Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed Karl Rove, a former senior adviser to former President George W. Bush, and asked him a question many Americans have been wondering — how could so many informed, intelligent political analysts and pundits fail to predict a victory for President-elect Donald Trump?
“My question, and I think it’s a really significant one, is why did nobody call any of this ahead of time — and I am including you in this. Why did nobody see this coming? Have you taken a moment to ask yourself, ‘With all the data in the world at my disposal was I unable to see this?’” he asked, according to a transcript by RealClearPolitics.
Rove thought Carlson was talking about the markets — the Dow Jones industrial average was at a record-shattering high, according to Fox News.
“You know, maybe you can remember when I said that the market was going to tank if Trump won. I didn’t say that,” Rove attempted to counter.
“I mean the election,” Carlson pressed.
“I’d be happy to answer the question if you want to keep going,” Rove said, apparently annoyed. “If you want to keep going, fine, but I’ll be happy to answer the question. I thought he would get close. I thought he’d win Florida, North Carolina, Ohio.”
“I told him at the end of May he was going to win Iowa. He said really? I said yeah, Iowa. I didn’t think he would get Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and narrowly Michigan.”
Rove did admit that frustration with the Democrat president and candidate may have done much to steer the election toward Trump.
“What he did is he broke through southwest… He broke through southwest Wisconsin,” he explained. “Two elections in a row we had Bush on a bus riding through southwest Wisconsin trying to break through in those counties and the combination of being upset about President Obama and not liking Hillary Clinton” paired with a disciplined, well-run campaign the last few weeks of the election swung things to Trump.
However, perhaps his weirdest claim was that, at the end, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won Wisconsin for Trump. As he explained it, “A month out from the election, the Wisconsin Republican party was short of money for their get out the vote operation.”
“They went to the RNC which said we can’t fund it,” Rove continued. “They went to the Trump campaign who said we’re not going to be there. Paul Ryan wrote the million dollar check to the Wisconsin Republican party.”
He continued to imply that Ryan’s campaigning in the state was crucial in the state’s conversion — an idea that Carlson apparently found hard to credit.
“Nobody thinks Paul Ryan got him Wisconsin,” was Carlson’s terse reply.
You can watch the exchange here:
Regardless of who won Wisconsin for Trump, we are grateful.
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H/T The Daily Caller