If Donald Trump wants to win the presidency, he needs to win Ohio. The rust belt state is one of the swing states, and no president has ever won without winning Ohio. However, polls in Ohio currently have Hillary Clinton ahead, and most likely it will stay that way.
Ohio governor John Kasich warned on Sunday that Trump is at risk of losing his state in November, thanks to his “disturbing” campaign of divisiveness. Kasich’s remarks came a day after it was reported that the leader of the American Nazi Party said a Trump victory in the presidential election would “be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists, acting intelligently to build upon that”.
Kasich has declined to endorse Trump and did not attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland in July, at which Trump was officially nominated. Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union, Kasich refused to commit to voting for Trump and predicted that Trump would only win the parts of Ohio “where people are really hurting”.
“It’s difficult, if you are dividing, to be able to win Ohio,” he said, adding: “I don’t think people want to live in a world of angry. They want to believe there is a better tomorrow.”
Kasich’s remarks spoke to evidence of strong support for Trump among white working-class voters nationally. In its report quoting remarks by Rocky Suhayda on his own radio show a week ago, Buzzfeed quoted the Nazi Party leader as saying: “I’m gonna project that I believe that Trump is going to win the election this November.
… I think it’s gonna surprise the enemy, because I think that they feel that the white working class, especially the male portion of the working class, and with him, his female counterparts, have basically thrown in the towel. Given up hope of any politician again standing up for their interests.”
Kasich also confirmed that Trump asked him to be his running mate, which he obviously declined.