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01/20/17 01/20/17 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from howard university in washington, d.c., this is a democracy now! inauguration day special. mr. trump: and we are going to make america great again -- greater than ever before. they give very much. amy: it is inauguration day in washington, d.c. as donald trump , prepares to be sworn in as the nation's 45th president. protests have already begun here in washington and around the country. up to 25,000 people rallied in new york last night outside trump international hotel and tower.
we will hear what michael moore told the crowd. >> as bad as we think it is going to be, it is going to be worse. that is the truth, my friends. i am sorry to have to begin on such a depressing note. but here is the good news. the good news is, there is more of us than there are of them. amy: we will also speak to naomi klein, author of "this changes everything." >> let us be clear what will happen tomorrow in this city is not a peaceful transition of power. it is a corporate coup d'etat. amy: all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and
peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting live from howard university and washington, d.c., on this inauguration day a donald trump as 45th president of the united states. hundreds of thousands of people have descended on washington, d.c., either to support or to protest donald trump's inauguration. late thursday night, police deployed pepper spray against activists protesting outside the pro-trump "deploraball" at the national press club. protesters held signs reading, "no alt reich" and "no nazi usa." at least one person was arrested. pro-trump demonstrators have also arrived in washington including members of multiple , biker gangs including the group bikers for trump, whose members have vowed to serve as a "wall of meat" between protesters and trump during the
inauguration events. up to 25,000 people also rallied against donald trump in new york city thursday evening at a massive protest in front of trump international hotel and tower, where filmmaker michael moore, actors mark ruffalo, robert de niro, and alec baldwin all called for people to kickoff 100 days of resistance. new york city mayor bill de blasio also spoke. this is protester faisa ali. >> we have to be ready to fight. we have to stand united. we must refuse to normalize bigotry and hate, which has been the incoming administrations hallmark and rise to power. we must be ready to reject trump's fascist agenda and resist every appointment, every policy, every single proposal that institutionalizes
islamophobia or is a threat to our values. amy: we will hear more voices from the new york city rally, including filmmaker michael moore, after headlines. in california's bay area, students and teachers participated in coordinated protests against donald trump thursday. many more nationwide are preparing for protests today and tomorrow. lockingre currently wit down at a black lives matter protester in washington, d.c.. thousands are expected to participate in feminist, pro-black, pro-queer, pro-labor, and anti-capitalist actions throughout the day. on saturday, as many as 200,000 people are expected to participate in the women's march on washington. this is andrew critchett -- andrea prichett.
>> there's a lot of stuff going on in san francisco and oakland and we want people to be prepared. know yourn doing rights trainings for 27 years. i've never seen a climate so astile to our basic rights described in the bill of rights. it is even more important now that we not only assert our rights, but remember what they are, remember what they're supposed to be. and not get them whittled away. amy: protests against trump have also broken out worldwide, including in the philippines, where activists burned an american flag. in palestine in the israeli occupied-west bank city of nablus, hundreds of protesters marched and voiced opposition to trump's pledge to move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, a pledge he reiterated thursday in an interview with an israeli newspaper owned by billionaire republican donor sheldon adelson. in london, activists unfurled a banner this morning reading "act now! build bridges not walls."
some international politicians are celebrating donald trump's inauguration today, including far right british politician nigel farange, who helped lead the push for britain to leave the european union. this is farange. >> by really believe this. for most of my life, what happens in america in terms of social trends or developments, we follow for five years later. america is the laser -- leader. i would like to think of my own little way, that what we did with brexit was the beginning of what is going to turn out to be a global revolution and a trump victory -- amy: that is british politician and brexit leader nigel farage. democracy now! will be broadcasting throughout the day covering the inauguration live as well as bringing you reports
from the streets from ongoing protests and a roundtable discussion with scholars and artists from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today et, and from the stage of women's march on washington, d.c., on saturday from 10 a clock a.m. eastern time to 3:00 p.m. president-elect donald trump arrived in washington, d.c. thursday on a military jet ahead , of today's inauguration. a new cbs poll shows less than a third of all americans approve of the incoming president, with trump's favorability rating at only 32%. president obama, in comparison, had an 84% approval rating just before his inauguration in 2009. on thursday night, donald trump spoke in front of the lincoln memorial at the "make america great again! welcome celebration," in front of about 10,000 supporters. that's about 40 times fewer people than the number who attended the 2009 inaugural
concert when president obama was taking office. in the lead-up to his inauguration, trump ran into significant trouble booking talent. last night's concert headliners included 3 doors down, toby keith, lee greenwood, and the piano guys. this is donald trump. mr. trump: we knew that something special was happening. and i can only tell you this -- the polls started going up, up, up, but they did not want to give us credit because they forgot about a lot of us. on the campaign i called it the forgotten man in the forgotten woman. well, you're not forgotten anymore. amy: also on thursday night, donald trump spoke at a pre-inauguration donor dinner, where he called his campaign manager kellyanne conway, whom
-- up to the stage and called her "baby" and "my kellyanne." trump to i see my kellyanne. oh, kellyanne. come here. come here, kellyanne. get up here. come here, kellyanne. she has been so great. wow. so there is no den she will not go into. when my men are petrified to go on to a certain network, i say, kellyanne, would you do it? absolutely, no problem. she gets on and just destroys them. thank you, baby. thank you. amy: that is donald trump speaking to his campaign manager kellyanne conway, who he recently named to the position of counselor to the president. today is her 50th birthday.
today's inauguration comes as donald trump and his transition team have failed to put in place hundreds of key government officials, threatening to leave the federal government precariously short-staffed. "the new york times" reports out of 660 executive department appointments, trump has named only 29. so far only two of donald trump's cabinet nominees have been approved by senate committees -- retired general john kelly for homeland security and retired general james "mad dog" mattis for defense secretary. on thursday, trump announced he'd keep on 50 officials from the obama administration, including under secretary of state thomas shannon, who will serve as the acting secretary of state since trump's nominee , longtime exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson has so far not been , approved by congress. on thursday, seven military veterans were arrested inside arizona republican senator john mccain's office, demanding mccain reject tillerson for secretary of state.
this is matt howard of iraq veterans against the war. been anow that this has person that has consistently utilized -- essentially used the military to subsidize his own ability to make profit. amy: "the hill" is reporting trump's team is preparing to cut the budget by more than $10 trillion over 10 years. among the agencies slated to face massive cuts are the departments of energy, transportation, justice, commerce, and state. the cuts include privatizing the corporation for public broadcasting and completely eliminating the national endowment for the arts and national endowment for the humanities. u.s. officials say they have launched an investigation into a handful of donald trump's associates, including former campaign manager paul manafort, over their possible ties to russia. as part of the probe, officials
are reviewing the intercepted communications and financial transactions of manafort, as well as those of former trump campaign foreign policy adviser carter page and republican operative roger stone. u.s. intelligence agencies say russia hacked the u.s. election in order to help donald trump win. trump's treasury secretary nominee steven mnuchin underwent his senate confirmation hearing thursday. mnuchin is a former goldman sachs executive who has faced widespread criticism about his bank, onewest, which has been called a foreclosure machine. during thursday's hearing, multiple senators expressed outrage about mnuchin's role in the great recession and the u.s. housing crisis. this is oregon democratic senator ron wyden. >> mr. mnuchin's career began in trading financial products that crash and the great recession. after nearly two decades at goldman sachs, he left in 2002
and joined a hedge fund. in early 2009, mr. mnuchin led a group of investors that purchased a bank called indymac, and they renamed it onewest. colleagues, onewest was truly unique. while mr. mnuchin was ceo, the bank grouped it could put more vulnerable people on the streets faster than just about anybody else around. amy: that was oregon senator wyden. later in the hearing, republican senator pat roberts joked by -- offered wyden a valium pill before the next round of questioning. >> senator wyden, i have got a volume pill here that you might want to take before the second round. amy: during the hearing, stephen mnuchin came under criticism for not initially disclosing about $100 million in assets.
