Former President Donald Trump continues to engage in political battles with those in the GOP who have been outspoken critics of him and his administration.
In his latest statement, Trump targeted Republican Party strategist Karl Rove, arguing that the Fox News Channel should “get rid” of the on-air commentator, according to the Washington Examiner.
“A pompous fool with bad advice”
The attack came after a recent op-ed in which Rove was particularly critical of Trump. Released by the former president’s Save America political action committee, he called Rove a Republican In Name Only (RINO) “of the highest order.”
Trump went on to say that he never “had much of a feeling for Karl” and “disagreed with so many of the things he says.”
The statement further lambasted Rove, who rose to prominence as an adviser to former President George W. Bush, as “a pompous fool with bad advice” who “always has an agenda.”
Trump blamed Rove, along with other establishment Republicans like Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for the party’s defeat in a pair of Senate runoff elections earlier this year. Specifically, he cited McConnell’s refusal to agree to a $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus payment to Americans in the weeks leading up to those Georgia elections.
For his part, the former president said that his efforts to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates prevented the party from losing “25 seats” in the House of Representatives. He added that McConnell would have likely lost his re-election bid in the Senate if not for his endorsement.
“The largest television audience of the week”
Rove penned his rebuke of Trump in the wake of the latter’s recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
In his Wall Street Journal piece, Rove referred to supposedly “muted enthusiasm” by the crowd in a straw poll that found nearly 70% of attendees would support a Trump 2024 White House bid.
“Thirty-one million people listened to my CPAC speech online, and it had among the largest television audience of the week, even though it was on cable at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon,” Trump declared in response.
In contrast, Trump argued that Rove “certainly hasn’t helped Fox in the ratings department,” concluding that the GOP strategist “is all talk and no action” and would better off to “keep doing a great job for the Democrats.”
Despite the fact that he no longer has access to the social media platforms from which he once addressed critics, Trump continues to prove what Rove should have known: If you mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns.