Representative Jim Himes: ‘No, We Are Not Socialists’ | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Representative Jim Himes: ‘No, We Are Not Socialists’ | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC


>>>WELCOME BACK TO “VELSHI AND>>>WELCOME BACK TO “VELSHI AND RUHLE.” RUHLE.” THE NATION WATCHED ROBERT THE NATION WATCHED ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFY BEFORE TWO MUELLER TESTIFY BEFORE TWO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES, THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES, THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE AND HOUSE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE AND HOUSE JUDICIARY. JUDICIARY. NOW THAT WE’VE HEARD FROM THE NOW THAT WE’VE HEARD FROM THE FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL HIMSELF FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL HIMSELF THE QUESTION IS WHAT WILL THE THE QUESTION IS WHAT WILL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DO NEXT? DEMOCRATIC PARTY DO NEXT? LET’S BRING IN A MEMBER OF ONE LET’S BRING IN A MEMBER OF ONE OF THOSE COMMITTEES, CONGRESSMAN OF THOSE COMMITTEES, CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES FROM CONNECTICUT, A JIM HIMES FROM CONNECTICUT, A DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTEL DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE. COMMITTEE. CONGRESSMAN, THIS IS NOT ABOUT A CONGRESSMAN, THIS IS NOT ABOUT A SCORE CARD. SCORE CARD. FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THE GOAL IS TO GET THE PRESIDENT OUT GOAL IS TO GET THE PRESIDENT OUT OF OFFICE. OF OFFICE. WHAT IS YOUR GAME PLAN TODAY? WHAT IS YOUR GAME PLAN TODAY? IS IT THE 2020 ELECTION OR IS IT IS IT THE 2020 ELECTION OR IS IT IMPEACHMENT? IMPEACHMENT?>>WELL, THERE CERTAINLY AREN’T>>WELL, THERE CERTAINLY AREN’T INDICATIONS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE INDICATIONS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI IS MOVING FORWARD NANCY PELOSI IS MOVING FORWARD WITH IMPEACHMENT AND I THINK SHE WITH IMPEACHMENT AND I THINK SHE IS AS SHE ALWAYS DOES KEEPING A IS AS SHE ALWAYS DOES KEEPING A VERY, VERY CLOSE EYE ON WHAT IS VERY, VERY CLOSE EYE ON WHAT IS HER TOUCHSTONE PUBLIC SENTIMENT. HER TOUCHSTONE PUBLIC SENTIMENT. I THINK — I HAVEN’T TALKED TO I THINK — I HAVEN’T TALKED TO HER ABOUT IT BUT MY SENSE IS SHE HER ABOUT IT BUT MY SENSE IS SHE DOESN’T FEEL PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS DOESN’T FEEL PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS AT A PLACE RIGHT NOW ACROSS THE AT A PLACE RIGHT NOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN COUNTRY WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT WHICH SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT WHICH IS WHERE MY DUTIES ARE, I DON’T IS WHERE MY DUTIES ARE, I DON’T THINK SHE’S THERE YET. THINK SHE’S THERE YET. YOU KNOW, I DON’T NEED TO TELL YOU KNOW, I DON’T NEED TO TELL YOU WE’RE NOW GOING AWAY FOR YOU WE’RE NOW GOING AWAY FOR FIVE OR SIX WEEKS FOR THE AUGUST FIVE OR SIX WEEKS FOR THE AUGUST VACATION. VACATION. WE COME BACK AND TIME CONTINUES WE COME BACK AND TIME CONTINUES TO PASS. TO PASS. SO LOOK. SO LOOK. AT THIS POINT I DON’T THINK AT THIS POINT I DON’T THINK THERE IS A LOT TO TALK ABOUT THERE IS A LOT TO TALK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO IMPEACHMENT. WITH RESPECT TO IMPEACHMENT. EVEN IF THERE IS IMPEACHMENT THE EVEN IF THERE IS IMPEACHMENT THE SENATE WILL NEVER CONVICT. SENATE WILL NEVER CONVICT. I SEE ABSOLUTELY NO SCENARIO I SEE ABSOLUTELY NO SCENARIO WHERE THAT HAPPENS. WHERE THAT HAPPENS. AS A PRACTICAL MATTER 2020 IS AS A PRACTICAL MATTER 2020 IS THE MOMENT OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE MOMENT OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THIS PRESIDENT. THIS PRESIDENT.>>BUT A PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS THE>>BUT A PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, WHAT DO MOST IMPORTANT THING, WHAT DO DEMOCRATS NEED TO DO? DEMOCRATS NEED TO DO? WE WATCHED THAT HEARING AND WE WE WATCHED THAT HEARING AND WE WATCHED A REPUBLICAN LOOK AT WATCHED A REPUBLICAN LOOK AT ROBERT MUELLER AND, AGAIN, ASK ROBERT MUELLER AND, AGAIN, ASK ABOUT THIS BEING A HOAX AND A ABOUT THIS BEING A HOAX AND A WITCH HUNT. WITCH HUNT. WHEN YOU AND I, WHO BOTH READ WHEN YOU AND I, WHO BOTH READ THE REPORT, KNOW THIS THE REPORT, KNOW THIS INVESTIGATION YIELDED 199 INVESTIGATION YIELDED 199 CRIMINAL CHARGES. CRIMINAL CHARGES.