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Donald Trump has been saying that he will run
for President as a Republican, which is surprising
since I just assumed he was running as a joke.
Donald Trump, just last week, he confirmed to the National
Review that he is again considering a run in 2016.
I will personally write you a campaign cheque now,
on behalf of this country, which does not want
you to be President but which badly wants you to run.
And which Republican candidate has the best chance of winning
I Donald John Trump do solemnly swear...
There's not going to be a President Donald Trump.
That I will faithfully execute the office of President
He's not going to be President of the United States.
And will to the best of my ability...
Donald Trump will never be elected President of the United States.
Preserve, protect and defend the Constitution
The election that brought him to power was ten long weeks ago.
Yet the moment - when it finally came - still felt unreal.
It was perhaps the boldest act of democracy this
A man who professes to hate politics and Washington became
And his inaugural address was entirely consistent with his brand.
This was not an appeal to the better angels of our nature,
nor less a reassurance on fearing fear itself.
This was a stump speech carried past the winning post -
a speech for those who helped him to victory, not those
In place of unity, there was talk of nationalism.
In place of hope, there was talk of pride.
In place of the rest of the world, a pledge to put America first,
with all the connotations that history bestows upon it.
Tonight, we explore the new reality of President Trump's America
and speak to his core advisor on foreign affairs.
But we start with a flavour from the streets of America's capital -
those who abhor him and those who adore him.
Inauguration Day dawns in Washington, DC,
Next time those suckers take over a crosswalk, let's lay down!
He's here to interrupt the cavalcade of Bikers For Trump,
the flag-wavers on two wheels who've come to celebrate
What do you think Trump is going to do to Washington?
What's he going to do Washington, or for Washington?
Round the corner, on a genteel street they call Embassy Row,
they're handing out free marijuana to anyone who's of age.
We're here to give a message to President-elect Trump,
that we want to legalise marijuana for the entire country,
and that we hope that he'll make that happen.
I'd heard about the euphoria of Inauguration Day celebrations,
but never before put it down to something quite this simple.
And to greet the flashlights of foreign media, protesters
All the pussy-grabbing comments really got to me,
and so I felt like we really needed to take a stand and say that we're
That's quite a scary pussy you've got there.
Yeah, I was trying to make it fierce!
These are, of course, the fringe elements of a day that
Along Constitution Avenue we meet the crowds.
Not as record as the President-elect forecast, but steady nonetheless.
Why have you come, why does it mean so much today?
He'll bring a change of jobs and prosperity and a feeling
First time I ever went to something like this.
My friend asked me to come, so I'm here.
Now, every four years since the age of Thomas Jefferson,
this town has embraced the pomp and the pageantry, the history
Donald Trump brings to it his own brand of political anarchy that
worked so successfully on the campaign trail.
He appealed to people, don't forget, who hate Washington
That's what makes today slightly more complicated.
Is the hood not having any jobs not an issue?
Which is why I didn't vote for Trump.
And then, at noon, the shouting stops and the rousing chorus begins.
Then it's time for Donald Trump to address the nation,
not in characters, but in words, and words that will go down
in history as his very first spoken to the nation as president.
We are transferring power from Washington DC, and giving it
It was the speech of someone who's won, but still feels
It echoed the isolationist rhetoric of the 1930s.
It dismissed the global stage on which America precariously sets.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this day forward, it's going to be only America
It was a speech that told the people who had voted for him,
He promised today to determine the course of America
and the world for many, many years to come.
Now everyone's suddenly wondering, what that might mean.
Joining me now, Michelle Malkin, a post Danielle Allen, professor of
political theory who has campaigned with Obama. Michelle, I will start
with you. This was familiar Trump territory. He appealed to the people
who had voted for him and put him in power. I wonder if you were
expecting more from an inaugural address? No, he has been transparent
all along. One of his things is this idea that he expressed about
patriotism being a unifying factor, that leaves no room for prejudice,
and I think one of the most exciting things, as somebody who is perceived
as, quote unquote, a person of colour, is that he gave space that
was very liberating to people of colour who don't feel inflamed by
liberal ideology. And I think that a lot of people in the left-wing media
could not get their heads around the idea that people like me exist.
