John Kasich on Anti-LGBT Discrimination: ‘Get Over It’



Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich’s answer to LGBT people turned away by businesses is “get over it,” while his advice for those business owners it to pray.

Kasich, the governor of Ohio, has said he wouldn’t have signed anti-LGBT laws like the ones recently enacted in North Carolina and Mississippi, but today on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash, he said that as president, he wouldn’t do anything to stop states from passing such legislation.

“There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty,” he told Bash. “But there’s also people who we shouldn’t be discriminating against. … We need to strike a balance, and I just wish we’d take a breath and calm down and take a breath, because you see, trying to legislate that balance is complicated and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right.”

He continued, “What I would like to say is just relax, and if you don’t like what somebody’s doing, pray for them, and if you’re feeling like somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it?”


He also mentioned, as he had previously, that he had attended a friend’s wedding to a same-sex partner, but he told Matthews, “I don’t think it’s right, and the wedding that I went to, they know that I don’t agree with them.”

I imagine they know just how much you disapprove now, Governor. I suspect you don’t have all that many gay friends whose wedding you have attended. Kasich probably wouldn’t seem so bad if he could manage to keep his mouth shut. Full Story Here.


  1. Nick Gotts says

    Unfortunately I think Kasich is going to be opening his yap on a regular basis for some time yet. He’s obviously stayed in the primary to boost his name recognition for a run in 4 years time, probably betting on the Republicans losing this year, and Clinton being thoroughly unpopular by 2020.

  2. blf says

    Nick Gotts@1, Another hypothesis, not necessarily mutually exclusive with the “Kazed Kook Kandidate 2020” hypothesis, is he’s trying to set himself up as the compromise loon at a brokered convention since both teh crud and teh trum-prat are intensely disliked by teh high thuggery. Sort of an “I’m here and didn’t quit, I have delegates, I’m not a loon you hate, I know how to say most of nasty lies we emit, and I will preserve and increase our bribes & privileges”…

  3. says

    I wonder if Kasich travels with his own cook, or if he just eats all the spit and whatever that the waiters and cooks put in his order as soon as they find out it’s for him.

  4. Nick Gotts says

    I suppose it’s possible he’s that delusional, but at this stage, the chances of anyone other than Trump or Cruz being the nominee are effectively zero. It’s the delegates (not the RNC) who choose the nominee, and would have to change the rules to allow anyone but Trump or Cruz to be nominated (the current rules demand a victory in at least 8 state primaries); and Cruz (unlike Trump) has focused on ensuring that the delegates selected are the sort of scumbags who actually want him to be the nominee -- not just obliged by the rules to vote for him on the first ballot.

  5. blf says

    Nick Gotts@4: “the current rules demand a victory in at least 8 state primaries [to be the thugs’s nominated kook]”.

    NO, at least according to Ye Pffft! of All Knowledge:

    If no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates after the first ballot, a brokered convention results.
    In case of a brokered convention, Rule 40(b) of the 2016 convention rules states that a candidate must have the support of a majority of the delegates of at least eight delegations in order to get the nomination.

    Broadly, winning the primary only matters for the first ballot at the convention. After that, it’s Bribes-Ahoy! time.

  6. says

    I sure as hell wish the rest of the Republicans would get over it too. I read an article today where effing Gene Simmons was saying how refreshing Trump is.

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