Former Republican governor John Kasich says that he is SHOCKED that Republicans aren’t demanding Trump concede the election and stop destroying our democratic processes. Kasich clearly hasn’t been paying attention to the Republican Party for the past few decades, including his own actions as a leader within the Party. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses Kasich’s phony outrage and why we shouldn’t be fooled.


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In an interview with NPR recently, former Ohio Republican governor John Kasich said that he was shocked That Republicans are allowing Donald Trump to just, I guess, destroy America by refusing to concede he’s shocked. Here’s his exact quote. He said, Biden clearly won this election and is just sort of amazing to me that Republicans just keep sitting on their hands. It makes no sense, huh? It makes no sense that America’s Republican party Would sit There and do nothing as one of their own clings to power that he knows he doesn’t have any more. Huh? Who could have thought that? Who could have thought that the party that twisted legal definitions and stretched the law to justify their own torture methods and Iraq who would have thought that this party would have done this, who would’ve thought that the party that spent eight years obstructing every single good thing Obama tried to do would turn around and do this. Who would have thought that the party that spent eight years trying to impeach bill Clinton and finally got him for lying about oral sex, who would have thought that they would have done this, who would have thought that the party that spent the 1980s lying to us about how the economy works while also simultaneously killing unions, thus destroying the middle class in America, who would have thought they would be capable of this?

Who would have thought that the former governor of Ohio who signed one of the most restrictive abortion bills into PA in the law and also destroyed unions and also help suppress the vote in his state, who would have thought he would have been shocked by what the Republican party is doing today? The only thing shocking about this is the fact that the Huffington post ran with the headline that said, John Kasich stunned, GOP. Isn’t defending democracy against Trump. This is why the Huffington post is trash. Now that was their headline. How can you write an article like this? How can you pretend that John Kasich is a friend of the democratic party without calling out his horrid history and acting like the GOP has an always been horrible for real. I know the democratic party is not great. Trust me. We’d go after him all the time, but to sit there and pretend that the Republican party hasn’t been horrible for the lifetimes of most people in this country at this point, I’m not 40. Uh, so yeah, for my entire life, the Republican party has been pretty bad. Pretty much. If you were born in the Nixon era or after the Republican party has been trashed for at least your entire lifetime, they have been corrupt. They have been incompetent and they have been dangerous liars.

That’s the Republican Party that we’ve grown up. That’s what you’ve been for our entire lifetime. And we shouldn’t expect anything different from you. In fact, we don’t, I don’t expect anything different from John. Kasich what John Kasich is doing right now is trying to separate himself from the pack. He is trying to go out there and say, listen, I’m not like them. I’m one of the good ones. Trust me, vote for me, forget about all those horrible things. I didn’t Ohio. Cause you know, that puts me literally on the same level of all as all these other Republicans, but you know, forget all that. And I’ll see in 2024, that’s the real message John Kasich was sending in this interview and it’s pathetic that Huffington post didn’t pick up on that.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced