Report: Trump considering cuts to government spending

Members of the president-elect's transition team Anthony Scaramucci and Boris Epshteyn provide insight on 'Hannity'


This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 19, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Hannity." And tonight, we are coming to you from our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., on the verge of a historic moment in American history.

In just 14 hours, Donald J. Trump -- he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. And on the eve of Mr. Trump's inauguration, it's been a very busy day for the incoming president and the soon to be first family.

Now, their plane touched down at Joint Base Andrews shortly after 12:00 PM Eastern. And they're all here, Mr. Trump's youngest son, Barron, Donald, Jr., his wife, Vanessa, and their children, Eric Trump, his wife, Lara (ph), Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, along with their children, as well as Mr. Trump's youngest daughter, Tiffany.

And following them, the president-elect and soon to be first lady Melania Trump descended the plane's staircase, and shortly after, President-elect Trump and Melania attended a luncheon where Melania spoke to some of their many supporters.


MELANIA TRUMP, WIFE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: It's great to be here, and thank you all for your support. And tomorrow, we are starting the work (INAUDIBLE) a lot (INAUDIBLE) a lot to take care of, and we will make America great again.


HANNITY: And then the soon to be first family accompanied President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence to Arlington National Cemetery to witness this very powerful and moving moment.

And after that, the celebrations began, starting with this grand entrance from President-elect Donald Trump and Melania at the Make America Great Again concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Take a look at this.

Lee Greenwood, Three Doors Down, Toby Keith all performed, and President- elect Donald Trump addressed the crowd. Let's watch this.


PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP: Well all knew that last month of the campaign. I think a lot of us knew the first week of that campaign. But that month of the campaign, we knew that something special was happening.  On the campaign, I called it the forgotten man and the forgotten woman.  Well, you're not anymore, that I can tell you, not forgotten anymore!


TRUMP: I want to thank you, most importantly, and I promise you that I will work so hard. We're going to get it turned around. We're going to bring our jobs back. We're not going to let other countries take our jobs any longer. I love you folks. And we're going to work together, and we are going to make America great again!


HANNITY: Now, the celebrations are clearly under way, but tonight, I want to take a moment to focus on something that's very important. Our soon-to- be president has a tremendous opportunity to bring about profound and lasting change to this country. And that is tonight's "Opening Monologue."

Now, President-elect Trump, well, he stunned the world with his big win back in November. Now, he did it by speaking directly to you, the American people, and by laying out a very specific agenda to fix the problem we all face. Now, starting tomorrow, President-elect Trump, he will be inheriting a very big mess, and it falls on him to help clean this up.

Now, I've made a point of showing you all the statistics way over a year about Obama's failed legacy. We're not going to list them all tonight, but we will put them up on the side of the screen so you remember why we do it.

I think it's important to remember that these are more than numbers, what you're looking at there. These are real people. These are your family members. These are your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors. Real Americans, real suffering. They are the forgotten men and women who Donald Trump spoke about and spoke directly to and promised to help.

Now, during the campaign, President-elect Trump, he put out a list of promises, he called it his contract for the American voter. And in it, there were very specific promises for his first 100 days. For example, lowering taxes and tax reform, free and fair trade deals to protect American workers and their jobs, fixing our nation's infrastructure and sending education back to the states and school choice, repealing, replacing ObamaCare, affordable child care, ending illegal immigration, including building a border wall, keeping communities safe, rebuilding our nation's military and doing what he called draining the swamp.

Now, President-elect Trump, if he can keep those promises, this country will be in a much better place one year from now, two years from now, four years from now.

So on the eve of this inauguration, my advice for the incoming president is very simple: Don't let the Washington establishment, Republican establishment, Democratic establishment, media establishment, get in the way of accomplishing what is a bold agenda.

Remember, the Bible does tell us where there is no vision, no insight, the people perish. And right now, at this moment in history, America desperately needs a revitalization, and Donald Trump, this is your opportunity. You can be the person to do this.

So I say to the President-elect Donald Trump: Congratulations, and the country wishes you the best.

Here now with reaction, former secretary of education, former drug czar, FOX News contributor Bill Bennett. Maybe it's -- maybe I'm keeping it too simple, but if he fulfills that agenda on energy, vetting, the wall, tax cuts, seven brackets to three -- if all of these things, I think the country's infinitely better off. We'll see the benefits within two years maximum. Thoughts.