"fortune" magazine recently reviewed financial disclosures by mnuchin and reported that he's worth as much as 10 times richer than previously thought, worth as much as $400 million. former texas governor rick perry also underwent his confirmation hearing to head the energy department thursday. at the start of the hearing, washington senator maria cantwell reminded perry that he , had once called for the elimination of the very agency he was now tapped to head. >> congratulations on your nomination. in case you may have forgotten, you once called for the abolishment of this agency. i suspect that now, having had a chance to learn about the importance of this department, you have a very different opinion. amy: that was senator maria cantwell. late in the hearing, former governor perry said he now regrets calling for the agency
-- energy department to be eliminated. >> ipass statements, made over five years ago, about demolishing the agency do not reflect my current thinking. after being briefed on summit of the vital functions of the department of energy, i regret recommending its elimination. amy: president obama granted another 330 commutations as his thursday final major act as president. the majority of the sentences commuted thursday were for non-violent drug offenses. throughout his presidency, obama has granted 1715 commutations -- more than any other president in u.s. history. the pentagon transferred four prisoners from the guantanamo prison to the united arab emirates and saudi arabia, leaving 41 prisoners at the u.s. prison at guantanamo. president obama had vowed to close guantanamo in his first year as president.
in international news, west african leaders have given longtime gambian leader yahya jammeh until midday today to relinquish power, as troops from senegal and other nearby countries have crossed into gambia and are awaiting to see if jammeh will step down. the presidents of liberia, mauritania, and guinea are also arriving in gambia today in efforts to broker a transfer of power. jammeh has ruled gambia for 22 years. on thursday, incoming president adama barrow held his inauguration at gambia's embassy in neighboring senegal. mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman has been extradited to the united states and is slated to appear in a u.s. federal court in new york city today. his attorneys had fought his extradition in part by citing discrimination against mexicans, including the words of president-elect donald trump. he previously escaped from jail in mexico twice. in honduras, television reporter
igor padilla chavez has been assassinated. he covered crime for the television station hch, hable como habla. honduran police have arrested 18 suspects they allege were involved in the killing. and investigative reporter wayne barrett has died at age 71 of complications of interstitial lung disease. news of barrett's death broke as thousands protested in central park against the inauguration of donald trump, a man he began covering in the 1970's. in his 1991 unauthorized biography of donald trump, republished last year in paperback with the title "trump: the greatest show on earth: the deals, the downfall, the reinvention," wayne barrett continued to cover trump during the 2016 presidential campaign even though he was largely , homebound due to lung cancer.
this is wayne barrett speaking on democracy now! when we interviewed him at his home last year. -- it is more not than he is something unlike anything -- you know, i'm a democrat. i am a liberal democrat. have voted in my life for candidates on the republican line. not often, but sometimes. who ishink this is a man -- he is really not qualified to run the trump organization. he is not fit to run the trump organization, so he is certainly not fit to run america. i think he represents, not just a danger to america, but because
we are such an influence in the world, it is really a shocking threat to the world. so i am in a sick bed a lot, but he gets me up out of it. amy: that was investigative reporter wayne barrett. thursday in manhattan only one day before the , inauguration of donald trump, a man he had reported on since the 1970's. you can go to democracynow.org hourlink to the interview we did with wayne just a few months ago. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. we are broadcasting live from the historically black university howard university in washington, d.c. just down the road from the inauguration. i'm amy goodman.
nermeen: welcome to all of our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. in less than four hours, donald trump will become the nation's 45th president. at noon today, supreme court justice john roberts will swear in trump before hundreds of thousands of people, both supporters and protesters. trump briefly spoke thursday at the inauguration concert. mr. trump: so this journey began 18 months ago. i had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than i did. i am the messenger. i am just the messenger. and we were tired -- and i love you. believe me, i love you. we all got tired of seeing what was happening, and we wanted change. but we wanted real change. and i look so forward to tomorrow.
we are going to see something that is going to be so amazing. nermeen: more than 60 democratic congress members are boycotting today's ceremony. the boycott began after trump criticized civil rights icon john lewis over the martin luther king jr. holiday weekend. trump called congressmember lewis "all talk, talk, talk." lewis had said he did not believe trump was a legitimate president. trump lost the popular vote to hillary clinton by almost 3 million votes, but he managed to win the electoral college. trump takes office as the least popular incoming president in at least a generation. one poll found just 32% of the nation approved of his performance as president-elect. amy: protests are scheduled across the nation today and saturday. they have already begun here in washington. we're going go live to and inauguration checkpoint at 300
indiana, where black lives matter protesters are locked down and trying to block off the entrance to the inauguration. there was just a heated confrontation when trump supporters came through and tried to step on the protesters who are chained to the barricade. joining us for an update is democracy now! plus carla wills, who is going to speak with the protesters. here at the checkpoint here, one of the inaugural checkpoints, the 400 block of indiana avenue, where several hundred black lives matter activists have shut down the checkpoint. i am standing here with two organizers. tell me where you are from and what is going on here. describe the scene. california.nt -- >> described the scene. >> people are actively voicing their dissent in light of a
horrible truth, that is donald trump. ,e has used racism, bigotry suggested a muslim registry, using photophobia. to gain power. this is 2017. he is an illegitimate president and we do not respect him as such. >> there are four or five women here who have chained themselves to the barricades. several others ahead of us have also chained themselves. describe exactly what happened and what that process was the first, give me your name. >> i name is deedee. i am from cambridge. i just want to know, like, just pose a question -- what would make anyone put their bodies on the line? right? what about today? what about the events leading up to today, the years leading up to today? what are we holding us inside of us to make us put our bodies on
the light is a our black lives matter, to stand up to say to people, hey, we are not saying you don't matter, we're saying, look at us. see our humanity. we matter. we should not have to chain ourselves to let people know what our narrative is. our narrative is our humidity. it is terrible that we have to do what we're doing today. it is necessary because we will be heard. >> there was a bit of a scuffle over here to our right with some of the women who had been chain. someone encountered one of them? explain what happened. >> essentially, several people have chained their bodies on one of these entry points and they are seated. they are on the ground. trumpe saw was a massive supporters try to trample on them. in doing so, possibly cause injury to themselves. they were so hell-bent on mobilizing around trampling black bodies. >> what do you want to see happen now?
i mean, trump is going to be sworn in in a few hours. what is the next thing to do? things tore several do. i think the most important thing is for people -- black people to continue what they have been doing, continue to survive. i think of allies are going to toe into the fold and try stand up for us, that they do so under our leadership, right? and they do so with the knowledge of intersection analogy. that is like coming to a stop sign when you're driving and looking at both places and looking at always and saying, you know what? i understand where everyone else is coming from and now i can proceed. >> thank you. this is carla wills, here at a checkpoint shut down by black 300s matter activists at indiana avenue. back to you in the studio. amy: carla, thank you. to our viewers and listeners around the country and around the world, we are here at howard university, just a couple of
miles from the inauguration site . we will be covering the inauguration live. we will be broadcasting throughout the day. we will also cover protests in washington, d.c., and around the country. carla wills speaking to us from 300 indiana, a black lives matter protest. when we come back, we go to another protest. this was last night in new york city just buy one of donald trump's hotels. you will hear the speech of film maker michael moore. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with nermeen shaikh. frome broadcasting live pbs station whut, from the campus of howard university right here in the nation's capital. it is called the mecca. inmeen: on thursday night new york city, up to 25,000 people rallied outside trump international hotel and tower near central park on the eve of donald trump's inauguration. the event call for people to take part in 100 days of resistance. mayor bill de blasio joined a
.tar-studded group of people also activist from greenpeace and the naacp. the night included some humor when alec baldwin broke into character as the president-elect. thatjust want to say standing out here in the freezing cold for long time, i have to go to the bathroom. i have to pee. but i'm holding it in. i'm not going to pee. i'm going to a function at the washington consulate tonight and i'm going to hold it until i get there. then when it gets of the russian consulate, i will have a really, really long pee. , like, the biggest pee i've had in my lifetime. amy: that is alec baldwin, doing his now famous impression of donald trump, which usually does on "saturday night live."
one of the rally's main speakers was academy award-winning filmmaker michael moore, whose latest film is called "michael moore in trumpland." >> new york! us donald,or giving j, trump. now, first the bad news. unknown. as bad as we think it is going to be, it is going to be worse. that is the truth, my friends. i am sorry to have to begin on such a depressing note. but here is the good news. the good news is, there is more of us than there are of them. that is the good news. she not only won by 3 million more votes, there's another 7
million who voted green or libertarian. they also did not want donald j. trump. that is more than 10 million voters that said no to donald j. trump. what mr. de niro said about this isat city and how sad it that this man represents not just the city now, but the not rule withdoes a mandate. there is no mandate. keep this in mind in your moments of despair. you're not alone. we are the majority. we are the majority. don't give up. i won't give up! don't give up! don't give up! no!
no! no! wow, this is an incredible crowd. you can't see, but they're still trying to get in from columbus circle. it is packed back there. they're pushing over to broadway to go all the way down to come in from the back. it is incredible that everybody turned out here tonight. this is the beginning of our 100 days of resistance. 100 days of resistance! and that is just the first 100 days. i like to think positively that it will only take us 100 days. thousands of people are watching this right now on livestream all across the world. welcome, all of you, to new york city. [cheers]
i want you to get out your devices, whatever you are caring . if you're at home, go to1 100daysofresistance.org. we will have different missions we are doing in the first three months. there are lots of people involved, whether you are a group or individual. everyone has to commit to doing something every single day now. every single day. you don't have to quit your job. you don't have to drop out of school. it is just something very small you have to do. every day, you have to contact your member of congress or your -- one of your two senators. every day. it takes three minutes. makeup, brush teeth, fee, contact congress.
that is the morning routine. 25-3121. you call that number anytime of the day or night. a human being answers it. there is an actual 24/7 switchboard. call that number. if you don't know who your congressperson is, that is ok. just give them your zip code. everybody knows their zip code. give them your zip code and they will go, oh, well, your member of congress is jerome adler. may i put you through? and they will put you right through. in fact, you can say, no, i would like his private line. can i have a direct number? they will give you the direct number. each of you have one representative and two senators. they only worked three days of the week, tuesday to thursday.
if you cannot do it all five days, on those three days, call your rep one day, call your senator the next day, call your other senator the next day. every day we will be posting what we need to be pushing for. we need to stop rick perry. devosd to stop betsy right now. i know her from michigan. she is out to destroy our public schools. who here promises to call congress every day or at least three days a week? who is going to do it? what is the number again? -225-3121. the phone,ing for you might as well use it.
