Former President Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett said Tuesday that it is “too painful” to think about all the reasons why so many Obama supporters ended up voting for President Trump in 2016, reports The Washington Times.
“They were looking for change,” Jarrett said on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. “I really can’t spend a lot of time looking backward, it’s too painful for me.”
It has been reported that about seven million voters who supported Obama in 2012 decided to not vote for Hillary Clinton and instead choose Trump.
Jarrett worked in the Obama White House for eight years and said it’s “troubling” to her that 43 percent of registered voters didn’t go to the polls last year. She said that Obama’s new foundation is devoted partly to “getting them engaged and getting them participating in our democracy.”
Apparently, Jarrett can’t even bear to watch the news these days either for her fragile liberal temperament. She says keeping up with the news these days “is not good for my health.”
She also divulged that Obama is “concerned” about Trump’s efforts to roll back most of the Democrat’s legacy and Obama’s legacy.
“Of course he’s concerned,” she said. “A lot of the very important steps that he took to level the playing field, ensure that we have a culture of inclusion where every child has a fair shot, many of those provisions and steps are being rolled back.”
Jarrett brought up the issue of Obama’s deportation amnesty program for young illegal immigrants, The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which Trump has since suspended and has let Congress to revise the program.
“Obviously, those young people who came to our country through no fault of their own who are truly in spirit American citizens, they should be protected,” Jarrett said.
She was asked if Trump’s policies are racially motivated as a response to the nation’s first black president, to which she surprisingly said she doesn’t think so.
“I think a lot of it is about protecting the status quo, the entrenched special interests in Washington,” she said. “The fact that Congress hasn’t moved forward to keep guns out of the wrong hands doesn’t have anything to do with there being a black president, it has to do with the stranglehold that the NRA has over Washington. I don’t read race into everything. I think a lot of it is people looking out for their short-term political interests.”
She did, however, say that she thinks the racial divisions in the U.S. have been deepened since Trump came into office.
“I think in a sense maybe a lot of what had been under the surface, we’re seeing [in] the light of day more apparent today than before,” Jarrett said.