For the Record with Greta, Transcript 4/18/2017

Kasie Hunt, George Will, Howard Dean, Susan Ferrechio, John Nichols, Alan Dershowitz, Eliza Collins, Lynn Sweet, Daniel Lippman, Mark Zuckerberg, David Kirkpatrick


Date: April 18, 2017

Guest: Kasie Hunt, George Will, Howard Dean, Susan Ferrechio, John Nichols, Alan Dershowitz, Eliza Collins, Lynn Sweet, Daniel Lippman, Mark Zuckerberg, David Kirkpatrick


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOR THE RECORD HOST:  Chuck, thank you.  And we begin

tonight with an update on former President George H.W. Bush.  President

Bush hospitalized tonight in Houston, his spokesperson says President Bush

will be OK, and was admitted as a precaution.  The 41st president was in

the hospital for two weeks in January, treated for phenomena.  After his

recovery he did the coin toss at this year`s Super Bowl in Houston.  And

just last week he got a visit from his old friend, President Clinton who

said they talked about kids, grand kids, old times and new times, and even

socks.  We will be monitoring the story.  Of course, we wish President Bush



And tonight, Democrats all fired up, but is it enough to flip a red seat in

Georgia?  This could be a new measure of how much Democrats have gotten

energized by opposing President Trump.  Polls close in less than an hour in

the Georgia special election to replace HSS secretary Tom Price in

congress.  And right now, young Democrat John Ossoff leading in the polls

but there is a catch.  He needs to get 50 percent of the vote to avoid a

June 20 runoff.  Ossoff has taken direct aim at President Trump, and now

the president is playing defense.





President Donald Trump.  Liberal Democrats from outside of Georgia are

spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican

congressional seat away from you.  Don`t let them do it.  Only you can stop

the super liberal Democrats and Nancy Pelosi`s group, and in particular,

John Ossoff.




VAN SUSTEREN:  And late today, the president taking to twitter and going

after Ossoff, tweeting, just learned that John Ossoff who is running for

congress in Georgia doesn`t even live in the district.  Republicans, get

out and vote.  Now, that was not President Trump`s only tweet today.  He

also tweeted that Ossoff is a disaster and said his positions were very

bad.  But it is not just Georgia.  Democrats outside of Georgia are also

speaking out against the president.  Today, voters confronting Iowa

Republican senator Joni Ernst with their frustration and in some cases the

Republican Iowa senator also criticized President Trump.




UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  I would like to know how you can support a man that

treats women the way Donald Trump does.




UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  And he treats disabled people poorly as well.


JONI ERNST, U.S. SENATOR:  Would you say there are character flaws? I think

he has.


UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  It`s more than character flaws.


ERNST:  Well, and I think that we have a president that has a number of

flaws.  I support a majority of the policies versus the actual person.  But

I dee cry, you know, I would de cry, any time a person is ugly towards

another person, I don`t think that`s appropriate.




VAN SUSTEREN:  Later, Senator Ernst also agreed the president should spend

more time in Washington.




UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  What`s your feelings on that?  And the president

spending weekends in Florida costing us 3 million plus for – in 100 days.


ERNST:  You bet.  With the trips to Florida, I do wish that he would spend

more time in Washington, D.C.  That`s what we have the White House for.




VAN SUSTEREN:  Senator Ernst`s comments coming after other Republicans got

hammered for defending the president.




UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  As far as I`m aware, the president says he`s still

under audit.


UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  If you don`t, I think it`s time to repeal and replace

you in 2020.


UNINDENTIFIED FEMALE:  Will you commit to the women and to the people of

Nevada that you will protect the funding at the federal level?


UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  At the federal level?




UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  Yeah, we`ll continue.  We`ll continue to look at this

issue.  We`ll continue to look at this issue.


UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  As a fiscal conservative, what is your position on all

the weekend trips that the president makes down to Mar-a-Lago?


UNINDENTIFIED MALE:  With regard to presidents and what they do on the

weekend, I`m not going to criticize presidents.




VAN SUSTEREN:  With me from Atlanta, NBC`s Kasie Hunt.  Kasie?


KASIE HUNT, NBC NEWS:  Greta, good evening.  We`re here at the John Ossoff

campaign event.  You could see it has yet to get underway, but they are

preparing it seems to throw a party here.  And the question, of course,

whether or not he is going to crack that all-important 50 percent threshold

to take this seat outright.  This, of course, was Tom Price`s seat, the HHS

secretary.  And Ossoff has become something of a vessel for all of that

Democratic anger that you just showed in those town halls.  The money has

been pouring in for Ossoff from across the country.  Most of these

donations are coming from online fund-raising.  They`re smaller donations,

$8.3 million, an incredible amount for a single house race.  But, of

course, this is still a tough district really for any Democrat.  Typically,

Republicans win here by 20 or so points.  That`s the margin that Tom Price

had when he ran for reelection back in 2016.  So, of course, the question,

if he doesn`t crack that threshold, can he sustain in the runoff he would

face then one Republican opponent.  From what I can tell talking to both

Republicans and Democrats, they all believe that it`s going to be much

harder for him to beat one Republican in that runoff.  But at the same

time, I think Democrats have already taken this as a sign of growing

enthusiasm and, of course, I think the kind of long-shot hope right now

that they think they could potentially pull off if Ossoff has a good day

showing is potentially putting the house in play in 2018.  Greta?


VAN SUSTEREN:  Kasie, thank you.  With me George Will, Pulitzer Prize

winning columnist from the Washington Post, and former Vermont governor and

former chair of the DNC, Howard Dean.  Governor, first to you, Democrats,

obviously, feeling energized by this but they have to be really energized,

they`ve got to get 50 percent.


HOWARD DEAN, FORMER GOVERNOR OF VERMONT:  I think – they need to get 50

percent.  It`s going to be much easier – it`s the best way we could win. 

We do have a shot if he doesn`t get 50 percent.  I think they`re probably

going to nominate Karen Handel who`s already lost two statewide primaries

in the Republican Party.  But, nonetheless, tonight getting 50 is a big

deal.  They`ve got to get the turnout and I think they will.


VAN SUSTEREN:  George, this is – you know, all eyes are on this race.  But

this is one race tonight and it is going to either fuel the Democrats a lot

for the June 20th, maybe.  But big picture, how important is this?


GEORGE WILL, THE WASHINGTON POST:  It`s important.  First of all, as a

measure of intensity on the Democratic side and what kind of candidate

generates that intensity.  I don`t know if Howard Dean would say Mr. Ossoff

– Howard Dean said of Howard Dean, which is that Ossoff represents the

Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.  That he`s a true believer.  He

doesn`t strike me as that way.  He strikes me as someone who has

accommodated himself to an essentially conservative district.  But this is

really important to me because it will be some measure of how rapidly

Georgia is becoming a purple state.  Donald Trump carried Ohio with 8.1

percent points, carried Iowa by 9.4.  He carried Georgia only by 5.1.  So,

and if Georgia becomes a purple state it will be because the Republicans

begin losing voters in exactly this kind of district.


VAN SUSTEREN:  And, of course, Price is reported as Kasie – as I read, 24

percent was what Price won by.


DEAN:  Yeah, but it`s a different race when you have an incumbent that`s

been there a long time.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Still 12 points, 12 percent.


DEAN:  No, I think that`s right.  But people do tend to vote not by party,

even in conservative or liberal districts.  They tend to like their

congress people after they get in there if the congress person is any good

at politics, which usually they are.  So, I don`t make a lot of Price`s

enormous margin.  I don`t know what that district is, but I`m pretty sure

it`s not plus 24.  And it certainly wasn`t plus 24 for Donald Trump.  It

was plus 1 1/2.


VAN SUSTEREN:  George, I`m listening to the Robocall by the president, I

don`t know what you thought but it sounded like he had a lot of passion in

his voice.


WILL:  It sounded perfunctory.  It sort of odd that a president will weigh

in unless he has a really good chance, something you could call a win. 

Remember the Connecticut Yankee and King Arthur`s court who staggered and

amazed everyone by predicting an eclipse of the sun that he already knew

was coming.  So there is a sense in which as in litigation you don`t ask a

question you don`t know the answer you`re going to get.  You don`t enter a

race like this unless you have a pretty good chance of being crowned with



VAN SUSTEREN:  This seems to me, and I`m not a Georgia voter, but it seems

more, governor, this is not about the candidate Ossoff.  He`s a young man,

not well known.  This is about Donald Trump.


DEAN:  It is about Donald Trump, especially among white voters.  The

African-American voters in this district, it`s not only going to be

motivated by the fact that they`re Democrats, but by the fact that John

Lewis has endorsed John Ossoff.  And that`s a big deal, in which probably

he got the nomination or is going to get him the nomination.  Why he`s the

front runner as opposed to the other four Democrats.  So, yeah, this is

about Donald Trump.  That`s what this is about.  It`s a referendum on

Donald Trump.  You`re going to see a lot of these in 2018.


VAN SUSTEREN:  And we even saw Senator Joni Ernst in Iowa.  She was talking

about the president having character flaws, agreeing with someone in the



WILL:  It`s hard to disagree on that particular subject.  There is so much

evidence out there.  There is a question that a lot of people are saying,

well, these are somehow artificial crowds showing up at these town halls. 

Well, there are intense factions.  But intense factions make the world go



DEAN:  And they are residents of their districts.  I mean, they may be

Democratic residents of their districts, but these are not voters from

someplace else.


VAN SUSTEREN:  And I think the fact – we do pick it up in the media when

someone gets screamed at.  We pick it up in the media.  It sends a message

back to the district.  And that gets everybody riled up further.  I think

at least other people.  Maybe I`m wrong on that.


DEAN:  This is what the tea party did that was so effective.


WILL:  The optics matter.  The optics of the tea party told people out in

the country there was an insurgency, might be fun to join it.  And the same

is now working from the left.  People see this, they say, well, I`m not

alone.  I`ll go out and fight.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Let me turn the question to Turkey.  President Erdogan had a

victory with the change of the constitution over the weekend. President

Trump called to congratulate him.


WILL:  Well, it`s one thing for us to accommodate our policy to an

important nation in the Middle East.  It`s another thing to congratulate

someone for introducing all the values that America stands for.


DEAN:  This is a very difficult issue for us.  I think Trump did the wrong

thing.  Erdogan has widely reported to have said, not on more than one

occasion, democracy is my bus and when I get to my stop I`m getting off. 

And I think that`s true.  That`s how he`s behaved.  It`s very difficult,

Turkey is an absolutely geopolitical crossroads for us and very, very

important.  But this election was flawed.  The Europeans who monitor it

said it was flawed.  I think the President Trump made a mistake here.


VAN SUSTEREN:  What could he have done?


WILL:  He could have been quiet.  I mean, where is it written that

presidents have to talk about everything that happens in the world?  He

could have been – had a Stoney silence which would have been in its own

way reverberatingly eloquent.


VAN SUSTEREN:  I was just in the region last week.  I mean, it`s so

vulnerable.  It`s so – it`s just a tinder box.  And now we`ve got.


DEAN:  It is, Greta.  But he`s also – Erdogan also causing a lot of

trouble.  He`s normally allied with us, now he`s waffling whether Assad

should leave.  Of course Assad has to leave.  That`s not a question of any

kind.  This guy is a butcher.  He`s murdered half a million of his own

people.  So, I think, Erdogan is a shaky ally.  And he plays that

shakiness.  And at some point you have to treat him as you would anybody

who is unreliable.  And he is unreliable.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Is Assad going?


WILL:  I think Assad is winning.


VAN SUSTEREN:  That`s what I think, too.  I think Assad is there.


WILL:  And he can make the case that if your objective is to economize

violence that is to simply minimize the blood shed all around, the sooner

he wins the better.


DEAN:  I have to disagree on that one, but it`s just – we`ll leave that

for another time.


VAN SUSTEREN:  No easy answers on that.


DEAN:  No, there`s not.


VAN SUSTEREN:  If it were easy we would have solve this one a long time



DEAN:  Right.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Anyway, thank you, gentlemen.  And we have some new

information on the condition of former President George H.W. Bush.  His

spokesperson saying tonight that the former president was admitted to

Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday for observation because of a

persistent cough.  It was then found the president had a mild case of

pneumonia which was treated.  President Bush`s office says he`s in good

spirits and is being held for further observation.  And Mr. President, the

whole country wants – says this to you, get well soon.  And still ahead, a

disturbing broad daylight murder of an elderly man videotaped, posted on

Facebook, Facebook now facing tough questions. Does Facebook have any

responsibility?  And what about us, the 2 billion Facebook users?  Plus, is

President Trump a populist or globalist?  Something in between?  Today he

jumped on Air Force One, back to Wisconsin, back to America first, but not

everyone is buying it.  Also, remember this?




TRUMP:  Oh, get out of here.  Get out of here.  Look at these people.  Get

out of here.  Get out!  Out!  Out!  Out!  Get out!




VAN SUSTEREN:  Is President Trump legally liable for any violence at that

rally?  It`s a real case in federal court and there is a surprising

argument from the Trump legal team.  All that, plus we`re talking about the

first 100 days.  No, not his, someone else`s.  Stick around to find out







TRUMP:  With this action, we are sending a powerful signal to the world, we

are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America





TRUMP:  It`s America first.  You better believe it.  It`s time.  It`s time,

right?  It`s time.




VAN SUSTEREN:  President Trump in Wisconsin, looking to revive the economic

populism that helped put him in the oval office, signing a buy American and

hire American executive order, but the New York Times today saying that

some Trump voters are dismayed by a drift away from populism.  That

populist message is central part of the Steve Bannon agenda.  But is the

White House now following Jared Kushner`s agenda?  The New York Times is

noting that the Trump has stacked his administration with billionaires and

lobbyists while turning over his economic program to a Wall Street banker. 

The CEO of News Max saying he ran as a populist but so far has governed as

a traditionalist and it could be hurting him.  A new poll showing 45

percent think President Trump keeps his promises.  Now that`s down 17

points from February.  With me from Madison, Wisconsin, John Nichols,

national affairs correspondent for The Nation, Susan Ferrechio, chief

congressional correspondent for the Washington Examiner.  First to you,

John, President Trump back in Wisconsin, Wisconsin went for Trump, first

time since 1984 that Wisconsin went for a Republican.  He is back there

today.  How well received?


JOHN NICHOLS, THE NATION:  Actually, the event went off very well for him. 

And apropos of what you were saying in your intro there, this was a very

populist event.  He did bring Steve Bannon along for the trip.  And his

message kind of really ricocheted back to what he was saying during the

campaign.  And it`s notable, Greta, that not only did he do the buy America

hire America executive order, he also kind of on the moment or in the

moment did a major statement as regards protecting U.S. dairy farmers,

which as you know is a very big issue in Wisconsin.  So, this was full-on

Donald Trump populism.  There were protests outside, to be sure, but inside

the room it felt a little like a Trump rally from last year.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Susan, that`s sort of in contrast to what is going on

lately, save the export import bank last week.  He said that he`s going to

preserve or suggest to preserve the head of the Federal Reserve.  He`s

backing off of NAFTA.  So it seems it`s almost like, you know, he went off

to Wisconsin, to the great state of Wisconsin, I should add, to resurrect



SUSAN FERRECHIO, THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:  This dual bifurcated presidency. 

Where on the one hand he`s the populist Trump where you see him going out

to Wisconsin and holding a very populist event, and signing offer on some

things that are definitely populist in nature.  But then on the other hand,

he`s got half his staff pushing him in another direction, more traditional

direction.  I kind of foresaw this going.  There was no way he could run a

completely populist presidency when his staff includes many traditional

Republicans, traditional conservatives.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Some from Wall Street.


FERRECHIO:  A lot from Wall Street.


VAN SUSTEREN: . billionaires, I mean.


FERRECHIO:  Yes.  I wonder how he as president can survive that.  He can

still hold onto – it`s very tricky.  Still hold onto the base with his

populism, yet do the bidding of the Republican Party, which certainly does

not always contour toward the populist base.  He`s doing that.  He`s

marching along doing both those things.  As you showed in the polls, he`s

not always pulling it off.  People don`t see him as keeping his promises,

but yet he`s still attracting all these people to the rallies.  He`s still

popular.  In fact, his one poll out today shows his popularity rating is

going up.  So he`s had mixed success at this.


VAN SUSTEREN:  John, I know you follow what is going on here in Washington.

Of course, we drink the cool aid here in Washington.  We pay attention to

all the palace intrigue.  But I`m curious about the people in Wisconsin. 

Are they sort of involved in the palace intrigue, the Jared Kushner versus

the Steve Bannon, which is the globalist versus – you know, I mean, you

shake your head.


NICHOLS:  No, they`re not.  You know, I haven`t heard anybody in Wisconsin

mention, you know, whether the Goldman Sachs Kabal is ahead of the

Breitbart Kabal or whatever people want to talk about.  Here`s the bottom

line.  Donald Trump campaigned as a billionaire populist.  Now, the good

bet usually is that if you campaign as a billionaire populist, you`re

probably going to end up governing as a billionaire.  But for Trump, he

can`t do that.  He came to Wisconsin, a state that he won by just a

fraction, about 22,000 votes ahead of Hillary Clinton.  And he cannot –

he`s got no margin for error in that.  If he doesn`t deliver a populist

message and stick to it in places like Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he went,

which by the way is in Paul Ryan`s district.  And if he doesn`t, you know,

quickly step up on issues like the dairy farm issue, which he did, he has

no chance of holding these states in the future.  And frankly, he will harm

Republicans down ballot.  So, it`s a tight rope walk to be sure.  But I`ve

always been amused by the notion that somehow Steve Bannon and these people

are going to be marginalized and pushed out the door.  If they`re

marginalized and pushed out the door and Donald Trump becomes a Goldman

Sachs president, I can tell you states like Wisconsin are not going to

stick with him.


VAN SUSTEREN:  We only have 30 seconds left, Susan.  This is just an aside

inside gossip.  But Reince Priebus is from Kenosha.  Imagine returning to

your hometown on Air Force One.  It doesn`t get any better than that, does

it?  I got to interview B.B. King in Appleton, Wisconsin, my hometown, that

was pretty good.  This is better.


FERRECHIO:  Another reason why he`ll probably stay on the staff.  This

rumors that he`s going to be ousted, I think he is an important component

of the connection to Wisconsin, which is really important.  It was one of

the most important states for Trump to win.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Susan, thank you.  John, thank you.  I hope to get back to

Wisconsin soon, John.


NICHOLS:  Pleasure.


VAN SUSTEREN:  Ahead, the manhunt for the Facebook killer is over, but the

debate is just beginning.  Should Facebook take some responsibility?  Also,

China approves trademarks for Ivanka Trump the same day she met with the

Chinese president.  Is this a conflict of interest or much ado about

nothing?  And sucker punched at a Trump rally, we saw violence at a few

stops on the trail, but can President Trump be to blame?  He was just sued. 

That`s next.  






TRUMP:  So, if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the

crap out of them, would you?  Seriously.




TRUMP:  OK, just knock the hell – I promise you, I will pay for the legal

fees, I promise.  I promise.




VAN SUSTEREN:  Now, that was a Trump rally last year showing how charged

the atmosphere was.  Now, President Trump is being blamed for inspiring

violence and he faces a lawsuit.  It stems from this rally in Louisville,

Kentucky, from March of last year.  You can see than an anti-Trump

protester being pushed through the crowd.  Here are the people involved. 

The man in the red hat, white nationalist Matthew Heimbach, and the man in

the black hat, Alvin Bamberger, the woman alleges that they both assaulted

her according to courts documents just filed.  Heimbach said he was relying

on Trump`s authority to remove people.  And Bamberger said he acted with

Trump`s, quote, specific urging and inspiration.




