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Mondair Jones for Congress, New DJT Fraud Case

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Guest: Mondair Jones for Congress. Also, DJT is being investigated for fraud & Kushner botched a national COVID response because at first the pandemic was only plaguing democratic states.

It's news to us. We're live on I do be radio the week of what is the day to August? Third Hole, are you cradd wow? HMM. Well, I guess the time is just flying by. Folks. This ere can't come to an end soon enough. Through that everybody says the time flies the older you get, and it's true, and this is a one year where I am grateful that that's happening. I am so. Djt Is being investigated for fraud. What? It's a huge, huge shocker. We'll talk about that. This is a continuation of the worst witch hunt in American history and there's nothing that I know even about it. You know, they had seen that today just a little while ago and I said, what's this all about? I know nothing about it, but it's just a continuation of the witch hunt, as those are. That's like his only defense, which hunt? I don't nothing about it. That's that's his defense and he gets and actually always seems to work for him. I don't know if maybe it's because he's rich and powerful, but it seems to work for I'm going to try that next time I get a speeding ticket the which, huh, I don't nothing about it. This is the biggest which hunt in American history. I was not going forty five in that school zone. which hunt. Oh, you have you have proof? Yeah, I think your radar guns faulty. Faulty radar gun. That's the Democrat. A Democrat probably made that right. Our Gun. They're coming after me. Then we're going to talk to Mondare Jones. He actually worked in the Obama Administration and he is running for Congress. The stakes are too high for us to just sit out on the sidelines. It's news to us, Katie. Here we go. How are you guys doing? We are a looted. How are you good? Our phone number is one triple late, name and I doN'tbie, by the way. I'd never give that out because I always forget to turn on the phones. But they are on. We are alive. If you'd like to call in at one hundred eighty eight nine four threhndred and sixty two four if you wanted to say what's up to us, or maybe you have a question for upcoming guest. Again, that's one triple late ninety nine, idobe toll free. Yeah, yeah, so I done. Okay, you know, I got the we got these weird unsolicited seeds in the mail. See, oh, this little packet of seeds you got. Well, you got them. You guys have heard of this? Oh Yeah, yeah, I'd you think a thing. Yeah, I know. So China. The USDA is looking into this. They're saying that people across the US are receiving unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and they're advised not to plant these foreign seeds or throw them away. You have to go to have them confiscated. Yeah, I know. They're just sitting on top of the microwave and I look at him every day and I'm like hi, eepont, and see what happens. Yeah, a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them for fifteet because you're going to poop that. It's a case of species, so it should. I eat the so, by the way, they're saying that these seeds are from China. They could be dangerous, an evasive plant species. Idiots get these seeds in the mail and I guess they just planted in their garden Willie Nilly. Really know the the the issue was they throw them away. Oh, they are, they spread and then in the landfills that you're saying right. Yeah, well, they blow around and God knows what. What seat? What is it? It was sort of looks like a pumpkin seed. Oh, they're big. Yeah, they are kind of big, and I'll probably eat one on the air during our election special. So tune in for that on November three. You know, I start writing, get waste with corona, commits suicide for our election special. Suicide by seed definitely not allowed over here for that, then I don't want the Rona. Yeah, I don't know that. It's weird though, these seeds. But anyways, I's weird. Where to come? Who was like the return address? I'm curious. It was weird. I don't know. It was like one of these things where you get a package in the mail and you open it up and then you just throw it away and you don't even think about and then like Chinese government, no, I don't, don't even know who, and also came like this, with this little weird pink like stand that you could like fold out and put a picture on. That I don't that I understand. Yeah, well, I heard that it was like a thing where like in China they started cracking down on fake product reviews for like Ali Baba. Yeah, and so in order to mitigate them figuring out that it was not a real product that was sent out, they started shipping package it like they had to actually like go through the action of shipping a package. So...

