A Conversation with Tom Steyer Live from NYC


>>IF YOU LOOK CAN SEE, WHERE
ARE THE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING SICK FROM UNSAFE WATER?
FLINT MICHIGAN, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. THE INNER STRIP OF
CALIFORNIA, THE INTERIOR VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA. IT’S DELIBERATE.
THE PLACES, THE LOW INCOME PLACES WHERE PEOPLE DON’T
HAVE POLITICAL POWER ARE WHERE WE PUT OUR POLLUTION INTENTIONALLY. IF WE
THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN TERMS OF CLIMATE, SAM WAS RIGHT,
I TAKE THIS EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY. I WOULD SAY, DECLARE A STATE OF
EMERGENCY ON DAY ONE. USE THE EMERGENCY POWER OF THE
PRESIDENCY. THAT’S THE SCIENCE. IF YOU STUDY THE
SCIENCE, YOU KNOW THE TIMING. NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO
MAKE THIS PRIORITY ONE, I WANT TO MAKE A PARTY ONE. TWO, WE
WILL DO THIS BASED ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WHAT WE
FOUND, WHAT I FOUND OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, IF YOU WANT TO
GET THE RIGHT POLICY, YOU MAKE SURE YOU START IN THE
COMMUNITIES WHERE THE POLLUTION IS BAD. THEN YOU CAN POLICY THAT
IS FAIR THROUGHOUT SOCIETY THAT REJOICES SOME HARMS THAT HAVE
BEEN DELIBERATELY VISITED ON COMMUNITIES. MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE FROM THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND HOW WE
DEVELOP THE POLICY AND HOW WE IMPLEMENT THE POLICY. THAT’S THE
SECOND THING YOU HAVE TO DO. >>THE THIRD THING ON CLIMATE,
HERE WE ARE FOR THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE UNITED NATIONS.
U.S., IF WE ARE PERFECT ON THIS, THAT DOESN’T THE PROBLEM GO THIS
IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES A GLOBAL SOLUTION WITH
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP. WHEN I TALK ABOUT GLOBAL CLIMATE PROBLEMS,
THE NUMBERS I USE ARE ABOUT COAL. WE HAVE 237 COAL PLANTS LEFT. HAVE CLOSED
290 OVER THE LAST 5-10 YEARS. THAT IS THROUGH THE SIERRA CLUB
AND MIKE BURKE HAS FUNDED A TON OF IT THROUGH BEYOND CALL. THERE ARE 1500 COAL PLANTS AROUND THE
WORLD IN 1200 COAL PLANTS TO BE BUILT. IF WE CLOSE 237 COAL
PLANTS AND PEOPLE BUILD 1200 MORE , MY FIRST GRADE ARITHMETIC
REMINDS ME WHICH IS LARGER. YOU DON’T BUILD A COAL PLANTS FOR FIVE YEARS, YOU
BUILD IT FOR 40. FOR US TO WIN ON THIS, WE HAVE TO BUILD A
COALITION AROUND THE WORLD AND SHOW WE, THEY COULD DO THIS WITH
US AND HAVE CHEAPER ENERGY AND BETTER EMPLOYMENT AND BETTER
HEALTH.[ APPLAUSE ]>>THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE.
THERE IS NO OTHER SIDE OF THIS ARGUMENT EXCEPT ONE. PEOPLE LIKE
TO MAKE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR AND THEY DON’T
GIVE IT UP EASILY. THAT’S ALL, IT’S A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION.
THERE IS NO OTHER SIDE TO THIS ARGUMENT IN TERMS OF AN
OBJECTIVE ARGUMENTS. THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE, IT’S JUST A FIGHT.
WE HAVE ONE WON THE ARGUMENT. WE HAVE A FIGHT AHEAD OF US AND
HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT. THEY DON’T WANT TO GIVE UP TENS OF BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS OF PROFIT. I DON’T CARE IF THEY CARE. WE CANNOT
AFFORD TO CARE. THAT IS TRUE IN EVERY ONE OF THESE INSTANCES.
GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE THAT MEANS WHOEVER MAKES
THOSE DECISIONS AND AS PRESIDENTS, I WOULD MAKE THE
DECISION THINKING ONLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT HAS GOT TO
BE THE ONLY CONSIDERATION. NOT 90% OF THE CONSIDERATION, 100%
OF THE CONSIDERATION. >>WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE WE
ARE GOING, I PROPOSE WE HAVE TERM LIMITS ON CONGRESS. 12 YEARS. CONGRESS
AND THE SENATE, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT WOULD MEAN? NOTE MITCH McCONNELL. NO LINDSEY
GRAHAM, NO CHUCK GRASSLEY. WE WOULD GET, WE NEED NEW BLOOD. I ALSO SAY, IN 26 STATES YOU CAN
RUN A PROPOSITION, YOU CAN PUT A LAW ON THE BOOKS, YOU CAN GET
ENOUGH VOTES, IT BECOMES LAW. THAT’S HOW WE HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF THINGS
THROUGH IN CALIFORNIA AND IN A LOT OF OTHER STATES. IF WE HAD
THAT IN THE UNITED STATES, WE WOULD HAVE MANDATORY BACKGROUND
CHECKS ON EVERY GUN PURCHASE NEXT WEEK. IF THE CONGRESS
WOULDN’T DO IT, BECAUSE IT’S NOT IN THEIR INTEREST, THE PEOPLE
COULD DO IT BECAUSE IT’S IN OUR INTEREST. WE ALSO HAVE TO
MAKE IT EASY TO BOAT AND GET RID OF VOTER SUPPRESSION. THE VOTER
SUPPRESSION PART IN THE U.S., PEOPLE THINK IT CANNOT BE THAT
BAD BUT IT IS. IT IS DELIBERATE, IT IS ORGANIZED, IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE. IT MAKES A HUGE
DIFFERENCE. THE NUMBERS I GIVE ON THAT ARE SIMPLE. 100,000
AFRICAN-AMERICANS PREVENTED IN 2016 FROM VOTING IS WAS IN WISCONSIN, TRUMP WON
WISCONSIN BY 22,000 VOTES. IT REALLY MATTERS. IT IS
SYSTEMATIC. THAT IS, IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE
UNITED STATES, AND WHAT IT TOOK TO GET AFRICAN AMERICANS THE
RIGHT TO VOTE, OVER HUNDREDS OF YEARS
AND WHAT PEOPLE LEFT ON THE TABLE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND
THINK ABOUT SOMEONE SYSTEMATICALLY TRYING TO TAKE
THAT AWAY ILLEGALLY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS DEFINITELY
A CRIME BUT IN TERMS OF AMERICAN HISTORY, IT STRIKES AT THE CORE
OF WHAT WE CARE THE MOST ABOUT IN TERMS OF JUSTICE.
>>THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY IS THIS, WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THE
LEGAL LEGAL FICTION THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. IT’S
NOT TRUE. I HAVE A BOOK ABOUT THE 10 WORST DECISIONS EVER BY
THE SUPREME COURT. THERE ARE SOME REAL
LULUS. MOST HAVE TO DO JUSTICE OVER TIME. THE UNWILLINGNESS OF
THE PEOPLE OF THE SUPREME COURT TO RECOGNIZE THE
FULL HUMANITY OF HUMAN BEINGS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES.
THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG ON IT FOR COUPLE HUNDRED YEARS. THIS IS
ANOTHER QUESTION GO CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE. THAT’S INSANE. ON THAT FICTION
AND GIVING THEM THE RIGHT OF AMERICANS TO DOZENS POLITICALLY
HAS GIVEN THEM THE RIGHT TO BUY OUR DEMOCRACY. WE HAVE TO CHANGE
THAT. WE HAD TO CHANGE IT HOWEVER WE CAN. REGARDLESS OF
WHAT THE SUPREME COURT SAYS BECAUSE THAT IS THE FICTION ON WHICH THEIR CONTROL RESTS.
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, I SAY, TWO CHALLENGES THAT ARE
REAL THAT PEOPLE DON’T REALLY WANT TO FACE UP FRONT AND CALL
OUT AND DEAL WITH ON DAY ONE WHICH ARE TAKE BACK THE
GOVERNMENT FROM THE CORPORATIONS. STABILIZE THE
CLIMATE. IF WE DO THOSE TWO THINGS, WE WILL GET EVERYTHING
WE WANT. IF YOU COULD JUST TAKE A SECOND, IMAGINE THOSE TWO
THINGS, WE WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION AS A PEOPLE THAN ANY
PEOPLE IN HISTORY OF THIS PLANET. WE ARE NOT A FAILED
SOCIETY. I LISTEN TO THESE DEBATES AND IT SOUNDS LIKE,
SOCIETY IS FEELING. WE ARE NOT FEELING. WE ARE THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL SOCIETY IN HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WE HAVE A FAILED
GOVERNMENT. IF WE CAN GET THAT IN ORDER, THEN WE REALLY ARE IN
A POSITION TO GUARANTEE A STANDARD OF LIVING FOR EVERY
SINGLE AMERICAN THAT IS BETTER THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. WE ARE
ACTUALLY IN A POSITION WHERE WE COULD BE REALLY GUARANTEED
SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY SO WE COULD RELAX. I WOULD SAY IF YOUR
KID IS SICK AND YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE THEM TO THE
DOCTOR, YOU ARE NOT FREE. IF YOU HAVE TO WORK TWO OR THREE JOBS AND
YOU CANNOT SPEND ANY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY, YOU ARE NOT FREE.
IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD FOR YOUR KID TO MAXIMIZE THEIR ABILITIES
THROUGH SCHOOL, YOU ARE NOT REALLY FREE. I BELIEVE, IF WE
CAN GUARANTEE THE KIND OF STANDARD OF LIVING THAT IS WELL
WITHIN OUR FINANCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES, WE
COULD HAVE THE BEST STANDARD OF LIVING EVER AND WE COULD BE FREE
IN THE WAY AMERICANS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FREE WHEN WE
STARTED THE COUNTRY OVER 200 YEARS AGO.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO IMPEACH 45. DID I MENTION THAT?
