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over the place. for me to point that out it's like see? there you go. >> yes. you will get blacklisted. >> that was my interview with actor viggo mortensen. that is "all in" for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now live from mchale's irish pub in rock hill, south carolina. that looks good. i'm going to go get me a pint. good evening, rachel. >> i am moments away from that pint, chris. trust me. thank you very much, my friend. and thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. if you are noticing some striking dissimilarities from what our usual set and our usual studio look like, it's because we really are live tonight from an awesome irish pub called mchale's in downtown rock hill, south carolina. where tomorrow night msnbc's going to be hosting the first in the south democrats candidates forum. martin o'malley, bernie sanders, hillary clinton, they're all going to be here in person before an audience of thousands at winthrop university. i am going to be moderating that first in the south forum tomorrow, which is totally fine,
not at all nervous. there have just been, speaking of the south, there have just been two big governor's races in the south this week. in mississippi, the mississippi democratic party essentially did not get it together to run a major candidate for governor this year. so mississippi's republican governor phil bryant basically got to run unopposed. he did very well. the other governor's race in the south this week was very, very contested. that was democratic attorney general jack conway losing the kentucky governor's race to republican tea party businessman guy matt bevin. now, kentucky democrats, democrats across the country, really thought jack conway was going to win that race, both because they thought matt bevin was a very beatable fairly eccentric, fairly polarizing guy but also because the polling just told them that very clearly in fact democrat jack conway was going to win that race.
he definitely lost that race and by a lot. and today in today's news, one very specific chicken came home to roost on that story. the lexington herald leader newspaper today in kentucky fired their pollster. that paper runs the bluegrass poll, which is supposed to be the gold standard poll in that state. but they completely blew the governor's race this year. so that paper has fired their polling company. that's the kind of procedural consequence of that race going the way it did in kentucky this week. that's the procedural consequence. the real-life consequence of that race going the way it did in kentucky this week is that 400,000 people who live in kentucky are now watching their surprise new republican governor trying to figure out if he meant it when he promised them that he was going to throw them all off their health insurance as soon as he takes office. nearly a half million people. but there is one more southern
governor's race that is still in process right now and that is the louisiana governor's race. and ooh, it's a doozy. the country governor, bobby jindal, is running for president, although he is polling so poorly it is sometimes hard to tell that anymore. but regardless of how well his presidential race goes, bobby jindal is term limited out as louisiana's governor and now republican u.s. senator david vitter is running in louisiana to try to replace bobby jindal. david vitter came in second in an open primary last weekend. that was good enough to get him into a runoff for the governor's seat. in two weeks he'll be running off against a democrat named john bel edwards. not to be confused with john not bel edwards. now, the first big surprise in that southern governor's race came when the first poll came out after that runoff match-up was set between john bel edwards and david vitter. the first poll after we knew it was going to be those two guys
showed david vitter losing to the democrat in that race by 20 points. that was southern surprise number one in that race. john bel edwards' family is here tonight. [ laughter ] but the southern surprise number two in that race actually came today. and this one blew me away. i never would have expected this. but today one of the other republicans who'd been in the running for that race for governor, who ran in the primary is actually the current lieutenant governor of the state. he's the republican lieutenant governor under bobby jindal. today he came out as the republican lieutenant governor and he made his endorsement in the governor's race and he endorsed the democratic guy over david vitter. the republican lieutenant governor of the state endorsed the democrat running against david vitter saying, "the republican brand has been damaged by the failed leadership of bobby jindal during this last term, david vitter's governorship would further damage the brand." and so apparently the best way to protect the republican brand
from louisianans like bobby jindal and david vitter is to keep them from holding public office by republicans voting in the democratic guy instead. [ cheers ] southern politics are so weird and so great. and southern politics are not always what they appear on the surface, whether it's people outperforming the pollsters by double digits or grudges that last longer than political reporters can remember and sometimes apply to people's children and grandchildren. or in the south it's sometimes the supposedly inevitable political truth that one day just poof into smoke and define brand new rules when nobody was expecting it. and that kind of dynamic is why we are here. because this is supposedly the deep red south, where democrats have no chance. but you know what? when they made the tickets available to the public to come see the democratic presidential candidates in rock hill, south carolina tomorrow night, they put those tickets on sale at 9:00 a.m. all of those tickets were gone by 9:05 a.m. [ cheers ] we're here tonight because barack obama got a huge welcome here in the 2008 race. barack obama made two separate visits specifically to this town of 60,000 people in the 2008 race because he really needed to win the primary in south carolina. first in the south.
