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MSNBC 13 Jan 2020

'This Lie Is Most Unforgivable:' Chris Murphy On White House Deception About Iran

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tells Chris Hayes that all of Trump's lies are unforgivable, but this one is the most unforgivable because he's lying about the pretext for war. Aired on 01/13/20.


Hayes: "There is an entire ecosystem built around this alternate reality that is untethered from fact." Aired on 12/06/19.
McConnell said he won't be an impartial juror in impeachment trial of Trump. Sen. Chris Murphy tells Lawrence O'Donnell that "we all have opinions, but to be impartial means to be open to evidence that contradicts the set of beliefs that you have going in and I'm certainly open to hear from the president." Aired on 12/17/19.
Sen. Sherrod Brown responds to the White House military briefing to Congress: "Twenty years ago we saw another Republican administration lie about getting into a war." Aired on 1/8/20.
This month it emerged White House senior adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda to conservative news website Breitbart in the run-up to the 2016 election.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which obtained the material, Miller pushed racist immigration stories in hundreds of emails to the website.

The SPLC's findings have thrust the racist and white supremacist tendencies of Donald Trump's presidency back into the spotlight.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, about six-in-10 Americans (58 percent) think race relations in the United States are bad, and 56 percent think US President Donald Trump has made race relations worse.

Many lay the blame at Donald Trump's door, pointing to his anti-immigrant rhetoric and hardline policies.

American philosopher and activist Cornel West says the era of Donald Trump is distinctive because of the escalation of white supremacy, he describes Trump's presidency as neo-fascist.

"You have white supremacist perceptions, sensibilities and practices coming from above in a neo-fascist moment with a neo-fascist in the White House," West says.

West also believes Trump himself is racist, "if Donald Trump is not a racist," West says, "then I don't know what a racist is."

"He's a narcissist, he's a racist, he's a xenophobe, he's patriarchal, he's homophobic … he's a sign and symptom of a spiritually decadent culture that allows someone like him to have that kind of power."

West says the US has always been white supremacist, just like it has always been male supremacist, and capitalist, but says this neo-fascist moment is distinctive.

"And this is why I think so many people are depressed, especially on the left and in liberal circles, because they think that somehow this is so new that it might be impossible to overcome."

West says the only way to get through this "neo-fascist moment" is through tremendous struggle and solidarity based on a commitment to poor and working people.

"We have to have real, real examples of integrity, honesty, decency, courage and hope," West says.