...it's I forget what they call it, but they ship out just a package full of nonsense, just to ship a package, yeah, to random addresses and then they leave a fake review right to that package. Okay, yeah, I also heard that is like it might be just a review scam. So yeah, but maybe really weird. And Yeah, it's weird. Yeah, the fact that it's seeds is like kind of creepy. Is quite you just send the weird picture frame. But you know, the weird thing is is like we were kind of working on the garden and ordering seeds through the mail. So we were kind of confused because we thought we'd already planted everything that we ordered. Were like we almost planted it. amost go almost got us up and in depth. Look at this week's most important stories. WHOA would I what would you guys say if I were to tell you that a man who was found guilty of illegally using funds intended for charity to boost his two thousand and sixteen presidential campaign is now being investigated for fraud. The same guy who also was caught running a scam university. shocker. I think every business he's ever run has been a scam. No, HMM, yeah, pretty much. Yeah, yeah, this question, Eddie. The boner in the Bonner hills didn't even work. Did you? Have you ever tried trump steaks? Have ever tried them or would I know? Have you? I know I did you. I did not know I would even know where to get that. They are, least today, still solos of vodka, Connoisseur, and I never tried trump vodka. So there's that. The Guy couldn't sell red meat to Americans or alcohol to Americans. So we're alcohol. I mean fuck, yeah, everything that's kind of bankrupted. Casino like. Really, all they do is it's their job to take people's money. Maybe they did in fact have the loosest slots. Yeah, he's a good he's the best businessman. Okay, the bes don't question him, but now he's being investigated for fraud. What's happening with this? Katie well Sivens, the Manhattan District Attorney Junior, Uh Huh, Sive Ans Jr Junior. Excuse me. Yeah, justed today that the office has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, which is a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutor had acknowledged in the past. So this is interesting because we might get to finally see his tax returns, but not until after the election. Those the thing. Yeah, they don't. I mean, he can work quickly on it, and it seems like he is, because the Supreme Court ruling just came back to kick it down to the lower courts like what a couple weeks ago. So the fact that it's already moving forward is pretty cool. Yeah, we might actually find out if he really is a billionaire, because there will get a good look at his finances and also, it's being alleged the fraud is that he inflated his net worth in the value of his properties to lenders and insures, insurance fraud. Just serious. Yeah, if this, if this were you or me saying that you know, or we're doing like renters insurance or insurance on our car, saying that it's worth a lot more. That way, if we get an accident, we can get a lot more money. We'd be going to jail. Yeah, I mean, and basically he was like inflating the values of his properties before they would be a praised and then when he was filing taxes, he was saying they were worth a lot less. All noted by Michael Cohen, and is sworn testimony in front of Congress. Yes, yeah, the fixer, Michael's exacts. Yes, anyways, fraud and but we won't find out until after the election. So we'll keep an eye on this. And, as you heard the beginning of the show, this is Dj t's response. This is a continuation of the worst witch hunt in American history. Yeah, it's always a witch hunt. You never do anything wrong. Is Bank RUMPCI's were not his fault, everybody else's fault, but his. He's never made a mistake. He's the is his friend say he's the most perfect person. I think he said that I was a quote, the most part, hire the best person until I fire them, and there were worst. We'll keep an eye on that one. That's interesting. At a big development and pretty major story actually. But you know, there's a major story every damn day, so it's hard to every hour. Yeah, I mean, you can't go day without having...

...major stories happening and that, like we've said before, like that is his tactic. Yeah, flood us with bullshit. A another may major story is that we don't have a national covid nineteen response because when it originally started, it was only affecting democratic states. As our next story, the dirty deeds and end up. Look at this week's most important stories. So Jared Kushier's in charge of the national covid plan, but it's not coming out that when this thing first started, there wasn't a coherent effort to stop this thing nationwide because it was at first only affecting blue states, which should piss off everybody, blue, red. I mean, they literally killed thousands of Americans for political reasons. It's crazy. How's that happened to be American beat. You know, we're all Americans, and that's conting. The ignorance of assuming that it wouldn't spread anyways is just just it should just go to show really they don't believe in science. Let's I mean, let's be honest. They've what. They don't believe in it. So of course they made this type of fucking decision. I mean it's spread from China and they didn't think that. Read from New York to Colorado, like come on, well, we from China to the Mideast, to Europe, and then as like it was like a way, you've to make it even more infuriating. At first they did have her pretty good national response that was put together, but then jared Kushner, well, better, better than what we have now. I'll say that. Yeah, pretty good thing. It was something great. It's what was it? More testing, and what was part of their the the plan that got scrapped? Well, I mean it was basically put together by his college roommate and I like, yeah, journey custer, some billionaires and you know, a real estate agent. That's jared Kushner's, by the way. That's his qualification for running a pandemic. He's a he's a real atour in case. He did condo or something. He did also bankrupt the newspaper. So there he's got that on his resume as well. He trump loves them for that. I wonder why he's welcome. He's like a little trump. Yeah, like anything I touch, I bankrupt. He was welcoming with open arms. So it was basically coordinated distribution of test kits. So they could surge heavily affected areas with them and to oversee national contact tracing infrastructure, which you have to have good testing to do, which they felt like if they lifted contract restrictions, were doctors in hospitals sent us that would let laboratories test any sample those. Is Better, better than what we have now. It is. It's better than what we have now. But, and I mean again, they scrapped it because covid was primarily only hurting Democrats. Yeah, yeah, that's a true story. That's that's it. So they, I mean. And then everybody remember when trump was first elected. People are like, even if you're not for trump, we should all root form because we all want America to be better. But it turns out our president, because you are what Auspur right. And then even for the people who fell for that, they're being a duped because once this guy gets off, as if you don't lick his anus in any shape, way or form, you are thrown to not as liquor. Yeah, which is gross. Really use terms here, only medical terms. This is a professional show. Way Medical term, I think, is ring job. Well, I think it's the little rim job. I think it's an anal cone Lingis an so ring job. We don't go with that. What do use medical terms? It's not dirty job. Bring but yeah, I mean it's just so disgusting. It really is. It really is. That's pretty much storizing, though, is it. It's not surprise. Are you's are you shocked by that? Are you shocked by hearing about this? I told Jason at the beginning, like mid pandemic. I was like, Jason, they're trying to kill us. She did say that more than once. Tell us, no, that can't be it, and now we see that that's true. So allegedly. Yeah, stop it. No more alleged with something. An aim is liquor. Don't talk...

