All In America. TRANSCRIPT: 9/12/2018, All In w. Chris Hayes.

Guests:
Michael Moore, Zachary Reinhardt, Jia Ireland, Gabriel White, Samantha Magdaleno, Ariana Hawk, Nadine Jawad, LaShaya Darisaw, Darrin Camilleri
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Show: ALL IN with CHRIS HAYES
Date: September 12, 2018
Guest: Michael Moore, Zachary Reinhardt, Jia Ireland, Gabriel White, Samantha Magdaleno, Ariana Hawk, Nadine Jawad, LaShaya Darisaw, Darrin Camilleri

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: That`s HARDBALL for now. Thanks for being
with us. “ALL IN” with Chris Hayes is up next. By the way, he`s got a
special town hall tonight right away now with guest Michael Moore.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They`re getting a little nervous in Michigan.

CHUCK TODD, MSNBC HOST: Michigan is going to be the linchpin.

RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: Key state, unexpectedly is Michigan.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On 11-9-2016, Michigan went for Donald Trump.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A 10,000 vote margin for Donald Trump in Michigan.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But the majority of people here didn`t vote at all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you regret not voting?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tonight, Michael Moore is back, and he`s got a brand
new film which takes on Trump.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Stop resisting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Governor.

MICHAEL MOORE, FILMMAKER: Governor Snyder, I got some flint water for you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And talks to the voters, and new candidates in the
states that elected Trump.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t give a (BLEEP) who you are, I`ll fight you in
the damn street right now.

MOORE: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All to try and answer the greatest question of our
time.

MOORE: How the (BLEEP) did this happen?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tonight, an ALL IN America special event.

TRUMP: I love Michigan.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Michael Moore in Trump country. Now here`s
Chris Hayes with Michael Moore.

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CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: Good evening, from Factory Two in Flint,
Michigan, I`m Chris Hayes, coming to you from the state that was at the
epicenter of Donald Trump`s slim but seismic victory in 2016. Almost no
one expected Michigan to vote for Donald Trump. The state hadn`t picked a
Republican for president in almost 30 years since 1988. Heading into
Election Day, poll showed Hillary Clinton with a fairly comfortable lead
but in the end, Donald Trump won here by a margin of less than 11,000
votes. That`s the equivalent of just two votes per precinct.

The shock of Donald Trump`s victory has repeated itself almost every day of
his presidency, the nation for the past year and a half at a perpetual
state of crisis and upheaval. But way back before the election there was
at least one person who saw this coming. Filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint
native who wrote in summer 2016 about the five reasons he thought Donald
Trump would win starting with the President`s appeal in the industrial
Midwest states like Michigan.

And now he`s got a new film examining just how he got here and what the
stakes are this November. Please join me in welcoming Michael Moore.

MOORE: Thank you. Thank you.

HAYES: That`s what that`s a hometown welcome.

MOORE: Yes

HAYES: You got this new movie out. It`s really a remarkable film in a lot
of ways and we were trying to sort of pick out the best part of the trailer
but we couldn`t so we`re just going to play a big chunk of it because I
want to – I want – I want some folks to sort of get a taste. So take a
listen to a Fahrenheit 11/9.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m sick and tired of people telling me that America is
the greatest country because we can whip your ass?

TRUMP: I hate some of these people but I`ve never (INAUDIBLE)

MOORE: How the (BLEEP) did this happen?

TRUMP: The American dream is dead.

Stop resisting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The President`s powers here are beyond question.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ladies and gentlemen the last President of the United
States.

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HAYES: You think that, last President of the United States?

MOORE: It`s possible.

HAYES: You really think that?

MOORE: I think it`s possible. Absolutely. I think that we have someone
in the White House who has no respect for the rule of law, who dislikes
democracy by an incredible degree which doesn`t make them really any that
much different from other billionaires or CEOs because their businesses are
not democracies. They rule by fiat, they decide, they make the calls, and
they don`t like having anybody else having a say. They also like to take
home the bulk of the money with them.

So this is – putting somebody like that in charge of a democracy is a very
dangerous thing especially it`s more dangerous with him because he has a
complete lack of ideology. He doesn`t –

HAYES: You think it`s more dangerous because he doesn`t believe in
anything?

MOORE: Absolutely. People say to me, well, if we impeach Trump, will have
Pence. I go, great. At least he believes in something and I`m not afraid
of having the debate with Pence over whether or not Adam and Eve rode on
dinosaurs 6,000 years ago.

HAYES: For the record, I don`t think Mike Pence believes that.

MOORE: Well, what he believed – he believes that the Bible is the word
and that is the way and the earth – the earth is about 6,000 years old.
He also believes that if you`re gay, you can be converted into being
straight. I can have that debate with him too. I believe the American
public will agree with me in that debate. We have a better chance of
beating back this insanity with him than with who`s currently the White
House because Trump`s only belief system, his only ideology is Donald J.
Trump. That`s what he believes in, me, myself, and I. That`s a dangerous
person to have in charge of a country.

HAYES: You know, I always had this conversation with people about with –
you know, where we`re at, what`s new, what`s different. That`s like the
old the big question the Trump era. And I was thinking about that because
the name of this film references a previous film which I remember going to
see when I was 25 years old in 2004, or Fahrenheit 9/11. And that the
reference Fahrenheit 9/11 which is about the Bush administration in the
Iraq war and post 9/11, was a reference to a dystopic novel about a
totalitarian future.