Enslaved by liberal ideology? I would respectfully disagree with
what he did in the speech, he began talking about how we are all
Americans, but then he went to describe this America as everybody
who voted for him, which is a limited subset of America, not even
a majority. So there is a tension between the circus of acclaim,
speaking to every American, and an invocation of the people supported
him. You have to recognise it was a minority. This was a strong speech,
wasn't it? You inhabit the ideological saves space of identity
politics and you listen to a man who you disagree with when it comes to
the fundamental idea that one can embrace American sovereignty and not
be xenophobic, racist or discriminatory. You are going to
hear what you want to hear. The fact is that there were so many
independents that voted for Donald Trump that were black, white,
yellow, brown... Hillary won popular vote, the Democrats didn't get a
shout out at all. This was the time to bring on board the people who
lost. He didn't just talk to Republicans or Conservatives. He
talked to people who identified themselves as citizens of America.
There is a way to talk about all Americans. Liberty and justice for
all. Patrick isn't is a good thing, Democrats get behind that as well.
-- patriotism. But he didn't reach out and open up the everybody. Let's
talk about the policy. We all know he is trying to value arise that...
I find that to be. Using it to provoke. It is a transcendent idea
that all Americans should put Americans first, Americans first,
and the problem with the progressive left is they do not accept the idea
that America is exceptional. There is a special place because we are
indivisible. He is coming with rhetoric. When he invokes a slogan
like America first, he is stirring up his face, like you, and provoking
his adversarial survey will overreact. You think it is stirring
up the -based talk about the idea of Law and order and sovereignty? To
talk about putting America first in trade? It was used first in the
1930s for the kind of American isolationism in the face of Nazi
Germany. You accept that as rhetoric that your president is using? So you
are calling him a Nazi? She is not. Yes, she is. There is clinging to
the idea that, since people in the 1930s used it, but using that phrase
now in 2017 to establish American exceptionalism... He's cunning with
his rhetoric, because we know that he will hold his face together and
provoke his adversarial. When he provokes his adversarial, they will
overreact. People should recognise how cunning he is. Could I ask you
to step back for one second? He has been called a bad winner. He has the
victory, he has the presidency. Wasn't this a time to talk about
unity? Why don't you hold Chuck Schumer to that standard? He was a
sore loser. He took nasty passive aggressive barbs. If you are going
to preach Ealing, practice it. I will give credit today for having
expressed a message of unity to both sides of the aisle. He set a model
that I wish other people that followed. Democrats would have
condemned all of the criminal behaviour and anarchy on the
streets, because they can't tolerate that they lost.
Donald Trump was bold in his promises - yes, even on day one -
pledging to eradicate Islamic terror.
He took the threat to Isis so familiar on the campaign trail
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world,
but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations
We do not seek to impose our way of life upon anyone, but rather,
We will shine for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite
the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism,
which we will eradicate completely from the face
Mark Urban, our diplomatic editor, joins me. Essentially, this was his
foreign policy that he laid out. Absolutely, in five statements.
National interest first, protectionism and all of it, not
seeking to impose our system on others, rejection of the George W
Bush doctrine in Iraq and elsewhere, but also comforting words for Russia
and China potentially. Then you have got him saying, reinforce old
alliances, little words of comfort for Nato, I think, and work to
establish new ones, who knows, maybe with Russia. And then the strong
statement about eradicating militant Islamic terrorism around the world.
And we have learned more about what he is doing in office. Yes, some
changes on the US president website, mentions of climate change removed,
mentions of the US department of defence, the penchant of the pipe on
their money being removed, which was put there by Republicans to hamper
President Obama. A lot more money going into defence. New missile
defence plans also announced tonight. Just before we came on air,
general Mac is confirmed, as secretary defence, one down, 659
Trump officials requiring Senate confirmation to go. They really
aren't ready. They may have the ideas and the big, bold Steve Bannon
policy platform that we heard on the day, but they don't yet have people
in place to deliver it. ... We can hear the marching bands behind us
and the helicopters the silence. You have been on the streets this
evening. Is the mood is to mark -- give us a sense of the mood. One of
the Trump supporters yelled, we did it, but not that infused by the
content of the speech. There are lots of people on the streets who
are also opposed, black bloc anarchists, people like that who
have been damaging property during the day. The police say around 100
people were arrested, so the scale of it is limited, but it has caused
a sharp change in the apathy of the city. From tomorrow, the question
will be, what is this new administration going to look like,
what shape will it take and how will it govern?
Out of capitalism's cauldron of success and excess comes a man
who, his backers say, embodies New York.
Brash, outspoken, self-proclaimed Master of the Deal, the president
America has chosen to send from this mecca of can-do to the political
And what might we expect from this administration
Well, central to the answers in all those cases is the business
culture of this place and Trump's projection of his image,
that he is the man who can get the best deal for America
To deliver success, Trump has turned to people like Texas
On the shortlist for a Cabinet job, his contact with the transition team
convinced him they were more interested in delivery
They are really interested in looking outside the box
and getting business people in there, people that might
It's not so much about being a conservative as being pragmatic.
They want people that can identify the problem and fix it.
The process of auditioning Cabinet picks went on for weeks.
Even some who'd been bitterly critical rode the golden lift up
Not exactly, thinks one "never-Trump Republican" on an alleged
One theory is that he actually doesn't care if you oppose him
Second theory is that he enjoys humiliating people, and of course
most of those visits were done very publicly.
Third possibility is that he was actually casting for a reality
television show called The American Presidency.
As for Trump's business reputation, is it overblown?
In Atlantic City, the Taj Mahal casino was launched
with a characteristic jackpot of Trump hyperbole.
He called it the eighth wonder of the world, and focused
You see a tale of two cities, in a lot of ways.
You see glamour on the Boardwalk in certain sections of town but,
if you go to other parts of the city, you see
The Taj Mahal closed down a few months ago
He'll draw the line of where he cares and doesn't care...
In 2005, as part of an attempt to turn things round,
he sent Randal Pinkett, the winner of his reality show
I believe he left Atlantic City worse than he found it,
and that to me is another pattern we see with Donald.
Look at other properties in Mexico, in Florida, where he's made
promises to others that were not delivered upon.
There is a long line of individuals who followed Donald's name
and followed Donald's word and never got what they bargained
So what's happened now Trump's chosen cabinet
The questions have come thick and fast in Senate
Billionaire Betsy DeVos, chosen as Education Secretary,
was quizzed about tax returns, ethics committee filings,
holdings in companies providing education services,
and her basic suitability for the job.
You can't say definitively today that guns shouldn't be in schools?
Well, I will refer back to Senator Enzi and the school
that he was talking about in Wapiti, Wyoming.
I think probably there, I would imagine that there's
probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.
But, because Trump has so far sent forward only a fraction
of the people required to face scrutiny, Republican senators
we spoke to want to push on, in this case, with a nominee who's
made substantial campaign donations to 20 of them.
I can say that it certainly is not troubling to me either way.
There have been Obama administration officials who have been large
donors to Democratic causes, so I certainly don't see that
A lot of the Democrats are very wealthy, too.
The fact is, are we going to foreclose opportunities to serve
in this government because a person has been successful in life?
We ought to be helping a lot more of them come out of the woodwork
and help us to get this country out of the mess it's in.
No sooner have Trump's doer and disruptor nominees stepped
in to the Washington swamp, than the political bindweed has
begun to wrap itself around their ankles,
with questions multiplying about tax returns, shareholdings,
possible conflicts of interest, and questions also about just how
quickly key Trump policies, like the repeal of Obamacare,
All tough challenges, when Trump voters expect results.
In the corridors of Senate buildings, people have come to lobby
Obviously, he's a different candidate than we've ever seen
before, so I think he's going to use that to his advantage.
He's going to make America great again.
This is Washington politics as usual, with its checks and balances.
How, then, with a trickle of nominees and their hearings
slowing down, will Team Trump maintain momentum?
The transition is going to be a little rough.
We're going to have to do some things that's going to be a little
displeasing to get our foothold back on the global stage,
especially when it comes to trade, but in the long term I am really
I think this is the most exciting time in my lifetime.
This president has the potential to be the best
Some nominees, in defence and foreign policy, have
differed significantly with the new president, but real
power resides in the White House, and the way Trump himself behaves
I believe, on the things he cares about - his image,
his brand, his celebrity - he cares about them passionately
and will call, e-mail, tweet, defend himself until 3am.
On the things he doesn't care about, say, the inner details
of running the country, he may delegate that or assign
He will not change his behaviour patterns.
And so I think there's a good chance we'll get kind of wilful, dangerous
Now, I think the institutions will help contain it.
His immediate staff, I believe, will not.
I think they'll feed it and foster it,
Few expect the coming weeks to be easy.
Trump has sold himself as a disruptor who will shake this
But he's not the first president to promise radical change.
And Washington ground the others down.
Walid Phares, President Trump's advisor on the Middle East,
Nice to have you here. Help us make sense of what Donald Trump's policy
is now. The talk today about wiping out Islamic terrorism from the face
of the year. What does that mean in terms of his policy for the Middle
East. Does he want to join Putin? It doesn't mean he will join Putin in
Yalta and dividing the world. What it means is that he will think
deeper and more strategically, to have the right coalition with Arab
moderates to go after Isis, to make sure that it is not replaced by a
second version of Isis or Al-Qaeda version three. So whoever comes into
power is managed by moderates. There will be interaction with President
Putin. Because if there is an area of coordination over terrorism with
America and Russia, that will work. Does he want to take American values
to the Middle East? He said today in his speech and previous speeches, we
will show our values, show by example. If these societies want to
follow, we will be happy. He showed example of millions of immigrants
wanting to come here. He knows that our values are theirs. He talked of
America having protected for too long the borders of others and not
its own. If there was the kind of invasion we saw in Kuwait, for
example, would America ride to the rescue under Donald Trump? He also
said we would not abandon our allies. He doesn't just mean Israel,
he means the Arab Gulf, maybe countries in Eastern Europe if there
is a problem. He will stick with these alliances. He said we will
stick with our alliances and build new alliances based on common values
and common ground is. Do you think he's fundamentally a businessman in
the role of president? Is he essentially trying to get whatever
the pragmatic business interests are for America first and foreign policy
fits into that? He is formed out of two components. I have my own
experience of meeting with him when he started his career as a
candidate, a politician. But he was a brilliant CEO of a major
corporation. I think he will go between being a brilliant CEO with a
new kind of presidency in the United States. What does that mean in the
old rules of diplomacy. He spoke to tie one first. He actually accepted
the call of Taiwan. They rang him. At the same time, while this was
happening, he had and visors in China talking to the Chinese. What
was he trying to do, send a message to China, or was that a mistake? He
has many cards in his hand. He was saying, why should I do what China
once before negotiating with the Taiwanese what we want. Should
America's allies be worried about the new America that is surfacing?
They have seen what he has said about Nato in the past. He has said
he will not run to the rescue if Russia invades one of the former
Soviet satellite states. What can they expect from America? I spent a
whole year as one of his foreign policy advisers in the campaign.
Mostly I was talking to diplomats, governments, international media,
very concerned about a Trump presidency. We explained to them he
doesn't want to dismantle Nato, he wants to reorganise it. Many
Europeans, especially in East Europe, are worried by the democracy
in Brussels. And Europe has been hit by jihadists. We need to have some
resources in the Middle East and bring in moderates. There is a
difference between getting rid of bureaucracy. Everybody talks about
getting rid of bureaucracy and saying, if you get invaded by Putin,
sorry, this isn't our problem any more. That's where the difference
lies. Where is he? He made statements also about shutting down
immigration from Muslim countries. He made many statements during the
campaign but spent many months after that mould the statements into
political and foreign policy documents that are very important.
He doesn't want to abandon allies, he wants to sit down with them and
make sure this alliance is working. That sounds like what you are
explaining to us, he says one thing in the campaign and then understands
it better and says something else. Is that how it works? His
predecessor Obama said so meetings on the campaign trail and said a few
days ago before he left, we couldn't do so much. We have been very much
educated by being in government. That's the experience trouble also
have. When he says he will eradicate Islamic terrorism from the face of
the earth, do you believe him when he says that? I believe he has the
intention of going after jihadists. Everyone would have the intention.
Do you think he has the capability town wisdom and understanding to go
about the foreign policy in a way that will make sense? Why not? He
has shown in his foreign policy that he could launch a strategic foreign
policy flat -- platform. Will the Europeans come together with him?
