John Kasich broke the GOP pledge, and now is facing a threat from the RNC not to fund his campaign for Governor again. This comes days after it was reported that Kasich had given permits to Black Lives Matters to protest inside the convention hall
Kasich also expressed his unease with Trump at the top of the GOP ticket. But he did leave the door open to supporting him down the line.
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In an interview with MSNBC, Kasich was pressed about the pledge he signed stating that he would support the eventual Republican nominee.
” ‘Yeah yeah yeah, you know it’s painful. It’s painful. People even get divorces, sometimes things come about that. … Look I’m sorry that this has happened. We’ll see where it ends up. I’m not making any final decision yet, but at this point, I just can’t do it.’ ”
Kasich, Hogan and Upton join a growing caucus of elected Republican officials who are declining to endorse Trump or at the very least trying to distance themselves from their party’s likely nominee. Their actions also underscore the challenge Trump faces in unifying the party.
Trump did get tepid support from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his plan to meet with the National Rifle Association to talk about banning people on the no-fly list from buying guns.
“I think he’s [going] to the middle on something that’s very important,” Graham toldFox & Friends.
But it was far from an endorsement — Graham also exited the presidential race and has been harshly critical of Trump.
Since he wrapped up the GOP nomination last month, Trump has done little to allay concerns by many Republicans troubled by his tone.
In the weeks since clinching the 1,237 delegates needed to make him the presumptive nominee, Trump has insulted New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, a rising star in the Republican Party and the nation’s only Latina governor. He has attacked the federal judgeoverseeing his Trump University case for his “Mexican heritage” (the judge, Gonzalo Curiel, was born in Indiana). And following the Orlando nightclub massacre over the weekend, he once again called fora ban on Muslims entering the United States, which several Republican leaders have said they don’t condone.