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Rep. Joe Kennedy III: House Republicans Are Doing Nothing

Rep. Joe Kennedy III: House Republicans Are Doing Nothing
THANKS FOR BEING HERE. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME. >> Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU. HOW ARE WE DOING? >> Stephen: THAT'S THE QUESTION, HOW ARE WE DOING? >> IT AIN'T GREAT! >> Stephen: NO, IT'S NOT, BUT IN EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY WAY, THERE'S A NEW WAY TO BE SHOCKED. >> YEAH, IT'S A HARD BAR TO MEET, BUT HE FINDS A WAY TO MEET IT. >> Stephen: YES. THEY JUST BURY THE BAR NOW, SO HE CAN CLEAR IT. ( LAUGHTER ) OKAY, BEFORE WE GET INTO ANYTHING
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ELSE, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR GRANDFATHER, BOBBY KENNEDY FOR A MOMENT, BECAUSE LAST MONTH WAS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ASSASSINATION WHICH I REMEMBER AS A CHILD, ONE OF THE FIRST MEMORIES I HAVE IS THE SLOW TRAIN WITH YOUR GRANDFATHER'S CASKET ON IT. I GUESS THE QUESTION IS ALL WE AMERICANS FEEL LIKE WE HAVE SOME OWNERSHIP AND RELATIONSHIP TO YOUR FAMILY. WE HAVE OUR OWN STORIES ABOUT YOUR GRANDFATHER. BUT WHAT STORIES DO Y'ALL TELL IN THE FAMILY? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT
YOU CHOOSE TO REMEMBER, THE STORIES YOU LIKE TO TELL? >> SO, STEPHEN, IT'S -- THERE'S THE STORIES THAT I THINK YOU KNOW AND THAT A LOT OF AMERICANS KNOW. THE ROLE THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY, HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE PLAYED IN OUR HISTORY, THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, THE STANDING IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOOR, THE CIVIL RIGHTS BATTLES, HIS OBVIOUS CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND THE TURMOIL WE SAW IN 1968, AND THAT THE IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY. THE THERE'S THE OTHER SIDE
WHICH DOESN'T GET TOLD, HE WAS A DAD, HE WAS A BROTH SNORE FATHER OF ELEVEN. >> YEAH, WHICH IS A LOT, TURNS OUT. ( LAUGHTER ) SO IT'S THOSE STORIES I KIND OF DRAW MOST ON. IT'S THE STORIES OF THEM AS A HUGE GROUP GOING WHITE WATER RAFTING DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER ON AN AIR MATTRESS WHICH KIND OF CHANGES THE DEFINITION OF WHITE WATER RAFTING. IT'S THE PHOTOS AND STORIES THEY HAVE OF SAILING AND SPENDING TIME WITH EACH OTHER IN THE SUMMERS, PLAYING FOOTBALL, IT'S THOSE
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PIECES THAT FAMILIES HAVE THAT I THINK GET LOST IN A LOT OF THIS. IT'S A PUBLIC FAMILY GUESS, BUT, YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR IS THANKSGIVING BECAUSE WE HAVE MOST OF OUR FAMILY AROUND A TABLE, AND IT'S, LIKE, YOU'VE GOT TO BE FIRST IN LINE FOR THE TURKEY, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE NOT -- >> Stephen: I'M ONE OF 11 CHILDREN MYSELF. I UNDERSTAND. YOU REACH FOR SOMEBODY'S SKIN OFF THEIR PLATE YOU PULL BACK A BLUEDY STUMP. >> FAMILY SPORT. >> Stephen: DO
YOU STILL PLAY FOOTBALL? >> IT'S A YOUNGER GENERATION THAT ENDS UP PLAYING FOOTBALL, BUT IT'S FUN. >> Stephen: SO IN YOUR STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE, YOU SAID THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS HOPEFUL, RESILIENT, ENDURING. HOW DO YOU FEEL SEVEN MONTHS LATER? BECAUSE I'LL AGREE WITH YOU, IT DOES FEEL LIKE WE'RE ENDURING SOMETHING. ( LAUGHTER ) >> YOU KNOW, THE END OF ANIMAL HOUSE WHERE KEVIN BACON IS SAYING "ALL IS WELL"? AND IT'S PANIC EVERYWHERE?
>> Stephen: IT NOT A PART AT STATISTICS OUT TO ME. BUT GO AHEAD, I'LL BITE. >> THE BOTTOM LINE ON IT IS I HAVE EQUAL AMOUNT OF FAITH IN OUR COUNTRY. IT'S THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT'S LETTING PEOPLE DOWN, AND THEY'RE LETTING PEOPLE DOWN EVERY SINGLE DAY. I SEE IT, I FEEL IT, I SPOKE ABOUT IT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, YOU SEE INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS DOING AMAZING THINGS EVERY SINGLE DAY. THIS PAST WEEK THERE'S A STORY OF A YOUNG MAN THAT WALKED 11
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MILES TO WORK ON HIS FIRST DAY AND HIS CO-WORKERS GAVE HIM A CAR. THERE'S A STORY OF A TEACHER THAT GOT ON AN AIRPLANE AND TALKED ABOUT TRYING TO -- HOW THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH SCHOOL SUPPLIES, AND THE PASSENGER BEHIND HER OVERHEARD THE STORY, SLIPPED HER A $100 BILL. SOMEBODY ELSE ON THE PLANE GAVE HER MONEY. SHE WALKED OFF THE PLANE WITH $500 IN SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR HER STUDENTS. PEOPLE WHO DO GRACIOUS THINGS FOR STRANGERS EVERY SINGLE DAY. I'M IF A JOB WHERE YOU GET TO SEE AND HEAR
THOSE STORIES AND TALK TO THOSE FOLKS. I HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF FAITH IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. MY FAITH IN THIS ADMINISTRATION THIS PAST WEEK DIDN'T QUITE HIT THAT SAME LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE. >> Stephen: I AGREE WITH YOU. I HAVE FAITH IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TOO. THE MAJORITY OF THEM DID NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAT. >> YEAH, THAT'S TRUE. >> Stephen: AND I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOOD PEOPLE, AND WHAT WORRIES ME IS THEY'RE BEING LED TO A BAD PLACE AND BEING TOLD THAT
IT'S A GOOD PLACE. THEY'RE BEING PUT IN A POSITION OF MORAL HAZARD TO HAVE TO CALL SOMETHING THAT IS A SIN A VIRTUE. AND WHAT IS CONGRESS DOING? YOU'RE IN THERE. OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT, YOU GUYS AREN'T IN THE MAJORITY. HOW DO YOU THINK CONGRESS IS DROPPING THE BALL IN CHECKING THE ABUSES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION? >> HOW MUCH TIME YOU GOT? >> Stephen: ONE MINUTE. ( LAUGHTER ) >> SO A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS DOING NOTHING. LOOK, WE HAD A VOTE
TODAY, LITERALLY, TO TRY TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR ELECTION SECURITY FOR OUR MIDTERM ELECTIONS, AND IT GOT PULLED OUT BUT OUR REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. >> Stephen: WHY? RAVES THE RATIONALE? >> I HAVE NO IDEA. >> Stephen: YOUR GREAT UNCLE, OUR PRESIDENT, SAID THAT THOSE WHO MAKE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION IMPOSSIBLE MAKE VIOLENT REVOLUTION INEVITABLE. WHAT IS THE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION THAT IS MOST POSSIBLE FOR US? >> LOOK, IT'S GETTING BACK TO THOSE STORIES I TOLD A SECOND AGO,
IT'S THE STORIES YOU SEE IF YOU ARE OUT AND AROUND THIS COUNTRY EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT'S THE 600,000 PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP IN AUSTIN, TEXAS ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF A WOMAN'S MARCH, AND ALL THOSE FOLKS GOING TO HELP MY BUDDY GET ELECTED TO THE SENATE AND BEAT TED CRUZ. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> Stephen: GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS. >> THANK YOU. >> Stephen: CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY, EVERYBODY! WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH COMEDIENNE CARMEN LAGALA! ( CHEERS AND
APPLAUSE )