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good morning. i'm carol costello live in washington. thanks so much for joining me. hillary clinton just minutes from now delivering her concession speech in one of the most historic upsets in modern presidential history. she's due to speak at the bottom of the hour. of course we will carry that live for you. clinton's speech hours after donald trump delivered his own as the nation's next president. his win in a word, stunning, going well past the 270 electoral votes needed, crushing hillary clinton. her supporters stunned and heartbroken after one of the most polarizing presidential races in our lifetime. president obama congratulating trump and due to speak publicly himself later today. a victorious trump changing tone and calling for a divided nation to unite behind his presidency. >> now it's time for america to bind the wounds of division. we have to get together.
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to all republicans and democrats and independents across this nation, i say it is time for us to come together as one united people. >> republican president in 11 years to have such a huge advantage. the gop now controls both the house and the senate. the house under a trump administration, trump says he will deliver his campaign promises, stoking great optimism among his supporters and great fears among those who did not see this win coming. we are covering the campaign and the fallout. we begin with jeff zeleny, on the phone from the site of clinton's speech in just about a half hour. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are outside the new yorker hotel in midtown manhattan. i can tell you the scene here is one of disbelief and long faces for clinton donors, top advisers and rank and file staffers. we are watching them walk into the hotel now for what will be a
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concession speech, the first time we hear from secretary clinton since her epic defeat last night. and just talking to a couple staffers this morning, they say they simply can't believe this. they say today is not a time for finger pointing but i can tell you that has already started. for all the conversation about a divide in the republican party and what might have happened had donald trump not won, the recriminations inside the democratic party will be just as severe and deep. they say now is not a time for finger pointing. her speech today will be focused on healing and will urge democrats to support this president-elect. but carol, the looks on people's faces here from jim margolis, top campaign advisers, they still looked stunned to me. still look shell-shocked. >> jeff zeleny reporting live. now let's turn our attention to
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the trump camp. cnn's sara murray is here with that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. even this morning, some trump aides, trump advisers, are still stunned at his ability to pull out this victory last night, and we did hear a very different tone from donald trump, a man who has inspired chants of "lock her up" about his political rival at his rallies. take a listen to what he said last night. >> i have just received a call from secretary clinton. she congratulated us, it's about us, on our victory and i congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. i mean, she fought very hard. hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of
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time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. i mean that very sincerely. >> reporter: if it seemed like hard work to pull off a political revolution, now donald trump has got to build a government. this is an avenue that's been entirely separate from his campaign planning. donald trump did not really want to be that involved in the nitty-gritty of transition planning. he wanted to focus on the task at hand, winning the election, so his transition team has been doing their own thing, laying out a first 100 day plan for donald trump, going through different agencies looking at for instance regulations donald trump could remove, repeal unilaterally and also sort of hunting through names of people who would be suitable cabinet officials for donald trump so that he will have different lists of people to choose from for each of these different agencies. it's very early in the process and trump's own aides say hold
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on, give us a couple hours at least to let this victory sink in before we immediately delve into transition planning but there's no doubt that all this effort is going to start up very quickly, carol. >> sara murray live from new york, thank you. let's talk about that and more. frank sesna, director of the school of media and public affairs for george washington university, maeve restin, cnn's national political supporter, clinton sweet and david gergen, former presidential adviser to nixon, ford, reagan and clinton and ryan lizza, washington correspondent for "the new yorker." david, i want to start with you. hillary clinton is about to give this big concession speech in just about 25 minutes or so. her closest aides will be in the audience. it won't be a huge affair. what do you suppose she will say? >> i think she will be extremely gracious. in 2008 she suffered a stinging defeat to barack obama and when she pulled out and conceded she
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was very gracious. that was a speech in which she famously talked about the glass ceiling, said we have at least put 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling but she threw her full support behind him. she said in that speech in 2008 i have been in public service for four decades. this is now five decades. this is a woman who devoted her life to trying to make it a better country as she sees it, and i think that she's going to go out that way. she's going to go out on a high note and she will continue to be a force. i think she can calm a lot of the fears that are out there, try to give people something constructive way to take all their emotions and move forward. that will be very important. >> i want to bring brianna keilar into the conversation. i know you covered the clinton campaign and i want to ask you about some people say why didn't she just give her concession speech last night. why not go out and get it over with as is traditional, why wait until today? >> reporter: i think part of it
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was because she was waiting for some of those final states that we saw come in. i think that from lessons past, i think there was certainly a realization pretty -- i don't want to say pretty early but at a certain point last night well before we heard from john podesta that the writing was on the wall, that there wasn't a pathway forward, but just waiting for that official acknowledgment i think of wisconsin and michigan and sort of where those were going. but also, a lot of people looked at, you know, not wanting to rush this but i think they also looked at the stage that was set up at javits, it was a very different situation. i think they also looked back to other times, where for instance john kerry waiting until the next morning to do something. i think they felt like hillary clinton making that concession phone call was enough to really stem criticism of her not acknowledging the democratic process that she had railed against donald trump for not
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talking about respecting. >> lynn, mr. trump in his victory speech last night was gracious toward hillary clinton and the crowd clapped, right, so how long do you think that will last? >> it depends so much on what he does. also, he did that near 3:00 a.m. who isn't a human being and doesn't blame hillary clinton for saying maybe i do want to wait, really talk to some supporters who may be up. so i think it will depend what he does. is he really going to continue saying he wants to call a special prosecutor on day one to lock her up? if he keeps up with that language, then no matter how gracious a speech hillary clinton makes, which i agree with david, is exactly what she's going to do, remember when they go low, we go high, she's going to go out that way. but he has to decide if he wants to be president and act like it now, so it will last as long as
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he does not continue to polarize, incite and inflame already raw feelings and nerves. >> kellyanne conway, his campaign manager, said that wasn't discussed, that they were going to take some sort of legal action against hillary clinton, but she didn't say it was off the table. >> i think that we should have no idea what to expect from donald trump after the course of this campaign. he also went out there and talked about suing all of his female accusers so will that happen? i don't know. >> also the trump university trial's going to go forward on the 28th of november. so he may actually appear and testify. >> right. i think that there's so much pressure building on him now, especially because republicans are in such a powerful position in washington, to really deliver. i don't know what that will be exactly. there are a lot of voters out there, even people who supported him who never thought he was actually going to build the
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wall, and there were people who thought he was a closet democrat. the really interesting thing about donald trump is that he has been such a sort of empty vessel in a way in the sense that we don't know exactly what his plans are. he hasn't laid that all out. his campaign has been about personality and it's really, there's a lot of pressure on him right now to come forward and explain what he would do. >> so frank, i don't want to take away from mr. trump because it was an astounding victory, right, it's an historic victory. his supporters are thrilled. so maybe we will see the real donald trump now that he is the president-elect. >> well, there's been a lot of talk about what a new day this is for america and for american politics. it's a very new day for donald trump, too. he's never had a job like this. let's remember he's never been in government. he's never had to make and build constituencies and win people over and create alliances and deal with opponents who are not going away. you can't fire people because they shoot from the sidelines.
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there are a lot of surprises still in store. his taxes, we going to see his taxes? when do they come out? what does he say? he has never had to manage all these moving parts. so the surprises there will matter. he discovers now that every word, right, david, every word he utters, it's not the candidate from the trail throwing bombs anymore. it's the president-elect who everybody, leaders around the world, are listening to for nuance, for direction, for hints, for suggestions to where he's going. >> it is possible -- he has to grow into the role, right, ryan lizza? i think he will start getting intelligence briefings right away. >> reporter: yeah. look, it's going to take a lot of work frankly from a lot of republican leaders who opposed donald trump. some of the brightest minds in the republican party are the ones that sat on the sidelines and didn't want -- were in this sort of never trump movement and a lot of those folks hopefully will get a hearing with donald
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trump and some of the republican leaders have been his most vociferous critics. hopefully there will be a little bit of a make-up session there because let's be honest, donald trump is going to need help. he's never done this and i don't think he's quite prepared for the job he's about to get, and you know, it's in everyone's benefit, of course, that he doesn't fail. >> right. here's why we keep talking about this. because when you take a look at some of the exit polling, when voters were asked about feelings if mr. trump won, 20% said they were concerned and 36%, they were scared. if you look at the exit polling, you will see how divided our nation really is along minority lines, along gender lines, still. david, that's a tall order for mr. trump. >> it is. it is. i would think that he would go slow about saying exactly what he's going to do.
