Ohio governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich went on the Today Show Wednesday morning to continue his criticism of President Donald Trump.
Kasich started his interview with one word, “pathetic.”
Before even being asked a question, Kasich went into a rant on how Trump has handled the violence in Charlottesville. On Saturday a woman was killed at a “Unite the Right” rally when an alt-right extremist drove his car at high speed into a crowd of counter-protesters. On Tuesday Trump said in a press conference that there is “blame on both sides” and that both groups have “very fine people.” Kasich was worried about how this kind of response will affect the next generation and bullying in schools.
“To not condemn these people who went there to carry out violence and to somehow draw equivalency to somebody else, reduces the ability to totally condemn these hate groups. The president has to totally condemn this. And this is not about winning an argument. This is about the fact that now the folks apparently are going to go other places. And they think they had a victory. There is no moral equivalency between the KKK, the neo-Nazis and anybody else. Anybody else is not the issue.”
Today‘s Matt Lauer continued the Charlottesville conversation by asking what he thinks of all this division. Kasich simply put it, “when there’s no human decency, it leads to disorder, which is what we saw down there. And disorder leads to death.”
Lauer asked Kasich what the Republicans and Trump could do better now, to which he waited no time in delivering his passionate response.
“The presidency is being reduced to another CEO job. The presidency is the most important job in the country. And there is a bitterness setting in that may not be able to be removed. And look, I want him to do well. I want Donald Trump to understand it’s not about winning an argument. It’s about bringing the country together. And it is not about having some argument trying to justify these people on the left who went to a sweet town like Charlottesville for purposes of bringing violence. He needs to make it clear; he’s got to fix this and Republicans have to speak out. Plain and simple. Who cares what party you’re in?”
Lauer asked him if he was the guy that would be willing to go and talk to Republican leaders about the “big, fat, definitive line” that the president crossed. Kasich reminded him that a lot of people are speaking out, including himself.
“He’s got to understand what the people of this country want. And he’s got to bring us together. But you’re not going to turn your back on the president. You’re going to speak clearly and bluntly and say get your act together….President Trump needs to listen to the people before he takes this presidency to a place that is not acceptable for our country.”
Watch the full interview above.
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