PRESIDENT TRUMP FINDS HIMSELF SEARCHING FOR HIS FOURTH SEARCHING FOR HIS FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN THREE YEARS. THREE YEARS. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE 9/11 WE’RE GOING TO HAVE 9/11 COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING LEADING UP TO THE MOMENT OF LEADING UP TO THE MOMENT OF SILENCE AT 8:46 A.M., THE MOMENT SILENCE AT 8:46 A.M., THE MOMENT THAT THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE THAT THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE NORTH TOWER, AND TOM BROKAW WAS NORTH TOWER, AND TOM BROKAW WAS REPORTING ON THE AIR THAT REPORTING ON THE AIR THAT MORNING. MORNING. HE’LL JOIN US LIVE AT THE END OF HE’LL JOIN US LIVE AT THE END OF THE SHOW. THE SHOW. IN A MOMENT WE’LL GET TO ALL THE IN A MOMENT WE’LL GET TO ALL THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING BOLTON’S QUESTIONS SURROUNDING BOLTON’S OUSTER. OUSTER. THAT WAS STAGGERING NEWS, BUT THAT WAS STAGGERING NEWS, BUT FIRST THE TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS FIRST THE TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS THAT WERE DECIDED LAST NIGHT IN THAT WERE DECIDED LAST NIGHT IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND WHAT THEY NORTH CAROLINA, AND WHAT THEY COULD MEAN FOR 2020. COULD MEAN FOR 2020. IN NORTH CAROLINA’S THIRD IN NORTH CAROLINA’S THIRD DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION RACE, DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION RACE, REPUBLICAN FWREGGREG MURPHY IS T REPUBLICAN FWREGGREG MURPHY IS T PROJECTED WINNER OVER DEMOCRAT PROJECTED WINNER OVER DEMOCRAT ALAN THOMAS AND IN THE CLOSELY ALAN THOMAS AND IN THE CLOSELY WATCHED DISTRICT NINE REPUBLICAN WATCHED DISTRICT NINE REPUBLICAN DAN BISHOP IS THE PROJECTED DAN BISHOP IS THE PROJECTED WINNER BY ABOUT TWO PERCENTAGE WINNER BY ABOUT TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS OVER DEMOCRAT DAN POINTS OVER DEMOCRAT DAN McCREADY. McCREADY. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK CREDIT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK CREDIT FOR BISHOP’S WIN TWEETING IN PART BISHOP’S WIN TWEETING IN PART DAN BISHOP WAS DOWN 17 POINTS DAN BISHOP WAS DOWN 17 POINTS THREE WEEKS AGO. THREE WEEKS AGO. HE THEN ASKED ME FOR HELP. HE THEN ASKED ME FOR HELP. WE CHANGED HIS STRATEGY WE CHANGED HIS STRATEGY TOGETHER, AND HE RAN A GREAT TOGETHER, AND HE RAN A GREAT RACE. RACE. BIG RALLY LAST NIGHT. BIG RALLY LAST NIGHT. DESPITE DEMOCRAT DAN McCREADY’S DESPITE DEMOCRAT DAN McCREADY’S APPARENT LOSS HIS MAJOR GAINS IN APPARENT LOSS HIS MAJOR GAINS IN THREE SUBURBAN COUNTIES THREE SUBURBAN COUNTIES HIGHLIGHT THE UNPOPULARITY OF HIGHLIGHT THE UNPOPULARITY OF TRUMP’S PARTY AMONG THAT TRUMP’S PARTY AMONG THAT DEMOGRAPHIC HEADING INTO 2020. DEMOGRAPHIC HEADING INTO 2020. POLITICAL ANALYST LARRY SAAB TOE POLITICAL ANALYST LARRY SAAB TOE TWEETED THAT REPUBLICANS SHOULD TWEETED THAT REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE HAPPY BECAUSE A WIN IS A WIN BE HAPPY BECAUSE A WIN IS A WIN AND THEY KEEP THE SEAT THEY’VE AND THEY KEEP THE SEAT THEY’VE HAD SINCE 1963. HAD SINCE 1963. DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE HAPPY DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE HAPPY BECAUSE THEY MADE A COMPETITIVE BECAUSE THEY MADE A COMPETITIVE DISTRICT ROMNEY AND TRUMP WON BY DISTRICT ROMNEY AND TRUMP WON BY 12% IN THEIR 2018 SUBURBAN GAINS 12% IN THEIR 2018 SUBURBAN GAINS CONTINUE. CONTINUE. HERE’S NBC’S NATIONAL POLITICAL HERE’S NBC’S NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT STEVE KORNACKI CORRESPONDENT STEVE KORNACKI LAST NIGHT AT THE BIG BOARD. LAST NIGHT AT THE BIG BOARD.>>IT’S A FASCINATING STORY HERE>>IT’S A FASCINATING STORY HERE WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS DISTRICT. WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS DISTRICT. YOU MENTIONED THE BOTTOM LINE, YOU MENTIONED THE BOTTOM LINE, DAN BISHOP THE REPUBLICAN WINS DAN BISHOP THE REPUBLICAN WINS THIS DISTRICT BY TWO POINTS, NOW THIS DISTRICT BY TWO POINTS, NOW REPRESENTED IN THE HOUSE. REPRESENTED IN THE HOUSE. THIS WAS IN 2016 A TRUMP DLIKT THIS WAS IN 2016 A TRUMP DLIKT DISTRICT. DISTRICT. THE PRESIDENT WON THIS THING BY THE PRESIDENT WON THIS THING BY DOUBLE-DIGITS IN 2016. DOUBLE-DIGITS IN 2016. COMES DOWN TO A TWO-POINT COMES DOWN TO A TWO-POINT REPUBLICAN VICTORY TONIGHT. REPUBLICAN VICTORY TONIGHT. WHY WAS IT CLOSE? WHY WAS IT CLOSE? WHY WAS THE REPUBLICAN WHY WAS THE REPUBLICAN ULTIMATELY ABLE TO PREVAIL? ULTIMATELY ABLE TO PREVAIL? THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT STORY THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT STORY LINES THAT KIND OF CONVERGED. LINES THAT KIND OF CONVERGED. EACH OF THEM IS A MICROCOSM OF EACH OF THEM IS A MICROCOSM OF WHAT WE TALK ABOUT NATIONALLY. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT NATIONALLY. ONE OF THE STORIES IS RIGHT HERE ONE OF THE STORIES IS RIGHT HERE IN THE SUBURBS, THAT CIRCLE IN THE SUBURBS, THAT CIRCLE MIGHT BE TOO BIG, THE DENSELY MIGHT BE TOO BIG, THE DENSELY POPULATED SUBURBS OF SOUTH POPULATED SUBURBS OF SOUTH CHARLOTTE. CHARLOTTE. ABOUT A THIRD OF THIS DISTRICT ABOUT A THIRD OF THIS DISTRICT IS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY. IS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY. WE TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, WE TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, HIGHER INCOME, COLLEGE EDUCATED HIGHER INCOME, COLLEGE EDUCATED SUBURBS, A PLACE THAT TRUMP WON SUBURBS, A PLACE THAT TRUMP WON THAT PORTION OF THE DISTRICT BY THAT PORTION OF THE DISTRICT BY THREE POINTS IN 2016. THREE POINTS IN 2016. McCREADY TONIGHT WINS IT BY 13 McCREADY TONIGHT WINS IT BY 13 POINTS. POINTS. SO THAT’S THE KIND OF SWING SO THAT’S THE KIND OF SWING WE’VE BEEN SEEING IN METRO WE’VE BEEN SEEING IN METRO AREAS, SUBURBAN AREAS ACROSS THE AREAS, SUBURBAN AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE TRUMP ERA AWAY COUNTRY IN THE TRUMP ERA AWAY FROM