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♪ here we are, today, my family and i, to meet a black woman of south asian descent to be sworn in as president and vice president of the united states. >> we have concerns of insider threat, security remains tight. >> he's going to go to mass with the four congressional leaders. >> he is the right man for the right time to heal this country. >> i'm glad we're going to have a fresh start and move away from violations of norm. >> my biden prayer is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom. and to open our hearts just a little bit more to one another. this is a special edition of "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world.
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it is wednesday, january 20th. it is 5:00, here in new york. welcome to a special inauguration day edition of "new day." history unfolding before our eyes. to be clear, we've never seen anything like this. at this moment, joe biden and donald trump are waking up as close as they might ever get to each other. trump on the left, inside the white house. for the very last time. president-elect biden is across the street in blair house. what must he be thinking? just seven hours until he becomes the 46th president of the united states. cnn is with you for every step of this day. and just hours, biden will attend a church service alongside congressional leaders, both democrats and republicans including senator mitch mcconnell who is now publicly accusing president trump of provoking a deadly insurrection at the capitol. we have brand-new details just released about the action that
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biden will take starting at 12:01 p.m. today. a combination executive action and proposed legislation with the pandemic front and center. on the pandemic, the inauguration schedule began eye were the commemoration of the 400,000 lives lost to coronavirus. yes, we crossed that threshold, on the very last full day of the trump presidency. biden marked the moment with five poignant words. >> to heal, we must remember. >> and breaking overnight, true to form, president trump trying to extend the guessing game of surprises until the final moments. while you were sleeping, trump issuing a wave of pardons and commutations to 143 people. among them, steve bannon, the president's former chief strategist who was charged with defrauding americans of millions of dollars, who thought they were giving money for a border wall.
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president trump will leave the white house in three hours bringing his chaotic presidency to an end. mr. trump will have a sendoff before flying home to florida. but vice president mike pence will not be there. he will be attending biden's inauguration. cnn's jessica dean is live in washington to kick off our coverage. tell us what's happening, jessica. >> reporter: good morning to you, alisyn. the moment has arrived. today, president-elect joe biden will see his decades' long dream of welbecoming president come through as he's inaugurated here in the nation's 46th president. and he takes the mantle of president as his nation faces crises across the country. it is fractured. it is grieving. he's promising unity. he is promising healing. we're getting brand-new details about his schedule this inauguration day. they really illuminate the differences between what will be a biden administration and the trump administration.
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we'll start first with a church service early this morning. attending that church service with president-elect biden and vice president-elect kamala harris will be all of the congressional leadership, including majority leader mitch mcconnell. they were all invited by president-elect biden. he will, of course, take place in the inauguration itself, the oath of office. we expect to see him issuing a number of executive order which is i'll get to in just a moment. he'll also take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. and kind of the fun festivities, the lighter festivities with celebrities and various perform performances. also of note, this is another contrast. the daily press briefing will be coming back. jen psaki will brief later today and they promised the brief to a daily brief. now, back to the executive orders. we're also getting a number of
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details breaking right at this moment. he's going to issue a number of executive orders and legislation. and they're going to cover a vast number of subjects including the coronavirus pandemic. they're also talking climate change, racial equity, and also the economy. those have all been those key things that the biden administration has targeted as their key focus as they assume office. john. >> jessica dean for us in washington. jessica, please keep us posted on this historic morning. joining us cnn political analyst david gregory and natasha alford. you'll see it's dark right now. president trump, we presume, probably still sleeping on the left side of the building right now. there are some lights on the west end of the building. we don't know if people are in there, maybe packing up, last-minute items there. and across the street, david, at
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blair house, is where president-elect joe biden is waking up this morning. and it always fascinates me, what must be going through his head this morning, as he wakes up just seven hours before he takes on one of the biggest challenges that any president will ever undertake. >> well, you know, it's a great question because when he came into the white house last with president obama, those were grave days. i mean, you know, the country was in the middle of a financial collapse and crisis that they were inheriting, the obama/biden administration. so that was tough stuff. there was the pageantry and pomp of inauguration day. there was hist togory being mad with our first african-american president. but there was work to do, and they knew they had to do it fast. you knno, there is also this question of political capital,
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joe biden has a lot of political capital coming into the white house. he'll do that from day one. even what joe biden will face, you can imagine joe biden a veteran of washington, cultural politics of this town. is thinking about the daunting challenge of hitting a reset of four years of donald trump. what he attempted to do, what trump did, and the division in the country. the stakes are very, very high. and manifestations of that, the ravages of the pandemic on top of all of that, will be evident as the 46th president looks out across the national mall on this chilly morning, and this chilly midday, to see no spectators. no fellow americans watching him because of a combination of the division in the country, which creates this armed encampment and the threats of his inauguration and the pandemic. so there's a lot for him to deal with. there's no doubt -- i hope he's
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getting good sleep, but it makes for a difficult morning. >> natasha, it feels as though we're in this period of suspended animation. people holding their breath. the president still in the white house, he will fly off but it will take much longer than that, obviously, for americans and historians and everybody to process what has happened over the four years. just the messages i'm getting from viewers is from grief to relief, from anxiety to joy. they're feeling the gamut of all of these emotions right now. it was captured yesterday, the stark difference between their style between president trump and president-elect biden in terms of the ceremony that was held of the 400,000 americans who have died. and it went from denial which is how president trump has seen it.
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and empathy, seeing joe biden crying to americans who have lost so much. this is just a start of a stark contrast. >> that's right, alisyn, many people felt relieved to see the humanity on their television screens. and this is a nation in need of healing, right? we think about the fact that joe biden had his theme of, you know, to heal, we must remember. and the administration that's on its way out, it's almost as if they didn't want us to remember or acknowledge the pain and the death because it would be an acknowledgement of their failure in office, their failure to manage covid. so, this was such an important reset. and, you know, vice president-elect kamala harris, her message about how isolated we've all been and separated in our pain, it was just a beautiful moment. but also an important moment for us to recognize how much we have in common in terms of the suffering that we've gone through over this past year and even beyond that.
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so, again, very important for the reset. american needs a detox. so all of those feelings that you're describing, i think it makes sense for what people have been through over the past four years. >> i have to say, when i heard the words "to heal, we must remember." one of few things, i thought, oh, my god, biden is using his best line tonight when he should save it for his inaugural address. because it's a heck of a line. it has to do with the pandemic, but more than that, because biden does have to deal with that and does have to deal with the lingering effects of these four years that will leave a mark on america, have left a america on so many american psyche. i think what biden is saying what i want you to weigh in here, we can't forget what it's been like the last four years to be torn apart, as a strategy, as a political strategy, that is something we need to heed, as we move forward. >> yeah, it's a good point. and i haven't really thought of the double meaning, but i think
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it's an important double meaning because in a way, he's acknowledging that we have to process and we have to acknowledge the forces that gave rise to a figure like trump. there are the dark forces that gave rise to him that we have to stand up to, that we have to combat with a push towards racial justice. with the idea of standing up against the idea that a political figure would tap into grievance. or would look for scapegoats and would make that a part of his platform to seek the highest office in the land. but we do have to remember and not take for granted an assault only our institutions. an assault on our politics as normal. there's a lot that's wrong with our politics as normal. i was so happy to hear there would be a white house briefing today. that's a very washington