BILL BENNETT, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: Of course, you're right. I'll take half of them or two thirds of them. It's tough, but I think we'll get there, and I think this very much is a new beginning. And I think your counsel and warning is exactly right. It's impressed on him, one can see the impression this makes. They were at holy sites today in our civic religion, we call it that, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lincoln Memorial.

Look, this guy comes to Washington as a certain kind of man. Liberals don't understand him. The media doesn't understand him. A lot of American people do understand him. I see in him a lot of what I saw in Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan had two goals, really, Sean, as I saw them. One, destroy the evil empire, and two, restore the good sense of the American people...

HANNITY: And he did it.

BENNETT: ... to American government. And he achieved those.

HANNITY: It looks...

BENNETT: And he did it...


BENNETT: ... and he left the same man that he was when he came. And I think Donald Trump will be the same because I think there's a kind of irrefutable, rebuttable core to the man that's not going to change. So I'll take a handful of the things you mentioned, and I'll be very pleased.

Let me just say -- and I don't say this in bitterness. I just say this -- this is part of why I'm so pleased. The last act that Barack Obama performed in office, he performed today. He commuted the sentences of 330 major drug dealers. For God's sakes, and it's time for this to end and us to have a new beginning.

HANNITY: Yes. Well, the only question now is will he give Hillary Clinton a pardon, as Gerald Ford did, for crimes committed or that have may have been committed. Bill Bennett, good to see you. It's going to be a great day tomorrow. Thank you.

BENNETT: Thank you, Sean. Thank you.

HANNITY: All right, and joining us now, the editor-in-chief of Lifezette, Fox News contributor, nationally syndicated radio -- is there any other job you need?



INGRAHAM: I'm always going to you town. It is my town now, yes.

HANNITY: You know,there were a few of us that really believed this could happen.

INGRAHAM: Can we just enjoy this for a moment? I mean, could you look...

HANNITY: Oh, you want...

INGRAHAM: Can you look at...


HANNITY: Can I turn around?

INGRAHAM: I mean, first of all, look at this. This is where Donald Trump's going to be living here with his family.

HANNITY: Right in that room right there.

INGRAHAM: Yes, right in there. We've already short-sheeted the bed. I can't believe you...

HANNITY: You short-sheeted the bed?

INGRAHAM: (INAUDIBLE) put the itching powder, I mean, just as a prank on Trump.

HANNITY: Oh, sure. I got right past the Secret Service, got right in there.

INGRAHAM: Well, Obama would let you do that, just to pull...


INGRAHAM: ... trick on Trump. But no, think about where we came from 18 months ago when you and I were started talking about this movement that we had seen on the radio for years, a movement of economic populism, questioning these trade deals, having borders that matter, having immigration, but smart immigration, all the things that Trump ran on. None of these other Republicans would really embraced that. They looked down upon those. They called them restrictionist, isolationist, protectionist.  The Bushes called them all that.

And Trump said, You know something? I'm with the people. And I'm going to win Pennsylvania, I'm going to win Ohio. And they were -- Well, Pennsylvania is this Waterloo. How many times that night on election did we hear that? And so now 18 months later...

HANNITY: Think back to election night. Martha Raddatz crying...

INGRAHAM: Oh, my God.

HANNITY: ... looking at these people, you know, announcing the Donald Trump win, there was shock. There was absolute a state of shock. And then there was such sadness! I mean...

INGRAHAM: Yes, well, I mean we weren't exactly thrilled eight years ago.  But we bucked (ph) it up...

HANNITY: Well, it wasn't -- bucked it up.

INGRAHAM: ... and we helped the Tea Party launch and then in...

HANNITY: We kept fighting.

INGRAHAM: ... and then the mid-terms in 2014, we did the same thing, tried to help Romney.

But in this case, and this man, this unlikely vessel, we had someone who had a better pulse on the American people than all the elite journalists who were moping around Washington in the last few days, all the elite media, all the elites in Hollywood and the financial community. They all looked down on Trump. And by the same token, were looking down on the millions of people who were supporting him, going to the rallies. You went to a lot of these rallies. I was at...

HANNITY: That's where...


