James Carville on Wednesday thanked "neocons" and praised the anti-Trump Lincoln Group for their attack ad "Mourning in America" that takes aim at the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Carville told MSNBC host Brian Williams that Democrats could learn from Never Trumper Republicans.
The Democratic operative also praised "The Bulwark," a website founded by Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol for being mean and fighting hard. Kristol, one of the most vocal proponents of the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan, is one of the most visible faces in the Never Trump coalition.
The Lincoln Project was founded by George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Rick Wilson and its founding goal is to prevent a Trump second term. In April, the group endorsed Joe Biden for president after he became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
"Let me tell you, the Lincoln group and the Bulwark, these Never Trumper Republicans, the Democrats could learn a lot from them. They're mean. They fight hard. And we don't fight like that. They don't fight like that," Carville said on MSNBC.
"The way that you run a presidential campaign is you're a pirate ship. You're always calculating. You're always taking wind speed and direction. You seize and you loot and you burn. And that's just the way it is," he said about taking on Trump Republicans.
Carville said Trump is not going to win a second term, even if unemployment were 3.5% of the Dow reached 35,000. He said this election is not just about beating Trump, but ending the "scourge of Trumpism" in the country forever. He called the president's inner circle scammers who make money from his presidency.
"It don't matter if the Dow is 35,000, he's not going to win," he said. "He wasn't going to win when unemployment was 3.5%. He's certainly not going to win now. But the idea is not just to beat him. It is to end the scourge of Trumpism in this country forever. And we can do that. It's within our grasp right now. Right now. They're just fleecing this thing. All they're trying is to make money right now. They know what's going on. Everybody knows what's happening in this country."
"Churchill said if Hitler invaded hell, I'd side with the devil. Thank you all you neocons, ex-Republicans, Never Trumpers, Bulwark people. Come in and show these guys how to fight. Democrats get off the conference calls, get out of the meetings and go in and take it to them," Carville finished.