Republican strategist and former White House deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove warned President Donald Trump that he has very little time left before the November election, and he must focus on issues Americans care about, such as the surge in gun violence in America's major cities, rather than staging attacks like the one he tweeted against NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.
"The president has a limited number of days between now and the election," Rove said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "When he tweets, it's a powerful message and the question is does that message continue to advance the narrative that he and those around him decided that he would lay out at Mount Rushmore? The answer is, no. It didn't."
The president's Independence Day address was "remarkable," said Rove, but the president didn't draw from his speech or follow up on it come Monday.
Instead, Trump asked if Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver, would apologize to drivers who came to his aid after a teammate found what he thought was a noose in Wallace's assigned stall at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, and Rove said that was the wrong message.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday scolded reporters for not asking about the six children who died due to recent gun violence, but Rove said part of the reason for there being no questions was because Trump had not tweeted about that issue.
"Why should we be surprised that the White House press corps tries to take any opening that they have where the president has done something like attack the only African American NASCAR driver and seemingly defend the use of the Confederate flag?" said Rove. "Why should we be surprised that they’re focused on that?"
But Trump could have "advanced his cause" by tweeting about the children who were killed in acts of violence, said Rove.
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