His belief that he is still president, or entitled to the presidency, is simply the most honest and overt expression Republican ideology.
Over the last 28 years, Republicans have won the popular vote just one time in eight tries. Thanks to the electoral college, they still took the White House three of those eight times.
The architect of the one Republican popular vote win was Karl Rove. Rove was a long-time strategist for George W. Bush and he now works as a commentator for Fox News.
But if Donald Trump has his way, Rove will no longer be working for the network. The 45th president called for the strategist to be fired in a recent fundraising email.
“Karl Rove’s voice on Fox is always negative for those who know how to win. He certainly hasn’t helped Fox in the ratings department, has he,” Trump asked.
The former president continued:
“Never had much of a feeling for Karl, in that I disagreed with so many of the things he says. He’s a pompous fool with bad advice and always has an agenda. He ran the campaign for two Senators in Georgia, and did a rotten job with bad ads and concepts. Should have been an easy win, but he and his friend Mitch blew it with their $600 vs. $2,000 proposal. Karl would be much more at home at the disastrous Lincoln Project. I heard they have numerous openings!”
Many Republicans would like to see themselves as fiscally conservative people who stand for limited government. But that hasn’t been the image of the GOP in the Trump era.
When people think about the party of Trump they picture groups like the Proud Boys. Or militia groups bringing machine guns to the Michigan Capitol. If the GOP wants to remain a political power, Karl Rove recently argued, they must disavow the Proud Boys, QAnon and militia groups.
The former Bush strategist opined on the matter in a recent piece for the Wall St. Journal. He wrote, “The Grand Old Party lost the White House while picking up U.S. House seats, holding half the Senate, and adding to its numbers in state legislative chambers. These conflicting outcomes leave Republicans facing the difficult task of cementing blue-collar Trump voters into their ranks while regaining strength in the suburbs and making inroads with an increasingly diverse electorate.”
Rove continued, “To rebuild, Republicans must decide what their party stands for. The way forward begins with clarifying what the GOP’s answers should be to the nation’s challenges, with an eye to the 2022 elections.”
—@KarlRove: "The GOP must also disavow QAnon, the Proud Boys and militia elements that have infiltrated its ranks. … Nothing good will come from tolerating such kooks and fanatics…" https://t.co/Z8e5otPvt7
Two prominent Republicans called on Donald Trump to denounce the QAnon conspiracy theory after he appeared to offer praise for people who believe it and support him.
“I’ve heard these are people that love our country. So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me,” Trump said of QAnon believers.
Trump is asked to shed light on his thoughts about about the lunatic QAnon conspiracy theory. Instead of denouncing it, he says, "I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate."
"I've heard these are people who love our country," he adds, coming close to an endorsement pic.twitter.com/gcvHvuqzIa
Karl Rove has likened Barack Obama’s recent comments to a “drive-by shooting” during a Fox News appearance on Monday. Obama had criticized the Trump administration.
Rove was senior advisor to former President George W. Bush and he’s now a Fox News contributor. President Obama’s comments did not land well with him.
“It is so unseemly for a former president to take the virtual commencement ceremony for a series of historically black colleges and universities and turn it into a political drive-by shooting,” Rove said.
“This is a moment where these young graduates that could be inspired to a life of service, to recognize that life is going to bring challenges and how we handle the challenges it’s going to demonstrate our character, there are lots of positive messages that the former president could have delivered.”
Watch the video:
"It is so unseemly for a former president to take the virtual commencement ceremony for a series of historically black colleges and universities and turn it into a political drive-by shooting" — Karl Rove on Obama's commencement speech in which he indirectly criticized Trump pic.twitter.com/stZamQFhgF
The politics of Donald Trump’s shutdown are beginning to worry some big-time Republican operatives.
Opinion polls show that while Trump has increased his approval ratings with Republican voters during the shutdown, he has lost significant ground with many important voting groups, such as independents and non-college educated white voters. These are both crucial demographics for a Republican presidential victory in 2020.
Highly regarded former White House political strategist Karl Rove held a meeting with Senate Republicans this week and told them they should not be too reliant on their conservative base for their electoral support. Rove said they will be facing a tough 2020 presidential election and they need to reverse the direction of the polls.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published Thursday showed the president has seen his approval rating drop by 9 points and his disapproval rating climb by 9 points among suburban men during the shutdown.
Rove, was former President George W. Bush’s top political strategist, and he still carries significant clout in GOP circle. He was invited by Senate leaders to speak to the 22 Republican incumbents who will be up for reelection in 2020. They held a day-long planning session on Thursday in Washington.
Senate Republicans are worried about losing their majority status in 2020. They have a much tougher map to defend the 22 seats than they had in 2018, and if Trump’s popularity continues to plummet they may be at risk of losing Senate seats in Colorado, Maine, Iowa, or Arizona. A net loss of three seats plus the presidency would give Democrats control of the upper chamber.
Needless to say GOP lawmakers are getting extremely nervous about next year’s election. Economic experts have been warning that the government shutdown could lower economic growth significantly, and it is likely Trump and Senate Republicans will shoulder most of the blame for this.
Rove advised the senators at the meeting not to rely too much on the conservative base for their reelections. The base is solidly behind Trump in the shutdown stalemate but the base is getting smaller and won’t be enough to assure election victories. He stressed the importance of expanding the GOP’s appeal beyond the core base of strong Trump supporters.
One GOP senator who attended the meeting said:
“He talked about politics being about addition and multiplication. You want to continue to bring people in who support you and the ideas that you’re presenting to help the country move forward in a productive way”
"She looks angry. She looks upset. She comes across as hectoring. That's not a good picture to paint as you come down the final stretch."
President Obama left Republicans whimpering in the corner after an interview where he conquered Fox News.
The super PAC in question said they 'appreciate the irony' and would 'rather not be doing this' but they 'want to see Bernie as president'
Peter Wehner says the liberal claim that Republicans are the ones who have become more extreme over the years is a "self-flatting but false narrative."
A solid majority of Americans oppose discrimination against gays and lesbians, even if it is based on religious beliefs.
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It is time that the left started taking this election seriously, along with Romney and Jeb Bush and the rest, even those we view as stupid, misogynist, and out of touch wing nuts
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The sad truth is that Iraq is in the shape it is today in because of what the US has already done. How, we must ask ourselves now, is doing it again going to undo it?
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