tv MSNBC - Democratic National Convention MSNBC July 28, 2016 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
i say to you tonight, that some issues are not left versus right, or liberal versus conservative. they are right versus wrong. we need -- we need to embrace our deepest moral values and push for a revival of the heart of our democracy. when we fight to reinstate the power of the voting rights act, and we break the interposition and nullification of the current congress, we in the south especially know that when we do that, we are reviving the heart of our democracy. when we fight for 15 and a
union. and universal health care. and public education. and immigrant rights. and lgbqt rights. we are reviving the heart of our democracy. when we develop tax and trade policies that no longer funnel our prosperity to the wealthy few, we are reviving the heart of our democracy. when we hear the legitimate discontent of black lives matter, and we come together to renew justice in our criminal justice system, we are embracing our deepest moral values and reviving the heart of our
democracy. when we love the jewish child and the palestinian child. the muslim and the christian and the hindu and the buddhist, and those who have no faith, but they love this nation, we are reviving the heart of our democracy. when we fight for peace, and when we resist the proliferation of military-style weapons on our streets. and when we stand against the anti-democratic stronghold of the nra, we are reviving the
heart of our democracy. in times like these, we have to make some decisions. and i might not normally be here as a preacher and an individual, but when i hear hillary's voices and positions, i hear and i know that she is working to embrace our deepest moral values, and we should embrace her. but let me be clear. let me be clear that she, nor any person can do it alone. the watch word of this democracy and the watch word of faith is "we," the heart of our democracy is on the line this november and
beyond. now, my friends, they tell me that when the heart is in danger, somebody has to call an emergency code. and somebody with a good heart will bring a defibrillator to work on a bad heart, because it's possible to shock a bad heart and revive the pulse. in this season, when some want to harden and stop the heart of our democracy, we are being called, like or foremothers and fathers, to be the moral defibrillators of our time. we -- we must, we must shock this nation with the power of
love. we must shock this nation with the power of mercy. we must shock this nation and fight for justice for all. we can't give up on the heart of our democracy, not now, not ever! and so, and so i stop by here tonight to ask, is there a heart in this house? is there a heart in america? is there somebody that has a heart for the poor? and a heart for the vulnerable? then stand up! vote together! organize together! fight for the heart of this
nation! and while you're fighting, sing that old hymn, revive us again! fill each heart with our love. may each sole be rekindled with fire from above, hallelujah! >> the reverend william barber, the head of the naacp in north carolina. you may remember him from the moral mondays marches that they held weekly in north carolina, had galvanized the state. brought forth so many arrests. he brought the house down tonight, ahead of kareem abdul-jabbar, a man who needs no further introduction.
>> hello, everyone. i'm michael jordan and i'm here with hillary. [ laughter ] i said that because i know that donald trump couldn't tell the difference. good evening, everyone. i'm kareem abdul-jabbar. and i'm here to tell you about captain o man khan, one of 14 american muslim soldiers who have died in combat serving the united states since 9/11. his family emigrated to the
united states from the united arab emirates where captain khan was born. the first place they visited upon arriving in america was the jefferson memorial. the words engraved there read "i have sworn upon the altar of god eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." donald trump's idea to register muslims and prevent them from entering our country is the very tyranny jefferson abhorred. in 1777, jefferson drafted the virginia statute for religious freedom, which later became a model for the first amendment. today's so-called religious freedom act, like the one signed by governor mike pence of indiana, they are the opposite
of what jefferson wanted, because they allow discrimination. and at its core, discrimination is a result of fear. those who think americans scare easily, enough to abandon our country's ideals in exchange for a false sense of security, underestimate our resolve. to them, we say only this. not here, not ever. thank you. >> if you want to see the best of america, you need look no further than army captain humayun khan.
he was born in the united arab emirates. he moved to maryland as a small child. he later graduated from the university of virginia before enlisting in the united states army. in june 2004, he was serving in iraq. one day while his infantry unit was guarding the gates of their base, a suspicious vehicle appeared. captain khan told his troops to get back. but he went forward. he took ten steps toward the car before it exploded. captain khan was killed, but his unit was saved by his courageous act. captain khan was posthumously awarded the bronze star and purple heart. he was just 27 years old. we still wonder what made him
take those ten steps, khan's father said in a recent interview. maybe that's the point, he went on. where all the values, all the service to country, all the things he learned in this country, kicked in. it was those values that made him take those ten steps. those ten steps told us we did not make a mistake in moving to this country, his father finished. it's time to stand up and say, we are americans. we will not turn on each other or turn on our principles. that's what we do here. that's who we are. that's how we will win. that's the america that i know makes us all so proud to be a part of. thank you all very much.
like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. we believed in american democracy. that with hard work and goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings. we are blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves, and follow their dreams. our son, humayun, had dreams too, of being a military lawyer. but he put those dreams aside
the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. [ applause ] hillary clinton was right when she called my son the best of america. if it was up to donald trump, he never would have been in america. donald trump consistently smears the character of muslims. he disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own
party leadership. he vows to build walls and ban us from this country. donald trump, you're asking americans to trust you with their future. let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution? [ cheers and applause ] i will -- i will gladly lend you my copy. [ cheers and applause ] in this document, look for the words -- look for the words
"liberty" and "equal protection of law." have you ever been to arlington cemetery? go look at the graves of brave patriots, who died defending united states of america. you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. you have sacrificed nothing and no one. we cannot solve -- we cannot solve our problems by building wal walls, sewing division. we are stronger together. and we will keep getting
stronger when hillary clinton becomes our president. in conclusion, i ask every patriot american, all muslim immigrants, and all immigrants, to not take this election lightly. this is a historic election, and i request to honor the sacrifice of my son, and on election day, take the time to get out and vote, and vote for the healer, vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate, hillary clinton, not the divider.
god bless you. thank you. thank you. and god bless you. >> let's talk about what we just witnessed with our friends nicole, chris matthews. nicole, what could be more powerful, first of all? second, to blunt a populist campaign to ban muslims from the united states. >> there's a single plank of trumpism that upsets conservatives the most, i would say it's the muslim ban. it's this religious test. if there's a single example of how wrong he is, it's what we just witnessed, that muslims are on the front lines dying for our country, that the very thing we all seek, the things that tie us together, wanting a secure country for our kids, for ourselves, for our families, are being protected by muslim americans. this was the thing that lindsey graham first rebuked donald trump for in the early days of the primary. he stood in front of the cameras
at the second tier debate and he looked in the camera and he apologized to that family and every single family of a muslim american who's fighting in our military. >> the other person who rebuked donald trump for that was mike pence, his running mate. who has now decided since he's his running mate, that he's on board with the muslim ban. >> that was powerful. the visual was powerful. the mother in hijab, it captured the room. we've seen the night get a lot more powerful recently with reverend barber from north carolina, who also commanded the hall, as if it were his church. the image or the trope of shocking america, being the defibrillators of america, i thought was very effective and very powerful. >> i have to say, watching khizr
kha khan, i wept through the whole thing. i couldn't get through it. >> chris matthews, how about the image of a humble immigrant father of an army captain brandishing his copy of the constitution, offering to loan it to donald trump. >> and a gold-star mother. a gold-star mother. you know, it's pretty emotional. i have to tell you, i think donald trump's the best thing that ever happened to the democratic party. because he reminded them of what they believe in, the rights and hopes of immigrants, the freedom of religion in this country, the love of the country itself. the basic gut patriotism that has been on display this week has been receded from the democrats. they don't show it enough. they don't raise it up. i think trump has brought this
out in them, made it a values selection. and the democrats have embraced american values in an exuberant, almost exhibitionist manner that they've never done before. it's an extraordinary experience. i remember years ago, you know what got african americans to vote in philadelphia, a police chief and a mayor named frank rizzo, in a weird way, because they saw him as an enemy. in this way, trump has brought the democrats' hearts out on display. amazing. >> let's listen as servicemen and women surround retired four-star general john allen. >> they went there and they risked their lives because they love this country. they are here. they are here before you because this most consequential election is the greatest one in our memory for the president of the
united states. the stakes are enormous. we must not and we could not stand on the sidelines. this election can carry us to a future of unity and hope, or to a dark place of discord and fear. we must choose hope. every american in uniform, in the white house, or at home -- [ chanting "usa" ] >> usa! we must be a force for unity in america, for a vision that includes all of us, all of us, every man and woman, every race,
every ethnicity. [ chanting "usa" ] every faith, every faith and creed, including the americans who are precious muslims, and every gender, and every gender orientation. [ chanting "usa" ] all of us together, all of us together, pursuing our common values. my fellow americans, from the battlefield, to the capitals of our allies and friends and partners, the free people of the world look to america as the last, best hope for peace and liberty, for all human kind.