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the most important thing now is to gather people around him who can make this transition go forward. he's got to have a small team doing that. one of the issues i think we have to sort out quickly is he did this almost as a one-man show. remarkable. we have never seen a candidate, while she was traveling around with an entourage and all sorts of stars, entertainment stars, he was out there alone. i think that's his tendency to want to govern that way. but washington is a place where you get more progress, you collaborate, if you work in a collaborative way with other people. who is he going to collaborate with? he has jeff sessions there in the senate. who's going to be in his ear helping him to navigate this? because given it's such new terrain to him, he's going to need a couple sharpos to help him along. >> well, the good -- the better news is john kasich tweeted, i'm going to have to get it on my phone because it disappeared here, john kasich tweeted saying the american people have spoken and it's time to come together,
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congratulations, president-elect. mitt romney tweeted out congratulations and it's time to come together as republicans because donald trump was elected president. >> that's what we do in america, which was kind of what everyone was saying to donald trump when he said if i think the election is rigged, i may not concede. well, now he's not complaining about rigged. another point i want to make, though, is a thing to watch is how he approaches congress. they are not his employees. they are not his board of directors. you cannot fire them. and they can obstruct everything he wants to do, particularly the democrats in the senate. we have no idea yet if he's a student of the body, if he understands how it works and one other quick thought, he gets a lot of his, let me call it sugar high from going out and getting these big rallies. he wouldn't have that for awhile. >> he doesn't need 60 votes to repeal things. he needs 60 votes to replace things. that's what it's going to be. is he really going to tear up the iran agreement, is he really going to repeal obamacare?
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>> this is where this brand-new job becomes brand new big. he not only needs to manage the senate and the house, he's got to manage nato and china and he's got to deal with how is he really going to be read by putin. every single thing he says and does now is under a global microscope. and recognizing that and speaking to that and thinking in that way, processing that, david and i were talking in the hall earlier comparing this to the reagan moment because when reagan came in, lots of people thought, europeans thought he was a cowboy, didn't know what he was doing, grade b actor, but he had the big impressive kitchen cabinet around him. major advisers who has been around -- >> he was also a governor. >> he had been a governor. big big big difference. who is his kitchen cabinet? rudy giuliani, chris christie and newt gingrich? >> he doesn't listen to people, it's very hard to get him to take advice. remember all the conversations we had this entire campaign about how people would urge his
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children to go to him and get him to stop using such divisive language. i think that is a tough -- i think it's also a conversation that is starting today, soul searching within the democratic party as well, and sifting through exit polls, there was not a huge surge of women who came out to support hillary clinton. we thought there was going to be this huge latino wave and sometimes exit polls can be wrong, but there are a lot of people out there that are going to argue that bernie sanders was the stronger candidate and this may involve the progressive wing of the democratic party. >> it lends credence to donald trump kept saying the system is rigged, right? well, if all the polls were wrong and we are all surprised this happened, maybe voters will say donald trump was right. >> they could believe that, or the idea just that the polls completely didn't show something and that happens sometimes. i now look back on a moment in
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the primary season where, and i see it entirely through different eyes now, and that was in march on the night of the michigan primary. i was covering bernie sanders in florida. i was where the story was not supposed to be. he had a rally and it wrapped up early because he didn't expect to win. i mean, the polls had hillary clinton leading in michigan by big double digits and sort of near the end it seemed like maybe it would tighten, but then all of a sudden he beat her. it was the biggest primary upset in those early months. and it told us a whole lot, i think, about where voters were in michigan, working class voters who sent us a signal then, who sent the signal out last night as well with donald trump, and it was something that really couldn't be ignored and you know, polls didn't necessarily show it so i think that there were -- it's just something that is hard to measure and there's so many different things going on. we saw that then, we saw that last night as well. >> i just want to tell our
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viewers what they're watching. they put up a screen so you can't see hillary clinton leaving the peninsula hotel which is where she's been staying, when she stayed overnight. she's going to make her way to the windham which is about 20 blocks away from midtown manhattan, forgive me if i'm wrong about that, but it's not a long drive, because her speech is due to take place in just about ten minutes. i just wanted to tell our viewers what they were seeing. you were saying? >> one thing to look at, all the people who i think trump will have his eye on will be bernie sanders. they might try and do something on trade. that is the first person and it's logical, it's reaching across the aisle. bernie sanders' new political operation called our revolution, when they issued a statement last night, they had some conciliatory language towards the elites who are out of touch. i would keep an eye on that. because that would be a logical move, i think. >> that's true. but that's where the collisions begin. because if they start moving on trade, i can't tell you how
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terrifying that is to europeans already of what's coming. financial markets are extremely nervous. but there's a real sense, what have you guys done in the united states? this is your brexit. it's hugely disruptive in europe. they will argue if you really embrace these trade policies you will throw the world into a deep recession. >> i got to end this here. we have to move on. we do expect president obama to issue a statement around 12:15 eastern time that will also be fascinating because president obama very much wanted hillary clinton to carry on his legacy, right. so what does he say now, right? he worked hard and ultimately failed. thanks to all of you. part of understanding donald trump's historic win is understanding who turned out to vote. let's bring in cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans. she has that. >> good morning. donald trump's base was limited to white men and hillary clinton would do much better with women and minorities, but there were
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some surprises when it comes to race and gender. perhaps the biggest, trump did better with blacks and latinos than mitt romney did four years ago. clinton won those groups, but not by an obama margin, not by enough. nationwide, 12% of the electorate is african-american. clinton won 88%. trump, 8%. while that's a huge margin, of course, it's five points less than president obama in 2012. trump narrowed the democrats' advantage with latinos as well. 65% of latinos breaking for clinton, 29% for trump. president obama did eight percentage points better in 2012. trump also did well with these groups in battleground states. look at florida. almost 20% of the electorate there tell us they are latino. trump garnering 34% of that vote. that's part of the reason he won florida. 63% of that group breaking for clinton but that was not enough. some interesting developments when you look at gender and education. among college educated white males, trump won 54% of the vote to clinton's 39%.
