Donald Trump won the election with strong appeals to emotions, particularly on trade issues, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.
The California Democrat was asked at a meeting with reporters what lessons Democrats had learned in last month’s election.
Because of controversy over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails, videos showing Trump making lewd remarks about women and other matters, “The Democratic economic message was not coming through,” she said.
“We know who we are,” Pelosi maintained, and noted Clinton did win the popular vote.
Hillary Clinton won 65.7 million votes to Donald Trump’s 62.9 million.
But she noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., who had a strong challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and Trump both tapped into voter frustration with trade policy.
“There are certain issues that are emotional,” she said, and trade is one of them.
But, Pelosi said, “It’s the president’s initiative and that’s how it identified with us.”
Going forward, she said, “Should we have a better way to make sure our message is communicated? Yes.” So the party will be working with governors, legislators and others and “We’ll have a common effort as we go forward.”
Then, too, she said, “Republicans will give us plenty of grist for the mill.”