22News interviews former presidential advisor David Gergen

Addressing the state of politics in America

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN and a former presidential advisor, sat down with 22News Thursday night to talk about the state of the country and politics in America.

Gergen’s White House career has spanned nearly 30 years, serving both Republicans and Democrats as an advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

After two nights of protests across the United States, after Donald Trump was elected president, 22News asked Gergen what the nation needs to do to come together.

“They need reassurances,” Gergen said. “The government owes them that.”

Gergen said Thursday some reassurance was given, as Trump met with President Obama at the White House.

“He and the president have set a good tone in the early hours of this. He needs to continue on that basis. He needs to have the word go out he’s not a sexist, that he respects women, that Muslims are going to be welcome in this country,” Gergen told 22News.

The 74-year-old White House legend was in Springfield Early Thursday evening, speaking at “The 2016 Election: Issues and Answers” public forum held at Symphony Hall.

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Watch the video below to see the full interview.