INGRAHAM: ... Virginia.

HANNITY: That's where I knew it. I knew it.

INGRAHAM: Absolutely.

HANNITY: You could see it. You could feel it. Remember, I was doing all of the candidates and giving them equal time.


HANNITY: There was never anywhere near the enthusiasm.

INGRAHAM: And you saw it on your Twitter feed.

HANNITY: Oh, yes.

INGRAHAM: I mean, you go on Sean's Twitter feed, my Twitter feed, our Facebook pages, they were on fire! Like, someone is finally talking about -- and all, you know,his verbal slip-ups -- I think people were willing to just look past that because they knew that he loved America and he had the best interests of America at heart.

HANNITY: Laura, if you're planning on running for president, I doubt you're going to do the Howard Stern show...


HANNITY: ... you know, just a couple of years earlier.

INGRAHAM: Right. No, that wasn't in the plan.

HANNITY: And by the way, this not a dis on Howard, but it's a controversial show.

INGRAHAM: It's a different show, yes.

HANNITY: Yes. All right so I guess the question is, I think there are a lot of pitfalls in this city. I don't like to come here for very long.

INGRAHAM: I know you don't. You're like me in New York.


HANNITY: I don't want to be in New York, either, to be honest. I'd rather be down in Florida or Texas, but...

INGRAHAM: Colorado, yes.

HANNITY: Yes. But the point is, there are pitfalls. What you see as is the biggest challenges he's going to face here?

INGRAHAM: I think the sheer bureaucracy that Bill hinted at. My first boss in Washington was Bill Bennett, when he was education secretary. The sheer volume of regulations that have to be gutted, the size of the bureaucracy, the career civil servants who are here, many of them good people, but a lot of them are really left-wing...


INGRAHAM: ... who are burrowed into the bureaucracy, who are not going to want to help Donald Trump and his agenda. A lot of the folks coming in with him, they're newbies. They've never worked in government before. So while it's good to clear out the old, you know, underbrush of government, you kind of have to have a few old hands in there, too, who know where all the...


INGRAHAM: ... you know, all the -- all the -- all the tangles are to avoid. So I think it's the size of the bureaucracy, the malcontents that are burrowed within the bureaucracy, and the lobbyists who are still crawling all over the city, who are going to be pushing for the same special interests that got us...

HANNITY: He's opening up a raw nerve.

INGRAHAM: ... into this mess.

HANNITY: You're right. You really are considering a run. I know you don't want to talk about it.


HANNITY: But you are giving this due consideration...

INGRAHAM: Yes, I'm thinking about...

HANNITY: ... to run for the Senate.

INGRAHAM: I'm thinking about it seriously.

HANNITY: In the commonwealth of Virginia.

INGRAHAM: In the commonwealth of Virginia...

HANNITY: I'm your first endorsement.

INGRAHAM: You are my first endorsement, and I can say this, Sean. If you -- you know, if you want to run in New York...

HANNITY: No thanks.

INGRAHAM: ... I'll support you.

HANNITY: Yes, I...

INGRAHAM: In Florida, I'll support you.


HANNITY: I couldn't win dog catcher in New York.

INGRAHAM: Oh, come on! You can win in Florida easily.

HANNITY: No, I couldn't.

INGRAHAM: I like you against Rubio. Sorry about that, but...

HANNITY: That's all right. I'm not interested.


HANNITY: All right, thank you for being here.

INGRAHAM: Great to see you.

HANNITY: All right, up next on this historic night tonight on "Hannity"...


SEAN SPICER, INCOMING WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think it's going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government, the role of citizens.


HANNITY: Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer previews what President- elect Donald Trump will talk about tomorrow in his inaugural address.  Michelle Malkin -- she'll join us next.

And later tonight...


GOV. MIKE PENCE, R-IND., VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT: I am especially pleased, and I know the president-elect is especially pleased, that we're wrapping up this transition on schedule and under budget.



HANNITY: Vice President-elect Mike Pence -- he tells Americans that the Trump transition is on schedule, under budget. We'll check in with Boris Epshteyn and Anthony Scaramucci. They'll join us. And then later tonight, much more as "Hannity" continues from our nation's capital on the eve of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

Stay with us.