[ LAUGHTER ]LET ME SAY, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT FOR ONE
SECOND, TWO YEARS AGO, I STARTED NEED TO IMPEACH BECAUSE I
THOUGHT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE. THIS IS A BAD PERSON
DOING A BAD THING AT THE CENTER OF AMERICA AND WHEN YOU SEE
SOMETHING WRONG, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO OPPOSE IT. YOU ARE NOT
SUPPOSED ASK HOW IT WILL WORK OUT AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN A WEEK
FROM WEDNESDAY. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO OPPOSE IT SO IT DOESN’T GET
WORSE. THE HISTORY OF AMERICA IS, WHEN WE HAVE BEEN AT OUR
BEST, IS WHEN WE HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING WITHOUT KNOWING HOW
IT WOULD TURN OUT. I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE, DO YOU REALLY THINK
IT WAS A CLEVER MOVE TO INTEGRATE A LUNCH COUNTER IN
GREENSBORO NORTH CAROLINA? WAS THAT A SMART MOVE OR WAS THAT
JUST DOING THE RIGHT THING? THAT’S THE POINT ABOUT
IMPEACHMENT. FOR TWO YEARS, AT THE GRASSROOTS, AMERICANS HAVE
BEEN STEPPING UP AND ASKING OUR GOVERNMENT TO DO THE RIGHT
THING. I WAS VERY WORRIED WE WERE NOT GOING TO DO HER. I
THOUGHT IT WOULD BE VERY DANGEROUS FOR OUR SOCIETY IF
THERE WAS SOMETHING TRULY ROTTEN AT THE CORE OF AMERICA AND WE
NEVER DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THAT WOULD BE A TRUE STATEMENT
ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AS A GOVERNMENT AND AS A PEOPLE.
BUTTS, MY POINT IS, THIS IS A GRASSROOTS WIN. I KNOW THAT WHAT
THE NUMBERS ARE IN TERMS OF WHICH PEOPLE IN CONGRESS AT
WHICH TIME WERE FOR IMPEACHMENT BEFORE WE HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT
THE UKRAINE, OVER HALF THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS WERE FOR
IMPEACHMENT. NEVER WENT FROM 138 TO 221 AND 40s. NOTHING CHANGED. ALL THE THINGS
HE DID IN THE UKRAINE, HE HAD DONE BEFORE. IT JUST SOMEHOW,
THE NEWS WAS CLEAN ENOUGH AND DIFFERENT ENOUGH THAT PEOPLE
CAME OUT OF THE CLOSET TO STAND UP. GREAT. TO MY MIND,
THIS IS 8 MILLION AMERICANS PUSHING FOR TWO YEARS, BAKING
CONGRESS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND NOW HERE WE ARE. THAT’S WHAT
IT WILL TAKE. I BELIEVE THE WISDOM OF AMERICA IS IN THE
PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THAT’S WHY I HAVE BEEN DOING GRASSROOTS
ORGANIZING. I BELIEVE WHEN THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA STAND UP, THEY
CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING. ONLY ABOUT 56% OF
AMERICANS VOTE. THE MORE PEOPLE THAT VOTE, THE BETTER THE
ANSWER, THE MORE REFLECTIVE IT IS OF AMERICA. THAT’S WHY I HAVE
BEEN ORGANIZING AT GRASSROOTS BECAUSE I KNOW WHEN EVERYBODY
VOTES WE GET THE RIGHT ANSWER. WHEN NOT MANY VOTE
AND SPECIFICALLY WHEN PEOPLE ARE PREVENTED FROM VOTING, WE GET
THE WRONG ANSWER. WE GET A DISTORTION OF WHAT AMERICANS
REALLY THINK. THAT’S WHAT IMPEACHMENT MEANS TO ME.
AMERICANS STANDING UP AND ASKING. THAT WILL BE WHAT IS
GOING TO MATTER GOING FORWARD. WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK.
IF WE GET THIS ON TV, THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST REALITY SHOW IN
THE HISTORY OF TD. YOU WILL NOT, THE SERIES OF CRIMINALS THAT GO
IN FRONT OF US, YOU WILL HAVE TO WATCH IT. IT WILL BE A LOT OF
FUN. I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS.[ APPLAUSE ]>>POLICE SAY WHO YOU ARE.
>>CAN YOU HEAR ME? MY NAME IS ALLIE, THANK
YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT, I AM THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO BE PART
OF THIS. I HAVE LIVED IN YORK FOR A TOTAL OF ONE MONTH. I AM
COMING HERE FROM COLORADO, OUT WEST, STATE THAT IS FACING SEVERE WATER
CHALLENGES. I AM MOVING TO A STATE THAT HAS ALSO SEVERE WATER
CHALLENGES BUT TOO MUCH WATER. I WANT TO DELVE IN ON THAT AND
UNDERSTAND, AS YOU THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, HOW ARE YOU
THINKING ABOUT BUILDING RESILIENCE AMONG COMMUNITIES REALLY
FOCUSING ON AT RISK COMMUNITIES AND THINKING MORE LONG-TERM?
TACKLING ISSUES LIKE INSURANCE AND THINKING ABOUT SHOULD WE BE REBUILDING IN
PLACES OR MAYBE IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO BUILD? HOW WE
INCORPORATE SMART INFRASTRUCTURE AND MAKING INTO YOUR CLIMATE POLICIES?
>>ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS IN CLIMATE WHICH WE WERE DISCUSSING
THIS AFTERNOON WITH SOME YOUNG ACTIVISTS IS THE BREAKDOWN
BETWEEN WHAT YOU DO TO MITIGATE THE RISK, TO
PREVENT THE BAD THINGS FROM HAPPENING AS OPPOSED TO WHAT YOU
DO TO PREPARE FOR THE BAD THINGS THAT ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO
HAPPEN ANYWAY. ADAPTATION.
>>YOU ASKED THE QUESTION, SHOULD WE BE HELD IN PLACES
WHERE WE SHOULDN’T BE BUILDING? NO. THE REAL QUESTION
IS, WHEN IT COMES TO ADAPTATION, IF WE GO ON THE COURSE WE ARE
ON, THERE WILL BE SO MANY HUGE AND PAINFUL EVENTS THAT HAPPEN
THAT ADAPTATION WILL BE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT, INCREDIBLY
EXPENSIVE AND WILL SWAMP OUR LIVES. THERE ARE 180 MAJOR
CITIES THREATENED BY C RISE AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING NEW
YORK AND MIAMI. AND HONG KONG, LONDON, BIG CITIES ARE BUILT ON
TRADE ROUTES TRADITIONALLY. THAT OFTEN MEANS RIGHT ON THE COAST.
WHEN WE THINK ABOUT GOING DOWN THIS PATH, AND WHAT ADAPTATION
LOOKS LIKE, IT BECOMES THIS OVERWHELMING ISSUE IN OUR LIVES.
THAT’S WHY I AM SO UP ON DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON
DAY ONE, GET AHEAD OF ITS, DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN. IT’S ONE OF
THOSE, AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT
ADAPTATION, TO ME, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THOSE PICTURES
OF A TSUNAMI. THERE IS A 30 STORY BUILDING OF WATER COMING
AT YOU AT 200 MILES AN HOUR AND ADAPT TO THAT. DIFFICULT. IN
EVERYTHING WE DO, THE REAL QUESTION, THAT’S WHY I PUSH SO
HARD ON MITIGATION, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO PLAN FOR THE THINGS
THAT WILL HAPPEN. OF COURSE WE HAVE
TO BE AS PREPARED AS WE CAN BE AND WE HAVE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE
WHEN THE BAD THINGS HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY WILL HAPPEN. THE
REAL QUESTION IS, CAN WE GET TO A PLACE OF SUSTAINABILITY WHERE
WE AVOID THE WORST THINGS AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO REPAIR THE
NATURAL WORLD. WE CAN DO THIS. WE CAN DO THIS IN A WAY THAT
WILL CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS AND MAKE US RICHER AND HEALTHIER. WE CAN DEFINITELY DO THIS. WE HAVE
THE TECHNOLOGY, WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY, THE QUESTION IS, DO
WE HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO CHANGE? OR DO WE HAVE TO WAIT
AND SEE. THAT WALL OF WATER COMING RIGHT AT US WHEN IT’S TOO
LATE. >>THAT IS THE QUESTION. I SAY,
ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW WE HAVE TO DO THIS. THAT IS THE POINT. THIS
COMING WEEK IS ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE SAYING TO ALL PEOPLE,
JUST THE WAY THEY SAID ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IN FLORIDA, BASICALLY,
GET OFF YOUR [ NULL ] , DO THIS. OTHERWISE YOU’RE LEAVING US IN A
TERRIBLE POSITION. IS NOT JUST LEAVING THEM, WE WILL ALL
SUFFER. I LOOK AT THIS AS HERE IS A REAL CHALLENGE FOR AMERICA. THIS IS WHAT
AMERICA HAS TRADITIONALLY DONE. WORLDS BIGGEST PROBLEM, WE CAN
SOLVE IT, WE NEED TO LEAD THE WORLD TO DO, WE WILL BE BETTER
OFF IN 1 MILLION WAYS ARE DOING IT, LET’S JUST DO IT. IF PEOPLE
WANT TO MAKE MONEY AND NOT LET US DO IT, I DON’T CARE. WE HAVE
TO DO IT, WE CAN DO IT, SO LET’S DO IT. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE.
>>[ APPLAUSE ] MY NAME IS SUNNY, I AM CHIEF OF SURGERY
INTO HOSPITALS IN YOUR. I SUPPORT YOU STRONGLY. I KNOW
THAT BASED ON THE DEBATES, I’M GLAD YOU WAITED. WE WOULD ALL
LIKE TO KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP YOU GET TO THE DEBATE IN NOVEMBER. PLEASE TELL US HOW
WE CAN HELP. THE SECOND THING, EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID MAKES
SENSE TO ALL OF US. IF YOU LOOK AT THE VOTERS IN OHIO AND
MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA, MY DAUGHTER GOES TO COLLEGE IN
OHIO, THESE ISSUES WE TALK ABOUT DON’T RESONATE MUCH
WITH THEM. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO WIN THE RED STATES.