and he did win that primary. but you know, he didn't win the south carolina general election. because of course not. south carolina hasn't gone for a democrat for president since jimmy carter won in 1976. south carolina has gone red in presidential elections for going on four decades. south carolina has had a republican governor since 2003. republicans have had full control of the legislature since 2000. both south carolina senators are republicans. south carolina sent seven lawmakers to congress and six of the seven are republicans. so barack obama never really had a chance of winning south carolina in the general election either time. even after beating hillary clinton in the south carolina primary in 2008 by nearly 30 points, in the general election he lost here in 2008. and in 2012, first to john mccain and then to mitt romney.
south carolina went red again. but if you want to see where in the south barack obama won not just the primary but the presidency, you only have to drive a half hour away from here when the traffic's good. you only have to drive a half hour away to swing state north carolina. democrats controlled the state house of north carolina as recently as 2010. north carolina had a democratic governor as recently as 2012. they had a democratic senator until just this last year. and one of the times barack obama has run for president he won north carolina. so being here, it makes for kind of a high-stakes science experiment. what makes south carolina and north carolina so different? why is one of them fire engine red, where i sit right now, and the other one a half hour away kind of more of a great jelly purple? why is this happening in our policy? today i finally got close enough to ask those questions myself on the north carolina side of the
border in charlotte. i went there today with a professor of southern politics, scott hoffmun of winthrop university. and i met here in rock hill with jaime harrison who's the energetic young new enthusiastically optimistic chairman of the south carolina democratic party. watch this. >> we have googled this within an inch of its life and i believe with some big degree of confidence, i believe that this is the actual border. >> so it would appear. >> between north and south carolina. oh, and a ladybug. we call this checkpoint nikki haley. >> from the state where i grew up to the state where i -- >> so this is the north carolina side, this is the south carolina side. the reason we're here at this barrier is basically because i want to understand what's different in terms of political -- realistic political possibilities on this side of this border versus this side of the border. it seems to me like obviously
the republican party is ascendant in the south everywhere, but in south carolina it feels done and in north carolina it feels like it is at least in process and maybe not going that direction in an irrevocable way. >> now, on this side of the barrier -- >> south carolina. >> the south carolina side, the republican party is absolutely dominant. and you're right, it has been ascendant. they controlled both chambers of the state legislature. every statewide office is controlled by republicans. what's happening on this side of the border is the democrats are really trying to reorganize. they have spent several election cycles losing at all levels except the seats they're gerrymandered in. one congressional seat and a lot of house and senate seats. now you see a whole new generation of democrats in south carolina that are no longer happy with that status quo and
they're trying to figure out how to build. they saw a lot of excitement around barack obama, a lot of organization around barack obama in 2008, which is how south carolina really became obama country in '08 for the democrats. they want to build on that. the new generation in the democratic party in south carolina are tired of having a shallow bench. they're tired of losing at every level. but the truth of the matter is electoral politics are against them for several cycles but rebuilding has to start somewhere and that's what they're trying to do. >> and you see energy. >> i see energy. >> you see energy and ambition and effort and this is not going to be one of those southern democratic parties that neglects to field candidates for major offices anymore. >> well, for maybe a cycle or two. when you have that many seats to fill, it takes a while. but again, rebuilding has to start somewhere. and they're going to continue to lose because they are outnumbered. they're going to continue to
lose for a while. but you know, it's not inevitable that they can never rise again. so they've got to bring in fresh blood, exciting candidates. and you're right, they're not going to be able to do it for most races but they've got to contest every statewide race. they can't do it now. but if they expect to build they've got to take this excitement, this momentum from this cycle knowing that this election is not going to be the election where the democrats try -- >> this isn't going to be where it pays off for south carolina democrats but if it's ever going to pay off in the next few cycles or anytime in our foreseeable future it's going to have to start here with 2016. >> that type of -- you know, building muscles for competition, you know, you don't start off being an olympic runner. you start off dashing to the end of your driveway. >> fascinating. that's fascinating. and the border's very handsome. >> do you have an opinion on the new chair of the south carolina democratic party, jaime harrison? >> i've only met him a few times. he seems incredibly energetic. he really wants to grow the party and take it in a new way. there was a lot of old blood who in the -- you know, the heyday of the democratic party had made
