The Rachel Maddow Show, Transcript 7/11/2016
Show: THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW
Date: July 11, 2016
Guest: Clay Jenkins, Niki Kelly
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC ANCHOR: Thanks to you at home for joining us this
hour. It`s good to be back after a few days away. Thanks to Joy Reid and
Steve Kornacki and the whole team holding down the fort while I was gone.
There`s a lot going on both in the news in general and specifically at this
hour, live stuff happening tonight. You`re looking at a live shot right
now what is expected to be a large community vigil tonight in Dallas,
Texas, the Dallas police chief and chief of Dallas transit police,
representatives of each of the police officers who were killed in Dallas
last week will all be speaking tonight at this vigil that you`re seeing
this live shot of right now.
The Dallas police chaplain will also be leading prayers to open and close
that event tonight. So, that is just getting under way in Dallas. We`ve
got one eye on that this evening. This is happening in Dallas tonight, of
course, on the eve of President Obama visiting Dallas tomorrow.
President Obama came home early from his European trip in order to attend
an interfaith service at Dallas symphony hall tomorrow. There is word from
the White House tonight that President Obama is writing his own speech for
that event tomorrow in Dallas instead of having his speechwriters do it for
He took that same approach when he spoke in Charleston, South Carolina, in
the wake of the Mother Emmanuel Church massacre there last year. He also
did that at the anniversary of the march in Selma. He`s done it on a few
other occasions that tends to lead to very dramatic speeches.
Visitation hours will begin tomorrow as well in Dallas for some officers
who were killed last week. This is the head of the funerals for slain
officers which will start on Thursday. We also got word that the funeral
for Philando Castile who was killed by police last week in Minnesota, his
funeral will be held Thursday in St. Paul. The following day, on Friday of
this week, that will be the funeral for Alton Sterling who was killed last
week by police in Baton Rouge.
Right now, tonight, in Baton Rouge, there`s a prayer service taking place
tonight. As you can see, that`s a live shot in Baton Rouge right now.
That has a somewhat different feel, different cast than what we have seen
in the days since Alton Sterling was killed last week, including the
dramatic and sometimes scary confrontations we saw between protesters and
police over the weekend which resulted in more than 150 arrests over two
So far tonight, though, there have been no large scale protests and
certainly no confrontations and no arrests that we have seen in Baton
Rouge. We have seen confrontations and arrests and large scale protests in
a number of other cities over the last few days, including tonight, there`s
a large Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago. This is an aerial shot of
what`s going on in Chicago tonight. We`ll be taking an eye on that over
the course of the evening.
There are also other protests and rallies and vigils underway tonight in
Cleveland, Ohio, in Brooklyn, New York, in the largest city of New Jersey,
in Newark, New Jersey, in Atlanta, elsewhere around the country. So, we`re
keeping up on those protests, those rallies, those vigils, all around the
country tonight, because they are really coast-to-coast. We`re going to
have a live report from Dallas, from that large vigil that`s under way
right now as well. That`s coming up in just a moment.
In addition to all the news that continues to break on this front, though,
we`ve also got big electoral politics news that`s either under way right
now or that is about to happen imminently. For example, it was confirmed
today that Bernie Sanders will be making his long awaited endorsement of
Hillary Clinton tomorrow at an event in New Hampshire. We`re also awaiting
word basically, any minute, any moment now as to the vice-presidential
running mates of both candidates. The Clinton campaign has not said when
they will announce Hillary Clinton`s vice-presidential running mate but
they have asked people to sign up at Clinton`s website if they want to be
first to know who her choice is. They`re clearly getting close to their
The Trump campaign had previously said they would announce Donald Trump`s
running mate at next week`s Republican national convention and to build up
the drama of that event. They have since said the announcement will not
happen at the convention itself, sooner than that. So, there isn`t much
time sooner than that anymore. We`re a week out from the convention. We
are expecting a vice-presidential announcement on the Republican side or at
least a leak of the vice presidential choice, as soon as – conceivably as
soon tonight or it could come any time in the next few days.
So, even just in our domestic politics, there`s a lot going on right now
all at once. A lot of it, frankly, is anxiety making. Some of the anxiety
making parts of it frankly feel familiar, which is why I want you to watch
this ad. It`s not a long piece of tape. It`s just a quick TV ad, less
than a minute. And this is from a previous presidential race.
And some of the concepts of this ad, some of the language in this ad had
become famous and you`ll recognize where they`re from. But seeing the ad
itself I think is a rare thing. I don`t think many people now have seen
it, who did not see it then. And seeing it now is almost uncanny, given
the times we`re living through right now.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, POLITICAL AD)
RICHARD NIXON, FORMER PRESIDENT: It is time for an honest look at the
problem of order in the United States. Descent is necessary ingredient for
change but in a system of government that provides for peaceful change,
there is no cause that justifies resort to violence. Let us recognize that
the first civil right of every American is to be free from domestic
violence. So, I pledge to you, we shall have order in the United States.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: It ends there, with no audio at the end there, which is kind of a
trick, right? Even if you hadn`t been watching that ad on in the
background, once you hear your sound go dead on your TV, you look over and
at that point you see Nixon in big white letters on your screen.
After that, that law and order script. I pledge to you we shall have order
in the United States. Richard Nixon, 1968, ran for president that “we
shall have order” line.
He also ran this other ad hyping the threat of crime in the United States,
and pledging to rebuild respect for law across this country.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NIXON: Rebuild respect for law across this country. I pledge to you, the
wave of crime is not going to be the wave of the future in America.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Again, the silence at the end, so you look over. Nixon!
Richard Nixon, in 1968, famously took political advantage of the chaos and
strife and worry and anxiety and fear in the country in 1968. He took the
unrest and the strife in the country at that time that was already freaking
people out and he made it as scary as he could make it. He stoked even
more fear out of it, and then he presented himself as the solution.
He wanted the country to seem as scary as possible. He wanted people to be
as afraid as possible. He wanted what he called the silent majority to
both feel as scared as possible and to see him as the solution to what
He wanted to be the man who stood for law and order. One of the most
notorious things about Richard Nixon the way he stoked that fear and used
it to his advantage, the whole law and order presidential campaign he ran
Well, this was the presidential campaign today in Newport Beach, Virginia.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: We must maintain law
and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country – 100
percent, we will cease to have a country. I am the law and order
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Just as political science, as, you know, politics is a spectator
sport, it`s been fascinating almost to the point of being creepy to see how
much this year`s Republican presidential nominee has been willing to ape
the most infamous thing of Richard Nixon as a political candidate. Richard
Nixon was accused in 1968, for example, of implying that he had some sort
of secret plan to end the war in Vietnam. People would only find out about
his secret plan once he got elected.
Well, that`s a notorious thing about Richard Nixon`s past and history
because he didn`t actually have a secret plan to end the war. So, if you
voted for him thinking he would have, sorry, sucker. Despite that known
political history or because of that known political history of Richard
Nixon, Donald Trump this year literally announced that he had a secret plan
to defeat ISIS, that America would only find out about once he got elected.
Also, consider the whole idea of the silent majority. Richard Nixon came
up with that term, silent majority to reassure majority Americans that
someone was on their side against these scary minority Americans who Nixon
would protect you from. Well, this year, in February, Donald Trump started
talking about the silent majority again, not hinting at it but using the
phrase explicitly. To this day, you can literally buy Donald Trump lawn
signs that proclaim you and your family to be part of the silent majority
standing with Trump.
We`ve been watching this happening for months now with Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump channeling the most infamous things
about Richard Nixon other than Watergate.
But for Trump to do it today on this issue, calling himself the law and
order candidate, it`s not just interesting political science, not just
ironic creepy stuff for students of modern American history, this is a
livewire that he is handling, right? Protests are under way tonight.
Protests like these, protests over the weekend, with dozens and dozens and
dozens of arrests. Protesters taking over highways, police using smoke
canisters, and police vehicles being used against protesters frankly that
look like driving tanks into crowds.
It is a special kind of unnerving. It is a racially relevant anxiety
producing things in this environment, this environment that we`re in right
now to have a presidential candidate saying, without him insuring law and
order right now, we will cease to have a country. That is his argument.
