The Rachel Maddow Show, Transcript 10/13/2016
Show: THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW
Date: October 13, 2016
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC ANCHOR: And thanks to you at home for joining us this
hour. It`s good to have you with us here tonight on this fine Thursday
The Lexington Hotel in Chicago was one of those awesome, sturdy, Chicago
architectural showoffs in its day. It was built in the 1890s, was 10
stories tall. It had these cool rounded towers on the corners of the
building. It had a big, grand, pillared entrance.
The Lexington Hotel announced itself on matchbooks, no less, as absolutely
fireproof. See that on the middle of the matchbook, “absolutely
fireproof”. That turns out to be a good thing for the Lexington Hotel,
because apparently, reportedly, there was a secret shooting range buried
inside of it.
There is a secret shooting range buried in the bowels of that hotel because
from 1928 to 1931, the famous gangster Al Capone lived at the Lexington
Hotel. He ran his whole criminal empire out of the fourth and fifth floors
of that building. And he reportedly maintained this secret shooting range
for his gangster henchmen, as well as a gym for them to stay fit.
There were also reportedly secret tunnels underneath the hotel that they
used to hide and move liquor and other contraband and even to move people
who were hiding out or running from the fuzz. Al Capone was at that hotel
from 1928 until 1931, and he had to move out in 1931 because he had to move
to Alcatraz because they got him for tax evasion.
After Al Capone left the Lexington Hotel in 1931 so he could go to jail,
the Lexington did hold on for a while, but eventually went into decline.
At one point it was renamed the New Michigan Hotel, but after its days of
being the New Michigan Hotel, it just became a giant 400-room brothel.
By the 1980s, what had been the Lexington Hotel and then the New Michigan
Hotel, it was closing down, decrepit and started to fall in on itself.
And in that weird purgatory time for the old Lexington Hotel, when it was
good for nothing but still standing, that is when Geraldo Rivera showed up.
Sometime over the course of the death throes of that building, somebody
discovered that underneath it, there was a sealed-off area walled off from
the hotel`s basement underneath the city sidewalk. Once that sealed-off
area was discovered, the guy from “The People`s Court,” remember that show?
I kid you not, the guy from “The People`s Court,” that guy, got an idea
that because of the Al Capone connection to that hotel, maybe they could
turn that basement room into a TV show. Suspense. They would call it Al
Capone`s vaults and they would crack it open on live TV.
So, they dug up this guy, Geraldo Rivera, who had just been fired from ABC
News. And no network wanted to produce this thing, but they got the idea
that they would produce it as a syndicated special. So, any TV station
willing to pay for it could buy the rights to this special and broadcast it
live that night, as they blow open the vault.
It was a crazy idea. It was kind of a crazy genius idea, and they sold a
heck of it. Watch this, this is one of the all-time great promos.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GERALDO RIVERA: This is the vault Al Capone my have guilt and nobody knows
what`s in it. Some say money. Some say bodies. Some say it`s booby
traps. And we`re going to open it.
What secret lies inside? It may be Scarface Al Capone`s biggest secret and
we`re opening it on live television.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Some say bodies. Some say money. Some say it`s a booby trap. It
was a two-hour special that aired April 21st, 1986. I had just turned 13
and I remember watching it.
And honestly, it`s not that weird that I watched it, because statistically
speaking, basically everybody watched it. Thirty million people watched
“The Mystery of Al Capone`s Vault” that night in 1986, 30 million people.
It was and remains the highest rated syndicated special in all of TV
history. And they did, on live television, crack open Al Capone`s vault.
Or at least whatever you want to call that sealed-off space under the
sidewalk of the old Lexington Hotel.
They did crack it open. They blew it open with explosives and then they
knocked down all the debris with a bobcat, and then they charged in there,
and what they found was – bupkis. It was just dirt in there and pieces of
the old sidewalk that had fallen from above.
I read one report they also found a stop sign down there, maybe, but I
don`t remember that from when I watched it from when I was 13.
Two hours, right? So, like, epic advertising and hype, right? Two hours
of on-air hype, 30 million people watching and there was nothing in there.
It was – in its own way, it was totally, nihilistically awesome.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RIVERA: It seems, as least up to now that we struck out with the vault,
I`m disappointed by that, as I`m sure you are. This is the one time in
life that a pot of gold would have been a lot more fun than chasing the
rainbows. I don`t know, our seismic or sonic tests must have been slightly
awry because we didn`t find the much heralded hollow spaces that we were
led to believe were in there.
So what can I say? I`m sorry. All right, I`m going. I`ll see you.
Good night. I`m sorry! See you next time. Take it easy.
ANNOUNCER: “The Mystery of Al Capone`s Vault” has been brought to you by
Budweiser, aged for that clean, crisp taste. This Bud`s for you. And for
the good products and good people at the Quaker Oats Company.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: You have to wonder how Budweiser and Quaker Oats people felt about
having their sponsors lines read at exactly that moment, as Geraldo Rivera
just stumbles off the set mumbling. This massive televised failure brought
to you by our excellent companies.
But that`s how we learned. There was nothing under the old Lexington Hotel
anymore. Incidentally, that is also how we got Geraldo Rivera.
I mean, this thing is still remembered as one of the most embarrassing
flops in the history of live TV. But freaking Budweiser and the Quaker
Oats Company, they did sponsor it. Stroh`s beer and a bunch of other
companies sponsored it, 30 million people watched. I mean, at base level,
it was a huge success.
And it thereby taught us one very important and lasting lesson – hype
works. Even when it`s hype for what turns out to be nothing, hype works.
And that is really a lesson that has stuck for Geraldo Rivera and for all
the rest of us, too.
On Friday night, you know the “Washington Post” published that tape that it
obtained mysteriously from the archives of NBC, unedited footage from a
behind-the-scenes moment on the show “Access Hollywood” from 2005.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, BUSINESSMAN: You know, I moved on her actually. You know
she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I`ll admit it.
I did try and (EXPLETIVE DELETED) her. She was married.
I moved on her like a (EXPLETIVE DELETED), but I couldn`t get there, and
she was married.
Then, all of a sudden, I see her, she`s now got the big phony (EXPLETIVE
Yes, that`s her, with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I
start kissing her. You know, I`m automatically attracted to beautiful – I
just start kissing them. It`s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don`t even
And when you`re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
BILLY BUSH: Whatever you want.
TRUMP: Grab them by the (EXPLETIVE DELETED). You can do anything.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: That tape came out on Friday. On Sunday night, it was the night
of the second presidential debate. It was still all anybody could talk
about, right, including on the one cable news network that was least
interested in talking about it on Friday night when that news first broke.
In the lead-up on Sunday, even on the FOX News Channel, they had to admit
this was the story of the campaign. And in the middle of their pre-debate
discussion that night, up popped – hey, it`s Geraldo Rivera again.
And the firework that he set off on Sunday night on FOX News in the lead-up
to their debate coverage that night was that, according to him, he said
there are more Trump tapes of this kind. And you know who has them?
Geraldo Rivera has them.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RIVERA: I`ve interviewed Trump many times, been with him many times.
There is tape that I have, Craig, my brother and I, have just started to go
through the tapes now and there are some statements that in the context of
the current climate would be, I think, would be embarrassing.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: That was Sunday night. Kind of a bombshell, right? Tell me more.
Geraldo Rivera says he has more Trump tapes. They are embarrassing Trump
tapes. I mean, is FOX News really going to release those tapes, FOX News
of all places, really? Mr. Rivera, I`m hooked. I await your next
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RIVERA: I will open it on live television. Step inside the vault with me
on April 21st.
ANNOUNCER: Discover the mystery.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: I want to discover the mystery. I am hooked. You`re good at
this, sir. You`ve always been good at this.
But it turns out just like April 21st, 1986, it turns out once again it`s
just dirt and maybe a stop sign. In the proverbial vault, no loot, no
Check out this climb-down from Mr. Rivera. Look at this, contrary to my
on-air remarks, a search of my files found no relevant Trump tapes.
And then, a few minutes later, quote, “I apologize to Donald Trump for
piling on and adding fuel to the Trump tape scandal. You always treated me
and mine with respect and friendship.”
So, reflecting on that respect and friendship, Geraldo Rivera has decided
he doesn`t have tapes of Donald Trump after all, despite what he and his
brother found the other day.
Even if the FOX News Channel and Geraldo Rivera have changed their mind and
decided they don`t now have tapes of Donald Trump, we do continue to
anticipate that other tapes of Donald Trump`s on-camera behavior may
surface at some point. A lot of people involved with him in various TV
shows over the years have described behavior that happened – alleged
behavior that happened while cameras were rolling that presumably produced
tape. If those tapes emerge, that will be a problem for his campaign, if
those tapes surface in the next three weeks.
I have to say, it will be a problem for the whole country if he`s elected
president whereupon any such tapes could lead him to vulnerable blackmail
as the president of this country.
But honestly, even if there aren`t other tapes forthcoming soon or ever,
the tape that we`ve got, the “Access Hollywood” tape itself has really
driven the whole campaign around the bend. This has sort of slid through
in the last couple days and not received that much attention. But even one
of Donald Trump`s evangelical supporters is claiming the “Access Hollywood”
tape is a conspiracy, it`s a plot, and the conspiratorial plot that is that
tape was hatched by none other than Paul Ryan.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
JERRY FALWELL, JR./LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: You know, I think this
whole tape, videotape thing was planned, I think it was timed. I think it
might have even been a conspiracy, you know, among the establishment
Republicans who have known about it for weeks and who tried to time it to
do the maximum damage to Donald Trump.
I just think some of the establishment Republicans – I`m not going to name
any names. I`ve got some independent information, but I`m not going to
reveal it on the air, but I just – I think some of the establishment folks
who reluctantly endorsed him had this planned all along as a way to slither
out of the endorsements. I just really believe that it was all – it
wasn`t a coincidence that it came out right before Trump was supposed to
appear with Paul Ryan at a rally and conveniently gave Paul Ryan a way to
(END AUDIO CLIP)
MADDOW: Jerry Falwell Jr. has it on good authority, he`s got good
information he`s not going to reveal on the air, but he`s got good
information that Paul Ryan and the Republican Party, they were the ones who
leaked the “Access Hollywood” tapes. Which sounds insane to most people,
but now, Trump himself is floating the idea himself.
Now that he`s the one floating it, all of his supporters will presumably
start to believe that Paul Ryan is the one who made that tape.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: Wouldn`t you think that Paul Ryan would call and say, “good going”
in front of just about the largest audience for a second night debate in
the history of the country? So, you know, you would think they would go,
“great going, Don, let`s go. Let`s beat this crook. She`s a crook, let`s
beat her, we got to stop her.”
No, he doesn`t do that. There is a whole deal going on, I mean, you know,
there`s a whole deal going on, we`re going to figure it out. I always
figure things out. But there is a whole sinister deal going on.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Donald Trump speaking last night about a sinister plot, a sinister
deal going on between Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton. And he, Donald Trump,
is going to figure it out because I always figure things out.
Last night, the “New York Times” and the “Palm Beach Post” published
allegations from three different women who say that Donald Trump groped
them without their consent. One on an airplane, one when she was at work
at Trump Tower, and one when she was with a friend, who was working at
Donald Trump`s Florida estate.
The Trump campaign vehemently denies all the women`s allegations. The
denials quickly today turned into threats of litigation. A Trump campaign
official saying last night, quote, “New York Times” editors, reporters,
politically motivated accusers all better lawyer up. Trump has now
threatened to sue both of the newspapers who published those accounts.
It should also be noted that Trump threatened to sue the “New York Times”
three weeks ago when they published pages of his tax return. Nothing seems
to have come from that threat, and I should tell you that neither paper
seems all that worried about the new threats of lawsuits from the Trump
When “People Magazine” last night published another woman`s account of
reportedly being forcibly kissed by Trump, and that threat was brought by
Donald Trump`s wife, Melania Trump, threatening to sue “People” magazine
and the woman who said Donald Trump groped her.
And threatening lawsuits is something that Donald Trump has done throughout
his business career, throughout his career as a celebrity. I don`t think
it`s going to work to stop these reports in the presidential campaign.
We`re now at an interesting place because of that, because if this cascade
of allegations against Donald Trump can`t be stopped now by the campaign
denying it, and it can`t be stopped now by threats to sue these women or by
threats to sue the news outlets that publish these allegations from these
And if many people expect that new tapes of Trump will likely emerge before
the election, well, how are they going to handle this? Because it`s not
working for them as it is now. It`s really thrown them off the rails. How
are they going to handle this? How are they going to handle this new
If Donald Trump`s speech in Florida today is any indication of how they`re
going to handle it, the answer is not well. What he did in Florida is
being called the single most extreme and angry speech of his entire extreme
and angry campaign.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: This is not simply another four-year election. This is a
crossroads in the history of our civilization.
Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the
destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial
powers, her special interest friends and her donors.
AUDIENCE: Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!
TRUMP: Honestly, she should be locked up. Should be. Should be locked
This is a struggle for the survival of our nation, believe me. And this
will be our last chance to save it on November 8.
This election will determine whether we`re a free nation or whether we have
only the illusion of democracy, but are, in fact, controlled by a small
handful of global, special interests rigging the system.
They will attack you. They will slander you. They will seek to destroy
your career and your family. They will seek to destroy everything about
you, including your reputation.
They will lie, lie, lie, and then again, they will do worse than that.
They will do whatever is necessary.
The Clintons are criminals, remember that. They`re criminals. This is
well-documented, and the establishment that protects them has engaged in a
I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you. I take them for our
movement so that we can have our country back. Our great civilization here
in America and across the civilized world has come upon a moment of
I knew these false attacks would come. I knew this day would arrive. It
was only a question of when.
This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let
this happen or continue. This is our moment of reckoning as a society and
as a civilization itself.
Many of my friends and many political experts warned me that this campaign
would be a journey to hell. They said that. But they`re wrong. It will
be a journey to heaven. I`m the only one that can fix it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: A journey to heaven. I will take their slings and arrows for you.
And this is a conspiracy, a conspiracy against you by the international
banks and the secret financial and global elite. You know who they are,
We knew this thing would get down to base level before too long. We did
not know there were secret chambers off the basement that it could continue
to descend into even after the thing had already bottomed out.
We`ll be right back.
MADDOW: So, here`s a story that has not yet broken in a big way, but I
think it`s about to. So, heads up on this.
NBC News has obtained letters, two separate letters from two Donald Trump
donors who are demanding refunds of their Trump donations, because of the
“Access Hollywood” video that was published on Friday.
Quote, “I regret coming to the Trump support event and in particular,
allowing my son to be part of it. I respectfully request that my money be
refunded.” And this is from the other letter, quote, “I have three young
children and will not support a crude, sexist man. I expect a refund of my
donation. Please process immediately.”
I don`t have any special insight into NBC`s sourcing on this and who these
donors are, but the bundler to whom these letters were sent, a big time
fundraiser for Donald Trump, that person also tells NBC News that he has
raised nearly a million dollars for Donald Trump this year, but he will not
raise another dime for him now. Quote, “I give up. I`m totally walking
out and disappointed. I`m embarrassed, I`m really embarrassed. I shook
hands with him last week and now, I want to wash my hands.”
So, two donors demanding their donations back. We`re told that between
them, they`re donations amounted to tens of thousands of dollars. One
major bundler in addition saying he`s out. In addition to that, staffers
at four of the five super PACs that are backing Donald Trump now tell NBC
that fundraising for Trump is a, quote, “struggle” right now.
And now, here`s an interesting thing, because the fundraising numbers for
last month are out on the Clinton side. The Clinton side has reported what
they got last month and you can see why they`re eager to get their numbers
out. Hillary Clinton has more cash on hand than any presidential candidate
has ever had at this point in the race.
But the Trump campaign so far has said nothing about their fundraising
numbers from last month, or their cash on hand. They have to disclose it
by next week, but so far, they have not said beep.
And we`ve got this other granular information about Mike Pence. There are
a few things you really need to do as a vice president candidate. You`re
supposed to carry your state, you`re supposed to attack the other side a
lot and you`re supposed to raise money.
As we reported two nights ago, Mike Pence has had two fundraisers this week
canceled for a notable specific reason: lack of interest. And lack of
interest on the part of donors is not a reason that a presidential campaign
should be cancelling its fundraisers with less than four weeks to go until
We reported this earlier this week about Mike Pence apparently not being
able to fill a room for some of his fundraisers. We`ve put in calls for
comment or confirmation from the campaign. They have told us nothing.
They have not responded to us at all.
