Compared to Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Ohio governor John Kasich seemed the most mature and put-together option for the GOP. But while America was distracted by frontrunner Trump saying that women who sought abortions should be punished, John Kasich took the opportunity to say something even more offensive yesterday.
Last night during his MSNBC town hall, host Chuck Todd pressed Kasich on his involvement in the black community. Todd asked the candidate why “the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Ohio the sixth worst state to raise a black child in, median income, a $20,000 gap between blacks and whites in Ohio. Cleveland is considered one of the ten most segregated cities in the country.”
What followed is arguably one of the most racist remarks this campaign has seen thus far. Kasich first stated that he didn’t think the statistics were true, but then he went into a bizarre, racist rant on infant mortality. Kasich said that his infant mortality program was having great results with white people, so the issue must (obviously) be because black people aren’t good at “partnership”, as Kasich suggested when he said:
So I don’t know about all that study. I will tell you this. The issue of infant mortality is a tough one. We have taken that on and one of the toughest areas to take on is in the minority community. And the community itself is going to have to have a better partnership with all of us to begin to solve that problem with infant mortality in the minority community, because we’re making gains in the majority community. We don’t ignore any of this, Chuck. These are serious issues and they need to be addressed and I don’t put my head in the sand and if I got to get people upset doing it, that’s life.”
Apparently, because there have been “gains in the majority community,” it’s black people’s fault that results haven’t been seen in their communities – even though there might be several other more plausible reasons why. Not to mention, Kasich has done TONS to work AGAINST the minority community. The major causes of infants deaths are “prematurity and congenital anomalies” – all of which have definitely been affected by the fact that Kasich defunded Planned Parenthood and put an end to the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program, which was the largest infant mortality prevention program in Ohio! Of course, Kasich mentioned none of that.
Perhaps the most depressing part of this interview was that people are SO accustomed to the racism that the Republican party constantly spews, no one even acknowledged or raised an eyebrow at how offensive Kasich’s statement actually was. In fact, Todd praised Kasich for even trying to help black people.
You can watch Kasich spread GOP’s hateful rhetoric in the video below:
Up until now, Kasich has been cruising through his campaign with little bad press and scandal, unlike his leading rivals Trump and Cruz. He’s been considered the more level-headed of the three, and certainly seemed less bigoted and hateful. But now, he’s revealing himself to be just as awful.
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