The Republican strategist Karl Rove spoke out on Sunday to warn President Donald Trump that Americans do not like “sore losers.”
During a segment on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Rove, “The Electoral College votes tomorrow, and then on January 6, the Congress actually counts the votes and formally declares a winner. Do you expect President Trump to continue to contest the election past tomorrow, maybe even past January 6, and do you think he’s either helping or hurting both himself and the country?”
“Well, I believe that he will. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that maybe tomorrow there are attempts to disrupt the voting in the six contested states,” Rove replied. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see expressions of public support for the president’s position from Trump electors in states that he carried.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised on January 6 — I fully expect that one senator and one representative, at minimum, that’s what’s required, can file a statement contesting the electoral college results,” he added. “But I don’t see that it’s going to be overturned tomorrow, and I don’t see that it’s going to be overturned on January 6. ”
“As to your second question, it depends on — the answer to that depends upon what’s his goal? If his goal is to lay the predicate to come back in 2024 and run again, he’s helping himself at least gain the nomination,” Rove said. “But I think in the long run, he’s not helping himself or the country. America likes comebacks, but they don’t like sore losers, and he is on the edge of looking like a sore loser and probably will look like it after January 6.”
Though various media outlets have called last month’s presidential election for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Trump has yet to concede. The president has instead filed various legal challenges all over the country that he claims will expose massive voter fraud in this election.
It remains to be seen how this will work out for Trump and his supporters.