-Welcome to the show.
-Thank you. This is so fun, especially
having a woman president -on the show. This is nice.
-Oh, gosh. I hope this is a predictor
of the future. Welcome. -(laughs) Thank you.
-(cheering and applause) I-I don’t even know where
to start in your world b-because of how many
achievements you just have, you know, in your résumé. Let’s start with your journey
as a player. -Okay. -You know, you are one
of the most accomplished players that we’ve ever seen
in the game of basketball. Magic Johnson said that he
watches you play, and he goes, you’re one of the smartest
players on and off the court. He actually said you-you…
you are like a combination of Magic Johnson
and LeBron James. I appreciate that. -That-that is… That is
really high praise. -(laughs) -You’ve dominated.
-(cheering and applause) You’ve dominated
for such a long time. What’s interesting is
your sister plays in the team with you. -She does.
-She’s also amazing. -Yeah. -And then you have
a younger sister who has been predicted
to also be coming into the W… What are they feeding you
in your family? (laughs)
If you must know, we’re Nigerian,
so we eat a lot of egusi soup. Ah, that’s what it is. -Yeah. (laughs)
-That’s what it is. But is, like, is there something
in your family where, like… Like, how do you…
how do you have so many great basketball players
in the family? I don’t know. I-I really couldn’t tell you. You know,
we just kind of grew up -knowing what excellence was.
-Right. Um, in our culture, it’s just
the staple and the standard. -Yes.
-And so, to be honest, like, if I was playing
another sport, I would have found a way
to be excellent in that. -Right. -And it just so happened
that we all play basketball. Um, but not only that.
You know, we had the opportunity to play basketball
at Stanford University between me and my sister, and then my youngest two sisters
play at Rice. And it’s just in the blood,
you know? -Yeah. -It’s interesting
that you-you’ve been playing for so long, and the WNBA
is so young as a league. So when-when
you started off playing, there wasn’t even an idea
of a possible future. I mean, the-the WNBA
has been growing exponentially, but it’s still…
W-Was that ever an idea? Did you think, “Oh, I’m gonna be
playing professionally”? Or were you just doing this
for fun? I’m not gonna lie, Trevor.
I didn’t think I was gonna play professionally
till I was, like, -halfway through my senior year
of college. -Wow. Um, and I think
that is attributed just to how we were raised
but also not being… Kind of being ignorant
to the opportunities -for women in sports.
-Right. And for me to look back
and understand how much I’ve grown
in my intellect about that and being able to educate people
about that and also affect change
in this current CBA, I feel like I found my legacy. -It’s kind of cool. Yeah.
-That’s really amazing. -(cheering and applause)
-That really is amazing. But the W… the WNBA is-is truly one
of the most interesting stories, because here you have
this league that keeps on growing
year on year. You know, it does…
it does better and better. It makes more and more money, and-and yet there are so many
complicated stories within it. You-you have amazing women
who are athletes who play in this league. Um, most of them, I’ve-I’ve
heard, have college degrees. -Almost everyone.
-Like– Almost everyone? -Yeah, yeah. -That’s-that’s
special on its own. -That’s very special.
-You have business owners. You have entrepreneurs. But then, because of the pay
structures in the league, most of the women have
to go overseas to earn– and-and correct me
if it’s wrong– but more money
from other countries playing -in a basketball league.
-We have a 12-month season. -Right. -And that is to–
That gives us an opportunity to earn… (quietly):
up to ten times more than… -I’m sorry, what? Up…
-Up to ten times more overseas. What do you mean, up to te–
Up to ten times more where? Compared to what we make here. You get paid ten times more
outside of America? There-there are players that do. Um, and so we wanted
to make sure that… But, like, what c–
which countries are these? (laughs) I mean, Russia’s one. -(chuckling)
-(gasping) -Wait. Russia? So Russia is paying some of the women up
to ten times more -what they make in America?
-Yeah. Yes. -Wow.
-Yeah. Yeah. I-I never thought
I would be saying to ladies, -“Go to Russia.”
-(laughs) But-but that’s what–
So-so, players in the WNBA have h– have had
to make this choice, where it’s like you play
the entire year just to basically sustain
yourself as a basketball player. Yeah. And, you know, it kind of
was reflected in our CBA now. We wanted to kind of– You know, we-we didn’t want
to make it a-an obligation. We wanted to create
more disparity in the choices. -Mm-hmm. -Um, so now, with
what we hopefully catalyzed in this current
collective bargaining agreement, there’s players
that now have opportunities to not only make more money
but to be compensated in the league market,
in the team market, so that they don’t feel
like they have to go overseas, -which also affects motherhood
and child planning. -Right. -Right, right, right. -So, um,
now you don’t have to decide “when am I gonna have my kid” -or “am I scared to tell them
that I’m pregnant.” -Right. And those are the types
of resources and implications that we wanted to change
at a foundational level that can hopefully create
a much better future -for women’s basketball. Yeah.
