If Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s endorsement, the presumptive GOP nominee will have to make some changes.
“Think of it as a merger of two companies,” Kasich said in an interview Tuesday with Ohio reporters. “If the values are not somewhat similar, if the culture is not somewhat similar, it’s pretty hard to do a merger.”
Kasich, who in the past has said he may never get to the point where he would back Trump, later elaborated, noting his dislike for the way Trump will “run people into the ditch.”
“Unless I see a fundamental change in that approach, it’s really hard for me to do a merger,” he said. “If he changes, that’s a whole new ballgame. But if the cultures don’t change, mergers aren’t possible.”
During the interview session, Kasich, who suspended his presidential campaign after the Indiana primary, contrasted his approach with that of Trump, saying the billionaire made Americans out as victims without offering solutions.
“It’s easier to consider yourself a victim than it is to stand against the wind, particularly when you have people telling you it’s not your fault,” Kasich said. “And it wasn’t their fault. But when you create a scapegoat situation – ‘Well, the reason why you don’t have something is because someone else does’ – that is a message at this point in time that is more effective than, ‘Hey, we can work our way through this.’”
Kasich said he will write a book on his campaign experiences and use it to share his optimistic message of where the nation should go.
“It’s my message, and I don’t really think so much about how it fits into the Republican Party,” Kasich said. “I think people intuitively know that message is correct. But there’s a tug-of-war going on, I believe, in the country right now between people who are legitimately upset for a variety of reasons. Their concerns, fears, insecurities have to be acknowledged. The question is, do you stand against the wind and make the best out of what you have in life? Or do you go and become a victim?”
h/t: Business Insider