Trump bashed the veteran Republican consultant in a series of messages Thursday, calling him a “total loser” and encouraging people not to donate to Rove-controlled groups.
“Why are people giving money to Karl Rove when he just wasted $400M without any victories?” Trump wrote. “Use your head. Karl Rove is a total loser. Money given to him might as well be thrown down the drain. Karl Rove’s strategy and commercials were the worst I have ever seen.”
Trump’s messages came amid escalating tensions between Rove, who created a group to back establishment candidates in Republican primaries, and Tea Party groups who backed losing candidates like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Todd Akin in Missouri. Rove’s group, the Conservative Victory Fund, has drawn fire from Tea Party backers like FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
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