Trump attends welcome celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

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

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: And live from our nation's capital, hello, America. I'm Kimberly Guilfoyle along with Juan Williams, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld. It is 5:00 in Washington, D.C. Inauguration central and this is "The Five"."

In under 24 hours, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our 45th president, and the events are already underway. This hour, we're expecting to hear from Mr. Trump. He's just arrived at the "Make America Great Again" celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Let's take a little bit of a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Richie McDonald you all!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's take things up a notch here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, god. Bless your heart.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wait for it. I feel it coming on. It's a good song. Hang on. You're going to know this song. You're going to love it. I think everybody should sing along.

(PRE-INAUGURATION CONCERT) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, everybody. Get your hands up in the air just like this, all the way across this beautiful place. Get them up in the air. There you go. That looks beautiful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's an honor for us to be here representing music from Nashville, Tennessee, country music and all the great bands out Nashville over the last 30 years. This next guy is also from Nashville. He wrote this song way back when. The performer -- the writer of this song, five-time Grammy winner, please welcome Lee Greenwood.







UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From their humble beginnings in the tiny town of Escatawpa, Mississippi to their global success in rock and roll, please welcome multi-platinum recording artist 3 Doors Down.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you so much. God bless you.


GUILFOYLE: And you are watching live from our nation's capitol in Washington, D.C., the "Make America Great Again" welcome celebration. We've been hearing from some incredible fans out there, the Frontmen and also Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down, Greg. So, pretty entertaining music here.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Oh, yes. Just fantastic. There are a lot of balls tonight but those guys have the most because they showed up. Not like those other performers that didn't show up. Thirty-five percent of the Democrats, last count, didn't turn out for the inauguration.

What is it about liberals never showing up for work? I mean, it's a salary. It ain't welfare, you deadbeats. Show up. You what they should do? They should fill those seats up with all the detainees they released from Gitmo. Apparently they're so harmless.

GUILFOYLE: OK. And also sharing the theme of positive energy and (INAUDIBLE). Thank you for those charming words, Greg. All right, Dana, what do you make of it? Incredibly beautiful shot when you look at that.

DANA PERNO, CO-HOST: I have to say, the advance team and the production team that put that shot together, it is absolutely stunning. And from a production standpoint, look at the Lincoln Memorial in the background and the weather. Mother nature has cooperated so well. It's beautiful. I'm very impressed. I had a good time teaching all of them the lyrics to "God Blessed Texas." They caught on. They were singing.

GUILFOYLE: And the two-step as well. So Eric, really an incredibly moving moment and you see the president-elect, Donald J. Trump along with his wife Melania and their family members joining them, really kind of celebrating and taking in this amazing moment.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: It really was stunning. We came up on the show at 5:00 and the Frontmen were playing and Lee Greenwood came out and played "God Bless America" and I'm probably -- I was fighting back tears but I was so proud of everything that was going on. I agree with Dana. My line was going to be God even cooperated with Donald Trump's inauguration. Mother nature, we'll take that but --

PERINO: I was trying to be all-inclusive and gender-neutral.

BOLLING: The beauty -- the beauty of the sky and the background, the music, Lee Greenwood and the Frontmen playing --

PERINO: "Proud To Be An American,"

BOLLING: "Proud to be an American." I was just blown away.

GUTFELD: Think about the risk that a band like 3 Doors Down is taking, that they will never be liked by their peers again. They're getting amazing exposure and that's important, but they're going to be -- they're taking -- that's what I mean. This is actually a brave act for an artist because they're going to be so despised by the liberals in the entertainment world (ph).

BOLLING: Well, half the country who is pro Trump may decide they like 3 Doors Down.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, why not. A very positive moment. What do you think, Juan? I mean you've been able to be at a few of these.

JUAN WILLIAMS, CO-HOST: Well, you know, I really do think that Dana is right. This is a spectacular view and the sky is just gorgeous. I like Lee Greenwood. I almost thought I was at a ballgame for a second, but you know what's great about this is walking around D.C. today.

You know, Chocolate City is I think more like a swirl. There are so many different kinds of people here today. You see the bikers already in town, lots of people who I don't think, think of themselves as, you know, friendly to Washington are here in big numbers with their families. And that's pretty cool.

