Trump tweet creates census turmoil. TRANSCRIPT: 7/3/19, All In w/ Chris Hayes.
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HAYES: Good evening from Chicago, I`m Chris Hayes. Some truly wild
breaking news tonight in the highly controversial legal question of the
Trump administration`s plan to add a citizenship question to the census.
After the administration said yesterday they would abide the Supreme
Court`s order not to include the question about citizenship, today a
presidential tweet set off a bizarre and confusing flurry of legal activity
that makes it look a whole lot like the President is now trying to find a
way to ignore a lawful Supreme Court order.
The President`s obvious contempt for the law, in this case, is of course
just the latest example of his broader approach to the Constitution, the
courts, and American democracy. He views it all as an inconvenience to be
rolled over and subsumed to his will.
As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence tomorrow, some may
linger over this passage of the Declaration of Independence “We have
petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions
have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose character is
thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler
of a free people.”
A day before our national holiday in 2019, this is where things stand.
Tanks are deployed in the capital to serve as props for a president who has
hijacked a national celebration to turn it into a campaign rally complete
with VIP treatment for his top donors. A spectacle fit for a leader who
clearly envies strongmen and dictators and well often speaks if not acts
Trump is flagrantly exuberantly lawless, defying Congress at every turn.
His administration refusing to turn over documents about things like
migrant detention or the Mueller investigation, blocking people from
testifying an ongoing investigation, swatting away lawful requests for
things like his tax returns and thumbing its nose at court rulings that
don`t go its way.
And now this, after the Supreme Court ruled against the administration and
its push to add a citizenship question in the census, the Department of
Justice and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the Census Bureau
has started to print questionnaires without the question.
But then Trump today called those on-the-record statements from his own
administration fake news. Insisted “we are absolutely moving forward with
the effort to add the question.” Now, to be clear, no one and I mean no
one maybe even including the President really knew what that meant. Was he
saying he was going to ignore an order from the Supreme Court?
Then things got even more surreal. In Federal Court this afternoon, a DOJ
lawyer said the Justice Department would attempt to follow Trump`s dictate
by tweet though he had no idea how. The tweet this morning was the first I
had heard of the President`s position on this issue just like the
plaintiffs and your honor, I do not have a deeper understanding of what
that means at this juncture other than what the President has tweeted. But
obviously, as you can imagine, I am doing my absolute best to figure out
what`s going on.
After the DOJ attorney asked for some more time, Judge George J. Hazel
expressed exasperation. If you were Facebook and an attorney for Facebook
told me one thing and then I read a press release from Mark Zuckerberg
telling me something else, I would be demanding that Mark Zuckerberg appear
in court with you the next time because I would be saying I don`t think you
speak for your client anymore.
I want to turn now to Dale Ho who`s one of the attorneys who argued the
Supreme Court case on the citizenship question. He Directs the ALCLU`s
Voting Rights Project. Dale, you`re an attorney in the New York case.
That transcript of a phone call with the judge was from Maryland. What the
heck is going on? What is the position of the Department of Justice now?
DALE HO, DIRECTOR, ACLU VOTING RIGHTS PROJECT: Well, it appears that the
Department of Justice has a hard time understanding its own position right
now, Chris. Just yesterday, the same lawyer was asked point-blank by Judge
Hazel whether or not the decision to print the 2020 census forms without a
citizenship question was a “final decision,” whether it was “once and for
all,” and whether it was not just a matter of well, we`re printing it now
but we might revisit it later. And that same DOJ lawyer said correct in
response to all of those questions.
So as of yesterday, you know, that was it. No citizenship question on the
2020 census. Today the Department of Justice appears to be trying to
provide some wiggle room for the Trump administration to come back with a
different determination later on down the road.
HAYES: OK. You`ve worked on this case for a while. We`ve had you on the
show to discuss it. There`s a lot – bunch of people who have litigated
this for both Maryland and Southern District of New York. What was your
reaction that tweet this morning?
HO: Well, a couple of things, Chris. First, it`s outrageous. The
Department of Justice and the administration have represented multiple
times that there can be no changes to the census form after June 30th of
And here we are after June 30th and the administration after having made
that representation to multiple federal courts including the United States
Supreme Court appears to be backtracking and saying well, actually maybe we
do have the ability to change the census forms now. We`re looking into it.
That`s the first thing.
And the second reason why it`s outrageous is that the President is looking
to make an end-run around a decision by the United States Supreme Court.
Now, I understand that the President likes his mulligan`s golf but you
don`t get a mulligan in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court struck this down. It ruled that it was illegal to try to
put this question on the 2020 census and no matter what reason they try to
contrive now, I don`t think it`ll make any difference.
