The New Karl Rove: Trump Once Claimed He Loved the Tea Party – Now He’s Declared War on It

This week, President Trump declared war on the Freedom Caucus, saying that he would “fight” the conservatives who opposed RINOcare in the 2018 election.

President Trump sounds just like Karl Rove.

Back in 2013, Karl Rove and his allies in the Republican Establishment sought to destroy Tea Party conservatives. Rove created a superPAC, the Conservative Victory Project, to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate,” The New York Times reported at the time.

Rove wanted to defeat conservative candidates in Republican primaries — candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In 2013, Donald Trump was still a businessman, and back then he fought to defend the Tea Party.

Trump objected to Rove’s targeting of Tea Party candidates in the 2014 primary elections.

He even blamed Rove and the Republican Establishment for helping the Democratic agenda.

Trump even went on “The Mark Levin Show” to discuss Rove’s mismanagement of the Republican Party.

“The Tea Party, these people are great,” Trump said. “When I see Karl Rove go and demean the Tea Party after what he did with his lousy record, I was just really angry.”

And Trump swore the Tea Party would fight on.

Now, as president of the United States, Donald Trump is accusing the Tea Party Republicans in Congress of obstructing the agenda, of helping the Democrats.

Those are the arguments he once used against Karl Rove. In attacking the Freedom Caucus, in threatening to primary them, Trump has become Rove.

Trump has abandoned calls for Republican unity.

With his $488 billion deficit budget and plans for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, he has turned his back on small government and fiscal responsibility.

He’s sided with the liberal and “moderate” Republicans. He’s sided with the Establishment.

During negotiations over RINOcare, Trump told the Freedom Caucus it was Paul Ryan’s way or the highway. What happened to “listening” and “respecting” the Tea Party conservatives?

That was then.

This is now. If Donald Trump had announced his campaign for president saying “We need to fight the Freedom Caucus in 2016,” would he be president today?


Karl Rove wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal Wednesday in which he said, “The only lines crossed during this debacle were breached by the Freedom Caucusers, who committed political libel against their Republican colleagues, stopped the legislative process dead in its tracks, and saved ObamaCare. Congratulations.”

On Fox News Thursday, Bill Hemmer pointed out that Rove was saying the same thing President Trump is saying.

Thanks for making my point for me, Karl!

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