Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time

Synopsis: In a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest political upset in recent history, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon offer unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of candidate Trump, from the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that the controversial businessman will become the 45th President of the United States.
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105 min


Seven twenty-four,

roger. Try to maintain 2,000.

[pilot] Set to maintain 2,000.


[man] Coming in final four,

try to maintain 3,000.

[pilot] Three-thousand.

[indistinct radio chatter


[woman] You're looking

at Westchester County Airport

in White Plains, New York.

Hillary Clinton

coming home to vote.

This is Election Day.

[crowd cheering]

[crowd chanting]

Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

[cheers and applause]

soft electronic music

[Heilemann] How's it feel?

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

I've been--this has been

a long, tough slog

and a hard campaign

and a crazy campaign.

It's four o'clock.

There are all these

people out here,

you know, who have

come to see her.

I'm just so proud of her.

I can't--I just can't tell you

why, uh--how much that

makes me feel like

just being a small part of it

is so important.

What will it feel like

tomorrow night if you lose?

You know, I think, uh,

in some ways, uh,

it'll be just--

I-I don't know.

It's sort of hard to even

kind of contemplate that.

I think there's a kind of

profound responsibility

and there'd be

such a crushing, uh,

sense of loss

if somebody

with his character

was elected president

of the United States, so...

I don't think

that's gonna happen.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

And I'm standing here tonight,

and I really don't think

that's gonna happen.

brooding electronic music

[Charlie Rose] A new series

on Showtime seeks to capture

the 2016 presidential


jaw-dropping, head-scratching

moments in real time

and aims to expose

not just

the nitty-gritty

of how campaigns work

but also the people

behind the candidates.

It is called The Circus.

Six up, TS, quick.

We'll be right back.

The star of The Circus.


It's Charlie Rose!

Are you an elephant

or you--what are you?


playful music

[Heilemann] What's going on?

[Rose] You're going on.

[Heilemann] What's going on?

[Rose] You are.

[Rose] Cable TV, you can say

anything you want, can't you?

I said on TV the other night,

I said,

"I f***ing hate

that motherf***er."

And it just went--

and everybody loved that sh*t.

On Showtime--you can

say anything on Showtime.

[drumming desk]

We're gonna have

a lot of fun doing it.

I mean, it's gonna kill us.

[Rose] This is gonna work

because you got McKinnon.

That's the only friggin' reason

it's gonna work.

He's got that f***ing--

where's the--

are you not wearing

the hat tonight?

Hey, Captain, how are ya?

Heilemann] Are you gonna be on

his show and not in the hat?

[McKinnon] I guess

I have to wear the hat.

[Rose] Look at that scarf.


Got to wear the hat, dude.

- [McKinnon] Okay, yeah.

- [Rose] Sit down.

[Rose] Is Halperin joining us,

or is he...

[Heilemann] Yeah, he had

his BlackBerry fixed.

Nice to see you, sir.

[Heilemann] Can see they're

fixing Halperin's BlackBerry.

[Heilemann] Watch this.

Here he comes.

playful orchestration

Howdy, sir.

Oh, don't stand up.

Good to see you.

Of course I do.


Can you tell us what guest

has been on this show

more than any other guest?

For a while,

it was Halperin.

What-what do you mean,

"for a while"?


Well, maybe it's still true.

- [scoffs]

- [Rose] It may still be true.

- That's...

- [laughter]

upbeat instrumental music

[Rose] Hey, guys,

you ready back there?

[Rose] All right, here we go.


Here we go.

Five, four, three, two, one.


[Rose] The 2016

presidential election

could be remembered

as one of the most bizarre

and unpredictable

in American history.

At this moment,

talk a bit about Trump.


brooding string music

[camera shutters clicking]


Ladies and gentlemen...

I am officially running...

- [scattered cheers]

- [applause]

...for president

of the United States.

And we are going to make

our country great again.

I will build

a great, great wall

on our southern border

and I will have Mexico

pay for that wall.

- [woman] Yes! Yes!

- Mark my words.

When Mexico sends its people,

they're not sending their best.

They're bringing drugs.

They're bringing crime.

They're rapists.

And some, I assume,

are good people.


How to take Donald Trump?

Hmm, well,

consider the newspapers

this morning,

at least the tabloids.

The Daily News considers

Trump a "clown."

The New York Post considers,

uh, Trump

a rich guy who could

make it to the White House?

[man] I got to talk

about Donald Trump.

How does he impact this race?

[woman] I don't think

he does at all.

Look, aside from being

incredibly entertaining,

Donald Trump lacks

the seriousness of the kind

of candidate that Republicans

desperately need right now.

[woman] Once you enter

the world of politics,

there's a different bar,

different standard.

[man] To say that that makes

him serious is ridiculous.

[woman] We never said--

[man] The guy was talking

about how Mexicans are rapists.

[woman] Rapists?

People lose their jobs

over words like those.

[woman] Donald Trump touching

off a political firestorm

by insulting John McCain.

He's a war hero

'cause he was captured.

I like people

that weren't captured, okay?

I hate to tell ya.

Hats and T-shirts

right here, y'all.

[woman] The latest uproar

was sparked

after making comments

about Megyn Kelly.

[Trump] But you can see

there was blood

coming out of her eyes.

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