All In with Chris Hayes, Transcript 1/21/2016

Rick Tyler, Betsy Woodruff, Robert Reich, Jon Soltz, Heather McGhee, Sam Seder

Date: January 21, 2016
Guest: Rick Tyler, Betsy Woodruff, Robert Reich, Jon Soltz, Heather
McGhee, Sam Seder


CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST (voice-over): Tonight on ALL IN –

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Cruz is going down. He looks
like a nervous wreck.

HAYES: A new poll shows Trump pulling ahead of Cruz in Iowa.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We`re saying the Washington
establishment run behind Donald Trump.

HAYES: Plus, Bernie Sanders runs into his own establishment woes.

senator Sanders said, well, you know, Planned Parenthood and Human Rights
Campaign, they`re part of the establishment.

HAYES: Then, veterans slam Sarah Palin for connecting PTSD to President

SARAH PALIN (R), FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: It starts from the top.

HAYES: Iraq war veteran and co-founder of Vote Vets, Jon Soltz, is here to

And as a massive winter storm bears down on the East Coast, just where is
governor Christie?

governor`s there. And she`s handling things on the ground there.

HAYES: When ALL IN starts right now.


HAYES: Good evening from New York. I`m Chris Hayes.

Just 11 days until the Iowa caucuses, the first actual voting of 2016.
And, man, it is getting nasty out there.

The war of words between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who until recently
refused to attack each other, has gotten downright ugly. After Trump won
the endorsement of former politician and reality star Sarah Palin and Cruz
countered with upcoming campaign appearances by radio host Glenn Beck,
Trump responded this morning on Twitter, quote, “Wacko Glenn Beck is a sad
answer to the Sarah Palin endorsement that Cruz so desperately wanted.
Glenn is a failing, crying, lost soul.”

He later retweeted a photo putting a spin on Cruz`s recent book, which is
called “A Time for Truth,” showing Cruz with a photoshopped, decidedly
receding hairline.

Loath to be left out of the celebrity bidding war, today, Marco Rubio
announced a shiny new endorsement of his own, from Rick Harrison, host of
the A&E reality show “Pawn Stars.”


RICK HARRISON, PAWN STARS: The people see for themselves I don`t have to
convince them it`s a good investment. I don`t have to show them the value
for their family. When this guy walked into my shop, I knew he was the
real deal.


HAYES: In a radio interview Cruz compared Trump`s behavior to schoolyard
children throwing taunts at each other, vowing not to take part. But he`s
been rolling out a new line attack on Trump, tying him to what the base
sees as a tainted Republican establishment.


CRUZ: We`re seeing something fairly remarkable happen on the political
train. We`re seeing the Washington establishment abandoning Marco Rubio.
I think they`ve made the determination that Marco can`t win. And they`re
rushing to support Donald Trump. If as a voter you think what we need is
more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Harry Reid and Nancy
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump`s your guy.


HAYES: On the campaign trail today, Trump dismissed Cruz`s new assault.


TRUMP: You know, his new line of attack is that I`ve become establishment.
Oh, give me a break. No, he`s having a hard time. He looks like a nervous
wreck. He`s going down. He had his moment. He had his moment. He had
his moment, and he blew it. But he`s – you know.


HAYES: Meanwhile, Marco Rubio told reporters there`s no way he represents
the establishment either. Because he says the establishment is spending
too much money against him.


spent attacking me. That`s not grassroots money. That`s money from the
establishment. We have always had to take on the establishment. We`ll do
it again, because the Republican Party needs to turn the page and move
forward. And we will.


HAYES: According to the Rubio campaign, $22.5 million has gone into ads
attacking their candidate. The vast majority, $20 million of that, from
the pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise.

With Iowa and New Hampshire both looming the ad wars are shifting into
overdrive. And while team Bush has gone hard at Rubio, team Rubio`s been
attacking just about everyone – everyone except Donald Trump.

A pro-Rubio super PAC taunted Bush over his, quote, “train wreck campaign”,
hit Chris Christie for supposedly being President Obama`s favorite
Republican governor, and attacked Cruz`s value-added tax. That`s a maple
leaf, Canadian, not just for being too European but too Canadian. Not so
subtly putting Cruz`s face inside that maple leaf there.

At this point only one group has spent a single cent attack the front-
runner, Donald Trump.


WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: All right. With almost all of the vote now
actually in, we can project that Hillary Clinton will win.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: I`m watching Hillary Clinton receive the
victory tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They look at Donald Trump as the greatest gift from
heaven, an easy person to beat in the general election.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And then she`ll become the next president of the United

CLINTON: Thank you all. God bless you! And may God bless America!


HAYES: This is our rough rendering of who`s attacking who in the ad wars
right now. It`s all over the place. And that might help explain why
something Ted Cruz suggested a month ago has turned out to be just the
opposite. As “The Upshot`s” Nate Cohn notes, Cruz tweeted, “The
establishment`s only hope, Trump and me in a cage match.”

But now that he and Trump really are in a cage match, with the other
candidates going after each other instead of the front-runners and failing
to make gains, the establishment isn`t exactly hopeful. It`s starting to
freak out.