-That’s really amazing. (cheering and applause) How did you… how do you respond
to those people who– some of–
some of which are trolls but some who maybe, you know,
genuinely from their side, say, -like, “I don’t understand
why…” -They’re all trolls. -Yeah, they’re all trolls?
I like that. -Yeah. You know, some people are like,
“Why do WNBA players “want more money? Like,
they don’t have as many fans -as the NBA.” -You know,
I just don’t understand, um, the ignorance, because it doesn’t make sense. -Right. -But, at the same time,
I think it boils down to the business
being run properly, which, um,
our current commissioner now is really working hard to fix. Granted,
basketball’s basketball. But the game’s different
on the women’s side, -and the fans that we do have–
which are a lot. -Mm-hmm. That is not true.
We do have fans. And I expect everyone here to go
to a WNBA game this summer. -Including you.
-(cheering and applause) -I’m gonna go. I love…
-You’re gonna go. -I love watching
live basketball. -Okay. -But we do have fans. -WOMAN:
23 years, we’ve been going! (chuckles)
You guys go already? -23 years!
-WOMAN 2: 23 years! -23 years?
-Thank you. Thank you. -Wow!
-Thank you. -(cheering and applause)
-Thank you. Thank you. So– I told you we had fans. -Wow. That’s from the beginning.
-We have fans. -That’s O.G. fans.
-Yeah. So, like, you know, it’s just– it’s not true
that we don’t have fans. But the business is different. You know, we play differently. -Um, we appeal
to a different market. -Mm-hmm. And we have to tap into that
in order for the business -to thrive. -When-when you look
at the journey you’ve been on, when you look at the journey
the league has been on, the players have been on, there’s no doubt
that the league is growing. There’s no doubt that the league
makes more money. Is-is there an argument
of-of chicken and the egg? You know, like, people go, like,
“Oh, maybe if the league makes more money, then
the players can get more money.” But is there also the argument
of, “Oh, if you invest more “in the league, then the league
becomes more popular. If it becomes more popular,
it makes more money”? That is definitely what
we’re dealing with right now. And instead of just talking
about the chicken or the egg, bring a chicken that lays
an egg, or let an egg crack. -Like, do something. Don’t…
-Mm, mm, mm, mm. -Don’t just keep talking
about it. -Right. -Yeah. -So, what’s-what’s
your… what’s your goal and-and your journey now? Because, I mean,
you are a legend both in and outside
of basketball. Um, you know, you’ve-you’ve
achieved so many accolades. Um, where do you… where do you
see your journey taking you? Um, right now, I’ve…
I’m finally grabbing the wheel -of the car that’s taking me to
wherever I need to go. -Right. Um, but, to be honest, I just
want to educate more people about the WNBA, women in sports,
empowering women in general. -Mm-hmm. -Um, especially
educating other women on how to empower women. We do need allies, of course. (laughter) -(laughing): And so…
-(applause and cheering) And so, that’s just kind of
what I want to do. I just want
to educate people, because ignorance really eliminates
a lot of preconceptions, -and it changes actions in a
very small way. -Mm-hmm. Right. And I tell everyone, “Okay,
if you can’t go to a WNBA game, at least have the TV on and let
it contribute to the ratings.” Turn it on if you absolutely
have nothing to do. You can find a game. It’s not impossible
to find a game. Turn it on, watch it. Follow me now.
You know me now. You know?
In whatever way you can. I know a lot of people
probably know my teammate, Candice Parker.
I’m sure you can follow her. -Right. -Don’t just watch her
as an analyst. Watch her play. And if you can’t see her,
then you can’t be her, and that’s what
I want to change. Let’s-let’s talk
a little bit about that. Because I think one of the…
one of the more interesting and heartbreaking stories is
undeniably that -of Gigi Bryant.