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. YOU KNOW, PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS A YOU KNOW, PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS A HARD THING TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE HARD THING TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE PUBLIC SENTIMENT IN WESTPORT, PUBLIC SENTIMENT IN WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT AND ZANESVILLE, OHIO CONNECTICUT AND ZANESVILLE, OHIO MEAN VERY DIFFERENT THINGS. MEAN VERY DIFFERENT THINGS. WHAT I MEAN IS IF YOU AGREE WITH WHAT I MEAN IS IF YOU AGREE WITH ME THERE IS NO WAY THIS ME THERE IS NO WAY THIS PRESIDENT IS REMOVED THROUGH PRESIDENT IS REMOVED THROUGH IMPEACHMENT, 2020, THERE ARE IMPEACHMENT, 2020, THERE ARE FIVE OR SIX STATES THAT ARE ALL FIVE OR SIX STATES THAT ARE ALL IMPORTANT TO THE 2020 ELECTION IMPORTANT TO THE 2020 ELECTION AND I THINK PUBLIC SENTIMENT IN AND I THINK PUBLIC SENTIMENT IN THOSE STATES IN PARTICULAR IS THOSE STATES IN PARTICULAR IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IF YOU PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT 2020 WHICH OF ARE THINKING ABOUT 2020 WHICH OF COURSE IS NOT THE ONLY THING YOU COURSE IS NOT THE ONLY THING YOU THINK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO THINK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. IT IS A VERY BIG AND DIVISIVE IT IS A VERY BIG AND DIVISIVE THING. THING. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS OUT THERE, I KNOW AMERICANS OUT THERE, I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS WHO THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS WHO SAY I KNOW THIS PRESIDENT IS A SAY I KNOW THIS PRESIDENT IS A LIAR. LIAR. HE DOESN’T EVEN TRY TO HIDE IT. HE DOESN’T EVEN TRY TO HIDE IT. I KNOW HE HAS DONE AN AWFUL LOT I KNOW HE HAS DONE AN AWFUL LOT OF BAD THINGS BUT I LIKE HIM OF BAD THINGS BUT I LIKE HIM BECAUSE OF X, Y, Z. BECAUSE OF X, Y, Z. THIS IS SOMETHING WE DEMOCRATS THIS IS SOMETHING WE DEMOCRATS NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT. NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT. WHEN I TALK TO MY FRIENDS IN THE WHEN I TALK TO MY FRIENDS IN THE MIDWEST THEY SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? MIDWEST THEY SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S FUNNY. IT’S FUNNY. DONALD TRUMP, MAY NOT LIKE HIM DONALD TRUMP, MAY NOT LIKE HIM AT HOME BUT IMPEACHMENT IS NOT AT HOME BUT IMPEACHMENT IS NOT COMING UP A LOT. COMING UP A LOT. THE MUELLER REPORT IS NOT. THE MUELLER REPORT IS NOT. YOU KNOW WHAT IS? YOU KNOW WHAT IS? HEALTH CARE COSTS. HEALTH CARE COSTS. MY FEAR I WON’T BE ABLE TO MY FEAR I WON’T BE ABLE TO EDUCATE MAY KID. EDUCATE MAY KID. MY WORRY ABOUT RETIREMENT. MY WORRY ABOUT RETIREMENT. WE CANNOT LOSE THAT MESSAGE. WE CANNOT LOSE THAT MESSAGE.>>WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING>>WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING TO THOSE PEOPLE IS THAT HE’S TO THOSE PEOPLE IS THAT HE’S CREATING A NEW FALSE NARRATIVE CREATING A NEW FALSE NARRATIVE THAT HAS IMPACTED PUBLIC THAT HAS IMPACTED PUBLIC SENTIMENT AND HIS NARRATIVE IS SENTIMENT AND HIS NARRATIVE IS THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL SOCIALISTS THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL SOCIALISTS WHO ARE GOING TO BLOW UP THE WHO ARE GOING TO BLOW UP THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. ENTIRE SYSTEM. SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT IMPACT IT’S HAD ON PUBLIC IMPACT IT’S HAD ON PUBLIC SENTIMENT? SENTIMENT?>>WELL, I THINK WE SAY TWO>>WELL, I THINK WE SAY TWO THINGS. THINGS. NUMBER ONE, NO WE ARE NOT NUMBER ONE, NO WE ARE NOT SOCIALISTS AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY SOCIALISTS AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OF MY THAT AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ARE HAPPY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ARE HAPPY AS WELL. AS WELL. WE BELIEVE IN A MARKET ECONOMY. WE BELIEVE IN A MARKET ECONOMY. THE MARKET ECONOMY HAS CREATED THE MARKET ECONOMY HAS CREATED MORE WEALTH ON THE PLANET EARTH MORE WEALTH ON THE PLANET EARTH THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE FORCE BUT THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE FORCE BUT IT NEEDS TO BE A REGULATED IT NEEDS TO BE A REGULATED MARKET ECONOMY SO WE DON’T EVER MARKET ECONOMY SO WE DON’T EVER SEE A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN LIKE WE SEE A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN LIKE WE SAW IN 2008. SAW IN 2008. BY THE WAY, IT NEEDS TO BE BY THE WAY, IT NEEDS TO BE FAIRER. FAIRER. WHAT I WOULD SAY TO THE AMERICAN WHAT I WOULD SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON THE ISSUE OF ECONOMICS PEOPLE ON THE ISSUE OF ECONOMICS AND KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES IS, AND KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES IS, LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT. LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT. HE MAY SAY HE HAS YOUR INTERESTS HE MAY SAY HE HAS YOUR INTERESTS AT HEART BUT HE IS HELL BENT AT HEART BUT HE IS HELL BENT AND DETERMINED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR AND DETERMINED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE. READ THE COURT CASE HE IS READ THE COURT CASE HE IS SUPPORTING. SUPPORTING. THAT IS ABOUT TAKING AWAY YOUR THAT IS ABOUT TAKING AWAY YOUR HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE. AND LOOK. AND LOOK. THE PRESIDENT IS VERY, VERY GOOD THE PRESIDENT IS VERY, VERY GOOD AT MUD IG THE WATERS. AT MUD IG THE WATERS. IT IS UP TO US — IT IS UP TO US –>>THEN REALIZE PEOPLE AREN’T>>THEN REALIZE PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO READ THAT REPORT. GOING TO READ THAT REPORT. THEY’RE GOING TO LISTEN TO THREE THEY’RE GOING TO LISTEN TO THREE WORD SLOGANS. WORD SLOGANS. HOW DO YOU COMBAT THAT? HOW DO YOU COMBAT THAT?>>MY POINT IS IF IT IS ABOUT A>>MY POINT IS IF IT IS ABOUT A PUBLIC SENTIMENT IT IS NO THE PUBLIC SENTIMENT IT IS NO THE ABOUT THE REPORT. ABOUT THE REPORT. MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA AREN’T MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA AREN’T GOING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON GOING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THE FINER POINTS OF OBSTRUCTION THE FINER POINTS OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. OF JUSTICE. AND BE THE THREE PART TEST FOR AND BE THE THREE PART TEST FOR OBSTRUCTION. OBSTRUCTION.>>NO, YOU SAID THEY SHOULD READ>>NO, YOU SAID THEY SHOULD READ IN ON THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL IN ON THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL ON HEALTH CARE. ON HEALTH CARE. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO READ ALL OF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO READ ALL OF THAT. THAT. THEY’RE JUST GOING TO LISTEN TO THEY’RE JUST GOING TO LISTEN TO WHO IS CONTROLLING THAT WHO IS CONTROLLING THAT NARRATIVE. NARRATIVE. DO DEMOCRATS NEED TO SAY THIS IS DO DEMOCRATS NEED TO SAY THIS IS HOW THE PRESIDENT PLAYS THE HOW THE PRESIDENT PLAYS THE GAME, LET’S PLAY IT SMARTER AND GAME, LET’S PLAY IT SMARTER AND BETTER? BETTER?>>STEPHANIE, I WAS A FRESHMAN>>STEPHANIE, I WAS A FRESHMAN HERE WHEN WE PASSED THE HERE WHEN WE PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IF I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IF YOU GET THROUGH TO THE AMERICAN YOU GET THROUGH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON SOMETHING AS CLOSE TO PEOPLE ON SOMETHING AS CLOSE TO HOME AS THEIR HEALTH CARE, AND HOME AS THEIR HEALTH CARE, AND IF YOU MAKE THE CASE THAT THE IF YOU MAKE THE CASE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING SOMETHING PRESIDENT IS DOING SOMETHING THAT WOULD THROW 20 MILLION OF THAT WOULD THROW 20 MILLION OF YOU OFF YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE YOU OFF YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE AND DESPITE HIS LIES AND I THINK AND DESPITE HIS LIES AND I THINK EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS THIS EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS THIS PRESIDENT IS A LIAR, DESPITE HIS PRESIDENT IS A LIAR, DESPITE HIS LIES IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING LIES IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION YOU WOULD BE VERY MUCH

