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Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young: The Problem Is Trump Is “Still Thinking Nationally — As A Nationalist”


In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young says that the solution to a fight over race is to not get mad, but to "get smart." He also described what he sees as the "main problem" with President Trump: Nationalism. "The problem is… His business is in a global economy," he said about the president. "And he's trying to run the country in a nationalist way." FMR. AMB. ANDREW YOUNG: The trap is that he's still politicking and thinking nationally, as a nationalist, and so is almost everybody else, including those who are trying to think back and blame it on the Civil War, which was hundreds of years ago. But the problem we have is that we're not living in a nationalist environment. And that's also his problem, personally, that he's– his business is all global. His business is in a global economy and he's trying to the run the country from a national economy.

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Chuck Todd: Trump’s Press Conference “Gave Me The Wrong Kind Of Chills,” “I’m A Bit Shaken”


NBC's Chuck Todd reacts to President Trump's Tuesday afternoon press conference at Trump Tower where he once again spoke about Charlottesville: CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS DAILY: Folks, what I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills. Honestly, I'm a bit shaken from what I just heard. And I suspect it's not just me. Moments ago at Trump Tower, the president of the United States painted white nationalists and members of the alt-right as victims of what he described as club-wielding members of the alt-left. It was a chilling mix of what about-ism, false equivalence and a total muddying of the waters after one person was killed and at least 19 people were injured after members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists protested the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. Where to begin? You might as well start with the president painting these protesters as surreal victims of a violent left-wing movement.

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Charlottesville Mayor: Trump “Intentionally Courted” Racists And Anti-Semites


Charlottesville, VA Mayor Michael Signer joins Meet the Press to talk about the aftermath of violent protests in that city on Saturday, saying "the healing has just begun." MAYOR MICHAEL SINGER: Look at the campaign he ran. I mean, look at the intentional courting both on the one hand of all these white supremacists, white nationalist group like that, Antisemitic and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts just like we saw yesterday. This is not hard. There's, you know, there's two words that need to be said over and over again. That is exactly what we saw on display this weekend, and we just aren't seeing leadership from the White House. We certainly are going to see leadership from cities like Charlottesville from mayors around the country left and right and Republicans and Democrats if there is an issue that can unite this country that this can be a turning point for this democracy and it happened this weekend in Charlottesville. To be honest, it doesn't matter much to me whether he's on the sidelines and think of so many issues. But the country is going to move ahead. This is a turning point for the country to overcome this stuff, just like we've overcome these challenges in our past.

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Rich Lowry to Joy Ann Reid: You Are Helping Neo-Nazis By Calling All Conservatives “Alt-Right”


On Meet the Press, 'Natonal Review' editor Rich Lowry debates MSNBC's Joy Reid about whether it is "crazy" for Reid to label Michael Anton, a conservative intellectual now in the Trump administration, a "white nationalist." RICH LOWRY: Anti-fascists also beat people up, break things, and burn things. They both should be condemned… I want the alt-right… to go away and die, but you are not doing folks on my side any favors by defining it so widely that Stephen Miller and Mike Anton [are "alt-right"]. That is what [white supremacists] want. You're helping them.

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HR McMaster: “Of Course” Charlottesville Was Domestic Terrorism


National security advisor H.R. McMaster tells Chuck Todd that the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, VA was "heartbreaking" and absolutely domestic terrorism. "I certainly think any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism. It meets the definition of terrorism," McMaster told ABC's "This Week." "We have to do that by asking ourselves what are we teaching our children around the dinner table. What are we teaching our children in school?" he asked. He added: "We ought to be teaching them about what makes America exceptional, and that's our commitment to the rights of every individual, liberty, freedom, respect for each other regardless of race, religion, and so forth."

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Trump in 1999: We Better Do Something Now, North Korea Thinks “We’re A Bunch Of Dummies”


Donald Trump talks about North Korea in a 1999 interview with the late Tim Russert on Meet the Press. "Jimmy Carter, who I really like, he went over there. It was so soft. These people are laughing at us," Trump said of the diplomatic mission to prevent nuclear proliferation. "They think we're a bunch of dummies," he added. "I'm saying that we have to do something to stop [them]," Trump said. "Do you want to do it in five years when they have warheads all over the place, every one of them pointing to New York City, to Washington and every one of us— is that when you want to do it, or do you want to do something now? You'd better do it now. And if they think you're serious— deal with lots of people— if they think you're serious, they'll negotiate and it'll never come to that." From the October 24, 1999 broadcast: TIM RUSSERT, MEET THE PRESS: Let me talk about some of the issues. One is North Korea. And you say that you, as president, would be willing to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea's nuclear capability. MR. TRUMP: First, I'd negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy. And I'd make sure that we tried to get the best deal possible. Look, Tim, if a man walks up to you on a street in Washington— because this doesn't happen, of course, in New York. But if a man walks up and puts a gun to your head and says, "Give me your money," wouldn't you rather know where he's coming from before he had the gun in his hand? And these people in three or four years are going to be having nuclear weapons. They're going to have those weapons pointed all over the world and specifically at the United States. And wouldn't you be better off solving this really potentially, unbelievable—and the biggest problem? I mean, we can talk about the economy, we can talk about Social Security. The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation. And we have a country out there, North Korea, which is sort of wacko, which is not a bunch of dummies. And they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons. And they're not doing it because they're having fun doing it. They're doing it for a reason. And wouldn't it be good to sit down and really negotiate something and ideally negotiate? Now, if that negotiation doesn't work, you'd better solve the problem now than solve it later, Tim. And you know it and every politician knows it, and nobody wants to talk about it. Jimmy Carter, who I really like, he went over there. It was so soft. These people are laughing at us. MR. RUSSERT: The former general of the Air Force, Meryl McPeek, the former secretary of defense, Les Aspin, said you could not launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea because the nuclear fallout could be devastating to the Asian peninsula. MR. TRUMP: I'm not talking about—I'm not talking about us using nuclear weapons. I'm saying that they have areas where they're developing missiles. MR. RUSSERT: No, but taking out their nuclear potential… MR. TRUMP: Do you know that this country, Tim… MR. RUSSERT: …would create a fallout. MR. TRUMP: Tim, do you know that this country went out and gave them nuclear reactors, free fuel for 10 years? We— virtually tried to bribe them into stopping, and they're continuing to do what they're doing and they're laughing at us. They think we're a bunch of dummies. I'm saying that we have to do something to stop. Ideally… MR. RUSSERT: But if the military told you, "Mr. Trump, we can't do this…" MR. TRUMP: You give me two names— you're giving me two names. I don't know. Do you want to do it in five years when they have warheads all over the place, every one of them pointing to New York City, to Washington and every one of us— is that when you want to do it, or do you want to do something now? You'd better do it now. And if they think you're serious— deal with lots of people— if they think you're serious, they'll negotiate and it'll never come to that. President Trump tweeted about America's nuclear arsenal this morning: My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
…Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017

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‘Meet The Press’ Roundtable: America’s Broken Politics; Leading To National Divorce


Chuck Todd hosts Hugh Hewitt, host on the Salem Radio Network, Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, Eliana Johnson, national political reporter for Politico, and NBC News political analyst, Democrat pollster, Cornell Belcher.

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