tv Politicking With Larry King RT October 13, 2017 1:29am-2:01am EDT
well going to politicking on larry king it's a return visit from my guests than my friend tavis smiley you know him from his award winning p.b.s. talk show that bears his name he's also a bestselling author and was named to the times list of the hundred most influential people in the world his latest project is extraordinary absent good production of his twenty four dream bestseller death of a king we'll talk about that in a bit waltzes so you clip thanks for coming back good to see you my friend how are you i'm well and you i'm trying to try to make sense of all the madness in the world that we live but i'll get you going to do a big tour next year we are excited about this next year we'll talk about it later i suspect that next year is the fiftieth anniversary of king's assassination as you know you were around king and then kennedy bobby kennedy later that same year so sixty eight was a major year of tom walt in this country and you've as you've heard people say and
ask a thousand times how different modern america be if king and kennedy both katie's not been assassinated so next year we're going to chance to confront that question where he is america fifty years after the death of king and kennedy so it is a fair question to start as anything change the more things change the more they stay the same i think it's hard to imagine for some people that we could be living in this era of donald trump right after eight years of barack obama's like the country took one giant leap forward and two or three steps backwards so i think it's hard to kind of for some people to kind of juxtapose that reality the best i've been able to do larry is simply this that in america that really is our history we take a step forward a couple steps back people are afraid of change i say all the time that change is inevitable but growth is optional as a great songwriter but ought i to once wrote everything must change change is one thing growth is something else is what america gets forced to stretch and forced to grow those growing pains happen and so you end up with obama for eight years and
then you look up you know with the donald trump it's in your opinion how big a step back is trump. your modest answer is not a step back it's multiple steps back and we keep taking steps back every day as it were and i'm not sure how far into the stone ages we're going to go before we realize that we've made a huge mistake here and america is on the wrong path i known for thirty five years . i don't known you know this is not the trumpet i knew was a rockefeller republican a moderate to liberal republican big supporter of a lot of democratic candidates what do you make of this the old adage power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely donald trump the more power he sees that he can grab the more power he can in fact seize the more he does that and he's just he's out of control he's i'm trying to think of a metaphor worse than. a bull in a china shop because he's moved so far beyond
a bull and it's not his job. and it would be laughable quite frankly if it weren't so serious which is to say our democracy is at stake this is our democracy that donald trump is is wrecking i got in some trouble you may recall a couple years ago before this race really took off i was on with our friend george stephanopoulos on his show this week on a.b.c. and i made a comment and i was actually surprised at the response that has caught a hail from everybody for making this comment oh i said was that i think donald trump is an unrepentant irascible religious and racial arsonist and unrepentant irascible religious and racial arsonist and i'll be doggone if i had been proved right on every word in that sentence but does he believe like conservatives george will's. don't believe he's conservative they don't believe he believes what he's saying you know i've never. broke obama was right about this he
said before he left office that he did not see donald trump as a needy a log and i think he's right about that i don't think he is an idiot all he. he believes in monologue listen to me he has no interest in dialogue but he's not ideologues and so i think that it's catch as catch can it's what side of the bed he wakes up on in the morning because you can't explain how a guy can have literally two or three positions on the same issue with a forty eight hour stances approval rate kids declining in. but it doesn't seem like it affects him or goes on it will you he's playing mean well what it means is he's preaching to the choir he's playing to a particular audience a particular slice of the of the public he knows that that's lies is and that's why this is you referenced it this this n.f.l. nonsense. i mean that the reason why he did that was because as you recall he was in alabama campaigning for senator lugar strange wind up losing the race to roy
