Carville: Trump Has "The Validation Of The People"


Longtime Clinton backer James Carville reacts to the apparent outcome of the 2016 election.

JAMES CARVILLE: Shaky is about as optimistic a word as I can see right now. I think this is, if this thing goes where it looks like, where I hope it doesn't go, people gotta understand, this election is gonna have consequences like you can't believe.

I was looking with Steve Schmidt's presentation and I think Steve was, if anything, optimistic. Donald Trump now has the authority of an election behind him.

It's the biggest thing that you can have in a democracy.

You can't -- this is not an antiseptic event. This is now-- He has the validation of the people.

He said what he was running on. It was pretty clear what he was offering. You know, obviously I'm -- you can imagine, I'm distraught about the entire thing. I feel terrible for a lot of my friends. But what is here tonight is hard to put into perspective. We're going to have one party ruling this country, and Obamacare is done. Dodd/Frank is done. The diplomatic and financial consequences, I'm looking at the futures, they're going to go further.

It's hard to imagine what this means.

There's no sense and sugar-coating it to people. I think Wisconsin is very problematic... And if you just look at what it is, I hate to say it, but I hope, please god let me be wrong...

Donald Trump didn't run to unify the country. That was the last thing he did. The country did not vote to be unified. This was not like a unity and all Americans coming together to be one common people with a vision. This was, there are some people that are gonna do this, and other people do that. It is very clear what we voted for. He did not mince words. And I cannot emphasize that enough. This is not -- he was not a unity candidate. It wasn't what he ran on. He didn't run on a typical Republican agenda.

MICHAEL STEELE: What is your expectations of governing then?

CARVILLE: Obamacare is done. Dodd/Frank is done. Trade agreements are done.

STEELE: That's what the American people want.

CARVILLE: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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