Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
Trump supporters terrorizing local officials
Tonight on the Last Word: Heather Raymond, the President of the School Board in Nashua, New Hampshire, joins Zerlina Maxwell to describe the harassment she has faced from white nationalists. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Journalist Anna Marie Cox join to discuss the permissive structure that Donald Trump has created to allow violent threats against public officials. Plus, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee and Texas State Representatives Rafael Anchía and Jasmine Crockett talk about the extreme agenda that Texas Republicans are pushing. And David Plouffe, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, discusses Democrats’ electoral fortunes in 2022. Plus, voting rights activist Aimy Steele discusses what she’s doing to flip North Carolina for Democrats by mobilizing voters of color.
Jan. 6 Committee to pursue criminal referral for Steve Bannon
Tonight on the Last Word: The Jan. 6 Select Committee is threatening criminal contempt, jail time and fines to enforce subpoenas. Also, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo debunks myths about President Biden’s tax enforcement plan. Plus, the White House urges Democrats to strike a deal on the Biden agenda. Former President Clinton is hospitalized with a non-Covid infection and is “on the mend.” And Donald Trump will be questioned under oath about a 2015 incident between protesters and Trump Tower security. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Jennifer Palmieri, Paul Butler, Anat Shenker-Osario, Steve Patterson and Tim O’Brien also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Biden White House rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim
Tonight on the Last Word: Defying Jan. 6 subpoenas may mean criminal charges. Also, a Florida school board member describes the “credible threats’ of violence made against her for supporting masks. And the House Oversight Committee finds that Donald Trump provided “misleading information” about his Washington, D.C. hotel’s financial situation. Jill Wine-Banks, Matt Miller, Jennifer Jenkins, Alex Wagner, Zerlina Maxwell and Walter Shaub join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Schiff’s recounts horrors of Jan. 6, impeachment
Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. Adam Schiff condemns “insurrectionists in suits and ties.” Also, the Justice Department and the state of Texas battle over the restrictive abortion ban. Plus, progressive and moderate Democrats debate President Biden’s spending plan. And Rep. Jayapal says the Progressive Caucus is open to “paring down” priorities. Rep. Adam Schiff, Shannon Selden, Eugene Robinson, John Heilemann and Jason Furman join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Republicans continue to embrace Trump’s election lies
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Grassley accepts Donald Trump’s endorsement as Trump repeats his election lies. Also, 60 million kids benefit from President Biden’s child tax credit – and some Americans don’t know it. Plus, Florida Republicans have undermined efforts to restore felon voting rights. And Norm Ornstein says the GOP is now “an obstructionist cult.” Eddie Glaude, Jennifer Rubin, Sam Stein, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Jesse Wegman and Desmond Meade also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
The Democrats message on deaf ears
The problem is the media. They don’t see the help the Dems have provided to the country as news. The media sees news as something fantastic. Trump understood that, so his message was all over the media, even though it was usually atrocious. Plus they need to keep the republicans viable so they will have news during the next election. The media might end up being responsible for our democratic demise.
I enjoy learning from his experience in the federal government. His honesty and integrity is unquestionable. He is a hard worker with an excellent research staff!
Sums it up. Snarky also fits. I do not watch or listen to Fox on ANY regular basis, but on the same level. So sad to see this network for what it really is, a soapbox for fear and divisiveness, as is CNN and Fox. The “news” is nothing but a tv show that is paid for by the corporations that own the network. The more afraid we all are the more stuff we buy. Mostly useless stuff, meds and worse.