HAYES: Well, that`s – so that`s where we are, right, because part of the
strike down the Supreme Court, the whole case was basically you were
arguing that the administration lied about why it was trying to put the
question on, that it was misrepresenting, it misrepresented it before court
in Congress, and basically they did it so egregiously that two different
courts and then the Supreme Court agreed.
They basically said you`re lying to us about why you want this question and
you can`t do that. That`s against the law. But Justice Robert said you
know, maybe go back and come up with another reason. And in this letter
from the Department of Justice today, they basically nod to furnishing
another rationale like it seems to give away the game that there`s some
group of people who are going to invent some other reason.
HO: That`s what they seem to suggest that they may try to do here. But I
want to make clear what Chief Justice Roberts opinion for the court said.
It said that the administration`s reason for adding a citizenship question
of a census was contrived.
He didn`t say that you could come back with another reason that wasn`t
contrived and now it would pass muster. He said look, federal law requires
you to honestly disclose the reasons for doing things that you do. And
here you contrived a reason and now with the administration saying we may
try to contrive a new reason, I don`t think that that`s going to satisfy
Chief Justice Roberts opinion.
HAYES: I want to take a step back from the details here and just – you
know, you have been a litigator for a while. You`ve worked on a bunch of
different cases. You are at the Legal Defense Fund for the ACLU. Have you
ever – I mean, you`ve been on the other side of the government. Have you
ever seen something quite like what we`re seeing play out today?
HO: No. I mean, it`s remarkable. The trial lawyer for the Department of
Justice didn`t even know what the government`s position was at a – at a
hearing today. I`ve never seen anything like it. And we should note that
his boss then got on the phone to say we`re looking – we`re looking into
It does seem now – I mean, what is your understanding of what this means.
My reading is that you know how sometimes your boss tells you to do
something you`re like totally we`re on it boss and then you just hope that
he forgets about it after a long enough period. Like that`s basically my
reading of the DOJ`s position right now. Yours?
HO: It`s hard to say. Obviously, the Department of Justice evaluated the
Supreme Court`s opinion when it came out last week. They came into court
yesterday on Tuesday and said look, the jig is up. Game is over. We
concede. And then we get this tweet from the President this morning and
suddenly they`re back in court and the DOJ lawyer assigned to the case
doesn`t even know what the position of the government is.
Well, by Friday at 2:00 p.m. they better know because Judge Hazel whom you
referenced earlier asked the administration to come back and by then either
have a stipulation that they`re not going to try to put the citizenship
question back on the census or we`re going to set – they`re going to set a
schedule for further proceedings.
And you can bet that if they don`t come back on Friday and say
unequivocally 100 percent this question will not be on the 2020 census,
that they`re going to be facing further proceedings in multiple courts
including in New York.
HAYES: All right, Dale Ho, thank you on this last-minute making some times
for us. I appreciate it.
HO: Thanks so much.
HAYES: Joining me now former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former
Republican Congressman David Jolly now an MSNBC Political Analyst. I mean,
David, we`ve got – we`ve got tanks positioned outside the Lincoln Memorial
for a $100 million essentially Trump campaign rally for his top donors
while he`s contradicting his own DOJ and wants to run roughshod over
Like as we are celebrating the Declaration of Independence, there is a
little bit of a mad king feel to where we are right now.
DAVID JOLLY, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Oh certainly. Oh certainly. And
look, he`s contradicting his staff attorneys. The reality is I think Bill
Barr told the President you do have a lane here to win this. And look,
Chris, I agree with everything you and Dale just discussed but I also would
say and I hate to be the skunk at a party. I think the government, the
Trump administration does have a narrow lane here to have this
The case that was decided was decided in multiple parts the majority kind
of moved around. But if you thread it all together, what the majority of
the justices ruled was it is not unconstitutional ask the citizenship
question. It is not unreasonable. However, that reasonableness has
certain constraints and in this case the Department of Commerce hasn`t
provided a congruent or rational case for making the citizenship question
So if I`m the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice, I`d say
hey, look, allow us the opportunity to rebreathe this and allow it to be a
case of first impression. Because what the court also said is under
administrative law we have to provide deference to reasonable
Now that`s the New York case. The Maryland one is different. The Maryland
one is saying this is discriminatory and this was based on discriminatory
actions. That`s the case today. But Chris, I think if you`re Donald Trump
and Bill Barr which is very different than the DOJ staff career attorneys,
hey, they`re going to say forget what the Supreme Court said. Let`s keep
arguing this and see how far we can get.
HAYES: But there is also something here, Robert, about the way in which
this entire thing has been undertaken and there`s some parallels I think to
the July 4th celebration and the census in which the President contradicts
his own government at every turn in which he sort of issues these edicts
internally that people tell him well you can`t do that.
We know that he wanted a big parade earlier, that he wanted tanks rolling
down the streets, you can`t do that. You can`t just make something up and
tell the represented to the court. And there`s a real question about like
the degree to which he is being properly constrained and the degree to
which he`s actually pushing that, the guardrails about what a democratic
representative of the people looks like.
ROBERT REICH, FORMER SECRETARY OF LABOR: Well, there`s no constraint at
all, Chris. In fact, there`s not even a Trump administration. There is
Donald Trump. And as you pointed out, I mean, we are – the big irony here
is this is the night before Independence Day where we fought a tyrant. We
declared our independence from what essentially was then a Mad King.
We created a constitution, a constitution with checks and balances and
separation of powers. And now we have a Mad King back again that basically
is defying all of the constitutional provisions, basically thumbing his
nose at the Supreme Court, pushing the envelope as far as he possibly can
and then some in terms of getting his way, not allowing any congressional
I mean, he`s basically saying to the House, I`m not going to give you
anything. I`m instructing everybody to say no to appearing before you, to
providing any documents. I mean, what are we supposed to do? I think that
he is laying a predicate for impeachment, actually.
HAYES: Yes. And David, you know, what I keep returning to is two ideas.
One the sort of the strength of actual American democracy and the – and
the set of sort of constitutional provisions, norms, traditions that
undergird that, right, deference to the courts, you know, viewing
yourselves as representative of the people, and then also democratic
Like I think the reason that people were upset about the tanks in the
streets and the President throwing himself some big military parade is that
it does feel anathema to our American democratic culture. It is not the
way that we celebrate American constitutional democracy.
JOLLY: No, that`s right. But I also understand the President`s ignorance
on all things Western Democratic liberalism. When he took that question
last week, he thought that the questioner was asking about San Francisco,
California. He did – he didn`t understand exactly the parameters that the
Secretary Rice is speaking of.
You speak of the courts though, Chris, and I`ve got – I`ve got to put a
little bit of faith courts because frankly there`s nowhere else to put our
faith right now. Understand in this very case Judge Robert said listen,
we`ll be deferential but that doesn`t require us to be naive.
JOLLY: The judge of Maryland tonight said hey, I read Twitter as well.
And in the Ninth Circuit just today we saw that the appeals court say hey
you can`t use military money to build your wall. Sorry, Mr. President.
We`re not going to let you do that.
So the President continues to push this as far as he can but our courts are
holding up to his pushing on the Democratic norms.
HAYES: David, I`m so glad you said that because I think that`s a crucial
point and even when I said in that script thumbing his nose which I meant
as sort of performatively. Like Robert, you know, the thing that I keep
thinking of is the shoe that has not dropped and the moment that the sort
of Rubicon we have not crossed is the president just flagrantly facially
defying a court order right.
There was a question about there was always a sort of worry that that`s the
kind of thing he would be tempted to do when the Muslim ban was struck
down, when you know, now he`s got his emergency funding for the wall,
enjoying. He`s hit up against the courts time and time again.
And right now it seems to me that is a red line that I think even Nancy
Pelosi on this, the matter of the IRS tax litigation is worried about him
REICH: Well, we`re coming very close to that, Chris. I mean, by defying
the Supreme Court in the way he did today – now, again, technically it`s
not a strict defiance but when you have the Justice Department and the
Commerce Department say one thing yesterday, and then today on the basis of
a presidential tweet reversed themselves and also reversed themselves on
what they said about a time constraint, then you actually are becoming very
close to saying to the Supreme Court I don`t care.
If you are Donald Trump you`re saying I simply don`t care. I`m going to do
what I want to do. And that is the Rubicon. Once you cross that, then
basically you are in a dictatorship. You`re no longer in a democracy.
HAYES: You know, and David, I imagine today, there was a meeting in that
Oval Office. There were – there was a knock-down-drag-out fight in that
Oval Office. I don`t know it for sure. I don`t have the reporting that
supports that. But everything we`ve seen in the public outside suggested
inside that Oval Office, there was a knock-down-drag-out fight about
whether they were going to defy a Supreme Court order.
JOLLY: No, I agree with you. And I on the way over here I was thinking,
was it the White House Counsel or was it Bill Barr personally. Somebody
informed the President I do think we can win this. But to the Secretary`s
earlier comment, when we cross that Rubicon, the House has to move to
impeachment on this. That`s the other part of the constitutional
protection yes is for the Congress to say this is an impeachable moment.
REICH: And in one way, I think the president – I think President Trump is
basically daring the Congress, daring the House of Representatives to start
impeachment. And this is a part of a much larger drama.
HAYES: Yes. Robert Reich and David Jolly, thank you both for making some
time this evening. Next, the White House refuses to give an explanation of
the Vice President`s mysterious last-minute trip cancellation. A reporter
trying to get to the bottom of this fairly simple matter it would seem
joins me in two minutes.
HAYES: One day after the Vice President was suddenly pulled off a plane
and rushed to the White House, the mystery of Mike Pence`s weird aborted
trip to New Hampshire remains unsolved. In the grand scheme of things, it
may not be a big deal or cause for alarm. At least that`s what everyone
working for the White House has said repeatedly but nothing fires up a
reporter`s curiosity engine like officials not telling you the whole story.
Joining me now a reporter who`s been trying to get to the bottom of this
Colby Itkowitz who covers national policy and politics for the Washington
Post. All right Colby, take me through what happened yesterday first.
COLBY ITKOWITZ, POLITICS REPORTER, THE WASHINGTON POST: Right, Chris. So
it was a little strange. So Mike Pence was scheduled to be in New
Hampshire to speak to opioid recovery at a recovery center for people
recovering from opioid addiction.
And so they were all there, they were waiting for him and suddenly one of
his advanced people gets on stage and says there`s been an emergency, he
was on his way, he`s been called back to the White House.
And so suddenly everyone is – what happened? You know, the speculation
abounds over what could possibly be national security event, a personnel
change, and the White House has refused to say. Vice President Pence`s
office has refused to say.
They pushed back on the idea that it was an emergency. They said it had
nothing to do with national security, had nothing to do with his health or
the president`s health, and instead just said that there was something that
the president – that the Vice President was needed for back in the White
And several sources also told us that it might have been a security problem
actually in New Hampshire. So we`re getting mixed messages on that front
HAYES: So they said it wasn`t someone being fired, it wasn`t an emergency
issue, it wasn`t a national security issue, it wasn`t a health problem.
Mark Short who works in that office said when people – when would people
know what happened? Weeks from now is what he said.
HAYES: So they`re just making you play 20 questions but not telling you
ITKOWITZ: Right. And so what the White House is doing here is they`re
leaving this vacuum open for reporters and people on Twitter to fill. And
so people had a lot of fun with it yesterday trying to guess at what could
possibly be the reason why the Vice President would have to cancel an event
at the very last minute while people were already sit in their seats
waiting for him but they won`t say. And again this few weeks, we`ll know
in a few weeks thing is all very strange.
HAYES: Do you – have this happened before? Like do you often find
yourself when you`re covering the White House that sort of gaps in
information like this or is this anomalous?
ITKOWITZ: Well, canceling an event in the last minute with zero
explanation is an anomaly that doesn`t happen very often. With this White
House there is – tends to be some secrecy around things until President
Trump tweets about it. I think we were all expecting something to be on
Twitter today from the president explaining why the Vice President needed
to come back to Washington or needed to stay in Washington but that didn`t
HAYES: Do you – are you confident that we will get an answer in this or
are they just going to like let this go and hope everyone forgets?
ITKOWITZ: Right. So when you say a couple weeks, there`s a short
attention span in Washington and there`s as you know very well, Chris, the
news cycle moves at a fast clip. And so there is a very good chance that
we move on and forget about this in a few weeks.
But I`m going to keep following up and see if we can finally get an answer
to why the Vice President couldn`t travel to New Hampshire yesterday.
HAYES: I mean, I just want to say like again, my report – my –
yesterday, I watched this all play out on Twitter and I thought to myself,
oh I guess we`ll figure it out or they`ll tell us. And now it`s like,
well, you`re – there`s a story there clearly. Like obviously there`s a
story you`re not telling us, right? We can agree on that.
ITKOWITZ: Well, that`s what it felt like yesterday when the answer we were
getting from everyone was “something came up.” That`s what the Vice
President`s office kept saying, something came up.
And so that is about as as you can get when it comes to an explanation.
And so again, like I said, when you only give a vague explanation, you
leave a massive vacuum for people to just guess that, or assume, or
imagine, fantasize what could possibly have happened yesterday.
HAYES: All right, well, we still don`t know it I would like to know so
maybe we`ll get you back up here when you solve the mystery. Colby
Itkowitz, thanks for joining us.
ITKOWITZ: Thanks, Chris.
HAYES: Next, a stunning new dispatch dealing – detailing what it`s like
for those trapped inside Trump`s and migrant detention centers.
Congressman Joaquin Castro who released secretly recorded video from inside
one such facility, joins me ahead.
