Alex Castellanos, the strategist behind the campaigns of numerous Republicans like Jesse Helms and George W. Bush, is now a frequent contributor to ABC’s flagship Sunday news program This Week with George Stephanopoulos. On the Easter show — because news doesn’t stop for holidays — Castellanos was part of a panel gathered to discuss, among other things, what Robert Mueller’s next plans might be in the ongoing Russia investigation.
Nobody expected the kind of advice that Castellanos had for Donald Trump, regardless of the special counsel roadmap to justice. After all, although you might not recognize his name, Alex Castellanos is the reason you even know the phrase “soccer moms,” having coined the term as a desirable voting demographic during the Bob Dole campaign.
And Castellanos is no stranger to just doing things the dirty way — he’s known as the Father of the Attack Ad for gems like 1990’s “Hands” ad for then-Senator Jesse Helms:
As well as one from the 2000 race between Bush and Gore that many simply call “Rats” for the subliminal message barely hidden in the ad:
But Alex wasn’t there on Sunday to tell Trump to play dirty. Instead, he said Trump should “get good legal help now, because the storm is coming.”
It seemed like a bit of a dig at the fact that Trump’s legal team has mostly dissolved or been dismissed and that Trump is having a hard time replacing lawyers on the squad — mostly because nobody wants to (a) work for Trump or (b) risk their career on a losing proposition like trying to save his sorry ass from jail.
“It’s hard to believe … that Robert Mueller’s not going to dig up something in Trump’s complicated financial history to say ‘Look, the president of the United States did this and it was wrong.’ And it’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that House is not going to impeach him. And it’s also hard to believe that a U.S. Senate that’s going to be scared to death, though may still be in Republican hands, is not going to take a serious look when it has to deal with this president.”
Watch the exchange here:
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