Karl Rove Doesn't Hold Back In Withering Critique Of Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn
GOP veteran political strategist Karl Rove harshly reprimanded Donald Trump's former campaign attorney Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday for whispering absurd ideas in the president's ear to overthrow the November elections.
Trump has reportedly considered appointing Powell, a conspiracy theorist and QAnon supporter, as a special adviser to investigate imaginary electoral fraud, alarming White House aides. And Flynn, pardoned last month for lying during the Russia investigation, advised Trump to declare martial law and re-run the elections.
Trump has continued his relationship with Powell even after his campaign banned her from the legal team and tried to distance himself from her and her bizarre theories.
"You're talking about an idiotic idea," Rove told Fox News host John Roberts of Flynn's proposal on martial law. "There is no way for a president to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1803 and claim that the problem has to do with the hustle and bustle surrounding the elections." No president would have the authority to do this. "
He noted that Flynn is not a constitutional attorney and "when it comes to giving the president good advice on politics, I think he is at the bottom of the list."
His criticism of Powell was even stronger.
"Ms. Powell has been promoting theories that actually have little foundation," he said. "The idea that Hugo Chavez emerged from the grave was somehow involved in stealing this year's election." The former Venezuelan president died in 2013.
He noted that their "appraisers" were found to be fraudulent during recent election complaints and that "any idiot with access to Google and the county election results" could have debunked some of their claims.
"What she did to throw mud on the president through her antics is incredible," said Rove. "The president was so badly served by this crowd, and she's the boss of them."
In November, Rove, a controversial former advisor to President George W. Bush, said he believed Trump had the right to question the election results. However, he said he did not think this would change the outcome or that any evidence of fraud had been presented.
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