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putting america first destructive protests erupted this afternoon just blocks away from mr. trump's inaugural parade to the white house. friday night, jim gardner is off, i'm rick williams and the big story on "action news" tonight is president donald trump. we have live team coverage beginning with brian taff and sharrie williams both in washington, d.c. sharrie is along the parade route but first let's go to brian on the national mall tonight. brian. >> reporter: hi, good evening, rick. yes, donald j. trump swore the oath of office right there behind me in the shadow of the capitol dome just about six hours ago. it was a moment that caps off an election season and an election itself that revealed deep divisions across america and though those divisions were on display here today in the form of the protests you mentioned today's official events were all about moving forward in the spirit of unit and to that end the day began with mr. obama and first lady michelle obama handing over the white house to their successors. they greeted the incoming
president donald trump and first lady melania trump on the front steps all four of them standing together before the obamas left the white house one final time. from there they traveled to the capitol building together. mr. trump's arrival punctuated by a thumbs up and afternoon today came the words donald trump has been waiting to hear since well before launching his campaign. >> for the first time ever anywhere, the 45th president of the united states of america, donald j. trump. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: and with that mr. trump took the podium for an inauguration speech that lasted just about 16 minutes so somewhat short by historic standards. he pledged that from this day forward america will come first and although he praised the obamas for their graciousness he offered a blistering review for the long time leaders sitting right there behind himly. >> the forgotten men and women
of our country will be forgotten no longer. for too long a small group in our nation's capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. washington flourished. >> reporter: from there president trump said about doing some official business. he did sit down at a desk and sign a couple of official proclamations including the official nominations for his cabinet and we anticipate perhaps later on this evening he'll sign a series of executive orders which ones just yet are not yet clear. well, of course there was a lot of pomp and circumstance on that stage behind me earlier today but really it's all about the parties now and that's happening as we speak in the form of the inaugural parade and for that we send things over to my colleague, sharrie williams who is standing by along pennsylvania avenue. hey, sharrie. >> reporter: hey, brian. this of course you're right about the partying, this
celebration is all bowel about welcoming in president trump. we're right here along pennsylvania avenue which has found in a long runway to welcome in this president. this is close, though, to where president trump got out of his car today. he actually got out twice during the parade and walked a short distance with his wife melania and his son barron. bands from all over the united states, they are marching in beat entertaining the crowds that have traveled from distances across this country to be here for this. people have chanted trump, trump, and u.s.a. taking in these moments. for many of them they are just elated because they have envisioned this day especially those who believed him from the very beginning from mr. trump's campaign who has now taint all the way to becoming the next president. we got out in the crowds and talked to some of these people
who have come from all over including people we found from the delaware valley. >> i think it's great to see everyone, you know, together unified. >> law in the car so i didn't get to see him get out of the car but even through the window it's good enough. >> my son it's his 18th birthday today. he's marching. it's great. >> i think it's a great opportunity. they'll never experience this again unless they're in the parade or here. >> i'm 64 and i figured there's not too many more inaugurations i would have a opportunity to visit so this is -- i'm stillly in good health so this is a good time to come. >> reporter: now, most of those that you just heard, you know, maybe they had no problems but there were some trump supporters who were slowed down when trying to enter through those security checkpoints along the mall here and that, of course, was a delay that police tell us was caused by protestors who were there to also of course voice their concerns and those destructive protests that have
been happening today just a few blocks away from where we are right here. but things escalated though when a vehicle was actually set on fire. thick smoke filled the air as riot police tried to remove people from that area. they've used what appeared to be flash bang gren played to help control the scene during at chaotic confrontation. police had 20 use pepper spray on the protestors. an unknown number of people were arrested for damaging property and attacking officers. we watched that number grow throughout the day as far as arrests. earlier about a mile from the national mall a large group smashed the windows on downtown businesses including a starbucks, a bank of america also a mcdonald's. this group was denouncing capitalism and the new administration. so, it is a celebratory mood where we are right here along this parade route but there is a mixed feeling in the air as we are covering all of that for you. this parade still going on welcoming in donald j. trump,