-Yeah. We saw all these images of her,
and there were… there were seldom images of her
that didn’t involve basketball. You know,
whether it was her playing in-in… in her dress
and in her heels. You know, that-that…
that video that went around. Whether it was pictures of her
practicing with her dad Kobe. Whether it was images of her
at a game staring at you. You know,
almost looking at you like, “Wow. This is where
I dream of being.” There’s no denying
that Gigi Bryant in many ways represented the future
of what the WNBA could be. You know, because she was… She wasn’t just playing
basketball to play basketball. She was trying to get somewhere,
and that somewhere was the WNBA. She looked up to you, she looked up to many
other players in the WNBA. What do you think
that’s done for the sport, and what do you hope
young girls out there who are playing right now
will have that your generation doesn’t? You know, losing Gigi, I think,
to the world, um, it exposed people to a lot
that they didn’t know. Not just about a young girl who wanted to aspire
to be like her dad, but a young girl that was
moving things for women without even realizing it. -She was authentically herself.
-Right. And by her being
authentically herself, um, you know, we saw
a living legacy in her. Uh, not just
through her father, um, but also for women in sports
and for the WNBA. -Right.
-When we got to experience her, we were looking
at what we were working for. You know, we’re not just here
to make a difference for the current players,
for the rookies coming in. We’re here to make a difference
for those girls like Gigi whose eyes lit up every time
that they saw us. And… that is out there, and people need to know
that that is out there. -Um, we were tragically alarmed
by it. -Mm-hmm. But it certainly was
a wake-up call, um, and it really hit hard for the women’s basketball
community to lose her, -but we’re gonna live in
her honor. -(applause, cheering) I could give you that
every single day. -Congratulations on everything
you’ve done. -Thank you. -Congratulations on making
history. -Thank you. Thank you. Nneka Ogwumike of the WNBA
Los Angeles Sparks, everybody.
With Super Tuesday at an end, let’s salute the real heroes
of this election– campaign volunteers
working tirelessly for candidates they believe in. And one Elizabeth Warren fan
has been doing more than just giving you flyers
to throw away. So, anyone that shows me proof
of a donation to Elizabeth Warren’s campaign,
I give them one month of free access
to my personal porn account. Come again? Sir, can you, uh,
unpack that for me? -Yeah. Um…
-You know what I mean. Yeah. I love Warren,
I love her policies, so I give free access
to my OnlyFans account, and I post videos of myself,
um, having sex, um, (bleeping) a Domino’s pizza. So… let me get this straight. You’re doing (bleeping) and (bleep)
on a Domino’s pizza… for Elizabeth Warren? That is correct. But what is it about Warren that made Kenny take matters
into his own hand? -Number one, um,
-Mm-hmm? one of her policies specifically
is health care. Um, I am a Type 1 diabetic, um, and I am gonna turn 26
in two months -and lose my health insurance.
-That’s terrible. Not only that, but 26
is basically retirement age for a porn star. Yet Kenny is still willing to give up his earnings
for Warren. But how much are we talking? So, I charge $9.99. For a year? A month. That’s more than Disney+. I mean, if Elsa starts shoving
a dildo up her butt, maybe Disney+
should start charging more. -Hmm.
-Um… Well, I mean,
I’ll tell you something, if I could see
Baby Yoda’s butthole, I’d max out for Warren, too. People think
Baby Yoda’s cute, but… I know he nasty. -Yeah.
-Don’t look at me like that. Okay. He’s 50! He’s just supposed
to look like a baby. Okay. Um, and I started this campaign
last Wednesday, and I have raised close to,
if not exceeded, about $6,000. You’ve raised $6,000
since Wednesday? Yeah. All these people literally
just want to see my butthole. And to raise money
for Elizabeth Warren. Absolutely, that as well. As more and more candidates
drop out, you can just feel the general election
poking through. It’s obvious Kenny is flexible, but does
that flexibility extend to his political loyalties? Has Elizabeth Warren
always been your candidate, or did you ever think
about doing a Yang Bang? Um, no, I’m…
I am Team Warren all the way. What if a more moderate
candidate wins the nomination? -(sighs)
-Would that just be, like, -over-the-shirt stuff, or…?
-Um, I don’t even know if I would have a sex drive
at that point. You could experiment. I mean, have you ever tried
the sex position where you blindfold yourself
and just stumble around and keep getting
in your own way? It’s called the Biden. Yeah, not my favorite. Well, blue no matter who. Blue no matter who. Kenny’s willing
to put his ass on the line for any Democratic candidate. Do you have any advice
for young people who want to be more involved? Uh, use your voice
and register to vote. We really have the power to flip
this entire country around. Democracy was built on the
backs of brave, young people, and sometimes that involves
(bleep) on a Domino’s pizza. (cheering, applause)
I got to say, Roy, this virus has everyone
so stressed out. I mean, I’m keeping this can
of disinfectant around to spray on everything. What-what else can we do
to stay safe? Stop, stop. Stop with that. First of all,
Trevor, don’t panic. The most important thing to do
is wash your hands. Just wash your hands.
And don’t rush. You got to wash them
for at least the length of one verse of a Cardi B song. ♪ Yeah, I wash the back,
then wash the front ♪ ♪ Girl, I make healthy moves. ♪ Yeah. And another thing.
Don’t touch your face ’cause you can
make yourself sick. And if you are sick,
remember to stay… (coughing) …stay at home. (laughter and applause) (Wood clearing throat) What? Wh-What? Did you just corona-cough
in my face? No. Didn’t cough in your face. No, I just had some peanuts
a minute ago. They stuck in my throat. (laughter) Okay, I’m… ‘Cause I’m-I’m watching you,
Roy. Don’t-don’t make me sick. I’m good, man. Come on. As I was saying,
it’s important not to panic. Check on your elderly neighbors,
make sure… (coughs) (laughter) (coughing) (laughter and applause) (clears throat) There’s no need for concern. What you need to… (coughing) -Ah, corona! Corona! Corona!
-No! It’s peanuts! -It’s peanuts!
-Corona! Get out of here!
What’s interesting is
you just came from South Africa, where we don’t have
the coronavirus right now. -I left the only safe place
on the planet. -Yeah, yeah. -Yeah. -You did. And then I–
Like, I came to America, and now my friends
from back home, they’re like, “Oh, yeah, yeah.
Who’s got viruses now?” (laughing) So, welcome back
from your whirlwind. I-I don’t even know
how you’re here. I don’t know how you’re awake.
You’ve been in South Africa shooting a movie. You’ve
been there for how long now? -Uh, I was there since the–
mid-January, probably. -Right. -Over a month. -And you seem
like– From your Instagram, it seems like you’ve been having
the time of your life. It feels like I haven’t been
on set at all. I’ve just been traveling
and playing with animals and-and it-it’s– I-I love
where you’re from so much. I might move there. I might–
We might have to switch places, -and I’m-I’m gonna become
a resident. -Oh, yeah, yeah. I don’t– And you visit my mom
and tell her everything’s good -and then– Yeah. This is
a great deal. -Exactly. This is a great deal.
Um, then you– then you flew out to London.
You flew out to Paris. You-You’ve been, like, on a–
Then you started, -like, following the coronavirus
around. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Now you’re back in the U.S.
-I might be the– Yeah, I might be the one
spreading it, actually, -so beware. -No, no, no.
No, ’cause you’re behind it. I can vouch for you.
You’re behind it. -It was there before you.
-Cool, cool, cool. Um, but you’re back and you’re here to talk
about, uh, a new film that you’re in, um, predominantly about
Rob Ford -uh, uh, the mayor from Toronto.
-Yes. Really controversial figure. And this is–
this is a fascinating story, because he was– he was a figure
that was larger than life. -Mm.
-And he-he was really– You know, I mean,
a lot of people would say, like, he was a bad man.
But it seemed like people treated him
more like a joke than-than as a problem
and as a politician. Tell us a little bit
about the story and-and why you chose
to be a part of this film. Yeah, I mean, it’s, uh–
I’m Canadian, and, uh, the film
is about politician Rob Ford, like you pointed out.
And he was– I thought it was
an important story to tell mainly because, in a way,
he was like a precursor, he was, like, foreshadowing
what was about to happen below America’s hat.
Is that what it’s called? -Right.
-Yeah. We’re the hat, right? You-you think he was
a foreshadow to Trump? Well, in a way, yeah.
I mean, he– Everyone thought he was
entertaining and hilarious and weird and they didn’t take
him seriously. -And yet he did
all these things. -Mm-hmm. And, um, I-I don’t know. I just feel like we sh–
it was like a warning -that nobody really listened to.
-Right. And it’s-it’s like
a cautionary tale that we just need to be
more aware of, especially now going
into the next election. It-it really is interesting,
because he was larger than life. He was charismatic
in his own way. -He was funny. He knew how
to spin the news. -Mm-hmm. And you play
an interesting character who’s one of the people affected
by Rob Ford, -um, a character who’s based
on a real-life person. -Mm. Because Rob Ford had women
who worked in his campaign and he was accused of saying
horrible things to them, doing h-horrible things to them. Your character plays one
of these women who is almost forced to work
in this environment because she can’t find a job. When you’re– when
you’re preparing for this role, there are so many things that
are going through your mind. How do you inform yourself
about how this character is going to be played? Well, I mean, I-I did
my research as much as I could. -And, yes, she’s loosely based
on a real person. -Mm-hmm. But, in general, I mean, so
many people are going to school and getting
all these a-amazing degrees and studying so hard
and then they can’t find work -in their area of expertise.
-Yeah. And, in her case,
she worked for Rob Ford, and she didn’t really have it– Like, she-she was in a– She was between a rock
and a hard place, essentially. She wanted to do what was right,
but she needed to make money. And she had– She felt like
she had to be in this situation -where she was being harassed
in the workplace. -Mm-hmm. And that conversation,
obviously, has been highlighted, and it’s changing slowly. But this woman, in real life, I mean, she stood up for herself
and left the situation and didn’t want to take
this abuse anymore. And she was, in a way,
a bit of a pioneer for the movement
that happened many years later. It’s-it’s a powerful story. You-you play the character well. -Thank you. -If-if you are–
if you are looking at a story like this,
some people may gravitate towards, like, the sadness
of the story. “I can’t believe this happened.
This is so sad.” But there is–
there is a triumph in it. What-what would you say that is
for you? I think that the people– I mean, hopefully,
we can just get everyone that is voting right now. -I mean, tomorrow is
the big day, right? -Right. -Super Thursday.
-Yeah. Super Thursday, as– -Yeah. Yeah. (chuckles)
-(laughs) So, if anything, like,
whatever your opinion is, whatever you believe in, just
get out there and actually vote. Like, we need– Every election
is just as important as the next.
And so I think that we have– We all have voices
and we all have opinions and we’re entitled to them. And as long as people go out and-and believe in what they
believe in and fight for it, then that’s, like– We
just need to get to the polls. -Get to the polls.
-(cheering and applause) Thank you so much
for being on the show. Beautiful performance. -And say hi to my mom.
-I will. Run This Town will be in
theaters and on demand March 6. Nina Dobrev, everybody.
The Democratic primaries. After Super Tuesday,
voters basically decided the race should be between
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. So Michael Bloomberg
promptly dropped out, and now, in the wise words
of the phisolo… philosopher DJ Khaled, “Another one.” We begin with today’s
big breaking 2020 news. Senator Elizabeth Warren
is dropping out. Warren speaking out
on her decision to suspend her campaign. Gender in this race, you know… that is the trap question
for every woman. Uh, if you say, “Yeah, there was sexism
in this race,” everyone says, “Whiner!” And if you say,
“No, there was no sexism,” about a bazillion women think,
“What planet do you live on?” Um, I promise you this, I will have a lot more to say
on that subject later on. Damn. Elizabeth Warren has
a good point. Yeah. Because like it or not, that was some truth
that she dropped there. A woman addressing sexism,
or ignoring it, while running for president
is either gonna be seen as a whiner
or living on another planet. Which is unfair,
especially since the president is already a whiner
who lives on another planet. -(laughter)
-And whether you think sexism played a role or not,
you have to admit, it’s pretty strange
that a race that started with a broad tapestry
of candidates is now basically down
to two old white men. Yeah. They’re so old that no
matter which one of them wins, Donald Trump will be
the youngest person in the race. Think about that. That’s wild.
Like, there’s no other job where these three people
would be the top candidates. Like, even
if they were auditioning for those
Life Alert commercials… -(laughter)
-yeah, people would be like, “Uh, we’re kind of going
for someone healthier, you know? “You guys don’t really look like
you’re young enough to save, you know what I mean?” And now the big question is, who is Elizabeth Warren
gonna endorse? Biden or Bernie? Is she gonna swipe right
or really far left? (laughter) All right, let’s move on to this
year’s biggest viral challenge, the coronavirus. While the CDC is struggling
to test patients, and stores are running out
of cleaning supplies, we’re finding out just how fast
this thing can spread. New alarm bells ringing tonight in the coronavirus outbreak
in this country. There are now
more than 150 cases in a growing number of states. A New York City lawyer
is hospitalized. His wife, daughter and son
testing positive. A family friend
who he spent time with is also positive, as are
his wife and three children. Officials also announcing the
neighbor who drove the lawyer to the hospital has the virus. The neighbor’s children
are being tested. The governor says
no need to panic. (laughter) Okay, there’s definitely
a need to panic. (laughter) ‘Cause the only time people say
there’s no need to panic is when there’s something
to panic about. Like, a pilot
never comes on the P.A. like, “Uh, ladies and gentlemen,
no need to panic, uh, but we’ve landed.” You’d be like, “And?” “And nothing.
There’s no need to panic.” Because that graphic
is especially scary. Did you see that thing?