it what it was, built it, but a lot of the democrats were feeling kind of taken for granted. and jaime seems to be new blood for them. and you know -- >> and new energy. >> and the truth is the republican party's been doing that for a while, bringing in new young talent in south carolina to take advantage of every growth. jaime seems to be wanting to do that. the question is can he capitalize? and things like this are his attempt to grow the -- >> things like the forum. >> things like the forum. >> we'll talk to him later. i'm excited about that. >> do you have -- how old are you now? >> so i'm 39. i will turn 40 next year. >> in your second term as chairman. >> in my second term as chairman. >> did you have a horizon in terms of what you think is realistically doable as chair of the party, a goal that you want to achieve, something you think you can get done that you can see doing in the time you're going to hold this job? >> exactly right. so the number one thing, and i realized this after my first term as chair, that the hardest part of raising money for a party, people are going to tell you yes i'm going to give you money or no, i'm not going to
give you money. the hardest part is finding talented people. the bench here in south carolina is depleted. but that is the problem -- >> you don't have people to run. >> -- all across the south. you don't have -- there are some folks that you can get to run but you don't have really good talented people to run. and so this year, and we will be announcing this on friday, tomorrow, we are announcing the james e. clyburn political fellowship. it's something i created because i recognized that we have a dearth of talent here. we don't have -- the average age of my county chairs, the people who are on the ground, it's probably in the 60s. the candidates that we have don't reflect the diversity of the democratic party. a lot of young people in this state, they tend to -- they go to college, they get their education, and then they go to north carolina, to charlotte, or they go to georgia, to atlanta, or they go up to washington, d.c. or new york. so we have to begin developing talent in the state. >> well, part of that has to be that people don't see -- especially somebody who's
ambitious and talented and has other options don't see any realistic chance of there being any political success for a democrat in south carolina. >> that's true. but what i tell people is -- and before i'm a democrat i'm a student of history p. and the republican party in this state probably about 40 years ago were at the same place the democratic party is today. >> that's true. >> there are some fundamental things they did in order to position themselves to take advantage of the opportunity. >> do you get as chair of the south carolina party, do you get support from the national party? >> we do. and part of that is -- >> is it enough? >> i would love more. >> what would you love more of? >> what i would love more of is a democratic southern strategy. something that is off budget. that basically says we are going to dedicate a certain amount of money, and this is from not only the dnc but the dsec, which are all the acronyms for the senate and the house committee. that we're going to set aside a certain amount of money to begin
to cultivate a bench of talent. >> having people to recruit to run is a key -- >> it's a key issue for me. and we need to break this mold of how they decide on where to allocate resources. they use something called dpi, the democratic performance index, which basically is a culmination of data of how people will perform in that district over the course of history. but that doesn't take into account the quality of the people who ran previously. >> you're saying because democrats haven't done well in the past they're not getting a chance to run well in the future -- >> exactly. >> -- because it looks hopeless. so you have to change expectations in the state among people who might consider a political career or try a political career to make them think it's possible. you also have to change expectations nationally so nationally democrats look at south carolina and think it's possible. you have to win in order to do that. don't you have to win in order
to prove it? >> it's the chicken or the egg, right? and there's a fundamental problem. when you look at barack obama had -- his vote in south carolina was what, 44% and 45%. 45% i think initially and 44% or 43% the last time. most people think of south carolina as so ruby red. like oh, my god, barack obama got 40-something percent. >> yeah. >> the question is to the national democratic party if you invested money and we have to think not just a two-year cycle, and that is the problem. republicans on the other hand are thinking ten years. >> so we had a lot of southern strategy for lack of a better phrase. southern democratic hope lip service from the democrats in 2012 when they held their convention in charlotte. but you're saying it hasn't translated to the democratic party prioritizing winning individual races in states like south carolina that would give them something to go on. >> that's exactly right. >> i understand this better now. that's very helpful. >> you hear that, national democrats? you hear that, national democrats?
