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>> we have by far the highest iq of any cabinet ever assembled. >> trump will be sworn in as president of the united states at noon tomorrow, but the inauguration activities are already under way. we're going to go live to the festivities that are u and running. also on the agenda, confmation confrontations. >> i am pretty surprised mr. mnuchin, that you don't know these things because you've been rather defensive, for probably good reason about what happened at one west. >> steve mnuchin, trump's treasury secretary pick, in the hot seat today. so a rick perry. he is up for secretary of energy. senate democrats dedicated to putting up a fight against most of trump's nominees, but are any of those picks actually in jeopardy. we'll break that down for you. also, reaction not only in washington today. we have reporters across the country getting an up-close look
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at how donald trump may impact everyone in this country. a lot to get to as we look ahead to what is sure to be an inauguration day to remember. we begin with our top story. we said the festivities are under way now in this city, the inauguration concert, the welcome concert for donald trump to washington, kicking off right now at the lincoln memorial. this has been somewhat of a controversial event, basically since trump won the election several performers declined invitations to perform, fearing criticism from trump's opponents. but team trump has managed to pull together a full slate. we are expecting names like toby keith, 3 doors down, the piano guys and, of course, trump himself is expected to make remarks. we'll check back in here in a few minutes on that. meanwhile, it's en a busy day in washington for donald trump himself. deplaning this morning for the last time as president-elect. kicking off the official inauguration festivities just
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moments ago with a wreath-laying at arlington cemetery. by this time tomorrow trump will officially be the 45th president of the united states. he has still got a lot of activity ahead of him today. the president-elect in town now. the festivities are under way. i also understand we are learning about another big appointment donald trump announcing today. >> yes. i'll get to that. i want to start with what i think, really, for this leadup to inauguration day is symbolically certainly the most important thing we're going to see today because it's the first official inaugural event. it's the first chance we've really had to see president-elect trump in a presidential role. i am talking about the wreath laying at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery, a place and an event that we've seen so many past presidents do. and it also brings to mind that this is the man who is going to
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be commander in chief. he was surrounded by military. "taps" was played a there at the tomb of the unknowns where people who have died for their country but who were never identified are honored. he was there, obviously, with the vice president-elect, his family was there as well. but earlier in the day he was actually at a luncheon. not part of the official event. but someplace where he was honoring some of the people who will be in his cabinet, people who are transition officials. as an aside, as you mentioned, he made a big announcement. woody johnson, the owner of the jets, will be the u.s. ambassador to the uk. he also talked about just -- in one of his statements, how great he thinks his cabinet is going to be. take a listen. >> so we also have -- steve mnuchin is right now getting grilled. he is getting grilled. he is doing a good job. you notice, right, he is out
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there doing what you wer doi four days ago. tom price. so nice. they found out, he's smart. we have a lot of smart people. i tell you what, we have, by far, the highest iq of any cabinet ever assembled. >> the highest, the best, the biggest, those kinds of words, very traditionally donald trump. not surprisingly the luncheon held at his hotel in the old post office in washington, d.c. i can tell you that, as the glare is on many of those potential cabinet people, a lot of the talk around here in washington from both political appointees who are on their way out and non-political folks who will stay within the agencies is their concern about the positions that are not filled. i can't tell you how many people who will continue to work in the government who said, i don't know if there will be a person sitting in the desk next to me. that's something he's going to have to face after the
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inauguration tomorrow. for today, he is at the concert that is just getting under way. we'll hear him speak. they had a runup to it where some of the people who couldn't get into the shortened parade had a chance to perform. then he'll be heading to blair house tonight for the traditional overnight before tomorrow. >> covering the inauguration on thground level. thanks. as donald trump put it, transition process he thinks is going well. still under way. today steve mnuchin, nominated for treasury secretary and rick perry, he is the energy secretary pick, both addressed controversies that have dogged their confirmation processes. for mnuchin. his private sector past. >> one west independent oughta' firm said it violated the civil service member act by initiating
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closures on 54 active duty military families. yes or no? >> you have the document in front of you. i don't. we unfortunately did foreclose on certain people in the military. it was quite unfortunate. it was inappropriate. we responded to those people and made them whole. as i said, every single person had the opportunity to have their mortgage reviewed and we corrected any errors. our errors were less than anybody else. it's not that i am being defensive. i am proud of our results. >> i wouldn't be proud of all these findings. >> let's go to kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. the president-elect becomes the president tomorrow. when realistically will he have a cabinet actually confirmed and in place? >> one of the lesser-known traditions of inauguration day is, after the president -- the newly sworn-in president leaves the capitol to watch the parade and head to the ball, the senate remains here and working.
