Strategist Christine Pelosi Offers Advice to Democratic Candidates (Video)

Attorney and Democratic political strategist Christine Pelosi wants her party’s presidential candidates to show Americans a “pathway” through the country’s “trauma,” rather than focus on just beating Donald Trump. “It’s to provide people with the sense of common purpose, with a sense of hope, and with a sense of optimism that there is a place […]

Attorney and Democratic political strategist Christine Pelosi wants her party’s presidential candidates to show Americans a “pathway” through the country’s “trauma,” rather than focus on just beating Donald Trump.

“It’s to provide people with the sense of common purpose, with a sense of hope, and with a sense of optimism that there is a place for them in this society,” Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said at TheWrap’s Power Women San Francisco event on Monday night. “It’s not about taking on Trump. … It’s about looking past Trump.”

Speaking with Audrey Cooper, the San Francisco Chronicle’s editor in chief, Pelosi pinpointed three different political moments in recent history that she said have contributed to America’s collective trauma: the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the economic recession of 2008 and the presidential election of 2016.

Pelosi said the U.S. government’s response to 9/11 created a “security industrial complex” that led to the “war of choice in Iraq,” the militarization of U.S. airports and streets, and has ultimately “affected the American psyche.” Adding to these wounds was the 2008 market crash, which Pelosi said fundamentally impacted Americans “economically, emotionally, financially” and has left them still dealing with the ramifications today. And by Donald Trump’s electoral victory in 2016, Pelosi said the “deeply, deeply hurtful assaults on our values of diversity and inclusion” only added to the country’s collective trauma.

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J. Clara Chan

Media and politics reporter • jclara.chan@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jclarachan