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insidery thing to care about. but it signals there was something rogue about the last four years. people may have liked some of that. but to have normal government function, while also learning some lessons about the anti-establishment part of the trump presidency that i think a lot of americans would like biden to learn from and not forget, but to have that respect for the institutions. and to have -- like natasha said, detox. but also less drama. i really do think people want some less drama out of their president. and they want a president to carry the office well, to respect the presidency. i really don't think that donald trump has respected the presidency. and americans should expect and demand that respect. >> david, natasha, stand by. we have many more questions for you but right now, we want to get to this because breaking overnight, in the final hours, president trump issuing a slew
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of pardons and commutations including one for steve bannon. cnn's joe johns is live at the white house. i've learned these may not be over yet? >> reporter: it's definitely possible, alisyn. the clemancy list is noted for who is on it but who is not not. 146 commutations and pardons. that breaks down to 73 commutations and 40 pardons in all. as you mentioned steve bannon the adviser from the trump administration at the very beginning is one of those names. of course, he has been locked up on charges of defrauding people who were trying to contribute to donald trump's border wall. other names include lil wayne, the rapper, a number of former members of congress. who got locked up and convicted. and some political operatives. the people whose names are not on that list include the president himself, as well as
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members of his family who work at the white house, though there are still a few hours left in this administration. and we can't say for sure how that's going to go. now, agency to the president's day, it is notable for what he's doing and what he's not doing. in fact, the president is not meeting with joe biden who is in blair house, less than a hundred yards away from the white house this morning. the president is not attending the inaugural at the capitol at noon. the president and the first lady are leaving the white house around 8:00 eastern time, final destination will be florida. but before that, they are going to joint base andrews in the maryland suburbs for that big sendoff the president has been hoping for. not clear how many people are going to show up. they invited a lot of people who are former officials in the administration, as well as people who are working there now. a lot of hard feelings involved
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there, perhaps. also the vice president himself is not going to be at that sendoff. he has opted to stay at the inauguration. now, the other thing i have to tell you about is just last night, the president signed an executive order revoking a rule he signed early in his term that included a five-year ban on lobbying. he revoked that rule which apparently means that people leaving the administration will no longer be constrained by it. so a lot of news in the last 24 hours. back to you. >> so, to be clear, he wants people in his administration to immediately be able to make money off of having served in his administration. >> this afternoon, they can go lobby the agencies they just left. >> i don't know, if i didn't know any better, i would say that sounds swampy. joe, thank you very much. it's quite a morning here. and across the country.
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as all americans process what's happening, as joe biden becomes the next president in just a few hours. this is a live shot, john, of the capitol and the flag illuminated on the mall. >> it's a remarkable image, isn't it? i mean, it's beautiful. it's not what we've come to expect in inaugurations, but so very meaningful and representative in its own way. our special live coverage continues, next.
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i am proud, proud, proud, proud to be a son of delaware. and i am even more proud to be standing here doing this from the major beau biden. so, ladies and gentlemen, i have only one regret, he's not here, because we should be introducing him as president. >> that was president-elect joe biden getting emotional saying farewell to his home state of delaware. and talking about his son before departing for washington to become the next president. back with us, david gregory and natasha alford. natasha, who knows what president biden will be able to accomplish during his administration. none of us can know that right now. bull stylistically, i think we know what we're getting. we are getting someone who doesn't have to pretend at empathy, someone who the role of
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commander in chief and he was misty eyed yesterday. he is taking on a country in the middle of grieving. and he just seems able to share that mood easily. >> yes. this will be a president who understands what so many families are going through as we speak. right. we know that covid, although it was downplayed by the last administration, it's only getge getting worse. and president-elect biden has been very honest that some of our darkest days may be ahead of us. but what's been remarkable is his action plan. he's been very clear about the fact that in the first 100 days, you know, he wants to get vaccinations increased. the production increased to get fema centers set up. these are very specific things. and they are things that are not focused on himself. and i think that is the mood and the toneship that we'll see. that this is not a presidency, one man's ego.
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but this is a presidency that is about america. and we see that in the diverse cabinet nominations that president-elect joe biden has put forward. and the people that he's put in positions of power and leadership, in real leadership positions. not just sort of symbolic positions. so i think all of these things are really important. and they make people feel as though they can relate to this new administration. and that people who showed up to vote, i'm thinking of, you know, black, latino, people of color, who came out and who were discounted. they helped to put this administration in office. and he's been very clear that he -- he's going to remember that. and prioritize the issues that concern them the most. >> another metaphor for that departure from delaware, for the biden family, delaware was the place to put the bidens back together again. joe biden's father had lost his job in pennsylvania, in
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scranton, but they moved to delaware to put their lives back together. and now joe biden is leaving delaware to try to put his life back together again. i want to talk about what the governor talked about last night. the steve bannon part, he struggled with wasn't sure whether he was going to do it or not do it. bannon is charged with basically bilking donors to fund the border wall. accused of spending 1 million of it on himself. but what it tells me is that donald trump is thinking about his future, it seems he pardoned steve bannon for what bannon can do for him now, what do you see? >> yeah, i mean, it's so seedy. first of all, i think we should point out the fact that the president has been agonizing and pushing and asking about whether he can pardon himself or his children or members of congress who are involved in the deadly siege on the capitol just shows
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you how he knows what he did was wrong under these circumstances. and understands the legal consequences he'd be facing. in this case, with bannon, bannon had even stood trial yet which made it so unusual. but i'm with you. i think this is just however it impacts him. and his future trying to light the fire of his political movement, which he said is just beginning. so whatever donald trump's next plans are from his own tv network to a grassroots politics to try to run again, whatever it is, yeah, he wants to try to keep those people close. and bannon is so interesting because there was a break when he was there within the white house. but there was a sense, i think, that trump understood there was a kind of force in bannon that he needed to keep close. >> yeah. i hope, natasha, that the americans who gave money thinking they were contributing to national security somehow
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don't mind this pardon. that bannon bilked them out of the millions of dollars. we still have 6 1/2 more hours that president trump could do some of his reveals which, you know, he likes at the 11th hour. so it's possible he's still going to pardon himself or his family. who knows what's going to happen in these hours. and who has known for four years what any hour would hold. >> that's right, alisyn, he's gone out of his way to still draw attention to himself, rather than promote the peaceful democratic transfer of power. we know he has a ceremony planned at the andrews air force base which will make him out to be a hero of america, right? and i think that, you know, he -- even in his farewell message, there was something a little ominous about his departing message which is that this isn't over. so, i agree with david about his idea that some of these pardons
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are very much influenced by what he plans to do in the future, and the allies that he wants to have in the future. so, we may get, you know, bombshell press release even as president-elect biden is taking his oath of office. but i think it's incumbent upon us, particularly, the media, to really focus on what is ahead for the american people. and the tall order that the biden/harris administration has, because lives are really on the line. and this last administration successfully sucked all of the air out of the room. and, again, made so much of american democracy about himself. and i think the real taking back of america is going to be everyday people saying this is about us again. like you said, those 81 million who voted for biden and harris. but perhaps those who are on the fence to see that this is a president even if he doesn't agree with you politically, he cares about you as a person.
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and that humanity, hopefully, can bring us to a place. and again nobody is free until everybody is free. and i think the biden/harris administration has that atop of their agenda. >> natasha alford, david gregory, thank you very much. joe biden will be inaugurated at the nation's capitol where two weeks ago today that deadly insurrection shocked the nation. thousands, tens of thousands of national guard troops are now standing guard. the latest on the unprecedented security for the historic moment. next. shop over 17,000 cars from home. creating a coast to coast network to deliver your car as soon as tomorrow. recruiting an army of customer advocates to make your experience incredible. and putting you in control of the whole thing with powerful technology. that's why we've become the nation's fastest growing retailer. because our customers love it.