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this year we're told the democrats will have more time on some of the more controversial nominees but are prepared to move forward quickly with some of the other nominees. defense secretary in it with aing general mattis. the homeland security kelly. a former general. they were not controversial nominees in terms of their hearings. next in line, it's expected that the cia director would be considered. we don't know if that will happen tomorrow for if it will slide into later. some of the more controversial folks who have been put before the various committees, they're pressing for more time. e democrats don't have the numbers to block the confirmations because of a rules change, so they're trying to air out issues they think violate ethical standards or need to be explored further. it's a way for democrats to try to put some speed bumps in the process. they also argue that the trump
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transition team and republicans tried to move too quickly. one of the well-known and in some ways controversial figures in all of this was former texas governor rick perry, who has run for president twice. when he did run for president had the oops moments. today he got a redo saying he no longer believes the department he hopes to run, the department of energy, is obsolete and should be eliminated. here is what he said. >> if confirmed, my desire is to lead this agency in a thoughtful manner, surrounding myself with the expertise on the core functions of the department. my past statements, made over five years ago, about abolishing the department of energy do not reflect my current thinking. in fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the department of energy, i regret recommending its elimination. >> so that regret, acknowledged early today.
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he was reminded of it from some of the democratic question. a big hurdle for rick perry because there was kind of an embarrassed quality to all of that, and he wanted to try to set that record straight and see if the committee and those senators will look past that in their confirmation votes. he talked about climate change saying he does believe there is aen a man-made component to the changes in the climate. >> stephanie ruehl is with us along with chris cillizza. rick tyler. stephanie, starting with you. you know the mnuchin story better than anyone. from both angles. democrats, they have had this date circled on their calendars, the idea he made money off the
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melt-down, the foereclosures in 2009. the case against mnuchin. take us through it. >> if you think about this, so many of the people, the forgotten americans who are so angry, who supported the change electi areeople who were bued during the sub-prime cris. steve mnuchin, a former goldman sachs partner. completely involved in sub-prime. it was completely legal. they're going after him about -- try to make the argument, one of the reasons maybe to get involved in this business was to save americans and help them stay in their homes. to say you got into that business because you wanted to save people from losing their
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homes is not the case. >> that's the argument they make. you say it's legal, he made a lot of money. >> it was a horrible time. >> what was the best political argument he could make in front of that committee? >> the best political argument he could make is i have a deep understanding of how the housing market works, i have a deep understanding of the u.s. economy. i, because i was entrenched in it, can help fix it. the dodd/frank. they said the dodd/frank vocal rule were a hot mess because the people who wrote it didn't understand the business. >> the question with this one and every trump nomination, republicans have the votes. if they stick together every nominee gets through. did anything happen in the hearings today with steve mnuchin that could change the math? >> here is the issue. i say this with everyone with the exception of tillerson for state and maybe betsy devos for education.
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rick perry called to eliminate the group he is going to head. we knew that. the thing that tends to derail nominations is new information that suddenly snowballs on itself, a snowball rolling downhill. momentum. >> there is nothing new here. yes, if you are a democrat, you are not going to like it. will he get democratic votes, no. is rick perry going to get a lot of democratic votes, no. is any trump nominee going to get a lot of democratic votes, no. they don't need -- >> the question is do they lose republican votes. a couple of these where you could see potentially republican vote going against them?
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rex tillerson, secretary of state. marco rubio went after him hard. still not committed. concerned about the business ties to russia, everything trump said about russia. do you think there is a risk for tillerson losing rubio or losing more republicans. >> i think rubio is more posturing than anything else. in the end i think he'll vote for him. it seems the democrats want a scalp and they're trying to figure out who it is and how to get it. as chris said, there has been no smoking gun. i think mnuchin's performance was underwhelming today. the new information about the offshore account he forgot to declare -- >> $100 million worth of real estate that he forgot to declare because the form -- the form was complicated! >> that doesn't do anything for you? >> it could -- right, it could. the issue is rick is ride. the truth of the matter is, go back historically. you can't beat all of them, if you are the opposition. it doesn't work that way.
