Rahm Emanuel: Trump changed GOP base

Rahm Emanuel: Trump changed GOP base
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) in an interview broadcast Sunday argued that President Trump changed the Republican Party’s base and that members of Congress have not caught up to the new landscape.

“The talk about healthcare vis-a-vis his base, I think, misread what his base wanted. I think it was actually a total misreading of the Republican base,” Emanuel told CNN's “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” referring to Trump. 

“He actually changed the Republican base, and the Republicans in Congress aren't up to speed with what his base is.”


Emanuel, who formerly served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators Obama reveals his March Madness bracket MORE’s chief of staff, said the new Republican base is “more jobs-focused” and “more America-focused.”

Emanuel also argued that had Trump first begun with infrastructure legislation rather than healthcare, he would have had bipartisan support.

“And I think there is still fundamentally a dire need and a desire — both a dire need and a desire — to build a 21st-century transportation system for a 21st-century economy,” Emanuel said.