95 thoughts on “Representative Jim Himes: ‘No, We Are Not Socialists’ | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

  1. July 24th 2019 the Day that proved FAKE MEDIA and the Dems Lost the Russian Witch Hunt. Mueller had NO CLUE what was going on. NONE.

  2. Yes, well, Americans wouldn’t know what Socialism is if you drew a map and used sock puppets to explain it to them. Slowly. Not the most politically astute of people.

  3. Pelosi is out of touch with America, has been since she took hold of that gavel this second time, and if she's not going to do what the vast majority of Americans now want, she should be removed from the speakership and sent back to her district.

  4. Seems to me that socialism is more representative of the American ideal "government for the people by the people" than the fake democracy they use now

  5. Heh, it's not about a scorecard, it's about getting the president out of office. Well, hats off to being blunt. After all the US meddling in foreign elections, the chickens come home to roost. Remember that you reap what you sow–if successful, you better clean up and become very pious very fast, as you may one day find yourselves staring down the same barrel.

  6. socialism is everywhere in america. public roads, fire departments ,police ,schools , libraries , airports ,the military and anything with "public" tax dollars funding it. all members of congress and federal works are paid with socialized funds provided by our tax dollars. that in itself is socialism .

  7. Corporate socialist crying capitalism again. Preach it to the cold era brainwashed morons. Takes more than a undefined word to get my attention.

  8. Listen to how the politicians and media speak about us. THEY ALL think that we're mindless idiots. Regardless of party affiliation.

  9. Americans need to protest to start impeachment inquirys on Trump like Puerto Rico got Rossello to resign!!!

  10. Socialize the health industry, the higher education industry and the banking industry…. that’s a good start

  11. Mueller did not know who Fusion GPS was, they were hired by Hillary's campaign and they hired Christopher Steele, who's fake dossier was used to start this whole thing.

  12. Mueller did not know that he had hired a Clinton Foundation lawyer as one of his staff or that all of his staff were Hillary supporters and donors.

  13. He obviously was not familiar with his own report. Somebody else set up this whole thing
    and Andrew Weissman ran it on a day-to-day basis and wrote the report.

    Who did Andrew Weissman really report to????

