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Rich Lowry on how Trump should respond to protesters; Carol Burnett reflects on her achievements in comedy

This is a rush transcript from "Kelly File," November 12, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SANDRA SMITH, FOX NEWS HOST, "THE KELLY FILE":  Breaking tonight, it's been less than three days since Donald Trump became President-Elect Trump and for his third straight night since massive protests unfolding across the U.S.  Some demonstrators suggesting today that they have been saving their energy for this.  

Welcome to "The Kelly File," everyone, I'm Sandra Smith in for Megyn Kelly tonight.  We have a live look for you at Miami, Fort Worth, Atlanta in New York tonight where the usual Friday night festivities are being put on hold as hundreds of people take to the streets protesting President-elect Donald Trump.  And while things may be tense right now.  It was a different story in the city of Portland, Oregon last night.  Where an initially peaceful protest involving some 4,000 people wound up descending into what police designated a full-on riot.  

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Police chalk up the chaos to so-called anarchists.  But many protesters trying to stop the more destructive forces among them.  Officers were forced to use tear gas.  Rubber bullets and flash grenades as demonstrators smashed car windows set dumpsters on fire and began smashing the windows of local businesses.  The word capitalism kills reportedly spray painted on one convenience store as other businesses were seemingly targeted at random.  And that's got some of the folks who work in those vandalized businesses wondering what exactly is the point of all of this?

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  How are you making what you're voice being heard by smashing local businesses?  When you are literally, knocking windows out of small businesses that are struggling as it is, it's not acceptable.  

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SMITH:  And while organizers and police are asking protesters to remain peaceful tonight, we all know how well that work out just 24 hours ago.  

Sheriff David Clarke and Julie Roginsky join us in moments on the unrest that we are seeing tonight.  But first, we go to reporter Kelsey Watts of FOX Affiliate KPTV in Portland for a live report.  Kelsey, what are you seeing there?

KELSEY WATTS, FOX AFFILIATE KPTV REPORTER:  Sandra, a much different feeling here this evening as we begin our fourth straight night of protests here in the city of Portland where hundreds of people are gathered at this hour here in front of Portland City Hall.  You can see this crowd here behind me gathering once again before heading out tonight.  As you mentioned I think what happened here in the city last nights is really in a category by itself.  That's when that protest became a riot.  Four thousand people in the streets taking over bridges.  Even interrupting freeway traffic.  

But, city leaders say it is very important to note, it was only a small group of people that were in the midst with those thousands of others who were causing the damage in this city.  Broken windows at car dealerships and small businesses.  Fires being lit.  Rocks being thrown at police.  One of my colleagues even saw a glass bottles being thrown off of parking structures.  By the end of the night, police finally did regain control, 25 arrests were made.  

And I think today, here in Portland, it's really been about regrouping both for Portland police and city leaders who say, they do support peaceful protests but what happened here last night is unacceptable.  In fact, the chief of police came out today to ask peaceful protesters to stay home tonight, to take the night off in order to give police the chance to potentially stop that smaller group that might be bent on causing more damage here tonight.  

Although I also think there's a growing sense of frustration for those at home who don't believe there should be any protests.  In fact, one man who support Donald Trump told us, I cast my vote and so do you.  These protests need to stop -- Sandra.  

SMITH:  All right.  Kelsey, thank you.  Live for us from Portland, Oregon tonight.  

Joining me now, Sheriff David Clark of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, and Julie Roginsky, a Fox News contributor and Democratic analyst. Sheriff Clark, this is something you are very familiar with.  What do you make of what is happening in U.S. cities tonight as these protests continue just three nights after Donald Trump was elected president?

SHERIFF DAVID CLARK, MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:  Well, these are anarchists -- full-fledged anarchists.  They don't even support the constitution.  This isn't constitutionally protected behavior.  They also advocate for the overthrow of the rule of law here in the United States of America.  This is designed to intimidate the Trump administration right out of the gate and to intimidate Trump's supporters so they don't go big and bold once they take office in January.  But they cannot be dissuaded by this.  Donald Trump ran on a theme, one of the themes of law and order.  

I'm tired of these police executives.  Not the cops.  The cops are under orders.  But I'm tired of them tip toeing around this.  You look at the destruction of these businesses, this undermines the public confidence, that their government can't get their arms around this thing.  They come in the morning.  Their businesses are destroyed.  Cars are vandalized and set on fire.  People are injured.  This has to be quelled immediately.  And if they do not, you're going to see more property destruction.  You're going to see people injured, police officers injured and possibly people killed. This must be quelled immediately.  