for we are -- we are the greatest country on this planet! so we stand before you tonight to endorse hillary clinton for the president of the united states of america! we trust in her judgment. we trust in her judgment. we believe in her vision for a united america. we believe in her vision of an america as a just and strong leader against the forces of hatred, the forces of chaos and darkness. we know that she, as no other, knows how to use all instruments of american power, not just the military, to keep us all safe and free.
my fellow americans, i tell you, without hesitation or reservation, that hillary clinton will be exactly, exactly the kind of commander in chief america needs. i know this! i know this because i served with her. i know this as the former special presidential envoy to the global coalition to counter isis. with her as our commander in chief, america will continue to lead this volatile world. we will oppose and resist tyranny, and we will defeat evil. america -- america will defeat isis and protect the homeland. america will honor our treaty
obligations. we will lead and strengthen nato and the atlantic alliance. and our allies in east asia and around the world whom we have sworn a solemn oath to defend. my fellow americans, we will stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and keep them from the hands of dangerous states and groups. our armed forces will be stronger. they will have the finest weapons, the greatest equipment. they will have the support of the american people -- you! and the american military will continue to be, will continue to be the shining example of
america at our very best. our veterans. our veterans will be thanked by a grateful nation and they will be cared for in the manner they deserve for the sacrifices they have made for all of us, for this great country, and for world peace. ladies and gentlemen, but i also know that with her as our commander in chief, our international relations will not be reduced to a business transaction. i also know that our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture, and they will not be engaged in murder, or carry out other illegal
activities. with hillary clinton as our commander in chief, the united states will continue to be that indispensab indispensable, transformation power in the world. to our allies, and to our friends and partners, listen closely. we are with you, america will not abandon you. to those -- to those acting against peace, acting against civilization in the world order, we will oppose you. and to our enemies, to our enemies, we will pursue you as only america can. you will fear us. and to isis and others, we will defeat you!
ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, my fellow americans, my fellow veterans, this is "the" moment. this is "the" opportunity for our future and that of the world. we must seize this moment to elect hillary clinton as president of the united states of america! thank you and god bless you and god bless america! >> and that is what 37 years in the corps and four stars sound like when they get agitated and pumped up in front of a political convention. again, so much of it proving the exact point that chris matthews made today, and has been making. this kind of switch in roles, this appropriation of open love
of country by a democratic convention. as last week people rushed to google the word "distopian," now we see this unfettered celebration of patriotism. we're now going to be hearing from a recipient of the medal of honor. a french-born u.s. soldier. >> good evening. i'm here tonight not as a democrat or republican. i'm here as a proud immigrant to this country, a proud veteran of the united states army, and a proud recipient of our country's highest military honor. soldiers spend years training for one moment. we don't know when it will come. we don't know what it will require. but we know that when it
arrives, we will be ready. my moment came four years ago in afghanistan. a suicide bomber approached my man, i grabbed them by the vest. i threw them as far as i could, because that's exactly what i was trained to do. the vest exploded, it took a part of my leg with it. i was a runner in college, but the run to that vest was the last run of my life. america lost four heroes that day. command sergeant major griffin, major gray, major kennedy, and foreign service officer reggie dell fattah. i remind you that your military protects you with their lives.
