Rove: Freedom Caucus Did a 'Grave Disservice,' But Trump Shouldn't 'Punch Down'
Karl Rove agreed this morning that the conservative House Freedom Caucus did a "grave disservice" to the Republican agenda with its opposition to the health care bill, but advised President Donald Trump not to "punch down" at the lawmakers.
Trump took to Twitter this morning to go after the most conservative wing of the GOP.
"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" he wrote.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
In an op-ed this morning, Rove called out the Freedom Caucus' "tired, familiar act," where its members accuse other Republicans of being "RINOs."
He said it amounts to political "fratricide" for the conservative House members to brand the failed health care bill as "ObamaCare lite."
Rove said the American Health Care Act, which was pulled before a House vote last Friday, would kill $1 trillion in ObamaCare taxes and subsidies for health care exchanges, stop Medicare expansion and also kill the individual and employer mandates.
Rove singled out Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who was on the show earlier, for making a "dishonest" argument against the bill, which was championed by Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.
The former White House deputy chief of staff under George W. Bush said Trump has a right to be angry, but should let others go after the Freedom Caucus.
Watch his analysis from "America's Newsroom."