SMITH:  So, Julie, there are calls, Julie, for Donald Trump to say something and step in here.  I mean, he really did, he took to Twitter today and he said, he loves the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country.  He said, we will all come together and be proud.  That was after nine hours before that, he said these protests were very unfair but where is the President?  Does he need to step up and condemn this behavior?  The White House has reacted saying, this is constitutionally protected speech in protests?  Should President Obama say something at this point?  

JULIE ROGINSKY, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR:  Well, there are two different things going on.  This constitutionally protected protests and speech, when it's just speech, when they start rioting and they start destroying businesses, that's not constitutionally protected behavior.  That's unacceptable behavior.  Look, I'm disappointed about the outcome of this election as well.  But there is no excuse to destroy private property or to riot, to protest an election that frankly Donald Trump won.  

He won our Electoral College.  He is our President-elect.  These people have to come to terms with that.  They can protest peacefully all they want but there is no excuse to be violent or to start rioting or to hurt people who had nothing to do with Donald Trump becoming president and hurting their business.  

I will say, I think it will be very helpful and I'm not sure if this is possible for Donald Trump and the President to release a joint statement calling on people to, if they want to protests to protest peacefully.  And to stop rioting.  There is no reason that this behavior needs to happen. And I think it was very helpful in a bipartisan manner if they both did that joint leader show that we have a peaceful transition from one administration to the next.  

SMITH:  But Sheriff Clarke, I mean, you look at these crowds right now. And protesters in L.A. said that they were taking a break and saving their energy for the weekend.  So, we don't know where this is going.  What needs to be done at this point considering the riots and the violence behavior that we saw for example in Portland last night?  What can be done now to stop these?

CLARKE:  Well, first of all, President-Elect Donald Trump has to be a little careful here because this is the job of the President of the United States and the constitution calls for only one and until January 20th, that's Barack Obama.  Look, these are his supporters.  These are people who supported him.  Mrs. Bill Clinton.  These are people who supported Bernie Sanders as well.  It is their responsibility to reach out and to remind these individuals of the time-honored peaceful transition of power here in the United States.  

So at least to draw the line.  That would at least draw the line and then law enforcement must use all reasonable forces.  In Milwaukee I have given my officers, I signed off on allowing them to use the rubber bullets, the beanbags that are, you know, put out from any projectile and they hurt when they hit you and the flash bangs and up to and including tear gas to quell these disturbances.  What happens is --

SMITH:  But it comes to that, that's the problem.  

CLARKE:  What you can't do is you can't let the momentum build.  And that's what happens.  Two late after an hour or so, or two hours when the momentum is on their side and the momentum gets going.  So, early on is when they have to disperse these crowds.  

SMITH:  Sheriff Clarke before I let you go, your name is being floated about as potential Homeland Security chief under the Trump presidency.  A lot of speculation out there.  

CLARKE:  We are a long ways from that.  Look, you know, I supported Donald Trump because I thought this country needed leadership.  There were no strings attached.  You know, I'm flattered and I'm honored.  If the President asked me to serve, I would step up and serve but I don't think we are there yet.  

SMITH:  All right.  Sheriff Clarke and Julie Roginsky.  Thank you.  

ROGINSKY:  Thanks.  

CLARKE:  Thank you.

SMITH:  All right.  Well, throughout the hour, we will be monitoring these protests, and we'll bring you any breaking developments if they come.  But up next, we will be speaking to Rich Lowry about the one great irony of many in the wake of this week's election.  

And David Wohl and Matt Bennett are here on suggestions, the left reaction to the results is the exact reason why Donald Trump won the first place.  

Plus, breaking news tonight with regard to Trump's White House transition team.  With the President-Elect tonight, extending an olive branch to a very surprising name.  Chris Stirewalt and Mark McKinnon are here on that.  

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  What's your -- expect me to be?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  I have no expectation.  All I do is give my advice.  

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SMITH:  Breaking tonight, for the third straight night, protesters are taking to the streets to voice their opposition to President-Elect Donald Trump. Remarkably, it was just a few weeks ago that some in the media were warning that Trump supporters would be the ones out protesting and rioting if he lost.  Watch.  