Look at that. Like, everyone got the virus. That guy got the virus,
then his wife got the virus, his kids got the virus,
his neighbor got the virus, probably everyone sharing his
Netflix account got the virus. Huh? The guy who drove him
to the hospital got the virus, which means the car’s GPS
probably got the virus as well. She’s like, “Turn right now. “Coughing. Coughing. Touching face.” No, GPS, don’t touch your face! You don’t even have a face! Now, leaders all over the world
are handling corona in very different ways. You know, some are panicking,
and some are not doing enough. Luckily for all of us
here in the United States, there’s one person
who isn’t worried at all. NEWSMAN: We had a report today
the global death rate at 3.4%, and a report that the Olympics
could be delayed. Your reaction to that? TRUMP: Well, I think the 3.4%
is really a false number. Now, this is just my hunch. Because a lot of people
will have this, and it’s very mild. So I think that that number
is very high. I think the number…
personally, I would say the number’s
way under one percent. Yes, good news.
Trump has a hunch that coronavirus is not
as deadly as people think. In fact,
he personally has a feeling that the death rate
is lower than one percent. What the (bleep) is that? (laughter) “I’ve got a feeling” is a phrase that should only be reserved
for low-stakes situations. You know, like whether tonight’s
gonna be a good, good night. (laughter) And honestly, I don’t know
why Trump is doing this. Like, why is he being like,
“Oh, it’s not that bad. It’s not…” He’s acting like
the virus is no big deal. No one is blaming Trump
for coronavirus. People just don’t want him
ignoring it like it’ll just go away. This is a global pandemic,
not his son Eric. (laughter) And, by the way, why was… why was Fox News showing
the White House for that call? I mean, based on where Trump
spends most of his time, it’s more likely
he was at Mar-a-Lago or KFC. I mean, I don’t even know
why they did that. Right, and finally, here’s a fun story
to lighten up your day. Uh, you know how
everyone always tells you to not text while driving because it can lead
to a disaster? Well, this next driver
should have taken that advice. NEWSWOMAN:
Please stop what you’re doing and take a look at your screen. Check out a major fail after a man
passed his driving test. Just ten minutes later,
yeah, that same man, he drove his car into a river.
It happened in southern China. Reports say
he was trying to avoid those pedestrians
on the bridge. Apparently, he was reading–
get this– messages on his phone
congratulating him for passing his driver’s test. (laughter and applause) There are… there are
so many things about this story. First of all,
he was trying to avoid the… Why didn’t he just stop? (laughter) Like, that thing,
it went bad so fast. It looked like
the driving version of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign,
you know? It was like,
“I’m the only one who can… Aah, Elizabeth Warren!” (laughter) And you know who
I really feel bad for? The person
he was apparently texting with, because you realize
they’re still at home looking at
those three little dots, and nothing has come out. Like, “What is he saying?
What is he saying? Did he pass the test or not?” But still, people,
the real lesson here is about texting while driving. Because, you see,
this only happened because the driver looked down
to read his texts. Then he looked up,
saw the pedestrians, panicked, swerved,
and went into the water. So please, don’t make
this mistake. All right? Just keep looking down
at your phone the whole time. You let the people
jump out of the way. Yeah. ‘Cause if people
jump off the bridge, we can always make more people, but that car
is never coming back.
♪ ♪ (heart beating) KLEPPER: South Carolina
is the first place black Democratic voters will really be heard
in this primary. So I hitched a ride to the
historic city of Charleston. Here I noticed something. No, it wasn’t
the antebellum cosplay, It was the ads
that candidates were running. They all seemed to feature
a familiar face. OBAMA:
This is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary career. Elizabeth understands
what I strongly believe. Mr. Michael Bloomberg is here. So it seems like a lot
of white folks think standing next to a cool black
person gives them legitimacy. But is it effective? Let’s ask my good friend
Roy Wood Jr. I know why you brought me here. We’re in your hometown,
South Carolina. I’m from Alabama. We’ll fact-check that. So Roy and I happily went
to Charleston to see if voters noticed the
Democrats’ brilliant strategy. Have you seen the ads? Yeah, I’ve seen the ads. It looks
like Obama’s running again. All of them have
these commercials now with-with, uh, them and
Obama saying stuff about ’em. It’s just the candidate with,
like, African Americans. Your stance cannot be what Obama
did eight years ago. We-we want someone
that’s gonna be, I-I feel, -in that sense, authentic.
-Every day, when you wake up, -you want a candidate, above
all things, -Exactly. Right. -who cares about you.
-You. Yes. And if you… And has, like, a good picture
with Barack Obama. -Right. But– No.
