MSNBC 6 Jan 2020

Fmr. Undersecretary Of Defense On Trump And Iran: He's Poured Fuel On The Fire


Fmr. Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy says that Trump "poured fuel on the fire" with his recent moves on Iran. Aired on 01/06/20.

Sen. Kamala Harris tells Lawrence O'Donnell that Trump saying the federal government is a backup to the states is "another expression of ignorance" and shows he's more focused on himself, leaving local and state leaders to carry the "brunt of the responsibility for helping the American people where there has been a vacuum of leadership from this White House."
In the midst of the 2020 US presidential race, President Donald Trump continues to enjoy overwhelming support from white evangelical Christian voters, with a recent poll finding 75 percent approve of the president.

While Trump claims that "no president has ever done what I have done for evangelicals, or religion itself", Reverend William Barber believes that the evangelicals who support him are not an accurate representation of what it truly means to be evangelical.

"What we see is a fake kind of a religion, a distorted moral narrative, where evangelicalism has been hijacked," Barber said.

According to Barber, evangelicals should focus on helping the most vulnerable members of society and tackle issues such as poverty.

"If you're an evangelical Christian, your public policy is not driven by a Republican Party or Democratic Party, a concept of left or a concept of right ... It is driven by Jesus and what Jesus stood for on social issues of his time."

The Census Bureau reports that in 2017, 39.7 million Americans were living below the poverty line. According to the Poor People's Campaign - where Barber serves as co-chair - when those results are expanded to include people considered to be "low-income", the number of poor Americans increases to 140 million - or nearly 40 percent of the population.

"Christianity says that what is most important is how you treat the poor, the children, the women, the sick and the least of these. And on all of those accounts, Trump has failed," Barber said.

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is working to revitalise Dr Martin Luther King Jr's poor people's march on Washington 50 years on.

"We believe in our campaign, we have a moment in history that we can really work to change it and it doesn't take much. Two, three, four percent change in many of these states could fundamentally shift the political calculus," Barber pointed out.

This week's special interview is with Reverend William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of the non-profit Repairers of the Breach.
Despite growing concern over how close both President Trump and Vice President Pence have been in proximity to several individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the two most powerful men in politics will remain untested for the virus until further notice. Last Saturday, Trump hosted a faction of Brazilian officials at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. Since then, at least one official has tested positive for COVID-19. The White House says they "do not require testing at this time."
On today's What America's Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX finds President Trump's job approval on handling the coronavirus is steady, while still receiving high marks on the economy and stimulating jobs. Public Opinion Analyst and Senior Fellow at AEI, Karlyn Bowman, and Deputy Politics Editor at, Sophia Tesfaye, join Hill TV to discuss Trump's approval numbers. This survey was conducted online within the United States from April 02-03, 2020 among 933 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.21 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.

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