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Valerie Jarrett: Trump's Election Night Win Was 'Gut-Wrenching'

By    |   Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 11:24 AM

President Donald Trump's election night win was "gut-wrenching," but eventually one has to "just move on," former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Thursday.

"We had eight years," Jarrett said in an exclusive interview with MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. "We had the privilege of serving our country at the highest level and part of our democracy is then you hand the baton on, so I think I had adjusted ahead of time to what it would be like and that made it a little smoother."

Even so, "it was painful," when Trump won, she told Brzezinski.

"But that's our democracy, and then you have to just move on and figure out how you want to continue to do what you care most about. For me, it's issues like gender equality and criminal justice reform and helping advocate for civil rights and getting young people interested in picking up that baton, so, there's still a lot of important work left to do," Jarrett said.

Brzezinski noted that there were some 'brutal pictures of some really devastated faces" in President Barack Obama's White House after Trump's win, and asked if Jarrett if she could have imagined that Trump, who came to power "on the birther movement" against Obama, would win.

"Elections have consequences," said Jarrett. "It's part of why President Obama worked so hard during the campaign. When people show you who they are, you can't be surprised when they actually then continue to fulfill what they said they were going to do."

Jarrett, though, said she did not expect the election to go how it did and would not have predicted it, but now it's time to rebuild and "focus on creating a big and inclusive tent where we're focusing on making sure that, you know, every child gets that fair shot, that every woman gets to compete on a level playing field, that we are true to the core values of our country and we're making sure that we honor those values."

As for Obama, "he's very interested in doing is finding, you know, the Barack Obama 2.0s all around our country, who is the next generation of leaders that he can support and nurture and help grow."

"He began his career as a community organizer," said Jarrett. "I think he's looking forward to going back to that and use this incredibly powerful platform, The Obama Center, to excite and nurture and get young people to want to care about their country and to make it better."

As for former First Lady Michelle Obama, Jarrett said she does not plan to encourage her to seek public office, and she laughed while telling Brzezinski that she does not "think that would be fruitful."

"I will encourage her to be a force for good," said Jarrett. "She doesn't need much encouragement for that. Obviously, she was an extraordinary first lady, but I don't think she really wants to run for office. I think she appreciates that she has this extraordinary platform, as does her husband. They're young. They're very popular. The president left office with very high approval ratings, as did she."

Meanwhile, Jarrett said that rather than giving up over the election results, "You have to say 'what more can I do to continue to be that force for good?'"

Jarrett said, however, that does not mean she'll be seeking public office herself.

"I certainly hope that we can all continue to be forces for good after leaving the White House," she said, and she hopes to "find that next generation and encourage them" to enter political life.

"I really want to help get people to appreciate the impact they can have if they get in the arena and whether they run for office or they serve in the public sector," said Jarrett. "I started my career working at local government in Chicago, and I learned so much there that helped shape my attitude when I had the opportunity to serve in the White House."

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