have been damaged. and there's been a lot of back and forth, brooke, as to whether or not solar power was damaged the most or oil and gas was damaged the most. ceo says it's been spread out
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among all those different sources of energy. great many questions as to how this catastrophic collapse could have happened. >> and there's another storm heading your way tomorrow. we'll keep covering it, of course. ed lavandera, thanks to the crew and you being there in snowy dallas. president biden will be leaving the white house shortly to travel to milwaukee for the cnn town hall, his very first since taking office and it comes as he fights to pass new covid relief for millions of americans. stay with us. hmmm... where to go today? la? vegas? no, the desert. let's listen to this. louder. take these guys? i mean, there's room. maybe next time, fellas. now we're talking. alright. let's. go.
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