Kasich speaks at DNC, urges Republicans to abandon Trump
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) called on Republicans and Independents to put partisanship aside and support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November. Kasich was one of the speakers during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.
“Many of us have been deeply concerned about the current path we’ve been following for the past four years. It’s a path that’s led to division, disfunction, irresponsibility and growing vitriol between our citizens,” said Kasich. “Continuing to follow that path will have terrible consequences for America’s soul because we’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who has pitted one against the other.”
Kasich was joined Monday night by other Republicans including former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former Republican nominee for governor of California Meg Whitman.
“Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has a plan that will strengthen our economy for working people and small business owners,” said Meg Whitman.
Trump spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One prior to Kasich’s speech and called the former Ohio governor “easy pickings.”
“John was a loser as a Republican. Never even came close,” the president said.
Trump’s campaign went even further in attacking the Republican turncoats calling them “nothing but useful idiots for the radical left. They would have gladly turned over our country to Crooked Hillary, and they’re still supporting the far-left Democrat agenda.”
Kasich said his decision to appear at the Democratic convention was due to a responsibility to his country. He said being a Republican comes second to duty to country.
“In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times. I’m proud of my Republican heritage. It’s the party of Lincoln, who reflected its founding principles of unity and a higher purpose. But what I have witnessed these past four years belies those principals,” he said.
Kasich admitted that there were areas where he and Biden disagree but he said that’s America.
“Whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose,” Kasich said.
The former Ohio governor has been a longtime critic of Trump. The two ran against each other in the 2016 Republican primary and often butted heads.
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