basically, the word from south carolina is a little help here, can we get a little help here, please? that was the chairman of the state democratic party here in south carolina who says democrats have paid way more lip service to being a 50-state party than they have actually followed through on and made good on in states like this. and that is part of the reason republicans have cleaned up in states like, this because they're playing the long game and mac the long investment and democrats are talking about it but not doing it. democrats in the obama era won a whole bunch of down ballot races in the states, then in congress in 2008. since then they have shed those seats like rain off a duck to the point where democrats have lost a dozen governor's seats, more than 900 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative bodies, houses or senates. 69 seats in congress, 13 seats in the senate, all lost by the democrats since president obama has been in office. and yeah, some of that is because he won at first and he took a lot of those seats for the democratic party when he first took office. so there was going to be some snapping back. but some of it isn't that. some of that really does feel like the democratic party has ceased to really try, has ceased
to actually really even compete in whole swaths of the country. and a lot of the country thinks the entire southeast of this country is one of those places where democrats are not even trying anymore. well, they may not be trying nationally to win in the southeast, but we are here tonight in the southeast. we are here tonight in south carolina to find out if that is true locally here as well. stay with us. we're live from mchale's irish pub in rock hill, south carolina. congressman jim clyburn's here. steve kornacki's here in just a moment. we've got lots ahead. stay with us. if you love shrimp like i love shrimp, come to red lobster's endless shrimp... ...for as much as you want, any way you want it... sweet, spicy, and crispy. like wood-grilled teriyaki shrimp... ...and buttery garlic shrimp scampi. and yeah, it's endless, but it won't last forever.
presidential campaigns absolutely devastating news about the next republican debate. there's a big surprise tonight as to who is not being let into that debate. we've got news breaking about that tonight, and it is kind of remarkable that we are in south carolina when we are hearing that news. you'll find out why that is important in just a moment. but all that's ahead. stay with us live from mchale's irish pub in rock hill, south carolina. we'll be right back. selling 18 homes? easy. building them all in four and a half months?
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mayor for the first time this week. is rock hill, south carolina technically a blue dot? so we're having this conversation, blue dot this, blue dot that, blue dot this, blue dot that. while we were having that discussion i am not lying, look what happens. look what drove right past us. it's like god reads political blogs now and has a sense of humor about it. look. we're having that blue dot conversation. and a giant cement mixer drives up from the "blue dot ready-mix supply company. thank you, universe prop allocator. joining us now is congressman jim clyburn. he's a living, breathing -- he's the only democrat in congress from the great state of south carolina. and he's the convening host of tomorrow the first in the south democrat candidates forum. congressman, sir, thanks so much for being here. >> thanks for having me. [ cheers and applause ] >> we are going to be talking
about this in a little bit more detail later on in the show but first i do have to get your reaction. there is late-breaking news tonight that fox business network has looked at the qualifying polls for the next republican debate in such a way that they are not going to allow lindsey graham to debate at all. he will not even be allowed to the kids' table. i just have to -- as the home state senator i have to get your reaction to that. >> i know lindsey. we work together on our delegation. and i really would have loved to see him there. lindsey and i don't agree on a whole lot of stuff, but we do like each other. he is a very articulate spokesperson for south carolina. and i would have loved to see him there because whether we like it or not, south carolina's going to be one of the primary states and i thought it would be good for him to be there and talk about what people in this state would like to see presidential candidates talk about. >> there's a certain extra level
of angst or drama about it because it does seem sort of arbitrary in terms of whether or not he was let in or whether he wasn't. this debate process on the republican side has been so big and so chaotic, it seems like it was a little bit of just luck of the dice. >> well, if you're going to have eight at the adult table, four or six at the kids' table, what's the difference? >> you are the only democrat in south carolina's congressional delegation. >> yes. >> the state houses, both the state legislature, both senators obviously all republican. people think of this as a solid red state. >> yes. >> do you think that is true in an ongoing way or do you think that the democrats could make up ground here? >> oh, yes, we could. no question about that. i think we will. i really love what jaime harrison is doing. jaime is a disciple of governor
dean. he loves the 50-state strategy. i was not able to hear all of what he had to say when you talked with him. but i know that he's doing everything he possibly can to build a bench in south carolina. he came to me several months ago with his fellowship program that he wanted to honor me with. i think called it the james e. clyburn fellowship or something. >> yes. >> whatever it is he cost me a bunch of money. >> congratulations. what do i owe? >> yeah. jaime's all about putting together the resources necessary to build a bench, and i think he will. >> in terms of the national attitude toward south carolina, obviously south carolina every four years has the equivalent of a political birthday. both parties come to south carolina, they send all their headliners, you get lots of news attention, you get lots of lip service from all levels of the party because the primary comes so early, right after iowa and new hampshire. is there something specific that democrats could do to try to turn some of that attention into something that lasts here in the long run for governance here once the presidential campaigns
move on after february, march? >> absolutely. we have to start at the legislative level. remember, we've gotten into this difficulty as a result of the elections of 2010. and it was because i don't think we had enough focus on the gubernatorial races, on the state legislative races. because 2010, every ten years, is very critical to the political process. and i think that a bunch of very smart people who are really a little bit dumb took their eyes off the real prize, and that is who gets the results every ten years will determine what redistricting will be all about. so when we lost so big in 2010, it meant that the redistricting fell out of our hands and we were -- >> ten years. >> absolutely. a lot of us kept digging. some of the professionals. not to walk away from these races because we don't draw our own seats. the seats are drawn in the state mostly.