But think about what this means, right? If the Republican Party, if its
donors have shut off the Trump campaign in terms of raising money – I
mean, yes, I know it`s interesting to cover the personality dispute between
the nominee and other Republican leaders, like, oh, why does Paul Ryan say
no and Mitch McConnell say yes and what does Reince really think?
I mean, I know that that like tiger beat style personality based reporting.
And this stuff is fund. But if the money spigot is shut off between the
Republican Party and their candidate, that`s a big deal. I want to know if
that`s really what`s happening. It seems like it is.
Trump campaign, Pence folks, please. Call us back. Let us know what`s
MADDOW: OK. Fair warning. We are about to blow things up a little bit.
We don`t do this very often. I will tell you why we don`t do it very often
in just a second, but this requires a lot of negotiation in the building.
That negotiation happened over the course of the day.
I got what I wanted, so we are about to kind of blow this show up a little
bit. Right after this break, we`re going to come back and do something
that`s really hard to do that I really think is important. It`s something
that happened in politics today that I think requires more than the usual
way we talk about news stories, and we`re going to do all that right here
So, if you need to finish washing the dishes or something, you have this
commercial break to do it. When we come back from this break, you are
going to want to be seated down.
OK. See you in a second.
MADDOW: OK. We`ve only done this a couple other times in the eight-plus-
year history of this show, and that`s because it`s really hard to persuade
the people who run this network, right, the people who are responsible for
paying the bills around here, it`s really hard to persuade them to let me
do something like this. But they listened to me today and I got the green
So, first, I want to say thank you to my boss, Phil Griffin, also to Andy
Lack in the corner office, and to the other big deal suits here who had to
sign off on this and for whom I realize this is a very difficult, very
expensive ask. But I asked and they said yes. So here goes. Commercial
breaks be damned.
All right. You probably heard today that the first lady, Michelle Obama,
gave a big speech. You might have heard clips from that speech today. You
might have read headlines about it. But if you were at work or at school
when this happened, if you have not actually heard it the way she gave it,
And I have a favor to ask. I want you to change your plan for how you were
going to watch TV tonight. Just trust me. Stop what you were doing, hit
pause if you need to, to get organized because you`re not going to want to
get up in the middle of this. Just – I have cut out of this speech, I`ll
tell you, the partisan part, the part about promoting Hillary Clinton`s
candidacy. That is findable online if you want to hear it. It is stuff
you have heard before.
What you have not heard before and what I really think you should watch,
what I sort of moved heaven and earth so that you can watch in full is the
rest of her remarks. So, if you`re watching on your own right now, go grab
your roommate or your mom. Or go get your kids. If you have kids in
particular, I mean, you may have been feeling skeeved out and embarrassed
about letting your kids see politics the last couple days because of the
subject matter it has turned to.
If you have been feeling that way, now, go get the kids and have them watch
it with you, because this is not the cure to the grotty, sexualized violent
turn this campaign has taken, but this speech today from the first lady
should be seen. It is the most powerful things I have seen anybody say
about it in any context. It is not a cure, but it helps. It is not a
normal thing we`re going to play this big piece of tape uninterrupted, but
I totally think it`s worth it for you to watch it, and I would not ask you
to watch it if I did not think that was true, so trust me.
Sit down. Watch this in full.
MICHELLE OBAMA, FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES: So I`m going to get a
little serious here, because I think we can all agree that this has been a
rough week in an already rough election. This week has been particularly
interesting for me personally because it has been a week of profound
See, on Tuesday, at the White House, we celebrated the International Day of
the Girl and Let Girls Learn.
And it was a wonderful celebration. It was the last event that I`m going
to be doing as First Lady for Let Girls Learn. And I had the pleasure of
spending hours talking to some of the most amazing young women you will
ever meet, young girls here in the U.S. and all around the world.
I walked away feeling so inspired, just like I`m inspired by all the young
And I was so uplifted by these girls. That was Tuesday.
And now, here I am, out on the campaign trail in an election where we have
consistently been hearing hurtful, hateful language about women – language
that has been painful for so many of us, not just as women, but as parents
trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful
adults, and as citizens who think that our nation`s leaders should meet
basic standards of human decency.
The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the
United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this
campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning
that I simply will not repeat anything here today. And last week, we saw
this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I
can`t believe that I`m saying that a candidate for president of the United
States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.
