Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she understands why former President Donald Trump has been a successful populist politician.
“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, The Hill reported.
“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 were having.”
Speaking on “The Carlos Watson Show” this week, Rice said Trump reached 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 said. “As a political scientist, I guess I was more interested in what produced this in our society.”
Rice, who served in the George W. Bush administration, previously had been critical of Trump. After George Floyd’s death while in police custody last summer, Rice said the former president should try to understand the