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cnn's donie o'sullivan is there with in washington. what's the situation? >> reporter: yeah, alisyn, as you mentioned 25,000 national guardsmen. miles and miles of fenced barbed wire and, of course, amit fresh concerns that the government and other people here might have ties to extremist groups, given what we saw at the capitol a couple weeks ago in that insurrection. 12 members of the national guard have been taken off of inauguration duty ages part of that vetting process. it is all coming, of course, after the insurrection a couple weeks ago which all from conspiracy theories from the president of the united states. this is not what a peaceful transition of power normally looks like, but it is the result
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of a president and presidency which was stoked in extreme rhetoric, violent rhetoric and conspiracy. john. >> and the important thing the violence will not stop the transfer of power. it failed. i think that's important to remember this morning, as we watch history unfold before our eyes, donie o'sullivan, thank you so much for being there. i want to talk about the history of this moment, senior political analyst john avlon. saying yesterday that in his mind, joe biden faces a similar situation that abe bra lincoln d after some states failed to leave the union. and evan also said it faced the same. evan, i hope you're wrong about this. when abraham lincoln told the american people we are not enemies, he was wrong. it turned out abraham lincoln
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could not heal those divisions with that speech. but the biden administration in that. >> parallel is important. certainly a place that biden has worked in for half century on this kind of a lockdown, facing this kind of a threat from within. people refusing to recognize legitimacy of his election which is free and fair. the only parallel is abraham lincoln in 1861 where he had to sneak into the capitol and seven states had seceded and the civil war loomed. that does not mean we're on the verge of civil war. but the challenge that biden faces is similar. importantly he comes with a crucial difference. a half century of experience in the senate, relationships on capitol hill none of which abraham lincoln had. but this is the context, as the
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sun rises on inauguration day in america, that is the context. we are divided and joe biden is in position to heal us. but an inaugural speech is not a magic trick. it's going to take focusing together. >> things we did not see today. we will not see donald trump riding with the bidens to the nation's capitol. which is unfortunate and very small. very small. but i want to talk about what we will see which is joe biden who will be president at that time. along with former presidents, bush, clinton and obama going to arlington to play a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. that is not something we've seen ever. and it might be necessary today. >> it is necessary, because in the absence of donald trump who is pulling a petulant stunt that hasn't been done since andrew johnson who refused to attend the inauguration of ulysses s.
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grant. this fuses all of the ex-presidents getting together to stand with biden. and to remind america what we may have forgotten in recent years because of donald trump's tantrums that the presidency is something about more than yourself. it's about a deeper commitment to service. and i think that's what that trip to arlington expresses. >> one of the moments, i always find an awkward moment in an inauguration, when the outgoing president, you see his departure from andrews, wherever he's leaving and they have that reception there. feels like the day after the wedding where sometimes there's a brunch and everybody gadepart on a plane on the way home. this is not going to be particularly well attended. the president having to send out a vast invite lasation to a vas group of people. i just wonder what it's going to feel like as he creeps away from washington? >> i think it will feel like a party no one wants to attend
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because in their heart they know they were part of something disgraceal in american history and that's the result of this president and the particularly the way he chose to end his presidency by perpetrating a big lie and an assault on the nation's capitol. and we shouldn't pay too much attention to the outgoing attention. he deserve no, sir more attention than a typical ex-president would receive. he's the past. now we need to focus on the future together. >> well, look, joe biden is going to become president today. to say that these last four years were just any four years in american history. >> no. >> i don't think they were. i don't think americans waking up this morning feel that way either -- i think they wake up and know what america has gone through -- in particular, 400,000 americans have died in less than a year with this pandemic. they've been through a lot. i don't know if they will or
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not, but this is a chance to make a difference? >> it is, we've seen that difference in the tone that joe biden has set in the days and weeks ladying up to the inauguration. the tone that they set in the hearings yesterday. it's more about competence in government and putting haimar politics aside. the biden administration will make mistake. there will be scandals. and there are less likely than the truth from this president. one thing biden is saying, look, our problems are not over on inauguration day. we've had 100,000 americans die in the last month alone. we've become numb to that. in some ways, the hard days are ahead with this pandemic. biden has been honest about that. but that honesty can be enlivening, can be animated. and that's one thing that his inauguration speech will do. we've been through a lot and rise above the deeper sttraditis
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of democracy. >> and remembering it's churchillian, he was leveling people and telling them exactly what to expect. john avlon, thank you for being with us. >> thanks, john, good to see you. so donald trump is waking up at the white house for the last time. those are live pictures. more lights on than a while ago. maybe he's walking through, not tweeting. we're going to take a look at his legacy, next. the inauguration of joe biden is brought to you by cisco. the bridge to possible. and protected, there's a bridge. between chaos and wonder, there's a bridge. there from the beginning to where we stand today. one company. one promise. if you can imagine it, we will build the bridge to get you there.