  14. Fire, police, social security, Medicare, defense, NASA, prisons, lower education, public housing, state and city colleges, parks, historical centers, libraries, roads and bridges, airports, railways, oil and gas company subsidies, satellites, sewers, dams, waterways and reservoirs, levies, FDA, EPA, courts, juries, judges, CIA, FBI, Center for disease control, boarder patrol. The invention of the computer, internet, micro chip, microwave, radar, GPS, digital imagery, robotics… all socialist programs paid for by the TAX PAYER. Without that, we would be a third world

  15. Sicialism: I'm low income, disabled, get subsidized housing , food stamps Medicare.

    THIS is what Democratic socialism looks lije. If I got no help I'd be, homeless, hungry

  16. Look, there is literally only ONE candidate who professes to be a democratic socialist… Bernie Sanders… and he isn't even a Democrat. This is just another thinly-disguised hit piece against Bernie.

  17. .

    If Mueller varies from his written report he can be found guilty of collusion, probable treason, fraud committed upon the American people

  18. Did Mueller even write this report, , how can he not know what he said in conversations or what he wrote in the report????

  19. Why is Pelosi so deaf … we the people are waiting for her to open the impeachment hearing now!

    Social Security, Police, Firemen, gov salary = Socialism, folks!

  20. Businesses are now the new Welfare recipients. Tax Dollars for starting a business. Tax Dollars for ending a business and tax cuts in between. So, SOCIALISM is already in America but all given to the Rich and Businesses.

  21. MANY OF THE HEADS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN UNABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENTS THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE IN CHARGE OF. REMEMBER BEN CARSON AND BESTY D AND OTHERS NOT KNOWING FACTS THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN?

  22. Mueller. became. FBI. director. September. 4th , 2001  

    ​HE. WAS. ALSO. IN. CHARGE. OF. THE. 9 11. COMMISSION.

  23. Republicans cannot win 2020 or any future election without Russian help, that's why they're ready to crown Trump king, all they need is a little more time…

  24. I came of age in the late sixties and was called a "commie pinko" for at least two decades. Now when someone calls me a socialist, I want to say, "Thank you for finally getting it correct."
    p.s. I think Bernie is annoying, and his supporters are so whiny and grievance driven, I can't tell them from Trump supporters.

  25. The Dems are Socialists? Guess one could just tweet the GOP are Nazis. Just play their game; why be nice?

  26. Rep. Himes might get that scary “socialism” a second thought, after all. Might increase his name recognition. I am a CT voter and had no idea who this — capitalist 🙂 — guy is.

  27. Ya could’ve fooled us. Leftism leads to socialism leads to communism. It’s all bad for America.

  28. Trump Putin 2020. Yea for Repubbys! Down with sanity down with intelligence down with the law..just saying….

  29. Yeah, right Mr. Himes! In the midst of the destruction of our democracy, the blatant corruption of trump and toadies, the constant cyber warfare by Russia and others, institutionalized racism, dark money funded GOP dirty tricks and gerrymandering of critical states…let's be "reasonable."

  30. Republicans can see checkmate. Dems are oblivious. The game is over, but many moves before we defeat them.

  31. What sort of "base" supports a Democratic congressman by does not want Trump impeached? Or what sort of Democratic congressman tries to appeal to Trump supporters by promising to keep Trump in power?

  32. How do buildings fall through themselves at free fall speed without explosives? That's not in my purview.

  33. .Okay, why does the non-Fox news realize that they are an ineffectual counter-propaganda machine and step up their game? joe probably got it right today. Trump depends on the skree put out by the "know-nothings" at Fox on a daily basis. Disinformation is the most effective tool in the hands of a despot, Joseph Gobbels was a key player in the Reich; compare his image with Stevan Miller.

  34. Is Trump a socialist for declaring bankruptcy 4 times and never facing consequences? Is Amazon socialist for not paying taxes? Is Goldman Sacchs socialist for accepting tax funded bailouts?

  35. Jim Himes has absolutely no shame. He was lying in his question to Mueller, but don't take my word for it. I'm including a link of award winning left-wing journalists Aaron Mate and Mike Tracey, discussing how shameful Himes' lies were in the hearing. They can illustrate what a fool Himes is far better than I can. Please go to the 36:45 mark after clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amEhnfqJA-k   *Enjoy* These lying politicians need to be called out on their B/S

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