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look at the generational divide in the presidential race. among my guests will be somebody who would like to see that divide go in his favor. julian castro. "the beat" starts right now. chris jansing is in for ari. >> good to see you, chuck. i am chris jansing in for ari tonight. we're following a lot of stories. the walls are closing in. trump losing support as his trade war blows up and his administration got millions of dollars from fema. plus, more fallout as trump threatens to deport seriously ill children. i'll talk to one family whose 5-year-old is receiving life-saving care in the u.s., but has been told to get out. and the slow burn in the impeachment caucus. why dozens more democrats have come out in favor of impeaching trump since the mueller hearing. we'll get to all of it, but we begin with an update on hurricane dorian, as the monster storm barrels towards florida. nbc meteorologist bill karins is with us. bill, what should people be preparing for? >> that's the million-dollar question. you're prepared in case you're told to evacuate. that's kind of the bottom line.
first thing, area of concern is the northern bahamas, and then we're going to talk about south central florida on the east coast, and then possibly right up through the florida coast into the carolinas. yesterday the trend was, uh-oh, this looks really strong and further to the south. today, in the last 24 hours, the trend has been, it still looks really strong, but maybe, just maybe, we can stall this thing out enough and curve it out to sea, to avoid a devastating blow on the east coast of florida and even the carolinas. so let me explain the latest from the hurricane center. 115 bhirn 115-mile-per-hour winds and look at how well defined the eye is. very symmetrical. it just looks like a classic, major hurricane right now. wouldn't surprise me at all if it gets up to a category 4 overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. and i still think that this may have a shot at some point in the next 24 hours, close to a category 5. that gets your attention enough right there. we know we're going to have this huge beast of a storm that could potentially do extreme damage. just like a michael last year or
some of the big huge ones we've done in the past. the forecast path for the hurricane center, we're through the bahamas sunday into monday. so we know that that part of the forecast, all of our models are saying that's going to happen. that looks like it's pretty much set in stone. they're rushing to either get out of the way or rush to completion in areas of the northern bahamas. and then we have this northwards turn. and this is the big debate between all the meteorologists and why the forecast wiggles and changes a little bit. when is that change going to occur? it's all being guided by an area of high pressure up here by bermuda. if it's a little strong, it sends it straight into areas of south florida and central florida. if it's weaker, the storm stalls and then it can curve and turn. and that's kind of been the trend as we've gone throughout the day today. a little bit of a weaker high, as that allows the storm to stall and then kind of make a drifting trend. as it drifts as a hurricane 4 along the east coast of central florida, that's horrendous. that's like worst-case scenario for them. but if we can kick it just a little bit more offshore, say wl
like, what this commuter model does, then it will just be a glancing blow. but you'll notice the majority are either on the show or right along te coahe coast, from vero beach, palm bay, down towards indian river, and up here towards the space coast, flagler county, daytona beach areas, and jacksonville. and now we've added charleston in there, too. we haven't ruled out the possibility of a direct hit up here. these are our two computer models. this is the american model. we get the big updates ae s eve hours. it goes the storm throughout 2:00 a.m. tuesday. that's how far back we've pushed this now, just off the coast of florida. but the european model further still off the coast of bahamas. now the european model, off coast, american model comes right along the coast and then off the coast. so we've got a lot to watch on this one, chris. and, you know, i hate to say it's the flip of a coin right now, but if you watch that coin of uncertainty, we call it this white area in here, 50% of that is now offshore. the other 50% is either over
florida or over here in western portions of florida. right now, it's just too early for us to say if we're even going to get a category 4 landfall. but it's still a possibility, and as long as that is the case, you have to prepare. >> yeah, no kidding. bill karins, thank you for that. all of the preparations for this storm coming just after the trump administration announced a plan to take away funding from fema, shifting $155 million from fema's disaster relief funding to pay for the president's border priorities. and when it looked like dorian could hit the already-battered puerto rico, the president sent multiple tweets attacking the island and its leaders, calling them corrupt and incompetent. all of this as trump faces growing pressure on everything from his trade policy to immigration plans. with growing signs of frustration from a key part of trump's base, farmers, getting ham pemered by trump's trade wa and new ethanol rules. plus, public outcry after the administration eliminated a policy to defer deportations for