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  One Boston Globe headline going viral, Trump supporters talk rebellion assassination at his rallies.  You saw the sound bite we ran earlier.  You have been to these rallies.  How dangerous is this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  He is fueling a toxic movement of rebellion and insurgency.  So Donald Trump will lose and he will then destroy the Republican Party.  The frightening question is, what he will do to the country in the process?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  If there is violence and unrest after Election Day, I think we now know why based on the hatred that was dripping out of that man's mouth.  

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SMITH:  That happened.  Rich Lowry is editor of National Review and a Fox News contributor.  So, they all warned, things are going to get messy and violent should Donald Trump lose and then look what happened.  

RICH LOWRY, NATIONAL REVIEW EDITOR:  Yes, we heard for weeks how important it was, one, to accept the results of the election.  And, two, how there was this horrible risk that would be Republican mobs roaming the streets and engaging in random acts of violence and now you have thousands of people on the streets smashing things, vandalizing things, not accepting the results of the election.  And you don't hear really any media outrage about it whatsoever.  

SMITH:  So what do we know about these protesters?  We know that many of them, they are young people for the large part if you actually look at even the video can tell you a lot of that, some we're hearing aren't even of voting age.  But what do we know about them and what are they in fact protesting?

LOWRY:  Well, I think a lot of them are genuinely shocked that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.  But I think this will be concerted effort that will go on for a very long time.  And I think it will get worse before it gets better.  I think there will be an attempt to disrupt the inaugural the way left wing protesters did with Nixon and with George W. Bush in 2000.  And this actually helps Trump provided he doesn't show that they are getting under his skin.  So, last night's tweet saying very unfair, not so great.  But this morning's tweet sort of rising above it.  That's the tone he should set and let the people in the outside hit back these folks.  

SMITH:  All right.  In your National Review piece, you said, when have you seen Republican mobs breaking windows and burning things down?  What are you talking about there?  

LOWRY:  Never.  I mean, have we ever seen -- we had all of these dire warnings that you had showed, that Republicans are going to go out and riot, I can't remember that ever happening.  You know, there was a huge Tea Party rally at the inception of the movement on the mall and one of the famous things about that rally is they all went out afterwards and picked up their trash and made sure it was thrown away.  These people aren't going to go out and break windows.  And by the way, if you are out there smashing things and throwing things at police because you think Donald Trump is a threat to the rule of law, you lack all self-awareness, not to mention common sense.  

SMITH:  What do you see -- Donald Trump now that he has been elected?  

LOWRY:  Well, I was never a big supporter obviously.  

SMITH:  I think we're all pretty clear on that.  Yes.

LOWRY:  We all established that but he got it done.  And now, we all have to hope he succeeds.  And I think there is a real chance that the first year, in terms of the domestic agenda could be a tremendous accomplishment. Provided that he gets together with Congress.  They keep it together and they come up with a consensus agenda.  

SMITH:  So, you are suggesting that these riots and these protests could actually be a good thing for Donald Trump if he doesn't let it get under their skin?

LOWRY:  Right.  

SMITH:  Is there something that he should do?  Julie Roginsky just suggested that he should put out a joint statement with the sitting president, President Obama.  What should Donald Trump do --  

LOWRY:  Well, I think President Obama should be denouncing this.  But I think he should make -- strike the kind of note he did this morning.  But otherwise, just basically ignore it and let the discussion happen among surrogates.  Among commentators.  But he is the president of the United States.  And what he has to do is elevate.  And, you know, part of my misgiving about Trump was about his temperament.  And what we have to hope happens now is that kind of the weight of this office.  Incredible responsibility that's about to be bestowed on him forces him to elevate his game.  And we have seen signs of that over the last week and hopefully it continues.  

SMITH:  Right.  Rich Lowry, thanks for joining us on set tonight.  Good to have you.

LOWRY:  Thank you, I appreciate it.  

SMITH:  Well, the disappointment over President-Elect Trump's win has ranged from protests to props.  We told you earlier how demonstrations in Portland, Oregon turned into full blown riot last night.  On the other side of the country, on the campus of Cornell Universities, students held a cry in.  And online, his detractors are encouraging people to wear safety pins to indicate that they are a safe person to talk to.  Finally, there is the distraught celebrity reaction from folks like Miley Cyrus.  

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MILEY CYRUS, SINGER:  Donald Trump, I accept you.  This is hard to say but I even accept you as the president of the United States.  But, please, please just treat people with love and treat people with compassion and treat people with respect.  And I will do the same for you.  

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SMITH:  Today, The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro argued that Trump won for precisely these reasons.  

