Former GOP Ohio Governor Says Republicans Are Either ‘Afraid’ or ‘in Complete Lockstep’ With Trump

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is suggesting some Republicans are “afraid” of President Donald Trump.

After laughing at Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, Kasich called the “whole thing” “absurd” and “ridiculous” during an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Sunday.

The former Republican governor added that President-elect Joe Biden has “clearly won this election,” before taking aim at Republicans. He said Republicans are “sitting on their hands.”

He added that Republicans are “either in complete lockstep with [Trump] or they’re afraid of him.” Kasich called the enabling of Trump “extremely disappointing for someone who has been a Republican all of my life.”

Asked why many leaders of his party have publicly stayed silent while Trump has filed lawsuits in multiple states and refused to concede the election, Kasich said they “either buy into this” or “they’re afraid to anger the Trump base.”

He continued, “They’re afraid that they’ll be primaried or they’re afraid they’ll be severely criticized. And it’s a pretty remarkable situation.”

Listen to Kasich’s comments below:

Kasich — a life-long Republican — previously spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Afterward, he said of his support of Biden on “The View,” “I don’t agree with him on everything, but the matter is, let’s get people together, sit around a table, and figure out some of our big problems.”

The current Ohio governor recently found himself under fire, when Trump appeared to call for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) to face a primary challenge in 2022, as IJR previously reported.

This came after DeWine said on a CNN interview, “I think that we need to consider the former vice president as the president-elect. Joe Biden is the president-elect,” before adding, “The president and his campaign has every right to go into court.”


  1. Why would anybody be afraid of a fat overbearing loud mouth like Frump. The faster he gets out the better this country will be. Trump lost, get over it, don’t show how ignorant you are and say trump won this election. He lost the the election by over 6,000,000 votes, and the Electoral College vote by 74 votes. In the words of your beloved leader it was a total landslide. See ya !,

  2. “Really! No way Biden won this election.” Kathy

    Yes way, he did. Facts are facts and I think there is only one state left, now, to confirm everything 100%. This party is ovah!

    “There are more intelligent people in this country than not.” Kathy

    Apparently, one can put a number on that – over 6 million.

    “And needless to say, an intelligent person would never vote for the corrupt Biden.” Kathy

    Never is a long time. My guess is that enough intelligent people voted for a corrupt Joke Biden so that they could get rid of a corrupt Dear Leader. If you don’t think Dear Leader is corrupt, then you live in a different world than “intelligent” voters.

  3. Really! No way Biden won this election. There are more intelligent people in this country than not. And needless to say, an intelligent person would never vote for the corrupt Biden.

  4. Why does anybody even care what Kasich says any longer? He had his 15 minutes in the sun. He is the male version of Hillary Clinton.

  5. Gee, really…Kasich is so very neutral after being slammed by Trump. Why are we still listening to ANYTHING he has to say?
    Here’s what I want to see, knuckle-walkers: complete loyalty to the Republican Party and STFU about Trump.

  6. Kasich, try to be a man, shut up and let the grown ups handle this one. Better yet, go walk your pet rhino.

  7. I don’t think there are any republicans politicians who actually believe Biden didn’t win the free and fair election. They are afraid of alienating trumps base so it’s basically self serving. Remember when these spineless, ball-less sycophants come up for re-election.

  8. Peggy
    Just not Governor material.
    And he’s so angry because President Trump is president and he isn’t.

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