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good saturday morning. at this hour, peaceful crowds gathering in cities across america and around the globe in washington, new york, and london, to march in support of equal rights for all as the trump administration takes power in the nation's capital. a very good morning to you. i'm kristin welker live in washington, d.c., on what is expected to be yet another monumental day of activity here. i am overlooking capitol hill right now where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets at the women's march and rally for equality and solidarity which gets under way just about an hour from now. it comes after the inauguration of the nation's 45th president, donald j. trump, who delivered a short but pointed address yesterday. >> january 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people
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became the rulers of this nation again. >> and yesterday also marked the white house departure of the nation's 44th president, barack obama, who despite leaving office suggested there's still more to be written for him as a leader of the democratic party. take a listen. >> this is not a period. this is a comma. in the continuing story -- applause ] -- of building america. >> and we begin with donald trump's first 100 days. this is a live picture of the white house where in less than an hour president trump and the first lady will depart for the traditional interfaith service at the washington cathedral just hours after the president capped huff his inauguration with a series of ball, the last one for the armed services wrapping up well past midnight. >> you are special people. you are great, great people. i have your back. we are going to do great things for our country.
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we went to number one in the primaries and then we just stayed there and we did well and it wasn't so much me -- it was me, i did a good job as a messenger, but i'm your messenger. just remember that. i'm your messenger. i'm your messenger. but it all began a theme, and the theme is make america great again. we're not only going to make america great again, we're going to make america greater than ever before. >> and he sign and executive order to scale back many aspects of obamacare. former president obama is in california right now where he and the former first lady are kicking off their first day as civilians. take a look at this image taken yesterday looking toward the white house after leaving the u.s. capitol.
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here's what he told supporters and staff shortly after yesterday's inaugural ceremony. >> for all of you who have just done amazing, remarkable work, most of it unheralded, most of it without fanfare, most of it without you getting any word of thanks, we could not be prouder of you. and i can't wait to see what you do next. and i promise you i'll be right there with you. all right? [ cheers and applause ] god bless you. >> now to my colleague kelly o'donnell at the white house. kelly, you have covered a number of presidential transitions. put this one into perspective. what we saw yesterday, the fact that president trump did begin to try to execute some of his campaign promises. >> reporter: the work is getting started early, kristen. the inaugural review stand is still here at the corner of the white house ground and we now
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know our colleagues in the press are getting ready to jump in the motorcade to go to the first event of today, the national prayer service. of course the ceremony with celebration and that sense of something new. while the workings of government are muchhe same, there is an opportunity for the new president to send a message, perhaps to reach out to those who were uneasy and unhappy about his presidency with protests here in washington. but they are focused on the work. executive orders and then some of the pomp of this inaugural celebration, and we saw that with a whirlwind evening at the inaugural balls. for all the bigger than life ways donald trump has long held the spotlight. >> and now the work begins. now the work begins. >> reporter: this public display of affection, a first dance with first lady melania trump, seemed like something very new. ♪ i did it my way
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three official inaugural balls. with a special salute to men and women in uniform. >> because this is our military, this is our law enforcement, this is our first responders. you're amazing people. >> reporter: a night of black-tie glitz and high kicks. capped a long day of ceremony. >> so help me god. >> reporter: from that oath to the oval office just hours later where president trump sat behind the famed resolute desk flanked by son-in-law jared kushner and white house chief of staff reince priebus. he signed executive orders, one outlining his intent to repeal obamacare just hours after his predecessor had cleared the office. >> next is an executive order minimizing the economic burden of the patient protection and affordable care act. >> reporter: turning to vice president mike pence, who made the first new cabinet
