WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2016 – Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he will not vote for Donald Trump, demonstrating that the wounds from the campaign trail are still raw.
Kasich lost the GOP primary to Donald Trump and refused to make an appearance at the Republican National Convention, which was held in his home state.
Kasich said he made his decision to not vote for Trump because of the “divisiveness” his campaign is creating.
Not having the vote and support of Kasich makes it even harder for Trump to win a swing state that is a key player in the 2016 election. Ohio is a state that the Trump campaign has been focusing much of its effort on against the Clinton machine.
Kasich said Trump would win only the parts of Ohio who are really angry.
Kasich’s announcement comes has Donald Trump has begun slipping even lower in the polls. A recent ABC/Washington Post puts Hillary Clinton at 50 percent and Donald Trump at 42 percent. Trump has also faced a week of controversy. He went from not endorsing key Republicans to now endorsing them. Later in the week he claimed to have seen a video of a U.S. cash payment to Iran that in fact did not exist, was reported to have asked if the U.S. could use nuclear weapons and saw press reports question the immigration history of his Slovenian-born wife, Melania.
Despite the open wounds between the two campaigns, Kasich confirmed Donald Trump Jr. contacted one of the governor’s aides offering the vice presidential spot, which he turned down. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has become increasingly frustrated by Kasich’s refusal to endorse Trump.
“You know what, he’s making a big mistake,” Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said in an interview last month. “He’s hurting his state and embarrassing his state, frankly. But most of the Republicans who aren’t coming are people who have been part of the past. And people who are part of the future of the Republican Party are, frankly, going to be here participating in the program.”
If Trump wants to change Kasich’s mind and earn his vote, he must call an audible and ease off on the “hateful” rhetoric and offer real answers to questions on how he plans to fix the economy, repair our relations with our neighbors and allies, and stop the influx of immigration.
So far, however, Trump has signaled no such change of heart. Instead, he seems content to press ahead with his own agenda, regardless of support – or not – from the GOP establishment.