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♪ just over six hours now until joe biden will take the oath of office to be sworn in as the 46th president of the united
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states. obviously, the presidency of donald j. trump comes to an end. here as gloria borger looks back at the trump era, the words and actions that define this legacy. >> reporter: in the beginning, the new president declared himself the savior of the forgotten. >> this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> reporter: four years later, american carnage right there. at the capitol. a peaceful transfer of power denied. a nation suffering through a pandemic. on edge. divided. over a twice-impeached president. and all because donald trump lied and lied about an election he lost. >> we will never give up. we will never concede. >> reporter: addicted to adulation, clinging to center stage. >> if you don't fight like hell,
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you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: and so, the trump presidency, borne out of conspiracy theories was finally torn down by one. but the chaotic final chapter is far more extreme than anyone could have predicted. from the very first day of his presidency, palpable lies. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period. >> reporter: a focus on himself, even in a hallowed space for the cia calling. >> trust me, i'm like a smart person. >> reporter: the new president came into office not so much humbled but, rather, reading from the same script that he had used for years in business. >> he is the first person to become president without ever having led any kind of organization that was devoted to any purpose other than himself. >> reporter: what trump loved were the ruffles and flourishes of the job.
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not governing. >> i will shut down the government. >> that's enough. >> reporter: chaos and division became his calling card. ♪ >> you also have people that were very fine people. on both sides. >> these are not acts of peaceful protests. these are acts of domestic terrorism. >> reporter: the norms of the office shattered. >> this is based on a perfect phone call. did anybody read the transcript? >> witch hunt. >> this is a hoax. >> reporter: his barometer of success was the stock market and a wall with his name on it. trump's world was divided into those who would pay homage to him and those who would not. at home, threatening with his thumbs, firing those he deemed insufficiently loyal. abroad, it was the same. a bully to allies, but praise for strong men who flattered him. >> he wrote me beautiful letters. we fell in love. >> he just said it's not russia. i will say this.
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i don't see any reason why it would be. >> reporter: mortifying, even to those once in his own administration. >> i don't think he's fit for office. >> reporter: but the president's truest fans remain steadfast, convinced he was always on their side, even as trump himself became the architect of his own demise. not only in the last few weeks, but for the last ten months, as covid swept through the nation and the president insisted on sweeping it under the rug. >> we're doing a great job with it. and it will go away. just stay calm. >> reporter: after his own brush with covid and hundreds of thousands dead, trump still downplayed mask-wearing, testing and science, offering this advice to americans millions now without jobs and none with presidential health care. >> don't let it dominate your life. get out there. be careful. >> reporter: the vaccines came, but the disease that trump could not threaten did not bow. nor did the fact, nor did the
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courts or state election officials who uniformly said no to overturning the election. >> it has to stop. >> reporter: and the congress and his own vice president stood with the constitution. and while most elected republicans don't want to alienate trump's 74 million voters, the last two weeks have left the party untethered. wondering about its identity without a trump presidency. and with washington in full democratic control. >> i ask my colleague, do we weigh our political fortunes more heavily than we weigh the strength of our republic, the strength of our democracy and the cause of freedom? >> it is a an american tragedy of unravelled, historical comparison. and i think it's traumatized the country in a way that will require generations of work to recover from. >> reporter: and now, joe biden begins, inheriting a new american carnage, the one that
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is donald trump's legacy. gloria borger, cnn, washington. >> joining us now to talk about all of this we have cnn political analyst margaret talev, the managing editor of axios. also with us, cnn political commentator errol louis. guys, it's so great to be with you both on this historic morning. when we look back at that piece that gloria just did. what a four years we've all had -- what a five years -- if you count the campaign. i mean, we've come to you so many mornings for wisdom and in incite. and errol, i know as a member of the press, i'll say for myself, it is going to be a little disorienting not to be in this constant state of sort of readiness for whatever shocking declaration is going to come next. i mean, all of the oxygen that president trump has sucked out of the room during all of this, when you just look back at all
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of those moments, it's hard to even process. so, where do you think we go from here? >> where i think we go is back to the norm. back to what is true. back to the job that we all originally wanted to do. i do remember sitting there on the set of "new day" when donald trump would call in and attack reporters including me by name. the way that he hacked the media was an important part of his political campaign and his rise. it was an important part of how he managed to misjudge the public's sentiment. it was always about him. it was always about what he wanted. it was always who he wanted to settle scores with. and the public interest was a thread that just never got taken care of. he just kind of lost the thread. and it had catastrophic results when the pandemic hit. and i think we were, as an industry, probably a little bit slow at catching on to the reality that he was leading the
