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President Trump: The Roadtrip

Jon Kay takes America's Route 45 from Wisconsin to Washington, Alabama, talking to people about their hopes, fears and expectations for President Donald J Trump.


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What a week it has been in the United States. The transition of

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power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, who is now the 45th president

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of America. So we've spent the last few days heading down Route 45,

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stopping at high schools and sports grounds, factories, talking to

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ordinary voters about their hopes and fears, expectations for the next

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four years. What you think of your new president, Trump? Give him a

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chance. To do what he said he was going to do. We will just have to

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see how it plays out. We do know what he will do! This is a man who

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has not got a political record. Trump exodus each in and get it

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done. I am concerned what he will think about us, especially Mexicans.

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I think he can make America great again. We just have to believe in

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him. I will never respect him as my president. Never. We are nearly at

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the end of the road here in Alabama, but we started 1000 miles further

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north in freezing cold mill walkie, in the state of Wisconsin. Mill

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walkie. Known for its harsh winters, for making cheese and beer, and now

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for its role in America's fragile new politics. This is no place for

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fragile. Junior ice hockey. Jonathan is coaching the under nines. He

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likes Donald Trump because he is different, a nonpolitician, and

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outside. It just goes back to an alternative that is outside of the

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box. A different viewpoint. He is a billionaire though, he isn't every

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man. He certainly is not, what I think there's something to be said

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for him being able to relate to a plumber, a welder, a teacher. The

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state of Wisconsin switched sides in this election. It is largely white,

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working-class electorate normally votes Democrat, but this time they

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chose Trump. A little grassy, but I will give him a try. They like

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giving you things a try here, like soccer on ice. But might a Trump

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presidency and up feeling like this? Your gloves are nearly as big as my

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hands. Engineered Jason is confident. After nine redundancy

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threat in six years he says it is time for a businessmen in the Oval

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Office. It would be nice to have a bit more stability in the job front,

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so I'm hoping that from an economic standpoint Trump reflects giving

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that stability back to the country. Are you more optimistic for your own

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family and household economy? Absolutely. Take about four steps.

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Confidence on the ice is another matter, for me at least. Some of

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America's top ice athletes practice on this rig. I understand you like

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to do this? You are not doing that as much. Nancy was an Olympian and

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is now a coach. It is time to be a little risky. She told me Donald

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Trump can bring a winner's mindset to the White House. He makes a

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decision and get it done. Do you have any reservations about his

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personality, the things he has said about women, for example? I think

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everybody who is behind him has some reservations are closely really

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don't know the truth behind that and they are just hoping at this point

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in his life he has put that behind him. Wisconsin may have voted Trump,

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it only by 1%. And some are still struggling with the result. This is

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one of the most important jobs in the world and I am not certain that

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he is prepared for it. But hockey mum Leila is willing to give him a

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chance, even though as a Muslim she is worried by some of his comments.

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I try to look at the bright side. I think we have to just wait and see

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what happens. You sound to me like you are maybe a little nervous? I

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might be. Are you prepared to support him? Not quite prepared to

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support him, but iambic head to initiate change to support him. What

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does that mean? How do you initiate change to support him? Change my way

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of thinking, try to find the good. Here in Milwaukee many people told

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us they want to put the country first now and move on. It is that

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the feeling elsewhere? And howl easy will it be to unite? We hit Route 45

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as the nation prepares for its 45th president. Right through the middle

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of Donald Trump's America. To get a sense of the country

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he is taking over. But our next stop is

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not Trump territory. This is Barack Obama's

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favourite diner. He lived around the corner

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before he was President, Normally he is a breakfast person,

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egg whites come an omelette. I hope you are hungry? Very!

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As a nurse, she likes the changes he made to healthcare,

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She worries Donald Trump will overturn the reforms,

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They will not have adequate care, they will not have access

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they have to come through emergency services.

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Many of them will be very sick, can't get medicine, some

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Her son Daniel thought having a black President would mean a more

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inclusive America, but he fears Donald Trump's form of populism

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I do feel my safety might be in danger.

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Really - you feel more vulnerable now?

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Post-Trump, yes, because it is something that you can see

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from the energy that Trump built, and the way people

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express themselves, who support Trump.

