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people of all faiths and brit was -- brit hume was talking about the way he would lean into a conversation or to a room given the tall stature of this man. and that left an impression on so many. >> it is a unique combination of personal integrity and incredible gifts, right? you can have somebody who is very gifted, a very gifted speaker, a very gifted statesman, a very gifted -- but you recognize there is something there that i just can't connect with. there is a duplicity there. this man there was no duplicity. there was integrity and people connected with that. so he was able to very naturally be with somebody on a very personal level and care deeply about them, their person and then at the same time go into a much bigger level and preach to the entire world.
>> bill: that is something else to watch and to see the images especially from afar as they process up those long steps there. billy graham will lie in the u.s. capitol rotunda today and tomorrow. the funeral is friday but we are getting ready now for the house speaker and senate majority leader paul ryan and mitch mcconnell to hold a by
cameral service. >> sandra: what a beautiful scene it was playing out with the honor guard marching to begin carrying billy graham's casket up the steps of the capitol. the president and first lady looking on as the casket and the family behind the late reverend proceed in for the ceremony to begin. billy graham is only the fourth private citizen to receive that honor to lie in honor in the capitol rotunda there and the family making arrangements for the funeral that will be taking place on friday, bill. >> bill: we heard from mitch mcconnell earlier today, the kentucky lawmaker, talking about henry clay starting this tradition in 1852. henry clay perhaps the most well-known kentucky statesman, mitch mcconnell has a portrait
of henry clay hanging in his office and it was in 1852 the capitol was used as a place to pay tribute to the nation's most distinguished citizens. you have 11 presidents, john f. kennedy, abraham lincoln, ronald reagan who have been given this honor. what an honor it is. and there were -- there is history tied to lincoln, too, when you think about the ceremony when abraham lincoln in 1865 and they had this event. you had a nation in mourning. coming off a war and abraham lincoln assassinated in ford theater just down the street. they had a platform constructed to support the casket of lincoln and it was on that platform they have used repeatedly now. we're told through our capitol hill producer that they've used a fabricated version of that platform for the reverend billy graham's casket to lie today. lying in honor as we have
mentioned. lying in state is offered for the political individuals who have been treated with this honor. billy graham is a private citizen. >> sandra: after the ceremony members of the public will be able to file through the capitol visitors center to pay their respects to graham. that will be happening in the afternoon and into the early evening. about the ceremony that is about to take place, it will feature a military and uscp honor guard. they'll be on hand and are inside the capitol. how chaplain patrick conroy will be delivering the invocation. and we'll also hear from the speaker of the house, the president, and the majority leader, senate chaplain barry black will deliver the benediction. >> bill: to two comments from jason chaffetz on what lawmakers do now as we see them arguing so often in public. but today is the day to come together. a quick thought on that, jason.
>> as the casket comes in they'll pass right by the bust of president reagan. it is time for our nation to come together and take a deep breath and recognize the greatness of this man and the statement he was trying to believe. he believed in the wholeness of individuals and the united states. >> bill: father morris? >> i listened to politicians the last couple of days say why this man was great and they fumble over their words. jason is an exception. politicians don't want to say often what it was that he was. that is he was a preacher of the gospel. he was a preacher of jesus of nazareth. somebody who could change your life. as somebody who could change your life and that's who he was and he never changed it. and yet he was able to go beyond some of those divisions in our culture and reach
everybody. for example, myself a catholic priest would be able to say this was america's preacher, america's pastor for so many of us, whether you were a baptist or evangelical or catholic. that says a lot. i think it is a great time for us to reflect on why a country would place this man in such a place of honor. i think it's wonderful. >> sandra: you have been watching house and senate sergeant-at-arms escorting an honor guard carrying graham's casket into the capitol. father morris, if i could stick with you as we watch this moment and you've seen the president standing there alongside the first lady. the president said this was a great man and he will be dearly missed. as we see members of congress, father jonathan, dignitaries gather there, what a moment this is for this country. >> it is. i'm pictureing people in other countries watching this right
now saying is the united states of america going to place a southern preacher right there in the rotunda, the capitol and honor him in a bipartisan way? the answer is yes. and that is part of what this great american experiment has been, recognizing that our rights come from god, not from government. that every human being has a soul that has been placed here with a purpose. these are the things that billy graham preached and were at the very center of what in my opinion has made our country what it is. >> sandra: the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the rotunda. the first to your point, father jonathan, religious leader to lie in honor. let's listen.