MOORE: Right.

HAYES: So what – I mean, what`s different now? You thought the Bush
administration was ushering in the end of democracy may be right or what
have these sort of authoritarian leanings. Like is it worse now? Is there
something novel and distinct about him compared back to those years in the
Bush years?

MOORE: Yes. Again, Bush believed in something. I didn`t agree with him
but he actually had a belief system. That`s not what`s going on now. And
what`s the difference between 2004 and right now is that well, Fahrenheit
9/11 was a movie basically about the Iraq war and how we got into it with
someone who was not elected by the people of the United States of America.
We are now in a situation where we have someone in the White House who once
again was not elected by the American people. But I don`t believe –

HAYES: You mean, he lost the popularity vote by three million vote, yes.

MOORE: Well, that`s the only way you can mean it, really.

HAYES: Right, right.

MOORE: I mean, let me just –

HAYES: It`s not tennis sets.

MOORE: You know, quick democracy lesson. The person who gets the most
votes wins.

HAYES: Right, yes.

MOORE: That`s it.

HAYES: Right.

MOORE: And that`s not the system that we have because we have not taken
out of the Constitution, one of the last vestiges of the slave era, the
Electoral College which was created to appease the slave states. We
haven`t done that. The Democrats have not led the fight since War One to
get that out of the Constitution or to support a national popular vote
referendum in enough States so that we – whoever gets the popular vote
would win.

HAYES: There`s some kind – it`s interesting to think about that
continuity, right? 2,000, the shock of Bush v Gore and the fact that the
person who didn`t get the most votes still got to be President. It happens
again, right? Six out of the last seven elections Democrats have won a
majority.

MOORE: That`s right. The Republicans have only won the popular vote once
since Daddy Bush was elected in 1988. That`s 30 years that the American
people other than one time have said we don`t want the Republicans in
charge. We want the Democrats in charge. And yet the Democrats hold no
power, not the White House not the Senate, not the Congress, not the
Supreme Court, our state capitols, 50 state capitols the Democrats control,
fully control eight of them.

So how can this be? And this is – this is what`s so insane. If we call
this a democracy, the majority that people want the Democrats and yet they
can`t – they can`t find their way into the White House even when they win.

HAYES: But there`s two aspects of that. I mean you talk about this in the
film. One of them is who shows up to vote on election day, right? So take
aside the popular vote, you think about state elections, you think about
Rick Snyder here in this – in this state here in Michigan where we are.
In Midterm Elections there`s been very low turnout, in the 2016 election,
you`ve got this crazy statistic in the film. There were 87,810
Michiganders in 2016 who went through the trouble of going to the polls –

MOORE: Stood in line for an hour or two.

HAYES: Stood in the line, went to the polls, went to the elections, went
into the voting booth and didn`t mark president.

MOORE: Right. They voted for every other office on the ballot, all the
way down to the two lowest offices we have in our counties in Michigan, our
Register of Deeds and drain commissioner, all right. These people voted
for drain commissioner and left the top box blank for president. And you
look at the ballots, it`s mostly they were voting for Democrats. So these
are people generally would lean liberal, lean to the left, and then went in
there and that`s the way they wanted to make their statement that they were
not going to vote for the person that they didn`t think was going to
represent them. And as you said nearly 90,000 Michiganders did that. And
that`s amazing –

HAYES: In this city, I mean this is the site of one of the perhaps the
worst failures of governance in America in recent memory. I mean, Porto
Rico is up there right now.

MOORE: Yes.

HAYES: This city as you record in the film, is a place where you can`t
blame people for feeling jaded and cynical and pretty pissed off about
their government.

MOORE: Right. Let me put it a different way. This – where you`re
sitting right now, Chris, you`re sitting in the city that created the
middle class. Before the great sit-down strike of 1936-37 in Flint,
Michigan, there was no middle class. There were – there was the rich and
then everybody else worked seven days a week including their 12 and 14-
year-old children. That`s what it was until this town said no more and the
workers took over the factories for 44 days in the middle of winter.

GM shut off the heat, they shut off the water, they brought in all these –
they got the National Guard to come in. There were machine guns lining
these – right outside this building here. And the people of Flint would
not give up. They would not relent. At the end of 44 days, they got the
first major contract ever for an industrial – a corporation, you have to
recognize a union. And because of that, because we got the union and this
town, it was like dominos all over the country. Everybody else started
striking. Everybody else got unions.

And by the time of the next generation, the children of these men and
women, they had full and free health care, no deductibles, no co-pays, full
and free dental care. They had – they had free eyeglasses and vision,
right? If you were a member of the UAW, you got a free lawyer if you ever
needed a lawyer, you got a free lawyer from the union. I mean, they got to
send their kids to college. Everybody got to buy a house if they wanted
to. They had a couple cars. They had a cottage up north. And all without
– maybe not even a high school education. They created the middle class
of this country right here in this town.

So that`s where we`re sitting, OK? What happened here was not the fault of
the governance of the people here in the city. These were elected mayors
and elected city councils in Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, a few
others, majority black cities, and the Governor, this governor, Snyder,
came in and said as a person who doesn`t like democracy about as much as
Trump doesn`t like it said I`m taking over, declared an emergency, and all
of a sudden the mayors and the city councils were gone and he installs his
own cronies who don`t have to answer to the people of this city.