...to me like that. Yeah, all right, well, let's well, you know what, let's get how about a WTF? We haven't done it in a long time, or the fuck whatever you call it. This this segment. Yea Fuck, yeah, the fuck. No News. That couldn't be news. The item is on the agenda, but no name appears on there as well. Wow, frick salinger joins us to night to talk more about this FROMRCICA. Okay, I don't know what so you go to website sometimes and they just start playing a video. Don't you hate that? It's like, what's going on here? I'm gonna say, Oh, it's a little story. Live show. Well, I've show. There's another fist fight over mask wearing and social distancing. Is actually happened in the state we live in, Colorado, springs, in a Walmart between two women. Two women got into a fist fight over social distancing at Walmart. Walmart just to start requiring masks, face masks, like what Monday last week or something of the week before. Yeah, so, yeah, people are still freaking out about the face masks. How's it going at your job, Jason, because you work with the public coming in and out? Are you still having to deal with a lot of people dealing with public but they're not coming in and out? Well, were we with us? If I'm fortunate enough to we're doing curbside only. But you have a face mask requirement, right, and people still try to come without face masks. Yeah, I mean it's our governor here in Colorado has mandated that the face coverings are required. So most people are adhering to it, but we do so we still continue to see some folks not adhering to that. What do you do? How do you handle more situation? What do I do with them? Because now it's your job to enforce state policy. So I do as citizens arrest. Immediately. I hear by a place, you under citizens arrest and if they try to run, I run it. I chase them, but you have to stay six citizens arrest. You have to stay six. has made out of paper and like construction paper that I've made. He sends Rome after him and I'm like, citizens arrest, stop, I will sick my canine on you. But how do you arrest somebody staying six feet apart? I have a claw. That's what our dogs for. Yeah, I call them with the handcuffs. Well, yeah, people are still freaking out about the masks, but no surprise, they're just where your damn masks are. Gay The fuck? Really, no news? That shouldn't be news. Why are you talking over the production like an amateur? Why are you fucking playing the production when I'm still talking? You weren't talking, I was talking. I would like to note that in the briefing today from Djt, he said that cases are starting to plateau or starting to decline, and you know, certain southern and Western states, and I would like to point out the reason why they're declining, as most of those states have implemented a statewide mask mandate, which should be a federal mandate, you fucking asshole. Yeah, you're also forgetting the fact that the covid numbers are now not going to the CDC but directly to the White House. And as soon as that started to happen and we're out of Plateau. Fair enough. Yeah. But so a different note, though. This is a shot make you guys feel great if you if you hate now, don't worry, because we don't have to worry about it much longer. Scientists claim that there's a ninety percent chance at the end of the world could happen within decades. Great, just in time for the end of our lives, anyway, not for our daughter's life. This is because of the global deforestation, global warming. Ever, irreversible collapse of human civilization will occur within the next two to four decades. They say two to four. That's soon. I won't even get to pay off my student loans before the world right. Well, depends, and start paying mine. Depends on where we go with our elected leaders here. Actually, you know what, everybody should start racking up those credit cards. Now get into a lot of debt now, now, tears we talking about now go true, calling me. Yep, it's all over. The study says, quote, is highly unlikely to imagine the survival of many species, including our own, on earth without forests, and it's irreversible at this point, they say, catastrophic claps. Breathe, I can't. Yeah, I catastrophic collapse and human population is the most likely scenario,...