TRUMP:  All right, get them out.  Get them out.  Get them out.  Get them

out.  Oh, look who we have here, some wonderful people, ah.  Get out of

here.  Get out.  Get out.  Get out of here.




TRUMP:  USA, USA.  Oh, we have another wise guy.  Go ahead.  Get them the

hell out, get them out.  Oh, get out of here.  Get out of here.  Look at

these people.  Get out of here. Get out.  Out.  Out.  Out.  Get out.




VAN SUSTEREN:  The president`s lawyers say he is immune to this lawsuit as

president.  Alan Dershowitz is a constitutional law scholar and professor

emeritus at Harvard Law Scholl.  Nice to see you, Alan.  And now we have

this federal claim against the president and others.  Take me through this.


ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL:  Well, first of all, Donald Trump

alludes on the issue of his immunity because he is a sitting president. 

Theoretically he ought to win.  I think the case was wrongly decided by the

Supreme Court, but it was nine to nothing in against Clinton in the Paula

Jones case, saying that he had to be sued while he sat as president.  I

think the proper rule would be that you don`t have immunity, but you can be

sued only after you leave the presidency.  If that issue has been resolved

nine to nothing he will lose.  The judge also ruled against him on a motion

to dismiss which means he may have to sit down for discovery.  But

ultimately, I predict he will win the case because I think the first

amendment protects the speech that he delivered, even though I thoroughly

disapprove of what he said.  The speech he actually made on the day the

violence occurred was not a direct incitement to violence.  In order to be

able to be prosecuted or even sued under the first amendment, there has to

be very specific incitement and it has to – the violence has to follow

pretty much immediately.


VAN SUSTEREN:  All right.  Let me ask you about this.  In district of

Columbia, assault, you don`t have to touch a person.  You just have to have

the apparent ability to do so.  I can`t assault you because you`re far away

from me.  I can`t reach and touch you.  But if someone were sitting right

here if I threatened to assault the person and even don`t do it, I can be

guilty of assault.  In this instance, people touched people and moved them

out of there.  So, that is an unwanted touching.  So, that would be an

assault.  If you are encouraging someone, get him out, are you not – don`t

you run the risk, I should say, of someone thinking you are an aider and



DERSHOWITZ:  Well, you do run the risk.  And if it went to a jury he might

very well lose.  But I think the court will keep it away from the jury. 

You know, it`s interesting, some years ago I wrote a book about Thomas

Jefferson.  I found a letter of Thomas Jefferson that was written,

literally, on the 25th anniversary of the declaration of independence in

which this precise issue was raised.  A minister said if anybody makes a

speech urging to do violence and they do violence they should be

prosecuted.  Jefferson wrote a very strong letter saying no.  In America we

prosecute the people who do the violence, but not the people who make the

speeches.  We draw the line between the advocacy on the one hand and the

violence on the other hand. 


Now, imagine if the situation were reversed.  Imagine if this was an occupy

wall street event and some extreme leftist saw somebody come with, say, a

Nazi flag or something and said get the fascist out of here.  And they

pushed them out.  In that case the ACLU would be all over this case.  They

would say, first amendment, right of free speech, because it`s a leftist

who is making the speech.  But because it`s Donald Trump, we haven`t heard

anything from the ACLU on this.  We haven`t heard anything from the civil

liberties community.  You know, that puts me in a tough position. 


I was a Hillary supporter, not a Trump supporter.  I`m a liberal Democrat. 

But I believe strongly in a broad interpretation of the first amendment. 

So, I have to be on Trump`s side on this issue.  I wish more civil

libertarians would understand the broad implications of this.  You hear

about shouting fire in the theater.  That is the dumbest thing just as

Holmes ever wrote in his long career.  Shouting fire in a crowded theater

is the equivalent of pulling a fire alarm, it`s not speech.  Here you had

speech, literally speech.  I think he is protected by the first amendment. 



step.  You have these protests, these rallies.  Or even these town halls. 

Someone stands up and screams and yells at political opponent.  Is that –

let me change the discussion a little bit.  Can that be considered

trespass, because you`re invited there to listen, not to obstruct and to

yell horrible things. 


DERSHOWITZ:  It depends on whether it`s a public event.  There was a case

just like that in the University of California which is a public

university.  Michael Oren, former ambassador of Israel came to make a

speech.  And students for Justice for Palestine decided to shut him down,

not allowing him to speak.  The ACLU came into the case but on the wrong

side.  They came in on the side of disrupter.  They had a free speech right

to try to shutdown a speaker instead of than the right of the speaker.  It

is being debated much today.  It is a little different because here you

have the president of the United States.  Look, he shouldn`t have made

those statements.  And if there had been violence following his earlier

speech where he said, you know, punch them in the mouth, I`ll pay your

legal bills, that might have been a closer case.  But you really can`t look

back at a prior speech and say, well, weeks later somebody engaged in

violence, because they took the current speech and put it in the context of

the previous speech.  The first amendment won`t protect that and, so I hope

that the first amendment is interpreted broadly to protect Donald Trump

even though I disagree with the content of Trump`s speech and the manner in

which he delivered it. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  Alan, as always, thank you. 