And I have to tell you that I can`t stop thinking about this. It has
shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn`t have predicted. So while I`d
love nothing more than to pretend like this isn`t happening, and to come
out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and
disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just
a bad dream.
This is not something that we can ignore. It`s not something we can just
sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election
season, because this was not just a “lewd conversation”. This wasn`t just
locker-room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and
openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about
kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were
worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.
And to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn`t an
isolated incident. It`s one of countless examples of how he has treated
women his whole life. And I have to tell you that I listen to all of this
and I feel it so personally, and I`m sure that many of you do too,
particularly the women. The shameful comments about our bodies. The
disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do
anything you want to a woman.
It is cruel. It`s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.
It`s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you`re walking down the
street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about
your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too
close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your
It`s that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt
when someone has grabbed them, or forced himself on them and they`ve said
no but he didn`t listen – something that we know happens on college
campuses and countless other places every single day. It reminds us of
stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how, back in their
day, the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the
office, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to
prove themselves, it was never enough.
We thought all of that was ancient history, didn`t we? And so many have
worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and
disrespect, but here we are, in 2016, and we`re hearing these exact same
things every day on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it.
And all of us are doing what women have always done – we`re trying to keep
our heads above water, just trying to get through it, trying to pretend
like this doesn`t really bother us, maybe because we think that admitting
how much it hurts makes us as women look weak. Maybe we`re afraid to be
Maybe we`ve grown accustomed to swallowing these emotions and staying
quiet, because we`ve seen that people often won`t take our word over his.
Or maybe we don`t want to believe that there are still people out there who
think so little of us as women. Too many are treating this as just another
day`s headline, as if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted, as if this
is normal, just politics as usual.
But, New Hampshire, be clear: This is not normal. This is not politics as
This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn`t matter what party
you belong to – Democrat, Republican, independent – no woman deserves to
be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.
And I know it`s a campaign, but this isn`t about politics. It`s about
basic human decency. It`s about right and wrong.
And we simply cannot endure this, or expose our children to this any longer
– not for another minute, and let alone for four years.
Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough.
This has got to stop right now.
Because consider this: If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what
do you think this is doing to our children? What message are our little
girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act? What
lessons are they learning about their value as professionals, as human
beings, about their dreams and aspirations?
And how is this affecting men and boys in this country? Because I can tell
you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. And I know
that my family is not unusual.
And to dismiss this as everyday locker-room talk is an insult to decent men
The men that you and I know don`t treat women this way. They are loving
fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to
this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers
and sons who don`t tolerate women being treated and demeaned and
And like us, these men are worried about the impact this election is having
on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man.
Because let`s be very clear: Strong men – men who are truly role models –
don`t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.
People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful
bring others together. And that is what we need in our next president. We
need someone who is a uniting force in this country. We need someone who
will heal the wounds that divide us, someone who truly cares about us and
our children, someone with strength and compassion to lead this country
And let me tell you, I`m here today because I believe with all of my heart
that Hillary Clinton will be that president.
In our hearts, we all know that if we let Hillary`s opponent win this
election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything
they`re seeing and hearing is perfectly okay. We are validating it. We
are endorsing it.
We`re telling our sons that it`s okay to humiliate women. We`re telling
our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We`re telling
all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the
leader of their country. Is that what we want for our children?
OBAMA: And remember, we won`t just be setting a bad example for our kids,
but for our entire world. Because for so long, America has been a model
for countries across the globe, pushing them to educate their girls,
insisting that they give more rights to their women. But if we have a
President who routinely degrades women, who brags about sexually assaulting
women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world? How can
we continue to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human dignity?
Well, fortunately, New Hampshire, here`s the beauty: We have everything we
need to stop this madness. You see, while our mothers and grandmothers
were often powerless to change their circumstances, today, we as women have
all the power we need to determine the outcome of this election.
We have knowledge. We have a voice. We have a vote. And on November the
8th, we as women, we as Americans, we as decent human beings can come
together and declare that enough is enough, and we do not tolerate this
kind of behavior in this country.
We cannot allow ourselves to be so disgusted that we just shut off the TV
and walk away. And we can`t just sit around wringing our hands. Now, we
need to recover from our shock and depression and do what women have always
done in this country. We need you to roll up your sleeves. We need to get
Because remember this: When they go low, we go –
OBAMA: Yes, we do.
