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Karl Rove: 'Pathetic' for Podesta, Dems to Protest Trump Win

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By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 01:14 PM

Political strategist Karl Rove said he accepts the CIA's word Russia intervened in the presidential election, and he does believe the matter should investigated, but at the end of the day, he said, the leaked emails didn't hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"This ought to be thoroughly investigated by the regular committees of Congress, Senate and the House Intelligence Committee, in my opinion," the former White House deputy chief of staff and current Fox News contributor told the network's "America's Newsroom" program Monday.

However, he pointed out, Oct. 6, the day before WikiLeaks released Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails, her RealClearPolitics average was at 48 percent, but on Election Day, she got 48.08 percent of the vote, and that is because she did not have a compelling message.

"She was a dreadful candidate who came down to the end and sounded like 'I'm more of the same, status quo, elect me because I deserve it,'" Rove said. "They're blaming the Russians for the failure of the Clinton campaign to actually have a campaign."

Podesta told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday by hacking into his email account and that of the Democratic National Committee, Russia was attempting to "elect a lap dog," and Rove said he believes it is "pathetic" he is still complaining.

"I thought it was pathetic yesterday that after piously lecturing the American people that Donald Trump ought to accept the outcome of the election, that they are now not accepting the outcome of the election," Rove said.

That pattern is "deja vu all over again," he continued.

"I saw after the 2000 election, when they tried to delegitimize George W. Bush's election," said Rove, recalling a "Meet the Press" broadcast from back then. "Yesterday, John Podesta attempted to do the same thing 16 years later, with the incoming president of the United States.

"It is not good for our country, particularly people who have piously and hypocritically lectured the American people who then don't support the outcome of the election and also say things that are inaccurate."

Delegitimizing a president, though, is a way for Democrats to raise money, Rove said.

"We saw it in Jill Stein," he said. "'Let's go out and raise $5 million overnight to contest the election in three Great Lakes states because Hillary Clinton had the election stolen from her.'

"Well, it turned out Donald Trump got more votes as a result of those recounts. Look at it on Moveon.org and all these left-wing groups. They need it to collect members, get names, get internet email addresses and raise money. And this is going to continue."

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