tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN January 19, 2017 11:00pm-12:01am PST
i have a couple. they got so generous. i want to tell you, i just sent a big check. oh, great. should have sent it a week before. we love you, too. they are now officially a member of our party. we've picked up hundreds of thousands and millions of republicans, not only did we do great in the election, you remember we cannot get to 270. they were right. we got to 306. you cannot get it. i know, cnn i was watching. i was watching all of them in all fairness. all of them. the main networks, the cable networks, although, fox has treated us very well, i have to say. very well, very well. very well. and when i say well, by well, i mean fairly.
but they were saying you cannot get to 270. i went to maine four times. for one vote and i got it but i didn't need it. this was a victory for all of us, a victory for all of us and in the audience, by the way, i see my great brother and i see ann marie, thank you for being here. i see my sister marian and david. where is -- there, right there, who happens to be a court of appeals judge. he is tough. she is tough. but highly, highly respected. i see my sister elizabeth, which is great. i'm so happy you're here. we actually have a very, very good family. we have a family. we have a family that gets along. my sons, look at them standing there. did they -- i say why aren't you campaigning today? eric and don and tiffany, who was incredible.
and barron is home. but we had -- we had a great group of people, right? we worked hard. in the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named tom brady and a great coach and a great coach named belichick, bob craft. so good luck, bob. your friend tom just called. he feels good. he called to congratulate us. he feels good. good luck. you're going to do great things. so i just want to thank everybody. we're going to have four incredible years. it's going to be something special. we have in the audience a special person whose worked very hard who married very well, it's my daughter ivanka. where is she? [ applause ]
>> i sort of stole her husband. he is so great. if you can't produce peace in the middle east, nobody can. okay? all my life, i've been hearing that's the toughest deal in the world to make. and i've seen it. but i have a feeling that jared is going to do a great job. i have a feeling he's going to do a great job. so -- [ applause ] >> you're working with him. [ laughter ] >> and one other person i have to thank, so we had actually 18 people said -- 17 people running. it's 18 including gilmore. now i like gilmore because he endorsed me right away. he was the governor of virginia in all fairness. is he here? yeah, he's here. so we had 18 people running and we had reince and i said before, nobody knew how to pronounce his name. it's a crazy name.
they call him reince, steve just called him -- still not pronouncing it right, steve. but reince priebus, now everybody pronounces his name right. he's a star, and i knew that a long time ago. he had a problem because he sort of liked me. he didn't like me because of my personality, he thought i could win. he thought i could win. phyllis fashz schafly. was a great woman. passed away six months ago. i went to her funeral in st. louis. and she came out against all of her fellow conservatives and said i am not endorsing anybody else but donald trump. i don't care what exactly he is. he's like an unknown quality, quantity but he -- he's going to win and reince had the same thing and reince was taking tremendous abuse and i want to
thank, by the way, philis because she went through hell. philis went through hell in that last one-third of the year and turned out to be right but reince had the same thing. and reince sort of -- i always felt he favored me. like a coach who has a player and you sort of favor, but reince is fantastic. reince has been an unbelievable leader. now, he had to win because if he didn't win, it was over. he would have been fired. we would have said reince, you're fired, get the hell out of here. but he is an unbelievable leader. he's an unbelievable talent. and he's been my friend and he's been with me from the beginning. so i want to thank reince priebus and just in finishing
up, tom called me. where is tom? got to be around here someplace. tom is a very, very successful guy. he became my party planner. in fact, every time i have a party, are you available? i'm having one in about two months, tom. he and all of his friends they came to me and said we'd like to run. i said what the hell do you know about running it? between stephanie -- where is stephanie? there she is. what a job. what a job you did. thank you. did he finally come through for you, stephanie? tom, thank you, stephanie, thank you your entire group, thank you. so far it's been perfect. the bigger one is tomorrow at around 12:00. okay?
because we had a thing today. we had a couple of things today. arlington national cemetery was so beautiful. so many people. it was incredible. so we went there and we laid the wreath with mike and it was beautiful and then we went to the lincoln memorial and had a concert and we thought it would be a small concert and never -- they never had so many people. what they pulled off was incredible. it was an unbelievable period of time but tomorrow seems to be the big one. i made a speech tonight about those live television cameras, i can't stand them. but actually, a couple of them are starting to get honest.
but i thought it was a very good speech and so instead of saying it was a good speech, they are saying doesn't matter tonight, how will he do tomorrow? they never give you credit. but tomorrow we have a speech, probably around 12:00. it may rain. it may not rain. i don't care. doesn't matter. i mean, the truth is, if it really pours, that's okay. because people will realize it's my real hair and that's okay. [ laughter ] >> might be a mess but they will see it's my real hair. but we have a speech that i wrote and worked with steven miller around here someplace and steven is great. he's been with us from the beginning. steven and hope and corey and so many people have been so great. and i see my kelly ann. oh, kelly ann. come here. come here. come here, kelly ann.
get up here. come here kelly ann. she's been so great. wow. so there is no den she will not go into. when my men are petrified to go on a certain network, i say kelly ann, absolutely, no problem. then she gets on and just destroys them. so anyway, thank you, baby, thank you. thank you. be careful. so this is a celebration of victory. you're my friends, we needed this victory, three weeks before we won, as you know, it was going to be the single greatest defeat in the history of politics.
they predicted that this would be the greatest loss in political history, not even modern political history. they said in political history and i'll tell you one thing, i out worked everybody. i think i out worked anybody whoever ran for office. i learned that from belichick, right? but we out worked them and three, four, five speeches a day, all over the place and that and that's because history has proven that if you're going to lose, you don't want fireworks, right? and that was a good sign. and there were other good signs. but what we did on those last
two weeks, especially in the last week, it was fun and we saw what was going to happen. we were pretty sure we were going to win. but again, thank you-all very much. we'll see you. we have an election coming up in two years. we're going to get a lot of senators and congressmen elected, a lot. we're going to get a lot of them elected. mitch mcconnell is here smiling so big. he loves those words and we are going to make america great again, greater than ever before. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. [ applause ] and there you have it, president elect donald trump, the last evening he'll be president elect speaking at a donor's candlelight dinner.
good evening again from washington. the trumps tonight capping a very full day on the eve of one for the history books and i want to bring in the panel right now. i'm here with jeffrey lord, trump supporter, political commentator and american spectator and van jones is with us, conservative trump critic anna navarro and director of black out reach during the george w. bush administration. jeffrey lord, it is interesting on the eve of becoming the most powerful person on the planet, donald trump talking about the election victory and what happened on election night and polls and all of it. >> i think it's going to stick in his memory for a long time. >> i think so, too. [ laughter ] >> i think that this -- what you're seeing here is how the next four years are going to go in someways. it will be salted with talk of whatever the issue is of the moment. >> i assume you mean four and/or eight years. >> actually, right, right -- >> i don't want you to get in trouble with press. four years. >> eight years and maybe more if we repeal -- no.
[ laughter ] >> ivanka trump and -- >> it will be four years that feel like eight years. >> this is -- you've seen a style which i first saw firsthand three years, four years ago now and he mixes issues of the moment with this kind of talk where he's very informal and calls out people in the audience, he talks to them, thanks them if he thinks they have been great, doesn't thank them -- but this is his style and this is how he's going to communicate and i have to say, i think you know, they used to call ronald reagan the great communicator. how he speaks and communicates. >> i mean, he loves it and there is a backdrop here that is also important to note. president obama could not have come out and spoken that way and
been that way because the country he was handed was in a massive crisis. we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. we were in two awful wars. if a president obama had come out and been that joking, the country would have been quite alarmed. it is a testament to what obama has been able to do positively he's handing off a country where there is economic growth and enough of a sense that things are secure that you can have a guy come out and be the jokester and chief the night before and i think we're going -- i think we are going to remember president obama much more fondly in years to come than we think of him now. >> he does have a 60% approval. >> 60% now and i think it will go up. >> anna? >> i think what we've learned in the last two and a half months since the election is trump will be trump and continue to be trump. he has been relitigating the campaign for the last two and a half months and i think he's going to be relitigating for the next four years and, you know, we see him doing what he always does, exaggerate about the
numbers of the, you know, concert, beat up on the press, talk about his victories, talk about how everybody was wrong. if we were expecting a lofty unifying president on the eve of the swearing in, we're not getting it. maybe tomorrow lightning strikes and we do get it but tonight what we've seen is the same trump who i suspect almost drafted the tweet he's going to send out against "saturday night live" on sunday morning. >> all that video to our viewers, to explain is from pool feed. not our cameras, but one camera that everybody takes. there were audio problems with it. that was the problem in the hall and the feed just dropped out, which is why we no longer have the video, paris? >> it's important for the viewers to know the setting he was in. he was in a room with donors and supporters that fought with him and stayed with him and this is a victory lap. he deserves to take this victory lap. tomorrow will be a different tone.
