5 Other Times John Kasich Said Something Weirdly Sexist

Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich landed himself in hot water this week after claiming his female supporters “left their kitchens” to help campaign for him in the early years of his political career. The swift backlash prompted Kasich to give a halfhearted apology on CNN later in the day, saying he’s “more than happy to say, ‘I’m sorry’ if I offended somebody out there.”

Kasich was speaking in Virginia when he made the offending comment, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the crowd. He was quickly called out by a woman who explained to Kasich that she will “come to support you, but I won’t be coming out of the kitchen.” Strange, she must think this is the first sexist gaffe Kasich has made — in fact, the Ohio governor has said so many offensive comments about women that to call them “gaffes” seems inaccurate. Here’s just a sample of Kasich’s blatant misogyny:

“Have you ever been on a diet?”

John Kasich directed this odd question toward a woman in the crowd during an Iowa town hall last November. After being asked a question about government corruption, Kasich chose instead to talk about how effective he would be at cutting taxes and balancing a national budget, even though it wouldn’t be easy. To illustrate his point, he asked a women if she’d ever dieted, comparing budgets to diets. “Many times,” she answered.

“I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift concert tickets.”

That may sound perplexing, and the context is surprisingly little help. The GOP candidate made the remark last October during a stop at the University of Richmond. Female student and student paper columnist Kayla Solsbak had raised her hand to ask a question and was taken aback by Kasich’s demeaning words before even hearing her query. In her article, Solsbak says she explains to the Ohio governor that she went to see him “because it’s my civic duty to be an informed voter. Please start treating me like one.”

When asked about the gender pay gap: “Do you not have the skills to be able to compete?”

Speaking in Washington, D.C., in October, Kasich was asked about the U.S. Census Bureau figures that find women, on average, make 78 cents on the dollar, when compared to men. Ignoring the fact that women with the same skills and education as men still earn less, Kasich tried to claim “a lot of it is based on experience.”

Victims of rape should “just let it go.”

When asked about a deposition given by fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, in which she says she was the victim of spousal rape, Gov. John Kasich said everyone should simply “move on. Talk about something else.”

Wives of politicians are “at home doing the laundry.”

Speaking in Ohio during his failed presidential bid in 2012, John Kasich, in a backwards attempt to express his gratitude toward the spouses of Republican candidates, mentioned Romney and Ryan’s wives, added that they are “at home taking care of the kids.”

Words carry weight, but actions carry even more. For Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his misogyny isn’t limited to mere talk. This month he signed a bill into law which reallocates almost $1.3 million away from Planned Parenthood in Ohio. The bill targets clinics that provide abortions, regardless of the many other very important health services they offer. Incredibly, most of that now-diverted money comes not from the state of Ohio but from the federal government.

Though John Kasich has been presented to voters as the reasonable, moderate option among the GOP presidential nominee field, when it comes to women — half of the United States’ population — he sees them not as equals, but, in an almost 1950s-esque manner, as second class citizens who should be quiet and preoccupied in the kitchen making pies.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nina S.
Nina S3 years ago


Amanda M.
Amanda M3 years ago

Just another reason why I have never and WILL NEVER vote Republican!

Eugene Jacobson
Gene J3 years ago

There is nothing reasonable nor moderate about this man. Ohio, along with Pennsylvania, have two of the most ridiculously gerrymandered Congressional districting packages in the nation. He will try to put that off on his secretary of state, but nothing happens without the advise and consent of the governor. He is as misogynistic a man as one can find, his policies are extremely anti-woman and pro 1%. The very idea that the party, or he, would try to present as a moderate republican is laughable. Not ha ha laughable, sad for the good people of Ohio laughable because the idea that he represents all of them is simply fiction. Along with much of his purported qualifications for the office of President.

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

Kasich is like the stealth jerk in the Republican primary, compared to the rest of the Republican primary candidates who are in-your-face jerks. Katich just signed a bill that will deny funding to any women's health service providers in Ohio that also provide abortion services. While it doesn't specifically name planned Parenthood, obviously PP is the primary target. Apparently Kasich thinks that Ohio women don't need low cost health services like birth control, family planning, pap smears, cancer screenings etc. A--hole. He's trying to show the Republican base that he can be a misogynistic jerk too.

Marie W.
Marie W3 years ago

Misogynistic idiot

Ben Oscarsito
Ben O3 years ago

I had never heard of John Kasich. But, why should anyone listen to that idiot...?

Randy F.
Past Member 3 years ago

John Ka-sick.

Sharon S.
Sharon S3 years ago

Wow, what a butt cloth-'left the kitchen'