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the gap was even larger for white males without a college degree. this is a group that really latches on to trump's message. 72% break for trump. just 23% for clinton. finally, trump won 62% of white non-college educated women compared to clinton's 34%. this shows you across the country, demographics that clinton was hoping for did not show up in big enough numbers to vote for her the way the campaign had wanted and planned for. carol? >> we will talk about that a little later in the "newsroom." thanks so much. coming up, we are moments away from hearing from hillary clinton for the first time since trump's stunning win. we will bring you her concession speech after a break.
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good morning. welcome back to our special coverage.
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i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we are just minutes away from hillary clinton's concession speech. it will be the first time we have seen or heard from the candidate since her historic and stunning defeat here in the united states. let's get straight to our senior washington correspondent, jeff zeleny, joining us outside the windham new yorker hotel where hillary clinton will be speaking any moment now. set the scene for us. >> reporter: wolf, i can tell you secretary clinton will be addressing her supporters. really we have seen a stream of top advisers of the campaign, many of whom have become familiar to those watching this campaign very carefully. joel beninson, top strategist and pollster, jim margolis, veterans of the clinton administration, filing into this hotel here as well as rank and file staffers. several dozen, maybe even hundreds of staffers inside are going to be greeting secretary clinton when she gives what i'm told is a thank you address as
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well as an address urging democrats and others to support this president and move forward. i'm told this is going to be a forward-looking address and wolf, i do not believe it will begin momentarily. i believe secretary clinton is not quite here yet. they are still screening people and people will be coming in. but it is a sense of disbelief here. you see people hugging, crying. it's still many democrats here are every bit as shell-shocked as they were last evening at the javits center when they walked out in disbelief. but there are some questions now. what did they miss? what could they have spotted out happening in the country? clearly in the words of one adviser to me, we underestimated donald trump. i think that's the way to sum it up most succinctly. >> i think it's fair to say they were stunned by the results last night. is that fair to say? >> reporter: wolf, absolutely. stunned does not even begin to describe it. you try and think of a word that
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would describe it. they simply were not preparing for this. this is her second bid for the presidency and you know, they definitely were looking forward. i was told even by one source that she was prepared to name her white house chief of staff, her transition was in place which is typical for a presidential candidate but the aides were confident of their path to 270. they were not exactly sure which states they would win. they were worried about north carolina but they were confident about holding that blue wall. but you have to wonder, secretary clinton, i traveled with her across the country for the last year and a half, she did not go to wisconsin one time in the general election. ultimately, lost that state. i can recall president obama in 2008 and 2012 going there frequently. so they campaigned far less in some of the blue battleground states. they simply were focused on expanding the map. at the end of the day they needed to be focusing on holding the map.
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it was a failure across the board to recognize this rise of donald trump, the anger in the country here and democrats are also asking questions. i talked to a top adviser to bernie sanders, asking him for his comment. they said we have nothing polite to say right now. that is what's coming up here. these divisions in the democratic party will be laid bare by this as well. >> just to be precise in terms of the format, she will go to a stage, microphone, will someone introduce her? do we know that? or is she just going to go out there and speak? >> reporter: i know she will be joined by senator tim kaine, her running mate, along this journey hoare. he will be with her here at the hotel. and she will be greeted i'm told by applause from all of these staffers and supporters. i'm not sure if someone will introduce her or not. but of course, the key point of this is to give a public concession speech. she made a private phone call to donald trump last night. it was a brief and cordial phone
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call. but this morning her address will be her main opportunity here to say what she has to say before she takes her leave and donald trump moves forward to become the 45th president of the united states. >> yes, he is. he will be the 45th president of the united states. jeff zeleny, stand by. we will get back to you. with us, cnn's maeve reston, david gergen, gloria borger and dana bash. also joining us, our senior political correspondent brianna keilar joining us from new york. brianna, a lot of us remember, remember the speech she delivered more than eight years ago when she said i wanted to break that ceiling when she lost to then senator barack obama, did not get the democratic presidential nomination. she delivered a powerful address here in washington that day. this is going to be different because at that point she still looked forward to a significant political future. i suspect she's not looking forward to much of a political future right now. >> no.
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and it's still sort of unknown exactly where she moves forward from this. but to put a point on that, that was the speech where she talked about the cracks in the glass ceiling and the entire reason aside from the fact that it could accommodate a large celebration, the entire reason the javits center was chosen last night, because it has a big beautiful glass ceiling. so it was supposed to serve as this visual for her cracking the glass ceiling. in the end, it was just this very sad what was supposed to be a party of just people who were crying and shocked and leaving and emptying confetti cannons back into boxes. we are expecting a very different scene. she's expected, we have all been told, to be gracious, to talk about trying to heal the country but it's a tall order. it also just sort of i think underlying that is just how many divides there are both in the
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democratic party, we heard a little bit certainly from jeff talking about sanders supporters and some of their concerns. i have heard that, too, a lot of anger, but there's just such a divide that we do expect her to talk about certainly healing those divides but it's not something you can just spackle over. so this is really just, you know, this is just going to be i think a step along that path. >> you were there last night at the javits center and you reported how that mood shift as the minutes and the hours went by and donald trump was picking up states that polls suggested he was not necessarily going to pick up, and then at the end, she made a decision she was not going to address the thousands of supporters who had gathered there. john podesta, her campaign chairman, instead came out and said she will say something tomorrow. walk us through the background. why she decided even after telephoning, calling donald trump and conceding and graciously congratulating him, why she decided at 2:00 a.m.
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last night not to address her supporters. >> i think that it was just so stunning for hillary clinton and for those around her, what had happened, i mean, i heard descriptions of what they were going through, that they were despondent and what we were hearing was going on behind the scenes was reflected entirely by what we were seeing there at javits center. people who had been so relaxed and happy, they were getting beers, they were getting glasses of wine and just waiting for hillary clinton and then all of a sudden, that turned to concern. then that turned to people crying. that turned to people sitting and waiting. that turned to people leaving because they were so upset that they couldn't handle being there waiting to see what would happen. but i think that it was in a way such a turn for hillary clinton and for those around her to go from what they planned which was a big party to then a concession speech that i think they made that decision that she would make the call and then sort of
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on her own terms but in a way taking some time, waiting until those final results from michigan and wisconsin came in. remember, it was so late in the night by the time we had that. so that was the timeline that they worked out because hillary clinton coming out on that stage which was beautifully appointed for her of a map of the united states for a very different scene, instead taking it down a notch, going to a different location today in what is instead going to be a more subdued good-bye to those who have spent so much time working on her campaign and also just an acknowledgment of just what a divisive election this has been and sort of how she wants to have her final message on that be about unity. >> brianna, we will get back to you. stand by. gloria, donald trump in his speech, his victory speech last night which was relatively short, he was very gracious to hillary clinton. he was very pleased with the phone call she made conceding, congratulating him. he congratulated her on her
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service to the united states over the years. it was a very different tone than what we had heard for months from him about crooked hillary. >> he said that we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her public service and he talked about binding the wounds and he said it's time for all americans to come together and i think that's what you are going to hear from hillary clinton today. this is an unexpected development in american politics and i think when we take a step back, we will understand that what donald trump did here was extraordinary. what he did was rip the band-aid off of american politics. and things that had been simmering at least to our knowledge in the media, quite frankly, things that had been simmering outside the country and around this country in rural america, people who felt left behind by their own party and by