TRUMP: So It's a movement that began. It's a movement that started, and it's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world, they say.  There's never been a movement like this. And it's something very, very special.


HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." And that was President-elect Donald Trump at the Make America Great Again concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

And earlier today, during his first official press briefing, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer -- he spoke about what President-elect Donald Trump will include in his inauguration speech all coming up tomorrow. Watch this.


SPICER: In the speech, it's going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country. He will discuss what it means to be an American, the challenges that we face as members of the middle class, they face. He'll talk about infrastructure and education, our manufacturing base. I think it's going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government, the role of citizens.


HANNITY: And joining me now with reaction, the host of "Michelle Malkin Investigates" -- it's on CRTV.com -- Michelle Malkin. How are you?


HANNITY: All right...

MALKIN: How about you?

HANNITY: (INAUDIBLE) a certain giddiness that I saw among people hanging out in the green room tonight.

MALKIN: Oh, yes! And all on the streets! I've been walking around the city all day today. It's electric! And so I think that people need to be reminded that as many long faces and teary-eyed Hollywood celebrities and media type people there, here on the ground, people have come all over the country to, yes, celebrate!

HANNITY: Yes. I love Donald Trump's answer in the interview he did to Ainsley earlier this week -- Well, I hope they'll give the tickets back because we have a lot of people that want them.


MALKIN: That's right!

HANNITY: Talking about the congressmen and women.


HANNITY: Do you know this is the only time this has happened in these numbers since 1860 and 1864, with Abraham Lincoln and Southern representatives wouldn't go?

MALKIN: Yes, that's right. Shame on these empty chair Democrats! They cannot put their partisanship aside for a very historic moment, tells you everything you need to know about their disingenuousness when it comes to preaching about healing and understanding and peace!

HANNITY: There is a certain majesty to all of this. And this isn't the type of thing that I do. But when you see the peaceful transition of power -- there's only been 45 people that hold that position as the president of our great country. And what an honor. And to make it the solemn event that it is, to make it the celebration, I think is appropriate for anybody who wins.

MALKIN: Yes, it is literally in the literal sense, and the word is always overused, awesome. It is awe-inducing. And I have to tell you something else about being on the streets in D.C. is hearing from small business owners. I don't know what their politics are! A lot of them don't know what mine are, either. But when you just see the excitement and the reinvigoration?


MALKIN: You know? I was reading some of these liberal media headlines.  Oh, is there going to be healing? Healing! What is Trump going to do to bring people together? Guess what, people? He won! That is -- that is...


HANNITY: But even people that he has brought in -- like Steve Harvey.  Poor Steve Harvey gets an invitation from the president-elect, then gets beaten up for going to talk to him about solving some of the country's problems. You know, I was using this analogy. Tell me if you agree. As big as it is to win the presidency, that's sort of like the qualifier. Now the hard work really begins. After all we see tomorrow, then you've got to dig your heels in. And to me, the biggest challenge I think Donald Trump faces is a Republican establishment, a Democratic establishment and a media establishment.

MALKIN: Yes, that's right. And those establishments, of course, transcend R and D. And he will fight tooth and nail just as hard against a lot of these establishment Republicans who were never for him, and you know, these people who threw in with Hillary Clinton, rather than embracing what we're seeing now, truly a revolution (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: Look at the difference between the Republicans. Like, they wanted a $10.7 -- $9.7 trillion increase in the debt over 10 years, get rid of earmarks, some ethical issues. And then Donald Trump is in the paper talking in the last 48 hours about a 10 percent reduction in spending in Washington, a cut...


HANNITY: ... real cut.


HANNITY: And he's talking about a 20 percent cut in the workforce in Washington.

MALKIN: Yes. You know, as somebody who's been involved in conservative politics and conservative media for 25 years, I have more hope than ever that we'll fulfill the vision that so many of these establishment Republicans abandoned!


MALKIN: They're the ones that cut and ran when it came to really, truly being committed to limited government. There are a lot of things that I disagree with in some of the direction of what Trump is going with, but in general, we're headed in the capital R right direction.

HANNITY: By the way, do think it's a problem if I wear jeans to the ball?


HANNITY: Is that a problem?

MALKIN: And well, you know what you need is your cowboy boots.

HANNITY: I left them home. All right, good to see you, Michelle.