...they say, and there's only a ten percent chance that we fixed this. That's crazy. That's like one of those I think like through, wasn't it? We end update on US and El those kind of talking about global warming and they're saying that we just can't comprehend the fact that all of worlds is going to die, so we don't pay attention to it. Well, I mean hard to think about anything new. Like scientists been screaming this from the rooftop for years and nobody's paid attention and nobody's listened and the people that do get chastised and you know, like I mean, people try, but we still have stupid science deniers. I mean Anis Liquors. You have you have fires that are coming. You know, there's forest fires happening in the Arctic, where there's generally permafrost, where the ground is permanently frozen. Now we're it's stalling so much that fires can rage through there and it's wiping out the entire ecosystem in that area. Yeah, I mean, I mean, there's just so many compounded factors. Now that been I could drone on about this for hours. This is it. Yeah, it's bad. It's really bad. Yeah, well, scared and we thought coronavirus and being locked down was hard. Like ten twenty years from now, like it's going to be so much worse. You know, coronavirus actually did our environment a huge favor. Like I think I heard the other day it was on in the background on the news, but the hole in our atmosphere actually started closing up. Yeah, when everybody just chilled for when everybody locked up. Yeah, and maybe that's what we have to do more of that. I do feel like less people or will be actually going to the office after all this, so that'll kind of help the environment. But still we have to do more than that, because when you're at home on the computer sending emails, those are those are run by servers that consume a lot of electricity. In fact, every email you send it actually creates a lot of pollution as resaves. Yeah, it's not fake news. I had never heard that before. Yeah, so, like this article I was reading, I don't know as a while back, but they're saying like we'll have to start be being more conservative with the amount of emails, like don't reply just thank you or or our got it, you know, be smiley faith yeah, be purposeful with your emails, because you're killing the planet. Maybe, maybe, maybe, there should be a ratio, like with the amount of emails that you send out, you should plant x amount of trees. There should be like a an equation to that. So how many? Yeah, tree to Jeff bezos play it first? He should start with one on the top of his head to cover that bald spot. WHOA, Whoa, that's like bald is m yeah, we'll fuck him anyway. Whatever happens to all of us. I'm not saying I have a perfect head of hair. So fuck him, I can say. You know you're gonna be bald now. Oh, I'm sure her. That's problem. Yeah, you're like a bull in a China shop right now. Yep, it's okay. Yeah, it's fine, you're all right, but so if you wait. Real personal question, Addie. You started losing your hair and you get the receiving hair. Are you gonna Bake your head? Yes, you know. Are you gonna do like the Caesar Hair? Do like bald on top? Yeah, I'll do that. Are you? Are you going to do the DJ t where you do the comb over it from the west side to the right? I'm gonna do the George stands up, but George staying. Yeah, George, yeah, okay. We'll be back here in just a few with our guests, another person running for office. This is been a really awesome to talk to all these candidates. Monday, are Jones is running for Congress New York twelve and he'll be joining us next. Don't go anywhere, we're watching you. I was raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs and we still needed food stamps to get by. My grandparents held race. My grandfather was a janitor, my grandmother cleaned homes. I didn't come from money. I'm black, I'm gay, and so I don't see people like me in office very often. Father, every day we wake up and it feels like the world is on fire, but you also had people that were we have got to be fighting tooth and nail...

...for the things that we say we believe, like a green new deal, medicare for all and criminal justice reform. I've been fighting my entire life. First, it was against the odds of my upbring to make it to Stanford University to work in the Obama Administration and then go to Harvard law school. I've been fighting in the court rooms on behalf of Westchester County residents and now I'm running to fight for the people of New York Seventeen Congressional district, to represent the same people whose homes I watched my grandmother clean. That is the quintessential American dream. We don't need more millionaires in Congress. We need more people of Color, more young people, more queer people. We need more people in office who understand that experience, who can speak to people who have been shut out of the political process. The stakes are too high for us to just sit out on the sidelines. Vote or die. It's news to us. Election Two thousand and twenty coverage continue, and our election two thousand and twenty coverage does continue right here on its news to us and very excited for our guests this week. Endorsed by The New York Times editorial board, Mandare Jones for Congress. So you tended Harvard law, worked in the Obama Administration is running to represent in New York twelve the welcome to the show. Thanks for adding me. It's such a pleasure to be here. I'm really excited about well, let's see if you say that after the interview, but I'm just kidding. I think I can when in the store now. We appreciate you coming on and you know we usually to get to know our guests who are running for office a little bit on a personal level before we dive into the policy question. So you know mine US asking. What is it? What's the last thing you've binge watched on Netflix? Don't worry, it's not no question like in this the last thing I've been j wash probably this series, I think the I think it's a Ryan Murphy's limited series called Hollywood on Netflix. Oh, how was that? I saw the trailer for but I never got around to it. I don't know why I've kind of forgot about it. Is it was incredible. It sort of reimagines the post World War II Hollywood, seeing and introduces diverse characters who, frankly, we're never featured on the silver screen back back then. Right. So it's a really get the really cool innovation and the actors were amazing. Okay, cool, yeah, I'M gonna have to go back to that one. If you could master any skill in a day, what would you pick? Swimming. I want to be an expert swimmer, like Michael Phelps style, like Olympic swimmer. Yeah, you know, no, no drug use involved there, but yeah, right, well, it didn't seem to really affect his performance. Here's say. So postmates, Uber eats or Grub Hub, GRUB UP? Ah, why, that's