Leaders have a choice at a time like this. You can choose to escalate
situations, you can choose to make people more afraid, more scared, more
divided and use to it your advantage or choose to de-escalate situations
like this and try to make people see themselves as not separate from one
another but part of one human American family.
Contrast what Donald Trump said today from what we heard today from the
Dallas police chief. The Dallas police chief is speaking at a vigil
tonight in Dallas. He also spoke to the press today in the most de-
escalating way possible, basically trying to break down the whole concept
of us versus them in this national argument, breaking down the division
between police versus the community, public servants versus public
protests. You may or may not agree with the Dallas police chief but there
are other ways to show leadership rather than just going full bore, Richard
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CHIEF DAVID BROWN, DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT: When I graduated high school,
I got a full ride scholarship to UT Austin. This was 1979. I come back
home for the summer, around `81/`82, that timeframe the crack cocaine
epidemic hit Dallas. My friends who stayed here became involved in that
and it broke my heart. It changed what I wanted to do in college.
And I actually left college my first semester my senior year to come back
and apply to the Dallas Police Department to do something about what I was
seeing in my neighborhood. My first beat was my old neighborhood. That
was just happenstance.
I`m the kind of person that I probably wouldn`t protest or complain, I`d
get involved and do something about it by becoming part of the solution.
And that`s still in me, that keeps me going, that I get so much
satisfaction that I can do a small thing to help this community.
I just love Dallas. And I love serving. It`s part of my character. It`s
part of who I am. All the crap we`ve got to take as police officers, the
satisfaction you get with serving, much more gratifying, much more
gratifying. It`s like that for a lot of police officers in this country.
REPORTER: What advice would you give to young black men today to overcome
BROWN: Become a part of the solution, serve your communities, don`t be a
part of the problem. We`re hiring. We`re hiring.
Get off that protest line and put an application in. We`ll put you in your
neighborhood and we`ll help you resolve some of the problems you are
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Whether you agree with the chief there or not, that`s an option
for leadership, right? Some leaders in this country are trying to de-
escalate from the kind of confrontation and anxiety and fear and violence
we are experiencing as a country right now.
Some other leaders are instead trying to stoke that fear and anxiety and
violence and conflict for their own advantage. It`s a choice.
But these protests continue tonight across the country, this is a live shot
in Atlanta, also big protests tonight in Chicago and a few other cities,
and in Dallas tonight, tonight`s vigil is ongoing right now ahead of what
is going to be a long difficult week frankly of a lot of funerals.
Joining us is Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Judge Jenkins is the head
of the county government in Dallas.
Judge Jenkins, thank you so much for your time. I know your time is
precious right now. Thank you, sir.
JUDGE CLAY JENKINS, DALLAS COUNTY, TX: Rachel, thank you for having me.
MADDOW: Can you just give me your human assessment as a Dallas resident
and civil service assessment how your community is doing right now, how
these few days on, how things are going in terms of trying to hold it
JENKINS: You know, you can really feel the palpable support of the
community for each other and our police officers and you can see it behind
me, they`ve been coming here in a steady stream since the events unfolded
Thursday night and Friday morning. There are thousands of people down at
the vigil. And we appreciate that. These officers need that. It`s
helpful and it`s appreciated.
MADDOW: What do you think is going to be different, Judge Jenkins, in
Dallas moving forward. I`ve heard so many people express what you just did
there about the support that police officers feel, not just sympathy but
support, in response to what happened.
What do you think will be different in a material way going forward? How
is Dallas going to be changed by this?
JENKINS: Well, what needs to happen is I believe we have a rare
opportunity here, because of the support, to come together. You talked
about leadership and leaders can incite people to fear and anger or they
can call on people to respect one another and show compassion for one
another and see things through each other`s perspective. Ultimately, it`s
the community that decides how they`ll respond.
I believe this community is uniquely situated and has demonstrated in the
past a unique ability to come together. It`s a diverse community here in
Dallas County. It`s a community that respects one another. We have racial
divisions in Dallas County, just like we do throughout the rest of the
Here in the city of Dallas, just like they are in every major city. But
this police force under David Brown`s leadership has led the way on
community policing. I was at the White House last year with one of the
chiefs about a year ago working on community policing issues.
And so, I think this is an opportunity for us to come together, respect one
another, see things from each other`s perspective. That needs to be the
legacy of this act of hate, not pulling us further apart.
MADDOW: Judge Jenkins, I have heard some frustration voiced by the chief
and by others the pressure of the national media having descended for all
these days now on Dallas is frustrating and in some ways feels counter-
productive. I`m sure that national spotlight starts to burn pretty hot
after all these days especially with what the city needs to deal with
internally. Given that and understanding that, is there anything Dallas
needs that you don`t have?
JENKINS: We need patience, as we go through this crime scene and this
evidence. And we need this to mean something to this community and to this
country. It`s a senseless act of hate. But if it can mean that it`s the
opportunity to open that dialogue so that white people think about what a
black family goes through as they teach their children a different set of
rules than a white family will teach their children, so that non-first
responder families think about what a first responder family goes through,
wondering if their loved one is going to come home.
All the issues that are going on with our first responders right now as
they deal with grief and they still go about doing their jobs on very
little sleep. If we can begin to see things from each other`s perspective,
then that that gives it meaning and that leads to a stronger Dallas.
We have shown compassion in the past in other instances and we`re ready to
do that now. And the national spotlight can help us by not letting the
politicians and the talking heads pull us back into our partisan corners,
let`s use this as a time to have a real conversation and pass some real
legislation that helps our officers that helps our communities, that keeps
MADDOW: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, top county executive in the
county there of Dallas. Thank you, sir, for being with us. I appreciate
it and good luck to you.
JENKINS: Thank you, Rachel.
All right. Tonight, we are continuing to get live images from Dallas, from
that community vigil. We`re keeping an eye on that and keeping an eye on
protests in other cities tonight, including good-sized protests in Atlanta
and Chicago and a few other places. Lots of news to get to tonight. Stay
MADDOW: December 2011, right before Christmas, the last U.S. convoy of
troops left Iraq after nine years of grueling war, after more than more
than 4,000 American soldiers were killed in that war, President Obama kept
his campaign promise and withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, right at the end
of 2011. And then less than three years later, June 2014, he redeployed
U.S. troops back to Iraq, this time to fight ISIS.
Since that summer day, 2014, when President Obama announced he would send
up to 300 U.S. soldiers back into Iraq as military advisors, he has slowly
been adding more and more and more. Another 200 soldiers here, another 130
there, 350 more, another 475. Over the past two years it has been a slow
escalation, a steady basically undeclared expansion of the war the U.S.
military is now fighting in Iraq again, this time against ISIS.
Well, today, we got the most recent and one of the largest expansions yet.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter took a surprise trip to Iraq and he
announced there another 560 American troops will be deployed into Iraq,
this time specifically to help retake the large Iraqi city of Mosul from
This latest addition means that we`re now back up officially to about 4600
American troops in Iraq, unofficially the number is larger than that.
Unofficially, the number has already cleared 5,000 Americans back in Iraq
and that number is rising and rising and rising.
And the last time we had a new president taking over as commander in chief,
with thousands of Americans deployed both in Iraq and Afghanistan and no
idea how to end either one of those wars, the last time we did that, we had
a pretty robust debate about it in our presidential election that year. It
was pretty big part how we chose between presidential options that year.
This time, it`s the same prospect. The next president will take over with
thousands of American troops in Iraq and thousands of American troops in
Afghanistan and no idea how those wars end. The only difference is this
time we`re not having a political debate about it at all. This time, we`re
still waiting for that debate to start. But the troops will definitely be
there by the thousands. Watch this space.
MADDOW: Presidential conventions still have their moments here and there.
Sometimes, you know, a guy starts talking to a chair or something.
But, honestly, mostly what conventions are now is big infomercial, big four
day long advertisements for each political party, all very well-produced,
all very slick, you have big name speakers, you have well-produced videos,
you have very well-orchestrated balloon onslaughts. But, overall, the
convention itself, what you see on TV is sort of more ceremonial, more pro
formative than anything.
That said, presidential nomination conventions do have work to do and a
week before the convention opens and all the TV cameras turn up, that is
technically when that work happens. Every four years, that is when the
actual work gets done, the week before the convention. That work started
getting done today in Cleveland.
We`re a week out from the Republican convention. They started working in
Cleveland today. Today and tomorrow it`s the platform committee.
Depending whether or not you believe Donald Trump is changing the
Republican Party and depending how much you`ve been paying attention to
Republican politics recently, it may or may not come as a surprise to you
to learn that one of the ideas they advanced today as part of their
platform committee discussion is a declaration against porn. Pornography
declared by the Republican Party and its platform today to be a menace to
public health. I feel safer already.
They also advanced platform planks denouncing gay marriage. Also
supporting therapy to cure children of the dreaded disease of being LBGT.
And we don`t know exactly how items like this will shake out in the end but
that platform discussion is under way.
Then, at the end of this week, on Thursday and Friday and possibly Saturday
if they need to keep going, that`s when the committee with the most boring
name but most exciting possibilities starts to meet, Thursday and Friday,
maybe Saturday, that`s the rules committee. Sounds boring but it`s
There`s obviously a lot of speculation right now over who Donald Trump will
pick to be his running mate, the company has said that announcement will
come sometime in the next few days, could be tonight.
But one of the things happening in the boring sounding rules committee is a
discussion about whether or not the convention might require whoever the
presidential pick is, they might require that person to earn support from
1,237 delegates, just like Donald Trump is going to need to be nominated
president. That changes within the realm of possibility.
Nobody knows what that would do to his vice-presidential pick. It could be
that the convention would choose somebody to be Trump`s running mate who
was not Trump`s own choice to be his running mate. That`s a very exciting
There`s also an ongoing discussion about unbinding the delegates, basically
letting them vote for whoever they want to. Ever since Donald Trump
started doing well in the primary this year, more ink has been spilled over
that prospect than it deserved in terms of it being a likely possibility.
But that said, if it`s ever going to happen, it`s going to happen now.
And one Virginia delegate literally sued recently to free himself from
Republican Party rules in the state of Virginia that said he had to cast
his delegate vote for Donald Trump. And today in Virginia, that delegate
won his lawsuit. There was a court ruling today in favor of that delegate
who doesn`t want to vote for Trump. That ruling at this point only applies
to Virginia, but, hmm, hmm.
If all the frenetic sort of pointless excitement over the last few months
about the possibility of denying Donald Trump the nomination at the
convention, if that`s ever going to be anything other than a fantasy or a
tempest in a teapot, we`re going to know really soon because that`s going
to happen right now, this week.
I mean, ultimately, no matter what happens with the rules committee or this
scheming against Donald Trump or potentially scheming against his vice-
presidential nominee or what happens with what looks like a pretty crazy
platform with the Republican Party, even despite all of that we know it`s
going to be an unusual convention next week. There are, for example, 54
Republican senators in the United States Senate, somewhere between 16 and
22 of those 54 senators aren`t going to show up to the Republican
convention this year. Also, the last Republican presidential nominee is
not going to show up at Donald Trump`s convention this year. Also, the
last Republican nominee before that is not going to show up at Donald
Trump`s convention this year.
None of the living former Republican presidents on earth is going to go to
Donald Trump`s Republican convention this year. Neither the first
President Bush nor the second President Bush is going to Cleveland and
neither has said he will support Donald Trump. And not one nuclear family,
the Bush family in such a strange place in history with dad and son being
president and being the only two living ex-Republican presidents now on
But with Donald Trump having won the nomination, the Bush family is an
truly strange political place right now. I mean, after his brother and his
father both became president, Jeb Bush really thought it was his turn this
year. He entered the presidential race June of last year. He ended up
quitting very early on. He quit on February 20th this year after
disappointing results in Iowa and then, New Hampshire, and then, South
Here`s the thing, though, despite that totally peculiar and fascinating
place, the Bush family and Jeb Bush in particularly, that they have right
now in our politics and history of the Republican Party, since Trump became
the presumptive nominee, Jeb Bush has not once spoken publicly to anyone.
He has not given a single interview since then about running, about
quitting the race, about Donald Trump being the nominee, about who he`s
going to vote for. He hasn`t spoken publicly about it once since Trump
locked up the nomination.
But, today, for the first time, he has broken his silence. He spoke his
mind at length in fascinating detail with our own Nicolle Wallace and we
are going to have that one-on-one for you right here, exclusively the top
of this hour right after this show. I will be here anchoring that
coverage, along with Nicolle Wallace, along with Brian Williams.
I have seen clips of this discussion already. I`ve read the transcript.
It is fairly devastating. But that exclusive one-on-one is right here
tonight, right after this show.
Stay with us.
MADDOW: No offense to Indiana, but it`s a rare day when national politics
in this country revolves around Indiana. It just doesn`t happen that
often. But today turns out as one of those days. It`s in part because of
Do you know who this man is? Could you pick this man out of a lineup? Do
you know this man`s name?
No, you`re thinking of Arlen Specter, that`s the guy on the right. No,
it`s not Hank Paulson, the former treasury secretary either, close. Nor is
it the mom`s second husband from “Six Feet Under.” No, no, no, the man you
can`t quite place is named Dan Coats.
He used to be a lobbyist and then he stopped being a lobbyist so he could
become a United States senator.
Now, this man, on the other hand, he stopped being a U.S. senator so he
could become a lobbyist. He and Dan Coats are mirror images of each other,
they just traded positions, lobbyist to senator, senator to lobbyist.
Well, now, the first guy, Dan Coats is retiring from the Senate, and the
lobbyist, Evan Bayh has decided he wants his old Senate seat back. And the
reason that`s important is because Evan Bayh could win his seat back.
The Bayh family name is household name in Indiana. Evan Bayh`s dad, Birch
Bayh, he held that Senate seat for decades. He`s very popular in that
state. He ran for president in 1976.
His son, Evan Bayh, then held the Senate seat thereafter. Evan Bayh also
served for a time as Indiana governor. Evan Bayh is kind of a Joe
Lieberman-style conservative Democrat. He`s not everybody`s cup of tea.
But he probably can win in Indiana, not just because he`s already sitting
on almost $10 million in unspent campaign contributions from campaigns,
while the Republican running for that seat barely has $1 million on his
bank account. I mean, in part because of all that cash.
But it`s also because of his dad`s continuing popularity. It`s because
Bayh is a household name, because he`s a former governor and because he
himself held that exact Senate seat before. I mean, Evan Bayh is kind of
running with advantages of incumbency without being an incumbent. He could
win that seat and flip it from red to blue. And that could be a help to
flip the whole United States Senate from red to blue.
Even if Evan Bayh can`t win that seat back outright, though, he will be a
strong enough contender for that seat that he will almost assuredly mean
the Republican Party will have to spend millions of dollars hand over fist
in the state of Indiana to try to hold onto their chances for that Senate
seat. And that alone will make Indiana interesting and important this year
in terms of that one Senate seat, in terms of control of the United States
Senate, and all that, you know, expending we weren`t expecting in Indiana,
that will be coming in a year Indiana could be a swing state in the
Remember, President Obama won Indiana in 2008 and lost it in 2012. Could
it be back in play this year? Will all that Senate spending affect that?
And that all comes on the same day when the current governor of Indiana
apparently rose to the top of everybody`s short list in terms of who Donald
Trump might pick to be his vice-presidential running mate.
Indiana is usually safely ignored in national politics. Indiana right now
is a state where know one knows who one of their senators is. Actually,
you know what, Indiana is a state where nobody knows who either of their
senators are. Tell me. Come on, either of them?
But today, unassuming Indiana is the center of the political universe when
it comes to the next election.
More ahead on that in just a moment. Here`s your hint. The guy on the
right is named Joe. Does that mean anything? Joe.
MADDOW: There are not very many shoes left to drop in this presidential
election, not many things we are still waiting for other than the big
result at the end. The very few shoes that have not yet dropped are all
going to hit the floor in the next two weeks or less. One of them has
been, when is Bernie Sanders going to endorse Hillary Clinton?
We now know Bernie Sanders is set to endorse Hillary Clinton at an event
tomorrow in New Hampshire. So, that`s one thing we`ve been wondering about
a long time. Now, we know as of tomorrow, done and dusted.