>>FIRST OF ALL, IN TERMS OF MAKING THE DEBATES IN NOVEMBER,
THIS CAMPAIGN ALREADY HAS ENOUGH DONORS. IF YOU GO ONTO OUR
WEBSITE AND DONATE, WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT. THE NUMBER WE
ALREADY HAVE, TAKES FOUR POLES, WE GOT ONE THIS WEEK. THAT’S
SOMETHING IT WILL BE ON US TO TRY TO MAKE SURE. I THINK IT’S
THREE OR 4% YOU HAVE TO HAVE. IN THE FOUR EARLY PRIMARY STATES
WHICH IS WHERE WE SPEND MOST OF OUR TIME, THIS CAMPAIGN IS TIED
FOR FOURTH. WITH, HARRIS. THE QUESTION ON
THIS WILL BE, CAN WE GET OUT AND SPREAD THIS MESSAGE AND DOES IT
RESONATE? THAT IS THE QUESTION AND IT IS A REAL QUESTION. THE
OTHER QUESTION YOU ASKED? WHAT WAS THAT?
>>I WAS ASKING, DONALD TRUMP WON IN A NUMBER OF SWING STATES,
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN, AS A DOCTOR I WOULD
LIKE TO KNOW YOUR PLANS FOR HEALTHCARE COVERAGE AS WELL.
>>I CAN TALK ABOUT HEALTHCARE, BUT LET ME SAY THIS, I RAN BACK
A PROPOSITION IN CALIFORNIA AGAINST TWO OIL COMPANIES IN
2010. IT WAS ABOUT OUR PROGRESSIVE CLIMATE LAWS IN THE
WORLD WHICH ARE CALIFORNIA STATE LAWS. THE OIL COMPANIES HAD HAD
A PREVIOUS FIGHT FOR YEARS BEFORE ON ANOTHER
ENVIRONMENTALIST VERSUS ALL COMPANY FIGHT AS SOMEONE HAS
SPENT $72 MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY AND GOT CREAMED. PEOPLE
WHEN EXACTLY LINING UP TO COCHAIR THIS FIGHT. IT’S A FIGHT ABOUT
CLIMATES AND OUR ROLE IS, YOU CANNOT MENTION CLIMATE OR GLOBAL
WARMING. COULD ONLY TALK ABOUT JOBS AND HEALTH, OUR BEST TV AD WAS A WOMAN WHO WAS THE
HEAD OF THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION IN CALIFORNIA
TALKING ABOUT CLEAN AIR AND WHAT IT WOULD MEAN IN TERMS OF KIDS
ABILITY TO BREATHE FREELY AND HEALTH. WE ALSO HAD A COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT COALITION. IF YOU LOOK ABOUT WHO CARES ABOUT POLLUTION, ENERGY, CLIMATE IN THE UNIT
STATES, NUMBER 1 GROUP, LATINOS. NUMBER 2 GROUP,
AFRICAN-AMERICANS. NUMBER 3 GROUP, ASIAN AMERICANS. WE FIGHT ON
CLIMATE, WE TALK ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON HUMAN BEINGS
WHICH PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE AWARE NOW OF THE COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THEY ARE
INCREDIBLY INTERESTED IN JOB CREATION IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
AND THE PLAN THAT I HAVE CREATES 4.5 MILLION GOOD PAYING JOBS PER
YEAR. FOR 10 YEARS. WE HAVE TO REBUILD AMERICA. THAT IS THE JOB. IT’S INCREDIBLY GOOD
FOR US ON A HEALTH STANDPOINT WE WILL HAVE CHEAPER ENERGY. WHEN
WE TALK ABOUT A, IT HAS IMMEDIATE IMPACT. WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT HEALTH, IT’S TRUE, WE DON’T HAVE THE VOTES FOR ANY OF
THIS STUFF. WE DON’T HAVE THE VOTES FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL. WE
DON’T HAVE THE VOTES FOR PUBLIC OPTION. I
HAVE TO BE FOR A PUBLIC OPTION FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF REASONS
INCLUDING THE RIGHTS THAT AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT
TO CHOOSE THEIR HEALTHCARE IS THAT OF THE GOVERNMENT TELL THEM
THIS IS YOUR HEALTHCARE THAT’S YOUR ONLY CHOICE IF YOU ARE
ACCEPTED, YOU BREAK THE LAW. THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE IN A
COUNTRY WHERE HUNDRED 15 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE NEGOTIATED TO GET
THEIR HEALTHCARE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER. IF THE PUBLIC OPTION
IS SO GREAT, LET THEM CHOOSE IT. IN THE MEANTIME, LET THEM MAKE THE
DECISION ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR HELP, AND HOW THEY WANT TO LIVE. I THINK, IF YOU LOOK AT
THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING IN THE RED STATES AND
I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE RED STATES. 80% OF AMERICANS THINK
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY CORPORATIONS. 80%.
REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS. THAT’S WHY TRUMP GOT ELECTED. HE SAT THERE AND
SAID, THEY DON’T LIKE YOU, THEY DON’T RESPECT YOU, THEY DON’T
PAY ATTENTION TO YOU, I WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP. HE WAS LYING
ABOUT THE LAST PART. HE IS THE BIGGEST SWAMP RAT THERE IS. WHAT
HE SAID RESONATED WITH EVERYBODY IN EVERY STATE INCLUDING THE RED
STATES. IT ISN’T LIKE REPUBLICAN VOTERS DON’T WANT THEIR KIDS TO
GO TO A GOOD SCHOOL. AND IT ISN’T LIKE THEY DON’T WANT
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. AND IT ISN’T LIKE THEY DON’T THINK A
LIVING WAGE IS IMPORTANT TO THEM AS WELL. WHAT WE ARE TALKING
ABOUT IS SOMETHING THAT IS ATTRACTIVE TO THE OVERWHELMING
BULK OF AMERICANS. THE DIFFERENCES, I BELIEVE THE WAY
WE WILL ACCOMPLISH IT IS BREAKING THIS CORPORATE
STRANGLEHOLD AND THEN INVESTING IN AMERICANS. TO ME, IF THE KIDS
FROM COMPTON GET A GOOD EDUCATION, LIVE UP TO THEIR
CAPABILITIES, ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND BETTER CITIZENS,
THAT IS NOT JUST A WIN FOR THEM OR COMPTON OR LA OR CALIFORNIA.
THAT’S A WIN FOR THE PEOPLE IN KENTUCKY. IF YOU THINK OF
AMERICA AS AMERICANS, AMERICA IS
STRONGER, WE ARE ALL STRONGER FOR THEIR SUCCESS. I SAY THE
EXACT SAME THING ABOUT A KID FROM KENTUCKY. IF THEY GET A
GOOD EDUCATION, WE INVEST IN THEM, WE SUPPORT THEM, THEY ARE
MORE PRODUCTIVE, BETTER CITIZENS, THAT’S GREAT FOR THE
PEOPLE OF NEW YORK, GREAT FOR ME IN CALIFORNIA, WE ARE STRONGER
COUNTRY AND BETTER OFF FOR THAT.>>THE DIFFERENCE IS, MR. TRUMP THINKS IS A ZERO-SUM
GAME. IF THE KIDS IN COMPTON DO WELL, THAT IS COMING OUT OF THE
POCKETS OF THE PEOPLE IN KENTUCKY GO THAT’S NOT TRUE.
IT’S JUST NOT TRUE.[ APPLAUSE ]>>>HE PLAYS ON ALL THE
DIVISIONS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY TO MAKE PEOPLE SCARED ABOUT THAT. THAT’S HOW HE SELLS
PEOPLE ON THE IDEA. I THINK HE HATES ABOUT
80% OF AMERICANS. IF YOU DO THE MATH, THAT’S ABOUT WHERE YOU
COME OUT. HIS POINT IS, WE NEED TO HURT THEM BECAUSE OTHERWISE
THEY WILL TAKE MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKET. IT’S JUST NOT TRUE. THE
ISSUE WE HAVE, THERE’S MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY IN THE SOCIETY BUT
SINCE 1980 ALL THE INCREASE INCOME HAS GONE TO THE RICHEST
AMERICANS WHO OWN AND RUN CORPORATIONS. THAT IS THE FACTS. IF WE REVERSE THAT
AND INVEST IN AMERICANS, AND GIVE PEOPLE THE KIND OF
GUARANTEED STANDARD OF LIVING WE CAN DO, THERE’S NO REASON FOR
ANYBODY TO HATE ANYBODY ELSE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
YOUR KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL BECAUSE IT IS FROM COMPTON GET A
GOOD EDUCATION. WE SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY FOR EVERYONE.
>>[ APPLAUSE ]I AM RICK. THANK YOU
FOR BEING HERE AND THANK YOU FOR THE FIGHT, KEEPING UP THE FIGHT
AND RESISTANCE. YOU SPEAK ABOUT CORPORATIONS BEING THE ROOT OF
THE GOVERNMENTAL DYSFUNCTION, I THINK THERE IS ANOTHER MAJOR
CAUSE AND THAT’S THE PRIMARY SYSTEM. THE PRIMARY SYSTEM IS
GEARED FOR PARTISANSHIP. IT TENDS TO ELECT MORE PARTISAN
PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT. I FIRMLY BELIEVE ONE OF THE
SOLUTION, THE SOLUTION IS RANKING PRIMARIES, HAVING
EVERYBODY VOTE IN THE SAME PRIMARY AND HAVING ALL
POLITICIANS IN THE SAME PRIMARY, ALL CANDIDATES. BECAUSE OF THE
RANKINGS, IT WILL TENDS TO CREATES, 10 TO ELECT MORE
CENTRIST POLITICIANS. PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE WILLING TO DEAL WITH
EACH OTHER AND TALK TO EACH OTHER AND WORK WITH EACH OTHER,
WHAT DO YOU THINK? >>WHY DON’T I HEAR MORE PEOPLE
TALKING ABOUT THAT? >>I THINK THERE ARE A COUPLE
IDEAS IN THERE. ONE IS THE IDEA OF A SINGLE PRIMARY THAT
EVERYBODY, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE ARE IN THE SAME
PRIMARY IN THE TOP TWO PEOPLE IN THE RUNOFF. THAT’S SOMETHING WE
HAVE IN CALIFORNIA. PEOPLE CALL IT THE TOP TWO. YOU CAN HAVE TWO
REPUBLICANS WHO RUNOFF, TO DEMOCRATS, IT CAN BE ANY
COMBINATION. IS DESIGNED TO END UP WITH MORE CENTRIST
CANDIDATES BUT THERE IS A HUGE DEGREE OF RANDOMNESS IN THE TOP
TWO PRIMARY. LET’S SAY THERE ARE 10 CANDIDATES, HR DEMOCRATS, TO
OUR REPUBLICANS, IF THE REPUBLICANS BETWEEN THEM GET 30%
OF THE VOTES, THEY COULD HAVE A RUNOFF BETWEEN TWO REPUBLICANS. IF THE
DEMOCRATS SPLIT THE OTHER 70% OF THE VOTE. THERE IS A DEGREE OF
RANDOMNESS THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM SEVERAL PRIMARIES. I’VE
SEEN THIS AROUND THE WORLD WERE SOMETIMES THE MOST EXTREME
CANDIDATES GET A LOW PERCENTAGE BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN
THE MIDDLE SPLITTING THE VOTES, YOU CAN END UP WITH CRAZINESS. IT’S A LITTLE NERVE-RACKING. I KNOW
PEOPLE LOVE AND I HAVE NOT STUDIED ENOUGH THE IDEA OF
RANKED CHOICE VOTING WE VOTE FOR FIRST CHOICE, SECOND CHOICE IN
THIRD AND YOU GET SOMETHING FOR EACH ONE. I DON’T , I KNOW THE THEORY, I DON’T
UNDERSTAND HOW IT’S WORKED AND WE ALSO HAVE DONE THAT IN
CALIFORNIA. WE TRY EVERYTHING IN CALIFORNIA. [ LAUGHTER ]IT HAS
ALSO RESULTED IN UNUSUAL OUTCOMES. THE OTHER THING THAT
IS TRUE IN A LOT OF THESE THINGS, PEOPLE GET USED TO
IT AND GET BETTER AT IT. YOU CAN END UP IN THE EARLY YEARS WITH
STRANGE OUTCOMES AND PEOPLE AVOID THOSE STRANGE OUTCOMES
GOING FORWARD. THAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, PEOPLE
WERE TERRIFIED BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS RUNNING THAT WE GET
SOME STRANGE ACTUAL TOP TUBE BUT BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE WORRIED
ABOUT IT BEING STRANGE, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY DID A
LOT OF SURE WHAT IT. >>[ APPLAUSE ]>>I AM ERIC. I THINK YOU BRING
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE TO A LOT OF THIS. YOU’RE NOT WHAT I SAW ON
THE DEBATE STAGE LAST MONTH. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING. HIS QUESTION IS
ABOUT THE GENERAL ELECTION. I ALSO WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE
PRIMARY AND THE GENERAL. PRIMARY ON CLIMATE, THAT, TALKING ABOUT
POPULISM, THAT IS THE CAUSE DU JOUR. IT’S A CAUSE FOR THE
YOUNG GENERATION. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OR A GREEN ECONOMY AND HOW
CAN WE GET THERE? AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN WE ARE THERE?
>>THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS A GREEN ECONOMY LOOK LIKE? THIS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT A
SILENT ISSUE. IT WILL GO ACROSS OUR ECONOMY. WE ALWAYS NEED TO
REBUILD AMERICA. NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. WE ALWAYS HAVE TO READ
BUILD THE ROADS. WE ALWAYS HAVE TO READ BUILD THE BRIDGES. WE
ALWAYS HAVE TO REBUILD THE POWER PLANTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL PLANTS
IN BUILDINGS AND BUY NEW CARS. EVERYTHING RUNS OUT OVER 40
YEARS OR LESS. >>THE ISSUE IS, WE WILL HAVE TO
DO IT ON AN ACCELERATED BASIS WITH AND I TO SUSTAINABILITY.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? BECAUSE WE HAVE
DELAYED SO LONG, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REPLACE EVERYTHING ON A
NORMAL REPLACEMENT AGILE. WE WILL SPEND MORE MONEY SOONER
BECAUSE WE HAVE TO THAN IN NORMAL TIME. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT
WHAT A GREEN ECONOMY WILL LOOK LIKE, IT WILL BE BETTER. THE OLD
REPUBLICAN ARGUMENT WAS, WE CAN EITHER HAVE A STRONG ECONOMY OR
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. TOTAL BALONEY. WE COULD HAVE A STRONG ECONOMY AND
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND THAT WILL BE A STRONGER ECONOMY WITH
HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE,
IT WILL BE, AND MOST OF THESE CHOICES IN AMERICA, IT’S NOT
LIKE YOU MAKE A CHOICE YOU DO THIS AND DEAL
WITH ALL THE OTHER SUBJECTS. WE HAVE SEEN OVER TIME THAT DOESN’T
WORK IN YOU CAN DO ABOUT IN TERMS OF JUSTICE. IT’S NOT LIKE
YOU DO JUSTICE IN EVERY THING ELSE HAPPENS. YOU DO JUSTICE
COMES IN EVERYWHERE AND YOU DO AN AWARENESS ABOUT
SUSTAINABILITY AND IT COMES IN EVERYWHERE. IT COMES INTO
AGRICULTURE, IT COMES INTO THE WAY WE MANUFACTURE, IT COMES
INTO THE WAY OUR BUILDINGS ARE BUILT, HOW WE TRANSPORT
OURSELVES AROUND THE WORLD, WHERE WE BUILD BUILDINGS. THE GREEN NEW DEAL, IT IS A BROAD ANSWER
TO A BROAD QUESTION. THAT’S THE WAY WE SHOULD ANSWER ALL
QUESTIONS. INCLUDING THIS ON. I WANT TO DRAW THE COMPARISON TO
JUSTICE. IF YOU TALK ABOUT A SOCIETY WHICH FOR 400 YEARS IS
COMMITTED LEGALLY BASED ON RACE AND PICKED ON PEOPLE, TO UNDO
THAT, YOU CANNOT JUST SAY WE WILL DEAL WITH JUSTICE. WHEN I TALK ABOUT
CLIMATE, I SAID, JUSTICE IS AT THE HEART OF AN ACCURATE CLIMATE
MOVEMENTS. YOU CANNOT TAKE CLIMATE WITHOUT INJUSTICE FOR
COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN PICKED ON. YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT
EDUCATION WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE. YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT THE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE. IT GOES LIKE
THAT THROUGH AMERICAN SOCIETY SO DOES SUSTAINABILITY.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>GOOD TO SEE YOU. I’M A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WE ACT FOR MY MENTAL
JUSTICE ORGANIZATION HERE. ALSO SIT ON THE BOARD OF ORGANIZATION
CALLED THE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH BASED IN
CALIFORNIA. WHICH IS WHERE WE FIRST MET. I WANT TO ASK YOU
ABOUT PUBLIC HOUSING. HOUSING STOCK TO HERE IN NEW
YORK CITY AND OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT DRIVERS OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS. IN NEW YORK CITY
WE HAVE A 32, $34 BILLION NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN OUR PUBLIC
HOUSING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS MANY OTHER LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT HAS LITERALLY LEFT THE BUSINESS OF INVESTING IN
AFFORDABLE PUBLIC HOUSING. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR HOW YOU COULD
RETURN US TO AN IDEA THAT WAS STARTED IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE
1930S TO MAKE HOUSING ONE OF THE RIGHTS WE HAVE AS AMERICAN CITIZENS.
>>I LOOKED AT INEQUALITY IN CALIFORNIA FOR OVER A YEAR GOING
AROUND THE STATE AND TALKING TO PEOPLE IN EVERY 20 BUT ALSO
TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO STUDIED IT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. THERE IS NO
WAY TO THINK ABOUT INEQUALITY WITHOUT KNOWING THAT HOUSING IS
AT THE CENTER OF IT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU PUT YOUR
HEAD DOWN AT NIGHT, WHAT THAT MEANS. WHERE YOUR KIDS GO TO
SCHOOL, LITERALLY, THE AIR YOU BREATHE, WHAT YOU CAN BUY IN THE
SUPERMARKET, HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU TO GET TO WORK, WHO YOU HANG
OUT WITH, HOW SAFE THE STREETS ARE WHERE YOU LIVE. IT IS AN
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT QUESTION OF WHAT WE CAN SEE, NOT JUST IN NEW
YORK AND IN COASTAL CALIFORNIA BUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, THERE
ISN’T ENOUGH HOUSING STOCK AND IS NOT ENOUGH AFFORDABLE HOUSING
STOCK. PART OF THIS IS A SHORTAGE LITERALLY OF UNITS.
PART OF IT IS IN THOSE UNITS, THERE’S A DISPROPORTIONATE
NUMBER THAT ARE NOT AFFORDABLE FOR AVERAGE WORKING PEOPLE. WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT, THIS IS A PURELY GOVERNMENT FUNCTION.
THE GOVERNMENT GETS TO DECIDE WHAT IS BUILT IN A SOCIETY.
ZONING. YOU CAN SAY NO IF YOU WILL KNOW THESE MILLION-DOLLAR
CONDOS, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BUILD THESE AFFORDABLE UNITS AT THE
SAME PLACE AND DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS FAIR. WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT HOW WILL WE DO THIS? IT’S A HUGE NUMBER. IN CALIFORNIA, WE
ARE 2 MILLION HOUSING UNITS SHORT UP AND DOWN THE SCHEDULE.