not the one I would pick. I've had bad start with the old because it's the only one I've ever used, and so I know what I'm from. Okay, you know, none of them are involved in sponsoring the show or anything, but I have to say I like postmates about, but they're just bought by Uber Eat, so what can you damn? anyways. So let's talk a little bit more about you and running for office. What what made you want to jump in the race? You know, I have for a really long time felt like members of my party, the Democratic Party, could be fighting and should be fighting harder for the things that we say we believe in, and that means using our majority in the House of represent is more vigorously to actually get results for the American people. And I had so for years now that we've got to be fighting harder for the things that we say we believe in. Republicans do it all the time, and with the climate change crisis here or climate catastrocal, we really on the horizon and people like me having a stake in the future of the planet, this is really personal for me. So is the fact that this economy doesn't work for the vast majority of American households like the when I grew up there, when I was in section eight housing and a food stamps and my young single mom still had to work multiple jazz in the food on the table for us. So I'm really excited to be running to deliver the kinds of big structural changes that would materially improve the lives of everyday folks. You touched on a few things that I think are interesting to talk about. One is like it are Democrats too nice? We see Republicans kind of fight tooth and nail and they're not afraid to use the rules to the fullest extent they can or break them. Do you think that Democrats are just too Damn Nice?...

I think we are. I think sometimes you run for our own shadow and and people are people are noticing that, right. I mean we we are seeing within the Democratic Party this progressive ways where, you know, New York State is ground zero, so to speak. And you know, it wasn't just my race, right, it was rm all Bowmans for in surgeon bid that ended up being successful. For Congress. It was a number of state legislative victories all throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Of course, my victory was in the suburbs and I think it's really important to pay attention to that fact because it shows that progressives can, can beat successfully and in the affluent parts that are not of any state, that are not, you know, they're not metropolitan, so to speak, so long as you have a candidate with the compelling message, who you know, with the resources to be successful. In our resources came in the form of small dollar donations from all throughout the district and and throughout the country. Frankly, and more than anything, a movement of people, hundreds of college and high school students and seniors making phone goals for us. That's how you win a race that is a crowded eight way Democratic primary, with the second place finish has been five point four million dollars. Right. And to go back to what you were mentioning earlier, you did mention the environment and last segment we were talking about how some scientists gave humanity a ten percent chance of not surviving, or a ten percent chance of surviving, excuse me, a ninety percent chance of not surviving the next three or four decades, which is just crazy. We have this huge existential crisis on the horizon with global warming. I mean this should probably be the number one thing we're all talking about, the the end of all humanity, right. I mean how do we communicate to people that this is really a dire situation? And meanwhile people in Congress and Hill all right, you know it is. It is wild to May that we are not talking more about this. The environment was my number one priority because if we don't have a planet that we can have at the other stuff that I've been talking about sometimes, uniquely on the campaign trail, even in the Democratic primary, don't matter so much. And so you know, I think that we've got to enact a green new deal because nothing else comes close to averting climate catastrophe. I just spent, you know, the whole year arguing with somebody, my second place opponent, over a carbon tax and not going far enough. Right, we can't really we can't rest on market based solutions at this point. We need to we need to end cracking it off, store drilling and the edge sport of crude oil and we need to invest heavily and clean, renewable sources of energy. That is how we're going to get ourselves that it is and of course we need to work in concert with other countries that re enter the greenings like the Paris Agreement. But be bolder and make sure that we can get commitments from from everybody, because the United States can do it on its own. Yeah, that's right, and I think with what we saw with covid was interesting to your kind of talking about that too. Earlier in the shows we saw that there were a lot of positive environmental impacts from people stopping their commuting and driving less, less fuel consumption. Parts of the YO zone. It were actually sort of healing itself. So maybe even it's just it's as far as telling everybody to work from home one week of month or something. You know, we had a kind of think outside the box. I think, I think. I think it's that and I'm there. I'm with you. I think people are seeing, including physicians who are treating their patients and evaluating their patients, you know, virtually finding that they can do so much of this stuff from home. It's also public transportation, which we do not talking up about. We know the public transportation is so much more environmentally farther than driving a car, taking the bus, and that is something that I'm really bashing about introducing in parts of this district, which includes all parts of Westchester County and all of Rocklan County, against suburbs of New York City. So you served in the Obama Administration and what was that time liking? What exactly did you do? Were you ever working directly with President Obama? And did not work directly or President Obama that I was in the Department of Justice, in the office of legal policy in particular, and not to be confused with the Office of Legal Councils, which has been tortured memot history. To hit from a different administration. I was working on veetting candidates for federal judgtions. These were candidates who were willing to say in their Senate confirmation hearing that they agree with Brown B Board of Education, which is something we just took for granted a few years ago before Donald Trump started nominating people to the bench. And I also worked on on reforming our criminal legal system. I don't call it a criminal justice system because there's not much justice in it these...