MALKIN: You, too.


HANNITY: Congrats on the show, too.

MALKIN: Thank you.

HANNITY: And coming up next on this busy news night from Washington, D.C., on "Hannity"...


PENCE: ... pleased, and I know the president-elect is especially pleased that we're wrapping up this transition on schedule and under budget.



HANNITY: You just heard it, the VP-elect, on schedule, under budget.  That's what Americans I think want to hear a lot of in the coming years.  Up next, I'll speak with the inauguration's communications structure, Boris. And Anthony Scaramucci will join us.

Plus, at least 68 Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Trump's inauguration. Austan Goolsbee, Geraldo Rivera -- they'll battle it out and much more from D.C. on the eve of the inauguration. It's the "Hannity" program.



PENCE: I am especially pleased and I know the president-elect is especially pleased that we're wrapping up this transition on schedule and under budget.


PENCE: We will actually return some 20 percent of taxpayer funding back to the U.S. treasury, and that is just exactly in keeping with the president- elect's expectations going forward. He is a businessman that knows how to sharpen his pencil, and I'm very pleased to report today that we were able to do that and restore those dollars to the treasury.


HANNITY: All right, that was Vice President-elect Mike Pence earlier today speaking with reporters about the success of President-elect Trump and his transition on schedule, under budget. We could use more of that.

And earlier this week, The Washington Examiner reported that Trump is looking to cut federal spending. The report reads, quote, in part, "Insiders said that spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follow through."

And in a brand-new FOX News poll just released earlier this evening, 66 percent say they feel optimistic about the U.S. economy. Last year, only 49 percent of Americans felt that way.

Here now with reaction, the special assistant to the president-elect, Boris Epshteyn is with us, and the assistant to the president-elect, soon to be the director of the Office of Public Liaison, also a good friend of mine -- he won't admit it -- Anthony Scaramucci.

ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT: Hey, you're the best (INAUDIBLE) So you're one of my best friends.

HANNITY: You know, I know this may sound crazy, but on time, under budget.  Wow. Washington? Is that -- is this -- right?


SCARAMUCCI: He's the man. And he's very focused, he's very disciplined.  And he's almost like the project manager-in-chief, right?


SCARAMUCCI: ... lays it out, he tells you what to do.

HANNITY: Why is there this -- you know, I was watching on a couple of things as we led up to tomorrow's events tonight, and Paul Ryan said, Well, we'll repeal it and within the next year we'll replace it. Trump came in and said, No, we're going to repeal and replace.

Then Republicans were talking about earmarks coming back, and then they were talking about $9.7 trillion increase in the debt over the next 10 years. Donald Trump's talking about a 10 percent reduction in spending.  He's talking about, you know, eliminating baseline budgeting and he's talking about a 20 percent reduction in an over-bloated bureaucracy workforce.

EPSHTEYN: Well, you know, Sean, my experience the last two months with the inaugural committee, he's been (INAUDIBLE) It's such an outpouring of support from across the country and it it's because of that difference from Donald Trump, compared to other politicians, with all due respect, right?


EPSHTEYN: And now the Trump movement is fully coming to Washington, D.C.  And it's uniting America behind it and saying things are not good to be the same as they were. We are going to be playing by different rules.

HANNITY: But you could see -- Anthony, you and I have talked the economy a lot. And I know how good a businessman you are and have been and the success track record you have. Isn't it pretty simple? You repatriate multi-national corporation money at 10 percent. You lower the corporate rate to 15. Go from there. Why is this...


SCARAMUCCI: I don't want to overstate the simplicity, but it is simple, but you got to deal with the Hill, and so you know there's going to be a little bit of a grind there.


ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: -- bit of a grind there. But what he's focused on and what I love about him is the revenue side of the equation. We have so much energy, Sean, under the ground, we're going to be a net exporter of energy, a result of which you're going to start to see us defease down some of these long-term liabilities that we have. So he's a disruptive entrepreneur at the top of the food chain of the American government and looking at it totally differently than anyone else ever before.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: So let's put these together. So repatriated trillions at 10 percent, a low rate.

SCARAMUCCI: Regulation cutback, roll back.

HANNITY: Regulations, 15 percent corporate tax rate. Then we have energy independence, all of the above.

SCARAMUCCI: Down to four rates on the individual income tax.