IN FACT, WE WILL HAVE TO DO A HUGE HOUSING PROGRAM THROUGHOUT
THE UNITED STATES, IT WILL HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INCOME AND
MAKE IT FAIR FOR PEOPLE. IT WILL HOUSE IT WILL ALSO HAVE TO TAKE
INTO ACCOUNT SUSTAINABILITY. THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN DOING HOUSING
IS A SPRAWL AND THAT CANNOT BE THE ANSWER. THAT IS ONE OF THE
BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE HAVE. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WE
HAVE TO DO THIS, WE HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY DO. YOU CAN SEE IN
CALIFORNIA, THE MOST EGREGIOUS OBVIOUS PAINFUL ASPECT OF THIS
IS A TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET. 50,000 IN
LA LIVING IN SKID ROW, LIVING ON THE STREET, HOMELESS. THAT IS
TRUE UP AND DOWN CALIFORNIA BUT IT’S TRUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS
WELL. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT HOW WE WILL DO THIS, WE WILL HAVE TO DO
IT WITH JUSTICE IN THE FOREFRONT OF OUR BRAINS. WILL HAVE TO DEAL
WITH SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FOREFRONT OF OUR BRAINS. HOW WE
DO IT WILL HAVE TO BE SMART. WHETHER WE DO IT IS NOT A QUESTION. WE ARE SO MANY UNITS
SHORT AROUND THIS COUNTRY, IT HAS BEEN DELIBERATE. IN
CALIFORNIA, CITIES DON’T WANT TO BUILD HOUSING UNITS BECAUSE
PEOPLE USE SERVICES, THEY TRY TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES BECAUSE
BUSINESS PAYS TAXES. HAS BEEN DELIVERED
BUT WE HAVE HUGE CATCH UP TO DO AROUND THIS COUNTRY IT HAS TO BE
DONE IN A WAY THAT HAS JUSTICE AT THE FRENCH. IT’S TRUE IN NEW
YORK, IT’S TRUE IN CALIFORNIA. WE WILL HAVE TO FIND MONEY AND
WE WILL HAVE TO DO.
>>>>MY NAME IS MAURA KENNEDY.
MIKE QUESTION APPEALS YOUR EXPERTISE AND FINANCE. IT CONCERNS
PENSIONS FOR WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE 1.3
MILLION UNION PENSIONERS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE MULTIEMPLOYER
PENSION FUND CRISIS. I AM AN INDEPENDENT
CONTRACTOR AND A UNION MEMBER OF THE AFL THEM. FOR OVER 20 YEARS,
I HAVE PAID OUT OF MY INCOME VIA OUR LLC INTO OUR UNION PENSION,
NOW THAT LED IS IN CRITICAL AND DECLINING STATUS. WHAT WILL YOUR
DEMONSTRATION DO TO PROTECT THE PENSION INVESTMENT OF
WORKING-CLASS UNION MEMBERS? >>I KNOW THIS IS CRISIS. I’VE BEEN ASKED ABOUT
REPEATEDLY BY TEAMSTERS. THEY HAVE BEEN
PUSHING AN IDEA OF BUTCH LEWIS WHICH I SUPPORT. EVERY SINGLE
TIPSTER I HAVE MET IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAS ASKED ME ABOUT
AND I PROMISE I WOULD GO UP. BASICALLY, THE IDEA IS AS
UNIONIZATION HAS GONE DOWN IN SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES, THE PENSION
PLANS ARE GETTING DEPLETED AT A RAPID RATE THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
PAYING INTO THEM IN FACT ARE PAYING INTO SOMETHING THAT CAN
NEVER PAY BACK TO THEM. >>BUTCH LEWIS IS A WAY TO SOLVE
THAT. IT MADE SENSE TO ME AND WE HAVE TO PUSH IT. WHEN YOU LOOK,
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S TRUE IN THIS COUNTRY, RONALD REAGAN
CONVINCED AMERICANS OF A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THIS COUNTRY
IN 1980 THEY HAD BEEN WORKING BEFORE. PART HAD TO DO WITH THAT UNIONS ARE BAD.
THERE BAD FOR WORKING PEOPLE, THEY IN FACT IF WE PUSH HARD FOR CORPORATIONS TO BE
SUCCESSFUL, THE MONEY WILL TRICKLE DOWN FROM THE TOP TO 90%
OF PEOPLE WERE NOT AT THE TOP. THAT IS BEHIND YOUR PENSION
PROBLEM. IF YOU LOOK, WE HAVE A 40 YEAR EXPERIMENTS GOING ON TO
SEE WHETHER TRICKLE DOWN WORKS. THE ANSWER IS NO. IT’S DOESN’T.
THAT IS THE FACTS. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, WORKING PEOPLE NEED REPRESENTATION. I ALWAYS
SAY TO PEOPLE, WALK INTO WALMART AND NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY, SEE
HOW THAT WORKS. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. YOU CANNOT DO THAT. IF
YOU LOOK AT WHERE THE MINIMUM WAGE HAS GONE SINCE 1970
COMPARED TO INFLATION, IT DOESN’T COME CLOSE TO CATCHING
UP. I WOULD SAY PEOPLE, DEMOCRATS TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY
THEY ALWAYS SAY WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS. THIS IS ALL ABOUT
HOW WE GET JOB CREATION IN OUR COMMUNITY. 3.6 OR 3.7%
UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE,
FRESHMAN YEAR THEY TOLD ME PERCENT IS AXONAL UNEMPLOYMENT.
THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS JUST FOR PEOPLE LIVING ACQUITTING AND
WANTING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IT’S BELOW THAT. WE
DON’T HAVE A JOBS PROBLEM. WE HAVE A WAGE PROBLEM. PEOPLE
CANNOT LIVE ON THEIR WAGES. THEY HAVE TWO JOBS. THIS COMES DOWN
TO THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. IF YOU LOOK, I WAS AN
INVESTOR FOR DECADES. CORPORATE PROFIT MARGINS HAVE GONE UP SO
DRAMATICALLY SINCE 1980 THAT PEOPLE FOR YEARS
WOULD SAY TO ME, IT HAS TO SNAP BACK. HAS NEVER SNAPPED BACK.
CORPORATE PROFIT MARGINS ARE RECORD EVERYTHING YOUR. THAT
MEANS WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING IS NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK THOSE
CORPORATIONS BUT PEOPLE OWNING THEM.
>>IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT FROM A SOCIETAL STANDPOINT, THAT ISN’T
SUSTAINABLE. IT’S NOT RIGHT, IT’S NOT DEMOCRATIC, IT’S NOT
FAIR. ALL OF THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE BOTTOM LINE, NOT TO THE
PEOPLE WORKING. THAT IS SO TRUE. THOSE ARE THE NUMBERS. AND IN
REPUBLICS DON’T WORK. IT DOESN’T WORK WHEN A FEW PEOPLE DO REALLY
REALLY WELL AND NOBODY ELSE KEEPS UP.
>>THAT’S THE QUESTION FOR WORKING PEOPLE IN THE U.S., A
LIVING WAGE. HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE INEQUALITY IN EARNING. ALL
THE TAX STUFF, I GET THAT. THE TRUMP TAX PLAN WAS
A HORRIBLE IDEA THAT SECRETLY
UNFAIR. HOW DO WE GET A LIVING WAGE FOR WORKING PEOPLE? THAT IS
AN ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL QUESTION. IT’S THE HEART OF WHAT YOU ARE
ASKING. >>THE BUTCH LEWIS ACT DID PASS
CONGRESS AND GOES AND STALLS WITH MITCH,.
>>IS ANYTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THAT?
>>MITCH McCONNELL? >>I HAVE PROPOSED TERM LIMITS.
SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR. I REALLY DO THINK IMPEACHMENT IS
PART OF IT. I BELIEVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS GONE TO A
PLACE THAT IS UNSUPPORTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES. I THINK
IMPEACHMENT, THEY WILL BE ASKED IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,
ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE TO KEEP A CRIMINAL IN OFFICE? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
HAVE A CHANCE TO REACT TO THAT AND THEY WILL HAVE A TERRIBLE
POSITION BECAUSE HE IS THE HEAD OF THEIR PARTY AND HE IS CLEARLY
A CRIMINAL. THEY WILL HAVE TO, THEY WENT WITH HIM. THEY RICHLY
DIDN’T LIKE HIM. THEY VOTED FOR HIM
EVERY TIME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO. THEY ARE IN
A TERRIBLE BIND OF THEIR OWN MAKING.
>>THE REAL QUESTION WILL BE, CAN WE IN FACT A KNOWLEDGE OF A CABIN
THE IDEA THAT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. RED VOTERS AND VOTERS
ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT AND WE JUST HAVE TO TAKE BACK THE
COUNTRY. AND THE GOVERNMENT. IF WE DO THAT, I THINK WE WILL HAVE
A VERY VERY DIFFERENT VISION OF WHAT AMERICA
IS SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR, WHAT THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS
ARE, WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO COMES TOGETHER AND ITS WAY OVERDUE. I
WILL TELL YOU ONE LAST THING. I WENT TO A HOSPITAL IN LAS VEGAS
TO HAVE LUNCH WITH THE WORKERS. PROBABLY SOMETIME LAST YEAR
BECAUSE WE WERE ORGANIZING AND WE HAD ORGANIZED THERE FOR
YEARS. THESE GUYS WERE A LOT OF NURSES,
CLEANING STAFF, ORDERLIES, EVERYBODY BUT THE DOCTOR’S. I
SAID YOU LIKE YOUR JOBS? THEY SAID WE LOVE OUR JOBS. IS THAT
IS THAT BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL-PAID AND HAVE GOOD BENEFITS? THEY
LAUGHED. WE SAVE LIVES. THIS IS THE BEST HOSPITAL IN LAS VEGAS. IT’S A PUBLIC
HOSPITAL, WE GIVE GREAT CARE TO WHOMEVER WALKS IN THE DOOR, WE
SAVE LIVES. THIS IS THE CLEANING STAFF. PROUD OF WHAT
THEY DID. >>I SAID WHO YOU THINK
UNDERSTANDS WHO YOU ARE AND FIGHTS FOR YOU IN WASHINGTON DC?