HAYES: And this is the democratic crisis that happens here and the result,
people poisoned, which we`re going to talk about in just a bit, I think you
argue convincingly in the film is a future that America faces if things
don`t change. I want you to stick around, and I want to bring into the
conversation some people that political journalists never talk to, ever.
Everyone`s obsessed with Trump voters. We`re going to talk to some non-
voters. I think it`s like the first time ever on T.V.

MOORE: Yes.

HAYES: Stick around. Much more to come from Flint, Michigan, including a
look at the city`s water crisis, and we`re going to talk to those folks
that were decisive in the President`s victory here, not the base, not the
swing voters, non-voters. Don`t go anywhere, we`re coming right back.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Had we had an inspiring candidate in 2010, I dare say
we wouldn`t have Rick Snyder. So if we can – if we can make sure that we
have candidates that actually speak to people, we won`t have to worry about
our republic.

HAYES: But isn`t it – but inspiring doesn`t – the difference is whether
people get poisoned or not. Like I don`t – who cares if they`re
inspiring? Like isn`t the – no, I`m serious.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So in Flint the number is something like 8,000 African-
American voters who voted twice for Obama chose not to vote. Hillary lost
in Michigan by two votes per precinct on average, two votes per precinct,
10,000 and some votes was it. So where are we left?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HAYES: Michael Moore`s new movie Fahrenheit 11/9 comes out September 21st.
It deals with a shock of Donald Trump`s presidential win which kicked off
an overcorrection if you ask me an election coverage which has led to the
news media`s near obsession with Trump`s base. But his base, those who
appear to support him through hell and high water did not win him that
election. It was swing voters who`ve gone from voting for Obama to voting
for Trump and crucially nonvoters, registered voters who stayed home on
Election Day and a significant number of people who showed up on Election
Day but did not cast a vote for president.

It is those folks the nonvoters and the under-voters that no one ever talks
about. With me now are some voters who sat out 2016, at least one who did
not, Zachary Reinhardt from Lansing, Jia Ireland from Flint, Gabriel White
who is also from Flint, and Samantha Magdaleno from Southwest Detroit. Let
me start would you, Zachary. Why didn`t you vote?

ZACHARY REINHARDT, RESIDENT, LANSING, MICHIGAN: Well, it`s a kind of
complex reason. But I think the – I mean there`s a law in Michigan for
instance that makes it really hard for college-age students to vote and I
think that`s many – we actually have a lawsuit from the College Federation
of College Democrats that`s going against that law right now.

HAYES: So I mean, I remember this in college and this has happened to lots
of states. They don`t – Republican officials particularly don`t love
having a lot of students votes.

REINHARDT: Absolutely.

HAYES: So they tend to put it as many obstacles as possible.

REINHARDT: Yes, I mean, it`s really hard for college students to go home
and vote on that day when they have classes the very next day or you know
anything like that. And then there`s another – there`s other reasons as
well. I mean, being frank, the candidate wasn`t inspiring to me and you
know, I`ve seen the devastation that – like the any blue will do kind of
mentality will have. I mean, it was – I`ve grown up in this city and I`ve
seen as trade deals decimated this city, every job, and frankly those
policies were implemented by Bill Clinton and they weren`t repudiated by
Hillary Clinton as they should have been.

HAYES: There are – there are people who are watching this right now who
are like throwing things in the television.

REINHARDT: Oh, I`m sure.

HAYES: No, I`m just – I`m not saying – I`m just saying like I want you
to respond because they are shaking the screen being like not inspiring
enough. Like this is not a performance for you.

REINHARDT: You know, and the thing is like I think that that mentality
goes really well if you and your life right now you`re doing great and like
to you the election doesn`t matter because to me like, it`s not enough to
say that you`re not as bad as the other guy. I need real change and for
me, Democrats hadn`t offered that and they weren`t offering.

HAYES: Do you feel differently now? I mean, on election night that night,
in the last two years –

REINHARDT: I feel – I feel more convinced that I need to. In fact,
that`s the reason that I`ve gotten it so involved in Michigan politics is
because I feel like with without a change in our party we won`t – It`s
going to continue to happen.

MOORE: Please listen to the rest of what he said because as a non-voter,
people say, oh, they`re apathetic, they don`t care, they don`t – you know,
they`re ignorant, they`re lazy. No, what it`s done for him is he`s gotten
involved politically and he`s now fighting that wall we have here. Let me
just make the walk clear. If you are a student at Michigan State in East
Lansing, in the southern part of the state, but your home is in Houghton or
Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, you have to go through this –
essentially you have to leave and drive 600 miles –

HAYES: To go vote.

MOORE: To go vote. That`s how they set it up because they don`t want
young people voting because they know where young people lean.

HAYES: Jia, let me ask you as something – you did vote, and you`re active
politically. Like how do you – were the people in your lives that didn`t
vote, do you – do you talk to folks? How do you think about people that
didn`t vote in that last election?

JIA IRELAND, VOTER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVIST: I think it`s about having an open
dialogue and actually listening to what people have to say instead of
projecting your views on people. And I feel like we`ve had a major
disconnection with listening and actually listening with the intent of
hearing them out and trying to figure out what are ways that we can improve
our political system on whether you`re a Democrat or not so we can
actually be inclusive and people will willfully vote for you instead of you
happen to guilt-trip them. So –

HAYES: How about you, Samantha, what was your – what was your headspace,
what are you thinking 2016?

SAMANTHA MAGDALENO, DIDN`T VOTE FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016: I wasn`t going to
vote for the lesser of two evils. Like that`s not something that I was
going to participate and I was going to perpetuate in evil. Like either
way evil is evil. So when I got to the to the box, there was no way that I
was going to vote for either Trump or Hillary. I don`t regret that
decision at all. And in fact, since then I actually ran for State
Representative this past primary election. I didn`t win it but very
similar to you I got involved in politics to the point where I was like you
know what, I`m going to run.

HAYES: What do you – if you`re running for office and you`re saying I
want you to vote for me which you just did.

MAGDALENO: Yes.

HAYES: How do you say I want you to vote for me if you didn`t vote the
last time?

MAGDALENO: Because well, I was door knocking, I door knocked over almost
10,000 doors, what I kept hearing from people is these politicians don`t
reflect me. I went to elderly homes and I actually had a woman come up to
me that had never voted in her life ever and she`s in a retirement home and
she told me I`m going to vote for you because you`re like me. You speak
like me. I heard that so many doors, and unfortunately, I entered the race
very late, I only had three months and – but that proved to me that the
politicians that we have right now, they don`t represent us all over the
country.

HAYES: Will you vote in 2018?

MAGDALENO: It depends on who`s up.

HAYES: Really?

MAGDALENO: Yes.

HAYES: How much you, Gabriel?

GABRIEL WHITE, NONVOTER, NOVEMBER 2016 GENERAL ELECTION: I chose not to
vote in 2016 because just like Samantha, I couldn`t see voting for the
lesser of the two evils. Donald Trump which we all have our own issues
with him and you see the things that he says, he doesn`t represent the
presidency before, as a child that was something to look forward to, as a
president. That was something that some people didn`t inspire to. But now
you have Donald Trump and it doesn`t even have a saying hold the same
esteem anymore.

MOORE: Look at the primary in April of 2016. One of our largest turnouts
ever in Flint, the primary between Hillary and Bernie, and Hillary wins in
Flint but she loses the state. Look at how many people here voting in
November. Usually, it`s the other way around, right? More people ought in
general less than the primary. More people in Flint voted in the primary
than the general. I would want to know if I were running the Democratic
Party, why did people stay home knowing that the result was going to be
possibly Donald J. Trump. That`s some serious anger at what the system has
done to fail this city.

HAYES: How do you think, Jia, about the last two years? Like what – like
there`s a lot of people who feel – in different sectors I talked to that
we`re in a national emergency, and I think it depends on who you talk to,
but when I talk to like immigration lawyers particularly as a group they`re
like it`s never been this bad. This is all unprecedented. This is
horrible. It`s a national emergency. If you talk to a lot of legal folks,
they feel that way but not everyone feels that. Like, how do you think
about it?

IRELAND: It is an emergency. It`s – and in Flint, it`s a disaster zone.
Four years later, today is a some 1,600 days since we`ve had access to
clean suitable drinking water. So for us to be dealing with this for years
later and we`re still waiting for pipes to be replaced, infrastructure to
be fixed, we`re still – people are still paying astronomical water bills,
people are still losing hair, skin rashes, and other health elements, and
people died from Legionnaires, in the meanwhile our politicians haven`t
really done enough to actually meet the needs of the people, it does make
people feel like we don`t matter. And then if you know, if we don`t
matter, why should we vote for you and I hear that a lot. So what I do –
and I`m a – you know, I`m a card-carrying Michigan Democrat.

HAYES: I mean, do you think – given the origins of the crisis here which
was initiated by an election in 2010, right? I mean, I think you would
agree right? The crisis here started because of 2010 someone got elected,
they took a bunch of steps, they passed laws, right, the emergency manager
law, right? They passed the law. They took away the ability to govern
yourself, right?

IRELAND: He took away democracy.

HAYES: Took away democracy, right, made a decision that no one here was
able to veto that poison people. So those are the stakes of that election
in 2010. Like, do you think of, Zachary, 2018 having similar stakes?

REINHARDT: Yes and no. I think they have similar stakes and I think that
we need to not repeat the same mistakes we made in 2010 because had we had
an inspiring candidate in 2010, I dare say we would have Rick Snyder. So
if we can – if we can make sure that we have candidates who actually speak
to people, we won`t have to worry about Republicans.

HAYES: But isn`t it – but inspiring doesn`t – the difference is whether
people get poisoned or not. Like I don`t – who cares if they`re
inspiring? Like even the – no, I`m serious. The difference – the
government should not poison its people, so like it`s going to matter in
America who has political power and wields it to poison or not poison
people.

MOORE: Right. That`s why – that`s why the people of Flint not even
knowing who`s Snyder was, people of Flint voted for the Democrat, they
didn`t vote for Snyder.

HAYES: I want to talk about specifically take a look at what happened in
this city because you can`t – we`re sort of talking about it here but I
want to reset for people that are watching at home that don`t know where
they heard about us. We`re going to talk about what happened in this city,
how it came to be, and what has happened two years later. And the answers
is that it is all worse than you thought. Stick around.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MOORE: The Department of Defense sadly under President Obama deciding to
use Flint as target practice, as training for the U.S. Army. And with no
notice to the people in Flint, one night they just start bombing Flint.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

COOK-HAWKINS: The normal number is 3.5, and anything over a 3.5 is
considered a high lead level – six, six, five, six, five, five, six,
seven, 10, six, eight, six, six, 14.

MOORE: Not a single number that says 3.5 or lower.

COOK-HAWKINS: No.

MOORE: That means every child on this sheet of paper has an elevated level
of lead.

COOK-HAWKINS: Yeah. And us just left to call the parents and retest and
they said, no, we can`t do that. Just put them in as a 3.5 then.

MOORE: And so the parents aren`t able to start taking immediate action to
help the child that`s got lead poison.

COOK-HAWKINS: They think their child is fine. My child tested low.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HAYES: If there was one part of Michael Moore`s new film, Fahrenheit 11/9,
that most filled me with wrath and rage it was the poisoning of the people
of this city in Flint, Michigan. It makes me want to know who is being
held accountable.

And ALL IN reporter Trymaine Lee came here to try to answer that question.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARTHUR WOODSON, FLINT RESIDENT: Everybody that had their hand in it, that
signed a permit, that signed the application, needs to go to jail.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There are other people that were involved that are
not being charged. If they were a person on the street and they poisoned a
whole town of people, or even one person, they will be put in jail.

JULIA LUSTER, FLINT RESIDENT: For me, of course, the governor is where the
buck stopped.

LEE: Governor Snyder.

LUSTER: Governor Snyder, he has to be held accountable.

LEE: Are there people who you believe committed crimes that have yet to be
charged?

TODD FLOOD, MICHIGAN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: We have charged 15 people. We`ve
had several pleas. People have already been adjudicated. We have had
people that have been bound over to trial and to the circuit court.

LEE: Among those 15 people charged, a pretty high profile name, Nick Lyon,
right. Is this unprecedented in terms of the head of the health department
being charged with manslaughter?

FLOOD: The simple answer to your question is yes. So I don`t know of any
other government agency director that has ever been charged in our country
at this level.

Here, what`s unprecedented in the United States is when the government pays
for the defense, the defense experts, the witnesses, their lawyers. I`ve
never seen this much money ever. I`m going up against Goliath.

LEE: Clearly, you believe, because Nick Lyon is charged with manslaughter,
that he played a role in the poisoning of this city.

FLOOD: I charged Nick through a system where I had peer review. And we
did that, and a judge found that our charges merited probable cause, that a
crime was committed and he committed it.

LEE: So the people of Flint have been looking for justice for a very long
time. Are they finally getting it?

FLOOD: Justice is going to be 12 people sitting in a box, a jury box,
making a decision one way or the other. And justice will be what those 12
people decide.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HAYES: And ALL IN reporter Trymaine Lee joins me now, along with Michael
Moore, and Ariana Hawk whose son was literally the poster child for the
poisoning of Flint`s children on the cover of Time Magazine, and April
Cook-Hawkins, the Genesee County Health Department whistleblower who you
saw in that movie clip.

And Trymaine, let me start with you. This it`s a high profile trial in
which the head of the state
health department has been charged with manslaughter.

LEE: Two counts of manslaughter. People in this community can tell you
stories about family
being affected, people who died. And the state will say that a dozen
people died, but there`s evidence to suggest many more died. So while
people here know what happened, they also know there was a coverup.
There`s an email trail. They know exactly who should be held responsible.

Nick Lyon is a big name, but perhaps just the tip of the iceberg. The idea
that for more than a dozen months people in the city were poisoned. And
the frustration and anger you hear in people`s voices, because not only has
it affected and their children, but that as of now, no one has really been
held accountable.

HAYES: Ariana, your son Sincere (ph), right – as someone who has lived
this firsthand, seen it firsthand, how do you feel about the prosecutions,
about accountability and whether anyone really has been held to account?

ARIANA HAWK, FLINT WATER ACTIVIST: I`m angry. It`s taken way too long.
If this would have been a normal person on the street, they would have been
tried by now, they would be in
jail by now, and they will have justice. So, for this to be going on for
so long, it makes me angry, but, you know, the lawyers are sitting up,
sucking up all this money that we are still suffering, our pipes are still
not replaced.

You know, this is a problem.

HAYES: People are watching this. There are some people who are watching
this who kind of remember about the Flint water thing, and then maybe it`s
drifted away from their mind, like, you`re living this every day. What can
you tell them about what the reality is here now four years later.

HAWKS: Four years later, my son, for example, we still can`t safely use
our water, we still can`t – he take a bath without telling me it burns.
His rashes are back. You know, things are not better. I`m still scared to
use the water. I don`t want to let my younger kids use the water.

I have an 11-year-old who`s facing memory loss. He`s 11. He can`t
remember what happened yesterday. These are the reality of the things
happening to our babies right now.

HAYES: Still?

HAWKS: Still, to this day.

HAYES: People in here, you – are people using their water at home?

CROWD: No.

HAYES: You still don`t have clean water here?

CROWD: No.

MOORE: There are people in here who once a week, if they have a relative
in Detroit an hour
away, take their children for their once a week shower an hour away just to
take a shower.

