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it is 8:00 in washington, d.c. donald trump begins his presidency vowing to end what he called american carnage. the president's inaugural address striking a populous and nationalistic tone. the question is did the new commander in chief's words do anything to help heal a nation that's still divided by the ugliest election in decades. >> president trump signing his first executive orders, getting two cabinet picks confirmed. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are descending on washington for the women's march on washington that begins very soon and it will go all the way to the backyard of the white house. so we have it all covered for you. let's begin with athena jones live at the white house. what are you seeing? >> good morning. it was a busy first day for president trump. as you mentioned, he got right to work as promised, even amidst the festivities signing on
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obamacare. supporters responded well to his fiery inaugural address. many others saw it as unusually bleak. protesters here and elsewhere are a sign there's more work to do to unify the country after a divisive campaign. >> i donald john trump do solemnly swear. >> reporter: donald trump, sworn in as 45th president of the united states, delivering a fiery inaugural address, painting a grim picture of america. >> mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. this american carnage stops right here. >> reporter: president trump promising to take a nationalist approach to governing.
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>> from this day forward it is going to be only america first. >> reporter: trump striking a populous tone, echoing his campaign rhetoric. >> we are transferring power from washington, d.c. and giving it back to you, the people. >> reporter: trump criticizing the so-called establishment while being surrounded by washington's political elite. >> their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to struggle for struggling families. that all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you. >> reporter: the president, vice president and their spouses bidding farewell to the obamas after his address. trump acknowledging his formal rival hillary clinton at a congressional luncheon after
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being criticized for not mentioning her in his speech. >> i would like her to stand up. i have a lot of respect for those two people. >> reporter: the trumps then making their way down pennsylvania avenue for the traditional inaugural parade, and getting right to business. on his first day in the oval office, president trump signing his first executive order to start rolling back obamacare. the president suspending a mortgage premium rate cut for homeowners and signing commissions for his first confirmed cabinet members. >> this was a movement. and now the work begins. >> reporter: ending the historic day by dancing the night away at three inaugural balls. the first couple sharing their first dance to a frank sinatra classic. ♪ >> that song choice a bold
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thing, the tell it like it is lyrics. an indication president trump wants to hit the ground running, has at least one more cabinet pick expected to get a vote early next week, and could see the president visit some agencies in the coming days like the cia or other departments. >> thank you very much for all of that. president trump takes office with only two cabinet secretaries in place on his first day. the senate confirming two military generals, defense secretary james mattis and homeland security john kelly. when will the rest be confirmed? let's ask sunlen sur faterfaty. >> they were sworn in by vice president pence. the president saying he is pleased he now has two members of his cabinet in place. but this is still far short of what trump had wanted. he was hoping to have seven members in place already. notably this is far fewer than
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president obama had on his inauguration day. so trump sending some specific words to the senate, saying quote, i call on members of the senate to fulfill their constitutional obligations and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees so we can get to work on behalf of the american people without further delay. and senate democrats, they have objected to many of trump's nominees, they've been trying to slow down the process on capitol hill, setting up a lot of squabbling there. there was a flurry of negotiations last night among senate leaders, there will be small movement monday. they agreed to open debate and confirmation vote for mike pompeo, his nomination for cia director and rex tillerson also get ago vote. that vote is expected to be razor close. >> sunlen, literally, the party is over. time to get to work.
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in two hours, president trump and vice president pence will attend an interfaith prayer service at the washington national cathedral. we have someone there. correspondent jeff zeleny. moment to get into the lord's house before they get to the people's house and start doing the work. >> reporter: good morning, chris, it is indeed. donald trump is going to get a tour of his new city, his new washington as he heads from the white house to washington national cathedral in northwest washington in a couple of hours or so. this is the 58th annual interfaith presidential prayer service, traditionally the morning after the inauguration, the president, the vice president come here for an interfaith service. chris, interfaith indeed. we're going to hear prayers in hebrew, there's going to be a call for muslim prayer, there's going to be archbishop of the catholic church. this is an interfaith service.
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donald trump had a request for no preaching. there's a lot of music and ceremony but no specific certificate sermo-- sermon. it is a chance for them to come here to have a morning of quiet celebration if you will before he gets to work later today. as athena mentioned earlier, he could visit agencies, has a busy schedule. is going to start here with a quiet morning of prayer. chris, alisyn. >> you have both houses of congress, the house, democrats saying there will be resistance. what are they going to discuss. cnn contributor, reporter for washington examiner, selena zito. david gregory. analyst, washington bureau chief, jackie kucinich, and commentator from daily beast, matt lewis. selena, you can't go wrong talking about american carnage, the pain is real. the forgotten are real.
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the question is can you deliver now that their hopes are elevated that they won't be forgotten any more. what can be done and soon? >> that's his big challenge, right? i think tax reform is probably his best thing to get started with in terms of seeing something big happen. that will make manufacturers and big businesses happy. they'll start to release inventory, have more confidence in the economy. talked with some in the midwest, that's the thing they were looking for almost immediately. it signals to them they have an administration that will work with them. they've also been meeting with the transition team. i think that's something the people don't know. they have been talking about that. also health care. i think health care reform. i do think it is in their best interest to do it in a piecemeal way, sort of the way rahm emanuel told president obama to do in 2009. they dismissed him, he ended up being out of the office quickly.
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>> that's a good summary about the domestic picture. he also gave us insight into his view on foreign affairs or at least america's place in that. he said this sentence. we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but rather let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. aspirational view of foreign policy. how did you see it? >> i think, look, i think the america first language harkens back to isolationism, to a period of time when america did not lead the international order that emerged out of world war ii. that's really significant. if russia wants to pull the u.s. into negotiations in syria and there could be a partnership between russia and the united states in combatting isis, does that mean america averts its gaze from what russia does to crackdown on did i scent, that's a huge issue within the
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republican party. trump will get a lot of resistance to that and could be taken advantage of by vladimir putin who has taken advantage of previous presidents. >> what do we know about selena says work on tax reform. conceptually, that's right. where is trump versus where the gop leadership is even on that issue. >> they're not on the same page. republicans are not on the same page when it comes to tax reform. this is where trump, fashions himself as an amazing negotiator. this is where that will be put to the test, not only with republicans but with democrats. he needs to build a coalition to get whatever he does try to put forward through. there's a reason tax reform hasn't been able to be done because everybody has their sacred cow, things they want to push, everyone wants to spend money on different things and coming together on that, and paul ryan is a very good advocate, but it will be difficult and they're going to have to spend some political capital there.
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>> as a conservative, what part of the inaugural address jumped out at you. >> obviously it was a very populous speech. pat buchanan could have given this speech. i think that's what the message for me was, that this is not a guy that campaigned as a populous and is going to govern as an insider establishment guy or even a reagan conservative. this is a guy who is going to have a strong populous appeal. new infrastructure, they may not like spend aing a electrical on that. or is this somebody that goes rogue and is essentially governing as a third party candidate, not as republican. >> populism scares the hell out of people. a lot of americans didn't vote for trump who are afraid. immigrants are afraid, worried about deportation, muslims are
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afraid. women are afraid. >> explain how it means different things. >> talking economic populism. the president talked in the inaugural quickly about restoring our borders. didn't go farther than that. people thought he might have, even though he talked about a wall with mexico and the like. i think he's had, and of course we know about him proposing and backing away from the muslim ban. the prayer service, i think he hit different notes, including grace notes. he will have a well known imam in northern virginia that does a lot of interfaith work and is progressive, who fights jihadi elements within the community, and reaches to and represents a lot of south asians in this area, pakistani, afghan, indians, all who are as part of his many congregations. that's a great note on the part of trump that wants to reach out to that community. at the same time, had a preacher yesterday who in the past railed