there are some commissions in some states. but by and large in the south they are drawn by the legislatures. and when you lose the legislatures you lose that process. >> that's right. congressman jim clyburn, a leader in this state on so many issues and for so long. and the person whose name is on everybody's lips anytime i talk to anybody good b. anything going on in this state. >> thank you. thank you for being here. [ applause ] >> we'll have much more from mchale's irish pub in rock hill, south carolina right after this. stay with us. >> symbol of heritage.
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surprises. several of which are sort of devastating. first of all, this time only eight republican candidates are going to appear on the main stage. that's the fewest number to appear on the main stage for the debate so far in this campaign. the line-up's going to be donald trump in the center, flanked by ben carson and marco rubio. they'll be joined by ted cruz, jeb bush, carly fiorina, john kasich, rand paul. not included on that main stage is chris christie. tonight fox has announced that chris christie and mike huckabee will not make it into the main debate because they didn't poll at at least 2.5% in the four most recent national polls picked by fox business. christie and huckabee will be relegated to the kids' table because they didn't make the cut. rand paul, interestingly, did make the cut. barely. he's literally on the line at 2.5% exactly.
so he's still on the main stage by the skin of his teeth. but that's not the only big news tonight. the line-up for the undercard debate, the kids' table debate, is pretty stunning as well. not only because chris christie's going to be there and mike huckabee's going to be there too. it's also stunning because of who is not even going to be there and how that was decided by fox. so check this out. the candidates who are going to be at thkidsta are chris christie, mike huckabee, rick santorum, and bobby jindal. bobby jindal is in. he's in even though south carolina senator lindsey graham is out. altogether not allowed to debate at all. the reason this is especially surprising is because of a very big, very surprising value judgment made by the folks over at fox business. we've been reporting recently how fox has refused to say in advance which national polls they would use to decide the line-ups for their debate. well, in the end tonight for some reason they chose to include a poll run by, i kid you not, investors business daily instead of a poll done by cbs and the "new york times."
nothing against investor's business daily, but really? why did they choose that poll? i don't know. but in the investor's business daily poll bobby jindal gets 2% and lindsey graham gets 0%. and that's enough. the inclusion of that truly randall fairly unheard of poll instead of the cbs/"new york times" poll means bobby jindal gets to keep debating and lindsey graham doesn't. literally, it's this one decision, had they chosen "the new york times" poll it would have been graham who made the cut and jindal would have been out. but they made their decision. this is a big deal, and parts of it do seem pretty inexplicable. it is a gift to bobby jindal. it is devastating to chris christie and mike huckabee. it is particularly devastating to lindsey graham. and now because of this decision by fox the only candidate in either party who has served in the military, lindsey graham, will not be allowed to debate the day before veteran's day. and whatever you think of lindsey graham, i cannot believe this is the process the republicans are using to pick their president this year. their president this year. but they are.