The bigger challenge, could we have an Arab alliance working with us? On
the ground in the Middle East, they will be the ones to help us. What do
you think we will come to understand by Trumpism in foreign policy terms?
He has been criticised as either an isolationist or interventionist. I
think he's neither of them. He's a functionalist. It's in the function
of the American interest and the interest of our allies. Thank you
for joining us. In his speech, Donald Trump talked
about American carnage, And the crime, and the gangs,
and the drugs, that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country
of so much unrealised potential. This American carnage stops right
here, and stops right now. To all Americans, in every city near
and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from Ocean to
Ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice,
your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny, and
your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, we will make America stronger again we will make America
wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America
safe again and, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank
you, God bless you and God bless America. Thank you.
That was the end of the speech. Joining us now, Ben Smith, editor in
chief of Buzzfeed, Politico's Susan Glasser and Michael Wolff. Many
people thought they heard echoes of Steve Bannon through this speech.
Did it have is an print on him? I think I'm looking for a word more
than a thumb print. It was Bannon all in. This was what Steve Bannon
has been doing during the campaign. He joined it from August on and this
is the point of view he has been expressing to me, to anyone that's
talk to him, and also to Trump again and again. This is all Steve Bannon.
How much of the heavy lifting do you think that Trump himself will be
doing? How would you divide the work that is going on? Lely, Steve
Bannon's paw prints are all over this, but it echoed his convention
speech, which wasn't quite as tight but which was dark, combative, about
the carnage in America and a nationalist vision. I think it's
also Donald Trump, and I think he is going to be president of the United
States and he is going to be making the key decisions, and there is a
lot of uncertainty about those. When John Kasich was originally asked to
be the vice president, and Trump's son was reported to have said to
him, you will have domestic policy, you will have home policy, and John
Kasich said, what will Donald Trump do? And the sunset, he's going to
make America great again. Do you think he will start metering it out,
some two Ivanka, Sumter Jared? The American government is very complex.
But Donald Trump will be president, he will be the one making the
important decisions. I don't think anybody knows what they are going to
be yet. Worthy Democrats right to stay awake today? We understand up
to a third of them didn't show up to the house, and the lone figure of
Hillary Clinton Rob Lee could have used their support. I think the
Democrats who counted, the ones who mattered, the leadership, even
people who really disagreed, not only with Hillary Clinton but also
Donald Trump, did show up, and I think that was an important
statement. We Americans are very good at forcing our politicians when
they lose in two forms of ritual humiliation. Al Gore, as president
of the Senate, had to sit there and oversee the disputed counting of the
electoral votes. This is not unprecedented, but certainly I think
it was a colourful spectacle to many Americans today to see Hillary
Clinton in her white suit that one expected she would wear in a
different context showing up today, in her capacity not as the defeated
presidential candidate but as the former First Lady. So many questions
now for all of us about how to interpret the narrative about what
happened over the next four years. Bob Woodward, the investigative
journalist, told me yesterday, you've got to be so neutral you
can't stand it. I wonder how you approach it now. It sounds like he's
not liberal. Because what? Lee because you say you have to be so
neutral you can't stand it. The point neutrality is that is where
you should be. Did you think about being neutral when Buzzfeed
published the dossier that everybody had chosen not to? We were certainly
been neutral. There was no question that we wouldn't have published it
if it was about the Democrats. The question of new territory is going
to be -- the question of neutrality. I don't think they would have
published it. You say that with no evidence. It will be interesting to
see who angles for access. Weekend to get into these stale debates
about the meaning of objectivity, who is in... The thing as
journalists that should concern everyone, of your personal
preferences, is, where is the role of journalism and independent
reporting any more in our society? What concerns me, as somebody who
has spent the last two and a half decades as an independent
journalist, that doesn't mean I don't have opinions but I try hard
to cover both parties. In this campaign, the role of facts seemed
to be overwhelmed by a my asthma of misinformation, disregard for the
kind of reporting that up until now... Is there anyway that Donald
Trump will act in terms of how the reporting goes about? I think one of
the things that Donald Trump does is he plays to the media, or he plays
the media in a way that the media falls into this trap every time.
Effectively, and I have never seen this in all my long years, in this
business, the media is the opposition, the media is the
political resistance. Because the Democrats aren't? Democrats are
famous for their internal divisions. Republicans have a lot of them, too.
Many people have said, Michael among them, that it's like there is a
third party in Washington today, the Trump party, then the Republicans
and Democrats. It isn't the political partisan resistance. He
media afflicts those in power. There is even more pressure to now get
things right and not just publish things that could be completely...
The media has always been under pressure to get things right.
Questions like, how long should you sit on a secret document that is
being fought over? We can disagree about those. But you'd do it again?
Yes, and the notion that the media... Did you have regrets? Yes,
I would. But the notion that the media, as you seem to adopt as the
political resistance, that's obviously how Donald Trump was
trying to position it, that was the aim of this press conference. His
main conflict with the media was when he said something false and the
media reported it was false. That doesn't strike me as opposition but
doing our job. He has weaponised this term fake news, right? I think
it's a phoney term and it came in at the term against him, and then it
was turned around, because he's very good at this. Again, that's another
example of where, I think, right where the fight is going to be. It's
going to be between Donald Trump and the media, partly because the media
is so unpopular, and it's going to work for him. That's not the issue.
We will come back to our panel in a short while.
In 2008, Barack Obama called slavery America's original sin.
But how much of a difference did his presidency make to the lives
And what does Donald Trump's election say about attitudes
Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Louisiana.
The Westmont rebels hold their final rehearsal. I'm really excited and
jumpy and really ready. I can barely sleep. They are one of ten high
school bands chosen to play at the inauguration to mark the transition
from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. We don't see colour, race, gender or
ethnicity. We see potential. I think there's been a lot of talk about how
we need healing, and sometimes we have to quit picking at it. Morgan
Freeman on time was quoted as saying, if you don't like racism,
stop talking about it. If there is anyone out there who still doubts
that America is a place where all things are possible, tonight is your
answer. That was the era of yes, we can,
when black America seemed poised to claim a confident, a Powell, a
parity long denied it. # In so reckless when I wear my
Jumanji dress # In sofas acid...
But America wasn't ready. For me, this is a race war will stop you
have black against white, white against black.
From the swamps of Washington to the south, beneath the surface of the
post-racial society, fear, anger. And the deep roots of a history
still unresolved. Get him out of there! Get out! Get him out of here!
If they think that we are going to go back to the old days, they've got
something else coming to them. We're not having that no more.
The final week of the Obama presidency began with the annual
commemoration for a man who gave his life for the civil rights struggle.
America has come a long way since then. In New Orleans, a mark doctor
King's memory with a show of sartorial pride. Our self-esteem has
grown from us knowing about each other, so black males see each other
is a greater image than those portrayed in media and music, those
negative images we've been told about. In this respect, the Obamas
scandal free tenure at the White House that has huge symbolic value.
How old are you? Do you know about the president is? Barack Obama. Do
you know who it was before him? See? All you've ever known was Obama. So
his life, this is normal. It is normal for him to see a black man as
the head of the free nation. Yes. A symbol is a powerful thing. The very
fact of Obama's unlikely presidency is expanded the concept of what is
possible for millions of Americans, both black and white. But, when it
comes to cold, hard statistics, the truth is that, if you are black in
America, the odds are still stacked against you. In 2013, the median net
worth of a white American household was over $140,000. For black
households, that figure was 11,000. That's 13 times less. Under Obama,
the wealth gap has widened. Travel up the Mississippi from New Orleans
and you come to Baton Rouge, one of the most divided cities in the
United States. To some kids at inner-city high schools, the
education they get on the street can seem more important than on offer in
the classroom. You can go out there tomorrow, have your pistol, should
somebody, then you end up in prison for the rest of your life. ... After
"Silky Slim" read is a former gang member turned activist whose mission
is to stop young black men following in his footsteps. It 2017 and you
are still walking around, looking and acting exactly like slaves. And
the world is looking at you as animals. Why was to mark -- why?