>> let us pray. we give you thanks, almighty god, for the appearance among us of great men and women who inspire us to a greatness beyond most of our imaginings. this day we honor a man of faith, billy graham, whose preaching and teaching was transformative in our nation, calling us to ever greater faithfulness and trust in you. we thank you for his great witness and for modeling for us
all the blessings of faithfulness to you, to the gospel, to his vocation in life, and as a husband, father, and friend. as we continue this celebration of honor, grant that all who attend to these proceedings might transcend smallness and limitation and emerge as people desirous of being our best selfs in service to all our brothers and sisters as you might call us to be. dear lord, thank you for inspiring such greatness in billy graham and continue to bless the united states of america, amen.
>> welcome, mr. president, mr. vice president, members of the graham family, and all our guests. on behalf of the senate. the speaker and i are honored you are with us. the man we recognize today shared the gospel with more people face-to-face than anyone else in history. his clear voice thundered through packed tents, stadiums, auditoriums, parks, and plazas the world over. his warmth and graciousness lit up living rooms and touched hundreds of millions of hearts. and this scotch irish son of dairy farmers became a trusted
friend and counselor to american presidents and powerful leaders around the globe. at first blush his life sounds like a personal success story par excellence, a determined young man finds a strong faith at age 16. he starts paddling out in a canoe to practice his preaching on swamp birds and alligators. and eventually through his own strength and personal greatness, he found a world-changing ministry, leads historic revivals and eventually lies here in honor in the united states capitol while a grateful nation pays respects. a manmade success story for the ages. but the most remarkable thing
about billy graham is that this isn't his story. billy knew better than anyone that fame and an impressive rolodex weren't the success. his aim was simple. sharing the good news with as many souls as he possibly could. when there were triumphs, billy insisted they were not manmade in the slightest. the secret of my work, he explained, is god. i would be nothing without him. that is what made billy graham america's pastor. that is how he inspired countless life-changing conversions. not his great talents so much as his deep humility. his unwavering fidelity to
faith and family. his plain spoken preaching of essential truths without ego or embellishment. billy graham lifted up our nation. not because he occupied the spotlight so masterfully but because he knew he wasn't the one who belonged in it. he was just a happy instrument in the hands of his creator. and so we trust that he was right, that his true reward is something far surpassing all of his achievements here on earth. a warm welcome for this good and faithful servant into his eternal home. the senate and the nation are so very grateful for his service.
>> bill: in the gospel of matthew, jesus says love the lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. billy graham woke up every day and did just that. he shared his love of god. that love had no end. that love had no barriers. he ministered to all walks from some of the greats whose statues line this very hall, eisenhower, king, ford, reagan, to everyday citizens lining up to pay their respects. no matter how long the lines grew, no matter how much the times changed, his message
never diminished. that love was so infectious, wasn't it? the man had such a gift for connecting with people. when listening to reverend graham, it is as if he is right there next to you praying with you, turning you to the glory of god. he did not profess to have all the right answers. look to the bible, he would say. but he sure did point us to all the right questions and challenge us to look up and to look within, to reflect and to repent. and in those moments when we felt weak in spirit, when our country was on its knees, he reminded us, he convinced us, that is exactly when we find
our grace and our strength. few loved others as billy graham did and few were as beloved as he was. here lies america's pastor. a man made great not by who he was, but by who he served. with all of his heart and all of his soul and all his mind. we give thanks to god for the life and the works of this humble servant now and forever.