HAWK: That`s true.

HAYES: You worked inside the state agency, or I guess the county agency.

COOK-HAWKINS: For the county.

HAYES: Right, you worked for the county. And you saw this unfolding. Do
you think there`s sufficient accountability?

COOK-HAWKINS: I feel like people need to be held accountable down even to
the health department.

HAYES: Do you think crimes were committed?

COOK-HAWKINS: I do.

HAYES: Why were you – do you feel you were told to lie?

COOK-HAWKINS: Yes.

HAYES: And why do you think they tried to cover it up?

COOK-HAWKINS: On the health department level I believe there was not
enough people. They didn`t have the capacity there to handle such a case.
So with two caseworkers, that`s all they had.

HAYES: And so they just said mark them down to 3.5 and move on?

COOK-HAWKINS: Correct.

HAYES: I`ve got to imagine, Michael, let`s say – let`s say something
happened where the resources were brought to Flint to actually clean the
water, OK? They clean the water. They got
fresh water back, using the Great Lakes, which is 84 percent of the world`s
fresh water, the most incredible fresh water supply known to humans on the
Earth. The trust that has been disrupted here, I just can`t imagine how
anyone can trust anything they are told, ever again.

Like how – they lied and poisoned you.

MOORE: Right, and covered it up.

HAYES: And they covered it up.

MOORE; Covered it up, and they tried to get – even the lowest workers on
the chain, like April, to lie for them. How they thought they were going
to get away with this is amazing. And it`s – and they`re not going to.
And…

HAYES: But are they? That`s my question. I mean, you say this in the
movie that this was the microcosm in some ways where this was the test run
for what can someone get away with? The American city we are sitting in
right now was poisoned by its own government.

MOORE: Yeah.

HAYES: Not its own government, the state government, was poisoned and
there`s a few prosecutions, but like, I don`t know, everyone else is going
to ride off into the sunset.

LEE: Nick Lyon is still running the state health department.

HAYES: He`s still running the state health department facing manslaughter
charges?

MOORE: He`s indicted for manslaughter…

HAWK: If that was me I wouldn`t have my job.

MOORE: Snyder is still in office. He still sits in the governor`s chair
today, and Snyder`s attorney general, his Republican attorney general, is
running for governor in this November`s election.

And let me just say this, let`s say when they decided to take Flint off the
pure glacial waters of Lake Huron.

HAYES: Which they did, it was there and they decided to stop doing that.

MOORE: And we didn`t have a mayor, so the manager, the dictator, said this
is the way it`s going to be. You`re going to drink from the Flint River.
And that was that. And nobody had any say in it. And so let`s say they
didn`t know that that was going to poison the people, even though I could
take you down to the river right now and you`re not a scientist and you
will figure out you`re not going to drink from that river, no matter how
many freaking filters I put on that water for you, all right.

So, let`s – and at a certain point after a few days or weeks of hearing
complaints, and then the governor sent somebody quietly to Flint. And then
he reports back, oh, you`ve got to switch back to the Lake Huron water.
This is going to – you`ve got to get into damage control. This is all –
and he does nothing.

From the moment that he and his staff knew that the people of Flint were
being poisoned, even if they didn`t set out to poison them, if I saw
somebody slip some arsenic into your tea a half hour ago and I just sat
here and said nothing and did nothing, I am guilty and I can be arrested,
because I knew you were going to die, because you were going to drink that
tea.

HAYES: People would vaguely know. They know what happened with the water
in Flint, or vaguely know about it outside of Flint, I think something they
don`t know at all is something that appears in the film that I think a lot
of people if they see the movie are going to walk out being like what the
hell was that? So, I want to play this footage from the film. It`s
footage of Flint, the city that we`re in, Flint, Michigan, something being
done to Flint, Michigan. I want to play it and have you explain.

MOORE: For context, this is 14 months after the poisoning began. So, the
people have already been poisoned now for 14 months and then this happened.
Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Take a look.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s going down like a (EXPLETIVE DELETED).

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HAYES: What the hell was that?

MOORE: That was the federal government now, the Department of Defense,
sadly under
President Obama, deciding to use Flint as target practice, as training for
the U.S. army. And with no notice to the people in Flint, one night they
just start bombing Flint. It`s Lowell Junior High School. You all
remember Lowell. They just fired a missile into Lowell. They started –
they went into the old Michigan National Detroit Northern Building firing
guns. And the people – and some of the people are here that took some of
the video footage – said to the police what`s going on here? Are we under
attack? It looked like a terrorist attack, and it was our own U.S. army.

And the army guy said, no, there`s just so many abandoned buildings here.
We thought it
would be great for target practice.

And so they just started bombing these buildings.

HAYES: Do you remember that night?

HAWK: Yeah, I remember hearing those loud bombs and not knowing what the
heck was going on or where it was coming from and just like following my
friend who was just up here like – if I wouldn`t have followed her feed I
wouldn`t have known about it, because we were just like what is going on?
Something is happening? Like what is happening to us?

HAYES: Do you guys – was that just one night you started hearing gunfire?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, literally.

MOORE: It went on for 10 days.

HAWK: Yeah, it went on for about a week and a half, yeah.

MOORE; It went on for 10 days, wasn`t covered in the national media. You
couldn`t get away with that stuff in the old days. Here, you can do that,
but you could also do it because this is a majority black city, and it`s
the poorest city in the United States.