David Wohl is an attorney and Trump supporter.  Matt Bennett is co-founder of the progressive organization Third Way.  He previously served as deputy assistant to President Clinton.  David Wohl, where do we start?  The reaction that we are seeing.  I mean, now, three nights after the election took place.  It's unbelievable.  What do you make of all of this?

DAVID WOHL, ATTORNEY:  Well, you know, democracy is wonderful unless your candidate loses.  And then it's awful.  You know, if these people had actually spent the last year and a half listening to Mr. Trump, reading his website.  Attending his rallies like me and my kids have, they would probably be wearing a hat like this and applauding his candidacy's election instead of acting like childish little reprobates.  I have to say, I have never seen anything quite like this diaper pin wearing and the cry-in.  

You know, I mean, really, seriously?  Come on!  Man up, woman up.  If you think you want to change the way that the America is going, then you gear up, find a new candidate four years from now.  Support that candidate. Build a political coalition.  But engaging in this kind of nonsensical behavior accomplishes nothing other than embarrassing yourselves and your school.  

SMITH:  Matt, I mean, you're far from being a Trump supporter.  You have made that very clear.  But you are writing the less ridiculous response to Trump's election is why he was elected.  What are you saying?

MATT BENNETT, THIRD WAY CO-FOUNDER:  Well, look people are very, very upset.  We have never seen anything like this in this country.  We have never had anyone elected president.  This manifestly unqualified for office.  This willing to engage in the kind of speech and behavior that he engaged in for 18 months on the trail.  I was watching a very different campaign apparently.  Because what I saw was a lot of bullying.  A lot of incredibly nasty talk.  A lot of misogyny and racism.  A lot of hatred directed at Muslims and immigrants.  And people have the right to be scared.  I'm not saying that the celebrity stuff makes sense, but I will tell you that there is a lot of people out there who are very scared about what this country is becoming.  

WOHL:  So, they weren't scared by the fact that an alternative Hillary Clinton who could have been indicted on 50 different felonies who had a corrupt history.  

BENNETT:  Are we going to re-litigate that now?

WOHL:  And that didn't disqualify her?  You're telling me that didn't disqualify her.  The FBI investigation depending DOJ --   

BENNETT:  Election is over.

WOHL:  Loretta Lynch had been replaced, there would have been --  

BENNETT:  Oh, please!

WOHL: -- a legitimate prosecutor who would have prosecuted her.  And I know Democrats.  I know Democrats.  Prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, who voted for Trump for that very reason.  He wasn't their favorite.  

BENNETT:  Good for you but the alternative was a disaster.  

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SMITH:  All right.  

WOHL:  The election --   

SMITH:  But, wait.  I want to get back to this and by the way, Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro is who I was quoting on that article by the way as far as what's driving this.  But Matt Bennett, I want to get back to you.  Because I want you to tell me what is the current state of the Democratic Party at this point?  As these protests continue, what does this say?  

BENNETT:  Well, look, keep in mind, that the violent protest, those people are thugs and criminals and I agree with everything that's been said about them.  They should be in jail.  The protesters generally speaking though -- the peaceful protesters are saying that they are bereft.  They're feeling terrible that this man has been elected president.  And the state of the Democratic Party is very, very grim right now.  We have not been, in this bad shape in terms of elected officials at every levels, state, local, and federal since reconstruction in the 1800s.  So, we have a lot of work to do to put our party back together again.  There is no question about that.  

WOHL:  And this kind of behavior makes it worse.  

SMITH:  All right.  David, last word to you.  

WOHL:  Yes.  This kind of behavior makes it worse.  I mean, this isn't the way to deal with an outcome that you don't like.  You organize, you get a candidate and you move forward.  But these children, if you will, engaging in not just rioting, not just protesting but rioting, criminal behavior, looting, assaulting people, trespass and any other, million other felonies are doing a very bad, making a very bad statement to their cause and cause more difficulties going forward for that party, for the Democrat Party.  

SMITH:  All right.  Thanks to both of you for joining us tonight.  

WOHL:  Thank you, Sandra.  

BENNETT:  Thank you, Sandra.  

SMITH:  All right.  Well, coming up, we're going to speak with Asra Q. Nomani who is getting a lot of attention after writing the column, "I'm a Muslim, a woman and immigrant, I voted for Trump."  

Plus, new reports from the White House transition team and the President-elect Trump's new cabinet.  

Chris Stirewalt and Mark McKinnon on who Mr. Trump will surround himself within the Oval Office.  That's next.  