>> president trump: thank you, speaker ryan and leader mcconnell and most importantly, thank you to the entire graham family for honoring us with your presence here today. thank you. in the spring of 1934 billy graham's father allowed a group of charlotte businessmen to use a portion of the family's dairy farm to gather for a day of prayer. on that day the men prayed for the city. they prayed that out of charlotte the lord would raise up someone to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. we are here today more than 80 years later because that prayer
was truly answered. billy graham was 15 years old at the time. just a few months later, he accepted jesus christ as his lord and savior. that choice didn't just change billy's life, it changed our lives. it changed our country and it changed, in fact, the entire world. the north carolina farm boy walked out of those fields into a great and beautiful history starting at a small bible school in florida, he soon led a nationwide revival from a large tent in los angeles to 100,000 people in a single day at yankee stadium, to more than two million people at madison
square garden over 16 weeks in 1957. and i remember that because my father said to me come on, son, and by the way he said, come on, mom, let's go see billy graham at yankee stadium. and it was something very special. but americans came in droves to hear that great young preacher. fred trump was a big fan, fred trump was my father. in london, tokyo, seoul, bogota, moscow, new delhi, saigon and scores of other places all over the world reverend graham shared god's word with more than 200 million people in person and countless others through television and
radio, where people loved to watch and listen. in 1978, with the support of the catholic bishop who would soon become pope john paul ii reverend graham went to poland and spoke of the power of the cross with people suffering under the oppression of communism. billy graham carried his message around the world, but his heart, as franklin will tell you, was always in america. he took his message to the poorest places, to the downtrodden, and to the brokenhearted. to inmates in prison and to the overlooked and the neglected. he felt a great passion for those that were neglected.
everywhere he went, reverend graham delivered the same beautiful message, god loves you. that was his message. god loves you. we can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preaching and the prayers of billy graham. the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased and the joy he brought to so many. the testimony is endless. today we give thanks for this extraordinary life and it's very fitting that we do so right here in the rotunda of the united states capitol where the memory of the american people is enshrined. here in this room we are reminded that america is a nation sustained by prayer.
the painting to my left is of the pilgrims as they embarked for america holding fast to the bible and bowing their heads in prayer. along these walls we see the faces of americans who prayed as they stood on the lexington green. who prayed as they headed west and prayed as they headed into battle and prayed as they marched for justice. and always marched for victory. around us stand the statues of heroes who led the nation in prayer during the great and difficult times from washington to lincoln to eisenhower to king and today in the center of this great chamber lies
legendary billy graham, an ambassador for christ, who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of god's grace. today we honor him as only three private citizens before him have been so honored. and like the faithful of charlotte, today we say a prayer for our country that all across this land the lord will raise up men and women like billy graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of god. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. thank you very much.
♪ ♪ o lamb of god i come, i come ♪ because thy promise i believe, o lamb of god i come, i come ♪ >> sandra: when this commences we'll see the laying of the wreath from the majority leader, speaker, president and first lady. >> president trump and his wife melania among the 2300 visitors invited to the capitol for this special and most rare ceremony. billy graham, the reverend billy graham only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor under the dome of the u.s.
capitol in the capitol rotunda. >> you might wonder as you saw that modest pine coffin go up the steps into the capitol looks different from others you've seen there. it was actually constructed, built by inmates at the louisiana state prison and you can see here the wreath is about to be laid. let's watch.