HANNITY: I thought it was seven to three.

SCARAMUCCI: Or seven to three, I'm sorry.

BORIS EPSHTEYN, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: Well, it's zero, 12, 25, 33. Zero is a rate, too.

SCARAMUCCI: I always use zero, but it doesn't matter. The point is that you have simplification, which you and I know, 76,000 pages of code, CEOs are more focused on avoiding taxes than they are in making stuff.

HANNITY: It took two and a half years to see the real impact of his policies. Is it going to be a two-and-a-half year wait?

EPSHTEYN: No. It's going to be a much shorter wait, a much shorter wait.

SCARAMUCCI: It's already happening. Look at the psychology. Look at the consumer confidence. Look at the stock market. America is open for business, Sean. He's there at the top of the food chain letting people know that. Look at all the job announcements he's made while he's -- look at what he has done.

HANNITY: Carrier, GM, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, what else?

EPSHTEYN: One Web, Sprint. And then on the international arena, too, you have to talk the new resolution on Israel, China. Really, it's across the board. It's such an unusual transition.

SCARAMUCCI: One of his legacies is going to be this transition, Sean.  Honest to God -- on time, under budget, announcing jobs and a resurgence in manufacturing in America.

HANNITY: Do you think -- we have 95 million Americans out of the labor force. How many of those Americans in four years can we get back to work?

SCARAMUCCI: I haven't done the calculation, but let's go where the U6 number is right now which is about 9.6 percent. That's where Reagan had a full blown recession in 1982. If we can get that down to 7.2 percent, I can do that math for you, it's maybe 17 million jobs, we have a homerun.  He will get resoundingly reelected. We'll see.

HANNITY: Hey, guys, first of all, congratulations.

SCARAMUCCI: This guy has done an amazing job, though, by the way.

HANNITY: Both of you guys have.

EPSHTEYN: Thank you, Sean.

SCARAMUCCI: And by the way, when he asks me for tickets I have to call him.


HANNITY: Do I ever ask for anything for myself? No, nothing.

EPSHTEYN: No more calls. Please, no more calls.

HANNITY: When I did mention on the air you were in charge --

SCARAMUCCI: You buried me. You buried me. You know how many favors I owe this guy?


SCARAMUCCI: Thank you, Boris.

HANNITY: I did it on national TV. That was probably not my best move in life. Getting him angry is not good.

SCARAMUCCI: I was not angry.

EPSHTEYN: It killed me.

SCARAMUCCI: I just laid it off on Boris.

HANNITY: Thank you both.

Coming up, Democrats are digging in their heels. At least now 68 liberal lawmakers will not be attending Donald J. Trump's inauguration tomorrow.  We will check in with Geraldo Rivera, Austan Goolsbee, that's coming up.

Also later tonight, the motorcycle group Bikers for Trump, they rolled into D.C. The group said they'll stand in front of protesters tomorrow if they get out of hand. The founder will join us on others later tonight as HANNITY continues.


TRUMP: The next time, four years from now, the next time we are going to win the old-fashioned way. We are going to win because we did so well, because it was so overwhelming the thing that we did.  




TRUMP: And we are going to unify our country. And our phrase, you all know it, half of you are wearing the hat, make America great again.


TRUMP: But we are going to make America great for all of our people, everybody, everybody throughout our country.


HANNITY: That was president-elect Donald Trump earlier tonight at the Make America Great Again ball and concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Trump is calling for unity ahead of tomorrow's inauguration, but at least 68 Democratic lawmakers, crybabies, will not be in attendance. Joining us now with reaction, former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, FOX News senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera.

This has not happened since 1860, and 1864, Austan Goolsbee. Even you can admit they are just a bunch of crybabies, sore losers, that need aromatherapy, crayons, coloring books, Legos.


HANNITY: Come on, hot cocoa.

AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, FORMER OBAMA ECONOMIC ADVISER: You know it's not my way, Sean. I'm not a fan of that approach. Look, I understand.

HANNITY: See, that's what makes you a good guy.

GOOLSBEE: Donald Trump, he may be the most unpopular incoming president in modern polling history, he may have lost the popular vote by more than any president ever, but he won the election. And if you are in Congress, you should go to the inauguration.

HANNITY: By the way, those polls were a little skewed. Both the ABC/"Washington Post" poll, the CNN poll, both skewed, plus Democrat by nearly 10 points. It's ridiculous.

GOOLSBEE: But he's by far the most unpopular, it's not even close. But he won. It's his day. They should go. They may not smile, they don't have to laugh, but if you are in Congress. You should go.

HANNITY: Four years from now when I give all of the economic recovery statistics to you, I'm going to remind you what you said.

GOOLSBEE: I hope you're right. I don't want the president incoming to fail because it means we all will fail. But I've got to tell, you I've got some nervousness.

HANNITY: You are a big believer in unity.


HANNITY: You don't like when we fight.

RIVERA: Sometimes we have fun. And it's evenly matched and I appreciate you, and I consider you my friend.

HANNITY: Our friendship is never at risk.

GOOLSBEE: Never at risk. I am disheartened by this move to boycott the inauguration, particularly for an elected member of congress. This is an American celebration. This is the time you put aside your partisanship.  Whoever you voted for, you have to root for the president to be to be great. If he's great, then America prospers.

I think this is a time when he said we should all stand together as one. I appreciate all the former presidents, our best wishes obviously to George H.W. Bush who can't come because of his infirmity. Everybody else will be there, including Hillary and Bill Clinton. And they are there to celebrate the peaceful transition, the transfer of power, and I think that that is the message. That is the goal. And I'm sorry that they are staying home.

HANNITY: Because you and I have had passionate debates on air. Austan, you and I have had battle royals on radio and TV. But I still lied in the piece that has a profiled and said what a great guy you are.


GOOLSBEE: I've bet you have not heard the last of that from your viewers.  They are still pissed at you.

HANNITY: But the reality is, but you know what, I knew before you even came in tonight, I knew you would not support what they're doing with 68 of these congressmen and women.

GOOLSBEE: The thing is -- here's what I'm going to say. You don't have to like Donald Trump you don't have to support his policy. One of the things that makes America amazing, the greatest nation on earth, is what we are going to see tomorrow, that a party can switch, and there is no violence, nobody has taken over the reins of power. There's a peaceful transition.  It's what makes American democracy amazing. And like I say, you don't have to cheer for Donald Trump to be in favor of the peaceful transition of power.

HANNITY: I made a deal with Geraldo on this historic, on the eve of this historic inauguration. This has only happen to 45 people in the history of our country. Who did you vote for? You told me you would tell me.

RIVERA: I didn't tell you I would tell you. But I will tell you this. I support President Donald Trump with all my heart. I want him to succeed.  I am so proud of my friend, a man I have known since 1976.

HANNITY: I was putting on the spot.

RIVERA: Can you imagine, I met him so early on. For more than four decades we have dipped in and out of each other's lives. I've interviewed him 20 times at various phases. In 1991 I did the life and loves of Donald Trump, 1995, we did an interview about O.J. Simpson of all things. He was there with his then wife Marla Maples. To see them settle down in 2006 with Melania and how he got his life really on track in a way that he could now become a great statesman.

HANNITY: Let me say to you what you did say before we came on the air --

GOOLSBEE: Now I'm going to blame Geraldo, too. He just put himself on the blame list.

HANNITY: I'll accept the blame. I proudly support Donald Trump and I support --

GOOLSBEE: You just wait a year.

HANNITY: It can't get any worse than what this guy is leaving us.

GOOLSBEE: Oh, it will get worse. Don't worry.

HANNITY: You even admitted before we came on the air, and I was trying to transition that and give you a break. If Hillary Clinton were being inaugurated tomorrow, what'd you say to me?

RIVERA: The funniest thing. I'm with my driver, a gentleman from Pakistan. And he says to me I am so glad Donald Trump won because the Republicans know how to party. Those Democrats, they are so boring. They don't get cars. They don't have big parties. They march around.


HANNITY: I pull into my hotel. I worked in service industry my whole life, so I'm always used to giving people the right tip. He goes, Mr. Hannity, thank you. He goes, when the Republicans come we make money.  When the Democrats come we make nothing.


RIVERA: America should celebrate. This is America's party.

HANNITY: Last word, Austan.

GOOLSBEE: I went to Cleveland. I've seen the Republicans. They do not know how to party.  

