Jeanne Zaino Assesses Trump's Impact on the Political Process

Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with Jeanne Zaino,Ph.D., Senior Analyst at Appliedtechonomics and Professor of Political Science at Iona College, to discuss the historic 2016 Presidential Election, the current political climate and the impact Donald Trump has had on the political process, the media and voters in America.

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"Hi, this is Steve Adubato. Welcome to the Tisch WNET studio, here in at 66th and Broadway. It is our... my honor and pleasure to welcome a good friend, Doctor Jeanne Zaino, who is Senior Analyst, Applied Techno-Economics, professor of Political Science at Iona College in beautiful New Rochelle, New York. That's right. How you doing? I'm good. How are you? Thank you so much for having me. It's thrilling. It's a beautiful studio. Isn't it great? It's awesome. What a view! And you've been in a few studios? A few. [laughter] Yeah. Just a few! Yeah. I've seen you in a few. [laughter] Yeah. Well we work. Yeah. Here's the thing. We've also worked together in a couple of different studios. Yeah. Real quick, while we're doing this at the end of 2016, and move into '17, this will be seen after that, your biggest takeaway from this, you know, the election that just happened? You may have remembered? What election, Steve? What, which...? What election? [laughter] And you and I were on a couple of networks talking about it. Yeah. What was your biggest takeaway? My biggest takeaway is the fact that we've seen, I think, a huge shift. And not just in the United States, but across Europe and much of the industrialized Western world, this kind of wave of populism that I think is sweeping across the world. And I think my biggest takeaway is that many of us who do this for a living should have seen this coming a lot earlier than we did. So whether you're looking at Brexit, you're looking at what's happened in Italy or the Netherlands, or the United States, you see very similar strains of a real real frustration out there, and a real need for people to express how frustrated they are with the status quo. Particularly the economic status quo, so I think my biggest takeaway was shame on so many of us, me included, for having missed this, you know, huge movement. And I give Donald Trump credit. I give Bernie Sanders credit for really being in touch with people on the ground in a way many in the party elite and the establishment simply weren't. So that was my biggest takeaway. Why did we miss it, Jeanne? I think we miss it because we, you know, first of all, we do have this geographic centered in the Northeast on this Acela Corridor. So we encounter certain types of people, and we may not be encountering people from the rest of the country. I think that's part of it. I think, also, we miss it because there has been an economic recovery..."