and that our president should protect us in return. hillary clinton has been training for this moment for decades. in the senate, she worked across the aisle to support wounded warriors and our families. as president she will reform the v.a., not prioritize it. she'll help heal our invisible wounds that lead to suicide. and as commander in chief, she will defeat isis. when hillary's moment comes, she will be ready. ready to serve, ready to lead, and ready to defend those who defend you. thank you. go, army. >> well, we had a "go navy" earlier in the convention. now to keep it fair, we have a "go army," because the call in response to both of those, was,
>> we are back and let's go right to the podium. ohio democratic senator sherrod brown. >> she's a progressive who gets things done. and she has a real plan to give american workers the chance to share in the profits they create. now donald trump believes wages are too high. those are his words. too high? and he wants to be president? how do you help americans build better lives for their families when you outsource jobs? this suit i'm wearing, made by union workers ten miles from my cleveland home in brooklyn, ohio. trump suits, made in mexico. trump glassware, made in europe, not toledo, america's glass city. trump furniture, made in turkey,
not archibald, ohio. donald trump's hat may be stamped with "make america great" again, but his ties are stamped "made in china." now, i've been fighting for a trade agenda for more than 20 years, that puts american workers first. and i can tell you, in all those years, i've never, ever even seen donald trump. no, the only thing i've seen donald trump do when it comes to u.s. trade policy, is run his mouth and line his pockets. while trump outsources jobs, hillary clinton has a real plan to bring jobs back to america. $10 billion in made in america tax credits to revitalize manufacturing. now trump proposes tax cuts
too -- $3 trillion for millionaires like himself, and $2 trillion for corporations like his. of course we can't really say for sure how much trump will take for himself, because he's refused to share his tax returns with the american people. but the one thing we know for sure is donald trump looks out only for donald trump, no matter who he steps on along the way. now, just ask the -- just ask the freel family. they had a cabinet-making business in philadelphia. that is until they signed a contract with trump plaza. they finished their work, but trump refused to pay them what they were owed, starting a downward spiral that ended in bankruptcy. five decades. they had spent five decades in business, providing jobs and
livelyhoods to workers and families in communities, and it all came crashing down after a contract with donald trump. now trump says he wants to run our country like one of his businesses. i guess that means he wants to slap his name on it, make false promises, and then scam innocent people out of their savings. look, there's no question, we have work to do, we face serious challenges. too many families struggle just to get by, let alone to get a little bit ahead. donald trump thinks people in states like mine will choose his counterfeit campaign over the genuine solutions we're fighting for tonight. he is wrong. donald trump looks at towns in the middle of america, and he sees a rust belt of decay. well, we reject that term "rust belt." hillary, my friend tim kaine and
i, see vibrant, innovative communities throughout the heartland. cleveland is powering a fresh water wind farm in lake erie. youngstown is leading the way in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing. and that power plant where connie's father worked, it's not rusting. it's been converted to a water processing plant, supporting hundreds and hundreds of ohio jobs. that's how we rebuild a thriving american middle class. those are the kinds of solutions hillary clinton will deliver, solutions that make a real difference in people's lives. and that's why -- that's why hillary clinton will win ohio, because as everyone in this great hall knows, as ohio goes, so goes the nation! now, in this hall on tuesday,
connie and i were overtaken with emotion, when our long-time friend bernie sanders, moved to nominate hillary clinton to lead our party to victory. it took me back -- it took me back to mansfield, ohio, when i was a third grader at brinker hove elementary school. i remember looking up at the poster of presidents on the wall. they all looked pretty much like me. my two granddaughters and my three grandsons are too young, too young to appreciate the hit t -- the historic nature of this moment. but when they go to school and look up at the presidential photos in classrooms, they won't see faces that look like mine. they will see barack obama. and because of the work that we do over the next hundred days, my granddaughters will see
themselves in the face of president hillary rodham-clinton. thank you. >> sherrod brown addressing the faithful on the floor of that convention. >> sherrod brown, a progressive favorite in the democratic party. he had initially, as far as we know, been expected to speak last night. was moved to tonight to actually what is a better time slot tonight. javier becerra is going to speak, and a big katy perry performance and then we're into chelsea and hillary clinton. >> but they don't have joy brown. we -- joy reid. we'll be going to joy reid right after this. >> -- who made this convention a success. anyone here, an immigrant or
child or grandchild of immigrants, anyone the first in your family to go to college? who here makes a living working with your hands, making this country better? this, this is what a great america looks like. so when i hear someone say, america isn't great. it hits me. like when someone says, your father was just a ditch digger. your mother wasn't even born here. this election is about us. it's personal. it's about telling every little boy and every little girl, you can be president of the united states of america. when she was 18, my mom came from guadalajara, jalisco, mexico. she was the boss. she judged so many things so
well. she juggled her jobs at home and as a clerical worker. my father, he had to sleeve school by the sixth grade to help support the family. i remember, he would leave for work long before my three sisters, and i would get up for school. when you work in the fields and in construction, you rise with the sun. in winter, when sacramento turned cold and rainy and the construction jobs disappeared, my dad would somehow find other work. laying a tile floor, canning tomatoes, or hauling someone's trash. my parents didn't go to college. but they encouraged us. and like so many of you, i became the first in my family to graduate with a four-year degree. i know that education opens doors. hillary clinton gets that. she understands that every child deserves a great education, no matter their zip code.
