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. Rudy NYC

    "I don’t like bullies. I am not going to stand around and watch @KarlRove target the Tea Party. Karl Rove gave us Barack Obama. Loser."
    Maybe Karl Rove did "give us" Barack Obama. (Actually, I thought it was a tie between Palin and McCain's prohibitely bad judgement in picking her, callling for a campaign timeout to deal with the financial crisis and then silently sat in the meeting.) I think Rove and his neo cons were responsible for handing the Democrats the edge in 2008, though. Almost any Democrat should have won in 2008. It was theirs to lose, thanks to Rove.

    But, it was without a doubt that the Tea Party that re-elected Barack Obama. It was the Tea Party the enabled Democrats to hold the Senate and gain in the House. It has been the Tea Party that has been the driving force behind all of the division that the right wing claims exists in the country. Because it is the right wing is deeply divided.

    Both corners of the right wing have done their fair share.

    February 12, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. IvotedforObama

    We don't need any Republicans in office.

    February 12, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Rain man

    Donny Trump has become a running joke and hes done it all to himself. Is he that craving of attention that he needs to keep being such a putts? If so he needs a hospital to bring him back down to reality.

    February 12, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  4. enuff

    What has happened to the most "powerful man in Washington"? But then again, Trump shouldn't talk. For all hos big money, he still couldn't prove his birther issue with Obama.

    February 12, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. michiganandy

    Dear Mr Trump. Get your head out of your butt and see it is aligning with the Tea Party that has the GOP facing complete marginalization on a national level. Your disconnect from society, let alone ignoring the simple fact super wealthy people like you have created a corrupted culture that thanks to your party, has been legalized piecemeal, be it allowing the financial sector bet on the failure of their own investments, well the investments of people's life savings, where even after achieving high profits, it's ok to squeeze more profits by shrinking the workforce. The days of wanton money grabbing from hard working people so that charlatans can enjoy a lifestyle that itself needs to be criminalized out of mere GP, and b/c overpopulation has been stressing the basic resources needed to sustain it., those days are over. Soon we will be coming after you first with torches and pitchforks, and if that doesn't work...

    February 12, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. Leeford

    Donald Trump doesnt like bullies? LOL Really? Guess he doesnt like his reflection.

    February 12, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  7. tv22

    Let's see Donald, Rove is one of the most accomplished political operatives in history and you're a buffoon. I'm sure Karl is really worried about what you say!

    February 12, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. Duncan Leary

    I love the smell of grilled elephant meat. The back yard brawl in the GOP is going to be fun to watch

    February 12, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. Just a thought

    This is too funny. The GOP/Tea-li-ban is horrible plight on this great nation. Let's not interupt them as they have their circular firing squad. I need my popcorn.

    February 12, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  10. Rob Johnson

    Trump hates bullies? That's news to me, seeing as his entire persona is one big bully act.

    This is more than a minor squabble, folks. By 2020 the Tea Party will have split off to form a third party. There is just no way they can co-exist in the same party as the "establishment" Republicans they loathe so much.

    February 12, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Just a thought

    I wish the Tea Fools and the entire GOP clown brigade the best of luck with imploding. I can't wait until these losers get off the stage and we can get on with re-building america.

    February 12, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. asm_ith

    Fascinating how the "birther-in-chief" blames Rove for Obama being reelected, when Trump had as much to do with it as Rove, many other Republicans, and Republican policies in general.

    February 12, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. Mark1

    The GOP needs more people like Trump. I say that as a lifelong Democrat

    February 12, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  14. Zoomie

    I love how Repubs rewrite history. They got beat by a president fixing the mess Bush created, pure and simple.

    February 12, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Stephen in VA

    Why does anyone still care what The Donald or the Palinbeast have to say?

    February 12, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. DavidC

    We say we are tired of something but we keep mentioning it. I am tired of this man also but I refuse to say his name and I won't insult him. I will simply refer to him as # in the future.

    February 12, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. dragonfire77

    Why are we giving this windbag any air time any more (After all, he couldn't "trump" an off-suit deuce)

    February 12, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  18. Walter Adams

    Since when did that orange-haired comb-over carnival barker ever become a credible voice of the Republican Party? As much as it pains me to admit it, Karl Rove is right: extreme right wing nut jobs cost the G.O.P. seats in the Senate and the House. As long as conservatives continue to put unelectable candidates on national tickets, they'll be handing Democrats election victories. Furthermore, considering Trump's intimate familiarity with bankruptcy, he has no authority to chastise Rove for making unwise investments.

    February 12, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. Anonymous

    this is great stuff keep up the entertainment starts my day with a smile and good laugh ..........I'm a true Democrat hahhahhahaaha!!!!!

    February 12, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  20. rs

    Good luck with that Mr. McDonnell. The Republicans are of two minds: the Rovian, vaguely crazed, "cut-tax-and-spend", anti-government, pro-rich, anti-Obama "conservatives", and the more rabid Trump anti-American TEA Party that are seeking to declare wars on the poor, sick and elderly. Oh, they're "birthers" and gun nuts too.
    Face it, neither side is attractive, and getting caught in the middle means facing the circular firing squad.
    Have fun! If it works, you probably qualify for Middle East Peace negotiator....

    February 12, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. John

    Karl Rove,Donald Trump and the TEA PARTY are all giving the Republican Party a bad name and will stop any Republican from winning. Just wait and see how many Republican lose their seat In 2014.

    February 12, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. Ferret out the BS

    Have ya ever thought that the voting public just rejects your message, doesn't like the dirty dealings, see's you as war mongers, corrupt and just plain don't like you or your cronies. By the way you also spend like there's no tomorrow then blame the other guy and point fingers at others blaming them for all our ill wills when in fact the GOP are the bad guys.

    February 12, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  23. barb

    We Dems love this stuff keep up the entertainment guys you put a smile on my face a laugh in my heart and a spring in my step.......... Repubs you can't fix stupid! hahahaha

    February 12, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Please give us more "good GOP" members like Rove and Trump.

    Lord, hear my prayer.

    February 12, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. independant jim

    Trump is demanding to see Roves Birth certificate

    February 12, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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