the newest president of the united states. brian and i will be here throughout the evening to continue to cover everything that's happening in washington, d.c. for now i'll send it back inside to rick. >> all right, sharrie, thank you there from the nation's capitol. back here at home people also took to the streets to protest this new administration. philadelphia police kept a close eye on several events planned throughout the day. gray hall spoke to some of the demonstrators and joins us from philadelphia city hall with that story tonight. gray. >> reporter: rick, we can tell you those protestors were here for about an hour. things got loud at times but for the most part this was app peaceful demonstration. as you mentioned there was a large police presence. dozen hit the streets of center city just moments after donald trump was sworn in as the 45th president to show their disapproval. >> today we already have all mentions of climate change erased from the president's web site, the lgbtq page is
on. we see it already as of noon today that there's a shift in, you know, power, that i don't approve of on every level. it's like the list is so long we would be here until, i don't know, tomorrow. >> reporter: it was mix of groups demonstrating but all had a similar message. they did not vote for trump and don't have that confidence in his presidency. >> even though we have to live with him as the president we don't have to be happy. i mean when obama was in office, there was a lot of people that weren't very happy with him. they let their voice be heard. it's our one. >> i think the protest is an amendment right. i think what we have now more than anything is our constitution and to be patriotic doesn't mean that we are subservient to any figure or any administration. to be patriotic is you support the place and the people that of placism despite the opposition and protests like these happening across the country the reality is it does not change the outcome of the election but many say this is not about being disruptive but about sending a message to washington. >> i think he's going find wherever he goes we're going to be there.
>> same way i would hold any politician accountable. >> any marchers have chronic illnesses. if they lose their healthcare they'll die because they don't have the money. that's not something we can sit around and wait for the next election for. >> reporter: many protestors tell me in the future there will be more demonstrations just like this one. on the flip side of all of this those who support president donald trump say those who did not vote for him should give this new president a chance. live in center city, gray hall, channel6 "action news." rick. >> all right, gray, thank you and a short time ago this protest kicked off at independence mall. hundreds of people rallied against trump's presidency. many protestors spoke out in opposition to trump's immigration proposals and made a point to welcome people of all ethnicities races, ages sexual orientations and gender identities. >> reporter: many people across the tri-state region were watching from home no matter who they voted for during the election.
vernon odom joins us live outside of national constitution center with reaction to today's inauguration. vernon. >> reporter: good evening, rick. i wasn't at home but i was in one of the most appropriate places in philadelphia to watch today's ceremony. there are few better locations to witness some of this history than here in the cradle of liberty and the building built to honor it. >> the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: at the national constitution center at least four dozen gathered to watch the ceremony. all were silent as they watched the president take the oath and then deliver his speech. most with whom i spoke had their own partisan views but all were happy to witness the peaceful transfer of power. >> i think, you know, we have to honor that donald trump is the one that was elected and we got to move forward and hopefully it will be a good four years and he'll have the united states in his best interests. >> i thought that the tone of the speech was very good. the fact that, you know, that there's a lot of polarization
in the country right now and one thing i think we can all agree on is america. we all want america to succeed. >> reporter: we heard major pro-and con about the new president. >> i see all these riots in the streets and i'm not think it's as peaceful as people are say. i'm impressed how politically michelle and obama are handing overpower. >> i thought it was beautiful, it was well done i came here because this was such a historic place to watch it. it was great to watch here. >> during the election trump has been a very polarizing figure and so i' so i really appreciate that his message has been unity and patriotism. >> reporter: rick, it is very serene and peaceful in this section of olde city tonight. i'm vernon odom channel6 "action news" reporting live. >> vernon thank you. after the inauguration today, president trump and first lady melania escorted former president obama and michelle obama to a military
helicopter. it took them to andrews air force base in maryland where mr. obama thanked his former staff. the obama family is now off to california for a vacation in palm springs. and there was this surprising moment during the post inaugural luncheon as president trump acknowledged his former opponents hillary clinton shook her hand and thanked her for coming. he told the crowd he was honored that she attended and led a standing ovation. trump says he has a lot of respect for the former secretary of state and her husband former president bill clinton. this was the first face-to-face meeting of trump and mrs. clinton since the election. still to come on "action news" tonight, former vice president joe biden gets a big homecoming celebration today in delaware. cecily. >> well, today's light rain is lifting out but i'm tracking a much stronger storm arriving later this weekend. we'll have the details on what to expect in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> ducis rodgers has the day in sports and much more when "action news" continues in just a moment.
