|Donald Trump, interviewed by Business Insider in his midtown office.|
(Business Insider) - Donald Trump didn't hold back on Karl Rove.
In the span of 15 minutes, the Republican presidential front-runner referred to Rove as a "total moron" — adding that "you can print that if you want" — and compared him to someone who has worse aim than someone randomly throwing darts.
"A guy like Karl Rove, Karl Rove is Republican establishment. He spent last cycle, $430 million, and lost every single race," Trump said in an interview with Business Insider last week.
"And I saw the commercials and the things that he was making, they're the worst I've ever seen. I thought they were made by the Democrats. So you have morons — but they have morons like Karl Rove. Look at what happened with [Jeb] Bush. Look at what happened."
It was part of a lengthy rant about the so-called GOP establishment in an interview conducted as part of Business Insider's special report on the Trump campaign, "Trump Nation: On the trail with the GOP front-runner."
And on this day, Rove, the former adviser to President George W. Bush, was the poster boy. Trump was raging against an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last Thursday, which ran alongside an op-ed Rove wrote that criticized the real-estate mogul's debate performance.
"He had, he got zero, no victories, not one. Now, how's that possible?" referring to the 2012 record of the Rove-founded super PAC, American Crossroads.
"It's not even possible. Just throwing darts you do better than that," Trump continued. We have guys like Karl Rove who are really incompetent people. And all you have to do is look at records of people, look at his record. It's a horror-show."
But Trump also suggested in his interview with Business Insider that if he did, in fact, win the nomination, it would be possible to "make up" with the GOP establishment.
"Maybe. Maybe I will. I can do that too. I can make up with the establishment," Trump said. "Look, the establishment doesn't want me, because I don't need the establishment."Read More . . . .