Ohio’s GOP Gov. John Kasich trashed Donald Trump for creating so much “chaos” since taking office and lashed out at his own party for not calling this White House out when they cross the line.
In an interview with Chris Matthews on Wednesday, Kasich – who may launch a presidential candidacy in 2020 – said the Republican Party needs to grow a backbone and put country over politics.
“If they want to do better, then these individual Republicans need to start being their own man or woman, their own person,” an outraged Kasich said. “If the president does something they don’t like, tell people!”
Kasich added that he is proud of the fact that he, unlike many in the GOP, never sold out and supported Trump’s dangerous agenda.
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When you’re the president of the United States, people look to you as a father, they look at you as somebody who’s a consoler, they look at you as somebody that can bring harmony, they look at you as somebody that can bring peace. … The sense is that our president is a special person who’s not supposed to engage in name-calling or fighting or chaos all the time. That president is supposed to be somebody that is a healer and brings the country together. This is one of the reasons why I had never supported the guy. You know, one of the few in my party that didn’t support him, because I believe people need to be lifted. I don’t believe that people need to be divided and all the name calling and all that is just wrong and it continues. There’s going to be Republicans who are going to pay a price for it. If they want to do better, then these individual Republicans need to start being their own man or woman, their own person, and talking about the things they believe in and knock it off, and don’t be afraid. If the president does something they don’t like, tell people!
John Kasich will have the last laugh
Republicans may fear the short-term wrath of a base that has embraced Trump‘s politics of bigotry and division, but the long-term decision to stick by this president no matter what will do great damage to them in the long-term.
John Kasich, the popular GOP governor of Ohio, seems to have recognized that. Sure, he has been virtually exiled from the new party of Trump, but he knows he will have the last laugh when all is said and done.
Every day, Trump‘s presidency implodes a little bit more, whether it’s through new details about his potential crimes or revelations about his mental instability. When he falls, all those Republicans who stood by his side will go down with him.
And Republicans like John Kasich will be standing there on the other side telling them, “I told you so.”
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.