Barack Obama often told black Americans they had to take
responsibility for the problems in their own community. Silky agrees up
to a point. Black lives after to black people before they matter to
the rest of the world. But there are also inequalities that are systemic
and ingrained. And you are black, you are more likely to be arrested,
likely to get a longer jail sentence and more likely to be shot dead by
police. Obama only engaged with this late in his presidency, with limited
results. Black quarterbacks on the team of white supremacy hasn't
helped us, so a black quarterback that can't help us if the law is the
law. The same for a black president. Black folks come on the whole,
politically, didn't gain anything because, at the end of the day, we
didn't ask for anything, we didn't want to put that burden on the black
man who made it the White House. If you don't ask for nothing, you don't
get nothing, so you can't be disappointed, which is why there is
no disappointment. Witch the black community gave Obama a free pass?
Absolutely, he is one of us. Looking at a demographic map of
Baton Rouge, you will see this road, Florida Street, is a stark dividing
line. Everything to the north is overwhelmingly black. Everything to
the south is mostly white. I spent time in divided cities, places like
Baghdad and Beirut, places that have had a war. There hasn't been a war
here since the 1860s when the North fought the Confederacy over the
issue of slavery. But last summer, it felt like war wasn't far off. The
killing of a Alton Sterling, the latest in a string of fatal police
shooting is caught on camera. They are shooting right now. There's an
officer down. Two days later at a black lives matter protest in
Dallas, a black gunmen opened fire on police, killing five. Not long
after that, more officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge. To me, this is
a race war. You have black against white, white against black. There
wouldn't be so many black people against white people, I think, if it
wasn't for police brutality. This woman knew Alton Sterling. She's
part of a growing movement of radical black activists. She says
tensions between the black community and the police have brought an old
enemy back out into the open. Last year the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan
nation put out flyers recruiting members. This was right after Alton
Sterling was killed. They had it on the news where they were putting
notes on people's doors and going through the neighbourhood. They rang
the number on the leaflet and it went through to a pre-recorded
message that has clearly been updated in the last couple of days.
You have reached the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Hail Trump! Hail our people. Hail our victory! Not long after the
election, a group of white nationalists gathered to discuss the
new political landscape. The final speaker was Richard Spencer, who
coined the term alt-right, a move associated with Donald Trump's
former campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, not President, but now one of the
most powerful men in the White House. The miracle was that until
the last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our
posterity. This then is the context in which
Donald Trump takes office. Yes, America's new president has publicly
disavowed support from over at racists. But still, the shadow of
the plantations, the memory of Jim Crow, the legacy of America's
original sin, all seemed to loom large over this new presidency. I
look at it like the master has reclaimed his house. It's the
master's place, and I know my place come out in the field. I stay in a
field, not try to get up to the house. Even though the master allows
one of the slaves to look out for the house when he is on vacation,
it's still the same fight we've had... In all seriousness, obviously
there's a huge legacy of slavery, but you can't say that things
haven't changed since... Since the 1860s. Definitely. And since the
1960s. There is no forced free labour here with slaves. And what
America has been successful in doing is creating slums and ghettos,
putting you in these areas and making the police still oversee you
like we are still on a plantation. AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS. So
America begins a new chapter in its long book on race. Weaving in the
history of slavery, segregation, with that of Martin Luther King and
the Obama era. This 11-year-old has known no other president. For many
children, Trump was at first a frightening prospect. We were all
thinking, would he send us back to Africa? That was your first thought?
That you might not be allowed to be an American any more? Yes Sir. That
sounds like a scary thought. Yes, at first we went through withdrawal and
we thought it was going to happen, it's going to happen. But we were
talking about it one day at school and we thought, it can't happen
unless everybody said yes to it. She's ambitious, after Harvard Law
School she wants to go on to be America's first black female
president. I feel like he's going to try to make everything harder for
blacks to get into it. Everything harder for Hispanics to get into it.
Anything harder for people of colour to try to be or do something. She
has one of those teachers you remember for the rest of your life,
somebody who helps you make sense of a bewildering world. I think people
were sick of talking about race. White people or black people or
everyone? I would say... From my experience, mostly white people.
It's overwhelming, I can understand that. From a perspective when you've
never had to deal with it, you can't understand why we keep bringing it
up over and over again. I think especially, with a heightened sense
of awareness of police shootings and police brutality and the injustices
being so blatantly put in your face because of social media, white
people started to have a backlash. They started to feel like, nobody is
representing me. Everybody keeps going on about black people and it's
not about me. How can I make it somewhat about me?
