Not only have we seen a surge in Republican leadership on all levels of government under Barack Obama’s administration, but under Donald Trump’s watch, we’re seeing an exodus of all the “right” Republicans.
First there was MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who probably should’ve left the Republican Party decades ago, but finally decided to do so as an act of “resistance” against Trump (and presumably some nagging from Mika Brzezinski). The next man to potentially be kissing the Republican Party goodbye is John Kasich, a man who polled in the single-digits during his presidential run (and thus clearly not a favorite among Republicans as is).
According to The Hill, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday said if the GOP does not fix itself, he won’t be able to continue supporting his own party. “If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party. Period. That’s the end of it,” Kasich told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I mean, I’m worried about our country and my kids’ future. But have I given up? Of course not,” he continued.
Kasich shut down the suggestion that he is planning to become an independent but emphasized the need for the GOP to reform. “No, not at this — what I’m saying to you is we need to fix it,” he said when asked about becoming an Independent.
“If the Republican Party is going to be anti-immigration, if it’s not going to be worried about debt, if it’s going to be anti-trade, this is not where our party can be.”
Anti-immigration? The Party is only anti-illegal immigration, and Kasich ought to know better. He also must be aware how illegals will vote if given citizenship (hint: not for Republicans).
Worried about the debt? The national debt has fallen since Inauguration Day – though we’ll have to see how the next three to seven-and-a-half years play out before making a full assessment.
Anti-trade? Trump has only voiced opposition to a few trade deals he’s singled out for criticism (NAFTA, and the TPP, which he withdrew us from), which can hardly be described as “anti-trade.”
Whether he likes it or not, the platform Trump ran on is what won him the election. If Kasich’s vision for the Republican Party was popular, he wouldn’t have had to drop out of the Republican primary in May 2016.