February 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Rove and Trump 'all good Republicans,' says McDonnell

Washington (CNN) – Don’t look for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to choose between celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Karl Rove, the Bush adviser who’s been at the end of Trump’s ire on Twitter.

“I know both of them. They're all good Republicans. We have good disagreements, just like the other side. And when you lose after a presidential race, there's always this soul searching. I think it's healthy,” McDonnell said on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”

His remarks came after a sustained lashing of Rove by Trump, who wrote various messages on Twitter criticizing the GOP operative for his new group designed to help electable Republicans win primaries.

Trump isn’t the only conservative angry at Rove, whose new group is affiliated with American Crossroads, the super PAC that Rove co-founded.

Brent Bozell, the conservative activist and author, issued scathing criticism of Rove's new group.

"The moderate GOP establishment record in Senate races last year was abysmal: every single one of their candidates lost," Bozell wrote. "We don't need a second Democrat Party in Washington."

All of the sniping is to be expected, McDonnell argued Monday.

“Look, this is just part of the process,” he said. “I'm not that worried about it. I don't call it a civil war. It's a disagreement in the family. And we'll be a stronger Republican Party going forward.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Donald Trump • Karl Rove
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    He Trump, and what did you have to offer the teapublican party? Birth certificate and college grades??? Pathetic. And by the way Trump, when are you going to have your march on Washington to protest the election results??? Right wing loser.

    February 12, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. MidMo Dem

    Donald, Donald, Donald. You couldn't be elected for anything, so you lash out.

    Unfortunately, McDonell is correct-both The Hair and Karl, Mien Fuhrer Rove are both good Republicans-at least insofar as they represent the party today. Make the rich richer, screw the rest of the country. Attack other countries, but don't declare war. Attack anybody who doesn't agree with the most reactionary policies possible. Return the country to the 50's-the 1850's! And the most ironic of all-

    The party that was born out of a backlash against the South's backward attempt to trumpet State Rights over the Federal Government. That's right, Republicans, forget the Civil War! Perfect-deny the one thing that gave you life!

    February 12, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Strategic Bob

    how can Trump and Rove be good Republicans? they aren't dead yet!

    February 12, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. skarphace

    First, Trump is not a "good Republican". He is in fact an opportunist and a poser. Remember that he was quoted, early in Obama's term, as saying that Bush was the worst President ever and that Obama was a great President. Shortly after, he jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon. You do not shift that severly unless the politics do not matter, and to Trump, the politics only matter when they get him publicity.

    Second, Trump's line, "I don’t like bullies", cracked me up. Does he think we aren't paying attention?

    Third, I am not usually a fan of Mahr, but he is taking Trump to school on the whole "orangutan" debate.

    February 12, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. steve

    I'm sure in his eyes the grand wizard is a fine Republican!

    February 12, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. WachetAuf

    The problem with all political parties is the appeal to personalities rather than principle. Oh yes, I know, the GOP claims to be the principled party. But, their only proof of it is the GOP's insistence that Obama is a "socialist". "Proof that Obama is a socialist of anything else does not make the GOP the principled of the two parties. And, the fact is that we have had "socialist" programs in our country for at least 80 years, programs which the GOP has supported and will continue to support. GOP principles are muddled, appeal to the base primitive Darwinian animal herding instincts and will finally evolve into a full blown personality cult because the one thing they cannot promote with complete sincerity and integrity is a principled position on the economy, international relations or social programs. All they can do is squeal like the pigs in Animal Farm.

    February 12, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. glorydays

    The same folks that think Trump is relevant thought Palin was, too. "nuff said.

    February 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They're all good Republicans."

    Sorry to burst your bubble, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, but those good Republicans you're talking about ... they left the party. Too much hate and obstruction and dissension from within, I suspect.

    But, hey. Good luck reprogramming that soul searching thingy you folks have been in an all out; over-drive; media messaging; frenzy mode to ... well ... to divide and conquer amongst yourselves.

    Personally, I think it's your message ... and your messengers. Yourself included.

    February 12, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. I FORGOT MY NAME

    Trump is a cartoon character and Rove is a ....nothing.

    February 12, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. william d. lee

    Why do we care what Trump says?

    February 12, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Glenn Doty

    There is absolutely nothing that states that parties must be eternal. The Whigs died off, and have been irrelevant in politics now for more than 160 years.

    The republicans are facing a schism. If they cannot mend the rift, then they'll die off – eventually to be replaced by the democrats

    The most likely scenario here is that the republicans and tea party will support separate candidates in general elections, splitting the difference and causing the democrats to win a super-majority... then the republicans will start entering into democratic primaries and shifting the democratic party further right... enraging the far left who will begin supporting the green party as there's no fear of republican or tea party candidates winning... In 30 years, we'll see the democratic party and the green party as the only two viable parties, with the democratic party having a similar conservative leaning as the republicans had in the 70's – 80's.

    In order to stop this schism, the republicans may need to bend to the tea party and lose as a united group for a while until they can convince the tea party to moderate and remain within the fold. This means more Akins and Mourdocks, and another decade of Democratic dominance... but the alternative is complete party death.

    (personally I'm hoping for the complete party death).

    February 12, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Larry L

    I see Republicans have invited Ted Nugent to tonight's speech. Security will be loathe to pat him down. He may have reverted back to his draft-dodging days and crapped his pants. Ironic – he now sells his brand of "tactical" ammo and serves as the leading Republican "chicken-hawk". He had a chance to serve and chose defecation over dedication.

    February 12, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Kweso

    They are eating their own. Pretty soon, there'll be no one left in the home.

    February 12, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Bruce Laube

    Not worth the time to read the article!

    February 12, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Slow Down

    Let's not forget that the Republican candidate still received 47% of the vote. Further, Romney received 36%, 37% and 41% of the vote in NY, CA and IL, respectively.

    Do Republicans need to evolve in some areas? Absolutely yes. But the Republican message still resonates with large swaths of the American people, not just rich people. Think that zealots on both sides need to remember that independents still sway back and forth between parties, and there probably aren't many of them represented on these boards. We are a long way from the death of a party.

    February 12, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. askdavey

    with some good joss, this next 4 years will be of the gop telling you just how they see it,....latino;s are now good, rape is rape and you women should just deal with it or when we take back the senate and the house we will take the laws off the books for rape, birth controll.....heck why have that ? we'll just take away s.s. and medicare let the poor have babies that they can't afford,and we'll just keep the donations rolling in from the insurance companys....heck we might be up for some nice inssurance jobs in the non- profits yeah for wallstreet. well well, its time for gun debate......lets bring ted nugent......ARE YOU KIDDING ME the gop acts like he is this great guy who america loves, he made his money play music to a drug fueled crowd what a joke, and some right winged nut job think this will help the gop, when are theey going to relize that it is the same actions that the county would like to see this party .....just go away.....kinda like they thought it was sarah pay'ins fault !!!!

    February 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. burke lowr

    of course they are good Republicans!! The Tea Party extremists are successfully destroying the party which means brutal democrat governments which is bad news for USA!!!!!

    February 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. snowdogg

    the donald is upset... that helps make my day

    February 12, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Sly

    Trump and Rove – 2 of the ugliest men in America. Believe me, they are not "soul searching" as written – neither has a heart or a soul, and both worship the American dollar.

    Very low form of life.

    February 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Jon

    All of this in-fighting is ridiculous. There is no reason why we can't have a legitimate 3rd party in this country. If the Tea Party people are unhappy about the direction of the Republicans, then split off. More political parties can only be a good thing for the American people; more ideas and platforms get heard by more people. And who knows? Maybe it would even lead to some electoral reform, which we sorely need in this country.

    Forcing candidates to fit a certain political ideology in order to run for office is why nothing ever changes for the better in Washington. Forcing voters into only having two choices come election time doesn't give them true freedom when it comes to expressing their opinions on specific issues. This whole system needs a serious overhaul...

    February 12, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. LogicRules

    The King of Bancruptcy has spoken again...hows your clothing line made in China doing? Maybe he should go on Letterman again and remind us of what a hypocrite with orange hair looks like.

    February 12, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. phearis

    "I don't like bullies."
    I actually LOL'd. uhhhhh, you ARE a bully.

    February 12, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Janey in Tennessee

    Ain't life Grand! It doesn't get any better than this. So much fun to watch! Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Just goes to prove there is justice in the world after all and yes balance in the end. Ahhh!

    February 12, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. ritmocojo

    What I can't believe about The Chump, is that he took Bill Maher's parody hook, line, and sinker, by sending Maher a copy of his birth certificate along with his lawyer's letter to Bill stating Chump's dad's name, as listed on the B.C., thus attesting that his mom did not in fact couple with an orangutan. Well dummy Chump, all of us except you, know, that an orangutan cannot reproduce with a human. So now Chumpie Boy, just "suck it up"!

    February 12, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Bob

    Karl Rove is the ultimate taker, not unlike other "patriot" Republicans. He took $400M, and pocketed how much? And is that because he is "smart" and "works hard?" Others that work harder and are honest Americans, but less fortunate are the takers. The system is rigged, and as Jesse Ventura said, it is based on bribery. Where is the surprise here?

    February 12, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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