families with a member undergoing life-saving medical treatment. now, children with cancer and cystic fib iic fie fibrosis cou kicked out of the country within weeks. and the president's personal assistant getting kicked out after comments she had made to reporters. joining us now, clarence page, good to see both of you. victoria, there was a lot of coverage of the president staying home to monitor the storm this weekend, but dorian's coming right after he cut money from fema's budget. he attacked puerto rico again, in fact, he seemed to complain about another big storm heading to the island. so how does he prove he's actually committed to these areas hit by storms? >> i don't think he's necessarily carrying whether it shows up that he's committed or
not. we know that he has had a very tumultuous relationship with the island of puerto rico, with their leadership, and he in his actions, in taking that funding away from fema, because let's not forget that it's only been two years since hurricane maria and the island is still recovering. so i don't think he really cares that much. i think where it's really going to hurt, though, chris, is in florida. because when we first thought that the bulk of the storm was going to go to puerto rico, that's a different story than when it hits florida and you have that full electorate of a purple swing state there that's going to be affected. so i'm going to be really curious to see if he changes his tune when we see impact of the storm closer to the u.s. mainland. >> clarence, the front page of puerto rico's leading newspaper today said, mr. president, your numbers are fake, because he said puerto rico got $92 billion in hurricane recovery. he keeps repeating that, when congress and the executive branch, it's been said over and over again, only approved 489d
billi $49 billion. and only half of that has gotten to puerto rico already. so what's it mean that he just keeps saying this over and over and over again no matter how many times he's corrected? >> the president has had a math problem with puerto rico from the time of the first hurricane. we saw that he, you remember, way underestimated or understated the number of casualties there. saying it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 or 40, something like that. and turns out it's well over a thousand. these are the kind of -- this is the kind of attention he's given to puerto rico in the past. it's a very strange kind of a passive neglect, if you will. while at the same time, florida is a very important state for him politically, as well as an important state for him financially, because he's got two very important properties there. mar-a-lago and the other hotel that he wants to have the g-7 conference in. and that's the difference between those two as far as the
president's attention goes. so i suspect we're going to see him paying a lot more attention, especially as the storm gets closer to orlando and highway 4, which is a pivotal area of independent swing voters in florida, which can carry that very important state's electoral votes one way or the other. >> yeah, we know he canceled a trip to poland, but he's about to get on a flight to go to -- or i guess, i guess the helicopter, to get to camp david. but in the meantime, i talked to the former fema director, craig fugate, earlier today about the cuts, taking money away from fema, for border projects. especially the timing. you know, going right into the hurricane season. and fugate had some really fascinating insight about who should actually worry about that money going away. here's what he said. >> to me, it will not affect the response to this hurricane. a bigger problem will be other disasters that if fema starts
running low on money responding of this hurricane, they may have to stop work on older disasters until congress is able to refund that account. >> until congress can refund that account. look, you might say, victoria, oh, of course congress would replenish fema funds. well, i do think a lot of people thought they'd take care of 9/11 victims, too, but we saw how protracted that was, right? >> i mean, regrettably, we've become so hyperpartisan in this era and congress has become so deadlocked that pretty much everything is a tug-of-war and anything that before would not be considered contentious is considered contentious now. so the issue of fema funding is one of these issues where you think, it's going to pass, it's absolutely going to pass, and it doesn't. and chris, i want to take a further step back in terms of the shuffling around of the money from fema out of the department of homeland security. let's also think about what happens when we're taking money away from the larger national security perspective. so we're funneling all of our
money to the border, all of our money to detention centers. but not only are we neglecting fema, but we're also neglecting maybe cybersecurity, we're neglecting providing for protection from other things that are maybe not physical in nature, but cyber in nature. so this is really worrisome, how we see the reshuffling of money for the one project that is really about donald trump's central piece for his electoral strategy. >> well, and all of this is playing out, clarence, as congress wraps up its summer break. they're coming back to d.c. soon and senate republicans are reportedly getting anxious about trump's handling of the economy. politico reporting one gop official saying, everyone acknowledges that the economy is good, but they're still uneasy about their own circumstances. i am nervous that people will lose their patience and want to start seeing results. and just as an aside, another republican member of the house today announced that he will not be running for re-election. do you think that there is a point at which republicans will
