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.
There was, however, plenty of pushback against Trump from those who served in the George W. Bush administration. GWB stayed mostly silent, but people like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney weren’t fans. 70 former officials even issued a letter calling the current GOP a “cult of Trump.”
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.”