NOBODY. I SAID, YOU DON’T THINK ANYONE? YOU CAN IMAGINE, THESE
ARE PEOPLE CLEANING HOSPITAL WARDS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT
SAVES LIVES. THEY DESERVE SOMEONE WHO THINKS THEIR
SPECIAL. AND WHO THINKS I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN TO MAKE THOSE
GUYS HAVE A DECENT SHAKE. NOBODY REPRESENTS
US, NOBODY CARES ABOUT US, WE ARE ON OUR OWN. THAT’S WHAT’S
GOT A CHANGE IN AMERICA. >>[ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. MY NAME IS REED MORRISON I AM FROM
NEW YORK. MY ISSUE IS THE NRA. NRA ONLY REPRESENTS 10% OF ALL
GUNOWNERS. WHERE THE OTHER 90% REPRESENTED BY A SIMILAR
ORGANIZATION? THAT REPRESENTS, THE ADVOCATES
FOR VICTIMS, EDUCATION, RESPONSIBLE
GUN OWNERSHIP. >>ACTUALLY, I THINK GUNS ARE
PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU LOOK AT
HOW NRA MEMBERS FEEL ABOUT MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN
PURCHASES, 70% OF NRA MEMBERS WANT IT. YOU THINK, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE
THAT WE DON’T HAVE IT IF THE NRA MEMBERS WANT MANDATORY
BACKGROUND CHECKS SECOND THE ANSWER IS THE
GUN MANUFACTURERS DO NOT WANT TO. THEY FUNNEL THEIR MONEY
THROUGH THE NRA AND THAT IS WHAT IS CALLING THE TUNE IN
WASHINGTON DC. IT’S NOT THE PEOPLE WHO HUNT AND FISH AND OWN
SHOTGUNS AND RIFLES. WERE FIGHTING
BACKGROUND CHECKS. THEY WANT BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE GUN
MANUFACTURERS ARE CONTROLLING. WHEN I SAY WE HAVE TO BREAK THE
CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD ON DEMOCRACY, GUN VIOLENCE IS A
PERFECT EXAMPLE. PEOPLE REALLY WANT THIS. I CONTRASTED, WITH
THE ALL KNOW THIS, NEW ZEALAND HAD ONE MASCULINE AND THEY
CHANGED THE GUN LAWS IN NINE DAYS. WE HAD HUNDREDS, 300 THIS
YEAR. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES. WE HAVE NEVER CHANGED
THE GUN LAWS. THIS GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN. HEARING THOSE KIDS
FROM PARKLAND FLORIDA SAY TO THE CONGRESS PEOPLE AND THE
PRESIDENT, DO YOUR JOB, PROTECT OUR LIVES. THAT’S HORRIBLE AS AN
ADULT. TO THINK, IN 18-YEAR-OLD KID HAS TO SAY THAT. THAT’S WHAT
I CALL A BROKEN GOVERNMENT. THAT IS WHY I AM WRITING BECAUSE THAT
IS NOT RIGHT. GOES ACROSS THE
BOARD. OUR GOVERNMENT IS FAILING US IN A BIG WAY. WE HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK
IF WERE GOING TO GET THE THINGS THAT LITERALLY, THE VAST
PREPONDERANCE OF AMERICANS AGREE ON.
>>>>OUT MY NAME IS RICH SANDER. I
HAVE A QUESTION, I’VE BEEN WATCHING AND LISTENING TO A LOT
OF SMART PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A POSSIBLE LIVING RECESSION NEXT
YEAR OR THE FOLLOWING YEAR AND WE ARE RUNNING $1 TRILLION
DEFICIT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ALL OF
THAT. >>[ LAUGHTER ]WHAT I THINK ABOUT
GOVERNMENT FAILURE? I DON’T LIKE IT. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE
SUPPOSED TO DEAL, WHEN YOU HAVE FULL
EMPLOYMENT AND THINGS ARE BOOMING, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE
VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR MONEY SO WHEN THINGS INEVITABLY GET
TOUGH, YOU HAVE MONEY TO SPEND SO YOU CAN SUPPORT PEOPLE WHEN
TIMES ARE TOUGH. >>THE IDEA OF RUNNING TRILLION
DOLLAR DEFICIT OF FULL EMPLOYMENT SO DONALD TRUMP CAN
GET REELECTED SO IF YOU PEOPLE CAN HANG ONTO MORE TAX MONEY IS
OFFENSIVE. IS PARTICULARLY OFFENSIVE WITH THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY HAS SPENT 40 YEARS SAYING, WE ARE THE
ADULTS IN THE ROOM, WE WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.[ APPLAUSE ]IT WAS COMPLETE WE
UNFAIR, IT WAS INCREDIBLY STUPID. HIS ECON POLICY, ONE WAS
THE TAX PLAN, SHOCKINGLY UNJUST, SHOCKINGLY STUPID. THE OTHER IS
HIS TRADE WAR. SHOCKINGLY INEFFECTIVE, SHOCKINGLY STUPID.
YOU GUYS ARE FROM NEW YORK. HE IS FROM NEW YORK. YOU SHOULD
KNOW, HE IS A FAKE. HE WAS A FAKE HERE. NEW YORKERS SHOULD
KNOW, THIS GUY IS A FAKE AND A FRAUD. HE WAS AS A
BUSINESSPERSON, HE IS AS A PRESIDENT, THE THINGS HE IS
PURSUING ART DUMB. HE’S A BAD MAN BUT
HE’S A VERY COMPETENT BATMAN ALSO. A VERY INCOMPETENT BAD MAN ALSO.
>>I AM FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. IN MY OPINION,
PUERTO RICO IS BEING UNREPRESENTED, DO YOU HAVE PLANS
TO REPRESENT AS FOR PUERTO RICO.
>>I’M SURE PEOPLE KNOW PUERTO RICO WAS THE VICTIM OF A SAVAGE HURRICANE. KNOCKED OUT
THEIR POWER, AND KILLED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THE UNITED
STATES GOVERNMENT DID AS LITTLE AS IT COULD TO HELP THEM.
ACTUALLY, THE SUFFERING WENT ON FOR MONTHS. MR. TRUMP LIED ABOUT
IT AND PRETENDED WE WERE DOING A GOOD JOB WHILE IN FACT TRYING TO
MAKE SURE THEY DID AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. WHAT I THINK ABOUT
THAT? I THINK IT’S OF A PIECE WITH SEPARATING LITTLE KIDS FROM
THEIR PARENTS. IS DEEPLY INHUMANE AND RACIST.
>>[ APPLAUSE ]WHAT HE HAS DONE, HE
DOES IT TO NEW YORK IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. HE PUNISHES
PEOPLE WHO DON’T VOTE FOR HIM. HE PUNISHES PEOPLE WHO AREN’T
PART OF HIS CREW. IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF
HIS CREW, HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU PAY TAXES AND DON’T GET IS.
IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF HIS CREW, HE VILIFIES YOU AND SAYS BAD
THINGS AND TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. I GET THAT. THAT’S WHAT
THE UKRAINE IS ABOUT. HIM PUTTING HIMSELF AHEAD OF THE
PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND USING HIS POSITION. WHAT IS IT
WHEN IT DOESN’T TAKE CARE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BECAUSE HE
DOESN’T THINK THEY WILL VOTE FOR HIM? IT’S PRETTY BAD. WHY WAS HE
TO GET IN PUERTO RICO? HE DOESN’T LIKE PEOPLE WHO AREN’T
WHITES. THEY DON’T HAVE VOTES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, HE
HAD NO INTEREST IN HELPING THEM WHATSOEVER.[ APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK
YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU BRIEFLY TOUCHED
ON HIS IMMIGRATION I THINK IT’S SOMETHING AS A RESIDENT OF
CALIFORNIA AND ALSO A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN REALLY
UPSETTING AND TROUBLING TO SEE WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON RIGHT
NOW. AND WHAT TRUMP HAS BEEN DOING TO FAMILIES AT THE BORDER,
TO THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT IMMIGRATION AS A COUNTRY. I HOPE
YOU CAN TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU WOULD DO AS
PRESIDENT TO ROLL BACK SOME OF THESE POLICIES HE HAS PUT IN
PLACE AND ALSO WHAT ARE YOUR STANCE IS ON IMMIGRATION AND HOW
YOU WOULD APPROACH THIS. >>ODYSSEY, PEOPLE ARE TALKING A
LOT ABOUT IMMIGRATION. A LARGE PART IS BECAUSE MR. TRUMP WANTS
US TO TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION BECAUSE IT IS A POLITICAL THING
FOR HIM TO TRY AND DIVIDE AMERICANS. IF WE ARE
GOING TO TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION, IT’S SEVERAL ISSUES. THE BIGGEST
ISSUE, SUMMER BETWEEN 11-13 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE
UNITED STATES DON’T HAVE DOCUMENTS, SOME OF WHOM HAVE
BEEN HERE FOR DECADES WORKING AND PAYING TAXES WHO HAVE NO
LEGAL STATUS, THERE IN THE SHADOWS AND HAVE NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP.
>>WHEN I SAY WE HAVE A FAILED GOVERNMENT, ANY NORMAL
GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE PASSED CONFERENCE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM
FOR THOSE PEOPLE TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE SHADOWS, TO GIVE THEM
LEGAL STATUS AND GIVE THEM SOME PATHS TO CITIZENSHIP. ON A BREAK
AND ACTUALLY DID THAT IN 1980. THIS IS SOMETHING WERE
STRAIGHTFORWARD FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT. THAT IS THE FIRST
POINT. SECOND POINT, PEOPLE COMING HERE
SEEKING ASYLUM HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO DO THAT. WHEN WE REFUSE
TO ALLOW THEM HERE OR SEPARATE THE KIDS OR TRY TO PUNISH THEM
AND TERRORIZE THEM SO OTHERS WON’T COME, WE ARE NOT ONLY
BREAKING THE LAWS OF HUMANITY, WE ARE BREAKING INTERNATIONAL
LAWS THAT WE HAVE AGREED TO. IT IS ILLEGAL AND INHUMANE. IS A
CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY IN THE NAME OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE
SECOND POINT IS, THAT HAS TO STOP. HE’S DOING THAT IN OUR
NAME. THE THIRD POINT IS THE BASIC POINT ABOUT IMMIGRATION.
WHICH IS, WE NEED IMMIGRANTS. IT IS OUR COUNTRY, WE SHOULD
CONTROL OUR BORDERS, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE WE NEED IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY I KNOW PEOPLE
ALWAYS SAY IN HISTORY WE ARE COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS, WE ARE.