abandon the president on this? >> we keep asking that, don't we? since the president was elected and we don't see republicans defecting in any significant way. quite the opposite. they have no place to go, but to stand together, unless they do want to leave congress altogether, which as you mentioned, a startling large number have done but right now, the republicans are concerned about the perceptions of a depression and the economics is really 90% psychological impressions anyway. if you feel properous, than you are politically. if you don't feel prosperous, that's a problem for the status quo, as far as the office holders currently in office. and so that's going to be a big question now as we see president trump constantly looking for somebody to blame for the pessimism some people feel. and of course, the press is to
blame, so is the federal reserve, you name it. he goes after anybody he can, and he seems to be doing more of that, lately. >> we also mentioned frustrations among farmers with the president's tra ee's trade . today "the new york times's" paul krugman wrote it, the frauding of america's farmers, saying farmers' support of trump should be seen as a form of affinity fraud, in which they fall for a con man who they image to be someone like them. and as is often the case in such frauds, the con man and his associates actually have contempt for their marks. joining us by skype from his north dakota farm is bob ckylen a wheat farmer who says he's lost $400,000 since trump took office. beautiful piece of property you have there, bob. what's been happening with your business? >> well, we lost pretty much all of our markets since trump took over. he's dropped out of the tpp, he got rid of nafta. i raise a lot of wheat on my
farm and the pacific rim countries, they like high-protein wheat, and that's what we raise here. so being the market is low, ever since last year at harvest this time, i sold wheat for $5.70. the market today is $5.82. there used to be up to $1 bonus on protein from 12 protein to 17, there would be a $1 spread. right now there's 5 cents. so we raise a lot of high-protein weeheat, so we're taking about a $2 hit from last year, $2 to $3 hit. and we're about $70 to $75 an acre we're losing by harvesting a little bit above average crop right now. >> so how do you keep going? >> well, older guys like us, we've built up equity all our lives. most farmers are land rich and cash poor, so we'll take out loss loans and stuff against our
land and go backwards on the land that we paid for. but there's a lot of young farmers out there that don't have equity. and i worry about them, because they're going to -- they're not going to be able to withstand this. one of my neighbors, young neighbors told me the other day, he said, if his banker says if wheat isn't $4.50, there's going to be a bloodbath this fall. so it's not looking good for farmers at all. i know we're getting some payments coming in here. where i'm at, we're going to get like $15 an acre, so that's still going to put me at a $60 an acre loss. >> wow. you did not vote for president trump, you told us, but polls show he does still have some support from the farming community. but are you sensing in the people around where you live a change, a shift? >> i think there was a lot of people who voted for him that want to stay loyal to him, but it's going to get to the point where financially, if it's between supporting the president or losing your family farm, this is something we've had in our
family for four generations and i know there's families with five or six generations on the same farm, if they're going to lose that, i think they're going to lose their loyalty really fast. >> well, bob kylen, we wish you well. it's one of the great american resources, is the family farm. and thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. >> thank you. >> clarence page, what do you say to that? he's saying there could be a bloodbath? >> indeed. because of this current crisis w, i learned that illinois leads the country on soy production. i didn't realize that, but illinois is a manufacturing state and an agricultural state. and we're seeing the same kind of reaction in illinois as a result of this current crisis. nobody really knows where this current trade war is going to go. trade wars are a dangerous matter to get into. and president trump is doing all he can to make it look good, but
people are feeling the pain out there. and that doesn't help anybody. no, it does not. clarence page, thank you. victoria, please sta with y wit. after a 30-second break, the slow build of democrats coming out for impeachment since mueller's testimony. also, trump's new policy that could deport migrants with severe illnesses. i'll talk to the family of a five-year-old boy, samuel costa. this isn't political for him. it's a matter of life and death. and later, a one-on-one with billionaire and presidential candidate tom steyer. i'm chris jansing in for ari melber. you're watching the "beat" msnbc. back in 30 seconds. yes! that's why i wear skechers slip-ons. they're effortless. just slip them right on and off. skechers slip-ons, with air-cooled memory foam. liberty mutual customizes your car insurance, hmm. exactly. so you only pay for what you need.
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continues. >> one additional democrat, lori trayhan of massachusetts got behind the impeachment move after mueller's testimony. 96 democrats are calling for an impeachment inquiry. 98 house members back an impeachment inquiry. >> the impeachment caucus is swelling to 108 members. >> 116 members. >> if you're counting, takes you up to 117 house democrats. if one more democrat comes out in favor, it's house of the caucus. >> i feel we can no longer wait. >> i feel compelled to call for an impeachment inquiry against president trump. >> i do not come to this decision lightly. >> the american people deserve the truth. >> a majority of house democrats are now on record, publicly supporting an impeachment inquiry. the number of democrats supporting an impeachment inquiry now 124. >> 126. >> nbc's count now up to 133 democrats. that brings the number of house lawmakers backing impeachment to 135. >> i'm joined now by tennessee
congressman steve cohn, a member of the judiciary committee. it's good to see you, congressman. you have supported impeachment since late 2017. why do you think that now, almost two years later, some of your colleagues are changining their minds? >> the democratic base is very much in favor of impeachment. the mueller testimony really was eye opening to some, in that it showed clearly that five of the obstruction charges had all of the constituent elements had been met and that there were ten and so arguably, you had ten obstructions, but five, all of the elements were met. and that there were over 100 contacts with russia and the trump campaign during the election. and while there might not have been a conspiracy, there was cooperation and welcome of the russian involvement and all of those things together, but the democratic base has made a lot
of people come out to say they're for an inquiry. i'm all for an inquiry and pleased to say 135 people there. i think i'm second or third in the congress to come out for impeachment, not for an inquiry. because i don't think while it's important that we get the facts out there in hearings, and that's what we can have to really influence and show the public the need to impeach this man, there's no question he's committed innumerable impeachable offenses and he should be impeached. we're beyond the stage of simply having an inquiry. he has basically come out and shown us his violations of the emoluments clause, his obstruction of justice, and his total disregard for the rule of law, that he should be impeached and removed. >> so you say the democratic base -- the democratic base is for impeachment. soi so i want to play what constituents were asking your colleague, katie porter of california, about impeachment at a town hall she had recently. >> i believe that the impeachment of donald trump is a big mistake. he must be defeated at the ballot box in november 2020. i came out in favor of
impeaching donald trump, because i believe that no american, especially not a democratically elected president, can be above the rule of law. >> so i'm sure you heard the reaction. i mean, this is someone, i'm sure you know, she beat an incumbent republican. she flipped that republican seat in california. so, if there is this sort of growing sense among the democratic base that the time has come, how do you move nancy pelosi into that category? >> you know, katie's a great representative and nancy's a great speaker, but i don't know how to move nancy, really. we're friends and she's got her ear to the ground and she's listening to different
vibrations that i'm listening to when i put my ear to the ground. >> what does she tell you? do you ask her that? do you ask her, what are you hearing that i don't understand? >> well, she never really, i think so, tells me the full story. i mean, i think that she says and i agree with her that we're going to continue an impeachment inquiry, we're going to have hearings in the house and the judiciary committee, we're going to have one on emoluments in my subcommittee in september. there will be other hearings if we can get the witnesses in and we need to proceed in court with our subpoenas and get the evidence and the grand jury testimony that we're seeking and get mcgahn and lewandowski and all those folks to testify. and as that material comes out, we will go where the facts lead us. and i understand that and i agree with that and that makes sense. but at the same time, we know what they're going sto say, paue it's in the mueller report. and those facts are that the president obstructed justice. and there's no question that the emoluments clause, every time he takes in dollars from foreign governments at trump hotels or trump towers and now he's so blatant that he wants foreign
governments to pay him at the doral. this has just gone too far. and, you know, i'm afraid they'll run out the clock, that trump, they're doing all they can to avoid court hearings. they're trying to appeal when they lose. and they're going to stall the clock until it's too late. and that's why we need to just impeach the guy. and while he won't be convicted, it's important to put him and have the house do its proper deed to say, this is wrong, we have a certain line, and the line is the constitution, and the constitution has been violated >> congressman steve cohen, thanks so much for coming on the program. >> thanks for having me on. i just want to say, john shimkus, who announced he wasn't running is ram. he's a good guy. and it's a shame that good people like that are leaving. and it's probably because they're in the minority and partly, i suspect, because they don't want to be around this president. >> thank you so much for that. turning next to trump's new policy that could deport migrants facing illness.