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devastating news for the chris christie campaign that he will not be allowed onto the main stage at the next republican debate. neither will mike huckabee. instead they will be at the kids' table debate. also even more devastating news for both george pataki and lindsey graham, that they will not even be allowed to the kids' table. just remarkable news today. joining us now is the shameless panderer steve kornacki and his winthrop eagles jersey. well done. >> thank you very much. >> i know you were wearing that anyway today. >> i love the ncaa tournament and they pulled off a great upset once, so i wear this with pride. >> every thursday night. i know you always do. i want to start with this debate news. it seems like incredibly devastating news that christie and huckabee are off the main stage. they're not out entirely, though. is it possible the kids' table debate is not a bad place for them to be? >> well, carly fiorina would tell you it's not the worst place to be in the sense that she had a good performance there in the first kids' table back in august. it vaulted her to the main table. of course the flip side of that
is the minute she got there she slipped back. she barely made it back onto the main stage in this one by half a point. one theory would be if you put a huckabee, if you put a christie at this second-tier debate maybe that brings up the stature of the debate a little bit, maybe there will be more eyeballs on it, maybe people will take it more seriously. but it's hard to argue with it, especially now that we're into the third and fourth debate here, when you get this far into it, i think there's less curiosity factor about that first debate. we're getting closer to the actual voting. it is a blow to a campaign just in terms of your status if you're told you're not good enough to be on that main stage. >> and it's a blow of a different magnitude to not even be allowed into the undercard debate. it's to me the decision by which -- or the means by which fox got to this decision to include bobby jindal, to exclude lindsey graham and george pataki, it's -- i mean, i'm sure they've got a justification for it. on its face it seems like a very controversial decision. but that has to be -- to be disappeared entirely off the stage, that has to be kind of the end. >> and that's it. if you're on the second-tier debate you could at least
theoretically turn in a very good performance and be promoted. but when you're not in any debate at all what do you do? you go around trying to get free media attention. but that difference between being off the stage completely and being in the second-tier debate, you look at those polls, you just put them up on the screen, you could take a poll of lindsey graham, you could take a poll of bobby jindal you're getting 001 and then one is 0011 -- there's almost no statistical difference between how they're performing in the polls but when you have to make these cutoffs that's what happens. >> and you make these cutoffs based on which polls you choose. investor's business daily makes the cut and cbs/"new york times" poll -- >> what fox is saying is they chose when these polls specifically were in the field and the ibd was in the field longer than the cbs one. if you look at it that way chronologically it would be one of the top four. certainly when it came out it didn't have the sort of luster of a cbs news/"new york times" poll.
the only thing i'd say about jindal, the jindal people have been arguing he belongs on one of the stages because of the early states, specifically iowa. jindal has pitched his message almost exclusively to evangelical christians. the latest poll in iowa actually had him moving there. he's at 6%, ahead of jeb bush in iowa. so he has shown a little life in one of the early states, which is more than lindsey graham can say at this point. >> chris christie showing life in new hampshire. >> that's right. >> lindsey graham showing life at the last debate. lindsey graham being an early state senator from here in south carolina. everybody's got a good argument to be there. ultimately with fox business channel being the arbiter of who's there it's a pretty nutty outcome. steve kornacki, thank you so much. >> happy to be here. >> if you stay another 20 minutes, i'll buy you a beer. >> deal. we've got lots more ahead from mchale's irish pub in rock hill, south carolina. please stay with us. and stowing-ability. rack-ability and hvac-ability. it's fully customizable and sized just right to give you cupcake-ability,
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i do not care if you are a south carolina resident or not. or whether or not you're going to vote in the democratic primary. right now is the time to pretend that you are. i'm going to ask you first martin o'malley, second bernie sanders, third hillary clinton. and in our straw poll if you're going to vote for that person i need you to make this noise -- just a noise like that. we're going to do a practice one. one, two, three. very good. how many of you are going to vote for martin o'malley? how many of you are going to vote for bernie sanders? how many of you are going to vote for hillary clinton? >> thank you. >> that's our straw poll. do not take that to the bank. thank you very much.
so this is a really cool story. if you were an activist in the civil rights movement and you got arrested at a sit-in or some other form of civil disobedience, for a very long time the movement raised money to pay your bail and that was the way the system worked in the civil rights movement forever. until something happened here in rock hill, south carolina to change that. there was a sit-in movement that started here in rock hill, south carolina in 1960, 1961, and the young activists who sat in here and got arrested decided they would do something different. they got arrested, they were assigned $100 bail, and they decided they would not pay it. the authorities here decided,
well, if they weren't going to pay their bail they weren't going to let these guys just sit here in a jail cell getting fed, they were going to do hard labor. so these young men who got arrested sitting in at a lunch counter in rock hill, they got assigned to the chain gang. hard labor for their arrest, which was remarkable at the time. but that strategic change that those young men made, jail, not bail, that shifted the financial burden of civil disobedience of the whole sit-in movement, the whole movement, so that instead of the financial burden being on the movement it would be on the system. that started right here. jail not bail. it changed the course of the civil rights movement and thereby changed the course of american history. and there was a group of these nine pioneering sit-in protesters who were arrested here in rock hill, south carolina
arrested as teenagers here and had their convictions stand all those years. more than 50 years later maroc hill overturned those convictions. it just happened this year. they made this remarkable decision that they would not put those off the books. they were going to expunge them and pretend that it didn't happen, like this was a normal criminal case with the conviction was vacated and expunged. they would make a special exception. they would be those convictions on the books so people would know what had happened here about those people and at this getting convicted for a crime of trying to buy a sandwich. the historical record in physical record still shows that those arrests happened and that time was served.
