Appearing on “The Carlos Watson Show,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Trump connected with Americans who felt left behind.
“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 said.
“He touched the nerve of people who felt left out by globalization, who felt diminished by elites,” she continued. “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.”
Rice explained Trump reached out to voters by telling them “you contribute too, and they’ve forgotten you. They look down on you.”
“That’s something that we probably still really need to pay attention to,” she added. “As a political scientist, I guess I was more interested in what produced this in our society.”