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against gays. >> populism, people think it is popular, means it is for the people. for populism to work, you almost always have to have those people, there has to be an -- i'm with you. >> that's true. that's why i think de-emphasizing. my view is that trump has big economic populous votes. i don't think he wants to tear up the social fabric of the country, i don't think he wants to sign executive orders sending treeme tre dreamers back. my sense is he wants to win. he will look for areas to notch some victories. >> populism at its core is against anything big, big bureaucracy, big government. you saw him turn around to the people behind him and say you guys have gotten this all wrong. >> the media. >> yes. everything big. that is all it is at its core, anti-big. >> jackie, let's look at what he's done in his first partial
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day in office yesterday. two cabinet picks confirmed, defense and homeland security, and he signed some executive orders. >> and yes, the executive orders, sort of controversial. what he did with the fha mortgages could potentially hurt low income and middle income people, where every dollar counts. may be a percentage, but when you have a budget, those percentages matter. >> doesn't hurt but it won't help. >> won't help but it could hurt. >> could have gotten a $500 rebate, now they're not going to. >> i felt like they need to explain that more, why they did that. >> marsha blackburn on here, i didn't understand. >> she was trying to say it was a correction. housing got it wrong. >> she said let's take the time to look at it. it is a simple thing. do you have enough in reserves to cover loan defaults. that's the problem in 2008. you had the democrats who were
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protectionist, they were against what happened in 2008 as much as anybody, they say they have enough money there, then cancelled the rebate back to homeowners. >> it is basically poking something in the eye of president obama because he had just done it. >> to jackie's point, part of the problem is there's this saying attributed to margaret thatcher, first you win the argument, then you win the vote. you don't roll out things randomly. there was another one on obamacare, an executive order. nobody knows where it came from. why they're doing it. there's no laying the ground work. >> right. panel, thank you very much. great to talk to you. what's happening today? big news. thousands of people are heading to washington, d.c. demanding equal rights for women. the slogan women's rights are human rights. what's motivating them? will the 600 sister protests around the country pan out? we have two of the organizers next. enamel is the outer surface of the teeth that's white. yal son. t to threaten the enamel and start to cause what we call acid erosion.
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this hour descending on washington, d.c. for what's expected to be a massive women's march from the u.s. capitol to the backyard of the white house. the march will soon begin. what is the feeling and what is the kind of numbers you're seeing there raw. >> reporter: well, the best thing to do, because i can't possibly count the size of this crowd is simply to show you, chris. i want you to look that way. then my photographer will do a sweep. we're basically in the shadow of the capitol. what you see here is a giant grass roots gathering. you can see for yourself the
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size of this crowd. it is a very diverse crowd. seeing a lot of varying ages, moms, kids. even saw a woman carrying her baby. you see women that marched in the 1970s for equality then and they're back here doing it now. what we are anticipating is we'll see some speakers. 50 plus speakers, women from gloria steinem to women of today like scarlett johansson. it is a two mile march. they end near the elipse. it is a sizable crowd. we can't count, but organizers anticipate 250,000 plus women with 600 sister marches happening in cities across the country. alisyn? >> keep bringing us the developments from there if you would. thank you very much. want to bring in two of the
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organizers from today's march. and margaret wong, executive director of amnesty international co-sponsoring this march in d.c. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having us. >> explain the mission of the march. >> it is quite simple and quite aligned. women are present, women have been leaders and contributors at every juncture, we are no longer to be made invisible. i think we will see that here today in sheer numbers. all of the issues that will be represented. >> what does that mean. is this connected to mr. trump's presidency, and if so, how do you feel donald trump made you invisible? >> frankly this is bigger than donald trump. this is bigger than this administration, right, and it is more about what we are for than against. populous fascism spreading around the globe. it is a break through for us to do this in the united states and the administration pushed us to
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show our voice, show our strength. >> not an anti-trump march as you see it. we have seen some signs we can't put on television because of colorful language connected to mr. trump. so what are the issues? what are you marching for? >> the reason amnesty international is here today is because we wanted to make sure folks across this country had the chance to stand up and be counted for human rights. today's march is actually a pro march, pro human rights, pro human rights for everyone, very inclusive. after the hateful rhetoric on the campaign trail the last several months, we wanted to deliver the message that people are going to be willing to be activated and mobilized to stand up for human rights the next four years and beyond. >> can i boil it onto protecting reproductive rights and striving for equal pay.
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>> absolutely not. my issues that i care about as a latino with immigrant roots, the issues are vast. a grass roots organization that won't tolerate hate and bigotry, we as military members and women rely and serve to the government and education, health care, buckets are enormous. foreign policy, we'll be the ones have to fight whatever war the next commander and chief deems. >> why just women. why just women instead of family or men and women march? >> it is a march for everyone. amnesty is happy to say we're hosting sister marches not only across the country but around the globe. i have colleagues in denmark, united kingdom, canada and many other countries marching in solidarity around intersectional values. >> this will go up to the
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backyard of the white house. what are you hoping the first family, including the first lady, sees and gets out of your message and the march today? >> i mean, veterans are not political toys. he needs to know us. lawmakers across the political spectrum need to wake up, start being accountable to our people. we have muslim men that served, openly gay, latino marines. where do you see that, where do you see our stories. where do you see our needs if you are not seeing us. so it is imperative we be listened to, women that have been crucial to movement and progress in the country, that's why we are here to show that collective leadership. >> one of our republican contributors, one of the republican consultants alice stewart was on cnn, she said it is not a march for all women. she said the largest conservative group concerned
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women of america were not invited, don't feel included. what's your response? >> everyone has been invited today. this is an open mall. all activists are welcome. sometimes might not be aligned with others in terms of messaging. the key is people are willing to stand up and people are willing to be activists for what they care about. in this case, it is human rights for everyone. >> you didn't extend official invitation to some groups but you take all comers and conservative women are invited. >> if they're ready to march in the platform the march identified as an expansive one with inclusion of a lot of key issues, we are welcome to have everyone with us. >> the key is openness, the key is that this is why we came to this political moment of hate and bigotry. i respect the office of the president. i do not respect someone that gained their vote, demonizing, criminalizing communities that served this country. so we have libertarians,
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conservatives, we are willing to work with each other. something that frankly a lot of politicians have not done, you're seeing a grass roots movement willing to do that. >> any idea how many you expect? >> hundreds of thousands. and that's just in washington. we'll have millions around the world. >> we will be watching. pam, margaret, thanks for previewing that today. >> thanks for having us. president trump wasting no time, taking action in his first hours to begin dismantling obamacare. what else is he hoping to get done in his first week? we talk to a member of trump's transition team next. you can't predict the market. but through good times and bad... t. rowe price... ...we've helped our investors stay confident for over 75 years. call us or your advisor. t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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all right. president donald trump waking up for the first time in the white house as the leader of the free world. the president's inaugural address striking a populous and nationalistic tone, trump renewing his promise to put
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america first. let's discuss with republican wisconsin congressman shawn duffy, a member of the transition team. good to have you in person. what was the message for you in the inaugural address yesterday? >> i look at place i come from, wisconsin, lot of people feel forgotten the last 10, 20 years. and donald trump took the stage, repeated some of the messages from the campaign that i haven't forgotten you, men and women that lost their jobs, haven't had pay increases. i'm going to fight for all of you left behind. i think that was the message that really resonated with people across wisconsin and across the midsection of the country. i know he has gotten a hard time about the tombstone comment that was in relationship to factories that closed and violence and gang activity. but if you're in a community with that kind of violence or in a community that had those factories close, you're applauding going thank you for recognizing the problem, and that's the first step to actually solving the problem.
