Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said he might not support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, despite their mutual party affiliation.
“You know, it’s painful. It’s painful. You know, people even get divorces, you know? I mean, sometimes, things come out that, look, I’m sorry that this has happened,” Kasich said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” “But 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.”
Host Joe Scarborough asked Kasich if he would urge Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky if they should reconsider their support for Trump, Kasich answered: “You know politics. They don’t care what I think.”
He added: “I would say that I think Paul Ryan is definitely torn. I mean, he’s also the leader of the House. There’s this thing called Republican loyalty. I’ve been a Republican all my life, how do you think I feel about this? I’m the Republican governor of Ohio. It’s difficult.”
Kasich, who battled Trump during the Republican primary but only won a single state -- how own -- said that Trump's recent comments, including reiterating his plan to ban Muslims from the U.S. and questioning whether U.S. troops in Iraq stole money, have increased his doubt about whether the real estate mogul is fit to be commander-in-chief.
"Well, the list is getting tall. It's getting bigger," Kasich told MSNBC, adding, "Or, you imply that maybe somehow the president is sympathetic to an act of terrorism," referring to Trump's remarks that President Barack Obama sympathizes with terrorists.
"I mean, those are outrageous things. It's trending all the wrong way,” Kasich said.
Kasich also revealed that Trump personally called him to ask for his support: "I said, 'We're like two companies, we have different values, different visions. Kind of hard to put that together.'"