Contrary to Rove’s advice that Trump “move on” from Russian collusion, Trump needs to use his bully pulpit to expose Deep State crimes for Americans to see.
Karl Rove appears in the WSJ this morning with some advice: Move On From Mueller, Mr. President. Mr. Rove is dangerously clueless. His is not advice President Trump needs nor is it advice that would serve the country.
Rove rightly observes that “William Barr’s letter summarizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report lifted an enormous political weight off President Trump and his team.” But then Rove advises that Trump leave all the unanswered questions about what was in essence an attempted coup to those below him in the executive office hierarchy. Trump, he opines, should float above it all and ignore it.
These questions should be answered, but Mr. Trump need not devote much time to pressing them. He can count on Mr. Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to continue cleaning up the FBI and Justice Department. Mr. Horowitz is already investigating possible FISA abuses.
There’s also Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who promises to get to the bottom of “disturbing” aspects of the FBI and Justice Department’s 2016 and 2017 activities. As House manager of the 1998 Clinton impeachment effort, he learned the importance of not overplaying your hand.
Further, Mr. Rove advises:
Mr. Trump now has an unusual chance to fashion something like the presidential honeymoon that media bitterness over Hillary Clinton’s loss denied him when he took office. Team Trump should use the Mueller report to pivot to issues, like the economy and the opioid crisis, that matter to swing voters who will decide the 2020 presidential election.
Where has Rove been? Despite this ongoing, slow motion coup aimed at President Trump, our President has been addressing the economy, the opioid crisis, and most other of the serious issues effecting our country. He does not have to “pivot” to those issues. They have to make it into the press. But the media has been focused like a laser on Mueller and Russian collusion. They won’t start reporting in any meaningful way on other issues until Trump goes on the offensive and things start to look very bad for the left. Then their focus will change.
It is amazing just how out of touch Rove is with this country. This is decidedly not the America of 2000 when Rove partnered with George Bush to craft a successful run for the Presidency. The Democrat Party of 2000 was dominated by Clinton centrists with at least some remnants of intellectual honesty. The Left of today is a different beast, given over wholly to identity politics, post modern subjectivity, autocracy, and socialism. Leftists are spoon feeding that toxin to every person coming out of higher education and, increasingly, K-12. The Left in America started fast transitioning to this ideological “end stage” of hard core neo-Marxism, during the Bush Presidency. No one more than Mr. Rove should recognize that, at least in hindsight.