For years, the right had to put up with several “Republicans in name only” who often leaned center-left. Former President Donald Trump can’t stand them, especially former White House aide and strategist for George W. Bush, Karl Rove.
Trump called Rove, a Fox News contributor, “a RINO of the highest order” and urged the network “get rid” of him, the Washington Examiner reported. He struck back at Rove who said he had “muted enthusiasm” at the prospect of a Trump presidential run in 2024.
INBOX: A statement from the former president of the United States about Karl Rove: pic.twitter.com/9D7pG0JLj7
— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) March 5, 2021
“Never had much of a feeling for Karl, in that I disagreed with so many of the things he says,” Trump said in a statement released on Thursday following Rove’s own unfriendly opinion pieces. “He’s a pompous fool with bad advice and always has an agenda,” he charged, adding the Rove “is always negative for those who know how to win. He certainly hasn’t helped Fox in the ratings department, has he?”
Trump concluded his angry tirade by saying “Karl Rove is all talk and no action!” He urged him to “keep doing a great job for Democrats and offered that “Fox should get rid of Karl Rove and his ridiculous ‘whiteboard’ as soon as possible!” he wrote, referencing the prop Rove uses to make his point on the network.
Rove responded to Trump in a statement to Reuters, saying he’s “been called a lot of things in my career, but never a RINO. I’ve voted for every Republican presidential candidate since I turned 18 and have labored only for GOP (Republican) candidates since then,” he said. “I’ll continue to use my whiteboard and voice to call balls and strikes,” Rove later added.
However, Trump had lobbed the more serious charge in February that Rove was instrumental in Republicans’ loss of two key races in Georgia, with both Senate seats awarded to Democrats to give them a 50-50 tie and making Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaker “Should have been an easy win but he and his friend Mitch [McConnell] blew it,” he said of Rove and the Senate Minority leader for their role in former Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue’s loss in the state.
The former president went on to point out that the 15 seats Republicans picked up in the House of Representatives were largely due to his influence on the down-ticket. Trump said had it not been for him, the party “would have lost 25 seats” and that “Karl’s friend Mitch” would not have won re-election in Kentucky.
During George W. Bush’s presidency, Rove was painted by the media as the sinister mastermind behind the GOP president. Meant as a smear against both Bush for being so inept and Rove for being a supervillain, the truth that Rove served and advised during that administration actually makes Trump’s point. Bush was no conservative, and neither is Rove.