-No. He think that black people
like the white people that got a picture with Obama. -I never said that. (stammers)
-That’s what you said. -The term I used is
“African American.” -Listen, you can’t ride
on Obama’s coattail. We not– That’s not how we vote. Which candidate has
the best OPV? Break that down. Obama… proximity… value. The closer you are to Obama,
the more black people like you. That’s a funny question, because I personally never
even considered that. Who’s got the best OPV? Black people don’t care about
white people in ads with Obama. I don’t know, ’cause everybody
running an ad with Obama in it -right now. I’m just saying.
-That’s what I’m saying. On behalf of black people, this is what black people want
to see. They want to see how close… How do you know
what black people… I spend a lot of time
around black people. -WOOD: You hang with me.
-Well, he’s at a table with three black people
right now. You got to give -a brother credit.
-Thank you very much. But even Roy recognizes
the power of proximity. This is a picture of me
with Barack Obama. If you look closely, that’s Obama, and that’s me
all the way over there. -Is that technically even
the same room? -Yes! -It’s the same–
That’s-that’s Trevor. -Wow. And there’s a bunch of white
people and then there’s me. Are these, like, interns?
These are Daily Show interns -in between you and Obama.
-Those are producers and writers. Those are
respected people on the show. That’s an– that’s an intern. He-he worked on The Daily Show
for a month, max. It just looks like you
was just thrown in as a prop. It does look like that.
She is 100% right. -You look like a prop. No. -I’m
not a prop. I’m an employee. -I understand that. But…
-This is everybody that works -at The Dai… -Well,
I’m just saying how you look. You look like they, you know,
tokenizing you in that picture. All right. South Carolina
voters are not easily duped by the slick political
advertising strategy of “my one black friend.” But who was breaking through? WOMAN:
I do particularly like Biden. We need health care, and Elizabeth is gonna
get that done. Well, for me, um,
definitely Tom Steyer. I’m talking about equality.
We talk… Wait. What you said?
What you said his name was? Tom? -What’s his name?
-Steyer. -Tom Steyer?
-Yeah. Tom Steyer has a message that resonates
and connects, uh, with people. Do I follow my heart and vote for somebody like…
even Tom Steyer? -I like… I like Tom Steyer.
-I mean, Tom Steyer. Who is Tom Steyer?! -I-I… -Tom Steyer is saying
some good shit! Who the (bleep) is he?!
I’ve-I’ve never heard of him! I don’t know. The words you’re
saying makes no sense to me. KLEPPER: Turns out this
mythical beast spent more money on ads in South Carolina
than anyone else. And Steyer’s commercial doesn’t even have Obama
endorsing Steyer. It has Obama endorsing a woman. I heard this voice behind me. Her name is Edith Childs. KLEPPER:
Who then endorses Steyer. CHILDS:
Tom’s fired up, and Trump got to go. I’m Tom Steyer, and I approve this message. KLEPPER:
To find out more about Steyer, we went to South Carolina
Congressman James Clyburn who recently endorsed
the candidate with the highest O.P.V.–
Joe Biden. Well, you know, Steyer came in. He’s-he’s made it dicey. He’s made it dicey.
In what way? Well, he’s spending millions. Mm-hmm. Money will make things dicey. He’s running second
or third in South Carolina now. It’s what… -John Steyer is running third?
-It’s Tom. -Tom.
-Tom? -Tom Steyer.
-Tom Steyer? -Yeah.
-I think. It’s Tom, right? Tom. KLEPPER:
So Roy and I decided it was time
to go see the candidates, like Biden and Warren and… Tom… Steyer? Tom? -Tom. -Thank you.
-That’s his name? All right. Appreciate that.
You get the check. KLEPPER: It was inspiring
to see candidates engaged with the voters
of South Carolina. And finally, in a little church
outside of Charleston, we got to see the Tom Steyer,
and while Steyer is just a blip
nationally, he does have
some intriguing ideas. I think I’m the only person running for president who’s
for reparations for slavery. (murmuring, applause) And why is that true? ‘Cause I want to tell the truth. -Tom Steyer! -(laughing)
-Tom Steyer. -You’re Tom Steyer. -Tom Steyer.
-You guys are so excited. -You’re Tom Steyer.
-That’s Tom Steyer. -What’s up, you guys?