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A lot of them have certain beliefs and things like that that do not

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Some here do question the Obama legacy, and think change is overdue.

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Aspiring businesswoman Erica hopes Donald Trump will help

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I believe that it's going to open up doors for small

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..that's trying to create big businesses.

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Maybe you'll be as rich as Donald Trump in a few years.

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Elgin, where nearly half the population is Hispanic.

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Donald Trump's plans to build a giant wall along the Mexican

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border mean many here cannot support him.

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I am concerned, what does he think about us, especially Mexicans?

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But some views here may surprise you.

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Rosa hopes a wall would stop illegal immigrants.

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We have our own problems here in America.

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So, you know, to add more of them coming over here,

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I think - that, I don't think it's a good thing.

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And in the choir, Margarita hopes Donald Trump will safeguard her

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I'm so excited and I'm so happy for him.

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And we should not be afraid of anything, not even

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Elisa confirmed to me that the Hispanic community is split

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It's a scary time because we don't know what will happen and how things

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will roll out. There is the unforeseen,

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with our future, Hispanics, and a lot of people are scared

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about what is going to happen. If you want to understand

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Donald Trump's election win, Next to Route 45, the Ohio River

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meets the Mississippi. It's an essential artery for the US

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economy, carrying 18 million tons But things aren't

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what they used to be. The locks which boats pass

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through here have seen better days. Nearly 100 years old,

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they regularly break down, A boat could be waiting out for 52

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hours before coming through? Mark, the lock keeper,

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says it's a struggle The concrete is starting

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to break up and crumble. Every time it gets hit by a boat

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and it lands on it it puts pressure on it and causes more

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cracks and stress on it, we patch it together

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and try and keep it going, Donald Trump has pledged $1 trillion

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to rebuild America's rivers, A promise that's won him plenty

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of support round here. But he hasn't said where

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the money will come from. We head back on Route 45

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to see the kind of project the new president

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wants to encourage. A huge dam and lock system to

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replace the failing one downriver. It's nearly 20 years behind schedule

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and $2 billion over budget. Many here believe Donald Trump's

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life in business will mean I think he if he really wants

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to put his mind with it and really wants to work with the people,

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for sure, why not? One person can't do it

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but if you take a group of people and you've got good conversation

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communication skills, good listening skills, you can

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pretty much accomplish anything. Trump's critics say his pledges

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are unrealistic and unaffordable. But in an area where jobs can be

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scarce, they're prepared Once you start pulling people and

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government assistance is go down in these communities, and people start

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making good, well paying jobs brought in, it will pick up, and in

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my opinion I think it will outweigh it, yes, it will be expensive but in

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a business cost analysis it will make a good return back on the

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investment. We drive on into

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America's rural South. There are 2 million

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farms in this country. Will a property developer president

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understand this business? At the University of Tennessee,

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students are learning how to weigh Stick it in, press it

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forward, pull it out. Some are gonna be more willing to go

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forward and some are wanting Donald Trump won nearly 80%

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of the vote in the Martin area. They like his confidence and in turn

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they have confidence in him. He might have a few mess-ups

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on the way but eventually he'll We're always going to need

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agriculture, that's what feeds us. So we're going to need

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it to keep going. But is farming compatible

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with Trump's plans for building? What about the land,

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the environment? Donald Trump is a man you associate

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with skyscrapers and New York City, not with farming

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and places like this. Do you think he understands

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you and what you want to do? I think he's going to help

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small town people out. I'd don't think he's

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going to be the big city man What about farming, does

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he understand farming? Not as well as some

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agriculture people. Whether it's agriculture

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or infrastructure, in these communities away from Washington,

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many feel Trump will be a president Someone not just following

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the political herd. Halfway through our journey down

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Route 45, and as the 45th president prepares to take over, we've reached

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the Deep South. One last practice before heading to Washington.

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Tonight, the Tupelo High School band will be travelling 900 miles

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from Mississippi to the capital to play at President Trump's

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Just to march in the parade and go to Washington for the first time.

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What do you think of your new president?

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Donald Trump got 60% of the votes in this state.

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The students might be playing for him, but that doesn't mean

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they are all fans of the new man in the White House.