that historical record also shows that it was here. when they change their mind, they wanted to make sure nobody would forget what they had done. they left it on the books. you can actually see the books. we got to do that today. watch this. . >> so many people want to come see it. >> yes. >> okay. starting right here with trespassing. >> every first, 1961 was the day of arrest. >> the name of the prisoner. arrested officer. this is the offense for all nine of them, trespassing. okay. >> none of these had a different officer. >> all arrested in the same place and time.
>> just a different officer. >> that tells you what an extreme police presence there was. >> it had been going on a long time at that point. >> i don't think so. this would have been the first jail, not bail. here you can see the conviction. >> all guilty. $50 or 30 days. sent to changing. >> wow. >> had they paid $100. >> they would serve the time. if you look at the end of the day, this the end of the docket day. you can see their. what was interesting to us is that all these years later his
nephew, judge billy hayes is now john hayes. he vacated these. >> literally his nephew. >> his nephew. >> that's remarkable. this was january of this year. the decision was made that these convictions -- >> this is the order. the words he used vacated and dismissed with prejudice to. >> they can't be brought again. >> right. >> we had this before docket because they were not expunged. if something is expunged, it no longer exists. we would then have to erase it. >> literally obliterate the record so it does not exist. >> right. nobody wanted that to happen. the defendants didn't want it to happen. the lawyers didn't, the family
didn't. we certainly don't can i invite you all down here? >> was it hard to persuade people to do it? >> it was pushing on an open door. snowballed going downhill. >> we had all of them. >> oh, were going to have to open up every case or this is going to create -- we are going to become a truth tribunal like in south africa were something? you didn't have that? >> it didn't happen here. >> it was. i think everybody was just supportive of something that should be done. >> half a century later, rock hill, south carolina, choosing to make it right by those activists arrested as teenagers. by the time they got their apology and their convictions overturned. by the time they got that doc t docket, they were in their 70s.
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welcome back. [ cheering and applause ] >> it has been very fun to do the show from here tonight. everybody has been very kind. rock hill is where you will find the mighty mighty winthrop university eagles. the name of their mascot is -- big stuff. which nobody here thinks is weird. i know i'm not from here, but the name "big stuff" doesn't intrinsically have anything to do with an eagle. that's all i got to say. winthrop university is also home to the winthrop poll. we just got new polling from winthrop university this week on the democratic presidential field, and that result is not subtle. hillary clinton leading the presidential field in south
carolina by a margin of 56 points. she has some fans here tonight. she's at 71%. bernie sanders at 15%. martin o'malley at 2% which is what we call in political science terms -- room to grow. but hillary clinton is really running away with it in south carolina. technically among african-american voters here hillary clinton's support is even higher, she's at 80% support among african-americans. traditionally in south carolina, everybody i talk to says when the republicans come here they want to know which republican can sweep the entire south by appealing to all conservatives. when democrats come here they are testing their appeal mostly to an african-american electorate. hillary clinton right now in the polls is winning that test. it is bernie sanders' biggest challenge right now as a democratic contender. i will be talking about that with all of the candidates tomorrow one-on-one in our first in the south democratic
presidential forum. starts 8:00 here on msnbc. i will see you there. today the british are celebrate ing celebrating the attempt to blow up parliament. 410 years later they're not using gun powder but they are still dropping political bombs. former george h.w. bush takes aim at dick cheney and donald rumsfeld. the article that lit today's fire will join me. former president george hw. bush giving a scathe ing critique of dick cheney and donald rumsfeld. >> i picked him because he will be a valuable partner and a bush administrationist.