...days, if ever really, and so, you know, making sure that we do things like the limited eliminate mandatory minimums in sentencing that legalized cannabis, making sure that we abolish private prisons, fully fund the right to council, and then, on the police and side of things, ending qualified immunity so that people can be held responsible for violating the constitutional rights of civilians and making sure that people who are responsible for investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting law enforcement officers are independent and not the same district attorney's officers that have to work every single day with these local police officers. Those are the things that I propose at the federal level and I'm really excited about getting the work because we can't just be the hot ten jeffreys on the house side talking about race or injustice and policing and Kamalaires and Corey Booker and, my goodness, even even ten times got on the Republican side at times that we have a lot of disagreements. So so I'm excited about joining that course of people. At the age of nineteens you were elected to the chair of a committee on the NAACP and I know that the DLAYCP has been really vocal of their disapproval of federal law enforcement being sent to these protests spots. So what's your take on that whole situation? You've really done your research. Yes, I was. I was really fortunate at that age to be to be the terrible committee on the National Board Directors for the NAACP and you know, I am lock set with the organization as it conciderns the need, the urgent need, for policing reform. We have to make sure that we are not, for example, giving a military grade equipment every year, that is that we have an excess at the federal level to local law enforcement agencies. We actually have an issue with that right here in my district and and there's a bill that would eliminate that practice and we just have to radically reimagine the way that we do policing in our society. Right. I mean we have to well the fun police and reality those funds to things that we know improve public safety but don't require terrorizing black and Brown people, like giving that by creating employment opportunities for young people in particular, increasing the number of social workers that we have in our society, school psychologists, is something that we need to be focusing more on and and creating one more of those positions, including right here in New York seventeen congressional district those are the things that I'm that I'm really focused on it as an alternative to policing. You mentioned that. You know there's a surplus of military equipment that goes to the police department. Do you think that we spend too much money on our military? Absolutely, I would have supported Bernie standards as amendment to reduce the military budget. Of course, Barber Lee has also been a champion on that. Or did not want to overlook there on the outside you didn't even you know, people who traditionally have a few been viewed as establishment figures are on to that. Signed on to that amendment, but not enough, and I think that was shameful to so I we have to reduce our military budget. It cannot be this thing that no one ever talks about doing and that we don't touch every year, even while everything else gets cut. It's crazy. We have to put an end to end the wars and we have to reduce this ridiculously large military budget and invest in education and building affordable housing and in making sure that everybody can go to college without taking on crippling student debt. But if people aren't oppressed, they won't really they won't vote Republican. That's the problem. So that's really one. Is what was what we're fighting here. So you met, you mentioned that in your district. That's a suburban district, and last week we saw trump reverse affordable housing. I just want to know your thoughts and your feelings on the reversal of Obama's implementation of affordable housing. And, yeah, what you you thought about that? That a acted right the whole lot. It absolutely does. Affected this right. Don't mean just provising context. So there was a hood regulation that was promulgated under Obama when Juliankasha was a secretary of Hud it's called a a Fah, and the idea means to affirmatively further affordable housing and it means specifically that if a municipality receives federal funds, that municipality has to take...

...in the take stock of its housing practices and affirmatively plan to desegregate. I wrote an op Ed about a week ago and the near Daily News on this very subject, calling out the I won't even call a dog whistle really. I mean it was just like explicit race dating. This idea of a suburban lifestyle dream being under attack by Democrats like Joe Biden of all people. My goodnesses, you imagine, you know not it did. This idea that like by building affordable units, that we are going to disrupt the suburban dream. Well, if you're suburban dream engines on white supremacy and segregation, that I suppose that's true. But we know that we can build vibrant, inclusive and equitable communities and in fact we know that suburban communities have become racially diverse over the past couple of day case. But the problem is they're still segregated and we have to change segregation and housing because we know that that also impacts who gets the equality public education, which it goes on to compound the kinds of inequalities that we see when you can pay black and brown communities to white communities. You know, we live in a society where, in a property tax funded base system of public education, largely you see the concentration of tens of billions more dollars and white communities, and the deprivation of black and Hispanic is a critical educational opportunities. They don't receive the ability to go to quality public schools and that's just one by product of the segregation that we see in our society. And you've actually been doing a lot to fight that. So You cofounded the nonprofit rising leaders to teach leadership skills to underserve middle school students. That's really awesome. What's what do you think is the biggest lesson you're able to bestow upon these students? My God, you know, I feel I got learned more from them than than they learned from me and then from our volunteers, and the lesson I've learned is that there's just so much talent unlocked, talent and potential that is only unlocked when, when? When? When? You give these, in this case middle school students, under sturt middle school students, and opportunity to thrive. You know, one of the things that I think people are coming to realize is that, if that there are a lot of opportunities for people my age, I'm thirty three years old and younger, to get involved and mentoring young people, especially young people who are underserved, and it just makes a world of difference just to see them once at once. In this case, you know, we do a workshop once a month on a Saturday. I wish I could do it more frequently, frankly, and and you see when you speak to the teachers, just a different and different in attitude and in performance. And we teach professional skills, right, we don't, which is a supplement to the academic inst I've said they received. We teach things like financial literacy and and and we teach, you know, how do you? How do you apply? First these specialized schools in New York City that that all kids have to apply to, which is ridiculous, to get into the gain entry into high school quality. You cool. Thank you for doing what you're doing. It's that's really great work. So on November, three and beyond we're still going to be in a pandemic. I mean, those are the facts and I think you propose that we should send a check of two thousand dollars to every American, plus a thousand dollars per child per month while this is going on. But as we see Republican leadership, they say that this D incentivises people to work. I mean, what's the response to that? It just means you got to pay people more, you know, in their and their full B unemployment. But you know that's not it's just not an interest out an argument being made in good faith, and we know that right. We know that Republicans right now trying to reduce unemployment benefits for people who even even as we just went through a period were forty million people lost their jobs out the course of ten weeks. And these arguments are just demolishably not made in good faith, because we know that corporations are being bailed out now. They're now they're inserting liability in liability immunity provisions on for the corporation from the corporate benefactors, and so we have to make sure that we are doing things like passing that same waters as bill, which would do that two thousand on the house side, which would do that two thousand dollars a month for every for every one thous for every child. I have said repeatedly that a one time twelve hundred dollar check or a subset of the American people, meaning, you know, more recently they have to make under seventy five Tho. It's such a slap in the face for most Americans, including people in my district and Westchester and lock when, where it is extremely expensive to live. Yeah, yeah, it is.

And that's also another issue too, is the expense of living. We see rents increasing just astronomically throughout the entire country, especially where you live. How do we tackle that issue? I just since you brought it up. I'm sorry, said that one more time. They just see the cost of living, yes, the cost of living, the increasing rents. That that right there is you. You said, one twelve hundred check is a slap in the face. That will barely cover that. Friends. That is the direct result of the fact that we are short on supply for affordable housing. You know, we need to build millions of additional affordable house units, of affordable housing all throughout this country, again, including right here in my district. You know, there was a there was a study that was done a few years ago that showed a significant shortage in Westchester County. I think it happens to underestimate the the need to build additional housing. And let me do it. By the way, it should be social housing, so called mix income housing, so that we don't get a wise affordable housing in the way the communities that municipalities have done the past with they just build affordable housing in one corner of the community. We have to integrate, and so you know my my my preference would be for makes income housing and of course there are other structural changes that we need. We know that when people are finding twelve hundred dollars not enough to base for the cost of living, it's because they're also paying for the cost of healthcare on a monthly basis. That's why I support Medicare for all, the only policy that would literally ensure everybody and do a way with cope's premiers, inductibles and cap the cost of prescription drugs at two hundred on an annual basis. You know it. We know that one reason people have trouble getting a lot out of twelve hundred on a monthly basis is because they're saddled with crippling student debt. There ten, there thousands of young people my age and younger in my district who are living at home with their parents and their grandparents just by having college degrees, because they have so much student debt and they can't see it afford to be on their own paying rent or owning a home. So we have to do something about that too. We have to literate an entire generation of young people to meaningfully participate in this economy. You brought up one hundred dollars. I've read somewhere that the one two hundred dollars when they passed the cares act was based on the federal minimum wage for four weeks, a one month period. What are your thoughts on the federal minimum wage and where should we go as a as a country in regards to that? It it needs to be at least twice what it is right now. So it needs to be fifteen dollars. And you know, I was kind of talking to someone earlier today saying and really, you know, being a lot of argument from people who's say fifteen dollars isn't enough, but it needs to be at least fifteen dollars out on an hourly basis, and I'm really optimistic that that will get past when we take back the Senate, when Democrats take by the Senate and take back to the White House. Is Fall really I really am optimistic about that and I think, well, I think we'll get that done. Well, now, you go ahead. You brought up well, I'm sorry, and a robed but we talked about the federal minimum wage. We talk about you know, one of the things is, you know, can I'm a casual observer of politics, is I feel like a lot of our issues come from corporate lobbyists and Congress people and Senators and, you know, Senate members of Congress being in the pockets of these lobbyists and they've, you know, they continue on for thirty plus years serving their you know, public service. What do you is your thoughts on lobbyists in general and also term limits? I'm a big proponent of tourn limits. You know, I don't think it's a surprise to people that I start out my race by primary my member of Congress. You know, they've been in office since nineteen eighty nine. You know, I wasn't quite two years old in January nineteen eighty nine. And you know, I think that one of the challenges of being an office for such a long time is that you lose a perspective that is consistent with the Times. And so for me, you know, I'm a I'm an advocate for it, for big structural changes, and I don't that advocacy, that urgency wasn't wasn't really there in nineteen eighty nine. I mean they there are something people who brought it by, like Bernie Sanders, even back then, was was was, it was a champion, he was a he was at what we would call today a progressive. But at the time the Democrats were taken off as several decades ago, they were so jaded by democratic losses in presidential elections and going into the S,...