benediction. almighty god, the fountain of every blessing, we praise you for your greatness and goodness that gave our nation and world the gift of your servant, evangelist william franklin graham, jr. we thank you for using him to preach your gospel around the world to counsel and pray for national and global leaders, and to invite the multitudes to start and sustain an relationship with you. lord, we're grateful for his
scandal-free life of integrity characterized by conduct that was above reproach. you blessed him through his humility and commitment to you to bring deliverance to those held captive, to restore sight to the blind and to set on the path of freedom those shackled by addictions and despair. thank you, lord, that the force of billy graham's convictions transcended the boundaries that divide humanity creating a spirit of oneness. inspired by his great life,
challenge us all to become salt and light to our generation. use us, o god, as you used evangelist billy graham so that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts will always be acceptable to you. i pray in the name of billy graham's savior and closest friend jesus christ, amen. >> services in the capitol rotunda for the evangelist reverend billy graham who died at the age of 99. his body will lie in the
rotunda for tomorrow and his funeral will be on friday in charlotte. north carolina. as the services continue for reverend billy graham about 2300 invited guests there in the capitol including the president and his wife, the vice president, and the leadership of the house and senate. mike emanuel joins us from capitol hill with an update on the ceremonies as they are underway. >> good morning. i'm struck by what a big day it must be for the chaplains on capitol hill to offer their powers for america's pastor billy graham. when the casket and hearse arrived earlier you could have heard a pin drop. as you mentioned this is the ceremony for the v.i.p.s, 2300 invited guests, president and first lady among them but i'm struck looking across the way at the united states supreme court building you can see a
lot of average american citizens lined up waiting their opportunity to come in and pay their respects to the reverend billy graham. someone who touched so many lives in the united states and around the globe. really a spectacular day for the end of february in our nation's capitol. the sun shining down on us as america pays it respects to the reverend billy graham. >> do we know when the rotunda will be open to the public? >> shortly after the president leaves this afternoon the public can pay its respects to billy graham this afternoon and evening and have an opportunity to offer their prayers and to say thank you to him and to sign the book of condolences given to his family. >> mike emanuel at the capitol building. mike, thank you. so our coverage will continue. i'm jon scott along with melissa francis who is here.
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>> jon: while to political world and beyond paying tribute to a religious and american icon. the reverend billy graham known as america's pastor. he now lies in honor at the capitol rotunda. we've been watching the services as they have unfolded this morning. joining us now rnc spokeswoman and juan williams political analyst and co-host of the five. it isn't often, juan, the political leaders of the country come together united in a way as they are doing right
now for reverend graham. >> i think that's exactly right. i think this speaks to a central fabric or thread in the fabric of american society and life today. it is represented by billy graham. you know, i wrote a book and i put a new mount rushmore out there for america and i put billy graham right at the top of it because if you go back 50 years in terms of the strength of the evangelical and religious community in american life. that's basically 1947 just post world war ii america and billy graham leads the country literally on a spiritual crusade and you heard the music "just as i am playing." that's what he invited people to do. to come to the altar just as i am to find christ. so if you know about pat robertson, if you know about dobson, if you know about jerry
-- it was all in the mold set by billy graham. >> jon: he was a towering figure in religious and political life in this country. >> there is so much bigger than politics and the republican and democratic party. they witnessed a man who dedicated his life to jesus christ and spread that message. to see the two parties come together around this. we see nancy pelosi with paul ryan and president obama and president clinton and trump and bush just come around this man. he was bigger than politics and worth mentioning i come to you from tampa today where it all began for billy graham. just down the road is the bible college he went to. in this town just down the road is where he heard god say to him, i want to use you. and use him he did. he spread a message and brought hope to people in poverty all across this world and men and women who are imperfect.