as first lady of arkansas, hillary had what she called the chelsea test. if a school wasn't good enough for her daughter, it wasn't good enough for anyone's child. that's why, as president, she'll bring pre-school to every 4-year-old in america. she'll rebuild our crumbling schools. she'll give our teachers the support and tools they need, and the pay they deserve. how many of you have student debt? hillary will fight for debt-free college tuition, because nobody should be priced out of college. and she'll ensure folks can refinance their student loans. because nobody should be held down by the crunch of student debt. i recently went with carolina,
my wife, to witness our youngest daughter, natalia, graduate from high school. natalia knows, the sky's the limit. hillary wants for all children what we give to our children. hillary wants to build schools. donald trump wants to build walls. his idea of an education plan, trump university. he once demanded that president obama release his college transcripts because it would be, quote, very revealing. you know what i think, i think it would be very revealing for donald trump to release his college scripts. who here thinks he did as well as he says he did? at every stage in his life, donald trump has exploited america's laws to put himself first.
he uses lawsuits the way my mom uses coupons to drive down the price of products. he uses bankruptcies, six of them, like a wealthy man's get out of jail free card. i can't tell you if this man has ever had a callous on his hands. does he know the price of a gallon of milk? a loaf of bread? and why don't we know about his tax returns? why won't he release his tax returns? what is he hiding? why won't he show the american people who he is? now let me tell you who hillary clinton is. a few months ago, hillary came to my city of los angeles and sat down with people like my parents, grandmothers, dreamers, and men who work all day in the sun. yet they remain in the shadows. as the meeting ended, the crowd
swelled all around her, she took every photo requested, with families who had never been anywhere close to a future president. people people who couldn't even vote, she embraced them, she listened to them and guess what, she proved that she cares. it's these moments that make this election personal. that hillary clin tor for as long as i've knowned is our next vice president tim kaine. he listens to us, too. we come a long way from the days my dad couldn't walk into the restaurant because of the signs
that read "no dogs or mexicans around." now is not the time to turn back. there's a saying in spanish [ speaking spanish ] tell me with whom you walk and i will tell you who you are. hillary clinton has walked with us all her life no matter with who we are or where we come from or what we look like or how much money we have or who we love, hillary clinton walks with us. now, the question is, are we ready to walk with her. are we going to fight for a nation where love trumps hate. are we going to live in america that's stronger together. then together let's elect the
next president of the united states, hillary clinton. [ applause ] thank you very much. >> all of this part of the biographical build up leading into tonight. you'll hear the introduction as we enter the later hours of chelsea clinton of her mother hillary clinton. let's talk about what we have witnessed here this evening. it's been an emotional night at that podium. as i mentioned, as i tried to do earlier, joy reed is standing by in philadelphia. joy, your take? >> reporter: i'll tell you this, this has been another powerful night that the democrats have put on this extravagant display of patriotism. it's interesting because i think the demarcation line right now in american politics is that the republican party is pining for the american that was and the democrats fully embrace and adore the american that is.
that's what's being displayed here in this hall. there were the giant american flags that were being waved all across the room. a group of protesters where a lot of protests have emanated started chanting, no more war. they were drowned out by people chanting, usa. there's been this folsom embrace of patriotism. the more powerful points to me have been william barber. he delivered a moral declaration to the republican party as well. they did not accept it. he gave what i thought was a sermon about what it means to be a conservative and religious conservative, of course, who reached into his pocket, took out the constitution and said to donald trump, you have sacrificed nothing, knowing that he and his wife were muslim americans sacrificed their son in defense of this country. powerful night once again. >> joy, have you been talking
two more power houses have entered the arena, former president, and the vice presidential nominee, bill clinton, and tim kaine. tonight's seating is going to be a little different. they have moved family and vips to the usual luxury boxes down on to the floor. that and the kind of constant presence of protesters has about doubled the secret service in the audience. here is katie perry. >> how are you doing? [ applause ] so, both of my parents are pastors and republicans. i didn't finish high school, unfortunately i don't have a formal education. but i do have an open mind and i have a voice. [ applause ] so i'm asking you to have an open mind and to use your voice because on november 8th, it will
be just as powerful as any nra lobbyist. [ applause ] you'll have as much say as any billionaire or you can just cancel out your weird cousin's vote, if you like. remember, it's not where you come from, it's what you grow into. so here is how i'm going to use my voice, i'm going to vote for hillary clinton [ applause ] that's right, i love hillary, too. i have a couple of saved messages on my phone from hrc and i bet you guys know i have a closet full of hillary themed dresses, right? that's right. iowa. and now, guess what, if you're listening, if you're watching, you can join her on the road, too, if you go to hillary clinton.com and donate before