I think nothing changed with respect to that. They saw a president, when the Democratic president when own and and we've been when reelection, only through triangulating, you know, doing things like passing welfare form in the defensive marriage at and you know, and don't ask on Ti and so on and so forth, basically being, you know, doing things that you would expect Republicans to do. That they that they have missed the time, they have missed a moment in so now the country is hungry for the kind of progressive vision that people like me, is Jamal Bowman and others and AOC and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are offering. And it's why, you know, it's why we have to ask a question. What are you fighting for? And if it's insufficient, then we got to get people out and get New People in. What term limits would you support? So in my case is I was I would say certainly no more than thirty years. And in the holes of Representatives. You know, I haven't, having given from this thought to a specific number. Well, you said you support Bernie Sanders, but he's held public office for was it thirty or thirty five years? You know, I said on I said on the house side. But, and here's the thing, you know, if we get to a point where we do in that term limits, then it can be that, because we like specific people a lot, the that the rule is not any aggregate, a good rule. If you know, we can make sure, we can make sure that we replace good people with other good people as a necessary by product of a blanket rule. So what we're your thoughts on lobbyists? Don't corporate lobbyists and they're the parts that they're playing in Washington right now, you know, and I don't take money from corporate packs, which is something that I wish more mine democratic colleagues and obviously Republican colleagues with what also commit to. You know, I heard about a letter recently that was being circulated that said that no one with fire experience and the private sector should serve in government. I don't go that far. I mean, I work in the private sector, but I'm still a progressive. You know, lobbyists, I think you know they're they're like the unions have lobbyists right so, like, I'm not gonna I'm not going to vialify a lobbyists in general, you know. I mean they're people working for the National Resources Defense Fund who are lobby's technically, but I think we need to reign in the influence of corporations in our politics and that means that we do need to have rules, like what Obama said, and from them who said that? You know, you can what it was with wree in particular. As going to leader all on, I'll t'm going to give her a credit for that. That says that, you know, they need to be a cooling off period and in some instances you just don't get to served if you are a lobbyist, depending on the scenario. Well, the election is coming up very quickly, November three. You're on the general election and we wish you the best of luck. Hopefully we'll we hope you have the opportunity to may be checking with you on election. I will be live here all night covering and we appreciate taking the time to talk to us. Thank you so much. Is Really interesting conversation. A mandare Jones, go to Mondare for Congresscom. Anything else you'd like to plug? No, thanks so much and yeah, please do go to my website in Monday for Congresscom. You know, I'm not just going to be a represented for the people in New York Seventeen Congressional district. I'm going to be a represented for everybody in this country who wants people to give voice to the concerns of everyday folks. And and I'm really excited to get to work because I think I think they're going to get a lot of done, a lot done in two thousand and twenty one. We just need to do the work that we need to do right now, heading into November, to get the right people in ballet and as soon as it happens in two thousand and twenty one will we love to have you back on as an elected member of Congress and thank you so much for joining us. We appreciate it best a lot of yeah, good luck, good luck. Thank you so much. Thank here. Bye there. Yeah, Monday. Are Jones joining us live? We want a bit over, but it was important conversation. I thought so. At an interview I like him, will be right back. Don't move for watching you like a condom. Yes, okay, that's the first thing that went over there. You know, when I say we're going to go back out in the here, usually that means stand by wrap it up. I say, who's done this for how many years? And I tweeted out a tweet the other day, I think it was yesterday, that had a list of the dates that everybody can get the last date that you can sign up to get your...

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