HAYES: Allow me to briefly interrupt your 4th of July barbecue planning to
give you a readout on the health of the climate of our one and only Earth
at this year`s midpoint. If you had to guess just off the top of your head
what is the hottest June in recorded history, what would you say?
If you guessed this past June in year 2019, you would be right, the hottest
June we`ve ever had in recorded history. A heatwave across Europe is right
now setting record temperatures. France recorded its hottest day in
history on Friday 113 degrees, 113 degrees Fahrenheit in one town in
There been wildfires in Spain and Germany with heat records in Poland, the
Czech Republic, and Switzerland as well. Reservoirs and lakes in India
captured by satellite imagery are literally shrinking including this
reservoir shown here in images from February and June of this year alone.
That`s like five months. And that is the main supply of drinking water for
India`s sixth largest city Chennai home to more than 4 million people.
In Guadalajara, Mexico a freak storm dumped up to three feet of hail while
in Greenland, ice sheets are melting so fast and bringing with them so much
sand as melting glaciers do. There is now serious consideration being
given to mining the sand from the glaciers as a business opportunity
because the world is low on sand which is used in concrete. Increasingly
the world is law and ice but I guess that`s another matter. Oh and there`s
a giant heat dome covering Alaska risking record-breaking temperatures this
So that`s the bad news. The good news I guess is that all of this that
we`re seeing is actually penetrating the consciousness of Americans despite
the juvenile and destructive lies the president in the fossil fuel
industry. The latest data from Yale`s Climate Polling Project which is the
gold standard on these things shows it more than half of Americans think
global warming is harming their local community.
57 percent think fossil fuel companies bear either a moderate amount or a
great deal of responsibility for it. Climate is right now climbing up the
priority list of Democratic primary voters and tellingly the President
himself is somewhat preposterously going to give a speech on Monday about
“America`s Environmental Leadership.”
That is obviously a ridiculous undertaking fresh from the G-20 in which the
U.S. once again refused to sign on to the climate portion of the joint
communique. But what`s fascinating about it is that he even feels the need
to make the effort at a speech at all.
Public opinion on this question is on the right side and is moving
inexorably in an even better direction. And the more pressure politicians
feel to act with a historic urgency required, the better. So if you care
about this and don`t let up.
HAYES: Thing One tonight, have you heard about the fake news? Long before
it became the thing that Donald Trump dishonestly calls the real news, it`s
been a real issue on social media.
Do you know who is a real fake news offender on Facebook? Donald Trump`s
Reporter Jed Legum (ph) of Popular Information recently identified hundreds
of Trump 2020 campaign ads that were false, running afoul of Facebook`s
rules against misleading or false content. The ads range from your
standard grift, seeking to manipulate people to get email addresses and
donations, to outright lies misleading the public on hot button issues like
the second amendment.
Facebook took down many of the official Trump campaign ads, the same way
they take down other false or obscene content. But the harm is mostly done
by that point.
Now Trump has got some new ads featuring real people.
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TRUMP: In America, we don`t worship government, we worship god.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: President Trump and his family and the administration
are in our prayers for strength and wisdom from god almighty. God bless.
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HAYES: Now, if you watch that and thought does Thomas from Washington look
like a guy
praying that hard for Donald Trump? You`re not alone. People are asking
the same question about Tracey from Florida who enjoys Donald Trump and
long walks on the beach. And that`s because the people in the Trump ads
are stock video models, of course, available for purchase on iStock.com for
about 180 bucks a pop as the teeny-tinest disclaimer at the bottom of the
ads notes, they`re actor portrayals of actual testimonies. You can decide
for yourself if even that is true.
So that`s what the fake news arm of the Trump campaign has been up to
tomorrow, we get to check in with the misappropriation of military
resources and taxpayer dollars arm of the Trump campaign.
The Trump of July is Thing Two in 60 seconds.
HAYES: Washington, D.C. is getting ready for the Trump of July celebration
tomorrow. The president getting his big wish for tanks on display in the
capital. They were brought in by truck and train overnight, some having
to be moved by crane after it appears they could not quite clear an
There will be hundreds of service members in the capital, not with their
families for holiday, to man the tanks and participate in the festivities.
Mother Jones obtained a card the soldiers are getting from the Pentagon
with instructions on what to say if they are approached by the media. Here
is one suggested quote, “I am proud of my job and my vehicle/tank. I am
glad to share my experience with the American people.”
We know there will be flyovers showing off our military might in the sky as
well, including the F-22 fighter, B-2 stealth bomber and Navy Blue Angels.
Plus, Trump wants one the Air Force One – one of the Air Force One planes
to zoom overhead just as he takes the stage at the Lincoln Memorial.
And don`t forget the projected image from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission
that he wants on
the Washington Monument because space force.