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If you had been able to vote, put your hands up if you would have

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I think some of his ideas are pretty great and I think he can make

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America great again, we just have to believe in him

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But you're about to go and play for him.

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I like Washington, but I don't like him.

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Lots of celebrities said no to performing, didn't they,

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I'm not a fan of Trump, but I'm going for the experience

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I'm not going for him, I'm going for me.

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Music matters in this small southern town.

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Just off Route 45 is the tiny house where Elvis Presley was born.

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But we're not here to talk about The King, we're here to talk

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Because as well as producing rock 'n' roll stars,

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I wish we had hired one of these for our road trip.

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Donald Trump has promised a return to the heyday

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He says he will create jobs and improve trade deals.

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This local steel company supplies the car industry.

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They believe the new president will cut red tape, cut taxes

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The boss here hopes Donald Trump will fill his government

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And if they don't do it he will fire them!

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Politics is more complicated and more nuanced.

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Will he be able to cope with the political diplomatic challenges?

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I think he is introducing something into the political landscape that

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Elvis stood right here on the cross and asked for his first guitar.

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This hardware store is where the young Presley's

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As well as guitars they sell tools to local businesses

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and they are waiting to see what Trump really means

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This is a man who has not got a political record.

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He has gone on record sometimes supporting things,

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Does it worry you that he hasn't given much detail about

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He has made big promises but not explained how.

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It does worry us and I think it worries everybody,

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Anything you take to the parade is subject to being searched.

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Tomorrow they will perform outside the White House.

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And this nation will have to march to a very different beat.

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We have arrived. But this is Washington County, Alabama, one of

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America's poorest states. And on a wet mornings are busiest spot we

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find... We are open, ladies, open for business. Is the local food

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bank. These volunteers hand out hundreds of parcels every week.

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Well, here you go. To people like Roosevelt, a President's name but he

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is out of work anti-trust Donald Trump to make life better. I hope he

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is right about getting jobs. You just want a job? If he doesn't get

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it going, I went like him. Will he? I hope so, I believe so. Catherine

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and Willeen run the front desk and say some of the poverty here is

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heartbreaking. Some of them come in and they don't have toilets in their

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houses. They believe Donald Trump will invest in this community. He

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spent a lot of time campaigning here and it worked. He has been out in

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the community, out in the countryside, and he has seen how

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people need help and he has been there with the community to help,

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and he does. He is not afraid to go into poverty areas and talk to the

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people, where most politicians you don't see around unless you have

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$1000. It is very tough for a lot of people, especially in rural areas.

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Larry will watch the inauguration later, once finished helping here.

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He hopes Donald Trump will use his speech today to inspire the nation.

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I hope he says enough good things that people will give him a chance

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at to do what he said he will do. We will just have to see how it all

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plays out. Along this section of Route 45, one quarter of the people

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live in poverty. Many believe Donald Trump can make America great again.

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I can't believe that do to won. But not Tyrone. We join him and his

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family as the inauguration began and this former soldier believes Donald

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Trump will only make the country more divided. He is doing everything

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he can really to try to make us feel like this is not our and America.

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This hat will show you are and an American and I fought for this

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country. And I would never respect him as my president, never. Are you

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going to be watching the big moment? No. Tyrone's mum says the new

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president is a bully and she hates his Thai raids on Twitter. I don't

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like him, I don't trust him, -- tirades. He is talking about making

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America great. I don't like the way he downeds women. We have met so

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many pro and against Trump, but there are also voters like Jeff. It

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is tough, real tough. Unemployed and unimpressed. On his porch he told me

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it doesn't matter who is sitting in the other White House. Do you feel

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forgotten? Yeah, I do. These small counties do. Bad roads, that

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bridges, you know. They don't look at us. Do you think Donald Trump

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will change that? Is he going to look after the likes of you? No. You

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don't things are? No, no I do not. Why not? Because the politicians,

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the governors, they all have their hands like crabs in a bucket, you

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know, they are looking out for themselves. After 1000 miles

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crossing the United States, we reached the end of Route 45. And

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this divided nation will try to move on and begin its new journey.

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Many of us have enjoyed quite a settled spell of weather in recent

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days, but that's not to say that we're all enjoying the same

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The Weather Watcher pictures again tell the tale.

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Cold, frosty starts across the southern half of Britain.

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