Here`s Senator Lindsey Graham, who recently endorsed Jeb Bush.


SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: Whether it`s death by being shot
or poisoning, does it really matter? Here`s my take. Dishonest, which is
Hillary Clinton in the eyes of the American people, beats crazy. Dishonest
loses to normal. So, let`s just pick somebody out of the phone book if we
have to.


HAYES: I`m joined now by Rick Tyler, communications director for Ted
Cruz`s presidential campaign.

And, Rick, you guys have been talking about the sort of establishment
embrace of Donald Trump. You`ve been attacking him on his sort of
conservative bona fides and immigration.

But you literally spent – you, your campaign, have spent six months
praising the guy, bold and brash, willing to speak the truth, taking on the
Washington cartel. He`s drawing significant crowds, significant passion,
people who are pissed off, ticked off with Washington. I salute him for
his immigration stance. I`m a big fan of Donald Trump`s.

So, were you being disingenuous then or are you being disingenuous now?

Good evening to you. And thank you for having me on.

Listen, no one`s being disingenuous. We`ve gotten to the point of the
campaign where people want to note difference between Ted Cruz and Donald
Trump and now, we are in a two-person race. I think that`s where we`ve
arrived at, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. So, let people make the choice and
we`ll give them the differences.

The differences are rather stark actually. Donald Trump has been for a
single payer health care system. Ted Cruz opposed Obamacare.

And Donald Trump has been for TARP. He`s been for stimulus. He`s been for
partial birth abortion. He`s been for gay marriage. He`s been for a lot
of things that he said suddenly now that he`s against.

So, one is a consistent conservative. And the other is I`m not sure, a
celebrity, a reality star. But mostly it looks like a progressive liberal
to me.

HAYES: But, Rick, if he`s a progressive liberal, your candidate said, “I`m
a big fan of Donald Trump`s.” Your candidate said he`s taking on the
Washington cartel.

TYLER: That doesn`t mean –

HAYES: If he is a wolf in sheep`s clothing as you`re now saying, why did
you guys spend six months praising him?

TYLER: I`m a big fan of yours, Chris, but I don`t always agree with
everything you say. So –

HAYES: That`s well parried.


TYLER: And I respect their point of view. And you can like them. It
doesn`t mean you have to agree with them.

Look„ we`re picking the president of the United States, the commander in
chief, someone who`s got to be a steady hand, someone who has good
judgment, someone who is predictable.

Ted Cruz is prepared for that. Donald Trump, I don`t know what his guiding
principles are. For an unforeseen event, I don`t know that I would trust
Donald Trump`s decision-making.

HAYES: OK. Let`s talk conspiracy theories here. All of a sudden today –
first of all, it`s the hunger games at this point, right? Everyone –
everything that happens has about nine different ramifications. All of a
sudden you`ve got everyone out today, in the last few days. All these
people, establishment people, whether it`s Bob Dole or others saying yes –
you know, Orrin Hatch saying actually, I`d take Trump over Cruz. Now –

TYLER: So happy for it.

HAYES: Of course. You guys love it. It`s absolute manna from heaven for
you guys. That I get. But I`ve heard this theory that this is basically
Jeb`s people trying to get their supporters to basically put the stake in
Marco Rubio because if people are talking about accepting Trump over Cruz,
what they`re really saying is Marco Rubio`s no longer viable.

TYLER: Well, I think that`s right. Cruz asserted that today. I agree
with that. That the establishment candidate – Marco Rubio, look, he`s an
establishment candidate. He got in by the Tea Party but they abandoned
him. He was taken to the dance by the Tea Party but got another ride home.
So he`s an establishment candidate.


HAYES: By that ride home, you mean Chuck Schumer?

TYLER: People want to knock him off.

HAYES: What`s that?

TYLER: I`m sorry?

HAYES: I said the ride home that he got, you mean Chuck Schumer and the
“gang of eight” bill?

TYLER: Yes. Thank you. I hadn`t thought of that. That`s pretty good.
No, he`s just – he is an establishment candidate. But he has another
establishment candidate, Jeb Bush, who has spent a lot of money against
him. And he`s really sort of stalled out. It doesn`t look like he`s going
to go anywhere. It looks like it`s a two-way race now.

But, you know, things can change. But look, we`ve been working really hard
in Iowa and we`ve got a great ground game there and a get out the vote
effort. And people are very enthusiastic about Ted Cruz. Our crowds are
raucous. So, we`re pretty excited that we`ll do well.

We`ve been the underdog candidate all along, we`re still the underdog
candidate and we`re going to fight this out until February 1st. And from
there on.

HAYES: There`s a line of thinking about Ted Cruz. And I know if you say,
well, all these people that work with him in the Senate don`t like him.
You`re going to say, well, he`s shaking things up. He`s made their life
miserable because he won`t go along to get along. And I get that.

TYLER: That`s right. Yes.