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secretaries official. >> on which i'm about to enter. >> reporter: defense secretary james mattis and homeland security secretary jon kelly. >> do solemnly swear. >> reporter: earlier outside the white house the parade on pennsylvania avenue. the family box gave son barron a front-row seat that any 10-year-old would love. >> america first. >> reporter: president trump delivered a 16-minute inaugural address that painted a stark picture of a country in decline. >> this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> reporter: fueled with campaign-style nationalism. >> we will follow two simple rules -- buy american and hire american. >> reporter: at the luncheon where the toasts were for trump, he showed a softer tone toward rival hillary clinton and president clinton, asking that they be honored with the room's applause. >> and honestly there's nothing more i can say because i have a lot of respect for those two
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people. >> we were here before the sun came up and the lights were on in the residence of the white house and in some of the offices. i also spotted some conference tables and desk chairs still being moved in. new staffers are finding their way around. so it does feel like a day one. shortly the president will travel over to washington's national cathedral for the national prayer service which is multifaith and it is a tradition so, he is following suit on that. and because advisers tell us to expect this to be a working day, we stand ready to hear o any updates on new executive orders or other meetings or steps the new president may take on his first full day in office. kristen? >> kelly, i don't doubt it is going to be another busy day for you at the white house. thank you so much for that report. appreciate it. and of course the other big story we're following today, hundreds of thousands of people expected to gather for peaceful women's marches all across the country. we have reporters covering every angle. nbc's beth fouhy is in chicago,
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morgan radford is in new york, and nbc's jacob rascon, cal perry and stephanie gosk are in the nation's capital nap's where we begin with stephanie. set the scene. what are folks there telling you? and how much anticipation is there where you are? >> reporter: kristen, there's a lot. a lot of anticipation and excitement. all you need to see to set the scene is this crowd. the cameraman will pan out there. people are shoulder to shoulder. those trying to even cross the street are having difficulty. just in the last hour or so i've talked to people from missouri, from north carolina, from california, from florida, and i'm joined right now by a couple of ladies who drove from missouri. now, so far they hold the record for me, an 18-hour drive. angie and stephanie, angie tell me a little bit about why you
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guys made that unbelievable drive here. >> when we voted, it didn't work out the way we wanted it to, but we can't act like it's over. this has to be our start, not our finish. >> is there a particular message you want to send today? >> if you don't do something, you voted for him that's what i feel like. >> reporter: and what issue for you particularly is the most important? >> i think everything, just the compassion for people and how those policies apply and making sure that we're taking care of those that need that from us. >> reporter: angie, have you ever protested in washington before? >> 1992 for the pro-choice women's reproductive rights has always been important. >> reporter: tell me about your emotions today in this crowd. i mean, it is packed out here. >> it is overwhelming to see this many people out supporting
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one another and caring about each other and that we all be okay when this is over. it's overwhelming. >> reporter: there are definitely a lot of emotions out here. there's a lot of cheering. interestingly, kristen, everyone you talk to has a story of logistics, either a drive or a bus ride or they're sleeping on a friend's floor or a hotel an hour away. this is not an easy place to get to today, and people are making that journey. >> stephanie, great point. that underscores i think the passion that so many people bring to this protest today. all right. thank you. i want to bring in nbc's jacob rascon now, who's also on the mall. jacob, you have the incredible perspective of having been in the middle of all of those protestsesterday that got very heated, were met by police in some cases, and yet today a very different contrast. this is a rally and it's aimed at being a peaceful march. >> reporter: and yesterday really there were thousands of other protesters who were mostly peaceful, but all overshadowed
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of course by that small group. police arrested 217 people. so out today, i want to show your perspective from above, as far as you can see, women and men and children are still coming in, a lot of them as you can tell wearing pink and they've been chanting. if we pull back out, i want to turn around to show you where this crowd goes. so it comes all the way around, it wraps around. you're going to see some of the cameras here for different media networks. then here is the stage and at about 10:00 the rally begins with a lot of celebrity speakers and then the march will begin after that. and they'll march down independence avp to constitution avenue and then onto the ellipse. d.c. police preparing for up to a half million people they say. krist kristen? >> all right. jacob, thank you for that great report. now i want to head over to trump's home turf. that is new york city where thousands are gathering to protest the new president. and my colleague morgan radford is there, tracking everything.
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so what's it like there on the ground, morgan? >> kristen, right now we're about an hour and a half away from the beginning of the protest. marchers are already here. we're here at the harmonish. we're expecting about 100,000 people to take to the streets in new york marching from trump tower to the other trump tower on fifth avenue. we're here with juliana and debra. you've chose on the come o here and walk and sing today. why singing? >> because it brings hope and singing is healing and women are the consummate healers. we're socialized that way. we have the hormones to go with it. our hugging, nurturing hormone, what better combination than music and women coming together, all generations. >> reporter: all generations here. what is it that you hope people leave with? what's the message you want to share? >> i want people to believe a sense of hope weather a sense of inspiration that we need to keep walking, we need to keep going forward and whatever you need to do to find that hope, do it. for us it's the healing power of
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music. >> reporter: that's what we're hearing out here today. people are walking about 25 blocks from trump tower to fifth avenue. we expect to see about 100,000 people. this is one of the 370 estimated sister marches that are happening in all 50 states. kristen? >> and what a fascinating location, of course, being trump's home turf and the last night he spent there was of course wednesday night. so fascinating place to be, morgan. we'll keep checking in with you throughout the day. beth fouhy is in chicago where large crowds are expected. so, beth, what are the folks there telling you who are gathered? what do they hope to accomplish today? >> reporter: hey, kristen. it's turning into a very sunny day here in chicago. the fog is lifting. sun is now out. we're seeing lots of activity now. the chairs are set up. lots of volunteers in yellow jackets getting ready f all the people. we're expecting about 50,000
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people to come to this march today. originally projected to be 20,000. what we're hearing generally is people want to send a message of positivity and hope and advocating for women and for people who haven't had a voice or feel they haven't had a voice in this administration. i'm here talking to ann, one of the organizers. tell us how you see this march, the chicago march, in terms of the overall 300 marches across the country. >> yeah. there's actually 600 around the world and i think what it's done is galvanized the feelings people had throughout the election process where they felt helpless and wanted to do something. and everybody's message kind of came to the same conclusion. we have to activate, do things in our community, join organizations and create the change we want to have happen. >> reporter: so marching can be fun and easy, but what about tomorrow? what are your marchers going to do? >> they'll hear amazing speakers today from aclu all the way down. they'll be hearing messages from
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people whose lives have been affected by their civil rights being taken away. our hope is that they literally say i have time, i want to do something, i have money, i want to donate, you know, get in and work and work with people and make a difference. >> reporter: great. as you can see, kristen, we've got a stage set up behind me, musicians starting to appear. we have a lot of women rolling in. the actual march doesn't take place for a couple more hours but we're seeing a lot of posters, a lot of excited people, people ready to show their faces in chicago supporting that women's march washington. back to you. >> i think you asked the critical question, what happens after today and that's what we'll continue to track. thanks for that reporting. we're monitoring president trump in hi first day in office. he's expected to head to the national cathedral very soon. but first we asked americans to send a message to president trump. here's what they told us in "dear mr. president. ". >> mr. trump, i wonder if you
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it's 20 minutes past the hour. i'm kristen welker in washington and this is a live look inside the washington national cathedral where the traditional inaugural prayer service will be getting under way at the top of the hour. we will be tracking that and bringing that to you live. we're also watching the growing gathering for the women's march on washington. you can see people walking towards the mall right now. hundreds of thousands expected. as many as 200,000 by some estimates. that event is slated to begin at the top of the hour.
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toip get right to cal perry near the main stage area where the pre-events are happening. who's expected to speak? set the stage. >> reporter: hey, kristen. we're about 40 minutes away from the speeches starting. it will be about three hours of speeches. michael moore will speak, ashley judd, cecile richards, who a lot of people came out to see from planned parenthood today, scarlett johansson, gloria steinem, angela davis, just to name a few. what's great are the people who are not on the schedule have been popping by. we've seen a number of actresses, a few actors have come by. so it will be interesting. the numbers swelling. we are in the tens of thousands already. many more people here already on the national mall today than there were yesterday at this time. >> people coming from all over the country. cal, thank you.