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officials expressing worry over a stunning new report over conditions in detention facilities that hold migrants. the cdc reporting on a large-scale outbreak of mumps. almost 900 cases across 19 states, plus doctors and staffers were infected. the majority of patients got the mumps while in i.c.e. custody. one public health professor told
buzzfeed that based on cdc's data, an i.c.e. detainee had roughly at least a 4,000-fold greater risk of getting mumps than a non-detainee a in the united states at large. this comes after months of reports of crowded and unsanitary detentions for detainees and as a new front is opening in the immigration fight. activists are sounding an urgent alarm over a new trump policy to deport severely ill migrants. not from detention centers, but people who are here for critically needed medical attention. and today, dozens of democratic lawmakers sent a letter to top trump administration officials about this new policy, asking them to turn over documents within two weeks. so here's the question. why these patients. many of them children are being targeted, despite trump having claimed his real immigration concern was the quote, invasion from criminals and gangs. >> this is an invasion. when you see these caravans starting out with 20,000 people,
that's an invasion. we're talking about an invasion of our country with all types of criminals and gangs. people hate the word tinvasion, but that's what it is, an invasion of criminals and drugs and people, and in many some cases, in many cases, you have killers and murderers coming in. >> trump warning of gangs, but the new policy is affecting people like this 5-year-old boy. his name is samuel costa. he's from brazil. and is currently getting round-the-clock specialized medical care in the u.s. for a condition affecting his internal organs. his family says he cannot get this treatment in brazil. but earlier this month, the family received this letter telling them to leave the u.s. within 33 days. i want to bring in madeleine cronan, the attorney for the family you see here. samuel is sitting on his mother's lap, sirlene and danielle sales is daniel's
cousin. first, how is samuel doing today? >> samuel is doing all right today. thank you for asking. >> you are a u.s. citizen. >> i am. >> how important is it for samuel to be able to stay here in the u.s.? >> for samuel to stay here, it keeps pretty much his life. him leaving the country, he wouldn't have this specialized treatment that he has right now, that he's currently having, and the health treatment that he's having here right now. >> so literally, this is for him what he absolutely needs to stay alive. >> exactly. >> madeleine, what happened here? what did the letter say about why samuel would have to go? >> well, there actually was no reason or analysis given in the letter. we submitted an application, a detailed application about why, what his condition is, and the seriousness of it. and we just got this boilerplate letter that says, you have 33 days to leave the country or be put in deportation.
so there was no analysis. it was obviously a boilerplate letter. >> wow. so you say his life is at risk here and you get back basically a boilerplate. >> correct. no public announcement since then, either. >> i know you've been working with the aclu and other groups to try to bring attention to this, so this, obviously, isn't just impacting samuel. how broad a problem could this be? >> well, there are no fixed numbers on how many cases there are across the united states, but i've heard it's up to a thousand cases. so, up to a thousand across the country. i have met with a couple of other new people that i saw this week that are facing the same problem. great, great humanitarian problem. >> so they also got letters saying you have a certain amount of days and then you have to leave the country. >> yes. and they presented these letters thinking they were alone in isolation, that for some reason
they alone would get these letters. not knowing it was a blanket situation across the country. >> danielle, how long could samuel go on without treatment? is it something that he absolutely needs every single day? >> samuel receives his nutrition, his medicine, his -- everything that he needs through a central line to his heart. that takes 12 hours daily by two machines, using two machines. so that's what he needs every single day. >> what has it been like for you? what has it been like for his mom and for his family, ever since this letter came in? can you even put into words the emotional toll this is taking on you? >> i wish we could have words to describe what we're feeling, but i think that currently there's no words for me to describe exactly what everything has been going on, not only with his mother, but with everybody around us, the family, the friends and everybody who has been supporting us this past few months and this past few years
that this has been going through. >> madeleine, i just want to clarify, if something can't be done, if you're efforts through the aclu and others are unsuccessful, what are your options? is it possible congress could get involved? i mean, we heard that they have written a letter. what are your thoughts? the clock is ticking. >> well, we know that he can't leave. so that 33 days is just impossible. we also know that we are working in exploring all legal options. we haven't heard anything from acting director cuccinelli. this policy has been in place since the mid-70s. it's a complete and abrupt reversal of this longtime policy. so other than that, this is a last effort by families to expose themselves and to request help, because of a dire situation. and now it's completely been
done away with. and other than legal action, it's asking the immigration service, by putting a real face to this problem to go back to the long-standing policy of deferred action and humanitarian cases. >> well, madeleine cronin, thank you so much. and i know that this is, would not be high on the priority list for a sick little boy and his family to come on television and have to talk about this, but it's so important and we thank you. and of course, we're sending a big hug to samuel, who is a beautiful, beautiful boy. and we hope you'll keep in touch with us and let us know how things are going. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. let me bring back in victoria defrancesco soto. i don't even know what to say here or what question to ask you. what's your reaction to what you just heard? >> cruelty and agony, that's my initial reaction, chris.
