Schmidt: Don't Underestimate the Power of Condescension That Millions of Americans Feel From Elites


Republican strategist and campaign operative Steve Schmidt praises Donald Trump Jr.'s speech at the Republican National Committee Tuesday night giving it an 11 out of 10. From MSNBC's coverage of the RNC:

STEVE SCHMIDT: We've seen the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, Senators, governors, hands down the best speech of this convention, and hands down the singular best case for a Donald Trump presidency that anybody has offered for the entire duration of the campaign. That was an 11/10. It's remarkable that somebody who is not a career politicians, who does not speak like that for a living was able to do that, what a bravo performance.

MADDOW: There will be criticism of him talking about aristocrats and the elites and the wealthy, you know, all of that. You know what, the criticism that inevitably will be against it on substance I think will be overwhelmed by how well it was done and the strength of the argument. I think you're exactly right... There is irony about him talking about the aristocracy as if he's not part of any aristocracy that we have in this country...

STEVE SCHMIDT: Don't underestimate the power of the cultural condescension that millions of Americans feel from the elites in this country. From the beltway, to New York City, to Hollywood, millions of Americans feel condescended to culturally. He tapped into that in his speech. That was an effective political speech. And it was an effective political speech for that 32% that haven't made a choice yet between these two candidates.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Let me ask you this since the convention can sometimes rise and fall on the ability to ad lib as we've seen negatively so far this week. What do you think the Democrats are doing? What edits are they making as they watch this television show along with us?

SCHMIDT: Whatever plans the Democrats have for next week, I don't think any plans have been altered or adjusted on the basis of what we have seen so far. As we look at Donald Trump coming into this convention, botched VP roll out, awkward 60 Minutes interview, bad first night.

It's really not my view to the last hour with Chris Christie, with Donald Trump Jr. that we've seen the arrows start to go in the right direction from the communication perspective. Now, all of these nights matter, the nights that really matter are the third night and the fourth night where we hear from the vice presidential nominee and ultimately the Republican presidential nominee.

It's possible to have a convention that's a disaster, but you can have a great speech from the nominee, that's what we'll be remembered at the end of the day, but so far if you're the Democrats, what you've seen is a lot of negativity, you haven't seen a lot of hope or positive messages. You haven't seen a lot of rationale besides the Donald

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