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you wind up sort of -- it clogs the pipe. there are too many. you have to pick who it is. to me, looking at all of them today, the one who performed the worst and gave the most opening is tillerson. that said, it's a super high-profile role. does marco rubio want to be the vote that puts down donald trump's nominee. who, is the head of a massive company with connections all over the world. >> they want him out. because he is central to the repeal of obamacare. and he has got real problems with optically with this broker who seems to sometimes take his advice, other times doesn't take his advice. >> tom price could have answered that question very directly. there are lots of people in businesses that put their money in a discretionary account where a broker or an adviser truly trades for them and they have no ties to it, nothing to do with it. tom price didn't explain that. whether it's legal if you're a
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member of cloongress or not -- >> it was the second one wre he was directly involved -- >> wait a minute. he said didn't you know about all of these? six companies, specific to a piece of legislation. he said he didn't know about any of them. on this other one he said, oh, yes, i vetted that company myself. i purchased the stock. >> it's important to remember, confirmation processes are like a campaign in a way in that it's not -- this is a mistake hillary clinton made. her defense on the e-mail stuff was all legal. i've done nothing wrong. in the court of public opinion that is a presidential campaign. >> i heard tom price making that argument to the committee yesterday. this is how you guys do it. >> that's the problem. legally -- this is to stephanie's point about mnuchin. doing he did is illegal. when you're the secretary of the treasury it's different than when you're a public businessman. it's public perception.
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same thing with price. >> i found myself in the price hearing yesterday wondering -- i haven't seen anything today to suggest this is happening. wondering if that would be something that would trigger more public outrage. >> the price hearing stinks much worse for americans. paying the lowest amount of taxes and having offshore accounts is not that dissimilar to anyone who wants to pay the lowest amount of taxes. but if you're really rich, you have more options. to buy a stock and be able to influence how the company does, holy cow. >> except that that one stock, remember -- if the bill didn't pass, he bought the stock. presumably the stock didn't do well because it was a regulation -- >> i know, i know. >> we'll a pick this up in a second. i want to acknowledge what people are seeing on the right-happened side of the screen right now. you recognize them surely, that is the trump family. jared kushner. his son-in-law who is looking towards the camera. they are arriving at the lincoln
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memorial. as we say, to the welcome to washington concert for president-elect donald trump. that is getting under way this hour. you see the family, more of the trump children there. they are taking their place for the concert. we'll obviously keep an eye on what comes out of that. you see a military band playing there as well. chris, to pick up the discussion about this -- about the confirmation process, these hearings yesterday. that was the thing with the tom price one. >> sure. >> the tone of the trump campaign. i thought one of the things they were effective in tapping into. there was outrage that bill clinton and hillary clinton, after bill left office in 2008, they made how many millions of dollars. it was legal. i think people said, how can that be legal. i found myself asking the same questions during that portion of it. >> you were asking yourself, this is the first time we have a market-moving president-elect. every time donald trump talks about a company, you see a stock move significantly. when steve mnuchin went on tv for the first time after donald trump put his name up, fanny and freddie moved more than they had
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since before the financial crisis. >> two things on that. one, we also -- this is the first time we have a president who tweets out, hey, i really like l.l. bean. you should buy their products. that's one. two, the only thing i wonder about is some of the hearings have not been great for the trump nominees. today -- today -- i wouldn't say, yes, one of them is going down. which is somewhat remarkable and i think speaks a little bit to the fact that this guy, by this guy i mean donald trump, is an absolute scenery eater as it relates to news coverage. it's just -- everything -- it's a super nova. look, i remember -- i was freezing outside near here eight years ago. barack obama. it was 2 degrees out. barack obama was a super nova at that time too. but there was still more coverage of the confirmations. to your point. price -- i haven't seen a ton of second-day stuff related to that. because why? because donald trump flew down here. laid the wreath --
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>> what he's doing with the news right now. the other thing i wonder about, rick, you think about some of these cabinet nominations that have gone down before. zoey baird. bill clinton's pick for attorney general. she had illegal immigrants working for her. household work. tom daschle. the price thing. i wonder if part of it is the campaign that donald trump ran, the number of things that turned out voter ultimately shrugged at. maybe they were bothered he didn't release his taxes but it didn't keep them from electing them president. all the norms he broke during the campaign and got away with. does it change what's acceptable for a cabinet? >> i think so. he's establishing an entirely new pattern. the tillerson hearing didn't get a lot of coverage. msnbc covered it. we saw it here. it didn't have, as you say, the second day, third day that people are talking about. it is donald trump.
