Former Governor of John Kasich, Ohio, faced a fierce setback for not jumping into CNN’s outrage squad at the mercy of President Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
During Wednesday’s discussion forum following the president’s announcement, Jim Acosta began by noting prominent Republicans “rejoicing at this development,” and asked Kasich, the persistent critic of Trump, what his “message to his Republican comrades” was.
Kasich’s response wasn’t exactly what Acosta expected.
“Let’s move on,” replied Kasich, now a senior analyst at CNN. “The president has lost [the election]. We are now having a great debate about his graces. Every president can offer grace. … There will be more grace to come. That’s what the presidents do. I mean, I remember when Bill Clinton was pardoned and people went crazy. This is the power they have! And honestly done! Go away. The transition has begun, let’s move on! “
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“I mean, tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. Can we move on in any way? We’re going to see a new administration. I think their early appointment was good, it seems to somehow unite the country. People are starting to say, ‘You know what, this not so bad! ”And so that’s where my head is,” Kasich said later.
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“Watch as John Kasich tries to be completely ordinary on CNN and tells all of us that we need to go further and go beyond that, Trump is now pardoning the people who helped him with his four-year crime,” Tom Nichols, Senior Consultant for the Lincoln Project. .
“I’m sorry [John] Kasich, at Trump Flynn’s mercy, should not say, “Democrats should be glad Biden won.” The right reaction would be the responsibility of Republicans to allow Trump to allow and apologize to the American people, “CNN’s legal analyst scolded his network colleague.
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“Kasich justifies Thanksgiving Day to” move forward “from Trump ‘s graces, etc.
“I’m willing to have John Kasich there in the cabinet if it’s like an actual cabinet and we’ll push it into the bottom drawer and close it,” NBC writer Noah Berlatsky tweeted.
“You can compromise with Republicans on issues like taxes and spending. You can’t find a middle ground in corruption or crime,” said Aaron Rupar, a Vox journalist.
Acosta, who filled Wolf Blitzer’s regular anchor, “The Situation Room,” intervened in a final effort to have Kasich condemn the pardon.
“But Governor Kasich, if you don’t mind, I could just challenge you a little bit,” Acosta jumped in. You know, Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal prosecutors. Does it bother you that he is now receiving full grace?
“Presidents are capable of grace, Jim, and he will do even more grace,” Kasich repeated. “There are other graces that the presidents made and I didn’t agree with. I remember when Gerald Ford, you know, he had a re-election when he pardoned Richard Nixon. The presidents do that!”
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– Should you pardon yourself? Acosta asked, referring to Trump.
“You know, I want to go on,” Kasich snapped. “I want to change the subject. Donald Trump was defeated. He was rejected, okay? They started the transition. He was finally forced to do it, and his friends put pressure on him. He’s going to do some things we won’t like, but you know, I’m ready for to move forward. “
Kasich continued, “I’m not even thinking about Donald Trump right now. I’m thinking of Joe Biden, who he’s going to put in, what his policy is going to be, there’s my head. And it’s not a disrespect for legitimate beagas here, I’m just telling you I think most Americans will be there. “