In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, Vance specifically called out Rove as the epitome of corruption in the Republican Party, accusing the long-time political consultant of trying to get donors to back away from his candidacy even as Trump endorsed him.
“You know, the slimeball Karl Rove, who shipped a lot of American jobs overseas and got rich in the process and also who sent a lot of Americans to die in stupid conflicts,” Vance said.
“Karl Rove spent a lot of money, he spent a lot of op-eds criticizing my candidacy, he was even calling my donors after Trump endorsed me and encouraging them to drop my campaign.”
In a lot of ways, what this revealed, is that you do have some very corrupt political consultants in the Republican Party who despise their own voters … a couple of days before the primary — I think we had already kind of locked it up, we were way ahead in the polls — a Republican donor group put two million dollars on TV to attack me which really didn’t hurt my candidacy against the other Republicans, it actually just hurt me against the Democrats. [Emphasis added]
My candidacy revealed an incredible amount of corruption in our own party and I do think that’s one of the things I do have to fight against. Tim Ryan, who I’m running against, is a total fraud, but we also have to fight against the corruption in our own party. [Emphasis added]
.@JDVance1 Joins Tucker Carlson Tonight To Discuss His Victory In The Ohio GOP Senate Primary & His Battle With The Establishments In Both Parties
JD: "Tim Ryan, who I'm running against, is a total fraud, but we also have to fight against the corruption in our own party." pic.twitter.com/DnEfvBJHXY
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