All this so the guy can give a campaign style speech on the public dime on
the Fourth of July.
But there is one thing about tomorrow that Donald Trump cannot hijack.
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UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: We`ve already declared tomorrow a Storm Team 4
weather alert day. We want you to be prepared and ready. Check out your
fireworks forecast over a few hours as
you`re maybe setting up down there. 89 degrees at 7:00 p.m. There is an
80 percent chance for storms at about 7:00 p.m. tomorrow and that`s going
to be area wide.
When we say storms, we mean some very heavy rainfall and some strong gusty
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HAYES: We have yet more details tonight of what life is like inside the
Trump detention centers, this comes on the heels of a report release
yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security`s own inspector-general,
so basically from inside the Trump administration, highlighting extreme
overcrowding and a lack of food and hygiene and facilities along the Rio
Today, The Atlantic spoke with a doctor who got the chance to evaluate
dozens of detained
children at the McAllen border patrol facility. The recollections are very
hard to read and heartbreaking. I`ll quote here: “a 15-month-old baby with
a fever had been in detention for three weeks. His uncle had fed him from
the same dirty formula bottle for days on end until a guard replaced it
with a new one.” The doctor later noted that “denying the ability to wash
their infant`s bottles is unconscionable, and could be considered
intentional mental and emotional abuse.”
Before the doctor`s visit, the uncle had asked for medical attention
because the baby was
wheezing. In response, a guard touched the baby`s head with his hand and
concluded he is not hot.”
The doctor later noted that access to a medical professional was denied.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released these pictures today. Those
are drawings by 10 and 11-year-old children in McAllen recently released
from Customs and Border Protection custody and depicting themselves behind
bars and in cages.
We have almost no video of what it`s like in these detention camps except
for this, which was shot by Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro,
who smuggled some sort of a recording device into a facility on Monday as
part of a congressional delegation, even though border patrol confiscated
Congressman Castro joins me now.
Why did you think it was important to defy their orders to confiscate your
phones to get footage from inside?
REP. JOAQUIN CASTRO, (D) TEXAS: Because the country has to see what`s
being done in their name, and also because I don`t believe that the
executive branch has the authority tell the legislative branch with
oversight power over these federal agencies that we can`t document what`s
going on inside.
And we asked the border patrol chief and an attorney that was there very
specifically to site
the law they were relying on to keep us from documenting what was going on,
and they couldn`t cite a single law. So at that point, Chris, I considered
their request a courtesy. And there is too much at stake for me to abide
by courtesy at this point.
HAYES: The footage you show there shows women who appear – they`re
obviously not young
children, they`re adult women, on the floor there in that cell. It looks
like a jail cell. What`s striking to me is that what you guys saw – they
knew you were coming. This was not a spot visit, is that correct?
CASTRO: That`s right. But they didn`t think that we would get into that
The reason that we got into that cell is because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
insisted that she be able to talk to those women, and basically, you know,
pushed her way in there. And so when we got in there, the women started
telling us their stories, some of them 50 days there in detention, some
separated from their kids, some said they`d not been given their
medications. The sink was not working. There was no running water. So
when these women use the restroom, there was no way for them to wash their
So what we saw in that cell is consistent with what the pediatricians have
said about other facilities.
I also went next door and visited people in another facility. There was a
woman who was in the
early stages of pregnancy, and in that facility, there was a sink that was
working, but there were paper cups that were being reused by the people in
that cell. So, these conditions are deplorable and human rights are being
The president had this to say: “if illegal immigrants are unhappy with the
conditions in the quickly built or refitted detention centers, just tell
them not to come. All problems solved.” What do you think of that?
CASTRO: Well, first, these are mostly asylum seekers. They have the legal
right to petition for asylum in the United States, just as anybody across
the world has the right to do that in any nation. And also, it shows you
that what we already know, that the president sees migrants as subhuman.
He dehumanizes them for political purposes and political gain.
HAYES: There is reporting – there is reporting – ProPublica – we
covered it earlier in the week about a Facebook group with thousands of
members in CPB that posted offensive, racist, sexist,
derogatory memes, really some disturbing stuff. We`re reporting tonight
from Politico that actually DHS officials were alerted to this, some
admitted apparently anonymously that they had been monitoring it for,
quote, intelligence, and that this – it was notified to CBP as far back as
2016, which is under the Obama administration. What does that say to you
about the culture of CBP?
CASTRO: CBP is broken, and they have a culture problem. And at this
point, the bad has overtaken the good. And there are good agents who are
trying to do their best to take care of the people in their custody, but
they`re overwhelmed by the system. And they`re also undercut by the kinds
of agents who were making those vile and vulgar comments.