what the mayor said, the mayor of minneapolis said, what robert de niro said -- it is all so important. this is not a night of rhetoric. we are not here spouting cliches tonight. we are saying this is a time for action and we will put ourselves on the line for that. when the immigration authorities come to take people from new , the mayor has said that is not going to be a cooperative venture. so they decide to send me feds in anyways -- the feds in anyways, we have to do something about it. i'm sorry to have to put this out there, but it is not just going to be about coming to
demonstrations like this. we're going to have to put ourselves on the line. i am sorry to say this. we are in a very dangerous moment in history where a malignant narcissist and a sociopath is in the oval office. this is a very dangerous moment. so when they come to new york to take our mexican neighbors out of here, who is willing to stand in front of the george washington bridge and say, "not unless you go through me"? who is willing to do that? peacefully and nonviolently. who will stand at the lincoln tunnel or the holland tunnel and say, "no, no, this is the united states of america, no!" if he tries to put a muslim registry, where muslim americans -- keyword "americans" -- are supposed to sign up, i will be
the first one to sign up on the muslim registry. who will join me? who will join me? will you sign up? let's all sign our names. we are all muslim. we are all mexican. we are all women. we are all americans. yes, and we are all gay. and lesbian and bisexual and it, weender and, god damn are all queer, too. folks.going to win, a little bit of pain, a little bit of discomfort, but a lot of work on our part will stop this man. he will not last the four years.
nation, angerous, narcissist and a public official, because it is all about "what is in it for me? me, me, me." that is when they break the law and that is when he will go down. i have one other idea. i have one final idea. some reporter was just asking me , well, what is the point of all of this because no matter how much bad news he creates or there is about him, doesn't seem to affect him? i said, right, that is right, he is not affected by the bad news when he talks about his sexually assaulting women. he is not affected by the bad news that comes out of him calling mexicans rapists and murderers. that's right, he is not affected by that. what is he affected by?
he is affected by comity -- comdedy. skin of anyhinnest bully i have ever met. youou make fun of him, if ridicule him or if you just show that he is not popular, and i remember the night after the election on november 9, a bunch of us just randomly got in the street and marched to trump tower. anybody there that night? there were not a lot of us, but a few hundred people. he is up there in his tower, in his penthouse tweeting home.strators outside my unfair. unfair."
me?y are they protesting wrong. wrong" i am telling you my friends, this is how he will implode. it is his achilles' heel. and we all just need to depend on the comedians to do this for us. everybody here has a sense of humor. use it. use it. participate in the ridicule and the satire for the emperor who has no close. do this for me. let's form an army of comity -- we will bring him down. that is michael moore, the film maker, speaking thursday night in new york city before about 25,000 people who were rallying outside trump international hotel and tower your central park. when we come back from break,
hours away from the inauguration of donald trump. protest have already begun here in the streets of washington. to talk more about the inauguration of trump, we're joined now by two guests. and lee fangein are with us. naomi, let's start with you. you have come here to washington, d.c. you have been following the election and what is taking place. your thoughts? >> there are a few things we need to remember this morning, day for a destabilizing a lot of your viewers and listeners and for all of us, really. heard, he dideady not win the popular vote.
in addition to that -- and i know this and not be the most popular thing to say when everyone is calling for unity among progressives -- i think even within this rigged system that suppresses so many votes, he did not win it. henry clinton in the democratic party establishment lost it. it was low enthusiasm, low voter gaveut on their side that the election to trump. i think that is important to understand even amidst these calls for unity. even if that truth gets buried, then the mistakes will be repeated. the other thing that i think that is really important and i think it is fantastic that people are on the streets last night, today all day -- it is so important to push back in these early days when they're going to be throwing whole lot at us. welk of a shock and a
budget. this is another rebranding campaign like alt-right, a savage budget that would cut $10 trillion that would attack programs targeted toward violence against women, renewable energy, and terminal justice. they're going after everything. the point is, trump -- we know the transition is in disarray. it seems they are outsourcing the whole thing to the heritage foundation, which is what they're there for. they have this infrastructure, all of these policies and budgets ready to go, but this is going to be incredibly unpopular. if people push back really hard trump's approval rating dropped even further -- we know donald trump likes firing people. this we know. i think the people he is outsourced to right now to get blamed very early on and pushed out, and i think that would be very important. i think when it comes to economics, there's a fair amount of evidence he is not an ideologue.