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he dominates the headlines. >> good point. i think it's a good point, sort of, what do people care about. the other thing i would say, and the trump people say this all the time and i think they're right about this -- is you kind of knew what you were getting. there are all these things about, we have zero ph.d.s in the cabinet and zero ceos. he said i'm going to bring in the best in the business world. mnuchin. wilbur ross. tillerson. this is what people voted for. i thing i'll say about trump. you don't have to like him. he didn't deceive the people who voted for him. steve mnuchin has some of the things that look not great politically speaking. that's what trump said. he said, i'm going to bring in different people from the business world. i wonder if people say, well, you know, i may not love them -- >> i've heard democrats say, you know what, i may have concerns
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about nominee x, my next thought is, if i vote this one down, who do i get next. >> a lot of people voted under the premise, it's so crazy it might work. it was a change election. there was a frustrated america. and so it's -- you get what you get. >> every one of these nominees represents change. >> he would go against his campaign promises if he picked romney or many of the republican people were saying, oh, i wish he had picked so-and-so. that was the point. he ran against all that. i perked up during the price thing. what was coming up yesterday ran counter to the campaign he was running. that is the idea. >> it looks like cronyism, one member taking care of the other. here is a deal that's only available to us. that's the kind of stuff gingrich used to get people riled up about. >> that's like people when they say, i thought he was going to drain the swamp. he is draining the swamp, but he may be filling it with other animals. >> that's the other thing.
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people say, oh, this is not what draining the swamp looks like. how many of his voters look at all the noise that's being generated by people they don't like and say that's what draining the swamp sounds like. >> they love the people coming to town and all the democrats who are leaving town they see them as new alligators and snakes. >> quick show of hands. does anybody think any of these nominees get voted down at the end of the day? >> maybe one. >> one sacrificial -- >> history suggests one goes down. and i think -- >> who is most likely? >> tom price. >> price? >> gosh, i don't know. maybe devos. >> tillerson, the stakes are so high. it's dependent on rubio. if he says no mccain and graham on the floor say no. i don't know if rubio will be the guy who will own that tanking of -- >> when you go to the democratic national convention. if not a majority, probably a lot of the people are teachers
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unions. they do not want betsy devos. >> interesting. >> keep an eye on that one. >> i think price was the worst performance. wrapping up the panel for right now. interesting note. thank you all for joining us. continuing to keep an eye there on the welcome to washington concert for donald trump for his family getting under way. those are scenes from the lincoln memorial right now. toby keith, lee greenwood, the guy who sings "proud to be an american" at every convention. cal is on the ground there. we're going to break quickly. what will you tell us about on the other side? >> reporter: the president-elect shoulde here in his feet. on the other side of the break we'll have more from what is being called the make america great again welcome ceremony for donald trump.
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back here in washington. final preparations under way for donald trump's inauguration as president. noon tomorrow he takes the oath of office. there are some preinaugural festivities that are already under way. people gathering as we speak at the lincoln memorial. you can see that on the right-hand side of your screen. they're calling this the make america great again welcome celebration. the president-elect himself expected to speak at this concert sometime later this afternoon. you saw his family. they are arrived and taken their places. cal perry in place with the crowd. he joins us now. set the scene. >> reporter: quite the scene as president-elect trump will make his way shortly. any minute now he'll come take his seat. a lot of talk about this concert and who was going to perform and
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who was not going to perform. the interesting thing about this, really, is the people who are here. there are about 10,000 people here i would say, on the national mall. hard-core trump supporters. you have the dichotomy of the ceremony at arlington national ceremony. moving and somber ceremony. this just a bit down the road, feeling like a campaign event. this is a celebration for the president-elect. he has hand-picked many of the performers. there are a number of military bands as you hear behind me that will perform. a number of different dance groups. some pop groups. 3 doors down will perform. toby keith about perform. as you said, the highlight for people here, many who have stood on the national mall for hours waiting to see the president-elect, a speech to the crowds. we expect it originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., probably closer to 6:30, steve. >> cal, you mentioned some of those stars who will be performing. i can't remember an inauguration where there was such a sort of
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political story about who the entertainment would be, but you had, obviously, all of these performers, all these entertainers who were refusing to participate. there was a drama there with some who backed out after they received, protests and hate mail, after they received even worse. talk a little bit if you would about that sort of backdrop to this concert today. you have a big crowd there, the trump family there. obviously this is something the preparations for this event today, it said a lot about the divide in this country, particularly between trump and the entertainment community. >> reporter: yeah. listen, i think as we look at the family box on the left hand of the screen, we were -- i think many people across the country were expecting -- we're going to listen in, steve.