Right now there is no system in place in CBP that can really hold agents
they do wrong. And that`s what we`re seeing, is that these people continue
to exist and thrive in an organization that doesn`t hold people properly
HAYES: My final thing here about accountability. I mean, we`re watching
all this. We`re getting this information from the IG report. There are
minors being held in direct violation of a court order under Flores for
more than 72 hours. There are folks in subhuman conditions for 40, 50
What`s being done? Like is this still going to go on? What are the
remedies or recourses available to you, to us as citizens, to make sure
CASTRO: Really, Chris, this is – this is going to take all Americans of
good conscience to speak up and take action to change this, because you
have a president and a senate majority leader in
Mitch McConnell that quite honestly are unsympathetic to these people. And
what – we`ve got to do a few things, we have to not just pump more money
into a broken system. We have to do things to raise the standards of
care. We have to do everything that we can to move people through the
process quicker so that you place people faster with sponsors, for example.
And then finally, in terms of the long-term, we`ve got to invest more in
the northern triangle countries of Central America so that people have
opportunity and safety in their own countries, and then don`t feel like
they need to come here to seek asylum.
HAYES: Just final question, though, in the very short-term, when you look
at these emergency disaster situations, situations that I think would be
considered human rights abuses, is there anything in the law right now that
requires any reporting of metrics or conditions to congress by CBP right
that you will know in two weeks or three weeks that this situation has
CASTRO: There is some language that`s required. There is language in the
appropriations bill that requires different kind of reporting, but it`s
hard to match the reporting that comes back to the congress with what`s
actually going on in the facilities.
It`s clear at this point that we also can`t always trust what is being told
us to us by the agency. And then when you try to go and independently
verify that, we not only got an instruction that we couldn`t take
photographs, we also initially got an instruction that we were not allowed
to speak to anybody that was being detained.
So these folks want to police themselves, and the system is totally broken.
HAYES: All right, Congressman Joaquin Castro, thank you for sharing that.
CASTRO: Thank you.
HAYES: Still ahead, will Trump`s Democratic opponent be able to out
fundraise the president? The state of the race, next.
HAYES: Starting to get a better picture of the so-called money primary in
the Democratic race. The fund-raising quarter ended this week. Some of the
candidate`s numbers are starting to trickle in. Today, former Vice
President Joe Biden announced he raised $21.5 million in the second
quarter with an average donation of $49. Senator Bernie Sanders raised $18
million with an average donation of $18. Leading the field so far, Mayor
Pete Buttigieg who, unlike Senator Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren,
has not forsworn big high dollar fund-raisers and bundlers and has been
rewarded mightily for it from donors. Mayor Buttigieg raised nearly $25
million in the second quarter with an average donation of $47.
But of course all that pales in comparison to the president and RNC`s
enormous $105 million haul in the quarter. His reelection campaign now
boasting they are going to raise $1 billion, which seems plausible. And
there is right now an open and pressing question about whether the
Democratic nominee is going to be out-gunned.
I`m joined now by Maria Urbina, the national political director for
Indivisible, an organization of progressive groups, and Dan Pfeiffer,
former communications director for President Obama, host of the podcast Pod
Dan, let me start with you as someone who has worked on a number of
presidential races, the Obama administration had a sort of – the Obama
campaign had two ways, it had a lot of small dollar and it also did high
dollar fund-raisers. We know Biden and Buttigieg are doing both. Sanders
and Warren have sort of forsworn the high dollar fund-raisers. What do you
make of this picture?
DAN PFEIFFER, HOST, FORMER COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR PRESIDENT OB AMA:
Well, I think first if you just look at Mayor Pete`s number it`s
astounding, right. Here`s a candidate who has been steadily in fifth place
in the polls for this entire time and he has outraced a former vice
president and the runner up in the 2016 election, so he has found a way to
put this together in a very impressive way.
Overall, I think the field has done pretty well. It`s a very good number
for Sanders, a very good number for Biden, particularly considering the
fact that he got into the race a couple of weeks into this quarter.
HAYES: Well, but there is a question, Maria, I think that people will have
that whether small dollar – I mean, there is a powerful small dollar
movement among Democrats. We saw it in 2018. We`ve seen it with various
candidates. And I guess the question to you is do you think there`s enough
desire, consciousness, mobilization, organization, to use small dollars to
produce the kind of money that is going to be necessary to take on a
president plus a super PAC?
MARIA URBINA, NATIONAL POLITICAL DIRECTOR, INDIVISIBLE : Absolutely. I
think small dollar fund-raising is a really powerful tool, not just for
base building and movement building, but also for being a huge catalysts
and a force for these candidates. And we are going to see that
increasingly it is a good indicator of who is picking up steam and who is
picking up support across the coalition of voters.
