The popular saying should be edited: If Donald Trump ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Sunday, Trump called on Ohio Governor John Kasich to drop out of the presidential race at a campaign stop in Wisconsin.
“All he’s doing is just, he goes from place to place and loses, and he keeps running. Well, why doesn’t Marco Rubio do that? Why doesn’t Jeb Bush do that? Why didn’t all of them do that?” Trump said to reporters. “Now if he wants to go and have his name put in nomination in the convention, he can do that. He doesn’t have to run and take my votes.”
“It’s very unfair because he’s taking our votes. Anybody could have stayed in,” Trump continued. “You could have had [Jim] Gilmore stay in. I mean, to be honest with you, Gilmore could have just stayed in. A guy like [George] Pataki could have just stayed in, he had zero. So it’s very unfair that Kasich stays in, is my opinion.”
When Trump met with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Friday he evidently voiced his displeasure that Kasich was still in the race.
“Because he’s taking my votes. He’s not taking Cruz’s votes. He’s taking my votes,” Trump reiterated Sunday.
With Kasich still in the race, Trump said that he will be unable to garner the necessary delegates to win outright presenting an increasing likelihood of a contested convention in Cleveland. Trump is blaming both the media and the GOP establishment for the influx of negativity.
“The media would like to see establishment,” Trump said. “Despite all of that, I’m just about leading in Wisconsin. I think we could have a very good turnout.”
“Since he thinks it’s such a good idea, we look forward to Trump dropping out before the convention,” said Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf, the Providance Journal reports.