THE REPUBLICANS TOWARDS THE FROM THE REPUBLICANS TOWARDS THE DEMOCRATS. DEMOCRATS. IF YOU HAD SAID AT THE START OF IF YOU HAD SAID AT THE START OF THE NIGHT, THAT’S WHERE McCREADY THE NIGHT, THAT’S WHERE McCREADY WAS GOING TO END UP IN WAS GOING TO END UP IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY, YOU MIGHT MECKLENBURG COUNTY, YOU MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO WIN HAVE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO WIN OUTRIGHT. OUTRIGHT. WHY DID BISHOP SURVIVE? WHY DID BISHOP SURVIVE? THAT IS THE RURAL VOTE. THAT IS THE RURAL VOTE. THE EASTERN PART OF THIS THE EASTERN PART OF THIS DISTRICT WHEN YOU GET AWAY FROM DISTRICT WHEN YOU GET AWAY FROM CHARLOTTE, YOU GET AWAY FROM THE CHARLOTTE, YOU GET AWAY FROM THE SUBURBS, THESE ARE MORE BLUE SUBURBS, THESE ARE MORE BLUE COLLAR RURAL AREAS. COLLAR RURAL AREAS. THAT IS WHERE IT WAS THE THAT IS WHERE IT WAS THE ELECTION DAY VOTE. ELECTION DAY VOTE. HALF THE VOTE’S EARLY VOTE. HALF THE VOTE’S EARLY VOTE. FOLKS WHO WENT OUT IN THE RURAL FOLKS WHO WENT OUT IN THE RURAL PARTS OF THIS DISTRICT CAME PARTS OF THIS DISTRICT CAME THROUGH BIG FOR BISHOP. THROUGH BIG FOR BISHOP. THE REPUBLICAN. THE REPUBLICAN. DID IT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH DID IT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE RALLY TRUMP HELD ON ELECTION THE RALLY TRUMP HELD ON ELECTION EVE IN THIS DISTRICT. EVE IN THIS DISTRICT. THAT’S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. THAT’S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. IT WAS A BIG RURAL TURNOUT, IT WAS A BIG RURAL TURNOUT, REPUBLICAN TURNOUT FOR BISHOP, REPUBLICAN TURNOUT FOR BISHOP, TWO DIFFERENT STORY LINES. TWO DIFFERENT STORY LINES. BOTTOM LINE, TWO-POINT WIN FOR BOTTOM LINE, TWO-POINT WIN FOR THE REPUBLICAN. THE REPUBLICAN. IT’S MECKLENBURG COUNTY. IT’S MECKLENBURG COUNTY. ZOOM IN HERE, I SAY IT’S ZOOM IN HERE, I SAY IT’S GEOGRAPHICALLY TINY. GEOGRAPHICALLY TINY. DAN McCREADY, IT’S A 12-POINT DAN McCREADY, IT’S A 12-POINT WIN FOR DAN McCREADY. WIN FOR DAN McCREADY. THIS IS ACTUALLY BETTER THAN THIS IS ACTUALLY BETTER THAN McCREADY DID LAST NOVEMBER IN McCREADY DID LAST NOVEMBER IN THIS PART OF THE DISTRICT. THIS PART OF THE DISTRICT. HE WON IT BY TEN THEN, HE WIN IT HE WON IT BY TEN THEN, HE WIN IT IS BY 12 TONIGHT N. THIS SAME IS BY 12 TONIGHT N. THIS SAME SLICE OF THE DISTRICT I’M SLICE OF THE DISTRICT I’M SHOWING EWEYOU RIGHT HERE TRUMP SHOWING EWEYOU RIGHT HERE TRUMP BY THREE IN 2016. BY THREE IN 2016. THIS WAS A DENSELY POPULATED THIS WAS A DENSELY POPULATED AREA TRUMP WAS ABLE TO CARRY AS AREA TRUMP WAS ABLE TO CARRY AS A CANDIDATE. A CANDIDATE. TWICE NOW IT’S GONE DOESN’TS FOR TWICE NOW IT’S GONE DOESN’TS FOR THE — DOESN’T FOR THEUBLE-DIGIT THE — DOESN’T FOR THEUBLE-DIGIT DEMOCRAT. DEMOCRAT.>>WILLIE, IT’S OF COURSE A WIN>>WILLIE, IT’S OF COURSE A WIN IS A WIN IS A WIN IN POLITICS. IS A WIN IS A WIN IN POLITICS. THERE’S STILL GOING TO BE A LOT THERE’S STILL GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BE CARVING THIS UP TRYING TO FIGURE CARVING THIS UP TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE RACE MEANS. OUT WHAT THE RACE MEANS. IT REALLY DOES SEEM TO COME DOWN IT REALLY DOES SEEM TO COME DOWN TO A DIVIDED ELECTORATE THAT’S TO A DIVIDED ELECTORATE THAT’S GOING TO REMAIN DIVIDED THROUGH GOING TO REMAIN DIVIDED THROUGH 2020 WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE 2020 WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE RURAL VOTERS COMING OUT FAR MORE RURAL VOTERS COMING OUT FAR MORE FOR DONALD TRUMP THAN THEY HAVE FOR DONALD TRUMP THAN THEY HAVE HISTORICALLY HISTORICALLY HISTORICALLY HAVE FOR HISTORICALLY HAVE FOR REPUBLICANS, AND THEN FOR REPUBLICANS, AND THEN FOR DEMOCRATS HAD YOU’VE GOT NOT DEMOCRATS HAD YOU’VE GOT NOT ONLY URBAN VOTERS VOTING ONLY URBAN VOTERS VOTING OVERWHELMINGLY FOR DEMOCRATS, OVERWHELMINGLY FOR DEMOCRATS, BUT ALSO THAT SUBURBAN VOTE. BUT ALSO THAT SUBURBAN VOTE. IT’S GOING TO MAKE A HAUJUGE IT’S GOING TO MAKE A HAUJUGE DIFFERENCE IN PLACES LIKE THE DIFFERENCE IN PLACES LIKE THE PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS. PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS.>>THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME THAT>>THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME THAT DAN McCREADY HAD TO RUN IN LESS DAN McCREADY HAD TO RUN IN LESS THAN A YEAR. THAN A YEAR. THIS WAS A SPECIAL ELECTION THIS THIS WAS A SPECIAL ELECTION THIS TIME AROUND. TIME AROUND. AS STEVE JUST SAID, McCREADY AS STEVE JUST SAID, McCREADY ACTUALLY DID BETTER IN THIS ACTUALLY DID BETTER IN THIS RACE, EVEN THOUGH HE LOST, IN RACE, EVEN THOUGH HE LOST, IN THAT SUBURBAN DISTRICT AROUND THAT SUBURBAN DISTRICT AROUND CHARLOTTE THAN HE DID LAST FALL CHARLOTTE THAN HE DID LAST FALL WHEN HE RAN. WHEN HE RAN. IT’S GETTING WORSE FOR DONALD IT’S GETTING WORSE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN THE SUBURBS. TRUMP IN THE SUBURBS. LET’S REMEMBER IN THE 2016 LET’S REMEMBER IN THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTION, THE WIN FOR GENERAL ELECTION, THE WIN FOR DONALD TRUMP OVER HILLARY DONALD TRUMP OVER HILLARY CLINTON IS COUNTED IN THE TENS CLINTON IS COUNTED IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS IN STATES LIKE OF THOUSANDS IN STATES LIKE MICHIGAN, IN STATES LIKE MICHIGAN, IN STATES LIKE WISCONSIN AND PENNSYLVANIA. WISCONSIN AND PENNSYLVANIA. IF YOU TAKE CHARLOTTE AND YOU IF YOU TAKE CHARLOTTE AND YOU TURN THAT INTO MILWAUKEE OR TURN TURN THAT INTO MILWAUKEE OR TURN THAT INTO PHILADELPHIA OR YOU THAT INTO PHILADELPHIA OR YOU TURN THAT INTO ANY OF THE TURN THAT INTO ANY OF THE SUBURBAN AREAS THAT STATES THAT SUBURBAN AREAS THAT STATES THAT BARELY BY A SLIVER WENT FOR BARELY BY A SLIVER WENT FOR DONALD TRUMP. DONALD TRUMP. IF THOSE SUBURBS FLIP, YOU’VE IF THOSE SUBURBS FLIP, YOU’VE GOT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GOT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ELECTION IN 2020. ELECTION IN 2020. DONALD TRUMP WON EFFECTIVELY,