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. Lindsey

    Hey Donald, why not start your own political party? The Rich-Blowholes-Full-Of-Hot-Air Party. Should be a resounding success with many members.

    February 12, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    The GOP as at its most successful when it presented Conservatism as a positive, rather than a negative. Thats been turned on its head, as conservatives blame the media and so-called " low information voters" for pointing out the flaws in their arguments, as well as their questionable record at building a society of opportunity. Millionaires protraying themselves as victims is not going to persuade middle-class voters tired of stagnant incomes, so what's left? Concoct the fiction that the Democrats, who did not control either the White House or the Congres for the majority of the last 3 decades, are responsible for it all. Go back to the New Deal if you need to, to portray a society that the Democrats want to fail, on order to scare tired, scared and gullible voters into supporting policies that are against their own short and long-term self interest, in order to cement the position of the self-appointed oligarchs in our society. Ayn Rand would be so proud, as she continued to live off her husband's Social Security: selfishness as a virtue, and the red-state fools are none the wiser. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater would be appalled if they were still alive.

    February 12, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. mowey

    Why is Donald Trump anyone that we care about? Because he's rich and he bullies people with his wealth and huge ego? He's a crotchity old man with weird hair that cares about nothing except his own little agenda. The public really doesn't care what Trump says about anything. Stop posting articles about him.

    February 12, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. larry

    A bunch of Ron Paul Republicans won seats this election...hmm ya think they might be the future of the Republican party?? Yeah you old guys better step aside and let us take it from here!

    February 12, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    I would also like to say to the leaders of the Democratic Party......


    It's time to give as good as you've been getting. The GOP loves to kick people when they are down and it's way past time to kick back. Forget trying to be good, it's time to be bad and start giving the rotten GOP the exact same treatment that they love to give to the dems.

    Get the salsa and chips ready!! Margarita anyone???

    February 12, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Larry IN Houston

    Hope McDonnell doesn't blow it for his election chances in 2016 – He doesn't need to comment or agree with the donald or the idiot rove. McDonnell has a little bit of "some" common sense.

    February 12, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. jlf

    he is only causing a stir because his tv show "The Apprentice" will be on this Spring and this is cheap promoting!

    February 12, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. ghostriter

    I wonder who Trump backed in the last election? Probably himself.

    Maybe he and Palin can join forces. The "Don't U Forget US" Party. We'll call it DOFUS for short.

    February 12, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. mbane

    Trump talks a lot but he always forgets to mention that he is where he is today because of his daddy and his daddy's friends. If my daddy gave me a skyscarper to renovate and had of his friends resources at his disposal, I would be rich too if my daddy gave me a building and a few million in start up money.

    February 12, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. 2km N of GZero

    Trump is right. The GOP should help UNelectable Republicans win primaries. Oh wait. They did that.

    February 12, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. pwmcgill

    If the GOP ever hopes to win another national election they had better get moderate!! Their Taliban stance on the issues will get them nowhere nationally. I left the GOP several years ago because I did not wish to belong to a party that seems little different than radical Islamists in their social, political and intellectual ideology.

    February 12, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. luke,az

    The implosion of the Republican Party has begun. When was the last time you have heard 2 responses to the President's state of the union address, one from the Republican Party and one from the "can't stand on their own tea party".

    February 12, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Oh, man. I just love this stuff! Moderate Republicans being called RINOs because they use the washroom at the same time as Democrats. Tea Party affiliated groups finding the most outrageous candidates they can to unseat Republicans who may have broken ranks and voted with Democrats once in 20 years. Karl Rove saying he wants to find electable conservatives. Donald Trump (the most unelectable conservative in the country) slamming Rove. Bozzell slamming Rove, Bobby Jindal calling them all out as Crazys. And here comes Bob McDonnell trying to be the voice of reason after being one of the worst of the worst!
    To quote Yakov Smirnoff, "America! What a country!"

    February 12, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. richunix

    You go Donald! As the new self-proclaim leader of the new republican political wing “M.O.R.O.N.S”, you need to ask yourself” Does my trailer park manager know I’m using his computer again?”

    February 12, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Facts don't Lie

    It's hard to believe at one time I sorta liked Donald Trump...that is before he went CRAZY. He really doesn't need to act like this for a guy that at one time really wasn't all that much of a Republican.. And sorry McDonnell but I can't agree with you about Trump and Rove being "good Republicans" they both are at the heart of what is wrong with the GOP as we speak.

    February 12, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Larry L


    A bunch of Ron Paul Republicans won seats this election...hmm ya think they might be the future of the Republican party?? Yeah you old guys better step aside and let us take it from here!
    ================================================================================================ Future? It's always a bad idea to go for an increasing share of a dying industry. The GOP can't survive by promoting failed economic policies and flawed social ideology – but their core values prohibit real changes. The last thing they need is the Ron Paul crowd of naive, bigoted isolationists looking to solve highly complex problems with overly-simplified solutions.

    February 12, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Good republicans? As long as we elect republicans there will be a threat of war, an attack on women's rights, fiscal policies that lead to depressions and great recessions, elimination of social security and medicare, and a group of religious zealots who cater to the whims of rich white people.

    February 12, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. He is a little upset

    Trump never bullies? LOL LOL LOL LOL *deep breath* LOL LOL rofl rofl STOP!!!

    February 12, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. ellid

    Trump and Rove should be locked in a room together. Maybe then they'd shut up and leave the rest of the country alone.

    February 12, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. WTF Incorporated

    While I would love to see the GOP disintegrate while its elected (or unelectable?) members bicker amongst each other, I still refuse to believe the GOP will go away. You Americans have just 2 parties, you thrive on the type of inter-party back stabbing, and unfortunately it is part of your culture. The GOP is here to stay and America is doomed to spin its wheels forever.

    February 12, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. ghostriter

    Michelle Bachmann

    "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."
    —Comparing the 2009 swine flu outbreak to the 1976 outbreak that occurred under Gerald Ford, not Jimmy Carter. April, 2009

    February 12, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. ghostriter

    Michelle Bachmann

    "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."
    —April, 2009

    February 12, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. trumpisgodly

    Don Trump is a american hero–he does great things and has cool tv show–i think he is greatest american alive and i love his hair-his hair is really neat–and he has good ideas..and his wife is fun to look at ...i like his plane and his golf club...i want to be a member of his club but i have not enough cash....but i do love him very much....Go Donny Go...we love you and we applaud you....you are hero to many...you should be president...you are great...and smart...and funny....and cool...very cool...

    February 12, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. ghostriter

    "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."
    —April, 2009

    "(Gay marriage) is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that."
    —March 2004

    "It's your state that fired the shot that was heard around the world! You are the state of Lexington and Concord, you started the battle for liberty right here in your backyard."
    —Bachmann recounting her version of the American Revolution while in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, Lexington, Concord and the short heard 'round the world all happened in Massachusetts. March 2011

    February 12, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Just a Guy

    The Republican house is on fire. The Tea Party thinks the solution is to douse it with gasoline. The Karl Roves of the world are running around blaming the media, the democrats, liberals, etc etc. The John Boehners of the world say that all they have to do is get the message out that the house isn't on fire at all. The Bobby Jindalhs acknowledges that there is a house on fire, but it is somebody else's house. The Chris Christies are pulling out hoses, but aren't sure where the fire is. Meanwhile, the house continues to burn.

    February 12, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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