it will be a unifying message. he'll talk about what his vision is for the country but tonight is celebrating and deserves to celebrate and i celebrate with him. i was there at the lincoln memorial. it was thousands of people there. it was packed out. he deserves this moment and give it to him and proud he is doing this in the -- on the backdrop of what you said, van, of what president obama left him. he's very fortunate to come into this goodwill. >> one thing i just want to say, i think for people who haven't been to one of those big things on the mall, i was there for obama where there were more people there but a lot of people there tonight, as well. it's a feeling that's very hard to describe. when you're on the campaign trail, you're working, you're knocking on doors and making phone calls and working your fingers to the bone, sometimes you have big, high moments. it's a lot of work. when all of the people on the campaign get together and you have some of the biggest stars and you have the fireworks, there is a way you -- i mean, i actually felt more excitement
the night of obama's inaugural concert than the inauguration. that's how much energy there is. your folks are happy about that. >> this idea that he's coming into goodwill is not exactly accurate. i had the most surreal moment today as i was flying up from miami. half the plane was full of women coming up to march the next day. about one-fourth of the plane was full of red hat wearing trump supporters and the rest of us were praying that world war iii would not happen. i was happy i was close to the exit row. we have to be realistic this country does need unifying now. let's not gloss over the fact we are polarized and divided and he's coming in with the lowest approval ratings in history and something he should address. >> that is for many people what tomorrow is about if you agree or like donald trump, it is a historical day.
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>> reporter: the magnitude of the duty that lies ahead as the next commander in chief evident at his first official inaugural event. a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. with taps echoing, trump and his soon to be vice president mike pence looked on hands over their hearts. the somber moment giving way to celebration later in the afternoon at trump's inaugural concert as military bands played against the backdrop of the lincoln memorial. part of trump's effort to highlight the armed forces throughout his inaugural festivities. >> i also have to thank our incredible military talent right here. thank you, stand up, please. you guys were great. thank you very much. >> reporter: trump, a billionaire businessman turned reality star is no stranger to
the spotlight. and even he was not sure this day would come. >> who would want to leave the white house, right? you're in there -- no, seriously. who would want to leave the white house? although, i'm building a hotel right next door, which is also located on pennsylvania. i have my alternative if this doesn't work out, i'll still be on pennsylvania avenue. >> reporter: friday surely marks the biggest stage of his lifetime as he prepares to take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address. aides say trump is personally writing his remarks and still honing his final draft. >> i think it's going to be less of an agenda and philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government and citizens. >> reporter: amid the circumstance, questions still linger about whether trump and his team are prepared for the challenge ahead. >> we have a lot of smart people. i tell you what, one thing we've learned. we have by far the highest iq of any cabinet ever seen. >> reporter: trump will head to
the white house as many of his cabinet nominees are still awaiting senate confirmation. and gaping holes persist in key leadership roles across the government. trump's team down playing those challenges as they insist the next president is prepared to kick off his agenda on day one beginning with executive actions. >> it's going to be a robust day one, first week, first month and first term. >> sara murray joins us. trump said he's going to unify the country. do we expect that to be a strong theme of the speech tomorrow? >> well, that's right, anderson, he did make a point to say that today but when you ask aides over and over will donald trump focus on unity? does he understand the unease that persists among some americans, they really tend to divert from that message. they don't seem to be hitting on that as a major theme, rather than saying he wants to layout his vision for the country, how he is going to make americans lives better. it seems like he wants to show americans that they can trust him more than try to explain it to them with any kind of sweeping rhetoric and what we
expect to be a relatively short address tomorrow. >> sara murray, as the president elect mentioned with everything else going on, there are senate confirmation hearings. today the treasury and energy department nominees. if confirmed, they will be part of a very different cabinet. from the outgoing one. whatever else you think of the choices, it is visibly less diverse. one african american for the first time in decades, zero latinos and back with the panel that is the panel with the highest iq on cable television in history for me which brings down the meeting. except for me. i do want to start with you. you have not been a fan of donald trump. there are zero latino cabinet nominees. does that matter? is that important? i think this is the first time since 1988 that there -- >> the first time since ronald reagan that no president appointed a latino to a cabinet. it's disappointing in many ways. it's important for there to be a representative cabinet.