The other big shoe to drop is, of course, the issue of running mates. The
party conventions start in a week, tick-tock. Donald Trump had initially
told everybody he was going to announce his running mate at his Republican
national convention this year. That apparently is not going to happen.
It`s going to be sooner.
He told, “The Washington Post” today, quote, I will make up my mind over
the next three to four days. In my mind, I have someone that would be
really good”, in his mind.
At the moment, the conventional wisdom seems to be Donald Trump`s first
choice is Indiana Republican governor, Mike Pence. Governor Pence will be
introducing Donald Trump at a rally in Indiana tomorrow. He`ll be doing a
fund-raiser for him as well.
Mike Pence, in terms of his political career, he`s in an interesting place,
because he`s nearing the end of his first term as governor. Today, he was
out at the Bartholomew County Fair in Indiana, doing what governors do. He
was admiring cows and pigs, complimenting people on their cows and pigs,
telling reporters he`s not focused at all about becoming vice president
because he`s focused on getting re-elected as governor.
The thing is, getting re-elected as governor of Indiana is not at all a
sure thing for Mike Pence. We`ll have more on that in a moment, in terms
of why that might be.
But in terms of the raw logistics here, the clock is really ticking, and
not because of Donald Trump`s convention is next week. Indiana law says
you can`t run for governor and vice president at the same time, you can
only run for one.
Governor Mike Pence has to declare Friday if he wants to run for re-
election or if he wants to get off the ballot so he can run for vice
president. There`s no wiggle room there. He has to do it before the end
of this week.
Does Donald Trump think the Indiana governor could help his presidential
campaign? Does Mike Pence think he`s got a better chance of staying
employed if he throws his lot in with Donald Trump? Is there any sign of a
likely outcome here from what has happened thus far in Indiana?
Joining us is Niki Kelly. She`s a statehouse political reporter for “The
Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette”.
Ms. Kelly, it`s really nice to have you here with us tonight. Thanks for
NIKI KELLY, FT. WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE POLITICAL REPORTER: Thank you.
MADDOW: So, what are Mike Pence`s prospects for re-election?
KELLY: Well, he`s facing a tough race against John Gregg, a man who he
beat but by a small margin four years ago. And since then, he`s had a
couple blunders that are certainly coming, you know, after him in the
religious freedom debate, and a very controversial abortion bill that a
federal judge just blocked.
So, there are some Republicans here who would actually like to see a
different Republican on the ballot besides Governor Pence.
MADDOW: Some Republicans in Indiana are hoping he runs as vice president
specifically so he won`t be on the ballot as governor?
KELLY: I think it`s probably dual. I think they think it would bring a
lot of great attention to Indiana and the story that they think is helping
us here. But also, I do think it would – some of them think it might be
easier to win the office without Pence.
MADDOW: Mike Pence`s reputation is something that I have always felt seems
a little bit independent of his actual actions and behavior, actions and
behavior as a politician. He has this very carefully cultivated reputation
as the – a very doctrinaire, very earnest conservative who`s sort of
uncompromising, very dedicated in particular to social conservative issues.
It would seem to me whether or not he has governed that way and lived that
way, it would seem to me hard to square that kind of a reputation with
getting in bed with Donald Trump. What do we know about his relationship
with and how copasetic his politics are with Donald Trump?
KELLY: Well, he has disagreed with Donald Trump on a few issues so far
this cycle. They`ve only met twice, once during the primary right after
which Governor Pence endorsed Ted Cruz, though he praised Trump effusively.
And they recently met a couple of weekends ago on he vice presidential
issue, and obviously, tomorrow, it seems like Governor Pence might be
getting a tryout of sorts at the rally.
MADDOW: Right down to this Friday deadline bearing down on both of them.
Niki Kelly, statehouse political reporter for “The Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Journal Gazette” – Niki, thanks for being here. Appreciate it.
KELLY: Thank you.
MADDOW: All right. Lots more ahead tonight. We`ll be right back.
MADDOW: Programming note: my colleague and my friend, the great Nicolle
Wallace, sat down today for an exclusive one-on-one with Jeb Bush. This is
a remarkable thing. This is the first time that Jeb Bush has talked
publicly since Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for
We`re going to have that tonight, in just a few minutes, 10:00 Eastern,
right after the show. Nicolle will be joining us here, along with Brian
Williams. We`ll be special coverage starting tonight at 10:00 p.m.