DERSHOWITZ:  Thank you. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  And China green lights trademarks for Ivanka Trump on the

same day she met with the Chinese president.  Is it overblown, is it an

ethics violation or both? 




VAN SUSTEREN:  Today there is new scrutiny on Ivanka Trump and her unique

role as White House advisor, business woman and daughter to the president. 

The Associated Press and the “The New York Times” diving into her potential

conflicts of interest, both reports noting China approved her new

trademarks for her brand on the same day that she and her father had dinner

with the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago.  Her company has 32 more

trademark applications still waiting to be approved in China.  Ms. Trump

has stepped down from both of her fashion company and the Trump

organization.  Today her lawyer said, quote, Ivanka has had no involvement

with trademark applications submitted by the business and will recuse from

particular matters where she has a conflict of interest.  Eliza Collins is

a political reporter for USA today.  Lynn Sweet is the Washington Bureau

Chief for the Chicago Sun Times and Daniel Lippman is a reporter for

Politico.  All right Daniel to you, do you have a problem with the



DANIEL LIPPMAN, POLITICO:  It looks like as her portfolio has grown in the

White House, she is edging toward the line of really delving into issues

that are going to affect her business like China, intellectual property. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  How about applying for a trademark? 


LIPPMAN:  I don`t think she is directly involved.  But when a foreign

government receives trademark applications from Ivanka Trump, that company,

are they going to really turn them down?  So, that is a real concern about

the ethics of that situation. 




LYNN SWEET, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  Appearance of impropriety.  That is a

phrase that should be applied in this case, and she has a big portfolio. 

It doesn`t have to include even though the president is her father, having

dinner with the leader of China and (inaudible) with the top Chinese

officials if the company she just recently left just weeks ago is doing

business.  You could put more effort into avoiding even the appearance of

impropriety, because it is possible that she knew about these pending

business deals as she left the company. 




ELIZA COLLINS, USA TODAY:  She is going to have to separate herself.  But I

also think we had a president who campaigned with all of these potential

conflicts of interest and he still elected and he still has them.  His base

doesn`t really care.  Democrats are going to be upset with this.  I think

it`s going to feed into that narrative more.  I don`t think it changes



VAN SUSTEREN:  Ok.  You know what I think?  I think completely different

from everybody else on this and I have all day long to try to figure it

out.  Here`s the problem.  If she didn`t get the trademark on her name, she

is going to get the trademark anyway.  I could go in and get the trademark

theoretically and I could start selling items in China with her name on it. 

I think it was just to protect her name.  I have absolutely no problem with

it at all.  With all the sort of knock offs, she`d have no way to preserve

it.  If I went in and bought her name and bought products and started doing

that, there is no way she could protect herself if I own the trademark. 


SWEET:  Even so, so I don`t think the issue is that her company went after

the trademark.  You have a good point there.  I`m talking about what she

could do now that she is in the White House to make – 


VAN SUSTEREN:  She hasn`t done it yet.  She hasn`t done anything wrong.  I

think she is got to protect the trademark. 


SWEET:  I`m not saying that.  I`m agreeing with you.  We might be in

violent agreement, ok. 




I am saying that she, therefore, can take a few extra steps in this

transition period, knowing that she is a brand and that is to be protected. 

You do other things on the White House and to work a little harder to avoid


VAN SUSTEREN:  I must have the last word on this.  I just think that she –

that she has – she should protect her name.  And maybe not do anything

while she is in the White House, but at least when she leaves and no one in

the meantime can high jack it.  But anyway, I`m the only one that thinks

that way. 


We have a new price tag for President Trump`s border wall at least

according to senate Democrats.  Members of the Homeland Security Committee

releasing a report estimating that, that wall could cost nearly $70 billion

to build.  In February the Trump administration put the cost at 21 billion. 

As a candidate Mr. Trump said it would cost 12 billion.  President Trump

still insisted Mexico would pay for it.  Here`s what Speaker Paul Ryan told

me about that when interviewed him in January. 




VAN SUSTEREN:  Who is going to pay for it? 


PAUL RYAN, HOUSE SPEAKER:  First off, we`re going to pay for it, front the

money, but I do think there are various ways – your follow-up question is

Mexico going to pay for the wall.  There are a lot of different ways of

getting Mexico to contribute to doing this. 




VAN SUSTEREN:  Daniel, I don`t know whether – obviously the Democrats have

the highest number which I would expect.  Even if you take the president`s

number it`s pretty steep. 


LIPPMAN:  Yeah, the Democratic number basically translates to $200 for

every man, woman and child.  But I think the broader question is an

analysis of this border wall shows it might not even stop illegal

immigrants from crossing in lots of the different parts of it.  And also

drugs.  So, if Democrats can run campaign ads in a couple years saying,

Trump spent all of this money on the border wall and it doesn`t even stop

illegal immigrants and illegal drugs, why did we spend billions of dollars

on this wall where there already is a large portion of the border that has

some type of fencing. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  Eliza, one thing we don`t hear about, the price tag is

explosive, whether 12 billion, 70 billion, b with a billion, we`ve gotten

so used to that in this city.  But nobody talks about people who come here

legally on visas and overstay, which is a huge number of people here in

this country illegally.  That we don`t hear that much about. 