-Tom… We know this election could go
a lot of different ways, and in case it doesn’t go
the way you want it to go… -(laughs) -…can I get
an advance on my reparations? (Steyer laughs loudly) I’m not…
I’m not laughing. -Let me put it to you
this way. -I’m for real. KLEPPER: These Democratic
candidates are fired up, ready to go. We are sure that was Tom Steyer? Wait. That wasn’t Tom Steyer? KLEPPER:
I’m pretty sure. 70%. (cheers and applause)
I’m here in New York City,
gay capital of the world– except for Berlin,
San Francisco or Congress– here to talk
to some LGBTQ voters. Anyway, I’ve come
to the Leslie Lohman to talk with LGBTQ voters about finally getting
the gay presidential candidate we’ve all dreamed of. So if someone told you
ten years ago that there was going to be
a gay presidential candidate, how do you feel like
you would have reacted? Because I know, for me,
I would have been like, “Who told you I’m gay? Was it Kevin?” Oh, I would…
I would have believed it, but I would think
it would be a woman, though. Ten years ago, Barack Obama was
still evolving about marriage. It’s a real leap
to think that ten years later, we would have
a viable queer candidate for president
of the United States. YOUNG-WHITE:
But being proud of Pete doesn’t mean
that we’re voting for him. Raise your hand
if you plan on voting for Mayor Pete in the primary. -(laughter) -I don’t think
it’s possible for me. There’s nothing that he could do
to make you vote for him? No. Our community actually has a bit
of a shameful history in the sense that gay white men have historically marginalized
the contributions of trans women and trans men
and people of color. I am trans,
and, you know, knowing that there is gonna be a…
you know, a cis, gay presidential
candidate doesn’t do anything to make my life any safer
as a trans woman. YOUNG-WHITE:
And that’s the divide. According
to my unofficial poll, the type of gay you are
determines whether you trust Pete
to represent you. A lot of people will say that he’s not queer enough, -or he’s not gay enough.
-What does that even mean? He’s gay enough if we can
hold his feet to the fire to make sure
that our voices are heard. I live in South Bend, and I work with Black Lives Matter
South Bend, and those are… They don’t have trust for Pete. So you want him
to wear a leather harness, and you want him and Chasten
to open their relationship, and you want them to be poly? We just want him
to actually pay attention to the policing problem. I had a face-to-face with him,
and I asked him, “What are you doing about the
police brutality in Indiana?” And he kept saying, “Well,
this is what I want you to do. I want you to push me,
I want…” I don’t need to push you. You know what needs to be done. Okay, so you’re not asking him
to be more gay. -You just want him to care
about the margins. -Correct. I want him
to care about the margins, and leave the Dockers at home. YOUNG-WHITE: Pete’s rainbow
booty shorts are actually just a pair
of relaxed fit Dockers, which is why I wonder
if his mainstream appeal is that you can kind of forget
he’s gay. As much as we can say
that Pete’s brand of queerness
has problematic aspects, don’t you think that that
actually makes him electable? For example, look at this. MAN:
That is my brand of queerness. We don’t have a picket fence,
but that looks like a picture
of my husband and me. The word that’s not there is
“first gay family.” You know, the word that’s
there is, “first family.” That is something America
can-can get behind, I think. I see it as a disappointingly
sanitized version of what it means to be gay. To a lot of critics,
this looks like this. Oh… They’re less a gay couple and more so just, like,
uh, two guys who decided to make granola
in their kitchen. They’re clearly gay, and if that’s not gay enough for the people in this country,
I don’t know what would be. So it sounds like the takeaway of
this conversation should be, if Buttigieg does not
eat his husband’s (bleep) on live TV,
he is not gay enough for me. I’m out. (laughter) How about this? Gay people–
we’re basically straight. N-no. I mean, the takeaway is, also,
that for a lot of voters, you can’t just choose gay. -You also have
to think about your race. -Okay. Pete Buttigieg–
black people don’t like him because of the police stuff
and homophobia or something? No, black people like him. And a lot of black people don’t. Pete Buttigieg– a lot of black people
don’t like him, but some do. Can you imagine
how fun it will be to watch a gay,
married, midwestern mayor destroy Donald Trump? Okay, I hear you. Pete Buttigieg–
I’m taking Trump to pound town. -No one wants to see that.
-No. So then, what is is it? I think the takeaway should be
that, um, the LGBTQ community
is not a monolith, and, uh, you know, the first gay
presidential candidate means very different things to very different people
in our community. YOUNG-WHITE:
Whether you believe Pete is the visibility we spent decades
fighting for, or just another
centrist white guy who’s easy on the eyes
and the police, the gay community is
making it clear. If you want our vote, you better work… (sighs) I can’t…
I’m not (bleep) saying that. I can’t (bleep) that. What the
(bleep) does that even mean? (cheering)