Sunday, August 18, 2013

Meet The Press – August 18, 2013

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RH)
Richard Engel
Robin Wright
Ben Jealous – NAACP
Sybrina Fulton
Benjamin Crump
Donna Edwards
Bob Gibbs
Rich Lowry
Chuck Todd

Gregory: what about Egypt?

Ayotte: we should defeat the
muslim brotherhood at the ballot box

Gregory: President Ted Cruz says
we are encouraging the muslim
brotherhood to be violent with all our massive aid

Reed: Saudi Arabia provide lots of aid too

Gregory: but American money is better

Reed: we need to enage in the whole region

Gregory: please bash Obama for me

Ayotte: he should have said we will
suspend aid until Egypt restores democracy

Gregory: but the military will keep
the Suez canal open

Reed: we need the canal open and
a nice functioning democracy

Gregory: well sure

Reed: look Fluffy it takes time and there's
going to be some zigs and zags

Gregory: Richard what's happening in Egypt?

Engel: people in Egypt think it would
be a disaster for Egypt and the
U.S. to cut off aid – it would break
the spirit of Camp David and would
ally the US with the muslim brotherhood

Gregory: interesting

Engel: hell even Egypt and Israel agree!

Gregory: what can't the U.S. control
the situation in Egypt? Why??

Wright: the Egypt military is thumbing
its nose at America – it's unacceptable

Gregory: could Egypt fall apart?

Engel: yes people are being killed
on both sides – but if the US cuts off
aid the muslim brotherhood would
take that as a sign the US is on their side

Wright: these events send a signal
in the middle east that democracy doesn't work

Gregory: too bad

[ break ]

Gregory: Ray a federal judge ruled
that stop-and-frisk is racist and unconstitutional

Kelly: the judge called all cops racist – so unfair!

Gregory: so sad

Kelly: look we stopped 4 million people

Gregory: are you perhaps stopping too many people

Kelly: there are no innocent people –
there are only people who are
probably criminals or soon will be

Gregory: got it

Kelly: the Rand Corporation told the
NYPD that black teenagers are criminals

Gregory: that's your best argument
the Rand Corporation?

Kelly: hey Fluffy they've been around for 100 years

Gregory: well peachy

Kelly: also there are some
black police officers

Gregory: it sounds like you saying
all young black men are suspicious

Kelly: well fine but black neighborhoods
are full of crime and murders are at
an all-time record low

Gregory: that's good

Kelly: stop-and-frisk saved thousands
of lives of young black men

Gregory: if stop-and-frisk is
abandonded will people die?

Kelly: no question many people
will be murdered

Gregory: wow

Kelly: stop-and-frisk is not some program –
it's pretty all NYC cops do all day

Gregory: thanks for coming

[ break ]

Jealous: this guy wants to be head of
Homeland Security and he oversees
a program that routinely violates the Constitution

Gregory: he says its saves lives

Jealous: the drop in crime started before
stop-and-frisk started

Gregory: is that so

Jealous: under Giuliani 80,000 people
were stopped under Bloomberg
it's exploded to 600,000

Gregory: so by my math that 60% more

Jealous: 90% of those stopped
didn't even have a weapon

Fulton: you shouldn't stop
someone just based on the
color of their skin

Crump: Trayvon Martin was
just walking home and was
racially profiled and killed

Fulton: we are trying to get Stand Your Ground
laws changed around this country –
we are in this fight for long haul

Gregory: Ben we are now having
a conversation about how much
surveillance is needed and how
aggressive police need to be in
this scary era of rapidly dropping crime

Jealous: this is about more than race –
it's about the freedom to walk out
the door without being threatened by the cops

Gregory: thanks for coming

[ break ]

Gregory: OMG Hillary Clinton is
running for President!!

Todd: this is shocking because people
used to like and now she's in favor of
people voting everyone will hate her

Gregory: Rich Lowry you say she is
low and dishonest and creating hatred

Lowry: Voter ID laws are very popular
and if you criticize them you are a
race-baiting demagogue

Edwards: um okay

Gibbs: she should have laid low
for a couple of years

Todd: right

Gibbs: Clinton didn't enter the
race until the fall of 1991

Gregory: Newt Gingrich said Clinton
a liberal and a loser

Lowry: she has an amazing resume
but the GOP have young fresh faces

Gregory: do Democrats want another
Clinton or another Obama?

Edwards: she doesn't need to
fight for the base – the nomination
is hers for the asking

Gibbs: so why is she campaigning so early?

Todd: if Hillary Clinton keeps giving
speeches it makes Obama a lame duck

[ break ]

Gregory: Chris Christie says the GOP
doesn't need intellectual pinheads
likes Rand Paul – they need power

Lowry: they're both right – we the bad
ideas of Rand Paul with the terrible
campaigns of Mitt Romney

Gregory: good point

Lowry: Christie can run for President as
the only moderate in a sea of crazies
and that's a good way to win

Gibbs: fewer debates is a good idea –
the more people saw of GOP candidates
the less they like them

Gregory: I miss Ronald Reagan

Todd: Chris Christie could win
over fat white guys

Gregory: true

Todd: but he would yet another moderate
when GOP moderates keep losing

Gibbs: Newt Gingrich says the GOP
should not just be against Obama
but actually have their own governing vision

Lowry: I agree with that – for example
we need to argue that Obamacare
is ruining America

Gregory: this is the 50th anniversay
of the march on Washington and
Martin Luther King appeared on
Meet The Press arguing for political and
social and economnic equality

Edwards: it's amazing how far we've
come but we need more economic equality

Lowry: MLK like Abraham Lincoln challenged
America to live up to the ideals of
the Declaration of Independence

Gibbs: he is indeed a 20th century Founding Father

Gregory: and that another episode 
of Meet The Press

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