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country toward an absolute catastrophe, when we tried to tell people, look, this is not the way presidents should act. this is not true leadership. it's not good to see a president who is vulgar and self-interested and deceitful every single day. we couldn't have known where it would lead. we've now discovered just how bad it can get, if we can take that going forward, i think that will be part of wisdom that will be also be part of the trump legacy. >> i'm obsessed with history, margaret. when you look back at the nixon presidency, over time, they say, sure, he was forced to resign, but china, but all he did as president, i don't think when you impeach donald trump when you look back at what happened in the presidency, inspired the invasion of the u.s. capitol and presided over the deaths of 400,000 americans. i just don't think there will be
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an and but to the trump presidency. >> john, alisyn, good morning. thank you for having me on this day. i think this is an important point. what will trump's legacy be? probably for american conservatives, the most lasting obvious one which is preserving sort of decades of expanded power on the bench, on courts, as demographics change, as the american population changes. what he's done in terms of judicial nominees working with mitch mcconnell is to preserve a foothold for a shrinking segment of american society. and i think that will have implications. but more broadly, this is an administration marked by cynicism that will go out in praise, in particular what happened on january 6th, so many steps like immigration and ban on policies. and active spread of
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misinformation, disinformation the effort to overturn a legitimate election. there are major questions going forward. one of the big questions from the beginning is how do you balance respect for an institution while covering a leader who doesn't respect the institutions that americans revere? and i think this was a big challenge. and i think another challenge that is exposed for the whole country was to understand some of the real vulnerabilities and divisions and weaknesses that exist and that can be exploited when they are not fully understood. and integrated into society. >> you know, errol, when you look back, four years ago today, it started with american carnage. then president trump's inaugural speech. little did we know that was a campaign promise. and where we would be four years later. and all of the extremism that bubbled up and the violence, exactly two weeks ago, okay? so exactly two weeks ago was the
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invasion of the capitol. exactly one week ago, president trump was impeached for a second time. and now, here we are, joe biden's inauguration, i mean, we've lived a decade in two weeks, obviously. and, you know, now, we live with this extremism and all of this right wing unreality. but, i don't know, errol, what you think. i'm still optimistic and hopeful because i do think the tone calms from the top. and i do think that having a leader who is sane and more steady does have a trickle-down eck. >> oh, absolutely. look, the tone at the top really matters. and let's keep in mind what's really important about the last four years is that the institutions held. in the end, the courts followed the law. in the end, the congress followed the constitution. in the end, thousands and thousands of local election officials did what they were supposed to do, even under tremendous pressure. in the end, the national guard and the military does what they were supposed to do and defended
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the capitol from the attackers from the attackers that the president sicked on it. we have a lot to be proud. from the top saying those institutions that we save are worth saving and somebody to defend them. >> errol, margaret, i have to let you go. we have a packed show. it's wonderful to get your thoughts. see you both. have a wonderful inauguration. >> we've got four more years. joining us now a lawmaker who will be attending joe biden's inauguration and exactly four weeks ago in the chamber. congressman, thank you very much for being here extra early. tell us your thoughts at this hour as you watch this morning unfold. >> well, looking forward to it. obviously, it's not going to be an inauguration like the ones we've had in the past. we won't have the big crowds, but it will be the passing of power to a person who i think is completely fit and prepared for
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this office from one who never was. the last four years, and in fact, the last few weeks have been traumatic for this country. i'm looking forward to this moment. i've been looking forward to it for quite a long time. not just to see the transfer of power, but to actually get to work as a group of adults, not having to work around the president and to work with a president to crush this virus and end it. and take on the other big challenges that we face. it's an important moment, but it's hard to erase the trauma that we've gone through. and you know, for some of us, personally, that's trauma borne of violence at the behest of this very -- this president. this unfit person. >> i appreciate you bringing that up. because i, too, feel traumatized from two weeks ago. and we're all still processing it. so much so that i am nervous
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about this morning, obviously. how could i not be, after what we watched with all of the trump supporters invading the capitol. and so as someone who lived through it, do you have anxiety about this morning? >> yeah. i wouldn't say i'm nervous. anxiety is probably the better term. i'm anxious. you know, i walked around the capitol complex through the capitol over the last couple of days. and to see american troops camped out in every space possible, cots on the floor. i just had to ask myself, where am i? this is the kind of thing we expect to see in some other part of the world, where we come to ensure the transfer of authority. or we come in to help make sure that the principles of democracy are adhered to. so, i'm not nervous so much about the security because we're going to have 25,000 great americans protecting us.
