February 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
8 years 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.

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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. BeverlyNC

    No one cares what Trump thinks or says. He disgraced himself with all his birther nonsense and pretending to run for President to try to bring publicity to his failing TV show. He has no credibility, no integrity, and I have found the more arrogant a person the more insecure they are. Trump is one sad person who destroyed his own image.

    February 11, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    The thing they all ignore is this is highly unusual sniping within Republicn voices, its the party that has avoided such internal public fighting getting out into the open and or with media..
    The problem is that the GOP is no longer one party with one voice it has a serioud sub party within The tea party and they clearly have a vision at serious divergence to the Old style GOP with enough numbers in the House to screw up the whole system as long as there is a Republican majority with the as now over 60 T party policy advocates..

    February 11, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Plm931

    Losers. The whole bunch of repubs. They just don't get it.

    February 11, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    McDonnell, like all obedient republicans, wants to make sure he stays on the good side of both of these money men.

    February 11, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Rove and Trump are "typical" Republicans.

    February 11, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Rove and Trump are good republicans, this should be proof enough that the republican party has sunk to new lows in it's morals and ethics.

    February 11, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. smithdp

    I'm surprised the Tea Party put up with not even being mentioned at the Republican convention. Like the cousin you don't talk about.

    February 11, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. john

    Trump is revolting

    February 11, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. Rogue351

    Rove and Trump are part of the GOP problem. The GOP has grown to accustom to listening to the big money instead of the people. That is why they will never say ANYTHING against the NRA. That is why they continue to pay people like Limbaugh and Hannity to steer people in the direction of the GOP party. The GOP is of the mindset that they should rule over as apposed to working for the people. And, in total amazement they have done a pretty good job at convincing people to side with them, never mind their values kill thousands a year between guns and lack of healthcare while keeping "workers" in there place paying taxes while the rich pay a much lower percent. Government Oppressing People going strong in 2013 and beyond. No wonder they are against against science, 6000 year old earth, death to Nasa. In the eyes of the GOP it is a hazard to educate people beyond what Glenn Beck will tell them. Better to put them behind a gun and keep them stupid. Better to send them to war than school. The people might actually start thinking which would result in yet another lost election.It is actually a laugh looking back. The GOP tried so hard to sell McCain and Palin followed up by Romney and is little buddy Ryan. LOL and you continue to buy it. Rove and Trump continue to think they are relevant. Just the start of the GOP ripping the party apart from the inside. Whats next, Hannity saying something good about Obama, nope will never happen. But, if you are paid enough some people will say anything. So I guess it is a possibility.

    February 11, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  10. Michael

    "Good Republican" = bigoted idiot, so yes, Rove and Trump fit the bill.

    February 11, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Hillcrester

    Why is Trump the least bit relevant? I would place him below Palin in newsworthiness, if that is possible.

    February 11, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  12. Homer10

    Wow. This looks serious. Two Republicon speakers, now the Donald messing everything up. What next? A total split? The Republicon ship is sinking, and the Donald just put a few more holes in the hull.

    February 12, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Homer10

    Hay, I'm no Rove fan. They are both !d!ots.

    February 12, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. North Dallas Don

    No matter who ends up controlling the republican party, if they don't start to accept the fact they are entirely out of touch with a majority of America they will never win the White House again. Right now Trump and Rove and the Koch brothers and all look like spoiled bratty children. And even Fox News can't help them.

    February 12, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. O'Neill

    I cannot believe Trump is still considered relevant after his "Birther" movement. I've lost ALL respect for him. He's just another rich man with a large ego and a small mind.

    February 12, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. david Rutledge

    Why is Trump even considered relevant by anyone in the world?? Why does anyone care what he twitters, tweets, bleats, prates, prattles, vomits, vocalizes, stammers, belches forth. The man is not worth the the price of his toupee. Complete waste.

    February 12, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. anonoymous

    This is why there is no progress in Washington. A bunch of little kids still trying to figure out why they lost and blame each other for it. The election is over the president won now do your jobs. McConnell needs to commenting on nonsense and figure out some solutions for which he was elected to do!

    February 12, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    "Disagreement in the family." HA! The most dysfunctional family on the planet, filled with liars and cheaters and whiners and LOSERS!

    Repubs thought they could smear, suppress and steal their way to the White House in 2012 but THE PEOPLE stood up to them – as we will continue to do.

    2014 is House-cleaning time! Out with the Repubs and teabaggers and in with Progressives who know how to move our country FORWARD!

    February 12, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    A bag a money with a bad hairpiece: That's all The Donald is.

    February 12, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  20. Mikey

    Rand Paul > Marco Rubio

    Peace out RINO's

    February 12, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  21. sim namore

    Is it really news that miserable excuses for human beings are often "good Republicans"?

    February 12, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  22. Rick

    Trump calling anyone else a bully is about as ludicrous and hypocritical statement as I can think of. That said, I'm loving seeing the GOP eating their own.

    February 12, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  23. Jeb

    Rove may try to reign in the crazies in the GOP but it's too late. The lunatics now run the asylum.

    February 12, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  24. Rich

    Keep denying that there is a problem, McDonnell. Maybe it will go away.

    February 12, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  25. Alex

    Why does Trump insist on trying to seem relevant?

    February 12, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
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