HAYES: Final thought here, as folks here in Flint, for people that are
watching this, like what do you want to tell people about what you`ve
learned over the last four years, and what does Flint need. What does
Flint need from us and the rest of the country?

HAWK: It needs for people to be awoke. It needs for people to see that
what happened in Flint
could happen to your neighborhood. It can happen to your kids. It can
happen to your family. Don`t take stuff for granted. Don`t take the water
for granted. Some stuff you just have to open your eyes and see, you know.
You can`t look at media and think that everything is OK in Flint like
people have for the last past four years. We`ve been suffering.

MOORE: They`re always testing things out here. If we just close down all
the factories, would the people rise up? Nope. If we destroyed their
economy, what would happen? Nothing. Could we poison the water and
actually kill people with Legionnaires Disease, and what would happen to
us? Governor is still sitting there in the chair today. And could we just
bomb this city and nothing would happen? It`s an underreported story.
Thank you for reporting it on this show.

(APPLAUSE)

HAYES: We`re going to talk about the sort of stakes for what happens next
in this coming election. I want to thank you guys so much for joining me.
Stick around. Don`t go anywhere.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HAYES: In the film, you make I think an extremely provocative and it will
be surely controversial, there`s a whole portion about the rise of the
Nazis in Nazi Germany. You even have a section in which you have literally
Hitler with Donald Trump`s voice.

MOORE: It`s funny.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Democratic Party should be recruiting extraordinary
ordinary Americans that actually get on the same bus as their constituents,
actually have kids in those public schools and understand what it feels
like for a teacher not to get paid real salaries or lack of resources.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The definition of electoral insanity is trying to re-
elect these same guys over and over again, and expecting our country to be
any different.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re not ready to give up on the party, we`re just
ready to take it
over and let`s put some people in there that get it, because we felt the…

MOORE: Take it over?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Take it over. Take it over, Michael.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HAYES: In the America of 2018, the vital questions are not only who is
running, but who is voting. Who is active and who is not? And we will see
whether, after watching two years of the Trump administration unfold,
people in this city, in this state, in this country, feel like they have a
personal stake in what`s happening on this election day.

Michael Moore is still with me and we`re joined by LaShaya Darisaw, a Flint
water crisis activist who ran for office in the Michigan house, state
representative Darrin Camilleri who ran as a first time candidate in 2016
for that position and won in a district which Trump also carried – 25-
years-old?

STATE REP. DARRIN CAMILLERI, (D) MICHIGAN: 26.

HAYES: 26.

And Nadine Jawad, a graduate at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor,
Rhodes Scholar who is active in voter engagement in Muslim American
community. Great to have you guys here.

NADINE JAWAD, VOTER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVIST: Thank you for having me.

HAYES: Maybe I`ll start with you, what do you see as the stakes for what
happens in 50 plus days from now?

JAWAD: Yeah, I mean, the stakes are obviously very great. And we need to
make sure that we`re engaging the right populations. I feel that so often
communities of color, youth, feel that they`re not represented by the
current state of our democracy. And there`s a lot at stake right now. We
need to make sure we`re mobilizing the right communities.

HAYES: You`ve been doing stuff with college kids. How is that working
out?

JAWAD: It`s been awesome. So, Michigan spearheaded by a professor, Eddy
Goldenberg (ph), spearheaded the Big 10 vote challenge. So, this upcoming
midterm, there will be a competition across the Big Ten. Students will
compete to see which school can have not only the greatest turnout, but
also and greatest improvement. So, we`re hoping Michigan can win…

HAYES: Now, that`s interesting. So, like, literally like matched up
against each other.

JAWAD: Yeah, so…

(APPLAUSE)

HAYES: …Michigan State?

JAWAD: Nope, it was Michigan.

HAYES: So, you won two years ago.

CAMILLERI: I did.

HAYES: That was the first time you were elected. Why did you run in the
first place?

CAMILLERI: So, before I got elected I was a teacher. And I walked into my
classroom on the first day of school and got appointed department chair at
the age of 22. To me that really signaled to me how bad the state of our
schools are.

HAYES: Oh, that was a bad day?

CAMILLERI: That was a bad day.

It wasn`t great. And so I saw that I had, you know, no textbooks, no
curriculum, and I was teaching in Detroit. And for me that was the impetus
that I decided that we need to have real change up in Lansing. And so I
decided to run from a district that`s down river about 20 minutes south of
Detroit where I grew up, and we won a district that Trump won by 12 points,
and I won by 323 votes.

HAYES: You know, you – there`s so much focus at the top of the ticket
always, and it`s been a problem for the Democratic Party recently,
particularly in 2010 and 2014, it`s been hard to get Democrats to come out
to vote. They have been out turned out by Republicans, particularly older,
whiter, more conservative constituencies have come out.

What`s your sort of – when you`re going around trying to get people to
come vote for you in a midterm, right – so you won in 2016, now you`re
trying to get in in a midterm, like the stakes at the state level of what
state government means, because that`s true across the entire country.
Like, what are you telling them?

CAMILLERI: The stakes are really high. This election is – I always say
it all the time, but one of the most important ones of their lifetime, that
we have the chance to actually move the direction of our state in a
positive direction.

