Actress says Trump was 'catalyst' to elect more women to public office

Actress Sheila Kelley said in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE's election served as a catalyst for activists working toward electing more women and minorities to Congress. 

"I think that because he was elected, is why we have the 116th Congress we have that is so diverse, that is so inclusive, and that is so full of women," Kelley, who is known for her roles on "L.A. Law" and "Gossip Girl," told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball last month.

"I think we got a little lazy. We got a little comfortable with the way things were," she continued, referring to U.S. politics before the Trump era. 

Last month saw a record number of women and minorities enter Congress, with the number of women serving in both chambers rising to 127, and the number of African-American and Hispanic lawmakers rising to 55 and 45, respectively. 

Kelley said that she reached out to Trump's female supporters, and asked why they voted for him, in an effort to bridge the political gap. 

"I heard back from a lot of women who had voted for him, and I listened to what it was, and there's just such a lack of coalition," Kelley said. "There's such a lack of listening, of understanding, coming together, there's so much polarity, there's so much division, and people just shut down." 

— Julia Manchester