Rachel Maddow greeted by big crowd at Smith College

Hampshire County resident talked about lessons of 2016 election

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A Hampshire County local turned national news host and political commentator was at Smith College Monday to talk about this past election cycle.

Rachel Maddow is a host on MSNBC, but her career actually started right here in the Valley at a radio station in Holyoke.

2,000 people packed into John M. Greene Hall to hear Maddow share her thoughts on the 2016 election, and what opponents of President Donald Trump should do now.

“Figure out what your role is going to be, figure out what your good at, figure out what you can do given the scenario you foresee for your country. Its time to start imagining this stuff,” Maddow said.

So many people came to Smith to see Maddow speak that the college actually had to turn people away at one point, because they reached capacity.

Maddow discussed everything from what she believes residents can expect from the Trump Administration to how she believes they should handle the next four years. One Smith student told 22News that she left the speech feeling inspired.

“The way that she was saying the people who are closest to you are not always the people who are on your side and always agree with you. It’s the people who are also interested in politics, and that’s something I’ve been making moves and making steps to get more into because it is my country,” Elizabeth Boahen said.

While Maddow identifies herself as a liberal, she did say some of her closest friends don’t all see eye-to-eye with her on politics, but rather equally care about politics and about the country.

Maddow spends a lot of time here in the Pioneer Valley; she splits her time between New York City and her house in Cummington.