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the government, came out and voted in numbers that astonished even the trump analytics people with whom i was speaking last night. they had no idea. their internal polls were showing them up ten points in wisconsin and they didn't believe it. they thought something was wrong. so what donald trump did was create a new coalition and his challenge now is to take that more populist coalition that he created and combine it and meld it with a conservative coalition in the house and senate and try and come up with some way to govern. that isn't going to be easy but the republicans that i have heard from throughout the evening and even this morning were saying look, we have to do this. we need to do this for the good of the country and that's what we intend to do. >> dana, this speech from hillary clinton will be very significant. it will be a speech to the american people but also specifically to her supporters,
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so many of them are so angry right now. it will be followed in a little bit, 12:15 eastern, the president of the united states will address the american people and he will speak. he spoke with donald trump earlier this morning and invited him, which is the tradition, to come to the white house thursday to begin this formal transition between now and january 20th when donald trump will be inaugurated the 45th president of the united states. another speech coming up sort of in between, house speaker paul ryan will be speaking out as well. he was lukewarm at best as far as donald trump was concerned. this is an important day because these speeches will set the tone. >> absolutely. and donald trump started it last night. he started it by setting the tone in a very gracious, very conciliatory, very it's time to come together, the whole crooked hillary, lock her up was like a distant memory already even though people in his crowd were screaming it just hours before. but he put that aside as a leader should do, and does, when
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he or she wins or loses. that was your point about the speech we are going to hear momentarily from hillary clinton. i always have believed that the concession speech is often in our democracy with sort of civilized peaceful transition, the concession speech is more important than the victory speech. because it is the signal to the people who don't want the president, who was just elected, this is our country, this is democracy, this is what it's all about, we have to respect the office of the presidency and learn to respect the president. >> david gergen, that's democracy, peaceful transfer of power after an election. this was a free and fair election here in the united states. donald trump won it fairly. he is the president-elect of the united states. if you are talking about concession speeches, i thought john mccain eight years ago, mitt romney four years ago, they delivered very powerful moving concession speeches. i don't know if hillary clinton has been reading those speeches but i assume she will do something similar. >> she didn't have a lot of time to read them, did she. such a surprise.
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but i do think that she will be classy. this is a woman who has tried for 25 years to become president of the united states, prepared for this moment, thought she would get there. must have a deep sense of rejection and must -- and the whole sense of being disillusioned about what the country is all about. there are a lot of her supporters who woke up today disillusioned. i think she wants to channel that negative energy into something more positive. i do think we are blessed that donald trump and hillary clinton and barack obama are all going to be isgracious and help set a tone. >> president obama eight years ago, when there was a transition and he became president, that was very very useful. he was a junior senator from illinois and all of a sudden he's the president-elect of the united states. donald trump really has no government experience at all and now he's going to be the commander in chief and the president of the united states. you got to give him an enormous
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amount of credit. he came from nowhere, people discounted him, they belittled him when he was running for the republican presidential nomination against 16 or 17 republican governors and senators who had a lot of money, a lot of advertising. he beat them all one by one by one, then they underestimated him, the democrats certainly did, the clinton campaign certainly did, in these months leading up to last night. >> they absolutely did. i think there is a lot of soul searching going on in the democratic party as well about how this happened and whether hillary clinton was the strongest candidate to go up against donald trump. i think there's so much pressure on donald trump now, who has not been particularly specific about most of the things that he wants to do with the exception of the deportation force and a wall, there's so much pressure on him now to kind of lay out an agenda and there's pressure on republicans to be a check on those ideas that they did not agree with. so it's going to be a
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fascinating scene that plays out. >> i actually think, i totally agree with you that he's been very vague on a lot of the policy prescriptions that you usually hear a lot of details from presidential candidates, but that actually gives him a lot of running room now. a lot of running room to work, never mind the democrats, but with his fellow republicans who will control congress, to do deals on things that they might not do with another republican leader. certainly they wouldn't do with, for example, on the budget with john boehner because they didn't trust him. even paul ryan. so this gives them an opportunity and him an opportunity, especially if he has some good will after he nominates a conservative to the supreme court, probably overturns executive orders, then he's going to -- there's going to be a lot more room for give and take. >> that first day he's going to be president of the united states, january 20th, the inauguration, during the speeches at these rallies, on day one i'm going to remove the iran nuclear deal, on day one
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i'm going to do this. >> he's going to reverse executive actions. >> all of president obama's executive orders. >> there are certain things he can do on day one. i bet that those are the things that he will do on day one. i think it's also going to be interesting to watch how the democratic party reacts to him because it's not unlike barack obama. when barack obama came in, he was kind of a celebrity and so is donald trump. he had control of the congress and so does donald trump. and i think that what obama did was saying he wanted to be a transformational president. people who come into office very often overinterpret their mandate. i would argue maybe barack obama did that. and we'll have to see what donald trump does, what he's able to achieve with his own party and how the democrats react. because the republicans from day one, mitch mcconnell said our first job is to get rid of barack obama.