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LESLEY STAHL, CBS NEWS ANCHOR:  Hillary called you.  Tell us about that phone call.  

DONALD TRUMP, R-PRESIDENT-ELECT:  So Hillary called and it was a lovely call.  And it was a tough call for her.  I mean, I can imagine.  Tougher for her than it would have been for me and for me it would have been very difficult.  She couldn't have been nicer.  She just said congratulations, Donald.  Well done.  

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SMITH:  Breaking tonight.  New controversy swirling around who President- Elect Trump will put on his national security team with one name from the past.  In particular, making waves.  

Chris Stirewalt and Mark McKinnon are here to break down who President- Elect Trump will surround himself with in the Oval Office.  

But first we go to chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge on the defense and security transition team.  Catherine?

CATHERINE HERRIDGE, FOX NEWS CHIEF INTELLIGENCE CORRESPONDENT:  After 50 of the nation's most senior Republican National Security professionals said in August they could not support a Trump presidency, his team pulled together a group of lesser known but still highly qualified candidates.  A widely circulated document reports that retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg is heading up the defense transition team.  A former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Ron Burgess is handling intelligence.  

And former House Republican Mike Rogers is overseeing national security. Rogers, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee for four years, abruptly announced he would not seek re-election in March 2014 after allegations of a conflict surfaced with his senior staffers and Clinton's closest aide.  At the time, Rogers said, he was leaving Congress to host a national radio talk show.  The congressman whose credentials include army service as well as four years with the FBI, was also openly criticized for his committee's report on the 2012 Bengals terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Ty Woods.  

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BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS HOST:  Are you saying that his report was not good and that people shouldn't take him seriously?

REP. TREY GOWDY, R-S.C., HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI ATTACKS:  Yes. Well, they can take him seriously if they want to.  But two of his Intel committee members were on our Benghazi committee.  They didn't sign his report.  They signed ours.  You know, you don't issue a final definitive report without interviewing eyewitnesses.  He didn't interview the eyewitnesses.  

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HERRIDGE:  A spokesman for Congressman Rogers says, he stands by his committee's Benghazi report.  But the witness interviews never changed the facts about Secretary of State's Clinton's failures and former staff had nothing to do with Roger's decision to leave Congress.  Two Trump campaign contacts cautioned against drawing conclusions about the transition emphasizing that it will be the President-Elect who makes the final call on all appointments -- Sandra.

SMITH:  All right.  Catherine, thank you.  New developments on the leadership of Mr. Trump's transition team with today's announcement that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence will be taking over effectively demoting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  The reports on the makeup of the more permanent cabinet are turning heads tonight especially when it comes to chief of staff.  In the running, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, top the list.  

And earlier tonight, former Trump Campaign Chairman Corey Lewandowski left his job at CNN adding more intrigue to the equation.  

Joining me now, host of "I'll Tell You What" and Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt.  And co-host of "The Circus" on Showtime Mark McKinnon.  He also served as the chief media advisor to George W. Bush.  

All right, Chris Stirewalt, your crystal ball.  Trump team said, has suggested this cabinet will be a mix of outsiders and more traditional choices.  Do you expect any big surprises here?  

CHRIS STIREWALT, FOX NEWS DECISION DESK CORRESPONDENT:  Look, I think that some of it has shock value.  Some of it will be worth firing up his base. Letting them know that he is going to keep faith with them and then some of it is designed to reassure Americans of all parties and the folks in Washington that he is interested in an orderly fashion.  I think that by the way news this evening that he has reached out to Mitt Romney and that he has looking for detente with one of his harshest critics and somebody he obviously did not like.  These are further signs that Trump is trying to heal the Republican Party and trying to reassure people across the spectrum.  

SMITH:  Well, there is certainly a sign that he is shaking things up, Mark. When we got word today that Chris Christie was sort of demoted, I guess is the word we are using, and Mike Pence was put in charge of the team.  What do you make of what you are seeing happen here?  

MARK MCKINNON, "THE CIRCUS" ON SHOWTIME CO HOST:  Positive developments.  I agree with Chris.  I think that there are a lot of signs of President-elect Trump reaching across - reaching to some steady hands that have been around Washington.  I don't necessarily read the Christie situation.  I think we read too much into these things.  I think it's rather a promotion for Mike Pence, because Mike Pence is a guy who has been around Washington.  He has relationships in congress, knows all those people very well, much more so than Chris Christie.  

