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Former Clinton strategist James Carville weighs in on Trump victory

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville weighed in on Donald Trump's victory - one he never thought would happen.

While Carville says America should worry, Trump supporters say the opposite. Carville helped orchestrate Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential victory, but he was not involved in Hillary Clinton's failed bid last week.

When asked where Hillary went wrong, Carville responded: "You got a week?" he said.

Carville didn't want to second-guess strategy, but he does have questions.

"I don't know if it was a lack of what she did, I don't know if it was not a conscious, rational - I have a different view of that, but if something is that close, it could be 15 different things," said Carville.

We asked him if he thought Bill Clinton should have played a larger role.

"I always think so," he said. "I think he had a lot of really good ideas, but it was her time, not his."

Carville, now a political science teacher at Tulane University, questions Trump's commitment to the office.

"I didn't think he was serious about it," Carviolle said. "I still don't think he was serious about being president."

While Carville laments the election's outcome, local Republicans celebrate domination of the White House and Congress, and what it could mean for Louisiana.

"I'm feeling great, excited and enthused," said state GOP chief Roger Villere.

State GOP leaders are pleased Trump picked Rience Preibus as chief of staff because of his strong ties to local house majority whip Steve Scalise, an early Trump supporter.

"Steve Scalise finds himself in the Republican party leadership with a great chance of staying there, or even moving higher up," said FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman.

Republicans are also thrilled to be in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, a bitter pill for Carville, given the outcome of the popular vote, which he says shows the Democratic party is not dead.

"This is the first time since the formation of modern political parties, in 1828 has any party won the popular vote six out of seven elections as the Democrats have. For a party that has actually performed at a high level nationally and has no power, I think he will be able to do all he said he was gonna do...so I am concerned," said Carville.

But local GOP leaders see the Trump victory as a win, for their party, and the country.

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