COLLINS:  You don`t hear that much about that and that wall is not going to

stop that.  So, I think that is where the immigration reform part, you`re

hearing people talking about in congress are they actually going to do. 

We`re not sure.  But back to this wall, Daniel mentioned Democrats.  I`m

also curious about conservatives who don`t like government spending.  70

billion might be the high end of this, but they won`t pay for it.  Where is

this going to come? 


VAN SUSTEREN:  Lynn, I remember the old game, red rover, red rover.  It

would be cheaper to take that 70 billion and to hire people to stand arm by

arm.  We could probably afford it if it`s $70 billion. 


SWEET:  I like that idea. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  You like that idea? 


SWEET:  The question is on that, and you could for 70 billion –


VAN SUSTEREN:  We could get a lot of people standing there on that border

for 70 billion. 


SWEET:  An employment program, too.  In all seriousness, it is a highly

symbolic project of the Trump administration and one of the challenges as

he goes into these next few weeks with congress where they have a debt

crisis coming up, too, in order –


VAN SUSTEREN:  Which Elijah raises. 


SWEET:  It is very hard to see how he will be able to raise all that money

at one time.  But let`s remember, I believe it will come in a bite-size

chunk so congress will never really have a $70 billion and an invoice – 70

billion, right.  So, this will be parceled out in a way that may be more

legislative palatable, just in a start-up fund. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  All right.  Next, this could be a brawl.  Will it be Warren

versus Trump in 2020?  Senator Elizabeth Warren is out with a new book

sparking new questions about her White House ambitions, questions that she

is doing her best to duck. 






ELIZABETH WARREN MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR:  I am running in 2018 for senator

from Massachusetts.  I am deeply blessed that the people of the

commonwealth sent me to Washington to fight for them.  And that is what

I`ll keep on doing. 


UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Because a lot of people are already printing up those

bumper stickers for 2020 that say, she was warned, she was give not an

explanation, nevertheless she persisted. 




VAN SUSTEREN:  During the 2016 campaign, both Warren and Trump seemed to

relish going after the other. 




WARREN:  Let`s just talk about him for a minute, a large orange elephant in

the room. 





represented by Pocahontas, right, represented by Pocahontas.  She is



WARREN:  Donald Trump doesn`t plan to pay.  He just plans to use all those

things you paid for.  What kind of man does that, a selfish little sleaze



TRUMP:   This Elizabeth Warren, I call her goofy.  This Elizabeth Warren,

she is one of the worst senators in the entire United States senate. 




VAN SUSTEREN:  All right.  We have the video running.  Let me get your

predictions, yes, no, for 2020, Elizabeth Warren running? 


LIPPMAN:  I think she is following that guidebook that senators –


VAN SUSTEREN:  Yes or no? 




VAN SUSTEREN:  Yes, ok.  Eliza, is she running? 


COLLINS:  I think yes. 




SWEET:  Yes. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  Well, it is going to be very interesting.  She says she is

running 2018.  I don`t think that Matt and Savannah seemed to believe when

she ducked it, but we`ll see.  Anyway, thank you all. 


LIPPMAN:  Thank you. 


SWEET:  Thank you. 


COLLINS:  Thank you. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  Ahead, the so-called Facebook killer is dead and now

attention is turning to the role of Facebook itself.  Is it the company`s

responsibility, could policing the site set a dangerous precedent? 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about it today and we talk about it





VAN SUSTEREN:  The so-called Facebook killer is now dead.  He shot himself

after a police chase.  But the questions for Facebook and other social

media companies are just beginning.  The grisly murder video was posted for

two hours before it was taken down.  And today Facebook admits that it

needs to be better.  Here`s what the founder Mark Zuckerberg said today. 




MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO FACEBOOK:  We have a lot more to do here.  We`re

reminded of this week by the tragedy in Cleveland.  And our hearts go out

to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.  And we have a lot of work

and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from





VAN SUSTEREN:  This problem is not going to away.  In fact, it may be

getting worse.  Last month a teenage girl in Chicago was raped, and that

rape was broadcast on Facebook live.  Last summer a disabled teen was

tortured with a knife, his torture also broadcast on Facebook live.  And in

January, a teenage girl in Miami killed herself in a two-hour-long video on

Facebook live.  What, if anything, is Facebook supposed to do about this? 

Is the company responsible for how many people use its platform?  David

Kirkpatrick is author of the Facebook effect.  David, I think it`s very

obvious Facebook and Facebook live did not commit this murder of this

gentleman, Mr. Godwin.  Some cruel man did who has now shot himself in the

head, but your thoughts tonight about Facebook live and Zuckerberg and how

he is handling it? 



question because there are both policy challenges and also technology

challenges.  I mean the weird part is that we have a commercial company

that is essentially put in the position of having to decide fundamental

questions of social justice and virtue, because they are as gigantic as a

platform for distributing information and not just in the United States,

but increasingly around the world. 