So, I think that is a logical sort of evolution for Mike Pence to step into that job at this time and Christie did what he needed to do beforehand. I'm sure that Chris Christie will land a plumb spot in the administration somewhere.  

SMITH:  So, Chris - Mark suggest that he is going to have to reach across the aisle.  How do you see Donald Trump working with Democrats here?  

STIREWALT:  I think he will do well with Democrats, in fact.  I think one of the things that Trump's critics on the left are missing out on is this is a guy who comes out of New York.  He comes out of the world of developers.  He has been friends with Chuck Schumer, who is the presumed successor to Harry Reid as the senate minority leader.  

He has worked with Democrats and been a Democrat in his life.  I think what you will see from Donald Trump much more likely is not the kind of austere conservatism that you might have seen with a Ted Cruz or something like that, but rather much more of a deal maker and much more of somebody who is comfortable working across the aisle?  

SMITH:  I mean, Mark, you have gotten inside look at what goes on behind the scenes with your show.  I mean, what kind of people does Donald Trump like to keep around him?  What could -- give us an idea of who he is going to be picking there.  

MCKINNON:  Well, I think that the Corey Lewandowski announcement today is very telling.  I think he very much likes to have a core group of loyalists around him.  He also understands that he needs to expand that, but I think he wants a circle of people like Cory Lewandowski around him that he trust completely and that he can have as loyal soldiers around the - like a palace guard really of royals.  I think that is kind of his tradition and Corey certainly fits that billing.  But I think there is also a sign that he will go well -- he needs to.  He doesn't have a deep bench that was a tight small group on the campaign.  So there is not many of them.  But I think you will see almost all those people right around the palace guard.  

SMITH:  Is that true?  I mean -- because, Chris, he is going to have to fill thousands of decisions when he built his team here.  I mean we just heard the report from Catherine Herridge, about Mike Rogers, possibly a Homeland Security Chairman, that could be a controversial picks based on that Benghazi report.  Do you think there could be any big controversial picks by Donald Trump here?  

STIREWALT:  Yes.  But he doesn't know which ones will be controversial. That is the thing about filling out your cabinet and filling out your administration.  It is not just thousands, there tens of thousands of jobs that fall under the will and pleasure of the chief executive and out there in that mix, it's not going to be the ones that he thinks is going to be controversial.  He thinks it is going to be controversial when he picks Newt Gingrich for a top spot or somebody like that.  The controversy arise as every president finds out, the people you think are going to be boring picks turned out that they have scandals or problems or statements or things that they did and all of a sudden that storm blows up out of nowhere and you have got to be ready to handle it.  

SMITH:  All right.  Mark, this Sunday marks the series finale of Mark's show "The Circus." you have seen a lot of it on this show. "The Kelly File" has been lucky enough to be along for the ride, from the start as this show took us behind the scenes of one of the craziest Presidential Races in history.  The series finale is no different as the cameras are rolling at now President-elect Donald Trump's final appearance as a mere civilian. Watch.  

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the mayor of the city of New York, America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  

RUDY GIULIANI, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR:  We're down to the last couple of hours.  By tomorrow, the Clintons will just be one of those bad partisan.  

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Now, the first.  

AUDIENCE:  Trump, Trump, Trump.  

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(CHEERS)  

TRUMP:  I want to thank everybody in the room.  Thank you.  Also, my family (inaudible) my children were here.  I had my family.  I have the best surrogates.  

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SMITH:  Mark, that camera really gives you a sense of the intensity of those crowds and sort of some of those tender moments behind the scene of Donald Trump with his family members before he walked on stage.  

MCKINNON:  Well, that is what we wanted to capture that authentic intimacy that you see behind the scenes back stage.  You know, a very critical, you know highly emotional moment of the campaign right?  As Election Day was opening before them and kind of all the team, the loyalist, the family together there back stage and, you know Donald Trump is largely a one man band.  So you don't see a lot of these people publicly a lot.  Like Steve Bannon.  We rarely get to see some shots of Steve Bannon.  People like, you know all that -- Rudy Giuliani and the family, and Reince Priebus who, by the way, I think he should get MVP for this election for the number of plates that he kept spinning.  But just to see that intimacy of that group interacting behind the scene at that critical of emotional moment.  That is a very -- what we would call a circus-y moment.  And the sort of thing that we really tried to capture this campaign to show people, a different side of the campaign that they don't normally see.  

SMITH:  And a very real moment, Chris Stirewalt?  

