Strange bedfellows: Karl Rove, Tea Party Express "endorse" Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Democratic primary fight

Wasserman Schultz has attracted a progressive challenger and some of the strangest endorsements

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published May 25, 2016 7:59PM (EDT)

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz                (AP/Alex Brandon)
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (AP/Alex Brandon)

Like it or not, trolling appears to be a feature of modern American politics that is here to stay.

Expert Republican troll Karl Rove, who duped conservative voters to re-elect George W. Bush with promises of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and convinced Fox News to air his bitter rambling about an impending Mitt Romney win in Ohio until the bitter end of the 2012 election, has finally redirected his trollish ire to the other side of the aisle.

Rove's conservative super-PAC, American Crossroads, offered its "endorsement" of embattled Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her competitive House re-election bid.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has played a critical role over the past several years in the massive Republican gains we have achieved at the state level, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the U.S. Senate,” said Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, in a faux-statement of support. “Wasserman Schultz’s leadership has also been a catalyst for the emerging civil war in the Democratic Party this year, ensuring that their nominating process will drag on far longer than that of Republicans.”

The Florida congresswoman is facing a tough challenge from her left and growing calls for her to lose her top position with the Democratic Party.

“There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” one unnamed pro-Clinton Democratic senator told The Hill this week.

“I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts.”

“Well, clearly, I favor her opponent,” Sanders said of challenger Tim Canova during  an interview Sunday. “His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz."

Apparently sensing the opportunity to stir up a bit of trouble within the Democratic ranks, The Tea Party Express followed Rove's trollish way and released its own endorsement of the Democratic congresswoman, crediting the moderate with aiding the rise of the right-wing movement.

“While both Wasserman Schultz and Canova share extreme liberal views that are damaging to American prosperity, the scales tip for us to endorse Wasserman Schultz because conservatives and the Tea Party have thrived during her tenure as DNC Chairman,” said Tea Party Express Executive Director, Taylor Budowich.

“Wasserman Schultz has also been guilty of outrageous statements regarding Karl Rove, including falsely blaming him for everything from the formation of the Tea Party to global warming," Budowich continued.

“We might as well feed her bogus conspiracy theories by joining Rove in endorsing Wasserman Schultz. We wish her the best of luck in keeping her seat and her position as DNC Chairwoman.”

The primary for Florida’s 23rd District is August 30.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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