i think it's so important for little boys and girls who are latino whose are african americans to look up to people who are in these positions and who have this platform and public. i think it's so important for communities to feel represented and they have a seat at the table. i think it's important to hear from the different perspectives. there are different perspectives. it is very different to be an immigrant than it is to be a poor african american or a rich white person so i -- then today i hear my friend sean spicer say it's not about appointing somebody because -- >> let me read the quote. that's what i was going to read. sean spicer said quote, there is -- on the cabinet there is a quote diversity in thinking and ideology so not just about skin color, ethnic heritage. >> he said it's about the best and brightest. do not tell me that latinos are 17% of the united states and there are not among us best and brightest. >> jeff? >> i wrote a column about this in terms of dr. martin luther king and his speech at this lincoln memorial.
just the other day i wrote this and my point was that his vision was that famous sentence that he wanted americans, he wanted his children to be judged by the content of their character and not skin color and we have gotten into this and to take anna's point, the first mexican american attorney general of the united states, a bush appointee was driven out of town by democrats. >> let me -- >> all i'm saying to you we talk this game but then some conservative latino or black or woman gets here and do everything they can to take it down. >> i can't argue with you on that point but i can argue with you on this kind of dr. king. dr. king wrote almost a dozen books and half of them, he's speaking out about the need for affirmative action, the need to include more people and people take this one line out of context and not fair to him. let me tell you my experience. i actually build stuff, lead
stuff, run stuff and i'm always shocked by how smart i'm not until i get some young person whose -- got tattoos and she's a lesbian and knows so much more about things i didn't even know i didn't know about -- >> exactly. and i'm better off. and so i don't think your party does itself much service when it completely poo-poos the idea -- >> it has nothing to do with her skin color or sexual orientation. >> it absolutely -- >> it has -- >> isn't the party -- be fair. george w. bush has carlos gutierrez. this is a donald trump issue. >> i don't agree. you may want to get in here. let me say i think there is a split in the republican party. there are people like yourself and others that i do think have a nuanced view. people have taken up residence in your party that make the point that jeff makes every time that we're just somehow coloring by numbers and our points aren't valid. >> at the end of the day we have
to remember there are 4,000 positions that need to be filled by this administration. i promise you i know for a fact that hispanics will be in those key positions, but we can talk about having one hispanic or somebody that looks like you on the cabinet but what i'm more concerned about and i know what donald trump is most concerned about is having somebody who has an understanding of how to do what needs to be done to run the government and run these -- >> why -- >> but here is the problem -- >> let paris finish. >> at the end of the day, what is more important is having somebody in there who has an understanding rather than a hispanic face in there and just for the fact of having it. >> you're going to tell me that ben carson is the best person with an understanding on housing in the united states of america? you're going to tell me that betsy devos -- >> somebody -- >> fell on her head as a baby has the best understanding of education in the united states of america -- >> the only african american -- >> no, no, no -- >> no hispanics -- >> i want a qualified african american --
>> who are you to qualify ben carson? what do you know about his background? >> i think he's a wonderful surgeon. >> do you know about the businesses he's done and community development in detroit -- >> what is his housing experience other than he lived in a house once? betsy -- >> i said in that hearing -- i sat in that hearing, she knows what it is. >> bring guns to schools to kill grizzly bears -- >> okay. >> that is not true, she used an analogy. >> i do not accept i was one qualified hispanic. none of us want anything on there that is token. we want qualified people -- >> but any corporation is made better -- a newsroom is made better when you have diversity of background experiences. >> can i ask paris a question? >> yes. >> you put a false choice there and i want to give you a chance to get out of it. go with what we have or a worthless token. but why not a great latino? your party's great achievement
is you have some of the best latinos. why not pick one? >> like i said before, there are 4,000 positions that have yet to be filled. and so you can take your token and be happy with the token but i'd rather have somebody. >> that's a choice. >> you got amazing latinos in your party and they have been skipped over. it looks weird. >> they have not been skipped over. >> we got to leave it there. we'll have more ahead. trump's promises for day one in the white house. you heard sean spicer say they will hit the ground running. the question is how far will they get when they do? we'll take a look at that next. what's with him? he's happy. your family's finally eating vegetables thanks to our birds eye voila skillet meals. and they only take 15 minutes to make. ahh! birds eye voila so veggie good
washington on the eve of the trump administration. we're getting signals the early agenda will be ambitious. the president-elect underscoring that thought tonight. dana bash has more on what he could do on the very first day. >> it's going to be a very busy first day. >> reporter: what donald trump will do on his first day in office should not be a mystery. candidate trump talked about it non-stop, from immigration. >> on day one, i'm going to
begin swiftly removing criminal, illegal immigrants from this country. >> reporter: to guns. >> my first day it gets signed, okay? my first day. there is no more gun free zones. >> reporter: to trade. >> day one, we are going to announce our plans to totally renegotiate nafta. on trade, i'm going to issue a notification on intent to withdraw doctor the -- withdraw from the trans-pacific partnership. >> reporter: should we expect any on monday when he's going to start real business? >> i think you can expect a president donald trump is going to hit the ground running on day one command morning and the first week there will be a series of executive actions, both putting executive orders into place, repealing some executive orders and continue to work very energetically with the congress to repeal and replace obamacare simultaneously. >> on this day one situation, the question is whether or not any of these specifics are going to happen.
>> reporter: they may. we're laying out now a series of executive orders and actions, which may actually span over the first several weeks -- >> give me a hint as to one or two of them? >> i could but i want to keep the surprise there. >> reporter: some things would be surprising if the president elect did not do them. >> on day one, we will begin working on a physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall. >> reporter: trump sources say they are still finalizing which executive orders he will sign or as he says, obama executive orders he will unsign since the inauguration is friday, many will wait until monday. >> i'll consider the first day because we'll be doing some pretty good signings and i think what we'll do is wait until monday.
>> reporter: some of trump's day one promises have been broad and vague. >> on my first day, we're going to immediately terminate every single unconstitutional executive order signed by president obama. >> reporter: the big question is what trump will do about one of the most controversial obama executive actions, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the united states as children to stay. republicans have talked tough about reversing that but actually doing it and potentially allowing millions of people to be deported could be quite different. >> we're back with dana bash and jeffrey lord and julia cayenne, national security analyst, author of "security mom." dana, you're hearing about a particular executive order on immigration. >> that's right. what the piece ended with, the question about what he's going to do about here in washington, they call it daca and the real world, it means the people who came here as children, president obama signed an executive order
saying that those undocumented people who came here as children could stay and could stay legally and this has been an outcry for republicans saying you've got to, you know, get rid of this on day one. i'm told that the likely scenario is that donald trump will do a new executive order giving that an expiration date. maybe it's six months. i'm not entirely clear and i don't know if they are yet on what the expiration date is, so that kind of allows for those people not to feel that they will be deported right away and allows the people who work in this building congress to actually do what they are supposed to do which is legislate, which is the reason president obama felt he needed to do it by executive order. >> juliette, you tweeted something yesterday and said quote, michael flynn the national security advisor had one job ready on day one, no staff in place and spend time on conspiracies. one job. >> one job. >> i worked the transition for obama.
one job if you're the national security advisor. background noise goes away and the campaign is over. you make sure the president is ready on day one and the president of the united states. staff, briefings, all the transfer of confidential information. the national security agency had to change the transition papers, which were classified to unclassified because these people were coming in and being replaced and nobody had security clearances. at the agencies, you have cabinet officials. you have no deputies. not like a confirmation issue. there is no names. that's -- you know, they have one opportunity to ensure the american public that they were ready to govern and be competent in that governance and to assure our allies that we were ready on day one. and so the failure to have a transition, at least in the national security arena that inspires confidence by many people including the fact that you can't get staff to stay,
people are being asked in the last week please stay, you know, the obama people is really disheartening. the second issue is even worse. something will happen, it will be north korea. it may not be friday but the following friday. they will test a missile, whatever else. you want a president who has experts around him who are his to advise him and know the information, know what china has been doing and what japan's reaction is going to be. you can't sort of think i know everything because you don't. no one does. >> jeff? about that? >> these people having been in the administration, you get your own people, you get them in. sometimes it takes time but to your point, i mean, i personally know somebody who has been handling the transition issues in the domestic department who is a former member of the bush 41 administration at that department. and is very knowledgeable about what he's doing and collecting all the information, you know, going back there to find out what is going on and what they are trying to do in the department, et cetera.
