Ohio Governor John Kasich remained #NeverTrump until the bitter end.
He refused to endorse the GOP nominee and didn’t lift a finger during the general election.
But Donald Trump won Ohio by nearly ten points and in his first post-election rally, the crowd had a shocking reaction to Trump referencing the home state Governor.
At his “Thank You” tour rally in Cincinnati, President-elect Trump described his overwhelming victory in the Buckeye State.
“He said, ‘Congratulations, that was amazing,’” Trump recalled of Kasich, telling the audience that he called and congratulated him after Trump won the election. “We won this state by almost 10 points, which they say is totally unheard of.”
Kasich, who was one of Trump’s competitors during the GOP primary, refused to back the GOP nominee during the general election.
“You went out and you pounded the pavement…and propelled to victory a grassroots movement the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Trump said to his supporters gathered at the event.
But when Trump brought up Kasich’s name, the crowd did not react favorably.
During the race, there was frequent friction between his campaign and state GOP leaders loyal to Gov. John Kasich, whom Trump defeated in the Republican presidential primary. Kasich never endorsed Trump, and a Kasich spokesman said the governor wouldn’t be attending Trump’s rally in Cincinnati.
Trump took a few digs at Kasich, noting “Hey, in the great state of Ohio we didn’t have the upper echelon of politician, did we?”
Trump did say that Kasich called him to congratulate him after his election. But the mere mention of Kasich’s name triggered boos from the crowd.
Many critics believe Kasich’s lack of support for Trump was designed to sink him in Ohio so he would lose the election.
Kasich would then position himself as the heir to the establishment mantle in the 2020 race.
In fact, Kasich had a speech scheduled in Washington just days after the election where he was to lay out his vision of the GOP going forward.
However, plans obviously changed after Trump’s victory.
The Columbus Dispatch reports:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s apparent plans to quickly insert his voice into the recrafting of the Republican Party have been scuttled.
Kasich had planned to speak Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington D.C., sources close to the governor said Tuesday.
But, the speech was canceled today in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a source said.
Kasich’s left-leaning platform of support for amnesty, accepting refugees, gun control and implementing ObamaCare found little traction in the GOP primary.
He won only one contest – his home state primary of Ohio – and routinely finished at the bottom of the pack in virtually every other primary or caucus.
Because of his lack of support for President-elect Trump and left-wing policies, he likely has no future in Republican politics.
His home state crowd booing his name should be the final nail in his political coffin.