MADDOW: I want to say thank you again to my boss, to the president of this
network for allowing me to break format and kill commercials so I could
play that at such length tonight, but I figured that because of the time of
day it happened, a lot of you might not have seen it, and you can see why I
wanted you to see it, right?
Michelle Obama, first lady for 100 more days exactly. I`ll be right back.
MADDOW: Have you ever seen a catamaran? You know what a catamaran is?
You`ve got your cruising catamarans like this one. There are also racing
catamarans, those are used in ocean racing, that`s what they race at the
But when the U.S. Navy does a catamaran, it`s a different kind of thing.
This hybrid souped up catamaran is a ship called the HSV-2 Swift. HSV part
of that stands for “high speed vessel.”
This is a super fast ship. It`s a wave-piercing catamaran. It has a
helicopter plight deck, a vehicle deck. This is a fast, versatile warship.
This particular one was built in 2003. It was part of the United States
Navy until last year. And then last year, we leased this particular ship
to the United Arab Emirates.
And two weekends ago on October 1, that ship got blown up. It was
destroyed. It was hit by a missile as it was traveling between the Red Sea
and the Gulf of Aden, went up in flames. Again, a former U.S. Navy ship
being operated by the UAE, that happened two weeks ago.
On Sunday this past weekend and again yesterday, cruise missile were
launched at a Navy vessel that is still a U.S. ship. The USS Mason, which
is a U.S. Navy destroyer, the Mason was off the coast of the Red Sea, in
international waters, when the Navy says it was shot at by cruise missiles
that came at it from Yemen.
Now, the destroyer was not hit, they say they shot back, defensively. But
the strike on that former U.S. Navy catamaran and both Sunday and
yesterday`s strike against the USS Mason, the U.S. says all of those
strikes come from the Houthis that`s fighting the Yemeni government in the
civil war in that country. The Houthis are in a civil war with the
government in Yemen. They control a great deal of territory in Yemen.
Early this morning, the U.S. navy fired five tomahawk missiles at three
radar sites that U.S. officials believe the rebels were using to track the
movements of American ships and launch these missiles that hit that
catamaran and that were shot at our destroyer. And with these tomahawk
missiles being shots, this is the first shot the U.S. military has fired in
the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
We`re told that these strikes were personally authorized by President
Now, the Houthis, these rebel group fighting the Yemeni government, they
are Shiite Muslims. They are reportedly backed by Iran. Today, after a
U.S. Navy ship fired tomahawks at these Houthi radar sites, Iran`s semi-
official news agency reported that now, coincidentally, Iran is deploying
two of its own Iranian warships off the same coast where our ships are now.
You might remember Republican candidate Donald Trump said in an offhanded
remark during the campaign that if Iranian ships got too close to American
ships and if Iranian sailors made rude gestures toward our American sailors
under him, under President Trump, we`d blow those Iranian ships out of the
water. Well, Iranian ships and U.S. ships are now in the same waters off
the coast of Yemen in the middle of a war with tomahawk missiles and cruise
missiles already flying. Steady on.
MADDOW: Debunktion Junction, what`s my function?
A headline at Politico.com today, RNC TV ad spending for Trump, zero
dollars. National party breaks with tradition of spending on ads
supporting its nominees. That`s how this was received today. RNC deprives
Trump of ad expenditure.
The Republican Party is starving Donald Trump of TV ad this is election
cycle. Is that true or is that false?
False. Interesting story. Now, the RNC did run ads for McCain in `08 and
for Romney in 2012, but their decision to not do that again this year,
really, I swear, had nothing to do with Donald Trump. I can tell you that
for sure because they announced they wouldn`t run ads for their nominee
this year three years ago in 2013. They said it was bad strategy.
And so, yes, Trump supporters are calling this no ads thing shameful
evidence that the Republican Party hates Donald Trump. It might hate
Donald Trump. But if you`re looking for evidence of that, this story about
the RNC not spending any money on TV ads for Trump, this is not that
evidence. They weren`t going to run TV ads for their nominee this year no
matter who their nominee was. I swear. I know you don`t believe me, but I
That does it for us tonight. We`ll see you again tomorrow.
Now, it`s time for “THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O`DONNELL”.
Good evening, Lawrence. I`m sorry, I took 34 of your seconds.
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