these people are there on the ground. they are working. i mean, this is a transition. >> you're saying -- you're saying they're not there. >> well, i think the landing teams are called landing teams and arrived on day one. they are literally transitional. not the bodies to run the agency. think about the national security agency. it has two deputies. there is only one now. the other one left and senior directors. they are key because they run a bunch of staff on specific issues, say chance national -- trans-national crime, north korea, russia and direct the departments, dod, cia, all of them do what is necessary to align with the president's agenda. we don't have a president's agenda and don't have a staff to get the agency to work. this may be fine if you think we don't want to get involved with conflicts but we'll be on defense -- >> dana? >> it's true at a place like the national security counsel, might
not have the political leadership in place but there are military attaches and others that have expertise who are still working -- >> cia? >> right. there is -- >> i think what is important -- >> career people. >> expertise and authority. expertise absolutely right. it's authority. authority to make the decisions to advice to know what to do. the president can't do everything. you have to have deputies under secretaries. >> this is an executive. one of his big selling points was his business. i mean, he didn't get to run this business by not being a good executive. so might it be different than the obama administration which began with a -- somebody that spent four years in the united states senate and never been an executive in his life? sure, sure -- >> that's a decision that's been made -- >> the question is how much -- and i don't know the answer, how much carry over is there from the business world to when you deal with multiple countries and serve international crisis -- >> i think if there is a trump doctrine or one that we can envision, i think he does view
foreign policy as transactional and binary. russia is good, mexico is bad, canada is good. nato is bad unless you listen to other people, maybe it's good. it's very -- china we don't like on this issue but boy, do we really need them about north korea and russia we don't like about this issue but we need them on this. same is true about mexico. this idea of not -- we can't view foreign policy as transactional. it is a series -- >> here is the good news on national security. then president trump will have the national security team defense department. >> in place. >> and the cia -- >> and security -- >> right. >> we got -- >> we got to leave it there. thanks very much. six religious leaders taking part in tomorrow's inauguration ceremony. i'll speak with three of them coming up next.
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inauguration, six religious leaders will be reading scriptures. tonight, we have them joining us, rabbi and reverend franklin graham, president of the evangelical association. reverend, you have been through historic elections, with your father. what is tomorrow about? because i'm getting angry tweets from democrats who are saying you know you're talking about this like it's a normal day. it's a historic day. you're talking about the transfer of power which that is what it is. whether you like donald trump or not, this is, whether you voted for him or not, this is a historic day, what do you want the message to be? >> first of all, i think our country needs prayer more today than any time in our nation's history. we are so divided and need to be
able to come together and i think the only one who can do that is god. we need to call on god. so tomorrow is a great privilege for me. i think i can speak with the rest of us to be able to read scriptures to call on the name of the almighty god and ask for his blessing. it's a great thing. and i appreciate very much that president-elect donald trump has asked for the clergy. six, i don't know how many were in the last inauguration, but this is quite a number to have six, and it's an honor. >> and rabbi, you are the only orthodox rabbi to be involved in an inauguration, right? >> correct. >> last time was 1985. >> and ronald reagan. >> what do you plan to say tomorrow? >> i agree that prayer is very important. what i plan to hit is the theme. from psalms, the heavens belong
to god. but the earth was given to man. and you know, when you are busy and you get a telephone call it's different if your wife is calling. because your wife is your life's partner. so when we call on god, it depends who is calling. if man is god's partner, then god will take the call, but nobody is born -- when a person is born they don't collect social security. and the reason for that is they didn't do anything. they don't deserve the social security. when man becomes god's partner, god takes the call. >> and reverend rodriguez, you were not out campaigning for donald trump. i understand -- i read a pre-interview with you, you said you had a come to jesus moment after he had already been elected, is that right? >> come to jesus moment. >> that is what it was called in
the pre-interview moment. >> more a moment of clarity, i suffered from great angst. and i have gastritis to prove it, as pertains to the rhetoric throughout the campaign, particularly with regard to immigrants. and then i saw a pivot. after the election, the sunday after the election, in a major interview on another network, and subsequently, a very positive meeting about daca, a great fear, will our worshippers be deported? we had a very positive call about the latino community, or the immigrant community. so dorothy, we're not in kansas any more, so why not pray and lift up the name of jesus? i'm an evangelical, and why not