moore who's running against my for in the democratic nominee doug jones who was the u.s. attorney who reopen the case thirty forty years later of those photos of her was killed in the sixteenth street baptist church and he got two convictions in that case i must support is all behind doug jones who is our in that seat in alabama roy moore is is a joke i think of a candidate having said that so truck goes to alabama he's at a red state he's thrown out red meat he's thrown out red meat in a red state and we're a else would you call a bunch of black n.f.l. players sons of his buddy in alabama at a political rally and a red state and you at the one red meat and the crowd rant went wild in album seventy five hundred people and it wasn't just what donald trump said and i was focused on this that is what he say it is how the audience reacted they went wild when donald trump called these players sons of those protests is all about one thing those white officer who's a minority who have killed all or hampered greatly black people
in order movie roles and that's what it's about it's about that it's about it's about a much broader point that's what started it's about a much broader capper nick meltdown of course exactly it's about that what it's about is about a much broader set of issues that speak to the social injustices that still exist in this country so i'm glad you said that's what it is about what it is not about is what donald trump and i'm from indiana as you know mississippi would raise in indiana would school indian university so i know indiana where i know my parents. was my governor an indian all right so what it's not about is what trump and pence keep making it about i was sick to my stomach for two or three reasons when i saw my pants what drop did is beyond a pale but what pitched the idea of the day was the bush league i was the most bush leaning petty adolescent. petulant move i've ever seen a vice president make first of all why go to the game if you know you go walk out and that's why you win it was a set up but here's the other part if you're peyton manning who is beloved emitted
apis there would tiring this guy's jersey so you go and you rain and i say rain i will say that the pee where you write on his parade in indianapolis the day he's getting his jersey retired and you so the point is you say on the one hand you don't want politics injected in our sport take politics out of sport when you go to a sporting event and inject politics into it by showing up to walk out it's just it's ridiculous roger goodell has sent a letter to n.f.l. team owners threatening to erode the unifying power of our game that everyone should stand for the anthem but goodell has got a difficult balancing act here has got the n.f.l. players association this is. where does he walk well. a fine line and he's not doing very well at the moment so here's the irony a few weeks ago roger goodell goes in on donald trump almost immediately after trump made those statements roger goodell goes in on donald trump three or four weeks passes and now he's basically come around to where trump is he doesn't like
the pressure he doesn't like the heat so now he's basically saying what trump wanted in the first place which is stand up so roger goodell has basically done a one eighty he starts out defending the players and a few weeks later because he again sick of the heat he doesn't want to be now you siding with trump so are is roger goodell basically saying that he's conceding to donald trump and i'm a dallas cowboys fan i have been since i was their owners a good friend of mine he said if you sit down you won't play and i can't call him a good friend very nice to me give me some very nice fifty yards seats seats at the fifty yard line so he's been very kind to me and i mean i get a ticket out to saying this but i lost some respect for jerry jones the other day because again a few weeks ago with his team he takes me again he stands up and he locks arms and then two weeks later now you tell me if you take a knee i'm going to binge you you know what i would do every black player on my team the dallas cowboys ought to take
a knee when they next play every one of them because of journey jones's argument is i'm going to bench you if you're taking me if all of them negroes take me at one time student to student jones you ain't got a team jerry jones loves money way too much you can bench a whole team and they grow you think what are you going to do you think he was playing to dallas he's playing to dallas he's playing to the state of texas and quite frankly i don't know what conversations he goodell have had but everybody knows that jerry jones is one of the most highly regarded you know respected by some owners in the league but to threaten i mean one minute we're talking about respecting their right to free speech and the next minute we're telling them if you do that we're going to bench you. this is this is the. as a as a black american you know what does the flag and the anthem mean to you. is that the land of the free and the home of the brave i am a proud african-american number one number two my father served in the military for
