Condi Rice Praises Trump for Reaching out to “The Forgotten People”

When Donald Trump was elected president, there wasn’t much push-back from Republicans. John McCain seemed to be the only one up for a fight. Others who spoke out against Trump, like Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and Paul Ryan opted to retire. Everyone else was on board.

KILDEER, IL – JUNE 27: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks on stage during the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit prior to the start of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on June 27, 2018 in Kildeer, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG)

But Condoleezza Rice, who served as Bush’s Secretary of State, recently had some words of praise for Trump. She told Carlos Watson, “What really struck me, and maybe it’s because I’m a political scientist, is that the conditions that produced a populist leader, who had never been in government before, was something I think a lot of us had not paid much attention to, frankly.”

Rice continued, “He touched the nerve of people who felt left out by globalization, who felt diminished by elites. That just assumed that the conversation was the conversation they were having, not the conversation that people who’d been left behind we’re having.”

The former Bush cabinet member closed her comments by noting that Trump said to voters, “you contribute too, and they’ve forgotten you. They look down on you.”


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