Cornell Belcher on Trump's Transition and Inauguration Plans

The Democratic pollster and author of "A Black Man in the White House" discusses Trump's confrontation with Lewis as well as confirmation hearings.
2:06 | 01/16/17

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Transcript for Cornell Belcher on Trump's Transition and Inauguration Plans
Let's bring in Cornell belcher, the author of "A black man in the white house." Boy, this is the latest chapter in Donald Trump's long and pretty fractious relationship with the African-American community. It's tough but you hope that he's got 0 do better, right. Sure, I hear that, you know, vice president-elect pence talk about he has a right to defend himself. You know, George, the presidents have to be bigger. People came at George Bush all the time, right, but he never went back on a personal matter because he's the president. Lord knows people went after Barack Obama but he never went back in a personal matter. Him going after one of the most -- the most iconic civil rights leader that we now have living on coming off of one of the most divisive racially divisive campaigns we've seen in modern -- He says he was just counterpunching. Yeah, but you have to be bigger for the office, right? It's not about counterpunching. He has % of America voted for him. He has to bring people together. You don't broaden your tent and bring Americans together by attacking civil rights icons in such a personal way. Look, we have big problems, right? We're not going to solve those if you divide the country. So what can he do right now? There was some talk he would go to the African-American museum. Apparently that's not happening. Might have a meeting with martin Luther king III. If he called you in today what would you say to him, how do I improve my relationship with -- I'd drop the phone because I'd be shocked. I would say that he goes to the civil rights museum and learn there. I mean, take in the history that's there but go beyond symbolism. There are deep-rooted issues within the African-American community. I came out of a polling and, you know, criminal justice reform, top tier issue for African-American, particularly younger African-Americans, have an impact there, health care now a real concern for African-Americans. Have a real sort of policy impact there. Not enough capital in communities of color. Have an impact there. Go beyond symbolism. Cornell belcher, thanks very much.

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