talk about the light in the middle of the darkness? >> to those democratic leaders who are not going, john lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement, even to citizens who don't feel like it's their day what would you say to them? >> well, first of all i would say this is part of a process. there are always winners and losers in every election. and i don't think we should just decide to stay home because our team lost. you know, we live in a day where many young people today, everybody gets a trophy. they play soccer and even the losers get trophies. but that is not the way the world works. so you have winners and losers. and our country has made a transition, it's moving a little bit different direction. and i think all of us need to come together. and i would encourage those in the house who decide to stay home, to rethink that and if
they can to come, because it's about america, not about them. it's about our nation moving forward and let's give donald trump a chance. and if he doesn't do a good job there is an election in four years, and they can run their candidate, and maybe they will win. but if they win, guess what? i think we should still come together and regardless of who wins because this is our home, this is our country. >> rabbi, what will you think about as you stand up there tomorrow? >> well, i'm going to think about the fact in the united states as a jew, look at what is happening in europe. jews are uncomfortable. many want to leave. united states remains the greatest democracy in the world. so when people criticize me for accepting, my answer to that is, 364 days a year is enough for political posturing on both sides. one day every four years
reserves for america, it seems to be logical. you know like a see-saw, it's a tit for tat, so once you have so many congressmen who sit out on one side, the other side may say hey, we'll get even, and eight or four years from now the camera is on the republicans who decide to sit out. the loser is the american democracy. >> reverend graham, do you have any words? >> just be very careful, know what you're about to say, a lot of people are watching. for me as an evangelical christian i want the world to know that god is real and he has a son and that son is jesus christ who took our sins and died on the cross, who god raised to light. and i want people to know they can confess their sins to god and put their faith in jesus
christ and that their sins can be forgiven, our nation needs to have their hearts healed. we're a broken nation. so tomorrow is a day to call on them. >> thank you, gentlemen, i really enjoy it. and a lot to look at the continuing efforts on the new administration, which are not what you may expect. two immigrants, both of them trump supporters, cnn's martin savidge reports. >> reporter: born in mexico, he never forget the day he was sent to america for a letter life. trapped in communist czechoslovakia, she will never forget the day she was in an open suitcase. today, she are married and raising two daughters in arizona, still in love with
america. they also love donald trump. >> how did you feel on election night? >> i cried. >> oh, yeah, it was probably 2:00 a.m., and we were the only ones in our neighborhood and i'm sure everybody heard us celebrating. >> the couple has never been shy about their trump support. i asked how is it obvious who two immigrants who wanted to come to this country for so long, would be so supportive of a man who is perceived of if not wanting to prevent, greatly restrict people coming to america. >> initially, i thought it was bad press. >> by that, he means trump calling mexicans that were illegal murderers and rapists. >> didn't you take offense to that? >> not at all. >> they are conservative, brought up with strong beliefs about faith, family and right
and wrong. >> it's not that i'm opposed to people coming over, but what i want is for them to come over here legally. >> you think that wall should be built? >> yes, i think that wall should be wall. >> yes, china has a wall, hungry has a wall. >> but didn't you run away from walls when you grew up and got away from communism. >> right, because in my world, the wall did not have a door. this wall will have a door. >> will have a door. that is the difference. >> andrea and mariano say immigration reform is needed and they believe that trump is just the man to do it. >> your support, because beyond just a vote you want to work in this administration. >> oh, i would love to. my wife actually told me or found on line they were taking resumes during the transition. so i got my resume together and i sent it. >> so far he has not heard back, but he has had a response from
one of his neighbors in a note, found by their 7-year-old in the neighborhood lending like, the family keeps in their front yard. congratulations, it's a great day for the kkk and neo-nazis everywhere. >> maybe you should educate yourself about the fascism in 20th century europe, oh, but maybe that is what you want. >> it's kind of a knife in my back, that people would portray us like that, they know us, we live here for eight years. >> she is an artist and avid supporter of works in the lgbt community. he is an architect and has an openly gay brother, they both support same-sex marriage and live in a college town and in a community in which they are very involved. looking at them you would say
they must have voted democrat, they did not. it shows you how complex this year has been, people's choices made not by political connections. >> martin savidge, thank you very much. that does it for us, i appreciate you watching. history unfolds today on capitol hill. donald trump is set to become the 45th president of the united states. nine hours and counting, early start, walking through all the festivities. good morning, i'm christine roman. >> and i'm john berman, we want to welcome our viewers all around the united states and the world. and just before the dawn of the