his legacy cannot be overstated. >> jon: it comes against a back drop of two weeks ago the terrible slaughter of those students at parkland, florida at stoneman douglas high school. those students are going back to school today and the president is getting ready to meet with a group of lawmakers after this funeral service is concluded. he is getting ready to meet with a group of lawmakers about guns and how to stop the scourge of violence plaguing this country as we see the parkland students heading back to school for the first time. juan, your thoughts about the juxtaposition of these two events. >> well you know, again, we are in such a polarized society at the moment and the guns argument is one of those big
polarizing issues for us, jon. billy graham has a role to play here. when i talked a moment ago how billy graham brought religion into american life. especially american political life. remember the south was mostly democratic and billy graham comes on the scene and persuades politicians, the presidents and the like hey, you have to appeal to the religious community in this country, the evangelical community. before billy graham, most people who went to church on sunday did not vote. today as you well know that's a key indicator of not only that people will vote but that they vote pretty much republican. and that's on especially true in the south as i say going from mostly democrat to mostly republican. and so you had cultural issues beginning with abortion, contraception, pornography, school prayer where the religious communities had much to say and politicians began to listen. and that is part of the cultural argument that we have
in america today. between people who are very religious and people who are more secular. people who buy into the more traditional orthodoxy in the way of life versus people who bought into the post world war ii liberal consensus. i think billy graham, as i say, deserves a spot on mount rushmore in terms of modern american life for shaping not only faith traditions by changing our politics and focusing on the key arguments, one of them gun control. >> jon: will the politics change at all in the meeting today do you think? >> absolutely. they have to. i'm encouraged that we have president trump at the top who is opting for a pragmatic approach and putting politics aside. this issue, our children is so much bigger than politics or a party. finding a solution means doing exactly what billy graham did, which is put politics aside for a moment and just try to find a
solution and find a solution for these kids. i just want to give a quote from billy graham right now as we're watching these students walk into the school. he said my home is not in this world. my home is in the next and it is in heaven. i'm sure that billy graham is up there with so many of those students who lost their lives right now looking down on us and we owe it to them and those who have come before us in this meeting to put politics aside and put these children first. >> jon: thank you both. >> you're welcome. >> thank you. >> melissa: the mayor of oakland is in hot water with the feds. what she did that has immigration agents up in arms. >> we're very clear about what our values are here in oakland. we're here to protect all of our residents regardless of where they came from. stay with me, mr. parker.
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>> melissa: immigration raids taking place in california the mayor of oakland going against the feds and tipping off the immigrant community. >> we believe that we are creating more safety by not creating fear in our valued immigrant community. they can trust our police department. that is producing more safety than providing traffic control for an ice raid. >> melissa: immigration officials asking the justice department to see if the mayor violated any laws. we had exclusive access to the rains and claudia joins us from oakland. >> that's right, we got a ride along with the federal ice officers and see how they enforce the law. even as the mayor of oakland was tipping off illegal
immigrants that federal enforcement raids were imminent, fox news rode along as ice officers moved out across northern california. targeting homes since sanctuary laws prevent them from making arrests at local jails and detaining more than 100 people like this multiple felon and -- >> i don't know the advantage with people here illegally against victims that these politicians are supporting to support. >> speaking to fox news, the head of isis enforcement and removal blasted mayor libby schaaf saying her decision to announce the raids and suggest targeted illegal immigrants refuse to cooperate put lives at risk. >> we have officers sworn law enforcement officers upholding the constitution and the oaths that they took and we have a politician that will try to score cheap political points on
the backs of the men and women on ice. >> the mayor said she had a duty to warn families. >> i do not regret sharing this information. i felt that it was my duty to share the information i had. >> ice officials say they're asking the department of justice to look into whether she violated any laws. if so, hold her accountable for protecting people who are breaking the law by being in the country illegally. >> in the meantime these raids are continuing. we can confirm there have been more arrests this morning. but ice official efs say more than 900 fugitives remain at large. many were probably able to allude capture because of the oakland mayor's warning. >> melissa: the controversy continues. claudia, thank you. >> jon: he is one of the president's most trusted advisors and a member of his family. now after new reports that jared kushner had his security
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>> we've been talking about the impact of the late billy graham this hour. it's not just here in the u.s., but all around the world. he touched 215 million people, they say, in 185 countries. one of them, the current queen elizabeth back in 1954 when he went to the uk. even that scene was recently depicted in the popular series that's on right now called "the crown," when he came, the impacts he had on her, he had on the uk at the time. so it's not just us. it's all around the world, this popular culture.
you know, really a huge contribution that this man made as he now lays in honor there at the capitol. >> a worldwide force. >> yep. >> thank you for joining us. >> absolutely. "outnumbered" starts right now. >> fox news alert. an evangelist who touched the lives of so many, counseling presidents going back to harry truman. the reverend billy graham, only the fourth u.s. citizen to lie in honor at the u.s. capitol. president trump and the nation's top political leaders paying tribute to the man known as america's pastor. we will be following this story as it plays out in the nation's capital today. >> this fox news alert, the white house coming to the defense of the president's senior advisory and son-in-law, jared kushner. yesterday kushner was stripped of his top-secret security clearance. this is "outnumbered." i'm harris