HAYES: But more broadly there just seems to be a tremendous amount of
people willing to come out of the woodwork to basically be like I dislike
the guy intensely and personally, he`s unbearable to be around and work
with. And do you think like fundamentally that`s going to hurt your

TYLER: No. Because the people that say that have a stake in the
Washington status quo staying the same. In fact, the Gallup poll says
exactly the opposite. Ted Cruz is the most likeable candidate in the GOP
field bar none, including the Democrats. He is the most popular, the most
well-liked candidate.

And, by the way, on your own network today, we saw all the negatives upside
down. Donald Trump is. If he`s going to go to the general election, he
would just get hammered. He`s upside down with African-Americans, with
women, with Latinos, with virtually every group he`s in a very serious
negative deficit. Those things are hard to overcome in a general election.

HAYES: That is a true thing you just said, Rick Tyler. Thank you very
much for coming on. I enjoyed that. Come back.

TYLER: Appreciate it, Chris.

HAYES: All right. Joining me now, Betsy Woodruff, political reporter for
“The Daily Beast”, Josh Barro, correspondent for “The Upshot” at “The New
York Times” and an MSNBC contributor.

So, Josh, you and I were going back and forth all day on twitter about this
sort of how people are operating through this chess board, correct?


HAYES: So this idea basically – one of the things – what has happened to
Marco Rubio? When you stop and think, what have these news cycles been
about? They`ve been about Trump-Cruz, some about Jeb Bush and the super
PAC. But you`ve got to look around and say, where is Marco Rubio? Where
is the Marco Rubio bump everyone was promised? And it doesn`t look very

BARRO: Well, I think it`s two things. I think the immigration thing has
really stuck to him. He was on the wrong side of what`s emerged as
probably the most important issue for the conservative base. It`s made it
difficult for him to establish what were considered very strong
conservative bona fides for him.

He is really to the right of Chris Christie, when Jeb Bush and John Kasich
and he hasn`t been able to pull away from them. And in New Hampshire where
he was supposed to consolidate moderates he has that problem of Jeb Bush
and Chris Christie and John Kasich who are all persistently staying alive.
It`s not that they`re catching fire in New Hampshire but if each of them is
getting 8 percent or 9 percent of the vote, that`s an enormous share of the
electorate that Marco Rubio needed. So I think was basically no path for

And then as you mentioned about the stuff where you have all these people
who are really Jeb surrogates. How exactly did Trent Lott and Bob Dole
come out of the woodwork this week to talk to reporters about, you know,
how gee, you know, if it came down to Trump and Cruz, I`d probably go for

When people floated this idea that this was a conspiracy by the Bush
campaign to undermine Rubio, at first, it was like it`s too complicated,
wheels within wheels but as I thought about it more I did buy that, that
this is part of a campaign by Jeb to make it look like there`s no backup
plan to Donald Trump, try to blow everything up and then all that will be
left is Donald Trump and Jeb who nobody really likes but who has a ton of
money and then he`s the only option left.

HAYES: Betsy, what do you think? The Bush campaign and the Bush super
PAC, they`re on a kind of kamikaze mission and they`re just – they`re
trying to take out everyone. Marco`s doing the same. Marco Rubio. And
they`re all destroying each other in that kind of 9 percent, 10 percent New
Hampshire level that they`re at.

BETSY WOODRUFF, THE DAILY BEAST: Without a doubt. And it makes this a
wonderful week and month to be a Tea Party conservative or a Donald Trump
fan. I don`t think there`s a sector of the American population having more
fun than Donald Trump voters right now. It seems delightful.

Interesting thing about the Rubio slide is that his struggles to really get
traction with some of these voters typify a theme that we`ve seen over the
past years of American politics, and that is leaders in the conservative
movement and the Republican Party totally losing control and logs clout
over the voters they influenced. In the same way the Republican Party
leadership has lost base voters, the evangelical Christian leadership has
also lost a lot of influence over conservative evangelical Christian

“World Magazine”, a small magazine that`s very influential among these
voters, every month surveys about 100 evangelical leaders. For the last
seven months, Rubio has won that survey. For the last seven months.

HAYES: Fascinating.

WOODRUFF: Hasn`t materialized at all in the vote. These people don`t have
the clout they used to have and that`s why Trump`s doing so well and why
Rubio`s kind of barely treading water.

HAYES: When you look at this from the macro level and you say no one`s –
aside from that Jeb Bush ad that shows Hillary winning, right? No one`s
dropped a cent – there`s no negative ads up against Donald Trump in Iowa
which is crazy to think about.

But when you think of the incentives, right, the problem for every
individual campaign possibly other than Ted Cruz, taking on Trump only
helps Ted Cruz. So, they`re not going to do Cruz`s dirty work for him.

BARRO: I think that`s even arguably true for the Cruz campaign. People in
the media often tend to assume it`s like Trump and Cruz fighting over the
same voters but when you look at the people who say they`re voting for
Donald Trump he does as well with voters who describe themselves as
moderate or liberal as he does with voters who themselves as very
conservative. So, not all the Trump base would go to Cruz as a second

But yes, there`s that issue of if you attack someone you don`t know where
the votes are going to go. But then there`s also this additional issue
that all the attacks on Trump so far don`t seem to have worked very well.
There is, as Rick Tyler was going through, this litany of issues on which I
Donald Trump got himself very far to the left. When he was considering
running for president in 2000, he was for a 13 percent wealth tax on
wealthy people to retire the national debt.

