On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), once a rival presidential candidate to President Donald Trump, assessed his leadership failures.
“He’s flailing,” said Kasich. “He’s in a meltdown. He looks at his polls and doesn’t know who to blame. He blames his advisers and is even blaming Fox News now. He’s flailing. He doesn’t know how to stop things. So I think he’s just throwing everything out over the period of the last three days, hoping he’s going to strike a chord.”
“What he doesn’t realize is that base he has, the edges of that base are beginning to fray,” said Kasich. “That base is getting smaller and smaller. Because he’s a Republican, he’s causing a brand problem for Republicans. And mark my words. There’s going to be a point in time where these folks are going to leave. Then many of them will say, I was never a part of this. I never supported him. In the meantime, because they had gone along, they have enabled him to do these kinds of just totally outrageous things.”
“It’s the Fourth of July,” he added. “The Fourth of July is a time when Reagan or George H. W. Bush would rally people to what America is about, which is unity and together and lifting and equal opportunity for everyone. Not division and anger and talk about angry — I don’t know what he’s talking about. The protesters, he lumps them in. These protesters are marching. Because for too long, there’s not been enough justice in this system to make sure that people of all colors are treated equally.”
‘We need a new direction’: GOP ex-gov John Kasich explains why he’s backing Biden over Trump
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) explained why he is bucking his party to speak in support of Joe Biden for president at the Democratic convention.
"The reason I didn't support Trump the last time is, I was afraid that he would be a divider and not a unifier," said Kasich. "Unfortunately, as I've watched him over the last three and a half years now, he's continued to do that. I don't think the country does well when we're divided. And so I had to search my conscience ... I believe we need a new direction. We just can't keep going the way that we're going."
CNN host catches Rick Santorum blaming Obama: ‘I’m giving you an opportunity to not be a hypocrite’
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday blamed former President Barack Obama after President Donald Trump took executive actions instead of negotiating a COVID-19 relief bill.
During an appearance on CNN's New Day program, host John Berman pointed out that Santorum had slammed Obama for the use of executive actions in 2014.
"How do you feel about it now when it's a Republican president?" Berman wondered.
"I would say, number one, some of the things the president is suggesting are proper use of executive action, like suspending the payroll tax temporarily," Santorum replied. "A couple of the executive actions are clearly fine. There's a couple that are not and I would say that President Obama has set the precedent, and that's the problem."
‘This is going to be a nightmare’: WaPo business columnist says Trump’s executive orders will be disasters
Washington Post economics columnist Catherine Rampell on Monday said that President Donald Trump's executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to make things much worse.