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Kasich: Trump Doesn’t Bother Me.

Today I woke up to this headline:

John Kasich: Trump’s Behavior ‘Just Doesn’t Seem to Bother Me.’

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t bother you? I guess its nice to be privileged enough so that blatant sexism doesn’t have to ruin your day. But as the Governor of Ohio, a husband, and a father of two teen-aged daughters you should be outraged. You should be responding at the top of your lungs all day and every day.

The statements of Trump are not ones we can simply ignore and hope they go away. Ignoring these kinds of statements has gotten us to where we are today. Silence gives permission, responding, especially from privileged white men like John Kasich, is the only way we start to make a difference.

Just this weekend someone else did take a stand. Each year radio host Erick Erickson hosts the RedState Gathering, and on Saturday morning Erickson took the stage and announced that he had disinvited Donald Trump. In doing so he told the crowd, “If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard bearer.”

Not responding is not “staying out of the fray” or “not taking the bait.” Not responding is allowing these statements to go unchecked. Kasich shows that he doesn’t care about women when he fails to challenge Trump’s ridiculous statements.

When you start to think about Kasich’s record, this refusal to respond is completely aligned with Kasich’s previous statements and his track record as an elected official. This is a man that referred to his wife as “my hot wife” in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

Later that same year in a speech at a Romney/Ryan rally Kasich talked about how is wife, along with the wives of Paul Ryan and Rob Portman were too busy to come to the rally because they were “at home doing the laundry.”

His policies put these words into action. Kasich has signed 16 different policies into law that restrict access to abortion care. Kasich’s feelings about women also spread to his Governor’s office. According to a report from Plunderbund half of the staff in his office were women. But of the 17 top positions, only four were women. It’s not just Trump that Kasich wants to ignore, it’s the women of Ohio, and he hopes that we ignore him too. Well, sir, that is never going to happen. You may stay silent on Trump, but we will not stay silent on your record.

While looking for the video included in this post we came across this quote from Kasich’s 2012 State of the State: “We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio is quickly becoming the Saudi Arabia of women’s rights.

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Debate #1: Does Kasich want Trump’s money now?

We already talked about how none of the candidates denounced Donald Trump during the first GOP debate on Thursday. The question came from moderator Megyn Kelly: how will Trump run against Hillary after having made many, many disgusting comment about women? The answer contained no apology for his statements.

Friday night, Trump called in to CNN to give Don Lemon more of his opinion on Kelly. Trump attacked Kelly, saying:

She had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.

Trump’s attack, which was joined by actual death threats on Twitter from his supporters, is not separate from the GOP platform. The statements by Trump about menstruation and the attacks on basic women’s health care fit together hand-in-glove.

  • A majority of Republican US senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood last week, including GOP candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz.
  • Governors Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich all signed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in their home states.

Kasich, worse than the rest, is going to have to reconcile some differences here if he wants to move ahead with women voters.

During the debate — and AFTER Trump’s comments on women were proudly admitted — John Kasich asked him for a donation. DURING THE DEBATE. 

How can John Kasich claim to represent women when he openly solicits money from billionaires that treat women like shit? How could John Kasich denounce Trump’s vicious attack on Megyn Kelly when he’s asking Trump for a handout at the same time?

John Kasich won’t be able to be president when he’s riding that deep in Donald Trump’s pocket.


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Debate #1: Wedge issues for wedge candidates

It was interesting last night to see who shined and who disappeared while on stage. The debate started out by asking the candidates to promise to support whoever the nominee is and to not run as an independent candidate, which Donald Trump, of course, refused to do. He was also called out by Megyn Kelley for speaking negatively of women and he tried to laugh it off by saying “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

As the debate went along, I was quite surprised and annoyed by the fact that they (the Fox News moderators) hardly asked any questions about what the American people want to talk about. Facebook, who was their major co-sponsor, did a poll of the top five things that people wanted to hear the candidates discuss: Race issues, Mexico, Economy, LGBT issues, and Immigration.

They spent 27 seconds asking about #Blacklivesmatter to one candidate: Scott Walker, who didn’t say “Black Lives Matter” or even say the word race, but instead talked about better training for police officers.

They mentioned race again later to Ben Carson who replied with a generic, we need to stand united because we’re stronger together. Black people do want to be united and feel like we’re apart of the American Dream, but it’s hard to feel that way when you’re being killed in record numbers by the state sanctioned people who are supposed to protect you and none of the GOP (and some of the Democratic) candidates are trying to touch this topic with a 40 foot pole.

Planned Parenthood also received plenty of air time during which Jed Bush bragged that he defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida.

Scott Walker refused to answer whether or not he would let a woman die rather than allow her to receive an abortion.

Marco Rubio blasted back at Megyn Kelley for alleging that he supported exceptions for rape and incest, but Rubio claims that he never supported those exceptions.

While the rhetoric around immigration and gay marriage may have softened over the last 8 years, abortion has been the law of the land for over 40 years and is still labeled as something that is going to send the U.S. to hell in a handbasket and must be stopped even if it means letting women die. Irony?


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Debate #1: Donald Trump’s Rape Culture

The first debate started with a shocker: Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump to answer for how he talks about women. She had very specific examples of things he has called women, such as fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. He admitted that all of these were true.

Trump’s first response was to say that he had only been speaking about Rosie O’Donnell. Moderator Kelly didn’t let him get away, quickly emphasizing that many of these comments were made to other women on multiple occasions.

Trump’s second response was not an apology, and he launched into political rhetoric and the debate began.

Holy shit.

What we had witnessed was a textbook example of rape culture. If this is a new concept (how did you get here?) rape culture is the environment that permits men to treat women like second class citizens. It doesn’t necessarily involve a physical sexual assault, but does create harmful relationships between men and women that frequently lead to rape.

Rape culture happens when men learn they can treat women like shit if they want, and women learn to accept it. It’s even worse when you realize that often it’s when boys learn they can treat women like shit if they want, and girls learn to accept it.

Back to the debate.

Trump had admitted to treating women like crap. He insulted Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly. That’s the first problem: he attacked women.

The second problem, and this is EXACTLY what happens every day in classrooms, bars, and work places: No one did a damned thing about it. The audience went wild with applause.

Here were NINE other guys running for the president of the United States of America. They just heard real examples of how Trump speaks to women. THE CORRECT ANSWER would be to call him out. Demand he apologize or leave the stage.

Nothing. Not one word from any GOP candidate.

Rape culture happens when a man harasses or assaults a woman and his friends do nothing to stop it.

We’re an Ohio blog, so we’re going to focus on John Kasich, but they were all guilty.

Kasich did acknowledge Donald Trump, but it wasn’t to demand an apologize. Kasich’s second question followed a description of Trump’s hatred of Mexico and Latino immigrants. Kasich said that, while he doesn’t fully agree with Trump, he felt he had a point.

Kasich’s other interaction was to ask Trump for money. Trump proudly boasted that he had donated to most of the candidates on the stage. The context was that he bought politicians to get business done, removing the pretense that these donations aren’t bribes. Kasich waved his hands and said he’d be happy to get a “donation” from Trump. He actually solicited money on the debate stage.

Kasich’s campaign doubled down on this insane ask by immediately tweeting for money:

Rape culture and shameful money grabs. Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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