Brazile and Gingrich Reflect on 2016 Presidential Election

Democratic National Committee interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reflect on the 2016 election.
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Donald crow. Nick Denton anything you. Thought this was gonna happen early on my body is serious but women told you that he was inevitable. Anyone know when there's a very close election people forget how many votes had to change in Wisconsin Michigan Pennsylvania. Was there a moment. Donald where you look to what was happening. And there's more than the celebrity's. This is that if you actually tapped into it legitimate and real movement. I think that my early indication was back in the some 2015. When. Just a few weeks after his announcement he's already drawing big crowds. He was already dominate and the electoral landscape in terms of the media. And I think he put. And begin in the conservative movement. On notice and then they've Republican establishment. But at the end of the day I agree with knew there was a close election 1121000. Votes. Mean that that's the real margin. Donald Trump broke the blue wall. He cracked it and then he broke it wide open and he siphon up enough votes would disenchanted Democrats independents and others that allow him to win the electoral vote. He wins in Wisconsin Republicans haven't carried since 84. He wins in Michigan he wins in Pennsylvania these are states that happened in Iowa these are states that haven't gone high. Republican and independent generation or else you know the Republican who. And who could've carried it because because they would have run normal campaign these were not people who were Republican and I people who are attractive to Republicans. But they had a gut feeling that his his years of working blue collar workers and building buildings which was memories not a financing. He actually built buildings and actually zone blue collar people. They had this gut sense that he was somehow. Hopefully he would he was a sign of hope. The somebody catered in a way that I don't think any other Republican couldn't communicate twice sixteen of dollars a year where the rules changed. Everywhere I went and Blue States especially so called blue state and I kept phoning back to Brooklyn hey guys doped up posters all over. All over the place that I kept and this is dot don't make fun of it because. That's a sign that's a sign that those the people working for Donald Trump of the people volunteering there out in the community put them yard signs communicating with people. Nontraditional campaign given credit for that that says you have to give credit to the campaign that had a consistent message a 100% in its. Make America great. Okay again at a slogan. That became the message that became the song and you got a song gotta Melanie let's get to the issue diaries the popular vote but what percent that's somehow we elect presentation. But there isn't an issue. It three. Million more people almost three million more voted. Four tribes upon. So you're telling me that if Donald Trump had won the popular vote by three million votes have lost Electoral College to you wouldn't be. Raising questions about what kind of a mandate Hillary Clinton then. I'm not telling him them saying that the rules of the game as they were played understandably international president when your president. Your president you have the mandate of being president now whether he uses that mandate to unify the country and bring us together which he should. There's not a function of the size of the popular vote to function of what what is a good president bill the president tries for a present all of America. We'll continue to return for two I think it can easily mean they reach out. The trump does not end in mind you Trump's Ashton dude George W. Bush George George you know but boat George W. Bush came into office. Improperly reached out to Teddy Kennedy who wanted an education bill that Teddy Kennedy loved. Now if you are conservative that horrified you didn't make you feel better. Well if it's my way or the highway. Then what what you're gonna see you again is another. Round the gridlock in Washington DC you don't see retribution. And retaliation. He has an enormous opportunities as every president and offers 100 days to to show that. You know he. He's eager to find common ground. Two to meet with you know Democrats touch him. And except human nose down from both in the caucus. Have a moment for breakfast have a mobile. What afternoon today. And and see if you can find some common ground soaps what do Democrats do today. Stop trump today today street fight him tooth and nail on everything or to the tri. To reach out try to work with. But all the pens look there's a tiger bolt from a pioneer I hear a lot of we're gonna fight him he's not a legitimate president not my president. We're gonna stop him at every turn you hear a lot of that from Democrat no question I mean look are from Elizabeth Warren I've heard from burns and is that her from a number of Democrats. That will fight. But they're all sold. You know up the Democrats are saying look with some on the table let us work together we get there we have a lot of. We have a lot at stake in terms of the economy President Obama does is leave in the White House and leave and the economy in a much better shape than. When he founded back in 2000 we're not image in a 100000 some we the economy is one albeit not as fast as most Americans will likely to. But let's see what Donald Trump will will propose let's let's see what it will what we he will propose on education let's see what he intends to do. And terms of obamacare will he just repeal it without. Clinton up alternative that will strengthen it or will he went continued to you know to say I'm on you know just get rid of it. It would turn this around a little bit. When you look mister speaker acts. The prospects for the trump presidency would leave fear. The most that they will lose their nerve. It looked at their arrival in Washington. And for them to be successful. They have to stake out positions that Donald in my life and the left will hate and my deepest concern is are now arrive. And you gonna have the greens going crazy over the EPA and interior. You're gonna have the government employee unions going crazy about civil service reform you know the teachers union going crazy over school choice. And these are pretty non negotiable I mean if you're serious about school choice there is no agreement with the teacher's union sorry your worry they get squished. I'm worried that when that when they realize how big the problem is. That they that they decide that there's it's gonna do the best they can give them. Wii U acts that were what do people fear the most is that emblem last season. And that's what people fear because we watch him after ask do. Win and the Electoral College we've watched him continued to attack to demonize. We have not seen this Bigelow like the presence of of of you know the next commander in chief of antagonist it well but but guess what I I still have hope I have a whole. I believe that one that we might see. A new Donald prop emerge and that Clinton in my money on. But I do believe that perhaps he will wake up to the fact that he's president of the united. States of American OK our wrap up on that this thing. Look this has been the most divisive presidential campaign. Our lifetimes. By the divisions are still he made the misery for bottom of terms of bottom yes lives. YouTube long been friends. About and I respect. I don't imagine you one friend did you we have well I'll I'll Rendell has now. Oh how does the country overcome these. Relationships. You have to build relationships you have to keep well. And I think stability done just said I would hope the president vary early on would meet with the black caucus. And take notes. Now hope he meet with with the Hispanic caucus take notes that are there are. Problems in this country so profound that we really have to have an openness is Americans. To talk with each other and try to figure that would solve some of these things and I wouldn't and my my faith in front is I actually think he has the guts as well as the energy. To have those kind of meetings and in due. To reach out to a broader range in May be anybody's safety animal the other side be receptive to that if that's the approach that fell from things. You know it's it's a wait to see if there's so much that we can do together if we can. I'm common ground and a look forward to welcome them as a district a long time district resident. The trop family to DC that's that's always been out tradition we welcome the next president United States. But I'm also ready to leave their protests. If he. Turns out to be Kennedy trial and that president from. Kenny trop raise a lot of rate flags during an election that many of us objected to but it it presents from. Looks for ways to work together to find Ingraham. We'll see then we'll thank you both very much appreciated.

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