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♪ >> we're listening in a little bit there. the concert just getting under way. that's the lincoln memorial there. you have a pretty good crowd. it's a little chilly today in washington. not too bad. people saying eight years ago, president obama's inauguration in 2009 temperatures might have been record lows. this is the actor jon voight coming out to address the crowd. big trump supporter. he's become sort of the face of hollywood conservatism in the last few years. we'll listen to what he has to say. >> this is some day. dear friends, fellow americans,
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i am so honored to be here to welcome you all to the inauguration of the 45th esident of the united states, donald j. trump. we have all been witness to a very grueling year and a half for the president-elect. we have been witnessed to a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if god could reverse all the negative lies against mr. trump, whose only desire -- whose only desire was to make america great again.
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he certainly didn't need this job. and yes, yes, god answered all our prayers. because here it is. we will be part of history. all of us. and president lincoln, who sits here with us, i am sure is smiling knowing america will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people no matter their creed or color. so, my friends, let us rejoice in knowing that, from this time on, we will see a renewed america. the spirit of america is perhaps
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best captured by one of our country's most beloved patriotic songs, written over a century ago "america the beautiful." here to perform his own version of this truly american classic is a grammy award-winning -- grammy award-winning rock & roll hall of fame member and a soul music legend, and it gives me great honor to introduce the legendary sam moore. ♪
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♪ ♪ o beautiful for spacious skies, amber waves of grain ♪ ♪ for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain ♪ ♪ america, sweet america, god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crowned thy good with
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brotherhood, from sea to shining sea ♪ this is me, this is me. ♪ o beautiful, for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years ♪ ♪ thine alabaster cities gleam ♪ undimmed by human tears ♪ america, i'm talking about america, my god and your god
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shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ if you want to help me sing it -- america, o america ♪ ♪ my god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ why don't you listen to me when i say, and crowned thy good with just a little bit of brotherhood, from sea to shining sea ♪
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♪ yeah ♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was sam moore there from the old 1960 soul duo sam and dave. you may remember them from the hit song "soul man." he was the first to perform. you see now some revolutionary war-themed drum corps there, i
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guess. old guard, fife and drum corps, this is called. again, you heard the introduction there from jon voight. cal perry still on the scene there at the lincoln memorial. are we going to -- all right, we're going to listen to this. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ >> announcer: once again, ladies and gentlemen, the united states army old guard fife and drum corps. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ all right. that was, again, the u.s. army old guard fife and drum corps performing there. this is the -- they're calling this the make america great again welcome to washington concert. donald trump, his family, there at the lincoln memorial. big crowd on hand as well. we're expecting to hear from the president-elect sometime during this event. our own cal perry on the ground. i want to ask you about the actor jon voight gave. outspoken supporter. an unusual message i think for
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an event like this. he talked about what he called the barrage of propaganda used against donald trump in the campaign. he said, it was with great apprehension, if god could reverse all of the negative lies against mr. trump whose only desire, he said, was to make america great many. an unusual message. how did it go over with the crowd there? >> reporter: they loved it. i was going to say to you earlier there is a pervasive heckling that goes on towards the media that we've seen today, consistently not just from the crowds but also the volunteers who are trying to police people into place, get the media into place and get their seats. i think it's very telling and i think it's very sort of symbolic of the atmosphere that exists here. i saw a protester earlier just out here at the reflecting pool have his sign thrown into the water. he was escorted away by pro trump supporters. the police didn't even have time
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to get there and deal with it. again, you have this really interesting thing happening around d.c. where you have events like the one we saw at arlington cemetery, which is clearly an event that is meant to bring the nation together, to try to have a peaceful transition of power. and then you have a concert like this, which is absolutely for the people who ce out and supported presidenelect dona trump. i also think it's symbolic of where we are as a country. this is certainly a divided nation, and this idea that the trump supporters have seems to be that, if you are not with trump, you are dead-set against him. there doesn't seem to be a middle ground. certainly we've heard that from the speakers like jon voight. we are talking about some of the celebrities who turned down the opportunity to perform here. i think many people across the country expected hillary clinton to win. certainly the celebrity vote, if there is such a thing, was mostly in her camp. whether or not it had a chilling factor on folks coming here to perform i am not quite sure.