thirty seven years in this country so i have nothing but but respect for my father and every other man or woman who has ever ever will serve in our armed forces number two number three i have great respect for our flag and for our sovereignty but i do not believe that america. is extra special just because we're america this notion of american exceptionalism bothers me we are a great country in many respects but we've in other ways grown older but not wiser we've grown older but we haven't grown up and we keep fighting these same battles so i love my country but i believe larry that a true patriot does not excuse the sins of its country you have to push your country into greatness and that's what lincoln and so many others about for forefathers did they push this country into greatness we're not there yet and so there are going to be moments in times when we have to push america into its greatness so i don't ever put i'm a just a black american i'm also
a christian i didn't come on to proselytize but i never put the flag above the cross the flag does not belong above the cross for me and so finally with regard to the national anthem it's hard for me to celebrate a song that was written by a guy francis scott key who owned slaves number one he didn't just own slaves but he was an attorney and he used his good offices to help his other white friends who slave a skate to be brought back into captivity used his losses to go and help capture people who had gotten to freedom and brought them back into slavery and then when you listen to the words of the national anthem there could not be a more militaristic anthem stanza two and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air i celebrate my country but that ain't the best of america that's not what i said about a little bit about america's not for war america the beautiful if we have some of if we have some woody guthrie. i can go at that as well and it is all i can go at
that larry king but this anthem has some issues. sure does america the beautiful they at the washington in the washington the bullets within the bullets and their owner only played america the beautiful you know why do you play the national anthem. it's ritual this ritual and i think what happens in this country is that sometimes people have a hard time letting go of ritual and if you believe that you're losing the whole world of what you think or thought america was if you believe that it's time to make america great again you tend to be a ritualised or a traditionalist and you don't want to let go of those things no matter how to have no matter how outdated they might be before we go to break what do you make of that core group from things. not much corkers now sounding off he's saying the things that other republicans wish they could say and probably think and think but he's saying it because he decided not to run for reelection again so it's amazing and he is the fascinating point when you go to break the fascinating point is i get asked
all the time would you ever consider would you consider running for office i'm too i'm too free a black man and i strive to hard to be a truth teller to ever be in elective office that's not to demean those who are there we need good public officials good public servants the problem is that you are so handicapped when it comes to speaking the truth too many politicians don't have the courage to say what they see look what happens the minute you announce you're not running for reelection oh my god bob corker tell the truth coming and going because he's not bound by the money and by the politics that all of sudden he says he's a truth teller stay right there i'm all politicking with tavis smiley right after the break. about your sudden passing i've only just learned you worry yourself and taken your last turn. up to you as we all knew it would i tell you i'm sorry finally i could so i write these last words in hopes to put to
rest these things that i never got off my chest. i remember when we first met my life turned on each breath. but then my feelings started to change you talked about war like it was again still some are fond of you those that didn't like to question our ark and i secretly promised to never again like it said one does not leave a funeral the same as one enters the mind it's consumed with death this one quite different i speak to you now because there were no other takers. to the claim that mainstream media has met its make. him no more liberal. on the world. total. a little money we did not know. all your money go to post because it's
a good move for you. places like africa and india will be some of the most exciting areas to to see that grows over the coming decades it's only forty fifty years ago that places like dubai in the middle east were themselves very impoverished communities but through energy they've become some of the richest places in the world and what i would hope to see now over the coming decades is that places which have been without power through cheap almost limitless solar power in particular would have the chance to show. aaron is benefit.
one year to the day before he be assassinated in memphis april for nine hundred sixty eight dr martin luther king jr reiterated in the strongest terms his commitment to nonviolence. decided that on this question of nonviolence i'm going to stand by it i've taken a vow. martin luther king take the nonviolence to be my wedded wife. worse for richer or for poorer in sickness and in health unto death. do us part. does from your book death of the king and you touring next year fifty cities doing that with the musical accompaniment in films how did this come about next year as you mentioned fifty years since king's assassination and i wrote the book couple years ago so j.j. abrams our friend j.j. abrams and i are producing as a film with warner brothers but that won't be out until later in two thousand and
eighteen the anniversary again april for next year and so the idea just came to me one day that we should take this book and turn it into a sort of a one man show with some musical accompaniment and. let people understand in a stage on a stage in a theater setting what the last you have his life was like and people most people don't know what the last year of his life was like we get stuck in one thousand nine hundred sixty three at the march on washington he's moment i have a dream he's dated thirty nine far too young but he does live five years after the march on washington in the last year of his life is anything but what you believe because he comes out against the war in vietnam he gets disinvited by o.b.j. to the white house. he's not welcome to preach in black churches they won't run his op eds in newspapers he's having trouble getting a book published he can't raise money he's fallen off the list of the most admired americans black folk have turned against him white folk have turned against him he dies broke and harry belafonte has to pay for his funeral and you tell the average
american that's how king's life ended they don't get that it was not to twenty years after he died that we started to rethink the courage the conviction the commitment the character that he really embodied not to king's point he never did as he saw all this controversy and all the push back on him it never stopped him from to a new truth so he never backs up when all these hail is coming at him he keeps moving forward he keeps telling the truth he's talking about the triple threat facing our country racism poverty and militarism but here on the fiftieth anniversary of his death it's about time that america get to see the fullness of king's humanity the complexity of humanity and that's what this book death of the king and the stage presentation will do and how do people find out when they're in this city death of a cave tour dot com death of a king to a dot com we just announced the tour the tour dates the cities the on sale date for tickets will be announced i think november the first so why the cities are lining up it's going to be a long four months for me but i'm really excited i get on the road we don't often
do this on. politicking we have some social media question for you i believe chavez is on twitter have you watched the movie thirteenth by ava du vernay the director of selma and what are your thoughts on the mass incarceration of african-americans we did a masterful job on that feel not so she won the emmy for it a few few weeks back so she deserves that wonderful wonderful project and she just put a spotlight on something that many of us have been talking about for years. we cannot in prison our way out of the mess this country is in the good news was before trump took office that there seemed to be one issue in washington on which republicans and democrats agreed for different reasons but they agreed that something had to be done about the prison industrial complex democrats want to do something about it led by cory booker of new jersey and others because it's just unjust republicans father decided it was spending too much money on prisons and it's not good for budgets so two different reasons but they came together and there was
a real strong push for some meaningful prison reform yet cory booker on the left of colin rand paul the koch wrote that koch brothers are behind that as well rand paul on the right coming together since trump has taken office everything is kind of fallen flat in washington but it is an issue on which many americans are starting to agree that we cannot once again in prison our way out of whatever bothers an elite our country i'm a go to on twitter who's your bet on who in the democratic nomination and twenty twenty way too early too early what i know is this you can't beat somebody with nobody the democrats are going to have to put up the right candidate and i are for want at this point i have to admit it i am not convinced that donald trump can not win a second term it all depends on who the democrats put despite appealing to a small this is despite all of that despite all that he beat hillary but the democrats have to deal with a primary they do public and someone will challenge struggle but he probably will.
democrats have so it's not a back room anymore to. back room did better that's right in fact here we have it media reports that relate to the yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah the i think she's going to challenge i think i think that will happen. i just don't i don't it's still mind boggling to many of us that hillary lost in this last election so i guess i learned my lesson i'm not i'm not falling for the banana in the tailpipe when most social media and i go to rules on facebook first question you'd ask trump if you could interview him but they will know. i don't know what go after that would mean it was it would start with those three words are you. traumas now signaled interest in working with the democrats when you make of that. it's. it's convenient for him for a lot of reasons number one number two it annoys his own party he seems to like to do that. number three it always he is from new york and has to trump that you know
