Valerie Jarrett, former President Obama's longtime top adviser, looked back on the "gut-wrenching" feeling of watching Hillary Clinton's surprise defeat unfold.

"That's our democracy," she said in an interview with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, who asked whether the Obama "inner circle" sensed in the final days that Donald Trump might win. 

Jarrett said our democracy is "complicated," adding that she "would not have predicted" that result. 

She continually emphasized the need for Democrats to channel their emotion over Clinton's loss into advocacy for issues they care about.

"You can't just throw up your hands," said Jarrett, who served as senior adviser to Obama during his eight years in office.

Brzezinski ended the interview by asking Jarrett if she would do a "favor" and ask the former president to "come back and save the party" and "tell them what to do."

Jarrett said Obama is focused on finding the next generation of leaders or the "Barack Obama 2.0" and is looking forward to getting back to his community organizer roots.

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