And so the age of Trump began, as all presidency is usually do, with a
promise of inclusivity. To rebuild our country, and restore its promise
for all of our people. But Donald Trump's opponents fear quite the
opposite. There are those who fear that the new president is a man with
a vindictive streak who may use the power of his office to lash out at
those who oppose him. I'd like to punch him in the face, I tell you.
Many liberals, especially white liberals, see Trump is an
existential threat to the founding principles of America. But from the
black perspective, things can look a little different. He don't scare me.
I'd didn't have any issue before and with Trump, and whatever he do.
Because all of them, when they get in there, they do the same thing.
When black America contemplates the prospect of a hostile, perhaps even
oppressive state, it shrugs and asks, what else is new?
That report from Louisiana. It's still early evening here in
Washington and the Inauguration Day celebrations have a long way to go.
Behind us on Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House,
the marching bands and some of the military bands are taking to those
streets, blocked off of traffic. Donald Trump has been reviewing the
inauguration parade. We are hearing Sennett confirmations of more of
those roles, still a very long way to go. Melania Trump, and Donald
Trump, who have spent the day watching the celebration say. We are
joined once more by our panel. Going back to some of those points we saw
in that video and that we have heard today. Danielle, did it strike you
how white the crowd was for Donald Trump today Busted it's hard not to
notice, to be honest. You listen to the speech and you hear about...
African American men being incarcerated at different rates to
white Americans for the same crimes. There were forgotten people in
trouble's speech today. Michael, you heard a woman say people are sick of
talking about race. I think America is a divided country. And one of the
ways it's divided, I think, is by race. Although, having said that,
one of the things that the Trump people say, and not inaccurately, is
that they did much better with the African-American vote than anyone
thought they would do. Not to represent them, but just because
I've been involved in this discussion, and since nobody else is
going to represent them on this panel... Jump on in. I would say one
of the things that they say is that this is about jobs and African
Americans need jobs as much as any other Americans. It could be that
the Liberals have got a identity politics a bit wrong now. People
aren't interested in being identified by their race or their
parents origin. Or their gender. They want a job. African-Americans
didn't turn out against Trump in the way Democrats hoped they would. They
went as energised against him as they were for Obama. There has been
a history of American policies of people trying to put together class
-based coalitions, on the left and right at various times. There has
always been deep racial divisions. Every presidential candidate thinks
he will be the one to overcome it. What is the answer for Democrats
trying to rebuild? They haven't done it along the lines of race that they
thought they would. I think Democrats should embrace the idea of
an America indivisible. Pursue the idea of eight collective society
and. There is some truth that identity politics, as we have known
it over the last few decades isn't the right paradigms to use now. They
have sort of learned from Trump. I wouldn't say that. Not whatsoever.
From the point of view of beating -- people fighting for civil rights,
that's a huge issue. There are people from all sorts of backgrounds
fighting for equality. Can Donald Trump should unite America by
leaving aside these issues? That realistic? I think if Donald Trump
pause, as he says he will, a trillion, 2 trillion, $3 trillion
into the country, I would say that unites the country. The thing that
unite the country is... And the President... This is CEO as
president, somebody saying I will improve your wages and the country
will get happier. There is a huge missing piece and that's mass
incarceration and the criminal justice system. The Department of
Justice under Obama did great work in reducing disparities. It
continues to be a huge issue, and the war on drugs needs to be
dismantled. Donald Trump promises to double down on that war on drugs and
it will continue to divide the country on racial lines. We have run
out of time. Thank you so much. That brings us to the end of this
Newsnight Special from Washington. It was Abraham Lincoln,
a man who had the job of reuniting the country in the midst of civil
war, who offers a thought "Nearly all men can stand adversity"
he said, "but if you want to test We have four years, perhaps more,
to see how that power is used. We'll leave you with a man who,
today, had to set that power aside. OBAMA: Mr President-elect,
how are you? # That you found a girl
and you're married now. # I heard that your
dreams came true. # Guess she gave you things
I didn't give to you. # Ain't like you to hold back
or hide from the light. # I hate to turn up out
of the blue uninvited # But I couldn't stay away,
I couldn't fight it. # I had hoped you'd see my face
and that you'd be reminded