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one thing is clear. the atmosphere here at this concert maybe not representative of the entire inauguration but certainly representative of the campaign that the president-elect ran, the campaign not just for his supporters but against hillary clinton, steve. >> cal, obviously you know this town well. i am curious whether it's at the concert right now or just walking around washington in general this week. give folks a sense of what the overall mix of people is like who come into washington, d.c., for an event like this. obviously, every newly inaugurated president, his or her supporters are turn out, probably, in pretty good numbers. how does this compare to past years? what are some of the -- are you seeing interactions there between trump folks, trump protesters? what's the scene like overall in the town? >> reporter: the wonderful thing about inauguration in washington, d.c., is that you get people from all over the country who wouldn't otherwise come to washington, d.c. in this case, this year you have
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trump supporters making the trip that just would not have come in previous years, whether that's they have a special relationship to the president-elect. they see his policies more closely. we're talking about folks from rural america who up until very recently felt like they were left out of the democratic process. i think the president-elect did a great job capitalizing on that politically, going to places across aca -- listen, we have heard this from president obama. going to these places across america and really selling the idea, for example, that obamacare is something that is breaking the bank for people, that boifsobamacare is somethint will hurt people's checkbooks. whether or not it's true. he sold the idea and the idea has stuck. standing on the stage with the media we've heard chants of kristian sucks, nbc sucks. similar to the chants we heard during the campaign. it's a wonderful thing that people from all over the country who wouldn't otherwise come to
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washington, d.c., are here. the interaction, however, preen the pro-trump supporters and people who live in washington, d.c., and let's remind the viewers, washington, d.c., went 92% for hillary clinton, in many ways, call it the bubble like new york or l.a. it is a city that has democratic leanings. the interaction between the trump supporters, many of whom are hard-core supporters. the interaction with supporters of either obama or of hillary clinton has not been good. we've seen people get harassed. people who are holding signs that said no muslim registry just got pitched into the reflecting pool. this is a concern that officials and authorities have here. 28,000 of people securing the national mall. but, again, you know, you know this, steve, you look at the numbers every day. representative, i think, of a divided nation. i don't know that this country has been here in 44 -- a
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handover of power from one administration that is very clear about its positions to another administration that is also very clear about its positions but whose positions are almost diametrically opposed for the outgoing administration. it will be interesting to see what donald trump says to the crowd here tonight and it will be interesting to see how it differs from what he says tomorrow after he is sworn in. one would assume that he'll give a boisterous speech to supporters tonight and then, many people, of course, hoping tomorrow he'll give a more unified speech after his swearing in at noon. >> you mentioned the change obviously in terms of tone, in terms of style, in terms of breaking with a lot of the customs for better or worse that have governed american politics for a long time. it is interesting that donald trump this week, in the runup to this inauguration, he has invoked himself the example of andrew jackson. andrew jackson, back in 1828
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became president of the united states, and there is a president, again, for better or for worse. if you look at all of his predecessors in the early days of this republic, whether it was a thomas jefferson, a james madison or a john quincy adams, there was a very particular type of president, and then there was andrew jackson. andrew jackson spoke to a very different constituency, a very different set of voters than they had. he spoke to them in a very different way. he governed in a very different way. so i thought it was -- it certainly caught my attention to hear donald trump invoking the example of andrew jackson, especially listening to you there, cal, describe the scene down there. just to reset this for folks. they seem to be in a bit of a break right now in this concert at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c. they are calling this the make america great again welcome to washington concert. donald trump is there, his family is there. you heard from jon voight. he is playing the master of