Now, this thing is going to cost, I'm told, like, you know, $200 million, something like that. What is it? I forget how much it is. It's going to be the most expensive inaugural ever but it's not because of anything Donald Trump is doing. He's got like three balls, basically, which is a whole lot less than Obama or even George W. Bush.

But it's because of security. And I think there are going to be protesters here as well so, in addition to what we're seeing, which is the joy of this moment and the inaugural, you know, passage of power from one administration to another, I think this is also going to be a big weekend in D.C. for protest.

BOLLING: Can I point out something else? Donald Trump, a lot of people wondering what he's going to do. He's going to listen to the music and that man, I'm very happy he did this. He stood up. He was clapping.

WILLIAMS: Yes, he liked it.

GUILFOYLE: He's singing.

WILLIAMS: He liked it.

GUILFOYLE: He's singing along.

BOLLING: He's singing. The family was standing.

WILLIAMS: He gave a big hug to Lee Greenwood.

BOLLING: That was great.

GUTFELD: And you will get -- I'm telling you, tomorrow you will get -- the left wing mockery will be thicker than Michael Moore's thighs. They're going to talk about how there were no hip bands and how they exploited patriotism and all that stuff. They will not see it as a real actual event that these people actually feel this way and think this way. They'll see it as something silly, something that their parents do.

GUILFOYLE: But so many other people really enjoying this, excited to be there. So many people wanted to be able to attend, you know, the concert, and that's why it's a great that we're able to bring it to you live. I mean it's just behind us over here.

It's really beautiful because we're all right here being able to enjoy and have a front row seat to American political history which really is an incredible moment. And I love seeing all the children and families that wanted to bring their kids here to be able to see this and learn about history, you know, firsthand. And this is a very special day for the president-elect and his family, Dana.

PERINO: Well they call it a welcome celebration, what's happening right now at the Lincoln Memorial and if I were down there as part of the celebration, I wouldn't worry about what anyone in Hollywood or in the left is going to say. Just ignore them. Put it out of your mind and enjoy the moment because the events of the weekend. This kickoff is a celebration many people will be here tomorrow to watch the swearing in and then there are the fun events, at the balls.

And then on Monday, that's when all the work is really going to begin. I think it's great just to have a weekend to celebrate and for anybody taking a look at that shot right there, I think they have to be proud and a little bit moved. You see it is packed down there and the atmosphere must be fantastic.

GUILFOYLE: I mean Greg, the naysayers people saying, OK, you know, this is a divided country. From where we stand right here, you see like Juan said, people from all over the world, all over the country, which is the idea, unification.

GUTFELD: The election of Barack Obama is the most historical election, the first African-American. But this is the most unlikely one and in a weird way, I mean, Barack Obama had a better chance of becoming president than Donald Trump did and that makes this I think equally -- it's kind of equally amazing and surreal because it was so unlikely and it was against so many odds and against so many critics and it still happened.

BOLLING: I love that shot right there. See that right there. What's going through that man's mind right now? It's so amazing that he is about to be sworn in as the 45th president.

GUTFELD: I bet he is not thinking that. I bet he's thinking about dinner.


GUTFELD: You know what I mean? He's probably going, I hope they have steak or chicken.


WILLIAMS: I think his election is clearly unbelievable. No political experience, a business man, but I don't think it's the first black guy (ph) -- that was amazing to me. But I got to say when I think about what he is going through right now, I think it's a real transition. I think he is starting to appreciate that the performers who are here, the crowds that are here, are for him, for the future president of this country.

So tonight he's going to -- people thought maybe he won't stick with tradition but he's going to stick with tradition. He is going to stay at the Blair house tonight and be, you know, presidential. Maybe even go over to St. John's, the Episcopal church in the morning.

GUILFOYLE: All right. Let's take a listen now to 3 Doors Down.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: God bless you my friends and God bless America.



GUTFELD: All right. So what would I like to her from Donald Trump tomorrow at the inauguration? Something real, not sentimental or soaring. We've had the soaring and one thing is for sure, such sentiment always returns crashing to earth. Obamacare, the IRS, the DOJ, Solyndra, Iran, e-mails, Syria, Benghazi, Chelsea Manning. Soaring rhetoric hit a litany of failures. But with Trump, everything he says is simple. He's not hiding behind a grad student's vocabulary.

If Obama was a sonnet, Trump is a limerick. And really, which ones do you enjoy more?

Trump says what he thinks at that moment. He's a totem pole of transparency. It might not give you goosebumps but after eight years of being goosed, maybe simplicity is worth a shot. We used to call it common sense. The media is already writing mocking pieces about how Trump connected with voters by speaking simply as if we're all slack-jaw dolts drooling into our laps. That's what they think of you. But in fact, it takes brains to understand a nation. Just ask Hillary, if you can find her.

So keep it simple, Mr. Trump. Stress the positive, coming together, best days ahead and all that. Now we know those words aren't going to matter to those who already hate you, but the best response to that, patience and calm. Try it for a week.

All right, who am I kidding? I give you 10 minutes.


GUTFELD: All right Eric, what do you hope to hear? You've been behind him since day one. What do you want him to say? Well first, thanks Eric.


BOLLING: That would be a good start. No, I don't expect it. Here's what I think he's going to do. Sean Spicer said it's going to be about 20 minutes long.

Donald Trump can do 20 minutes. Like he'd want to get his first (UNINTELLIGIBLE) in his sleep. So that's nothing.

I think we're going to see here the impetus behind Make America Great Again. I hope we hear how that evolves. And I think he will just stick to how he's going to make the economy better for everyone, not just the top -- the wealthy, and also how he's going to keep us safe. And then I would get out of there and be a pro, you know, America's great, and just start signing the executive orders that I think he's going to start doing after the inauguration.

WILLIAMS: So it's interesting to me the writing of that speech. Because obviously, we've had some great inaugural speeches. He's been looking at Lincoln. He's been looking at Ronald Reagan. Twenty minutes. But now I understand everybody is getting involved.

BOLLING: They want more?

WILLIAMS: Yes -- ell, no. You know, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon. The speech is being written by Steve Miller, who wrote many of the speeches.

GUTFELD: "Fly Like an Eagle."

GUILFOYLE: But also by the president-elect.

WILLIAMS: Not that.

GUTFELD: Oh, sorry.

GUILFOYLE: The president-elect is also writing -- he's very involved in the writing of the speech.

WILLIAMS: Well, no. Apparently, he was trying -- down at Mar-a-Lago, trying to write it himself, but now you'd say you've got different -- so many chefs want to stick their hands in the pot.

So the question to me, and I was surprised to hear it coming from you, Greg Gutfeld.


WILLIAMS: You want him to say something that brings us together as Americans.

GUTFELD: I think that's what he's been trying to say. He was talking -- his whole point was against division and about unity. But the division is being created by those who hate him so much.

WILLIAMS: Yes, yes. How about on Twitter when he calls people stupid and liars? And...

GUTFELD: That's usually in response...

WILLIAMS: Oh, I get it. But I will say this. So does he get vindictive in this speech? Does he talk about all the people who don't like him?

GUTFELD: I don't think so.

GUILFOYLE: No, that's obviously not the place. This is the time to actually celebrate our democracy, the fact that we had an election, and people were able to vote and choose who they wanted to be the next president of the United States. He won the election. This is his moment. This is going to be the first message and chance he gets to connect with all the millions of people, the ones that supported him and loved him from day one, and those that are still waiting to see what he will do and what he will offer.

So I think it's time now specifically to unify and say that "I want to be the president for all of you" and stress that message.

WILLIAMS: Well, maybe he can come riding in on a horse. What about that, Kimberly? Like Ulysses S. Grant. He said he had been subject to slander and abuse; and he viewed the election as vindication, and he was right.

GUTFELD: I don't think PETA would like him on a horse, especially not an elephant. What do you -- what do you project?

GUILFOYLE: Well, you ride a unicorn.

PERINO: You remember on election night when he gave his remarks, I remember a lot of people were like, "Wow, great message." And so I imagine you're probably going to hear a little bit more of that.

And it will be interesting to see if he tries any humor. In an inaugural address, you usually don't have an attempt at humor.


PERINO: But if anyone could pull it off, he could in a way that actually brings people together. It's a great way, as you said before the show started, laughter is the best medicine.

GUTFELD: I was joking.

GUILFOYLE: He laughs, and he's still miserable.


PERINO: Think what he'd be like if he didn't.

GUTFELD: That's true.

Eric, is it going to be scripted? Do you think he's going to go off- script?

BOLLING: Yes, I think he's definitely scripted. I hope he stays on script. I mean, it's short enough where he just you know, can -- what he likes to do, and you can see when he does it. He'll have the script. He'll be on the prompter, and then he'll vary off the prompter, throw in some anecdotal information and go back on prompter.

I am just -- to be perfectly honest with you guys, I am just blown away at how beautiful this whole thing is.

GUILFOYLE: It's excellent.

BOLLING: I think this is fantastic. Can we just stay positive about this for a little bit? I love this. This is amazing.

GUTFELD: Who are these people? Are they -- are they -- Ravi Drum.

BOLLING: That drummer is amazing. I was listening to that drummer before.

WILLIAMS: Entertainers who don't want to be recognized by the liberals in Hollywood.

GUTFELD: I wouldn't blame them.

WILLIAMS: Oh, I see.

GUTFELD: Because they're treated so badly.

WILLIAMS: So who's the biggest entertainer who is coming? Is that Toby Keith?

BOLLING: Toby Keith is on his way. He's the biggest, right?

PERINO: Red solo cup, babe.

WILLIAMS: That's right. I like that.

GUTFELD: Do we expect any surprises tomorrow? I mean, could he do something that no one has ever done before? I mean, he's known for doing things like that. I mean, maybe he doesn't even have words. Maybe...

BOLLING: Wouldn't that be the surprise: there was no surprise?


WILLIAM: You know what might be a surprise for a lot of people? I wonder if he gets out of the car and walks a little bit.

PERINO: Oh, sure.


WILLIAMS: I hope he does but I don't know, because there's such security concerns around town today. But he's going to go right by the old post office which is, as you know now, the Trump hotel. Which is -- I mean, how amazing is that?

PERINO: I would get out and walk then.

WILLIAMS: You'd walk?


WILLIAMS: You'd walk right up the steps if you were Trump.

PERINO: Well, no.

BOLLING: I hear it's beautiful.

WILLIAMS: The hotel?

BOLLING: It's amazing.

WILLIAMS: Yes. Every Trump supporter that comes to town wants to stay at the Trump hotel.

GUTFELD: Do you think he's going to do anything, Kimberly, like when he -- goes over the past election and how -- the states that he took? Remember what -- he did that on the victory tour. Do you think he'll do that? Like go over the past victories?

GUILFOYLE: He likes to do that. And so he'll talk about North Carolina. And "Oh, they said I had no path." And then there you go. And kind of recount it.

But I think, really, this is just going to be to celebrate sort of the, you know, majesty of the office, and just really being able to celebrate inauguration day, which is pretty spectacular in our country, for everybody to get together and to watch it.

GUTFELD: All right. We're going to...

PERINO: Oh, I had a great point.

GUTFELD: I'm sorry. Put it in your "Great Point Journal."

PERINO: I will.

GUTFELD: They want to go to the piano guy.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, America. It's time to put all our differences aside. It's time to unite our hearts, our minds and our voices as one, because when we do, it's going to be OK.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right, if you love America, we need to stand up and we need to all lift our voices together as one. We're going to split you down the middle here, and we're going to all sing along in harmony. OK? So this side over here, this is what I want to you sing. Listen to this. Here we go.

(SINGING): Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh.

(SPEAKING): Here's the second part, here it comes.

(SINGING): Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh.

(SPEAKING): Let me hear you sing it now.

(SINGING: Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh.

(SPEAKING): Louder.

(SINGING): Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh.

(SPEAKING): Keep on singing. OK. Over here, who we got? Let me hear it.

(SINGING): It's going to be OK.

(SPEAKING): Here we go now. Keep on singing. One, two, three.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep on singing.

Woo! Thank you! God bless America. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Once again, please welcome Ravi Drums.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome again the United States Army band, "Pershing's Own."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's topped the charts with over 20 No. 1 hits and over 40 million albums sold worldwide. Please welcome a country music legend and one of the most popular artists in history, Toby Keith.




Here we go!


KEITH: This song's for my old one-eyed father...

GUILFOYLE: All right. Toby Keith. "Whisky for my men and beer for my horses."

PERINO: "For my horses." There you go.

GUILFOYLE: We'll be right here tomorrow when we have a new president, Donald J. Trump. Stay with FOX News Channel for continuing coverage of the welcome celebration in Washington. Mr. Trump will be speaking shortly. Bret Baier is up next. He's live at the Lincoln Memorial. Good night, everyone.

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