Former President Donald Trump secured a landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, heralding a robust beginning to his campaign. Political strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove offered his insights on ‘Fox & Friends,’ highlighting the significance of Trump’s win amidst notably low voter turnout.
The Iowa caucuses, a crucial early indicator in the presidential race, witnessed Trump’s overwhelming victory, described by Rove as an “avalanche.” The early success sets a promising tone for Trump’s campaign, positioning him as a formidable contender in the race.
Trump had commended his former opponent, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, assuring him a significant position in the forthcoming administration. “Doug Burgum from North Dakota, the governor and his beautiful wife, Catherine, and he got out of the race,” Trump said.
Burgum, who recently withdrew from his own presidential bid, endorsed Trump for president in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday.
“What people don’t know is that he actually supported me on the other side twice already. Right? That he decided to do it and he was outstanding. But the traction is never easy, right? You need controversy for traction sometimes. And this guy is the most solid guy,” said Trump.
“There’s no controversy whatsoever. And he’s one of the best governors in our country. And I hope that I’m going to be able to call on him to be a piece of the administration, a very important piece of the administration,” Trump continued.
Burgum ended his campaign after struggling in the polls and failing to qualify for key GOP debates. “I’m here to do something that none of the other presidential primary candidates have done, and that’s to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Bergum said over the weekend.
Burgum has had a relationship with Trump that can be characterized as generally supportive and aligned with Republican policies. Burgum, a businessman like Trump, has shown support for Trump’s policies, particularly those related to energy and economic issues, which are significant for North Dakota.
Fox’s Karl Rove, observing the election proceedings, noted the unexpectedly low voter turnout, the lowest since 2000. “Think about this, this is the lowest turnout since 2000.”
Despite this, Trump’s victory margin was substantial, suggesting a consolidated base of support.
“This is the first because the big night is going to be in November when we take back our country and truly we do make our country great again,” Trump stated.
Rove pointed out the impressive grassroots organization of Ron DeSantis’ super PAC, which played a crucial role in securing second place for him in the caucuses. The effective get-out-the-vote operation set by DeSantis’ team was a key factor in his performance, which could have otherwise seen Nikki Haley in the runner-up position.
Despite the low turnout, Trump’s vote count exceeded his previous performance in Iowa by a significant margin. Rove detailed, “Donald Trump got 56,260 votes last night. Eight years ago he got 45,429. So he got about 10,800 votes more this time than he got eight years ago.”
As the White House and Joe Biden’s inner circle assess these results, they face the challenging reality of Biden’s declining popularity in polls against Trump. Rove revealed his concern about Biden’s incapability, suggesting that a significant portion of the American public, including Democrats, question his age and mental acuity.