STIREWALT:  Yeah and that's actually what I have loved about your show, so much, is that it lets you see these moments, that make us understand something.  This are all just human beings, right?  These are all just people.  We turned them to in to villain, we turned them into gods.  We turned to all of this things, this are just people who fill out the slots in this Republic, and in this Nations of laws and not meant.  

SMITH:  Well, Chris Stirewalt thanks to both of you for your time on this Friday evening after, just you know, one of those easy weeks.  Thank you to both of you.  

STIREWALT:  You bet.  

SMITH:  All right.  We wanted to bring you the story tonight of (inaudible), a Muslim immigrant who cast her vote for Donald Trump this past Tuesday.  But unfortunately our Skype connection with her is not going to work out.  So we do hope to have her back and let her voice be heard. Well, we will instead go live to the streets of New York City however where protests over President-elect's Trump's Tuesday victory continue for a third straight night.  I could hear them from the 17th floor in this building.  

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SMITH:  Breaking tonight.  We are tracking these major protests that are happening right now across the country and reaction to the election of Donald Trump.  Protesters have been routinely staking out his building right here in New York City and his home.  Trump tower on New York's fifth avenue.  And that is where we find Rob Schmidt live for us tonight, if you can hear me, what are you seeing there, Rob?  

ROB SMITH, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT:  Sandra, I can certainly hear you tonight, because the crowd has dropped significantly here on the third night of protest that we have seen.  You can look behind me here.  You can see it is about 50 people tonight.  And you know you are seeing the same thing.  You see a lot of different motives for being here.  A lot of people for climate change.  A lot of people want change in government.  A lot of people tonight were just chanting about blaming the DNC for Donald Trump's election.  

So you get all sorts of things.  But, as I said, this is night three.  The first night you remember we had thousands of people out here.  Last night we had maybe a couple hundred, tonight 50.  And I will tell you why.  It is not that the motivation is any less.  It is that here in New York.  It's much easier to control a protest.  It is much easier for the NYPD to manage a protest, against the places like Los Angeles and Oakland, where people kind a go where ever they want.  In New York if you want to be outside Trump tower, there is only some ways to get here.  

And the NYPD has figured out how to cordon this area off.  And the area around the Trump power now is starting to look like the area around the White House.  They have concrete barriers everywhere.  And you can still drive down Fifth Avenue.  If you see over here, you can still see cars coming by and you can still move down Fifth Avenue.  But walking through here has been a real hassle.  It has been really tough just to get in and out of here on foot.  

Whereas you can drive down Fifth Avenue, but security around here has been much tighter.  And of course it is Christmas time created a major headache of traffic here in midtown, New York.  Donald Trump we are not sure if he is home tonight or not.  He may have been home last night.  We know his plane landed in LaGuardia.  He is certainly aware that people are protesting outside of his building.  But tonight people are between 56 and 57.  They have actually pushed them down a block.  And here we are tonight. And the crowd has gotten smaller.  

SMITH:  Rob, as the camera pans around there and I know it's probably hard to hear me over the crowd.  First of all, what are they chanting and what's the age demographic of the people you are seeing out there?  

ROB SMITH:  Well, that is a great question.  They are chanting right now chanting Love Trumps Hate, a chant of variety of things.  A lot of them I can't even say here on TV.  A lot of them have curse words in them.  The age range has been getting older and older.  The first night everyone was very young.  Tonight they are a little bit more mature and little bit more on message.  We will send it back to you, Sandra.  

SMITH:  All right, Rob Smith thanks for joining us.  Up next, a Hollywood legend joins "The Kelly File."  Actress, singer, comedian and new author Carol Burnett, all right, sorry Carol Burnett.  We had Mr. Bennett on earlier.  Carol Burnett, there you see her, on her 60 year career making America laugh and some of her most memorable moments.  

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SMITH:  The legendary Carol Burnett is tackling a new chapter in her life. Panning a new book about her TV career that spans six decades and her time starring in a Carol Burnett show, where she broke down barriers and walls and found a way to make us laugh, that still resonates today.  Watch.  

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  What brings you, to you terror?  

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  You, you vixen you.  Scarlet, I love you.  That gown is gorgeous.  

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  Thank you.  I saw it in the window and I just couldn't resist it.  

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SMITH:  Last night, Megyn Kelly got a chance to talk to the singer, actress and comedian and author of the new book "In Such Good Company:  11 Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in the Sandbox."  