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joining me, the political director of the group our revolution. she's a speaker at today's march. thanks for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> you're going to speak. what's your message today? >> i think today the message is unity, right? yesterday we saw a lot of division, a lot of protests here in d.c., and i think a lot of people right now are figuring out what we do next as a country and that we're not going to stand far lot of the different rhetoric thatrump h during his campaign and we're he to say that. we stand with all people and including people myself and my family that are immigrants and women, lgbt and anybody else who might be attacked. >> one of the fascinating things about this march when you read the literature about it, it's not necessarily written about as an anti-president trump march, but at the same time, that is what you're protesting, correct? >> well, we're saying that we are a unified -- it's women coming together to say, you know what, we've got to protect each other. right? at this point we need to make
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sure as we move forward in four years, we don't look back and say, well, this is what the united states stands for. we cannot normalize the rhetoric that happened throughout the campaign trail. and for that to happen, we need to come together and tell each other we'll protect each other. if those attacks become a reality. >> when president trump gave his inaugural address yesterday, different groups of people heard different things. his supporters loved what they heard. you and i were talking before the segment started and you said you didn't hear a message of unity. how do you reach out to those people? how do you reach across to the people who support him and want to hear that message and who think there are things that need to be fixed right now with our country? >> i think what we need to do is start thinking about the future. we need to think about what are we going to do as a country to make sure we are organized at the local level, that we're not only, you know, focused on trump but we're actually going in our own communities, talking to people door to door, that we're telling people you know what, this happened now but what are we going to do four years from
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now? what are we going to do a couple months from now when we have the local elections? it's not only about mobilization today but organization. we need to be organized after this march. >> how do you keep all these people who've come in from all across the country energized beyond today? everyone right now is fired up. it's the day after the inauguration. everyone wants to get engaged. but that fades over time. how do you keep people engaged? >> there's tons of organizations that came together to do this. i think our homework is to go back to our communities at the local level and start having those meetings, having those conversations on how we can actually continue to push people to run for office, how do we push people to actually protect each other or defend the communities and muslim and lgbt organizations. this is about energizing people before we start organizing ousts. >> erika, with he'll be listening to your speech. thank you. >> thank you so much. president trump committed
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to give you a sense of the enormity across the world, the look at trafalgar square there. how much passion women are bringing to this event. we continue to track all of the different events in major cities including in london and we'll bring you updates as they warrant. and with hundreds of thousands expected to rally across this nation today, i'll ask a trump supporter and former adviser how president trump should react to the outcry. that's next.
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welcome back. i'm kristen welker in washington, d.c., where a rally is to begin at the top of the hour. in just a few minutes president trump is set to apreer at an interfaith prayer service at the national cathedral in washington as well. hallie jackson is inside the cathedral and joins me on the phone. hallie, set the scene. what's it like there? >> reporter: hi, there. if you're familiar with the cathedral, we are at the south balcony. we have a pretty good bird's-eye view of where president trump and vice president mike pence will be seated to watch this approximately hour-long interfaith service. right now, we are seeing folks walking in for the start of the processional of folks that are going to be singing in the various choirs that are here. in about 15 minutes we veal some of the faith leaders both participating and
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nonparticipating taking their seats as well. this is as you know a long tradition for a newly inaugurated president dating back decades. even george washington, by the way, not at this particular facility but the president will be waking up in the white house for the very first time today and then making e the four-mile trip up to northwest washington for this service. a variety of faith leaders will be speaking including some familiar faces to us from the campaign trail, kristen, like cleveland pastor daryl scott, somebody a part of the president's interfaith or diversity council back when he was candidate trump rather than president trump. there are still some questions about where donald trump will head later this afternoon. multiple sources have told nbc news he might visit the cia if mike pompeo, the incoming chief, had been confirmed. it obviously didn't happen last night. still a question mark about rest of his activities on the first
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full day one of the trump administration. >> hallie, i know you are tracking every movement. thank you for that. appreciate it. >> reporter: thanks, kristen. >> i want to bring in a supporter of president trump, former congressman jack kingston. thanks for being here. >> glad to be with you. >> i want to get your reaction to what we're seeing today, the news of the day. these marches, rallies all across the country and world. you were here with me. we looked at that live shot from trafalgar square. what do you make of that? clearly there is such a strong groundswell of people saying we are really concerned about the trump administration. >> i think it's something that could be very positive. i know, for example, my own daughter will be out there with the 200,000 today, but she's not hardcore anti-trump at all. they just want to make sure that they have a place at the table and i think they should be reassured with some of hi appointees. kellyanne conway, the first woman in history to run a presidential election. elaine chao, betsy devos,
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cabinet members, top advisers to the president. he's going to reach out. ivanka trump gave that great talk about the importance of child care to working women. if you look at trump's organizations, he has had women in leadership positions who have not only worked there but moved up the ladder and made a lot of money. >> let's talk about that theme of reaching out because yesterday he delivered his inaugural address. and a lot of folks heard it as a campaign speech. and they said it wasn't unifying. it seemed like he was talking to his base, to same people who swept him into the white house, and now he says he wants to be president for everyone. why didn't he deliver a more unifying address? >> actually, i think that he did, and that won't surprise you. >>en though he sort of took down all of washington and said this ends today? >> he took on the establishment. and i think taking on the establishment is something that even the rioters yesterday would
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agree with. what he said is this isn't a transfer of power from one party to the other. this is a transfer of power out of washington, d.c., to you, the people. and he talked in terms of bringing back prosperity, bringing back wealth and opportunity. and he talked about factories that have become tombstones. jobs back to middle america is a very good thing. >> he sort of delivered this harsh takedown of the people he has to work with in order to get those things done. i hear what you're saying, that he's always had an anti-establishment message, that that is what swept him into the white house and that's a fair point. now he has to actually sut down and work with all those people who criticizesed so sharply. >> it's interest bug later on at the lunch he kidded back and forth with chuck schumer and nancy pelosi saying i'm going to give you the pen i used to nominate mr. pruett to epa. working with him and talking to him up front, he is a charmer. he can be a great salesman and he knows how to interact with people. i think he's going to be able to get things done inside the
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capital but what he said yesterday is i am going to stick with the unity message of it's we the people and this is your country and we need to take it back. >> and yet, congressman, one of his very first actions was to reverse something the obama administration had done, which would have allowed people with lower salaries to be able to afford a home, to essentially reverse a lower interest rate. is that delivering power back to the people or is that sort of giving, you know, conservative lawmakers something that they've wanted to see far long time? >> i think, you know, there's going to be philosophical differences. so, you know, regardless of what he does, people are going to disagree with it for one reason or the other. but i think getting the house in order in terms of the economy, this is just one step. part of it is fiscal discipline. so many of these issues have been pent up by parties for one reason or another for many years. president obama on his very fist day did a whole bunch of executive orders that would reverse what bush had done.
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no real surprise there. i want to get back to something if i could for one minute. >> sure. >> his closing message was whether you're black or brown or white, we all have the same love, we all look to the same creator, and in patriotism there's no time for present dis. i thought that was an excellent and charming call for unity. the first thing he said, he complimented barack obama in the transition. >> very quickly, on monday, will we see executive actions on trade and immigration? >> i think so. i think he's going to start moving to move ing to dismantle the programs, the parents of minors or -- there's going to be some issues -- >> do you think that happens monday? >> i think there's a high likelihood he'll take more steps on immigration and on trade, reopening nafta for discussion, getting out of the trans-pacific partnership agreement. these are all campaign promises. and no surprise people in the
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you can easily create an awesome mobile-friendly, get you more exposure website. we call that...a website builder touchdown. get your free trial of website builder now. welcome back on the saturday after the inauguration of the 45th president. i'm kristen welker. we are monitoring two big i vents in washington, d.c. first the interfaith service at the washington national cathedral. president trump set to arrive shortly. and on the other side of your screen, tens of thousands of protesters descending on the nation's capital to march and to rally. they are concerned about protecting women's rights and so many other rights. the women's march came under fire earlier this week for accepting the new wave feminist, a pro-life group, as an official partner for the event.
