Speaking on The Carlos Watson Show this week, Rice, a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration, touched on the political climate that allowed Trump to rise to the highest office in the country without ever navigating the political landscape.
“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, as reported by The Hill.
“He touched the nerve of people who felt left out by globalization, who felt diminished by elites,” she added. “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.”
“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.”
“I would ask the president to first and foremost speak in the language of unity, the language of empathy. Not everyone is going to agree with any president, with this president, but you have to speak to every American, not just to those who might agree with you,” Rice said at the time. “When the president speaks, it needs to be from a place of thoughtfulness, from a place of having really honed the message so that it reaches all Americans.”
Trump, meanwhile, has deleted the blog he launched a month ago because he didn’t like it being mocked by the public, The Washington Post reported. His new social–media presence called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” was his answer to being banned from Twitter and Facebook, but according to Business Insider, the blog had very little engagement.
Senior Trump aide Jason Miller confirmed to CNBC that Trump permanently shut down his blog, which his team launched on May 5. Trump announced the platform after he was booted from all major social media apps for inciting the deadly Capitol insurrection on January 6.
“I do think we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform,” Miller said on Fox News in March. “This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media.”
“It’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does, but it will be his own platform,” he added. A month after the blog’s launch, it failed to pick up steam among Trump’s loyal base.
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