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MEGYN KELLY, "THE KELLY FILE" HOST:  You decided to share some of these behind the scene stories with all of us in this new book.  

CAROL BURNETT, ACTRESS, COMEDIAN, AUTHOR:  Right.  

KELLY:  When you think back on your career, what moments stand out to you?  

BURNETT:  Well, mostly, I have had a lovely career and I'm still working, but mostly my show.  The 11 years that we had of laughs and fun.  

KELLY:  And what was your favorite character?  Do you have one?  

BURNETT:  Well, not -- well, I have a few.  I love doing Eunice with the family.  

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  All right, all right, all right.  Now just stop it I know what it was.  It was a seven.  

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Are you sure?  

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  It was a seven!  

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BURNETT:  And I loved doing all the movie takeoffs, because I was raised going to the movies with my grandmother right here in Hollywood.  

KELLY:  Now, were you always funny?  

BURNETT:  I don't know.  I think I had a sense of humor as a kid, but I was quiet and a good student and I didn't really start doing what I wound up doing until I went to college.  

KELLY:  Wow, talking about the favorite characters, how about Mrs. Wiggins which was one of my favorite.  

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  How about doing that now?  

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BURNETT:  Yes, well, Tim Conway came up with those characters and he originally wrote Mrs. Wiggins to be kind of a doddering old lady, but then I went-to-into costume fitting on Wednesday and Bob Mackey said you know he is our costume designer.  You have done a lot of old ladies lately.  Let's make her into a bimbo.  So he put me in the blonde wig and pushup bra and tight black skirt and the black skirt bagged in the behind, and I'm flat back there so I said, Bob, you're going to have to that I can that in.  He said no, no.  Stick your behind into it.  And I did.  And that gave me that funny walk.  

KELLY:  That was part of it.  

BURNETT:  That is how that character was.  

KELLY:  And the best moments were when, you know, a comedy show.  So when you would break -- you would break, right you?  You guys would be trying to hold it together, but we as an audience could see you couldn't.  Was there one actor who made you get there more often than not?  

BURNETT:  Hello, Tim Conway.  

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Because he would -- we would do two shows on a Friday.  And an early show and we would tape it and we would show that the way we had rehearsed it. And then Tim would go to our director and say did you get all the shots from the first show?  Yeah.  And then he went crazy on the second show. Stuff we never knew -- we never seen it.  You know.  He just would come up with this.  

KELLY:  You know people like me know you as an entertainer and somebody who made us laugh which was such a gift for the audience, especially these days.  But you were a trailblazer in a lot of ways and a lot of present day stars.  I mean, comedians who are very well known talk about watching you and how you inspired them.  And there weren't a lot of women with their own shows doing comedy back when you launched the Carol Burnett show.  

HUME:  Well, we were the first to do a comedy variety show.  Diana Shore had a musical variety show before, I had my show.  But I remember when I wanted to do this show.  The network didn't want me to do it.  They said Carol comedy variety is a man's game.  

KELLY:  How did you convince them that a woman could do it?  

BURNETT:  I had a contract that some very clever agent came up with.  When I signed with CBS for 10 years, they put a clause in the contract that said if in the first five years of the 10-year contract, if I want to push a button, they would have to put it on the air 31-hour pay or play shows.  

KELLY:  Wow.  

BURNETT:  So I exercise, I pushed that button.  

KELLY:  And then we all pushed the button, the TV on button and then the button to your channel to watch you.  Let me ask you about you personally. So often we see with people who are funny, who are comedians or who choose life in the entertainment business that they're funny publicly, but then behind the scenes you mentioned you're shy.  Maybe they are shy.  Maybe they're dark.  You know, that sometimes happens.  They be funny publicly but dark in private.  What are you like?  Do you have that split at all?  

BURNETT:  No.  

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No.  I'm pretty optimistic.  And I always have been.  

KELLY:  The book is called "In Such Good Company" and that is how I feel right now.  Good luck with it, all the best to you.  

BURNETT:  Thank you.  

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SMITH:  Remember how she used to say hi to her family shaking the ear. Carol Burnett.  Thank you for that we'll be right back.  

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SMITH:  A live look at the empire state building shining the colors of old glory tonight.  And there is probably no better way to close up a week like this than celebrating Veterans Day today.  President Obama laying a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery this afternoon and reminding Americans on the wake of this divisive election and some of the best example of folks coming together in this country are the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. Thank you to my father and thanks for watching, I'm Sandra Smith.  This is "The Kelly File."  

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