But none of this seems to matter. You tell Trump voters all this stuff,
and they don`t care. And I think it`s because – David Frum has been
saying – Trump is all about conservatism as identity, not conservatism as
ideology. So, it doesn`t really matter what policy you`re for, so long
ease gets your gut-level anger about whatever. So, you can`t attack him on

HAYES: And, Betsy, that`s what the Palin endorsement as sort of vouching
for him is all about. She is the sort of tribune of that kind of

WOODRUFF: And remember, Sarah Palin historically has been one of the most
hardcore purists when it actually comes to policy issues, right? Pushing
conspiracy theories about the minutia of the Affordable Care Act, arguing
that quotes are going to be dredged up from years before someone entered
politics have a direct influence on how they would govern if they ran.

But now, all of a sudden, it`s like the same standards she used when she
made every single other endorsement since 2008, all those standards are out
the window, right? This idea that history might perhaps presage what
happens in the future. She no longer seems to think that`s a valid way of
figuring out what things are going to happen. That`s what we see, right?
It`s more about personality than actual policy decisions which is why he`s
killing it.

HAYES: It`s amazing to watch all this unfold in real time.

Betsy Woodruff, Josh Barro, thank you very much.

BARRO: Thank you.

HAYES: Still to come, pretty much, no one wants to be branded the
establishment candidate. But what exactly is the establishment?

Plus, how the latest ads for Bernie and Hillary prove to be perfect
snapshots of their respective campaigns. But first, as the East Coast
braces for what could be a massive winter storm, where is New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie? Those stories and more, ahead.


HAYES: Meteorologists are running out of words to describe the blizzard
bearing down on the East Coast. The worst of it may hit Washington, D.C.,
but the storm and potentially severe coastal surges will include the New
Jersey shore.


METEOROLOGIST: The Jersey Shore really feeling high impacts from this, not
only heavy snow but also gusts as high as 55 miles per hour. Offshore, 15
to 20-foot waves, moderate coastal flooding is going to be a concern.


HAYES: Although storm surge predictions for the New Jersey coast have
lessened somewhat over the past few days, some models were showing surge
levels close to those during super storm Sandy, it might be a good idea for
the governor of New Jersey to be on hand. But the state`s governor, Chris
Christie, is busy running for president.

Campaigning in New Hampshire with no plans to leave that state, where
events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.


CHRISTIE: The lieutenant governor`s there. And she`s handling things on
the ground there. And if I`m needed to go back I would. But at this
point, it`s too speculative to know.

So, everybody on the call last night had their assignments. I gave
everybody their assignments. I`ll be back on the phone again 10:00 tonight
if they know if they need me before, that they just call me and get me.


HAYES: Governor Christie literally phoning it in. But if we know one
thing about New Jersey, it is that it is stronger than the storm.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Jersey Shore is open.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The word is spreading.

CHRISTIE: Because we`re stronger than the storm.




RACHEL MADDOW, TRMS: There`s been a series of high-profile endorsements.
Groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, they`ve gone out of their way to
make very early endorsements for Secretary Clinton. Just today, Human
Rights Campaign, the gay rights group, announced their endorsement.

only Wall Street and the economic establishment, we`re taking on the
political establishment. So I have friends and supporters in the Human
Rights Fund, in Planned Parenthood. But you know what? Hillary Clinton
has been around there for a very, very long time. And some of these groups
are in fact part of the establishment.


HAYES: The comment by Bernie Sanders that groups like Planned Parenthood
and the Human Rights Campaign are, quote, “part of the establishment”
generated a huge backlash from Hillary Clinton and her allies.


CLINTON: I`ve got to tell you, I was somewhat confused when Senator
Sanders said, well, you know, Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign,
they`re part of the establishment and that`s why they`re supporting, you
know, Hillary Clinton, because it`s all part of the establishment. I
thought, boy, I wish it were. I wish we weren`t fighting all the time to
protect women`s rights, to protect women`s health. If it were part of the
establishment, that would be time for all of us to just quit having to work
so hard and defend it and fight for it.


HAYES: Now, as a purely descriptive matter I don`t think it`s unreasonable
to say those groups are in fact part of the broader central-left
establishment in Washington, D.C., along with other progressive-leaning
organizations, the AFL-CIO, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the
Sierra Club. But the thing with that word “establishment” is a four-letter
word in the 2016 politics, so toxic, so pejorative that pretty much no one
wants to be associated with it.


SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D), MISSOURI: I have fought the establishment, run
primaries, my entire career. I think that for Planned Parenthood or NARAL
or the Human Rights Campaign to be considered the establishment, somebody`s
not paying close attention to how American politics works.


HAYES: Today, the group Emily`s List, which supports pro-choice Democratic
women running for office and has endorsed Clinton, sent an e-mail claiming
that Sanders treats women`s health as a, quote, “afterthought”, adding,
“Senator Sanders` attacks on Planned Parenthood are rooted in the exact
same type of political calculation Republicans make when advancing their
extreme agenda.”

