November 29, 2016

Karl Rove, the former George Bush tactician, had harsh words for Kellyanne Conway, regarding her public outbursts against Mitt Romney as choice for Secretary of State.

Rove said her actions are "destructive" and "it makes him [Trump] look weak.”

Rove joined Fox News' Happening Now Monday morning when he was asked by host Melissa Francis to comment on the situation.

Francis said, "its impossible for me to believe she's gone rogue, hating on Mitt Romney," and she wondered if there was a "method to this madness."

Rove stated he didn't know but listed a couple of possibilities, one was it was coordinated by Trump and the other is that she did go rogue.

But whatever the explanation, Rove said, " This is destructive. This first of all suggests Donald Trump is weak, when his inner circle, his closest advisers are publicly telling people, ‘This is the advice I gave my chief and he isn’t listening to me,’ it makes him look weak.”

Francis was doing her best to defend the Trump camp from looking like bumbling idiots and she asked, "Is there another explanation?"

Rove continued, "If he settles on Romney, his closest advisers told him not to do it. If he settles on somebody else, it’s going to be there was anger about Romney and he couldn’t stand up to that anger. Better to have given that advice in private and let him make his decision one way or the other."

Rove said that the most important job Trump's staff does is give unvarnished advice to him, but by publicly sharing that advice it destroys the dynamic they have.

He said, “This is going to inhibit the free flow of private, confidential advice to the president, which is one of the most important commodities inside the White House.”

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.