And so I think absolutely it`s a good indicator. And when you look at some
of the movements, including our own, Indivisible, that has really emerged
in the Trump era, the amount of fund-raising we have seen out of these
activists is tremendous. So, I think that`s going to be one way that they
support, but I think there will be several ways that they support
candidates beyond money.
HAYES: You know, Dan, back to Buttigieg, right, because he is a
fascinating figure here. It`s a crazy number to raise and he`s polling at
4 or 5 percent. Like there seems – I have never encountered a candidate I
don`t think ever in the time I have been covering modern politics where
there is that gap between being number one in fund-raising and five in the
PFEIFFER: Yeah, it is astounding. And I think it speaks to the fact that
he has worked his tail off to do this.
He is – I`m out here in San Francisco, he is out here in Silicon Valley it
feels like every couple of days raising money. He`s tapped into some parts
of the party where other candidates are not being
as aggressive around – with tech executives and others. But he has been
able to have both a robust online fund-raising base, like Obama in 2008,
and real appeal among the high donor crowd, including some of the the Obama
bundlers from 2008/2012.
So, what he is done is successful. Now, what he`s going to have to be able
to match the success, show some movement in the polls, and withstand
scrutiny on the money – on who he raised that
money from, you have already seen signals from Sanders` campaign that they
are going to raise that issue.
HAYES: Well, Maria, there is one question I keep seeing lurking over this,
which is whether we should be thinking about fund-raising as sort of a zero
sum situation where people there is like a fixed pie and people are taking
slices, or whether there`s something additive or generative. And I think
that really relates to – as we move towards the general down state races,
state rep races, state senate races, congressional races, senate races. As
someone who is very close to the grass roots of the party, what`s your
feeling about that?
URBINA: I think there is plenty of money to go around. And actually if
you look at our web survey, I would say over half of our respondents picked
four to five candidates that they are looking at.
still. And so the field is still wide open. People are still really eager
to get to know everyone both at the top of the ticket and down ballot.
And so I would say like folks are going to give generously this cycle.
They`re going to do anything they can to beat Donald Trump. And so I don`t
think we should play into this zero sum game and I think we should be
really excited by this historic field and their potential to continue to
raise a ton of money.
HAYES: Dan, the first campaign to look like it has sort of gone wobbly a
bit, which is former Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, that he basically
senior staffer asked the governor to dropout. He has had a bunch of people
leave after very weak fund-raising numbers, it`s a reminder that like at a
certain point, you have got to keep putting fuel in the car and you can`t
sustain a 25-person field indefinitely.
PFEIFFER: Right. The field is going to winnow eventually, because there
is not enough money for some of these campaigns to run credible races. And
if they are people who want to actually be president of the United States
and they can`t reach the financial or political threshold you need to do
that, then they will dropout.
Some of these folks just want to be on the debate stage and make a point.
And you can do that with a bare minimum of staff and a little bit of fund-
raising, but I think we will see the field winnow soon, because the market
is starting to send a signal to some of these candidates that this is not
HAYES: Do you think we are going to see more investment from folks that
you are in contact at Indivisible – are people just sort of just starting
to pay attention? Where are they in the curve of their attention? The
folks that you are in contact with, Maria?
URBINA: Sure. I say they have continued to pay attention even – you
know, we wrapped up the mid-term, went right into our first 100 days of the
new congress, and folks have been paying attention ever since. They are
very active. They were part of some of the initial forums that we had on
democracy reform. We were in Houston for She the People. And so when we
came up to this debate, folks were already signaling to us that they were
excited to hear from new folks like Julian Castro, for example. He came in
in our SMS, in our text survey that we did of members over 6,000, they
picked Julian Castro as their number two that night.
And so what that indicates to me is that folks are paying attention. They
are eager to learn more and they`re rewarding people being bold and
specific about how they want to govern and how they want to take on Trump.
And so I would say it`s – for some of our activists, they are really
engaged, they`re paying attention. They`re going to continue to pay
attention. We have got over 24,000 people to respond to our web survey
about who impressed them. And no matter how you cut it, Senators Warren
and Harris continue to lead that pack.
But I think there is still a ton of room for folks to grow in support from
our movement. And I would look out for folks like Secretary Castro and
Mayor Buttigieg as well.
HAYES: All right, Maria Urbina and Dan Pfeiffer, enjoy the Fourth. Hope
you have a good time.
URBINA: Likewise. Thank you.
PFEIFFER: Thank you.
URBINA: That is All In for this evening on the eve of our commemoration of
this country`s independence. The Rachel Maddow Show starts right now.
Good evening, Rachel.
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