HANNITY: Hey, I took you out to dinner. And I let you buy the most expensive bottle of wine. And you're offering me a hamburger.

GOOLSBEE: Do you want a Mc-Pic, too?


HANNITY: All right, Austan, I won the bet.

GOOLSBEE: You did.

HANNITY: When we come back, Bikers for Trump rolled into D.C. earlier today for president-elect, his inauguration. The motorcycle group is promised they are going to step in and form a wall in front of protesters if they get out of hand tomorrow. I'll speak with the group's founder, that and more tonight as Hannity continues on the eve of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.



TRUMP: That last month of the campaign, when I traveled around to every place that you can imagine, state after state after state, speech after speech. And we had 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people. There was never an empty seat, just like tonight.


HANNITY: And welcome back to HANNITY. So a motorcycle group called Bikers for Trump, they rolled into D.C. today ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration not only to show their support for the president-elect but also to protect tomorrow's proceedings from these snowflake protesters.

Joining us now with details, what's planned for tomorrow, Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox. What's up? So I got all the guys here. Do I get to keep this one? I really like this. You guys got to get in close here.  Come on, I don't bite, you know. There you go. How long have you known -- why are you guys here? You are worried about the snowflakes?

CHRIS COX, BIKERS FOR TRUMP FOUNDER: We are actually throwing the halftime inauguration show for Donald Trump. It will kick off shortly after he leaves the stage after swearing in and it will end right before the parade right on Pennsylvania Avenue. There are permits given by the park police, and we have the only pro Trump permit.

HANNITY: That's pretty amazing, the only pro out of 89? So 88 snowflakes -- how many guys you have in your group?

COX: We have got about 220,000 right now, growing by about 25,000 a week.

HANNITY: Are they all coming here?

COX: We've got a lot of guys on the way here crisscrossing the country.  You name it, Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania. They are coming in.

HANNITY: Do you guys all ride Harleys? I'm guess, American made. You actually got to know Donald Trump, you talked to him.

COX: Yes, he called me last week. It was just a matter-of-fact conversation like I had with my college buddies. He joked with me when I answered the phone. I could tell his voice right off the riff. He said to me, Chris, did you see the news today where Ford is keeping the jobs here in America and going to invest in America? He goes, you know, young man, I'm really natural at this and I really believe we are going to make America great again.

HANNITY: By the way, I feel like I am an episode of "Sons of Anarchy."  You guys said you are a lot better?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are a hell of a lot better.

HANNITY: You're a hell of a lot better.

So I have this big fight with my wife. I want a Harley. I haven't been winning. She picked me up a Vespa, and I said I'm not driving up thing. I said what is that?


HANNITY: You're laughing, right? Let me show the back of the vest. How many stiches are in the back of that vest?

COX: It's 1,000,368.

HANNITY: That is awesome. Listen, God bless you guys. Thank you for supporting the next president. A lot of people here don't like him, but I think they're going to look at your guys. Thanks for showing up. Nice to meet you.

COX: Thank you.

HANNITY: You really have, I heard. All right, guys, thank you all. God bless you.

All right, coming up, very important "Question of the Day." That straight ahead as we continue from our nation's capital.


PENCE: It is a momentous day before a historic day. I'm pleased to have a chance to report to the American people and to all of you the progress that we have made at the president- elect's direction, preparing a team that will be ready to serve the American people and make America great again on day one.


HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." We're from Washington, D.C., and it's time for tonight's "Question of the Day." So what are your plans for president-elect Donald Trump and his inauguration tomorrow? Are you having a party, maybe a celebration? Maybe if you are a liberal, maybe you need a pet, maybe you need a kitty cat, maybe you need crayons or coloring books or Legos or hot cocoa. Whatever it is, we want to know. Go to Facebook.com/SeanHannity, @SeanHannity on Twitter, let us know what you'll be doing.

And tomorrow night, we will be broadcasting from the Freedom Ball. Yes, they are making me wear a tux. I don't want to wear a tux, but they're making me wear it. You will see me tomorrow night two hours starting at 10:00 eastern, 10:00 until midnight eastern time. Anyway, history will be made at noon tomorrow. Thank you for all you do. God bless you, God bless America. We will see you from the Freedom Ball tomorrow night.

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