So they want to do the right thing, but they also don`t want to do the

wrong thing by taking things down too quickly.  So there are a lot of

subtleties there.  Then on the technology side, they have a real challenge

that even when they really would like to have software that can decide what

should and should not be aired, that software yet doesn`t really exist.  I

think we could predict with advances in artificial intelligence it`s quite

possible we could have such software down the road, but we simply don`t at

the moment.  So they`re in a pretty tough position right now. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  You know I will defend Facebook live because I use it.  I

use it, in fact, at Samaritan`s purse, their field hospital in northern

Iraq near Mosul over the weekend.  There`s nobody else there because it`s

so dangerous.  I had the opportunity to go there.  But without Facebook

live, you know, I couldn`t bring the viewers to it.  I posted the video

later on my Facebook page, but Facebook live is such a good tool.  I`ve

taken it to Ecuador to earthquake zones.  So there`s much good we can do

with it. 


KIRKPATRICK:  I think that is something often left out when we have a

horrific incident like this and there`s so much controversy.  The macro

impact of these platforms and particularly of Facebook, I think, is

extremely positive in society.  People want to use those features like

Facebook live.  The problem arises when you have a psychopath like this

murderer.  Could you imagine what kind of person would want to shoot

somebody in the head while shooting a video?  It`s incredible, but that is

the society we live in.  Facebook has to operate in a world where some of

its users are like that.  That is tough. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  I guess what I would want to know is how soon was notified

of this horrible, horrible, grisly video, and how fast did they act?  I

would hope that they aired on the side of quickly pulling it down.  Then if

it turned out for whatever reason some video is appropriate, they then

repost it. 


KIRKPATRICK:  They did post a timeline, and they were notified, I think,

roughly an hour and a half after the video was posted, and they took it

down within 23 minutes of having been alerted.  But, see, first, they have

to go through these processes where users can, you know, indicate that this

is an inappropriate video.  Then they have – the software that sort of

surfaces the most important alerts, and then they have literally thousands

of people all over the world whose job is to look at these videos and

photos that have been flagged by users and by the software, and then make

an individual human determination that it should come down.  That took 23



VAN SUSTEREN:  I would just quickly pull it down and apologize if I pulled

it down inappropriately.  I guess that is, you know, the only solution I

can think of. 


KIRKPATRICK:  Think of what happened with the photo from Vietnam of the

little girl who was naked when they took it down and got all that criticism

for taking down a historic photo. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  It`s a tough issue, and I`m sympathetic to Facebook,

certainly not to this killer, not one iota to the killer.  Thank you very

much for joining us. 


KIRKPATRICK:  Thank you. 


VAN SUSTEREN:  After the break as promised, we will take a look at the

first 100 days.  But it`s not the president`s.  Whose first 100 days are we

going to look at?  Start guessing.  We`ll be right back. 




VAN SUSTEREN:  I have something to say for the record, and I know you have

heard everyone talking about the first 100 days.  So naturally you think

President Trump.  Since there`s so much attention on the first days of any

new presidential administration, but the first 100 days has a slightly

different connotation for us here at “for the record.” when we hear it, we

think about our first 100 days.  We started January 9th, before the

president`s January 20th inauguration.  So tonight it`s our 100th day and

so far, so good.  In fact, it`s been great.  Love the staff.  Each is

smart.  Some I`ve just met and some came over with me from my last job. 

And as with any new show, though there have been some glitches, but come to

think of it, those glitches have all been mine, not the staff. 


Looking at the wrong camera, talking too fast, slurring my words, yeah, the

usual and how about our political guests?  Vice president Pence, leader

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Al Franken.  The list goes on and

on and on.  And we`ve had robust debate and not only covered politics and

Trump`s first 89 days but Russia to North Korea to the passenger forcibly

dragged off that United Airlines flight that was caught on that video that

went viral all around the world.  Yes, we`ve even covered those tweets by

you know who that seem to drive everyone wild.  I`ve also integrated social

media into our show, even doing a Facebook live this weekend from the other

side of the world, northern Iraq at a Samaritan`s purse field hospital. 


And whatever the story, our mission always remains the same, to hunt for

facts.  Those stubborn things that can sometimes annoyed those who might

not like the facts of a particular story, whatever that may be.  Look I

don`t pick the facts.  Facts just are.  So on tonight`s 100th day, so far

so good.  In fact, so far, it`s great. 


On to the next 100 days.  Thank you for watching.  We`ll see you back here

tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.  If you can`t watch live, set your DVR

and go to my Facebook page, because you`ll see Facebook lives that I`ve

done live, but then we videoed and put on my Facebook page.  And you also

should go to twitter, follow me @Greta.  It`s a great place to write really

mean nasty things anonymously to me, just teasing.  “Hardball” with Chris

Matthews starts right now. 






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