Ohio Gov. John Kasich graded President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office with a score of “incomplete” tinged with disapproval.
Kasich was interviewed Monday by Ernie Brown on Trending Today USA on the USA Radio Network. Kasich has been making the rounds of news shows to promote his new book, Two Paths: America Divided or United.
Brown asked Kasich to grade the rival who defeated Kasich for the GOP presidential nomination.
“I’d give him an incomplete because he hasn’t been in very long,” said Kasich, who then explained that Trump has achieved a “mixed bag” of results, with a positive by attacking Syria and a negative with his immigration policy.
Then Kasich explained what he really disliked about Trump’s performance.
“I have to tell you that the behavior in his speech on Saturday where he was talking to his base I think further divides us and I don’t think that’s helpful. So I was very disappointed about what I saw on the 100th day,” Kasich said, referring to Trump’s rally in Harrisburg, Pa., during which Trump attacked the media as “fake news” and criticized the Democrats opposing him.
Although Kasich noted “it’s still very early,” he also said, “If you don’t become a unifier, where’s the country going?”
Looking back on the campaign, Kasich portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid the chaotic scrum of the 17-member GOP field.
“Being a sitting governor, I wasn’t about to get the sound bites and make the wild promises because they weren’t going to come true,” he said.
As a result, Kasich said he felt like a “swimmer from Ghana in the eighth lane … at the Olympics.”
When Brown asked him to reflect on the campaign, Kasich said what stood out for him was “how ridiculous it was.”
“The name-calling and the personal attacks, it was not what we hoped for or expected,” he said.
“The one thing I learned is that what people really care about is they want to know that somebody cares about them,” Kasich said.
Kasich has made unity and tolerance a major focus on his book.
“If you create a climate of disrespect, then it gets to be personal,” he said, noting that in America, “we’re allowing … disconnections to overwhelm those things that we’re connected by.”
Kasich also warned against instant vengeance.
“You’re not always going to get justice in this side of the grave. Be patient. Be patient with people,” he said.