i think we're headed for a very, very ideological push. amy: last night at the jpeace ball come you call this a corporate to the top -- peace peace all, you call this a corporate coup d'etat. >> this process of cutting out the middleman, exxon running the state department. amy: i want to ask, where were you when you heard that rex tillerson, at the time the current ceo of exxonmobil come in the largest private oil company in the world, was nominated? >> not just any oil company. this is a company that is the main target of the climate movement that is under investigation by multiple states attorneys general that for the financialceptions, and climate deceptions, the
target of a huge campaign because this is a company that was doing really some of the most important research into the reality of climate change back in the 1970's, and then bankrolled the deception that lost us decades of climate action in the 1990's and really up to the present day. i don't remember exactly where i was, but in some ways, to echo something bill mckibben has said, my colleague at 350, it takes the mask off because these copies, as lee well knows, they already had a huge amount of influence. but now it is a must -- almost as if they are tired of plain again, the cajoling, bankrolling, legalized bribery and their going to just do the job themselves and cut out the middleman. we see that with tillerson. we see that with labor as well.
amy: makes his way to actually being labor secretary is very interesting. about thing i would say both these cases, and once again importing to remember on a day like today when people feel so demoralized, these guys are panicked because of the power of rising social movements. soean, why is puzder panicked? because of the fight for 15. because of the very real possibility that bernie sanders could have one, and he would have taken that movement demand and brought it to the federal level come at a federal policy. that was his campaign promise. and tillerson, i mean, the biggest threat he faces is the goals that are enshrined in the paris accord, these hard-won goals to keep temperatures below 1.5 to 2 degrees.
that would be the end of his business model. what i call a corporate coup is really about panic as much as anything else, and holding back these tides of progress on multiple fronts. steve mnuchin and his friends are also worried about their business model and about occupy, about the sanders campaign, about thi think we should see tn some ways as sort of a panicked meangap, but that doesn't we don't need to confront it with everything we have. ismeen: let's go to what going on today in washington, d.c., the inauguration. lee, your most recent piece but yesterday is called "who is paying for inauguration parties?" so tell us, who is paying? >> we don't know the full list of sponsors for the festivities, but there are private events and the official inauguration events associated with the trump transition. these are all festivities that
are privately financed. according to some reports, we know the official trump inauguration events are sponsored by come is like at&t, boeing, and they are offer these special packages where they provide a certain amount to finance these parties going on all over washington they get private meet and greets with the incoming a administration and the nominees for cabinet to get to party with the leadership of the congressional gop. they have tens of billions of dollars, if not more at stake over the next four years. boeing, for example, has lots of military contracts. they rely on government subsidies or the export/import bank. at&t would like report -- repeal of net neutrality. we might see another era --gers and oppositions acquisitions most of the swap, as it were, is welcoming the
trump administration and they're hoping to get in early to win access. nermeen: is it unusual? who typically pays for inauguration parties? >> that is an important point to make. from bill clinton to reagan to obama, a lot of candidates campaign to throw the bones out and challenge the establishment, but too often -- you know, washington, d.c., is run by lobbyists. they control the most powerful institutions. they set the parameters of the debate. when candidates, like donald trump who promise to take on the establishment, to challenge these elites, as he is getting to washington, he is quickly being co-opted. of the: that is one striking things about his appointment, the fact that are summoned to people from goldman sachs when he spent so much of his time campaigning for sizing clinton for her ties to goldman sachs. >> that is an important point to realize. ityou look at the cabinet,
is filled with ceos and other elites and i think in the next 100 days, we will actually see the kind of a class war. trump promised to take on these globalists, these economic elites. we will see in the next 100 days, a ruthless agenda on behalf of these same elites against worker protections, climate regulations. it is very likely some of the very first executive orders that come out of the trump administration are attempts to repeal much of the obama legacy. obama only had control or a frilly congress for two years of his administration. most of his legacy or administrative rules, agency action, and those reforms are very fragile. it is easy to repeal those types of rule makings. we will see an attempt to chip away at everything from the clean power plan to protections for retirement security, protections for workers trying