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after massive onlike backlash, organizers cut ties with the event. i want to bring in the executive director of life matters journal. amy, thanks for being here. appreciate. it. >> glad to be with you, kristen. >> what was your reaction to that? you identify as a pro-life feminist. you wrote about it in "the washington post." so explain what happens here. >> so back in november when it was first announced that the women's march was going to be happening, our team of consistent life ethic feminists came together and we said, how can we participate, how can we support this? because at the time, there was no mention of abortion whatsoever in their platform. their core principles included support for human dignity, included keying in on violence. so we absolutely started planning for that right away. then in early january, actually,
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the 13th, new way feminists had been approved to be an event partner but right after that happened, they announced feshlly that abortion was going to be part of their platform, part of their, you know, principles. and shortly thereafter twitter blew up and new way feminists was removed without even letting destiny of new way feminists know. >> i wonder because the criticism and the counterargument you can imagine is people say, look, pro-life beliefs and feminism and fighting for these rights, fighting to keep women's rights are in some ways contradictory. what would you say to that? >> you know, i absolutely stand by the principle that women's rights are human rights. we just believe in hume r human rights for all human beings. we believe in extending this
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philosophy of nonviolence towards all human beings regardless of age, ability, circumstance, so that includes the preborn from our perspective. >> just to be clear, you do still expect to march, correct? >> absolutely. >> and what's your message going to be? how does it fit into this broader context today? >> you know, most of us as pro-life feminists had a lot of trepidation and a lot of fear about donald trump, you know, during the campaign season and even up to the election. you know, i know most of us pro-life feminists did not support donald trump in the election because a lot of what he has said and done indicates an underlying disregard for the ip heernt dignity of human beings. it's not consistent with pro-life principles. so we're out there, standing up against donald trump's xenophobic, misogynistic, and frankly hateful rhetoric. >> are you still opposed to him?
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did he saying save anything in that inaugural address or has he done anything in his transition period to change your perspective on how you feel? >> honestly, no. and i'm going to probably remain skeptical unless he really indicates a solid change of heart. >> and we've been talking about this throughout the day. what happens after today? one of the first actions that president trump took yesterday was to direct agencies and to give them more leeway in terms of implementing some of the provisions of obamacare. and there's a lot of concern that that is going to specifically target women's health, target funding for planned parenthood. so i guess what do you make of that and what do you do after today to not let what you're fighting for sort of fall by the wayside? >> you know, i think we need to stand up, reach out to our legislators and let them know that, you know, health care is indeed a part of what we're fighting for.
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we're just fighting for nonviolence, health care solution. we want to make sure that there is no gap, you know, in coverage, that people don't fall through the cracks. but we also want to ensure that there is a consistent respect for human lives at play here. so i think holding our legislators accountable and really making our voices heard in support of both women's rights in terms of paid family leave, in terms of health care, things of that nature, but also, you know, i guess really working to improve conditions on a more grassroots local level where our voices can be more amplified. >> all right. amy murphy, thank you so much for coming on to share your perspective. good luck today, and be safe. really appreciate it. ? thank you so much. have a good one. >> you too. tombstones, depletion, and carnage, just a few of the words never spoken at a presidential inauguration before. next, how americans react to donald trump's latest message.
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and welcome back. we are tracking two major stories on this saturday after the inauguration. first, the march on the national mall. the women's march which has drawn people from all over the country. we have reporters stretched out all across the route and we continue to check in with them. then on the other side, the washington national cathedral. that is where president trump is going to attend an interfaith service set to get under way in just a short time. with me now is jason johnson, politic s editor at and hugh hewitt and journalist and political analyst erin mcpike and also my friend. thanks to all of you for being here. erin, i want to start with you. what a day of events. look at the split screen. >> the whole thing. >> what do you make of this moment? these tens of thousands of people, women, marching for
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their rights. and the interfaith service donald trump's presidency under way. >> this march to me is wrong timing. the guy was going to be sworn in and why didn't this happen at the election. maybe we'll see more activity from this group of women going forward but today seems like a strange day for it to me. >> we are looking at all these protesters and we have been saying all along that one of president trump's challenges is quoeg to be to unify this country. and kellyanne conway the day before the inaugural address said this is going to be a unifying speech. "the washington post" makes the point that the speech had a number of words we've never heard before in an inaugural address. words like bleed, ravages, politicians, carnage. what did you make of this address? did it fall short of your expec tapgzs in terms of unity? >> it's actually growing on me, kristen. it was a realism speech. very bracing, very direct.