Sanders appears to be feeling the heat a bit. In a conversation this
afternoon with our own Kasie Hunt which will air in full at 9:30 Eastern on
“THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW”, Sanders walked back his comment.


SANDERS: I am a fierce supporter of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and gay
rights in this country.


SANDERS: No. They are standing up and fighting the important fights that
have to be fought.


HAYES: Now, I asked Robert Reich, the former secretary of labor under
President Clinton, if establishment is a meaningful term within the context
of the Democratic Party.


ROBERT REICH, FORMER SECRETARY OF LABOR: I think it is still clear because
there are party leaders, big corporation, Wall Street. There are very
wealthy individuals who kind of represent where the Democratic Party, the
official Democratic Party was and to some extent still is.

HAYES: And what about these groups? I mean, the controversy over these
comments, which as we noted Senator Sanders has walked back, he`s been
attacked over them by Hillary Clinton, the context was Planned Parenthood
and Human Rights Campaign, which I think a lot of people feel like, well,
those are progressive organizations. It`s – they`re not the

What do you think about that?

REICH: Well, they`re not really the establishment. And I can`t obviously
speak for Senator Sanders or about Planned Parenthood. But what we do see,
and we`ve seen for years in America, is that the establishment, that is,
the big banks and the executives and the wealthy do support a lot of non-
profits and make the non-profits basically walk to the tune of the

So, there`s sort of a chilling effect on non-profits and the media and a
lot of other places because the establishment is so powerful. That`s where
the money is.

HAYES: Yes, having been a political reporter in Washington, D.C., you
know, there are a variety of groups, Human Rights Campaign, Planned
Parenthood, NARAL, Sierra Club, that are groups that do very good work,
that do a lot of things that I personally believe in, that are also as a
descriptive matter they`re part of what you`re going to call an
establishment in Washington of the sort of center-left probably, Center for
American Progress. They are part of it.

What I think is interesting is that term is so pejorative or understood to
be so pejorative and there`s a real difference between how Republicans, it
seems to me, think of that and how Democrats do. I don`t think Democrats
feel as negatively about the Democratic Party establishment as Republicans
do feel about their party`s establishment.

REICH: Well, I`m not so sure about that, Chris. I think the big problem
is you have a vicious cycle of wealth and power in America that`s just
gotten completely out of control and you`ve seen it in politics.

I was there in Washington in the `90s. It was pretty bad then. It`s much
worse now. And that vicious cycle is you`ve got again big corporations,
executives, Wall Street, very wealthy individuals in both parties who are
calling the shots.

And you`ve got to just follow the money. You see it. There`s no
countervailing power.

HAYES: That may be true. But the Planned Parenthood – I mean, is Planned
Parenthood – it just doesn`t seem to be plausible that Planned Parenthood
is part of the establishment in that sense. Or maybe you think they are.

REICH: I don`t know, and I don`t – I don`t think they are. But again,
every organization, no matter who it is, just follow the money. I mean, I
was just last week, I was asked to talk at a religious congregation about
inequality. And just before I began, the minister who headed the
congregation whispered to me and he said, don`t talk about changing the
estate tax and don`t in any way attack the rich because we are dependent –
you know, we`re dependent on them.

Well, this happens to me again and again and again. So, what we really
need to understand here is that it`s all about power. This is where the
surge is coming from for Bernie Sanders. In some ways, it`s a very
different – it`s a different surge, but it`s coming out of the same sort
of sense of fundamental powerlessness and anger and frustration for Donald

HAYES: But I think politically there is less juice to be squeezed out of
that orange in the Democratic side. I mean, my feeling is your median
Democratic voter, they`re angry at the banks or they`re not psyched about
companies that outsource and things like that.

But when they think about a group like Planned Parenthood or Human Rights
Campaign, when they think about even the Democratic Party writ large or
elected Democratic officials, I don`t think they feel the same visceral
anger toward those people, I think they generally trust them in a way
Republican Party members don`t. Or maybe you think I`m wrong about that.

REICH: Well, I think – I think generally speaking. Certainly I would
trust the Democrats and the Democratic establishment more than the
Republican establishment. But I think you`ve got to understand, Chris, and
I mean this in the sense that what has happened is so dramatic in terms of
people`s feeling that the establishment – you know, the big corporations
and Wall Street and the wealthy individuals even in the Democratic Party
don`t really get it.

They don`t understand that they have had a huge impact on changing the
rules of the game to favor themselves and hurt average working people.
There`s not the same degree of resentment and anger, I don`t think, but
there is a deep desire to change the power structure. That`s what this is
all about.

HAYES: All right. Robert Reich, thank you very much.

REICH: Thanks, Chris.


HAYES: Coming up, as Jeb Bush continues to wallow in the back of the pack,
there might be some regrets of the $100 million raised for Jeb Bush. A
suggestion for what that money could have been used for, next.


HAYES: You know, with all the talk of socialism among Democrats on the
campaign trail lately, there are actually quite a few people on the right
looking at how resources and capital are currently distributed in this
country of ours and thinking, you know, there`s got to be a better way.