and so i think on some issues he sees he can pull the line back low to the left. and is my grandmother would say even a broken clock is right twice a day so he can't be wrong about everything sometimes he's right after we were democrats i think to get something done so he had he has good sense every now and again and i guess the point is the question is rather is it just posturing is it just posturing or something really going to happen then at the moment it just feels like posturing to me he's seeing his strength seems to come of even the left would agree with this from the generals close to him you know when he listens to them and he listens to them it's an embarrassment i mean don't you i mean i don't even know rex tillerson and i was a huge fan before he took over not a huge fan now but if you're going to give someone the position and give them the job let them do their job i'm not telling you how to run his talk show if i agree to come on the show i'm going to subject myself to the questions you want to ask me
how do you give a guy a job to be the secretary of state and you undercut this guy and pull the rug money then pick your metaphor every day you embarrassing this guy and so it's not just an embarrassment to him into the others around trump who he does this to all the time what worries me more than their feelings being hurt about being embarrassed by their boss is what the world thinks of us like when when somebody when someone of authority or so-called authority from america speaks larry who do you listen to can you would you trust that to listen to what he says is real can you trust what maddest says can you i mean who do you trust when you know that trump the next morning is going tweet something that's one hundred eight degrees from what they say and i just don't think that gives us a strong standing in the world when the world doesn't know who to believe how much do you fear. the worst of all fears a nuclear war i still believe but you're funny you should ask that question because i was thinking about this the other day i went to india university on the debate
team at indiana university and every year when i was in college we have a different thing is that you know you're going to defend exactly so you take the defeat take the affirmative in some rounds the negative in other rounds when you debate this topic for the entire school year and then you have the national championship at the end of the year so one year we debated this question about about nuclear war or nuclear annihilation and i became convinced even as a student at indiana and i'm still convinced i think now that people can be stuck on stupid to a certain extent but everybody knows the minute you drop one bomb the other guy's going to drop one on you and i want to believe that this notion of mutual annihilation is not something that anybody wants you mentioned dr king earlier in king said it's in their nonviolent coexistence of violent cohen nial ation that was the choice fifty years ago and that's to the choice today so the question of us stupidity it would take a maniac to drop the first bomb and we happened to be looking into maniacs one in
kim jong and the other with another in the guy in the oval office and so that's the part that scary it would it would take two maniacs to blow us all up but that's what we dealing with is that you just hope and pray that again the fear and the reality of them nor and they wipe out the whole universe will keep them from doing it that the fear is if the conjunction started and we blow him out in a day oh a day like five minutes but he would take out south korea. then what then you have then everybody is involved that's what happens i mean it's it's it's not something i want to stamp my thinking about but this is why this is the part that troubles me . and there are some of us who were saying this when this election happened in november this is why this election is so important it's not just about personalities and god knows i've had my issues with hillary clinton a lack of she's a friend but we don't agree on everything but at the end of the day is this the guy
who you want to have the codes and people raise that issue you know the supreme court was important to so many issues that we talked about but at the end of the day this is what we were saying is this the guy who you want to have his finger on the button and here we are now in this what we're doing what do you think and i would be a very educated guess i interviewed him you have worshiped him. who martin luther king would be saying today and that's why i worship you for having given to you. your of your journey and i didn't. say it just what i said a moment ago that it's either nonviolent coexistence those are his words or violent cohen i'll ation you to be still talking about what he was talking about van the triple threat facing this democracy now get this fifty years ago king is saying everywhere he goes nobody wants to hearing he's no longer popular now he's toxic he's persona non-grata but he keeps preaching the same message that if we don't get serious about racism poverty and militarism we're going to lose our democracy fast
forward fifty years what are we still threatened by racism poverty and militarism king was not a politician he was a prophet in all how prophetic he was five five decades ago with regard to where we are today so again things have changed things have gotten better in so many respects but this democracy is in trouble i don't know if it's our our narcissism our arrogance our hubris our patriotism this morphed into nationalism for whatever reason larry we can't even consider because we're so arrogant that america might be on the brink that we might be on the precipice of failing my read of history suggests to me that there is no in power in the history of the world that at some point did not have its comeuppance every empire falters every in part at some point fails every one of the history of the world and so we might want to give some consideration to the fact that the american empire. could go. the tour you want
information go away death of a king tour dot com it starts gerry fifteenth until now i haven't ever been asked this anywhere guess what we're starting where in your hometown new york new york city thank you for being. and thank you for joining me on this edition of politicking remember you can join the conversation on my facebook page or tweet me of kings things and don't forget use the politicking hash tag and that's all for this edition of politicking. about your sudden passing i've only just learned you worry yourself in taking your last bang turn. to you as we all knew it would i tell you i'm sorry i could so i write these last words in hopes to put to rest these things that i never got off my chest. i remember when we first met my life turned on each breath . but then my feelings started to change you talked about war like it was again
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