>> ♪ >> delaware's own joe biden spent his final hours in office today. this morning the former vice president welcomed mike pence to washington. then he left the white house for the final time to make his way back to wilmington and quite the welcome home celebration. "action news" reporter john rawlins is live in wilmington tonight with more on the homecoming. john. >> reporter: hi, rick. yeah, quite a gathering here saying thank you and welcome home. an emotional day for the bidens and their supporters. mr. biden lab in federal offic -- lab, has been infedera.
he said he doubted there were many weekends over the past years when he was not home and couldn't be seen by folks here in delaware at his local church or near the local supermarket near his home in greenville. still, it was a very warm reception. >> ♪ >> reporter: it was a love fest to welcome home joe and jill. could have been a campaign rally except after 44 years in washington, joe biden is not running for everything. he was lauded as a gift a leader who is humble wise with a big heart. >> i am more grateful than ever for joe biden. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: the crowd said it was biden's ability to connect with the every man and every woman that brought them here. >> and he has just been so involved all along and he's the type of person who just keeps the common person in mind. >> reporter: the former vp departed washington today, how else? >> see ya' guys. back on amtrak.
>> reporter: his staff estimates he made 8,000 round trips by rail between wilmington and d.c. on board, he talked about his weekend plans. >> make my grand kids a breakfast. just enjoy it, just being home. >> reporter: biden arrived joseph r. biden amtrak station where he and his wife were greeted by children with flowers. quickly whisked to the chase center. the biden narrative has been he was born in scranton but wilmington has been his home for many decades. with that in mind he invoked james joyce. >> i know i'm always quoting irish poets but joyce said, and i'm going to paraphrase him, when i die, when i die, delaware will be written on my heart. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: as we said a very emotional day here for mr. biden and his supporter.
mr. biden first went to washington in 1973 as a 30-year-old senator. he stayed in the senate until 2009 when he became the vice president of the united states eight years ago. live in wilmington, john rawlins channel6 "action news." rick. >> all right, john, thank you. 6abc.com has expanded and exclusive coverage of inauguration day. we streamed everything live and will continue to follow president trump throughout the evening. wherever you are catch up on all of this historic day on 6abc.com and the 6abc news app which you can download from your app store. in delaware county investigators are working to find out what caused a deadly fire that killed two people this afternoon. the fire started along the 1000 block of morton avenue in chester. when crews arrived flames and smoke were coming from the row home. officials have not released the victims' identities. if you rely on the delaware river bridge to get around we have an important note tonight. the bridge is shut down because of a structural problem. crews discovered a problem with the cable at mid span on
>> the hottest team in the nba back in action tonight and ducis here with sports. >> sixers have won seven of nine games. sixers host the blazers tonight. the big story is joel embiid not being voted in nba all-star starter. he may get in next week as a reserve but there's no tears on his part. >> i'm not disappointed. you know, i'm just, got to go out there competing winning games and helping my team win. >> ben simmons continues to do more work in practice like dunk. the foot injury may soon be a thing of the past. finally the play division one college basketball you have to have god given talent. same thing can be said about being a painter. jeff skversky introduces to us temple student who excels at both. >> reporter: robbins with the put back. when he's not in there paint
during a temple basketball game you can find senior guard mike robbins immers immersed in paint. are you a better basketball player or center. >> i think i'm a d-1 painter an d-1 athlete. i don't know how good they are until my friends see it and that kind of tell me like yo', that's the one, you know what i mean so like i'm kind of just zoned in trying to get the colors right. that's all i'm worried about. >> reporter: robbins tiny room is also his art studio where on a blank canvas he creates urban contemporary art. he started painting three years ago as the former lower merion grad became a walk on at temple and he believes these strokes helped him with his stroke on the court. >> i'm a better basketball player when i'm painting well. i don't know, it's the whole mood. it's like i'm killing it here, so i'm going kill it there. kill it in the art world i'm going to kill it in the basketball world. >> reporter: robbins eats, sleeps and drinks basketball and painting. in fact when he gets stuck on