Particularly donors to Jeb Bush`s super Pac, Right To Rise. Right To Rise
raised more than $100 million last year on the belief that a Jeb Bush
candidacy was a safe bet.

But as both The New York Times and Politico report today, as Bush continues
to flounder on the campaign trail, backers are placing some of the blame on
Right To Rise and its inability to sell their candidate.

At issue, concern over spending. Things like this, a video mailer that
plays a 50-minute Jeb Bush documentary sent to supporters and potential

And as Politico reports, multiple advisers to the Right To Rise super Pac
concede privately that the $40 million spent on positive ads aimed at
telling Bush`s story yielded no tangible dividends.

Tens of millions of dollars spent, all meant to get Jeb Bush elected
president. He currently is polling on average at around 5%.

As one Bush supporter told Politico, you might as well light all of this
money on fire.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, lawmakers have approved tens of millions of dollars
in emergency funds to help address the crisis in Flint. Today the EPA
issued an emergency order and announced the resignation of its regional

As e-mails released by Governor Rick Snyder`s office revealed the city,
under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched its
water source to save money. And they switched to that water source without
corrosion control treatment, which is what prevents lead from leaching into
the system.

The result of them doing that is that tens of thousands of people were
exposed to lead poisoning, including nearly 9,000 children under the age of

The city is still coming to realize the human and financial costs of that
decision. Certainly outweighs the money they were going to save by
switching water sources.

Which as the e-mails released this week showed, amounted to just 1 to 2
million dollars a year. Yes. Just 1 to 2 million dollars a year could have
prevented this human catastrophe.

I`m not sure how many mailable video players that buys, but to put this in
some sort of perspective, imagine if the donors to Jeb Bush`s super Pac,
instead of lighting their money on fire had been approached about doing
something useful with it. They could have kept Flint on its original water
source for up to a century.

That was never going to happen in the first place, and it`s too late to go
back in time and prevent what happened in Flint, but maybe there`s a lesson
for the deep-pocketed plutocrats who`ve allowed their money to be burned by
Jeb Bush and his allies.

Please, for the love of god, find something actually socially useful to do
with your money. Because if you don`t, socialism`s going to start looking a
lot better to a whole lot of people.



SARAH PALIN, (R) ALASKA: When my son, like so many others, they come back
a bit different. They come back hardened. It starts from the top.

The question, though, that comes from our own president, where they have to
look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through?

So, when my own son is going through what he goes through, coming back, I
can certainly relate with other families, who kind of fill these
ramifications of some PTSD.


HAYES: In her speech endorsing Donald Trump yesterday, former vice
presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, suggesting her son`s arrest on
domestic violence charges was a result of post-traumatic stress disorder
and partially due to President Obama`s lack of respect for men and women in

Track Palin, who was deployed to Iraq in 2008, was arrested Monday night,
and, according to police and court documents, charged in a domestic
violence case in which his girlfriend said he punched her in the head and
threatened to fire a rifle.

Donald Trump said it was his idea for Palin to bring up her son at the


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you ask her to address her son`s arrest?

absolutely fine. I thought it would be appropriate. There was tremendous
press, and I think it`s something that`s very important to discuss.

Not even for her son, but for so many other sons and daughters that are
coming back from the Middle East, where they have traumatic problems. They
have tremendous problems.

And I told her, I actually suggested it.


HAYES: The backlash to Palin`s comments was swift, with veterans and
veterans` groups criticizing the apparent politicization of PTSD.

Paul Rakoff, who heads the Nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for
America, said, quote, “it`s not President Obama`s fault that Sarah Palin`s
son has PTSD… Now that she has endorsed Mr. Trump, I would encourage her
to talk with him about it. His campaign is pretty light on specifics about
what he would do for veterans.”

And in a series of tweets, former army officer, Nate Bethea, who says he
qualifies for PTSD disability benefits from the V.A., pushed back against
the stereotype that veterans are violent and unstable.

He wrote, quote, “Underneath her nonsense lies a very dangerous allegation
that all veterans are ticking time bombs, ready to brandish weapons. The
fact is, people with PTSD still have dignity and they`re still expected to
obey societal norms like anyone else, veterans or otherwise.”

Joining me now, Jon Soltz, who served two tours in Iraq, now chairmen of Jon, your reaction to that moment in Sarah Palin`s speech

JON SOLTZ, VOTEVETS.ORG: Well, I was shocked, because beating up, you
know, your girlfriend, your spouse, or acts of violence aren`t one of the
core symptoms of PTSD.

Not only did I feel, you know, hurt that she sort of misdiagnosed all of
these veterans, but I think she sort of was wrong in the way she talked
about the issue.

There are some core fundamental symptoms here, and one of them isn`t
violence against your spouse. It was sort of par for the course. She said
outlandish things before, but on this situation, not only did I think that
she doesn`t understand what PTSD is, I thought she gave veterans a poor
name by sort of arguing that this is something that`s common in our

HAYES: Yeah, I was following a lot of the back and forth among a bunch of
veterans that I follow in social media about this. And it was fascinating
to see, you know, a lot of people saying what Nate said, is that this sort
of – walking this fine line between, at one level acknowledging the kind
of treatment needs that many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan need, and the
sort of support and resources they need, and at the same time not
essentially creating the idea in the public`s mind that everyone are
essentially damaged or they`re about to go off half cocked or they are

SOLTZ: Her son did serve in Iraq, and she had an opportunity to actually
talk about what PTSD is, and I think that`s why we have this debate.