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>> the congratulatory messages to the president-elect are coming in. former president george h.w. bush two minutes ago just tweeted barbara and i congratulate donald trump, wish him well as he guides america forward as our next president. his family is in our prayers. very nice tweet. very nice message from former president george h.w. bush. the bush family as we know, especially after jeb bush, the former florida governor, was soundly defeated by donald trump, they have not been out there supporting trump. >> no. the bush family has real animus toward trump. but i think they are graciously going to put that aside. i do disagree the parallels to obama. the obama inauguration was one of the biggest celebrations i have ever witnessed in this country. there was a sense that this was a country that was inclusive, that was bringing everybody in. we are heading toward a time when donald trump right from the beginning has held it together but some of his aides were
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saying we have long memories, we all remember -- >> wthe republicans felt that wy about barack obama. >> well, they didn't feel threatened. >> i'm not so sure. >> you have a lot of people who feel personally threatened. women feel they are going backwards. >> i'm not so sure a lot of people didn't feel that way about barack obama. i'm not so sure they expressed it as publicly. >> you remember all those critics, all the haters of the president who didn't even think he was legitimate because he supposedly wasn't even born in the united states. that was a pretty high percentage of that. you remember who led that birther movement? >> barack obama never sort of involved -- i may take away some of your liberties, i may attack you on things that are very precious to you. i just feel like this is a very different environment than what we went through. >> let's see if the president
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and hillary clinton and the others now can heal a bit as we go towards the inauguration on january 20th. we are waiting for hillary clinton. she is going to be delivering her concession speech. she stayed at the peninsula hotel in manhattan a few blocks away. the windham new yorker hotel. that's where her staffer, her supporters, her friends, her fund-raisers, they have gathered there. they are all very very sad. they are coming to grips with the new reality that hillary clinton will not become the first female president of the united states. the next president of the united states, an historic moment, will be someone with no government experience at all, donald j. trump. we'll be right back.
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welcome back to our special coverage. we are waiting for hillary clinton to deliver her concession speech. she's still over at the peninsula hotel where she spent the night. very short drive over to the windham new yorker hotel. the room there, the ballroom is all set. her supporters have gathered inside. her fund-raisers, her staff. this is going to be a very very emotional moment for them, also very emotional for hillary clinton as well as she concedes
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and she acknowledges that donald j. trump will become the 45th president of the united states. jeff zeleny, our senior washington correspondent, who has covered hillary clinton now from the beginning of her road that she hoped would lead her to the white house, that's not happening, jeff, i asked earlier to set the scene. she's running obviously a little bit late. give us some more information. what we're hearing from her aides, what she's likely to say. >> reporter: she is running a little bit late but i'm told that is because this campaign really had to scramble to set this event up. this is not something that they were planning for. my colleague is now inside the ballroom and just told me a few moments ago they are still setting up the risers for people. they have not started allowing a lot of people in yet. some people are inside. that's one of the reasons she's running somewhat behind here. she's simply waiting for this event to be set up here. but just, it goes to show how on the fly this moment is.
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i think looking back, this is not only the end of this campaign, this is the end of her second bid for the presidency. some of the advisers and supporters and friends that i have seen walk through the doors here of this new yorker hotel have long faces on them for that reason. they have been with her since 2007, throughout this campaign. this is not anything that they ever expected would be happening on the day after the election. >> to say they are stunned is -- and overwhelmed is an understatement. live picture now from inside. they are still setting up. you see the flags, you see the podium. we will take a quick break. when we come back, hillary clinton will be leaving one hotel, going to another hotel and delivering her concession speech.
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welcome back to our special coverage. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world.
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we are watching a dramatic development right now, very dramatic moment. hillary clinton about to concede publicly. she did privately in a phone conversation with donald trump last night but now she's about to deliver a speech in new york city to her supporters, her staff, her friends, her fund-raisers. they have gathered at the windham new yorker hotel. we have live pictures coming in from there already. she will be delivering this speech with her vice presidential running mate tim kaine. this is just the first of several important speeches we are about to hear this morning. the president of the united states shortly after hillary clinton delivers her concession speech, he will be speaking at the white house. we will of course have live coverage of that. that's now scheduled for 12:15 p.m. eastern time here in the united states. the speaker of the house, paul ryan, he also has a speech coming up. he's been at best lukewarm as far as donald trump is concerned. he will deliver a speech. all of these speeches will be critically important in setting
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the stage for the transition, the transition from president obama to the president-elect of the united states who will become the president, talking about donald trump, on january 20th, that's inauguration day here in the united states. we have a team of all of our political analysts and correspondents who have covered these dramatic moments. you see vehicles beginning to leave the peninsula hotel in new york with hillary clinton in one of those vehicles right now. very short drive in manhattan over to the windham new yorker hotel. that's where hillary clinton will be delivering her speech. gloria borger, the pressure is really on her to deliver the speech i am sure she never thought in recent days, weeks and months she would be delivering when donald trump got the republican nomination for president of the united states. she knew she would run against him. all her campaign staff, i think they were pretty excited thinking you know what, this is going to be a slam-dunk. >> yesterday morning they thought they were going to win
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and they were citing margins of well over 300. i think this is a speech that she didn't think she was going to win and i remember back to when she gave that speech after she lost to barack obama about the 18 million cracks in the ceiling and that's why they wanted the glass ceiling at the javits center. one note about that, donald trump almost built the javits center. he bid for it for building the convention center and the city chose somebody else but he had an option on that that it could have been the trump center which he wanted to name for his father. i doubt they would have been having this there had that been the case. but she can't seem to escape that. look, this is a very hard speech for hillary clinton to give. harder than the one she gave when she didn't get the nomination. and this is something she's been working on and thinking about for decades, and this is clearly
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i believe the end of her public service in government, and so i think for a whole host of reasons, and you know, when you talk to people as i have who have lost presidential elections, the first thing they say generally is how they feel about the people they let down, who have worked for them for years and years, and obviously, when you look back on this, a lot of this was hillary clinton's own doing. the private e-mail server being exhibit a. but i think what she will be thinking about is the people who have dedicated their lives to her which is what candidates think about when they lose and they second-guess themselves. >> that's exactly it. you keep thinking about the picture that her campaign tweeted about 9:00 p.m. eastern with her and the little girl, not sure if we have that, surprising the control room here, she was hugging the little girl which they were hoping would be the image that shows
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look what i have done for little girls and now it's the image that shows i'm sorry i let you down. one thing as you were talking just from a historical perspective, i think we can say flat out, correct me if i'm wrong, there's nobody who has gotten this close to the white house so many times and has not gotten there. just even by sheer virtue of the fact she lived there for eight years as the first lady. she has gotten so close to this top prize and she could literally taste it. i mean, it's the ultimate lucy with the football. j >> it's such a careful balance to strike in this speech because so many supporters are devastated. think about the pictures posted by moms with their kids saying they were voting for the first woman president and really believing she was going to win. at the same time, there is so much of the country that cannot stand her. so you know, that's just such a moment of healing. >> the question as you look at
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these -- at these exit polls, again, we don't know how accurate these things are, but when you look back on it, the question will not so much be about gender because there were non-college educated white women who deserted her two to one. >> stunning. >> who voted against her two to one. the question will be about what kind of candidate she was and where the country was and how that was misread by everybody, including us, and how that was misread and how donald trump had his finger on what was going on in the country and read that. >> let me just set the scene once again. you're looking at all those flags. live pictures coming in from the ballroom at the windham new yorker hotel. you see the lectern on the podium. the former first lady of the united states, former secretary of state, former u.s. senator from new york state, hillary clinton will concede publicly, will be delivering her speech.
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you see the teleprompters there. she's going to be delivering the speech momentarily. brianna keilar, you covered hillary clinton from the start of this latest adventure. she tried to reach the white house and i wonder if her husband, her daughter, the family, i know the vice president, her vice presidential running mate will be there. do we know who else is going to be with her at this moment? >> reporter: we know at this point that this is really a good-bye and a thank you to a lot of people who have worked on her campaign. and even before the campaign, this was almost a shadow campaign. i covered her for more than a year before she officially declared so we know a number of top campaign officials and these are folks who just haven't been with her just for this cycle, but they have been with her over the years and they are going to be there. now, exactly what she's going to say, we know generally we expect that she is going to be gracious, that she is going to talk about healing some of the

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