Eastern. That`s an exclusive, coming up in a few minutes.
Stay with us.
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CHIEF DAVID BROWN, DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT: Cops are mission-focused.
Give us a job to do, we`ll focus on accomplishing the mission. So, what`s
our mission today, is helping these families understand how to conquer this
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MADDOW: Dallas, Texas, tonight, as we speak the vigil being held to honor
the five police officers who lost their lives simultaneously with that
vigil tonight in Dallas, protests continued this evening in a bunch of
different cities across the country.
In Atlanta, we`re getting reports of about a dozen arrests so far tonight.
Several hundred people demonstrated in Atlanta tonight for a fifth straight
night. Earlier tonight in Chicago, about 500 peaceful protesters held a
silent sit-in. That was very dramatic. Then, folks in Chicago filed in
There were about two dozen arrests in Chicago over the weekend. But the
protests tonight have gone off without any sort of confrontation or
incident. We also saw protest tonight in Tampa, Florida, several hundred
people marched through downtown in Tampa. Also protests tonight in Newark,
New Jersey. There was a peace march through that city tonight.
We`ve got much more ahead tonight. Stay with us.
MADDOW: Last September, September 25th (VIDEO GAP) Congress voted dozens
of times on fake repeal Obamacare bills, they shut down the government.
They got our nation`s credit rating downgraded by blowing the debt ceiling.
Things were not going well.
And on top of all of that, the majority party boss, the guy in charge was
facing an insurrection on his own side. And so, on that Friday afternoon,
last September, September 25, 2015, the top Republican in Washington, House
Speaker John Boehner, he walked into his weekly press conference and he
stunned everybody by quitting.
Here is how he started that press conference that day when he quit.
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JOHN BOEHNER (R), THEN-HOUSE SPEAKER: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Zip-a-dee-ay!
My oh my, what a wonderful day. I use to sing that on my way to work in
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MADDOW: That was how he started the press conference. In the end, he
sang, not once, but twice while he was in the process of giving –
REPORTER: You seem very relieved.
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MADDOW: John Boehner, as reigned for almost a full year as undisputed king
who literally sing as they quit their jobs. He`s been at the top of that
heap, but now from across the waters, a challenge from our closest overseas
ally. In contrast to our American long, drawn out presidential contest
which has been going on for approximately 48 hours, or at least it feels
like it. Today in Great Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced
his country is going to have a new prime minister in two days.
Oh, it was initially suppose to be October when he was going to be stepped
down, and it was going to be September. Now, as of today, it`s two days
from now, as of Wednesday, new prime minister. Ta-da!
And then listen closely to how he ended that announcement.
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DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much.
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MADDOW: Do-do-do-do, right.
He sings himself off the political stage. Just one more time.
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CAMERON: Do-do-do-do, right.
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That is so perfect, that our friends at boingboing.net have immortalized it
and turned it into a ring tone so you can answer your phone that way if you
want. David Cameron leaves his old frustrating job now with one Brexit and
one internationally appreciated ring tone. Thank you for your service,
As a comforting sign of continuity in these internationally troubled times,
I would like to tell you, though, that the famous cat at 10 Downing Street,
down there at the bottom of your screen there, Larry, Larry of 10 Downing
Street, he`s not leaving with David Cameron.
God bless you, Larry the Cat. He came out again today and warmed up the
crowd and, I guess, addressed the press corps, before the prime minister
came out and quit and then sang his way back into the room. Larry the Cat
is apparently staying. He does not belong to David Cameron, Larry the Cat,
chief mouser, belongs to 10 Downing Street. So, he stays.
Prime ministers come and go, governments come and go, but Larry the Cat is
forever. What a wonderful day.
That does it for this hour. But don`t go anywhere, I`m going to see you in
just a moment, because we are just about to present our exclusive with Jeb
Bush. Jeb Bush`s first public comments since Donald Trump became the
presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party. That`s here
right now exclusively here on MSNBC. Don`t go anywhere.
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