to organize at fast food restaurants. there's a recent rule from the labor department. everything from those rules to others that govern food safety. amy: i was watching fox news yesterday and one of the hosts said that donald trump has three balls and obama had many more balls, which was an interesting comment he made. he was talking about these events taking place. the number of people who have come out, far, far fewer, to say the least. i think at the big concert last night, there were something like 10,000 people compared to 400,000 people for obama. lee, you write about the black tie and boots inaugural ball for texas lawmakers. explain -- >> many of these parties i go on outside the kind of official inauguration ball schedule, i mean, there are parties all over
washington. there attending to influence a lower-level ministry to staffers to give congressional members kind of on board with the corporate agenda. the texas delegation, the black tie and boots ball, they're throwing a big party in prince george's county their washington, d.c., and sponsor by number of corporate interests that will be pushing very hard on the issues we just mentioned. many different oil companies, firms like exxon mobil k andoch industries that would like to see more fracking on federal lands, a repeal of many of the different epa rules in the methane role they came out recently from the obama administration. they have very clear motives, but for the time being, they are one to be paying for the festivities all weekend. , you talked fang about what trump might do in his first 100 days. there are limits on certain things he can do because he requires congressional approval. as some of the things you
mentioned, he doesn't require congressional approval for at also he may well succeed in doing that in the next just slightly over three months, including cuts on climate payments and the federal regulations you spoke of. >> he is going to go after these rules in a number of ways. one way is through a fairly obscure law called the congressional review act. that is a special law that allows a resolution of disapproval and that can affect regulations passed -- just the last few months, not the last six years. still, many of those rules came out late in the obama administration. democrats cannot filibuster a congressional review act resolution. inh republican majorities congress, there's nothing stopping them from passing a cra resolution of disapproval to roll back many of those rules, potentially hundreds. of course, there are executive orders he can take to revoke obama's executive orders. once he feels these administrations -- agencies with his staff, they can carve out
exceptions to the rules and make them -- even if not officially repealed, effectively useless. amy: before we wrap up this hour , we actually broadcasting for seven hours through the inauguration, going to the streets with our reporters on the scene were protests are happening, thousands of activists are already out this , to markham alein massive march is planned for an washington, d.c.. women march on washington, d.c. hundreds of thousands are expected, if not more. >> i think once again, we know he understands numbers and as we heard from michael moore, we know he is very thin-skinned and thrown by a few hundred. close to one million people, however many people are on the streets tomorrow. i think it will be destabilizing and this so -- show of force is tremendous.
it is significant he is going after programs -- for violence against women, perhaps one of his first acts, frankly, you know, misogyny is a thread that connects so many of his appointments. this drive to denigrate women. and i think just showing that we are not afraid, is going to be incredibly important. i think it is also important the march is as diverse as it is, it will be led by women of color, and i think this is part of not repeating the mistakes of the campaign. amy: and your thoughts on the number of congress members who are boycotting? the inauguration? >> it is all good. it is all of these acts of courage in standing up to a bully is incredibly important. i think there's every reason to believe that he is going to employ a strategy of trying to
overwhelm people. this isn't a strategy in terms of distraction and confusion this sort of shock and awe approach. staying unified, staying focused and having each other's backs him at this is all going to be tremendously important in the weeks to come. few keyif we win a victories in the early days, it is going to be very destabilizing and it may lead to a reassessment. but if we lose those, they will taste blood. , we hope you'll stay with us. we're broadcasting dropped the day today. for those your leaving us now, you can go to democracynow.org. lee fang, thank you for being with us. you're going out in the streets of the intercept. we will link to your piece. we will be broadcasting for seven hours on this inauguration day. saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., broadcasting from the main stage at the women's march on washington. i am amy goodman with them in.
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