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Trump harnessed nation’s anger and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger noticed

During the presidential campaign, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger called for Donald Trump to step out of the race after the emergence of a controversial recording in which he bragged about groping women.

The Fort Worth Republican told the Texas Tribune in October that “we have heard rumors about the insensitive and vulgar things Mr. Trump says about women. But watching that video is disgusting. Mr. Trump should remove himself from consideration as Commander in Chief.”

On Thursday she said she now has a better understanding of why people voted for Trump and vowed to work with him.

“He is the president. I will work with whoever is the president,” said Granger, who was in Fort Worth to emphasize the importance of reading and early childhood education. “I didn’t like some of the things he said, but he was picking up on things that some of us weren’t. It was the anger and we need to know why people were so angry with us and why people are so angry in general.”

Granger said the voters signaled a “mandate for change,” with their support for Trump, a self-proclaimed a D.C. outsider.

“If we go back and do business as usual, it’s wrong,” Granger said.

The first thing to change is inaction on issues people care about, she said. That means moving faster, working harder or staying later to do “whatever it takes to get things done,” she said.

“We’ve had a situation where we can’t get bills through and we have to figure out a different way to do it and make sure that the things that we know have to happen will happen,” Granger said.

Trump has promised to fix inner cities, rebuild highways, bridges and tunnels — part of a call to improve infrastructure. Granger said other issues will emerge as well.

“We have a problem — both campaigns didn’t talk much about what they are going to do. They talked about each other,” Granger said. “We know, because we are hearing from people, what they want done. Infrastructure is one of them. Healthcare is a huge thing. How do we fix what is there?”

She said communication with the voters is an issue too.

“We need to spend a lot more time going out and listening to people,” she said.

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1