THAT HAS NOT CHANGED. WE STILL NEED THIS TO BE THE BEST PLACE
IN THE WORLD FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND LIVE AND BRING THEIR ENERGY
AND HELP US ALL BE BETTER. YES, WE HAVE TO HAVE AN IMMIGRATION
POLICY WHERE WE CONTROL WHO COMES IN THAT WE HAVE TO
RECOGNIZE, PEOPLE COMING HERE IS A GOOD THING. I LIKE TO SAY, THIS
GUY DOESN’T HAVE A BORDER WALL WITH CANADA. IT’S NOT A FLUKE.
WHAT HE IS USING IMMIGRATION TO DO IS TO TRY AND SEPARATE US AND
VILIFY PEOPLE COMING HERE WHO ARE NOT WHITE. ONE OF THE
THINGS, WHEN HE GOT ELECTED, THAT CHRISTMAS, I PUT UP IN OUR
FRONT HALL, PHOTOGRAPHS OF FARMWORKERS, I AM SURE THERE A
DOCUMENT OUTSIDE STOCKTON CALIFORNIA CARRYING PAILS OF
TOMATOES ACROSS THE FIELD. IF YOU TELL ME THESE
PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AMERICA, I SAY TO YOU, LOOK AT
THE PICTURE, DO IT FOR A DAY AND COME BACK AND TELL ME THEY ARE
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AMERICA. REALLY? NO. THIS IS SOMETHING
WHERE HE IS USING IMMIGRATION POLITICALLY TO TRY AND SEPARATE
US AND INFLAME PEOPLE RACIALLY. WHAT HE’S DOING IS WRONG, DEEPLY WRONG. WHAT HE
IS DOING TO THE CHILDREN IS A CRIME. HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO DO
IS TERRORIZE PEOPLE TO SCARE THEM FROM COMING HERE EVEN
THOUGH THEY ARE FLEEING VIOLENCE AND DEATH. IS TIME FOR US TO GET
BACK TO THE IDEA THAT WE ARE A HUMANE
SOCIETY THAT TREATS PEOPLE FAIRLY. WE CAN DO THIS IN A MUCH
MORE HUMANE AND FAIR WAY AND RECOGNIZE WE HAVE TO WELCOME
IMMIGRANTS FOR OUR SOCIETY TO PROSPER.
>>[ APPLAUSE ]
>>I AM FROM LONG ISLAND. I WANT TO BRING UP A COUPLE THINGS YOU
TALKED ABOUT THE GUN PROBLEM, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW BUT
LITTLE CHILDREN THROUGHOUT AMERICA HAVE TO GO TO ACTIVE
SHOOTING DRILLS. I HAVE KIDS, MY SIX HOTELS ME, I
HAD TO STAND ON THE TOILET SO THEY DON’T SEE ME AND I GET SHOT
IN THE WAKE UP WITH NIGHTMARES. I DON’T OF ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON
EARTH WERE THAT EXISTS. THE SECOND THING I WANT TO BRING UP,
YOU BRING UP THE PROBLEM WE HAVE OF STRUCTURAL PROBLEM WITH
DEMOCRACY AND WHAT TERM LIMITS ON CONGRESS AND THE SENATE. WHAT ABOUT THE COURT SYSTEM? WE
HAD THE SAME THING. WE SHOULD HAVE TERM LIMITS THERE. RIGHT
NOW, CHUBB IS PUTTING IN PEOPLE WHO BARELY GOT A LAW DEGREE AND
LIFETIME JOBS. THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WHICH PRETTY MUCH MY ANSWERS
TO HAVE FIGHT HARD TO GET. THAT’S GONE SO WE HAVE PEOPLE IN
GEORGIA LOSE THE ELECTION. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS THINK ABOUT HOW
CAN WE RESTORE AMERICA BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. AND THEN AMERICANS
WILL DO THE RIGHT THING I BELIEVE.
>>HERE’S WHAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO. WE NEED A BIG WIN. WE DON’T
NEED A SMALL WIND, WE DON’T NEED TO EKE
OUT A WIN, WE NEED A BROAD BASE WENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
WITH A DIFFERENT VISION OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO TOGETHER.
THAT HAS TO GO UP AND DOWN THE BALLOTS, ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I THINK, PEOPLE ALWAYS TALK
ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION
EVER. IF YOU LISTEN TO POLITICIANS, IT’S THE MOST
IMPORTANT ELECTION TO THAN EVER BECAUSE IT’S THEIR JOB. THE DIFFERENCE HERE,
THE WEIGHT WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEASURE IF THIS IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT ELECTION IS BY TURNOUT. IF IT’S THE MOST
IMPORTANT ELECTION, MORE AMERICANS WILL TURN OUT THAN
EVER BEFORE AND THAT’S HAS TO HAPPEN AND WILL HAPPEN. IN FACT,
PEOPLE WHO ARE DEMOCRATS OR PROGRESSIVE WILL THINK, IF WE
DON’T WIN THIS ELECTION, THE WORLD MAY END. LITERALLY. THEIR PEOPLE IN
THIS COUNTRY WHO SUPPORT MR. TRUMP WHO WILL THINK, IF WE
DON’T WIN THIS ELECTION, WE WILL LOSE EVERY SINGLE ELECTION FROM
HERE ON OUT BECAUSE THERE WILL BE THERE ELECTION LAWS AND
WE CANNOT CHEAT ANYMORE. [ LAUGHTER ] AND THEY ARE RIGHT.[
APPLAUSE ]THEY ARE RIGHT, THEY SHOULD BE SCARED. IF WE HAVE
FAIR ELECTION LAWS, THEY WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN. THAT IS THE
TRUTH. WE NEED TO WIN BECAUSE WE NEED THEIR ELECTION LAWS AND WE
NEED THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE THEIR VOICE. IF
YOU LOOK AT PEOPLE UNDER 30, THE DEMOCRAT OR
REPUBLICAN SPREAD IS 72-28, 44 POINT SPREAD. EVERY SINGLE STATE
IS BLUE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 30. IN FACT, THEY ARE
RIGHT. THEIR TIME IS UP. THANK GOD. IF WE GET A FAIR
ELECTION WE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT UNITED STATES IF WE
SHOW UP. I STARTED THE NEXTGEN AMERICA TO
ORGANIZE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WE ALL SHOW UP, WHEN AMERICANS ALSO
UP, WE WILL HAVE A THAT REFLECTS ALL AMERICANS. THAT IS A
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT AND THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO
THIS NOVEMBER 20th.
>>>>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I
AM A SECOND GENERATION NEW YORKER. I WORK IN HOSPITALITY.
EVERY DAY, I NEED PEOPLE FROM SAN FRANCISCO AND THEY SAY MY FRIEND TOM. I MEET QUITE A FEW
AND THEY ALWAYS SPEAK SO HIGHLY OF YOU. ONE TIME I MET AN
AFRICAN AMERICAN SAME COLLECTION IS ME AND I SAID YOU KNOW HIM? I
SAID YOU KNOW MY FRIEND TOM AND HE SAID YES, I AM ON THE BOARD
OF DIRECTORS OF HIS BACK. I KNOW QUITE A FEW BLACK PEOPLE BUT I
DON’T KNOW ANY ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BANK. WHEN I FOUND
OUT THE BANK DOES LOW INTEREST LOANS
WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, SMALL BUSINESS, I KNEW YOU WALK THE
WALK AND TALK THE TALK SO THANK YOU FOR THAT, THANK YOU FOR
SHOWING UP. MY QUESTION IS, IN THIS PRIMARY, YOU KNOW BERNIE
SANDERS IS IN IN A COUPLE DAYS AGO, HE SAID BILLIONAIRES SHOULD NOT EXIST. YOU HAVE TO ENCOUNTER
THAT AND DEAL WITH THAT IN THIS PRIMARY, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON
ADDRESSING THAT PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU SHOULD
NOT EXIST IN THE SHOULD GIVE ALL YOUR MONEY AWAY TO PEOPLE LIKE
BERNIE SANDERS. I AM 27 AND I PROBABLY WORKED MORE YEARS THAN
HE HAS.
>>I KNOW HOW LUCKY I AM. MY BROTHER IS SITTING IN THE BACK
ROW AND HAVE A BUNCH OF COUSINS HERE WITH KNOWN ME SINCE BEFORE
I WAS BORN BECAUSE THEY KNOW I AM REALLY LUCKY ALSO. I WAS
LUCKY IN A WAY I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I WAS LUCKY GROWING UP. I
KNEW GROWING UP THAT I WAS GOING TO
HAVE A HOT MEAL EVERY NIGHT. I MIGHT ARGUE WITH MY MOTHER ABOUT
WHAT WE WERE EATING AND COMPLAINED THAT I KNEW I WOULD
HAVE A HOT MEAL. I KNEW WHAT HAD I WAS GOING TO SLEEP AND I KNEW
MY MOTHER WAS GOING TO BE JUST BEFORE WE WENT TO SLEEP. AND WE
WOULD SAY PRAYERS TOGETHER. I THOUGHT, EVERYONE IN THE UNITED
STATES HAVE THAT. I DID REALIZE GROWING UP HOW INCREDIBLY LUCKY
I WAS IN THE WAY MY FAMILY TOOK CARE OF ME AND I DID REALIZE HOW
LUCKY I WAS IN THE WAY THEY MADE SURE I GOT A GREAT EDUCATION.
THAT I, I DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HOW LUCKY WE ALL ARE TO LIVE IN THIS
COUNTRY WERE PEOPLE HAVE SPENT HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND SACRIFICE THEMSELVES, SOMETIMES
SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES TO HAVE A FREE SOCIETY. I AM VERY AWARE
OF ALL THE TIME THAT WHATEVER SUCCESS I’VE HAD, WHATEVER MONEY I’VE
MADE WAS NOT DONE BY ME BUT WAS DONE BY ME IN CONTEXT OF THE
SOCIETY THAT WAS SUPPORTING ME AND WERE PEOPLE SACRIFICED FOR
HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO GIVE ME THAT CHANCE.
