In early August, John Kasich confirmed some head-scratching rumors that he was approached by the Trump campaign to be the real estate mogul’s running mate. How Kasich described the pitch was pretty incredible. If the Ohio governor is to believed, Trump was interested in nabbing a political insider who was not only part of the GOP establishment but would also do all the work. In essence, he wanted the VP to take on all the “domestic and foreign policy” tasks while Trump would be the face of the White House. You know, the guy who would Make America Great Again with his flashy displays of showmanship.
Well, Kasich didn’t bite (and one can only imagine a much different VP debate than the one that took place). His team then told the RNC to shove it after an apparent threat upon those to did not endorse Trump. Following the news of Trump’s enormously lewd 2005 comments about women, Kasich’s responses communicate an air of vindication, but he’s also obviously disappointed that it came to this. Kasich first tweeted about how Trump’s comments were “indefensible.”
Kasich then took his time in composing a proper statement, which he released to Cleveland news stations like WKYC NBC in Cleveland. This is a long one, but it deserves to be excerpted in full: