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david axelrod. first the latest comments from giuliani. now america's mayor says the president may be a communist. this is the cover of the new york daily news. the tabloids are having a field day with this stuff. giuliani told the other tabloid "the new york post" details about the president's alleged communist leanings. quote, from the time he was 9 years old he was influenced by frank marshall davis who was a communist, and the mayor went on to discuss other communist influences in obama's life. what? here's the mayor defending himself. on fox. >> i'm right about this i have no doubt about it i do not withdraw my words. if the president goes and makes a speech and talks about what a great country this is if the president could complete the following sentence. during the crusades the christians were barbarians and so were the muslims, if the president could say islamic
fundamentalist terrorism is our enemy, i will applaud the president. but until he does that i will have doubts about his emotions his feelings his attitudes and the way in which he developed. >> many have criticized giuliani's remarks as racist. he is defending that too to "the new york times" he said some people thought it was race igs. i thought that was a joke since he was brought up by a white mother a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. this isn't racism this is socialism, or possibly anti-colonialism. so how didpolitics become this ugly? let's dig deeper with someone who knows the president well. david axelrod is a former senior 5d visor to president obama, author of a new book called "believer" and he joins me now. we know the president has proclaimed his love for the country, he has also defined what he regards as american
exceptionalism. so mayor giuliani's statement was not grounded in fact. what drives it? is it race? is it some form of anti-intellectualism? how do you assess what he said? >> i can't climb into rudy giuliani's head and explain why he said what he said. what he said was despicable. and completely inconsistent with a man i know and i this i the man most americans know. barack obama is a guy who lived the american dream. he understands the greatness of america from his own experience and i don't know anybody who feels more strongly about it than he. i don't know what possessed mayor giuliani. my recollection of him as a leader was that he was a pretty device sif leader in new york so perhaps this isn't entirely surprising but disappointing. this is what we have to get away from disqualifying people's patriotism simply because we disagree. >> it's upsetting to me because i have held him in high regard.
mayor giuliani. and to see him now repeating the sort of things frankly that have dogged president obama from day one, and that's why i ask what do you think drives it because it's not just him. >> i want to impute you know again i don't want to delve into his motives. i'll say this and i wrote about this in my book, i never talked about race working with the president because i didn't want to appear to be suthsing that all of the opposition was rooted in it but there is no doubt that race enters into some of these criticisms no other president had his citizenship persistently challenged. no other had a man stand up a member of the congress and shout are you lie. and i do think some of that is rooted in people's resistance to the notion that we're a more diverse country, and that there's a president, an frirn american president named barack obama. whether that motivated mayor giuliani or he was pandering to that point of view i don't know. >> so put on your political consultant cap.
you're now advising scott walker. he was in the room when the words were offered. what should have been his response? >> well i think that these are the tests that you get as a presidential candidate, michael. and i would have said -- disassociated myself from those comments. i think the appropriate thing to have said would have been i disagree strongly with the president on many issues but i don't doubt his love for this country or his patriotism. >> it occurs to me if the scott walker stood up and said what david axelrod recommended maybe scott walker would have lost the room at the 21 club but would have helped himself immensely should he run in a general election. this is the primary versus general election issue the republican party faces. >> this is the syndrome they have and this is why they had two center right republicans in the last two elections who had to basically make bargains with the right wing of the party to be the nominee. i'm interested in what jeb bush is doing because he seems to be
saying i'm going to stick to my positions on things like immigration reform and education reform and i'm going to either win the nomination on my own terms or not be the nominee. >> mayor giuliani this week again raised the question of why did now president obama remain seated in the pew at reverend wright's church. what's the answer to that? >> the president's answer is that had he heard the things that were on the tape -- remember they took years -- decades of sermons that were available in the gift shop of this church and found a few minutes of these comments. and the president said if the i heard these comments i would have taken issue with these comments but i didn't hear these comments and i guarantee you neither did mayor giuliani who was never in attendance either. so you know i think mayor giuliani was involved in a full out you know bout of pandering there. and was taking liberty with the facts. >> david, this week the president said that we are at war with people who have quote,
perverted islam. i get that he needs to build a coalition among muslim nations, i also get he needs to tamp down islam 0 phobia. by omission it seems dishonest not to acknowledge the role that religion is playing in the minds of those jihadists. >> well i think when he said they perverted religion that's what he's talking about. listen. a quarter of the world's population are muslims and 99.99% of them aren't involved in extremism. so obviously it's not something that's rooted in islam, it's rooted in the minds of these extremists who perverted islam to jibe with their warped ideology and it's really important that we separate them from the rest of the world's muls limb muslim community. we need to attack this together and not divide those who should be fighting this as one force.
>> i get his critics like to say he won't use radical islam because they try to equate that with the president being weak against that threat. that's not where i'm coming from. i think he has -- stood up to the task at hand. but i do worry that if you don't acknowledge what's driving some of the jihadists then you can't assess and stop the recruitment process. if it is religion for some of them we need to know that and act accordingly. >> but michael, i think what he's saying is that it is their interpretation of religion that is driving them in this instance. and that's what we have to -- that's what we have to acknowledge because otherwise we're tarring the other 99.9% in ways that create not just divisions between us and them but really fan what you said before which is this kind of anti-islamic sentiment that makes it harder to solve the problem. >> graham wood wrote a great
piece this week that got tremendous discussion thousands of comments appended to it. and he pretty much said that when we say isis has a distorted islamic texts, we're making a preposterous statement that they are literalists, those who are interpreting the koran for this evil purpose. >> religions generally, if you take ancient texts and interpret them literally, they can lead you to conclusions that aren't rational or consistent with the larger themes. and so you know i haven't seen the article, i don't want to comment on the article, but all i know is that these extremists isis and the offshoots of them are not reflective of the broad muslim community in the united states and around the world and we should resist the notion that it is all of one piece. >> david axelrod, thank you. we'll see you later in the
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it okay to call the police. here is one that's important. we've got a lot of sports spans in this town. touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. if they promise to wear gloves wan the washington redskins play football can notre dame west point? does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother john for planting different crops side by side? can i burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? think about those questions, would you. >> that scene from the hit show "the west wing" tell as story, taking religious scriptures literally is in some cases irrational. whether they are from the bible or the coran. it's what isis is doing committing violent acts in the name of religion naming the koran. what isis wants the writer explores the group's religious
beliefs. he says isis is no mere collection of psychopaths bought religious group with carefully considered beliefs. president bartlett makes a good observation, he may as well have been talking about isis right? >> exactly. that's what isis is trying to do. and there is some dispute whether they are the best kind of literalists. it's dispute over the best kind of muslims. the idea they are not reaching into muslim traditions is inaccurate. >> you write that the islamic state is very islamic, you use words that are not typically ascribed to isis you say that their followers derive from a coherent even learned interpretation of islam. >> yes. >> defend that. >> it's a learned interpretation that is rejected by most muslim scholars but they have their own council of scholars they have scholars looking at these sayings of the prophet and finding ways to use them. they are not illiterate. they are looking into these books and trying to come up with
justification. again justifications that are rejected by everyone else but they are scholarly and there is no denying that. >> what i'm taking away from your piece, i read it twice, is that they are justified, able to point somewhere in the koran for a justification of that which they are espousing. >> yes. includes things like burning the jordanian pilot alive. this is something that mutilation of bobbies that historically has been rejected. they go point by point and they find the examples the examples in the texts and islamic history for why that's permissible. >> then it begs a question i want to ask after i show everyone what the president said this week on this subject. >> we are not at war with islam. we are at war with people who have perverted islam. >> is he right? >> i'm grateful for that statement because it's true and the idea that there's some
narrative that we are crusaders who are against islam is something that we should reject as he did. however, he says we are at war with people who have perverted islam. this is a theological judgment. it's interesting we have a president to make judgments. i would say that is a bit beyond his writ. >> they are purists i think i read. you can't say that they have perverted the faith when they can point with specific reference to that portion of the faith that they are relying on. >> they could have looked at other parts of the faith. they could have found more tolerant traditions. the fact they are pointing to parts of the faith means they are drawing on this diverse tradition of islam. so to say they are perverting i think is really to make a kind of judgment that's far beyond the political judgments that the president can make. >> why does this matter? does it? do we really need to appreciate and understand the true justification of isis? >> i think it's very important to understand the enemy.
going to war with them when thinking that islam and especially this kind of jihadi version is one monolithic thing is quite dangerous. like going to war with nazi germany without understanding what nazism is or going to war with the soviet union without understanding communism. these are bits of information to understand the motivation that the enemy is providing to its own foot soldiers. >> you rely on an expert bernard hikele. he told you that the idea that isis has distorted texts of islam is itself preposterous. >> yes. the professor's view is that they are quite good at looking back into the past. they are historical but look they found texts to justify what they say and they used the same reasoning that would be acceptable in other contexts, again you could find other texts and other reasoning acceptable. but they are looking in this tradition, not outside of it. >> my colleague fareed za cary called your essay intelligent
work but he also with regard to the professor set there are 1.6 billion muslims in the world. perhaps 30,000 of the islamic state and yet hikele feels that those .00019% of muslims, they define the religion that sounds political. >> i think he is misreading hikele. hikele does not think -- i can speak for him i think in this case -- that isis defines islam any more than the branch davidians would define christianity. are they christian, absolutely. >> you say we have responded in a daze. what do you mean by that t united states government. >> there is this narrative that isis is a group of thrill kill anilists or perhaps just part of al qaeda. these are both simply mistaken. and so when we responded and tried to figure out ways to keep other people from joining this group, with that narrative in mind we don't understand what this group is. and what the motivations are behind it.
>> let me confess, what i learn from you is that in the end their savior is jesus, because in the end of time's prophecyies that they believe they are fulfilling they will be cornered in jerusalem, the ranks reduced to just 5,000 and jesus will come to their rescue. >> yes. they think fairly soon. so they have this view that in a fairly short calendar talking about years not decades, they will expand over the globe and then eventually because of the forces of anti-messiah be cornered in jerusalem and jesus will come back and lead them to victory. >> it's a great piece of work. it's generated a tremendous amount of commentary i think is healthy. i commend you for writing it. >> coming up a remarkable trial is coming down to verdict time. closing arguments in the "american sniper" trial set for monday. how hard is to the prove insanity as a defense? attorney mark o'meara says it's harder than you think. the oscars are a day away.
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routh know what he was doing was wrong when he killed chris kyle and another man? key testimony suggests he could have known but there's also strong evidence that he was mentally ill. my guest knows all about making closing arguments in high profile cases. mark o'meara is a criminal defense attorney represented zimmerman. we love the insanity defense. the reality to a practitioner such as yourself it doesn't come up that often. >> not often at all. less than 1% of the cases in america suggest that the insanity defense is appropriate. for those cases that get defense, 1 to 10% of successful. it doesn't work very much at all. >> in lay terms what is the issue? >> was he crazy, did he know right from wrong at the time is what texas, florida and a lot of
cases suggest. so the the defense has to go out there and prove that his bizarre behavior before was beczar enough enough that he should be forgiven for a criminal act. >> what if someone is impaired by drugs or alcohol? >> it was testified to by one of the experts, if you think of the insanity defense it's way at the end of the spectrum. you can be on drugs, drunk, you can be mentally disturbed, you can have paranoid thoughts suffer schizophrenia, none of that gets you to the insanity defense unless you good eat the long end of the spectrum where it says you have no idea that what you are doing was wrong. >> so with regard to this case give me a piece of evidence that suggests the insanity defense has merit, and then give me something that mitigates against it. >> here's one reason why the
defense may work. why else did he do it? there is no other reason why he would have killed two people comrades of his helping him out, in a situation where nothing suggested to a rational mind that he would have done something other than being insane. the other side of the coin is the prosecution side he was drinking that diminishes what he can argue as insanity. but more importantly, he knew what he was doing before and afterwards when he left the scene he knew how to drive the car away and on the right side of the road. he bought tacos he knew he had to pay for them. even when he talked to the officer at first when he said i was suffering from paranoia and schizophrenia, insane people don't know they are insane. >> one of the things that occurs to me about the insanity defense the belief i have if you take a life if you knowingly take a life you got to be a little off your rocker. >> and that's one of the best
arguments. if the i had one sentence to say in my closing argument on this i would say to the ladies and gentlemen of the jury why do you think he did it? balls in fact taking a life like that for no reason no justification, you might think he has to be insane. it's just that under our law the insanity defense is way at the end and very, very difficult to prove. >> mark i don't know if weather is going to interrupt the monday closing arguments schedule. it is conceivable that sunday night america tunes in to the oscars and watches "american sniper" regarded as picture of the year and monday morning closing arguments are given in this case. what's the impact of the film on the trial? >> it has enormous impact. unfortunately we can't change the reality of it. but everyone in america now likes one of the victims in this case kyle. and it has impact on the jurors it's going to and has impact on the way we look at the case. it's bizarre it's going to
happen. i hope he gets a fair trial even though in a difficult circumstance. >> what you have explained the nature of a case like this that you don't often put a defendant on the witness stand who is asserting an insanity defense. >> you don't because really he can't help himself at that point you think about it. that's got to come from the experts and the psychologists and psychiatrists and the lay witnesses who are going to come in and say here's who he was right before and maybe here's who he was after. and it's that history on both sides of the event that's really significant to prove up insanity. and he doesn't really offer very much to help himself by testifying. >>le great job, mark. thank you as always. >> thanks. mike. >> coming up. david axelrod's memoir offers a look at his 20 year friendship with president obama. why it was barack and not barry who ran for the u.s. senate. we'll get his take on 2016. plus she was once a famous
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sloganings the yes, we can, obama rallying cry. but would you believe obama thought the slogan was just too corny. that's one of many revelations in the gripping book "believer, my 40 years in politics." a look at obama we've never seen and other superstars. >> david, i want to talk to you about your book. it's 2004 you've got this young upstart, he is a state senator in illinois he wants to run for the u.s. senate. he has an odd sounding name. someone has the idea maybe he should run as barry, not barack. >> he laughed it off. one of our -- someone doing polling for us said split sampled the poll. they asked half the voters how they felt about barack obama and half about barry obama. barry did better. he laughed that off. this goes to the core of who he is. barack obama knows who he is.
he's not going to pervert that to win an election campaign. and so he dismissed that out of hand. and said my name -- that's great but my name is barack. >> which was your bigger blunder at obama's side? not making sure that someone was there to videotape the speech when he voiced opposition to the war in iraq or giving the recommendation that he bowl in altoona, pennsylvania which yielded a score of 37? >> i have to say the second one was more of a blunder because i didn't think through that someone would -- my notion was there are a lot of people in the bowling alley and hands to shake. and i didn't realize that an advance person would say why don't you roll a few. which wasn't preposterous. who knew he was a 37 bowler at the time. he is much better now that he has his own bowling alley over at camp david. but in terms of the first iiced
myself years later. he made probably the most speech about why we shouldn't go into iraq. everything he forecast then came to pass when i tried to find tape of it two years later, all i could find was 14 seconds from one news reel of him speaking because it wasn't considered a major event and i didn't have a film crew there. i wish i had -- i could have looked into the future. i would have turned that into some very good request tv ads. >> on first blush the president found yes, we can to be in your word his word corny. >> yeah. it was the first ad that i had written for his senate campaign in 2004. and it ended with him using those words, yes, we can. it was a story about all of the improbable things he had already been able to accomplish in his life. and when he got to the end of it he said yes, we can, is that too corny? and i made a strong case for why
i thought it was really important because it was inclusive and positive and really played against the political environment in the right way. but he turned to michelle obama who is on the staircase in this home where we were shooting and said what do you think? and she slowly shook her head and said not corny. he didn't really -- all my arguments as a trained professional didn't mean that much but her opinion really did. and thank god because that slogan became an icon for that campaign and the campaigns to come. >> give me something specific. if you were advising secretary clinton into 2016 who among the republican field would be most concerning? >> well it depends how the republican race unfolds, michael. if as i said earlier governor bush succeeds in getting nominated without making the bargains that the previous nominees made he could be formidable because he would have a reach into the hit spannic
community, he has a kinship with the hispanic community the others haven't had. that could change the demographic makeup of the vote in a way that would put states in play that we had won. including florida. but that's a big if. and beyond that i don't think we know. scott walker's getting a lot of buzz now but as you pointed out even on this giuliani situation, every day is a test when you run for president and no one knows how you're going to handle those tests. he has been a very proficient political player in a small environment. but presidential races are entirely different. and so i can't predict how he or any of them will perform. >> thank you, david axelrod. coming up who will go home with the golden statue at the academy awards? everyone has their pick. the bigger question is who gets to cast the votes? the nun who co-starred with elvis and is also an academy
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last place you would expect. she's an actress, who has walked the red carpet at the academy awards she even gave elvis presley his first screen kiss. >> i wanted to be with you. not only here but i want you with us on the road wherever we go. >> they don't need me. and you don't need me. you're going to the top and you're going alone. >> i need somebody. >> agents in hollywood wanted me for loveing you. i have a lot of films after that and it was wonderful. ♪ >> i was 19 and just on the threshold of the biggest career that you could have. >> after she made that kiss she made a career change and became a nun. that's right, a nun who in between prayers, screens movies and votes on the oscars.
from the oscar nominated documentary god is bigger than elvis, academy voter, mother delores hart joins me now. i have to believe there are many women among us who can claim they kissed elvis presley but not too many nuns. how did that come about? >> well i wasn't a nun when i kissed him. i can grant you that. but i was actually i was 17 just out of school and it was my first film. and indeed it was mr. presley's first kiss too. >> at age 24 as one who was leading a career as an aspiring actress, a successful actress, you then became a cloistered nun. it begs the question of me today now that you are a voting member of the academy how do you react to sex in so many films? >> well i think sex is wonderful. i think god created it as the
greatest creator of all. and i think it's a certain spirit a lack of love that destroys it. >> the nominees for best bik turks "american sniper," boy hood imitation game "selma," theory of everything and whiplash how do you assess that as a lot? would you say this is a good year, or this has been a good year for films? or not so good year? >> i think it's been one of the most wonderful years for films. because i think the films have tried to show situations as they really are. and not in a brutal or mean way. >> for what film did you vote if i may ask as best picture? >> the film the great budapest hotel. i thought that was so beautifully done.
and very, very intricate and delightful. i had a hard time with that and "boy hood." that was extreme lyly fine and good taste the way they took that whole life andp i can't imagine an actor being faithful to that many years. and the whole team of people. >> mother delores, do you get lobbied for your vote as a member of the academy? people try to curry favor with you, try and ply you with favors? how does the process work? >> i have never been asked to even to tell my vote you've given me the first courtesy in my life. i felt that maybe it was not supposed to be told or they shouldn't say anything. i think the newspapers and the magazines do everything they can
to try to get you to vote their way. you have to see the film and judge yourself. >> thank you, we appreciate your time. >> thank you very much. god bless you. and you. coming up, it's the winter that won't quit. new record lows are coming. temperatures never seen in some places affecting millions of people. o be asked is "what is it th can do that is impactful?" what the cloud enables is computing to empower cancer researchers. it used to take two weeks to sequence and analyze a genome; with the microsoft cloud we can analyze 100 per day. whatever i can do to help compute a cure for cancer, that's what i'd like to do.
. welcome back to the program. you've heard a lot about this brutal winter but now we're seeing a record number of never before seen temperatures and expecting more. it truly is deep freeze the likes of which we've seldom seen bearing down on most of the eastern u.s. let's get right to cnn meteorologist ivan cabrera. he's tracking the latest developments. >> 20 to 30 below zero even for the heartiest folks in the winter wonderland up north that's incredible and dangerous windchills we're talking about here. look at the temperatures as we woke up on saturday morning. well below zero as far as the windchill and down south, down to florida, it was feeling like it was in the 30s. that's a significant dip for them. get you into sunday morning look what's happening here. milder air will push briefly into the northeast. look at this on the backside of it, already ins bismarck 13
below, minneapolis 7 below. that arctic air is coming back at us here. we are stuck in this pattern and i think we will be in it the next few days. with this storm we have milder air that's going to be pushing in but mild enough or warm enough i think it will switch over the snow that will begin in philly and new york and boston will eventually switch over to rain as we get you into sunday. that is some good news there, but let's talk about the snow potential here. anywhere from 4 to 6 inches west virginia getting in on a good 12 foot -- 12 inches plus. that will be good for the ski resorts. more rounds of arctic air as we talk about here. look at the clock into february and, in fact i don't see this changing michael, until we get into the early and middle part of march. this is a long range outlook and what's coming another series of arctic blasts coming in. >> not what i wanted to hear. the pipes in my home outside of philly are literally frozen and you're telling me it's not going to be until march until i have
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finally, i've always been a fan of mayor giuliani. i've considered him a friend. but i was terribly disappointed to hear him question the president's love for our country, joining a long list of obama critics who i think have crossed the line. i also objected when george w. bush was the subject of undeserved high per bollic criticism but the baseless scorn heaped upon president obama makes bush's detractors look diplomatic. the president, the office and our nation deserve better. it's been unrelenting. the day after obama took office rush limbaugh told sean hannity he wanted him to fail. glen beck called the president a racist with a deep-seated hatred of white people. donald trump's birtherism took hold and socialism uttered increasingly. ann coulter called our sitting
president a retard. sarah palin mocked his shuck and jive stick and john sununu questioned colin powell's weighty endorsement as being motivated by race. there's been a prairie fire of falsehoods spread throughout the internet suggesting among other things that obama is a muslim or that he refused to cite the pledge of allegiance paving the way for the fictionalized documentary 2016 which characterized obama as fulfilling the anti-colonial agenda of his father. a man he literally knew for just one weekend. among the usual means used to undermine the president is the threat of an apocalyptic cataclysm usually in the form of power like the seizing of guns. these demand unthinking acceptance of the notion that the president, like some bizarre man churen candidate is executing a nefarious agenda. before i made the move to sirius xm radio i routinely fielded
calls from a.m. listeners with no hint of embarrassment in their voices said things like i call him comrade. or he's not my president. their best evidence. obama care. crafted by the same people who wrote romney care. critics, of course ignore that the affordable care act is premised upon personal responsibility and was born in a right wing think tank. and while some have labelled the president a socialist for the signing of the $831 billion stimulus nobody ever used that language ben bush acted similarly with the $700 billion t.a.r.p. and then, of course, there was benghazi. why all the attention to that tragedy, which happened on a september 11th? maybe to deflect attention from obama avenging the first 9/11. the president's critics have sought to diminish that achievement by a no-brainer and when candidate obama told me and
others in 2008 that he would not hesitate to strike bin laden if he found him in pakistan he was derided by his adversaries including hillary clinton and joe biden and while you can be critical as i have been, about the president's reluctance to label isis as islamic terrorists you to admit he hasn't hesitated to kill its members. let me be clear, there are plenty of reasons to criticize the job he has done but this has become all too personal. there's much to be admired in the president and his rise to power, replace kenya with poland or germany, and you would have observers rightfully saying that only in america could such a career path be possible. when i disagree with the president, i do so conceding that he's an intellectual heavyweight whose personal ethics have been above reproach. this first families has brought no disrepute to the white house. and real patriots voice
opinions based on substance, not smears. thank you so much for joining me. please don't forget follow me on twitter if you can spell smerconish smerconish. see you next week. on the job for one week and he's already on the move. defense secretary ash carter stops in afghanistan. why he says this had to be his first trip. new details into a shooting of a las vegas mother and a text message sent by the suspected gunman not long after the road rage incident turned violent. and so i have to deal with this garbage tonight. i'm sorry. >> bill o'reilly on the atack as he defends himself from a report over allegations that he exaggerated his account of a