>>WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS, I TOOK THE GIVING PLEDGE TO GIVE
AWAY HALF THE MONEY THAT I HAVE WHILE I’M ALIVE WHICH I WAS
GOING TO DO ANYWAY BUT AS WAY OF SAINT PEOPLE, I UNDERSTAND THIS
IS A SOCIETAL GESTURE WHERE I’VE GOT SO MUCH, I WANT TO MAKE
CLEAR ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT I KNOW THAT. I REALLY THINK THIS
ELECTION IS ABOUT MESSAGE, WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY? AND WHEN I LOOK
AT INEQUALITY IN OUR COUNTRY, I LOOK AND SAY, IT’S NOT WHAT I
HAVE MADE, IT’S WHAT I HAVE KEPT BECAUSE I WOULD CHANGE THE TAX
STRUCTURE. IS NOT WHAT I HAVE MADE IT INEQUALITY, AS WITH
OTHER PEOPLE HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO MAKE AND HAVEN’T HAD A
CHANCE IN TERMS OF LIVING WAGE BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF GETTING
EDUCATION SO THEY GET THE SAME CHANCE I GOT. WHEN I THINK ABOUT OUR
SOCIETY, DO I FEEL AS IF IT HAS BEEN FAIR? BACK NO. I HAVE HAD
GREAT ADVANTAGES, MANY OF WHICH I DID NOT UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME
BUT I THINK MORE THAN THAT, I WOULD CHANGE THE TEXT STRUCTURE
AND I SAID I WOULD PUT IN AN ASSET BASED TAX ON WHICH PEOPLE
A YEAR AGO. LONG BEFORE I WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. TO ME
IT’S A QUESTION OF MISSION AND MESSAGE. FOR THE
LAST 10 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN ORGANIZING COALITIONS OF AMERICANS TO FIGHT CORPORATE
POWER AND WE HAVE BEEN WINNING FROM THE OUTSIDE FOR THE LAST 10
YEARS. I LOOK AND SAY, TAKE A LOOK AT MY RECORD. AS AN
OUTSIDER, I HAVE HAD, NOT TO BE RUDE, A LOT OF SUCCESS IN TERMS OF STANDING
UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND IF YOU REALLY THINK
THE PROBLEM IS A BROKEN GOVERNMENT THAT CORPORATIONS
CONTROL, I WOULD ASK, DO YOU THINK SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IN
CONGRESS FOR 40 YEARS WILL BE THE PERSON WHO BRINGS THE CHANGE
OR WILL IT BE COMING FROM THE GRASSROOTS? SOMEONE FROM THE
OUTSIDE WHO HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR 10 YEARS. HONESTLY, I CANNOT
IMAGINE — I WAS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS A
WEEK AGO SATURDAY AND AT THE MILLENNIAL CONFERENCE IN THE
CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. ONE OF THE THINGS THEY SAID WAS WE
DON’T WANT A REFORM, WE WANT A COMPLETE CHANGE. WE DON’T WANT
TO MAKE A CHANGE AT THE EDGE, WE HAVE SCRAPPED SOME STUFF. I
THINK THAT’S TRUE. THE QUESTION IS, IF
YOU THINK WE NEED REAL CHANGE, DO YOU THINK THAT’S COMING FROM
INSIDE WASHINGTON WERE OUTSIDE WASHINGTON?[ APPLAUSE ]
>>WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE LAST QUESTION.
>>YOU BETTER BE A REALLY GOOD ONE.
>>I AM BESSIE ASHTON THE FORMER CBS NEWS
CORRESPONDENT BACK IN THE 70s AND 80s AS PART OF THE NEWS
MEDIA IN WASHINGTON DC, BACK WHEN WE WEREN’T FAKE NEWS, WE
WEREN’T CALLED BACK NEWS. MY QUESTION WILL BE ABOUT THE
SPLITTING OF THE MEDIA BUT FIRST I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
THAT I’M DOING WITH SOME FRIENDS OF MINE THAT I THINK YOU WILL
WANT TO KNOW ABOUT. IT IS BIG MEDIA AND IT’S AN ATTEMPT AT HOW
DO WE REACH THESE PEOPLE THAT ONLY WATCH FOX NEWS AREN’T
PAYING ATTENTION TO THE CLIMATE ISSUE, WE KNOW THE INFORMATION
IS OUT THERE BUT THEY ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. YOU GOTTA GET
THEM IN A SPECIAL WAY THAT MAKES THEM WANT TO COME IN AND HEAR
THE MESSAGE. THEY MAY NOT COME TO YOU, AS GOOD AS YOU ARE AND I
REALLY LIKE WHAT I’M HEARING TONIGHT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS, THEY MAY NOT DO THAT. WE HAVE A PROJECT
CALLED SINGING TO SAVE OUR EARTH. EVERYBODY’S INQUIRES,
EVERYONE SINGS, EVERYONE LIKES TO SING. THIS IS A PROJECT BASED
ON A PRAYER. A LOT OF PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH. A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT
THERE WHO AREN’T DEMOCRATS GO TO CHURCH. WE HAVE A PRAYER WITH
PERMISSION BY SOMEONE YOU HAVE HEARD OF BEFORE, POPE FRANCIS. IT’S WRITTEN IN IN
INTERFAITH LANGUAGE, PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH. WE HAVE A COMPOSER
YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF>>
>>[ PARTICIPANT COMMENT/QUESTION OFF-MIC ]
>>YOU’RE MAKING A SPEECH. WE DON’T WANT TO SPEECH. DO YOU
HAVE A QUESTION?
>>ID. HOW WOULD YOU GET TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT PAYING
ATTENTION? AND WHO ARE SIMPLY TURNED OFF AND YOU HEARD IT
TODAY, THEY DON’T EVEN WANT TO HEAR THE EVIDENCE, THEY DON’T
CONSIDER IT, HOW DO YOU BREAK THROUGH THAT?
>>THERE IS A QUESTION FOR ME AND THERE’S A QUESTION ON
IMPEACHMENT. LET ME TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT.
>>IF WE HAVE TELEVISED PUBLIC HEARINGS, REPUBLICANS WILL WATCH
THEM ALSO. THEY MAY INTERPRET THEM EVENLY. IT’S GOING TO BE A
REALITY TV SHOW THAT WILL BE FORCED WATCHING. IF YOU THINK
BACK TO BRETT CAVANAUGH, GIVE ME DIFFERENTLY BUT
EVERYBODY WATCHED IT. THIS WILL BE BRETT CAVANAUGH ON STEROIDS.
IT WILL BE BRETT CAVANAUGH OVER A SERIES OF DAYS WE GET A CHANCE
TO SEE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE INCLUDING SOME TRUE SCOUNDRELS. FOR THOSE WHO
ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE WATERGATE HEARINGS, IT WAS LIKE
ONE CRIMINAL AFTER ANOTHER LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE JUST AS IN GOING TO JAIL. STUCK IT WAS SOMETHING
I WAS TALKING TO 85-YEAR-OLD FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS A WIDOW.
WHO HAS FOUR KIDS THAT SAYS MY DAUGHTER WON’T TALK TO ME, I’M UPSET ABOUT IT, DO
YOU THINK I SHOULD STOP WATCHING BOXES? I SAID YOU GOT TO WATCH OF THE
THINGS. THERE IS A REAL QUESTION ABOUT HERMETICALLY SEALED MEDIA
INFORMATION. I GET THAT PLAN. I WILL SAY THIS. I THINK AMERICANS
ACROSS THE BOARD ARE WAITING FOR
POSITIVE VISION. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION ABOUT IT. I
DON’T THINK MR. TRUMP COULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED IN 1 MILLION YEARS
IF PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD WHAT AMERICA
WAS ABOUT IN THE 21st CENTURY. WHAT WE STAND FOR, WHY IT’S
GREAT, WHAT WE WILL ACCOMPLISH TOGETHER THAT IS GREAT. I THINK
AMERICANS ARE DYING TO HEAR THAT MESSAGE. DO I THINK THAT
INCLUDES REPUBLICANS? ABSOLUTELY. I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE
OF THIS COUNTRY ARE WAITING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS WE ARE
TRYING TO DO TOGETHER. >>I WAS THINK ABOUT HARRY
POTTER. BEFORE HARRY POTTER, PEOPLE WOULD SAY KIDS ARE REALLY
INTO VIOLENCE. THEY LIKE VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES, THEY LIKE ALL THESE
VILLAINS AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE INTO AND THEN HARRY POTTER CAME
OUT WHICH IS A STORY OF GOOD AND EVIL. AND GOOD BEING AN UNDERDOG
AND HAVING TO FIGHT. IT BROKE THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LIST. THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST WAS JUST HARRY
POTTER, ALL THE DIFFERENT BOOKS. DOOR THINK
THAT’S WAS CHEWING AMERICA? X THAT’S TRUE IN AMERICA YES.
AMERICANS ARE REALLY GOOD. LOOK AT THESE KIDS. THESE KIDS ARE GREAT
AND THEY ARE NOT UNUSUAL. THEY ARE GREAT AND THEY REPRESENT
THEIR COMMUNITY. THAT’S TRUE AROUND THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE WANT
TO DO THE RIGHT THING. DO I THINK
REPUBLICANS ARE WEAK PEOPLE TRYING TO HURT US? NO. I IT THEY FEEL OVERLOOKED, DISRESPECTED,
UNREPRESENTED, AND ARE ANGRY ABOUT IT. AND THEY ARE NOT REAL. IF WE CAN HAVE A
POSITIVE IMAGE OF WHAT WE CREATE TOGETHER AND GET BACK TO OUR
IDEALS ABOUT FREEDOM AND JUSTICE AND EQUALITY IN TREATING
EVERYONE AS A FULL HUMAN BEING, THAT’S WHAT AMERICANS WANT TO DO. WE WANT TO SUCCEED IN A
GOOD WAY, THAT’S WHAT AMERICA HAS DONE FOR OVER 200 YEARS. GET
BETTER. I DON’T LOOK AT THIS, I AM.I AM NOT DESPAIRING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN
DO COMPASS OR WHO WE ARE. WE ARE GREAT, WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS
AND NOW WE HAVE TO DO GREAT THINGS.[ APPLAUSE ]

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  • Mr Steyer you say you stand for what’s right & that you fight when something is bad or wrong so PLEASE: Tell America what you think about Joe Biden’s son receiving money from Ukraine & from China!

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