MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie asks former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “Do you think it’s possible that Russia’s election interference actually worked, actually elected Donald Trump?”
Before Guthrie even finishes the last phrase of her question, Rice is shaking her head no and says:
I don’t think there is any evidence of that and you know, I really don’t think that that’s a good conversation to have. I think that really does devalue the people in Wisconsin and Michigan and others who decided to vote for President Trump. Whether you like this President or not, whether you believe that he should have been President or not, let’s give the credit to the Americans who went out and voted for somebody who they thought would bring change. And the question is, are we going to be responsive to some of the messages that were out there and do you hear me now? People who felt that they were disadvantaged by globalization, the unemployed coalminers in West Virginia, the opioid addict in Pennsylvania, are we going to be responsive to those people? That’s really the question we should be asking.
Guthrie is in a state of shock because she has just been so completely, yet so diplomatically, shut down. There is really nothing she can say. She immediately shifts back to the new book (about the Cold War) that Rice appeared on the show to promote.
Guthrie says, “Well, the book of course is called “To Build A Better World.” It’s got a lot of thought provoking issues in it. Thank you so much for being here this morning.”
And that was the end of that.