In this week's UpFront special, we discuss racism in America under Donald Trump with academic and activist Cornel West.
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AN EXPECTATION THEY WERE PROBABLY GOING TO?
PROBABLY GOING TO? I MEAN THAT GUY WOULD PRESUMABLY
I MEAN THAT GUY WOULD PRESUMABLY BE BRIEFED ON THAT KIND OF
BE BRIEFED ON THAT KIND OF STUFF.
STUFF. FOR MORE ON THE WHITE HOUSE
FOR MORE ON THE WHITE HOUSE DECEPTION I’M JOINED BY SENATOR
DECEPTION I’M JOINED BY SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT,
CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT, MEMBER OF THE SENATE FOREIGN
MEMBER OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE.
RELATIONS COMMITTEE. SENATOR, I SAW YOU EXPRESSING
SENATOR, I SAW YOU EXPRESSING SKEPTICISM.
SKEPTICISM. WE’VE BEEN LITIGATING THE
WE’VE BEEN LITIGATING THE PRESIDENT’S EMBASSY CLAIM.
PRESIDENT’S EMBASSY CLAIM. IT’S ALMOST NOT A LITIGATABLE
IT’S ALMOST NOT A LITIGATABLE CLAIM.
CLAIM. RIGHT?
RIGHT? IS THAT HOW YOU’RE SEEING IT?
IS THAT HOW YOU’RE SEEING IT? >> IT’S NOT TRUE.
>> IT’S NOT TRUE. IT’S NOT TRUE.
IT’S NOT TRUE. DONALD TRUMP MADE IT UP.
DONALD TRUMP MADE IT UP. >> RIGHT.
>> RIGHT. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU. >> ALL OF HIS LIES ARE
>> ALL OF HIS LIES ARE UNFORGIVABLE.
UNFORGIVABLE. THIS ONE IS THE MOST
THIS ONE IS THE MOST UNFORGIVABLE BECAUSE HE’S LYING
UNFORGIVABLE BECAUSE HE’S LYING ABOUT THE PRETEXT FOR WAR.
ABOUT THE PRETEXT FOR WAR. HE’S LYING ABOUT THE REASON WHY
HE’S LYING ABOUT THE REASON WHY HE PUT OUR TROOPS IN HARMS WAY
HE PUT OUR TROOPS IN HARMS WAY OVERSEAS.
OVERSEAS. REMEMBER, IT WAS PROBABLY A
REMEMBER, IT WAS PROBABLY A MIRACLE THAT NONE OF OUR FORCES
MIRACLE THAT NONE OF OUR FORCES WERE HIT AND KILLED IN THE
WERE HIT AND KILLED IN THE MISSILE ATTACK ON A BASE IN IRAQ
MISSILE ATTACK ON A BASE IN IRAQ AND WE’RE ALL THANKFUL FOR THAT
AND WE’RE ALL THANKFUL FOR THAT TODAY.
TODAY. BUT THE IDEA THAT THE PRESIDENT
BUT THE IDEA THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING UP INTEL BECAUSE HE
IS MAKING UP INTEL BECAUSE HE FEELS SOME PRESSURE TO COME UP
FEELS SOME PRESSURE TO COME UP WITH A BETTER EXPLANATION THAN
WITH A BETTER EXPLANATION THAN THE ONE THAT HE HAD IS JUST
THE ONE THAT HE HAD IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE.
UNACCEPTABLE. >> THERE IS A REMARKABLE SCENE
>> THERE IS A REMARKABLE SCENE THAT’S DEVELOPED OVER IRAN THE
THAT’S DEVELOPED OVER IRAN THE LAST THREE OR FOUR DAYS.
LAST THREE OR FOUR DAYS. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT ADMITTING
THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT ADMITTING UNDER PRESSURE, ESSENTIALLY
UNDER PRESSURE, ESSENTIALLY CAUGHT BY THE FACTS THAT IN FACT
CAUGHT BY THE FACTS THAT IN FACT IRANIAN MILITARY SHOT DOWN THAT
IRANIAN MILITARY SHOT DOWN THAT CIVILIAN FLIGHT FROM THE
CIVILIAN FLIGHT FROM THE UKRAINIAN AIRLINE.
UKRAINIAN AIRLINE. AND THEN PROTESTS ERUPTING,
AND THEN PROTESTS ERUPTING, DEMANDS FOR GOVERNMENT
DEMANDS FOR GOVERNMENT RESIGNATION SPREAD MONDAY FROM
RESIGNATION SPREAD MONDAY FROM HARD LINERS, "THE NEW YORK
HARD LINERS, "THE NEW YORK TIMES," THEY CALLED FOR
TIMES," THEY CALLED FOR OFFICIALS TO STEP DOWN OVER THE
OFFICIALS TO STEP DOWN OVER THE WEEKEND.
WEEKEND. WE’VE SEEN PEOPLE IN THE
WE’VE SEEN PEOPLE IN THE STREETS.
STREETS. WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THAT?
WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THAT? >> WELL, LISTEN, I THINK IT’S
>> WELL, LISTEN, I THINK IT’S INCREDIBLY POSITIVE IRANIAN
INCREDIBLY POSITIVE IRANIAN PEOPLE ARE OUT PROTESTING THEIR
PEOPLE ARE OUT PROTESTING THEIR GOVERNMENT IN THE STREETS,
GOVERNMENT IN THE STREETS, HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR
HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR JUST THIS STRING OF LIES THAT
JUST THIS STRING OF LIES THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE
HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE, THE WORST OF THEM BEING
PEOPLE, THE WORST OF THEM BEING ULTIMATELY THEIR ATTEMPTS TO TRY
ULTIMATELY THEIR ATTEMPTS TO TRY TO COVER UP THE REAL REASON THAT
TO COVER UP THE REAL REASON THAT THIS PLANE GOT SHOT DOWN.
THIS PLANE GOT SHOT DOWN. THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS BEEN VERY
THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE PAST IN
SUCCESSFUL IN THE PAST IN BRUTALLY CRACKING DOWN ON THIS
BRUTALLY CRACKING DOWN ON THIS KIND OF DISSENT.
KIND OF DISSENT. BUT WE ARE ALL ROOTING FOR THE
BUT WE ARE ALL ROOTING FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO
IRANIAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY AND SUCCESSFULLY
ADEQUATELY AND SUCCESSFULLY SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND WE’LL
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND WE’LL BE WATCHING CLOSE LID TOLY TO SE
BE WATCHING CLOSE LID TOLY TO SE THE PROTESTS TURN OUT, THE
THE PROTESTS TURN OUT, THE IRANIAN REGIME DOESN’T DO WHAT
IRANIAN REGIME DOESN’T DO WHAT IT DID IN THE PAST, SLAUGHTER
IT DID IN THE PAST, SLAUGHTER THOUSANDS OF PEACEFUL IRANIAN
THOUSANDS OF PEACEFUL IRANIAN PROTESTERS.
PROTESTERS. >> IN IRAQ THERE WERE PROTESTS,
>> IN IRAQ THERE WERE PROTESTS, THERE WERE PROTESTS LAST WEEK
THERE WERE PROTESTS LAST WEEK AGAINST U.S. DOMINATION AND
AGAINST U.S. DOMINATION AND IRANIAN DOMINATION, THE SLOGANS
IRANIAN DOMINATION, THE SLOGANS OFTEN TWINING THE TWO TOGETHER.
OFTEN TWINING THE TWO TOGETHER. YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THE
YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THE IRAQI AMBASSADOR.
IRAQI AMBASSADOR. THAT COUNTRY SAID WE WANT A
THAT COUNTRY SAID WE WANT A TIMETABLE WITHDRAWAL FOR THE
TIMETABLE WITHDRAWAL FOR THE U.S. TROOPS.
U.S. TROOPS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID, NO.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID, NO. WHERE DO THINGS STAND NOW?
WHERE DO THINGS STAND NOW? >> I DON’T THINK THE IRAQIS HAVE
>> I DON’T THINK THE IRAQIS HAVE CHANGED THEIR POSITION.
CHANGED THEIR POSITION. I BELIEVE THAT THEY WANT A
I BELIEVE THAT THEY WANT A TIMETABLE FOR WITHDRAWAL.
TIMETABLE FOR WITHDRAWAL. I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THIS IS
I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THIS IS A COMPLICATED ENDEAVOR, BUT THE
A COMPLICATED ENDEAVOR, BUT THE IRAQI AMBASSADOR SAID TO ME
IRAQI AMBASSADOR SAID TO ME TODAY THEIR GOAL IS TO
TODAY THEIR GOAL IS TO ULTIMATELY HAVE THE ONLY
ULTIMATELY HAVE THE ONLY AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ BEING
AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ BEING THOSE THAT ARE GUARDING OUR
THOSE THAT ARE GUARDING OUR EMBASSY.
EMBASSY. THAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY
THAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT TO HEAR.
STATEMENT TO HEAR. >> WOW.
>> WOW. >> FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT
>> FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT DESPERATELY NEEDED OUR TROOPS
DESPERATELY NEEDED OUR TROOPS THERE JUST A MONTH AGO.
THERE JUST A MONTH AGO. AND IT SHOWS HOW QUICKLY THE
AND IT SHOWS HOW QUICKLY THE POLITICAL REALITY HAS CHANGED TO
POLITICAL REALITY HAS CHANGED TO THE DETRIMENT OF U.S. SECURITY
THE DETRIMENT OF U.S. SECURITY IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.
IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. YOU KNOW, THERE IS A BROADER
YOU KNOW, THERE IS A BROADER WORRY HERE IN WHICH, AS THE
WORRY HERE IN WHICH, AS THE SHI’A RADICAL GROUPS GET MORE
SHI’A RADICAL GROUPS GET MORE AND MORE POWERFUL INSE IRAQ AS
AND MORE POWERFUL INSE IRAQ AS A RESULT OF THE ATTACK ON THEIR
A RESULT OF THE ATTACK ON THEIR SOVEREIGNTY, THEY WILL FURTHER
SOVEREIGNTY, THEY WILL FURTHER MARGINAL EYES SUNNI POPULATIONS
MARGINAL EYES SUNNI POPULATIONS WHICH WILL CREATE THE PREDICATE
WHICH WILL CREATE THE PREDICATE FOR THE REBIRTH OF ISIS COMING
FOR THE REBIRTH OF ISIS COMING RIGHT AT THE MOMENT WHEN U.S.
RIGHT AT THE MOMENT WHEN U.S. TROOMZ
TROOMZ TROOPS ARE LEAVING.
TROOPS ARE LEAVING. >> RIGHT.
>> RIGHT. >> THERE IS A PERFECT STORM
>> THERE IS A PERFECT STORM HAPPENING IN IRAQ THAT WAS ALL A
HAPPENING IN IRAQ THAT WAS ALL A KNOWABLE CONSEQUENCE OF THE
KNOWABLE CONSEQUENCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO
ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO TAKE OUT SOLEIMANI.
TAKE OUT SOLEIMANI. >> WHAT ARE THE BIG PICTURE
>> WHAT ARE THE BIG PICTURE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS?
RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS? SOMEONE SAID, GOLDBERG ON THE
SOMEONE SAID, GOLDBERG ON THE PROGRAM TALKED ABOUT 2003.
PROGRAM TALKED ABOUT 2003. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SOLD
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SOLD THIS BILL OF GOODS, BUT THEY PUT
THIS BILL OF GOODS, BUT THEY PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO IT AND IT
A LOT OF EFFORT INTO IT AND IT WAS A VERY THOUGHT OUT STRATEGY.
WAS A VERY THOUGHT OUT STRATEGY. THEY WERE LIKE LEAKING THINGS TO
THEY WERE LIKE LEAKING THINGS TO REPORTERS AND THEY WERE CITING
REPORTERS AND THEY WERE CITING IT ON "MEET THE PRESS," YADA
IT ON "MEET THE PRESS," YADA YADA.
YADA. THIS SEEMS PUTUTTERLY HAPHAZARD.
THIS SEEMS PUTUTTERLY HAPHAZARD. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS CONTRADICTORY.
CONTRADICTORY. THEY CAN’T MAKE CASES AS IF THEY
THEY CAN’T MAKE CASES AS IF THEY DON’T CARE.
DON’T CARE. >> I GUESS IN RETROSPECT, YOU
>> I GUESS IN RETROSPECT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAN CLAIM TO HAVE
KNOW, PEOPLE CAN CLAIM TO HAVE HAD ONE PULLED OVER ON THEM BY
HAD ONE PULLED OVER ON THEM BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THAT
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THAT THEY BELIEVED THE CONSISTENT
THEY BELIEVED THE CONSISTENT WITH ERRING ARGUMENT BEING MADE
WITH ERRING ARGUMENT BEING MADE ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS
ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
DESTRUCTION. THEY ULTIMATELY VOTED BASED ON
THEY ULTIMATELY VOTED BASED ON THAT INTELLIGENCE.
THAT INTELLIGENCE. NOBODY CAN MAKE THAT ARGUMENT
NOBODY CAN MAKE THAT ARGUMENT TODAY.
TODAY. THERE IS NOBODY HERE THAT CAN
THERE IS NOBODY HERE THAT CAN CREDIBLY BELIEVE THERE WAS
CREDIBLY BELIEVE THERE WAS ACTUALLY AN IMMINENT THREAT, IS
ACTUALLY AN IMMINENT THREAT, IS THE ONLY WAY THE EXECUTIVE
THE ONLY WAY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CAN TAKE A MILITARY AXA
BRANCH CAN TAKE A MILITARY AXA BROAD WITHOUT COMING TO
BROAD WITHOUT COMING TO CONGRESS.
CONGRESS. >> RIGHT.
>> RIGHT. >> IF YOU AREN’T STANDING UP FOR
>> IF YOU AREN’T STANDING UP FOR THE RIGHT OF CONGRESS, THE RIGHT
THE RIGHT OF CONGRESS, THE RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DECLARE WAR RIGHT NOW, THEN IT
DECLARE WAR RIGHT NOW, THEN IT JUST IS THIS BIG TELEGRAPH TO
JUST IS THIS BIG TELEGRAPH TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THAT THEY
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO PUT MUCH EFFORT IN
DON’T HAVE TO PUT MUCH EFFORT IN THE FUTURE INTO TAKING ACTION
THE FUTURE INTO TAKING ACTION OVERSEAS THAT MIGHT DRAMATICALLY

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