Conway argues Trump saved GOP from becoming party of elites

Conway argues Trump saved GOP from becoming party of elites
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE's former campaign manager believes the real estate magnate's surprise victory has turned the political tables on the two parties, saving the Republican Party from “veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites.” 

Speaking to a crowd at a Washington event sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Conway said that the Trump campaign represented a departure from past GOP scripts, specifically referencing “We built it,” the GOP’s theme for its 2012 convention.

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The slogan is “great,” but misses the fact that most Americans are job holders, not job creators.

“What we tried to do in the Trump campaign is speak to the vast majority of American households that are neither job creators or job seekers but job holders. People are saying, ‘I have two or three jobs in the house, why is that no longer enough?’ ”

Conway also argued that Trump’s message to voters that they had nothing to lose from electing him, something he targeted toward minority voters, resonated around the country.

Trump was opposed by parts of the GOP, including the Bush family. Bob Dole was the only living GOP presidential candidate who attended the national convention at which Trump was nominated.

With his victory, other Republicans have also suggested that Trump’s election will change the party.

Stephen Moore, the Trump economic adviser who had been seen as a stalwart advocate of the free-trade policies eschewed by Trump, told top House Republicans during a recent meeting that they should no longer think of the GOP as the party of Ronald Reagan, but instead as the party of the populist working class. 

During her Tuesday speech, Conway warned that the Democratic Party, reeling from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Trump mounts Rust Belt defense MORE's loss, will face a similar reckoning. 

She specifically noted the leadership bid by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents a more rural district, against longtime Democratic Leader and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as a flash point in the party's reconciliation.

“The idea that my Republican Party is more closely hewing to the party of the forgotten man and forgotten woman, which Donald Trump talks about all the time, or the working man, the working woman, or the person who aspires to work or aspires to be an entrepreneur, is very healthy. We were veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites," Conway said. 

“And I would say that’s also something the Democratic Party is going to grapple with when you have leadership races between an aforementioned member of Congress who represents a working-class district versus those who represent San Francisco,” she said.

Democrats voted to retain Pelosi and sink Ryan's bid just hours after Conway's comments.