There`s three sort of fundamental things that happen when someone`s
suffering from these issues. First, they get intrusive thoughts. So, if
you`re sleeping at night and you have nightmares, a lot of veterans face

The second issue is you become startled quickly. If you`re walking down the
street and a firework goes off and you don`t know it, your body`s going to

And the third key point is it`s avoidance. So, maybe you don`t ever want to
go to the beach again because you don`t like sand because of something
happened that happened in the war. Or, you were ambushed driving a vehicle
in Iraq so you don`t want to drive a car.

Those are the three sort of pillar fundamentals of what we consider post-
traumatic stress, not violence against someone who`s close to you. There`s
just a huge misunderstanding.

So, when she goes out there and says this is because of this, it`s actually
not because of this. And now it sort of gives the idea that all veterans
are going to pick up a weapon and shoot somebody, or all veterans are going
to hit somebody.

And that`s not – that`s just not fair to say that about the community as a
whole.And I think that she really missed the chance to educate the public
on what some of the challenges her son is actually facing.

HAYES: There was something so ironic which Nate pointed out last night
about the fact that PTSD was trending briefly yesterday on Twitter because
of this invocation in this sort of erroneous way as you point out.

SOLTZ: Yeah. People are talking about it at one level now. I think
obviously that`s good, but I think it`s up to us, you know, who are going
to comment on this or in the media, to sort of not regard the stupidity of
her comment, which is obviously political in nature.

Her son went to Iraq under George W. Bush, but it gives us a chance to
explain what PTSD is.

And I think if we really break it down and talk about it, it`s very
different than the way she explained it.

It showed that she doesn`t quite understand the issue and, you know, if
she`s going to continue to be in this space, hopefully she can do some
homework and make some policy recommendation that are relevant to fixing
the problem.

But she by no – has any basic understanding of what PTSD is, so I think it
gives the rest of us an opportunity to have a real conversation about some
of these

HAYES: Alright. Jon Soltz, always a pleasure. Thank you, sir.

SOLTZ: Thank you.

HAYES: Coming up, where did Carly Fiorina get those preschoolers? That
caper is next.


HAYES: Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made a speech at the Iowa
Right to Life Presidential Forum on Wednesday morning and it was held at
the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. According to the Des Moines
register, Fiorina headed straight for a group of giggling 4 and 5 year olds
as she walked into that botanical garden, and the result was this, children
sitting around her with an image of a fetus in the background.

Fiorina`s spokeswoman told The Guardian, “we were happy these children
chose to come to Carly`s event with their adult supervisor”.

But at least one parent of one of the kids there is crying foul, according
to The Guardian.

“The kids went there to see the plants,” said Chris Beck, the father of a
4 year old appearing in that photo. “She ambushed my son`s field trip. I
would not want my 4 year old going to that forum. He can`t fully comprehend
that stuff. He likes dinosaurs, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and


HAYES: All right, tonight, with polls tightening, just 11 days until the
Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is zig-zagging throughout the state.

Right now she`s holding a rally with Demi Lovato who`s there right now
singing with her incredible voice at the University of Iowa. That`s Hillary
Clinton`s third campaign event of the day.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, he`ll return to Iowa for a
flurry of events over the weekend.

In Iowa a new CNN/ORC poll shows Sanders up by eight points. That is his
largest lead yet.

That, however, stands in stark contrast with another poll also released
today from Monmouth College, that finds Hillary up by a solid nine points.

The point being that with just over a week until the caucuses it is
anyone`s game in Iowa. And both campaigns know that.

Sanders and Clinton both this week released their closing arguments as
aimed directly at those early state primary voters, and they could not be
more different.

In fact, I think they tell you just about everything you need to know about
what separates these campaigns` approaches.

We`re going to show you those ads, next.


HAYES: That`s Hillary Clinton singing at her event. I`m just kidding.
That`s Demi Lovato singing for Hillary Clinton in Iowa right now.

Joining me at the table, Sam Seder, MSNBC contributor, host of Majority
Report, and Heather McGhee, who`s president of Demos Action.

I`m so glad you guys are here because I saw these two ads today and I
thought, man, this is the perfect encapsulation of these two campaigns and
how they are different.

So first let`s take a look at Hillary Clinton`s closing ad, her closing
seal the deal ad. I think it`s mostly run in Iowa, but I think it`s running
in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The person who lives here has to solve problems as big
as the world and as small as your kitchen table. That`s the job. Every day.
And now, the first lady who helped get health care for 8 million kids, the
Senator who helped a city rise again, the secretary of state who stood up
for America and stared down hostile leaders around the world is the one
candidate for president who has everything it takes to do every part of the

She`ll take on the gun lobby, finally get equal pay for women, and stop the
Republicans from ripping all our progress away.


HAYES: All right. So you got the full what the job is, what her
qualifications are, what she`s going to do. Like the resume, the – here`s
Bernie Sanders.


SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, MUSICIANS: (singing) Let us be lovers we`ll marry our
fortunes together. I`ve got some real estate here in my bag. Counting the
cars on the New Jersey turnpike, they`ve all come to look for America.


HAYES: Couldn`t possibly be more different. No resume, no he passed this,
no he supports that. No Republican, no nothing.

Just Simon, Garfunkel, Sanders.

HEATHER MCGHEE, PRESIDENT, DEMOS ACTION: Well, it`s pure heart. Right?
It`s pure heart. And it`s also purely about the movement and about the
people. And that is banking on unlikely voters to surge and come to the
caucus the way that folks did in 2008.

Hillary Clinton right now is banking on likely voters and she`s banking on
people going with their head and not their heart.

HAYES: Do you think – what do you think – what hits you?

MCGHEE: So, anytime people talk about America in an inclusive way and talk
about the people, the name of my organization literally means the people,
so I get the feelings.

I absolutely get the feelings.

At the same time, though, there is a strand of pragmatism that actually is
among young voters and independent voters where they did that for Barack
Obama in 2008 and 2012 and watched him not be able to get anything done.

So, I think there are strengths and weaknesses to both approaches.

HAYES: The other thing I would say about this Sanders ad is, it`s real
White, that ad. That ad is – when you talk about sort of recreating - that
ad is mostly shot in – I think in Iowa and Vermont and New Hampshire and
the states – there`s a lot of Iowa in there. Iowa`s a very White state, so
that`s not their fault.

But that is another thing that strikes me when you`re looking at part of
the sort of strengths and weaknesses of this campaign, frankly.

If they want to go deep in this campaign, those crowds need to look
different than they do right now.

SAM SEDER, MSNBC CONTRIBUTER: Yeah. That needs to be a different ad when
you head down to South Carolina, but not so much for New Hampshire, either,
I mean, frankly.

But to get back to the other point, Hillary`s ad was fairly White too,
because it was really about Hillary.

And to a large extent I think that ad that she`s running is one that
they`ve had planned for Jeb Bush, you know, six to eight months ago.

It`s very much about experience. It`s very much about sort of a
defensiveness, like we`re going to hold what we have. But there`s no vision
for America embedded in that ad.

HAYES: Well, holding what we have is a vision for America.

SEDER: Well, it`s not a terribly romantic one. The narrative there is very
much of a defensive one. And, within the context of the Democratic primary,
look, I don`t know which one`s going to be more effective. But the bottom
line is the narrative there is like we just need to be static.

I mean, essentially we just want to stay where we are.

HAYES: But they also –

SEDER: And I`m the one experienced enough to do that –

HAYES: But also, Ted Cruz may take away all your stuff.

SEDER: Listen, I agree with you. But that`s what I`m saying. This looks
like a general election ad to me on some level that is really a function of
a Jeb Bush, because it is really just a technocratic ad saying we like
where we are, stay the course, but I don`t know that the country is in a
stay the course mood.

MCGHEE: Well, the country certainly is not in a stay the course mood,
neither progressives nor tea party followers, and anybody in between. And I
think that what is missing from the Clinton ad is the spirit that she
brought to that first ad.

Where she was talking about – where she was talking about the people. It
was all about the people. She said the deck is stacked. And I just worry
that right now in a desire to contrast with Bernie, she`s losing what`s the
most important piece.

HAYES: Let`s play this ad. Can we play this ad?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My daughter`s about to start kindergarten next year,
and so we`re moving, just so she can belong to a better school.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: [ speaking spanish ].

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: After five years of raising my children, I am now
going back to work.

something too. I`m running for president.


HAYES: I love that ad. And that ad, first of all, it looks like the Obama
coalition, right?

And it`s also about who are the people – like the central thing for the
Democrats in this election is, they put together a governing majority
coalition twice in a row for the first time since FDR. Okay?

Can you do it a third time? That`s what it`s about. It`s about those people
as much as it`s about the candidates.

SEDER: There`s a strange defensiveness coming from the Clinton campaign.
The past day or two seems like literally the claxones were ringing,
everybody has to be hands on deck.

HAYES: They`re fighting a –

SEDER: No, I get that. I get that. And I don`t think it`s actually that

But I mean, there`s a confidence in that first ad.


SEDER: And there`s a narrative for where the country is. And all the stuff
about her experience is what backs up that vision. But she`s not – she`s
left the vision part in saying I can deliver, but we`ve forgotten what the
vision is she wants to deliver.

MCGHEE: But the other thing is it`s actually important to have both. And
that is what I think is missing here from both of theirs, is saying that we
have to recognize where we are in this country right now, which is in a
place where, you know, basically only the donor class can get what it

And so, you you need the people. You need a movement. You need unlikely
voters, which is what Bernie is counting on. But you also need an ability
to get things done.

HAYES: All right. Sam Seder, Heather McGee - I could talk about this
forever, actually, fascinating. Thank you very much.

That is ALL IN for this evening The Rachel Maddow show is next.


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