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but i am anxious about where we stand right now as a country. and how we move forward, especially, it's hard for me to avoid this, it's not just donald trump. it's not just that mob. a majority of republicans, including the house minority leader and the house minority w.h.i.p., after that attack, confirmed donald trump's lie by going to the floor and arguing for it and voting for a motion to overturn the democratic election in this country. so, the idea that we're all ready to move on is, i think, is unfortunate fantasy. there are too many republicans who are now -- not all republicans -- they just all happen to be republicans -- who are still clinging to a falsehood that they know is untrue. because it's convenient for them politically. that's dangerous. the question i have to ask
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myself, as dangerous as that attack was, what represents a greater threat to our democracy. that attack which we can put down with an army? or a majority of one party willing to subvert the will of the american people because it's convenient to them politically? that may constitute a greater danger. >> what did you think of majority leader mitch mcconnell's word where is he basically blamed president trump for -- i don't want to use the word inciting, but provoking that riot. >> i guess my thought was finally a moment of truth. i've been very critical of mitch mcconnell for a long time because he's accommodated this president. he's given him the oxygen that has allowed this fire to burn for so long. but it's never too late to do the right thing. he's at least now willing to acknowledge that donald trump is the source of this problem.
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and the only way to deal with it is to contradict that nonsense until the strongest possible terms. leader mcconnell is going to have a chance to make that real, not just words, here in the coming weeks, when he can then translate his sentiment to action. it will mark this president the way he should be marked, as a person who is a liar. who tried to be a thief by stealing an election that he claims others were stealing. and putting him in history agency the only person to be impeached twice. but also convicted of the charges, the underlying charges. that's important. mitch can do that, if he chooses to have this moment become more than just words. >> congressman dan kildee, thank you very much for your time. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> our special inauguration coverage continues right now. joe biden is going to be
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ready to govern as soon as he takes the oath of office. >> president-elect has been adamant that this inauguration take place outside. >> the fear of insider threat does continue in these final hours before the inauguration. >> it was sad to walk around and see the national guard everywhere. i think, fortunately, we have the right person to help us get through this. >> he chose for his arrival in washington to be this moment where he sort of served as the nation's grief counselor. >> to heal, we must remember. it's important to do that as a nation. this is a special edition of "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is a special edition of "new day." it is 6:00 in new york as we count down to the inauguration of joe biden. the stage is set for this historic transfer of power in washington and the country. in six hours, joe biden will become the 46th president of the
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united states and kamala harris, of course, makes history, as the first woman to become vice president. this morning, it is hard to find the right words to capture exactly everything we've been through in the past four years and the range of emotions that americans are feeling this morning. but for 81 million americans, their long national nightmare is over. joe biden's morning will begin with a church service and he'll be joined by the top lawmakers, both democrats and republicans. can you imagine that image? it's just the start of trying to heal the awful divisions of the past four years. again, as joe biden becomes president six hours from now. last night, we watched a dramatic and emotional scene at the lincoln memorial honoring the 400,000 americans lost to coronavirus and joe biden offered this message. >> to heal, we must remember. it's


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