Fox News contributor Karl Rove said Sunday that real estate mogul Donald Trump should be ignored because he “is not a serious candidate.”
Rove, former deputy chief of staff under President George W. Bush, made his comments during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”
The show’s host, Chris Wallace, asked Rove how Republicans should “handle Donald Trump.”
“Ignore him,” Rove said.
“He is completely — off the base,” Rove said. “I mean, you know, ‘I’m gonna negotiate with ISIS. I have a secret plan to deal with ISIS but I can’t tell you about it because of my enemies. As President I have the unilateral authority to levy a 35% tax on any company that opens plants abroad.’ I mean this guy is not a serious candidate.”
Rove also said Trump had yet to file his “one-page declaration of his candidacy with the FEC,” saying Trump didn’t want to unveil his assets.
“He will delay filing that piece of paper,” Rove said. “He got into the race on Tuesday and by Friday he still couldn’t file a one-page piece of paper that required his name and his address and his signature on it.”
On Monday, Trump’s campaign released the one-page form he said he’d filed to the Federal Election Commission. However, on Tuesday morning, the FEC’s online list of candidates who had filed did not yet show Trump’s name.
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