an idea in his room guess what he does to try to figure it out and clear his explained he goes over here and he shoots hoops. >> my teammates all support me a hundred percent. they all give me confidence and tell me i should keep going with it after the season. >> reporter: see how can you score one of his pieces. robbins plans to start selling his work after the season. >> paintbrushes in his sneakers. >> two canvass there, why not. thank you ducis. >> we have meteorologist cecily tynan with your weekend forecast from accuweather when we come right back. >> ♪
the weekend. >> especially sunday into monday that's when heavy vain on the way. tonight storm tracker6 live double scan showing the light rain we have the bulk of it in the afternoon. that's kind of lifting out of here generally most areas less than a quarter inch of rain and temperatures really have been holding steady pretty much all day long. 41 degrees in philadelphia right now. that's the high which is seasonable. wilmington 42. cape may 42. and the poconos currently 33 degrees. satellite6 along with action radar slowing this warm front brought us the light rain. you can see how that's lifting up to the north. we still have a a lot of low level moisture so it's going to be very tough to break up any clouds overnight or tomorrow even some fog developing overnight and then as we fly out to the west, next storm system is moving into california with some heavy rain, some mountain snow. this is the system that moves in on sunday and it really will intensify. it's a powerful storm system. it will move very quickly across the nation and then the setup has high pressure up to the north. that's going to do a couple things.
first of all, it will slow down the storm so it will be a long duration storm. it also increases the gradient that easterly fetch so that pulse in a lot of moisture. sunday night through monday we're looking at one to 3-inches of rain and those winds are going to be very strong out of the east. we're looking at wind gusts inland 45 to 55 miles per hour along the shore wind gusts 55 to 65 miles per hour. this is sunday night through monday. that will bring the potential for some coastal flooding, beach erosion and even some spotty power outages at the shore but again, this is going to be a rain event. this is not going to be a snow event. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, tomorrow is the better of the two days but still kind of a gray day t mostly cloudy, perhaps a little bit of brightening in the skies in the afternoon. we start off with some patchy fog. 53 degrees the high so pretty mild. sunday some drizzle evolving into a steady rain late in the day, a high of 52 degrees. sunday night through monday, we're looking at high winds
and some heavy rain, 48 degrees and even some of that rain lingering into tuesday before we gradually dry out in the afternoon. 51 degrees. wednesday finally partly sunny, pretty nice, 52 degrees. on thursday, we drop down to 50 and friday cooler, mostly cloudy with perhaps a rain or snow shower and a high of 44 degrees. looks like that system on friday could finally bring us some cold air by next weekend. >> all right, cecily, thank you. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir is next here on channel6 "action news" continues at 10::on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams meteorologist adam josephs and juries. join us for "action news" at 11:00 on channel6. for meteorologist cecily tynan ducis rodgers jim gardner the entire "action news" team i'm rick williams. have a nice evening. hopefully we'll see you tonight at 11:00.
tonight, we're live outside the white house. america has a new president. a day of history. the president-elect arriving at the white house this morning. president obama and the first lady waiting. both men then sharing the ride to the capitol. former presidents bush and clinton, and the president-elect's one-time rival, hillary clinton, all here. to mark the transfer of power. as the 45th president of the united states, donald trump, takes the oath of office. >> so help me god. >> president trump delivering his inaugural address, attacking the washington establishment, and offering a promise to americans who have felt left behind. but on this day of history, amid the pageantry, the protests. police in riot gear, clashing with demonstrators. protesters taking to the streets. and then, the parade down pennsylvania aven.