but i -- you know, i think why is this happening? i'm asking myself, how could we have gotten to this point. and then i get my academic hat back on and say, wait, we saw this coming. we have seen a cut to refugee and asylum programs in the united states like nothing we have ever seen before. so when president obama left office, we were providing 110,000 visas to refugees and asylums for humanitarian reasons, for life-saving reasons. the trump administration in the last fiscal year cut it to 30,000 people. this is just that next step and extremity of denying the humanity of folks who are immigrants. because, really, this is a matter of life and death, chris. you know, these folks can not leave by their own accord. when is this going to happen? what i'm wondering here is what are the optics of this going to be? is this going to be a zero
tolerance situation like we saw at the border last summer, chris, where the american public stands up and says, no more, we're not going to stand for this. but this is such an extreme, i think we'd see that backlash. >> well, i think the timeline being so short, and you have to go back to the argument that the president has made over and over and over again. that his immigration policies are a national security issue. look at samuel, what national security threat does he pose? i don't know if you saw the cover of the front page of the "new york times," i think it was yesterday, another immigrant, maria isabel busaio who has a rare genetic disease told "the new york times," i've been feeling super scared and overwhelmed. the treatment that i receive keeps me alive. is she a national security threat? >> i mean, these are the polar opposites of what the quote/unquote bad homobbres are. these are children, these are
innocent youth. and let's talk about the fact that deferred action is also need for their caretaker. because you can't leave a 5-year-old by himself in a hospital room. you need a mother and a father there. this from every angle is one of the most cruel policies i have ever seen. you know, i -- i'm speechless when i saw this, this policy intent by the trump administration, which by the way, came without a review period. because usually when we have rules put out from the executive office, there is a period where there's comment. there was none of that. >> victoria defrancesco soto, let's hope people are watching and paying attention tonight. thank you so much for being on. >> thanks, chris. up next, i'll talk to billionaire and presidential candidate, tom steyer. mizes your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. i wish i could shake your hand. granted. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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meeting with reporters. >> she said she was drinking a little bit and she was with reporters and everything she said was off the record. mentioned a couple of things about my children. it was an off-the-record. and of course the press, the press breaks off-the-records all the time, because they are very dishonorable. many of them. not all of you, but many of them. >> he says he spoke with her tonight and he wishes her well. either you're in or you're out. that's the harsh reality for half the democratic 2020 field, because, look, what's anybody talking about. not the folks who will be watching from home, but about the first face-off between the top three about whether any of the candidates polling at 2% could have a breakthrough. and of course, they're talking about the first-ever battle between joe biden and elizabeth warren, as her rise in the polls has some other contenders nervous. my next guest missed the debate by just one poll. and as a result, maybe missed a lot of attention. 2020 presidential candidate tom
steyer is here. good to see you again. thanks for joining us. >> chris, thank you for having me. >> so let's take a realistic look at this. you spent an awful lot of money. you came close, but no cigar. what needs to happen now for you to believe, and frankly, for people to believe that this campaign is viable? >> well, the rule is that we needed to be at 2% in four polls in the early primary states. the public polls that the dnc doesn't accept have me somewhere between 6 and 7% on average in those four states. but over the last six weeks -- >> but you knew going in what the rules were. that's what the dnc would say, right? >> we just need to have some polls. >> and you'll just continue to spend money until -- >> what we can see, chris, is that my message that we have a broken government, that corporations have bought the government, that we need to reestablish the democracy in order to get the kinds of policies in health care and in
education and a living wage, clean air and clean water, in order to get those policies to happen is actually working. people believe that for the last ten years, aye taken these corporations on and beat them. so of course i'm going to keep going. there's no question. it is working, they just haven't run polls. >> but what do you base that on? what do you base that on? >> the polls that are on the ground right now and have been on the ground for the last six weeks. the actual polls in the early primary states where i've been spending my time, actually show that i'm somewhere between fourth and fifth place. so we can see from polls on the ground that the dnc doesn't accept that my message is working, that people are responding. so it would be crazy to not keep going and i'm definitely going to. >> okay, you're going to keep going. in the meantime, we heard the dnc announcing today that they're going to politic a virtual caucus in iowa, that critical first caucus state. "the des moines register" says the iowa virtual caucus blew up. if you're not a political nerd,
why should people care? what's your take on this? >> well, i think the virtual caucus was a way for people to vote who were for some reason couldn't find the time to get to a caucus, which takes several hours. so that means people who were homebound, who might be seniors. it means people who have two jobs and have to be at work. it means people who can't find child care. people estimated that, if in fact, the virtual caucus were allowed, there would be up to a third more participation. so i'm absolutely in favor of the enfranchisement of iowan voters who others can't get to the polls. i think that is terrible decision. >> do you not buy their explanation, which is they can't assure the security of such a system? >> look, i think there are some security issues, but i think they've had months to work on it and have another five months to get that in order and get a backup system in line. so i think this is something that is doable and when you're talking about disenfranchising a
third of iowa democrats, it seems to me it's important enough to make sure they can do it. >> so you think the wrong decision was made on the caucus. you're not alone in that. this week, you also ran an ad in iowa criticizing the dynamic over the debate requirements. and there's also been a lot of ongoing unhappiness about mixing the climate debate. are you happy with the dnc and its leadership and their influence on this campaign? >> look, chris, i'm a political outsider. for ten years, i've been taking on corporations and beating them as an outsider in the political system. i've also started the need to impeach campaign, which was getting over 8 million americans to sign a petition to impeach and remove our criminal president. in all of this, i've been pushing the system to try to be more democratic. i've started an organization to register, engage, and drive voters to the polls, which did an historic job in 2018.
so as far as i'm concerned, my job over the last ten years has been to reinvigorate democracy at the expense of corporations and political insiders. so i don't see myself as being in a different position here. i'm with the people. i think every one of the stances that i've taken have been to try to reflect the fact that human beings feel shut out by this government, shut out by this political system, and that for us to reinvigorate our democracy, we're going to have to take it back and that's what i've been trying to do and that's what i continue to try to do. >> tom steyer, thank you very much for coming on. have a good holiday. >> thank you, chris, you too. coming up, we're tracking hurricane dorian as it heads to the florida coast. we are live on the ground, next. banjo? (man) go home. (woman) banjo! sorry, it won't happen again. come on, let's go home.
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we've got an important update for you. weeks after the death of jeffrey epstein, the criminal case against him has formally closed, but new reports are providing new insight into what prosecutors may be looking at concerning his closest associates. "the new york times" reporting that according to two people with knowledge of the inquiry, epstein relied on, quote, an organized network of underlinks, women to aid him, people who were training girls in sexual acts, who booked cars and travel logistics, who recruited others to ensure epstein, quote, always had a fresh supply of teenaged girls at the ready. some were previously named as co-conspirators in the infamous plea deal that granted them immunity. one of the victims, teresa helm also spoke about them in a federal judge tuesday saying they need to be held accountable
for helping him with systematic recruitment and abuse. and gloria allred, an attorney for several of the victims says she spoke about this with geoffrey berman, the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. >> very concerned that obviously there was mention of the co-conspirators in the original indictment of mr. epstein. what was going to happen to that? and are they really going to continue the investigation. he assured me that this is a serious investigation. it's going to continue, and, you know, it is always possible -- it is possible that there will be another indictment. >> some of the women cited for helping especially steam like former girlfriend and long time associate ghislaine maxwell have not made any public comments since his arrest two months ago. maxwell has denied any wrongdoing and has not been criminally charged. however, the times is also reporting some of these women's may have been victims
themselves. investigations into epstein's death remain ongoing as well. "the beat" will stay on this story. that's going to do it for me. i'm chris jansing. "hardball" will chris matthews is up next. heading into the back stretch. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. as we enter labor day weekend, we mark the traditional end of summer, of course, and the beginning of an intense new phase in the presidential campaign of 2020. ten democrats have made the cut for next month's debate. that puts the top billing three candidates, joe biden and senators bernie sanders and elizabeth warren bunched together at center stage. and while the summer has brought its share of ups and downs, the shape of the race has remained gelled. on the very first day of summer, for example, june 21st