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unambiguous and the word carnage and radical islamic terror from the face of the earth. it was blunt. i would like more of the graciousne ness graciousness. on the other hand, it reflects a lot of what is going on in america. if you see the movie "moonlight" and "patriots day." there is a lot of carnage in america. the president yesterday spoke from his heart. i think authentically, directly and it is very peggy newnan has taken "wall street journal" today very jarring and i agree with her. but it makes people think. >> jason, she makes the point there was a real reality check there for some people. the entire speech, though, wasn't necessarily divisive. and i saw a lot of democrats, including president obama clapping during this part of the address. take a listen. >> a new national pride will
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steer ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. it is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. >> jason, what did you make of that part of the speech? >> yes. whether you're black or brown or white. he doesn't mention muslim or lgbt. donald trump is not a unifier. everyone is going to clap during the speech because it's polite and what you're supposed to do in a peaceful transfer of power. no president in recent history who i think is going to be held more accountable for what he accomplishes than what he says. look, if donald trump gets into office and improves the economy and comes up with a better health care plan, people will like him. but there's not much in that speech that is any different from most of his campaign speeches. that is not something unifying or brings americans together. very aggressive, very assertive
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and doesn't give people who weren't included in his coalition a sense that they're part of his coalition of governing. >> erin, it struck me a take down of all of washington. people he has to work with. republicans and democrats. >> i felt uncomfortable watching that speech for the same reason. when i read it later, much the same reaction that hugh did. a lot of realism. two lines that i think people have not talked a whole lot about that we'll talk about in the years to come. one he mentioned eradicating islamic terror from the face of the earth. i think he might come to regret that line because that will be almost impossible for him to do. the other thing is he was talking about how this is a movement with tens of millions of people that we've never seen before. actually, reality check. it was a movement that big that brought barack obama to washington and you may remember, people forget this, barack obama was not the candidate of the establishment either. hillary clinton was. so, barack obama owed the establishment nothing and people are talking about how the democratic party is decimated now. but we might see that very same
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thing happen to the republican party. neither of these two men owe the establishment anything. >> amazing, a lot of parallels you can draw between the two men. hugh, final word to you and we're really running ow of time here. on monday, what do you think we're going to see? >> i hope we see a lot of action and executive orders and a lot of movement immediately and i also hope we see president trump salute the women that are there today. 66 million voted for hillary clinton, three of them are staying with me inside the beltway at my home and i'm glad they're there showing the america and the world that the constitution is still in place and everyone is still welcome to speak their mind in america. >> jason, i'm going to give you the final word. do democrats start looking like obstructionist if they try to block everything? >> the democrats will look like an opposition party. their job is to try to pass an agenda and whether donald trump will do a good job one way or another. i will say this about his speech, also.
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now is not the time for talk. now is the time for action and he will take the weekend off. not the kind of action and combination that i want to see. let's see what this president really does once he gets into office on monday after his first vacation. >> fantastic conversation, jason, hugh and erin. that will do it for me for this half hour. i'm kristen welker, thanks for watching. i'll see you back here at noon eastern. it's red lobster's big festival of shrimp and for just $15.99 you can pick 2 of 6 new and classic creations on one plate new flavors like sweet bourbon-brown sugar grilled shrimp and bold firecracker red shrimp are too big to last so hurry in.
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blue-emu maximum arthritis cream. beat the pain and enjoy life. good morning. and welcome to "am joy" live from washington, d.c. today, the resistance will be televised. live from washington, d.c. where more than 200,000 people are expected to gather to join the women's march on washington. the crowd may even top the one that gathered for trump's inauguration. the final count is isn't in yet, but it doesn't quite hold up to president obama's 2009 crowd size of 1.8 million people. does it? so, there are more


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