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ceremonies. the hollywood actor jon voight. you heard from sam moore. cal saying he feels like the feeling there is a lot like the trump rallies that we felt during the fall in the campaign. it sounded like the song "you can't always get what you want" the rolling stones song, being piped in on the loudspeakers, to the crowd. that of course, was a staple of donald trump rallies throughout the campaign. the crowds of 5,000, 10,000 people, more in many cases, packed into the arenas. as part of that extended pre-show before donald trump would come out and speak there would be a sound track that i'm sure to viewers at home and certainly to the reporters following him around was very familiar by the end of the campaign. one of the songs was "you can't always get what you want" by the rolling stones. you heard it just there. cal perry. if you're still with us while we
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continue to keep an eye on this, you mentioned sort of the guessing game here about what donald trump will actually say to this crowd. again, we are expecting to hear from him at some point this afternoon. he'll be addressing that crowd. based on what you're saying, in terms of the campaign rally atmosphere there, in terms of what jon voight said in introducing this -- in opening this event for the crowd, there are some indications maybe we're going to get the campaign version of donald trump. >> reporter: if i had to guess, if i was a betting man, i would say we are, we're going to get that campaign speech. if he's going to save a unifying speech, we'll see if maybe this is the announcement that he is coming in. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it is our honor to present to you, the president-elect of the united states, donald j. trump. his wife, mrs. melania trump. [ applause ]
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♪ ♪ so many girls that i've known, i made so many cry and still i wonder why ♪ ♪ here comes a little girl, i see her walking down the street ♪ ♪ she's all by herself ♪ she'll never break, never break, this heart of stone, oh, no, no ♪ ♪ this heart of stone ♪ what's different about her i don't really know ♪ ♪ no matter how i try, i just
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can't make her cry ♪ ♪ because she'll never break, never break, never break ♪ ♪ this heart of stone ♪ oh no, no, no, this heart of stone ♪ ♪ don't keep on looking that same old way ♪ ♪ if you try acting sad, you'll only make me glad ♪ ♪ better listen little girl ♪ you go on walking down the street ♪ ♪ i ain't got no love, i ain't
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the kind to meet ♪ ♪ cause you'll never break, never break, never break this heart of stone ♪ ♪ [ cheers ] [ chanting "trump" ] >> announcer: they're the lead singers of three of the biggest supergroups in country music history, from lone star, little
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texas. tim rushlo, larry stewart. here to perform a medley of their greatest hits, please welcome, the front men of country. ♪ hello america ♪ ♪ the lonesome texas sun is setting slow ♪ ♪ and in the rearview mirror i've watched it go. ♪ i can still see the wind in her golden hair ♪ ♪ i close my eyes for a moment, i am still there ♪
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♪ the bluest skies in texas are haunting me tonight ♪ ♪ like the stars that fill the midnight sky, her memory fills my mind ♪ ♪ where did i go wrong? ♪ ♪ did i wait too long? ♪ how can i make it right ♪ ♪ the bluest eyes in texas are haunting me tonight ♪ ♪ the bluest eyes in texas are haunting me tonight ♪ ♪ richie mcdonald of lone star, everybody. ♪ put on that blue suede shoes and i boarded the plane ♪ ♪ touchdown in the land of the
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delta blues in the middle of a pouring rain ♪ ♪ look down over me, because i've got a first class ticket and blue as a boy can be ♪ ♪ walking in memphis, walking with my feet ten feet off of beall ♪ ♪ walking in memphis, do i really feel the way i feel ♪ ♪ put on my blue suede shoes and i boarded the plane ♪ ♪ touchdown in the land of the delta blues ♪ >> that is the frontmen of country performing there at what they are calling the make america great again welcome to washington concert. donald trump, his wife melania. they just arrived and took their
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seats moments ago. they are in place. we are expecting to hear from donald trump sometime during this event. this is going to finish up my coverage here this hour, but msnbc's live coverage of this preinaugural concert featuring donald trump continues now with chuck todd and "mtp daily." >> thank you, steve. well, if it is thursday we're in pomp and circumstance mode already. the inauguration has been kicking off all week. officially kicks off in washington with the president-elect set to take the stage this hour. we'll bring you those remarks. good evening. i am chuck todd in washington. welcome to "mtp daily." this is a live shot of the inaugural festivities on the mall officially under way at the lincoln memorial. donald trump will deliver remarks welcoming the crowd at this event. we'll take you there when it happens. down to business. just 18 hours until donald trump takes the oath of office and the trump

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