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>> to say it exists. the trick is there are layers to problems. he lost most of those communities where you have people with those problems, they felt his populism is exclusionary. it is about white people and not people of diversity, not economic or religious or racial diversity and lost a lot of the communities. >> have you seen inner cities? >> that's where the problems exist. >> also exist in places like mine, fairly white. and i think he spoke to the inner cities as well. i know you have been left behind. what do you have to lose, give me a shot. saw him do better than mitt romney in inner-city communities. now the point is you have to deliver. you have to work on policies that can help lift people. >> it is not an easy solution. >> that's the danger of getting people's hopes up. >> what do you think the first african-american president barack obama would have made it
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better for those communities. in the last 8 years, the community has -- i think we have broken racial barriers with the presidency, have you helped make it better. >> when you have your party committed to opposition from day one. a sometime ee in congress helped get trump elected. you know the anger is much more directed as washington than we've seen in recent history. now you get a fresh start with a new president to see what they do. out of the box, signs a couple of executive orders. one of them could have gone to the heart of what he said yesterday. you struggle to pay your mortgage, that's your fha population. you're going to get some money back. obama signs this thing. the administration signs executive order stopping it. why? >> let me get to that in a second. first, you say we were opposition, the party of opposition, i disagree. >> the gop? >> yes. it is a great media hit. when i got there in 2010, there's big ideas we want to
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implement, knew we had to work with the president on. frankly he didn't want to work with us. democrats and republicans understand in this town that you get things done and your dad understood, you get things done by building relationships and friendship and trust. president obama never reached out to republicans or democrats. it is a town of relationships. that's a place donald trump can improve. reach out to people. go bowling in the white house bowling alley. >> i don't disagree with the relationships, i feel like you explain the opposition opposed to saying you weren't opposition. you were opposition. you're saying why you were. >> i am saying we could work on tax reform. we would have worked on health care reform. obamacare wasn't working for people, we were there saying how do we fix the bill you think is -- >> the man that wants to reach across, you do this first deal with the executive order. why didn't he give money back to the homeowners? >> fha is first time buyers and low income buyers.
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this is an insurance fund. a subsidy given by the federal government. the trust fund that insures the homes needed a bailout, $1.7 billion. it is not secure. the deal is not -- >> it wasn't adequate. now they're saying coffers are. >> but is this the threshold you need to be? it is just a hair above where we need to be legally with that trust fund. so obama wants to lower the rates but also jeopardize the trust fund which jeopardizes the program and the people the program is there to help. you want to be sure the program exists with sound insurance rates for these homeowners if you're going to allow the program to continue to exist. >> you need to show threshold amounts aren't adequate. now they say they are. >> i am on the committee of jurisdiction, chair the subcommittee that deals with this, they're not. you wonder why are you lowering rates when you don't have the mortgage insurance fund that is solvent. that's the greater debate.
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the program wasn't set up, all the losses aren't going to be borne by the american taxpayer, it is the insurance rates. if you lower them, you have less money going into the fund that insures this important program. that's what he is talking about. make sure the programs exist for the people who need them. >> that comes down to numbers. you can see later if it was the right decision. >> yeah. >> what big thing are you working from out of the box to make a difference. where can donald trump get the republican congress to do what he wants and how will that happen. >> i think on health care you're going to see us work with them. again, waiting to see what his ideas are. he said some things different than house republicans. tax reform, i think you're going to see bipartisan movement on tax reform. going to do border security, whether a full wall or partial wall. those are all things that are important that he talked about on the campaign that have a huge impact on people.
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they'll say 20 million have coverage, and that's true. we had the conversation before. 350 million people in america and rates have increased, premiums increased for all those folks. we have to have a system that works for everybody. help the 20 million that help insurance but lower rates and make it work better for average americans. >> just a complicated problem. health care costs go up, this will be a protract debate. we will cover it. you're always welcome. great to have you. congressman shawn duffy. as president trump begins his first full day in office, thousands march ending at the white house demanding equal rights. a live report of hundreds of buses making their way to d.c. next.
