As the wall of Republican support for Donald Trump crumbled Saturday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a victory lap.
“Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me or many others,” said Kasich, referencing the video recording that became public Friday of Trump bragging to TV host Billy Bush about his ability to sexually assault attractive women with impunity because of his fame.
The statement from Kasich, a two-term swing state governor whose raised profile and anti-Trump stance position him as a top establishment contender for the GOP’s 2020 nomination, was as much an explanation and a reminder as to why he’s never been able to support Trump as it was a condemnation of the party’s sinking nominee.
“Many people were angry and questioned why I would not endorse Donald Trump or attend the Republican Convention,” he continued. “I’ve long had concerns with Donald Trump that go beyond his temperament. We have substantive policy differences on conservative issues like trade, our relationship with Russia, and the importance of balancing the federal budget.