Former President Donald Trump released a fiery statement on Thursday, March 4, blasting Republican strategist Karl Rove, GOP Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, and other Republicans.
“Karl Rove has been losing for years, except for himself,” Trump wrote. “He’s a RINO of the highest order, who came to the Oval Office lobbying for 5G for him and a group. After a lengthy discussion with Rove and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, I said no, they’re not qualified. Our Nation can do much better!”
“On Election Evening, Nov. 3rd, at 10:30 p.m., Rove called to congratulate me on a great win,” Trump continued. “I said thank you, Karl, only to watch the rigged election take its final form.”
“Never had much of a feeling for Karl, in that I disagreed with so many of the things he says,” Trump added. “He’s a pompous fool with bad advice and always has an agenda. He ran the campaign for two Senators in Georgia and did a rotten job with bad ads and concepts. Should have been an easy win, but he and his friend Mitch blew it with their $600 vs. $2,000 proposal.”
Rove served as senior adviser to former President George W. Bush. He has been a Fox News contributor since 2008.
Trump said Fox News should “get rid” of Rove, whose voice on Fox “is always negative for those who know how to win.” He added, Rove “certainly hasn’t helped Fox in the ratings department, has he?”
“Karl would be much more at home at the disastrous Lincoln Project,” he continued. “I heard they have numerous openings!”
“If the Republican Party is going to be successful, they’re going to have to stop dealing with the likes of Karl Rove and just let him float away, or retire, like Liddle’ Bob Corker, Jeff ‘Flakey’ Flake, and others like Toomey of Pennsylvania, who will soon follow. Let’s see what happens to Liz Cheney of Wyoming.”
Trump went on to say that if it weren’t for him, Republicans would have lost seats in the House and the Senate, including McConnell, who “would rather spend his time fighting me than Pelosi, Schumer, and Sleepy Joe.”
“31 million people listened to my CPAC speech online, and it had among the largest television audience of the week, even though it was on cable at 4 p.m. on Sunday,” Trump continued.
“Karl Rove is all talk and no action!” he said. “Next time Karl, save your Election night phone call and keep doing a great job for the Democrats.”
Rove has repeatedly criticized Trump. In an op-ed published on March 3 by the Wall Street Journal, Rove mocked Trump, saying that only 68% of the former president’s fervent supporters at CPAC wanted him to run for president again.
In December, Rove called Trump a “sore loser” on Fox News as Trump continued to assert that the 2020 election was stolen from him and refused to concede.
“If his goal is to lay the predicate to come back in 2024 and run again, he’s helping himself at least gaining the nomination, but I think, in the long run, he’s not helping himself or the country,” Rove said. “America likes comebacks, but they don’t like sore losers, and he is on the edge of looking like a sore loser and probably will look like it after January 6th.”
GOP leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have been trying to convince Trump to help the GOP secure the House and Senate in 2022 elections.
The former president himself suggested in his address at CPAC on Sunday that he may run for president again in 2024.
“Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” he said.
Former Pres. Trump on Karl Rove.
“He’s a pompous fool with bad advice and always has an agenda. He ran the campaign for two Senators in Georgia, and did a rotten job … Should have been an easy win, but he and his friend Mitch blew it with their $600 vs. $2,000 proposal.” pic.twitter.com/sSS7sngvUf
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) March 5, 2021