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thousands of people across the country are traveling to washington, d.c. today to demand in part equal rights for women at the march for women that begins very soon. joining us now, democratic congressman jim hans with his wife mary, and two daughters. great to see you all. congressman, i talk to you all the time. let me turn my attention to the other half of the family. what are you all doing at the march today, mary? >> i'm here, i'm thrilled to be here with the many, many other women and supportive men who are concerned about the direction the country is going to go in under the new administration and republican controlled congress. >> what specifically, what message are you sending to president trump? >> the message i would like to send is really that i'm not okay with a plan to defund planned parenthood. i'm also very concerned about the reciprocity bill that's moving through the congress and
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that relates to gun safety. >> okay. emma, lily, you're 17 and 14 years old. what does today mean to you? >> well, for me i've kind of seen donald trump's success normalize hate across the nation. as a young person, i don't think my generation should grow up thinking angry rhetoric is the way to deal with conflict. >> i think our generation is the one that are going to be effected by the incoming administration. i really want to show my voice, sound off and do something to let them know that this is what i believe and this is what i want. >> congressman, you're not a woman. what are you doing here? >> you can see being home isn't always the easy restful thing. i'm here for the same reason my family is here, the new president needs to understand his rhetoric, anti-woman rhetoric and anti-woman activities doesn't fly. in this country if you want to make america great again, make
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sure women are paid the same as men are paid for doing the same work. make sure they have every opportunity that men have. that's how you make america great again. i hope today is a statement that women need to be respected and treated as equal, not spoken about the way trump has spoken about them. >> that's one of the statements of today. as a democratic congressman, isn't one of the other statements you're already opposing the new president. he hasn't been in office 24 hours yet. is this the right tone for his very first day? >> well, you know, as a member of congress i've got to be open to working with the president. my constituents expect that of me. obviously given where we have been up to the inauguration, with a promise to repeal the affordable care act for 20, 30 millions off their health insurance, first acts of office making it harder to buy the first home, defunding financial support for the fha. websites taken down, lgbt, climate change. this is not a first day that is reaching out to the american
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people. >> you mean the white house website? >> they say it is under construction, building it from the ground up. >> we will regard that skept particularly until we see climate change and lgbt statements put back up there. >> as we speak, you can see a sea of bright pink hats already assembling behind us on the mall here. emma, linley, have you ever been involved in a march before or any civil disobedience? >> well, i have never been involved in a march. we did do some activism at my school with regard to violence with the police and african americans. this is my first time marching for women. >> what's it like to be here today? >> it is amazing. you can feel the energy walking down the street. everyone is like all here for the same time. driving down the road coming down here, everyone has so many cool signs and writings on the car and so many supporters
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coming down. >> and what's it like to have your daughters be a part of this? >> well, i'm thrilled to be nurturing these young activists. i think it is terrific they wanted to come. i didn't have to ask them, they were just really excited to participate. >> what did you think yesterday of mr. trump's inaugural speech? so many people saw it different ways. what was your take on it? >> again, i was one of the members that chose to attend. a lot of democrats didn't. i am approaching it, i am concerned about the rhetoric and some of the things he's saying. i guess i wish i heard in the inaugural speech more of a reaching out to people that are nervous about him, whether it is communities of color, the disenfranchised, lgbt population. it was a pretty angry speech. use of the word carnage. i mean, you know, it was a dark speech. but look, my job is to work with the president, to try to advance the interests of the state of connecticut and the american people, so i'm here to try to make a more positive,
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optimistic, forward looking statement than in that speech yesterday. >> he would say they don't like identity politics, and that he sees everybody as americans. that americans are going to be winning again. if you buy american, put americans back to work, it doesn't matter if you're lgbt or black or italian american or whatever. >> let's be clear about who is practicing identity politics. we're here and as democrats and progressives to say we're all equal. everybody should be paid the same amount, everybody should be paid the same amounts. donald trump singled out the muslim registry, he made disparaging comments about women. criticized a judge with mexican heritage. that's identity politics. we're sending a message we are all americans. that's identity politics. >> yesterday we saw a few pockets of protest and they got violent, there were riots. a couple of riots yesterday, 95 people were arrested in washington, d.c. some police officers got hurt. do any of you have any anxiety or nervousness as you go to a
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march that's this big and in this sort of divided atmosphere? >> yes, of course, i have some anxiety but i've heard from a lot of women that they want this to be a peaceful protest. i haven't heard anybody who has said let's go and throw bricks. so i'm a little bit concerned but i feel good that it is going to be a great march today. >> mary, emma, linley, thank you for taking time to share with us this morning. thanks for being here on "new day." president trump will head soon to an interfaith prayer service. what will america's new commander in chief do to unify the country? we discuss that next. i'm a concrete mason. i own my own company. i had some severe fatigue, some funny rashes.
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president trump, vice president pence, both soon heading to an interfaith prayer
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service at washington cathedral. the theme of the service is healing and prayer. can the president unify the country with his actions and words. let's discuss. cnn contributor, reporter for washington examiner and "new york post" columnist, selena. and former new york council speaker christine quinn, and political commentator and writer from the federalist, mary katherine ham. mk, does he want unity. didn't division work for him, splint tering of parties and exacerbating tensions work for him? he didn't speak the unity talk yesterday. >> i think that's an open question. there were parts of the speech did do the things people asked him to do, did recognize we don't want prejudice and we should recognize those parts. other parts of the speech counter acted those parts. i think he is always going back and forth. he is going to continue to. i think the hope with him is
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that he loves people to love him, his audience is now all of america. i think he would do well to reach out to all of america. >> in fact today at the interfaith service, we understand a pop northern virginia imam recently invited by the trump team to be part of it. are you seeing any good signs that lead you to believe unity is possible in this climate? >> you know, anything theoretically in the world is possible. yesterday's speech was very disappointing to me. obviously this is not the person i wanted to be elected president but i did hope that yesterday's speech would be a moment where president trump would try to actually bring people in, where he would give an inaugural address, not a campaign rally speech. >> what more could he have said that would have heartened you. >> he could have mentioned in a positive way, for example, some of the communities that feel left out. he could have mentioned communities that felt attacked
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during the campaign. it rings hollow to me as a woman and lesbian to hear donald trump say he is not for prejudice when so many of the people he is appointing to the cabinet, with his positions, vice president positions, are ones that are anti-woman and anti-lgbt. so the words in no way connect to reality, sent no hope. the speech felt to me like the on-going dog whistle of the campaign. what he tried to unite is his people. >> but american carnage does speak to this wide diorama of need in this country. he mentioned drugs in the inner cities, mentioned single mothers that are struggling, he mentioned a lot of different demographic communities. some of them didn't come close to winning but did mention them.
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doesn't that signify something? >> it should. and it was an important moment in the speech, people have been criticizing it. there's large parts of america that look like that, and they're not just white areas or black areas, they're all over the place, sprinkled all throughout this country. they're outside of the inner states, and one of the things that makes me really sad, you go through a town, you see a stream of abandoned homes and there's some sense of sadness there because someone's life is gone, they were never able to come back, they were never able to put their lives together to hold onto that home, and that infects an entire community, it spreads out. it hurts the churches, the schools, because all of a sudden they don't have enough money to pay for the services. >> i work everyday in new york
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city, not with homes but with homeless mothers in new york city with children, women of color. there was nothing in the campaign of donald trump that spoke to their reality and there was nothing in the speech in my opinion that spoke to their reality that they are seen by him, that they matter to him. i see there's nothing that he has said or done that leads me to believe when he says american carnage, he recognizes african-american and latinos. >> christine is playing on something that's real, the difference between hearing and listening, right, which is -- he's saying it, you're not taking it in because you don't believe that's what he's really about. he said some of the words yesterday, but there are people like christine in the country that don't believe him. >> the american carnage phrase, i didn't love that phrase. he said the people who are
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hurting, yet he didn't reference specific groups, that's the opposite of what his campaign was about, but he referenced people are hurting and said their successes are all our successes, their pain is all our pain. therefore move forward as one nation. i think he deserves some credit like that. he is not going to talk like barack obama when he talks about these things and shouldn't expect him to to recognize he is making steps. >> and i hear that. but the problem is he singled out communities during the campaign. his campaign singled out communities in negative ways. so i understand he is not barack obama, he is not hillary clinton and it is not going to be that but he did purposely or not damage by singling out communities in ways that were super negative and discriminatory to many. he had healing to do and healing takes work and i think he chose not to engage in that work which makes it harder for people who are in those communities to believe any of the bread crumbs
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that were thrown out. >> hold on a second, leads us to what's happening behind us now, and that is the women's march on washington. you can already see people coming to the national mall from all over the country. they have taken buses here. selena, this is on his first full day, this is what's happening. >> right. >> all over the country. >> all over the country. hundreds of coordinated marches. >> it is part of the -- i'm very proud we can do this in america and celebrate our differences. the optics may not be the best thing in the world but i don't think it is terrible. it does show all these sides of us. >> look, he talked about them during the campaign, now he can talk to them. >> thank you very much. cnn's coverage continues with wolf blitzer after this very quick break. thanks so much for joining us today. >> happy saturday! ressive girl, at the supermarket buying cheese. scandal alert! flo likes dairy?!
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