An animated John Kasich (R-OH) lit into GOP front-runner Donald Trump Sunday morning, saying the billionaire businessman has offended practically everyone in the country before boldly asserting “he is not going to be the GOP nominee.”
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, the Ohio governor turned from talking about the battlegrounds in the Middle East to the fight for the GOP presidential nomination where he trails Trump by a hefty margin.
Asked about an ad his campaign recently ran comparing Trump’s comments about Muslims to the Nazis rounding up Jews, Kasich demurred saying they weren’t his words, but the words of a former POW.
Kasich then launched into a tirade about Trump, telling host Martha Raddatz that the blustery billionaire has insulted everyone during his campaign.
“It’s about having a leader who unifies the country,” Kasich began. “I mean Trump has criticized and insulted women, Hispanics, Muslims, and reporters … Martha, I know you’re offended by this. We need a leader who brings us together, not a leader that’s separating us, one group from another.”
Asked by Raddatz whether he would not support Trump if he were to get the GOP nomination, Kasich danced around the question, before stating it was a moot point.
“Well, he’s not going to be the nominee, Martha,” Kasich insisted. “Because at the end — look, he may have 20 percent of the vote but he’s got 80 percent of Republicans who don’t support him. And somebody has to call him out on his kind of divisive language!”
“I think he’s very divisive and I do not believe he will last, Martha. I know all the press keeps speculating what he’s gonna do. You all said he’s gonna fall, then he didn’t, now you’re all, you know, up in the air about ‘well, maybe he’s gonna make it,'” Kasich said while becoming very animated. “He’s not gonna make it, Martha. You know why? He’s not going to make it because someone who divides this country, here in the 21st century, who is calling names of women and Muslims and Hispanics, and mocking reporters, then saying ‘I didn’t do it,’ but then he did do it — it’s just not going to happen, Martha. And everyone needs to get over it and take a deep breath.”
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