If you do not vote, your voice is silent and you are not actually
advocating for the values that we care about. So this year it`s about
making sure that we maintain investment in our infrastructure, that we
promote and improve our public schools, that we protect our clean water and
that we provide families like here in Flint with clean water.

Because it`s not just here in the city of Flint. In my own district, I
have Lake Eerie and Huron River. Just last week, we heard that the state
has now told us do not eat the fish in our river because of
PFAS contamination. So, clean water is an issue that is affecting
communities all over the state of Michigan. And we need to make sure our
state government is standing up to corporate interests who are doing all
the polluting and not advocating for the people.

HAYES: How do you think about the stakes this midterm?

LASHAYA DARISAW, CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE IN 2016: The stakes are very
high. We have a chance to really take over some things and making sure
that we are keeping community first. So, we have to remember that this is
not necessarily about the person, it`s about the community as a whole…

HAYES: You mean not about the person, meaning not the candidate.

DARISAW: It`s not about the candidate, It`s about the community as a whole
and making sure that that person actually represents the community in which
they come from.

HAYES: You – that` an interesting point, right, so – OK, so you`re
saying like it`s not the person, it`s like who are they going to listen to
when they`re in power?

DARISAW: Yeah, making sure they listen to their constituents and not just
corporate interests.

(APPLAUSE)

HAYES: This – there`s something kind of existential about this election.
I mean, in the film, you make I think an extremely provocative, and it will
be surely controversial – there`s a whole portion about the rise of the
Nazis in Nazi, Germany. You even have a section which you have literally
Hitler with Donald Trump`s voice.

MOORE: It`s funny.

(LAUGHTER)

HAYES: It`s chilling. And I think there`s a real – people are torn about
that comparison for a
lot of reasons. Donald Trump is not Hitler. This is not Nazi Germany.
What is the point of that comparison? And what does it say about how much
what happens in the fall matters?

MOOORE: The point is is that not so much about Hitler and the Nazis, which
you`re right, it`s not that – I wrote a book back in the 1980s that really
inspired this film some almost 40 years later. It was called Friendly
Fascism. And the person who wrote this book said that the fascism of the
21st Century would not come with concentration camps or Swastikas, it would
come a smiley face and
a TV show, and that`s how they`ll take over the people, just by wooing them
in that way.

And I think that – look, the good news here, you see it on this stage, is
that this is what America is, and what it looks like.

(APPLAUSE)

MOORE: This is – and I think all of them know, and I know they`re working
on this.

Look, almost two-thirds of this country right now the people eligible to
vote are either women, people of color, or young people between the ages of
18 and 35, or a combination of those three. That`s two-thirds of America.
This is not the old white guy that you say about the vote…

HAYES: But it`s not two-thirds of the electorate. I mean, that`s the
thing, right. That`s it. Who governs America depends on whether those
people vote.

MOORE: Who shows up to vote.

HAYES: We have to run candidates that are going to listen to the people
and represent the people, as the young man said in that clip. We need to
run extraordinary ordinary Americans for office.

We want a leader who does inspires the masses to work for the greater
common good of all.

DARISAW: He`s talking about somebody that`s ordinary, people that come
from the community, somebody that`s already fighting for the community,
that`s already there, that already knows our problems and already knows our
struggles, and has already been there. Every day, people – not somebody
that just comes in, because they`re a father or somebody, or not because
they need a job, but somebody that actually cares about what happens to all
of these people that`s here.

You know, any one of these people, these water warriors that`s in here,
these are the people that should be in office.

(APPLAUSE)

DARISAW: But because of how the politics is ran in this state, that`s not
the case, because we don`t have the money. We don`t have the power. We
don`t have the say so.

So just like all of these people that came and they constantly, constantly
protest, we constantly knocked on doors and said we need help. We weren`t
heard. Four years later, we weren`t heard. Where are all these
politicians running for office? Where are all these people that`s actually
in office, but haven`t seen any of these faces? How do you represent me if
you`re never in the community?

(APPLAUSE)

CAMILLERI: One of the things I`ll say with that, one of the ways that
we`re going to be successful, particularly for the new electorate, for
young candidates, for people who are emerging as nontraditional candidates,
you have to take your message to the people. You can`t just rely on TV
commercials or the mailers.

HAYES: Even a state rep race.

CAMILLERI: You have got to knock on the doors.

So we knocked on 60,000 doors in my election. We took the message to the
people, and that`s how you win.

HAYES: One thing I will say, having knocked on doors myself, and coming
from a family of organizers, whatever your politics are, conservative,
liberal, whatever, there is no better practice of democracy than knocking
on a bunch of people`s doors. Seriously, whatever you believe, whatever
you think.

You want to – I`m not saying only do it if you`re liberal, like whatever
you believe, go knock on
doors, got talk to some of your fellow American citizens about what they`re
interested in, you will learn a ton.

LaShaya Darisaw, Darrin Camilleri, Nadine Jawad, thank you all.

And my great thanks to Michael Moore.

MOORE: Thank you, Chris. Thank you for coming to Flint.

(APPLAUSE)

HAYES: That wraps up a special ALL IN America. Michael Moore, and thank
you to everyone who joined us here tonight. Thank you to Flint and Factory
Two (ph) for having us. And of course a big thank you to Michael Moore.
Good night.

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