Twice-failed GOP presidential candidate says ‘Trump show is winding down … Republicans retreating’

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Former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich was slammed after claiming that President Trump has lost momentum and the “show’s winding down.”

The twice-failed GOP presidential candidate apparently thought his perspective on a successful campaign was relevant as he spoke to CNN about all the negative factors facing Trump’s reelection bid.


(Source: CNN)

Kasich, now a CNN political contributor, declared that the Trump campaign had “jumped the shark” in his discussion with “OutFront” host Erin Burnett about the latest poll numbers on Friday that reportedly showed disapproval of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been saying that I think he has jumped the shark. People wanted him to mix it up. They said let’s take a chance on this guy,” Kasich said.

“This is about our families. It’s about our kids going back to school. It’s about mom and dad. It’s about grandma, grandpa. The guy won’t wear a mask. We’re behind the curve on all this. He’s dismissing it. When you do that, you are now messing around with people’s lives and people don’t like that,” he added.

“So, you can see the Republicans beginning to retreat, and we see independents retreating in mass,” the former Ohio governor claimed.

“It’s a very hard thing to fix. It’s never over until it’s over. As Yogi [Berra] said, it ain’t over till it’s over. But at this point, losing all these people, including increasing numbers of the religious faithful is very, very difficult. It’s a very tough thing to dig out of,” he said, as Burnett went on to point to the recent decision to cancel an upcoming campaign rally.

“The president’s canceled his New Hampshire rally. He’s cited storms from Tropical Storm Fay,” Burnett said. “The weather forecast shows the storm will be past where the rally is by the time it was scheduled to start tomorrow. It comes as Kellyanne Conway downplayed crowd expectations. They recently cancelled a rally in Alabama. In Tulsa, they were stuck with photos of a pretty empty stadium. Does this all say anything to you?”

“Yeah, he’s losing momentum,” Kasich replied.

“The thing about Tulsa that was interesting, Erin — I just saw a few of the clips. You saw people looking at their watches and people were yawning and reaching across,” he claimed.

“And I would say four years ago, people were kind of transfixed by this show. But the show’s kind of — the show’s winding down,” he said.

The president’s rally in Tulsa last month generated plenty of criticism from Trump’s detractors ahead of the event, warning of a spread of the coronavirus. Underwhelming attendance at the event sparked multiple reports of “sabotage” as even the management team at the venue was criticized.

“They canceled because they weren’t going to get the crowd,” Kasich claimed about the rally that had been scheduled for Saturday.

“New Hampshire is such an interesting place. I’ve spent a lot of time up there. I did 115 town hall meetings,” he continued. “People are very independent and they’re not looking on this favorably if had terms of what he’s done with corona and what he’s done with the virus, uh, not the virus, the protests. That’s another thing he’s missed. Strike two.”

At the end of the segment with Burnett, Kasich offered a bit of a caveat for Democrats.

“One thing I will tell you, even though Trump’s in electoral trouble, the Democrats better be careful not to lurch to the left,” he warned.  “A lot of those voters out there are wondering is it safe to vote against Trump and perhaps to vote for Biden. That’s what we’ve got to keep our eye on.”

Twitter users let Kasich know just what they thought of his assessment of the president’s chances of reelection.

 

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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